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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2018 -- Windsong Leo knifed through the slop to collect his 19th win this season -- and third straight -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon is the "winningest" horse in harness racing this year with 20 victories while Windsong Leo is part of a four-way tie for second. Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.4 second-quarter breather, which helped him shrug off the first-over challenge of Phoenix Warrior N. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed his stablemate, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief, by 2 lengths in 1:51.4, with Phoenix Warrior A third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts career earnings of $397,650, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card. Also enjoying big days were Burke, with four victories, and Aaron Merriman, who fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Harness racing produces its share of equine millionaires, but wealthy stallions and mares frequently enter the breeding phase of their careers early while geldings often are retired as age and declining ability take their toll. Thus, there aren't many seven-figure stars still racing. Then there's Dapper Dude. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest already has banked $1,280,130, and with a win or place in Saturday's Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, he'll vault over $100,000 in seasonal earnings. 'The Dude' leaves from post 4 in race 8 with Aaron Merriman at the helm. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. Dapper Dude was a successful stakes performer in his youth. At 3, he was Pennsylvania's sires stakes champion, defeating Sweet Lou in the final, and he also captured the consolation of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Richard Poillucci purchased him from Bob McIntosh's ownership group and in 2016 sold him to the Bercurys -- Renee as owner, her husband Bill as trainer -- for $100,000. That's consistent with the Bercury approach -- buy proven commodities, give fair prices for them and watch their earnings soar. Dapper Dude rewarded them by crashing past $1 million on Oct. 29, 2016. "The horse was racing basically at Yonkers, and he's not really a half-mile horse," Bill Bercury says. "He's a big, gangly guy with some flaws in his gait that would make it difficult for him on a smaller track. When they called and asked if we wanted him, we didn't even have him vetted." His gait may be imperfect, but his heart is huge. In many of his victories at The Meadows, he's emerged from the final turn appearing gassed, strides shortening, challengers looming inside and out. Yet he almost always finds more. "He's full of energy and enthusiasm," Bill Bercury says. "When he gets off the trailer at The Meadows, he starts strutting and bellowing. Everybody laughs, but he's making a statement: 'I'm here, and I'm ready to race you.'" Saturday's race will be something of a test for Dapper Dude, who's been off more than a month for palate surgery -- at least the second of his career. "Anytime you have to take him back in a race, he flips his palate. He's been doing it for the past year. We have absolutely no problem laying him off and spending the money on surgery. These horses take care of us, so we should take care of them. I told the doctor, 'If there's any chance the surgery won't work, don't do it.' Did it work? Ask me after his second start back." The Bercurys have room for only six horses -- remarkably, the current group incudes another millionaire, Wind Of The North, who's still racing -- so they lack the space to retain their beloved old campaigners. When the top trotter Tamarind needed to be retired, the Bercurys placed him with Midwest horseman Nick Roland, who has bred Tamarind successfully. They have similar plans for Dapper Dude. "There's a home for him when we get done racing him," Bill Bercury says. "We haven't told him that, by the way." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2018 -- Parked the opening three-eighths, Expose Yourself was so dominant that she still blew away the harness racing field by 6-3/4 lengths in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself dueled with Looking For Zelda and Dirty Secret before she was able to cross over for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt drew steadily away and scored geared down in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. Dirty Secret and Bessie completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who won for the 10th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $166,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins -- including a pair for Burke -- on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 27, 2018 -- Cracklin Rosie won her second straight Tuesday at The Meadows, rallying again to erase a substantial deficit and capture the harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Cracklin Rosie was fourth by 4-1/2 lengths when she followed the first-over cover of Shesasmokinlady. The 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite roared wide through the stretch for Jim Pantaleano to catch the leader, Circle The Page, and down her by a length in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. McDazzle finished third. Scott Betts trains Cracklin Rosie, who now boasts $235,846 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. Dan Charlino, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and Pantaleano each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,704.60 carryover in the Pick 5 and a $716.30 carried-over jackpot in the Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2018 -- Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Outburst exploded through the final turn and captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $14,000 Conditioned Trot. Outburst appeared to be gapping cover when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones. But the 7-year-old Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady gelding found his best stride late, holding off the rallying Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3 over a "good" surface. Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Outburst, who won for the 19th time over the past two seasons and lifted his career bankroll to $685,352, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2018 -- Windsong Leo collected his 18th win this season when he shot the harness racing lightning lane and scored in 1:52.4 in the slop in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince, Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor are the seasonal leaders with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo released the parked-out Phoenix Warrior N past the quarter but was the stronger horse in the lane, downing his rival by 1/2 length for Dave Palone. The first-over Anythingforlove A finished third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding who now boasts $388,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke enjoyed a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 23, 2018 -- When a harness racing trainer introduces his horses to a new track, he faces a number of challenges -- finding stall space and suitable personal lodgings, unfamiliarity with the local procedures and racing surface -- that can adversely affect on-track performance. Somebody forgot to warn Trent Stohler. Since the Markleville, IN-based Stohler began racing his stock at The Meadows following the close of the Hoosier Park meeting, he's compiled a sparkling .337 UTR through his first 67 starts, including 13 wins. Four Stohler charges will go forward Saturday: Superficial (race 6, post 7, Tony Hall); He's A Popper (race 8, post 3, Hall; Blakemore (race 9, post 6, Hall), I'vegotagirlcrush (race 12, post 1, Jim Pantaleano). First post is 1:05 PM. A 1991 graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in business management --"I wish it had been accounting," he jokes -- Stohler served four years as second trainer for Ernie Gaskin before launching his own stable, which numbers about 40. Of those, roughly16 have been racing at The Meadows. Since 1995, he's earned more than $9 million in purses as a trainer and over $6.3 million as a driver. Even so, Stohler has yet to drive at The Meadows and doesn't expect to. "We've been lucky enough to get Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings, Hall or Pantaleano about 99 percent of the time," he says. "That's good enough." Stohler solved the stalls/lodging problem by shipping in the night before each race program and returning to Markleville at the conclusion of the card. It's a demanding 4-1/2-hour ship, but Stohler's staff is large enough that they can rotate the drives and keep fatigue at bay. As for knowing the track, Stohler raced such outstanding Pennsylvania-bred youngsters as Cult Icon and Glassine Hanover in sires stakes at The Meadows, helping him learn the lay of the land. "I like the people there, the style of racing and the conditions of the races," he says. "We have certain horses that fit certain classes. That helps, as does having the right drivers." Stohler has tried racing his stable in Ohio rather than western Pennsylvania during Indiana's off-season, an experiment that cut his travel time . . . and his earnings. "I was getting my rear end kicked there pretty good," he says ruefully. "I've never done any good there." Also on Saturday, The Meadows is collaborating with Toys for Tots on a holiday collection. Patrons who donate a new toy will receive a $5 voucher (limit one per person). In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering starting car rides, paddock tours, a "Pick the Winners" contest and a live radio broadcast from the Racebook. To register for any activity or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2018 -- Trailing by 6 lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Gordon and Liz Flohr, was content to sit in and let Ready Any time front a comfortable 58.1 half. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-CR Ms American Pie found another gear and edged Ready Any Time by a head in 1:56.1. Expose Yourself finished third. My Cherry Pie extended her career bankroll to $143,666. Dave Palone, trainer Spencer Kahrig and Wilder each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2018 -- Last by 8 lengths at the half, Cracklin Rosie followed a line of cover to the final turn, then roared wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Cracklin Rosie was third in a cover flow that seemed excessive. But when Jim Pantaleano tipped her wide for the drive, she showed she's no "store-bought woman" -- as Neil Diamond's 1970 chart-topper Cracklin Rosie had it -- and erased the last 3-1/2 lengths of her deficit, scoring in 1:55.4 over a sloppy surface. Jewels Forreal shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the first-over McDazzle finished third. Scott Betts trains the 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite, who extended her career bankroll to $225,846, for Tim Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Pantaleano. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 13, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan, who battled back from a potentially career-ending broken coffin joint, soared over $700,000 in harness racing career earnings when he captured Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was sidelined most of 2017, managing only five starts. But he's put together a string or recent races without a hiccup and begun to resemble the horse who, in 2015, set the track record of 1:49.1 for older geldings, a mark since matched by Escape The News and Reggiano. On Saturday, he followed live cover for Mike Wilder and roared through the lane to score in 1:53 over a "good" surface, a neck better than Mister Virgin, with The Dark Shadow third. Ron Burke trains the 9-year-old son of Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot, whose bankroll now stands at $705,762, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2018 -- Legendary Ron entered Saturday's PA Fairs Championship off three straight harness racing victories. Moreover, he was teamed for the first time with another legendary Ron -- trainer Ron Burke. That combination proved unbeatable, as Legendary Ron drew off late to capture the $25,000 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Meadows hosted all eight Fairs championships Saturday and collaborated with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to stage the annual "Pink Out" to benefit breast cancer awareness and treatment. A brief but heavy mid-program storm couldn't dampen the festivities, but it did wreak havoc with the track surface, which went from fast to sloppy to good over the course of the day. Dave Palone collected a pair of championships with Legendary Ron and Watch Me Hanover, but the proudest observer may have been Wherley, whose offspring Watch Me Hanover and Worldly Hanover presented her with her third and fourth PA Fairs titles as a broodmare. She won in previous years with Wimborne Hanover and Waterview Hanover. The sophomore colt and gelding pace, usually considered the glamor division, was widely anticipated as a rematch between Venier Hanover and Cirrus De Vie, who upset Venier Hanover last year at 21-1. But when Legendary Ron and the front-ending Marvalous Falcon turned the championship into a virtual match race, the two presumptive stars were far back early and could not shake loose until late. Legendary Ron stalked Marvalous Falcon from the pocket and roared through the lane to defeat him by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Venier Hanover rallied late for show. "I've made a living off first-time Burke horses," Palone said, "so I wanted to put him in the hunt. I liked the spot I was in going into the first turn. Once he figures out that he's supposed to go the whole mile rather than parts of the mile, he'll be fine." Matthew Dugan and Michelle Rosato campaign the gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance-Safe From Harm, a half-sister to Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. In an odd coincidence, Foiled Again had the opportunity to watch his relative win from a special stall on the apron, where he was greeting fans as part of the Pink Out. In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Keystone Diamond Keystone Diamond zipped to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, scoring in 1:55 while the track was still fast. Alexis May Hanover shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Pretty Proud third. Winning trainer/driver Todd Schadel, who owns the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Dawn with Dr. John Egloff, doesn't usually keep his horses after their sophomore campaigns, but he expects to make an exception of Keystone Diamond. "I'm going to keep her, one of the very few," Schadel said. "I've always liked her, and I think she'll be a better mare next year." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters -- Willie B Worthy Willie B Worthy's two accomplished half-brothers, Classicality and Trustworthy Kid, have earned more than $1 million between them, but their younger sib had been okay without showing signs of future greatness. In the championship, though, he followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and held off Possess The Stone by a neck in 1:58, with the first-over What A Hunk third. "He has big shoes to fill," acknowledged winning trainer/owner Lisa Dunn. "Earlier in the year he was a little sore, and I think he was just growing. But he likes to pass them coming up the lane. He takes after Trustworthy Kid, who's the same way." She indicated Willie B Worthy, with no stakes remaining, would compete in overnights at The Meadows. 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters -- Worldly Hanover Worldly Hanover appeared to be in dire straits. Stuck with post 9 to begin with, she was laboring through the slop and pushed five wide in the final turn while trying to rally. "I was concerned -- there were some nice fillies in there," said her trainer, Harold Brocklehurst. "I felt good about her in the last turn until she got pushed so wide, but that's horse racing. I was very happy with her." The daughter of Donato Hanover showed championship mettle when she persevered and defeated Critical Hanover by a length in 1:59.1 for Bryce Brocklehurst. Won The War completed the ticket. The trainer said Worldly Hanover likely would compete next year for owners Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams before beginning a career as a broodmare. "That was the intention of the owners when they bought her," he said. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Aflame Hanover With a win in a Simpson split and a third in a Liberty Bell division, Aflame Hanover looked much the best on paper. He was even more persuasive on the track, rolling to a 7-1/4-length victory for Tony Schadel who, along with trainer Linda Schadel, owns the Russell Hanover-Applique Hanover gelding. "The fairs keep them happy -- they can beat up on something sometimes," Tony Schadel said of the $6,500 yearling acquisition. "He's done now; he's had enough starts. He has plenty of stakes next year. He'll be eligible for the fairs. Whether he races in them depends on how good he actually is." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Sure R Looking Good Things sure were looking bad for Sure R Looking Good. Jim Pantaleano had to wrangle her back to last when they couldn't find an early seat, and she was forced three wide down the backside. But the daughter of Well Said-Treat Me Good advanced relentlessly and scored in 1:57 for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. April Ava was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Crew Sock Hanover, the divisional points leader, earned show. "She's game on account of her breeding," Pantaleano said, "and she acted like she was very happy chasing horse. So it actually kind of worked out." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Watch Me Hanover Winless in six career starts and off stride in his last, Watch Me Hanover seemed a tossout. But the Muscle Massive gelding was getting the services of Palone for the first time, and he had that Wherley connection. Still, it would have been hard to predict that he would erase a 10-1/2-length deficit with a wide rally and defeat long shot Grover Hanover by 2-1/4 lengths in 2:00.1. Keystone Bentley, part of a four-horse Todd Schadel entry, was third. "I'm not sure what we'll do with him now," said Bill Daugherty, Jr. who trains the $25,000 yearling purchase for Susan Daugherty and also conditioned Wherley offspring Wimborne Hanover and Waterview Hanover. "He's fresh, only seven starts, so you gotta race him a time or two." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot --RT Gloria De Dios Last time she left from the rail, RT Gloria De Dios broke stride. On Saturday, she rushed to the lead from the rail for Kyle Bolon, seated Bumper Hanover and held her off late to score by 3/4 lengths in 1:59.2. Touch Of Dough finished third. "Every start she's won she's been on the front, so I thought if I put the leader behind me, that was my best chance," Bolon said. "I was getting after her late, but sometimes she waits on horses. Once she heard another horse, she dug in pretty good." Robert Rougeaux III conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-RT Sun Poco for Brocious Racing Stable. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Youaremycandygirl, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for freshman pacing fillies, has been fine at 3 but not as dominant as she was last year. Trainer Ron Burke thought her problem might lie in post parades. "Sometimes she goes on 'tilt,'" Burke said, "and she wants to fight you the whole way." Thus, in Saturday's $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, Burke experimented, leaving Youaremycandygirl in the hands of the marshal while the other fillies were parading. The strategy worked like a charm, as Youaremycandygirl jogged to a facile 1:50.4 victory in. The Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake featured on the Adios Day card, was contested over three divisions, with Alexa's Power and Sidewalk Dancer taking the other splits. Youaremycandygirl, a daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane who has earned $1,065,508 for owner William Donovan, got away third for Yannick Gingras before roaring to the point near the half. She downed the first-over Baron Remy by 4-1/4 lengths, with early leader Serene Stride third. "She was a great horse last year -- she still is," Gingras said. "Things haven't really gone our way a lot of times so far this year, but she's a sweetheart of a filly." Shuffled to third at the top of the stretch, Alexa's Power -- the 4-5 favorite -- shot the Lightning Lane for Tim Tetrick and triumphed in a career-best 1:52, a head better than Reign On Me. I'm Trigger Happy completed the ticket. Jim Campbell conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $281,490, for Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sidewalk Dancer, who took nearly a month off following a disappointing performance in the Lynch final, made a first-over move for Brett Miller look easy, scoring in 1:52.1. Painted Lady was second, beaten a length, with Strong Opinion third. "Going into the Lynch, I thought we could win, and the trip was working out for us," Miller said. "When I called on her, she didn't fire. They scoped her after the race, and she was severely sick that night. So she definitely had an excuse. She can go with the top fillies. She can race on the front, but she loves passing horses. Chris Oakes trains Sidewalk Dancer, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign who now boasts $182,779 in career earnings, for Northfork Racing, Omar Beiler and Dennis Coons. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Saturday's card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also offered four additional Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $57,914 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Scirocco Rob got some help when 3-5 favorite Joey broke stride at the start. But the Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties gelding might not have needed the assistance, as he rolled to his third straight victory, in 1:56, for Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker and Kathleen Whitaker. Keystone Apache rallied for second, 2 lengths back, with Garnet third. "When that other horse ran behind the gate, he was the only horse that I was worried about," Callahan said. "So I was able to just kind of mosey around there. When you can go somewhat of a training mile, it's a lot easier than having to stretch him out." Scirocco Bob now boasts $199,603 in career earnings. In the other division, Im Your Captain also caught a break when the leader, Quality Kemp, jumped it off near the half. Im Your Captain inherited the front and scored in 1:55.3, 5-3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing What A Hunk. House Hubby completed the ticket. "I kind of had it down to Quality Kemp and my horse, so I didn't want to do anything too goofy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I thought he could either cut it or win out of the two hole. It worked out okay." Julie Miller, Marcus' aunt, trains the son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. When asked what he might recommend to Aunt Julie about the horse's next start, Marcus Miller took a diplomatic approach. "I just plan to tell her thank you," he said. $47,634 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Perhaps wiser and more determined after a frustrated first-over bid in his last outing, Volley Ball Beach converted a similar move to victory Saturday, prevailing in 1:52.4 -- his fastest -- for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Escapetothebeach was second, 1/2 length back, while No Mas Amor earned show. "It was different this week because he got to sit to the half," Parker said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable. "We've had some issues with him regarding when to make his move. We changed some equipment this week, and it seemed to help." In the other split, Pyro found late racing room in the center of the track and rallied for Matt Kakaley to score in 1:53, his second win in four career starts. Actor Hanover gave trainer Ron Burke the exacta sweep when he finished second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, with early leader Aflame Hanover third. "I figured I'd be able to shake loose somewhere, but I wasn't going to move him first up," Kakaley said. "It was pretty easy for him today. He was really sharp." Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Pyro, a son of Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover. $47,634 Mary Lib Miller - 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Louphoria and Sylph Hanover are both members of the Burke stable (two of the 26 horses he entered on the Adios Day card, and a pair of the 48 he sent post-ward across the U.S. for the day), and both were sent off at 1-1 by The Meadows' punters. Both of them started "against the fence" -- Louphoria from the "inner fence," Sylph Hanover from the outermost post eight. And the pair were at each other during most of the 56.1 last half of their division in the freshman filly pace, Louphoria on the lead and Sylph Hanover attacking first-over. In the stretch it was Sylph Hanover who proved the stronger, powering off by 2¾ lengths late over her stablemate for Kakaley as the end horse of a Burke/Kakaley consecutive triple. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli, took a maiden mark of 1:54.1; she had already won in a Philly qualifier just two ticks slower than today's mile. "We were always high on her, but she's been just okay, I guess," Kakaley said. "She wasn't that good on the front at Pocono, so we wanted to change tactics. She was super today." She's Allright remained undefeated after three starts by taking the other division in 1:53.1 and giving Burke his sixth training win of the afternoon, but Darn Tootn Hanover, in only her second lifetime start, made sure the winner knew she was in a tussle. She's Allright, a Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover miss owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura, was put on the lead by Yannick Gingras, rated the half, then sprinted home in 55.4, but first-over Darn Tootn Hanover gained inch by inch the last half and came up only a head shy. $56,440 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kenziesky Hanover sure made it interesting as the even-money favorite in the first section of the sophomore filly trot, but she emerged with a 1:57.1 victory for driver Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt, and owners J. Patrick Huber and Glenn Congrove. Brian Zendt got the Cantab Hall filly a perfect two-hole trip, but as the pair awaited the Lightning Lane behind pacesetter Southwind Angelica and first-over Fish Is Fish, Kenziesky Hanover made a break. She was steered into the passing lane and never went inside the pylons while regaining composure; in the meantime Ms American Muscle came through inside the pacesetter and got the lead. But Zendt and his filly got back on stride and finished with a furious last 50 yards to win by 1/2 length after the improbable but impressive comeback. The Zendts completed a sweep of this Grand Circuit event as the Donato Hanover filly Donato's Jewel went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2, a new mark and a stakes record. Donato's Jewel had made miscues in four of her last six starts, but before the hometown crowd she was on her best behavior, setting a quick pace and maintaining her advantage despite the late rush of favored Pat Matters, with 3/4 of a length between the rivals at the finish. Gary Saul owns the winner. by Jerry Connors, for the PHHA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2018 -- Sonnet Grace extended her career unbeaten streak to four when she blew away the field in 1:56.2 -- matching her own national season's mark -- in Friday's $60,800 Arden Downs Stake at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Judge Joe McGraw, was contested over three divisions, with Scirocco Donnahill and Windy Corner taking the other splits. Sonnet Grace quarter-poled to the top for trainer/driver Rod Allen, who bred the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc., and she was off to the races, scoring by 5-1/2 lengths over Nomo Volo. Fast Reaction earned show. Allen said Sonnet Grace is eligible for most of the rich late-season stakes and might enjoy a leisurely workload until then. "She drives like a 4-year-old, like she's been doing it longer than she has," Allen said. "She's staying fit and strong, and I'm trying to save her because she's staked heavier later in the year. So I've been trying to protect her a little bit, not train her quite as hard." Scirocco Donnahill also quarter-poled to the lead, where she faced -- and turned aside -- a serious challenge from Magical Beliefs. The daughter of Muscle Hill-UF Tady's Donato held off Magical Beliefs by a length in 1:57.2, with Southwind Storm third. "That's a real smart filly," winning driver Dave Palone said. "She has all the tools. They'll have a lot of fun with her this year. She picked me up in the bit (when challenged) -- that's the sign of a good one right there." John Butenschoen trains Scirocco Donnahill for Lewis Whitaker, Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. Windy Corner broke her maiden in her fifth career outing by grabbing the lead near the half for Marcus Miller and thwarting the late bid of Navarone Hanover, defeating him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.3. Giant Possession completed the ticket. "Any time I chirped to her, she just dug in a little more," said Miller, who collected four wins on the 14-race card. "Last week, I took the wrong route; I think if I'd stayed out, she probably would have got up. Today, my main goal was, once she was off the car, just give her a clear path." Erv Miller conditions the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. $40,400 Arden Downs -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Friday's Adios Eve card featured a second Arden Downs stake, an event for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Edward M. Ryan. The two divisions went to Ginger Tree Skyr and Kate's Massive. Ginger Tree Skyr was second down the backside when Mike Wilder abandoned the pocket and sent her forward. The son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika made the strategy pay off, triumphing in 1:57.4 for trainer Sam Beegle and owners Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean. Keystone Storm shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten 3/4 lengths, with Capt Chaps Hanover third. "I didn't want to take any chances," Wilder said. "He felt good in the pocket, and I thought if I pulled him and sat out there and rode, he'd get the job done. I was protecting my spot. I didn't want to get jammed in and maybe have to go Lightning Lane. He was very green, but I kept his attention." Kate's Massive broke stride in his last outing, a mishap that contributed to his 16-1 odds Friday. But he rushed right to the point from post 8 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and was an easy 3-1/2-length winner over Angus Hanover in 1:58.2. Cantab Ed finished third. "He's been messing up sitting in a hole, so I figured I'd put him on the front so he wouldn't mess up," Paver said of the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, a homered for Harry and Iris Horowitz. "He acts like he'll learn to trot some." by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2018 -- Bella's Punkett released the 1-2 favorite, Expose Yourself, past the quarter, then charged past her in the lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned/Optional Claiming Trot. Bella's Punkett was claimed from her last race at Harrah's Philadelphia by trainer Ron Burke for owner Howard Taylor for a base price of $12,500. Though she faced several disadvantages -- new track, sloppy surface, big jump in class to a $30,000 base claiming tag -- the 6-year-old daughter of Super Punk-Nubella responded beautifully. She left alertly for Dan Rawlings, rated kindly and downed Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with the first-over Keystone Harper third. Bella's Punkett lifted her career bankroll to $109,244. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, with an Adios Eve card that features a pair of Grand Circuit stakes: the $60,800 Judge Joe McGraw for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $40,400 Ed Ryan for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Special post time is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2018 -- Racing off a five-week layoff, Lakeisha Hall got the pocket trip she needed before barreling through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Fox Valley Charm took the field into the final turn but was attacked outside by McDazzle and inside by Lakeisha Hall, who edged Fox Valley Charm by a head in 1:52. McDazzle was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $539,879, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. It was one of four wins on the 13-race card for Palone, In Tuesday's companion feature, an $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Wind Of The North won his third straight, a front-end jog in 1:54.1, for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $943,848. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program includes a $12,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5, a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $3,560.80 jackpot in the Super High 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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