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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2019 -- Making his second start in five days, Knocking Around wore down Lord Of Winterfell with a sustained uncovered bid to take Friday's $18,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lord Of Winterfell got the jump on the field when he pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a 1-1/2-length lead. But Knocking Around gained steadily and defeated Lord of Winterfell by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53, with Royaltyhasarrived third. David McNeight III piloted the 9-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding, who has earned $442,127 for trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: New Year, Same Old Southwind Amazon The calendar may have lost a page, but Southwind Amazon hasn't lost a thing. The 9-year-old Cam Luck-Artoonist gelding, harness racing's "winningest" horse in 2018 with 22 victories, captured his season's debut in 1:51.2 in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Vague Traces and Knocking Around chased him home. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove the winner, who now boasts career earnings of $765,547, for trainer Paul Holzman and owner Ameer Najor. It was one of three wins Monday for Rawlings. Also of note was the 51-1 shocker pulled off by Grand Priority for Brad Provost and owner/trainer William Provost. Fox Valley Charm Earns Hard-Fought Initial 2019 Win Speaking of big years in 2018, Fox Valley Charm had one, winning 10 races in elite company. She kicked off 2019 with yet another victory but was all out to secure it, parrying the determined challenge of Sansovina Hanover and downing her by a neck in 1:53.3 in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Magic Forces completed the ticket. Palone drove the 7-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her career bankroll to $386,460, for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner Peter Karras. Mike Wilder and Pantaleano each fashioned a triple on the 12-race program. Palone Wins 6, Including Feature With Barn Bella Palone got one for the thumb Wednesday . . . and one for the other hand when he garnered six wins, including the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot with Barn Bella, a top mare who'd been experiencing gaiting problems. Trainer Ed Zubkoff, Jr. restored her hopples, and the 5-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Bravissima was flat and fast, erasing a 5-1/2-length deficit to defeat Dirty Secret by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. A rallying Bessie was third. Brookside Stables campaigns Barn Bella, who sports a gaudy lifetime bankroll of $751,350. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $990.40 carryover in the final race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 4, 2019 -- Trapped in with no hope of clearance, Lass A Rope found the Lightning Lane just in time and brushed to her second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Glidinthruparadise moved first over and edged past the leader, Dirty Secret, as the field straightened for home. But when Aaron Merriman pointed Lass A-old daughter of Encore Encore-American Lassie had just enough time and trot to nip Glidinthruparadise by a nose in 1:55.2. Bessie completed the ticket. Rich Gillock trains Lass A Rope, who now boasts $172,614 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and a $1,453.57 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 2, 2019 -- Parkhill Lancelot followed the first-over cover of Media Buzz, then brushed by him in the lane to capture the 2019 opening-day harness racing feature, a $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Parkhill Lancelot trotted patiently in fourth until Jim Pantaleano tipped him off the cones to follow cover. The 7-year-old Muscle Mass-Harlequin Seelster gelding swept by Media Buzz in mid-stretch and downed him by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Jeffery P rallied for show. John Melsheimer trains Parkhill Lancelot, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, for Mel Rose Stable. Pantaleano collected four wins and Dan Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2018 -- While Foiled Again's career finale and retirement ceremony are the principal business of the New Year's Eve harness racing card at The Meadows, players also can take advantage of three rich wagering opportunities, as Monday's program features three carryovers: Two-day $7,113.29 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13); $4,495.35 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 4-7); $2,247.49 carryover in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). First post is 5:30 PM, with "Foiled Again's Last Call" and winners' circle ceremony expected to occur in the 8 PM - 8:30 PM range. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 29, 2018 -- If Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever, is to cap his extraordinary harness racing career with a win in his final race, he'll have to do it from post 8. That's where he's drawn in Monday's $13,000 pace at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, styled as "Foiled Again's Last Call" that will bring down the curtain on the career of the gallant gelding who's amassed more than $7.6 million earnings but faces mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turns 15. For this historic New Year's Eve event, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a memorable program. During a special winners' circle retirement ceremony, Foiled Again's shoes will be pulled for the final time. Fans will enjoy a video featuring Foiled Again's career highlights, and the horse's key connections -- caretaker Tessie Irey; trainer Ron Burke; driver Yannick Gingras; owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables --will share their favorite Foiled Again memories. In addition, fans will receive Foiled Again-themed shot glasses, Terrible Towels, posters coffee mugs and hats (while supplies last), and the MSOA will raffle off two Foiled Again Breyers. Fans will be given party hats and noisemakers and invited to celebrate the new year in the casino. On the racing side, the program includes the championship legs of six Holiday Claiming Series while the track's Horses of the Year will receive their awards as part of the "Night of Champions. First post is 5:30 PM. The card and retirement ceremonies will be available via Meadows Live! Many may have expected The Meadows to write a cakewalk that would allow Foiled Again to waltz to a fan-pleasing win, but the "Last Call" came up tough. Foiled Again's seven rivals have a collective 33 wins this year and 191 lifetime. "It's basically a semi-open pace," Burke says. "I'll train him pretty tight, but he'll have to be pretty aggressive to win from there. He's a great horse who tends to rise to the occasion, so we'll ask him to do it one more time." His home base of The Meadows is the last stop in Foiled Again's wildly successful "Farewell Tour," which has seen him win 11 races at tracks across the continent and raise his career victory total to 109. Perhaps more importantly, the tour created special events for tracks and gave fans one more chance to see and admire the old boy. "I thought it would be a fun thing and good for the game," Burke says. "But I never thought it would turn out as well as it did. It exceeded every expectation I had by far." He indicated Foiled Again would be turned out after the race but still would play a valuable role in retirement. "We'll give him horses to hang out with in the field so he can teach nervous horses to relax. That will be really useful." In addition, Foiled Again will be available to serve, through public appearances, as a roving ambassador for harness racing. "That's why we didn't give up control of him," Burke says. "He's open to doing things, and he definitely enjoys it." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 28, 2018 -- The lone 3-year-old in the field, Lass A Rope schooled her harness racing elders Friday at The Meadows when she grabbed the lead first over and dug in late to capture the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Lass A Rope moved first over for Aaron Merriman and put away the leader, Expose Yourself, before the three-quarters. But her work wasn't done, as she needed to deal with Glidinthruparadise, who peeled off her bumper and challenged in the stretch. The daughter of Encore Encore-American Lassie did just that, downing Glidinthruparadise by a neck in 1:57 over a "good" surface, with Ready Any Time third. Rich Gillock trains Lass A Rope, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $163,614, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Dave Palone piloted four winners, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson, on the 11-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, when the program features a $1,826.61 Pick 5 carryover (races 8-12) and a $1,981.49 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 28, 2018 -- When Tom Klosky, Jr. retired his great harness racing mare Artbitration with earnings exceeding $727,000, he could have sold her as a broodmare prospect and banked even more. Instead, Klosky kept the daughter of Artiscape-Serious Smile, bred her seven times and retained all those foals as well. "If I sold her and tried to buy a foal out of her," Klosky says, "I knew I couldn't afford it. I figured my best chance was to breed her." A pair of those offspring will compete Saturday at The Meadows. Dew A Little Dance goes from the rail in race 4 with Jim Pantaleano driving while Its A Dew Thing leaves from post 3 in race 12 for Chris Shaw. Both are trained by Norm Parker, who has conditioned all Artbitration's offspring and originally owned a piece of her. First post is 1:05 PM. In her racing career, Artbitration regularly took on such stars as freshman champion Kikikatie and 2004 Horse Of The Year Rainbow Blue. She did more than hold her own, winning the Lynch at 3. "We had set her entire 3-year-old campaign around the Fan Hanover, the Jugette and the Lexington stakes," Klosky recalls. "She had a fever for three weeks and missed all of them. She did come back and finish second in the Cinderella." Although Klosky grew up near The Meadows and still resides close by in Canonsburg, he first visited the track as an adult and bought into his initial horse with trainer Dwane Parker, Norm's dad, in 1990. "She won her first race and never won again. But with that one win, it sank right in: This actually is pretty cool." Artbitration's production record is mixed. All five of her foals of racing age made it to the races and took marks. Her 2011 foal, Dew N Doughnuts, has earned nearly $425,000, though he's currently on the shelf with wear-and-tear-type injuries. The others have been less successful. One thing they have in common is the syllable Dew in their names. "That comes from her caretaker, Terry Brewer. When Terry traveled with Artbitration, he would load up on doughnuts and Mountain Dew. Artbitration would throw a fit because she wanted some of that Mountain Dew. So we try to put Dew in the names." For Klosky, a computer specialist with a company that operates parking lots at Pittsburgh International Airport, the experience as breeder/owner has been risky and expensive. He doesn't own acreage, so he must pay to board Artbitration and her foals. He doesn't own stallion shares, so he pays full retail value for service fees. But Klosky's relationship with Artbitration is a harness racing love affair, the sort that keeps the sport going. And Klosky will keep that relationship going, as he has two daughters of Artbitration -- an Artspeak yearling and an A Rocknroll Dance weanling -- that he'll send to Norm Parker. "It's been a costly endeavor," he allows, "but I would do it all over again. Artbitration has never let me down." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2018 -- Camera Lady endured a demanding first quarter en route to her 14th win this year -- and 29th over the past two harness racing seasons -- in Thursday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Fox Valley Charm stretched out Camera Lady to a 27.2 opening quarter before she could cross over. But when Dave Palone gave Camera Lady a 30.2 second-panel breather, she was able to turn aside the first-over challenge of Circle The Page and hold off Fox Valley Charm by a length in 1:54. Sansovina Hanover rallied for show. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who extended her career bankroll to $275,798, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected three wins on the 11-race program while Jim Pantaleano and trainer J.L. Adams teamed for a pair of victories. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special Friday card that features a $1,628.89 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2018 -- Dayson became a harness racing millionaire Wednesday at The Meadows when he stalked the leader from the pocket and found the Lightning Lane just in time to capture the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Career earnings for the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding now stand at $1,001,712. When Classic Banker ranged up first over and was ready to power by the leader, True Blue Stride, it appeared the locked-in Dayson would have to wait another day for his milestone. But Classic Banker jumped it off, making the Lightning Lane a viable route for Dayson, who poured through for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:55. Parkhill Lancelot rallied for show, 1-3/4 lengths back, with PL Icabod third. Ron Burke trains Dayson for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. At 2, Dayson won seven straight New York Sires Stake splits before breaking stride in the $225,000 final at Yonkers. As a sophomore, he won the Matron, among other stakes. It was one of six wins for Palone, including three for Burke. His victory in race 10 gave Burke 1,000 for the year, the third consecutive season he has reached or surpassed that mark. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday, when the program features a $4,146.60 Pick 4 carryover (races 4-7) and a $1,384.39 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2018 -- One Bad Night stalked Beginner's Luck from the pocket, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score in Saturday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 harness racing claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Poacher N took the other $16,000 second-leg division. One Bad Night, who was claimed from the opening leg by trainer Bill Rhoades for Rick Senger, had plenty of kick on the "good" surface when Aaron Merriman pointed him to the Lightning Lane. The 8-year-old Badlands Hanover-Onenight At Redhot gelding prevailed in 1:54.1, 3/4 lengths better than Beginner's Luck, with Maytime Terror third. One Bad Night now has banked $328,838. It was one of six wins for Merriman, including three for Rhoades, on the 13-race program. Poacher N had pace but no immediate racing room out of the final turn when Jim Pantaleano found him a seam between horses. The 11-year-old Bettor's Delight-The Holmes Legend burst through to triumph in 1:54.2, 1-1/2 lengths better than Marvalous Artist. Believeinthespirit rallied for show. Brandon Presto trains the winner, who now boasts $298,835 in career earnings, and owns with Larry Parlin. Saturday's card also featured the second leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers, with Stonehouse Adam and T's Electric capturing the $8,500 splits. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the program, Arthur Pendragon moved relentlessly first over at 6-1 to gain the victory -- his third straight -- in 1:52.3 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Hawk's Red Chief missed by a nose in the Lightning Lane while Phoenix Warrior N completed the ticket. Mike Wilder piloted the 7-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding, who boosted his career bankroll to $339,567, for trainer Ron Burke and owner Burke Racing Stable. Dave Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple. Following a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, when the card features a $1,033.19 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2018 -- An all-day rain turned The Meadows harness racing track to slop, and when that rain changed to snow, conditions became even more forbidding. But all was fair downtown -- with "Downtown" Brady Brown, that is. Brown overcame the elements and collected four wins Friday at The Meadows. Brown drove a pair of winners for trainer Mark Goldberg and one each for trainers Tim Twaddle and Miles Wollam. Dan Rawlings, too, enjoyed a big night, fashioning a three-bagger on the 11-race card. Also on Friday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) celebrated Caretaker Appreciation Night. To recognize and reward their dedicated, often unsung work, the track and the MSOA presented caretakers with hoodies as well as soup and sandwiches from the paddock kitchen. In addition, the MSOA raffled off cash and gift cards for grooms. Given the weather, the hoodies were a timely gift. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $997.16 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $709.59 in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2018 -- Some horses are fast, some consistent. When you combine speed and consistency, you get Phoenix Warrior N, who'll try for his 14th harness racing win this year Saturday at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding leaves from post 4 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace (race 8) with Jim Pantaleano aboard. First post is 1:05 PM. Phoenix Warrior N has rolled up those wins competing against the track's elite. Moreover, he's finished in the money in 26 of his 28 starts despite some hellacious trips. It's not unusual for him to be parked most of the mile and still be gaining in deep stretch. "He just loves to chase horses down and come off cover," says his trainer, Scott Betts. "He's had some big miles on the front, but some of his best miles are from doing things horses shouldn't do." Owners Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss purchased Phoenix Warrior N privately about a year ago for $85,000. It was immediately clear that he had talent, determination and quirks. "He's a little bit squirrely," Betts acknowledges. "Sometimes when you train him, he's real nice. Other times he wants to train himself the wrong way on the track, or he'll put his head down and gallop. He has his little routine, and we've learned to just stick with it." Betts pays special attention to his star's feet. Every three weeks or so, trainer/blacksmith Tyler Raymer ships in from Delaware to adjust the shoeing for Phoenix Warrior N and the rest of Betts' stable. Although he's bumped his lifetime bankroll up to $369,853, Saturday's race won't be a cakewalk for Phoenix Warrior N. He'll be facing such tough cookies as Anythingforlove A, who's hit the ticket in 14 of 17 outings this year, and Arthur Pendragon, winner of two straight. But he won't be up against his archrival, Windsong Leo, who's pinned nine losses on Phoenix Warrior N this year. "That helps," Betts concedes. Win or lose Saturday, Phoenix Warrior N likely will enjoy a break soon. "We'll probably give him a month off; we'll let him tell us when," Betts says. "He went to the Meadowlands for a series last year, and we're talking about doing that again. He's an okay shipper." The pre-Christmas weekend at The Meadows kicks off with a special Friday card when the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) celebrate Caretaker Appreciation Night. Caretakers will be presented with hoodies as well as soup and sandwiches from the paddock kitchen. In addition, the MSOA will raffle off cash and gift cards for caretakers. First post Friday is 5:30 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 19, 2018 -- Teddy Brosevelt trotted softly for most of the mile but carried a big kick late, winning a division of Wednesday's harness racing Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pembroke Morgan captured the other $16,000 second-leg split. Teddy Brosevelt was fourth at the top of the lane, but when trainer/driver Tyler Stillings cut him loose, he gobbled up the leader, Campbellini, and held off Invested In Lindy by a head to score in 1:59. Campbellini saved show. Rags To Riches Of PA campaigns the 3-year-old Guccio-Princess Royalty gelding. Pembroke Morgan, who broke stride in the series opener, followed the live cover of Mac Deeno for Mike Wilder and swept by the leader, IC Caviar, in the stretch to defeat him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57, matching his career best. Mac Deeno completed the ticket. Randy Bendis trains and owns the 4-year-old CR Power Glide-Pembroke Glitz gelding. Wednesday's card also featured the second leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke swept the splits with Boy Meets Girl K and J-S Jesses Girl. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the program, Dirty Secret withstood the late rally of Lass A Rope, downing her by a head in 1:56, with Expose Yourself third after a difficult trip. David McNeight III piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $244,380, for trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. It was career win 999 for the younger McNeight. Palone collected five wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2018 -- Claimed from last week's opening leg, Ellasen returned immediate dividends to her new connections with a front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Caviart Scarlett captured the other $16,000 split. Ellasen had been racing off the pace, but Dave Palone and new trainer Ron Burke changed tactics with her, sending her to the top from post 6. She responded with a facile 3/4-length win over Race With Grace in 1:54, while Always A Z Tam shot the Lightning Lane for show. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC now own the 4-year-old daughter of Big Bad John-So Very Nice, whose career bankroll stands at $141,248. After weakening late while fronting her opening-leg split, Caviart Scarlett also altered her approach, getting away fourth and moving powerfully first over for Aaron Merriman. She drew off late to score in 1:53.1, 3-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Mimosa Party, with Hurricane Calleigh third. Randy Bendis trains the 6-year-old daughter of Sportswriter-Caviart Sydney who extended her lifetime earnings to $273,039, and owns with Tom Pollock. Tuesday's card also featured three divisions of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers. Deprived took her second straight series split, with Bad Medicine and Bianca Midnight also winning. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the card, Camera Lady found late racing room and blew past Fox Valley Charm in a career-best 1:52.3 for Palone, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Easy Three completed the ticket. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go now boasts a career bankroll of $266,798. Palone collected four wins and Burke three on the 11-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is seeking 14-year-old pacers for a special New Year's Eve race that will give these gallant harness racing warriors one more opportunity to strut their stuff and extend their earnings before they face mandatory retirement the next day. The Dec. 31 card begins at 5:30 PM. For more information or to enter, please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 13, 2018 -- In the nearly 40 years they've been breeding and campaigning harness racing standardbreds, Jim Kezios and John Krillies -- racing as Tripoli Stable of Norridge, IL -- have followed a consistent theme in naming their horses. "Both of us are Greek, so we like to honor Greek traditions," Kezios says. "We name most of our horses for Greek islands, mythical characters or war heroes." The latest in the Tripoli line, the 3-year-old Mykonos, is extending that tradition. He'll try for his third straight victory in Saturday's first race, leaving from post 7 with Jeremy Indof piloting. His full brother, Zone Blitz, also will race Saturday (race 4, post 4, Indof). First post is 1:05 PM. Of all the horses who've borne Tripoli's Greek-influenced names, probably the most successful was Kanaris, who was named for Constantine Kanaris, a freedom fighter in the Greek War of Independence who eventually became the country's prime minister. Kanaris the pacer banked $361,649 lifetime and took a mark of 1:48.3. He was second at 25-1 in the 2014 $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs, defeating the likes of Foiled Again, Sweet Lou and 2012 Adios winner Bolt The Duer. "That definitely was the highlight for us," Kezios says. Tripoli named its son of Corner Blitz-She's So Keen after the Greek island Mykonos, which Kezios, his wife and their daughters visited about 10 years ago. The island has an important place in Greek mythology. It was there that Zeus was said to have battled the Titans, there that Hercules slew giants considered invincible. Not only killed them, the myth goes, but also dismembered them and scattered their body parts that now exist, in petrified form, as large rocks that dot the island. For all the violence of those myths, Mykonos seems idyllic, cooled by gentle sea breezes that allow year-round tourism to flourish. The island is known for its family-oriented activities as well as all-night bars and what Kezios discreetly describes as "adult beaches." He did not experience those beaches. "I was very happy doing things with my family," he says. "What I remember most are the windmills and the breezes coming off the Mediterranean. It's one of the most beautiful islands you'd ever want to go to." Mykonos is not yet in Kanaris' class. Both recent wins have come in conditioned claimers, and he's stepping up Saturday to a much tougher $11,100 event for winners of two races but not more than four. Dirk Simpson, who trains the brothers, believes Mykonos is ready for the challenge. "His potential is good," Simpson says. "I like him a little better than Zone Blitz; he's a little more aggressive. Getting away from that long stretch at Hoosier Park didn't hurt him." Kezios agrees with that assessment. "He raced at Illinois fair tracks at 2, and he was able to zip around those. We thought a five-eighths-mile track would be better for him than mile tracks or Hoosier." To date, Mykonos has banked $48,807. If his earnings swell, would Kezios consider allocating his share of the profit to a return trip to the island? "If I can find the time, I'm planning on going back there whether or not the horse does well," he says. "Time is sometimes harder to find than money." Saturday's card includes a $1,436.13 Pick 5 carryover and a $778.50 carried-over jackpot in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host their annual holiday party featuring handicapping contests, giveaways, games and a visit from everyone's favorite reinsman, Santa Claus. For more information or to register for any activities, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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