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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

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 12, 2018 -- Last in the field of six at the half, Kiwi Pres rallied through the lane and scored in Wednesday's Holiday Claiming Series for harness racing $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Campbellini took the other $15,000 opening-leg division. Kiwi Pres trailed by 7-1/2 lengths when Dave Palone sent him on his trek to the front. The 7-year-old The Pres-Kristalvagen N gelding gobbled up the leader, Royal Surprise, at the top of the lane and held off the late-trotting Nothing But Muscle to defeat him by a length in 1:57.3. Invested In Lindy finished third. Thomas Stamper trains and owns Kiwi Pres, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $152,190. Campbellini stalked IC Caviar from the pocket, then roared by outside in deep stretch and downed him by a neck in 1:57.4, with Teddy Brosevelt third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Victory Jewel gelding for trainer Brewer Adams and owner Adams Racing LLC. Wednesday's card also featured two $8,000 opening-leg splits of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mutinyonthebounty and Fantasy Rocket taking the honors. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race program. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that 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 $7.5 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Live racing at The Meadows resumes at 1:05 PM Saturday, when the 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

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Strawb's Chippie N zipped to the point and held tough in the lane to score in Tuesday's harness racing opening leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. My Kind Of Dance captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that 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 $7.5 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Strawb's Chippie N had won two of her three previous starts on the front end, and her victory Tuesday for Aaron Merriman, trainer Mark Goldberg and owner Rags To Riches Of PA was much the same. She shrugged off the Lightning Lane challenge of Always A Z Tam and defeated her by 3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:53.2, with the first-over Ellasen third. The 7-year-old daughter of Stonebridge Regal-Strawb's Last Chip now has banked $115,385. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card also included the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers. Deprived, Love Love Me Do and Spoxys Girl took the $8,000 divisions. Elsewhere on the program, Fox Valley Charm shook off the rust from a 2-1/2-month layoff and shot the Lightning Lane to win the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, downing Camera Lady by 1/2 length in 1:54. Jewels Forreal completed the ticket. Brett Miller piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $366,960, for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner Peter Karras. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Growing up in Dublin, Jack Killeen watched American harness racing on YouTube, passionately followed the careers of such greats as Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again and dreamed of coming to the U.S. to make his living as a Standardbred driver. The 18-year-old has taken an important step to realizing that dream through a stint as a driver at The Meadows. Killeen will wrap up his first American sojourn Saturday at The Meadows when he pilots Stirling Escort from post 6 in race 13. First post is 1:05 PM. Killeen was introduced to harness racing by his father, a builder who campaigns horses at Dublin's Portmarnock Raceway as a hobby. The younger Killeen was inspired enough to complete farrier school and begin work as a blacksmith, picking up drives where he could. The problem: For most of the year, Portmarnock races only on Sundays, hardly enough to support a full-time driver -- or a full-time blacksmith. "I shoe Standardbreds, ponies, Clydesdales -- everything," he says. Killeen, however, saw an opportunity when he met Heather and Mike Wilder, who were in Dublin this past summer for the annual Vincent Delaney Memorial festival of races. Impressed by the sincerity of the young Irishman, the Wilders agreed to introduce him to The Meadows horsemen if he came to America. Killeen landed in the States in mid-September, found an apartment and began helping horsemen in the mornings. They remembered it, and Killeen soon earned assignments from trainers such as Paul Corey, Kevin Johnson and Sarah Andrews. He's made the most of those limited drives, compiling a highly respectable .268 UDR in 22 starts. He notched his first domestic win in only his sixth start. Even more impressive than his statistics is Killeen's poise. An 18-year-old intimidated by the situation could respond by driving too aggressively or too passively. But Killeen operates more like a veteran, leaving when he should, ducking when that seems best, keeping his horses alive for checks. "You can't be nervous out there. At least, I'm trying not to be nervous," he says. "Things are different here. In Ireland, we have half-mile tracks. Here, you have tracks of different sizes, which leads to different driving styles. The slanted starting gate is very different." Though Killeen will return to Dublin on Monday, it isn't lack of drives or homesickness that's prompting the move. Rather, his application for an appropriate visa hasn't been approved yet, so he can't stay longer this time. "I'm going to miss him terribly; he's become a part of our family," Heather Wilder says. "I'm hoping he'll back by the end of the year, but the visa process is tricky, and it could take longer than that for approval." If his visa doesn't come through, Killeen says he might pursue one for work in Canada, where the red tape may be less thick. But he's targeting Dec. 31 for his return to The Meadows so he can be here for the career finale of one of his YouTube heroes. "I'd like to see that," Killeen says. "I watched Foiled Again for so long, and I finally got to meet him here." On Friday, The Meadows will celebrate the 27th anniversary of the opening of its Harmar facility with daylong food and beverage specials, giveaways and contests with cash and merchandise prizes. Roger Huston and horsemen Jeremy Indof, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder will mingle with fans from 12 noon to 3 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

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