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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2014 -- Dave Palone, the world's "winningest" harness racing driver, padded his total considerably Wednesday at The Meadows when he collected seven victories on the 15-race card, including a sweep of races 10 through 14. Palone scored twice for his brother, trainer Mike Palone; otherwise, he spread the wealth around, providing a win each for trainers Ron Burke, Scot Davidson, Kris Hite, Tye Loy and Marcus Marashian. Five of Palone's winners were odds-on while the longest-priced was Stronski at 4-1. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday. Following live programs on Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23, the track will break for the holidays. Post time for each of the remaining 2014 cards is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2014 -- Certified Ideal outdueled Macharoundtheclock for the early lead, then held her off in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five winners on the card for driver Tony Hall. Certified Ideal withstood a strong first-over challenge from Novascotia Hanover that might have weakened her. But when Tony Hall asked her for late pace, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last found enough to down Macharoundtheclock by a neck in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Do Me Honor was third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who has won 11 races this year and $278,467 in her career, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $4,148.67. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 15, 2014 -- Easy Again held off the late charge of his stablemate, Visible Gold, to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Easy Again was pocketed by Dew N Doughnuts early before retaking at the three-eighths. Urged on by Dave Palone, Easy Again found more in mid-stretch and defeated the rallying Visible Gold by 1/2 length in 1:52.2. The first-over Nitro Seelster was third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling who now boasts $735,381 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 12, 2014 -- Dismissed at 13-1, TSM Photo Bugger easily disposed of the 1-9 favorite, Cowgirl Hall, around the final turn and went on to capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall was seeking her sixth straight victory, but she was no match for the winner, who moved from third past the three-quarters for Mike Wilder. TSM Photo Bugger triumphed in 1:55.3, 2-3/4 lengths better than Overandovervictory. Andoversure earned show while Cowgirl Hall faded to fourth. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, a 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding who now has banked $445,011 in his career, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. It was one of five wins on the 15-race card for Wilder. In Friday's companion feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember moved three wide down the backside to get the jump on Whata Donato and defeat her by 1-3/4 lengths for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Crazy Grigio was well back in third. The 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman extended her lifetime earnings to $294,332. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2014 — Dismissed at 32-1, Americangirlfriend stayed calm when her cover broke stride and pulled off the upset in Tuesday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Americangirlfriend and Jim Pantaleano were following Miss Kilo when that one jumped it off entering the final turn. Unperturbed, Americangirlfriend persevered and scored in a career-best 1:52.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Tremor Hanover. Early leader R Marie Hanover saved show. J.C. Miller, Jr. trains the 3-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Movealittlecloser, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Randy Ringer. Mike Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and trainer Mark Goldberg each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2014 -- Whata Donato yielded to the pocket behind Anaffairtoremember, then brushed by her inside to capture her second straight Lightning Lane victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to a relatively easy lead while the parked-out Anaffairtoremember didn't see the cones until the three-eighths. That was the edge Whata Donato needed, as she knifed through the slop to score in 1:55.4. Anaffairtoremember gamely held place, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Magic Wheel third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $166,641. Mike Wilder drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2014 -- Count Me In quarter-poled to the lead and held off the late charge of Classicality to capture Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Count Me In was away second when Wilbur Yoder sent him to the front. The 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding withstood the first-over challenge of Classicality and defeated him by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.2 over a sloppy surface. Call To Post found late racing room for third. Lady's Dude, Ohio's 2014 champion 3-year-old, saw his six-race winning streak snapped when he grabbed the point early but faded to finish fifth. Marty Wollam trains Count Me In, who now boasts $353,219 in career earnings, and owns with Acadia Farms. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2014 -- Winless since late July, Certified Ideal regained her top form Tuesday at The Meadows when she moved first over to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Although Certified Ideal rolled up nine victories early in the year, five consecutive winless starts earned her a break of more than nine weeks. In Monday's contest, her second off the layoff, she moved from third for Tony Hall and needed the rest of the race to wear down the leader, Rescue Team, and defeat her by a head. Do Me Honor finished third. The winning time was 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last who extended her career bankroll to $269,467, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Eric Ledford three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2014 -- Rebounding from a tough outing, Easy Again seized the early lead and rolled through the slop to capture Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent start, Easy Again was parked early and eventually broke stride. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling had no such misfortune Monday when he made the front from post 8 for Dave Palone and coasted in 1:53.1. The pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Classic Rock Nroll third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who now boasts $726,381 in career earnings, fur Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Mike Wilder piloted five winners and Jim Pantaleano four on the 15-race card while Paul Corey fashioned a training triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

 WASHINGTON, PA, -  Whata Donato stalked patiently from the pocket, then pounced in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winnners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Take The Money took the field through three-quarters in a sharp 1:25.4 over a sloppy surface. But when trainer/driver Doug Snyder pointed Whata Donato to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise poured through to score in 1:55.1 and down Take The Money by 2 lengths. ER Ellie finished third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who pushed her career bankroll to $156,641. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the Pick 4 offers a $5,000 pool guarantee. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall proved once again that she currently has no peer among The Meadows' trotting elite as she ripped off her fifth straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap. Although Cowgirl Hall had to endure a demanding, parked-out first quarter in 27.2, she and Dave Palone were in control every step, scoring in 1:53.2. Martz Time was a ground-saving second, 3/4 lengths back, with Count Me In third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who extended her career bankroll to $646,303, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three victories on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Trailing by 8 lengths at the half, Do Me Honor took advantage of live cover to get into position, then brushed through the lane to capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor was sixth down the backside when Aaron Merriman moved her third over in the cover flow. She needed to go wide to do it, but the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right overtook the leaders with authority, scoring in 1:54. Rescue Team was second, 1/2 length back, with Miss Kilo third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, who extended her career bankroll to $526,177. Eric Goodell and Eric Ledford each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Shooter's Dream moved relentlessly first over to wear down the leader, Visible Gold, and capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer who had been racing at Hoosier Park, Shooter's Dream was sitting last when Tony Hall sent him on his uncovered journey. He pulled even with Visible Gold into the final turn and defeated him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.4. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Shooter's Dream, a 4-year-old Sand Shooter-With A Dream gelding who now has banked $113,915, and owns with Tom Pollack and David Linker. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone and Hall each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On a day not suited for track records -- temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder -- Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled through fractions of 26.4/55.2/1:23.1/1:52.3 for Dave Palone, defeating the pocket-sitting Count Me In by 2-3/4 lengths, with Mistress Valentine third. The time knocked a tick from the previous track record for older trotting mares that Cowgirl Hall held jointly with Daylon Miracle. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 15 races this year and $637,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted five winners on the 15-race card. With his Tuesday haul, Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,762, solidifying his position as the world's "winningest" harness racing driver. The driver Palone passed, Germany's Heinz Wewering, has 16,754 victories but isn't scheduled to drive until Sunday, with six assignments at Hamburg-Behrenfeld. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association recently hosted its 3rd annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, thanks to the generosity of several owners, trainers and drivers. The day began with a free lunch for all caretakers in the paddock lounge prior to the races, courtesy of the MSOA. An anonymous donor gave $1,250 that was divided up among the winning caretakers of each of the day's 15 races. A minimum "bonus" of $50 was given to each winning caretaker, with three races offering a larger amount of $200-$250. Additionally, other owners and trainers donated cash, blankets and/or gift cards to area businesses, which were given away via separate random drawings each race. The big winner on the afternoon was Mike Wallace, caretaker of I'm Feelin Good for trainer Ashley Hall. Wallace picked up the day's largest bonus, $250. The annual event is a way for owners, trainers and drivers to show their appreciation for the efforts made behind the scenes by the caretakers that work with their horses on a daily basis. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2014 -- With three wins Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Dave Palone opened a lead over the idle Heinz Wewering of Germany in their duel to become the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- and to maintain that crown. Palone forged ahead Friday with career win 16,754, but Wewering climbed back to tie with a victory Sunday. Palone's lead likely will widen appreciably as Wewering these days drives a limited schedule. Palone has 26 scheduled assignments Tuesday and Wednesday at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives through Thursday. Moreover, Wewering lost seven drives, unless he finds other spots for his horses, when Berlin-Mariendorf canceled its Sunday, Nov. 23 card due to a shortage of entries. In Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock deployed her characteristic rallying style to erase a 9-1/2-length deficit and edge Tremor Hanover by a head in 1:55 in the slop. Thunder Chaser was third. Eric Ledford drove for trainer Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul has won 11 times this year and $372,987 in her career. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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