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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 19, 2019 -- Harness racing's Carolina Beach snapped his "bridesmaid" streak when he inherited the lead down the backside and made it stand up in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Carolina Beach had five consecutive place finishes and appeared destined for another as he stalked the formidable Windsong Leo from the pocket. But when Windsong Leo made an uncharacteristic and potentially dangerous break past the half -- Dave Palone guided him safely to the back of the pack -- Carolina Beach seized the opportunity, holding off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip by a head in 1:51.1 for Aaron Merriman. Improbably, Windsong Leo recovered to earn show. Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $297,843, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and Merriman each 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 in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $3,052.36 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will salute America's armed forces during the live card on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, with a variety of activities honoring and highlighting active military and veterans. As part of the tribute, The Meadows will offer a complimentary buffet lunch in the Carvery restaurant to active military and veterans while the MSOA will provide them with free t-shirts, programs and wagering vouchers. In addition, the card will feature a match race that pits representatives of each of the five service branches. Veterans and active military also may enjoy paddock tours and starting gate rides. First post is 1:05 PM. For more information or to register for any of the day's events or giveaways, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock, 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com -- and be sure to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook on Nov. 11. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 16, 2019 -- Tony Hall enjoyed a splendid Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven harness racing victories that included a four-race, mid-card winning streak as well as a triumph in the feature with Trixie Dust. Hall's haul included a pair of wins each for trainers Scott Betts and Spencer Kahrig. In that feature, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot, Hall moved Trixie Dust third over down the backside. The 5-year-old daughter of Winning Mister-Emma J peeled off cover into the final turn and knifed through the sloppy stretch to score in 1:55.4, a head better than I Want Kandy. Gural Hanover, who needed a victory to eclipse $1 million in career earnings, finished third and will have to get that milestone mile another day. Betts conditions Trixie Dust, who now boasts $192,430 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Stephen Moss and Nicholas Catalano. Mike Wilder fashioned a triple on the 13-race card, including two victories for trainer Todd Rooney. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features three rich wagering opportunities: a $1,274.78 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $753.08 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $3,052 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Patta, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2019 -- Touchamatic collected her 16th harness racing win this year when she barreled through the Lightning Lane and captured Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sea Shadows, seeking her sixth straight victory, looped the field from last and grabbed the lead near the three-eighths but tired in the stretch. That enabled Touchamatic and driver Aaron Merriman to shoot the Lightning Lane and score in 1:51.1, a head better than the rallying Camera Lady. Sandy Win finished third at 30-1. Bill Bercury trains Touchamatic, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Merriman piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $1,951.06 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 14, 2019 -- Whats The Word confidently pulled the pocket down the backside and rolled to an easy harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whats The Word was stalking Donatover, who had a rough journey to the front. When driver Jim Pantaleano sensed that the leader was weakening, he moved outside and asked Whats The Word for trot. The 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good drew off and defeated Final Breath by a length in 1:54. Barn Girl, hard used from post 8, finished third. Scott Betts trains Whats The Word, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, for Go Fast Stable, Kapideo Singh and Earl Hill, Jr. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $3,216.53 double carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,548.56 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2019 -- At 3, Ultimate Beachboy was such a harness racing talent that he finished second in a Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids elimination and captured the second level of the Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono. He earned $216,060 that year before falling off the charts and passing through a number of hands. He hasn't won a race in nearly three years. Yet thanks to the indulgence of his owners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, he's still at it. Saturday at The Meadows, Ultimate Beachboy, now 9, will try to launch the ultimate comeback when he leaves from post 5 in race 5, a claiming event, with Dan Charlino driving. First post is 1:05 PM. The Burke stable purchased Ultimate Beachboy, a Somebeachsomewhere-Ultimate Bet gelding who brought $57,000 as a yearling, during his sophomore campaign as an Adios hopeful. Even after his scratch from the Adios final with a sore foot, he went on to take the Battle in 1:48.3, his life mark. Following his descent through the ranks, he went for $10,000 at a 2017 Blooded Horse Sale, acquired by a trainer based at The Meadows. At long last, Fortune smiled when trainer Ron Burke saw him on the track. As Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi recalls: "Ron always liked the horse, and he asked the trainer if he could work him a trip. Ronnie said, 'If I like him, I'll buy him and give you $1,000 profit.' Unfortunately, Ron liked him, so we gave $11,000 for him. He was second in his first start back for us and hasn't made a dollar since." But his connections weren't done with Ultimate Beachboy. For such old pals, Burke maintains several long-term rehab parcels near The Meadows that Weaver jokingly calls "Fields of Dreams." "We kick them out and let them be horses," Weaver says. "We had one named Dan Carter who was there five years before he was ready to race again. We end up placing a lot of them with New Vocations or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. But if they've raced at an elite level or have a special place with us, we'll hold onto them and try them again." Burke and Weaver have performed at an elite level for quite a few years. Indeed, Burke will send out Atlanta as the morning line favorite in Saturday's Yonkers International Trot, which carries a $1 million purse. Should Ultimate Beachboy triumph Saturday, he'll earn $4,950. That's fine with Weaver. "At heart, I'm still a $10,000 claiming guy, and I think Ronnie is too," he says. "One of the most rewarding parts of this business is identifying horses that can be helped -- doesn't matter what level." On the wagering front, Saturday's card offers a $578.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak,  for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2019 -- Trailing by 9 lengths after a quarter, Ohio invader Sea Shadows launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her fifth straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Her previous wins in the streak came at Scioto Downs and Northfield Park, but Sea Shadows had no trouble with her new environment. Once Kurt Sugg got her in gear, the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Cameron D Art collared Touchamatic in deep stretch and downed her by 1/2 length in 1:50.1. McDazzle rallied for show. Jessica Roegner trains Sea Shadows for Paul O'Neil and Patricia O'Neil. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Barn Girl zipped to the front from post 5 and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Donatover by 1/2 length to capture her 10th win this year. You're Majestic completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Barn Girl extended her lifetime bankroll to $843,328. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2019 -- Bellsandwhistles retook the lead with a confident quarter-pole move and made it stand up in the slop as he captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Conditioned Trot. Tony Hall gave Bellsandwhistles a 30.1 second-quarter breather, which helped the 4-year-old Muscle Massive-Sierra Belle gelding stay strong through the stretch and score in 1:55.3. When Dawson Springs finished second by 3/4 lengths, it gave trainer Scott Betts the exacta sweep. Dr Judge completed the ticket. Timothy Betts, Denise Barner and Chester Hoffman campaign Bellsandwhistles. Brady Brown, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder, Hall and Betts each fashioned a double on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,363.18 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), and a $1,049.11 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2019 -- Trainer Robert Rougeaux III is a man of many interests. He was graduated from Penn State in 2006 with a degree in animal science with concentrations in equine science and agricultural business. As an equine dental practitioner, he treats more than 1,000 patients per year. On Saturday, though, his attention will be riveted on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships at The Meadows, where he'll send out the harness racing point leaders in three of the eight divisions among his five entrants overall. Saturday's festivities also feature the fourth annual Pink Out, presented by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. When he graduated, Rougeaux (pronounced Roo-ZHAY) pondered veterinary school but ultimately rejected the idea. "After four years of college, I was ready to make money rather than spend money," he recalls. Instead, he joined his grandfather, Harold Brocious, in Brocious Racing Stable, which Brocious co-founded in Marion Center, Indiana County. Now that Brocious has passed on, Rougeaux operates the stable, its farm and track with his cousin, Tommy Loughrey, racing stock at the fairs and The Meadows. "When we go to yearling sales, we try to buy bargains we expect to be fairs horses," he says. "If they turn out to be better than that, so be it. The last few years, we were lucky enough to have a few stakes horses." There may be more than luck at play, though, as Rougeaux and Loughrey actually campaigned four fairs points leaders this year, but their homebred 3-year-old trotting filly, RT Gloria De Dios, fractured a coffin bone while winning her last race and has been retired to the breeding shed. Here's Rougeaux' take on the other three: Lindy Pretty Lady (race 2, post 4, Kyle Bolon), a freshman filly trotter who's finished in the money in all 16 starts: "She's not the fastest filly out there. She's beaten all the fillies in the field, but she's been beaten by them, too. If she gets the right trip, she can do some damage." Penance (race 4, post 5, Bolon), a 2-year-old gelding trotter: "It's hard to believe we were able to buy a Father Patrick for $10,000. But it's a tough bunch. It may come down to who gets the best trip." RT Dont Speak (race 5, post 5, Wayne Long), a freshman filly pacer. "She's had some trouble with the inconsistencies of surfaces and pace at the fairs. We made some rigging changes on her and started driving her a certain way. The last couple fairs she was a little sore in the right front, but I think I have that ironed out." The Pink Out features mini-pony races and a Chinese auction with such prizes as a $150 Giant Eagle gift card; a Michael Kors purse; hotel stays; restaurant gift cards, and alcohol-, dog- and cat-themed gift baskets. The auction begins at 12:30 PM, with tickets accepted until race 9. In addition, the MSOA will sponsor a Family Fun Day that includes a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter, a caricature artist and Pink Out t-shirts available for a $10 donation. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the harness racing leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until driver Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequila Talkin by 2-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4, while Kate's Massive saved show. Robert Rougeaux III trains Rainbowinthewest, who extended her career earnings to $128,271, for Brocious Racing Stable and Lone Wolf Stable. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships as well as the annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. For full race results and enteries click here. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2019 -- Touchamatic held off challengers inside and out to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was the 15th victory this season for Touchamatic, who was driven by Aaron Merriman for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch took the field through a swift 1:21.4 three-quarters but still had enough in the tank to turn back the outside brush of Camera Lady and the Lightning Lane charge of Suddenly Royal. She prevailed in 1:50.2, 1/2 length better than Camera Lady, while McDazzle rallied for show ahead of Suddenly Royal. Touchamatic now boasts career earnings of $388,572. Dave Palone and trainer Scott Betts each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $3,698.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2019 -- The verdict is in: Dr Judge was much the best in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,200 Conditioned Trot, as he triumphed in 1:53 and knocked 1.4 seconds from his lifetime mark. Aaron Merriman and Dr Judge served early notice that they would take no prisoners, blistering the first quarter in 26.3. Although the 6-year-old Dr McDreamy-Carolling gelding was geared down late, he had enough in the tank to hold off the rallying Dawson Springs by 1-1/4 lengths, with Delcrest Holiday third. Tyler Stillings trains Dr Judge for Rags To Riches Of PA. Mike Wilder fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the card features a $2,583.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5, First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2019 -- Keystone Eureka, a winner of a division of The Standardbred stakes at the Delaware County Fair on Jugette Day, will try to build on that achievement in Saturday's $92,499 Keystone Classic for freshman harness racing filly pacers at The Meadows. She'll leave from post 7 in race 9 with Tony Hall driving for trainer Ryan Miller and owner Miller Racing Stable. Saturday's card also features a $70,900 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. Miller, 31, may not be a household name yet, but he's been immersed in the sport since he was a child learning the ropes at the small breeding operation of his grandparents, Doc and Dorothy Miller. Doc, by the way, is not a doctor; he's perhaps best known for his ownership of the champion mare Eternal Camnation, who banked nearly $3.75 million. "They let me bring in the mares in foal, and I just fell in love with horses," Ryan Miller recalls. "The funny thing is, no other grandchildren, nieces or nephews in the family likes horses, but from the moment I saw them, that's all I wanted to do." Miller, who is based in Greenville, Ohio, got serious about his future profession early, participating in a Harness Horse Youth Foundation camp and matriculating at SUNY Morrisville, from which he was graduated with a business management degree in the equine program. He apprenticed with Ray Schnittker for about six years and has operated his own stable since then. Despite his youth, Miller has enjoyed considerable success with his stable of about 16 head. He trained the trotter Magic Vacation, who went in 1:55.3 to set the track record for freshman geldings at Scioto Downs. Among his older campaigners, the pacer he named for his grandparents, Docdor Friskie, is the most prominent and still adding to his $265,454 bankroll. Miller gave $60,000 for Keystone Eureka, a daughter of Somebeachsomwhere-Sir Erika Z Tam, and is pleased with her performance -- first or second in seven of her eight starts. "The draw shouldn't affect her," he says. "She has an extremely quick switch. If Tony wants her on top, she'll get there for him. She's probably the most versatile filly I've ever sat behind." Yet Miller deliberately has kept his youngster away from the more heralded stars of her division. "I'm kind of a realist," he says. "We kept her in the (PA) stallion series because we hoped to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. Will she be a Breeders Crown filly next year? She's probably not of that stature. Maybe she'll become a good Open mare, something I can breed myself. I'd be interested in that." On the wagering front, Saturday's program offers two carryovers -- $2,046.92 in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), $966.51 in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2019 -- Trillions Hanover continued her red-hot ways Monday at The Meadows, capturing her third straight -- all stakes -- in a division of the $59,300 Keystone Classic. Sweet Cherry took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trillions Hanover entered the Keystone Classic off impressive victories in the Lady Maud and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg but appeared to be idling outside after leaving from post 7. According to winning driver David Miller, that was all according to plan. "I was waiting until the dust settled," Miller said. "When she got half in 56, I was pretty confident she could get home from there. She's always been pretty good. She's tried racing against the 'Group 1' fillies. She could compete with them, but she never could beat them. But she's been pretty steady all year." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Tulu Hanover reached the point near the three-eighths and easily thwarted the Lightning Lane challenge of the pocket-sitting Rockn Philly, downing her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3. Alii Nui finished third. Tom Fanning trains Trillions Hanover, who now boasts $231,805 in career earnings, for VIP Internet Stable, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. Sweet Cherry achieved the lead with a quick first-over blitz, then dug in late to hold off Skater Chick by a length in a career-best 1:51.1, with Philly Hanover third. Tim Tetrick, who drove and co-owns the daughter of Sweet Lou-Cherry Tree Coco with Jo Ann Looney- King, noted that she's changed her style recently -- with positive results. "I thought after the third quarter when I had to use her so hard she'd fold up, but she held them off," Tetrick said. "She never used to like the front end. We protected her and protected her. The last few times I've just been racing her and trying to wear them out. It's been working for her." Jim King, Jr. conditions Sweet Cherry. $65,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters American Kronos and Magical Beliefs each won a split in Monday's co-feature. American Kronos prepped for the Keystone Classic with a pair of tests against tough mares at Pocono. She captured both, and winning driver Troy Beyer indicated that experience helped sharpen her. "I tripped her out last week and kind of gave her an easy race coming into this," Beyer said. "She was ready to go today, and I thought the front was the best place to be. Her win at Pocono last Sunday helped her confidence a little bit. She felt real brave on the front." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Glide About quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble defeating Firedbylindie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4, with Hanovers Best third. Julie Miller trains American Kronos for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow. With their checks, American Kronos and Firedbylindie each became a $100,000 performer. Magical Beliefs powered off the cones in the stretch for Miller and roared past Jezzys Legacy to down her by 1/2 length in 1:55.2, matching her life mark. Fade Into You completed the ticket. "With the passing lane, I wasn't worried about finding room," Miller said. "So I took my chances and sat in with her. She likes it like that, too." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who now has banked $284,457 for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $85,500 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,095.59 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                              

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth drew away from the harness racing field late with a powerful finishing kick that carried him to victory in a track-record 1:52.3 in Saturday's $75,299 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The mile lowered the mark set by Explosivebreakaway in another Keystone Classic division only about 30 minutes earlier. The event was contested over three divisions, with Lindy's Crazy Hall taking the other split. Goes Down Smooth battled three wide for the early lead, but after Matt Kakaley gave him a 29 second-quarter breather, the Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding made a shambles of the race, defeating Nextroundsonme by a widening 9-1/2 lengths. Darty finished third. " I let him trot out a little bit, but he did it real easy today," Kakaley said. "He's been good for quite a while now." Ron Burke trains the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The time also is a stake record and the fastest this year by a sophomore gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. While Explosivebreakaway's 1:52.4 performance will go down as one of the most fleeting track records in The Meadows history, he had plenty to celebrate. He found the pocket for Tom Jackson in a blistering 26 opening panel. The Explosive Matter-Phaeton gelding brushed outside through the lane and downed Kate's Massive by 3-1/4 lengths, with Stonebridge Symba third. "I wasn't worried about my horse finishing; I was worried about the horse in front of me carrying me far enough," Jackson said. "He took me plenty far enough. We changed his shoes after his last race here, and he's been a different horse ever since." Fred Grant trains Explosivebreakaway, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $131,925, and owns with Janice Rubin, Steven Katz and Murray Brown. $75,300 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Pyro and Highlandbeachlover captured the divisions in Saturday's other Keystone Classic. Kakaley hustled Pyro to the point from the rail and eschewed the opportunity to release a pair of early challengers and take a covered trip. " I wanted to line them up and have my colt in front, give him a shot on the lead," he said. "I thought he was the best. He dug in, and he was good." Kakaley knew his horse, as Pyro prevailed in 1:50.3, 1/2 length better than Waterway. Lyons Night Hawk completed the ticket. Pyro, a Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover gelding, now boasts $170,266 in earnings for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Highlandbeachlover scored impressively in 1:51.1 after a desultory first quarter that frustrated Aaron Merriman, who couldn't put the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding where he wanted to. "This horse isn't the easiest horse to drive, so I really didn't have a plan, to be honest with you," Merriman said. "This horse has some go, but there's nothing real easy about him. He was very resilient today. He's usually not a front-end horse, but I thought I better put him in the best stop to win," Aflame Hanover was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with He's Packin third. The judges reviewed the actions of three horses, including the winner, before declaring the race official with the order of finish unchanged. Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Races Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell indicated the horse is eligible for stakes at the Red Mile but that his schedule has not been determined. In the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it three straight with a two-move victory in 1:49.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Collura. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding extended his lifetime earnings to $517,900. Burke fashioned a four-bagger while Tony Hall, Kakaley and Palone each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $65,500 trot and a $59,300 pace. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 14, 2019 -- Windsong Leo pounced on the tiring leaders and blazed home in 1:48.2, fastest ever by an older harness racing pacing gelding at The Meadows, in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Tony Hall piloted six winners, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts, on the 13-race card. While Carolina Beach and Summer Travel threw down suicidal fractions of 25.2/53.3 swapping the early lead, Dave Palone had Windsong Leo neatly tucked away behind them in third. When the 7-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie attacked first over, the leaders were powerless to resist. Windsong Leo defeated Carolina Beach -- who held the previous mark of 1:49.1 along with Atta Boy Dan, Escape The News and Reggiano -- by 4 lengths, with the rallying R J P third. Ron Burke conditions Windsong Leo, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories on the program for Palone, including two for Burke. Following a break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, Sept. 21, when The Meadows kicks off five straight programs featuring Keystone Classic stakes. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak. for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                

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