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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2017 — Like Clockwork accelerated out of the final turn and blazed through the lane to extend his career unbeaten streak to six in Saturday’s $83,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wes Delight captured the other division in the stake for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers. Like Clockwork took the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship on the front end, but winning driver Mike Wilder indicated he was hoping to chase a helmet with the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding in the Keystone Classic. “I wanted to race him out of a hole,” Wilder said. “I’ve been putting him on the lead because it’s just worked out that way. He stepped up to the plate every time. But he’s tremendous out of a hole. He just loves a target.” Like Clockwork and Wilder dropped in fourth, followed live cover and poured it on late to triumph in a career-best 1:52.2. Early leader Ideal Flip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Iluvtomakemoney third. Angela Porfilio sent out Like Clockwork for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. Wilder noted that Like Clockwork has several stakes remaining, including the Breeders Crown. “I’m not saying he’s that kind of horse, but he sure hasn’t shown me he’s not, either,” Wilder said. “It might sound crazy, but if they would go a 1:21 (three-quarters), they would never get away from him. Who knows what he could do? Wes Delight was hammered down to 1-9 off his third-place finish in the PA Sires Stake championship, and, abetted by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, he lived up to the billing, downing Go West Go Fast by a measured length in 1:53.1, with Yupper third. “I hadn’t driven him before, but on paper, he looked the best, so I wanted to be on the front,” said winning driver Tony Hall. “That second quarter definitely helped.” Mark Harder trains the son of Bettor’s Delight-Maid West and owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Saturday’s card also featured a pair of events for The Meadow’s elite performers. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Fawn De Savage took control with a first-over surge and rolled home in 1:53.1 a life mark, for Dave Palone, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Fawn De Mon Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft now boasts $369,421 in career earnings. Lincolnjames took the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, despite a parked-out 26.3 opening panel, for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding won for the 23rd time over the past two seasons and extended his lifetime bankroll to $289,927. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman and Hall each fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows will take a week’s break from live racing to allow the track to prepare facilities and the racing surface for the fall/winter schedule. Live racing resumes Saturday, Sept. 23, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 13, 2017 -- A combined 0-12 lifetime entering the day, Win Treasures (9-1) and Island Town (8-1) sprang harness racing upsets in Wednesday's $102,700 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Win Treasures had flashed talent, finishing in the money in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg and a PA All Stars event. But the daughter of Winning Mister-Treasure Forever also made breaks that kept her a maiden. Winning driver Tony Hall said the key Wednesday was keeping her quiet while scoring down. "I have all the confidence in the world in her, but sometimes she can be a little rank," Hall said. "I wanted to keep her calm, keep her nice and relaxed. I went super-conservative with her scoring down, fed her into the gate, and everything worked out perfect. When she gets off on the right foot, I think she's as good as any filly around here." She responded like a polished professional, dropping in third from post 7 and attacking the leader, Bill's Lady, in the lane. She downed that rival by a neck in 1:56.4, with Fish Is Fish third. Norm Parker trains Win Treasures for owner Bob Key. Island Town took home a check in all five PA Stallion Series legs -- including the championship -- but Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, indicated lack of confidence prevented her from winning. "We started off early with her and just kind of let herself get set," he said. "The more she did and the faster she went, the more confidence she got. It took her a little bit to find herself." In the Keystone Classic, Island Town exploded from the pocket in the lane for Dave Palone and blew by the leader and 2-5 favorite, Front Circle -- who made a frustration break and was disqualified from second -- scoring in 1:56.1. Explosive G and Southwind Angelica were promoted to second and third, respectively. Bay Pond Racing Stable owns the daughter of Yankee Glide-Doin The City. Key, Palone and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features an $83,300 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2017 -- I Know My Rights grabbed the lead at the top of the lane, then squandered most of it by running in late. Though his antics turned the harness racing finish into an adventure, I Know My Rights scored in 1:56, fastest mile in Monday's $104,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Toast Of Lindy, Rentier and Moosonee taking the other splits. A solid third in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship, I Know My Rights moved from third at the three-quarters for Tyler Buter and passed the leader, Max's Beast, out of the final turn. In deep stretch, however, the Muscle Massive-Celebrity Sweedie gelding veered inward, allowing Quality Kemp to gain in the Lightning Lane. I Know My Rights downed him by a nose, with Johny Victory third. "He was kicking into sixth gear and running in a little bit, and I didn't want to check him," said Buter, who owns the colt with Lynette Buter and Gene Oldford Farms. "It was enough today. He has a long body and a big gait. Hopefully he grows a little more and gets a little faster." Todd Buter trains I Know My Rights. Toast Of Lindy was coupled with Mississippi Storm, a powerful entry hammered down to 2-5. And they performed like heavy favorites, as Toast Of Lindy overtook Mississippi Storm to triumph by 1/2 length in 1:56.1, vault over $100,000 in career earnings and give trainer Julie Miller an exacta sweep. Rich And Miserable completed the ticket. "He's a nice horse," said winning driver Andy Miller. "If he does a little growing, he'll be an okay 3-year-old, too." Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable own the son of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy, who finished third in the PA Sires Stake championship and will be pointed to a number of rich late-season stakes. Rentier blew by the favorite, Im Your Captain, so easily that the brush surprised even winning driver Mike Wilder. "I never drove him before, so I didn't know what to expect," Wilder said. "I hated to pull the pocket that early, but my horse felt really good. I'm glad I did pull him because he was just loaded with trot." Rentier prevailed in 1:57.3, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Garnet, while Im Your Captain saved show. Austin Brubacker trains and owns the son of Explosive Matter-Race Judicata. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features an $86,494 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old filly pacers as well as a pair of total-pool guarantees: a $30,000 Pick 5 guarantee (races 10-14) and a $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee (races 4-7). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2017 -- Prompted by a three-day carryover of $11,985.42, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $30,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 harness racing wager on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The guarantee is offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. In addition, Tuesday's card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) 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. Tuesday's card also features an $86,494 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2017 -- On Monday, Sept. 11, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its harness racing Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Saturday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,390.35. In addition, Monday's card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) 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 Monday's program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open 1 Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than the pocket-sitting Rose Run Parker, while Barn Girl gamely held third. Call For Justice, who had won his last nine races at The Meadows, saw that streak end when he finished fifth. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $464,142. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including: the regularly featured $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7); a $2,516.88 carryover for the card's first superfecta; a $1,283.73 carryover for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Shuffled to fifth into the final turn, Goodtogo Hanover swung wide and powered through the lane to capture Wednesday's $15,000 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead, Goodtogo Hanover settled into third for Brian Zendt but had no hope of finding a seam or the Lightning Lane late. When Zendt showed the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall a clear path, she caught the rallying Fawn De Savage and downed her by head in 1:55, with early leader Classical Annie third. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, who extended her career bankroll to $229,457, for Gary Saul. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special holiday-week Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2017 -- Shuffled to fourth at the three-quarters, Shesasmokinlady found late racing room and captured Tuesday's harness racing $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Even when trainer/driver Ray Paver found that path to victory for the 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol, her work wasn't finished, as she had to hold off the late charge of Yankee Moonshine to edge her by a nose in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface. Early leader Tessa Seelster finished third. Iris Horowitz bred and owns Shesasmokinlady, who extended her career bankroll to $244,775. The victory came the same day Paver was honored for collecting career driving win 4,000 last month. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a pair of victories on the 13-race card, as did Jim Pantaleano and trainer Rich Gillock. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) on Tuesday honored Ray Paver for the 4,000th winning drive of his career. Paver, who years ago left a job dealing blackjack to mess around with harness racing, dealt himself winning hand 4,000 on Aug. 23 at the Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield, Ohio. Paver responded in kind by winning Tuesday's feature with Shesasmokinlady, a mare he also trains. An Ohio native, Paver helped his dad, the late horseman Ray Paver, Sr., while attending Marysville High School but didn't envision harness racing in his future. He struck out on an itinerant path, serving a stint as a tugboat painter in Florida before landing in Las Vegas. There, he secured a job dealing blackjack at the Flamingo. One of the important lessons he learned was that his compensation might be enhanced by women of a certain age. "All you had to do was be sweet to them," he recalls, "and they'd just keep tipping you. I always hoped they won. The more they won, the more they tipped." After three years of dealing on the graveyard shift burned him out, he returned to Ohio, primarily to help his father, but his own career as a trainer/driver took off. In fact, United States Trotting Association records show Paver, 61, with 793 career training wins; that figure is almost certainly substantially below his actual total, as USTA didn't begin documenting trainer statistics until 1991. Today, Paver and his wife, Kelly, jointly operate a stable of about two dozen horses at The Meadows, though they also race in Ohio and, occasionally, in New York. Since Kelly also is a trainer, they've developed a system that determines which of them should be listed as conditioner for a given horse. "They're pets to her more than racehorses," he said, "so if she wants to keep one, she's his trainer. For the others, I'm the trainer." Paver is talking retirement, but nobody is taking him seriously -- yet. "I would have to do something; I just don't know what it would be," he said. "Kelly doesn't want to quit, so she could operate the stable. It would give her something to do while I'm laying on the beach." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack and Casino hosted eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships Saturday, each carrying a $40,000 purse, and the harness racing finals yielded a treasure of memorable moments. Like Clockwork and Sidewalk Dancer extended their winning streaks to five. Four stake records fell. And Donttellmeagain wrapped up an extraordinary stallion series performance over two years, winning Saturday's championship and his eighth consecutive stallion series race in as many starts. Donttellmeagain figured to be rough on his 3-year-old colt and gelding foes in the stallion series; his more-than-respectable third-place finish in the Hempt final to Fear The Dragon, harness racing's top-rated horse, was proof enough of that. But Jim King, who trains the Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding for Paton Racing Stables, wasn't worried about this year alone. "We still have the Liberty Bell, the Keystone Classic and the Simpson," King said. "We'll probably do this. He has a chip in an ankle, so we'll take that out when the season's done. We're planning on bringing him back. The long-term goal was to get him through this season as good as possible and see what kind of horse he can make. That's why we didn't put him in with the sires stake horses." In the championship, Donttellmeagain easily overtook Jo Pa's Somebeach with a first-over move for Tim Tetrick and downed him by 3 lengths in 1:50.3, with Mike's Z Tam third. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark set by Stevensville in 2014. With the win, Donttellmeagain soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Like Clockwork got a latish start to his freshman campaign but had won all four races since his July 8 debut. It appeared that streak would end Saturday when Iluvtomakemoney passed him at the top of the lane. But he reasserted for Mike Wilder and defeated Iluvtomakemoney by a neck in 1:54. Beach Watch earned show. "Mike said he didn't see that other horse at all," indicated Tim Twaddle, who conditions the homebred Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for Birnam Wood Farms. "Once he saw that other horse, he took back off. I'll have to monkey with his bridle a little bit. He has the Keystone Classic, the Simpson and the Liberty Bell. He's eligible for the Breeders Crown, but we'll take it one week at a time." Tetrick collected three championships while David Miller won a pair of titles. Highlights of the other finals: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Hockey Hanover Hockey Hanover needed to trot to a stake record to catch Mississippi Storm in the lane -- and that's just what he did, scoring in 1:55.4 to shatter the previous record of 1:57.2 set by Boy Town in 2011. Mississippi Storm was 1/2 length back in second, with I Know My Rights third. The win was especially impressive because Hockey Hanover was stuck outside for most of the first quarter before finding a seat fourth. "With the 7 post, I thought we had to go," said trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder. "We were lucky to get a spot. I moved him after that, and he did the rest. He felt comfortable the whole way. He's tough." Yoder said Hockey Hanover next will try for more points on the PA Fairs Circuit in pursuit of a rare double -- stallion series and fairs titles in the same season. McMullen Stable campaigns the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition who has won nine of 11 starts and never finished worse than second. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Thisguyisonfire After Thisguyisonfire broke stride at the gate in his last start, Miller wanted to be cautious with him early. There's cautious, then there's away last, which is where the duo got away. But in perhaps the day's most remarkable journey, Thisguyisonfire and Miller circled the field, with help from live cover, and triumphed in 1:56.1, 1/2 length better than Soho Hanover, with Media Buzz third. "Dave said he had to watch him a little bit at the gate," said Jim Campbell, who trains the son of Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall for Fashion Farms. "Once he got going, he got set. Thankfully, he was good enough to overcome everything." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Sidewalk Dancer Even though she was parked the opening quarter, Sidewalk Dancer took the suspense from this championship when she jogged on the front for Tetrick in 1:53.3, erasing Half Past Seven's previous stake record of 1:54.1. She Said So shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten 2 lengths, while Some Renditions completed the ticket. "She's learning to be a racehorse, and she's got plenty left," Tetrick said. "I think she'll be able to carry her speed a long way, and I think she'll be good the late part of this season." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign for Northfork Racing, Omar Beiler and Dennis Coons. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Dressed To Impress Although Miller has driven Dressed To Impress three times and produced three victories, he modestly denied that he's discovered the key to the daughter of Andover Hall Warrawee Krisp. "The trips have always been working out," he said. "The favorite covered her up, and I was thinking second. But when I moved her over at the top of the lane, she trotted right on." Special bond or no, the duo outkicked the 2-5 favorite, Itsgoodtobequeen, to upset her in 1:55.1, with Massive Risk third. The time lowered the previous stake record of Broadway Socks by three ticks. Tim Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress for Andrea Lea Racing Stables and Lakefield Gore. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Freakonomics Bettors considered Freakonomics so much the best they hammered her down to 1-9. The daughter of Western Terror-Mind Boggling needed only 1:52 to prove them right, as she grabbed the lead at the quarter for Tetrick and handily downed Beach Club by 2-1/4 lengths. Perplexed completed the ticket. "I think she'll be really good in stakes on a half-mile track," Tetrick said. "She's handy, she's quick, and she likes to win races." Ross Croghan trains Freakonomics, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $140,298, for Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Bone A Fide Babe Bone A Fide Babe saved ground for three-quarters before attacking the leader, Perfect Image, from third. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Bone A Fide prevailed in 1:58.2, holding off the rallying Explosive G by a head. Perfect Image saved show. "She was on the right line so bad in her last start that I didn't dare keep her on the outside and risk her running," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "She's still not quite 100 percent, but she was better." Steve Bush conditions Bone A Fide Babe and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. After a brief break for Labor Day, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2017 -- True Blue Stride atoned for his miscue last week by blowing away an accomplished field in a harness racing career-best 1:53.1 in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. True Blue Stride made his Meadows debut Aug. 23 after logging impressive performances at Harrah's Philadelphia, Mohawk and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but he broke stride as the even-money favorite. On Wednesday, he made a similar backside move for Dave Palone and kept rolling, defeating Don't Rush by 7-3/4 lengths. Classic Banker rallied for show. Ron Burke trains True Blue Stride, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall gelding who extended his lifetime bankroll to $111,656, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships, each with a purse of $40,000. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2017 -- It took her three tries, but Barn Girl finally wore down a determined Goodtogo Hanover and captured Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare  $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The two mares dueled for the early lead, and when Goodtogo Hanover and Brian Zendt refused to release Barn Girl, Aaron Merriman settled her into the two hole. She pulled the pocket and attacked once again down the backside but still could not clear. Finally, when it looked as though Goodtogo Hanover might pull off the upset, Barn Girl gathered her talent and resolve in the stretch and downed her stubborn rival by a head in 1:55. Classical Annie was third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who won for the 22nd time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $511,108, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder piloted four winners while Tony Hall and Merriman each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Because Wednesday's card at The Meadows is the final program of the Mountain Laurel meeting, no pool can be carried over. Therefore, the Pick 4, Pick 5 and final superfecta all are "must pay." First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2017 -- Yankee Moonshine put away the leader out of the final turn, then held off the hard-charging Tessa Seelster to capture Monday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare 'Preferred Handicap Pace' at The Meadows. Yankee Moonshine was third near the three-quarters when Mike Wilder sent her after Seeyouatthefinish on the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee encountered greater danger after she cleared, as Tessa Seelster was closing fast. Yankee Moonshine found more and downed Tessa Seelster by a head in 1:51.4, with Dime A Dance third. Doug Hinklin trains Yankee Moonshine for Parent Racing Stable. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 26, 2017 -- Agent Q extended her winning streak and Idyllic Beach snapped her losing streak, as two of the harness racing glamor girls in the 3-year-old filly pacers division each won a Pennsylvania Sire Stake split in Saturday's $142,404 Romola Hanover at The Meadows. Agent Q entered the Romola Hanover off four straight wins, including the Mistletoe Shalee and a sweep of her Lynch elimination and the final. Her rivals weren't beating the daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige, but would post 9 do her in Saturday? It turned out to be no problem as she dropped in fourth for David Miller, moved to the lead first over down the backside and held off Caviart Ally by 1/2 length in 1:51.1. Early leader Way Bettor earned show. Agent Q, who has missed the ticket only once in 20 career outings, extended her lifetime bankroll to $889,530 for Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing and Robert Muscara. "You never like to draw 9, but we still thought we had a good shot," said winning trainer Aaron Lambert. "She's right on her game now. She's been good for a long time. Hopefully she can stay that way." Agent Q The Dan Patch Award winner at 2, Idyllic Beach hadn't been performing badly, yet she had managed to lose six straight races, albeit to top competition. Adding Lasix for the Romola Hanover, she stalked Bettor's Up from the pocket, then blew by in the lane to score by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3. A pair of long shots -- Risky Romance and Terrortina -- completed the ticket. "Bleeding definitely didn't help her, although I'm not sure it was the only thing," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "It's a tough group of fillies -- that's probably part of the reason, too. She raced really good today, and hopefully she moves forward from here." Jimmy Takter conditions Idyllic Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Idyllic who vaulted over $800,000 in career earnings, for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc. and Marvin Katz. Idyllic Beach The PASS championships for 3-year-olds are set for Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. $60,000 PA Stallion Series, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Freakonomics starred in Saturday's co-feature when she triumphed in 1:51.1, matching Dismissal's stake record. Miss Jones and Ella Christina took the other splits, with Tim Tetrick enjoying a stake double behind Freakonomics and Ella Christina. Freakonomics dueled for the early lead in a demanding 26.4, but she drew off to down Perplexed by 4-1/2 lengths. Someomensomewhere completed the ticket. "I got an okay second-quarter breather," Tetrick said. "From there on, it was her race to win or lose, and she responded well. She locked up on a line in the Adioo Volo here; today, she was straight as a string." Ross Croghan trains the daughter of Western Terror-Mind Boggling, who pushed her career bankroll to $120,298, for Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. Ella Christina pulled off a 56-1 shocker in the Adioo Volo, and she showed her fondness for The Meadows again when she swung wide through the stretch and prevailed in 1:53.1 for trainer Nick Surick and owners Nick Surick Stable, J.L. Benson Stables, William Daggett, Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Beach Club shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with the first-up Traceuse Hanover third. "I was in a pretty good spot at the quarter, but by the five-eighths, I was in a bad spot again," Tetrick said. "I got to slide out, come around, and she got it done." Miss Jones, who was highly regarded by trainer Joe Holloway and owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, missed nearly two months when veterinarians discovered a problem with the middle joint of her right hind hock. "We sent her to the University of Pennsylvania for a bone scan, and they picked it up," Holloway said. "She was still a little bit off today but not horribly gaited. Maybe we can salvage a little bit of the year." In her comeback race Saturday, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Dreams Are Great edged the pocket-sitting Bridge To Tomorrow by a nose to lift her career bankroll to $110,453. Emily R Hanover was third. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each with a purse of $40,000, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Elsewhere on the card, Mr Wiggle Pants was a powerful 4-3/4-length victor in 1:50.2 for Aaron Merriman in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. The 4-year-old son of Mr Wiggles-Shani Pants now has earned $353,156 for trainer Scott McEneny and owner Bradley Grant. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2017 -- Two AM won for the fifth time in seven 2017 starts when he captured a division of Wednesday's $141,428 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Shake It Off Lindy took the other split in the harness racing event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters known as the Hickory Smoke. Two AM began the year conservatively for trainer Todd Buter and owners Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs, winning a PA Stallion Series split at The Meadows. Since then, he's faced increasingly tougher competition, sprinting away from a talented field in a Townsend Ackerman division at the Meadowlands. In the Hickory Smoke, he powered to the lead past the quarter for Tyler Buter and easily held off the pocket-sitting Muscles Jared by 2 lengths in 1:53.3. Sortie recovered from an early break to earn show. "He's one of the most willing trotters I've ever driven," Tyler Buter said of Two AM, a Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding who extended his lifetime bankroll to $155,293. "You just show him the direction, he goes. He's not staked too heavy, but I'm sure Dad (Todd Buter) will pay him in to whatever he thinks he needs to." Shake It Off Lindy hadn't won in seven tries this year, but he stubbornly insisted on the early lead for Scott Zeron before yielding to the pocket and poured through the Lightning Lane, prevailing in 1:55 to vault over $100,000 in career earnings. Andy M split horses for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with 34-1 long shot Gustavo Fring third. " It was nice to finally get him a win today," Zeron said. "I'd never sat behind him before, but they told me he's quick off the gate. He timed into it very nicely and got out of there great. The favorite came at me, we let him go, and he took us the distance." Frank Antonacci trains Shake It Off Lindy, a son of Crazed-Nashville Lindy, for owner/breeder KR Breeding LLC. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Much like Shake It Off Lindy, Wiagram Hanover was without a win in eight starts this season. But he followed cover willingly in Wednesday's co-feature and got that elusive victory -- at 15-1. Soho Hanover and Perseverance captured the other splits. Trainer/driver Mike Simons, who owns Wiagram Hanover with Christopher Giaccio and Albert Abdalla III, said he purchased the Andover Hall-Wishful Me gelding for $12,000 as a yearling, knowing his returns might be down the road. "He's had physical problems, and he's also still immature upstairs," Simons said. "When I bought him, I had long-term plans. His family gets better with age. He has a few stakes left this year, but he'll fill out and make a nice horse." Wiagram Hanover defeated Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths, with the first-over DD's Comet third. Soho Hanover, who had demonstrated an apparent preference for the front end, gave the Buters -- father and son -- a second stake victory when he brushed late to triumph in 1:57.1, 3/4 lengths better than the front-ending Lars Perry. Frankie Mullins completed the ticket. "We've had to put him on the front because he's kind of hard headed," Tyler Buter said of Jarold Hawks' Soho Hanover, a Cantab Hall-Star Hanover gelding. "I've been wanting to get him a trip, and it worked out today. He responded well to that." Soho Hanover's 2-year-old half sister, Strawberry Hanover, won a PASS split Tuesday at The Meadows. Perseverance showed that he's appropriately named as he cut the fractions and held off Monteverdi by a head in 1:55.3 for Dave Palone. Scirocco Imsosmart finished third. "He was good his last race, when he was used a couple times," Palone said. "I thought I could control the race, get my own numbers, and that's exactly what happened. It was a good mile, as windy as it is." Jenny Melander trains the Cantab Hall-Caviar Forthe Lady gelding for Noonan Harness Racing and Melander Racing Inc. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers: a $143,414 PA Sires Stake known as the Romola Hanover and an $80,000 stallion series event. Special post time Saturday is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2017 -- Seviyorum wrapped up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship with a crisp harness racing victory in Tuesday's $162,615 final preliminary leg at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Strawberry Hanover and Hey Blondie taking the other splits. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller teamed for a PASS double with Seviyorum and Strawberry Hanover. The PASS championships for 2-year-olds are set for Monday, Sept. 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Seviyorum was third down the backside when Miller sent her after the leader, Southwind Angelica. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino gobbled up that rival and drew off to score in 1:56.4. The pocket-sitting SMS Princess was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Southwind Angelica saved show. "I raced her on the front end last time, and she kind of pulled up on me in the lane," Miller said. "So I just wanted her to follow horses for a while. When I asked her to go, she responded." Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable campaign the homebred Seviyorum. Seviyorum After three horses in the field of six broke stride early, Hey Blondie and Andrew McCarthy found themselves last among the remaining contenders. McCarthy urged Hey Blondie to the front past the quarter, and the daughter of Cantab Hall-Winbak Blondie made the move stand up, downing Tiffany's Flash by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:57.2. Lindy On Tap earned show. "I usually take it easy with her the first quarter," McCarthy said. "The way it looked, I didn't have to move from too far back, so I thought I'd get her out there and steady the speed a little bit. She had enough trotting home." Hey Blondie Strawberry Hanover earned stake honors in her third career start by rolling to the top and holding off Front Circle by a neck in 1:56.3. Win Treasures completed the ticket. "She was ready to go early in the season, then she had a few issues and mental things we had to get her over," Andy Miller said of the Marvin Katz-Al Libfeld-owned daughter of Donato Hanover-Star Hanover. "She didn't like stuff hitting her on the face. She's better, but she's still better on the front. She's learning to follow, too." Strawberry Hanover Mike Wilder piloted four winners, including two for trainer Tyler Stillings, on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters: a $141,428 PA Sires Stake known as the Hickory Smoke and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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