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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  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Caught widest in a four-ply battle for the early lead, Expose Yourself persevered, eventually crossed over and had just enough late to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself had to work hard on the sloppy track to overcome post 9 and needed nearly all the opening three-eighths to reach the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt tired in deep stretch but found enough for Dave Palone to hold off Chapter Too by a neck in 1:56.2. Glidinthruparadise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the 11th time this year and boosted her lifetime bankroll to $176,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,510.10 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- Circle The Page sat patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. As Jewels Forreal moved first over and put away the leader, Cracklin Rosie, she got the jump on Circle The Page, who could only wait for clearance. But when Dan Rawlings pointed her to the Lightning Lane, she surged at the wire to edge Jewels Forreal by a nose in 1:56 over a "good" surface. McDazzle finished third. John Sullivan train Circle The Page, a 4-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $193,374, and owns with Michael Marocco. Brady Brown piloted four winners on the 13-race card and did it in characteristic "Downtown Brown" fashion, bringing home three 7-1 shots and an 8-1 outsider. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,738.01 Pick 5 carryover and a $927.60 carried-over jackpot in the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing programs in 2019 -- same as the 2018 total -- highlighted by the 53rd edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on July 20 and July 27. Generally, the track will race four days each week. Race days January through March will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Saturday replacing Friday thereafter. Post time most race days will be 1:05 PM. The Adios, one of harness racing's most prestigious events for 3-year-old pacers which typically carries a purse of approximately $500,000, will be contested over two Saturdays. Eliminations are set for July 20, first post 1:05 PM, with the final to go the following Saturday, when the Grand Circuit stakes-rich card begins at noon. Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include: Four consecutive Sunday afternoon cards beginning Feb. 17 -- a departure for the track, which has not raced Sundays for many years. There will be no Monday programs following those Sunday cards. Special live programs to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. First post those days -- May 4, May 18, June 8 -- is 11:25 AM. Four spring/summer Friday twilight cards beginning at 5:30 PM. Three weeklong maintenance breaks -- one each in April, September and December. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Media Buzz proved that he's not fake news when he stalked Classic Banker from the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A closing second last week, Media Buzz generated luke-warm support stepping up to the Preferred Handicap. However, when Dan Rawlings gave him the perfect pocket trip, Media Buzz responded by downing the 1-1 Classic Banker by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding who extended his career bankroll to $170,160, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Dave Palone collected four wins -- including three for trainer Trent Stohler -- on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2018 -- Windsong Leo knifed through the slop to collect his 19th win this season -- and third straight -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon is the "winningest" horse in harness racing this year with 20 victories while Windsong Leo is part of a four-way tie for second. Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.4 second-quarter breather, which helped him shrug off the first-over challenge of Phoenix Warrior N. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed his stablemate, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief, by 2 lengths in 1:51.4, with Phoenix Warrior A third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts career earnings of $397,650, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card. Also enjoying big days were Burke, with four victories, and Aaron Merriman, who fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Harness racing produces its share of equine millionaires, but wealthy stallions and mares frequently enter the breeding phase of their careers early while geldings often are retired as age and declining ability take their toll. Thus, there aren't many seven-figure stars still racing. Then there's Dapper Dude. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest already has banked $1,280,130, and with a win or place in Saturday's Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, he'll vault over $100,000 in seasonal earnings. 'The Dude' leaves from post 4 in race 8 with Aaron Merriman at the helm. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. Dapper Dude was a successful stakes performer in his youth. At 3, he was Pennsylvania's sires stakes champion, defeating Sweet Lou in the final, and he also captured the consolation of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Richard Poillucci purchased him from Bob McIntosh's ownership group and in 2016 sold him to the Bercurys -- Renee as owner, her husband Bill as trainer -- for $100,000. That's consistent with the Bercury approach -- buy proven commodities, give fair prices for them and watch their earnings soar. Dapper Dude rewarded them by crashing past $1 million on Oct. 29, 2016. "The horse was racing basically at Yonkers, and he's not really a half-mile horse," Bill Bercury says. "He's a big, gangly guy with some flaws in his gait that would make it difficult for him on a smaller track. When they called and asked if we wanted him, we didn't even have him vetted." His gait may be imperfect, but his heart is huge. In many of his victories at The Meadows, he's emerged from the final turn appearing gassed, strides shortening, challengers looming inside and out. Yet he almost always finds more. "He's full of energy and enthusiasm," Bill Bercury says. "When he gets off the trailer at The Meadows, he starts strutting and bellowing. Everybody laughs, but he's making a statement: 'I'm here, and I'm ready to race you.'" Saturday's race will be something of a test for Dapper Dude, who's been off more than a month for palate surgery -- at least the second of his career. "Anytime you have to take him back in a race, he flips his palate. He's been doing it for the past year. We have absolutely no problem laying him off and spending the money on surgery. These horses take care of us, so we should take care of them. I told the doctor, 'If there's any chance the surgery won't work, don't do it.' Did it work? Ask me after his second start back." The Bercurys have room for only six horses -- remarkably, the current group incudes another millionaire, Wind Of The North, who's still racing -- so they lack the space to retain their beloved old campaigners. When the top trotter Tamarind needed to be retired, the Bercurys placed him with Midwest horseman Nick Roland, who has bred Tamarind successfully. They have similar plans for Dapper Dude. "There's a home for him when we get done racing him," Bill Bercury says. "We haven't told him that, by the way." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2018 -- Parked the opening three-eighths, Expose Yourself was so dominant that she still blew away the harness racing field by 6-3/4 lengths in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself dueled with Looking For Zelda and Dirty Secret before she was able to cross over for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt drew steadily away and scored geared down in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. Dirty Secret and Bessie completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who won for the 10th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $166,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins -- including a pair for Burke -- on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 27, 2018 -- Cracklin Rosie won her second straight Tuesday at The Meadows, rallying again to erase a substantial deficit and capture the harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Cracklin Rosie was fourth by 4-1/2 lengths when she followed the first-over cover of Shesasmokinlady. The 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite roared wide through the stretch for Jim Pantaleano to catch the leader, Circle The Page, and down her by a length in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. McDazzle finished third. Scott Betts trains Cracklin Rosie, who now boasts $235,846 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. Dan Charlino, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and Pantaleano each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,704.60 carryover in the Pick 5 and a $716.30 carried-over jackpot in the Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2018 -- Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Outburst exploded through the final turn and captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $14,000 Conditioned Trot. Outburst appeared to be gapping cover when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones. But the 7-year-old Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady gelding found his best stride late, holding off the rallying Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3 over a "good" surface. Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Outburst, who won for the 19th time over the past two seasons and lifted his career bankroll to $685,352, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2018 -- Windsong Leo collected his 18th win this season when he shot the harness racing lightning lane and scored in 1:52.4 in the slop in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince, Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor are the seasonal leaders with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo released the parked-out Phoenix Warrior N past the quarter but was the stronger horse in the lane, downing his rival by 1/2 length for Dave Palone. The first-over Anythingforlove A finished third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding who now boasts $388,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke enjoyed a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 23, 2018 -- When a harness racing trainer introduces his horses to a new track, he faces a number of challenges -- finding stall space and suitable personal lodgings, unfamiliarity with the local procedures and racing surface -- that can adversely affect on-track performance. Somebody forgot to warn Trent Stohler. Since the Markleville, IN-based Stohler began racing his stock at The Meadows following the close of the Hoosier Park meeting, he's compiled a sparkling .337 UTR through his first 67 starts, including 13 wins. Four Stohler charges will go forward Saturday: Superficial (race 6, post 7, Tony Hall); He's A Popper (race 8, post 3, Hall; Blakemore (race 9, post 6, Hall), I'vegotagirlcrush (race 12, post 1, Jim Pantaleano). First post is 1:05 PM. A 1991 graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in business management --"I wish it had been accounting," he jokes -- Stohler served four years as second trainer for Ernie Gaskin before launching his own stable, which numbers about 40. Of those, roughly16 have been racing at The Meadows. Since 1995, he's earned more than $9 million in purses as a trainer and over $6.3 million as a driver. Even so, Stohler has yet to drive at The Meadows and doesn't expect to. "We've been lucky enough to get Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings, Hall or Pantaleano about 99 percent of the time," he says. "That's good enough." Stohler solved the stalls/lodging problem by shipping in the night before each race program and returning to Markleville at the conclusion of the card. It's a demanding 4-1/2-hour ship, but Stohler's staff is large enough that they can rotate the drives and keep fatigue at bay. As for knowing the track, Stohler raced such outstanding Pennsylvania-bred youngsters as Cult Icon and Glassine Hanover in sires stakes at The Meadows, helping him learn the lay of the land. "I like the people there, the style of racing and the conditions of the races," he says. "We have certain horses that fit certain classes. That helps, as does having the right drivers." Stohler has tried racing his stable in Ohio rather than western Pennsylvania during Indiana's off-season, an experiment that cut his travel time . . . and his earnings. "I was getting my rear end kicked there pretty good," he says ruefully. "I've never done any good there." Also on Saturday, The Meadows is collaborating with Toys for Tots on a holiday collection. Patrons who donate a new toy will receive a $5 voucher (limit one per person). In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering starting car rides, paddock tours, a "Pick the Winners" contest and a live radio broadcast from the Racebook. To register for any activity or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2018 -- Trailing by 6 lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Gordon and Liz Flohr, was content to sit in and let Ready Any time front a comfortable 58.1 half. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-CR Ms American Pie found another gear and edged Ready Any Time by a head in 1:56.1. Expose Yourself finished third. My Cherry Pie extended her career bankroll to $143,666. Dave Palone, trainer Spencer Kahrig and Wilder each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2018 -- Last by 8 lengths at the half, Cracklin Rosie followed a line of cover to the final turn, then roared wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Cracklin Rosie was third in a cover flow that seemed excessive. But when Jim Pantaleano tipped her wide for the drive, she showed she's no "store-bought woman" -- as Neil Diamond's 1970 chart-topper Cracklin Rosie had it -- and erased the last 3-1/2 lengths of her deficit, scoring in 1:55.4 over a sloppy surface. Jewels Forreal shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the first-over McDazzle finished third. Scott Betts trains the 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite, who extended her career bankroll to $225,846, for Tim Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Pantaleano. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 13, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan, who battled back from a potentially career-ending broken coffin joint, soared over $700,000 in harness racing career earnings when he captured Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was sidelined most of 2017, managing only five starts. But he's put together a string or recent races without a hiccup and begun to resemble the horse who, in 2015, set the track record of 1:49.1 for older geldings, a mark since matched by Escape The News and Reggiano. On Saturday, he followed live cover for Mike Wilder and roared through the lane to score in 1:53 over a "good" surface, a neck better than Mister Virgin, with The Dark Shadow third. Ron Burke trains the 9-year-old son of Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot, whose bankroll now stands at $705,762, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2018 -- Legendary Ron entered Saturday's PA Fairs Championship off three straight harness racing victories. Moreover, he was teamed for the first time with another legendary Ron -- trainer Ron Burke. That combination proved unbeatable, as Legendary Ron drew off late to capture the $25,000 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Meadows hosted all eight Fairs championships Saturday and collaborated with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to stage the annual "Pink Out" to benefit breast cancer awareness and treatment. A brief but heavy mid-program storm couldn't dampen the festivities, but it did wreak havoc with the track surface, which went from fast to sloppy to good over the course of the day. Dave Palone collected a pair of championships with Legendary Ron and Watch Me Hanover, but the proudest observer may have been Wherley, whose offspring Watch Me Hanover and Worldly Hanover presented her with her third and fourth PA Fairs titles as a broodmare. She won in previous years with Wimborne Hanover and Waterview Hanover. The sophomore colt and gelding pace, usually considered the glamor division, was widely anticipated as a rematch between Venier Hanover and Cirrus De Vie, who upset Venier Hanover last year at 21-1. But when Legendary Ron and the front-ending Marvalous Falcon turned the championship into a virtual match race, the two presumptive stars were far back early and could not shake loose until late. Legendary Ron stalked Marvalous Falcon from the pocket and roared through the lane to defeat him by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Venier Hanover rallied late for show. "I've made a living off first-time Burke horses," Palone said, "so I wanted to put him in the hunt. I liked the spot I was in going into the first turn. Once he figures out that he's supposed to go the whole mile rather than parts of the mile, he'll be fine." Matthew Dugan and Michelle Rosato campaign the gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance-Safe From Harm, a half-sister to Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. In an odd coincidence, Foiled Again had the opportunity to watch his relative win from a special stall on the apron, where he was greeting fans as part of the Pink Out. In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Keystone Diamond Keystone Diamond zipped to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, scoring in 1:55 while the track was still fast. Alexis May Hanover shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Pretty Proud third. Winning trainer/driver Todd Schadel, who owns the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Dawn with Dr. John Egloff, doesn't usually keep his horses after their sophomore campaigns, but he expects to make an exception of Keystone Diamond. "I'm going to keep her, one of the very few," Schadel said. "I've always liked her, and I think she'll be a better mare next year." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters -- Willie B Worthy Willie B Worthy's two accomplished half-brothers, Classicality and Trustworthy Kid, have earned more than $1 million between them, but their younger sib had been okay without showing signs of future greatness. In the championship, though, he followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and held off Possess The Stone by a neck in 1:58, with the first-over What A Hunk third. "He has big shoes to fill," acknowledged winning trainer/owner Lisa Dunn. "Earlier in the year he was a little sore, and I think he was just growing. But he likes to pass them coming up the lane. He takes after Trustworthy Kid, who's the same way." She indicated Willie B Worthy, with no stakes remaining, would compete in overnights at The Meadows. 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters -- Worldly Hanover Worldly Hanover appeared to be in dire straits. Stuck with post 9 to begin with, she was laboring through the slop and pushed five wide in the final turn while trying to rally. "I was concerned -- there were some nice fillies in there," said her trainer, Harold Brocklehurst. "I felt good about her in the last turn until she got pushed so wide, but that's horse racing. I was very happy with her." The daughter of Donato Hanover showed championship mettle when she persevered and defeated Critical Hanover by a length in 1:59.1 for Bryce Brocklehurst. Won The War completed the ticket. The trainer said Worldly Hanover likely would compete next year for owners Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams before beginning a career as a broodmare. "That was the intention of the owners when they bought her," he said. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Aflame Hanover With a win in a Simpson split and a third in a Liberty Bell division, Aflame Hanover looked much the best on paper. He was even more persuasive on the track, rolling to a 7-1/4-length victory for Tony Schadel who, along with trainer Linda Schadel, owns the Russell Hanover-Applique Hanover gelding. "The fairs keep them happy -- they can beat up on something sometimes," Tony Schadel said of the $6,500 yearling acquisition. "He's done now; he's had enough starts. He has plenty of stakes next year. He'll be eligible for the fairs. Whether he races in them depends on how good he actually is." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Sure R Looking Good Things sure were looking bad for Sure R Looking Good. Jim Pantaleano had to wrangle her back to last when they couldn't find an early seat, and she was forced three wide down the backside. But the daughter of Well Said-Treat Me Good advanced relentlessly and scored in 1:57 for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. April Ava was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Crew Sock Hanover, the divisional points leader, earned show. "She's game on account of her breeding," Pantaleano said, "and she acted like she was very happy chasing horse. So it actually kind of worked out." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Watch Me Hanover Winless in six career starts and off stride in his last, Watch Me Hanover seemed a tossout. But the Muscle Massive gelding was getting the services of Palone for the first time, and he had that Wherley connection. Still, it would have been hard to predict that he would erase a 10-1/2-length deficit with a wide rally and defeat long shot Grover Hanover by 2-1/4 lengths in 2:00.1. Keystone Bentley, part of a four-horse Todd Schadel entry, was third. "I'm not sure what we'll do with him now," said Bill Daugherty, Jr. who trains the $25,000 yearling purchase for Susan Daugherty and also conditioned Wherley offspring Wimborne Hanover and Waterview Hanover. "He's fresh, only seven starts, so you gotta race him a time or two." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot --RT Gloria De Dios Last time she left from the rail, RT Gloria De Dios broke stride. On Saturday, she rushed to the lead from the rail for Kyle Bolon, seated Bumper Hanover and held her off late to score by 3/4 lengths in 1:59.2. Touch Of Dough finished third. "Every start she's won she's been on the front, so I thought if I put the leader behind me, that was my best chance," Bolon said. "I was getting after her late, but sometimes she waits on horses. Once she heard another horse, she dug in pretty good." Robert Rougeaux III conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-RT Sun Poco for Brocious Racing Stable. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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