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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2014 -- She wasn't wearing pinstripes, but Murderers Row knocked one out of the park Friday at The Meadows when she blew away the field in 1:59, fastest of four divisions in the opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Soaring Flight, Best Glider and Sand C-Four took the other $12,500 splits, with Tony Hall and trainer Tye Loy teaming for a pair of victories (Soaring Flight, Sand C-Four). The powerful New York Yankees line-up of the Babe Ruth era was nicknamed Murderers' Row; the equine Murderers Row comes by her version of the moniker naturally, since the Donato Hanover filly is out of Housethatruthbuilt. Hammered down to 1-9 Friday, she zipped to the lead for Dave Palone and drew off late to down the pocket-sitting She Glides by 5-1/2 lengths. Jessie Rae rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Murders Row for the Chuck Sylvester stable and owners Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. In Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Santa Fe Beachboy took advantage of hot early fractions to notch a second-over victory in 1:51.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Brian Brown and owner Santa Fe Stable. Big Risk was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while early leader Windsong Jack saved show. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Santa Fe Yankee pushed his career bankroll to $113,093. Wilder drove four winners on the 14-race card while Hall and Palone each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2014 -- A six-race maiden entering the fray, Massive Storm powered to the lead, re-seated his only challenger and sailed home in 1:58.4, fastest of three $12,500 divisions in Wednesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Red Maple Lane and Sixteen Encores took the other splits. With Massive Storm on the front near the three-eighths, Cue Hall pulled the pocket and attacked the leader. Massive Storm and Dave Palone accelerated, forcing Cue Hall back to the cones. The Muscle Massive-Stormy Valentine gelding went on to down Cue Hall by 2-3/4 lengths, while Grana Padanno rallied from last for show. Jeff Bolyard trains Massive Storm for Donald Bolyard. Looped from the gate, Sixteen Encores still made the lead comfortably and drew off to defeat Guy Fox by 6-3/4 lengths in 1:59.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and Bob Key, who bred and owns the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. Mmmmgood completed the ticket. Red Maple Lane had a similar easy time of it on the front end, prevailing in 1:59.4 for Doug Snyder. The pocket-sitting Bambam Lauxmont was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Game Challenge a distant third. Lisa Martin conditions the SJ's Caviar-Lane Bryant gelding for Mary Martin, Roger Dirlam and Maple Ridge Stable of Pennsylvania. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday, first post 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA,  -- Allthatjazz De Vie continued to look like a serious youngster when she captured her fourth straight race in Tuesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Momas Got A Gun took the other $12,500 opening-leg split. Allthatjazz De Vie opened her career with an out-of-the money finish at Running Aces but is undefeated since then, with a mark of 1:53.2. In the series, the daughter of American Ideal-Todalu easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Doll Fins for Dave Palone and defeated her by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Lady's Critic was third. Ron Burke conditions Allthatjazz De Vie for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear), Momas Got A Gun vaulted from the pocket around the far turn and sailed past Cantuhearmeknockn, downing her by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4. Presentina completed the ticket. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Geoffrey Martin. Elsewhere on the card, Better Caviar moved powerfully first over for Dan Rawlings to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot in a sharp 1:52.4, 3/4 lengths better than Daylon Miracle. Cowgirl Hall earned show. David Wade trains Better Caviar, a 6-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit who now has banked $138,085, and owns with Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers and William F. Peel III. Palone and Rawlings each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 13, 2014 -- Dismissed at 8-1, Rock The Nite confidently passed up an early hole, powered to the lead and cruised to victory in Monday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Jed Kidd Squaking and Conversation Boy captured the other $12,500 opening-leg splits. The series is one of four for 2-year-olds that kick off this week at The Meadows. Dave Palone had a chance to ease Rock The Nite to the pylons around the first turn but instead urged the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball to wrest the lead from Cams Fernando. The stalking Cams Fernando tried again in the stretch, but Rock The Nite held him off by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55 over a sloppy surface. Firm It Up finished third. Norm Parker trains Rock The Nite for owner/breeder Bob Key. Elsewhere on the card, 17-1 Macharoundtheclock rallied from seventh in the lane to score a nose victory in 1:52.4 in the $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace. Stucklikeglue and Your Beautiful completed the ticket. Eric Ledford drove the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, who now boasts $334,837 in lifetime earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2014 -- Visible Gold notched his Third Straight victory -- and 24th over the past two seasons -- when he followed live cover and scored in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone found a seat fourth for Visible Gold in deference to a hot early pace and moved the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding behind the first-over cover of Southern Allie. Visible Gold shed his cover into the final turn and rolled home in 1:51.2, a length ahead of Carol's Comet. Major Belle finished third. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who extended his career bankroll to $342,444, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Aaron Merriman drove five winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 9, 2014 -- On Friday, Oct. 10, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $50,000-guaranteed pool -- the largest such guarantee in track history -- 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 Wednesday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a three-day carryover of $17,142.70. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Friday's program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2014 -- A winner in her debut at The Meadows, Anaffairtoremember was even more impressive next time out when she overcame post 8 to capture Wednesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot. When new owner/trainer Bill Bercury introduced Anaffairtoremember to The Meadows, she rewarded him Oct. 1 with a tough first-over victory. On Wednesday, she found a seat fifth for Aaron Merriman, followed the live cover of Mistress Valentine and rolled home in 1:53.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than early leader Kandian Club. Mistress Valentine was a clear third. The 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman now boasts career earnings of $261,982. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Merriman each drove three winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $50,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5, races 11-15. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a special "Gold Medal Match Race" pitting two former world champions in a charity harness racing event. Bob Errey, who won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, earned his gold medal in 1997 as part of Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships.   Suzie McConnell-Serio, head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team and a former Coach of the Year in the WNBA, earned an Olympic gold medal as part of the United States team in 1988.   Errey and McConnell-Serio are harness racing fans that have made many visits to The Meadows with family and friends, and combined forces with the MSOA this past Saturday night to raise money for two local charities. McConnell-Serio was representing Coaches For Cancer, an organization that works with basketball coaches. McConnell-Serio representing a local branch representing the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University and Duquesne University, all three of which are based in the Pittsburgh region.   Errey's charity of choice was the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's IBD research program, which looks to find a cure for Irritable Bowel Disease.   Through the work of Errey, McConnell-Serio and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, each charity received $2,000, while everyone in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to see two gold medal winners battle on the track and visit with racing fans.   by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2014 -- Parked the opening quarter before making the lead, Better Caviar still was much the best as he rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Under Dan Rawlings' handling, Better Caviar fought off a determined first-over challenge from Tamarind and scored in 1:54, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Redder Than Red. The game Tamarind earned show. Dave Wade trains the 6-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who extended his career bankroll to $128,085, and owns with Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers and William Peel III. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $5,476,87. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Continual Velocity fired through the Lightning Lane to capture her 11th victory this year in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although she grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone, Continual Velocity yielded to Novascotia Hanover and was content to stalk from the pocket. With Do Me Honor looming large on the outside, Continual Velocity found the Lightning Lane just in time and triumphed in 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. The game Do Me Honor was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Novascotia Hanover saved show. Ron Burke trains Continual Velocity, a 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity who extended her career bankroll to $515,775, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,592.26. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2014 -- Fly Past Hanover, a 3-year-old trotting gelding, shot the Lightning Lane and notched his second straight Pennsylvania Fairs championship Saturday at The Meadows On a festive evening that featured many family-oriented activities, The Meadows hosted all eight fairs finals, each with a purse of $25,000 -- up 25 percent from last year. Aaron Merriman piloted three champions, including a pair -- Fly Past Hanover and Wimborne Hanover -- for trainer William Daugherty, Jr. Fly Past Hanover stalked the favorite, Mr Weaver, from the pocket and blew by inside to triumph in 1:59.2 for his 22nd victory over the past two seasons, downing Mr Weaver by 2-1/4 lengths. Faust was third. Daugherty said he wasn't surprised the son of Cantab Hall-Flexible Spending was able to repeat as champion. "He's a good honest trotter -- 90 percent sound, no big problems," Daugherty said. "We got rained out three or four times this summer; that gave him a little rest." In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Sheema Star Sheema Star provided the night's tote board pyrotechnics when she shed excess cover in the lane to pull off a 50-1 shocker in 1:59.3 and give driver Brady Brown his first career victory at The Meadows. She Nuit was second by a head, with Hearts Content third. "When I saw I was following the morning-line favorite, I knew we wouldn't be on the fence long," Brown said. "I figured I would have cover carrying me all the way to the stretch. My plan was to come from the back anyway. Everything worked out." Ashley Brown owns and trains the daughter of SJ's Caviar-Hearts In Bloom. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Wiggle It Hanover Not to be outdone by his buddy Brown, Shawn Johnston captured his initial driving victory at The Meadows when Wiggle It Hanover -- a daughter of Dragon Again-Western Gesture that Johnston also owns and trains -- rallied to capture only her second lifetime win in 1:56.3. La Fiesta, the PA Fairs juvenile champion, was second, a head back, while Fixed Income earned show. "They were all itching to get out of there, but she likes to come off the pace," Johnston said. "Was there anything holding her back? Probably me." Johnston received congratulations of sorts when his fellow horsemen doused him with two buckets of icy water. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Wellsaidandone Seated early by the determined Ruffle Up and Roger Hammer, Wellsaidandone had more pop late and blazed by the leader to score in 1:53.4 for Merriman, trainer Mike Gillock and owner Harry Locke. On a brusque night when stake records seemed safe, the Well Said-Yenta Hanover gelding missed the stake mark by a tick, an impressive performance. "That horse of Roger's looked like he'd been getting his own way at the fairs," Merriman said. "I thought if he got cheap fractions, he'd be tough to beat. My horse really exploded out of the hole and made my job extremely easy." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Wimborne Hanover Wimborne Hanover soared over $100,000 in earnings with his win in 1:59.3. Bambam Lauxmont was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while Music Man De Vie completed the ticket. The victory by the Muscle Massive-Wherley gelding wasn't surprising -- he was the 1-2 favorite -- but the front-end style was, as Daugherty previously indicated the youngster had become too hot. "In this field, I thought he might have to go to the front," Daugherty said. "He's been good and solid since I changed his bit, but he wasn't going to get a seat tonight. Aaron said he got a little lazy near the wire." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Isabella Carina Brian Zendt drove Isabella Carina in her most recent outing, a Keystone Classic split, and what he learned proved instrumental in her victory Saturday. "We made some rigging changes," Zendt said. "She had a Murphy blind, and she acted like she couldn't see right. She had her head kind of cocked sideways. We took that off, and she was much better tonight. She's a Cadillac -- wants to do everything right." The daughter of Tom Ridge-Bellissimo moved three wide down the backside and drew off by 5-1/2 lengths to score in 1:59.2. Susie B and Peoplesayimnogood completed the ticket. Walter "Boots" Dunn conditions the homebred Isabella Carina for Dunn Stable. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Keystone I Wish Although she trailed by 5 lengths down the backside, Keystone I Wish tracked down the loose leader, Angel Plus, and scored in 1:57. Tropical Terror, the "winningest" freshman in harness racing with 16 victories, lacked late racing room and settled for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind, while Angel Plus saved show. "I was a little concerned (with her position), but this filly will chase one down," said winning driver Todd Schadel, who trains the daughter of Art Official-I Will -- an $8,000 Harrisburg buy-back -- and owns with Christine Schadel. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Marshmallow Pulse Marshmallow Pulse not only grabbed the championship in 1:57.1, but he also extended a streak -- in the money in all 17 career starts. Tony Hall drove the Quik Pulse Mindale-Marshamarshamarsha gelding for trainer Jason Shaw and owner Mason Shaw who, although only 2, showed his savvy as a horseman yet again. Nippy was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Given Up Terror third. "He tries every time he goes on the racetrack," Jason Shaw said of his $4,500 yearling acquisition. "He gives you everything he's got. Next year we may try some early closers here, then back to the fairs." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Visible Gold pulled the pocket around the final turn and brushed through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10.000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold stalked the leader, Shock It To 'Em, for most of the mile before Dave Palone asked him for pace in the lane. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding responded by opening up and prevailing in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface. The first-over Bigrisk was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Camcruiser Hanover rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who has won 23 races over the past two seasons and $333,444 in his career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. On the 15-race card, Palone drove six winners, each for a different trainer: Burke, Roy Mac Davis, Chris Oakes, Mike Palone, Jimmie Ritter, Jr., Kent Sherman. Live racing continues Saturday when The Meadows offers a special card featuring eight Pennsylvania Fairs championships, each with a purse of $25,000. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

$200,000 will be on the line on Saturday night at The Meadows, as the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Finals will be featured as part of a special 13-race evening card. Post time is 6:55PM.   Horses have been traveling the circuit since mid-June earning points in Pennsylvania Sire Stake fair events at 21 venues. The top eight point-earners in each of eight divisions will meet for the annual championship events.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA)  will also host a Family Fun Night, helping to bring the county fair atmosphere to the track with plenty of activities for kids.   Parade marshal Wendy Ross will have a special tribute to America between races 3 and 4 on the card, and after the 6th race a special Gold Medal Celebrity Match Race will take place, featuring former Pittsburgh Penguin Bob Errey and former basketball star and current University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Errey earned a gold medal in 1997 as part of Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships, and McConnell-Serio was a member of the 1988 USA Olympic championship winning women's basketball team.   On the track, eight $25,000 PA Fair Finals will be the top attraction, featuring some of the top winning horses in the nation. Freshman pacing filly Tropical Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owner Mason Shaw, and driven by Chris Shaw will look for win #17 on the season. In 18 starts, the Western Terror filly has 16 wins and 2 second place finishes, and has the rail in race #2.   Sophomore filly trotter Cantabs Lightning, owned, trained and driven by Wayne Long, has won 10 of 16 this season. The Cantab Hall filly has drawn post 4 in the sixth race on the card.   In the 3YO pacing filly ranks, Allstar Morning, owned by Kristen and Ethan Spahn, has won 10 of 26 this year and has post 3 in the 7th race. Dave Palone drives the Four Starzzz Shark filly for trainer Gerald Lee.   Police Navidad, who has the rail in the 8th race 2YO colt trot, has won 11 of 17 this season for owners Lander Stables, Kathy & Virginia Schoeffel and Jim Reuther. The Muscle Massive gelding is trained and driven by Steve Schoeffel.   Another Shaw Stable entrant, Marshmallow Pulse, has the rail in the freshman colt pace. In 16 starts, the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding has 12 wins and has never been worse than third. Tony Hall will drive. The main challenger will be his stablemate, Nippy, with Chris Shaw driving. Nippy, a Nuclear Breeze gelding, has won 14 of 17 with three second place finishes.   Two more double-digit winners will square off in the 3YO colt trot, as Mr Weaver (12 for 23) will face Fly Past Hanover (11 for 22). Mr Weaver has post 1 for owners John and Owen McMullen. John McMullen trains and Wilbur Yoder drives. Fly Past Hanover is owned by Susan Daugherty, trained by Bill Daugherty, and will be driven by Aaron Merriman.   The MSOA is proud to host the event once again this year, and looks forward to a fan-friendly night.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Anaffairtoremember made her debut at The Meadows a memorable one when she peeled off cover late, roared through the lane and captured Tuesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Anaffairtoremember, who had been plying her trade at Hoosier Park and Mohawk, was away sixth for Aaron Merriman when she picked up the live cover of the first-over Mistress Valentine. She shed her cover in the lane and scored in 1:54.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than early leader Kandian Club. Mistress Valentine saved show. Bill Bercury trains the 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman, who now boasts $253,732 in career earnings, for MT Pockets Stables. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2014 — Somewhere In L A, runner-up to McWicked in the 2014 Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, made a successful return to The Meadows when he notched a facile victory in a division of Tuesday’s $83,400 Keystone Classic. When National Debt captured the other split in the event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, it gave Brett Miller a stake sweep. In addition to his fine work in the Adios, Somewhere In L A finished third in the Little Brown Jug after tough trips in both heats. Miller indicated the colt’s demanding journeys helped shape his driving strategy for the Keystone Classic. “In the Adios and the Jug, I ended up first over with him,” he said. “Today, I tried to give him the easiest trip possible, and he exploded.” Away fourth, the Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding followed the first-over cover of Mattamerican, tipped three-wide entering the final turn and stormed home in 1:51.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 25-1 long shot Sean Liam Q. Early leader Allstar Partner was third. Somewhere In L A extended his career bankroll to $466,703 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. National Debt was much the best in his split, rolling to a front-end triumph in 1:51.4 despite bearing out late. Seventh Secret was 4-1/2 lengths back in second while Hemingway completed the ticket. The son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance was making only his second stake appearance since the Meadowlands Pace, but Ron Coyne, Jr., who trains National Debt for Blair Corbeil, Erna Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables, said the colt’s schedule will intensify. “He was off by himself and let his mind wander and started to drift a bit,” Coyne said. “We’ll make a couple adjustments and see if we can straighten him up. He has a full dance card for the fall; that’s why you saw him in some overnights. We needed some spots to keep him tight until his stakes.” $81,200 Keystone Classic, 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters Tuesday’s program also featured two divisions of an $81,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, with Way Outta Here and Frost Free Hanover collecting comfortable wins. Hammered down to 1-5 following three consecutive wins in overnight races, Way Outta Here had little trouble extending his streak with a late brush for David Miller that carried him to victory in 1:54.4, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Dony Andreas, with JJ Alex third. It was the first career stakes victory for the Broadway Hall-I’m A Pearl gelding, who has been limited to 10 starts over two seasons by persistent gaiting problems. “He’s been a bit of a project, but he’s finally got his act together,” David Miller said. “He’s coming around. He wouldn’t stay flat — ran all the time. We finally got him where he’s comfortable. He wasn’t really keeping up going to the half, so I couldn't move him. But he had plenty of trot when he got back out.” Mark Harder conditions Way Outta Here for Blair Blanchet. Ticketed for the Harrisburg sale, Frost Free Hanover presented his owners — trainer Leslie Zendt, Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne — a going-away present when he powered from the pocket before the three-quarters for Brian Zendt and strolled home in 1:55. Journey was second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Uva Hanover earned show. The Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding raced just once at 2 but this year won eight of 15 starts and $128,418. “I thought he was in pretty tough today,” said Leslie Zendt of this year’s Pennsylvania Stallion Series divisional champion. “I would have been happy with a second or third, but he stepped his game up. Brian used him three times, and he hung tough. He’s definitely been an overachiever all year.” Brian Zendt drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2014 -- Weeper, Pennsylvania's champion 3-year-old filly pacer, performed like a champion Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a stake record 1:51 in a division of a $90,000 Keystone Classic. Katie Said and Do Your Job took the event's other divisions, each in 1:51.4 -- the stake record until Weeper smashed it. Weeper was let go at 11-1 in the PA Sires Stake final, but the public displayed no ambivalence about her chances Monday, hammering her down to 1-5. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad, who extended her career bankroll to $392,888, charged to the front for Dave Palone and defeated Stucklikeglue by 1-1/4 lengths geared down. Fancy Desire was third. Because Weeper is still relatively fresh -- only 11 starts this year -- winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell said her owner, Joe Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, may consider supplementing her to this weekend's Glen Garnsey at The Red Mile. "She's only raced twice in the last 13 weeks," O'Donnell said. "We hit a couple of bumps in the road, and we had to give her a little time. She's not a horse you can race every week, but she doesn't take a whole lot of work either. We'll have to see how she comes out of this." Although Katie Said has won nine of 16 outings this year, she hadn't been in front at the quarter in any of her last six races. She extended that streak Monday, moving to the lead past the quarter for Marcus Miller and downing Lasting Appeal by 2-1/2 lengths. Someislandsomwhere earned show.   "Earlier in the year, she had breaking problems," Marcus Miller said. "Everybody knew it, and she wasn't a pretty breaker, so they were often trying to leave around her. So it just worked out she learned how to race from behind. She absolutely will run down good mares." Julie Miller trains the daughter of Well Said-Katies Lucky Lady, who now has banked $192,926, for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. Do Your Job hadn't raced since Aug. 29, but Brian Zendt gave her a ground-saving trip, and she found the Lightning Lane in time to upset 3-5 favorite Also Encouraging by a nose. Early leader Cinamony completed the ticket. Tom Fanning conditions the daughter of Western Terror-Tootsie J for Fly By Night Stables and David Van Wart. "I was a little worried when I saw she'd been off for awhile," said Zendt, who drove three winners on the 16-race card. "Tom called me and said she was ready, give her a shot, so we did. She's a pleasure to drive. She did it easily." $71,200 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-old Filly Trotters The program also featured a $71,200 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters, with Donatella Hanover and Cantabs Fortune capturing the splits. Donatella Hanover was in her customary spot -- fifth down the backside -- when she moved with authority for Brett Miller, gobbling up the leaders and triumphing in 1:55.3, 3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing Steppin Out. Broadway Socks, who lacked late racing room, finished third. "I think she's better from off the pace; that's why I choose to race her that way," Brett Miller said. "I put her on the front once, and I didn't like her there. She waited on them. She's so well mannered that she never looks like she has a whole lot of trot, but when you pull her, she goes." The daughter of Cantab Hall-On the Glide has earned $143,146 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. Cantabs Fortune, a smallish filly, raced big after quarter-poling to the front for David Miller, trainer Rick Zeron and owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion and Ferme Rico Limitee. She prevailed in a career-best 1:54.2, 4-1/2 lengths better than Outsourced Hanover, with Travelin Dream third. "She's real handy, trots all the time," David Miller said. "And she can go some. I figured I could get back to the lead pretty easy. Everything went smooth." Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- an $83,400 pace and an $81,200 trot. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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