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WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2017 -- As a Hall of Fame, high-profile harness racing trainer, it's hard for Jimmy Takter to fly under the radar. Yet that's exactly what he's done with Blood Line, who'll compete in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Blood Line goes from post 8 with Mark MacDonald at the helm. The final anchors a blockbuster Adios Day Card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. First post is noon while the Adios goes as race 11 at approximately 4 PM. Takter won the Adios with Vintage Master (2009) and again with Sunfire Blue Chip (2013). For all that, Blood Line, a homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond for Diamond Creek Racing, was dismissed at 13-1 in his Adios elimination. After leaving for early position, he shot the Lightning Lane and missed upsetting heavily favored Huntsville by a neck. Blood Line has won only once this year -- a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split at Harrah's Philadelphia -- but finished second to Huntsville in a Meadowlands Pace elimination before breaking stride in the final. "I don't know what happened that day, but he wasn't far off there," Takter said. "He's a good horse, and if he steps up, he'll be a pretty solid horse." Takter knows that Blood Line, 12-1 in the morning line, must step it up now if he's to defeat Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, the No. 1- and No. 2-rated Standardbreds in North America. "If those two horses are in 100 percent form, without a doubt, they're a little better," he acknowledged. "But horses are flesh and blood. They can take so much and after a while, some of them go a little backwards." He also knows that Blood Line's upset chances took a blow when he drew outside. "If you have to have post 8, The Meadows is probably the best place to draw it because of the slanted starting gate," he said. "This horse has tremendous gate speed; I'm sure Mark will give him a try and leave with him. But if he goes a 26 quarter, he'll pay for it at the end of the mile." Takter indicated Blood Line is eligible for most of the late-season stakes, including the Little Brown Jug. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

When a teenage Bruce Trogdon first began attending the Adios more than four decades ago, he never imagined he would someday own a harness racing horse in the race. On Saturday, he will. But even if it never happened, the Adios would always be special to him. That's because 41 years ago, Trogdon got engaged to his wife Sabrina there. "All this, it's a pretty neat situation," said Trogdon, who will return Saturday to The Meadows with Sabrina for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and watch Fear The Dragon --- the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll --- compete in the $400,000 race for 3-year-old pacers. "We're looking forward to it." Fear The Dragon, who has won eight of nine races this year including the North America Cup and Hempt Memorial, was raised at Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The colt is a son of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Armbro Cinnamon, who Trogdon purchased five months prior to Fear The Dragon's birth in April 2014. Trogdon, a longtime newspaper publisher, started Emerald Highlands Farm in 1982 with 30 acres. The farm expanded gradually to 260 acres and now is home to 37 broodmares. "I wanted to learn to do the horses myself and I basically started from scratch," said Trogdon, who bought his first horse in 1975. "I just loved the sport. I've spent a lifetime doing it. I mostly kept a few fillies every year and didn't do much racing. Now that I've gotten older, I've held on to more of the colts. Dragon was just a colt that I liked. I just got lucky. In most years, in previous years, all my colts sold. I just picked the right year to keep him." Fear The Dragon, trained by Brian Brown, won five of 11 races last year and finished worse than third only once. His top victory came in the Elevation Stakes, but he also had a win over Dan Patch Award recipient Huntsville in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. He finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, behind Huntsville and stablemate Downbytheseaside. This year, Fear The Dragon topped Huntsville and Downbytheseaside in the North America Cup, and also beat Huntsville in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. His only loss was a second-place finish to Miso Fast in his Hempt Memorial elimination. "We knew last year that he was as good as these other horses," Trogdon said. "Winning the North America Cup was big to me. It gave him a chance to show the world how good he is." Fear The Dragon and Huntsville both won their respective eliminations for the Adios last weekend. Fear The Dragon, who was returning from a scheduled three-week layoff, captured his division by a half-length over Western Hill in 1:50.3. Huntsville, fresh off his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, won his division by a neck over Blood Line in 1:49.3. Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Adios final while Fear The Dragon, with David Miller in the sulky, is the 2-1 second choice. "We knew we might go in a little short (in the elimination), and the horse was a little dull," Trogdon said. "He wasn't himself; he didn't have quite as much punch as usual. By rights he should come back this week and be tighter, be good. We're cautiously optimistic. "Of course we're racing against a great horse in Huntsville. We've beaten him before so we're not afraid of him, but we certainly respect him because he's a great horse. I think Huntsville, (Downbytheseaside) and Dragon are just three superstars in the same year. I just think they're three great horses." And Trogdon is just thankful to be part of the group. "Even when I had just claimers we would drive to The Meadows, about 2-1/2 hours from where we lived in northeast Ohio at the time, and watch the races and I've always loved the Adios," Trogdon said. "I just loved to see the great horses. Never did I think I might have a horse like that. "Dragon is just a champion. It's been quite a thrill with him." The Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios is race 11 with post time at 4 p.m. approximately. Following is the Adios field with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1. RJP - Somebeacomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke -9/2 2. Highalator - Somebeacomewhere - Victor Kirby - Jeffrey Long -20/1 3. Fear The Dragon - Dragon Again - David Miller - Brian Brown -2/1 4. Huntsville - Somebeacomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ray Schnittker -9/5 5. Eddard Hanover - Dragon Again - Brett Miller - Ron Burke -20/1 6. Western Hill - Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Tony Alagna -8/1 7. Miso Fast - Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke -15/1 8. Blood Line - Somebeacomewhere - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter -12/1 9. Hurricane Beach - Somebeacomewhere - Dan Dube - Luc Blais -15/1 Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 — After collecting career victory 18,000 two weeks ago, Hall of Famer Dave Palone continues to roll to the next milestone.  The “winningest” driver in harness racing history piloted seven winners on Tuesday’s 14-race card at The Meadows. Palone scored a pair of victories each for trainers Rom Burke and Paul Corey and singletons for Brent Davis, Dane Snyder and John Sullivan. Also on Tuesday’s program, players finally solved the mystery of the Pick 5, which had eluded them for three consecutive cards and prompted a $75,000 total-pool guarantee, largest in track history. The Pick 5 returned $6,451 for a $2 ticket. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 - Huntsville, the 9-5 morning line harness racing favorite, will leave from post 4 while Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, goes from post 3 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The powerhouse Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios goes as race 11 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. By winning last week's Adios eliminations, the connections of Huntsville and Fear The Dragon earned the right to select their post positions; a drawing Monday gave Fear The Dragon the first choice. All other slots were determined by a random draw. Trainer Brian Brown, who characterized Fear The Dragon's performance last week as "dull," said Monday he expects a return to form this week.   "We've been turning him out a lot," Brown said. "I took him to the field today, and he was anything but dull. I think he'll be sharper this week. A sign of a good horse is that he wins when he's supposed to win, so I was happy that he won and toughed it out. But it still worries the heck out of you. He's never raced like that."   Trainer Ron Burke, who sends three into the final, drew posts 1 (RJP), 5 (Eddard Hanover) and 7 (Miso Fast). The complete Adios field in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. RJP by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 9-2 2. Highalator by Somebeachsomewhere - Victor Kirby - Jeffrey Long, 20-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again - David Miller -  Brian Brown,  2-1 4. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ray Schnittker,  9-5 5. Eddard Hanover by Dragon Again - TBA - Ron Burke, 20-1 6. Western Hill by Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Tony Alagna, 8-1 7. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter, 12-1 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Daniel Dube - Luc Blais 15-1 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2017 — Prompted by a three-day carryover of $24,374.31, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $75,000 total-pool guarantee — largest in track history — for its harness racing Pick 5 wager on Tuesday, July 25. 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. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2017 -- The draw for harness racing post positions for the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday, July 25, 12:30 PM, in the Racebook at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. All media are invited to attend the draw, which also will be available on Meadows Live! and at meadowsgaming.com. The Adios final July 29 anchors a power-packed card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. First post is noon, with the Adios (race 12) off at approximately 4 PM. On Monday, the connections of elimination winners Huntsville and Fear The Dragon will select their post positions, with the order of selection determined by lot. At Tuesday's draw, post positions will be determined by lot for the other seven in the field: Blood Line, Eddard Hanover, Highalator, Hurricane Beach, Miso Fast, RJP and Western Hill. Trainer Ron Burke sends three -- Eddard Hanover, Miso Fast, RJP -- into the final. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2017 - Huntsville and Fear The Dragon had to work much harder in the slop than overwhelming harness racing favorites would like, yet each was game enough Saturday to capture an elimination of the 51st edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. They'll be joined in next Saturday's $400,000 Adios final by Blood Line, Miso Fast, RJP, Western Hill, Eddard Hanover, Hurricane Beach and Highalator, who advanced as the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings. The Adios final anchors a blockbuster card that begins at noon and features six Grand Circuit stakes. Coming off a narrow victory in the Meadowlands Pace, Huntsville was parked for Tim Tetrick from post 7, finally reaching the top at the three-eighths. He still couldn't relax, as he faced stern challenges from Highalator outside and the menacing Blood Line in the Lightning Lane. But the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show was up to the task, holding off Blood Line by a neck in 1:49.3, with the rallying Miso Fast third.   "When you go a half in 53 on an off track, you're always concerned," Tetrick said. "It's not really what I wanted to do. I thought I would get a spot in the first turn, but it closed up. But he got it done, and he's going to the final. Hopefully it didn't take too much out of him. I was trying to save as much as I could--that's why I didn't open it up. He was awesome. He got brutalized to the half, and he got the job done. The horse raced super."   With the win, the Ray Schnittker trainee now has banked $1,316,665 for owners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold and Schnittker. Huntsville has finished first or second in all 19 of his career starts.   Huntsville     Fear The Dragon, who last raced July 1 when he won the final of the Max Hempt, waited patiently in third before David Miller sent him after the leader, Hurricane Beach. Under unexpected urging from Miller, the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon finally overtook Hurricane Beach in the lane and prevailed in 1:50.3, 1/2 length better than the closing Western Hill. Eddard Hanover was third.   While it was a successful, determined performance from a colt who has won eight of nine starts this year, winning trainer Brian Brown characterized it as "a little dull."   "Normally, when David pulls him and pulls the plug, he's really pacing forward," Brown said. "But David was chasing, he was working to make him go. I hope he was just a little short and needed the race. I'll check everything out--scope and pull blood and do all the normal stuff. I hope everything checks out; if not, we'll fix whatever it is."   Brown later reported that a post-race examination found an insignificant amount of mucous in the horse's lungs. Emerald Highlands Farm campaigns Fear The Dragon, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $952,844. Fear The Dragon The connections of Huntsville and Fear The Dragon won the right to select their post positions for the final--Brown indicated he would prefer post 3 or 4 but would leave the choice to Miller--with the other slots chosen by random draw. That draw is set for Tuesday, July 25, 12:30 PM, and will be available on Meadows Live! and at meadowsgaming.com. Trainer Ron Burke, who started six in the eliminations, saw three of his charges make it through: Miso Fast, RJP and Eddard Hanover. THE MEADOWS ADDS $20,000 GUARANTEE FOR MONDAY PICK 5 On Monday, July 24, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee for its 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 $8,247.34. 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 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 Monday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2017 -- Done Well did well again, extending his career unbeaten streak to three with an impressive win in Saturday's $159,165 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Closing Statement and Pedro Hanover taking the other splits. Tim Tetrick enjoyed a PASS double behind Done Well and Pedro Hanover. Done Well had won two stakes with mid-pack moves, but Tetrick sent him to the front from post 8. It took the entire first quarter for him to pocket Karpathian Kid, but he easily kept him there to down him by 2 lengths in a stake-fastest 1:52 over a sloppy surface. Better Watch Out earned show. Done Well The victory contributed to a big day for winning trainer Brian Brown, whose top-ranked 3-year-old, Fear The Dragon, won an Adios elimination later in the card. "We've had lots of horses in the past who looked great and trained down great," Brown said of the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover. "But this one has never disappointed us. We've loved him from the beginning." James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith campaign Done Well, a $45,000 yearling acquisition. Closing Statement also was stuck outside during his first panel, but he was strong enough to hold off the previously undefeated Kwik Talkin by a length in 1:52.4 for David Miller. Early leader Lucky Leonard completed the ticket. "I wasn't worried about the first quarter," said Joe Holloway, who conditions the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton, a $120,000 yearling acquisition for Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz. "I thought that was just David waiting until things settled down." Closing Statement Pedro Hanover broke stride from post 8 in his last start yet rallied strongly outside to finish third. He was flat and even more powerful from post 8 in the Albatross, plucking off horses to score in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero. "That break last time, that was just some green stuff," Tetrick said. "He showed what he could do." Pedro Hanover In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief outkicked his stablemate, Lincolnjames, to beat him by 1-1/2 lengths, with Techtor Hanover third. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Tanek. With the victory, the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Hawk's Red Chief Dave Palone and Tetrick each collected four wins on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2017 -- For the harness racing trainers of all Adios colts and geldings not named Huntsville, his conditioner, Ray Schnittker, offers a scary report on the status of his Dan Patch Award winner: "He's probably as good as he's ever been." Huntsville is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's first elimination (race 9) for the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Fear The Dragon, another superstar of the 3-year-old pacing division, is the 7-5 pick in the second elimination (race 10). First post is 1:05 PM, with the elims scheduled to begin at approximately 3:45 PM. The July 29 Adios final anchors a blockbuster afternoon card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. First post that day is noon. The schedule for elite 3-year-old pacers can be grueling. Those contesting the North America Cup, the Max Hempt, the Meadowlands Pace and the Adios can face up to eight tough races in as many weeks. Knowing that, Schnittker skipped the Hempt; the time off refreshed Huntsville, who returned to win his elimination and the final of the Meadowlands Pace and push his career bankroll over $1.3 million. Thus, when Schnittker indicates Huntsville is as good as he's ever been, he's referring more to fitness and race-readiness than ability, which is prodigious enough. Schnittker, who owns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show with Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold, said he jogged the colt lightly this week. "After those two miles at the Meadowlands, he doesn't need much," Schnittker said. Tim Tetrick will pilot Huntsville from post 7, a starting slot that doesn't concern Schnittker. "With the slanted starting gate they have at The Meadows, post 7 doesn't bother me at all," he said. "I'd like to leave and get a good two-hole trip. You don't want to be on the front all the time -- it wears your horse out." Following the Adios, Schnittker said he would point Huntsville to the Cane Pace. The first four finishers in each elimination, along with the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the Adios final. The connections of the elim winners will choose their post positions for the final, with the other slots drawn randomly. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2017 -- Meadowlands Pace winner Huntsville and North America Cup champion Fear The Dragon head a harness racing field of 14 into the 51st edition of the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   Eliminations for the Adios, each carrying a $25,000 purse, are set for Saturday, July 22; they'll go as races 9 and 10 with an approximate post time of 3:45 PM. The $400,000 Adios final the following Saturday afternoon anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes.   Huntsville (Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show) vaulted over $1.3 million in career earnings with his victory in last week's Meadowlands Pace final. He'll go from post 7 in the first elim for Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns with Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold.   Fear The Dragon (Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon), who wasn't eligible for the Meadowlands Pace, lifted his lifetime bankroll to $940,344 with his July 1 triumph in the $500,000 final of the Max Hempt. He drew post 3 in the second elim for David Miller, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm.   Huntsville, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside have been the superstars of the 3-year-old pacing division. Brown, who also trains Downbytheseaside, said he toyed with the idea of dropping Downbytheseaside into the Adios box but decided the colt needed a breather after contesting the North America Cup, the Hempt and the Meadowlands Pace.   "The plan was always to skip one of the races," Brown said. "If we'd entered him in the Adios, he would have raced seven out of eight straight weeks. That didn't make sense."   He said Downbytheseaside would enjoy about a month off before returning in the Carl Milstein at Northfield Park.   The Meadows-based Ron Burke, North America's perennial leading trainer, will have a strong presence in the Adios with six horses. Leading the Burke contingent is Miso Fast, who defeated Fear The Dragon in a Hempt elimination before finishing fourth in the final.   The fields for the Adios eliminations, in post position order with preliminary driving assignments and trainers:   Adios Elimination 1, Race 9   1. Boogie Shuffle Scott Zeron Mark Harder   2. RJP Yannick Gingras Ron Burke   3. Highalator Dave Palone Jeffrey Long   4. Miso Fast Matt Kakaley Ron Burke   5. Blood Line Mark MacDonald Jimmy Takter   6. Southwind Yukon Matt Kakaley Ron Burke   7. Huntsville Tim Tetrick Ray Schnittker   Adios Elimination 2, Race 10   1. Western Hill Doug McNair Tony Alagna   2. Lawrencetown Beach Yannick Gingras Ron Burke   3. Fear The Dragon David Miller Brian Brown   4. Hurricane Beach Daniel Dube Luc Blais   5. Filibuster Hanover Yannick Gingras Ron Burke   6. Eddard Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke   7. Independent One Matt Kakaley John Butenschoen   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Cult Icon used a decisive first-over move to carry her to victory in a stake-record 1:53.1 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Real Fine and Dance For Kisses taking the other splits. Cult Icon was third down the backside when she targeted the leader, Ana Hanover, with a brush so powerful it took her driver, Tyler Smith, by surprise. "They told me she doesn't like to do a lot of work, but when I moved her, she went right on by," Smith said. "Off the turn I called on her, and she paced straight through the wire. I think she'll get even better. She really hadn't seen fractions like she saw today, and she paced right through them." Cult Icon held off Round The Beach by 3/4 lengths while Ana Hanover saved show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 established by Rusty's Bliss in 2013. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stable and Stately Gaits Stable. Real Fine had faced the starter four times, including baby races, and jumped it off on three occasions. But winning driver Dave Palone exonerated her from blame. "I always loved her attitude, and a lot of those mistakes really weren't her fault," Palone said. "She's a sweetheart of a filly; she tries real hard. I think she'll go nowhere but forward from here." In Monday's stake, Real Fine moved first over from third before heading back to the cones for a quick breather. She came on again in the lane and downed Come Get The Cash by 1/2 length in 1:55 with early leader Fine Art third. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall had to use Dance For Kisses twice -- once for an early seat from post 8, once when she challenged the leader three wide near the three-quarters -- but the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Thirsty For Kisses, responded beautifully, prevailing in 1:56. Some Renditions was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Pink It Up completed the ticket. "We had a 35-1 shot loose on the front end, so I wanted to make sure I was in the outer flow," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about that (being three wide), but she kept hold of the bit and kept marching forward." Justin Lebo trains Dance For Kisses for Crawford Farms Racing. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $159,852 PA Sites Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Adios Week, the annual extravaganza of top-quality harness racing, family-oriented fun, food and music, kicks off Saturday, July 22 at The Meadows with eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, one of harness racing's premier events for 3-year-old pacers. The Adios final the following Saturday, the 51st edition of the prestigious stake, highlights the action-packed week. Between the eliminations and the final, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer a variety of activities to complement eight Grand Circuit stakes featuring some of the best trotters and pacers on the continent. Adios Week highlights include: Saturday, July 22, post time 1:05 PM -- The card includes Adios eliminations and a $180,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Racing Player Rewards members are eligible for an Adios cap giveaway. Monday, July 24, post time 1:05 PM -- Racing Player Rewards members may participate in a handicapping contest, with 60,000 bonus points up for grabs. Tuesday, July 25, post time 1:05 PM -- All fans can take the "Trifecta Challenge" and win valuable prizes. Wednesday, July 26, post time 1:05 PM -- Bingo! That cry will reverberate through the Racebook as fans play "Harness Racing Bingo." Friday, July 28, post time 5 PM -- The action will be on track, on the apron and in the Racebook. The card includes the Ed Ryan and the Judge Joe McGraw, a pair of stakes for 2-year-old trotters with combined purses estimated at $103,000. Food trucks will serve fans on the apron while a DJ spins records. In the Racebook, patrons may observe the preparation of the blanket of orchids destined for the Adios winner. Adios Day, Saturday, July 29, post time 12 noon -- Food trucks, music and of course, the Adios final. The power-packed card also will offer special wagers and five other Grand Circuit stakes, including the $110,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2017 -- On Monday, July 17, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $25,000 total-pool guarantee for its 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 $8,484.76. 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 9-13) 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, July 12, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to four when he followed cover beautifully and brushed late to capture his Pennsylvania Stallion Series division Wednesday at The Meadows. The $120,000 event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Stonebridge Gamble, Meadowbranch Ricky, Thumper, Mississippi Storm and Tequila Talkin taking the other splits. Hockey Hanover's first three victories came on the PA Fairs circuit for owner McMullen Stable, but winning trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder considered him ready for stake competition. "He was good at the fairs, and I thought he could go with them," Yoder said. "He scrambled a little bit leaving, and I just tried to keep his feet under him. He made one bad step but caught right back." In the stake, the son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover picked up the live cover of Drum Hanover, then blew by in the lane to triumph in 1:58.1. I Know My Rights was second, beaten a neck, while Drum Hanover saved show. Stonebridge Gamble's career got off to an inauspicious beginning when, from post 8, he was beaten 11 lengths in a PA All Stars division. But he was fastest of all in Wednesday's event, launching a sustained first-over bid from fourth and downing early leader St Patricks Day by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Moosonee completed the ticket. "There were no (rigging) changes after the All Stars, just a better post position," said Tyler Buter, who piloted the Cantab Hall-OK To Play gelding for trainer Todd Buter and owners Oldford Racing LLC and Gene Oldford Farms. "He's game, he wants to race. We'll keep him in the stallion series, get his confidence up." Meadowbranch Ricky and Rich And Miserable dueled for most of the final quarter before Meadowbranch Ricky put his head in front at the wire, scoring in 1:58.2 in his career opener. What A Hunk earned show. "He was on and off the bit, just like a typical baby," said winning driver Aaron Merriman. "But he's really good gaited and has a lot of talent. He probably had a little more left, but he didn't want to give it to me. You have to ask him for it. He raced good and beat a pretty good horse." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Muscle Massive-Meadowbranch Jill for owner/breeder Hans Enggren. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Hickory Pride, a $169,952 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2017 -- Globallyglamourous survived a flat tire and scored the fastest victory in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Zoe Bi, Beauty Cutie and Explosive G taking the other splits. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Palone's cache pushed his career total to 17,997. He has nine scheduled assignments Tuesday. Palone, who piloted Globallyglamourous, said the flat tire occurred following incidental contact with another sulky near the five-eighths. "That blown tire makes her win even more impressive," he said. "I've driven many horses from her family, and they all were honest as can be. She felt the same way. First time over the track, it's more what they feel like than what they show on paper. You never want to put them in a spot where you rush them or put them in a situation they're not used to." The daughter of Andover Hall-Global Glamour broke her maiden in 1:58 for trainer Peter Foley and owners James McLaughlin and Lynne Foley. Bone A Fide Babe was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Nicole Hanover third. Abetted by breaks from six of her seven competitors, Zoe Bi opened a daylight lead before enduring a bumpy ride home, with Aaron Merriman working hard to keep her trotting. She earned her maiden-breaker in 1:58.2, 4-3/4 lengths better than Massive Kate. Island Town recovered from her early miscue for show. "She's always rough -- I've got some work to do on her yet," said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia B and owns with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. "Shoeing, rigging -- I haven't figured it out yet. She has some rough patches. She has a lot of go to her if I can get the kinks ironed out." Beauty Cutie, who broke stride in her first two career starts, tallied her initial victory, pulling the pocket early for Hall and outdueling First Class Act to triumph by 1/2 length in 1:59.3. Outrageous Fortune completed the ticket. "Every week we've been changing her a little more, a little more," said winning trainer Rich Gillock. "She had an issue with her head, getting comfortable when she's trotting. Today she looked much better and got the right kind of trip where she wasn't over-extended." Bob Key bred and owns Beauty Cutie, a daughter of Winning Mister-La La Nina. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Safe From Terror was parked the entire mile but still nipped the leader, Lakeisha Hall, by a nose in 1:50.4 for Hall, trainer Bruce Riegle and owner Winchester Baye Acres. Shesasmokinlady, also parked every step, was a close-up third. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place extended her career bankroll to $770,707. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $167,016 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casinore foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind harness racing owners and trainers that entries for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids are due by Tuesday, July 18, 9 AM. Adios eliminations are set for Saturday, July 22, first post 1:05 PM, while the Adios final the following Saturday anchors a powerhouse card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. Please call The Meadows Race Office, 724.225.9897, with any questions or for more information. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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