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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2017 -- Goodtogo Hanover stalked Windsong Magic from the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane for Jim Pantaleano to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, at The Meadows. Windsong Magic withstood the first-over assault by Glidinthruparadise but was no match for Goodtogo Hanover, who prevailed in 1:56.3. Delcrest Magicstar also shot the Lightning Lane but fell a nose short while Windsong Magic saved show. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall who won her second straight race and kicked her career earnings up to $249,492, for Gary Saul. Dave Palone and Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Surviving a brutal 26.1 opening panel, Safe From Terror won for the 20th time this year in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving her back into a tie with Quicksilvercandy A for "winningest" North American harness racing horse in 2017. When Jim Pantaleano eschewed an early seat for Safe From Terror, she continued outside well past the quarter before making the top. But when Medusa pulled the pocket into the final turn and seemed sure to sail by, Safe From Terror dug deep and downed her by a neck in 1:51.4. Miss Mady finished third. Bruce Riegle trains Safe From Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who won her third straight and pushed her career bankroll to $872,457, for Winchester Baye Acres. Dan Rawlings piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson.  THE MEADOWS ADDS $10,000 GUARANTEE FOR TUESDAY PICK 5 On Tuesday, Nov. 21, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 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 Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,188.50. 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 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 Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2017 -- Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting A Real Miracle finished third. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts $1,168,280 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins, including a pair for trainer Kyle Bolon, on the 12-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features a pair of carryovers -- a $2,146.60 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $713.21 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- in addition to a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) that is a feature of each live card. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2017 -- Call For Justice, typically a Preferred performer, enjoyed a touch of class relief Wednesday and took full advantage when he cruised to a harness racing victory in the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice was away third for Dave Palone and after quarter-poling to the front, he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Classic Banker and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4.Maximum Credit was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, a 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who extended his career bankroll to $449,407, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins and Mike Wilder three on the 12-race card while trainer Randy Bendis notched a pair of victories to stretch his week's total to eight. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2017 — Bessie regained her status among the harness racing distaff trotting elite at The Meadows when she rallied to capture Tuesday’s $17,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap. A top performer at The Meadows for several years, Bessie had to drop into lower-end conditioned races to get her most recent victory. But the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine was sharp up in class, surging late for Jim Pantaleano to edge the first-over Homepage by a nose in 1:56 at 9-1.  Classical Annie finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who pushed her career bankroll to $356,957, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed his second consecutive triple.   The Meadows pick 4 guarantee to $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 15 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,634.52. In addition, Wednesday's card features a pair of carryovers: a $2,260.69 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,173.23 carryover in the Pick 5. Minimum wager for superfecta wheels and boxes, the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and the Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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 Wednesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2017 -- Medusa zipped right to the lead from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as she cruised to a harness racing victory in Monday's $17,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Fox Valley Charm and scored for Tony Hall in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Miss Mady. Fox Valley Charm raced well for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical who now boasts $629,657 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone, Bendis and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2017 -- Shrugging off the effects of a 3-1/2 month layoff, Enoch found his best stride late to capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing  Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Enoch got away fifth for Dave Palone and trailed by 6 lengths at the half. But the 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Kieanna's Angel gelding poured through the stretch to edge A Real Miracle by a neck in 1:51.4. Early leader Dapper Dude was third. Ron Burke trains Enoch, who extended his career bankroll to $155,240, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Frank Baldachino. Palone and Burke teamed for three victories on the 11-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved fines totaling $79,500 for two harness racing track and slot machine casino operators. Robert Soper, the former President and CEO of Downs Racing, L.P. — which operates Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County — was personally fined $60,000 for his failure to properly disclose various business interests, the Board’s release states. The business interests include 10 companies, two of which deal directly with Mohegan Sun Pocono. Washington Trotting Association Inc., which operates The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County, was assessed two fines. The company was fined $12,000 for allowing an individual who is on the Board’s Self-Excluded Persons List to gamble and cash in chips at the casino’s cage, the release adds. It was also fined $7,500 for failure to notify the Board of construction modifications between two restricted areas at The Meadows. By Sean Naylor Reprinted with permission of Fox43

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2017 -- Lady's Dude stretched his winning streak to three Wednesday at The Meadows with a front-end harness racing victory in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Lady's Dude zipped to the front from post 6 and easily repelled the first-over bid of his stablemate, Call For Justice. The pocket-sitting Classicality posed a more serious threat in the Lightning Lane, but Lady's Dude responded to the urging of Tony Hall and downed Classicality by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Trustworthy Kid rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding who won for the 12th time this year and boosted his lifetime bankroll to $621,998, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 12-race card while Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2017 -- Barn Girl zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman and had little trouble with the harness racing field or sloppy surface from there, powering to her 13th victory this year in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ahead by a length at the three-quarters, Barn Girl poured it on late and defeated Bags For All by 3 lengths in 1:55.1, with the pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise third. Bill Bercury trains the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who triumphed for the 24th time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $546,968, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected four wins -- including three for trainer Ron Burke -- while Brady Brown enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2017 -- Safe From Terror powered to her 19th win this year in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, lifting her to a tie with the 13-year-old harness racing mare Quicksilvercandy A for "winningest" Standarbred in North America in 2017. The victory did not come easily for Safe From Terror, who was parked for the opening three-eighths before making the front. She drew off late for Jim Pantaleano to down the first-over Miss Mady by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.3 over a "good" surface. Rosemary Rose finished third. Bruce Riegle trains Safe From Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who now boasts $863,457 in career earnings, for Winchester Baye Acres. Pantaleano piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 4, 2017 -- Dapper Dude zipped to the lead, thwarted the harness racing challenge of the hard-used Stride Of Pride and captured Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was on an uncontested lead down the backside for Aaron Merriman when the three-wide Stride Of Pride drew even. But Stride Of Pride, parked every step, retreated in the lane, and Dapper Dude scored in 1:51.1. Sam Hill rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Hawk's Red Chief shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, an 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts $1,156,880 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Trainer Ron Burke fashioned a five-bagger -- including four victories with Dave Palone at the helm -- on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2017 -- On a rainy day at The Meadows, lightning struck for Lady's Dude when he knifed into the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Leaving from post 8, Lady's Dude stalked the leader, Classicality, from the pocket, hoping all the while that Classicality would be strong enough on the sloppy surface to carry him to the Lightning Lane. When Classicality parried the first-over thrust of Call For Justice, it kept the Lightning Lane a viable option. Lady's Dude brushed inside for Tony Hall and snapped Classicality's four-race winning streak, downing him by a length in 1:55.1. Call For Justice finished third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's star gelding who won his second straight and extended his career bankroll to $612,998, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Hall piloted four winners and Jim Pantaleano three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2017 -- Racing off a 40-day layoff and parked the entire first quarter from post 9, Barn Girl hung tough in the lane and captured Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl, who last performed in the Sept. 21 Miss Versatility final at the Delaware County Fair -- she finished third -- was dogged the entire back half by the first-over Classical Annie. But the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie dug in for Aaron Merriman and edged Classical Annie by a neck in 1:55.2. Fancytucky rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who won for the 12th time this year and now boasts $537,968 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. It was one of three victories for Merriman on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2017 -- Ned "The Insurance Man" Hodkinson urged Sunset Girl to the front at the quarter, and the pair moved strongly through the slop to capture Saturday's $10,000 leg of the CKG Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Once on the point, Sunset Girl faced a determined uncovered bid from "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello and Drift Away, but Sunset Girl had Hodkinson on her side, and that policy was plenty. The duo defeated Mitchell "Sky" Walker and Stemilt Touch by 3/4 lengths in 2:00.3, while Zuccarello and Drift Away earned show. Early leaders David "Linemaster" Ehrenberg and United Bi completed the superfecta. Kris Hite trains Sunset Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All-Swing Wing Hanover who won for the fourth time in her last six starts, for Wendy Ross. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, Sam Hill, the gallant 11-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding, took the featured $13,000 conditioned pace on the front end in 1:53.4 for Dave Palone, trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. Sam Hill has a combined 13 wins at 10 and 11 and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $578,697. Palone collected four victories and Tony Hall three in the 11 non-Billings events.  THE MEADOWS DOUBLES MONDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $10K WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2017 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, Oct. 30 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows upped the ante when Saturday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,387.32. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) 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 Monday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2017 -- Lady's Dude pulled the pocket into the final turn, kicked past his harness racing stablemate, Call For Justice, and captured Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude stalked Call For Justice the whole way until Tony Hall sent him on his decisive move. He scored in 1:54.1, 2 lengths better than Call For Justice, while Tamarind raced and finished third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding who soared over $600,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Palone and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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