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WASHINGTON, PA - March 5, 2021 -- Remember The Beach zipped the front half in a lively 55, putting the field away early and cruising home in Friday's $10,000 opening leg of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The series honors the memory of Wilbur Zendt, longtime trainer/driver and patriarch of harness racing’s  successful and influential Zendt family. Sent off the 9-5 second pick, Remember The Beach was aided by the early break of the 3-2 favorite, Solarctic, who apparently disliked his trailing post position. Remember The Beach probably didn’t need the help, as he led by 5 at the three-quarters for driver Tony Hall and scored in 1:54. Heart On My Sleeve was second, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, with Aime Hanover third. Tim Twaddle trains the winner, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir gelding, and owns with Micki Rae Stables.   In Friday’s $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, the heavy 3-5 pick, Icanflylikeanangel, made short work of the short field, delivering a facile front-end score in 1:54.3 for Jim Pantaleano and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 7-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding with Pollack Racing LLC. It was his 24th victory in 100 lifetime starts and lifted his bankroll to $436,036. Final Breath and Outburst completed the ticket. Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $1,220.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu stretched his harness racing career unbeaten streak to five with an in-hand victory in Thursday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Massive Stroke took the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The event honors the memory of Dale McConnell, who earned the nickname "Mr. Trot" for his success developing and campaigning trotters. Unraced at 2, Whiskey Blu launched his career Jan. 21 and has waltzed through conditions; the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding has rolled up a combined victory margin of 15-1/4 lengths over those five wins. In the McConnell, Dan Charlino -- his pilot for all five starts -- sent Whiskey Blu to the point at the quarter. He drew away from The Funk late and defeated him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Laramie rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Whiskey Blu for Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Palm Springs and Whom Shall I Love each took a $10,000 opening-leg split of this series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, which commemorates the longtime manager of the 2:00 Club at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Palm Springs justified the support with a facile front-end score in 1:58 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 4-year-old daughter of Father Patrick-Hot Springs captured her second straight, defeating Elysian Promise and Friday Night Storm. Whom Shall I Love provided the day's tote board theatrics, upsetting at 16-1 with a charge through the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman and trainer Charley Myers, who owns the 4-year-old daughter of Whom Shall I Fear-Bars Dutchess with Randy Stevenson, Dana Phillips and James Phillips. She prevailed in 1:57.1, with early leader Wonmyheart Hanover and Graymatter Hanover completing the ticket. In Thursday's $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it two straight for Palone, Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding triumphed on the front end in 1:51.1, extending his lifetime bankroll beyond $700,000. Palone collected five wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- To thank fans for their loyal support, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs for The Meadows through next week. Programs are available at meadowsharnessracing.com. The Meadows currently races each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, first post 12:45 PM each day. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2021 -- Keep Watching zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, rolling to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Best Derby Native captured the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late owner/breeder/trainer/driver Walter "Boots" Dunn. Keep Watching began her career with 27 straight losses but now has won two straight for her new connections, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Rockridge Racing. Once the 4-year-old daughter of He's Watching-Ravishnmasterpiece made the point for driver Dave Palone, she had little trouble holding off the mild challenge of the first-over Filly Speaks, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:53.4. Lady Sophia earned show.   Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features the opening leg of two series -- The Dale McConnell Memorial Trot and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. On the wagering front, the card offers a pair of carryovers -- $1,608.09 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,249.57 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Whether it's her performance on the racetrack, or her demeanor around the barn, Bill Bercury can find an abundance of reasons to be happy with female harness racing pacer Blue Ivy, who on Thursday will take on five male rivals in the $14,600 Open Handicap at The Meadows. "She's ready, willing, and able," said Bercury, who trains the 5-year-old mare for his wife Renee. "She's put together perfectly, and she's got a great attitude. I throw my arms around her and give her a big hug and she doesn't pin her ears or anything. She's very pleasant, very accommodating. She's never at the back of her stall, she's always at the door, ready for you to get her. "She's a wonderful mare. I just love her." Bercury bought Blue Ivy, a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Grand Circuit stakes-winner Ali Blue, near the end of her 3-year-old season. She has won 16 of 24 races for Bercury, earning $134,825 in purses. For her career, she has captured 22 of 50 starts and banked $301,560. "I loved watching her race," Bercury said about his initial attraction to Blue Ivy. "When (drivers) pulled her, she went. I was very impressed with the way she raced. Obviously, she's royally bred. I just liked her a lot." Blue Ivy has won three of four races this year. Following Thursday's start in the Open at The Meadows, where she is the 2-1 morning-line favorite, Blue Ivy will head to New York for the six-week Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. "I have to race her against the boys because I just can't find a race for her," Bercury said. "That will be challenging. I hate to do it, but I hate to send her into the Matchmaker without her being reasonably tight. "In my opinion, I have her just right. I've not pushed her this year, knowing that's where I was going. I think she is going to be very comfortable with that six weeks in (the Matchmaker)." Bercury will send Blue Ivy to trainer Todd Buter and driver Tyler Buter for the Matchmaker. Tyler Buter has won four times with Blue Ivy during her career. "He's a very good driver," Bercury said. "He drove her some before I bought her and did very well with her. I think I made a good choice. "When I bring her up there, it will be (Todd's) horse. I'll stay out of it. Two guys can't train a horse." The Matchmaker will be Blue Ivy's first appearance on the Grand Circuit since joining Bercury's stable. Bercury hoped to race the mare in the Breeders Crown last year but decided against it because he thought Blue Ivy was getting tired at that point in the year. He has the Breeders Crown on his radar again this season. "I think she's that kind of horse," Bercury said. "I'm looking to find another one just like her." Racing begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST) Thursday at The Meadows. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 26, 2021 -- Friday at The Meadows turned up dreary with temperatures in the low 40s, hardly the ideal climate for harness racing track records. But Jeffery P apparently forgot to watch The Weather Channel. The 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding scorched the mile in the 8th race Open Handicap Trot in 1:51.3, matching the all-age track record shared by Lifetime Pursuit and Tall Cotton, who each achieved it in 2014. Jeffery P was away second for Dave Palone before a quick quarter-pole burst gave him the lead. He widened at the three-quarters and accelerated from there, defeating the pocket-sitting Icanflylikeanangel by 3-3/4 lengths, with Lady's Dude third. The winner clicked off fractions of 26.4/55.1/1:23.1/1:51.3. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $215,098, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, giving him nine over the past two programs. The Super Hi-5, with its jackpot pool fueled by a number of carryovers, was hit, returning $25,959.82. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2021 -- Windsong Leo worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western made the point with a quarter-pole move and withstood the first-over challenge of Carolina Beach. But the danger was lurking on his bumper, where Windsong Leo and harness racing driver Dave Palone were waiting. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored in 1:51.4, 3/4 lengths better than Rock Candy, also in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western saved show. The winner survived an inquiry regarding a possible pylon violation. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 59th time in his career and pushed his earnings to $694,907, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected six wins and Burke five on the 13-race card. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. also enjoyed a big Thursday with three victories. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $22,855.98 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Amelia's Courage A stretched out the challenging All Day Sunshine to the quarter, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amelias Courage A made the point from post 6 for Dan Rawlings and kept the 9-5 favorite outside her before releasing to the pocket. That strategy proved decisive, as Amelias Courage A was the stronger mare late, defeating All Day Sunshine by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Dorothy's Legacy, three wide from the five-eighths, was a game third. Richard Perfido trains the winner, a 7-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dreamer who extended her career bankroll to $184,347, for Win Rhythm Stables.   Tony Hall, Dave Palone and trainer Brandon Presto each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $20,152.05 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Pressured throughout the back half by the 2-5 harness racing favorite, a determined Bank Box Treasure turned him back and sprang the 11-1 upset in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. When On Higher Ground moved first over to challenge Bank Box Treasure, it appeared only a matter of time before the heavy favorite cruised by. But Bank Box Treasure had other ideas, putting On Higher Ground away and holding off the late rally of Outburst to edge him by a nose in 1:58 over a sloppy surface. On Higher Ground saved show. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old son of Break The Bank K-Treasure Box K for trainer Rich Gillock and the estate of Bob Key.   Hall collected four wins and Dan Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a pair of rich wagering opportunities -- an $18,538.18 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2021 -- Rock Candy sat cozy in the pocket, then roared past Macadoodledoo in the lane to capture Thursday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Macadoodledoo was four wide to reach the early lead in a demanding 26.2 over a "good" surface. That left him vulnerable to Rock Candy, who swung wide through the stretch for harness racing driver Brady Brown to score in 1:52.2, 3/4 lengths better than Carolina Beach. Windsong Leo was a ground-saving third.   Paul Corey trains Rock Candy, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $451,042, for Kenneth Ashba. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed an outstanding Thursday with five victories, including three for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $15,771 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 as well as a $1,255.97 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2021 -- Challenged inside and out, Hereslooknatyou N dug in late and scored a narrow harness racing victory in Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Hereslooknatyou N made an opportunistic quarter-pole move to the front when the break of All Day Sunshine opened a path. But her work wasn't finished, as Amelia's Courage A shot the Lightning Lane and Circle The Page loomed large outside off the final turn. The 5-year-old daughter of He's Watching-May Fly found more for Jim Pantaleano and edged Amelia's Courage A by a head over a sloppy surface. Circle The Page was a close-up third.   Jason Robinson trains the winner for Kimberly Zabielski. In Monday's co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Mary Mag Delene made a successful local debut, rolling to a facile 1:56.4 victory, just a tick off her lifetime best. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro-Marigot Express for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Pantaleano and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $12,229.75 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                                    

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 12, 2021 -- Tricky Nick, who upset last week at 15-1, delivered again at a price -- this time 8-1 -- in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. Tricky Nick was fourth near the three-quarters when he launched the decisive, uncovered move for Jim Pantaleano, gobbling up the leader, Rainbowinthewest, and prevailing in 1:55.1 over a "good" surface. Rainbowinthewest gamely held place, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, with Tequila Talkin third.   Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 9-year-old Bands Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $361,188, for Win Rhythm Stables. Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and trainer Jason Shaw each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $10,406.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2021 -- Harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano notched career win 8,000 Thursday at The Meadows when he drove Caviart Rockland to victory in the sixth race. A total of 8,000 victories would be impressive for any driver, but it's especially remarkable for Pantaleano, whose driving career began in the most unconventional of ways. The Cleveland native, who grew up in the shadow of Northfield Park, was working as a busboy at Northfield's clubhouse, watching races through the window, and thought he'd like to try that. "I love competing, whether it's playing a board game with family or wrestling in high school," Pantaleano says. "Imagining a career where I got to compete every day was my dream."   Even when he studied for two years at Muskingum College, the dream wouldn't die. "I never even declared a major. I just wasn't finding my way." Instead of returning to school, he went from barn to barn at Northfield, soliciting drives. It was, to say the least, an uncertain path to success, but it worked. Pantaleano drove his first winner in 1985 and enjoyed perhaps his finest season in 2010 when he logged 436 wins, more than $5.4 million in purses and a UDR of .296. Overall, his horses have earned over $58.5 million. Those who've become Pantaleano fans only in recent years may not be aware that he's an accomplished trainer as well, with 1,543 wins and earnings of nearly $6.2 million since 1991 when the USTA began tracking trainer statistics. But he hasn't sent out a horse since 2009. "When I went to the East Coast to drive," he recalls, "I found that catch driving there was a full-time job. You can't really train a stable and catch drive there. You can't be in five places at once." These days, Pantaleano leaves the training to his wife Christen. "She lets me help her, mostly with the grunt work," he jokes. For the future, Pantaleano indicated he doesn't plan any major changes. "My goals are to stay healthy and keep winning races. As long as I'm able to compete at a high level, I'll just keep doing it. I'd rather race for a $4,000 purse with a horse that's competitive than drive in a $400,000 race with an also-ran." Macadoodledoo stung The Wall to the quarter, then powered by him in the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The Wall was forced to a 26.4 opening panel over a sloppy surface before Macadoodledoo released him to the pocket. That was just the edge the 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Pirouette Hanover gelding needed, as he brushed for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and defeated The Wall by 1/2 length in 1:52. Rock Candy found late room for third. Ron Burke trains Macadoodledoo, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $221,425, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Wrenn and Burke teamed for three victories. Dave Palone also enjoyed a productive Thursday with three wins. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 10, 2021 -- Camera Lady powered to he top at the three-eighths and drew off from there to score a comfortable harness racing win in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Once Camera Lady reached the point for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the race for win was effectively over, as the 7-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Gogh widened her lead through the back half. The 4-5 favorite triumphed in 1:54.2 over a "good" surface, 3 lengths better than Circle The Page. All Day Sunshine saw her four-race winning streak snapped, finishing third from post 9.   Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her career earnings to $530,627, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted four winners on the 13-race card; Pantaleano's haul lifted his career total to 7,999. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $6,127.17 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2021 -- Tricky Nick followed the live cover of Tamar through the final turn, then peeled off and charged through the lane to spring a 15-1 upset in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. Tamar's extended first-over move looked like it might get her home. But when driver Dan Rawlings worked Tricky Nick off the cones to pick up that late cover, he had the stronger horse late. Tricky Nick downed Tamar by a neck in 1:57.2 over a "good" surface, with early leader Star Caviar third. Tony Hall collected four wins and Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $4,590.13 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2021 -- It took him two moves to do it, but All About Heaven pulled off a 9-1 upset in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,800 Claiming Handicap Pace. All About Heaven left from post 9 and was able to find a seat fifth. But the 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Ain't That Funny was out before the half for driver Jim Pantaleano with an extended uncovered move that carried him to the top. He thwarted the late charge of Winning Is Sweet to down him by a head in 1:51.4, matching his career best. Whos Better completed the ticket.   Neil Balcerak trains the winner for Matthew Morrison, who realized immediate dividends after claiming the horse for $15,000 last week. In Thursday's co-feature, a $9,800 Conditioned Pace, East Beach rallied from well back to score for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Aaron Merriman collected four wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $2,767.09 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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