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WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2016 -- Harness racing driver Mike Wilder collected career win 7,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted 13-1 long shot Step Closer to victory in the 13th race. "This means a lot to me," Wilder said. "There are a lot of guys with more wins, but 7,000 is a good number. The way I look at it, it represents a lot of hard work and dedication. I'm very thankful and blessed to have people give me great horses to drive. I get a lot of work and a lot of chances, so I'm very fortunate." A native of Springfield, Ohio, Wilder began jogging horses when he was 8 under the tutelage of his stepfather, David Ritter, who trained Standardbreds at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Wilder was a phenomenon at Lebanon Raceway, where he won 13 driving titles, and he captured two driving championships at Scioto Downs before moving his tack to The Meadows in 2001. He's never worked anywhere but the racetrack -- except for a brief stint as an electrician. "My biological father is an electrician, so I tried that out for about three months," he recalls. "I never got shocked, and I never set anything on fire, so I must have done a good job. It didn't take me long to see that harness racing was what I wanted to do." For Wilder, harness racing is a family affair. He works with, and drives all the horses for, his father-in-law, veteran trainer Dan Altmeyer. Wilder's wife, Heather, handles marketing and public relations for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and received the 2013 Dan Patch "Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award." Their children, Scarlett, 14, and Lauren, 13, often can be found in the paddock; Scarlett coordinates jog cart rides for patrons during MSOA "Family Fun Nights." Wilder regards that family involvement as a considerable asset. "There are a lot of positive vibes," he said. "Our hearts are all in this sport. They're in different parts of this sport, but it's all for harness racing. It's quite an honor to go to the barn and sit with Dan every day. He's a great trainer -- look at the great horses he's developed." At 44, Wilder intends to keep driving but can see a day when he might shift to another role. "You'd love to do this forever," he said. "Obviously, you're dreaming if you think you can. You can't put a number on it, but I would love to drive until I'm 50. When I see the time has come to slow it down, I'll try to be a trainer. Dan said anytime I would want to pursue that, he would help me get started. "Who wouldn't want to follow in Dan's footsteps? My kids will be in college, so I can do the Florida thing in the winter and get away from the snow. If I'm financially able to do that, it would be a great lifestyle." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2016 -- She Nuit converted a pocket trip to an 18-1 upset harness racing victory in Tuesday's $13,500 Fully & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. She Nuit was away first from post 7 for Brian Zendt before yielding to UF Lindsay Lou Who. The 5-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Bonne Nuit poured through the Lightning Lane to defeat Whata Donato, who also shot the Lightning Lane, by x lengths in a career-best 1:55. UF Lindsay Lou Who saved show. Joe Urban trains She Nuit, who extended her career bankroll to $125,886. Elsewhere on the card, a pair of 2-year-olds set national season's marks in their respective divisions for racing on a five-eighths mile track. Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie-Dancing Trout), a trotting filly, scored in 1:59.4 for Shawn Johnston, trainer Gary Johnston and owner/breeder William Solomon. Box Of Luck (Lucky Chucky-New DVD), a gelding trotter, triumphed in 1:57.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Robert Rougeaux III and owner Brocious Racing Stable. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20 -- Parked in a 26.4 opening quarter before reaching the front, Spreester showed her toughness when she thwarted a pair of harness racing challengers and captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman gave the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree a 30 second-panel breather, enabling her to fend off the determined first-over bid of Southwind Roulette. Spreester dug even deeper to parry the Lightning Lane thrust of the pocket-sitting Certified Ideal and down her by a nose in 1:51.4. Southwind Roulette finished a game third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $480,856 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. With one victory on the program, Mike Wilder pushed his career total to 6,998. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 18, 2016 -- Winless in four previous starts this year, Homicide Hunter regained his touch Saturday at The Meadows when he shot the Lightning Lane to capture the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for harness racing stallions and geldings 4 and up in 1:51.4, fastest ever by a 4-year-old gelding at The Meadows. The time eclipsed the mark of 1:52.2 established by Rembrandt Spur in 2010 and is only a tick off the track's all-age trotting record. Homicide Hunter had a monster year last year at 3, winning 16 of 18 starts and $475,677. In his 2016 outings before Saturday, however, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer was no better than third. Winning driver Dave Palone, who also was named on Il Sogno Dream and Wind Of The North in the Meadows Maturity, selected Homicide Hunter after consulting with trainer Chris Oakes. "Chris said, 'Before you do anything, you better watch the replay of last week,'" Palone said. "He was super last week and finished up real strong. Chris thought if I got him into the race, he was the best horse, and he was." Homicide Hunter stalked Muscle Up The Goal from the pocket while Il Sogno Dream, stablemate of Muscle Up The Goal, attacked outside. Palone indicated that wrangling the winner into the Lightning Lane wasn't as easy as it looked. "It's tough to get enough momentum, especially with a trotter, and he was running out a little bit," Palone said. "I had to kind of stuff him in there and make him go at the same time. He finished up very strong." Homicide Hunter downed Il Sogno Dream by 1-1/2 lengths while Muscle Up The Goal saved show. Michelle Crawford and Albert Crawford campaign Homicide Hunter, who soared over $600,000 in career earnings. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, the pocket-sitting Lady's Dude, using Lasix for the first time, outkicked the leader, Tamarind, to defeat him by a nose in 1:53.3 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Monte Christo Spur rallied for show. The 5-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding extended his lifetime bankroll to $316,533. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race program while Brian Zendt and trainer Randy Bendis each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie captured her third straight victory when she charged through the harness racing lightning lane and erased a 2-1/2-length deficit in Wednesday's $13,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Long one of The Meadows' elite distaff trotters, the 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World had to drop into conditioned races to collect her two most recent wins. Bettors weren't overly impressed with those victories, dismissing her at 10-1. She trotted patiently for Eric Goodell, then roared past her stablemate, Classical Annie, late to down her by 1/2 length in 1:54. Princess Pablano rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $588,367, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Mike Wilder piloted four winners, boosting his career total to 6,995, while Dave Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the $54,000 Meadows Maturity for trotters 4 and up. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2016 -- Tamarind overcame post 9 to collect his third straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in his last six starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind got away fifth before Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip, down the backside. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos cleared easily and went on to score in 1:54. Cue Hall used Tamarind's cover to finish second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Monte Christo Spur rallied for third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $838,099. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the special Belmont Day card features the $46,500 Meadows Maturity Trot for mares 4 and up. It goes as race 1, with a 1 PM post time. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2016 -- Medusa coasted to her second straight victory Monday at The Meadows when she cut a comfortable 56.1 first half and scored in 1:50.3 in the $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. With the field reduced to five by a scratch, Medusa and Tony Hall felt no pressure until Spreester challenged first up past the three-quarters. By then, the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical had the mile well in hand, as she held off Set Me Up in the Lightning Lane by a length. Spreester finished third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who vaulted over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2016 -- Adrian Hanover thwarted the determined challenge of Big Top Hanover and went on to score in a career-best 1:49.4 in Saturday's $162,110 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. The time matched the fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Another Daily Copy pulled off a 20-1 upset in the other division of the stake known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Adrian Hanover quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone -- just where Chris Oakes, who trains Adrian Hanover for John Craig, didn't want him. "I talked to Chris five minutes before the race," Palone indicated, "and Chris said, 'I wouldn't put him on the lead.' But I ended up getting away third, and I thought my best shot was to control it." When the well meant Big Top Hanover and Yannick Gingras came after him, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Artaffection turned him back and defeated him by 3-1/2 lengths, with Manhattan Beach third. "He really didn't mind the pressure," Palone said. "He's lazy, and as soon as Yannick came to him, it helped my cause. He got back up in the bit and paced home real strong." Another Daily Copy, who had been racing almost exclusively on the front end of late, found the pocket trip Tony Hall gave him to his liking. He zipped by the leader, 4-5 favorite Check Six, in the stretch and downed him by a neck in 1:50, a lifetime mark. JK Will Power earned show. With the win, Another Daily Copy soared over $100,000 in career earnings. "He had a little breather today," said Nicholas DeVita, who conditions the homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Court Stenographer for owner/breeder Carl Sackheim. "Plus he had a nice horse doing all the hard work for him. At 2 he had allergies and tying-up problems, but he got better as he matured. He's staked to everything, so we'll play it by ear." $100,000 PA Sires Stake, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Saturday's co-feature, Power Of A Cruiser equaled the stake record of 1:50.3 with a front-end triumph from post 8. Also taking $20,000 splits were Fashion Bythebeach, Good Living, Don McWhite and Rip This Joint. Tim Tetrick (Power Of A Cruiser, Fashion Bythebeach, Good Living) and Hall (Don McWhite, Rip This Joint) swept the five divisions. Despite the unfavorable post, Power Of A Cruiser, a Yankee Cruiser-Power Of Thunder gelding, opened a commanding lead for Tetrick, trainer Les Givens and owner/breeder Michael Horsey, defeating the first-over Duke Of Delray by 4-1/2 lengths. McDave was third. "He's been showing speed," Tetrick said. "When I got to cut it, he raced a really good mile." Fashion Bythebeach also scored on the front end, holding off JJ Flynn by a neck in 1:52. Hollyrock Heyden completed the ticket. "He has extreme speed, but his head's not where it should be," said Vince Copeland, who trains the Somebeachsomewhere-Don'tknocktherock gelding, a $27,000 yearling acquisition, for David D. Miller. "He has a bit of an attitude. He wanted to kick Tim out of the bike during the post parade -- he hadn't tried that with me. If I can put a flip-up bridle where he can see horses coming at him, I think he'll be a lot better." The Cancelliere brothers, John and Tom, have made big noise at many yearling auctions, but only once have they signed the ticket for a weanling, a Western Ideal-Artomatic brother to their millionaire performer Western Shore. "We gave $14,500 for him," Tom Cancelliere said. "We threw him out in the field for a year and started breaking him with the other ones last year. He's very green. On the front end today, he was on and off the gas, on and off the gas. He doesn't realize that he just has to go. He'll go to the sires stakes next." That youngster, named Good Living, justified the brothers' patience Saturday when he scored on the lead in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths in arrears, with Blake North third. Change of Plans for Foiled Again Elsewhere on the program, the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace marked a homecoming for Foiled Again, harness racing's all-time richest pacer with more than $7.3 on his card. The gallant 12-year-old gelding hadn't raced at The Meadows, the home track of his connections, in about three years. But his rivals spoiled the party, parking him for nearly three-eighths before he reached the front. Unlocked nosed out Dapper Dude for the win in 1:51.1, with Foiled Again a neck back in third. Now winless in nine outings this year, Foiled Again had been targeting the Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs, but Saturday's race caused trainer Ron Burke to modify those plans. "I thought he was all right," Burke said. "We may have to change his whole racing style. He might have to become a closer because he doesn't have quite the quick speed he used to have, and he gets himself in bad spots . . . He'll continue to race. I talked with my partners, and we're leaning to keeping him here (The Meadows) and race him here another start or two until I see if I can get him to pick it up a little bit." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2016 -- Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse, has accomplished many things in his distinguished career. The amazing 12-year-old has banked more than $7.3 million, won Pacer of the Year honors (2011) and been named Best Older Male Pacer in three consecutive seasons (2011-2013). The one thing he hasn't done, at least in the last couple years: race at The Meadows, the home track of his trainer, Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Foiled Again will check off that item Saturday when he competes in an $18,000 Preferred Handicap, leaving from post 6 with Yannick Gingras. The Preferred goes as race 1, post time 1 PM. Saturday's exciting card also features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Bye Bye Byrd, a $162,110 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. The stakes encompass the final seven races on the 14-race program. With his heavy travel schedule, Foiled Again has raced fewer than a handful of times at The Meadows, most recently about three years ago. "It was on Adios Day, and he was parked every step," Burke recalls. "He got beat at the wire and finished second." He's still taking on top competition and performing creditably at an age when most horses are long retired. Yet this year, Foiled Again is winless in eight starts. Burke thought the Preferred might be an opportunity for Foiled Again to regroup. "It's harder for him to get going now," Burke said. "When you give him a break, it's harder for him to find everything. We wanted to give him a chance against horses that are different than those he usually races against." But Saturday's Preferred features some tough customers, including Unlocked from the Norm Parker stable, who's already won more than $76,000 this year; Dapper Dude, a recent acquisition by Renee Bercury who captured his first start for his new connections, and Brian Brown's Lost For Words, deprived of the 2015 Little Brown Jug title by the dramatic, improbable stretch drive of Wiggle it Jiggleit. "The race came up tougher than I'd hoped. It looks like it will take 1:49 to win," Burke said. "But in the last couple weeks, he's looked more like himself. Saturday will be a little reminder of the horse he can be." He said Foiled Again would be pointed to the June 19 Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs if he performs well Saturday and has a full stakes schedule thereafter. "I think this year, he'll have to race more just to get in shape," Burke said. "He'll probably race 25 times, maybe even a start or two more than that. He trained at The Meadows on Wednesday and couldn't have been better." In the Bye Bye Byrd, Burke will send out six horses -- three in each division. He considers Check Six, winner of all four of his starts and $328,443 this year, his best shot. "All six are very competitive, but he looks like our premier colt," Burke said. "If we're to win any big races this year, it will have to be with him." Check Six leaves from post 6 with Gingras in race 8. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2016 -- With his harness racing rivals vanquished early, Muscle Up The Goal raced against the clock -- and won, scoring in a track record 1:52 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It was the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old stallion at The Meadows, eclipsing the mark of 1:53 set by Monte Christo Spur. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman were at the front in a flash despite leaving from post 9. The son of Muscle Mass-Tags Goal was so dominant that he was ahead 5 lengths at the three-quarters while continuing to open up. He scored by 7-1/2 lengths over Call For Justice, with Classicality third. Chris Beaver trains Muscle Up The Goal, who won his third straight and extended his career bankroll to $234,616, for Synerco Ventures. Merriman piloted five winners -- including a pair for trainer Ammon Hershberger -- on the 14-race card The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2016 - Leaving from an inside post position for the first time in more than a month, Barn Girl followed live cover and turned it on late to score in 1:53.3 -- a harness racing career best -- in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl started from post 8 or 9 in her four most recent races and still managed to hit the board in three of those outings. She left from the rail Tuesday but was sitting seventh when Jim Pantaleano moved her behind the first-over Ras Shakinthtbacon. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie peeled off cover around the final turn and tracked down the leader, Smokinmombo, defeating her by a neck. She Nuit finished third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $269,156, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Darlinonthebeach survived a wicked 25.4 first quarter and rolled home for harness racing driver David Miller in a stake-record 1:49.4 in Friday's Adios Betty, a $161,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds, who had lowered the stake mark to 1:50 moments before Darlinonthebeach stepped on the track, captured the other division. In the May 7 final of the Miss Pennsylvania, Darlinonthebeach was parked out in 25.2 and was out of gas late, finishing seventh. When she witnessed the brutal opening panel in the Adios Betty, trainer Nancy Johansson had the sinking feeling that history was repeating itself. "When I saw the first quarter in 25.4, I said to the girl who takes care of her, 'Oh no, not again,'" she said. "The difference today was that David was able to back her off the second quarter, so she had a little bit left in the tank when they came at her. She raced super." White Birch Farm's homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin's Delight easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Shesasmokinlady and defeated the pocket-sitting Lispatty, an 86-1 long shot, by 3/4 lengths. Pure Country, the 1-2 favorite, rallied but could manage only show. Marty Party held the previous stake record of 1:51.3. Johansson said Darlinonthebeach, who now boasts $287,981 in career earnings, would be pointed to the Fan Hanover. I Said Diamonds also endured a rough start when, as the 1-5 favorite, she was looped while on the outside and finally made the point in 26.1 "I was just waiting for the dust to settle," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "I saw the outside horses leaving really hard, and I did not want to get into a speed duel. She was really relaxed on the lead, which obviously is a good attribute in a racehorse." I Said Diamonds defeated Call Me Queen Be by 1-1/4 lengths, with Newborn Sassy third. Matias Ruiz conditions the daughter of Well Said-Silksndiamonds, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $286,060, for Little Bapa LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers In Friday's co-feature, Keystone Riptide matched the stake record of 1:52, established in 2013 by Icommandmyspirit.  Also taking $20,000 splits were Albany Girl, Terror At Night and Corona Again. Brett Miller enjoyed a stake double with Albany Girl and Terror Again. Keystone Riptide quarter-poled to the lead and scored handily for David Miller, trainer Nikolas Drennan and owners Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien and Brad Shackman. Nip's Beach Girl was 3 lengths back in second while End To End Hanover closed well for third. "Last week, she got loose late, and she was coming really hard on the end of it," said David Miller of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Rebecca. "I thought tonight would be a good time to put her back on the lead. She's a nice filly, a borderline sires stake type." Terror at Night brushed to the front before the quarter and widened her lead from there, scoring her first stake win of the season in a career-fastest 1:52.2. Drag N Sand was second, 6-3/4 lengths in arrears, while Triple Charm completed the ticket. "I didn't think she was up to stake company until now," said Les Givens, who conditions the daughter of Western Terror-Enhance The Night -- a $20,000 yearling acquisition -- for Nanticoke Racing, Edward Maas III and Arlene Paisley. "Down the road, who knows? I want to keep her happy." Corona Again used an extended uncovered move to open up a daylight lead for Tim Tetrick, trainer Douglas Lewis and owner LA Express Stable. The daughter of Dragon Again-Exotic Location defeated Hooves On First by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Marty Party Two completed the ticket. "She's a great big, growthy filly," Tetrick said. "She has a lot to learn yet. She's still like a little kid out there -- looks at everything, tries to jump shadows. She has a lot of talent, but she has to get her mind on right." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a special Memorial Day card beginning at 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TSM Photo Bugger moved first over to gain better position, then brushed again in the lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Lady's Dude. When the pocket-sitting Classicality gapped, TSM Photo Bugger slipped into the two hole and kept the pressure on. The 9-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding overpowered Lady's Dude in the stretch, downing him by a length in a career-best 1:52.4. Classicality saved show. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $591,470 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special post time of 5 PM. The program features two stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers: a $161,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Smokinmombo wore down the leader, Anaffairtoremember, and went on to a hard-earned harness racing victory in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Stuck with post 9, Smokinmombo trotted patiently for Aaron Merriman until she picked up the live first-over cover of Railee Priti. When her cover faltered before the three-quarters, the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo went three wide briefly before engaging Anaffairtoremember. She prevailed in 1:55, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying UF Lindsay Lou Who. Anaffairtoremember saved show. Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo, who extended her career bankroll to $328,902, and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher, It was one of six wins for Merriman on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Iron Mine Bucky survived a miserable first quarter in the slop and went on to capture the faster division of Saturday's $116,304 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Cufflink Hanover took the other division in the stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Iron Mine Bucky hadn't raced since winning an Oct. 2 Keystone Classic split at The Meadows, and he got just the sort of journey -- stuck outside -- winning driver George Dennis didn't want. "I wasn't expecting to get that rough a trip," Dennis said. "They didn't go that much early, and he got a little excited -- first time out, first time in the mud. I didn't want to wrestle him back to last." But the Hambletonian-eligible son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream persevered on the outside and overpowered the leader, 2-5 favorite Hititoutofthepark. Iron Mine Bucky prevailed in 1:55.2, 1-1/2 lengths better than Steed, while Hititoutofthepark saved show. "He really trotted strong up the backside and turned in a big mile," Dennis said. "I'm very, very pleased." Greg Haverstick trains Iron Mine Bucky, who extended his career bankroll to $132,023, for Iron Mine Branch LLC. Iron Mine Bucky Cufflink Hanover has won three of four starts since adding hopples, and he again looked useful and professional. He worked out a pocket trip behind Truemass Volo, then blew by him in the lane to triumph in 1:55.4. Hollywood Highway found late room for second, 2 lengths back, with Truemass Volo third. "He's been getting lucky with his trips, and he's been racing good," said winning driver David Miller, who owns the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding with the Enzed Racing Stable of the colt's trainer, Nifty Norman. "He seemed way sharper today than he did last week. He's coming along really nice." Cufflink Hanover $70,500 Currier & Ives, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Saturday's rain-soaked program also featured the filly division of the Currier & Ives, with Goodtogo Hanover rolling to her seventh consecutive victory. Lookin Sharp erased a sizable deficit to take the other split. Goodtogo Hanover was away second for Brian Zendt, who moved her to the point before the quarter. The daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall held off the late challenge of the pocket-sitting Witnesstheprincess by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. Moots completed the ticket. Goodtogo Hanover, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, is undefeated in seven outings this year, but she showed once again that she can be a handful until the gate folds. "She was a little wild behind the gate -- ohmygosh," Zendt said. "She had her head hung up on the gate for a minute. She was so mad I don't know how she didn't run. She makes you worry, but as long as you don't have her doubled up and mad, she'll be okay. She doesn't want to run. All she wants to do is get out of there." Bill Zendt conditions Goodtogo Hanover and owns with Gary Saul. Goodtogo Hanover Lookin Sharp, the 4-5 favorite, trailed the leader, Sunset Glider, by 3 lengths at the three-quarters when Matt Kakaley suggested it was time to get busy. She tracked down Sunset Glider and downed her by a neck in 1:57, with My Pink Bike third. "Of all the horses we sent to Florida (for the winter), she's probably one of the horses who grew up and matured the most," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "I saw a big difference in her. She showed late in the year she could go with the best fillies. The more the year went on, the more she learned and the better she got." William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Lookin Sharp Evan Pattak

Tamarind grabbed the lead before the quarter and cruised through the slop to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind sat briefly in the pocket behind Chef Lee, but Aaron Merriman sent him to the point once the field settled. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos had no serious challenges from there, scoring in 1:53.4. Chef Lee preserved second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Lady's Dude finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Tamarind, who now boasts $821,349 in career earnings. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Trustworthy Kid came from well back to pounce on the weary leaders and down the rallying Cue Hall by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Keystone Chester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Brian Zendt piloted the 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. Dave Palone collected four wins and Merriman three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the special Preakness Day card features the $116,304 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters as well as the $70,500 companion division for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

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