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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2015 -- Dew N Doughnuts kicked by the leader, Visible Gold, in the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life / Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts had a chance last week to upset Visible Gold in the Lightning Lane but fell a nose short. On Wednesday, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration moved determinedly for Mike Wilder and nailed the 1-1 favorite by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3. The first-over Desperation raced well for show. Norm Parker trains Dew N Doughnuts, who extended his career bankroll to $181,895, for owner/breeder Thomas Klosky, Jr. Brady Brown and Mike Wilder each piloted a pair of winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2015 -- Dave Palone and Ron Burke are two of harness racing's grandest champions, and on Friday, Jan. 30, fans will have an opportunity to meet them and take home Palone- and Burke-themed premiums. The occasion is the annual "Night of Champions Celebration" presented by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Beginning at 6 PM, fans may meet Palone and Burke and receive posters autographed by the two champions and mugs honoring their achievements (while supplies last). Also participating will be noted equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly, whose painting of Palone getting career win 16,754 -- the victory that made him the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- will be featured. Palone was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. For his part, Burke has been North America's leading trainer for six consecutive years and, in 2014, smashed his own record with more than $28.3 million in earnings. Both Palone and Burke are based at The Meadows. Other activities include: A "Spin to Win" wheel offering prizes of $2 wagering vouchers and other items; A handicapping contest for Racing Player Rewards members, with the winner earning 20,000 bonus points; Presentation of awards to The Meadows' 2014 equine champions, as voted by MSOA members. The connections of Cammikey will receive his award as The Meadows 2014 Horse of the Year. Friday's live card begins at 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special night of harness racing this Friday, January 30. The second annual Night of Champions will have a first race post of 6:55PM. Activity will begin nearly an hour earlier, at 6PM, when Dave Palone and Ron Burke will be in the track's Racebook area for a 30-minute "meet and greet." Fans will get a chance to meet the record-setting duo, as Palone recently became the world's winningest driver, surpassing Germany's Heinz Wewering, and Burke is coming off a record season which saw his horses earn more than any other trainer - harness or thoroughbred - in North American racing history.   Fans will receive a limited edition poster of a painting by renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly commemorating Palone's record-setting drive at The Meadows, courtesy of the track, as well as travel coffee mugs honoring the accomplishments of Palone and Burke, courtesy of the MSOA, while supplies last.   The night will also honor the horses that earned top honors in the MSOA's annual Horse of the Year balloting for 2014. Twelve horses and their respective owner/trainer connections will be honored, with a race named in their honor during the 12-race card. Video features will also be shown on the Meadows Live! television broadcast and on the track's in-house big screen.   The 6:55PM Night of Champions post represents The Meadows' first night card of the 2015 season. Night racing will take place on the final Friday of each month through May. For a full 2015 racing schedule, visit www.themsoa.com. by Jeff Zidek for the MSOA            

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2015 -- Stuck outside for most of the mile but following live cover, Camille zipped through the slop in the stretch and collected an impressive harness racing victory in Friday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The race figured to be a challenge for Camille, as she had been off a month and was assigned post 9. But Dave Palone positioned her behind R Marie Hanover, who was parked out but advancing. Camille made the decisive, three-wide move at the three-quarters, gobbling up the leaders and scoring in 1:53.2. Novascotia Hanover rallied for second, 4-3/4 lengths back, while R Marie Hanover persevered for show. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2015 -- The beaten harness racing favorite in five of his six most recent starts, Visible Gold was determined not to let another opportunity slip away, digging in late to capture Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold was leading throughout the mile but was challenged in mid-stretch by the pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts. The 7-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding held off his challenger by a nose to score for Dave Palone in 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. Solar Surprise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who extended his career bankroll to $383,944, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Palone. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 20, 2015 -- On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the live harness racing card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total pool guarantees -- a $12,500 guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 5. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantees after Tuesday's Pick 4 and Pick 5 were uncovered, resulting in carryovers of $3,566.69 and $1,426.18, respectively. 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 Wednesday's program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2015 -- R Marie Hanover reclaimed the lead at the quarter and had just enough lick late to capture Friday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. R Marie Hanover opened a 2-length margin at the top of the lane for Aaron Merriman but was all out to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Certified Ideal, who fell a neck short. Doubelieveinmagic rallied for show in the 1:54 mile. Megan Rogers Racing Stables campaigns R Marie Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-R Ellen Hanover who now boasts $182,702 in lifetime earnings. Tony Hall piloted a pair of winners on the 12-race card. During Friday's program, The Meadows honored Merriman for his 7,000th career victory, achieved Thursday at Northfield, which also recognized his outstanding accomplishments. Merriman typically splits his time between Northfield and The Meadows. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good had captured three straight races with gritty first-over moves, but could he possibly use the same strategy to extend his streak to four? Indeed he could, as his determined move for Tony Hall wore down the leader, Shooter's Dream, and carried him to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, while Desperation rallied for show. Time for the mile was 1:53.3, including a snappy back half in 55.4. Ashley Hall trains I'm Feelin Good, a 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding who extended his career bankroll to $526,454, for Larry Fischer. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2015 -- Whata Donato and Count Me In, a pair of streaking horses, captured Tuesday's co-featured trots -- each in front-end fashion -- at The Meadows. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Whata Donato had little trouble collecting her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last six starts -- when she sprang to the lead from post 8 for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and scored by 2 lengths in 1:57. Stablemates ER Ellie and Mistress Valentine finished second and third, respectively. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her career bankroll to $197,391. The track condition was downgraded from "good" to "sloppy" well before the $18,000 Preferred Handicap, and Dave Palone had to coax Count Me In through a 30.2 final quarter over the tiring surface. But the 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding recorded his third win in the last four outings, prevailing in 1:56.1. TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Andoversure saved show. Ron Burke conditions Count Me In, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $374,469, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,123.47. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2015 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled Monday's live card due to icy track conditions. The track and its Harmar Township location remain open for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing at The Meadows is set to resume Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows                

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2015 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Macharoundtheclock unleashed her characteristic late rally to capture Friday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock was next to last when Eric Ledford asked her for pace. Despite a wide journey through the lane, she downed the first-over Novascotia Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2. Doubelieveinmagic finished third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who extended her career bankroll to $388,077, for Birnam Wood Farms. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Ledford. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2015 -- Due to the expected forecast of frigid weather, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled qualifying races scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10. The next qualifiers are set for Thursday, Jan. 15. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good wore down the leader, Visible Gold, with a relentless first-over bid and captured his Third Straight in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold cut out a moderate 58.4 first half but couldn't withstand the pressure from I'm Feelin Good, who scored by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4 and relegated Visible Gold to his fifth consecutive place finish. Dew N Doughnuts was third. Tony Hall drove the 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding, who now boasts $516,454 in career earnings, for trainer Ashley Hall and owner Larry Fischer. Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2015 -- Whata Donato surged late in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato surrendered the early lead to Express Justice and, even in mid-stretch, appeared destined for second best. But she responded to the urging of trainer/driver Doug Snyder and outkicked Express Justice, prevailing by a neck in 1:57.1 on a "good" surface. The first-over E R Ellie was third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $187,391. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card, with Dave Palone aboard for three of those victories. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2015 — Making his second start in the powerful Ron Burke stable, Count Me In collected a comfortable victory in Monday’s opening-day feature, an $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek purchased Count Me In last month, and he returned immediate dividends with a place finish in an Open Handicap at Northfield. On Monday, he was pocketed early by TSM Photo Bugger, retook for Dave Palone and cruised home in 1:54.3. Classicality rallied for second, 2 lengths back, with the first-over Andoversure third. A 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding, Count Me In now boasts $365,469 in career earnings. Palone piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 24, 2014 -- The final of the 49th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios, the important test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers that is the signature event of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, is set for the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 1, when the card begins at 12:20 PM. Adios eliminations will take place Friday, July 25, first post 6:55 PM. The importance of the Adios was underscored in 2014 when the winner, McWicked, went on to earn the Dan Patch Award as the best in his division. The Adios typically carries a total purse exceeding $500,000. The "Pace for the Orchids" anchors a 2015 schedule that features 208 live cards, a figure that has remained constant in recent years and indicates the ongoing strength of harness racing in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the schedule. Generally, The Meadows will offer four live programs per week -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday -- each beginning at 12:55 PM. The season kicks off Monday, Jan. 5. Highlights of the schedule include: Through May, the final Friday program of each month will begin at 6:55 PM. In June, July and August, each Friday card will start at 6:55 PM. The Meadows will offer live cards to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. Special post time for those Saturday programs on May 2, May 16 and June 6 is 11:25 AM. The track will continue to offer $5,000-guaranteed total pools for its Pick 4 wager each Monday and Tuesday, a feature introduced in 2014 that proved popular with bettors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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