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WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2017 -- The Meadows hosted the championships of four series Saturday, and three of the winners -- DD's Comet, Art N Music and Ms Mullen -- completed sweeps of the events for harness racing 3- and 4-year-olds. The finals offered combined purses of $102,100. In accomplishing his sweep of two preliminary legs and the $24,700 final of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, DD's Comet scored in 1:57.4, a career best and the fastest this year by a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track. It was a sweet victory for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns DD's Comet with Synerco Ventures, as he persevered with the son of Crazed-Deedee's Destiny after he failed to take a mark in seven tries last year. "He's a real professional -- he's hard not to like," Beaver said. "He showed trotting in 1:57 last year, and he was second in four legs of the stallion series, so he showed he could go." In the championship, DD's Comet got away third for Aaron Merriman before quarter-poling to the front. He easily held off the pocket-sitting Photo Bomber by a length while Gee Wizz George rallied for show. Beaver indicated DD's Comet, an $8,000 yearling acquisition, has a moderate stakes schedule this year rather than a full dance card. "He's staked pretty conservatively," Beaver said. "I got a couple that are real killers. He's not one of them, but he'll always give a good effort. I think he'll make money." It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 13-race card. DD's Comet In the other championships: $27,100 Walter Russell Memorial Pace -- Colts, Stallions & Geldings Art N Music also was a non-factor early in his career; in fact, he didn't have a purse start at all at 2 and 3. He joined the Ron Burke stable in February and now has ripped off three wins and a close-up second for Burke and his new owners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Art Colony-Keystone Musical gelding retook the lead at the quarter pole for Dave Palone and cruised home in a career-fastest 1:52.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Town Speaker. Dare You earned show. "Every week Ronnie's had him a little better than the week before. The way he keeps improving, next week, I'm pretty sure you could win with him," Palone joked with a reporter. "I think he'll be an open/invitational-type horse down the road. He's very easy to drive, and every time you ask on him, he goes." Art N Music $25,900 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot -- Fillies & Mares Ms Mullen so dominated that she was on top at every pole but one in her three Wohlmuth races. In the championship, she reached the front past the quarter for Tony Hall and thwarted the determined first-over bid of Stars N Sparkles, downing her by a length in 1:58.2, fastest win in her eight-start career. Amanda D finished third. "She was pretty strong when she was challenged -- I got to rest her going to the half a little bit," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about the track being deep today. It's been kind of tiring her all day. I can't wait until she gets in against a little better to where I can maybe trip her out. I think eventually, she'll be a better trip horse." Dirk Simpson trains and leases the daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird. Hall enjoyed a three-bagger on the Saturday program. Ms Mullen $24,400 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Cominagain provided the tote board fireworks on championships day when she triumphed at 19-1 in 1:54, a life mark, for Dan Rawlings and owner/trainer Gerald Lee, Jr. Terrortina, who had won her first two series splits, was second by a length, with Kaks Dragon Attack third. The decisive move for Cominagain came when she was following cover down the backside but abandoned the flow in favor of a spot on the pylons. That gave her access to the Lightning Lane, where she launched her winning move. "It looked like the leader was struggling and that I could keep my momentum if I went down on the inside," Rawlings said. "I didn't want to have to check her up." Lee, who purchased the daughter of Dragon Again-Sharkette Spur following her freshman campaign, said she would be pointed to a series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Cominagain The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Four late closer finals totaling more than $100,000 in purses will go to the post on Saturday, March 25 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino featuring top harness racing three- and four-year-old pacers and trotters.   Up first on the 1PM card is the $24,700 Ken Weaver Memorial for trotting colts, stallions and geldings. DD's Comet, out of the Chris Beaver Stable, is the morning line choice after winning both legs of the series. His 2:00.1 victory on March 14 was by a five lengths on a track listed two seconds off. Aaron Merriman has driven the son of Crazed to both of his series wins and will be in the bike on Saturday.   Pacing fillies and mares will be featured in the fifth race on the card, the $24,400 Donna Dunn Memorial. Terrortina is the 5-2 morning line choice out of the Bob Key/Norm Parker Stable, after winning both of her series legs. However, while she posted wins in 1:56 and 1:56.2, Terrortina has only won each race by a half-length and drew post 6 in the final. Jim Pantaleano will drive the Western Terror filly.   The 8th race on the card is the $25,900 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares. Ms Mullen, out of the Dirk Simpson Stable, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line pick after winning back-to-back series races in 1:59.3 and 2:00.3. Tony Hall will drive the daughter of Muscle Massive.   Race 10 is the $27,100 Walter Russell Memorial for stallion, colt and gelding pacers. Art N Music, the only two-time winner in the series, is the 5-2 choice for driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke. A 4YO by Art Colony, Art N Music will leave from post four.   This first round of late closers will be followed by a second round featuring only three-year-olds. The annual spring series are a lead-in to The Meadows' lucrative stake schedule.   Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 22, 2017 -- Pressured every step, Tricky Nick held firm under fire and captured Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After laboring on the outside to get the lead before the quarter, Tricky Nick faced an immediate challenge from the parked-out Fashion Chocolate. He shrugged that one off but faced a more serious threat from Angels Ransom, who was three wide and gaining into the final turn. Under Jim Pantaleano's urging, Tricky Nick held off Angels Ransom by a head in 1:55, with Cantab Lindy third. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who extended his career bankroll to $164,754, for Thomas Mattingly. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 14, 2017 -- DD's Comet moved three wide into the final turn and left the field 5 lengths in his wake in capturing his second straight victory in Tuesday's Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Claire And Kenny took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The 3-5 favorite, DD's Comet briefly followed the first-over cover of Bourdain before Aaron Merriman sent him on his decisive move. The 3-year-old son of Crazed-Deedee's Destiny prevailed in 2:00.1, with a fine 28.4 closing panel on a "good" surface. Bourdain saved place while Photo Bomber earned show. Chris Beaver trains DD's Comet and owns with Synerco Ventures. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl collected a front-end victory for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury in 1:58. Bessie, who saw her three-race winning streak snapped, rallied from last to be second, a neck back, with the first-over Homepage third. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $414,696. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson, on the 13-race card while Dave Palone also enjoyed a three-bagger, among them two wins for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13, 2017 -- Terrortina spotted the leader 4 lengths down the backside, then gobbled her up in the lane to capture her second straight Donna Dunn Memorial Pace split at The Meadows. Flight On Board, a 25-1 long shot, took the other $12,500 division in Monday's second leg of the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Terrortina was fourth when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Handover The Art. She moved into second and settled back to the pylons for a quick breather before polishing off Handover The Art and prevailing in 1:56.3. Kaks Dragon Attack rallied for second, 1/2 length back, in her first start of the year while Ashlees Cocktail was fourth-placed-third. Norm Parker trains Terrortina, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable, for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner blew by Lakeisha Hall in the Lightning Lane to down her by a neck in 1:53.4 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Spreester earned show. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner now boasts a career bankroll of $429,691. Mike Wilder and trainer Paul Corey teamed for a pair of winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2017 -- Grand Priority pulled the pocket just in time to get clearance and powered home to pull off a 23-1 upset in Saturday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Art N Music took the other $12,500 division in the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame judge Walter Russell, who served with distinction at a number of venues. Grand Priority was stalking Louie's So Bossy down the backside when the outside flow started to close in. Brad Provost angled Grand Priority off the pylons, and the 4-year-old Western Ideal-Joy Luck Hall gelding opened a daylight lead in an instant. He scored in 1:56, 2 lengths better than the 2-5 favorite, Indigo Art, with Gossip Boy third. William Provost trains Grand Priority and owns with Mary Smith and Trotwood Farms. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames wore down his stablemate, Mykindachip, with a relentless uncovered bid and downed him by a length for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Believeinthespirit earned show. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding extended his lifetime bankroll to $169,387. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings and trainers Dirk Simpson and Burke each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness Racing fans headed to the windows in full force on Wednesday (March 8) at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, attempting to take home a share of a Pick-5 pool that had grown for several days.   The Meadows, in partnership with the USTA's Strategic Wagering program, had guaranteed the pool to $50,000. The end result was one of the track's largest single-wager payouts in recent memory.   Ms Mullen (3-1) and Broadway Hot Stuff (4-5) won the first two legs, keeping many players alive with their tickets. Southwind Warsaw (5-2) won the third leg and plenty of tickets were still intact going into the fourth leg.   However, Pro Side (11-1) and Rail Kat (5-1) won the final two legs, and the resulting payout was $63,580 for a $2 Pick-5 ticket. The Meadows thanks for their support of the Pick-5, and encourages all horseplayers to try their luck again when racing resumes tomorrow (March 11) at 1PM. The Pick-5 will start over again, in the final five races of the day. From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association        

WASHINGTON, PA, March 8, 2017 -- Pressured most of the mile while on the lead, Ms Mullen drew away from the field into the final turn and scored decisively in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Pennys N Dimes upset at 15-1 in the other division of the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares at The Meadows. The event honors the memory of the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the 2:00 Club, the erstwhile gathering spot for horsemen and horsewomen. Ms Mullen was unplaced in her five previous career starts and hadn't raced since Aug. 22. But she was more than willing when Tony Hall sent her to the front, and she gamely thwarted the prolonged challenge of Blameitonthealcohl to prevail by 2 lengths in 1:59.3. Eva Ka Jean was third-placed-second while Cantabmymoney finished second but was placed back to third for a late break. Dirk Simpson trains and leases Ms Mullen, a 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird. In the $20,000 Preferred Trot, Cantab Lindy sat patiently behind the dueling leaders, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 18-1 upset in 1:55.4 for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Brent Davis. Tricky Nick was second, 1/2 length back, while Trustworthy Kid rallied for show. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding extended his career bankroll to $368,057. Dave Palone and Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2017 -- Prompted by a three-day carryover of $19,578.12, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $50,000 total-pool guarantee for its harness racing Pick 5 wager on Wednesday, March 8. The guarantee, one of the largest in track history, is offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. In addition, Wednesday'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 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 for Wednesday's program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2017 -- Joyful exploded past the leader with an uncovered backside brush and went on to capture his division in Tuesday's opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. DD's Comet, a harness racing seven-race maiden entering the day, took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a trainer/driver who was a fixture at The Meadows and on the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit. Joyful was third when Naquel Harvey sent him after Bourdain on the front. He cleared easily and drew off to prevail in 1:59.3 over a sloppy surface. Bourdain saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Claire And Kenny rallied for show. Doug Hamilton trains and owns the 4-year-old Conway Hall-Joy To The World gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie made it three straight when she survived a demanding opening quarter and poured it on late to score in 1:56.3, 3/4 lengths better than Barn Girl. Classic Belisima earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $289,360, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2017 --Shuffled to sixth along the pylons with no path out, Hard Headed Women barreled through the Lightning Lane and scored the 8-1 upset in Monday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Terrortina took the other $12,500 split in the series for harness racing 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late Walter "Boots" Dunn, prominent trainer, driver, breeder and United States Trotting Association director. Hard Headed Women got away fourth from post 9 for Aaron Merriman but was buried inside down the backside. Merriman sent her around one horse into the final turn before pointing her to the Lightning Lane. She prevailed in a career-best 1:55.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Bella Ragaza, with Jade Bangles third. Bill Rhoades trains the 4-year-old daughter of Riverboat King-Dragon's Georgette for Leah Rhodes. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester, a 13-time winner in 2016 who had been shut out in her first eight starts this year, survived a miserable trip to score for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Early leader Lakeisha was second, 1/2 length back, with a rallying Medusa third. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree extended her career bankroll to $594,656. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Barn Girl, Dapper Dude, Tamarind and two other harness racing horses live on a farm in Slippery Rock. When they see the horse trailer, they get very excited because they know they are going to The Meadows racetrack. “They really, truly, love to race,” said William Bercury, who trains the horses that are owned by his wife, Renee Bercury. I “met” Barn Girl in January when she calmly stepped off the track after trotting faster than seven other mares and fillies to win the featured race of the day. I thought she looked small, as horses go, and dainty. The 5-year-old bay mare is 15.1 hands high and 815 pounds, Bercury told me. Proving that in her case, neither size nor sex matters. Barn Girl “beat the boys” on Feb. 15, Bercury said in a telephone interview. The only mare in the Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl beat stallions and geldings, which is easier said than done because they generally are 100 pounds heavier and 4 inches taller than she is. Barn Girl is almost diminutive compared to the famous thoroughbred Secretariat. The Triple Crown winner nicknamed “Big Red” was 16.2 hands high and 1,155 pounds. Growing up without a horse of my own, I was entranced by the Walter Farley horse books, especially “The Black Stallion” and “The Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt.” Hanging out in The Meadows paddock on Jan. 18 with people who live the kind of lives that Farley wrote about, I got to ask and Bercury and their driver, Aaron Merriman, a series of dumb questions that they patiently answered. Do you talk to the horses when you are racing? Do they listen to you? How smart are horses? Do you have a favorite horse? Are the horses happy if they win? How do you communicate with them and control them when you are riding in a sulky behind them rather than sitting astride their backs? Merriman, the winningest harness racing driver in the country in 2015 and 2016, says he talks to horses during races, and they listen. “When they flick their ears back, they’re listening. But when their ears go flat on their head, they’re mad. You don’t want to see that,” he said. Bercury is always watching Barn Girl’s ears because they are often edging toward flat. “She’s a mare, and she is a very wary mare,” he said. Not to be sexist, but horse people generally agree that mares are moodier and harder to handle than geldings, which are neutered males. “Around mares you need to be attentive and do things their way,” Bercury said. “If you want a nice, easygoing horse, go with a gelding.” Since the couple bought Barn Girl in October, “she has adapted well to her surroundings, and we have adapted well to her ways,” Bercury said. “Mike, our assistant, treats her like a pet. We often enter the barn and find him singing or talking to her in the mellow tones of true love.” Since she moved into the Bercury stables, Barn Girl has had 11 starts and seven first-place wins, two seconds and two third-place finishes. Her lifetime record for 61 races is 30 wins, 10 seconds and 12 thirds. Her lifetime earnings are $394,196. Bercury said they bought Barn Girl from Ron Burke, “the top trainer in the country and perhaps the world. He sold us this horse because he had several mares in the same category … Ron Burke and his staff have been Barn Girl’s biggest fans since we bought her and have cheered us on as friends and first-class competitors.” Many animal lovers don’t think horses are as smart as dogs. Some people don’t think they’re smart at all. “Oh, they’re smarter than you’d think,” said Merriman, 38, who has been driving since 1999. Horses are especially smart about “picking up on people who fear or dislike them. They respond well if you’re relaxed and confident.” “Absolutely I have favorite horses,” he said. “They’re not necessarily the fastest horses. They’re the ones that try the hardest.” Merriman drives all of the Bercury horses, including Dapper Dude, an 8-year-old stallion with more than $1 million in lifetime earnings. He also drives horses for many other trainers and diplomatically did not provide the names of his favorite or least-favorite horses. “Some horses are happy when they pass a horse on the track,” Merriman said. “Some seem to enjoy being out in front.” Bercury, who with his wife has owned horses since 1978, is convinced “they want to win. I think they know the object is to beat the other horses. If they have confidence in the driver, they go.” “Aaron is not just a driver. He’s a horseman,” Bercury said. “He knows horses and he likes them, and that makes a difference. I have never seen him put a whip to a horse.” The driver uses the reins to guide the horse during the race. There are horses who would prefer to pick their own race route, Bercury said with a chuckle, but “their way is usually not the smart way.” So how do drivers and trainers communicate with harness racing horses? When you ride astride a horse, your legs are used to control and send signals and cues to the horse. You can put your hands on their necks to calm or encourage them. You can learn forward to talk to them. In a sulky or job cart, driver only have their hands. “When I drive or train, I really only have two fingers on the reins,” Bercury said. So some of the communication between drivers and race horses is akin to some form of magic that can neither be explained nor taught. The stalls of each of the Bercury horses open up into their own individual pastures. The horses are able to visit each other over the the fences. Tamarind, 9, is currently in the final weeks of what Bercury calls his “vacation.” The stallion wasn’t sick or lame when Bercury gave him six weeks off from training and racing. A vacation is just something Bercury believes a horse needs, now and then. “These horses give it their all. They work very hard, and they need time to be horses. They roll in the snow or do whatever they want to do. It’s their choice.” “Some people say they can’t afford vacations. I say I can’t afford not to.” By Linda Wilson Fuoco Reprinted with permission of The Sun-Gazette

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2017 -- Gokudo Hanover gobbled up the leader, Dapper Dude, with a powerful first-over move and went on to pull off a 20-1 harness racing shocker in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Gokudo Hanover's most recent victory (Feb. 11) came in the same class when he upset at 16-1 by following live cover. On Saturday, he needed no such help. Eric Goodell sent him from sixth, 6-1/2 lengths behind, and the 5-year-old Cam's Card Shark-Gifted Yankee gelding triumphed convincingly in 1:52.1. Somehow, Dapper Dude kept it together and saved place, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Kingofthejungle third. Doug Hamilton trains Gokudo Hanover, who now boasts career earnings of $216,877, for Sandbur Farms, Valarie Sutton and Joseph Hemingway. Mike Wilder piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Paul Corey, on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 1, 2017 -- Parked more than half the race before making the front, Call For Justice found more late over the sloppy surface to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sent toward the front from post 9 by Dave Palone, Call For Justice didn't clear the leader, Barn Girl, until well past the half. Though he appeared vulnerable in mid-stretch, the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka dug in to hold off Valley Of Sin by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Chef Lee rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts $298,797 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 1, 2017 -- Not many busboys in the clubhouse dining room will go on to win 7,000 harness races, yet that's just the unique career path Jim Pantaleano has taken. He got harness racing  career win 7,000 Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted PL Intimidator to victory in the eighth race. "I just go to work -- I enjoy it quite a bit -- and don't think about the numbers that much," said Pantaleano, whose mounts have earned more than $48.4 million. "It just kind of sneaks up on you." Pantaleano was a student at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, when he began working in the clubhouse at nearby Northfield Park and determined that he would become a driver. "It looked very interesting," he said, "and I thought I would give it a try. A lot of people go to the races and think driving would be neat, so I'm probably not much different in that regard. But I actually ended up doing it" After a fling at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) -- "I took two years off from life, you might say" -- Pantaleano visited Northfield's barn area and made the rounds of stables, looking for any work he could find. A sympathetic trainer, Mel Turcotte, hired him as a groom, but that didn't help him get drives. "I got some catch drives," he recalls, "on horses that usually were unruly." With seed money to which his father and a family friend contributed, Pantaleano claimed for $3,000 a horse that became the foundation for his own stable. He enjoyed success in Ohio, abandoned training when he relocated to Freehold and Yonkers in 2004 and settled at The Meadows a few years ago. These days, many of Pantaleano's assignments come from his wife, trainer Christen Pantaleano, whom her husband describes as "a brilliant woman." "She wasn't involved with horses but took a liking to them," he said. "She taught herself everything she needed to know." Driving for your spouse, he said, is both "good and bad." "When her horse races good, she's happy, so then I'm really happy. When her horse doesn't perform well, she very rarely blames the driver, but she's passionate about her work, and she'll get very upset when her horses don't perform the way she would like." For the future, Pantaleano doesn't plan any major changes. "I really got lucky landing at The Meadows at this stage of my career," he said. "I enjoy afternoon racing. I enjoy helping my wife with her stable. My goals really are to stay healthy and earn enough money to take care of my family and do the things we enjoy doing together." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2017 -- An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straighaways -- but still was much the best in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp finally settled down at the three-quarters and scored in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Classic Carpet was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Seeyouatthefinish third. Ron Burke trains Rockin Rum Springa, who notched her second straight victory and extended her career bankroll to $176.611, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 12-race card, lifting his career total to 6,995. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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