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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2017 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Barn Girl unleashed a sustained bid for Aaron Merriman that carried her to an impressive harness racing victory -- her third straight and sixth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A determined Whata Donato, who was parked to the three-eighths before getting the lead, appeared to have the field put away heading into the stretch. But Barn Girl rocketed by her, drawing off to defeat her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Early leader Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who triumphed for the 29th time in 58 career outings (50 percent) and extended her lifetime bankroll to $377,796, for Renee Bercury. Wilbur Yoder and trainer Norm Parker teamed for a pair of wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Merriman also enjoyed two-baggers. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2017 -- First over forever, a game Show Runner somehow found enough late to get by the leader and capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner was fourth past the three-eighths when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Medusa, who appeared to have the race under control following a 30 second-quarter breather. But the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner kept advancing on the "good" surface and scored in 1:53.3. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for second, a head back, while Medusa saved show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $394,431, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2017 -- Believeinthespirit followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to pull off a 28-1 harness racing shocker in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Believeinthespirit was sixth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano swung him into the cover flow behind the first-over Gokudo Hanover. The 6-year-old Art Major-Spirit Of The West gelding roared past Gokudo Hanover in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Kingofthejungle to prevail by a neck in 1:52.2. Easy Again closed well for show. Mike Dowdall trains Believeinthespirit, who extended his career bankroll to $190,367, for Keith Pippi. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2017 -- Valley Of Sin quarter-poled to the lead and hung tough late to score in 1:55.4, fastest this year by an older harness racing stallion on a five-eighths-mile track, in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Valley Of Sin was third when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent him to the point. The 1-1 favorite needed some encouragement late, but he held off Trustworthy Kid, who was racing off a four-month layoff, by a length. The first-over Nothinbutanallstar earned show. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, a 7-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling who extended his career bankroll to $267,659. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dave Brickell trains and drives his own horses, but Chris Shaw got the first chance to sit behind the then harness racing 2-year-old pacing filly Camera Lady in a qualifier last May because Brickell was driving another of his horses. Shaw guided Camera Lady to a 1:58.4 winning mile at The Meadows that day and when he got off the track he told Brickell, "The only person that's going to beat her is you." Adds Brickell with a laugh, "And that's exactly what happened." Maybe, but not often. Camera Lady won 15 of 20 starts last year and earned $42,640 for Brickell and co-owner Mitchell York. Her 15 victories were the most by any 2-year-old in North American harness racing last year. "A blind pig finds an acorn every once in a while," said Brickell, who raced Camera Lady primarily on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. "She just wanted to do it; she always wanted to do it. She was eager to please. You could do whatever you wanted with her. She was nice to work around in the barn too." Brickell bought Camera Lady for $5,000 at the 2015 Goshen Yearling Sale. She is a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Ann Van Go. She was Ann Van Go's first foal. "I've never had a Dragon Again (sired) horse," Brickell said. "Everybody says they're tough. The price was right and she looked good, so I got her. I like to buy first foals, too; a lot of them. "I take chances on them." In this case, the chance paid off, although it took a little time to see Camera Lady develop. York, who is Brickell's son-in-law, liked a Crazed-sired trotter named HS Miss Nutcracker the best of three 2-year-olds he owned with Brickell. "He said the trotter was going to be our No. 1 horse; I said he was writing (Camera Lady) off," Brickell said. "When I broke her and first started going with her, she was kind of flaky. She was nice to be with and work around, but she just shied at everything. But I said I'll take her. She's going to be No. 1; she's going to be our diamond in the rough." Camera Lady proved to be the best of the bunch, although all three won multiple races and earned at least $16,000. The three were purchased for a total of $17,700. "I was very fortunate," said Brickell, who lives in Smicksburg, Pa., about 15 miles southwest of Punxsutawney. Camera Lady won 15 of her first 16 races, with her only setback coming when she stepped up to the top-level of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. She finished second in the Pennsylvania Fair championship, beaten by Gemalous, driven by none other than Shaw. As for Camera Lady's schedule for this season, Brickell said it was "up in the air," although it will include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Stallion Series, and fairs. He also might consider an early-closer at The Meadows. "I just started back with her, she's been jogging about three weeks now," said Brickell, who has 475 wins as a driver and 314 victories as a trainer. "As soon as the weather starts cooperating she'll start training a little bit. She grew a little bit; she got a little longer and a little stronger. "If I would let the professional drivers drive, I guess she would be a little quicker, but I haven't given into that urge yet. I like to be able to (drive). I think she'll be a (1):52 or (1):53 pacer. I don't have a problem with that. She'll do fine, I think. But I don't like to make predictions because then you get in trouble." So Brickell certainly will not predict whether Camera Lady can lead her age group in wins again. But he is going to try to get her there. "I'll definitely give it a whirl," Brickell said. "That's for sure." Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2017 -- Harness racing drivers Dave Palone and Dan Charlino sparkled Monday at The Meadows, though they shined in slightly different ways. Palone rolled up seven wins on the 12-race card, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Charlino rolled up one win, but it was big. Not only did it occur in the day's feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace captured by Hawk's Red Chief, but it also was Charlino's first victory at The Meadows since he returned from leg injuries that sidelined him more than five months. When Charlino and Hawk's Red Chief got away sixth, it looked like an unenviable spot, as the field raced double tiered for most of the mile, giving Hawk's Red Chief no way off the pylons. But as they turned for home, the Lightning Lane beckoned, and the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble shot through to edge Atta Boy Dan by a nose in 1:52.3. Gokudo Hanover rallied for show. Hawk's Red Chief extended his career bankroll to $165,207 for Burke, who ended the day with a five-bagger, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2017 -- Sixteen Mikes put away Valley Of Sin following a protracted harness racing duel and went on to win Saturday's $22,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sixteen Mikes was third down the backside when Tony Hall sent him after Valley Of Sin, who was seeking his fourth consecutive victory. They were inseparable until mid-stretch when Sixteen Mikes overcame the tiring leader and scored in 1:55.2. TSM Photo Bugger shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Nothinbutanallstar rallied for show. Rich Gillock trains Sixteen Mikes, a 7-year-old American Mike-Sweetsixteenkarets gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $218,234, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 29, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing programs in 2017, up 5.4 percent from the 2016 total, with the final of the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 29, highlighting the season. In most weeks, The Meadows will present four live cards -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday -- first post 1 PM each day. The season kicks off Monday, Jan. 2. Adios Week, featuring the top performers in the sport of harness racing as well as a variety of family-oriented entertainment, begins Saturday, July 22, with Adios eliminations (first post 1 PM). The final of the Adios, one of the premier events for 3-year-old pacers, anchors a stakes-packed card that gets underway at noon. Other highlights of the 2017 schedule include: Five Friday evening cards, first post 5 PM, including the Jan. 13 "Night of Champions" when The Meadows honors the top local horses of 2016; Special cards, beginning at 11:25 AM, to complement each jewel of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown as well as the Travers at Saratoga; $5,000 total-pool guarantees, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, for each day's Pick 4 wager, a feature that proved popular with bettors throughout 2016. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Washington, PA, Dec. 28, 2016 -- Classicality took advantage of the leader's miscue and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Classicality was first over in pursuit of Cue Hall when that rival made an unforced break, allowing Classicality to slip back to the pylons rather than grind it out without cover. Classicality and Dave Palone did the rest themselves, defeating the rallying Maximum Credit by a length in 1:54.1. Nothinbutanallstar finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $389,867 in career earnings. It was one of six wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Following a break for the New Year's holiday, The Meadows kicks off its 2017 season Monday, Jan. 2, first post 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2016 -- Barn Girl quarter-poled to the lead, then held off the menacing challenge of Princess Pablano to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl was on a seemingly easy lead at the three-quarters when she was confronted by the first-over Princess Pablano, who drew even into the final turn. Barn Girl dug deep for Aaron Merriman and prevailed in 1:56.2, a neck better than the game Princess Pablano. Unefoisdansmavie shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who won for the fourth time in her last five starts and extended her lifetime bankroll to $357,796, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Because Wednesday's program at The Meadows closes the current meeting and the 2016 live racing schedule -- no carryovers are permitted. Therefore, the Pick 4 (races 4-7 with a $5,000 total-pool guarantee), Pick 5 (races 9-13 with a $2,483.89 carryover from Tuesday) and the final superfecta on the card are all "must pay." In addition, the day's first superfecta features a $3,886.26 carryover, as Tuesday's final superfecta was uncovered.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2016 -- Tipitina stalked Shady Caroline from the pocket, then rolled by her in the lane to capture Monday's $13,500 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Shady Caroline cut honest fractions of 27.1/56.2/1:24.4 over a "good" surface but couldn't shake Tipitina, who pulled the pocket out of the final turn for Aaron Merriman. The 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly scored in 1:52.4, 2 lengths better than Shady Caroline. Classic Carpet rallied for show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, who won her second straight and extended her career bankroll to $351,549, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Merriman collected four wins on the 14-race card while Dan Rawlings and Goldberg each enjoyed a triple.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2016 -- Widest and fastest in the lane, Latest Desire captured his second straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in the last seven -- in Friday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Latest Desire was third over down the backside when Jim Pantaleano decided the 6-year-old Real Desire-Latest Design gelding needed to see racetrack. It was the winning move as Latest Desire found a new gear, tracked down the leader, Atta Boy Dan, and edged him by a nose in 1:52.2. The first-over Dapper Dude was third. Dirk Simpson trains Latest Desire, who now boasts $363,936 in career earnings, for Steven Newcom and Larry Taylor. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners and Pantaleano three on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Friday, Dec. 23 harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Thursday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $4,186.38. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Friday is 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2016 -- Abandoning his customary rallying style, Valley Of Sin zipped right to the front, thwarted his lone serious challenger and captured his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In his most recent six starts, Valley Of Sun never held the lead until the final call. On Wednesday, however, trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder hustled him to the point and gave him a comfortable 59 opening half. That left the 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling with enough pop to turn back the first-over bid of Sixteen Mikes and triumph in 1:55.3. The pocket-sitting Classicality finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Sixteen Mikes was third. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, who now boasts $256,899 in career earnings. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Medusa powered to the lead from post 7 for Tony Hall and rolled to victory -- her 13th this year and second straight -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 12-race harness racing card. Once Medusa cleared to the lead, she easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Skippin By and prevailed in 1:53.2 over a "good" surface, a neck better than Certified Ideal, who gave trainer Randy Bendis an exacta sweep. The pocket-sitting Spreester was third. Tom Pollack and Bendis campaign Medusa, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical who now boasts $395,952 in career earnings. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Freezing rain that coated the track has prompted The Meadows Racetrack & Casino to cancel Saturday's live harness racing card. The track and its Harmar facility remain open for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing resumes Monday when The Meadows kicks off a pre-Christmas week that features five straight days of racing. First post Monday through Friday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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