Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 334
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

Washington, PA - March 28, 2021 - The Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Casino today named Scott Lishia as its new Director of Racing. As part of his duties Lishia will be responsible for all facets of The Meadows year-round harness racing program and its pari-mutuel operations. Lishia returns to the horse racing industry after working several years in the private sector. He previously worked in executive positions with the Maryland Jockey Club (operators of Pimlico and Laurel Race Courses) for over a decade. Lishia other horse racing experience includes work with the Maryland Racing Commission and several years as a racing official at multiple thoroughbred racetracks in New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts. "I'm excited to return to the horse racing industry and join the outstanding organization here at The Meadows. I'm look forward to working with the team and horsemen to help the racing product grow into the future," Lishia said. Pending customary regulatory approvals Lishia will start at The Meadows April 6. by Chris McErlean, for Penn National Gaming, Inc.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2021 -- The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor and remember the late Bob Key, longtime harness racing breeder/owner who died Jan. 27 at the age of 87, with a winners' circle ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 12:15 PM. As part of the ceremony, a driverless horse from the Key stable will be walked from the paddock to the winners' circle. In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, the number of participants there will be limited to six; among them will be Rich Gillock and Kim Hankins, MSOA president and executive director, respectively. Track announcer Jeff Zidek will recall some of Key's many achievements. Key was a successful industrialist who founded and operated Key Bellevilles, Inc. in Leechburg, PA, about 60 miles northeast of The Meadows. However, his presence in racing was just as significant. He may best be known for winning the 1993 Hambletonian with the homebred American Winner and for breeding and campaigning the millionaire half- siblings Winning Mister and Win Missy B, both out of American Winner's daughter Winning Missbrenda. But with his stable of racehorses and breeding stock, which may have numbered several hundred at peak, his impact on day-to-day racing -- particularly at The Meadows -- was profound. In recent years, he generously spread his horses around, providing work for a dozen or more trainers simultaneously. His results as an owner may be unmatched in the sport. He finished in the Top 10 in owner earnings for the last 13 years consecutively, in the Top 4 in each of the last 11 years. Consider the Bob Key line since the USTA began compiling and archiving owner statistics in 1992: Starts -- 26,886 Wins -- 2,868 Earnings -- $44,190,235 And those results include only horses solely owned by Key; if horses he owned in partnership were added, the statistics would be even more staggering. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2021 — Jeffery P overwhelmed a distinguished harness racing field Friday at The Meadows, cruising to a career-best 1:52.1 victory in the $16,200 Open Handicap Trot. Jeffery P quarter-poled to the top for Dave Palone and began drawing off past the half.  From there, the only question was how much his winning margin would be. The answer — 5-1/4 lengths ahead of early leader Icanflylikeanangel, with Lady’s Dude third. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, a 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card — including a pair for trainer Scott Betts — raising his total to nine for the three-day race week. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2021 — The Wall shot the Lightning Lane and had just enough to capture Thursday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Customarily a closer, the Wall flashed early speed for Jim Pantaleano, enabling him to work out a pocket trip behind the hard-used leader, Wild Wild Western. The 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-New Album harness racing gelding surged late to hold off the wide rally of Macadoodledoo by a head in 1:51, with Rock Candy third. Neil Balcerak trains The Wall, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $551,641, and owns with Matthew Morrison. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers: $1,570.38 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,331.72 in the final-race Super Hi-5. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association is offering free past performances for Friday’s card; they’re available at pennhorseracing.com. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2021 -- Lordofwinterfell is now 8 with more than $241,000 in his bank account and a mark of 1:51.2. You might figure that this accomplished harness racing pacer would relish retirement and a respected spot as elder statesman in the Norm Parker stable. Not this guy. In fact, he's begun 2021 with a new vocation. He's a trotter now, and he'll make his second start on his new gait Friday at The Meadows. The Western Ideal-Caila Fra gelding leaves from post 6, race 2, with Jim Pantaleano driving. Dual-gaited performers are rare in harness racing. Indeed, Parker, who trains Lordofwinterfell for Jeff Weaver's Jacobs Creek Racing, had no intention of starting him on the trot until the horse told him that's what he wanted. "He trots all the time while jogging, but a lot of horses do that, so you don't think much about it," Parker said. "Then one day he wouldn't turn on the pace without hopples, so I trained him on the trot." Parker was amazed and impressed when Lordofwinterfell lowered his time in his morning works on the trot from 2:27 to 2:03, back half in a minute. That's when the idea to campaign him on the trot took hold. "As a pacer, at this point in his career, it would be tough for him to make the same kind of money he did a few years ago," Parker said. "I thought, if he can rise through the ranks and trot in 1:55, he has a chance to make a lot more money than if he paces in 1:52 or 1:53. "It's something different. Jeff is excited about it. Most people I talk to are excited about it. He trots happily, and he still wants to beat horses." Lordofwinterfell's brief career on the trot has had mixed results so far. He won his lone qualifier handily in 1:59.1, but in his Jan. 9 pari-mutuel debut at MGM Northfield Park, he caught what Parker calls a soft spot on the track and broke stride, finishing ninth. Northfield's players, who sent him off at 1-9 for that race, learned the hard way the reason we toss out all a horse's records when he switches gaits: success on one gait doesn't guarantee it on the other. It certainly did for the Argentine-bred Chucaro Ahijuna who, according to USTA, is the fastest dual-gaited Standardbred ever. He paced in 1:51.4 and wrapped up his title in 2005 with a 1:53.3 win on the trot. That gave him a combined mark of 3:45.2. To reach that, Lordofwinterfell would have to trot in 1:54. At this point, though, Parker is reluctant to talk of world records. "I hope this is a nice, easy race for him and he shows some ability. Let's just say the experiment continues." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

ASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2021 — Maewegonow, the only mare in the field, opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters and romped off to an easy victory in Thursday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. The 1-5 favorite gave her backers some anxious early moments as she was looped from the gate and needed the entire opening quarter to cross over. But the 7-year-old daughter of Deweycheatmnhowe-Maurismo still was much the best for Dan Rawlings, scoring in 1:55.2. Mystical Peter found late room to be second, 5 lengths back, with Oh So Pine third. Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $416,509, for Win Rhythm Stables. Aaron Merriman collected four wins and Rawlings three — including a pair for Perfido and Win Rhythm — on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $1,143.20 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. "Horsemen Helping Horsemen"   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 20, 2021 — Carolina Beach worked out a cozy pocket trip behind the strong leader, Wild Wild Western, then blew by him in the lane to capture Wednesday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western threw down a 1:22.4 three quarters, putting away the outside harness racing challengers. That left the stretch wide open for Carolina Beach, who moved outside for Aaron Merriman and downed Wild Wild Western by 1-3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:51.1. The Wall rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $421,298, for Renee Bercury. Trainer Rom Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $9,893.72 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 15, 2021 — Showing no ill effects from a layoff of nearly nine weeks. Rainbowinthewest powered to the lead from the rail and won as she pleased in Friday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Although Rainbowinthewest could have released a pair of early challengers, trainer/driver Brian Zendt would have none of it. He kept the pedal to the metal and the 6-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded, scoring in a sharp 1:54.3. Matterlei finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Impulse Buy third. Brocious Racing  Stable and Lone Wolf Stable campaign the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $168,120. In Friday’s other co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Dark Force encountered a surface downgraded to sloppy. But the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Skinny Dip quarter-poled confidently to the lead and held on late to prevail in 1:53.4 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who co-owns with Pollack Racng LLC. Dave Palone collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features an $8,068.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2021 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 2021 season Wednesday with a 13-race harness racing card beginning at 12:45 PM. To add to the excitement of opening day, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs that can be downloaded here. The Meadows will race each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the end of March, first post 12:45 PM each day, with Tuesdays added for April. The multirace wagering menu includes: Pick 3 (race 2); Early Pick 4 (race 4); Pick 5 (race 8); Late Pick 4 (race 10); Super Hi-5 (day's final race). The Super Hi-5 offers a 20-cent minimum wager while the minimum bet for the other multirace wagers listed is 50 cents. As always, the highlight of the racing season is the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, one of harness racing's premier tests for 3-year-old pacers that this year is set for July 24 and July 31. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2020 — Jessiejesorjessica charged through the sloppy Lightning Lane to grab her 15th win this year in Monday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Big Pete’s Style is the season’s leader in wins with 17. Jessiejesorjessica zipped to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but yielded to the pocket when Full Surge challenged at the quarter. The 4-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Ziggy Wiggy found the Lightning Lane just in time and downed the rallying Petey Sarah by a neck. The first-over White Tiger was third. Shawn Johnston trains the winner, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $116,238, for Gina Young. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $14,339.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2020 — Pace Baby Pace launched a lengthy uncovered bid that carried her to harness racing victory — her second straight — in Wednesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Pace Baby Pace was fifth down the backside when Dave Palone sent her after the leader, Summer Charm. The 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass persevered through the lane and scored in 1:51.3, a head better than the pocket-sitting Blue Ivy in the Lightning Lane. Summer Charm was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains Pace Baby Pace, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $194,793, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, giving him nine over the past two days.   Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $10,126.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2020 — Amasa Arion pulled the pocket entering the final turn and powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amasa Arion rushed to the early lead for Aaron Merriman and was shuffled slightly to third before the outside challengers backed off. When Merriman showed her racetrack, she overtook the leader, Windsun Juno, and held off the rallying Amelia’s Courage A to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.2. Windsun Juno saved show. Rick Magee trains the winner, who pushed her career bankroll to $106,366, for Kristy Casagranda. In Tuesday’s other co-feature, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot, Meetmeinthemiddle pulled off a mild 6-1 upset for Tony Hall, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 6-year-old Chapter Seven-Promising Deal gelding now boasts career earnings of $189,628. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers — $8,511.90 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,034.29 in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2020 — Kixton Hanover roared through the stretch to capture Monday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,000 Conditioned Trot. When I Have A Dream pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a daylight lead, it appeared the others were racing for minor awards. But when Wilbur Yoder asked Kixton Hanover for more, the 3-year-old Trixton-Keepsake Hanover gelding responded, overtaking I Have A Dream and downing him by a neck in 1:57.4. Early leader Benezia finished third. Kelly Stackowicz trains and owns Kixton Hanover. Yoder swept Monday’s co-feature when he took a $10,000 Conditioned Pace with Lyons Friends.  The 3-year-old Western Ideal-Artistic Vision gelding triumphed in 1:54.3 for trainer Scott Cox and owners Brady Ash and Robert Wehner. Brady Brown, who’s earned the nickname “Downtown” for his success with long shots, was at it again Monday, winning four overall, including scores at 20-1 and 19-1. Yoder finished with three victories on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $7,071.63 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2020 -- He may have lost a bit of the speed that helped him win more than $1 million, but at 13, Dream Out Loud N is as game as they come. In fact, he'll be seeking his seventh straight harness racing victory Friday at The Meadows. The Bettor's Delight-Nothin Butadreamer gelding leaves from post 5, race 9, with Brady Brown driving for trainer Zach Tackett and owner My Buddy Stables. Dream Out Loud N began racing in the U.S. at 4 when he was brought here by the late Joe Muscara, one of the most astute, prolific and successful importers of New Zealand talent. It was for Muscara Racing Stable in 2016 that he enjoyed his best year, banking $173,415. Although he finished third in two legs of the Levy series, he has no real signature wins on his card. Rather, throughout his career, he's always shown up, getting big checks in rich races. But as he began to drift downward through classes, he caught the attention of Tackett, who remembered watching the horse race years before. "When I worked for Nifty Norman, I saw him win in 1:48.3 with a broken hopple," recalls Tackett, who learned the business from his grandfather, Ohio-based owner/trainer Clarence Gillum. "He was one of the best horses out there." And, as many horsemen, Tackett is especially fond of the offspring of Bettor's Delight. "He's my all-time favorite sire, so I look high and low for horses by him. When you take Bettor's Delight and add the durability of a New Zealand horse, that's how you get a horse like this guy. I tell everybody: If you have a barn full of Bettor's Delights, you'll never be broke." Thus, when Tackett and My Buddy Stables noticed that the old boy was racing for a $10,000 tag Nov. 8 at Harrah's Philadelphia, they grabbed him. Friday's race will be career start 256 for Dream Out Loud N, but he has fewer physical issues than most warhorses. "He has one bad suspensory up front, but the rest of him is pretty solid," Tackett says. "He's had it so long that it's something he just goes with. "He's a ball of energy. Every day, he's sitting at the front of the gate. He's the first one screaming for his lunch. He's truly a pleasure. Horses like him help people like me." Dream Out Loud N as a yearling On Friday, Dream Out Loud will race as a $12,500 claimer, and Tackett knows he might make an attractive claim at that price. Still, he's comfortable with the possibility of losing the gallant gelding. "If he races in higher classes, it will put a lot more stress on his body," Tackett says. "I want to keep him where he's confident and winning. That's where he needs to be to flourish like he has been." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2020 — Pace Baby Pace was Sharp Baby Sharp in Wednesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving three wide at the three-quarters to notch the harness racing victory. Summer Charm, seeking her fourth straight win, inherited the point when Diamondtequilashot jumped it off near the three-eighths. But she was no match for the power play of Pace Baby Pace, who defeated her by 1-1/4 lengths for Dave Palone in 1:52.1 over a “good” surface. Sports Flix shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Pace Baby Pace, a 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass who lifted her career bankroll to $186,693, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings, trainer Jason Shaw and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers: $5,715.22 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $3,962.10 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Meadow Lands, Pa. - Members of The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association assembled at The Meadows for an $8100 trot and after a perfect pocket trip Alesha Binkley rallied Luminosity to a solid 1:56.2 harness racing victory over eight rivals. Sent off as third choice in the competitive field Luminosity paid $9.60 for win. After starting from the pole position Steve Oldford sent 18-1 shot, A Royal Line, to the lead and they had command as the field trotted by the first stanza in a swift :27.3 with the eventual winner tucked in nicely in the two-hole. With no one challenging Oldford then grabbed leather and lead the field by the halfway point in :58.1. But as the field headed to the three quarters Oldford fed his trotter racetrack and despite a :28.3 quarter they couldn't shake Luminosity who was enjoying a covered two-hole trip. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt A Royal Line's stride began to shorten and Oldford could do nothing more but watch Alesha Binkley rally Luminosity to a 1-1/4 length victory. And in the deep stretch John Sikaras got the betting favorite, Formor, up for second money. A Royal Line held on for the show dough.. Luminosity , a 10 year-old altered son of Cash Hall, scored his fourth seasonal triumph and 50th of his illustrious career. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke.   by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

1 to 16 of 334
1 2 3 4 5 Next »