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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2017 -- Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They found it inside, where Kingofthejungle overtook Mykindachip and downed him by a head in 1:53.1. Unlocked also shot the Lightning Lane to earn show. Jack Smith trains Kingofthejungle, a 6-year-old Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $395,291, for Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Hall collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 22, 2017 -- Racing off a 13-week layoff, Call For Justice found an escape route late and went on to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice zipped to the early lead for Dave Palone but was shuffled to fourth into the final turn. Palone was able to angle Call For Justice to the outside, and the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka took off when he saw racetrack, scoring in 1:54.2. Barn Girl, parked most of the mile, was a game second, 3/4 lengths back, with Chef Lee third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts career earnings of $288,797, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman collected three wins. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2017 -- Mykindachip was wearing down the leader on the inside. Dapper Dude was rallying furiously on the outside to erase a 4-length deficit. When they hit the wire in Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, the harness racing camera couldn't separate them. Thus, they were declared dead-heat winners in 1:50.2, fastest dead heat ever at The Meadows, knocking a tick from the mark set by Hillbilly Hanover and Sam Hill in 2015. The winners took decidedly different paths to victory. Mykindachip moved first over from third for Dave Palone and finally put away Believeinthespirit late. Dapper Dude, who appeared to be struggling down the backside, kicked it into gear in the far turn for Aaron Merriman and gobbled up the ground. Hawk's Red Chief finished third, a head back. Ron Burke trains Mykindachip, an 8-year-old Art's Chip-Figmental gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $672,302, for Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Dapper Dude, an 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dressed To Suggest, now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,044,520 for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson, on the 12-race card. Fastest dead heat ever The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2017 -- On Saturday, Feb. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 harness racing wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Wednesday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $7,212.32. In addition, Saturday'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 Saturday's program is 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 15, 2017 -- The only harness racing mare in the field, Barn Girl stalked TSM Photo Bugger from the pocket, then blew by in the lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman kept Barn Girl under wraps until the top of the stretch, when she brushed past the tiring leader and scored in 1:54.3. Valley Of Sin followed cover well for second, a neck back, while Trustworthy Kid, the 1-2 favorite, rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who extended her career bankroll to $394,196, for Renee Bercury. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 13-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 14, 2017 -- Unefoisdansmavie made it two straight at The Meadows when she converted a gritty uncovered move to victory in Tuesday's $13,800 featured trot for harness racing fillies and mares. Unefoisdansmavie was sixth by 7-1/2 lengths when Eric Goodell sent her first over after the leader, Princess Pablano. It took until mid-stretch, but the 10-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World finally put away Princess Pablano and prevailed in 1:56.2. Homepage rallied for second, a neck back, while Whata Donato shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $673,107 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 14, 2017 -- Medusa zipped to the front for Tony Hall and made a shambles of the race, opening a 6-length lead in the stretch before gearing down and capturing Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The victory highlighted a spectacular day for Hall, who won seven of the 13 races on the harness racing card. Hall had ducked Medusa in her three most recent starts but took advantage of post 4 to put the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical in control early. She easily repelled the first-over challenge of Spreester and defeated her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3, with a rallying Show Runner third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $432,012 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Hall's haul benefited seven different trainers: Sarah Andrews, Karen Fread, Rich Gillock, Kevin Johnson, Angela Porfilio, Jason Shaw and Bendis.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Home of Pennsylvania's largest jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. The Meadows features 82 table games and more than 3,100 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, an 11,000 square foot event center, a 7,500 square foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com.

Eleanor Gillock, matriarch of a longtime Meadows racing family, passed away on Sunday, February 12 at the age of 87. A resident of Belle Vernon, she was often in attendance at The Meadows watching her sons' horses race.   She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Michael J. Gillock, along with 10 brother and sisters.   She is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Bill) Sutton of Washington, Barbara (George) Popelas of Houston and Debra Hawker of Smithfield; and two sons, Michael and Richard (Linda) Gillock of Belle Vernon. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Both Michael and Richard are longtime Meadows-based trainers, and Richard currently serves as the President of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   Friends will be received from 3-9PM Tuesday (February 14) in the James C. Stump Funeral Home, 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, February 15 with Pastor Joe DiDonato officiating.

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2017 -- Dismissed at a lush 16-1, Gokudo Hanover followed live cover before brushing through the lane to score the harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Gokudo Hanover was sixth down the backside when he picked up the first-over cover of Believeinthespirit. Eric Goodell sent the 5-year-old Cam's Card Shark-Gifted Yankee gelding wide out of the final turn, and he soared by the leader, Mykindachip, to triumph in 1:53 over a "good" surface. Kingofthejungle shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1/2 length back, while Hawk's Red Chief rallied for show. Doug Hamilton trains Gokudo Hanover, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Sandbur Farms, Valarie Sutton and Joseph Hemingway. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 12-race card. On Monday, Feb. 13, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Saturday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $8,563.56. In addition, Monday'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 9-13) 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 Monday's program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid continued to dominate The Meadows' trotting elite Wednesday when he scored a facile victory in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap. In five starts this year following a four-month layoff, the 8-year-old harness racing SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has rolled up three wins and two place finishes. On Wednesday, he quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone and prevailed by a measured length in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger was second, with Chef Lee a ground-saving third in his seasonal debut. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who extended his career bankroll to $466,697. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 7, 2017 -- Unefoisdansmavie threw down a 27.3 third quarter in the slop, fast enough to discourage most of the field and carry her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Eric Goodell gave her a comfortable 1:00.1 first half, Unefoisdansmavie was well positioned for that explosive third panel. Only Princess Pablano could stay with her, but that one's first-over bid fell a length short, with Whata Donato fourth-placed-third. The winning time was 1:56.4. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 10-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who now boasts $666,207 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card, giving him seven over the last two programs. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2017 -- Show Runner made it two straight at The Meadows when she stalked Spreester from the pocket, then inched by her late for harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Spreester, who rolled through three-quarters in 1:24.1 without an effective challenger, had plenty left for the drive. But Show Runner was the stronger mare in the lane, downing Spreester by a neck in 1:52.2. Medusa rallied from last for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, a 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who now boasts $416,931 in career earnings, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. It was one of four wins on the 12-race card for Jim Pantaleano. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid used a quick backside burst to get by the leader, Barn Girl, then held her off in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was third when, under Dave Palone's urging, he brushed past Barn Girl into the final turn. Although Barn Girl persevered, she fell a length short, with Nothinbutanallstar third. The winning time was 1:55. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, an 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $457,697 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 12-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 3, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in March and April will offer eight early- and late-closing harness racing series, including four for 3- and 4-year-olds and four for sophomores only. The events for 3- and 4-year-olds, which are limited to Pennsylvania-owned or -sired horses, each will feature two preliminary legs plus a championship with an estimated $20,000 purse. The series for 3-year-olds, restricted to Pennsylvania-sired horses, include two preliminary legs and a final worth an estimated $25,000. Entry fee for each series is $300. The series are: The Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, first leg March 6; The Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg March 7; The Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot, 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, first leg March 8; The Walter Russell Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg March11; The Medusa Pace, 3-year-old filly pacers, first leg April 3; The Tamarind Trot, 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg April 4. The Princess Pablano Trot, 3-year-old filly trotters, first leg April 5 The Unlocked Pace, 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg April 8; Nominations close Feb. 15 for the 3- and 4-year-old events, March 15 for the sophomore series. For nomination forms or more information, contact The Meadows Race Office, 724.225.9897, or visit the track’s Web site, meadowsgaming.com The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 3, 2017 -- Prompted by a three-day carryover of $22,931.41, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $40,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 harness racing wager on Saturday, Feb. 4. The guarantee is offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. In addition, Saturday'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 Saturday's program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2017 -- Dismissed at 49-1, Pathian followed cover beautifully and pulled off the shocking upset in Wednesday's $15,500 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Although Pathian had been sharp in conditioned races, she hadn't beaten the track's elite distaff pacers. That all changed when she picked up the live cover of Princess Pablano, overtook her in deep stretch and defeated her by a neck for Aaron Merriman in 1:57.2 on a "good" surface. She Nuit rallied for show. Jamie Coffy owns and trains Pathian, a 7-year-old daughter of Classic Photo-Blazing Glass who pushed her career bankroll to $108,087. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Pathian's improbable win contributed to a $22,931.41 three-day carryover in the Pick 5, which prompted The Meadows to establish a $40,000 total-pool guarantee for Saturday's Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post Saturday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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