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Phone Terror challenged Do Me Honor midway down the backside and needed the rest of the mile to put her away as she captured Friday’s $18,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phone Terror was sitting third when Dan Rawlings sent the 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex after Do Me Honor. The mares dueled gamely, with Phone Terror a neck in front in 1:53.3 at the wire. The ground-saving R Marie Hanover finished third. Robert Barnard trains Phone Terror, who extended her career bankroll to $355,001, for Lucy Raymond. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 12-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7). First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Whata Donato stalked the leader from the pocket, then blazed through the stretch to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to the lead but willingly accepted the cover of Cowgirl Hall. In the lane, Whata Donato swung wide to overtake the leader and held off the lightning lane charge of Boo's Party Girl to down her by a nose in 1:54.3. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $252,396. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 18, 2015 -- Dismissed at 19-1, Call To Post barreled through the lane after a ground-saving trip to pull off the stunning harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Doug Snyder didn't call on Call To Post until the top of the stretch, when he angled the 6-year-old Tom Ridge-Poster Princess gelding off the cones. Once he saw racetrack, Call To Post rushed past the leader, Trustworthy Kid, and downed him by a length in 1:53.3, matching his lifetime best. The first-over Daylon Miracle was third. Dane Snyder trains Call To Post, who extended his career bankroll to $215,869, for Danielle Snyder. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2015 -- Livininthefastlane beat the field -- and a raging thunderstorm -- Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in a stake-record 1:53 in a $193,364 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Wild Honey, Sarcy and Magic Marker taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Wild Honey and Sarcy. Livininthefastlane's victory was hard earned. She was looped from the gate and had to step lively for Andy Miller to make the front in 27.2, then hold off the strong late challenge of Smexi to down her by a neck. Matter Hatter finished third. The time erased the old Stenographer mark of 1:53.4 established by Maven in 2012. "I didn't want to use her quite that much early, but she responded. She's a good filly," Miller said. "She's grown up, and she's a lot easier to handle than she was last year. If she has a little luck, she could have a very big year." Julie Miller trains Livininthefastlane, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Andy Miller said Livininthefastlane likely will take several weeks off before her next engagement. Shortly after Livininthefastlane triumphed, a gully gusher inundated the track, forcing a brief delay in the program and costing Wild Honey any shot at breaking the new stake record. Wild Honey, who won 10 of 12 starts and $439,703 at 2, was sharp nevertheless, quarter-poling to the lead and winning geared down in 1:55.1. Sweet Thing was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Smokinmombo earned show. "She's awesome," Palone said. "I'm just trying to get it done as cheap as I can this early in the season. She finished well within herself -- just a beautiful filly to drive. She's not a real big, stout filly, but she's as quick as a cat and so versatile." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. Sarcy also quarter-poled to the front for Palone and needed all her determination to thwart the first-over bid of Sky Hanover, who fell a head short. Gatka Hanover completed the ticket. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire, Sarcy triumphed in 1:54.4 for owners Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. "I had to use her twice," Palone said, "but I really felt the whole way through the stretch my filly would fight (Sky Hanover) off. I was happy with her. That's a good mile in these conditions." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Showing she's all the way back from a freakish injury, Manhattan Miss blazed home in a stake-record 1:54.4 in Friday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows The stake was conducted over five divisions, with Lilu Hanover, Shewontkissandtell, Love Me Madly and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Lilu Hanover and Speak To Me. Co-owners Acadia Farms and trainer Marty Wollam consigned Manhattan Miss to the Delaware sale as a yearling but withdrew her when a nasty scar from a leg gash suffered as a weanling appeared to diminish her sale value. The daughter of Broadway Hall-Sneaky Speed raced for the partners at 2, showing talent but breaking problems. They soon discovered the cause of the breaks. Late in her sophomore campaign, her leg disgorged a sizable wood chip left over from the earlier injury. "It took that long for the wood to work itself out," Wollam said. "Since then, she's been good." On Friday, she quarter-poled to the lead for Mike Wilder and downed Alpha Alpha by 3-3/4 lengths, with Murderers Row third. Her time erased the mark of 1:55.2 set last year by Broadway Socks. "We'll race next here in an overnight. Then we may try her in a sires stake," Wollam said. "I wanted to, but my partner didn't. He was right. It worked out well." Lilu Hanover withstood a serious backside challenge from Big Barb and scored in 1:55.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Global Ice. Big Barb saved show. "She actually welcomed the horse when the horse came to her," Palone said. "She picked me up. I drove her last year and liked her, and she's only become bigger and stronger. She should have a great season." Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover, who pushed her career bankroll to $133,455. Shewontkissandtell produced the stake's tote board fireworks when, trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and seemingly blocked by a pair of horses, she poured through a gift opening in the Lightning Lane and prevailed in 1:59.2, at 14-1, for Brian Zendt. KB's Big Gainer was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Sand C-Four earned show. "Someone ran in the last turn, and I thought I would get some room," Zendt said. "Then two horses moved outside, and I thought I was better off just staying left. Man, I didn't have to worry about her having enough trot. A little luck helps." Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred daughter of Glidemaster-Caviar And Kisses for Dunn Stable. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, the always-tough Do Me Honor was at it again, coming first over to triumph for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury in 1:52.4. Bad Glamour Girl split horses late for second, 1/2 length behind, while Miss Pinky Pie completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $584.198. Saturday's special Preakness Day card at The Meadows features four divisions of The Stenographer, a $193,264 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. Evan Pattak    

Sam Hill stalked the leader, Dew N Doughnuts, from the pocket, then nailed him in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Greg Wright, Jr. hustled Sam Hill to the pocket, where the 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding was content to let Dew N Doughnuts do the heavy lifting. Sam Hill had just enough to get by the leader in deep stretch, downing him by a nose in 1:51.3. I'm The Pied Piper finished third. John Sullivan trains Sam Hill, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $342,332, for Don Tiger. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Palone, who notched career win 17,000 in the first race, ended the day with 17,003 career victories. Evan Pattak    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 13, 2015 -- Already harness racing's "winningest" driver, Dave Palone reached higher into rare air Wednesday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he recorded career win 17,000. The landmark win came with Upfront Dean in the first race. "It's a nice number," Palone said. "and you have to wonder if anybody else will be able to get there. I know I won't see it." The past five years have been a whirlwind of milestones for Palone, including: On July 4, 2010, he was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. On March 27, 2012, he drove career winner 15,000, becoming only the second driver in North America, and the third internationally, to achieve that level. On July 5, 2012, he notched career win 15,181 to surpass Herve Filion, who was trackside for the event, as the all-time North American wins leader. On Sept. 24, 2013, he collected career win 16,000. On Nov. 14, 2014, he recorded career win 16,764 to move past Germany's Heinz Wewering as the world's winningest driver -- and he received a video tribute from the gracious Wewering. Those highlights notwithstanding, Palone said he has no specific professional targets for the near term. "I wish I could give you something more goal oriented," he said, "but I plan to continue showing up every day to try to win races. "I've been so lucky. Over the last 30 years, I've seen so many drivers come and go. To think I can still be doing what I love at 53 is great. It should be an incentive for young drivers -- what a long and fulfilling career you can have if you just keep your nose to the grindstone." He indicated he expects a moderate Grand Circuit workload this season, which will leave him plenty of time for other loves -- family, golf and the Pittsburgh Pirates. "The last couple of years, I just winged it (the Grand Circuit): whatever I picked up, I picked up. The top guys travel with their horses, so it's easier for them to get in their plane and go to a spot. I'm pretty content with racing top horses when they come to town here and traveling when somebody gives me a call. "I wouldn't trade my situation with anybody in the sport. Would I like to be in all the good races? Sure. But there's a lot to be said for doing exactly what you want to do when you wake up each morning." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cowgirl Hall ended an uncharacteristically long drought when she captured Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall won 16 times in 2014, but she’d been without a victory in five starts since March 17, a stretch that included top fields in The Meadows Maturity and the Miami Valley Distaff.   But she was sharp Monday, quarter-poling to the lead for Dave Palone and scoring in 1:54.3.   Whata Donato was a length back in second, with the first-over Kandian Klub third.   Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who now boasts $688,868 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal.   Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, lifting his career total to 16,999.   He has11 scheduled assignments Wednesday, when the program begins at 12:55 PM.   Evan Pattak

In his second start of the year, Trustworthy Kid exploded to the lead and rolled home in a sharp 1:53.1 to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid earned over $100,000 last year, and his performance Monday for Brian Zendt suggests he'll continue to pad his career bank account of $262,666. He defeated TSM Photo Bugger by 1-1/4 lengths, with Mike The Trader third. Walter "Boots' Dunn trains the homebred 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding for the Dunn Stable. Zendt piloted three winners on the 13-race card. With his one victory, Dave Palone extended his career win total to 16,996. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, May 6, 2015 -- With five wins Wednesday at The Meadows -- including the harness racing feature -- Dave Palone pushed his career total to 16,993 as he pursues the unprecedented achievement of 17,000 victories. Palone, of course, already is harness racing's "winningest" driver, so every victory establishes a new record. The Meadows resumes racing Friday, when Palone has nine scheduled assignments. In Wednesday's feature, the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over for Palone to wear down the game leader, Sam Hill, and down him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51. Royal Heart finished third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who now boasts $370,367 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 5, 2015 -- Unefoisdansmavie had to battle for the early lead, but she was strong once on top, capturing her second straight  harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Boo's Party Girl stung Unefoisdansmavie in a 28 opening panel and stalked her from the pocket. But the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Dave Palone's urging in the lane, downing Boo's Party Girl by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Catching Katie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $512,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 4, 2015 -- Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in 56 to capture Monday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of 28/57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding blew the race open, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for second while the first-over Trustworthy Kid earned show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who now boasts $637,131 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Elsewhere on the card, Roger Hammer collected career driving victory 3,999 with Camturo Beach, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Camturo gelding he owns and trains. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2015 -- Melady's Monet bounced back from a 55-length loss to capture the inaugural $62,100 The Meadows Maturity for harness racing stallions and geldings four and up Saturday at The Meadows and reclaim his spot as one of the sport's top older trotters. Melady's Monet was rolling along on a three-race winning streak -- all in the Open Handicap at The Meadowlands -- when things went awry on April 10 and John Campbell was forced to ease him. "He's an incredible animal; he's a weird horse," said Kevin McDermott, who trains the 6-year-old Revenue S-Keystone Melady gelding for Melady Enterprises. "If you take him out of his program, he ties up . . . He could have lost by 10 lengths that night, but John is a pro. He did what was best for the horse." The connections withdrew Melady's Monet from consideration for an Elitlopp invitation because of the long trip. But they risked the journey to the Meadows, and all systems were go. "We shipped him out here yesterday," McDermott said, "and we made sure his tie-up numbers were great." Leaving from post 4, Campbell waited for the field to settle before moving Melady's Monet to the front. He easily deflected the first-over challenge of Rose Run Parker, a 4-year-old conditioned by Ron Burke, and drew off to triumph by 4 lengths in 1:53. Classicality rallied for second while Madewell Hanover earned show. Burke's other contender, the 2014 New York Sires Stakes champion sophomore Gural Hanover, who was making his seasonal debut, never got involved and finished sixth. With the victory, Melady's Money boasts $497,508 in career earnings. $183,216 Adios Betty The Kentucky Derby Day card also featured the Adios Betty, a $183,216 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers, with Safe From Terror, Storm Point and Serious Filly each taking a division. Burke enjoyed a stakes double with Safe From Terror and Storm Point. Safe From Terror clocked the fastest split when she charged from the pocket in the lane for Matt Kakaley to overtake the leader, Triple V Hanover, and defeat her by a neck in 1:52.1, a lifetime mark. Ginger Tree Alexis earned show. Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables campaign Safe From Terror, a daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who is a half-sister of the venerable Foiled Again. "She has a long way to go before she's like Foiled Again," Kakaley said, "but she's a little sweetheart. With a trip like that, she'll get the job done." Storm Point rated patiently in fourth for Dave Palone and Black Horse Racing, brushing in the stretch to score in 1:52.3, fastest of her career. Somewhere Sweet raced well first over for second, with Seeking Nirvana third. "She has a little bit of greenness," Palone said, "but she's very intelligent in a race." Serious Filly was just that, launching a serious uncovered bid from fifth that carried her to victory for Mike Wilder in 1:53.2. Arts Jem finished second, beaten a head, while Southwind Roulette, Pennsylvania's 2014 freshman champion, paced awkwardly through the Lightning Lane and settled for third. "She can grind for a long way," said winning trainer Brian Brown. "She's better at grinding than sprinting. You saw her put in a few steps today. When I get that straightened out, she'll be a good filly." Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Seriously. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 1, 2015 -- Angel Plus, a standout at Pennsylvania Fairs last year, showed that she's elevated her game Friday at The Meadows by capturing the fastest division of a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers. The event was contested over three divisions, with Mezzanine Fashion and Dobre Povedane also taking $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman enjoyed a stakes double behind Angel Plus and Mezzanine Fashion. Angel Plus was fourth down the backside when Merriman sent her uncovered after the leader, Somewhere Fameous. She cleared comfortably and downed Somewhere Fameous by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:54.2, with Hashtag Quick third. "She's really matured; she's a lot better filly." said Sam Beegle, who trains the daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale-Crew Angel for Bay Pond Racing Stable. "If she keeps this up, she might graduate to the next level." He said Angel Plus would be pointed to the PA All-Stars at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Mezzanine Fashion also moved first over for Merriman and persevered through the lane, prevailing in 1:54.4, a lifetime mark. Apricot Sour was second, 1/2 length back, while Mistup Magic earned show. "I didn't have to move that early," Merriman said, "but she's kind of a big filly, and I didn't want to move her in the turn. I wanted to get her set up. When I moved her, she really wanted to go. I drove her confidently, and she responded." Jim King, Jr. conditions Mezzanine Fashion, a daughter of Well Said-Catch The Show, for Thomas Kemp. Dobre Povedane and Eloquently Stated are both by Well Said out of daughters of Dragon's Lair, and for awhile during the back half of their split, they were inseparable. Dobre Povedane found just enough for Mike Wilder to hold off Eloquently Stated by a head in 1:55.3, with Doll Fins completing the ticket. Tim Twaddle, who trained Dobre Povedane during her sojourn at The Meadows, said he tweaked her rigging after she broke in the first leg of a recent series. "Before she came here, she had a problem running in, and she was rigged to prevent that," he said. "For whatever reason, on this track, she was going the opposite way. So I just made her more comfortable. Nothing major, really." David Prushnok and John Prushnok campaign Dobre Povedane, who will return to the John Butenschoen stable for the next pair of stallion series legs. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Phone Terror wore down the leader, Certified Ideal, with a determined uncovered bid for Dan Rawlings and defeated her by a nose in 1:53.2. Do Me Honor finished third. Robert Bernard trains Phone Terror, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex who extended her career bankroll to $346,001, for Lucy Raymond. Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day Card at The Meadows features the $62,100 The Meadows Maturity for 4-and-up stallion and gelding trotters as well as the Adios Betty, a $183,216 PA Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 29, 2015 -- Royal Heart gobbled up the leader with a first-over burst and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Royal Heart was third down the backside when Eric Goodell tipped him off the cones. He swept by the leader, Atta Boy Dan, in a heartbeat and scored easily in a career-best 1:51.1. Atta Boy Dan regained his momentum and finished second but was placed back to sixth for both interference and pylon violations. Mattamerican and Dew N Doughnuts were promoted to second and third, respectively. Paul Kennedy trains Royal Heart, a 4-year-old Royal Art-BJ's Sunrise gelding who won for the sixth time in 13 starts this year, for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Pennsylvania Sires Stakes season kicks off Friday at The Meadows with a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 27, 2015 -- Typically a closer, Classicality exploded to the early lead and never allowed a challenger near him as he captured Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Coming off a sickness scratch and a qualifier, Classicality moved so quickly to the front for Brian Zendt that he was ahead 5 lengths at the quarter. He scored effortlessly in 1:55.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than the first-over Crosby's Clam Bake, with Big And Little third. Lisa Dunn-Adams trains the homebred 5-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $220.362, for Dunn Stable. Trainer Rich Gillock fashioned a triple on the 13-race card while Tony Hall and Eric Ledford each piloted a pair of winners. THE MEADOWS TRIPLES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $15K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled — to $15,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, April 28 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday and Tuesday, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $6,243.00. 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 for Tuesday’s program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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