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WASHINGTON, PA, July 4, 2015 -- Stucklikeglue zipped to the front for harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano and, taking advantage of the misfortunes of two top contenders, rolled to victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stucklikeglue was battling Certified Ideal for the early lead when Certified Ideal broke stride, taking herself and Do Me Honor out of the race. Stucklikeglue might not have needed the help, but the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ruth Plumsted fully exploited the situation, defeating the first over Jaded Dream by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting Phone Terror finished third. Doug Hinklin trains Stucklikeglue, who extended her career bankroll to $197,745, for Parent Racing Stable. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Pantaleano. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tamarind changed his tactics but the result was the same Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows as he captured his third straight in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Customarily a closer, Tamarind zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman in a snappy 27.1 and was able to withstand the two-pronged late challenge from Trustworthy Kid outside and Tall Cotton in the Lightning Lane. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos prevailed by 1/2 length over Tall Cotton in 1:53.2, with Trustworthy Kid a close-up third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who extended his career bankroll to $665,044. In Tuesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Whata Donato stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then charged by in the Lightning Lane for trainer/driver Doug Snyder to defeat Cowgirl Hall by a neck in 1:54.4. Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who now boasts $280,276 in lifetime earnings. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan reeled off two sub-27 quarters yet was fresh as a daisy in the lane, capturing Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in 1:49.2. The time equaled the track record for older harness racing geldings established by Itrustyou in 2013. Atta Boy Dan won a three-ply battle for the early lead but had to pace in 26.2 to get there. He blazed the third panel in 26 to thwart the first-over challenge of Ideal Magic. When Dave Palone asked him for more in the stretch, the 6-year-old son of Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot opened up and defeated his stablemate, At Press Time, by 2-1/2 lengths. The pocket-sitting Seventh Secret finished third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who won for the fourth time in his last five starts and extended his career bankroll to $330,117, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Candelaria Deo triumphed at first asking in 1:58.3, fastest this year by a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Palone piloted the daughter of Cantab Hall-Highland Ridge for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva Stables. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 14-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Anaffairtoremember stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then blew by her inside to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. A storm midway through the card rendered the surface sloppy and forced a delay of approximately 50 minutes. After the interruption, Anaffairtoremember flashed some Lightning Lane magic of her own, blazing through for Aaron Merriman to down the first-over Whata Donato by a length in 1:54.2. Cowgirl Hall saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman who extended her career bankroll to $372,479. Elsewhere on the 14-race program, Kanthaka won at first asking in 1:58, fastest this year by a 2-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone drove for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena with Wilbur Lang. It was one of three victories on the card for Palone. Evan Pattak

On Tuesday, June 23, the live card at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer two total-pool guarantees -- a $10,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While the $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature of each live program, The Meadows added the "instant" Pick 5 guarantee after Monday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,826.91. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) 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. Evan Pattak

Tamarind made it two straight in the top trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows with another first-over victory in Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap. Tamarind was sitting fourth down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Tall Cotton. Much as he did last week, the 7-year-old son of Angus Hall Spicegirl Kosmos wore down Tall Cotton and defeated him by a length in 1:52.3, a tick off the track record for older horses. Trustworthy Kid finished third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who now boasts $656,044 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2015 -- Buried behind a wall of horses, Sand Tilly Lace found room deep in the Lightning Lane to score a 10-1 upset harness racing victory in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sand Tilly Lace got away second for Dan Charlino but was shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch. Charlino guided the 4-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Sara Toots to the Lightning Lane, where she outkicked Phone Terror by a head in 1:52.4 on a "good" surface. Bad Glamour Girl was third. With her fourth-place check, Do Me Honor soared over $600,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains Sand Tilly Lace, who extended her career bankroll to $184,988, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Rip This Joint won at first asking in 1:55.1, fastest this year by a 2-year-old pacing colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone piloted the son of Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover for trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf table. Tony Hall drove three winners on the 12-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Atta Boy Dan battled Sam Hill for the early lead but was unassailable once he reached the top, scoring in 1:50 in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Sam Hill stretched Atta Boy Dan to a demanding 26.3 first quarter. Rather than weakening late, however, the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding drew off late for Dave Palone, downing the rallying Ideal Magic by 2-1/2 lengths. Sam Hill finished third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who extended his career bankroll to $321,117, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattack  

Whata Donato challenged Cowgirl Hall before the three-quarters, then eased by her in the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Whata Donato was third when trainer/driver Doug Snyder sent her after Cowgirl Hall. The pair dueled through the final turn until Whata Donato moved clear, downing her rival by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.1 over a sloppy surface. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who now boasts $266,776 in career earnings. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings and trainer Bruce Riegle each enjoyed a double on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2015 -- Tamarind ignored the off going and powered to victory in 1:53 -- fastest this year for an older harness racing trotting stallion on a five-eighths-mile track -- in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows. Tamarind was third down the backside for Aaron Merriman when he swept by the leader, Tall Cotton, and went on to defeat him by 3 lengths. Call To Post finished third. The time lowered Tamarind's previous lifetime mark by two ticks. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, a 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who boosted his career bankroll to $647,044. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 10, 2015 -- Harness racing driver Mike Wilder piloted six winners Wednesday at The Meadows, including the feature -- a $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace -- with Seventh Secret. Wilder collected two wins for trainer Tim Twaddle and one each for conditioners Dan Altmeyer, Rick Clapper, Lou Goans and Dane Snyder. Seventh Secret was a newcomer to The Meadows' top pace, but he didn't let the veterans of the class bully him. He sped to the lead from post 2 for Wilder and rolled home comfortably in 1:50.3. At Press Time rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Easy Again shot the Lightning Lane for show. Altmeyer trains Seventh Secret, a 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song who extended his career bankroll to $218,134, for Ruth Altmeyer, Eric Hucthison and Heather Wilder. Elsewhere on the program, Hillbilly Hanover notched a front-end victory in 1:49.4, first sub-1:50 mile this year at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman drove the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Hattie gelding for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 9, 2015 -- Cowgirl Hall retook the lead past the quarter and never had an anxious moment thereafter as she captured Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Anaffairtoremember stalked the leader from the pocket, but Cowgirl Hall drew further away in the stretch and scored in 1:54.3 for Dave Palone, downing Anaffairtoremember by 2-1/4 lengths. Whata Donato shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who vaulted over $700,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Elsewhere on the card, Lil Miss Hot Pants snapped one of harness racing's longer futility streaks when she broke her maiden in career start 56. The 5-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen-Bronzer Babe used a strong first-over move to triumph in 1:57.4 for Tony Hall, trainer Aaron Johnston and owners Debbie Schoeffel and Marilyn Belsterling. It was one of four wins on the 14-race program for Hall. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

On Tuesday, June 9, the live card at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total-pool guarantees -- a $10,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered every live card, The Meadows added the "instant" Pick 5 guarantee after Monday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,740.54. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) 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. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tall Cotton let Tamarind do the heavy lifting on the lead, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score a narrow victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. After enjoying a pocket trip, Tall Cotton had little trouble outkicking Tamarind for Dave Palone. The greater danger, however, was wide, where Trustworthy Kid was unleashing a strong late bid. Tall Cotton kept a nose in front of Trustworthy Kid at the wire, prevailing in 1:53.1, while Tamarind saved show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who now boasts $647,811 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. It was one of three wins on the 14-race card for Palone. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON PA, June 6, 2015 -- Suit And Tie was dressed for success in Saturday's Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, promenading through the Lightning Lane to earn a narrow harness racing victory in the $119,565 stake for 3-year-old trotters. Suit And Tie had won only two of his previous 21 starts and was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate, Boots N Chains, who also started in the Currier & Ives. But John Butenschoen, who trains Suit And Tie for William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware, said the rangy son of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp came back a stronger horse at 3. "Last year, he had as much talent as Boots N Chains," he said. "Mentally, he just wasn't there. At the end of the year, he started to come around. He filled out and developed mentally and physically. Today, he pretty well exploded. I was happy to see that." In the Currier & Ives, Boots N Chains had to work hard for the lead, securing it at the three-eighths, and was pressured by the first-over Chef Lee. That set the stage for Suit And Tie's rally, as he poured through for Aaron Merriman and scored in a career-best 1:54.1. Shoot The Thrill, who was pushed four wide through the final turn, trotted wide gamely but came up a nose short while Boots N Chains saved show. Butenschoen said his $30,000 yearling acquisition will remain in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and also is eligible for the Hambletonian, the Earl Beal, Jr. and the Colonial, among other stakes. $181,766 PASS, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In the companion feature on Saturday's special Belmont Day card, a $181,766 PASS for sophomore colt and gelding pacers known as the Bye Bye Byrd, Lost For Words made it three straight in PASS action -- and four in a row overall -- when he overcame post 9 to prevail in 1:50.1 Winning driver David Miller had Lost For Words outside for the entire 27 first quarter, but Miller said he wasn't unduly concerned. "Had there been a spot, I would have taken it," Miller indicated. "They weren't going really big. He can leave much faster. He's one of the better ones in the sires stakes, that's for sure." Lost For Words cruised home without a serious challenge, defeating Blood Brother by 2-3/4 lengths, with Rufo third. Brian Brown, who conditions the son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not for County Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stables, said he's unable to pinpoint the exact reason for Lost For Words' impeccable start to the year. "Maybe he's a touch sounder -- not that he was bad last year," Brown said of his $50,000 yearling purchase. "I really can't explain it. He's not a great, big strong horse who's just coming to his own. He's just a good little horse. But if Brown is at a loss for words about Lost For Words, that's about the only thing he's lost at The Meadows in 2015. In 15 starts at the track this year, Brown is 10-3-1 for an eye-popping .800 UTR. He said he didn't pay Lost For Words into the North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace lest those tough tests wear him down. Instead, he's pointing his colt to the Max Hempt. In the other division, My Hero Ron was making his first start for his new connections -- trainer Ron Burke, owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino -- who purchased him for $130,000 at the recent Meadowlands sale. He returned immediate dividends, shooting the Lightning Lane for Matt Kakaley to triumph in 1:50.4. PV Coming Home was second, 1/2 length back, while Rise Up Now completed the ticket. Still, it was no slam dunk, as PV Coming Home and Merriman grabbed a daylight lead with a backside burst that left My Hero Ron 2-1/2 lengths behind at the top of the stretch. "My horse actually was loaded," Kakaley said. "Aaron's horse looked like he was getting a little weak, so I thought I could reel him in. Marcus Miller, who had been driving this horse, told me the horse is lazy. So I figured, a barn change to Ronnie, and he might wake up a little bit. And he did. Like Ronnie said last year about a filly I drove for him, 'It's penthouse or outhouse.'" Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2015 -- Smokinmombo made the decisive move to the front past the quarter and sped to victory in 1:54.2 -- a stake record -- in Friday's $94,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. Smexi and Matter Hatter took the other splits. The harness racing trio gave their sire, Explosive Matter, a Currier & Ives sweep. Saturday's special Belmont Day card at The Meadows features the $119,565 open division of the Currier & Ives as well as a $181,766 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. First post is 11:25 AM. Trainer Chris Beaver rigged Smokinmombo with hopples three starts back, and he said the new equipment has helped the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo. "The hopples have been real important," said Beaver, who owns the filly with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "She made only one break last year, but she always was kind of out of rhythm when she'd come the last few steps of the mile. She has a humongous stride, and the hopples rein in her gait a little bit." Once on the lead, Smokinmombo drew off for Aaron Merriman and defeated By And By Hanover by 7-1/4 lengths, with Big Barb third. The time erased the old stake mark of 1:54.4 held by Win Missy B. "I staked her well, but not as well as I would have if I'd known how she would come on her first few starts," Beaver said. "But she is staked to the Hambletonian Oaks, the Kentucky Futurity and the Elegant Image. So there's plenty." Smexi also opened a daylight lead before surrendering all but 1/2 length of it, scoring in 1:54.4 Winning driver Dave Palone said the issue never was in doubt. "I let her sprint off at the head of stretch and then never worried," Palone said. "They never were going to get by her. She'll go every time you ask on her." She Wore Red and Classical Annie completed the ticket. Jimmy Takter trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Sanna Hanover, who pushed her career bankroll to $432,637, for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding. Matter Hatter added a Murphy blind left for the Currier & Ives and had little trouble disposing of the field after a quarter-pole move for Mike Wilder. She prevailed in 1:56, 3-1/4 lengths better than Onda Di Mare. Blue Muse earned show. "The last couple weeks she's been on the right line -- she'd turn her head inside a little bit," said winning trainer Jeff Cox. "She seems better this way. We didn't over-stake her. She'll basically be in Pennsylvania again." Pius Soehnlen campaigns Matter Hatter, a daughter of Explosive Matter-Queen Volo who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. $60,000 PA Stallion Series, 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Pacers Friday's program also featured three divisions of a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, which became a showcase for Jo Pa's Well Said, who shattered the stake record when he triumphed in 1:50.3 for Merriman, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Emposimato Stables. Only minutes before, UF Larry Alltheway had matched the stake record of 1:51.2. RN Nate was second, 3 lengths in arrears, with Kwik Mac third. "He's staked right up," Campbell said of the son of Well Said-So Ravishing, "but he's still a green horse. He's not ready to go in 'Grade 1' stakes. We have to pick our spots a little bit." His record may have been fleeting, but trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owner Up Front Racing had to be pleased with UF Larry Alltheway's first victory this year in his fifth try. "I thought a lot of this colt last year," winning driver Palone said of the Dragon Again-Varbo gelding. "He's just now starting to come into his own. It was one thing after another with him. I really think he'll turn the corner now." Chaching Hanover dueled with the winner for the final quarter but missed by a head. Firm It Up rallied for show. Badiou Hanover, a Well Said-Blind Ambition gelding, was hammered down to 1-5 and justified the heavy support when he quarter-poled to the lead and scored in 1:51.3 for Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller and owners Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Techtor Hanover's late rally fell a length short while Joe Hill completed the ticket. "He's lazy on the front -- he waits for horses a little bit," Andy Miller said. "But when he turned for home, he just took off. He does what he has to. He'll probably stay in the stallion series, but he is eligible for the Adios." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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