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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain completed his sweep of four Pennsylvania Stallion Series preliminary legs when he rolled home in 1:52 -- a national season's mark -- in Wednesday's harness racing action at The Meadows. The $80,000 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Dragon Striker, Western Hill and Ozone Blue Chip taking the other $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman notched a stake double behind Donttellmeagain and Ozone Blue Chip. Jim King, Jr. said he and his wife, trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, knew early on they had a talented horse on their hands but couldn't reach immediate consensus on his stakes schedule with the youngster's owner, Paton Racing Stables. "I suggested putting him in the sires stakes, but the owner wanted to stick with the plan, which was the stallion series," King reported. "I got a horse with a lot of confidence right now -- we haven't taken him apart. I think he was well paid for his efforts. If everything goes fine with the final, that leaves us in a situation where the horse can make any payments that we want instead of expecting the owner to make them." On Wednesday, the Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding moved to the front before the quarter and won as he pleased, downing Somebeach Baron by 3-1/2 lengths, with Mr Today third. Stallion series championships are set for Sept. 11-12 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.. Ponderingjacksfame also was seeking a stallion series sweep, but he was stung to the quarter in 27.2 by 60-1 long shot Aplin Hanover. That left him vulnerable to the improbable first-over charge of Dragon Striker -- improbable because the son of Dragon Again-Lady's Portrait was a five-race maiden entering the event. Nevertheless, he defeated Ponderingjacksfame and Marcus Miller by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. See You Friday earned show. "The horse sitting second was a long shot, and Marcus' horse definitely was much the best," said winning driver Tony Hall. "I didn't want to get stuck behind the horse in the two hole if he backed me through. So my game plan was to get around him and get back in the two hole. I was stuck out there a lot longer than I assumed I would be. But my horse overcame it and raced a huge mile." Rich Gillock trains Dragon Striker for owner/breeder Bob Key. Western Hill found himself outside and gapping cover in a 26.3 third panel, but he shifted to another gear and prevailed in 1:52.4 for Joe Bongiorno, trainer Tony Alagna and owner/breeder Tom Hill. Early leader Maconupwithedragon was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Papiamento completed the ticket. "I was chasing him a little bit, and he wasn't going on very much, but 26.3 was the reason," Bongiorno said. "When I popped the plugs, he gained so much ground so quick -- I think he came his third quarter in 26.1 -- and he was just gone. That's a serious horse." In the Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton let his stablemate, I Know My Chip, do all the heavy lifting, then kicked past in the lane to score in 1:54.1. Trustworthy Kid shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a head, while I Know My Chip saved show. Dave Palone piloted the 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $787,541, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the $140,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Tyler B, a $186,672 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The card begins at the special post time of 11:25 AM to dovetail with the running of the Travers at Saratoga later Saturday. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2016 -- Lovebeinglucky waited patiently in the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in a stake-fastest -- and career best -- 1:58.2 in Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Seaside Breeze, Miss Da Line, Tequila Sunrise AS and Decadence also taking $20,000 splits. Trainer Jonas Czernyson enjoyed a stake double with Seaside Breeze and Decadence. Lovebeinglucky has raced an unusual schedule that includes fair stakes, PA Sires stakes and an Arden Downs affair in addition to stallion series events. Her best shot for a championship is in the PA Fairs, where she currently ranks eighth in points. "You have to put them where you think they can do the best," said trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer who, with Regina Beinhauer, owns and bred the daughter of Lucky Chucky-Tahiti Springs. "She's a nice filly, not a great filly, but she likes the half-mile tracks. She's set three track records at the fairs this year." In Monday's stake, she followed the front-ending All Set Lets Go before blowing by in the stretch and holding off the rallying Havanna Bar by 1/2 length. All Set Lets Go saved show. Seaside Breeze hadn't been on the lead at any point in her three previous outings, but in her stallion series debut, she zipped to the front. That, reported winning driver Eric Goodell, was no mean feat. "She's a little tough to handle going to the gate -- she's just a bully," Goodell said. "She's really nervous and anxious and has to learn how to quiet herself a little bit. But she has some go, has some speed, and she wants to do it." Seaside Breeze broke her maiden in 1:58.3, 1-3/4 lengths better than It's Hallright, with EZ Passer third. Thomas Dillon campaigns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Seaside. Miss Da Line used a determined first-over move to nail the leader, Lima Skye, in the stretch and down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Ophelia completed the ticket. The daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, who was troubled by breaks at the outset of her career, now has won both her starts since adding hopples. "I don't know why she was breaking," said Ray Paver, who trains and drives the homebred Miss Da Line for owners Harry and Iris Horowitz. "I trained her down all year, and you couldn't make her make a break. So I threw the hopples on last week, and it seemed to help." Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $188,756 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2016 -- Black Broadway, a bargain acquisition due to an unsightly and potentially dangerous medical condition, justified her connections' faith in her when she pulled off a stunning 20-1 harness racing shocker in a stake-fastest and career best 1:53.1 in Friday's $159,433 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Tezsla and Lookin Sharp taking the other splits. Corey Callahan enjoyed a PASS double behind Black Broadway and Lookin Sharp. Black Broadway developed a hematoma at 2 and was sent back through the Meadowlands sale after a pair of qualifiers. There, trainer Michael Eaton purchased her for $9,000 for himself and co-owner Robert McHugh. "She won a qualifier in 1:59.1, so we thought we'd take a chance on her -- $10,000 was our limit," Eaton said. Although the daughter of Broadway Hall-Sly Fox was winless in 11 previous outings this year, she came first over near the three-quarters and overtook last year's divisional champion, Broadway Donna, defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths. Spicedbourbon girl was third. "I got excited when I saw Corey pull her," Eaton said. "I figured that meant she had enough trot. She gets better and better." Miss Tezsla also saved her brush for the stretch as she cruised past Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.3 for David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Miss Tezsla Stable. Goodtogo Hanover, who suffered her first defeat in 10 outings this year, shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Womans Will saved show. "Her last few starts show she's on the way up," said Takter of the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs. "I trained her mother -- she was a really good filly for me. That was a good mile tonight." Lookin Sharp worked out a pocket trip behind Kathy Parker, then blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.2, 2 lengths better than Haughty. Kathy Parker saved show. "She's definitely improved," Callahan said. "She won her first start here this year, then had a couple bad goes. But she's always shown a lot of talent, and today she got the right trip." John Butenschoen conditions Lookin Sharp, a daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp who extended her lifetime bankroll to $242,913, for William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware. $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters The sub-feature on Friday's card featured another upset, as South Side Hanover poured from the pocket to score at 12-1. Ameliosi captured the other $20,000 division. South Side Hanover released Glidinthruparadise to the lead early and enjoyed a pocket trip thereafter. Nevertheless, trainer/driver Todd Schadel wasn't sure the daughter of Cantab Hall-Sharise Seelster would have enough pop in the lane. "I know my filly has a big brush coming home," said Schadel, who owns the filly with Roger Hammer, "but I had to use her a good bit getting out of there. I thought the filly on the front end was the best in there. I would have been happy for second." But South Side Hanover had plenty, defeating Glidinthruparadise by a neck in a career-best 1:55. Keystone Taylor completed the ticket. Ameliosi made it look easy on the front end, triumphing in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark, for Yannick Gingras. Twill Be Done finished second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Casey T third. "She doesn't have a whole lot of stakes left; I'm not sure she'll make it to the final of the stallion series," said Jenny Melander, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Amelia Hall for John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. "Other than that, she doesn't have a whole lot." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Friday, Aug. 19 Pick 4 harness racing 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 Wednesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,260.17. 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. Friday's card also features two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- as well as Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2016 -- Trustworthy Kid launched a determined uncovered bid in the slop that carried him to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was fifth by 6 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. Although I Know My Chip had fashioned a comfortable first half in 58, he couldn't hold off Trustworthy Kid, who scored in 1:54.4. Tall Cotton shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths behind, while I Know My Chip saved show. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Hall. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, a 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $424,197. It was a big day for Penn Worthy Lane -- three of her offspring raced on the card, and Trustworthy Gal, a 4-year-old Tom Ridge mare, also triumphed for Dunn in a conditioned event. In Wednesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a seemingly insurmountable lead in the lane to nail the favorite, Smokinmombo, by a neck in 1:55. Whata Donato earned show. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $298,716, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $15,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee, two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- and Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2016 -- The potent harness racing team of Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter flexed its muscles Tuesday at The Meadows, sweeping three divisions of the Hickory Smoke, a $163,309 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The pair triumphed with Love Matters, Jimmy William and Reigning Moni. The victory by Love Matters probably was the most significant as he's headed for Saturday's Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and will enter that $500,000 event off a sharp performance. Love Matters and Gingras were on top at the quarter when they released Cufflink Hanover and settled into the pocket behind him. "I thought it was a two-horse race," Gingras said. "There was no point getting into each other (at that point)." Love Matters kicked by Cufflink Hanover in the Lightning Lane and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths, with Mac Deeno third. Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, John Fielding and Herb Liverman campaign Love Matters, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. Gingras said racing in the Colonial off three days' rest shouldn't be a problem for Love Matters. "He got a good trip and was full of trot in the stretch drive," he reported. "I certainly don't think this afternoon hurt him." Racing backsides team with superstitions. Among the hoariest is that you never name a horse for yourself because the Racing Gods, angered by your hubris, will lay you and your unfortunate animal low. Jimmy William Takter defied that old wives' tale -- "I named him for a very nice guy," he deadpanned -- with Jimmy William, a son of Cantab Hall-Solveig. The colt's credentials are impeccable. He's a full brother to Dontyouforgetit, a half to Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. Together, those three siblings have earned more than $4.1 million -- and still counting, in the cases of Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. For quite a while, though, it appeared that Takter had indeed visited a curse upon his namesake. "He was my most promising colt last year," Takter said, "but he got sick seven times. Every time I pushed him, he got a fever. He's been better this year but not perfect." But Jimmy William began to live up to his pedigree in the Hickory Smoke when he erased a 3-1/2-length deficit in the stretch and captured his first career stake in 1:55.2. Hititoutofthepark, who's also ticketed for the Colonial, was 3/4 lengths back in second, while Alexander Hanover completed the ticket. Solveig's Racing Partners own Jimmy William. Reigning Moni had little trouble fashioning a front-end victory, defeating the rallying Truemass Volo by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55. Bucketlist Hanover earned show. "He had issues with his knees last year -- he needed surgery on them," Takter said. "He's a good colt. He has very good speed. He was interfered with in his Hambletonian elimination; otherwise he would have made the final." The partnership of KR Breeding, Brixton Medical, Preferred Equine Marketing and Christina Takter owns Reigning Moni, a son of Donato Hanover-All Our Moni. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2016 -- Fiji, who hadn't seen the lead in four straight starts, zipped to the front and rolled to a harness racing victory in 1:55.3 -- stake fastest and a career best -- in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blownoutofthewater and Elysium Lindy also taking $20,000 splits. Jim Pantaleano enjoyed a stake double behind Fiji and Elysium Lindy. Formerly trained by Jimmy Takter, Fiji was making his initial start for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and trainer Ron Burke. Pantaleano, who hadn't driven Fiji before, indicated he learned a lot about the Cantab Hall-Ucallthisahoneymoon gelding approaching the gate. "When I go into a race with a horse I don't know, I just kind of let the horse tell me," Pantaleano said. "He was very aggressive behind the gate and extremely good gaited. As good as he felt going out of there, I made a decision to try to control the race." Fiji had little trouble repelling the first-over thrust of Iholdon, downing him by 3/4 lengths over a sloppy surface. Meadowbranch Memo shot the Lightning Lane for show. Blownoutofthewater survived a snaky journey through the stretch, drifting out and losing valuable ground. Dave Palone was able to straighten him while continuing to urge him forward. The Explosive Matter-Andover Mermaid gelding earned his second stallion series victory in 1:56.1, 1/2 length better than Skeezix. Moneycounts De Vie completed the ticket. "He was a little bit bumpy late," Palone said, "but he's a horse with a good set of lungs. I thought if I just got him away, I could let him do his work first over, and he might be the strongest. He had plenty of go. It was a matter of keeping him at it." Jenny Melander conditions Blownoutofthewater for Steve Organ. Elysium Lindy popped right to the front for Pantaleano and withstood a severe challenge from the pocket-sitting Dominus Hanover, holding him off by a nose in 1:56.4. Tyson recovered from a pair of breaks to earn show. "He showed up on Saturday, and because it was so hot, we just let him relax," said Kelly Stackowicz, who trains the Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy gelding locally for owner George Beck. "We jogged a little bit yesterday, and he did his job today." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Skippin By powered by Medusa in the lane to defeat her by 1/2 length in 1:52.1. Best Of Jenna was a ground-saving third. Palone drove for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Brothers Stable and Bruce Soulsby. With the victory, the 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia boasts a lifetime bankroll of $617,879. It was one of five wins for Palone on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Hickory Smoke, a $163,309 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2016 -- Celebrity Eventsy worked hard to seat her early challengers, then coasted home to capture Saturday's $147.500 Moni Maker for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. Celebrity Eventsy left from the rail and could have settled for a two- or three-hole trip. But winning driver John Campbell wanted the front and hustled Celebrity Eventsy to the lead before throwing on the brakes. "I wanted to be on the front if I could get there within reason," Campbell said. With the field lined up behind him and no one eager to pull, Campbell was able to give the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Little Ms Queenie an internal half of 58, a breather that assured Celebrity Eventsy would have plenty left for the stretch. She did, scoring in 1:54.1, 1-1/2 lengths better than Zweig winner Flowers N Songs, who endured a tough trip from post 8. Southwind Pearl rallied for show. "Once I got everybody seated, she got a middle half that was uncontested," Campbell said. "As long as no one was coming, I wasn't going to step on the gas until they did. She responded really well. I think she'll have a good rest of the year." Staffan Lind trains Celebrity Eventsy, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, for Celebrity Farms. Celebrity Eventsy entered the Moni Maker off a respectable third place finish to All The Time in the Hambletonian Oaks. Now, with All The Time sidelined after emergency surgery, Celebrity Eventsy may loom even larger in the battle for divisional honors. "There are really nice fillies in her division," Campbell said," but I think she's in the top three. She beat All The Time and Broadway Donna in the elimination for the Oaks, so she's right there with those fillies." Jimmy Takter, All The Time's trainer, reported Saturday that the filly came through her surgery well and, if her recuperation has no complications, could begin jogging in four months. $160,760 PASS -- 3-Year-Old & Gelding Pacers Saturday's card also featured two stakes for sophomore colt and gelding pacers -- a $160,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake known as the Tarport Effrat and an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. In the Tarport Effrat, Manhattan Beach saved ground until the three-quarters, then unleashed a wicked first-over brush to triumph in 1:49.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Another Daily Copy was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while early leader Western Fame completed the ticket. "He's getting better and better," noted winning driver Matt Kakaley. "He raced awesome (in the Cane Pace) on Hambo Day. He was second from last in a 12-horse field and finished second. He probably raced better than anything in that race that day, and today he followed up with another good one. He's sharp." Ron Burke trains Manhattan Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $350,412, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers. Check Six took the other division on the front end in 1:51.4 for Gingras, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. That provided Burke a PASS training sweep, and when Fernando Hanover and Big Top Hanover chased their stablemate home, it gave Burke a 1-2-3 finish in the Check Six leg. Although Check Six soared over $700,000 in career earnings, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna is still seeking that signature victory that would elevate him to the hunt for divisional honors. "He's raced against some good colts, and he's got some good results," Gingras said. "He hasn't been able to get to the winner's circle, but he's a really good horse. I really like him." The Meadows will host the PASS championships for 3-year-olds, each worth $250,000, on Saturday, Sept. 10. $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Spider Man Hanover seemed to have lost his super powers -- he dropped all seven of his previous 2016 starts after earning $221,355 at 2. But he looked like the old Spidey on Saturday when he spun off a win in a stake-record 1:50.3. Also taking $20,000 splits were JJ Flynn, Western Dynasty and Power Of A Cruiser. Tim Tetrick (Western Dynasty, Power Of A Cruiser) and Gingras (Spider Man Hanover, JJ Flynn) swept the event while trainer Chris Ryder (JJ Flynn, Western Dynasty) also enjoyed a stake double. Following Spider Man Hanover's last outing, owners Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman transferred him to the Burke stable. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip responded well to his new surroundings, knocking a tick from the previous stake mark established by Shock It To 'Em. Safensound Hanover was second, 2 lengths in arrears, with Nimble And Quick a rallying third. "He hasn't seen the front for a little bit," Gingras said, "so I figured I'd put him there and let him see what he could do. He was a little tired finishing, a little grabby." Western Dynasty powered to the front at the quarter and held off Urban Renewal by 1/2 length in 1:53.2, with Shoreview third. "I thought he would be a contender in the sires stakes when I first drove him," Tetrick said. "He's just turned into a 'B' horse now. But he's big and strong and good enough to beat this group." Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Ryder campaign Western Dynasty, a Western Ideal-Caitlin Q gelding. JJ Flynn blazed to the lead in a blistering 26.3 before getting some valuable cover. He proved the freshest late, prevailing in 1:51.3 -- matching his lifetime mark -- for owners Joseph Barbera and Vincent Barbera. Owen Hanover and Sapient Hanover completed the ticket. "He had the outside at Yonkers the last few weeks, and I wanted to be near the front," Gingras said. "I thought he fit the race really good. Earlier this year, he showed more speed than the other horses in the race. I wanted him in contention, and (the fast opening quarter) was the price we had to pay. But I wasn't worried." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2016 -- With their schedule so busy, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren't planning anything special for Wednesday, their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway -- Pennsylvania Sires Stake victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo. Corey Callahan piloted both colts. The $184,096 stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Muscles Jared and You Can't Habit taking the other splits. Their anniversary was something of a homecoming for Jackie Butenschoen, who grew up in Washington County. Her father, the late Jack Kiger, was a blacksmith at The Meadows when the track opened in 1963. John composed an anniversary message to Jackie and posted it on Facebook, then gave her yet another present. "I put her to work," he joked. As is his custom, Dover Dan lagged near the rear before launching a decisive first-over move that carried him to his second PASS win in as many tries for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. He scored in 1:57, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Muay Hanover, with Phi Alpha third. Butenschoen said that rallying style suits Dover Dan for now. "He's been wanting to get a little anxious and keyed up," he said. "Today, we just wanted to make sure he got off the gate trotting. He has the ability; it's just a matter of keeping him focused. As long as he races like he's racing, I don't see any need (to send him)." Muscles Jared quarter-poled to the front for John Campbell and had little problem from there, prevailing in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. Box Of Luck was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Andy M completed the ticket. Since trainer George Ducharme added hopples for Alfred Ross' gelded son of Muscle Massive-Tetiana, the colt has two wins in as many outings. "That really helps a lot of young trotters," Campbell said. "It steadies them when they need it the most. They have more confidence with their gait. He felt good. I was impressed with him the night he raced at the Meadowlands, and he came back as good or better. In the last turn, he looked around and thought it was all over. I got his attention back, and he picked it up in the lane." You Can't Habit also converted an uncovered move to victory, triumphing in 1:57 for Brett Miller, trainer John McDermott and owner 4 Leaf Racing. Moonshiner Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Affair Of Honor -- another from the Butenschoen stable -- earned show. "He's such a nice horse -- he really loves his work," McDermott said of the son of Cantab Hall-Habit Of Creature, a $55,000 yearling acquisition. "As long as he's not going too fast, he can get it done. He's staked very lightly. We want to make him into a nice 3-year-old and aged horse." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, I Know My Chip extended his winning streak to four when he zipped by his stablemate, Tall Cotton, to down him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Classicality was third. Callahan drove the 4-year-old Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown gelding, who now boasts $447,793 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and two events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $160,760 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2016 -- In just his third career start, Two AM converted a relentless first-over bid to victory in Tuesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Fashion Winner, Kabang, Backstage Pass, Dude Hanover and Larson Hanover taking the other splits. Mike Wilder enjoyed a stake double behind Dude Hanover and Larson Hanover. Leaving from the rail, Two AM was fifth by 9 lengths when Brian Zendt sent him after the leader, Ninetieth Minute, at the three-eighths. The Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding advanced steadily like a polished veteran, putting away Ninetieth Minute and scoring in 1:57.2. Brown Bear was second, 2 lengths back, while Meteoric rallied for show. "The rail is tough for young horses, and I didn't want to rush him off. I knew he had enough trot," Zendt said. "I figured I'd get him out and sit out there instead of having somebody else getting in the road. When I spoke to him and let him know down the backside that I wanted him to go, he took off like a jet." Todd Buter trains Two AM for Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. Backstage Pass shared stake honors with his win in 1:57.2, but he achieved it on the front end from post 8 for Tony Hall. Live for Greatness was second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Equestrianconxtion third. Jimmie Ritter, Jr., who took over the training duties for Jessica Smith's son of Donato Hanover-I'myourbiggestfan before his last outing, said a shoeing change may have been a factor. "His feet were bothering him, so we worked on them and put flip-flops on him,' Ritter said. "They did a good job with him all winter." Fashion Winner boasted a victory and a second in two career outings -- both on the lead. On Tuesday, however, he was away fourth before Dave Palone sent him to the front with a power move near the half. The Broadway Hall-Fun And Strokes gelding triumphed in 1:57.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than Almirola Hanover. Brand New Key earned show. "I was taking a beating because he went to the lead the last two times," said winning owner/trainer Bennie Magliochetti. "Everyone's telling me, you'll ruin him. I said, when you're the best, you can't take back. When (Palone) took him back, I really wasn't worried. Still, I'd rather have them chase me than be chasing them." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Smokinmombo survived a Lightning Lane challenge by Whata Donato, holding her off by a neck in 1:54.2. Barn Girl completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo, who extended her career bankroll to $390,652, for trainer Chris Beaver and owners Synerco Ventures, James Gallagher and Beaver. Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $184,096 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino wishes to remind harness racing owners and trainers that the entry deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 9 AM for the $175,000 (est) Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and the final preliminary legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. All three events are set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at The Meadows. The PASS leg will be the last chance to earn points toward the $250,000 PASS championship and the $50,000 consolation, each to be raced Saturday, Sept. 10 at The Meadows. For further information, please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897. LIVE RACING AT THE MEADOWS RESUMES MONDAY WITH $15K PICK 5 GUARANTEE  After a week’s break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Aug. 8, when the 14-race card features a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after the Adios Day Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,361.33. 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 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 Monday’s program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, highlighted by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $110,950 Adioo Volo, featured four other Arden Downs stakes. Here's a recap of those Grand Circuit events. $56,418 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Glidinthruparadise lost her duel for the early lead and had to slink back to third, a disappointment that would frustrate many young trotters. But the daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda wasn't discouraged at all, moving first over to put away the leader, Hot Curry, and score for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:55, matching the stake record of Upfrontluckycarol. "She's a little headstrong leaving the gate, and she was going forward no matter what," Zendt reported. "I didn't want to sit third, but they were going enough that she had more trot than any of them late." Ameliosi finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Moots completed the ticket. Lisa Dunn trains Glidinthruparadise, who was won six of her eleven starts this year, and owns with Leslie Dunn Zendt. Keystone Taylor took the other Ned McCarr split for Dave Palone, trainer Jenny Melander and owner Steve Organ. $76.764 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers The fastest two-year-old of 2016, Fear The Dragon, again put in a huge mile, overcoming both the sloppy surface and a determined late bid by Don'ttellmeagain to win in 1:52.4. The son of Dragon Again, trained by Brian Brown for the Emerald Highlands Farm, went a mile that might have been as impressive as the 1:50.3 mile he went here on July 20 to make him the fastest freshman so far, regardless of track size. Hall of Famer David Miller whooshed the precocious baby to the lead from fourth coming on the first turn, with Don'ttellmeagain, undefeated in three previous starts, relinquishing the lead going into turn two. From there it was basically a two-horse contest, and Don'ttellmeagain did himself great credit by cutting into the leader's margin steadily. In the end, Fear The Dragon held his tough rival off by a neck with a 27.4 kicker. Cinnabar Dragon finished third. The very next race on the card was another division of the Lawrence, and fans could be forgiven at headstretch if they thought they were watching a replay: the first race went in splits of 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.1 with the pocket horse second choice moving out to challenge the favorite, while the second division featuring fractions of 27.3, 56.1, and 1:25.1, with the second choice two-holer moving to challenge. The difference was that Every Way Out, the pocket horse, proved the better late over front-stepping Normandy Beach, gaining into a 27.2 last quarter to win by a length in 1:52.3 to tie his mark. Southwind Yukon completed the ticket. The son of If I Can Dream is a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and undefeated in four starts for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Ed Gold and Thomas Lazzaro. Tetrick indicated he had little to lose by vacating the pocket early. "I wanted to give my horse a chance," he said. "From the middle of the turn on, he's supposed to be able to pace with that horse (Every Way Out). I thought I would win or be second either way. For a 2-year-old, he's pretty seasoned -- and he'll get better, too." When 1-5 favorite Downbytheseaside broke his overcheck going to the gate and caused a recall, it may have been an omen that it wouldn't be his day. Indeed, after being sixth by 8-1/2 lengths just before the last half of 55.1, he could only rally for third, as second-choice Filibuster Hanover came out of the pocket in the 27 last quarter to catch front-stepping Bettor's Western by a head. The time of 1:52, the fastest divisional clocking and only two ticks off the stakes record, was also a personal best for the Somebeachsomewhere colt. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph DiScala, Jr. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The first three divisions produced a favorite and two second choices as winners, but in the last division, the longest shot on the board, 39-1 Bellows Binge, followed Eddard Hanover around the final turn, then caught that rival in the last couple steps. He posted a nose victory in 1:53, lowering his mark five seconds for trainer Dirk Simpson and owners Desyllas Racing LLC, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Driver Dan Rawlings guided the son of Bettor's Delight -- Jerry Connors $58,466 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Truemass Volo shot the Lightning Lane and triumphed in 1:56.2 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Doug Hamilton and owners Jon Erdner and Martin Garey. Meadowbranch Memo rallied for place, 3/4 lengths back, with Mac Deeno third. Truemass Volo was parked the first quarter, but when Kakaley released Mac Deeno to the lead, Truemass Volo gained valuable cover. Hamilton said that after facing tough competition in the Beal and the Stanley Dancer, the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo gelding was able to show he belongs with his division's elite. "I don't think he can beat them on a consistent basis, but he's one of the top ones," Hamilton said. "He just hasn't showed it yet. He's had a lot of bad luck, and we've been going through an educational process with him." Truemass Volo extended his career bankroll to $187,255. Rocco's Tacos overcame post 8 to capture the other Manderino split in 1:56.4 for Zendt, Melander and owners John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. $62,965 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pittstop Danika, benefiting from a first-quarter break by favored Watch What You Say, made every pole a winning one in posting a 3-1/4-length victory over Dangerous Woman in the first division The daughter of Yankee Cruiser took a maiden mark of 1:55 in the off going, with Matt Kakaley handling the lines for trainer Ron Burke (who got checks with each of his three entrants in the division) and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Watch What You Say, who went into the infield to get squared away, made a fine recovery and survived an inquiry to be third. "This was a little bit easier spot for her," Kakaley said. "Outside posts against sires stake horses are real tough. She's been racing good. She has a good attitude, and she has a good future." Burke came right back in the second division with Make Mine Mocha, a Bettor's Delight filly who visited Victory Lane for the first time after drawing off to a 2-1/4-length victory in 1:54, with the track upgraded to good for the last two Miller cuts. Mike Wilder quarter-moved with Make Mine Mocha, and the pair was not in doubt thereafter while winning for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The final division produced an impressive winner in another daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Rampage, who moved to the lead in front of the stands, then scooted home in 28 to trip the timer in 1:53, two ticks off the stakes record. Dave Palone was in the sulky behind the victorious filly, who took a new mark for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. -- Jerry Connors The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Newborn Sassy opened a sizable lead but needed to find another gear late to preserve her victory in Saturday's $110,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit stake was the sub-feature on the harness racing card headlined by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. With victories in a Lynch elimination and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg on her resume, Newborn Sassy was the most accomplished in the field of seven and was hammered down to 1-2 in the wagering. She drew off to a 1-1/2-length lead at the top of the stretch and figured to jog home the winner. But the sloppy track proved tiring for the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton, and Tim Tetrick had to remind her emphatically that her work was not done. She responded to his urging and held off Shezarealdeal by a neck in 1:51.1, with Heels On The Beach third. Jim King, Jr., husband of winning trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, said the gritty effort was representative of Newborn Sassy's heart. "She's a winner," he said. "There's no doubt she's a winner. She loves what she does. She was just here last week. When I took her off the trailer this week, she was like, 'are you sure we want to do this again?' She's a fighter. If you don't give up, she won't." Jo Ann Looney-King and CC Racing own Newborn Sassy, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, will be pointed to the next PASS leg. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 — Looped from the gate and forced into brutal fractions of 25.2/52.1—in the slop, no less—Racing Hill showed his talent and heart when he drew away from the field late and captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:48.4 The pocket-sitting Check Six could not improve his position in the lane and finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Fernando Hanover was a ground-saving third. Racing Hill entered the 50th edition of the Adios with the flashiest credentials, including his victory in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final and second-place finishes in the finals of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace—each a $1 million event. But if his rivals didn’t appear up to the task of beating Racing Hill, it seemed that weather and trip might do him in. Rain punctuated by storms—the skies cleared shortly before the Adios went off—created a surface that proved tiring to some early leaders throughout the card. And Racing Hill, the 2-5 favorite, couldn’t wrest the lead from Check Six until just before the three-eighths. “The race was not going the way I wanted it to go,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “I was expecting a few more people to leave and kind of shooting for the 3 hole. When that didn’t happen, I said to myself, we’re in trouble.” Miller had an even stronger reaction when he realized how fast Racing Hill was going. “When I saw the time flash up,” he said, “I wanted to throw up. I didn’t think there was any way he could keep going. He goes to the half in 52.1 and keeps going. Horses don’t do that.” Once he thwarted the first-over challenge of long shot Another Daily Copy, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals opened up and had only the timer to beat. The win pushed his career bankroll to $970,028. Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill, said he expected a swift opening half if only because his colt was facing five foes from the powerful Ron Burke stable. “I didn’t think they would let us get to the half in 55,” Alagna said. “I knew they would make us earn it. “I’m a big believer in watching drivers’ body language. I was watching Brett in the bike, and he was telling me that he felt he had something left.” Alagna said he plans to give Racing Hill two weeks off before his next engagement, the Battle of the Brandywine. Manhattan Beach took fourth and More Dragon fifth, meaning that Burke, who entered six horses in Adios 50 and saw five advance to the final, finished 2-3-4-5. Did he find that frustrating or satisfying? “Definitely satisfying,” Burke said. “My horses raced well. Racing Hill was unbelievable.” ADIOS NOTES:  Miller entered Adios 50 as the leading money-winner in the history of the event among drivers who had never won an Adios final. With the victory, he vaulted to eighth on the all-time Adios earnings list with $562,286 . . . Although the track was sloppy, Racing Hill matched the time of last year’s winner, Dude’s The Man. They’re tied for the fourth-fastest Adios final . . . James Witherite, race caller at Tioga Downs and an accomplished jazz organist, showed off another dimension of his talent, entertaining fans as the Adios Day bugler. He included some subtle touches, such as playing the old Billy Joel hit “She’s always a Woman” to introduce the Adioo Volo—a stake for 3-year-old fillies. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2016 -- Racing as Lone Wolf Stable, Brian Gillespie has done well at The Meadows, even sending a starter to last week's Adios eliminations. But there was one weapon missing from his harness racing equine arsenal -- a horse to compete in Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $53,048 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows. Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, on the other hand, had just such a horse, a promising 2-year-old gelding trotter named Box Of Luck. The connections talked Thursday and worked out the sale of a share of Box Of Luck to Lone Wolf. The result was pure storybook, as the son of Lucky Chucky-New DVD captured his Ed Ryan division in1:59 for his third win in five outings. Equestrianconxtion was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while Toolbox Tuesday earned show. "It's (Gillespie's) grandfather's memorial race, and he kind of wanted to have a dog in the fight," Rougeaux said. "I understand that. We have memorials for my grandfather at the fairs, and we'll race our rear ends off to try to win that blanket. So we worked out a deal." Muay Hanover and Don Dream also took Ed Ryan splits in identical clockings of 1:57.1. Dave Palone pulled the pocket with Muay Hanover into the final turn and collected a measured victory in 1:57.1. Vegas Chuck was second, 1/2 length back, with Moonshiner Hanover third. "I think the track tonight is actually better if you sit off the rail a little bit," Palone said. "So I just wanted to get him out in the good footing. He felt great in the bit. I thought it would turn into a sprint, and I had plenty of horse." Ron Burke trains Muay Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Musetta Hanover, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Don Dream saved ground before brushing through the stretch for Tony Hall and downing Andy M by 2 lengths. Early leader Monsta Hanover completed the ticket. "He had a little bit of a snafu in his first race, but we can live with that because he's doing the job now," said Todd Rooney, who trains the son of Donato Hanover-Gabbys Dream and owns with Kimberly Farmer. "Tonight we thought we might have to go to the front, but it turned out we didn't have to. This was a good education for him." $49,800 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters In Friday's co-feature, a Grand Circuit stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw, Dangle Than Deke set a stake record of 1:55.4 while extending her unbeaten streak to four. She erased the old mark of 1:56.1 established in 2013 by Broadway Socks. The other divisions went to Youvegotwhatitakes and EZ Passer. Dangle Then Deke -- her name is a mash-up of a pair of ice hockey maneuvers -- moved first over for Mike Wilder and defeated Temple Ruins by 1-1/2 lengths, with Lovebeinglucky third. "In terms of desire and gait, she's the best 2-year-old filly I've ever had," said Dirk Simpson, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles for James Bafia. "Her desire is unbelievable. She's easy on herself on the off days, but when she gets behind the gate, she's all business." Youvegotwhatitakes enjoyed a second-over trip and tracked down the leader, Trixie Dust, in the lane to down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Blue Line Sniper earned show. "The first quarter was 27," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "These are 2-year-old trotters, so I thought they'd come back to me. I had plenty of time to catch them. She's game." Erv Miller trains Youvegotwhatitakes, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Char Catie Becca, for Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger. EZ Passer was well back early for Hall, trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli, but Hall indicated he liked his position. "They told me she gets hot and not to do anything too quick with her," he said. "She kind of backed herself off, and I didn't want to force the issue. She was great following cover -- stayed nice and relaxed." The daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad prevailed in 1:57.3, 6-3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Blameitonthealcohl was third. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2016 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, which features the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, will offer four total-pool guarantees totaling $45,000, giving fans a chance to celebrate the 50th edition of the Adios in style. The special wagers include: $7,500-guaranteed early pick four, races 4-7; $20,000-guaranteed Adios pick four, races 9-12; $7,500-guaranteed Adios pick three, races 12-14; $10,000-guaranteed pick 5, races 13-17. The Adios final goes as race 12, with an approximate post time of 4 PM, and is included in two of the special wagers. Minimum wager for the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5 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 Saturday is noon. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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