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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Coffee Addict moved first over to wear down a stubborn Stuck Like Glue and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stuck Like Glue endured a parked-out 26.4 first quarter before reaching the front from post 9. Under Wilbur Yoder's urging, Coffee Addict inched away in mid-stretch and downed her game rival by 1/2 length in 1:51.4. Certified Ideal was a non-threatening third. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $391,678 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Brian Zendt piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2015 -- Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the tote board Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits. Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the mile and trailed the 1-5 favorite, Ideal Jimmy, by 4 lengths turning for home. But the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think brushed wide through the lane for Eric Goodell and scored in 1:53.2. Bank Shot Hanover rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Ideal Jimmy, weary from an extended first-over move, saved show. "I really thought he had a chance," said Tim Twaddle, who trains Toddler Tantrum for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "This was the toughest division on paper, and I thought he'd need some luck to win. But he was outstanding. He'll go to the Simpson at Vernon Downs, and that will be it for him this year." Sent off at 8-1, Fernando Hanover got the jump on favorite Sam McSmith when he pulled the pocket down the backside for Mike Wilder and defeated his rival by 6-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:52, fastest of the stake. Early leader Blake North finished third. "He felt very nice in the two hole; I was hoping he wasn't playing possum with me," Wilder said. "With the conditions today, windy and cool, I thought that was a heckuva mile." Ron Burke conditions the Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstasy gelding, who collected his first stake victory, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables. Burke notched another Keystone Classic victory when the pocket-sitting Allie's Cruiser kicked by the favorite, McDave, in the stretch to down him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Safensound Hanover earned show. "He's a little more aggressive than he was early in the season, but I've loved this colt," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I think he'll make a top 3-year-old. He has a great attitude, and he's great gaited." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Larry Karr campaign the son of Yankee Cruiser-Santastic's Filly. $122,800 Keystone Classic, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Southern Cross, Major Matter, Iron Mine Bucky and Treasure Keys K each took a division of Friday's co-feature, a $122,800 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Southern Cross hadn't been on the lead at any point in his three-race career, but he blasted to the top for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden handily in a stake-fastest 1:56.4. Nathaniel was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Mr Right third. "They told me he might be a little grabby in the post parade; he was pretty grabby all the way around," Merriman said. "But his gait is flawless. He dragged me right out of there, and I let him do his thing." Ake Svanstedt trains Southern Cross, a Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven gelding, for Vanersol Inc. Iron Mine Bucky converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:57.1 for George Dennis, and he also may have punched his ticket to a pair of rich late-season stakes. "He's come a long way," said Greg Haverstick, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream for Iron Mine Branch. "He's getting better, faster, stronger. He has the Breeders Crown and the Matron, and if George says he's good enough to go, we'll go." Cufflink Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Can We Have Fun completed the ticket. When Alexander Hanover drifted off the pylons down the backstretch, Major Matter shot through the opening -- a bold yet risky move that paid off when Major Matter defeated Alexander Hanover by a length in 1:57.2. Roccos Tacos was third. "If a man moves over, I'll certainly try to take advantage of it," said winning trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "You could have got two horses up inside. I'll take my chances when I get them." Goodell and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows feature a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $91,800 trot and a $69,000 pace. The card also offers a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2015 -- Newborn Sassy extended her winning streak to six with an effortless victory in Wednesday's $93,800 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Cut And Paste captured the other division of the event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, giving Tim Tetrick a stake sweep. Although Newborn Sassy began her career with a pair of losses, Tetrick was aboard for her debut and was impressed. "She's the top 2-year-old pacing filly that I've driven this year," Tetrick said. "We liked her all along. First time I sat behind her, I thought she had talent but was a little green. She's really come along well." Since then, the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton has won every outing, taking her mark of 1:51.1 in a PA Sites Stake at The Meadows. In the Keystone Classic, she coasted home on the lead in 1:53.1, downing Catharsis by 7-1/4 lengths, with Vorst third. Jim King, Jr., who conditions Newborn Sassy and owns with CC Racing, said she remains eligible for the Matron, which, for the first time, will limit its field to the top money winners. "I'm not sure if she'll go. You don't know who'll go on and who'll win what," King said. "I'd hate to train her for five weeks and be Also Eligible." Cut And Paste cruised on the front end in 1:54.4 after Tetrick gave her a leisurely 58:3 front half on the point. "We got good fractions, and my filly really sprinted off," Tetrick said. "She's really quick off the wings and really handy." The daughter of Well Said-On The Arm scored in 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Danika P. She Devil Rusty rallied for show. Linda Toscano conditions Cut And Paste for Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. $100,798 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the co-feature on Wednesday's program, Hot Curry, Casey T and Twice A Night -- nary a favorite among them -- each took a split. A nine-race maiden entering the stake, Hot Curry had little trouble overtaking the 1-6 selection, Lookin Sharp, in the lane and prevailing in 1:57.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. My Pink Bike followed the winner's cover for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Lookin Sharp saved show. "She's actually a sweetheart, but she's had bad luck here and there," Palone said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Spiceberry Hanover. "I thought the race would play out for her. Speed hasn't been any good, and I thought she'd be able to tag along behind the favorite." Casey T blew by Windowshopper in the stretch and defeated her by 2 lengths for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:58.1. Grace N Vanity earned show. The win marked a return to form for the homebred daughter of Madison River-Gia after a series of break-marred efforts. "It was mostly soreness," said Todd Rooney, who trains Casey T and owns with Foge McKeever and Elden Thompson. "She was right on the edge of needing to be shut down, but we were able to keep her patched together. When we got her good, we decided to keep her going for this race. I think she'll be a nice 3-year-old. I have a Chapter Seven half-brother to her going to the Lexington Sale." When Twice A Night jumped it off at the start, she figured to be racing for education only. But the race turned into a break-fest -- 1-5 favorite Twill Be Done made an unforced error on the lead; Ginny Weasley did the same after inheriting the lead -- Twice a Night was back in the hunt. She took maximum advantage, triumphing in 1:59.2. Candelaria Deo was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "She was not herself today," said winning driver Jackie Ingrassia, who owns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Working Girl with Arden Homestead Stable. "She was very antsy and tough in the paddock, kicking the walls. I didn't think she would get back in the race at all. Even without the breakers, I think she would have been right there because she was loaded with trot finishing." Frank Ingrassia trains Twice A Night. Friday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 2-year-old colts and geldings -- a $122,800 trot and a $108,000 pace. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hot Type spotted Tamarind 6-1/2 lengths, then wore him down in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Hot Type was sitting fourth when Mike Wilder sent him first over after Tamarind. The 4-year-old Chocolatier-Lithograph gelding closed in relentlessly despite the sloppy going and defeated Tamarind by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Trustworthy Kid recovered from an early break to earn show. Ron Burke trains Hot Type, who extended his career bankroll to $180,926, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2015 -- Competing at The Meadows for the first time since Aug. 1, Atta Boy Dan showed his customary fondness for his home track as he survived a wicked 26.3 opening panel and captured Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. Atta Boy Dan's travels took him to Harrah's Philadelphia, Scioto Downs and Charlottetown, where he finished second in the final of the Gold Cup and Saucer. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding was as sharp as usual at The Meadows, winning a three-ply battle for the early lead and rolling home in 1:50.1 for Dave Palone. Long shot Dealin Dan shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $410,192 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Monte Cristo Spur collected his third win in the last four starts — a 10-1 upset, no less — when he roared through the lane and captured Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   With Major Athens fronting the field through a swift 1:23.4 three quarters, trainer/driver Dick Stillings was content to keep Monte Cristo Spur in fourth along the pylons. Stillings showed him racetrack around the final turn, and the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella found another gear and rolled home in 1:53.4, a head better than the rallying Hot Type. Tall Cotton earned show. Richard Davis campaigns Monte Cristo Spur, who extended his career bankroll to $175,516.   Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

When Marty Megatron steps onto the track at The Meadows on Tuesday afternoon (September 22) he will, as always, be carrying the hopes of his owner Don Tiger.   However, Tiger's desire for the horse to win takes on a different meaning this week, as he will be donating the horse's purse earnings to the family of horseman Brad Hanners, who passed away earlier in the week.   "I decided that 100% of Marty's net earnings that day will go to Brad's wife and their kids," said Tiger.   He was inspired by what he saw at Scioto Downs last weekend on their sire stake championship night, as horsemen gathered to support the Hanners family.   Rather than just make a cash donation, Tiger decided to let his horse determine things. "Racing is what we love. If it was me, I know I would want a horse to go to the gate for me."   There's no guarantee that Marty Megatron, who races for trainer Tim Twaddle, will get a check in the $6,200 race.   Tiger, however, has made a guarantee, vowing a minimum of $250 will be sent to the family if the horse finishes out of the money.   Marty Megatron is the 3-1 morning line favorite on Tuesday, when he will compete in the 12th race on the afternoon card.   Caretaker Michelle Miller from the Twaddle Stable will be wearing a "Hanners Strong" T-shirt that was given away at Scioto over the weekend, and Tiger hopes that the horse and Miller will be making an appearance in the winners circle.   "If the horse does win, I'll send a win picture along with the check," says Tiger, who adds, "I never knew Brad. I met his grandmother once in the grandstand at The Meadows years ago. I just think that horsemen top to bottom need to help out other horsemen."   Tiger and Marty Megatron will certainly be doing that on Tuesday.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will accept donations for the Hanners Family at the MSOA office located on the backstretch at The Meadows. Checks can be made payable to the Hanners Fund. Also on Tuesday, drivers and trainers will walk from the paddock to the Winners Circle for a moment of silence in Hanners' honor.   Jeff Zidek

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2015 -- When Safe From Terror surprised the field and harness racing bettors by winning the Sept. 5 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship at 45-1, some may have dismissed it as a fluke. They likely won't be saying that about her any longer, as she scored her second consecutive upset, this time at 5-1, in Wednesday's $170,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows -- and took the overland route to do it. Sassa Hanover wanted the lead from the rail, but she was pressured early by Divine Caroline and Storm Point, forcing her to step a lively opening half in 26.3/54.4. With all that early speed, winning driver Matt Kakaley knew the front end might collapse but wasn't sure third over was the place to be. "I was a little worried," Kakaley said, "but I wanted to get her out in the flow of the race anyway. It worked out perfect, really, because the front end kind of fell apart off the last turn." Safe From Terror moved four wide through the stretch to down another closer, The Show Returns, by a length in 1:50.4, a career best. Divine Caroline was full of pace but lacked room and had to settle for show. The back-to-back upsets by the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place didn't surprise Kakaley. "I've won a lot of races with this filly, and she's always been very, very good," he said. "There was a point for a few starts where she was just okay, not great, but she was very good today." Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who now boasts $449,992 in lifetime earnings, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal collected a front-end victory -- her third in the last four starts -- in 1:51.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Randy Bendis and owners Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack, James Walton and Bendis. Do Me Honor was second, 1/2 length back, with Jaded Dream third. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last soared over $400,000 in career earnings. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Freehold, NJ --- Bettor Be Steppin, the richest 3-year-old female pacer in North America this season, will step out for the first time since winning last month’s Valley Forge Stakes when she faces eight harness racing rivals in Wednesday’s (Sept. 16) $170,000 Nadia Lobell at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. The Joe Holloway-trained filly leaves from post No. 2 with driver Corey Callahan and is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor Be Steppin has won five of 11 races this year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $419,150 for owners Val D’Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. In addition to winning the Valley Forge on Aug. 22 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bettor Be Steppin’s victories include the Lynch Memorial and two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. She also finished in a dead-heat second with stablemate Divine Caroline in the Shady Daisy and was second in a division of the Adioo Volo. Post time is 12:55 p.m. for Wednesday’s first race at The Meadows. The Nadia Lobell is race No. 6, with a post time of 2:35 p.m. approximately. “I look forward to driving her every time she gets in (to race),” said Callahan, who has sat behind Bettor Be Steppin in her last 20 starts dating back to last season, posting eight wins and a total of 15 on-the-board finishes. “She’s an exceptional filly. Joe has done an excellent job managing her; she’s always on her toes. It’s nice to know you’ve got a good live horse that’s ready to race every week. It’s been a lot of fun this year, that’s for sure.” The Nadia Lobell field also includes Divine Caroline, Adioo Volo division winners Sassa Hanover and Storm Point, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Safe From Terror, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion The Show Returns, and Lynch Memorial runner-up Single Me. Sassa Hanover, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, Safe From Terror, and Storm Point are from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Sassa Hanover, who has won 13 of 25 lifetime races and earned $704,002, enters the event off a 1:52.1 win in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers Raceway on Aug. 31. She will be driven by Yannick Gingras. “Sassa Hanover has kind of turned it around here the last few weeks and has gone some pretty good miles,” Callahan said. “She drew the rail and Yannick and Burke are ultra-aggressive with everything, so that might make it a little tricky. But over the year, (Bettor Be Steppin) has been the most consistent and the best filly in her group. “She’s professional in every sense of the word, one of those push-button horses. She doesn’t have any quirks, she doesn’t do anything crazy. She does everything you ask her to do. It makes my job a lot easier, that’s for sure. She’s handy. She’s quick off the gate, but she also can race from behind. Most of your horses nowadays, it’s such a speed game, if you have one that is handy enough and can handle the pressure on the lead you can make a lot of money with them. Most of these horses now, that’s where you see them. You love to work out trips, but it’s tough sometimes.” Callahan, who earlier this year won his sixth consecutive driving title at Dover Downs and is one win behind Tim Tetrick for second place at Harrah’s Philadelphia, is on the verge of surpassing 500 wins for the sixth consecutive season and could reach $10 million in purses for the first time. Callahan set a career high in purses with $9.70 million in 2013 and hit $9.08 million last year. He entered Tuesday with 479 wins and $7.11 million in earnings. “I hope so, that’s been my goal the last couple years,” Callahan said about reaching $10 million. “A lot of that has to do with getting better horses to drive. I’m getting live drives and when you get those, it makes it a lot easier to get them in the race and pick up those top three finishes. I’m very fortunate that way.” Following is the field in post order for the Nadia Lobell with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway, 5-2 3. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 15-1 4. Totally Rusty by Ruty For Real, Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan, 6-1 5. Safe From Terror by Western Terror, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 6. Imagine Dragon by Dragon Again, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci, 15-1 7. Single Me by Bettor' Delight, Eric Goodell, Ross Croghan, 12-1 8. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 5-1 9. Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Ron Burke, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Cowgirl Hall lulled the field with a sleepy 57.4 opening half, then sprinted home to collect her fifth consecutive victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Once Cowgirl Hall put together opening panels of 28/57.4 for Dave Palone, she was uncatchable -- even by the pocket-sitting Tamarind, who fell 3/4 lengths short. Tall Cotton rallied from last for show. The winning time was 1:54. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who triumphed for the 25th time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $781,428, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of Palone's five wins -- including three for Burke -- on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2015 -- Pure Country and Broadway Donna, a pair of harness racing's rising stars, remained undefeated Friday at The Meadows when each captured a Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship. Friday's program, which offered more than $1.72 million in purses, included all four $350,000 PASS finals (two actually were worth $351,000 thanks to starting fees for also-eligibles who drew in) for 2-year-olds as well as a $60,000 consolation in each division. Ideal Jimmy and Lagerfeld won the other championships. Trainer Jimmy Takter enjoyed a PASS championship double with Pure Country and Lagerfeld. A recap of the program, one of the richest in track history: $350,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pure Country idled outside until the field settled, then grabbed the lead for Brett Miller past the quarter. "I didn't push her out of the gate -- I wanted to see how things were unfolding," Miller said. "I had so much confidence in her I felt like she could get beat only if I did something really stupid. I pulled her ear plugs in the last turn and hollered at her, and she took off. She's never felt as good as she did today." Diamond Creek Racing's homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana won handily -- as she did in her previous five starts -- in 1:51, a track record for freshman pacing fillies, a stake record and the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Call Me Queen Be was a ground-saving second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with I Said Diamonds third. Takter indicated Pure Country will be pointed to the Breeders Crown with a number of stake engagements before then. "She's as good as they come," Takter said. "I think she's the best. She has the look, and her gait is just fantastic. Do you remember the filly I had a couple years ago, American Jewel? She reminds me of American Jewel." Pure Country soared over $300,000 in career earnings and became the first freshman filly pacer in PASS history to sweep all her preliminary legs and the final. She also boosted her 2015 PASS earnings to $286,918 -- most ever in a single PASS season. $351,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Unbeaten in seven previous starts, Broadway Donna appeared to be in a pickle when she was trapped behind the tiring leader, the previously undefeated Whitelake Hanover, as Kathy Parker wrested away the lead. But neither winning driver David Miller nor the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner panicked. They blew by easily in the Lightning Lane, defeating Kathy Parker by 2 lengths in 1:55.4. Womans Will rallied for show. Broadway Donna, winner of the James Doherty Memorial final, lifted her lifetime bankroll to $466,536. Winning trainer Jim Campbell, who conditions Broadway Donna for Fashion Farms, said he feared she would not find daylight in time. "It was a concern," he said, "but I think, win or lose, David did the right thing. It would have been too early to pull. This filly finds a way to do it, and David did a terrific job with her. She's a professional. It's horses like her that make guys like me look better." Campbell indicated Broadway Donna will next race at the Red Mile. $351.000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Love Matters, the 3-5 favorite, opened his career with six straight wins and was purchased by the powerful Takter stable before his last start. He was rolling along to his seventh when he made an inexplicable break around the final turn. Three other contenders also jumped it off at some point in the mile. "He kind of lost his balance and was running in a little bit in the last turn," said his driver, Marcus Miller. "I'm sure Jimmy will figure it out." Takter's disappointment lasted about 25 seconds because it was his colt, Lagerfeld, who picked up the pieces. The son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita, dismissed at 11-1 because of a four-race losing streak, triumphed for Yannick Gingras in a career-best 1:55.3. Sliding Home was three-quarter lengths back in second while Dupree, an also-eligible who drew in, earned show. "I'll take it," Takter said of the unexpected victory. "He's been racing good. He got lost on the front last week when I drove him -- he never cut the mile, so he didn't know what to do." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Lagerfeld. $350,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers If they compete long enough, horsemen often get a chance to rebound from disappointments. Few, however, get that opportunity as quickly as Marcus Miller did. The very next race after the Love Matters blow-up, Miller guided Ideal Jimmy to victory in 1:51 for trainer Robin Cruise and owner D.R. Van Witzenberg. The first-over Spider Man Hanover was second, 1-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Manhattan Beach third. "You feel like you got kicked in the face and then get the biggest win in your career -- all in about 15 minutes," Miller said. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding erased a 9-length deficit at the half with his customary rally, a style Miller said he is reluctant to change. "It's just kind of the way it's been working out," he said. "I couldn't (leave with him) early because he was steppy, but I think he's over that -- I probably shouldn't say that. He's a little horse and he likes to run them down. I figured I didn't have to change anything today -- they were rocking it out of there." PASS NOTES: The consolations went to Twill Be Done (2ft), Newborn Sassy (2fp), Alexander Hanover (2ct) and I'm Some Graduate (2cp), whose time of 1:50.3 established a track record for freshman pacing colts . . . Newborn Sassy's outing was bittersweet, as she took home $30,000 but lost her stake and track records to Pure Country . . . Despite a demanding opening quarter, Easy Again took the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace for Gingras, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Panhellenic Stable and M1 Stable. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

All Heart Gal stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. All Heart Gal was away first for Eric Ledford but yielded to Jaded Dream near the quarter. They raced that way until the stretch, when All Heart Gal knifed inside and drew off to down Jaded Dream by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Wiggle It Hanover rallied from last for show. Luis Porfilio trains the 8-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot-Nine Of Hearts, who now boasts $595,502 in career earnings, for Heritage Stables. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for 2-year-olds in addition to a $60,000 consolation race in each division. Overall, the card will offer more than $1.72 million in purses, making it one of the richest in track history. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

Louisville, KY --- Harness racing trainer Brian Brown and his ownership group had their eye on Spider Man Hanover long before he went through the ring at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, so they were thrilled to purchase him. Especially for the price. “We all really liked him and he was one of the top ones we wanted to bring home,” said Brown. “We loved his pedigree and then we were even more sold on him when we went to see him. We were prepared to go much higher for him as we thought he would go for at least $60,000, so we were very pleased we paid $40,000 for him. Actually we were in shock that’s all we had to give. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t go for more was he was on the smaller side, but he was very well built.” The son of Western Ideal and the Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip will seek to become a state champion when he competes on Friday (Sept. 11) in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He will have the services of regular pilot David Miller in the ninth race on the card at The Meadows and will begin his mile from post position four. Owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman, Spider Man Hanover is the fourth choice on the morning line at 5-1 behind Check Six (3-1), Big Top Hanover (7-2) and Ideal Jimmy (9-2). There certainly is a lot to like about this colt’s family tree as his dam earned just shy of $200,000 during her racing career. His granddam, the Presidential Ball mare Stasia’s Girl amassed $142,774 on the track and she foaled another $100,000 winner in Cascata by American Ideal, p,1:51.2s, $145,414). Spider Man Hanover is also a full brother to Stacia Hanover p,3,1:49.2 ($238,746), who was last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner and this year’s Shady Daisy champion. He is also a half-brother to Seashell Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, p,3,1:51.4f, $99,245) and an unnamed American Ideal weanling colt. “His family was what initially attracted our attention and then of course seeing how well his sister raced at two,” Brown said. “We knew he had ability right off and had high hopes for him right away.” Spider Man Hanover certainly has illustrated his potential. He won his first qualifying race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on June 10 and was second in his second trip to the gate over the same oval on June 19. The colt made his career debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3 and was just out-finished for the triumph by the heavy favorite Allie’s Cruiser. He broke his maiden on July 15 at the same facility with David Miller at the lines for the first time in a $53,548 Sire Stakes event. Then it was on to The Meadows on July 25 where Spider Man Hanover collected his second career win in a $43,548 Sire Stake. He followed that up by coming home eighth and last in an $81,113 Sire Stakes race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 20. The colt rebounded, however, with his third career triumph on Sept. 1 at The Meadows in a $70,714 Sire Stakes race. To date, he has banked $91,405, has a resume of 5-3-1-0 and a mark of 1:51.3f. “You can just throw that one race out,” Brown said. “He did not race well at all and David suggested some things after he came back with him, so we put a jaw cord on him and it was very helpful. Right from the start he tended to get a little aggressive when it was time to race and we have tried different things to help calm him down as well as focused on what he was doing. But with the jaw cord and him beginning to learn his job, we think he is headed in the right direction. He could tend to be pretty grabby and the equipment change helps David control him a bit better. We anticipate that he will race well on Friday.” After Spider Man Hanover’s championship engagement, he’ll begin his travels outside the Keystone State with Kentucky, Ontario and New Jersey on his itinerary. “We would like to race him twice in Lexington and then we plan on taking him to the Breeders Crown,” Brown said. “His last race will hopefully be the Governor’s Cup. We like that it’s at the Meadowlands and think that will be a great spot to end his season. “We really think a lot of him and are looking forward to how the rest of the year unfolds. He is not tremendously big, but he is well made and has the talent to be a very nice horse for us. We have high expectations for him and we think he will fulfill them.” Below is the field for the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for freshman pacing males, with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1 - Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1  2 - Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1  3 - Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal  - Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  4 - Spider Man Hanover by Western Ideal - David Miller-Brian Brown-5-1  5 - Yankee Artillery by Somebeachsomewhere -Corey Callahan-Aaron Lambert-6-1  6 - McDave by McArdle  -Andy Miller-Robin Cruise-10-1  7 - Ideal Jimmy by Western Ideal -Marcus Miller-Robin Cruise-9-2  8 - JK Will Power by Somebeachsomewhere  -Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

After three straight wins against fillies and mares, Cowgirl Hall took on the boys in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows -- and she showed them her heels. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall stalked Major Athens from the pocket, then blew by for Dave Palone in the Lightning Lane to score handily in 1:53.2. Tall Cotton, the winner's stablemate, rallied from last for second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Major Athens saved show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who won for the 24th time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $772,428, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Palone piloted four winners -- three for Burke -- on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak              

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2015 -- Sold earlier in the week, Love Matters bade his old connections a fond farewell when he extended his career unbeaten streak to six in Friday's $208,577 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Not to be outdone, Sutton broke the stake record -- and Love Matters' track record -- in his division, scoring in 1:54.1. Hititoutofthepark captured the third split of the event known as the Florida Pro. On Friday, Sept. 11, The Meadows will host all four $350,000 PASS championships and $60,000 consolations for 2-year-olds. First post that day is 12:55 PM. Robin Cruise prepared Love Matters for the Florida Pro, but he moved after the event to the powerful stable of Jimmy Takter, where he'll race for Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Marcus Miller, the winning driver Friday and the regular pilot for the son of Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love, said the victory was bittersweet. "It's a little sad," Miller said. "He's as good now as he's ever been -- maybe better. He's really a simple horse to drive and train. What advice would I have for the new connections? Jimmy Takter will be training. That's enough said." In the Florida Pro, Love Matters moved to the lead past the quarter and poured it on, downing the first-over Marion Gondolier by 4 lengths, with Heightend Security third. His time of 1:55.1 knocked a tick from the track record for 2-year-old colt trotters held jointly by Keystone Activator, Pilgrims Taj and Dontyouforgetit. That mark was fleeting, though, as Sutton moved first up from third for Andy Miller and triumphed in 1:54.1, shattering the stake record of 1:55 set by Correctamundo in 2009. Truemass Volo, forced to idle while awaiting the Lightning Lane, was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while early leader Iron Mine Bucky earned show. "He just needed things to go his way a little bit," Andy Miller said. "He's been very consistent. He has some Pennsylvania races left. Then maybe we'll try him in some of the bigger stakes." Julie Miller conditions the son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings for Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen and Douglas Allen. The third division became confusing and messy when four horses -- including the winner -- jumped it off approaching the quarter. Corey Callahan quickly settled Hititoutofthepark and guided him back to the rail, where he launched an uncovered move that carried him to victory in 1:56.2 -- slowish but impressive under the circumstances. Lagerfeld, who inherited the lead after the break-fest, was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with Desert Runner third. "He doesn't want to run, but he got jammed up," Callahan said. "He trotted a big back half after that. I was really happy with him." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Easy Again powered up from third down the backside and scored handily in 1:50.4, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Seventh Secret. Visible Gold completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman drove the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling, who soared over $800,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card. After a Labor Day break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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