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WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2015 -- Friday's inaugural staging of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for older distaff trotters has attracted two of harness racing's superstars -- 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine. But locally based horsemen aren't backing off. Instead, they're sending out The Meadows' female trotting elite -- Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and Whata Donato -- to challenge the glamor girls. Bill Bercury, who owns and trains Daylon Miracle and Anaffairtoremember, insists he's racing for more than a check and a moral victory. "I'm in it to win it," he said. "A win and a second would be perfect." Bercury, a retired auto dealer who still operates a home construction business, has the track record to lend credibility to his remarks. While some horsemen concentrate on stakes candidates and others play the claiming game, Bercury has a different approach. He locates proven, quality performers, pays market rates for them and hopes to recoup his investment and then some. Usually, he does. "There's a lot of money in harness racing now," he said. "Investing $100,000 in a horse is really not a gamble, whereas five or 10 years ago, if you invested $100,000 in a yearling, that was a gamble. I'm buying proven animals; we're asking them to do what they did before. If we can improve them just a bit, we'll do very, very well with them." Both Daylon Marvel and Anaffairtoremember fit the Bercury profile. He paid $150,000 for Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel -- after she had amassed a considerable bank account in Canada. She earned more than $165,000 for Bercury last year alone and routinely faces, and defeats, male rivals. "Did I overpay for her? Maybe a little bit. Will I make money on her? Absolutely. I'd rather overpay for a really nice horse than get a good deal on a horse that won't be competitive." The acquisition price for Anaffairtoremember was slightly more modest -- $90,000 -- but she, too has panned out. The 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman has won three races and $41,625 already this season. "She likes to follow a helmet, and after she follows it, she sprints pretty hard," Bercury said. "I don't know if she's a top horse, but she loves her work, and she's easy to work with." Bercury said his reputation for purchasing quality and paying fair prices generates many queries from prospective sellers, so many that he doesn't need an intermediary to scout talent for him. "When people realize that you're a player and you don't jerk them around, they call you," he said. And he indicated his many years buying and selling cars have helped him in his pursuit of equine stars. "Something well bought is half sold," he said. The Maturity goes as race 9 on Friday's card, and it will follow the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for sophomore fillies. (Do Me Honor, by the way, is yet another current standout Bercury acquired using his tried-and-true methodology.) First post is 6:55 PM. Here is The Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 23, 2015 -- Shake It Cerry, 2014 Trotter of the Year, and Classic Martine, 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year, headline a field of nine top older harness racing mare trotters who will contest Friday's inaugural $51,100 The Meadows Maturity at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The event goes as race 9, with first post at 6:55 PM. The Meadows created The Meadows Maturity, as well as a companion event for colts and geldings that's set for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Day card, as a rich earnings opportunity for the sport's trotting stars that could keep them from retiring early to the breeding ranks. That's a mission throughout harness racing, and in the case of The Meadows Maturity events, the effort appears to be a success. The distaff version attracted two Dan Patch Award winners in Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine as well as The Meadows' elite female trotters, including Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and Whata Donato. Shake It Cerry, who was won more than $2 million in her career, kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in The Meadows Maturity following a winning qualifier in 1:55 -- last quarter in 27.1 -- at the Meadowlands. Trainer Jimmy Takter was in the sulky that day and was pleased with her performance. "I was very impressed with how she felt," Takter reports. "I'm very happy with the way she's training." When Takter turns the reins over to Dave Palone, he won't be advising the Hall of Fame driver to take it easy on the champ her first time out." "She likes to be in charge," Takter said. "When she gets behind the gate, she wants to be part of the action." Takter indicated he and Shake It Cerry's owners, Solveig's Racing Partners, have mapped out an ambitious schedule for the champion that likely won't include any races against males. "It's possible she could race against boys if it's for 4-year-olds only, but we wouldn't race her against boys in anything that's 4 and up," Takter said. He said he does not expect this to be the final season on the track for Shake It Cerry. "At 5, I think she'll be a candidate to ship to Europe to race," Takter said. Classic Martine also is launching her 4-year-old campaign and must do so from post 9 for driver Dan Rawlings, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. But The Meadows Maturity brings her back to the scene of a particularly memorable finish. That occurred in the championship of the 2013 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore fillies, when Classic Martine and Frau Blucher crossed the wire together in 1:53.2. It was the fastest trotting dead heat in North American harness racing history, a mark that still stands. If she wins Friday, the daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days becomes a millionaire. Friday's program also features the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Here is The Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 22, 2015 -- Seduce A Stranger took a usually suicidal path -- four wide down the backside -- but she made it work en route to a 15-1 upset victory in Wednesday's harness racing $36,700 championship of the Daylon Miracle Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The unusual scenario was set up by a hotly contested first quarter when the 2-5 favorite, She Glides, was parked five wide from post 9. She made the lead before the three-eighths but was ripe for the picking. Seduce A Stranger followed the cover of Donato Babe and kicked by her around the final turn to score in 2:00.1 on a "good" track for Doug Snyder. Donato Babe held second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while the weary favorite finished third. Dane Snyder trains Seduce A Stranger, a daughter of Muscle Massive-Khifra Hanover, for Thomas King III and Danielle Snyder, who purchased her at auction after her freshman campaign. Doug Snyder said he couldn't remember ever being that wide, that early, and still winning the race. "I told the guys, 'I knew I was a winner when I went four wide,'" he said. "I might have lied to them. "When they start going for good money, they like to race. My filly's shown that she comes from off the pace, so I was happy getting away where we did. She's still a green filly. We had a little luck and a little help." He noted that the addition of Lasix three starts back was a factor. "In the final of the previous series, she came up pretty short at the wire," he said. "I had a big hold of her at the three-quarter pole that day and felt like she'd go right on. So Lasix has definitely helped." Aaron Merriman and Tony Hall each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows is highlighted by the inaugural $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for older distaff trotters, which has attracted two 2014 Dan Patch Award winners -- Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine. The card also features the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for sophomore fillies. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 21, 2015 -- Pinned along the pylons in the stretch, RN Nate swerved sharply outside and roared home to pull off a 24-1 upset victory in Tuesday's $32,800 championship of the Visible Gold Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Roger Hammer, driver, trainer, breeder and owner of RN Nate, was giving the Nuclear Breeze-RN Artist gelding a ground-saving trip but found himself sitting fifth behind a stopping rival, in desperate need of room. "We came off the rail so fast that we nearly hit Dickie's (Stillings) wheel," Hammer said. "I had to take up a little bit to make sure I cleared him." With that clearance, RN Nate gobbled up the leaders and scored in a career-best 1:53.3. Well Bred shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length behind, with the first-over Chaching Hanover and Stillings third. RN Nate showed considerable promise at 2, winning eight of 10 starts while taking a mark of 1:54, when injury struck. "He got a hairline crack in a coffin bone -- that's why we had to quit with him," Hammer said. For the balance of RN Nate's sophomore campaign, Hammer indicated he would follow the recipe that has been so successful for him over the years -- a touch of PA Fairs, a dash of PA Stallion Series, perhaps a dollop of PA Sires Stakes for flavor. "I'll just take a little bit of money," he said. The win gives Hammer 3,998 career driving victories. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features the $36,700 championship of the Daylon Miracle Trot for 3-year-old fillies (race 9) as well as a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7). First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year, is ready to shake off the rust and begin a new harness racing campaign. The 4-year-old female trotter, who closed out last season by winning her final nine races, will kick off this year in Friday's inaugural $51,100 Meadows Maturity for older female trotters at The Meadows Racetrack in western Pennsylvania. Shake It Cerry drew post No. 7 in the nine-horse field and is the 7-5 morning line favorite. Meadows leading driver Dave Palone will sit behind Shake It Cerry for trainer Jimmy Takter. Classic Martine, who received the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, drew post No. 9 and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Dan Rawlings will drive for trainer Chris Oakes. Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races last year and earned $1.23 million for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group. In addition to being named Trotter of the Year, she was voted harness racing's best 3-year-old female trotter. She also was the 2-year-old Dan Patch Award winner in 2013. She prepped for Friday's Maturity with a 1:55 win in a qualifier on April 18 at the Meadowlands. "It's her first start and she had a soft qualifier, but she felt great," said Takter, who drove the mare in her qualifier. "She felt super. I was very happy." Shake It Cerry will try to become the first trotter since Moni Maker to win consecutive Trotter of the Year awards. Moni Maker, a mare who also was trained by Takter, captured three Trotter of the Year honors from 1998-2000. The only other horses in the last 45 years to earn back-to-back Trotter of the Year accolades were Pine Chip (1993-94) and Mack Lobell (1987-88). Of course, it will not be an easy task. Shake It Cerry will see tough competition in the older female trotting division alone, with the likes of 2013 Horse of the Year winner Bee A Magician also in its ranks. The trotting mares as a group in 2014 posted eight of the 12 fastest times in their division's history, with Classic Martine responsible for three of the efforts and Bee A Magician one. "It's no walk in the park there," Takter said. "By the same token, everybody knows (Shake It Cerry) is not just an average horse either. I'm sure she can go with them. Of course, sometimes those mares are a little tougher. They've been through a little bit more. "But she's a fighter. I'm excited to see her race. I'm sure she's not going to be as dominant as when she was as a 3-year-old. We have to pick our spots, but she's going to win one or two of those big ones this year." Last year, Shake It Cerry finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a "good" surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage. Shake It Cerry is named in honor of one of Takter's sisters. The horse's dam, Solveig, was named in honor of Takter's mother. The horse's sire is Donato Hanover, who was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007. Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Classic Martine won nine of 18 races last year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance. She is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold. Here is the Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 20, 2015 — Chef Lee completed his sweep of the Tamarind Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings when he dug in late to capture Monday’s $35,800 harness racing championship at The Meadows. Chef Lee moved to the lead before the quarter and took the field through what appeared to be a comfortable 1:28.4 three-quarters. But when Simeon angled off the pylons from third for the stretch drive, the battle was on. Chef Lee found more for Mike Wilder and downed Simeon by a nose in 1:58, with Flying Muscles third. “I probably should have let my horse sprint a little quicker, but I thought I was okay,” said Wilder, who piloted three winners on the 14-race card. “I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch, and I got after him as much as I ever do, which is just peck at him. He was giving me all he had at the wire.” Chef Lee’s victory was especially meaningful for owner/trainer Norm Parker, who selected Chef Lee for his uncle, longtime Standardbred owner Rex Lee Parker, and purchased the gelded son of Cantab Hall-Summer Savory at Lexington as a yearling. “Uncle Rex told me I could bid up to $12,000,” Norm Parker said, “and that’s exactly what we gave for him.” When the elder Parker was diagnosed with cancer, he willed his Standardbreds to his nephew. At the time of Rex Lee Parker’s death in October 2014, Chef Lee was the only horse remaining in his stable. Rex Lee Parker never got to see his final horse win, as Chef Lee didn’t take a mark in 10 starts at 2 while remaining competitive in stakes company. “Where I raced him made a difference,” Norm Parker said. “He was in stake races most of the year, and I thought he had a chance to be a really nice horse. This year, he started out with the kind of horses he’s able to beat.” Chef Lee is undefeated in four 2015 outings and likely will be placed more judiciously. “He’ll be in Pennsylvania stuff,” Norm Parker said. “We’ll see whether we go sires or stallion series.” He views Chef Lee as a cherished connection to his late uncle. For one thing, Dwane Parker — Norm’s dad and Rex Lee’s brother — comes to the Parker stable almost daily to check up on Chef Lee. And Norm Parker feels something even stronger. “Uncle Rex is looking down on us,” he said. “Something’s going right, so we’ll say he has a little bit to do with it.” Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features the $32,800 championship of the Visible Gold Pace for sophomore colts and geldings, which goes as race 9. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2015 -- PC's Vixen followed live cover and used it effectively to capture Friday's $17,500 second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The second leg was contested in a single division, with all eight participants eligible for the championship on Friday, April 24. First post that day is 6:55 PM. PC's Vixen endured a nightmarish trip in the opening leg, when she was parked the entire mile and intermittently rough gaited. But she moved confidently from fifth down the backside for Eric Goodell to pick up the cover of Somewhere Fameous. The daughter of Art Official-R Burning Desire had plenty left in the lane, scoring in a career-best 1:55.2. Opening-leg winner One Over Par was second, a neck back, while Dobre Povedane rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains the homebred PC's Vixen for Paint Creek Farms. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Some of harness racing's best older female trotters are getting ready to return to action and there should be no shortage of speed once they get going. Five-year-old Classic Martine, who received the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best trotting mare, on Thursday won a qualifier at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as she prepares for her seasonal debut on April 24 in The Meadows Maturity Trot. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and last season's Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry are among the horses entered to qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands. Last year, those three ladies trotted some of the fastest miles in history. The trotting mares as a group in 2014 posted eight of the 12 fastest times in their division's history, with Classic Martine responsible for three of the efforts. Bee A Magician had one, as did Victory Is Coming, Mistery Woman, Perfect Alliance, and Frau Blucher. Shake It Cerry, who was a 3-year-old in 2014 and moves into the trotting mare division this season, posted a winning time last year that equaled the fourth fastest in history by a 3-year-old filly. "Those mares can put on a show," said Tim Hauser, who is among the owners of Classic Martine. "We're looking forward to defending the (division) title, but really you just cherish the moments when you get a horse this good. It's an honor to have a mare like her." Classic Martine won nine of 18 races last year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance. Bred by Todd and Christine Schadel, Classic Martine is a daughter of Classic Photo out of the mare Drinking Days and her family includes two-time Horse of the Year Mack Lobell. She is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold. Classic Martine has won three qualifiers, two at Pompano Park and one at Pocono, as she gets ready to begin this year's campaign. After her seasonal debut at The Meadows, she is expected to compete in the Miami Valley Distaff on May 3 and the first round of the Miss Versatility Series on May 18 at Mohawk. "She qualified real good," Oakes said. "It's a long grind, so that's why we qualified her easy three times. "I'm more apt to keep her away from the boys this year, unless she's really sharp and there's a gap in her schedule," he added. "But usually I like to keep them racing against their own kind." Classic Martine, who was trained and driven by Todd Schadel until June of her 3-year-old season, has won 21 of 45 career races and $981,386 in purses. "Horses like her don't come every day," Oakes said. "You hope you can get another one, but most of the time it doesn't happen that way. "It was a real special thing (to get the Dan Patch Award). You're so worried about racing week to week that you don't think about it at the time, but when things quiet down you look back and realize what you've done. It really sinks in then." Bee A Magician, now age 5, won four of 17 races last year and earned $421,314 for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. Her top win came in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, where she beat Classic Martine by a head in a stakes-record effort. In 2013, Bee A Magician was unbeaten in 17 races on her way to Horse of the Year honors. Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races last year, earning $1.23 million for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown with a stakes-record performance and also set or equaled stakes records in the Matron, American-National, and Elegantimage. "It's a very solid group," Oakes said about the division. "We'll see how it unfolds this year, but now you add Shake It Cerry to the mix. Sometimes 4-year-olds have trouble making the transition against older horses, but she looked so good that she'll probably fit in with no problem." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2015 -- In the opening leg of the Daylon Miracle Trot at The Meadows, She Glides scored in 1:56.3, fastest of the year by a sophomore filly trotter on a harness racing five-eighths-mile track. But the daughter of Glidemaster - Some Like It Lindy wasn't content to rest on her laurels. In Wednesday's second leg of the series, she lowered her own national season's mark, powering to the lead for Jim Pantaleano and winning under wraps in a career-best 1:55.4. RV Janet was 8-3/4 lengths back in second, with Mercer County third. Jennifer Sabot trains She Glides, who has won her series splits by a combined 21-1/4 lengths, for Little Bapa, LLC. Donato Babe and Isabella Carina took the other $14,000 series splits. The championship leg of the Daylon Miracle is set for Wednesday, April 22. Elsewhere on the card, Unefoisdansmavie captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot with a powerful first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:55. Whata Donato and Anaffairtoremember completed the ticket. Mike Wilder drove Unefoisdansmavie, an 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. In the $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts withstood a number of challenges while on the lead and triumphed for Wilder, trainer Norm Parker and owner Tom Klosky, Jr. in 1:52.4. Hillbilly Hanover was second, 1/2 length back, while Want Me earned show. A 5-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration, Dew N Doughnuts extended his lifetime bankroll to $217,495. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 14-race card while Dave Palone and Wilder each piloted three winners. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino       A world-class entertainment destination, The Meadows features over 80 table games and more than 3,300 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and an exclusive high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting.       For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com.       Cannery Casino Resorts       The Meadows is owned by Las Vegas-based Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR). CCR conceived, built and operates two highly regarded resorts in Las Vegas: the Cannery Casino & Hotel and the Eastside Cannery. For more information, please see: www.cannerycasinos.com.           # # #       Gambling Problem? Call (800) 848-1880                      

WASHINGTON, PA, April 14, 2015 -- Techtor Hanover exploded to the early lead for Dave Palone and drew away late to capture a division of Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Well Bred took the other $17,500 split of the series for 3-year-old colt and geldings, giving Palone a sweep of the second leg. In all, Palone piloted six winners -- three for trainer Ron Burke -- on the 14-race harness racing card. The championship leg of the Visible Gold is set for Tuesday, April 21. Techtor Hanover missed the series' opening leg, but he made up for lost time by seizing the lead from post 3 and widening through the stretch to prevail in 1:54. The first-over Hickory Terrific was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Kwik Mac third. Mike Palone trains Techtor Hanover, a Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding, for Tommy Mucci. Well Bred sat in the pocket while RN Nate and Somekindaparty dueled down the backside. In the stretch, Palone eschewed the Lightning Lane and swung Well Bred wide after RN Nate. The Well Said-Rocknroll Cameo gelding scored in a career-best 1:54.4, a neck better than the rallying Angelo J Fra. RN Nate saved show. Burke conditions Well Bred for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScala, Jr. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2015 -- Chef Lee inherited the lead near the quarter and made the most of it, rolling to his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. Simeon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The championship leg of the Tamarind Trot is set for Monday, April 20. Special Action outdueled Chef Lee for the early lead only to break stride shortly thereafter. Chef Lee might not have needed the help, as he scored in 1:57.2, lowering his lifetime mark by 2.4 seconds. Tails was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, while Only The Brave recovered from an early break to earn show. Mike Wilder drove the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding for owner/trainer Norm Parker. Off stride in his three most recent appearances, Simeon rebounded nicely for Dan Rawlings, sitting comfortably in the pocket before zipping by in the Lightning Lane to down Flying Muscles by a length in 1:59.1. The first-over Knucklebiter finished third. David Wade conditions Simeon, an Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger used a pocket trip and late kick to upset the 3-5 favorite, Daylon Miracle, by a head at a healthy 28-1 for Wilder, trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Run And Tell Pap completed the ticket. An 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding, TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $493,201 in career earnings. It was among Wilder's three victories on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TRIPLES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $15K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, April 14 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday and Tuesday, The Meadows upped the ante when Monday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,954.18. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association would like to congratulate members Martin Valentic and John Bednarski, Jr on a recent harness racing landmark win by their pacer, Schoolkids.   A longtime Meadows regular, Schoolkids earned a victory in the 14th race on April 9 at Harrah's Philadelphia. With the win, the 9-year-old pacer surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings.   Schoolkids, a son of I Am A Fool-Game Bunny (Precious Bunny) is in his 8th season of racing. He started his career in 2008 in the Tracy Brainard Stable, winning 7 races and over $200,000. His top victory was in a division of the Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs. At age three, he won 5 of 21 starts and banked just under $300,000, returning to Dover at the end of the season and winning the 3YO Matron Stakes with Tim Tetrick in the bike.   The remaining half of his career earnings have come in the aged ranks, where he has faced some of the sport's best horses. In all, he now has 46 career wins in 169 starts. This season, he is 2-for-9 and still has plenty of speed. Last season at age 8, he paced in 1:49.4, just one-fifth of a second shy of his career mark of 1:49.3, set at Harrah's in 2010.   His victory this week was in 1:53.2. Scott Zeron drove Schoolkids to the million-dollar-topping win for trainer Michael Capron. For Zeron, it was career win #2500.   Jeff Zidek

WASHINGTON, PA, April 10, 2015 -- One Over Par rallied through the lane for what appeared to be a good second-place finish, only to be placed the winner through disqualification in Friday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old fillies is named for Do Me Honor, a top performer in the Bill Bercury stable who raced later on Friday's card. The first leg was conducted as a single division. Although Dobre Povedane crossed the wire first after brushing through the Lightning Lane, she was placed back to second due to a late break. Meanwhile, One Over Par, upset winner of the recent Donna Dunn Memorial Pace championship, had extricated herself from a traffic jam and closed to within a nose of Dobre Povedane, where she was well positioned to benefit from the leader's error. PC's Vixen, rough gaited for much of the mile, finished third. The time over a "good" surface was 1:56.1 Aaron Merriman drove One Over Par, a daughter of Dragon Again-Susie Girl, for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owners Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables Inc. and Tangie Massey. It was one of five wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The track condition was upgraded to "fast" before the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, but the way Macharoundtheclock performed, the only track condition that would have stopped her was "closed." She blazed to the top from post 9 and collected her second straight victory in 1:53.4, holding off Sand Tilly Lace by a neck. Do Me Honor didn't win on the day "her" series began, but she was a strong third despite being parked the entire mile. Eric Ledford piloted Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $448,903 in career earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and Birnam Wood Farms. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2015 -- On Friday, April 10, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Wednesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,131.37. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Friday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2015 -- She Glides, the 1-2 favorite, powered to the lead at the quarter and drew off to triumph by 12-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3, fastest in Wednesday's opening leg of the Daylon Miracle Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The time matches the fastest this year for sophomore fillies on a five-eighths-mile track. The opening leg was conducted over three divisions, with Byfleet Hanover and Donato Babe taking the other $14,000 splits. The series honors Daylon Miracle, a top performer in the Bill Bercury stable. Away third, She Glides moved easily to the front for Jim Pantaleano and had no challengers thereafter, lowering her lifetime mark by 2.4 seconds. Mercer County was a distant second while RV Janet earned show. Jennifer Sabot trains the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy for Little Bapa LLC. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, At Press Time rallied from worst to first in the final quarter for Tony Hall and scored in 1:51.1 to down Dew N Doughnuts by a length, with Hillbilly Hanover third. Ron Burke conditions the 4-year-old son of Western Terror-So Right, who now boasts $438,872 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on Wednesday's card, Mattamerican captured the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace in 1:50.4, fastest mile this year by a 4-year-old stallion on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone piloted the son of Allamerican Native-Mattadorable for conditioner Norm Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Hall, Aaron Merriman and trainer Randy Bendis each fashioned a triple on the 14-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dismissed at a lush 32-1, Angelo J Fra blew up the tote board Tuesday's harness racing meet at The Meadows when he brushed wide through the line to capture an opening-leg division of the Visible Gold Pace. Somekindaparty took the other $17,500 split in the series, for sophomore colts and geldings, that honors Visible Gold, a fast-class star from the Ron Burke stable. Angelo J Fra was fifth by 3-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters when Tony Hall asked him for pace. He sailed through the slop and nailed the leader, Chaching Hanover, by a neck in 1:55.2, with RN Nate third. Norm Parker trains Angelo J Fra, a The Panderosa-Caila Fra gelding, and owns with Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Somekindaparty was hammered down to 1-5 and performed like the heavy favorite, overpowering the field late to prevail in 1:54.1 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Mark Goldberg and owners George Kehm and Jerry Kehm. Nesh Cruiser was 4-3/4 lengths back in second while Utah Beach earned show. It was the second win in the last three starts for the Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl colt. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember powered up first over from third for Merriman and scored in 1:53.4, the fastest mile this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track. Unefoisdansmavie rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with early leader Cowgirl Hall third. Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman who extended her career bankroll to $335,237. Merriman finished the 14-race card with three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  -  Visit website here

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