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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 21, 2017 -- Stride Of Pride captured his third straight harness racing victory, this one as impressive as the previous two, in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was stalking Dapper Dude from the pocket when Dave Palone sent him wide for the drive. The 4-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding blew by Dapper Dude and drew off late to down his rival by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:51. Happy Andyversary was a ground-saving third. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for Stride Of Pride with a combined victory margin of 16-1/2 lengths. Ron Burke trains him for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Palone each fashioned a triple. Stride Of Pride The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 18, 2017 -- Tamarind zipped to the front from post 7 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind need to trot a swift 27.4 to reach the early lead, but when Aaron Merriman gave him a 29.4 second-quarter breather, he was home free, prevailing in 1:55.1. Maximum Credit shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while the first-over Monte Cristo Spur finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Tamarind, a 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who won for the 61st time in his career and extended his lifetime bankroll to $926,884. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 12-race card, including three for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 14, 2017 -- Stride Of Pride, who won his last start in 1:49.4, showed it was no fluke when he scorched the harness racing field again in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride zipped to the front from post 3 for Dave Palone and never faced a serious challenge, rolling home in a wrapped-up 1:50.3 as the 1-1 favorite. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Hawk's Red Chief third. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Jim Pantaleano, Burke and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 12-race card. THE MEADOWS DOUBLES MONDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $10K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled -- to $10,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, Oct. 16 Pick 4 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 upped the ante when Saturday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,240.09. 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 Monday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2017 -- Classicality notched his third straight win Wednesday at The Meadows when he overpowered a distinguished harness racing field in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot and scored in 1:53.1 over a "good" surface. Classicality was away second, but Brian Zendt sent him past the leader, Lady's Dude, at the quarter. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding widened his advantage late and downed Lady's Dude by 2-3/4 lengths, with Tamarind third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $484,142. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2017 -- Tessa Seelster quarter-poled to the top and cruised home from there, capturing Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace in a sharp 1:51.3. Tessa Seelster was away second for Dave Palone but sat only briefly behind Spreester before powering to the top. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Titania Seelster drew off late, downing Spreester by 3 lengths, while Southwind Roulette shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jonathan Newman. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Flowers N Songs took the $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trotting Handicap with an eye-popping charge through the Lightning Lane that carried her from seventh to first in 1:55.2. Dan Charlino piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $539,503, for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2017 -- Already Pennsylvania's Stallion Series champion 2-year-old male trotter, Hockey Hanover completed an unusual harness racing double when he captured Saturday's PA Fairs final at The Meadows. On a sun-splashed, unseasonably warm day, The Meadows hosted all eight PA Fairs championships, each with a purse of $24,200, and joined with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to stage the annual "Pink-Out" to benefit breast cancer research. The event offered many festive activities, none more enjoyable to the McMullen Stable than the victory by Hockey Hanover. McMullen Stable purchased the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding for $10,000 as a yearling and saw his earnings soar to $91,630. Yet trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder wasn't as confident as he might have been, as Hockey Hanover was a disappointing fifth in his last tune-up for the fairs final. Leaving from the rail, Yoder pushed Hockey Hanover for the lead rather than settle for a seat. "He's been having a little trouble lately, and the main concern was trying to get him around the first turn," Yoder said. "I was concentrating on that. But when they come at him, he digs in. He'll have a couple months off now, a well-deserved break." Hockey Hanover shrugged off a challenge by Grapple Hanover in the lane and prevailed in 1:58.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Yougottabecrazy, with Grapple Hanover third. Elsewhere on the championship card, Yoder and McMullen Stable teamed for another crown with All Set Lets Go while Aaron Merriman earned a pair of titles. The "King of the Fairs," 71-year-old Roger Hammer, collected his 22nd fairs title at The Meadows with a colossal upset. Oh yes: an up-and-coming trainer named Ron Burke got a taste of fairs circuit success with a championship. The highlights: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Cirrus De Vie Venier Hanover had been pounding his foes so relentlessly that he was hammered down to 1-9. Someone forgot to tell the King he had been overthrown. Hammer sent the 25-1 Cirrus De Vie to the front with a quarter-pole move, and the son of Real Artist-Walk On The Beach won handily in 1:55.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Starvin Marvin. Venier Hanover had to settle for show. "I thought I would give Venier Hanover a race for his money," Hammer said. "I figured if I could get this horse back to the top and let him roll, I would make Venier come first over after him." Hammer and Vicki Lynn Fair own Cirrus De Vie, who has a surprise awaiting him when he returns to Hammer's Bedford, PA farm -- and it's not a sweet treat. "He'll be turned out and castrated tomorrow," Hammer said. "He needs it. He's a little on the sulky side." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Rockefeller Lindy Rockefeller Lindy was trying to pass New Heaven in the Lightning Lane when there was contact between the two. Rockefeller Lindy jumped once and, in a remarkable show of poise for a young trotter, came back down on gait and downed New Heaven by x in 1:57.2 for Merriman. Irish Valentine rallied for show. "I thought he would go down, but he kept trotting. That's the only thing that saved us," said Bill Daugherty, Jr., who conditions the Lucky Chucky-A Touch Of Lindy gelding -- an $18,000 yearling acquisition -- for Susan Daugherty. "He's always been good gaited, but man oh man, going that speed and he's tired, you can imagine. I'll probably quit with him for the year. I've had enough, and he's had enough." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- All Set Lets Go All Set Lets Go had been virtually unbeatable for Yoder and McMullen Stable -- she swept her final 12 preliminary fair events -- and she was no less dominating Saturday. She powered to the front with a quarter-pole move and defeated entry-mates Opal Hanover and Drinking Class in 1:58.3, a life mark. "She's pretty honest -- trots all the time and minds her business," Yoder said. "She's pretty good off the gait and gets into position. We'll race her in some overnights and hope we find a class where she's competitive." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers -- Midway Island At about the same time Midway Island was rolling to his facile victory, Burke's champion mare, Hannelore Hanover, was performing at the Red Mile, turning in the second-fastest mile ever trotted. Nevertheless, the trainer had to be pleased with the Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Gal gelding, who won all six of his fair circuit starts after his mid-season acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the championship, Midway Island retook the lead past the quarter for Chris Shaw, leading driver on the fairs circuit this year, and triumphed in 1:52.2. Ginger Tree Marty closed well for place, 4-3/4 lengths back, while Cinnabar Dragon completed the ticket. "I had to put everybody else in a hole," Shaw said. "I didn't want to be coming from the three hole." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Bella Ragaza Merriman got his second crown with Bella Ragaza who, after a winless freshman season, put it all together this year and bagged 11 victories entering the championship. She quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble holding off Keystone Nikki by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4, fastest of her career. A trapped in Camera Lady earned show. "She's very handy but more of a grinder than a sprinter," Merriman said. "If you can get her to the front and keep her moving, she'll keep going on the end." Linda Schadel trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Bahama and owns with Roxanna Buffington. 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Nicole Hanover Nicole Hanover needed every foot of the stretch to get by the stubborn Kylah, but she ultimately prevailed by a head over the game leader in a career-fastest 1:58.3, with Lightning Lois third. "She needed a helmet to follow," said winning driver Brian Zendt. "She's won a lot of races on the front end, but she's not used to going three-quarters in 1:27 at the fairs. I could have used the Lightning Lane, but sometimes green horses don't know what's going on there, so I'm glad I had room outside." Robert Rougeaux III conditions the daughter of Explosive Matter-Nan's Conway for Brocious Racing Stable. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Pretty Proud Pretty Proud was pretty fast early, taking the field through three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.1. She slowed in the lane but was determined enough to outlast Marvalous Song by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 -- easily a life mark -- for Jim Pantaleano. Keystone Diamond, the wagering favorite, lacked racing room and was a hard-luck third. "The fractions took their toll on all of them late in the mile," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Pears N Amoretto and owns with Barbara Richardson and James Richardson. "One of her big assets all year has been she can leave the gate. A couple of her main contenders had road trouble and couldn't quite catch up to us. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2017 -- A total of $193,600 will be on the line Saturday, Oct. 7, when The Meadows Racetrack & Casino hosts the 2017 harness racing Pennsylvania Fairs Championships. Even more will be at stake, as The Meadows and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will conduct their annual "Pink-Out" to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer research program. Between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM, Family Fun Day activities will feature a live DJ, balloon artists, face painting and bounce houses. In addition, mini-pony races, with contestants decked out in pink finery, will occur between harness races. Other highlights include: A "Chinese auction," with prizes donated by The Meadows and local businesses, to benefit Making Strides; Sale of specially designed Pink-Out t-shirts, with all proceeds directed to Making Strides; Presentation of a check to Making Strides representing donations by The Meadows and its patrons over the last three months. The opportunity to register at the American Cancer Society tent for the Oct. 14. Making Strides Washington County Walk. Among the most interesting aspects of Saturday's championship card is the quest by Hockey Hanover for an unusual double. Campaigned by McMullen Stable, the 2-year-old trotter captured the $40,000 PA Stallion Series final at The Meadows on Sept. 2 in a stake-record 1:55.4 and will seek to add the fairs crown to his distinguished resume. Trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder will guide the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding from post 1 in race 1. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. For more information about the Pink-Out, visit The Meadows Racetrack & Casino at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2017 -- Let go at a juicy 20-1, Jumpinthejailhouse shot through the Lightning Lane to pull off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Jumpinthejailhouse was a ground-saving third for most of the mile but lacked racing room as the field turned for home. When the Lightning Lane opened, however, the 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Illiad's Lady gelding knifed inside for Bryce Brocklehurst and edged Tricky Nick by a nose in a career-best 1:54.4. Trustworthy Kid, returning from a layoff of nearly seven months, rallied for show. Harold Brocklehurst owns and trains Jumpinthejailhouse, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $135,605. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the $193,600 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships and the annual "Pink-Out" to benefit breast cancer research. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2017 -- Jewels In Hock set sail after her stablemate, Classical Annie, past the three-quarters and powered by her near the wire to capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classical Annie was flowing so freely on the front that no challengers emerged until Dave Palone turned Jewels In Hock loose from third. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore defeated Classical Annie by a neck in 1:55, with She Nuit third. Ron Burke trains Jewels In Hock, who extended her career bankroll to $531,055, for Crawford Farms Racing. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Palone and trainer Dirk Simpson each enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special day of harness racing this Saturday, October 7. The card will feature the Pennsylvania Fair Finals, as well as a Pink Out event including the track's second annual Mini-Pony races. For the full-sized horses, the stake racing action will kick off with Race 1, the first of eight $24,200 divisions of the PA Fair Finals. The 2-year-old male trotters will be led by Hockey Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter that was recently crowned champion of the PA Stallion Series as well. Hockey Hanover has won 9 of 13 races and nearly $80,000 this year for the McMullen Stable, LLC. Co-owned John McMullen and driver Wilbur Yoder have shared training duties throughout the year as the horse has bounced between the fair circuit and the state's pari-mutuel tracks. Bela's Bad Boy (Muscle Massive), from the Todd Schadel barn, and Grapple Hanover (Andover Hall), trained by Wayne Long, are also in the field, and each has posted a fair circuit win over Hockey Hanover in recent weeks. Freshmen pacing fillies will be on the track for the day's second race, with Roger Hammer's Geisha Seelster leading the way in the win column, with 8 victories in 15 starts. The Well Said filly has earned more than $28,000 this year racing almost exclusively at the fairs. She comes off a sickness scratch earlier this week at The Meadows, so that could open things up for TSM Déjà vu, a winner of three of her last four races. Two of her wins came at the fairs and one at Shenandoah Downs for owner Ted Tomson, trainer Bob Krenitstky Jr and driver Eric Neal. In the 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace, all eyes will be on Venier Hanover, a son of Well Said with multiple track record performances on the fair circuit this year. A winner of more than $87,000 for trainer/driver David Brickell, Venier Hanover won his last start at the Bloomsburg Fair in 1:56.1, and has tallied 13 wins in 19 starts. Mitchell York co-owns with Brickell. The fourth race on the card is for sophomore colt & gelding pacers, and features the circuit's other recent record-setter, Midway Island. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Midway Island was purchased by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Knox Services and David Wills earlier this summer and has been undefeated in his fair starts. Overall he is 7-for-20 this year and set the fair circuit's all-time speed record with a 1:53.4 score at Bloomsburg. Chris Shaw is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke. Sophomore colt trotters will take to the track for the day's sixth race, with another Burke Stable entrant leading the way. New Heaven (Yankee Glide) was also undefeated on the fair circuit for trainer Ron Burke, and Chris Shaw is listed to drive from post 8. In the 3YO Filly Trot, slated for Race 8 on the card, a pair of entries highlight the field of nine, with two each from the Todd Schadel and Wayne Long stables. A main challenger will be another entrant from the McMullen/Yoder combination, All Set Lets Go, a winner of 12 of 23 this season including four straight. The Donato Hanover filly has won more than $43,000 this season. The sophomore filly pacing final is led by a pair of double-digit winners this season. Camera Lady, out of the David Brickell barn, has won 10 of 28 this year, while Bella Ragaza, trained by Linda Schadel, has 11 wins in 29 appearances. The duo has met the last two weeks at Gratz and Bloomsburg, with Camera Lady winning both times. The 10th race on the card is for freshman filly trotters, with a balanced field led in wins by Nicole Hanover. The Explosive Matter filly drew post 8 for the Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Bobby Rougeaux III. She has six wins this year including her last two fair circuit starts. In between races will be the Pink Out Mini-Pony events, which proved last year to be extremely popular among the horsemen, fans and participants. All money raised through donations and a Chinese Auction will benefit the American Cancer Society. It will also be an MSOA "Family Fun Day" with various activities for kids of all ages. Post time on Saturday will be 1:05PM. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2017 -- Sassa Hanover blazed the opening quarter in 26.3 and didn't slow thereafter, easily capturing Monday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sassa Hanover pocketed her stablemate, Tessa Seelster, before the quarter, and the pair drew away from the field late to transform the stretch drive into their own private battle. Tessa Seelster vacated the pocket but could not cut into the margin of Sassa Hanover, who prevailed by 3/4 lengths in 1:52 for Aaron Merriman. Shark Gal rode the cones for show. Ron Burke trains Sassa Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover who now boasts $1,211,024 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2017 -- Headed in mid-stretch, Bettor's Up dug in gamely and put her nose in front at the wire in Saturday's $68,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Terrortina pulled off a 6-1 upset of Freakonomics in the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor's Up entered the Keystone Classic off an impressive win in the Simcoe that persuaded punters to hammer her down to 1-9. But she needed every ounce of her grit and speed to reclaim the lead late from the first-over Sweetest Emotion and edge her in 1:52.2 for Brian Zendt. Pittstop Danika rallied for show. "She's little but she's tough, and Brian gave her the perfect drive for what we wanted," said Stacey Currie, caretaker for the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea. "She just wants to fight them off every race. If they come at her, she just digs right in. She doesn't want to give up." Better's Up, who is ticketed for the Courageous Lady at Northfield, now has earned $552,129 for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Freakonomics carried a five-race winning streak -- her cumulative victory margin over that stretch was 19-1/2 lengths -- into the Keystone Classic. But she was facing an improving filly in Terrortina, who was a respectable fifth in last week's Jugette final. "At Delaware, she had a lot of pace and nowhere to go -- we thought she could have been third," said winning trainer Norm Parker. "She came out of it good. It looks like she liked the two heats." Tony Hall sent Terrortina after Freakonomics first up from fourth, and the daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable wore down the 1-5 favorite by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:53. Perplexed earned show. Bob Key bred and owns Terrortina, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $131,904. Parker indicated Terrortina is eligible to a number of late-season stakes but that her immediate schedule is undetermined. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice overcame post 8 to score in 1:54.4 for Dan Rawlings, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mike's Mazurka now boasts $418,167 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the card, Dapper Dude was sharp off a six-week layoff, moving three-wide down the backside to prevail in 1:51.1 in the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace and pad his bulging bankroll to $1,136,880. Dick Stillings piloted the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2017 -- While one occasionally sees a Standardbred race without shoes, the barefoot look may become a harness racing trend following the success of Temple Ruins and Sianna Hanover in Wednesday's $93,298 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Trainer Ron Burke removed their shoes for the stake, and each of the 3-year-old filly trotters responded with a victory for Dave Palone. In fact, Temple Ruins blazed home in 1:53.3 to equal Classic Martine's stake record. In the third division, Cantabmymoney blew up the tote board when she upset at 30-1. Temple Ruins, who had never raced sans shoes before, quarter-poled to the front and jogged home, downing the first-over Mimosa Hanover by 7-1/4 lengths, with Kannections Honey third. "I didn't have to pull the earplugs -- she was great today," Palone said. "Ronnie made a great move pulling her shoes -- she loved the racetrack. It's very forgiving and a little deep today. Just when you think Ronnie's out of moves, he comes up with another one." Burke Racing Stable, Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven, who extended her career bankroll to $273,561. Unlike her stablemate, Sianna Hanover had competed without shoes, most recently at the Meadowlands in August. Burke indicated he had been waiting for the right opportunity to try her shoeless again. "The weather's better now. The tracks are deeper. They have more cushion, so her feet will hold up better," Burke said. "When she races barefoot, she's a different-gaited horse. Her gait drops lower, she doesn't interfere, and she trots better. I think I'll race her right back at Lexington on Sunday. She can race barefoot there for sure, and I think she'll really pick up on that track." In the Keystone Classic, Sianna Hanover enjoyed a pocket trip, then shot the Lightning Lane to down Rosesareexplosive by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.1. Early leader Broadway Concert completed the ticket. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity now has banked $183,038 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Seventh by 8 lengths at the three-quarters, Cantabmymoney swung wide through the stretch for Tony Hall and defeated Vodka N Lindy by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dressed To Impress third. Bob Key bred and owns the daughter of Cantab Hall-Missy Money Bags, who was fourth in last week's Buckette at Delaware. "It was the same kind of trip she had at Delaware, but they were sprinting there so it didn't look as good," winning trainer Norm Parker said. "This was a very tough filly to get to the races, but Mr. Key was patient with her. The speed is there, but she's a temperamental filly who might make a break at any time." Mike Wilder piloted five winners -- he swept races 5-8 and got a dead-heat victory in race 9 -- while Palone enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the season's final Keystone Classic, a $68,300 event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2017 -- Two AM pulled the pocket out of the final turn and blew past President Lindy to capture a division of Tuesday's $71,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Andy M took the other split in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although President Lindy waltzed through leisurely opening fractions of 28.1/57.2, winning driver Tyler Buter indicated he was confident Two AM would kick by. "I always have confidence in this horse," Buter said. "He was a little flat last week, and he got jammed up. But we had a clear run this week, and we made it count. He has some races left in Indiana, so he'll have a busy October." Two AM downed President Lindy by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.3, with Lars Perry third. Lynette Buter trains the Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding, who won for the 11th time in 17 lifetime starts and soared over $200,000 in career earnings, and owns with Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. Using Lasix for the second time, Andy M enjoyed a pocket trip behind Aplomb Hanover, then roared through the stretch to score in 1:54.1 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Perseverance rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Media Buzz completed the ticket. "I like him off a helmet better, so I'm glad he got covered up," Merriman said. "The addition of Lasix definitely helped; he had some inconsistent last quarters before. He's probably not as fast as some of the others, but he always wants to go forward." The homebred son of Andover Hall-All In The Muscles extended his lifetime bankroll to $221,202. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Homepage used a relentless first-over move for Merriman to pull off a 27-1 shocker. She triumphed in 1:55, 3/4 lengths better than Jewels In Hock, while Classical Annie recovered from an early break to earn show. Andy Rickert conditions the 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition, who now boasts $327,607 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $93,298 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2017 -- Medusa knocked a tick from her own track record for older harness racing mares when she zipped to the front for Tony Hall and blazed home in 1:49.4 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Once Medusa pocketed Sassa Hanover and secured the lead, she was racing only the clock. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical posted fractions of 26.3/54.4/1:22.1/1:49.4 en route to her 1-1/4-length victory over Sassa Hanover. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts career earnings of $612,656, and owns with Tom Pollack. Elsewhere on the card, Smart Balance provided the day's tote board fireworks when she took a Non-Winners of 1 conditioned race for trainer/driver Cory Kreiser at 177-1. Nicole Foster and Kreiser own the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Ring Pop, who returned $451 for a $2 across-the-board wager. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $71,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2017 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Photobombr Hanover caught the game but weary leader, Q's Cruise, in deep stretch and pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday's $86,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Normandy Beach took the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Q's Cruise fronted the field through three-quarters in a demanding 1:22.3 after a 54.4 half, fractions that left him vulnerable to the second-over charge of Photobombr Hanover. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrims Witchie brushed wide through the lane for Jim Pantaleano to down Q's Cruise by a neck in 1:50.2, with the first-over Mac Attack third. "He looks on paper like a very strong horse, and he showed up today," Pantaleano said. "Having live cover was good. A half in 54.4 is a pretty good stinger, even for those good horses." Tom Fanning trains Photobombr Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $150,597, for Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz and Fanning Racing LLC. Normandy Beach enjoyed brief cover down the backside, but when his cover slipped back to the cones, he was left to pursue the leader, Summer Side, on his own. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion was up to the task as he gobbled up Summer Side and held off the rallying Mac's Jackpot by a head in 1:51.1 for Matt Kakaley. Summer Side saved show. "I've always liked this colt," Kakaley said of Normandy Beach, who earned $160,369 at 2 but just more than half that amount this year. "I guess the 3-year-old season didn't really go as planned, but he still has a chance to make some money with the late races." Ron Burke conditions Normandy Beach for William Donovan. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Knocking Around ground out a tough first-over victory in 1:51.1 for Pantaleano, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. The 7-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding now boasts $364.783 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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