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WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2018 -- Classicality rolled to his third straight win, scoring in a harness racing career-best 1:52.3, in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. During his streak, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has been ahead at every call. The 3-5 favorite left from post 6 and needed nearly the entire first quarter to reach the front. He defeated his stablemate and half brother, Trustworthy Kid, by 1-3/4 lengths, giving owner/trainer Lisa Dunn the exacta sweep, with Classic Banker third. Classicality pushed his lifetime bankroll to $591,792. In Monday's co-feature, the $18,000 Preferred Pace, Dapper Dude angled off the cones out of the final turn and brushed wide for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. to edge the first-over Lincolnjames by a nose in 1:49.3, fastest mile at The Meadows this year. Early leader Anythingforlove A saved show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, a 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts $1,232,500 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and trainer Jack Smith each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, May 22 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,763.43. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 9-13) 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 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 19, 2018 -- Moosonee moved three wide into the final turn and roared through the lane to capture the fastest division in Saturday's $174,888 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Super Bowl, was contested over four divisions, with Captain Morgan, Whats The Word and Donatover also taking splits. None of the winners was the betting favorite, suggesting that this division will be wide open throughout the PASS season. Moosonee might more appropriately have been called "Monsoonee" for the Super Bowl after a brief, monsoon-like storm rendered the track sloppy. That didn't deter the Explosive Matter-Lady Andover gelding, who angled off the cones for Aaron Merriman and zipped home in a career-best 1:54 in his sophomore debut. Defending PA champ Fashionwoodchopper was trapped in but was able to shoot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with early leader Gemologist third. "I broke his maiden with him last year, and he showed some potential," Merriman said. "As you can see, he grew up a lot. The way he qualified at Northfield, I was very confident today. He won absolutely in hand." Chris Beaver trains Moosonee for Winterbeary Farm. Captain Morgan won a single race at 2, but he came back more powerful and determined, scoring handily on the front end for Christian Lind, trainer Staffan Lind and owners Lind Racing Stable, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth and Kemppisuojalampistable. Evaluate was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, while Im Your Captain completed the ticket. "He was kind of immature last year; he made some stupid breaks," Staffan Lind said of the son of Cantab Hall-Muchness. "This year, he's a completely different horse. We even took off the hopples." Added Christian Lind: "He's always good on the front. As soon as he feels the presence of another horse, he just picks up speed and grabs the bit." Trainer Janice Connor removed the hopples from Whats The Word before his last race; the improvement showed, as he moved confidently first over for Corey Callahan and wore down Hill Street, downing him by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, a life mark. Dawson Springs earned show. "He raced with hopples last year but trained down really well without them this year," said Connor, who owns the son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good with Arden Homestead Stable. "He blew up two starts ago, so we put the hopples back. We also went back to a hood with no earplugs." $80,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters The stallion series event, the co-feature on Saturday's Preakness Day card, might have seemed an unlikely spot for Lindy's Big Bang following his May 5 victory in the $133,800 Dexter Cup, but he overcame a tough trip to win. Also collecting victories were I Know My Rights, Joey and Rich And Miserable. Tyler Buter and his father, trainer Todd Buter, enjoyed a stake double with I Know My Rights and Rich And Miserable. Stuck with post 8, Lindy's Big Bang raced outside before getting the lead near the three-eighths. He held off the rallying Meadowbranch Ricky by a length in 1:55.4, with early leader Bautista third. "It was kind of a group decision (to race him in the stallion series)," said winning driver David Miller, who owns the Explosive Matter-Lindy Of My Dreams gelding with Melvin Hartman and David McDuffee. "I don't know if he can trot in 1:53, and the sires stakes are subject to going that fast. We'll keep him brave. Hopefully, he can keep winning. When they get to winning, sometimes it helps their attitude." Nifty Norman conditions Lindy's Big Bang, who lifted his career bankroll to $127,233. Looped from the gate, I Know My Rights powered to the point and was much the best, prevailing by 2-3/4 lengths over Konnichiwa in a career-best 1:56, with Whoucalncrazy third. Tyler Buter, Lynette Buter and Gene Oldford Farms campaign I Know My Rights, who now has banked $140,505. "He definitely wintered well," Tyler Buter said. "He was full of himself. He can be a handful sometimes, but on the track he's a gentleman. Our plan is just to take care of him, and if Dad wants to try him against the tougher ones, then we will." Joey entered the race off two straight impressive wins in overnights, but could he handle stakes company? Trainer Leslie Zendt was confident he could. "He's always shown that he's had a lot of talent," she said of the son of Yankee Glide-Jodi's Jayme she owns with Bill Zendt. "We've had a little trouble with him getting around the turns here. We always thought he'd be better on a bigger track, but you have to start somewhere." Joey moved first up for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:55.2, 1/2 length ahead of Unforgetable, while Mississippi Storm earned show. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 18, 2018 -- Last year at 2, Hockey Hanover achieved a rare, if not unprecedented, double, winning the harness racing championships of both the PA Fairs and the PA Stallion Series. This year, he's aiming for an even bigger prize -- the PA Sires Stake title. He begins his quest Saturday at The Meadows in the Super Bowl, a $174,888 PASS event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. While Hockey Hanover competed primarily in stallion series and fair stakes last year, he faced elite trotters in a single PASS appearance. The son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover lost to Crystal Fashion by a nose. Says his trainer, Wilbur Yoder: "We wanted to make sure he would make the stallion series final. Once we were sure of that, we decided to try him in a sires stake. He showed he can go with them." If all goes as planned, Hockey Hanover will stay on the PASS trail this year and de-emphasize fairs. "He was a big, strong colt last year, and he grew up a little bit," Yoder reports. "He seems pretty sound and healthy right now. I think we have enough stake races this year to keep him away from the fairs. That's the game plan, anyway." John McMullen of McMullen Stable, which owns Hockey Hanover, is a fixture on the PA Fairs circuit. He notes that the colt would need to race at a minimum of five fairs to be eligible for the championship. "We've put him in races where we've never raced before," McMullen says. "We'll just see how the early part of the year works out. The fairs final is a pretty nice thing." McMullen Stable has bred, purchased and campaigned dozens of horses over the years, naming 39 of them to honor Pennsylvania counties. The Keystone State has 67 counties, so McMullen had plenty of opportunity to change Hockey Hanover's name and extend the tradition. "We thought about it, but Hockey Hanover is a pretty nice name. We decided to leave it, and I'm glad we did." Hockey Hanover leaves from post 7 in race 8, but Yoder, his regular pilot, is recuperating from what he describes as a broken sternum and several broken ribs suffered in a race mishap. Yoder estimates he'll be sidelined another month, so Brian Zendt will take the reins. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 11-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2018 -- When Fashionwoodchopper won last year's Pennsylvania championship for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at 38-1 -- from post 8, no less -- he surprised everyone but his trainer, Jim Campbell. "We liked him all along, but it took him a little while to get himself set," Campbell says. "I'm really happy with the way he's come back." Fashionwoodchopper leads a trio of talented Campbell-trained 3-year-olds into Saturday's $174,888 PA Sires Stakes opener, known as the Super Bowl, at The Meadows. He'll go in race 9 from post 6, with David Miller up. His stablemates, Crystal Fashion (race 10, post 8) and Patent Leather (race 8, post 1) will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms owns all three hopefuls. First post is 1:05 PM Fashionwoodchopper added victories in the International Stallion Series and Bluegrass to his impressive resume, earning $258,449 for the year. He opened his sophomore campaign with a strong show finish in a tough overnight at the Meadowlands, timed in 1:52.2. "He's a really nice horse to be around, a real pleasure to train," Campbell says of the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper. "It's early in the season, so my main concern is that he doesn't get roughed up. I want to get a good race into him without too tough a trip." Fourth in last year's PASS final, Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, banked $161,292 at 2 and launched his sophomore season with an impressive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Where Fashionwoodchopper can race either way, Crystal Fashion likes to come from behind," Campbell says. "He's really good if he can sit on the outside and grind horses down. He really seems to thrive on that." Although he's the least heralded of the three, Patent Leather earned $77,992 last year while racing through injuries. "He's a real gutsy horse, "Campbell said. "He forgot all about those injuries when he raced last year. He has quick speed, and he's gritty." The son of Broadway Hall-Designable enters the Super Bowl after a win in a Harrah's Philadelphia overnight. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 10-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2018 -- Lakeisha Hall blew by Medusa in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was a milestone win for the harness racing 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, as she soared over $500,000 in career earnings for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. Lakeisha Hall and Medusa have been on a collision course for the past two months, clashing first in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers and more recently in the Chip Noble at Miami Valley. Each has had her moments in the rivalry, but it was Lakeisha Hall's time Tuesday. While Graceful Vision attacked Medusa outside, Dave Palone steered Lakeisha Hall inside, where she drew away and downed Graceful Vision by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Shesasmokinlady also shot the Lightning Lane to complete the ticket. It was one of four wins for Palone -- including a pair for Burke -- on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 14, 2018 -- Msnaughtyashill, who won her two Hoosier Park qualifiers by a combined 47 lengths, showed just how prepared for her harness racing seasonal debut she was when she drew off in a stake-fastest 1:55.3 in Monday's $80,000 PA Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Mighty Macko, Explosive G and Century Empress also taking $20,000 splits. Msnaughtyashill took on her division's best last year in such marquee stakes as the Breeders Crown, the International Stallion Series and the Bluegrass. Was trainer Jeff Edwards looking for a softer spot to launch her sophomore campaign? "That's exactly it," Edwards said. "The winds were blowing so hard at Hoosier the times that I qualified her that I wasn't really sure how ready we had her. Obviously, she's okay. You can drive her however you want to drive her." On Monday, Msnaughtyashill followed the first-up cover of Donato's Jewel, who broke stride near the wire, to score by 5-3/4 lengths for Mike Wilder. Donato's Jewel finished second but was placed back to third, with Big Sky Julietta promoted to second. Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services own the daughter of Muscle Hill-Msnaughtybutnice, who will be pointed to the next leg of the PA Sires Stakes or the Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Looped from the gate, Mighty Macko powered to the point once the dust settled and recorded a convincing victory in 1:56.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Crawford Farms Racing and Northfork Racing Stable. Rainbowinthewest rallied for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while First Class Act earned show. "I wanted to let everybody find their spots," Palone said. "I thought I had the best horse. She rated well, and when I asked her coming off the last turn, she was strong and well within herself." Explosive G won a duel for the early lead but had to dig in late for Brian Zendt to hold off the first-over Shelovesutwo by a neck in 1:56.4. Zoe Bi completed the ticket. "She came back nice, and she's willing to do everything we ask her to do," said Wilbur Yoder, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Vacation's Over for Richard Hess. "I think she'll get a little better yet as the year goes on." In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality won for the fourth time in eight 2018 starts with a front-end victory in 1:53.4 Zendt piloted the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who now boasts $582,792 in career earnings, for owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 12, 2018 -- Parked to the three-eighths, Live Laugh Love still had enough in the tank to score in a stake-fastest 1:54.2 -- her third straight harness racing victory -- in Saturday's $168,237 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with What A Knockout and Lily Stride taking the other splits. David Miller enjoyed a stake double behind Live Laugh Love and What A Knockout. Trainer Nifty Norman took the hopples off Live Laugh Love to start her sophomore campaign, a change that triggered her current winning streak. "She had some soreness problems, and the hopples really weren't making a difference. This year, she's been in good shape so far," Miller said. "Today, they weren't going much when we were outside. I was looking for a spot to put her in a hole for a while. That's the first time I've put her on front this year, and she held up real well. The fractions weren't that strong." Live Laugh Love held off Nixie Volo by a head, with Courtney Hanover third. Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee and Diamond Creek Racing campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shes Gone Again. What A Knockout prepped for her PASS opener with a 1:52.4 clocking for Miller in a Meadowlands overnight, beaten only a neck. "I was surprised she was that sharp off one qualifier," Miller said. "That was a really good mile for a filly racing her first mile. So I felt pretty confident with her today. I thought if she came back to how she raced at the Meadowlands, she would win today. She has a lot of upside. She's a big, strong horse, handles herself well and has a little speed. That's all good." In the Stenographer, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Sofia moved first over from third and looked in complete control, downing the rallying Piranha Fury by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:54.4. Kenziesky Hanover shot the Lightning Lane for show. Marcus Melander trains What A Knockout for Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Lily Stride, the richest filly in the Stenographer with earnings of $260,867 entering the stake, quarter-poled to the top for Tim Tetrick, and the 1-9 favorite had no anxious moments thereafter, prevailing in 1:55.3. Megadolce used the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while early leader Southwind Angelica completed the ticket. "She's always been one of my favorites," Tetrick said. "She's a little bit smarter this year. Right now we're just trying to get her in big-race mode, and she's doing everything right. She had a few kinks that cost her a little bit last year; we're trying to work those out. But she's got plenty of go." Mark Harder conditions Lily Stride, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Sterling Volo, for Emilio Rosati and Maria Rosati. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Phoenix Warrior N made it two straight, triumphing in a sharp 1:50 -- a life mark -- for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $271,413. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series Stake for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 11, 2018 -- With last year's Dan Patch Award winner and Pennsylvania harness racing champion Manchego not entered, the field for Saturday's $168,237 PASS at The Meadows has the look of understudies waiting to step up to starring roles. Ron Burke thinks at least one of those 3-year-old filly trotters will rise to the occasion. "We're all up the river without a paddle against her (Manchego)," Burke says, "but somebody might come out of the woodwork. They won't be giving money away." Burke will send out two of the potential stars in the stake known as the Stenographer -- Front Circle (race 3, post 6, Dave Palone) and D'Bomb (race 4, post 1, Aaron Merriman). Saturday's card also features a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. D'Bomb, a $65,000 yearling acquisition for Bill Donovan, banked $64,212 at 2 despite racing through injuries. "She underachieved last year, but maybe we underestimated how much her injuries bothered her," Burke says of the daughter of Explosive Matter-Machita. "This year, she's starting to act like the filly we figured she would be. I think she'll be a better horse." D'Bomb kicked off her sophomore campaign in outstanding fashion, nailed at the wire by Special Miss in the Lady Suffolk at Freehold. That outing demonstrated her speed and ability to get away well from the rail. "I don't think the rail will be an issue," Burke confirms. "She's pretty solid mentally." A daughter of Muscle Hill-Sheena Hall, Front Circle earned $80,152 last year for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, by turns brilliant and green. She'll be making her seasonal debut after a pair of qualifiers, and Burke thinks she may be ready to justify her $110,000 yearling price tag. "She's from a really good family," he says. "She had points of greatness last year and points of something less than greatness. She has a lot of natural ability but maybe could be a little grittier. "She came back well this year, and I expect that she's ready to race. She may grow into her talent this year." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 10, 2018 -- Top harness racing trainer John Butenschoen has an unconventional approach to rigging his 3-year-olds. Once he begins preparing them for their sophomore campaigns, he looks at the equipment cards he used for them at 2, puts the cards aside and pays no attention to them. "We start them back like yearlings that haven't been broken," he says. "Then if they start showing there's something they need here or there, we add that." Thus, when his fillies, Bill's Lady and Nixie Volo, go postward in Saturday's $168,237 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows, they'll be sporting new looks. Bill's Lady leaves from post 7 with Corey Callahan in the first race while Callahan will guide Nixie Volo from post 4 in race 4. Saturday's card also features a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. Bill's Lady, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Homefortheholidays campaigned by William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware, was good enough to earn $90,982 at 2 and equal the track record of 1:55.1 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs. She opened her 3-year-old campaign with a rallying show finish in a Harrah's Philadelphia overnight. "She was physically and mentally immature last year," Butenschoen says of the $22,000 yearling acquisition. "She was a little tricky to get along with. You kind of had to watch what you did with her. She's still a little immature, so we try to keep her as happy and as quiet as we can. "She's rigged pretty simply. She got a little grabby when Corey tried to put her in a hole last week, so put the hopples back. That was a huge trip for her. There's no question the talent's there." Nixie Volo reached the championship leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes -- she's both Kentucky and Pennsylvania eligible -- but took herself out of that $250,000 race with costly breaks. "She had a filly moment in that one," Butenschoen says. "But she's trained back real well. She trained like she was shot out of a cannon." As with her stablemate, Butenschoen started from scratch with her rigging for her season's debut in an overnight at Pocono -- she, too, was a rallying third -- ditching her hopples and adding more grab to her shoes. On Saturday, however, the daughter of Yankee Glide-No I'm Not will don hopples once more and return to her original shoeing. The partnership of Kentuckiana Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing and Eddie Gran owns Nixie Volo, also a $22,000 yearling purchase Butenschoen acknowledges that his rigging schemes for his 3-year-olds can be works in progress, but he's confident in his approach. "We're responding to what they need this year, not last year," he says. "Mother Nature may have taken care of what was bothering them last year." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 9, 2018 -- Glidinthruparadise dug deep late to hold off the determined challenge of Expose Yourself and capture Wednesday's harness racing $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Each protagonist had been hard used before their head-to-head duel unfolded. Glidinthruparadise needed to reel off a 27 first quarter to make the front for trainer/driver Brian Zendt while Expose Yourself, saddled with post 9, found an early seat fourth before launching her uncovered bid. That set the stage for their confrontation in the lane, which Glidinthruparadise won by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:53.2. Dreamsteeler earned show. Lisa Dunn owns Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who won her second straight and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $184,408. Tyler Stillings fashioned a training/driving double while Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Zendt each collected a pair of wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a $168,237 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters, a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 8, 2018 -- Parked with cover most of the mile, Fox Valley Charm turned in her third straight dominating harness racing performance in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, exploding late to destroy the field by 6-1/4 lengths. During her three-race streak, Fox Valley Charm has crushed the track's best distaff pacers by a combined victory margin of 15-1/2 lengths. Aaron Merriman sent Fox Valley Charm toward the front from post 8, but when the duo couldn't reach the lead or find a seat, they paced three deep on the rim behind the cover of Shesasmokinlady and Camera Lady. When Merriman finally turned her loose, the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub roared through the lane and scored in a career-best 1:50.4. Graceful Vision rallied wide for second while Show Runner found late racing room for third. Dirk Simpson trains Fox Valley Charm, who boosted her career bankroll to $276,750, for Peter Karras. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 7, 2018 -- Phoenix Warrior N went from worst to first in the final quarter to capture Monday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Looking sharp after his third-place finish in the Whata Baron Series championship at The Meadowlands, Phoenix Warrior N followed the live, three-wide cover of Arthur Pendragon into the final turn and outkicked him for Jim Pantaleano by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4, a tick off his life mark. Early leader Dapper Dude saved show. Scott Betts trains the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding, who boosted his career bankroll to $262,413, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Brad Provost notched a pair of victories at eye-popping odds -- 60-1 with Battle Cruiser, 42-1 with Grand Priority. THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $20K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $20,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, May 8 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $7,500 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $6,839.76. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 — also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 9-13) 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 Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 5, 2018 -- Dorsoduro Hanover put away defending Pennsylvania champion Pedro Hanover around the final turn and went on to an 11-1 upset victory in Saturday's $169,288 PA Sires Stakes opener at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, was contested over two divisions, with This Is The Plan taking the other split. Making his seasonal debut off a single qualifier, Dorsoduro Hanover was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him after Pedro Hanover. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss cleared without much opposition and held off the rallying Wes Delight by 1-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:50.3. Captain Deo finished third. Ron Burke, who trains the winner for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Wingfield Five, likened Dorsoduro Hanover to another Burke star who began to sparkle at 3. "He kind of reminds me of (2017 Little Brown Jug winner) Filibuster Hanover -- under-achieved at 2, gelded between 2 and 3," Burke said of the $100,000 yearling acquisition. "Since we gelded him last year, he really got better. When you look at his last lines from last year, he was really finding himself. That's a top colt when he finds himself." He indicated Dorsoduro Hanover, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings, likely would race next in the second PASS leg and is heavily staked thereafter. This Is The Plan, coming off a sharp season-opening win at the Meadowlands, shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:53, a length better than early leader Babes Dig Me, with Record Machine third. "This early in the season, you want to get the job done, but you definitely don't want to stress these horses," Palone said. "So it couldn't have worked out any better. When he found the passing lane, he exploded through." It was one of three wins for Palone on the 14-race program. Chris Ryder trains the Somebeachsomewhere-That's The Plan gelding, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $222,971, and owns with Robert Mondillo. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day card also featured a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Trainer Mark Harder enjoyed a double with Art Dancer and Iluvtomakemoney while Winston captured the third division. Art Dancer was hammered down to 1-9 in the wagering but needed to dig deep late to hold off Wheels On Fire by 1/2 length in 1:52, a life mark. Return Of The Sith earned show. "They said he's still green, still learning, and that's the truth," said winning driver Brett Miller. "Coming off the last turn, I thought he was all done. But as soon as he heard and saw another horse, he took back off. So he's a nice colt. He's probably just as good or better when he gets to follow a horse." Rick Phillips, VIP Internet Stable and Harder campaign the A Rocknroll Dance-State Of The Art gelding. Winston looked strong on the early lead but needed Corey Callahan to keep him to his task late. "I thought if we could cut it today, we'd be in good shape," Callahan said. "I don't know if he was flattening out at the wire or if he was just kind of up there by himself. He's got a little bit of ADD, but when I asked him, he went on again." Winston woke up in time to down the rallying Movin' On Up by a length in 1:53. The pocket-sitting Yupper completed the ticket. John Butenschoen conditions Winston, a Western Ideal-Paris Hanover gelding, for Crawford Farms Racing. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 3, 2018 -- He didn't reach the championship leg of last year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, but Closing Statement figures to have a lot to say Saturday at The Meadows when the PASS kicks off with the Bye Bye Byrd, a $169,288 event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Kentucky Derby Day card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 and a variety of fan-centered events, including drink and beverage specials, live music and raffles. Special post time Saturday is 11:25 AM. Closing Statement won the PASS consolation, but the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton really started to shine in late-season stakes, finishing third in the Breeders Crown final and second in the Matron Stake while amassing a $286,281 bankroll. Joe Holloway, who trains the $125,000 yearling acquisition for Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz, indicates that total could have been higher. "If he learned to relax, he'd be even better," Holloway says. "He's high strung, and I probably raced him one too many times. Those 15 starts last year are more than I'd like for a 2-year-old. "He's eligible for all the big ones, but he won't be able to go with them if he's still so high strung. Saturday will be the first step to tell me which way I'm going with him." Closing Statement prepped for his PASS debut with a pair of qualifiers that couldn't have been more different. "He was a little hot the first time," Holloway says, "so we just took him off the gate and sat in with him the second qualifier. That's obviously not the way you want to race. He trained well this week, and he'll be going forward from the gate. He's up to going where he has to." Closing Statement sold as Ian Hanover, but Holloway says there's no particular significance to his current name. "Marty Granoff (of Val D'Or Farms) likes to change names. I think he'd like to change my name. I don't worry too much about names. I once thought the worst name I ever heard for a colt was Jenna's Beach Boy. By the end of his career, I thought his name sounded okay." Closing Statement goes from post 3 in race 8 with Corey Callahan aboard. Advance wagering for the Kentucky Derby -- and the entire Churchill Downs card -- begins Friday. Derby Day festivities include: Day-long food and beverage specials on the apron beginning at 11 AM as well as a buffet at the Carvery Patio; The annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest, at both the track and its Harmar facility, with cash prizes for winners. Registration begins at noon; Paddock tours and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association; A "losing ticket" raffle for restaurant and betting vouchers and the grand prize -- accommodations at the Cambria Hotel & Suites to enable the winner to enjoy The Meadows' simulcast of the Belmont, the third jewel of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. A free concert on the apron at the conclusion of the live card. Featured band is No Bad JuJu. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2018 — Glidinthruparadise kept to her task — even when it seemed she was racing for second — and nailed the 3-5 Expose Yourself in the shadow of the wire in Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Seeking her fourth straight victory, Expose Yourself appeared to put the field away with a blistering 27.3 third quarter. But the 5-1 Glidinthruparadise, still chasing from the two hole, dug deep for trainer/driver Brian Zendt and downed Expose Yourself by a length in 1:54, matching her career best. Dreamsteeler finished third. Lisa Dunn owns Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who now boasts $173,408 in career earnings. Tony Hall and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Kentucky Derby Day card features $229,288 in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 and a variety of fan-centered activities, including drink and beverage specials, live music and raffles. Special post time Saturday is 11:25 AM.   Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 1, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm made it two straight Tuesday at The Meadows with an impressive two-move victory in a harness racing career-best 1:51 in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Saddled with post 8, Fox Valley Charm left alertly for Aaron Merriman and found a seat fourth. But the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub didn't stay settled long, moving first over and overpowering the field by 5-1/2 lengths. Camera Lady shot the Lightning Lane for second while Show Runner found late racing room to finish third. Dirk Simpson trains Fox Valley Charm, who extended her career bankroll to $266,750, for Peter Karras. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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