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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2016 -- Broadway Donna earned her second straight Pennsylvania championship Saturday at The Meadows when she followed live cover and roared through the lane to capture the $252,000 PA Sires Stakes final for the harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The Meadows hosted all four PASS championships and consolations for 3-year-olds, with total purses of more than $1.2 million. Call Me Queen Be, Check Six and Cufflink Hanover also earned titles. David Miller picked up a pair of championships behind Broadway Donna and Cufflink Hanover. Broadway Donna won nine of 10 starts at 2 and pocketed the divisional Dan Patch Award. But she had taken only two of six starts this year, prompting trainer Jim Campbell to add Lasix before her last race. In Saturday's championship, Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner looked stronger, blowing by the first-over Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.4. Miss Tezsla rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Womans Will saved show. "She was more like herself today, and I'm very happy with the way she raced," Campbell said. "David thought he would be racing her from behind, and he drove her absolutely perfect. We didn't make any equipment changes. We just thought we had to get her healthy more than anything else." He indicated Broadway Donna, who now has banked $800,894, will have a few weeks off before her next scheduled engagements at the Red Mile. A look at the other championship action: PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Call Me Queen Be had routinely been coming up a bit short to the division's glamor girls, Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, so it was no wonder she was dismissed at 14-1. But leaving from the rail with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl, winning driver Scott Zeron had a plan -- take the point and release no one. "I timed the gate pretty good with my horse," he said, "and when I got away where I did and saw the horse outside me jumping some stuff in the first turn, it made my decision to keep on trucking. Trip was the difference, having the rail and being able to control what we wanted to do. At the same time, my filly had to be on her game today, and she was." Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach were forced three wide down the backside, and though Darlinonthebeach eventually cleared to the lead, Call Me Queen Be had plenty of pop left for a charge through the Lightning Lane. She prevailed for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham in 1:49.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of the championship and just a tick off the track record. Pure Country was second, beaten a neck, while the hard-used Darlinonthebeach had to settle for show. Call Me Queen Be extended her career earnings to $673,382. PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers With Yannick Gingras at the helm, Check Six did what he does best -- win money. Though he may lack a signature victory, Check Six pushed his lifetime bankroll to $865,922 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. Moreover, The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna endured a blistering opening panel of 25.4 to get the job done in 1:50, a lifetime mark. "He'll make $1 million at 2 and 3 despite having a major screw-up at 2 when he stepped on a nail," Burke said. "He's a good horse." Western Fame was a length back in second while JK Will Power, another Burke pupil, earned show. Burke, who had five starters in the championship, said he and his ownership groups expect to sell most of their 3-year-olds when their stakes seasons are completed. "I have a lot of top pacers, and I can't keep them all," he said. "I've become more of a young-horse stable, so I'll probably sell all these and continue to build from the bottom. I may keep Fernando Hanover. He's one I think I haven't got everything out of yet." PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Cufflink Hanover used a Get Out of Jail Free card to claim his title for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms. He got it near the three-quarters, when the horse on the outside pinning him on the cones, Milligan's School, broke stride. That provided the son of Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire an escape route. He made the most of it, blitzing by the leader, Love Matters, and downing him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, matching his career best. Hollywood Highway finished third. Miller indicated he was confident he would have found racing room without the fortuitous break of Milligan's School. "There's a big old passing lane," he said. "If you got horse, don't worry about it." Miller, who owned a share of Cufflink Hanover before selling it to Crawford Farms, said he has no second thoughts about the transaction. " I'm very happy for the owners," he said. "I'm very glad he's done well for them." PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The PASS consolations, each worth $50,000, provided excitement aplenty. Desert Runner tallied in 1:53.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of PASS championships for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, while Yankee Moonshine matched the local stake record of 1:51.2 for filly pacers. Windowshopper (filly trot) and More Dragon (colt and gelding pace) took the other consolations . . . Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 15-race card while Dave Palone collected four wins. They teamed to take the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace with Lincolnjames . . . With the completion of the PASS championships, The Meadows will take a planned three-week break from live racing. The track and its Harmar off-track facility will be open throughout the hiatus for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Oct. 3. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2016 -- All four Pennsylvania juvenile champions -- Pure Country, Broadway Donna, Ideal Jimmy, Lagerfeld -- will defend their titles in Saturday's $1,208,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for harness racing 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Each division sports a $252,000 final and a $50,000 consolation. First post is 1 PM. Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country is perhaps the flashiest of the quartet -- she was undefeated in 10 starts at 2 and a consensus pick for the Dan Patch Award for freshman filly pacers. This year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana has been human, so to speak, losing six of 13 races. Yet several of her defeats have come in top stakes against males, several others from extreme outside post positions. She enters the PASS final off a hard-earned 1:49.2 victory in the Simcoe, which extended her career bankroll to more than $1.48 million. Jimmy Takter, who trains Pure Country and Lagerfeld, said he still regards Pure Country as the divisional leader. "She's been pretty decent against the best horses in the sport," Takter said. "It's a little bit more difficult to be dominant as a 3-year-old. She did quite well against the boys, but with those outside posts, what can you do? She's very professional. She should be a serious factor on Saturday." Pure Country goes from post 4 in race 6, with Brett Miller aboard. Lagerfeld prevailed in a PASS championship that got messy, picking up the pieces left by multiple breakers. At 3, though, he's had several noteworthy performances for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding, including thirds in the Yonkers Trot final and a Hambletonian elimination. "He won a couple early then did some stupid things, broke in a couple starts," Takter said of the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita. "He had a pretty good Hambletonian -- came home in 26.3 -- and wasn't too far off in the Yonkers Trot. He's raced well at The Meadows before." Mark MacDonald will pilot Lagerfeld from post 7 in race 10. It will be a busy afternoon for Takter; of the 32 horses scheduled to compete in the championships, the Hall of Famer conditions eight of them. Asked to recommend any of his starters who may be beneath the radar, he suggested Love Matters, who'll compete against Lagerfeld in the colt and gelding trot. "I think he's ready for a good mile," Takter said. "I might consider him a better shot than Lagerfeld." Broadway Donna romped to nine wins in 10 starts wins to start her career and earned a divisional championship. The going has been tougher for her this year; Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has two wins in six starts. Broadway Donna added Lasix before her last start, when she finished second to 20-1 long shot Black Broadway "She didn't have her usual kick finishing," said her trainer, Jim Campbell. "She may need another start on Lasix. She's had a good week so far. I don't see any reason why she wouldn't (have a big race)." She'll leave from post 6 in race 6 for David Miller Ideal Jimmy, trained by Erv Miller for D.R. Van Witzenburg, may be the most unlikely of the quartet to repeat. Not only did he make the final without a PASS victory this season, but he's also winless in 11 starts overall this year. Plus, he must deal with five contenders from the powerful Ron Burke stable; four of the Burke quintet started in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding drew post 6 in race 9 with Corey Callahan in the sulky. The fields for Saturday's PASS championships, in post position order, with drivers and trainers: PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers (Race 6) 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 2. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 3. Lispatty - McArdle - Mark MacDonald - Gilberto-Garcia Herrera 4. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 5. Newborn Sassy - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 6. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder 7. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - Jim Pantaleano - Matias Ruiz 8. Shesasmokinlady - McArdle - Ray Paver - Ray Paver 9 (AE) Skinny Dipper - Somebeachsomewhere - Andrew McCarthy - Ross Croghan 10 (AE) Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters (Race 8) 1. Ginny Weasley - Andover Hall - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt 2. Kathy Parker - Andover Hall - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 3. Spicedbourbongirl - Cantab Hall - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory 4. Sunset Glider - Cantab Hall - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 5. Black Broadway - Broadway Hall - Corey Callahan - Michael Eaton 6. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jim Campbell 7. Womans Will - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 8. Miss Tezsla - Andover Hall - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9 (AE) Ultimate Shopper - Yankee Glide - Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon 10 (AE) Hot Curry - Muscle Massive - Ron Burke - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers (Race 9) 1. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Hall - Nicholas DeVita 2. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick - Ron Burke 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Ron Burke 4. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Ron Burke 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Ideal Jimmy - Western Ideal - Corey Callahan - Erv Miller 7. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 9. (AE) Arthur Pendragon - Dragon Again - Dan Altmeyer - Dan Altmeyer 10. (AE) More Dragon - Dragon Again - Dave Palone - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters (Race 10) 1. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 2. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 3. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - David Miller - Chris Oakes 5. Hollywood Highway - Muscle Massive - John Campbell - Staffan Lind 6. Truemass Volo - Muscle Massive - Matt Kakaley - Doug Hamilton 7. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Reigning Moni - Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9. (AE) Taco Tuesday - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick - Frank Antonacci 10. (AE) Tight Lines - Yankee Glide - Jeff Gregory Jeff Gregory Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2016 -- Classicality powered to the front at the quarter and rolled to an easy victory in 1:52.4, matching his harness racing career best, in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality was away third when Brian Zendt sent him after the leader, Tall Cotton. The 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding had nary an anxious moment thereafter, defeating the pocket-sitting Chef Lee by 3-3/4 lengths. The first-over Outburst was third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns the homebred Classicality, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $347,782. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the $1,208,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for 3-year-olds -- four $252,000 finals and four $50,000 consolations. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2016 -- Techtor Hanover worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then roared through the harness racing Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Techtor Hanover had been performing well against top competition but settling for checks rather than wins. The 4-year-old Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding elevated his game Friday when he kicked past the venerable Sam Hill to down him by a neck in 1:50.1, fastest of his career. The first-over Kingofthejungle earned show. Aaron Merriman piloted Techtor Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $135,908, for trainer Jack Smith and owner Tommy Mucci. It was one of three wins on the 13-race program for Merriman. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a Labor Day card that begins at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind harness racing owners and trainers that entries for Pennsylvania Sires Stakes 3-year-old championships are due by Tuesday, Sept. 6, 9 AM. All four championships, each worth $252,000, as well as four $50,000 consolations will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at The Meadows. First post that day is 1 PM. For more information, including final point totals and standings, contact the office of the race secretary, 724.225.9897. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2016 -- Bettor's Up rocketed to the lead for Tim Tetrick at the quarter and blazed home in 1:51, matching Pure Country's track record for freshman harness racing filly pacers in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Trace Tetrick guided Glassine Hanover to victory in the other division of the $183,616 event known as the Meadow Cheer, giving the Tetrick brothers a PASS sweep. Bettor's Up took the field through a 54.3 front half, fastest fractions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea had ever seen. Tim Tetrick indicated Bettor's Up was comfortable throughout. "When I moved her, she was well in hand," he said. "You never know with fractions like that, but I thought she'd be okay." She had little trouble holding off the rallying Miss Jones by 2 lengths, with Pittstop Danika third. Her time knocked a tick from Newborn Sassy's stake record. Bettor's Up, who extended her bankroll to $171,879, has been defeated only once in her seven career starts for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. But because of her diminutive size and unremarkable performance while learning her trade, Scott McEneny kept her eligible this year to only one significant late-season stake -- the Three Diamonds. "Training down, she was just an ordinary filly," he said of his $15,000 yearling acquisition. "Once I started qualifying her, she really came around. She'll have around 10 starts this year; that's enough on her plate for the size of her. Hopefully, we'll have a good year next year, too." Trace Tetrick watched four horses skirmish for the early lead and knew once the dust settled, it was time to give Glassine Hanover the gas. "We needed to be on the move probably quicker than we wanted to be," he said. "The way the track plays here sometimes, it's really hard to come first in early and grind it out, being out both turns. When she gets out there by herself, she'll get a little relaxed, so I needed to keep her attention. She never quit. She's been very honest from Day One." She prevailed easily in 1:51.3, a career best and a national season's mark until Bettor's Up took to the track. Somemoneysomewhere, another from the McEneny stable, was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Watch What You Say earned show. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee, who has won five of six lifetime outings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows marks the end of the Mountain Laurel Racing Meeting, which means mandatory payouts -- no carryovers -- for the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the final superfecta on the program. The Washington Trotting Association Meeting gets underway Friday. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2016 -- Brazuca powered to the lead near the three-eighths and rolled to harness racing victory in 1:52.2, shattering the stake record in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Queen To Me, Freakonomics and Pink Gardenias taking the other $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, among his six wins on the 14-race card, behind Brazuca and Pink Gardenias. Even after Brazuca's decisive brush, she wasn't home free, as she had to fend off the menacing uncovered bid of Rockette. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times held off the challenger by 1/2 length, while Bridge To Tomorrow rallied for show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 held jointly by Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art. Trainer Tom Cancelliere indicated he expected a great deal from Brazuca, a $75,000 yearling acquisition for John Cancelliere, but not in her fifth career start. "I'm surprised," he said. "I love this filly, but we started her slow, and I thought she would need a little bit more time. She's got all kinds of stakes, but we'll see where she wants to go. If she wants to keep going, we'll keep going with her." Dismissed at 10-1, Queen To Me was fourth along the pylons as the field turned for home, with no racing room in sight. But when Sweetest Emotion pulled the pocket and promptly broke stride for Mike Wilder, that left the Lightning Lane for Queen To Me. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Arterra poured through and pulled off the upset in a maiden-breaking 1:53, a neck better than the pace-setting Emily R Hanover. Gemma's Beach Girl earned show. "They went big fractions, and I know the horse on the front is a nice horse but can get a little wobbly late," said Joe Bongiorno, who piloted Queen To Me for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Willow Oak Ranch. "Once Mike ran and Palone had to check his horse, I knew it would be me and Emily R down by the wire. My filly felt good, and she finished good." In her two career victories, Freakonomics never was ahead until the final call. Winning driver Jim Pantaleano said that's the style trainer Ross Croghan prefers for her. "When I saw the fractions come up, I thought they would come back a little," Pantaleano said. "But I was mostly paying attention to my filly. That's the way Ross wanted her raced. Clearly he's a top conditioner who knows his horses. He knows this filly." Last entering the final turn, Freakonomics followed long shot Traceuse Hanover through the stretch and nailed her by a nose in 1:55, with Beautiful Hill third. Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham campaign Freakonomics, a daughter of Western Terror-Mind Boggling. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Skippin By used two moves -- one for position from post 8, one to overpower the leader, Medusa -- to triumph in a sharp 1:50.2 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC Wall Brothers Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Certified Ideal was a length back in second with Spreester third. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia extended her career bankroll to $629,479. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $183,616 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

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

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Friday, Aug. 19 Pick 4 harness racing wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,260.17. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Friday's card also features two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- as well as Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

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

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

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

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

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