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WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2017 -- Call For Justice, who hadn't won in five starts since leaving The Meadows, made a triumphant return home Wednesday with a front-end harness racing victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. A 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, Call For Justice opened the year with five straight victories at The Meadows before shifting to Hoosier Park to face the trotting elite there. He hit the board in all five Indiana outings but couldn't reach the winners' circle. He ended that frustrating streak when he made the front past the quarter for Dave Palone and held off the pocket-sitting Classicality by a neck in 1:53.2, with Boy Meets Girl K third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $358,167, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, 1-2 favorite Barn Girl withstood the first-over challenge of Dirty Secret and prevailed by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Bessie rallied for second while Dirty Secret held show. Aaron Merriman drove the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who extended her career bankroll to $480,268, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Elsewhere on the card, Kristy'sgingergal became harness racing's fastest freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when she won at first asking for trainer/driver Tyler Stillings and owner Baby Horses LLC. The daughter of Pilgrims Chuckie-Outback Kristy scored in 1:59.1. Stillings enjoyed another victory with a debuting 2-year-old filly from his stable when Swan Mama (Swan For All-Little Rigs) broke her maiden in 2:00.1. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special twilight program, first post 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2017 -- Shesasmokinlady quarter-poled to the front and widened her lead late en route to her third straight harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Shesasmokinlady withstood a serious challenge from the first-over Lakeisha Hall and, under the urging of trainer/driver Ray Paver, drew off in mid-stretch to down the rallying Hurricane Calleigh by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Lakeisha Hall saved show. Iris Horowitz bred and owns Shesasmokinlady, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol who soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 18, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, June 19 harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Saturday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,203.26. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Monday's program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2017 -- Parked the opening quarter in a swift 26.2, Lincolnjames was far from done, as he put the pedal to the metal and drew off to capture Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:50.2. Lincolnjames was extended by Techtor Hanover before taking the lead past the quarter, but the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding shrugged off the first-over challenge of Dapper Dude and waltzed home for Dave Palone from there. Techtor Hanover held second, 2 lengths back, while Sam Hill shot the Lightning Lane for show. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 12-race card. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who now boasts career earnings of $231,077, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 14, 2017 -- Mac Deeno wore down the leader, Mike The Trader, with a sustained uncovered bid and went on to victory in Wednesday's harness racing feature, a $13,000 conditioned trot, at The Meadows. Mac Deeno was fifth by 5 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. He collared Mike The Trader at the top of the lane and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in a career-fastest 1:54.2. Classic Banker finished third. Rich Gillock trains Mac Deeno, a 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Dan Charlino and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 13, 2017 -- Dirty Secret won her second straight in characteristic rallying fashion, capturing Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-fastest 1:54.2. Dirty Secret was sixth by 7-1/2 lengths when Mike Wilder sent her after the leader, Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight picked up live cover from Wendy's Girl, raced wide through the stretch and edged Goodtogo Hanover by a nose. She Nuit finished third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Dirty Secret, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $141,880, for Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 10, 2017 -- Glassine Hanover opened a sizable lead, then held on late to score in 1:52.3, fastest division in Saturday's $145,803 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Pittstop Danika and Caviart Ally took the other splits in the harness racing event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Adios Betty. Glassine Hanover last year won a pair of PASS legs at The Meadows, so she clearly thrives here. When she opened up a 2-length lead for Tyler Smith at the three-quarters, it appeared she might jog off. But when long shot Black Jack Pat charged late, the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee was all out to down her by a nose. Gallic Sea finished third. "She was waiting on them a little bit," said Smith, pinch-hitting for regular driver Trace Tetrick, who was banged up but not seriously injured in a race mishap Friday at Hoosier Park. "I kind of shut her down a little bit going into the last turn. Once she saw the other horse, she fought her off." Trent Stohler trains Glassine Hanover, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Dismissed at 20-1 and shuffled to last at the three-quarters, Pittstop Danika looked hopelessly beaten. But when Mike Wilder found a seam and then shifted her outside, Pittstop Danika roared through the stretch and pulled off the upset in 1:52.4, a lifetime mark. Dr. J's Kiss was 1/2 length back in second, with Gigi From Fiji third. "She raced vicious last week off the pace," Wilder said, "so I wanted to wait as long as I could and see if she could have a good kick. That was the game plan going in -- maybe not get shuffled to last. When I got her out, she just exploded." Ron Burke, who trains the daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Danika Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable, said she'll be pointed to upcoming PASS legs and the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Saddled with post 8, Caviart Ally alertly got the lead but had to pace in 26.3 to get there. When she was pocketed by Inverse Hanover, the 4-5 favorite, she got the breather she needed. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool blew by the favorite in the lane to defeat him by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2, matching her career best. Big City Betty completed the ticket. "That first quarter probably was a little faster than I would have liked," said winning driver Andrew McCarthy. "I wasn't really concerned because she was doing it easy enough. She's a bigger track kind of horse. I had a little trouble getting her around the turns at Yonkers." Noel Daley conditions Caviart Ally, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $176,822, for Caviart Farms. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tamarind, a 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, vaulted over $900,000 in career earnings when he put the field away with an explosive backside brush and triumphed in 1:53.3. Barn Girl finished second to give trainer Bill Bercury a sweep of the exacta. Dave Palone and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2017 -- Pushed wide through the lane, Dirty Secret nevertheless continued a relentless charge that carried her to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dirty Secret moved third over down the backside for Mike Wilder, following live cover that proved troublesome into the final turn when the 5-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight could have used a seam. But she was up to the challenge, overtaking the leader, Bags For All, and downing her by a neck in 1:55.2. Dreamsteeler finished third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Dirty Secret, who extended her career bankroll to $131,880, for Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Brian Zendt each collected a pair of wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Belmont Day program features three divisions of a $145,803 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. Special post time is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 5, 2017 -- Dismissed at a generous 8-1, Hurricane Calleigh stalked Show Runner from the pocket, then outkicked her in the Lightning Lane to score a harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Hurricane Calleigh had been racing well of late from off the pace, David McNeight III hustled her to the pocket, where she enjoyed the best trip. She downed Show Runner by a length in a career-best 1:52.1, with the first-over Spreester third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Hurricane Calleigh, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness, for Courtney McNeight. Elsewhere on the card, Jeremy Indof, 20, collected his first career victory when he guided Western Liberty to her maiden-breaker for trainer Dirk Simpson and lessee Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2017 -- Hambletonian hopeful Sortie, reunited with his recently legalized Cornell Collar, made short work of his Currier & Ives division Saturday at The Meadows, winning easily in a stake-fastest 1:54. The $118,424 event for harness racing sophomore colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Moonshiner Hanover and Fraser Ridge taking the other splits -- both for trainer Chris Beaver. One of the most promising freshmen of 2016, Sortie began using a Cornell Collar to help him breathe after an examination revealed he has a short epiglottis. However, minutes before his May 20 seasonal debut in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, trainer Noel Daley was informed that Cornell Collars weren't legal in the Keystone State. Stripped of the device, Sortie won his PASS split handily, but his worried connections took their case to the PA Horse Racing Commission. "We got hold of one of the representatives on the board," Daley said. "She said we were lucky, since they were having a meeting in two days. They brought it up, and they were very quick in getting it done. The horse obviously was good last week, but I don't want to be worried about it (his breathing)." Legal at last, Sortie quarter-poled to the front for Andrew McCarthy and won geared down, defeating early leader Dover Dan by 1-3/4 lengths. Always a Good Time completed the ticket. Sortie pushed his lifetime bankroll to $166,397 for Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza and Sortie Stable. Daley indicated the son of Explosive Matter-Win B would race next in a PASS at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Sortie Moonshiner Hanover also enjoyed a successful freshman campaign, banking $263,101. But after off-season surgery to remove OCDs delayed his return to the track, Beaver opted to ease him back in a soft spot, a PA Stallion Series event. He not only won that race, but the strategy also brought dividends Saturday when the son of Andover Hall-Madam Hootch outduled the 2-5 favorite, Giveitgasandgo, in the lane to prevail by a head in 1:54.3, with Lars Perry third. "What a decision Chris made to put him in the stallion series where he didn't have to go against the big dogs his first race," said winning driver Aaron Merriman. "That was probably what got us the win today. He was even better than last start." Synerco Ventures, Bill Manes and Beaver own the Hambletonian-eligible Moonshiner Hanover, a $27,000 yearling acquisition. Moonshiner Hanover Fraser Ridge's sire, Triumphant Caviar, won a Currier & Ives split in 2009 for Beaver. On Saturday, Fraser Ridge upheld the family honor by pulling the pocket down the backside for Jim Pantaleano, opening a daylight lead and coasting home in 1:55.1. Meme Hanover was second, 4 lengths in arrears, while Muay Hanover rallied for show. "I hoped he could follow cover as much as possible, but I don't think the horse on the front was very good today, and he had to get out," said Beaver, who owns the $29,000 yearling purchase with Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo and R.B.H. Ventures. "As soon as he's out, he's fighting the driver. He wants to just go. Luckily, he cleared down the backside, and it worked out." He indicated Fraser Ridge would race primarily in Ohio until the fall, when he's eligible to several rich late-season stakes. Fraser Ridge In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sam Hill, the amazing 11-year-old, pulled off a 27-1 upset for Chris Page, trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger, scoring in 1:50. The Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding now boasts $544,672 in career earnings. Sam Hill The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Saturday, June 3 harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Thursday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,775.08. 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. Saturday's program also features the $118,424 Currier & Ives Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2017 -- Classicality dominated The Meadows' elite trotters for the second straight week when he roared to the front and scored in 1:52.4, matching his career best, in Thursday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap. Classicality was parked for most of the opening half, but he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Boy Meets Girl K and drew off late for Brian Zendt, defeating Tricky Nick by 2-1/4 lengths. Boy Meets Girl K, a 26-1 long shot, was a game third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $420,682. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumed Saturday, when the program features the $118,424 Currier & Ives Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2017 -- Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the lead from post 8 and turned back a pair of serious challengers en route to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Homepage was the first to take on the leader when she moved first over down the backside. Goodtogo Hanover thwarted that thrust, then had to deal with the late charge of Dirty Secret. The 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall found more for Jim Pantaleano and downed Dirty Secret by a neck in 1:55.2, with Bags For All third. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, who extended her career bankroll to $194,427, for Gary Saul. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes June 1 with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2017 -- Show Runner pounced on the weary leader past the three-quarters and went on to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The 4-5 favorite, Show Runner was third when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Rockin Rum Springa, who had taken the field through demanding fractions of 26/54/1:21.4. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner had little trouble putting away Rockin Rum Springa but had to dig deep to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Spreester and down her by a neck in 1:51.3. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who now boasts $470,791 in career earnings, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 26, 2017 -- Caviart Wonder challenged the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Fine Tuned Lady, head on and wore her down to pull off the upset in Friday's $72,000 Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows. Treviso and Cool Cates took the other divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Noel Daley enjoyed a C&I double with Caviart Wonder and Cool Cates. The open division of the Currier & Ives is set for June 3 at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady worked out reasonable opening-half fractions of 27.3/57.1, so when Caviart Wonder pursued her first over, it's likely her driver, Jim Pantaleano, was the only observer who thought the bid would succeed. "She felt very comfortable sitting in," Pantaleano said. "I was very careful going down the backstretch because she made a break there last time she was here. I didn't need to be that careful because she ended up being real handy. I spoke to her when we got in the last turn just to keep her attention, and she was strong all the way through the wire." Caviart Winder downed Fine Tuned Lady by a length in a stake-fastest 1:55, with Sheez On A Cruze third. Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done. Caviart Wonder A comfortable first half also was the key to victory for Treviso, who tripped the timer in a leisurely 59.1, Still, Charlie Norris, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela, for Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, was taking nothing for granted. "She trained well after her last race, but you're always worried," he said. "She finished in hand again. That makes it a lot easier." Treviso scored in 1:55.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Temple Ruins, with Broadway Idole third. Treviso triumphed for the second time in as many races to start her sophomore campaign and pushed her career bankroll to $186,350. Norris indicated Treviso will be pointed to the Hambletonian Oaks, with a pair of Pennsylvania Sires Stake engagements along the way. Treviso Cool Cates unleashed a powerful first-over move that gave her the jump on the favorite, Sianna Hanover. She downed that rival by a length in 1:55.3, while My Cherry Pie rallied for show. "They said she's a little fussy going to the gate, just be careful there and let her do her thing in the post parade," said winning driver Mike Wilder. "Once we got away from the gate, she was completely professional. She was just like driving a car. Her attitude was tremendous." All Laid Out Stable owns Cool Cates, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Dance To Market. Cool Cates It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 13-race card. Friday's program also featured a pair of Preferred events. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality worked hard for the lead but was untouchable thereafter, prevailing in 1:54.4 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $410,682 in lifetime earnings. Classicality In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames survived a parked-out 26.2 opening panel and scored in an impressive 1:50.4. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding, who stretched his career bankroll to $219,387, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Lincolnjames After a brief break for the holiday, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 24, 2017 -- The harness racing veteran Tamarind displayed his class and toughness Wednesday at The Meadows when he sustained a first-over bid in the slop and went on to capture the featured race, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Tamarind was fourth near the half when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Classic Banker. It took the 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos most of the back half to wear down Classic Banker, but he drew off in the stretch to prevail in 1:55. Mike The Trader rallied for second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Classic Banker saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $892,084. Mike Wilder and Merriman each fashioned a three-bagger on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday card that features the $72,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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