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When Jim Clarke Sr. invited longtime friend Andy Altobelli to join him in buying a harness racing yearling a little more than four years ago, he set their budget at $35,000. After Clarke exceeded that number by two grand to purchase female pacer Coffee Addict at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale, he joked the toughest part of the day was calling Altobelli with the news. "I was quite happy, but the hardest thing for me was telling Andy that I had to go a little bit above what we intended to spend," Clarke said, adding with a laugh. "He said don't worry about it, that's all right. I said, 'good.' "We've been crazy about her ever since. She's a really nice mare." Now a 6-year-old, Coffee Addict has won 23 races and earned $463,779 during her career. Clarke has owned horses off and on since the late 1970s, but Coffee Addict was Altobelli's first racehorse. "Maybe it was just beginner's luck," said Altobelli, a 63-year-old pharmacist and pharmacy owner from York County, Pennsylvania. "She was just a good horse right from the get-go." Coffee Addict, a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Kahlua Queen, wasn't on Clarke's list of horses when he went to the auction. Clarke attended the sale with Zan "Pete" Kaiser and Kaiser's son, Zach, and Pete suggested Clarke take a look at the filly after Clarke was unsuccessful in buying several other horses. Kaiser was unfamiliar with Coffee Addict, but had seen her full brother Mudslide race recently and thought he was a nice colt. "When I got back to see her, she was being prepped to go up to the ring," Clarke said. "I looked at her and couldn't see a pimple on her. Then I sat down in a chair and just watched her demeanor for about 20 minutes. She stood perfectly. She didn't even flick her ear. She was just so attentive. She was showing me that she was a smart horse. She had a head on her shoulders. "I thought I had to buy her. I was so glad Pete suggested I go back and look. I probably wouldn't have looked at her going through the ring." Kaiser trained Coffee Addict through the middle of her 3-year-old season, when she moved to trainer Bruce Saunders and captured a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows in 2013 and later became a top performer in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap ranks at Yonkers Raceway. Last September, Coffee Addict joined the stable of trainer Norm Parker at The Meadows. She has raced almost exclusively at the western Pennsylvania oval since then, winning seven of 17 starts and hitting the board a total of 14 times. She has won back-to-back races in the top-level handicap division for filly and mare pacers at The Meadows and is entered again for Monday (Feb. 15). "Pete is great at starting up horses, bringing along the young ones, and Bruce did a great job with her too," Clarke said. "At this point in her career I decided I wanted her to race where she lives, and I had done business with Norm a few years ago with Fionavar Hanover. He's been doing a terrific job." Added Altobelli, "We've had people right on through who have done a very good job with her. We've been very fortunate, very lucky. It's been a thrill, for sure." The calm demeanor Coffee Addict displayed while Clarke watched her prior to the yearling sale is not always evident these days on the racetrack. "She's relatively calm, but when she gets on the track she turns into a whole different person," Clarke said. "She had two personalities, I feel. But one thing about her, she's always trying." The 76-year-old Clarke is the retired former owner of a chain of building supply/home improvement centers in southcentral Pennsylvania. He also worked for 84 Lumber for a number of years prior to starting his own business. He was hired at 84 Lumber in 1966 by company founder Joe Hardy and went on to manage several stores. Clarke's interest in harness racing goes back to his days growing up in western New York. He worked as a groom at Buffalo Raceway when he was a teenager and also had a cousin involved in horse ownership. "I've always loved the sport," Clarke said. "I was transferred to Atlanta many years ago for work and we would travel to Hawkinsville to watch the horses at the winter training center and I would talk with all the horsemen. I couldn't wait to get back north and get back involved in harness racing because I could afford to own horses. I came back in 1975 and in 1978, I believe, I bought my first horse. I've been on and off owning horses since then." Altobelli grew up in New Jersey, but spent time as a teenager helping out at his grandfather's dairy farm in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. In 1985, Altobelli bought his own farm in Pennsylvania and raises beef cattle in addition to working as a pharmacist. His interest in harness racing was fueled in part by living near renowned breeding facility Hanover Shoe Farms, as well as his own interest in breeding and genetics. "There were many times we would stop over at Hanover Shoe Farms and see the foals and just look around," Altobelli said. "I really study the stallions and the classic families. I'm trying to get a better background. Even though I've been in it for five years I feel like I'm an amateur. Jim has been kind of a mentor to me and I'm always wanting to learn more." Clarke and Altobelli own three more horses together now: 5-year-old female pacer Adelita Hanover, 4-year-old female pacer Picksync Hanover, and 2-year-old male pacer Gossip Boy (who is a half-brother to millionaire McCedes). "It's a great partnership," Clarke said. "I don't know where it will go, but I'll be doing it for as long as I can. For us to have a horse like Coffee Addict, it's meant a lot. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of her. It's just satisfying for us to have what we consider a pretty nice one for just two guys from the York County area." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Final Breath retook the lead past the quarter, then held off a pair of determined harness racing challengers as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. I Know My Chip took the initial shot at Final Breath with a first-over backside move that faltered turning for home. Then Tamarind attacked the leader with a Lightning Lane charge. But Final Breath gave Dave Palone just enough to prevail in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface, a nose better than Tamarind. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Final Breath, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who extended his career bankroll to $356,503, for Duane Lowe. Aaron Merriman collected five wins and Palone three on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

Drift Away moved powerfully first over and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pittstop Kip shot the Lightning Lane to take the other $15,000 opening-leg split. Drift Away had been hampered by post 8 or 9 for five consecutive starts, when he felt compelled to try for the early lead. On Tuesday, the 9-year-old Trojan Touch-Frances Maxine gelding settled in sixth before getting underway for Tony Hall. He scored in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Queens Lonely Earl, with Pembroke Castaway third. Andy Rickert trains Drift Away, who extended his career bankroll to $316,623, for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. Tuesday's card also featured three opening-leg divisions of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mateo M, Crazy Eyes and Skyway Cruiser each capturing $8,000 splits. Elsewhere on the program, Bessie was ahead at every pole for the second consecutive start as she prevailed handily in 1:55.2 in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/ Preferred Handicap Trot. The pocket-sitting Cowgirl Hall was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Scented Roses closed well for show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantabs Chorine, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected five wins and Hall three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2016 -- Mandy's Mattjesty zipped to the front and, with late urging, held on to take Monday's opening-leg split in a series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Americangirlfriend pulled off a 16-1 shocker in the other $15,000 division. Although Mandy's Mattjesty enjoyed a comfortable lead over the pocket-sitting My Caroline, Dave Palone felt her tiring in mid-stretch and kept her to her task. The 6-year-old daughter of His Mattjesty-Astra Destiny downed My Caroline by 1/2 length in 1:53.4, with Non Pareil third. Ron Burke trains Mandy's Mattjesty, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Phillip Collura. The program also featured the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers, with Regil Meg and PC's Vixen each capturing an $8,000 division. In Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Coffee Addict shot the Lightning Lane to nail Set Me Up and defeat her by a length in 1:53.1 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Norm Parker and owners James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. The first-over Medusa raced well for show. It was the second straight victory for the 6-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen, who boosted her career bankroll to $463,779. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2016 -- Buried at the pylons entering the stretch, Rockin Ron exploited a suddenly vacant Lightning Lane and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer to The Meadows who'd been off since Nov. 8, Rockin Ron figured to get no more than a minor award when he was shuffled to fifth. But when Capital Account pulled the pocket for the drive, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding charged through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:52.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Mattamerican. Bestinthebusiness rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, who extended his career bankroll to $136,168, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of five wins for Palone on the 15-race card, including a pair each for Burke and trainer Jack Smith. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2016 -- Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in 1:54 -- matching her career best -- in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy 27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine easily thwarted the first-over bid of Whata Donato and defeated her by 3/4 lengths for Jim Pantaleano. Boo's Party Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $192,964, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2016 -- Coffee Addict outdueled Medusa in the stretch to score a narrow harness racing victory in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Coffee Addict retook the lead for Jim Pantaleano past the quarter and enjoyed a much-needed 29.1 second-panel breather. That served her well late, when she was able to hold off the first-over Medusa by a nose in 1:52.4. Early leader Tipitina saved show. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 6-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $452,529 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 27, 2016 -- Dismissed at 9-1, Cantab Lindy found late racing room and pulled off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cantab Lindy was pinned along the pylons at the top of the lane, 4 lengths behind. But when Jim Pantaleano steered him through a seam, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding roared through and scored in 1:55.2. Final Breath raced well off an eight-month layoff to be second, a head behind, while early leader Trustworthy Kid saved show. Brent Davis owns and trains Cantab Lindy, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 26, 2016 -- Scented Roses captured her fourth straight victory Tuesday at The Meadows when she scored easily in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Scented Roses retook the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and widened her margin late, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths over Whata Donato in 1:56.2 on a "good" surface. Boo's Party Girl rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Scented Roses, a 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Scent Of A Woman who extended her career bankroll to $139,014, for Burke Racing Stable. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. Burke, harness racing's leading trainer for many years, enjoyed a rare win in the sulky -- in only his second drive of the year at The Meadows -- when he steered first-time starter Rugged Wear to victory. Burke and his mother, Sylvia, bred and own the 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Hip Huggers. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Shoved four wide through the final turn, Tipitina blazed through the stretch to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Tipitina was third over down the backside and appeared to have excess cover. But when Eric Goodell showed her racetrack, she brushed past the field and nipped Spreester by a nose in 1:54.1. Early leader Set Me Up saved show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly who captured her second straight race and pushed her career bankroll to $212,969, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Jim Pantaleano collected six wins -- including four legs of the Pick 5 -- while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Fueled by a four-day carryover and a $25,000 guarantee, the Pick 5 returned $25,990.75 for a single winning 50-cent ticket. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2016 -- Dew N Doughnuts moved willingly second over before vaulting to the lead in the stretch and capturing the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace on Friday's snow-shortened harness racing card at The Meadows. The track canceled the final seven of 13 scheduled races when persistent snow rendered the surface hazardous. Dew N Doughnuts followed the cover of My Temudjin N before Tony Hall moved him three wide into the final turn. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration held off the unlucky Capital Account, who lacked racing room, and defeated him by a neck in 1:55.4 on a surface listed "good." Early leader Bestinthebusiness saved show. Norm Parker trains the homebred Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $278,049 in career earnings, for Thomas Klosky, Jr. Among the races cancelled were those comprising the Pick 5, which was to feature a $25,000 total-pool guarantee. That guarantee will be offered for Monday's Pick 5. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 19, 2016 -- Boo's Party Girl had plenty to celebrate Tuesday at The Meadows as she pulled off a 23-1 harness racing shocker in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. The longest shot on the board, Boo's Party Girl had been racing exclusively in conditioned races until her promotion to the top trot last week. On Tuesday, she was third over and seemingly no threat when trainer/driver Brian Zendt moved her wide for the drive. The 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda roared past the field and triumphed in 1:56 over a "good" surface, matching her career best. Bessie shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with Anaffairtoremember third. Dunn Stable bred and owns Boo's Party Girl, who now boasts $172,764 in lifetime earnings. Dave Palone drove five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Dane Snyder fashioned a three-bagger. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2016 — Set Me Up enjoyed a pocket trip, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Set Me Up grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone but released Hidden Land approaching the quarter. The 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight was fresher in the lane, downing Hidden Land by 1/2 length in 1:54 over a “good” surface. Spreester rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Set Me Up, who triumphed for the third time in her last five starts and extended her career bankroll to $364,380, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Eric Ledford and Palone each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. THE MEADOWS TUESDAY CARD FEATURES PAIR OF $5K POOL GUARANTEES WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2016 -- On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total-pool guarantees -- a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While The Meadows offers a $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee each card, the track added the "instant" Pick 5 guarantee after Monday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $1,648.84. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday's program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2016 -- Major Athens waltzed through a soft front half that enabled him to cruise to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Tony Hall gave Major Athens opening fractions of 29.3/59.2, the 6-year-old son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Tamarind and scoring in 1:56.4. The pocket-sitting Keystone Chester finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Redder Than Red third. Rich Gillock trains the homebred Major Athens, who now boasts $470,585 in career earnings, for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. Mike Wilder and Hall each collected three wins on the 15-race card. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2016 -- Harness racing driver Rod Bolon notched career driving win 2,000 when he piloted Bloomington -- a horse he trains -- to victory in Tuesday's second race at The Meadows. Bolon also has collected 644 training victories (since 1991 when the United States Trotting Association began compiling trainers' records) in a career that began after he graduated from high school in Jerusalem, Ohio. "I came to The Meadows the day after I graduated, and I've been here ever since," he said. "I've been around forever, so it's nice to reach 2,000. I'm not into career numbers, but it's good." He learned the business from his father, trainer/driver Paul Bolon, who campaigned horses primarily at The Meadows and Northfield Park, and his older brother, Ben Bolon, a successful driver at The Meadows for several decades. With that introduction to the sport, there was little doubt about his career choice. "It's all I've ever done, and it's all I've ever wanted to do," he said. With the support of his principal owner through the years, Jim Snyder, Bolon built his stable by purchasing stakes veterans after their 3-year-old campaigns. Among the many horses he's trained and driven, Bolon cited the trotter Durgin Hanover ($386,902) and the pacer Real Hanover as his favorites. Although Real Hanover earned a chunk of his $478,983 at The Meadows, he sparkled in his handful of starts each year in Lexington. "He was slow leaving the gate," Bolon said, "but he loved that long stretch at the Red Mile." The Meadows-based trainer Julie Allison helped Real Hanover prepare for a new career after his racing days ended, and he was placed as a riding horse through New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Bolon's win production slowed when he turned over most of the driving duties to his son Kyle. The younger Bolon, however, recently signed on as an assistant to Tony Alagna. Rod said he and his wife Sally, who owns Bloomington, will continue to work with their stable of about 10 head . . . and that we can expect to see him in the sulky more often. "If I have six or seven to drive each week, that's great," he said. BESSIE POWERS THROUGH THE SNOW TO WIN MEADOWS $20K F&M TROT Bessie powered through a snow squall that reduced visibility to near zero and thwarted a pair of challengers as she captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was on the lead when Whata Donato launched a first-over bid and briefly poked her nose in front. The 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine fought back for Jim Pantaleano to reclaim the lead and had just enough to hold off the late bid of Princess Pablano and down her by a nose in 1:56.1 over a “good” surface. Anaffairtoremember finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $176,089, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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