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Beaten 26 lengths in her lone qualifier, TSM Money Dragon didn't generate a lot of wagering attention for her debut Monday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. But she blew up the tote board when she saved ground and scored at 127-1, returning $315.80 for $2 across the board. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Tsmshowmethemonet for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The big upset helped assure that the Pick 5 would go uncovered. Indeed, Tuesday's Pick 5 at The Meadows features a carryover of $1,908.23. Elsewhere on the card, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace also featured an upset when Hidden Land, the longest shot in the field at 11-1, moved three wide into the final turn and brushed wide through the stretch for Tony Hall to triumph in 1:52.3. Coffee Addict was second, 1/2 length back, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Brad Irvine conditions Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who boosted her career bankroll to $122,707, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Dave Palone and Hall each piloted three winners on the 15-race program. Evan Pattak                              

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 16, 2015 -- The lone 3-year-old in the field, Barn Girl took it to her elders Tuesday at The Meadows when she captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Barn Girl quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone but was under serious siege around the final turn. The daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie found another gear, clicking off the final quarter in 28.1 to score in 1:55.1. Mistress Valentine was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Whata Donato third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $217,716, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. Tony Hall collected four wins and Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 9, 2015 -- Macharoundtheclock zipped to the lead from post 4 and never faced a serious challenge as she captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Primarily a closer until this year, Macharoundtheclock has shown more versatility of late. That served her well Monday when she flashed early speed for Mike Wilder and still had plenty in the tank. Eiffel Tower shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Mamas Fallen Angel third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $477,563 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2015 -- Mistress Valentine pulled the pocket past the half and romped to an easy harness racing victory -- her third straight -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mistress Valentine was stalking the leader, Barn Girl, when Mike Wilder tipped her off the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine cleared in a heartbeat and rolled home in 1:54.1. Barn Girl saved second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Whata Donato third. Tyler Stillings trains Mistress Valentine, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, and owns with Rags To Riches of PA. Wilder piloted six winners, including a pair for trainer Ray Romanetti, on the 15-race card. THE MEADOWS WEDNESDAY CARD OFFERS PAIR OF POOL GUARANTEES On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer two total-pool guarantees — a $10,000 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 $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, The Meadows added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,780.76. 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 Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2015 -- Naquel Harvey rushed to the lead with Tough Call, fought off a determined challenger and captured Saturday's $5,000 Mary McCune Trot, the harness racing centerpiece of the seventh annual "Pink Out" at The Meadows to raise money for breast cancer research. The event, presented by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), brought together a field of eight female drivers for the McCune. The track and the MSOA donated their commissions from two designated races to the cancer research program at nearby Washington Hospital System. Harvey and Tough Call were on a comfortable lead when they were confronted by the first-over challenge of Mary Birkhold (Gambler Springs). Tough Call responded to Harvey's urging and opened up, downing Tabatha Canarr (Myology) by3/4 lengths in 2:00.1. Birkhold saved show. Marcus Marashian owns and trains Tough Call, an 8-year-old Tom Ridge-Luchita gelding who now boasts $264,136 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the 15-race card, I'm The Pied Piper looped the field around the final turn to take the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace in 1:52.3 for Tony Hall, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Panhellenic Stable. Full Code shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a head, while Incredible Dragon rallied for show. The 6-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lisjune extended his career bankroll to $298,830. Eric Goodell piloted four winners while Jim Pantaleano and Hall each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2015 -- Rompaway Galaxy followed cover into the far turn, then brushed wide through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows as the track kicked off its Fall/Winter harness racing meeting. Rompaway Galaxy was racing at the fifth track in his last seven races, but the 4-year-old Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona gelding showed no signs of road weariness. He shed the faltering cover of Monte Cristo Spur and gobbled up the leader, Lady's Dude, downing him by a neck in 1:55.2. The ground-saving Classicality earned show. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Marty Wollam and owner Rompaway Farms. Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone fashioned a triple. Saturday's 15-race program at The Meadows begins at 11:25 AM to complement the track's simulcast of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2015 -- Following a three-week hiatus, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will kick off its Fall/Winter meeting with live harness racing cards Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, that will complement the track's simulcast of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup and offer a number of exciting events for fans. First post Friday is 12:55 PM while Saturday's program begins at the special post time of 11:25 AM. Saturday's card features the seventh annual "Pink Out," sponsored by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), to benefit breast cancer research. Highlight of the card will be the Mary McCune Trot, which brings together a field of nine female drivers. In addition, the track and the MSOA will donate their commissions from two designated races to the breast cancer research program at nearby Washington Health System. Other highlights of Kickoff Weekend include: A free seminar, sponsored by the MSOA and the United States Trotting Association, for prospective horse owners. Presenters include The Meadows-based trainers Robert Barnard, Brad Buxton, Spencer Kahrig, Marcus Marashian and Tim Twaddle. The event is set for 2 PM Saturday in Delvin's Banquet Room. Handicapping contests on The Meadows races (Friday) and the Breeders' Cup (Saturday) at both the track and its Harmar location. The contests are open to Racing Player Rewards members. Handicapping contests will continue each Friday and Saturday through November. Also, Racing Player Rewards members will receive 5x base points for all Meadows races they bet on Kickoff Weekend. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 9, 2015 -- Out before the half, I'm The Pied Piper launched a relentless first-over move through the slop that carried him to a narrow victory in Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Let go at 10-1, I'm The Pied Piper was fifth before Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Cammikey. The 6-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lisjune finally edged away in the stretch and held off the late rally of Dealin Dan by a nose in 1:52. Cammikey saved show. Ron Burke trains I'm The Pied Piper, who extended his career bankroll to $286.830, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Panhellenic Stable and JJK Stables. Palone piloted six winners -- four for Burke -- on the 15-race card while Tony Hall fashioned a four-bagger. A special Saturday program at The Meadows features the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships, including $25,000 finals in eight divisions. First post is 6:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- It reaches from Bloomsburg in the east to Wattsburg and Meadville in the northwest to Waynesburg and Washington in the southwest. It's the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit, a pillar of harness racing in the Commonwealth that helps promote and perpetuate the sport even as it provides employment and entertainment for thousands. The 2015 season of the PA Fairs culminates Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, when the top point-earners on the 20-stop circuit compete for $200,000 in purses over eight championship races. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will create a county fair-like atmosphere for the event by offering a variety of family-oriented activities, including a bounce house for kids, sulky rides for all and the chance to get up close and personal with a Standardbred. "County fair racing is important to our state and our horsemen," said Kevin Decker, director of racing for The Meadows. "We are delighted to host the fair championships each year to show our appreciation for the contribution fairs racing makes to our sport." First post on fair championships night is 6:55 PM. Mingling of Generations One reason for the ongoing popularity of Pennsylvania fairs harness racing is the earnings opportunity it provides. Typically, PA Fairs Sires Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds offer purses of about $5,000. While that's only a fraction of the sires stake purses at the state's three pari-mutuel tracks, there are so many fair stakes that it's not uncommon for horses to turn profits for their owners with their fairs winnings alone. Says trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel: "The fairs are a nice place to race my horses. I can make money with them and teach them how to be racehorses." Schoeffel, of Evans City, has campaigned his horses at The Meadows and PA fairs for about 30 years and uses the Butler County Fairgrounds as his base of operations. This year at the fairs, Schoeffel won 30 races as a trainer, 14 as a driver. Just as important as the cash is the mingling of generations on the fairs circuit, a vehicle for the exchange of information and experience across age groups. That sort of pollination, if you will, is a key factor in the perpetuation of Pennsylvania harness racing. Stars in many sports retire in their late 30s, but that's hardly true in harness racing. This year's leading trainer (81 wins) and driver (87 wins), as he's been so many times, is 69-year-old Roger Hammer, known as the "King of the Fairs," who collected his 4,000th career victory last May at The Meadows. Those accomplishments notwithstanding, in any fairs stake, Hammer may find himself battling such younger rivals as Schoeffel, 45, and the Johnston brothers, Aaron and Shawn, whose combined age is 47. Schoeffel has turned over many of his driving responsibilities to a protege, 22-year-old Brady Brown, who responded by logging 45 wins -- including 10 straight with Schoeffel's top horse, Royaltyhasarrived -- to rank fourth in the standings. "It's Brady's time; he's been waiting a long time to get started," Schoeffel says. "We turned him loose on all the good ones this year." Families Working & Prospering Together Finally, PA Fairs give families the chance to work and prosper together. Consider the Shaws, where Jason trains 'em (47 wins), his brother Chris drives 'em (61 wins), and Jason's 3-year-old son Mason owns many of them. Mason's ownership might mean little to him now, but as he grows and stays close to harness racing, he'll have ready-made entre to the business. Much the same is true of the Johnstons who, as Schoeffel, reside in Evans City and train at the Butler County Fairgrounds. The brothers got involved in harness racing through their father, trainer Gary Johnston, and their grandfather, Charles Moses, who bought Shawn his first horse. That mare, Tremor Hanover, is approaching $600,000 in career earnings, but Shawn Johnston wouldn't think of giving up fairs racing to concentrate on more lucrative raceway purses. "I won in my first race at the fairs when I was 17 or 18, and I've loved fair racing since then," he said. "You're always with the same group of people, although we do try to get newcomers involved. Everyone's family at the fairs." * * * * * Following the fairs championships, The Meadows will take a nearly three-week break from live racing to prepare for its fall-winter meeting. Live racing returns Friday, Oct. 30, when the card begins at 12:55 PM, with a special program set for Saturday, Oct. 31, first post 11:25 AM. Those programs will complement the track's simulcast presentation of the two-day Thoroughbred Breeders Cup, always a fan favorite. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Coffee Addict moved first over to wear down a stubborn Stuck Like Glue and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stuck Like Glue endured a parked-out 26.4 first quarter before reaching the front from post 9. Under Wilbur Yoder's urging, Coffee Addict inched away in mid-stretch and downed her game rival by 1/2 length in 1:51.4. Certified Ideal was a non-threatening third. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $391,678 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Brian Zendt piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2015 -- Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the tote board Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits. Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the mile and trailed the 1-5 favorite, Ideal Jimmy, by 4 lengths turning for home. But the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think brushed wide through the lane for Eric Goodell and scored in 1:53.2. Bank Shot Hanover rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Ideal Jimmy, weary from an extended first-over move, saved show. "I really thought he had a chance," said Tim Twaddle, who trains Toddler Tantrum for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "This was the toughest division on paper, and I thought he'd need some luck to win. But he was outstanding. He'll go to the Simpson at Vernon Downs, and that will be it for him this year." Sent off at 8-1, Fernando Hanover got the jump on favorite Sam McSmith when he pulled the pocket down the backside for Mike Wilder and defeated his rival by 6-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:52, fastest of the stake. Early leader Blake North finished third. "He felt very nice in the two hole; I was hoping he wasn't playing possum with me," Wilder said. "With the conditions today, windy and cool, I thought that was a heckuva mile." Ron Burke conditions the Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstasy gelding, who collected his first stake victory, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables. Burke notched another Keystone Classic victory when the pocket-sitting Allie's Cruiser kicked by the favorite, McDave, in the stretch to down him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Safensound Hanover earned show. "He's a little more aggressive than he was early in the season, but I've loved this colt," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I think he'll make a top 3-year-old. He has a great attitude, and he's great gaited." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Larry Karr campaign the son of Yankee Cruiser-Santastic's Filly. $122,800 Keystone Classic, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Southern Cross, Major Matter, Iron Mine Bucky and Treasure Keys K each took a division of Friday's co-feature, a $122,800 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Southern Cross hadn't been on the lead at any point in his three-race career, but he blasted to the top for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden handily in a stake-fastest 1:56.4. Nathaniel was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Mr Right third. "They told me he might be a little grabby in the post parade; he was pretty grabby all the way around," Merriman said. "But his gait is flawless. He dragged me right out of there, and I let him do his thing." Ake Svanstedt trains Southern Cross, a Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven gelding, for Vanersol Inc. Iron Mine Bucky converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:57.1 for George Dennis, and he also may have punched his ticket to a pair of rich late-season stakes. "He's come a long way," said Greg Haverstick, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream for Iron Mine Branch. "He's getting better, faster, stronger. He has the Breeders Crown and the Matron, and if George says he's good enough to go, we'll go." Cufflink Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Can We Have Fun completed the ticket. When Alexander Hanover drifted off the pylons down the backstretch, Major Matter shot through the opening -- a bold yet risky move that paid off when Major Matter defeated Alexander Hanover by a length in 1:57.2. Roccos Tacos was third. "If a man moves over, I'll certainly try to take advantage of it," said winning trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "You could have got two horses up inside. I'll take my chances when I get them." Goodell and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows feature a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $91,800 trot and a $69,000 pace. The card also offers a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2015 -- Newborn Sassy extended her winning streak to six with an effortless victory in Wednesday's $93,800 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Cut And Paste captured the other division of the event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, giving Tim Tetrick a stake sweep. Although Newborn Sassy began her career with a pair of losses, Tetrick was aboard for her debut and was impressed. "She's the top 2-year-old pacing filly that I've driven this year," Tetrick said. "We liked her all along. First time I sat behind her, I thought she had talent but was a little green. She's really come along well." Since then, the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton has won every outing, taking her mark of 1:51.1 in a PA Sites Stake at The Meadows. In the Keystone Classic, she coasted home on the lead in 1:53.1, downing Catharsis by 7-1/4 lengths, with Vorst third. Jim King, Jr., who conditions Newborn Sassy and owns with CC Racing, said she remains eligible for the Matron, which, for the first time, will limit its field to the top money winners. "I'm not sure if she'll go. You don't know who'll go on and who'll win what," King said. "I'd hate to train her for five weeks and be Also Eligible." Cut And Paste cruised on the front end in 1:54.4 after Tetrick gave her a leisurely 58:3 front half on the point. "We got good fractions, and my filly really sprinted off," Tetrick said. "She's really quick off the wings and really handy." The daughter of Well Said-On The Arm scored in 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Danika P. She Devil Rusty rallied for show. Linda Toscano conditions Cut And Paste for Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. $100,798 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the co-feature on Wednesday's program, Hot Curry, Casey T and Twice A Night -- nary a favorite among them -- each took a split. A nine-race maiden entering the stake, Hot Curry had little trouble overtaking the 1-6 selection, Lookin Sharp, in the lane and prevailing in 1:57.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. My Pink Bike followed the winner's cover for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Lookin Sharp saved show. "She's actually a sweetheart, but she's had bad luck here and there," Palone said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Spiceberry Hanover. "I thought the race would play out for her. Speed hasn't been any good, and I thought she'd be able to tag along behind the favorite." Casey T blew by Windowshopper in the stretch and defeated her by 2 lengths for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:58.1. Grace N Vanity earned show. The win marked a return to form for the homebred daughter of Madison River-Gia after a series of break-marred efforts. "It was mostly soreness," said Todd Rooney, who trains Casey T and owns with Foge McKeever and Elden Thompson. "She was right on the edge of needing to be shut down, but we were able to keep her patched together. When we got her good, we decided to keep her going for this race. I think she'll be a nice 3-year-old. I have a Chapter Seven half-brother to her going to the Lexington Sale." When Twice A Night jumped it off at the start, she figured to be racing for education only. But the race turned into a break-fest -- 1-5 favorite Twill Be Done made an unforced error on the lead; Ginny Weasley did the same after inheriting the lead -- Twice a Night was back in the hunt. She took maximum advantage, triumphing in 1:59.2. Candelaria Deo was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "She was not herself today," said winning driver Jackie Ingrassia, who owns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Working Girl with Arden Homestead Stable. "She was very antsy and tough in the paddock, kicking the walls. I didn't think she would get back in the race at all. Even without the breakers, I think she would have been right there because she was loaded with trot finishing." Frank Ingrassia trains Twice A Night. Friday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 2-year-old colts and geldings -- a $122,800 trot and a $108,000 pace. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hot Type spotted Tamarind 6-1/2 lengths, then wore him down in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Hot Type was sitting fourth when Mike Wilder sent him first over after Tamarind. The 4-year-old Chocolatier-Lithograph gelding closed in relentlessly despite the sloppy going and defeated Tamarind by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Trustworthy Kid recovered from an early break to earn show. Ron Burke trains Hot Type, who extended his career bankroll to $180,926, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2015 -- Competing at The Meadows for the first time since Aug. 1, Atta Boy Dan showed his customary fondness for his home track as he survived a wicked 26.3 opening panel and captured Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. Atta Boy Dan's travels took him to Harrah's Philadelphia, Scioto Downs and Charlottetown, where he finished second in the final of the Gold Cup and Saucer. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding was as sharp as usual at The Meadows, winning a three-ply battle for the early lead and rolling home in 1:50.1 for Dave Palone. Long shot Dealin Dan shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $410,192 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Monte Cristo Spur collected his third win in the last four starts — a 10-1 upset, no less — when he roared through the lane and captured Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   With Major Athens fronting the field through a swift 1:23.4 three quarters, trainer/driver Dick Stillings was content to keep Monte Cristo Spur in fourth along the pylons. Stillings showed him racetrack around the final turn, and the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella found another gear and rolled home in 1:53.4, a head better than the rallying Hot Type. Tall Cotton earned show. Richard Davis campaigns Monte Cristo Spur, who extended his career bankroll to $175,516.   Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

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