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More Dragon survived a demanding first quarter and rolled on to a convincing victory in Saturday's $32,500 championship of the Atta Boy Dan Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. More Dragon was parked throughout a 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead. Winning driver Dave Palone said he wasn't overly concerned about the potential impact of that swift quarter. "We were just looking for everybody to get settled," Palone said. "It was just a matter of everybody finding a spot and then moving him to the front. He responded really strong through the wire." Once on top, More Dragon easily parried the first-over thrust of Trelane to score in 1:54.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Arthur Pendragon. Rip This Joint was third. Palone indicated More Dragon, who's fresh enough with only three starts this year, may turn out to be a top performer. "I think he's a pretty good colt," Palone said. "I know they'll be out there in 1:49 miles, but he's been well within himself. I've seen these kinds of horses move to other tracks and shade 1:50. He has a terrific attitude. The only knock on him is he's a little fella, but he takes great big steps, and he has a good way of doing it." Ron Burke trains More Dragon, a Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts was able to slip by three horses in an early jackpot and prevail in 1:52.2. The trouble began when both Seventh Secret and Unlocked broke stride while trying for the lead, placing Sam Hill in a precarious position behind them. Aaron Merriman kept Sam Hill clear of the rest of the field, enabling Dew N Doughnuts and Tony Hall to ease through safely along the pylons. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration defeated the rallying Easy Again by a length, with the first-over Cammikey third. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $314,274 in lifetime earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Palone piloted five winners and Mike Wilder four on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dismissed at 19-1, Breedlove launched an explosive uncovered move that gobbled up the field and carried him to a 19-1 upset victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters honors Classicality, a fast-class trotter currently performing at The Meadows for Dunn Stable. Breedlove, with only a maiden victory to his credit, got away third from post 8 and moved willingly first over for Mike Wilder down the backside, He drew off to score in 1:58.1, 5-1/4 lengths better that early leader Chip's Halloffame, with Treasure Quest K third. Norm Parker trains the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall for Shaleni Farm LLC. The other $17,500 Classicality division was an odd-looking affair that began innocently enough when Moneycounts De Vie left for Dan Rawlings from post 8 and appeared to be settling in the pocket. But the leader, Judge Russell, broke stride, left the course and continued to race inside the pylons. In all the confusion, Moneycounts De Vie found himself shuffled, without apparent racing room. But Rawlings angled him off the cones, and the Andover Hall-Nordicdish gelding powered home to triumph in 1:57.3. The first-over Meadowbranch Memo was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Edinburgh earned show. Dirk Simpson conditions Moneycounts Di Vie for James Bafia and Dirk Simpson Stable. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Mark Goldberg enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Let go at a juicy 25-1, Stirling Euphoria moved powerfully first over to score the upset in Monday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Lenore Karidian took the other $17,500 opening-leg division in the event for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. The series is named for Do Me Honor, a fast-class pacer who has banked more than $682,000 and is currently racing for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. A lightly raced filly making only her fifth career start, Stirling Euphoria responded like a seasoned veteran when Dave Palone sent her first over -- in the slop -- after the leader, Wasaga Beach. She spurted clear and scored in a career-best 1:56, surviving an inquiry for a possible pylon violation. Terror Grin rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Ben Davis trains the daughter of Western Ideal-Chattanooga for Brent Hopper, S&S Racing Stable and Kenneth York. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester moved second over to victory for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of American ideal-Rodeo Spree, who now boasts $431,271 in career earnings, triumphed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than Show Runner. Set Me Up was third. The day's honoree, Do Me Honor, competed in the event and finished fifth. Jim Pantaleano piloted six winners -- including a pair for his wife, trainer Christen Pantaleano -- while Palone fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Like a Timex watch of yore, Rockin Ron takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'. He demonstrated that once again in Saturday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows when, for the fourth consecutive start, he was parked in a sub-27 opening quarter while trying for the lead. He prevailed easily Saturday, just as he did the previous three races, and stretched his overall winning streak to seven. Once the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding settled on the front for Dave Palone, he repelled the first-over challenge of Dew N Doughnuts and scored in 1:51, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unlocked. Dew N Doughnuts saved show. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, who now boasts $189,918 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and trainer Paul Corey each enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual College Games at The Meadows Racetrack on Saturday, April 9.   Teams from several colleges around the region will be represented, taking part in various games of skill to earn money for their respective charities of choice. The MSOA has donated $2,000 to be divided among the winning teams for their various charities.   Games will include bowling in The Meadows Lanes, basketball, harness racing handicapping, kan jam and an obstacle course. Weather permitting, a 5/8 mile match race featuring a member of each of the top four teams, paired with a top Meadows driver and horse, will decide the championship.   All participants will receive a "swag bag" featuring gifts from the MSOA and the Washington Wild Things baseball team. Lunch will be provided by the MSOA.   Registration begins at 11:30AM, and the games start at 12:45PM. First race post for the 15-race card that day will be 1:00PM.   Students must be 18 to participate, and teams will consist of five members.   For more information or to register in advance, contact the MSOA office at 724-228-3644 or email   Jeff Zidek

Rose Run Parker endured a brutal first quarter but rolled on to a harness racing victory -- his fourth straight -- in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Rose Ron Parker was three wide for most of the 27.1 opening panel and didn't clear to the lead until the three-eighths. But once he settled in for Dave Palone, he held off the late charge of his stablemate, I Know My Chip, and downed him by a length in 1:52.3 Trustworthy Kid, who lacked racing room, finished third. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding who now boasts $664,240 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke and Palone each enjoyed four wins on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 2016-17 Collegiate Scholarship Program. The MSOA Scholarship program, which began in 2008, continues to grow. Thanks to generous donations from many members of the harness racing community, more than $13,000 will be available to deserving young men and women.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Western Ideal Scholarship (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms) and the Winning Mister Scholarship (sponsored by Winning Key Farms).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be submitted to the MSOA Office or postmarked no later than Friday May 6, 2016.   Visit for a copy of the application. Jeff Zidek  

Macharoundtheclock, a mare who won more than $500,000 in her career and thrilled crowds with her patented "Silky Sullivan" rallies, was retired from harness racing following her start Monday at The Meadows and will begin her career as a broodmare with a booking to Sweet Lou. Tim Twaddle, who trained the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, said her owner, Seth Rosenfeld's Birnam Wood Farms, actually planned to breed her last year to Sweet Lou, transfer the embryo and return Macharoundtheclock to racing. Unexpected complications prevented the mating from taking place, resulting in a prolonged layoff for Macharoundtheclock. "She came back off her game," Twaddle said. "She wasn't winning at the top levels like she had been. I think they were waiting for her to hit the half-million mark to retire her. "I knew my time with her was borrowed time, but I'm grateful for the time we had with her. It's been a treat racing a horse like her. I'll miss her." He said this retirement is final, as plans are for Macharoundtheclock to carry her foal. Macharoundtheclock couldn't write a storybook ending to her racing days, finishing seventh in a conditioned event. She completed her on-track career with 22 wins in 91 starts, 51 in-the-money finishes, $501,013 in earnings and a fine mark of 1:51.1 taken at Mohawk at 3. Rosenfeld and Twaddle have a concrete reminder of Macharoundtheclock in their barn. They're partners with Don Tiger in a 2-year-old half sister to the distinguished retiree. In Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Set Me up overcame post 9 with a second over trip that carried her to victory in 1:52.1 on a "good" surface, 1/2 length better than early leader Show Runner. Do Me Honor was third. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $413,255, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

UF Lindsay Lou Who completed her sweep of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares when she rolled to a front-end victory in Saturday's $30,800 championship at The Meadows. The harness racing card featured the finals of four series for 3- and 4-year-olds, with total purses of $122,500. Also taking championships were Wasaga Beach, Cantad Kid and Connecting Flight. UF Lindsay Lou Who had won four straight entering the Mary Wohlmuth championship but had to deal with post 7. She dueled for the early lead and had little trouble thereafter, scoring in 1:55.4 for Brian Zendt, trainer Leslie Zendt and owner Up Front Racing. Flowers N Songs was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with My Pink Bike third. Her performance in the series was something of a surprise, inasmuch as an injury prematurely ended the sophomore campaign of the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sweetspellosuccess. "Do you see how small she is? I didn't realize how good she'd be on the front," Brian Zendt said. "I don't think size matters to her. She has a different kind of attitude not all racehorses have. She just digs and digs. The last two or three trips, I was just sitting on her. She's been doing it like it's a training mile." Leslie Zendt indicated she'll give Upfront Lindsay Lou Who some time off before she returns to face overnight company. In the other championships: $28,700 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Wasaga Beach scored the most lopsided victory in the finals, enjoying comfortable early fractions before pouring it on to prevail in 1:54.3 for Tony Hall, 4-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Lucky Lucka. Call Me Lil Terror earned show. Hall, who piloted three winner on the card, said the addition of earplugs helped the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Adela Hanover. "She responds pretty well to them," Hall said. "Last year, she got a little warm at times, and we knew we would have to make a change to relax her. There's some stiff competition ahead for her, but right now, she's where she needs to be." Randy Bendis trains Wasaga Beach and owns with Reed Broadway, Tom Pollack and John Campbell. $31,000 Ken Weaver Memorial Trot -- Colts, Horses & Geldings When trainer Tyler Stillings purchased Cantad Kid for Rags To Riches of PA for $20,000 at the Blooded Horse Sale last November, the 4-year-old Mr Cantab-Nila Domarr gelding showed a strong preference for the front end. While that style was reasonably successful for Cantad Kid, Stillings wanted to add versatility to his game. "He might have been a little bit green," Stillings said. "He raced close up because he could leave the gate pretty well. We took the hopples off, and I think that relaxed him a little bit." The rigging change bore fruit Saturday when Cantad Kid saved his brush for the lane, triumphing for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Explosive Leggs rallied for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while early leader Wilberforce completed the ticket. Stillings said the schedule for Cantad Kid is uncertain. "We don't have any big plans for him," he said. "This was his Hambletonian." $32,000 Walter Russell Memorial Pace -- Colts, Horses & Geldings Connecting Flight atoned for an unforced break on the lead last week by vaulting to the front from post 9 for Dave Palone and scoring in a swift 1:52.1. Dr Drake Ramoray was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Arthur Pendragon third. "I'm not quite sure what happened to him last week," said Kevin Johnson, who conditions the 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding for Erv Miller. "It was a little muddy down the backside. Maybe some mud was hitting him the wrong way. But he bounced back pretty good. We didn't change anything or try anything different." He said Connecting Flight will be pointed to a series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Like many people during this election year, Phil Dott has a sign in his front yard. However, his doesn't display the name of his favorite candidate. Instead, Dott's sign proudly announces the arrival of the latest member of his family...a four-legged Standardbred member named Clavius.   Dott, 61, is a Standardbred owner and breeder from McMurray, Pennsylvania that first got hooked on harness racing in the 1970s. "I came to The Meadows and heard Roger Huston calling a race. That was it, I was hooked," he says. "There was no turning back from there."   He spent most of his life as just a fan, but five years ago decided to take the next step and become an owner. He met trainer Tim Twaddle and claimed a Real Artist mare named Hard Shoe Hannah. A lifetime winner of more than $280,000, Hard Shoe Hannah was a good racehorse, and Dott hoped that she would make a great broodmare prospect as well. "We turned her into a pet," he says. "She didn't race as well as we wanted to, so we sent her to Dennis and Gina Hoffman at Lindwood Farms to start a new career."   Hard Shoe Hannah's first foal was a Shark Gesture filly that was given an unusual name, Jeffrey Hard Shark. "My wife Adele and I named her after my nephew, who died at 12 of a brain tumor. I had told my brother that I would name the horse after his son. We wanted a colt, but it was a filly, and I still kept the name."   Jeffrey Hard Shark, co-owned by Dott and his friend John Valdisera, made a handful of appearances on the track last season before spending the winter in Pinehurst, North Carolina. "Gordon Corey trained her down there this winter. He's a very good trainer. I always liked Pinehurst. I used to play golf there and wanted my horse down there. We just brought her back and Tim (Twaddle) is getting her ready for her three-year-old season. Tim's a good guy and a good trainer."   The second foal, Pjonmyshoulder, by Hypnotic Blue Chip, is a two-year-old this season, and the latest arrival is Clavius, by Western Ideal, foaled this month at Lindwood, as the sign in his yard proudly notes. "Everybody stops by my house and sees the sign out there," he says. "Lindwood Farm also promotes it, and I've had nothing but positive comments. I love racing and The Meadows." That love is evident to anyone following Dott on the highway as well, where stickers with the names of his horses cover the back windows, just like the stick-family decorations on many minivans on the road.   Dott's goal in the sport is the same as most other owners, "Hopefully I can make some money and have really good, winning horses." But for now, he is just happy seeing his Standardbred family grow, and sharing that news with his family and friends. "I've tried not to spoil the horses, but I love them all. They're my babies."   by Jeff Zidek for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

Rose Run Parker took the lead at the quarter and coasted to his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Rose Run Parker and Dave Palone let the dust settle before attacking the leader, Tamarind. The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding made the point easily at the quarter and jogged home without a serious challenge. The 1-2 favorite scored in a career-best 1:52.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Tamarind, with the first-over I Know My Chip third. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $652,990, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and William Haas, Jr. Eric Goodell collected three wins on the 15-race card. In other news the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that it is donating $2,000 to the horsemen affected by the March 16 fire at the South Florida Training Center.   “It’s unfortunate that this situation has happened again, right on the heels of the fire in Ontario earlier this year,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock.  “It’s something you never want to hear, as we know all too well here at The Meadows, after our tragic fire years ago.  We know what our friends in Florida are going through, and we are happy to be able to send some assistance their way.”   Funds will be donated through the GoFundMe account set up by Michael Carter of the Post Time with Mike & Mike show.  The funds will then be sent to the Florida Standbred Breeders and Owners Association for distribution to the affected horsemen.    For more information, visit   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Making the first start of her 4-year-old harness racing campaign, Hannelore Hanover erased a 6-length deficit late to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Hannelore Hanover was Indiana's champion 3-year-old, banking $305,574 at 2 and 3. But she was facing distinguished mares off a layoff of more than five months, and when she was dawdling near the back of the back turning for home, it appeared the race would be little more than a tightener for her. But she responded to Dave Palone's urging and nailed the leader, Anaffairtoremember, by a neck in 1:54.2. Boo's Party Girl earned show. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Haas, Jr. and Frank Baldachino. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Jim Pantaleano collected five wins -- including three for trainer Norm Parker -- on Monday's 15-race harness racing program at The Meadows, perhaps not big news because those guys roll up impressive statistics regularly. Steve Walters won race 11 with Night Music on the Monday card, and that is big news because Walters was making only his fourth start in a purse race since 2008. His last win came in 2007 at The Meadows. Ironically, Walters wasn't originally named on Night Music. But when Tony Hall had to call off his assignments, trainer Jim Rothfuss tabbed Walters to replace him on the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal, a four-race maiden. The public wasn't deterred by Walters' long absence from the sulky, making Night Music the third choice at 7-2 in the $8,200 Non-Winners of 1 event for fillies and mares. Walters handled her capably and confidently, reaching the lead with a quarter-pole move and rationing her speed. She scored in 1:56.3, a neck ahead of Bettor Than Silk, with Cedar Wapsi Road third. Michael Ouriel and Howard Ouriel campaign Night Moves. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pouncing on a mistake by the 1-9 favorite, Keystone Dylan opened a daylight light and dug in late to pull off a 27-1 shocker in Saturday's third leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace. Cheapskate Hanover took the other $15,000 third-leg split in the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The championships of four current series at The Meadows, including the Walter Russell, are set for Saturday, March 26. Connecting Flight was sent off at 1-9 on the strength of his two previous series victories and was enjoying the lead, with Keystone Dylan and Mike Wilder chasing uncovered near the three-quarters. When Connecting Flight jumped it off, Keystone Dylan got safely around him and sprinted away from the field, which was scrambling to avoid the breaker. He had enough left to hold off Stone Fire Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4 over a sloppy surface. Official Stripes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Keystone Dylan, a 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Dawn gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino. Larry Karr and Michelle Yanek. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Rockin Ron showed again that he's the "Prince of Pace" at The Meadows when he overcame post 9 to capture his fifth straight race. The pocket-sitting Unlocked was second, 1/2 length back, with Doctor RJ third. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding, who now boasts $179,918 in career earnings, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Tony Hall and Burke each won five times on the 15-race card while Palone fashioned a four-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

UF Lindsay Lou Who continued her march through the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows when she won her third straight division in Wednesday's third leg. Flowers N Songs took the other $15,000 split in the event for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The championships of four current Meadows series, including the Mary Wohlmuth, are set for Saturday, March 26. Brian Zendt waited for the dust to settle before sending UF Lindsay Lou Who to the front. The 1-9 favorite jogged from there, prevailing in 1:57 for her fourth consecutive victory overall. My Pink Bike was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Regal Woman third. Leslie Zendt trains the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Sweetspellosuccess for Upfront Racing. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Rose Run Parker, making his first start in more than seven months, moved powerfully first over from fourth and scored convincingly in 1:52.2, a lifetime mark. Early leader Tamarind held second, 6-1/4 lengths back, while Final Breath rallied for show. Dave Palone drove the 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding, who now boasts $641,740 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and William Haas, Jr. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Celebrity Bugatti rolled to his second straight series victory in Tuesday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Marty De Vie captured the other $15,000 third-leg split in the event for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. Celebrity Bugatti was away second for Dan Rawlings, but after a sluggish 29.4 opening quarter, Rawlings thought the point might be a better place for the 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Dover Miss. Celebrity Bugatti had little trouble holding the lead, scoring in 1:58.2 over a "good" surface. Cantad Kid was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with the first-over Explosive Leggs third. Johnny Yoder trains Celebrity Bugatti and owns with Herman Hagerman and Rawlings. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie rebounded from a pair of subpar efforts to triumph for Jim Pantaleano in 1:55.3 Princess Pablano raced well first over but fell a nose short, while early leader Cowgirl Hall saw her three-race winning streak snapped when she finished third. Rick Clapper conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who extended her career bankroll to $215,464, 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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