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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 10, 2018 -- Whambamthankumaam skyrocketed to the front with a quick backside burst that caught the field flat footed, and she rolled to a convincing 11-1 victory in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Whambamthankumaam was third when trainer/driver Greg Wright, Jr. sent her after the leader, Dreamsteeler. The 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Mojo N The Morning opened a daylight lead and prevailed in 1:56.3 over a "good" surface. Homepage, who was left without cover when the winner drew away, soldiered on and finished second, 3-1/2 lengths back, while RV Janet was a ground-saving third. Thomas Mucci campaigns Whambamthankumaam, who extended her career bankroll to $124,504. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2018 -- Graceful Vision overpowered the leader, Fox Valley Charm, with an impressive first-over move that carried her to a comfortable harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Graceful Vision was fifth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano unleashed her. The 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Vision Of Grace cleared and crossed over before the three-quarters, rolling home in 1:55 over a "good" surface. Cruzin Coco rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Fox Valley Charm saved show. Doug Snyder trains Graceful Vision, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Frank Poerio, Jr. Pantaleano collected four wins and Dave Palone three on the 12-race card.  THE MEADOWS ADDS $15,000 GUARANTEE FOR WEDNESDAY PICK 5 On Wednesday, Jan. 10, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $6,946.39. In addition, Wednesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2018 -- Phoenix Warrior N notched his second straight harness racing victory when he retook at the quarter and sailed home from there in Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phoenix Warrior N released Arthur Pendragon to the lead but quickly reassumed control for Dan Rawlings. He kept Arthur Pendragon at bay with a 27.3 final panel and downed him by a length in 1:52.3 over a "good" surface. Hawk's Red Chief finished third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding who extended his career bankroll to $220,693, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Dave Palone and trainer Marcus Marashian teamed for three victories on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder and trainer Norm Parker also enjoyed triples. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 4, 2018 -- A "win machine" in 2017 with 15 victories, Barn Girl launched the new year in her customary fashion with a harness racing front-end score in Thursday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl zipped to the front from post 7 for Aaron Merriman and easily turned back the first-over bid of Dreamsteeler. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie held off the late challenge of the third-over Classical Annie to defeat her by a neck in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Lady Ping finished third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $579,868, for Renee Bercury. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Merriman each collected a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 2, 2018 -- Phoenix Warrior N stalked Lincolnjames from the pocket, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In the season-opening featured race, with the weather frigid but sunny, Lincolnjames quarter-poled to the front and turned back the first-over challenge of Nimble And Quick. But he was no match for Phoenix Warrior N, who knifed inside for Dan Rawlings and scored in 1:54.2 over a "good" surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than Lincolnjames, with Atta Boy Dan third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding who extended his career bankroll to $211,693, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Aaron Merriman and Mike Wilder each collected four wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2017 -- For the second time in 10 days, Classicality turned back the challenge of Wind Of The North and captured Saturday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On Dec. 20, Classicality pocketed Wind Of The North and drew away from him late. Saturday's challenge was more serious, as Wind Of The North pulled even with Classicality into the final turn. But the 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding reasserted in the lane for Brian Zendt and downed Wind Of The North by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:55 over a "good" surface. Lady's Dude finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, who now boasts $538,492 in career earnings. Speaking of the broodmare Penn Worthy Lane, it was a banner day for her, as another of her sons, Trustworthy Kid, took the card's subfeature, a $13,000 conditioned trot, for Zendt and Dunn. Zendt finished the 13-race program with three victories. Following a New Year's Day break, The Meadows kicks off its 2018 live schedule Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2017 -- Lady Ping found a way off the cones when a rival broke stride, and the 2-5 harness racing favorite exploded through the lane to capture her third straight in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady Ping was stalking Bessie from the pocket when Rose Run Reanna ranged up alongside and appeared to relegate Lady Ping to the Lightning Lane. But when Rose Run Reanna jumped it off, Dave Palone angled Lady Ping off the pylons and showed her racetrack. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Ping Putter responded with a big brush and a win by a widening 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Classical Annie, the winner's stablemate, finished second, with Dreamsteeler third. Ron Burke trains Lady Ping, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $210,564, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2017 -- Graceful Vision zipped to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment thereafter in capturing Tuesday's harness racing $17,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Graceful Vision easily turned back the first-over challenge of Spreester and drew away from the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Charm to defeat her by 3 lengths in 1:53.4. Southwind Roulette finished third at 55-1. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Vision of Grace, who extended her career bankroll to $190,460, for trainer Doug Snyder and owner Frank Poerio, Jr. Mike Wilder and Pantaleano each collected four wins on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association proudly announces its annual awards for the top harness racing horses at The Meadows in 2017.   Each winner among the 12 categories now has an opportunity to be voted Pacer/Trotter of the Year and Meadows Horse of the Year. Balloting will take place among the MSOA's members.   This year, the individual category winners were based upon new criteria set forth by the MSOA's Board of Directors which focused on each horse's earnings at The Meadows. All owners must be members of the MSOA.   The top freshman pacing colt of the year is Like Clockwork, owned by Birnam Wood Farms and trained by Tim Twaddle. The pacer took a mark of 1:52.2 and earned over $87,000 with six wins in eight starts.   Paula Sokol's Rock N On Sunshine has been named the MSOA's top 2-year-old filly pacer for 2017. A three-time winner, the filly took a mark of 1:55.4 and earned over $21,000 for trainer Rich Gillock.   Top freshman trotting honors go to What A Hunk, owned by Susan Daugherty and trained by her husband, Bill Daugherty, Jr. A two-time winner in 2017, What A Hunk took a mark of 1:59.3 and earned just under $30,000.   Explosive G, owned by Richard Hess and trained by Wilbur Yoder, has been named the MSOA's 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year. She earned over $53,000 with a mark of 1:59.2, winning twice in nine starts.   Among three-year-old colt pacers, Louie's So Bossy was named to the top spot. Joseph Soltis owns, and Paul Corey trains Louie's So Bossy, who took a 2017 mark of 1:52.1.   Terrortina, owned by breeder Bob Key, earned sophomore pacing filly honors. A stake filly, she took a mark of 1:53 for trainer Norm Parker. Terrortina successfully defended her title from 2016, when she was named the MSOA's top 2-year-old pacing filly.   Also defending his title in 2017 was Media Buzz, the top 3-year-old trotting colt. After winning the award as a 2YO in 2016, Media Buzz pushed his career earnings over $100,000 this year with a mark of 1:54.2. Steve Bush trains and co-owns with Dennis and Alvira Fassett.   Mimosa Hanover was named the MSOA's 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year after winning six of 25 starts in her first year of racing. Dan Altmeyer trained and co-owned with Richard Kelson, Heather Wilder and Jeff Altmeyer. Mimosa Hanover earned over $80,000 before being sold to other local connections at the Harrisburg Sale.   Call For Justice parlayed his lengthy local win streak earlier in the year into Aged Trotting Horse/Gelding of the Year honors. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Call For Justice won a total of 12 races for the season for trainer Ron Burke.   Barn Girl, owned by Renee Bercury and trained by Bill Bercury, was dominant throughout the year, winning 15 of 31 starts en route to being named the MSOA's Aged Trotting Mare of the Year. She lowered her lifetime mark to 1:53.   The Bercury Stable also captured both sides of the Aged Pacing awards, with Dapper Dude and Spreester. Dapper Dude won 13 of 35 starts with a season mark of 1:50 and 2017 earnings in excess of $150,000. Spreester earned more than $100,000 this year with a mark of 1:52.1, posting four wins in 34 starts.   Finally, the MSOA's Aged Pacing Mare of the Year is Show Runner, owned by A Piece of the Action Stable.   Show Runner competed at the top distaff level most of the season for trainer Christy Pantaleano.   The top three awards will be announced - and all 12 winners will be honored - at the annual Night of Champions event, to be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Post Time is 5:30pm.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 25, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, Dec. 26 Pick 4 harness rscing wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows upped the ante when Saturday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $4,216.97. 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 Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2017 -- Arthur Pendragon unleashed a stunning uncovered move in the slop that catapulted him past the leader, Dapper Dude, and on to a 7-1 upset harness racing victory in Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon was fourth when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude. The 4-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding was on top in a heartbeat and scored in 1:53.2. To his credit, Dapper Dude did not let another horse pass and saved second, 6-1/4 lengths back, while Hawk's Red Chief rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Arthur Pendragon, who extended his career bankroll to $161,710, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Jack Piatt III. After a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4. First post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 20, 2017 -- Classicality wrested the early lead from Wind Of The North and had little trouble holding him off late in capturing Wednesday's $18,000 harness racing "Preferred Handicap Trot" at The Meadows. Classicality had to go in 27 to get that early lead, but he had enough in the tank for Brian Zendt to thwart the first-over bid of Lady's Dude and widen in the lane. He downed Wind Of The North by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.2 while True Blue Stride rallied for show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $529,492 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Zendt on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 19, 2017 -- Lady Ping strolled through a comfortable 59 first half that kept the 1-5 favorite, Barn Girl, at bay, and rolled to an easy harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once Dave Palone gave Lady Ping that leisurely half, neither the first-over bid of Classical Annie nor the Lightning Lane charge of Barn Girl was effective. Lady Ping triumphed in 1:56, 3/4 lengths better than Barn Girl, while Classical Annie held show. Ron Burke trains Lady Ping, a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Ping Putter who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2017 -- Safe From Terror reclaimed her lead in the battle for "winningest" harness racing standardbred in North America in 2017, capturing her 22nd victory this year in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Safe From Terror has been dueling with the western New York-based mare Quicksilvercandy A, who has 21 wins this season. Assigned post 8, Safe From Terror was parked through a blistering 26.3 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place still was much the best, as she widened her lead late for Jim Pantaleano to score in 1:51.3. Miss Mady shot the Lightning Lane for second, 5-1/4 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Shady Caroline third. Diana Riegle trains Safe From Terror, who now boasts $889,457 in career earnings, for Winchester Baye Acres. Pantaleano collected five wins on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2017 -- Southwind Amazon endured a hotly contested 26.3 opening quarter and had plenty left late en route to a 10-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon picked up valuable cover when Lincolnjames retook the lead, and he blew by that rival in the lane to triumph in 1:51.4 for Dan Rawlings. Atta Boy Dan shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a length, while Lincolnjames saved show. Paul Holzman trains Southwind Amazon, a 7-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding who now boasts $523,697 in career earnings, for Ameer Najor. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 15, 2017 -- Prompted by a three-day carryover of $19,774, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $50,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 harness racing wager on Saturday, Dec. 16. The guarantee is offered in association with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. In addition, Saturday's card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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 Saturday's program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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