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WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2014 -- Mamas Fallen Angel and Seashell Hanover each captured her second straight split in Friday's Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in next week's championship leg of the series for 3-year-old fillies. Americangirlfriend took the other $17,500 series division, giving Tony Hall a series double behind Americangirlfriend and Mamas Fallen Angel. Looped from the gate, Mamas Fallen Angel had little trouble disposing of the field, widening her lead around the final turn. She triumphed geared down in 1:54, 4-1/2 lengths better than A And G's Delight, with Bet On Me Hanover third. Norm Parker trains the daughter of Well Said-Latte Lady for Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Seashell Hanover experienced a similar trip, working hard to get the early lead but drawing off late. The 1-5 favorite opened up in the stretch for Dave Palone to score in 1:54.3, 3-3/4 lengths ahead of Eloquent Velocity. Baby Cat earned show. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Stolly Up Bluechip for William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Twilight Bonfire moved three wide from the three-quarters to nail Windsong Jack at the wire in 1:51 for Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Early leader Outrageous Art finished third. The 4-year-old son of The Panderosa-Firelight Dancer extended his career bankroll to $940,840. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Aaron Merriman drove six winners on Thursday (April 17) at Northfield Park. Merriman's winners included Common Creed ($14.40) in race two, Hula Lu ($6.00) in race four, Addys Secret ($10.00) in race six, Cams Van Go ($3.40) in race eight, Ride A Cowboy ($4.40) in race 10 and Mount Joy ($3.20) in race 12. Merriman, 35, began driving in 1998 and has since garnered 6,328 career victories and is in excess of $32,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 99 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, ranking him third in the local driving ranks. Only Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (134) and Josh Sutton (133) have more local driving wins this year than Aaron Merriman. Merriman also drives at The Meadows in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he has also been winning races at an impressive rate. To date, Merriman has garnered 204 wins so far in 2014, more than any driver other in North America. Although Merriman has more wins than any other driver this year he says that he is not pushing himself to win the 2014 Dash Title. "It would be great if it would happen," said Merriman. "But, I have not set any goals for myself to chase." Instead of chasing career goals by driving other venues on his days off, Merriman balances being a successful driver with being a successful father. Kristopher Merriman, Aaron's 11 year-old son and Tessa Koran, Aaron's girlfriend, take precedence. "They are the most important part of my life," stated Merriman. Among various family activities, Merriman helped coach Kristopher's basketball team to a third-place finish in their league. "Things are just going really well right now and I hope that continues," offered Merriman. "I love winning races. The winner's circle is always a happy place and it is very gratifying to make people happy." by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2014 -- Sitting fifth at the half, Steppin Out launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her second straight series victory in Wednesday's Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Call Me A Winner and Glide By Shooting also took $17,500, second-leg divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. The series championship is set for Wednesday, April 23. Steppin Out trailed by 6 lengths before Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Hierarchy. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling put that one away and rolled to victory in 158.3, 3 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Glams K. Ideal Emma finished third. Chas Norris trains Steppin Out for Glat Kosher Racing. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Magic Wheel endured a demanding 27.4 opening panel and held off the stalking Mistress Valentine to defeat her by a neck in 1:54.3. Unefoisdansmavie rallied for show. Tony Hall piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Ws Balanced Wheel, who now boasts $540,620 in career earnings, for trainer Kris Hite and owner Tom Svrcek. Dave Palone drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2014 -- Cammikey powered to the lead at the quarter and romped through the slop to capture his second straight series victory in Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Somesizesomestyle took the other $17,500 division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series final is set for Tuesday, April 22. Cammikey won his opening series split with a decisive quarter-pole move and followed the same script Tuesday, scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:54.3. Early leader Mattamerican was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Dealin Dan third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Somesizesomestyle enjoyed a fine freshman campaign, earning a pair of wins as well as a fourth-place finish in the final of the American National. Although idle since that stake, he retook for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Jackson Brady to defeat him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.1. Time Running Out was third. Ron Burke conditions the some of Somebeachsomewhere-Honey Bunny for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Stable 45. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid converted a pocket trip to victory by shooting the Lightning Lane for Brian Zendt and downing the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Holy Halibut, who saw his three-race win streak snapped, finished third. Walter "Boots" Dunn conditions Trustworthy Kid, a 5-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $191,036 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 14, 2014 -- Axios captured his second straight series win, and fourth consecutive victory overall, in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Frost Free Hanover and Jett Star also took $17,500 divisions in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The series championship is set for Monday, April 21. Axios quarter-poled to the lead for Wilbur Yoder and held off the late challenge of the first-over Son Of A Ridge to defeat him by 1/2 length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Hawaiian Phyr was third. Rich Gillock trains Axios, a Malabar Millennium-P Town Girl gelding, and owns with Barbara Richardson. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady also stretched her winning streak to four with a facile front-end victory in 1:52.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Doubelieveinmagic rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. A 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox, Foxy Lady pushed her career bankroll to $720,122. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds horsemen that auctions for breedings to the Pennsylvania stallions Crazed and Tom Ridge, end tomorrow.   The breedings were donated by Hanover Shoe Farms and Ted Tomson, respectively. Money raised by the auctions goes directly to the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The auctions are being conducted by the website www.ongait.com, and additional information is available there. The auctions end at 12Noon eastern on Tuesday, April 15.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, April 11, 2014 -- Off 6-1/2 months since wrapping up her freshman season, Seashell Hanover blitzed the field with a powerful first-over move and scored easily in Friday's Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Mamas Fallen Angel and Bet On Me Hanover also took $17,500 opening-leg divisions in the series for 3-year-old pacing fillies named for Do Me Honor, a fast-class mare currently competing at The Meadows for Bill Bercury. Dave Palone and Ron Burke, who teamed for four winners on the day, enjoyed a series double with Seashell Hanover and Bet On Me Hanover. Making her first start in the Burke stable, Seashell Hanover sat fourth before launching her decisive backside move. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Stolly Up Bluechip scored in 1:55.3 on a sloppy surface, 5-1/4 lengths better than Marissa. Early leader Bella's Quik finished third. William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli own Seashell Hanover. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dedi's Dragon retook the lead from Sam Hill at the quarter pole, then held on for Palone and Burke to defeat Sam Hill by 1/2 length in 1:53.1, with Top Of The Mark third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Tracy Hendler own Dedi's Dragon, a 4-year-old son of Dragon Again-Dedi's Dream who now boasts $614,459 in career earnings. Tony Hall drove five winners on the 15-race card while Eric Ledford fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for Dan Rawlings. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling. In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts. Aaron Merriman moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Brian Zendt each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2014 -- Cammikey exploded to the front at the quarter and widened his advantage from there, rolling to an easy victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Mattamerican took the other $17,500 division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, which is named for Visible Gold, a fast-class performer from the Ron Burke stable. Using Lasix for the first time, Cammikey, the 2-5 favorite, zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt after getting away third and jogged in 1:53.4, a lifetime mark. Jackson Brady was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Time Running Out third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and 2004 Breeders Crown champion Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Mattamerican was a 10-race maiden entering the Visible Gold, but he, too, showed improvement in his initial start on Lasix. He moved first over for Greg Grismore to collar the leader, Heart Felt, and held off the late thrust off Dealin Dan to triumph by a nose in 1:54.2. Heart Felt saved show. Norm Parker conditions the son of Allamerican-Native-Mattadorable for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Tamarind powered to the front past the quarter and thwarted the Lightning Lane charge of Trustworthy Kid to defeat him by a neck in 1:54.2 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The first-over Kirty Dream was third. A 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, Tamarind soared over $500,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 7, 2014 -- Axios enjoyed a cozy pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest opening-leg division in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Upfront Billy Boy and Andover The Gold also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The event is named for TSM Photo Bugger, Ted Tomson's hard-hitting trotter who competes regularly in Preferred contests at The Meadows. Axios had won two straight entering the series but was facing more experienced company in the TSM Photo Bugger. He rated kindly for Wilbur Yoder before blowing by the leader, Tea Party Politics, to down him by a length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Jett Star was third. Rich Gillock trains the Malabar Millennium-Town Girl gelding and owns with Barbara Richardson. Upfront Billy Boy suffered gaiting problems in his recent outings but was using Lasix for the first time Monday. He followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and surged late to edge Son Of A Ridge by a head in 1:59.3, a career best. Glide To Glory earned show. Bill Zendt conditions Upfront Billy Boy, a Donato Hanover-Wherley gelding, and owns with Up Front Racing. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

LEBANON, OH. - With a month left in its inaugural season, Miami Valley Raceway is pleased to announce it has attracted a stellar list of nominees for its first-ever Grand Circuit races on closing night, Sunday, May 4. The Chip Noble Memorial, for older pacing mares, has attracted 19 nominations with combined lifetime earnings over $9.5 million. The Miami Valley Distaff, for older trotting mares, has 29 nominees with a combined lifetime bounty over $10 million. A pair of millionairesses remain eligible to each of the much-anticipated events. Rocklamation ($1,771,329) and Camille ($1,020,591) are the richest pacers on the list which includes a half-dozen who have won quicker than 1:50. The pair recently finished a neck apart in a photo finish leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for female free-for-allers at Yonkers. At least five other nominees are currently competing in the prestigious Blue Chip Matchmaker Series including multiple leg winners Somwherovrarainbow and Yagonnakissmeornot. Other notables on the Chip Noble Memorial nomination list are Shebestingin, who won 12 races in 2013 including the Nadia Lobell, Matron and Glen Garnsey stakes and was favored in the Breeders Crown championship; Betterluvnexttime, who triumphed an amazing 17 times last season; Jerseylicious, who finished third in the 2013 Jugette; American Girl, who has won back-to-back mares Invitationals at Hoosier; and Miami Valley track record holder Ohmybelle, whose current 1:53.3 track standard will definitely be in jeopardy on May 4. On the trotting side, Maven ($1,423,969) and Cedar Dove ($1,177,330) sport the largest lifetime bankrolls, partially due to their one-two finish in last year's Breeders Crown divisional championship. Fifteen other nominees, however, all have earnings in excess of $250,000 and a total of eleven of the mares nominated to the 'Distaff' have winning trot records under 1:53. D'Orsay finished third in the aged Breeders Crown race and won the Muscle Hill in 2013. Ma Chere Hall was last year's Matron winner and runnerup in the Kentucky Filly Futurity; Mistery Woman won the Zweig; Classic Martine finished second in the Hambletonian Oaks; and Frau Blucher was second in the three-year-old Breeders Crown and won a division of The Buckette. Perfect Alliance is currently a perfect seven-for-seven in 2014 including a clean sweep of the Singer Memorial series at The Meadowlands; while Daylon Miracle has won five of her last six starts in open preferred company at The Meadows. Estimated purse for the Chip Noble Memorial pace is $50,000. The Miami Valley Distaff trot will race for approximately $60,000. The top nine 2013-14 money winners that enter will comprise the fields for these Grand Circuit races with any other qualified mares that enter and don't get in the races entitled to a berth in an open event on the same program or a refund of their nominating and sustaining payments. From the Miami Valley Race Office

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2014-2015 Collegiate Scholarship Program.   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 Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship (sponsored by Fran Azur) and the Tom Ridge Scholarship (sponsored by Ted Tomson).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver 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 received on or before Friday, May 2, 2014. To apply, please visit the MSOA's website, www.themsoa.com.   by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, April 4, 2014 -- Last at the half and facing a tough journey in the slop, Southern Allie unleashed a relentless first-over move to capture his second straight victory -- and fourth in his last five races -- in Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southern Allie trailed by 7-1/2 lengths when Eric Ledford sent him after the leader, Dedi's Dragon, who was making his first start of 2013. He needed every bit of stretch to do it, but Southern Allie nailed Dedi's Dragon by a nose in 1:54, with early leader Brooklyn Flight a close-up third. Randy Bendis trains Southern Allie, a 7-year-old Allie's Western-Pershing Angela gelding who now boasts $688,019 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack, Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber. Dave Palone drove four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 14-race card while Tyler Stillings collected training and driving doubles. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

Columbus, OH --- The USTA's online entry program, which has been in the beta testing phase during the past month, is scheduled to go live on April 7. When the platform kicks off officially on Monday, nine racetracks are signed up and ready to start taking online entries. The nine tracks are Balmoral Park, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway, Maywood Park, The Meadows, Plainridge Racecourse, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Northfield Park, and Yonkers Raceway. "We are ready to go with nine tracks and about 40 trainers that have been part of the testing period," said USTA Director of Registry and Member Services T.C. Lane. "But this is going to grow rapidly as new racetracks and trainers are being added every day." During the beta testing period that began on March 17, more than 700 horses were entered electronically by nearly 40 trainers, including Ron Burke who entered more than 130 during the trial. Of the tracks participating, Dover Downs accepted 269 online entries as of April 1. "It's going to be a big help for stakes especially," said Burke, the 2013 Trainer of the Year. "But for the everyday racehorses, it's still going to be a tremendous advantage." The USTA has produced an informative video that describes the benefits of online entries and serves as a tutorial for trainers on how to use the platform. The video can be viewed here. With the USTA's new, online entry program, harness racing becomes the first of the racing breeds in North America to have the capability to enter horses electronically. It allows trainers to enter their horses via the internet from computers or mobile devices days ahead of the current system. The online entry project was spearheaded by Lane and Sherry Antion-Mohr, USTA director of information technology. "Trainers can now map out their racing schedules at their own leisure, a week or more in advance," said Lane. "It also makes things much easier for race secretaries at the tracks." Trainers can start to enter horses electronically as soon as the condition sheet is made available from the race office, typically seven to 10 days before the races. by Dan Leary, for the USTA

Horsemen at The Meadows took some time between races yesterday to create what could be a first...a harness racing "selfie" video.   from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, April 2, 2014 -- Magic Wheel sat comfortably behind 3-5 favorite Unefoisdansmavie, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie cut out a leisurely 59 first half and appeared poised for an easy victory. But when Dan Charlino guided Magic Wheel to the Lightning Lane, the 6-year-old Kadabra-Ws Balanced Wheel mare had little trouble putting away Unefoisdansmavie, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Mistress Valentine also shot the Lightning Lane for show. Kris Hite trains Magic Wheel, who now boasts $528,220 in career earnings, for Tom Svrcek. Aaron Merriman drove six winners on the 15-race card, capping his spectacular day by urging Delightful One home at 18-1. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

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