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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead past the quarter and rolled to her second straight harness racing victory -- and 11th this year -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Spreester grabbed the early lead for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Spreester powered back to the front, put away the first-over Show Runner and prevailed in 1:53.1. Aniston Seelster held second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree who lifted her career bankroll to $524,576, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Trainer Kris Hite and owner Wendy Ross teamed for three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2016 -- The Meadows and The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) staged their annual "Pink Out" Saturday to aid cancer awareness and treatment with events that included a pair of $22,000 harness racing "benefit races". War Chief captured the "Pink Out for Cancer Trot" while Dapper Dude took the companion pace. War Chief was jumping to the elite class after a series of mixed-bag wins at fairgrounds and in raceway conditioned events. Tougher company proved no problem for the 5-year-old Royal Palm-Screamen Indian gelding, who unleashed his characteristic rally for owner/trainer/driver Ammon Hershberger to down Chef Lee by a head in 1:55.3 on a "good" surface. The first-over See The Wind finished third. Dapper Dude zipped to the front from post 2 for Aaron Merriman and easily parried several challenges, scoring in 1:52.2. The pocket-sitting Unlocked was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Atta Boy Dan a closing third. Bill Bercury conditions Dapper Dude, a 7-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who boosted his career bankroll to $994,110, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including the 5,000th of his career, while Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2016 -- Tony Hall notched career win 5,000 Saturday at The Meadows when he piloted Political Cash to victory in the 13th race. It was Hall's fifth victory on the harness racing card, making the day productive as well as historic. Hall, 38, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. He recalls those early days as a struggle. "It was a day-to-day grind back then, just trying to survive and make enough to keep afloat," he said. "I really didn't have a plan until I came here, started traveling quite a bit and driving a lot of horses." Hall, who currently ranks second in purses and third in UDRS at The Meadows, recorded career win 4,000 in January 2014. "That 5,000th win was kind of a goal for me," he said. "It's a number I've looked forward to, and it came a little quicker than I thought it would. It's a good thing for sure." Hall resides in Washington and operates a four-horse stable with his wife Ashley. He indicated he doesn't expect to change his routine in the near future. "Eventually, I'll go more towards training," he said. "For now, my wife and I will keep a small barn, and I'll keep driving the way I've been driving and see where it goes from there." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 18, 2016 -- Dismissed at 21-1 and buried in last, Barn Girl blazed wide through the stretch to pull off the harness racing upset in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Barn Girl trailed by 5 lengths into the final turn, a lively 1:24.3 three-quarters left the leaders vulnerable. When Dan Rawlings showed racetrack to the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, she circled the field and edged She Wore Red by a nose in 1:54.4. Anaffairtoremember finished third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $315,146, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Elsewhere on the card, Doug Snyder vaulted over $30 million in career purses when he guided Call To Post to victory in a conditioned trot. Snyder, 65, has amassed 6,443 winning drives and 400 training victories in his distinguished career. Call To Post achieved a milestone as well; the 7-year-old Tom Ridge-Poster Princess gelding, trained by Dane Snyder for Danielle Snyder, became a $300,000 performer with the victory. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 14-race program, giving him seven over the last two cards. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2016 -- Showing no ill effects from a layoff of more than six weeks, Spreester used a three-wide backside burst to capture Monday's harness racing's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Aniston Seelster vaulted to the front from post 8 but had to blaze a front half in 26.1/54.4 to stay there. That was the signal for Aaron Merriman to move Spreester from mid-pack. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree responded by gobbling up Aniston Seelster and holding off the rallying Show Runner by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Best Of Jenna finished third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who was won 31 of 86 career starts and $514,576, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Doug Snyder enjoyed a training/driving double. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 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 Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,163.43. In addition, Tuesday’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 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2016 -- On a brilliant fall Saturday, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino brought down the curtain on its 2016 stake season with four Keystone Classics for harness racing 2-year-olds competing for total purses of $460,796. The freshmen were as brilliant as the weather, as Caviart Wonder, Giveitgasandgo and Caviart Cherie all established stake records. Scott Zeron sparkled as well, piloting five stake winners -- the three record-setters among them. Zeron's cache included three victories for trainer Noel Daley and a pair for Caviart Farms. Highlights of Saturday's Keystone Classics: $111,399 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The record by Caviart Cherie may have been the most unlikely -- she entered the Keystone Classic a six-race maiden. Her trip was improbable as well, as Zeron sent her inside Big City Betty, who was jumping shadows for Aaron Merriman and making Zeron's winning move more perilous than usual. "Aaron took the three-wide path to be safe, and I just kind of squeaked up the middle," Zeron said. "It opened up a doorway for me to take, and my filly responded." The daughter of Well Said-Caviart Sarah scored in 1:51.3, eclipsing Robin Cruiser's previous stake mark of 1:52. Big City Betty settled down to finish second, 3 lengths back, while Terrortina shot the Lightning Lane for show. Daley conditions Caviart Cherie for Caviart Farms. Brazuca and V String captured the other divisions. Although Brazuca upset PA champion Agent Q in a Liberty Bell division, bettors sent Agent Q off the favorite. Just as she did in the Liberty Bell, Brazuca zipped to the front for Dave Palone and held off Agent Q by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Gotthisone Hanover was third. "I don't ever watch the tote board," said Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times -- acquired as a yearling for $65,000 -- for John Cancelliere and plans to send her to the Breeders Crown. "I come with my filly prepared to the best of her ability, and we go. And I'm lucky enough to have Dave driving her. He does a great job with her." With four fillies in the hunt late, V String had just enough to hold off Pittstop Danika by 3/4 lengths for Zeron, Daley and owners The OK Corral and Andrew Roberts. "When I was able to get that second-over trip, I was going to take it every day of the week," Zeron said. "The flow was nice and solid, and when I asked her to go three deep, she was great." $103,800 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot There was nothing unlikely about the performance by Giveitgasandgo. It was his seventh straight victory and extended his bankroll to $264,240. He was parked with cover past the quarter but prevailed in a career-best 1:54.4, erasing the old stake record of 1:55.2 held jointly by Keystone Activator and Pilgrim's Taj. The time also equaled Sutton's track record and is the fastest in this division this year on a five-eighths-mile track. Meteoric was second, beaten 1/2 length, with Monsta Hanover third. "We definitely went a lot faster fractions than I wanted to," Zeron said. "But he delivered when it came down to it. I tried to slow him up down the backside to give him a breather at some point in the mile, and I think I almost put him to sleep. He's a great big horse, so it was hard to start him back up again late." John Butenshoen trains the Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover ridgling for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, David Miller, Lawrence Means and VIP Internet Stable. The other division went to Andy M, who broke his maiden in 1:57 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Soho Hanover missed by a nose while Equestrianconxtion completed the ticket. "He's high speed, but it's the end of the year, and he's starting to feel it a little bit," Merriman said. "He was a little more bumpy than usual, a little rougher, and I had to help him a little, but he trotted the turns super." $119,399 2-Year-Old Filly Trot When Caviart Wonder blitzed the front half in 27.2/56, even Daley, her trainer, figured she would come back to earth. "Once she did that 27.2, I thought she'd be in a bit of trouble," Daley said. "She's a beautifully gaited little thing, and she's been bomb proof all year. But I didn't think she was that good." Yet Caviart Farms' daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done kept right on truckin', prevailing in 1:54.2. She lowered Fashion Athena's stake record of 1:55.1, Frau Blucher's track record of 1:54.4 and trotted the fastest mile in her division this year on a five-eighths mile track. Dangle Then Deke was 5-1/2 lengths back in second, with Miss Da Line third. Daley said Caviart Wonder, a $20,000 yearling purchase, is eligible for the final of the Kindergarten Series. Gin's Tonic and Crann Tara took the other splits. Gin's Tonic had lost all 10 career outings before Mike Simons guided her to a Lightning Lane score in 1:56.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than Trixie Dust. Long Driveway earned show. "We've been taking our time with her, and she she's been in with some really tough horses," said J. Neal Ehrhart, who trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-Don't Say Don't -- an $8,000 yearling acquisition -- for Virginia Ehrhart. "So we didn't abuse her. We raced her where she was comfortable. You've not seen the best of her yet." Crann Tara ground out a first-over victory for Marcus Miller, trainer Linda Toscano and owner William Donovan, putting away EZ Passer by 3/4 lengths. Lexi Marie finished third. "It was a pretty measured move," Miller said of the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Riches. "I thought as long as she didn't make a mistake, she was the best one in there, so I was being pretty careful getting her through the turns." $126,198 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace When Dragnet Alert blazed to a world-record 1:49.2 at the Red Mile last week, it was the mark of Sheer Desire and Palone that he wiped out. So there was a poetic touch when Palone swung into the sulky behind him for the Keystone Classic. The Dragon Again-Jettin Jenna gelding responded with a front-end score in 1:52 for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms Racing. Maconupwithedragon was a ground-saving second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Photobombr Hanover third. "I think he'd rather chase than be on the lead," Palone said. "He has a lazy way about him. But as soon as they came to him, he swelled up. I just didn't want to take any chances." In his division, Eddard Hanover matched that time with a front-end score for Mike Wilder, 2-1/2 lengths ahead of the rallying Mike's Z Tam. Northwest Yankee earned show. "I got to drive him on Adios Day, and he really raced huge. He circled the field and got nailed in the lights," Wilder said. "Today, I wanted him on the point if I could get there, and he was great. He grew into a nice colt." Ron Burke trains the Dragon Again-Edra Hanover gelding for Burke Racing Stable, JJK Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Summer Side, the 1-5 favorite, had to fight off a stiff challenge from Point Somewherelse to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, with early leader Cinnabar Dragon third. Zeron drove the son of Well Said-Beachy Lady for trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns with Howard Taylor. Summer Side now boasts a career bankroll of $161,936. "It became a duel down the lane, and my horse was never on the front before," Zeron reported. "He was a little lazy up there. It was an all-out stretch drive, and it made for a great race." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2016 -- She Wore Red zipped to the front for harness racing driver Tony Hall, easily withstood a mild challenge and scored an in-hand victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Rebounding from a tough trip last week when she was used hard twice and tired late, She Wore Red easily dispatched the only challenger she faced -- the first-over RV Janet. She prevailed in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Unefoisdansmavie, with Mistress Valentine a rallying third. John Melsheimer trains the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann, who extended her career bankroll to $187,525, for owner and co-breeder Joyce McClelland. There was more good news on the card for She Wore Red as her full brother Yankee Fashion, a 5-year-old gelding, earned show in a claiming trot. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race program while Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and Hall each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features four Keystone Classics -- all for 2-year-olds -- worth an estimated $425,000. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Struggling to make up ground on an off harness racing track, Waterview Hanover lunged at the wire and got up by a nose to collect her second Pennsylvania Fairs championship Saturday at The Meadows. On a chilly, overcast day when overnight and morning rain made for a "good" surface, The Meadows hosted all eight $24,200 finals for 2- and 3-year-olds. The air may have been cool, but the races were hot -- particularly the dramatic finish of Waterview Hanover in the 3-year-old filly trot. Susan Daugherty's daughter of Explosive Matter-Wherley faced several obstacles in the stretch -- a determined Real Caviar in front of her, a rallying Regal Woman behind her, a track that played heavy in the early part of the card. But the champ prevailed for Jim Pantaleano in 1:59.4 while Regal Woman edged Real Caviar for show. The win enabled trainer Bill Daugherty to add another PA Fairs double to his impressive resume, a list that also includes Fly Past Hanover and Cadence Hall. "She had a quarter crack earlier in the year," the trainer said. "We missed a start or two, and it took a little bit to get the infection out of the foot. The last three starts she's been super. She does have a tendency to wait for them when she gets on the front. I mentioned to Jim before the race that it might not hurt to have a little cover for a while." He indicated he might race Waterview Hanover in a few overnight events this year. Here's a look at Saturday's other winners: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace If you're a harness racing couple, there's no better way to celebrate your wedding anniversary than enjoying a victory. That's just what Christine and Todd Schadel did when Cruiserwillwin scored a front-end victory. Keystone Steam was 3/4 lengths back in second with Marvalous Artist, the 1-5 favorite as part of entry, third. Cruiserwillwin hadn't been on the front at any point in his most recent six races, but when trainer/driver Schadel noticed the early break of Artists Ruffles, the other part of the Roger Hammer entry, he made a split-second decision to send Cruiserwillwin. "When I saw that break, I wanted him on the lead," he said. "He really doesn't want to pass, so I thought my best shot was on the lead." Even so, it wasn't an in-hand victory. "I think I worked harder than my horse did," he said. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Something of an unwilling participant earlier in his career, Shady McCoy put it all together at the fairs this year. The championship leg was no different. He made the front before the quarter for trainer/driver David Wade, who with his wife, Ann, owns the SJ's Caviar-Betsel Lane gelding, and scored convincingly in 1:59.4, 1-1/4 lengths than Rail Kat. OMG Hanover earned show. "A year ago, he didn't even qualify for the 2-year-old finals," said Wade, who indicated Shady McCoy Is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. "He's a great big colt. He rests a lot, eats a lot. He's just growing up, maturing." In recent years, Wade has campaigned a number of horses that, as Shady McCoy, were named for National Football League stars, including Bettis, Jeremiah Trotter and Willheparkher. That streak is about to end. "Ann named all those horses," he said. "This year, I named the three fillies we have, and I named them all for Christian singers that I love. Ann didn't have any say in it." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Jason Shaw and his brother Chris were the leading trainer and driver, respectively, on the fair circuit this year, so it's no surprise they collected a championship with Gemalous, a daughter of Delmarvalous-Yahoos. Gemalous saved ground for much of the mile before following the cover of the favorite, Camera Lady. She blew by in the stretch and downed the favorite by 4-1/2 lengths, with Keystone Nikki third. "She's been a good filly all summer," Jason Shaw said of his $6,000 yearling acquisition. "She doesn't like a front-end trip -- she likes to sprint past them -- and it worked out perfect today." The win gave owner Mason Shaw, 4, his first PA Fairs title. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Ron Burke, the sport's perennial leading training, doesn't compete on the fair circuit very often, but he has on occasion purchased a promising fairs campaigner on the eve of the championships. Such is the case with Unbeamlieveable, a daughter of Moon Beam-DVC Iblievenangles that Burke acquired from Jason Shaw. Pounded down to 3-5, Unbeamlieveable triumphed for Dave Palone in a career best 1:54.4, thwarting several stern challenges while on the lead. "I wanted to keep her out of trouble," Palone said, "but it seemed like every time I got her where I wanted her, someone took a shot at me -- which they should do. When I pulled the plugs in the last turn, I knew it was over. She just kicked away." One of the challengers, Gymnast Hanover, finished second, 5-3/4 lengths back, while Vorst earned show. Palone and Burke teamed for four wins on the 18-race program. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Tiny but game, Captain Dinger brushed once to get the lead and yet again first over en route to victory in 1:56.1 for James Calvin Dodson and trainer Ron Lineweaver, who co-own the Art's Card Trick-Artiscape gelding. Dragon Strikes was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Prince Penrod shot the Lightning Lane for show. "He isn't very big, but he came through," said Dodson, who enjoyed his first PA Fairs championship. "He left hard and came home good. Both of the horses I was following are good horses. I knew they would carry me if I got locked in, but I didn't let that happen today." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot All Set Lets Go notched the most lopsided victory of the finals, as she got the lead early for Wilbur Yoder and drew off to defeat Prayers Do Matter by a whopping 17 lengths. Dark Money was third. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Kalibrated performed like a filly with a chip on her shoulder rather than in her ankle, yet she has the latter. "It's in her left hind ankle," said John McMullen, Jr., who trains the filly for McMullen Stable. "We've made arrangements to have it taken out Thursday, so she's done for the year. At times, Wilbur has said she's not quite 100 percent, but she was today." The $8,000 yearling acquisition now has hit the board in all 16 of her career starts, with nine wins. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Photo Bomber outkicked Intense Standoff and widened his lead late, downing Intense Standoff by 4-1/4 lengths. All Champy completed the ticket. "This horse raced on Tuesday night and raced all right," said winning driver Tony Schadel, who owns the Explosive Matter-Phanny's Photo gelding with the youngster's trainer, Linda Schadel. "I figured he'd be a little tighter than some of the others. Racing's a lot better for them than just training a trip. He had good motion going forward, so I thought I would just go forward with him." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2016 -- Pressured every step of the mile on the lead, Lispatty dug deep late and triumphed in 1:50, establishing a stake record in Tuesday's $71,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds captured the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers, giving Jim Pantaleano a stake sweep. Lispatty no sooner assumed the lead than she was challenged by I Said Please, forcing her to a demanding three-quarters in 1:21.1. Even more ominous, the favorite, Newborn Sassy, was stalking from the pocket, just waiting for an opening to pounce. But the daughter of McArdle-Lisbella found more, holding off Newborn Sassy by 1/2 length, with Drag N Sand third. The time erased Weeper's previous stake record of 1:51. "I was surprised she had so much left because we took a lot of heat," Pantaleano said, "and (Newborn Sassy) was getting a great trip. She was tired but tried real hard when Newborn Sassy came to her. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains Lispatty, who lifted her career bankroll to $178,125, for Gilbert Garcia-Owen. I Said Diamonds is so quick from the gate that she usually zips to the top and makes the field catch her. But in the Keystone Classic -- her first start since being scratched from the Jugette after an unauthorized person was discovered in her stall -- she found herself in the pocket chasing Terror At Night. "The beginning of the race set up a little goofy, so I don't think Jim had any choice but to sit there," said the filly's new trainer, Christen Pantaleano. "I was a little bit nervous that she wasn't on the lead, but it worked out good for her." I Said Diamonds kicked by Terror At Night in the lane and downed her by 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1 while Yankee Moonshine earned show. The daughter of Well Said-SilksnDiamonds now has banked $428,857 for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Christen Pantaleano indicated I Said Diamonds has one stake remaining this year and likely will race at 4. $69,400 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers At 2, Ideal Jimmy was on top of the world, earning $293,185 and Pennsylvania's divisional crown. He came back to earth this year, beginning his sophomore campaign with 12 consecutive losses. Then, he won a Liberty Bell division at Harrah's Philadelphia and followed that up with a good second in a tough Yonkers overnight. In the Keystone Classic, he took another step on the comeback trail, winning on the front end for Marcus Miller in 1:52, a length better than Wagon Master in the Lightning Lane. Arthur Pendragon completed the ticket. "He just wasn't himself early in the year, but it seems like he is coming back," Miller said. "He feels like the old Jimmy that we knew last year. He was a little sick, a little off, just something here and there, but it seems like he's put it together now." Erv Miller conditions the Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding for owner/breeder D.R. VanWitzenburg. In the other split, 13-1 More Dragon went from worst to first with a late rally that carried him to victory in 1:52. Fernando Hanover was second, giving trainer Ron Burke an exacta sweep, while Another Daily Copy completed the ticket. More Dragon had experienced recent breaking problems, and winning driver Aaron Merriman feared he would jump it off again. "He got really, really rough in the last turn," Merriman said. "I thought I had him, and then I had to gather him up again. His talent overrode it. As soon as he got in the straightaway, he probably paced his last eighth in 12 seconds. He's extremely fast." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills campaign the Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $139,122. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton converted a pocket trip to his 40th career victory for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. The winner's stablemate, I Know My Chip, was second, 1/2 length back, with the favorite, Classicality, third. Tall Cotton now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $798,141. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features the $160,000 PA Fairs Championships. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2016 -- After going nowhere fast through the first quarter, Skeezix blazed through the stretch as if it were Gasoline Alley to capture a division of Monday's $88,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Tight Lines took the other split in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Skeezix was looped from the gate by Taco Tuesday and spent most of the first panel pecking for a spot at the pylons, which he finally found. "We were spinning our wheels a little bit at the beginning," winning driver Mike Simons said, "but once he got set, he was perfect. He likes his job; he's a racehorse." The SJ's Caviar-Queen Of Angels gelding moved powerfully first over and nailed the game Taco Tuesday by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3, a tick off his lifetime best. Favorite Iron Mine Bucky got up late for show. Roland Mallar trains Skeezix, who extended his career bankroll to $124,530, for Michael Andrew. Tight Lines followed the first-over Cufflink Hanover -- the 2-5 favorite -- for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory and overtook him late to defeat him by 3/4 lengths in a career-fastest 1:54.1. Stonebridge Combat earned show. "I thought maybe we were racing for second money when (Cufflink Hanover) cleared," Gregory said. "I didn't think there was any shot my horse could run him down. But he just kept trying -- that's his best attribute. He tries his heart out." Jeff Gregory, Inc., Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson campaign Tight Lines, who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. $75,600 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters In Monday's companion feature, Gregory's fine filly, Spicedbourbongirl, took her division and won the opportunity for an even more lucrative score. "She got a really good jump out of the gate," Gregory said. "I didn't have to cut the mile, but it just worked out that way. I had planned on taking her home because she had tailed off a little bit, but I might take her to Lexington and race her in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. She's a big, strong filly; I don't think two heats would hurt her." Indeed, it was a matter of only moments before Gregory confirmed the decision to try the daughter of Cantab Hall-All In The Muscles in the Futurity, set for Sunday at the Red Mile. Spicedbourbongirl, who now has won $131,969 for Jeff Gregory, Inc. and Jesmeral Stable, made a relatively easy lead from post 8 and had little trouble holding off the outside challengers in 1:55.1. The pocket-sitting My Pink Bike was second, 2 lengths back, while Casey T rallied for show. Goodtogo Hanover notched her 10th win of the year in the other split, converting a quarter-pole move to victory for Brian Zendt and trainer Bill Zendt, who owns with Gary Saul. Long shot Ameliosi rallied for second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Twill Be Done third. "Halfway through the lane I thought she let that other horse (Ameliosi) get a little closer to her than she should have," Brian Zendt said. "I had to wake her up, but she was still strong. It's been a long year. I'm not saying she wasn't good today, but she's probably not quite as sharp as she was a couple months ago." The daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall now boasts $160,177 in career earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Mistress Valentine drew off down the backside and triumphed in 1:53.3, a lifetime mark, 4 lengths better than Princess Pablano, giving trainer Tyler Stillings an exacta sweep. RV Janet was third. David Miller drove the 7-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine, who pushed her career bankroll to $357,828, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features two Keystone Classics -- a $69,400 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers and a $71,600 event for sophomore filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2016 -- Following a three-week break, live racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes Monday, Oct. 3, with a harness racing card that features a pair of Keystone Classic stakes worth an estimated $181,000. The Meadows will race three days per week -- Monday, Tuesday, Saturday -- in October and will add Wednesday programs for November and December. In addition, the track will offer a special Christmas-week card Thursday, Dec. 22. Each card will include a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 wager, races 4-7. First post for each remaining 2016 program is 1 PM. The October line-up features a rich menu of stake races, with total purses estimated at more than $900,000. In addition to the re-opening day events, the stakes include: Tuesday, Oct. 4 -- $140,000 (est) Keystone Classics; Saturday, Oct. 8 -- $160,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships; Saturday, Oct. 15 -- $425,000 (est) Keystone Classics. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

BLOOMSBURG PA – A day after the final set of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes for two-year-olds had to be cancelled due to track conditions, the last Sire Stakes card for the three-year-olds was held Wednesday in this northeast Pennsylvania town, with the Bloomsburg activity giving harness racing fans of the twicearound circuit some insight as to what they may see – and not see -- on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 8. Tuesday’s rainout could potentially compromise the chances of some fast freshmen who are “on the bubble” for making the Championship based on pointstandings, while a win at Bloomsburg would have raised their chances some. One example would be the baby trotter Vegas Chuck – he was 5 for 5 on the fair circuit, and a win at Bloomsburg, where he was declared in, would have put him in his division’s top ten; now, he sits 13th, as all 12 horses above him in the standings were also in to go at Bloomsburg, and he’ll need quite a few defections to reach the Championship. For the most part, Wednesday’s winners among three-year-olds confirmed the sharpness of the divisional leaders. The three-year-old colt pacing division, for example, saw its two winningest and fastest performers take their divisions, the faster going to Dragon Strikes, an Art Official colt who notched his eighth fair win and fourth 2:00 mile on the circuit with a 1:58.2 score, going three-wide at the half en route to an eight length win for driver Brady Brown, trainer Mike Gillock, and owner Bob Key. The other division went to the Western Terror gelding Star Of Terror, who has five 2:00 miles on the Ferris wheel circuit, but didn’t add one at Bloomsburg, although the speed in his 2:00.3 victory came at the end, when he rocketed home in 27.3 to win for the 11th time at the fairs for driver Chris Shaw, who had four wins on the day, trainer Jason Shaw, and Fortunate One LLC. In the featured division of the sophomore filly pace, the Shaws struck again, with the Moon Beam filly Unbeamlieveable taking advantage of drawing the rail against archrival Vorst’s drawing PP4, going wire-to-wire in 2:02, last half 58, last quarter 28.4. Chris and Jason Shaw are also the team behind this filly, who is owned by Jason’s son Mason, and she closes out her remarkable fair career with a 27-22-4-0 slate, with the ninth of her year here defeating Vorst, who came in to the race with four straight victories, three 2:00 miles, and two track records. At least Vorst’s second moved her up to ninth place in the unofficial pointstandings (the Pennsylvania Commission could have the officials totals by the time you read this). The spotlight division of the colt trotters saw the top five divisional pointleaders meet, with the victory going to the red-hot SJ’s Caviar gelding Shady McCoy, who now has three straight wins and triumphs in five of his last six fair outings after a 28.2 last panel propelled him to victory in 2:00.3 for trainer/driver Dave Wade, co-owner with Delores Wade. Second to Shady McCoy was defending Fair Champion Major Matter; his counterpart on the female side, the Explosive Matter miss Waterview Hanover, also won Wednesday on the engine, holding on by a nose against the late-charging Catch The Bouquet after a mid-race battle which included the fastest half of the day, trot or pace, at 58.3. Waterview Hanover won for the third straight time, with Chris Shaw again in the perch behind a winner, this time for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty. Since Bloomsburg has only a three-day slot for racing, some of these sophomores will be right back at work, weather permitting, Thursday morning, competing in the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes; the two-year-old Bloomsburg Stakes are also on this card, hopefully giving the freshmen who were rained out Tuesday a chance to stay sharp on their “March to The Meadows” and their $25,000 divisional Championships. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s  Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2016 -- Broadway Donna earned her second straight Pennsylvania championship Saturday at The Meadows when she followed live cover and roared through the lane to capture the $252,000 PA Sires Stakes final for the harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The Meadows hosted all four PASS championships and consolations for 3-year-olds, with total purses of more than $1.2 million. Call Me Queen Be, Check Six and Cufflink Hanover also earned titles. David Miller picked up a pair of championships behind Broadway Donna and Cufflink Hanover. Broadway Donna won nine of 10 starts at 2 and pocketed the divisional Dan Patch Award. But she had taken only two of six starts this year, prompting trainer Jim Campbell to add Lasix before her last race. In Saturday's championship, Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner looked stronger, blowing by the first-over Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.4. Miss Tezsla rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Womans Will saved show. "She was more like herself today, and I'm very happy with the way she raced," Campbell said. "David thought he would be racing her from behind, and he drove her absolutely perfect. We didn't make any equipment changes. We just thought we had to get her healthy more than anything else." He indicated Broadway Donna, who now has banked $800,894, will have a few weeks off before her next scheduled engagements at the Red Mile. A look at the other championship action: PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Call Me Queen Be had routinely been coming up a bit short to the division's glamor girls, Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, so it was no wonder she was dismissed at 14-1. But leaving from the rail with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl, winning driver Scott Zeron had a plan -- take the point and release no one. "I timed the gate pretty good with my horse," he said, "and when I got away where I did and saw the horse outside me jumping some stuff in the first turn, it made my decision to keep on trucking. Trip was the difference, having the rail and being able to control what we wanted to do. At the same time, my filly had to be on her game today, and she was." Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach were forced three wide down the backside, and though Darlinonthebeach eventually cleared to the lead, Call Me Queen Be had plenty of pop left for a charge through the Lightning Lane. She prevailed for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham in 1:49.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of the championship and just a tick off the track record. Pure Country was second, beaten a neck, while the hard-used Darlinonthebeach had to settle for show. Call Me Queen Be extended her career earnings to $673,382. PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers With Yannick Gingras at the helm, Check Six did what he does best -- win money. Though he may lack a signature victory, Check Six pushed his lifetime bankroll to $865,922 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. Moreover, The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna endured a blistering opening panel of 25.4 to get the job done in 1:50, a lifetime mark. "He'll make $1 million at 2 and 3 despite having a major screw-up at 2 when he stepped on a nail," Burke said. "He's a good horse." Western Fame was a length back in second while JK Will Power, another Burke pupil, earned show. Burke, who had five starters in the championship, said he and his ownership groups expect to sell most of their 3-year-olds when their stakes seasons are completed. "I have a lot of top pacers, and I can't keep them all," he said. "I've become more of a young-horse stable, so I'll probably sell all these and continue to build from the bottom. I may keep Fernando Hanover. He's one I think I haven't got everything out of yet." PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Cufflink Hanover used a Get Out of Jail Free card to claim his title for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms. He got it near the three-quarters, when the horse on the outside pinning him on the cones, Milligan's School, broke stride. That provided the son of Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire an escape route. He made the most of it, blitzing by the leader, Love Matters, and downing him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, matching his career best. Hollywood Highway finished third. Miller indicated he was confident he would have found racing room without the fortuitous break of Milligan's School. "There's a big old passing lane," he said. "If you got horse, don't worry about it." Miller, who owned a share of Cufflink Hanover before selling it to Crawford Farms, said he has no second thoughts about the transaction. " I'm very happy for the owners," he said. "I'm very glad he's done well for them." PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The PASS consolations, each worth $50,000, provided excitement aplenty. Desert Runner tallied in 1:53.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of PASS championships for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, while Yankee Moonshine matched the local stake record of 1:51.2 for filly pacers. Windowshopper (filly trot) and More Dragon (colt and gelding pace) took the other consolations . . . Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 15-race card while Dave Palone collected four wins. They teamed to take the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace with Lincolnjames . . . With the completion of the PASS championships, The Meadows will take a planned three-week break from live racing. The track and its Harmar off-track facility will be open throughout the hiatus for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Oct. 3. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2016 -- All four Pennsylvania juvenile champions -- Pure Country, Broadway Donna, Ideal Jimmy, Lagerfeld -- will defend their titles in Saturday's $1,208,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for harness racing 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Each division sports a $252,000 final and a $50,000 consolation. First post is 1 PM. Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country is perhaps the flashiest of the quartet -- she was undefeated in 10 starts at 2 and a consensus pick for the Dan Patch Award for freshman filly pacers. This year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana has been human, so to speak, losing six of 13 races. Yet several of her defeats have come in top stakes against males, several others from extreme outside post positions. She enters the PASS final off a hard-earned 1:49.2 victory in the Simcoe, which extended her career bankroll to more than $1.48 million. Jimmy Takter, who trains Pure Country and Lagerfeld, said he still regards Pure Country as the divisional leader. "She's been pretty decent against the best horses in the sport," Takter said. "It's a little bit more difficult to be dominant as a 3-year-old. She did quite well against the boys, but with those outside posts, what can you do? She's very professional. She should be a serious factor on Saturday." Pure Country goes from post 4 in race 6, with Brett Miller aboard. Lagerfeld prevailed in a PASS championship that got messy, picking up the pieces left by multiple breakers. At 3, though, he's had several noteworthy performances for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding, including thirds in the Yonkers Trot final and a Hambletonian elimination. "He won a couple early then did some stupid things, broke in a couple starts," Takter said of the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita. "He had a pretty good Hambletonian -- came home in 26.3 -- and wasn't too far off in the Yonkers Trot. He's raced well at The Meadows before." Mark MacDonald will pilot Lagerfeld from post 7 in race 10. It will be a busy afternoon for Takter; of the 32 horses scheduled to compete in the championships, the Hall of Famer conditions eight of them. Asked to recommend any of his starters who may be beneath the radar, he suggested Love Matters, who'll compete against Lagerfeld in the colt and gelding trot. "I think he's ready for a good mile," Takter said. "I might consider him a better shot than Lagerfeld." Broadway Donna romped to nine wins in 10 starts wins to start her career and earned a divisional championship. The going has been tougher for her this year; Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has two wins in six starts. Broadway Donna added Lasix before her last start, when she finished second to 20-1 long shot Black Broadway "She didn't have her usual kick finishing," said her trainer, Jim Campbell. "She may need another start on Lasix. She's had a good week so far. I don't see any reason why she wouldn't (have a big race)." She'll leave from post 6 in race 6 for David Miller Ideal Jimmy, trained by Erv Miller for D.R. Van Witzenburg, may be the most unlikely of the quartet to repeat. Not only did he make the final without a PASS victory this season, but he's also winless in 11 starts overall this year. Plus, he must deal with five contenders from the powerful Ron Burke stable; four of the Burke quintet started in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding drew post 6 in race 9 with Corey Callahan in the sulky. The fields for Saturday's PASS championships, in post position order, with drivers and trainers: PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers (Race 6) 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 2. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 3. Lispatty - McArdle - Mark MacDonald - Gilberto-Garcia Herrera 4. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 5. Newborn Sassy - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 6. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder 7. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - Jim Pantaleano - Matias Ruiz 8. Shesasmokinlady - McArdle - Ray Paver - Ray Paver 9 (AE) Skinny Dipper - Somebeachsomewhere - Andrew McCarthy - Ross Croghan 10 (AE) Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters (Race 8) 1. Ginny Weasley - Andover Hall - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt 2. Kathy Parker - Andover Hall - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 3. Spicedbourbongirl - Cantab Hall - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory 4. Sunset Glider - Cantab Hall - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 5. Black Broadway - Broadway Hall - Corey Callahan - Michael Eaton 6. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jim Campbell 7. Womans Will - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 8. Miss Tezsla - Andover Hall - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9 (AE) Ultimate Shopper - Yankee Glide - Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon 10 (AE) Hot Curry - Muscle Massive - Ron Burke - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers (Race 9) 1. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Hall - Nicholas DeVita 2. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick - Ron Burke 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Ron Burke 4. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Ron Burke 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Ideal Jimmy - Western Ideal - Corey Callahan - Erv Miller 7. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 9. (AE) Arthur Pendragon - Dragon Again - Dan Altmeyer - Dan Altmeyer 10. (AE) More Dragon - Dragon Again - Dave Palone - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters (Race 10) 1. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 2. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 3. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - David Miller - Chris Oakes 5. Hollywood Highway - Muscle Massive - John Campbell - Staffan Lind 6. Truemass Volo - Muscle Massive - Matt Kakaley - Doug Hamilton 7. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Reigning Moni - Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9. (AE) Taco Tuesday - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick - Frank Antonacci 10. (AE) Tight Lines - Yankee Glide - Jeff Gregory Jeff Gregory Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2016 -- Classicality powered to the front at the quarter and rolled to an easy victory in 1:52.4, matching his harness racing career best, in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality was away third when Brian Zendt sent him after the leader, Tall Cotton. The 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding had nary an anxious moment thereafter, defeating the pocket-sitting Chef Lee by 3-3/4 lengths. The first-over Outburst was third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns the homebred Classicality, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $347,782. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the $1,208,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for 3-year-olds -- four $252,000 finals and four $50,000 consolations. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2016 -- Techtor Hanover worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then roared through the harness racing Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Techtor Hanover had been performing well against top competition but settling for checks rather than wins. The 4-year-old Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding elevated his game Friday when he kicked past the venerable Sam Hill to down him by a neck in 1:50.1, fastest of his career. The first-over Kingofthejungle earned show. Aaron Merriman piloted Techtor Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $135,908, for trainer Jack Smith and owner Tommy Mucci. It was one of three wins on the 13-race program for Merriman. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a Labor Day card that begins at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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