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WASHINGTON, PA, April 22, 2017 -- Canwood used the Lightning Lane to power past her stablemate, Massive Risk, and capture Saturday's $27,200 championship of the Princess Pablano Trot at The Meadows and seal her sweep of the harness racing series. On the last day of the current meeting, The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 3-year-olds with $107,000 in combined purses. Also collecting championships were Media Buzz, Southwind Yukon and Sapphire Breeze, the latter two giving Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke a pair of titles. The Meadows will be dark for the next two weeks, using the break to undertake improvements to the racing surface and paddock. (The track and its Harmar facility will offer simulcast viewing and wagering throughout the hiatus.) Live racing resumes Saturday, May 6, when The Meadows will offer a card -- featuring Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series races worth an estimated $195,000 -- to complement its simulcast of the Kentucky Derby. Special Derby Day post time is 11:25 AM. A recap of Saturday's championships: $27,000 Princess Pablano Trot -- 3-Year-Old Fillies Entering the series, Canwood was a pedestrian 1-8 for her career. But she sparkled when trainer Bill Zendt added Lasix before the first leg, ripping off three straight with a variety of styles. "It (Lasix) really was a big factor," said winning driver Brian Zendt. "She wasn't finishing her miles, and she acted a little sulky sometimes. Now she trots right through the wire. She loves racing off a helmet. She couldn't wait to by that horse." In the championship, she stalked Massive Risk from the pocket before blowing by late and defeating her by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.2, matching her career best. Miss Da Line, previously undefeated in the series, earned show. Brian Zendt said Canwood, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Hallywood owned by Judith Wolkomir and Fred Kayne, likely will take a few weeks off before beginning her PASS schedule, although he couldn't project whether she would compete in sires stakes or the stallion series. Canwood $28,400 Tamarind Trot -- 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Most trainers wince when their horses trail by 9 lengths at the half. Steve Bush had a different reaction when he saw Media Buzz in that situation. "That was our game plan all along," Bush said. "We didn't want to get caught up leaving with him. We wanted to duck him and come with him, and we weren't afraid of three-deeping him. I three-deeped him at the same spot when he was 2, and he circled them." The Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding justified that faith, rallying four wide through the final turn and scoring in 1:57.1 for Bryce Brocklehurst. Early leader Gee Wizz George was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Box Of Luck third. Bush, who owns Media Buzz with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett, said the $12,000 yearling acquisition will be pointed to stakes engagements primarily in Pennsylvania. Media Buzz $27,200 Unlocked Pace -- 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings In the series opening leg, Southwind Yukon led the field into deep stretch when he was outkicked by Beach House in the Lightning Lane. In the championship, the principals were aligned the same way, but this time, Southwind Yukon held off Beach House by 3/4 lengths to prevail in 1:52.2, a life mark. Dragon Striker earned show. Palone, who piloted Southwind Yukon some last year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Richard Suda and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, said the difference this year in the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara is striking. "I liked this colt a lot last year," Palone said. "I think Ronnie (Burke) would agree with me that his attitude was a little suspect. Ronnie has done a terrific job of bringing him back this year. He's really been good about doing his work. The potential is there." Southwind Yukon $24,200 Medusa Pace -- 3-Year-Old Fillies Sapphire Breeze, the 7-5 favorite, appeared to be in trouble. Her stablemate, Emily R Hanover with Mike Wilder aboard, had zipped past her down the backside and opened a 3-length lead at the three-quarters. But Palone said that just meant it was time for the daughter of Well Said-Roller Cam to get down to business. "I thought I'd have my best chance following," he said. "In the last turn when Mike went to chasing his filly, I was pretty confident because I still had a handful. This is a fast filly." Sapphire Breeze poured it on, defeating Terrortina by 3-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4, while Emily R Hanover saved show. Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi campaign Sapphire Breeze. Sapphire Breeze The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Freehold, NJ --- Beach House and Dragon Striker took different paths last season as harness racing 2-year-olds, but the Rich Gillock-trained pacing colts seem to be heading the same direction this year, which could lead to stakes engagements down the road. First, though, both horses will compete in Saturday’s (April 22) $27,200 Unlocked Pace Series championship for 3-year-old male pacers at The Meadows. The series is for Pennsylvania-sired horses that were non-winners of three races or $30,000 lifetime through March 1. Beach House, who started last year strongly before being derailed by sickness, won two of 10 races in 2016 and earned $39,798 for owner Harry Locke. So far this season Beach House has won three of four starts, including his two preliminary legs of the Unlocked Pace Series, and banked $20,400. Dragon Striker, bred and owned by Bob Key, got sick early last year but finished strongly, won two of seven races and earned $20,250. This year, the colt has won once in four starts and earned $12,155. The two horses are eligible to numerous stakes, including the Breeders Crown and The Meadows’ premier event, the Delvin Miller Adios. Beach House’s potential dance card also includes the North America Cup. “We paid a good bit of money for that Beach House colt,” Gillock said, referring to the $92,000 price tag at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. “With that being said, we’ve got him staked somewhat this year hoping he’ll come on and improve a bit more. He’s got a ways to go before he’s that caliber, but at least we’re starting out on a positive note this year. That was our game plan. Hopefully we can do some good on Saturday.” Beach House, a son of  Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue, won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes last year and competed in the Metro Pace in Canada, but got sick and never regained his early form. “He started out like he could be a good colt for us,” Gillock said. “It took a toll on him and he just never came back the same colt. So we shut him down to give him some time. “This year he’s grown into being a nice-looking colt.” Dragon Striker, a son of  Dragon Again-Lady’s Portrait, won back-to-back starts to finish last year. “He trained better than he raced,” Gillock said. “It took a while, but we finally got him straightened out. He came back really good this year too. He’s staked pretty heavy. Bob likes to keep them eligible.” Gillock hopes the Unlocked Pace Series can be “a stepping stone” to stakes competition. Both horses are eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, which features some of last year’s top male pacers, including world champions Huntsville (a Dan Patch Award winner in 2016) and Downbytheseaside. “They let you know pretty quickly what you have and what you don’t,” Gillock said. “They’ll come out right off the bat and be ready to roll. Hopefully we can stay healthy.” Beach House is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in the Unlocked Pace final, behind Ron Burke’s 5-2 favorite Southwind Yukon. The championship is one of four series finales for conditioned-level 3-year-olds. Chris Beaver’s DD’s Comet is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $28,400 Tamarind Trot for 3-year-old male trotters while Bill Zendt’s Canwood is the 5-2 choice in the $27,200 Princess Pablano Trot for 3-year-old female trotters and Burke’s Sapphire Breeze is the 2-1 pick in the $24,200 Medusa Pace for 3-year-old female pacers. For Saturday’s complete card at The Meadows, click here.   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2017 -- Tricky Nick pocketed Barn Girl early, then held her off late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tricky Nick worked hard to get the lead for Jim Pantaleano but eventually was able to put Barn Girl, seeking her fourth consecutive win, on his bumper. The 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding downed Barn Girl by a length in a career-best 1:54.2 while TSM Photo Bugger raced well first over for show. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $183,254, for Thomas Mattingly. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, the final day of the current meeting. Because pools can't be carried over to the next meeting beginning May 6, Saturday's Pick 4, Pick 5 and final superfecta of the card are all "must pay." Saturday's program features the championship legs of four series for 3-year-olds, which will offer total purses of $107,000. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 18, 2017 -- Dismissed at a juicy 33-1, Fancytucky followed live cover, then roared through the lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Fancytucky was fifth down the backside when Dan Rawlings moved her off the cones to follow the first-over Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Pinetucky-Beaucoup Amour nailed Goodtogo Hanover by a neck at the wire, prevailing in a career-best 1:54.4. Early leader Bags For All finished third. Troy McDougal trains Fancytucky and owns with James Steuernagel. Elsewhere on the 14-race card, Muay Hanover scored in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and trainer Christen Pantaleano teamed for a pair of victories, as did Brian Zendt and trainer Todd Rooney with the half-siblings Swell Chap and Casey T. Rawlings and Wilder each checked in with a double.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2017 -- Besieged by nearly the entire field in the lane, Show Runner dug deep and collected her third straight harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner took the field through a 1:24 three-quarters but appeared vulnerable out of the final turn with four mares in hot pursuit. Jim Pantaleano asked her for more, and the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner responded by holding off the first-over Spreester by a head in 1:52.3. Dime A Dance rallied for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who has won seven of 13 starts this year and $459,291 lifetime, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners, including a pair for trainer Sal Digati, while Dave Palone enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2017 -- Beach House looked vulnerable late after fronting the mile, but he held on gamely to notch his second straight series victory in Saturday's Unlocked Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Yukon took the other $15,000 division in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the second leg. On Saturday, April 22, The Meadows will host the championships of the Unlocked Pace and three other current series for sophomores. Beach House endured a parked-out 27.4 opening panel and faced a swarm of challengers late. But the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue had enough left to throw down a 28.3 final quarter and score in 1:53.4 for trainer Rich Gillock and owner Harry Locke. Showing My Hand, a 21-1 outsider, finished second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Dragon Striker earned show. Hammered down to 1-5, Southwind Yukon never gave chalk players an anxious moment as he rolled to a front-end victory in 1:53, a life mark. Subliminal was second, 2 lengths in arrears, with Aplin Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Southwind Yukon, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara, for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Richard Suda and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dapper Dude powered to a front-end victory in 1:51, 3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Lincolnjames. Knocking Around rallied for show. Aaron Merriman piloted the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, who now boasts $1,075,620 in career earnings, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dapper Dude Merriman and Palone each finished the 12-race card with four wins. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 11, 2017 -- Gee Wizz George set a national season's mark Tuesday at The Meadows, only to see it broken about an hour later by Media Buzz. Each captured a $15,000, second-leg division of the Tamarind Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. Gee Wizz George hadn't been on top at any point in his last four starts, but when Brady Brown hustled him to the front from post 3, he opened up a 4-length lead out of the final turn. Though he tired late, Gee Whiz George downed DD's Comet by 2 lengths in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Box Of Luck earned show. Jean Rastetter trains the son of Great George Two-Caviar Girl for Maryann Rastetter. Media Buzz bettered that when he moved powerfully first over for Bryce Brocklehurst and rolled home in 1:55.3, a length ahead of Lars Perry, the 4-5 favorite. Nick Of Time finished third. Steve Bush conditions Media Buzz, a son of Explosive Matter-Lady Bar, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 10, 2017 -- It isn't often that players get to reap double-digit rewards when Dave Palone drives for trainer Ron Burke, but it happened twice Monday at The Meadows when the harness racing  duo teamed to sweep both $15,000 second-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace for 3-year-old fillies with Sapphire Breeze (14-1) and Beach Club (12-1). Sapphire Breeze atoned for her break in the series opener when she moved powerfully first over from fourth and had little trouble holding off Terrortina by 1-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:54.1. Emily R Hanover finished third. Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the daughter of Well Said-Roller Cam. Beach Club, who hadn't made the lead at any point in her last three starts, popped right to the front and defeated her stablemate, Make Mine Mocha by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1, a life mark. When Flyme To The Moon finished third. It gave Burke a 1-2-3 sweep of the split. Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Beach Club, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sand Speed. Overall, Palone and Burke teamed for five victories on the 13-race card. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a three-bagger, including a win with Show Runner in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2017 -- Lightning struck for Beach House and Dragon Striker Saturday at The Meadows, as each shot the Lightning Lane for Tony Hall and trainer Rich Gillock to capture a $15,000 opening-leg division of the Unlocked Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series honors Unlocked, a top performer and track record holder at The Meadows for trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Beach House stalked the favorite, Southwind Yukon, from the pocket before knifing inside and downing him by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.1. Town Speaker finished third. Harry Locke campaigns Beach House, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue. Hall gave Dragon Striker much the same trip. The 3-year-old son of Dragon Again-Lady's Portrait blew by the leader from the pocket and prevailed in 1:54.3. The first-over Showing My Hand raced well for second, a head back, with Subliminal third. Bob Key bred and owns Dragon Striker. Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 5, 2017 -- Canwood (9-1) and Miss Da Line (8-1) got the Princess Pablano Trot off to a rousing start Wednesday at The Meadows when they scored upset victories in their $15,000 opening-leg divisions. The series for harness racing 3-year-old fillies honors Princess Pablano, long a top performer at The Meadows and still active for trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Rags To Riches Of PA. Using Lasix for the first time, Canwood stalked Criteria from the pocket, then breezed by in the Lightning Lane for Brian Zendt to prevail in a career-best 1:57.4. Mimosa Hanover rallied from well back for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while Quiet Glide earned show. Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Hallywood for Judith Wolkomir and Fred Kayne. With four of her rivals already off stride, Miss Da Line pulled the pocket past the half for trainer/driver Ray Paver and powered off to a handy victory in 1:58, 7-3/4 lengths better than Weekend Wit Chucky. Itsgoodtobequeen finished third. Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz bred and own Miss Da Line, a daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate. Tony Hall swept the first three races and finished with four wins on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 4, 2017 -- Aaron Merriman, harness racing's "winningest" driver in 2015 and 2016, collected career win 9,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted DD's Comet to victory in the fourth race. A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Merriman, 38, has been driving at both The Meadows and Northfield Park for the past few years and has been rolling up wins at a rapid pace. He notched career win 6,000 in October 2013, meaning he has amassed 3,000 victories in the last 42 months. Why has he been so successful? "I think just showing up every day and trying to do your best is part of it," he said. "I'm not a guy who calls off. I show up. When you do that and win a few races, you build your confidence." Driving regularly at two tracks can be grueling, but Merriman says he expects to maintain his hectic schedule. "As long as the quality of racing is as it is or better, I can see myself doing it," he said. "Yeah, there are four tough days of doubleheaders, but that leaves three days to do things I need to do or relax. It's not the size of the purses so much that motivates me as the quality of the horses. There are such nice horses at both tracks now." Even when he gets the opportunity for a few days off, he doesn't take it. "One of my fears is I would lose my drives if I took a couple days off. That's not necessarily lack of confidence, but someone's always there to step up and drive your horses. Some days, I want to stay in bed and sleep, but I can't do it for fear I'd lose my horses. I know that sounds horrible; imagine what it's like to feel it." Merriman indicated he has no long-range plans -- for harness racing or anything else. "I'm a day-to-day guy," he said. "I don't look ahead at all, although I should. I just hope my kids find something they can get as attached to as I have." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 4, 2017 -- Dismissed at 18-1 thanks to a stale date and poor post position, Box Of Luck zipped right to the front and pulled off the harness racing upset in Tuesday's Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. DD's Comet captured the other $15,000 opening-leg division -- and gave Aaron Merriman his 9,000th career win -- in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event honors Tamarind, long a top performer at The Meadows and still active for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Box Of Luck earned $39,225 at 2 but ended his season Sept. 11 off a stretch of subpar performances. He hadn't raced since then and was saddled with post 8 for his return. But when Mike Wilder sent him to the lead, the Lucky Chucky-New DVD gelding thwarted the first-over bid of Rockefeller Lindy and prevailed in 1:58, 1-1/4 lengths better than Media Buzz. Rockefeller Lindy saved show. Robert Rougeaux III trains Box Of Luck for Brocious Racing Stable and Lone Wolf Stable. In the $13,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Goodtogo Hanover withstood nearly race-long pressure from Oho Diamond to down her by a head in 1:55, with the pocket-sitting Bags For All third. Brian Zendt drove for trainer Phillip Zendt and owner Gary Saul. The 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall extended her career bankroll to $171,427. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 3, 2017 -- Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to sweep Monday's opening-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace at The Meadows, with Make Mine Mocha and Emily R Hanover each taking a $15,000 split. The series for harness racing 3-year-old fillies honors Medusa, a fast-class mare who most recently performed for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack in the Bluechip Matchmaker series at Yonkers. Make Mine Mocha dueled with the even-money favorite, Terrortina for the early lead before sliding into the pocket. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Mocha was stronger late, though, as she shot the Lightning Lane to down Terrortina by a neck in 1:54, matching her career best. Bella Ragaza came from well back for show. Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Make Mine Mocha. Off since Oct. 15, Emily R Hanover powered to the front past the half and steadily drew off to triumph in 1:55. Flyme To The Moon was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Imperial Delight third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Donovan and Yanek own the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-EZ Rock. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner overcame a parked-out 27.3 opening panel to score for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Rockin Rum Springa rallied from last for second, beaten a neck, while Shesasmokinlady completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner extended her lifetime bankroll to $441,291. It was one of three winning drives for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 1, 2017 -- Lincolnjames made it four wins in his last five starts when he quarter-poled to the top and held off Dapper Dude late to capture Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After a 27 opening panel, Dave Palone slammed on the brakes and gave Lincolnjames a relaxing 29 second quarter. That breather enabled the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding to withstand the late charge of the pocket-sitting Dapper Dude and down him by a neck in 1:51.3 over a "good" surface. Knocking Around rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who won his 16th race over the last two seasons and extended his career bankroll to $189,987, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone piloted four winners on the 12-race card while Burke fashioned a triple. Lincolnjames The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2017 -- Call For Justice made it four straight when he overpowered the field with a first-over blitz and rolled home in a harness racing  career-best 1:52.4 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Fashion Chocolate. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka overwhelmed Fashion Chocolate and drew off to defeat Tricky Nick by 3-3/4 lengths. Fashion Chocolate saved show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who extended lifetime earnings to $318,797, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the co-feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl was hammered down to 2-5 in the five-horse field and performed like the heavy favorite, collecting a facile front-end victory in 1:55 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The pocket-sitting Goodtogo Hanover, opening her 4-year-old campaign, was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bags For All rallied for show. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts a career bankroll of $423,696. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2017 -- The Meadows hosted the championships of four series Saturday, and three of the winners -- DD's Comet, Art N Music and Ms Mullen -- completed sweeps of the events for harness racing 3- and 4-year-olds. The finals offered combined purses of $102,100. In accomplishing his sweep of two preliminary legs and the $24,700 final of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, DD's Comet scored in 1:57.4, a career best and the fastest this year by a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track. It was a sweet victory for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns DD's Comet with Synerco Ventures, as he persevered with the son of Crazed-Deedee's Destiny after he failed to take a mark in seven tries last year. "He's a real professional -- he's hard not to like," Beaver said. "He showed trotting in 1:57 last year, and he was second in four legs of the stallion series, so he showed he could go." In the championship, DD's Comet got away third for Aaron Merriman before quarter-poling to the front. He easily held off the pocket-sitting Photo Bomber by a length while Gee Wizz George rallied for show. Beaver indicated DD's Comet, an $8,000 yearling acquisition, has a moderate stakes schedule this year rather than a full dance card. "He's staked pretty conservatively," Beaver said. "I got a couple that are real killers. He's not one of them, but he'll always give a good effort. I think he'll make money." It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 13-race card. DD's Comet In the other championships: $27,100 Walter Russell Memorial Pace -- Colts, Stallions & Geldings Art N Music also was a non-factor early in his career; in fact, he didn't have a purse start at all at 2 and 3. He joined the Ron Burke stable in February and now has ripped off three wins and a close-up second for Burke and his new owners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Art Colony-Keystone Musical gelding retook the lead at the quarter pole for Dave Palone and cruised home in a career-fastest 1:52.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Town Speaker. Dare You earned show. "Every week Ronnie's had him a little better than the week before. The way he keeps improving, next week, I'm pretty sure you could win with him," Palone joked with a reporter. "I think he'll be an open/invitational-type horse down the road. He's very easy to drive, and every time you ask on him, he goes." Art N Music $25,900 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot -- Fillies & Mares Ms Mullen so dominated that she was on top at every pole but one in her three Wohlmuth races. In the championship, she reached the front past the quarter for Tony Hall and thwarted the determined first-over bid of Stars N Sparkles, downing her by a length in 1:58.2, fastest win in her eight-start career. Amanda D finished third. "She was pretty strong when she was challenged -- I got to rest her going to the half a little bit," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about the track being deep today. It's been kind of tiring her all day. I can't wait until she gets in against a little better to where I can maybe trip her out. I think eventually, she'll be a better trip horse." Dirk Simpson trains and leases the daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird. Hall enjoyed a three-bagger on the Saturday program. Ms Mullen $24,400 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Cominagain provided the tote board fireworks on championships day when she triumphed at 19-1 in 1:54, a life mark, for Dan Rawlings and owner/trainer Gerald Lee, Jr. Terrortina, who had won her first two series splits, was second by a length, with Kaks Dragon Attack third. The decisive move for Cominagain came when she was following cover down the backside but abandoned the flow in favor of a spot on the pylons. That gave her access to the Lightning Lane, where she launched her winning move. "It looked like the leader was struggling and that I could keep my momentum if I went down on the inside," Rawlings said. "I didn't want to have to check her up." Lee, who purchased the daughter of Dragon Again-Sharkette Spur following her freshman campaign, said she would be pointed to a series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Cominagain The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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