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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2015 -- Cufflink Hanover notched his third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series win in spectacular fashion, when he blazed home in a stake-record 1:55.1 at The Meadows. Wednesday's $100,000 harness racing event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Multitaskr Hanover, Petrossian AS, Asta La Pasta and Twin B Ammunition also taking splits. Andrew McCarthy enjoyed a stake double behind Petrossian AS and Asta La Pasta. Cufflink Hanover roared to the front from post 6 for driver and co-owner David Miller and never suffered an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Nathaniel by 1-3/4 lengths. Air Glider earned show. Miller paid $30,000 for Cufflink Hanover at the Harrisburg sale and later sold part of him to the Enzed Racing Stable of Nifty Norman, who trains the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding. "I liked his breeding -- it was a good cross," Miller said. "He had two brothers and sisters who raced, so we took a shot. I'm very happy with him. He surprised the hell out of me." The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman gelding on a five-eighths-mile track and just a tick off Correcttamundo's world record. Multitaskr Hanover came from off the trot to set the previous stake mark of 1:56.1 -- it lasted about 20 minutes -- but it still was a great maiden-breaker for the son of Explosive Matter-Mrs. Ronerail, who was unsuccessful in five previous tries. Chuck Sylvester trains the youngster for Four Aces With A Kicker, Neal Goldman, Charles Stansley and David Reid. "We wanted mainly to get him to finish up good," said winning driver Dave Palone, "so we were just kind of rating our own mile. Fortunately, they were going fast." The first-over Moneycounts De Vie was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Bombardier third. Although it took him more than a quarter on the outside to grab the lead, Petrossian AS became a two-time stallion series winner when he triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri. Can We Have Fun was 1-1/2 lengths back in second, while HOV Lane Hall completed the ticket. "He is a little special -- you never know what you'll have with him," Lorentzon said of the SJ's Caviar-Elegant Dame gelding. "Last winter, he was sometimes a dead runaway and you couldn't hold him. Next second he can be lazy, so you have to chase him. But so far, so good. We might try him at Lexington." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner made it three straight when she roared to the front from post 8 for Eric Goodell and bested Certified Ideal by 1/2 length in 1:52. Stucklikeglue held third. Mike Watson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner, who boosted her career bankroll to $267,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $208,577 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Trailling by 11 lengths at the half, Biggie stormed past the weary leader and broke his maiden in a stake-record 1:51.4 in Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over five divisions, with Toddler Tantrum, Nimble And Quick, Beach Ogre and Art's Dragon taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman fashioned a stake double with Toddler Tantrum and Nimble And Quick. Biggie was 0-4 entering the stake and off his worst race, which was marred by an early break. But when the front-ending Tailgunner Hanover tired after a swift 1:22.1 three-quarters, Biggie blitzed by him for Tony Hall and kept on rolling, lowering by three ticks the previous stake mark of Somewhere In LA. Arthur Pendragon shook loose for second, 11-1/2 lengths back, with On The Gogh third. "I figured we'd be following, and if everything worked out we'd be top three," Hall said. "But when the fractions got mixed up like that, I figured that would definitely help him. I really didn't expect him to have that much left. I don't think he's seen numbers like that." Ron Burke trains Biggie, a Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions gelding, for J&T Silva Stables, TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 15-race card. Toddler Tantrum lost a disagreement with Merriman in the stretch, yet it helped him score a 1/2-length victory over Playlist Hanover in a career-best 1:53, with Cheapskate Hanover third. "I wore a Murphy blind on him all year but took it off after the last start," explained Tim Twaddle, who trains the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "It looked to me like he wouldn't come off that line -- he wanted to go inside -- but once Aaron got him out, he was perfect." Nimble And Quick captured his third straight stallion series win -- he was second a neck in the opening leg -- with a front-end jaunt in 1:53.1, fastest in the career of the Western Ideal-Cam Swifty gelding. The pocket-sitting Owen Hanover was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Twinspeak Hanover earned show. "He was very little, and he was a little behind the other colts early," said winning trainer Richard Ringler. "So we accomplished a lot more with him than we thought we would three or four months ago. He's turned into quite a little racehorse, so he'll probably have a little more on his plate next year." Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing own Nimble And Quick. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Monte Cristo Spur quarter-poled to the lead for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and sailed home in 1:53, fastest ever by a 4-year-old trotting horse at the Meadows. The time eclipsed the previous mark of 1:53.2 held by Chips And Wings. Call To Post was 3-3/4 lengths back in second, with Summer Indian third. Richard Davis owns the son of Cantab Hall-Sweet-Gabriella. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Tyler B, a $212,142 PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM.                                                                                                                          Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 1025 -- My Hero Ron surrendered the early lead to his stablemate, Rufo, then just got by him at the wire to score in a career-best 1:49.2, fastest in Friday's $183,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, was conducted over three divisions, with Yankee Bounty and Wakizashi Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a stake double with My Hero Ron and Yankee Bounty. My Hero Ron was content to stalk Rufo from the pocket and challenge him late. He won, but not as easily as Gingras expected. "Halfway through the stretch, I was ahead a neck or a good head and hand-driving through the wire, and I almost got surprised doing it," Gingras said. "He was good the first couple times he was on the front but not so much after that. I was happy with the two-hole trip." My Hero Ron edged Rufo by a nose, with Dreams Beachboy third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino campaign the son of Well Said Erma La Em, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings with the victory. At 2, Yankee Bounty launched his career with an impressive winning streak that tabbed him as a star in the making. But he was winless in 13 outings this year before ending his frustration with a front-end triumph in 1:49.3, a career best. The Wayfaring Man was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Lyons Again third. "He developed last year as fast as he would be," Burke said. "He was as fast last year as he's been this year. Maybe he didn't start the year razor sharp, but he was second in the Adios, and he had sneaky pace last week. He warmed up real well, and I said to Yannick, 'Just get him to the front and we'll see what he does,' and he responded." Burke said he expects to race Yankee Bounty at 4. "You'll always make money with him," Burke said. "He'll race on every size track. He's the kind of horse people love to have. He's sound, and he'll just keep going." The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding now has earned $538,024 for his owners, Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. Wakizashi Hanover vanquished Wiggle It Jiggleit in the North America Cup but lost his last five races to the division leader and driver Montrell Teague, most recently in the top level of the Battle of the Brandywine. Without his bitter rival in the field, Wakizashi Hanover sparkled, winning on the front in for Tim Tetrick in 1:50.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Lost For Words. Allbeef N Nobull completed the ticket. "He's always on his game. He always gives me a good race," said Joann Looney-King, who conditions the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding for Tri County Stable. "He could handle these tonight. I'm hoping we don't draw the eight or nine hole every time. I keep telling Montrell, 'I'm gonna get you again.' He just laughs at me." She indicated Wakizashi Hanover will have a light racing schedule as he prepares for the Breeders Crown, with no appearances in the Little Brown Jug or at the Red Mile. "We're hoping he'll last for a while," she said. "We're looking to the future with this horse." $40,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Friday's card also featured a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, with Sectionline Rock and Badiou Hanover taking the splits -- the latter by disqualification. Dismissed at 20-1, Sectionline Rock appeared destined for a place finish behind the front-ending UF Larry Alltheway when a late burst carried him by the leader to a 1/2-length victory in 1:51.1. This Time earned show. "When I moved him over at the top of the stretch, he gave me a good little burst of speed," said Matt Kakaley, who piloted the Yankee Cruiser-Armbro Alto gelding for trained Ron Potter and owners H. Lee Bauder, Harold Bauder, Clyde Perfect and Whiskey Tango Stable. "I thought I could reel the leader in. He shows getting away toward the back every start, so I tried putting him in play up close, and obviously it worked out perfect." Badiou crossed the line second but was awarded the win when Trading Up was disqualified and placed fourth for using the Lightning Lane without entitlement. Joe Hill and Parklane Eagle were promoted to second and third, respectively. Julie Miller trains Badiou Hanover, a Well Said-Blind Ambition gelding, for Pinske Stables and Joe P Racing LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Sam Hill captured the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:51.2 for Greg Wright, Jr., trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The pocket-sitting Seventh Secret was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with Hillbilly Hanover third. The 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding extended his career bankroll to $389,637. Monday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Racing at her fourth different track in as many starts, Show Runner had little trouble adjusting to The Meadows as she rolled to an easy front-end victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Show Runner performed recently at Running Aces, the Meadowlands and Harrah's Philadelphia, finishing first or second on each occasion. She extended that streak Wednesday, zipping to the lead for Tony Hall and scoring in 1:51.2. The pocket-sitting Stucklikeglue was 2 lengths back in second, with Macharoundtheclock third. Mike Watson trains Show Runner, a 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who boosted her career bankroll to $257,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Dave Palone collected seven victories, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 14-race card -- nothing unusual there for harness racing's "winningest" driver. But the payoffs on those winners were surprising. While Palone's horses usually are heavily supported at the windows, his seven Wednesday winners returned a combined $64.60 to win. That's an average of just less than $9.23 per winner -- the equivalent of 7-2 odds. Friday's program at The Meadows features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $183,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover remain unbeaten — they’re a combined 13-13 lifetime — following wins in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stake action for freshman filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   The $205,840 event, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Kathy Parker and Womans Will taking the other splits. Though the luck of the draw has kept Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover apart, the two are set for a showdown in the PASS championship Sept. 11 at The Meadows, which that day will host all four $260,000 (est) finals for 2-year-olds.   Asked to compare Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover, David Miller, who regularly pilots both and did so in the Delmonica Hanover, said:   “They’re pretty similar, really." "They’re both real handy." "They’re pretty even, to tell you the truth." "Whitelake is probably a little quicker off the gate, but Donna makes up for it. "She can race either way."   “I was thinking how lucky I’ve been — four legs and they never met up." "Usually when I have a couple nice ones, they all get in together." "I’ll have to pick one, but it’s a nice problem to have.”   Although both fillies won easily, Broadway Donna’s victory may have been more impressive visually. After some early jockeying for the lead, she powered to the front near the quarter and drew off to triumph by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2, a tick off the stake record. Winning Symbol and Lookin Sharp completed the ticket.   “She knows what she has to do, and she goes out there and does it,” said Jim Campbell, who conditions the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner for Fashion Farms. “As I’ve said, she’s a real professional.”   With her seventh consecutive win, Broadway Donna boosted her career bankroll to $291,036.   Whitelake Hanover forged ahead by 5 lengths at the quarter and coasted home from there, prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Maker A Yankee rallied for second, with Dancing In Thehall a ground-saving third. Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Whispering Wind, who completed her sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs, for Omar Belier, Dennis Coons and Susan Oakes.   A nose loser to Broadway Donna in the $389,450 final of the James Doherty Memorial, Kathy Parker gave the undefeated fillies something to think about when she scored for Yannick Gingras in 1:56.3 to extend her career bankroll to $171,598. She was second by 1-1/2 lengths down the backside, but Kathy Parker blue-penciled that margin when she pulled the pocket early to challenge the leader, Gracie Hanover.   “The horse on the front looked a little grabby early on,” Gingras said. “I figured it wouldn’t help either one of us if I moved earlier than that." "At that point, it was time to go. I didn’t want to have to move her into the last turn if somebody else came." "I figured it was the best place to do it. She’s right up there with the best ones.”   Synonymous Hanover was second, a length behind, while Gracie Hanover saved show. Jimmy Takter conditions Kathy Parker, a daughter of Andover Hall-Mallelujah, for Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joyce McClelland.   Elsewhere on the card, it was her initial appearance in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, but Dough Dough rose to the occasion, stalking Mistress Valentine from the pocket and downing her by a neck in 1:55.1. Kandian Club finished third.   Dick Stillings drove the 5-year-old daughter of CR Excalibur-Rising Dough, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for trainer J.W. Miller and owner/breeder En Mar Stable The race featured even more dough, as the winner’s half sister, Ciao Dough, finished fourth.   Aaron Merriman and Miller each fashioned a three-bagger on the 15-race card.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2015 -- Miss Tezsla, who reached the final of the prestigious James Doherty Memorial, showed her class to a Pennsylvania Stallion Series field Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a harness racing victory in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. The $100,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Rose Run Reanna, Goodtogo Hanover, Thislady'sdynamite and Ardwyn Hanover taking the other splits. Blake MacIntosh enjoyed a trainer/owner double with Rose Run Reanna and Thislady'sdynamite. After finishing second in her Doherty elimination, Miss Tezsla broke stride in the $389,450 final and finished ninth. But her placement in the Doherty shows how highly her connections -- trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and Herb Liverman -- regard her. "She probably could go in the sires stakes, but Jimmy likes to win," said winning driver Dave Palone. "No one evaluates his horses better, and no one places them in spots better than Jimmy. When the connections are confident, I'm confident." On Monday, the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs quarter-poled to the lead and toyed with the field thereafter, downing Twice A Night by 4-1/2 lengths. Ameliosi earned show. Fresh from a third-place finish in the Pure Ivory final at Mohawk, Rose Run Reanna moved determinedly first over for David Miller and, though snaky in the stretch, wore down the leader, Lady Athens, to capture her maiden victory in 1:58.2. Move Over Darling rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Lady Athens saved show. "She has talent, but she's had troubles breaking," said MacIntosh of the daughter of Explosive Matter-Excusez Moi, a bargain yearling acquisition at $9,000. "We made some equipment adjustments on her, and she's reacted well to them. Now, we have to get the steering part down and we should be okay. She has a sore on her mouth, and the bit we have on her is a little severe. Because she gets a little aggressive, we have to leave it on. In a couple weeks when she calms down a bit, we'll switch the bit." Goodtogo Hanover, who had raced at or near the front in her five previous starts, rated kindly -- more or less -- for Brian Zendt and moved first over to victory in 1:58.2, 1/2 length ahead of Turn The Paige. I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "I had my hands full just to sit where I was at," Zendt said. "She's been used to front-running, and that didn't work the last couple starts. She was getting tired and sour, so I wanted to race her out of a hole. She was good about it. She thought about pulling up down the backside, but when they turned for home, she was game to go after the horse on the lead." Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall and owns with Gary Saul. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton made it four straight, despite a parked-out opening panel, when he triumphed in 1:53.2 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Major Athens was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while the first-over Tamarind finished third. With the victory, the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding soared over $700,000 in career earnings. Palone completed the 15-race card with four wins. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $205,840 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2015 -- When Mission Brief demolished a field of 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $174,000 Moni Maker at The Meadows, it reinforced the notion gaining momentum across harness racing--when she's healthy and competing against fillies, the only horse that can beat Mission Brief is Mission Brief. Fresh off her second-place finish to Pinkman in the Hambletonian, Mission Brief waltzed to victory--winning driver Yannick Gingras never cut her loose--in 1:52.3 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. I'm So Fancy finished second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Gatka Hanover earned show, giving trainer Burke a 1-2-3 sweep. Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey, the only filly in the field given a shot to challenge Mission Brief, stalked the winner from the pocket but broke stride in the stretch, finishing fourth-placed-sixth. From the gate, Gingras idled outside with Mission Brief, waiting for the dust to settle before pushing her to the front. "I thought the only way to get beat is to do something stupid," Gingras said. "Even if someone decided to go on, I thought I could trot by them. So I wanted to give her a chance to get her feet under her and go from there. She's faster, bigger, and stronger. She doesn't look like a filly; she looks like a colt." The daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena, who extended her career bankroll to $1,153,417, recorded even fractions of 28/56.1/1:24.1/1:52.3 in winning for the 14th time in 20 career outings. Burke, harness racing's perennial leading conditioner, showed no hesitation in calling Mission Brief "a special horse, the best horse I've ever trained." "There's no part of me that wavers on that--she's the best horse I've ever trained," he said. Prior to the race, Burke indicated he likely would keep Mission Brief in against fillies for the balance of the season, but what he saw in the Moni Maker has him considering other options. "I would like to maybe try it (racing against males)," he said, "but it won't be an easy sell to everybody else in our group. I'm a little bit gamer--maybe I believe more in her than anybody does. For a while, it's a decision we don't have to make." Burke said Mission Brief's next race will be the Peaceful Way at Mohawk, with a lot of "green" time for the filly between now and then as well as continuing medical treatments for her back. "We'll keep after that, but I don't think it's a chronic condition," he said. "It was something that came on. She got out of kilter like anybody else and had to work her way through it. When she warmed up tonight, she was as sound as she's been all year." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

 Trailing by 6 lengths at the half, Count Me In launched a prolonged move that carried him to victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Count Me In picked up live cover from Lady's Dude but remained 3 lengths back at the top of the lane. The 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding found another gear for Mike Wilder and zipped by the leader, Tamarind, to triumph in 1:54.1. Classicality rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Tamarind saved show. Ron Burke trains Count Me In, who extended his career bankroll to $439,319, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Palone picked up three victories on the 14-race card, but the most noteworthy Palone news came earlier Monday from the nearby Washington County Fair. In a rare fair appearance for the sport's "winningest" driver, Palone piloted Burke's HS Pearl to victory in a Pennsylvania Fairs Sires Stake. According to the United States Trotting Association, it was the first PA Fairs Sires Stake win for the Hall of Famer since 1992 -- when USTA began archiving fairs results -- at the latest. Palone collected several wins in fairs overnight events after 1992. Tuesday's program at The Meadows feature a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2015 -- Third over in the cover flow, At Press Time was widest and fastest through the lane as he captured Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. At Press Time had finished out of the money his last three races from challenging post positions. But he left from post 4 Friday and made the most of it, scoring for Dave Palone in 1:51.1. The winner's stablemate, I'm The Pied Piper, rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with early leader Sam Hill third. Ron Burke trains At Press Time, a 4-year-old son of Western Terror-So Right who now boasts $485,862 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Palone and Mike Wilder fashioned triples.. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Certified Ideal quarter-poled to the lead, withstood a serious challenge from Do Me Honor and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Let go at a healthy 6-1, Certified Ideal had little trouble reaching the front but then was confronted by the menacing uncovered bid of Do Me Honor. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last dug in for Tony Hall and defeated Do Me Honor by a nose in 1:52, with Macharoundtheclock third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $380,033 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Eric Goodell and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Evan Pattak    

Parked the first quarter, Classic Belisima was unassailable once on top, rolling to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Classic Belisima wrested the early lead from Kandian Klub and had only to thwart the first-over challenge of Mistress Valentine -- which she did -- to score for Eric Goodell in 1:54.3. Kandian Klub finished second, a length back, while Mistress Valentine saved show. John Cabot trains Classic Belisima, a 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Classic Yankee who notched her 11th victory this year and boosted her seasonal earnings over $100,000, for William Cantrell. Goodell piloted four winners on the 14-race card, including a pair each for Cabot and trainer Paul Kennedy. Evan Pattak          

Half brothers Trustworthy Kid and Classicality kept it in the family Monday at The Meadows when they finished 1-2 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Classicality was on the lead as the field headed for home, with Trustworthy Kid shoved three wide into the final turn and trailing by 4 lengths. But Trustworthy Kid powered past his kid brother -- and stablemate -- and defeated him for Wilbur Yoder by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Count Me In followed the winner's cover for third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, while Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo gelding. Dunn Stable owns and bred the siblings out of the Lindy Lane mare Penn Worthy Lane. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2015 -- Sam Hill had to work hard for the early lead, but he was much the best once he got there, capturing his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Carol's Comet seized the lead and forced Sam Hill to a 27.1 opening quarter. But the 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding suffered no anxious moments thereafter, easily thwarting the first-over challenge of Hillbilly Hanover to defeat him by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Visible Gold rallied for show. Greg Wright, Jr. piloted Sam Hill, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $378,477, for trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. Eric Goodell drove three winners on the 12-race card. Friday's 11th race, a $5,000 claiming pace, produced what might be called the geriatric trifecta -- Fox Valley Armor (age 13), Just Pretend A (age 14), Western Kissed (age 10). Among them, the trio has amassed 812 career starts. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

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