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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2020 -- Hammered down to 1-5, Summer Charm justified the support with a front-end victory -- her third straight -- in Tuesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of six wins for harness racing driver Tony Hall -- including three for trainer Scott Betts -- on the 13-race card. Summer Charm scored in 1:52, holding off a serious late challenge from Diamondtequilashot that fell 1/2 length short. Newsday was a ground-saving third.   Betts trains Summer Charm, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art who now boasts career earnings of $369,100, for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. Tuesday's much-anticipated Super Hi-5, with its six-figure carryover and mandatory payout, generated a pool exceeding $470,000. When Entranced won at 18-1 and 70-1 bomb Wingnut Dinger finished fourth, a rich payoff was assured. Indeed, multiple winners each collected $30,692.02. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2020 -- Wild Wild Western retook the lead near the three-eighths and found the wire just in time to capture Wednesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western opened a 2-length lead past the three-quarters but found himself under siege late from Rock Candy on the outside and Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra had enough in the tank to score for Tony Hall in 1:50.4, 1/2 length better than Rock Candy, with Carolina Beach third.   Norm Parker trains Wild Wild Western, who boosted his career bankroll to $246,815, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Dave Palone collected three victories on the 13-race card while, for the third time in as many weeks, 13 different trainers each one a race. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA              

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2020 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Marvalous Song overtook the 1-9 harness racing favorite, Seadog Lady, at the top of the lane and drew off late to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Marvalous Song was 5 lengths off the lead in fourth when Tony Hall sent her first up after Seadog Lady. The 5-year-old daughter of Delmarvalous-Margie's Song gobbled up the favorite and defeated her by a widening 4 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. Grace Ann finished third.   Jason Shaw trains Marvalous Song, who lifted her career bankroll to $153,654, for Mason Shaw. It was one of five wins on the 13-race card for Hall, including a pair for trainer Shaw and his son Mason. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2020 -- Summer Charm knifed through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Sent off the 7-5 second choice, Summer Charm zipped to the early lead for Tony Hall but released Sansovina Hanover at the quarter in favor of the pocket. That decision paid off late as Summer Charm had pace aplenty to defeat the first-over Diamondtequilashot by a length in 1:51.4. Sansovina Hanover saved show.   Scott Betts trains Summer Charm, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art who now boasts career earnings of $360,150, for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. Hall collected four wins and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special Thursday card, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 9, 2020 -- Full Surge surged to the top from post 6 and never let a rival get close, scoring in a career-best 1:52.4 in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Sent off as the 1-1 favorite, Full Surge threw down a 56.1 back half for Tony Hall, enabling him to defeat the pocket-sitting Joey by 1-1/4 lengths. Vegas Ticket was a ground-saving third.   Miles Wollam trains Full Surge, a 6-year-old son of Full Count-Super Katrina who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, and owns with Rhett Roll and Renna Wollam. Aaron Merriman, Jim Pantaleano and Hall each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card while, for the second time in as many weeks, 13 different trainers won a race. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2020 -- Forced to go three wide near the three-quarters, Wild Wild Western still had plenty of kick in the passing lane as he captured Friday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:50.1. Wild Wild Western was third over when his cover began to falter, the signal for Tony Hall to send him three wide. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra zipped the final panel in 27.4 and defeated Carolina Beach, who shot the Lightning Lane, by 2-1/2 lengths. Crusades rallied for show.   Norm Parker trains Wild Wild Western, who now has banked $233,160 for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Dave Palone also enjoyed a big Friday with a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA - Diamondtequilashot moved smartly first over and rolled to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Diamondtequilashot was third near the three-quarters when Tony Hall sent her after the leader Touchamatic. The 7-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger-Straitequilanite overpowered that rival and held off the late rally of Crisp Mane to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Lakeisha Hall shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Bill Rhoades trains the winner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $334,674, for Rick Senger. It was one of three victories for Rhoades on the 13-race card. Trainer Dirk Simpson, who enjoyed a three-bagger Tuesday, added a pair of Wednesday wins. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features an $83,673.46 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA -  Lady's Dude exploded to the top from post 4 and never had an anxious moment as he scored in 1:53.4 in the slop in Monday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. The 9-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding poured it on late for Tony Hall and defeated the rallying Full Surge by 3-1/2 lengths, with the pocket-sitting Truman Jr Hanover third.   Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts a career bankroll of $822,898, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. In Monday's co-feature, also a $10,800 Conditioned Trot, Jeffery P shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:55 for Brady Brown and trainer Miles Wollam, who owns with Renna Wollam, Dennis Osterholt and Jacob Detwiler. The 5-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding lifted his career earnings to $165,457. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while trainer Paul Corey, who fashioned a four-bagger Friday, added two more victories. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $75,577.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2020 -- Parked out through a demanding 27.3 opening quarter in the slop, HS Judy Jetson still had little trouble capturing Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. The 4-year-old daughter of Great George Two-Broadway Fooling easily repelled the first-over challenge of Explosive Form and scored for Tony Hall in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting Swanind Fastlane was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Lite Years Away rallied for show.   Scott Betts trains HS Judy Jetson for Tim Betts. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 13-race card, including a pair for Scott Betts. Mike Wilder also enjoyed a big day with three victories. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $7,400.64 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA      

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2020 -- Final Breath relentlessly wore down the leader first over and rolled to an easy victory over a distinguished field in Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Perlucky took the lead after a demanding 27,1 opening panel that left him vulnerable. Final Breath and Tony Hall pounced, putting away Perlucky and drawing off to score in 1:52.2, matching his career best. Icanflylikeanangel found the Lightning Lane in time for second, 3 lengths back, while Jailhouse Sam rallied for show.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $648,332, for Duane Lowe. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Blue Ivy survived a contentious first quarter and triumphed in 1:51.4 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue lifted her lifetime earnings to $230,060. Brian Zendt and Merriman each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes: the $37,644 Edward M. Ryan for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and the $38,244 Judge Joe McGraw for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $1,842.42 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The MSOA                        

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2020 -- Rock N Teen let Zanetti do the heavy lifting on the front end, then blew by him in the lane to score in a career-best 1:53, fastest harness racing division in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Gumption and Arrhythmic Storm also captured $12,500 opening-leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The series honors the memory of Zendt, a trainer, driver and patriarch of one of The Meadows most prominent and successful clans. It's one of four late-closing events that kicked off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Zanetti reeled off a blistering 1:23.3 three-quarters, making him vulnerable to the pocket-sitting Rock N Teen. Indeed, when Mike Wilder cut him loose, the 3-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Dance With Me Tina gelding roared passed and defeated Zanetti by 1-3/4 lengths. Chicken Nugget completed the ticket. Norm Parker trains Rock N Teen for owner/breeder Bob Key.   Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Scott Betts, while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $18,605.15 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2020 -- Metro Boomin swooped the field with a brilliant backside burst and went on to score in 1:56.2 in the slop, the fastest division of Tuesday's opening leg of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Danny's Boy and La Dolfina took the other $12,500 splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding harness racing trotters. Tony Hall and trainer Scott Betts teamed for a pair of series wins with Metro Boomin and La Dolfina. The series honors the memory of the late McConnell, longtime trainer/driver at The Meadows who was so successful with diagonal-gaiters that he was nicknamed "Mr. Trot." The series is one of four late-closing events kicking off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. In only his second start since an Ohio Fairs outing on Aug. 26, Metro Boomin was sixth past the half when Hall sent him after the leader, The Muscle Dog. The 4-year-old Wishing Stone-Vapor Rises gelding was on top in a heartbeat and rolled to a 2-1/4-length victory. Feel The Muscle and Spring Roll completed the ticket. Tim Betts and Nicholas Catalano campaign Metro Boomin.   Brady Brown piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a carryover of $14,485.92 in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Dancin Dragon roared from the pocket into the final turn, blitzed by the leader and had just enough late pace to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace. In only his second start this year, Dancin Dragon took full advantage of his pocket trip, putting away Do Work Son with ease. But he needed to dig deep for driver Tony Hall to thwart the late bid of K Ryan Bluechip and down him by a neck in 1:51.2. Humboldt completed the ticket.   Randy Bendis trains Dancin Dragon, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-McDance Desire gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $239,540, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Hall piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including three for Bendis and a pair for trainer Jack Smith, while Dave Palone fashioned a four-bagger, including two wins for trainer Mike Palone. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $12,651.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2020 -- Final Breath wrested the early lead from Perlucky and kept him at bay late to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Final Breath was forced to a demanding 27.3 opening panel, Tony Hall was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding held off the pocket-sitting Perlucky by a length to score in 1:53.4, with Icanflylikeanangel third.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $615,058, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $2,059.32 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 14, 2020 -- Mister Spot A threw down a final quarter of 27.2, a sizzling brush that carried him to victory -- his second straight and fourth harness racing win in his last five starts -- in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Mister Spot A was chasing the leader, Do Work Son, when he uncorked that quick panel for driver Tony Hall. The 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding defeated Do Work Son by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.2, with A Real Miracle third.   Scott Betts trains Mister Spot A, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $121,012, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano, Stephen Moss and Keith Pippi. It was one of three training victories for Betts on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), a $1,225.29 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), an $895.50 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 7, 2020 -- Mister Spot A dogged the leader, Yankee Roller A, for more than one-half mile, put him away in the lane and went on to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $16,500 Conditioned Pace. Yankee Roller A looked sharp early in his domestic debut but could not endure the relentless pressure of Mister Spot A, who scored in 1:54.1 in the slop. Do Work Son was second, a length back, while Lord Of Winterfell rallied for show.   Tony Hall piloted the winner, a 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding who triumphed for the third time in five starts this year and lifted his career bankroll to $114,262, for trainer Scott Betts and owner Arrhythmic LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $11,705.26 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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