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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2014 -- A six-race maiden entering the fray, Massive Storm powered to the lead, re-seated his only challenger and sailed home in 1:58.4, fastest of three $12,500 divisions in Wednesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Red Maple Lane and Sixteen Encores took the other splits. With Massive Storm on the front near the three-eighths, Cue Hall pulled the pocket and attacked the leader. Massive Storm and Dave Palone accelerated, forcing Cue Hall back to the cones. The Muscle Massive-Stormy Valentine gelding went on to down Cue Hall by 2-3/4 lengths, while Grana Padanno rallied from last for show. Jeff Bolyard trains Massive Storm for Donald Bolyard. Looped from the gate, Sixteen Encores still made the lead comfortably and drew off to defeat Guy Fox by 6-3/4 lengths in 1:59.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and Bob Key, who bred and owns the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. Mmmmgood completed the ticket. Red Maple Lane had a similar easy time of it on the front end, prevailing in 1:59.4 for Doug Snyder. The pocket-sitting Bambam Lauxmont was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Game Challenge a distant third. Lisa Martin conditions the SJ's Caviar-Lane Bryant gelding for Mary Martin, Roger Dirlam and Maple Ridge Stable of Pennsylvania. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday, first post 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 13, 2014 -- Dismissed at 8-1, Rock The Nite confidently passed up an early hole, powered to the lead and cruised to victory in Monday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Jed Kidd Squaking and Conversation Boy captured the other $12,500 opening-leg splits. The series is one of four for 2-year-olds that kick off this week at The Meadows. Dave Palone had a chance to ease Rock The Nite to the pylons around the first turn but instead urged the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball to wrest the lead from Cams Fernando. The stalking Cams Fernando tried again in the stretch, but Rock The Nite held him off by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55 over a sloppy surface. Firm It Up finished third. Norm Parker trains Rock The Nite for owner/breeder Bob Key. Elsewhere on the card, 17-1 Macharoundtheclock rallied from seventh in the lane to score a nose victory in 1:52.4 in the $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace. Stucklikeglue and Your Beautiful completed the ticket. Eric Ledford drove the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, who now boasts $334,837 in lifetime earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2014 -- A winner in her debut at The Meadows, Anaffairtoremember was even more impressive next time out when she overcame post 8 to capture Wednesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot. When new owner/trainer Bill Bercury introduced Anaffairtoremember to The Meadows, she rewarded him Oct. 1 with a tough first-over victory. On Wednesday, she found a seat fifth for Aaron Merriman, followed the live cover of Mistress Valentine and rolled home in 1:53.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than early leader Kandian Club. Mistress Valentine was a clear third. The 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman now boasts career earnings of $261,982. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Merriman each drove three winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $50,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5, races 11-15. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2014 -- Fly Past Hanover, a 3-year-old trotting gelding, shot the Lightning Lane and notched his second straight Pennsylvania Fairs championship Saturday at The Meadows On a festive evening that featured many family-oriented activities, The Meadows hosted all eight fairs finals, each with a purse of $25,000 -- up 25 percent from last year. Aaron Merriman piloted three champions, including a pair -- Fly Past Hanover and Wimborne Hanover -- for trainer William Daugherty, Jr. Fly Past Hanover stalked the favorite, Mr Weaver, from the pocket and blew by inside to triumph in 1:59.2 for his 22nd victory over the past two seasons, downing Mr Weaver by 2-1/4 lengths. Faust was third. Daugherty said he wasn't surprised the son of Cantab Hall-Flexible Spending was able to repeat as champion. "He's a good honest trotter -- 90 percent sound, no big problems," Daugherty said. "We got rained out three or four times this summer; that gave him a little rest." In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Sheema Star Sheema Star provided the night's tote board pyrotechnics when she shed excess cover in the lane to pull off a 50-1 shocker in 1:59.3 and give driver Brady Brown his first career victory at The Meadows. She Nuit was second by a head, with Hearts Content third. "When I saw I was following the morning-line favorite, I knew we wouldn't be on the fence long," Brown said. "I figured I would have cover carrying me all the way to the stretch. My plan was to come from the back anyway. Everything worked out." Ashley Brown owns and trains the daughter of SJ's Caviar-Hearts In Bloom. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Wiggle It Hanover Not to be outdone by his buddy Brown, Shawn Johnston captured his initial driving victory at The Meadows when Wiggle It Hanover -- a daughter of Dragon Again-Western Gesture that Johnston also owns and trains -- rallied to capture only her second lifetime win in 1:56.3. La Fiesta, the PA Fairs juvenile champion, was second, a head back, while Fixed Income earned show. "They were all itching to get out of there, but she likes to come off the pace," Johnston said. "Was there anything holding her back? Probably me." Johnston received congratulations of sorts when his fellow horsemen doused him with two buckets of icy water. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Wellsaidandone Seated early by the determined Ruffle Up and Roger Hammer, Wellsaidandone had more pop late and blazed by the leader to score in 1:53.4 for Merriman, trainer Mike Gillock and owner Harry Locke. On a brusque night when stake records seemed safe, the Well Said-Yenta Hanover gelding missed the stake mark by a tick, an impressive performance. "That horse of Roger's looked like he'd been getting his own way at the fairs," Merriman said. "I thought if he got cheap fractions, he'd be tough to beat. My horse really exploded out of the hole and made my job extremely easy." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Wimborne Hanover Wimborne Hanover soared over $100,000 in earnings with his win in 1:59.3. Bambam Lauxmont was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while Music Man De Vie completed the ticket. The victory by the Muscle Massive-Wherley gelding wasn't surprising -- he was the 1-2 favorite -- but the front-end style was, as Daugherty previously indicated the youngster had become too hot. "In this field, I thought he might have to go to the front," Daugherty said. "He's been good and solid since I changed his bit, but he wasn't going to get a seat tonight. Aaron said he got a little lazy near the wire." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Isabella Carina Brian Zendt drove Isabella Carina in her most recent outing, a Keystone Classic split, and what he learned proved instrumental in her victory Saturday. "We made some rigging changes," Zendt said. "She had a Murphy blind, and she acted like she couldn't see right. She had her head kind of cocked sideways. We took that off, and she was much better tonight. She's a Cadillac -- wants to do everything right." The daughter of Tom Ridge-Bellissimo moved three wide down the backside and drew off by 5-1/2 lengths to score in 1:59.2. Susie B and Peoplesayimnogood completed the ticket. Walter "Boots" Dunn conditions the homebred Isabella Carina for Dunn Stable. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Keystone I Wish Although she trailed by 5 lengths down the backside, Keystone I Wish tracked down the loose leader, Angel Plus, and scored in 1:57. Tropical Terror, the "winningest" freshman in harness racing with 16 victories, lacked late racing room and settled for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind, while Angel Plus saved show. "I was a little concerned (with her position), but this filly will chase one down," said winning driver Todd Schadel, who trains the daughter of Art Official-I Will -- an $8,000 Harrisburg buy-back -- and owns with Christine Schadel. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Marshmallow Pulse Marshmallow Pulse not only grabbed the championship in 1:57.1, but he also extended a streak -- in the money in all 17 career starts. Tony Hall drove the Quik Pulse Mindale-Marshamarshamarsha gelding for trainer Jason Shaw and owner Mason Shaw who, although only 2, showed his savvy as a horseman yet again. Nippy was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Given Up Terror third. "He tries every time he goes on the racetrack," Jason Shaw said of his $4,500 yearling acquisition. "He gives you everything he's got. Next year we may try some early closers here, then back to the fairs." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

$200,000 will be on the line on Saturday night at The Meadows, as the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Finals will be featured as part of a special 13-race evening card. Post time is 6:55PM.   Horses have been traveling the circuit since mid-June earning points in Pennsylvania Sire Stake fair events at 21 venues. The top eight point-earners in each of eight divisions will meet for the annual championship events.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA)  will also host a Family Fun Night, helping to bring the county fair atmosphere to the track with plenty of activities for kids.   Parade marshal Wendy Ross will have a special tribute to America between races 3 and 4 on the card, and after the 6th race a special Gold Medal Celebrity Match Race will take place, featuring former Pittsburgh Penguin Bob Errey and former basketball star and current University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Errey earned a gold medal in 1997 as part of Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships, and McConnell-Serio was a member of the 1988 USA Olympic championship winning women's basketball team.   On the track, eight $25,000 PA Fair Finals will be the top attraction, featuring some of the top winning horses in the nation. Freshman pacing filly Tropical Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owner Mason Shaw, and driven by Chris Shaw will look for win #17 on the season. In 18 starts, the Western Terror filly has 16 wins and 2 second place finishes, and has the rail in race #2.   Sophomore filly trotter Cantabs Lightning, owned, trained and driven by Wayne Long, has won 10 of 16 this season. The Cantab Hall filly has drawn post 4 in the sixth race on the card.   In the 3YO pacing filly ranks, Allstar Morning, owned by Kristen and Ethan Spahn, has won 10 of 26 this year and has post 3 in the 7th race. Dave Palone drives the Four Starzzz Shark filly for trainer Gerald Lee.   Police Navidad, who has the rail in the 8th race 2YO colt trot, has won 11 of 17 this season for owners Lander Stables, Kathy & Virginia Schoeffel and Jim Reuther. The Muscle Massive gelding is trained and driven by Steve Schoeffel.   Another Shaw Stable entrant, Marshmallow Pulse, has the rail in the freshman colt pace. In 16 starts, the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding has 12 wins and has never been worse than third. Tony Hall will drive. The main challenger will be his stablemate, Nippy, with Chris Shaw driving. Nippy, a Nuclear Breeze gelding, has won 14 of 17 with three second place finishes.   Two more double-digit winners will square off in the 3YO colt trot, as Mr Weaver (12 for 23) will face Fly Past Hanover (11 for 22). Mr Weaver has post 1 for owners John and Owen McMullen. John McMullen trains and Wilbur Yoder drives. Fly Past Hanover is owned by Susan Daugherty, trained by Bill Daugherty, and will be driven by Aaron Merriman.   The MSOA is proud to host the event once again this year, and looks forward to a fan-friendly night.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2014 -- Ralph R moved confidently first over as the 1-5 favorite and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $117,200 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wimborne Hanover took advantage of breaks by four of his six rivals to capture the other division in the stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although he had just one victory on his card, Ralph R appeared to be the best following a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship. The son of Muscle Massive-Aiken For Clay proved it was more than a paper advantage when he brushed from third for Mike Wilder and scored in a career-best 1:56, 4-1/2 lengths better than Red Maple Lane. Sixteen Encores was third. "He scored down fantastic," Wilder said. "Not knowing the horse, I just got him away safe. But there was really nothing to know. I never moved -- plugs in, and I never laid the whip on him. He was push button." Robin Cruise trains Ralph R, who has banked $133,374 this year, for Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Paymaq Racing. Wimborne Hanover boasted nine wins entering the stake; most, however, were at PA Fairs, and, at 8-1, he figured to have his work cut out for him. But he watched Don't Mind Me break at the start. He saw Hurrikane Jonny K, the 3-5 favorite, jump it off while moving first over. He noticed the pocket-sitting Cue Hall run around the final turn. Finally, when the leader, Longcat Hanover, broke stride in the stretch, Wimborne Hanover had seen enough. He dug in for Eric Ledford and triumphed in 1:57.3. Longcat Hanover survived an inquiry and held second, 4 lengths back, while Massive Storm earned show. With all the dancing during the race, Bill Daugherty, Jr., who trains the Muscle Massive-Wherley gelding for Susan Daugherty, feared his youngster -- who broke stride in his last start -- would join the conga line. "I thought about that a little bit because, being 2-year-olds, they'll do that," he said. "I was hoping to get a decent check today, not really win it, but we'll take it. He ran down a little bit behind in his last start, so I put a longer shoe on the back, and that seemed to make a difference." Wimborne Hanover will wrap up his fine freshman campaign in the Pa Fairs championships Oct. 4 at The Meadows. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle had little trouble capturing her 13th victory this year with a 1:53.1 tally for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The pocket-sitting Kandian Club was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, while ER Ellie completed the ticket. A 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel, Daylon Miracle extended her career bankroll to $398,987. Tony Hall, Wilbur Yoder and Wilder each piloted three winners on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the card features a $91,998 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Sectionline Yankee upsets in $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs with a track record equaling performance of 1:50.2. She now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime. The 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee is trained by Steve Bauder for owners, Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio. Sectionline Yankee was driven by Greg Grismore and started from post one in the field of eight and was 6-1 on the morning line. Continual Velocity and Chris Page left for command from post eight when the wings folded along with inside leavers, She's Shocking and Novascotia Hanover. Novascotia Hanover and Tony Hall cleared to the front before the quarter that was clocked in a hot :26.1. She's Shocking and Kayne Kaufmann took the pocket ride before being shuffled to third when the favorite, Continual Velocity and Chris Page made a quarter move. Sectionline Yankee was sitting fourth on the rail at the half that was paced in :54.1. Grismore decided to make his move, pulling first up down the backside with Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater in tow. Grismore applied the heavy pressure to the three quarters clocked in 1:22.2. The battled continued down the stretch before Sectionline Yankee pulled 3/4 of a length clear of Continual Velocity and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Sectionline Yankee returned $18.20 to her supporters while increasing her bankroll to just under $315,000. The co-feature for the Saturday night card didn't disappoint either. Kanaris and Aaron Merriman set a new track record of 1:48.3 for a 4-year old gelding on the 5/8 mile oval in the $25,000 Open Pace. The previous record of 1:49.4 was set this year by Full Code and Beach Memories. Kanaris is the son of Panspacificflight and Thermopylae. He's trained by Joe Seekman for Tripoli Stable of Illinois. This victory crushed his own career best of 1:51.2 and pushed his lifetime earnings over $200,000. Kanaris started from post seven in the field of eight, but that didn't deter Merriman from leaving. They cleared inside leaver, Beach Memsories and Josh Sutton before the first turn. The first quarter was paced in :26.1. Sutton wasn't content to take the two hole trip, he pulled at the quarter to take over command. They paced single file to the half, clocked in :54.1. Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps started their rally, pulling first up from third spot and Big Risk, driven by Tony Hall followed suit. The fast pace didn't let up. Beach Memories flew by the three quarters in 1:21.1 with Kanaris in tow. Merriman popped the ear plugs and waited for the stretch to make his move. The two paced 5-lengths clear of their foes and Kanaris had the upper hand to win by a nose over Beach Memories. His stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy paced home in :27.2 to grab the show spot. The final week of racing in the 2014 season resumes on Wednesday (September 24) post time 6:30 pm. From Scioto Downs Racino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2014 -- Classicality quarter-poled to the lead, then gamely fought off Better Caviar in a stretch-long duel to notch his third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classicality had taken his last two starts from well back, Brian Zendt changed tactics Tuesday and sent the 4-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding after the leader, Waiting On A Woman, early. That set up the exciting finish, with Classicality downing Better Caviar by a head in 1:53, matching the lifetime mark he established last week. Waiting On A Woman saved show. Lisa Dunn-Adams trains the homebred Classicality, who has won 20 times in 2013-2014, for Dunn Stable. Tony Hall drove four winners on the 15-race card while Eric Ledford and Dave Palone each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2014 -- Camcruiser Hanover stalked patiently from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to complete an 11-1 upset in Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Major Belle wrested the early lead from Camcruiser Hanover but had to step a lively 26.4 opening quarter to do it. In the stretch, Camcruiser Hanover was the fresher horse. The 5-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Cami Whitestocking gelding roared through the Lightning Lane for Jim Pantaleano to triumph in 1:51.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Southern Allie. Major Belle saved show. Paul Corey trains Camcruiser Hanover, who extended his career bankroll to $138,796, for Edgar Hunt and Robert Gritzer. Dave Palone drove six winners and Tony Hall three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2014 -- Day Lily generously rewarded her backers Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship for 2-year-old filly trotters at a lusty 32-1. The Meadows also hosted the three other PA Stallion Series $40,000 championships for freshmen, which were taken by UF Larry Alltheway (colt and gelding pacers), KY Lucky (colt and gelding trotters) and Half Past Seven (filly trotters). A quartet of $40,000 PA Stallion Series finals for 3-year-olds highlights Tuesday's program at The Meadows. Day Lily finished off the board in her final two stallion series preliminary legs, when she left for early position but lacked a finishing kick, and it appeared she would follow the same script in the championship. But when Mike Wilder squeezed her off the cones at the top of the stretch, she responded with fire and scored in a career-best 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than the favorite, Fly Angel Fly. Alpha Alpha rallied for show. "I didn't get shuffled too bad, but I got kind of stopped," Wilder said. "I really got lucky to squeeze out, but when I did, she was full of trot. She was sick her last two starts, but her trainer said she was over that and just put her in position. When I got out, she fired." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs for Hauser Brothers Racing and Conrad Zurich. In the other finals: $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Pacers UF Larry Alltheway won his Third Straight race by quarter-poling to the front for Dave Palone and prevailing in a swift 1:51.4. Hall Of Terror was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while My Hero Ron earned show. The Dragon Again-Varbo gelding, a $50,000 yearling acquisition, continues to be a pleasant surprise for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owner Up Front Racing, as he showed little early promise. "Training him down, he was probably the worst one I had all winter," O'Donnell said. "He'd pull up, wouldn't want to go. Once we got him behind the gate a couple times and baby-raced him, he's been a totally different colt He throws last quarters in 27 like nothing. You wouldn't have expected it training him down." He said UF Larry Alltheway will be pointed to the Standardbred at Delaware and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters When the leader, Longcat Hanover, broke stride in the stretch, KY Lucky took advantage of the opportunity, driving through the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:59, 1/2 length ahead of Wimborne Hanover, with Explosiveday third. "I was pretty impressed because we got slowed almost to a stop before we got to the Lightning Lane," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "He actually came back and trotted home pretty good. I thought we were second, but we got a little lucky." Tim Twaddle trains KY Lucky, a Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding who has finished in the money in all six career starts, for Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables. $40,000 Championship, Filly Pacers Half Past Seven moved first over, gobbled up the leader, Angel Or Terror, and rolled to a comfortable victory in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf Stable. Icapella Hanover finished second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Angel Or Terror completed the ticket. "She's really had to race pretty aggressive," Hall said of the daughter of Western Terror-She's Eligible. "With a trip, she'll definitely get better and go some big miles here next year. The stallion series is a good fit for her." Elsewhere on Monday's card, Continual Velocity matched the track record of 1:50.2 for older mares when she cruised on the front end in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Novascotia Hanover was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Scandalous Hanover third. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity, who now boasts $497,025 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. Tuesday’s (Sept. 9) card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two guaranteed pools: a $7,500-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5 and a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4. Both are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While the Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature of Monday and Tuesday programs, the track added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee when no one correctly picked Monday’s Pick 5, resulting in a carryover of $1,830.96. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) 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. Tuesday’s card also features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 3-year-olds. First post Tuesday is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2014 -- Trailing by 4 lengths at the top of the stretch. Windsong Jack blazed through a wide-open Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southern Allie opened a daylight lead with an uncovered backside burst but weakened late, leaving him vulnerable to Windsong Jack's rally. The 4-year-old Santana Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding triumphed at 7-1 in a career-best 1:49.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. Carol's Comet closed well for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Southern Allie saved show. Windsong Jack now boasts lifetime earnings of $534,948. Three drivers -- Tony Hall (five), Wilder (four) and Dave Palone (three) -- accounted for 12 wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 2-year-olds. First post is 12:55. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2014 -- Trailing by 5 lengths at the three-quarters and with his cover stalling, Adios champion McWicked showed his speed and determination Friday at The Meadows when he roared wide down the lane to score in a harness racing stake-record 1:48.3 in a $199,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. Sometimes Said captured the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Tarport Effrat, giving David Miller a sweep. McWicked saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the Carl Milstein, and it appeared certain that his losing skein would grow when he was third over and treading water. But Somewhere In L A had taken the field through a hot three-quarters in 1:20.4, a wicked pace that gave Miller confidence. "They were going pretty hard there, but I did start getting worried in the last turn when they stalled out," Miller said. "But the leader wasn't getting away, and I was within range enough to catch him. I was happy with him. He got beat on the front last week, so I wanted to change it up. He doesn't have to be on the lead to win." The son of McArdle-Western Sahara had just enough track to down the game Somewhere in L A by a nose, with the pocket-sitting Limelight Beach third. Casie Coleman trains McWicked, who boosted his career bankroll to $957,883, for SSG Stables. The time shattered the previous stake mark of 1:49.2 shared by Big Bad John and Resistance Futile. Coleman previously indicated that McWicked will be pointed to the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug. With the victory, McWicked became only the third Adios winner to score in the Tarport Effrat, joining Armbro Ranger (1976) and May June Character (2007). Fashion Farms' Sometimes Said entered the Tarport Effrat on a two-race winning streak, and he had little trouble extending that streak, following the first-over cover of Let's Drink On It and prevailing in 1:50. Somesizesomestyle rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Let's Drink On It saved show. "I was impressed with him," said Miller, who was piloting Sometimes Said for the first time. "He raced as good as I expected him to." Jim Campbell conditions Sometimes Said, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, converted claimer Colby Jate shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:50.3 and notch his fourth straight victory. Aaron Merriman drove the 7-year-old Jate Lobell-Cam Press Shania gelding for trainer Mike Watson and owner Friendship Stables. Tony Hall drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. Following a brief holiday hiatus, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. Even Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 25, 2014 -- Winless since late May, Frost Free Hanover broke loose Monday at The Meadows, drawing off to demolish the field by 8 lengths in 1:54.4 -- a tick off the stake record -- in a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Another Transcript and Revrac Harbour taking the other splits -- each for Dave Palone. After only one start at 2, Frost Free Hanover began his sophomore campaign with five victories before tapering off, a drought trainer Leslie Zendt attributes to a step up in competition. "He was racing against older horses in overnights here, which is really hard for a 3-year-old," she said. "Then he was in against some tough 3-year-olds. But he's been an overachiever all year long and, really, a pleasant surprise." In Monday's stake, Frost Free Hanover accelerated around the final turn for Brian Zendt, leaving the pocket-sitting Kapow Hanover a distant second. Sneakin Caviar rallied from well back for show. Leslie Zendt, who owns Frost Free Hanover with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne, said the Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale following appearances in the stallion series championship, the Keystone Classic and the Circle City. Another Transcript, who lost all nine of his previous outings this year in some tough spots, also relished the stallion series competition, quarter-poling to the front and scoring in a career-best 1:55.3, 6-1/4 lengths better than Donato's Wish. Uriel earned show. "He's not a bad colt, but he's been running up against some tough horses," said Allan Johnson, who conditions the son of Donato Hanover-Lady Lifter for Carl Sackheim, who often names his horses for aspects of the legal profession. "He's a useful horse. He'll make us a few dollars." Hammered down to 1-2 in the wagering, Revrac Harbour performed like the prohibitive choice, quarter-poling to the front and scoring geared down in 1:55.1. Another Deposition (another Sackheim horse) was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while It Really Matters completed the ticket. "He does everything right," Palone said. "I thought I'd let things settle and keep him out of trouble. He was well within himself. He can be a little funny with his mouth behind the gate -- he can get pacey. So I let him get out of there on his own, and he was perfect." Tony Alagna trains the homebred son of Donato Hanover-Harbour Belle, who has won seven of 11 starts this year, for Howard Taylor, John Carver and Dandy Farms. Palone drove six winners and Tony Hall five on the 16-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features the Hickory Smoke, a $199,980 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. By Evan Pattak,for the Meadows                    

Four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (August 14), each going for a purse of over $65,000. In the first division, the wagering public backed Tick Tok Tag (Broadway Hall-Tags Schooner) who was coming off two narrow defeats against similar at The Meadows. Off the gate, it was the Erv Miller trainee Ralph R (Muscle Massive-Aiken For Clay) going for the lead, but he quickly yielded to the favorite at the quarter, which went in :29 seconds flat. There was no change in position until the top of the stretch, when Ralph R emerged out of the pocket, and was able to out duel Tick Tok Tag in the late stages, winning by a nose, in a time of 1:57.2. Divisionist (Andover Hall-Only Lonely) finished third. Ralph R is owned by The Ervin Miller Stables and Paymaq Racing, trained by Erv Miller, and was driven by Marcus Miller. In Division two, undefeated Piercewave Hanover (Donato Hanover-Passionate Glide) was the one to beat, sent off as the public choice. As the wings closed, the favorite sprinted right out for the lead, with the Ake Svanstedt charge Colbert (Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva) securing the pocket spot, by the quarter in :28 seconds. After rating a :31 second quarter, Piercewave Hanover felt pressure from a first-over Honor And Serve (Donato Hanover-Honorable Daughter). As they turned for home, the two were on even terms, with Honor And Serve grinding to victory, stopping the clock in 1:57. Piercewave Hanover finished second, while Explosive Drama (Explosive Matter-Phillycityhall) rallied for third. In the third division, it was James Bafia and Eugene White's Shoot The Thrill (Explosive Matter-Fancy N Diamonds) picking up the victory. At the start, it was Special Action (Yankee Glide-Special Appeal) moving out for the lead, with Lima Pride (Muscle Massive-Pacific Legacy) In The Pocket, by a quarter in :29.1. The leader rated a :32.1 second quarter, before Ake Svanstedt vacated the pocket with Lima Pride. They battled for the lead until the top of the stretch, where Special Action made a break, allowing driver Tony Hall to split foes with Shoot The Thrill, springing the mild upset in 1:59.1. Lima Pride was second, while Chef Lee (Cantab Hall-Summer Savory) finished third. Shoot The Thrill is trained by Dirk Simpson. In the fourth and final division, the wagering was evenly split between unbeaten Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones) and Walter White (Cantab Hall-Muscaloosa). At the start, Billy Flynn and Walter White left in tandem for the lead, with Billy Flynn eventually re-taking after a quarter in 28.3. After a rated :30.2 second quarter, the leader faced a first-over challenge from Vintage Hall (Cantab Hall-Sweet Vintage) but was able to put him away just past three-quarters. Into the stretch, Billy Flynn squared off with Walter White, who attacked up the open stretch. They hit the line together, with the narrow win going to Billy Flynn in 1:57.4. Billy Flynn is owned by Bender Sweden Inc, trained by Steffan Lind, and was driven by Brett Miller. Wicker Hanover (Explosive Matter-Won An Done) finished third. Mike Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2014 -- Momas Got A Gun grabbed the lead with a backside burst and found the wire just in time to score in 1:55, fastest division in Wednesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over six divisions, with Dobre Povedane, Cover Model, Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style and Hot Chica Boomba also taking $20,000 splits. Tony Hall (Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style) and Aaron Merriman (Dobre Povedane, Hot Chica Boomba) each fashioned a stake double. Momas Got A Gun hadn't been on the front in either of her two previous starts, but she moved quickly to the top for Jason Brewer and opened a daylight lead. While that margin diminished rapidly as she tired, she held off Alexa Said, who rallied from last, by a nose. Chaxiraxi Hanover was third. "I was hoping the wire was coming pretty soon," Brewer said. "She was getting tired -- we went a big third quarter. Her last line at Pocono looked pretty good, so I figured to try and give her a chance." Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. Hillary's Style overcame a brutal trip -- parked out the first quarter, first over from fourth -- to down Mayela Hanover by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dew It Again third. Did winning trainer Danny Collins think the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Style could prevail after such a rugged journey? "No. She was all over the racetrack and sideways here and there," Collins said. "She showed a little bit of guts in the lane. I've been babying her a little bit. I considered putting her in the sires stakes but decided we needed to make sure we were in the final of the stallion series." Lisa Ezzo campaigns Hillary's Style, a $35,000 yearling purchase who captured her Third Straight in the stallion series. Although it wasn't necessarily his game plan, Merriman gunned Dobre Povedane to the lead from the rail, where she was good enough to hold off the pocket-sitting Terror Ain't A Fool by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.2. Terracotta Hanover earned show. "No one really left," Merriman said. "The only horse I wanted to follow was Terror Ain't A Fool. If someone else made the front, I would've made a quarter-pole move. She waited on them a little bit, and I was a little concerned because she made a break on the front last week. I got her attention, and she won easily." Casie Coleman conditions the daughter of Well Said-Vysoke Tatry for West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle was dismissed at 8-1 as one of only two mares in the field, but she moved smartly first over for Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury and scored in 1:53.2 over Major Athens and Cowgirl Hall. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel extended her career bankroll to $374,227. Merriman drove five winners on the 16-race card while Mike Wilder and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features the Meadow Cheer, a $223,960 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 11, 2014 -- Ballare Hanover garnered her first harness rcing career stake victory by following cover and brushing through the slop late to score in 1:58.1, fastest division in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mariah De Vie and Silent Opera K taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Ballare Hanover and Silent Opera K among his five wins on the 16-race card. Although Ballare Hanover had won four of 11 previous starts, she had come up short in stakes. That ended Monday when she used the first-over cover of Czech It Out to get into striking position, then erased a 2-length deficit in the lane to overtake the leader, Steppin Out, and down her by a neck. Donato's Dream was third. "If you can get her through the first quarter, she's pretty versatile; she can take the air," Hall said. "Adios Day, I got her to the gate a step too quick, and she ran, so I really had to feed her in. She started to shorten up late -- I was worried halfway down the stretch -- but it all worked out." Marcus Marashian trains Ballare Hanover, a daughter of Broadway Hall-Box Of Dreams, and owns with Michelle Amric, and Lou DiPaolo. Mariah De Vie's cover wasn't quite so accommodating. She and Dave Palone were following Nitro Nittany when the 1-5 favorite tired suddenly into the final turn, forcing Mariah De Vie wide prematurely. "I thought, 'I can't screw up this game plan -- just follow Nitro Nittany because she looks to be the best,'" Palone said. "I loved the game plan at the quarter, I loved it at the half. When my cover stalled, I didn't know if my filly could handle it. But she gave me a good fight, and I was happy with her." The daughter of Cantab Hall-Nordicdish persevered and prevailed in 1:58.4 for trainer Henrik Lundell and owner Joie de Vie farm. The pocket-sitting Westfiftyfirst was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Passing Jetta earned show. Silent Opera K wore down Outsourced Hanover in a stretch-long duel and edged her rival by a nose in 1:58.2. Super Swifty rallied for show. "We were racing her in bigger races, and she needed a little class relief," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the homebred daughter of Broadway Hall-American Frost for Bob Key. "Fortunately today, the mile was to her liking, and everything worked out. We'll try to pick some spots and do some good with her." Dan Rawlings and Palone each fashioned a three-bagger on the program. Tuesday's card features a $199,994 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters headlined by the stablemates Lifetime Pursuit, upset winner of the Hambletonian Oaks, and Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winner who has banked more than $1 million in her career. First post  is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

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