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WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2016 -- She Wore Red moved three wide into the final turn and rolled home to score in a career-best 1:53.2 -- her second straight harness racing victory -- in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. She Wore Red was fourth when Tony Hall moved her behind the first-over cover of Princess Pablano. When that cover stalled, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann brushed widest through the lane to defeat the hard-used Smokinmombo by 2 lengths. Whata Donato earned show. John Melsheimer trains She Word Red, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $156,575, for Joyce McClelland. Hall collected five wins -- including a pair for trainer Jimmie Ritter -- on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2016 -- Certified Ideal rallied three wide out of the final turn to pull off a 12-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal followed the live, first-over cover of Very Loudly before Tony Hall sent her wide through the lane. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last blazed home in 28.1 and scored in 1:51.4. Show Runner was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $478,973 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Dave Palone piloted five winners and Hall four on the 14-race card. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - The twin $15,500 featured conditioned events on the Saturday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fell to a longshot, trotter My Love Bi, and a big favorite, pacer Bettor's Edge, the latter's victory coming just after heavy rains hit the racetrack.   The track was fast and the temperature a balmy 87 degrees when the trotters went gateward for their feature, the second of 14 races Saturday at Pocono, and the conditions suited the Donato Hanover mare My Love Bi as she tallied in 1:53.3 and, unusually for a George Napolitano Jr.-driven horse, paid $21.20 to win.   "GNap" got a 27.2 backstretch brush out of My Love Bi to clear to the 3/4s, and the pair maintained the lead to the wire, with the three-year-old Cufflink Hanover next in line, 1¼ lengths back. Trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, My Love Bi is owned by Garcia-Herrera's son Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who just this week took charge of his father's string racing at Harrah's Philadelphia and already has posted a fine 10-2-1-2-.322 record in his first three days as a trainer.   Pocono hosted three sub-1:50 miles on the card, and they all came while the temperature was still in the 80s. When the rain came before the tenth race and changed the track condition to "sloppy," there was also a further six-degree dropoff in temperature to 75. None of these factors bothered the veteran Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor's Edge, who raised his career bankroll to $1,846,065 with a two-length victory in 1:50.2 through the off going.   Meadows star Tony Hall came over to Pocono to drive on Saturday night and made a quarter-move as the route to victory for Bettor's Edge($2.80), who came home in 27.3 in scoring for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stable LLC.   From the PHHA/Pocono Downs Media Department    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2016 -- Glitter, who survived a shipping misadventure en route to The Meadows, sparkled in a Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, capturing her division in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. Monday's $120,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady, It's Hallright, One Class Act and Donna Elvira also taking $20,000 splits. Corey Callahan won two divisions (Donna Elvira, It's Hallright) while Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for another pair (Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady). Winning driver Aaron Merriman said Glitter managed to climb over a stall partition in the trailer on her trip to The Meadows but emerged from it little worse for wear. "Her legs got a couple scrapes, but the vet checked her and said, go ahead and race her," Merriman indicated. "She won very easy, very professionally. That's as nice a race as you could ask of a 2-year-old." Glitter made it look easy for owner/trainer Steve Bauder, as the daughter of Glidemaster-Luscious Glitter cruised up first over and won handily, defeating Trixie Dust by 4 lengths. Weekend Wit Chucky finished third. Donna Elvira saved ground until the final turn, when Callahan cut her loose. She zipped by the leader, All Set Lets Go, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3, with Keystone Angel third. "I really liked her the last time I raced her at Pocono," Callahan said. "She was a little bumpy -- she has some lameness issues. But she has a great attitude, and she tries hard." Jenny Melander trains Donna Elvira, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Ashley's Carousel, for Steve Organ. In her career debut, Electric Lemonade had a sizable lead on the field, with only one rival cutting into her margin. But there was a catch. The horse on the move was the first-timer Broadway Photo, a full sister to millionaire Action-Broadway, the 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year. "I was well aware who was chasing me," Palone said. "I knew I had two handfuls of trot. I never really took her plugs out. I just wanted to get her over this racetrack, her first time over it. She was well within herself. Looks like she'll graduate to the sires stakes, I would guess." Electric Lemonade prevailed in 1:59.4, 3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Neptune's Daughter completed the ticket. Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Electric Lemonade, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Birthright. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $195,560 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2016 -- Medusa coasted to her second straight victory Monday at The Meadows when she cut a comfortable 56.1 first half and scored in 1:50.3 in the $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. With the field reduced to five by a scratch, Medusa and Tony Hall felt no pressure until Spreester challenged first up past the three-quarters. By then, the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical had the mile well in hand, as she held off Set Me Up in the Lightning Lane by a length. Spreester finished third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who vaulted over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 25, 2016 -- Medusa turned the field to stone once more, notching her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last five -- in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa was caught widest in a three-ply battle for the early lead that forced her to a demanding 26.3 opening panel. But she had no trouble holding that lead for Tony Hall, downing the rallying Spreester by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Coffee Addict was third. Randy Bendis trains the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical, who pushed her career bankroll to $278,117, and owns with Tom Pollack. Hall piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Dave Palone enjoyed a triple.  by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2016 -- Lightly regarded at 10-1, Pointblank Hanover seized the lead with an uncovered backside bid and rolled on to the upset in Tuesday's $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Pointblank Hanover's uneven performances in recent outings had prompted Ron Burke, who trains the SJ's Caviar-Puffed-Up gelding, to switch from blinkers to an open bridle for the Classicality. But after two lackluster efforts in preliminary legs -- he finished fourth and fifth -- regular driver Tony Hall had an idea. "He was more controllable with the open bridle, but he was just going through the motions in the race," Hall said. " I asked Ron if he could throw the blinkers on him. Even though he's a little more rank with them, he has more go to him. I figured they would be going some fractions today so I really wouldn't have to fight him that much. "They liked the way he trained with the blinkers. He really responded to them today. He's a decent horse. He just gets a little hot sometimes." When Hall moved him from fourth, Pointblank Hanover swept past the leader, 7-5 favorite Breedlove, and drew off to score in a career-best 1:55.3. Breedlove saved place, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Meadowbranch Memo rallied for show. The win brought Hall his second series championship in as many days, as he captured Monday's final of the Do Me Honor Pace with Wasaga Beach. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables campaign Pointblank Hanover. The $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot also brought an upset, as 20-1 Princess Pablano moved first over and wore down the leaders to triumph in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Rags To Riches of PA. Barn Girl shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with early leader Anaffairtoremember third. The 6-year-old daughter of Holy Guacamolie-CR Princess Bride now boasts $252,148 in lifetime earnings. Wilbur Yoder piloted three winners -- all with horses he trains -- on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the $31,300 championship of the Whata Donato Trot for 3-year-old fillies. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 18, 2016 -- Wasaga Beach, who didn't win either of her preliminary divisions, moved powerfully first over and rolled to victory in Monday's $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Wasaga Beach entered the series as the filly to beat, having vanquished 3- and 4-year-olds in the final of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace. But she was beaten 26-3/4 lengths in the Do Me Honor opening leg and faded to third in the second leg after cutting the fractions. Tony Hall, her driver in both series, thinks he knows why. "She got sick directly after the final of the first series," Hall said. "There wasn't time between the two series to do anything with her. We just kind of had to tough it out. So she was dull for a couple starts, but it really wasn't her fault. "I feel like I over-raced her last week. I take the blame for that. This week, we decided to race her from behind. She'd been good like that before. She seemed to be back to herself today." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Adela Hanover showed no signs of illness when Hall sent her after the leader, Sweet You, down the backside. She gobbled up Sweet You, who broke stride in frustration, making Wasaga Beach's job easier. She scored in 1:53, knocking 1.3 seconds from her lifetime mark. Marty Party Two was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Hall is confident Wasaga Beach is ready for even tougher competition. "I'm sure they'll shoot for the PA Sires Stakes," he said. "I'm thinking she'll have maybe another start or two before that." Randy Bendis conditions Wasaga Beach and owns with Reed Broadway, Tom Pollack and John Campbell. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, a hard-used Medusa got up late to down Show Runner by a neck in 1:50.3 -- a career best and just a tick off the track record for older mares. Coffee Addict rallied for show. Bendis trains the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical, who now boasts $266,867 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Pollack. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 15-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Drift Away moved powerfully first over and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pittstop Kip shot the Lightning Lane to take the other $15,000 opening-leg split. Drift Away had been hampered by post 8 or 9 for five consecutive starts, when he felt compelled to try for the early lead. On Tuesday, the 9-year-old Trojan Touch-Frances Maxine gelding settled in sixth before getting underway for Tony Hall. He scored in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Queens Lonely Earl, with Pembroke Castaway third. Andy Rickert trains Drift Away, who extended his career bankroll to $316,623, for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. Tuesday's card also featured three opening-leg divisions of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mateo M, Crazy Eyes and Skyway Cruiser each capturing $8,000 splits. Elsewhere on the program, Bessie was ahead at every pole for the second consecutive start as she prevailed handily in 1:55.2 in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/ Preferred Handicap Trot. The pocket-sitting Cowgirl Hall was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Scented Roses closed well for show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantabs Chorine, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected five wins and Hall three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2015 -- Hidden Land shed cover around the final turn and nailed the game leader, Set Me Up, at the wire to capture Tuesday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Hidden Land followed the live cover of Spreester before taking aim at Set Me Up, who had been stung by a 26.2 opening quarter on a "good" surface. Hidden Land got her nose past Set Me Up to score in 1:52.2 The pocket-sitting Coffee Addict finished third. Brad Irvine trains Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who now boasts $147,257 in career earnings, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Tony Hall piloted five winners, Goodell four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 16-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2015 -- Bessie powered up first over, wore down the leader and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Barn Girl, who had enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine put away Barn Girl and held off the late bid of Mistress Valentine to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Whata Donato finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $147,679, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2015 -- Dismissed at a juicy 16-1, Unefoisdansmavie followed live cover into the final turn, then zipped through the sloppy stretch to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie trailed her stablemate, Barn Girl, by 2-1/2 lengths at the top of the lane, but the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Eric Goodell's urging and nailed Barn Girl by a head in 1:56. The first-over Mistress Valentine raced well for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $539,687, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall notched three winners on the 15-race card.    by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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

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    

Dismissed at 23-1, Cue Hall ran the rack when he powered through the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Wednesday's Hickory Smoke, a $189,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Wicker Hanover took the other split. Cue Hall, Bob Key's homebred son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue, hit the ticket in several prior PASS legs, but he's endured his share of misfortune. "I thought he was competitive with this group," said winning trainer Rich Gillock of his Hambletonian eligible. "We've had nothing but bad luck. He trotted in 1:54 in January. We quit with him, hoping he'd come back strong. Today's the first time things ended up working out for us." In the Hickory Smoke, Cue Hall benefited from a ground-saving trip from Tony Hall and was able to defeat Chef Lee by a head in a career-best 1:54.2. Honor And Serve rallied for show. With the victory, Cue Hall soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. Wicker Hanover swept to the lead from post 7 for Andrew McCarthy and withstood the stern challenge of Walter White to defeat him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. "After I asked my horse, I kind of dropped my concern," McCarthy said. "He picked the bit right back up and went on with it." Noel Daley trains Wicker Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done who pushed his lifetime bankroll past $200,000, for Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable.   $80,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Trotters Co-featured on Wednesday's card was an $80,000 stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, with Jacksons Minion, Flying Muscles, Ralph R and Mesmerized capturing the divisions. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double behind Flying Muscles and Ralph R. The career of Jacksons Minion began under a dark cloud when his name was misspelled on his registration papers, and bad luck continued to dog him. But trainer/driver Tom Jackson began involving him earlier in races, and the Explosive Matter-Armbro Espionage gelding liked his new vantage point. He rolled home on the front in a stake- and career-best 1:56, 8 lengths better than Midniteroketlunchr. Only The Brave earned show. "He's had lots of little problems most of the year, and he's finally getting good -- hopefully at the right time," Jackson said of his $17,000 yearling acquisition. "He tends to be hot, so I've always raced him from behind, and he really didn't know how to leave." "The last couple starts I let him go forward, and it worked out perfect today." About that registration error. When Jackson and Howard Taylor, who co-owns with Jackson and Judith Miller, decided they would partner on a yearling, it was about the same time as the death of Howard Taylor's father. Jackson attended the service and became part of the minyan -- a quorum of at least 10 adult males that some branches of Judaism require to begin certain services and rites and make them official. Jackson and Howard Taylor decided they would name any colt they purchased Jackson's Minyan. "Not knowing the word, I spelled minyan wrong," Jackson said. If the horse keeps winning, chances are he'll have his minions. Flying Muscles rallied from well back to blow away the field late, triumphing in a career-best 1:56.2. Stowaway Steve finished second, 4 lengths in arrears, with Special Action third. "He's a good closer when he's right, and he was right today," said winning trainer Todd Rooney of the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding. "We struggled in a couple of the legs, but he's coming around. He has the Arden Downs next week, and we may take a shot at that." Rooney owns Flying Muscles with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Friday's card at The Meadows features a $140,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Tamarind made it two straight in the top trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows with another first-over victory in Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap. Tamarind was sitting fourth down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Tall Cotton. Much as he did last week, the 7-year-old son of Angus Hall Spicegirl Kosmos wore down Tall Cotton and defeated him by a length in 1:52.3, a tick off the track record for older horses. Trustworthy Kid finished third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who now boasts $656,044 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

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