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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2017 -- After a second-quarter breather, Medusa sprinted home in 55.1 to capture her second straight victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa retook the lead past the quarter, allowing Tony Hall to give her a leisurely 29.3 second panel. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical turned on the gas from there, downing the rallying Lakeisha Hall by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Spreester earned show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $441,012, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card.   by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 14, 2017 -- Medusa zipped to the front for Tony Hall and made a shambles of the race, opening a 6-length lead in the stretch before gearing down and capturing Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The victory highlighted a spectacular day for Hall, who won seven of the 13 races on the harness racing card. Hall had ducked Medusa in her three most recent starts but took advantage of post 4 to put the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical in control early. She easily repelled the first-over challenge of Spreester and defeated her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3, with a rallying Show Runner third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $432,012 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Hall's haul benefited seven different trainers: Sarah Andrews, Karen Fread, Rich Gillock, Kevin Johnson, Angela Porfilio, Jason Shaw and Bendis.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Home of Pennsylvania's largest jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. The Meadows features 82 table games and more than 3,100 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, an 11,000 square foot event center, a 7,500 square foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com.

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 24, 2017 -- Last in the field of six at the three-quarters, Medusa unleashed a three-wide blitz that carried her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa was following sluggish cover when Tony Hall decided to show her racetrack. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical quickly looped the field and engaged the leader, Show Runner, defeating her by 1/2 length in 1:54.2 over a sloppy surface. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $416,352 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2017 -- Medusa stalked Skippin By from the pocket, then edged by her late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By took the field through leisurely fractions of 27.4/57.4, but when she sprinted home, she could not shake Medusa. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical took the outside route for Tony Hall and nipped Skippin By by a head in1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Spreester finished third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2017 -- Sixteen Mikes put away Valley Of Sin following a protracted harness racing duel and went on to win Saturday's $22,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sixteen Mikes was third down the backside when Tony Hall sent him after Valley Of Sin, who was seeking his fourth consecutive victory. They were inseparable until mid-stretch when Sixteen Mikes overcame the tiring leader and scored in 1:55.2. TSM Photo Bugger shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Nothinbutanallstar rallied for show. Rich Gillock trains Sixteen Mikes, a 7-year-old American Mike-Sweetsixteenkarets gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $218,234, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Medusa powered to the lead from post 7 for Tony Hall and rolled to victory -- her 13th this year and second straight -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 12-race harness racing card. Once Medusa cleared to the lead, she easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Skippin By and prevailed in 1:53.2 over a "good" surface, a neck better than Certified Ideal, who gave trainer Randy Bendis an exacta sweep. The pocket-sitting Spreester was third. Tom Pollack and Bendis campaign Medusa, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical who now boasts $395,952 in career earnings. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Medusa stalked Spreester from the pocket, then kicked by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Spreester held off the outside challengers, she was helpless against the attack inside from Medusa, the 8-5 favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical scored in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, a length better than Spreester, while Skippin By rallied from last for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $385,952 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone and Hall each piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie reached the front with a determined first-over bid and went on to a hard-earned harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent her after the leader (and her stablemate), Cowgirl Hall. The 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World held off Mistress Valentine by a neck in 1:55. Cowgirl Hall saved show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $633,067 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2016 -- Tony Hall notched career win 5,000 Saturday at The Meadows when he piloted Political Cash to victory in the 13th race. It was Hall's fifth victory on the harness racing card, making the day productive as well as historic. Hall, 38, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. He recalls those early days as a struggle. "It was a day-to-day grind back then, just trying to survive and make enough to keep afloat," he said. "I really didn't have a plan until I came here, started traveling quite a bit and driving a lot of horses." Hall, who currently ranks second in purses and third in UDRS at The Meadows, recorded career win 4,000 in January 2014. "That 5,000th win was kind of a goal for me," he said. "It's a number I've looked forward to, and it came a little quicker than I thought it would. It's a good thing for sure." Hall resides in Washington and operates a four-horse stable with his wife Ashley. He indicated he doesn't expect to change his routine in the near future. "Eventually, I'll go more towards training," he said. "For now, my wife and I will keep a small barn, and I'll keep driving the way I've been driving and see where it goes from there." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2016 -- She Wore Red zipped to the front for harness racing driver Tony Hall, easily withstood a mild challenge and scored an in-hand victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Rebounding from a tough trip last week when she was used hard twice and tired late, She Wore Red easily dispatched the only challenger she faced -- the first-over RV Janet. She prevailed in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Unefoisdansmavie, with Mistress Valentine a rallying third. John Melsheimer trains the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann, who extended her career bankroll to $187,525, for owner and co-breeder Joyce McClelland. There was more good news on the card for She Wore Red as her full brother Yankee Fashion, a 5-year-old gelding, earned show in a claiming trot. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race program while Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and Hall each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features four Keystone Classics -- all for 2-year-olds -- worth an estimated $425,000. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2016 -- Trustworthy Kid launched a determined uncovered bid in the slop that carried him to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was fifth by 6 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. Although I Know My Chip had fashioned a comfortable first half in 58, he couldn't hold off Trustworthy Kid, who scored in 1:54.4. Tall Cotton shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths behind, while I Know My Chip saved show. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Hall. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, a 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $424,197. It was a big day for Penn Worthy Lane -- three of her offspring raced on the card, and Trustworthy Gal, a 4-year-old Tom Ridge mare, also triumphed for Dunn in a conditioned event. In Wednesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a seemingly insurmountable lead in the lane to nail the favorite, Smokinmombo, by a neck in 1:55. Whata Donato earned show. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $298,716, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $15,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee, two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- and Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

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