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WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2015 -- Terror Of The Nite opened an 8-length lead at the three-quarters, then coasted home to capture a division of Tuesday's harness racing Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. The opening leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings was contested over three divisions, with Techtor Hanover and Sopravvissuto taking the other $12,000 splits. The series honors the memory of the late Hall of Famer Walter Russell, a distinguished judge at a number of tracks. Although parked the opening quarter from post 8, Terror Of The Nite disposed of the early challenge by Somekindaparty and was all by himself turning for home. He won geared down for Dave Palone in 1:56 on a "good" surface, 4-3/4 lengths better than Whoopedemaginjosey. Rollinlikeahotshot finished third. Ron Burke trains Terror Of The Nite, a 4-year-old Western Terror - Her Odyssey gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Tony Hall and Wilbur Yoder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2015 -- Appomattox vaulted to the lead from post 9, then cruised to a comfortable harness racing victory in Monday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Appomattox had been taking on tough fields at The Meadowlands and more than holding his own. The 6-year-old, battle-tested son of Yankee Glide-Courtney Hill had little trouble overcoming his difficult post position and scoring in 1:55.1, two lengths better than the rallying Classicality. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger held third. Ron Burke trains Appomattox, who now boasts $456,398 in career earnings, for Reima Kuisla Stable. Mike Wilder and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 14-race card while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good had captured three straight races with gritty first-over moves, but could he possibly use the same strategy to extend his streak to four? Indeed he could, as his determined move for Tony Hall wore down the leader, Shooter's Dream, and carried him to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, while Desperation rallied for show. Time for the mile was 1:53.3, including a snappy back half in 55.4. Ashley Hall trains I'm Feelin Good, a 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding who extended his career bankroll to $526,454, for Larry Fischer. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2015 -- Whata Donato and Count Me In, a pair of streaking horses, captured Tuesday's co-featured trots -- each in front-end fashion -- at The Meadows. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Whata Donato had little trouble collecting her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last six starts -- when she sprang to the lead from post 8 for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and scored by 2 lengths in 1:57. Stablemates ER Ellie and Mistress Valentine finished second and third, respectively. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her career bankroll to $197,391. The track condition was downgraded from "good" to "sloppy" well before the $18,000 Preferred Handicap, and Dave Palone had to coax Count Me In through a 30.2 final quarter over the tiring surface. But the 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding recorded his third win in the last four outings, prevailing in 1:56.1. TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Andoversure saved show. Ron Burke conditions Count Me In, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $374,469, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,123.47. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) 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. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good wore down the leader, Visible Gold, with a relentless first-over bid and captured his Third Straight in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold cut out a moderate 58.4 first half but couldn't withstand the pressure from I'm Feelin Good, who scored by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4 and relegated Visible Gold to his fifth consecutive place finish. Dew N Doughnuts was third. Tony Hall drove the 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding, who now boasts $516,454 in career earnings, for trainer Ashley Hall and owner Larry Fischer. Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2014 -- I'm Feelin Good moved powerfully first over and rolled to a comfortable victory -- his second straight -- in Monday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. I'm Feelin Good was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones and asked him for pace. He gobbled up the leader, Nitro Seelster, and defeated him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:51.1. Major Belle finished third. Ashley Hall trains I'm Feelin Good, a 6-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Larry Fischer. Eric Goodell and trainer Paul Kennedy teamed for three wins on the 18-race card while Eric Ledford also fashioned a triple. Tuesday's program at The Meadows is the final card of the current meeting, when no pool may be carried over. Thus, the Pick 4 (races 4-7), Pick 5 (races 12-16) and the final Superfecta on the program are all "must pay." Tuesday's Pick 4 offers a $5,000-guaranteed total pool. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2014 -- Certified Ideal outdueled Macharoundtheclock for the early lead, then held her off in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five winners on the card for driver Tony Hall. Certified Ideal withstood a strong first-over challenge from Novascotia Hanover that might have weakened her. But when Tony Hall asked her for late pace, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last found enough to down Macharoundtheclock by a neck in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Do Me Honor was third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who has won 11 races this year and $278,467 in her career, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $4,148.67. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) 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. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2014 -- Winless since late July, Certified Ideal regained her top form Tuesday at The Meadows when she moved first over to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Although Certified Ideal rolled up nine victories early in the year, five consecutive winless starts earned her a break of more than nine weeks. In Monday's contest, her second off the layoff, she moved from third for Tony Hall and needed the rest of the race to wear down the leader, Rescue Team, and defeat her by a head. Do Me Honor finished third. The winning time was 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last who extended her career bankroll to $269,467, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Eric Ledford three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

 WASHINGTON, PA, -  Whata Donato stalked patiently from the pocket, then pounced in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winnners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Take The Money took the field through three-quarters in a sharp 1:25.4 over a sloppy surface. But when trainer/driver Doug Snyder pointed Whata Donato to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise poured through to score in 1:55.1 and down Take The Money by 2 lengths. ER Ellie finished third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who pushed her career bankroll to $156,641. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the Pick 4 offers a $5,000 pool guarantee. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Shooter's Dream moved relentlessly first over to wear down the leader, Visible Gold, and capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer who had been racing at Hoosier Park, Shooter's Dream was sitting last when Tony Hall sent him on his uncovered journey. He pulled even with Visible Gold into the final turn and defeated him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.4. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Shooter's Dream, a 4-year-old Sand Shooter-With A Dream gelding who now has banked $113,915, and owns with Tom Pollack and David Linker. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone and Hall each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2014 -- Last into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic roared through the stretch to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although trailing late, Doubelieveinmagic was following the live cover of Macharoundtheclock, who had won four straight in characteristic "Silky Sullivan" style. Indeed, Macharoundtheclock fired again, but the wider Doubelieveinmagic edged her by a head in 1:53.1 for Tony Hall. Rescue Team shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Doubelieveinmagic, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady who extended her career bankroll to $121,819, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Eric Goodell, Mike Wilder, Hall and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 15-race card. With his two victories, Dave Palone pushed his career total to 15,745, leaving him eight short of the world record held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night survives long inquirery When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night race survives inquiry When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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

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