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

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 3, 2020 -- Final Breath and Icanflylikeanangel staged a stirring harness racing duel for the final five-eighths before Final Breath finally surged ahead to capture Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Icanflylikeanangel grabbed the early lead for Mike Wilder in a demanding 26.1, prompting Tony Hall to send Final Breath after them at the quarter. When Icanflylikeanangel refused to release Final Breath, the battle was on. Only in the shadow of the wire did Final Breath get his head in front to score in 1:53. Perlucky, hard used himself from post 8, was a good third.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who soared over $600,000 in career earnings, for Duane Lowe. Jim Pantaleano and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $4,821.69 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2019 -- Final Breath notched his second straight harness racing victory when he quarter-poled to the top and drew away late in Monday's $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once Final Breath wrested the early lead from Donatover, he had little trouble lengthening it for Tony Hall, downing Donatover by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. The first-over Meme Hanover earned show. Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 9-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who boosted his lifetime bankroll to 578,098, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race program, sweeping the early and late Daily Doubles. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features a $52,960.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. The program also offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,096.46 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2019 -- Dave Palone drove a single winner Monday at The Meadows to lift his career total to 18,998. He'll have plenty of chances to reach the 19,000 milestone Tuesday, with 12 assignments scheduled on the 13-race card. Meanwhile, the jackpot for the Super Hi-5 grew to $40,921.13. The wager is offered on the final race of each live card. Tuesday's program also features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). Nearly lost in the excitement over Palone's quest and the Super Hi-5 was the big day achieved by Jim Pantaleano, who collected five wins on the program. In Monday's feature, a $20,000 Open Handicap Trot, Final Breath attacked the leader, Donatover, down the backside and passed him into the final turn, downing him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Early leader Supergirl Riley finished third. Tony Hall piloted Final Breath, a 9-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who now boasts $569,098 in career earnings, for trainer Norm Parker and owner Duane Lowe. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 18, 2018 -- Lady's Dude yielded the lead to Classicality after a contested first quarter but brushed by him late in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Lady's Dude couldn't keep Classicality from the front, he stretched his rival out to a demanding 27 panel. That might have been just the edge he needed, as the 7-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding scored for Tony Hall in 1:53, downing Classicality by 3/4 lengths. The first-over Call For Justice finished third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts $716,258 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Johnny Yoder. Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of older Victory Sam-sired mares from the powerful Dan Ater Stable won impressively on the Sunday (March 11) harness racing matinee program at Miami Valley. Sandys Victory, the reigning older Ohio Horse Of The Year, stuck her nose in front in the last stride to capture the $24,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3. Taking on eight male opponents, driver Kyle Ater (Dan's son) put the 7-year-old mare in the four-hole briefly off the gate, but quickly mounted a first-over challenge just past the :28.1 opening quarter. Sandys Victory had moved up to second on the outside following a pedestrian :29 second second quarter and maintained that position throughout the second half of the mile. Another Breath (Chris Page) raced gallantly on the front end, considering he had an outside starting position and hadn't raced in five weeks. The two outstanding trotters raced as a team the entire final panel before Sandys Victory surged just enough to earn the privilege of tripping the teletimer. Walter White (John DeLong) finished third. The elder Ater owns Sandys Victory, who now sports 30 lifetime wins and $410,000 in career bounty. Earlier on the program. Honey B from the Ater barn triumphed in a $16,000 high conditions trot, holding off Energy Bar (Tyler Smith) and Bo I See Time (Kyle Wilfong) in 1:54.4. A year younger than Sandys Victory, Honey B eclipsed the $300,000 earnings plateau with the winning effort. It was her 17th win for owners/breeders Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Gregg Keidel

Scarborough, Maine - August 3, 2017 ... Victory Tax has spent most of his career as a "Friday Night" sort of trotter, racing the best on the circuit and generally being recognized as the esteemed King of the Free For All scene. It was a during a Scarborough Downs harness racing twilight card, on a picture perfect high-summer day though, that the now 11-year-old class-master reached his latest plateau, as the four-time Trotter of the Year recorded the 70th win of his illustrious career with his favorite driver Drew Campbell calling the shots from the sulky. Always tough on the lead and still with plenty of gate speed left in those veteran legs, Victory Tax was hustled quickly to the early advantage before sprinting home under wraps to record the benchmark win timed in a seasonal equaling best clocking of 1:59.2. The son of Victory Sam-Ataxia who is trained by Kimberly Vafiades for owner Kyle Gibbs, crossed over the $350,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

DAYTON, OH. - Jailhouse Sam was crowned champion of the annual Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series on Sunday afternoon (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway. Although harness racing trainer-driver Hugh 'Sandy' Beatty believes his colt's best races may come from off cover trips, he made a last second decision to point him directly to the front when the starting gate swung open in this $17,500 final. A homebred of owner Casey Clemens, the 3-year-old Victory Sam-Jailhouse Broad gelding sailed through fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before tacking on a final panel in :28.4 to hold off fast-closing Goldfinger (Dan Noble) in 1:56.3. Deweyknowigotit (Derek Watiker) parlayed a pocket trip into a third place finish. "This colt made a little over $50,000 last year including winning the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Final at Dayton Raceway," said Beatty after the race, "so we have high hopes for him this year. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes right here at Miami Valley next Monday (May 1)." "I'm really pleased to win this race honoring R. J. Brown," Beatty related. "My parents were great friends with 'Skeeter' and he was an outstanding Ohio horseman. It doesn't hurt that his colors were blue like mine, either, so the commemorative blanket will come in handy." Gregg Keidel    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2016 -- Victory Is Coming extended her winning streak to seven with a hard-earned, front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Victory Is Coming raced outside for most of the opening quarter and was under siege by a handful of challengers late. But the 9-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer dug in for Aaron Merriman and held off Princess Pablano by a head in 1:55. The pocket-sitting She Wore Red finished third. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who triumphed for the 68th time in her career and vaulted over $700,000 in lifetime earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Betty Shaw says she still cries every time her mare Victory Is Coming wins a race. It's likely Betty will need some tissues this Saturday night (Oct. 15), when the 9-year-old Victory Sam mare goes postward in the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for harness racing aged mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Betty, along with her husband John "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, have been in the harness racing game for longer than they can both remember, and both say they've never had a horse like Victory Is Coming. "You don't get one of these very often," Red noted. "She's a tough campaigner who never stops trying." The Shaws have a 40-acre farm where they have broodmares and babies, and where Victory Is Coming goes for a break from the racetrack on occasion. "She might be a little tough if she doesn't know you, but otherwise she's good in the barn," Betty added. "The racetrack is her life and she enjoys it. When we bring her home to the farm, she's happy for a day or two, but then she wants to go back to the track. That's what she knows and where she's the happiest." Betty purchased Victory Is Coming at the 2008 Ohio Selected Jug Sale for $13,500. "I just liked everything about her and I kept bidding and bidding on her and when the gavel fell, Red asked me who got her, and I said happily 'I did!'" Betty related. Victory Is Coming is the second of eight foals out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer 3, 2:00h ($69,675) and has rewarded the Shaws by earning $673,659 to date. Over the years she's scored 66 wins, 27 seconds and 14 thirds from 154 starts-that a lot of Kleenex by anyone's standards. One of the keys to the mare's longevity at the races has been her trainer, Ammon Hershberger, Betty said. "He's a big reason she's been so good, so consistent, for so long," Betty said. "Ammon is a quiet, honest guy who never gets into a hurry with a horse. As a freshman, Victory Is Coming had ten starts, with five wins and a trio of thirds, earning $72,931. She took a 2-year-old mark of 2:01.3f at Raceway Park in an OSS test with Hershberger at the controls. The following year, at 3, she scored 16 wins, four seconds and a third in 23 starts, upping her bankroll by another $134,417 in earnings, and lowering her record to 1:56f with a score in an OSS at Scioto Downs on Sept. 6, 2010. Besides victories that season in multiple OSS contests, Victory Is Coming also won Ohio Breeders and Ohio Fair Stakes, as well as a Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lightly raced in 2011 at age 4, Victory Is Coming scored one win, three seconds and a third in ten tries, earning $35,575 and lowering her mark to 1:55.1 via an Oct. 31 triumph at The Meadows in a $14,000 overnighter. "She can trot those miles week in and week out," Betty confirmed. "She has a serious attitude about racing and isn't the most overly friendly horse. She's a professional and all business once she gets on the racetrack." At age 5 Victory Is Coming packed on another $113,260 to her growing bankroll, winning six times in 21 starts and rarely missed hitting the tote board. On Oct. 5, 2012, she took a mark of 1:53.2 en route to winning the $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows after winning multiple open trotters earlier in the season at Scioto Downs. In 2013, as a 6-year-old, Victory Is coming added another 13 wins to her resume from 22 starts and another $78,052 in earnings for her connections. She won nine races alone at Northfield Park and four at The Meadows, including a seasonal best of 1:53.4 on Nov. 13 in a $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap. That season she was named Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. "It's tough for me to pick one of her races that I like best," Betty admitted. "But her mile at Scioto Downs was really a supreme effort." On Aug. 22, 2014, Victory Is Coming trotted to a 1:51 clocking with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines in a $30,000 Scioto Downs Open Trot. She wrapped up that season with another $130,540 from nine wins, five seconds and four thirds in 29 trips behind the starting gate. Last year, as an 8-year-old, Victory Is Coming racked up another ten triumphs and four thirds from 26 starts, consistently plying her wares in the opens at Northfield and Scioto Downs. Her bets effort came on July 3, in a $20,000 Northfield Open Trot when she was timed in 1:53.2h. This year, she's only missed two checks in the 13 starts but otherwise has been as steady as ever, visiting the winner's circle on six occasions and recording a 9-year-old mark of 1:55.4h at Northfield on April 25. She's currently riding a five-race win streak after competing over a quintet of Ohio county fair ovals heading into Saturday's OSS contest, where she'll square off against seven rivals. "She's one of a kind, that's for sure," Betty acknowledged. "We wouldn't trade her for anything in the world." Kimberly Rinker

The stakes will be considerable for harness racing trainers who enter a runner at Shepparton on June 12, when all things Mooroopna will be celebrated. The Lift ‘N’ Shift Mooroopna Pacing Cup will feature at Quest Racing Complex on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, when the Mooroopna club will build on more than 100 years of supporting trainers and owners by offering $14,000 worth of prizes, including a horse float. Mooroopna Harness Racing Club secretary Shane Martin said the prize pool reiterated the club’s support for participants. “We are a grass roots club and are eager to support drivers and trainers,” Martin said. “It’s a successful meeting and we want to get people out there. We are only a little country club, but we are still going strong.” To win the float trainers will need to have a race starter at the meeting, with each trainer getting a ticket into the draw. Other trainers’ draws will include a set of hopples and a $500 John Deere voucher. Throw in retired pacing superstar Smoken Up leading out the cup field and a snow machine to keep children entertained and a night full of winners appears assured. Trots Media

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds. Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding, was sent from The Meadows to Miami Valley and placed in the Randy Tharps Stable specifically for this series, limited to non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000. Although he was even-money in his inaugural series start a week ago and won by 4-3/4 lengths, Tricky Nick returned $9.00 to his backers who enjoyed his 1:55.2 triumph over ER Ben (Peter Wrenn) and Up Front Corbin (Sandy Beatty). The winner is owned by Megan Rogers Racing and Derek Jacobus of Illinois. Honey B, a 4-year-old Victory Sam mare, continued her impressive 2016 campaign with a winning 1:54.1 performance, lowering the track record for mares her age by two seconds. This was the fourth track record at Miami Valley Racetrack in the psat week. Already the winner of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series earlier this month, Honey B will be trying to add a second 'Legends' Series late-closer championship to her growing resume next week. Kyle Ater drove the Dan Ater-trained mare to the score over favored Infinity AS (Chris Page) and Numbers Game (Hunter Myers). She is owned by Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. The top three finishers from each of Tuesday's races will be joined by other top series earners Rose Run Quasar, Cherryhill Chip and Without Me AS when the nine finalists line up for the $25,000 championship tilt April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - On the heels of One Lucky Dragon's 1:49.4 all-age pacing record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, Lady's Dude lowered the all-age trotting record to 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon.   In addition, the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts was lowered by almost two full seconds when Fantasy League captured a division of the Robert J. Brown series in 1:55.2.   Lady's Dude, handled by red-hot Chris Page, in just his fifth 2016 start and second following a two-month break, left with alacrity and tripped the first quarter timer in :28, just as Boffin (Tyler Smith), who owned the track record (1:53.4) for older male trotters at that moment, was making a quarter-move to the front.   As the luke-warm favorite, Boffin continued to show the way through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24 before yielding in mid-stretch to pocket-sitting Lady's Dude, who trotted a :28 closing quarter to garner the track record as well as the winner's share of the $20,000 Open purse. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Crisler) worked out a second-over trip to close for third.   Lady's Dude, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old son of Victory Sam, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J. E. Yoder. Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) obliterated the sophomore trotting standard with his four-length triumph in the day's first race. Getting away third, the sophomore son of And Away We Go moved prior to the half, cleared to the front easily before the three-quarters and coasted home a winner in 1:55.2. Owned and trained by Mike Sowers, Fantasy League bested Kentucky Hall (Jeremy Smith) and Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) in his record-setting performance.   A second division of the Robert J. Brown series, for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime, went to The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) over Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) and Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 1:56.1.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

Final Breath retook the lead past the quarter, then held off a pair of determined harness racing challengers as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. I Know My Chip took the initial shot at Final Breath with a first-over backside move that faltered turning for home. Then Tamarind attacked the leader with a Lightning Lane charge. But Final Breath gave Dave Palone just enough to prevail in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface, a nose better than Tamarind. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Final Breath, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who extended his career bankroll to $356,503, for Duane Lowe. Aaron Merriman collected five wins and Palone three on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2015 -- Lady's Dude took the field through a swift three-quarters but had enough left to thwart challengers inside and outside as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Lady's Dude zipped to the lead from post 7 and rolled through snappy fractions of 27.1/56.3/1:24.2 but then had to deal with Classicality on the outside and Tall Cotton shooting the Lightning Lane. Under Dave Palone's urging, the 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found another gear and held off Classicality by 1/2 length, with Tall Cotton third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who won for the fifth time in his last seven starts and extended his career bankroll to $264,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Jim Pantaleano and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2015 -- Lady's Dude quarter-poled to the front for Dave Palone and had just enough late lick to hold off the hard-charging Rompaway Galaxy and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude thwarted the first-over challenge of Monte Cristo Spur as well as the Lightning Lane bid of Classicality. The 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found the wire just in time to edge Rompaway Galaxy by a nose in 1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Classicality was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts $254,962 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Palone each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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