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WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2014 -- Headed approaching the final turn, Do Me Honor dug deep to reclaim the lead and capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor seized the lead with a quarter-pole move but yielded, ever so briefly, to the strong first-over bid of Ladystar. The game Do Me Honor reasserted for Aaron Merriman and scored in 1:52.4, a head better than the rallying Shucked. Ladystar saved show. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, a 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who was won 16 races over the last two seasons and $446,248 in her career. Merriman drove five winners on the 15-race card while Brian Zendt enjoyed a training/driving double. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2014 -- Overcoming a misstep at the gate that cost him key early position, Cammikey made up 5-1/2 lengths with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him to victory in Saturday's $199,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a career-best 1:49.4. Seventh Secret rallied wide to take the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Cammikey, ordinarily a well-mannered colt, took exception to the starting gate and got fumbly gaited. By the time Brian Zendt could steady him, Cammikey was away fifth. "He's always been a great leaver," Brian Zendt said. "Today, he wanted to go over top of the gate and just got a little rumbly leaving. The only good thing -- that probably saved me from getting in the middle of a speed battle." Rather than swing the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam wide, Zendt hugged the cones with him and poured through a beckoning Lightning Lane. Cammikey defeated Some Playa by a length, with At Press Time third. Cammikey now has won seven of 11 career starts and $117,538. "You couldn't drive him any worse than that," Brian Zendt said, "but I had all kinds of luck, and when I needed him late, he was there. He just blew by them. It didn't work out like I planned at all, but I guess that's why it's horse racing." Bill Zendt, who conditions Cammikey for owner/breeder Can Land LLC and has been spacing the colt's starts generously, indicated he'll continue to do so, pointing him to the June 21 Max Hempt Memorial eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He hadn't raced in three weeks before today, and I trained him once in 2:04," Bill Zendt said. "He doesn't take a lot of work. We don't want to over-race him. He goes like heck and tries like heck, but he's not very big." Seventh Secret also found himself in a precarious position -- sixth with excess cover in front of him. But when Mike Wilder sent him six wide in the stretch, the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song found another gear and roared home to defeat Kingofthejungle by a nose in 1:50.2. Early leader Bondi Hanover saved show. "I loved the fractions, and my horse loves a target. He gets to the house so well," Wilder said. "But I was definitely worried about how far I was back with the cover flow. To come that wide and pick them all up like that -- it was all him. I just pointed him, and he took off." Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Seventh Secret, who extended his career bankroll to $166,261, for Ruth Altmeyer. Aaron Merriman drove three winners on the 13-race Belmont Day card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Trainer Jimmy Takter sent just two horses to compete in the Currier & Ives Grand Circuit harness races for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows racetrack in Washington, PA. It was no surprise to the betting public that both fillies won since they are two of the top rated fillies in the world, Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, continued her unbeaten streak in 2014 to three straight as she overpowered the field in the first race $31,120 division. The daughter of Donato Hanover left from post six for driver Ron Piece, went right to the lead, held the field at bay and won by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.2, the last quarter mile over the fast track in :27.4. Take The Money (Dave Palone) was second with Jessie’s Song (Brian Zendt) was third. Owned and bred by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Winsor, NJ, Shake It Cerry paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming favorite. Takter made a return trip to the winner’s circle in the eighth race third division when Lifetime Pursuit, also driven by Ron Pierce, also led the field from start to finish, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Passing Jetta (Mike Wilder) was second with Wesfiftyfirst (Tony Hall) third. It was the first win in three starts this year for Lifetime Pursuit. Sired by Cantab Hall, Lifetime Pursuit also paid just $2.20 to win as the wagering favorite for owner/breeders Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The second division, fourth race, saw David Wade’s top filly, Broadway Socks, leave quickly from post seven for driver Dan Rawlings and they also never looked back, winning by three open lengths in 1:56. Global Magic (Ron Pierce) was second with Glisten Hanover (Marty Wollam) third. Sired by Broadway Hall and co-owned by David Wade with Gerald Brittingham, William Peel, III and Polly Hilliard (who bred the filly), it was the third straight win and fourth victory in five starts this year for Broadway Socks. She paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2014 -- Trustworthy Kid got his second straight Lightning Lane win when he captured Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Big And Little cut out a swift three-quarters in 1:24.4 that left him vulnerable to the two-pronged attack of Trustworthy Kid inside and Tamarind outside. Trustworthy Kid edged Tamarind by a neck in 1:53.1 while Big And Little saved show. Brian Zendt drove the 5-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who now boasts $219,436 in career earnings, for trainer Walter "Boots" Dunn and owner Dunn Stable. It was one of five wins on the 15-race card for Zendt, including a pair with full brothers Hickory Big Red and Hickory Little Red, both trained by Phillip Zendt for William Gilliland. Dave Palone fashioned a triple. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the $93,860 Currier And Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters headlined by juvenile champion Shake It Cerry, who has won both her 2013 starts. She goes from post 6 in the first division, Race 1, with Ron Pierce driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Post time is 12:55 PM. On Wednesday, June 4, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed 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 $2,523.64 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 10-14) 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. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

WASHINGTON, PA, May 29, 2014 -- Frost Free Hanover rolled to a front-end victory in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows, his fifth consecutive win and his second in the stallions series. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Explosive Cash and Kapow Hanover taking the other splits. Frost Free Hanover compiled his streak by taking two series legs at The Meadows, winning a conditioned event and capturing a stallion series split at Harrah's Philadelphia. On Wednesday, he vaulted to the lead for Brian Zendt and scored in 1:56.4, 3 lengths better than 51-1 bomb Lane's Caviar. Master Bedroom finished third. "A lot of his success is due to his gate speed," Zendt said. "He's so quick the first few steps he always puts himself in a good spot. He's had a little help being in the right divisions here and there. He'll be a nice horse -- he's easy on himself, too." Leslie Zendt trains Frost Free Hanover, a Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding, and owns with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne. Explosive Cash, a loser in all 15 of his previous starts, followed cover for Eric Ledford and rallied wide in the lane to triumph at 12-1 in 1:57.3. Uriel Hanover was 2 lengths back in second, with Lighter Hanover third. Trenton Watson, who conditions the son of Explosive Matter-CERT for Watson Stable and William Augustine, said he never lost faith in his $12,000 yearling acquisition during the colt's protracted maidenhood. "Eric took care of him here last year, teaching him to race," Watson said. "We've had a little bad luck on draws and getting in with some real nice horses, but we had things go our way today. Eric kept telling me he would trot in 1:54 or 1:55 as a 3-year-old. We're not there yet, but hopefully we're in the right direction." Kapow Hanover erased a 3-1/2-length deficit late with a charge through the stretch that carried him to victory for David Miller in 1:57.4. Tea Party Politics was second, a length in arrears, while Ada Glide completed the ticket. "We have him staked to bigger races, but I want to start him out where he feels good. We can always step it up," said Staffan Lind, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Kimberidge Hanover -- a $90,000 yearling purchase -- for Bender Sweden Inc. "He's eligible for the Earl Beal, so I'll let him get a little braver. Then, if he's good enough, I'll put him in that one." Friday's card at The Meadows features the Super Bowl, a $211,700 PA Sires stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. In the first division (Race 1), juvenile champion Father Patrick will attempt to extend his winning streak to 11. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, May 28, 2014 -- Trustworthy Kid stalked Daylon Miracle from the pocket, then brushed by in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:52.4, matching the track record for older geldings. The only mare in the field, Daylon Miracle cut out a fast three-quarters in 1:24.2 but yielded when attacked outside by Tamarind and inside by Trustworthy Kid. Urged on by Brian Zendt, Trustworthy Kid downed Tamarind by a neck to equal the mark shared by Big And Little and No Doze. Although Big And Little saw his record matched, he rallied to finish third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 5-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane who extended his career bankroll to $210,436, for Dunn Stable. Wilbur Yoder drove three winners on the 15-race card. Thursday's program at The Meadows features three divisions of a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 19, 2014 -- Phone Terror used a determined first-over move to edge by a stubborn Do Me Honor and capture Monday's $18,000 Fillies & Mares Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phone Terror was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder sent her on her decisive move. Although she couldn't put Do Me Honor away, she was stronger in the stretch, downing Do Me Honor by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:52.3. All Heart Gal used Phone Terror's cover to earn show. Robert Barnard trains Phone Terror, a 5-year-old Western Terror-Miss Lex mare who extended her career bankroll to $279,057, for Lucy Raymond. Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card, giving him 19 victories over his last four programs at The Meadows. Brian Zendt also fashioned a triple. On Tuesday, May 20, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer two pool guarantees — $20,000 for the Pick 4, $7,500 for the Pick 5 — as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While The Meadows regularly guarantees a $5,000 pool for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers, the track enriched the guarantee after no one successfully picked Monday’s Pick 4, resulting in a $4,028.14 carryover. A two-day Pick 5 carryover of $2,034.80 prompted the addition of the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and 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 Tuesday is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 7, 2014 -- Mistress Valentine claimed the lead at the half and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mistress Valentine was away second for Mike Wilder before circling the leader, True Day Dream. The 5-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine faced no effective challenge thereafter, scoring in 1:54 to match her career best. True Day Dream held place, 3/4 lengths back, while Catching Katie finished third. Tyler Stillings trains Mistress Valentine, who extended her career bankroll to $154,219, and owns with Rags To Riches Of PA. Elsewhere on the 15-race card, Limelight Beach, a top freshman last year for trainer Brian Brown, made his 3-year-old debut with a productive but losing effort. He took the field through three-quarters in 1:54.1 but fell prey to the pocket-sitting Cammikey, who scored in a swift 1:51.1 for Brian Zendt. Limelight Beach was second. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam who had a single victory in four starts last year for trainer Bill Zendt and owner/breeder Cam Land LLC, Cammikey now has won five straight to begin his sophomore campaign and likely won't be under the radar much longer. Dave Palone drove four winners while Brian Zendt and Wilder each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                        

WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2014 -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania probably won't rename the PA Stallion Series to honor Mike Wilder, but the state might want to consider it after the driver's performance Friday at The Meadows. Wilder swept all four divisions of an $80,000 Stallion Series Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers, winning behind Eiffel Tower, Marathon Day, Eloquent Velocity and McVita Bella. "I've never swept a whole stake like that," said Wilder, who also captured an overnight event. "I liked three of the four for sure. I didn't know about winning, but I was really confident in them. Everything just fell into place. I was in the right place at the right time." Fastest winner in the stake was Eiffel Tower, who moved first over to the lead and held off the late charge of Real Drama to defeat her by a head in 1:53.2. Americangirlfriend was third. "I was driving her and having no luck at all," said Dean Collins, who trains the homebred daughter of The Panderosa-C'est Tout for Glenda Collins and Janine Zito. "Mike gets along with her really well. He drove her last year and did really well. She's always showed that she has some ability. She showed it today, and I was tickled to death." Fresh off her maiden-breaker, Marathon Day overtook the 2-5 favorite, Stucklikeglue, in the stretch and scored in a career-best 1:54. Stucklikeglue saved place, 3/4 lengths back, with Dragtontina third. "The trip was perfect for us." Wilder said. "She's a nice-sized, strong filly. She has a great attitude. She really picked the bit up. When it came time to fight, she was ready." ifty Norman conditions Marathon Day, a daughter of Well Said-Sandlark Hanover, for Paul Marino. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Windsong Jack coasted to a front-end victory in 1:52 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. I'm Feelin Good was a ground-saving second, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Dedi's Dragon third. The 4-year-old Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding extended his career bankroll to $470,278. Palone and Brian Zendt each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day program at The Meadows features a $210,746 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore pacing fillies headlined by Uffizi Hanover, the 2013 Breeders Crown juvenile champion. A packed roster of Derby Day activities includes Miss Adios Swimsuit USA preliminary competition. First post is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2014 -- Cammikey powered to the lead at the quarter and romped through the slop to capture his second straight series victory in Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Somesizesomestyle took the other $17,500 division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series final is set for Tuesday, April 22. Cammikey won his opening series split with a decisive quarter-pole move and followed the same script Tuesday, scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:54.3. Early leader Mattamerican was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Dealin Dan third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Somesizesomestyle enjoyed a fine freshman campaign, earning a pair of wins as well as a fourth-place finish in the final of the American National. Although idle since that stake, he retook for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Jackson Brady to defeat him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.1. Time Running Out was third. Ron Burke conditions the some of Somebeachsomewhere-Honey Bunny for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Stable 45. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid converted a pocket trip to victory by shooting the Lightning Lane for Brian Zendt and downing the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Holy Halibut, who saw his three-race win streak snapped, finished third. Walter "Boots" Dunn conditions Trustworthy Kid, a 5-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $191,036 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for Dan Rawlings. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling. In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts. Aaron Merriman moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Brian Zendt each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2014 -- Cammikey exploded to the front at the quarter and widened his advantage from there, rolling to an easy victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Mattamerican took the other $17,500 division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, which is named for Visible Gold, a fast-class performer from the Ron Burke stable. Using Lasix for the first time, Cammikey, the 2-5 favorite, zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt after getting away third and jogged in 1:53.4, a lifetime mark. Jackson Brady was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Time Running Out third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and 2004 Breeders Crown champion Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Mattamerican was a 10-race maiden entering the Visible Gold, but he, too, showed improvement in his initial start on Lasix. He moved first over for Greg Grismore to collar the leader, Heart Felt, and held off the late thrust off Dealin Dan to triumph by a nose in 1:54.2. Heart Felt saved show. Norm Parker conditions the son of Allamerican-Native-Mattadorable for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Tamarind powered to the front past the quarter and thwarted the Lightning Lane charge of Trustworthy Kid to defeat him by a neck in 1:54.2 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The first-over Kirty Dream was third. A 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, Tamarind soared over $500,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 7, 2014 -- Axios enjoyed a cozy pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest opening-leg division in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Upfront Billy Boy and Andover The Gold also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The event is named for TSM Photo Bugger, Ted Tomson's hard-hitting trotter who competes regularly in Preferred contests at The Meadows. Axios had won two straight entering the series but was facing more experienced company in the TSM Photo Bugger. He rated kindly for Wilbur Yoder before blowing by the leader, Tea Party Politics, to down him by a length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Jett Star was third. Rich Gillock trains the Malabar Millennium-Town Girl gelding and owns with Barbara Richardson. Upfront Billy Boy suffered gaiting problems in his recent outings but was using Lasix for the first time Monday. He followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and surged late to edge Son Of A Ridge by a head in 1:59.3, a career best. Glide To Glory earned show. Bill Zendt conditions Upfront Billy Boy, a Donato Hanover-Wherley gelding, and owns with Up Front Racing. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2014 -- Tremor Hanover powered to the lead at the quarter pole and never was in serious jeopardy thereafter as she captured Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Tremor Hanover hustled to the lead from post 4 for Brian Zendt only to be pocketed by Angelic Star. The 8-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Terrie Letsgo quickly retook and rolled to victory in 1:54.1. Phone Terror rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while the first-over Ladystar raced well for show. Shawn Johnston trains Tremor Hanover, who boosted her career bankroll to $460,836, and owns with Charles Moses. Eric Ledford, Dave Palone, Mike Wilder, Wilbur Yoder and Zendt each drove two winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2014 -- Run And Tell Pap overcame post 8 with a quick burst to the lead and rolled on to his second straight victory in Wednesday's $24,800 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once on the front, Run And Tell Pap withstood the first-over challenge of Trustworthy Kid and scored for Dave Palone in 1:57.3 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Austin's Jon Jon rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Run And Tell Pap, a 7-year-old High Falls-Adele's Jade gelding who extended his career bankroll to $442,921, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Palone drove four winners -- three for Burke -- on the 16-race card. With a pair of victories, Brian Zendt vaulted over $20 million in career purses. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday, with the first of 16 at 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA — In his last race, Summer Indian was parked from post 7 before grabbing the lead and rolling to a comfortable victory in 1:52.4. In Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, it was déjà vu all over again, as Summer Indian left from post 7, worked out the same trip and scored in the same time. Dave Palone drove the 4-year-old Majestic Son-A Touch Of Frost gelding to his 11th win in 22 starts this year. The pocket-sitting Count Me In was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Rembrandt Spur third. Ron Burke trains Summer Indian, who now has banked $340,636, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and RTC Stables. Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card while Burke and Brian Zendt each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows  

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