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WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2014 -- Sitting fifth at the half, Steppin Out launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her second straight series victory in Wednesday's Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Call Me A Winner and Glide By Shooting also took $17,500, second-leg divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. The series championship is set for Wednesday, April 23. Steppin Out trailed by 6 lengths before Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Hierarchy. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling put that one away and rolled to victory in 158.3, 3 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Glams K. Ideal Emma finished third. Chas Norris trains Steppin Out for Glat Kosher Racing. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Magic Wheel endured a demanding 27.4 opening panel and held off the stalking Mistress Valentine to defeat her by a neck in 1:54.3. Unefoisdansmavie rallied for show. Tony Hall piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Ws Balanced Wheel, who now boasts $540,620 in career earnings, for trainer Kris Hite and owner Tom Svrcek. Dave Palone drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 15-race card. 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            

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sand Summerfield didn't mind the rainy, raw and sloppy conditions at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb.1) as he splashed and dashed his way to victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace.   The win completed the sweep in Open competition for owner Robert Main and trainer Jason Robinson at Buffalo Raceway as Ellisarro Hanover took the $10,500 Open Trot on Friday night.   Sand Summerfield set the fractions to the half with a 1:00.3 time but found himself in second place as Stonebridge Rocket blasted his way to the top just past the midway point.   Driver Dan Rawlings then showed plenty of patience as he sat the garden spot with Sand Summerfield ($5.50) until deep stretch where they were able to overtake Stonebridge Rocket and score the half-length victory in 1:57.2. OK Braveheart (Billy Dobson) took the show position.   It was the first win of the season in five attempts for Sand Summerfield (Mantacular-Ribbons And Bows) and the 26th of his career. The 7-year-old gelding has now won $10,530 in 2014 and $322,170 lifetime.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening with a 12-race card set to begin at 5 p.m. The $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 will start in the fifth race on Wednesday.   For more information including race replays, results, promotions and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby said 'hello' to the winner's circle once again after registering a three-quarters of a length victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace at a blustery Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 25) in 1:59.1 over the good track.   The victory was the fourth straight in Open competition in Western New York for Dont Say Goodby ($3.30) since arriving from Indiana in late November.   The start was delayed by nearly 45 minutes after a power failure occurred during the stretch run of the seventh race. The wait didn't have any affect on Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) as he had plenty of energy in the passing lane to run down Stonebridge Rocket (Shawn McDonough).   Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings), who went on a brief break around the opening turn, regrouped and had the lead at one point, but had to settle for third place.   The win was the second in as many starts in 2014 for the 6-year-old Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albatross). It was his 15th career win and jacked his career earnings to $172,077.   Saturday night's card completed a stellar week in the handle department at Buffalo Raceway. The track took in well over $900,000 during the four-day race week.   Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "We haven't seen a handle like this week in Western New York in over 10 years. There were three reasons for the big handles I believe. There were some cancellations during the week at other tracks, we have some good drivers here competing and we've had some well-balanced and wide open fields which leads to increased handles."   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Wednesday night with a 12-race program set to get underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, promotions, race replays and statistics, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) continued his winning ways in Western New York as he made it three straight locally by capturing the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 18).   Since arriving from Indiana in November, Dont Say Goodby ($4.20) has been a perfect three-for-three, all coming in the Open paces.   The 6-year-old gelding won two Opens at Batavia Downs in November and found his new surroundings at Buffalo Raceway to his liking as well. He registered an impressive 5-1/4 length victory in 1:56 over the pace-setting Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings) while Sand Savage (Ray Fisher Jr.) placed third in the field of seven.   Sand Summerfield put down fractions of 27.4, 56.4 and 1:27 over the fast track. But by the time he had reached the three-quarter pole, Dont Say Goodby was winging it on the outside and used a 29-second last quarter to easily pace away from the field.   Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albratross) is owned by Derek Menchhofer and is trained by Charles Stewart. It was his 14th career victory and moved his earnings to $170,987 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway moves to a four-day schedule this week with racing Wednesday and Thursday nights at 5 p.m. while Friday and Saturday nights will have action getting underway at 6:40 p.m. The $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 will be Wednesday night starting in the fifth race.   For more information including race replays, schedule, news and promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2013 — Classic Martine, Pennsylvania’s co-champion 3-year-old filly trotter, flashed that championship form Monday at The Meadows as she powered to victory in 1:53.3, a Keystone Classic record. The $90,000 event was contested over three divisions, with Thistle Dhu and Drink The Wine — both piloted by Brett Miller — taking the other splits. Classic Martine last raced in the PA Sires Stakes final Sept. 13 at The Meadows, when she and her stablemate, Frau Blucher, crossed the wire together in 1:53.2, fastest trotting dead heat ever. She was just as sharp Monday, quarter-poling to the lead for Dave Palone and drawing off to defeat the pocket-sitting Coffeecake Hanover by 3 lengths. Upfrontluckycarol was third. “This might be one of the best trotting fillies I’ve driven,” Palone said. “She’s awesome. She was well within herself. I never let her trot at any point in the mile. Pretty impressive.” The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:54.3 established by Panthalops in 2011. Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. Thistle Dhu made it four straight wins — all since adding Lasix — but had to bear down to hold off the rallying Gliding To Glory by a nose in 1:55.1. Promisemethis earned show. “We didn’t want her on the front today; it just worked out that way,” said Del S. Miller, who conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Yankee Topaz for William Donovan. “It was 17 days since her last race. I thought she was beat for sure. She just dug in.” In the PASS championship, Drink The Wine challenged down the backside but stalled and had to settle for fifth. She was much sharper in the Keystone Classic, converting a similar trip to victory in 1:56.1. UF Tadys Donato was 1/2-length back in second while Faith closed from well back to complete the ticket. “I’ve been having trouble steering her,” Brett Miller said. “Today, she steered perfect. That was the difference. It definitely made her go faster.” Nifty Norman trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Naked Lyric for Melvin Hartman and RAW Equine Inc. $81,600 Keystone Classic — 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Stunning upsets marked Monday’s companion feature, as Coffee Addict scored at 21-1 while Live Entertainment took the other split at a nearly-as-juicy 19-1. Coffee Addict figured to be racing for a check after drawing in with PASS champion Charisma Hanover, the 1-9 favorite. But when Charisma Hanover went off stride after breaking a hopple hanger, Coffee Addict took full advantage, brushing from the pocket to triumph in 1:52.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bruce Saunders and owners James C. Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. R Marie Hanover was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, with Canary Island third. The daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. “I actually thought I had a chance; I raced her like I did,” Merriman said of the daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen. “I’m nut sure if that (break by Charisma Hanover) mattered. That’s how good my filly was. She won very, very handy.” Live Entertainment endured a tough first quarter before finding a seat fourth, but she followed cover beautifully and prevailed in 1:52.4 for Dan Rawlings. Novascotia Hanover was second, a length in arrears, with Icommandmyspirit third. “All the fractions were big, but the track seemed tiring today,” Rawlings said. “I followed the horse I wanted to follow. The trip worked out to my benefit.” Jimmy Takter trains Live Entertainment, a daughter of Real Artist-West Side Glory, for Christina Takter and John Fielding. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with a pair of Keystone Classics — a $90,000 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers and a $94,998 event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pottak for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON PA - The two-year-olds altered two more divisional records at the Washington (PA) County Fair Tuesday, bringing the total at Washington for the two-day session to three, most at any one track to date this season, and elevating the seasonal track record count to 14. And appropriately enough, the two new entrants in the books were fillies, as the misses have set 11 of the 14 record clockings, including all three all-age records. Walter "Boots" Dunn, whose hometown Meadville fair will be visited the circuit next week, swept the 3TF events as owner/trainer/breeder. The recordsetter in his pair was Bella Palazzo, a daughter of Tom Ridge who scooted around the former "Arden Downs" Grand Circuit track for driver Wilbur Yoder in 2:04.4 to drop two full seconds off the old standard co-held by Meadowbranch Karin (1995) and Desired Outcome (2011). Cantab Hall also won for Dunn, with Brian Zendt in the sulky Also earning a line in the books was TSM Maija Star, who won in 2:02.1 to equal the 2PF standard of Star On Broadway (1996) and Bell On Wheels (2008). The daughter of Dragon Again, driven by Dan Rawlings, is trained by Bob Krenitsky Jr. and owned by breeder Ted Tomson; the latter two came right back 15 minutes later to take another freshman pacing filly cut with TSM Soul Sister, driven by Todd Cummings. Multiple wins in a class were popular on Tuesday - the team of trainer Al Manke and driver Marty Wollam accounted for both two-year-old colt trots: Rudi's Jet, owned by co-breeder Hans Bachmann along with Wollam, and Mickie The Mouch, a homebred owned by Anthony Minute. The fair action now returns to Dayton PA for racing on Wednesday and Thursday, both days starting at noon. The early part of the week saw the two-year-old colt pacers set themselves up for both the pari-mutuel Sire Stakes and Stallion Series Championships by racing their fourth and final preliminary legs at The Meadows. The top eight for the division's Sire Stakes Championship are in order Allstar Partner and McWicked (both with two wins and two seconds for 120 points), Limelight Beach, Let's Drink On It, Sometimes Said, Seventh Secret, Tellitlikeitis, and Bristol Bay. King Of The Jungle is AE1; Naked City is AE2. If those two do not scratch in to the Championship, they will head the consolation. The next three horses tied at 50 points, and since non-declarations could elevate their status, moneyearnings were used to break the tie among Cabana Boy Hanover, Avalanche Hanover, and At Press Time, who rank in that order. At 49 points, He's Got It got the edge over West Matters on money; Invictus Hanover had enough points for the final consolation spot. In the Stallion Series, the first six were Here Comes William, Dontmeswiththebest, and A OK Hanover, followed by the tied triumvirate of Finley Hanover, Ivan Bob, and Leyden, who are all assured of entrance. The final two Championship spots could prove interesting, as four horses tied at 70 points, with three of them - Jack Attack, So Surreal, and Somewhere In L A - the highest moneywinners in the quartet at $20,000 each. Since points and money do not separate these horses, should it come down to that, a shake of the pills would decide which two move on to the Championship. by Jerry Connors  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2013 — Allstar Partner and McWicked began the day tied for second in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes points. They ended the day still tied but atop the leader board after winning their respective divisions of a $265,408 PASS at The Meadows in the final preliminary leg. Allstar Partner earned bragging rights for the day by scoring in 1:51.4, fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. The PASS championships for 2-year-olds, each with a $260,000 purse, are set for Sept. 15 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The stake, known as the Tyler B, was contested over four divisions, with Tellitlikeitis and Let’s Drink On It taking the other splits. Allstar Partner roared to the early lead for Corey Callahan and never experienced an anxious moment, defeating the-pocket-sitting The Lunch Pail by 1-1/2 lengths, with Somesizesomestyle third. Limelight Beach, winner of his first three PASS splits, never could mount an effective rally from mid-pack, finishing fourth and dropping to third in PASS rankings. “He can get a little lazy on you and kind of relax,” Callahan said of Allstar Partner. “I gave him a couple taps going to the three-quarter pole. He goes anytime you ask him to go. If I’d needed more, he’d have given me some more. We’ll have to see where we draw (in the championship), but I think he’s as good as any of them.” John Butenschoen trains the son of Four Starzzz Shark-Faithful Ideal for VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. McWicked also had an easy time of it, as the son of McArdle-Western Sahara quarter-poled to the lead and prevailed by 3 lengths in 1:53 for Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing and Hanna Miller. Invictus Hanover and Mattamerican completed the ticket. Tellitlikeitis needed a big race to make the championship — he was tied for 11th entering the Tyler B — and he delivered one, pulling the pocket early for Yannick Gingras and triumphing in 1:52.3. Wicked Business was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Avalanche Hanover earned show. “When I qualified him, I thought he was one of the best,” Gingras said. “But he went into a spell there for like two starts when he really was not that good. It looks like he’s bounced back. He likes to follow. If you keep him on a helmet, he gets home good.” Jimmy Takter conditions the homebred son of Well Said-Kikikatie for Lothlorien. Let’s Drink On It, tied for sixth in PASS points before the stake, cemented his position in the finals with an overpowering front-end victory in 1:52. Sometimes Said, the other member of that sixth-place tie, made the championship by finishing second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, with At Press Time third. “He shows a lot of front-end speed, but he’s really a two-finger horse,” said Joe Seekman, who trains the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Martin Scharf, Larry Bond and Hal Hewitt. “We got him out of the ‘Scratch & Dent.’ He had curbs in the back (when we bought him). We brought him home, broke him and then pin-fired those. They’ve never bothered him.” Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple on the 16-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2013 — The Meadows presented the inaugural Edward M. Ryan Trot on Wednesday as part of Adios Week, and harness racing driver Andy Miller embraced the newly rechristened event by winning two of its three divisions with Sumatra and Exodus Hanover. The $60,000 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, formerly known as the Henry Oliver, honors the memory of Ed Ryan, a Hall of Famer who was a successful entrepreneur, a skilled horseman, a philanthropist and an owner of The Meadows during a key period in the track’s development. Miller scored impressively with Sumatra, the 1-9 favorite who barreled to the lead and cruised home in 1:56.4, 2 lengths better than Il Sogno Dream. Overwhat rallied for show. “He doesn’t have any real big stakes this year, but everything we’ve asked of him he’s done,” Miller said. “He keeps maturing, and I think there’s a big upside there.” Julie Miller trains the son of Muscles Yankee-Lola Seelster for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. Miller also scored an easy front-end win with Exodus Hanover, a Steve Elliott trainee who triumphed in 1:59. Monkey Man was 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Journey third. “Steve’s really liked him all year,” said Toni Rose, Elliott’s assistant trainer. “He got a little messed up his first race, but other than that, he’s been solid. I think Steve will keep him in PA Sires Stakes. You can get plenty of money there.” Elliott owns Exodus Hanover with the Angelo Frassetto Estate, Kenneth Klein and Old Block Stables. Muscle On In, who was winless in his first three outings, notched the final Ryan split in front-end fashion in 1:58.3. Dave Palone drove for trainer Chris Ryder, who owns the son of Muscle Hill-Viking’s Goddess with Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. “Having the early lead really wasn’t part of my game plan,” Palone said. “But everywhere I looked, horses were on a break, and I thought I’d get him out of there and let him see how he felt. He felt good and square, so I just let him trot on.” $63,750 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters Broadway Socks was the star of this stake, known as the Joe McGraw, which was Wednesday’s co-feature. The daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin matched the stake mark of 1:56.1 established by Maven in 2011. It wasn’t a jiggy-jog, though, as driver Dan Rawlings got after her once she had cleared to the lead. “With any young horse, you definitely want her to respond when you pull that right line,” Rawlings said. “When you ask her to go, you want her to go, and she seems to do that real well. Everything’s working out real well.” David Wade trains Broadway Socks and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. Miller collected a McGraw victory with Royal Tabs, who spurted to an early lead and had enough to hold off the pocket-sitting Anonyme Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3. “She’s pretty manageable, she’s pretty smart, and she doesn’t have any issues right now,” said Buzzy Sholty, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Royal Vic for Claude Gendreau Stable. “I’m just trying to keep her a happy girl.” Juniata Hanover grabbed the third McGraw split by two-holing A Perfect Gem and Miller and blowing by late to down them by a neck for Palone in 1:58.1. Champagne Dreams raced well, albeit erratically, to complete the ticket. “I wasn’t sure that I had Andy until maybe just inside the 16th pole,” Palone said. “My filly showed me tonight that she may be even better out of a hole than she is on the lead. She really liked chasing Andy down.” Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling, now undefeated in four starts, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Keith Pippi. Grand Circuit action at The Meadows resumes Friday with a pair of Arden Downs stakes for 3-year-old trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

The young ladies looking to score in Wednesday's $108,000 Filly Division of the Currier & Ives at The Meadows may find that the road to the winners' circle goes through the Beinhauer stable.

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