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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Amelia's Courage A stretched out the challenging All Day Sunshine to the quarter, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amelias Courage A made the point from post 6 for Dan Rawlings and kept the 9-5 favorite outside her before releasing to the pocket. That strategy proved decisive, as Amelias Courage A was the stronger mare late, defeating All Day Sunshine by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Dorothy's Legacy, three wide from the five-eighths, was a game third. Richard Perfido trains the winner, a 7-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dreamer who extended her career bankroll to $184,347, for Win Rhythm Stables.   Tony Hall, Dave Palone and trainer Brandon Presto each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $20,152.05 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2021 -- Tricky Nick followed the live cover of Tamar through the final turn, then peeled off and charged through the lane to spring a 15-1 upset in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. Tamar's extended first-over move looked like it might get her home. But when driver Dan Rawlings worked Tricky Nick off the cones to pick up that late cover, he had the stronger horse late. Tricky Nick downed Tamar by a neck in 1:57.2 over a "good" surface, with early leader Star Caviar third. Tony Hall collected four wins and Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $4,590.13 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2021 -- Hammered down to 1-9, All Day Sunshine performed liked the overwhelming harness racing favorite, romping to her second straight victory in Wednesday's Opening Day feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Conditioned Pace. All Day Sunshine quarter-poled to the top for Dan Rawlings and began to draw off at the three-quarters. The 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley scored in 1:54.1, 2 lengths better than Marvalous Song. Dream Dancing finished third. Paul Corey trains All Day Sunshine, who boosted her career bankroll to $160,213, for Kenneth Ashba. It was one of four wins for Rawlings on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday, first post 12:45 PM. All Day Sunshine By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Washington, PA, Oct. 28, 2020 -- Sixth by 3-1/2 lengths turning for home, Tuesday Morning swung to the middle of the track and roared home to pull off the 31-1 harness racing shocker in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. As the leaders tired on the sloppy surface, Tuesday Morning found his best foot for Dan Rawlings, scoring in 1:57. Rev It Up Man was second, beaten a length, with long shot Willie B Worthy third.   Ray Romanetti trains Tuesday Morning, a 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Taboo Yankee, for Lori Romanetti and Bernadette Luketich. Rawlings and trainer Tyler Stillings each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $93,764.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2020 -- Harness racing driver Dan Rawlings enjoyed a huge Monday at The Meadows with six victories, including the feature -- a $10,800 Conditioned Trot -- with Maewegonow. Passed by Matterlei near the three-quarters, Maewegonow stayed close and never let Matterlei get away. As Rawlings kept her to her business, the 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo kicked by her rival in the Lightning Lane, downing her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Kate's Massive rallied for show.   Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $392,555, for Thomas Mattingly. Jim Pantaleano also recorded a big Monday with four wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's 13-race program at The Meadows features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $29,298.33 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $1,538.20 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2020 -- Trailing by 2 lengths at the top of the lane, Quality Bud found another gear late and kicked past the harness racing leader to pull off the 10-1 upset in Monday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western appeared to have the race in hand, but that was before Quality Bud launched his rally for Dan Rawlings. The7-year-old Quality Western-Rosebud-Heather gelding downed Wild Wild Western by a 1/2 length, with Carolina Beach -- who experienced early traffic problems --a solid third.   Zach Tackett trains Quality Bud, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $239,526, for My Buddy Stables. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 15-race card while Dave Palone and Rawlings each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a $14,768.05 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2020 -- Enjoying relief from tougher company, Maewegonow took full advantage of the opportunity with a comfortable front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Although Maewegonow more than held her own against stiffer competition, she clearly relished this spot, as Dan Rawlings sent her aggressively to the point from post 7. The 6-year-old daughter of Dewetcheatumnhowe-Mauresmo knifed through the rain and defeated the pocket-sitting Kellie's MVP by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4, with the first-over Wildfire Seelster third.   Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $377,623, for Thomas Mattingly. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 15-race program features a $2,632.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - March 6, 2020 -- Reading, Writing & Harness Racing. That may be a twist on the traditional version of the "Three R's," but it was the order of the day Thursday when The Meadows drivers participated in national Read Across America Week/Dr. Seuss Day activities by reading to students at a local school. Drivers Jason Merriman, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder visited Trinity North Elementary School near The Meadows and read to children in grades K-4. The horsemen read selections from Dr. Seuss and Bonnie Worth's If I Ran the Horse Show: All About Horses. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and its members have participated in the event. Wilder has been a volunteer reader every year. "When our qualifiers were finished, I got pretty excited about going to the school," Wilder said. "I couldn't wait to get there and see the kids' faces light up." After reading, the drivers took questions -- some about racing, some about their personal lives. "They asked what's your horse's name, so I explained that we drive many horses," Wilder said. "They asked how many wins do you have, have you ever been hurt, how fast do the horses go. For young kids, they asked pretty good questions. "The whole event is a great deal. I love it and would never turn down the opportunity." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                            

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2019 -- Foolish Terror extended her streak of 1-2 finishes to six when she quarter-poled to the front and prevailed easily in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Foolish Terror got away third, but after Dan Rawlings moved her to the point, she had little trouble holding off the pocket-sitting Strawb's Chippie N by a length in 1:52.1. E Dee's Well Said earned show. Justin Pirillo trains and owns the 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Aint A Fool Ok, who lifted her career bankroll to $108,670. Mike Wilder garnered three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special twilight card highlighted by the $99,430 Currier & Ives trot for 3-year-olds. Friday's program also features an appealing line-up of fan-centered activities, including wiener dog races and fireworks. First post is 5:30 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Washington, PA. Three harness racing divisions of the Hickory Smoke for three-year-old trotting colts highlighted the Saturday afternoon action at The Meadows.   The action started in the 7th Race when longshot Ginger Tree Skyr and driver Dan Rawlings subbing for the injured Andy Miller pulled off the upset in 1:55.   Owned by Ginger Tree Ventures and Don Marean the 3-year-old Explosive Matter colt collared front runner Demon Onthe Hill in mid-stretch to cruise to the victory.   The winner sat 7 th through the quick 56.2 first half before picking up horses on the backstretch. 2-5 favorite Capt Chaps Hanover was second with Explosive Magic grabbing third.   The winner trained by Sam Beegle was making his 2019 debut and increased his lifetime earnings to $121,553.   The second division went to the 2-5 favorite Osterc. The defending 2-year-old PASS champion fresh off a victory last week in the Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway was an easy winner in 1:55,2 The Per Engblom trained Yannick Gingras driven Cantab Hall colt is now 2 for 2 in 2019 and pushed his lifetime earnings over the $314,000 mark.   Klutzy with Corey Callahan subbing for Andy Miller grabbed second with Fashion Possessed and Jim Pantaleano rounding out the trifecta.   The fastest of the three divisions occurred in the 9 th race the final division of The Hickory Smoke. Yannick Gingras returned to the winners’ circle with a wire to wire win behind Goes Down Smooth. The Muscle Hill gelding never had an anxious moment using the rail to his advantage setting pedestrian fractions 29.0 – 58.3 to the half before trotting the back half in 56 flat. Trained by Ron Burke is now 4 for 5 in 2019 and has a three-race win streak with lifetime earnings over $90,000. Chiplosive and Trond Smedshammer followed the winner home with Papi Hanover finishing third. On the undercard were three divisions of The PA Stallion Series for three-year-old trotting colts. Brian Sears captured the first two divisions with heavy favorites Raceace and Lapped By Lindy. Kates Massive was the dominant winner in the third division winning by six lengths in the quickest of the three divisions, scoring in 1:55.3   Mark J. Loewe VP of Racing Operations

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2018 -- At 13, Mainland Key N probably has reached an age where he'd rather kick back, nosh carrots and binge-watch Season 3 of Mr. Ed. But trainers keep claiming him -- he's performed for eight of them this season alone -- so the old boy keeps working . . . and keeps producing. In fact, when he goes forward in Saturday's third race at The Meadows, he'll be looking to edge closer to $900,000 in career earnings, an impressive bank account for a hard knocker. He'll leave from post 8 for Dan Rawlings and owner/trainer John Sullivan. First post is 1:05 PM. Mainland Key N had 26 starts and a little more than $20,000 on his card when he was imported from New Zealand. He sparkled stateside, competing against some of the best. The son of Shiney Key-Eastwood Bluejeans enjoyed his finest season in 2011 when he banked more than $200,000 and sprang a 32-1 upset in a leg of the prestigious George Morton Levy Series. He's taken season's marks at five different venues -- Dover Downs, Harrington, Harrah's Philadelphia, The Meadows, Yonkers -- indicating that he never had to take his racetrack with him to succeed. While he's stayed largely sound, diminishing speed has forced trainers to race him where he can win -- in claimers. That's how he ended up in eight stables this year -- 10, if you count the two stints each for trainers Kevin Johnson and Marcus Marashian. Sullivan grabbed him Oct. 6 for $10,000. "I wasn't concerned that he's 13," Sullivan says. "He still has a whole year to race, and he's pretty sound. I had a couple other horses in for $10,000, and this guy was always beating me. He'd already earned about $50,000 this year, so I figured he had to be worth $10,000. He still starts 30 to 40 times a year, and he's definitely a classy old horse. He has to be, to have made that kind of money." Mainland Key N has seven wins this year and has hit the board in 21 of 33 outings, but he's had little recent luck with post positions. Counting Saturday's race, he's drawn post 6 or deeper for nine of his last 10 races, prompting Sullivan to make a change. "He loses interest when he gets away towards the back, so I dropped him to the $7,000-$8,000 Claiming Handicap. Sure enough, he drew post 8 again." Sullivan, by the way, has become something of the go-to guy for geriatrics. He also trains 9-year-old Thiswayorthehighwy, who's banked $212,651, and Sam Hill, a fan favorite who at age 12 has earned $634,827 and continues to compete in fast classes. "I try to get them back together and do what I can for them," Sullivan says. "I think I've helped a couple of them. They have bumps and bruises, so you have to pick your spots when you train them. But they're warhorses. They know what to do." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino today announced changes involving guarantees for its daily Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 10, The Meadows no longer will offer pool guarantees for each Pick 4 and Pick 5 wager. Instead, the track, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, will offer a $5,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee on Mondays and Tuesdays only. While there will be no scheduled Pick 5 guarantees, The Meadows indicated it may add "instant" Pick 4 and Pick 5 guarantees when pools are carried over. Each live card at The Meadows features a Pick 4 (races 4-7), a Pick 5 (final five races) and a Super Hi-5 (final race). by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2018 -- Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career Saturday at The Meadows, winning seven of the day's 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover. E Dee's Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. Rawlings, a 37-year-old Maine native who's been based at The Meadows since 2009, swept the early Daily Double and was on his way. He won at odds ranging from 3-5 to 14-1 and brought three home for trainer John Sullivan. "When I looked at the program," he said, "I thought I could win two races. I had horses that were competitive in competitive classes. Everything just worked out real well. Once the favorite ran. Once I got a good second-over trip. Another time, a horse that could have beaten me got buried. I made some good decisions and had a little luck. It happens." Rawlings had extra incentive, as his son David was in the paddock, celebrating his sixth birthday. In the Keystone Classic, Rawlings sent Scuola Hanover to the front at the quarter, and the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi turned back the determined uncovered bid of Cult Icon and downed her by a length in a career-best 1:52. Dreams On Me was a close-up third in the Lightning Lane. "I didn't pop the earplugs when she was challenged," Rawlings said. "She heard the horse, pinned her ears and wanted to go on. I just let her do it." Andrew Stafford trains Scuola Hanover, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $192,531, and owns with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. E Dee's Well said entered the Keystone Classic off a stunner -- a second-place finish in the Jugette at 62-1. She showed that was no fluke when she launched a first-over move that erased a 5-1/2-length deficit and carried her to victory for Jim Pantaleano in 1:53, also a life mark. Ana Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Aldine Hanover third. "I haven't changed anything on her," said winning trainer Christen Pantaleano. "She's had so many bad posts, and she's been chasing horses for so long. I think the Jugette pushed her confidence over the edge." She said the daughter of Well Said-Eternity's Delight, who lifted her career earnings to $146,702 for C Jimmy D's Racing, would be pointed to the Simpson. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Vague Traces sprang an 11-1 upset despite racing outside most of the back half. The 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Village Junior gelding triumphed in 1:50.1 for Tony Hall and trainer Sarah Andrews and now has banked $328,416 for owner Michael Jurczykowski. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $12,500 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows          

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2018 -- Bella's Punkett released the 1-2 favorite, Expose Yourself, past the quarter, then charged past her in the lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned/Optional Claiming Trot. Bella's Punkett was claimed from her last race at Harrah's Philadelphia by trainer Ron Burke for owner Howard Taylor for a base price of $12,500. Though she faced several disadvantages -- new track, sloppy surface, big jump in class to a $30,000 base claiming tag -- the 6-year-old daughter of Super Punk-Nubella responded beautifully. She left alertly for Dan Rawlings, rated kindly and downed Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with the first-over Keystone Harper third. Bella's Punkett lifted her career bankroll to $109,244. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, with an Adios Eve card that features a pair of Grand Circuit stakes: the $60,800 Judge Joe McGraw for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $40,400 Ed Ryan for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Special post time is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2018 -- With $994,934 in career earnings, Southern Allie will become harness racing's newest millionaire if he wins Saturday's $13,000 Conditioned/Optional Claiming Pace at The Meadows. Earning $1 million is always an impressive accomplishment for a Standardbred, but for Southern Allie, it's a particularly noteworthy achievement -- he's the model millionaire for the sport's modern times. The 11-year-old Allie's Western-Pershing Angela gelding goes from post 2 in race 9 for owners Martin Valentic and John Bednarski, Jr., trainer J.L. Adams and driver Dan Rawlings. Saturday's card also features two rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as the Super High 5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. For most of harness racing's history, horses have earned $1 million by excelling in stakes at 2 and 3, usually performing for a single owner or partnership. Then, quite often, it was off to a new career in the breeding shed. In recent years, tracks have enriched purses for overnight events to keep their equine stars racing longer. As a result, a horse that remains healthy and competitive can pile up earnings into his later years, though he may be doing so for a progression of new owners buying him at the claiming box. That's the template Southern Allie has cut. At 2 and 3, he banked a respectable $51,410 in Maryland Sires Stakes. He began to shine at 4 when, for his new trainer, Ron Burke, he won a pair of legs in the George Morton Levy Series, finishing fifth in the final. Trainer Randy Bendis and his partners purchased Southern Allie privately when the gelding was 5. "We bought him in a package deal," Bendis recalls, " and it looked on paper like he might have been the lesser of the two horses. He's one of those horses who do all the little things right. He just aims to please. "He did go through a stretch when he had a problem with Lasix, and we had to take him off it. He's using it again, so maybe he's tolerating it better with age." In the last few years, Southern Allie has changed hands five times. Trainer Mark Goldberg claimed him twice, each time for $20,000. "He's battled it out every year and made decent money almost every year," Goldberg says. "He's been all right for just about everybody who's owned him. He's the ultimate professional." Goldberg last lost Southern Allie via a $14,000 claim. "I wanted to (protect him)," Goldberg says, 'but it's tough to play the conditioned race game. If you wait until the horse gets beat enough times that he gets to drop down, the purse might not be worth the wait." No matter the owner, no matter the race conditions, Southern Allie always has performed well. His best year, swollen by those Levy checks, was 2011, when he earned $233,330, and he's never won less than $54,000 in a season following his freshman campaign. Moreover, he never takes a race off, an attitude that itself is worth a million bucks. Says Bendis: "When your day was going bad and things weren't going right, you could count on him to go out and do his work right and do everything he possibly could to win. He's a gamer. He never had a bad day." Adams thinks Southern Allie can remain competitive for some time. "If you look at him, you'd never guess he's 11," Adams says. "He has four great legs, no soft tissue problems. He's as good as he was last year at this time." Whenever he reaches $1 million, Southern Allie will get a congratulatory blanket. Adams purchased it when the target came into sight. "He's been a classy horse around here for quite a few years," Adams says. "He deserves it." Following Saturday's card, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts continues on the apron with a performance by the Matt Barranti Band. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 26, 2018 -- Pilgrims Tide exploded first over down the backside, opened up a daylight lead and rolled home to victory -- his second straight -- in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Dismissed at 8-1, Pilgrims Tide was third when Dan Rawlings sent him after the leader, Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie gelding was ahead by 3 lengths before the field turned for home, ultimately downing the 4-5 favorite, Swell Chap, by a length in 1:54.4. Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for show. Sarah Andrews trains Pilgrims Tide for Sandbur Farms, Valarie Sutton and Joseph Hemingway. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special twilight card, first post 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 23, 2018 -- Dan Rawlings collected career win 1,000 Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted Moshannon Magic to victory in the sixth race. Rawlings, 36, a native of Lewiston, ME, was a fan of harness racing long before he made it his occupation. He visited many racetracks with his father and a neighbor, Nick Dube. When Dube got into the business -- he now works for The Meadows-based trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder -- Rawlings thought he would, too, and traveled to North Carolina to groom. He soon signed on as second trainer for David Wade and realized that driving was his passion. "My first drive was at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg (PA)," he recalls. "I was racing my filly up front, and she jogged." Still, when he started driving full time at The Meadows in 2009, he had few connections to trainers and no regular assignments. For most cards, he sat patiently in the paddock lounge, hoping to pick up a late mount if a driver took off. "I never said no," he says. "There was no horse I wouldn't drive, no matter how bad it was. That got me a lot of drives. What else was I supposed to do? I didn't have family in the business. I didn't have trainers to put me down regularly." Rawlings credits Wade and trainer Rick Beinhauer, among others, with giving him drives and helping him through those lean years. Indeed, career win 999 came Wednesday with Beinhauer's 3-year-old filly Won The War. "I've been very blessed to be with people who are not only great, but they're also teaching you what you need to learn," he says. Although his horses have earned more than $11.3 million in purses, his greatest accomplishment at The Meadows may be surviving as a diehard New England Patriots fan in Pittsburgh Steelers country. When those two teams square off in their annual grudge match, Rawlings' fellow horseman "bust my chops and I bust theirs." "I actually feel bad for people from Pittsburgh because they've been deprived of so much," he says, tongue in cheek. "They could have been born in Boston." In addition to being an in-demand driver, Rawlings these days trains a one-horse stable that he might expand. But don't expect training to become his principal pursuit anytime soon. "I love working horses in the morning, but I just want to drive," he says. "Ultimately, there's nothing better than winning. I'm more than grateful that I'm in the position that I'm in. Not everybody gets paid to do what he likes." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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