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WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2018 -- Ready Any Time was set to her task in mid-stretch and responded, just holding off the relentless charge of Barn Girl to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53. Ready Any Time vaulted to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but soon faced the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory. When Palone asked her for more, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Spice Queen found it, edging Barn Girl by a head, with Bessie third. Ron Burke trains Ready Any Time, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $161,513, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, enjoyed a big day with six victories, including one each for trainers Randy Bendis, Scott Betts, Gerald Lee, Jr., Dirk Simpson, Leslie Zendt and Burke. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2018 -- Call For Justice pounced on his hard-used stablemate, Lady's Dude, and overtook him in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude was parked the opening three-eighths, leaving him vulnerable to the first-over challenge of Call For Justice and Dave Palone. The 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka held off the Lightning Lane thrust of Trustworthy Kid by a length in 1:54.1 while You're Majestic, the lone mare in the field, rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts $491,127 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $40,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $40,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 10 Pick 5 wager (races 9-13) as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when neither Saturday’s nor Monday’s Pick 5 was covered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $12,708.18. In addition, Tuesday’s program features a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), a $2,333.31 carryover in the day’s first Superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,002.80 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 13). Minimum wager for the Pick 4, Pick 5, Superfecta and Super High 5 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 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2018 -- First-time starter Michelon's Filly stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:54.4, fastest win in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Margret Hill and Another Beach Day taking the other splits to give Dave Palone a stake double among his four victories on the 13-race card. Mami Hanover led her field into the final turn, but when the walls started to close in, Michelon's Filly had the shortest route to the finish line, edging Typhoon by a neck. Ponder Time earned show. "She had a lot of go today, and she's pretty handy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I think that's her greatest strength. She's very versatile. That will help as we go through the season and the races go a little faster." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Captain Treacherous-New Album for Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson. Margret Hill wasn't the stake's swiftest winner, but she was the most visually compelling. She spotted the 1-2 favorite, More More More, 6 lengths before overtaking her with a quick and determined uncovered move and downing her by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Journey Of Love completed the ticket. "She was green," Palone said of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sarandon Blue Chip. "She had a good turn of foot, and I like the way she passed the favorite. She'll learn." Brian Brown conditions Margret Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. Another Beach Day wasn't on the lead at any point in her two qualifiers, but Palone put her there in her career debut. She held off the rallying Alii Nui by a head in 1:55, with Sure R Lookin Good third. "She came advertised as a good filly, but she was completely lost on the lead," Palone said. "Every time I got her attention, she swelled up for me. I think she'll be better than a stallion series filly." Mike Hall trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Another Delight and owns with David Hamm, CTC Stable and Howard Taylor. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the Sand Tart, a $182,962 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2018 -- Tuesday's $190,235 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows turned out to be a showcase for first-time starters. All five harness racing divisions in the event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, went to youngsters making their career debuts. The talented quintet includes: Fate Smiled, Sonnet Grace, Darla P, Magical Beliefs and Personal Paradise. Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a training/driving double with Darla P and Personal Paradise. Fate Smiled captured stake honors when she fronted the mile and dug in late to hold off Windy Corner by a head in 1:58. The first-over Something Spicy was third. "My main concern was to keep her quiet; with her pedigree, they have a tendency to be hot," said winning driver Dave Palone. "She was a perfect lady. I woke her up at the head of the stretch, but I never really felt any concern." Ron Burke trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-For A Dancer for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Michelle Yanek. Sonnet Grace found a seat third after trying for the early lead and had enough in the tank to kick by the leaders with a 28.4 final quarter. She triumphed in 1:58.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Ladylilli, with early leader Sky Is Mine third. "I was hoping for another qualifier for her, but I ran out of time when I came up from Florida late," said Rod Allen, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc. "But I schooled her and made the changes I had to make. I think I have her set now. She's a big filly, and I brought her along slow. Hopefully, she'll be a little more developed at the end of the year." Svanstedt said Darla P's talent always has impressed him, but it's something else that sets the daughter of Muscle Hill-Wilsonator apart. "She trained down well, but some horses are nervous about racing," he said. "She's always been focused -- before the race and during the race. " She demonstrated that focus in the Meadow Gladys when she sprang from the pocket at the top of the lane and overpowered Ma Was Right to defeat her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Bushy Tails completed the ticket. The Pozefskys -- Michael, Harry and David -- own Darla P, who likely will race primarily in Pennsylvania but is eligible to some rich year-end stakes. After a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card that features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 9, 2016 -- Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, fell a head short in his quest for career win 100 Saturday at The Meadows when he couldn't get by a stubborn Bilbo Hanover and finished second. In their Non-Winners of $3,500 Conditioned Race, Bilbo Hanover pulled the pocket midway down the backside for Aaron Merriman while Foiled Again and Dave Palone took up the chase from fourth. Bilbo Hanover didn’t blink in the face of Foiled Again’s strong challenge and scored in 1:52.1 for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Bet Again Hanover gelding with Reed Broadway and Tom Pollack. Dafinaty (Chris Shaw) was third. Bilbo Hanover paid $5.00 to win. “I thought he would fight the other horse off,” Palone said. “Bilbo Hanover is no clown. He loves to race on the lead, and he’s tough to get by. But the old horse fought to the end. He went a good race. I can’t make any excuses for him.”Palone said he got the trip he wanted with Foiled Again, a three-time Pacer of The Year. It was the eighth consecutive time Foiled Again has been foiled in his bid for No. 100. Ron Burke, who trains the gallant 14-year-old Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables, indicated he was pleased with Foiled Again’s effort “Every start he’s getting a little bit better,” Burke said. “We’re only a couple of starts from getting him to 1:51, which probably is the most he’ll pace any more. He probably fights allergies a little bit in the summer; as it gets cooler in the fall, he gets better. Anytime he tries his heart out like that, it’s no embarrassment.” Foiled Again faces mandatory retirement at the end of 2018. Burke said he plans to continue racing him through the end of the year and hopes to close out his career on his last day of eligibility, Dec. 31, when The Meadows hosts a twilight card. In Saturday’s feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Stride Of Pride took advantage of fast fractions thrown down by Dapper Dude to clear him first over and prevail in 1:49.3. Lincolnjames was second by 1/2 length — giving Burke an exacta sweep — while Dapper Dude saved show. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. piloted the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features the Adios Betty, a $159,838 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05. PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2018 -- He's the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in career earnings, but in his final year of racing, 14-year-old Foiled Again would like to nail down one more accomplishment -- career win 100. He'll shoot for that elusive milestone Saturday at The Meadows when he leaves from post 2 with Dave Palone in race 11. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. Foiled Again will compete in a conditioned race that generally draws horses that have been struggling for victories. Indeed, only one horse in the field has a win showing in its recent charted lines. Foiled Again has been, well, foiled again in each of his seven previous attempts for No. 100, but this Saturday's outcome could be different. "He drew in a good spot, he should have a good shot," says Ron Burke, who trains the gallant gelding, a son of Dragon Again-In A Safe Place, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables. "He's starting to get tight and should be ready to rock." Foiled Again last raced at Northfield Park on June 2, finishing third despite a brutal trip. Burke says he's maintaining the Old Boy's customary work schedule. "He gets trained the same as he's been trained since he was 4," Burke indicates. "He seems to thrive on work, and he's a very happy horse. If anything, he's better at it now because he knows what's expected of him." It was midway through Foiled Again's 4-year-old campaign that Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi and Kevin Koury of JJK recommended his purchase to their groups. They bought him privately, Weaver recalls, for $60,000. "That was a decent amount, especially 10 years ago, and we had some decent expectations of him," Weaver says. "He was a young horse who could get around small tracks, and we thought he would fit our program. But if someone had predicted he would achieve everything he did, you would've called him crazy." Those accomplishments are the stuff of legend. He won the Dan Patch Pacer of the Year Award three consecutive times (2011-2013), was the first pacer to record three consecutive million-dollar seasons and, in 2013 at the age of 9, he became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown (a mark eclipsed the following year by 11-year-old trotter Commander Crowe). With that unprecedented resume, career win 100 might seem just a round number. Weaver and Burke don't see it that way. "He's done so much for all of us," Weaver says. "He's literally changed our lives and allowed us to invest back in the game. No. 100 would allow us to appreciate him one more time. Listen -- you have the winningest driver in the history of the sport driving for the winningest trainer in the history of the sport on the richest horse in the history of the sport. If they were to win, that would be kind of big." Says Burke: "Every win of his is important to us; you appreciate it now because you know there won't be many more. When he won his last stake race (the 2016 Robert J. Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs), we were all crying because we thought, this could be it." Win or lose Saturday, Burke plans to race Foiled Again through the end of the year, when he faces mandatory retirement, with his final race Dec. 31 at The Meadows. "That will make a great New Year's Eve party -- for us and his fans," Burke says. "It will be really cool for the sport." The Belmont Day card features many fan festivities, including a pair tied to Foiled Again. The first 100 people at the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) table in the Racebook will receive Foiled Again towels, a la the "Terrible Towel," and one lucky raffle winner will take home a Foiled Again figurine produced by Breyer. Other activities include: Food and beverage specials at the BBQ Pit on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart/starting gate rides courtesy MSOA; The MSOA's "Spin to Win" contest, with vouchers as prizes; A "Rockin' on the Rail" live concert featuring Ryan Cain and the Ables. The music begins at the conclusion of the live card. For more information, stop by the MSOA information table. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows          

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2018 -- Media Buzz secured the lead past the quarter and went on to capture his second straight win in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Media Buzz zipped to the front from post 6 and found himself in the pocket behind Fly Past Hanover. But Dave Palone preferred the point and moved the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding to the front. Media Buzz held off the late charge of Mac Deeno and downed him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3 while Fly Past Hanover saved show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, who lifted his career bankroll to $123,510, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2018 -- Many 10-year-old horses with nearly $1.7 million in their bank accounts would back off a little, perhaps enjoy a cozy retirement or a frolic in the breeding shed. Not Dancin Yankee. This old gent is still competing and winning at top levels. In fact, he'll be seeking his fourth straight victory in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A $17,000 yearling acquisition, Dancin Yankee showed some promise at 3 when he won a pair of Ohio Sires Stakes legs and was the beaten favorite in the championship. But he's blossomed since then, winning back-to-back OSS titles in 2014-2015, and he's a three-time Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC purchased the son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest last year via Internet auction. "He's always been a good horse, but he definitely got better as he aged," says trainer Ron Burke. "I've always paid attention to him. I think he can race another year or two in top company." (Burke, by the way, will miss the race. He's in France, helping the French American Trotting Club and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York purchase trotters to race at Yonkers later this season.) Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi indicates his partnership gave about $74,000 for Dancin Yankee. "We figured he's worth a good portion of that as a stallion in the right market," Weaver says. "We've had a number of dominant aged horses over the years, such as Foiled Again and Sweet Lou. This guy always was very competitive with them. ""The way he carries himself, the way he looks on the track, you can tell he's a classy animal. I feel fortunate that we get to own him, even late in his career. He's becoming one of my favorites in a short time." His current streak includes wins at Scioto Downs and Yonkers, but Dancin Yankee will need his 'A' game to extend his skein. He'll be facing such stalwarts as fellow millionaire Dapper Dude; Phoenix Warrior N, who also has won three straight; Down-Under wonder Anythingforlove A, and Rancousy, a hard knocker who captured his last start at Pocono in 1:49.1. Dancin Yankee leaves from post 3, with Dave Palone driving. First post is 1:05 PM, with the Preferred Handicap as race 8. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will introduce the Super High 5, a winner-take-all-type wager that has generated huge jackpots and fan excitement wherever it's been offered. The Super High 5 will be featured on the final race of each card. In addition, the program includes a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). Fans may enjoy and participate in a number of special activities, including "Rockin on the Rail," a series of live musical concerts that will take place on the apron each Saturday through Sept. 1. The music begins at the conclusion of the live card, projected for 5:30 PM. Featured band Saturday is Johnny Angel & The Halos. During the live card, fans on the apron can meet the active Standardbred Bellows Binge from the Dirk Simpson stable, an event organized by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). The MSOA also will conduct paddock tours, starting gate rides and a "Pick the Winners" contest, with a $100 voucher up for grabs. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2018 -- Lakeisha Hall blistered the back half in 53.4, putting away a distinguished field en route to a front-end 1:50.4 victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After she seized the lead from post 6, Dave Palone gave Lakeisha Hall a 29.4 second-quarter breather. That enabled the 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall to thwart the first-over bid of Fox Valley Charm and down the pocket-sitting Shesasmokinlady by 1-1/2 lengths. Fox Valley Charm held gamely for show. Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $520,379, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Jack Piatt II. Brady Brown, Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. PICK 5 GUARANTEED AT $10,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its special Thursday, May 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,407.11. In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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, 2018 -- Call For Justice zipped to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment en route to a facile 1:54 victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Call For Justice a 29.3 second-quarter breather, keeping would-be challengers seated. Classic Banker took up the chase first over near the three-quarters and raced well for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Wind Of The North earned show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, a 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who lifted his career bankroll to $479,967, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 28, 2018 -- Southwind Amazon roared through the lane to nip Dapper Dude for the second straight week -- and give harness racing driver Dave Palone one of his six wins on the card -- in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Last week, Southwind Amazon pocketed Dapper Dude and held him off late. On Saturday, he was third behind the millionaire Dapper Dude turning for home, with Arthur Pendragon challenging outside. Rather than take his chances with the Lightning Lane, Palone opted to angle off the cones and show Southwind Amazon racetrack. The 8-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding responded by edging Dapper Dude by a nose, with Arthur Pendragon third. Paul Holzman trains Southwind Amazon, who won for the ninth time in 12 starts this year and vaulted over $600,000 in career earnings, for Ameer Najor. Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple on the 12-race program while three of Palone's victories were for trainer Kevin Johnson. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2018 -- Rose Run Parker powered to the front at the three-eighths and cruised to a decisive 6-1/2-length victory in Saturday's feature, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot, at The Meadows. Rose Run Parker got away second, but when Dave Palone sent him to the lead, the 7-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding glided through the slop and scored in 1:55.1. Drift Away rallied for second while early leader Dont Rush saved show. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, who won for the 45th time in 84 career starts and lifted his bankroll to $897,450, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dan Rawlings and Palone each collected three victories on the 10-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2017 -- Tessa Seelster quarter-poled to the top and cruised home from there, capturing Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace in a sharp 1:51.3. Tessa Seelster was away second for Dave Palone but sat only briefly behind Spreester before powering to the top. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Titania Seelster drew off late, downing Spreester by 3 lengths, while Southwind Roulette shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jonathan Newman. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Flowers N Songs took the $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trotting Handicap with an eye-popping charge through the Lightning Lane that carried her from seventh to first in 1:55.2. Dan Charlino piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $539,503, for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2017 -- While one occasionally sees a Standardbred race without shoes, the barefoot look may become a harness racing trend following the success of Temple Ruins and Sianna Hanover in Wednesday's $93,298 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Trainer Ron Burke removed their shoes for the stake, and each of the 3-year-old filly trotters responded with a victory for Dave Palone. In fact, Temple Ruins blazed home in 1:53.3 to equal Classic Martine's stake record. In the third division, Cantabmymoney blew up the tote board when she upset at 30-1. Temple Ruins, who had never raced sans shoes before, quarter-poled to the front and jogged home, downing the first-over Mimosa Hanover by 7-1/4 lengths, with Kannections Honey third. "I didn't have to pull the earplugs -- she was great today," Palone said. "Ronnie made a great move pulling her shoes -- she loved the racetrack. It's very forgiving and a little deep today. Just when you think Ronnie's out of moves, he comes up with another one." Burke Racing Stable, Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven, who extended her career bankroll to $273,561. Unlike her stablemate, Sianna Hanover had competed without shoes, most recently at the Meadowlands in August. Burke indicated he had been waiting for the right opportunity to try her shoeless again. "The weather's better now. The tracks are deeper. They have more cushion, so her feet will hold up better," Burke said. "When she races barefoot, she's a different-gaited horse. Her gait drops lower, she doesn't interfere, and she trots better. I think I'll race her right back at Lexington on Sunday. She can race barefoot there for sure, and I think she'll really pick up on that track." In the Keystone Classic, Sianna Hanover enjoyed a pocket trip, then shot the Lightning Lane to down Rosesareexplosive by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.1. Early leader Broadway Concert completed the ticket. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity now has banked $183,038 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Seventh by 8 lengths at the three-quarters, Cantabmymoney swung wide through the stretch for Tony Hall and defeated Vodka N Lindy by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dressed To Impress third. Bob Key bred and owns the daughter of Cantab Hall-Missy Money Bags, who was fourth in last week's Buckette at Delaware. "It was the same kind of trip she had at Delaware, but they were sprinting there so it didn't look as good," winning trainer Norm Parker said. "This was a very tough filly to get to the races, but Mr. Key was patient with her. The speed is there, but she's a temperamental filly who might make a break at any time." Mike Wilder piloted five winners -- he swept races 5-8 and got a dead-heat victory in race 9 -- while Palone enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the season's final Keystone Classic, a $68,300 event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2017 -- Owner Brian Gillespie dearly wanted to compete in the 2016 Edward M. Ryan, an Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows who also was a generous philanthropist and accomplished horseman. Alas, Gillespie lacked a suitable horse. But he had good friends in Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, who, on the eve of the Ryan, offered Gillespie's Lone Wolf Stable a piece of their horse, Box Of Luck. That colt made Ryan-Gillespie family history when he captured a Ryan split. Fast forward a year. The Ryan is fast approaching, and Gillespie has no candidate for it. Brocious and Rougeaux step up again, selling Lone Wolf an interest in Tymal Advocate. On Friday at The Meadows, it was déjà vu all over again as Tymal Advocate won a Ryan division. The prospects for a Tymal Advocate victory were uncertain at best; he came into the Ryan a five-race maiden and a handful. "We contacted Brian and offered him a little piece because we know how that is with family," Rougeaux said of the Donato Hanover-Tymal Abracadabra gelding. "You want a shot to win a race named after your grandfather. But this horse is a different bird -- he's wired hot. If you can keep him pointed north, he's okay. We keep him off the track. We jog him down the roads, through the creeks, and he loves it." In the Ryan, Tymal Advocate made a decisive quarter-pole move in the slop for Brian Zendt and drew away to down Cfour Po by 4 lengths, with Raising Kerckhaert third. What A Hunk and Canale Hanover also took divisions of the $49,564 Ryan. What A Hunk moved three wide down the backside to triumph in 1:59.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Bill Daugherty, Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty. Early leader Conservator finished second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Mister Ruff earned show. Daugherty, a successful trainer at Pennsylvania's raceways and fairs, is known for plucking bargains at auctions and developing them into profitable propositions. With What A Hunk, he changed his MO. "Things are getting tougher -- I gave $22,000 for him," he said. ""I gave $27,000 for a yearling once. I'm spending a little money; I don't like to. Everybody wants to buy them for $4,000, but that doesn't always happen." $49,230 Arden Downs -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Friday's Adios Eve card also featured the Judge Joe McGraw, a $49,230 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman filly trotters, with Zoe Bi, Explosive G and Fish Is Fish winning the divisions. Zoe Bi was fastest, scoring in 1:57.4 after being parked the first three-eighths, but she had to survive a bout of what winning driver Aaron Merriman called "crankiness." "I could have got her right out of there; I was just waiting," Merriman said. "She was just extremely cranky today, and I didn't want to gear her up early. She warmed up cranky. She was lunging in the post parade, wouldn't turn. But her talent definitely overrides all that." First Class Act was 8-1/4 lengths back in second, with Keystone Carly third. Chris Beaver trains Zoe Bi, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia Bi who has won three of her four career starts, and owns with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Explosive G had been racing off the trot, so when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent her to the front at the quarter, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Vacation's Over was temporarily out of her comfort zone. "She got a little lost there," Yoder said. "When she got her head in front, she thought it was over. I had to coax her a little bit and pull the plugs. When she got to the front, she was okay. When she gets to the front, she fights." She defeated Win Treasures by a neck in 1:59.4 while Nicole Hanover completed the ticket. Robert Hess owns Explosive G, a $47,000 yearling acquisition. Fish Is Fish unleashed an explosive three-wide move down the backside that surprised Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Andover Hall-Drinks Like A Fish for Ed Teefey. "I was a little concerned," Simpson said of his $14,000 yearling purchase. "I thought she would get a great second-over trip, and then she had to do all that work on the backside. She got a little lazy in the last turn, but when she heard a horse coming, she picked the bit up and finished well." Fish Is Fish had just enough to hold off Diamondstone Us by a neck in 1:59, with Reiza third. Friday's card also featured the $20,000 Walter "Boots" Dunn Memorial Trot, a Preferred Handicap that honored the memory of the late trainer, driver, breeder and fairs official. Call For Justice prevailed for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, one of five wins for Palone on the 15-race program. It was the 12th consecutive victory at The Meadows for the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, although losses at other tracks have been sprinkled in, who extended his career bankroll to $390,917. by Evan Paddock, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 — After collecting career victory 18,000 two weeks ago, Hall of Famer Dave Palone continues to roll to the next milestone.  The “winningest” driver in harness racing history piloted seven winners on Tuesday’s 14-race card at The Meadows. Palone scored a pair of victories each for trainers Rom Burke and Paul Corey and singletons for Brent Davis, Dane Snyder and John Sullivan. Also on Tuesday’s program, players finally solved the mystery of the Pick 5, which had eluded them for three consecutive cards and prompted a $75,000 total-pool guarantee, largest in track history. The Pick 5 returned $6,451 for a $2 ticket. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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