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WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2021 -- Franklin County broke his maiden in spectacular fashion Thursday at The Meadows, springing a 17-1 upset in the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot in a sharp 1:56.3. Treasure Gems K captured the other $12,500 second-leg division in the series for 3-year-old harness racing filly trotters. Franklin County hit the ticket only once in his five previous outings, but he left alertly for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder, settling into the pocket behind opening-leg winner Night Flyer K. The daughter of Southwind Frank - Hiya Lady rolled past Night Flyer K in the lane and held off Wholelotatrot to prevail by a neck for owner McMullen Stable. Night Flyer K saved show. FRANKLIN COUNTY REPLAY   Treasure Gems K controlled the mile for Dave Palone, never enduring a threatened moment en route to a career-fastest 1:55.2 victory. Although her margin over Kommin On Strong was only 1/2 length, Treasure Gems K was wrapped up late. Cash N Chips, who was forced wide by a breaker while rallying, was a hard-luck third. Norm Parker trains the daughter of Encore Encore-Treasure Bank for Norm Parker Stable and Tom Klosky, Jr. TREASURE GEMS K REPLAY   Dan Rawlings, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Palone each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  April 2, 2021 -- Lunar overcame a demanding first quarter to stretch his career unbeaten streak to three in Friday's Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Cheese Omelet took the other $12,500 opening-leg division of the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event honors the memory of Tom Kirwan, whose long, productive career at The Meadows included stints as trainer/driver and stall superintendent. Lunar was hammered down to 1-5 but appeared in trouble early, as it took him the entire quarter to cross over. Once on top, though, he was much the best for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., triumphing in 1:54, 2-3/4 lengths better than Themysteryisover. Manholmes completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Lunar, a Sweet Lou - Crescent City gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. LUNAR REPLAY   Cheese Omelet's victory was more straight-line motion, as the son of American Ideal - Tongue In Cheek gelding exploded to the point from post 2 and held off the late charge of the first-over Pretty Ricki to edge that rival by a nose in 1:54.1. Routhland finished third. Dave Palone piloted for owner/trainer Mike Palone. CHEESE OMELET REPLAY   Wrenn and Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card while Dan Rawlings also enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a pair of carryovers: $4,775.41 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $730.78 in the Pick 5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - April 1, 2021 -- Cash N Chips alertly followed cover, then roared wide through the stretch to score in Thursday's Margaret Provost Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Night Flyer K took the other $12,500 opening leg division in the harness racing series for 3-year-old filly trotters. The event honors the memory of longtime owner/breeder Margaret Provost. Cash N Chips was fifth when driver Hunter Myers moved her off the cones to follow the first-up Kommin On Strong. The daughter of Cash Hall-Sugar N Chips was by far the strongest in the lane, notching the win -- her second straight -- in 1:58.2 over a "good" surface. Early leader Treasure Gems K was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Wonmyheart Hanover finished fourth-placed-third. Steve Bush trains the winner and owns with Alvira Fassett. CASH N CHIPS REPLAY   Night Flyer K was sitting a loose pocket down the backside when the leader, Iglare AM, made an unforced break. Night Flyer K made the most of the opportunity, forging well ahead and defeating Hip Hop Gracie by 5 lengths in 1:59 for Dave Palone. Iglare AM recovered to earn show. Norm Parker conditions the daughter of Winning Mister-Soaring Flight for Norm Parker Stable, George Romanoff and Terry Brewer. NIGHT FLYER N REPLAY   In the $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo worked out a leisurely 57 opening half, then rolled home in 1:52.4 for his fourth consecutive victory. Palone piloted the 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who pushed his career bankroll to $717,607, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Whos Better and Smooth Lou completed the ticket. Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $3,013.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  March 12, 2021 -- Heart On My Sleeve stalked Remember The Beach from the pocket, then blew by him in the lane to capture Friday's $10,000 second leg of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old harness racing horses, colts and geldings at The Meadows. With a win and a second in the two preliminary legs, Heart On My Sleeve assured himself a spot in the $15,000-added championship March 19. Remember The Beach cut a comfortable 57.1 half but was out-tripped by Heart On My Sleeve, who scored for Dave Palone in 1:54.1. Amazon, a 53-1 bomb, rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Remember The Beach settled for show. Ron Burke trains the winner, a 4-year-old Bettor's Delight-Odds On Lassomyhrt gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.The even money second choice in the race, Heart On My Sleeve paid $4.00 to win.   Friday's card also featured a pair of $16,200 Open Handicap events. In the pace, Windsong Leo made it three straight by blistering the mile in 1:50.1, fastest performance this year at The Meadows. Palone, Burke, Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Collura all enjoyed another win. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $710,307. Whos Better and Carolina Beach completed the ticket. Lady's Dude overtook Icanflylikeanangel with a first-over move to win the trot for Tony Hall and continue the big day for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder, The 10-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding now has earned $870,858. Rising MVP finished third. Burke finished with four victories and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $1,105.42 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2021 -- He didn't race as a freshman, but the 3-year-old Whiskey Blu has been making up for lost time ever since. On Thursday at The Meadows, he won his sixth race in as many career starts by blowing away the field in a division of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot. The Great PG took the other $10,000 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt, horse and gelding trotters. Dan Charlino didn't rush Whiskey Blu, allowing him to settle third before making the point with a quarter-pole move. The Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding cruised home in 1:56.2 over a "good" surface, 6-1/2 lengths better than Full Review, with Conrad J third.       Whiskey Blu has won his six races by a combined 21-3/4 lengths for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Great PG, a 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Alix Hall gelding, enjoyed a 32 second-quarter breather and was untouchable from there, scoring in 1:59.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Dana Kahrig and owner Island Sun Stable. Laramie and Alberts Dream completed the ticket.       Thursday's card also featured the second leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, which saw Rebecca and Graymatter Hanover capture the $10,000 divisions. It was the second consecutive series win -- and third straight victory overall -- for Rebecca, who bore out late but still triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver David Wade. Real Diamonds K and Caramel Macchiato rounded out the ticket. Wade and Gerald Brittingham bred and own the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-SJs Minolta.       Graymatter Hanover went wide through the final turn to prevail in 1:58.1 and spring the 9-1 upset for Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt and owners Gary Saul and Frank Van Atta. Wonmyheart Hanover and Guard My Heart finished second and third, respectively, behind the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall.       The $15,000-added championships of the McConnell and the Wohlmuth are set for Thursday, March 16. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Randy Bendis, while Tony Hall fashioned a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM EST. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2021 -- Keep Watching zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, rolling to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Best Derby Native captured the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late owner/breeder/trainer/driver Walter "Boots" Dunn. Keep Watching began her career with 27 straight losses but now has won two straight for her new connections, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Rockridge Racing. Once the 4-year-old daughter of He's Watching-Ravishnmasterpiece made the point for driver Dave Palone, she had little trouble holding off the mild challenge of the first-over Filly Speaks, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:53.4. Lady Sophia earned show.   Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features the opening leg of two series -- The Dale McConnell Memorial Trot and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. On the wagering front, the card offers a pair of carryovers -- $1,608.09 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,249.57 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 26, 2021 -- Friday at The Meadows turned up dreary with temperatures in the low 40s, hardly the ideal climate for harness racing track records. But Jeffery P apparently forgot to watch The Weather Channel. The 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding scorched the mile in the 8th race Open Handicap Trot in 1:51.3, matching the all-age track record shared by Lifetime Pursuit and Tall Cotton, who each achieved it in 2014. Jeffery P was away second for Dave Palone before a quick quarter-pole burst gave him the lead. He widened at the three-quarters and accelerated from there, defeating the pocket-sitting Icanflylikeanangel by 3-3/4 lengths, with Lady's Dude third. The winner clicked off fractions of 26.4/55.1/1:23.1/1:51.3. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $215,098, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, giving him nine over the past two programs. The Super Hi-5, with its jackpot pool fueled by a number of carryovers, was hit, returning $25,959.82. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2021 -- Windsong Leo worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western made the point with a quarter-pole move and withstood the first-over challenge of Carolina Beach. But the danger was lurking on his bumper, where Windsong Leo and harness racing driver Dave Palone were waiting. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored in 1:51.4, 3/4 lengths better than Rock Candy, also in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western saved show. The winner survived an inquiry regarding a possible pylon violation. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 59th time in his career and pushed his earnings to $694,907, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected six wins and Burke five on the 13-race card. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. also enjoyed a big Thursday with three victories. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $22,855.98 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25 -- Seadog Lady, the 1-9 favorite, made a shambles of the harness racing field Wednesday at The Meadows, drawing off as she pleased and capturing the featured $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace in a career-fastest 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Once Seadog Lady turned back the early challenge of Marvalous Song, it was all open racetrack for Dave Palone and the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fionavar Hanover. She defeated Red River Jane by 6-3/4 lengths, with Dream Dancing third.   Ron Burke trains Seadog Lady, who won for the fifth time in 11 career starts, for Dale Towle. Palone and Burke each fashioned triples on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2020 -- Perlucky exploded to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Friday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding already was comfortable on the front when he threw down a 28 third panel, effectively sealing the deal. He scored in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone, 3 lengths better than Wind Of The North while White Tiger rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Perlucky, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $492,339, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Jim Pantaleano piloted five winners and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a $2,334.68 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2020 -- K Ryan Bluechip followed live cover into the final turn, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Thursday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip was sixth down the backside when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Carolina Beach. The 8-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding had enough late to down the ground-saving Wild Wild Western by 1/2 length in 1:50.3. Carolina Beach saved show.   Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $597,459, and owns with J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay and Collin Ryan. Dave Palone collected four wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the program features a $741.64 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2020 -- Western Tyrant followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to capture his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $10,800 co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Western Tyrant was fifth when Dave Palone positioned him behind the first-over Bugger Bruiser. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding moved three wide through the final turn and scored in 1:51.4, matching his lifetime best. Early leader Butter Bay Hanover was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Border Control A third.   Kevin Johnson conditions Western Tyrant, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $196,886, for Richard Briskey. In Friday's co-feature, also a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Kingstons Bad Boy was first over forever before prevailing for Aaron Merriman and giving Johnson and Briskey a sweep of the day's top races. Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, while Merriman fashioned a four-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a $36,480.30 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, Sept. 22, 2020 -- Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her harness racing career, in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a 4-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kellie's MVP shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Tim Twaddle trains Globetrotting, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $205,239, for Thestable Globetrotting. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the 13-race program features a $31,287.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous-Better B Lucky gelding through a narrow seam, which he negotiated successfully to edge Border Control A by a head in 1:52.3. Winning Is Sweet was a close-up third.   Bill Rhoades trains Butter Bay Hanover for Tom Mucci. In the other co-feature, also a $20,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Western Tyrant made a quarter-pole move stand up, prevailing in 1:52.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $191,446.   Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a pair of Keystone Classics valued at $179,800 for 2-year-olds. On the wagering front, the card offers an $18,626 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, Sept. 4, 2020 -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, padded his margin a bit Friday at The Meadows when he captured seven of the card's 13 races. Three of those victories were for trainer Kevin Johnson. In Friday's feature, a $17,900 Open Handicap Pace, Rock Candy was shuffled to fifth after grabbing the early lead but found wide racing room through the lane to pull off the 8-1 upset. Things appeared hopeless for the locked-in Rock Candy before Brady Brown angled him to the far outside in mid-stretch. The 4-year-old Pet Rock-Cotton Candy gelding surged late to edge Prince Of Tides by 1/2 length in 1:51.1, with Carolina Beach third.   Paul Corey trains Rock Candy, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $399,836, for Kenneth Ashba. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Labor Day card that features eight $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships as well as a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $9,734.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $710.01 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2020 -- Arnold N Dicky overcame an awkward first quarter and powered to victory in a stake record 1:54.2 in Wednesday's $204,720 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fly Light captured the other division, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Florida Pro. Both splits were conducted as off-the-card, non-wagering events. Arnold N Dicky found himself between horses early and ultimately stranded outside, forcing him to press ahead for the lead. Bu the son of Bar Hopping-Kalibrated, who was named for cousins of his trainer, Chuck Sylvester, swelled up on the front, drawing off to defeat Ethan T Hanover by 5-/2 lengths, with Padre third. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:54.4 shared by Real Cool Sam and Sutton. "I figured the next time around he'd be in the sires stakes," said Palone, who piloted Arnold N Dicky to a July 20 PA Stallion Series win. "He's just a likeable horse. His little ears were working the whole time he was on the front. There were a couple long shots in there; I wanted to see where they played out. I thought I could let them get around me and work my way back to the front." Sylvester owns the winner with Amy Stoltzfus, Neal Goldman and Gilbert Short. Following a scratch, Fly Light found himself facing only three rivals. Palone said the short field helped dictate his strategy -- get in front, slam on the brakes. "You don't get too many opportunities in a four-horse field," he said. "I thought my best chance to beat the favorite was to walk around there and, soon as I heard him coming, hit the gas. That's what we did. He finished well within himself. He'll make an awfully good colt." In Range, who saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at three, was a length back in second while Tart Tongue completed the ticket. Ake Svansted conditions the son of Father Patrick-Hustle Heart, who broke his maiden in 1:56.3 for Ake Svansted Inc. and Stable Why Not. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Sunny Crockett and Mister Boinga each won his third straight in Wednesday's subfeature while The Irishman, Lindys Booze Cruz and Killer Instinct took the other splits. Tim Tetrick (Mister Boinga, The Irishman) fashioned a stake double. Sunny Crockett was hammered down to 1-5 but had his hands full with the upstart maiden Robert's Hanover. The son of Father Patrick-Moonlight In Miami put his nose in front at the wire to eke out a 1:56 victory, with Father Pats Secret third. "I moved him a little quicker than I should have, and I thought the leader was a little emptier than he was," said Andy Miller, who drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Willow Oak Ranch. "But my horse dug in. He's been steadily improving." Mister Boinga made the point with a quarter-pole move and scored in a career-best 1:57.1 for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Ginger Tree Knox was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Massive Matter earned show. "He pretty much did it on his own," Tetrick said. "But he has an ear hood on and a blind bridle so he can't see or hear me, so I just kind of touched him with the whip and moved the lines a little. He got home in 28 -- pretty good for a young trotter." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $186,382 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $10,874.71 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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