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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2020 -- Blue Ivy made it two straight harness racing wins when she roared through the Lightning Lane and captured Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Play For Pay led the field through mid-stretch, but when Aaron Merriman angled Blue Ivy inside, the 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue was the stronger mare, scoring in 1:50.3 to match her career best. Always Giggling rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Play For Pay saved show.   Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, who won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and boosted her career bankroll to $239,010, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected six wins on the 15-race card while Aaron Merriman and trainer Tim Twaddle each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features a $4,135.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. 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, Aug. 3, 2020 -- Wild Wild Western zipped to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he cruised to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Although Wlld Wild Western had several strong performance this year, including a pair of checks in Graduate series legs, he was without a win in four 2020 starts. The son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra changed that arithmetic when he seated Real Peace and had little trouble downing him by a neck in 1:51.4 for Mike Wilder. Mister Spot A raced well first over for show.   Norm Parker trains Wild Wild Western, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Wilder collected four wins on the 15-race card, including a pair for trainer Dan Altmeyer, while Dan Rawlings fashioned a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $4,509.21 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2), a $1,096.65 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Patttak, for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2020--Catch The Fire hung tough against a host of pursuers Saturday to capture the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows and provide an indelible harness racing career highlight for trainer John Ackley and driver Mike Wilder.   Chief Mate rallied for second at 50-1 while the hard-used No Lou Zing earned show. The winning time over a sloppy surface was 1:49.3.   This 54th edition of the Pace for the Orchids likely was the most unusual thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Usually jam-packed stands seated only a handful of invitees. The apron, usually rocking with fans and live bands, was eerily silent. The presumptive heavy favorite, Papi Rob Hanover, was out of the final with a season-ending injury. As usual, though the horses provided more than enough drama to make up for any missing elements.   After Elver Hanover seized the early lead from post 9, Wilder and Catch The Fire quarter-poled to the point, where they faced a backside challenge from No Lou Zing.   "I was really worried about that horse," Wilder said. "He went a humongous trip in the elimination. He showed he can take a lot of air. I couldn't shake him, and then a whole heard of them came at me. But my horse dug in. He's true grit."   Five horses remained live in deep stretch, but none could reach Catch The Fire, the 9-5 wagering favorite off his elimination win last week. Last year's Kentucky Sires Stake champion, Catch The Fire soared over $400,000 in career earnings.       Charlie Taylor of CT Stables purchased Catch The Fire at Lexington for the bargain-basement price of $15,000. Ackley was so sure that Catch The Fire would go too dearly that he left the auction ring for a sandwich, only to return and find himself the trainer of a son of Captain Treacherous-Dream Outloud. Ackley, who trains a small stable at Ohio's Fayette County Fairgrounds and operated a forklift for 20 years before switching to racing, called the Adios victory the highlight of his career.   "Its a big win, to have a horse that can compete at this level and win," Ackley said. "No way I could have imagined this; it's fantastic."   For Wilder, the triumph was even more emotional. An Ohio native who has been a fixture at The Meadows for many years, Wilder and his family are exceptionally active in many aspects of racing and the community. His wife, Heather, is a popular interviewer on harness shows while serving as president of the United States Harness Writers Association Keystone Chapter. Their teenage daughters, Scarlett and Lauren, also are active in USHWA. Yet even though Wilder has amassed more than 8,300 career wins, he had never finished better than fourth in an Adios final. He choked up as he tried to describe his emotions.   "This means the world to me," Wilder said. "The Good Lord is in control of everything in this world, and I was the lucky man today. It means everything for my kids to see it and for my wife to be here. It's something I'll never forget. It's something that may never happen again, although you wish it would.   "I didn't even think about the empty stands. My family's here. My mother's here from Florida. It means the world to me."   Ackley said Catch The Fire will enjoy a week off while his connections determine his next engagement.   ADIOS NOTES: Trainer Ron Burke had his usual busy Adios Day, starting 26 horses on the 16-race card. They produced five victories for him . . . When Jeff Zidek called Saturday's Adios, he became only the fourth announcer to call the event over its 54 years. The others: Ken Kadar (1967-1973), Charlie Hinkle (1974-1975), Roger Huston (1976-2019).   By Evan Pattak for the MSOA        

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2020 -- Unraced at 2, sophomore harness racing filly pacer Party Girl Hill launched her career this year with four straight victories, including two wins in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. The question: How would she fare when she faced Lyons Sentinel, last year's divisional champion? The answer: Very well, thanks. The two squared off in Saturday's $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, and the brash contender defeated the champ by 1-1/4 lengths in1:49.4 over a sloppy surface. The event was the subfeature on the Adios Day card highlighted by the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. To be sure, when she left from post 3, Tom Hill's homebred daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap had a distinct edge over Lyons Sentinel, who was stuck with post 8. Yet the champ all but erased that advantage by cutting leisurely fractions of 26.2/56.2. Even winning driver Dexter Dunn wasn't sure Party Girl Hill could overcome that. "I thought after that cheap quarter that it might be a hard task for my filly," Dunn said. "The way she traveled up the back, though, she seemed to have the other one's measure. She kicked away in the straight, doing it pretty easy." Dunn moved Party Girl Hill without cover from fourth, and she wore down Lyons Sentinel after a protracted duel. Pettycoat Business completed the ticket.   Winning trainer Chris Ryder said he isn't terribly surprised by the strong start this year of Party Girl Hill, who lifted her bankroll to $143,610. "I expect her to be improving, and she raced like she is," Ryder said. "You can only train them so much at home, but she always felt as good as a horse can feel." He indicated Party Girl Hill would appear next in another PASS leg. Saturday’s Adios Day card at The Meadows was rich with supporting stakes that included a pair of Grand Circuit events for freshmen and two Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Here are the highlights: $59,088 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Last week, Southwind Gendry scored with a covered trip. In the Gov. David L. Lawrence, as this stake is known, he needed no help, powering to the point at the quarter for Yannick Gingras and winning in a stake record 1:51.2. That knocked a tick from the mark set by Yankee Bounty in 2014. “He’s a little bit behind the rest of our colts, but as he figures it out, he’ll be a good colt,” said Ron Burke, who trains the Always B Miki-Gambler’s Passion gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel& Libby. “We knew watching his first qualifier that he’s something special.” Chase H Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Capt Jack Hanover third. Meanwhile, another Burke youngster, Lou’s Pearlman, continued to look like the real deal, extending his career unbeaten streak to four for Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Elizabeth Novak and Howard Taylor. Captain Sleaze was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Great Somewhere earned show. The son of Sweet Lou was so full of himself that Kakaley had him under a snug hold even while sending him on a quarter-pole move to the top. “He has a lot of high speed; he’s impressive,” Kakaley said. “In my mind he’s one of the best 2-year-olds out there. He’s absolutely perfect to drive.” Hellabalou stopped badly last week, and his trainer Eddie Dennis, thinks he knows why. “He struggled getting off the track last week, and the vet thought it was the heat,” Dennis said. “Once we got him cooled down, he was much better. He rebounded really good today.” The son of Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip looked quite comfortable on the point, defeating Sweet Angel Boy by a neck in 1:53 for Andrew McCarthy. Mikibytheseaside completed the ticket. Eric Good campaigns Hellabalou. $35,690 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Uptown Hanover recovered quickly from a brief break in the final turn and went on to cross the wire first. But she was disqualified and placed back to eighth for interfering while on that break, giving the win in the Mary Lib Miller to Fighting Evil and driver Mike Wilder in 1:53.2. Wicked Ways was third-placed second while Southwind Olenna was promoted to third. “Every once in a while, you get lucky,” said winning trainer Dane Snyder. “She raced very good, but she was lost on the front end. She’d never been there before. She’s not very big, and she has a lot to learn, but she has a big heart.” The daughter of Sweet Lou-Evil Fight races for Danielle Snyder and Jason Ash. $187,182 PA Sires Stake — 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the faster $93,591 division of this stake known as the Meadow Bright, the Muscle Hill miss Fifty Cent Piece got to ride a pocket trip, then found clearance up the inside and went on to a 1-3/4-length victory over favored and first-over Shishito in a career best 1:52.2 despite the sloppy surface. Wilder, an hour away from his finest moment in the sport, picked up the catch drive behind the Marcus Melander-trained filly, who had had some rough racing luck in a few recent starts. But the trip worked out fine here for Fifty Cent Piece, a $500,000 yearling who is starting to live up to her pedigree for the S R F Stable. In the PASS division raced over a fast track, Sans Default brought sire Muscle Hill another credit when she also utilized the Lightning Lane for driver Matt Kakaley to stop the clock in 1:54.1. Sans Defaut, whose name translates to “flawless” from the French, lived up to her moniker for the second race in a row, now showing earnings of $180,185 for trainer Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. $80,000 PA Stallion Series — 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Burke started 25 horses in 12 of the races on the card; in the four $20,000 Stallion Series races, he sent out only one. But there’s little question that she was the most impressive one — the Muscle Hill miss Dune Hill, 9-1/2 lengths clear of her field at the end of a mile (while the track was still fast) in 1:52.4, a new stake mark. Dune Hill made a big uncovered move to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras and drew away at will for her third straight win for owner Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Two other stallion series winners clicked as the favorite along with Dune Hill. A popular local winner was the Explosive Matter filly Perth Angel De Vie, who took a new mark of 1:55.3 in off going for driver Bryce Brocklehurst, trainer Harold Brocklehurst and the ownership of Double R Farms LLC, David Obley and Richard Williams, who will see PA Fairs racing start a 2-day stand in their hometown of Clearfield tomorrow. The other stallion series chalk was the Donato Hanover filly Alittlebitofsugar, a 1:55.2 winner in the slop for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Sam Schillaci and owner Peter Barbato. The only non-favorite to visit the winners circle was in the opening race of the day, with the track still fast, when the Father Patrick filly Queso Fresco charged outside on the far turn and finished out taking a new mark of 1:54.3 as the second betting choice. Team Orange Crush — trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy — saw the filly finish second upon acquiring her care in her last start, and she improved on that position by one here for owner Dr. John McKinley. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2020 -- While Saturday's $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids is set for approximately 4:02 PM, the Adios Day celebration kicks off at 11:15 AM with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) live stream from The Meadows winners' circle. The live stream, which will feature celebrity guests, is available on the MSOA Facebook and YouTube pages. In addition, the MSOA will over free Adios Day programs and a virtual hat contest (sponsored by Altmeyer Wilder Racing) with a $250 top prize. Visit meadowsharnessracing.com for your free program or to enter the chapeau competition. The Adios, which goes as race 15, will feature a special Super Hi-5 wager with a $50,000 guarantee. Moreover, the entire pool will be paid out. Ordinarily, the Super Hi-5 jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket with the top five finishers in their exact order of finish. However, The Adios Super Hi-5 pool will be split among all those with correct tickets. The last time The Meadows offered a mandatory Super Hi-5 payout, players bet so enthusiastically that the pool exceeded $300,000 and provided a healthy return for all winning ticketholders. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2020 -- It was only three weeks ago that bettors dismissed Catch The Fire at 63-1 in his Meadowlands Pace harness racing elimination. Today, he's the 3-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday's $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, and it will offer a Super Hi-5 wager with a 20-cent minimum and a $50,000 guarantee. Moreover, while the Super Hi-5 jackpot typically is paid only if there is a unique winning ticket, the payout for the Adios Super Hi-5 jackpot is mandatory, meaning that all winning ticketholders will share the bounty. The card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with advance wagering available Friday. The reversal of Catch The Fire's public perception seems somehow fitting in this topsy-turvy, COVID-19-distorted year, but it's attributable to two solid reasons. First is the horse's outstanding performance in his Adios elimination, which he won with a game 1:49.3 front-end performance for Mike Wilder, trainer John Ackley and owner Charlie Taylor's CT Stables. The second, of course, is the loss of presumptive Adios favorite Papi Rob Hanover, an early divisional leader, who's out for at least the balance of this year with a fractured coffin bone. But even as a yearling, the son of Captaintreacherous out of the Bettor's Delight mare Dream Outloud garnered little respect, bringing a modest $15,000 at Lexington. "We had just bought one for $40,000, and I thought Catch The Fire would bring $75,000 to $100,000, which we couldn't afford," Ackley recalls. "So I went for a sandwich. When I came back, Charlie told me he bought him for $15,000. I couldn't believe it. I went back to look at him again to see if I'd missed something. He is a tad on the small side, but you couldn't find a knock on his conformation." At 2, Catch The Fire more than justified the investment, winning the Kentucky Sires Stake championship and banking $258,547. Ackley, who's based at Ohio's Fayette County Fairgrounds, made harness racing his second career after putting in 20 years as a forklift operator. He's enjoyed success with Ohio-breds, although perhaps his best colt, a Pennsylvania-bred named Lex Vegas, was injured in a highway accident and didn't come back the same. Catch The Fire, who is eligible for most of the season's major stakes, clearly is Ackley's best shot at national impact. "I've known he was special since about the fifth day I had the harness on him," Ackley says. "We're proud to have one that can race at this level and be competitive." The horse also gives Wilder perhaps his best shot at Adios orchids. Wilder has been a top driver at The Meadows for years and has amassed more than 8,300 career victories, but his best Adios final finishes have been a trio of fourths with Basil Hanover, Tarpaulin Hanover and last year with Wild Wild Western. "It's always a thrill to get in the final," Wilder says. "This is our premier race at The Meadows and one of the premier races in our sport. It's a great thing to be part of it. "This horse shows up every time I race him. His strengths? Everything. He doesn't have to have the lead. He can come from the back. I can get caught in a bad spot, and he still can perform well. His versatility makes my job very easy." In addition to the Super Hi-5, the program offers two total-pool carryovers: $2,441.84 in the Early Pick 4 (race 3), $1,908.78 in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). The powerhouse card also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. Here's the field with post positions, trainers, drivers and morning line odds: $375,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids 1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 8-1 2. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 4-1 3. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 3-1 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 5-1 5. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 7-1 6. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 12-1 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 20-1 8. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Brian Sears 6-1 9. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 10-1 by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2020 -- Saturday's $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids promises to be exciting, and now, The Meadows has upped the ante by adding a harness racing Super Hi-5 wager on the Adios with a $50,000 guarantee. Moreover, the entire pool will be paid out. Ordinarily, the Super Hi-5 jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket with the top five finishers in their exact order of finish. However, The Adios Super Hi-5 pool will be split among all those with correct tickets. The last time The Meadows offered a mandatory Super Hi-5 payout, players bet so enthusiastically that the pool exceeded $300,000 and provided a healthy return for all winning ticketholders. In addition to the Super Hi-5, the program offers two total-pool carryovers: $2,441.84 in the Early Pick 4 (race 3), $1,908.78 in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). The Adios Day card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with advance Adios wagering available beginning at noon Thursday. The Adios, which goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, anchors a powerhouse card that also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. While the Adios will be staged without spectators, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is keeping the event festive with a number of digital activities. First, the MSOA will live stream from the winners' circle beginning at 11:15 AM Adios Day. The live stream, which will feature celebrity guests, will be available on the MSOA's Facebook and YouTube pages. The MSOA also will offer free Adios Day programs and a virtual hat contest (sponsored by Altmeyer Wilder Racing) with a $250 top prize. Visit meadowsharnessracing.com for your free program and the chapeau competition. And if you enter, think orchids, think purple. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association is sponsoring the live stream and events along with: Altmeyer Wilder Racing; Amulet Equine Rehab & Conditioning Center; Betts Racing; Billboards on Wheels; Buxton Racing; Corkboard Concepts; Dentons Cohen & Grigsby; Dirk Simpson Stable; Hambletonian Society; Kahrig Racing; Keystone Films; Kristen's Beauty Salon; Pacing for the Cure; Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association; Saxton & Stump; Silverstone Decorative Concrete; Twaddle Racing; Visit Washington County PA; Washington Wild Things and Winbak Farm. The MSOA gratefully acknowledges the support of all sponsors. Here's the field with post positions, Sire - trainers, drivers and morning line odds: $375,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids 1. Later Dudes - Sweet Lou - Brian Brown - David Miller 8-1 2. Capt Midnight - Captaintreacherous - Tony Alagna - Andrew McCarthy 4-1 3. Catch The Fire - Captaintreacherous - John Ackley - Mike Wilder 3-1 4. The Greek Freak - Captaintreacherous - Ron Burke - Matt Kakaley 5-1 5. No Lou Zing - Sweet Lou - Nancy Takter - Josert Fonseca 7-1 6. Sweet Truth - Sweet Lou - Ron Burke - Yannick Gingras 12-1 7. Chief Mate - Captaintreacherous - Tony Alagna - Scott Zeron 20-1 8. Captain Barbossa - Captaintreacherous - Tony Alagna - Brian Sears 6-1 9. Elver Hanover -  Yankee Cruiser - Ron Burke - Chris Page 10-1 By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2020 -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, had a Palone-like day Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven wins that included a sweep of four Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes splits. He shared the spotlight with Dancinginthedark M, who turned in a breathtaking career debut in setting a stake record. Here are the highlights: $37,644 Edward M. Ryan -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Few freshman trotters have debuted as impressively as Dancinginthedark M. He was sitting fifth at the half when Palone cut him loose. The son of Readly Express-Leila responded by gobbling up the field and scoring in 1:55.3, shattering the previous stake mark of 1:56.2 held jointly by Federalreservenote and Billy Flynn.   "There's a lot of quality there," Palone said. "He's had some learning hiccups. But he was able to sit almost two turns, and when I moved him, he was all business. As soon as he cleared, he was on shutdown." To Be Frank was a distant second, beaten 11 lengths, with Clancy's Bar third. Marcus Melander conditions the winner for Menhammar Stuteri AB. In the other Ed Ryan split, Make Sure Its Cold moved first over from third and prevailed in 1:59, 3/4 lengths better than Killer Instinct. Flemsteen completed the ticket. "When we saw him as a yearling, he reminded us of a horse from our past named Dark Magic," said winning trainer Leslie Zendt, who owns the Bar Hopping-Malibu Breeze gelding with Bill Zendt. "He's a little green behind the gate, and he's a little scared of things, but he likes being a racehorse. That's half the battle." $38,244 Judge Joe McGraw -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Flawless Country zipped to the front from post 4 and had nary an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Lexa Hanover by x lengths in 1:56.1. Dearly S earned show.   "I was able to get her around the track in our own fractions," Palone said. "There was plenty left in the tank." Ake Svanstedt conditions the daughter of Southwind Frank-Aleah Hanover and owns with Wolfgang A Stable and Borje Nasstrom. It was much the same scenario for Palone and Gimme Shelter. The daughter of Father Patrick-Skara Brae won on the front in 1:58 for trainer Mike Palone and owners Lone Wolf Stable and Nick Catalano. "Mike has liked this filly all along," Palone said. "She's been push button since the word go. I think she has a good future. She responded when I spoke to her at the head of the stretch and did it all on her own." Myreanna was 5 lengths back in second, with the rallying Mother Lin third. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Adios, which goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, anchors a powerhouse card that also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, The Meadows has added a Super Hi-5 for the Adios with a $50,000 guarantee and a mandatory payout. In addition, the program offers two total-pool carryovers: $2,441.84 in the Early Pick 4 (race 3), $1,908.78 in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). The Adios Day card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with advance Adios wagering available beginning at noon Thursday. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2020 -- Final Breath relentlessly wore down the leader first over and rolled to an easy victory over a distinguished field in Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Perlucky took the lead after a demanding 27,1 opening panel that left him vulnerable. Final Breath and Tony Hall pounced, putting away Perlucky and drawing off to score in 1:52.2, matching his career best. Icanflylikeanangel found the Lightning Lane in time for second, 3 lengths back, while Jailhouse Sam rallied for show.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $648,332, for Duane Lowe. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Blue Ivy survived a contentious first quarter and triumphed in 1:51.4 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue lifted her lifetime earnings to $230,060. Brian Zendt and Merriman each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes: the $37,644 Edward M. Ryan for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and the $38,244 Judge Joe McGraw for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $1,842.42 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The MSOA                        

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2020--When Papi Rob Hanover blazed to a world-record 1:47.1 in last week's eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing world eagerly anticipated what he might do for an encore in the $375,000 Adios final on June 1. Alas, it won't happen, as Papi Rob Hanover has been withdrawn from the final with what his owner, David McDuffee, describes as a stress fracture of his left front coffin bone.   With Papi Rob out, attention turned to Catch The Fire and The Greek Freak, the other elimination winners, who got to select their post positions.The connections of Catch The Fire, after winning the draw for selection order, choose post 3, while The Greek Freak's camp opted for post 4. Papi Rob Hanover's withdrawal opened a spot for Captain Barbossa, who drew in as the fourth place finisher with the highest career earnings.   The Adios, which goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, anchors a powerhouse card that also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. The card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM.   McDuffee said Papi Rob Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover nearing $1 million in earnings after only 16 career starts, including a second-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace, won't race again this year.   "I don't think his injury happened at The Meadows," he said. "I believe it occurred in the Meadowlands Pace when he hopped for a moment and David (Miller) had to take hold of him. If he'd shown any signs of injury, we wouldn't have raced him at The Meadows. You saw how easily he won his elimination."   He said he won't make a hurried decision on the horse's future.   "It's not a life-threatening injury; it will heal in time," he said. "There could be a lot of records he could set at 4. Stallion-wise, he's also generating a lot of interest. He's a very special, smart horse. Papi Rob will be heard from again."   Trainers Tony Alagna and Ron Burke each will be represented by three horses in the Adios. Here's the field with post positions, trainers and drivers:   $375,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids   1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 2. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 3. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 5. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 6. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 8. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Brian Sears 9. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page   By Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2020--Papi Rob Hanover blazed his way to the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in a world record 1:47.1, a world record for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths mile track. Also winning eliminations Saturday at The Meadows were The Greek Freak and Catch The Fire.   Joining the three winners in the Aug. 1 final are Later Dudes, Chief Mate, No Lou Zing, Sweet Truth, Capt Midnight and Elver Hanover. Connections of the elimination winners will choose their post positions Tuesday, with their order of selection determined by random draw. All other post positions will be randomly drawn.   The Adios Day card is a blockbuster, featuring two Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios as well as Pennsylvania Sires Stake and PA Stallion Series action.   The Meadowlands Pace runner-up, Papi Rob Hanover was comfortably in front after quarter-poling to the point for David Miller following Captain Barbossa's unrealistic 25.3 opening panel. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:20.3, but he wasn't done yet, clicking off the final panel in 26.3. Sweet Truth was second-placed third,10-1/2 lengths back, while No Lou Zing was elevated to second.       Brett Pelling, who trains Papi Rob Hanover for David McDuffee, said he wasn't concerned that the swift mile might leave him short next week.   "He came out of the Meadowlands Pace great, and he proves he needs to race. He just needs more racing," Pelling said. "Every race has been better than the one before, so he's on the right track.   "Could he bounce off that? He's a big, strong horse. Nothing's ever knocked him around yet, so he'll be fine."   The time knocked a tick from Betting Line's previous world record. In addition, the mile is the fastest ever paced at The Meadows, lowering Bolt The Duer's former standard of 1:47.4.   Catch The Fire endured a demanding opening panel--26.2 while wide--and held on gamely to score in a career best 1:49.3 for Mike Wilder, trainer John Ackley and owner CT Stables.Capt Midnight was a head back in second, with Elver Hanover third.       "He could have been fourth or fifth in the Meadowlands Pace final, but we got hung up at the top of the lane," Wilder said. "When you're going miles in 1:47, you can't get stopped. Today I wanted to make my own luck. He showed up like he always does."   After a brief skirmish for the lead, The Greek Freak controlled the mile and earned his berth in the final with a 1:49.4 win, fastest of his career and his fourth straight victory. His job was made a touch easier by the break of the pocket-sitting Sandbetweenmytoes as the field straightened for home. Later Dudes was second, beaten 1/2 length, while Chief Mate completed the ticket.       "He's getting better every start," said winning driver Matt Kakaley."He was really, really good again today. We got an easy second quarter. That's what we wanted to do, save some for next week. I'm really happy with him and looking forward to next week."   Ron Burke conditions the Captaintreacherous-Thirty X gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   By Evan Pattak, for the MSOA        

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2020 -- Saturday's Adios eliminations sub-card at The Meadows also featured a pair of harness racing stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $188,682 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. There was action aplenty, as a stake record was matched and a Dan Patch Award winner got off the 2020 schneid. The highlights: PASS -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers After suffering two tough beats to start the year, last year's divisional champ Lyons Sentinel scored impressively in a career-best 1.49:2. Sitting behind swift fractions, she moved first up for Tim Tetrick and downed Alexis's Beach by 2-1/4 lengths, with Rocknificent third.   "She could definitely have three wins already, but today she got the better trip," Tetrick said. "She's ready to go beat somebody for sure." Jim King conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $910,553, for Threelyonsracing. Party Girl Hill didn't race at 2, but she's started her sophomore campaign with a flourish -- four victories without a loss, including Saturday's triumph in 1:49.1 for Dexter Dunn. That equaled the mark Big McDeal established in 2012.   "She's always had good speed, nice manners -- an easy keeper. She always struck us as having class even before we raced her," said Chris Ryder, who trains Tom Hill's homebred daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap. "At 2, she had a broken P1, a bone between the ankle and the foot in the hind leg. It's not unusual for horses, and they heal up, no problem." JK First Lady finished second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Baby Your the Best third. PA Stallions Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Going Gone Hanover earned stake honors with her 1:51.4 win while Dream Dancing provided the tote board pyrotechnics, upsetting at 49-1 for Chris Shaw and trainer Mitchell York, who owns the Rocknroll Dance-Clearly Foxy filly with David Brickell. In her win, Going Gone Hanover retook the lead for Mike Wilder and wasn't threatened from there, defeating a rallying Anthem by 3-1/2 lengths. Wingding Hanover completed the ticket. "I got to drive her last week and kind of got away in a bad spot with her," Wilder said. "I either wanted to get a two-hole trip or try her on the lead today because she raced so good last week first over. Boy, did she ever show up." Brett Bittle trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB for Yankeeland Partners. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 15-race card features an $18,729.84 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 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                 The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for horsemen and horsewomen.     P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 • msoa@themsoa.com                                                                

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2020 -- In 2013, a young Irishman determined that he would make his living in harness racing, and that to do so, he would need to leave his homeland, where the sport is largely a part-time pursuit. Thus, he left County Cork to seek success in North America. And he found it. On Saturday, that young man, Robert Cleary, will mark his first appearance in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows when he sends out Rockin The Aces, the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, in race 9, the final of three $25,000 Adios eliminations. The top three finishers in each elim return Aug. 1 for the $375,000 final. After leaving the Emerald Isle, Cleary landed in Canada, where he worked for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. He soon shifted to the U.S. and launched his own stable, which now includes 15 head, the majority owned by Royal Wire Products of Ohio. Cleary knows his decision to come to North America was the right one. "I grew up around horses, and that's all I really know. That's where I'm happiest," he says. "If you're going to do it, you might as well do it where there's more money." Cleary got Rockin The Aces for his sophomore campaign from owner Robert Barry, who's based in Dublin and follows his horse via the internet. The Rock N Roll Heaven-Mattaroni gelding has blossomed under Cleary's tutelage, winning a NJSS leg as well as the $160,000 final at the Meadowlands in a sparkling 1:49.4. And he's fresh, with only three starts this year. Based on those plusses, he's been installed as a 9-2 selection in the morning line. For all that, Cleary is realistic about his horse's chances. "It's a pretty big step up for him," Cleary says, "but he hasn't done anything wrong, so we have to give him a shot. I would have preferred post 3 or 4. It would have been easier for him to get away from the middle of the gate." Although Rockin The Aces is eligible for the Little Brown Jug, he isn't heavily staked for the rest of the season, so Adios orchids may be his best chance for glory. If he should win and you're trackside to greet the victorious trainer, remember: It's Robert, Rob if you must, never Bob or Bobby. "My mother doesn't mind when it's 'Rob,' but she doesn't like the nicknames that begin with 'B." And you have to make your mother happy." The action-packed eliminations card, which kicks off at 12:45 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $188,682 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event -- and a $16,582.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Here are the eliminations fields with post positions, trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Adios Elimination, Race 5 1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 5-1 2. Roll With JR Jeff Cullipher Corey Callahan 8-1 3. Sandbetweenmytoes Jim Campbell Dave Palone 3-1 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 7-2 5. Put To Right Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 6-1 6. Captain Groovy Ray Schnittker Mark MacDonald 9-2 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 7-1 Adios Elimination, Race 8 1. Somebodyitreasure Andrew Harris Brett Miller 12-1 2. Tru Lou Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 12-1 3. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 8-1 4. Papi Rob Hanover Brett Pelling David Miller 3-2 5. Sea Of Life Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 4-1 6. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 4-1 7. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 7-1 Adios Elimination, Race 9 1 .Rockin The Aces Robert Cleary Brett Miller 9-2 2. No Quarter Brian Brown Dave Palone 9-2 3. Mac's Big Boy Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 15-1 4. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 5-2 5. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 7-2 6. Seriously Hanover Ron Coyne, Jr. Scott Zeron 7-1 7. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 5-1 by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2020 -- Papi Rob Hanover, runner-up in last week's Meadowlands Pace, has been installed as the heavy 3-2 morning line favorite in his harness racing elimination division for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Also tabbed as morning line favorites in Saturday's eliminations are Sandbetweenmytoes (3-1) and Elver Hanover (5-2). The first three finishers in each elimination return for the Aug. 1 final. The action-packed eliminations card, which kicks off at 12:45 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $188,682 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event -- and a $16,582.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Here are the eliminations fields with post positions, trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Adios Elimination, Race 5 1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 5-1 2. Roll With JR Jeff Cullipher Corey Callahan 8-1 3. Sandbetweenmytoes Jim Campbell Dave Palone 3-1 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 7-2 5. Put To Right Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 6-1 6. Captain Groovy Ray Schnittker Mark MacDonald 9-2 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 7-1 Adios Elimination, Race 8 1. Somebodyitreasure Andrew Harris Brett Miller 12-1 2. Tru Lou Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 12-1 3. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 8-1 4. Papi Rob Hanover Brett Pelling David Miller 3-2 5. Sea Of Life Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 4-1 6. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 4-1 7. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 7-1 Adios Elimination, Race 9 1 .Rockin The Aces Robert Cleary Brett Miller 9-2 2. No Quarter Brian Brown Dave Palone 9-2 3. Mac's Big Boy Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 15-1 4. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 5-2 5. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 7-2 6. Seriously Hanover Ron Coyne, Jr. Scott Zeron 7-1 7. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 5-1 by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2020 -- Lou's Pearlman charged through the Lightning Lane to score in Wednesday's $217,856 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows and extend his harness racing career unbeaten streak to three for trainer Ron Burke. The event, known as the Albatross, was contested over four divisions, with Burke and Yannick Gingras teaming to take splits with Fulsome and Southwind Gendry. The Legend Hanover, a 37-1 bomb, captured the other division. A Sweet Lou homebred out of Lucy's Pearl, Lou's Pearlman won his two previous starts with middle moves. In the Albatross, he left for Matt Kakaley but needed the late racing room the Lightning Lane provided to score in a stake-fastest 1:51.4. Captainofrocknroll was 1/2 length back in second, with Captain Sleaze third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Elizabeth Novak and Howard Taylor campaign Lou's Pearlman.   That the Burke Brigade took three of the four Albatross splits is a measure of how quickly the stable's freshman colt pacers have started this year. Burke indicated he began the season with more than 20 horses in this division, and that all have made it to the races. "We have a nice group," Burke said. "Even some of those that didn't win are nice colts. We have good depth this year. We have a couple of real nice Ohio-breds and Indiana-breds. We've spread it out." Southwind Gendry rebounded from a break in his career debut, erasing a 5-length deficit and triumphing in 1:52, 1-1/4 lengths better than Bayfield Beach. Crunch Hanover completed the ticket.   "That was just a little baby break last week when I was pushing him three deep in the turn," Gingras said. "I had to go three deep again today, but I was a little more careful. He's a really nice colt with good potential." The Always B Miki-Gamblers Passion gelding races for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services, and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers While most attention was focused on the Albatross, the subfeature was not without drama of its own. In his career bow, Whichwaytothebeach zipped to the point for Andrew McCarthy and prevailed in 1:51.4, knocking a tick from the previous stake mark held jointly by Jack Attack and Captain Groovy. Roland Mallar conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Swinging Beauty gelding for Alan Johnson and John Craig. Also exciting was the win from post 9 of Bazooka Hanover, who was dismissed at 59-1. The son of Captaintreacherous-Bittorsweet Terror moved several times for David Miller and won in 1:54.1. Blake MacIntosh trains him for Steve Heimbecker. "The 9 hole? That's not an easy spot, is it?" Miller said. "He went a really good race. He didn't race that well last week, but even with a tough trip, he rebounded today." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features three eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers: a $188,682 PASS and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. The program also offers a $16,582.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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