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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- Pennsylvania champion Windy Corner showed no signs of resting on her laurels in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows, rolling to her third straight victory. The $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Sonnet Grace and Magical Beliefs taking the other divisions. Windy Corner sprang a 12-1 upset in the Sept. 1 PA Sires Stakes final, but Mike Wilder steered the 3-5 favorite more aggressively Tuesday, sending her to the front at the quarter. She downed Navarone Hanover -- the PA Stallion Series champ -- by a length in 1:57.4, with Wizard Hawk third. "She heard them coming and picked up the bit," Wilder said. "I drove her a couple times this year and had her in bad spots. I didn't want that to happen today. She really raced well." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll, who now boasts $192,805 in career earnings, for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Sonnet Grace had a disastrous PASS championship when she tried to run through the draw gate from post 9 and ultimately broke stride. She rebounded nicely for trainer/driver Rod Allen and Rod Allen Inc. in the Keystone Classic, reaching the point at her leisure and scoring in a stake-fastest and career-best 1:56.1. Fast Reaction was second, 3-1/4 lengths back while early leader Keystone Abbey earned show. "She didn't give me any warning -- just two steps and she tried to duck right out, and when I tried to steer her back, she ran," Allen said of the PASS misadventure of the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. "But she's pretty fresh. She was a little grabby today, wanted to go, wanted to do it. She'll go to the Liberty Bell, and then we'll decide about the Breeders Crown." After her tough beat in the PASS final -- she lost to Windy Corner by a nose -- Magical Beliefs looked the best on paper. Indeed, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic was unhurried until Tim Tetrick moved her from third down the backside. She blew past the leader, Rush Lane, and prevailed in 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Fate Smiled. Explosive Mel completed the ticket. "She's a sweetheart; she makes my job really easy," Tetrick said. "A lot of times I've had to put her on the front, but today, they were going enough, and she'll always pass horses. So I was pretty confident. I never pulled her plugs." Linda Toscano conditions Magical Beliefs, a career winner of $151,686 who has finished first or second in all seven career starts, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- PA Stallion Series champ Kate's Massive rolled through the slop to his fifth straight victory in Monday's $92,499 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Prospect Hill and Ginger Tree Skyr taking the other splits. Kate's Massive hasn't lost since a fourth-place finish in a July 16 stallion series leg, and he showed that his form remains strong despite Monday's trying conditions. He vaulted to the front for trainer/driver Ray Paver and held off the pocket-sitting Ravel by a length in 1:58.2, with the first-over Innisfallen third. "He's pretty lazy on the front," said Paver of Harry and Iris Horowitz' homebred son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate. "I kept yelling at him, but he didn't really seem to care. Paver indicated Kate's Massive will carry his winning streak over to next year as he has no more races scheduled this season. "If he's good enough, there's plenty of money next year," Paver said. Prospect Hill swept all four preliminary PA Sires Stakes legs and, as part of an entry, was the even-money favorite in the $253,000 final. But he made a rare break and had to settle for fifth. He made amends Monday when he notched a facile front-end victory for Andy Miller in a stake-fastest 1:57. Andovers Asset was 5-1/2 lengths back in second while Crossfit completed the ticket. "He just kind of lost his focus a little bit in the final, but he was fine afterwards," Miller said. "It was an uncharacteristic thing last week. He picked a bad time to do it. The track's pretty tiring today, and he was a little tired. I just kept him to his task." He indicated Prospect Hill would be pointed to the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair or the Grand Circuit meeting at the Red Mile. Julie Miller conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, who lifted his career bankroll to $158,233, for Stroy Inc. Ginger Tree Skyr left alertly to stalk Klutzy from the pocket, then blew by in the lane for Tim Tetrick to defeat Klutzy by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Nextroundsonme earned show. "He trotted well on the off track, and he got by a decent horse in the lane," Tetrick said. "He trots, he's willing -- those are always good things. Hopefully he gets a little stronger and a little more speed." Sam Beegle, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika for Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean, said the colt is eligible for the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Breeders Crown. $92,700 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Ron Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card, including a sweep of this stake with She's Allright and Sweet Chrome, the latter scoring at a juicy 22-1. She's Allright raced well in sires states but was bothered by intermittent breaks. She put it all together in the Keystone Classic, overpowering Rockn Philly with a first-over move and defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:52.4, with Pretty N Fast third. "Last week she was so full of pace she ran over top of them (and broke)," Burke said. "I knew she'd be good today. She'll be a real good filly by next year, a top filly. She's eligible to everything this year except the She's A Great Lady." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phil Collura campaign the daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Sweet Chrome trailed by 3 lengths at the top of the stretch but found another gear, roaring by Darn Tootn Hanover to down her by a head in 1:55.1. Pace Baby Pace, also trained by Burke, finished third. "She got home really well," Wrenn said. "Ron said to just trip her out, and she paced home a thousand." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III own the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, PL Jerico found late racing room and surged at the wire to prevail in 1:55.2 for Wrenn, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $217.080. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters and an $88,100 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2017 -- Headed in mid-stretch, Bettor's Up dug in gamely and put her nose in front at the wire in Saturday's $68,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Terrortina pulled off a 6-1 upset of Freakonomics in the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor's Up entered the Keystone Classic off an impressive win in the Simcoe that persuaded punters to hammer her down to 1-9. But she needed every ounce of her grit and speed to reclaim the lead late from the first-over Sweetest Emotion and edge her in 1:52.2 for Brian Zendt. Pittstop Danika rallied for show. "She's little but she's tough, and Brian gave her the perfect drive for what we wanted," said Stacey Currie, caretaker for the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea. "She just wants to fight them off every race. If they come at her, she just digs right in. She doesn't want to give up." Better's Up, who is ticketed for the Courageous Lady at Northfield, now has earned $552,129 for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Freakonomics carried a five-race winning streak -- her cumulative victory margin over that stretch was 19-1/2 lengths -- into the Keystone Classic. But she was facing an improving filly in Terrortina, who was a respectable fifth in last week's Jugette final. "At Delaware, she had a lot of pace and nowhere to go -- we thought she could have been third," said winning trainer Norm Parker. "She came out of it good. It looks like she liked the two heats." Tony Hall sent Terrortina after Freakonomics first up from fourth, and the daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable wore down the 1-5 favorite by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:53. Perplexed earned show. Bob Key bred and owns Terrortina, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $131,904. Parker indicated Terrortina is eligible to a number of late-season stakes but that her immediate schedule is undetermined. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice overcame post 8 to score in 1:54.4 for Dan Rawlings, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mike's Mazurka now boasts $418,167 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the card, Dapper Dude was sharp off a six-week layoff, moving three-wide down the backside to prevail in 1:51.1 in the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace and pad his bulging bankroll to $1,136,880. Dick Stillings piloted the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. 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, Sept. 26, 2017 -- Two AM pulled the pocket out of the final turn and blew past President Lindy to capture a division of Tuesday's $71,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Andy M took the other split in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although President Lindy waltzed through leisurely opening fractions of 28.1/57.2, winning driver Tyler Buter indicated he was confident Two AM would kick by. "I always have confidence in this horse," Buter said. "He was a little flat last week, and he got jammed up. But we had a clear run this week, and we made it count. He has some races left in Indiana, so he'll have a busy October." Two AM downed President Lindy by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.3, with Lars Perry third. Lynette Buter trains the Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding, who won for the 11th time in 17 lifetime starts and soared over $200,000 in career earnings, and owns with Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. Using Lasix for the second time, Andy M enjoyed a pocket trip behind Aplomb Hanover, then roared through the stretch to score in 1:54.1 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Perseverance rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Media Buzz completed the ticket. "I like him off a helmet better, so I'm glad he got covered up," Merriman said. "The addition of Lasix definitely helped; he had some inconsistent last quarters before. He's probably not as fast as some of the others, but he always wants to go forward." The homebred son of Andover Hall-All In The Muscles extended his lifetime bankroll to $221,202. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Homepage used a relentless first-over move for Merriman to pull off a 27-1 shocker. She triumphed in 1:55, 3/4 lengths better than Jewels In Hock, while Classical Annie recovered from an early break to earn show. Andy Rickert conditions the 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition, who now boasts $327,607 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $93,298 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2017 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Photobombr Hanover caught the game but weary leader, Q's Cruise, in deep stretch and pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday's $86,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Normandy Beach took the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Q's Cruise fronted the field through three-quarters in a demanding 1:22.3 after a 54.4 half, fractions that left him vulnerable to the second-over charge of Photobombr Hanover. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrims Witchie brushed wide through the lane for Jim Pantaleano to down Q's Cruise by a neck in 1:50.2, with the first-over Mac Attack third. "He looks on paper like a very strong horse, and he showed up today," Pantaleano said. "Having live cover was good. A half in 54.4 is a pretty good stinger, even for those good horses." Tom Fanning trains Photobombr Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $150,597, for Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz and Fanning Racing LLC. Normandy Beach enjoyed brief cover down the backside, but when his cover slipped back to the cones, he was left to pursue the leader, Summer Side, on his own. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion was up to the task as he gobbled up Summer Side and held off the rallying Mac's Jackpot by a head in 1:51.1 for Matt Kakaley. Summer Side saved show. "I've always liked this colt," Kakaley said of Normandy Beach, who earned $160,369 at 2 but just more than half that amount this year. "I guess the 3-year-old season didn't really go as planned, but he still has a chance to make some money with the late races." Ron Burke conditions Normandy Beach for William Donovan. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Knocking Around ground out a tough first-over victory in 1:51.1 for Pantaleano, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. The 7-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding now boasts $364.783 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2017 — Like Clockwork accelerated out of the final turn and blazed through the lane to extend his career unbeaten streak to six in Saturday’s $83,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wes Delight captured the other division in the stake for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers. Like Clockwork took the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship on the front end, but winning driver Mike Wilder indicated he was hoping to chase a helmet with the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding in the Keystone Classic. “I wanted to race him out of a hole,” Wilder said. “I’ve been putting him on the lead because it’s just worked out that way. He stepped up to the plate every time. But he’s tremendous out of a hole. He just loves a target.” Like Clockwork and Wilder dropped in fourth, followed live cover and poured it on late to triumph in a career-best 1:52.2. Early leader Ideal Flip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Iluvtomakemoney third. Angela Porfilio sent out Like Clockwork for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. Wilder noted that Like Clockwork has several stakes remaining, including the Breeders Crown. “I’m not saying he’s that kind of horse, but he sure hasn’t shown me he’s not, either,” Wilder said. “It might sound crazy, but if they would go a 1:21 (three-quarters), they would never get away from him. Who knows what he could do? Wes Delight was hammered down to 1-9 off his third-place finish in the PA Sires Stake championship, and, abetted by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, he lived up to the billing, downing Go West Go Fast by a measured length in 1:53.1, with Yupper third. “I hadn’t driven him before, but on paper, he looked the best, so I wanted to be on the front,” said winning driver Tony Hall. “That second quarter definitely helped.” Mark Harder trains the son of Bettor’s Delight-Maid West and owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Saturday’s card also featured a pair of events for The Meadow’s elite performers. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Fawn De Savage took control with a first-over surge and rolled home in 1:53.1 a life mark, for Dave Palone, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Fawn De Mon Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft now boasts $369,421 in career earnings. Lincolnjames took the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, despite a parked-out 26.3 opening panel, for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding won for the 23rd time over the past two seasons and extended his lifetime bankroll to $289,927. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman and Hall each fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows will take a week’s break from live racing to allow the track to prepare facilities and the racing surface for the fall/winter schedule. Live racing resumes Saturday, Sept. 23, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 13, 2017 -- A combined 0-12 lifetime entering the day, Win Treasures (9-1) and Island Town (8-1) sprang harness racing upsets in Wednesday's $102,700 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Win Treasures had flashed talent, finishing in the money in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg and a PA All Stars event. But the daughter of Winning Mister-Treasure Forever also made breaks that kept her a maiden. Winning driver Tony Hall said the key Wednesday was keeping her quiet while scoring down. "I have all the confidence in the world in her, but sometimes she can be a little rank," Hall said. "I wanted to keep her calm, keep her nice and relaxed. I went super-conservative with her scoring down, fed her into the gate, and everything worked out perfect. When she gets off on the right foot, I think she's as good as any filly around here." She responded like a polished professional, dropping in third from post 7 and attacking the leader, Bill's Lady, in the lane. She downed that rival by a neck in 1:56.4, with Fish Is Fish third. Norm Parker trains Win Treasures for owner Bob Key. Island Town took home a check in all five PA Stallion Series legs -- including the championship -- but Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, indicated lack of confidence prevented her from winning. "We started off early with her and just kind of let herself get set," he said. "The more she did and the faster she went, the more confidence she got. It took her a little bit to find herself." In the Keystone Classic, Island Town exploded from the pocket in the lane for Dave Palone and blew by the leader and 2-5 favorite, Front Circle -- who made a frustration break and was disqualified from second -- scoring in 1:56.1. Explosive G and Southwind Angelica were promoted to second and third, respectively. Bay Pond Racing Stable owns the daughter of Yankee Glide-Doin The City. Key, Palone and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features an $83,300 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2017 -- Ron Burke figured to be a force in Tuesday's $86,498 Keystone Classic at The Meadows -- he trains eight of the 17 freshman filly pacers who dropped in -- but he was even more dominant than that, teaming with harness racing Matt Kakaley to sweep the event with Double A Mint, Strong Opinion and Majorsspeciallady. Double A Mint turned in the most powerful performance, rolling to a facile 5-1/2-length victory over stablemate Danikova in 1:52.4 and lifting her bankroll to $115,499 for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Dandy Farms and Silva, Purnel & Libby. She's In For Life completed the ticket. "She gets better," Burke said of the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Double Creme, who will be pointed to stakes at Hoosier Park and the Red Mile. "She tries harder. She's a typical Bettor's Delight -- they try." Strong Opinion finished a disappointing seventh in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, but Kakaley Indicated there was a good reason she couldn't get more involved. "She was third over in the last turn, not really in a terrible spot, but a horse broke in front of her and took her out of the race," he said. "I've loved her all along. She's beautiful to drive, and she goes when you ask her to go." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Well Said-Rough Sketch made the lead with a quarter-pole move and had little trouble holding off Sarpa Hanover by a length in 1:53.3, with Ana Hanover third. Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt II, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Silva, Purnel & Libby campaign Strong Opinion, a $50,000 yearling purchase. The victory by Majorsspeciallady was more tactical than flashy; when Kakaley gave her a soft opening half of 58, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See Major waltzed home in 1:54.1, a length better than Aims Whisper. The first-over Cult Icon earned show. "She hasn't always been in the right spot, but she's the kind who definitely will get better with age," Burke said. "The thing about her is, when she's in with horses she's supposed to beat, she beats them." He indicated Majorsspeciallady, a $30,000 yearling acquisition, is headed to engagements at Hoosier Park and the Red Mile for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva Stables. North America's perennial leading trainer was a factor elsewhere on Tuesday's card, as his 5-year-old Shadow Play-Titania Seelster mare, Tessa Seelster, captured the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace for Dave Palone in 1:52. Shesasmokinlady was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Yankee Moonshine rallied for show. Tessa Seelster now boasts $490,913 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jonathan Newman. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $102,700 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2016 -- On a brilliant fall Saturday, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino brought down the curtain on its 2016 stake season with four Keystone Classics for harness racing 2-year-olds competing for total purses of $460,796. The freshmen were as brilliant as the weather, as Caviart Wonder, Giveitgasandgo and Caviart Cherie all established stake records. Scott Zeron sparkled as well, piloting five stake winners -- the three record-setters among them. Zeron's cache included three victories for trainer Noel Daley and a pair for Caviart Farms. Highlights of Saturday's Keystone Classics: $111,399 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The record by Caviart Cherie may have been the most unlikely -- she entered the Keystone Classic a six-race maiden. Her trip was improbable as well, as Zeron sent her inside Big City Betty, who was jumping shadows for Aaron Merriman and making Zeron's winning move more perilous than usual. "Aaron took the three-wide path to be safe, and I just kind of squeaked up the middle," Zeron said. "It opened up a doorway for me to take, and my filly responded." The daughter of Well Said-Caviart Sarah scored in 1:51.3, eclipsing Robin Cruiser's previous stake mark of 1:52. Big City Betty settled down to finish second, 3 lengths back, while Terrortina shot the Lightning Lane for show. Daley conditions Caviart Cherie for Caviart Farms. Brazuca and V String captured the other divisions. Although Brazuca upset PA champion Agent Q in a Liberty Bell division, bettors sent Agent Q off the favorite. Just as she did in the Liberty Bell, Brazuca zipped to the front for Dave Palone and held off Agent Q by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Gotthisone Hanover was third. "I don't ever watch the tote board," said Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times -- acquired as a yearling for $65,000 -- for John Cancelliere and plans to send her to the Breeders Crown. "I come with my filly prepared to the best of her ability, and we go. And I'm lucky enough to have Dave driving her. He does a great job with her." With four fillies in the hunt late, V String had just enough to hold off Pittstop Danika by 3/4 lengths for Zeron, Daley and owners The OK Corral and Andrew Roberts. "When I was able to get that second-over trip, I was going to take it every day of the week," Zeron said. "The flow was nice and solid, and when I asked her to go three deep, she was great." $103,800 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot There was nothing unlikely about the performance by Giveitgasandgo. It was his seventh straight victory and extended his bankroll to $264,240. He was parked with cover past the quarter but prevailed in a career-best 1:54.4, erasing the old stake record of 1:55.2 held jointly by Keystone Activator and Pilgrim's Taj. The time also equaled Sutton's track record and is the fastest in this division this year on a five-eighths-mile track. Meteoric was second, beaten 1/2 length, with Monsta Hanover third. "We definitely went a lot faster fractions than I wanted to," Zeron said. "But he delivered when it came down to it. I tried to slow him up down the backside to give him a breather at some point in the mile, and I think I almost put him to sleep. He's a great big horse, so it was hard to start him back up again late." John Butenshoen trains the Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover ridgling for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, David Miller, Lawrence Means and VIP Internet Stable. The other division went to Andy M, who broke his maiden in 1:57 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Soho Hanover missed by a nose while Equestrianconxtion completed the ticket. "He's high speed, but it's the end of the year, and he's starting to feel it a little bit," Merriman said. "He was a little more bumpy than usual, a little rougher, and I had to help him a little, but he trotted the turns super." $119,399 2-Year-Old Filly Trot When Caviart Wonder blitzed the front half in 27.2/56, even Daley, her trainer, figured she would come back to earth. "Once she did that 27.2, I thought she'd be in a bit of trouble," Daley said. "She's a beautifully gaited little thing, and she's been bomb proof all year. But I didn't think she was that good." Yet Caviart Farms' daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done kept right on truckin', prevailing in 1:54.2. She lowered Fashion Athena's stake record of 1:55.1, Frau Blucher's track record of 1:54.4 and trotted the fastest mile in her division this year on a five-eighths mile track. Dangle Then Deke was 5-1/2 lengths back in second, with Miss Da Line third. Daley said Caviart Wonder, a $20,000 yearling purchase, is eligible for the final of the Kindergarten Series. Gin's Tonic and Crann Tara took the other splits. Gin's Tonic had lost all 10 career outings before Mike Simons guided her to a Lightning Lane score in 1:56.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than Trixie Dust. Long Driveway earned show. "We've been taking our time with her, and she she's been in with some really tough horses," said J. Neal Ehrhart, who trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-Don't Say Don't -- an $8,000 yearling acquisition -- for Virginia Ehrhart. "So we didn't abuse her. We raced her where she was comfortable. You've not seen the best of her yet." Crann Tara ground out a first-over victory for Marcus Miller, trainer Linda Toscano and owner William Donovan, putting away EZ Passer by 3/4 lengths. Lexi Marie finished third. "It was a pretty measured move," Miller said of the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Riches. "I thought as long as she didn't make a mistake, she was the best one in there, so I was being pretty careful getting her through the turns." $126,198 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace When Dragnet Alert blazed to a world-record 1:49.2 at the Red Mile last week, it was the mark of Sheer Desire and Palone that he wiped out. So there was a poetic touch when Palone swung into the sulky behind him for the Keystone Classic. The Dragon Again-Jettin Jenna gelding responded with a front-end score in 1:52 for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms Racing. Maconupwithedragon was a ground-saving second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Photobombr Hanover third. "I think he'd rather chase than be on the lead," Palone said. "He has a lazy way about him. But as soon as they came to him, he swelled up. I just didn't want to take any chances." In his division, Eddard Hanover matched that time with a front-end score for Mike Wilder, 2-1/2 lengths ahead of the rallying Mike's Z Tam. Northwest Yankee earned show. "I got to drive him on Adios Day, and he really raced huge. He circled the field and got nailed in the lights," Wilder said. "Today, I wanted him on the point if I could get there, and he was great. He grew into a nice colt." Ron Burke trains the Dragon Again-Edra Hanover gelding for Burke Racing Stable, JJK Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Summer Side, the 1-5 favorite, had to fight off a stiff challenge from Point Somewherelse to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, with early leader Cinnabar Dragon third. Zeron drove the son of Well Said-Beachy Lady for trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns with Howard Taylor. Summer Side now boasts a career bankroll of $161,936. "It became a duel down the lane, and my horse was never on the front before," Zeron reported. "He was a little lazy up there. It was an all-out stretch drive, and it made for a great race." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2016 -- Pressured every step of the mile on the lead, Lispatty dug deep late and triumphed in 1:50, establishing a stake record in Tuesday's $71,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds captured the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers, giving Jim Pantaleano a stake sweep. Lispatty no sooner assumed the lead than she was challenged by I Said Please, forcing her to a demanding three-quarters in 1:21.1. Even more ominous, the favorite, Newborn Sassy, was stalking from the pocket, just waiting for an opening to pounce. But the daughter of McArdle-Lisbella found more, holding off Newborn Sassy by 1/2 length, with Drag N Sand third. The time erased Weeper's previous stake record of 1:51. "I was surprised she had so much left because we took a lot of heat," Pantaleano said, "and (Newborn Sassy) was getting a great trip. She was tired but tried real hard when Newborn Sassy came to her. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains Lispatty, who lifted her career bankroll to $178,125, for Gilbert Garcia-Owen. I Said Diamonds is so quick from the gate that she usually zips to the top and makes the field catch her. But in the Keystone Classic -- her first start since being scratched from the Jugette after an unauthorized person was discovered in her stall -- she found herself in the pocket chasing Terror At Night. "The beginning of the race set up a little goofy, so I don't think Jim had any choice but to sit there," said the filly's new trainer, Christen Pantaleano. "I was a little bit nervous that she wasn't on the lead, but it worked out good for her." I Said Diamonds kicked by Terror At Night in the lane and downed her by 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1 while Yankee Moonshine earned show. The daughter of Well Said-SilksnDiamonds now has banked $428,857 for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Christen Pantaleano indicated I Said Diamonds has one stake remaining this year and likely will race at 4. $69,400 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers At 2, Ideal Jimmy was on top of the world, earning $293,185 and Pennsylvania's divisional crown. He came back to earth this year, beginning his sophomore campaign with 12 consecutive losses. Then, he won a Liberty Bell division at Harrah's Philadelphia and followed that up with a good second in a tough Yonkers overnight. In the Keystone Classic, he took another step on the comeback trail, winning on the front end for Marcus Miller in 1:52, a length better than Wagon Master in the Lightning Lane. Arthur Pendragon completed the ticket. "He just wasn't himself early in the year, but it seems like he is coming back," Miller said. "He feels like the old Jimmy that we knew last year. He was a little sick, a little off, just something here and there, but it seems like he's put it together now." Erv Miller conditions the Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding for owner/breeder D.R. VanWitzenburg. In the other split, 13-1 More Dragon went from worst to first with a late rally that carried him to victory in 1:52. Fernando Hanover was second, giving trainer Ron Burke an exacta sweep, while Another Daily Copy completed the ticket. More Dragon had experienced recent breaking problems, and winning driver Aaron Merriman feared he would jump it off again. "He got really, really rough in the last turn," Merriman said. "I thought I had him, and then I had to gather him up again. His talent overrode it. As soon as he got in the straightaway, he probably paced his last eighth in 12 seconds. He's extremely fast." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills campaign the Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $139,122. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton converted a pocket trip to his 40th career victory for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. The winner's stablemate, I Know My Chip, was second, 1/2 length back, with the favorite, Classicality, third. Tall Cotton now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $798,141. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features the $160,000 PA Fairs Championships. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2016 -- Following a three-week break, live racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes Monday, Oct. 3, with a harness racing card that features a pair of Keystone Classic stakes worth an estimated $181,000. The Meadows will race three days per week -- Monday, Tuesday, Saturday -- in October and will add Wednesday programs for November and December. In addition, the track will offer a special Christmas-week card Thursday, Dec. 22. Each card will include a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 wager, races 4-7. First post for each remaining 2016 program is 1 PM. The October line-up features a rich menu of stake races, with total purses estimated at more than $900,000. In addition to the re-opening day events, the stakes include: Tuesday, Oct. 4 -- $140,000 (est) Keystone Classics; Saturday, Oct. 8 -- $160,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships; Saturday, Oct. 15 -- $425,000 (est) Keystone Classics. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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