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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2019 -- Classicality dominated Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring in 1:53.1 and soaring over $700,000 in harness racing career earnings. Classicality zipped to the top from post 5 for Brian Zendt, and with Barn Girl challenging but parked, no outside flow could develop. The 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding drew away late to triumph by 8-1/4 lengths. Maewegonow was second while Rainbowinthewest and the game Barn Girl dead-heated for show. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, whose official bankroll now stands at $704,687. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Robert Barnard and owner Christian Apel, while Tony Hall also enjoyed a triple that featured two victories for trainer Tim Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program offers three rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,063.95 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), a $1,776.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a 27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a 29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keystone Chester and prevailed in 1:54. Classic Banker was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Chef Lee finished a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Trustworthy Kid, a 9-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $567,426 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2018 -- Stuck in an uncharacteristic seven-race losing streak, Classicality changed tactics and snapped his skid with a rallying victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality performed well enough during his losing streak, missing the ticket just once while racing at or near the front. To get that elusive win, however, Brian Zendt ducked from post 6 and followed the live cover of PL Jerico. Classicality roared wide through the lane to score in 1:54, 1/2 length better than long shot Dreamsteeler. PL Jerico saw his four-race winning streak end while saving show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, an 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $627,852 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,637.78. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $5,382.20 jackpot in the Super Hi-5, both regular features of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7), Pick 5 (Races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2017 -- Classicality notched his third straight win Wednesday at The Meadows when he overpowered a distinguished harness racing field in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot and scored in 1:53.1 over a "good" surface. Classicality was away second, but Brian Zendt sent him past the leader, Lady's Dude, at the quarter. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding widened his advantage late and downed Lady's Dude by 2-3/4 lengths, with Tamarind third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $484,142. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open 1 Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than the pocket-sitting Rose Run Parker, while Barn Girl gamely held third. Call For Justice, who had won his last nine races at The Meadows, saw that streak end when he finished fifth. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $464,142. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including: the regularly featured $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7); a $2,516.88 carryover for the card's first superfecta; a $1,283.73 carryover for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 27, 2017 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the first-over cover of Bessie, then overtook her in mid-stretch to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Glidinthruparadise broke stride in three straight starts before righting the ship in her last outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, she looked more than comfortable with the track's distaff trotting elite, downing Bessie by a length for trainer/driver Brian Zendt in 1:54.4. Bags For All finished third. Lisa Dunn campaigns the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda, who extended her career bankroll to $122,753. Elsewhere on the card, Count On Cody became harness racing's fastest freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when he won at first asking in 2:00.3. Marty Wollam drove and trains the son of Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady for Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid used a quick backside burst to get by the leader, Barn Girl, then held her off in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was third when, under Dave Palone's urging, he brushed past Barn Girl into the final turn. Although Barn Girl persevered, she fell a length short, with Nothinbutanallstar third. The winning time was 1:55. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, an 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $457,697 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 12-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2017 -- Refreshed by a 31 second-quarter breather, Trustworthy Kid easily repelled his outside harness racing challengers and captured Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid had to work hard for the lead, but when Dave Palone threw on the brakes in the second panel, the 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding got the break he needed. He shrugged off the first-over challenge of Sixteen Mikes and scored in 1:56 over a "good" surface, 3/4 lengths better than Valley Of Sin. TSM Photo Bugger was a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who now boasts $442,697 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins on the 12-race card while trainer Paul Corey enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Washington, PA, Dec. 28, 2016 -- Classicality took advantage of the leader's miscue and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Classicality was first over in pursuit of Cue Hall when that rival made an unforced break, allowing Classicality to slip back to the pylons rather than grind it out without cover. Classicality and Dave Palone did the rest themselves, defeating the rallying Maximum Credit by a length in 1:54.1. Nothinbutanallstar finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $389,867 in career earnings. It was one of six wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Following a break for the New Year's holiday, The Meadows kicks off its 2017 season Monday, Jan. 2, first post 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Trenton, NJ --- If harness racing driver Ryan Harvey were a Standardbred instead of a human, he probably would have sold for half a million at a yearling sale just based on his pedigree. Harvey’s grandfathers, who both passed away this year, are harness racing royalty. Paternal granddad Harry Harvey is a Hambletonian winning driver and Hall of Famer, while maternal grandfather Walter “Boots” Dunn had an eight-decade career and is believed to be the leading amateur driver of all time according to USTA records. “They all joke about it, that if they had pedigree books for the drivers I’d be close to the front page,” Harvey said. “It puts a little pressure on me but I kind of hope to use it to my advantage. I’ll take the attention and obviously it’s given me more opportunities than if I wasn’t Boots and Harry’s grandson.” Ryan drove Famous Mistress -- trained by his aunt Lisa Dunn -- to his first career victory earlier this month at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg, Pa. Since he does not have a registered set of colors yet, Harvey won the race wearing Boots’ colors and helmet, while also wearing Harry’s pants and vest. “I’m going to milk that for as long as I can,” Harvey said. “Once I get my actual set of colors that are registered, I’ll find a way to keep them in the mix.” And while his famous grandfathers have been major factors in Harvey’s career, his dad (and Harry’s son) Leo, has been Ryan’s biggest inspiration. Growing up in Imperial, Pa., in the shadows of the Pittsburgh Airport, Harvey would attend afternoon kindergarten class so Leo, a driver and trainer, could take him to The Meadows racetrack every morning. Instead of sleeping until 8, Ryan was rousted from bed at 6 a.m. to help out at the track. “This probably happened earlier than kindergarten,” Harvey said, “but my memory only started working in kindergarten.” He did the usual chores such as cleaning stalls and feeding the horses. He also had some unusual responsibilities while sitting on Leo’s lap when they drove around the track. “He’s a jokester,” Ryan said. “We’d get up alongside another trainer who was one of his friends and he’d whisper something in my ear to say to them. He’d have little 5- or 6-year-old me yelling out little smart remarks to all these people and then we’d trot right past them. “At the end of the day he’d give me money for the cafeteria to get some food and then he’d send me on to p.m. kindergarten. He made it fun. He got me in there and he didn’t hold back. I don’t think there were many 5-year-olds on the track at that point.” At age 10, a relative suggested Harvey enroll in the Harness Horse Youth Foundation camp, which taught him the sport’s nuances before the end-of-camp race. “Just little things, like braiding the horse’s hair, kind of the ins and outs,” Ryan said. “Even at that point I was ready to get behind a horse and go. I can remember looking forward to that race the whole week.” Harvey won the race, which he and his family recently watched on video. “My camp was at The Meadows, where (longtime Hall of Fame announcer) Roger Huston is,” Ryan said. “He knows my family pretty well. I won that race and he was giving his usual emphatic call. I came across the wire and he said ‘And there’s another driver in the family!’ I think a lot of people could see it coming.” All the while he was learning under Dunn, who lived 100 miles north in Cochranton, Pa. Ryan spent plenty of time there, getting a hands-on education most drivers can only dream of. He would also make trips to New Jersey and almost be in awe of grandpa Harry. “They’re both very important in harness racing in their own right,” Ryan said. “I would see Boots in action and I’d be like ‘All right, this is how it’s done.’ With Harry it was just like ‘Whoa!’” Both were also important to young Ryan. “Harry was more of a look-up-to-as-a-legend type of deal with me, where I kind of thought he was larger than life,” Harvey said. “Anytime I had the chance to say my grandfather won the Hambletonian I would use that to my advantage. “He was 92 when he passed, I’m 23, so most of the time I spent with him he was in his 80s. But he was still training and I was lucky enough to go to his barn. He had an impeccable operation where he was very business-like and no corners were cut. He was a no BS type man and I kind of always looked up to him like he was too good to be true.” And then there was Boots, a constant hands-on influence. “We’d be up here every single weekend,” said Ryan, who now lives at Boots’ farm and takes care of it. “He was more consciously impacting almost my every decision, not just harness racing. Boots would ride in the back of the trailer with the horses, there were no corners cut.” And while Boots assured Ryan he had the talent to drive Standardbreds, Harvey’s mom Kathy urged him to attend college. An admitted bookworm, Ryan said, “I was addicted to horses but I also didn’t want to put school in the backseat. We’d go to fairs and they would overlap with school. I’d take my schoolwork with me and make sure I had that done before anything.” Harvey showed business savvy at a young age, picking dandelions at the barn and selling them to make enough money for a candy bar. He went to the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with an economics degree. The summer after his junior year he got a Wall Street internship at a start-up online publication. Ryan would ride his bike -- a favorite form of transportation he still uses frequently -- from his NYU dorm to work. “Every day I sat behind a desk and basically hated it,” he said. Harvey began re-evaluating his goals and, despite having some job offers on the table, returned home to be with Dunn. After Ryan’s graduation, Boots’ cancer began to worsen and a nursing home was not an option. “He wouldn’t have fared well in that environment,” Harvey said. “He was jogging horses until the day he died. I came up here and helped take care of him and spend some special time with him. That’s when I got out of the job market. From there it’s been harness racing 100 percent.” Harvey and his aunt Lisa now tend to a dozen or so horses in training on Boots’ farm, and also have a broodmare operation that is preparing nine yearlings to race next year. Lisa, who is one of Boots’ daughters, provided Ryan with numerous drives but he went his first 17 without a win. With many of his family members on hand, he was disappointed when his horse broke behind the gate in his first race. “I was kind of getting to the point where I was like ‘All right, I need to do this now or never,’” Harvey said. “She was putting the faith in me, I had to go out there and produce results.” He did just that at the Greene County Fair on Aug. 9. It was only a three-horse race but the favorite, Brauti Hanover, has been winning at a steady rate on the fair circuit. “We kind of went in just hoping to get second, but it turned into a horserace,” said Harvey, who took advantage of Brauti Hanover bearing out and losing ground on the turns. “It was a stretch drive,” Harvey said. “We were pretty much neck and neck, stride for stride. I was just thinking about winning, and after it finally happened I kind of realized what just went down. I could hear my mom screaming and I was really overcome with joy and excitement. It was a special feeling. I think I might have shed a tear under my driving glasses but I was trying to hold back.” It was an exciting drive for Harvey, but not half as harrowing as one that he made at age 18. During his freshman year at Pitt, Ryan helped jog horses at fairs. One day he was approached by a starter who did numerous fairs and was responsible for getting the starting gates from fair to fair. “I guess I seemed like a likely candidate, because he approached me and said ‘Hey young fella, would you drive this?’” Harvey said, still laughing at the memory. “That starting gate doesn’t exist anymore; it was near the end of its life. And I was in this old jeep, if you would go over 55 it would rattle.” Harvey had to make a 150-mile drive halfway across Pennsylvania, from Hughesville to Honesdale. “I’m going down Interstate 80 with this starting gate, probably getting the weirdest looks I’ve ever gotten in my life,” Harvey said. “Even at 23 people probably think I’m not much more than 18. At 18 people probably thought I was 15 driving down the highway with this thing.” It was the kind of experience that colorful careers are made of. The kind of careers that both of his grandfathers had. And while he was disappointed that neither was alive to see his first driving victory, their spirit will live within Ryan forever. As of now, all thoughts are of harness racing. “The fair season’s coming to an end, after that I’ll kind of regroup, get my bearings,” Harvey said. “I just want to get along this summer and try to make next summer better. Anytime I can drive for Lisa, it makes me happy if I can do well for her. But it’s a different kind of feeling if you can do well for others. “I hope to build up the faith and trust from other owners and trainers and kind of get my name out there and see what I can do with it.” It’s a name that people certainly respect in the business -- on both sides of the family. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2016 -- Trustworthy Kid launched a determined uncovered bid in the slop that carried him to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was fifth by 6 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. Although I Know My Chip had fashioned a comfortable first half in 58, he couldn't hold off Trustworthy Kid, who scored in 1:54.4. Tall Cotton shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths behind, while I Know My Chip saved show. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Hall. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, a 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $424,197. It was a big day for Penn Worthy Lane -- three of her offspring raced on the card, and Trustworthy Gal, a 4-year-old Tom Ridge mare, also triumphed for Dunn in a conditioned event. In Wednesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a seemingly insurmountable lead in the lane to nail the favorite, Smokinmombo, by a neck in 1:55. Whata Donato earned show. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $298,716, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $15,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee, two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- and Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Half brothers Trustworthy Kid and Classicality kept it in the family Monday at The Meadows when they finished 1-2 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Classicality was on the lead as the field headed for home, with Trustworthy Kid shoved three wide into the final turn and trailing by 4 lengths. But Trustworthy Kid powered past his kid brother -- and stablemate -- and defeated him for Wilbur Yoder by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Count Me In followed the winner's cover for third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, while Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo gelding. Dunn Stable owns and bred the siblings out of the Lindy Lane mare Penn Worthy Lane. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

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