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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        

Mike Wilder has driven in more than 55,000 races in his 30-year harness racing career, but never in the final of a Meadowlands Pace. That, however, will change this weekend. Wilder makes his first trip to The Meadowlands Racetrack for its signature event Saturday, when he will sit behind Catch The Fire in the $631,650 race for 3-year-old male pacers. "It's nice to be a part of that," said Wilder, who has won 8,276 races while competing mostly in Ohio and Pennsylvania. "It's not like every year you know you're going to be in a certain race. Obviously, I've been driving 30 years and it's my first time, so it takes a good horse. It takes a good horse and being at the right place at the right time. "Catch The Fire has been a really good horse. He's pretty special." Of the Meadowlands Pace final's 10 drivers, Wilder is the only one making his first appearance. The last driver to win the Pace in his first try was Tim Tetrick with Southwind Lynx in 2007. Catch The Fire heads to the Meadowlands Pace final off a seventh-place finish in last week's single elimination. The colt started from post eight, was last in the 10-horse field at the half, and rallied with a :25.4 last quarter-mile to grab a spot in the final. He starts Saturday from post two and is 10-1 on the morning line. Elimination winner Tall Dark Stranger is the 7-5 favorite. "The (elimination) was kind of tough the way the race shook out," Wilder said. "That being said, he raced terrific. That horse, he just shows up. Even the other night, he was seventh, but he showed up. He had to pace :25.4 to get the job done and he did it. "I was very happy to see where he drew in the final, it gives him a chance to be part of the fight. Hopefully things shake out good and we get the right trip and get some money. It would be nice to win the race, everybody wants to win, but I don't think there is any question he could be able to grab some of the prize money." Catch The Fire was purchased for $15,000 at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Charles Taylor's CT Stables and trained by John Ackley. The horse's sire, Captaintreacherous, won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace. His dam, Dream Outloud, is a half-sister to Life'sliltreasure, who produced 2016 Meadowlands Pace winner Control The Moment. Wilder has driven Catch The Fire in all but one of the colt's 14 career starts. Last year, Catch The Fire won the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and was third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. He has won four of 14 races lifetime, hit the board a total of 10 times, and earned $260,047. "He was pretty special last year," Wilder said. "The first time I raced him, he's not a real big horse at all but John told me not to worry about the size of the horse, he's a very nice colt. That particular day, he was second in the (Pennsylvania) sire stakes at The Meadows. He paced home in :26.3 and you don't get many horses that can do that, especially a 2-year-old. I knew then that I had my hands on something pretty nice." Wilder is an Ohio native and won 13 driving titles at Lebanon and two at Scioto Downs before moving to The Meadows in western Pennsylvania in 2001. Over the past 10 years, he has annually ranked among the top-five drivers at The Meadows in wins and purses. Five times in the past six years he has finished second to perennial Meadows driving champ Dave Palone in wins. This season, Wilder leads drivers at The Meadows in purses with $1.1 million and is second to Palone in wins with 126. Overall, Wilder has won 142 races this year, ninth best in North America. Catch The Fire could keep Wilder on the road for a number of Grand Circuit races. The colt is staked to the North America Cup, Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, Cane Pace, Messenger Pace, Tattersalls Pace, and Matron Stakes, not to mention the Delvin Miller Adios at Wilder's home track. "You hope the horse stays healthy and sound and wherever they choose to race him I'm sure he is going to fight," Wilder said. "With the right trip, he's always going to kick home for you, he's always digging. That's how you get paid. This horse can get to the (first) quarter in :26 and then he comes home in :26. I think that's what it takes to be a horse at that level and I think he's proven himself to be that kind of horse. "I'm really looking forward to the season with him and I'm really looking forward to Saturday night being in the Meadowlands Pace." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a jam-packed stakes slate Saturday at the Big M. The card also includes the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, Dorothy Haughton Memorial for older female pacers, Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, and the third leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Following is the field for the $631,650 Meadowlands Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Roll With JR-Corey Callahan-Jeff Cullipher-20/1 2-Catch The Fire-Mike Wilder-John Ackley-10/1 3-Captain Barbossa-Brian Sears-Tony Alagna-10/1 4-Allywag Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Brett Pelling-5/1 5-Tall Dark Stranger-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/5 6-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-15/1 7-Chief Mate-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Major Betts-Dexter Dunn-Mark Harder-10/1 9-Papi Rob Hanover-David Miller-Brett Pelling-4/1 10-Captain Kirk-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-15/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Mike Wilder was anxious to drive. He was 10 years old and already helping his stepfather David Ritter around the family's harness racing stable, doing stalls, bathing horses. But his desire to jog a horse for the first time was overwhelming and he was constantly bringing it up. Finally, Ritter relented. "He said he would let me jog," Wilder said. "He told me he was going to let me jog Yukon Knox." Wilder momentarily had second thoughts. "Yukon Knox was probably the heaviest headed horse we had in the barn," Wilder said. "He was a big puller. I had seen the men out there with him, and I thought he had to be kidding me. I told him, 'I'm not jogging him.' He said, 'Then you don't want to jog.' I thought to myself, well, I want to jog, so I'm going to do it. "The crazy thing about it, I took that horse out and he never grabbed on. It was amazing. It was like he knew a kid was behind him. I think they get a feel, maybe the way you talk to them or the way they feel the lines in your hands. He just knew. He kept me safe. "I came back in and I was laughing. (The others) were in awe and couldn't believe the horse jogged that way. It was just something crazy." Such was the unofficial start of a career that has seen Wilder go on to win 8,229 races. "I got into this sport because of my stepfather," Wilder said. "When I got to be about 8 years old, I just fell in love with the horses. It was just one of those things. All I wanted to do was race horses. All I wanted to do was be a driver. He helped me pursue that dream and got me started." The family was based at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, usually with a stable of 15 to 20 horses. Wilder followed Ritter and his mom, Rhonda, to the county fairs and Lebanon Raceway. "The fairs were big for them," Wilder said. "I can remember being in the center field when our horses were racing. They'd be coming off the last turn and we'd be running in the center field just screaming like crazy, running with the horses. "My parents did well around the fairs. I remember how exciting it was to get our picture taken with our parents in the winner's circle and running across the track to get there. They used to call me and my little brother Ritter's Critters. They'd say, here comes Ritter's Critters across the track. You couldn't wait to get to the next fair. You could imagine yourself being in the sulky, that being you someday." At the age of 12, Wilder trained his first horse, going a mile in 2:21 with pacer B D's Rebeck at Latonia in northern Kentucky. About the same time, he started warming up horses at Lebanon Raceway. "I was warming up horses, not only for my parents but for other stables," Wilder said. "I just wanted to be out there so bad. Just to get out there under the lights, here I am, this little 90-pound guy that looks like I'm in about the fourth grade, warming up horses for these different stables. They knew my parents and they knew how much I was involved and wanting to do it. "It's crazy that they would give me the opportunity, but it was great. I loved getting out of school and getting down there to do that." Wilder began driving in matinees at the age of 14 and got his first raceway win at 18 at Lebanon, bringing home a 39-1 shot named C H S Cress, who was trained by his parents. "I had the rail, got away second, and sat the inside," Wilder said. "In the last turn I thought I was never getting free, but I was in the fight and the adrenaline was pumping and I was excited. Then the floodgates opened, and I found room to get through. I won by like half-a-length. I thought I'd won the Little Brown Jug that day. I was on cloud nine. That win has stuck with me forever." Wilder won 13 driving titles at Lebanon and two at Scioto Downs before moving to The Meadows in western Pennsylvania in 2001. "I was blessed enough that when I graduated high school, I got tied into some pretty nice stables that gave me the opportunity to try to be a driver," Wilder said. "It worked out great. There's such a list of people that helped me along the way." Over the past 10 years, Wilder has annually ranked among the top-five drivers at The Meadows in wins and purses. Four times in the past six years he has finished second to perennial Meadows driving champ Dave Palone in wins. This season, he was second in wins at The Meadows with 86 and first in purses with $784,432 when racing was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also had 10 wins at Northfield Park and his 96 total victories were tied for seventh in North America. He won 380 races in 2019, the second-best season of his career. "I didn't want (2019) to end, but boy did it take off like a fireball in 2020," Wilder said. "I've got great barns to drive for, I can't ask for anything more. I can't wait to get back to it. I'm just hoping everybody stays healthy and safe and when the time is right, we can get this ball back rolling." Until it does, he's got a lot of fond memories to look back upon. "It's funny how I cannot remember much of my childhood as far as school or stuff like that," Wilder said. "But the racing, it's just like I was there yesterday. You just don't forget." by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2020 -- Feel The Muscle overcame post 9 by following cover and kicking home strongly to score in Tuesday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Enzio sprang a 9-1 upset in the other $12,500 second-leg split in the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Dale McConnell is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Feel The Muscle picked up the live backside cover of Danny's Boy. When Mike Wilder tipped him off that cover through the final turn, the 4-year-old Muscle Hill-Macy Lane gelding roared past Danny's Boy and downed him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 -- a life mark despite the sloppy conditions. Long shot Norwegian Dad rallied for show.   Charlie Norris trains Feel The Muscle for Share A Horse Inc. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Lakeisha Hall rallied wide through the stretch to triumph in 1:53.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. The 7-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $772,489. Burke collected four wins and Palone three on the 13-race card. After multiple carryovers, the Super Hi-5 was hit, with the sole winning ticket returning $22,913.72 Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2020 -- Rock N Teen let Zanetti do the heavy lifting on the front end, then blew by him in the lane to score in a career-best 1:53, fastest harness racing division in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Gumption and Arrhythmic Storm also captured $12,500 opening-leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The series honors the memory of Zendt, a trainer, driver and patriarch of one of The Meadows most prominent and successful clans. It's one of four late-closing events that kicked off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Zanetti reeled off a blistering 1:23.3 three-quarters, making him vulnerable to the pocket-sitting Rock N Teen. Indeed, when Mike Wilder cut him loose, the 3-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Dance With Me Tina gelding roared passed and defeated Zanetti by 1-3/4 lengths. Chicken Nugget completed the ticket. Norm Parker trains Rock N Teen for owner/breeder Bob Key.   Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Scott Betts, while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $18,605.15 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA - March 6, 2020 -- Reading, Writing & Harness Racing. That may be a twist on the traditional version of the "Three R's," but it was the order of the day Thursday when The Meadows drivers participated in national Read Across America Week/Dr. Seuss Day activities by reading to students at a local school. Drivers Jason Merriman, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder visited Trinity North Elementary School near The Meadows and read to children in grades K-4. The horsemen read selections from Dr. Seuss and Bonnie Worth's If I Ran the Horse Show: All About Horses. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and its members have participated in the event. Wilder has been a volunteer reader every year. "When our qualifiers were finished, I got pretty excited about going to the school," Wilder said. "I couldn't wait to get there and see the kids' faces light up." After reading, the drivers took questions -- some about racing, some about their personal lives. "They asked what's your horse's name, so I explained that we drive many horses," Wilder said. "They asked how many wins do you have, have you ever been hurt, how fast do the horses go. For young kids, they asked pretty good questions. "The whole event is a great deal. I love it and would never turn down the opportunity." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                            

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2020 -- Officially My Way had it her way on the front end, scoring her second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Officially My Way was pressed early in a three-ply battle for the lead, but driver Mike Wilder threw on the brakes once on top, giving the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Eagle Way comfortable internal panels of 58.3. Officially My Way had plenty in reserve, defeating Play To The Crowd by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2, with Lady Grande third.   Tom O'Donnell owns and trains the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $133,084. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Mike Palone, while Wilder also fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $9,788.34 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,691.27 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 31, 2020 -- Bettor Than Spring fended off multiple challenges to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace, and help his driver, Mike Wilder, to a five-bagger. Tony Hall also enjoyed a stellar afternoon, with four wins on the 13-race card. Once Bettor Than Spring was forced to a 26.2 opening panel on a "good" surface, he faced multiple threats, including a Lightning Lane brush from the pocket-sitting Do Work Son. But the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight-Spring Break gelding toughed it out and downed Do Work Son by 1/2 length in 1:53, with Mister Spot A third.   Randy Bendis trains Bettor Than Spring, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $185,746, and owns with Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $3,552.82 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, Jan. 13, 2020 -- Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday's co-feature harness racing trot at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned evemt. Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn't shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by 1/2 length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third.   Carl Cocciolone trains the winner, who now boasts career earnings of $257,095, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. In the other co-feature, also an $11,500 Conditioned Trot, IC Caviar overpowered the field with a 1:55.1 front-end victory for Mike Wilder and trainer John Sullivan, who owns the 9-year-old Malabar Millennium-Lady Caviar gelding with Michael Marocco. IC Caviar pushed his lifetime bankroll to $286,985.   Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterlei rallied from last for show.   A 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Ice Fortune K, the winner lifted his career bankroll to $242,654. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $4,151.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $701.91 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2019 -- Breaktime Hanover waited patiently inside, then charged through the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild 5-1 upset in Thursday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Breaktime Hanover grabbed the early lead from post 7 but found himself shuffled to third at the three-quarters. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Best Chance Hanna gelding surged when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. pointed him inside and scored in 1:53.1. Statham N was second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Bit Ofa Tiger N third. Ron Burke trains Breaktime Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $175,337, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Breaktime Hanover Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2019 -- Jimmy's Little Girl found herself in unfamiliar territory when forced to move three wide near the three-quarters. But she was up to the task as she captured her second straight leg -- and third consecutive win overall -- in Tuesday's Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers Monday at The Meadows. The series concludes Friday, Dec. 30, with a championship leg worth an estimated $15,000 to $20,000. Jimmy's Little Girl began her current streak with two front-end victories, yet the 6-year-old daughter of Big Jim-Sheer Horse moved wide willingly for Mike Wilder and scored in 1:56 in the slop. Big Chute missed by a head in the Lightning Lane, while Velocity Gretchen earned show. Sarah Andrews trains Jimmy's Little Girl, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $123,371, and owns with Brian Carsey and Adam Friedland. It was one of five wins on the 13-race program for Wilder. Elsewhere on Monday's card, Perlucky won his third straight in the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, exploiting a pocket trip and prevailing for Dave Palone in 1:54.3. Ron Burke conditions the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding, who now boasts career earnings of $340,909, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. With his two Monday victories, Tony Hall raised his career total to 5,997. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $101,806.41 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. On Wednesday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host a holiday party in the Racebook. All guests are invited to attend, enjoy free refreshments from 1 PM to 3 PM and play Plinko. Prizes include a t-shirt, a mystery voucher, a race program and "Pick a Prize." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2019 -- Hammered down to 1-9, Jimmy's Little Girl was every bit as dominant on the harness racing track as she was on the board Monday at The Meadows, cruising to victory in the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares. The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated purses between $15,000 and $20,000. Soon after Jimmy's Little Girl released The Spinster N near the quarter, Mike Wilder sent her to the point again. The 6-year-old daughter of Big Jim-Sheer Hose never had an anxious moment thereafter, scoring in 1:54.2 in the slop. The Spinster N held second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Velocity Gretchen third. Jason Robinson trains Jimmy's Little Girl, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $117,621, for Robert Main. In the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Whats The Word shot the Lightning Lane to pull of a 10-1 upset for Aaron Merriman, trainer Scott Betts and owners Tim Betts, Nick Catalano and Stephen Moss. Wilder, who tallied 17 wins last week at The Meadows, continued to pile up victories, with four more on the 13-race card. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each fashioned a triple while Bob Key enjoyed a big day with three wins, all with horses he bred and owns. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: an $85,012.93 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,099.56 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2019 — Enjoying a bit of class relief, Art Of Norma moved impressively first over, made short work of the leader and captured Tuesday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Art Of Norma had been collecting checks, but no wins, against the track’s elite pacers, and the drop in class was just what the doctor ordered. When Brady Brown moved her down the backside, she easily overtook the leader, Our G G, and prevailed in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Ms Cheesman. Danikova Hanover finished third. Paul Kennedy trains Art Of Norma, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Up Front Norma who now boasts $124,261 in career earnings, and owns with Keith Pippi. In Tuesday’s other co-feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Matterlei extended her winning streak to three for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $74,304.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $3,536.66 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2019 -- Icanflylikeanangel relentlessly pressured the harness racing leader, Final Breath, passed him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Monday's $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Icanflylikeanangel was fifth past the half when Mike Wilder sent him first up. Despite having to negotiate a "good" surface, the 5-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding wore down Final Breath and prevailed in 1:54, matching his career best. Whats The Word shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Final Breath saved show. Randy Bendis trains Icanflylikeanangel, who extended his career bankroll to $291,776, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Tony Hall and Wilder each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $68,077.56 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. 11 -- Star Caviar had to duel three wide for the early lead, but once on top he was much the best in capturing his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. The first two wins in his streak came on the PA Fairs circuit, but Star Caviar showed plenty of raceway mettle, thwarting the extended first-over challenge of Just Fly Beyond to prevail for Mike Wilder in a career-best 1:56. The pocket-sitting Town Hall Justice was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Just Fly Beyond saved show. Spencer Kahrig trains Star Caviar, a 3-year-old Caviar Crown-Missy Star K gelding, for Melvin Straley. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Brady Brown and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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