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Meadows driver Palone reaches 15,000 career wins

| Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

Waynesburg native Dave Palone became the second driver in North American harness racing history to win 15,000 races when he piloted Boo's Boy to victory Tuesday in the 10th race at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

"This really is special, knowing that only one other guy has reached 15,000," said Palone, who began the day with 14,996 wins. "Now that it's out of the way, the next thing is to go for the record, I guess."

Herve Filion, who holds the North American record with 15,180 victories, attended the races and congratulated Palone.

Palone, 50, has called The Meadows his home throughout his career. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2011 and he has collected at least 532 wins every year since 1992.

If he keeps winning at his current clip, he'll be poised to break the record in July.

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