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LADBROKE AT THE MEADOWS ISSUES RELEASE

 MEADOW LANDS, Pa., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Two veteran Meadows drivers were seriously injured in a spectacular four-horse accident at Ladbroke at The Meadows on Sunday night. The accident occurred at the top of the stretch in the 13th and final race of the evening.
 Leading Meadows reinsman Dave Palone and top-notch Meadows horseman Steve LeBlanc were first taken to Canonsburg Hospital and then were taken by Life Flight to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where they were both admitted and are reported in fair condition today.
 Palone, 31, a native of Rices Landing, Pa., is the second-leading driver in North America, with more than 425 wins this season. He has been a dominant force at The Meadows for the past five years and has broken a number of track driving records. Palone has a possible back injury and multiple abrasions, including injuries to his knees and hip. He may need to undergo additional tests at Allegheny General to determine whether he has suffered another back injury. Palone had suffered previous back injuries at The Meadows.
 "Dave is under medication and is out of action for an indefinite period of time," said track spokesman Bob Sabot. "If his tests come out okay, I think he will be back in the bike in a relatively short period of time."
 LeBlanc, 31, of Washington, Pa., the fifth leading trainer and ninth leading driver at The Meadows, is also reported in fair condition. LeBlanc was tossed through the air in the accident and suffered multiple injuries including a compound fracture to his right leg, a broken nose, and numerous abrasions and bruises.
 "Steve will be sidelined for a significant amount of time," Sabot commented. "He's going to need reconstructive surgery and a lot of recovery time."
 The accident occurred just past the top of the stretch in the 13th race Sunday night during a $3,000 Claiming Pace. Jester Maple, driven by Tony McDougal, made a bad break in the lane. Palone was driving Trim Rebel and he couldn't clear the break in front of him and was tossed out of the sulky. Embatted, driven by LeBlanc, ran into the horses in front of him, tossing LeBlanc through the air. LeBlanc landed first on his right leg, which he broke, and then on his face, thus causing the facial injuries.
 Also involved in the mishap were Titan Chip N and driver Ronnie Stamm. Stamm refused treatment and did not go to the hospital. McDougal, whose horse made the initial break, was not injured. His horse did finish the race but was disqualified by the judges.
 "It was an unfortunate accident," Sabot said. "It's one of those things in this business. You know accidents are going to happen from time to time. Luckily for us, considering the number of races we run here, there really haven't been too many."
 None of the horses were seriously injured. Keystone Encore and Tom Davis won the race paying $72.40 to win and the trifecta returned more than $3,000.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Sabot of Ladbroke at The Meadows, 412-225-9300 or 412-563-1224/


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