Biletnikoff confidently took the lead from post eight but had to hold on for dear life late to secure his victory in Friday's harness racing $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
Biletnikoff shot to the front for Aaron Merriman and retook when he was pocketed, leading the field through three-quarters in a snappy 1:23.3. He wasn’t out of danger, though, as Red Hot Scandal, fifth by 3-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch, poured through the Lightning Lane to challenge.
Biletnikoff hung on by a nose to defeat Red Hot Scandal in 1:51.2, with Bongo a rallying third.
Paul Kennedy trains the 7-year-old-Strikeadeeze gelding, who vaulted over $600,000 in career earnings, for Markus Ernst.
Dan Charlino, Eric Ledford and Merriman each drove three winners on the 14-race card.