Day At The Track

Claiming series opener to Enoch

11:28 AM 11 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Enoch and driver Dave Palone
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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 10, 2019 -- Enoch quarter-poled to the front and easily held off the late challenge of his stablemate, Latest Desire, to capture Tuesday's opening-leg harness racing division of a holiday series at The Meadows for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers. Mississippi Rabbit took the other $12,000 split.

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.

Dave Palone let the dust settle before moving Enoch, and the 6-year-old Panspacificflight-Kieanna's Angel had little trouble from there, downing Latest Desire by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Big Dutch finished third.

Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed the exacta sweep while Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Frank Baldachino registered the owners' win.

Tuesday's card also featured the opening leg of a holiday series for $10,000 claiming horses and geldings, with the splits going to Nathan Feelsgood and Nobettorplacetobe.

Tony Hall piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 13-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features an $89,374.07 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM.

By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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