Already used twice earlier in the mile, My Drag Queen still had enough pop in the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace - her second straight harness racing victory - at The Meadows.
Stuck with post 8, My Drag Queen found a seat fifth along the pylons for Aaron Merriman, who moved the 4-year-old daughter of-Kinki to follow the cover of Jans Luck. When Merriman was able to steer her back to the cones, My Drag Queen found new life and brushed past Tremor Hanover to down that rival by 1/2 length in 1:52.
Moonlite Delite rallied wide for show. Marcus Marashian trains My Drag Queen for Bill Bercury.
In Friday’s companion feature, the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, 11-1 outsider Firstclassprincess went from worst to first with a strong first-up charge that carried her to victory for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owner Michael Andrew. Nickie K found late room for second, a length back, with Anastasia Whinnie third in the Lightning Lane.
Firstclassprincess, a 4-year-old daughter of-Princess Pan, now boasts $270,670 in career earnings.
Tony Hall and Merriman drove three winners on the 15-race card.
by Evan PATTAK