Classic Martine opens campaign with a win

10:27 AM 01 May 2014 NZST
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Dan Rawlings
Dan Rawlings

WASHINGTON, PA, April 30, 2014 -- Classic Martine, Pennsylvania's divisional co-champion in 2013, successfully launched her harness racing 4-year-old campaign Wednesday at The Meadows by overcoming post 9 and cruising to victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot.

Classic Martine earned a share of the PA championship when she and Frau Blucher finished in the fastest trotting dead heat ever in the sires stakes final at The Meadows. There was no such drama Wednesday, as Dan Rawlings pushed her to the lead in 27.3 and gave her a 30.2 second-quarter breather. The daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days scored in 1:55 on a sloppy surface, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie. Mistress Valentine was third.

Chris Oakes trains Classic Martine, who extended her career bankroll to $553,724, for Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold.

Rawlings and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race program.

Friday's card at The Meadows features four divisions of an $80,000 PA Stallions Series stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM.

Evan Pattak

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