Day At The Track

Tony Hall wins Meadows feature & four more

12:28 PM 20 Jun 2018 NZST
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Fox Valley Charm (#5) and driver Tony Hall hold off Lakeisha Hall at the wire. The victory was one of five on the day for Hall.
Chris Gooden photo

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm, who dominated The Meadows' elite distaff pacers earlier this spring, returned to her winning ways in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap with a victory for Tony Hall in 1:50.2, a career best. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card.

So sharp in April and May that she won three straight by a combined margin of 15-1/2 lengths, Fox Valley Charm lost her next three starts. On Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands by enduring a parked-out 27 first quarter and digging in late to hold off Lakeisha Hall by a neck. Rosemary Rose rallied for show.

Dirk Simpson trains the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $292,510, for Peter Karras.

Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Uptowngal became harness racing's fastest 2-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she rolled home in 1:53.4 in her career debut. Dave Palone piloted the daughter of Dragon Again-Victoria Gallery for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable; Phillip Collura; J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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