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Holy Halibut cruises in Meadows top trot

12:46 PM 26 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Holy Halibut in prior win at Pompano Park
Photo by Skip Smith

WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2014 -- A newcomer to The Meadows' trotting elite, Holy Halibut made it look easy Tuesday as he captured the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap in 1:54.1 for his second straight victory.

Holy Halibut broke stride in his first two starts of 2013 but overwhelmed the field in winning his most recent outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, he got away third for Dave Palone and powered to the lead at the quarter pole. When he threw down a 56.4 back half, the 6-year-old Holy Guacamolie-CR Gone Fishin gelding was uncatchable.

Tamarind raced well first over for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Call To Post shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Holy Halibut, who now boasts $225,145 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek.

Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each drove three winners on the 15-race card.

On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.

No one has correctly picked the Pick 5 for two consecutive programs, resulting in a carryover of $2,172.08 that prompted The Meadows to offer the “instant” guarantee.

Minimum wager for the Pick 5, which spans Races 11 through 15, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets.

First post Wednesday is 12:55 PM.

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows











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