WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2014 -- Mogul Hanover and Partyatbartsplace each rolled to hisvictory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in the championship of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. That final, along with the championship legs of three other current Meadows' series, is set for Friday, March 28, first post 6:55 PM.
Mogul Hanover spurted to the lead from post 7 forand thwarted the first-over challenge of Fly By Ry to triumph in a career-best 1: 53.4. Energy Shakes shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. trains the 4-year-old -Mary Mattgalane gelding for .
Partyatbartsplace quarter-poled to the lead forand was in command thereafter, downing Dragontattooteen by 3/4 lengths in 1:54. Hickory Little Red rallied for show. Chas Norris conditions Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At -Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable.
In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger charged through the Lightning Lane to head Tamarind in 1:54.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Mike The Trader completed the ticket.drove for trainer and owner/breeder Ted Tomson.
With the victory, the 7-year-old-Rewarding Wink gelding vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings.
Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Palone andeach fashioned a triple.
$15,000 Pick 5 on Wednesday
On Wednesday, March 19, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-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 $4,746.31 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.
by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows