Day At The Track

Murderers Row goes deep in Meadows series opener

11:16 AM 18 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Mike Wilder, harness racing
Mike Wilder had four winners at The Meadows
Heather Wilder Photo

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2014 -- She wasn't wearing pinstripes, but Murderers Row knocked one out of the park Friday at The Meadows when she blew away the field in 1:59, fastest of four divisions in the opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Soaring Flight, Best Glider and Sand C-Four took the other $12,500 splits, with Tony Hall and trainer Tye Loy teaming for a pair of victories (Soaring Flight, Sand C-Four).

The powerful New York Yankees line-up of the Babe Ruth era was nicknamed Murderers' Row; the equine Murderers Row comes by her version of the moniker naturally, since the Donato Hanover filly is out of Housethatruthbuilt. Hammered down to 1-9 Friday, she zipped to the lead for Dave Palone and drew off late to down the pocket-sitting She Glides by 5-1/2 lengths. Jessie Rae rallied for show.

Ron Burke trains Murders Row for the Chuck Sylvester stable and owners Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz.

In Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Santa Fe Beachboy took advantage of hot early fractions to notch a second-over victory in 1:51.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Brian Brown and owner Santa Fe Stable. Big Risk was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while early leader Windsong Jack saved show. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Santa Fe Yankee pushed his career bankroll to $113,093.

Wilder drove four winners on the 14-race card while Hall and Palone each enjoyed a triple.

by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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