Palone wins 8, including feature

07:41 PM 19 Aug 2014 NZST
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Dave Palone, the “winningest” driver in North American
Dave Palone, the “winningest” driver in North American

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2014 -- Dave Palone, the "winningest" driver in North American harness racing history, padded his total considerably Monday at The Meadows when he won eight races -- including the feature -- on the 15-race card.

Palone collected a pair of victories for his brother, trainer Mike Palone, and three for trainer Ron Burke. He also earned one place finish and two thirds in his 14 assignments.

While a great day for Palone, it wasn't his biggest. That occurred April 21, 2008 at The Meadows when he piloted 11 winners. That's the record for most wins on a single program, a mark Palone shares with Bruce Ranger, Roger Hammer, J.D. Perrin and George Napolitano, Jr.

In the feature, an $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Continual Velocity was used hard twice in the mile but still was the strongest in the lane as she scored in a swift 1:50.3, a tick off the track record for older pacing mares.

Continual Velocity left from post 7 and found a spot fourth at the pylons but soon was out again first over. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity wore down the leader, Certified Ideal, and held off Do Me Honor in the Lightning Lane by 1-1/4 lengths. Certified Ideal saved show.

Burke conditions Continual Velocity, who boosted her career bankroll to $481,775, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

 

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