Day At The Track

Phoenix Warrior N scores 11th win of the year

10:58 AM 09 Sep 2018 NZST
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Phoenix Warrior N and driver Jim Pantaleano
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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2018 -- Looped from the gate, Phoenix Warrior N nevertheless overpowered a distinguished field en route to his second straight victory -- and 11th this year -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

A 27.1 opening panel in the slop tested him, but Phoenix Warrior N opened a daylight lead for Jim Pantaleano and prevailed in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Windsong Leo, who rallied from an early break to earn place. The pocket-sitting Vague Traces was third.

Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet Never Walk Alone gelding who now boasts $324,823 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Nick Catalano and Stephen Moss.

Aaron Merriman had eight drives on Saturday's program and made the most of them, collecting five wins, a second and a pair of fourths. Two of those victories were for trainer Bill Rhoades and owner Leah Rhoades. Dave Palone, Pantaleano and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $92,499 stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and an $82,700 event for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM.

by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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