Tall Cotton survives in Meadows $18,000 trot

10:34 AM 02 Jul 2014 NZST
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Tall Cotton, harness racing
Tall Cotton in prior win
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WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2014 -- Tall Cotton hustled to the lead from post 6, then dug in late to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Tall Cotton, who had been performing most recently at Yonkers, blazed through three-quarters in a demanding 1:23.4, making him vulnerable to the first-over challenge of Tamarind. But when Dave Palone asked Tall Cotton for late trot, the 8-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding responded, holding off Tamarind by a head in 1:53.1. Mike The Trader closed well at 25-1 for show.

Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who extended his career bankroll to $562,431, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Mike Wilder and Palone each drove four winners on the 15-race card.

Elsewhere on the program, Scott Betts earned the initial training victory of his career when Doc Betts' Buckeye prevailed in an $11,500 conditioned pace.

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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