Tony Hall gets career win 4,000 at the Meadows

09:40 AM 10 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Tony Hall celebrates after scoring his 4,000th career win

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2014 -- Tony Hall notched career win 4,000 when he piloted Precise Accusation to victory in Thursday's sixth race at The Meadows.

"It's a nice number for me," Hall said. "It feels good. I was hoping to get it a little quicker."

Hall, 35, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. While splitting his time between The Meadows and Ohio tracks in 2013, he ranked seventh in wins (155) and fifth in UDRS (.260) at The Meadows.

Hall is working exclusively at The Meadows now, but he expects to continue shuttling between The Meadows and Ohio venues, although any Grand Circuit assignments could change that.

"I don't have any now," he said, "but I've been around long enough to know that can change at any moment."

Hall and his wife, Ashley, are developing a stable they hope will be at full strength soon.

"We have four horses now, but we hope to have 10," he said. "I've always had an interest in training, but it was hard to do when it was just me. Ashley has her trainer's license, and she'll pretty much run the barn when I'm on the road."

Despite a layoff of nearly a month, Princess Pablano followed cover beautifully and scored an 8-1 upset victory in Thursday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Princess Pablano last raced Dec. 13 when she won a conditioned event at The Meadows, but she showed no signs of rust when Mike Wilder tipped her off cover in the stretch. She glided through the slop and triumphed in 1:58.1, three-quarter lengths better than Definitely Mamie. Sam's Princess rallied for show.

Ron Burke trains Princess Pablano, a 4-year-old daughter of Holy Guacamolie-CR Princess Bride, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

Tony HallBrett Miller and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card; Hall's haul included the 4,000th victory of his career.

by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

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