Day At The Track

Dapper Dude grinds out Meadows triumph

11:44 AM 09 Feb 2019 NZDT
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Dapper Dude and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. beat Arthur Pendragon to the wire at the Meadows
Chris Gooden photo
TSM Photo Bomber and driver Chris Shaw
Chris Gooden photo

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2019 -- A front-end type for most of his distinguished career, Dapper Dude moved smartly first over and held off Arthur Pendragon in the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.

Once Dapper Dude reached the leader, New Evidence, that frustrated rival broke stride, scattering horses behind him. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Dapper Dude had little trouble clearing the breaker and downing Arthur Pendragon by a neck in 1:53.1. Stride Of Pride, who was bothered by the breaker, recovered to finish third.

Tim Twaddle trains Dapper Dude, a 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who won for the 49th time in his career and lifted his bankroll to $1,310,770, for Micki Rae Stables. Jim Pantaleano was a three-time winner on the 13-race program.

In other highlights of the week at The Meadows:

Camera Lady Gets Picture Taken In $18,000 F&M Trot

Trapped in last week until the issue had been decided, Camera Lady took matters into her own hands in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and scoring under wraps. Aided by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, Camera Lady easily held off the pocket-sitting Bontz N by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4 -- a tick off her career best -- over a "good" surface. Graceful Vision completed the ticket.

Ron Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $291,458, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

TSM Photo Bugger Finds Late Room, Wins Top Trot At 7-1

Veteran TSM Photo Bugger angled off the cones for late racing room, edged past the upstart Uncle Leroy and sprang the 7-1 upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. At 20-1, Uncle Leroy put away the leader, Parkhill Lancelot, but couldn't hold off TSM Photo Bugger, who took off when Chris Shaw showed him racetrack. The 12-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding scored in 1:55.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Uncle Leroy, with early leader Wind Of The North third.

Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts career earnings of $766,198, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM, when the program features a wealth of big-score wagering opportunities, including:

$6,996.33 carryover in the day's first Superfecta, currently race 2;

$5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7;

$5,650.06 carryover in the Pick 5, races 9-13;

$1,295.40 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5.

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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