Washington, PA — After securing a good early seat and being shuffled severely, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday’s (Sept. 11) co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap pace.
Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous-Better B Lucky gelding through a narrow seam, which he negotiated successfully to edge Border Control A by a head in 1:52.3. Winning Is Sweet was a close-up third.
Bill Rhoades trains Butter Bay Hanover for Tom Mucci.
In the other co-feature, also a $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap pace, Western Tyrant made a quarter-pole move stand up, prevailing in 1:52.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $191,446.
Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for Johnson.
Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday (Sept. 14), when the 13-race program features a pair of Keystone Classics — valued at $179,800 — for 2-year-olds. On the wagering front, the card offers an $18,626 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick-4, which begins in race three. First post is 12:45 p.m.