Final Breath goes first-over in Meadows feature

Washington, PA — Final Breath relentlessly wore down leader Perlucky from first-over and rolled to an easy victory over a distinguished field in Tuesday’s (July 28) $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Final Breath braved a first-over journey to capture Tuesday’s featured trot at The Meadows. Chris Gooden photo.

Perlucky took the lead after a demanding :27.1 opening panel that left him vulnerable. Final Breath and Tony Hall pounced, putting away Perlucky and drawing off to score in 1:52.2, matching his career best. Icanflylikeanangel found the Lightning Lane in time for second, three lengths back, while Jailhouse Sam rallied for show.

Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $648,332, for Duane Lowe.

In Tuesday’s co-feature, the $16,200 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, Blue Ivy survived a contentious first quarter and triumphed in 1:51.4 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous and All Blue lifted her lifetime earnings to $230,060.

Brian Zendt and Merriman each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday (July 29), when the program features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes: the $37,644 Edward M. Ryan for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and the $38,244 Judge Joe McGraw for freshman trotting fillies. On the wagering front, the card offers a $1,842.42 carryover in the early Pick-5, which begins in race two. First post is 12:45 p.m.

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