Arthur Pendragaon moves first over, wins Meadows $18,000 Pace

Washington, PA – Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first over and wore down the leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday’s (Feb. 15) $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

Arthur Pendragon (#2 – blue) used a steady first-over move to win Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Chris Gooden Photos.

Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late.

But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third. Ron Burke conditions the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding, who now boasts $268,475 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt III. Wilder bagged four winners on the 12-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a triple.

In other highlights of the week at The Meadows:

Converted Claimer I Want Kandy Captures $20,000 F&M Trot

I Want Kandy won her fourth straight in Wednesday’s $20,000 F & M Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Chris Gooden Photos.

When I Want Kandy took a Jan. 21 $8,000 claiming race, it didn’t seem especially noteworthy. Yet it launched a three-race winning streak that carried her to Wednesday’s (Feb. 13) $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Did she belong with the track’s elite distaff trotters?

Did she ever. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy moved first over for Jim Pantaleano and triumphed in 1:59 over a sloppy, tiring track to extend her streak to four. You’re Majestic finished second, two lengths back, with Goodtogo Hanover third. Scott Betts trains I Want Kandy, who pushed her lifetime earnings to $160,388, for Tim Betts. It was one of three victories on the 13-race program for Pantaleano.

Camera Lady Wins Top Distaff Pace, Soars Over $300,000

Camera Lady controlled the mile after a quarter-pole move for Dave Palone and scored for the 46th time in 87 career starts in Tuesday’s (Feb. 12) $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

Graceful Vision was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Medusa rallied from last to third in her seasonal debut. Winning time in the slop was 1:54.4. Tony Hall collected four victories on the 13-race card while Wilbur Yoder fashioned a training/driving double.

Uncle Leroy Upsets At 14-1 In $20,000 Trot

Dismissed at 14-1, Uncle Leroy moved confidently to the lead past the quarter and notched a comfortable victory in Monday’s (Feb. 11) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. The 6-year-old Neely Dunn-Plumao gelding drifted out in the sloppy stretch but held off Northern Skyway by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. Full Surge shot the Lightning Lane for show.

Charles Vigneron trains Uncle Leroy, who extended his career bankroll to $163,181, for Richard McCormick.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday (Feb. 17) at 1:05 p.m., the first of four consecutive Sunday cards. There will be no live racing on the Mondays following those special Sunday programs.

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