Inside Express dominates Meadows series again

Washington, PA — It was a different kind of trip, but Inside Express was dominant again, winning her second straight in the $11,000 second leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, for 3- and 4-year-old distaff trotters, on Thursday (March 16) at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows.

In last week’s victory, Inside Express was largely unchallenged on the front end. On Thursday, she trotted patiently in third for Brady Brown, moved three-wide through the final turn, and drew off to score in a career best 1:56.4. Seven Lick Caviar rallied for second, beaten 7-1/2 lengths, with Allforsouthwind third.

Inside Express established herself as the filly to beat in next week’s Mary Wohlmuth Memorial final after a second straight preliminary win. Chris Gooden photo.

Rick Beinhauer trains the 3-year-old daughter of Trixton-Jessies Song, and owns and bred her with Regina Beinhauer.

Dale McConnell Memorial — 3- and 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts, Horses & Geldings

Thursday’s card also featured two $11,000 second-leg divisions of the Dale McConnell Memorial, with Heist and Dwight Hanover taking the splits. Heist and Curadh each won a division last week, and when they got away one-two, it looked as though they would duel throughout.

But Heist, the 1-5 favorite, drew off to an insurmountable third-quarter lead for Dave Palone and ultimately defeated Curadh by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Lloyd Wright rallied for show.

Scott Betts trains Heist, a 4-year-old son of Father Patrick-Miss Paris, for Tim Betts, Tar Heel Racing and Shanamphilankilou.

The championship legs of both the Wohlmuth and the McConnell Memorials are set for next Thursday (March 23).

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Palone joined trainer Ron Burke with three wins apiece on the 13-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday (March 17); first post is 12:45 p.m.

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