Party At The Banks sets Meadows track record

Washington, PA — The conditions certainly didn’t bode well for Party At The Banks in Tuesday’s (July 21) $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A rapidly moving thunderstorm rendered the track sloppy shortly before the race, and Party At The Banks — the lone mare in a distinguished field — found herself parked the opening half.

Party At The Banks rewrote the record book for older distaff trotters at The Meadows with a 1:52.1 effort in Tuesday’s Open Trot. Chris Gooden photo.

Yet, the 6-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K and Beach Party As was bigger than all that, as she blazed to victory for Chris Page in 1:52.1, the fastest ever mile trotted by an older mare at The Meadows. The time erased the mark of 1:52.3 established by Cowgirl Hall in 2014. Early leader Icanflylikeanangel was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Perlucky third.

Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $367,668, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

Mike Wilder collected four wins — including a pair for trainer Dan Altmeyer — on the 15-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday (July 22), when the 15-race program features a $14,183.69 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 as well as a pair of stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings: a $217,856 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. First post is 12:45 p.m.

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