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Wednesday’s (June 27) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Running Aces.
Trotslikethewind wins Meadows trot; Palone’s magic number 10
Washington, PA— Trotslikethewind retook the lead past the quarter and made the move stand up as she captured Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Dave Palone drove three winners Wednesday, lowering to 10 his magic number to break Herve Filion’s all-time North American career victory record of 15,180. With The Meadows dark the rest of the week, Palone plans to resume his quest on Monday at The Meadows, first post 12:55 p.m.
After charging to the front for Tony Hall, Trotslikethewind found herself pocketed by Tui. The 7-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Familiar Goal would have none of it. She reclaimed the front and held off the late challenge of Firstclassprincess to down that rival by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Tui finished third.
Andy Rickert trains and owns Trotslikethewind, who now boasts $244,040 in lifetime earnings.
Brett Miller collected five wins on the 15-race card while Hall enjoyed a three-bagger.
— Evan Pattak
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Southwind Inferno (American Ideal) came on late to win the evening’s featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday. The 4-year-old pacer left aggressively and wound up sitting the pocket to the race’s 1-9 favorite, Army Hanover. As the leader tired, Spring Haven Art (Cory McGivern) pounced around the final turn to take the lead but was tracked down late by Southwind Inferno. At 14-1, Southwind Inferno upset for his first win of the season for trainer Andy Sardella and driver Dan Cappello, Jr., stopping the timer in 1:56.2 in the $6,000 event. Spring Haven Art was the runner-up while Zen Major (Stephane Bouchard) was third. Southwind Inferno is owned by Mike and William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein. The victory was one of two on the night for Cappello who also pulled off an upset with overlay Draft Hanover who, despite being the morning line favorite, returned $33.40 to win.
Running Aces kicked off its Wednesday night program with the first 2-year-old contest of the season. Six juveniles, all Minnesota-sired, faced starter John Betts for a $,3000 purse and Hot Scotch, a filly by Hot Pans, strutted the best stuff, winning by 3-1/2 lengths in 2:01.1 including a :29.1 final panel. Trainer-driver Nick Roland put the impressive filly right on the front end and never faced a serious challenge. Ileana Steele (Joey Mapes) came first up at the three-quarter station but had to settle for a place finish with Chippewa Law (Rick Magee) just another quarter length back to garner show dough. In the weekly $8,000 top trot, Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) continued her domination in this class, winning for the third consecutive week. Her 1:58.1 triumph was her ninth of the year. Sand Mr Go (Craig Banks) was just a half-length back in second, but was placed third for a lapped on break at the wire. Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) was placed from third to second. A pair of second leg divisions of the Distaff Future Stars series were also contested with Bianca (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Young American (Tim Maier) taking their respective splits. Driver Nick Roland tripled on the 10-race program to cement his third place position in the dash standings and edge closer to the leaders. Newcomer Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sits atop the Running Aces leaderboard with 22 trips to the winner’s circle in the first 13 nights, closely followed by Rick Magee with 19 and Roland with 18.