Friday’s (Oct. 18) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Batavia Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Charisma Hanover survives inquiry, wins Meadows top F&M pace
Washington, PA --- Charisma Hanover, Pennsylvania’s 3-year-old filly champion, captured Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows, but she had to survive an inquiry to secure the victory.
On top as they turned for home, Charisma Hanover bore out to the center of the track, where Do Me Honor was rallying. Following a review, the judges found no interference and certified the win in 1:52.3. The winner’s stablemate, Darena Hanover, finished second, a half-length back, while Do Me Honor was third.
Dave Palone drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Caught The Bouquet, who pushed her career bankroll to $416,979 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Palone drove four winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card. Eric Ledford also enjoyed a triple.
-- Evan Pattak
A drop in class proved to be the right move for Headingforaruckus Friday night as he captured the $7,000 Open II Trot at Batavia Downs. After competing recently in the Open Trot, Headingforaruckus ($6.80) may have faced a softer group but that didn't stop him from setting a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 in scoring the 1-1/2 length victory over Fiorentina. It was a battle to the quarter pole as Headingforaruckus (Dream Vacation-Headaches) played give-and-go with Fiorentina (Ken Holliday). Headingforaruckus managed to settle into the top spot and set the fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.2. He was never in serious jeopardy of giving up the lead as David McNeight III kept the 6-year-old gelding on task the entire mile. Escrow Blue Chip (Ray Fisher, Jr.) raillied and took the show position. It was the third victory of the season for Headingforaruckus who is owned by Dennis Beaver and trained by Jim Graham. The win pushed his 2013 earnings to $25,967 and $87,347 lifetime.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) became the sixth different horse to win the Open Trot in as many weeks at Saratoga on Friday night. The Roman Lopez trainee made his local debut in the $15,000 feature off of strong miles at Batavia and Vernon Downs in his previous two starts. Stephane Bouchard piloted Mr Web Page and moved the 3-2 favorite three wide off of cover and tracked down front running Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) before drawing clear late to win in 1:56.4. Victory Tax held on for second while last week’s Open winner Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) closed for third.