Wednesday’s (Nov. 13) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Dover Downs and Batavia Downs.
Victory Is Coming wins Meadows feature; Burke nears $20M in 2013 purses
Washington, PA --- Victory Is Coming saved ground until the final turn, then popped off the pylons and brushed by Unefoisdansmavie to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Victory Is Coming sat snugly behind Unefoisdansmavie and Win Missy B as they dueled for the early lead. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer had plenty to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Win Missy B saved show.
Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who now boasts $428,235 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card.
Horses trained by Ron Burke, North America’s perennial leading conditioner, earned $13,148 on Wednesday’s program, lifting Burke’s 2013 purse total to $19,999,479. Although that’s already a record, Burke was positioned to surpass $20 million Wednesday with a trio of horses scheduled to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Burke has 980 training wins thus far in 2013 -- also a record.
-- Evan Pattak
Vic Kirby waited until late in the stretch to uncork Can Do and the 4-year-old came on to score a lifetime best 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Last week’s winner, Green Day, rolled out of post eight for Trace Tetrick to take the early lead. Corey Callahan then moved Looking Hanover up going to the half and took the lead before the three-quarter mark. Those two battled it out in the stretch but Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do overtook the duo to notch his seventh victory of the campaign, lifting his seasonal earnings to $80,360. The Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding has won $151,446 lifetime. Looking Hanover took second with Green Day a close third. In similar style, Roger Plante drove Walter Callam’s Spunky Jack to a come from behind 1:54.4 success in the secondary featured $14,500 trot. Skyway Priss (Trace Tetrick) was runner-up with early leader Musclelaneous (Corey Callahan) the show horse. Vic Kirby and meet leader Corey Callahan had driving doubles.
Red Star Fiona's debut may have been delayed a week, but when she did hit the Batavia Downs half-mile oval on Wednesday evening, she made it worth the wait. A 6-year-old mare, Red Star Fiona ($8.90) went wire-to-wire in her first Western New York appearance and posted a 1:57.2 time in taking the featured $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace by three-quarters of a length over Artsy Princess. V'La Faire (Ron Beback, Jr.) showed late pace and finished third. Red Star Fiona arrived from the Maywood and Balmoral Park circuit in Chicago but was scratched out of last week's Batavia Downs event and the break paid off. Driven by Ray Fisher, Jr., Red Star Fiona set the fractions of :29.2, :59.4 and 1:28 in posting her 12th win of the season. Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) tried to rally in the stretch but could not reel in the winner. Owned by Justin Anfinson and trained by JD Perrin, Red Star Fiona (Island Fantasy-Red Star Tipper) has now earned $34,434 on the season and $69,824 lifetime. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., North America's leading dash driver, notched a four-bagger while Jim McNeight, Ray Fisher, Jr. and Dave McNeight III all had doubles.