Friday’s (Jan. 24) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows and Buffalo Raceway.
Visible Gold wins Meadows feature despite long layoff
Washington, PA --- Despite a layoff of 5-1/2 months, Visible Gold grabbed the lead at the three-quarters and held on late to capture Friday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.
Visible Gold was enjoying a pocket trip when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Eddie Sweat. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding showed his toughness when he thwarted the rallying Drumfire A in deep stretch and defeated him by a head in 1:54.3 on a “slow” surface. The first-over PL Dragon was a game third.
Run Burke trains Visible Gold, who won 12 of 18 starts last year, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables.
Aaron Merriman, Brett Miller and Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card.
-- Evan Pattak
Cedarridgetag has been well traveled to say the least since November, making stops at Vernon Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Harrah's Philadelphia, Monticello Raceway and the Meadowlands. This week's stop on his East Coast tour was wind-swept Buffalo Raceway and it was well worth the trip as Cedarridgetag ($40.00) stunned the field in the $10,500 Open Trot Friday night with a 3-3/4 length victory over R A's Shakenbake in 2:01.3. Studio City (Kevin Cummings) had set the tempo in the race with panels of :29.3, 1:00 and 1:31.3 but it was Cedarridgetag and driver Truman Gale who tipped three-wide past the three-quarter pole and blew past the pacesetter, cruising to the comfortable win down the stretch. A :30 last quarter over the "good" track solidified Cedarridgetag's seventh career win. R A's Shakenbake (Ron Beback, Jr.) broke stride going down the backstretch the final time and looked out of it but he managed to get back on gait and impressively closed to take the place position. Heavily favored Southwind Warsaw also broke but couldn't recover in time to be a factor late. Cedarridgetag (Tagliabue-T W Linda) is a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Scott West and Katie Currie. It was his second win in as many starts on the season and moved his 2014 earnings to $8,350.