Wednesday's (May 14) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Harrington Raceway and Buffalo Raceway.
Daylon Miracle sets Meadows track record
Washington, PA --- Foiled in her bid for the early lead, Daylon Miracle unleashed her frustration on the rest of the field, capturing Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap in 1:52.4, fastest ever by an older trotting mare at The Meadows.
Daylon Miracle hustled out of post six for the lead but was denied by Magic Wheel and had to find a seat fourth. When Aaron Merriman sent her first over down the backside, the 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel quickly disposed of Magic Wheel -- and everyone else. Mistress Valentine was second, a length back, with Vixy third.
The time knocked a tick off the old mark of Unefoisdansmavie, who finished fifth to Daylon Miracle in Wednesday’s race. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts career earnings of $336,787.
In Wednesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Count Me In sat comfortably in the pocket for Mike Wilder, then shot the Lightning Lane to defeat Major Athens by a neck in 1:53.3. Trustworthy Kid earned show.
Marty Wollam conditions the 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $275,691, and owns with Acadia Farms.
Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card, giving him 10 over the past two programs.
-- Evan Pattak
James Moore III’s NF Happenstance ($2.60, Jack Parker Jr.) survived a contentious early pace battle to prevail in the $17,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3 at Harrington Raceway. As the only mare in a compact field of five, the 4-year-old SJ’s Caviar mare fought through a :27.3 opening quarter to gain the lead from Spunky Jack while Awsome Valley was parked on the outside. NF Happenstance kept Awsome Valley parked throughout fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.4 before drawing clear for an open length win. A game Awsome Valley held second over Traverse Seelster. It was the second straight win for NF Happenstance, who reset the track record for 4-year-old trotting mares last week and set a new national season’s mark for trotters on a half-mile track in the process. Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the program. Allan Davis and Vince Copeland each had two.
It's been since March 5 when Ugly Betty last paid a visit to the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway. While knocking on the door, she's been just missing attending the photo shoot. But Ugly Betty turned in a 'beauty' of a race on Wednesday night in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace and got to strike a winning pose once again. Turning in a seasonal best time of 1:56 over a 'good' track, Ugly Betty easily topped You're Too Funny by 1-3/4 lengths in scoring her fourth win in 13 appearances in 2014. After playing 'give-and-go' with You're Too Funny, Ugly Betty set the tempo with fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:27.1. It was then a three-horse breakaway by the time the field of seven hit the three-quarter marker. In the stretch, Ugly Betty ($3.80) was never in trouble as driver Jack Flanigen kept the 6-year-old mare on task and cruised to the line. You're Too Funny (Kevin Cummings) held on for second while Majic Laughter (Jim McNeight) took the show spot as the pair came up empty down the lane. Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) has now amassed $28,683 in earnings this season and $140,645 lifetime. Dennis Dylo handles the training duties.