On Wednesday, March 26, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. No one has correctly picked the Pick 5 for two consecutive programs, resulting in a carryover of $2,172.08 that prompted The Meadows to offer the "instant” guarantee. The minimum wager for the Pick 5, which spans Races 11 through 15, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 12:55 pm.
In racing action, a newcomer to The Meadows' trotting elite, Holy Halibut made it look easy Tuesday as hecaptured the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap in 1:54.1 for his second straight victory.
Holy Halibut broke stride in his first two starts of 2013 but overwhelmed the field in winning his most recent outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, he got away third for Dave Palone and powered to the lead at the quarter pole. When he threw down a 56.4 back half, the6-year-old Holy Guacamolie-CR Gone Fishin gelding was uncatchable.
Tamarind raced well first-over for second,1-1/2 lengths back, while Call To Post shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Holy Halibut, who now boasts $225,145 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek.
Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each drove three winners on the 15-race card. (The Meadows)