Mogul Hanover and Partyatbartsplace each rolled to his third straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in the championship of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. That final, along with the championship legs of three other current Meadows' series, is set for Friday, March 28, first post 6:55 p.m.
Mogul Hanover spurted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Fly By Ry to triumph in a career-best 1: 53.4. Energy Shakes shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1 3/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. Paul Kennedy trains the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Mary Mattgalane gelding for Doug Ackerman.
Partyatbartsplace quarter-poled to the lead for Aaron Merriman and was in command thereafter, downing Dragontattooteen by three-quarters of a length in 1:54. Hickory Little Red rallied for show. Chas Norris conditions Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable.
In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger charged through the Lightning Lane to head Tamarind in 1:54.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Mike The Trader completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson.
With the victory, the 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings.
Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Palone and Brett Miller each fashioned a triple. (The Meadows)