Pinned along the cones with no apparent route to victory, E Dee’s Well Said shot through an unexpectedly available Lighting Lane to capture Monday’s $15,000 second leg of the Ruby Cook Memorial Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows.
On Saturday afternoon, April 21, The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est.) finals of four current late-closer series, including the Ruby Cook.
E Dee’s Well Said led after a quarter-pole move but was shuffled to third turning for home. When the pocket-sitting Dance For Kisses opted to attack the leader outside, Jim Pantaleano guided E Dee’s Well Said through the Lightning Lane. She prevailed in 1:56.3, three-quarters of a length better than Strong Coffee. Dance For Kisses finished third.
Christen Pantaleano trains E Dee’s Well Said, a daughter of Well Said-Eternity’s Delight, for C Jimmy D’s Racing.
In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid also used the Lightning Lane to spring a 17-1 upset for Dan Charlino and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn, edging Call For Justice by a nose in 1:56.4. The 9-year-old SJ’s Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding extended his career bankroll to $527,227.
In something of a rarity, three offspring of Penn Worthy Lane competed on Monday’s program, with the Glidemaster mare Igotsomethingtosay also getting a win for mom in a conditioned trot.
Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. (The Meadows)