First-time Burke starter Bella's Punkett scores
July 26, 2018
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Bella's Punkett released the 1-2 favorite, Expose Yourself, past the quarter, then charged past her in the lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 filly and mare conditioned/optional claiming trot.
Bella's Punkett was claimed from her last race at Harrah's Philadelphia by trainer Ron Burke for owner Howard Taylor for a base price of $12,500. Though she faced several disadvantages — new track, sloppy surface, big jump in class to a $30,000 base claiming tag — the 6-year-old daughter of Super Punk-Nubella responded beautifully. She left alertly for Dan Rawlings, rated kindly and downed Expose Yourself by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with the first-over Keystone Harper third.
Bella's Punkett lifted her career bankroll to $109,244.
Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. (The Meadows)