Last at the half by six lengths and seemingly racing for a minor share, Lolique cranked it up late over the sloppy going to shock the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot field at more than 16-1 on Wednesday at The Meadows.
Lolique\'s last three efforts in the Preferred resulted in off-the-board finishes, and it appeared this would be another disappointment. But when Bill Fahy asked Lolique for trot, the 6-year-old son of Tagliabue-Crystal Vic responded with a back half in :56.3, good enough to defeat Primo Spur by a half-length in 1:55.4. Four Starz Speed rallied for show.
John Wagner trains Lolique, who pushed his career bankroll to $383,635, for Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen.
In the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Whotookwhat took matters into her own hands to score a front-end victory in 1:57.3. Whotookwhat tired while chasing in her last two starts but worked out a comfortable first half Wednesday in :59.3 for trainer-driver Ray Paver. Lavec Dream was a head back in second while In Focus Hanover and Tom\'s OK Lady finished in a dead heat for third.
William and Barbara Paull own Whotookwhat, a 7-year-old daughter of Inquirer-Overtookthem. (The Meadows)