Palone has 20th straight 500-win year at Meadows
October 18, 2011
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With his victory behind Eagle Dream in the fourth race at The Meadows Tuesday, driver Dave Palone reached another milestone in his Hall of Fame career: 20 consecutive years with at least 500 wins at The Meadows.
In other racing action at The Meadows, Tunearrific swooped the field around the far turn and went on to score the upset at 10-1 in the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace.
Although he had won five of his last six at Batavia Downs, Scioto Downs and the Wooster fair, Tunearrific was lightly regarded in The Meadows’ top pace; indeed, when he was last in the field of six at the three-quarters, that opinion seemed justified. But when J.D. Wengerd moved the 7-year-old Tune Town-Dulcinea Esprit gelding wide round the final turn, he responded with a :28 closing quarter and triumphed by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2, lowering his lifetime mark a full second. Entrymates Here We Go Again and Code Word finished second and third, respectively.
Johnny Yoder owns and trains Tunearrific, who pushed his career bankroll to $122,354.
Eric Ledford drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 14-race card while trainer Jason Robinson and owner Robert Main teamed for a triple. (The Meadows)