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The Meadows reopens; Final Breath wins Open Trot

June 15, 2020
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Final Breath shed faltering cover just in time and powered home to spring an 8-1 upset in the $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows on Monday, the track’s reopening day after a 91-day covid-19 shutdown.
 
With so many horses racing off stale dates. Monday’s card provided a bonanza for long shots — and long shot players — as the average win price exceeded $35.00
 
When Smalltownthrowdown took the field through a hotly contested :54.2 front half, it seemed likely that the closers would pick up the tiring leaders. But when Brady Brown tipped Final Breath off the rail down the backside, the pair found themselves pinned behind the weary Icanflylikeanangel, who had been parked every step.
 
Brown moved wider still, and when he showed Final Breath racetrack, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding rolled home in 1:52.3, a tick off his career best. What’s The Word rallied from far back for second, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, with Classicality third.
 
Norm Parker trains Final Breath, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $636,518, for Duane Lowe.
 
Mike Wilder collected a pair of victories on the 10-race card. (MSOA)

 
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