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Tony Hall drives 5,000th winner

October 22, 2016

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Tony Hall notched career win 5,000 Saturday at The Meadows when he piloted Political Cash to victory in the 13th race. It was Hall's fifth victory on the card, making the day productive as well as historic.
Hall, 38, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio, near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. He recalls those early days as a struggle.
"It was a day-to-day grind back then, just trying to survive and make enough to keep afloat," he said. "I really didn't have a plan until I came here, started traveling quite a bit and driving a lot of horses."

Hall, who currently ranks second in purses and third in UDRS at The Meadows, recorded career win 4,000 in January 2014.

"That 5,000th win was kind of a goal for me," he said. "It's a number I've looked forward to, and it came a little quicker than I thought it would. It's a good thing for sure."

Hall resides in Washington and operates a four-horse stable with his wife Ashley. He indicated he doesn't expect to change his routine in the near future.

"Eventually, I'll go more towards training," he said. "For now, my wife and I will keep a small barn, and I'll keep driving the way I've been driving and see where it goes from there." (The Meadows)

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