Wilder, Burke bring out broom in Medusa opener
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Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to sweep Monday’s opening-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace at The Meadows, with Make Mine Mocha and Emily R Hanover each taking a $15,000 split.
The series for 3-year-old fillies honors Medusa, a fast-class mare who most recently performed for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack in the Bluechip Matchmaker series at Yonkers.
Make Mine Mocha dueled with the even-money favorite, Terrortina for the early lead before sliding into the pocket. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Allamerican Mocha was stronger late, though, as she shot the lightning lane to down Terrortina by a neck in 1:54, matching her career best. Bella Ragaza came from well back for show.
Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Make Mine Mocha.
Off since Oct. 15, Emily R Hanover powered to the front past the half and steadily drew off to triumph in 1:55. Flyme To The Moon was second, 1 1/2 lengths back, with Imperial Delight third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Donovan and Yanek own the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-EZ Rock.
In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner overcame a parked-out :27.3 opening panel to score for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Rockin Rum Springa rallied from last for second, beaten a neck, while Shesasmokinlady completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner extended her lifetime bankroll to $441,291. It was one of three winning drives for Pantaleano on the 13-race card.