Windsong Leo one of six wins for Palone
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Windsong Leo sprinted to the early lead, then withstood two challenges late to collect his 17th victory this year — and help Dave Palone to a six-bagger — in Saturday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince and Southwind Amazon are the "winningest" horses in 2018 with 19 victories apiece.
Windsong Leo endured a :27 opening quarter, but when Palone gave him a :29.2 second-panel breather, he had enough to hold off the bids of Anythingforlove A in the Lightning Lane and Phoenix Warrior N outside. The 6-year-old Jereme’s Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding prevailed in 1:51.2, a half-length better than Anythingforlove A, with Phoenix Warrior N third.
Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts $378,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.
Aaron Merriman and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. (The Meadows)