Yonkers winner Windsong Leo ships to Meadows
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"When we first got him," Burke says, "I didn't think he'd like to race up front, but that's changed. He will race on the lead or near it. When you move him to a bigger track, he actually seems to like it and races even better. That's what makes him dangerous."
Burke indicates he shifted Windsong Leo from Yonkers, at least for now, to invigorate his group of fast-class horses here.
"Truthfully, except for Stride Of Pride, that group hasn't been up to our expectations," he says, "and I really don't like losing that (Preferred Handicap) race every week at The Meadows."
On Saturday, Windsong Leo will face Phoenix Warrior N, an opponent of similar versatility and success who's won two straight.
"Phoenix Warrior N is so dangerous because he can race either way, too. That will make it an interesting race," Burke says. If Windsong Leo finishes first or second, he'll soar over $300,000 in career earnings.
The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer an appealing variety of fan-centric events to complement Saturday's program. The "Rockin' On The Rail' series of live Saturday concerts continues with a performance by Darling Nikki Featuring Jason Walker. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races.
The MSOA will provide paddock tours, starting gate rides and a drawing for Pittsburgh Pirates tickets. To participate or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. (The Meadows)