Four late closer finals totaling more than $100,000 in purses will go to the post on Saturday, March 25 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino featuring top three- and four-year-old pacers and trotters.
Up first is the $24,700 Ken Weaver Memorial for trotting colts, stallions and geldings. DD’s Comet, out of the Chris Beaver Stable, is the morning line choice after winning both legs of the series. His 2:00.1 victory on March 14 was by a five lengths on a track listed two seconds off. Aaron Merriman has driven the son of Crazed to both of his series wins and will be in the bike on Saturday.
Pacing fillies and mares will be featured in the fifth race on the card, the $24,400 Donna Dunn Memorial. Terrortina is the 5-2 morning line choice out of the Bob Key/Norm Parker Stable, after winning both of her series legs. However, while she posted wins in 1:56 and 1:56.2, Terrortina has only won each race by a half-length and drew post 6 in the final. Jim Pantaleano will drive the Western Terror filly.
The 8th race on the card is the $25,900 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares. Ms Mullen, out of the Dirk Simpson Stable, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line pick after winning back-to-back series races in 1:59.3 and 2:00.3. Tony Hall will drive the daughter of Muscle Massive.
Race 10 is the $27,100 Walter Russell Memorial for stallion, colt and gelding pacers. Art N Music, the only two-time winner in the series, is the 5-2 choice for driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke. A 4YO by Art Colony, Art N Music will leave from post four.
This first round of late closers will be followed by a second round featuring only three-year-olds. The annual spring series are a lead-in to The Meadows’ lucrative stake schedule.