'Lakeisha' Wins; Meadows Pick 5 Not Hit


Lakeisha Hall blistered the back half in :53.4, putting away a distinguished field en route to a front-end 1:50.4 victory in Wednesday’s (May 30) $18,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

After Lakeisha Hall seized the lead from post 6, driver Dave Palone gave her a :29.4 second-quarter breather. That enabled the five-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall to thwart the first-over bid of Fox Valley Charm and down the pocket-sitting Shesasmokinlady by 1-1/2 lengths. Fox Valley Charm held gamely for show.

Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $520,379, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Jack Piatt II.

Brady Brown, Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race program.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday (May 31) card, with first post at 1:05 p.m.

The Meadows Doubles Thursday Pick 5 Guarantee

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its special Thursday Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,407.11.

In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows.

The minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets.

(The Meadows)