Escape The News escaped the field after a demanding first quarter and scored easily in Thursday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
Although Escape The News was parked out the entire first panel, he thwarted the first-over challenge of JJ Gladiator and triumphed for Dave Palone in 1:53.2. The pocket-sitting Risk Management was second, while Martys Charm finished third.
Ron Burke trains Escape The News, a four-year-old Artiscape-Ideal News gelding who extended his career bankroll to $460,336 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables LLC and Howard Taylor.
Palone and Burke teamed for four winners on the 15-race card while Brett Miller enjoyed a driving triple.