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'Mayhem' And Merriman At The Meadows

Published: October 23, 2020 6:30 pm ET

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Tom “Mayhem” Svrcek and Kellies MVP waited patiently in the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s $8,500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) trotting series at The Meadows.

John Sikaras (Fomor) grabbed the early lead from Post 9 while Svrcek settled Kellie’s MVP into second with Jerry Kehm (Vegas Ticket) parked behind them. No one could mount an effective challenge until the stretch, where things changed dramatically.

Emanuel Miller rallied five wide with Better Call Saul to grab place, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, while Kehm kept the game Vegas Ticket alive for show. Sikaras and the weary Fomor finished fourth but were placed back to fifth for interfering with Lonnie Graber (Mister Ruff), who was promoted to fourth to complete the superfecta.

Kellie Paver owns and trains Kellies MVP, a five-year-old daughter of My MVP-Adriana Hanover who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $121,225.

In Friday’s co-feature, a $17,900 Open Handicap Pace, K Ryan Bluechip converted a second-over trip to victory in 1:50.2 for Dave Palone and trainer Mike Palone, who owns with J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay and Collin Ryan. The eight-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding now boasts $587,077 in career earnings.

Aaron Merriman piloted five winners on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder, Dave Palone and trainer Paul Corey each enjoyed a triple.

Live harness racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features an $86,779.64 carryover in the final-race Super Hi.5. First post is 12:45 p.m.


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