Harvey Wins 'Pink Out' Feature

Published: October 31, 2015 09:13 pm EDT

Naquel Harvey rushed to the lead with Tough Call, fought off a determined challenger and captured Saturday’s $5,000 Mary McCune Trot, the centerpiece of the seventh annual “Pink Out” at The Meadows to raise money for breast cancer research.

The event, presented by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), brought together a field of eight female drivers for the McCune. The track and the MSOA donated their commissions from two designated races to the cancer research program at nearby Washington Hospital System.

Harvey and Tough Call were on a comfortable lead when they were confronted by the first-over challenge of Mary Birkhold (driving Gambler Springs). Tough Call responded to Harvey’s urging and opened up, downing Tabatha Canarr (aboard Myology) by three-quarters of a length in 2:00.1. Birkhold saved show. Marcus Marashian owns and trains Tough Call, an eight-year-old Tom Ridge-Luchita gelding, who now boasts $264,136 in career earnings.

Elsewhere on the 15-race card, Im The Pied Piper looped the field around the final turn to take the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace in 1:52.3 for Tony Hall, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Panhellenic Stable. Full Code shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a head, while Incredible Dragon rallied for show. The six-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lisjune extended his career bankroll to $293,364.

Eric Goodell piloted four winners while Jim Pantaleano and Hall each fashioned a triple.

(With files from The Meadows)