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Trotters Score 'Lightning Lane' Victories

Published: February 18, 2015 7:58 pm ET

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Whata Donato blew by the leader, Mistress Valentine, in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Whata Donato hustled to the front from post eight, but yielded to the pocket behind Mistress Valentine. When trainer/driver Doug Snyder asked Whata Donato for trot in the lane, the five-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise kicked into gear and scored in 1:58.1 on a “good” surface, three-quarters of a length better than Mistress Valentine. Anaffairtoremember, parked every step in her seasonal debut, was a game third.

Frank Poerio Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and lifted her career bankroll to $228,360.

In Wednesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger also used the Lightning Lane to register his first victory in five starts this year.

The eight-year-old SJs Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding triumphed in 1:57.2 for Tony Hall and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The first-over Classicality was a neck back in second while Daylon Miracle earned show.

TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $467,151 in lifetime earnings.

It was one of three wins for Hall on the 14-race card.

(The Meadows)

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