Simeon exploded three-wide into the final turn and scored by six lengths in a division of Monday’s Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows.
The opening leg of the series for three- and four-year-old colts, stallions and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with Kickoff Hanover and Great Magic also taking $12,000 splits. The series honours the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a fixture at both The Meadows and the Pennsylvania Fairs.
Simeon was sitting fifth when Dan Rawlings asked him for trot. The three-year-old Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding, who was unraced at two, blew by the leaders and triumphed in 2:01.4 on a sloppy surface. Flying Muscles and Just Hang Out completed the ticket.
David Wade trains Simeon, who has won five of eight starts, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III.
In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality made it two straight when he moved first over down the backside for Brian Zendt and prevailed in 1:58, 1-1/4 lengths better than TSM Photo Bugger. Tall Cotton was third.
Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred Classicality, a five-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable.
Dave Palone drove six winners on the 14-race card for as many trainers -— Ron Burke, Rich Gillock, Kevin Johnson, Todd Keith, Mike Palone and Bill Popp,