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Rock N Teen Best In Series Opener

Published: March 6, 2020 6:14 pm ET

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Rock N Teen let Zanetti do the heavy lifting on the front end, then blew by him in the lane to score in a career-best 1:53, fastest division in Friday’s Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Gumption and Arrhythmic Storm also captured $12,500 opening-leg splits in the event for three- and four-year-old colts, stallions and geldings.

The series honours the memory of Zendt, a trainer, driver and patriarch of one of The Meadows most prominent and successful clans. It’s one of four late-closing events that kicked off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20.

Zanetti reeled off a blistering 1:23.3 three-quarters, making him vulnerable to the pocket-sitting Rock N Teen. Indeed, when Mike Wilder cut him loose, the three-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Dance With Me Tina gelding roared past and defeated Zanetti by 1-3/4 lengths. Chicken Nugget completed the ticket. Norm Parker trains Rock N Teen for owner/breeder Bob Key.

Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Scott Betts, while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple.

Live harness racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $18,605.15 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 p.m.

(Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)

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