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From Claimer To Preferred Trotter

Published: April 9, 2011 12:04 am ET

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Dismissed at 10-1, converted claimer Neptune T made his debut in the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot a successful one as he raced first over to victory Friday at The Meadows.

Trainer William Rhoades grabbed Neptune T for his own account from a March 8 $20,000 claimer, and the six-year-old Master Of Style-Sister Oliver gelding subsequently earned his way to the top trot by winning a $30,000 claiming event.

On Friday, he got away fifth before Brett Miller moved him uncovered in the sloppy going. Responding to Miller’s urging, Neptune T overtook early leader Sing Jesse Sing and held off the late rally of Bettis to defeat that rival by a length in a career-best 1:55.3. TW Little Kosmo shot the Lightning Lane for third. Neptune T extended his career bankroll to $138,645.

In Friday’s companion feature, the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Jans Luck moved second over for Eric Ledford and went on to score in 1:53.2. Spring Break and Mud Pie Hanover completed the ticket.

Ron Burke trains Jans Luck, a seven-year-old Camluck-Jans Scooter mare, who now boasts over $860,000 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and M1 Stable.

Miller drove four winners on the 14-race card while Burke and Dave Palone each enjoyed a triple.

(The Meadows)

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