Parked the opening three-eighths, Combs Hanover persevered and captured his second straight victory in Thursday’s (Jan. 5) feature at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows, the $21,200 Open Handicap Trot.
Once Combs Hanover finally crossed over to the point, he was dogged by Locatelli, who had been riding his cover since the gate folded. But the six-year-old Archangel-Chez Lucie gelding had plenty left in the tank for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and defeated Locatelli by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4 while the shuffled Enzo DK found late room for show.
Ron Burke trains Combs Hanover, who extended his career bankroll to $292,060, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Canzone and Larry Karr.
Wrenn collected four wins while Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Jeremy Indof and trainer Dirk Simpson also enjoyed a big Thursday, teaming for a three-bagger.
Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday (Jan. 6) when the 13-race program kicks off at 12:45 p.m. (EST).