Another Open Win For Hellabalou

Hellabalou in the winner's circle at The Meadows
Published: January 6, 2023 07:50 pm EST

Hammered down to 1-5, Hellabalou made short work of a distinguished field, handily winning his fourth straight in Friday’s $19,300 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows.

Hellabalou zipped to the lead from post six and once Ronnie Wrenn Jr. gave him a :29 second-quarter breather, the race for first was effectively over. The winner of the 2021 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, Hellabalou scored in 1:50.1 over a “good” surface, two lengths better than the pocket-sitting Patrikthepiranha A. Sandbetweenmytoes completed the ticket.

Ron Burke trains the winner, a five-year-old Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $523,774, for Burke Racing Stable, Eric Good, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr.

Wrenn and Burke teamed for three wins while Dave Palone also fashioned a triple on the 13-race card, which is believed to be the first featuring victories by two former Adios champions. Dorsoduro Hanover, winner of the 2018 Pace for the Orchids, captured a conditioned pace on Friday’s program.

Live harness racing at The Meadows resumes on Wednesday when the program features a $986.13 carryover in the Pick 5. First post is 12:45 p.m.

(Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)