Hellabalou Takes Meadows Top Pace; Palone Wins Five

Published: December 16, 2022 05:27 pm EST

Returning to the scene of his 2021 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids triumph, Hellabalou shot the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s (Dec. 16) $19,300 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows.

Hellabalou stalked Wild Wild Western from the pocket, and when Ronnie Wrenn Jr. pointed him inside, the four-year-old Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip gelding edged past Wild Wild Western to down him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.4 over a 'good' surface. The first-over Sandbetweenmytoes finished third.

Ron Burke trains Hellabalou, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Eric Good, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr.

Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card while Wrenn and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday when the program features a $4,382.18 carryover in the Jackpot Pick 5 (Race 4). First post is 12:45 p.m.

(Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)