Hammered down to 2-5, Rock Candy justified bettors’ faith when he retook the lead at the quarter and had just enough late to capture Friday’s (Dec. 4) feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 conditioned pace.
Rock Candy easily thwarted the backside challengers, but still had to deal with the stretch threat from the pocket-sitting Cocosfella A. The four-year-old Pet Rock-Cotton Candy gelding had just enough to down Cocosfella A by a neck for Brady Brown in 1:51.2. Crusades rallied for show.
Paul Corey trains Rock Candy, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $421,933, for Kenneth Ashba.
Elsewhere on Friday’s card, 13-year-old millionaire Dream Out Loud N saw his six-race winning streak snapped when he couldn’t sustain a lengthy uncovered bid and finished third in a claiming handicap pace. Trainer Scot Davidson claimed him from the race for $12,500 for Ameer Najor.
Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Tony Hall and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. each fashioned a triple.
Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday (Dec. 7), when the 13-race program features a $5,473.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 p.m.
(Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)