TSM Photo Bugger overwhelmed the leader with a backside burst and rolled to a nine and three-quarter length victory in Wednesday’s $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
TSM Photo Bugger was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Classic Banker, who had been hard-used to get to the top. The 10-year-old SJs Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding grabbed the point in a heartbeat and jogged home for Mike Wilder in 1:53.1. Ulf Hanover rallied for second while Classic Banker saved show.
The hard-hitting veteran has won 43 of 215 career starts and hit the board on 74 other occasions. Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who extended his career bankroll to $661,338, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. It was one of three victories on the 12-race card for Wilder.
Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Preakness Day card features three divisions of a $146,628 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Special post time is 11:25 a.m.