Trotters Take New Marks In Meadows Features

El Toro Loco winning at The Meadows
Published: June 9, 2023 11:58 pm EDT

El Toro Loco drew off from the field at the three-quarters and rolled home in 1:52.3, lowering his lifetime mark by two seconds and two-fifths, in Friday’s co-feature at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows, a $12,100 conditioned trot.

El Toro Loco powered to the top from post seven for Brian Zendt and easily turned back the first-over challenge of Keeper Of Secrets. The four-year-old Walner-Southwind Cabaret gelding defeated the pocket-sitting Jula Magician by 6-1/4 lengths while Keeper Of Secrets saved show.

Tom Loughry Jr. trains El Toro Loco, who boosted his career bankroll to $158,346 with his eighth win in 34 starts, for Lone Wolf Stable.

In Friday’s companion feature, a $12,100 conditioned trot, Bjornsson also established a lifetime mark of 1:54 by out-kicking Crazy Supersport in the lane and downing him by a neck, with Joygo third. He knocked two-fifths of a second off his career-best, winning for the sixth time in 40 starts.

Hunter Myers piloted the four-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone for trainer Andy Rickert and owners Corey Hendricks and Melanie O’Donnell.

Dave Palone collected five wins on the 12-race card, including a pair for trainer Brandon Presto, while Myers enjoyed a triple.

Saturday’s Belmont Day card at The Meadows features a pair of stakes for three-year-old filly pacers — a $146,946 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the card offers a $344.29 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 10). Special post time for the 14-race program is 11:30 a.m.

(With files from Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)