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By Evan Pattak For The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2024 — When trainer Ron Burke was asked what kind of trip

he preferred for his millionaire trotter T C I in his sophomore debut, Burke replied that he

wanted his star pupil to win as easily as possible.

When T C I made that debut in Friday’s $145,572 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old

colts and geldings, it was as if Burke drew up the race. T C I shrugged off a mild challenge

and drew off late to triumph by 4-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2. Security Protected took the other

division of the event known as the Super Bowl.

T C I cruised to the half in 56 and easily turned back a first-over bid from Coors Hanover.

Ordained grabbed second while Coors Hanover had to settle for show.

“That was perfect,” said winning driver David Miller, echoing Burke’s thoughts. “He raced

well and did it fairly easily. That was a good start for him.”

The son of Cantab Hall-Nicole’s Promise now has banked $1,275,163 for owners Burke

Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Knox Services Inc. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke said

T C I will be pointed to the next PASS leg at Pocono.

Security Protected was no slouch at 2 himself; in fact, his check for Friday’s work

propelled him over $400,000 in career earnings. The son of Father Patrick-

Thatsnotmyname had to fight three wide for early lead, but when Dave Palone popped his

earplugs, he found another gear.

“You always want to make it easy on them early in the year,” Palone said. “But when I took

the plugs out, he was airborne. That’s a very good horse. He’s a driver’s dream.”

Blackhawk Zette, who captured six of his first seven outings this year, was 1-1/2 lengths

back in second while Luke The Spook completed the ticket. Marcus Melander conditions

Security Protected for Mitchell Friesen, Brad Grant and Order By Stable Ab.

$100,000 PA Stallion Series — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters

The splits in Friday’s sub-feature went to Loxahatchee, Usain Hanover, Splendid, I’m Out

and Cyclone Ben.Usain Hanover might be ready for a step up to the next level based on his dominant

performance Friday. He quarter-poled to the point for Miller and strode away to prevail by

8-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:53. Attis Rock and Disgruntled Carl rounded out the


“He was coasting,” Miller said. “I don’t know how much the sires stake horses will go

today, but it won’t be much more than he went.”

Nifty Norman trains the Bar Hopping-Up Front Hotsey gelding for Enzed Racing Stable Inc.

Loxahatchee’s regal pedigree, Greenshoe-Hannelore Hanover, inspires dreams of

championships; indeed, he brought $435,000 as a yearling at the Lexington Selected Sale.

But entering the Super Bowl, he had only one victory in seven career starts.

On Friday, he looked more like the horse everyone expected, erasing a 6-length deficit —

even though his cover broke stride in front of him. He scored in 1:55.3, a new life mark, 3

lengths better than Casanova Hall, with early leader International Craze third.

“Our game plan was to roll out of there, and he just didn’t feel like he would get off on the

right foot; he was a little pacey,” said winning driver Palone. “When his cover ran, my colt

took off on his own. He was well within himself.”

Melander trains the winner for Courant Inc.

In Friday’s $19,200 Open Handicap Pace, Bonniprinclouis N made his domestic debut

successful, roaring from well back to win in 1:50.1 for Miller, Burke and owners Burke

Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Jamie Durnberger-Smith. Early

leader Risenshine Seaside was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with HP Momentum third.

Miller collected three wins on the 13-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday when the 13-race program features a trio

of carryovers: $1,301.57 in the Early Pick 4 (race 1); $689.57 in the Early Pentafecta (race

4); $2,382.58 in the Pick 5 (race 9). First post is 12:45 PM.

EDITORS: Attached are finish-line jpgs of T C I and Security Protected winning PASS splits

Friday at The Meadows.

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that

represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and

owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA

administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for

horsemen and horsewomen.

P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347

724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 •

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