Palone breaks 23-year drought

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    DAVID PALONE

    THANKS to a lightning midrace move, Count Me In scored an eye-catching victory in last night’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

    Travelling towards the tail of the field, Count Me In picked up live cover from Lady’s Dude, but remained the lengths back at the top of the lane.

    The son of Full Count-Howl sustained a strong sprint for driver Mike Wilder to zip by the leader, Tamarind, to triumph in 1:54.1.

    Classicality rallied for second, with Tamarind hanging on for third.

    Ron Burke trains Count Me In, which extended his career bankroll to $439,319, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek.

    David Palone picked up three victories on the 14-race card, but the most noteworthy Palone news came earlier in the afternoon from the nearby Washington County Fair.

    In a rare fair appearance for the sport’s most successful driver, Palone piloted Burke’s HS Pearl to victory in a Pennsylvania Fairs Sires Stake.

    According to the United States Trotting Association, it was the first PA Fairs Sires Stake win for the Hall of Famer since 1992 — when USTA began archiving fairs results — at the latest. Palone collected several wins in fairs overnight events after 1992.

    • EVAN PATTAK

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