posted on 7/4/2012 11:15 am
With six wins on Tuesday’s card at The Meadows, Dave Palone lowered his "Magic Number" to two to break Herve Filion’s all-time North American career victory record of 15,180 and set the stage for his final assault on the mark Thursday.
When action resumes Thursday at 12:55 PM at The Meadows, Palone is scheduled for 14 drives, including five with morning-line favorites. Since Palone averages more than three wins per Meadows program, the record is in serious jeopardy.
The gracious Filion plans to greet Palone in the winners’ circle following the record-setting drive
—as he did after Palone’s 15,000th victory
— and will join the Palone
family to turn the final number on the countdown board. Also set for
the winners’ circle celebration are presentations from The Meadows,
the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and the United States Trotting Association.
Palone, 50, a Waynesburg, PA native, was
inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and is a six-time
Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year: 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003,
2000 and 1999. He has been the leading driver at The Meadows for
23 straight years and has a streak of 20 consecutive years with at
least 532 victories.
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