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Passing lane score for Rising MVP

11:26 AM 14 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Rising MVP and driver Wilbur Yoder
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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 13, 2019 -- Rising MVP pounced on the tiring leaders in the Lightning Lane to pull off a 7-1 upset in Friday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned harness racing trot.

As Bluebird Jesse and White Tiger swapped the lead, Rising MVP found himself pinned inside and shuffled to fifth. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the 4-year-old My MVP-Nutmegs Winner gelding poured through for Wilbur Yoder and triumphed in 1:55.3 over a "good" surface. Bluebird Jesse saved place, 3/4 lengths back, with Bank Guard third.

William Daugherty, Jr. trains Rising MVP, who boosted his career bankroll to $243,067, for Susan Daugherty.

In Friday's companion feature, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace, Statham N prevailed in 1:53.3 for Tony Hall, trainer Sarah Andrews and owners Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey, David Fought and Casey Myers.

Mike Wilder collected five wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Paul Corey. With three wins, Tony Hall lifted his career total to 5,995.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $97,281.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $2,666.54 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM.

By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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