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Meal Penalty Wins$50,000 Shecky Greene in Laugher

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/10/2008 #
  • Meal Penalty, with Rene Douglas up, wins the $53,700 Shecky Greene Stakes at Arlington Park on May 10, 2008.

Sassafras Racing & Gulf Coast Farm’s Meal Penalty skimmed the rail, took the lead on the turn and drew off to win the $53,700 Shecky Greene Stakes by two lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park, getting the six furlongs in 1:10.16.  Rene Douglas rode the son of Tale of the Cat for trainer Todd Pletcher.

“It’s never easy, even if you are on the 1-2 favorite in a four-horse field,’ Douglas said.  “I knew it was pretty much a two-horse race and I was watching exactly what the other horse (Young Joe) was doing.  I didn’t give him any chance to get the advantage on me, and at the quarter pole I just let my horse run.”

The victory was the second straight for Meal Penalty and his fourth in eight starts overall.  He picked up $32,622 to push his bankroll to $139,395.

Young Joe made a run at the winner on the turn but was unable to get by and had to settle for second, five lengths clear of Denos Keys.  Golden Citizen E K, who led for a quarter mile, faded to last in the field at the finish.

Sent off at odds of 50-cents on the dollar, Meal Penalty paid $3 and $2.10.  Young Joe paid $2.40.  There was no show wagering on the race.