CLASSY performer Windsong Leo had to battle for the lead through a demanding 26.2-second opening panel, but he faced nary a serious challenge thereafter during last night’s $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
After Windsong Leo wrested early supremacy from Carolina Beach, Dave Palone gave him a 29-second breather during the middle stages.
That was all the son Jereme’s Jet needed as he downed Carolina Beach by two lengths, with Summer Travel third.
Strong on the line, the seven-year-old stopped the clock in a career-best 1:49.3.
Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, which lifted his bankroll to $486,500, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.
Burke collected four wins on the 13-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone fashioned a triple.
- EVAN PATTAK