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|Daylon Miracle Takes Meadows Maturity
Ontario-bred Daylon Miracle stalked 2014 U.S. Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry from the pocket, then blew by the champ in the Lightning Lane to pull off a mild 5-1 upset in Friday’s inaugural edition of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for mare trotters four and older....read on
| Meadows Maturity Trot
4&UP M T 1.609 m auto Purse: $51 100 (25,550 - 12,775 - 6,132 - 4,088 - 2,555)
RACE 9 - The Meadows - PA - April 24, 2015 Conditions: *****THE MEADOWS MATURITY***** OPEN MARE TROT Gait: Trot Purse: $51,100 Class: MATURITY-M Distance: 1 Mile Track Cond: FAST
1. Daylon Miracle 10,6 (60)
2. Cowgirl Hall 11,1 (172)
3. Anaffairtoremember 11,1 (266)
4. Shake It Cerry 11,2 (16)
5. Rockin With Dewey 11,6 (189)
Opl: Classic Martine 11,7 (68), Whata Donato 12,5 (716),
Handover Belle 13,3g (86), Sweetie Hearts d9g (576)
|Time: 27.1 (Nr:7) 56.1 (Nr:7) (29.0) 1:24.3 (Nr:7) (28.2) 1:53.3 (29.0)|
1st Daylon Miracle (6, M Pegasus Spur - Daylon Marvel - Super Pleasure) Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s): William Bercury - PA Breeder(s): David Lemon - ON 2nd Cowgirl Hall (6, M Cash Hall - Centerfold Hall - Garland Lobell) Registered Owner(s): Burke Racing Stable LLC - PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC - PA, Jack Piatt III - PA, Michael Rosenthal - NV Breeder(s): Walnut Hall Limited - KY, Lucky Shamrock Stable - NY 3rd Anaffairtoremember (5, M Angus Hall - Val Lee Woman - Valley Victory) Registered Owner(s): William Bercury - PA Breeder(s): Quantum Farms Corp - MN
Ontario-bred Daylon Miracle stalked 2014 U.S. Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry from the pocket, then blew by the champ in the Lightning Lane to pull off a mild 5-1 upset in Friday’s inaugural edition of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for mare trotters four and older.
In the first start of her four-year-old campaign, Shake It Cerry led the field through a snappy 1:24.3 three-quarters but tired late and faded to fourth, beaten five lengths. Classic Martine, the 2014 Older Trotting Mare of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, was buried from post nine and never got involved, finishing sixth.
Daylon Miracle triumphed in 1:53.3, four lengths better than Cowgirl Hall, with the winner’s stablemate, Anaffairtoremember, third. That gave locally based horses a sweep and provided a bonanza for bettors who backed them to show. With Shake It Cerry off the ticket, the show payoffs for the top three were $9.40, $19.00 and $22.40, respectively.
Dave Palone, who piloted Shake It Cerry, said there were no obvious problems with her as she suffered only the sixth loss in her 29-race career.
“She felt great,” Palone said. “I really got left alone the second quarter and got a nice breather up the backside. She probably just needed the work. She’ll be just fine.”
Winning driver Aaron Merriman, on the other hand, was sitting with a handful of live horse and knew it.
“Anywhere down the backside, I felt like I could have pulled at any time. She was that good,” Merriman said of the six-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel, who now has banked $479,369 in her career. “But I was following a great horse and a great driver. David made my decision [to stay in the pocket] for me. His horse didn’t look as sharp, and I thought he carried her a lot farther than she would have gone with somebody else.”
Bill Bercury, who owns and trains Daylon Miracle and Anaffairtoremember, called it the biggest win of his career. He had spoken of a 1-2 finish for his mares days before the race. It was a bold vision, and Bercury’s mares nearly pulled it off with their 1-3 result.
“We beat the two best mares in the country from last year,” he said. “I’m very excited about that. I had a lot of confidence in both my mares. They both have a lot of heart. They both really like racing, and that means so much. I love them.”
He said his mares are headed to a May 3 stake at Miami Valley, where they expect to take on the best in their division again.
“You have to remember — this was the first start for the two mares we beat today,” he said. “Next week will be a little tougher. At least now we feel we belong there.”
The Meadows Maturity for stallions and geldings four and older is set for Saturday, May 2 as part of the track’s special Kentucky Derby Day program.
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