Aaron Merriman, 35, scored the 6,000th win of his driving career while driving B Good Lena in Northfield Park's 13 race on Tuesday night. Merriman brushed the mare to the lead in the second quarter and held off hard charging competition by a half-length in 1:58.1. B Good Lena was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.
"It is a really nice accomplishment and I am very thankful for the career I have had,” stated Merriman. "I have been given many great opportunities and have driven horses for a lot of really good people.”
Merriman's richest win came in a $300,000 Kentuckys Sire Stakes Final aboard Palazzo Princess. Aaron's fastest win was race timed in 1:50 and he rates the toughest horse he has ever driven as Midnight Jewel.
Merriman remembers his first win as being aboard a pacing mare named Albert's Filly at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. Although there are 6,000 to choose from, Merriman says that he has no favorite win, "They all feel the same,” explained Merriman. "The winner's circle is always happy and you never get tired of making people happy.”
Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates his successful 14-year career he has experienced so far; accomplishing the 6,000-win milestone and purse earnings in excess of $30 million.
"I don't have any real aspirations at this point,” explained Merriman. "I just would just like to continue to compete at the same level I am right now for a long, long time. I guess that longevity is my goal at this point.” (Northfield Park)