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Dragon Striker's 1:48.4 fastest ever at Nfld

August 23, 2020
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Dragon Striker became the fasted horse in the history of MGM Northfield Park when he won a $8,400 conditioned pace in 1:48.4 on Saturday (Aug. 23).
 
The previous all-age track record of 1:49 had been attained three times: Scott Rocks (Aaron Merriman) in 2016, Cams Valentino (Aaron Merriman) in 2018 and None Bettor A (Joe Bongiorno) in 2019.  The 1:48.4 clocking also ties the world record for a 5-and-up pacing horse with Dancin Yankee (Tyler Buter) at Saratoga Harness in 2014.
 

Brian Loney owns and trains his recent acquisition – the horse came to his barn about five weeks ago.  Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive.

Dragon Striker (Dragon Again – Lady’s Portrait – Arturo) started from the rail.  He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :54.3, 1:21.2 and 1:48.4, besting his closest competitor by 4-1/2lengths.

Dragon Striker now has four wins in 12 starts this year.  Saturday’s victory represents his 15th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $145,971.  He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. (Northfield)

 
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