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Freshman wins in 1:55.4

May 26, 2004
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Goodnite Buddy, a 2-year-old son of Nobleland Sam, won a qualifier at Scioto Downs on Tuesday (May 25) in an impressive 1:55.4. The freshman was driven by Dan Noble, who became the father of a baby boy the previous day.



It was the third qualifier for the Mike Lee-trained Goodnite Buddy. Previous he qualified in late April at Lebanon Raceway, winning in 2:02.4 and then he finished second by a nose in a qualifier on May 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:59.



Merit Badge, who banked over $185,000 as a 2 year old last year, also sported an impressive qualifier Tuesday morning. The Tagliabue filly, trained and driven by Chris Beaver, won by more than 32 lengths in 1:58.4.



Last year Merit Badge won six of 10 starts, the biggest being a victory in a Kentucky Standardbred Sale division at Indiana Downs. She also finished fourth in the Merrie Annabelle final and wrapped up her juvenile season with a second-place finish in the Pennsyvlania Sire Stakes final.
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