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Image Of Dawn wins in 1:51.4

January 02, 2010

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Meadowlands Racetrack kicked off its 2010 Harness Meet with an unusual twist as the opening night feature, the “We’re Not So Young Anymore” pace, was restricted to horses 10 years old up. The quirky race was the idea of Racing Secretary Peter Koch, who played on the idea that all 10 horses in the field turned 10 or older on January 1, 2010.
Image Of Dawn, who turned 11 on Friday, rallied on the far outside to win the sixth race feature in 1:51.4. Napoleon, also 11, and Extender N, the 13-year-old veteran in the field, finished second and third, respectively. Driven by Daniel Dube, Image Of Dawn paid $11.40 as he posted his 45th career victory. Patrick Lachance of Manalapan, NJ owns and trains the millionaire son of Life Sign.
Swan Image got up in time to win the $32,000 Invitational Trot by a nose over Looking Hanover in 1:54.1 for driver David Miller and trainer John Billings III. Owned by Larry Roman of Mt. Vernon, NY, the 7-year-old Balanced Image gelding improved his record to 17 wins in 72 career starts. Lavec Dream shook loose late to finish third.
Native Bride and driver Brian Sears cruised to a 1:51.3 victory in the $32,000 mares invitational. A recent addition to trainer Lou Pena’s barn, Native Bride posted her second straight win and 22nd overall. Cuz She Can sat a pocket trip to finish second, while Ramona Disomma rallied three-wide around the final turn to grab the show spot. (Meadowlands)
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