Simpson Memorial action at the Meadowlands
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Googoo Gaagaa rolled to a decisive five-length victory in the $54,866 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
With Corey Callahan at the lines, Googoo Gaagaa [$3] made the lead just before the before the half and opened up in the lane to take the first of two Simpson divisions on the card in 1:54.1. Royal Shyster and Gym Tan Laundry were a distant second and third, respectively.
Now eight-for-nine lifetime, Googoo Gaagaa was undefeated in six starts last year. He set a world record for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track with a 1:56 victory in the Maryland Sires Stakes Final on August 25, 2011 at Ocean Downs. Ironically, the cross-bred colt is the son of a pacer, Cam’s Rocket, out of the Veeba Rova mare Kora’s Trotter. He is owned, bred and trained by Richard Hans of Westminster, MD.
After being parked the whole way, Riverfest [$6.40] gamely dug in to take the $51,375 fillies division in 1:55.2. The daughter of Windsong’s Legacy-Royal Roz improved her record to five wins in seven career starts for trainer/co-owner Joseph King and partner Marvin Meyer. (Meadowlands)