Summertime Yankee's 1:54.3 sets season's mark
February 22, 2012
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Summertime Yankee willingly accepted cover early, then powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:54.3, fastest this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track.
Summertime Yankee yielded the point to Photo Fantasy past the quarter, but under Aaron Merriman’s urging, she blew by that rival in the stretch to triumph by a head. Nickie K charged through the Lightning Lane for third. Betting favorite Kandor Hanover broke stride at the beginning of the race and was never in contention.
Bill Bercury owns and trains Summertime Yankee, an 8-year-old daughter of S.J.’s Photo-Summa Hanover who now boasts $543,917 in career earnings.
Dave Palone drove six winners — three for trainer Ron Burke — on the 15-race card. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association honored Merriman, who notched his 5,000th career win Monday at Northfield Park, with a special winners’ circle presentation. (The Meadows)