Biletnikoff & Merriman rally for a close win

10:42 PM 10 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Aaron Merriman with his son Kristopher
Aaron Merriman with his son Kristopher

Headed by his stablemate around the far turn, Biletnikoff fought back in the harness racing lane to capture Tuesday's (January 10) $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:51.2.

Biletnikoff cut the fractions but appeared ready to yield to the first-over Jojo N Goliath.

Under Aaron Merriman's urging, the 8-year-old Keystone Raider-Strikadeeze gelding rallied to edge Jojo N Goliath by a neck, with Full Of Sand third.

The finish gave trainer Paul Kennedy an exacta sweep.

Markus Ernst owns Biletnikoff, who extended his career bankroll to $663,279.

Merriman and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race program.

Evan PATTAK

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