Homepage finally loses her bridesmaid's tag

03:44 AM 16 Aug 2012 NZST
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Aaron Merriman
Aaron Merriman - Was severely beaten up in a four-horse pile-up last year

Second in her last four starts, Homepage snapped her bridesmaid streak - and her maiden - Wednesday (August 15) at The Meadows by capturing a Pennsylvania Stallion Series harness racing division in 1:59.2.

The $120,000 event for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Blizzard Warning, Nicoe Ridge, Laureen, Global Beauty and Mystical Shyann also taking $20,000 splits. Brett Miller drove three stake winners (Blizzard Warning, Nicoe Ridge, Global Beauty) while Dave Palone fashioned a stake double (Laureen, Mystical Shyann).

Homepage entered the stake winless in six career starts but had been frustratingly close of late. The daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition confidently pulled the pocket before the three-quarters for Aaron Merriman and triumphed by 3-1/2 lengths over the rallying Lindyofalifetime. Won Ton Hanover finished third. Syl King, Jr. trains and leases Homepage.

Blizzard Warning enjoyed the same journey — popping the pocket early — and finished in the same time as Homepage. Rock On Mermaid was second, 3 lengths back, with Bellagio Bay third. Tye Loy trains the daughter of Glidemaster-Miss Blizzard and owns with Dean Davis.

Nicoe Ridge worked out a cozy pocket trip behind Tattoo You, then shot the Lightning Lane to defeat the early leader by 1/2 length in 1:59.4. Casting Couch completed the ticket. Marty Wollam conditions the daughter of Tom Ridge-Samantha Coe for Deborah Kvemmo.

In the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace, Hickory Big Red blistered the opening panel in 25.4 before being pocketed but still had enough left late to prevail in a career best 1:50.1 for Brian Zendt, trainer Phillip Zendt and owner William Gilliland. Annieswesterncard raced well off a 26-week layoff for second, beaten a length, with the first-over Something For Doc third.

Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with four divisions of the $306,136 Delmonica Hanover, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 6:55 PM.

by Evan PATTAK

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