Day At The Track

Nickie K scores after a month lay-off

03:30 AM 03 May 2012 NZST
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Greg Grismore
Greg Grismore

Off for a month, Nickie K nevertheless aggressively pulled the pocket down the backside and went on to an in-hand harness racing victory in Wednesday's (May 2) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Leaving from post 8, Nickie K settled in the pocket behind Don’t Blink. But sensing he had the best horse, Greg Grismore moved the 8-year-old daughter of Ilooklikemymom-Italian Lady before the three-quarters. She drew off to score in a career-best 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than Greathallofchina. Susquehanna Belle was third.

Dan Walski trains Nickie K, who pushed her career bankroll to $240,169, for Karen Walski.

Elsewhere on the program, Big And Little trotted the fastest mile this year by a 4-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track when the son of SJ’s Caviar-Penn Peachi Lane triumphed in 1:54 for Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt and owner Gary Saul.

Aaron Merriman and Grismore each drove three winners on the 15-race card.

by Evan PATTAK

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