Day At The Track

On The Deck gets underway at Sunshine Meadows

08:18 AM 05 Jan 2020 NZDT
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The opening day crowd at On The Deck
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Maverick, the $1.1 million dollar yearling, now a two-year-old, in his stall at Sunshine Meadows.
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Myron Bell (left) and Ted Smith talking at On The Deck.
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Scott Miller works at Sunshine Meadows and makes sure everything runs smoothly on Saturday's at On The Deck. He is also the founder of the International Equine Network on the internet.
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Steve Wolf (on left) congratulating Tony Alagna on Ramona Hill winning the Dan Patch Award.
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Delray Beach, FL - A great unofficial opening day was had by all who attended the Saturday morning On The Deck viewing of two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in training at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village.
More than 50 people came out to On The Deck with some bringing their own lawn chairs to sit under the big tree at the finish wire and watch the training sessions. It was a sunny morning with a warm breeze at around 84 degrees.
For those with an appetite, there were bagels and flagels and cream cheese, butter, coffee and fruit salad, all compliments of Myron and Stephanie Bell.
And for those with a eye for horseflesh marveled as they saw Maverick out on the track. The $1.1 million Father Patrick yearling, now a magnificent looking two-year-old, continues to impress everyone that sees him. He is being trained by Tony Alagna. There was also talk about how Maverick's full brother, Greenshoe, who was voted Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association that was announced last night and has a great chance to be named Trotter of the Year.
Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter was out on the racetrack jogging some of the two-year-old's. Prominent local horseman Tom Merriman, talked about how he has just retired from training horse after 60 plus years. Tom is one of the few remaining horsemen who was at Pompano Park when it first opened in 1964.
Missing from the lineup of regulars was Murray Brown. Jeffrey Bell said that the 2020 Roster Book will be back from the printers this week, so they will be available come Saturday. Also there was Mike Saunders, who was a New York Knicks trainer for 25 years.
Other that were at On The Deck included Ted Smith, Robert Goldstein, Bob Marks, Jerry Glance, Ron Gurfein, Christina Takter, Eric and Lisa Cherry, Vicki Howard, Nick Salvi, Steve Oldford, Joe Pennacchio, and many others.
by Steve Wolf, for On The Deck
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