Summertime Yankee sets a season's mark

03:11 AM 22 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Summertime Yankee
Summertime Yankee - a 6-year-old mare by S J's Photo.
Tom Berg Photo

Summertime Yankee willingly accepted cover early, then powered through the lane to capture Tuesday's (February 21) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:54.3, fastest this year by an older harness racing 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.

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.

Evan PATTAK

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