Tamarind upsets at 16-1 in Meadows trot

12:32 PM 25 Jun 2014 NZST
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Tamarind in prior win
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WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2014 -- Dismissed at 16-1 because of his poor post position, Tamarind circled the field early and held on late to score the upset in Tuesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Although Tamarind has been perhaps the most consistent of The Meadows' elite trotters in 2014 -- he already had won seven times this year -- his chances looked dim from post 9 and appeared to get even bleaker when he was parked well past the quarter. But under Aaron Merriman's urging, he thwarted the first-over challenge of Big And Little and outlasted the Lightning Lane charge of Drift Away to down him by a neck in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Trustworthy Kid rallied from last for show.

Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who now boasts $569,939 in lifetime earnings.

Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card.

On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,530.71 carryover.

Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets.

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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