Washington, PA — Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his class and heart when he moved strongly first-over to capture Tuesday’s (Jan. 14) $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to defeat Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.
Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908.
Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by Wind Of The North, her stablemate, to take Tuesday’s co-feature, the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, three-quarters of a length back, while Dark Force completed the ticket.
Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday’s features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal and Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.
Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday (Jan. 15), when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 p.m.