The MSOA and the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a brand new stake event this Friday night, the $51,100 Meadows Maturity for trotting mares.
Some of the top trotters in the nation will converge on the track for Friday 9th race, including two reigning champions. Shake It Cerry, who was named the top three-year-old filly trotter of 2014 as well as the national Trotter of the Year, will be making the first start of her four-year-old campaign. She will face last year’s aged trotting mare of the year, Classic Martine.
Shake It Cerry earned the honor in 2014 after winning 15 of 17 races and earning over $1.2 million, bringing her career total to just over $2 million. In all, she has won 23 of 28 lifetime starts, including the Kentucky Filly Futurity and Breeders Crown last season. Jimmy Taker trains Shake It Cerry, and Dave Palone will drive. She will leave from post #7 in the 9-horse field.
Also shipping in for the event will be Classic Martine, who will likewise be making her first start of the season. A five-year-old, Classic Martine was involved in a world-record dead heat at The Meadows in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake Championship in 2013. At age 4 last year, she won 9 of 18 starts and increased her career bankroll to just under $1 million for trainer Chris Oakes.
Several local horses are also entered, including Bob Key’s Sweetie Hearts, Frank Poerio’s Whata Donato, two entries from the Burke Stable, Cowgirl Hall and Handover Belle, and two entries from the Bill Bercury Stable, Anaffairtoremember and Daylon Miracle.
The Bercury duo has combined for 7 wins in 15 starts at The Meadows this season, with Daylon Miracle’s four wins the most among anyone in the field in 2015. Anaffairtoremember, Sweetie Hearts and Whata Donato each have three victories.
The Meadows Maturity will take place as race 9 on a 12-race card. The first race on Friday is at 6:55PM and the card will also feature the $33,700 final of the Do Me Honor Early Closer, for three-year-old pacing fillies.