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JINS DRAGON ALL HEART IN MEADOWS SERIES WIN
WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2013 - Jins Dragon, who recently suffered a heart ailment that left his racing career in doubt, showed that his ticker - and his legs - are doing just fine when he scored impressively in Tuesday's Schoolkids Pace at The Meadows.
The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with Counterterror and Terror High - a pair of Western Terror geldings - each notching his second Schoolkids victory. Terror High's mile was especially noteworthy, as it equaled the fastest this year by a sophomore gelding on a five-eighths-mile track.
Jins Dragon took a mark of 1:55.2 last year at The Meadows and was preparing well for his 2013 campaign when, according to owner Craig McEvoy, several lengthy van trips stressed him and produced a heart problem, complete with blood in the lungs, that McEvoy feared would be fatal. But under the care of McEvoy, veterinarian Dr. Richard Balmer and trainer Brad Buxton, the son of Dragon Again-Gordon's Jin Mist recovered and qualified March 29 in a slowish 2:01.2.
He was a different animal Tuesday, powering three wide to the lead past the quarter for Randy Tharps and prevailing in 1:53, 1/2 length better than Tempster Hanover. Skylite's Finale was third. McEvoy said Jins Dragon likely will sport earplugs next week to make him more manageable.
"It is nothing short of a miracle to see your horse go from almost dying to the winners' circle," McEvoy said.
In the $18,000 Preferred Trot, TSM Photo Bugger erased a 3-length deficit in the stretch to defeat Hava Kadabra by 1/2 length in 1:54.1, matching his career best. Big And Little rallied for show. Mike Wilder drove the 6-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding, who now boasts $294,083 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson.
Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card.
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