Wind Of The North, Merriman Impress

Wind Of The North trotted home for his 50th career victory on Monday (Dec. 3) at Northfield Park, as he came home first in the third race on the program.

Wind Of The North, pictured posting his 50th career win on Monday (Dec. 3) at Northfield Park

Wind Of The North, an eight-year-old veteran, has made 164 career starts and has also notched 36 seconds and 21 third-place finishes.

Wind Of The North, by Cantab Hall, has career earnings of $1,035,258 and a lifetime mark of 1:51, which was taken at Pocono at age four. The trotter’s richest win was for a purse of $100,000 in the Chip Noble Trot at Scioto Downs in 2015. Wind Of The North is a well-travelled campaigner – his 50 wins have been spread across 13 different racing surfaces.

Wind Of The North was assigned Post 8 in the evening’s $19,000 Open Handicap Trot. He fired off the gate despite having started from the far outside and led at every call through fractions of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.2. His win time was 1:55 over a ‘sloppy’ surface. He bested his competition by a two and a quarter lengths. He was the race favourite and returned $3.40 to win.

William Bercury of Slippery Rock, PA owns and trains Wind Of The North. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.

Merriman had a big night on Monday winning a total of eight times on the 15-race program.

(Northfield Park)