BY Ayers Ratliff
Aaron Merriman scored the 5,000th win of his driving career while driving Genesis See Yah in Northfield Park’s 9th race on Monday evening.
|Aaron Merriman winning his 5,000 career victory on Genesis See Yah at Northfield Park|
Merriman boldly loomed from mid-pack to quickly pass their competition and drew off to a 10 ¼ length win. Genesis See Yah’s 1:54.3 win marks a new lifetime best for the 6 year-old pacing gelding.
Merriman (33 years old) remembers his first win as being aboard a pacing mare named Albert’s Filly at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. Although there are 5,000 to choose from, Merriman says that he has no favorite win. “They all feel the same,” explained Merriman. “The winner’s circle is always happy and you never get tired of making people happy.”
Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates the successful 12-year career he has experienced: accomplishing the 5,000-win milestone and earning purses exceeding $23,000,000.
“I am just really grateful to have been given the opportunities,” said Merriman. “Considering everything that has happened in my driving career, this really feels good.”
Merriman’s richest win came in a $300,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final aboard Palazzo Princess. Aaron’s fastest win was race timed in 1:50.0. He rates the toughest horse he has ever driven as Midnight Jewel.