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Berry's first visit to Plainridge is a winning one
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - by Paul Verrett, for Plainridge Racecourse

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Plainville, MA --- Driver Patrick Berry made his first appearance at Plainridge Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon -- and it was a winning one.

Tarver Hanover (Plainridge/Alan Mattison)

Plainridge Racecourse/Alan Mattison

Patrick Berry drove Tarver Hanover to a quick victory on Tuesday
Berry won an Open pace aboard Tarver Hanover, who equaled the fastest mile at the meet in the process. A 4-year-old son of Ball and Chain, Tarver Hanover and Berry led at every pole, en route to a three and one-quarter length victory. The pocket-sitting Fluster (Greg Bowden) finished second, and Artchie Andrews (Jason Bartlett) staged an impressive rally and finished third.

Tarver Hanover is owned by the Country Boys Stable of Punxsutawney, Penn. and is trained by Roy Dinges.

Best After Midnite continues to be the best at any time of the day in the in the $20,000 claiming class, and the 9-year-old posted his fourth Plainridge victory of 2005 on Tuesday, and stopped the timer in 1:533. Markalan A (Ron Cushing) finished second and the front-running Arts Unknown (Brad Irvine) held on and finished third.

Each of Best After Midnite’s Plainridge victories have been in 1:54 or faster for owners Scott Dillon and Bob Sumner.

Tuesday’s victory was part of a driving double for Sumner, who also visited the winner’s circle with Vegas Excalibur. Greg Bowden also notched a driving double; he scored with Angelas Beach Girl and Little Bossman.

Racing will resume at Plainridge Racecourse on Thursday afternoon; post time for a 12-race program will be 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

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