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Niatross Trotted Out for Tour

May 21, 1996

COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) _ Niatross, harness racing’s Horse of the Year in 1979 and 1980, will leave his home at Walnridge Farm for a summer and fall tour.

The 19-year-old stallion who last raced in 1980 will visit seven tracks. He likely will be accompanied by his co-owner, trainer and driver Clint Galbraith.

``Niatross is in perfect health and he has perfect gentleman’s manners,″ said David Meirs III, whose family owns and runs Walnridge Farm and who initiated the tour. ``He has many fans that would love to see him. This is the right time for him to visit some of the people and places where he created excitement 16 years ago.″

The sites and dates of the tour: Goshen, N.Y., July 6; East Rutherford, N.J., July 13; Delaware, Ohio, Sept. 18; Lexington, Ky., Sept 21; Meadow Lands, Pa., Oct. 12; Campbellville, Ontario, Oct. 19; and Vernon, N.Y., Oct. 25.

Niatross’ tour will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, with the proceeds to help horses no longer able to compete.

`It’s fitting that Niatross’ tour will help give ex-racehorses new careers off the track,″ Meirs said. ``Niatross had the world at his feet when he retired _ not every horse does.″

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