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    An Irishman named Jack Killeen is gaining a reputation for himself
An Irishman named Jack Killeen is gaining a reputation for himself
Jack Killeen. Source: Harnesslink

An Irishman named Jack Killeen is gaining a reputation for himself

On his 18th birthday in America, Irishman Jack Killeen used a GPS to land at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows harness racing track. Luckily, the jolly wanderer found his way back to western Pennsylvania and is happy there.

"I thought I'd be here, but I went through a year-and-a-half where I thought 'I don't even know if I'm gonna be able to do this,'" Killeen said. "I was moved. We would remain for about two or three months before they said, 'Oh, let's go to Tioga; let's move somewhere else.' I was young and thought, 'OK!' Then I realised that's not what you do. You choose a track and work."

He joined The Meadows permanently in 2022 and is building a successful driving career.

In his debut year at the Washington, Pa., track, Killeen made a remarkable start, winning 20 races and a staggering $ 248,079. Last season at The Meadows, in 869 starts, the 23-year-old continued to dominate, clinching 55 races and a whopping $648,343.

November was a month of triumph for Killeen at The Meadows. On the first Wednesday, he led the 43-1 longshot Swan Legacy to a thrilling $15,900 conditioned trot win. The following week, Killeen's skill and strategy shone again as he guided Swan Legacy to a stunning victory in the $21,200 Open Handicap Trot, despite starting at 40-1 and making a five-wide stretch rally.

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