Announcer Idol competition at Flamboro Downs

02:10 AM 18 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Ted Yates from the Morning Show on Oldies 1150 CKOC tried Announcers Idol Sunday
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Ted Yates

Ted Yates, from the Morning Show on Oldies 1150 CKOC, joined Flamboro Downs' Gary Guy in the announcer booth to call the third race as the track's Announcer Idol competition continued on Sunday evening.

Stephen Morton's Pasta Vera ($5.30) made up a 10 length deficit in the final lap of the third race to win in 1:58.2 for brothers Robert and Patrick Shepherd.

"And flying now is Pasta Vera and Pasta Vera has passed them all!" called Yates with assistance from Guy while Shepherd sent the five-year-old pacer wide from the backfield to take over command down the backstretch.

"Look at that lead! Pasta Vera is going to win," said Yates as the leading horse opened up down the stretch. "Close for second, they're all there for second!"

There was a five-across battle for the runner-up honours five lengths behind the winner. Pacesetter War Boots and Tyler Moore held on for second while Grissini and James MacDonald rounded out the top three finishers.

The career-best win was Pasta Vera's third in a row over a span of nine days since shipping to Ontario.

Andrew Gerrior from FreshFM 95.3 will take the mic for next Sunday's edition of Announcer Idol. The competition continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality calling the third race every Sunday night. Fans and patrons will get to vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming.

Sunday night's featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace was won by the repeating Nothingbutmach ($5.40), who fought off My Man Charley and Jody Jamieson for the 1:55.4 victory. Phil Hudon drove the winner for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Debbie Element. Web Cam and Scott Coulter finished third.

Gaetan Hebert's homebred pacer Live And Learn ($7.30) won the $7,000 Preferred 3 in 1:57.2 with Bob McClure aboard.

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs.

Repriinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

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