Day At The Track

Canada Round-Up; track record at Leamington

12:36 AM 16 Sep 2014 NZST
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Stoney Durkin ($10.90) established a new track record at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, pacing the mile in 1:57.2.

Mark Williams sent the five-year-old Whosurboy gelding to the front and made every post a winning one, hitting the half in :58.2 and pacing home in :59 seconds flat. Breeder Larry Fitzsimmons trains and shares ownership of Stoney Durkin with William Durkin of Sparta, Ont.

The track record was overshadowed by the performance of Donnie Rankin, who won six of the 10 races on the afternoon card.

Rankin started the day with three in a row, including his own Jet Black ($3.40) in 2:00.3, Danny William ($13.30) in 1:59.4 for owner Kevin Gillis of Windsor, Ont., and back with his own Hoo Rah ($2.90) in 2:04.2. He also won back-to-back races with Brother John ($2.80) in 2:00.1 and Keaton ($2.80) in 1:58.2 for Windsor's George Robinson and took the finale with his own pacer Memory In Motion ($3.90) in 1:59.4.

Next week, Rankin puts his announcing skills to the test, as he attempts to show how easy it is to call a harness race.

Leamington would like to extend a special thank you to the Ontario Harness Horse Association for their "jog a horse" program, where kids and adults alike get to experience what it is like to perform on the track.

Racing continues for the next five weekends at Leamington with post times Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m.

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

(With files from Leamington Raceway)

Blue Eyed Cowboy ropes in win at Alberta

Heavy favourite Blue Eyed Cowboy came flying by in the stretch to win the $20,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Colt Stakes in a career-best 1:52 performance on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs.

Bill Tainsh Jr. drove the stakes winner for owner/trainer Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta.

Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was the first to get a call, leaving from post five and sprinting the opening quarter in :26.4. As he headed down the backstretch, Sonic Spark (Travis Cullen) swept to command whileBlue Eyed Cowboy -- away sixth from post three in the full field of 10 -- flushed out Ghost Pine (Brandon Campbell).

Ghost Pine quickly surged to command, clearing just past the :56.1 half-mile mark while Blue Eyed Cowboy was left uncovered and stalled three and a half lengths off the lead.

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Allstar Seelster handles hike in class

Three-year-old pacer Allstar Seelster stepped up to win the $11,000 Preferred 2 for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs.

Fresh off a victory last week at the Preferred 3 level, Jack Darling's Allstar Seelster turned back first over challenger Adkins Hanover and held off the pocket-pulling Brocks Fortune for the neck victory in 1:54. Mike Saftic drove the son of Artistic Fella to his fourth win of the season in 12 starts. Tendtowin finished two lengths behind in third.

Russian Kisses earned her first win back in Ontario after sweeping the Spud Island Classic in Charlottetown, P.E.I. with a 1:55 score in the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:55 for owner/driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. She now has 11 victories in 27 starts this year.

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Web Cam notches fourth straight at Rideau

Web Cam continued his Rideau Carleton Raceway reign and is now a perfect four-for-four racing against the Ottawa oval's top pacers.

Assigned post six in this week's $6,500 Winners Over Handicapped Pace, 3-5 favourite Web Cam ($3.30) hustled to the front of the seven-horse field off the gate and led all the way through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.1 en route to the 1:54.1 triumph. He held off the pocket-pulling Beach Runner A M by a head while Chasin Racin edged out Onyx V A three and a half lengths behind for third-place.

Web Cam is a seven-year-old Astreos-Rudy Cam gelding -- a half-brother to Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend.

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Mach Wheel wins first out for new connections

Mach Wheel was victorious in his Truro Raceway debut on Sunday afternoon, taking the top class for his new connections and ending Oakmont's win streak.

Leaving from outside his five rivals in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace, Mach Wheel took over command at the half and cruised home to a three length triumph in 1:55.3 over the "good" track with a two second variant. Oakmont, who was riding a three-race win streak, was forced to settle for second-place honours and Sf Razamatazz finished third.

The six-year-old Mach Three gelding was a recent addition to the Darren Crowe stable and is owned by Nova Scotia connections Roy Springett of Windsor, Robert Siteman of Valley, William Shearer of Brookfield and Donald Charles Smith of Brookside.

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Breaker rebounds to win at St. John's

Three-year-old pacing colt Son Of Rocknroll recovered from an early break in stride to win the NLSBA Stake Invitational on Sunday at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre.

Trained and driven by local horseman Daniel Williams, Son Of Rocknroll made up his 12 length deficit to defeat pacesetter Salmonier Storm by half a length in 2:05.2 in the $1,200 non-wagering race.

The Rocknroll Hanover-Village Blush colt has now won six of his 11 starts in his sophomore year. Two-year-old fillies Force Of Grey and Silverhill Legacy were a distant third and fourth to complete the field.

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Salute is best at Inverness Raceway

Salute became the third different winner in Inverness Raceway's Invitational series on Sunday afternoon.

Salute fought off favourite Junebugs Baby to win the $2,500 third leg of the series by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter Bonnys Mac rounded out the top three finishers over two lengths behind.

Redmond Doucet trains and drives the nine-year-old gelding for the Ruth Shannon Stable of Port Hawkesbury, N.S. The victory was Salute's fourth and fastest this year from 15 starts and followed up a fourth and fifth-place finish in the previous divisions.

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