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Canadian Racing Round-up - Alberta cancels

11:49 AM 28 Sep 2014 NZDT
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Alberta Downs was forced to cancel its harness racing card for Saturday, September 27.

Heavy rain and cold weather resulted in a heavy racetrack this morning causing a delay to the start of the card and the eventual cancellation.

Saturday's scheduled Alberta Sires Stakes Stardust divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies will be held as special non-betting races prior to the Sunday, September 28 race card. Post time for the two-year-old filly stakes are 12:50 p.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the live betting card at 1:15 p.m.

Qualifiers on Sunday will be re-scheduled at 12:00 noon, 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Leamington Track Record Tied

Northern Ontario trainer Joanne Pond may have had some setbacks in her life, but racing Saturday afternoon at Leamington Raceway provided her with a positive outlook many trainers could only dream to achieve.

Ms. Pond sent three horses to the post, and made three trips to the winner's circle, including one with a new Leamington track record co-holder.

The star of the afternoon was Tendtowin, a No Pan Intended-Garden Gate Creme gelding who equalled the pacing standard winning the $5,000 Preferred 3 in 1:57.2. Owned by the Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C., the four-year-old came off the pace to win, going away by five and a quarter lengths. The win was the eighth in 14 starts this year for Tendtowin, who has over $45,000 in the bank.

Pond's other two winners included Tentowind's younger full brother Sea Star (1:58.2), a three-year-old gelding also owned by Seaspray Stables, and a good-looking Western Ideal-Fashion Week two-year-old filly, High Fashion Mel (2:00.1), now undefeated in three starts for Stephan Pryjma of Whitby, Ont.

All three winners were driven by Alfie Carroll, who had a total of four winning drives on the 10-race card.

Dixieland Band sets track mark at Northside Downs

Two-year-old pacing colt Dixieland Band defeated divisional point leader J J Romeo in a track record performance during their final preliminary leg of the Atlantic Sires Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs.

Dixieland Band left from post five in his $7,460 "A" division and carved out fractions of :29.4, :59.1 and 1:28.3 en route to the 1:58.1 triumph, with favourite J J Romeo following four lengths behind off a pocket trip. Bngs Express trailed 12 lengths back in third.

The winning time was not only a personal best for Dixieland Band, but also lowered the track record for two-year-old pacing colts. Rancousy held the former colt mark of 1:59.3, although the overall male record of 1:57.1 is held by gelding Dumas Walker.

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