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Canadian Round-Up: Fall Extravaganza Sale & more

03:05 AM 21 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Alibi Seelster was the sales topper
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Talented pacing filly Alibi Seelster fetched the highest price at Sunday's 2014 Fall Extravaganza Mixed Sale.

Alibi Seelster, a seven-time winner with more than $224,000 in purses earned, was sold by trainer/owner Jack Darling to Doug Brown, acting as agent, for $60,000.

Cooler temperatures didn't dissuade potential buyers from packing the SC Sales Pavilion at Flamboro Downs. A total of 119 broodmares, racehorses, weanlings and yearlings brought a $1,143,000 gross, providing an overall average of $9,605.

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Moreau & Carroll take Flamboro features

Canada's leading trainer Richard Moreau and driver Alfie Carroll doubled up in Sunday night's Preferred quartet at Flamboro Downs with Adkins Hanover and Racey Miss.

Returning to Flamboro where he was a winner in the same class on Sept. 28, Adkins Hanover ($4.20) went wire-to-wire to score a three length victory in 1:53.3 in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 for horses and geldings. Carroll drove the five-year-old Western Ideal gelding for Moreau and co-owner Sylvain Descheneaux. Clic K and Goldstar Badlands finished second and third, respectively.

Carroll and Moreau also teamed up for a victory in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 as Hudson Standardbred Stable's four-year-old Shanghai Phil mare Racey Miss ($3.50) wore down sophomore filly Double Joy to prevail by one length in 1:57.2.

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Big move pays off for First Impression

Trailing the leading favourite by eight lengths at the half, First Impression and driver Sylvain Lacaille circled the field to prevail in the featured $6,500 Winners Over Handicap Pace on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Poppy Buckys Boy (Stephane Pouliot) overtook Mister Icon (Guy Gagnon) past the :27.3 first quarter mark and then led the field of eight through middle splits of ::57 and 1:26.3. Meanwhile, Beach Runner A M (Darrell Coville) advanced first over from the backfield with Web Cam (Gord Brown) following his cover. With those two starting the outer flow, First Impression was shuffled to last and moved third over.

As Poppys Bucky Boy came off the final turn into the stretch, he had Beach Runner A M at his flank -- although drifting out -- and Web Cam firing wide. Lacaille shot First Impression between the duelling leaders down the stretch and came through off a :28.1 final frame for the half-length victory in 1:55.2.

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Schooner stays perfect in October

Schooner continued to dominate the top pacers at Inverness Raceway on Sunday, not only wiring the field for the third straight week, but posting a flashy nine and a quarter length win margin at the finish line.

With Alex MacQuarrie in the driver's seat, Schooner won the $1,000 Winners Over Pace in 1:58.3 over the "good" track. Imbadimnationwide was the best of the rest and Jackson County completed the top three finishers in the field of five.

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Outlaw Gunpowder previals at Alberta

Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up the regular Alberta Sires Stakes season on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs with a new winner emerging to take the $49,800 Alberta Maverick Final.

Outlaw Gunpowder ($12.70) turned in the best effort of his career to defeat Plainsman champion Sotally Tober and Marksman winner Blue Eyed Cowboy.

Driven by Philip Giesbrecht, the Smart Shark-Fox Valley Cherish colt kicked home off a three-hole trip in :27.4 and wore down pacesetter Sotally Tober (:28.2, :57.4, 1:25) to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3, shaving one full second off his lifetime mark. Even-money favourite Blue Eyed Cowboy stalled first over down the backstretch, but came on to finish third, one and three-quarter lengths behind.

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