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Classic Gent undefeated this year - 9 wins

02:24 AM 14 Apr 2013 NZST
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Classic Gent
Classic Gent - Now undefeated in nine starts this season
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Sent off as the second choice at odds of 2-1, Classic Gent, driven by Doug McNair, is now undefeated in nine starts this season after capturing the $37,000 Youthful final on Saturday evening at Woodbine. The son of Blissful Hall increased his seasonal earnings to $59,100 for harness racing trainer Stanley Malec, who operates Classic Farms.

Orillia Joe (Paul MacDonell) fired to the lead from post 10 and led his nine rivals past the opening quarter in :27. Classic Gent was still parked on the outside, but marched to the front well before the half in :56.

As Classic Gent passed three-quarters in 1:24.2, post time favourite Varadero Hanover (Sylvain Filion) was five and a quarter lengths off the leader as they were positioned third-over.

Down the stretch, McNair asked his charge for more pace and Classic Gent opened up on his rivals as he outsprinted Varadero Hanover to score the win by two and a quarter lengths. Glammit (Mike Saftic) finished third.

"Coming into the race, I wasn't sure how it would shape out," Malec said following the race. "Doug (McNair) drove him the same way he usually does and it worked out again tonight. I was fairly confident we'd get the job done turning for home and I couldn't be happier."

With the win, Classic Gent increased his career bankroll to $76,960. He paid $6.10 to win.

Malec confirmed that Classic Gent's next start will be in The Diplomat beginning on April 22 at the Rexdale oval.

Greg Gangle - WEG Communicaitons

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