Day At The Track

Donnie Rankin hits Grand Slam at Dresden

12:46 AM 02 Sep 2014 NZST
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Donnie Rankin, Jr. drove four winners

August 31, 2014 - Harness racing driver Donnie Ranking Jr. made four trips to the winner’s circle today at Dresden Raceway.

Rankin’s first winner of the day was MUST BE PAIGE in the fifth race.  The three year-old BADLANDS HANOVER filly is owned by trainer Joe Santarossa and his wife Bev. MUST BE PAIGE won her third in a row in 2:01.2.

Rankin struck again in the seventh race with RAMMATTIC in 2:00. The six-year-old RAMBARAN mare is owned by Tom Jacobs and Dom DeSantis while Greg Price does training.

The man in the blue and yellow checkerboard made his way to the winner’s circle in the eighth race while at the controls of PCS WILCARD. The five-year-old SAND CHASER gelding trotted the mile in 2:02 and is co-owned by trainer Pat Sweeney and his partner Jeff Lemmer.

Rankin rounded out the day by guiding SAMILLION DOLLARS to victory in 1:58.2 for owner Amber Robinet and trainer Price.

The handle for the Kid’s Day card of racing was $14,475.

Monday will feature the revival of the Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace.

Goodreau grew up near Dresden and was one of North America’s premier harness drivers but was killed in a racing accident at Hollywood Park in California in 1982.

The morning line favourite is LEAFS AND WINGS while the race is expected to be hotly contested by KENDAL GUSTAV and CALGARY SEELSTER.

There will also be lots of draws and giveaways on Labour Day.

Post time is 1p.m. and admission is free.

by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

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