Day At The Track

Outsiders upset big-time at Flamboro Downs

01:53 PM 31 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Stouffville (Ontario) harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello always thought his 3-year-old filly Worth Remembering would make a nice trotter. After all she had the bloodlines - especially being by champion trotting sire Ken Warkentin.

In fact just over six weeks ago Auciello never dreamed the brown filly would make her debut in a pacing race and then pay more than $107 to win.

But that's exactly what Worth Remembering did at Flamboro Downs yesterday (Wednesday March 30) in a $6,500 fillies and mares pace. She just got up and stopped the clock in 2:01.2.

"Just over six weeks ago we were training her to be a trotter, but she was a hot headed thing and wouldn't settle, so I decided to switch her to pacing. I qualified her at Mohawk on March 17, but to be honest with you I never thought she would win on debut.

"The weather hasn't been good here lately and the tracks have been in a bad state too, so I haven't been able to put much work into her. It was a real surprise to see her get up and win, especially from the outside hole," Auciello said.

He said maybe one or two of his horses had paid long prices before but he couldn't remember anything paying more than $100 to win. So did Auciello have any money on her?

"In a word - ‘No'. And neither did any of my friends or family. Quite simply I didn't think she was going to win. It came as a big surprise to us all," Auciello said.

Worth Remembering shot to the lead for driver Anthony Macdonald and then trailed before hooking out three wide on the turn and then getting up in the shadows of the post to win.

It was one of two wins on the day for Auciello. He also won with Amigo Hall 3-year-old Tony Montana in the ninth event. That bay gelding however paid a respectable $6.90 to win.

The Auciello duo also provided Macdonald with four wins on the program. His other two victories came behind Evoltionno in race five and Boooobaaaah Speed in the last of the 11 races.

But the Flamboro meeting was a day the punters would like to forget.

The Clark Beelby (Campbellville) trained and Paul Mackenzie driven Furious Five paid $74.30 when winning the $9,000 eighth event for fillies and mares.

The 8-year-old Faldo Hanover mare was the rank outsider in the eight-horse field. She won in 1:58.4.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

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