Smooth Criminal repeat as a gate-to-wire winner from post one in the $9,000 Open Pace at Northlands Park on Saturday, but this time in a career-best clocking for trainer/driver Bill Tainsh Jr.
The five-year-old Alberta-sired gelding by Blue Burner is owned by Willie Wychopen of St. Paul and Edmonton's Walter Moroz.
Smooth Criminal cruised through fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.1 en route to the 1:52.3 triumph. Timberline Court (Gerry Hudon) closed up the rail to finish one length behind in second. Pocket-sitter Rock Allstar (Jamie Gray) prevailed in a photo for show over outsider Who Doesnt (Travis Cullen), who was parked the entire mile after challenging early for the lead.
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