Randy Waples scores his 6,000th career win

12:08 PM 01 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Randy Waples scored his 6,000th career win Monday at Woodbine
TORONTO, March 31 - It was a memorable night for Milton resident Randy Waples as the veteran driver notched his 6,000th career win.

Waples guided Account Rollover to a 1:52.3 victory in the second of two Youthful series divisions for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh to capture the milestone.

"It's such a special feeling to reach any milestone let alone 6000," Waples said following the win. "It was even extra special because it was one of Bob's (McIntosh) horses. We've had a lot of success together, won a lot of major races and been friends for years. That was really the icing on the cake."

Waples, who began his driving career in 1984 has over $114 million in purse earnings.

Dragon Seelster (Paul Macdonell) was the first leader past the opening station in :27.3.

As the field settled and headed towards the half, American Island (Doug McNair) made their way to the front and led past the half in :56.3.

Waples and Account Rollover came first-over and cleared to the front before three-quarters in 1:24.2.

From there, the son of Rocknroll Hanover fended off a late challenge from Dragon Seelster to capture the win. Kuchar (Jody Jamieson) finished third.

Account Rollover increased his bankroll to $41,810 for McIntosh along with co-owners Al MacIntosh Holdings Inc, and CSX Stables.

Unraced as a rookie, the bay gelding has a 5-2-1 record from eight starts this season.

Twomickeytrip and Paul Macdonell teamed up to win the other $15,000 division as the pair got under the wire first in 1:56.3.

Reasonable Force (Jody Jamieson) was hard-used to earn the front past the opening quarter in a quick :26.4.

As the sophomores headed towards the half, Glory Beach (Sylvain Filion) angled out of third and took over command to lead past the mid-way point in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3.

Regal Son (Randy Waples) began the first-over attack around the final turn, giving live cover to Twomickeytrip.

Turning for home, GloryBeach was still in command, but the backfield began to close on the tempo-setter. MacDonell showed Twomickeytrip open racetrack and the four-time winner responded as he wore down the tempo-setter in deep stretch en route to victory. GloryBeach stayed for second, over Royal Reception (Chris Christoforou).

Trained and co-owned by Richard Fife along with Grace George, Twomickeytrip increased his bankroll to $50,080. The bay gelding has a 3-1-1 record from nine starts this season.

He paid $9.20 to win.

The Youthful Series is for three-year-old colts and geldings, who are non winners for three races or $15,000 in 2013.

by Greg Gangle, for WEG

 

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