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Won The West wins Canadian Pacing Derby

04:02 AM 05 Sep 2010 NZST
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Won The West and Dave Miller win the
Won The West and Dave Miller win the - 2010 $780,000 Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:51.2.

Won The West, with harness racing driver Dave Miller, powered his way to victory in the historic $780,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, Saturday (September 4) over a rain-soaked Mohawk oval. It was the 31st career win for the well-traveled six-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover and with the $390,000 first place prize, he pushed his career bankroll to over $3 million.

Won The West was sent postward the 3-1 third choice, behind the 6-5 favourite Shark Gesture, the defending champion, who took over from Big Time Ball just before an opening quarter in 27 seconds flat.

After the half was reached in :55.1, Shark Gesture held a two length advantage, but approaching the far turn, Hypnotic Blue Chip brushed up to challenge the leader, who suddenly made a break. Thus, Hypnotic Blue Chip inherited the lead turning for home, as the three-quarters was clocked in 1:23.1.

But Miller had Won The West flying on the inside in mid-stretch and the pair prevailed by one and one-half lengths in 1:51.2. Hypnotic Blue Chip hung on for second, while Bettor Sweet came on for third.

“I just left the gate. I wanted to make sure I was up close to the front,” said Miller. “ I decided I’d take back and follow (driver) Jody (Jamieson, driving Hypnotic Blue Chip). The trip worked out great. I had live cover right to the stretch. And I was able to go left (towards the rail), which always helps this horse and he paced good right through the wire. He’s a good horse. He (Hypnotic Blue Chip) had a couple of lengths on me. But my horse, once he got straightened away, he took right off.”

Trained by Ronald Burke, Won The West entered the Canadian Pacing Derby with four wins this year in 12 starts, including a victory in the U.S. Pacing Championship, August 7 at The Meadowlands. He had most recently finished second, then third, to Shark Gesture in the Haughton prep and final last month.

Won The West, who joined such pacing greats as Lis Mara, Art Major, Real Desire, Gallo Blue Chip and Western Ideal as Derby winners just this decade, paid $8.60, $4.40 and $3.60, combining with Hypnotic Blue Chip ($3.10, $3.10) for a $29.10 (4-2) exactor. A 4-2-7 (Bettor Sweet, $6.10 to show) triactor returned $215.40 while a $1 Superfecta [4-2-7-10 (Lisagain)] came back $1,265.90.

Greg GANGLE

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