Day At The Track

Seven for Gagnon

12:30 PM 15 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Guy Gagnon drove seven winners at Rideau Carleton Raceway
Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon drove seven horses to victory on Rideau Carleton Raceway's 15-race, Sunday, Mar. 14 card.
Gagnon struck early, taking Wild River Coyotee all the way in the opener. His next win came in the third, with Windson Quincy retaking the lead at the half and storming off to a seven-and-a-half length jog. Gagnon returned to the winner's circle in the sixth after putting his charge, Saskabush Steve, in the pocket and sliding up the passing lane to nab the leader on the line.
He then confidently won the eighth, retaking the lead immediately after losing it at the three-eighths and getting Avatar J home to win by a length and a quarter. The Roadies gave Gagnon his fifth in a very similar fashion to the previous winner. Stelios was his penultimate victor, going all the way on the front to win comfortably. Undercover Strike and Gagnon rode second-over cover to score in the 13th race for the reinsman's final win on the card.
Gagnon was favoured in all but one of the seven; four of his mounts went off at 1/5 or lower.
While he won just under half of the track's races, he didn't win either co-feature. Lestenpercent and Rodney La Framboise came from eighth to first in the Preferred trot after being nine and a half lengths back at the half.
La Framboise found the seven-hole with the six-year-old gelding, sitting well behind the 28.2, 57.2, and 1:28 fractions set by leader Severus Hanover. Lestenpercent joined the outside flow fourth-over, and La Framboise made the three-wide call turning for home. It was the correct one, as Lestenpercent swept past tired foes and won under wraps by a length in 1:58.3. Mr Contestant (Stephane Brosseau) made the last-to-second journey for place money, and Nimbus Deo (Yves Fillion) was third.
Lestenpercent's circling move resulted in his 21st win from 78 outings and upped his bankroll to $106,705 lifetime. The Justice Hall gelding is owned and trained by Paul Laframboise of L'Ange-Gardien. Both driver and trainer broke their seasonal maidens.
Pascal Berube steered National Debt to victory in the Preferred trot, driving on to claim the front and finishing the job from there.
Berube refused a rail seat from post six, urging his 10-year-old stallion on throughout the 27.1 first stanza. They made the top just past the quarter, and Berube cut out middle fractions of 56 and 1:25.1. Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) put in a first-up bid turning for home, but he was no match for National Debt on this occasion. National Debt turned him away and trotted on to a two-and-a-quarter length win in 1:53.4. Officer Jones closed from eighth to second, and journeyman Atomic Million Am collected a third-place cheque.
National Debt is now 67-for-201 lifetime with $615,079 in career earnings. Francois Morin owns the son of Allamerican Native that paid $4.40 to win. Yves Tessier, who is now in his seventh different spell of conditioning the horse, trained him to victory tonight.
Also on the card, Philip Reid acquired his first training win of 2021 as Journalistic took him to victory lane in the 12th race.
For full race results, click here.
by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink
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