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Upsets In Rideau Preferreds

Published: July 25, 2010 11:47 pm ET

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A mild upset took place in the co-featured Preferred Trot at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, but it was a complete shocker in the co-featured Preferred Pace.

Paddington, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, front-stepped his way to a 1:56.3 triumph in the $14,000 Preferred Trot for driver Guy Gagnon. It was the gelding’s fourth win in his last five starts, and it was his third win in four tries since being claimed and placed in the barn of trainer Gerard Demers.

The seven-year-old son of Credit Winner battled long and hard with Finnegan before edging out that foe by a head. Star Ruffnready tracked cover and wound up finishing third in the six-horse affair.

Owned by 9174 7998 Quebec Inc of Blainville, QC, Paddington won for the sixth time this season and for the 23rd time in his career. His bankroll topped $230,000 with the win.

Gendron and Demers were the dominant trainer/driver duo on the program. They joined forces to win three races in total, and Gendron added two more catch-driving victories to bring his nightly win total to five.

Viper Select eked out a nose decision in the $14,000 Preferred Pace, and he did so as a 31-1 outsider for driver Donald Jobin and trainer Regent Guindon. The five-year-old son of Dauntless Bunny rallied from last to post the 1:53.1 victory over even-money favourite Imjustalittleguy. Aint No Hearsay was third.

Denis Guindon of Carleton Place, ON holds the ownership papers on the gelding who won for the 19th time in his career. He has potted more than $108,000 to date.

To view Sunday’s results, click here.


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