RCR Features Preferreds; Tessier Triples

Windsun Cheyenne and Pasadena Star each made it into the win column in their second try this year, prevailing in Sunday night's co-featured $8,550 Preferred Handicaps at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Leaving from center-field, Windsun Cheyenne ($13.90) relinquished the lead to last week's victor Ufdragons Rocket at the quarter pole and found himself behind a wall of horses stacked four-wide heading into the homestretch. However, the eight-year-old gelded son of Cams Card Shark shot through inside to score by a half-length in 1:56.1 over the sloppy track. Hoboken Hanover, Vegas Rocks and Canadian Edition crossed the wire just behind.

Driver Stephane Brosseau worked out the winning trip aboard Windsun Cheyenne, who was a runner-up in his season's debut last week, for owner/trainer Gina Bragagnolo. The win was the pacer's 15th lifetime.

Pasadena Star ($4.10), the favourite in the trot division, swept three-wide from fourth at the third-quarter mark and then hauled down leader Iholdon to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59 flat. Warrawee Proton rounded out the top three finish order.

Owned, trained and driven by Stephane Pouliot, the seven-year-old Kadabra gelding is now two-for-three since arriving at Rideau from Saratoga in late December. The victory was his 26th lifetime and followed up a fourth-place finish in last week's top class.

Earlier on the program, trainer Yves Tessier scored a natural hat trick in combination with three difference drivers. Tessier's winners were Sportsranger ($4.20, Jonathan Lachance), Donna Party ($17.90, Stephane Brosseau) and Torches Angel ($4.20, Louis-Philippe Roy).

The evening's 10th race was declared a 'No Contest' with a full pari-mutuel refund following an incident that occurred near the quarter-pole during which driver Richard Simard was unseated from his mount Artmondia. Simard did return to action for his two remaining drives.

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway.

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