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Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Published: January 29, 2009 11:27 pm ET

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A training triple and a five-bagger a la the race bike gave veteran horseman Ted McDonald plenty of reasons to be chipper on Thursday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

McDonald was blanked throughout the first six races, but he did plenty of winning during the balance of the 14-race program.

He clicked with a classy claimer named Wobbly Legs (1:57.3) in Race 7 before catch-driving Dillman (2:02.4) to victory in Race 9 for trainer John MacMillan.

Average Joe (2:00) eked out a narrow score one race later, thus completing the driving hat-trick and giving McDonald his second training win on the card. The Bernard Emond-trained Baby Vegas (2:00) led for most of the mile in Race 11, and in doing so gave McDonald the natural hat trick and the driving Grand Slam.

Orfeus (2:02.2) capped off the card with a half-length victory for trainer/driver McDonald, who could do little wrong on the Thursday evening card.

A career winner of 2,748 races and purses in excess of $11.6 million, McDonald will set his sights on surpassing the $1 million mark in purse earnings for the fifth consecutive season.

To view Thursday’s results, click here.

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