Hats Off To Top Of The Morning

Published: October 30, 2010 11:53 pm EDT

Top Of The Morning converted from the pocket to sweep the All Saints Claiming Series on Saturday night at Georgian Downs

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The top nine money earners in the series advanced to the $34,000 final. The series is open to pacers that are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of Sept. 15, 2010 (no allowances).

Using the inside post position to his advantage, second leg winner D J Adonis (Mike Langdon) took control off the gate and carved out fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26.1 with Top Of The Morning and Aaron Byron following loosely in the two-hole.

Launching a late attack, Top Of The Morning pulled the pocket in the stretch and used a :29.4 final frame to get up for the half-length score in 1:56.2 over a track rated ‘good’ and one second off. D J Adonis held on for second with Made To Glide (Pat Hudon) finishing three-quarters of a length behind in third.

Top Of The Morning paid $5.70 to win as the bettor’s choice. Unraced at two, the three-year-old gelded son of Cams Card Shark-Converging Spirit now sports a record reading 8-5-3 in 30 career starts. The lion’s share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $56,954 for trainer Mike Sinclair and owner James Ruhl of Tara, Ont.

Rose Run Hooligan rallied from the backfield with a :29.2 final quarter to capture Saturday’s $14,000 Preferred 2 Trot in 1:57.1 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Rene Allard. The 12-1 shot won by two and a half lengths over Isthatallyagot (Tony Kerwood) and Flora Dream (Stephen Byron).

Allard shares ownership of the seven-year-old son of Corleone-Centergy with Anne O’Keefe of Ferryland, Nfld. and Ferme Bureau Et Fils Senc of Saint-Leonard, Que. Rose Run Hooligan notched his fourth win in 19 seaonal starts and pushed his earnings to $113,097.

To view Saturday's results, click here.

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