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Hats Off To Top Of The Morning

Published: October 30, 2010 11:53 pm ET

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

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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