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Midnight Diva Repeats In Mares Open

Published: November 8, 2009 1:16 am ET

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Midnight Diva sat sixth for most of the mile but used a strong late kick to come on for back-to-back wins in the $12,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace Saturday at Fraser Downs.

Im Bossy (Jim Marino) was quickest off the gate from Post 4, but was overtaken past the :27.1 first quarter mark by a parked out Red Star Hottie (James Burke), who was part of the favoured Robert Murphy-owned entry. Red Star Hottie sped to the half in :55.3 and then three-quarters 1:24.3 while Im Bossy moved to the outside providing the leader’s entrymate Lucks Pleasure (David McKellar) and Midnight Diva and Gord Abbott with cover. Heading into the stretch, Midnight Diva angled wide and used a :29-second final frame to get up for the one-length score in 1:54.3.

Lucks Pleasure was second and Greek Beach (Scott Knight) finished three lengths back in third. Red Star Hottie and the winner’s stablemate Modern Legacy (Keith Clark) earned the remaining cheques.

Owned by Meadowlark Farms of Calgary, Alta., the five-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Melbourne Breeze won for the fifth time in 14 starts this year pushing her earnings to $46,650. The 10-time career winner has banked $125,393 to date.

The win was one of three on the 12-race card for trainer Keith Clark. His pupils Bestnotlie Hanover (1:55) and Rugrat (1:55.3) won the ninth and 11th races.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click here.


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