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Rideau's Preferred Pacers Met Their ‘Match’

Published: March 23, 2009 12:16 am ET

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The Preferred Pace made its way back to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, and that was music to the ears of Match Bayama.

The seven-year-old son of Goliath Bayama, who did his fair share of winning in Rideau’s top class last season, returned to his home turf and picked up a solid score after being forced to flaunt his stuff in high-end conditioned events at Flamboro Downs in recent weeks.

Upon returning to the barn of trainer Sebastien Giroux, the gelding was treated to a perfect, pocket trip in Sunday’s $12,100 Preferred – a trip that ultimately played a big part in landing the pacer back into victory lane.

John MacDonald mapped out the winning trip for the 27-time winner, who knocked off Littlebitoflife and Best Show In Town.

Les Ecuries Giroux Inc., Kevin Skilton and Jacques Caron share ownership on Match Bayama, who has stashed away more than $261,000 in lifetime earnings.

MacDonald and Giroux, who, respectively, enjoyed five and three-win performances on the 15-race program, joined forces to win with Speedy Samadhi (1:59.2) and The Big Fred (2:02). MacDonald also nabbed wins with the Marcel Bouvier-trained Cammisrazmataz (1:58.3) and the Gary McDonald-trained San Sire Lane (2:00.1).

To view Sunday’s results, click here.

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