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Weskey Pulls Off 45-1 Shocker

Published: March 9, 2011 8:18 pm ET

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Sent postward as the longest shot on the board, Weskey defied his odds and came charging home to pull off a 45-1 surprise in the $14,800 Preferred Trot finale on Wednesday at Western Fair Raceway.

Race favourite Indiana Hall (Robert Shepherd) settled on top at the :28.1 opening quarter ahead of early leaver Long Ago (Bruce Richardson), but gave way to last week's winner, Stand Guard (Robert Sparling Jr.), as they moved past the half-mile mark in :59.2.

Meanwhile, driver Doug McNair had moved Weskey off the pylons from sixth, following the cover of Winzel (Dave Wall).

As the field raced to three-quarters in 1:30 over the 'good' track, which was rated three seconds off, Weskey moved three-deep around breaker Winzel and then charged to command into the final turn. The eight-year-old gelding opened up two and three-quarters lengths before hitting the wire in 2:00.4. Power Shot followed the winner to finish second for the second straight week while Stand Guard ended up third.

Weskey paid $93.00 for the upset. The son of Wesgate Crown-Key To Pleasure picked up his second (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts and pushed his earnings to $15,260. Lifetime, the trotter has won 18 times while banking $144,811 for owner-trainer William Borth of Ingersoll, Ont.

For results from Wednesday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Western Fair Raceway.

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