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Dali Equals Stakes Mark In Spring Pacing Championship


Published: April 10, 2010 11:25 pm ET

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Dali served notice to his older pacing counterparts that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season after a sparkling 1:49.3 victory in the $90,000 Spring Pacing Championship final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

The clocking equaled the stakes record for the event, which was first established by Whosurboy back in 2005 and later matched by Tigerama in 2008.

In Saturday’s contest, Dali blasted out for early command from Post 6 before yielding the lead briefly to Sixdaysontheroad (Paul MacDonell) through a first panel of :26.3. Driver Luc Ouellette wasted no time in taking Dali back to the top in the second quarter as he took over just before the half in :55 seconds.

Annieswesterncard was the first to move out of fourth at that point. As Dali began to sprint in the third quarter, a hole developed in front of a gapping Sixdaysontheroad and Annieswesterncard (Jack Moiseyev) was able to move back down to the pylons and follow the pacesetter through three-quarters in 1:22.2.

The pocket-sitter came out to challenge in the stretch but lost ground to Dali who was overpowering in the win. The winning time of 1:49.3 also lowered Dali's own Canadian season's record for aged pacers on a 7/8th-mile track. Annieswesterncard did hold the place spot with Keystone Horatio rounding out the top three. Dali returned $3.40 as the solid top choice in the wagering.

“Last week, he [Dali] was just getting tight and this week he was even better,” said Ouellette, who also won the Youthful Series final on Friday night at Woodbine. “He’s an older horse now who’s gone some hard miles in his career. Rene [Allard - the trainer] and Aaron Waxman [co-owner] have done a real nice job of managing the horse this past year.

“He’s going to get a few weeks off now and I imagine he’ll only race a limited number of starts to make sure he’s as good as he can be all year. It’s amazing to think as many times as this horse has battled health issues to think he is still this good. He has a big heart.”

Saturday’s win was the fourth this season and 18th lifetime for the five-year-old son of Real Artist - Armbro Tea and bumped his career earnings to just over $1,330,000 for Waxman, who co-owns along with the Vip Internet Stable Llc. of New Jersey.

To view Saturday's results, click here.

(With files from WEG)

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