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Odds-On Faves Upended At Rideau

Published: April 22, 2018 10:09 pm ET

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Windsun Cheyenne ($22.20) circled odds-on favourite Cobalt Man en route to a 1:53.2 score in the co-featured $8,550 Not Listed Preferred Pace on Sunday (April 22) at Rideau Carleton Raceway, while Pasadena Star ($11.90) sprung a mild upset from the pocket in the co-featured trotting event.

Windsun Cheyenne took full advantage of a hotly contested pace en route to his 10-1 upset in the top pacing event (race 10), circling four-wide off the home turn under Stephane Brosseau from a third-over trip after stalking D J Power (Louis-Philippe Roy) and Atomic Million AM (Jonathan Lachance) through contested splits of :26.3, :55, and 1:23.2. While D J Power shrugged off Atomic Million AM at head-stretch, Windsun Cheyenne lifted to just collar him in the final yards of a 1:53.2 mile while also staving off the late-rallying Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) by a nose. D J Power narrowly held third over odds-on favourite Cobalt Man (Guy Gagnon), whom Windsun Cheyenne passed in upper stretch as his rally commenced.

Gina Bragagnolo owns and trains Windsun Cheyenne, an eight-year-old Cams Card Shark gelding who has now won 18 races in his career.

In the Not Listed Preferred Trot (race 12), trainer-driver Stephane Pouliot secured the pocket with Pasadena Star early, letting Torches Angel (Roy) clear at the completion of a :28 first quarter and drafting comfortably throughout. With odds-on choice Raising Richard (Darrell Coville) applied sustained first-over pressure to the pacesetter, Pasadena Star was able to stalk middle splits of :58 and 1:27.1 before diving to the open stretch and striking the front a sixteenth from home. The seven-year-old Kadabra gelding drew away by 1-1/2 lengths to prevail in 1:56.2, while Torches Angel narrowly held the runner-up spot over Raising Richard.

Pasadena Star, owned by 9096 9205 Québec Inc., earned his second consecutive win and the 28th of his career.

To view Sunday’s harness racing results, click the following link: Sunday Results – Rideau Carleton Raceway.

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