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Preferreds To Pacific Oak And Nobananas

Published: April 6, 2009 9:59 pm ET

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A pair of $18,400 Preferred events highlighted the 12-race program at Western Fair Raceway on Monday, with Pacific Oak getting the better of his pacing rivals and Nobananas showing no mercy to his trotting foes.

Brad Forward guided Nobananas to a 2:03 victory over a track listed as “Good” by the ORC Judges. The eight-year-old son of Earl was parked while sitting fifth at the quarter pole, but he marched to the frond and proceeded to chop out middle panels of 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 en route to the win. Trottin Troy, the winner of last week’s Preferred event, was second and Loose Change Louie finished third.

Trainer Kim Matthews co-owns the veteran with partner Murray Cox of Rockwood, Ontario. It was the gelding’s third consecutive victory, and it improved his 2009 record to 3-1-0 in five starts. The 29-time winner has banked more than $310,000 to date.

It was a round trip to the winner’s circle for Pacific Oak, who survived a first-over journey to take home top prize in his assignment for trainer/driver Kenny Oliver.

The six-year-old son of Pacific Rocket wore down pacesetter Tipper Too en route to posting the 1:59.3 victory. XLB Patrick enjoyed a ground-saving trip and finished second in the eight-horse affair, with Tipper Too fading late to finish third.

Pacific Oak has assembled a 3-1-1 record in his first seven starts of the season for owners Shirley & Kerry House of St. Jacobs, Ontario. The 22-time winner boasts more than $208,000 in lifetime earnings.

To view Monday’s results, click here.

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