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Preferreds Highlight Rideau Card

Published: May 23, 2010 9:13 pm ET

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A set of $14,000 Preferred events highlighted Sunday’s 15-race program at Rideau Carleton Raceway, with top trot honours going to Guilford and bragging rights in the main event for pacers earned by Match Bayama.

Guilford erupted for a 16-1 upset against square-gaited rivals for the tandem of driver Guy Gagnon and trainer Gerard Demers. The six-year-old son of Angus Hall rallied to win in 1:56.3 over Star Ruffnready and Stick Man Moe.

The gelding, who is owned by 9174 7998 Quebec Inc of Blainville, QC entered tonight’s assignment with a 7-for-16 record this year. The 15-time winner has banked more than $266,000 in his career.

Match Bayama took over the lead shortly past the half and drew off to win by nearly four lengths in an eye-catching clocking of 1:51.4 over his pacing counterparts. The eight-year-old son of Goliath Bayama watched Best Show In Town and Mild Mannered take turns on the lead through splits of :27.4 and :56.2 before rolling to the top and laying down a third panel clocked in 1:23.2. His :28.2 final quarter was more than enough to deliver the knockout punch to runner-up Mild Mannered and third-place finisher Best Show In Town.

John MacDonald mapped out the winning trip for the Sebastien Giroux trainee, who is owned by Quebec partners Les Ecuries Giroux Inc, Claude Giroux and Jacques Caron. Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, Match Bayama registered the 36th win of his career and bumped his overall bankroll to $354,116 in the process.

To view Sunday’s results, click here.


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