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Giddy Up Lucky Lights Up The Board

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Published: May 4, 2009 10:43 pm ET

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Longshot lovers had a chance to take home some serious cash at Western Fair Raceway on Monday afternoon, especially if they were fond of Giddy Up Lucky in the $18,400 Preferred Pace.

The four-year-old son of Camluck survived a first-over trip for driver Mike Whelan, who was an accomplice in pulling off the 24-1 shocker. It was the second win of the season in 13 tries for the Jean Louis Arsenault trainee, who stopped the clock in 1:55.1 to defeat Button Up and XLB Patrick.

David Shea of Campbellville, ON and Reg Petitpas of Shediac Bridge, NB share ownership on Giddy Up Lucky, who is now a career winner of $197,461.

Brawn Seelster chalked up a win for the favourite players when he crossed the line first as the even-money favourite in the co-featured $18,400 Preferred Trot.

Callie Rankin worked out a two-hole trip for his prized pupil, and when room opened up in the late stages of the mile the seven-year-old son of Berndt Hanover had no problem getting to the finish line ahead of his rivals. He stopped the clock in 1:58.3 en route to defeating Indys Kylee and Loose Change Louie.

Rankin and partner Jeff Goreski of Richmond Hill, ON watched the gelding improve his 2009 record to 7-2-0 in 13 starts with the win. The 40-time winner has banked close to $70,000 this season and more than $428,000 in his career.

Sandwiched in between those two events was the $15,200 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace, and Shes A Fan had no problem knocking off her elders for the tandem of driver Eddie Green and driver Carl Jamieson.

Shes A Fan, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite in the eight-horse affair, laid down panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:27.1 before kicking out a :29.1 final quarter en route to the 1:56.2 decision. Alexis Hall was a fast-closing second, and third prize went to Stonebridge Celest.

The three-year-old daughter of Artiscape, who is owned by Jamieson and partners Tom Kyron, Hope Johnson and George Harrison, put together a solid rookie resume which included a 5-1-1 record from 10 starts and a bankroll that topped $146,000.

To view Monday’s results, click here.

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