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Hat Trick For Giroux At Rideau

Published: July 11, 2016 1:49 am ET

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Starters sent out by trainer Sebastien Giroux during Sunday evening’s card of racing at Rideau Carleton Raceway were ready, willing and able.

The conditioner celebrated a training triple on the 11-race program, and it all started with a 1:56.4 score in the opening contest with Shhh Its A Secret. Owner/trainer Pierre Desjardins guided the mare to the comfortable score, and that was much to the delight of the favourite players that sent the mare off as the 3-5 favourite.

Desjardins and Giroux struck again in Race 4 with Norvena Hanover, who front-stepped her way to a 1:56.4 tally by a three-length margin. Giroux completed the three-bagger thanks to a 1:56 triumph with Vincent Van Go in Race 8. It was Stephane Lareau who mapped out the winning trip for that gelding.

Giroux is humming along with an impressive UTR of .344 this season thanks to 32 wins from the 150 starters sent out. The trainer celebrated, who celebrated 36 wins over the entire 2015 campaign, has 892 lifetime victories and purse earnings of close to $4 million.

Unabating was triumphant in Sunday’s feature event for trotters. Guy Gagnon guided the Gerard Demers pupil to a 1:57.1 win in the $6,800 Not Listed Preferred Trot. The gelding got away next to last, but advanced on the leaders in the middle stages of the mile. A :30.2 closing quarter is all it took to net the eight-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Malabar Memories the win by 1-3/4 lengths over What A Rush. Stonebridge Rich carted home the show dough.

Sent off as the 2-1 favourite for owner Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, QC, Unabating improved to 6-for-13 this season with the win. The 25-time winner has stashed away more than $235,000 in career earnings.

Sunday’s card also featured a $6,650 Not Listed Preferred Pace, and it was Meersburg who came out on top in gate-to-wire fashion for trainer/driver Ted McDonald. The gelding led the field through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before cranking out a final frame in :28.4 en route to winning by 1-1/4 lengths over race favourite Stonebridge Beach in 1:55. Viper Select rounded out the Triactor ticket.

Julie Ferguson of Greely, Ont. owns the five-year-old son of Sand Shooter-Belize. It was his second consecutive tally, and his eighth win of the campaign. The 25-time winner now boasts a career cash stash of $121,837.

To view results for Sunday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Sunday Results – Rideau Carleton Raceway.


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