Series Mania For Rookies At Rideau

Published: July 18, 2011 09:34 pm EDT

A trio of series commenced at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Monday, as rookies battled in the Tara Hills Stud Trotting Series, the Boys Of Summer Pacing Series and the Frisky Fillies Pacing Series


Ghirardelli Lindy pulled away to a 3-1/2 length decision in the opening split of the Tara Hills Stud Trotting Series. Marcel Barrieau guided the son of Chocolatier-Armbro Alfresco to the 2:02.3 triumph over Springtimeinalaska and Northern Solo.

It was a winning debut for the gelding, who is owned by Noreen Paulin of Windsor, ON and Saul Mendelson of Montreal, QC. The youngster, who was sent off as the even-money favourite, was a $13,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

Bewitching Sadie front-stepped to a 2:03 victory in her $6,100 division for trainer/driver Jason Gilchrist. The Ken Warkentin-Bewitching miss took over after the quarter and led through middle splits of 1:01.2 and 1:32.3 before using a :30.2 final frame to seal the deal over Northern Victory and Spencer Grenville.

Dr. Frederick Albert of Prescott, ON holds the ownership papers on the inexpensive lass, who was just a $6,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale.

In the first division of the Boys Of Summer Pacing Series, Huxley turned a two-hole trip into a 1-3/4 length triumph for trainer/driver Robbie Robinson. Mister Icon supplied splits of :28.4, :59.4 and 1:30, but he couldn’t fend off his pocket-sitting foe in the final strides. Mister Icon did hold on for the runner-up award, while General Manager grabbed the show dough in the $6,100 tilt.

Robinson shares ownership on the son of Modern Art-Heavenly Hudson with Jacqueline Dinelle of Metcalfe, ON. He was a $7,500 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

OK Ebury quarter-pole-moved to the lead in the second division for driver Todd Warren, and the pair never looked back once they were command of the tempo. The son of Modern Art-Jennies Girl threw down fractions of :58.3 and 1:28.3 before using a :28.2 closing panel to win by four-lengths over Warrawee Newton in 1:57. Fortune Fever rounded out the top three finishers.

The 1-5 favourite, who is owned and trained by Luc Loyer of Gatineau, QC, improved his record to 2-0-1 in three tries while bumping his earnings to $17,930. The clocking was a lifetime best performance for the rookie who was purchased for $13,000 from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale.

My Ideal Hanover took the lone $6,100 division of the Frisky Fillies Pacing Series defeating her only rival, Majic Laughter, in a time of 2:02.3. Trainer/driver Robbie Robinson sent her through fractions of :30.4, 1:02.4 and 1:34.3 before letting her kick home in a :28-second clip en route to the 1-1/2 length win in the dash which was held as a non-wagering event prior to the card.

The $2,200 purchase from last year’s New Jersey Classic Yearling Sale has banked $6,100 to date for owners Stephanie and Brian Cassell of Gloucester, ON.

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

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