After winning the fastest of two eliminations for the Manitoba Great Western Fair Stake early Saturday evening in 2:04.2 at Deloraine, Alcars Spud Baran went right back out there three races later to take the $6,718 final in an identical clocking
Leaving from Post 1 in the stake final, Alcars Spud Baran filled the pocket spot behind fellow elimination winner Heartland Icicle (Philip Giesbrecht). The three-year-old son of Rambaran – Spree Hanover rode the pocket through panels of :31.1, 1:02.3 and 1:33.2 as Heartland Icicle turned back a challenge from Idle On Over (Ryan Grundy), who recovered from a miscue early on. Heading into the stretch, Alcars Spud Baran popped the pocket and sprinted home in :30.4 for the victory.
Heartland Icicle finished a quarter-length back in second and Royal Sir (Edward Tracey) came on for third.
Alcars Spud Baran has won three times in six starts this year finishing no worse than second for owners and breeders Al Car Farms and Carole Drader of Brookdale, MB. The winner of four races lifetime has earned $9,910 in purses.
In Open action for fillies and mares, Roadhouse Rhonda converted a pocket-trip into a 2:05.1 score in rein to Louis Filion. The six-year-old Kingston – Ivy Leaguer pacing mare won for the first time this year by a half-length over Alcars Xit (Marc Fillion). Norman Glinz trains and owns the winner of 13 races and $30,838.
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