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Sweet Upset For Lemon Candy

Published: July 22, 2011 8:53 pm ET

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Driver Todd Warren worked out a perfect second over trip aboard Lemon Candy to edge out the favourite for a 16-1 upset in the $13,000 Preferred Handicap Trot on Friday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Longshot Paddington (Stephane Pouliot) took command of the field from the inside post position while Mystical Ryan (John MacDonald) made a break at the start of the second race feature. As Paddington reached the first quarter mark in :29.2, Strong Hope (Denis St. Pierre) angled off the pylons from third in front of Lemon Candy and Watkins (Gord Brown) but made a costly break.

Favourite Watkins launched his own first over bid after the :59.4 half-mile mark with Lemon Candy following suit. The 4-5 bettor's choice went head-to-head with the pacesetter past three-quarters in 1:28.2 and took over command around the final turn, but Lemon Candy unleashed a :28.4 final frame to get up in time to snag the victory by a head in 1:57.3. Paddington finished over three lengths behind in third.

Lemon Candy paid $35.20 as the second longest shot on the board. The five-year-old son of Kadabra-Lemon Mills picked up his fourth win in 23 seasonal starts for trainer-owner Christine Davignon of Charlemagne, Que. The lion's share of the purse pushed his earnings to $33,613 for the year and $115,730 lifetime.

For results from Friday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Friday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway.


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