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Rookies Impress In Rideau Series

Published: July 26, 2011 12:10 am ET

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Rookies sparred in round two of the Tara Hills Trotting Series, the Boys Of Summer Pacing Series and the Frisky Fillies Pacing Series during Monday’s 15-race program at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Intimidate kicked off his career with a 2:04 score in the first division of the Tara Hills Trotting Series. The son of Justice Hall-Fabulous Tag rallied from just off the pace for driver Yves Filion en route to the half-length triumph over Spencer Grenville. Ghirardelli Lindy, who was a winner in leg one of the series, was third.

The homebred is owned by Judith Farrow of Hemmingford and trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC.

Majestic View turned a two-hole trip into a 2:04 tally in the second division for the tandem of driver Mario Charron and trainer Claude Beausoleil. The son of Majestic Son-Aunt Tilly only needed a :31.3 final frame to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Springtimeinalaska. Day Dream took home the show dough in the $6,100 affair.

Purchased for $12,000 at last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Majestic View is owned by Roland Rocco of Lasalle, QC.

For the second straight week there was just a single division of the Frisky Fillies Pacing Series, and this week’s lone tilt went to My Ideal Hanover in 1:59. Trainer/driver Robbie Robinson was parked to the quarter pole in :28.3 with the Western Ideal-Mydancecardisfull miss before crossing down to the pylons and grabbing the lead. Once in command of the tempo, she cruised through middle panels of :59.4 and 1:29.4 before using a :29.1 closing quarter to post the win. It was 2-3/4 lengths back to runner-up Pink E Bank, with third prize going to Majic Laughter.

Stephanie and Brian Cassell of Gloucester, ON own the pacing lass, who was purchased for a mere $2,200 out of last year’s New Jersey Classic Yearling Sale. She is now a perfect 3-for-3 to start her career.

Retail proved to be much the best in the first of two $6,100 divisions of the Boys Of Summer Pacing Series. He sped through fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:28.2 for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon before kicking home in a :29-second clip to stop the clock in 1:57.2 in what was a maiden-breaking effort for the son of Royal Mattjesty-Jodi St Laurent. It was 6-3/4 lengths back to runner-up Warrawee Newton, with Casimir Lets Go taking home the bronze medal.

Robert Seguin owns the rookie who was purchased for $12,000 from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale.

OK Ebury, who was a 1:57 winner in the opening leg of the series, captured the second division in 1:58.3 with the greatest of ease for driver Todd Warren. After parking past the quarter pole in a :30-second clip, the son of Modern Art-Jennies Girl forged his way to the lead and laid down middle intervals of 1:00.3 and 1:30.1 en route to the 1:58.3 triumph. It was 3-1/4 lengths back to second-place finisher Mister Icon, while Frankies Dragon grabbed third prize.

The victory improved the freshman’s record to 3-0-1 in four tries, and the lion’s share of the purse pushed his earnings to $20,980. Luc Loyer of Gatineau, QC owns and trains the pacer, who was a $13,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale.

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

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