Western Olympian Wins Manitoba Open

Published: August 1, 2016 12:02 am EDT

Shawn Worthen ended his trip from Yorkton, Saskatchewan to Killarney, Manitoba this weekend on a high note with back-to-back victories in the final two races on Sunday (July 31), including the featured Open Pace with Western Olympian.

The dedicated second generation horseman watched as his eight-year-old gelding Western Olympian and driver Richard Remillard drew away off a pocket trip to win the $1,800 Open by six lengths in 2:02.1. Cabo Real finished second and False Advertising was third.

Sophio Hanover, also driven by Remillard for Worthen, then closed out the card with a 2:07.1 wire-to-wire win in the $1,200 finale for $2,500 claimers. The nine-year-old The Panderosa gelding is owned by Debra and Max McInnes of Yorkton.

Worthen accumulated three wins from four starts over the two race days this weekend in Killarney.

Sunday's harness racing card was marred by an accident in the third race involving Diggin A Trench (Michel Rey) and Hammers Rainbow (Dean Rey). Michel Rey returned to the sulky later on the card, but Dean Rey was taken to hospital and released with minor injuries. Both horses were reported to be fine.

Live harness racing is scheduled to return to Killarney next weekend.

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Killarney.