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Another Slots Cup Win For Addwater

Published: August 10, 2012 11:51 pm ET

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Addwater earned his second victory in the Slots Cup Series, which moved to Grand River Raceway for Friday night's card of harness racing.

The series' fifth leg featured two divisions worth $15,000 each with Rustlin Cam prevailing in the other split.

Addwater has only competed in two other legs of the series and won during the first round on May 22 at Western Fair Raceway over Rustlin Cam. This time out, the popular Joe Pereira trainee left from post five and cruised past fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:25.2 en route to a career-best 1:53.4 score with Aaron Byron in tow. Jetta Rama (Ryan Holliday) finished one and a quarter lengths behind off a two-hole trip while Random Mission (Travis Bowman) rounded out the top three finishers.

The three-year-old Mach Three-Symphony Bay colt, who paid $5.40 to win, is owned by The Merks Stable of New York. The victory was his fifth in 16 seasonal starts and the lion's share of the purse pushed his sophomore earnings to $56,070.

Rustlin Cam followed up four top three finishes in series action with a career-best 1:54.2 victory of his own in his Friday night division. Driven by Robert Sparling Jr., the four-year-old Cammibest-Sweet Rustle gelding followed popular pacesetter Pisti (Scott Young) through fractions of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:25 before wearing him down for the half-length victory. Machs Beach Boy (Bruce Richardson) edged past Pisti for runner-up honours.

Sent postward as the longest shot on the board at odds of 9-1, Rustlin Cam returned $21.60 to his backers for a $2 win ticket. The winner of two races in eight starts and $21,350 in purses this year is trained by Karen May for 2294293 Ontario Inc. of Mossley, Ont. and Kevin Kerr of London, Ont.

The Slots Cup Series, sponsored by Racetracks of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP), is for three and four-year-old Ontario sired pacers that are non-winners of $50,000 life as of January 15, 2012. The series will move to Flamboro Downs on August 17 for the final preliminary round before culminating on September 8 at Hiawatha Horse Park with a $100,000 final.

The track also featured participants in its second installment of the Ontario Harness Racing Youth Camp. Eight local children between the ages of 10 and 13 faced off in two exhibition races. Both were won by 12-year-old Killean Sweep. Teagan Byrd of nearby Salem, Ont. (with Scott Young) and Tehya Smith of Rockwood, Ont. (with Bruce Richardson) were the winning drivers.

To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Grand River Raceway.

(With files from Grand River Raceway)

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