Lets Leavem hauled down two-time Racing Under Saddle winner Pukka in Friday night's $4,400 trotting contest at Grand River Raceway with Sarah Town aboard.
Favourite Pukka (Maggie Jones), winner of the first two RUS events of the season, led a strung out field through fractions of :29.4 and :59.4 before Thor Seelster (Natalie Elliott) emerged from the pocket and trotted up to challenge at three-quarters in 1:30.3. Lets Leavem, who followed in third=place along the pylons throughout, moved up on the leader's back and trotted by down the stretch to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Pukka settled for second and Thor Seelster finished third.
Lets Leavem paid $6 to win as the 2-1 second choice.
Trainer/owner Shane Arsenault claimed the seven-year-old Angus Hall-Who Tookem gelding for $12,000 on July 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. Friday's race was the trotter's first under saddle and marked his 15th career victory.
The next RUS Ontario event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 at Clinton Raceway.
To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Grand River Raceway.