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'Long' And 'Valiant' Champs Again

Published: September 14, 2011 10:16 pm ET

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Fresh off a track record performance in the first leg of the Champions Trot Series last week, Long Ago returned to Sudbury Downs on Wednesday night for another victory in round two. The series, for non-winners of $75,000 as of Wednesday, August 24, featured three $15,000 second leg divisions.

The six-year-old son of Duke Of York-Hope Floats went wire-to-wire to win in 1:59.3 by a quarter length over Imminent Response, this time with Gerry Belanger aboard. Following in third, Julians Jewel finished nine and three-quarter lengths in arrears. Long Ago is owned by trainer John Holding of Campbellville, Ont. and Bryan Montgomery of Fergus, Ont. He paid $3.80 to win as the public's choice.

Victors Valiant and driver Mike MacNeill also doubled up in the series for trainer Philippe Belanger (three wins on the 10-race card) and owner Robert Deschaine of Windsor, Ont. The four-year-old son of Valley Victor-Crunchess sat third for most of the mile before coming on to score the 2:00.1 triumph while the front-runners, including the other first leg winner Kashas Kid, faded to the back of the pack. Indys Kylee finished one and three-quarter lengths behind and Watkins rounded out the top three. Overlooked by the bettor’s, Victors Valiant paid $21.10 to win as the 9-1 fourth choice.

Ill Tell You What won the other division in a 2:01.4 romp for driver Pat Rouleau and trainer-owner Debra Clayton of Millington, Michigan. The six-year-old Lockkeeper-Sweet Grammie gelding, a runner-up in the first leg to Kashas Kid, won by four and a half lengths over Dash Car and Tagmaster. He paid $13.30 to win as the 5-1 fourth choice.

For results from Wednesday’s harness racing card, click on the following link: Wednesday Results – Sudbury Downs.

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