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Astreos Flash Upsets In Innisfil

Published: November 4, 2008 11:00 pm ET

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For the second week-in-a-row at Georgian Downs, Astreos Flash pulled a rabbit out of his hat in the Preferred-1 Pace.

The four-year-old son of Astreos, who was a 23-1 winner one week ago, erupted for a 20-1 shocker in tonight's follow-up assignment for trainer/driver Larry Small.

Small hustled the strapping gelding to the lead, and he parked the 2-5 favourite, Tigerama, through torrid fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.1. When Tigerama wilted the backfield got active, but nobody could track down Astreos Flash in deep stretch.

Astreos Flash hit the finish line in 1:52.3, holding off One More Time and Royal Becquet in the process. It was the seventh win of the season for the John Christensen homebred, who has banked in excess of $100,000 in 2008.

Lesterstrikesagain also used a front-end approach to hit paydirt in the $13,000 Preferred-2 Trot. Steve Byron engineered the winning trip with the Glenn Lalonde trainee, who sliced out fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1 en route to the 1:55.4 clocking.

The nine-year-old son of Striking Sahbra fended off a late surge from A Hay Luva Paige, who finished a half-length in arrears. Scorpion Moon, who was sent off as the 4-5 choice, battled traffic most of the mile and had to settle for the show dough.

Jenny Lalonde of Guelph and John Nother of Brampton, ON share ownership on the gelding, who notched the 39th win of his career. He has banked in excess of $513,000 to date.

Donegal Gerald gave the longshot players another reason to smile thanks to his 45-1 stunner in the $13,000 Preferred-2 Pace for the duo of trainer Dave Matson and driver Tony Kerwood.

The four-year-old Rambaran gelding sat just off the speed for most of the mile, but turned on the afterburners in the lane. He jetted home in :27.2 to stop the clock in 1:52 en route to the eye-catching score over Nifty Prescott and race favourite Ghost Hunter.

John Foran of Newmarket owns the 14-time winner, who now boasts lifetime earnings in excess of $108,000.

To view Tuesday's results, click here.

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