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MacLean Delivers At Sudbury

Published: September 13, 2008 11:20 pm ET

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Driver Paul MacLean had a productive Saturday night with four consecutive victories at Sudbury Downs, including a pair in the featured events. He was in the bike for wins in one of the two $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the Champion Series and in the $9,000 Preferred Trot.

In the first division of the Champion Series, Western Wiggles and MacLean powered off the gate posting a :28.2 first quarter, leading the field by four lengths. The six-year-old Western Hanover gelding took a breather through the :58.1 half where Otto B Ono Beach (Howard Lewis) made a first-over move advancing on the outside.

Western Wiggles' lead was never seriously threatened as he paced on maintaining a one length lead to the 1:28.4 three-quarters mark. With a :29.2 final quarter effort, MacLean guided his charge to the wire in 1:58.1.

Jakes Buddy (Dan Megens) finished a length back in second and Whitesand Noble (Wayne MacLean) came on for third.

Western Wiggles is trained by France MacLean for Ian Reid of Campbellville and the Island Heat Stable of Guelph, Ont. The bay has won 15 races and earned $110,906 throughout his career.

Trainer/driver Dave Dowling worked out a winning trip with No Competition in the second division.

The five-year-old gelding out of Rustler Hanover got away fourth from Post 3 as Seawind Gambler (Allan Hohner) lead the field through opening panels of :28.2 and :58.3 as Gerry Belanger removed Thomson Seelster from the pocket. As the field approached the third quarter pole in 1:28.4, No Competition made a three-wide move around Thomson Seelster and kicked it into gear. The five-year-old gelding out of Rustler Hanover posted a :28.3 final quarter en route to a two-length win in 1:57.4.

Seawind Gambler stayed for second and Control Freak (Mario Rivest) finished third.

No Competition, who has won 13 races and earned $99,427, was claimed by Richard Pancel of Hanmer, Ont.

MacLean visited the winner's circle again with his own eight-year-old Conway Hall gelding, Donald Rankin in the Preferred Trot.

After finishing second in the last five Preferred events, Donald Rankin finally had his moment of glory. The France MacLean pupil led the field through panels of :29.4, 1:00 and 1:30.3 en route to victory in 2:01.1.

Armbro Edward (Justin Turcotte), who had dominated the class for the past three weeks, finished three lengths back in second and Terra Cotta Caddy (Allan Hohner) was third.

With 20 lifetime wins to his name, the bay has earned $207,085.

MacLean's other victories were in rein to A K Sweet Swing (2:00.2) and SJs Nitelife (1:56.2).

The resident of Chelmsford, Ont. is a winner of 58 races this year and $328,401 in purse earnings. His lifetime winnings equal over $2.7 million with a total of 522 wins.

To view the charted lines from Saturday, click here.


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