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Truro Hosts Futurity Finals

Published: October 26, 2008 12:00 pm ET

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A rich day of racing took place at Truro Raceway on Sunday afternoon thanks in large part to the Maritime Breeders Futurity Finals for the freshmen set.

There was a shocking upset in the two-year-old filly pace final, but there were no surprises in the final for the freshmen pacing colts and geldings.

Deep Finesse
, who was sent off as the 1-5 choice in the $41,861 final for the boys, extended his win streak to 13-in-a-row thanks to another top shelf performance for owner/trainer/driver Phil Pinkney.

The son of Western Paradise, who was parked every step of the mile, still had enough desire to kick home in :29.1 en route to the two-length score in a time of 1:59.1. Woodmere Fastball, who was cast into the role of pacesetter, was second and Island Banner rounded out the top three.

The victory helped the colt's record improve to 14-1-0 in 17 starts. The lion's share of the purse boosted his bankroll to $79,733.

Darko went to the front and didn't look back en route to a pari-mutuel puzzler in the filly final, which carried a purse of $43,679.

The Largo miss, who was sent off at 24-1, whacked out panels of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27.4 before finishing off her foes with a :30 second final frame. Kenny Arsenault engineered the winning trip with the Ralph Annear trainee, who defeated Southview Spirit and Woodmere Humdinger.

Annear holds the papers on the rookie, who has manufactured a 5-1-1 record and a $45,563 bankroll in her first 10 starts.

Grayland Bling was a driving away winner for trainer/driver Danny Romo in the $11,405 final for two-year-old trotters. The son of Black River came first-over and drove off to win by more than a six-length margin in a time of 2:06.2.

The gelding, who is owned by Paul Gray of Pugwash, NS, pulled off a 7-1 upset over race favourite Dunmore Laird, who had to settle for second prize. West River Tigger took home the show dough.

With five starts under his belt, the trotter now boasts a 2-2-1 record and $11,201 in career earnings.

To view Sunday's results, click here.

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