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RUBBER DUCK, KILLER MARTINI WIN SATURDAY NIGHT 40G CO-FEATURES
Rubber Duck, from assigned post position No. 3, stuffed lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) in behind early in the weekly adult-table trot. The race became a two-speed number, with Rubber Duck (28.1, 57.3, 1:26.4, 1:56.2) holding sway.
NF Happenstance pulled pocket early to test the fave, but missed a half-length. Melady's Monet (Bartlett) rallied off a brutal trip for third, with Madhatter Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton)) and Lily's Swan Pond (George Brennan) rounding out the remainder.
For Rubber Duck, an 6-year old Muscle Mass ridgling Alberta co-owned by Blain & Erna Corbeil and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta $10.60, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $28.
The week's pacing feature saw pole-assigned Killer Martini slip out down the backside to race second over. He outgamed a cone skimming Don'tcallmefrancis (Greg Merton) by a nose in 1:54. Dream Out Loud N (Dan Dube) put away pace-setting 2-1 choice Thisjetsabookin' (Stratton), made the lead but faltered late.
That one missed by a head, with a season-debuting Christen Me N (Tim Tetrick) and Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley) grabbing the minors. Christen Me N was done no favors when a parked themile Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) backed up in front of him.
For Killer Martini, a 6 year old Camluck gelding Alberta owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was as the fifth choice his first win in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $112, the triple returned $447.50 and the superfecta paid $3,743.
Special Saturday props to Bongiorno (driver) and Bongiorno (trainer) for a three win night, while Bucci and William Adamczyk each had a pair of training victories.
Sunday "French" matinees return Feb. 25th (post time TBA).
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