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Rideau Carleton Thursday, June 20, 2024


BEST BET – (5) DONATOVER – R9

SPOT PLAY – (5) BLUE MOOSE – R7


Pick 5 (R6-10): 1,4 / 5,8,2,6 / 8,7,5 / 5 / 3,4,2 = $14.40


Early Pick 4 (R2-5): 3,2,4,5 / 7,4,5 / 5 /4,1,5,8 = $9.60


Middle Pick 4 (R4-7): 5,4 / 4,1,5,8 / 1,4 / 5,8,2,6 = $12.80


Late Pick 4 (R7-10): 5,8,2,6 / 8,7,5 / 5,1 / 3,4,2 = $14.40


(20-cent combinations) 


Race 1:

(1) ALWAYS B MERRY took back to last at the start of Thursday’s Rideau pari-mutuel debut; trailed until final turn, when she advanced third-over; closed wide in field's-fastest 28.4; adds Robert Shepherd

(2) RED CARPET READY hunted down Lyons Shining only to get stung by RUN BABY in most recent start from inside post; post relief; lost ground at start here Thursday; closed well in field’s-fastest 29.3

(3) DARKRSHADEOFPALE N is 0-for-16 this year; class-dropping mare qualified Sunday, finishing a fast-closing second to Silverado in the quickest of four Rideau qualifiers; retains Robbie Robinson 

(6) RUN BABY battled Lyons Shining and Run for the Money off the gate here Thursday; loose pocket from quarter onward; battled back against first-over Run for the Money down stretch for place


Race 2:

(3) HORIZON SEELSTER sat second-last throughout much of Sunday’s Rideau start; gained ground along inside down the backstretch; loaded with late pace; co-fastest (29 flat) last quarter

(2) BESTGIRL IN TOWN followed All My Wishes from single-file third Sunday; first-over on backstretch; three-wide down stretch; edged out; beaten 1/9 fave; quick turnaround; retains Stephane Pouliot 

(4) AMOUR left aggressively in June 6 Rideau debut; couldn’t outsprint Lory Marchandise/Allstar Ballerina off gate; gapping third throughout mile; late move fell short; fastest mile (1:59.2) of her life

(5) FANCYLIKEDATENITE dead-heated for maiden win in Sunday's Rideau debut; pocket ride behind pacesetting All My Wishes; closed in field’s-co-fastest 29 flat; up in class; quick turnaround 


Race 3:

(7) TATTOOMAN trotted the fastest mile of his life (1:56.4) in Thursday’s Rideau show finish; raced third behind COLTRANE DE VIE; gapping at top of stretch; gaining ground right to wire 

(4) MARCH SEVEN finds major post relief; parked to opening quarter; retreated to last; closed in field's-fastest 28.3, the quickest final quarter by a Rideau trotter last Thursday

(5) OKEEHEELEE gets third successive Rideau class drop; caught behind early breaker La Bromontoise Thursday; third-over from sixth on second turn; four-wide for stretch drive; post relief 

(1) CLEVELAND U BET stepped up in class Thursday after impressive off-the-pace place finish at lower Rideau level June 6; trotted fastest mile of her life (1:57.3) in latest; maiden takes on seasoned company 


Race 4:

(5) MYTHIC GAMBLER had three consecutive Rideau wins last fall for Samuel Fillion, at lower classification; first-over third at June 6 opening quarter; parked by CONQUEST SEELSTER; beaten 1/5 fave

(4) ALLSTAR CHEDDAR equalled his 1:54.3 lifetime mark in Sunday's Rideau victory; pocket ride following Red Cape Party to three-quarters; big late move up inside path to catch…

(3) CONQUEST SEELSTER, who grabbed lead from Red Cape Party near three-quarters Sunday; likely pacesetter wired in lifetime-best 1:53.4 here at lower classification May 19 for Guy Gagnon

(6) TELLLAURAILOVEHER battled ALLSTAR CHEDDAR for early lead  May 16; set hot pace until stretch drive; overtaken by Sports Activator and ALLSTAR CHEDDAR; beaten 1/5 fave’s first start since then 


Race 5:

(4) CARSON STAR CHOICE is undefeated since his May 26 Rideau debut and new 1:53 lifetime mark for Guy Gagnon; only sub-28 second closer in this field, in last two starts; up in class

(1) MONTYSGONEMARBLE returns to classification and driver (Stephane Brosseau) of his May 12 lifetime-best (1:53.2) Rideau victory; quick turnaround; covered up/shuffled back Sunday 

(5) NO TIME AT ALL makes second start since claim into Yves Tessier barn; strong closer took 1:52.2 lifetime mark at Rideau Carleton for previous connections Oct. 16, 2022; first start since May 30 

(8) SKYLAR looks like Jimmy Gagnon’s choice over THE COLT; his lowest classification this year at Rideau Carleton; strong closer has two 2024 wins here from post #7, but none recently from post #8 


Race 6:

(1) SUNNY BO and Stephane Pouliot wired from Rideau rail at higher claiming tag April 28; post/class relief; second-over from last along backstretch here June 9, behind tiring cover of Saskabush Steve  

(4) PRESS TIME makes second start for Mandy Archer; class relief; parked on first turn Thursday chasing leader Dylans Bank; backed down to near-last; closed widest of all; class relief; adds Guy Gagnon

(2) ROCKINMYDREAM was edged out after setting pace Sunday; lost outside knee boot and bore in late; remained second after inquiry on possible interference by winner Western Phil; quick turnaround 

(3) WAR N MUNN makes first-ever Rideau start; closed late in field’s-fastest 30.2 to win second-quickest (2:02.4) of six Hippodrome 3R qualifiers Saturday; first pari-mutuel start in almost a year 

(7) JIMS BIG THRILL’s only 2024 win was from better post May 12; first-over against winner Eataams Sportsbaby along Rideau backstretch Thursday; beaten 1/5 fave; completes Hi-5


Race 7:

(5) BLUE MOOSE and Robert Shepherd took back to last on Rideau first turn Thursday; excess cover on final turn; moved to inside path down stretch; closed in field’s-co-fastest 29 flat; post relief 

(8) PARTY VIBES: second-tier Rideau start Thursday; advanced along pylons to fifth on first turn; followed gapping STAR DOG; first-over move on second turn; flushed out winner Flash Cube; came on late

(2) GREYSTONE WATCHMAN: outsprinted off gate Thursday by DYLANS BANK; pulled pocket past quarter; led to three-quarters; overtaken in stretch by Flash Cube, DYLANS BANK + PARTY VIBES 

(6) DYLANS BANK showed gate speed here Thursday; led to 26.3 (!) first quarter; cleared by GREYSTONE WATCHMAN in front of grandstand; pocket ride; losing ground in stretch 


Race 8:

(8) SAUBLE AMBER steps down from Rideau Preferred Handicap; took back to second-last early; shuffled to last at top of stretch; late move up inside path; deep closer makes quick turnaround 

(7) SPEAKER NANCY was circled by D A TEMPTATION on Rideau first turn Thursday; claimed lead in front of grandstand; front-end going-away winner; retains Ryan Guy after seasonal-best 1:53.3 mile 

(5) D A TEMPTATION draws inside top rivals with assigned outside posts; fast-leaving mare was circled by SPEAKER NANCY after leading to opening quarter Thursday; pocket ride; best of the rest

(4) LYONS SHINING makes major class jump after wiring here in lifetime best 1:54.4 Thursday; easy winner by open lengths


Race 9:

(5) DONATOVER is undefeated at Rideau Carleton this year below Preferred Handicap level; parked early/broke Thursday; adds Pascal Berube for first time since their Aug. 6, 2023 win together; class drop

(1) CROSSFIT won in previous start from Rideau rail below Preferred Handicap classification; three 2023 victories for Marie-Claude Auger; latest winning driver Pascal Berube chooses DONATOVER

(6) MUNK wore down 30/1 pacesetter EYES OF JUSTICE for first Rideau victory Thursday; first-over trip began when he tipped from fourth in front of grandstand; field’s-co-fastest 29.2 closing quarter 

(4) EYES OF JUSTICE shows strong recent form; first-over to opening quarter Thursday, clearing Mask of Zoro; under pressure along backstretch from first-over MUNK; fought gamely into stretch 


Race 10:

(3) SOUTHWIND RUSSIAN stepped out first-over from fourth in pursuit of leader DURAMACS here Thursday; matched sides with him along backstretch; cleared on final turn; held off fast-closing…

(4) SPICY RED HEAD, who chased his cover from second-over on second turn; tipped to chase him down stretch; could not advance  past his sulky wheel in deep stretch on “good” racing surface 

(2) THE MAGIC OF LIFE is field’s only class-dropper; broke leaving Thursday; front-end-loving gelding’s only 2024 victory was May 2, at higher Rideau classification for Robbie Robinson  

(5) SHOW ME THE MAGIC is the only horse in this field to beat SOUTHWIND RUSSIAN since his May 9 form reversal; capitalized on that rival’s speed duel with Illusioniste Gale June 6; held off Mystic

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