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Sunday December 16, 2023

Rideau Carleton Sunday, December 17, 2023

BEST BET – (2) SEVEN IRON – R8                            

SPOT PLAY – (6) MARGOSGOTTHECARGO – R6

Early Pick 5 (R4-8): 6,2,3 / 6,4,1 / 6,9,5,1 / 6 / 2,3,1 = $21.60

Late Pick 5 (R8-12): 2 / 2,3,5 / 2,9,3 / 1,3,5,2 / 5,3,7 = $21.60

Early Pick 4 (R2-5): 4,3,5 / 6,1 / 6,2,3 / 6,4,1,5 = $14.40

Middle Pick 4 (R5-8): 6,4,1,5 / 6,9,5,1 / 6,5 / 2,3,1 = $19.20

Late Pick 4 (R7-10): 6,5 / 2,3,1 / 2,3,5 / 2,9,3 = $10.80

Last Pick 4 (R9-12): 2,3,5 / 2,9,3 / 1,3,5,2 / 5,3,7 = $21.60

(20-cent combinations)

Race 1:

(1) SMILINGBILLYTHEKID had Rideau pocket ride behind Nosportpunintended Sunday; increasingly gapping by three-quarters; closed up the inside for strong place finish; ran out of racetrack; winningest of field this year; up in class

(2) SASKABUSH STEVE returns to same post as Sunday’s show finish; pocketed up behind Delicate Sound on first turn; shuffled back along pylons as outer flow advanced to second turn; ground-saving trip; sprint up passing lane for show; deep closer 

(7) REALRUBIES AT PLAY turned in game effort Sunday: tipped second-over from second-last before opening quarter, following cover of Ys Poisson Davril; three-wide move approaching three-quarters; cleared pacesetting…

(4) ATEYATEFNGERSLOUIE; both were circled by a too-good Springbridge Jim on final turn; “Louie” overtook Delicate Sound at opening quarter that race; pressed by first-over Ys Poisson Davril around second turn and along backside; edged out for show in stretch 

Race 2:

(4) JK ELLEM ENOH hasn’t missed Rideau board since adding Pascal Berube Nov. 2; settled fourth behind leader Getyourlicenseliam Sunday; covered/shuffled to last near second turn; gained late ground up inside path; closed in field’s-fastest 29.4; class relief 

(3) N C ROCKABYE rewarded Stephane Brosseau with Sunday Rideau victory; stalking trip from second tier; capitalized when even-money fave Bs Tyrrific was parked first-over at half; exploded late in widest path; field’s-co-fastest last quarter (29.3); up in class

(5) VINES TO HEAVEN has history with Ryan Guy, winning three times together in 2018 at Georgian Downs; reunited for first time since 2020, as Pascal Berube apparently picks JK ELLEM ENOH here; class relief from Mohawk, where she was parked out Nov. 30

(2) BEACH JOURNEY left aggressively from Rideau rail Nov. 23; beaten 3/5 fave led to three-quarters before facing late pressure from first-up GRITTY GRACIE; passed in shadow of wire by pocket-sitting JK ELLEM ENOH; first start this month; up in class

Race 3:

(6) LIGHT THE TORCH sat pocket behind 1/5 pacesetter Dylans Bank Sunday; emerged first-over at top of stretch as first-over Stonebridge Hermes backed down; won

going-away; field’s-fastest (29.3) closing quarter; retains Pascal Berube

(1) TRION DE VIE followed Nosportpunintended and Smilingbillythekid from single-file third here Sunday; boxed in on second turn; moved first-over as soon as parked-out Whats Inthe Esky A began retreat; edged out for place; game effort

(7) GREYSTONE TREASURE makes rare start against males, her first this year; won on front end from Mohawk post #10 on Dec. 9, 2022 for previous connections; strong closer enjoyed pocket ride on sloppy Rideau surface Nov. 23; just missed

(2) HOWMAC VICTOR gets class relief on return from Mohawk; a Rideau winner from this post/class Oct. 26 for Pascal Berube; Vic Puddy is this track’s top trainer by wins in last 5-10 days; first start since Nov. 11

Race 4:

(6) WRANGLER CASH had back-to-back Rideau place finishes at higher classifications Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2022 for Guy Gagnon; Stephane Brosseau drives him for only the third time, after Sunday’s pocket ride/place finish together; his lowest 2023 classification 

(2) TYMAL PEACEMAKER backed into third along pylons soon after Sunday start; over-excited when tipping first-over at opening quarter, he rolled into break; beaten 1/9 fave ended up parked remainder of mile; broken equipment; always game 

(3) JON SNOW was caught wide at start Sunday; advanced into single-file fourth before opening quarter; boxed-in fourth at half; buried on last turn; passing lane move, following longshot The Colt to wire

(4) LATE NIGHT DEALER easily wired four overmatched rivals of both gaits in Sunday’s only Rideau qualifier; distanced in slop Nov. 23; required qualifier before Nov. 26 start, from which he was subsequently scratched; Pascal Berube stays loyal for second start

Race 5:

(6) DONT ASK LOGAN settled fourth before opening quarter Sunday; covered/shuffled back; boxed in at half; shook loose when parked-out Maracasso backed down near three-quarters; class relief; looks like Pascal Berube’s choice over ALWAYSYOURWAY

(4) OFFICER JONES raced single-file third behind leader Buck N Bettor Sunday; also caught inside on second turn; launched first-over along backside as Maracasso began retreat; closed in field’s-fastest 28.4, drawing away from Buck N Bettor late; class drop 

(1) ALWAYSYOURWAY gets dramatic post relief; a 9/2 winner for Jimmy Gagnon at similar level Nov. 19; overland effort from outside post Sunday; gaining ground late just behind show finisher and field’s-fastest (30.4) closer…

(5) ROCKINMYDREAM, who has been tough on front end from inside posts; caught three-wide on first turn Sunday; took back to single-file sixth; covered/shuffled back approaching second turn; came home widest of all behind longshot winner The Colt

Race 6:

(6) MARGOSGOTTHECARGO out of Maplelea, who finished third for Andrew Moore in her first Rideau start, Dec. 4, 2014; half-sister to Bootlegger Charlie, who wired here in debut; closed in field’s-fastest 28.1 behind Late Night Dealer in Sunday’s lone Rideau qualifier

(9) FRIAR VOLTAIRE came first-over against a tough Beausoleil Family on first turn Sunday, pocketing up before renewing his attack along Rideau backside; matched strides with the mare around final turn; weakened in stretch; post relief; second tier

(5) HOT SHADOW: beaten even-money fave fave gets major post relief; advancing third-over from sixth on second turn Sunday; closed extremely wide in stretch drive

(1) SHADOW DAVE was sent off as 6/5 second fave here Sunday against similar;; underway first-over from fifth in front of grandstand; flushed out winner Milio Minute on second turn; strong-closing third in multi-horse battle to wire

(7) JAMES REIGNS hasn’t missed a cheque at this track in his eight lifetime starts so far; fifth in two previous tries from outside posts; completes Hi-5 

Race 7:

(6) CONTROL THE POWER won his previous Rideau start, back on Aug. 8, at similar classification; 

(5) MAKE IT COME TRUE was third as beaten 6/5 fave here last Dec. 18; Guy Gagnon’s front-end-loving gelding finds post/class relief after Sunday, when he was caught inside/shuffled to last by half; three-wide at top of stretch; closed in field’s-fastest 28.4

(8) MERCENARY dropped in from Mohawk Sept. 10, missing by a nose in his Rideau debut; dropping in again, from tougher post, in debut for Robert Shepherd

(2) EATAAMS SPORTSBABY won with stalking trip from same post at this track’s NW440PSCD classification Sept. 10; parked entire mile from post #7 Sunday; three-wide move around cover on backside; faded late; up in class; post relief 

Race 8:

(2) SEVEN IRON’s 15/1 morning line didn’t deter Rideau bettors Sunday; back on Lasix in second consecutive start for Guy Gagnon; gapping fifth at opening quarter Sunday; followed cover of CURRENT DANGER on second turn; field’s-fastest (30.4) last quarter

(3) DURAMACS gets significant post/class relief on return from Mohawk; reunited with Ryan Guy for first start since Nov. 16 Rideau place finish; raced single-file fifth along backside; three-wide move at top of stretch; just missed catching CHEQUE THE MAGIC

(1) CURRENT DANGER was a winning first-over 4/5 fave from trailing post here Sunday; battled game leader MASK OF ZORO down stretch; class-dropper improved on step down from Rideau Preferred; much the winningest of field in 2023 (nine victories)

(8) MASK OF ZORO cut fractions here Sunday, crossing over early from post #6; battled a first-over CURRENT DANGER on final turn; edged out in final strides by that rival; tougher post for rematch 

Race 9:

(2) DELICATE SOUND has made just six Rideau starts this year; front-end victory here Oct. 22 at lower classification; first off the gate from rail Sunday; sat pocket behind Ateyatefingerslouie from opening quarter; boxed in at half; loose late; class relief

(3) MONTYSGONEMARBLE finds steepest class relief, dropping in from Sunday’s Rideau Preferred; last won Nov. 5, gate-to-wire from rail, at lower classification than tonight, for the returning Stephane Brosseau

(5) STAR DOG and Ryan Guy got away last from Rideau post #7 Nov. 26; third-over from last at half, following cover of gradually-advancing Rays Kredit; three-wide at top of stretch; deep closer’s fifth-place finish was less than three lengths behind winner

(6) BUCK N BETTOR and Darcy Clancy finished second as beaten 4/5 co-fave Sunday; gate-to-wire effort fell short; collared in stretch by winning 4/5 co-fave Officer Jones; up in class

Race 10:

(2) CANDID CAMERON drops to his lowest level this year; taken to back of field leaving from Rideau post #7 Sunday; followed Flying Art A from second-over into second turn; dropped back to pylons along backside; seemed uninterested in passing lane; post relief

(9) UBER HANOVER’s only win this year was Sept. 17pocket ride from Rideau post #2; Robert Shepherd took him back to fifth on first turn Sunday; flushed out cover from even-money fave Bs Tyrrific in front of grandstand; parked out; second tier; up in class

(3) WESTERN PHIL is predictably front-end-loving type who last went gate-to-wire here Oct. 15 for Guy Gagnon, holding off UBER HANOVER; circled by The Colt at opening quarter Sunday; second move to instantly reclaim lead; swarmed in deep stretch

(4) LOCHABER cut fractions here Sunday for Pascal Berube, now aboard class-dropping WOODMERE BANKROLL; overtaken in stretch by three quicker-csing rivals; up in class

Race 11:

(1) VANILLA MALTED won his last start from Rideau rail, which append to be his last start below this track’s Preferred level: easily wired for Jimmy Gagnon Oct. 22; battled Shotgun Jerry for early command Sunday; cleared in front of grandstand; game to wire

(3) DYLANS BANK is up in class after cutting mile Sunday for Jimmy Gagnon; beaten 1/ 5 fave faced first-over pressure from persistent Stonebridge Hermes; stung by Light the Torch in deep stretch; up in class

(5) SPRINGBRIDGE JIM is up in class after Sunday’s victory for the returning Robert Shepherd; slipped out from sixth in front of grandstand, to follow Ys Poisson Davril from third-over; three-wide at three-quarters; held off Realrubies at Play late; up in class

(2) GETYOURLICENSELIAM loses Guy Gagnon to his own FLASH CUBE after Sunday win together; has nver missed the Rideau superfecta at any level in six tries for Pascal Berube; a 25/1 winner at this level Nov. 2 for Jimmy Gagnon; up in class 

Race 12:

(5) VITOR is winless in 2023, but racing at his lowest classification this meet; his most recent win was Sept. 29, 2022 for trainer Stephane Pouliot, in NW2R20000LCD company; momentary miscue leaving Nov. 26; caught field; tired second-over following Cold Rage

(3) MARCH SEVEN got away third-from-last at start here Sunday, gapping early; tightened up later in ground-saving trip; faded late; class drop to level of Nov. 23 place finish, in which he trailed early and followed TATTOOMAN to wire in wide late bid; class relief

(7) TATTOOMAN won back-to-back Nov. 16 and 23 (on class jump) for Stephane Brosseau; took back to single-file sixth early Sunday; gained ground to three-quarters, skimming pylons; lacked racing room until stretch; class drop to level of latest victory 

(4) GETTIN MESSI led to opening quarter Nov. 23; beaten 4/5 fave was circled by Coltrane de Vie; second move to retake lead in front of grandstand; overtaken late on tiring surface; Pascal Berube’s possible choice over TATTOOMAN 

(2) VERO AMORE BI made his most recent pari-mutuel start in the Aug. 8, 2021 Rideau Preferred Handicap, ending up fourth for Mike Healey; significant back class, but coming in off just three qualifiers; completes Hi-5…and 2023 Rideau Carleton meet

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