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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Rideau Carleton Sunday, April 21, 2024



Early Pick 5 (R5-9): 6,1 / 3,5,4,9 / 6,5 / 1,2 / 6,7,2 = $19.20

Early Pick 4 (R2-5): 4,6,1,3 / 1,5,3 / 7,1,4 / 6,1 = $14.40

Middle Pick 4 (R4-7): 7,1,4 / 6,1,9,4 / 3,5,4,9 / 6,5 = $19.20

Late Pick 4 (R6-9): 3,5,4,9 / 6,5 / 1,2,3 / 6,7,2 = $14.40

Last Pick 4 (R8-11): 1,2,3 / 6,7,2 / 4,6,1 / 2,9,7 = $16.20

(20-cent combinations)

Race 1:

(3) SHOWDOWN finds post relief after coming home in field’s-fastest 28.4 here April 7 for the returning Robert Shepherd; raced single-file seventh until nearing final turn; chased cover of first-up CENTURY JAZZ; inside move late; winningest of field 

(9) VIVI Z cut fractions April 7 for Kyle Forgie, leaving aggressively from post #8 to clear FULL SPEED STEVE on first turn; swarmed at top of stretch by closers including CENTURY JAZZ and SHOWDOWN; trailing post inconsistent with her early speed

(4) CENTURY JAZZ is undefeated in two 2024 Rideau starts for Stephane Pouliot, including the latest on April 7 class hike; lowered lifetime mark to 1:57 flat; returns to post of his maiden-breaking March 24 victory

(8) INUKSHUK SALLY won by open lengths in new 1:56.3 lifetime mark last Sunday at Rideau Carleton; first-over move from fourth at half; class jump; there have been no winners from 26 pacers starting from this track’s post #8 so far this meet

Race 2:

(4) IN PLAY HANOVER battled winner Red Carpet Ready throughout April 10 Rideau qualifier; narrowly second in co-third-fastest of the five Q miles; first start for full brother to Indictable Hanover and Ivory Hanover; Stephane Poliot trains this stablemate to…

(6) BATTLE OF YORK, who pocketed up behind quick-leaving Bestgirl in Town here Sunday; first-over move past opening quarter; overtaken by winner Inukshuk Sally near three-quarters, offering no resistance; lost considerable ground in stretch 

(1) LORY MARCHANDISE tipped fourth-over from last along Rideau backstretch April 7 for Don Jobin; big three-wide move on final turn; lost ground late broken equipment (knee boot down after the half); Melanie Plourde catch drives class-dropper; post relief 

(3) SMLSLIKETEENSPIRIT lands promising post after racing near back of field here Sunday; expecting different trip after starts from outside and trailing post in her previous two tries for Ryan Guy

Race 3:

(1) IMA STANDUP GUY did not reach fair start pole in his April 7 Rideau debut for Mandy Archer; looks like Robert Shepherd’s choice over RIPPED AND READY; defeated pacer Jon Snow in his front-end qualifying win here April 3 (second-fastest of four qualifiers) 

(5) MEADOWBRANCH NOBLE is undefeated at Rideau Carleton; front-end-loving class-climber easily made front from post #6 here April 7 to win over fast-closing Raising Rusty; stablemate of IMA STANDUP GUY is apparent choice of driver Guy Gagnon

(3) DONATOVER makes Rideau return after getting first win of the season; front-end victory with post/class relief at Mohawk April 12; first start for catch driver Robbie Robinson; strong 2023 record for owner/trainer John MacMillan; can be break-prone 

(4) CROSSFIT was rough-gaited early in April 7 Rideau Preferred Handicap; beaten 1/2 fave launched first-over from second-last on second turn; parked by Mask of Zoro; tired 

Race 4:

(7) BRING YOUR FIRE makes Ottawa debut for Mandy Archer/Robert Shepherd; narrowly-beaten 2/1 fave in April 8 at Mohawk; first to front from outside post; led to three-quarters; edged out at wire; individually-timed in 1:53, third fastest mile of his life

(1) THEDOGINTHEFIGHT returns to Rideau rail for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon; got away fourth here Sunday; caught inside on second turn; shuffled back to sixth along backstretch; lacked racing room; closed into traffic on final turn; class relief 

(4) SUNNY BO won despite a broken overcheck in his April 7 Rideau start at lower classification; opened up early; bottomed out the field; front-end-loving type’s three 2023 Rideau wins were against lower-priced $8.5K claimers for trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot 

(6) THE COLT retains Jimmy Gagnon following Sunday’s front-end Rideau victory; overtook early leader Rockinmydream on first turn; held off first-over Rockinforreal from half to final turn; needed wire as Rockinmydream pulled pocket late; up in class 

Race 5:

(6) DE CHAIRMAN had his first 2023 victory in fourth Rideau start last April 23, with Guy Gagnon aboard; won from post #5 here together Aug. 23 in seasonal-best 1:53.3; front-end-loving pacer couldn’t outsprint winning 1/5 fave Getyourlicenseliam Sunday

(1) ALWAYSYOURWAY loses Stephane Pouliot to DELCO DYNAMO; moves to front tier; picks up catch driver Jimmy Gagnon, aboard for three of his four 2023 Ottawa victories for owner/trainer Jamie Johnston; parked with excess cover here April 7

(9) TAHUYA BREW moves to this track’s second tier; retains Pascal Berube; trailed early, launching second-over bid from last approaching second turn here April 7; returned to pylons on final turn; second late move up inside path fell short; tiring trip

(4) JON SNOW has good Rideau history with catch driver Ryan Guy, including two of his four 2023 wins here; too far back throughout in Sunday’s start won by front-end victor The Colt; massive post relief; up in class 

(3) ROCKNROLL NATION left fifth in Sunday’s start from Rideau rail; went first-over approaching second turn; flushed out Rockinforreal along backstretch; parked second-over; tired late; completes Hi-5

Race 6:

(3) KEYSTONE DORAL finished with a broken buxton here Sunday; significant class relief for front-end-loving pacer; took 1:54.3 lifetime mark here last May 28 with favoured trip for owner/trainer/driver Jacques Beaudon; at lowest classification this meet 

(5) BIG PETES STYLE looks like choice of Ryan Guy over E L WILD SPORT; moves to front tier; got away near-last April 7; advanced second-over first-up Beyond the Moon into second turn; three-wide on final turn; closed in field’s-second-fastest 30 flat 

(4) LATE NIGHT DEALER gains major post/class relief; low-percentage winner (4% lifetime) retains William Roy after getting packed second-over behind Bet Till Dawn here last Sunday; launched three-wide late bid on final turn; one 2023 win, Feb. 2 at Flamboro

(9) WESTERN PHIL starts from trailing post, which remains 0-for-23 among Rideau pacers this year; won from off the pace last June 18 on class drop from same post for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon; no other wins in eight starts from second tier; class drop

Race 7:

(6) THE LIGHT SPEED has found post #6 little handicap in back-to-back victories at this track’s Preferred level; perfectly-timed wins over P L OZZY for Guy Gagnon; late speed

(5) JET ROCK makes first seasonal start at Rideau Carleton in 2024 pari-mutuel debut; four of his seven 2023 wins were here, three at Preferred level for the returning Robert Shepherd; cut fractions in second-quickest of five Mohawk qualifiers April 8

(4) P L OZZY won the July 30, 2023 Rideau Preferred Handicap for Samuel Fillion;  overdue for a repeat; runner-up as beaten fave in last two here; picks up Pascal Berube as Robert Shepherd moves to Isabelle Darveau-trained JET ROCK

(3) DYLANS BANK battled for early command here April 7 against similar company; caught first-over on first turn; stretched out by leader Lovemyrockinbird; opened up on front end; collared in stretch drive by hard-hitting closers; third start Lasix 

Race 8:

(1) RAYS KREDIT returns to winnable classification resembling his Nov. 19 Rideau victory; post relief after pylon-skimming performance from post #8 April 7; lacked racing room until turn for home; closed in field’s-co-fastest 28.2; adds Stephane Brosseau 

(2) MR JOHN is another strong closer with class relief; debut for Pascal Berube; took 1:52.4 lifetime mark here with Oct. 19 pocket ride for Robert Shepherd; uncovered first-over voyage to three-quarters; gained ground bravely; tired late; impossible trip  

(3) DELICATE SOUND has never missed the board for Marie-Claude Auger; beaten 6/5 fave here April 7 after cutting fractions at lower classification; stung in stretch by pocket-sitting Trion de Vie

(6) GETYOURLICENSELIAM faces tougher rivals from same winning post as his going-away Rideau victory for Jimmy Gagnon last Sunday; likely pacesetter in race with plenty of late speed 

Race 9:

(6) ON TIME DELIVERY is up in class following lifetime-best 1:56.1 Rideau victory April 7; circled retreating cover of first-over Battle of York on final turn; put away pacesetting 3/5 co-fave Matts Bank in stretch drive;  his 27.1 closing quarter was bullet for whole card

(7) BAYLOR BOBBY was fourth as beaten 1/2 fave here Sunday, at lower classification; class-climber who was previously-undefeated at this track; faced early interference from Alwaysyourway, run into by a slowing Rocknroll Nation; Jimmy Gagnon stays loyal 

(2) CONQUEST SEELSTER and trainer/driver Guy Gagnon were first to the front here April 7; hard-used early to reclaim lead after eventual winner Red Cape Party took control in fastest opening quarter (27.4) to that point in the card; two moves; beaten 1/9 fave 

(5) YS CHEDDAR WHEEL paced the second-quickest mile of his life (1:55.4) in fourth-place finish here April 7; dodged wide-veering D A CINNAMONCRUNCH along backstretch to emerge second-over from fifth; three-wide for stretch drive; class jump

Race 10:

(4) SILVERADO gets post/class relief in fourth seasonal start for Ryan Guy/Wayne Violette; he missed by a head behind winner Stonebridge Hermes here last April 23 for same connections, at higher classification; a 1:52.3 winner on May 7, 2023 class drop

(6) IMA DUDE pocketed up right off the gate here Sunday; tipped first-over against  pacesetting 4/5 beaten fave on first turn; led into deep stretch; stung late by Skylar; class relief

(1) HOWIES MAN drops in for Dan Dulude; a 2/5 winning Rideau fave class drop last Aug. 10 for same trainer/driver, against smaller, weaker field than this; parked chasing a too-good Light the Torch here Sunday; briefly pulled ahead; overtaken in stretch

(5) REALRUBIES AT PLAY returns to front tier; class relief; third for Jason Gilchrist last April 23 in his first class drop last season; late speed 

Race 11:

(2) MONTYSGONEMARBLE was a May 14, 2023 Rideau Carleton winner at odds of 9/2; he took his 1:53.3 lifetime mark that mile with class/post relief and regular driver Stephane Brosseau; closed well fourth-over from last against much tougher Sunday

(9) SMILINGBILLYTHEKID overtook pacesetting 4/5 beaten fave JADENSMAGICSTEEL here April 7; perfect pocket bride for the returning Pascal Berube; up in class; second tier; ten Rideau Carleton wins last season for various drivers, at various classifications 

(7) VIPER is the third of three horses this race to have paced an individual sub-1:55 mile here last Sunday; fast-closing class-dropper moves to front tier but loses Jimmy Gagnon to SKYLAR; Stephane Pouliot returns to catch drive; post hurts 

(5) JADENSMAGICSTEEL was second as beaten 4/5 fave here in latest; retains Guy Gagnon; up in class; front-end-loving gelding had three Rideau victories (two for catch driver Gagnon) after joining Mandy Archer stable late last season

(4) SKYLAR closed impressively despite drawing post #7 Sunday; the quin was on class drop; retains winning reinsman Jimmy Gagnon; second-over from back of field going into second turn; uncovered three-wide move at three-quarters; completes Hi-5