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McArdle colt takes Diplomat opener

April 24, 2010
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Mcaracas turned Saturday night’s lone division in the opening leg of the Diplomat Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings into a final-quarter sprint and scored decisively at Woodbine for driver Mario Baillargeon. The winning time was 1:53.2.
 
The strapping son of Mcardle - Smooth Latin N left sharply from post two and grabbed control briefly before yielding to Jackets Required at the opening quarter in :28.3. Baillargeon quickly came back around with his charge and took the field through a leisurely opening half of :58.3.
 
Mcaracas continued to lead into the final turn when the pocket-sitting Jackets Required made a brief break in stride, scattering several horses in behind. Meanwhile, Mcaracas strolled past the third panel in 1:27.1.
 
As the field turned for home, Baillargeon asked his colt for more and Mcaracas responded with a blistering :26.1 final quarter to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Jackets Required, who was subsequently placed sixth for causing interference. Top Gear was elevated to the place spot while Affleck got bumped up into the show position.
 
Mcaracas kicked back $3.60 as the bettor’s choice.

“Well, there was only two colts (Mcaracas and Jackets Required) I think,” said winning driver Mario Baillargeon. “Randy (Waples) was in front and his horse (Jackets Required) was looking around so I went back to the front. We got a bit of a headwind in the backside so 30 seconds seems slow but it wasn’t that bad of a quarter.
 
“Nobody challenged me to the three-quarters. You know, we’ve got a long year with him and I wanted to win but didn’t want to abuse him tonight. I think it’s a good race for him tonight.”
 
Mcaracas, who is trained by Ben Baillargeon, is now two-for-two this season for owners Ecuries Vert Et Blanc Inc. of Quebec and Gilles Parent of Ontario. The winner’s share of the purse increased his career earnings to just over $69,000.
 
For complete reaction from driver Mario Baillargeon, visit the video
section of the WEG website by clicking here
http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/News/Pages/StandardbredVideos.aspx.
 
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