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Won The West Wins

August 30, 2009

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Won The West used a strongoff-the-pace rally to capture Saturday night'single $50,000
elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:50.1.

Yannick Gingras picked up the drive behind the five-year-old gelded son
of Western Hanover - Gabrielle and had him in seventh position in the
early going as Shadow Play hung up the first quarter of :27.1.

Shadow Play continued on top past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters
in 1:23.1 with Art Official following in the pocket. By that point, Won
The West had worked his way up to sixth on the outside and just four
lengths from the front as the field turned for home.

In the stretch, Won The West, who was following the cover of Bigtime
Ball, catapulted off that one's back and used a :26.1 final panel to
score by half a length. Bigtime Ball was able to just edge out Shadow
Play for the show spot.

Won The West, who was fresh off a 1:47 upset in the $500,000 Breeders
Crown at The Meadowlands, posted his third win of the campaign in 15
starts for trainer Ron Burke. The winner’s share of the purse boosted
his earnings to just over $487,000 this season and $1,830,000 lifetime
for the Strollin Stables, William Robinson and James Koehler of Ohio.

The top eight finishers from Saturday’s race will join Shark Gesture and
Bettor Sweet in next weekend’s $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final.
Here is a look at the field in post position order:

1. Silent Swing
2. Won The West
3. Bigtime Ball
4. Southwestern Dream
5. Mister Big
6. Bettor Sweet
7. Shadow Play
8. Mr Saratoga
9. Shark Gesture
10. Art Official

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