Put­nams Power wins Le­gion Day pace at North­side Downs


Put­nams Power ral­lied in the stretch drive for Harold LeBlanc Jr. to up­set the win­ners over in 1:59.4 to high­light an 11-dash card of har­ness rac­ing on Satur­day at North­side Downs.

The seven-year-old geld­ing, owned by Wil­lie Seymour, sat in­side in the early go­ing as Got-faithin cowboys and Juneb­ugs Baby bat­tled through frac­tions of 29.3 and 59.2, be­fore Juneb­ugs Baby would even­tu­ally clear to the lead just be­fore the three quar­ters. Put­nams Power found rac­ing room in the stretch, how­ever, to col­lar Juneb­ugs Baby on the line by a neck, with Pic­to­nian Speed third. Mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch in North Syd­ney were on hand to make cooler pre­sen­ta­tions through­out the af­ter­noon to the win­ning horses and driv­ers.

Jason MacNeil led all driv­ers on the card with a pair of wins. MacNeil guided TM Over The Top to his first win of the sea­son in 2:01. The eight-year-old by Western Par­adise won by two lengths over Prince­town Jory, with D Is­land Rebel third. Lawrence Ma­cLean is the win­ning owner.

Like a thun­der bolt used a three wide move off the fi­nal turn to pre­vail in 2:03.3 for MacNeils sec­ond win. Snow­bound, who led for most of the mile, fin­ished sec­ond, beaten just by a head, with Broad­way Bill third, a half length back. Like a thun­der bolt is owned and trained by Brian MacNeil.

Two-year-old filly Dixie Lul­laby is now two for two life­time af­ter win­ning in 2:03.4 for John Wil­lie Beaton. She won by three and a half lengths over Eastern Eden, with Par­adise Skies third. Johnny Hef­fer­nan is the win­ning owner.

Other win­ners on the card in­cluded: CJ S Ob­ses­sion for Adam Lynk in 2:04.3; Is­land Re­ac­tor for Greg Spar­ling in 2:03; Re­union Ac­count for Colin Kelly in 2:01.1; Stone­bridge Fo­cus for Dave Ratch­ford in 2:02.2; Pic­to­ni­ans Cyrus for Greg Bai­ley in 2:02.2; Lils Des­tiny for John Hawco in 1:59.3; and I’m A Sum­bun­nie for Kevin Bai­ley in 2:00.4, over Elec­tric Prince and Fex Ed­u­ca­tion.

Rac­ing re­turns to North­side Downs this com­ing Satur­day at 1 p.m.

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