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Big N Bad Weekend Recap by Jason Beem

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Weekend Wrap Up 11/29—11/30


Big N Bad romps in Western Canada Pacing Derby Elimination on Saturday night at Northlands

Big N Bad was an impressive winner as he dominated his heat of the Western Canada Pacing Derby eliminations on Saturday night.  Sent off as the 9/5 second choice in the field of seven, Big N Bad went right out to the front and established a solid early lead for driver Jim Marino as they went through an opening quarter in 28 seconds.  Race favorite Premium Attaction once again broke stride and was immediately out of the race and ended up being pulled up.  Marino kept his lead going to a half in 57.80 seconds and started to inch away on the turn as Big N Bad had plenty of gas left in the engine.  American Venture was second the entire way, but once they hit the straightaway Big N Bad started to pour it on, opening up to win by six and three quarter lengths in the end, stopping the clock in a very quick 1:54.40 seconds.  Outlaw Falcon burst out of the pack and got into a clear second, well ahead of Brenin who ran third. 

It was the 7th win from 26 starts in 2013 for Big N Bad who is trained by Lance Ward for owners JJ Stables.  Big N Bad was based at Fraser Downs for most of the summer and came to Northlands Park just a couple of weeks ago. 

The second elimination for the Western Canada Pacing Derby saw Beren Hanover rally from just off the pace to get up late to win by a length and a quarter.  Sent off as the even money favorite in the field of eight runners, Beren Hanover and Keith Clark sat in the pocket early on as Play Me Right went out to set the early fractions, getting to an opening quarter in 27.80 seconds.  Pedal Steel tried to make a run at the early leader but couldn’t get a spot down on the rail and was caught wide through the first two turns.  Play Me Right brought the field into the homestretch, but Beren Hanover was kicked out for the drive and exploded down the lane and got up to win by a length and a quarter.  Bettor in the Bank overcame a very wide journey to finish a late running second.  Tip Top Tap rounded out the Tri with Play Me Right finishing fourth. 

It was the second straight win for Beren Hanover who took home the open pace last week.  Beren Hanover has won 5 of 21 races this year for driver/trainer Keith Clark.  He completed the mile in 1:56.40.

Gts Selene goes all the way to win her elimination for the Northlands Filly Pace

Gts Seleneopened up a big lead early and held on late to win the second elimination on Friday Night for the Northlands Filly Pace.  Sent off at odds of 5/1, Travis Cullen pressed the gas pedal early on as Gts Selene opened up a four length advantage to an opening quarter in 27.80.  Keep The Dream closed that gap as they got to a half mile in 59.20 seconds and got to within a length and a half.  Cullen maintained that lead until they got to the top of the stretch, where he burst clear for a moment as Keep The Dream tried to come and get him.  But Gts Selene had enough late and still held on to win by a length and a half.  Keep The Dream held on for second while Barona Lilac closed up late to grab the third spot. 

Gts Selene has now won 4 of 14 this season and has racked up over $60,000 in earnings on the year for trainer Gerald McGinn

Contesta Hanovertook home the first elimination on Friday night for the Northlands Filly Pace when she and Keith Clark made a move down the backstretch to grab the lead and held on gamely to win by just a half length.  Sent off as the 4/1 second choice in the field of seven, Contesta Hanover sat back in fourth early on as Emotions Run Wild went out and set the pace and put up an opening quarter in 28.60 seconds.  Clark came out down the backstretch and made a big run to grab the lead going to three quarters in 1:29.20.  Emotions Run Wild still had plenty of horse left though and came out to challenge Contesta Hanover down the lane.  But Contesta Hanover dug in and held on to win by a half a length.  Emotions Run Wild finished up in second while Skade, who was third throughout, finished up in third. 

Contesta Hanover completed the mile in 1:58.40 seconds and it was the 6th win from 33 starts for the Keith Clark trainee. 

Biggest Payoffs of the Week
at Northlands Park

Biggest $2 Win Payout:
Race 8, 11/30/13 Sixdaysontheroad paid $22.40 to win

Biggest $2 Exactor:
Race 8, 11/30/13 Sixdaysontheroad paid $249.50

Biggest $2 Triactor:
Race 5, 11/29/13 Burnt On Top/Hesacountryboy/Blistillmyheart paid $1,736.70

Biggest $1 Superfecta:
Race 11, 11/22/13 Burt On Top/ Hesacountryboy/ Blistillmyheart/Tatsu paid $2,204.65!

Biggest $1 Pick 4:
11/29/13 races  4 through 7 paid $2,465.90!!!

Fastest Mile of the Week:
Sixdaysontheroad, Race 8, 11/29/13…..1:54.1


North American Racing News

Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct
Winner: Flat Out
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
$2 Win pays $15.00

Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park
$2 Win pays: $9.00

Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park
$2 Win pays: $93.40

Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct
Winner:  Honor Code
Jockey: Javier Castellano
$2 Win pays: $3.60

Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne
Winner: Last Gunfighter
Jockey:  Joe Bravo
$2 Win pays: $3.80

Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs
Winner: Vexed
Jockey: Shawn Bridgmohan
$2 Win pays $9.20

Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs
Winner: Tapiture
Driver:  Ricardo Santana
$2 Win pays $8.60

Grade 3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park
Winner: Global View
Jockey: Joe Talamo
$2 Win pays $6.40

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