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Small but mighty Shacked Up victorious in Gold Final
October 9, 2009
By Sandra Snyder

TORONTO, ON — Driver Luc Ouellette was confident that Shacked Up could deliver her second Gold Final title at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night, and the diminutive pacer did not disappoint Ouellette or the fans who sent her off their top choice in the $130,000 skirmish.

In spite of sloppy conditions that left the racing surface rated two seconds slower than normal, Coming Late blasted away from the starting gate to a :26.4 opening quarter. Shacked Up landed in third from Post 1, but when Coming Late backed down the tempo heading for the half, Ouellette sent his filly to the outside, where she easily wrestled control of the lead from her stablemate and rang up a :56 mid-mile fraction.

On top by one and a half lengths at the 1:26 three-quarters, Shacked Up picked up the pace in the stretch to pull away to a two length victory in 1:55. My Red High Heels delivered an impressive effort up the outside to claim the runner-up’s share of the $130,000, with Shacked Up’s stablemate Kabbalah Karen B rounding out the top three.

Campbellville resident Ouellette engineered the victory for trainer Tracy Brainard and owner-breeder Bulletproof Enterprises of Boca Raton, FL. Friday’s triumph boosted the filly’s sophomore record to seven wins, four seconds and three thirds in 15 starts for earnings of $642,695.

Friday’s win was Shacked Up’s second in Gold Final action. The filly also claimed a Gold Final title at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 8. Those victories, added to a Gold Elimination win at Georgian Downs on July 4, give the filly a total of 256 points and send her into the post season atop the division standings, 74 points ahead of stablemate Yellow Diamond who was scratched out of Friday’s contest.

Shacked Up is the fourth foal of Bulletproof’s mare Sapphire Dawn, a Falcon Seelster half-sister to four $250,000-plus earners including $617,230 winner Golfman. Among her other stakes wins this season were the final of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 21, and a division of the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 6 at the Campbellville oval.

The fillies will now enjoy a five week hiatus from Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the top 10 point earners returning to Woodbine on Nov. 14 for their $300,000 Super Final.

There is no hiatus for Woodbine fans, however, as the two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old pacing colts are ready to square off in Gold Final action over the Toronto oval on Saturday evening. Post time for Saturday’s program is 7:30 pm, with the pacing colts showing off their speed and skill in Races 5 and 10.

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