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CASTIN PULLS OFF UPSET IN IDEAL SOCIETY SERIES FINAL
Leaving from post position five, Castin was kept well off the hot early pace that was being set by preliminary victors Ram It In (Sam Widger) and Dylan Rocks (Rick Dane Jr.) by driver Dean Magee, who was content to pace along in sixth with his charge as the top two battled through an opening quarter in 27.1.
Remaining in sixth but drawing a bit closer to the pace setters, Castin was only six lengths behind the top pair as they rolled through a half-mile in a bruising 56.3.
With a live outer flow starting to develop as the field moved down the backside for the final time, Magee tipped the son of Allamerican Ingot three wide while Dylan Rocks and a first over Gordo’s Z Tam (Mike Oosting) slugged it out as the field reached the three-quarter-mile station in 1:26.2.
Chewing up ground on the far outside of horses, Castin quickly started to reel in a group of tiring horses. Just three lengths behind the top pair as the field turned for home, a fit and fresh Castin collared the embattled leaders in the final strides to record his second win in eight starts this year. Ram It In took advantage of a perfect ground-saving trip to finish second while Gordo’s Z Tam was a hard-fought third.
Much to the delight of his backers, the homebred gelding returned a handsome win mutuel of $46.40 while running his career earnings up to $26,697 for owner-trainer Dennis Brightwell.
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