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Xtreme Horse Power to feature an under-saddle trot
Friday, August 26, 2011 - by Kathy Wade-Vlaar, for Standardbred Canada

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Mississauga, ON --- Top trainer-driver Riina Rekila, trainer Anette Lorentzon and Taylor Burgess, the son of trainer Blair Burgess, will be among a field of nine riders in the Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle race on Saturday at Georgian Downs.

The exhibition race will be featured at Xtreme Horsepower following the first race on Saturday night at Georgian Downs, which starts at 6:00 p.m., eastern. The event will also include some top trotting talent, including $458,651 earner Friendly Amigo, and $289,989 earner Jimmy Shin.

A field of nine horses and riders will compete in a one mile, non-wagering event for a purse of C$4,500. The field will be started with a mobile starting gate.

The event, which is presented by the Milton Equine Hospital in support of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada, is being staged to show fans the versatility of the Standardbred, with this type of racing being a potential second career for older or retired horses. Trotting under saddle is very popular France and many of the Scandinavian countries. The field for The Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle Exhibition Race follows:

C$4,500 Extreme Trotting Under Saddle
PP - Horse – Rider
1 - Bertorilo - Mette Pokelmann
2 - Jimmy Shin - Marielle Enberg
3 - Pegasus Blue Chip - Linnea Lindstrom
4 - Payment Plan - Julie Walker
5 - Armbro Aficionado - Gro Formia
6 - Its On My Tab - Anita Valstad
7 - Sailaway Dream - Anette Lorentzon
8 - Friendly Amigo - Riina Rekila
9 - Future Talent - Taylor Burgess

Xtreme Horsepower 2011, sponsored by Great Canadian Gaming and Standardbred Canada, will showcase the best events from earlier editions of Xtreme Horsepower and several new events.

This year's event will feature 18-horse dashes, ranging in distance from one mile to 2-1/2 miles. The always popular Xtreme Sprint and Xtreme Battle will return at distances of one-eighth mile and five-eighths miles, respectively.

Add in the Xtreme Rewind, raced clockwise, the Xtreme Shotgun, raced from a walking start and the Xtreme Dash for the Cash, a winner-take-all sprint, and you’ve got one extraordinary race card.

The year, the Xtreme Guaranteed C$10,000 Pick-4 will also be featured, starting in race four.

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