TRACK RECORD TIED BY DUKE DID IT
Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts dominated the race card at Truro Raceway on Saturday evening as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action.
Mr Vaive and driver Bernard McCallum captured the first of three $6920 'A' division events. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:02.2 for owners Peter, Gregory and Debbie Francis of Windsor, NS. Second place honours went to Woodmere Artisan and driver Paul Langille and third went to Silverhilldiamond and.
Rancousy and driver Darren Crowe clocked the mile in 1:56 taking the second 'A' division event of the night. The three-year-old colt is owned by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, NS. Touch of Thunder and driverSmith and Super S Yzerman and came home second and third respectively.
The final 'A' division on the evening race card went to Just A Professor within the bike in a time of 1:56.4 for owners Creston Gillis, Belle River, PE and Michael and John Clarey, Montague, PE. Rebelseven and driver crossed the finish line second and Tobins Fusion and took third place.
Driverwon both of the $2500 'B' division events with Wishes In The Rain and Romeo Lover.
Track record tied by Duke Did It
Ontario invader Duke Did It romped to a 1:53.2 track record-equalling triumph in the $7,500 Exhibition Cup Invitational to close out Saturday's action-packed card of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing at Truro Raceway.
Duke Did It matched the all-aged track record set by Dunachton Gale in 2006 and also equalled by Formal Affair in 2010.
Driven by Todd Trites, Duke Did It established the lead post four and carved out fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.4 en route to the record triumph. He widened his leading margin to six lengths entering the stretch and crossed the wire five and a quarter lengths ahead of the rallying Red Rock and Gary Chappell, who were the 5-2 race favourites. Duke Did It paid $9.30 to win as the 7-2 third choice. Touch Of Lightning and Earl Smith rounded out the top three finishers nearly nine lengths behind as they came from last to show.
"He left out of there so good," said Trites after the race. "That horse hasn't raced on a half-mile track to my knowledge so I wasn't really sure what he would be like until I got into the first turn and he was as good as gold. He was as good as they told me he would be. I tried to get reasonable fractions through the middle, but he felt pretty good and I knew we had a shot at the three-quarter pole and I kind of wanted to get that record so I let him roll down the lane and he dug in. He's just a real nice little horse."
The nine-year-old Bettors Delight gelding was making his Maritimes debut off four straight wins at Rideau Carlton Raceway for owner/trainer Richard Sullivan of Greely, Ont. He earned his 34th career victory and bumped his bankroll to $324,973.
Three-year-old pacer Say It Again Sam continued his undefeated season by scoring his ninth straight victory in the $6,250 final of the Harris Home Hardware Series for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S.
The Well Said gelding retook the lead near the three-eighths mark and held off Fedora by a neck in 1:56.1 with Arizona Bucks finishing three lengths behind in third.
"He's a pretty impressive colt," said winning trainer/driver Jason Hughes. "He can get a little lazy on the front end there. He races a lot on the front. We have to start racing him out of the hole maybe every now and then, but today I put him on the front end and he was pretty strong."
Lady McCardle survived a first over journey and wore down pacesetter Coral Sea in the final strides to win the $5,475 final of the Budweiser Claiming Series, which was contested over an extended distance of 1-1/2 miles. The winning time was 3:05.1. Trainer/driver David Floyd Carey co-owns the nine-year-old mare, who also won her 1-1/4 mile second leg division, with his son Craig David Carey and Darren McDonald.
by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association