Day At The Track

Breeders finals held at Summerside and Charlottetown

09:02 AM 28 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Kenny Arsenault, harness racing
Kenny Aresnault won a Maritime Breeders Final

Summerside, PE – Red Shores Summerside hosted two divisions of the Maritime Breeders Finals for trotters Sunday.

Phantom Beau, driven by Kenny Arsenault, delivered as the post time favorite in the two-year-old contest in 2:08.2 over a sloppy track with a three second variant due to rain. The colt, trained by John Pineau, took the lion’s share of the $8,600 purse with Dusty Lane Galaxy and Glencove Yoshi rounding out the top three pay-outs. Peter Breau of Moncton, N.B. is the winning owner.

Rash Statement upset the field to win the three-year-old $7,100 MBA final. Walter Cheverie put the trotter on the front and turned away all challengers for the gate to wire victory. The race was named in honor of John “Buddy” Campbell. The son of Northern Bailey is owned and trained by Joe Smallwood of Stratford. Meridian Farms bred the champion. I Aint No Lady (Garth Coles) was second while West River Xcel(Clare MacDonald) was third. Cheverie had a driving triple on the day.

Meridian Farms also presented three divisions of the David Rose Memorial series. Driver Corey MacPherson swept all three of the Rose series with Keystone Nobility, Micrometerjack and Life Savior in their respective splits.

The top class went to Le Fugueur for Marc Campbell in 2:01.4. The horse is conditioned by Darren Trainor for his wife Jennifer.

Dumas Walker and Saulsbrook Alana Claim Maritime Breeders Titles

Charlottetown, PE – The Maritime Breeders Finals for two-year colts and fillies were center stage Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Dumas Walker, with co-owner and trainer Myles Heffernan in the bike, won the $33,000 MBA final in 1:57.4. The colt earned his biggest paycheck of the season while notching his ninth win of the campaign including his third in a row. Heffernan, a resident of Glace Bay, N.S., shares the ownership papers with Joseph Poirier of Nova Scotia. Settlement Request (Marc Campbell) closed hard for second with Mr Comraderie (Mike
Stevenson) holding on for third.

Saulsbrook Alana captured the $29,200 Maritime Breeders Final for two-year-old fillies in 1:57 flat. The Kevin MacLean trainee earned her eighth consecutive victory. The daughter of Western Paradise has $58,223 in the bank for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed another big night at the office with four winners on the card, engineered the trip putting the filly on the lead on route to the half. The pacing star never looked back. Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) was second with Absolootly Hot (Brodie MacPhee) third.

The fastest mile of the night went to All Turain in 1:55.1. “He’s in a league all of his own” boomed track announcer Vance Cameron as the four-year-old gelding powered through the stretch for his seventh win in a row. Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. MacPhee changed tatics sending All Turain off the gate to take command of the field through fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.3. Touch of Lightning stalked the leader and settled for second for Earl Smith while Narragansett, with Norris Rogers in the bike, completed the triactor.

In other action, Zip the Lip scored back to back winning performances in the open trot for Brian MacPhee. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Orville Willis and Donald Sweet of O’Leary own the trotter. Brand of my Own, (John Holmes) and Modern Girl (Mike Stevenson) won their respective divisions of the Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans series presented by Meridian Farms.

by Lee Drake for Red Shores
 

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