Charlottetown, PE - The field is set for the rich Maritime Breeders Stakes final after eliminations were held Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card also featured the best horses on the East coast in the Cecil Ladner Memorial Series where All Turain tasted defeat for the first time since last September.
Lovineveryminute went wire to wire in the first elimination for driver. The filly beat out favorite Elm Grove Inarush with Fleuje third. The time was a career best of 1:55.4 for trainer Watts and owners River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy.
Pictonian Sareta claimed the second filly elimination in 1:57.3 for driverand owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Outrageous Spirit and J J Mistress completed the triactor. Race favorite Saulsbrook Alana made a break attempting a three-wide move down the backstretch and finished fifth.
Defending colt champion Dumas Walker won the first MBA elimination for three-year-colts for driverand his co-owner Jackie Heffernan of Glace Bay, N.S. while Settlement Request cruised to a 1:58.4 score for driver in the other colt elimination.
All Turian's winning streak ended at 10 when U.S. invader Art of Illusion won a division of the Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series in a dazzling 1:54.1 for driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax, N.S. It was his third win in a row for trainer Philip. Astor was second with All Turain, who was roughed up early in the mile, finishing third.
Machinthesand was victorious in the other Ladner elimination winning in 1:55 flat.mapped out the trip from a challenging post 8 and wore down favorite Coral Snake in deep stretch to notch his second victory in a row for trainer and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton, PE.
enjoyed a big night at the office with four winners on the 13 dash card. recorded a hat-trick.
Zip The Lip takes Summerside Open Trot
SUMMERSIDE, PE – Zip The Lip made the most of the rain soaked oval Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Driven by Brian MacPhee in the $1,850 Open trot, Zip The Lip left from post 5 and sat the pocket behind post time favorite Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) through fractions of 30.3, 1:02.3 and 1:34 before getting up in the stretch for a 2:04.4 decision on a track rated three-seconds-off. Abundaspin was second with Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley) finishing third. Zip The Lip paid $8.40 to win, while the 5-1-3 winning triactor paid $115.70. Zip The Lip is co-owned and trained by Don Sweet and co-owned by Orville Willis, both of O’Leary.
Race 2 on the afternoon had one of the biggest winning payouts in Island racing history when Bringhome Theblue tipped four wide up the backstretch to win in 2:04.4 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Blaine McKenna and owner William Andrew of Calgary. The Badlands Hanover gelding paid $262.60 on a $2 win ticket, while the exactor, triactor and superfecta wagers were all paid out at 5-all due to no winning tickets being sold.
Eagle Jolt captured the $1,900 feature pace in 1:59 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell. Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault) was second with Onehotvett (Barrieau) third.
Gary Chappell scored a driving triple on the card, while driving doubles went to Bradley and Campbell and a training double to conditioner Alan Taylor.
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bt Lee Drake and Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores