New track record holder returns to Summerside

03:04 AM 02 Aug 2014 NZST
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Gilles Barrieau to drive D Gs Camme

Fresh off his track record setting performance of 1: 53 in the Governor's Plate, D Gs Camme will return to the same spot it all happened on Sunday afternoon.

Racing action gets underway at 1 p.m. at Red Shores' Summerside, but fans will have to wait until race 9 to see the new track record holder. D Gs Camme is entered into the first leg of the Premiers Pace Series. The four-year-old son of Blissful Hall is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. He will get regular pilot Gilles Barrieau in the bike, while Jackie Matheson handles the training.

Astor was the runner-up in that track record setting performance, he has drawn Post 5 for the Foxyhall Racing stable. Jason Hughes handles the training and driving duties on the five-year-old gelded son of Camluck. Machinthesand has drawn Post 4 for owners Russell and Karen Noonan.

The Governor's Plate finalist is coming off of a Preferred victory last week at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Mark Bradley will intrust in Brodie MacPhee to do the driving. Blissfull Bro (Post 1), Schooner (Post 2) and Modern Xhibit ( Post 6) round out the compact field.

The second division of the first leg goes in Race 12. Last year's Premiers Pace winner Touch Of Lightning has drawn Post 2 for veteran trainer - driver Earl Smith. On Gold Cup night last year Touch Of Lightning worked out a second over journey before fanning out three-wide at the head of the stretch and swooping up to nail Big League and Balanchine on the line in 1:53 a new lifetime mark for the son of Articulator to claim the first ever Premiers Pace Series.

Red Rock is the morning line favourite from post 5. The four-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has not missed the board since entering the Maritime free-for-all ranks three starts ago. Owned by Donald, Bryan and Steven Mac Rae and Melissa Trainor, he finished second in his last start at Truro Raceway in the Exhibition Cup. Trainer Jason Hughes will do the driving for the first time since winning his elimination of the Governor's Plate.

Ultimate Luck hasn't seemed to have any luck at the draw over his last four attempts. Sunday will have to overcome the outside Post 6, a place he is mighty familiar with after having that post in two of his last three starts. Terry Gallant will pick up the catch driving call for the Ultimate Stable and trainer Sifroi Melanson.

Regular driver Kenny Arsenault will drive his own trainee Cheyenne Ford from Post 3. Perfect Escape ( Barrieau ) and Judge Jon ( Ken Murphy ) complete the field.

Windfall Blue Chip will reunite with Arsenault in the Race 7 Preferred 2. The seven-year-old son of Art Major was fourth in his last start for driver Brian MacPhee. Owned by Jamie MacKinley and Jody Sanderson. The Earl Watts trainee will make his third start of the 2014 campaign.

Blue Meadow Willie will also reunite with a different driver, Walter Cheverie, the last time Cheverie drove Willie, he won in 1:55.3 a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old, He is also searching for lifetime win number 50. Ultimate Success, Mcmaverick, Carrera Angel, Pacific Oak, Eagle Jolt and SA Summers Luck will be the other contenders.

Dirt Track Momma to defend Spud Island Title

It's time for Dirt Track Momma to defend her Spud Island Classic Title. Presented by the P.E.I. Potato Board the first leg of the Old Home Week open mares series starts Saturday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 6 p.m.

Last year Momma headed into the series on a three race win streak and continued her winning ways, sweeping both legs and then winning the final on Gold Cup night in a blistering 1:54.2. In race 7 on Saturday night, she'll look to get her season on track from Post 7 for owner - trainer Jonah Moase.

From post 7 Marc Campbell will do the driving against six other rivals. J K Special has been dubbed the morning line favourite, for owner Joe Smallwood and regular driver Walter Cheverie. A familiar face over the past four year, the nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest will control her faith from Post 2.

In the second division of the Spud Island, For All We Know comes into the first supporting the same summary as Dirt Track Momma did last year. Three straight victories. Owned by Bruce Wood, the seven-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will look to extend her streak to four from post 5. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John to drive for Jackie Matheson. 

A newcomer to P.E.I., Russian Kisses will be right next door, Post 6, the four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover shows consistent miles of 1:54 and change over Grand River (half-mile) for owners Robert Shepherd, Joseph Travis and Forrest Bartlett. Robert has handed the driving duties over to brother Steven, while father Harold is the trainer. Bunny Mach, Winner Panic, Miracleonthehudson, Icandothat and Silky Britches round out the field.

A pair of earlier driver - trainer combinations pair up and do battle in the third and final division. The gate chaser Andro Madi has been labeled the morning line choice for Campbell and Moase. The winner of 23 races life has drawn post 4. Two-time Spud Island Classic Champ, General LuckyPercy will be one spot closer to the rail, Post 3, for Barrieau and Matheson.

Stayoutofmyaffair, last year's Atlantic Aged Mare Champion has drawn the outside post 7 for owner Robi Hughes, brother Jason handles the training and driving on the winner of 30 lifetime victories. 

Red Magician will look to extend his win streak to three races in the race 12 feature, the chestnut gelding picked up his first win on red soil last week in 2:00 over a rain soaked oval. Owned by Dale and Ronnie Rennie, Ken Murphy will do the driving from post 7.

Every Day will look to return trainer Rachel Andrew back to the winner circle for the second time of her career from Post 4. In his last start Every Day picked up Andrew's first lifetime training victory. Brian Andrew will do the driving. Tempo Seelster, Panacotta, Van Zant, Balanchine, Capitalism and Nobestbfor round out the power packed lineup

Hurrah 4 Island Charities is back Saturday night in Race 10. With August now upon us, Hurrah's earning for this month will be donated to Special Olympics P.E.I. Mark Bradley will do the training and driving. For the month of July, Hurrah raised $1,000 for the 4H club of P.E.I., the cheque presentation will be made after the second race. 

The evenings trot race goes in Race 3. Scarlet Patti and trainer - driver Darryl Maclean will have to overcome Post 7 if they are going to put together back - to - back victories for owner Gordon Maclean. 

The battle for top driver at Red Shores' Charlottetown is heating up, Hughes currently sits on top  of the leader board with 45 victories, defending champion Campbell is only two wins behind with 43. The battle is sure to catch fire next week during the 16 cards of racing for Old Home Week. 

by Bo Ford for Red Shores

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