SUMMERSIDE, PE - Saulsbrook Alana scorched Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon posting the fastest mile of the year for a two-year-old filly on a half-mile track in Canada.
The Kevin MacLean trained pacing filly got away last in the five-horse field in her $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold division for driver. The early fraction were set by a parked out Lovineveryminute ( ) who cleared at the 27.1 quarter before laying down a 56.3 half. Saulsbrook Alana, owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford, then advanced first over and cleared at the 1:25.1 three-quarters, then kicked clear to win by 10-and-three-quarters in 1:55.1. Lovineveryminute hung on for second while Pictonian Sareta ( ) was third.
The mile erased the two-year-old filly pacing record at the Summerside Raceway, the maritime record for two-year-olds of any sex, and the seasonal record for a two-year-old filly on a Canadian half-mile track set by Lady Shadow in 1:55.4 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont.
The other $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold division was won by Briannas Angel in 1:59.1 for driver, co-owner and trainer Travis Wilkie and co-owner Robyn Veinot. Babies Gigolo (Barrieau) was second with Dusty Lane Dora ( ) was third.
The $5,000 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions were won by Kellys Cross (Campbell) in 1:59, Libertys Gig () in 2:00.4, JJ Mistress (Barrieau) in 2:01 and Ignite The Night (Barrieau) in 2:01.3.
The first $9,600 Joe O’Brien gold division for two-year-old colt pacer was won by the front stepping Dumas Walker in 1:58 for owner-trainer-driverof Glace Bay and Joseph Poirier of Reserve Mines, N.S. Second went to Cobra Rising ( ) with JJ Laser (Campbell) taking third.
The other gold division was won by Rebelseven in 1:59.1 for driver Campbell and owner-trainer Kevin MacLean of Vernon Bridge. Dusty Lane Oliver (Smith) was second and KD Just Hold On (Stephen Mason) was third.
The $4,200 Joe O’Brien grassroots divisions were won by Wine To Go (Arsenault) in 2:00.4, J Ps Warrior (Campbell) in 2:02, Hurrah () in 2:04.2 and Island Gigolo (MacPhee) in 1:59.3.
Driver Campbell had four wins on the card, while Barrieau had three wins and Arsenault and MacPhee each had two winners.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Big League controlled the front end en route to victory in the $2,400 preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Driversent the son of to the front and laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.4, and 1:26 before turning back a late challenge from the pocket sitting Touch Of Lightning ( Smith) to win in 1:54.3. Touch Of Lightning was second with All Turain ( ) third. Big League is owned and trained by Jonah Moase of Cornwall.
The $2,200 Fillies and Mares Open pace was won by a late closing General Luckypercy in 1:57.1 within the bike for trainer and owners Jodilyn Matheson and Jack Brown. Bunny Mach (Arsenault) was second with Private Joke (Campbell) third.
The $1,800 Open Trot was won by Abundaspin in 1:59.2 for trainer-driverand owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. Caliban Hanover ( ) was second and Emerald Éclair ( ) was third.
The $1,850 back-up pace was won by Narragansett in 1:57.1 for driver, trainer , and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. Second went to Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) with Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton) third.
Drivers, , and Cheverie each recorded driving doubles on the 12-dash card.
by Nicholas Oakes