CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Balanchine notched his 50th lifetime win in the preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.
Ron Matheson crafted the winning drive in the $2,550 event from post 7 in 1:57.2 for owners Mike Pollard of Stratford and Joey Gallant of Charlottetown and trainer Jackie Matheson. Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) set the early tempo with a 27.4 first quarter with Balanchine leaving out to get in the three-hole. Balanchine then moved first-up at the 58.2 half-mile marker and proceeded to wear down the leader through the three-quarters in 1:28.1. The veteran pacer surged past in the stretch to win by a neck over Nobestbfor with Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) rallying from off the pace to finish third.
The $2 winning triactor paid $566. It was lifetime win number 50 for the nine-year-old Balanchine, who earned the majority of his $762,331 in lifetime earnings while racing on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit in Ontario.
The $2,000 back-up pace went to Roscoes Child and John Holmes in 1:58.1 over Van Zant (Matheson) and Doll R General (Gary Chappell). The winning horse is trained by Raymond White and owned by the Selkirk Stable of Belfast.
The evening trot event was a 2:03 victory by Diamond Mine and Willie Murphy for owner Boyd Leslie of Crapaud and trainer Cindy MacDonald. The P Js Nabby six-year-old won over Lyrical Lindy (Corey MacPherson) with Zip The Lip (MacPhee) recovering from an early break to finish third.
Also on the card, Vaughn Doyle scored driving win number 999 of his career with Pictonian Walton in 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Roger MacRae of Belfast.
Ron Matheson had three driving wins on the card, all of them trained by son Jackie Matheson. Total wager for the card was $25,912.
Stayoutofmyaffair captures Open Mares Final
SUMMERSIDE, PE – Stayoutofmyaffair and driver Mark Bradley used a two-hole trip to win the $14,520 final of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Stayoutofmyaffair left off the rail and released race favorite Dirt Track Momma (Kenny Arsenault) to the lead, sitting through fractions of 28.4, 59.3 and 1:28.2. Dirt Track Momma had to put away a challenge from the first up Lucky Boot Cam (Jason Hughes) who faded in the stretch, leaving the opportunity for Stayoutofmyaffair to pounce in the stretch to win by a quarter-of-a-length in 1:57.3. Dirt Track Momma stayed for second with JK Special (Walter Cheverie) third, General Luckypercy (Gilles Barrieau) fourth, Bunny Mach (Gary Chappell) fifth, Doober Hoozzitz (Terry Gallant) sixth, Skylark Hanover (Brodie MacPhee) seventh, and Lucky Boot Cam eighth. Stayoutofmyaffair is owned by Robi Hughes of Stratford and trained by Stephen Quinn.
The series has been going for the entire season with legs in all three Maritime Provinces and the top point earners advancing to the rich final.
The Summerside card also featured divisions of the Joe O’Brien memorial stake for P.E.I. foaled three-year-old pacing colts. Trainer Kevin MacLean and driver Barrieau swept the two $10,000 gold divisions. Forever Paradise won his division in 1:56.2 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Second went to Woodmere Trakeater (Darren Crowe) with Watersides Kipper (Hilliard Graves) third.
The second half of the Barrieau-MacLean sweep came with Pownal Bay Mustang in 1:58.3 over Remember Will (Brian MacPhee) and JJ Nitro (Arsenault). Pownal Bay Mustang is owned by MacPherson and Ian Smith of Charlottetown.
The $6,600 Grassroots divisions were won by So Much To Say (John Holmes) in 1:58.3 and Larhecomes (Clare MacDonald) in 2:01.4. Barrieau recorded a driving trip on the card, while Arsenault recorded two wins. Total bet for the 12-dash card was $16,372. Live racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday with a 7 pm first race post time, followed by a 6 pm card on Saturday and 1 pm afternoon card Sunday at Red Shores Summerside.
by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shore