Schooner took the $2,500 first leg of the Inverness Invitational on Sunday afternoon with a track record equalling performance at Inverness Raceway in rein to Alex MacQuarrie.
Trained and owned by Anthony Beaton, the six-year-old son of American Ideal matched the 1:56 record for aged pacing stallions, which was originally set by Mitchs Ceilidh in 2002. (The all-age record of 1:54.1 still stands and is held by gelding Formal Affair.)
Bonnys Mac fought off Salute through fractions of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:28 before Schooner kicked home to steal the spotlight. He won by four lengths with favourite Junebugs Baby rallying from the backfield for second. Bonnys Mac finished third ahead of Salute.
Schooner has now earned back-to-back wins at Inverness and sports a seasonal record reading 7-7-2 in 21 starts.
Oakmont is best at Turo Raceway
After sharing the spotlight in a dead-heat win last weekend at Truro Raceway, Oakmont was determined to be the only one at the finish line in Sunday's top class.
Oakmont pulled the pocket and confronted the popular pacesetter, Prosecco Brut, at the three-quarters quarter mark in the featured $1,275 Winners Over before drawing off down the lane for a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1. Prosecco Brut stayed for second while Likely To Win rounded out the top three finishers.
Danny Romo trains and drives the seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding, who now has five wins in 14 starts this season, for Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S.