National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history on Sunday afternoon in just his second start, defeating a field of more experienced rivals in 1:53.3.
The Allamerican Native colt is now undefeated in two starts for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt and co-owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta.
National Debt sat gapped out in fifth for most of the mile in a $4,500 conditioned pace while favoured sophomore Bettor In The Bank carved out fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.4 in search of his fifth straight win. But National Debut unleashed :26.4 final quarter speed to propel him into the top spot. His winning margin was more than three lengths. Bettor In The Bank settled for second and the pocket-sitting three-year-old Cabo Real finished third.
National Debt lowered the freshman track record by two-fifths of a second. The former mark was set by two-year-old pacing colt Wrangler Betonme in 2011.
Alberta-sired two-year-olds took the stage later on the card in three Alberta Shooting Star divisions, ranging in purses from $18,767 to $19,067, and another record was set.
Blue Eyed Cowboy ($6.40) established a new 1:54.4 track record for two-year-old pacing geldings as he overtook the pacesetting Pass The Port in deep stretch and held off Outlaw Last Chance by a head. The Brandons Cowboy gelding shaved four-fifths of a second off The Big Heist's former record. Bill Tainsh Jr. was the winning driver for trainer/owner Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. The win was Blue Eyed Cowboy's first in ABSS action and second from six pari-mutuel starts.
The late sire Brandons Cowboy's legacy continues to live on as his offspring completed a sweep of the Shooting Star with other divisions going to J J J Stables' Comes Home First ($2.30), a 1:56.1 winner for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward, and the maiden-breaking Incognito Cowboy ($12.50), a 1:58.1 winner for trainer/driver Keith Clark, who also co-owns with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea and Laurence Swalm. Both posted win margins of more than six lengths. Comes Home First has now won all five of his pari-mutuel starts, including divisions in all three ABSS legs.
The Alberta-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will wrap up their ABSS season in the Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park
In other action, Revolver ($6.90) and driver Brandon Campbell took the $8,500 top class in 1:53.1, scoring by nearly five lengths over favourite Cowboy Caper and Hoerdt. Glenn Lutz trains the six-year-old pacer, who notched his 20th career victory for the Estate of Harvey Poffenroth of Calgary.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Alberta Downs.
St. JOHN’S RACING
Sophomore pacer Dustylane Wildbill took top honours winning the featured stakes event at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday's harness racing card, which was sponsored by Meridian Farms.
Dustylane Wildbill romped to a five and a quarter length victory, stopping the clock in a career-best clocking of 2:03 in the $2,200 featured sixth race for two and three-year-old Newfoundland-owned pacers. Freshmen Salmonier Storm and Son Of Rocknroll rounded out the top three finishers.
Shane Forward was in the sulky for trainer Scott Forward and local owner Joanne Forward. The Meridian Farms-bred colt is a son of Ss Sand Dollar, who has won half of his 12 career starts.
This week's $1,190 Preferred class, sponsored by Rene Allard, was also won by the driver-trainer team of Shane and Scott Forward as Inspired Art drew off by nine lengths in the stretch. Carl Stafford's eight-year-old pacer hit the wire in 2:01.3 with Muzzysenglishbaby and Machthemoment finishing second and third, respectively.
Team Forward also won the opener with five-year-old pacing mare K Ngs Hurricane edging out Brandishing by a head in 2:11.3. Another Ss Sand Dollar offspring, the winner is owned by Christine Hedges and Jacqueline Smith, and bred by Meridian Farms.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - St. John's Racing.
Trainer/driver Paul MacLean worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard sophomore filly Ideal Odds to win the $18,700 final of the Late Bloomer Pacing Series on Sunday at Sudbury Downs.
Stablemate Vijay Scam set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:30 over the sloppy surface with the field stacking up into the stretch. But Ideal Odds came through to prevail in 2:02, scoring by three-quarters of a length over Hot N Shooting. Vijay Scam edged out Ok Eros and Fools Run Around for third one length behind.
With a win in the opening leg of the series on Sept. 15 and a second-place finish by a nose in the Sept. 22 round, Ideal Odds was sent postward as the second choice on the odds board and returned $5.70 to win.
After going winless in four starts as a freshman, she has only missed the board once in 14 starts this year. The Western Ideal filly has won six times while pushing his bankroll to $30,270 for owner B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont.
Maclean also drove Mellow Jenny ($13.90) to a 2:02 victory in the $4,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace by a quarter-length over Carly Hollywood for trainer Philippe Belanger. Another Belanger trainee, Stable Eyes ($3.80), won the $4,200 Not Listed Preferred in rein to Mike MacNeill. She prevailed in 2:01.3 by half a length over No Teasing Me and MacLean.
Sophomore gelding Mr Why ($8.70) and Wayne MacLean won the $7,500 Late Bloomer Consolation in 2:02.2 by two and three-quarter lengths.
The Late Bloomer Series was for non-winners of one race or $15,000 (fillies and mares $18,750) lifetime as of Sept. 2, 2013.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Sudbury Downs.
Three-year-old pacing colt The Rev led Sunday afternoon's Carl & Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes winners with a 1:56.3 triumph in the opening division at Truro Raceway.
The MacKenzie Memorial was split into five $7,682 divisions for three-year-old colt and filly pacers.
Trained and driven by Danny Romo, The Rev ($3.10) fought off J B Bolt through early fractions of :27.4 and: 56.4 in the first colt division and then drew clear en route to three-quarters in 1:27. The popular son of Western Paradise cruised home in :29.3 for the one and a half length triumph over pocket-sitter Forever Paradise and the wide rallying Watersides Kipper.
The consistent colt now boasts seven wins and four seconds in 12 sophomore starts for Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts, and the Glb Stable.
Trainer/driver Kenny Arsenault took the other colt divisions with Untouchable One ($2.70) going wire-to-wire for his fifth win in a row in 1:57 and J J Nitro ($7.10) rallying three-wide off cover to prevail in 1:58.
Arsenault was also in the sulky as Mike Campbell-conditioned Rose Valley ($5) went first over to win her filly division in 1:57.2. Icandothat ($4.30) front-stepped her way to victory lane in the other filly split in a matching time of 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Ryan Ellis.
The Arsenault stable also collected a win in the $10,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers with the Hilliard Graves-owned and driven Waterside Light ($13) converting off a pocket trip to win by more than two lengths in 2:00.2. The win was the Lis Mara colt's fourth (consecutive) in seven starts.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway.
Junebugs Baby closed out Inverness Raceway's Sunday afternoon card of harness racing with a bang as he circled a field of six top Nova Scotia pacers and drew off to an impressive open length victory in the featured $3,750 Inverness Invitational
Greg Sparling drove the four-year-old son of Western Paradise to the six length triumph in 1:57.2 over early race leaders Art I Special and Redmond Doucet. Lils Destiny and John Hawco rounded out the top three finishers.
Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnball trains and co-owns the homebred with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate now boasts a career record reading 18-10-2 in 36 starts with earnings totalling $67,639.
Junebugs Baby paid $3.40 to win as the bettors' choice.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway.
Big League and All Turain won their respective $3,500 first leg divisions of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, Sunday at Red Shores Summerside.
Big League, owned by Johan Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I., gave Corey MacPherson his fourth winner of the day when he caught fraction-setter Wild Dragon at the head of lane and drove on to victory in 1:55.4. Leading Camdidate came flying late to grab second while Narragansett finished third.
All Turain won his fourth in a row in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship for Brodie MacPhee in 1:55.1. MacPhee tipped the Trevor Hicken trainee off the back of Touch Of Lightning to capture his fifth win from 18 starts this season. Lee Hicken of Charlottetown co-owns the pacer with his trainer. Touch Of Lightning was right there for second while Lucky Encounter completed the triactor.
War Cry Ranger won the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron Memorial in an impressive 1:57.2. Brian Andrew did the driving for his co-owners Bill and Blake Andrew.
MacPherson’s other winners on the program came with No Pain Intended for Harold Hill, Lets Make Ideal owned by Mikeala Lustic, and Bizzy Izzy for trainer Jeff Wallace.
MacPhee had a driving double on the program also winning with Selkirk Stable's Roscoes Child.
The second leg of the Island Pacing Championship will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Charlottetown Driving Park with the final set for Sunday, October 13.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Summerside Raceway.
Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca