Day At The Track

Track record for Hop Up

01:30 PM 11 Sep 2020 NZST
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Corey MacPherson, harness racing
Corey MacPherson drives Hop Up

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Hop Up solidified herself as the greatest harness racing trotting mare in the history of Atlantic Canadian harness racing as she rewrote the record books again Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

In line to Corey MacPherson, the daughter of Tad The Stud cut out all the fractions in the $2,500 Open trot and hung on for a 1:57.1 Charlottetown track record and Atlantic Canadian record for aged trot mares. The trip lowered the previous record of 1:57.2 set by Osprey Impact in 2016. Keith Campbell of Victoria West trains and owns the 18-time winner who also crowned herself the fastest Maritime Bred mare ever on the Eastern Seaboard last month in Charlottetown.

Mabou Ridge declared victory in the lone $10,000 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old trot class off a pocket ride behind tempo setter Tequila Tuesday (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) in a 1:58.3 new lifetime best for the son of Armbro Barrister. Clare MacDonald was in the driver's seat behind her trainee for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. The trip tied the three-year-old track trotting record set by Gettin Messi in 2019 as well as the overall three-year-old Maritime record that is co-held by Tequila Tuesday, who had an identical 1:58.3 trip in Summerside earlier this season.

In two-year-old P.E.I. Colt Stakes action, Dusty Lane Milo finally got the better of Mr Finlay Ridge to snap the latter's win streak in 2:04.1 in their $6,000 division. It was win number three in a row for Dusty Lane Milo and driver Adam Merner, trainer Ron Gass and owner Marsha Knox of Stanhope.

A Little Go Go claimed the other $6,000 rookie trot split in 2:02.4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S.

It was one of four winners on the program for Campbell as he also tasted victory with Filly Forty Seven in 1:57 from his own stable as well as Better Be In Love in 1:57.4 for trainer Brendan Mullen and Setting Day in a new personal best of 1:59.1 from the Mike McGuigan stable.

Trainer Tom Weatherbie celebrated a pair of wins as Doctor Sunshine made a maiden score of 1:58.2 for driver Mark Bradley and Temagami Seelster won her fourth straight in a seasonal best of 1:55.3 with Brodie MacPhee at the controls.

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by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores


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