FRASER DOWNS Sea Deuce fought off favourite Big N Bad to win the $50,000 Tom Burke Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Fraser Downs. With the inside post advantage in the field of eight, Sea Deuce and driver Serge Masse set up shop on the front end. The Gord Abbott trainee led the way past fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:25.4 with Big N Bad and Bill Davis pulling the pocket down the backstretch. The top two were head-to-head at the third quarter mark and continued to wage war down the stretch with Sea Deuce prevailing by a head in 1:55.4. Big N Bad settled for runner-up honours while the winner's entrymate, Ideal Art and John Abbott, followed two lengths behind in third. Sea Deuce paid $6.10 to win as part of the Abbott entry sent off as the 2-1 second choice. Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. owns both Sea Deuce and Ideal Art with B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. also sharing ownership of the winner. Sea Deuce is a homebred gelding sired by Armbro Deuce out of Cassidys Grin. Unraced as a freshman, Sea Deuce earned his first B.C. win from two provincial starts. He started his sophomore campaign in Ontario, where he earned his other victory at Woodbine Racetrack in February. Masse drove a total of four winners on the 12-race card. His other victories were with his own trainees, including the maiden-breaking freshman colt Great Quote ($12.80) in another close race in 1:59.1, the repeating Mares Open champion Phone Terror ($5.90) in 1:55.2, and open length winner Panic At The Disco ($3.20) in 1:57.3. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Fraser Downs. ALBERTA DOWNS Driver Philip Giesbrecht steered a pair of popular Alberta Stardust winners on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Nighttraintovegas came close to the two-year-old pacing filly track record. Giesbrecht worked out similar trips for Triple Action and Sweet Sugar in their respective $18,767 Alberta Sires Stakes divisions, sending both favoured fillies to the lead past the opening quarter mark. Triple Action (Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us) took the lead down the backstretch and cruised to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Joe Ratchford and owner Raggs To Riches of Aidrie, Alta. while Tim Brown trainee Sweet Sugar (Tajma Hall-Hide The Candy) was on the move at the quarter mark and romped to a three and three-quarter length score in a career-best equalling 1:58.3 for owners Sandra Brown of Langley, B.C. and Archie Melnyk of Sherwood Park, Alta. Triple Action completed a sweep of all three ABSS legs for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sweet Sugar is also undefeated in ABSS action although she has only competed in the last two events. With Brandon Campbell in the bike, Nighttraintovegas left from the outside post position in the fastest $18,467 division and drew off to a seven and three-quarter length victory in 1:55, just missing the track record for freshman fillies by one-fifth of a second. Richard Schneider trains Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic out of Midnight In Vegas who is five-for-six in her career. The near perfect filly boasts two wins in ABSS legs with her only blemish a second-place finish in the second round. She is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. The Alberta Stardust is the final leg of the Alberta Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top performers of the season will face off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park. Top training honours on the day when to Kelly Hoerdt, who won three consecutive races with four-year-old gelding My World ($9.50), ABSS sophomore filly Emotions Run Wild ($5.30) and the streaking five-year-old mare Just Saucy ($2.30). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs. NORTHSIDE DOWNS Barefoot Contessa survived an overland journey to pull off an 11-1 upset the $2,200 New Waterford Centennial Pace as the only mare in a field of eight on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Barefoot Contessa and driver Ryan Campbell wore down the 3-2 favourites, Grandtacular and trainer-driver Russell MacDonald, to win the featured finale by a head in 1:59 flat. Cloudy Bay followed the winner's cover to a third-place finish two and a half lengths behind for Adam Merner. New Waterford trainer Andrew Campbell claimed the seven-year-old Western Terror mare two starts ago on Sept. 14 at Northside for $2,400 following back-to-back winning efforts. Saturday's victory was her fifth of the season in 21 starts and 17th lifetime. She paid $24 to win. Ryan and Andrew Campbell also teamed up to win an earlier race with four-year-old pacing mare R Es Sobrina in 2:00.1. First-time starter Majian Magic took the non-wagering $3,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old trotters as her only rival in the race, the Danny Romo-trained and driven Dunmore Bravo, broke stride and finished a distant second. The time of the mile was 2:18.3 for the homebred Northern Bailey filly, who is owned, trained and driven by James Ripley of Amherst, N.S. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs. CHARLOTTETOWN DRIVING PARK Sent postward as the longest shot on the toteboard, Bunny Mach defied her odds with a four and a half length victory in the featured $2,200 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell worked out a second over trip aboard 14-1 longshot Bunny Mach and once her cover cleared she sprinted home in :28.3 for the 1:55.1 upset victory. Favourite Veronicavermillion and Brodie MacPhee finished second after advancing first over and pocket-sitter J K Special, with Walter Cheverie aboard, was third. Bunny Mach produced a win payout of $31.90. The victory was the 30th lifetime for the eight-year-old Mach Three mare, who is currently trained by Stephen Quinn for Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. owners Donald MacRae and Steven MacRae. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following links: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. (reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)
Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts met for harness racing action at Red Shores Summerside Raceway last night, demonstrating lots of speed on the PEI oval.
Ryan Campbell knows only too well about the reality of harness racing in Nova Scotia. He is a young man with a wise head on those 25-year-old shoulders of his. He loves driving, he loves horses, he loves Nova Scotia - but he also realises that to make a decent fist of life in the Maritimes he has to have another job to support his passion for harness racing.