Down The Backstretch:Year in Review, Part 2

Nicholas Oakes
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Year in review, part 2 Stakes finals, track records top second half of season

The second half of the 2012  season was host to action-packed stakes final along with new track records and the loss of a few more industry participants.

Here are some of the highlights:

Aug. 4

Aled Hanover went the fastest overnight mile of the season, winning in 1:53.1 in the Charlottetown Driving Park preferred pace for driver Alex Sobey, trainer Dale Sobey and owner Ron Hall.

Aug. 11

Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer trial one went to Stonebridge Terror and driver Anthony MacDonald in 1:52.2 over Mystician (James MacDonald) and Draconian (Jonathan Drury).

Aug. 12

Gold Cup and Saucer trial two was won by Hare Craft and Aaron Byron in 1:52.3 with Amazon Art (Drury) second and Piece Of The Rock (Scott Young) third.

Aug. 13

Eighteen and driver Tyler Moore captured trial three in 1:52.2 with Pontiac Luck (Doug McNair) second and McApulco (Robert Shepherd) finishing third.

Aug. 15

Untouchable One toured the CDP oval in 1:56.2 with Kenny Arsenault at the lines in his $7,880 Atlantic Sires Stakes division, setting a new two-year-old pacing colt track record. TM Valley Storm (Anthony MacDonald) finished second while third went to Scamp Finesse (Clare MacDonald).

Aug. 17

The $20,000 James MacGregor Memorial was won by Panmunjom in 1:53.4 for trainer-driver Garry MacDonald and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie. Its A Good Thing (John MacDonald) was second and Heart Of Rocknroll (Earl Smith) finished third.

Aug. 18

Eighteen and Tyler Moore captured the $60,000 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer final in 1:51, tying Part Shark’s track record. Eighteen was trained and co-owned by Dr. Ian Moore with co-owners Serge Savard and RG McGroup Ltd. Mystician finished second with Amazon Art third.

Also on the card, Touch Of Lightning set a new Charlottetown track record for three-year-old pacing colts in the $18,000 Joe O’Brien gold stake for trainer-driver Smith and owners Gerald Morrissey, Larry Chappell, and Don and Peter Smith. Mr Thompson (Mike Stevenson) was second with So Classy (Aaron Byron) third.

The $9,000 Spud Island Classic final went to General Luckypercy (Shepherd) in 1:55 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Shepherd.

Aug. 22

Forever Paradise won his $10,000 Joe O’Brien gold division at Summerside Raceway in 1:57.2 with Marc Campbell in the bike for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The win was a new track record for two-year-old gelding pacers.

Aug. 25

Malabrigo won the Maritimer stake at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John in two heats with trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The final went in 1:59.2 with April Dawns Star (Stevenson) second and A As Glory (Gilles Barrieau) third.

Sept. 6

Malabrigo won her Bill Quigg Memorial division at Fredericton Raceway in 1:57 over A As Glory (Barrieau) and Pictonian Amanda (Stevenson). The time tied Charlottes Best’s 2002 track record for three-year-old pacing fillies.

Sept. 9

Summerside native Mike Whelan captured win number 1,000 aboard Autodynamic at Flamboro Downs in Ontario.

Sept. 22

Scarlet Chaser won his $9,080 Atlantic Sires Stakes A Division at Northside Downs in Cape Breton in 2:00.2 over a track rated two second off, tying the two-year-old gelding pacer record. The Hussy Chaser colt is trained by Earl Watts for owners Norman Hall, Charles Hall, and Saulsbrook Stable.

Sept. 29

Buddy Hally won the $100,000 Ontario Sires Stakes grassroots final in 2:01.3 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. Buddy Hally is owned by Blaine MacPherson of North Wiltshire, Reg MacPherson of Stratford, Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and trainer Gregg McNair.

Oct. 5

Woodmere Artisan topped the Atlantic Classic yearling sale at the Crapaud Agriplex being sold for $20,500 to Diane Fillmore of Nova Scotia. Seventy-one yearlings changed hands in the sale ring for a gross of $354,300 and an overall average of $4,990.

Oct. 7

The Atlantic Breeders Crown championships were held at Charlottetown. The winners were:

$15,100 Island Pacing Championship final: All Turain (Campbell)

Three-year-old colt pace: Touch Of Lightning (Smith)

Three-year-old filly pace: Malabrigo (Campbell)

Two-year-old colt pace: Untouchable One (Kenny Arsenault)

Two-year-old filly pace: Carol Alice (Clare MacDonald)

Two-year-old trot: Oceanview Kate (Stevenson)

Three-year-old trot: Majian Dilion (Barrieau)

Oct. 14

Waiting On A Woman won the Open trot in 2:00.1 to set a new Summerside Raceway track record for aged trotters. Brodie MacPhee was in the bike for co-owner and trainer Mitchell Tierney and co-owner David Tierney.

Oct. 22

Fan and bettor Richard MacInnis left us at age 72.

Nov. 3

The Island Breeders finals were held in Charlottetown. The winners were:

Three-year-old colt pace: Dukes Up (Campbell)

Three-year-old filly pace: Malabrigo (Campbell)

Two-year-old colt pace: Untouchable One (Brodie MacPhee)

Two-year-old filly pace: Dont Tell Cindy (Barrieau)

Two-year-old trot: Oceanview Kate (Stevenson)

Three-year-old trot: Sweetwater Rukkus (Jack Panting)

Nov. 11

Cam Cool (Terry Gallant) won the $8,475 Dave Rose Memorial series final in 1:58.1 for trainer Jonah Moase.

Earlier on the card, Keystone Nautilus (Lenny Myers) won the $3,000 for co-owner and trainer Shane Doyle.

Nov. 12

Owner and race fan Frank Mutch passed away at age 80.

Nov. 17

Marc Campbell won the E.F. Acorn Memorial driving championship over Ron Matheson as part of P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association’s horseman’s day.

Nov. 24

Schooner won the $40,200 Ford Summit series final at Georgian Downs in Ontario for owner Jonah Moase of Warren Grove and trainer Patrick Shepherd.

Dec. 5

Longtime horse owner Bruce MacDonald passed at age 86.

Dec. 18

Eva Gamble, wife of Maritime Province’s Harness Racing Commission judge Ron Gamble, passed away at age 61.

Dec. 26

Oceanview Bindi (Keith Oliver) won the $60,000 Niagara series final at Woodbine Raceway in 1:52.2 for trainer and co-owner George Plyley and co-owner Bill Roloson of Belfast.

Dec. 28

Horseman Lea Bell passed away at age 76.

Nicholas Oakes’ column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at

Organizations: Amazon Art, Atlantic Sires Stakes division, Exhibition Park Raceway April Dawns Star P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association Harness Racing Commission

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, Charlottetown, Hanover Nova Scotia Saint John Ontario.Sept Cape Breton Elora Wiltshire Ontario Warren Grove Maritime Province

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  • black jeep
    January 04, 2013 - 14:20

    its a joke that jj jaguar goes out in 158 flat and the next wk goes in 204 , stuff like this is why i stopped going to the track 10 yrs ago , it should really be looked into , this stuff cant keep going on or our racing will be shutting down like ontario . do the right thing mr revington id suspend all the connections of this horse for a full month , because this horse couldnt go in 58 in the blazin hot days of ohw.