Touch Of Lightning and Earl Smith delivered a sizzling performance Saturday night at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of the Gold Cup and Saucer card.
The Articulator four-year-old was a winner in 1:53 in the $11,600 Premier’s Pace final for trainer-driver Earl Smith and owners Peter and Don Smith, Larry Chappell, and Gerald Morrissey, all of P.E.I.
Wild Dragon (Gilles Barrieau) laid down the early fractions of 26.4, 55, and 1:23.4 before fading in the stretch to a late rallying Touch Of Lightning.
Big League (Anthony MacDonald) was second with Balanchine (Brodie MacPhee) third.
The win was the fastest mile ever paced by an Island-bred horse racing in Atlantic Canada.
Touch Of Lightning was bred by the late Louis McIsaac of Fairview.
The Race 11 $12,700 Erwin Andrew Memorial trot final was the start of a Marc Campbell sweep of the late Pick Four.
Real Housewife captured the race in a new CDP track trotting record of 1:58.1 for trainer Danny Romo and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash.
The victory erased the 1:58.2 track trotting record set by Est Non Ila Dulcis and Campbell on Friday. Real Housewife is sired by Ken Warkentin, a trotter named after Meadowlands race analyst Ken Warkentin who was the special guest commentator of the week.
Campbell won the next three races on the card including the horses’ and geldings’ $3,000 Alpine claiming series final for a purse of $7,500 with Four Brass Starz in 1:57 for trainer Mitchell Tierney and owner Carl Stafford, N.L, and the $9,125 Spud Island Classic pacing mares final with Dirt Track Momma in 1:54.2 for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall.
The Pick Four sweep was completed when Campbell won the $60,000 Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer in Race 14.
Also on the card,
Dontcallmeprincess was a winner in the fillies’ and mares’ $3,000 Alpine claiming series final in 1:56.1 for driver Barrieau and owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River.
The mare was subsequently claimed by Kayla Habicht of Inverness, N.S., who owned the mare before Murray claimed her Tuesday night.
The two $10,000 Joe O’Brien Stake gold divisions were won by Kevin MacLean trainees Pownal Bay Mustang (1:56.1) and Forever Paradise (1:56.3), with Barrieau at the lines of each.
Total wager for the 14-dash Gold Cup and Saucer card was $272,501.
The 13-dash afternoon program had a total wager of $75,175.
The card featured three $5,000 grassroots divisions of the Joe O’Brien Stake.
They were won by Remember Will (Brian MacPhee) in 1:57.4, Colbys Comet (Darren Crowe) in 1:55.3, and Flying Cowboy (Barrieau) in 1:58.2.