Big League among the big winners at Charlottetown racetrack
© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Drivers and horses make their way around the turn during the first race Saturday night at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Just Lovey with Gary Chappell in the bike won in 2:00.3.
SUMMERSIDE — Saulsbrook Alana scorched the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon posting the fastest mile of the year for a two-year-old filly on a half-mile track in Canada.
The Kevin MacLean trained pacing filly got away last in the five-horse field in her $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold Division for driver Marc Campbell.
The early fractions were set by a parked out Lovineveryminute (Gilles Barrieau), who cleared at the 27.1 quarter before laying down a 56.3 half.
Saulsbrook Alana, owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford, then advanced first over and cleared at the 1:25.1 three-quarters, then kicked clear to win by 10-and-three-quarters in 1:55.1. Lovineveryminute hung on for second while Pictonian Sareta (Gary Chappell) was third.
The mile erased the two-year-old filly pacing record at the Summerside Raceway, the Maritime record for two-year-olds of any sex, and the seasonal record for a two-year-old filly on a Canadian half-mile track set by Lady Shadow in 1:55.4 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont.
The other $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold Division was won by Briannas Angel in 1:59.1 for driver Kenny Arsenault, co-owner and trainer Travis Wilkie and co-owner Robyn Veinot. Babies Gigolo (Barrieau) was second with Dusty Lane Dora (Corey MacPherson) was third.
The $5,000 Lady Slipper Grassroots Divisions were won by Kellys Cross (Campbell) in 1:59, Libertys Gig (Brodie MacPhee) in 2:00.4, JJ Mistress (Barrieau) in 2:01 and Ignite The Night (Barrieau) in 2:01.3.
The first $9,600 Joe O’Brien Gold Division for two-year-old colt pacer was won by the front-stepping Dumas Walker in 1:58 for owner-trainer-driver Myles Heffernan of Glace Bay and Joseph Poirier of Reserve Mines, N.S. Second went to Cobra Rising (Brad Smith) with JJ Laser (Campbell) taking third.
The other Gold Division was won by Rebelseven in 1:59.1 for driver Campbell and owner-trainer Kevin MacLean of Vernon Bridge. Dusty Lane Oliver (Earl Smith) was second and KD Just Hold On (Stephen Mason) was third.
The $4,200 Joe O’Brien Grassroots Divisions were won by Wine To Go (Arsenault) in 2:00.4, J Ps Warrior (Campbell) in 2:02, Hurrah (Mark Bradley) in 2:04.2 and Island Gigolo (MacPhee) in 1:59.3.
Driver Campbell had four wins on the card, while Barrieau had three wins and Arsenault and MacPhee each had two winners.
At the CDP
Big League controlled the front end en route to victory in the $2,400 preferred pace Saturday night at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Driver Kenny Arsenault sent the son of Four Starzzz Shark to the front and laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.4, and 1:26 before turning back a late challenge from the pocket sitting Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith) to win in 1:54.3. Touch Of Lightning was second with All Turain (Marc Campbell) third. Big League is owned and trained by Jonah Moase of Cornwall.
The $2,200 Fillies and Mares Open Pace was won by a late closing General Luckypercy in 1:57.1 with Ron Matheson in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilyn Matheson and Jack Brown. Bunny Mach (Arsenault) was second with Private Joke (Campbell) third.
The $1,800 Open Trot was won by Abundaspin in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) was second and Emerald Eclair (Walter Cheverie) was third.
The $1,850 backup pace was won by Narragansett in 1:57.1 for driver Norris Rogers, trainer Dale Sobey, and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. Second went to Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) with Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton) third.
Gary Chappell, John Holmes and Cheverie each recorded driving doubles on the 12-dash card.
(Compiled by Nicholas Oakes of Red Shores)
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