SUMMERSIDE — Wild Dragon turned a second-over trip into a visit to the winner’s circle in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Walter Cheverie engineered the winning drive, getting away fifth in the early going of the Race 12 feature over a rain soaked track with a three second variant. The early speed came from the front running Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes), who laid down a 29.3 first quarter, then a half-mile of 59.3. That is when Creighton Hanover (Gary Chappell) came calling first over, engaging Leading Camdidate for the lead at the 1:29.3 three-quarter station, with Wild Dragon on Creighton Hanover’s back. The back field came calling in the stretch, with Wild Dragon winning in 1:59.1 over late rallies from Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson), who finished second and third, respectively.
Wild Dragon is co-owned and trained by Darren Trainor with co-owner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe.
The Billings Driving Challenge was in Summerside with Smart Barney (Mitchell Walker) and Casimir Luciano (Jason Sgrignuoli) dead heating for the win in 2:05.4 in the first division. Smart Barney is owned and trained by Devon Wallace of Alberton, while Casimir Luciano is owned and trained by Ralph Sweet of O’Leary.
The other Billings division saw Ok Chivas (Sherwin Edwards) victorious in 2:02.2 for owner-trainer John McGuirk of Kensington.
The $1,550 backup pace was won by Paphos (Rogers) in 2:00.3 for owner-trainer Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley. The 10-year-old son of Astreos survived a tough first-over grind to win over Bowyer Hanover (Cheverie) and Every Day (Brian Andrew). It was one of two winner’s on the day for Rogers, who notched the first part of his driving double a race earlier with Athenas Pride in 2:04.2.
There was a short delay after Race 6 to determine if the track was safe to continue racing, but after discussions with drivers the race card continued. Total wager for the 13-dash card was $13,864.
Nobestbfor won the Saturday night feature at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The brown gelding toured the legendary CDP oval in 1:56.2.
Owner-driver Walter Cheverie sent the pacer to the front and cruised through fractions of 28, 58.1 and 1:27.1 to seal the victory. Veronicavermillion was second for Brian MacPhee while Talk Back and Thane Arsenault completed the triactor. The 2-7-5 combination paid $238.70.
Majian Chester, with James Ripley in the bike, delivered as the post-time favourite in the trot class scoring by open lengths in 2:02.1. Duvar Road (Norman Myers) and Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood) rounded out the top three. Ron Matheson had a driving double on the night. The former Charlottetown driving champion teamed up with trainer Darren Smith and owner Ernest Smith of Rocky Point to win with Yankee No More in 2:00.3.
Matheson came back with Keystone Dimitri, trained by his son Jackie for owner Shirley Weeks of Hunter River, in 1:58.2 in the 10th race.
Driver Vaughn Doyle notched his 998th career win aboard Trump Play for Bill Kinney of Hunter River. Doyle only needs two victories to join the 1,000 win club.
Compiled by Nicholas Oakes and Lee Drake