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All Turain with Brodie MacPhee aboard stole the show during the Sunday afternoon Breeders Crown championship card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The four-year-old son of Tell All scored a 16-length win in a scorching 1:52.2 in the $10,700 Island Pacing Championship final, sponsored by Meridian Farms, for co-owner and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown.
“He was a monster today,” MacPhee said.
Leaving from the rail, All Turain got away fourth with Wild Dragon (Gilles Barrieau) making front before releasing Big League (Corey MacPherson) to the lead in a 27-second first quarter.
“My horse usually doesn’t drive on the bit that much but getting into the 3/8s turn he was really wanting to get out and get going,” the driver said. “I just had to settle him down for a second then once we got going to the half I rushed (first up).”
The half was reached in a brisk 55.4 before All Turain cleared Big League in the 5/8s turn and laid down three-quarters in 1:23.3.
“He swelled right up,” MacPhee said of All Turain. “He paced away and was strong right through the wire. I seem to get along good with that horse. And he’s a great horse and his confidence is up right now.”
The rest of the field was 16 lengths behind with Narragansett (Norris Rogers) second and Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith) third.
MacPhee had another large win earlier in the day with Ramblinglily in the $22,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown final for three-year-old filly pacers in the culmination of the year-long Atlantic Sires Stakes events. Ramblinglily laid down front end fractions of 27.1 and 56.3 with Scootin For Joy (Mike Stevenson) on the bit in the two-hole behind her. Three-quarters was set in 1:26 as Ramblinglily fought off a first over challenge from Western Judy (Marc Campbell) and kicked clear by two-and-a-half lengths to win in 1:56.3.
“(Ramblinglily) felt great off the gate and I told Mike I wanted the front going into the first turn. I think he had a little trouble in behind. His filly was pretty rank. Then Marc Campbell came first up with his filly and she raced very well but my filly persevered. She really deserves that race. Norman (Leger, owner of Ramblinglily) is great to drive for. He just says ‘good luck’ when you go out then whatever happens after, he’s happy.”
Western Judy was second with Whistys Paradise (Ernie Laffin) finishing third.
In other Breeders Crown action, Dumas Walker claimed the $22,000 two-year-old pacing colt title in 1:57.4 for trainer-driver-co-owner Myles Heffernan and co-owner Joseph Poirier, both of Nova Scotia, over Rancousy (Darren Crowe) and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald).
The $22,000 two-year-old filly pacing final was won by Saulsbrook Alana and Marc Campbell in a new two-year-old filly track record of 1:56 over a tough front ending Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) with Sail Through (John Holmes) third. Saulsbrook Alana is trained by Kevin Maclean and owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford.
Untouchable One and trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault took the $22,000 three-year-old colt final in 1:56.1 for owner Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax. Untouchable One made a break on front going to the quarter but was angled into the safety lane before returning to the racing surface to again surge to the lead to win by five lengths over Jacobs Jackpot (Barrieau) and Beach Paradise (Stevenson).
The $7,000 three-year-old trot Invitational was full of surprises. Oceanview Kate (Stevenson) made a break going to the quarter and was back 30 lengths in eighth at one point but unleashed her last three-quarters in 1:28.3 to gobble up ground and win in 2:03.4. Her victory was partly thanks to the undefeated Taliesin (Campbell) making a break around the final turn, and finishing fourth, while clear by open lengths. Second went to Ashotinthedark (Corey MacPherson) with West River Xcel (MacDonald) third. Oceanview Kate is owned and trained by William Roloson of Belfast.
Phantom Beau won the two-year-old trot Breeders Crown Invitational in 2:06 for driver Arsenault, trainer John Pineau and owner Peter Breau of Moncton. Seanchai (Campbell) and Glencove Toshi (Stevenson) both recovered from early breaks to finish second and third, respectively. Divisional leader Dusty Lane Galaxy had his win streak cut short as he finished sixth.
Abundaspin captured the $1,800 Open trot in 2:00.2 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The $2,200 Mares Open was won by Bunny Mach (Gary Chappell) in 1:56.1 for owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The victory gave trainer Stephen Quinn his third win of the day. Drivers Campbell and Jason Hughes scored driving triples.
Total bet was $47,671 for the 14-dash card.
A 14-dash card was held Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown featuring the $5,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown pacing consolations. They were won by Forever Paradise (Campbell) in 1:57.1 in the three-year-old colt division, Rose Valley (Arsenault) in 1:56.4 in the three-year-old filly division, Rebelseven (Campbell) in 1:59.4 in the two-year-old colt division and Outrageous Spirit (Holmes) in 1:59.4 in the two-year-old filly division. Campbell had four winners on the card, while MacPhee and Holmes both had driving doubles. Trainer Kevin MacLean had two wins on the day.
Total bet for the card was $39,896.
Complete results in Tuesday's Guardian, both print and e-editions