Abundaspin takes streak to Summerside on Sunday
One of the top harness racing performers of 2013 is back on the track Saturday in the feature event at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Post time is 6 p.m.
All Turain, a five-year-old pacing superstar from the Lee and Trevor Hicken stable, will make his 2014 debut in race 12’s top class for driver Brodie MacPhee.
The son of Tell All-Tura Hanover is coming off a 1:57.4 qualifier last Saturday. His chart lines include a 1:52.2 romp in the Island pacing championship series last October where he defeated his rivals by a stunning 16 lengths. His resumé outlines three trips in 1:55.2 when he toured the ovals at Northside Downs, Truro and Charlottetown. His summary includes eight wins from 21 starts with one second and five thirds.
All Turain leaves from post 5 and takes on premier’s pace winner Touch of Lightning, owned by Peter and Don Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell. Earl Smith will do the driving on this lifetime winner of $125,898. The $2,200 event also includes Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) Machinthesand (Jason Hughes) and newcomer Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson).
In other action, The Foxyhall stable of Summerside has added another contender to their lineup with the purchase of Say It Again Sam, who comes in from Mohawk racetrack in Ontario. The pacer makes his Island debut in race 4 for Hughes.
Trainer Jamie Smith sends out Rosa Santanna in race 10 riding a two-race win streak for the Spud Island stable of Charlottetown while Honeymoonisover is the morning-line favourite in the evening’s trot class for driver Brian Andrew and his son Blake.
The Andrew family will introduce Presto Pegasus to the trotting ranks from post 2 while their mare Buckling Banbury also has a shot at the top three. It could be an Andrew triactor sweep in race 3.
On Sunday, the open trotters invade Summerside Raceway in a 12-race program beginning at 1 p.m.
Abundaspin, with Harold Shepherd in the bike, will put his winning streak on the line in race 3 against a power-packed lineup which includes Ron Gass-trainees Caliban Hanover, Neal and Pleasure Girls.
Gass, who delivered an impressive score in his last start for owner Bill Andrew of Calgary, will drive Neal from post 4. The Andrew stable also has rail-sitter Lyrical Lindy and Gilles Barrieau in the event. Corey MacPherson will catch drive Caliban Hanover with Cheverie listed on 4-1 shot Pleasure Girls.
Cheverie drives Bet The House in the afternoon feature.
The Summerside fan favourite, trained by Blaine McKenna, opened the Summerside campaign with a 1:58 victory for Gilles Barrieau, who is committed to Tobins Fusion off the rail.
Race analyst Jared Stretch is staying with Bet The House as his top choice.
“He won the big one here last week and did it in impressive fashion,” said Stretch. “He’ll have to take care of business from the outside, but he’s proven in the past he can win from anywhere.”
The field includes Lucky Encounter (Alex Sobey), Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie), SA Summers Luck (MacPherson) and Toad River (Ken Murphy).
Compiled by Red Shores’ marketing and sales manager Lee Drake