Down The Backstretch: Saulsbrook Alana cashes in at Maritimer

Nicholas Oakes
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An eventful stretch drive gave way to a healthy payday for Saulsbrook Alana Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B.

The three-year-old Western Paradise filly rallied from off the pace to win the $13,016 second heat of The Maritimer in 1:59 to win the crown over Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson).

Earlier on the card, Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) won her $9,762 elimination in 2:00.3 with Howmac Missy (Marc Campbell) second and Pictonian Sareta third.

The other elimination was won by Lovineveryminute in 2:00.3 over Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) and Absolootly Hot (Kenny Arsenault).

In the second and final heat, four races later, Elm Grove Inarush made a break at the start off the rail for a tardy beginning, leaving the race wide-open for Lovineveryminute to take control of the lead and pace a 28.3 first quarter.

Elm Grove Inarush moved first up before the first quarter to engage the leader at the three-eighths mark with Trites pressing the gas pedal to keep her out with a 57.2 half-mile. Absolootly Hot tired in the two-hole, allowing Elm Grove Inarush to slip in up the backstretch before the 1:26.4 three-quarters.

While this transpired, Saulsbrook Alana was advancing slowly first on the outside, getting to fourth place at the three-quarters. Elm Grove Inarush and Pictonian Sareta swung out of second and third off the final turn with Elm Grove Inarush’s wheel coming into contact with Pictonian Sareta at the head of the stretch. Saulsbrook Alana drove up the inside of her tired rivals for a three-length 1:59 win.

Saulsbrook Alana is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford.


Maritime Scene

Monday afternoon at Fredericton Raceway in New Brunswick, Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) won her $6,000 Williamson Memorial division in a new two-year-old pacing filly track record of 1:59.4. Jann Down (Gilles Barrieau) was second with Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald) third. Dusty Lane Bria is co-owned and trained by Ken Wilkie of Stratford with co-owner Larry Chappell of Marshfield. The other filly division went to New Brunswick-owned Miss Oromocto (Mark Haig) in 2:01.4.

Proven Desire won his $6,000 two-year-old colt division in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Blair Hansen and Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown and John Thomas of Dartmouth, N.S.

Second went to Dixieland Band (Gilles Barrieau) while Camco Titan (Arsenault) was third. Nova Scotia-owned Bngs Express (Dan Romo) won the other colt split in 2:02.4.

Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, five horses will compete for $7,000 in the Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial Invitational. D Gs Camme is the morning-line favourite from Post 2 for driver Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and Charlottetown owners Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The Blissfull Hall four-year-old is coming off a second-place finish in the $25,000 Founders Cup in Charlottetown to Wazzup Wazzup in 1:53.

The compact field includes Modern Xhibit (Dale Spence), All Turain (Stevenson), Joseph Michael (Trites) and Schooner (MacDonald). The card also includes two $6,850 Bill Quigg divisions for three-year-old filly pacers and two divisions for three-year-old colt pacers.


Across The Continent

Tuesday, Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont., reopened after a three-month hiatus and Charlottetown native Tyler Moore opened with a bang. Bella Santanna won her $18,000 Ontario sires stakes grassroots division for two-year-old filly pacers in 2:00.1 paying $114.60 for a $2 win ticket with Moore in the bike.

Former Red Shores racing experience manager Brett Revington has accepted a position as director of racing at Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla. Living in Stratford since moving to P.E.I. from Ontario, Revington resigned from Red Shores last November citing family reasons for leaving.


Nick's Picks

Saturday at 6 p.m. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park:

Race 1 – Mr Macleod

Race 2 – Old Stu Da Baker

Race 3 – Glencove Umay

Race 4 – Hollywoodgigolo

Race 5 – Westedge Artist

Race 6 – Abundaspin

Race 7 – Sumbodys Fool

Race 8 – Windemere Eric

Race 9 – Cheyenne Ford

Race 10 – Fleurje

Race 11 – Jersey Joe

Race 12 – Red Magician

Race 13 – Leading Camdidate

Organizations: Exhibition Park Raceway, The Maritimer, Bngs Express MacDonald

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Saint John, New Brunswick Stratford Ontario Dartmouth Nova Scotia Dundas Pompano Park Pompano Beach, Fla P.E.I.

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