Down The Backstretch: Island horses go through mixed sale ring in N.J.

Nicholas Oakes
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The January select mixed sale was held Monday at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

Liberty’s Art went through the sales ring for $7,500 and is now owned by John Gallo of New York. The four-year-old son of Articulator-Dream Of Liberty was owned by Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and bred by Elmer Folland of Stratford. Trained and driven by Jason Hughes in Charlottetown, the pacer was a multiple Atlantic Sires Stakes winner taking a mark of 1:57.2.

Scamp Finesse was sold for $5,000 to Donald Harmon of Maine. The four-year-old son of Western Paradise-Happy’s Imp was a top tier two-year-old for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald taking a mark of 1:57.3 in the P.E.I. Colts Stakes but never returned to his previous form during his three-year-old season. His stablemate, Dynamic Datsyuk, was withdrawn from the sale.

Deep River Cruise went through the sale, being bought by Chuck Symes of Nova Scotia for $11,000. While racing in the Maritimes, the four-year-old son of Western Paradise- Deep River Woman was trained by Bernard (Pooker) McCallum of Nova Scotia. His full brother, former two-year-old Maritime champion Deep Finesse, was entered in the sale but was withdrawn.

Rash Statement was withdrawn from the sale, reportedly being sold privately prior to the event. Owned and trained by Joe Smallwood, the son of Northern Bailey-Reloaded was bred by Meridians Farms of Milton. The trotter is a two-time Maritime Breeders champion.

Motor Shark was a buyback for owners Arthur Jay and Tom Collings of Mount Stewart for $10,000. The three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark-Motor Toy raced on P.E.I. for trainer Earl Watts before being sent to Ontario trainer Richard Moreau.

Blaine McKenna of Elmsdale made a pair of purchases, buying Rocks R Us for $8,500 and One Hot Majorette for $10,000. Rocks R Us, a three-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover took a mark of 2:01.2 at Dresden Raceway in Ontario for trainer Daniel Creighton in one of her four lifetime starts.

One Hot Majorette, a three-year-old daughter of Art Major, took her mark of 1:55.4 over the five-eighths oval at Tioga Downs in a division of the New York Breeders stake for trainer Linda Toscano.

 Across the continent

Islander John MacDonald found himself in the Pompano Park winner’s circle Saturday night at the Florida five-eighths oval.

MacDonald steered Cereal Lover, who he also trains, to a 1 1/4-length victory in 1:52.2 in a $10,000 claimer. Cereal Lover was previously campaigned in the Maritimes by Paul Gray of Nova Scotia.


P.E.I. scene

Leading Charlottetown driver Marc Campbell is absent from racing this week as he is attending the wedding of James MacDonald and Jenna MacDonell in Jamaica.

MacDonell is the daughter of Woodbine driver Paul MacDonell, while James is the youngest son of fellow Guardian columnist Fred MacDonald.

Absent from the Woodbine driver’s colony due to the wedding are Anthony MacDonald, Mike Saftic, Billy Davis and Jody Jamieson.

This Monday is your final chance to purchase O’Brien award tickets. The awards gala is set for Feb. 8 at the Palmer Pope Ballroom of the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and P.E.I. Convention Centre. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling Standardbred Canada’s Industry Marketing Department at 1-905-858-3060.


Who’s hot

Whatrugonnado has stepped up her game in her last two starts, with victories of 1:59.4 and 2:01.3 in the $3,000 claiming mares class at the Charlottetown track.

Owned and trained by Islander Jonah Moase, the six-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native has had three wins from five starts since being purchased from trainer Kenny Greene. She is listed 5-2 in the morning line Saturday with Jason Hughes listed to drive in the absence of regular pilot Marc Campbell.

Nick's PIcks

Saturday at 1 p.m. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park:

Race 1 – Aahm A Cammi

Race 2 – CJ Bluefin

Race 3 – Wonderous Hanover

Race 4 – Whatrugonnado

Race 5 – Lyndale Delite

Race 6 – Hornswoggle

Race 7 – Van Zant

Race 8 – Malek Hanover

Race 9 – Windemere Eric

Race 10 – McJestic

Race 11 – Blu Meadow Willie

Race 12 – Pinner

Race 13 – April Dawns Star


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Organizations: The Meadowlands, Delta Prince Edward Hotel and P.E.I. Convention Centre, Industry Marketing Department

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nova Scotia, East Rutherford, N.J.Liberty New York Vernon Bridge Maine Ontario Paradise Mount Stewart Pompano Park Florida Jamaica

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