Down The Backstretch: All Turain gets back on track

Nicholas Oakes
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Brodie MacPhee drives Dale Memorial winner to new track record at Fredericton Raceway

All Turain looks to be building himself another win streak with track-record speed in the mix.

The five-year-old son of Tell All was a winner Tuesday afternoon in the $5,000 Walter Dale Memorial at Fredericton Raceway in a track record of 1:54. Brodie MacPhee was in the bike for trainer and co-owner Trevor Hicken of Montague and co-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown.

Setting sail from Post 3, All Turain laid down fractions of 28.2, 57.1 and 1:25.1 before kicking home for a one-and-three-quarters length win over Modern Xhibit (Dale Spence) and Art Of Illusion (Todd Trites).

All Turain had a 10-race winning streak before finishing third in his Cecil Ladner elimination on June 14 but bounced back in the final with a 1:55 victory before this start.


P.E.I. scene

My condolences to the family of  Dorothy Ward, 73, who passed away on Monday.

Dorothy was the wife of respected longtime Charlottetown paddock judge George (Butch) Ward.

Saturday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway, Marc Campbell of Charlottetown captured the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship with Ryan Ellis of Nova Scotia finishing second. Those two advance to the National Driving Championship Aug. 26 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park along with Billy Davis Jr., Jody Jamieson, Jim Marino, Brandon Campbell, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille.

Sunday afternoon, Charlottetown driver Ron Matheson notched career win 1,000 in the bike at the CDP. Matheson, 54, scored a 1:55.1 victory aboard D Gs Camme in a $1,900 class.

Also on Sunday’s card, Hurrah was a winner in 1:59.4 for trainer-driver Mark Bradley and lessee Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Owners Bill Andrew and George Rogers are donating all of the horse’s purse earnings to a different charity each month, with the $575 winner’s share of this race going to the Autism Society of P.E.I.

Red Rock is a new addition to the Island racing circuit. The four-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has been purchased by Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and will be trained by Jason Hughes in Charlottetown.

Red Rock boats 12 lifetime wins, $86,520 in purse earnings and a mark of 1:52.2 at Dover Downs in Delaware. He is currently riding a two-race win streak at Yonkers Raceway in New York for trainer Rene Allard, winning three- and four-year-old $20,000 claimers in 1:55.3 and 1:53.4 with Brian Sears in the bike.

Live harness racing continues at the CDP Saturday at 6 p.m., while the Summerside Raceway switches to a Wednesday evening schedule for July and August. Exceptions for Summerside are Lobster Carnival week racing, running from July 13 to 19 and a Sunday afternoon card on Aug. 3.


Maritime scene

The three-year-old pacing colts met for Atlantic Sires Stakes action Sunday at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia.

Touch Of Thunder won his $7,040 A division in 1:59.3 for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Earl Smith and owners Don and Peter Smith of Charlottetown, Larry Chappell of Marshfield and Gerald Morrissey of Vernon Bridge.

Another of the three splits went to Arties Magic in 1:57.3 with Trites driving for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire and Clive Balderston of Moncton.

The three-year-old pacing fillies and colts head next to Northside Downs in North Sydney, N.S., on Saturday afternoon. There are three $7,040 A division splits for the pacing colts with six and seven horses in each division and two $9,020 A divisions of the three-year-old pacing fillies with five entries in each.


Across the continent

Harness racing was saddened this week with the passing of world champion Matts Scooter at his home of Perretti Farms in New Jersey.

The stallion, now 29 years old, was a winner of $2.9 million and took a world record of 1:48.2 in a time trial at Lexington in Kentucky in 1988, while being trained exclusively by Charlottetown native Harry Poulton. As a sire, he had 1,333 foals with $76.6 million in total purse earnings by his progeny, including millionaire pacer Mach Three, sire of the great Somebeachsomewhere.

Nick's picks

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

Race 1 – Shes Machs Delight

Race 2 – My Kinda Crazy

Race 3 – Panda Bear

Race 4 – Osprey Impact

Race 5 – The Warden

Race 6 – Kellys Cross

Race 7 – Leading Camdidate

Race 8 – Ton Of Luck

Race 9 – Pictonian Walton

Race 10 – Balanchine

Race 11 – Machinthesand

Race 12 – Lyndale Royal

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Organizations: Autism Society of P.E.I.Red Rock

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Charlottetown Driving Park, Nova Scotia Vernon Bridge Red Rock New York North Wiltshire North Sydney New Jersey Lexington in Kentucky

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