SUMMERSIDE – Todd Trites expected Lovineveryminute to bounce back in a big way Thursday night, but was not expecting a track record.
Nonetheless, that’s what Lovineveryminute delivered for the veteran driver, establishing a new standard of 1:56.3 for three-year-old pacing fillies over a fast-rated racing surface at historic Summerside Raceway in the first of three A divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes.
“We went to North Sydney last week, and she had a real rough trip there,” said Trites. “I know she is a good filly, and I was hoping she would bounce back tonight (Thursday).
“She had a good class and a good post position (No. 3). I thought she was probably for sure the best in there, but you never know how they are going to bounce back after a rough trip like she had.
“I was kind of expecting she would have an easier trip than she had to go tonight, but boy she impressed me again. She keeps impressing me every time I get in the bike.”
Elm Grove Inarush comes close
Lovineveryminute’s track record was in jeopardy just four races later when Elm Grove Inarush won the third A Division in 1:56.4. – just one-fifth of a second away from equalling the new standard.
The Mark Bradley-driven Elm Grove Inarush was not pushed at the wire as second-place finisher Newsmaker (Trites) finished almost a full second behind – 1:57.3.
Elm Grove Inarush cut out fractions of 28.1, 59 and 1:28. Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson) rounded out the triactor.
Blaine Thibeau, trainer Eddy Doucette, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann, all of the Kensington area, own Elm Grove Inarush.
Lovineveryminute had a much tougher finish with the Stevenson-driven Sail Through. Sail Through had the rail.
“She (Lovineveryminute) left out of there solid,” assessed Trites, who went into the race thinking a trip of 1:57 and change would be good enough to win. “Mike Stevenson’s horse got out of there real good, and he wanted to take as much out of me as he could.
“She had to earn her way to the front, and kept putting down fractions (of 28.1 seconds, 57.4 and 1:28.1).
“She did all the work herself, and paced home strong again. I was real happy with her.”
Dusty Lane Dora, driven by Corey MacPherson, finished in the show position.
Earl Watts trains Lovineveryminute for the ownership group of River Valley Management of Quispamsis, N.B., Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire and Lana Murphy of Quispamsis.
Malabrigo held the previous SRW record for three-year-old fillies – 1:57.2.
Lovineveryminute has a personal-best time of 1:55.4 and Elm Grove Inarush’s record is 1:56.3.
Absolootly Hot won the second A Division of the three-year-old fillies in 1:57.3 – new race-win record. Scott Hubbard, who co-owns Absolootly with the Dooley Boys Racing Stable in Halifax, N.S., drove the Watts-trainee.
Also featured were three B divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Each went for purse pools of $2,500.
Goodmorningdiva, owned and trained by Frank Banks of Summerside, won the first B Division in 1:59 – a maiden record. Stevenson was in the bike for career driving win 1,499.
Another Island-owned filly won the second B Division. Sea Anna Win, owned by Tim Banks of Charlottetown and driven and trained by Earl Smith, stopped the clock in 1:58.4 – new race-win record.
Waterhook took the third B Division in 1:58.3 – new race-win record. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield.
Andrew Perry Memorial Open Trot
Zip The Lip, a six-year-old bay gelding, won the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial Open Trot. Time of the mile was 2:01.4. Brian MacPhee did the driving for owners Orville Willis and Donald Sweet of O’Leary.
Graham Chappell Memorial Pace
Rymar Chief captured the $1,100 Graham Chappell Memorial Pace. Ken Murphy drove the nine-year-old bay gelding to a mile of 2:01.3 for owner-trainer Eric Doucette of South Rustico.
Other winners were:
Incredible Mike (1:57.2), Silverhill Lucky (1:57.3 – new race-win record), Ultimate Faith (1:58.2) and Mr. MacLeod (2:00.3).
The total live wager was $24,390.
The Lobster Festival harness racing meet continues at Red Shores Summerside tonight. Post time is 7 p.m., and Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old colts will be featured.