SUMMERSIDE — On a night when the glamour boys were expected to highlight the card, it was a veteran horse from the Summerside backstretch who stole the show.
Blu Meadow Willie, a 10-year-old brown gelding by Drop Off-Blu Meadow Eve-Curtis Hanover, shocked everyone going a mile in 1:55.3 to win a $1,500 pace in Friday night’s 12th-race finale at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.
“He’s never been better than he was tonight (Friday),” beamed track announcer Vance Cameron.
The trip also established a new race-win record after Painted Pony cut out fractions of 27.3 seconds, 56.2 and 1:26.1 from Post 4. Blu Meadow Willie actually shattered his previous 1:56.4 record in recording the fastest mile of the night.
Veteran driver Walter Cheverie was in the bike for the record drive from Post 5 for longtime owners Robert and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside Robert also handles the training.
Dumas Walker had the fastest mile in the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old colts.
Owned by trainer and driver Myles Hefferman and Jackie Hefferman of Glace Bay, N.S., he won the second of three A divisions in 1:58 flat following fractions of 28.3, 57.3 and 1:27.3.
Touch Of Thunder (1:58.1) and Tobins Fusion (1:58.2) also won A events, which each had a total purse pool of $9,420.
The P.E.I. group of Peter Smith, Donald Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell own Touch Of Thunder. Earl Smith was the winning driver, and fractions were 29.1, 59.2 and 1:29.1.
Gilles Barrieau, who also looks after the training, drove Tobins Fusion for owners Charles Seymour of New Brunswick and P.E.I.’s Daniel Ross and Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd.
Fractions were 29.1, 59 and 1:29.2.
Dusty Lane Diego (2:01.2), the Mark Bradley-driven My Kinda Crazy (2:00) and Tobins Delight (2:01), with Brian MacPhee at the controls, won the $2,500 B stakes for three-year-old colts.
Michael Biggar of Coleman owns Tobin Delight while the Kickin Horse Stable of Charlottetown is the owner of My Kinda Crazy. Gary Chappell of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives Dusty Lane Diego.
Bud Ramsay Memorial Pace
Bad Date won the Bud Ramsay Memorial Pace in Race 11 for a $1,325 purse.
The four-year-old bay horse established a new-race win record of 1:58.2, breaking his old mark by one-fifth of a second.
Jason Hughes did the driving for owner and trainer Harold Hill of Breadalbane.
Other winners on the card were:
Brand New Deal (2:01.3), Frill Seeker (1:59.2), Silverhill Princes (1:58.2) and Woodmere No Fool (1:58.1).
Chappell and MacPhee each picked up driving doubles.
The total live wager was $25,799. That was the highest live pari-mutuel handle of the season at Summerside Raceway.
The seven-card Lobster Festival harness racing meet will conclude tonight. The 14-dash program is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.