SUMMERSIDE – Frill Seeker did it again Wednesday night.
The six-year-old bay gelding set his second track record for aged trotters in the month of July at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.
After establishing a new mark of 1:59.2 during the recent Lobster Festival harness racing meet, Frill Seeker trotted a mile in 1:59.1 during the first division of the inaugural P.E.I. Trotting Series.
“I was a little concerned getting off the gate because he made a break in his last start,” said Frill Seeker driver and trainer Kenny Arsenault. “That was on my mind since the draw came out two days ago.
“Once he came out of the first turn I was very confident in the horse. He showed me wicked speed two weeks ago.”
Frill Seeker, who paid $4 to win, finished one-fifth of a second ahead of Mopey Corey and Lyrical Lindy rounded out the top three.
Frill Seeker cut out fractions of 29.3 seconds, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1.
“He got home in 29 flat, which is a very fast quarter with the rain,” said Arsenault, who recorded four driving wins on the night. “He wasn’t showing big last quarters the last two or three starts.”
The Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford, Ont., own Frill Seeker, and recently shipped him down to P.E.I.
“He’s a fast trotter and he seems to like it down here,” said Arsenault. “He’s a real nice horse around the barn, and he’ll be here for a little while and we will have some fun with him.”
In the Callbeck Stakes’ two-year-old trots, Tyne Valley (2:07.4), Paymenowpaymelater (2:06.2) and Undeniable (2:08.2) won divisions. Each trot went for a total purse pool of $4,000.
Dusty Lane Bria (1:59), Jann Down (2:00), Ubettowin (2:03.1), Woodmere Dancenart (2:02.3) and Elm Grove Joanette (2:00) won $4,870 divisions of the Callbeck Stakes for two-year-old fillies.
In the Callbeck Stakes for two-year-old colts, Timely Finesse (2:00.2), Johnny Bananas (2:00.1), Dialamara (1:57.4), Gritty Player (2:00.2) and Harry Wilder (2:01) won divisions. Each colt event featured a purse pool of $5,130.
The other division of the P.E.I. Trotting Series, also featuring an $1,850 purse pool, was won by Pleasure Girls (2:01).
Marc Campbell, Gilles Barrieau, Jason Hughes and Clare MacDonald all notched driving doubles.
The total live wager was $21,854.
The next live card in Summerside is on Sunday, Aug. 3. Post time is set for 1 p.m.