The date was Monday, Aug. 9, 1993, and a little black mare had just paced into the history books.
Little Black Book won her $6,000 Gold Cup and Saucer trial in an unheard of 1:54 for driver Paul MacKenzie by five lengths over Rocket Le Ru (Mike MacDonald) and Christopher C Down (Jody Hennessey). The mile was a Charlottetown Driving Park track record as well as a Canadian record for aged mares on a half-mile-track.
Now fast forward 21 years to Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The National Driving Championship was in Charlottetown and Marc Campbell and Jody Jamieson were trading blows all night. British Columbia native Billy Davis Jr., was looking to make some noise after a lackluster start to the competition and he made Race 7 into one we won’t soon forget.
The race was an event for $3,000 claiming fillies and mares and Davis sent his Post 4 mount, Whitesand Artist, to the lead and never looked back. The winner of $15 million in driving purses laid down fractions of 28, 57.3 and 1:25.2 before drawing clear to a crushing 16-and-a-half length victory over Maiden Heaven and Gwinning Gwen to win in 1:53.4, shaving a fifth-of-a-second off Little Black Book’s track record. Whitesand Artist, a nine-year-old daughter of Artiscape, is owned and trained by Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown.
Pretty good chance we won’t see this mare back in for a cheap claiming tag anytime soon.
National Driving Championship
Tuesday night at Charlottetown, Jody Jamieson put on one of the greatest displays in driving Maritime racing has ever seen.
The O’Brien award winning driver had five wins on the card, winning with CJ Bluefin (1:58.2), Oppies Life Line (1:58.4), Solanos Dragon (1:56.1) and Perfect Escape (1:55.4) in the driving championship and Modern Xhibit (1:55.1) in the $5,000 Builder’s Cup.
In his other driving championship drives, the Bible Hill, N.S., native finished second with Artners In Crime, Maiden Heaven, and Hollywoodgigolo, and finished third with Babies Gigolo in his only finish out of the top two.
Campbell, from Winsloe, had wins with Windemere Eric (1:57), Honor Roll (1:55.2) and Rash B Havior (1:54.2) to finish second to Jamieson. Jamieson will represent Canada in the World Driving Championship from Feb. 21 to March 1, 2015, in the state of New South Wales in Australia.
On the same night, Wazzup Wazzup captured the inaugural $25,000 Founder’s Cup final with Campbell in the bike for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Rolling Hills Racing Stable of Ontario. The Gold Cup and Saucer runner-up won a thrilling stretch duel in 1:53 over D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) and All Turain (Mike Stevenson).
Across the continent
Sunday at Georgian Downs in Innisful, Ont., Fightmaster was a winner in 1:55 in a $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes grassroots division for driver James MacDonald and trainer Ben Baillargeon.
The two-year-old son of Art Colony was broke and trained down in Charlottetown by Mike McGuigan, who co-owns the colt with Jack Quinn of Charlottetown.
Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B., the Maritimer stake for three-year-old filly pacers will line up in two five-horse eliminations.
Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) headlines the first division while Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) will go head-to-head in the other split. The top four finishers in each division will advance to the $13,016 final three races later on the card.
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