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Gettin Messi sets new Atlantic standard at Charlottetown Driving Park

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. - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Controlling the fractions for every step of the mile, Gettin Messi became the fastest trotter in the history of the Atlantic Sires Stakes on Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Mike McGuigan was in the bike behind the Len McGuigan-trainee in his $6,120 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trot assignment, sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association. The Jamie Whalen-owned son of Armbro Barrister carved out an easy first half with fractions of 30.1 and 1:00.1 before turning in three-quarters of 1:29.4 and kicking home in 29 flat for a three-quarter-length decision in 1:58.4.
Former Atlantic Sires Stakes record holder Ya Boy Bear (Marc Campbell) finished second while race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Gilles Barrieau) was third.

The other $6,120 Atlantic Sires Stakes sophomore trot splits were won by Thelastonestanding (Brian MacPhee) in 1:59.4 and Dusty Lane Titan (Campbell) in 2:00.4.

Mabou Ridge went down to the first defeat of his career in the lone $15,520 Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division. Tequila Tuesday left well from the start in the rookie division, set up shop on the front end and fought off all challengers. Myles Heffernan Sr. was at the lines of Tequila Tuesday as he won over a late-charging Mabou Ridge (Clare MacDonald), who finished second, while third went to Go With Her (Kuri White).
Myles Heffernan Jr., trains Tequila Tuesday for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville.


Nicholas Oakes is covering harness racing at Old Home Week for The Guardian, culminating with the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday. This is his 10th year covering Old Home Week for the news outlet.


CDP Results

Harness racing results from Tuesday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Race 1 – Thelastonestanding (Bri. MacPhee) 2.20 2.20 2.10; West River Dawn M (K. MacDonald) 6.30 4.10; Dreamboat Annie (G. Barrieau) 2.80.

Times: 29.2, 58.3, 129.2, 159.4. Also ran: Westview Sue, Dusty Lane Mavis, Hard Case. Winning horse owned by Donald Beaton and Donald MacEachern, Nova Scotia. Exactor 3-1 $25.70; Triactor 3-1-4 $87; Superfecta 3-1-4-2 $84.60.

Race 2 – Fox Valley Riviera (J. Hughes) 5.50 3.50 3.30; Rockys World (D. Spence) 2.50 3.30; Sports Royalty (K. Arsenault) 3.40.

Times: 28.3, 57.4, 127.2, 158.1. Also ran: Fly With Max, Giant Slayer. Winning horse owned by Robi Hughes, Stratford. Exactor 4-1 $12.90; Triactor 4-1-6 $60.70; Superfecta 4-1-6-7 $215.25; DD 3-4 $11.30.

Race 3 – Buckaroo (Ma.C ampbell) 3.50 2.50 2.10; Majian Gilroy (J. Ripley) 2.30 2.10; Sailor Blue (K. Murphy) 2.40.

Times: 29.2, 100.1, 131.1, 201.3. Also ran: Wedgewood, Diamond Mine, Labero. Winning horse owned by Latty and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield. Exactor 1-6 $7.10; Triactor 1-6-2 $25.40; Superfecta 1-6-2-5 $49.60.

Race 4 – Tequila Tuesday (M. Heffernan Sr.) 12.00 3.30 2.10; Mabou Ridge (M. MacDonald) 2.10 2.10; Go With Her (K. White) 2.10.

Times: 31.4, 103.2, 135.2, 205.2. Also ran: Dusty Lane Del, Mykindofparty, Dusty Lane Manney, Red River Girl. Winning horse owned by Jackie Heffernan, Glace Bay, N.S. Exactor 4-1 $19.10; Triactor 4-1-8 $61.20; Superfecta 4-1-8-2 $138.55.

Race 5 – Dancers Pass (G. Barrieau) 7.00 2.90 2.10; Mr Yokassippi (J. Hughes) 4.40 3.90; Shiftyn Georgie (Ma. Campbell) 2.70.

Times: 28.2, 57.4, 128.1, 157.2. Also ran: Cowgirl Poker, Beechwood Tiger. Winning horse owned by Michael Folkins, Saint John, NB. Exactor 1-5 $41.60; Triactor 1-5-3 $126.10.

Race 6 – Dusty Lane Titan (Ma. Campbell) 4.90 3.80 3.00; Windemerebarrister (C. Cheverie) 5.80 4.60; Whim Road Gem (J. Panting) 4.00.

Times: 29.4, 59.4, 131, 200.4. Also ran: Camco Bailey, Bj Santana, Richsnortherndream. Winning horse owned by Grayland Farm, Pugwash, N.S. Exactor 5-1 $71.50; Triactor 5-1-2 $94; Superfecta 5-1-2-4 $244.30.

Race 7 – Star Photo (J. Hughes) 5.00 3.20 2.60; Majian Tango (J. Ripley) 2.50 2.10; Suicide Shift (S. Shepherd) 3.00.

Times: 29.4, 101.1, 130.3, 200. Also ran: Hop Up, Daisy River, Scary Good. Winning horse owned by Robi Hughes, James Perrot, Blair and Eric MacLauchlan, P.E.I. Exactor 4-5 $7.80; Triactor 4-5-2 $36.70; Superfecta 4-5-2-1 $27.05.

Race 8 – Getting Messi (M. McGuigan) 5.40 2.50 2.40; Ya Boy Bear (Ma. Campbell) 2.80 2.10; Mile Hill Willie (G. Barrieau) 2.10.

Times: 30.1, 100.2, 129.4, 158.4. Also ran: Little Miss Winnie, Ableway, Shadow Trainer. Winning horse owned by James Whelan Jr., Vernon Bridge. Exactor 1-2 $12.60; Triactor 1-2-3 $21.70; Superfecta 1-2-3-5 $24.90.

Race 9 – Seethelightsngo (D. Spence) 8.80 2.90 2.50; Leaving A Legacy (J. Hughes) 3.10 2.10; W C Kenzie Cookie (D. Wallace) 2.10.

Times: 28.1, 57.2, 126.2, 156.4. Also ran: Craven The Beach, Dustylane Msvickie. Winning horse owned by Mallory Naugler, Andrea and Ryder Matthews Rennison, Nova Scotia. Exactor 4-5 $33.80; Triactor 4-5-3 $44.40; Superfecta 4-5-3-1 $25.90.

Race 10 – Shrimp And Grits (K. Arsenault) 4.00 2.40 2.20; Tipperbackjack (R. Doucet) 2.90 2.40; Global Seelster (D. Spence) 3.60.

Times: 28.4, 59.2, 129.3, 158.1. Also ran: Coaster, Southwind Jagger, Rockstar Drums, Lincoln Seelster. Winning horse owned by Charles Price, Nauwigewauk, N.B. Exactor 5-4 $9.10; Triactor 5-4-6 $28; Superfecta 5-4-6-7 $46.65.

Race 11 – Well Did (P. Langille) 8.30 3.00 2.30; Ramset (D. Dowling) 4.70 2.40; J K Express (J. Hughes) 2.20.

Times: 27.3, 56.1, 126.4, 157.1. Also ran: Myambrose, Too Much Duncan, Instant Shadow. Winning horse owned by Hubtown Horse Owners Club, Lower Onslow, N.S. Exactor 5-6 $31.40; Triactor 5-6-1 $65.60; Superfecta 5-6-1-2 $107.35.

Race 12 – Intended Royalt (R. Doucet) 2.90 2.80 2.10; Coasttocoastshark (D. Wallace) 13.80 3.80; Tempo Seelster (K. Murphy) 2.20.

Times: 27.2, 56.1, 125.4, 155.3. Also ran: Rockin Indy, Three Truths. Winning horse owned by Randy and Edward Copley, Inverness, N.S. Exactor 5-1 $36; Triactor 5-1-4 $131.50; Superfecta 5-1-4-3 $227.30; DD 5-5 $21.20.

Wager – $80,433.

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