Bet the House wins PCE's matinee feature

Eric McCarthy
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Bet the House, owned by Blaine McKenna and Gary Arsenault and driven Saturday by Norris Rogers, captured the Harry O’Brien Memorial Pace, the featured race on the Prince County Exhibition’s matinee card. Members of the O’Brien family and the Gold Cup and Saucer girls assisted in the cooler and harness presentation.

ALBERTON -- Several late scratches resulted in the Prince County Exhibition's scheduled eight-dash matinee harness racing card on Saturday being condensed to six dashes.

The feature was the Harry O'Brien Memorial and, despite a late re-drawing of the class, it did not disappoint. Norris Rogers drove the number-three horse, the Gary Arsenault and Blaine McKenna-owned Bet the House to a winning trip of 2:03, just shy of the track record of 2:02.1.

Ironically, the picture on the front cover of the race program depicted Harry O'Brien's son, Joe O'Brien, driving Ima Lula to a winning trip in 1977. Ima Lula was the number three horse.

Results from Prince County Exhibition's matinee harness racing card held Saturday, and featuring the Harry O'Brien Memorial, are as follows:

Race one, sponsored by R.H. Rennie and Sons, Town of Alberton and Tignish Co-op

Blue to the Moon (Paul Conway), 2. Step on Nanny (Stuart Tremere), 3. Barney Baron (Barry Folland), 4. Sherwood Dexter (Clair Sweet), 5. Sindersoot (Brandon Darrach). Time of the mile: 2:19.3. Winning horse is owned by Gary Arsenault.

Race Two, sponsored by Alberton Fisheries, Gaudette's Transit Mix and Evangeline-Central Credit Union

Power of Xample (H. Murphy), 2. Pictonian Expresso (Norris Rogers), 3. Mysty Fog (Stuart Tremere), 4. Chloe Retsemeg (Freeman Coughlin), 5. Fabulous Alberta (Junior Pitre). Time of the mile: 2:09.4. Winning horse is owned by Molly Murphy.

Race Three, Lloyd O'Brien Memorial, co-sponsored by Tignish Credit Union

N Xample Deal (Molly Murphy), 2. Stracor (Steven Sweet), 3. Millar Millar (Ryan DesRoche), 4. Island Tiara (Stuart Tremere). 5. John's Fast Road (Freeman Coughlin), 6. Only a Rose (Clair Sweet). Time of the mile: 2:06. Winning horse is owned by Molly Murphy.

Race Four, Thomson Pace, co-sponsored by Pat Murphy MLA ( Alden Gamble Memorial plaque to winning driver)

Phoebe Retsemeg (Freeman Coughlin), 2. A Teddy a Shine (Aubin Doucette), 3. Coastal Jam (Norris Rogers), 4. Baren Dexter (Barry Folland), 5. Tobin's Quick Junior Pitre). Time of the mile: 2:10. Winning horse owned by M. Arsenault.

Race Five, Syd Rennie Memorial, co-sponsored by Alberton Home Hardware

Queen of Pembrooke (Ryan DesRoche), 2. Boo Ba Speed (Joey Campbell), 3. Life's Last Hickory (Paul Conway), 4. Eww That Smell (Brandon Darrach), 5. Sweet Pea (Tyler DesRoche).

Race Six, Harry O'Brien Memorial, co-sponsored by Summerside Raceway

Bet the House (Norris Rogers), 2. Dunk River Adam (Clair Sweet), 3. Brace for the Chill (Freeman Coughlin), 4. Riverview Jameen (Ryan DesRoche), 5. Pictonian Press (Barry Folland). Time of the mile: 2:03. Winning horse is owned by Gary Arsenault and Blaine McKenna.

Organizations: Alberton and Tignish Co-op, Tignish Credit Union, Chill Pictonian Press

Geographic location: Dunk River

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  • who holds
    August 01, 2012 - 12:26

    Still wondering who has the track record? Thought maybe casual observer would know. This trainer did not improve his image by entering that classy horse in such a race.

  • Casual Observer
    August 01, 2012 - 03:58

    I guess some people would rather drive over the track with trucks than horses. Sad when people are criticizing a trainer that has only tried to improve the track and honored his entries. Unlike others.

  • Who Holds
    July 31, 2012 - 12:21

    Who holds the track record and froom what stable? The race program shows 11 horses scratched by 10 different owners. Sorry to see such a classy horse like Bet The House in this event.He is a Governors Plate type horse,with the only licensed driver on the card.Not too classy on behalf of his trainer!!!!

  • Casual Observer
    July 31, 2012 - 11:46

    Where were the Wallace horses?

  • AA
    July 30, 2012 - 08:43

    Track record is 201, the 202/1 is the old mark that lasted 12 years before it got broke in 2003.

  • Disappointed Horseman
    July 30, 2012 - 08:38

    A late redrawing? All caused by the barn across the road. Great to see the Wallace family put 7 horses in to race and every single one of them scratched and never showed up. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting! Those are the great Alberton horsemen that are such a benefit to racing in West Prince? Give me a break!