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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.