CHARLOTTETOWN – Another chapter has come to a close with the P.E.I. Colt Stakes.
The event, which attracts star-studded fields from across the region, highlighted a Saturday doubleheader at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Driver Gilles Barrieau enjoyed a banner day with four winners on the afternoon program, which included a victory with Tobins Fusion in 1:59.2 to extend his winning streak to three in a row.
The colt is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd. of Crapaud, Daniel Ross of Belfast and Charles Seymour of Fredericton, N.B.
Barrieau also drove Southcove Jack to victory for trainer Jack Arsenault and owner Deborah Wilson of Elmsdale, N.S., ending Super S Yzerman’s winning streak at four.
JJ Mistress, owned by Jamie MacKinley of Clyde River, Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, David Watts of North Wiltshire and Tommy Godfrey of Charlottetown, and Settlement Request completed the Barrieau grand slam.
In other P.E.I. Colt Stakes’ action, two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana notched her third win a row for driver Brodie MacPhee and owner Reg MacPherson. The Kevin MacLean-trainee stepped to a 1:58.1 score.
Babies Gigolo, Elm Grove Inarush and Outrageous Spirit also took top filly honors.
Colts taking home the hardware included Waterside Light (Hilliard Graves), Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and Just a Professor (Jack Panting).
Brian MacPhee had a driving double on the card.
Under the lights
P.E.I. Colt Stakes continued under the lights, featuring the three-year-old colts and fillies. Icandothat launched the speed show with a startling 1:55.2 two-length score for driver Ryan Ellis and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S., in the evening’s opener.
Western Judy was able to recover from a miscue at the start to win her division for driver Mark McKinnon in 2:00.1. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown is the owner.
Windemere Maggie (Walter Cheverie), Dianna Santanna (John Holmes) and Ask Don’t Tell (Jason Hughes) also won their respective divisions.
The three-year-old colts, dubbed the glamour boys, also put in impressive performances. The Rev, with Danny Romo in the bike, delivered as the post-time favourite with a 1:55.4 clocking while Untouchable One and Kenny Arsenault won their fourth in a row in 1:56 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax, N.S.
P.E.I. Colt Stakes’ hardware also went to Pownal Bay Mustang (Gilles Barrieau), Deep River Cruise (Bernard McCallum) and Its My Turn (Jason Hughes).