SUMMERSIDE – Kenny Arsenault drove both winners of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
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Horsemen, family members and members of the harness racing industry form a horseshoe in memory of horsemen Philip Doucette during Sunday afternoon’s program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.
Arsenault muscled Stayoutofmyaffair back to the front after releasing General Luckypercy through the opening panel in 27.4. Once in command, the Stephen Quinn-trainee posted fractions of 58.1 to the half while the three-quarter pole station was reached in 1:27.3. Time of the mile was 1:56.3.
Robi Hughes of Stratford owns the mare. General Luckypercy (Gilles Barrieau) held on for second while stablemate Bunny Mach (Jason Hughes) was third.
Dirt Track Momma handed Arsenault his second mares’ series win, with a 1:56 gate-to-wire effort for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. The mare turned back JK Special (Walter Cheverie) and Skylark Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) to complete the triactor.
In other action, driver-trainer Phillip Desroches won the first two races of the afternoon. Desroches drove Eww That Smell to victory while his trainee Duchess Killen completed the double with Jason Hughes driving.
The other feature on the afternoon went to Bet the House and driver Gilles Barrieau in 1:56.4. Barrieau did the driving for owner Gary Arsenault of Miscouche and Blaine McKenna of Elmsdale.
The harness racing community held a touching ceremony after Race 4 as a memorial horseshoe was formed in honour of driver and Prince County Horsemen’s Club president Philip Doucette.
Doucette passed away suddenly after competing in a race in Summerside on Sunday, Sept. 8. His horse, Tobins Star, was taken trackside by Sheldon and Jacki Rogers as family members, drivers and members of the industry paid tribute with a moment of silence that was broken by the call to the post.