Saulsbrook Alana equals track record for two-year-old fillies
CHARLOTTETOWN – All Turain won his fifth race in a row with a dazzling 1:54.2 victory in the second leg of the Island pacing championship at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday night.
Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Trevor and Lee Hicken. It was MacPhee’s third trip to the winner’s circle on the card.
Touch of Lightning finished second, with Lucky Encounter rounding out the top three.
Big League, owned and trained by Jonah Moase of Cornwall, recorded his 11th win of the year in the first division of the championship’s second leg in 1:56 for driver Corey MacPherson.
Wild Dragon held on for second, and Cambest Kisser finished third.
The Island pacing championship final, presented by Meridian Farms, will be held during the Atlantic Breeders Crown in Charlottetown on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The card showcased the two-year-old fillies in the Lady Slipper Stakes.
The $20,200 gold event went to Saulsbrook Alana. The filly tied the Charlottetown track record with a 1:56.1 score for her fifth win in a row. Marc Campbell did the driving for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean.
Elm Grove Inarush battled hard for second while Sea Anna Win grabbed the show spot.
Shindeagan, with Danny Romo driving, came flying late to capture the opening leg of the Lady Slipper grassroots in a new lifetime best of 1:59 flat.
Mandy M Mac made her winning debut for William Andrew of Calgary and trainer Blaine McKenna. Walter Cheverie, who is teaming up with Noonan Petroleum in the Drive for Charity event to raise money for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, did the driving.
Acton Royal Force put up a great performance for driver Bernard McCallum to win in 2:00.3.
The two-year-old colts made their appearance in the Joe O’Brien Memorial Stakes. Settlement Request and Gilles Barrieau took the first $10,000 gold race in 2:00, turning away JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan).
Island Gigolo secured the top spot in the second O’Brien gold split for MacPhee and owner James Pound of Hunter River. Time of the mile was 1:59.2 – a personal best. Rebelseven was second while Dusty Lane Oliver completed the triactor.
In the other O’Brien stakes’ action, Heroes Never Die used good gate speed and a brave stretch drive to notch his second win in a row in 2:02.3 for the Foxyhall Racing Stable of Summerside and driver Jason Hughes.
Elm Grove Intrepid recorded his third win of the season in his O’Brien division, stopping the timer in 1:59.3 for MacPhee and trainer Jackie Matheson while Post Haste and Angelo Camilli also took home an O’Brien cooler.
Another highlight on the program was the Mr. and Mrs. Bryson pace. The newlyweds were trackside to present the winning cooler to Isleofpalms and Hughes. Stephen Quinn trains the four-year-old mare for Westley Patriquin, Debert and Paul Merlin of Wentworth, N.S.
The groom even selected the horse to win in a pre-race interview.
Hughes had a driving triple on the night.