SUMMERSIDE – Bet The House, with Gilles Barrieau in the bike, won the Victoria Day Pace Monday during opening day action at Red Shores Summerside.
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Gilles Barrieau had patience on his side in the Victoria Day feature race, driving Bet the House from third at the half to bring home the 8-year-old gelding for a win in 158.4 on opening day at Red Shores in Summerside.
Bet The House stalked leader Bunny Mach (Kenny Arsenault) through splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:28 before overpowering the pace setter through to the stretch to stop the timer in 1:58 flat.
Bet The House is co-owned by Gary Arsenault, Miscouche and trainer Blaine McKenna of Elmsdale. McKenna had a training double on the day. Bunny Mach held on for second while Carnivore finished third for driver Marvyn Webster. The 3-1-4 triactor paid $93.70.
Lets Make Idea made it three wins in a row with a dazzling 1:57.3 mile in the afternoon’s fifth race. Dale Spence did the driving for owner Mikeala Lustic of Cornwall and trainer Jonah Moase. That clocking was the fastest mile of the day and was equaled by Painted Pony for trainer Raymond White of Murray River and driver Marc Campbell.
The season opener went to Tobins Knockout for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Frank Hansen and owners Malcolm Williams, Ellerslie and Alan Williams, Oakville, Ontario. The five-year-old mare tracked down fraction setter Kaitlyn Rose for the 2:00.1 victory. Cheverie, Campbell, Barrieau and Corey Macpherson recorded driving doubles on the card.
The owner-trainer team of Casey Gavin and Thane Mann kicked off the new season with two scores with Silverhill Lucky and Silverhill Gertie.
For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. Racing returns Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m.
By Lee Drake