Saulsbrook Alana sets new track record

Jason Simmonds
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For three-year-old fillies at SRW

SUMMERSIDE – It was a record-setting day at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Gilles Barrieau drives Saulsbrook Alana, 7, to victory in the fourth division of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Kenny Arsenault-driven Charlottes Style, 4, finished second.

Saulsbrook Alana set a new track record for three-year-old fillies, stopping the clock in 1:57 flat in the third division of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes. It was Saulsbrook Alana’s 2014 stakes’ debut.

“It’s always great to set a track record,” said Gilles Barrieau, who picked up the catch-driving win. “It’s always nice to drive fillies like that, they don’t come along that often.”

Saulsbrook Alana, owned by Reginald MacPherson of Stratford and trained by Kevin MacLean, finished ahead of Charlottes Style. Tobins Beauty rounded out the triactor after fractions of 28.4, 58.3 and 1:28.1.

“I let her work her way up to the front, and just control it the rest of the way,” said Barrieau.

However, the veteran driver said Saulsbrook Alana, who has a lifetime record of 1:55.1, was not herself on Sunday.

“They all have off-days, and I’m guessing she’s going to have to get some vet work done,” said Barrieau. “She will get better, do not worry about that. She will outlast them all probably.”

Pictonian Sareta, owned by Daniel Ross of Belfast and driven and trained by Mike Stevenson, won the first division of the Chappell Stakes in 1:58.3; Dusty Lane Dora, owned by Ron Gass of Cornwall, trained by Elton Millar and driven by Corey MacPherson, won the second division in 1:57.4, and Elm Grove Inarush took the third $6,200 division in 1:58.1. Mark Bradley drove Elm Grove Inarush for the ownership group from the Kensington area of Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod, Grant Mann and Eddy Doucette, who also does the training.

Pictonian Sareta and Dusty Lane Dora established new race-win records.

Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes

There were four $6,200 divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for three-year-old colts. They were won by Waterside Light, owned by Hilliard Graves of Charlottetown and trained and driven by Kenny Arsenault in 1:57; Dumas Walker, who is co-owned by Jackie Hefferman and trainer and driver Myles Hefferman of Glace Bay, N.S., in 1:57.1; the Barrieau-trained and driven Tobins Fusion, owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd., Daniel Ross of P.E.I., and Charles Seymour of New Brunswick, in 1:59.3, and Super S Yzerman, who stopped the clock in 1:57.3 for co-owner, driver and trainer Mary Clare MacDonald of Antigonish, N.S. Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S., co-owns Super S Yzerman.

Waterside Light and Super S Yzerman established new race-win records, and Dumas Walker equalled his lifetime mark.

Other winners

Ultimate Faith (1:59.1), Athletic Putnam (2:00.4), Acton O So Royal (1:58.1) and SA Summers Luck (1:59.1) also recorded wins on the 12-dash program.

Barrieau, Bradley and MacPherson all notched driving doubles.

The total live handle was $20,454.

The next live program at Summerside Raceway is Sunday, June 8, with post time set for 1 p.m.

Organizations: Boyd MacDonald Produce, Acton O So Royal, MacPherson

Geographic location: Stratford, Belfast, Kensington Charlottetown Glace Bay New Brunswick Antigonish Greenfield

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