Trites, Watts sweep Maritime Breeders finals

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All Turain wins Ladner final

CHARLOTTETOWN – Driver Todd Trites and trainer Earl Watts had a big night at the office Saturday as they teamed up to sweep the Maritime Breeders finals at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The team went to work in the Ken Starratt Memorial final for three-year-old fillies, when Trites sent Lovineveryminute to the front off the rail to claim the $22,100 championship in 1:56.3. The victory was her third in four starts this season for owners River Valley Management, N.B., Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy, New Brunswick.

Elm Grove Inarush finished second while Pictonian Sareta overcame Post 8 to complete the triactor.

Arties Magic rallied to win an eventful Doug Harkness Memorial in the three-year-old colts final of the Maritime Breeders for Trites and Watts. The colt won by open lengths in 1:57.3.

Rancousy was second with Dumas Walker third, but racing officials ruled the former Atlantic Breeders Crown champion caused interference going into the first turn and was placed fifth. J Ps Warrior was placed third, with Wine To Go moved up to fourth.

The 2-6-1 triactor paid $1,227.40. Arties Magic recorded his second win of the season for Windemere Farms and Clive Balderston of New Brunswick.

The first day of summer brought out the some of the best horses on the East Coast in the Cecil Ladner Memorial final. All Turain and driver Brodie MacPhee won the classic race in an impressive 1:55 flat.

MacPhee mapped out the trip getting away third after a front-end battle ensued between Schooner and Coral Snake to the opening station in 26.4. The Trevor Hicken-trainee was able to shake loose past the half to open up a two-length lead down the backstretch. All Turain paced home in 29.2 seconds to secure a one-length victory.

Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Trevor Hicken of Montague own All Turain. Astor was second, and Machinthesand was third. Race favourite Art of Illusion finished fourth.

In other action, Likely To Win won the Ladner Memorial consolation for Ryan Ellis, Leading Camdidate scored in the Nuffield Triennial Pace for Mike Stevenson, Panacotta claimed the Brooklyn Pace for Gilles Barrieau and Umiztagoodthing took the Belfast School 2014 Grade 9 graduates pace for Todd Walsh.

Organizations: Maritime Breeders for Trites, Brooklyn Pace for Gilles Barrieau, Belfast School

Geographic location: East Coast, Charlottetown

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