At Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night
SUMMERSIDE – Carnivore capped off a Marc Campbell driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night’s Atlantic regional driving championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington.
Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the national driving championship at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Aug. 26.
“I’m feeling really good,” Campbell said after the victory. “I had a good line-up, and the horses raced good.
“It’s always close these kind of things, and that’s what makes it really exciting.”
Pictonian Press finished second to give Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot in the national competition with 65 points. PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points and a third-place finish in the competition.
“It started out good, and I just had good horses I guess,” Ellis said. “After looking at the card I thought I had a shot, and the horses came through.”
Jason Hughes opened up the competition in Race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory behind Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess (Todd Trites) and Diagram Hanover (Ellis).
Lyndale Royal captured Race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas (Campbell) and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead.
Ultimate Labamba captured Race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot to Campbell with second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist (Gilles Barrieau) third.
Rash B Havior delivered as the post-time favourite in Race 5 to widen Campbell’s lead, with Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden (Brodie MacPhee) third.
Dance Hanover captured Race 6 to propel Trites into third place. Second place in this race went to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee), and Joachim (Ryan Campbell) finished in the show position.
Crowe scored a 1:57 victory with Barrett Jackson to bring himself into contention in Race 7. Barrett Jackson finished ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis).
Its Handsome Hank captured Race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behind Campbell. Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) and River Paradise (Hughes) rounded out the triactor.
Campbell sat out Race 10 to watch Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ellis) third.
Marc Campbell and Ellis will join Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis Jr., Brandon Campbell, Jim Marino, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille in the national driving championship.
The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series.
Bunny Mach captured the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second, with Prynne Hanover (Mike McGuigan) third.
The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second, and Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) came third.
The total live wager for the 12-dash card was $27,580.
Atlantic regional driving championship standings:
Marc Campbell 71
Ryan Ellis 65
Darren Crowe 55
Jason Hughes 50
Gilles Barrieau 49
Todd Trites 41
Brodie MacPhee 31
Ryan Campbell 31
Kevin Dillon 27