SUMMERSIDE – The trotters were front and centre at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday night.
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Oceanview Rose and Mike Stevenson, left, edged out the Kenny Arsenault-driven BJ Comanche, centre, and Villager and driver Brian MacPhee at the wire to win the third and final $4,300 Maple Leaf Trot division at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday night. Time of the mile was 2:05.4.
Three $4,300 divisions of the Maple Leaf Trot highlighted the 13-dash program.
Saulsbrook Pippa delivered as the post-time favourite in the opening division, winning in 2:03.1 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer John Pineau, who co-owns with Myron Ford of Harrington.
Dusty Lane Galaxy was second while Lace finished third.
Pineau notched a training double as Phantom Beau claimed the second Maple Leaf Trot for Kenny Arsenault. The trotter stopped the timer in 2:07. Paul Breau of Moncton is the owner.
Ice Pop was second with A C Image third.
Oceanview Rose earned her big paycheque by winning the final division in 2:05.4. Mike Stevenson, who recorded a driving double on the night, mapped out the one-length victory for trainer-owner Bill Roloson of Belfast. BJ Comanche rallied back for second, with Villager completing the triactor.
The evening feature went to Outside The Wire in 1:57.1. Driver Brodie MacPhee used rail control to his advantage, putting the pacer on the point and cutting fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.3.
Tyber Champ was second with Keystone Nobility third. MacPhee did the driving for owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Broderick of Manning, Alta. Craig Avery conditions the five-year-old gelding.
Terry Gallant and Marc Campbell also recorded driving doubles on the evening.
The total live wager was $14,325.
Live racing returns to Summerside on Sunday at 1 p.m. The feature will be the first of two Governor’s Plate eliminations. The second elimination for Summerside’s most prestigious standardbred race will be held during Monday night’s program.