Big night for Smallwood

Jason Simmonds
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Evening’s top class declared no contest

SUMMERSIDE – It was a big night for trot specialist Joe Smallwood of Stratford.

Two of Smallwood’s entries, both driven by veteran Walter Cheverie, won divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes – Meridian Farms trots during Tuesday evening’s Lobster Festival harness racing program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.

J K Hustler, who did not finish in the Maple Leaf Trot in Summerside on July 9, recorded the fastest mile – 2:02.4 – of the four trots in the first of two three-year-old events.

Smallwood, who does the training, co-owns the bay colt with Norman Clarey of Charlottetown.

Two-year-old event

The Smallwood-owned and trained J K Blaze was the first to hit the wire in the second two-year-old event. The colt had a time of 2:11.2.

Bay filly Paymenowpaymelater won the first two-year-old division in 2:07.4. Kenny Arsenault did the driving for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel.

Seanchai won the second three-year-old trot in 2:03.4, a race held in memory of Boyd Leslie. MacPhee recorded his second win of the night behind the three-year-old bay gelding for the Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach.

The three-year-old trots featured purses of $8,620, and the two-year-olds raced for $8,820.

No contest

The judges ruled the evening’s top class – a $2,000 pace in Race 11 – was a no contest after the outside wing of the starting gate fell off just past the start before the first turn. A total refund was offered on all tickets wagered.

It appeared none of the horses were seriously injured, but an announcement was made for a veterinarian to report to the barn area following the race.

The outside wing is the part of the starting gate where Posts 5 through 8 line up.

For the evening’s finale, the starting gate went with just the inside wing – Posts 1 through 4 – out while the rest of the field lined up in their normal positions.

Fastest mile

SA Summers Luck registered the fastest trip of the night – 1:57.3 – in the Race 10 $1,550 pace. Fractions were 28.1 seconds, 58.3 and 1:27.3.

Gary Chappell notched his second driving win of the night for owner and trainer Bing Easter of O’Leary.

Other winners

Other winners on the card were:

Mile Hill Belle (2:06.1), Paradise Rose (1:59.2 – new race-win record), The Warden (1:59), Eyes Of Glory (1:59.1), Micrometerjack (2:00.3) and Joachim (1:58.1).

Kenny Arsenault also recorded a driving double.

The total live wager was $22,509.

Live racing in Summerside resumes on Wednesday. Post time is 7 p.m.

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • James
    July 15, 2014 - 23:55

    Summerside Raceway, the land of patch jobs on necessary equipment and horsemen crying to the Government for everything when they got nothing. Some of the horsemen going around tonight saying it was an "unfortunate accident." There is no way that just happened tonight in one race. That was weak and ready to snap all summer and they just continued doing patch jobs to get through a season because they got no money and revenue. Close that place down and focus on Charlottetown who puts on a good show with a full fan base. And I live in Crapaud so can't say I'm favoring one track with me being central.