A memorable first Lobster Festival is in the books.
Summerside Raceway had some new track records established and saw one of the strangest things to ever happen with the gate falling off the starter’s vehicle, but the week still managed to end with success.
Kenny Arsenault’s new stable addition Frill Seeker made a statement after establishing a record mile for aged trotting horses. This will give a new face to the open trot, and this fella looked like there was more in the tank after his 1:59.2.
Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) was stellar in setting a new track standard for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Atlantic Sire Stakes. The Earl Watts-trainee was tested on the end of that 1:56.3 record mile. This just sets up for more interesting encounters for the rest of the year.
The Governor’s Plate certainly lived up to all the hype of a race so full of history and prestige.
The race played out just as I suspected, with one exception – I’ll be the first to admit I never thought that the aged pacing horse record was in jeopardy. It was nice to hear winning driver Gilles Barrieau say, during his trackside interview, he didn’t feel it would fall either.
That old saying certainly held true on Saturday night.
You just never know what can happen in a horse race. Trainer Jackie Matheson had D Gs Camme in tip top form in his record-setting 1:53 performance. P H Bestman’s previous standard was 1:53.1.
Atlantic Grand Circuit
Truro Raceway is hosting Atlantic Grand Circuit Week.
The two- and three-year-old trotters and the two-year-old pacing fillies opened up the week on Tuesday.
The two-year-old pacing colts are there on Thursday night, and the week wraps up with on Saturday and Sunday. The highlight of the week will be the Provincial Cup.
Live racing continues in Summerside on Wednesday. Post time is 7 p.m.
Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) has rail control as the morning-line favourite. Lucky was a bang-up second on Governor’s Plate night, pacing in 1:56.1.
Rocky Schurman’s Tyber Champ was only a length back of Lucky Encounter on Saturday, and leaves right alongside of that horse.
The Champ has been one of those Cinderella stories from the local backstretch this year. He’s morning-lined at 8-to-1, and is worth taking a look at for a price horse.
Keystone Nobility (Corey MacPherson) drew the outside post in the feature. This mare just got nailed in the final stride in the final of the Lobster Fest Open Mares on Saturday night. She goes back in as a claimer in Wednesday’s contest.
A look at Wednesday’s picks:
Best bets – Silverhill Princes in Race 1; Silverhill Lucky in Race 6.
Long shot possibilities – Bowyer Hanover in Race 7; Tyber Champ in Race 11.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.