New track record holder returns to Red Shores' Summerside

Bo Ford
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SUMMERSIDE – Fresh off his track-record-setting performance of 1:53 in the Governor's Plate on July 19, D Gs Camme will return to the same spot it all happened on Sunday.

Racing action at Red Shores Summerside gets underway at 1 p.m., but fans will have to wait until Race 9 to see the new track record holder.

D Gs Camme is entered in the first leg of the Premier’s Pace Series. The four-year-old son of Blissful Hall is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. He will have regular pilot Gilles Barrieau in the bike, and Jackie Matheson handles the training.

Astor, the runner-up in that track-record-setting performance, has drawn Post 5 for the Foxyhall Racing Stable. Jason Hughes handles the training and driving duties on the five-year-old gelded son of Camluck.

Machinthesand has drawn Post 4 for owners Russell and Karen Noonan. The Governor's Plate finalist is coming off of a preferred victory in Charlottetown last week. Brodie MacPhee will do the driving.

Blissfull Bro (Post 1), Schooner (Post 2) and Modern Xhibit (Post 6) round out the compact field.


Second division

The second division of the first leg goes in Race 12. Last year's Premier’s Pace winner, Touch Of Lightning, has drawn Post 2 for veteran trainer-driver Earl Smith.

On Gold Cup night last year, Touch Of Lightning worked out a second-over journey before fanning out three-wide at the head of the stretch and swooping up to nail Big League and Balanchine on the line in 1:53, which was a new lifetime mark for the son of Articulator, to claim the first-ever Premier’s Pace Series.

Red Rock is the morning-line favourite from Post 5. The four-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has not missed the board since entering the Maritime free-for-all ranks three starts ago.

Owned by Donald, Bryan and Steven Mac Rae and Melissa Trainor, he finished second in his last start at Truro Raceway in the Exhibition Cup. Trainer Jason Hughes will do the driving for the first time since winning his elimination of the Governor's Plate.

Ultimate Luck hasn't seemed to have any luck at the draw over his last four attempts. Sunday, he will have to overcome the outside Post 6, a place he is mighty familiar with after having that post in two of his last three starts.

Terry Gallant will pick up the catch-driving call for the Ultimate Stable and trainer Sifroi Melanson. Regular driver Kenny Arsenault will drive his own trainee, Cheyenne Ford, from Post 3.

Perfect Escape (Barrieau) and Judge Jon (Ken Murphy) complete the field.


Preferred pace

Windfall Blue Chip will reunite with Arsenault in the preferred 2 event in Race 7. The seven-year-old son of Art Major was fourth in his last start for driver Brian MacPhee.

Owned by Jamie MacKinley and Jody Sanderson, the Earl Watts trainee will make his third start of the 2014 campaign.

Blu Meadow Willie will also reunite with a different driver, Walter Cheverie. The last time Cheverie drove Willie, the 10-year-old set a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3. He is also searching for lifetime win No. 50.

Ultimate Success, Mcmaverick, Carrera Angel, Pacific Oak, Eagle Jolt and SA Summers Luck will be the other contenders.




Organizations: Pace Series, Blue Chip

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Red Rock

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