National driving championship a big success
The annual Labour Day matinee harness racing program goes post-ward on Monday at 1 p.m.
Then Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will switch back to Sundays to close out the 2014 meet, which runs until the first week of November.
Oh what a night!
The national driving championship in Charlottetown on Tuesday night was simply unforgettable.
The driving clinic put on by eight of Canada‚Äôs elite drivers had everyone in attendance scratching their heads at the awesome display of talent. I knew it was going to be great, but I didn‚Äôt know it was going to be spectacular.
From start to finish the excitement continued to grow and with the ‚Äúhometown boy‚ÄĚ Marc Campbell right into it until the final race, it made it much more interesting right down to the wire. For Charlottetown to host this event is incredible, and the response from the harness racing fans was remarkable.
What a difference a driver makes!
I‚Äôve called a lot of real nice aged-pacing mares on the Island since returning in 1996, and some 18 years later I continued to chase the only CDP track record that has eluded me.
That came to an end at the national driving championship as Little Black Book‚Äôs aged-pacing mares record fell to an unlikely source ‚Äď a $3,000 claiming mare.
Whitesand Artist put in one of the most remarkable trips that I have ever seen in a career that has spanned into five decades. When that mare straightened up in the backstretch, she was pacing as much as any open mare in this country.
With Billy Davis Jr. laying flat out, the mare just simply paced away from the field. When the clock stopped at 1:53.4, I was as happy as owner/trainer Neil Bambrick because it had finally happened.
The record that I quietly chased was now MINE! For me it‚Äôs just a personal thing that I like to have called every record at a track, especially one that has so much history.
The entire Standardbred Canada personnel were impressed at how Red Shores hosted the national event. The full board of directors was on the Island, and had nothing but praise for the host committee.
As well, every premier in Canada was in the top of the park on Tuesday night. I had the great opportunity to meet several of them, and they too were impressed with the capital track facilities and new permanent stabling area.
The parimutuel bet, the racing and the entire night was an unforgettable experience. Congratulations to all who made this the event it was!
A look at Monday‚Äôs picks:
Best bets ‚Äď Woodmere Trulyblue in Race 1, and DBs Rosco in Race 13.
Long shot possibilities ‚Äď Wealth of Nations in Race 7, and Goodmorningmister in Race 6.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.