SUMMERSIDE – Stayoutofmyaffair and driver Mark Bradley used a two-hole trip to win the $14,520 final of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
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The John Holmes-driven So Much To Say won a $6,600 Grassroots Division of the Joe O’Brien Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Time of the mile was 1:58.3. Brand Of My Own, 3, and driver Terry Gallant finished second.
Stayoutofmyaffair left off the rail and released race favourite Dirt Track Momma (Kenny Arsenault) to the lead, sitting through fractions of 28.4, 59.3 and 1:28.2. Dirt Track Momma had to put away a challenge from the first-up Lucky Boot Cam (Jason Hughes), who faded in the stretch. This left the opportunity for Stayoutofmyaffair to pounce in the stretch to win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.3.
Dirt Track Momma stayed for second, with JK Special (Walter Cheverie) third, General Luckypercy (Gilles Barrieau) fourth, Bunny Mach (Gary Chappell) fifth, Doober Hoozzitz (Terry Gallant) sixth, Skylark Hanover (Brodie MacPhee) seventh and Lucky Boot Cam eighth. Stayoutofmyaffair is owned by Robbie Hughes of Stratford and trained by Stephen Quinn.
The series has been going for the entire season, with legs in all three Maritime Provinces and the top point-earners advancing to the rich final.
The Summerside card also featured divisions of the Joe O’Brien Memorial Stakes for P.E.I.-foaled three-year-old pacing colts.
Trainer Kevin MacLean and driver Barrieau swept the two $10,000 Gold Divisions. Forever Paradise won his division in 1:56.2 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Second went to Woodmere Trakeater (Darren Crowe), with Watersides Kipper (Hilliard Graves) third.
The second half of the Barrieau-MacLean sweep came with Pownal Bay Mustang in 1:58.3 over Remember Will (Brian MacPhee) and JJ Nitro (Arsenault). Pownal Bay Mustang is owned by MacPherson and Ian Smith of Charlottetown.
The $6,600 Grassroots Divisions were won by So Much To Say (John Holmes) in 1:58.3 and Larhecomes (Clare MacDonald) in 2:01.4.
Barrieau recorded a driving triple on the card while Arsenault recorded two wins.
The total bet for the 12-dash card was $16,372.
Live racing returns to Charlottetown on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. card on Saturday. Live racing returns to Summerside on Sunday at 1 p.m.