Governor’s Plate 49 goes at SRW on Saturday night
SUMMERSIDE – One thing is certain about Saturday’s Governor’s Plate.
Osprey Impact sets new standard in Andrew Perry Memorial Trot
Ambyr Campbell drives Salmonier Storm to an upset win in a $1,600 pace in Race 5 at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway. The Ryan Ellis-driven All Turain, 7, finished second. Time of the mile was 1:58.2.
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SUMMERSIDE – A track record fell at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Friday for the second night in a row.
Osprey Impact is now the fastest trotter in the storied history of the local oval, after registering a time of 1:57.2 in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial Trot in Race 9. The time also equals Osprey Impact’s lifetime mark, which was set in Charlottetown.
Summerside native Walter Cheverie was in the sulky for the record-setting drive as Osprey Impact cut out fractions of 29.2, 59.4 and 1:28.3. Paul Larrabee of Belle River owns and trains the six-year-old bay mare.
Osprey Impact broke Thunderaway’s previous record of 1:58.1, which was established on Aug. 9, 2015. Jason Hughes was in the bike for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., on that day.
Sock It Away established a new track standard for two-year-old colts – 1:56 – in an Atlantic Sires Stakes’ A event on Thursday night.
Also highlighted on Friday’s 12-dash card were the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
Woodmere Finesse (1:57.1 – new race-win record), Filly Forty Seven (1:55.4 – new race-win record) and Elektra Express (1:56.1) won the $9,160 A divisions.
Gulf Queen (1:59.4 – new race-win record), Dusty Lane Zendaya (1:58.2) and Woodmere Dreams (1:57.3 – new race-win record) claimed the B events, which each featured $2,500 purses.
Dusty Lane Jacob, a five-year-old bay gelding, won the $1,400 Race 7 pace in memory of Boyd Leslie. Ken Murphy did the driving for owners Cynthia MacDonald of Montague and Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. MacDonald also does the training.
Other winners on the card were:
J J Antonio (2:00.3), Ultimate Flyingnun (1:56.2), Salmonier Storm (1:58.2) and Elm Grove Kaboom (1:56.3).
Marc Campbell picked up three driving wins.
The total wager was $31,394.
Governor’s Plate Week of harness racing wraps up on Saturday, with a 16-dash card getting underway at 6 p.m. The 49th running of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, will close out the meet at around 11 p.m.