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Campbell wins six races, including Ken Starratt memorial

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The King of Island harness racing did not disappoint on the first championship card of the 2017 season Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. 

Marc Campbell scored six wins on the 12-dash program, including a mild upset with Filly Forty Seven in the $23,600 Ken Starratt Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing fillies.

Heavy favourite Elektra Express went to front in the rich final with Ryan Ellis at the lines behind the Campbell-trainee and laid down fractions of 27.4, 56.4 and 1:26.3 over the sloppy, rain-soaked track. Campbell showed he picked the right horse late in the mile, as he elected to steer Filly Forty Seven in the event and had her land in the winner's circle after tipping first-over at three-quarters to overpower Elektra Express.

Kinda Like Her (Kenny Arsenault) finished second and Elektra Express was third.

Filly Forty Seven is owned by Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Tanya Tremblett of Nova Scotia. 

Campbell also collected wins aboard Windemere Dancenart in 2:01.2 and Howmacs Dragonator in 2:002, both for trainer Earl Watts, while Campbell trainee Johnny Moe was a 1:59.4 winner and Sharks Play in 2:02.3. 

Campbell’s sixth victory was in the $2,400 preferred pace as he teamed up with Mr Irresistible for a 1:55.1 win over Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Heart And Soul (Clare MacDonald). Danny Birt of Stratford owns Mr Irresistible while Jennifer Trainor does the training.

The $21,400 Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's Final for three-year-old pacing colts saw Campbell go down to defeat as the heavy post time favourite as Ashes To Ashes overcame Post 8 to win in 1:56.1. Gilles Barrieau engineered the winning trip behind the Jackie Matheson-trainee for owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington.

Tobinator (MacPherson) was on top at the 28.1 quarter before Island Energetic and Campbell came rushing hard to set up the 57.1 half and 1:26.4 three-quarters on top before Barrieau converted second-over cover into a mad dash to the wire and a half-length victory.

"I loved this colt the first time I drove him," Barrieau said. "Just a real nice colt. Tonight we had the eight hole but we got towed into it pretty good."

Island Energetic was second with Nameisonthehalter (Adam Merner) finishing third. 

It was the second win on the night for Barrieau and Matheson as they visited the winner's circle earlier on the card with Clic K in 1:58.1 while Barrieau also had a maiden breaking score with his own Word Game in 2:03.3 to give him the driving triple.

Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.

 

CDP Results

Harness racing results from Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park:

Race 1 – Windmeredancenart (M. Campbell) 13.50 3.60 3.20; Southsidelightning (M. Bradley) 2.10 2.10; Shock The Rock (B. Webster) 2.20.

Times: 30.2, 101.3, 131.2, 201.2. Also ran: Hopedale Paris, Ideal Lifestyle, Incredible Mike. Winning horse owned by Windemere Farms and John Howatt, P.E.I.; and Claude Poirier, Quebec. Exactor 4-5 $36.10; Triactor 4-5-2 $87.70; Superfecta 4-5-2-1 $28.05. 

Race 2 – Word Game (G. Barrieau) 2.30 2.10 2.10; Da Old Blu Meteor (G. Chappell) 16.60 4.00; Docthethird (V. Doyle) 2.60.

Times: 29.3, 101.2, 132.2, 203.3. Also ran: Chinook Wins, Spoken Word, Camco Vincent, Gingerbreadman, Redwhiteandboots. Winning horse owned by Seaside Racing Stable, Fall River, N.S. Exactor 5-3 $42.90; Triactor 5-3-6 $43.50; Superfecta 5-3-6-8 $45.49; DD 4-5 $31.20; DD 4-2 $8.

Race 3 – Caughtfoolinaround (M. Bradley) 19.30 9.60 3.50; Four Brass Starz (G. Barrieau) 5.80 2.50; Four Corners (G. Hennessey) 2.10.

Times: 29.1, 58.3, 130.3, 202.1. Also ran: Ok Gladiator, E Ls Colton, Grayland Astrid, Highland Boreas, Leaveitwithme. Winning horse owned by Maggie McCarthy, Montague. Exactor 4-7 $182.60; Triactor 4-7-2 $352; Superfecta 4-7-2-6 $391.69. 

Race 4 – Windsun Rebel (V. Doyle) 2.50 3.60 2.10; Sharks Play (M. Campbell) 2.20 2.90 2.10; The Tominator (C. MacPherson) 2.10.

Times: 29.2, 100.1, 130.4, 202.3. Also ran: Rustlemewithenvy, Mr Macleod, Make It So, Solanos Dragon, C J Bluefin. Winning horses owned by Darla Jay, Shelly Wilkie, James, Angela and Jennifer Barlow, P.E.I. Exactor 1-2 $3.70/2-1 $3.50; Triactor 1-2-4 $6/2-1-4 $5.80; Superfecta 1-2-4-6 $67.80/2-1-4-6 $93.05.

Race 5 – Howmacs Dragonator (M. Campbell) 3.80 2.30 2.10; Dilans Mustang (K. Murphy) 5.50 3.50; Eyes Of Glory (H. Shepherd) 9.20.

Times: 28.4, 59.1, 129.4, 200.2. Also ran: The Gormanizor, Political Crisis, Thebestofme. Winning horse owned by Debbie Denney, Mount Uniacke, N.S. Exactor 1-2 $14; Triactor 1-2-5 $77. 

Race 6 – Johnny Moe (M. Campbell) 3.00 2.60 2.40; Hes The Man (C. MacPherson) 8.30 5.60; Pownal Bay Saul (M. Bradley) 6.80.

Times: 29.4, 100.4, 129.4, 159.4. Also ran: Silverhill Buddy, Woodmere Soul, Pictonian Spartan, Libertys Choice, Cam Crazy. Winning horse owned by Blair Hansen and Cory Carver and Meghan MacDonald, P.E.I.; and John Thomas, Nova Scotia. Exactor 5-7 $182.70; Triactor 5-7-1 $162.20; Superfecta 5-7-1-6 $899.30. 

Race 7 – I D K (V. Poulton) 3.30 2.10 2.10; American Captain (K. Arsenault) 2.20 2.30; Textually Active (K. Murphy) 4.30.

Times: 29.3, 100.2, 129.4, 200.1. Also ran: Jetta Flys, Whosurwinner, Waterside Light, Beechwood Tiger, Roscoes Child. Winning horse owned by Gail MacDonald, Charlottetown. Exactor 2-4 $7.80; Triactor 2-4-1 $27.70; Superfecta 2-4-1-3 $43.50. 

Race 8 – Clic K (G. Barrieau) 6.40 2.90 2.40; Three Truths (M. Campbell) 2.20 2.10; Hemingway (V. Poulton) 3.30.

Times: 29.1, 58.3, 127.4, 158.1. Also ran: The Big Bite, Fly With Max. Winning horse owned by Plo Stables, Donagh. Exactor 1-2 $11.60; Triactor 1-2-5 $58; Superfecta 1-2-5-4 $20.10. 

Race 9 – Filly Forty Seven (M. Campbell) 6.50 4.20 2.20; Kinda Like Her (K. Arsenault) 6.50 2.50; Elektra Express (R. Ellis) 2.10.

Times: 27.4, 56.4, 126.3, 157.3. Also ran: Traces Of Purple, Oceanview Beemer, Tobins Secret, Bonzai Beach, Elm Grove Ladyluck. Winning horse owned by Darryl MacLean and Katelyn Smallwood and Cory Carver, P.E.I.; and Tanya Tremblett, Nova Scotia. Exactor 5-4 $33; Triactor 5-4-2 $53.50; Superfecta 5-4-2-1 $288.85. 

Race 10 – Sandista (W. Cheverie) 5.50 5.00 5.00; Zero Rate (A. Merner) 3.40 3.50; Hickory Chumley (M. Campbell) 5.90.

Times: 30.1, 101.2, 131.3, 200.4. Also ran: Painted Pony, Artners In Crime, Mick Dundee, Tell Me Why. Winning horse owned by Clair Sweet, O’Leary. Exactor 5-2 $22.50; Triactor 5-2-6 $116.20; Superfecta 5-2-6-1 $97.10. 

Race 11 – Mr Irresistible (M. Campbell) 5.40 2.10 2.10; Adkins Hanover (C. MacPherson) 2.10 2.10; Heart And Soul (M. MacDonald) 2.10.

Times: 27.4, 56.3, 125.4, 155.1. Also ran: Invictus Hanover, Mach It Big. Winning horse owned by Danny Birt, Stratford. Exactor 4-3 $6.80; Triactor 4-3-1 $11. 

Race 12 – Ashes To Ashes (G. Barrieau) 20.40 8.80 2.90; Island Energetic (M. Campbell) 2.60 2.10; Nameisonthehalter (A. Merner) 2.60.

Times: 28.1, 57.1, 126.4, 156.1. Also ran: Complete Player, Ic A Free Spirit, Carters Caper, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Tobinator. Winning horse owned by Linda Somers and Alan Conway and Lynn Livingstone, P.E.I. Exactor 8-2 $26.20; Triactor 8-2-1 $114.10; Superfecta 8-2-1-7 $77.84; DD 4-8 $14.80.

Wager – $34,129.

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