SUMMERSIDE – The ‘King’ of Island racing looked to regain his groove as he made four visits to the winner’s circle at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
The first stakes’ action of the season on red soil highlighted the 13-dash program.
Marc Campbell scored his grand slam during a card riddled with Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, and Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts.
Sock It Away continued his undefeated season in his $5,400 Dewar event, winning in 1:57 for Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Campbell also won a split of the $6,000 Ruby Chappell with Maybeitsmaybelline in a mile time of 1:58.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Blair Hansen of Charlottetown and Cheryl Geldart Greer of Norton, N.B.
The leading reinsman made his other winning scores in overnight events with Confident Fella in 1:57 for trainer Ralph Sweet of O’Leary, and Mando Fun in 1:56.4 for Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley.
Tangled Mind recorded the fastest win of the day in Dewar Memorial Stakes’ action, stopping the clock in 1:55.3 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and New Brunswick owners Michael Clinton of Saint John and Alfred Barrieau of Dieppe. The winner in the other $5,400 Dewar divisions were Dustylanewesty (driven by Clare MacDonald) in 1:57.4, Half Cut (Mark Bradley) in 1:56.1 and The Colonel (Barrieau) in 1:56.3.
In other Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes, R Es Shabla (Corey MacPherson) won her $6,000 split in 1:58.3, and Woodmere Ceilidh (MacDonald) was a winner in identical time.
One Chappell division stayed in the family as Tobins Terror was a 1:59.3 victor for trainer-driver Gary Chappell. The daughter of Stonebridge Terror is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd., of Crapaud and Daniel Ross of Belfast.
Although Tobins Terror was the winner, the race also marked a career milestone as Ken Murphy finished second with Woodmere Wyldstyle and put the driver over $1 million in career purse earnings.
The total wager was $36,511.
Live racing continues in Summerside on Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m.
Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.