From Cape Breton Island to Prince Edward Island – Great racing!
By Shelby Miller
August was a busy month of racing for Inverness County horses, from the Inverness Raceway to the Irish Road and then to the “Kentucky of Canada,” the CDP.
The Irish Road Horesmen’s Club hosted a five-dash card as part of the Chestico Days celebration on Friday, August 2, at the Port Hood track.
In the first race, Scott Beaton’s Gaze Upon a Star made it to the winner’s circle off a mile in 2:09, to capture the Sterling Buchanan Memorial Pace. In race two, Danny Gillis broke the track record with Allamerican Baller in 2:01.3, claiming the North East Building/Home Hardware Pace. In race three, the Phonsie MacEachern Pace was won by Tarsand Slinger in 2:04 for Cameron MacEachern. In race four, the Donald Alex and Catherine MacDonnell Memorial Pace, Leander Beaton equalled the track record aboard Miss All Fun, getting to the wire in the last couple of strides for the victory. Race 5 was an under saddle race and Kayla Boudreau, aboard Old Station Pride, took home the Karen MacDonald Memorial Cooler.
The horsemen would like to thank all sponsors and fans for their continued support.
When the three-year-old fillies rolled into town (Inverness) on Sunday, August 4, Rambilinglily set a new track record in 1:57.3, in the capable hands of Brodie MacPhee, for owners Alan Jones and Normand Leger of New Brunswick. Congratulations! Marc Campbell and Clare MacDonald both had driving doubles on the card.
On Wednesday evening, the two-year-old fillies were in town. The track record at Inverness Raceway for two-year-old pacing fillies was equalled by Lovineveryminute and Gilles Barrieau in 1:58.4 in an AtSS “A” event. The bay filly is owned by River Valley Management of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. In a second “A” event, Mike Stevenson sailed along with Sail Through to win in 2:01.1 for owners Boyd MacDonald Crapaud, P.E.I. and Dan Ross of Belfast, P.E.I.
The sole “B” division went to the Danny Romo driven-Shindeagan in 2:03.2 for Tom Hawko and George Della Valle of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
On Sunday, August 11, Bonnys Mac, driven by Dave Dowling and trained by Gussie MacLean, captured a conditioned pace in 1:59.4. Bonnys Mac is owned by Richard MacInnis of Mabou, Nova Scotia. It was also nice to see Trapper MacQuarrie back in the winner’s circle with Dont Look Now after winning in 2:03.1!
Sadly, Inverness Raceway lost Doreen Fraser-MacArthur, another dedicated member of the harness racing family.
Old Home Week (Charlottetown) provided the racing fans the chance to watch gutsy performances from a couple of Inverness colts. J B Bolt was a gate-to-wire winner for Redmond Doucet in 1:56.2 and captured an “A” Division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes. The colt is owned by Raymond MacKinnon and trained by Walter Walker of Inverness, Nova Scotia. Jacobs Jackpot was a winner in 1:56.3 for Ryan Campbell. Cam Cool was large in winning a leg of the $3,000 Alpine claiming series for Redmond Doucet, stopping the clock in 1:56.2.
The racing was fun and exciting all week. I think the watch was stuck on an opening quarter of 28 or better. I would like to thank the organizers of the “Stretch Drive” golf tournament; it was another success.
I have to mention the monster mile of 1:55.2 paced in Inverness on August 18 by Macnamarra and Colin Kelly. Macnamarra is owned by Roderick Smith of Inverness. Kelly busted off the gate and laid down fractions of 28.3, 57.2, 1:26.3 and came home in 28.4. This was the fastest paced on the Inverness oval this year! It should make for some fast racing in the top class for the rest of the meet.
Inverness Raceway is down to its final four race dates for the 2013 season. In September, Inverness hosted the Atlantic Sire Stakes for two-and three-year-old trotters and the two-year-old pacing colts.
Four dashes of trotters made their way around the oval on September 4. Two-year-old Dusty Lane Galaxy was a winner in 2:08 for Gary Chappell and B J Commanche was a gate-to-wire winner for Clare MacDonald in 2:06.4. Three-year-old colt Topway was a winner in 2:04.2 with Walter Cheverie, and Clare MacDonald continued her winning ways aboard West River Xcel in 2:03.2.
Art I Special turned in a gutsy performance on this evening for Redmond Doucet in 1:57.3. Another little horse making his way to the winner’s circle lately is Vs Flashy Rooster, owned and trained by Harold MacLean and groomed by William Basker. He took a mark of 2:00 with Rodney Gillis in the bike. The smile on Basker’s face was worth a million bucks. Speaking of winning, Truth Or Dare is at it again, as well as Dontlooknow.
On September 8 the two-year-old colts were in town for one AtSS “B” division and four AtSS “A” divisions. Life To Remember was a winner for Gilles Barrieau in 2:02.3. Pictonian Storm paced in 2:00.1 for Mike Stevenson, and “Queen Clare” was back to the winner’s circle with Super S Yzerman in 2:00.4. This day was also special for Wayne MacLellan, who picked up his first lifetime driving win. Congrats and many more trips to the circle!
This season so many horses raced well – You Gotta See This, Race Me Volcano, Tarsand Slinger and Yankee Apollo to name a few. And I can’t forget the colts – J B Bolt and Jacobs Jackpot, both took impressive marks.
The handle at Inverness was very good over the summer months and I think it’s fair to say we saw an average of about $1,000 a dash wagered in July and August.
The fall should bring some exciting racing. A claiming series wouldn’t hurt either!
Take care and see you in the winner’s circle!