Maritime Breeders Finals Held In Charlottetown
Jun 17

The King of Island harness racing did not disappoint on the first championship card of the 2017 season Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as 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 Breeders final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Heavy favourite Elektra Express went to front in the rich final, with Ryan Ellis at the lines behind the Marc Campbell trainee, and she 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, who finished third, with Kinda Like Her (Kenny Arsenault) finishing second.

Filly Forty Seven is owned by Darryl MacLean, Katelyn Smallwood, Cory Carver, and Tanya Tremblett.

The sixth and final Campbell 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 owns Mr Irresistible while Jennifer Trainor does the training.

Campbell's other wins on the program came aboard Windemere Dancenart in 2:01.2 and Howmacs Dragonator in 2:00.2, both for trainer Earl Watts, his own trainee Johnny Moe in 1:59.4 and Sharks Play, who was dead-heated for win in 2:02.3 against Windsun Rebel (Vaughan Doyle).

The $21,400 Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeders final for 3-year-old pacing colts saw Campbell go down to defeat as the heavy post time favourite as Ashes To Ashes overcame post eight to win in 1:56.1. Gilles Barrieau engineered the winning trip behind the Jackie Matheson trainee for owners Linda Somers, Alan Conway and Lynn Livingstone.

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

Barrieau was all smiles in the winner's circle with Ashes To Ashes.

"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."

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. Barrieau also had a maiden-breaking score with his own Word Game in 2:03.3 to give him the driving triple.

(Red Shores)


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