CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship came right down to the last race Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The championship pitting eight of the track’s top drivers was sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner’s Association as part of annual horse person’s day celebrations. Corey MacPherson went into the final leg in control of the point standings by a narrow one point lead over Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes and Gilles Barrieau all tied in second place. As fate would have it, MacPherson finished fourth in the final leg with those three drivers finishing in the triactor ticket. Campbell won with Fly With Max in 1:57.2 to put him just one win away from his overall Red Shores Charlottetown wins record, after winning a race earlier in the competition.
The victory secured the MacDonald Memorial trophy for Campbell with 61 points, over Jason Hughes who finished second with 60 points and MacPherson and Barrieau in a tie for third with 59 points each. Kenny Arsenault came in fifth with 53 points in the eight race championship, followed by Adam Merner in sixth with 50 points, Earl Smith in seventh at 40 points and Don MacNeill eighth with 34 points.
Nogreatmischief captured the Saturday afternoon feature in 1:57.1 for co-owner, trainer and driver Walter Cheverie and co-owner the Estate of John Thompson of Charlottetown, who passed away recently. The $2,250 event saw newcomer Silverinyourpocket (Driven by Hughes) finish second and Weather Hanover (Dale Spence) in third.
Merner, Hughes and Barrieau also had driving doubles on the program, while Hughes’ wins both came from his own stable for the training double.
Nov. 26, 2017
Campbell Crushes Record
By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Adkins Hanover dominated the preferred pace again Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but all eyes were on Marc Campbell as the Winsloe reinsman continued his historic season of East Coast racing.
The ‘King’ of Island racing, Campbell had two winners on the program as he slid past his all-time driving win record at Red Shores Charlottetown winning with Female Finesse in 2:02.2 to tie his 144 single season win record at the capital oval. Later in the card, Campbell teamed up with Best Risque for win 145 of the season as he continues his march towards a new win standard.
Adkins Hanover had the fastest win of the day, capturing the $2,550 preferred pace in 1:55.4 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Czar Seelster (Steven Shepherd) finished second but was placed back to sixth for interference while on a break during the stretch drive. Rose Run Quest (Campbell) was third and placed second, while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was placed up to third.
Kyle Gillis of Charlottetown had a moment he will never forget as he scored his first lifetime driving win. The 20-year-old Truro, Nova Scotia native steered veteran pacer Top Of The Morning to a 1:59.4 victory off a two-hole ride. Gillis trains and leases the now 29-time winner.
Jason Hughes had three wins on the 12-dash card winning with Mr Irresistible in 1:58.3 for conditioner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe, Ultimatelyhandsome for trainer Sifroi Melanson of New Brunswick and Old Buck in 1:58.4 for Alan MacDonald of Summerside.
Norris Rogers and MacPherson both had driving doubles on the program.
By Nicholas Oakes