CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The finishing touches were put on a pair of perfect seasons as the 2018 stakes season came to a close Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The capital oval played host to six Island Breeders finals on the afternoon program including the two-year-old filly final for a $9,600 purse that saw Magical Mistress remain unbeaten in her career. The daughter of Camystic hit the wire first on top by 10-lengths in 1:57 to give her 12 wins from as many starts. Adam Merner was in the bike for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S.
The $11,000 Island Breeders final for three-year-old pacing colts had a similar result but by a much narrower margin as Sock It Away survived a stretch drive slugfest with Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) to win by a nose in 1:55.1. The victory kept Sock It Away unbeaten in stakes action with 16 straight wins in his perfect 2018 campaign. Marc Campbell was in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I.
Red Dirt Boomer prevailed from post 8 in the $10,200 Island Breeders final for two-year-old pacing colts with a mile time of 1:58.1. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Malicious for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I.
West River Cindy captured the three-year-old trot final for a $7,500 purse in 2:00.1, tying the track record for three-year-old pacing fillies set by Maple Leaf Spirit in 2011. Clare MacDonald trains and drives West River Cindy for owner Haley Shepherd of Stratford, P.E.I.
Mile Hill Willie continued his streak with number seven-in-a-row in the Island Breeders final for two-year-old trotters. The $7,000 contest saw Mile Hill Willie power past his foes in the final quarter, stopping the clock in 2:02.2 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owner Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I.
Bettim Jackie took a pocket ride straight to the winner’s circle in the $10,300 Island Breeders three-year-old pacing filly final with a time of 1:58.4. Barrieau was in the bike for part of his driving quadruple for trainer Jeff Lilley, who co-owns with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S.