Dunachton Gale wins Ladner Memorial

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Ripley brings Majian Candor home in fourth

Dunachton Gale, in rein to Phil Pinkney, captured the $7,500 final of the Cecil Ladner Memorial Series at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre on Saturday night with a 1:55.2 victory.

Dunachton Gale wins Ladner Memorial

CHARLOTTETOWN - Dunachton Gale, in rein to Phil Pinkney, captured the $7,500 final of the Cecil Ladner Memorial Series at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre on Saturday night with a 1:55.2 victory.

Parked out in an opening quarter of 28.3, Pinkney cleared to the front before the 58.1 half and battled with a determined Lies The Truth (Darren Crowe) the rest of the mile, holding on for a three-quarter length victory.

Porthill Alf saw his win streak halted at four as he finished third for Gilles Barrieau.

There were three championship finals of the Maritime Breeders Series decided on the 12-dash program.

Southview Sally won the $25,485 Ken Starratt Memorial with a personal best of 1:56 for Brian MacPhee and owner Claude Poirier of Havre-Aux Maison, Que., besting Island Galeforce and Forceful Hope. Northie T, co-owned by Lloyd Nelson of Truro was fourth.

The race honors the memory of the late Bible Hill sportsman, Ken Starratt, co-founder of the MBA program.

Western Dexter pulled off a mild upset over the favored Force Ore Finesse (Phil Pinkney) in the $21,205 pacing colt final, winning in a season's record of 1:55.2 for Ken Arsenault and his Saint John owners. Truro-based entries Woodmere Winstar (Danny Romo) and Smarty Jt (Emmons MacKay) finished fourth and fifth.

The $7,500 trot final went to West River Redwing (Clare McDonald) with a personal best of 2:04.3. The Lost Predator gelding defeated defending champion Maple Leaf Opal and Dunmore Tko for his first win in two starts this year. He's owned by West River Stock Farm of Antigonish.

In other action, Jimmy Ripley of Amherst finished fourth with his trotter Majian Candor in a $1,400 trot feature that saw Chucaro Resera win in 2:03.3, fastest trot mile of the Maritime season.

Organizations: Cecil Ladner Memorial Series, Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre, Maritime Breeders Series MBA

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN, West River, Saint John

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