Dunachton Gale won the $7,500 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup with a 1:55.1 victory for Phil Pinkney and owners David and Mitchell Fillmore of Berwick and Jason Mullen of Weymouth, N.S. at Truro Raceway Saturday night.
TRURO - Dunachton Gale won the $7,500 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup with a 1:55.1 victory for Phil Pinkney and owners David and Mitchell Fillmore of Berwick and Jason Mullen of Weymouth, N.S. at Truro Raceway Saturday night.
It was the fifth straight victory in Maritime invitational ranks for the six-year-old Drop Off-Just Say Yes stallion and the second year in a row he has won the raceway's signature race.
Dunachton Gale won by three parts of a length over Marymatt Hanover (Ken Arsenault) with Rigio Hanover (Mark Campbell) another half-length back in third. Minor shares went to Porthill Alf (Gilles Barrieau) and Lakota Hatt (Walter Cheverie).
The 1:55.1 clocking was well off the track and Nova Scotia record of 1:53.2 set by Dunachton Gale in last year's NSPE Cup.
Olay Olay, the highly touted three-year-old from the Whebby Stables of Dartmouth, failed to finish in the money in his seasonal debut. He finished sixth, beaten by five lengths with Marc Whebby driving. The colt was to leave for New Jersey this week.
Ready Cash was seventh with a well spent Snoopmattydog last and on the steward's list.
The win was the 8th in 10 starts this year for Dunachton Gale and his 43rd lifetime victory. Bred by Don Smith of Pownal, P.E.I., the $16,000 yearling purchase, went over the $191,000 mark in career earnings.
On Sunday afternoon, Southview Special nipped Southview Sally by a nose in their $22,800 division of the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies while Northie T won the other division in a personal best of 1:57.4 for Ernie Laffin and owners Lloyd Nelson and Robert Watt of Truro. Southview Special is co-owned by Elwood Lawton of Strathford, P.E.I. and Tyler Shea of Pointe Claire, Que.
In other Atlantic Grand Circuit Week action, Kim Ly won a $925 class for Clayton Stevens of Pugwash, Paul Gray of Pugwash won with four-year-old pacer Hilo in 1:57.3 with Bernard McCallum driving and Doug Polley Sr. finished third in a Saturday night race with Raceon Star.