Veteran trainer-driver Phil Pinkney had himself a big weekend on the Maritime harness racing scene.
FREDERICTON - Veteran trainer-driver Phil Pinkney had himself a big weekend on the Maritime harness racing scene.
After driving Dunachton Gale to a season's record 1:55.4 mile to win the $7,500 ANE Invitational at Saint John on Saturday and winning the fastest division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts with a 1:56.4 victory aboard Force Ore Finesse at the port city track, Pinkney travelled to Fredericton Monday to post a couple of stakes victories in the Williamson Memorial for two-year-old pacers.
Dube Finesse, a daughter of Western Paradise, took the fastest of three $6,656 filly divisions with a 2:00.4 decision, drawing off to win by six and one-half lengths over Rhonda Belle (Marc Campbell) while Absolom won his $6,656 colt division for Pinkney in 1:59.2, winning by three parts of a length over Imps Finesse (Bernard McCallum) and Plea Bargain (Gilles Barrieau), who dead-heated for second. Imps Finesse, the favorite, made a break leaving, but rallied to make it close.
Dube Finesse is owned by KPD Standardbreds of Truro, the same connections who own Force Ore Finesse while Absolom, a son of Largo-Dunachton Grace, is owned by Caneast Standards, the same connections as those who own Dunachton Gale.
Accelerated Force made in three wins in a row when he won the faster of the two colt divisions in a personal best of 1:58.4 for Gilles Barrieau and co-owners Alfred Barrieau of Dieppe, N.B. and Mike Clinton of Saint John. The Island bred son of Force Of Life defeated Box Car Billie and P H Powerplay.
The other filly divisions went to Island Idol in 2:02.4 for owner/driver Terry Gallant of Summerside, P.E.I., and P H Quickcat in 2:02.4 for Todd Trites and owner Dr. Trevin Shive of Belnan, N.S.