Nova scotia owners sweep Quigg Memorial
Dunachton Gale flirted with the track record as he won the $7,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial in 1:55.1, a tick off the Fredericton Raceway standard Saturday night.
FREDERICTON, N.B. - Dunachton Gale flirted with the track record as he won the $7,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial in 1:55.1, a tick off the Fredericton Raceway standard Saturday night.
The clocking was the fastest of the year at the capital city oval.
Phil Pinkney drove the six-year-old Island-bred stallion to his 11th win in 14 starts this year as Dunachton Gale won the Chippin Memorial for the second year in a row for co-owners David and Mitchell Fillmore of Berwick, N. S. and Jason Mullen of Weymouth, N. S.
Facing only three rivals, Dunachton Gale had things under control after being parked out in an opening quarter of 28 seconds by Porthill Alf (Kenny Arsenault). Pinkney sent him to the half in 57 seconds and to the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before closing out the mile in 28.2 for a two and one-quarter length victory.
Porthill Alf stayed for second ahead of Dance Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and Igoddago (Mike Campbell).
Woodmere Quikpeek won the $3,000 Bishop Memorial Open with a 1:57 victory for catch-driver Brian MacPhee and owners David Fraser of Moncton and Alan Jones of Riverview.
Fredericton Raceway hosted four $8,000 divisions of the Bill Quigg Memorial for three-year-old pacers on its 8-dash Saturday afternoon card.
Force Ore Finesse stepped to a personal best of 1:56 for Phil Pinkney to win the faster of two colt divisions. The Force Of Life colt carved out fractions of 29, 58, and 1:27.4
before closing out the mile in 28.1 for the six and one-quarter length victory over Pictonian Wayvue (Clare MacDonald). Mr. Sundin was third for Gilles Barrieau.
The victory was the ninth in 12 starts for Force Ore Finesse, owned by KPD Standardbreds of Truro.
The other colt division went to Country Estate, another son of Force Of Life, who won in 1:59.2 for Darren Crowe and owner Wes Patriquin of Debert, N. S. Country Estate led throughout the mile, holding off Jags Rasin (Brian MacPhee) and Elm Grove Beech (Kenny Arsenault.)
Nova Scotia owners made a clean sweep of the Quigg Memorial by taking the two filly divisions as well.
Special Guest paced to a new record of 1:58.2 for Clare MacDonald and partners Morah Kerr, Ian Banks and Phonsie MacEachern to win her division over Northie T and Brendons Gal while Gracie Girl pulled off an upset win in 1:58.3 for Todd Trites and owner Roy Burton of Truro.
The 1:58.3 clocking was a new record for the Mantorius filly, who won over Southview Sally and Blackrivers Fame.
(Atlantic Post Calls)