Abby Best lays down new track record to kick off Atlantic Grand Circuit Week
Big start to a big week
BIBLE HILL - Abby Best paced to a track record for aged mares to highlight the opening day of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at Truro Raceway on Sunday
Clare MacDonald drove the eight-year-old daughter of Cambest-Armbro Seismic to a 1:55 victory, shaving one and two-fifth seconds off the old record of 1:56.2 set by Drinking Games (Todd Trites) in September 2006.
It was the sixth conescutive victory for Abby Best, who is owned and trained by Angus MacLean of Port Hood, N.S.
MacDonald was content to sit the pocket behind KG Affair (Terry Gallant) through opening fractions of 28.3 and 58.1 before angling off the pylons to confront the pace setter on the
These two dueled to the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with Abby Best taking the lead en route to a five and three quarter length victory, pacing a final quarter in 28.1 to earn the new mark.
Ian Smith's Princess Julia came up with her best performance of the year, finishing second for Earl Smith with KG Affair settling for third in the $2,921 leg of the Erwin Andrew Memorial Series.
The other leg of the Open Mares series went to another Cape Breton-owned mare. Phil Pinkney drove For The Luv Abunny to a new mark of 1:58 to score a quarter length victory over Allamerican Shania (Gallant) and Timeless Hanover (Darren Crowe).
Pinkney got the catch drive after Bernard (Pooker) McCallum was shaken up in a race accident earlier in the 14-dash program. McCallum was able to walk off the track, but suffered several bruises and booked off his last number of drives.
The victory was the first in five starts this year for For The Luv Abunny, a four-year-old daughter of Western Paradise owned by Jody Campbell of Sydney Mines, N.S. Last year, she earned $37,306 on the Maritime stakes trail.
Abby Best, who has won three legs of the Erwin Andrew Memorial Series, won for the eighth time in nine starts this year. It was her 33rd lifetime victory.
Truro Raceway will host the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters and the two-year-old pacing fillies on its Atlantic Grand Circuit Week card on Tuesday night.
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