Live stan­dard­bred cards in Sum­mer­side wind­ing down

Tight races for top driv­ers and train­ers

Journal Pioneer - - SPORT - At the Track Vance Cameron

The stan­dard­breds are start­ing to wind down at Red Shores Sum­mer­side, and there are only six weeks of rac­ing re­main­ing on the 2018 cal­en­dar at the local oval. The next live card is Sun­day, and the ac­tion is set for 1 p.m. The driver and trainer races are re­ally start­ing to heat up, and the stand­ings have never been so close.

Driver stand­ings

David Dowl­ing leads all driv­ers at Sum­mer­side Race­way with 25 vic­to­ries af­ter a ca­reer five-win day last week. Corey MacPher­son holds down the place spot with 23 win­ners, and Adam Merner is not far be­hind in the show spot with 22 tri­umphs. Kenny Mur­phy is well in con­tention sit­ting in fourth at 21 wins, and Ja­son Hughes rounds out the top five with 19 wins. Now that’s close! The top per­cent­age driver with 50 or more starts is Dowl­ing at .369. Gilles Bar­rieau is in sec­ond place with an av­er­age of .347. Marc Camp­bell, who has been the king of the Sum­mer­side ring for sev­eral sea­sons, is third at .334. Also in the top five are MacPher­son at .310, and Merner at .303.


North Wilt­shire con­di­tioner Earl Watts leads all train­ers in wins at Sum­mer­side with nine vic­to­ries. There’s a log­jam in the place po­si­tion with Austin Sor­rie, Frank Banks, Ed Har­vey and Terry Gal­lant tied at seven. If you think that’s a close race, four train­ers also have six win­ners on the year in Sum­mer­side. On the per­cent­age side of the stand­ings, with 30 or more starts, Ed Har­vey is in top spot at .336, Frank Banks is sec­ond best at .329 and Watts sits in the show po­si­tion at .325. Blaine McKenna is in fourth place at .271, and Ralph Sweet rounds out the top five at .261.

84th P.E.I. Colt Stakes

It’s be­lieved to be the old­est stakes’ event in Cana­dian stan­dard­bred rac­ing, and the P.E.I. Colt Stakes will cel­e­brate its 84th an­niver­sary at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park on Satur­day. The trot­ters were fea­tured on Thurs­day night, and Is­land-sire Arm­bro Bar­ris­ter swept all three di­vi­sions. Sum­mer­side-sta­bled Win­de­mere­dontu­worry was very im­pres­sive, trot­ting to a new record of 1:59.3. The two-year-old pac­ing colts and fil­lies high­light Satur­day’s mati­nee pro­gram in Char­lot­te­town at 1 p.m. The sec­ond half of Satur­day’s dou­ble­header will be­gin at 7 p.m., and will fea­ture the three-year-old pac­ing colts and fil­lies. Wood­mere Bolt (colt di­vi­sion) and Mag­i­cal Mis­tress (filly di­vi­sion) will put their un­de­feated streaks on the line in the af­ter­noon. Sock It Away will have his per­fect sea­son on the line in the three-year-old pac­ing colt di­vi­sion in the evening.

Strug­gles con­tinue

Our har­ness rac­ing friends in Saint John, N.B., once again, have fallen on hard times with the can­cel­la­tion of Satur­day’s pro­gram due to lack of en­tries. Horse Rac­ing New Brunswick’s sched­ule is com­ing to an end, and may the re­build­ing process be a suc­cess­ful one in the off-sea­son. Vance Cameron is the track an­nouncer in Sum­mer­side and Char­lot­te­town. Com­ments and sug­ges­tions can be sent to Ja­son.sim­monds@jour­nal­pi­


David Dowl­ing makes his way to the win­ner’s cir­cle at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way af­ter win­ning a race in Au­gust. Dowl­ing leads all driv­ers with 25 vic­to­ries in Sum­mer­side dur­ing the 2018 meet.

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