Down the Back­stretch

Big week for Big Surf and Time Warp

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Oakes Across the Con­ti­nent Ni­cholas Oakes’s col­umn ap­pears in The Guardian ev­ery Fri­day. He can be reached at nichola­soakes@hot­mail.com.

Har­ness rac­ing colum­nist Ni­cholas Oakes takes a look at a cou­ple of hot horses. Big Surf and Time Warp each set new bench­marks in the Mar­itimes.

It was a track record equalling kind of week in the Mar­itimes.

Satur­day night at Truro Race­way in Bi­ble Hill, N.S., Big Surf was a win­ner in the $7,500 Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup In­vi­ta­tional with Marc Camp­bell in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and own­ers Burkie By The Bay Sta­bles of Ten Mile House and Perry Burke of Que­bec.

The race was all Big Surf from the word go, as the four-year-old son of Some­beach­some­where rock­eted out of Post 4 and se­cured the lead briefly held by Post 1 starter and sta­ble­mate All Tu­rain go­ing into the first turn. Big Surf cut out frac­tions of 27.4, 56.2 and 1:24.4 while re­main­ing un­chal­lenged be­fore The Rev (Danny Romo) came call­ing late in the mile.

Big Surf fought off the chal­lenge to win in a track record equalling 1:53.2 with the pocket sit­ting All Tu­rain (Corey MacPher­son) fin­ish­ing sec­ond and The Rev in third.

Gover­nor’s Plate cham­pion D Gs Camme (Gilles Bar­rieau) got away last in the race and faced traf­fic trou­ble the ma­jor­ity of the mile to shake loose late and fin­ish fourth, with Im Drinkin Dou­bles (Marc Whebby) fifth.

Big Surf ’s per­for­mance made it a four way tie for the Truro Race­way track record with Du­nach­ton Gale orig­i­nally set­ting the mark on July 29, 2006, then tied by Is­land owned For­mal Af­fair on Sept. 19, 2010, and fol­lowed up by another 1:53.2 mile by Duke Did It on July 26, 2014.

Then in track record equalling fash­ion, Time Warp cap­tured her Call­beck trot stake di­vi­sion Wed­nes­day night at the Summerside Race­way in 2:04.3 for trainer driver Danny Mac­Don­ald and own­ers Boyd Mac­Don­ald Pro­duce of Cra­paud, Daniel Ross of Belfast, Brian An­drew of Milton and Wil­liam An­drew of Cal­gary. The two-year-old Neal filly tied Maple Leaf Spirit’s two-yearold trot­ting filly track set on Aug. 25, 2010.

Wait­ing On A Woman holds the over­all two-year-old trot­ting track record of 2:03 that he set the very same night at Maple Leaf Spirit’s per­for­mance.

Wed­nes­day at Mon­ti­cello Race­way in New York, Char­lot­te­town na­tive Jason Ryan recorded a driv­ing triple and set a track record.

Ryan started off with a 1:56 vic­tory aboard Royal Todd fol­lowed by a 1:57.1 vic­tory aboard Arts Jimmy Ray.

Chelseas Chance won the top class of the day in 1:55.3 as the four-year-old trot­ting mare was guided by Ryan right to the front then into the Mon­ti­cello Race­way record books as the mare be­came the fastest aged trot­ter in the history of the his­toric halfmile oval.

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