Down the Backstretch
Big week for Big Surf and Time Warp
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.