Barrieau’s performance at P.E.I. Colt Stakes day was one to remember
Last week we looked at some of the top moments in Island harness racing in 2015. Now here is a look at my number 20 to 11 picks. This is the second part in a three-part series.
He battled some health issues right before the big money races were on the line but Corey MacPherson came back with a vengeance to close out 2015. The 26-year-old driver stopped racing in late September, then battled cancer before returning to the race bike in mid-November and reeled off 32 more driving wins before the end of the calendar year, including No. 500 of his career.
Glencove Zani was unstoppable late in the year in the twoyear-old trot class for owner-trainer Ted Smallwood and driver Leonard (Barney) McGuigan. The colt captured the Maritime Breeder’s final, the Island Breeder’s final and the Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final in tearful victories for the veteran driver.
Some generous support for the Atlantic Sires Stakes trot divisions continued in 2015 from Meridian Farms. In one of many donations by the Andrew family, the purses remained healthy for the trot divisions across the Maritimes. The Meridian Farms year was capped off by being nominated for an O’Brien Award for breeder of the year.
The fourth annual Drive For Charity was a success for organizer Red Shores and the 12 participating drivers and sponsors. A total of $11,775 was raised for a number of Island charities.
Two-year-old trot - Glencove Zani
Two-year-old colt pace - Jackson K Down
Dusty Lane Mcvickie
Three-year-old colt Band
Walter Cheverie earned the honour of top dog in Prince County for 2015, fighting back a challenge by defending champion Jason Hughes, who fell one race short. The Borden native’s Summerside Raceway dashwinning total rested at 41 trips to the winner’s circle.
When the season opened up, nobody could beat Big Surf then, when the weather got colder and the year was winding down, his stablemate All Turain was the best. Trainer Trevor Hicken had a career year with both horses as well as the rest of his stable, as he had 36 wins from 115 starts with more than $70,000 in earnings with a stable of mostly all aged pacers.
It was a stellar season for Ramblinglily as the aged pacing mares had 14 wins from 22 starts and put $29,828 in the bank for trainer Allan Jones, who co-owns with Norman Leger, both of New Brunswick. The Articulator mare had her biggest payday winning the $9,000 Spud Island Classic final in Charlottetown as part of a seven-race win streak.
Jason Hughes had a large season in Island racing in 2015, which included finishing fifth in the nation for training wins with 104 seasonal victories. Quite a feat for a horseman, who has just 110 race dates available on the Island, compared to racing every day available to his Ontario competition.
P.E.I. Colt Stakes day was Gilles Barrieau’s day in September as the New Brunswick horseman won 10 races between the afternoon and evening program. Barrieau scored with Jackson K Down, PL Faststrike, KD Overdrive, Ultimatelyhandsome, Dixieland Band, General Luckypercy, Braveheart De Vie, Pictonian Edge, Artners In Crime and Forever Paradise.
Mike Brown, a two-time Canadian Olympic swim team member, 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2005 world championship silver medallist, speaks to Island swimmers during a camp recently at the CARI Complex. Swimmers from across the province participated in the opportunity to get some training tips.