Dom­i­nat­ing day

Bar­rieau’s per­for­mance at P.E.I. Colt Stakes day was one to re­mem­ber

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - 20. MacPher­son’s Come­back 19. Zani, McGuigan crowned cham­pi­ons 18. Sires Stakes con­tin­ues cash in­fu­sion 17. Drive For Char­ity 16. Breed­ers Crown fi­nals win­ners 15. Chev­erie wins Summerside ti­tle 14. The Hicken fac­tor 13. Lily ram­bles all sea­son 12.

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

Three-year-old trot

Two-year-old filly

Two-year-old colt pace - Jackson K Down

Three-year-old

filly

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Pay­menow­paymelater

pace

pace

How­mac­scanasta

Dusty Lane Mcvickie

Three-year-old colt Band

pace

Dix­ieland

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.

BRIAN MCIN­NIS/THE GUARDIAN

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.

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