Hughes steals Canada Day show in Sum­mer­side

Vet­eran driver records five vic­to­ries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores

Ja­son Hughes was the star of the show on Canada Day’s an­nual har­ness rac­ing card at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way.

Hughes won five races on the 13-dash card on Satur­day af­ter­noon to push him­self to sec­ond place amongst reins­men at the Prince County oval.

Nick­named “The Blue Knight,” Hughes’s vic­to­ries in­cluded a mild up­set in the $2,200 Canada Day Pace fea­ture with Nar­ra­gansett in 1:56.1. The Hughes-trained and driven pacer scored a one-length vic­tory over race favourite Ea­gle Jolt (Driven by Marc Camp­bell), with Win­de­mere Rene (Gary Chap­pell) third.

Foxy­hall Rac­ing of Wal­lace, N.S., owns Nar­ra­gansett.

Top trot

Hughes cap­tured the top trot on the day, win­ning the $1,600 race, with I Aint No Lady in 2:00.1 for trainer Garth Cole and owner San­dra Cole of Kens­ing­ton.

Hughes also scored a 1:56 vic­tory with Gover­nor’s Plate hopeful Good Fri­day Three for trainer Wade Sor­rie; a 1:58.4 win­ner’s cir­cle visit with Ris­ing Fella for trainer Jansen Sweet, and a new life­time mark of 1:56.3 for Alan MacDon­ald­trainee Old Buck.

Driver Marc Camp­bell had a pair of wins on the pro­gram as he con­tin­ues to lead the driv­ing stand­ings. Fol­low­ing Satur­day’s card, Camp­bell has 17 wins while sec­ond-place Hughes sits at 10.

Camp­bell recorded a pair of new life­time marks for both Mar­itime-bred pac­ers as Don­callme Dude won in 1:57.3 for trainer Michael MacDon­ald of Or­well, and Johnny Moe was a 1:56.3 vic­tor from Camp­bell’s own barn.

The Canada Day card also fea­tured each race named in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for over 20 in­di­vid­u­als that have shown con­tin­u­ous ded­i­ca­tion to Is­land har­ness rac­ing.

The to­tal wa­ger was $28,725.

Gover­nor’s Plate Week

Live rac­ing con­tin­ues at Red Shores Sum­mer­side on Sun­day, July 9, as Gover­nor’s Plate Week rac­ing gets un­der­way. The Gover­nor’s Plate in­vi­ta­tional elim­i­na­tions, along with the Lob­ster Car­ni­val mares elim­i­na­tions, will high­light the mati­nee card.

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