Full sec­ond trimmed off record

A pos­si­ble run-away vic­tory for Mi­nor Wis­dom, with teenager Ryan DesRoche driv­ing, turns into a photo fin­ish dur­ing rac­ing at Alberton race­track

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Mi­nor Wis­dom, with 19 yearold Ryan DesRoche in the bike, is the new record holder for the Prince County Ex­hi­bi­tion’s mati­nee track.

The record fell in the fea­tured Harry O’Brien Memo­rial Pace, a match race be­tween Pic­to­rian Storm, pi­loted by Austin Sor­rie, and Mi­nor Wis­dom. Mi­nor Wid­som posted a wire-to-wire vic­tory in 1:59.4.

The win­ning duo shaved a full sec­ond off the stan­dard that Fer­rari Gold and Terry Gal­lant es­tab­lished in Alberton more than a decade ago.

Mi­nor Wis­dom, owned by Kristina McCourt, quickly opened up a wide lead of nearly six lengths on the Wal­ter Sim­mons en­try by the back stretch in what looked like an easy win.

But Pic­to­rian Storm closed the gap by the three-quar­ter mark, and the two en­tries were side by side round­ing the fi­nal turn mak­ing for an ex­cit­ing race to the fin­ish for a prize that in­cluded a full set of rac­ing har­ness.

“I’m not go­ing to lie, I thought he won,” DesRoche said of his fel­low driver’s fin­ish.

But Mi­nor Wis­dom was still ahead by a nose when the two en­tries hit the wire.

For DesRoche, who was com­ing off his big­gest week­end of rac­ing ever, hav­ing posted three wins day in Sum­mer­side on July 23, this is the third year in a row he guided a McCourt horse to the win in the Harry O’Brien event.

He did it first with What a Bad Girl, and now twice with Mi­nor Wis­dom.

Mi­nor Wid­som cut out frac­tions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:27.2 in Sat­ur­day’s fea­ture, cospon­sored by the Town of Alberton.

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