'Brian' Makes Holland His Town
Driver Roland Rey worked out the perfect pocket trip aboard Brians Town to capture the $9,000 Manitoba Great Western Stake on Saturday afternoon as the Manitoba harness racing circuit moved to Holland Fair
Trainer-driver Dean Rey and the winner’s stablemate, Kaanabba, took command of the field from Post 5 and showed the way past the quarter in :29.2 and half in 1:00.2 before being collared by Brians Town and Roland Rey at the third quarter mark in 1:32.2. Once Brians Town hit the front he was unstoppable, opening up a five and a half length lead down the stretch before hitting the wire in 2:02.2. The favoured filly, Miss Tinkerbelle (Richard Remillard), finished second and My Friend Don (Darryl Mason) was third.
Brians Town paid $11.60 to win as the 9-2 third choice. The son of Prince Brian-Sues Town notched his third win in eight starts while pushing his earnings to $9,810 for Dean Rey and breeder Norman Vuignier of Portage La Prairie, MB.
Later on the card in the seventh race, the Greg Manning-trained and driven Play On Top topped the three-year-old pacing colt track record with his 2:00.2 three length triumph. The Allamerican Ingot-Moppy Top colt shaved two-fifths of a second off Just Cant Catch Me’s former mark. Now five-for-nine in his career, Play On Top has banked close to $6,000 for his owners, Keith Earle and Bill Lowrie of Winnipeg, MB, and Donald Ransom of Boissevain, MB.
Pulling off a 25-1 upset in the finale, Rays Folly kept his challengers at bay to win the $2,700 MHHI Claiming Series Final by two and a half lengths in 2:00.4. Favourite Modern Look (Ron Cullen) and Parker Hall (Dean Ray) finished second and third respectively. Trainer Travis Cullen drove the eight-year-old Usher Hanover-Hare Chilled gelding to his first win of the season in nine starts for owner Dwayne Taylor of Minto, MB.
For results from Saturday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Hollard Fair.