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Stakes Packed Card At Truro


Published: November 1, 2009 6:30 pm ET

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Prince Edward Island-bred colts swept all three $9,173 divisions of the Donnie and George Turner Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacers at Truro Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Track conditions which were listed as two seconds off at the start of the 15-dash card were upgraded to only a second off as the card progressed.

Todd Trites drove two of the Turner Memorial winners, piloting two from the Earl Smith Stable. Kingofthecastle was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:59 for Trites and co-owners Kyle and Joseph Gardiner of Cardigan and Mount Stewart, drawing off to win by six lengths over Chris N Tel Arrow (Robert Laffin). Semjac Legacy was third for Darren Crowe.

The victory was the 11th in 20 starts this year for Kingofthecastle, a gelded son of Western Success bred by Clifton Gardiner of Cardigan, PEI.

Trites also won with Woodmere Fastball, another gelded son of Western Success, who posted a 1:59 decision for owner David Lund of Moncton, besting Calmlee Jason (Carl Isenor) and  Seawind Dropper (Phil Pinkney). Wally Wood of Charlottetown bred the winner of three races and $25,000 this year.

The other division went to Urge To Win, who got up the passing lane for Shane Bernard to nip N  Xample Deal (Danny Romo) by a head in a 2:01.1 mile. Paul Doyle, John Duffy and Brian Andrew co-own the Collector Rd colt, bred by Meridian Farms, who went over the $20,000 mark in seasonal earnings with the victory. Larshegoes, a filly owned by George and Earith Riley of Summerside finished third in this division for Clare MacDonald.

The Turner Memorial is in its 52nd running.

Also featured on the 15-race program of harness racing was a $5,200 Nova Scotia Series event for three-year-old trotters.

Teddy Smallwood of Charlottetown won the event with his gelded son of Black River, Dunmore Chip, who won by three parts of a length over West River Tigger (Clare MacDonald) in a 2:07.4 mile. Dunmore Laird from the Earl Smith stable was third for Ryan Perrot and owners Cory Sudsbury of Charlottetown and Thane Mann of Kensington.

The winner was bred by Ralph McCully of Antigonish, N.S.

To view the results, click here.

(with files from Atlantic Post Calls)

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