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‘Messi’ Motors To Summerside Record

Published: July 10, 2019 12:45 am ET

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Armbro Barrister colt Gettin Messi swept to the front past the half and kept chugging on the choo choo in progress to a Summerside Raceway track-record performance in a $6,180 division of Atlantic Sires Stakes (ATSS) for three-year-old trotters on Tuesday, July 9.

Driver Mike McGuigan sat third as Thelastonestanding led Dreamboat Annie to a :30 opening quarter. He then sent the 1-9 favourite after the leader and cleared command past a 1:00.2 half. From there, Gettin Messi opened four-and-a-half lengths on Thelastonestanding moving by three-quarters in 1:29.3 and coasted to the finish to win by one-and-a-half lengths in 2:00 while eclipsing his division’s track-record mark by two-fifths of a second.

Owned by James Whalen Jr., Gettin Messi won his fifth race from six starts this season and his sixth from 14 overall, earning $14,576. Leonard McGuigan conditions the $2.10 winner.

Ya Boy Bear wired his competition to take the $6,180 second division of the ATSS three-year-old trot. Trainer-driver Marc Campbell pushed for position from the pylon post and owned a three-length lead on Richsnortherndream past a :30.2 first quarter. The Delcrest Julian gelding remained well in front of his competition past a 1:00.4 half and three-quarters in 1:31 before hitting the finish two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Richsnortherndream in the 2:00 mile. Mile Hill Willie, breaking at the quarter, recovered and closed for third.

Owned by Michael Bailey, Ya Boy Bear won his second race from five starts this season and his third from seven overall, earning $9,155. He paid $9.30 to win.

With race-favourite Little Miss Winnie going inside three consecutive pylons around the first turn, Ableway won the $6,180 third ATSS three-year-old trot split via disqualification. Owned and trained by Carl Bagnall, Ableway stalked fractions of :30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3 set by Hard Case on the lead. Driver Steve Shepherd stuck to the cones until room opened into the stretch for him to angle his charge wide. Little Miss Winnie hit the line first while Ableway overtook Hardcase in the final strides to get the de-facto victory. Dusty Lane Titan was placed third.

A sophomore son of Armbro Barrister, Ableway won his second race from seven starts this season and from 19 overall, earning $16,472. He paid $18.70 to win.

Mabou Ridge took the $15,720 sole division of the ATSS two-year-old trot with a wire-to-wire mile in 2:06.1. The son of Armbro Barrister led through splits of :33.1, 1:05.2 and 1:36 while chased by Westview Star and Go With Her to his outside. Mabou Ridge continued unchallenged through the stretch in progress to a two-and-a-quarter length victory with Westview Star and Go With Her staying second and third respectively.

Trained and driven by Clare MacDonald for owner-breeder Arnold Rankin, Mabou Ridge won in his first start, earning $7,074. He paid $7.50 to win.

To view Tuesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Tuesday Results - Summerside Raceway.


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