Who was happy to flip the calendar from July to August? Most certainly driver Mark Haig and those who had him listed on horses or selected on tickets at Exhibition Park Raceway on Saturday (August 1).
With four drives on the card, Haig won three including the $1,500 Winners Over Pace feature with Bugger Max. Setting all the fractions on the front end through splts of :30, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3, Bugger Max had more than enough to repel pocket-sitting Pickpocketprincess (John Davidson) with Double D Deluxe (Donald Dickison) rounding out the top three in the 2:00 mile.
Trained by Gordon White, who co-owns with Dale Orr, 10-year-old Bugger Max (Believeinbruiser - Spurs Galley) picked up career win no. 27, with the winner's share of the purse lifting his lifetime bankroll over the $125,000 mark.
Haig had three wins in 25 seasonal starts coming into the card, thus the day's total doubles his annual output to give him six wins in 29 starts and 549 lifetime victories. He struck earlier on the card with a placed-first Magical Alex and Catch My Contrail.
To view the results for Saturday's card of harness racing at Exhibition Park, click the following link: Saturday Results - Exhibition Park Raceway.