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Formal Affair Repeats In Chippin Memorial

Published: September 10, 2011 9:41 pm ET

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Formal Affair defended his title in the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial Pace on Saturday night, bringing an end to the FREX week harness races at Fredericton Raceway.

This time in line to driver Mark Bradley for trainer David Rose, the six-year-old Real Desire gelding got away fourth but came on for the one length victory, matching his 1:55.2 winning time last year. Joseph Michael (Todd Trites) rallied home from the backfield for second and Oakmont (Mike Stevenson) settled for third after carving out intervals of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.3.

Formal Affair has won half of his 10 starts this year including the Inverness Invitational Pace, Exhibition Cup Invitational Pace and Christine Deagle Memorial Pace. The lion’s share of the $7,500 purse lifted his 2011 earnings to $24,520 for owners Ronnie and Dale Rennie of Elmsdale, P.E.I.

Four races earlier, even-money favourite Md Hardlys Success and Gilles Barrieau fanned four-wide from the back of the pack and charged home to win the $3,000 Albert Goodine Memorial Invitational Pace in 1:57 by three and a half lengths. After Lunch Larry (Todd Trites) and Onehotvett (Mike Stevenson) finished second and third respectively.

The five-year-old gelded son of Western Success, who earned his ninth win of the season while making his 28th start and pushed his 2011 earnings to $18,639, is trained by Andrew Ward for owners Bill Smith and Wayne Watson of Saint John, N.B.

In regular racing action, Man In Pink and driver Mark Haig went wire-to-wire to win Saturday’s $1,850 Winners Over Pace by five and a half lengths in 1:57.1. The seven-year-old Camluck gelding is owned and trained by Gordon White of Quispamsis, N.B.

Drivers Gilles Barrieau and Mike Stevenson ended the 16-race card with four wins apiece. Stevenson teamed with trainer Frank Banks for three of his victories.

For results from Saturday’s harness racing card, click on the following link: Saturday Results – Fredericton Raceway.

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