Traces Of Purple had a three-race win streak on the line going into the second half of the special P.E.I. Colt Stakes doubleheader card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Filly Forty Seven evened the scored.
During Old Home Week action in August in Charlottetown, Traces Of Purple knocked off the top pacing pair of Marc Campbell trainees Filly Forty Seven and Elektra Express, but it was revenge time Saturday during a $7,600 division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies.
Traces Of Purple (driven by Gilles Barrieau) set up all the fractions, but Filly Forty Seven converted a two-hole ride into a victory in 1:57.3 by three-quarters of a length during the stretch drive.
Campbell trains and drives Filly Forty Seven for owners Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, P.E.I., Kately Smallwood of Stratford, P.E.I., Cory Carver of Montague, P.E.I., and Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines, N.S. The victory put the daughter of Proven Lover over $100,000 in lifetime earnings as she earned her 14th lifetime win.
Her stablemate, Elektra Express, visited the winner’s circle earlier on the card with a 1:56.3 win for Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S. The other $7,600 division saw Kinda Like Her extend her streak to three victories for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Sean Dooley and owners Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax.
In three-year-old pacing colt action, Mighty Cowboy won the fastest $6,300 split in 1:55.3 for trainer/driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax. Nameisonthehalter (Campbell) was a winner in 1:57.1 in another division for owner/trainer Lawrence Snow of Glace Bay, N.S., while Dial The Bossman was on top at every call to win in 1:57.1 for the combination of driver Jason Hughes and trainer Tom Weatherbie for owner Doug MacPhee of New Haven, P.E.I.
Ashes To Ashes, driven by Barrieau, delivered as the favourite in the other $6,300 division in 1:56.2. The son of Driven To Win earned win number eight on the season for trainer Jackie Matheson and P.E.I. owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside, and Lynne Livingstone of Kensington.
The evening card also featured a leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with the $3,620 divisions being won by Shadows Mystery (Arsenault) in 1:55.4 and Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) in 1:56.2.
(With files from Red Shores)