CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —
Harness racing far too typically locations drivers and trainers on pedestals and unintentionally neglects the true movers and shakers of the enterprise – the homeowners.
Homeowners pay the payments and put money into the dream of getting the following nice horse and very often deal with their four-legged associates like household. The 2020 racing season will come to a detailed tonight at Pink Shores on the Charlottetown Driving Park, and there’s no higher time than now to have fun the people who put their cash the place their mouths are and place product on the observe.
Barring something surprising tonight, Perry Burke of Iles de la Madeleine, Que., would be the high proprietor of the 2020 season in Charlottetown. He has 14 wins from 68 begins led by high performers Pillage And Burn, Adkins Hanover and Painted Desert.
The duo of Jennifer Doyle and Danny Birt of Earnscliffe is in second place for wins with 11 victories from 64 begins on the capital oval in 2020. That pair has invested closely in in a single day inventory this season and has been rewarded with a deep barn of expertise at the moment racing.
There’s a four-way tie for third place. Donald MacRae, Daniel Ross, David MacDonald and the partnership of Ryan and Everett MacLeod all have 10 wins.
MacRae of Vernon Bridge has been a bastion of the Jason Hughes secure for a decade with a big group of younger expertise in that barn and one other promising crew ready within the wings after some high purchases at this 12 months’s Atlantic Traditional Yearling Sale in Crapaud.
Ross, a Belfast resident, has been a top-end proprietor for numerous years and was rewarded in 2020 with high stakes performers like Tobins Insurgent and Pink Dust Star.
The MacLeods of Souris had a strong season with Dreamfair Zenfire flying their colors each week within the open mares ranks.
MacDonald, additionally of Belfast, had a powerful 12 months with in a single day pacing mares Warrawee Ulla and Rocknrols Picture.
In Prince County racing, the Final Steady of Higher Lakeburn, N.B., had probably the most wins (seven in 33 begins) at Pink Shores on the Summerside Raceway. They have been regulars on the Summerside oval with a trailer filled with in a single day inventory each week.
Second place was a three-way tie between Riley Farms Ltd. of Summerside, Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale and Valleygrove Farms of Kensington.
George and Earith Riley of Riley Farms campaigned top-class pacer Coronary heart And Soul to an exception 2020 season.
Marvyn Webster’s Valleygrove Farms raced various gifted pacers together with Woodmere Chella and Khitam Picture.
The Rennie brothers put collectively a excessive share season in Summerside with six wins from 13 begins with horses like Diamond Name, Thriller Phil and Pink Magician.
The stats will reset at midnight, and the 2021 racing season will start with a newly introduced card on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m., in Charlottetown.
Nicholas Oakes’ column seems in The Guardian every Friday. He will be reached at [email protected].