Toilet Paper and Nick Oakes win Matinee Championship

The finals for the PEI matinee racetrack Challenge Series were held at Summerside Raceway September 24th. Legs of the Challenge Series have been held at the island’s five matinee tracks from June to September with points awarded to the top five finishers in each race. The top eighteen points winners were eligible for the final with the last of three classes competing for the championship.
A cooler was awarded to Leo Bernard’s Little York Ed in the first division after he took Corey MacPherson and Step On Nanny at the wire. The fractions of :32.3, 1:05.4, 1:39.3, 2:12.4 don’t do justice to the excitement of the race, hard fought every inch of the mile. Order of finish is Little York Ed driven by Alban Doucette, Step On Nanny, Corey MacPherson, ARK Express with Alan Sweet, Marilyn with Glen Taylor, Crapaud Girl with Leonard Coughlin and the lone trotter, Sds Pleasure with Stuart Tremere.
The second division was just as hotly contested, and the judges were keeping just as keen an eye on the amateurs as they did the regular races. Fractions were :29, 1:01.3, 1:33, and the race was won by Billy White on Magic Ombre in 2:04.1. A cooler was presented to the winner, who was followed to the wire by Devon Wallace on Big Beauregard (3 pl 2), Nick Oakes on Daljan N (4 pl 3), Boneires Bubba with Alan Sweet (2 pl 4), Jenna with Glen Taylor and Roshlyns Lady with Clayton Adams.
The Minister Of Agriculture Annual Matinee Championship trophy was presented to Nick Oakes and a horse with the nom de course of Toilet Paper by The Honorable Neil LeClair for their win in the third and final division. Owner Freeman Coughlin is one of the most consistent participants in the matinee program. Mile fractions were :31.1, 1:02.1, 1:34.1, 2:04.4 and order of finish is Toilet Paper, capably driven by the multi-talented Nick Oakes, JIS with Clayton Adams, Gold And Chances with Clair Sweet, Glasgows Gal and Wylie Taylor, Maggies Rose with Leonard Coughlin, and Rags To Britches was pulled up by driver Brandon Darrach with broken equipment and did not finish.
Although the official matinee season is completed with the Championship, racing is still available Sundays at Pinette Raceway and October 25th at the Prince County Exhibition grounds in Alberton. Deadline for the race in Alberton is October 24th and entries should be telephoned to Chris Wallace at 902-853-3044 after 8 p.m. evenings.

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