Shane Bernard

Austin Sorrie has made quite an impression with Ontario trainers since his move from Montague to Ontario this past winter and he continues to expand his driving schedule.

Sorrie is in his second season of professional driving after having a record rookie year on PEI in 2018. The 19-year old had eight drives on the Saturday card at Hanover Raceway and recorded a win with March Magic for Island trainer Patrick Sheperd. Sorrie had a huge Saturday the week before on May 25 scoring a driving triple at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ontario. Last Tuesday night at Western Fair Raceway, he teamed up with the Symes Stable of Springhill, Nova Scotia to win with long shot Putnams Fire triggering a $145 win ticket and a rare bonanza of $11,000 for the Triactor. Young Sorrie is off to a great start in Ontario and is getting the call to drive from some very established trainers on the circuit.

Summerside trainer Doc Moore had a big win with Dave Ratchford’s Century Farroh on Saturday night in a division of the $80,000 Somebeachsomewhere stake at Mohawk Raceway. The son of Mach Three is a perfect four for four this year coming into the North America Cup eliminations this Saturday night. The Ratchford Stable of North Sydney, Nova Scotia are the owners of Century Farroh, another talented pacer from a long list of successful Ratchford pupils. The other star pacer from North Sydney, Bronx Seelster, was shuffled back to eighth in the early going in his division of ‘the Beach’ and had some traffic problems but managed to get a hard charging fourth place finish for trainer Wayne McGean. Bronx Seelster is North America Cup eligible too. The final goes for a million dollars on Saturday, June 15.

In local action, Rose Run Quest won the Saturday night top class for pacers at the Charlottetown Driving Park for the second week in a row. Driver/trainer Marc Campbell had Rose Run Quest on top at all stations before closing with a 28.1 final quarter to win by a length over Doctor Royal and Euchred. Campbell had four winners on the 11 dash Saturday evening card and another four winners on the Thursday card last week. He’s rolling along in the early season with a 14 win lead in the dash winning department at the CDP and a sparkling .465 driving average.

Innocent Kiss won the Open Mares class again on the Saturday card. Adam Merner was in the sulky for trainer Melissa Rennie. The 4-year old Island bred mare has beaten the best female pacers on PEI in consecutive weeks. Merner co-owns the mare with Max Sehl of Cape Breton.

Soccer Hanover won the featured pace at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon, scoring an eight length victory in 1:56.2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer/owner Leith Waite. It was the third win in a row and fourth victory in five starts for the 5-year old Dragon Again pacer since his move north from Florida. MacPherson had a driving triple on the 10 dash Sunday afternoon card.

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