Driver-trainer Walter Walker cruises to the finish line with Euchred. The win, in a hasty 1:56.3 for Walter’s wife and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, marked the 10-year-old’s 70th lifetime win.
June 29, 2022
-by Bill Dunphy
Euchred and driver-trainer Walter Walker had their game faces on Sunday.
One week after losing by a neck to Intended Royalty in the Inverness Raceway feature, Euchred blasted out of the four-hole, took the front ahead of bettors’ favourite Betterthanbutter, and cruised to a four-length win in 1:56.3.
It was the first win of the season for the 10-year-old gelding by sire Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Tipsy Taters.
Owned by Kayla Habicht Walker, Euchred has 70 wins in 208 lifetime starts with earnings over $152,000.
Seven drivers shared seven wins on Sunday, beginning with Tim Gillis in race one, getting a gate-to-wire effort out of his six-year-old mare Miss Chili Pepper to win in 2:04.4.
Shawn MacDonald returned to Inverness this season and made an immediate impact with his 10-year-old Force Of Life gelding Twisted Frisco, winning race two by two lengths in 2:00.1.
It was back-to-back wins for Playin For Keeps and owners Zach Mullins and Stuart MacKinnon. Driven by Dougie MacQuarrie, the 14-year-old campaigner came from parked outside fourth on the back field to win by a length in 2:02.4.
Three-year-old filly Divide continues to impress in her early going, winning her third in a row in 1:58 for owner-trainer-driver Danny Gillis in race four.
Mullins picked up his fifth win as a driver this season, clearing the field by 10 lengths in race five for a 2:00.2 trip with Regally Magnified, which he shares ownership with Stuart MacKinnon and Will Basker.
Gussie MacLean’s JGs Fireball has three wins in seven starts this year, all with Campbell MacIsaac in the sulky. On Sunday, he posted a five-length win in a 1:59 trip in race six.
Live harness racing continues this Friday with a special Canada Day card. Post time is 6 p.m.
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