BIBLE HILL – In the end, the lead was just too big to overcome.
The action was fast and furious in the pack of the $10,200 Nova Scotia Stake for two-year-old colts Sunday with Danny Romo and TM Brave Heart, right, trying to stay ahead of West River Yannik and Pictonian Storm, piloted by Mike Stevenson. Waterside Light and Hilliard Graves won the race in 2:00.2. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
The rest of the competitors in the So You Think You Can Drive Team Challenge did their best, but Paul Langille and Danny Romo did just enough to hold on and claim the title Sunday at Truro Raceway.
“Yeah it’s nice that we got the win,” Langille, a 19-year-old Lower Onslow resident said. “We kind of stopped in the final day but we had a good lead going in and it certainly helped.”
In the two challenge races on Sunday’s 12-dash card, Langille crossed the line sixth and eighth while Romo finished fourth and fifth. The pair came into the two-week event with a 26-pont lead over Robert Laffin and Mark Whidden after taking all three challenge race wins last week.
“Romo kept us alive,” Langille said with a smile.
The challenge teamed a veteran driver with a young up-and-comer with the drivers collecting points for their team based on finishing position.
The feature was part of a big day at the raceway. Which featured the$10,200 Nova Scotia Stake for two-year-old colts while the Carl and Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stake sent out three divisions of three-year-old colts and two divisions of three-year-old fillies for $7,682 apiece.
Waterside Light and Hilliard Graves claimed the Nova Scotia Stake victory in 2:00.2, clearing Lower Onslow’s Darren Crowe and Rancousy just before the wire. Rancousy is owned by Brookside’s Don Smith.
The Rev, owned by Truro’s Stephen Tufts and Robert Skinner, won the first of the MacKenzie stake races in 1:56.3 with Romo at the controls, with Untouchable One (1:57) and J J Nitro (1:58) also visiting the winner’s circle.
Icandothat (1:57.2), driven by Brookfield’s Ryan Ellis and owned by his wife Danica, and Rose Valley (1:57.2) claimed the fillies events.
Robert Laffin crossed the line first with GSM Casanova in 2:02.1 in Sunday’s first challenge race while the other went to Dale Spence and Sock It To Em in 1:58.2.
Langille said the event was fun to take part in and said there was plenty of ribbing going on between the drivers.
“It was a lot of fun just teasing the guys,” he said. “Me and Romo had fun with it during the week and it was nice to see guys loose like that.”
Langille said he’s happy to see the raceway’s Ways and Means Committee bringing fresh, new ideas to the table, like the challenge, which was a first for the track.
“We need more ideas and stuff like that because it seems we were just getting momentum during Grand Circuit Week and then we shut down for a month,” he said. “So hopefully we can get some of that back.”
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