My, times have certainly changed.
It was just over 46 years ago, during the fall of 1961, a horse named Watch Top and another by the name of Sym's Best split free-for-all dashes at Sackville Downs Raceway. Going for a purse of $3,000 the winning times were 2:07.3 and 2:08.
Dee's Boy, a big roan son of White Mountain Boy and Dee's Pride, won the first ever Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown that same year and interestingly, his season's best time was 2:05.4
The 1960s featured stars such as Bob Brook and June Byrd, while during the 70s fan favorites such as Nickname and Kaweco stole the spotlight.
But in watching and enjoying some great racing, Maritime race fans were not treated to a sub two minute mile until the 1980s when Willard Carr accomplished the feat first at Fredericton Raceway in New Brunswick.
Then on a Nova Scotia racetrack, People's Blue Chip, with the great reinsman Dave Pinkney aboard, pulled off the feat Sept. 25, 1982, at Sackville Downs Raceway.
So a couple weeks back when the Schooner Stables of Truro paid tribute to the many fans of world champion two-year-old colt Somebeachsomewhere by bringing regular driver Paul MacDonell in from Ontario to jog the horse at Truro Raceway for all to enjoy, it was quite a moment indeed.
As colored photos of the undefeated horse and Somebeachsomewhere celebration cake were being passed out to the large turnout of people, several fans shared interesting thoughts with one comment especially standing out.
"Somebeachsomewhere was developed right here in Truro, his six wins in six starts with over $800,000 in earnings are something but him taking a mark of 1:49.3, that is incredible. My, times have certainly changed over the last number of years."
Trainer of the tremendous colt, New Brunswick native Jean Louis Arsenault, who made the trip to Truro Raceway from his home in Carlisle, Ont., to join in the celebration, offered the following comment.
"I'm really enjoying being here in Truro for this celebration. I'm very happy to be training this colt. He is the fastest horse that I have ever worked around. He was amazing as a two-year-old and if he comes back the way we hope he can as a three-year-old, who knows how fast he will go.
"Wherever I travel around Ontario and down into the United States as far as Kentucky, people come up to me and ask about Somebeachsomewhere. No one can believe this horse and everyone is talking about his amazing speed."
Sports Scene would like to forward a big thank you to Kyle Burton and Tom Guinan for the interesting harness racing photos they provided during the past two weeks.
Last Saturday night's Maritime Junior A Hockey League game at the stadium between the host Truro Bearcats and the visiting Moncton Beavers saw Hubtown goaltender Pierre-Alexandre Marion put on quite a clinic.
The Gatineau, Que., native was nothing short of brilliant and although his Bearcats were outshot 16-4 in the first period, they still led 1-0 at the first intermission.
Following two periods of play, the Beavers were outshooting Truro 23-12 but were trailing on the scoreboard 2-0. Moncton coach Stephane Leblanc, also a well recognized senior fastball player around Elk Park in Brookfield over the years, shared with this writer at the second intermission.
"We just can't score - we deserve to be better off."
I had to agree.
The Bearcats, behind a first star performance by Marion, went on to a 4-1 win. Next week it'll be an enjoyment to bring readers an interview with the former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League performer who played with both the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the St. John's Fog Devils.
Marion, who's season stats going into the week showed nine wins, four losses and one overtime loss, a 2.61 goals against average and an impressive save percentage of .926, has goaltending down to almost a science.
Some of his comments should especially be of interest to young area netminders.
The Truro Bearcats are in Antigonish tonight and then tomorrow night at the stadium. Shawn Evans' club will take on the Charlottetown Abbies with the opening faceoff at 7.30 p.m.
Watching the Brookfield Elks Tuesday at the Sportsplex in Brookfield, goaltending again caught my eye.
Darcy Baskin, as he's done in several Elks games, turned aside numerous labeled shots early in the game with hopes of allowing his club to get on track.
It never really happened and the local club was defeated 4-1 by the Pictou County Scotians.
Attending the game as a guest of the Elks was recent Truro Sport Heritage Society Hall of Fame inductee Gordie Maxwell.
The former Truro District Hockey League rookie of the year and later the league's most valuable player thoroughly enjoyed his night at the Sportsplex.
Lyle Carter is a Brookfield resident and former NHL hockey player
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Colchester County activist who intimidated Samson given discharge
Truro Raceway staff laid off in sudden announcement
North River woman motivated by experience in Malawi
Plebiscite required to convert North River to a wet community
Province allows logging against stated policies, says harvester
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Truro pizzeria makes multiple-order deliveries to Dartmouth
Truro’s Hubtown Theatre bringing comedy to the stage
My, times have certainly changed.