The Lady Slipper Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, and the Joe O'Brien Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, are the featured events for Wednesday's harness racing program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.
Post time for the 13-dash card is 7 p.m.
There's just under $80,000 offered in purse money, and it's the final Wednesday night program on the schedule. The local oval closes out the season with a pair of Sunday afternoon dates on Oct. 23 and 30.
The first Lady Slipper Gold Stake (Race 8) has the fastest (1:57.4) and richest ($25,085.00) filly, Bemused, favoured for Marc Campbell.
This filly was off form, but recovered in time to finish second in the Atlantic Breeders Crown.
There's a real local sleeper in this race, Princess Leader. The John Montgomery pupil was parked past the quarter pole last week, and still was a solid third in 2:01 and change. She should be a large price tonight, and is worthy of triactor material.
The second Lady Slipper Gold (Race 11) has the hottest filly on the East Coast as the morning-line favourite. Charlotte's Maggie is a 10-time winner this year for trainer Tom Weatherbie. She's a 1:57.3 winner at Charlottetown, and has banked over $30,000 for owner Shaun MacIsaac. To me she looks unbeatable tonight.
There is another local backstretch filly, Elm Grove Future, that is worthy of a triactor purchase. The 1:56.4 winner drew an outside post for conditioner Frank Banks. Throw Mike Stevenson in the bike, and that evens the playing field.
The first Joe O'Brien Gold Stake (Race 10) puts Woodmere Ultimate (Stevenson) up against Tiger Williams (Earl Smith). The Tiger was sharp on Breeders Crown day, finishing second in 1:56.3. Woodmere Ultimate took the Breeders Crown consolation with a front-end victory in 1:59.1.
A horse in here that I would be a little leery of is Woodmere Sandman. He's an eight-to-one shot with credentials. He won a qualifier in 1:56.3, and took his 1:56 record in Charlottetown. At a good price he is worthy of consideration.
The second O'Brien Gold (Race 12) has the Canadian queen of harness racing, Clare MacDonald, teamed up with Maritimer. This duo won in Charlottetown in 1:56.4 in Atlantic Sires’ action.
The reigning two-year-old of the year in Summerside, Howdidchado (Terry Gallant), has the rail. He is a 1:57 winner this year, and has the talent to go right with this group
Tobins Fortune has found a new home at the Darren and Jennifer Trainor ranch. He'll get Stevenson for the first time. With his new connections, he is one to watch for.
Wednesday's card is by far the best racing entertainment remaining in Summerside this year. These three-year-old pacing colts and fillies are the very best in the Maritimes, and it's your last chance to see them live in Summerside. Be there!
A look at Wednesday’s picks:
Best bets - Hutchinson Hanover in Race 4, and Charlotte's Maggie in Race 11.
Long shot possibilities - Woodmere Balldrop in Race 7, and Woodmere Sandman in Race 10.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to jpsports@journalpioneer.