The live racing season in Summerside is getting short.
The second-last race card for 2011 is Sunday afternoon.
The feature is a compact field of five – three local backstretch horses tackling two ship-ins. Post time is 1 p.m.
Marc Campbell continues to lead all drivers for the meet with 31 victories and over $74,000 in prize money. However, Corey MacPherson has a shot at the title as he’s currently second with 28 winners.
Campbell won’t be in town Sunday as he is in Truro participating in the Maritime Breeders’ finals. MacPherson is programmed to drive in 10 races on Sunday.
On the training side, the race becomes a little more interesting as Mitch Tierney holds down top spot with 13 victories. Dale Sobey, Terry Gallant and Campbell are currently in a dead-heat for second with 11 winners each. So, it looks a little like Major League Baseball – it will come down to next Sunday’s final program to declare the winners.
The Maritime Breeders’ finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers will be contested in Truro on Sunday afternoon.
The trotters compete for a $10,200 purse, with six of the seven starters based here on the Island.
On the pacing side of things, the fillies are chasing $40,430 in prize money. Much like the trotters, the Island is represented by seven of the eight starters.
The two-year-old colts will race for a purse pool of $38,620. The Island levels out the playing field as four of eight starters are based here on P.E.I.
Visitors to Summerside Raceway can watch and wager on the entire Truro program.
The Maritime Breeders’ two-year-old pacing filly final will have Atlantic Canada’s top two-year-old filly absent from the competition. Pictonian Amanda, this year’s Atlantic Breeders Crown champion and Maritime Breeders elimination winner, can’t participate after being injured.
An unconfirmed report is that it is a knee injury. I wish nothing but luck, and a full recovery, to Amanda’s connections.
The Maritime Breeders’ final/Buddy Campbell Memorial for the three-year-old trotters highlights Saturday’s program in Charlottetown. The $7,570 final has a full field of eight lining up in the sixth race.
A look at Sunday’s picks:
Best bets – Roccos Cavallo in Race 3, and Ultimate Success in Race 11.
Long shot possibilities – Island Jazzystar in Race 7, and Courtside in Race 10.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.