Two Maritime Breeders finals will be contested at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Sunday.
The two-year-old trotters line up in Race 4 for $8,600 in prize money, and the three-year-old trotters go in Race 6 for a $7,100 purse.
The second leg of the David Rose Memorial for the $3,500 claimers is also featured on the matinee program, which gets under way at 1 p.m.
Saulsbrook Pippa (Corey MacPherson) will look to build on her winning performance in last week’s elimination.
The daughter of P.J's Nabby is co-owned by Myron Ford and trainer John Pineau, who is one of the Maritimes’ best "trot men."
Pippa looked awesome last week, putting up the fastest two-year-old trot mile of the season – 2:05.
She will be hampered with an outside Post 7. However, if she brings last week’s performance with her this week, I think she'll bring home the gold.
The second elimination winner from last week, Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault), drew just inside the morning-line favourite at Post 6. Beau has been on a roll after capturing the Atlantic Breeders Crown on Thanksgiving weekend.
The more experienced reinsman Kenny Arsenault may have the edge on the youngster MacPherson when the starting gate releases during Sunday’s final.
Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) came back into form last week, posting a solid second in his elimination.
Galaxy had the longest two-year-old trot winning streak of the 2013 season snapped in the Atlantic Breeders Crown. Trainer Stacey Lund looks to have him poised to take a shot at the Maritime Breeders final on Sunday.
There was no need for eliminations on the three-year-old trotting side, with only eight competitors being declared.
Taliesin (Marc Campbell), who was undefeated going into the Atlantic Breeders Crown, looked to be home and cooled, and then out of the blue he went off stride. He had been untouchable up to that point.
Even scoring on the grandstand side (Post 8), he is definitely the horse to beat.
Clare MacDonald's West River Excel has been consistent all season in the three-year-old trotting ranks. The homebred should not be overlooked in Sunday’s final.
Rash Statement (Walter Cheverie) has also had a stellar 2013 campaign, and is owned and trained by the veteran Joe (The Fox) Smallwood, who is no stranger to big-race wins. The second and final leg of the David Rose Memorial for $3,500 claimers has Outside The Wire poised to be the favourite for the series finale next weekend in Charlottetown. Brodie MacPhee has driven this horse only twice – both victories – and "Pocket-Rocketed " him to the winner’s circle in the first leg pacing 27.4 in the final quarter.
Micrometer Jack and Flag Of Honor were also opening leg winners in Charlottetown, and are in to go in Summerside.
Tymal Headliner was the fastest first leg winner, but has declined to race in the second leg, which will eliminate "The French Invader" from the final. Horses must race in both legs for final eligibility.
I think you'll see some action on the claiming side on Sunday!
A look at Sunday’s picks:
Best bets – Outside The Wire in Race 10, and Ultimate Luck in Race 11.
Longshot possibilities – Paradise Rose in Race 1, and Ultimate Faith Race 5.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.