Big day at SRW on Sunday

Vance Cameron
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Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will be full of life on Sunday.

A total of 13 standardbred races will go to post at 1 p.m.

New Brunswick ship-in Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault) is favoured to win the feature in Race 12. The 1:51.1 winner is making his second start of the year after finishing a bang-up third last week.

Jennifer and Darren Trainor have added another new acquisition to their line-up in Upfront Ticket. This horse is winless in nine tries this year, but did have a solid qualifier in 1:59.1 that included a good closing quarter.

 

The babies

Last week, I mentioned a two-year-old report from West River Farms in Antigonish, N.S. I’m happy to report that some local talent has surfaced. 

Terry Gallant trained a little black colt by Proven Lover in 2:07 this week. This colt was extremely green in his early training, and now is starting to develop into a nice colt. More to come next week on the future stars.

The Charlottetown Driving Park will host its annual two-year-old qualifying session on June 28 at 11 a.m. This event is always the first stepping stone of this career.

 

Congratulations

There were tears of joy flowing in Summerside Raceways winner’s circle after the completion of last Sunday’s final race. 

Rocky Schurman had just completed a driving double with horses that he owns, trains and drives. This was a first in his driving career. 

The accelerating burst of speed displayed by Tyber Champ in the afternoon’s finale was simply breathtaking.

By my call, I thought Marc Campbell was home and cooled with Life Savior until Schurman and his charge came late to nail it on the line.

Rocky lost his father and longtime horseman, Garth Schurman, a short time ago. Upon returning to the winner’s circle I mentioned how his father would be smiling down from harness racing heaven. This was an incredible ending to a super Sunday.

 

Maritime Breeders

The three-year-old pacing colts and fillies will contest the Maritime Breeders eliminations in Charlottetown on Saturday.

The sophomore participants are looking for a spot in next week’s finals, which will be their biggest payday of their season.

In the filly eliminations, Saulsbrook Alana and Elm Grove Inarush missed each other this week. However, last week’s Truro track-record-equalling filly, Lovineveryminute, made the statement that she’s here to play. Should make things interesting.

On the colt side, from my corner, it’s a wide-open affair. Dumas Walker is going to get a lot of attention at the betting windows as the defending champion. The final may be decided by post-position draw.

 

Ladner eliminations

The best aged-pacing horses on the East Coast will also square off in Charlottetown on Saturday. The Cecil Ladner eliminations are chalked full of talent. How much talent you ask? 

All Turain, on his 10-race winning streak, is not the morning-line favourite in this elimination. A ship-in from the United States, Art of Illusion (Darren Crowe), has been unbeatable at Bangor and Scarborough Downs.

Art’s latest victory on a half-mile oval was a front-end win in 1:53.2. It’ll be worth watching!

 

Picks

A look at Sunday’s picks:

Best bets – Braveheart De Vie in Race 7, and Carnivore in Race 8.

Long shot possibilities – Port Hill Alf in Race 3, and One Hot Vet in Race 12.

Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to jpsports@journalpioneer.com.

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Charlottetown, Antigonish Charlottetown Driving Park East Coast United States Bangor Summerside

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