Trotters in spotlight Tuesday

Vance Cameron
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Lobster Festival harness racing meet continues at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway

The Atlantic Sire Stakes for both the two- and three-year-old trotting colts and fillies are in the spotlight as Lobster Festival harness racing continues in Summerside on Tuesday.

Post time at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway is 7 p.m.

Every one of the two-year-old trotters are making their pari-mutuel debut, so I have very limited information on our freshman trotters. I can tell you they will be racing for the highest purse for an Atlantic Sire event for multiple races of $8,820.

First division

Paymenowpaymelater stands out in opening two-year-old contest. The Northern Bailey filly sat in the two-hole for most of her qualifying session, before rocketing from the pocket to win in 2:09. She had an astonishing closing quarter of 29.4.

Kenny Arsenault will drive this filly for trainer Earl Watts. With a trio like this, how can she lose?

Bayriver is in this first division for the Lanigan family from Montague. Bill is the owner, trainer and breeder while his son Paul handles the driving. This Nikes Image filly was the fraction-setter in her qualifier, finishing second in that 2:09 mile.

Second division

Wait For Me is a two-year-old trotting filly that is a sister to the fastest two- and three-year-old trotter in the history of the Atlantic Sire Stakes, Waiting On A Woman. Mark MacKinnon does the training and driving for owners Mitch and Dave Tierney.

She wears the trotting half hopples and finished second in her qualifier, trotting her mile in 2:09.

Bill Roloson has quickly gained a lot of respect in the trot business, and has another two-year-old named Tyne Valley. She is another Northern Bailey filly that shows a mile in 2:09 and change.

Three-year-old trot

Saulsbrook Pippa was a going-away winner in her division of the Maple Leaf Trot in Summerside. Winning in 2:03.1, she looked in mid-season form for trainer John Pineau and driver Cory MacPherson.

Gary Chappell’s Dusty Lane Galaxy drew back in with Pippa. Galaxy tracked her in the pocket last week, and never got to within 3 1/2 lengths of that winner at the end of the mile. Galaxy won six races as a two-year-old and could turn the tide.

Second division

There will be two Maple Leaf Trot winners butting heads in the second sire stakes. Ocean View Rose (Mike Stevenson) finished strong in 30 seconds flat, winning in 2:05.4.

On the other hand, Kenny Arsenault never saw a challenger in his Maple Leaf victory with Phantom Beau. This pair coasted all the way to a 2:07 victory.

The two-year-old pacing fillies invade Summerside on Wednesday night. The action gets underway at 7 p.m.


A look at Tuesday’s picks:

Best bets- Paymenowpaymelater in Race 3, and The Warden in Race 4.

Long shot possibilities- Phantom Beau in Race 9, and Putnam Mackenzie in Race 11.

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

Geographic location: Summerside, Tyne Valley, Maple Leaf Charlottetown

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