The Atlantic Sire Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers will be featured as Lobster Festival harness racing continues at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday.
Post time for the 12-dash card is 7 p.m.
The fillies are divided into two $2,500 B divisions, and three A divisions will go for $9,660 purses.
In the first B event, I’m told that the smallest standardbred racehorse of all time – I have not seen her yet – Jays Little Spark. She is picked to win her first lifetime start. She had a solid qualifier for the MacInnis clan, and Kenny Murphy will drive.
In the other B stake, Sweetwater Rayne (Jack Panting) is the morning-line choice. She is the only filly with a start under her belt, pacing in 2:03 and change.
There’s a Cape Bretoner coming to Summerside, and she was a fired-up winner in 2:01 at her home track, Northside Downs. Her name is Three Pink Bows and she was getting tired at the end of the mile, but she had a good reason.
She was over to the quarter in 28.1 seconds, at the half in 58.4 and still was over to the three quarters in 1:29.2 en route to that 2:01 victory. Clare MacDonald recently acquired Three Pink Bows, so look for a more regulated drive.
Dusty Lane Bria is on the rail in this division. This filly was ultra impressive in her qualifying race, winning in 2:02.2, including a bang-up quarter on the end of that mile in 28.4. Throw Kenny Arsenault in the sulky, and you have a good combination for a successful stake season.
The second division of the A fillies has Mike Stevenson’s Pictonian Stardust as the program favourite. The Western Paradise filly sat third for most of her qualifier before Stevenson right lined her, and she responded nicely going on to win in 2:04.2.
There is an Island-bred filly in this division by the name Elm Grove, who is a sister to Touch Of Lighting. Kenny Arsenault has her in his barn. She qualified in Charlottetown in 2:04.1, and she was on fire in the back half of that mile, pacing in 59.2.
Nick Oakes has come from race caller (and does a mighty fine job), to newspaper columnist (and does a mighty fine job), to full-time trainer. He has had success early into his training career, winning an A event in the Atlantic Sires Stakes last weekend in North Sydney, N.S.
Oakes has qualified a two-year-old trotter, and now has a two-year-old pacing filly poised to have a good stake season.
Wynnfrith (Jason Hughes) is the top choice in Wednesday’s closing stake race. The Ameripan Gigolo filly was solid in her qualifier, and will make her debut in Summerside.
The ageless Terry Affleck finds a way to get young horses to the races year after year. The former P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association horseman of the year lives up to the billing on Wednesday. Affleck will send out Lyndale Jenn (Brodie MacPhee) with a legitimate shot at taking home the gold in the final stake race of the evening. She was a wire-to-wire winner in her qualifier – 2:04.4.
The three-year-old pacing fillies will line up to do battle on Thursday night. After the war that went on in North Sydney last weekend, there’s some good scores to settle!
A look at Wednesday’s picks:
Best bets - Jays Little Spark in Race 2, and Windfall Blue Chip in Race 11.
Long shot possibilities - Rosa Santana in Race 3, and The Queens Jubilee in Race 4.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.