All stakes all the time is the theme at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday.
All 15 races break the Maritime record for stake races on a single night here on the East Coast. The Callbeck Stakes for two-year-old pacing and trotting colts and fillies are on tap.
The inaugural P.E.I. Trotting Series for the aged trotters will also be featured. Almost every qualified two-year-old is in Summerside, so it will be impossible for me to touch on them all.
So, I left it up to race secretary Gerard Smith’s morning-line choices to focus on. Fans are asked to note an early post-time of 6:30 p.m.
Dusty Lane Bria has started her career off to a perfect start, winning her first two races. She captured an A Division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes here in Summerside (2:00.1) and in Truro (2:00.3). Kenny Arsenault sulky sits for trainer Kenneth Wilkie.
Jann Down has two bridesmaid finishes (second place) in her first two races. The Articulator filly has paced both her closing quarters in 28 seconds and change. The combination of trainer Steve Mason and driver Gilles Barrieau have had a lot of success over the years, and I look for it to continue.
Barrieau and Mason team up again with the morning-line choice, Ubettowin. This division of winless freshman fillies has Ubettowin with the best closing ability. By former Gold Cup and Saucer winner Driven To Win, she can finish with back quarters in 29.1 and 28.1.
Bernard (Pooker) McCallum’s Woodmere Costalot is the 5-to-2 favourite in her Callbeck event. She’s another Articulator filly, who has only finished fourth in both of her starts. She has paced her two miles in 2:01, and is poised to take a maiden record Wednesday.
The final Callbeck for the fillies has Three Pink Bows listed as the favourite. Clare MacDonald trains and drives this filly that has two wins under her belt. She made front in her Atlantic Sires Stakes test in Truro, N.S., but it cost Queen Clare $365 for a slow second quarter of 33.1. Considering she would pick up the lion’s share of the $7,300 made it all worthwhile.
Another undefeated colt, Putnams Legacy looks to make it three in a row. He won here in Summerside in 2:01.4 during the Lobster Festival. Then he was victorious at his home base track in Truro in 2:00.3. Both triumphs were five-figured purses; he goes for a $5,130 prize on Wednesday.
A colt I purchased at the Atlantic Classic Sale with my longtime friend Terry Gallant is picked to win his Callbeck Stake. He goes by the name Arnold Dick, and yes there is a story that goes with the name . . . but I can’t write it if you know what I mean!
The colt was a little late qualifying, and only has one start. He was second in a B stake in Truro, pacing in 2:01.3, with a back half in 59 and a piece.
Dialamara was simply awesome in his Summerside debut last week. He won by 15 lengths for Jason Hughes in 1:59.3.
The son of Lis Mara is a homebred of Doug MacPhee’s, and Tommy Weatherbie does the training. He is my best bet of the night.
There is a local backstretch colt as the morning-line favourite in his Callbeck stake. All Hail is co-owned and trained by veteran horseman Lloyd Hannah.
This colt won over in Truro, right on the choo choo, in 2:01.2. George Riley also co-owns this colt, so you have two “good ole boys” shooting for another victory.
The final pacing Callbeck stake points to Harry Wilder as the favourite. This colt was only beaten by a neck during Lobster Festival racing. He paced his mile in 2:01.4 for Kenny Murphy.
The first $4,000 trot has Dusty Lane Jewel on the rail as the classifier’s choice. She finished second over in Truro after leading to the half-mile station. The talented Marc Campbell is the trainer and driver.
The early sensation in the two-year-old trotting ranks is Paymenowpaymelater. The Northern Bailey lass has won both of her sire stakes in Summerside and Truro. Trainer Earl Watts is having his best season, and has contracted the reliable hands of Arsenault to drive her.
Campbell has another favourite in the final Callbeck trot named Undeniable. He’s a United States-bred son of Crazed. Campbell qualified him at the Charlottetown Driving Park on the front end, winning in 2:08 and coasting home in 30.3.
The newest trotting stake on P.E.I. is a series sponsored by the P.E.I. Harness Racing Association. This series for aged trotters opens up in Summerside on Wednesday.
Mopey Corey, who was named after Corey MacPherson and ships in from Ontario, who will drive this horse in the opening leg, is the favourite in his division.
Abundaspin, the ageless war horse, is the favourite in the second division.
A look at Wednesday’s picks:
Best bets - Paymenowpaymelater in Race 6, and Dialamara in Race 11.
Long shot possibilities - Indigo Summer in Race 1, and Skip To Win in Race 12.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.