For Sunday afternoon’s harness racing program
The Maritime Breeders elimination for the two-year-old trotters will be contested in Summerside for the first time in a long time on Sunday afternoon.
These trotters were to face off at Truro Raceway, but, with the Nova Scotia track struggling over the past couple of months, the Island will play host to this event, which will get underway at 1 p.m.
The three-year-old trotters were supposed to be here on Sunday, but when the declaration box was opened there were not enough entries to stage the eliminations. All the three-year-old trotters that were entered will go directly to the final.
The Louis MacIsaac Memorial, the newest stake race on P.E.I., will get started in Summerside on Sunday. It’s a $5,000 claiming event for three- and four-year-old pacers that were non-winners of $10,000 lifetime.
The second leg of this series will move to Charlottetown next weekend, with the final going for $5,000 range, and that’s a good “piece of coin” for these horses at this time of year. It’s a big “thumbs up” for our friends at Meridian Farms for their sponsorship of this event.
Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) had a disappointing Atlantic Breeders Crown debut in Charlottetown on Sunday. Galaxy had a six-race winning streak going into the Crown final, and made a break shortly after the start. He could never recover, and will look for a little redemption Sunday.
Atlantic Breeders Crown-champion Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) is entered in the first elimination. Beau was sent right on down the road to capture the title, and will look for more of the same on Sunday. He has a little difficulty at the start for some of his races. If he behaves himself, he’ll punch a ticket to next week’s final.
Glencove Yoshi (Mike Stevenson) rounds out the top three from the classifier’s selections. This filly has also suffered from a breaking problem, and it has cost her a considerable amount of purse money.
Local backstretch filly Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) is the morning-line favourite in the second elimination. Shadow was a winner in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes last month in Charlottetown. She had a Summerside qualifier two weeks ago of 2:05.3, and that’s the fastest mile by any of the two-year-old trotters in both eliminations. Beware!
Bo Digger (Mark MacKinnon) has rail control, and he won a division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes earlier this season. He’s been on the point in this last two starts, and has just been getting caught in the final strides.
The most successful Thanksgiving weekend in P.E.I. harness race history happened this year. The Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale totalled up the highest average in the sales history.
The over $600,000 total sales set the record for the sale since it’s inauguration. The Breeders Crown consultations were contested in perfect October conditions, and a sellout crowd attended the dinner. Not to mention I got to spend it with my mentor, the greatest voice in the history of Island harness racing, Ed Watters.
The Sunday Atlantic Breeders Crown card was nothing short of spectacular! The 1:52.2 clocking by All Turrain in the Island Pacing Championship Series is mind-boggling. That trip put the finishing touch to a perfect weekend.
Congratulations to all for a show that is going to be hard to duplicate.
A look at Sunday’s picks:
Best bets - Instant Fantasy in Race 4, and Ultimate Luck in Race 10.
Long shot possibilities - Blu Meadow Willie in Race 11, and Bakardi Arti in Race 12.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.