The David Rose Memorial Series for $3,500 claimers is carded as the featured two races on Sunday afternoon’s harness racing program in Summerside.
The final has a healthy purse of $6,400, and the consultation goes for $3,000.
Post time for the 12-dash program is 1 p.m.
I still think the horse to beat in the David Rose Memorial Series final is Outside The Wire. The recent acquisition to the Craig Avery barn has been razor sharp. Avery has only had the horse for three starts, accumulating two wins and a second.
Regular driver Brodie MacPhee is in Truro, N.S., on Sunday for the Turner Stakes. Avery has acquired the services of Mike Stevenson for the final, and that's enough for a winner’s circle appearance.
Micrometer Jack is the only two-time elimination winner in this series. Jack gets the favourite call for driver Cory McPherson from the classifier’s selections. In both his victories, this horse got “roughed up” and still was victorious.
The classy veteran Life Savior has rail control in the final. The Duane MacEachern-trainee is looking for his 40th lifetime win. Jason Hughes has received the catch-driving call on this Life Sign gelding, and will be a piece of the exotic wagering from the rail position.
Keystone Nobility is the last elimination winner in Sunday’s race. Last week, in the slop, this mare was parked past the three quarters and went on to a five-length victory.
Keystone Nobility won earlier this past summer in Summerside in 1.57.1.
Terry Gallant drives for trainer Allan Taylor for the first time, and carries a 10-1 morning-line odds. Beware!
The final stakes on the 2013 season for the two- and three-year olds goes next Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown. The Island Breeders championship finals will be contested for every stake division for trotters and pacers.
These finals usually go for a pretty good buck, not to mention end-of-season bragging rights.
The Island horse racing community lost a lifetime member this week with the passing of Garth Schurman.
I remember as a kid watching Garth race the little trot mare TriFlight, and so many of the Stanley Mayhew horses. I was also at the microphone for the famed match race in which Garth, with Bradley Pond Gene, would establish a world record for the quarter mile. That world record still stands today.
To Garth's wife Sharon, daughter Tara Lee and his proud son Rocky, I extend my sincere condolences.
A look at Sunday’s picks:
Best bets - Rocco's Cavallo in Race 4, and Outside The Wire in Race 11.
Long shot possibilities - Ultimate Spirit in Race 5, and Smart Barney in Race 8.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are the SRW
driver and trainer standings:
Marc Campbell 40
Gilles Barrieau 29
Walter Cheverie 25
Jason Hughes 25
Brodie MacPhee 23
Top Percentage Drivers
(50 or more starts)
Gilles Barrieau .444
Marc Campbell .395
Kenny Arsenault .377
Walter Cheverie .305
Jason Hughes .305
Darren Trainor 13
Sifroi Melanson 11
Earl Watts 10
Marc Campbell 9
Stephen Quinn 9
Top Percentage Trainers
(50 or more starts)
Dale Sobey .263
Thane Mann .257
Blaine McKenna .253
Phillip DesRoche .232
Willis Silliker .224