The Atlantic Sires Stakes continue at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Thursday.
Post time for the 11-dash card is 7 p.m.
The two-year-old pacing colts are divided into a couple of A classes and two B divisions.
First A Division
Once again, these colts are very lightly raced, or have not had a parimutuel start.
One that does have a race under his belt is Mrs. Browns Boy. Under the watchful eye of Clare MacDonald, this colt raced awesome for the Milton Downey Stake. He was parked every inch of the mile, and still gamely held on to be second in 2:02.3.
Daryl MacLean may have another “ringer” on his hands by the name of Notorious, and I love the name. This colt won a qualifier wire to wire in 2:02.4.
Veteran conditioner Lenny Myers may also be sitting on a good one. Red Dirt Rocknroll qualified right on the engine in 2:03.4, with a 29-and-change closing quarter.
Trainer Kevin MacLean has a colt in the opening A Division that had some heads turning in Charlottetown. Whipple Effect was a going-away winner in 2:03.2.
Second A Division
Earl Smith may be in the twilight of his career, but he can still hang one out with the best of them. Earl has Woodmere Bolt in the second A Division. This colt had a tune-up overnight victory in 2:02.1.
Gilles Barrieau has the fastest-timed colt of them all Thursday. Red Dirt Boomer coasted on the front end in his qualifier, winning in 2:01.4, with a closing panel in 28.2.
Ernie Laffin is shipping in from Truro, N.S., with a colt I can relate to – Feelin Haggard. He is named after my all-time favourite country music legend, the late Merle Haggard. He qualified in Truro in 2:03, and was flying on the end of the mile in 28.4.
Purple Poet is the morning-line choice in the opening B stake. This colt was only over to the first quarter mile in 34 seconds in his qualifier. However, driver Kenny Murphy stepped on the gas from there, pacing the final three quarters in 1:30 flat.
Flowersonthebeach is favoured in the second B stake off of the rail. This was the first two-year-old to the races in Summerside, and raced well in his first outing.
The three-year-old pacing fillies highlight Thursday night’s card, and remember it’s an early post time on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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A look at Thursday’s picks:
Best bets – Howmac Dancer in Race 1, and Red Dirt Boomer in Race 9.
Long shot possibilities – Female Finesse in Race 4, and The Big Bite in Race 10.
Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.