The Atlantic Sire Stakes for both the two- and three-year-old trotting colts and fillies highlight Tuesday’s Lobster Carnival night at the races.
There will be a single dash in Race 4 for the two-year-olds for a record purse of $15,580. The three-year-olds will be divided for a purse of $6,340 each in Races 2, 6 and 8.
Post time for the 12-dash card is 7 p.m.
All eight two-year-old trotters are making their parimutuel debuts in Summerside.
Trot extraordinaire Ralph Annear has the overwhelming choice – Little Miss Winnie. She's a daughter of Tad The Stud under the guidance of Kenny Arsenault. Kenny popped out of a two-hole ride in this filly’s qualifier to win in 2:07, with a closing quarter in 29.3.
Island sire Armbro Barrister has sired six of the eight starters in Tuesday’s stakes’ event. Now Look At Here is a colt by the former world record holder. He's one of two in this race for conditioner Ambyr Campbell with an impressive qualifier. He sat in the three spot, timed in 2:07.4, with a 29-and-change quarter on the end of the mile.
The first division of the three-year-old trotters is about as wide-open affair as you'll find. Sailor Blue is the morning-line choice after a 10-length victory in a 2:05.2 qualifier. Breaks have been an issue for this filly, and gets Kenny Murphy for the first time in the driver's seat.
The only other horse that shows 2:05 in the race this year is the rail horse, Daisy River. The Lanigan family from down east partner up in here, and they may not catch her Tuesday.
A Pure Heart is favoured in this Atlantic Sires’ test for trainer/driver Danny MacDonald. We all remember the story of this ownership group donating the yearling purchase of this colt to the South Shore Fire Department, and that was a $10,000 donation. This colt was a solid second in his 2018 debut last week in Charlottetown.
James Ripley's Majian Gilroy is the second choice. The homebred son of Tad The Stud was also a second-place finisher last week, only beaten by a neck in 2:03.1.
The final division of the three-year-old trotters has only one horse with a race record. Buddy White won a stake last year as a two-year-old. He was put on the engine last week by Adam Merner, and never looked back in 2:02.1.
A sister to the track record holder in Summerside, Osprey Impact is in to go. Osprey Delta, who didn't parimutuel race at two, goes in this final stake. She shows she can trot by virtue of a qualifier in 2:02.4, closing it out in 30 seconds flat.
Racing continues on Wednesday, and the Atlantic-sired two-year-old pacing fillies will be featured. Post time is 7 p.m.
A look at Tuesday’s picks:
Best bets – Stonebridge Grand in Race 3, and Wedgewood in Race 7.
Long shot possibilities – Patrick Q in Race 1, and Cougar Gal 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.