The final mega stakes card of the 2012 Maritime racing season lines up Saturday afternoon at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Post time for the card’s first race is 1 p.m.
The best two- and three-year-olds in the region will compete in six Island Breeders Finals which are the culmination of the Island breeders series held throughout the summer.
All eyes will be on Race 10 as the three-year-old pacing fillies square off for $13,000 and Malabrigo looks for win No. 16 in a row. The connections have indicated this will be the final start of 2012 for the daughter of Western Paradise-Lots Abunny with her future plans up in the air. Malabrigo has draw Post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell, with her arch-rival A As Glory getting the rail with Danny Romo aboard.
The $13,000 three-year-old colt pace lines up in Race 12 with favoured Touch Of Lightning drawing the dreaded Post 8 for trainer-driver Earl Smith. First Art Down will look to upset him off the rail for trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Gilles Barrieau.
Untouchable One (Kenny Arsenault) will look for redemption from Post 4 in Race 8, after being defeated by Forever Paradise (Post 3) and Campbell in the Maritime Breeders final.
Race 6 has the two-year-old pacing fillies with usual favorites Carol Alice (Arsenault) and Top Brand (Romo), but the question mark lies in how good Dont Tell Cindy really is. She has the rail and Barrieau at the lines and she beat these fillies before. Saturday will tell if she can repeat the feat going for $13,000.
The $8,000 two- and three-year-old trot finals are in Races 2 and 4, respectively.
The final card of the 2012 Summerside Raceway season was held Sunday afternoon, featuring five divisions of the Dave Rose Memorial claiming series. The races were all hotly contested, with the second leg of the series set for Sunday in Charlottetown, followed by the final on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The top driver for the Summerside meet was Marc Campbell, while the training crown went to Alberton’s Blaine MacKenna.
My picks for Saturday’s card are: Race 1 - MD Caseys Charm; Race 2 - Rash Statement; Race 3 - BJ Eldorado; Race 4 - Est Non Ila Dulcis; Race 5 - Pictonians Souwest; Race 6 - Don’t Tell Cindy; Race 7 - Zanzibar; Race 8 - Untouchable One; Race 9 - Pictonian Walton; Race 10 - Malabrigo; Race 11 - Capitalism; Race 12 - Touch Of Lightning.
For Sunday’s card, my picks are: Race 1 - Modern Mojo; Race 2 - Shes A Force; Race 3 - Zip The Lip; Race 4 - Kaitlyn Rose; Race 5 - Rymar Romeo; Race 6 - NF Debutante; Race 7 - Township Jasper; Race 8 - Van Zant; Race 9 - Cam Cool; Race 10 - Artners In Crime; Race 11 - Bo Butler; Race 12 - Balanchine.
Across the continent
Somebeachsomewhere again added his name to the record books Saturday night at Woodbine Raceway with the Breeder’s Crown finals featured.
With Somewhereovrarainbow winning the $600,000 two-year-old filly final, Somebeachsomewhere set a new all-time season’s record for most money earned by a crop of two-year-olds. Somebeachsomewhere’s first crop has hit the track in 2012, with his two-year-olds lighting up tote boards across North America, while earning $4.54 million to date, more than No Nukes’ $4.16 million set in 1990. Somebeachsomewhere was the talk of harness racing as he won all but one of his lifetime races in 2007-2008 for Nova Scotia trainer Brent MacGrath and his group of Maritime owners.
The Harrisburg mixed sale in Pennsylvania starts Monday with yearlings being sold through Thursday. The mixed portion of the sale is on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, which will include a few P.E.I. connected horses.
First Rate Shark will go through the ring as hip No. 2,210 in the sale. The seven-year-old Cams Card Shark ridgling has $262,873 made lifetime, including over $41,000 this season for co-owner and trainer David O’Brien, formerly of P.E.I.
Major At Heart sells as No. 2,307 in the sale for Charlottetown owners Ian Smith and David Kennedy. The four-year-old Art Major stallion has $32,112 made lifetime and a mark of 1:56 over Freehold Raceway where he has been racing the past few years for trainer Dave Pinkney.
Waiver Hanover steps in the ring as hip No. 2,312 for owners Ian, Peter and Hal Smith of P.E.I. The No Pan Intended four-year-old has $29,192 in earnings and a mark of 1:55.2 at Freehold where he has also been racing for trainer Pinkney.
Buck Barker pulled off a mild upset Sunday afternoon in the first leg of the Dave Rose Memorial $3,500 claiming series.
The son of Keystone Raider was a winner in 1:59.3 for driver Brodie MacPhee, to give the horse his third win in his last four starts. In fact, after that win owners Brent and Richard Campbell decided he was so hot they didn’t want anything but a purple and yellow harness on him so he will not compete in the remainder of the claiming series.
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