CDP to host the major racing event in mid-October
The two-year-old pacing colts and fillies met for the final time Saturday at Northside Downs in North Sydney, N.S., and now the fields are set for the Atlantic Breeders Crown finals Oct. 13 at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The two-year-old pacing filly division will see divisional leader Lovineveryminute (trainer Earl Watts) face off with Elm Grove Inarush (Eddy Doucette), Saulsbrook Alana (Kevin MacLean), Pictonian Sareta (Wade Sorrie), Emily Annabel Mac (Clare MacDonald), Sail Through (Sorrie), Absolootly Hot (Sean Dooley) and Briannas Angel (Travis Wilkie).
Tobins Fusion (Gilles Barrieau) leads the way in the two-year-old pacing colt division, but Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) appears to have stamped himself as the one beat fresh off a Northside Downs’ two-year-old track record of 1:57.1. Also making it to the final are Super S Yzerman (MacDonald), Pictonian Storm (Sorrie), Mr. Comraderie (Sorrie), Rancousy (Darren Crowe), and Settlement Request (Barrieau). The eighth and final spot in the final is a tie between MacLean trainees Rebelseven and JJ Laser. Atlantic Sires Stakes rules call for a random draw to take place on draw day to decide which one gets to race in the final, with the other horse relegated to the consolation race taking place Saturday, Oct. 12.
In the three-year-old pacing filly division, the lead is a tie between Ramblinglily (to be announced) and Whistys Paradise (Blair Laffin) after Ramblinglily tested positive in her Sires Stakes division in Charlottetown on Aug. 10 and was stripped of the points earned that day. Ramblinglily’s suspension ends Saturday, so expect to see her qualify sometime in the next week to prep for the final. Also contesting the championship race will be Western Judy (Mark McKinnon), Putnams Kream (Bernard McCallum), Scootin For Joy (Sorrie) and Misssassy Attitude (Ken Wilkie). Skip The Exam (McKinnon), Windemere Maggie (Raymond White) and Rose Valley (Mike Campbell) are all tied for seventh and a draw will take place to see which one does not get to race in the final.
The three-year-old colt final has top points earner The Rev (Danny Romo) along with Jacobs Jackpot (Doug MacQuarrie), Watersides Kipper (Kenny Arsenault), Angelfire (Phil Pinkney), JB Bolt (Walter Walker), Untouchable One (Arsenault) and Libertys Art (Stephen Quinn) with Beach Paradise (Henry Smallwood) and Scarlet Chaser (Alan MacNeil) in a tie for the final spot.
The trot divisional winners are decided by points with an invitational to be held Oct. 13 with the top horses in each division. Atlantic Sires Stakes champion two-year-old trotter is Dusty Lane Galaxy (Stacey Lund) while three-year-old trot honors go to Taliesin (McKinnon).
All Turain has done it again.
The Lee and Trevor Hicken-owned pacer was a winner Saturday at Northside Downs in 1:54.2 for driver Brodie MacPhee in the $7,500 Ferguson Invitational. The victory tied the overall track record set earlier this year by Major Dundee.
All Turain races again Sunday at Summerside Raceway in the first leg $3,500 leg of the Island Pacing Championship, which has its second leg next Sunday in Charlottetown and culminates in a final on Oct. 13. There are two six-horse divisions contesting the first leg.
Across the continent
Saturday was a profitable night for Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore.
At Mohawk Raceway in Ontario, State Treasurer was a winner in 1:50.3 with Randy Waples in the bike for owners Sally MacDonald of Souris and Paul MacDonald of Regina.
It was his first start since making a break in his Gold Cup and Saucer elimination in August. Moore trainee Shadows Wonder was a winner in her two-year-old filly pace $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes grassroots final in 1:54.2. The Shadow Play filly is owned by Moore, Serge Savard Sr. and RG McGroup Ltd.
This Saturday will not be so kind to Moore, as his top pacing colt Arthur Blue Chip will be sitting on the sidelines as the $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes super finals are contested. The Shadow Play two-year-old leads his division but is not allowed to race in the final due to making breaks in his last two starts. Moore attempted to qualify the colt Sunday at Clinton Raceway but he broke again.
Charlottetown native Jason Ryan has set up shop in New York State. The former leading driver at Sudbury Downs in Ontario was racing in Minnesota this summer, but with the Running Aces meet over he is now at Saratoga Raceway. Ryan has drove a number of horses for trainer Rene Allard at Yonkers, Monticello and Pocono Downs since relocating, including a win Tuesday at Monticello with Ufdragons Rocket.
Stratford native Robert Shepherd had win number 2,000 of his driving career Monday night at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. The victory came aboard Johnny Prine Tyme in a $4,600 pace.
(Nicholas Oakes’ column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Charlottetown Driving Park:
Race 1 – Milliondolalrfeeln
Race 2 – My Kinda Crazy
Race 3 – Mile Hill Philly
Race 4 – Glencove Uday
Race 5 – Windemere Norma
Race 6 – Charlottes Style
Race 7 – City Girl Hanover
Race 8 – Motor Shark
Race 9 – Talk Back
Race 10 – Albert Town
Race 11 – Veroniavermillion
Race 12 - Pinner