The stakes stars continue to invade Island tracks with divisions of the Maritime Breeders being staged at the Charlottetown Driving Park today at 6 p.m. and Sunday at Summerside Raceway at 1 p.m.
The two-year-old colts lead the parade today in Race 5 with Rancousy listed as the 5-2 morning-line favourite. Darren Crowe will do the driving after the colt posted a second-place finish in Breeder’s Crown finals Sunday. Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) and Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) are also top contenders.
Rebelseven, owned and trained by Kevin MacLean of Vernon Bridge, gets top billing in the next colt division. Marc Campbell will attempt to put the son of Force of Life in the winner’s circle for the fifth time this season.
Dumas Walker will headline the final $3,000 MBA elimination for driver Myles Heffernan. The colt is a Breeder’s Crown champion after his 1:57.4 victory last weekend.
Two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana is back after her record-setting track performance from a week ago. Campbell piloted the Reg MacPherson-owned pacer to a sparkling 1:56 score. The duo has drawn Post 8 in Race 10 on the card.
In other action, Bunny Mach, who has won two in a row, will tackle a full field of contenders in the mares open. Gary Chappell will be in the bike. The program also features the David Rose Memorial Leg 1 presented by Meridian Farms.
On Sunday in Summerside, the card of racing includes two divisions of the Maritime Breeders eliminations for two-year-old trotters, Lea Bell Memorial and Leg 1 of the Louis McIsaac Memorial conditioned claiming series presented by Meridian Farms.
The first elimination is in Race 3 and is named in honour of Bell, who passed away in December at the age of 76. The veteran horseman from Kensington and former president of the Prince County Horsemen’s club campaigned many successful trotters in his career.
The race will star Dusty Lane Galaxy from Post 2. The two-year-old trotter will be handled by Chappell for owner Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall.
Race analyst Jared Stretch is on board with the Stacey Lund trainee.
“The resume speaks for itself after six straight victories and one unfortunate start it’s hard to find a better record out there,” said Stretch.
Stretch also picked BJ Comanche (5) and Phantom Beau (6) as his other top choices.
Bo Digger (Mark McKinnon) and Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) will square off in the next MBA split for $3,000.
The field has the potential of an upset coming from Villager (Brian MacPhee), Lets Trade Ladies (Garth Cole), Scarlet MacDream (Marc Campbell) and Saulsbrook Pippa (Corey MacPherson).
The Louis McIsaac Memorial series will be staged on Races 7 and 9 on the card. The Andrew family has a shot in the memorial with Evalina trained by Ron Gass of Cornwall in Race 7 while Charlottes Ace is listed as the morning-line favourite in Race 9.
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