It’s the richest stake races of the season as Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside play host to the Maritime Breeder’s stakes with $33,000 on the line for the two-year-old colts and $29,200 for the two-year-old fillies. These showdowns will happen today at 6 p.m. in Charlottetown.
Summerside will feature the two-year-old trotters in the MBA final for $8,600 while the three-year olds race for $7,100. Post time is 1 p.m. Sunday.
Dumas Walker, who won his elimination in 1:59 and the Breeders Crown in 1:57.2, has drawn post two for driver Myles Heffernan from Glace Bay, N.S. The son of Western Success has been established at 5-2 odds on the morning line.
Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) will have to overcome post 8 in the final but sports a 10-for-12 in top-three finishes while the Gilles Barrieau-trainees, Tobins Fusion and Settlement Request, are considered top contenders. Barrieau has opted to drive Tobins Fusion with Marc Campbell getting the driving assignment on his other stable star. The field also includes T M Brave Heart (Jason Hughes), Elm Grove Intrepid (Brodie MacPhee), Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) and Rancousy (Darren Crowe).
Two-year-old filly sensation Saulsbrook Alana goes into her final riding a six-race winning streak. Trainer Kevin MacLean has done a remarkable job with her for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Her resume speaks for itself. In 11 races she has eight wins, one second, two thirds and $43,623 in the bank. Campbell will put her on the gate from post six. The best description of the headliner came from race analyst Les MacIsaac.
“Looks like the only thing that’s going to stop this filly is the conclusion of the racing calendar,” he said.
Finalists Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) and rail-sitter Sail Through (Barrieau) have also put up some big numbers this season but it’s going to be tough to knock-off the favourite. The rest of the roster for the filly final will be Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith), Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson), Absolootly Hot (Brodie MacPhee), Outrageous Spirit (John Holmes) and Acton Royal Force (Bernard McCallum).
In other action, All Turain has post 6 in the preferred pace in Race 13 for trainer Trevor Hicken and his-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. This guy has been headlining top classes around the region and comes off a big 1:52.2 performance on Breeders Crown Sunday for Brodie MacPhee. The Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans leg 2, presented by Meridian Farms, will be staged on Races 6 and 8 with the open mares on Race 11.
The spotlight is on the trotters in the Maritime Breeders Finals Sunday in Summerside. Post time is 1 p.m. with all the action being carried at www.redshores.ca. Fans can also watch and wager from the Charlottetown track.
Trainer-driver Garth Cole certainly had some luck with both his horses, Lets Trade Ladies and I Aint No Lady, drawing the rail in their respective divisions.
The two-year-old trotters will go to the gate in Race 4 with last week’s winners Phantom Beau and Saulsbrook Pippa, both trained by John Pineau, leaving from outside posts. That could complicate matters especially with young trotters but the story gets better when Dusty Lane Galaxy drew post 2. This trotter has been dominating the competition but hasn’t won since Sept. 12 at the P.E.I. Colt Stakes. Gary Chappell will do the driving for trainer Stacey Lund. The other starters include Scarlet MacDream (Campbell), Hope Chest (Walter Cheverie), Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson) and Villager (Brian MacPhee). I expect to see an upset.
Taliesin leads the charge against the three-year-old $7,100 final from post 8 for Campbell. The son of Northern Bailey-Southview Leah was leading by three lengths in the Breeders Crown but rolled off-stride to finish fourth. The outside post isn’t ideal, but expect to see the Buntainwood Farm star on the front end when the wings fold. The other finalists are Rash Statement (Cheverie), Irish Lullaby (Daniel MacDonald), West River Xcel (MacDonald), Ashotinthedark (Corey MacPherson), Northern Trapper (Brian MacPhee) and Windemere Norma (Kenny Arsenault). The afternoon program features the David Rose Memorial leg 2 for the fans series in Races 8, 10 and 12. The claiming event, presented by Meridian Farms, gives customers an opportunity to fill out ballots for a chance to team up with one of the horses in the race to win some prizes. Ultimate Luck will attempt back-to-back wins when the Sifroi Melanson-trainee takes on a power-packed field in Race 11. The pacer, owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B., toured the Prince County oval in 1:57.4 sprinting home in 28.4 seconds to win by fourth lengths for Arsenault in his last start.
Compiled by Red Shores marketing and sales manager Lee Drake