Two of the greatest Maritime-bred fillies to ever live will battle once again this afternoon at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Old Home Week racing continues to rev up.
First race post time for the afternoon card is 1 p.m. with 12 races scheduled.
Newly minted Inverness track record holder Elm Grove Inarush has drawn Post 2 in the first $9,500 Atlantic sires stakes A division in Race 7 on the card with Mark Bradley in the bike for co-owner and trainer Eddy Doucette and co-owners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, all of Kensington.
The three-year-old Coasttocoast Yankee filly is riding a three-race win streak but will have to fight off her arch-rival, Lovineveryminute, once again. Lovineveryminute has drawn Post 6 in the six-horse field with Todd Trites driving for trainer Earl Watts and owners Lana Murphy and River Valley Management of Quispamsis, N.B., and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. The Maritime Breeder’s champion has five from eight starts this year. Sail Through (Mike Stevenson) is also a top contender from post 3.
The second A division in Race 9 has Saulsbrook Alana favoured from Post 4 with Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford.
The filly is coming off a season’s best 1:56.4 victory in sires stakes action at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Other competitors include Fleurje (Jason Hughes) with Post 3 and Dusty Lane Dora (Corey MacPherson) with the rail.
The final division lines up in Race 11 with Waterhook picked to win off the rail for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The Articulator filly was a winner in 1:58.3 two starts ago in Summerside. She will have to contend with Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) and Briannas Angel (Hughes).
Three $2,500 Atlantic sires stakes B divisions for the three-year-old fillies will line up in races 5, 8 and 10.
The second leg of the Spud Island Classic series for aged pacing mares highlights this evening’s undercard leading to Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1.
First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 p.m. with the mares divisions in races 6, 8 and 10. For All We Know is the morning-line favourite in Race 6 for a $2,250 purse with Barrieau in the bike from Post 4 for trainer Matheson and owner Wood. She will face off with five rivals including Ramblinglily (Brodie MacPhee) and Bunny Mach (Hughes).
Race 8 has Russian Kisses favoured after a dominating 1:55 victory in leg one for driver Steven Shepherd, trainer Harold Shepherd and owners Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., Joseph Travis of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., and Forrest Bartlett of Shiloh, N.C. The division also includes Veronicavermillion (MacPhee) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson).
The final split in race 10 has Stayoutofmyaffair favoured with rail control for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. The mare was an 11-length winner in leg one and will face off with General Luckypercy (Barrieau) and JK Special (Walter Cheverie) this week.
The second leg of the Premier’s Pace series highlights the Sunday afternoon card with D Gs Camme the commanding favourite in his $4,000 Race 6 division.
Barrieau does the driving and Matheson the training for owners Ron Matheson, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Bevan, all of Charlottetown. The four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall was a winner in 1:53.4 in leg one of the series in Summerside, and was a 1:53 winner the start before in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final.
Also in the field is Schooner (Campbell), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), Red Rock (Hughes) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault).
The second division in Race 9 has Modern Xhibit favoured for driver Campbell and owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. He will face off with Perfect Escape (Barrieau), Blissfull Bro (Cheverie), Machinthesand (MacPhee), Judge Jon (Stevenson) and Ultimate Luck (Terry Gallant).