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DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: 2021 standardbred breeding season ramps up on P.E.I.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

After seeing the roster decline in recent years, the stallion colony in the Atlantic Sires Stakes program has grown again for the second straight year.

The 2021 Atlantic breeding season is coming into full swing with 20 stallions paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes, up from 18 horses in 2020.

Pang Shui is one of those eligible stallions as he resides at the Gass family’s Dusty Lane Farm in Cornwall. The pacing sire had 45 matings in 2020 with those mares foaling in the coming days and weeks, while he has 20 yearlings on the ground to break this coming fall. EL Rocket also stands in Cornwall after the trotting stud bred 33 mares in his first East Coast season in 2020.

Mile Hill Willie is another member of the trotting breed, being stood by Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP) co-track record holder bred four mares in his first season in 2020.

Woodmere Farms of Marshfield has four stallions paid into the program.

Bettor’s Delight stallion Bet The Moon stands his first year in 2021 after winning 31 races and earning $796,146 in his career. Stonebridge Terror had 16 foals in 2020 and subsequently bred 22 mares. Rollwithitharry was the sire of 10 foals in 2020 and bred 28 mares that spring. Arthur Blue Chip is also up for offer after having 24 foals in 2020 and breeding 57 more pacing broodmares.

The Gavin family of Tignish stands three stallions again in 2021.

Proven Lover has already sired champions in Atlantic Canada in past years but has seen his numbers dwindle with one mare bred in 2020 and one registered yearling currently on the ground. Silverhill Shadow had his first year of breeding mares in 2020 with six horses serviced. Fearless Diablo has one yearling on the ground and bred four mares last year.

Jamie MacKinley’s Double J Farms has three stallions in the program, including newcomer Boom Boom Ballykeel, a Mach Three winner of 44 races and $976,487 in purses. Hilarious Halo had a sensational first crop racing last year with just eight two-year-olds, led by stakes winners Little Miss Ava and JJ Talisa. He has five yearlings to break this fall and bred nine mares in 2020. Tobago Cays put his first Atlantic crop through the sales ring in the fall and has 13 yearlings waiting in the wings while he bred 15 mares in 2020.

Flameproof Hanover stands his first season in 2020 for a syndicate of breeders as the only son of Captaintreacherous standing in Atlantic Canada.

After a record-breaking 2020 season, Malicious is again standing stud at Windemere Farms in Hampshire after having 18 foals in 2020 and breeding 26 mares.

Robin Burke of Brackley will again stand Shanghai Phil. He bred 14 mares in his first season on the East Coast in 2020.

Governor’s Plate champion Czar Seelster will stand again in 2021 for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford after breeding five mares last year.

Former top Atlantic stallion Articulator is offered for 2021 with one yearling on the ground and three breedings from last year.

Standing in Nova Scotia are Mach Of Ballykeel and My Man Charley. Missing from the list after standing in 2020 is New Brunswick stud Ultimate Luck. Source Of Pride is also not registered in the program as the son of American Ideal is currently training back at the CDP for a return to the races.

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Officials with Red Shores have indicated the live harness racing season will begin on May 8 at the CDP and May 24 at the Summerside Raceway.

Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at [email protected].

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