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One of the biggest racing programs of the year takes to the track Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown with the Atlantic Breeders Crown championship card featuring the finals for the Atlantic Sires Stakes.
Woodmere Stealdeal will attempt to capture his 12th straight win in his undefeated two-year-old season in the $21,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown rookie colt final at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell drives the son of Steelhead Hanover for trainer Danny Romo.
Tobins Brownie appears to be the heavy favourite in the $21,000 two-year-old filly final for driver David Dowling and trainer Jonah Moase. The Stonebridge Terror filly was in a league of her own last week in the Island Breeders Final as she swooped the field at the three-quarters mark and kicked clear by 15 lengths in 1:56.1.
Woodmere Skyroller is the favourite in the $21,000 three-year-old Atlantic Breeders Crown for three-year-old pacing fillies with Dowling picking up the catch drive for trainer Kevin MacLean.
The three-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeders Crown looks like a wide-open affair with Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald) drawing Post 3 fresh off a 1:54.4 victory.
The first Island Oceans Trot Classic final lines up in Race 3 for a healthy $11,600 purse. The J D Marine and Diving Inc.-sponsored series for aged trot mares has been a breath of fresh air for the trot sector. It was spearheaded by the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association in collaboration with the P.E.I. Standardbred Breeders Association.
The card also has the $10,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown trot finals for two- and three-year-olds, as well as a $7,000 invitational pace and the $5,000 fillies and mares invitational pace.
First race post time is 12:30 p.m. for the championship card while the capital oval also has a Saturday card with the same post time. Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will race Monday starting at 1 p.m.
Atlantic Classic Sale
The annual Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale is set for today at 2 p.m. at the Crapaud Exhibition Grounds. The sale, which will be held under tight health protocols, will be different this year with limited attendance on site, but online bidding will be available as well as live online video. The sale is a critical part of the Atlantic Canadian racing calendar, and the industry is thankful the event will be able to be held this year.
The 2021 breeding season will see a new addition to the stallion ranks as Bet The Moon now resides at Woodmere Farms in Marshfield.
Operator Bruce Wood was on the hunt for a son of Bettors Delight after the success of the late Steelhead Hanover, another son of Bettors Delight, in his lone crop this season. Bet The Moon boasts 31 lifetime wins and $796,000 in careers earnings to go along with his 1:50 lifetime mark taken over the five-eighths of a mile surface at Tioga Downs in New York.
Out of the Artsplace mare Sun N Moon, Bet The Moon is a brother to Jacked Up ($786,000 earned), Moon Beam ($785,000) and Ideal Weather ($854,000). With half-mile speed so important in Atlantic Canada, Bet The Moon was a winner in 1:52.3 over Yonkers Raceway’s half-mile track in New York.
Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at [email protected].