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Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore will be in the thick of the action Saturday night as two of the biggest races on the Canadian harness racing calendar line up at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ont.
Moore will send two fillies to the gate in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final and has star pupil Lawless Shadow in the $720,000 Metro final.
Lawless Shadow, a two-year-old pacing colt by Shadow Play, has won four out of seven starts in his young career for $167,364 in earnings for owners Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., of Bathurst, N.B., Frank Cannon of Sanford, Fla., and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, Que. Bob McClure will drive the pacing colt from Post 8 in Race 8 on Saturday’s program with a 10:55 p.m. Atlantic post time.
The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final for two-year-old pacing fillies will see Island-owned Alumni Seelster start from Post 7 for trainer Moore, driver Louis Philippe Roy and owners Sally MacDonald of Souris and Paul MacDonald of Regina. Alumni Seelster is a daughter of millionaire pacing sire State Treasurer, who was also owned by the MacDonald clan, and has earned $82,000 herself this season. Moore’s other entrant is Post 9 starter Lady Arthur, who is from the first crop of Arthur Blue Chip. Lady Arthur is Ohio-sired, but her sire, Arthur Blue Chip, made the move to Woodmere Farms in Marshfield in 2019 with his first crop of Island foals born this past spring.
The Shes A Great Lady final lines up in Race 5 on the Woodbine program at 9:40 p.m.
The Atlantic Sires Stakes were in Cape Breton last weekend, and Tobins Rebel won his eighth straight race on Sunday afternoon. He was victorious in the lone $18,100 three-year-old pacing colt A division at Inverness Raceway for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast.
Barrieau and Ross also teamed up to win a $10,000 Atlantic Sires Stakes A division for three-year-old pacing fillies with Red Dirt Star in 1:58.3. Woodmere Skyroller won the other sophomore filly split in 1:56.4 with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford.
Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs in North Sydney, N.S., Little Miss Ava was a winner in 1:59.2 in her $9,620 two-year-old pacing filly sires stakes A split for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., trainer Myles Heffernan Jr. and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Tobins Brownie claimed the other A split in 1:58.2 for the duo of driver David Dowling and trainer Jonah Moase. The daughter of Stonebridge Terror is owned by James Quinn of York, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Amy Lakie of Greenfield.
Woodmere Stealdeal claimed the $10,540 Nova Scotia Stake for two-year-old pacing colts on the program to remain undefeated in his nine lifetime outings. Marc Campbell was in the bike behind the Danny Romo trainee as he defeated Maritime champion Bettim Again in 1:57.
A fractional ownership group is the favourite in a big dance in Quebec on Sunday afternoon as Streakazana races in the $65,000 Trophee Des Eleveurs Finale with Post 6 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard. Campbell trained the Western Paradise three-year-old on P.E.I., racing the Atlantic stakes circuit before sending her to Quebec in late August. The filly is eligible to the Quebec stake by virtue of being raised on the Magdalene Islands.
My condolences to the Matheson family of Montague on the passing of Lois Matheson, 76. Matheson was the mother of horse owner Doug Matheson and grandmother of groom and Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park regular Katie Hicken.
Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at [email protected].
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