Rookie colts set to go
Summerside Raceway hosting six Atlantic Sires Stakes races tonight
The promising careers of dozens of young pacing colts gets underway tonight at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
First race post time is 7 p.m. with the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts taking centre stage with $9,320 A divisions in Races 6, 8 and 10.
Arts Wish is the morning line choice in Race 6 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and Saint John, N.B., owners Peter Trecartin and Christopher Davidson. The two-year-old son of Westwardho Hanover was second in his career debut in overnight action and faces six rivals in his stakes debut, including Tobins Optimism (Gilles Barrieau) and Buddy Mach (Jason Hughes).
All eyes will be on Race 8 after Tangled Mind made history as the fastest Maritime-bred, twoyear-old qualifying winner in Island history with an awe-inspiring 1:58.1 trip at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau trains and drives the two-year-old son of Pang Shui for New Brunswick owners Alfred Barrieau of Dieppe and Michael Clinton of Saint John.
Top entries in the A division include another pair of Pang Shui colts in Sock It Away (Marc Campbell) and Wilfrid Joseph (Arsenault).
The final $9,320 Atlantic Sires Stakes A division has Weekend Atnannies preparing to fight off seven foes to remain undefeated. Trained and driven by Mike McGuigan, the son of Western Paradise was a winner in his overnight debut with a 2:00.4 victory with a 28.2 closer and gets rail control tonight. Glenn Dunn of Summerville owns the two-year-old.
Other top contenders are Mybuddyrose (Arsenault) and Mister Dulce (Rodney Gilles), who was also a winner in his overnight debut.
A trio of $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B divisions line up in Races 2, 4 and 7.
Race 3 on the card is The Rocket Chief Harvey and Randy MacEachern Memorial, while Race 5 is the Cam Cameron Memorial pace and the Kensington Horsemen’s Club sponsors Race 11. The Phillip and Henry Doucette Memorial pace lines up in Race 9 on the program.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby helps organize a drill during an on-ice session at the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Halifax on Wednesday.