Lot at stake for pacers
Today’s CDP card includes Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacers
Old Home Week racing continues today at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a doubleheader of race cards.
The afternoon program is slated for a 1 p.m. start with 10 dashes featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers. The $12,180 A-divisions hit the track in Races 7 and 10 while a quartet of $2,500 B-divisions line up in Races 2, 4, 8 and 9.
The Atlantic Sires Stakes Adivision in Race 7 has Maritime Breeder’s Champion Ashes To Ashes off the rail for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingston of Kensington. Other top entries in the $12,180 contest includes Tobinator (Kenny Arsenault) and Mighty Cowboy (Darren Crowe) as horse vie for points for October’s Atlantic Breeder’s Crown finals.
The other $12,180 A-division has Island Energetic, yet again with rail control, for Charlottetown’s leading driver, Marc Campbell, who also trains for owners Grayland Farm and Bernadette Burgess, both of Nova Scotia. The son of Articulator has not made a start since July 22 but was a sharp qualifying winner in 1:56.2 on Aug. 3 in Charlottetown. Nameison-thehalter (Adam Merner) has Post 2 while Lucbobski is another top contender from Post 6 with Danny Romo driving.
The Monday evening card gets underway at 7 p.m. with 12-dashes capped off by the $12,500 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2 in the finale.
Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1 was not the only highlight of the Saturday programs at the CDP.
The afternoon card had the Atlantic Sires Stakes for threeyear-old pacing fillies and upsets abounded. Heavily favoured Filly Forty Seven, driven by Marc Campbell, went down to defeat in her $9,300 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division with Shesaroyal Cowgirl finding the winner’s circle at 17-1 odds in a 1:58.2 mile. Mark Bradley trains and drives the winner for owners Bill Andrew of Calgary and Brian Andrew of Milton Station.
Another top filly from the Campbell stable, Elektra Express, saw a five-race win streak go down in flames in her A-division as Traces Of Purple was a winner in 1:57.4 for driver Gilles Barrieau, co-owner and trainer Robert Phillips of South Pinette and co-owner Kevin Harvey of Nova Scotia.
Glenview Paisley delivered as the favourite in the third and finale $9,300 A-division in 1:59.1 for driver Ernie Laffie, trainer Dave Carey and owner Ronald Harris of Truro, N.S.