Lot at stake for pac­ers

To­day’s CDP card in­cludes At­lantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pac­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Oakes is cov­er­ing har­ness racing at Old Home Week for The Guardian, cul­mi­nat­ing with the Gold Cup and Saucer Race, Aug. 19.

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.

Satur­day

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.

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