Harness racing action heats right up Thursday

08:52 AM 14 Aug 2014 NZST
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Atlantic Sire Stakes
Atlantic Sire Stakes

After an afternoon hiatus on Wednesday at Red Shores Charlottetown, the harness racing action heats right back up on Thursday afternoon featuring the Atlantic Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

The 11-dash afternoon card gets under way at 1 p.m. featuring two 'A' divisions and three 'B' divisions of the Atlantic Sire Stakes.

The 'A' fillies get under way in the afternoon's ninth race with a pair of fillies looking to extend their win streaks. morning line favourite Dusty Lane Bria will look to extend her streak to three races when she lines up against seven other foes from the outside Post 8. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo is undefeated in her career for owners Ken Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Wilkie trainee picked up a new lifetime mark in her last start, stopping the clock in 1:59. Kenny Arsenault will be back in the sulky on Thursday.

Jann Down, a daughter of Articulator owned by the Downey Stables will look to pick up her third win in a row from Post 2. Trained by Stephen Mason, the filly has yet to finish out of the top two in four starts this year. Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. I Can Do Anything, Three Pink Bows, Lyndale Jenn, Woodmere Costalot, Pictonian Stardust and Jays Little Spark round out the full field.

A pair of fillies bred by Woodmere Farms will do battle in the second 'A' division, although both daughters of Articulator have raced each other up and down the field many of times, Thursday afternoon will be a little different, $13,900 different. Woodmere Dancenart has been chosen as the morning line favourite from Post 2. Owned by Morah Kerr and Phonsie Maceachern, the filly has picked up back-to-back victories for trainer - driver Clare MacDonald.

Woodmere Articblue has drawn post 3 and will look to shed the bridesmaid status from her previous two starts. She is owned by Tanya Tremblett and Stevi Jardine, Ken Collins does the training, Tuesday afternoon she will gain the services of Charlottetown's top driver Marc Campbell. Party Rockin, Elm Grove Joanette, Casa Miasa, Centurion Sue, Wynnfrith and Ubettowin complete the field.

The Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' divisions go in races 3, 5 and 7 on the card. Navajo Moe is the 5-2 morning line choice for her owner Calvin Baglole and trainer Tammy MacKay, Barrieau will handle the driving. Dusty Lane Milly, is the early choice in race 5 for owners Frank Hansen, Shelley Gass and Alexis Gass, Hansen handles the training duties on the daughter of Allamerican Navajo and Walter Cheverie will drive. Another daughter of Navajo is favourited in the seventh race and final 'B' division of the day, Miss Johnstone from post 4 will look to pick up her first lifetime victory for the trainer - driver combination of Thane Mann and Terry Gallant along with owner Paul Johnstone.

Bo Ford

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