The Island Breeders Championships are on tap Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 1pm as the legendary harness racing CDP oval swings into the afternoon fall/winter meet. The 12 dash program, which includes six divisions of the Island Breeders, with a total purse $76,750 is being carried on the world-wide network at www.redshores.ca
There were many headlines and match-ups developed after the draw was completed on Wednesday. The first Island Breeders division is for two-year-old trotters where Sweetwater Rukkus (Ralph Annear) lands on the rail and gets the morning line favorite from Gerard Smith while race analyst Les MacIsaac has My Daisy Duke (Ron Gass) as his top choice. Both horses had some trouble in their last start in Truro.
Annear could sweep both trot divisions when his three-year-old stable star, who was sold to Larocque Racing Stable Inc and Tatum MacNeil, Ontario after winning the Maritime Breeders Final, goes after her 11th win of the season and fifth in a row in race 4. April Dawns Star, Cash an Clay and Malabrigo are all coming off winning performances when they meet in the two-year-old filly final while Big League meetsUnion, Mr Thompson and Touch of Lightening in the two-year-colt final. Touch of Lightening, who won by a nose in the Joe O’Brien gold, drew post seven for Smith. This colt can fire off the wings when asked so it should make for a great race.
Charolettes Maggie, owned by Shaun MacIsaac of Charlottetown, is listed at 5-2 odds in the three-year-old filly final while Maritimer, with Clare MacDonald in the bike, has a major shot to take the winner’s share of the $13,000 purse in the colt final for trainer George Rennison.
RED SHORES SUMMERSIDE
The field is set for the Sunday afternoon top class at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the 12 dash card is 1pm. The action will be carried at www.redshores.ca
Longn Winding Road ships in from Truro for Phil Pinkney and takes on a powerful roster from the rail. The favorites in the event, Sombrero Blue Chip, Ultimate Success and Life Savior, have drawn outside.
Race analyst for Summerside Jared Stretch has put his support behind Ultimate Success and driver Lenny Myers. “He’s certainly made his presence felt here in Summerside,” said Stretch. “He’s been known to go toe to toe with the open pacers in the Maritimes so we’ve got to give him top call.”
The cast also includes veteran Porthill Alf, Beechwood Tiger, All Out and Onehotvett. The leading driver competition is jammed with only two cards remaining at Summerside. Corey MacPherson is now tied with Marc Campbell with 32 wins. Campbell is driving 11 horses on the card while MacPherson is down to pilot six on the day.
Mark Badley and Norris Rogers are next with 23 wins with Kenny Arsenault, Gary Chappell and Brodie MacPhee sitting with 21 on the campaign.
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By Lee DRAKE