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Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals this weekend

07:41 AM 11 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Atlantic Breeder's Crown
Atlantic Breeder's Crown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca

Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12.

The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass).

The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card.

Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown.

The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting).

The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald).

Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault).

The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6.

The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald).

The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale.

For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca

By Nicholas Oakes

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