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The 2019 Atlantic Sires Stakes race season got underway on Friday evening at Truro Raceway, as the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies had their season debut. Trainer / Driver Marc Campbell dominated the opening round of Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway on Friday (May 31). The hot-handed reinsman swept the two $10,220 'A' divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies with his own trainees Arc Light and Ma Rebelle. Last of seven at the half, Arc Light circled her filly foes to take a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3 for Grayland Farm. The Camystic-Red Star Ashlee miss beat out Cheeky Cherry and Howmac Sabrina by three-quarters of a length. Owned by Larry and Kathy Chappell, Ma Rebelle led all the way in her division and held off the pocket-pulling Im A Miracle by a head in career-best 1:56.4, with Woodmere Tango following less than a length behind in third. The Ameripan Gigolo-Briannas Attitude filly, who went winless last year but had eight top-three finishes from 11 starts, is now three-for-four to kick off her sophomore season. In the $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes 'B' division, David Carey trainee Lady N Paradise upset American Bamstand in a close 1:59.4 mile under Dale Spence's guidance. Lady N Paradise is owned by David Carey, Craig Carey, and Ronald Garland. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division and trot event go towards securing a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. Breeding excellence The Atlantic Sires Stakes program is sponsored by the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association (ASBA), which has been promoting the breeding of Standardbred horses in the Atlantic Provinces for over 50 years while providing incentives for people to buy and race horses in this region. In the early 1960’s, a group of horsemen and track operators, spearheaded by the late Glen Kennedy of Prince Edward Island, saw the need for a program to enhance the Standardbred breeding industry in the Maritimes. A sires stakes program had been developed in New York State and the group felt a similar program would prove beneficial to this region. History was made in February 1966 when the Maritime Provinces Colt Stakes Association Ltd. was formed with the sole purpose of setting up and promoting a series of stake events for Maritime-bred colts and fillies.  The association drew its officers, directors and members from the ranks of those keenly interested in harness racing and the future development of the Maritime breeding industry. In 1967 the first Atlantic Sires Stakes events were staged and purse monies for the year were worth an estimated $10,000—Canada’s first sires stakes program had begun! Debbie Francis Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

The 2019 Atlantic Sires Stakes season is set to kick off Friday night. Truro Raceway will host the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies Friday evening. Two 'A' divisions will each go for a purse pool of $10,220 and one 'B' division will go for $2500. The Atlantic Sires Stakes program, the first of its kind in Canada, was formed over fifty years ago to promote the Standardbred horse industry in Atlantic Canada.  Today the program showcases the best young horses in the region and offers participants and spectators the finest in harness racing action. Atlantic Sires Stakes events will take place at racetracks throughout Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island this year. Points earned in each 'A' division event will go towards securing a coveted position in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships.  First race post time at Truro Raceway on Friday is 6:30 pm.   Debbie Francis Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred  Breeders Association

The final events of the Atlantic Sires Stakes regular season will take place on Saturday at Northside Downs. The North Sydney oval will host both the two-year-old pacing colts and the two-year-old pacing fillies in this last opportunity to earn points for entry into the Atlantic Breeders Crown Weekend of Championships. Over $17,000 will be on the line as eight fillies battle it out in one 'A' division event. The top two point earners on the filly leader board will be in attendance. Magical Mistress and Therealdeal are tied with 24 points each and are leaving from post position two and three. The top eight declared point earners in each division will go in the championship finals on Thanksgiving Weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park., while the next eight go in the consolations. The two-year-old pacing colts will also have the chance to shine on Saturday in two 'A' division events, each with a purse pool of $9,320. Woodmere Bolt, the current point leader, will be on hand to defend his lead. First race post time on Saturday at Northside Downs is 1 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

It will be a stakes filled weekend for Cape Breton, as both the two and three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing colts will meet for racing action on the island. Northside Downs will play host to the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday afternoon when two 'A' divisions each go for a purse pool of $10,020. This will be the final meeting of the three-year-old pacing colts before the season ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. First race post time in North Sydney is 1 pm. On Sunday the racing action will return to Inverness when the freshmen pacing colts roll into town. The Inverness oval will host two 'A' divisions, each going for $9620. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing event and all trotting events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving weekend. To view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Sock It Away continued his winning ways at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The 3 year-old pacing gelding had his fourth straight Atlantic Sires Stakes win of the season, as he continues to dominate the leader board. Marc Campbell handled the driving duties for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, PEI. The duo crossed the finish line in 1:57.1 followed by Woodmere Ideal Art and Easy Flyer. The other $10,320 'A' division event on the afternoon race card went to last year's Atlantic Breeders Crown champion, Half Cut, and driver Mark Bradley in a time of 1:57.4. The 3 year-old bay gelding is trained by Tom Weatherbie for owners Kyle and Joseph Gardiner, Michael Currie and Jerry MacKinnon, all of PEI. Coming home second was Weekend Atnannies and third was String Busters. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing actions heats up again in Cape Breton this coming weekend with the 3 year-old pacing colts heading to North Sydney on Saturday and the 2 year-old pacing colts going the Inverness oval on Sunday. To view the current Atlantic Sires Stakes point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

With only two remaining opportunities to earn points this season, all the Atlantic Sires Stakes leading point earners in the three-year-old pacing colts division will congregate at Inverness Raceway this weekend. The colts will be in pursuit of points to gain entry into the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships, as well as a portion of the sizeable purse pools. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving weekend. Two 'A' divisions will each go for a purse pool of $10,320 on the Sunday afternoon race card at Inverness Raceway, with a first race post time of 1:30 pm. To view the current Atlantic Sires Stakes point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Northside Downs will play host to the Atlantic Sires Stakes three year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon and a substantial purse is on the line. The lone 'A' division will go for $17,940, with eight competitors battling it out for purse money and points. There will also be a $2,500 'B' division on the afternoon card. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pacing event and all trotting events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's Weekend of Champions will take place at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving weekend. First race post time at the North Sydney oval is 1 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Many of the best young harness racing trotters and pacers in the Maritimes will be featured at Truro Raceway this week as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action. The trotters will kick off the action on Thursday evening when both the two and three-year-olds take to the Truro oval in the Atlantic Sires - Meridian Farms trotting events. The freshmen trotters will go in two $8540 divisions, while the sophomore trotters will go in three divisions, each for a purse pool of $6220. First race post time on Thursday evening is 6:30 pm. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will continue on Friday evening when the two-year-old pacers will aim to climb the leader board. The two-year-old pacing fillies will go in three $7240 'A' division events and one $2500 'B' event. Meanwhile, the two-year-old colts will go in two $10,160 'A' divisions and one $2500 'B' event. First race post time on Friday will be 6:30 pm. The Saturday evening card will feature the three-year-old pacing colts in a total of three divisions. This will the second meeting of the season for the three-year-old colt contenders in what is sure feature competitive fields. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' pacing event and all trotting events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. To view the current Atlantic Sires Stakes point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Royaltywestho has cruised through the first part of the 2018 season dominating the three-year-old pacing filly division but the former leading money winning three-year-old in North America returned to form Friday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor’s Plate week racing. Bettim Jackie had a solid winter season racing in Ontario but has remained winless since coming back East for the start of the Atlantic Stakes season, but that all changed Friday night. The daughter of Andreoli Hanover was sent first over in her $13,040 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-Division by driver Gilles Barrieau and powered past the undefeated Royaltywestho (Driven by Walter Cheverie) going to three-quarters. Bettim Jackie lengthened her advantage to a six-and-a-half length winning margin in 1:55.3, just two-fifth shy of Elm Grove Inarush's 2014 track record for sophomore pacing fillies. Royaltywestho had to settle for second while Woodmere Wyldstyle (Corey MacPherson) was third. Bettim Jackie is co-owned and trained by Jeff Lilley of Milton for co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. The other $13,040 A-division was won by Chocolate Terror and trainer-driver Darren Crowe in a race that was full of action from the start. Heavily favoured R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) made at the start to be a non-factor while Elm Grove Maddy (Dale Spence) tussled with Elm Grove Mistress (Earl Smith) to the quarter in 28.1. Elm Grove Mistress was forced to take a seat in second while Elm Grove Maddy hit the half in 57.3 then was overtaken by Chocolate Terror to the outside before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with the final time of 1:56.3. Tobins Terror (Gary Chappell) was second with the 93-1 shot Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes) in third. Chocolate Terror is owned by David Livingstone of Halifax, N.S. The trio of $2,500 B-Divisions were claimed by Izzies Angel in 1:58.4 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant of Summerside, Shy Artie in 2:00.1 with Dale Spence driving for trainer Tommy Gunn of New Brunswick and Howmac Impeccable in 2:00.4 for driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – For decades Earl Smith has been a force to be reckoned with on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit and that trend continued Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of the Governor’s Plate harness racing week. Woodmere Bolt captured the fastest Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old pacing colts on the Thursday program in Summerside winning in 2:01. The two-year-old gelded son of Malicious laid down the tempo at every station in the $12,680 event, cutting fractions of 29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:31.4 for trainer-driver Earl Smith before winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 2:01. Race favourite Red Dirt Boomer (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), another son of Malicious, was second while third went to Fern Hill Dynamic (Mark Bradley). Woodmere Bolt is owned by Peter Smith of Charlottetown, Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River and Arnold Hagen of Bible, N.S. The other $12,680 A-division for rookie pacers was won by Notorious with Walter Cheverie at the controls in 2:03.1. Darryl MacLean of Winsloe co-owns and trains the two-year-old son of Malicious for co-owners Gordon MacLean, also of Winsloe, and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S. The Malicious trend continued in this division as another son of the first crop sire, Mrs Browns Boy, was second with Clare MacDonald at the lines while Red Dirt Rocknroll, by Articulator, was third for driver Lenny Myers. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing colts were won by Flowersonthebeack in 2:01.1 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Jeff Wallace and JJ Superman in 2:05.2 for trainer-driver Austin Sorrie. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Overcoming an early break in stride, Therealdeal lived up to her harness racing name in the first Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division of the season for two-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie was in the race bike for the 1:59 victory behind the two-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover in her $9,020 A-division for rookie pacing fillies. Therealdeal is trained by Joseph Baxter for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Second went to Woodmere Rio (Driven by Earl Smith) with Lady N Paradise (Dave Carey) finishing third. Howmac Sabrina had an identical mile time winning the second $9,020 A-division for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:59 with David Dowling at the lines for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. Im A Miracle (Dale Spence) finished second while the $191.20 triactor ticket was completed by Elm Grove Nellie (Gilles Barrieau). The final A-split was claimed by Magical Mistress and driver Adam Merner, winning the $9,020 division in 2:02.3 with a 28.1 closing panel for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. Pacesetter Foxy Gigolo (Mike McGuigan) hung on for second with the first-over challenging Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) finishing third. Merner had four wins on the program also clicking with Whosurwinner in 1:59 for trainer Deanna Clow of New Haven, Tell Me Why in 1:59.1 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane and Shadows Mystery in 1:56.3 for trainer Gordie Ford. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were won by Tobins Hope in 2:03.3 with Jack Panting in the bike and Something Reel in 2:03.3 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe. Dana Sweet of Bloomfield Station celebrated his first victory as a pari-mutuel driver winning Hurricane EJ in the first dash of the Wednesday program in 2:02.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The rookie pacing colts start their quest for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside in the first leg of the Atlantic Sires Stakes as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The 11-dash program has a 7 P.M. start time featuring a duo of $12,680 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions in races 7 and 9. The first split in race 7 has Notorious for top billing with rail control for trainer Darryl MacLean, who co-owns the son of Malicious with Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S. Walter Cheverie gets the catch driving call on the colt fresh off a 2:02.4 qualifier. Other top contenders are Mrs Browns Boy (Driven by Clare MacDonald) and Red Dirt Rocknroll (Lenny Myers). The other $12,680 A-division lines up behind the Noonan Petroleum Starting Gate in race 9 with Red Dirt Boomer favoured after an impressive 2:01.4 qualifier with a 28.2 closing quarter. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Malicious for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Bolt is the lone to colt to taste pair-mutuel victory in the field and receives 3-1 morning line odds from post 2, while Fern Hill Dynamic is selected for third from post 4 with Mark Bradley at the controls. The program also features a pair of $2,500 B-divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts in races 3 and 5. The Henry, Philip and Marlene Doucette Memorial hits the track in race 6 for a $1,300 purse. Ultimatelyhandsome is the race favourite from post 6 with Jason Hughes is the bike for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Race 8 is sponsored by Gentleman Jim's Restaurant in memory of Cam Cameron with Southfield Sassy favoured for Driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Frank Banks. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway played host to the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters presented by Meridian Farms on the Tuesday evening harness racing program as part of Governor's Plate Week racing with Kenny Arsenault winning a majority of the action. Little Miss Winnie was the big winner of the program, hitting the wire first in the lone two-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes trot division for a purse of $15,580. Kenny Arsenault drove the Tad The Stud filly for trainer Ralph Annear and owner Steven Sorrie of Montague. Time of the mile was 2:08. Second went to Ableway (Driven by Steven Shepherd) with Mile Hill Willie (Paul Morrison) completing the $339.70 triactor. Arsenault also scored in a pair of $6,340 three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes splits for a hat trick on the program. The Charlottetown driver visited the winner's circle with Mile Hill AJ after a 2:03 mile for trainer Paul Morrison and owner John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B. Second went to Daisy River (Paul Lanigan) with Never Fear (Danny MacDonald) finishing third. Oceanview Eunomia hit the winner's circle in another $6,340 division with Arsenault at the controls for owner-trainer Bill Roloson of Belfast. The daughter of Armbro Barrister stopped the clock in 2:02.1 over Majian Gilroy (Jim Ripley) and A Pure Heart (Danny MacDonald). West River Cindy won her three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes trot division in a mile time of 2:02.3, capturing the $6,340 division for driver Kenny MacDonald, trainer Clare MacDonald and owner Haley Shepherd of Stratford. Race favourite Buddy White (Adam Merner) was second while Oceanview Tadpole (Corey MacPherson) completed a $176.20 triactor. Hop Up and MacPherson claimed the $1,950 Open Trot with a cooler presentation in memory of the late Boyd Leslie. Time of the mile was 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The Atlantic Sires Stakes season kicks off Wednesday evening for the two-year-old pacing fillies as part of Governor's Plate Week racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 11-dash Wednesday evening card starts at 7 P.M. featuring three A-divisions and two B-divisions for the rookie fillies. The first $9,020 A-division is in race 2 with a compact field of five two-year-old pacing fillies. Driver Walter Cheverie and trainer Joseph Baxter teamed up already this season with Royaltywestho to dominate the three-year-old pacing filly division and will look for more success with another daughter of Westhwardho Hanover. Therealdeal leaves from post 2 to lead the way in race 2 for the combination of Baxter and Cheverie, while the post 2 starter is owned by Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Other top contenders are Lady N Paradise (Driven by Dave Carey) and Woodmere Rio (Earl Smith). The second A-split lines up in race 8 and Howmac Sabrina is the favourite after turning in a sharp qualifier in 2:01.4 with a 28.1 closing panel for driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts. The post 4 starting daughter of Malicious is owned by Brittany Watts of Warren Grove and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. Other top entries are Unapologetically (Cheverie) and Dustylanbukinfuty (Corey MacPherson). The final A-division hits the track in race 10 for a $9,020 pot with the sales topper from last fall's Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale leading the way from post 6. Woodmere Tango will have Clare MacDonald in the bike after garnering a $28,000 price tag as yearling. Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S., holds the ownership papers for the daughter of Articulator after she posted a 2:01 qualifying mile at Truro Raceway in her only charted line. Other top entries in race 10 are Skycrew (Vincent Poulton) and Magical Mistress (Adam Merner). A pair of $2,500 B-divisions line up in races 4 and 6. For race programs and promotional information check out www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The rookie and sophomore trotters will convene for their first meeting of the season Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The 12-dash program kicks off at 7 P.M. at the Prince County oval with the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters sponsored by Meridian Farms. The two-year-old division in race 4 could well be the largest purse of the season for the rookies with just eight entrants making for a combined purse of $15,580. All eight horses are making the first starts of their careers but Little Miss Winnie is the early favourite by virtue of her 2:07 qualifier at Red Shores Charlottetown. Kenny Arsenault will drive the daughter of Tad The Stud from post 5 for trainer Ralph Annear and owner Steven Sorrie of Montague. In three-year-old trotting action, race 2 will be the first split on the program with Sailor Blue favoured in the $6,340 event. Ken Murphy is in the race bike for trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, who co-owns the Ambro Barrister filly with Yossi Martonovich. Daisy River (Driven by Paul Lanigan) and Miss Emerson Ridge (Clare MacDonald) are other top entries. The second division is in race 6 as A Pure Heart is selected for the top spot with post 5 for trainer-driver Danny MacDonald and owners Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd., of Crapaud and Daniel Ross of Belfast. The Armbro Barrister colt was a second place finisher in his latest outing with Kent Beattie in the bike. The top three morning line choices are filled by Majian Gilroy (Jim Ripley) and Dustylaneambyr (Jack Panting). Buddy White gets top billing in the final $6,340 split in race 8 by virtue of being the only horse in the division to win a race in this early point of the 2018 season. Adam Merner was in the bike that day and is back at the controls Tuesday from post 2 for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Blayne White of Belle River. Other top entries include West River Cindy (Clare MacDonald) and Osprey Delta (Walter Cheverie). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Royaltywestho pulled ahead on the Atlantic Sires Stakes leader board as she captured another win on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway. The three-year-old bay pacing filly was under the command of Walter Cheverie as they crossed the finish line in 1:57.2 for owners Joseph Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, NS. The other $10,520 'A' division event went to R Es Shabla and driver Mike McGuigan in a time of 1:56.3. The three-year-old filly is owned by Lloyd Parsons of Carmanville, NL. Elm Grove Maddy and driver Redmond Doucet won the lone $2500 'B' division event for owner Steve Morton of Windsor, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will heat up again soon as all six divisions will meet for competition during Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside Raceway. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

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