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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With an Island Breeders Championship win in her rearview mirror, After The Lovin continued the momentum in her Atlantic Sires Stakes consolation Saturday afternoon on the weekend of champions at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  Jason Hughes pointed the daughter of Carnivore to the lead in the $5,000 Atlantic Sires Stakes Breeder’s Crown consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies and never looked back through splits of 30, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4 over sloppy conditions. The final panel was unleashed in 29.3 to win by four-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Emilys Angel (Driven By Kenny Arsenault) was second and Pickpocketprincess (Adam Merner) was placed to third. Earl Watts trains After The Lovin for owners River Valley Management of Saint John, N.B., and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. Tomy Tag guarded the rail in the $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt consolation en route to a 2:02 victory for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside. The next two spots were occupied by Egamer (Arsenault) and Windemere Albert (Hughes). The two-year-old pacing filly consolation saw Elm Grove Ocean use first over tactics to win in 2:02.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Angus Gillis and owner Done For The Day Stable of New Waterford, N.S. Second went to Streakazana (Marc Campbell) with Lorne Valley Barb (Myles Heffernan Sr.) hitting the ticket for third after leaving from post 8. The final consolation race of the day had Spack Jarrow win the $5,000 three-year-old pacing colt class in 2:00.2 in line to Corey MacPherson for trainer Raymond White and owner Mike Slana of Belfast. A Grand Terror (Barrieau) was second while the $214.10 triactor was completed by Flowersonthebeach (David Dowling). For race replays and more click here. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A stakes laden Saturday harness racing doubleheader is in the cards Saturday for Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval plays host to the 85th anniversary of Canada's oldest stakes race. The P.E.I Colt Stakes for pacers dots the landscape of the busy Saturday at the capital oval with the action kicking off at 12:30 P.M. featuring the two-year-old pacers on the afternoon card. The first race of the day gets the stakes racing underway with a $7,300 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old filly division. Ezra Express is the morning line favourite in the class for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo will look to add to her $14,951 in seasonal earnings fresh off a 2:00.2 lifetime best performance at Northside Downs in Nova Scotia. Bettorthanbobbi has rail control as the favourite in the second rookie filly split in race 4 as Mark Bradley will steer the four-time winner for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Watch Me Dance will look to expand on her $19,933 in purses in race 7 with Bradley driving the post 3 starter for co-owner and trainer Stephen Quinn and co-owners John Quinn and Ozzie MacKay. The final $7,300 two-year-old filly division has Saulsbrook Ocean taking her not worse than second record to the test with post 4 for the duo of driver Dale Spence and trainer Joe Baxter. The Nova Scotia ownership group of Saulsbrook Stables Inc., Jennifer Baxter and Michael MacKenzie own the daughter of Westwardho Hanover. The P.E.I Colt Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts has its first $7,000 division in race 2 as Harry G earns the respect of the morning line with post 4 for trainer-driver Paul Langille and owners Arleen, Chantel Gillis of Nova Scotia and Christina Gillis of Ontario. The He's Watching colt U Bettim Watching will attempt to knock off his competition in the second split in race 5 with Kenny Arsenault back in the bike for co-owner and trainer Jeff Lilley and co-owners Shirlene O'Brien and Blair MacLauchlan. Tobins Rebel had his first taste of defeat in his latest start but will look to rebound to his previously undefeated ways in race 8 for a $7,000 pot. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Camystic for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Rollnpop has his work cut out for him from post 8 in the final P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old pacing colt division in race 8 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and Nova Scotia owners Phonsie MacEachern and Morah Kerr. The leader in his division, Woodmere Rollnpop has five wins and two seconds from just seven starts for over $28,000 in prize money in his rookie campaign. Stakes races continue Saturday evening P.E.I. Colt Stakes action continues on the busy Saturday of racing at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 15-dash program scheduled for 6:30 P.M. with the three-year-old pacers as well as the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series presented by Standardbred Canada. Yet again, the stakes action starts right off the hop with a field of three-year-old pacing colt competing in a $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes division in race 1. Purple Poet is the early favourite as trainer-driver Arsenault will look for the horse's seventh lifetime win for owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. Champion sophomore Notorious headlines the second colt split in race 4 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Nova Scotian Shirley Symes. The son of Malicious has been building on his healthy $78,000 bankroll every week this season. The one-two punch of former pasture mates Red Dirt Rocknroll (Driven by David Dowling) and Red Dirt Boomer (Barrieau) headlines race 8's P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing colt division. Both bred by Lowell Balderston of North Wiltshire, the pacing colts will again square off with Red Dirt Boomer putting his three-race win streak on the line from post 5 for owner Daniel Ross. P.E.I Colt Stakes pacing colt action comes to a close in race 12 as the ultra-consistent Saulsbrook Lassie will leave from post 2 as the top choice for driver Adam Merner, co-owner and trainer Jean Belliveau and co-owner Norman Leger. The first $7,800 P.E.I. Colt stakes three-year-old filly division is slated for race 2 with Glasgow Gracie pegged as the one to beat for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Blair and Carl Hansen and Isaac Schurman of P.E.I. Elm Grove Nellie has rail control in the second of three filly bouts for driver Spence and trainer Baxter. Owned by Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis, both of Nova Scotia, the daughter of Stonebridge Terror will look for her fourth win of the season. The red-hot Woodmere Oleksiak has proven untouchable in recent weeks with five straight divisional victories and will have rail control as she looks to continue that trend in the final $7,800 filly division in race 10. Dowling drives the Earl Watts trainee for owners Windemere Farms, Hollis Newson, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, has a pair of divisions on the program with $3,620 up for grabs in each division. The top-pacing mares will compete in races 5 and 7 on the program. The race 15 finale has a hard hitting group of preferred pacers vying for a $2,900 purse with Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Lisburn (Arsenault) the top pick from post 5. Driver-trainer Brian MacPhee will be special guest on Inside Track. The interview segment, hosted by Peter MacPhee, will air at 5:30pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the Worldwide Broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Mainland Pacer Controls Rail Sunday At Red Shores SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off the fastest win any horse shows on the program, Heartland Eclipse will cross the Confederation Bridge and try to protect the rail in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will play host to 11-dashes Sunday with a 1 P.M. first race post time. The $2,700 Preferred 2 pace has Heartland Eclipse leaving from post 1 after smoking his foes in 1:55.2 last time out at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S. Owned by Lee Raymond of Truro, Hearland Eclipse's trainer Don Ellis has elected to place Mike McGuigan in the drivers seat of the six-year-old son of Armbro Baylor as he searches for win number 18 of his pacing career. Mantario has post 6 in the field of seven with Norris Rogers picking up the catch drive for trainer Alex Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. A finalist in the Birthplace Of Confederation Series, Mantario will look to rebound off a sixth place finish in his latest start. Dangle Ona Dime was red hot the first part of the season at Red Shores Summerside but has hit a temporary rough patch. Starting from post 7 on Sunday afternoon, the four-year-old son of Pang Shui has the services of Corey MacPherson in the driver's seat. Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) and Soccer Hanover (John Davidson). The back-up pace lines up in race 7 with $2,400 at play. McGuigan will drive the Elton Millar trained pacer from post 3 in the field of eight for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. A recent third place finisher in the $3,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial at Fredericton Raceway in New Brunswick, Ramset has five wins from 17 starts so far in 2019. Other top entries include Coasttocoastshark (Ken Murphy) and White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers). Trainer Earl Watts will be special guest on Inside Track. The interview segment, hosted by Rocky Schurman, will air at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Due to the pending Hurricane Watch Inverness Raceway has moved their card of harness racing from Sunday September 8 ,2019 to Monday September 9, 2019. Post time 7pm. The 3 year old Colt Atlantic Sire Stakes scheduled for Saturday September 7, 2019 in Northside has been moved to Inverness Raceway on Monday September 9, 2019 post time 7pm. The Nova Scotia stake for 2 year old Fillies is included in the date change for Inverness Monday September 9, 2019. From Debbie Francis, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a win streak at stake, Woodmere Oleksiak will try to continue her winning ways in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The Friday program has an even dozen dashes in store with the first race of the night hitting the track at 6:30 P.M. Woodmere Oleksiak is the favourite in her Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing filles carrying a $12,700 purse in race 11. David Dowling will drive the daughter of Articulator from post 2 for trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson of Cornwall, Windemere Farms of Hampshire, and Nova Scotia owners Ric McNutt of Onslow Mountain and Debbie Denney of Brooklyn. The filly was winless in 17 tries until two starts ago where she broke her maiden in a 1:58.3 romp, then followed it up with a front end score in Atlantic Sires Stakes action June 30 at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Her top contenders in Friday's contest are Arc Light (Driven by Marc Campbell) from post 4 and Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) with post 5. Cheeky Cherry receives top billing as the morning line choice in the other $12,700 sophomore filly A-division in race 9 with MacDonald training and driving for owner Earith Riley of Summerside. Other top entrants are Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) and Elm Grove Nellie (Spence). The program will also see a trio of three-year-old pacing filly B-divisions in races 2, 4 and 7 carrying $2,500 purses in each. The Bud Ramsay Memorial pace lines up in race 3 and early favourite Miss Sangria goes into the event fresh off a pair of second place finishes and draws post 6 for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River. Race 12 is billed as the Medastar Memorial pace and Nogreatmischief will be the morning line favourite with post 2 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race programs, live video and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - There was no stopping Gettin Messi's advance to the winner's circle in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week of harness racing. Leaving from post 4 in his $6,180 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trot contest, Gettin Messi settled into third place but then driver Mike McGuigan launched the champion trotter first-over to secure the lead past the half-mile marker. Trained by Len McGuigan for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale, the son of Armbro Barrister stopped the clock in 2:00 over a closing Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee). Third went to Dreamboat Annie (Barrieau). Ya Boy Bear (Delcrest Julian) won the second three-year-old sires stakes division in 2:00 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Michael Bailey of Morell. Richnsnotherndream (Kenny Arsenault) was second with race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Barrieau) recovering from an early break in stride to finish third. Little Miss Winnie won the final three-year-old split but the Arsenault driven trotter was placed back to seventh for being inside three consecutive pylons in the first quarter of the race. That placing put second-place finisher Ableway (Steven Shepherd) into the winner's circle while Hard Case (Mark Bradley) was placed up to second and Dusty Lane Titan (Campbell) was placed into third. Ableway is owned and trained by Carl Bagnall of Stratford. Mabou Ridge captured the lone Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division with a 2:06.1 maiden breaking score for the lion's share of the $15,720 pot. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star (Campbell) rode the pocket to finish second while Go With Her (Kuri White) used first-over tactics to complete the triactor ticket. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Woodmere Skyroller and Watch Me Dance were both on top of their games so far in their short careers and will go head-to-head in harness racing stakes action Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The Wednesday program has 10-dashes scheduled with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies are the feature on the program as the rookie fillies make their career debuts in stakes action. Woodmere Skyroller is favoured in race 8 of the program in an Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division with a $12,920 purse on the line with rail control for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The daughter of Rollwithitharry was second to an Ontario bred in her first overnight outing pacing in 2:00.1 but will have a rematch with the filly that beat in her in qualifying action. Watch Me Dance prevailed in that qualifier over Woodmere Skyroller with a 27.4 closing panel as the daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has post 5 in the field of six with Mark Bradley at the lines for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owner John Quinn of Charlottetown. Woodmere Nasha is selected for third with Kenny Arsenault driving from post 2. The other $12,920 A-division lines up in race 6 with Howmacrivercruiser receiving top billing from post 4 with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. Other top entries include Tobins Choice (Driven by Gary Chappell) and Ezra Express (Marc Campbell). Race 4 has the lone $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for two-year-old pacing fillies with a field of five. The Rocket Chief Harvey and Randy MacEachern Memorial pace lines up in race 7 and Blacky Black is the top contender from post 6 for owner Ralph Harvey of Durham Bridge, N.B., trainer Ed Harvey and driver Norris Rogers. Go to www.Redshores.ca for promotional plays, live video, programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Governor's Plate Week of harness racing becomes red hot on Tuesday evening with first of five straight night programs and the Atlantic Sires Stakes trotters taking centre stage at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Tuesday card has 10-dashes scheduled with a 6:30 P.M. post time featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association. The rookie trotters make their career debuts in race 6 of the program with the lone Sires Stakes division carrying a hefty $15,720 purse. Mykindofparty was impressive in his qualifier but must overcome post 7 in his debut with Adam Merner picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Jonathan MacDonald of North Wiltshire and trainer Stephen Gass. Other top entrants include Windemere Ally (Driven by David Dowling) and Mabou Ridge (Clare MacDonald). Maritime Champion Getting Messi will headline race 2 of the card in the first Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting contest with a $6,180 purse at stake. Mike McGuigan is back at the lines of the Len McGuigan trainee for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The three-year-old son of Armbro Barrister overwhelmed his opponents in his last start winning in 1:58.3 to set a new track and Atlantic record for sophomore trotters at Red Shores Charlottetown. Last year's Atlantic Triple Crown winner, Mile Hill Willie, has post 2 in race 4 of the evening with regular driver Gilles Barrieau at the controls for owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. A winner of seven out of 11 races as a rookie, Mile Hill Willie was a winner his last start over an off-track in 2:02.2. The third and final Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old division has Westview Sue installed as the morning line choice in the $6,180 event with MacPherson driving for trainer Gass and owner Jim Gorman of South Melville. The Delcrest Julian filly made a break in her last start but had a trio of top three finishes in her previous starts. Check out www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more on the countdown to the Governor's Plate presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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

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