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The Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association has announced the appointment of Debbie Francis as the new Executive Director of the organization. Francis was the successful candidate in an extensive search to fill the position and she will assume her new role at the end of April. "Debbie comes to us with over twenty years' experience in the harness racing industry as an owner and a breeder," says ASBA president Wayne MacRae. "The ASBA Board of Directors believes her experience and skill set will be a great asset to the ASBA and the Atlantic Sires Stakes program," adds MacRae. Francis graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and she is currently a Councilor for the Municipality of West Hants. Francis is also the newly elected vice president of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association. Francis resides in Sweets Corner, NS, with her husband Peter and son Gregory, who also shares a passion for the harness racing industry. "Over the past twenty years I have followed my Dad's lifelong passion for this industry and I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and members of the ASBA as I take on this new role in the industry my family has always enjoyed so much," says Francis. Francis will assume the role of Executive Director at the ASBA's Annual General Meeting on April 28. The AGM will take place in the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park grandstand at 1 pm. Francis takes over from outgoing Executive Director Lynne MacLennan who held the position for the past eleven years. MacLennan has moved on to another position in Cape Breton. The ASBA administers the Atlantic Sires Stakes program which 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.   Lynne MacLennan 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  

It will be an Atlantic Sires Stakes invasion of Cape Breton this weekend as the two and three-year-old trotters, as well as the two year-old pacing fillies, head to Cape Breton racetracks. The Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old trotting divisions, all sponsored by Meridian Farms, will be hosted by Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon. The first Atlantic Sires Stakes event will take place at 12:40 pm at the North Sydney oval and will be followed by a full race card of fourteen events. The harness racing action will then head to Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon when the two-year-old pacing fillies roll into town. Two 'A' divisions will each go for a purse pool of $9920, while the fillies attempt to earn points for entry into the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. First race post time in Inverness on Sunday is 1:30 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  

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

Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action resumes this weekend as Inverness Raceway plays host to the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday afternoon. The Canada Day race card will feature two 'A' divisions each going for $10,520 and one $2500 'B' division. The top three fillies on the Atlantic Sires Stakes leader board will all be at the Inverness oval to take on competitors and attempt to garner more points. Tobins Terror, Royaltywestho and Woodmere Ceilidh all have first place finishes on their record but the season is young and there is lots of time for movement in point standings before the championship weekend in October. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' pacing division event and all trotting events go towards earning 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. First race post time in Inverness on Sunday is 1:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

The 2018 Atlantic Sires Stakes race season got underway on Friday evening at Truro Raceway, as the three-year-old pacing fillies had their season debut. Last season's Atlantic Breeders Crown Champion, Woodmere Ceilidh, showed she is still in top form as she captured her $8020 'A' division event in a time of 1:57.3. The three-year-old bay filly is trained and driven by Clare MacDonald for owner Chris Neville of Sydney, NS. Meanwhile, Royaltywestho and driver Walter Cheverie crossed the finish line first in their division clocking a time of 1:58 for owners Joseph Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, NS. The third 'A' division event on the evening race card went to Tobins Terror and trainer-driver Gary Chappell in 2:01.1. The three-year-old filly is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce, Crapaud, PE and Daniel Ross, Belfast, PE. The lone $2500 'B' division event was captured by This Old Millie and driver Marc Campbell for owner-trainer Charles Fraser of Inverness, NS. 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. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders

The wait is over. The much anticipated 2018 Atlantic Sires Stakes season is about to begin. Truro Raceway will host the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies under the lights on Friday evening. Three 'A' divisions will each go for a purse pool of just over $8000 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 r ace post time at Truro Raceway on Friday is 6:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association      

The Atlantic Sires Stakes race season is quickly drawing to a close, with the final harness racing events of the regular season taking place this weekend at Northside Downs. The two year-old pacing colts and fillies will roll into the North Sydney oval on Saturday afternoon for the final opportunity to earn points this season. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pacing event and all trot events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. Two 'A' divisions of the pacing colts will each go for a purse pool of $9860 and one division of the 'A' pacing fillies will go for an impressive $17,800. This year's championship weekend will take place at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on October 7 and 8. First race post time on Saturday at Northside Downs is 1 pm. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Inverness Raceway will play host to the Atlantic Sires Stakes for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts this weekend. Two 'A' divisions will each go for $10,160 in purses, as the colts battle it out in their second last meeting of the regular season Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pace and trot event go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's championships will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 7 and 8. To view current point standings, go to www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. First race post time on Sunday at Inverness Raceway is 1:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan

The Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts are heading to Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon and this will be the last opportunity for the harness racing colts to earn points towards entry in the season-ending championship finals. Ashes to Ashes, the current point leader, will be on hand to defend his lead in one of two 'A' division events, each going for $10,100 in purse money. A lone 'B' division, going for a $2500 purse, will round out the afternoon race card. This year's Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving Weekend. First race post time on Sunday at Inverness Raceway is 1:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association PO Box 65 Port Hood NS B0E 2W0 Phone: 902.787.2869 Fax: 902.787.2214 www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca

A stakes-filled harness racing card will take place at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon as a total of five Atlantic Sires Stakes divisions will be hosted by the North Sydney track. The Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts will go in two 'A' divisions each worth a total of $9900 in purse monies as well as one 'B' division going for $2500. Meanwhile the three-year-old pacing fillies will go in two 'A' divisions worth over $10,000 each. Points earned in Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pacing events and each trotting event go towards securing a spot in the season ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships which will take place Thanksgiving weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time on Saturday at Northside Downs is 1 pm. For current Atlantic Sires Stakes point standings visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. Lynne MacLennan

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