SUMMERSIDE, PE – The 2017 AtlanticSires Stakes season kicks into high gear with the two and three-year-old trotters meeting for the first time this season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor’s Plate week racing.
First race post time is 7 P.M. for the 12-dash card.
The Atlantic Sires Stakes for trotters is sponsored by Meridians Farms with the two-year-old trotters lining up in $6,240 divisions in races 1, 3 and 6.
Madonna was a sharp qualifying winner in 2:12.1 and makes her first lifetime start from post 4 in race 1 for driver Myles Heffernan, trainer Gerald MacDougall and owner Judy MacLeod of Cardigan.
Race 3 has another morning line favourite for Heffernan as he trains, drives and co-owns post 5 starter Ticked with co-owner and wife Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The two-year-old son of Armbro Barrister demolished his qualifying field with a 12-length romp in 2:07.2 and will face five opponents in his career debut.
The final two-year-old Meridian Farms division in race 6 has a number of talented prospects with Buckaroo getting the nod as the classifier’s choice from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield, PE.
The three-year-old trotters have divisions in races 2, 5 and 7 for $6,300 purses.
Pappy Go Go kicks off the three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes Meridian Farms action in race 2 with rail control for trainer-driver Campbell after taking a lifetime best of 2:00.2 in his lone 2017 start for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. The field also includes Maritime Breeder’s Champion Wicked Nick with post 2 for driver Gary Chappell.
Mile Hill Mac rides a two-race win streak into the second division in race 5 for owner-trainer-driver Paul Morrison of Cardigan, while the final division has Hop Up installed as the morning line favourite from post 2 for catch driver Ken Murphy and owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley.
By Nicholas Oakes