Atlantic Champions Crowned
Woodmere Stealdeal capped off the Weekend of Champion defending his Atlantic Breeders Crown title on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 10) at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Woodmere Stealdeal guarded the front with every stride in the $25,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown three-year-old pacing colt final, presented by Cavendish Farms, on his way to a 1:53 victory for his 20th lifetime win. Marc Campbell was in the race bike for the victory with Danny Romo handling the training duties of the son of Steelhead Hanover for owners Kevin Dorey, Robert Sumarah, Glenn MacDonald and Frank Brundle. Rotten Ronnie (driven by Redmond Doucet) closed strong to finish second ahead of Elliot Moose (Jason Hughes).
Woodmere Leah scored a large upset in the $25,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace, leading at every call to win in 1:55.1 at 7-1 odds for trainer/driver Darren Crowe and owners Kenneth and Susan Lowthers. Race favourite Tobins Brownie (David Dowling) was second with Mystifying (Darryl MacLean) third.
Boo Yaya came first-over to win the Atlantic Breeders Crown for two-year-old pacing fillies as she prevailed in 1:57.2 by 1-1/4 lengths in the $25,000 event. Campbell was in the seat for trainer Robert MacLeod and owners Hugh and Ali MacEachern. Woodmere Jazz (Dowling) sat in the two-hole and finished second with Therealprincess (Corey MacPherson) closing for third.
The $25,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown two-year-old pacing colt final had an eventful start as heavy favourite Fern Hill General (Brodie MacPhee) and Alldawaytocardigan (Myles Heffernan Sr.) hooked wheels in the first turn. Heffernan was unseated from the race bike and the horse did not finish the race. Stash It Away(MacPherson) took advantage of the confusion and advanced to victory in 1:56.1 ahead of Soul Assassin (Dowling) and Brumby (Adam Merner). Kevin MacLean trains Stash It Away for owner Reg MacPherson.
The Clare MacDonald stable swept the $10,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown trot finals. Mr Finlay Ridge (MacDonald) stormed away with the three-year-old trot final in 1:59.3 while the two-year-old trot final saw Up Helly AA (Ken MacDonald) extend his win streak to nine straight in a 2:01.1 six-length romp.
The final part of a Campbell driving quadruple had Time To Dance cruise to a 1:52.1 win in the $8,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown Invitational Pace from his own stable for owners Brent Campbell and Matt McDonald.
Ladylike (Dowling) won the $6,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown Open Mares Pace in 1:54.2 from the Colin Johnson Stable.
The $11,100 Island Oceans Trot Classic Final, presented by JD Marine and Diving Inc., was won by Cheeky Little Minx (Kenny Arsenault) in 1:58.4.
Live harness racing continues at Red Shores on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Red Shores Summerside.
Wager for the day was $75,701.
To view Sunday's results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park.
(With files from Red Shores)