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Southfield Sophie Stars In ATSS Splits

Published: June 10, 2012 8:52 pm ET

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Three-year-old pacing fillies faced off in their second Atlantic Sires Stakes segment of the season on Sunday afternoon at Truro Raceway.

Southfield Sophie won the fastest of four $6,660 'A' divisions after touring the half-mile oval in 1:59.2. Driven by her trainer Terry Gallant, the Western Paradise-Ricotta Hanover miss fired to the front from post seven and rolled past fractions of :28.1, :59 and 1:29.1 en route to the three and three-quarter length score. Larshecomes (Clare MacDonald) advanced first over for second place honours and Tobins Knockout (Mark Bradley) finished third off a pocket trip. Favourite Ms Thelma (Mike Stevenson) broke stride early on.

Despite turning in a career-best 1:59 score in her Rudy Chappell Memorial Stake division last start, Southfield Sophie was the fifth choice among the betting public and returned $13.80 to her backers. She is now two-for-four on the year for owner Southfield Farms Inc. of Summerside, P.E.I.

Southfield Sophie

Trained and driven by Marc Campbell, Malabrigo kept her sophomore record perfect with a 2:00.3 triumph in her division. The streaking filly made up an early five length deficit when she swept to command from fourth after the :30-second opening quarter, then carved out middle splits of 1:01.1 and 1:31, and turned back a first over challenge from Cash An Clay (Kenny Arsenault) into the stretch. The 1-2 favourite won by a length over pocket-sitter J J Maywest (Mike Stevenson) and Elm Grove Girlzone (Marc Bradley).

Malabrigo paid $3.10 to win. She won her first Atlantic Sires Stakes event of the season in a career-best 1:59 and a division of the Rudy Chappell Memorial prior to today's victory. The Western Paradise-Lots Abunny miss, last year's Maritime Breeders Futurity champion and Atlantic Breeders Crown runner-up, is owned by Buntainwood Farm, Brackley Beach, P.E.I.

Malabrigo

A As Glory ($12.10) and Oduya ($16.30) earned their initial victories of the year with matching 1:59.4 clockings in the other two divisions. Andrew Ward of Saint John, N.B. owns, trains and bred A As Glory, a Carlspur-Dies Morning Glory filly, who was driven by Mike Stevenson to a one length win over Shes Astronomical (Darren Crowe) and favourite Just Lovey (Danny Romo). Oduya romped to a five and a half length victory in her split over favourite Sweetwater Teaha (Brian MacPhee) and April Dawns Star (Mike Stevenson) for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald, who bred and co-owns the Western Paradise-Island Tradition filly with Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S.

A As Glory
Oduya

P H Ivy won the first of two $2,500 'B' divisions in 2:03 for trainer, driver and co-owner Kevin Bailey while Gilles Barrieau steered Showhall to a 2:01.1 triumph in the other split for owner and trainer Clair Sweet.

P H Ivy
Showhall

The next sophomore pacing filly leg is set for July 13 at Summerside Raceway. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes “A” event go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown championship. This year’s event will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on October 6 and 7.

In regular racing action, the Clare MacDonald-driven Maritimer ($7.90) took a new lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in the $1,225 Winners Over Pace, winning by a length over the popular pacesetter Oakmont (Danny Romo). The four-year-old of Full Scholarship, who is now three-for-nine on the season, is trained by Nicholas White for owner Barbara Pearl of Hants Co., N.S.

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway.


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