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Sail Through Upsets In ATSS At Northside

Published: July 12, 2014 7:21 pm ET

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Northside Downs hosted the Atlantic Sires Stakes on Saturday afternoon with the three-year-old pacing fillies and colts back in the spotlight.

Sail Through was the longest shot on the board in the fastest $9,120 "A" division, but pulled off the 13-1 upset in 1:57.1, just missing the filly track record by one-fifth of a second. The win was her first in five starts this year and a career-best effort.

She followed along in third as Elm Grove Inarush battled Lovineveryminute and then Saulsbrook Alana, who eventually broke stride in the stretch. Sail Through won by two and a half lengths with 'Alana' staying for second and Woodmere Trulyblue finishing third.

Mike Stevenson trains and drives the Aahm Canadian Now-Shadowblue filly for Boyd Macdonald Prodce Ltd. of Crapaud, P.E.I. and Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I.

Buntainwood Farm's maiden-breaking filly Fleurje (Ameripan Gigolo-Hygeia Hanover) and Gilles Barrieau prevailed by half a length in 1:59.2 over recovering breaker Pictonian Sareta in the other "A" division for trainer Nick Oakes.

Irwin Claener's homebred filly Mirages Magic (Articulator-Mirage) and driver John Gerard Kennedy won the first "B" division for fillies in a career-best 2:03 by a nose and Diduseethat (Articulator-Pancentralstation), driven by Myles Heffernan Sr., inherited the win in the second division with a personal-best 2:03.2 effort for trainer/owner Danny Campbell after Im A Sumbunnie went inside three consecutive pylons.

Last year's Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Dumas Walker returned to the winner's circle after a 1:57.4 victory in the fastest of three $7,040 "A" colt and gelding divisions. He won by four lengths over J J Laser and Elm Grove Intrepid with early leader Locky breaking stride. Trainer/driver Myles Heffernan Sr. co-owns the Western Success-Im A Reelist gelding with Jackie Heffernan of Glace Bay, N.S. He is now three-for-six on the year.

Arties Magic and Rancousy now boast back-to-back ATSS victories as they won the other Saturday "A" divisions for the colts and geldings.

Earl Watts trainee Arties Magic prevailed over Island Gigolo by three-quarters of a length in 1:58 flat. He sports a three-race win streak, which began with his Maritime Breeders victory and includes his two ATSS wins with teamster Todd Trites. The Articulator-Drop Of Magic colt is owned by breeder Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, P.E.I. and Clive Balderston of Moncton, N.B.

Rancousy held off Tobins Fushion by a neck in 1:58.1 for his second straight ATSS win with trainer/driver Darren Crowe in the sulky. The Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt is owned and bred by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S.

The $2,500 "B" divisions were won by Angus MacLean trainee Camco Richie (Signyourlifeaway-One Close Call) and driver/owner Travis MacLean in a career-best 2:01.3 and Gordon Wilkie's Silverhilldiamond (Southview Matt-Keystone Waltz) and Barrieau in a new mark of 2:01.2 for trainer Warren MacKinnon.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs.


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