Two-year-old pacing fillies were out in full force during Thursday’s card at the Charlottetown Driving Park, as the half-mile oval hosted five divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes.
Therealdeal survived a first-over journey to win the first ‘A’ division in 1:57.2 for driver Walter Cheverie. The daughter of Westwardho Hanover-Deviliciously watched Ma Rebelle fire to the front and supply the opening quarter of :28.1. Therealdeal was on the move going to the half, which belonged to Ma Rebelle in :58.1. She was still in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4, but Therealdeal was coming to her bridle. Therealdeal then used a :29.3 closing quarter to win by three lengths over Ma Rebelle in 1:57.2. Dustylanebukinfuty was third.
Sent off as the 1-9 favourite, the Joseph Baxter trainee is now 4-for-4 to start her career for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis. She’s banked more than $20,000 to date.
Magical Mistress captured her $12,580 ‘A’ division in front-stepping fashion for driver Adam Merner and trainer Stephen Gass.
The daughter of Camystic-Meridian shot to the lead from Post 6 and carved out panels of :29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 before rocketing home in :28.1 to win by 3-1/4 lengths over Woodmere Tango in 1:57.3. Taking home third money was Elm Grove Nellie.
Sent off as the 1-5 favourite, the youngster is now 5-for-5 for owner/breeder Barry Martin of Sydney, NS. The lion’s share of the loot bumped her bankroll over $20,000.
The program also featured a trio of $2,500 ‘B’ divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies, and those events were captured by Foxy Gigolo (Michael McGuigan/Leonard McGuigan) in 2:01.2, Miss Dynamite D (Clare MacDonald/Robert MacLeod) in 2:04.3 and Skycrew (Tr/dr Vincent Poulton).
In the $2,500 Monctonian Pace it was Mando Fun rolling to a 1:57.3 score for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Paul Biggar.
Arsenault put the pedal down early and the gelding shot to the top and fired through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4. A :29.4 closing panel was just enough to win by a half-length margin over Revenant. Whitemountain Nemo took home the show dough.
Winning as he pleased, the five-year-old son of Badlands Hanover-Millenium Ball won for the sixth time this year and for the 20th time in his career. Trainer Biggar shares ownership on the winner in excess of $60,000 with Donald Callbeck.
To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Charlottetown Driving Park.