Oct 8, 2012
Atlantic Sires Stakes Champions Crowned
The champions of the 2012 Atlantic Sires Stakes season were crowned on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park during the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown. The Weekend of Champions featured the best two and three-year old pacers and trotters of the Atlantic Sires Stakes season.
Capturing the three-year-old pacing colt championship and the winner’s share of the $24,000 purse was Touch of Lightning under the command of driver Earl Smith. The pair crossed the finish line in 1:54.4 for Prince Edward Island owners Peter Smith, Donald Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell.
The three-year-old pacing filly crown was awarded to Malabrigo when she and driver Marc Campbell crossed the finish line in 1:57.1 for owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach, PE.
The title of two-year-old pacing colt of the year went to Untouchable One, which indeed was untouchable in a time of 1:57.4. Kenny Arsenault was in the bike for this memorable win for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax, NS.
The two-year-old pacing filly event went to Carol Alice and driver Clare MacDonald when the duo finished their mile in 1:59.1. The ownership papers are held by Doug ‘Sonny’ Rankin of Sydney, NS, who also does the training on this home-bred filly.
The Sunday afternoon race card also included two Atlantic Breeders Crown trotting invitational events. Majian Dillon and driver Gilles Barrieau took top place honours in the three-year-old trot event for owner Mary Lea Ripley of Amherst, NS. Meanwhile the two-year-old trot invitational went to Oceanview Kate, with driver Mike Stevenson in the bike, for owner William Roloson of Belfast, PE.