By Diane Daniels
A 12-dash harness racing card is set for Truro Raceway on Sunday afternoon including the top class of the day highlighted in Race 11.
David MacDonald's 11-year-old Soul Chaser, in line to trainer/driver Darren Crowe, is the heavy favourite along with Kenny Greene's St Lads Dagwood. Both are dropped down in class, had luck in the draw and have put down some eye-catching miles in their past performances.
Truro's leading driver, Ryan Ellis, is teamed up with Paul Langille's camera shy Jennakam and looking to give the Quebec-bred pacer his first trip to victory lane for 2012.
Post time is 1:30 p.m. with qualifying rounds on deck for noon. The event offers free admission and parking, and lots of fun, fresh air and entertainment. It's a great place for horse lovers of all ages.
George Rennison, 35, is proving out the familiar adage, ‘when you're hot you're hot.'
Rennison is enjoying a stellar season, strengthened by earning Clarence Farm Services Ltd. Hot Horse accolades for the month of June with the six-year-old Extreme Measure edging out recently sold stablemate Dontlooknow by one point. He also topped the trainer leaderboard with 51 points for June, one over last month's winner Danny Romo.
Ellis, meanwhile, laid down impressive numbers for June, picking up Clarence Farm Services Ltd Cool Driver recognition with seven wins, one second, five thirds and four fourths for 62 points in 29 starts. Bernard McCallum racked up 57 points while Danny Romo finished the month with 50.
Lots of buying, selling and trading is happening on the grounds with two transfers taking place this past week. Kennetcook connection Kenny Greene purchased American bred Dans Ideal from Paul Langille with Langille replacing the pacer by buying Longnwinding Road out of the KPD Stable.
Red Shores Summerside kickstarts the 56th annual Lobster Carnival festivities tomorrow at Summerside Raceway with the first round of the Governors Plate Eliminations.
Second and third eliminations will be held on July 9.
Truro connected challengers looking to advance to the $20,000 final slated for July 14 include Barabara Pearl's Maritimer, Dwight Lamkey's Real Simple, both Oakmont and Jepson Hanover out of the Paul Gray camp, along with Epanephrine for Dr. Jim Shive.
Maritimer leaves four in a seven-horse field Sunday in line to Island reinsman Kenny Arsenault in the first elimination division. All events will be televised live from Summerside at Truro Raceway.
Members of the Atlantic Grand Circuit Week committee are busy with plans for this year's edition of the annual summer event in Bible Hill.
In addition to the racing, trackside entertainment will include children's fun day, a baseball game in the infield, BBQ's, a golf tournament, a free breakfast, contests, giveaways and an open house featuring horses, trainers, owners , drivers and raceway staff.
Besides being the biggest week of harness racing in Nova Scotia with the fastest horses and top drivers, the theme of this year's event is fun, entertainment and user friendly programs for new racegoers.
Atlantic Grand Circuit week is scheduled for July 22 - 29.
Diane Daniels is the race officer supervisor at Truro Raceway.