By Diane Daniels
Action at Truro Raceway continues with a 12-dash harness racing card tomorrow.
Headlining the program is the top class featured in Race 11 with Barbara Pearl's Maritimer resuming his role as the early favourite. Although not the biggest horse in the field and partnered this week with a new teamster, Kirk Parris, the four-year-old invitational pacer is rarely out of the picture.
Also gathering attention is George Rennison's Extreme Measure, who is carrying a $5,400 price tag, along with Kenny Greene's St. Lads Dagwood.
Although coming off of a disappointing start, three-year-old filly Natural Instinct, in line to co-owner/trainer Al McNeil, will no doubt be looking to rectify last week's miscue and pick up win number 6.
Post time is 1:30 p.m. with a qualifying session on deck for noon.
Several top members of Truro's horse racing community will be missing from tomorrow's action as they travel to Inverness Raceway to participate in a division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes (ASS) for two-year-old pacing colts.
These young rookies will be attempting to earn points to go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend to being held at Red Shores Charlottetown in October.
The Rev, owned by Robert and Jeff Skinner, Stephen Tufts and GLB Stable out of the Romo Stable, ranks second in the ASS standings while third place is being held down by Scamp Finesse for Morh Kerr, Phonsie MacEachern and Marcy Clare MacDonald.
The Darren Crowe Camp has a full slate of youngsters making the grade including Koultons Rocket, Colbys Comet, Woodmere Trakeater, Put To The Test and DE Harkness.
Regulars missing from Truro's lineup include Bernard ‘Pooker' McCallum, Darren Crowe, Danny Romo and Mary Clare MacDonald.
Thirty-two year old teamster Ryan Ellis, for the third consecutive month and fourth time in 2012, topped the leader board for Truro Raceway drivers to earn Clarence Farm Services Ltd. Cool Driver Award.
With 29 driving starts for the month, the talented Ellis notched eight wins, six seconds, four thirds, two fourths and four fifths for 84 points.
Ellis put on an entertaining show for race goers last weekend posting five victories. Tomorrow, he will have shots at victory lane in each race.
Shubenacadie horseman Danny Romo reported in with 51 points to rank second for August.
Hot Horse distinction for the month resulted in a tie with Robyn Siteman's Rum Tuff Customer and Hollis White's M M Lass, deadlocked with 13 points. Each posted one win and two second placings during the August meet.
Long time horseman Lee Johnson of Upper Brookside successfully completed the Standardbred Canada Trainers Examination to receive an ‘A' Trainers License. Johnson currently owns I'd Rather Be Lucky.
Today the raceway has a full satellite schedule of both harness and thoroughbred racing commencing at 1:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., Fredericton Raceway will be hosting the final card of the 2012 Fredericton Ex with a 16-dash card including the Albert Goodine Jr. Invitational and the $7,500 Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial.
Local entries in the capital city's extended program include San Marco Hanover, Expressly Hanover, Encore Seelster, PH Thunder, PH Bestman and Shooters Bay.
Race 4 has four-year-old Prorockative, a former Truro campaigner now owned by Daniel McCullough and trained by Stefan DeCourcey of New Brunswick.
Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.