RAISE A COLT
better known as Sandy, hasbeen a prominent owner of stakes winners for amany years. He did extremely well withpurchases of the offspring of Willow Bird, aNew Brunswick based stallion, buying hischampion fillies Diplomat Katie, Some NiceFriday and Some Nice Ketch, all Colt Stakeswinners, and then breeding his own Guy OnThe Go by Willow Bird after purchasing thesire from the dispersal of David Killeel’s stock.Sandy enjoyed his victories immensely but wasquick to give the credit to his longtime trainerand friend Russell Burgoyne.
David Kileel (left) greets Sandy Fraser and Diplomat Katiewho set a record at two in the Colt Stakes and came back towin the four-year-old filly pace in 1991. She was driven byRussell Burgoyne
Robert “Bob” Dewar
was a staunch supporterof the Summerside Raceway and was track superintendent among other roles. He wasnever so proud as when the first sub 2:00 milewas paced on PEI over “his” track. He and histravelling companion Earl “Boomer” Cannonwere known as the Sunshine Boys and nevermissed a regional meeting although there weretimes when they missed the last ferry home.The Island Breeders leg in Summerside forthree–year-old colts carries his name.
Russ Doyle (Centre) with Dexters Wine, driver Earl Smithand breeder Winston Taylor (second from left)
has likely paddocked more ColtStakes winners than any other groom. Workingexclusively for Joe Smallwood, she has caredfor most of his thirteen winners, including fiverecord setters, and probably several othersbeside. It takes a special kind of person to look after high performance horses and June hasbeen up to the task, doing her job with skill,dedication and good humour.
of Fredericton bred the recordbreaking That’s My David and developedseveral other stakes winners. A restaurantowner in Fredericton, he maintained apicturesque farm property north of that citywhere he stood sires such as Easy Come EasyGo and Willow Bird. He bred some of the beststakes fillies of their day in Some Nice, astakes record holder, Some Nice Ketch, SomeNice Friday and Diplomat Katie, all ColtStakes winners. Diplomat Katie produced herown stakes winner in Diplomate Girl in 2007.
was a newspaper-man who wrotea significant chapter in Colt Stakes history. Hepurchased stakes winner Dexter’s Wine at thePEI sale, then produced stakes winner MitchellPaul, a winner of almost $250,000 from her.He also bought the full sister Dexters Jane whoset a stakes record at three on the way toearning almost $300,000 lifetime. There weretwo other winners in Dexters Dude andPrincess Kelleigh all with trainer Earl Smith.
June Coyle with Acton Amigo and Joe Smallwood