P.E.I. Colts Stakes trotters highlight power-packed card
CHARLOTTETOWN – The top trotters on the Eastern seaboard will descend on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday as P.E.I. Colts Stakes’ action highlights the program.
The 12-dash card has a 7 p.m. start time, with three divisions of the three-year-old trotters.
Taliesin will look to get his sixth win in a row in Race 4 with a new trainer and driver as Mark McKinnon takes over the duties from Marc Campbell. Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach owns the three-year-old son of Northern Bailey, who is yet to be defeated in 2013.
Northern Dust (Corey MacPherson) and I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole) are expected to provide the main competition in the five-horse field.
The $4,200 division in Race 7 has six-entries, with Rash Statement (Walter Cheverie) drawing the rail against top challengers West River Excel (Clare MacDonald) and Howmacs Pride (Brian MacPhee).
Race 9 with feature a clash between last year’s champion trotter Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson), Irish Lullaby (Danny MacDonald) and Ashotinthedark (Joey Pineau).
The $4,100 two-year-old divisions will line up in the first, third and fifth races. BJ Comanche is favoured in Race 1 for driver Clare MacDonald and owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague. His morning-line competition is Bo Digger (McKinnon) and IC Caviar (Pineau).
Top entries in Race 3 include Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault), Scarlet Macdream (Darryl MacLean) and Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson).
Divisional leader Dusty Lane Galaxy headlines Race 5 as he rides a five-race win streak for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Stacey Lund and owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top competition includes Oceanview Rose (Stevenson) and Saulsbrook Pippa (Pineau).
The $1,800 open trot lines up in Race 8. Abundaspin has drawn the rail for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 13-year-old trotter was a winner in his last two starts in this class, but will have to fend off Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy).
The feature pace in Race 11 has a field of seven competing for a purse of $1,900. J V S Ring is the favourite from Post 6 for catch-driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant of Charlottetown and Mike Pollard of Stratford.
The Cammibest six-year-old has won five of his last six starts. Other entries are Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Doll R General (McKinnon), Roscoes Child (John Holmes), Oakrock Almighty (Walter Cheverie), Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes).
Live racing continues Saturday in Charlottetown with a doubleheader card at 1 and 7 p.m., featuring the pacing events of the P.E.I. Colts Stakes with programs. Red Shores at Summerside Raceway has a card Sunday at 1 p.m., featuring the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series. All the action will be streamed live from Redshores.ca.