Doyle reaches milestone; accident sends driver to hospital
CHARLOTTETOWN – Machinthesand, under the command of Jason Hughes, won the feature race at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday night.
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Vaughn Doyle receives congratulations after recording his 1,000th career-driving win during Thursday night’s harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The four-year-old gelding toured the CDP oval in an impressive 1:55.4. Hughes decided to put Machinthesand on the point, and cruised through fractions of 28, 57.2 and 1:26.4 to hold off Artners in Crime (Ron Matheson) for the victory.
Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell) and Private Joke (Michael McGuigan) were third in a dead-heat.
Machinthesand recorded his sixth win from 26 starts for Noonan Holdings Ltd., Russell and Karen Noonan of Middelton.
Majian Dillon, with James Ripley in the bike, pulled off a big upset in the trot class. The long shot paid $240.30 to win after stopping the clock in 2:02.4.
Dunmore Alpha was second, with Wonderous Hanover third.
Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S., owns Majian Dillon.
Doyle reaches milestone
Driver Vaughn Doyle reached a career milestone behind Mach Vegas in Race 9.
The Charlottetown native recorded his 1,000th win in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:57.3. P.E.I.’s Nicholas Oakes and the Visigoth Racing Stable of Ontario own the pacer.
An accident in Race 5, involving two horses, sent one driver to hospital. E Ls Colton, in line to Brodie MacPhee, and Dr. Wilbur D, with John Holmes in the bike, got tangled up going into the paddock turn past the half, sending both drivers to the track.
MacPhee, who was alert and talking after the spill, was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be checked out. Holmes walked away from the incident, but booked off for the rest of the night.
E Ls Colton and Dr. Wilbur D were not injured.