CHARLOTTETOWN – The toughest pacing mares east of Toronto will battle for top honours at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday.
First-race post time for the 12-dash program is 7 p.m.
The Race 11 Fillies and Mares Open has Bunny Mach and General Luckpercy fresh off victories in the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series in Summerside on Saturday, with an invader from the United States added into the mix.
Bunny Mach is riding a two-race win streak from Post 7 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. She will face off with Andro Madi (Dale Spence) from Post 3, and General Luckypercy (Brian MacPhee) has Post 4.
A newcomer to Charlottetown, For All We Know, holds Post 1 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The seven-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare boasts $154,703 in lifetime earnings, and a mark of 1:53.1 at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. She was racing a $12,500 claimer at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
Also in the field of mares are JK Special (Walter Cheverie), Stayoutofmyaffair (Kenny Arsenault), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) and Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee).
A compact field of six open trotters will compete in Race 4 for a purse of $1,850. Four of the entrants have been winners in this class in the past few weeks, and classifier Gerard Smith has selected Zip The Lip as the morning-line favourite from Post 2.
Brian MacPhee will drive the Ken Warkentin trotter for co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O’Leary.
He will get all he can handle from his competition, which includes Pleasure Girls (Cheverie), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Lyrical Lindy (Jason Hughes), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) and Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd).
The back-up pace has a very tough field of six competing for a $2,000 purse. Carnivore (Marc Campbell) is favoured fresh off a 1:55.1 victory in Summerside on Saturday night. His main challenges will come from Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson).