CHARLOTTETOWN – Machinthesand sure was enjoying playing on red soil at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night.
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Machinthesand won the featured race at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night.
The five-year-old gelding by Mach Three enjoyed some well-deserved class relief as driver Brodie MacPhee blasted the Mark Bradley-trainee off the wings in 28.2 seconds, and managed to get a second-quarter breather for a half in 59.2. With first-over attack from Eagle Jolt, Machinthesand and MacPhee stepped on the accelerator, checking in at the three-quarters in 1:28, before kicking home in 28.1 for a mile in 1:56.1.
Eagle Jolt was a bang-up second, Cheyenne Ford was third.
Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton own Machinthesand.
In the evening’s finale, Willow Warrior was able to extend her winning streak to three for trainer Brendan Curran. The three-year-old Western Terror filly enjoyed a three-hole ride before tipping out around the last turn to challenge fraction-setter J V S Ring. She was a going-away winner in 1:57.1 for owner Alby Curran. Bradley handled the driving duties.
Driver Marc Campbell made use of his 11 drives on the 12-dash program to pick up three victories. Canadian Rocket got the ball rolling in the third race, and it was his own trainee, Howmacs Pride, who took the evening’s trot race for owners Wade Peconi and Howmac Farms in Race 4. Campbell followed that up in Race 10 with the fastest mile of the night as Leading Camdidate torched the capital city oval in 1:55.4.
MacPhee and Kenny Murphy picked up driving doubles.
The total live wager was $34,166.
It was a milestone night for Rachel Andrew, who picked up her first career training victory with Everyday in 1:57.2 in Race 7. Her father Brian Andrew was in the bike. Rachel Andrew co-owns with her uncle, Bill Andrew.
Racing returns to Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday. There will be a special start time of 6:30 p.m., as the 15-dash card will feature 13 divisions of the two-year-old Callbeck Stakes.