CHARLOTTETOWN – The opening leg of the Spud Island Classic, presented by the P.E.I. Potato Board, took centre stage at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday night.
Ultimate Faith, under the command of national driving finalist Ryan Ellis, converted a pocket ride to victory from Post 5. Time of the mile was 1:58 flat.
The mare picked up her sixth win of the season for owner Abel Arsenault of Saint John, N.B., and trainer Philip Desroches.
JK Special was second, with There Paid For rallying in deep stretch to grab the show spot.
Newcomer Russian Kisses was impressive in her Charlottetown debut, scoring a dominant victory in 1:55 flat for driver Steven Shepherd in the second division of the Spud. Steven’s father Harold takes over the training duties on the daughter of Badlands Hanover.
For All We Know was 9 1/2 lengths back for second, and Icandothat came third.
Jason Hughes, Charlottetown’s leading pilot, engineered the winning trip for Stayoutofmyaffair in the third heat for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. Time of the mile was 1:55.1. The mare crushed her competition with a 28.3-second closer for her fifth win from 15 starts.
General Luckypercy was second, with Dreaming completing the triactor. The 7-3-5 combination paid $128. Hughes had a driving double on the card after Motor Shark dazzled in the fourth race with a 10-length romp in 1:56.3.
Tommy Collins and Arthur Jay of Mount Stewart own the three-year-old Cams Card Shark gelding.
The trot feature went to Tymal Tyme in gate-to-wire fashion for driver Brian MacPhee in 2:02.2. The Gold Cup ambassadors greeted MacPhee in the winner’s circle and sang happy birthday to the popular driver from Cornwall.
Tymal Tyme is owned by Tessa MacKinnon of Souris and trained by Cindy MacDonald of Montague.
The total live wager was $32,257.