Grassroots fillies highlight Friday afternoon card

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Old Home Week harness racing continues

CHARLOTTETOWN – Four Grassroots divisions of the Lady Slipper Stakes for three-year-old fillies will highlight Friday afternoon’s Old Home Week harness racing program at Red Shores Charlottetown.

The 12-dash card gets underway at 1 p.m.

Racing for a purse of $5,000, the first division is in Race 5. Gracious Minnie has drawn the outside Post 7 for owners Paul Murphy and Lenny Myers. The Ameripan Gigolo filly had the best time in her last start, finishing fourth and pacing a mile in 1:58. She has faced the Atlantic Sire Stakes’ A events in her last two starts. Myers does the training and driving.


Richest starter

Charlottes Style, owned by the Turn For Home Stable, is the richest starter in Race 5, falling just shy of the $10,000 cutoff for the Grassroots Division.

The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee comes in showing her first clean line in over a month, pacing in 1:58.4 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. She will leave from Post 2.

R Es Confusion, Acton Royal Force, Union Dues, Mademoiselle Neeld and Rhondas Example round out the field.

In Race 7, Willow Warrior will look to return to her winning ways after seeing her three-race winning streak snapped last week. The Brendan Curran-trainee missed her first top-two finish this season last time out.

Mark Bradley will handle the driving duties on the daughter of Western Terror for owner Alby Curran. She is the morning-line favourite.

Right next door is Woodmere Trulyblue, coming in off of an impressive qualifier in 1:59.2. She will have the driving services of Paul MacKenzie. Susanne MacKeigan and Gary Arsenault own the Articulator filly while Blaine McKenna does the training.

Coconut Ladida, Tobins Beauty, Howmac Missy, Waterhook and Sendmeasign are the other five entries.


Morning-line favourite

Landed Alien has been enrolled as the morning-line favourite in the third Grassroots Division. The Jackie Matheson-trainee was a winner two back in 2:01.2, but was interfered with in her last race.

Arsenault will be back behind the Aahm Canadian Now filly for owner Darlene Compton. She leaves from Post 5.

Gilles Barrieau picks up the catch-driving call on Rosa Santanna from Post 3 for the Spud Island Stable and trainer Jamie Smith. The Santanna Blue Chip filly has $6,372 to her bankroll from 19 lifetime starts.

Regular pilot Marc Campbell will drive his own trainee, Eastern Eden, from Post 1 for owner Perry Burke.

Golden Claw, Southside Success, Larsheis and R Es Kate are the other starters.


Final division

Tarahumara headlines the final division from Post 7. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo was second in her Atlantic Sire Stakes B Division last Saturday for owner-trainer-driver Donnie MacNeill.

Two-entry Mirages Magic has placed in the top three five times this season from seven tries. Irwin Cleaner is the owner-trainer and breeder on the daughter of Articulator. Darren Crowe will drive.

The competition also compiles Caspiana, Sea Queen, Bendable Fashion, Shady Kowalski and Pownal Bay Tia.

Afternoon finale

In the finale, Motor Shark will look to extend his win streak to three for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings.

The three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark was a winner two back in a lifetime best 1:56.3 by 10 lengths. He followed that up with a 1:57 score, both for trainer-driver Jason Hughes. He has drawn Post 5.

Organizations: Grassroots Division, Acton Royal Force, Union Dues

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