Blue and orange shines bright in Charlottetown

Bo Ford
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The blue and orange colours of Walter Cheverie's driving suit weren't camera shy at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday night.

He picked up five wins on the 12-dash card, including a training double. The Summerside native started his winning ways in the first race with his own trainee Nogreatmischief. Cheverie owns the three-year-old Bettors Delight colt.

He followed it up with another win from his stable in the third with Zingers Laugh in 1:59.3. He than closed out the card with a natural hat trick.

Pictonian Walton won Race 10 in 1:59.1 for owner Roger MacRae.

Biggest win of night

Cheverie’s biggest win of the night came aboard the veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie. Leaving from Post 3, Blu Meadow Willie got away trailing the field and moved just past the half, fanning out four-wide around the final turn and winning by a quarter-of-a-length over Tempo Seelster in 1:56.4 after fractions of 28.1 seconds, 57.2 and 1:27.1. Cheyenne Ford finished in the place position.

Blu Meadow Willie, owned by Robert and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside, picked up his 52nd lifetime victory. The 10-year-old son of Drop Off has been on a roll as of late, winning three of his last four starts. All three victories have come with Cheverie in the bike.

Cheverie closed out the night with a going-away win behind J K Special. A landmark in the open mares over the last number of years, J K Special enjoyed the drop in class, winning in 1:58.1 for owner-trainer Joe Smallwood.

Open trot

Veteran reinsman Brian MacPhee took the open trot behind the betting favourite Zip The Lip in 2:01.3 for owners Orville Willis and Donnie Sweet of O’Leary. Sweet does the training.

MacPhee converted of a text-book ride from the two-hole to win by a length over Pleasure Girls and trot-setter Abundspin.

Special program

Racing action returns to Charlottetown on Tuesday night for a special card featuring the national driving championships that will determine who will represent Canada at the 2015 world driving championships. Post time is 7 p.m., and the card also features the $25,000 Founders Cup and the $5,000 Builders Cup.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside, Canada

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