CHARLOTTETOWN – The forecast calls for clear skies in Charlottetown on Saturday night, but Touch Of Lightning will look to strike against seven rivals in the featured 13th race.
The 14-dash card at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Racetrack and Casino gets underway at 6 p.m.
The former Maritime stakes’ champion has drawn Post 6 for trainer-driver Earl Smith. A winner of $130,387 of Maritime money, the five-year-old son of Articulator is owned by Peter and Don Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell.
From 11 starts this season, he has five top-three finishes, including a victory in 1:55.4. He comes into the event fresh off of a 1:58.4 qualifying victory, and is listed as the morning-line favourite.
Post 3 starter Shock The Rock is fresh off of a lifetime-best score 1:56.2. Corey MacPherson will drive the Blair MacLeod-trainee for owner Bethany MacLeod. McMaverick (Kenny Arsenault), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell ), First Art Down (Kenny Murphy), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton), Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes) round out the power-packed feature.
Race 3 features the trotting side of things, with ageless wonder Abundaspin as the morning-line choice. A winner of over $478,000 in career earnings and 77 victories lifetime, the 14-year-old is rapidly approaching the mandatory retirement at the end of the year.
Harold Shepherd handles the driving and training for owner Mikaela Lustic. He isn't the only horse in the race with over $ 400,000 to his credit. The rail entry, Rate Exchange, has $418,120 lifetime earnings at the age of 11.
He will make his third start in Charlottetown for owner Kathryn Gilfoy and trainer Jonah Moase. He will pick up the services of Ron Matheson.
Closing in on milestone
Veteran driver Gary Chappell continues to close in on his 2,500th career driving victory. He sits four wins away after doubling up on the Wednesday card in Summerside. Chappell has eight drives on Saturday.