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Sodwana Bay seeks to resume domination tonight at Charlottetown Driving Park

The gates swung open for the first race of the season Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is hosting a 12-dash card tonight. - Jason Malloy

When it comes to aged pacing mares on the East Coast, Sodwana Bay has been the boss the past few years and will look for another victory against a deep group tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 12-dash card has a 6 p.m. start time featuring the $2,800 fillies and mares open pace in Race 11.

Sodwana Bay has Post 4 in the field of six talented mares with trainer Gilles Barrieau back in the race bike for owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire. The seven-year-old No Pan Intended mare was a 13-time winner from 25 seasonal starts in 2019 and currently has a pair of victories from six starts this calendar year.
Berazzled will guard the rail with David Dowling picking up the catch drive for trainer Jonah Moase after cutting out a 55.4 half in her latest start before fading at the end of the mile.
Woodmere Chella is the morning-line favourite from Post 2 with Dale Spence being called on to drive for conditioner Marvyn Webster. The Articulator lass was a runner-up in her latest race, pacing her own mile in 1:54.3 in Charlottetown while being bested by Arc Light. Adam Merner will drive Arc Light from the Marc Campbell stable with Post 3 while stablemate Dreamfair Zenfire has the outside Post 6 with Campbell at the lines.
Post 5 belongs to Lyons Jennielee and driver Myles Heffernan Sr., who just dead-heated for second in the top class at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia her last start.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes a hunch that Sodwana Bay will land back on top.

“As great as she is, the first-over trip last week was simply too much to overcome,” MacIsaac said of Sodwana Bay. “She’s had enough starts since coming off the bench that she should be just about where she wants to be from a conditioning standpoint and a smoother journey could put her back in the winner’s circle.”

Race 8 will see the return of Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven to the Campbell stable. The now six-year-old daughter of Proven Lover will have rail control as she makes the move back east after competing in Ontario all season.

– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.

CDP Entries

Following are the harness racing entries for today at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6 p.m.
Race 1
1. Bet The Tide           Ma. Campbell
2. Yummy Spice          A. Smith
3. Camco Lissie          M. Bradley
4. Eastern Sexy          W. MacKay
5. Atomic Smile          G. Barrieau
6. Cowgirlinthesand    J. Lilley
7. I Can Do It              J. Hughes
8. D Cs First Gearl     D.B. Kelly
Race 2
1. Howmac Missy           D. Dowling
2. Southfield Sue            K. Murphy
3. Avid Yankee                J. Hughes
4. Shes A Lover              R. Chappell
5. Still Owing                   Bro. MacPhee
6. R Es Kate                    L. Neill
7. Howmacrivercruiser    G.  Barrieau
8. Anzula                         A. Merner
Race 3
1. Live And Let Di   Ma. Campbell
2. Toonietina           M. Bradley
3. Ill Tell Me Ma      K. Murphy
4. Nancys Girl        T. Walsh
5. Roxy Lund          J. Hughes
6. Akrotiri                K. Arsenault
7. Pacific Delight    C. MacPherson
8. J J Gracie           G. Barrieau
Race 4
1. Southern Heart       A. Smith
2. Bad Silver               A. Merner
3. Sandhill Star           K. Murphy
4. Selfie                      Bro. MacPhee
5. Elm Grove Nanci    M. Heffernan Sr.
6. Howmac Blaze       C. MacPherson
7. Rocknrols Image    J. Hughes
8. Clare Hall Hanover  G. Barrieau
Race 5
1. Dancers Pass         D. Dowling
2. Miss Kabana           V. Poulton
3. Misty Memory N      J. Hughes
4. Collective Wisdom  G. Barrieau
5. Better Be In Love    Ma. Campbell
6. Jordies Hope           A. Merner
Race 6
1. Ableway                  S. Shepherd
2. Scary Good             D. Dowling
3. Labero                     Ma. Campbell
4. Oceanview Ruby     B. Leblanc
5. Wedgewood            Jy. Pineau
6. Professor Gordon    A. Merner
7. Mile Hill Willie          G. Barrieau
8. Star Photo                J. Hughes
Race 7
1. Windmerenoharmdone    K. Arsenault
2. Evening Maelstrom          K. Murphy
3. HP Rubis Joyce               G. Barrieau
4. Private Dancer                 D. Spence
5. Cougar Gal                      N. Bambrick
6. Dreas Good Powow        C. MacPherson
7. Miss Sangria                    A. Merner
8. Scoot Out Of Here           Ma. Campbell
Race 8
1. Fily Forty Seven    Ma. Campbell
2. Julep Hanover       W. Myers
3. Falls Creek            A. Merner
4. Much Adoo            G. Barrieau
5. Sophist                  D. Dowling
6. Killean Finale         K. Murphy
Race 9
1. Fusspot                      C. MacPherson
2. Avenue Road Katie    A. Merrner
3. Streakazana               Ma. Campbell
4. Warrawee Ulla            J. Hughes
5. Lorne Valley               M. Heffernan Sr.
6. Tobins Choice            G. Chappell
7. Ezra Express             Bro. MacPhee
8. Thebossisagirl            G. Barrieau
Race 10
1. Tell Me Why                  K. Murphy
2. Dustylane Zambucca    C. MacPherson
3. The Time To Win           G. Barrieau
4. Good Luck Kathy          A. Smith
5. Paythelinebluechip       Ma. Campbell
6. Mrs Dragonfire             D. Dowling
7. Southwind Ion              M. Heffernan Sr.
Race 11
1. Berazzled                 D. Dowling
2. Woodmere Chella    D. Spence
3. Arc Light                   A. Merner
4. Sodwana Bay           G. Barrieau
5. Lyons Jennielee        M. Heffernan Sr.
6. Dreamfair Zenfire      Ma. Campbell
Race 12
1. Private Di               K. Arsenault
2. Dueling Banjos      Ma. Campbell
3. Bayside Alexis       K. Murphy
4. Elm Grove Misty    D.B. Kelly
5. Jens Credit            R. Perrot
6. Traces of Purple    M. Heffernan Sr.
7. Hurricane Hill        C. MacPherson
8. Imagine Speed     D. Spence

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