Racing resumes tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP) following the conclusion of another successful Governor’s Plate Week in Summerside.
The first race of the 11-dash program is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale.
Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning-line odds with Post 3 in Race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth.
Miss Sangria leaves from Post 2, fresh off a trio of second-place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie.
One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in tonight’s $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but, with her recent breaks, he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position.
“One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place,” he said. “The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper.”
The field also includes Dreas Good Powow (Corey MacPherson) from Post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault).
Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the Race 9 open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event, fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the Post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown.
Freddie has Post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from Post 2.
Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from Post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington.
– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.