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Intended Royalty and Southwind Ricardo captured their respective divisions in the first leg of the Governors Cup series, part of an 11-race card Saturday at Northside Downs.
Redmond Doucet sent Intended Royalty to the lead early in his division and the nine-year-old paced the fastest mile of the day winning in 1:56.2, with his ninth win of the season for owners Randy and Eddie Copley. Kiss Me I'm Irish finished second and Runaway Mystery third.
It was one of four wins for Doucet, who also scored victories with Classic Smiley in 1:58, The Captain Jack in 2:01.1, and Charlottes Western in 1:59.3 for owners Owen Fraser and Dylan MacLean.
Southwind Ricardo won the second division for Harold LeBlanc Jr. in 1:57.2, for his third straight victory. Johnnie Jack finished second, beaten by two lengths, with Bet On Art closing from last at the half to finish third. Harold and Joel LeBlanc, Willie Seymour and Bernie Gillie are the winning owners.
Other winners on the afternoon included: Keeperoftherealm for Ryan Campbell in 2:04.2, Don't Be A Hero for Greg Sparling in 2:03.3, Dragon Teeth for Kevin Bailey in 1:58.2, Red Rum She Wrote for Barry Bates in 2:00, Eastcoast Invader for Ryan Campbell's second win in 1:59.3, and Brother John for Randy Getto in 1:59.1.
Racing action returns to Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon with a 12 p.m. start time.