© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
Corey MacPherson, driving Fred The Franchise, leads the pack around the corner Thursday night at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson won the third race in 2:01.2.
Veronicavermillion takes centre stage in the $1,750 feature event at Saturday at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Post time for the 12-dash card is 6 p.m.
The seven-year-old mare, trained by Neil Bambrick, has been dominating her ranks with three wins in a row in the 1:55 range. Owner Alex MacPhee will have his son Brian do the driving from Post 7 in Race 12 to try to keep the winning streak alive.
The daughter of Million Dollar Cam will face competition from Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Miracle Matts (Blois MacPhail) while First Art Down, owned by Bruce Wood, Marshfield, has charted a victory two starts previous in 1:56.3.
Ron Matheson will handle him from Post 8.
The race, dubbed Wild Horses, due the promotional ticket that is offered on the event, has Someone Like You, DG Cash for Life, Talk Back and Doll R General.
The trot division will go to the gate in Race 2 with Majian Chester being established as the 5-2 morning line favourite.
Jim Ripley, from Amherst, N.S., will drive the chestnut gelding in his 10th start of 2013.
The Bert Honkoop stable sends out two entries with Honkoop driving the rail sitter BJ High Meadow while BJ Eldorado will get the services of Brian MacPhee.
MacPhee has a number of live drives on the program and has teamed with McQuarrie’s Meats in the annual Drive for Charity event. This driver-business combination has raised one thousand dollars for P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services. The event continues until Oct.28.
Charlottetown will also welcome the Billings Harness Driver Series back to the Island. The pilots, who compete throughout Canada and the United States, will be showcased in Races 5 and 7.
On Sunday at Summerside Raceway, the top guns are out in full force.
Post time is 1 p.m.
Windemere Express and driver Michael McGuigan gets top billing as this combination is coming off a big 1:55.4 score at Charlottetown.
The John Thompson owned pacer, trained by Earl Watts, will meet some tough customers and McGuigan will try to map out a trip from Post 7.
There is a ton of speed in this class with Governor’s Plate winner Wild Dragon from Post 7 while Balanchine gets the eight-hole.
Blue Star Outlaw, with catch-driver John Holmes in the bike, can really bust the gate, too.
This should set up some early speed duels in the Race 12 showdown.
The field also has heavy hitters like King of Rock (Terry Gallant), Narragansett (Norris Rogers), Creighton Hanover (Gary Chappell) and Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes).
In other action, Paphos, trained by Donnie Milligan of Tyne Valley, is the leading candidate in the afternoon backup class in Race 10 for driver Norris Rogers.
Athletic Putnam and Walter Cheverie will try to keep their impressive top three streak alive in the finale. The Paul Biggar trainee is co-owned by Don Callbeck of Summerside.
Summerside will also welcome the Billings Harness Driver Series back to the Prince County Oval and will be showcased in Races 3 and 5.
Driver Jason Hughes has been red hot lately in the Drive for Charity. Daniel R. Ross Ltd. has partnered with the Stratford native to raise money for Camp Gencheff. The bank roll has hit $1,000 for the charity.
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Compiled by Lee Drake, manager of sales and marketing for Red Shores