P.E.I. Colts Stakes trotters highlight card
The top trotters on the Eastern seaboard descend on the Charlottetown Driving Park Thursday with P.E.I. Colts Stakes action highlighting the card.
The 12-dash program starts at 7 p.m. with three divisions of the three-year-old trotters in Races 4, 7 and 9. Taliesin will look to get his sixth win in a row in Race 4 with a new trainer and driver, as Mark McKinnon takes over the duties from Marc Campbell. Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach owns the three-year-old son of Northern Bailey, who is yet to be defeated in 2013.
His main competition in the five-horse-field looks to come from Northern Dust (Corey MacPherson) and I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole).
The $4,200 division in Race 7 has six entries with Rash Statement (Walter Cheverie) drawing the rail against top challengers West River Excel (Clare MacDonald) and Howmacs Pride (Brian MacPhee).
Race 9 with see a clash between last year’s champion trotter Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson), Irish Lullaby (Danny MacDonald) and Ashotinthedark (Joey Pineau).
The $4,100 two-year-old divisions will line up in Races 1, 3 and 5.
BJ Comanche is favoured in Race 1 for driver Clare MacDonald and owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague. His morning line competition is Bo Digger (McKinnon) and IC Caviar (Pineau).
Top entries in Race 3 include Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault), Scarlet Macdream (Darryl MacLean) and Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson).
Divisional leader Dusty Lane Galaxy headlines Race 5 as he rides a five-race win streak for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Stacey Lund and owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top competition includes Oceanview Rose (Stevenson) and Saulsbrook Pippa (Pineau).
The $1,800 open trot lines up in Race 8 with Abundaspin drawing the rail for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 13-year-old trotter was a winner in his last two starts in this class, but will have to fend off Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy).
The feature pace is in Race 11 with a field of seven competing for a purse of $1,900.
J V S Ring is the favourite from Post 6 for catch-driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant of Charlottetown and Mike Pollard of Stratford. The Cammibest six-year-old has won five of his last six starts. Other entries are Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Doll R General (McKinnon), Roscoes Child (John Holmes), Oakrock Almighty (Walter Cheverie), Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy), and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes).
Live racing continues Saturday in Charlottetown with a doubleheader card featuring the pacing events of the P.E.I. Colts Stakes with programs at 1 and 7 p.m. Summerside Raceway has a card Sunday, at 1 p.m., featuring the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing series.
Compiled by Red Shores’ Nicholas Oakes