Doyle reaches driving milestone, accident mars fifth race
CHARLOTTETOWN — Machinthesand, under the command of Jason Hughes, captured the feature race Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The four-year-old gelding toured the CDP oval in an impressive 1:55.4.
Hughes decided to put Mach in the Sand on the point and cruised through fractions of 28, 57.2 and 1:26.4 to hold off Artners in Crime (Ron Matheson) for the victory.
Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell) and Private
Joke (Michael McGuigan) shared third place in a dead-heat.
Machinthesand recorded his sixth win in 26 starts for owners Noonan Holdings Ltd, Russell and Karen Noonan of Middelton.
Majian Dillon, with James Ripley in the bike, pulled off a big upset in the trot class. The longshot paid $240.30 to win.
Dunmore Alpha was second with Wonderous Hanover third.
The time of the mile was 2:02.4.
Majian Dillon is owned by Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S.
Driver Vaughn Doyle reached a career milestone aboard Mach Vegas in the ninth race.
The Charlottetown native recorded his 1,000th win in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:57.3.
The pacer is owned by Nicholas Oakes of P.E.I. and Visigoth Racing Stable of Ontario.
An accident in Race 5 involving two horses sent one driver to hospital.
E Ls Colton, in line to Brodie MacPhee, and Dr Wilbur D, with John Holmes in the bike, got tangled up going into the paddock turn past the half sending both drivers to the track surface.
MacPhee, who was alert and talking after the spill, was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth hospital to be checked out.
Holmes walked away from the incident but booked off for the rest of the night.
The two horses were not injured.