Milestones for Hughes
The winner’s circle at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park had an unexpected visitor in Saturday's preferred pace.
First Art Down came first up and kept on driving in the $2,400 event with Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. All Turain (Corey MacPherson) cut out the early fractions of 29, 59.3 and 1:29.4 before being collared by First Art Down in the stretch in a 1:59.4 mile over a track rated three-seconds off.
All Turain was second with Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) getting the show prize.
t was a milestone day for Hughes as he scored two wins on the day, both out of his own stable, to take sole control of the Charlottetown driver’s standings 109-108 ahead of Marc Campbell.
Bunny Mach was a winner in 2:06.1 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Steven and Don MacRae of Vernon Bridge to give Hughes training win 100 of the season. Hughes sits in fifth place in Canada for training wins.
Sam captured the $2,350 open mares handicap in 2:02 to give trainer Hughes his 500th career training victory. Hughes was in the bike for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S.
Corey MacPherson had another productive Saturday, winning with Hurricane Hill, Dusty Lane Diego, PL Faststrike and Idealic Life.
Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.