Balanchine eyes another win tonight at CDP

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Balanchine will be searching for his second win in a row in the Race 11 preferred pace tonight at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

Post time for the 12-dash card is 6 p.m.

Balanchine, named after famous dance choreographer George Balanchine, has drawn Post 5 in the $2,200 event after winning his last start in 1:56.4. Ron Matheson was in the bike for that start but trainer Jack Matheson has listed Brodie MacPhee to drive the pacer tonight. Balanchine is owned by Mike Pollard of Stratford and Joey Gallant of Charlottetown.

A tough challenge looks to come from the outside, with Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) from Post 7 for trainer Dale Sobey and owner Foxyhall Racing Stable of Wallace, N.S. Another threat will be Blue Star Outlaw from Post 2 with Mark Bradley in the bike for trainer Jason Hughes, who will be competing in Truro, N.S.

Other entries are Inspired Art (Corey MacPherson), IDK (Vincent Poulton), Come Back (Lenny Myers) and Carnivore (Gary Chappell).

Race analyst Les MacIsaac selects Balanchine to win the event.

“He was sharp in his first start of the season then seemed to tail off for a while,” he said. “With a pair of wins and an equal number of seconds in his last five starts it’s safe to say the slump is over. Top call.”

The co-feature is the Eace 9 fillies and mares open for a purse of $2,200. Trainer Hughes has drawn the inside posts with Lucky Boot Cam (MacPhee) leaving from the rail and Bunny Mach (Bradley) with Post 2. Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge own both mares, with Lucky Boot Cam winning her Atlantic Aged Pacing mares series leg Sunday in Truro in 1:58.2, while Bunny Mach is winless since moving east in the spring.

Other entries are Highland Dancer (Ron Matheson), Ovation Killean (Vaughan Doyle), April Dawns Star (John Holmes), Private Joke (Chappell), JK Special (Cheverie) and Putyourwhipaway (Brad Smith).

 

Summeride Raceway

The first leg of Erwin Andrew Memorial aged trotting mares series headlines a 13-dash card Sunday at Summerside Raceway with a 1 p.m. post time.

The first division lines up in Race 6 for $3,000. Anita Blossom has the rail for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell. The Amigo Hall mare has been inconsistent in 2013 but when she puts it together she is a force to be reckoned with.

The other division lines up in the eighth race with Real Housewife (Brian MacPhee) drawing the rail for trainer Danny Romo and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S.

All the action will be streamed live on Redshores.ca.

Compiled by Nicholas Oakes of Red Shores

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