A newcomer to the Island racing scene was quick to leave his mark in the feature race Thursday night at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Red Magician made his first start on red soil a winning one for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut gelding laid down fractions of :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:30.4 before closing it out in 2:00 over a track carrying a four seconds variant. Kenny Murphy handled the driving duties for trainer Clarkie Smith. Shock The Rock was second and Windemere Express finished third.
The 4-H Club of P.E.I were at the track in full force as they cheered Hurrah right into the winners circle. The three-year-old Shadow Play colt was a winner in 2:01.2 for trainer-driver Mark Bradley.
Hurrah is part of a new promotion this season at the CDP called Hurrah 4 Island Charities, in partnership with Meridian Farms. It sees the horses entire earnings each month donated to charities across P.E.I. This months charity is the 4-H club of P.E.I, members from the Montague 4-H club joined he connections in the winner circle.
Caliban Hanover notched another victory in the open trot for trainer-driver Ronnie Gass. The nine-year-old picked up his 40th lifetime victory for owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall in 2:03.
Twelve different drivers picked up victories on the 12-dash card.
Racing action returns to the CDP at 7 p.m.