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Intended Royalty hits the ground running in feature race
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Intended Royalty, one of the top pacers in Cape Breton, N.S., will attempt surpass $100,000 in earnings today but will have an uphill battle in the featured event at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The capital oval will play host to 13 dashes on the afternoon with a 12:30 p.m. first race post time.
Intended Royalty was hot during an abbreviated campaign in Inverness, N.S., that saw him win 7-of-10 starts in 2018. Owners Randy and Edward Copley of Inverness will have their charge driven by Mike McGuigan in the $2,200 top event in Race 12 from Post 7 in the field of seven, fresh off a 2:00 qualifier with a 28.4-closing quarter last week.
Red Magician defeated the preferred group in his latest start and will leave from Post 6 with Corey MacPherson back in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale.
Eagle Jolt has rail control in the competitive group for trainer-driver Marc Campbell, while the other Rennie-trainee, Euchred, has Post 3 for driver Adam Merner.
Also in the field are Rollwithitharry (Drew Neill), Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes).
Top Desire joins the East Coast racing wars in Race 4 of the program for new owner-trainer Ed Harvey of Tyne Valley.
The six-year-old son of Real Desire was racing the Ontario circuit, most recently for trainer Richard Moreau. Norris Rogers will handle the driving duties today from Post 3 at 8-1 morning-line odds.
Malabrigo has been established as the morning-line favourite for Campbell in the Shawn Driscoll pace in Race 6.
Zingers Laugh returns to Island racing on the program, drawing the rail in Race 10 of the program. The now nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight is owned by Neal Moase of Warren Grove and placed in the hands of trainer-driver Drew Neill.
With more than $125,000 in lifetime earnings and 17 career wins, Zingers Laugh was formerly campaigned by Walter Cheverie on P.E.I. in the 2014-15 seasons and by Mike McGuigan and Moase in 2017, with stints in Ontario and Quebec.
– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores