Balanchine to try and dance to second feature win

06:18 AM 27 Jul 2013 NZST
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Balanchine will search for his second win in a row in the race 11 preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 6 pm.

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. 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., that night. 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,” MacIsaac says. “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 race 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. Also in that field is Highland Dancer (Ron Matheson), Ovation Killean (Vaughan Doyle), April Dawns Star (John Holmes), Private Joke (Chappell), JK Special (Cheverie) and Putyourwhipaway (Brad Smith).

The $1,750 back-up class lines up in race 7 with top entries including Roscoes Child (Ken Murphy), Pownal Bay Mustang (Bradley) and Pinner (Chappell).

Erwin Andrew memorial highlights Red Shores Summerside card

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The first leg of Erwin Andrew memorial aged trotting mares series headlines a 13-dash card Sunday at Red Shores at The Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm first race 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. Her top competition will come from JK Queen (Cheverie) from post 2, and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) from post 6. Other entries are Delta Dental (Ron Gass), Lyrical Lindy (MacPherson), Sandhill Angel (Holmes), Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau), and Dee Dee Pucker (Harold Shepherd).

The other division lines up in race 8 with Real Housewife (Brian MacPhee) drawing the rail for trainer Danny Romo and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash. The four-year-old Ken Warkentin mare had been racing at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto, and shows trotting consistent miles in 1:55-1:56.

Buckling Banbury (MacPherson) will be a real threat from post 2, as the mare, owned by Bill, Blake and Brian Andrew, has proven to be a consistent 2:00 trotter over the Island’s half-mile tracks.

Another contender is post 5 entry My Daisy Duke (Chappell) who trotted the fastest trotting half mile of 56.4 in Maritime history Saturday in a Charlottetown qualifier.

Other entries are Centrifical Force (Bradley), Incredible Her Bee (Lenny Myers), Berto Coquette (Terry Gallant), Mile Hill Belle (Paul Morrison), and Who Took That (Mike McGuigan).


The $1,850 pacing feature goes in race 12 with Paphos (Cheverie) favored from post 4 for owner-trainer Don Milligan of Tyne Valley. Other top entries are Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Outlawpositivcharg (Gallant).

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

By Nicholas Oakes

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