Lyons Horace will look to open up the season as he is favored in race 1 for driver, trainer Bo Ford and owner Evan Ford of Charlottetown. The eight-year-old son of will be making his first attempt as a free-legged pacer after he ditched the hopples before his impressive 2:02 qualifying victory by a seven-length winning margin last Saturday in Charlottetown. Lyons Horace has post 2 in the six-horse field for a purse of $1,000.
The 10-dash card is headlined by the race 9 feature for a purse of $2,000. Tempo Seelster will leave from post 4 as the morning line favorite for trainer-driver-ownerof Charlottetown. The four-year-old gelding was impressive in qualifying action earlier this week, with a 1:59.4 victory capped off with a 28.2 final quarter. It will not be a cakewalk as the pacer starts his aged career against two of the top horses last winter in Charlottetown, Kisser ( ) and Miracle Matts ( ).
Miracle Matts has post 6 in the seven horse field, after racing at Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ont., after Charlottetown closed for its winter break.Kisser is shouldered with post 7 in the event that also includes General Simba ( ), Every Day ( ), Blu Meadow Willie (Bob MacInnis) and Blue Star Outlaw ( ).
The $1,550 Open Trot lines up in race 4 with newcomer Pleasure Girls going up against Charlottetown's 2013 trotter-of-the-year, Abundaspin. Wayne Dunn will driver Pleasure Girls for owner Shelley Gass and trainer, who has three entries in the six-horse field. The nine-year-old mare has had a nearly six-year hiatus from racing but looked large is qualifying action with a monstrous 28.3 final quarter to defeat Abundaspin in the final strides. Pleasure Girls has post 5 while Abundaspin ( ) has post 4. Other entries include Honeymoonisover ( ), JK Queen ( ), Caliban Hanover ( ) and Buckling Banbury ( ).
The back-up pace will go in the race 10 finale with Paphos () favored from post 2 for owner-trainer Don Milligan. Eight horses will compete in that event for a purse of $1,600.
by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores