Day At The Track

Blue and orange shines bright in Charlottetown

11:20 AM 24 Aug 2014 NZST
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Left to right: Kenny Arsenault - Earl Smith, Walter Cheverie

The blue and orange colours of Walter Cheverie's driving suit weren't camera shy on Saturday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. He picked up a five bagger on the 12-dash card including a training double.

The Nine Mile Creek native started on his winning ways in the first race with his own trainee Nogreatmischief. Cheverie owns the three-year-old Bettors Delight colt. He followed it up with another win from his stable in the third with Zingers Laugh in 1:59.3.He than closed out the card with a natural hat-trick, Pictonian Walton won Race 10 in 1:59.1 for owner Roger MacRae.

He biggest win of the night came aboard the veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie. Leaving from Post 3, Cheverie got away trailing the field and moved just past the half, fanning out four-wide around the final turn and winning by a quarter-of-a-length in 1:56.4. He is owned by Robert and Brenda MacInnis, 'Willie' picked up his 52 lifetime victory. The 10-year-old son of Drop Off has been on a roll as of late winning three of his last four starts, all three victories have come with Cheverie in the bike. Fractions of the race were :28.1, :57.2 and 1:27.1. Tempo Seelster finished second and Cheyenne Ford.

Cheverie closed out the night with a going away winner with J K Special. A landmark in the Open Mares over the last number of years, J K Special enjoyed the drop in class winning in 1:58.1 for owner - trainer Joe Smallwood.

Veteran reins man Brian MacPhee took the open trot aboard the betting favourite Zip The Lip in 2:01.3 for owners Orville Willis and Donnie Sweet, Sweet does the training. MacPhee converted of a text book two-hole ride, to win by a length over Pleasure Girls and trot setter Abundspin.

Racing action returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown on Tuesday night for a special card of racing featuring the top drivers from around the country as they participate in the National Driving Championships to see who will represent Canada at the 2015 World Driving Championships.

Post time for the special card is at 7 p.m. and it also features the $25,000 Founders Cup and the $5, 000 Builders Cup.

by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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