'Lightning' looks to strike in Charlottetown

05:16 AM 30 Aug 2014 NZST
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Jeff Bowman and Earl Smith, harness racing
The late Jeff Bowman and Earl Smith, Smith trains and drives Touch Of Lightning

Charlottetown PE - The forecast calls for clear skies in Charlottetown on Saturday night, but at Red Shores Charlottetown, Touch Of Lightning will look to strike lightning against his seven rivals in the featured 13th race. The 14-dash card gets under way at 6 p.m.

 
The former Maritime stakes champion has drawn post 6 for trainer - driver Earl Smith. A winner of $ 130, 387 of Maritime money, the five-year-old son of Articulator is owned by Peter and Don Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell.
 
From 11 starts this season he has five top-three finishes including a victory in 1:55.4. He comes into the event fresh off of a 1:58.4 qualifying victory and is listed as the morning-line favourite. Post 3 starter Shock The Rock is fresh off of a lifetime best score 1:56.2,
 
Corey MacPherson will drive the Blair Macleod trainee for owner Bethany Macleod. McMaverick ( Kenny Arsenault ), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell ), First Art Down (Kenny Murphy), Tempo Seelster ( Vince Poulton ), Machinthesand ( Walter Cheverie) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes ) round out the power packed feature.
 
Race 3 features the trotting side of things, with the ageless wonder Abundaspin as the morning line choice.
 
A winner of over $478, 000 in career earnings and 77 victories lifetime, the 14 - year-old is rapidly approaching the mandatory retirement at the end of the year. Harold Shepherd handles the driving and training for owner Mikaela Lustic.
 
He isn't the only horse in the race with over $400,000 to his credit. The rail entry Rate Exchange has $418, 120 lifetime at the age of 11. He will make his third start in Charlottetown for owner Kathryn Gilfoy and trainer Jonah Moase. He will pick up the services of Ron Matheson.
 
Well a pair of veterans square off in the open trot, another veteran in his own right, Gary Chappell will look to obtain his 2, 500 driving victory. He sits four wins away after doubling up on the Wednesday card at Red Shores Summerside. Chappell has eight drives on the program.
 
Hughes trainees headline Labor Day card
 
A pair of Jason Hughes trainees will look to deliver defeat to their five rivals on the special Labor Day card, Monday at Red Shores' Summerside. The 13-dash card gets under way at 1 p.m.
 
Post 4 starter Capitalism will look to price the field when he lines up behind the gate for a claiming tag of $8, 000. A winner on National Driving Championship night in Charlottetown in 1:56.2, the five-year-old son of Tell All ha been no worst than second in his five, including two victories for owner Jason Collings. Hughes will handle the driving duties. His stablemate Cambest Kisser leaves from Post 6 for Donald and Steven MacRae. A winner of 24 races lifetime, 'Kisser' will make his second start off of the self. Brian MacPhee will drive. Rymar Sporty, Keystone Nobility, Van Zant, Carrera Angel and Blissful Bro complete the field.
 
The Harold "June" Culleton Memorial goes in Race 2 with Mayhem Man listed as the morning line favourite for pilot Norris Rogers. The two-year-old son of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Mary Jean and Jay Noye. He was a third place finisher in his Joe O'Brien grassroots division on August 20.

by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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