Joe O'Brien & Lady Slipper stakes contested

01:46 AM 30 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Red Shores Racetrack & Casino

The harness racing stars were out in full force Saturday night (October29) at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with divisions of the Lady Slipper and Joe O'Brien stakes.

The results came early when April Dawns Star won the Lady Slipper gold in race 2 stopping the timer in 2:00 flat for Kenny Arsenault, trainer Wade Sorrie and owner Michael Collings of Charlottetown. Arsenault also drove Cash an Clash to another Lady Slipper gold division for the Turn for Home Stable of Stratford. The filly won her second start of the season in the $11,400 final 200.1.

The Lady Slipper grassroots divisions were won by Pownal Bay Lassie, owned and trained by Gerard Evans of Stratford and Acton Overeasy for owner Steve Morton of Windsor, N.S.

Touch of Lighting, with Earl Smith in the bike, protected the rail to wire the field in 1:59 to win by a nose in an exciting finish in the first division of the Joe O'Brien gold. The two-year-old colt, owned by Peter and Don Smith, Gerald Morrissey and Larry Chappell, closed in 28.3 for his fourth win of the season. Dukes Up also took O'Brien gold for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Albert Davies. Walter Cheverie engineered the 1:58 winning mile.

In the Joe O'Brien grassroots divisions, Kingdom Come was an impressive winner in 1:58.4. The Bo Ford trainee, driven by Mark Bradley, made an aggressive move at the half and went on to win by seven lengths. The colt is owned by Jack Hynes and Evan Ford of Charlottetown.

In other action, Last Art on the Deck, used the passing lane to over power a field of invitational stars in a dazzling 1:56 flat. Jason Hughes was in the bike for win for owner Ian Drake, Vernon Bridge and trainer Nick MacGillivray.

Murray M, under the command of Garth Cole, recorded back to back winning victories in the evening's trot division. The four-year-old gelding, owned by Edythe Cole, Kensington, went the mile in 2:03.2

For complete results go to www.redshores.ca

Don't miss the exciting racing action Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm.

By Lee DRAKE

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