Summerside, PE - The trotters will be in the spotlight on a Wednesday night race card at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the 13 dash program is 7pm with three divisions of the Maple Leaf Trot, each sporting a purse of $4,300, on the program.
Saulsbrook Pippa, co-owned by trainer John Pineau, Hunter River and Myron Ford, Harrington, headlines the first split in race 2 for driver . The three-year daughter of PJs Nabby leaves from post five in the six horse field and is coming off a clean qualifying line where she won by two lengths in 2:02.2. She can expect pressure from Dusty Lane Galaxy () and Southfield Shadow (). The roster includes Lace (), Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting), Glencove Yoshi ().
The second match-up has stakes star Phantom Beau () competing against Bo Digger () and A C Image (Paul Morrison) for top honors. The field also includes Windmere Harrison (), Ice Pop (Ronnie Gass) and Hope Chest (). Phantom Beau starts the 2014 campaign after compiling 10 top three finishes from 12 starts last year and $20,448 in the bank for trainer John Pineau and owner Peter Breau, Moncton, NB.
The final Maple Leaf Trot has Lets Trade Ladies off the rail for owner-driver Garth Cole of Kensington. The trotter has four starts under her belt this season but is still searching for her first victory. She could get the win if she can outsprint morning line favorite Villager (Brian MacPhee) from post 6. The other morning line favorite is Oceanview Rose from the Bill Roloson stable of Belfast. The line-up also includes Arizona Ray (), PlayDale (), BJ Commanche () and JK Hustler ().
The evening's top event has Lucky Encounter, owned by Jeff Ferrish, Summerside, established as the 5-2 morning line favorite for driver and trainer . The fast class has Outside the Wire, Keystone Nobility, Pictonian Press, Windemere Eric, Lisfinny, Shipps Xcalibur and Carrera Angel.
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by Lee Drake, for Red Shores