Charlottetown, PE - The fall race season is heating up with the region's top guns arriving on Prince Edward Island. Leg two of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, the Lady Slipper for two-year-old fillies and Joe O'Brien stakes for two-year-old colts will be showcased Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The first post time for the 14 dash program over the legendary CDP oval is 6pm.
Governor's Plate winner Wild Dragon, with in town to drive, has drawn the rail in the first division of the Island Pacing Championship. The pacer finished fifth last week in leg one at Summerside after battling through hot fractions which included a 27.3 opening panel. Big League, who won that showdown, will leave from post 3 for trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. , who had a career day Sunday with four winners, is listed to drive the 5-2 morning line favorite. The field also includes Kisser ( ), Windemere Express ( ), Narragansett ( ) and Oakrock Almighty ( ).
All Turain, a name that has appeared on every sports page in the Maritimes, gets post two in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship in race 12. The son of is going after his fifth win in a row for owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and his co-owner-trainer of Montague. , who was involved in a nasty spill Thursday night, is programmed to drive the star pacer. The power-packed line-up also includes Balanchine (pp1), Leading Camdidate (pp3), Touch of Lightning (pp4), Lucky Encounter (pp5) and Creighton Hanover (pp6).
The stakes stars touch down in three divisions of the Lady Slipper Grassroots and the $20,200 Lady Slipper Gold featuring the sensational two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of , trained by Kevin MacLean (.430) and owned by Reg MacPherson, has five wins from 8 starts. The latest victory came at Northside Downs with a dazzling 1:57.1 performance. gets the driving assignment.
There have been many special moments and events at the city track over the years. Red Shores will host a wedding party in the historic centerfield on Saturday. Katherine Banks and Matthew Bryson, along with all their guests, will entertain and celebrate their occasion complete with the Mr. & Mrs. Bryson Pace on race 9. The bride and groom will be trackside for the picture presentation.
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Woodmere Glamorous, owned by Lawson and Ken MacEachern, PE, is the top choice in the first grassroots competition in race 4. will drive for trainer who sends the filly out for her 16th start. It won't be an easy assignment with Lyndale Delite going for her fourth win of the campaign for , trainer Terry Affleck and owner David MacDonald of Belfast.
Pictonian Zena is the favorite in the other grassroots split for owner-driver of Cornwall. This fillies' card has some impressive lines and boasts seven top three finishes from 16 attempts. Alice Cooper will try to spoil the party off the rail for and the Kickin Horse stable of Stratford.
The afternoon program also features two gold divisions sporting an $11,500 purse for each class. Rose Valley, trained by Michael Campbell, N.B., will square off against Dianna Santanna in race 9. , who was also involved in a spill Thursday at Charlottetown, is listed to drive for trainer and owner Doug MacPhee of Cornwall. The field has Windemere Maggie, Ask Dont Tell, Howmacs Angel and Kaitlins Kowgirl.
Misssassy Attitude, with in the bike, is the classifier's choice in the other Lady Slipper gold event. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy has banked $11,561 for Larry Chappell, Marshfield and trainer Ken Wilkie of Stratford. She lands with Western Judy ( ) and triactor candidate Howmacs Princess off the rail for trainer Watts. Largomotion, Lady Antebella, Top Brand and Charlottes Scarlet will also line up behind the gate in race 12.
For entries, top picks by Jared Stretch and live video go to www.redshores.ca
by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores