A number of Ontario pacers have their hooves planted on P.E.I. and will face off with some top local flavour in an incredible Saturday evening (July 2) Preferred Pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The capital oval has 11 dashes slated for a 6:30 p.m. start time with Beachin Lindy the morning line favourite in the $3,500 Preferred Pace from post three after a second-place finish in his Cecil Ladner division last week when making his Charlottetown debut. Stephen Charlton owns, trains and drives the seven-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere who has banked more than $40,000 this season while racing in Ontario.
His main competition is expected to come from newcomer No Plan Intended, owned by Carl Jamieson of Ontario and Brian Paquet of Quebec. Colin Johnson now trains the four-year-old son of Up The Credit who will start from post five with David Dowling listed to drive. The pacer is a six-time winner so far in 2022 with more than $81,000 in seasonal purse earnings after winning his last four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Racemup, who also recently raced in Ontario, will start from post eight for trainer Victor Puddy with Brodie MacPhee back in the driver’s seat after steering the 30-time winner to a fourth-place finish in the 2021 Gold Cup and Saucer.
The Saturday Post Time Picks have No Plan Intended selected on top of the Super Hi-5 ticket: “No Plan Intended rides a four-race win streak into this one and just beat top contender Beachin Lindy the last time they faced each other at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dowling will put him in play early and barring anything unexpected we should see him grinning for his photo.”
The field also includes Legendary Ron (to be driven by Dale Spence), Burn Out Hanover (Brady Sweet), The Rev (Gilles Barrieau), Blue Monk (Marc Campbell) and Rose Run Quest (Adam Merner).
Island Beach Boy is the favourite in the $2,900 back-up pace in Race 7 as the winner of nine races and more than $100,000 leaves from post four for trainer/driver Barrieau and owners Ian Smith of Stratford, P.E.I., and Arnold Hagen of Bible Hill, N.S. He has five opponents Saturday including Cowboy Logic (Steven Shepherd) and Ashes To Ashes (Ken Murphy).
To view Saturday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Saturday Entries - Charlottetown Driving Park.
(With files from Red Shores)