While live harness racing is set to continue into the new year, the careers of three pacers will end Friday evening (Dec. 31) — the final day of their 14-year-old season — on a special New Year’s Eve program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The New Year’s Eve card takes place at 6:30 p.m.
Shiftyn Georgie, Eagle Jolt and Adventure Luck will make their final laps around the legendary capital oval in pari-mutuel action. Mandatory retirement in most jurisdictions, Prince Edward Island included, kicks in for all Standardbreds when they turn 15 years old, as horses automatically age up a year on Jan. 1.
One retiring pacer is Adventure Luck, who has rail control in the ninth race. Corey MacPherson will drive the son of Sir Luck for trainer Reece Williams and owner Robert Williams. The free-legged veteran rides a four-race win streak into the event with 12 wins recorded during 2021.
Eagle Jolt also will compete in the ninth race, starting from post 3 as he races for the final time for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Marie MacDonald and Natasha Campbell. The son of Village Jolt has won 71 races and over $460,000 in his career.
Race eight will be the final pari-mutuel dash for Shiftyn Georgie, who will leave from post 5. Trainer-driver Jaycob Sweet co-owns the Rambaran gelding, who has won 31 times and banked over $115,000, with Brody Ellis, Susan Thompson and Allison Sweet.
The feature of the night is the $3,400 Preferred Pace, carded as race 12. The Rev has been installed as the morning line favourite, starting from post 5 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Jeff and Robert Skinner. The 49-time winning pacer was a close second last week to Sock It Away, who is absent from competition this week.
Dreamfair Zenfire has rail control in the Preferred class for trainer-driver Campbell, while Screen Test (MacPherson) has post 2 at 7-2 morning line odds. Mc Pat (Adam Merner), Ladylike (David Dowling) and Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes) complete the field.
The Race Day broadcast will also feature some 2021 highlights on the special New Year’s Eve program. The pre-game show gets underway at 6 P.M. AST.
Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the Race Day broadcast at Redshores.ca. Live streaming is also available at the Red Shores YouTube page and online wagering is available through HPIBet.com.
To view Friday's complete entries, click the following link: Friday Entries – Red Shores Charlottetown.