Avatar J showed up on the scene late to finish third in last week’s Governor’s Plate final, and now will line up the Saturday evening (July 17) feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The capital oval has a 12-dash presentation on Saturday evening with a 6 p.m. ADT opening post time.
Avatar J has drawn post 5 in the $3,100 Preferred Pace, carded as race 11, with Kenny Arsenault back in the seat of the Danny MacDonald trainee for owners Jody Sanderson and Dean Larkin. The seven-year-old American Ideal pacer was saddled with post 8 in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final, but powered past some foes to finish third.
Bugsy Maguire, who was also in the Governor’s Plate final, gets post 2 on Saturday night with Ken Murphy picking up the catch drive from trainer Wade Sorrie. The 32-time winner is placed at 7-2 morning line odds by race secretary Gerard Smith.
The second choice is Cowboy Logic (post 3), who finished fourth in the Bob Dewar Memorial Governor’s Plate consolation for driver Steven Shepherd.
Saturday’s Post Time Picks has Avatar J locked in the win position:
“Avatar J has been handling the finest pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada every single week and has never looked even remotely out of place. Gets a little softer company this evening so we see nothing but victory in front of him.”
Also in the Preferred field are Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) and Winter Blast (Walter Cheverie).
The back-up pace lines up in race 8 in a wide-open affair fielding eight entries with the Jackpot Hi-5 ticket now being offered on this race. Messier Seelster is the top choice from post 3 with Arsenault in the seat for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. He will face challenges from seven rivals, including stablemate Mantario (Cheverie) and Trevor Hicken trainee Adkins Hanover (Ambyr Campbell).
See the excitement in person or tune into the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca or on the Red Shores Youtube channel. Onsite wagering is available starting at 12 noon on race day at Red Shores locations or at HPIBet.com.
To view Saturday's complete entries, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Red Shores Charlottetown.