Tempo Seel­ster, Per­fect Es­cape to bat­tle tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores

Tonight’s fea­ture is any­one’s race to win at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Post time is 7 p.m. for the 12dash card.

Tempo Seel­ster is pegged as the morn­ing-line favourite in the $2,100 Race 11 fea­ture for own­er­trainer-driver Vin­cent Poul­ton from Post 4. The five-year-old son of San­tanna Blue Chip has been knock­ing on the door ev­ery week but hasn’t hit the win­ner’s cir­cle since May 9. He was a sharp sec­ond in his last start in 1:56.3 to For­ever Par­adise, but with the ri­val gone to race in New Brunswick this week the way is clear to the Char­lot­te­town win­ner’s cir­cle with a bit of a fight.

First Art Down (Ken Mur­phy) has the rail in the seven-horse con­test with Say It Again Sam ( Jason Hughes) look­ing for re­demp­tion from Post 7 af­ter his first fin­ish off the board last week. Race an­a­lyst Les MacIsaac looks to Post 2 starter Per­fect Es­cape to repli­cate his 1:55.4 vic­tory from his last start.

“He has won three of his last four with his latest match­ing his sea­sonal mark from 2014,” MacIsaac said. “If he’s able to set up shop on the front end, and it ap­pears he has a good chance of do­ing that, it could be all over.”

The card also in­cludes seven mares go­ing head-to-head in Race 9 for a $1,800 purse. How­mac Missy is the clas­si­fier’s choice from Post 2 for driver Marc Camp­bell, trainer Earl Watts and own­ers How­mac Farms of North Wilt­shire and Wade Pe­coni of Stanchel. Her main morn­ing-line op­po­nents are Gen­eral Luck­ypercy (Mathe­son) and Lucks­got­tachange (Hughes) from Posts 5 and 6, re­spec­tively.

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