Tempo Seelster, Perfect Escape to battle tonight
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.