Rivalry in the making
D Gs Camme, Big Surf go head-to-head tonight
Will it be the Camme before the storm or could it be Surf ’s Up tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
A rivalry in the making begins in tonight’s preferred one pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the starting gate side by side.
The Cecil Ladner memorial winner Big Surf has drawn Post 2 for Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I. by storm, winning three of his four starts this year, including two in 1:53 and change. Charlottetown’s top reinsman Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken.
The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 tonight, fresh off a 1:54 victory a week ago. The defending Governor’s Plate champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissful Hall is trained by Charlottetown Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the Gilles Barrieau from Post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five.
Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 open mares. Lily has drawn into Post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, trainer Jones and driver Walter Cheverie. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior.
The open trot goes in Race 3 with the queen of the trot, Pleasure Girls, absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner. Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil, and after back-to-back second-place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winner’s enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover.
The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m.
Five pacers will compete in the Race 10 feature Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
The morning-line choice will be Machinthesand, as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he leaves from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd., Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy-trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers.
The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire.
The Race 11 will see the 10year-old gelding Life Savior put his three-race win streak on the line while making the jump from the $4,000 claimer into the $5,000 ranks.
Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane, the winner of 55 lifetime races has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1. He will get the services of Summerside’s leading driver Corey MacPherson.
The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post time.