On the inside
Plate finalist Si Semalu headlines tonight’s feature at Charlottetown oval
Fresh off the $22,000 Governor’s Plate final, Si Semalu will have rail control in tonight’s feature race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., and a winner of more than $150,000 during his career, the five-year-old son of Modern Art will look to pick up his first victory on red soil since reporting to P.E.I. in mid June. He will gain the services of his trainer and top Charlottetown driver Jason Hughes.
Forever Paradise, the five years on of Western Paradise, is listed as the morning-line favourite from Post 6. He has been no worst then second in his first six starts, including a lifetime-best of 1:55.1 two starts ago. Owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, the Kevin MacLean-trainee will be driven by Mike McGuigan.
Jersey Joe will put his threerace win streak on the line from Post 7 in the feature, which also includes Tempo Seelster, Smiley Bayama, Likely To Win, Cabo Pan Lucas and Waterside Light.
A pair of open trots are set for tonight. The first in Race 2 has Pleasure Girls pegged as the morning-line choice for owner Shelley Gass and trainer-driver Ronnie Gass. The field also features Frill Seeker for the Ebbsfleet Stables and Thunderaway, a newcomer to Foxyhall Racing.
Race 4 features a pair of newcomers. Post 4 starter, Kennel Buddy, comes from Ontario for trainer David Dowling. Walter Cheverie gets the call on the fiveyear-old Ken Warkentin gelding, who was a winner last time out in 1:57.2 over Georgian Downs.
The second newcomer comes from the powerful Patrick Shepherd stable. A winner of 105 races this year, the Stratford native sits second among trainers in all of Canada. He will send out Weskey for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, N.S. Harold Shepherd gets the call in the sulky on the winner of four races in a row, his last a lifetime best 1:56.4 over Georgian Downs.
The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m.