SUMMERSIDE, PE – The 2017 season is off and racing on Victoria Day Monday as live racing returns to Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 10-dash holiday card with the afternoon feature a wide open affair. The $2,000 feature event lines up in race 9 with newcomer Mando Fun handicapped with the outside in the five horse field. Mando Fun was claimed for $6,500 on Jan. 21 at Flamboro Downs in Ontario by new co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. He was impressive in his qualifier winning in 1:58.1 at the Summerside Raceway. The winner of 11 lifetime races has a career best of 1:53.3 taken over Scioto Downs in Ohio and gets the services of Dale Spence in his East Coast debut.
Other entries in the Victoria Day feature include Pictonian Storm from post 4 dropping from the preferred ranks at Red Shores Charlottetown and getting the catch driving talents of Gary Chappell for trainer Wade Sorrie, and post 3 starter D Bs Rosco with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. Sporty B Skipalong (Norris Rogers) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) round out the field.
The back-up pace lines up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with Tipsy Mcstaggers making her Island debut from post 2 for driver Rogers, co-owner and trainer Jay Noye and co-owners Mary Jean Noye of Pleasant Valley and Bill and Denise Andrew of Alberta. The five-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover was racing between Western Fair Raceway in Ontario and Northville Downs in Michigan before making the move East. Her new rivals will include Howmac Missy (Marc Campbell) riding a two-race win streak and Lexis Mandy (Chappell).
The program will also see the pari-mutuel return of driver Walter Cheverie, who last drove in a race on Aug. 28 in Summerside before taking a hiatus from the sulky due to health reasons. Cheverie has five drives on the card including the morning line favorite in three of those events.
By Nicholas Oakes