Make it two straight triumphs versus Preferred foes for Charmbo Prince who rolled to a 1:58.3 score in Friday’s top trotting tilt at The Raceway at Western Fair District.
Charmbo Prince shot to the top in the $10,000 Preferred 3 Handicap for trotters and never looked back for driver Paul MacKenzie. They led the field through fractions of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:28 before cruising home in :30.3 to win by a length over Jayport Hi Class. Tymal Houdini rounded out the Trifecta ticket.
Trainer Jack Rier shares ownership on the homebred with Randy Rier of Hanover, Ont. The victory was the sixth of the season for the nine-time winner who bumped his lifetime earnings to $114,654 with the win.
Manhattan Night also used a front-end approach for driver Alfie Carroll to capture the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace.
Sent off as the 4-5 favourite, the Anita Ouellette trainee was hustled to the lead by Carroll who proceeded to knife out fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27.1 with the homebred. The five-year-old daughter of Dali-Manhattan Killean had plenty left in reserve in the added distance affair as she wound up drawing clear to win by 4-1/4 lengths over Buttermilk Hanover in 2:04 at the distance of 1-1/16 miles. Sports Icon was third.
Luc Ouellette Incorporated of Campbellville, Ont. owns the 19-time winner who has manufactured a 5-4-3 record this season from 21 trips to the track. She’s banked more than $45,000 this season and $180,679 to date.
Friday’s card also featured the opening leg of the Ontario Sired Autumn Series for two- and three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. There were three divisions in total, each worth $8,500.
Hippyjohn blew away the competition for driver Scott Coulter when he rallied and then drew off to win by 13 lengths over Brightside Melvin in the first division. La Playa Deo was third.
Gregg McNair trains the three-year-old son of Betterthancheddar-Heads Up Hanover for Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. It was the sixth win of the season for the career winner of $11,562.
Unlaced earned a new lifetime mark thanks to his 1:57.4 triumph in the second division. Alfie Carroll turned a two-hole trip into a win by 3-1/4 lengths over Ricottabkiddinme. Admit One was third.
Blair Burgess trains the two-year-old son of Shadow Play-All Lace for the love of his life, Karin Olsson Burgess. The gelding now boasts a 2-1-1 record from seven attempts.
Spicey P quarter pole-moved to the top in the third division, and once he cleared to the lead for driver Colin Kelly it was all over. The gelding won by 1-1/4 lengths over Drowns The Whiskey in 1:57.3. Toonie Teen was third.
Sent off as the 1-5 favourite, the three-year-old son of Up The Credit-Sydney Seelster improved his 2021 record to 2-3-0 from 12 tries for trainer Chris Matthews and owners Jessica Breese Karn, Desmond Scott, Gary Lyons and Stephen Byers.
To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District.