Charlottetown hosts full weekend of racing

08:37 PM 18 Nov 2011 NZDT
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It's a weekend full of harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The city oval is staging 12 dash cards Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1pm. The action will be carried at www.redshores.ca.

All Out, owned by the Dale and Ronnie Rennie Stable of Elmsdale and trained by David Rose, is the morning line favorite in the Saturday top class scheduled for post at 3:50pm AST. Mark Bradley will handle the five-year-old son of Cammibest who makes 31st start of the season from post 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac believes he has a good shot of winning especially if he can get to the front. Race secretary Gerard Smith, who establishes the morning line odds, is also backing All Out. Smith laid out six winners in a row last week in the Summerside race program.

Life Savior remains strong this season as the Duane MacEachern trainee makes his 37th appearance while Roscoes Child is a 7-2 contender for trainer Ross MacKenzie and driver Mike Stevenson. The line-up also includes Keystone Dimitri (pp1), Courtside (pp2), Mighty and Strong (pp3), Rymar Chief (pp5) and CL Eighty (pp7)

In the Sunday feature, Riccaras Sun drew the rail for driver Marc Campbell. The pacer, trained by Trevor Hicken, will meet a tough field in the $2,200 event including Oakrock Almighty, who paced his last mile in 1:55.3, and Outlawpositivcharg who’s been a major threat in any race at every track this season. Then Highland Gladiator, winner of Summerside’s top class last week, and top guns like Last Art on Deck, Carnivore and Blue Star Outlaw will apply pressure in the race dubbed Wild Horses as the popular promotion continues. Trainer Gerald MacDougall has listed Mark Cullen to drive Incredible Mike. The Judy MacLeod owned pacer’s victory last week was his second win in a row.

Cullen enjoys the lead in the Johnston’s Salads, Keybrand Foods Inc Trot Challenge standings with 147 points. The division awards points to drivers with trotters throughout the season. Marc Campbell, who has won most of the hardware this season so far, also is in reach to take the top spot as he sits second with 143 points going into the weekend. Willie Murphy is third with 136. Ron Gass and Ralph Annear complete the top five. The competition will end on December 31.

For a complete listing of entries, top picks, race programs and live video go to www.redshores.ca

By Lee DRAKE

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