Eagle Luck gets 5-2 in Charlottetown feature

04:29 PM 31 Aug 2012 NZST
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Marc Campbell
Marc Campbell

Eagle Luck, an all-star pacer trained and driven by Jason Hughes, gets marked as the 5-2 morning line harness racing favorite in the top class Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm.

Red Shores Summerside will host the Monday afternoon program at 1pm. All the action will be carried on the world-wide broadcast at www.redshores.ca. Customers can purchase their tickets on-line through www.hpibet.com

Eagle Luck meets a tough six horse field with Brief Bliss, who toured Charlottetown during Old Home Week in 1:57.1 for Stephen Quinn, drawing the rail followed by heavy hitter Oakrock Almighty trained by Jackie Matheson who sports a .346 training average. War Cry Ranger leaves from post three and makes his 25 start of the season. Danny MacDonald, 35, will catch-drive for the Andrew Stable.

Newcomer I D K who joins the Gary and Vince Poulton and Gail MacDonald stable of Charlottetown. The four-year-old son of Stand Forever has been red hot since re-locating from Ontario posting a 1:55 chart line in his last performance for driver Vince Poulton.

Carnivore, owned by the Lucky Seven Stable, North Wiltshire, rounds out the field for trainer Earl Watts. The lifetime winner of $585, 405 gets the services of Mike Stevenson this week.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac and race secretary Gerard Smith are split on their top choices in the trot division. MacIsaac is going with Ginternal Revenue from post three while Smith selects Diamond Mine and Willie Murphy from post seven.

Murphy leads all drivers in the Trot Challenge presented by Johnston’s Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc with 101 points. Marc Campbell is second and Danny MacDonald is third.

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Driver Marc Campbell will have a busy day at the office Monday at Red Shores Summerside. Campbell is booked in every one of the 13 dashes on the program and has a number of live drives including three from the Robert Laffin stable of N.B.

The 2011 top driver of Lobster Carnival Week at Summerside is teaming up with Image Works in the Drive for Charity and has already raised $1,000 for the Prince County Hospital.

Campbell will drive Wellthereyougo from the rail in the afternoon feature race 12. Owner Jennifer Trainer sends out the five-year-old son of Camluck for his 19 start this season looking for his third win of the campaign.

Bet the House, who finished second Thursday night for Jason Hughes in Charlottetown, is listed as the morning line favorite for trainer Blaine McKenna who assigns Norris Rogers to drive after Hughes booked off all drives for the day.

The field also includes Blue Meadow Willie for Bob MacInnis. This guy can really finish out a mile especially when they roll on the front end. Willie is has 12 top three finishes out of 22 starts includes six wins in 2012.

Rich Raider (Mark Bradley), Woodmere Rose (Corey MacPherson), Rymar Chief (Ken Murphy) BJ Cruiser (Brodie MacPhee) and Pembroke Fella (Brian MacPhee) are also entered.

Porthill Alf, who recorded his 60th lifetime win on Wednesday, is back to race in race 11. Alex Sobey will do the driving for owner Marvyn Webster of Kensington. Alf, who will be a teenager in January, is in tough against Life Savior, Beechwood Tiger and In Cahoots.

For a complete list of the entries, race picks by Jarred Stretch and live video go to www.redshores.ca

by Lee DRAKE

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