Veronicavermillion is the morning line favorite from post 4 in the $2,250 fillies and mares open.will drive the eight-year-old daughter of for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River and trainer Neil Bambrick. She will have to battle a deep group of mares with newcomer Andro Madi drawing the outside post 7 for driver Dale Spence after racing the mares preferred at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont.
Race analyst Les MacIsaac is placing his faith in post 2 starter JK Special, who is riding a two-race win streak within the bike. The nine-year-old daughter of has been one of the toughest Open mares in Atlantic Canada the past four years.
"Those back to back wins should do a lot for her confidence but is she ready to tackle the open mares again?" MacIsaac said. "We'll take a shot that she is because when she's at her best she's as good as any of them."
Other entries include Donna Conda (), Cool One ( ), General Luckypercy ( ) and Silky Britches ( ).
The back-up pace goes in race 7 as the Allie Campbell Birthday Pace for a purse of $1,600. The daughter of O'Brien Award winning horseman, Allie turns five-years-old on Thursday and has a solid chance at seeing her father in the winner's circle celebrations as Campbell sends his own trainee, Eagle Jolt, out as the morning line favorite from post 2.
Eagle Jolt was racing in the U.S. for trainer, pacing his last start in 1:53.3 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. His main competition will come from Panda Bear (Stevenson) and Narragansett ( ).
The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,150 purse. The field of eight includes Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood), Diamond Mine () and Glencove Umay (Stevenson).
by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores