Island tracks prepare for a big weekend

08:03 PM 02 Sep 2011 NZST
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The stage is set for a busy holiday weekend of harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino on Saturday. Post time is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will hold the traditional Labor Day card on Monday. Post time is 1pm.

Both tracks will carry the $1 Million Metro Pace from Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night when State Treasure, owned by Islanders Sally MacDonald of Souris and Sophie MacDonald of Saskatchewan, leaves from post 8 in the all-star line-up.

In Saturday’s action, with the world broadcast going live at www.redhsores.ca at 5:45pm, San Marco Hanover is the morning line favorite in the seven horse feature event for driver Mark Bradley. The son of Western Hanover, trained by Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown, leaves from post 3 with 11 top three finishes out of 16 starts this season. He will be hard to deny but race analyst Les MacIsaac is looking three slots down to Carnivore, who drew post 6, for red hot Marc Campbell.

“He’s had four starts since coming back from the year long layoff so he should be just about where he wants to be from a conditioning standpoint,” said MacIsaac. “He’s got a chance at securing the lead in here and if he get a breather somewhere throughout the mile it could be all over.”

The field is full of contenders with General Luckypercy, who won the Spud Island Classic on Gold Cup night, grabbing the rail spot for Ron Matheson and his son Jackie who does the training. The Matheson stable will also send out Mighty and Strong from post five. The line-up also includes Timeless Hanover (Gary Chappell), CL Eighty (Jason Hughes) and Thistricksforyou (Mike Stevenson)

The action shifts to Red Shores Summerside on Monday afternoon, live broadcast begins at 12:45pm, with a newcomer making headlines in the $1,600 feature. After Lunch Larry, a new purchase for Dr. James Shive of Rines Creek, N.S., has been turning heads since arriving from Rideau Carlton in Ottawa after qualifying in Charlottetown in 1:55.3 and then Truro on August 25 in 1:57 flat. Norris Rogers gets the driving assignment, and with Summerside rated as one of the fastest tracks in the Maritimes, who knows how fast he could go.

If speed is what After Lunch Larry is looking for then he’ll get it. Rymar Chief has been clocked in 1:55.3 in his second last start while Raging Leru and Blue Meadow Willie can flash their tremendous closing power when they get rolling not to mention PL Betterway shows a 1:57.2 chartline. Muzzys Mud Puddle, Lexis Maggie and Balbriggan Fox also make up the dynamic roster.

For entries, results, race analyst selections and live video go to www.redshores.ca

By Lee DRAKE

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