CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Pinner is on course to make Charlottetown harness racing history.
The pacer will line up in the $2,000 race 11 feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in search for his ninth win in-a-row Saturday afternoon. The first race of the 13-dash card kicks off at 1 pm.
Pinner shows no signs of slowing down for driver, trainer and co-owner Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner as no new competition has surfaced to defeat the son of . Callie Hal is believed to hold the record for most consecutive wins in Charlottetown with 12 straight victories over 50 years ago. Pinner's main competition will come from Miracle Matts ( ), who was closing well to finish second in last week's feature event, along with previous runner-up Kisser who will have sub in for absent trainer . Other entries include McJestic (Brodie MacPhee0, Nobestbfor ( ) and Panacotta (Blaine Baglole).
A full field of eight will contest the $1,800 Open Trot in race 4. Zip The Lip is selected as the morning line favorite from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee and O'Leary co-owners Donald Sweet, who also trains, and Orville Willis. The trotter was unsuccessful in the last two Open trot events and the upset winner two times ago, Caliban Hanover, has a favorable post this week to try again. Caliban Hanover () has post 3 at 3-1 morning line odds while the former king of Island trotters, Abundaspin ( ), is shouldered with post 8. Race analyst Les MacIsaac has selected Zip The Lip to capture top honours.
"After a long winning streak he's now gone two straight without one, something you can attribute to his not being able to secure the lead," MacIsaac said. "If Brian can get him back there today it could be all over."
The race 7 $1,750 back-up pace has Veronicavermillion () favored over Van Zant ( ) and McMaverick (Ken Murphy).
by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shore