Day At The Track

Hop Up and Freddie to tangle in Open Trot

02:14 AM 02 Aug 2018 NZST
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Corey MacPherson, harness racing
Corey MacPherson will drive Hop Up

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Hop Up has dominated the Open Trot the past month but faces her biggest harness racing test to date Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash card with Hop Up riding into the race 8 Open trot with just one blemish in the last 30 days. The $1,950 class has Hop Up racing off the rail for the dynamite duo of driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Victoria West.

The four-year-old daughter of Tad The Stud has four wins in her last five outings including the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot at Red Shores Summerside during Governor's Plate Week.

Her competition stiffens this week though with the return of the previously dominant Freddie, who leaves from post 4 for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Bo Ford.

Isabella Hanover (Driven by Adam Merner) won this class during Hop Up's lone defeat on July 19 but trainer Stephen Gass will remove the mare from the Lasix program for her Thursday start from post 2 after being outgunned her last start out.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac looks to Freddie to hit the winner's circle after being freshened from his vacation.

"Freddie has been on hiatus for a month which was good news for the other trotters," MacIsaac said. "Well, he's back and off that recent qualifier clearly the one to beat."

Other Open Trot entries include Majian Tango (Jim Ripley), Wedgewood (Gary Chappell), Professor Gordon (Jason Hughes) and Holy Molie Maggie (Walter Cheverie).

The Uncle Pat McWade Memorial is the featured pace closing the card out in race 12. Jackson K Down has drawn post 4 after demolishing his competition in his last start and again will have the services of driver MacPherson for trainer Stephen Mason.

Nogreatmischief is the morning line choice form post 3 for trainer-driver Cheverie, while last year's two-year-old Red Shores Charlottetown track record holder Half Cut has rail control for driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie as he takes a break from three-year-old stakes action.

Race 10 is the Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Federation pace with Bettim Vicky the morning line choice from post 1 for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Jeff Lilley.

Nikes Cowgirl headlines a tough group of mares in race 9 for driver Campbell and trainer Ford in the Next Gen 2 pace.

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by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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