Alpine Claiming series kicks off

06:17 AM 07 Aug 2014 NZST
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Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddy Place
Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddy Place

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Teddys Place will try to fend off seven rivals in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm.

Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddy Place for owner-trainer Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown from post 4 in the race 12 finale for a $1,750 purse. The nine-year-old son of Blissfull Hall has hit the board in six of his last seven starts, including a 1:57.1 victory on June 29 in Charlottetown. He will face some gritty competition including KG Comet (Wayne Dunn) and CL Eighty (Kenny Arsenault). Race analyst Les MacIsaac is thinking outside the box in putting his faith in post 7 starter Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson).

"Being stuck in the seven hole could complicate matters but he's been holding his own against some high caliber opposition and is the only one in here to show a recent win at this level," MacIsaac said of Shock The Rock. "He's a potential sleeper."

Other entries include Talk Back (Brian MacPhee), Deuce Man (Brodie MacPhee), Mr Macleod (Jason Hughes) and Pictonian Walton (Walter Cheverie).

The card also features the first leg of the Alpine $3,000 claiming series with separate splits for fillies and mares, and horses and geldings. The first of three fillies and mares divisions lines up in race 4 with Montreal Beauty (Dale Spence) installed as the morning line favorite from post 6 in the compact field. The second $1,500 division goes in race 6 with Whatabadgirl (Garry MacDonald) riding a two-race Ontario win streak from the outside post in the six-horse-field. The third fillies and mares split lines up in race 9 with Machintosh (Steven Shepherd) favored off the rail in the seven-horse-field.

The two horses and geldings divisions go in races 8 and 11. Race 8 has 10-year-old veteran Cam Cool (Marc Campbell) as the one to beat off a two-race win streak at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Race 11 will have seven rivals try to knock off Albert Town (Campbell) from post 1.

By Nicholas Oakes

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