Day At The Track

Likely To Win goes for second straight score

06:48 AM 24 May 2018 NZST
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Adam Merner, harness racing
Adam Merner drives Likely To Win

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After toying with his rivals last week, Likely To Win has a target on his back against some freshly qualified foes Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the Melissa Rennie trained Likely To Win pegged as the morning line favorite in the race 9 featured event. Adam Merner drives the son of Western Terror for Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell, along with co-owner Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta.

Leaving from post 3 in Thursday's $2,000 featured pace, Likely To Win is fresh off a 1:56.1 win last Thursday in Charlottetown but has some returning faces to go bridle-to-bridle with this week. Dial The Bossman is makingthe first start of his four-year-old season in the Thursday night feature from post 2 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Tom Weatherbie, while Machinthesand is making just his second start of his nine-year-old campaign from post 5 with Ken Murphy at the reins.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Likely To Win to make a return to the winner's circle.

"Likely To Win comes into this one off an impressive win where he was perfectly rated by Adam with all quarters in 29 seconds," MacIsaac said. "He might be headed back to the front again and if he gets there without being used too hard we won't rule out a repeat."

Other entries include The Big Bite (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Keep Coming (Corey MacPherson) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell).

The top distaffers on the East Coast line up in race 8 for the first $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace of the season. Atlantic Aged Pacing Mare's champion Brodys Leona will have rail control in the contest with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Kerry Taylor, while Malabrigo has the support of classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. West River Ambyr ships in from Nova Scotia into post 3 for driver Steven Shepherd and new trainer Harold Shepherd while Shadows Mystery (Gilles Barrieau) makes her first start back on red soil after racing the Ontario Circuit late in 2017.

The action packed program also has the first trot race of the season in race 7 with Freddie the undisputed favorite saddled with post 7 in the $1,600 Open Trot. Campbell trains and drives the son of Majestic Son for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Holy Molie Maggie (Walter Cheverie).

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By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

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