Rail con­trol key

MacIsaac likes Lead­ing Cam­di­date tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores

A field of eight pac­ers will as­sem­ble for tonight’s fea­ture at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park and it prom­ises to be a lively open­ing quar­ter.

First race post time is 7 p.m. for the 12-dash pro­gram.

Win­de­mere Eric is the clas­si­fier’s choice in the Race 11 fea­ture with a $1,700 purse.

Gary Chap­pell trains, drives and owns the six-year-old son of Ar­tic­u­la­tor and will leave from the outer Post 7 with plenty of early speed promised to his in­side.

The hard-leav­ing Mi­nor Wis­dom has Post 6 for driver Brad Smith and owner-trainer Kristina McCourt of Summerside, fresh off of a fourth­place fin­ish in 1:57 where she cut open­ing frac­tions of 27.4 and 56.4 in Summerside.

Lead­ing Cam­di­date has rail con­trol with Ken Mur­phy in the bike for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Or­well, while Beck­en­bauer is sec­ond choice from Post 5 with Ryan Per­rot sub­bing in for reg­u­lar driver Jason Hughes, who is rac­ing in Bi­ble Hill, N.S.

Race an­a­lyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Lead­ing Cam­di­date in the fea­ture event.

“A good late kick and rail con­trol can be a dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tion and that’s just what this guy has so we’ll treat him as the one to beat,” he said.

Two trot classes pop­u­late the evening pro­gram in Races 3 and 5.

The Race 3 trot has vet­eran trot­ter Neal favoured from Post 7 with co-owner and trainer Brian An­drew in the bike for co-owner Wil­liam An­drew of Cal­gary.

The seven-year-old son of Credit Win­ner drops out of the open trot and will look to cap­i­tal­ize on his back class to land in the win­ner’s cir­cle and bol­ster his $280,883 earn­ings.

Other top choices in the $1,350 af­fair in­clude Hopedale Dora ( Joey Pineau) and Kims Pjs (Lenny My­ers).

Race 5 has a $1,550 purse on the line with Ma­jian Dil­ion get­ting the faith of the clas­si­fier and draw­ing Post 1 for trainer-driver Jim Ri­p­ley and owner Marylea Ri­p­ley of Amherst, N.S.

JK Queen (Doug MacGre­gor) and Money Show (Brian An­drew) are the next choices.



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