Nick’s Picks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Oakes’ col­umn ap­pears in The Guardian each Fri­day. He can be reached at nichola­soakes@hot­mail.com.

Satur­day at 6 p.m. at Red Shores at the Summerside Race­way: Race 1 – Tell Me Why

Race 2 – One Hot Camshaft Race 3 – Painted Desert Race 4 – Ryans All­star

Race 5 – Bowyer Hanover Race 6 – The Jig Is Up

Race 7 – Hes The Man

Race 8 – Dont­callme Dude Race 9 – Heart And Soul Race 10 – Miss Oro­mocto Race 11 – Com­plete Player Race 12 – Star­cas­tic

Race 13 – Mr Ir­re­sistible Race 14 – Mick Dundee Race 15 - Ram­blinglily

Race 16 - Hot Deuce

Do Over Hanover was an open-length win­ner in his elim­i­na­tion for driver Marc Camp­bell, who won the race in 2016 with Ys Lo­tus, and own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing of Saint-Es­prit, Que., Red Isle Rac­ing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Ver­non Bridge. Chris MacKay trains the pacer as he rides a four-race win streak into Post 2 Satur­day night.

A pair of dark horses in the field comes from the lo­cal con­tin­gent.

Good Fri­day Three paced in 1:53.4 in his elim­i­na­tion for driver Kenny Arse­nault, 17-year-old trainer Austin Sor­rie and owner Wal­ter Sim­mons of Summerside, but is sad­dled with Post 6 in a race where early po­si­tion will be im­por­tant. Juneb­ugs Baby has been a dif­fer­ent horse his last three starts and was im­pres­sive in his elim­i­na­tion. De­spite his fourth­place fin­ish, he still paced in 1:54 with a tire that went flat in the first half of the race. Myles Hef­fer­nan trains and drives the pacer for owner and wife Jacke Hef­fer­nan of Sum­merville.

I will go 7-2-4-6 in the fi­nal.

Across The Con­ti­nent

Last Satur­day night at Mo­hawk Race­way in On­tario, a likely en­trant for this year’s Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer was a win­ner in 1:51.1.

Ve­gas Rocks cap­tured the $18,000 event with Trevor Henry in the bike for trainer Jamie Co­p­ley, who co-owns with Jody San­der­son of Doha, Qatar, and Dean Larkin of Kanata, Ont. San­der­son is a na­tive of York Point while Larkin is orig­i­nally from New Glas­gow.

Satur­day night at The Mead­ow­lands in New Jersey, a pair of Is­landers will com­pete in the $738,550 Mead­ow­lands Pace fi­nal for three-year-old pac­ing colts.

Clas­sic Pro, trained and coowned by Summerside na­tive Dr. Ian Moore, leaves from Post 9 at 15-1 odds in the 10-horse field with Trevor Henry in the bike.

Kingston na­tive Mark Mac­Don­ald has rail con­trol in the pres­ti­gious race as he drives Blood Line for trainer Jimmy Tak­ter. Blood Line was sec­ond in his Mead­ow­lands Pace elim­i­na­tion Satur­day, pac­ing in 1:49.1, and is in­stalled at 5-1 odds Satur­day night. Mac­Don­ald has made two pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances in the Mead­ow­lands Pace with Bolt The Duer and Sportswriter, fin­ish­ing out of the money on both oc­ca­sions.

The Mead­ow­lands Pace is sched­uled to go at 10:40 p.m. At­lantic.

Also on Satur­day’s Mead­ow­lands card, Mac­Don­ald will steer Sun­fire Blue Chip, a pos­si­ble Gold Cup and Saucer en­try, in the $427,400 Wil­liam Haughton free-for-all fi­nal and Such An An­gel in the $161,500 Stan­ley Dancer me­mo­rial fi­nal for three-year-old trot­ters.

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