Elm Grove Ka­boom, Smith cap­ture fea­ture

Merner records four driv­ing wins dur­ing ac­tion at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park

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

Ad­kins Hanover did the early road­work, but Elm Grove Ka­boom was there to pick up the pieces in the Sat­ur­day evening pre­ferred pace at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Ad­kins Hanover and driver Adam Merner con­trolled the front end in the $2,400 event through frac­tions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.3, be­fore a hard-clos­ing Elm Grove Ka­boom and train­er­driver Earl Smith got up to score a quar­ter-length win in 1:55.2.

Ad­kins Hanover was sec­ond, with For­ever Par­adise (Mike McGuigan) fin­ish­ing third. Larry and Kathy Chap­pell of Marsh­field own Elm Grove Ka­boom as the pacer scored his 10th life­time win, and took a new ca­reer-best win time.

Mares

The photo fin­ish was put to good use in the $2,250 Mares Open Pace as Ram­blinglily scored a tight win in 1:56.4 over Shad­ows Mys­tery (Kenny Arse­nault) and Wood­mere Ar­ticblue (Marc Camp­bell).

Wal­ter Chev­erie drove Ram­blinglily for trainer and co-owner Al­lan Jones of Riverview, N.B., and co-owner Nor­man Leger of She­diac, N.B. It was the mare’s 54th life­time win.

Merner won four dashes on the card. Likely To Win was a 1:57.1 win­ner in a $1,900 class for trainer Melissa Ren­nie and Nova Sco­tia own­ers Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Camp­bell of Judique as well as Jef­frey Camp­bell of Cal­gary, Alta.

Merner’s other wins came be­hind All Tu­rain in 1:58.2 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Mon­tague, Zero Rate in 1:58.4 for trainer Michael Gal­lant of Char­lot­te­town and Artist List in 1:58 for trainer Ron Gass of Corn­wall.

Kenny Arse­nault had a driv­ing dou­ble on the pro­gram, win­ning with Three Truths in 1:58.1 for Paul Doyle of Char­lot­te­town and Mi­ramichi David in a maiden-break­ing 2:00.1 for trainer Mike Camp­bell.

Marc Camp­bell also scored two win­ners as he con­tin­ues to lead the driv­ing stand­ings at the cap­i­tal city oval. Camp­bell’s wins were a 1:58.1 vic­tory with Jd­cyril for trainer Kevin MacLean of Kin­ross, and with Twin B Shadow in 1:58.4 for own­ers Dou­glas Mathe­son of Mount Al­bion and Ste­wart MacDonald of Char­lot­te­town.

The Gor­man­i­zor was a 2:00.2 win­ner for trainer-driver Ja­son (The Blue Knight) Hughes with “The Blue Knight” scor­ing an­other driv­ing win with Ul­ti­mately hand­some in 1:57 for trainer Sifroi Me­lan­son to cap off the pro­gram.

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Adam Merner recorded four driv­ing wins dur­ing Sat­ur­day night’s har­ness rac­ing pro­gram at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

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