Too close to call
Six rivals go head to head in tonight’s feature at CDP
Picking a name out of a hat may be as accurate as trying to predict the winner in Thursday evening’s tightly knit featured event at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 12-dash program with Likely To Win the morning line choice from Post 5 in the $2,000 race.
Adam Merner trains and drives the 34-time-winner for owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. The seven-year-old son of Western Terror was victorious in his latest outing winning in 1:57.1. Narragansett has been part of the action in virtually every one of his 2017 starts but gets Post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Jason Hughes in the bike.
Race analyst Les MacIsaac doesn’t see the post as a major detriment to Narragansett’s chances of landing on top.
“Narragansett is always a threat with that dangerous late burst, especially in a compact field with not as much traffic,” MacIsaac said. “If he can get some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up.”
Other entries in the race include Give Em Heck (Colin Sheppard), The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault), Instant Shadow (Gilles Barrieau) and Denver Dolly (Marc Campbell).
Campbell continues to lead the dash race at the capital oval by a healthy margin with 65 wins so far this season compared to Hughes in second place with 32 wins. The former O’Brien award winning driver has a chance to add to his total in Thursday’s
Race 3 Open trot event as he drives Freddie for the Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston fresh off a 1:58.3 victory in his latest. His arch-rival, Osprey Impact, leaves from Post 6 with Walter Cheverie in the bike while he has Post 7 in the $1,850 event.
At least one win streak will end in Race 9 with Nikes Cowgirl (Campbell) riding a threerace win streak into Post 2 while Julep Hanover and ownertrainer-driver Wade Myers has Post 3 fresh off a pair of victories in 1:57 and change.