Too close to call

Six ri­vals go head to head in tonight’s fea­ture at CDP

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

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.

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