Alpine claim­ing se­ries on tap tonight at CDP

Old Home Week rac­ing set to get un­der­way in Charlottetown

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­plied by Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The busiest 10 days in Cana­dian har­ness rac­ing kick off Thurs­day at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driv­ing Park as the cap­i­tal oval pre­pares for Old Home Week rac­ing.

First race post time is 7 p.m. for the 12-dash card fea­tur­ing the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claim­ing se­ries with di­vi­sions in Races 7 and 11.

Come On Eileen is favoured in the first $1,750 Alpine split with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for owner-trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague.

The four-year-old daugh­ter of Sports­writer was a win­ner in 1:57.4 in her lat­est out­ing and faces seven ri­vals, in­clud­ing My Ideal Hanover (Gilles Bar­rieau) and Scar­let Sa­fari (Marc Camp­bell).

The sec­ond di­vi­sion has Mac­na­marra favoured with Bar­rieau in the bike for own­er­trainer Wal­ter Walker of In­ver­ness, N.S.

Four Brass Starz (Ken Mur­phy) and Wind­song Lisa (Arsenault) are also picked for top spots in the nine­horse field.

The $1,850

Open trot takes the spotlight in

Race 10 on the pro­gram with two ri­vals re­new­ing their strug­gle, but with a new ad­di­tion to the mix. Post 7 and 8 be­long to Osprey Im­pact (Wal­ter Chev­erie) and Fred­die (Camp­bell), re­spec­tively, with the top-notch pair of trot­ters trad­ing blows with nei­ther win­ning two weeks in a row.

Mur­mur Hanover now lands in P.E.I. and gets Post 6 in his Is­land de­but for driver Jason Hughes, con­di­tioner Jen­nifer Trainor and owner Danny Birt of Strat­ford. The classy seven-yearold son of Ma­jes­tic Son has 18 life­time vic­to­ries and $734,099 in ca­reer earn­ings while rac­ing the Wood­bine En­ter­tain­ment Group Cir­cuit in On­tario, trot­ting in 1:55.1 in his lat­est out­ing.

In Race 9, Jin­glewriter gets the nod as the morn­ing line choice with Adam Merner steering for trainer Ron Gass and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River.

Jay­port Sport ships into P.E.I. for Old Home Week ac­tion in Race 5 for trainer-driver Danny O’Brian and owner Everette Han­son of Maugerville, N.B. The Post 4 starter had been rac­ing at Ge­or­gian Downs in On­tario for O’Brian, for­merly of New Brunswick.

More at www.red­shores.ca.

Merner

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