Packed with fire­power

Is­land pac­ers take on main­land in­vaders in CDP fea­ture race

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS OAKES Ni­cholas Oakes is cov­er­ing Old Home Week har­ness rac­ing for The Guardian lead­ing up to the Gold Cup and Saucer race.

The Eliot River Ram­blers capped a perfect show­ing in dra­matic fash­ion.

The Ram­blers scored late in reg­u­la­tion time to over­come a 2-0 deficit to edge the Winsloe/ Char­lot­te­town Roy­als 3-2 in the cham­pi­onship game of the Cen­tral Queens Clip­pers youth soc­cer tour­na­ment’s Un­der-13 Boys Premier Di­vi­sion.

The Ram­blers de­feated the Summerside United 2-0, Strat­ford 7-0 and Hal­i­fax County United 7-1 in round-robin play, and topped the Sher­woodPark­dale Rangers 2-0 in a rain­soaked semi­fi­nal, which was de­layed for 45 min­utes due to thun­der and light­ning.

Liam Wood opened the scor­ing for the Ram­blers within the first two min­utes, and James Doucette added an in­surance marker early in the sec­ond half.

Cody Cud­more recorded all three tour­na­ment shutouts for the Ram­blers.

In the all-P.E.I. fi­nal, the Roy­als started fast and fu­ri­ous, build­ing a 2-0 lead.

How­ever, Carter MacRae scored on a rocket shot off a penalty kick late in the first half to get the Ram­blers on the board be­fore the break. Doucette then scored twice in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing the win­ning goal late in reg­u­la­tion time.

This was the sec­ond tour­na­ment win for the Ram­blers this summer. Eliot River went a perfect 6-0 in claim­ing the Co­diac First Touch tour­na­ment last month in Monc­ton, N.B.

Old Home Week of­fi­cially kicks off on to­day’s card at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park and the fea­tured pace is packed with fire­power.

First-race post time is 7 p.m. for the 11-dash card and the WG Bar­bour Pace takes centre stage in Race 11 for a $2,250 purse.

The top-notch field of pac­ers is head­lined by Adkins Hanover from Post 4 fresh off a sec­ond place fin­ish to Gold Cup and Saucer trial en­try Do Over Hanover. The Trevor Hick­en­trained Adkins Hanover paced in 1:54.3 that night and gets the ser­vices of Kenny Arse­nault again this week for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Likely To Win rides a two-race win streak into the Friday fea­ture with Adam Merner at the con­trols while For­ever Par­adise and driver Mike McGuigan reignite their chem­istry from Post 5.

The race also has a num­ber of off-is­land en­tries with In­tended Roy­alty (Gilles Bar­rieau) get­ting rail con­trol with his last 11 starts see­ing him fin­ish no worse than sec­ond at In­ver­ness Race­way in Nova Sco­tia. Veroi Bayama has six ship­ping in from the fair cir­cuit in Que­bec and gets ac­com­plished FrenchCana­dian driver Stephane Brosseau bring his tal­ents to Old Home Week rac­ing this year. It is quite pos­si­ble Brosseau will make some his­tory of his own dur­ing the next nine days as he is just seven wins short of 3,000 ca­reer vic­to­ries.

KD Over­drive (Stephen Ma­son) gets Post 2, fresh off rac­ing at Ban­gor in Maine, while Distinc­tiv Rusty (Jason Hughes) brings his im­pres­sive streak of 1:57 miles over him home base of Truro Race­way in Nova Sco­tia into Post 8. Ea­gle Jolt has Post 7 with Char­lot­te­town’s lead­ing driver, Marc Camp­bell, at the lines as the driver looks to add to his 68 vic­to­ries so far this sea­son, not count­ing ac­tion Thurs­day evening.

The James Ayl­ward Lead­er­ship Pace hits the track in Race 3 with Twom­ac­sone­shadow favoured from Post 5 with Bar­rieau in the bike for own­ers How­mac Farms Ltd of North Wilt­shire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S.

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