Osprey Im­pact dom­i­nates Open trot

In Ca­hoots, Beau Seel­ster win Alpine claim­ing se­ries races at Char­lot­te­town race­track

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Oakes Ni­cholas Oakes is cov­er­ing Old Home Week har­ness rac­ing for The Guardian through to the Gold Cup and Saucer Race.

Win­ning two straight Open trots has been a tough feat this sea­son but Osprey Im­pact ac­com­plished the goal Thurs­day night at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Wal­ter Chev­erie en­gi­neered the win­ning trip in the $1,850 Open trot with a 1:58.2 score for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River.

New­comer Mur­mur Hanover, driven by Jason Hughes, laid down the frac­tions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:29.1 be­fore mak­ing a break late in the mile to fin­ish third while Fred­die (Marc Camp­bell) got up for sec­ond.

Chev­erie worked some magic ear­lier in the night in the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claim­ing se­ries as he found the win­ner’s cir­cle with In Ca­hoots at 35-1 odds.

The 1:58.3 vic­tory was scored in the $1,750 first leg of the claim­ing se­ries for trainer Ken­neth Wilkie, who had two wins

on the night, and owner Jamie Whalen of Vernon Bridge.

There was a plac­ing in the sec­ond $1,750 Alpine di­vi­sion

as Beech­wood Tiger (Myles Hef­fer­nan) won the event but was placed third for in­ter­fer­ence while Beau Seel­ster was awarded the win in 1:58.1 as part of a Camp­bell driv­ing quadru­ple for trainer Keith Bar­ring­ton of Nova Sco­tia.

The $1,200 Macpher­son Roche Smith Char­tered Pro­fes­sional Ac­coun­tants and Man­age­ment Ad­vi­sors pace was cap­tured by Best Risque in 1:56.2 with Hughes at the lines.

Live rac­ing con­tin­ues Friday at 7 p.m. with the of­fi­cial open­ing of Old Home Week 2017.

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