Day At The Track

Alpine Claiming Series kicks off Thursday

07:55 AM 09 Aug 2018 NZST
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Old Home Week racing does not officially start until Friday evening but the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series will unofficially start off the biggest week of the Canada harness racing calendar Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 10-dash program has a 7 P.M. start time featuring the first leg of the Alpine claiming series for $5,000 claimers in races 8 and 10.

Macnamarra has shown over the years that he loves Old Home Week and will be the favourite in the first division in race 8 from post 2. Kenny Arsenault picks up the catch drive for trainer Donald MacLennan and owner Megan Hinkley of Margaree, N.S. The now 13-year-old Cape Breton pacer had the biggest moment of his career six years ago during Old Home Week 2012 when he took his lifetime mark of 1:53.2.

Young Man Matt (Driven by Jason Hughes) is second choice shipping in with the Patrick Shepherd stable of Ontario while Miss Sangria (Dale Spence) is picked for third for trainer George Rennison of Truro, N.S.

The second division in race 10 has another member of Shepherd stable as the top pick as Just Blitzed leaves from post 3 with Steven Shepherd in the bike for owner Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario. The five-year-old mare had been racing the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside of the nation’s capital.

Beau Seelster (Adam Merner) makes a return to P.E.I. with post 2 for owner Myah Wilkie of New Waterford, N.S., with another Cape Breton pacer, Shanghai B G (Marc Campbell), also selected in the top three for trainer Jim Copley of Inverness.

The Thursday program also features the $1,950 Open Trot with Freddie the probable top selection from post 4 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries are Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) and Ontario ship-in Stan The Man (Hughes).

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by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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