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06:00 AM 17 Jun 2017 NZST
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Charlottetown Driving Park
Charlottetown Driving Park

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best three-year-old pacers in the region have the first leg of the Maritime Triple Crown firmly in their sights with it all coming down to Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time is 6 P.M. for the dash program with the Maritime Breeder's Finals lining up in races 9 and 12. The program also features the $100,000 Dash for Cash promotion for customers. Two customers will be selected to go for the cash. Complete details at

Elektra Express has been nothing short of phenomenal so far in 2017 and draws post 2 in the $23,600 Ken Starratt Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing fillies carded as race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise served notice that Dustlanemissmolly's 1:55 three-year-old filly track record could be in jeopardy at any given time after an under wraps 1:55.4 victory in her elimination. Ryan Ellis will drive morning line choice for owner Danica Ellis of Nova Scotia and trainer Marc Campbell, who has three entrants in the rich final. Campbell drove Elektra Express to her unbeaten record so far this season but will elect to drive Filly Forty Seven from post 5 after winning the other elimination in 1:56.1. Gilles Barrieau drives the other Campbell entrant, Elm Grove Ladyluck, from post 8.

Bonzai Beach (Clare MacDonald) and Kinda Like Her (Kenny Arsenault) were both large in their eliminations, both finishing second. Other entries include Traces Of Purple (Walter Cheverie), Oceanview Beemer (Earl Smith) and Tobins Secret (Todd Trites).

The Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing colts has more Campbell flavour, as Island Energetic is the favorite from post 2 in the $21,400 event. 'The King' of Island racing, Campbell has an incredible record so far in 2017, winning 45 of 117 races prior to this Thursday's card. To put it in perspective, Corey MacPherson was sitting in second place among the driver's colony with just 18 wins. Island Energetic has been helping Campbell in the win department, as he has drove the son of Articulator to a six-race win streak and will again sit behind him in Saturday's final. Nameisonthehalter has the rail position at 3-1 on the morning line with Adam Merner picking up the drive for owner-trainer Lawrence Snow of Nova Scotia after finishing third to Island Energetic in his elimination. Other eliminations winner Ic A Free Spirit (Ernie Laffin) and Complete Player (Mark Bradley) have posts 4 and 7, respectively.

Also in the championship field is Cowboys Dont Cry (Jason Hughes), Carters Caper (MacDonald), Tobinator (MacPherson) and Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau).

The preferred pacers will clash again this week in race 11 for a $2,400 purse. Invictus Hanover is new on the scene is shouldered with the outside in the five-horse field. Hughes trains and drives the winner of $305,000 lifetime for owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia since he was claimed for $20,000 at Yonkers Raceway in New York in December. With the addition of Invictus Hanover, Mr Irresistible loses his regular driver and gets the services of the track's leading reinsman, Campbell, from post 4. Adkins Hanover has post 3 with MacPherson at the lines while Heart And Soul (MacDonald) has rail control and Mach It Big (Brian Andrew) leaves from post 2.

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Top Pacing Mares Invade Summerside

Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will play host to the finest aged pacing mares in the Atlantic Canada Sunday afternoon.

First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 13-dash program with the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series, presented by Standardbred Canada and Red Shores, hitting the track in races 9 and 11. The program also features the $100,000 Dash for Cash promotion for customers. Two customers will be selected to go for the cash. Complete details at

Race 9 has Ramblinglily as the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Walter Cheverie, co-owner and trainer Alan Jones of Riverview, N.B., and Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. The seven-year-old daughter of Articulator has had a star studded career with over $152,000 earned while never leaving the Maritimes and will look to add to her bankroll in the $3,870 division. Shadows Mystery gets post 2 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike after all ready recording a win in 1:56.3 this season while Prettyndangerous gets rail control with Marc Campbell picking up the catch drive this week.

Other entries in the first division include Windsun Kenda (Ken Murphy), Best Risque (Jason Hughes), West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) and Sendmeasign (Gary Chappell).

The other $3,870 division lines up behind the starting gate in race 11 with Woodmere Articblue and Campbell favoured from post 7 for owners Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines and Stevi Jardine of Georges River, N.S. Miss Machqueen has yet to crack the top four against the Open Mares in her first two East Coast starts but is listed as second favorite from post 5 for the team of driver Jason Hughes and conditioner Jennifer Trainor. Also in the field is Momara (Norris Rogers), SOS Bambie (Chappell), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson), Jinglewriter (Adam Merner) and Miss Oromocto (Mark Haig).

The afternoon top overnight pace hits the track in race 12 with Mando Fun putting his two-race Summerside top class streak on the line. The Paul Biggar owned and trained pacer gets shouldered with post 6 with Dale Spence driving, while Eagle Jolt is installed as the morning line choice for Campbell from post 5. The inside four positions are filled by Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan), D Bs Rosco (Arsenault), Narragansett (Hughes) and Pictonian Storm (Wade Sorrie).

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By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores


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