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Remembrance Day Pace; Final day at Summerside

11:11 AM 11 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Trevor Hicken, harness racing
Trevor Hicken

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The front end is where Adkins Hanover does he best work and will look to replicate that harness racing tactic Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 14-dash card has a special 2 P.M. post time this Saturday in respect for Remembrance Day services being held across the province earlier in the day. Adkins Hanover headlines the 14-dash card in the afternoon finale from post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The $2,400 event has Adkins Hanover as the morning line choice fresh off a pair of victories in this class in his latest outings. Czar Seelster has been hot since relocating to red soil with three wins and a second from four East Coast starts but has to contend with post 7 this week for trainer-driver Todd Weatherbee. The class also sees Woggy Rocks make his Red Shores Charlottetown debut for trainer Neal Moase after winning the top event on Nov. 1 at Red Shores Summerside. Leading driver Marc Campbell is listed to drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 5 starter Adkins Hanover.

"Adkins Hanover dominated his last two races from start to finish," MacIsaac said. "If he can secure an uncontested lead again like he did in those, a threepeat is a good possibility."

Other entries in the Saturday afternoon preferred include Simon Said (Driven by Mark Bradley), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Smiley Bayama (Gary Chappell), Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence), Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) and The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie).

Prettyndangerous will seek redemption in the race 9 Mares Open pace for a $2,250 purse. The Bo Ford trainee dominated the class for a portion of the season but has hit a rut in recent weeks after drawing outside posts. Adam Merner will steer the mare from post 2 in this week's seven-horse field with Itsallabouthebass favored from the outside post 7 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike while riding a two-race win streak in this class.

The $1,850 Open trot hits the track in race 3 with Freddie returning to competition against trotters but handicapped with post 8 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The five-year-old Majestic Son trotter has had 11 wins from 21 starts this season prompting the race secretary to put him in with a class of pacers in his last start, where he finished seventh in 2:01.1. He gets seven same-gaited foes Saturday including Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) and Wedgewood (Chappell).

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Instant Shadow Will Attempt To Close Curtain On 2017 Red Shores Summerside Season

The action winds down on racing in Western P.E.I. on Sunday afternoon with one final action packed card for the 2017 season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Customers will be treated to second chance draws and on-track promotions such as the Pick5 and Wild Horses rags will carry additional prizes.

The 12-dash program kicks off at 1 P.M. with the featured pacing lining up in race 11 for a $2,400 purse. Painted Desert has been no worse than second in his last three tries in this class including two victories but has to overcome post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The veteran son of Western Ideal has been on top of his game this season with five wins including a lifetime mark tying score of 1:55.3. Forever Paradise will loom a real danger in their Sunday afternoon showdown from post 2 with trainer Kevin MacLean electing to put Red Shores Summerside leading driver Marc Campbell at the lines. Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell has complete control over the driving and training standings at Red Shores Summerside with 57 driving wins and 26 training wins at the half-mile oval by healthy margins over his competition. He will attempt to add to his driving total with Forever Paradise and race analyst Bo Ford thinks he can do it.

"Forever Paradise has been going toe to toe with the best the region has to offer right down his card," Ford said. "Expect with his gate speed and inside position that (driver) Campbell can make front, control it and use his eighth-of-a-mile sprint to win it in the lane."

Other entries in the top event include Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Adam Merner), Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) and Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan).

The final race of the 2017 Prince County racing season is sponsored by Red Shores Summerside, as is race 1, with Instant Shadow the morning line favorite in the $1,400 finale event for driver MacPherson, trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stables of Greater Lakeburn and Robert Kyle of Calhoun.

The afternoon back-up pace has another New Brunswick horse favored with J Rs Hurricane drawing that distinction for owner-trainer Jean Charles Belliveau of Scoudoc. Merner drives the mainland pacer from post 6 in race 7 with other top entries in that class including George (Walter Cheverie) and Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault).

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By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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