CDP's drivers' standings are tight with season winding down

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There are only four more race dates remaining to determine the top driver of 2015 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

This afternoon's program features 16 races with first race post time scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes continue to battle for the most wins on the season with Campbell leading Hughes 108-106. Hughes has a good chance to catch the leader with Campbell out of action for the next two weeks. This story played out last year when the two pilots battled right to the very last race on New Year’s Eve to end the season tied.

All Turain is listed as the 5-2 choice on the morning line in the afternoon’s featured event in Race 15. Corey MacPherson will be in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken, Charlottetown. The pacer was roughed up last week but race analyst Les MacIsaac has him as the one to beat from Post 6.

“His winning streak came to an end last week and the trip over the heavy track was a contributing factor,” said MacIsaac. “There’s no guarantee it will be any easier (today) but he still deserves top billing the way he is racing.”

The other Hicken-trainee, Painted Desert, will leave from Post 2 for Mark Bradley while last week’s winner, Forever Paradise, comes from the five-hole for catch-driver Walter Cheverie.

The lineup also includes Smiley Bayama, a back-to-back winner, for Ron Gass, First Art Down gets the rail for Kenny Murphy and Darren Crowe is in town to drive Truro, N.S.’s top gun Mach Wheel from Post 4.

Cheverie gets another live drive aboard Best Risque in Race 8 as the mare goes for her 11th win of the season and 45th lifetime score for trainer Brian Ladner. Cheverie could land a triple, if he can beat top contenders Holy Molie Maggie (Gary Chappell) and Osprey Impact (MacPherson) with Caliban Hanover in the open trot.

Live racing continues Dec. 19 and Boxing Day at 12:30 p.m. while the New Year’s Eve card begins at 7 p.m.

Compiled by Red Shores' marketing, brands and PlayWise manager Lee Drake.

Organizations: Post 2, MacPherson

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, Charlottetown

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