Campbell, Hughes tied in driver standings going into tonight's card

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It's too close to call.

Drivers Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell are in a dead heat going in tonight's New Year's Eve harness racing card at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Post time is 7 p.m.

Hughes and Campbell battled for the top spot during the New Year's Eve card in 2014 and ended up tied with 126 victories. This year they go into final card with 111 wins. Campbell is down to drive seven horses while Hughes is listed on nine.

Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is the 5-2 choice in the New Year's Eve pace scheduled for post time at 9:51 p.m. The pacer, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove, is coming off a 1:58.4 score on Boxing Day and leaves from Post 2 next to rail-sitter Sam (Hughes) from Foxyhall stable of Summerside.

The triactor candidates include DBS Rosco with Kenny Arsenault, Prince Adam for Gary Chappell, Smiley Bayama with Ron Gass and Likely to Win with Corey MacPherson.

MacPherson has been on fire, parading an incredible 15 winners during the last three events. He moves into third with 84 wins on the season at Charlottetown.

Bunny Mach will make her last start in Race 8 named in her honour. The 10-year-old veteran will retire from the racing ranks with an impressive resume of 257 lifetime starts, 43 victories, 35 seconds and 33 thirds.

She took a record of 1:52.2 as a five-year-old at Mohawk Racetrack and banked $272,833 in her career. Hughes will do the driving for owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge.

The evening also features live entertainment by the Johnny Oliver Band. The live broadcast will go to air at 6:30 p.m. 

The horses will be back live on Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

The 15-dash program features the open trotters with Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell) listed as the favourite for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes while Idealic Life puts his three-race win streak on the line in the afternoon feature. Trevor Hicken trains the brown gelding for owners Perry, Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson will be in the bike.

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

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, Summerside, Charlottetown Vernon Bridge

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  • used2bafan
    December 31, 2015 - 13:43

    its a good thing for Jason Hughes that red shores racing keeps finding ways to keep mr Campbell out of races, otherwise, he would be way ahead.