CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A tight-knit field of seven pacers will contest tonight’s top class at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The 10-dash program at the capital oval kicks off at 6 p.m., with the featured pacers lining up in Race 9 for a $2,200 purse. Elm Grove Kaboom and trainer-driver Marc Campbell are the morning line choice from Post 3 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Perfect Escape comes into the race with a 1:55.3 victory in his latest charted line with Barrieau back in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson leaving from Post 6.
Race analyst Les MacIsaac is going with Elm Grove Kaboom for top spot.
“Elm Grove Kaboom might be risky at a short price given the fact that he's only delivered 40 per cent of the time as the chalk this year,” MacIsaac said. “Having said that, he seems to be rounding into form and last year’s record should tell you what he's capable of when he's on his game. Top call.”
The field also includes Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Stars Above (Steven Shepherd) and Red Magician (Corey MacPherson).
Mick Dundee is the favourite in Race 12 for owner-trainer-driver Donnie MacNeil of New Haven. Big Surf makes his Island return in the $1,700 event, drawing Post 8 for driver MacPherson and trainer Trevor Hicken. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was formerly a top contender in the free-for-all ranks in Atlantic Canada before being sold to U.S. interests. His latest start was at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and was subsequently reacquired by former owner Perry Burke of Quebec.
– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.