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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – P.E.I.'s leading driver Marc Campbell will look to add to those totals tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time is 6 p.m. for the 14-dash card with Rose Run Quest leaving from Post 1 in the Race 13 feature event for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. 

Campbell is the leading driver and trainer at both Charlottetown and Summerside.

With 85 wins as a trainer, Campbell ranks third in Canada for victories and first in percentage with his .552 average. That average also puts him third in North America for trainers with under 300 starts.

As a driver, Campbell has made 163 trips to victory lane, placing him seventh in Canada for wins among drivers and first for driving average at .466.

He will look to bolster those numbers in Race 13 with Rose Run Quest, who has two wins and two seconds in four starts on red soil. The field also includes Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie), Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau), Carracci Hanover (Jason Hughes) and Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan).

“Nogreatmischief's tardy starts always force him to come from the back but in a five-horse field, the back isn’t all that far away,” said race analyst Les MacIsaac. “He just beat these (horses) last week and we don’t see any reason he can’t double up."

In other action, JK Rocket rides a two-race win streak into Race 8 with Earl Smith back in the bike for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford. The three-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo has Post 5 this week as he meets Woodmere Soul (Barrieau), who is fresh off a career-best 1:58 while winning an Atlantic Sires Stakes B division in Nova Scotia in his latest outing.

SUMMERSIDE

Rash B Havior decimated his rivals in last week's feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway but the outside post will complicate things for him on Sunday.

The 12-dash program begins at 1 p.m. with the Garth Schurman Memorial headlining the card in Race 11 for a $2,100 purse. The afternoon top pace has Rash B Havior fresh off a 1:56.1 victory off the rail Monday during Labour Day action in Summerside.

The son of Lis Mara is again teaming up with Campbell for owner and trainer Michael Peters of Emyvale from Post 6. Old Buck has been sharp all season and gets Walter Cheverie this week from Post 1 while Narragansett (Post 5) can never be counted out and has trainer-driver Jason Hughes this week.

"He toyed with his rivals last week," race analyst Bo Ford said of Rash B Havior. “With three wins over his last five starts this horse is red hot, keeping Campbell only adds to his upside."

Culpepper is in Race 9 with the outside post in the seven-horse field as he looks to defend his unbeaten record on the East Coast. The grey son of Camluck was a 1:57.2 winner in his debut on red soil for driver Jason Hughes, co-owner and trainer Kristina McCourt and co-owner Braedon McKenna of Kensington.

Race 6 is the Peter Coughlin Memorial with Windemere Johnny favoured with Chappell driving for trainer Phil Sizer.

 

Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.

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