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After closing hard against the richest Maritime-bred last week, Mantario will try to get it all in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Red Shores, Prince County Horsemen’s Club and Standardbred Canada will also salute the grooms as part of National Caretaker’s Appreciation weekend.
The 12-dash presentation has the top class lining up in Race 11 of the day and Mantario is the favourite from the outside Post 6. David Dowling will drive the Jennifer Doyle-trainee in the $2,700 event for owners Doyle and Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. The Sportswriter pacer closed hard to finish second to The Rev in a 1:53.4 mile last week, pacing his own mile in 1:54 flat.
The Governor’s Plate finalist will have some sturdy competition on his way to the winner’s circle on Sunday. Heart And Soul will leave from Post 4 as he looks to add to his 10 top-three finishes from 13 seasonal outings with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer George Riley.
Soccer Hanover will hold down Post 5 with Ken Murphy in the driver’s seat while the lone mare in the field, Misty Memory N, has rail control with Jason Hughes at the lines.
The Backstretch Beat in Sunday’s card pegs Mantario for the top spot.
“Mantario came out of the clouds to just miss in 1:54 his first start for conditioner Doyle. He is sure to get a more aggressive steer this time and we like his chances to get it all.”
Other entries are Adkins Hanover (to be driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Hungers Pangs (Taylor Doyle).
Dylan’s Future has been installed as the morning-line favorite in the Bob MacInnis Memorial Pace in Race 5. Norris Rogers will handle the two-year-old colt for owner-trainer Frank Banks of Summerside.
Pictonian Storm is favoured in the Race 8 back-up class. Brodie MacPhee will drive the 37-time winner in the $2,250 race. Wade Sorrie trains the son of Western Paradise for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Other top entrants include Power Of A Cruiser (Norris Rogers) and Howmac Magic (Hughes).
Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.
Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.