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With rail control, Shadows Mystery looks to be the favourite in CDP feature

Adam Merner will drive the favoured Prettyndangerous in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday.
Adam Merner will drive Shadows Mystery, the favourite in the CDP feature Thursday night. - Jason Simmonds

Racing action on P.E.I. returns to Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday evening with a group of talented pacing mares doing battle in the Race 9 featured pace.

First race post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 10-dash program with Shadows Mystery controlling the rail in the $1,500 Race 9 top pacing event.

The Gordie Ford-trained-and-owned Shadows Mystery is fresh off a win in 1:56.3 for driver Adam Merner with that reinsman back in the bike this week. Prettyndangerous leaves from Post 2 with a string of 1:57 miles down her chartlines but has been battle breaks in stride for trainer Bo Ford. Gilles Barrieau is in the bike this week with the eight-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce installed at 7-2 morning line odds while dropping out of the Open Mares ranks. Good Luck Kathy starts from Post 5 at 3-1 odds with Earl Smith in the bike for owner Janet Compton of Stratford.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his wagers on Shadows Mystery with rail control.

“Judging by Shadow’s Mystery’s last two starts her earlier problems could be a thing of the past,” MacIsaac said. “She was the easiest of winners in a well rated mile last week and a similar trip could be in the cards tonight. Looks like the one to knock off.”

Other entries include Diduseethat (driven by Jason Hughes), Hurricane Hill (Mike McGuigan) and Minor Wisdom (David Dowling).

The $1,950 Open trot hits the track in Race 8 with Hop Up riding a three-race win streak but having to start from Post 8 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Ken Murphy picks up the catch-driving call as regular pilot Corey MacPherson is racing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. The four-year-old daughter of Tad The Stud was never better than last week at Red Shores Summerside, winning in 1:59.2 on top at every call. Other top Open trot entries include Isabella Hanover (Merner) and Holy Molie Maggie (Barrieau).

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Compiled by Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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