CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Pappy Go Go has seen nothing but the winner’s circle all season and his five rivals will have their hooves full trying to change that Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash card with the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters on tap including Pappy Go Go putting his undefeated season on the line again in race 4. The Marc Campbell trained and driven trotter has post 2 in the $4,600 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old trot division for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. No foe has gotten closer than two lengths to Pappy Go Go at the finish line this season from seven starts in 2017 but his chief rival has rail control in Thursday’s event with Wicked Nick leaving off the pylons for trainer-driver Gary Chappell.
The other $4,600 three-year-old trotting splits line up in races 1 and 7. Oceanview Deb ships in from Nova Scotia as the morning line favorite in race 1 for trainer-driver Henry Smallwood while race 7 has fellow Bluenoser Miss Neala Ridge as top choice for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald.
A pair of $6,200 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old trot divisions hit the track in races 3 and 8.
In race 3 from post 4, Ticked has not seen the winner’s circle since August 15 with troubles in his latest start that saw him make three breaks during the mile but recovering bravely from every miscue to still trot in 2:07.1. Myles Heffernan will drive the son of Armbro Barrister for trainer Gerald MacDougall and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville.
Buckaroo has rail control in race 8 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield while he will face a serious challenge from the Gilles Barrieau driven Windemeredontuworry from post 6 in the field of eight.
Freddie (Campbell) is the favorite in the race 10 Open trot for a $1,850 purse while race 11 is the Esther Mutch Memorial pace with Howmac Missy getting the nod as top choice with Campbell in the bike for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire.
By Nicholas Oakes