Race analyst stays with Mach It Big despite bad post position

Lee Drake
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In Saturday’s feature in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN – The stage is set for an action-packed card of harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday.

Some of the top horses in the region will compete in a nine-horse feature in Race 11. First-race post time is 6 p.m.

Mach It Big, from the Jonah Moase stable in Cornwall, didn’t have any luck with the draw landing Post Position 8 against a powerful lineup. His starting point last week (Post 4) gave him a bit of an advantage.

The set-up is much different this week. Van Zant (Ron Matheson) is listed as the 3-1 choice from Post 2 while Tempo Seelster, who is improving with every start, gets the rail for driver Vince Poulton.

Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) drew Post 9, so he’ll line up behind the rail horse to secure position near the front end when the wings fold.

Although this scenario could complicate matters, Mach It Big and pilot Marc Campbell still get the support from race analyst Les MacIsaac.

“He’s saddled with the eight hole, but he showed last week why his connections thought enough of him to enter him in the Gold Cup and Saucer series last year,” MacIsaac said. “Outside post or not, he’s clearly the one to beat.”

The field is loaded with talent, which includes Cambest Kisser (Brodie MacPhee), Blue Star Outlaw (Kenny Arsenault), Every Day (Brian Andrew), Narragansett (Jason Hughes) and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie).

In other action, Prynne Hanover, a new addition to the Mike McGuigan stable from owner James Whelan Jr. of Vernon Bridge, will make his Charlottetown debut in Race 5 while Alcars Spud Baran, who qualified in Summerside for trainer Wendell Shaw and owner Wendell Grady of Summerside, launches his career on the East Coast in Race 3. Walter Cheverie is listed to drive.

Red Shores is launching a new promotion this weekend called Set for Summer, and later this month will introduce the drivers, businesses and charities in the third annual Drive for Charity.

The horses return to Red Shores at Summerside Raceway for opening day Monday, May 19. Post time is 1 p.m.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Cornwall, Summerside Vernon Bridge East Coast Red Shores

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