Alpine Claiming series kicks off Thursday
CHARLOTTETOWN – Teddys Place will try to fend off seven rivals in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
First-race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 p.m.
Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddys Place for owner-trainer Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown from Post 4 in the Race 12 finale for a $1,750 purse.
The nine-year-old son of Blissfull Hall has hit the board in six of his last seven starts, including a 1:57.1 victory in Charlottetown on June 29.
Teddys Place will face some gritty competition, including KG Comet (Wayne Dunn) and CL Eighty (Kenny Arsenault).
Race analyst Les MacIsaac is thinking outside the box in putting his faith in Post 7 starter Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson).
“Being stuck in the seven-hole could complicate matters, but he's been holding his own against some high-calibre opposition, and is the only one in here to show a recent win at this level,” MacIsaac said of Shock The Rock. “He's a potential sleeper.”
Other entries include Talk Back (Brian MacPhee), Deuce Man (Brodie MacPhee), Mr. Macleod (Jason Hughes) and Pictonian Walton (Walter Cheverie).
The card also features the first leg of the Alpine $3,000 claiming series with separate splits for fillies and mares, and horses and geldings. The first of three fillies and mares divisions lines up in Race 4, and Montreal Beauty (Dale Spence) has been installed as the morning-line favourite from Post 6 in the compact field.
Whatabadgirl (Garry MacDonald) takes a two-race Ontario win streak from the outside post in the six-horse-field into the second $1,500 division in Race 6.
The third fillies and mares split lines up in Race 9, with Machintosh (Steven Shepherd) favoured off the rail in the seven-horse-field.
The two horses and geldings divisions go in Races 8 and 11. Race 8 has 10-year-old veteran Cam Cool (Marc Campbell) as the one to beat off a two-race win streak at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Race 11 will have seven rivals try to knock off Albert Town (Campbell) from Post 1.