CHARLOTTETOWN – Fans packed into Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park for the first card of Old Home Week 2014 on Thursday night.
Teddys Place, in line to the recent 1,500-win man Mike Stevenson, managed to sneak up in the final strides to nail C L Eighty and Kenny Arsenault at the wire.
Teddys Place got away in the six-hole and followed the cover of second-place finisher C L Eighty, who cleared fraction-setter Deuce Man past the three quarters, to win by half-a-length in 1:58.3.
Deuce Man laid down fractions of 28.2, 59 and 1:29.2. Talk Back rounded out the top three making it an Arsenault trainee one-two-three finish.
Thane Arsenault owns and trains Teddys Place.
Jason Hughes picked up a driving and training double on the card, extending his lead in both categories at Red Shores Charlottetown.
He kicked off the first race of Old Home Week with Rocks Confession in 2:03.1, and followed it up with Blue Star Outlaw in 2:00 in Race 5.
The Alpine $3,000 Claiming Series highlighted Thursday night’s card.
Lexis Mandy laid parked every step for driver-trainer and co-owner Neil Bambrick and Shawn Baglole, winning by a head in 2:00.3. Hello America and Mike Downey picked up the second division of the fillies and mares in 1:58.3 for owner Ellen Stevenson.
The third division winner Machintosh was the only mare claimed on the opening night of the two-leg series. She was on top at every call, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:58, for owner-trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Steven Shepherd.
Veteran pacer Cam Cool found himself back in the winner’s circle in the first division of horses and geldings. Jamie Copley trains for Ann Copley and Evan Gillis of Inverness.
Marc Campbell handled the driving in 1:57.
The second division went to another claimed horse, Ebandtheboys in line to Kenny Murphy, rolled right down the highway winning in 1:57.3 for owner Clarkie Smith.
Racing continues Friday at 7 p.m.