Wal and Joe Hennessey Memorial Pace headline evening program

Bo Ford
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Wal and Joe Hennessey Memorial Pace will headline Thursday night’s 12-dash card at Red Shores Charlottetown.

Post time is 7 p.m.

Six horses will contest this year's Wal and Joe Hennessey event, which has become a landmark race of Old Home Week.

Fresh off pacing a mile in 1:55.4, Narragansett has been enlisted as the morning-line choice in the signature event. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, the five-year-old gelding has four victories on the year.

A finalist in this year's Governor's Plate in Summerside, the Jason Hughes-trainee draws into Post 5 in the compact field of six. Hughes will handle the driving duties.

Newcomer Camstock Lode has drawn the rail for new owner Dr. James Shive of Nova Scotia. He comes to the red soil from Monticello, a half-mile oval in New York. He was a winner two starts back in 1:55.3.

The seven-year-old Cams Fortune gelding is now trained by Dr. Trevin Shive, and national driving championship finalist Ryan Ellis will do the driving off of the rail. Oakmont, Bonnys Mac, Carrera Angel and Sa Summers Luck complete the compact field of six.

The Shive connection are also in action one race prior in the 10th as Officially Rusty will put his three-race winning streak on the line against a stiff group of competition. The three-year-old Art Official gelding picked up his last victory in Truro, N.S. That was a 1:57.3 score for Ellis, who will be back in the sulky.

Perfect Escape has drawn Post 2 for owners Jack Keenan and Joseph Dahl, the five-year-old Mcardle gelding comes into the race showing two miles in 1:55.4. He drops back after not qualifying for the final of the Premier’s Pace on Saturday night.

Jackie Matheson trains while Marc Campbell will pick up the catch-driving call after Gilles Barrieau committed to the rail horse Panacotta.

Tempo Seelster, Pictonian Walton and Unstoppable Speed round out the power packed field.

Geographic location: Summerside, Nova Scotia, Monticello New York Truro

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