CHARLOTTETOWN – Hail The Taxi will seek to fend off seven foes in the feature pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday.
The 12-dash card gets underway at 7 p.m.
Marc Campbell will drive the four-year-old son of Art Major from Post 2 in the $1,900 Race 11 feature for Ontario owners Brian Evans and Randy Van Meer as well as Lynda MacSwain of Morell.
Darren Trainor conditions the pacer, who was a winner in 1:56.2 his last start out. Race analyst Les MacIsaac also places his faith in Hail The Taxi to land in the CDP winner’s circle.
“He's been steadily climbing back up the class ladder as he seems to be regaining his confidence,” MacIsaac said, “and last time out earned a win in what happens to be the fastest on the page this year. Don't rule out a repeat.”
Also in the event is Sterling Seelster (Mark Bradley), Tyber Champ (Rocky Schurman), Mcjestic (Corey MacPherson), Sa Summers Luck (Gary Chappell), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy).
The card has two trot classes slated to go in Races 3 and 5.
Juarez Cyclone is picked to win Race 3 for Cardigan trainer-driver Paul Morrison, who co-owns with John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B.
Juarez Cyclone will face off against seven rivals, including Lace (Brian Andrew) and fellow Morrison trainees Mile Hill Belle (Corey MacPherson) and Oysterbed Margaret (Brian MacPhee).
Race 5 has Glencove Uday trying to get the job done from Post 1 for driver MacPherson and owner-trainer Carl Bagnall of Stratford. The seven-year-old daughter of Bo W has been winless so far this season, but has been knocking on the door nearly every start.
Her competition in the compact field of six comes from Sandhill Angel (Kenny Arsenault) and Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood).
The back-up pace lines up in Race 12 as Rash B Havior (Michael Peters) is favoured off the rail against Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) and Painted Pony (MacPhee).