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Collective Wisdom favoured in feature

The gates swung open for the first race of the season Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
The gates will swing open tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

With a drop in class out of the open mares ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in tonight’s top race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 10-dash card gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in Race 9 with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties.

Miss Sangria has Post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver’s seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes) leaves from Post 7 fresh off a second-place finish in 1:57.4.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper.

“Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares,” he said. “Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off.”

The field also includes Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling).

Race 7 is the Accreon P.E.I. pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from Post 8, fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane.

The top trot of the night lines up in Race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning-line favourite from Post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face five challengers in tonight’s assignment.

– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.

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