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Alpine Claiming Series Set For Thursday

Published: August 10, 2016 6:52 pm ET

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The Alpine Claiming Series will headline the Thursday evening (August 11) program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval revs up for the start of Old Home Week.

First race post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 10-dash program with perhaps the toughest horse to ever race the bottom claimer in Charlottetown kicking off the show. Montreal Phil has post one in race four on the card with Marc Campbell at the lines for trainer and Quebec native Rene Allard in the $1,750 purse event for $4,000 horse and gelding claimers. The 12-year-old son of Blissfull Hall has 59 lifetime wins and $699,093 in purse earnings with his latest victory a 1:54.4 win over the half-mile oval in Yonkers, New York in for a $12,500 price tag. The pacer oozes back class, as he was previously the top pacer at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Glouchester, Ont., and was a winner in a $50,000 claimer last year at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The second horses and geldings division of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series lines up in race six with Leading Camdidate leading the charge from post three for driver Corey MacPherson and owner/trainer Drew Smyth of Ontario. The Gaudreault gang is also in town with their Quebec-based racing stable, with them bringing along Louis Philippe Roy to drive their horsepower for Old Home Week action. Roy is the leading driver at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec and sits second in the drivers standings at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

The Alpine $4,000 claiming series for pacing mares attracted just nine entrants with them facing off in race eight on the card. My Ideal Hanover looks like the class of the field from post one with Campbell and Allard yet again teaming up with the winner of 20 races and $261,941 in purses.

The MacPherson Roche Smith and Associates Pace lines up in race nine with Motorino the morning line favourite with post eight to overcome for trainer/driver Terry Gallant, who co-owns the horse with Eric Johnston of Summerside, P.E.I. Other top entries include Clic K (Gilles Barrieau) and Bazillion (Brian MacPhee).

To view Thursday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Thursday Entries - Charlottetown Driving Park.

(Red Shores)

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