Thursday, 03 March 2022 22:41

The Horses at Century Downs: Saturday Preview

Written by Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle
The Horses at Century Downs: Saturday Preview Photo by Jay Blackwell

Day 2 of the 2022 harness racing meet at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino will go behind the gate this Saturday afternoon with a new post time of 2:15 (4:15 Eastern) going forward. There's 11 races on tap with a pair of $10,500 top class events highlighting the program in Race 5 (Fillies and Mares) and Race 7 (Horses and Geldings).

Catching up with Alberta's Brandon Campbell - he's off to a great start in 2022 as he finds himself listed in all - but one (driver money) - of the top 10 lists for 'Canadian Season Leaders - Drivers and Trainers' categories.

Campbell will be very busy this Saturday, driving in all - but one - race on the program... We've asked him about his thoughts on more than a few of his starters this weekend and he was kind enough to take some time from a busy morning to fill us in.

  • Race 2 - 5 APPELLATE "I love this horse - he's so honest! He missed a month prior to his latest - so he'll be much tighter this week."
  • Race 3 - 3 ROCKIN SHADOW "He's still learning, but does have lots of talent. I thought he would have won easier last time."
  • Race 5 - 6 PURE ADDITION "Could be due for a trip. She got beat on the lead last time - so we'll see what happens behind the gate."
  • Race 6 - 3 SNOOP DE LION "He's a nice big grinder and is a big class dropper this week. He'll likely be the choice in there."
  • Race 7 - 5 CANADIAN PHAROH "It's been a long time since I've driven him. Not sure what to expect, but he's a class act!"
  • Race 8 - 2 JEDI TRICKS "She came right back to herself last week and she could go on a tear here at the Downs - she just loves it here!"
  • Race 10 - 1 JIM STRIKESITRICH "He's a bit awkward going, but he has a great attitude and will likely have a great shot this week."
  • Race 11 - 4 SHOW STOP "I was super-impressed with him last time. He comes in with a clean line now and is definitely one to consider."

There you have it folks - right from the driver's mouth. Thanks so much Brandon and best of luck to all racing and playing this weekend at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino!

Century Downs - Saturday, March 5

Sugar's Selections

  • Race 1 - 1354
  • Race 2 - 5231
  • Race 3 - 3651
  • Race 4 - 2563
  • Race 5 - 1562
  • Race 6 - 3512
  • Race 7 - 7631
  • Race 8 - 2143
  • Race 9 - 2684
  • Race 10 - 2361
  • Race 11 - 6489

 

  • Race 1 PICK 5 - 13 / 5 / 356 / 256 / 15 - $7.20 (.20 base)
  • Race 3 PICK 4 - 356 / 256 / 15 / 35 - $36 ($1 base)
  • Race 7 PICK 5 - 367 / 2 / 2468 / 236 / 46 - $14.40 (.20 base)
  • Race 8 PICK 4 - 2 / 2468 / 236 / 46 - $24 ($1 base)

 
Late PICK 4 ANALYSIS
 
Race 8

  • 2 JEDI TRICKS was awesome last week and if she's as good - this time around - a repeat is very possible against these.

Race 9

  • 2 LITIZOR did not disappoint as the heavy favourite last time out; we'll expect him to be a solid player again.
  • 4 DRIVE AWAY has missed 3 weeks of racing action, but anything close to his 'A' game will put him in the hunt.
  • 6 CRAZY I M a decent third in his latest and it was not the easiest of trips; he'll be worth a look again.
  • 8 BLACKISBACKJACK another tough outside post, but he overcame it last week to race up close; beware.

Race 10

  • 2 BONUS ROUND was all dressed up with no place to go last time; we're expecting a big effort this week.
  • 3 SOLID SILVER is always in the hunt; we'll be looking for him to be on or near the lead early and sticking around late.
  • 6 SHIR GAIN paced a HUGE final half to finish second best last week; just needs a good trip to be a serious factor here.

Race 11

  • 4 SHOW STOP made up a lot of ground and passed horses last time; this appears to be a great spot for him to pop.
  • 6 NO BETTOR PARADE comes in off a claim and now makes his second start back off a rest; we'll expect more this week.
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