Mischievous Lad, Albert Rules to battle in Race 11

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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Racing action is set for tomorrow at Truro Raceway with 96 horses on tap for 12 dashes of fast-paced entertainment.
The $1,350 top class, set for Race 11, programs Kenney Greene's $4,500 claimer Mischievous Lad as the early favourite along with the popular Albert Rules for Ken St. John.
Fresh off a winning start, the eight-year-old Cluck Hanover, although moved up in class, could be a key player along with Keeptheball Rollin, who if on his game, can always be a serious contender.
Post time is scheduled for 1 p.m. with qualifiers slated for noon.
FIRST OFF THE GATE
Teamsters Danny Romo and Robert Laffin are first off the gate for 2010, each enjoying a driving triple last weekend to top the leaderboard for the new year.
Laffin scored a natural hat trick during the afternoon while trainer/driver Romo kept three conditioned out of his camp alive from gate to wire.
CHANGED STABLES
The $2,000 claimer Bridgeports Best changed stables during the week when one of Truro's youngest owners, Paul Langille sold the seasoned pacer to veteran horseman John Gibbons of Cape Breton.
TRACK CONDITIONS
During the winter meet, it is a definite challenge for the track maintenance crew to keep the track surface in a safe condition to race for both the horses and the starting gate for the Sunday event.
Brent MacGrath, Wayne MacLaren and Kenny McCabe work diligently throughout the week in the face of varying conditions to ensure the track is good to go for show time Sunday.
Last weekend the track was rated good with only a one-second variant in -5C
temperatures.
TATTERSALLS MIXED SALE
The 2010 Tattersalls Mixed Sale, being held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on Monday, has two local four-year-olds catalogued for auction.
Ian Banks' lightly raced son of Western
Paradise, Dov Bears Dream, along with the multiple stakes winner, Port Hill Gatsby,
by Quick Comeback out of the Sandy
Baird string.
SUCCESS STORY
The battle scarred warrior, Linksland, presently owned by Kenny Greene of Kennetcook, has made an indelible mark on harness racing over his career, accumulating earnings totalling $92,989.
The 11-year-old son of Camluck made his racing debut in Atlantic Canada on July 5 at Inverness Raceway partnered with Greg
Bailey.
The Ontario-bred left Quebec City's conditioner, Francis Benoit, as a $5,000 claimer via Sydney horseman Kevin Bailey.
Race fans will recall that Bailey was instrumental in relocating the talented competitor Primiano out of the Ontario circuit to the Maritimes in 2006.
The 14-year-old has been benefiting from a well-deserved retirement since the latter part of 2009.
RECOVERING
It has been reported that popular Truro harness racing enthusiast Bertie Mentis is presently recovering in a Halifax hospital.
MOVED TO AMHERST
Atlantic Post Calls editor Doug Harkness was transferred from the QEII to the ICU of the Cumberland Regional Hospital in Amherst early last week.

Organizations: Halifax hospital, Cumberland Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Ontario, New Jersey AMHERST Port Hill Gatsby Kennetcook Atlantic Canada Quebec City Sydney

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