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TheStable.ca Christmas Open House a success

GUELPH, ON -- Harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable hosted its third annual Christmas Open House on December 9. The Stable.ca welcomed 275 guests who traveled from 10 states and provinces to its headquarters at Tomiko Training Centre. The free event showcased 78 yearlings training in 10 sets and was broadcast via livestream to more than 6,000 viewers worldwide. Now in its third year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. There are currently 146 Standardbred horses in TheStable.ca owned by nearly 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $111), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Each year, TheStable.ca Christmas Open House fundraises for a local or horse-related organization. This year's donations totaled $1,250 and will be split equally between the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) and The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). Clients of TheStable.ca gave on behalf of their horses in a campaign titled Horses Helping Horses. The top earner was Macpherson Thunder, a yearling Sunshine Beach colt which drew donations of $270. Several prizes were awarded at the Open House, including one-percent fractions of five horses. The winners are listed below. • 1% of Watch Ave - Karen Cullen • 1% of Fusspot - Betty Strong • 1% of Brushcut - Bob Herber • 1% of Path Of Totality - Rick Doyle • 1% of Alesund - Ruth Cudmore The event included a surprise introduction of the newest horse to join TheStable.ca. First Glance turned several heads as he was led onto the track to greet guests. The adorable weanling is the only roan horse by Ontario sire Thinking Out Loud. The next Open House is slated for May 12. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. From TheStable.ca  

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Salmonier Storm upsets at Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Picking up the pieces from an early speed duel, Salmonier Storm claimed the top pace of the week at long odds Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Ambyr Campbell was in the bike for the winning trip, which is the third straight for the seven-year-old son of Western Ideal, stopping the clock in 1:58.2 in the $2,500 preferred pace. Hitting the wire first at 18-1 odds, Salmonier Storm prevailed for owner Brian MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I., over pacesetter Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) and third place IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan). The colours white, green and black frequented the winner’s circle on the 15-dash program with a total of seven wins scored between the ‘King’ of Island racing and a promising rookie driver. Marc Campbell continued his reign of the Red Shores driver’s standings with four wins on the day to put him at 121 victories this year at the capital oval. Campbell started his good fortune in race 10 of the day winning with Charlottes Western in 2:01.4 for trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton, followed by a win in race 11 with Malabrigo in 2:00.1 from his own stable. Confiden Fella supplied the third part of the quadruple in race 12 with a 1:59.2 victory from the O’Leary stable of Ralph Sweet then finished the card off winning with Jetta Flys in 2:00.1 for Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Drew Neill scored the first driving triple of his career just two days after his 19th birthday. The Winsloe driver connected with Miramonttogo in a front end score of 2:03.4 for his father Irwin Neill, then scored a pair of wins for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. later on the card. Howmacs Dragonator was the first part of the Neill-Matheson double with a 2:01.3 win then Collective Wisdom won the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace in 1:59.1 for owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield, P.E.I. Brian Blanchard celebrated his first Canadian driving win as he teamed up with Frill Seeker to captured the $1,800 Open trot in 2:05.3. The U.S. driver was in the bike for trainer Kenny Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford, Ont. It was win number 73 of Blanchard’s driving career but the rest of his victories came in his native Maine. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Kendall Seelster, Harness Racing

Kendall Seelster reclaims Preferred crown

MILTON, December 7, 2018 - Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a harness racing star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday's feature contest. Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint also fired towards the top and led on the outside by a length a :27 opener. Exhilarated overtook the top spot in the second-quarter after being parked and hit the half in :55.4. Double A Mint popped the two-hole heading into the far-turn to reclaim the lead. Darlinonthebeach, who was searching for a repeat in the Preferred, got underway from fifth and came first-up in the third-quarter to draw within a length of the lead turning for home. Kendall Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion followed Darlinonthebeach and sat in a perfect second-over spot. Double A Mint led into the lane off a three-quarter clocking of 1:24. In the stretch, Double A Mint battled tough before surrendering the lead in the final-eighth. Darlinonthebeach muscled to the lead but couldn't hold off a charging Kendall Seelster. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play hit the line first in 1:50.4, prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Double A Mint held third, while Bettors Up finished fourth. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster entered Friday's contest winless in her last three starts after capturing back-to-back editions of the Preferred in early-November. Her sophomore numbers now jump to eight wins and $268,465 earned in 22 starts. Kendall Seelster late-season success over older rivals adds to her impressive career accomplishments. She now has 12 wins and $722,450 in career earnings for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $9.50. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown Driving Park, Harness Racing

Winter Blast wanting to ring in the season

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winter Blast has proven to be an iron tough adversary and will be looking to channel that talent to the harness racing winner's circle in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 15-dash Saturday afternoon program kicks off the action at 12:30 P.M. with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 14 for a $2,500 purse. Winter Blast has been in every triactor ticket for six starts but has not seen the winner's circle since Oct. 27. Most of his more rugged company is absent this week as he is installed as the 5-2 morning line favourite from post 6 for driver Jason Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. Rockin Indy has settled in nicely to East Coast competition and will leave from post 7 as the second choice on the morning line for driver Corey MacPherson. Rail control belongs to Eagle Jolt (Driven by Marc Campbell) as the veteran pacer will look to rebound off of last week's sixth place finish after winning convincingly the week before in 1:58.2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Winter Blast to overcome post 6. "The six hole might curb your enthusiasm but Winter Blast is not facing any of those that have beaten him in recent starts and that's got to count for something," MacIsaac said. "He looks like the one to knock off." Also in the field is Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell), Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie), Diggin In (Adam Merner), I C True Grit (Mike McGuigan), Mr Irresistible (Kyle Gillis) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). Killean Finale will put her modest streak to the test in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,350 purse. Ken Murphy will drive the Clifford Murphy trainee from post 7 while riding two straight wins at this level for owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Collective Wisdom has not been out of the triactor ticker in her last six starts, all in this class, and will again have Drew Neill at the lines from post 6. Prettyndangerous has posed a risk in this class all season and is sitting on two straight second place finishes with post 5 to work from this week with David Dowling at the controls. Red Shores will have a memorial horseshoe after race 6 of the afternoon card in memory of the late Brian Andrew who passed away this week. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – There is no question Meridian Farms has been the biggest player in Atlantic Canadian harness racing for the first part of the 21st century and sadly the chief architect of its P.E.I. operation has left us far too soon. Brian Andrew passed away Wednesday at the age of 70 after a lifelong career in the Island education system and a passion for harness racing. An accomplished trainer and driver, Andrew operated Meridian Farms in Milton in partnership with younger brother William. A devoted fan of the industry, Andrew poured his life into Island racing, serving on boards like the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association and the Atlantic Classic Sale Committee, among other commitments. No one could ever question Andrew’s resolve to lend a helping hand to other horse people and always make decisions that were in the best interest of the industry as a whole. Known for his friendly demeanour, Andrew could almost always be seen with a smile on his face and always called anyone he came across pal. RELATED: Click here for a 2014 feature on Andrew. His standardbred nursery and racing operation at the Meridian Farms location in Milton was always pristine with Andrew making sure everything was always presentable and professional. Under Andrew’s tutelage, Meridian Farms would stand the top stallions in the Atlantic Sires Stakes program and would be the top consignor to the two Atlantic yearling sales every fall. A fierce competitor on the race track, Andrew drove some of the top overnight pacers at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP) with horses like Ironside, War Cry Ranger, Victory Creed, Matt Trapper and Every Day and would dabble with trotters racing the open classes like Players Champion and Shy Beauty, among numerous others. As a driver, Andrew recorded 398 wins and $485,587 in earnings since his first trips in the race bike in the 1970s. His driving duties were toned down considerably this season with just 45 drives and his last trip to the winner’s circle as a driver was in June at the CDP aboard trot mare Hello Chipper. As a trainer, Andrew conditioned 270 horses to 270 wins with more than $310,000 in prize money. Fittingly, Andrew’s final training win was in an event steeped in history as Keep Coming claimed the Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational pace at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., with a 1:55.1 victory for driver David Dowling. We have lost another giant of the game. To his wife Carol and children Blake and Rachel, I share my deepest sympathies. As for Brian, may you rest in peace pal. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Reprinted with the permission of The Guardian

Odds-on favourite Absolut Seelster ($2.90) led all the way to deliver a winning performance in the $11,500 Preferred 2 Trot featured on Monday evening's harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District. To read the full article click on this link Monday Results - Western Fair Raceway Standardbred Canada

Rallying from third over, Flying Isa N kicked off cover to collar his competition on a foggy harness racing night at Rideau Carleton Sunday, Dec. 2 when winning the $8,100 Preferred Trot in 1:57.2.   To read the full article on the Standardbred Canada site click on this link

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - All good things must come to an end and such was the case with Sock It Away Saturday afternoon when his harness racing win streak was snapped at 18 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Czar Seelster controlled the front end in the $2,650 preferred pace at the capital oval and was able to fight off the first-over advance of the undefeated Sock It Away in 1:57.2 over a track rated two-seconds off. Kenny Arsenault sent Czar Seelster the lead through splits of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:28.1 with Sock It Away (Driven by Marc Campbell) head-to-head with him at that third panel. Sock It Away cleared to the front late in the mile but the veteran Czar Seelster battled back to win by a neck and hand Sock It Away his first loss of his three-year-old season. Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) rounded out the triactor. Czar Seelster is owned by Tammy Johnston of Stratford, P.E.I., with Todd Weatherbee handling the training duties. Arsenault scored five wins on the Saturday afternoon card as the seasoned pilot clicked with The Big Bite in 2:01.2 for Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown, Toad River in 2:01.4 for Barry Folland of Cape Traverse, Burn Out Hanover in 2:00.4 for Jeff Holmes of Orwell and Traces Of Purple in 2:01.2 for Robert Phillips of Belfast, P.E.I. Killean Finale captured the $2,350 fillies and mares open pace with a 1:59.4 score over Prettyndangerous (David Dowling) and Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill). Ken Murphy drove Killean Finale for trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Now that the 2018 harness racing season is drawing to a close, the debate over whether McWicked or Shartin N should receive Horse of the Year honors is boiling over. Both are incredible racehorses coming off of career seasons. Both are deserving. Only one will win the honor!   What is amazing is that in a year in which the 3-year-old trotting filly Atlanta (by Chapter Seven) achieved the rare feat of beating the colts in the Hambletonian, and the 2-year-old trotting filly and colt champions both went undefeated and appear to be budding superstars (both by Chapter Seven), that it is a foregone conclusion that Horse of the Year honors will go to Shartin N or McWicked.   Shartin N (by Tintin In America who is by McArdle) raced 24 times in 2018, winning an amazing 19 times against a stellar group of North America's best pacing mares. No horse or mare won more races in 2018! She won over US$1,098,000, an amazing feat for a natural 4-year-old until late October of the year! This is even more special given Shartin N only arrived in North America from New Zealand in December 2017. She raced from mid January thru late November, always at top form....a training achievement that should afford the Jim King Jr. and Joanne Looney King training duo accolades they richly deserve.    In two of the five losses,  Shartin N broke at the start, in another race she choked - each time fighting early driver restraint. So  Shartin N was only beaten twice in 2018 races in which she got away cleanly!   McWicked (by McArdle), a 7-year-old, raced 19 times in 2018, with 11 wins, for 2018 earnings of over US$1,662,000. He raced and won on all size tracks against the best free for all horses in North America. He dominated much like Shartin N dominated! He raced from mid May thru late November, a shorter season than Shartin N's but a full and tough campaign. Trainer Casie Coleman managed him exceptionally. Shartin N's best winning time was 1:48.2 at Lexington, McWicked's was 1:46.2 at Lexington.   So which horse deserves more the award that each deserves??   McWicked wins Allerage Farms Open Pace ($179,000) in 1.46,2 at Red Mile. Lazarus 2nd   Shartin N winning the Allerage Farms Pace in 1:48.2 It is so hard to say! Perhaps the slight edge goes to  Shartin N because, as a true 4-year-old mare racing against more seasoned and accomplished North American mares, she did what few have been able to do.    Perhaps also the level of competition that  McWicked faced was unusually light compared to typical North American FFA years. Lazarus N was only himself for a few starts and beat McWicked twice and the rest of the group had seen their best days or were just not truly top class....perhaps what Shartin N did was historic, while what  McWicked did was merely dominant....But FFA is more high profile than is the pacing mare division and historically voters favor the FFA Star, renowned trainers like Casie Coleman, and horses with prior records of stardom!        Close call!   Great subject for debate!   Two world champions!      WHICH WAY WOULD YOU GO??

MILTON, December 1, 2018 - Richard Moreau trainee Isitfridayyet picked up his first harness racing career Preferred victory in Saturday's $34,000 feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight older pacers battled over a 'Sloppy' track for this week's edition of the Preferred. The early-scramble saw Regal Son clear to the top shortly after posting a :27 opening-quarter. Physicallyinclined, who left from the rail, was on the move from third at the first-quarter and rushed up to take the lead well-before reaching the half in :56.3. The son of No Pan Intended and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away sixth from post-eighth. The eventual winner angled out at the half and was situated third-over and a little more than four-lengths from the lead turning for home. Physicallyinclined continued to lead at three-quarters in 1:25.4. The stretch-drive was a wild scene with five-horses within nearly a length of the lead at the seven-eighths pole. Isitfridayyet powered off cover and charged by on the outside to win by a length and a half in 1:53.2. Regal Son came up the inside from the two-hole to finish second, while Rockin In Heaven came from second-over to grab third. Physicallyinclined gave up the lead in the lane but battled to finish fourth. A five-year-old gelding, Isitfridayyet has gone from competing as a $15,000 claimer at Western Fair in January to winning the top-class at Mohawk Park in December. His five-year-old record now sits at 11 wins and $134,830 earned in 23 starts. Isitfridayyet joined the Moreau barn in late-February and is owned by Leonard Rosene of London, Ontario. The Preferred victory increases his career numbers to 20 wins and $176,374 earned. A $2 win ticket on Isitfridayyet returned Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie - Woodbine Communications          

GUELPH, ON -- Harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its third annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 9. The Stable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be served. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. Now in its third year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 144 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $150), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Some of North America's top racehorse drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators Fred MacDonald and Hall Of Famer Bill O'Donnell preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features. The live broadcast will be streamed on TheStable.ca at 10:00 a.m. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 6, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses, gift certificates and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent of five horses. Each year, TheStable.ca's Christmas Open House fundraising raises money for a local or horse-related organization. In 2017, clients and guests raised $2300 and 2750 kg of food for the Guelph Food Bank. This year's donations will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) and The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). All donations will be split equally between OSAS and the SRF. Cash donations will be accepted at the Open House, or can be made online. Current clients of TheStable.ca can donate to this cause on behalf of the horses they own with a top earner to be announced following the event. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263.      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away will resume his remarkable three-year-old season as he again takes on the harness racing preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 15-dash Saturday afternoon program has a 12:30 P.M. start time with Sock It Away saddled with post 5 in the race 14 preferred pace. Marc Campbell is back in the race bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. as Sock It Away will look for win number 19 of his sophomore campaign. The three-year-old son of Pang Shui has yet to taste defeat in 2018 with over $82,000 in seasonal earnings. The pacer will tackle four foes in the $2,650 preferred pace including top Invitational pacer Czar Seelster, who has post 2 with Kenny Arsenault at the controls. Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by Corey MacPherson), Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees no reason Sock It Away can not extend his win streak after defeating this group in his two latest races. "Sock It Away has tackled the big boys for his last two starts and had either of them been fights they would have been stopped, that's how easily he won," MacIsaac said. "Other than the likely short price there's not much to dislike." Race 8 will see the fillies and mares open pace for a $2,350 purse as Elektra Express returns to the East Coast for new trainer Jennifer Doyle. Jason Hughes will drive the four-year-old daughter of Western Paradise, who was a top two and three-year-old in the Atlantic Stakes program the past two years then left to compete in the U.S. late last year. Other top entries include Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill) and Prettyndangerous (David Dowling). Burn Out Hanover makes his Atlantic Canadian debut in race 9 as the morning line favourite for new owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell, P.E.I. The three-year-old son of Well Said is out of the great pacing mare Burning Point, and will be looking for a new lease on life from post 1 with Arsenault in the bike after struggling recently on the Ontario circuit. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

MILTON, November 30, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is ready to bring Holiday cheer to the Halton Region with its inaugural Holidays at Mohawk Park starting Saturday, December 1. Holidays at Mohawk Park festivities will take place during each of the four Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas. Visitors can enjoy a variety of holiday activities from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. while also taking in live Standardbred racing beginning at 7:10 p.m. "The holiday season is a special time of the year and we're excited to bring that special feeling to Mohawk Park," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Our team has put together a great month of activities and we're eager for families in the community to come out and create memories with us." The inaugural Holidays at Mohawk Park will launch this Saturday (December 1) with a special tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. The first 50 guests to arrive for the ceremony will receive free hot chocolate and popcorn. Former professional wrestlers Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh will be on hand to assist with the tree lighting. Over the last nine years, the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has collected and distributed as many toys as possible to aid those less fortunate in the Halton Region through their Miracle on Main Street event in Milton. The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation, started by wrestling legends, humanitarians and philanthropists Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Jeet Singh Jr., has a core mandate of unifying diversity and bringing awareness and support to mental illness, anti-drugs, healthcare, education, literacy, breakfast programs and inclusive classrooms. Halton Regional Police will also be on hand for the Tree Lighting Ceremony promoting their 'Stuff A Cruiser' unwrapped toy fundraiser. The Holidays at Mohawk Park activities include free wagon rides through Mohawk Park's Christmas forest, photos with Santa Claus ($10), kid's Christmas crafts and live entertainment. Special Holiday workshops are scheduled to begin December 8. Guests can try wreath building on December 8, a wine pairing on December 15 and gingerbread house decorating on December 22. Spots are limited for each workshop and pre-registration is available by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Woodbine Mohawk Park is the home of year-round World class Standardbred racing. The Campbellville oval hosts live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

London, November 29, 2018 -- The Foiled Again farewell tour will make a special stop at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday, November 21. The 14-year-old, 106-time harness racing career winner is the richest Standardbred of all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The Standardbed icon will lead a post parade and enjoy a meet-and-greet with fans. Customers and horse people are also encouraged to participate in a winner's circle photo with Foiled Again which will take place during a special ceremony during the race card. A giant 'Happy Retirement' greeting card will also be available for horse people to sign in the paddock leading up to the event and will be presented to the connections that night. "Foiled Again has truly become the people's horse and we really appreciate the fact that the connections have agreed to bring him here one last time during this farewell tour," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "He obviously has a special place here as a two-time winner of the track's long time signature race The Molson Pace." The Raceway will also offer an exclusive giveaway featuring commemorative Foiled Again hockey pucks. A limited edition of 150 of the pucks will be given away trackside that night. Foiled Again has been travelling North America in recent months making stops at various Fair and Pari-mutuel tracks and giving fans one final glimpse of the champion. "He really is that once in a lifetime horse," said Blanchard. "To achieve what he has over such a long illustrious career sets him apart from the other great champions. And, we are thrilled that our local fans will have a final opportunity to come out and see him in person and pay tribute to this superstar." The son of Dragon Again is set to retire at the end of this season following stops at Woodbine, Mohawk Park on November 22 along with The Meadows on New Year's Eve. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable, Foiled Again raced in London's Molson Pace six times, winning the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Greg Gangle  

London, November 27, 2018 -- Ontario Sires Stakes graduate Daylon Magician etched himself into the harness racing provincial history books Tuesday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The 10-year-old son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel, with Bruce Richardson in the bike, captured the $11,500 Preferred 2 event which catapulted him over the $2 million mark in career earnings. In the same race, his four-year-old son Scene A Magician was just nipped at the wire for second in the 1:59.2 mile. Owned, trained and bred by Dave Lemon, the 33-time winner, Daylon Magician, made just his second start of the season after standing stud the past two seasons. Daylon Magician was voted as Canada's Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year in 2011 following victories in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, Canadian Breeders Championship and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes victories. From 83 career starts, Daylon Magician has compiled a record of 33-10-14. Greg Blanchard

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GUELPH, ON -- Harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable hosted its third annual Christmas Open House on December 9. The Stable.ca welcomed 275 guests who traveled from 10 states and provinces to its headquarters at Tomiko Training Centre. The free event showcased 78 yearlings training in 10 sets and was broadcast via livestream to more than 6,000 viewers worldwide. Now in its third year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. There are currently 146 Standardbred horses in TheStable.ca owned by nearly 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $111), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Each year, TheStable.ca Christmas Open House fundraises for a local or horse-related organization. This year's donations totaled $1,250 and will be split equally between the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) and The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). Clients of TheStable.ca gave on behalf of their horses in a campaign titled Horses Helping Horses. The top earner was Macpherson Thunder, a yearling Sunshine Beach colt which drew donations of $270. Several prizes were awarded at the Open House, including one-percent fractions of five horses. The winners are listed below. • 1% of Watch Ave - Karen Cullen • 1% of Fusspot - Betty Strong • 1% of Brushcut - Bob Herber • 1% of Path Of Totality - Rick Doyle • 1% of Alesund - Ruth Cudmore The event included a surprise introduction of the newest horse to join TheStable.ca. First Glance turned several heads as he was led onto the track to greet guests. The adorable weanling is the only roan horse by Ontario sire Thinking Out Loud. The next Open House is slated for May 12. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. From TheStable.ca  
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Picking up the pieces from an early speed duel, Salmonier Storm claimed the top pace of the week at long odds Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Ambyr Campbell was in the bike for the winning trip, which is the third straight for the seven-year-old son of Western Ideal, stopping the clock in 1:58.2 in the $2,500 preferred pace. Hitting the wire first at 18-1 odds, Salmonier Storm prevailed for owner Brian MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I., over pacesetter Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) and third place IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan). The colours white, green and black frequented the winner’s circle on the 15-dash program with a total of seven wins scored between the ‘King’ of Island racing and a promising rookie driver. Marc Campbell continued his reign of the Red Shores driver’s standings with four wins on the day to put him at 121 victories this year at the capital oval. Campbell started his good fortune in race 10 of the day winning with Charlottes Western in 2:01.4 for trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton, followed by a win in race 11 with Malabrigo in 2:00.1 from his own stable. Confiden Fella supplied the third part of the quadruple in race 12 with a 1:59.2 victory from the O’Leary stable of Ralph Sweet then finished the card off winning with Jetta Flys in 2:00.1 for Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Drew Neill scored the first driving triple of his career just two days after his 19th birthday. The Winsloe driver connected with Miramonttogo in a front end score of 2:03.4 for his father Irwin Neill, then scored a pair of wins for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. later on the card. Howmacs Dragonator was the first part of the Neill-Matheson double with a 2:01.3 win then Collective Wisdom won the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace in 1:59.1 for owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield, P.E.I. Brian Blanchard celebrated his first Canadian driving win as he teamed up with Frill Seeker to captured the $1,800 Open trot in 2:05.3. The U.S. driver was in the bike for trainer Kenny Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford, Ont. It was win number 73 of Blanchard’s driving career but the rest of his victories came in his native Maine. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  
MILTON, December 7, 2018 - Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a harness racing star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday's feature contest. Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint also fired towards the top and led on the outside by a length a :27 opener. Exhilarated overtook the top spot in the second-quarter after being parked and hit the half in :55.4. Double A Mint popped the two-hole heading into the far-turn to reclaim the lead. Darlinonthebeach, who was searching for a repeat in the Preferred, got underway from fifth and came first-up in the third-quarter to draw within a length of the lead turning for home. Kendall Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion followed Darlinonthebeach and sat in a perfect second-over spot. Double A Mint led into the lane off a three-quarter clocking of 1:24. In the stretch, Double A Mint battled tough before surrendering the lead in the final-eighth. Darlinonthebeach muscled to the lead but couldn't hold off a charging Kendall Seelster. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play hit the line first in 1:50.4, prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Double A Mint held third, while Bettors Up finished fourth. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster entered Friday's contest winless in her last three starts after capturing back-to-back editions of the Preferred in early-November. Her sophomore numbers now jump to eight wins and $268,465 earned in 22 starts. Kendall Seelster late-season success over older rivals adds to her impressive career accomplishments. She now has 12 wins and $722,450 in career earnings for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $9.50. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winter Blast has proven to be an iron tough adversary and will be looking to channel that talent to the harness racing winner's circle in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 15-dash Saturday afternoon program kicks off the action at 12:30 P.M. with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 14 for a $2,500 purse. Winter Blast has been in every triactor ticket for six starts but has not seen the winner's circle since Oct. 27. Most of his more rugged company is absent this week as he is installed as the 5-2 morning line favourite from post 6 for driver Jason Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. Rockin Indy has settled in nicely to East Coast competition and will leave from post 7 as the second choice on the morning line for driver Corey MacPherson. Rail control belongs to Eagle Jolt (Driven by Marc Campbell) as the veteran pacer will look to rebound off of last week's sixth place finish after winning convincingly the week before in 1:58.2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Winter Blast to overcome post 6. "The six hole might curb your enthusiasm but Winter Blast is not facing any of those that have beaten him in recent starts and that's got to count for something," MacIsaac said. "He looks like the one to knock off." Also in the field is Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell), Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie), Diggin In (Adam Merner), I C True Grit (Mike McGuigan), Mr Irresistible (Kyle Gillis) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). Killean Finale will put her modest streak to the test in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,350 purse. Ken Murphy will drive the Clifford Murphy trainee from post 7 while riding two straight wins at this level for owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Collective Wisdom has not been out of the triactor ticker in her last six starts, all in this class, and will again have Drew Neill at the lines from post 6. Prettyndangerous has posed a risk in this class all season and is sitting on two straight second place finishes with post 5 to work from this week with David Dowling at the controls. Red Shores will have a memorial horseshoe after race 6 of the afternoon card in memory of the late Brian Andrew who passed away this week. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
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