All Turain, harness racing

All Turain ready for all comers on Saturday

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best pacers in Island harness racing will tangle Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash affair. The bearcats will battle in race 12 on the card for $2,300 with All Turain riding a two-race win streak but being assigned post 8 this week for driver Mike Stevenson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. The son of Tell All boasts an impressive summary of 11 wins from 18 seasonal starts but will again face his two biggest rivals from the Jason Hughes stable. Narragansett has post 6 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while stablemate Astor has Hughes in the bike from post 7 for owner Foxyhall Racing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to All Turain but is cautious about his post position. "He controlled his own destiny last week, something he probably won't be able to do today since he draws out here," MacIsaac says of the post 8 All Turain. "He races just as well if not better from out here anyway so it's no big deal. Top billing." Also in the field is Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie), Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell), Shock The Rock (Gordie Hennessey), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) and Red Magician (Ken Murphy). The afternoon back-up pace lines up in the race 9 Joy Riders Pace for a $1,800 purse. Beckenbauer is the morning line choice for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Robi and Kurt Hughes of Stratford. The six-year-old son of The Panderosa was a winner his last start in a flashy 1:56.1 at the Summerside Raceway and has post 2 in the eight horse field.  The Jackie Matheson trained duo of Oakrock Almighty (Hennessey) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson) are the next choices. Zip The Lip heads Sunday feature A 14-dash program gets underway at 1 pm Sunday afternoon with the top trotters and top pacing mares on display. The race 4 Open Trot has eight horses competing for the lion's share of the $1,850 purse and Zip The Lip is the heavy favorite but has been saddled with post 8 for the contest. Brian MacPhee will drive the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary.   "He lands out here every week but that's the price you pay when you never get beat," MacIsaac said of Zip The Lip. "He started a new streak last time and we'll look for it to continue today." The field also includes Seanchai (Hughes), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Mark Bradley), Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy). The $2,250 Mares Open lines up in race 9 with For All We Know leaving from post 7 in the handicapped affair for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. Stayoutofmyaffair is the second choice from post 2 for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford while the mare that refuses to finish out of the top three, General Luckypercy, has post 5 for trainer Matheson, driver Ron Matheson and owners Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown and Jack Brown of Stratford. The field also includes Bunny Mach (Hughes), Yankee No More (Campbell) and A Fiesty X Ample (Bradley). Race 13 has a tough field of overnight pacers with The Big Bite favored in the $2,000 contest for driver Stevenson, trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault of Charlottetown, Donna McIver of York, Ed Blaisdell of Montague and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. Top contenders in the six horse field include Oh To Be Me (Chappell), Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Mcjestic (Cheverie). The CDP driver's race is far from over with Marc Campbell holding a three race lead over Jason Hughes. Campbell, from Winsloe, has 108 Charlottetown wins on the season while Stratford's Hughes has 105 victories in 2014. Counting this weekend's two cards, there are nine programs left in the calendar year. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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Canadian Round-Up: Flamboro; Harvey Bellwood passes

A tripped-out Winkys Pride got the upper hand on her male rivals in Thursday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Flamboro Downs, and that was music to the ears of the handicappers that backed her at odds of 7-1. Rob Jenkins got away second with Winkys Pride while race favourite Lexis D J led the field through fractions of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2. Jenkins found clearance for his mare in the lane and she responded by storming home in :29.3 to post the two-length decision over Lexis D J in 1:59.1. Taking home third prize was Excellence. To view the rest of this story click here. Harvey Bellwood passes, age 88 Longtime owner Harvey Bellwood of Stayner, Ont. passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the age of 88. Bellwood owned Standardbreds for decades, among those was pacer Bellwood Charms, a winner of 29 lifetime races through the 1970s. Beloved husband of the late Fran. Loving father of Lou Bellwood and his wife Rhonda of Utopia. Dear grandpa of Kade and Jax Bellwood. Also survived by his sister Helen Hanna of Alliston and his brother-in-law Ralph (Norma) Hackett of Stayner and their families. To view the rest of this story click here.

Meadowview Vicky, harness racing

Fillies battle in round two of Autumn Series

TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 ¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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Four Lakeland Nutrition products are recalled

Officials with Lakeland Animal Nutrition have announced that four of its products have been recalled. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating a possible link between the products and the deaths of three horses in south Florida. Lakeland Animal Nutrition announced the recall on the products on October 22. A report on the situation by The Ledger explains that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating to see if there is a link between the death of three horses on a south Florida ranch and feed supplied by the company. Details about the feeds that have been recalled appear below. Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-251) – Manufacture Date: September 8 Signature Equilete Pellet (Lot Number 14-259) – Manufacture Date: September 16 Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-280) – Manufacture Date: October 7 LAN 10 Pellet (Lot Number 14-281) – Manufacture Date: October 8 Lakeland’s release states that if you are in possession of any of the affected products, please return the product(s) to your dealer immediately for a full refund. The specific lot number can be found on the front centre of the feed bag. An article of the situation by The Lexington Herald-Leader has quoted Lakeland general manager Jonathan Lang as saying via release that, "This action was taken as a measure of caution following three horses’ deaths at one Florida farm on October 16 to 20. At this time, the cause of the horses’ deaths has not been determined; autopsy results remain pending." From the The Ledger and The Lexington Herald-Leader

The connections of Shanghai Phil announced on Thursday that the pacing stallion will be standing stud for the 2015 season in Quebec at SOS Stables. The stud fee for Shanghai Phil has been announced at $1,750, with a loyalty discount or multiple mare discount available at $1,500. From the 2013 & 2014 breeding seasons his foals will be eligible in Ontario. Shanghai Phil is the sire of winners of nearly $5 million with average earnings per starter of $49,392. Foals who are by a Quebec sire and a Quebec registered mare earn an impressive 20 per cent breeders award in eligible races (10 per cent more than with a sire from outside Quebec) plus a 35 per cent purse bonus to the owner when competing in Quebec bred series against all Quebec mare foals (versus 0). Mona Pagliericci stated: “Shanghai Phil is a very well mannered stallion, who is well conformed and very fertile; his offspring are also very well known and liked not only by the breeders but also by owners, trainers and drivers as well. Shanghai Phil produces racehorses! SOS Stables welcomes Shanghai Phil back home, and we hope that you will too; call and book your mares. Join us for the 2015 breeding season.” Please contact Mona Pagliericci or Francine Morrisette at 450-248-2209 to book your mare. From the SOS Stable

The Ontario Racing Commission on Monday, November 17, 2014 ordered an indefinite full suspension for harness racing trainer Corey Johnson and five of his horses scheduled to race Monday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto were scratched from competing. According to sources, one of Johnson’s horses tested positive for a TCO2 (blood gas or “milk shaking”) level higher than allowed in a horses natural system. It was also reported that this is a second time offence for Johnson. He also had horses scheduled to race at Woodbine this Thursday and they have been scratched from the program. The positive test results could not have come at a worse time as Johnson, 24, of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada, has two horses scheduled to race this weekend at the Meadowlands in the Breeders Crown Championship Finals. Volez Hanover is scheduled to race Friday in the $281,000 Breeders Crown for Older Pacing Mares and Traceur Hanover is in to go on Saturday in the $500,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts. While both Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario and the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey have had reciprocal agreements in the past concerning honoring suspensions of harness racing trainers, drivers and owners, this situation presents a unique scenario. As of press time of this story, the New Jersey Racing Commission has not called for the scratching of the two horses from Corey Johnson’s stable. Scratch time is at 9:00 am Wednesday morning at the Meadowlands. Because the horses were entered for the Breeders Crown races well in advance of the positive test result for Johnson, the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Meadowlands may have no choice but to allow the two horses to compete. That final decision will not be known until 9:00 am Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Corey Johnson has been having his greatest season as a trainer in 2014. The youngster first started officially training horses in 2010 and has amassed 339 wins from his stable and just over $5 million in purses won by his horses. In 2014 alone his horses have already earned over $2 million. According to the United States Trotting Association, Johnson had a post-race positive test back on March 29, 2014 for the presences of Pyrilamine, a Class 3 illegal drug and was given a 15-day suspension and a $500 fine that he has appealed. Attempts to contact Corey Johnson for a statement were unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 19 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that due to recent freezing temperatures, qualifiers for this Friday (November 21) at Mohawk Racetrack have been cancelled. Along with the cancellation of qualifiers, there will also be no training at Mohawk for the remainder of the week. The track will re-open for training on Monday morning (November 24) and qualifiers will resume next Friday (November 28). by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at www.stallionsphere.com Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently.  NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Three-time O’Brien Award winning driver Randy Waples has told Trot Insider that he will be taking a short break from the race bike, effective immediately, and he will not be at Woodbine this evening (Monday, November 17). Waples, who has driven his charges to 6,129 victories and over $118-million in purse earnings, is taking the brief hiatus to rest up and overcome a few minor ailments he has been battling. “I’ve just been run down as of late and have been fighting some small issues as well as some battles with the flu,” said Waples, who was crowned Canada’s top driver in 1998, 2001 and 2010. To view the rest of this story click here. Apple Pie Angel failed to win in the first seven starts of her career, but she’s been unstoppable ever since. The three-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Darling Angel toted a four-race winning streak into her Monday evening assignment at Woodbine Racetrack, and she pushed her magic number to five thanks to a 1:55.1 victory in the card’s curtain closer. Apple Pie Angel was hustled to the lead from Post 7 by driver Chris Christoforou, who carved out panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.3 with the filly before using a :30.3 closing quarter to seal the deal by three-quarters of a length over A Fearless Affair. Third prize went to Deuces For Charity. The winning time was 1:55.1 for Apple Pie Angel. To view the rest of this story click here. Preferred Pace at the Raceway to Lawmen Reign Lawmen Reign was treated to a second-over trip in Monday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and the pacer made the most of the opportunity. In rein to trainer Ross Battin, Lawmen Reign got away fourth before finding a friend to follow in the middle stages of the mile. Race favourite Apaches Cam, who supplied splits of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4, came under attack on the way to the half by first-over prompter Pacific Oak. The battle took its toll on both pacers, and it left the door wide-open for the tripped-out Lawmen Reign. When Battin pulled the trigger, Lawmen Reign unleashed a :29.2 closing kick to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Machness in 1:57.3. Taking home third prize was Pacific Oak. To view the rest of this story click here.

Trainer John Cecchin and the Mark Austin Stables swept the Preferred 2 events featured on Sunday night's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs with Brocks Fortune and Machleen. Both pacers are owned by the Mark Austin Stables while Brocks Fortune is also co-owned by Noblock Racing Stable and breeder Robert Chapple. In the $11,000 Preferred 2 for male pacers, the Jonathan Drury-driven Brocks Fortune ($8.90) was a wire-to-wire winner over the track rated "good" in 1:54.4 with Intrigued Intended and Goldstar Badlands rounding out the top three finishers. In the $10,000 distaff division, Machleen ($10.20) closed up the passing lane off a pocket trip to defeat pacesetter After Alimony and the popular first over challenger, Russian Kisses, by half a length in 1:56.4 with James MacDonald at the lines. To view the rest of this story click here. Fraser Open to Beren Hanover Beren Hanover made a backstretch brush from third to first and scooted away from his Open rivals to win Fraser Downs' $10,500 afternoon feature race on Sunday. Beren Hanover watched the early action from third as Cowboy Caper and heavy favourite Thunder Noise traded turns on the front end. He then swept around the top two down the backstretch and drew away to win by nearly five lengths in 1:55 flat. Rock Allstar came on for second and Cowboy Caper finished third. Thunder Noise faded to seventh in the seven-horse field. To view the rest of this story click here.  

The Badlands Hanover Syndicate, in conjunction with Winbak Farm of Canada, has announced that the proven sire Badlands Hanover, will remain in Ontario for the 2015 breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,500. "Ontario is still one of the best racing programs in North America", stated John Celii, Badlands Hanover Syndicate Manager. "Badlands has performed very well since moving to Canada and has become a leading Ontario sire including being the sire of 2014 two-year-old ONSS performers, Manny In Sports, p, 2, 1:53.4s ($115,014), and Ms Mac N Cheese, p, 2, 1:53.2s ($57,626)." "We are encouraged by some of the recent improvements to the ONSS programs", stated Larry Dysdale of Winbak Canada. "In addition, we believe that the 2014 Badlands yearlings sold were clearly the best group we have seen to date". Find more information on Badlands Hanover at www.winbakfarm.com. For breeding inquiries, contact Larry Drysdale at Winbak of Ontario, 905.838.2145, or email winbakcanada@bellnet.ca. From Winbak Farm

Charlottetown, PE - For All We Know captured the open mares pace Sunday in a sparkling 1:58.1 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell engineered the winning trip placing the mare in the first over flow and then over-powered fraction setter Willow Warrior in the lane to record his third winner of the afternoon. For All We Know's stable-mate General Luckypercy was third. The back-up class went to The Big Bite and driver Mike Stevenson in a win photo over Rash B Havior (Walter Cheverie) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The Big Bite stopped the timer in 2:00 for owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell and Deborah Wilson. The pacer is trained by Thane Arsenault. Zip The Lip landed back in the winner's circle taking the open trot for driver Brian MacPhee in 2:02.4. MacPhee made a three-high move down the backstretch at the three-quarters to join the leaders and then drove off for his 11th victory of 2014 for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis, O'Leary. Diamond Mine was runner up with Caliban Hanover finding racing room in the stretch to finish third. Drivers Vaughn Doyle, Marc Campbell and Corey MacPherson had driving doubles with trainers Thane Arsenault, Darren Trainor and Jackie Matheson posting two winners each for their stables. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Truro Raceway has had to cancel its Sunday live card and qualifiers due to poor track conditions. A draw for the card on set for Thursday, Nov. 20, will be held on Monday, Nov. 17 with the box closing at 10:00 a.m.

All Turain switched up his tactics from his off-the-pace win last weekend at Summerside and cruised wire-to-wire in the $2,300 Preferred Pace featured on Saturday afternoon at Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Mike Stevenson sent race favourite All Turain ($3.10) to the lead from post four and led through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:29.1 en route to the 1:58.3 triumph over the "good" track. Astor finished two lengths behind in second while third prize went to Mcjestic. The five-year-old Tell All gelding earned his second straight win and 11th in 18 seasonal starts for local owner Lee Hicken and partner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Trevor Hicken trains the winner. To view the rest of this story click here.  50th career win for Waterside Lucky Eight-year-old pacing mare Waterside Lucky continued her current streak and made the 50th trip of her career to the winner's circle on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Waterside Lucky took the lead after the first quarter and drew off to a six and a quarter length victory in 2:01.3 in the afternoon's sixth race. The milestone win was also her fifth in a row and 14th this year. The Yankee Leader mare, a career winner of $153,775, was claimed two races into her current streak in Northside's Governors Pub & Eatery $1,500 Claiming Series on Oct. 25 from the Walter Walker barn. Greg Sparling has since been handling the training and driving duties for new owners Dennis MacNeil and Darrell MacAulay of Sydney, N.S. To view the rest of this story click here.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best pacers in Island harness racing will tangle Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash affair. The bearcats will battle in race 12 on the card for $2,300 with All Turain riding a two-race win streak but being assigned post 8 this week for driver Mike Stevenson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. The son of Tell All boasts an impressive summary of 11 wins from 18 seasonal starts but will again face his two biggest rivals from the Jason Hughes stable. Narragansett has post 6 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while stablemate Astor has Hughes in the bike from post 7 for owner Foxyhall Racing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to All Turain but is cautious about his post position. "He controlled his own destiny last week, something he probably won't be able to do today since he draws out here," MacIsaac says of the post 8 All Turain. "He races just as well if not better from out here anyway so it's no big deal. Top billing." Also in the field is Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie), Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell), Shock The Rock (Gordie Hennessey), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) and Red Magician (Ken Murphy). The afternoon back-up pace lines up in the race 9 Joy Riders Pace for a $1,800 purse. Beckenbauer is the morning line choice for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Robi and Kurt Hughes of Stratford. The six-year-old son of The Panderosa was a winner his last start in a flashy 1:56.1 at the Summerside Raceway and has post 2 in the eight horse field.  The Jackie Matheson trained duo of Oakrock Almighty (Hennessey) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson) are the next choices. Zip The Lip heads Sunday feature A 14-dash program gets underway at 1 pm Sunday afternoon with the top trotters and top pacing mares on display. The race 4 Open Trot has eight horses competing for the lion's share of the $1,850 purse and Zip The Lip is the heavy favorite but has been saddled with post 8 for the contest. Brian MacPhee will drive the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary.   "He lands out here every week but that's the price you pay when you never get beat," MacIsaac said of Zip The Lip. "He started a new streak last time and we'll look for it to continue today." The field also includes Seanchai (Hughes), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Mark Bradley), Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy). The $2,250 Mares Open lines up in race 9 with For All We Know leaving from post 7 in the handicapped affair for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. Stayoutofmyaffair is the second choice from post 2 for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford while the mare that refuses to finish out of the top three, General Luckypercy, has post 5 for trainer Matheson, driver Ron Matheson and owners Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown and Jack Brown of Stratford. The field also includes Bunny Mach (Hughes), Yankee No More (Campbell) and A Fiesty X Ample (Bradley). Race 13 has a tough field of overnight pacers with The Big Bite favored in the $2,000 contest for driver Stevenson, trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault of Charlottetown, Donna McIver of York, Ed Blaisdell of Montague and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. Top contenders in the six horse field include Oh To Be Me (Chappell), Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Mcjestic (Cheverie). The CDP driver's race is far from over with Marc Campbell holding a three race lead over Jason Hughes. Campbell, from Winsloe, has 108 Charlottetown wins on the season while Stratford's Hughes has 105 victories in 2014. Counting this weekend's two cards, there are nine programs left in the calendar year. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
A tripped-out Winkys Pride got the upper hand on her male rivals in Thursday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Flamboro Downs, and that was music to the ears of the handicappers that backed her at odds of 7-1. Rob Jenkins got away second with Winkys Pride while race favourite Lexis D J led the field through fractions of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2. Jenkins found clearance for his mare in the lane and she responded by storming home in :29.3 to post the two-length decision over Lexis D J in 1:59.1. Taking home third prize was Excellence. To view the rest of this story click here. Harvey Bellwood passes, age 88 Longtime owner Harvey Bellwood of Stayner, Ont. passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the age of 88. Bellwood owned Standardbreds for decades, among those was pacer Bellwood Charms, a winner of 29 lifetime races through the 1970s. Beloved husband of the late Fran. Loving father of Lou Bellwood and his wife Rhonda of Utopia. Dear grandpa of Kade and Jax Bellwood. Also survived by his sister Helen Hanna of Alliston and his brother-in-law Ralph (Norma) Hackett of Stayner and their families. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 ¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  
Officials with Lakeland Animal Nutrition have announced that four of its products have been recalled. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating a possible link between the products and the deaths of three horses in south Florida. Lakeland Animal Nutrition announced the recall on the products on October 22. A report on the situation by The Ledger explains that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating to see if there is a link between the death of three horses on a south Florida ranch and feed supplied by the company. Details about the feeds that have been recalled appear below. Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-251) – Manufacture Date: September 8 Signature Equilete Pellet (Lot Number 14-259) – Manufacture Date: September 16 Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-280) – Manufacture Date: October 7 LAN 10 Pellet (Lot Number 14-281) – Manufacture Date: October 8 Lakeland’s release states that if you are in possession of any of the affected products, please return the product(s) to your dealer immediately for a full refund. The specific lot number can be found on the front centre of the feed bag. An article of the situation by The Lexington Herald-Leader has quoted Lakeland general manager Jonathan Lang as saying via release that, "This action was taken as a measure of caution following three horses’ deaths at one Florida farm on October 16 to 20. At this time, the cause of the horses’ deaths has not been determined; autopsy results remain pending." From the The Ledger and The Lexington Herald-Leader
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