Day At The Track

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The open trot has been hotly contested all season at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Thursday evening looks like some relief for former champion Freddie. The 10-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. featuring the Open trot and the Alpine $5,000 claiming series. A compact field of five contest the race 7 Open trot for a $2,250 purse. Freddie leaves from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The seven-year-old Majestic Son trotter has recorded five wins and four seconds from 11 seasonal outings and will not have to contend with Majian Tango or Star Photo this week in the top trot. Hop Up will be the major threat to Freddie on Thursday evening as driver Corey MacPherson guides the Keith Campbell trained daughter of Tad The Stud from post 4 fresh off a second place finish race timed in 1:59.4. Also in the field is Suicide Shift (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Scary Good (Gilles Barrieau). Race 6 is the Grant Thornton pace with Bettorthanbobbi riding a two-race win streak into post 1 as the morning line favourite in the $1,800 event. Mark Bradley will drive the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. The Alpine $5,000 claiming series has a pair of divisions on the program both boasting $1,900 purses in races 8 and 10. Preferred Pacers Battle On Old Home Week Opener CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Old Home Week 2019 officially kicks off Friday evening with a 10-dash presentation at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The busiest week of the year in Atlantic Canadian racing has its official beginning on the Friday evening card with first race post time at 6:30 P.M. The top event of the evening is the race 9 preferred 2 pace styled the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial pace sponsored by the Charlottetown Vet Clinic. Red Magician comes into the $2,750 event fresh off a 1:55.2 victory at Red Shores Summerside off of a pocket ride and gets post 1 Friday for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Governor's Plate finalist Screen Test has post 3 for driver Corey MacPherson after cutting out his most recent mile but fading late to finish seventh. Top Inverness pacer Intended Royalty ships in from Cape Breton to leave from post 4 with Marc Campbell set to steer the pacer for trainer Randy Copley. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will expect Screen Test to bounce back to his former Invitational form and hit the wire first. "Screen Test burned a ton of money last week when he packed it in late but maybe it just wasn't his day," MacIsaac said. "Don't lose sight of the fact that he's been facing the bearcats all summer and holding his own. He'll be looking to redeem himself tonight." Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) and Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault). Woodmere Chella headlines the top mares pace on the card in the race 10 finale with a $2,200 purse on the line. Dowling drives the four-year-old daughter of Articulator for trainer Mike Dowling and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. The mare drops out of the Open mares ranks into Friday's contest and draws post 6. Other top entries include West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) and Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R has a special Thursday night live harness racing program and it is the second annual NASCAR Night at the track with auto racers competing in a harness horse exhibition race. There is also a ten-race wagering program headlined by the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. It's Grand Prix Week in the city of Trois-Rivieres with car races held throughout the town. This has brought back NASCAR drivers Andrew Ranger and LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin to H3R to renew their rivalry in the Horse Power Challenge II, a harness horse exhibition race in double-seating jogging carts with professional harness racing drivers who will be coaches. Last year was the inaugural of the Horse Power Challenge and Quebec native, Andrew Ranger with racing coach Simon Allard, beat LP Dumoulin, a native of Trois-Riveres and coach Stephane Brosseau by one length in 2:31.2. Both NASCAR drivers were eager to go at it again this year. Andrew Ranger, a double champion of the NASCAR Pinty's Series (2007 and 2009) along with having won four times at the Grand Prix 3R in Pinty's and LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin, who leads the NASCAR Pinty's Series, was Series Champion and Grand Prix 3R winner in 2014. They both will be wearing their racing colors in the special exhibition race at H3R after the 6th race on the wagering card. Race fans can meet the two NASCAR drivers to get autographs after the exhibition race. This year Ranger will be in the race with "coach" Jocelyn Gendron. Dumoulin will be with his coach from last year, Stephane Brosseau. Future Stars Series Second Round For the betting fans, the 10-race card Thursday night begins at 7:00 pm. The second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies takes place in races 4, 6 and 9. The first of two colt divisions take place in race 4 where the undefeated Whitecookie goes for his fifth straight victory. The son of Windfall Blue Chip, who is owned, trained and driven by Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres, starts from the rail as the overwhelming race favorite. He has won twice at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.2 and scored a 2:01.2 triumph by four and one-half lengths in the opening round of the Future Stars Series. His main competition will come from Eclat De Rire (post 3) and Rock & Twist (post 4). The second colt division is race 9 and My Bettors Del (post 4) is the favorite after his impressive three length opening round triumph in 1:59.1, which was his maiden victory. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau for trainer Jacques Dupont. The son of Bettor's Delight is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation with Gestion Jam Audet, Inc. of Portneuf. The lone filly division is race 6 where the entry of Lotus Sena (post 2) and Three Star Sena (post 5) head the field. Both fillies show ability as Lotus Sena won the opening round of the series in a ten-length romp in 2:01.4. Three Star Sena was second in 2:00.2 last week at H3R. The large ten-horse field also features return winner Acaena De Chakirka (post 10) and Cant Fight Fate (post 4). For a free race program for Thursday nights program, go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. After Thursday night's special program, live racing will resume on Friday, August 16, which is Prix D'Ete weekend at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000C Prix D'Ete takes place on Sunday, August 18. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - August 6, 2019 - Somebeachsometime stormed by rivals in the stretch to win Tuesday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced home in :26.3, part of a :53.3 back-half, to come from sixth for the stunning victory in the second leg of the three-week event. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Somebeachsometime got away last in the field of seventh and remained in that position at the midway point. Even-money choice Caviart Jane moved to the top from third in the second-quarter and led the field by the half in :56. Caviart Jane paced a solid :28.1 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Meanwhile, Jamieson moved to the outside approaching three-quarters to sit just over seven-lengths from the top. The stretch drive saw Caviart Jane hold a clear lead at the eighth-pole, but the far outside saw a pair of fillies charging. Lady Lou, who was second-over and five-lengths off at three-quarters, was making up ground late, but Somebeachsometime was storming up just a bit quicker. Caviart Jane surrendered the lead late and watched Somebeachsometime prevail by a head over Lady Lou in 1:52.1. Libspeak finished fourth. Trained by Dave Menary, Somebeachsometime was a $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and is the first foal out of Well Said mare Talk Time. She finished fourth in her debut last week, pacing home in :26 and now has a victory and $8,700 earned for owners Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Somebeachsometime returned $4.80. Round one winners Alexa Skye and Reflect With Me did not compete in the second leg. The $50,000 series final will take place next Tuesday (August 13). Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - AUG. 6, 2019 - Division point leader Fit Bitt kicked off the third Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening, battling to his second straight harness racing victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON fired Fit Bitt away from Post 8 and the pair trotted by the opening quarter in :29.1. Through a :59.4 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters Fit Bitt was comfortably in charge, and when the challengers came in the stretch the Bob McIntosh trainee was ready to battle, reaching the wire a neck in front of Gretzky Seelster and Tymal Tarot in 2:00.4. "He raced really good. He's a nice little colt, he's pretty quick too. He's just a nice horse," said McIntosh, who bred and owns Fit Bitt in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "He showed a lot of talent all winter really. He showed he had a lot of promise, so I'm glad it's worked out the way it has. "I wouldn't say he's a superstar, but he's a pretty nice colt," added the Windsor, ON resident. In three Grassroots starts the son of Muscle Mass and $462,826 winner Armbro Affair has tallied two wins and one second for 125 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division point standings. He will be looking to add to that tally when the freshman trotters make their fourth Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 3. Mr Arch took the second $23,500 division with a front end effort that saw him take control just after the :29.4 half and ring up fractions of 1:01.1 and 1:32.1 on his way to a two length victory in 2:01. Lifeisgood Hanover finished second and Dart Guy was three more lengths back in third. "He got it real easy," said driver Bob McClure, adding that the last eighth of a mile was where the Archangel son showed off his true ability. "Once he got going in the stretch he stopped watching the birds and focussed on his work." Rockwood, ON resident McClure drove Mr Arch to his first lifetime win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Kempii Stables OY Inc. and Suojalampi Stable Inc. of Delray Beach, FL. The partners acquired the colt from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $27,000. The quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions was clocked by Lovedbythemasses, who stalked fan favourite Awsomedabra through the first three-quarters of the mile and then shifted into another gear around the final turn and drew away to a four and one-quarter length win in 1:57.3. Awsomedabra settled for second and Magic Wizard completed the top three. Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON piloted Lovedbythemasses to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough, ON and his partners Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI and Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON. The Muscle Mass son is two-for-two in his young career and currently sits second in the standings with 100 points. In the fourth division Royaltys Odyssey made his Grassroots debut a winning one with a bold three-wide move at the three-quarter pole. Starting from Post 8 driver Jody Jamieson eased the Royalty For Life gelding off the gate and was sitting sixth in the outer lane when favourite Kenogami Coco reached the quarter in :28.2. Still sixth at the :59.3 half, Jamieson sent the youngster out wide heading by the 1:30.1 three-quarters and Royaltys Odyssey powered off the final turn to a three-quarter length victory in 1:59.3. After providing a wind break for Royaltys Odyssey, Youboozeyoulose stayed game for second and Kenogami Coco settled for third. Jamieson drives the gelding for his father Carl Jamieson of Puslinch and breeder Joanne Morrison of Beeton, ON. The rural Milton resident said the gelding has recovered well from minor surgery last winter and will be looking to add to his point total in the last two regular season events. "He needed every day until today to be able to put it all together," said Jamieson. "He may have a big chance at Grassroots glory." The top 20 point earners through the five regular season events will compete in the Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 27, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. The last division went to Magic Bob, who started his provincial career with a pair of off the board finishes at the Gold Series level. The change in competition suited the Kadabra son and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, who controlled the tempo for much of the race on the way to a 1:58.3 win. I Got The Looks finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Massman was third. Magic Bob's win was the second of the night for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, who conditions the gelding for breeders Melvin Hartman of Ottawa and Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and their partners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Magic Bob's former Gold Series peers will gather at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Aug. 8 for the third event of their season. The first race gets under way at 7:10 pm and the trotting colts will compete in Races 2 and 6. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0806wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - August 6, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is proud to host the fourth annual "Drive with us for Evan's Legacy" fundraiser this Saturday evening (August 10). Evan Leversage became well known in October of 2015 after his hometown of St. George, Ontario presented the 7-year-old with an early-Christmas parade. Evan had been batting an inoperable brain tumor for five years and had wished to see another Christmas. Unfortunately, Evan did not make it to Christmas and passed away in December of 2015. Evan's mother, Nicole Wellwood, and family launched Evan's Leagacy, a foundation to raise money for research into childhood cancers and brain tumors. The funds raised by Evan's Legacy, are being directed to research into pediatric brain cancer. This project is in its early stages as Dr. Michael Taylor and his team at SickKids in Toronto continue their ground-breaking childhood brain cancer research originally funded through a 2014 grant with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Woodbine Mohawk Park will again host the Evan's Legacy team on Saturday evening for a fundraiser. Events and activities include: Raffle draw and prize giveaways Firetruck tours Dunking for apples Meet and greet with Guelph Storm captain Cam Hillis Meet and greet with boxer Fitz Vanderpool Starting Gate car rides COSA sulky rides Saturday evening's card of racing will feature a race named in memory of Evan and a special winner's circle presentation. Post time is 7:10 p.m. More information on "Drive with us for Evan's Legacy" will be made available on the various @WoodbineSB social media platforms. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

TORONTO, ON - August 6, 2019 - Horse racing industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Stephen Rigby (President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.), Jean Major (Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) and Jim Lawson (Chief Executive Officer, Woodbine Entertainment) will take part in a panel discussion on important issues facing the Ontario horse racing industry this Friday, August 9 at Woodbine Racetrack. Moderated by host Jason Portuondo, the panelists will cover topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. The panel will also answer attendee questions, which can be submitted in advance to InTouch@Woodbine.com. The event will take place in the newly opened Trackside Clubhouse (previously known as the Standardbred Paddock) at Woodbine Racetrack. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Members of the horse racing industry have been invited to this event. Due to limited capacity, attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stronger-together-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-tickets-65176231864 Media are welcome to attend and must RSVP by contacting Jamie Dykstra, Director of Communications at Woodbine Entertainment, at jdykstra@woodbine.com or 647-400-6235. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track's feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track's marquee event. 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine rookie two-year-old pacing colts vied for glory in the 22nd edition of the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Trainer Carl Jamieson and his son, driver Jody Jamieson, teamed up to win with Sports Obsession, their 7-1 starter from post five. Jamieson maneuvered traffic trouble past the halfway marker when Bettorbuckleup and Beach Blanket Book hooked wheels and were taken out of contention. Soon after, the winning pair cleared to the lead and remained on top to clinch the win. The 1:54 score was the Sportswriter son's second career win in five starts. Betting favourite Wind Blown with J Harris was second for trainer Teesha Symes. Aneto with Bob McClure rounded out the top three. Carl Jamieson co-owns Sports Obsession with George Harrison. "I told everyone that the horse had a good shot. We just needed a little luck," said Jamieson. Carl Jamieson trained and drove the first-ever Battle Of Waterloo winner Distinctiv Skeeter in 1998. He also piloted and trained CT Rocket in 2000 and went on to win three more editions with son Jody in the bike in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Neither has won the race since. "Dad and I did it again," Jody Jamieson beamed. "I think it was a special omen today, us teaming up again in the Battle of Waterloo after those victories in the past." 11th annual Battle Of The Belles A field of talented two-year-old pacing fillies contested the 11th edition of the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles. Doug McNair and Karma Seelster capitalized on early action to capture the win at 27-1 in 1:54.4, which matches the stake record set by Play The Bell in 2017. Karma Seelster scored her maiden win in her elimination division last week but drew the outside starting post (#8) in the final. She took to the top as heavy-favourite Alicorn (post four) and Louis Philippe Roy made a break at the first quarter. Alicorn matched the divisional track record in her elimination win last week in 1:54.2. She also holds an OSS speed record earned earlier this year. After her miscue, Roy quickly regrouped Alicorn and she came on strong to finish second for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Temagami Seelster and J Harris were third. This was the second Battle Of The Belles title for the father-son duo of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair, both of Guelph, ON. The pair won the 2013 edition with Lady Shadow. They also paired up to win the Batlle Of Waterloo in 2008, 2013 and 2015. "I haven't been in the winner's circle for a while for one of these races," said Doug McNair. "I remember when I was 18 standing here. Time flies. It feels pretty good to be here today. And nice to get one for Keith (Waples)." Hall Of Fame horseman Keith Waples co-owns the Sportswriter filly with his wife Eileen and their daughter Karen Hauver. Karma Seelster was a $127,000 yearling purchase in 2018 at the London Select Sale. "We had a little trouble with her gait this winter (in Florida) but she has really come along since we've been back in Ontario," said Gregg McNair. "It's great to win at Grand River Raceway. It's our home track and we're here quite a bit in the spring training these horses down and I really like it here," he said. Undercard The Industry Day undercard included five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. Division leader Sugartown sweetened his hold on the year-end Grassroots title. The Sportswriter son held off Fast N First (James MacDonald) to win his third sophomore OSS race (and sixth season win) by a neck in 1:53.1 with Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau. That 1:53.1 clocking was the quickest of OSS action on Industry Day and matched the first division of the day when Travis Cullen steered Dreamfair Moxy to his sixth career win for owner John Lamers and trainer Jodie Cullen. The final division featured HP Napoleon in his fourth consecutive win from nine starts this season. Mario Baillargeon drove the Big Jim gelding for brother Ben Baillargeon to a three-quarter-length finish in 1:54.3. The quickest mile of the afternoon went to Ghost Dance in the Preferred pace (Race 9). Bob McClure piloted the Nick Gallucci student to a front-end win by 13 lengths in 1:51.1 for owner Millar Farms. It was the first win of the season for the four-year-old gelding. He has banked $166,000 in career earnings. Record Handle Today's handle of $488,696 is a new Industry Day record, besting the previous record of $481,239 set in 2016. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway   • Video: Battle of Waterloo       • Video: Battle Of Belles           Attached Photos: • Doug McNair winning with Karma Seelster in the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)     • Sports Obsession captures the $239,00 Battle Of Waterloo with Jody Jamieson (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)         FFI: Contact Jenna Knox at (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or jknox@grandriverraceway.com               --   Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.   kelly@truenaturecommunications.com   Cell: 519-465-7908   www.truenaturecommunications.com   >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.      

MILTON, ON - August 5, 2019 - Tall Dark Stranger stormed into Mohawk Park to deliver an impressive 1:51.1 victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series. An overflow field of 11 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed in the second-leg of the three-week event. Round one winners Allywag Hanover and Captain Midnight sat out this week. Trainer Nancy Johansson rolled into town with a pair of freshmen, including $330,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase Tall Dark Stranger. The Bettors Delight colt won his season debut in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands on July 26 and did not disappoint in his follow up race. Tall Dark Stranger and driver Yannick Gingras took their time in the early going after leaving from the middle of the gate and were a parked out fourth at the opening-quarter. The Johansson trainee powered ahead in the second-quarter and cleared to the top just before hitting the half in :55.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:24.2, Tall Dark Stranger sprinted home impressively in :26.4 to win easily by three-lengths. Hes Watching colt One For Julius raced well to finish second after surrendering the lead to the winner in the second-quarter. Captaintreacherous colt Captain Kirk rallied from sixth at three-quarters to finish third by pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Tall Dark Stranger is the second foal out of O'Brien Award winner Precocious Beauty and is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. He is now two for two and has earned $14,000. A $2 win ticket on Tall Dark Stranger returned $2.50. The $50,000 Dream Maker Series final will take place next Monday evening (August 12). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series headlines the action. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - August 5, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople at Rideau Carleton Raceway that the harness racing draw for this Thursday's card (August 8) has been moved to Tuesday morning (August 6). The entry box for Thursday's card will now close Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. The draw will be released shortly after and final changes will be required by Noon. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A mad dash to the wire found two pacers hitting the finish in unison in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Nogreatmischief and Czar Seelster hit the line in a dead heat for win in 1:57 in the $2,800 Preferred 2 pace. Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) cut out the first three fractions of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.3 but gave way in the stretch drive as Czar Seelster came first over and Nogreatmischief went up the passing lane. Walter Cheverie trains and drives Nogreatmischief and is also the co-owner along with Brian Thompson of Charlottetown while Mike McGuigan supplied the steer behind Czar Seelster for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Third place went to Mantario (Alex Sobey). Red Magician rode the pocket to victory in the $2,400 back-up pace with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The nine-year-old pacer stopped the clock in 1:55.2 over pacesetter Dangle Ona Dime (Corey MacPherson) and third place Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy). Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Down On My Luck found all the luck he needed as he circled the field in the preferred pace stretch drive Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie engineered the winning trip as he guided the Patrick Shepherd trained pacer from sixth at the head of stretch and powered past his foes to upset at 17-1 odds. Half Cut powered to the lead in the $3,000 preferred pace and driver Mark Bradley cut out splits of 27.1, 55.4 and 1:25.1 before finding himself unable to fight off Down On My Luck in the stretch drive. Half Cut finished second in the 1:55.1 mile while Do Over Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes) was third to complete the whopping $1,132.20 triactor ticket. Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont., holds the ownership papers of Down On My Luck. Trainer Kevin Gilles scored a training double as Top Of The Morning (Kyle Gillis) was a 2:00.2 winner and Jeb (Hughes) won in 1:58.1. The card had a pair of $2,800 Open Mares paces with Sodwana Bay (Barrieau) winning one in 1:57.4 and the other split going to Traces Of Purple (Marc Campbell) in 1:56.3. For race replays and more go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing is heating up, in big way, this weekend at Century Downs - just minutes north of Calgary, Alberta. It's a spectacular long-weekend of racing, now underway, with three afternoon programs carded for Saturday, Sunday and Monday with first race post times scheduled for 1:15 MT (3:15 ET).   The civic holiday Monday card is the richest Standardbred day on the Century Downs racing calendar with the $117,490 Ralph Klein Memorial (3YO Pacing Colts & Geldings) - along with the $125,000 Gord & Illa Rumpel Memorial (3YO Pacing Fillies) - headlining the rich Mid-Summer Classic Day program. Also featured on the 'stakes stacked' card will be three divisions each of the Alberta Rising Star (2YO Colts & Geldings) and the Alberta Starlet (2YO Fillies). Catch Alberta's best young hopefuls on Monday's matinee!   Your free Century Downs programs, for all three days, are now available at https://www.cnty.com/centurydowns/racing-program/.   Following this weekend - harness racing, in Alberta, will move on to the Track On 2 (along the highway between Calgary and Edmonton) for the month of August - before settling in for the first ever harness meet at the all new Century Mile track just south of Edmonton.   by Shannon ' Sugar' Doyle, for Century Downs          

MILTON, ON - AUG. 2, 2019 - Century Farroh reaffirmed his position as king of the three-year-old pacing colt class with his third Ontario Sire Stakes Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening. With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton in the race bike, Century Farroh left well from Post 3, landing in second and tipping out to take aim on early leader Sportsline before the :26.1 quarter. Once he reached the front Century Farroh led the field through a :55 half and a 1:22.4 three-quarters and then dug in down the stretch to secure a neck victory over Bronx Seelster and Best In Show in 1:49.4. "I really think that the time off did him some good. It seemed to rejuvenate him a little bit, not that he was really worn out, but he just seemed to be a totally different horse tonight. I needed ear plugs in him warming up tonight, he was grabbing me that bad," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore who started the colt just once, in a July 6 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, between Friday's test and his last Gold Series win on June 29. "He had 10 days right off in the paddock after his last race and he was still on full feed and he put weight on and filled out a little bit more. I trained him in 1:51 at the farm last Wednesday, 10 days ago. That's all he had from July 6." The win in Friday's $158,000 Gold Series division was Century Farroh's eighth in nine starts this season. The son of Mach Three and Beachy Girl suffered his only sophomore loss in his June 8 North America Cup elimination where he finished seventh. The Grassroots champion at two, Century Farroh has banked $321,700 competing against the top colts this season for owner Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. Century Farroh will make his tenth start in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio next Saturday, August. 10. It will be the colt's first trip south of the border and Moore said it will likely be the lightly staked colt's only out of province outing. "It's not that long a ship to Northfield, so it shouldn't be too bad. This will be his only one," said Cambridge, ON resident Moore, who plans to send the colt to Ohio on Friday, Aug. 9. "Now, you know, half-mile track, you've got to draw good, right," the trainer added. "Draw anywhere near the outside down there you're out right from the start, that's all there is to it, period." Following the Carl Milstein Memorial Century Farroh and his Ontario Sired peers will be back in Gold Series action at Georgian Downs on August 18. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's provincial stakes schedule are the two-year-old trotting colts competing in five Grassroots divisions on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The colts will kick off the Tuesday evening program at 7:10 pm and also compete in Races 2, 5, 6, and 9. Complete results for Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0802wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of red hot win streaks collide in the top harness racing pace of the Saturday evening card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday presentation kicks off at 6 P.M. and the $3,000 preferred pace lines up in race 12. Rose Run Quest comes into the race with four straight wins down on his program for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. A winner in the Governor's Plate final at Red Shores Summerside and the Lindsay Construction Cup at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, Rose Run Quest will have to face a new foe on Saturday in Sock It Away, who has yet to finish worse than second since coming home to the East Coast. Sock It Away sits on a pair of wins currently including a 1:53.2 lifetime best performance but the four-year-old son of Pang Shui has yet to meet Rose Run Quest in racing action this year. Corey MacPherson will drive Sock It Away for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is giving the edge to Rose Run Quest off his 1:52.1 Truro Raceway track record performance. "Rose Run Quest has dominated the free for all ranks throughout the Maritimes over the past month and if it's possible, he seems to be getting better with every start," MacIsaac said. "There doesn't seem to be anything to stand in his way." Also in the preferred field is Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Down On My Luck (Walter Cheverie), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes). Tobinator is the morning line favourite in the $1,900 race 6 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia pace. Corey MacPherson drives the Trevor Hicken trainee for owner Bill Hicken of Vernon Bridge. The five-year-old was a second place finisher in 1:55 in his latest outing. The TD Canada Trust pace hits the track in race 8 as Mach Of Ballykeel (Campbell) look to overcome post 8 as the morning line favourite in the $1,500 class. Races 4 and 7 will see the top pacing mares on the East Coast battle in a pair of $2,700 Open Mares classes. Jordies Hope is the favourite in race 4 with David Dowling back in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner from post 6. Sodwana Bay is picked for the top spot in race 7 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. For race programs, promotional plays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Czar Seelster Headlines Sunday Afternoon Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - The sophomore takes on the veteran on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will play host to 11-dashes on Sunday with the first race of the presentation going postward at 1 P.M. The race 10 preferred 2 pace is the top event of the day for a $2,800 purse with 2018 Governor's Plate winner Czar Seelster the top choice from post 5 with Mike McGuigan picking up the drive for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. The 10-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal shows 1:54-1:55 down his program page but will face a fresh challenge on Sunday afternoon in three-year-old pacer Manatario from post 2. Alex Sobey trains and drives Mantario for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. The sophomore son of Sportwriter has been superb lately including a 1:54.3 victory on Governor's Plate night with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. Adkins Hanover has post 3 in the contest with P.E.I.'s leading female driver, Ambyr Campbell, back in the race bike for trainer Trevor Hicken. The fast leaving son of Western Ideal saw his last victory on July 7 at Red Shores Summerside. Also in the field is Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up class of the program goes behind the gate in race 8 with a $2,400 purse at stake. Dangle Ona Dime gets rail control in the event with Corey MacPherson back in the bike after steering the son of Pang Shui to a 1:55.4 lifetime best in his latest start. Duane MacEachern trains Dangle Ona Dime for owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. Top contenders in the field include Red Magician (Adam Merner) and Noudidnt Blue Chip (Mike McGuigan). Driver Jason Hughes will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores TV network. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race programs, replays, promotional plays and more including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Freddie went to front and never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle in the Open Trot Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The track record holder was sent to the lead in the $2,250 Open Trot by trainer-driver Marc Campbell and carved out fractions of 30.1, 1:01.3 and 1:31.4 before fighting off post time favourite Majian Tango in 2:00.4. The Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston holds the ownership papers of Freddie as he hit the wire first for the 52nd time in his career to push his lifetime earnings over $142,000. Majian Tango (Driven by Jim Ripley) was second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) rounding out the triactor. Newcomer Eataamup Cassandra showed her love of red soil as she won her Island debut in 1:58.2 for driver Campbell and new owner-trainer Ralph Sweet of O’Leary. The five-year-old pacer scored a mild upset while winning the Thursday finale at 5-1 odds in the $1,900 class. Trainer Earl Watts scored a pair of wins from his Hampshire stable as Josten Hanover had a maiden breaking score in 2:02.4 in line to Jason Hughes and Woodmere Oleksiak teamed up with David Dowling to win in 1:58.4. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With less than three weeks currently separating us from the 2019 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race at the Hippodrome 3R, it is a reminder that only the highest eight money winning horses this year will make it to the final. With a purse of $200,000C, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the season restricted to just four-year-old pacers. Taking a look at the horses that could be coming to Quebec on August 18, we also note there are some important races remaining to come by then, but all in all, few of them are reserved just for four-year-olds. The list below was last updated on Thursday, August 1 as per the USA earnings of the 29 horses remaining eligible to the Prix D'Ete. 1. This Is The Plan (Burke Racing) $498,097 2. Jimmy Freight (Richard Moreau) $172,454 3. The Downtown Bus (Jeff Gillis) $129,408 4. Done Well (Burke Racing) $119,914 5. Turbo Hill (Hunter Oaks) $117,150 6. Courtly Choice (Blake Macintosh) $105,100 7. Skyway Quinton (Travis Alexander) $89,000 8. Casimir Richie P (Ian Moore) $68,192 9. Hayden Hanover (Julie Miller) $66,950 10.Shnitzledosomethin (Dylan Davis) $56,850 11.Hitman Hill (Chris Oaks) $55,080 12.Trump Nation (Andrew Harris) $51,975 13.Dragonology (Nick Surick) $49,465 14.Pretty Handsome (Andrew McCabe) $49,329 15.Simple Kinda Man (Allard Racing) $43,450 16.Thinkbig Dreambig (Nancy Johansson) $41,815 17.Thor De Vie (Ed Hart) $41,365 18.Pedro Hanover (Corey Giles) $34,721 19.American History (Tony Alagna) $33,661 20.Talbotcreekwhiskey (Luc Blais) $24,557 21.Topville Olympian (Chris Oakes) $23,440 22.Springsteen (Allard Racing) $17,250 23.Rush To Judgement (Dave Menary) $10,696 The remaining six horses, Bounding Dragon, Kwik Talking, Stock, Nutcracker Sweet, Ghost Dance and Minnie Vinnie are eligible but all have earnings of under $10,000 each. The horses in the final that finish sixth through eighth will each receive $1,000C. This weekend many of the Prix D'Ete contenders are coming in major stakes races and special overnight events at the Meadowlands on Saturday. They include Courtly Choice, Done Well, Hayden Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, This Is The Plan and Trump Nation. Both The Downtown Bus and Turbo Hill are in the four-year-old Open at Yonkers Raceway, while Hitman Hill and Dragonology race at Pocono Downs. The entry box closed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 14 and the draw of post positions will take place at a special breakfast at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning, August 15. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club