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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – In an identical performance to his Sunday afternoon harness racing victory, Red Magician rode the pocket and won the Dr Blair Kelly Memorial presented by the Charlottetown Vet Clinic in the top class on opening night of Old Home Week 2019 Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner was in the bike for the perfect journey in the $2,750 Preferred 2 pace as Red Magician sat second behind pacesetter Intended Royalty (Driven by Redmond Doucet) through fractions of 28.1, 57.1 and 1:26.3. Red Magician then got up for a head decision in 1:55.1 over race favourite Intended Royalty while third went to Rockin Indy (David Dowling). Melissa Rennie trains Red Magician for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Driver Marc Campbell established a lead in the Francis McIsaac Memorial standings for top driver of Old Home Week with three wins on the Friday card. Campbell teamed up with Anzula to win in 1:59.3 in race 2 from the Ken Wilkie stable, then Larjon Lachlan was a 1:59.1 winner for trainer George Rennison and Five Run Homer had a maiden score of 2:02.4 for Campbell and trainer Jamie Smith. Rennison had a training double on the card as the Truro, N.S., horseman ships his stable to Red Shores Charlottetown for Old Home Week again this year. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for Rennison’s other win as Bettim Vicky was victorious in 1:58.4. For race replays, live programs, access to the worldwide broadcast and more go towww.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The first two Thursday night's have been all about E R Quinn and the veteran harness racing pacer will look for more of the same this week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday evening card will see a 6:30 P.M. first race post time while the featured pacers will go to the starting gate in race 9. E R Quinn has drawn post 5 in the $2,500 featured pace with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The seven-year-old son of Total Truth has recorded five wins this season with three of them coming since relocating East four starts back. Screen Test has been acquitting himself well since making the jump to Eastern Canada after residing in Alberta since his birth. The four-year-old Vertical Horizon pacer will have Corey MacPherson in the race bike for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Tempo Seelster is selected for third in the morning line and will leave from post 4 with Ken Murphy at the lines. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees no reason to not keep E R Quinn as his top selection. "E R Quinn has dominated the Thursday night feature the past two weeks and there hasn't been anything to indicate that it's about to change anytime soon," MacIsaac said. "He has a big shot at a three peat." Also in the field is Dream On Dream On (Driven by David Dowling), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes). A compact field of five will contest the race 5 top trot for a $2,200 purse. Freddie will leave from the outside for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include Hop Up (MacPherson) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). Races 1 and 3 of the evening will have three-year-old Open trot classes with $1,800 purses on the line. Richsnortherndream (Kenny Arsenault) is the morning line favourite in race 1 while Getting Messi (Mike McGuigan) gets the top nod in race 3. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The East Coast has been nothing but kind to Doctor Royal and the pacer will look to keep his streak alive Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Dawn Ellis Abbott harness racing trainee rides a three-race win streak into the race 8 featured pace on the 9-dash Saturday program at the capital oval. First race post time is 6 P.M. Gilles Barrieau is back at the lines of Doctor Royal after teaming up to win the first two featured events of the season on P.E.I., combined with a top class win at the horse's home turf of Truro Raceway of Nova Scotia to give him three straight wins. Mick Dundee was closing the gap in last week's featured event and will get rail control for Saturday's $2,900 contest for trainer-driver Don MacNeill. Euchred was a force to be reckoned with in 2018 on the Invitational circuit and comes into the Saturday feature fresh off a 1:58.1 victory for new trainer-driver David Dowling. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Doctor Royal getting to the wire first. "Doctor Royal has been assigned the outside post but that's the consequences of a three race win streak," MacIsaac said. "Until he shows he's vulnerable the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the field is Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) and Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson). Sodwana Bay was nothing short of superb in 2018 and will make her seasonal debut in race 9 of the program in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. The Barrieau trained and driven pacer is fresh off a 2:00.3 qualifier at her winter base of Exhibition Park Raceway in New Brunswick for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wilshire. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling).   May 20, 2019 Soccer Hanover Set To Kick Off 2019 Red Shores Summerside Season SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2019 live harness racing season kicks off with a special Victoria Day program on Monday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 9-dash card kicks off the action at 1 P.M., with a tight knit group to contest the race 8 featured pace. The $2,600 event has Soccer Hanover the morning line favourite from post 2 with David Dowling receiving the catch driving call from owner-trainer Leith Waite of Summerside. The five-year-old son of Dragon Again has been no worse than second from a pair of seasonal outings including a 1:56.1 new lifetime best on opening day at Red Shores Charlottetown. Screen Test has rail control behind the starting gate with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass. A newcomer to Island racing, Screen Test was a third place finisher to Soccer Hanover in his first start in Eastern Canada. Iron tough aged race horse Red Magician is listed as second choice in the morning line with Adam Merner back in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie. Also in the field is Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence) and Confident Fella (Mike McGuigan). The afternoon finale will serve as the back-up class on opening day at the Prince County oval. Emperor is pegged as the one to beat in the $2,200 event going postward in race 9. MacPherson will be in the race bike for owner-trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary from post 6. Ultimatelyhandsome is the 3-1 second choice form post 4 with Merner in the bike for trainer Sifroi Melanson while Coasttocoastshark is another top entry from post 2 the combination of driver Ken Murphy and trainer Jeff Wallace. Catch all the action live at the track or at www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winter Blast has proven he can hit the tote board every single week but he will have some stiff competition to find his way to the winner's circle in the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash presentation gets underway at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 12. Winter Blast has drawn post 4 in the $2,400 event with Jason Hughes at the lines for conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. The seven-year-old son of Sand Shooter was the model of consistency in his six-year-old campaign with eight wins and over $17,000 in purse earnings on the year as he looks to put together another solid summary in 2019. He was a runner-up to Sock It Away in his latest start and with that horse absent the target will squarely be on his back against his five rivals. One of the top Invitational pacers in 2018, Euchred makes his second start back on red soil in the preferred, drawing post 5 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Eagle Jolt has rounded back into top form and gets post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the absence of Sock It Away as a signal to put Winter Blast on top of his tickets. "You can mark Winter Blast down for a top three finish pretty much every week so you know he's got to be sitting on a win," MacIsaac said. "If Jason can secure an uncontested lead and steal a fraction there could be nothing but open road ahead." Also in the event is Tempo Seelster (Driven by Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Corey MacPherson) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race 8 is the Denny King Pace with Dancers Pass installed as the morning line favourite in the $1,100 event with Hughes in the bike for trainer Blaine McKenna. The now eight-year-old daughter of Ashlees Big Guy put in a solid 2018 season with 21 top three finishes from 33 starts but only managed one win on the season for owner Michael Folkins of Saint John, N.B. For live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fending off Gilles Barrieau in a driving competition takes skill but that is exactly what Adam Merner did in the harness racing Paul MacDonald Memorial Driver's Challenge Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The competition was part of Horse Person's Day sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association with eight drivers competing in eight races on the Saturday program. Merner finished the day with 62 points for his first MacDonald Memorial win with Barrieau finishing two points back in second and Corey MacPherson finishing third with 56 points. Barrieau started off the action winning the first leg in a 2:01 romp with Dilans Mustang with Merner finishing second. Merner finished second again in the second leg as David Dowling and Good Lucky Kathy clicked in 2:01.2. Southfield Sassy would give Merner his first taste of the winner's circle in the MacDonald Memorial challenge as edged out Mach An Angel (Driven by Dowling) by a neck in 2:01.4. Merner snagged a fifth place finish in leg four but still keep second place Barrieau at bay as the New Brunswick driver finished sixth. Barrieau attempted to close the gap winning with Casimir Obama in 1:59.1 in the next leg but Merner kept close with a second place finish behind Casimir Nunzio. Spirit supplied Barrieau with his third win in the challenge with a mile time of 2:01.2 while Merner and Cougar Gal faded to fifth. Mach Of Ballykeel then supplied a surge up the passing lane in leg seven for driver Merner while Barrieau finished fourth to give Merner a four point advantage going into the eighth and final leg. Merner's lead was near squandered in the final dash of the competition as Hemingway made a break past the half-mile marker and provided interference to other horses. Hemingway finished fifth and was placed eighth but Barrieau was unable to capitalize with Loves A Challenge as he finished sixth and did not close the point gap. Also in the challenge David Dowling finished the day in fourth place with 53 points, with a three-way tie in fifth place at 48 points between Ambyr Campbell, Ron Matheson and Mike McGuigan while Kenny Arsenault finished eighth with 45 points. Rollwithitharry and Barrieau captured the $2,500 Preferred 2 pace in 1:58.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, P.E.I. The $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace saw an upset with Killean Finale and Ken Murphy winning in 1:58.4 for trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Under the command of Adam Merner, Fast N Victorious lead at every station and bested his rivals in the featured pace on a special holiday Monday program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Merner sent the Stephen Gass trainee to the front in the $2,200 featured pace and laid down fractions of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:26.3 with no serious challenged before stopping the clock in 1:57.1. Second went to White Fish Flash (Driven by Norris Rogers) while Slide Guitar (David Dowling) was third to complete the $170.00 triactor. Kent and Owen Livingston of Cornwall hold the ownership papers of Fast N Victorious. It was one of three wins on the program for Merner as he also scored with Anzula in 2:01.4 for trainer Ken Wilkie of Stratford and with Souverain in 1:59.3 for Phil Sizer of Kensington, P.E.I. Driver David Dowling had a trio of trips to the winner’s circle after hitting the wire first with CL La Rousse in 1:59.3 for Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown, Soccer Hanover in 1:57.4 for Leith Waite of Summerside and with The Warden in 2:00 for trainer Chris MacKay of French River, P.E.I. The Warren Grove driver remains in firm grasp of the Summerside driving standings as he looks for his first title at the Prince County Oval. Live racing continues Sunday afternoon (Oct. 14) at Red Shores Summerside. For race replays and more go towww.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Fast N Victorious will contest the top pace of the day on a special holiday program Monday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash program has a 1 P.M. start time at the Prince County oval and Fast N Victorious gets top billing in the race 11 feature for a $2,200 purse. Owned by Kent and Owen Livingston of Cornwall, P.E.I., Fast N Victorious comes into the race off a second place finish at Red Shores Charlottetown with Gilles Barrieau in the bike, pacing in 1:56.1. Regular pilot Adam Merner returns to the controls Monday afternoon behind the Stephen Gass trainee as the horse looks for his 28th lifetime win. Slide Guitar controls in the race in the race 11 contest with David Dowling in the bike for owner Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. The four-year-old son of Brandons Cowboy has been superb all season with 12 top-three-finishes from 22 outings including a lifetime best victory of 1:56.2. Other entries include White Fish Flash (Driven by Norris Rogers), Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie), Mando Fun (Jason Hughes) and Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie). The afternoon back-up pace lines up in race 7 with Soccer Hanover receiving top billing from post 2 for driver Dowling, co-owner and trainer Leith Waite of Summerside and co-owners Les and Spencer Waite of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Top contenders in the field include Positive Art (Corey MacPherson) and Instant Shadow (Norris Rogers). Catch all the action live at the track or go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2018 Atlantic racing season has yet to produce a two-year-old filly that can touch Magical Mistress, as she remained undefeated Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner was in the bike for the victory, number nine of her career from as many starts, for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The two-year-old daughter of Camystic was on top at every call in her $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division on her way to a 1:57.1 victory by over four lengths. Second went to Therealdeal (Driven by Walter Cheverie) while Howmac Sabrina (David Dowling) was third. Woodmere Tango claimed the other two-year-old pacing filly $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division in 1:59.1 over Elm Grove Nellie (Dale Spence) and Miss Dynamite D (Kenny Arsenault). Clare MacDonald trains and drives Woodmere Tango for owner Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S. A pair of $7,000 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were also contested. You Aint Dolly (Mark Bradley) won her split in 2:00.4, while Clare Hall Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) won her division in 2:00.2. The Saturday program also featured the two-year-old pacing colts in Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes action. The first $9,000 O'Brien gold division went to Purple Poet in 1:59.1 for trainer Robert Phillips and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S., with Barrieau handles the driving duties. The two-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror utilized a pocket ride on his way to a 1:59.1 win over Dusty Lane Cortez (Dowling) and Southfield Sandy (Corey MacPherson). Thisishowwedoit won the second $9,000 O'Brien Gold split in 1:59.1 for trainer-driver Danny Romo and owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S. Race favourite Red Dirt Boomer (Barrieau) finished second while Woodmere Bolt (Earl Smith) had to settle for third. In O'Brien grassroots action, A Grand Terror had a maiden breaking score in his $6,000 division for two-year-old pacing colts for trainer-driver Barrieau in 1:59.2. The other $6,000 split saw Mall Peen Hammer visit the winner's circle after stopping the clock in 1:59.2 for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Sean Dooley. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The beat goes on for Magical Mistress as she looks to extend her undefeated harness racing career to nine races Saturday evening in Lady Slipper stakes action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday program has 14 races scheduled with a 6 P.M. first race post time. Magical Mistress has lucking continuing on her side as she has drawn post 1 in her $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division, carded as race 12 on the evening. Adam Merner drives the undefeated two-year-old filly for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S., against a field of five rivals. Also in the field is the formerly undefeated Therealdeal with Walter Cheverie in the bike as well as speedy Ontario bred filly So Much More (Driven by Mark Bradley). The other $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division lines up in race 10 as Arc Light is installed as the morning line favourite from post 3 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. The rookie daughter of Camystic has four top two finishes from just six lifetime starts. The Joe O'Brien Memorial stake is also featured on the program for two-year-old pacing colts with a pair of $9,000 gold divisions in races 5 and 8. Race 5 has Purple Poet installed as the morning line choice with rail control for the combination of driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Robert Phillips and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The rookie son of Stonebridge Terror has some stiff competition including Dusty Lane Cortez (David Dowling), who rides a two-race win streak while he preps for next week's Atlantic Breeder's Crown final. Red Dirt Boomer gets top billing in the other $9,000 O'Brien gold split with Barrieau at the lines for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I. The son of Malicious was placed the winner in his latest outing after divisional leader Woodmere Bolt went inside pylons last Saturday in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Northside Downs in Nova Scotia. Woodmere Bolt gets post 4 this week for trainer-driver Earl Smith as he looks for revenge. The program also features Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies and O'Brien grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing colts.  Open Mares Tangle In Atlantic Final SUMMERSIDE, PE - The very best aged pacing mares on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will lock bridles in the $15,517 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series Final, presented by Standardbred Canada, Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sodwana Bay gets top billing in the championship final that will cap off a mega-stakes card of 13-dashes Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. start time. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives Sodwana Bay for owners Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. The five-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended has been exceptional all season in Atlantic Canada and comes into the race off a season's best 1:54.4 victory at Red Shores Charlottetown. Collective Wisdom gets billed as second choice from post 3 with Walter Cheverie getting the catch driving call for trainer Jackie Matheson off a quadruple of top two finishes. Third choice goes to post 7 starter Prettyndangerous who finished second in this race last year and gets the services of Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with Sodwana Bay to cap off her memorable first season in Atlantic Canada with a championship win. "Sodwana Bay has been the dominant mare in the region since arriving here in early summer and still hasn't been worse than second in all those starts," MacIsaac said. "Other than the short price there is not much to dislike." In other Sunday afternoon action, the top trotters on the East coast will face off in Lady Slipper Memorial stakes action. The rookies trotters are in races 2 and 5 for $7,500 purses in each split while the sophomore trotters vie for $8,000 purses in races 7 and 9. Three-year-old pacers also take the scene on the program with a pair of $10,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial divisions for pacing colts in races 8 and 11. Sock It Away will look to continue his undefeated season in race 8 with rail control for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. The son of Pang Shui has been perfect in all 13 starts so far in 2018. The Lady Slipper stakes also has a pair of $12,000 gold divisions hitting the track in races 10 and 12. The Garth Schurman memorial will be presented in race 3 with rail sitter Kahula Morning listed as the morning line favorite for driver Jason Hughes and ownership team of Robi Hughes, Blair and Eric MacLauchlan. For race programs and live video go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday was Adam Merner’s night to shine at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Merner had four wins on the evening program including the $2,650 preferred pace with Euchred for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Euchred controlled the pace in the Saturday top class on his way to a 1:54.2 score by five lengths over Tobinator (Driven by Corey MacPherson) and Nabber Again (Ambyr Campbell). Merner’s other wins came with Shadows Mystery in 1:57.1 for trainer Gordie Ford and with Hemingway in 1:57.1 and Revenant in 1:56.1, both from the stable of Melissa Rennie. Ken Murphy had three driving wins on the card including the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with Ramblinglily in a mile time of 1:57.1 for trainer Allan Jones of New Brunswick. Murphy also clicked with Textually Active in 1:58.4 for Alan Gregory and Thegreatmaelstrom for trainer Clifford Murphy stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Magical Mistress, Woodmere Bolt Remain Perfect SUMMERSIDE, PE - The impressive seasons of Magical Mistress and Woodmere Bolt continued Sunday afternoon in stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Woodmere Bolt remains unbeaten in six career outings after a 1:58.4 score in the lone Joe O’Brien Gold division for two-year-old pacing colt for a $16,000 purse. Earl Smih trains and drives the son of Malicious for owners Peter Smith of Stratford, PE Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River, PE and Arnold Hagen of Bible Hill, N.S. In pacing filly action, Magical Mistress scorches the half-mile Prince County in a $19,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for two-year-olds. Adam Merner drives the undefeated filly for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The daughter of Camystic is out of former Maritime Champion Meridian Magic, who had a 26 race undefeated streak of her own. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Harness racing driver Adam Merner and Euchred have proven to be a force to be reckoned with on the Invitational scene this season and that duo reunited for another top end victory on Monday night during the rescheduled program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Terry Gallant trained Euchred laid third on the pylons for the first portion of the $4,000 Invitational Pace as race favourite Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) carved out fractions of 28.2 and 57.2. Euchred then made his first over bid through the three-quarters in 1:27 then capitalized on a late break in stride by the front end oriented Czar Seelster during the stretch drive. The margin of victory for Euchred would be settled at two-lengths with a clocking of 1:55.1. Czar Seelster was second followed by Mr Irresistible (Corey MacPherson) in third. Driver David Dowling scored four wins on the Monday program including win number 1,000 of his career. The Warren Grove reinsman scored win number 999 of his lifetime with Windemere Nick for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire with a 2:00.1 score. The milestone was hit in his second win of the night in race 7 as Flash In The Pang demolished his opposition in 1:57 by 13-lengths for trainer Pat Murphy. Dowling would go on to also visit the winner’s circle with his own Slide Guitar in a 1:56.2 score and Heart And Guts in 1:57.1 for Shirlene O’Brien of Burton, PE. Racing at Red Shores Summerside will take a hiatus until Wednesday, August 22, as the focus shifts to Red Shores Charlottetown for Old Home Week racing culminating in the 59th running of The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer on August 18. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Rail control could prove to be the path to the winner's circle in the Saturday evening preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Saturday program kicks off at 6 P.M. at the capital oval with Red Magician leaving from post 1 for driver Adam Merner. Melissa Rennie trains the son of Badlands Hanover for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Red Magician is fresh off a third place finish in this class while pacing in 1:55.3 and both the pacers that defeated him that day are not in this Saturday class. The $2,350 race is the Aleisha DeRoche Celebration Pace and Zero Rate is also in the group while dropping out of the Governor's Plate series in Summerside and gets Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Michael Gallant. Rockin Indy is a newcomer to East Coast racing and gets post 5 in his debut for driver Walter Cheverie and new owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Race analyst Les MacIsaac "Red Magician is racing as well as he ever has just four starts into the season and should be just about where he wants to be from a conditioning standpoint," MacIsaac said. "Rail control will provide him with the opportunity to cut it or sit and stalk and either of those scenarios could see him get it all." Other preferred pace entries are Perfect Escape (Driven by Ron Matheson), Give Em Heck (Drew Neill) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). Race 7 is in memory of Gary "Prunes" Campbell with a $2,100 purse and stake and Big Surf riding an undefeated streak into the event. David Dowling picks up the catch driving call behind Big Surf as the Warren Grove driver is seven wins shy of the 1,000 win plateau. He will look to add to those totals with Big Surf from post 3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Other top entries include Heart And Soul (Cheverie) and Likely To Win (Merner). The Saturday program will be part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day with grooms for each horse announced during the post parade and entered for prize draws along with special certificates of recognition. For race replays and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash go to www.Redshores.ca. Mando Fun Favoured In Summerside Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - An evenly matched field of six will contest the Sunday afternoon top class at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. A total of 12 races will be contested on the afternoon program starting at 1 P.M. including the race 11 $2,200 featured event with six entries. The tight knit group has race secretary Gerard Smith giving the advantage to post 6 entry Mando Fun as the 5-2 morning line favourite. Norris Rogers is in the bike this week for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Old Buck was awarded the win in his latest start after finishing second and being placed forward to give him four wins from his last five starts. The son of Ameripan Gigolo will leave from post 4 this week for trainer Alan MacDonald with David Dowling picking up the catch driving call in the absence of regular pilot Jason Hughes, who is competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Race analyst Bo Ford puts his faith in Mando Fun in spite of his post position disadvantage. "Mando Fun has had a string of bad luck over his last three or four races, and even today he draws the outside, but on paper he is still the one to beat," Ford said. Other Sunday afternoon featured entries include Offshore Cowboy (Driven by Dale Spence), One Tough Nerd (Ken Murphy), Artist List (Adam Merner) and KD Overdrive (Stephen Mason). The back-up pace has a field of six pacers putting their noses on the gate in race 9 for a $1,800 purse. Instant Shadow is the morning line choice from post 4 for trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakerburn and Robert Kyle of Calhoun. Ryan Desroche picks up the drive this week behind Instant Shadow. Other top entries include Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie). The Sunday afternoon card is part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day with grooms for each horse announced during the post parade and entered for prize draws along with special certificates of recognition. For race replays and promotional information including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Racing action on Prince Edward Island returns to Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday evening with a group of talented pacing mares doing battle in the race 9 featured pace. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash program with Shadows Mystery controlling the rail in the $1,500 Race 9 top pacing event. The Gordie Ford trained and owned Shadows Mystery is fresh off a win in 1:56.3 for driver Adam Merner with that reinsman back in the bike this week. Prettyndangerous leaves from post 2 with a string of 1:57 miles down her chartlines but has been battle breaks in stride for trainer Bo Ford. Gilles Barrieau is in the bike this week with the eight-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce installed at 7-2 morning line odds while dropping out of the Open Mares ranks. Good Luck Kathy starts from post 5 at 3-1 odds with Earl Smith in the bike for owner Janet Compton of Stratford. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his wagers on Shadows Mystery with rail control. "Judging by Shadow's Mystery's last two starts her earlier problems could be a thing of the past," MacIsaac said. "She was the easiest of winners in a well rated mile last week and a similar trip could be in the cards tonight. Looks like the one to knock off." Other entries include Diduseethat (Driven by Jason Hughes), Hurricane Hill (Mike McGuigan) and Minor Wisdom (David Dowling). The $1,950 Open trot hits the track in raced 8 with Hop Up riding a three-race win streak but having to start from post 8 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Ken Murphy picks up the catch driving call as regular pilot Corey MacPherson is racing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. The four-year-old daughter of Tad The Stud was never better than last week at Red Shores Summerside, winning in 1:59.2 on top at every call. Other top Open trot entries include Isabella Hanover (Merner) and Holy Molie Maggie (Barrieau). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The top Invitational race in Atlantic Canadian harness racing goes to the gate in the Saturday evening finale at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in the culmination of Governor’s Plate week racing at the Prince County oval. The 50th edition of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Township Chevrolet Buick GMC, carries a $25,000 purse in race 16 of the Saturday evening card at Red Shores Summerside. The program kicks off with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time featuring another chance at the $100,000 Dash For Cash in the Governor’s Plate final for two lucky patrons. Euchred has been installed as the morning line favourite in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final with rail control gained at the Tuesday evening’s official post position draw. Adam Merner drives the son of Shadow Play for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Euchred won Governor’s Plate elimination one Sunday afternoon in 1:54 by five lengths. Gallant has won the Governor’s Plate twice before with Outlawpositivcharg in 2008 and 2009 Defending champion Do Over Hanover is selected as second choice by race secretary Gerard Smith from post 6. Jason Hughes drives the 2017 Governor’s Plate winner for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Quebec. Selected for third is post 2 starter, and Governor’s Plate elimination winner, Czar Seelster with Kenny Arsenault at the controls for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Arsenault won the race previously in 2011 with Serious Damage. Race analyst Bo Ford puts his faith in Euchred to capitalize on his inside post position and land in the winner’s circle in the historic race. “Euchred was dominant throughout the early part of the season and he hasn’t been too shabby lately either, offering a not worse than second in five of his last six starts,” Ford said. “With so many hard hitting contenders in here the rail could be the deciding factor.” Another piece of history could occur as post 7 starter In Spades is driven by 18-year-old driver Austin Sorrie, who will drive in the classic event in just his 74 scheduled lifetime drive. Sorrie trains the son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. In Spades shows the fastest miles so far this season with a blistering 1:53.1 victory over Red Shores Charlottetown on June 30. The ownership group of William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Brian Andrew of Milton, P.E.I., have two entries in the race with Keep Coming leaving from post 4 with Corey MacPherson in the bike and Cartoon Daddy leaving from post 8 for driver Dale Spence. Gilles Barrieau has won a record five Governor’s Plate finals and gets another chance Saturday evening from post 3 with Mr Irresistible for conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge. To complete the field, Nogreatmischief has post 5 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight will be making his first Governor’s Plate appearance while his driver has previously won the race with Barney Baren in 2000. The Saturday program also features the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation in race 5, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot in race 8 and a $3,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 15. Also on the docket is the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts featuring a pair of $12,800 A-divisions in races 9 and 14. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - She will be looking to make up for an uncharacteristic break in stride last week as Prettyndangerous is billeted as top choice in the Thursday evening featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the Adam Merner driven Prettyndangerous installed as the morning line choice in the race 11 top conditioned pace for a $1,900 purse. The Bo Ford trainee drops out of the Fillies and Mares Open Pace ranks for this week's contest and has driven post 5 for owners Ford and Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. She will run into one of the hottest horses on the Island this week though as Outrageous Spirit has drawn post 2. Gordie Hennessey drives the mare for trainer Kevin Peters after capitalizing on two-hole rides and hitting the winner's circle in her last three races. The class also sees the front-running Best Risque leaving off the rail for driver Jason Hughes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks it is redemption time for Prettyndangerous. "Prettyndangerous has yet to hit her best stride but we all know it's there," MacIsaac said. "She needs something to jump start her season and dropping out of the open mares could be just what the doctor ordered. If she brings her best she'll be hard to deny." Other entries include Collective Wisdom (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), Keepcalmndanceon (Marc Campbell) and Diduseethat (Corey MacPherson). The top trot of the program hit the track in race 6 for a $1,800 pot. Holy Molie Maggie and Isabella Hanover duke it out in the seven-horse field. Walter Cheverie drives Holy Molie Maggie from post 3 for trainer Jeff Holmes, while Isabella Hanover has post 7 with Merner in the bike for trainer Stephen Gass. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Not even the outside post could get in the way of Fast N Victorious' route to the winner's circle Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Adam Merner supplied the winning steer in the $2,500 preferred pace as the Stephen Gass trainee was on top at every call in his East Coast debut for new owners Kent Livingston of Cornwall and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. Time of the mile was 1:56. Merner laid down fractions of 29.1, 59 and 1:27.3 with Fast N Victorious before fighting off Heart And Soul (Driven by Walter Cheverie) in deep stretch. Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) completed the $404.45 triactor ticket while race favourite Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) finished fifth. Merner had three wins on the program as he also clicked with J Rs Hurricane in 1:59 for Jean Charles Belliveau of Scoudoic, N.B, and Red Magician in 1:56.3 for trainet Melissa Rennie of Charlottetown. Live racing continues on P.E.I. Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside for Canada Day racing. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes. for Red Shores  

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