If you like stake races, Red Shores' Summerside is the place to be Wednesday night. The 15-dash card gets under way with a special 6:30 p.m. post time. A total of 13 divisions of the two-year-old Callbeck stake as well as two divisions of the P.E.I Trotting Series are scheduled to line up behind the starting gate. There will be a number of undefeated streaks on the line in the Callbeck Stakes and there is one bound to fall in the first of five two-year-old filly divisions. In Race 2, the undefeated Dusty Lane Bria has drawn post 4 for owners Kenny Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Ameripan Gigolo - Briannas Attitude filly comes in off back-to-back 2:00 and change scores, all of which came off of the front end with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. He'll be handling the driving duties Wednesday. Woodmere Articblue is also undefeated in her young career. The Articulator - Blue Violet filly is owned by first time owners Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia. Kenny Collins handles the training duties and regular pilot Clare MacDonald will be back in the bike from post 2. Danny Romo picked up the catch-driving victory in 2:00.2 in her last outing at Truro Raceway. Bossy Brilla, Casa Miasa, Swift Taylor and Sweetwater Rayne round out the field. The first of five colt divisions start in Race 3. Putnams Legacy is the morning line favourite for Gordon McCabe and Blaise Duff. Another undefeated two-year-old in action, the Cookie Dough Boy colt was a winner in his last start in 2:00.3 for trainer - driver Bernard McCallum. The first leg of the P.E.I. trotting series for aged trotters goes in Race 4. Newcomer to red soil, Mopey Corey, is the early favourite. He comes in from the Invitational ranks in Kawartha his last start, Amanda Riley owns the eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding, Tommy Riley does the training. Mopey Corey will unite with his name sake Corey MacPherson for the first time. Frill Seeker has drawn post 3 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault, the last time he toured Red Shores' Summerside, he just missed the track record by one fifth of a second. Caliban Hanover, Lyrical Lindy, Saulsbrook Balance and Zip The Lip round out the field. Race 6 is the second division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-old trotters, Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated streak on the line from the rail. Owned by Wade Peconi and trained by Earl Watts, the daughter of Northern Bailey - Credibility hasn't faced a challenger yet winning both of her previous starts by five lengths. Arsenault will be in the bike. Dialamara shocked Summerside last Wednesday when he made his maiden voyage and impressive one, winning by 15 lengths in 1:59.3 closing it out with a :28.2 last quarter. The two-year-old Lis Mara colt will look to make it a repeat performance for Doug Mac Phee. Tom Weatherbie handles the training duties and Jason Hughes will drive from post 2. A pair of Proven Lover colts will look to play spoiler. J J Romeo has drawn the rail for owner Dan Ross of Belfast. Mike Stevenson recently notched his 1,500 driving victory and handles the training and driving duties on J J Romeo. Proven Desire was second in his last start out for owners Blair Hansen, John Thomas and Meghan MacDonald. Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell handles the training and the driving. He leaves from Post 6 For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Summerside, PE - The top three-year-old harness racing colts from around the Maritimes will line up behind the starting gate on Friday night. Red Shores Summerside will play host to three 'A' divisions of the Atlantic Sire Stakes with the first division going to post in Race 4. First-race post time at 7 pm. The first division will have five noses up on the wings. J J Laser has drawn the rail for Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell. Owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford and trained by Kevin MacLean, the son of Ameripan Gigolo is the 5-2 morning line favourite. Tobins Fusion is the richest pacer in the field, he is saddled with the outside post 5 for owners Boyd MacDonald, Dan Ross and Charles Seymour. The winner of $33,939 lifetime gets trainer Gilles Barrieau in the bike. J Ps Warrior (3-1), Super S Yzerman (4-1) and Woodmere Rondevous (6-1) round out the field. In Race 8 the Kentucky Headhunters may not be in town for the races but the three-year-old gelding Dumas Walker is. The gelded son of Western Success - Im A Realist draws post one for co-owner, trainer and driver Myles Heffernan. Jackie Heffernan co-owns. Arties Magic leaving from post 2 is carrying a three race win streak including a 1:57.3 victory in the Maritime Breeders final into Race 8. Todd Trites gets the lines from trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms and Clive Balderson. Hollywood Gigolo will get Brodie MacPhee for the first time from post 3. The power packed lineup includes Pictonian Storm ( Mike Stevenson ), Rancousy ( Darren Crowe ) and Rebelseven (Campbell). The 2013 Island Breeders Champion Settlement Request will look to get back on track after a sub par start to the 2014 racing season in the final 'A" division. He has drawn into post 5 for owners Alfred Barrieau and Michael Clinton. Gilles Barrieau does the training and driving. Just A Professor is installed as the 5-2 favourite for owners Creston Gillis, Michael Clarey and John Clarey. John does the training and they will call on Stevenson to handle the driving duties. Elm Grove Intrepid, Touch Of Thunder, Wine To Go and Mr Vaive will also compete for the $9,420 purse. Friday's card has three 'B' divisions on tap starting in Race 2. Each division carries a purse of $2,500. The free-legged Barrett Jackson will look to extend his win streak to three races when he takes his post 7 position behind the gate during the Friday night finale. 'Barrett' is coming in off of back to back scores of 1:57 and 1:57.2 respectably for owner Neal Moase. Jonah Moase who supports a sparkling .404 UTRS handles the training duties while youngster Dale Spence gets the drive. Frill Seeker is a newcomer to the Kenny Arsenault stable, the six-year-old Angus Hall - Yankee Frilly gelding will make his first start on red soil in the Race 3 trot. Arsenault will also do the driving. For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . Lee A. Drake
The top competitors in the 2013 Alberta Sires Stakes program will meet for their final battle of the season on Saturday as Northlands Park hosts the $300,000 Battle of Alberta Super Finals. First race post time on Saturday is 1 p.m. with the first of four $75,000 Super Finals set to begin in race eight. Two-year-old pacing fillies will kick off the battles with Triple Action, who boasts a perfect ABSS triple heading into the final, as the 2-1 morning line favourite. Philip Giesbrecht will drive the Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us filly from post two for trainer Joe Ratchford and Calgary owner Raggs To Riches. Blue Eyed Cowboy headlines the two-year-old pacing colt field as the early 2-1 favourite for driver Bill Tainsh Jr. and Lamont, Alta. trainer/owner Rod Starkewski. The Brandons Cowboy-Eicarls Blue Eyes gelding will also leave from post two. He is the division's fastest pacer thanks to his ASHA Colt Stakes win on Oct. 13 in an Alberta Downs track record clocking of 1:53.3. Meanwhile, 3-1 second choice Comes Home First will be looking to wrap up a perfect ABSS season for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward. The Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Came colt, who was scratched sick from his last assignment (the Premiers Colt Stakes on Oct. 25), is owned by the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Starkewski's Crackers Hot Shot will be seeking redemption in the three-year-old pacing filly division after a near perfect freshman campaign, which ended with a heart-breaking sixth-place finish in last year's Super Final due to an early break in stride. She's banked over $100,000 in purses during her sophomore year with victories in the first two Princess and Diamond sires stakes legs. Tainsh Jr. will also drive the Camcracker-Shesahotshot miss, who drew the popular post two. She is the early 2-1 favourite. Premium Attaction will look to defend his Super Final title in the three-year-old pacing colt division for horseman Kelly Hoerdt and partner Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. The Clintons Cigar-Themaneattacktion colt will be looking to rebound after a break in last week's Maverick leg, his only off-the-board finish of his sophomore stakes campaign. The $192,441 career earner has drawn post six and is the 5-2 second choice. The Campbell family's Play Me Right is the slight 2-1 favourite after winning the Maverick final, but will have to overcome a post eight start. Brandon Campbell will drive the Ameripan Gigolo-Clintons Delight gelding for his father Sanford, mother Debbie and girlfriend Jodi Loftus. Saturday's card also includes four $20,000 Consolations and an Open Pace, which includes former Super Final champions Flak Jacket, Wrangler Betonme, and Timberline Court amongst the field. To view Saturday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Saturday Entries - Northlands Park Click here for free, printable program pages for Saturday's harness racing card, courtesy TrackIT. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
A pair of Brian Embleton trainees will face off with the locals in the harness racing top class Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm first race post time.
Nutmegs Gigolo, with harness racing driver Brian Cross in the bike, hits the wire first in the tenth race at Saratoga Casino & Raceway.
Back in July when Lamont harness racing trainer Rod Starkewski ponied up the dough to buy Crackers Hot Shot in a private transaction he clearly knew what he was doing.
John Chappell is more than just a former Alberta Horseman-of-the-Year. His harness racing credentials are evidence of that. The American born driver-trainer is also one of Canada's unsung heroes. Not many reinsman can boast winning several driving titles in their career but 49-year-old Chappell can.
After two consecutive 1:52 victories at Tioga Downs Opan Heart vanquished the best harness racing pacers on the grounds at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 9. Jimmy Marohn, Jr., who has handled the 7-year-old son of American Gigolo in his previous victories over the Nichols, NY five-eighths mile oval, again got the driving assignment from trainer Jim Perry and together Opan Heart and Marohn now have three consecutive wins.
Opan Heart returned home to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon in the featured harness racing condition pace, and the 6-year old son of Ameripan Gigolo - Panic Depressive equaled his lifetime mark.
The pacers Pickmeamerigold, Rock Man, as well as harness racing drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Howard Okusko, Jr. all bathed in the limelight during Friday night's program at Vernon Downs.
Pickmeamerigold blossomed into the second five-time winner of the 2010 harness racing season at Vernon Downs following a 1:53.4 effort in Thursday night's (June 17) $9,100 featured eighth event.
Bay Of Sharks equaled the Vernon Downs record for 4-year-old pacing horses with his 1:50.2 clocking after winning Saturday night's $9,000 featured sixth race.
After a pair of first round battles at Maywood Park action in The Ideal Society shifted to Balmoral Park on Wednesday night. With a total of 22 pacers dropped into the box these colts and geldings were split into a trio of $6,500 events.
Opan Heart and Jimmy Marohn Jr. established a new lifetime mark at Tioga Downs on Saturday night. The duo took control of the field as they passed the three-eights mile pole and quickly gave way to Clooney Drummond and Mike Merton at the half mile mark in 56.2.