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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - As soon as Gettin Messi found the front end it was all clear sailing as he captured the fastest division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was in the driver's seat behind the championship trotter in his $5,700 three-year-old trotting division as Gettin Messi stopped the clock in 1:59.1. Len McGuigan trains the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. Mile Hill Willie was a popular winner in his split winning in 1:59.2 as the heavy favorite for driver Gilles Barrieau and owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The other $5,700 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old bout was won by Lil Miss Winnie who capitalized on breaks in stride by race favorites Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee) and Ya Boy Bear (Marc Campbell). With those two out of it, the Ralph Annear trained Lil Miss Winnie cruised to a 2:01.4 win for driver Kenny Arsenault and owner Steven Sorrie of Montague. In two-year-old P.E.I. Colt Stakes trot action, Mabou Ridge continued his divisional dominance for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. The Armbro Barrister colt trotted to a new lifetime best of 2:01.3 in the $7,700 stake. The other rookie trot division saw Tad The Stud filly Dusty Lane Manney prevail in a maiden score of 2:05.4 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Joe Baxter and Nova Scotia owners Danica Ellis, Sheila Clarke, Mark Dean and Ray Cruz. Live racing continues Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown featuring a doubleheader of P.E.I. Colt Stakes races in pacing action. Post times are 12:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. for those programs. By Nicholas Oakes,for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With his regular harness racing driver out of town, Tequila Tuesday will take a shot at the biggest purse of the season for rookie trotters Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the $18,700 Blair Andrew Memorial two-year-old trot stake lining up in race 4. Tequila Tuesday is the morning line choice from post 5 with Jason Hughes driving this week in the absence of regular driver Myles Heffernan Sr. The son of Armbro Barrister will look to add to his $18,856 in seasonal earnings for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Westview Star has rail control in the field of seven with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass. Mykindofparty found his first lifetime win in stakes action last week and draws post 2 this outing with Gary Chappell at the controls. Also in the class is Sailing Home (Driven by Adam Merner), Incredible Hally (Marc Campbell), Go With Her (Kuri White), and Mack Truck (Gilles Barrieau). The Open trot lines up behind the starting gate in race 8 for a $2,350 purse. Freddie was a winner at this level in his last start and will leave from post 7 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Majian Gilroy sports an impeccable record of five wins and two seconds from nine seasonal starts. Jim Ripley will drive Majian Gilroy from post 4. Star Photo has post 6 in the top trot with three straight top-three finishes for driver Hughes. The top pace of the evening is in the race 12 finale with seven pacing mares competing for a $2,300 purse. One Hot Camshaft is the morning line favourite for driver Ken Murphy, co-owner and trainer Frank Hansen and co-owner Curtis Hansen of Tyne Valley. The daughter of Camshaft Hanover drops out of the Fillies and Mares Open this week. Imagine Speed has rail control with Hughes at the lines while Julep Hanover gets post 6 for driver Wade Myers. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was mega stakes Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and a number of harness racing win streaks were reduced to rubble on the afternoon card. The 15-dash card had a stakes event in every race and the win streaks starting falling in the first event of the day. The Callbeck Memorial Stakes for two-year-old trotters was part of the card and race 1 had Ticked (Myles Heffernan) make a break and missed the winner's circle for the first time in his young career. That $4.700 division was captured by Windemeredonyuworry for so-owner, trainer and driver Terry Gallant with Eric Johnston of Summerside sharing ownership of the two-year-old son of Armbro Barrister. A Pure Heart was a winner in 2:05.3 in his $4,700 split for trainer-driver Danny MacDonald and owners Boyd Macdonald Produce Lltd of Crapaud, Dan Ross of Belfast and Brian Andrew of Milton Station. Oceanview Eunomia scored a maiden breaking victory in 2:07 for driver Walter Cheverie, and owner-trainer William Roloson of Belfast. Buckaroo (Campbell) tasted defeat for the first time in his career finishing second in that race. Sock It Away maintained his undefeated season winning his $5,400 division of the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:58.2 with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The son of Pang Shui defeated second place Oceanview Magnum (Marc Campbell) for that colt's first career loss. Half Cut won the fastest division in 1:57.4 with Mark Bradley in the bike behind the two-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Kyle Gardiner and Michael Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry Mackinnon of St. Peter's Bay. The other $5,400 divisions were won by Big Talking Man (Ken Murphy) in 1:58.3, Tobins Optimism (Barrieau) in 2:00 and Dustylansam (Gordie Hennessey) in a 2:01 victory. The Callbeck Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies had four divisions with R Es Shabla delivering as the heavy favourite in her division in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Mike McGuigan and owner Lloyd Parsons of Carmanville, N.L. Scarlet Desire was a 1:59.2 winner in her split for trainer-driver Campbell while the other divisions were claimed by Windemereimalright (Clare MacDonald) in 2:01.1 and Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) in 2:00.3. In the $4,600 splits of the Maple Leaf Trot for three-year-olds, Miss Meala Ridge won her division for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owner Gerard Moulins of Summerside, while snapping Windemerepartyman's (Jack Panting) win streak at two. Pappy Go Go continued his undefeated season in his Maple Leaf trot division winning in 2:02.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Majian Tango claimed the other division in 2:01.4 for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst. Live racing at Red Shores Summerside continues Wednesday evening at 7 P.M. with a 13-race card on the books. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

A few fresh faces along with the top stallions in Atlantic Canadian harness racing dot the list of eligible horses for the 2016 Atlantic Sires Stakes breeding season. A total of 21 studs are paid into the program with the deadline on Jan. 31 to pay horses in for the breeding season, though late nominations can be made. On the trot side, the sire of the top money earning two-year-old trotter of the 2015 season is back in the game after a one-year hiatus from the program. Neal is back at stallion duty for Meridian Farms of Milton after siring top two-year-old trotter High Bid. From just his first racing crop in 2015, Neal, a grand circuit stakes winner in his own right, sired five stakes winners from just eight foals. A new addition to the program for 2016 is Striking Lindsey, standing at Blair Campbell's Camco Farms in North Wiltshire. The 10-year-old son of Striking Sahbra was a winner of 18 races and $628,128 in purses while taking a mark of 1:54.1 at Mohawk Raceway. He was trained exclusively by Gregg McNair in his career, while winning a $120,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final and finishing second in the $300,000 O.S.S. Super Final. The horse is owned by Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. Tad The Stud returns to stud for another year at Meridian Farms. The Windsong's Legacy stud has his first crop of 12 two-year-olds currently training down while he bred 14 mares last season. Millionaire trotter Armbro Barrister also returns at Meridian Farms for 2016. The richest son of Malabar Man, Armbro Barrister bred 26 mares during the 2015 season. Black River stands in Kensington for owners Sandra and Garth Cole. The 19-year-old son of Donerail has a long list of top stakes performers, including Maritime champions like 2005 champion two-year-old trotter Maple Leaf Noble, 2004 champion Dunmore TCB, 2006 champion Dunmore TKO and 2004-2005 champion Rustico Red River. The trotting side has a real rarity as the sires of both 2015 Atlantic Breeders Crown trot final winners are not paid into the program for the 2016 breeding season. Paymenowpaymelater captured the three-year-old Atlantic Breeder's Crown trot last season but her sire, Northern Bailey, is no longer standing stud on P.E.I. and is not paid into the program after being sold to Wisconsin. Northern Bailey had been one of the most successful trot stallions in the past eight years of the program with Maritime champions Waiting On A Woman, Oceanview Kate, Seanchai, JK Blaze, Tyne Valley, My Daisy Duke and Rash Statement. Not to mention Est Non Ila Dulcis, the fastest Maritime Bred trotter ever in the Maritimes. Northern Bailey bred 11 mares in 2015 while standing at Camco Farms. Last year's two-year-old trot winner Glencove Zani also has his father, Bo W, absent from the program this breeding season. Owned by Carl Bagnall of Stratford, Bo W had just one foal in 2015 and was bred to four mares. Besides Glencove Zani, Bo W has also sired 2012 Maritime Champion Sweetwater Rukkus. Also missing from the program after standing in 2015 is Delcrest Julian. Last season was the first year at stud for the son of Oaklea Julian, who bred just four mares while stationed at Meridian Farms. Next week, we will take a look at the pacing side of the 2016 stallion roster. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of the theguardian.pe.ca  website  

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