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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Red Magician will look to work his magic off the rail in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Ken Murphy will drive Red Magician from post 1 in the race 11 $1,800 feature pace for trainer Clarkie Smith and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut son of Badlands Hanover had been racing in Ontario for trainer Paul Mackenzie and was a winner his last start out in 1:55.2 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Red Magician in his East Coast debut. "We don't know anything about this guy but his recent form at Grand River should tell you all you need," MacIsaac said. "He has a pair of wins in the 1:54-1:55 range in the past month, and a spot on the pylons for his local debut. Top call." The race has some entries that can pace right with Red Magician, as Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) has post 6. He made breaks in his last two races while free-legged but trainer Jackie Matheson qualified the horse in 1:58.1 last week with hopples on and could return to the 1:55 form he showed in his first few P.E.I. starts. Beckenbauer (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, fresh off a 1:55.4 romp Governor's Plate night at the Summerside Raceway. Other entries include IDK (Vincent Poulton), Windemere Express (Mike McGuigan), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson) and Rymar Sporty (Gary Chappell). Frill Seeker is the one to beat in the seven-horse Open Trot class, which lines up in race 5 for a $1,850 purse. Trainer Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike behind Frill Seeker from post 2 for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding was an impressive winner in his Island debut with a 10-length victory in 1:59.2 last Friday in Summerside. He will battle with the veterans of the top trot, Abundaspin and Zip The Lip, who have virtually dominated the class the past two years. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 5 while Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) will leave from post 6. The field also includes Song Dream (Vaughan Doyle), Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Lyrical Lindy (Walter Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 8 for a $1,400 purse with Rymar Romeo favoured for trainer-driver and co-owner Steven Murphy and fellow Island co-owner Ambrose Gillis and Nova Scotian Shawn MacLennan. Other top entries in that race include Astronomical Union (Arsenault), Umiztagoodthing (Todd Walsh) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE- It was June 11, 2008 at Summerside Raceway, Outlawpositivcharg was making his first start on Maritime soil. The lower-end claimer had shipped in from Edmonton to the Terry Gallant Stable. He picked up a going away victory in his first start, and what he would do over the next six years would grab the heart of every Maritime racing fan around. The 'Outlaw' would go on to win his next five races including the biggest win of Gallant's driving and training career. His first ever Governor's Plate. "There were memorable moments all the way around," as Gallant recalled his first plate win. "From my mother, to the first time winning my hometown race and it was the first time owner Fred Lamont had a horse in the Governor's Plate." That night was the last night Gallant's mother ever walked. Outlawpositivcharg landed on P.E.I. after Gallant made a call to the former Island native Lamont. Gallant was curious to see if he may have an open mare out in Alberta that would do in P.E.I, Lamont did and her name was K G Affair. "I had no idea this horse was coming when Fred put him on the truck in Edmonton, he called me two days later and said, ' I hope you have two stalls, because I sent you another horse (with K G Affair)." Gallant made some shoeing adjustments and it was straight forward from there. "In his first start I had K G Affair's hopples on him and the wrong set of harness on him, because I didn't know which harness was whose. Fred came home the next week and told me I had the wrong rigging on him." It was after his very first start Gallant knew he had a special horse on his hands. "After his first start I told Fred that I have a real horse here," he said. "The next day Dr. Ian Moore came up and he was working on another horse for me. Ian had Astronomical at the time, and I pointed at Outlaw and said, 'I'm coming for you with that horse." Four starts later, Gallant was right, Outlawpositivcharg beat Astronomical on the way to his first Governor's Plate. "Without a doubt that was my biggest win with him. There's nothing that will ever compare to that win for me, not even winning the Little Brown Jug." When Lamont purchased the horse as a three-year-old he didn't know what he had on his hands. "It never ever crossed my mind that he was that type of horse, before that race," Lamont said. The 10-year-old gelded son of Blissfull Hall - Electromagnetic is owned by Lamont of Calgary, AB. He finished his career with 155 starts, returning back to the winner circle 47 times, a lifetime mark of 1:54 over Charlottetown and banked $ 168, 818 in earnings. Although he grabbed the heart of people around the Maritime scene, it was in the winter of 2008 when he grabbed the heart of his long time groom Ashley Gamester. "I knew right from the start that he was a special horse, he had already done a lot in the Maritimes when I started to look after him," she said. "I fall in love pretty easy, but after he won his first few races in 2009, I fell for him pretty hard." Gamester said 'Outlaw' was always the boss of the barn and he knew it. "He was always first in line, whether it be the first to be fed, or the first to get out in the paddock. He loved to bunt people with his head." Outlaw was the type of horse that you couldn't take your eyes off of, she explained. "He would always have his back feet going, pretending he was going to kick you, although he never would. He always loved to chew the cords off of my radios too, I think he chewed four or five cords off the first summer I looked after him." Gamester said she didn't mind having to go buy a new radio every so often. "Being as good of a horse as he was, he got away with pretty much everything. He may have been a little spoiled." Gamester's work with Outlawpositvcharg didn't go unnoticed. "You're only as good as your help. Everyone that took care of him always done what was asked, some of them went out on a limb and done a lot more, especially Ashley," said Gallant. " She was the one that knew him the best, she'd let him do whatever he wanted." The 22-year-old Gamester credits Outlaw for teaching her some valuable lessons, not only in life but the game of harness racing too. "It was pretty special to be able to look after a horse like Outlaw. I learned so much from looking after him," she said. "I'm very thankful to Terry and Fred for giving me the opportunity to look after him. It was just an awesome feeling to walk him out of the paddock knowing he was going to give you all he had every time he went behind the gate." Gallant is proud of what Outlaw has done for six consecutive seasons, but he is very thankful that Lamont allowed him to be part of such a special horse. Lamont said the ride was one filled with many thrills. "Six years of major, major thrills. Every time you went and watched him he tried his best, most times he was the best, which made life so much more enjoyable being in the horse business." Dubbed the "East Coast Warrior" by track announcer Vance Cameron, Outlawpositivcharg's numbers while in the Maritimes, speak for themselves. He will retire as one of the toughest horses to ever race in the free-for-all ranks. While racing under the care of Gallant in the Maritimes, he picked up 42 of his 47 lifetime victories. He had over 10 invitational victories including the Exhibition Cup, Breeders Crown Invitational, Cecil Ladner and the JA Ferguson Memorial in North Sydney where he set a new track record of 1:55. He competed in the Gold Cup and Saucer in 2008 finishing fifth, the next year he was third in the James 'Roach' MacGregor, Gold Cup consolation. His last victory came on May 16, 2013 at Charlottetown in 1:56.2. "The day that horse retired, I haven't been the same horseman since the horse left the barn," said Gallant. The "East Coast Warrior" has been the driving force behind many of Cameron's 'Boom Just Like That!' race calls and he is also the only horse to ever win back-to-back Governor's Plates. "It was big because he made history, becoming the first horse to win it two years in a row. It doesn't compare to the first one. We were happy to win it don't get me wrong, we were happy to win any race with him." He tried his luck at the Plate six times and made an appearance in the final of the Governor's Plate an incredible four times, after his back-to-back victories he picked up a 3rd in 2010 and a 2nd in 2011. On Saturday July 19, 2014 the Outlaw will take one last tour around the Summerside oval that he called home. He will parade the consolation for the Governor's Plate. Outlaw will then enjoy retirement on P.E.I., which is more than deserving for the horse that grabbed every Maritime race fans heart over his six years of racing under the duo of Lamont and Gallant. Just how much did he mean to Gallant, who seen Outlaw for the first time since last August on Thursday. "When I went to pick him up there were tears in my eyes, that's what kind of a ride I was on," he said. "I don't have a son, but I'll tell you, If I had one I wish it'd be just like him." by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Narragansett and Jason Hughes captured the $1,900 featured Canada Day pace during racing action Tuesday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Hughes used a hard first-over grind to wear down pacesetter Lisfinny (Norris Rogers), after laying down fractions of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:27.1. Narragansett got up to score a four-length victory in 1:56, with PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) second and Lisfinny third. Narragansett is trained by Hughes for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The $1,700 back-up pace went to McMaverick in 1:59.2 for driver Ken Murphy and owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. SA Summers Luck (Gary Chappell) was second with Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) third. I Aint No Lady captured the afternoon's $1,200 trot class in 2:02.1, upsetting heavily-favoured Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), with Scarlet Patti (Darryl MacLean) third. I Aint No Lady was driven by Corey MacPherson for trainer Garth Cole and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Hughes doubled up on the final race of the card, winning with McJestic for trainer Troy Murray in 1:57.1, while Marc Campbell scored a driving triple with Astronomical Union (1:58), Casimir Luciano (1:57.3) and OK Chivas (1:58.3). Driver MacPherson had two wins, with the second coming with Bad Date in 1:58.3, while Chappell and trainer Willis Silliker teamed up for a driving-training double with Canaco Paso (2:00.2) and Ultimate Success (1:57.3). Other winners include Modern Girl (Mike Stevenson) in 1:59.4., Miracleonthehudson (Rogers) in 2:00.2 and Bloomins Last (Walter Cheverie) in 2:00.4. Total wager for the 13-dash card was $20,974. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Keith Linton Memorial champion Premium Stock added another stakes win to his resume on Sunday at Fraser Downs as he was three lengths the best in the $15,000 Wendell Smith Memorial Stake. Local horseman Jim Marino trains, drives and co-owns the lightly raced three-year-old gelding with Cameron Gardner of Cloverdale, B.C. Leaving from post six in the seven-horse field, favourite Premium Stock established the early lead during a :28.3 opening quarter, but gave way to second choice Astronomical Storm (Scott Knight), who advanced from third during the second panel. Premium Stock then played "follow the leader" through middle splits of :58.2 and 1:27.2 before surging by down the stretch for the 1:57.2 triumph. Astronomical Storm stayed for second while Four Diamonds (Travis Bowman) came on for third. To read the rest of the story click here.

Old Home Week is here and gone but racing returns to Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Thursday evening with a 7 pm first race post time. The card has 12-dashes on tap with the $2,000 feature in the finale. Astronomical Union has the rail for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Astronomical four-year-old was a winner in 1:55.2 two starts ago but will face off with Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) from post 5 after scoring a 1:55.3 win in his last outing. The red hot Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie) has post 8 and boasts three wins and a second from his last four starts. Other entries are Roscoes Child (Brodie MacPhee), Block Party (Gilles Barrieau), Camcun (Kenny Arsenault), Donna Conda (Mike McGuigan) and IDK (Vincent Poulton). The evening back-up class goes in race 7 with King Of Rock picked to win for driver Campbell, trainer Darren Trainor and owners Barry, Kevin and Trevor Doyle of Earnescliffe. Other top entries include Artist List (Garry MacDonald), Rivervue Jameen (Barrieau) and Every Day (Brian Andrew). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a purse of $1,100 with BJ Eldorado favored from post 5 for driver Arsenault, trainer Bert Honkoop and owner Robert Honkoop of Souris. The six-year-old son of Meadowagogo will face challenges from stable mate BJ High Meadow (Bert Honkoop) and Dunmore Alpha (Steven Shepherd). Live racing continues Saturday night at 6 pm in Charlottetown, and 1 pm at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway featuring the Joe O'Brien stake for two-year-old colt pacers and the Lady Slipper stake for two-year-old filly pacers. by Nicholas Oakes  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - What looks to be a closely matched bunch will show down in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Le Fugueur has drawn the rail in the $1,850 race 11 event and looks to be the favorite for P.E.I.'s leading driver, Marc Campbell, trainer Darren Trainor and owner Jennifer Trainor. The Omar Khayam seven-year-old won his last two starts and has another hot horse on his outside, with Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton) from post two. Cabo Pan Lucas has won his last three starts, with his latest victory a 1:57.2 upset of Governor's Plate finalist First Art Down. Last week's Thursday night feature winner, Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson), is shouldered with the far outside in the eight-horse affair. Other entries are Astronomical Union (Brodie MacPhee), Painted Pony (Mark Bradley), Miracle Matts (Blois MacPhail), Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) and Capitalism (Jason Hughes). A field of eight conditioned trotters will square off in race 4 with CDP veteran Saulsbrook Balance drawing post 4 for driver Willie Murphy, co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. The eight-year-old son of Nikes Image was a runner-up his last start to Zip The Lip, who moves up a class with that win. His absence makes Saulsbrook Balance the one to beat but he is sure to face challenges from post 2 starter BJ Eldorado (Kenny Arsenault) and Delta Dental (Ron Gass) from post 7. Also in the field is Ashotinthedark (Joey Pineau), BJ Carmalyta (Bert Honkoop), Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood), Fire Opal Hanover (Paul Morrison), and Scarlet Patti (Darryl MacLean). The $1,550 back-up pace goes in race 9 with Machinthesand drawing post 4 for driver MacPhee, trainer Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings and Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton. The Mach Three pacer was a winner his last start in 1:56.2 with MacPhee in the bike. Other top entries are War Cry Ranger (Brian Andrew) from the rail, Scootin Art (Corey MacPherson) and Lyndale Royal (Brian MacPhee). Live racing continues on P.E.I. with a card Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Charlottetown, and Sunday at 1 pm at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway featuring the first $4,000 divisions of the Premiers Pace series. All the action will be streamed live from Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Artners In Crime enjoyed a masterful Ron Matheson steer to win the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. Matheson left out to make front in the $1,750 event and carved out fractions of 28, 58.2, and 1:28.1 before notching a three-quarter length advantage over Windemere Nancy (Mike McGuigan) in 1:58.1. Camcun (Jason Hughes) rounded out the triactor. Minor shares went to Astronomical Union and Panacotta. Artners In Crime, paying $25.20 to win, is owned by Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and trained by Jack Matheson. It was the second driving win of the night for Ron and the second training winner for Jack. The evening trot class was won by Zip The Lip in 2:00.3 for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Don Sweet and owner The Estate of Melvin Willis. Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) was second, with Scarlet Patti (Darryl MacLean) third. The $1,550 back-up pace was won by Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton) in 1:57.2 as he scored an upset over First Art Down (Walter Cheverie), with Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) third. Fastest winners on the night were Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) in a blistering 1:55.3, and Miracle Matts (Blois MacPhail) in 1:56. Trainer Tom Weatherbie also scored a training double with Regal One (John Holmes) in 2:01.3 and So Much To Say (Lenny Myers) in 1:59.4. Total wager for the 12-dash card was $30,377. By Nicholas Oakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Veteran pacer Outlawpositivcharg will face off with some younger competition Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Race 12 will feature nine-year-old Outlawpositivcharg with post 7 in the eight horse $1,950 showdown. Terry Gallant will drive the Blissfull Hall pacer for trainer Thane Mann and owner Fred Lamont of Calgary. From post 2 is Astronomical Union, who has been sharp so far in his four-year-old campaign and enlists the driving services of Mark Bradley for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reginald MacPherson of Stratford. Another real threat comes from the rail with Camcun, who has Jason Hughes in the bike subbing in for trainer Kenny Arsenault who is racing in Truro that night. Other entries are Samba Hanover (Norman Myers), Windemere Nancy (Mike McGuigan), Matt Trapper (Brian Andrew), Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson), and Panacotta (Blaine Baglole). Zip The Lip is likely to go off as the favorite from post 5 in the race 4 $1,300 trot class for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Donald Sweet and owner the estate of Melvin Willis. The speedy trotter just posted a qualifying win of 1:59.4 Saturday in Charlottetown, but had been plagued with breaking problems in his previous starts. He will look for redemption Thursday but joins up with respectable company including Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) from post 2 and Duvar Road (Myers) from post 7. Other entries include Mile Hill Belle (Paul Morrison), Scarlet Patti (Darryl MacLean), BJ Eldorado (Walter Cheverie), BJ High Meadow (Bert Honkoop), and Diamond Mine (Bradley). The $1,550 race 7 back-up class features Governor’s Plate finalist First Art Down favoured from post 6 for driver Cheverie, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The Articulator pacer posted a mile in 1:55.2 over Red Shores Summerside while finishing sixth in the $22,000 Governor’s Plate final. His biggest challenges look to come from Ultimate Faith (Hughes) and Pembroke Fella (MacPhee). Live racing continues on P.E.I. with a card Saturday night at 6 pm in Charlottetown and Sunday at 1 pm at Red Shores Summerside with the first leg of the Erwin Andrew Memorial for aged trotting mares. by Nicholas Oakes  

HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway will be flooded with two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, July 20 as the popular Grey County oval hosts 10 Grassroots divisions. Seawind Hercules makes just his second Grassroots start on Saturday, but comes into the race off an impressive runner-up finish in the July 6 event at Georgian Downs. Paisley resident Vicki Gregg conditions the son of Mister Big and taught the gelding his early lessons over the Hanover Raceway oval. Seawind Hercules finished second in a June 15 qualifier at his local oval and third in a maiden event on June 22. The gelding, a half-brother to $781,873 winner Astronomical, was an $8,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Gregg shares ownership of Seawind Hercules with David Carson of Listowel and Anthony Haughan will steer the novice pacer from Post 5 in the eleventh race. Local colt May To For makes his Grassroots debut in the eleventh race, starting from Post 3 for trainer-driver Terry Fritz of Walkerton and owner-breeder Douglas Beckett of Tara. The Royal Mattjesty son prepped for the event with a June 6 qualifier, finishing second, and a June 13 overnight event at Hanover, where he logged a sixth-place result from the outside Post 7. In the seventh race, three of the division point leaders will battle for top spot in the point standings. Cheeky Fool and driver Scott Coulter get Post 2, Trevor Henry steers Major Starlight from Post 5, and Yves Filion will guide Victor Bayama from the trailing Post 8. Post time for Hanover Raceway’s Saturday evening program is 7:30 pm and the two-year-old pacing colts will impress local fans in Races 3 through 12. For entries click here by Sandra Snyder  

Fillies are the featured entertainment at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 1 as the Campbellville oval welcomes the two and three-year-old pacing fillies for Ontario Sires Stakes action and hosts two Miss Versatility divisions for their older trotting peers.

Astronomical Union and harness racing driver Marc Campbell captured the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Astronomical Union will look to land himself in the harness racing winner's circle in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 harness racing and galloping inductees.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people, including 15 thoroughbred racing candidates and 15 harness racing candidates have been selected to appear on the ballot.

Every harness racing stable throughout the world has unsung heroes who do the hard yards at weird hours, carrying out those unmentionable little jobs that ultimately lead to the well-being and smooth running of each barn.

Serge Savard, the former Montreal Canadiens standout defenceman and General Manger, is looking to add a different kind of 'Cup' to his collection on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. The 65-year-old Savard has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup eight times as a player, but he's hoping to add his name to the list of winners of the Pepsi North America Cup, the continent's richest harness racing three-year-old pacing event.

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