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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Double Joy is finding that shuffling off to harness racing at Buffalo was the right move.   After departing Freehold Raceway in the end of April, Double Joy ($7.80) has been finding her new digs at Buffalo Raceway to her liking as she won her second straight with an easy 2-1/4 length victory over Voltina in the $8,200 event for the distaff pacers on Wednesday night (May 31).   In posting a seasonal best of 1:54.4 over the fast track, Double Joy has now a pair of victories, a second and a third place finish in her four appearances over the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Double Joy rocketed off the starting gate for driver Larry Stalbaum and they set the fractions of 28.0, 56.2 and 1:25.3 while the favored Voltina (Kevin Cummings) got the pocket trip.   In the race for home, Double Joy's lead was never in jeopardy as she smartly paced to the wire and scored the impressive win. Voltina managed to hang on for second while Who Says That (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Owned by Irwin Kaplan and trained by Bo Sowers, it was the ninth victory in 21 tries this season for Double Joy (Armbro Deuce-Jenna's Joy). The 6-year-old mare has earned $25,675 in 2017 and $154,970 lifetime.   Stalbaum continued his winning ways at Buffalo Raceway as he put another four victories on the board while Jim Morrill Jr. and Drew Monti added a pair apiece. Trainers Kim Asher, JD Perrin and Sowers each doubled.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled. There's a $972 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When Monster Cantab ($20.40) crossed the finish line in Buffalo Raceway's sixth race on Friday night (Feb. 23), it gave harness racing  trainer Philip 'Bo' Sowers his 1,000th career victory.   "It now puts me in a category that I never thought I'd ever reach when I started training," Sowers said of hitting that magical plateau.   Back in 2002, Sowers was training four horses as a hobby in Maine but this wife suggested he start doing it full time.   "I was driving a truck from 8 to 5 every day and wasn't enjoying it," he said. Now with 1,000 wins in the books and almost $3 million in purse earnings, Sowers is sure glad he made the switch.   While getting most of his victories in Maine at Scarborough and Bangor race tracks, Sowers was a little apprehensive about making the move to Buffalo Raceway this winter.   "I was asked by the Mo Coo Stables the past few years if I wanted to go to Buffalo Raceway and train," Sowers said. "I kept turning it down until this year and I am very happy I came here. I wondered how I'd be treated here because I was a newcomer but everyone has been absolutely great. They've welcomed me and have made me feel right at home. It's a closeness here like I felt back in Maine."   Sowers added that he'll be starting his quest for 2,000 victories in Western New York. "We have over 20 horses here and my wife and I decided a few days ago that we will be staying at Buffalo Raceway throughout the season. We love it here."   Osprey Vision ($9.10) wasn't going to be denied in Buffalo Raceway's first co-featured $8,200 trot as he gamely held off Kadabrasnewrecruit by a neck in 2:00.0 over the fast track.   In the second $8,200 trot, Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) was able to power by the pace-setting Northern Matador in the stretch and post the mild $11.60 upset in 1:58.3.   David McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. each tripled while John Cummings Jr. had two wins.   David McNeight Jr. and Gerry Sarama had two training victories each.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race program set for 6 p.m. There is a $1,034 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The 2016 Scarborough Downs harness racing meet opened up to rave reviews on Saturday (3/26) with a generous mix of full fields, speedy miles and blanket finishes on full display, as the enthusiastic opening day crowd roared it's approval. The undisputed stars of the day were trainer Philip "Bo" Sowers and driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who both recorded four wins on the ten race program. The tandem serving notice right from the very first race that this combination of talent would stand as a force to be reckoned with in state of Maine harness racing this season. Davis utilized a patient strategy to claim victory with Clubber Lang, a newcomer to the Sowers roster, sitting a stalking third in the early going of the opening race, before igniting the after burners through a powerful 28-second third quarter, to extend out to an insurmountable lead before coasting to an open-lengths margin timed in 1:56.1. Davis also engineered the winning strategy with two other new arrivals to the Sowers' barn (Body Guard and Lady's Bag Man), before concluding his grand slam day with a victorious nail-biter as Cool Runnings, a member of his own stable, held off a hard charging Sandy Barbie Legacy (Louis Gassbarro, III) by a head at the wire. Sowers' fourth win came in the $6000 feature race event with the 12-year-old veteran, Noble's Grand Slam (Ron Cushing), upsetting the top class contestants at 13-1 odds. With the first of 101 scheduled race cards now in the books, the staff and horsemen at the seaside oval look forward to bringing continued fast paced action to the fans with tomorrow's (3/27) Easter Sunday card set to head to post at 1:30 PM. Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (May 23, 2015) - Making his very first state of Maine start on Saturday (5/23), Only The Lonely with harness racing driver Eddie Davis, Jr., just missed equaling one of the oldest Track Records on the Scarborough Downs books when they stopped the tele-timer in 1:54.1. The effort came within whiskers of matching Prince Ebony's standard for aged stallions set during the 1990 edition of The Presidents Pace, Scarborough's then marquee invitational, with driver Ron Pierce getting the entry home in 1:54 flat. The mile was the fastest recorded yet in 2015 at the Downs. Only The Lonely is the latest addition to the roster of Scarborough's 2014 Trainer of the Year, Bo Sowers and is owned by David MacDonald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The five-year-old son of Western Ideal was insistently driven to an early lead through a contentious 28 second opening panel and maintained that front-seat advantage throughout, coasting to a 6-1/4 length margin at the wire, pretty much under wraps. We've got a feeling that Prince Ebony's ancient standard which has stood the test of time for nearly 25 years, may be in jeopardy soon with this new fleet stallion setting up shop at the Downs. Live harness racing is featured weekly at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards going to post at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) while the popular Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Saturday, July 05, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/5) as the harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers took center stage in three splits for total purses in excess of $30,000. Shurfine BabyCate (Michael Cushing) posted a minor upset of sorts to kick stakes competition off on Saturday as she managed to secure the lead past the quarter mile marker after a total of three fillies jockeyed for early position through a series of retake maneuvers. From that point, she never looked back as the daughter of Fast Company coasted to the win en route to breaking her maiden in a fleet 2:00.4. Shurfine BabyCate is owned in partnership by Donald Tranten and Michael Cushing. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) was second; On Wings Of Silver (Wallace Watson) was third. Princess Wave (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) withstood a judges' inquiry in the second division after a brief misstep at the 3/8th-pole raised the question of the possibility of a breaking rule violation. When the judges completed their review, however, she was found to be in compliance, thereby securing her second straight win and remaining undefeated on the year. The daughter of Armbro Wave, owned by Tony Dearborn of Exeter, Maine, paced the mile in 2:02.1. Danvile Sweetheart (Eddie Davis, Jr.) was placed second after the original runner up, Big Bad Rose, was convicted of a pylon-rule violation. Shady Touch (Michael Cushing) was elevated to the third place showing. Making her first start from the powerful Bo Sowers stable, LP's Shyla, mounted a strong rally effort to crash the board at 50-1 odds, keying huge mutuels, featuring a $518 exacta and a $1,380 trifecta. The daughter of SouthwindMountain is owned by her former trainer, David Miller, and broke her maiden on Saturday in an extremely brisk 2:00.3. Mary Rose Of Topaz (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) was second; while Your Special (Drew Campbell) faded to third. In other news: Drew Campbell maintained his dominance over an extremely deep drivers' colony, scoring four wins on the twelve-race program helping to cement his lead in the Scarborough drivers' standings. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to The Downs on Sunday (7/6) at 1:05 pm and features the 3-year old colt pacers, with an extended card featuring the 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. By Michael Sweeney

The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series has been taking annual weekend treks to New England for many years now with races in Maine and in Massachusetts but this season the Scarborough Downs race slated on Saturday, June 28 was cancelled. Still a race went to post at Bangor Raceway in Maine on June 27 and at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts on June 29. At Bangor "Sir Philip" Bo Sowers, who mostly trains and lets others do the driving, donned his driving colors and romped to an oh-so-easy victory with Motown Dreamgirl in a time of 2:01.1. Obviously the best on paper the 8 year old Keystone Nordic mare was sent off as an odds on favorite and she lived up to her billing when she took command early and then made every pole a winning one en route to victory, her fifth of the year. Although Peter "Sycamore Ventures" Gerry had a two-hole trip with Cantabmyway they had all the needed keeping Maine Muscle and Tony "the Capo" Verruso from getting second money in the event. Both trotters finished approximately two lengths behind the winner. Motown Dreamgirl is also trained by Sowers and owned by Standard Ventures. She paid just $2.20 for win. With the Saturday race cancelled the action moved to Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass. on Sunday afternoon. Six trotters went to past there that day and again the odds on favorite CSI What's My Name trotted to victory. His winning time was 1:58.3. Driver Dave" Steady as" Yarock sent the 9-year-old Tagliabue gelding toward the front and looked for a spot along the pylons which he found after the quarter pole behind the pace-setter, Rodeo Red and driver "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo. After following Faraldo past the half and up the backside Yarock moved CSI What's My Name out to challenge and they trotted to the front as they went by three quarters. Once on the lead Yarock's trotter rebuffed a late charge from LF Topaz and driver by "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli to score a 1-1/4 length triumph. Rodeo Red faded and finished third. It was the fourth victory of the season for CSI What's My Name who's co-owned by Yarock, Dave Glasser and Joel Golub. The trotter returned a $3.60 win mutuel. On Saturday July 5 Billings action will be featured over Historic Track in the Cradle of the Trotter. by John Manzi, for the C.K.G.Billings Driving Series

Fresh off his victory in the Cecil Ladner Memorial series, All Turain will look to win one of New Brunswick's most coveted races on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway.   In line to Brodie MacPhee, All Turain has drawn post three in the Walter Dale Memorial Pace that carries with it a $5,000 purse. Owned by Lee & Trevor Hicken of Prince Edward Island, the pacer had reeled of ten straight wins dating back to last year.   He tastes defeat only once this year to another Walter Dale starter, Art of Illusion who will bust the gate from post five for owner David MacDonald and driver Darren Crowe.   Stare Down will leave from post one for driver Mike Downey and owner Dr. Mitchell Downey. J Rs Hurricane and driver Lonny Stokes leaves from post two for owner Jean Belliveau and driver Lonny Stokes. Modern Xhibit will have young Dale Spence on board from post four for Jonah Moase.   Bo Sowers ships in with two starters. Along with Art Of Illusion, Terem Up Louie will have the outside post six and Bo is listed to drive the pacer. In all, twelve races will be carded that will also feature the latest leg of the handicapping challenge.   Post time for race one is 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Charlottetown, PE - The field is set for the rich Maritime Breeders Stakes final after eliminations were held Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card also featured the best horses on the East coast in the Cecil Ladner Memorial Series where All Turain tasted defeat for the first time since last September. Lovineveryminute went wire to wire in the first elimination for driver Todd Trites. The filly beat out favorite Elm Grove Inarush with Fleuje third. The time was a career best of 1:55.4 for trainer Earl Watts and owners River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. Pictonian Sareta claimed the second filly elimination in 1:57.3 for driver Mike Stevenson and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Outrageous Spirit and J J Mistress completed the triactor. Race favorite Saulsbrook Alana made a break attempting a three-wide move down the backstretch and finished fifth. Defending colt champion Dumas Walker won the first MBA elimination for three-year-colts for driver Myles Heffernan and his co-owner Jackie Heffernan of Glace Bay, N.S. while Settlement Request cruised to a 1:58.4 score for driver Gilles Barrieau in the other colt elimination. All Turian's winning streak ended at 10 when U.S. invader Art of Illusion won a division of the Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series in a dazzling 1:54.1 for driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax, N.S. It was his third win in a row for trainer Philip Bo Sowers. Astor was second with All Turain, who was roughed up early in the mile, finishing third. Machinthesand was victorious in the other Ladner elimination winning in 1:55 flat. Brodie MacPhee mapped out the trip from a challenging post 8 and wore down favorite Coral Snake in deep stretch to notch his second victory in a row for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton, PE. Jason Hughes enjoyed a big night at the office with four winners on the 13 dash card. Mike Stevenson recorded a hat-trick. Zip The Lip takes Summerside Open Trot SUMMERSIDE, PE – Zip The Lip made the most of the rain soaked oval Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Driven by Brian MacPhee in the $1,850 Open trot, Zip The Lip left from post 5 and sat the pocket behind post time favorite Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) through fractions of 30.3, 1:02.3 and 1:34 before getting up in the stretch for a 2:04.4 decision on a track rated three-seconds-off. Abundaspin was second with Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley) finishing third. Zip The Lip paid $8.40 to win, while the 5-1-3 winning triactor paid $115.70. Zip The Lip is co-owned and trained by Don Sweet and co-owned by Orville Willis, both of O’Leary. Race 2 on the afternoon had one of the biggest winning payouts in Island racing history when Bringhome Theblue tipped four wide up the backstretch to win in 2:04.4 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Blaine McKenna and owner William Andrew of Calgary. The Badlands Hanover gelding paid $262.60 on a $2 win ticket, while the exactor, triactor and superfecta wagers were all paid out at 5-all due to no winning tickets being sold. Eagle Jolt captured the $1,900 feature pace in 1:59 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell. Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault) was second with Onehotvett (Barrieau) third. Gary Chappell scored a driving triple on the card, while driving doubles went to Bradley and Campbell and a training double to conditioner Alan Taylor. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca bt Lee Drake and Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Saturday, June 07, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Kevin Switzer, Jr. served notice in the early going on Saturday that something special was about to happen at Scarborough Downs as the man in the blue and black colors pummeled an imposing driving colony into submission as he claimed the first of seven wins on the eleven race card. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. It also included top tallies in both Invitational events carded on the program. "Walter Case was always a driver I idolized growing up," Switzer remarked. "He had a talent to keep horses alive and it's great to be mentioned in his company. I had a little luck to go around combined with a little bit of talent, and I benefited from driving some good horses." Sky Keeper, took top honors in the 2nd edition of the $10,000 Triple Crown Trot, demolishing an eight-horse field by multiple lengths in a lifetime-equaling 1:58. The win marked the fourth of the season for the six-year-old son of Lockkeeper who is owned by Irwin Kaplin of Merrick, NY. This newcomer to the PineTreeState has forged his way to the forefront since joining the Bo Sowers stable after shipping in from the tough Saratoga circuit. Wolf's Milan (Eddie Davis, Jr) was a hard charging second while Neverdie (Michael Cushing) claimed the show dough. Trainer Bo Sowers, utilizing the lightning-hot Switzer in the sulky, claimed the third of four wins from his roster on Saturday in the $10,000 renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace with the classy veteran Art Of Illusion. Quick to the lead and to never look back, the son of Real Artist soared to victory timed in 1:53.2, the fourth fastest clocking ever recorded in the history of Scarborough Downs. A relative newcomer to the local scene since being acquired by owner David MacDonald of Halifax, NS, Art Of Illusion extended his undefeated streak in Maine to four-in-a-row with the impressive score. Burkentine Hanover (Drew Campbell) was second with Western Victory (Wallace Watson) rallying for third. "I thought I had a good shot with both of these horses today," Switzer reflected. "I want to thank Bo and Tammy Sowers for giving me some great horses to drive today and I want to thank my family for always standing behind me." Kevin Switzer, Jr. now moves into second place in the driver's leaders board with 46 wins, trailing Drew Campbell by three top tallies. Live racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday with a 4:30 post time; the summer schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, June 6, 2014) - Scarborough Downs is preparing to host overflow crowds on Saturday (6/7) as the focus of the world turns to Belmont Park and California Chrome's attempt at Triple Crown immortality. While awaiting the Belmont Stakes, the local fans will be treated to an afternoon of top-level harness racing excitement featuring two $10,000 invitationals; The renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace and the Triple Crown Trot. Burkentine Hanover has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Dirigo despite being bested in his most recent outing in Open competition at Bangor Raceway. The four-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, owned by Michele Nelson of Temple, Maine, looms off a convincing score at Plainridge Racecourse (1:51.4) just two starts back and a tantalizingly close third place showing in a leg of the Meadowlands' What A Baron series in April where he was raced timed in 1:49.3. Scarborough's leading driver, Drew Campbell, will sulky-sit for trainer Joseph Nelson and score from post two. Chief to contend will be the classy Art Of Illusion, who remains a perfect three for three in state of Maine competition, included therein, a three length besting of Burkentine Hanover just last weekend. Starting from post three and named the second choice on the morning line at 7-2 odds, this son of Real Artist will once again be handled by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for trainer Bo Sowers and cheered on by the Halifax, Nova Scotia contingent headed by owner David MacDonald. The $10,000 Dirigo Pace Invitational will be contested as race nine of the eleven race Scarborough program on Belmont Stakes Day and is made up as follows: 1. PRAMATIC LIFE ... (Driver TBA) ... 6-1 2. BURKENTINE HANOVER (Drew Campbell) 5-2 3. ART OF ILLUSION (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) 7-2 4. MAXINE'S MENACE (David Ingraham) 8-1 5 WESTERN VICTORY (Wallace Watson)10-1 6. COOL RUNNINGS (Eddie Davis, Jr.) 9-2 7. MR NICE GUY (Kevin Switzer). 5-1 Other events happening for Belmont Stakes Day at The Downs: The Downs Club will be open for a BBQ Chicken luncheon, catered by CVC Catering Group of South Portland, for $11.00, which includes meals tax and buffet gratuity. Reservations are recommended, call 207-883-3022. The Downs will also be giving away a $100 win wager to place on the Belmont Stakes race, along with many gift certificates donated by local businesses. Drawings are free to enter, and take place after race 9 on the live race program (must be 18+ to enter, and must be present to win). "We are so excited for this day to finally get here," said Susan Higgins, Scarborough Downs' marketing director. "Triple Crown races always bring us great crowds and give the local fans a chance to see the horse racing that is going on right in their own backyard. We've got an exciting line up on the track for Saturday, and if Chrome wins it, we want people to remember that they watched history here with us, at our iconic track. I'm already working on T-shirt artwork!" For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, May 2, 2014) - The eyes of the world are rightly focused on Louisville, Kentucky as Churchill Downs prepares to host the 140th edition of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (5/3), but here in Maine the local horseplayers will once again be flocking to Scarborough Downs to bask in the Derby Day experience with a down east twist. The gates at the Downs will swing open bright and early at 10:00 AM with pre-wagering on the Derby available all day long. A special live harness racing program gets under way at 2:00 PM culminating with the simulcast of the Run For The Roses, which is scheduled to go to post at approximate 6:25 PM. The live Scarborough race card will be headlined by the $8,000 Free For All pace which is slated for race five on the program, and Art Of Illusion, a newcomer to the state of Maine harness scene, will be gunning for his 2nd win in a row. Drew Campbell has been listed to drive the classy son of Real Artist by the meet's current top trainer, Bo Sowers, as the combo will look to match or exceed last week's dramatic local debut which resulted in the fastest mile so far this season with the clock stopped in a torrid 1:55.3 when the dust had settled. Art Of Illusion will line up against an accomplished field which includes; Cool Runnings (Eddie Davis, Jr) who will ride a 2-race win streak into battle, Mr Nice Guy (Kevin Switzer) a 2-time winner in Free For All competition already this season, Panchester United (Kevin Switzer, Jr.), who finished 2nd behind Art Of Illusion last weekend, and A Fool For Mark (Shawn Thayer), who will ride a 2-race win streak of his own to the races on Saturday. The Free For All anchors an extremely strong eleven race program on Saturday. Other events happening for Kentucky Derby Day at the Downs is the annual "Belle of the Derby" hat contest, where ladies vie for the title of "Most Creative" and "Most Elegant" hats in their Derby day attire. Registration is from 1 - 5 pm in the Downs Club. Special guest, fashion designer and judge of Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss World and Miss International, Ashley Lauren, will be one of three guest judges. The Downs Club is open for a dining buffet, catered by CVC Catering Group of South Portland. The Downs will also be giving away a $100 win wager to place on the Kentucky Derby. Drawing takes place after Race 10 on the live race program. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Saturday, April 26, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Eddie Davis, Jr. held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4/26), steering three down victory lane, but none more impressively than Art of Illusion, who grabbed top honors in the $8,000 Free-For-All. A newcomer to the State of Maine, Art of Illusion made his first start a winning one as Davis tried to grab the early lead, was repelled by a determined Mr. Nice Guy, before sitting patient at the pylons. In late stretch, daylight broke as a seam opened up at the rail and Art of Illusion, seeing the finish line in view, willed himself to the wire with Davis a mere passenger. Art of Illusion, trained by Bo Sowers, and recently acquired by David MacDonald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, stopped the clock in 155:3, fastest mile of the young season at the Downs. Live racing continues at Scarborough Downs on Sunday, 4/27, with a post time of 1:05 pm. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs          

The finalists for the Earl Avery Award, an honour given to a horse, horse person or personality, or horse racing event that best represents the New Brunswick harness racing industry over the past season, were announced on Saturday, February 1. This is the first year for the Earl Avery Award, which recognizes successes within the province or could also honour a distinguished horse or horse person and their accomplishments outside New Brunswick that brings recognition to the industry, both of which Avery himself did with distinction. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 17. The presentation will be made at the Fredericton Horseman’s Association Annual Awards Banquet and Wall of Fame ceremonies later this spring. The recipient of the Earl Avery Award will also receive a cheque for $1,000 in the name of a recognized charity that they have chosen. They will have an opportunity to present it to the charity on behalf of all horse people in New Brunswick. The creation of the Earl Avery Award and the prize is a collaboration between Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Horseman’s Associations in Woodstock, Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. The six finalists are: Bo Sowers - The Fredericton native was the 14th top-ranked trainer in North America in 2013. He had a .330 training average (640 starts - 129 wins - 99 seconds - 99 thirds). Sowers was also the top trainer in the State of Maine in all categories - wins, money and percentage. He returned home on July 1 and won the oldest running Free-For-All in Canada, the prestigious Walter Dale Memorial, with Malek Hanover. Chris Davies and Dusty Lane Oscar - The horse and his trainer became fan favourites in New Brunswick this past summer, winning 10 races in Fredericton and Saint John during a shortened harness racing season. Davies and his ever present smile and 'Hey bud, how’s it going?' attitude, along with his nine-year-old race horse Oscar, kept on winning this past summer and paced to a lifetime best of 1:57 over Fredericton, his 50th lifetime win. Dale Spence - He became a media sensation in New Brunswick in August after blazing Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John in a track record performance of 1:53.4 with Big League. The 1:53.4 mile was the fastest mile ever over a half-mile track in the province while breaking the longstanding track record. Making it more special was the fact that Big League was a New Brunswick homebred, who had his early beginnings in Saint John. Gilles Barrieau - He was the leading UDRS driver in North America in 2013 with a phenomenal .419 average (507 starts - 138 wins - 96 seconds - 64 thirds) finishing three percentage points ahead of another New Brunswick native, Drew Campbell (.416), who races primarily in Maine. Barrieau was the leading driver at both race tracks in New Brunswick and he also campaigned the top Maritime-bred two-year-old Tobins Fusion. Ivan Davies - Woodstock native Ivan Davies capped an undefeated season with the three-year-old trotting colt sensation Obrigado at Scarborough Downs in the $77,415 Maine Sires Stakes Championship Finals. Obrigado was undefeated in 13 starts in 2013 and earned over $100,000. Davies ended with the top two trotting colts in their division including Wakefield Fire, owned by his brother Owen and mother Donna. He has raced for a number of years in the New England States and has amassed 1,885 career driving wins and his horses have earned over $4.6 million. Janet Stevenson Davis - She was the winner of the 2013 Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s Service to Youth Award. The Service To Youth Award is given annually to an individual, farm, or organization who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients show exceptional assistance to existing HHYF programs or in their own successful efforts. The native of Fredericton, who now resides in Delaware, also co-owns and trained the three-year-old trotting colt Good Skies, who won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Stake at Harrington in July in a record time of 2:00.2. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcananda.ca

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Stayoutofmyaffair will be looking to deliver in the Tuesday evening top class as part of New Year's Eve celebrations at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program will get underway at 7 pm. Kenny Arsenault will drive the Jason Hughes trained seven-year-old daughter of Astreos in the race 11 $2,000 event for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. She was a bang-up second in the Saturday top class to Pinner, and with him absent from the Tuesday feature, the door is wide open. The post 3 starting Stayoutofmyaffair gets the nod from Race analyst Les MacIsaac. "She's been more than holding her own against the bearcats and gets to face a few today that are moving up and from an improved post over her last couple," MacIsaac said. "Top billing." She will face an evenly matched field with Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) from post 2, and classifier Gerard Smith's selection, Panacotta (Mark Bradley), with post 4. Also in the six horse field is Maine invader Mr Hallowell (Mike Stevenson) who is one of the fastest horses to ever race on P.E.I. with his 1:48.3 lifetime mark taken at The Meadowlands. The outside pair in the race are Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee). A field of seven trotters lines up in race 2 for a purse of $1,300 with MacIsaac favoring the Bo Sowers trained and driven Ja El Blaze, owned by Ledgehill Farms of Ontario. The post 4 starter was third in his Charlottetown debut, after hitting the top three in all four of his starts against pacers at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. His main competition comes from the outer posts in the seven horse field with post 5 starts Delta Dental (Ronnie Gass) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) with post 6. The race 12 back-up pace has Blue Start Outlaw picked off the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The seven-year-old son of Shady Character finished third his last start after being caught in the latter half of the mile. Other top entries are McMaverick (Ken Murphy) and Bunny Mach (Arsenault). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, with Marc Campbell in the bike, won the featured event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. It was Pinner's fifth straight victory, tenth of the season and 31st lifetime. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three, owned by trainer Brian Ladner, Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown, toured the CDP oval in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The track was rated good with a two second variant. The track crew did a great job prepping the surface for the 13 dash program. Nobestbfor was second, charted three-lengths off the leader, while Doll R General was third. The 4-2-5 triactor paid $111.40. Stayoutofmyaffair finished fourth and triggered a superfecta payout with 4-2-5-6 at $214.05. The afternoon showcased two trot divisions. Caliban Hanover and Ron Gass won the open class over Abundaspin and Zip the Lip, who both recovered after early breaks, to complete the top three. Zip the Lip's mis-cue was costly as it ended his winning streak at four. Caliban Hanover is owned by Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. Who Took That, driven by Michael McGuigan, converted a pocket trip to a winning score taking her trot class in 2:03.3. The Andrew family has a stake in the winner as Bill co-owns with Mitchell Tierney of Cornwall while Brian Andrew drove Honeymoonisover to a second place finish for his son Blake. Newcomer Ja El Blaze was third for Bo Sowers. In other action, General Luckypercy won the back-up class in 1:59.1 for driver Ron Matheson and son Jackie who handles the training duties. Team Matheson also won with Van Zant to record a driving and training double. Panacotta won his second in a row for Mark Bradley, owner Shane Baglole and trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Drivers Brian MacPhee and Corey MacPherson ended the pre-holiday card with two winners each on the program. Wade Sorrie notched a driving and training victory on the day. The live handle was $28,061 Racing returns on Boxing Day with a full card and the Buck Barker retirement pace. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing standout Pinner will try to make it five-in-a-row in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash card is 1 pm. Pinner has post 4 in the race 12 $2,200 feature with Marc Campbell in the bike for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Pinner will face off with McJestic, who has post 3 for driver Corey MacPherson. McJestic has an identical winning time to Pinner in his latest outing, and used off the pace tactics to land in the winner's circle. Another threat in the eight horse field is New Brunswick ship-in Malek Hanover (Mike Stevenson), who earned over $20,000 this season racing the tough Maine circuit. The nine-year-old son of Western Hanover is trained by New Brunswick's Bo Sowers, who has five horses entered on the afternoon card. Other entries in the race 12 feature are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Artist List (Mark Bradley). A compact group of five will contest the race 6 $1,500 Open trot as Zip The Lip has a four race win streak on the line from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 4 and will try to find a way to defeat Zip The Lip after being unable to since Nov. 2. Also in the race is Wonderous Hanover (Michael McGuigan), Buckling Banbury (Corey MacPherson) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Race 9 has the back-up pace for a purse of $1,550. The race has Oakrock Almighty favored off the rail for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson, and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. Other top competitors include Capitalism (Jason Hughes) from post 9 and Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell) with post 3. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

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