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The betting public was infatuated with Nighttraintovegas in Saturday’s $52,500 final of the Alberta Princess at Alberta Downs, and the filly dug in deep en route to delivering on the pari-mutuel promise. Brandon Campbell got away third from the rail with Nighttraintovegas while Barona Mercedes hustled the field past the quarter pole in :28.1. Campbell had his charge up and driving in the second quarter, and they cleared to the top without a tussle. They stepped through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before unleashing a :29.3 final frame, which was good enough to fend off the pocket-sitting Barona Mercedes by a head in 1:55.4. Mothers Melody took home third money in the rich tilt for three-year-old fillies. Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic-Midnight In Vegas, improved this year’s record to 3-0-1 from five trips to the track while lifting her seasonal earnings to $35,308 with the win. The Richard Schneider-trained homebred is now 8-for-14 in her career. The career winner of $95,822 is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park and David Halmosi of Edmonton, Alberta. To read the rest of the story click here.

The Alberta Sires Stakes spotlight shifted to the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs as they faced off in three $6,667 eliminations of the Alberta Plainsman. In the first elimination, favourite Outlaw Last Chance ($3.30) overcame the outside post seven starting spot and cruised wire-to-wire to score his first win of the season by open lengths in a career-best 1:55.3 with Brandon Campbell aboard. Get Thereovernight and Donttelldaddy finished second and third. The grey Brandons Cowboy-Red Star Muffin colt is trained by Joe Ratchford for owners Gordon Baxter and Miranda Logan. Jamie Gray's Sotally Tober ($3.50) released the parked outsider Oh Yeah after a speedy :26.4 opening panel before moving back out for the retake in the second elimination. The favourite then took a second quarter breather before beginning to draw away from the field with Comes Home First chasing him to the wire in 1:54.2, matching his lifetime mark. Regina Beach finished back in third. Gray co-owns the As Promised-Rain Drop Hanover gelding, who has now earned back-to-back victories, with Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy. To read the rest of the story click here. 

The field for the 2014 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship, scheduled for Saturday, June 28 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Summerside in PEI, has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Gilles Barrieau (N.B.) • Marc Campbell (P.E.I.) • Ryan Campbell (N.S.) • Darren Crowe (N.S.) • Kevin Dillon (Nfld.) • Ryan Ellis (N.S.) • Jason Hughes (P.E.I.) • Brodie MacPhee (P.E.I.) • Todd Trites (N.B.) The top two drivers from the nine-race competition will join Brandon Campbell, Billy Davis Jr., Jody Jamieson, Jim Marino and the top two drivers from the Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. To read the rest of the story click here.

Brandon Campbell took the lead early in the Western Regional Driving Championship and never relinquished it from that point forward while racking up three wins during the nine-race challenge on Fraser Downs' meet-closing card Saturday afternoon. Campbell and runner-up Jim Marino will advance to the 2014 National Driving Championship, which takes place on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Campbell, a P.E.I. native now based in Alberta, is looking forward to his homecoming and competing at the national level. "My mom and two sisters and the rest of my family will get to meet my new daughter," said Campbell. "I'm really, really pumped about it. To read the rest of the story click here.

Timberline Court went from last to first to win the $9,000 Open Pace at Northlands Park last week and was a repeat winner in the top class on Saturday night at Northlands Park, scoring again in similar fashion for trainer/driver Gerry Hudon. Timberline Court settled away next to last in the six-horse field while Overcard (Philip Giesbrecht) led the way through opening panels of :28.4 and :58.3. As the pacers made their way towards the next marker in 1:26.1, the pocket-pulling Gts Jake (Brandon Campbell) took over command with Flak Jacket (Jamie Gray) tipping off the pylons in third and Timberline Court following his cover. Gts Jake opened up three lengths on top, but Timberline Court rallied wide off the final turn and tracked him down in the stretch for the 1:55.2 victory. Who Doesnt (Travis Cullen) came on for second, finishing two lengths behind the winner, while Gts Jake settled for third. Timberline Court, who is now three-for-five this year, paid $4.30 to win as the post-time favourite. Hudon shares ownership of the nine-year-old With Held gelding with breeder R. Lynn Kowalevsky of Airdrie, Alta. Timberline Court earned his 39th career win and bumped his bankroll to $388,561. In other action, Jamie Gray scored a training triple on the 12-race card, winning with the Philip Giesbrecht-driven Sealedwithapromise ($8.70), Dreamway Confed ($3.70) in a dead-heat, and Fancy Camelot ($11.40). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northlands Park. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Timberline Court circled a field of six Open pacers and drew off to win the $9,000 feature race by more than three lengths on Saturday at Northlands Park for trainer/driver Gerry Hudon. The nine-year-old son of With Held trailed the field through a contested :27-second opening quarter before beginning to roll. He picked up cover approaching the :55.3 half-mile mark and followed last week's winner Smooth Criminal (Bill Tainsh Jr.), who took over the lead at the 1:24.3 third quarter station. But Timberline Court put away Smooth Criminal into the stretch and surged home for the 1:53.4 triumph. Sent postward as the 6-1 third choice, Timberline Court paid $14.40 to win. GTs Jake (Brandon Campbell) and Flak Jacket (Jamie Gray) came on for second and third-place honours. Timberline Court has two wins, one second and one third in four starts so far this year. The homebred gelding has earned 38 wins lifetime and purses just shy of $385,000 for Hudon and co-owner R. Lynn Kowalevsky of Airdrie, Alta. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northlands Park. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Smooth Criminal and trainer/driver Bill Tainsh Jr. took top honours in this week's $9,000 Open Pace at Northlands Park, holding off repeat winner Who Doesnt and keeping O'Brien Award nominee Travis Cullen's win count at five for the night. Slight favourite Smooth Criminal ($4.40) tracked Gts Jake and Brandon Campbell through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.3 before wearing him down in the stretch over the 'good' surface. Who Doesnt unleashed a :28.3 closing kick off cover in search of his third win in a row, but came up half a length short and had to settle for runner-up honours this week. The winning time was 1:55.3. Timberline Court and Gerry Hudon finished third. Smooth Criminal is owned by Willie Wychopen of St Paul, Alta. and Edmonton's Walter Moroz. The five-year-old Blue Burner gelding, who put together a record reading 5-4-4 from 22 starts last season, has been named an Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Award finalist in the Champion Aged Horse/Gelding division along with Trust The Artist and Flak Jacket. As for the hot-handed Cullen, he ended the night with all of his starters earning cheques -- five wins, three seconds and one fifth-place finish -- leaving him with an impressive 0.547 training average two and a half weeks into the 2014 racing season. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northlands Park. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced the nominees for its 2013 awards banquet, which will be held on Saturday, February 15 at the Northlands Park Paddock Theatre. Cocktails are at 6 pm and dinner/awards  starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and to purchase tickets please call 1-800-852-5985. The nominees are listed below. Two-Year-Old Filly - Rummys Command, Justapassin Fanci, Shark Festival Two-Year-Old Alberta Filly - Nighttraintovegas, Triple Action, Sweet Sugar Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding - Ghost Pine, National Debt, Jet Tracker Two-Year-Old Alberta Colt/Gelding - Comes Home First, Blue Eyed Cowboy, Pass The Port Three-Year-Old Filly - Contesta Hanover, American Passion, Keep The Dream Three-Year-Old Alberta Filly - GTs Selene, Crackers Hot Shot, Emotions Run Wild Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding - Beren Hanover, Senga Nanjeing, Big N Bad Three-Year-Old Alberta Colt/Gelding - Premium Attaction, Play Me Right, Blue Star Admiral Champion Aged Mare - Feelin Flush, Blue Star Beauty, Credit Card Junkie Champion Aged Horse/Gelding - Trust The Artist, Smooth Criminal, Flak Jacket Claimer Of The Year - Fillies/Mares - Just Saucy, Fancy Camelot, Feelin Flush Claimer Of The Year - Colts/Geldings - Greek Ruler, Raging Fingers, Da Terror Groom Of The Year - Christine Scott, Amy Henry, Christine Cutting Trainer Under 200 Starts - Marjorie Dumont, Richard Schneider, Gerald McGinn Driver Under 200 Starts - Rene Goulet, Deborah McLeod, J.F. Gagne Trainer Of The Year - Kelly Hoerdt, Travis Cullen, Keith Clark Driver Of The Year - Travis Cullen, Gerry Hudon, Brandon Campbell Horseman Of The Year - Travis Cullen, Kelly Hoerdt, Gerry Hudon Owner Of The Year - Kelly Hoerdt & Blair Corbeil, Rod Starkewski, Blair Thomas Breeder Of The Year - William Zaretsky, Allan & Kathleen Neurauter, Meridian Farms/Bill Andrew Horse Of The Year - To Be Announced Breeders Recognition Award - Larry Thomas

Northlands Park's leading trainer and driver Travis Cullen, who is nominated for the O'Brien Award's first-ever Future Star Award, wrapped up a five-win night at the Edmonton oval steering Who Doesnt gate-to-wire in the $9,000 Open Pace. With the inside post advantage, 1-2 favourite Who Doesnt ($5.10) quickly grabbed the lead in the 11th race feature and cruised through fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 en route to the 1:56 triumph over the frozen track. Timberline Court and Gerry Hudon finished one and a half lengths behind in second while pocket-sitter Gable Blue Chip and J.F. Gagne settled for third. Cullen also co-owns the four-year-old Mach Three gelding with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen. Earlier on the 12-race card, the 21-year-old horseman earned back-to-back wins in the second through fourth races with Phoenician Gal ($7.20), Red Star Cashflow ($3.90), and Spoons ($4). He also won the sixth race with Glitteronthebeach ($8.30). Saturday's first eight races were dominated by Cullen and Brandon Campbell. Campbell drove four winnershimself, including two of his own trainees. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Northlands Park - Saturday Results. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Contesta Hanover pulled off a 29-1 upset in the $75,000 Northlands Filly Pace, defeating Crackers Hot Shot in a two-horse breakaway down the stretch on a snowy Friday night at Northlands Park. Gerry Hudon worked out the winning trip for trainer Keith Clark, whose last Northlands Filly Pace winner, Dewinton Destroyer, was also an upset winner at odds of 11-1 in 2011. The De Winton, Alta. conditioner shares ownership of Contesta Hanover with partner Robert Jones of Slave Lake, Alta. When the gate closed, Emotions Run Wild (Kelly Hoerdt) worked her way to the lead over inside starter Keep The Dream, Clark's favoured filly, with outsider G Ts Selene (Travis Cullen) left parked out through a :27.2 opening quarter. Keep The Dream made a quarter pole move edging off the rail ahead of G Ts Selene and pursued the early leader past the :56.4 half-mile mark. As the 1-9 favourite began to edge by into the top spot, second choice Crackers Hot Shot (Bill Tainsh Jr.) rallied three-wide from mid-pack and quickly rolled by with Contesta Hanover following that move nearing the three-quarters in 1:26. Crackers Hot Shot and Contesta Hanover took off from the rest of the field into the final turn and locked in a stretch duel with the latter persevering in deep stretch for the 1:56.3 victory over the frozen track. "I had a good trip," commented Hudon in the winner's circle. "I saw it mapping out early; they were going lots of speed [up front] and I knew if I could keep it tight I would get it all in the end." Despite winning her elimination two weeks ago, Contesta Hanover was overlooked by the betting public and paid $61.40 to win by one length over Crackers Hot Shot. The longest shot on the board at odds of 61-1, Cenalta Fireworks (Scott Knight) came from last to show, finishing nearly nine lengths behind, over Keep The Dream. "I thought the other horse [Keep The Dream] was going to win, but Gerry did a great job and we have to thank Keith too, he got her ready," noted Jones. "We're very, very happy." The Yankee Cruiser filly, who went winless in three starts as a freshman, now boasts a career record reading 7-7-6 in 38 starts with earnings soaring to $47,151. In overnight racing action, 2012 Northlands Filly Pace competitor Credit Card Junkie ($5.40) and Clark overcame a post eight start one race earlier to the win the weekly $9,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace. The 8-5 favourite tucked into third early on and then swept to command down the backstretch en route to her 10th win of the year from 21 starts, clocked in 1:58.3. Phoenician Girl (Travis Cullen) came on for second, finishing two lengths behind the winner, while pacesetter Gts Jerilyn (Brandon Campbell) finished third. Clark bred and owns the four-year-old Camystic filly with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea. The $75,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby for three-year-old colts and geldings will headline Saturday's harness racing card at Northlands Park, which gets underway at 6 p.m. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Northlands Park. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca. 

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

ALBERTA DOWNS National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history on Sunday afternoon in just his second start, defeating a field of more experienced rivals in 1:53.3. The Allamerican Native colt is now undefeated in two starts for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt and co-owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. National Debt sat gapped out in fifth for most of the mile in a $4,500 conditioned pace while favoured sophomore Bettor In The Bank carved out fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.4 in search of his fifth straight win. But National Debut unleashed :26.4 final quarter speed to propel him into the top spot. His winning margin was more than three lengths. Bettor In The Bank settled for second and the pocket-sitting three-year-old Cabo Real finished third. National Debt lowered the freshman track record by two-fifths of a second. The former mark was set by two-year-old pacing colt Wrangler Betonme in 2011. Alberta-sired two-year-olds took the stage later on the card in three Alberta Shooting Star divisions, ranging in purses from $18,767 to $19,067, and another record was set. Blue Eyed Cowboy ($6.40) established a new 1:54.4 track record for two-year-old pacing geldings as he overtook the pacesetting Pass The Port in deep stretch and held off Outlaw Last Chance by a head. The Brandons Cowboy gelding shaved four-fifths of a second off The Big Heist's former record. Bill Tainsh Jr. was the winning driver for trainer/owner Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. The win was Blue Eyed Cowboy's first in ABSS action and second from six pari-mutuel starts. The late sire Brandons Cowboy's legacy continues to live on as his offspring completed a sweep of the Shooting Star with other divisions going to J J J Stables' Comes Home First ($2.30), a 1:56.1 winner for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward, and the maiden-breaking Incognito Cowboy ($12.50), a 1:58.1 winner for trainer/driver Keith Clark, who also co-owns with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea and Laurence Swalm. Both posted win margins of more than six lengths. Comes Home First has now won all five of his pari-mutuel starts, including divisions in all three ABSS legs. The Alberta-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will wrap up their ABSS season in the Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park In other action, Revolver ($6.90) and driver Brandon Campbell took the $8,500 top class in 1:53.1, scoring by nearly five lengths over favourite Cowboy Caper and Hoerdt. Glenn Lutz trains the six-year-old pacer, who notched his 20th career victory for the Estate of Harvey Poffenroth of Calgary. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Alberta Downs. St. JOHN’S RACING Sophomore pacer Dustylane Wildbill took top honours winning the featured stakes event at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday's harness racing card, which was sponsored by Meridian Farms. Dustylane Wildbill romped to a five and a quarter length victory, stopping the clock in a career-best clocking of 2:03 in the $2,200 featured sixth race for two and three-year-old Newfoundland-owned pacers. Freshmen Salmonier Storm and Son Of Rocknroll rounded out the top three finishers. Shane Forward was in the sulky for trainer Scott Forward and local owner Joanne Forward. The Meridian Farms-bred colt is a son of Ss Sand Dollar, who has won half of his 12 career starts. This week's $1,190 Preferred class, sponsored by Rene Allard, was also won by the driver-trainer team of Shane and Scott Forward as Inspired Art drew off by nine lengths in the stretch. Carl Stafford's eight-year-old pacer hit the wire in 2:01.3 with Muzzysenglishbaby and Machthemoment finishing second and third, respectively. Team Forward also won the opener with five-year-old pacing mare K Ngs Hurricane edging out Brandishing by a head in 2:11.3. Another Ss Sand Dollar offspring, the winner is owned by Christine Hedges and Jacqueline Smith, and bred by Meridian Farms. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - St. John's Racing. SUNBURY DOWNS Trainer/driver Paul MacLean worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard sophomore filly Ideal Odds to win the $18,700 final of the Late Bloomer Pacing Series on Sunday at Sudbury Downs. Stablemate Vijay Scam set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:30 over the sloppy surface with the field stacking up into the stretch. But Ideal Odds came through to prevail in 2:02, scoring by three-quarters of a length over Hot N Shooting. Vijay Scam edged out Ok Eros and Fools Run Around for third one length behind. With a win in the opening leg of the series on Sept. 15 and a second-place finish by a nose in the Sept. 22 round, Ideal Odds was sent postward as the second choice on the odds board and returned $5.70 to win. After going winless in four starts as a freshman, she has only missed the board once in 14 starts this year. The Western Ideal filly has won six times while pushing his bankroll to $30,270 for owner B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. Maclean also drove Mellow Jenny ($13.90) to a 2:02 victory in the $4,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace by a quarter-length over Carly Hollywood for trainer Philippe Belanger. Another Belanger trainee, Stable Eyes ($3.80), won the $4,200 Not Listed Preferred in rein to Mike MacNeill. She prevailed in 2:01.3 by half a length over No Teasing Me and MacLean. Sophomore gelding Mr Why ($8.70) and Wayne MacLean won the $7,500 Late Bloomer Consolation in 2:02.2 by two and three-quarter lengths. The Late Bloomer Series was for non-winners of one race or $15,000 (fillies and mares $18,750) lifetime as of Sept. 2, 2013. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Sudbury Downs. TURO RACEWAY Three-year-old pacing colt The Rev led Sunday afternoon's Carl & Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes winners with a 1:56.3 triumph in the opening division at Truro Raceway. The MacKenzie Memorial was split into five $7,682 divisions for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Trained and driven by Danny Romo, The Rev ($3.10) fought off J B Bolt through early fractions of :27.4 and: 56.4 in the first colt division and then drew clear en route to three-quarters in 1:27. The popular son of Western Paradise cruised home in :29.3 for the one and a half length triumph over pocket-sitter Forever Paradise and the wide rallying Watersides Kipper. The consistent colt now boasts seven wins and four seconds in 12 sophomore starts for Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts, and the Glb Stable. Trainer/driver Kenny Arsenault took the other colt divisions with Untouchable One ($2.70) going wire-to-wire for his fifth win in a row in 1:57 and J J Nitro ($7.10) rallying three-wide off cover to prevail in 1:58. Arsenault was also in the sulky as Mike Campbell-conditioned Rose Valley ($5) went first over to win her filly division in 1:57.2. Icandothat ($4.30) front-stepped her way to victory lane in the other filly split in a matching time of 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Ryan Ellis. The Arsenault stable also collected a win in the $10,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers with the Hilliard Graves-owned and driven Waterside Light ($13) converting off a pocket trip to win by more than two lengths in 2:00.2. The win was the Lis Mara colt's fourth (consecutive) in seven starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway. INVERNESS RACEWAY Junebugs Baby closed out Inverness Raceway's Sunday afternoon card of harness racing with a bang as he circled a field of six top Nova Scotia pacers and drew off to an impressive open length victory in the featured $3,750 Inverness Invitational Greg Sparling drove the four-year-old son of Western Paradise to the six length triumph in 1:57.2 over early race leaders Art I Special and Redmond Doucet. Lils Destiny and John Hawco rounded out the top three finishers. Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnball trains and co-owns the homebred with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate now boasts a career record reading 18-10-2 in 36 starts with earnings totalling $67,639. Junebugs Baby paid $3.40 to win as the bettors' choice. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. SUMMERSIDE RACEWAY Big League and All Turain won their respective $3,500 first leg divisions of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Big League, owned by Johan Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I., gave Corey MacPherson his fourth winner of the day when he caught fraction-setter Wild Dragon at the head of lane and drove on to victory in 1:55.4. Leading Camdidate came flying late to grab second while Narragansett finished third. All Turain won his fourth in a row in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship for Brodie MacPhee in 1:55.1. MacPhee tipped the Trevor Hicken trainee off the back of Touch Of Lightning to capture his fifth win from 18 starts this season. Lee Hicken of Charlottetown co-owns the pacer with his trainer. Touch Of Lightning was right there for second while Lucky Encounter completed the triactor. War Cry Ranger won the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron Memorial in an impressive 1:57.2. Brian Andrew did the driving for his co-owners Bill and Blake Andrew. MacPherson’s other winners on the program came with No Pain Intended for Harold Hill, Lets Make Ideal owned by Mikeala Lustic, and Bizzy Izzy for trainer Jeff Wallace. MacPhee had a driving double on the program also winning with Selkirk Stable's Roscoes Child. The second leg of the Island Pacing Championship will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Charlottetown Driving Park with the final set for Sunday, October 13. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Summerside Raceway. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca

FRASER DOWNS Sea Deuce fought off favourite Big N Bad to win the $50,000 Tom Burke Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Fraser Downs. With the inside post advantage in the field of eight, Sea Deuce and driver Serge Masse set up shop on the front end. The Gord Abbott trainee led the way past fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:25.4 with Big N Bad and Bill Davis pulling the pocket down the backstretch. The top two were head-to-head at the third quarter mark and continued to wage war down the stretch with Sea Deuce prevailing by a head in 1:55.4. Big N Bad settled for runner-up honours while the winner's entrymate, Ideal Art and John Abbott, followed two lengths behind in third. Sea Deuce paid $6.10 to win as part of the Abbott entry sent off as the 2-1 second choice. Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. owns both Sea Deuce and Ideal Art with B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. also sharing ownership of the winner. Sea Deuce is a homebred gelding sired by Armbro Deuce out of Cassidys Grin. Unraced as a freshman, Sea Deuce earned his first B.C. win from two provincial starts. He started his sophomore campaign in Ontario, where he earned his other victory at Woodbine Racetrack in February. Masse drove a total of four winners on the 12-race card. His other victories were with his own trainees, including the maiden-breaking freshman colt Great Quote ($12.80) in another close race in 1:59.1, the repeating Mares Open champion Phone Terror ($5.90) in 1:55.2, and open length winner Panic At The Disco ($3.20) in 1:57.3. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Fraser Downs. ALBERTA DOWNS Driver Philip Giesbrecht steered a pair of popular Alberta Stardust winners on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Nighttraintovegas came close to the two-year-old pacing filly track record. Giesbrecht worked out similar trips for Triple Action and Sweet Sugar in their respective $18,767 Alberta Sires Stakes divisions, sending both favoured fillies to the lead past the opening quarter mark. Triple Action (Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us) took the lead down the backstretch and cruised to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Joe Ratchford and owner Raggs To Riches of Aidrie, Alta. while Tim Brown trainee Sweet Sugar (Tajma Hall-Hide The Candy) was on the move at the quarter mark and romped to a three and three-quarter length score in a career-best equalling 1:58.3 for owners Sandra Brown of Langley, B.C. and Archie Melnyk of Sherwood Park, Alta. Triple Action completed a sweep of all three ABSS legs for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sweet Sugar is also undefeated in ABSS action although she has only competed in the last two events. With Brandon Campbell in the bike, Nighttraintovegas left from the outside post position in the fastest $18,467 division and drew off to a seven and three-quarter length victory in 1:55, just missing the track record for freshman fillies by one-fifth of a second. Richard Schneider trains Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic out of Midnight In Vegas who is five-for-six in her career. The near perfect filly boasts two wins in ABSS legs with her only blemish a second-place finish in the second round. She is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. The Alberta Stardust is the final leg of the Alberta Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top performers of the season will face off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park. Top training honours on the day when to Kelly Hoerdt, who won three consecutive races with four-year-old gelding My World ($9.50), ABSS sophomore filly Emotions Run Wild ($5.30) and the streaking five-year-old mare Just Saucy ($2.30). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs. NORTHSIDE DOWNS Barefoot Contessa survived an overland journey to pull off an 11-1 upset the $2,200 New Waterford Centennial Pace as the only mare in a field of eight on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Barefoot Contessa and driver Ryan Campbell wore down the 3-2 favourites, Grandtacular and trainer-driver Russell MacDonald, to win the featured finale by a head in 1:59 flat. Cloudy Bay followed the winner's cover to a third-place finish two and a half lengths behind for Adam Merner. New Waterford trainer Andrew Campbell claimed the seven-year-old Western Terror mare two starts ago on Sept. 14 at Northside for $2,400 following back-to-back winning efforts. Saturday's victory was her fifth of the season in 21 starts and 17th lifetime. She paid $24 to win. Ryan and Andrew Campbell also teamed up to win an earlier race with four-year-old pacing mare R Es Sobrina in 2:00.1. First-time starter Majian Magic took the non-wagering $3,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old trotters as her only rival in the race, the Danny Romo-trained and driven Dunmore Bravo, broke stride and finished a distant second. The time of the mile was 2:18.3 for the homebred Northern Bailey filly, who is owned, trained and driven by James Ripley of Amherst, N.S. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs. CHARLOTTETOWN DRIVING PARK Sent postward as the longest shot on the toteboard, Bunny Mach defied her odds with a four and a half length victory in the featured $2,200 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell worked out a second over trip aboard 14-1 longshot Bunny Mach and once her cover cleared she sprinted home in :28.3 for the 1:55.1 upset victory. Favourite Veronicavermillion and Brodie MacPhee finished second after advancing first over and pocket-sitter J K Special, with Walter Cheverie aboard, was third. Bunny Mach produced a win payout of $31.90. The victory was the 30th lifetime for the eight-year-old Mach Three mare, who is currently trained by Stephen Quinn for Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. owners Donald MacRae and Steven MacRae. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following links: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. (reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

Trainer Lance Ward celebrated a pair of stake wins in the Horizon Pace with two-year-olds Comes Home First and Need You So Bad on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Tim Brown trainee Jet Tracker debuted impressively in 1:55.3 in the fastest and final division. Jim Marino drove both of Ward's winners, who are owned by the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Comes Home First romped to a wide-open victory in the first of three $16,667 divisions. The early leaver retook the lead after the :28-second opening panel and fronted the field through fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.4 before drawing away by 10-3/4 lengths to win in 1:56.4. Longshot Shyloh Changerluck (James Jungquist) and Blue Eyed Cowboy (Bill Tainsh Jr.) came on from the backfield to round out the top three finishers. The Brandons Cowboy colt now has two wins in two pari-mutuel starts. Need You So Bad led at every pole to remain perfect in his young career.Also making his second pari-mutuel start, the American Ideal gelding carved out fractions of :28, :58.4 and 1:28.1 before battling back against an on-rushing Ghost Pine (Kelly Hoerdt) to prevail in 1:58. Ghost Pine finished two lengths behind in second while The Big Heist (Rene Goulet) closed from the back of the pack to show. Jet Tracker proved to be the best of the bunch with his 1:55.3 speedy score in the other division for owners Albert and Lois Branham of Sherwood Park, Alta. Driven by Brandon Campbell, the Jeremes Jet colt sat a two-hole trip through early fractions of :27.4 and :58.1 before blasting to command. He quickly opened up six and a half lengths on his rivals by the 1:25.3 third quarter station and more than doubled that margin to 14-1/4 in the final panel. Cowboy Mathis (Keith Clark) came from last to place while early breaker Pass The Port (Paul Davies) finished third. In regular racingaction, nine-year-old pacer Trust The Artist earned his second consecutive victory in the $8,500 Open for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt after turning back challenger Smooth Criminal (Bill Tainsh Jr.) around the final turn during a 1:53 mile. The 53-time career winner is owned by Hoerdt and partners Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister, all of Beaumont, Alta. Mr Saratoga (Quentin Schneider) and No Fear (Brandon Campbell) came on for second and third-place honours. (reprinted with permission by Standardbred Canada)  

John Campbell is a champion Canadian reinsman. But this J. Campbell is probably not the world famous one you are thinking of. This J. Campbell was born John Brandon Campbell but is also known by his middle name - and just like his $275 million namesake this Campbell is also a better than average harness racing driver.

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