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On Tuesday, August 1, at 12 noon, Standardbred Canada issued a statement that harness racing driver Brandon Campbell was removed as Canada's representative at the 2017 World Driving Championship taking place this month, citing that further details would be provided when available. On July 29, Standardbred Canada was notified that the following ruling was issued by Horse Racing Alberta. "Going into an international competition that Canada is hosting in less than two weeks time with a driver that received a major fine and suspension due to a positive test is not indicative to what we want our association to be promoting and supporting to fellow Canadians or the international community," said Dan Gall, President and CEO. "Standardbred Canada made a decision based on the conditions of participation and what we believe is best for the sport and the industry." "There are many stakeholders and sponsors that have been impacted by this decision," said Gall. "This is an unfortunate situation that we have had to manage and it did not come without its sensitivities and consideration. "Standardbred Canada has worked quickly to secure a replacement to ensure that Canada will have representation at this international event." The replacement will be officially announced today (August 2) on the Standardbred Canada website at 4:00 pm EDT. We wish to thank our stakeholders, sponsors and race fans for their patience and understanding.  

This morning, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada Dan Gall announced that, “effective immediately, Standardbred Canada has removed harness racing driver Brandon Campbell as Canada’s representative for the 2017 World Driving Championship.” The decision comes following Campbell’s suspension from competing after his horse Ima Dude failed the routine test for performance-enhancing drugs at a race in Calgary in early July. On July 9, during race five at Century Downs racetrack, Ima Dude tested positive for ephedrine and its metabolite phenylpropanolamine, and pyrilamine and its metabolite o-desmethylphrilamine. The violation incurred a $4,000 fine and a full suspension from racing until January 31, 2018, which means that Campbell will be unable to compete in the competition set for this August. Campbell would have been the first driver from western Canada to represent the country in the World Driving Championships 25-year history. Since Campbell started his career in harness racing in 2003, he has driven more than 1,300 winners and earned more than $8 million for them. Campbell is a familiar face at Fraser Downs – he was the leading dash driver on the track in 2015. His official Canadian driving colours and helmet were presented at the winner’s circle at Fraser Downs on April 21. Gall and Harness Racing BC Executive Director Carla Robin presented the colours to him in a special ceremony. Campbell qualified for the World Championships by winning the 2016 National Driving Championships in October 2016, and he was expected to compete in the 2017 World Driving Championships across the country from August 12 to 18. It was Campbell’s third time competing in nationals, and his first victory. “It’s just a dream come true to do this,” Campbell told the Reporter in April. “I’m just very excited.” Standardbred Canada has not yet released information on whether Campbell will be replaced in the World Championships set for this August. By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Surrey Now-Leader

Harness racing driver Brandon Campbell was presented with the official Canadian driving colours and helmet for the upcoming 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in the winner's circle at Fraser Downs on Friday, April 21. The 33-year-old Calgary resident will represent Canada in this year’s WDC, presented by Standardbred Canada from August 12–18. Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada, along with Donna Scrannage, President of Harness Racing BC,  Carla Robin, Executive Director of Harness Racing B.C., and Darren MacDonald, Director of Racing for Great Canadian Gaming, made the presentation prior to the evening's first race. Campbell is the first Western-based harness driver to represent Canada in the WDC and was named the Canadian rep after winning the National Driving Championship last October at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ont. The road to the Nationals started in May last year when he was invited to represent Fraser Downs in the Western Regional Driving Championship, which was hosted in June at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary, Alta. He won that event for the second consecutive time, leading to a coveted spot in the Nationals. "We saw you out in London, Ontario win the Nationals and you did an incredible job," said Gall during the presentation. "On behalf of Harness Racing B.C., Great Canadian Gaming and Standardbred Canada, we'll be out there with you. We're expecting that cup and we know we'll get it from pressure! But have fun and thank you very much. You're an awesome representation for Canada." John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale-Langley City, also offered Campbell congratulations and best wishes for the upcoming competition. "Brandon, on behalf of the Government of Canada, I'm pleased and proud to extend congratulations on your success to win the Western Regional Driving Championship and going on to win the National Driving Championship, which earned you the right to represent Canada at the World Driving Championship this summer, where you'll represent Canada in harness racing against the best in the world," said Aldag. "We know that you'll be an outstanding ambassador for our country and will wear our colours proudly. We wish you further success and to be first past the post throughout the 22-race series to bring the World Championship to Canada. Again, congratulations and all the best!" The WDC will showcase drivers from 11 countries and consist of 22 races spanning five different racetracks in four provinces. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. "I've had a lot of thoughts about it, but I try not to think about it too much because I get pretty excited and worked up, and it's a long ways away yet," said Campbell, who has driven over 1,300 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $8 million during his career, which started in 2003. "There's been a lot of thoughts and a lot of dreams as I go to bed at night. It's just a dream come true to do this and I'm just very excited." The first leg will kick off at Century Downs on Saturday, August 12. The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville on August 14 and Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. "I think I've got a huge advantage," said Campbell of the 2017 WDC being contested on his home turf. "I've driven on all the tracks other than Quebec, and Quebec is built the same as CDP. Our racing style is different, our rules are different, everything's a little different. It's going to be a little bit to adjust to the way these guys drive, but like I said, I think I really do have a big advantage, and I'm going to take the red and the white all the way." The WDC, along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown, are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager of Industry Marketing

Harness racing driver Brandon Campbell, Canada’s representative to the 2017 World Driving Championship, will be presented with a set of his Canadian driving colours at Fraser Downs Racetrack on Friday, April 21. Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada, along with Carla Robin, Executive Director of Harness Racing BC and Darren MacDonald, Director of Racing for Great Canadian Gaming will make the presentation prior to the first race at about 6:45 p.m. (PST) in the winner’s circle.  Standardbred Canada will have a Good Luck banner available for fans to sign in the Homestretch area. Campbell, a 33-year-old Calgary resident earned his way into the Worlds, which are hosted in Canada this year, by winning the National Driving Championship in London at The Raceway at the Western Fair District last October.   The road to the Nationals started in May last year when he was invited to represent Fraser Downs in the Western Regional Driving Championship which was hosted at Century Downs in June.   He won that event for the second consecutive time, leading to a coveted spot in the 2016 National event.  Campbell competed in the 2014 NDC which was hosted in PEI and finished in third behind winner Jody Jamieson and runner-up Marc Campbell. Campbell, the first Western-based driver to represent Canada in the Worlds, has driven over 1300 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $8 million during his career which started in 2003.  This is Campbell’s first WDC competition.  “Since the first time I competed in the Nationals, I’ve wanted to win so that I could represent Canada,” said Campbell, “this is a dream come true and I can hardly wait to wear the red and white colours.  I’m proud to represent my country and I’m looking forward to a very exciting competition!” The 22-race competition, hosted by Standardbred Canada takes place at five different racetracks in four different provinces. Drivers earn points based on their finishing position and the top point earner at the end of the 22 races will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The first leg kicks off at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta on Saturday, August 12. Following the first leg in Alberta, the drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg on Monday, August 14, and that will be followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Quebec on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg of the WDC before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. This event, along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, hosted in Charlottetown, PEI, are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. Here is the complete list of drivers and the countries that they represent: Australia - Shane Graham Austria - Gerhard Mayr Belgium - Rik Depuydt Canada - Brandon Campbell Finland - Mika Forss Germany – Michael Nimczyk New Zealand – Dexter Dunn (defending champion) New Zealand – Mark Purdon Norway – Eirik Høitomt Sweden - Björn Goop  United States - Marcus Miller Canadians have won the WDC on four occasions. Hervé Filion won the inaugural edition in 1970, his nephew Sylvain Filion won in 1999 and Jody Jamieson won the 2001 and 2011 editions of the WDC. A Canadian driver has yet to win at home.   Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager of Industry Marketing

Brandon Campbell, Canada’s representative to the 2017 World Driving Championship has confirmed the design for his Canadian colours following input from harness racing fans across the country via an online poll on Fans had the opportunity to vote for one of four designs screened by Campbell. When all was said and done, concepts three and four received the majority of the votes and Campbell was asked to select one of the two designs. Campbell has chosen concept #3. (concept attached)  “I’m starting to get excited!” Campbell told Trot Insider.  “Getting the colours and helmet made is the first step and I can’t wait to try them on.  I would like to thank everybody for taking the time to vote and I really like this design!” Campbell’s colours and helmet will go into production shortly and plans are underway to have a presentation of the colours to him at both Fraser Downs in Surrey, BC and Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta. Wearing your country’s colours in an international sporting event is a proud moment for any athlete and Campbell is eagerly anticipating that moment when he shows off his Canadian driving colours in the first race of the first leg of the World Driving Championship scheduled for Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino near Calgary, Alberta. He is one in the field of eleven drivers in the WDC who will compete in 22 races at five different racetracks.  Following the first leg in Alberta, the drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg on Monday, August 14, and that will be followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to la belle province of Quebec on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg of the WDC before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. This event, which is held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, hosted in Charlottetown, PEI, which are both held every two years, will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.  

Brandon Campbell won the 2016 National Driving Championship (NDC) on Friday, Oct. 14 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ont. and will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted by Standardbred Canada at harness racing racetracks across the country next August. Campbell accumulated the most points during the eight-race driving tournament over seven other top Canadian reinsmen to earn the honours of representing his country on the international stage. The 33-year-old reinsman from Calgary, Alta. advanced to the National Driving Championship after winning the Western Regional Driving Championship this past June at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino -- one of four regional tournaments from which the top two point earners advanced to the NDC. This was Campbell's third time competing in the NDC and his first victory. "I've done this three times now, I'm thrilled," said Campbell. "I don't even know what to say." Campbell put together a string of runner-up finishes in four straight legs of the NDC to remain a contender throughout the heated competition in which seven different drivers earned wins. Campbell padded his leading point total with his first victory of the tournament in the seventh leg, guiding Wacky Rei ($4.90) to victory. He secured the lead from the inside post with the four-year-old pacing mare and held off the pocket-pulling Shesastarreporter and James MacDonald in a photo finish for the 1:58 victory. While Campbell said he was confident in his chances of winning the NDC title, there was an anxious moment when his mount broke stride at the start of the final race leaving the door wide open for James MacDonald, the runner-up in the point standings, to steal the glory with a first or second-place finish. "There were tears. I was crying a little bit," Campbell said of his reaction when he was taken out of contention in the final leg. "I was watching James second over, he was the first or second favourite, and I thought it was all over. He went to move her and she didn't have any go and I started cheering again 'go boys go.'" MacDonald finished sixth in the final race, won by longshot winner Ivegotmyeyeonu and Trevor Henry, and was unable to catch Campbell atop the leaderboard. Campbell secured the 2016 National Driving Championship title with 63 points while James MacDonald finished second with 57 points. Jason Hughes, the only two-leg winner in the competition, was third with 52 points. Jim Marino (50 points), Henry (45), Brett MacDonald (41), Guy Gagnon (32) and Corey MacPherson (30) completed the order of finish. The National Driving Championship consisted of races two through six and eight through 10 on the Friday program at The Raceway. Drivers were able to have input into the horses they drove as a hockey pool style "draft" was conducted Tuesday for them to choose their horses in each race before the post position draw was made. FINAL POINT TOTALS: 1. Brandon Campbell - 63 2. James MacDonald - 57 3. Jason Hughes - 52 4. Jim Marino - 50 5. Trevor Henry - 45 6. Brett MacDonald - 41 7. Guy Gagnon - 32 8. Corey MacPherson - 30   Jeff Porchak   Standardbred Canada

EDMONTON, AB - The 2014/2015 Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino harness racing season came to close this afternoon with a 10-race card at the Edmonton oval. "Northlands Park is alive with action 363 days a year and the harness racing season captures some of the most exciting three months in the racing calendar," said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. "The 2014 and 2015 harness racing season was no exception, as some of the best Standardbreds, trainers and drivers in the nation came to the track to give our guests a great experience." The season's two biggest races at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino were the Western Canada Pacing Derby on December 6, 2014 and the Northlands Filly Pace on December 13, 2014. Rummys Command trained and driven by Keith Clark won the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace while Outlaw Gunpowder, driven by Philip Giesbrecht and trained by Kelly Hoerdt, took the $95,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby. The 2014/2015 harness season showcased the continued dominance of the 2013 O'Brien Award winner for Rising Star, Travis Cullen. He was the runaway winner in both the trainer and driver categories, never being challenged from the outset. A few career milestones were also set at the meet. Driver Brandon Campbell recorded his 1,000th victory in the sulky, and trainer Doug Shaw recorded his 1,000th win conditioning horses. Driver and trainer Jamie Gray recorded his 1,500th training victory while closing in on his 2,300th driving win. To round out the 2014/2015 harness racing season, Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino is proud to celebrate Alberta's champions for 2014 at the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Awards Night on Sunday, February 1 in the Paddock Theatre. Harness racing in Alberta will resume after a short break on March 28 at the all new Century Downs racing facility near Calgary. Horse racing returns to Northlands Park when the 77-day thoroughbred meet kicks off on Friday, May 1 with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Chris Roberts


Driver Brandon Campbell celebrated a career milestone on Friday night at Fraser Downs as his first victory of the New Year was also his 1,000th lifetime. In the evening's fifth race, Campbell catch-drove Valerie Emerson and trainer Richard Remillard's four-year-old pacer Elska Min ($19.30) to a mild 8-1 upset victory in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track. Leaving from the inside post, Campbell got away second behind Whiteliesnpromises off the gate, but was shuffled back as the parked Make Mine Five took over command and then Lisplaced moved up to apply first over pressure. Campbell sent Elska Min, who was racing along the pylons in fourth place, to the outside near the third quarter mark then swept three-wide around the duelling leaders and pulled ahead in deep stretch to win by one and a quarter lengths. Lisplaced finished second with Make Mine Five taking third over Whiteliesnpromises. To view the rest of this story click here.

Nighttraintovegas claimed her second Alberta Sires Stakes title of the season as she kicked home off a pocket trip to win the $50,400 Marquis Final for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Driver Brandon Campbell sent Nighttraintovegas to the lead off the gate with the favoured elimination winner Eliseuinthedust (Jamie Gray) taking over into a sizzling :26.2 opening quarter. Eliseuinthedust led the fillies through middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26 with Wrangler Rockette (Gerry Hudon) flushed first up from third by Barona Mercedes (Jim Marino). However, Campbell was able to angle Nighttraintovegas out down the stretch and she stormed home for the 1:54.4 career-best equalling triumph. Smilys Amira (Tyler Redwood) closed from third over to finish second, ahead of Barona Mercedes. Nighttraintovegas paid $10.30 to win as the 4-1 third choice in the field. The homebred Camystic-Midnight In Vegas filly is trained by Richard Schneider and owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. To view the rest of this story click here. Nothside Downs feature to Silver Dragon Silver Dragon was the star of the Saturday afternoon card at Northside Downs as he defeated the top pacers on the grounds for local horseman David Ratchford. Silver Dragon prevailed in the $1,100 feature race from off-the-pace over the 'good' track in 2:00.2 with Junebugs Baby coming in second and Surrealist finishing third. The nine-year-old Dragon Again gelding is a 32-time winner in his career and earned his sixth victory of the season in 24 starts. To view the rest of this story click here. Adoption fundraiser a big success B&R Promotions has announced that once again the Annual Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Fundraising Dinner was a great success. On October 4, nearly 80 people came out to the Mohawk Racetrack dining room to attend the event and enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner while participating in many draws and a silent auction. In total, a net amount of $4,909.30 was raised for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). To view the rest of this story click here.

Stoney Durkin ($10.90) established a new track record at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, pacing the mile in 1:57.2. Mark Williams sent the five-year-old Whosurboy gelding to the front and made every post a winning one, hitting the half in :58.2 and pacing home in :59 seconds flat. Breeder Larry Fitzsimmons trains and shares ownership of Stoney Durkin with William Durkin of Sparta, Ont. The track record was overshadowed by the performance of Donnie Rankin, who won six of the 10 races on the afternoon card. Rankin started the day with three in a row, including his own Jet Black ($3.40) in 2:00.3, Danny William ($13.30) in 1:59.4 for owner Kevin Gillis of Windsor, Ont., and back with his own Hoo Rah ($2.90) in 2:04.2. He also won back-to-back races with Brother John ($2.80) in 2:00.1 and Keaton ($2.80) in 1:58.2 for Windsor's George Robinson and took the finale with his own pacer Memory In Motion ($3.90) in 1:59.4. Next week, Rankin puts his announcing skills to the test, as he attempts to show how easy it is to call a harness race. Leamington would like to extend a special thank you to the Ontario Harness Horse Association for their "jog a horse" program, where kids and adults alike get to experience what it is like to perform on the track. Racing continues for the next five weekends at Leamington with post times Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway) Blue Eyed Cowboy ropes in win at Alberta Heavy favourite Blue Eyed Cowboy came flying by in the stretch to win the $20,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Colt Stakes in a career-best 1:52 performance on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Bill Tainsh Jr. drove the stakes winner for owner/trainer Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was the first to get a call, leaving from post five and sprinting the opening quarter in :26.4. As he headed down the backstretch, Sonic Spark (Travis Cullen) swept to command whileBlue Eyed Cowboy -- away sixth from post three in the full field of 10 -- flushed out Ghost Pine (Brandon Campbell). Ghost Pine quickly surged to command, clearing just past the :56.1 half-mile mark while Blue Eyed Cowboy was left uncovered and stalled three and a half lengths off the lead. To read the rest of this story click here.  Allstar Seelster handles hike in class Three-year-old pacer Allstar Seelster stepped up to win the $11,000 Preferred 2 for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Fresh off a victory last week at the Preferred 3 level, Jack Darling's Allstar Seelster turned back first over challenger Adkins Hanover and held off the pocket-pulling Brocks Fortune for the neck victory in 1:54. Mike Saftic drove the son of Artistic Fella to his fourth win of the season in 12 starts. Tendtowin finished two lengths behind in third. Russian Kisses earned her first win back in Ontario after sweeping the Spud Island Classic in Charlottetown, P.E.I. with a 1:55 score in the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:55 for owner/driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. She now has 11 victories in 27 starts this year. To read the rest of the story click here.  Web Cam notches fourth straight at Rideau Web Cam continued his Rideau Carleton Raceway reign and is now a perfect four-for-four racing against the Ottawa oval's top pacers. Assigned post six in this week's $6,500 Winners Over Handicapped Pace, 3-5 favourite Web Cam ($3.30) hustled to the front of the seven-horse field off the gate and led all the way through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.1 en route to the 1:54.1 triumph. He held off the pocket-pulling Beach Runner A M by a head while Chasin Racin edged out Onyx V A three and a half lengths behind for third-place. Web Cam is a seven-year-old Astreos-Rudy Cam gelding -- a half-brother to Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend. To read the rest of the story click here. Mach Wheel wins first out for new connections Mach Wheel was victorious in his Truro Raceway debut on Sunday afternoon, taking the top class for his new connections and ending Oakmont's win streak. Leaving from outside his five rivals in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace, Mach Wheel took over command at the half and cruised home to a three length triumph in 1:55.3 over the "good" track with a two second variant. Oakmont, who was riding a three-race win streak, was forced to settle for second-place honours and Sf Razamatazz finished third. The six-year-old Mach Three gelding was a recent addition to the Darren Crowe stable and is owned by Nova Scotia connections Roy Springett of Windsor, Robert Siteman of Valley, William Shearer of Brookfield and Donald Charles Smith of Brookside. To view the rest of the story click here. Breaker rebounds to win at St. John's Three-year-old pacing colt Son Of Rocknroll recovered from an early break in stride to win the NLSBA Stake Invitational on Sunday at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre. Trained and driven by local horseman Daniel Williams, Son Of Rocknroll made up his 12 length deficit to defeat pacesetter Salmonier Storm by half a length in 2:05.2 in the $1,200 non-wagering race. The Rocknroll Hanover-Village Blush colt has now won six of his 11 starts in his sophomore year. Two-year-old fillies Force Of Grey and Silverhill Legacy were a distant third and fourth to complete the field. To view the rest of this story click here. Salute is best at Inverness Raceway Salute became the third different winner in Inverness Raceway's Invitational series on Sunday afternoon. Salute fought off favourite Junebugs Baby to win the $2,500 third leg of the series by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter Bonnys Mac rounded out the top three finishers over two lengths behind. Redmond Doucet trains and drives the nine-year-old gelding for the Ruth Shannon Stable of Port Hawkesbury, N.S. The victory was Salute's fourth and fastest this year from 15 starts and followed up a fourth and fifth-place finish in the previous divisions. To view the rest of the story click here.

It was a show that fans at Red Shores Charlottetown won't soon forget.   Jody Jamieson started early and he finished late, winning five races and four of the eight legs of the National Driving Championship, good enough for 96 points and his fifth berth in the World Driving Championships.   "It feel's actually amazing, I'm super pumped about it," Jamieson said about getting to represent his country one more time.   The two-time World Driving Champion got the ball rolling early in the competition winning the first two heats with C J Bluefin in 1:58.2 and followed that up in the second heat with Oppies Lifes Line.   "I don't like to say anything bad about a guys horse but, No one wanted to drive C J Bluefin, I talked to the owners nephew and he told me what he liked about him. With that knowledge going forward, it just worked out and the horse stepped up for me."   Jamieson followed that up with a second, third and second before rhyming off another victory aboard Solanos Dragon in Race 8. With two races to go and him and Islander Marc Campbell in a dog fight, Campbell picked up the win in Race 9 while Jamieson finished second.   Heading into the final leg Jamieson was on top by 10 points with 81 to Campbell's 71. When the horses crossed the wire in the final heat, it was over. Jamieson was a going away winner aboard Perfect Escape in 1:55.4 for owner Jack Kennan and trainer Jackie Matheson.   "I didn't even know what to say," Jamieson said about going under the wire and knowing he was going to represent Canada one more time. "I was just thinking about how long I'm going to stay in Australia and who's coming with me."   Jamieson treated a packed house to a special tribute as he paraded Perfect Escape in front of the fans at the fence.   "I like to show the fans the winning horse. I think people appreciate almost being able to touch a horse," said Mr. Canada. "I'm always trying to build a fan base and it starts from one person and builds from there."   Jamieson said he didn't expect to win five races coming into the card, but things worked out.   "I was just trying to do the right thing in every race, trying to navigate through some horses and hope I had some stock down by the wire, and that's what happened."   The Moffat, Ont native picked up his fifth victory in the evening finale, the$ 5, 000 Builders Cup aboard Modern Xhibit.   Marc Campbell finished second with 81 points. Brandon Campbell was third with 42. Billy Davis Jr. ( 39 ), Ryan Ellis ( 33 ), Guy Gagnon ( 32 ), Jim Marino ( 31 ) and Sylvain Lacaille ( 19 ) rounded out the competition.   The hometown hero Campbell didn't disappoint winning three races of the NDC himself. He rounded out his night with a grand slam winning the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup aboard Wazzup Wazzup in 1:53. Up The Credit cut out all the numbers of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 before Maritime hopeful D Gs Camme cleared to the lead. Wazzup Wazzup made a final lunge at the wire to win in 1:53 for his owners the Rolling Hills Racing Stables and trainer Corey Johnson. D Gs Camme finished second and All Turain was third.   The fans were also taken by storm in Race 7, the $3, 000 claimer Whitesand Artist fired off a new track record for aged pacing mares winning by 16 lengths in 1:53.4 for Billy Davis Jr. and owner -trainer Neil Bambrick. The nine-year-old daughter of Artiscape who knocked three seconds off of her lifetime mark erased a 20 year-old track record taken in 1994 by Gold Cup and Saucer winner Little Black Book.   The total handle on the program was $55,151. As for Jamieson when he was asked when he would be back to P.E.I.   "I want to win the Gold Cup and Saucer so bad, It's a real tough race to win. Just ask Marc Campbell he thought he was going to win his second this year but it didn't work out for him. He's lucky enough he's got one," laughed Jamieson. "It's the race I want to win."   by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

The question of who will wear the red and white of Canada at the 2015 World Driving Championship will be answered Tuesday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Eight of the best drivers from their respective regions will gather in Charlottetown to contest the National Driving Championships presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association, P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and Red Shores. Post-time for the special 12-dash card is 7 p.m. The competition to see who can fulfill the dream of representing their country will get underway in Race 3. This year's NDC is a little different than previous, this year Standardbred Canada held a draft to allow the drivers to pick the horses they wanted to drive. Two-time World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has selected to drive the rail horse C J Bluefin, a favourite heading into the National Driving Championship, Jamieson will have to fend off seven other foes. Sylvain Lacaille took his first round selection in Race 3, selecting the two-entry Caughfoolinaround for owner Maggie Mccarthy and trainer Roy Reynolds. Quebec native Guy Gagnon had the first overall selection and took Umiztagoodthing in Race 10 from Post 5. Todd Walsh trains the five-year-old Modern Art gelding who took a lifetime best in his last race of 1:56.4. The Alberta representative, and son of former Island horseman Sanford Campbell, had the second selection in the draft. Brandon Campbell chose post 2 starter in Race 5 All Out. With two second place finishes in his last two starts, the Clarkie Smith trainee is listed as the morning line favourite. B.C. native and the second representative from the Western Region, Jim Marino had the seventh overall pick he landed the 5-2 favourite Playful Patty in Race 4. Owned by Taylor Mcguigan the newcomer to Charlottetown will look to make her mark on Tuesday night. The third overall selection went to 'The Rocketman' Billy Davis Jr. Making his first trip to P.E.I., the second entrant from Ontario will look to keep the NDC crown in Ontario, the place it has been for the past three events. Davis selected Ton Of Luck for the Ultimate Stables. Leaving from Post 5 in the sixth race, the three-year-old daughter of Camluck finished third in her last start pacing in 1:57.4. The 'Flying Pilot' Ryan Ellis had the fourth overall selection and drafted Mcdaisy Cutter for owners John and Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown. The daughter of McArdle has a no-worst-than second record in her last four starts. The hometown pride, Marc Campbell was saddled with the eighth overall pick, and if that wasn't bad enough, his first pick in the draft also won't line up behind the starting gate. Campbell selected Panacotta from Post 1 in Race 8 but he made a break on Saturday, and after a questionable review it was deemed Panacotta had broken equipment after his break and not before, putting him on the qualifying list. So instead 'King Campbell' will look towards the ninth overall selection in the draft, Rash B Havior. The four-year-old Lis Mara gelding played a contributing factor in gaining Campbell the victory in the Altantic Regional Driving Championship. The pair went right down the highway in the Championship winning in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. The Champion will be decided during eight of the 12 races on the card. The event concludes in Race 10. The special Tuesday card will also feature the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup and the $5,000 Builders Cup. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver Marc Campbell. Only beaten a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the 55th running of The Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer, Wazzup Wazzup is the morning line favourite. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. All Turain, Ultimate Luck, Astor and Mach Wheel round out the power packed field of seven starters. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two local horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. Please note. There is not live racing Thursday at Red Shores Charlottetown. Live racing returns Wednesday to Red Shores Summerside at 7pm and Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm. For information on race dates go to by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

Barona Mercedes completed a sweep of the Alberta Sires Stakes Diamond leg for three-year-old pacing fillies with a dominate victory in the $51,300 final on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Barona Mercedes established the lead from post two and was never seriously threatened as she raced past panels of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:26 en route to the three length triumph in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1. She was the 4-5 favourite after winning her elimination by five lengths in 1:53.4 last weekend and returned $3.70 to her backers at the betting windows. Another elimination winner and 8-5 second choice, Nighttraintovegas (Brandon Campbell), was tipped first over from third down the backstretch and chased Barona Mercedes home in second-place, with Mother Melody (Jamie Gray), also an elimination winner, closing for third. To view the rest of this story click here.

It feels like the big show has just ended at Red Shores' Charlottetown, but in less then a week another show will take centre stage. The National Driving Championship, presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Assotiation , P.E.I. 2014 inc. and Red Shores, goes on Tuesday, August 26, with eight drivers from around Canada representing their respective regions. A new twist has been added to this years NDC format. Rather than the usual format for assigning drivers, Standardbred Canada will conduct a 'draft' for the eight races, similar to a hockey pool style draft. This provides the drivers direct involvement in determining the horses they will drive when they draft their horses. Red Shores' will play host to Premiers from around Canada for the night of power packed action which includes the Founders Cup Invitational for a purse of $25, 000 and the $ 5,000 Builders Cup in recognition of Doug Hill of Charlottetown and Eric Johnston of Summerside. The winner of this year's event will have the honour of representing Canada on the world stage in Australia for the 2015 World Driving Championship. The field is made up of two drivers from the Western region, the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region, the Atlantic region and two from Ontario. Here is an in-depth look at this year's competitors. A two-time World Driving Champion, Jody Jamieson, will be back to represent the Ontario region and look to gain his fifth berth in the World Driving Championships. Jamieson was the winner of the Ontario Regional in May at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Moffat, Ont. resident is a winner of just under 7000 races, 2014 marks his 20th year with his drivers licence and over that time he has compiled more then 39,200 drives. Along with his two World Driving Championships, Jamieson has two North American Cup victories, two in the $ 1 million Metro Pace and a Little Brown Jug to his resume. In 2009, he returned a Canadian record 796 winners back to the winner circle in a single season. The Nova Scotia native is a three-time O'Brien award winner for Driver of the Year, He has banked over $ 105 million in career purses and this season he has over 180 wins and over $3 million earned. His stablemate from Ontario is Billy Davis Jr. He was the runner up to Jamieson at the Ontario Regionals. He made his move to Ontario in May 2009 for his home in Langley, British Columbia and things have skyrocketed for the man known as 'The Rocketman' ever since. Davis recently picked up his 1700 win on August 12 at Mohawk. The son of O'Brien award winner Bill Davis has been dawning the silks for eight years and has over 11,800 trips behind a starting gate and he has just shy of $15 million in career earnings. Davis returned home to B.C. last November and picked up victories in the $ 75, 000 Mary Murphy Breeders stake and the $ 75, 000 Robert Murphy Breeders stake. Earlier that year he picked up his first Ontario Sire Stake Super Final victory. Davis Jr. will be making his first trip to Red Shores' Charlottetown as he looks to keep the streak of the Ontario region representing Canada alive. A victory in this year's NDC would not be the first time he has represented Canada on the world stage, In 2012 he represented his country in the Prix des Rencontres Internationales de Trotteur Francais in France, which he won. He has over 130 victories this season and has banked just shy of $ 1.5 million in earnings to date this season. With an Ontario region win that will mark the fourth straight year Canada has been represented by an Ontario driver. Gilles Barrieau was the last non-Ontario driver to represent Canada. Heading out west, a young man with strong Island ties, Brandon Campbell was the winner of the Western Regional Driving event at Fraser Downs in April. The son of former P.E.I. horseman Sanford Campbell, this will be Campbell's second attempt at winning the National Driving Championship, he represented the 'West' in 2011 on P.E.I. A winner of over 940 races in his career, Campbell is currently in his 12th year of driving. Campbell called Alberta home from 2003 until 2011 when he made the move to Ontario just after participating in the NDC. He returned back home late in 2012 and since then has become one of the top drivers in Alberta. Campbell has over $ 5.7 million in career earnings. This season he has 62 victories from 420 drives. A win on red soil is sure to be a special one for Campbell. His counterpart from the Western region is Jim Marino. One of the leading drivers at Fraser Downs in his hometown of Surrey, BC, Marino recently surpassed the $10 million mark for career earnings as a driver. He picked up his 1, 800 lifetime driving victory on August 17 at Alberta Downs in the $10 ,000 Alberta Marksman elimination for three-year-old colts. Marino is in his 16th season with his driving tags. This season he has returned 76 of his 467 mounts back to the winner circle. Last season Marino was named the Driver of the Year and Dash winner at the B.C. Standardbred Awards Banquet. He has many major race victories to his credit from his time spent driving in Alberta and B.C., Among that list is BC Sire Stakes finals, Ralph Klein, Mary Murphy and the Robert Millbank. Representing the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region from Gatineau, Que. is Guy Gagnon, he picked up a one point victory in his regional appearance at Hippodrome 3R in June. A winner of over 4300 races is the veteran of the field with 26 years of driving under his belt and over 24, 704 starts. From 2001 until 2012 his earnings were over $1 million each year and over his 26 years he has earned over $ 20 million. He currently sits second in Canada with a .392 UDRS, in 2011 he was nominated as one of three candidates for the O'Brien award for Horsemanship. The Quebec native calls Rideau Carleton his home track and currently sits more then 30 wins ahead at the top of the leader board. Gagnon has 113 victories this season with 102 of those coming at Rideau. His best season came in 2008 when he returned 342 winners back to the winners enclosure and banked over $1.7 million. This will be his second appearance at the NDC, he participated in the 2009 event at Fraser Downs. A runner up to Gagnon in the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region championship, Sylvain Lacaille is back for his second shot at representing Canada at the WDC, he represented Quebec in 2011 at the NDC. From Repentigny, Que, Lacaille has taken a different route to becoming a driver, he drove his first race at the age of seven aboard a pony in which he near fell out of the sulky. Lacaille earned his standardbred tags in 1993 and since than has over 720 lifetime victories and made more than $ 5.5 million in career earnings. The 2013 season was a career best, he hit the 100 win plateau and earned $ 422, 188 in earnings. The Quebec native spends his time between Rideau Carleton and Hippodrome 3R. This season he has 50 wins and has earned over $ 213, ooo from more than 375 drives. Lacaille said prior to the 2011 NDC that he would like to win the WDC representing Canada before he dies. A runner-up in the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship Ryan Ellis has quietly started to leave his mark on Maritime Racing, growing to become one of the primary drivers in the region. The rookie of the field has only been driving since 2007 and rapidly has made his mark at his home track of Truro, winning the driving title in 2011, 2012, 2013 and is well on his way to winning it again this year. He was the leading percentage driver in Canada during the 2012 season batting an astonishing .418. The Brookfield NS native has over 340 victories from 1585 starts. He has a career UDRS of .339 along with more than $ 410,486 in earnings. This season he has eclipsed his wins total from last year with over 45 victories and has earned more money with $52,765. Ellis has made appearances in the year's Gold Cup and Saucer Trial and has also won the Mike MacDonald Consolation with Rare Jewel. Known as 'The Flying Pilot' Ellis is an Air Canada pilot by day and a horsemen by night. He will look to make Nova Scotia proud in his first appearance at the NDC. The winner of the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship and the final participant in the 2014 NDC, is the hometown hero, the king of the Maritimes, Marc Campbell. His second appearance in the NDC couldn't come at a better time, at the top of his game, Campbell is currently the leading driver at both Red Shores' Charlottetown and Summerside, he has 112 wins this season from 486 drives. He started driving in 2004 and is in his 10th season as a driver. He has more than 1240 wins and over $ 2.6 million in lifetime earnings. His resume includes multiple Maritime Breeders and Breeders Crown championships, an O'Brien award for Horsemanship and his biggest moment in harness racing, living out his boyhood dream of winning the Gold Cup and Saucer, a feat he accomplished in 2013. "King Campbell" sure will be at home on Tuesday, his home track is sure to be packed with family and friends, and if that isn't enough. He holds the record for most wins in a single season in Charlottetown, during the 2012 season he notched 130 of them. From a little boy growing up in Orwell, to a young man representing his region on the National stage, Campbell said he wants nothing more than to represent his country at the 2015 World Driving Championships. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carnivore capped off a Marc Campbell harness racing driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night's Atlantic Regional Driving Championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington, P.E.I. Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. "I'm feeling really good," Campbell said after the victory. "I had a good line up and the horses raced good. It's always close these kind of things and that's what makes it really exciting." Pictonian Press finished second to put Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot for the National's with 65 points, while PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points, finishing third in the competition. "It started out good and I just had good horses I guess," Ellis said. "After looking at the card I thought I had a shot and the horses came through." Jason Hughes finished fourth in the competition with 50 points, while Gilles Barrieau was fifth with 49 points followed by Todd Trites (41), Brodie MacPhee (31), Ryan Campbell (31) and Kevin Dillon (27). Hughes opened up the competition in race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory aboard Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess (Todd Trites) and Diagram Hanover (Ellis). Lyndale Royal captured race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas (Marc Campbell) and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead. Ultimate Labamba captured race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot to Marc Campbell with second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist (Gilles Barrieau) third. Rash B Havior delivered as the post time favorite in race 5 to widen the lead for driver Marc Campbell with Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden (Brodie MacPhee) third. Dance Hanover captured race 6 to propel Trites into third place with second in that race going to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee) and Joachim (Ryan Campbell) third. Race 7 had Darren Crowe bring himself into contention with a 1:57 victory aboard Barrett Jackson ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis). Its Handsome Hank captured race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behind Marc Campbell with Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) second and River Paradise (Hughes) third. Marc Campbell sat out race 10 to see Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Darren Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ryan Ellis) third. Marc Campbell and Ellis will join Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis Jr., Brandon Campbell, Jim Marino, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille in the National Driving Championship. The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with Bunny Mach capturing the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second with Prynne Hanover (Mike McGuigan) third. The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second with Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) third. By Nicholas Oakes  

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