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YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 11, 2014--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mare pacers. Three $40,000 divisions went postward and the favorite failed to win any of the divisions. The first event saw Breeders Crown champ Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick, $7.20) get off the series schneid a handy, down-the-road effort (:27.3, :57, 1:24, 1:52). Winning the draw, she played "Catch Me If You Can," and they could not. Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) was unable to sustain a first-up bid, while Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) could match strides from the pocket. "Monkey" did get second--beaten three-quarters of a length--with Ramalama third. Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor B Lucky (George Brennan), as the 13-10 favored entry, finished fourth and sixth (last), respectively. For third choice Shelliscape, a 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her first win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $28, with no triple wagering (five betting interests) "She had no luck with the draw the last two weeks, but she's a mare with class," Tetrick said. "It was no fluke she won the (Breeders) Crown. Tonight, I was able to rate a cheap half, then she was strong down the back...27 (second) third quarter and 28 (second) home." As was the case with Shelliscape, defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You was flying under the radar until this evening. Leaving from post No. 4 with Tyler Buter doing the honors, Feeling You operated from second-over. That didn't seem so opportunistic when pole-sitting Rocklamation (Gingras)--50 percent of the just-over-even-money favored entry--rated a cheapy half (:28, :57.3). Also not helping the cause for Feeling You was Anndrovette (Tetrick), who was first-up and into a vacant pocket when Angel's Delight (Brennan) gapped it badly. Rocklamation maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a half-length lead into the lane. Feeling You, left to fend for herself, continued her assault on the leader. She outgamed Rocklamation by a head in 1:53.1, with Anndrovette third, beaten a half-length. For fourth choice Feeling You, an Alan Kirschenbaum-bred 7-year-old daughter of Cambest co-owned by driver, Stephen Oldford & Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, she returned $32.60 for her first board finish in five '13 tries. The exacta paid $65. "She just felt good," Buter said of harness racing's newest millionairess ($1,014,148). "When Tim (Tetrick, with Anndrovette) dropped into the pocket, I had thought about getting in behind him, but my mare just acted like she wanted to keep going, so I stayed outside. "We took our time getting ready her ready this season. A year ago, we brought her back early for a series at the Meadowlands that wound up being cancelled. I just hope she can be this good the next couple of weeks." The third and final Matchmaker melange of the evening had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) throw down the gauntlet with the fastest mile of the series to date. Leaving from post No. 5, "Yagonna" made the first lead before yielding to a fumbly-early 4-5 favorite in Somwherovrarainbow (Sears). After a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and :55.4 intermission, it was Krispy Apple (Tetrick) trying her luck first-up. That one couldn't sniff the leader before a 1:23.4, three-quarters, with "Somwher" owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, she was powerless to deny Yagonnakissmeornot, who edged from the pocket and rolled away. That final margin for the second choice was 2½ widening lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4,  third went to Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce). For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 6-for-10 this season (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $74.50. Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by favored D W's NY Yank (Brennan, $4) in 1:54.3...fastest local mile of the season. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with three, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5 and 11 on the 12-race card) in that fourth division. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Pompano Beach, FL...March 29, 2014...With the track condition deteriorating quickly due to a deluge of rain just after the start, Northern Companion squeaked by a stubborn Ideal Choice (Brooke Nickells) in the final stride or two to capture Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap on Saturday night in 1:53. Cruizin K C (Mark O'Mara) was third, a length away, while Rick's Sign finished fourth. Cartoonist, who took the field to an opening quarter in :27.1, made an untimely miscue just short of the :58.1 half and finished fifth in the quintette. Indeed, it was Cartoonist on the engine as the gate opened, out-sprinting Ideal Choice through the opener before becoming unglued--make that "un-gooed"--midway around turn two. With Ideal Choice now on an inherited lead, it was Northern Companion who pulled first and engaged the leader through an official third panel in :27.1--his :26.4--to stick a nose in front at the third station clocked in 1:25.2. In the lane, Ideal Choice sprinted clear once again but Northern Companion used the grit for which he has become so well known at Pompano Park to eke out the victory by a neck. In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "I don't know where this Northern Companion gets his determination, but he sure can grind away with the best of 'em. I kind of sensed that the pace was slowing during that second quarter so I decided I'd better start trudging forward around that second turn before the half. It took a big final half (:54.2) to nail it down but this horse just has that great attitude. Howard (trainer Klohr) does a great job with him...and, of course, that helps." For Northern Companion, owned by Dorothy Zarza, it was his fourth win of the year in 11 starts, sending his seasonal bankroll to $31,800. Career-wise, the six year-old son of Cambest has won 36 times, good for $218,632. As the 4 to 5 tote-board choice, Northern Companion paid $3.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 17, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's six-week fairer-sex festival, otherwise known as the Blue Chip Matchmaker, begins Friday night. Twenty-nine (of the 39) eligible Free-For-All pacing mares made their intentions known, resulting in four, $40,000, opening-round divisions. They go as races 4,6,9 and 10 on the 12-race card. Defending series champion Feeling You drew into the third event, landing post position No. 5 for co-owner driver Tyler Buter. The 7-year-old daughter of Cambest, a career millionairess-in-waiting (nearly $987,000), comes off a 12-win, $407,000-plus season in 2013. She hooks seven-figure performers Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick, post 3) and Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, post 4), as well as the sharp-on-seasonal debut Somwherovrarainbow (Sears also listed, post 6). Standout lass Anndrovette-second to Feeling You in last season's edition--begins her 7-year-old purse season from post No. 3 in the second Matchmaker grouping. The $2.5 million miss, with seven wins and more than $556 on account in '13, has Tetrick driving for trainer P J Fraley. Rocklamation, winner of this event in 2012, drew post No. 4 in the first division. Yannick Gingras drives for trainer Ron Burke, who is representing by six ladies in the four divisions. Friday's final series event includes weekly Open Handicap standouts Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, post 3) and Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, post 4). Saturday's opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Sisters Aqua Artist and Sectionline Yankee won back-to-back races Sunday night at Miami Valley, including the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Trainer Steve Bauder had the siblings super sharp on this night and reinsman Chris Page used that to full advantage. Aqua Artist, at age seven, two years the senior of Sectionline Yankee, (both out of the Cambest mare Aquatic Yankee), beat the top distaffers with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. She bested Rev Me Up (Dan Noble) and Holiday Shopper (Jason Brewer) for her 25th career triumph, raising her lifetime bankroll to $306,696. Sectionline Yankee pushed her total earnings to $246,795 with her 14th win. Her 1:56.3 score over Babe's Chip (Tyler Smith) and Sonic Breeze (Jim Pantaleano) came in a $7000 conditioned event. Owners Harold Lee Bauder, Harold L. Bauder and Michael Dixon also bred both winners. By Gregg Keidel  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2014...In a five horse photo, Northern Companion, again handled by Dave Ingraham for trainer Howard Klohr and owner Dorothy Zarza, gutted out top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night. The six year-old son of Cambest showed remarkable gameness and resiliency, refusing to give up when he appeared beaten in mid-stretch, and scored in 1:52, his winning margin officially a neck over the late surging Who's Your Maddy (John Macdonald). Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey), stablemate of "Maddy," finished third just a half length away, edging past pacesetting Hillybilly in the final stride. Cruizin K C picked up the nickel in the six horse field. It was Hillybilly who rocketed out of the gate into the lead just past the first eighth pole but, midway around the turn with positions now established, driver Bruce Ranger grabbed a hold of his charge and rated him through an opener of :27.3 with Freeneasy Hanover, Who's Your Maddy and Northern Companion next, about 4 1/2 lengths off the lead. Sensing the very moderate pace, Ingraham began his grind forward with one lap to go and was third, two lengths off Hillybilly through a soft opening half in :57. On the backside, things really started heating up and, by the final turn, were sizzling as Northern Companion was put through a supreme test during a third panel in :26.4--his one tick faster. Turning for home, Hillybilly kicked clear again with Freeneasy now taking up the chase with Northern Companion now two lengths away and drifting out a bit and Who's Your Maddy flying between horses. But, when it counted, Northern Companion refused to be denied in the photo finish victory. In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "...this was not easy! To grind forward through a quarter like that is amazing and, yes, I thought we were beaten in mid-stretch but this horse really has that rare quality about him that, when he gets some racetrack in front of him, he wants to gobble it up! He just never quits!" "Buddy's" win (he's called Buddy around the stable), was his third this year and 35th lifetime, sending his lifetime bounty to $208,082--$21,250 this young season in seven starts. As the 1 to 2 public choice, Northern Compani paid $3.00 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 8, 2014...Northern Companion earned his 34th lifetime victory on Saturday night by scoring a sharp 1:51 victory for Dave Ingraham in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace.   The six year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, wore down the game Lyons Johnny, handled by Wally Hennessey, to score by a length and a half. Hillybilly and Bruce Ranger teamed up to finish third while Eastend Eddie, last in the field for the first half mile, rallied to finish fourth. Who's Your Maddy picked up the nickel in the seven horse field.   Lyon's Johnny out-dueled Electric Lad in the early stages and took the field to the first station in :27.2 with Northern Companion nestled into third and remaining in that position through the opening half in :55.3. On the backside, three-eighths out, Northern Companion left his comfortable surroundings and began gnawing in on Lyons Johnny's lead, cutting it in half turning for home and collaring that one in mid-stretch before drawing clear late.   In a post race interview, driver Ingraham said, "...he had a nice trip but, to tell you the truth, i was concerned a bit when we weren't gaining that much around the turn. Lyons Johnny can't be taken lightly. He gave "Jaguar" (Prairie Jaguar) a good tussle the week before and I wasn't sure we were going to get there but Northern Companion just has that attitude that he wants to win. He's got that winning attitude! It's a great quality in a racehorse--a winning attitude. The draw helped us this week, too, because we were a lot closer from the two post than the previous week from the six."   Northern Companion's scorecard now reads 2-2-1 in six starts and the victory pushed his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$203,082 to be exact.   As the even money favorite on the tote board, Northern Companion paid $4.00 to win.   The Open 2 Pace went to Freeneasy Hanover, who dug in late for driver Bruce Ranger to hold off Legends Luck and Wally Hennessey by a head in 1:52.2. Avantage (Dave Ingraham) finished third, four lengths away, with McGreat and Restless Yankee garnering the final awards in the octet.   The six year-old son of Western Ideal, trained by Jim McDonald for Ciro Gentile and Twenty Four Carrot Racing, went right to the front and carded an opening panel of :27.1 in thwarting any ideas of an early challenge. After a breather that brought Freeneasy to the half in :56, Ranger throttled his charge a bit on the backside and a :27.3 third quarter brought the pair to the third station in 1:23.3 as Legends Luck left the coziness of the pocket to challenge turning for home.   In deep stretch, the pair raced side-by-side with Freeneasy prevailing in the photo for his second straight success of the year in six starts. He's banked $156,765 lifetime--$10,250 of that so far this young season.   Stepping up from a "non-winners" class, Freeneasy Hanover was the public's fifth choice in the win pool and paid $14.40.   In the $20-$25,000 claiming handicap, Ahead Of the Curve was given a picture perfect drive by George Napolitano, Jr. and captured that event in 1:52 over the late charging Rick's Sign, handled by Simon Allard. The winning margin was 2 3/4 lengths with Red Hot Yankee third after posting red hot fractions of :26.1, :53.3 and 1:22 with Ahead Ofthe Curve right on that one's tail the entire way, only leaving the pocket turning for home and scoring easily from there.   Masters Champion and Mach Wheel also earned minor awards in the field of six.   Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Ahead Ofthe Curve, an eight year-old son of Real Desire, won for the 27th time during his career and pushed his lifetime bounty closer to $300,000--now at $298,149.   He paid $3.60 to win as the public choice.   Finally, Fox Valley Griffin, driven by Rick Plano, lit up the tote-board, by scoring at victory in a claiming event in 1:53.1 at odds of 52 to 1.   The six year-old, trained by Richard Macomber for wife Carol and Emilinda Manzi, paid $107.00 to win, keying two dime superfecta payoffs (there was a dead-heat for second) of $945.83 and $756.68.   The big upset also set up a Pick-4 carry-over of over $3,000 going into Sunday's racing program.   Sunday also is the kickoff of Pompano's $20,000 Championship Driver's Challenge, which gets underway with a round one pairing of Dave Ingraham and Rick Plano.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park          

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Miracle Matts and Cambest Kisser will knock heads in the Friday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 pm for the 12-dash affair that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the O'Brien Awards being held in Charlottetown. The $2,000 preferred pace lines up in race 9 with Miracle Matts drawing post 3 fresh off a 2:01 victory on a sloppy track in last week's feature event. Corey MacPherson drives the pacer for owner-trainer Blois MacPhail of Cornwall. Race analyst Les McIsaac has selected Cambest Kisser to take the top spot from the outside post 6 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. "He gets the outside post every week but it hasn't prevented him from finishing in the top three each and every start since the beginning of winter, and then some previous to that," McIsaac said of Cambest Kisser. "Top billing." Each race on the card is named in honour of a community with deep connections to Island harness racing, with the feature named the Town Of Montague Pace. Montague Owned and trained PC Shockwave has drawn the rail for owner Scott MacPhail, trainer Wade Sorrie and driver Brian MacPhee. Other entries include Le Fugueur (Marc Campbell), Blue Star Outlaw (Brodie MacPhee), and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie). Race 4 will see the $1,600 Open Trot raced in honor of the community of Tyne Valley. Zip The Lip has post 2 in the compact field of five for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. The six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin has not seen the winner's circle since Dec. 8, with a string of seconds and thirds since then but will look to change his luck with his best post in three months. His main competition will come from the Harold Shepherd trained and driven Abundaspin, who won the event the last week and will look for a repeat. Shepherd will be rooting for son Patrick to win the first ever Future Star award Saturday night at the O'Brien Awards at the Delta Prince Edward and P.E.I. Convention Centre. Other entries in the Open trot include Wonderous Hanover (Mike McGuigan), Buckling Banbury (MacPherson), and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Other races on the card will honour the communities of Tignish, Alberton, O'Leary, Summerside, Kensington, Cornwall/North River, Charlottetown, Pinette, and Souris. The final dash of the winter meet will honour the historic rural tracks of Kinkora, St. Peter's and New Annan. After Friday, racing returns to Charlottetown on Saturday, April 26. Besides the Friday card of racing and the Saturday night awards gala, the O'Brien Awards weekend will feature the sold out Island Kitchen Party Friday night at 9 pm, and a fan forum with some of the best in Canadian racing Saturday morning at 10 am at Red Shores Charlottetown. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Miracle Matts, with Corey MacPherson in the bike, won the afternoon feature in the Irene MacInnis memorial Saturday at Red Shores. The time of the mile was 2:01 over a sloppy CDP oval with a three second variant. MacPherson rallied Miracle Matts from fourth at the head of the lane for an exciting stretch drive victory over Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) with fraction setter Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) hanging on for third. Blois MacPhail of Cornwall was the winning owner. Abundaspin, owned by Mikaela Lustic, Cornwall, was a two length winner for driver Harold Shepherd in the open trot division. Zip the Lip was second while Caliban Hanover completed the triactor. Marc Campbell continues his reign at the top of the driver standings posting a hat-trick. The Winlsoe native clicked with Rebelryan, Silky Britches and Whatrugonnado. Ron Matheson, Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles with Hughes, Jackie Matheson and Jonah Moase each scoring two training victories on the card. The final card of the season is Friday February 7th during the O'Brien Awards weekend. Post time is 6pm. by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - A power-packed field of harness racing pacers will headline the top class Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 13 dash card is slated for 1pm. The action will be carried live at The race is named in honor of long time Red Shores' employee Irene MacInnis with the memorial cooler being presented by family, friends and co-workers to the winner. Pinner will attempt to get back in the win column after his amazing winning streak was halted at eight in a row. Marc Campbell is back in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown. The pacer goes up against last week's feature winner Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) who put an end to Pinner's streak. Miracle Matts is a serious threat off the rail for driver Corey MacPherson and PC Shockwave is also a major contender from post 4 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner Scott MacPhail of Montague. MacPhee also has a live drive on Zip the Lip in the open trot in race 4. The trotter co-owned by trainer Don Sweet and Orville Willis of O'Leary gets top billing from race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Three straight without a win is an eternity for him but a combination of things contributed to that," said MacIsaac. "If Brian is able to get him to the front it could be all over." It won't be easy. The field is full of talent including rail sitter Honeymoonisover, Sandhill Angel, Abundaspin, Buckling Banbury, Caliban Hanover and Wonderous Hanover. Every Day, owned by Bill and Rachel Andrew, moves up to tackle the back-up class in race 7. The pacer has back to back wins for driver Brian Andrew. The fans choice awards will also be presented after race 3 on the program. The final live race program of the season is Friday February 7th with a 6pm post time. The card celebrates the 25th edition of the O'Brien awards coming to Charlottetown on Saturday February 8th at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre. by Lee Drake for Red Shores

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2014...Northern Companion and Rick's Sign shared the spotlight as they captured the duet of co-features Saturday night at Pompano Park.   Northern Companion, handled by Dave Ingraham, captured the $8,500 Open Handicap Pace, grinding forward from last the entire last lap to nail a 1:52.1 victory in the final strides.   The six year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, achieved his initial victory of the year by a half length over Thebestofjoel (Ed Hensley) with Southern Sport (Joe Pavia, Jr.) next, 2 1/4 lengths away. Restless Yankee finished fourth and the 7 to 5 favorite, Eastend Eddie, picked up the nickel after making a very confident brush to the front just after the :26.4 opener and carding subsequent panels of :55.3 and 1:23.   Assigned post eight in the field, Northern Companion got to move in a notch with the scratch of Electric Lad and was away in a relaxed manner as Thebestofjoel and Southern Sport mixed it up early with the ladder carving up the opening number. Meanwhile, Northern Companion was out by turn two but still sixth about a half dozen lengths away from the leader. On the backside, the pace quickened but Northern Companion was still able to dent the official :27.2 third quarter and was about three lengths away turning for home.   At that point, Eastend Eddie was being attacked from all sides by Southern Sport and Thebestofjoel with Northern Companion grinding widest and fastest of all, collaring the remaining competition near the wire.   For Northern Companion, it was his 33rd lifetime victory, sending his career bounty to $197,282.   In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "...I'll tell ya, this horse can take a lot of air. He just keeps mowing forward and doesn't quit. He can be kind of lazy leaving but, when he gets going, he REALLY gets going...and, of course, it helped that there were no jaguars (meaning Prairie Jaguar) in there tonight."   As co-second choice in the wagering, Northern Companion paid $7.20 to win.   In the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap worth $8,500, Rick's Sign, handled by Simon Allard, went a monstrous mile grinding out a 1:53 victory measuring three parts of a length over Red Hot Yankee (Ed Hensley) with the favorite Premier third in that same photo, Gentleman Friend finished fourth with Just Fred fifth in the quintette that, front to back, were separated by just a shade over two lengths.   Red Hot Yankee cut the moderate opening fractions of :27.2 and :57.1 with Rick's Sign out and pressuring from the second turn all the way home, the latter engaging the leader through a wicked :26.4 third panel and then finally squeaking on by inside the sixteenth pole for the win.   For Rick's Sign, it was his 49th career victory--second this year--with this nine year-old's lifetime bankroll now at $322,577.   Highland Thoroughbred Farm co-owns Rick's Sign with trainer Marty Fine.   As second choice in the win pool, Rick's Sign paid $9.00 to win.   Carry-overs in both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 wagers highlight the Sunday night card, which gets underway at 7:05 p.m.   John Berry        

Charlottetown, PE - Nobestbfor proved to be the best after knocking off the rest of the field to win the feature race Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 2:01.4 and Nobestbfor went off at odds of 9-1. Owner Walter Cheverie rallied the six-year-old brown gelding from the back of the pack in sixth place starting down the stretch and closed well to win by a head over Miracle Matts. Cambest Kisser was third. The 5-2-6 triactor paid $260.50. Cheverie won the last three races of the day for a driving triple. His other wins came with veteran Blue Meadow Willie for owners Robert and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside and JK Special from the Joe Smallwood stable. Driver Kenny Arsenault recorded a hat-trick including the fastest mile of the day with Camcun in 1:59.4. Arsenault also paraded Scotian Lass and Hezmaboy back to the winner's circle. Wonderous Hanover won the trot class for driver Michael McGuigan and trainer Mitchell Tierney who co-owns the trotter with William Andrew of Calgary, Alberta. Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes had driving doubles. by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Another showdown is ready to take place in the afternoon top class Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13 dash program is 1pm. Cambest Kisser, who ended Pinner's winning streak last week, will square off in the $2,000 feature, dubbed the wild horses promotion, in race 12. Jason Hughes will be back in the bike for Cambest Kisser while Pinner gets the services of Brodie MacPhee after Marc Campbell booked off all his drives. Panacotta, a major player in wearing down the leader in his last start, drew the rail for trainer Blaine Baglole with Mark Bradley getting the call to drive this week. Miracle Matts leaves from post two for Corey MacPherson while PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) complete the star-studded line-up. Wonderous Hanover is the morning line favorite in the afternoon trot class. Michael McGuigan will handle the five-year-old mare from post six. Delta Dental with Ron Gass and JK Queen driven by Walter Cheverie are also top three candidates. Cheverie is the 2013 Mr Trot Challenge champion presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc. Whatrugonnado takes her two win race streak into Saturday for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. Jason Hughes will do the driving. For entries, race programs and live video go to Lee A. Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Cambest Kisser, with catch-driver Kenny Arsenault in the bike, won the afternoon feature at Red Shores Saturday. The CDP oval was rated as good with a three second variant due to rain that fell most of the week. Pinner, the heavy post time favorite, put in a great race but finished second ending his winning streak at eight. Arsenault engineered the trip by coasting away fifth while a front end battle ensued between Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) and the race favorite, in line to Marc Campbell, on route to the opening quarter in a blistering 28.1 over the off track. Once Miracle Matts made the lead Campbell put the Brian Ladner trainee back on the point with the half mile reached in 59.1 and the three-quarter station charted in 1:29.4 with pressured being applied to the leader from Panacotta (Blaine Baglole) from the outside. Cambest Kisser, owned by Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge, came flying from the backfield to catch a fading Pinner in the stretch. The mile time was 2:01. Miracle Matts hung on for third. Buckling Banbury won the open trot in 204.2 for Corey MacPherson and co-owners Bill, Brian and Blake Andrew. Fraction setter Zip the Lip was second with Delta Dental third. Campbell and MacPherson recorded driving doubles. A scary situation unfolded in the first race when one of the reins broke on Glencove Victor just as the wings folded on the starting gate. Driver Mike McGuigan tried to control the runaway horse even attempting to reach up and grab the rein while going along the outside surface of the track. McGuigan had to jump off the bike just seconds before the horse crashed through the outside fence. Remarkably, Glencove Victor walked away without any injuries. McGuigan returned to driving duty after the incident. For complete results go to by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Pinner is on course to make Charlottetown harness racing history. The pacer will line up in the $2,000 race 11 feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in search for his ninth win in-a-row Saturday afternoon. The first race of the 13-dash card kicks off at 1 pm. Pinner shows no signs of slowing down for driver Marc Campbell, trainer and co-owner Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner as no new competition has surfaced to defeat the son of Mach Three. Callie Hal is believed to hold the record for most consecutive wins in Charlottetown with 12 straight victories over 50 years ago. Pinner's main competition will come from Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson), who was closing well to finish second in last week's feature event, along with previous runner-up Cambest Kisser who will have Kenny Arsenault sub in for absent trainer Jason Hughes. Other entries include McJestic (Brodie MacPhee0, Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Panacotta (Blaine Baglole). A full field of eight will contest the $1,800 Open Trot in race 4. Zip The Lip is selected as the morning line favorite from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee and O'Leary co-owners Donald Sweet, who also trains, and Orville Willis. The trotter was unsuccessful in the last two Open trot events and the upset winner two times ago, Caliban Hanover, has a favorable post this week to try again. Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) has post 3 at 3-1 morning line odds while the former king of Island trotters, Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd), is shouldered with post 8. Race analyst Les MacIsaac has selected Zip The Lip to capture top honours. "After a long winning streak he's now gone two straight without one, something you can attribute to his not being able to secure the lead," MacIsaac said. "If Brian can get him back there today it could be all over." The race 7 $1,750 back-up pace has Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee) favored over Van Zant (Ron Matheson) and McMaverick (Ken Murphy). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shore  

Charlottetown, PE - "Pinner and Campbell unstoppable at Charlottetown" boomed track announcer Vance Cameron as the pacer extended his winning streak to eight Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The time of the mile was 1:59 flat for Pinner. Judges rated the CDP oval as good with a one second variant due to rain when the feature race went behind the starting gate. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed a driving triple to take the lead in the driver standings in 2014, sent the Brian Ladner trainee to front yielding briefing to Cambest Kisser on route to the opening quarter in a stiff 28.3 before re-claiming command of the tempo through splits of 59.2 and 1:30.1. The one length charted victory was over Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) while Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) completed the triactor. The 3-4-6 combination returned $43.90. Pinner is owned by Brian, Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Mcmaverick beat Camcun by a nose to claim the back-up class in 1:58 for the fastest mile of the day. Ken Murphy engineered the trip for owner - trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Wonderous Hanover, in line to Mike McGuigan, delivered as the post time favorite in the trot class. The mare is owned by Mitchell Tierney, Cornwall and William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. Miramonttogo delighted long shot players when driver Irwin Neill was able to rally the pacer to score in race 6. The win ticket paid $88.70. For complete results and replays go to By Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Pinner has been established as the favorite in the afternoon feature event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino but odds makers have labeled two horses with a shot of ending his winning streak. The track crew did an amazing job with the CDP oval getting it prepped for the 13 dash card. First race post time is set for 1pm. Marc Campbell has the driving assignment as Pinner, owned by Kevin, Lillian and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown, goes for his eighth consecutive victory. The son of Mach Three headlines the power-packed six horse field. Race analyst Les MacIsaac said it all in his column. "There's not much more you can say about a horse that's won seven in a row. Looks like the only thing that will stop him is the end of the meet." You can review all the picks at McJestic (3-1) and Cambest Kisser (7-2) will try to spoil the party. Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) went after Pinner early in the last start in an attempt to rough up the favorite but that didn't work and he settled for second place. On the other hand, McJestic draws the rail and shows some fast closers so that may help to grab a piece of the triactor. Brodie MacPhee will drive McJestic for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Cornwall. Panacotta (Mark Bradley), Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) will also make this match interesting. In other action, Van Zant is the morning line favorite for team Matheson in the back-up class. McMaverick from the Keith Campbell stable of Tyne Valley and Stayoutofmyaffair are also top candidates. Pictonian Walton goes for his third win in a row in the afternoon finale for young driver Brandon Webster. Webster, who recorded his first lifetime win back on November 16, rallied for a win on New Year's Eve and then came back last week for another victory after being parked the entire mile. The 21 year-old Morell resident takes Pictonian Walton from post four for owner Roger MacRae of Belfast. Red Shores is proud to launch the harness racing fans choice awards. The ballot is located in the on-track race program. Fans can select their favorites in several categories. The winners will be announced in a few weeks. For a complete list of entries, live video and replays go to by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores                                                   "Contains confidential information, including proprietary AL or third party information, advice and/or recommendations, the disclosure of which may harm AL's or a third party's financial interests; Not intended for public distribution."       ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately.   Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

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