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Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, under the command of Marc Campbell, continued his winning ways with his seventh consecutive victory Saturday in the afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:59.2 over a track rated "good" with a two second variant. Campbell hustled the favorite off the gate from post 5 to the lead but Cambest Kisser, with Jason Hughes in the bike, decided to take him on early touching down on the front through a brisk opening panel of 29 seconds flat. Campbell returned to his game plan moving Pinner back to the point through a 59.2 half with a rated third panel reached in 1:29.2. The Brian Ladner trainee breezed home for his 33rd lifetime score for co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Cambest Kisser (Hughes) was second while Mcmaverick (Ken Murphy) rallied for third. The spotlight was on conditioner Darren Trainor as he opened the new campaign with four training victories from his Vernon River stable. The parade began in race 5 with Diagram Hanover (2:03.4) followed by King of Rock (2:03.1) with newcomer General Simba and Le Fugueur, owned by his wife Jennifer, completing a career day at the city oval. In other action, Abundaspin, who began his final year of racing at age 14, won the open trot for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall. It was the trotter's 72nd lifetime win. Pictonian Zena and Shane Bernard opened the 2014 history books taking top honors in the afternoon opener. Campbell and Hughes recorded driving triples. Corey MacPherson had a driving double. For complete results and race replays go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake  

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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The king of Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park continued his winning ways Saturday afternoon. Marc Campbell had five driving wins on card, including getting Pinner his sixth win in a row in the afternoon top class. The heavily favored Pinner went to front in the $2,200 event and laid down fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4, and 1:30.2 before closing in 28.3 for a 1:59 victory over Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes) and McJestic (Corey MacPherson). Pinner is co-owner and trained by Brian Ladner with co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. Campbell's other wins came with April Dawns Star (2:01.3), Rebelryan (2:02.2), Seawind Rianna (2:04.3) and Teddys Place (2:02.1). The day's performance gives Campbell 123 wins at Charlottetown for the year, just seven short of his all-time win record of 130, but there is only one card left on the calendar year. Camcun captured the afternoon $1,750 back-up pace in 1:59.1 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault, who co-owns with Dan Belliveau of Halifax. Second went to Cambest Kisser (Hughes) with McMaverick (Ken Murphy) third. The race 9 Buck Barker retirement pace went to Capitalism and trainer-driver Hughes in 2:01.2 over Sterling Seelster (Campbell) and Painted Pony (Gary Chappell). The four-year-old son of Tell All is owned by Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. Dunmore Alpha scored in the $1,100 trot class in 2:06.3 over Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Incredible Her Bee (Campbell). The 10-year-old son of Black River is owned, trained and driven by Ted Smallwood of Stratford. Hughes had three wins as a trainer-driver, while Arsenault had a pair of driving wins from his own stable. Total bet for the 13-dash program was $26,059. Live racing continues Tuesday night at 7 pm for New Year's Eve celebrations. By Nicholas Oakes    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Pinner will be searching for win number four in-a-row Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the action packed 15-dash card. Marc Campbell will steer the seven-year-old Pinner from post 4 in the $2,000 feature for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. The son of Mach Three is riding a three race win streak and is favored to land in the winner's circle again this week by the classifier, as well as race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Looks like the favourite and rightly so since he's been practically unbeatable for the past few weeks," MacIsaac said. "Until one steps up and seriously challenges him we'll stay on his bandwagon." His main competition comes from Bunny Mach (Jason Hughes) off the rail and Artist List (Mark Bradley) from post 2. Also in the field is Stayoutofmyaffair (Kenny Arsenault), Blu Meadow Willie (Brodie MacPhee), Dance Hanover (Brian MacPhee), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Doll R General (Mark McKinnon). The open trotters are on hiatus for the week, leaving a field of nine trotters racing for $1,100 as the top trot event of the day. JK Queen is the favorite for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer and co-owner Joe Smallwood of Stratford and co-owner Norman Clarey of Charlottetown. Cheverie will have to map out a perfect trip to win as he is shouldered with the dreaded post 8. Other top entries include Sandhill Angel (Arsenault) off the rail and Incredible Her Bee (Campbell) with post 6. The $1,750 back-up pace lines up in the race 15 finale with McJestic the favorite for driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Troy Murray of Cornwall. The four-year-old son of McArdle will face off with Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Lucky Encounter (Cheverie), Talk Back (Arsenault), Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), Every Day (Brian Andrew), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), and Toad River (Ken Murphy). Catch all the action live at www.redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

Whogoesfirst added his name to the long list of Open Pace winners at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this season with a hard charging score in Saturday's feature. The Luann Case-trained five year old has raced at the Spa in the past but hasn't been in town in quite some time. He took advantage of a race filled with early speed on Saturday night and after a scramble in the opening quarter of 26.4 and first half in 56.1, Whogoesfirst (Cambest) and reinsman Jim Devaux slid out heading to three quarters and outclosed his rivals while stopping the timer in 1:54. Released at odds of 6-1, Whogoesfirst hit the wire first for the just the second time this season. It's a Good Thing (Shawn Gray) was the runner up in the $16,050 Open while Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) finished third. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - McMaverick has rail control and the form to deliver a victory in the $1,750 Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 12-dash card. John Holmes gets the call on McMaverick in race 11 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley, and the horse shows two wins, a second and a third with some less than favorable posts his last four starts. It will not be easy for the six-year-old son of Western Maverick, as race analyst Les McIsaac sees Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) a real threat to land in the winner's circle. "He's a versatile type with good early speed, when he wants to exploit it, and a dangerous late kick," McIsaac says of the post 4 starter. "Don't let the fact that he hasn't won in this class in a while fool you, because he can. Beware." They both face real threats from Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and Pinner (Marc Campbell) from posts 6 and 7, respectively. Also in the field is Western Bandit (Ken Murphy), Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes). Capitalism is favored to win the $1,550 race 7 back-up pace for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. He faces eight tough opponents in Pictonian Zena (Shane Bernard), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Windemere Maggie (Holmes), First Art Down (Brodie MacPhee), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Freddy My Boy (Brian MacPhee), and Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie). Sunday battle royale at Charlottetown Narragansett and Machinthesand will finally face off again in Sunday's race 12 $2,200 preferred pace after the latter was scratched last week. The action gets underway at 1 pm for the 13-dash event. Hughes trains and drives the outside starting Narragansett in the field of six for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while Brodie MacPhee steers Machinthesand from post 5 for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings, and Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton. Machinthesand scored a four length victory in 1:55.1 over Narragansett in their last outing. Other entries in the competitive field are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Ultimate Luck (Arsenault) and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Zip The Lip will have to navigate his toughest obstacle to date since starting his winning ways, as the son of Ken Warkentin has been assigned post 8 in the $1,800 race 6 Open trot. Don Sweet co-owns and trains the trotter with co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary, while Brian MacPhee handles the driving chores. He has been victorious in five of his last six starts but has been able to secure the lead early on in the majority of those wins, and a top notch group of trotters will not make that easy this week. Who Took That (Mike McGuigan) has the rail and has shown some gate speed in her East Coast campaign, and former king of the open trotters Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) leaves from post 4, while Zip The Lip's arch-rival Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 7. Other entries include Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Diamond Mine (Brodie MacPhee), Wonderous Hanover (Corey MacPherson), Majian Dilion (Jim Ripley) and Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd). The race 9 back-up pace should be hotly contested as three of the top mares in Eastern Canada face off against some gritty male racehorses. General Luckypercy has post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. She will butt heads with Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series champion Stayoutofmyaffair (Arsenault) with post 5 and iron sided claimer Le Fugueur (Campbell) with the rail. Also in the field is Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Ebandtheboys (Murphy), Artist List (Bradley), and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The annual E.F. Acorn Memorial driver's championship headlines the Saturday afternoon card of racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash card. The event is sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association, and will feature nine drivers competing over eight exciting races for the top spot. The event features top dash winning drivers Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes, Brodie MacPhee, Kenny Arsenault and Gilles Barrieau along with top percentage drivers with over 75 drives Terry Gallant and Ron Matheson and top percentage drivers with 40-75 drives Harold Shepherd and Willie Murphy. Statistics to determine the participants are based on starts solely in Charlottetown. The competition takes place in races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Race 12 has the feature pace with nine entries going to the gate for a purse of $1,750. Roscoes Child is favored to win for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Raymond White and owner Selkirk Stable of Belfast. His main completion will come from post 3 entry Pinner (Campbell) and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) from the trailing post 9. Other entries include Van Zant (Matheson), Blue Star Outlaw (Hughes), Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee), Stayoutofmyaffair (Gary Chappell), Sterling Seelster (Corey MacPherson) and Camcun (Arsenault). The afternoon trot class lines up in race 4 with Diamond Mine the morning line favorite for driver Willie Murphy, co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Other top entries include Wonderous Hanover (Brian Andrew) and Who Took That (Mike McGuigan). Top class pacer and trotters headline Sunday afternoon card The top trotters on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will duke it out in race 4 Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown with a 1 pm first race post time for the 13-dash affair. Zip The Lip has crowned himself the top trotter in the East recently with victories in four of the last five Open trots held. Brian MacPhee drives the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will have to contend with post 6 in the seven horse race, as well as fight back challenges from the Shepherd family with Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) from post 3 and newcomer Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd) with post 5. Tender N Kind has been racing a $6,000 claimer at Bangor Raceway in Maine. The preferred pace lines up in race 12 and Machinthesand will look for a repeat of his 1:55.1 victory last week with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd and Karen Noonan of Middleton. The son of Mach Three has to battle three Jason Hughes trained horses in the seven entry field with Cambest Kisser (Hughes), Bunny Mach (Chappell) and Narragansett (Arsenault). Also in the field is Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) and Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

I Luv The Nitelife heads into Saturday’s American National 3-year-old filly pace fresh off her stunning victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore distaff pace on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. The venerable daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trounced her competition soundly in 1:50 by nearly four lengths. “She’s been at Odds On Acres since last Wednesday and she’s just jogged lightly all week,” said her trainer Chris Ryder. “She came out of her Breeders Crown win in really fine shape, and just seems to enjoy life.” Harnessed by Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, I Luv The Nitelife has been driven by Tim Tetrick in all of her pari-mutuel starts this season. This familiar scenario follows closely on the heels of 2010 champion Put On A Show—who had these same connections and credentials. I Luv The Nitelife—with her Breeders Crown victory—erased her stablemate’s combined record earnings from her freshman and sophomore season($1,893,475), with her $1,907,867 totals. On Monday of this week, the Young’s cleverly challenged the connections of North America’s top male pacer, Captaintreacherous, to a match race on The Meadowlands’ opening night, on Nov. 23 at the East Rutherford, NJ one mile oval. All of the money from the race would go to charity,with the winning horse’s charity receiving 60% of the purse. “It’s a great idea the Young’s have come up with, and it’s for charity,” Ryder said. “It’s a great opportunity for both of these outstanding 3-year-olds, and a fantastic promotion for harness racing. It’s a win-win situation overall.” I Luv The Nitelife had a 31-day layoff and a pair of qualifiers between her double-heat Jugette victory at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept.18 and her Breeders Crown victory, and now has had 21 days since that last triumph at Pocono Downs. “She wasn’t eligible to anything at Lexington, and our main goal was to win the Jug and the Breeders Crown,” said Ryder. I Luv The Nitelife posted back-to-back miles of 1:51 and 1:51.2 in the Jugette, setting a world record of 3:42.2 for a combined two heats. “I wasn’t concerned about her racing the two heats; I was confident she could handle that,” Ryder noted. If she wins on Saturday night, I Luv The Nitelife has a chance to become just the fourth 3-year-old pacing filly in harness racing history to be honored with a Horse of the Year trophy, joining Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001) and Fan Hanover (1981). A $60,000 yearling purchase by the Young’s at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, I Luv The Nitelife now has 12 consecutive victories to her credit this year, with one third place finish in 13 trips postward this season. Her lone loss came at The Meadowlands on June 1 in a $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake. Since then, her career has been a dream-come-true for her connections. “She’s a great horse, and great horses do great things,” said trainer Chris Ryder after her Breeders Crown victory. “Yes, there was a longtime in between races, but we just couldn’t find any suitable ones for her, so we qualified her.” This year I Luv The Nitelife also won the $205,608 Simcoe Stakesat Mohawk in 1:50, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono in a career best 1:48.4,the $125,000 Miss New Jersey final (in 1:49) and elimination (in 1:50.3), the $184,250 Mistletoe Shallee (in 1:50), the $300,000 Lynch elimination (in1:50.1) and final (in 1:50) at Pocono, and the $384,044 Fan Hanover elim (in1:50.4) and final (in 1:49.1) in early June. No slouch as a freshman, I Luv The Nitelife earned $689,530 from four wins, four seconds and one third in ten 2-year-old starts, and was named Canada’s top freshman pacing filly, honored with that nation’s prestigious O’Brien Award. She’s slated to start in the Nadia Lobell after her start in the American National. Ryder said the star distaff takes all the traveling and racing in stride. “She sleeps a lot and is just kind of a plain-jane filly,” he stressed. “She’s never any trouble; in fact, you’d never know she was in the barn.” I Luv The Nitelife is the second daughter out of the $67,482-winning Camluck mare Lisjune, an 11-race winner who took a mark of1:50.4 at age four. Her granddam is the Abercrombie mare Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405), who also produced Lisjune’s half-sister, the worldchampion Lis Mara (by Cambest) p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661); Lisagain (by DragonAgain) p, 4, 1:49.1F ($635,218); Lis Deo (by The Panderosa) p,2,1:50.2($353,755); Mr Dennis (by Dragon Again) p,3,1:51.1 ($152,410); Odds On Santi (by Jate Lobell) p,4,1:54.2 ($56,049); and Lislea  (by Cam Fella) p,Q1:52.3($28,849), etc. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Just when you thought the quality of stallions in the Empire State couldn’t get better, four speedy sires have taken up residency here for the upcoming breeding season. Panther Hanover, Glidemaster, Betterthancheddar and Rockincam have put the competition on notice and are looking to make a name for themselves in this very competitive market.  Panther Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover-Panned Out 1:47.2 $367,877) became one of the fastest 3-year-old colts ever when he registered a 1:47.2 victory in the $275,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic. He battled a game Hurrikane Kingcole down the stretch in the hard fought win to record the fifth fastest mile ever recorded by a pacer of any age and the fastest time by a 3YO in 2012. He followed that up by taking the $257,571 Simcoe Stake, defeating the heavily favored A Rocknroll Dance and Michael’s Power. Panther Hanover then closed out the year by finishing second by a head in the Breeders Crown elimination before placing fifth in the final in a race that saw him parked out to the half in 53.4 before taking the lead. For the year he scored six wins in ten starts with two seconds and bankrolled $347,990 for his efforts. Panther Hanover will stand at Win Place and Show Farm in Champlain, New York for a fee of $3,000. (http://winplaceandshowfarm.com or call (518) 297-3506) In conjunction with Panther Hanover’s first season at stud, his owner Jim Carr is giving away a complimentary breeding to the promising young stallion through a promotion to be held at the Harrisburg Sale. To be eligible, those attending the sale are asked to go to the New York Sire Stake promotions table and fill out an entry blank. The drawing will be held on Thursday night, November 7 at 5 PM. 2006 trotting Triple Crown champion Glidemaster (Yankee Glide-Cressida Hanover 1:51.1 $1,968,023) has relocated to the Empire State and looks to continue his production of exceptional race horses to compete at the top level here. Glidemaster was a world champion 2-year-old, equaling Mack Lobell’s mark of 1:55.3 in only his second lifetime start. At 3 he won the $1.5 million Hambletonian, $117,903 Simcoe Stake, $526,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $728,930 Yonkers Trot. When he retired after that campaign, he was the highest single-season money winning trotter and fastest 3-year-old trotter of all time. This resulted in him being named the 2006 3-year-old trotting colt of the year and overall horse of the year by the United States Harness Writers Association and being awarded the 2006 HTA Nova Award as 3-year-old trotting colt of the year. Since entering the breeding ranks he has sired winners of $6.25 million as well as 10 performers in 1:55 including the millionaire mare Maven (1:51.4 $1,379,969) who is a two-time Breeders Crown champion and set multiple world records this year. Other top campaigners include Blue Porsche (1:54 $637,646), For You Almost Free (1:53 $309,139) and Punxsutawney (1:53.2 $295,453). Glidemaster will stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,000. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Betterthancheddar (Bettor’s Delight-Lady Ashlee Ann 1:48 $1,635,364) has the kind of versatility that any breeder can appreciate. He was quick off the gate and quick out of a hole and his world records on both a half and five-eighth’s mile tracks should prove to be a recipe for success for him in New York State where he will begin his stallion career. At 3, Betterthancheddar got extra sharp late in the year and creamed the competition in four major stakes. He won the $342,875 Cane Pace, both the elimination and final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown, the $225,000 American National and the $175,000 Windy City, which helped him bank $777,283 for the year. At 4 he won the final of the $500,000 Ben Franklin in a world record time of 1:48, the $174,735 Des Smith and the $216,500 Bobby Quillen in another world record time of 1:49.2. He had nine wins and two seconds in eleven starts with $799,936 in earnings and his efforts garnered him the 2012 O’Brien Award for aged pacing horses. Betterthancheddar will also stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,500. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Finally, career Open pacer Rockincam (Cambest-Migraine $795,237) brings a hard-hitting style to town for his first year in service. This working man’s horse made a living the hard way; he earned it in overnights from day one facing the toughest top-class pacers in the country for most of his career. His lifetime mark of 1:48.1 came at age 5 in the Graduate Pace elimination when he beat Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also won the $200,000 Dan Patch in 1:51.1 and the Winbak Pace in 1:50 flat. In 62 lifetime starts, he won 25 and banked a hefty $795,237. In those 62 starts, he paced 20 sub-1:50 miles, both in victory and defeat. He closed out his career in 2013 with three consecutive 1:48 and change miles. His speed and ability to compete over any size track is an attribute that should well serve his offspring. Rockincam will stand at Majestic View Farms (845-255-2357) in Gardiner, New York for a fee of $2,500.  Bred in New York to take on the world is not just a slogan, it’s a business model. The New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing breeding program of its kind and continues to lead the industry by annually producing some of the finest standardbreds to circle a race track.  by Tim Bojarksi for Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard hitting field of nine pacers will battle in the race 11 feature Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race on the 12-dash card lines up at 7 pm. This is the final Thursday night card of the season. Roscoes Child is favoured in the tightly knit $1,850 feature event from post 5 with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for owner Selkirk Stable of Belfast and trainer Raymond White. The seven-year-old son of Collector Rd - Short Cut Maggie was nosed out in his last start by Pinner, who has post 2 in Thursday's event with Walter Cheverie at the controls. Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) is selected for second, while trailing post 9 starter Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) will be looking for redemption after his win streak was cut short last week. Also in the field is Panacotta (Blaine Baglole), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell), PC Shockwave (Gary Chappell), and Greatheart Hanover (Jason Hughes). The evening trot class go postward in race 2 with Majian Dilion the morning line favorite. Jim Ripley trains and drives the trotter from post 5 for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. The Nikes Image chestnut drops out of the Open trot and the last time he was out of that class he was a $240.30 winner. Also dropping out of the Open class is post 6 starter Honeymoonisover for trainer-driver and co-owner Brian Andrew of Milton and co-owner Blark Andrew of Montreal. Other top entries include BJ Carmalyta (Arsenault) and Dunmore Alpha (Edward Smallwood). The evening back-up pace is in race 12 with McMaverick favored for driver Ken Murphy and owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. He will have his hands full dealing with threats from Talk Back (Arsenault), Muzzys Mud Puddle (Mark Bradley) and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). Live racing continues with a card Saturday at 1pm in Charlottetown, followed by a race card Sunday afternoon with a 1 pm start at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

One of the many four-legged new faces here this season is Axle, a 4-year-old trotter who is making himself very much at home since relocating from Minnesota and is fresh from getting his picture taken last weekend. Axle was claimed for $5,000 at Running Aces in August and has since won two of his four starts while carrying the banner of Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson, Greg Robinson and George Reider, with the latter handling training duties. Axle clicked in his first start for the new connections at Running Aces while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:57 4/5 in the process. He met some tough types in his initial two outings at this meet and then got some class relief last weekend and prevailed with some aggressive handling by owner/driver Siegel. "Dave Siegel picked this horse out and I've always wanted to go in partnership with him and the opportunity finally opened up," Reider related when asked about the son of Hard Rock N Roll. "I was actually at Hoosier Park, but I did have three horses at Running Aces with my assistant trainer Kim Hines and we wired her the money and she put in the claim. "He got a great drive from Mooney (Svendsen) and won in his first start for us back there, and he's turned in three good efforts since coming here. I thought he was real game the other night for Dave and he certainly has the chance to get better. He was kind of a nervous type when he first got here, but he's settled down the last couple of weeks and that's very important with a trotter." Axle suits up Saturday night in the Open 2 Handicap Trot, where the water gets deeper as he takes on the likes of Alpine Hawk and Franks Best while leaving from the No. 3 slot with Siegel back at the helm. He'll definitely get a good test in that spot. Series finales, Open Trot headline program Four California Harness Legends late-closing pacing series finals and an Open 2 Trot headed by Alpine Hawk and Franks Best are the main attractions on the 14-race program at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo on Saturday night. A reminder that beginning next week, the schedule here will switch to Friday and Saturday action. The first series finale is the Mike Corley, which should find one of the heaviest favorites of the evening in I O One. The 4-year-old son of Cambest races for Fabian and Edwin Alberto Quevedo with Raul Escobedo the trainer and Luke Plano at the helm. I O One has rewarded the chalkplayers at 6-5 and 1-2 through the first two legs while leaving little doubt on either occasion. The Bill Conlin final has Serious Art and Live A Little once again figuring to command most of the tote attention after finishing one-two in the first two legs. Live A Little went coast-to-coast for owner/trainer Bob Johnson and driver Mooney Svendsen opening night, while Series Art was taking bows after their most recent meeting in a game performance for owner/trainer Nathalie Tremblay and Luke Plano. The Annette Funicello for fillies and mares goes as race No. 11 on the evening. Windy City Paige is looking to make a sweep of the three legs for owner Pamela Dunneback-Quirie, trainer Richad Dunneback and pilot James Kennedy. The 8-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler has made every pole a winning one in the opening two legs, most recently holding safe by a head over a game Mystically Mine. The Jim Dennis is headed by Lust, who put on a furious finish from last in the second leg after leaving from the demanding No. 10 post last weekend and won going away by three and a half lengths. Wiseman guides the Williams Hernandez/Georgette Wenceslao colorbearer, who just missed on opening week while also finishing powerfully. The Open 2 Trot is a handicap event that finds Racing Secretary Fred Kuebler assigning the outside two positions to the hard-hitting Franks Best and Alpine Hawk. The latter leaves from the extreme in the field of seven with Rich Wojcio at the controls, while Franks Best does his work from the No. 6 post with Mooney Svendsen giving directions. Franks Best got the job done at the head of the trotting division on opening week as the Bob Johnson owned, trained and bred performer looped the field to score. Alpine Hawk had some traffic troubles that evening, but had no such issues in their most recent meeting and was able to turn the tables with Wojcio. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness \  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Brodie MacPhee knows that Ramblinglily is going to need a little luck to find the winner’s circle Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park but he’s confident in her chances. First race post time for the 14-dash championship card is 1 pm. “She’s a good filly and she really impressed me last week in Fredericton,” MacPhee said of Ramblinglily 1:57.3 win Saturday in New Brunswick. “She was really strong.” The three-year-old Articulator filly, owned by Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B., and trained by Jean Belliveau, has post 3 in the race 11 $22,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown. Her main competition this season, Rose Valley, finished ninth in the Atlantic Sires Stakes points race and doesn’t make the rich final. “It’s good for my team,” MacPhee said. “(Rose Valley) was always there at the finish every week.” The 27-year-old Clyde River native’s main concern now lays in post 5 with Scootin For Joy (Mike Stevenson) but MacPhee isn’t going to make any concrete plans on how to defeat her. “I always try to go into those races with an open mind,” He said. “My filly is quick. If I decide to leave I’ll be going hard enough there will be a hole somewhere.” MacPhee has never won a Breeder’s Crown before. “It’d be nice to win it. It’s a big money event and she deserves it. She travelled all over the Maritimes this summer. She was at every race.” Other entries in that race are Missassy Attitude (Kenny Arsenault), Western Judy (Marc Campbell), Windemere Maggie (Walter Cheverie), Skip The Exam (Darren Crowe), Putnams Kream (Bernard McCallum), and Whistys Paradise (Ernie Laffin). MacPhee also has a live chance in the race 14 $10,700 Island Pacing Series Championship with All Turain off the rail for trainer and co-owner Trevor Hicken of Montague and co-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. The four-year-old pacer is riding a five race win streak with victories in Invitational races in Truro, North Sydney and Fredericton, along with wins in the two preliminary legs of this series. “He raced awesome last week,” MacPhee said. “He wore down Earl Smith’s horse. My horse is on top of his game right now. He’s sharp and (trainer Trevor Hicken) has him really good right now. I think he has a big shot.” The horse who won the other two preliminary legs is Big League (Corey MacPherson), who has post 5. “Big League is a front end horse,” MacPhee said. “My horse is not a big leaver. I’m going to have him fired up to get out of there and he’ll get away third or fourth at best. He’s a plugger and he’ll have to go the long mile I am sure.” Also in that race is Narragansett (Norris Rogers), Wild Dragon (Gilles Barrieau), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Balanchine (Ron Matheson), Leading Camdidate (Arsenault), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Also on the Breeder’s Crown championship card, Race 3 features the $7,000 two-year-old colt trot invitational with Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) looking for his seventh win in a row for trainer Stacey Lund and owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top entries are Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson) and Phantom Beau (Arsenault). Race 5 will see Taliesin search for win number eight on his undefeated season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach in the $7,000 three-year-old trot invitational. His competition includes Oceanview Kate (Stevenson) and West River Xcel (Clare MacDonald). Race 7 on the card is the $22,000 two-year-old filly pacing final with Canadian and Maritime champion Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) riding a five-race win streak from post 3. Also in that race is Briannas Angel (Arsenault), Sail Through (John Holmes), Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley), Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson), Lovineveryminute (Barrieau), Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith), and Absolootly Hot (Scott Hubbard). The $22,000 two-year-old colt pacing final lines up in race 9 with a tight knit group of eight horses. They are: Super S Yzerman (MacDonald), Rancousy (Crowe), Touch Of Thunder (Smith), Settlement Request (Romo), JJ Laser (Campbell), Dumas Walker (Heffernan), Tobins Fusion (Barrieau) and Mr Comraderie (Stevenson). Race 13 has the $22,000 three-year-old pacing colt final with Untouchable One (Arsenault) favored off the rail for owner Dooley Boys Racing stable of Halifax. Other entries are Jacobs Jackpot (Barrieau), Watersides Kipper (Hilliard Graves), Beach Paradise (Stevenson), Libertys Art (Hughes), The Rev (Romo), JB Bolt (Redmond Doucet), and Scarlet Chaser (MacDonald). Also on the card, race 8 has the $1,800 Open trot while race 12 sees a field of seven Open pacing mares for a purse of $2,200. SATURDAY Saturday afternoon features a 14-dash card at Red Shores Charlottetown featuring four $5,000 Breeder’s Crown consolation races. The two-year-old pacing fillies line up in race 6, the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old pacing fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old pacing colts in race 12. By Nicholas Oakes  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Puff Mommy continued her winning ways on Wednesday night as she rallied once again to win the $7,400 Open I-II pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. It was the second straight victory for the razor-sharp Puff Mommy and third in her last four appearances. It was another big backside move once again that sent Puff Mommy ($7.30) to the victory. She went three-wide down the backstretch for Batavia Downs' leading driver Shawn McDonough and collared the pace-setting You're Too Funny at the top of the lane, easily pacing away to the 2-3/4 length win in 1:55.3 over the fast track. You're Too Funny (Kevin Cummings) held on for second while Real Joy (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot. It was the ninth win of the season for Puff Mommy (Cambest-Ten Pound Puff) who is owned by Empowered Racing and trained by Carl Smith. It moved the 6-year-old mare's seasonal earnings to $51,808 and career total to $235,860. It was also her 30th career victory. The racing continues on Friday night at Batavia Downs with a 12-race program slated for 6:30 p.m. The feature will the $8,500 Open Trot where BZ Glide is the 5-2 favorite despite being assigned the eight post. Mike Caprio in the sulky. For more information including race schedule, upcoming promotions, replays and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

The York Standardbred sale took place on Saturday 5th October. Fifty lots were due for sale with twenty-four of them yearlings. Mick Welling’s Camden Stud had drawn plenty of attention before the sale. Many of his yearlings were the first British crop from his imported American mares. The one that enticed the crowds was lot 13 Alexander Camden (Cambest/Lola). Lola, an Artsplace mare had already left two full brothers to Alexander Camden in the states, Canyon Wind (1.48.8) and Paragon (1.50.2). His quality breeding attracted a number of buyers. The hammer went down at £38,000 with David Morton the highest bidder. This sales price was a new record for a British Standardbred sale. The previous highest price was £24,000 for Rhyds Five Star (Hasty Hall/Tonda Star) at the Builth sale in 2008. Alexander Camden was only the start of a tremendous sale for Camden Stud. Lot 16 Mickey Camden (Camluck/Electrical Art) sold for £23,000 while lot 22 Tommy Camden (No Pan Intended/House Flight) sold for £26,000. Other high prices were £13,000 for Carmel Camden (No Pan Intended/Pan Culottes) and £10,000 for Eli Camden (Pro Bono Best/Anthology). Camden Stud put fourteen lots up for sale, only two were not sold. Mick Welling’s total earnings for the day reached £130,000. Twenty-five horses were sold in the sale for £139,835, with an average price of £5,593. This was a huge increase on 2012 where twenty-two horses were sold for £44,375 with an average of £2,017.    by Kayleigh Evans for Ceredrotian

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded its highly successful sale on Saturday, with a final tally of 687 horses selling over the five sessions for a gross of $27,382,000, averaging $39,857. The average price was the highest for the sale since 2008 and represented an increase of 12.5 percent over the average price in 2012. On opening night, the Cantab Hall colt Custom Fit sold for $475,000, the highest price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Sale. Saturday’s session trailed in average price the amount on the final day a year ago, as 111 yearlings sold for an average of $11,694, a decline of about seven percent. The sale topper at $50,000 was the Groton Hall colt Cinnabar Hall. Out of Charm’s Chip, he is a half-brother to Chaplain Hall and Chancey Hall, both with career earnings exceeding $250,000. John Como Jr. was the buyer of this Walnut Hall Ltd.-bred yearling. Second on the leaderboard at $40,000 was the Muscle Hill colt Southwind Paco, actually making his second appearance, since he was a resale from the previous night. Dam Southwind Prelude is a full sister to Malabar Maple ($483,107) and a half-sister to three other winners of more than $100,000. Bobby Brower bought this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc as agent for Southwind Farm. The next two highest priced yearlings Saturday were Walnut Hall Ltd-bred pacing colts by the farm’s stallion Third Straight. Teahouse Hall sold for $33,000 to Bruce Riegle. The colt is the first foal of Tearose Hall, a full sister to Pleasure Chest a winner of $601,854, and Mind Boggling, with career earnings of $505,553. Corsica Hall, who sold for $30,000, is a half-brother to four winners of at least $100,000, including Camelot Hall ($856,639) and Castanet Hall. Bill Elliott was the winning bidder. Groton Hall, Third Straight, and Cambest, the sire of the fifth-highest priced yearling for the night, all stand at Walnut Hall Ltd. Savvy buyers were aware of the very limited number of Kentucky-sired yearlings selling at auction that are eligible for the lucrative Kentucky Sires Stakes. Session 5       Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-26-$345,000-$13,269-$33,000-$10,000-0 Pacing-Fillies-30-$303,000-$10,100-$29,000-$10,000-0 Trotting-Colts-27-$338,000-$12,519-$50,000-$9,000-0 Trotting-Fillies-28-$312,000-$11,143-$27,000-$10,000-0 Total-111-$1,298,000-$11,694-$50,000-$10,000-0 Complete Sale Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-166-$7,103,000-$42,789-$150,000-$30,000-22 Pacing-Fillies-159-$5,479,000-$34,459-$180,000-$25,000-10 Trotting-Colts-171-$8,355,000-$48,860-$475,000-$35,000-18 Trotting-Fillies-191-$6,445,000-$33,743-$260,000-$25,000-8 Total-687-$27,382,000-$39,857.35-$475,000-$30,000-58 YEARLING-SIRE-DAM-Sex-Gait-Price-buyer CINNABAR-HALL-Groton-Hall-Charm's-Chip-C-T-$50,000.00-John-Como,-Jr. SOUTHWIND-PACO-Muscle-Hill-Southwind-Prelude-C-T-$40,000.00-Bobby-Brower TEAHOUSE-HALL-Third-Straight-Tearose-Hall-C-P-$33,000.00-Bruce-Riegle CORSICA-HALL-Third-Straight-Cirque-De-Soleil-C-P-$30,000.00-Bill-Elliott BESTANTATION-Cambest-Magical-Western-C-P-$30,000.00-Td-Trot-Llc-&-Mystical-Marker-Farm-Llc Average By Sire - Pacers Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price American-Ideal-13-$612,000-$47,077-$145,000 Art-Colony-2-$42,000-$21,000-$30,000 Art-Major-28-$1,569,000-$56,036-$125,000 Art-Official-3-$85,000-$28,333-$35,000 Artiscape-2-$30,000-$15,000-$20,000 Artistic-Fella-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Badlands-Hanover-6-$77,000-$12,833-$20,000 Bettor's-Delight-28-$1,179,000-$42,107-$100,000 Cambest-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Camluck-1-$25,000-$25,000-$25,000 Cam's-Card-Shark-3-$93,000-$31,000-$38,000 Dragon-Again-10-$459,000-$45,900-$92,000 Four-Starzzz-Shark-5-$70,000-$14,000-$25,000 If-I-Can-Dream-17-$274,000-$16,118-$90,000 Mach-Three-2-$17,000-$8,500-$10,000 Major-In-Art-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Mcardle-2-$29,000-$14,500-$15,000 Mister-Big-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Ponder-1-$12,000-$12,000-$12,000 Quik-Pulse-Mindale-3-$20,000-$6,667-$12,000 Real-Artist-2-$39,000-$19,500-$20,000 Real-Desire-3-$57,000-$19,000-$29,000 Rock-N-Roll-Heaven-28-$1,925,000-$68,750-$150,000 Rocknroll-Hanover-39-$1,606,000-$41,179-$180,000 Shadow-Play-5-$181,000-$36,200-$73,000 Shark-Gesture-5-$55,000-$11,000-$24,000 Somebeachsomewhere-15-$1,251,000-$83,400-$150,000 Sportswriter-19-$559,000-$29,421-$90,000 Tell-All-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Third-Straight-7-$161,000-$23,000-$33,000 Well-Said-21-$874,000-$41,619-$87,000 Western-Ideal-11-$389,000-$35,364-$105,000 Western-Terror-38-$745,000-$19,605-$100,000 Yankee-Cruiser-1-$65,000-$65,000-$65,000 Average By Sire - Trotters Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price Andover-Hall-30-$1,288,000-$42,933-$150,000 Angus-Hall-5-$103,000-$20,600-$37,000 Broadway-Hall-2-$190,000-$95,000-$170,000 Cantab-Hall-21-$1,804,000-$85,905-$475,000 Cash-Hall-1-$27,000-$27,000-$27,000 Chocolatier-2-$31,000-$15,500-$22,000 Conway-Hall-18-$463,000-$25,722-$70,000 Crazed-12-$97,000-$8,083-$18,000 Credit-Winner-19-$1,668,000-$87,789-$260,000 Deweycheatumnhowe-29-$719,000-$24,793-$85,000 Donato-Hanover-30-$1,303,000-$43,433-$100,000 Explosive-Matter-9-$305,000-$33,889-$77,000 Federal-Flex-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Glidemaster-12-$235,000-$19,583-$47,000 Groton-Hall-2-$66,000-$33,000-$50,000 Holiday-Road-4-$22,000-$5,500-$9,000 Jailhouse-Jesse-2-$11,000-$5,500-$8,000 Justice-Hall-1-$35,000-$35,000-$35,000 Kadabra-10-$311,000-$31,100-$110,000 Lucky-Chucky-28-$1,490,000-$53,214-$450,000 Muscle-Hill-33-$1,642,000-$49,758-$260,000 Muscle-Mass-7-$173,000-$24,714-$50,000 Muscle-Massive-25-$574,000-$22,960-$60,000 Muscles-Yankee-18-$568,000-$31,556-$140,000 SJ's-Caviar-1-$2,000-$2,000-$2,000 Swan-For-All-3-$39,000-$13,000-$24,000 Yankee-Glide-37-$1,624,000-$43,892-$105,000 by David Carr for www.ustrotting.com

Charlottetown, PE – The card showcased the two-year-old fillies in the Lady Slipper Stakes. The $20,200 gold division went to Saulsbrook Alana. The filly equalled the Charlottetown track record with a 1:56.1 score for her fifth win in a row. Marc Campbell did the driving for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. Elm Grove Inarush battled hard for second while Sea Anna Win grabbed the show spot. Shindeagan, with Danny Romo driving, came flying late to capture the opening leg of the Lady Slipper grassroots in a new lifetime best of 1:59 flat while Mandy M Mac made her winning debut for William Andrew, Calgary and trainer Blaine Mckenna. Walter Cheverie, who is teaming up with Noonan Petroleum in the Drive for Charity event to raise money for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, did the driving. Acton Royal Force put up a great performance for driver Bernard McCallum to win in 2:00.3. The two-year-old colts made their appearance in the Joe O’Brien Memorial stakes. Settlement Request and Gilles Barrieau took the first $10,000 gold in 2:00 flat. The colt turned away JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) for the victory. Island Gigolo secured the top spot in the second O’Brien gold split for Brodie MacPhee and owner James Pound of Hunter River. The time of the mile was 1:59.2 a personal best. Rebelseven was second with Dusty Lane Oliver completing the triactor. All Turain won his fifth race in a row with a dazzling 1:54.2 victory in the second leg of the Island Pacing Championship Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Trevor and Lee Hicken. It was MacPhee’s third trip to the winner’s circle on the card. Touch of Lightning finished second with Lucky Encounter rounding out the top three. Big League, owned and trained by Jonah Moase, Cornwall recorded his 11th win of the year when he captured the first division of the second leg of the Island Pacing Championship. The mile was clocked in 1:56 for driver Corey MacPherson. Wild Dragon held on for second while Cambest Kisser finished third. The Island Pacing Championship final, presented by Meridian Farms, is Sunday October 13 during the Atlantic Breeders Crown. In the other action with the O’Brien stakes, Heroes Never Die used good gate speed and a brave stretch drive to notch his second win in a row in 2:02.3 for Foxyhall Racing Stable, Summerside, PE and driver Jason Hughes. Elm Grove Intrepid recorded his third win of the season in his O’Brien division stopping the timer in 1:59.3 for MacPhee and trainer Jackie Matheson while Post Haste and Angelo Camilli also took home an O’Brien cooler. Another highlight on the program was the Mr. and Mrs. Bryson pace. The newlyweds were trackside to present the winning cooler to Isleofpalms and Jason Hughes. Stephen Quinn trains the four-year-old mare for Westley Patriquin, Debert and Paul Merlin of Wentworth, N.S. The groom even selected the horse to win in a pre-race interview. Hughes had a driving triple on the night. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

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