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Charlottetown, PE - The Spud Island Classic, presented by the PEI Potato Board, will go to the gate on the 12 dash race program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first leg will be contested in race 9 and 11. First race post time is 6pm. The top guns square off Sunday at Red Shores Summerside in the Premier's Pace. Post time is 1pm. Highland Dancer has drawn the rail in the first Spud Island Classic division for open mares for driver Brodie MacPhee and trainer Jackie Matheson. This driver-trainer combination is red hot right now. MacPhee is coming off a four win performance on Thursday while Matheson, sporting an average of .314, is one of the best on the grounds. The mare, owned by Bruce Wood, Marshfield, may be well placed on the pylons but the real challenge comes from two spots right with Dirt Track Momma who has reeled off three straight wins with two back to back 1:55 miles. Marc Campbell gets the driving assignment from trainer-owner Jonah Moase, Cornwall. Private Joke, from the Wade Peconi and Windemere Farms, John Howatt stable and Matheson's other trainee General Luckypercy are listed as triactor candidates on the morning line. Campbell could sweep both divisions of the Spud Island Classic as he handles one of the toughest competitors in the region right now with Block Party. The five-year-old daughter of Western Terror, owned by Bill, Brian and Blake Andrew, gets the rail and will attempt her fifth win in a row for conditioner Darren Trainer. JK Special and Doober Hoozzitz will try and spoil the party. For the complete list of entries, race programs and live broadcast go to Premier's Pace Attracts Star Studded Fields Summerside, PE - Governor's Plate winner Wild Dragon and Gilles Barrieau headline the first leg of the $4,000 Premier's Pace Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. Wild Dragon, who is coming off a fourth place finish in the Exhibition Cup at Truro, has drawn post two in the power packed field. The pacer goes into the event with $37,970 in the bank with three wins from 22 starts this season. The line-up also includes Blue Star Outlaw, Greatheart Hanover, Inspired Art, Windemere Express and McApulco. This group gets called to the starter on race 9. The second roster in the Premier's Pace will parade in race 11 has Balanchine off the rail for Ron Matheson. Matheson gets the duty after regular pilot Brodie MacPhee is on stakes assignment in N.S. The field has Big League (Mark Bradley), Touch of Lightning (Earl Smith), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie), Carnivore (Gilles Barrieau). For entries, results, race programs and live video go to the new by Lee A. Drake  

Freehold, NJ --- Rockincam is finished racing, but will always be special to Stephen Farrell. Farrell bred and owns the stakes-winning Rockincam, who saw his career ended by suspensory and sesamoid injuries at the age of 6. Rockincam last raced June 29 when he finished fifth in the $50,000 Ben Franklin Consolation at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. For his career, Rockincam won 25 of 62 races and earned $795,237. His biggest triumph came last year when he captured the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. He also won the $40,200 Winbak Farm Pace at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. “I’ve been in this business a long time and I’m taking this one hard,” said Farrell, who lives in Ocala, Fla. “I’m in shock. But he comes first; I don’t want to take a chance on anything happening to him. He’s a very special horse.” Rockincam is a son of Cambest out of the mare Migraine. Farrell didn’t race Rockincam as a 2-year-old, raced him lightly at 3 and bumped him up to the opens at 4 with the goal of developing a stakes-caliber horse at 5. Rockincam won a career-best $303,132 last season at age 5. Farrell drove Rockincam in his first three lifetime starts, all wins at Pompano Park. Warren Harp and Nifty Norman trained the horse throughout his career. “I can’t pick any one moment that stands out because every one of them was special,” Farrell said. “He showed he was something special very early on. It’s been a lot of fun with him.” Farrell said he was exploring breeding opportunities for Rockincam, who set his career mark of 1:48.1 in winning his elimination for the Graduate last year at the Meadowlands. “I wouldn’t mind having a couple babies from him,” Farrell said. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Foiled Again drew post 2 in Saturday’s (July 20) $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in by Northfield Park Executive VP/Director of Racing Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented five times and Saturday’s eleventh race will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The eight-year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again, who is now nine years old. He has paced his last five races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and has garnered 70 career victories and earned $5,176,444. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. The 2013 Battle of Lake Erie field: Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1-Aracache Hanover     TBA Gregg McNair 7-2 2-Foiled Again                Tony Hall Ron Burke 2-1 3-Rockin Finish              Dan Noble Virgil Morgan Jr.12-1 4-Thinking Out Loud      Dan Noble Robert McIntosh 6-1 5-A Rocknroll Dance     Dan Noble Jim Mulinix 4-1 6-Clear Vision                 Chris Page Ron Burke 15-1 7-State Treasurer          Aaron Merriman Ian Moore 8-1 8-Versado                       Andrew McCarthy Nick Surick 10-1 Final driver selections will be made by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. An impressive undercard featuring two $30,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colt trotters and a $35,000 OSS division for three year--old-old colt pacers will support this year’s Battle of Lake Erie program. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday’s eleventh race as well as a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool. Saturday’s Pick-4 will conclude with the Battle of Lake Erie. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff  

It may be difficult to teach old dogs new tricks, but the father-and-son team of harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson seem to have been effective teaching an older horse a new way to race.

The pacer Northern Companion and driver Truman Gale were each prominent performers during Saturday night's 60th Anniversary celebration harness racing program at Vernon Downs.

Miss Two Punch captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for the second straight week in the eighth race on Friday (June 14) at harness racing's Northfield Park. She is owned by Tracy Root and Kathleen Doubrava-Root of Macedonia, Ohio.

Miss Two Punch captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for owners Tracy Root and Kathleen Doubrava-Root of Macedonia, Ohio in the ninth race on Friday (June 7) at Northfield Park.

Three $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings got underway Monday at Harrington Raceway.

Feeling You and Rocklamation won divisions of the $183,400 Golden Girls for harness racing pacing mares at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday night.

Johnny Waite's Fissato ($34, Allan Davis) notched his second win in three weeks, capturing the featured $18,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2.

Today's Queen's Trophy (Silvia's Pokal Gr. I International) for 863,000SEK went to the US exported Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) in track record time of 1.12.4kr over the 2140 meter autostart course.

Johnny Waite's Fissato ($10.40, Victor Kirby) notched his 21st career win Monday in the $18,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.1.

First time local starter Northern Companion took to the big oval at Vernon Downs with style and speed to capture Saturday night's $10,000 harness racing featured Open pace.

Aby hosted seven divisions of the Euro Classic for harness racing four year-olds today Friday the 3rd of May at Aby, three divisions for fillies and four for males.

It was the trip harness racing driver Tyler Buter wanted, so he and his escort graciously obliged.

One of differences between standardbreds from their thoroughbred counterparts is their racing longevity, and Cog Hill is a perfect example of how the pacers and trotters are often in it for the long haul.

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