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Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes

The Pepper Tree Farm New South Wales Breeders Challenge Blue Series finals for two and three year olds at Menangle on Saturday night provided a very timely boost for the Camluck stallion Ifihadyourluck who sired the winners of two of the four finals. The K Turner trained 3 year old filly Amanda Von burnt the gate from barrier seven and landed the trail behind stablemate Regaltive in her final. Angled off Regaltive's back just before the turn, Amanda Von streaked away for the biggest and easiest win of her career to date. It was the fifth lifetime win for the super consistent filly who has also placed 16 times in her 31 starts and took her lifetime earnings to $70,025. She paced the 2400 meters in a smart 2:55.8, a mile rate of 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of  56.8 and 28. Amanda Von The Brad Hewitt trained Spare Me Days was even more impressive in the 2 year old colts and geldings division. Wide from barrier seven for the first 400 meters and parked from there on, Spare My Days spared nothing in the run home, cutting out the last quarter in a sizzling 26.9 on his way to a very impressive win. It was his fourth career win alongside two placings for this smart colt who was having just his eighth lifetime start and took his stake earnings to $63,000. Spare Me Days paced the mile in 1:56.2 with the last half in 56.3 and quarter in 26.9. Spare Me Days Camluck, the sire of Ifihadyourluck, has wracked up some amazing numbers in the Northern Hemisphere. His total stakes won is a mind boggling $196,064,015 along with an amazing 719 in 1:55. At the age of 26 last season Camluck still served 81 mares.  Ifihadyourluck took a mark of 1:49.4 and $402,325 in stakes in his career on the track. Standing at Calderwood Farm in New South Wales, Ifihadyourluck had a couple of crops in the fifties early on before the numbers dropped away in his next few crops but his overall record is nothing to be sniffed at as can be seen from the stats below. Foals - 202 Winners - 74 % winners to foals - 36.63% Sub 1:58 - 30 Stakes won - $2,150,137 With the breeding season just around the corner, Ifihadyourluck couldn't have two more impressive runners than Amanda Von and Spare Me Days to promote his value as a sire. The way those two won last night would suggest Ifihadyourluck will serve a much larger book this year than he has in the last few seasons. Harnesslink media       

Charlottetown, PE - The field is set for the Saturday night feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Astor, owned by Foxyhall Racing stable of Summerside, has been installed as the morning line favorite in the power-packed line-up for driver Jason Hughes. The son of Camluck was second in the Ladner series charted in 1:55.1 and will have to manage a post 7 start. Machinthesand will start from post 6 for Brodie MacPhee. The gelding, trained by Mark Bradley for Noonan Holdings - Russell and Karen Noonan, Middleton, makes his 7th start of the campaign and is in top form right now. He's also known for his dangerous finishing kick roaring home in 28.3 seconds in his last outing. There could be several surprises in this race with a field so deep with talent. Cheyenne Ford, a new purchase for longtime owner James O'Halloran of Montague, knocked off Ultimate Luck in their last meeting in a 1:55.1 score for Kenny Arsenault. Trainer Sifroi Melanson has listed N.B. pilot Stephen Trites to drive. The line-up also includes Sterling Seelster (Walter Cheverie), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Mark McKinnon), Artist List (Gary Chappell). In other action, Tempo Seelster gets top billing in the evening's back-up class for owner-driver Vince Poulton. Race analyst Les MacIsaac says he will be tough. "He's been keeping company with some pretty good ones all year and as his record indicates, more than holding his own." Hurrah makes his sixth start of the season in race 6 for Brian Andrew with all winning purse money being donated to PEI 4H club this month. The colt, trained by Mark Bradley, gets post 2 for lessee Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Driver Walter Cheverie is on top of the leader board in the Johnston's Salads/Keybrand Foods Inc Trot Challenge with 74 points. Cheverie will be aboard JK Queen in the trot class. For more information go to www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a thing a beauty, especially if you had a couple of bucks on the nose of Ugly Betty.   She may have been the longest shot on the board, but Ugly Betty ($46.20) was first across the finish line in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 25). She beat Mondatta, sent off at 21-1, by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.4 as driver Jack Flanigen drove Ugly Betty to the surprise victory.   The pair combined for a $1,248 exacta and topped a $4,660 trifecta with You're Too Funny (Ron Beback Jr.), who finished in third.   CS Kentucky (Shawn McDonough) posted the fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:29.0 but called it a night after that. Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) was first over and took over the lead at the top of the stretch. She then tired and threw in the towel. That allowed the second over and three-wide Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) to register a 28.2 final panel and cruise to the solid 1-1/2 length win over a late-pacing Mondatta (Jim McNeight).   Ugly Betty, a 6-year-old mare owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, has now won six times in 19 starts this season, bankrolling $42,648 in 2014 and $154,610 lifetime. Dennis Dylo handled the training duties.   Racing resumes on Friday night when two $60,200 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings highlight the 13-race program that is scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Charlottetown, PE - It's the first day of summer on Saturday at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park and the city track will feature one of the biggest cards of harness racing this season with the Cecil Ladner memorial final and consolation along with two divisions of the Maritime Breeders finals for three-year-old fillies and colts. Post time is 6pm. The Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast will carry all the action beginning with the pre-show at 5:30pm AST. Art of Illusion has been selected as the favorite in the eight horse Ladner final for driver Darren Crowe. The newcomer, owned by Halifax businessman David MacDonald, was awesome in his Island debut busting off the gate from post 8 to level the competition in a crushing 1:54.1 performance. That victory ended All Turain's winning streak at ten. The Trevor Hicken trainee will take him on again from post 7. Brodie MacPhee will do the driving. Astor was also impressive in his Ladner elimination finishing a strong second in line to Jason Hughes. The son of Camluck posted a 28.4 closer and a 1:54.2 mile in only his second start after being purchased by the Foxyhall racing stable of Summerside. Hughes and Foxyhall racing will also send out Narragansett from the rail for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault. The final also has elimination winner Machinthesand leaving from post 2. Established at 7-2 on the morning line, the pacer overcame his outside post to pull off a one length victory for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell & Karen Noonan of Middleton. MacPhee is committed to All Turain so Marc Campbell gets the call to drive. The line-up also includes Schooner (Brian MacPhee), Coral Snake (Ryan Ellis) and Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau). Sterling Seelster has been selected as the top choice in the Ladner Consolation by race analyst Les MacIsaac. "He was a non- factor in the first leg but the outside post had a lot to do with it," said MacIsaac. "He's already shown that he's quite capable of going with this type and this improved post should give him a chance to prove it." Sterling Seelster is owned by Marie Cameron of Summerside and trained by Doug MacGregor. The rich maritime breeders finals will also highlight the program. The three-year-old fillies will race in the Ken Starratt memorial for $22,100. Lovineveryminute goes into the event with an impressive resume that includes back to back stakes victories and a track record performance over Truro. The team is back together with Todd Trites driving for the Earl Watts stable and owners River Valley Management, NB, Windemere Farms, PE and Lana Murphy, NB. Elm Grove Inarush will try to settle the score for driver Mark Bradley. Eddy Doucette trains the filly who made $46,701 in 2013 for his co-owners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Pictonian Sareta has to start from post 8 for driver Mike Stevenson and owner Daniel Ross, Belfast. The roster also has Briannas Angel (pp3), Outrageous Spirit (pp4), Sail Through (pp5), Fleurje (pp6), JJ Mistress (pp7). The colt's final, named in honor of Atlantic Post Calls founder Doug Harkness, will go to the gate in race 11. Dumas Walker gets the nod for Myles Heffernan after his two length score in 1:57.3 in the elimination. The Atlantic Breeders Crown champion takes on Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) and Rancousy (Darren Crowe) who are also listed as triactor candidates. The other starters in the $18,900 final are J Ps Warrior (Brodie MacPhee), Arties Magic (Todd Trites), Wine to Go (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Tobins Fusion (Mike Stevenson). For complete list of entries, top picks and the Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A mainland invader headlines the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Ultimate Luck has been installed as the morning line favorite by the race classifier, and with good reason. The six-year-old Camluck stallion was a bang-up second to Eagle Jolt in a speedy 1:59 mile over the rain soaked Summerside oval in last week's feature. Kenny Arsenault will drive the pacer for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Upfront Ticket (Marc Campbell) is second pick after a fourth place finish in his East Coast debut. The Dragon Again pacer was racing conditioned classes at Western Fair Raceway in Ontario before making the trek east. Race analyst Jared Stretch has opted to go a different route, selecting Beckenbauer to upset the apple cart from 2 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Robi and Kurt Hughes of Stratford. The horse was victorious his last start in 1:59.1 at Red Shores Charlottetown. "He's been heating up to say the least with two victories in his last three starts and been doing it in impressive fashion," Stretch said of Beckenbauer. Other entries include Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie), Outside The Wire (Brodie MacPhee), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Sa Summers Luck (Gary Chappell). Keystone Nobility has rail control in the back-up pace for a $1,600 purse for driver Chappell, trainer Alan Taylor and owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall. The six-year-old Western Hanover mare will have to defeat a tough field including Acton O So Royal (Mark Bradley) and the Rocky Schurman trained duo of Carrera Angel (Campbell) and Tyber Champ (Schurman). The race will also see the Island debut of Darth Bader, co-owned, trained and driven by Ed Harvey of Fredericton, N.B., with co-owner Kathy MacLean of Truro. The owners claimed Darth Bader for $20,000 at Yonkers Raceway in New York in February and left him in the care of Island native Jason Ryan before taking him to the Maritimes. The final race of the 13-dash program will see Lisfinny (Rogers) try to keep a fresh win streak alive. Owned by Mary Jean and Jay Noye of Pleasant Valley, with Jay doing the training, Lisfinny was a winner his last two starts in 2:01.3 and 1:58.3 with Rogers in the bike. The $1,400 class will see Lisfinny have to battle backs challenges from horses like Life Savior (Corey MacPherson) and Pictonian Press (Mark Bradley). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top horses in Maritime harness racing will face off in eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's and Cecil Ladner memorial pacing series Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash program is 6 pm. The card features two $3,000 eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's for three-year-old pacing fillies in races 6 and 9. Race 6 will be a showdown between freshly minted Truro track record holder Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and divisional leader Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley). Race 9 has Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) leaving off the rail in a division that includes Charlottes Style (Kenny Arsenault) and Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson). The top four from each elimination advance to next week's rich final. The three-year-old colt pacers go post ward in races 8 and 11 with the top four in each division making it to next week's Maritime Breeder's colts and gelding finals. The top two colts of the 2014 season will square off in race 8 with Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald). Both colts were victories in divisions of the Bob Dewar two weeks ago at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Race 11 will see 2013 Island Breeders champion Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) fend off a field of seven rivals including Wishes In The Rain (Darren Crowe) and Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum). The Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series elimination put their noses on the gate in race 10 and 12. The first $2,400 elimination in race 10 has Maine invader Coral Snake (Crowe) from post 2 for owner Island native David MacDonald of Halifax fresh off a 1:55.2 victory over Scarborough Downs. Other entries include PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee), R Sonoflife (Todd Trites), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Ryan Ellis), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Schooner (Barrieau) and Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee). Race 12 has another Maine entry owned by MacDonald in Art Of Illusion from post 8. The pacer has minted his status as one of the top pacers in the State of Maine after a 1:53.2 victory last week in the free-for-all at Scarborough Downs but will have to fend off All Turain from post 7, who is undefeated since teaming up with Brodie MacPhee 10 starts ago, and Astor for trainer-driver Hughes, fresh off a 1:56.4 victory in his P.E.I. debut. Other entries include Blissful Bro (Campbell), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), Perfect Escape (Barrieau), Hail The Taxi (Trites) and Judge Jon (Stevenson). The top foru from each elimination advance to next week's $8,200 final, while the next four will race off in the $3,000 consolation. Summerside Sunday SUMMERSIDE, PE - A $1,900 feature pace highlights the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dashes. The race 12 feature has Ultimate Luck installed as the post time favorite for driver Arsenault, trainer Sifroi Melason and owner Ultimate Stables of New Brunswick. The six-year-old Camluck stallion has a tough field of opponents including Onehotvett (Barrieau), Outside The Wire (Brodie MacPhee), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Campbell), Upfront Ticket (Hughes), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Shipps Xcalibur (Gary Chappell). The card also features the $1,850 Open trot has newcomer Presto Pegasus picked to win off a two-race win streak in Charlottetown. The nine-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding is driven by Mark Bradley for trainer Brian Andrew and owners Rachel Andrew of Milton and William Andrew of Calgary. His main competition will come from Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The field also includes Lyrical Lindy (Hughes) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Jarred Stretch is leaning on post 1 starter Abundaspin to get the job done in this week of his 14-year-old season. "After going on a lengthy win streak he hasn't been to the circle in three straight, but he's been good enough and he'll be thirsty to get back," Stretch said while pegging Caliban Hanover for second and Presto Pegasus for third. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Rockin Finish captured the $12,000 Open Pace on Monday (June 9) in Northfield Park's 10th race. Virgin Morgan Jr. conditions the pacer for Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC, CA. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the bike for the winning drive Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please-Camluck) started from post four, went right to the lead and never looked back. He made every pole a winning one through times of :27.2, :55.2, 1.24 and 1:52.3. He was 2 ¼-lengths in front when he crossed the finish. Lyons JosephJNR, Just Crowned, Airguitar Rockstar, Stevie Diamonds, Goodnite Goodluck, Mybrothergeorge, PL Dragon and Eddie Sweat followed Rockin Finish through the wire. Monday's triumph increased Rockin Finish's lifetime win tally to 17 and his earnings to $279,682. He was the race favorite and returned $3.40 to win. Rose Run Logan crossed the finish line as the winner in the $12,000 Open Trot in the evening's 11th race. Monday's score is the 10th win in 14 starts this year for Rose Run Logan. He is trained by Jeff Hochstetler for Sugarcreek, Ohio owner, Philip Hochstetler. Northfield Park's leading driver, Josh Sutton, was aboard for the winning drive. Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) started from post seven. He left from the outside and was parked through initial fractions of :28 and :57.1. He made the lead in the third panel and continued in front for the remainder of the mile, posting times of 1:26 and 1:55.3. He bested his competition by a full length. Completing the race were Zorgwijk Heavenly, Edit, I'll Tell You What, Mythical Hall, Jesse's Messenger, Heza Rube, Here Comes Bubba and Life Long Hanover. Rose Run Logan now has 16 career successes and a bankroll of $61,098. He was the race favorite and paid $3.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Charlottetown, PE - The fields are set for another weekend of racing at Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday at 6pm with Red Shores Summerside going post-ward at 1pm on Sunday. The Bring a Friend promotion, which has Standardbred Canada teaming up with tracks across the country, will also take place with fans being treated to behind the scenes tours, prize giveaways and winner's circle presentations. The Saturday program includes an impressive line-up from one of Atlantic Canada's newest stables. Foxyhall Racing, owned by Ron Hall of Summerside PE, has joined forces with trainer-driver Jason Hughes of Charlottetown. The partnership has been successful so far. Narragansett, a five-year-old brown gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, will attempt for his third win in a row in race 9. It won't be easy with red hot Camcun off the rail who is sporting a three race win streak for Kenny Arsenault. There are two new horses out of the Foxyhall stable that have been noticed by the rail-birds. Say It Again Sam has won both starts since arriving from Mohawk including a 1:58.2 posting and final quarter charted in a dazzling 27.4 seconds. He is favored to win his assignment in race 4. Astor moves to the Island from Yonkers Raceway in New York. The son of Camluck won his qualifier by a whopping 21 lengths in 1:57.2 and starts from post 8 in race 7 for Hughes. In other action, All Turain will try to extend his winning streak to nine when the pacer goes to the gate in the evening's featured event in race 11. Brodie MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer-owner Trevor Hicken and his co-owner Lee Hicken. The line-up has Cambest Kisser (pp1), Touch of Lightning (pp2), Perfect Escape (pp3), Judge Jon (pp4), R Sonoflife (pp5), All Turain (pp6). A familiar name returns to the racetrack for the 2014 campaign. Zip the Lip, owned by Orville Willis and Don Sweet of O'Leary, gets the rail for his regular pilot Brian MacPhee in the open trot. For the complete list of entries, top picks and live video go to www.redshores.ca Hail the Taxi Debuts in Summerside feature Summerside, PE - Hail the Taxi makes his Prince Edward Island debut Sunday in the top class at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the 12 dash card is 1pm. The Bring a Friend to the track promotion, presented by Standardbred Canada, will also highlight the card with race hostess Marie MacRae taking guests on behind the scenes tours, winner's circle presentations and prize draws. The action will be carried at www.redshores.ca Hail the Taxi joins the Darren Trainor stable after competing on the Ontario circuit at Mohawk, Flamboro, Woodbine and London. The four-year-old qualified over Mohawk in 1:55.2. Gilles Barrieau is listed to drive from post 4. Here is the field. Outside the Wire (pp1), Lucky Encounter (pp2), High Bar (pp3), Hail the Taxi (pp4), McMaverick (pp5), Ultimate Luck (pp6), SA Summers Luck (pp7). The afternoon back-class has Acton O So Royal listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for owner-trainer Wayne Pike. The pacer has a win and a third from three starts this season. Regular pilot Mark Bradley is on stakes assignment in Truro so Norris Rogers will pick up the catch-drive. Veterans Blu Meadow Willie and Life Savior are also triactor possibilities. The always popular barn 4 will send out some contenders on the program. Joachim, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw, Summerside and Derek Folland, steps on the track to compete in race 9 for catch-driver Michael McGuigan while owner-trainer and driver Rocky Schurman handles Carrera Angel in race 10. Schurman and Carrera Angel won the Summerside pace during the big O'Brien Awards race card in February. Silverhill Lucky hasn't missed the top three yet this season. The colt gets top billing once again when he competes in race 6 for owner Casey Gavin, Tignish, trainer Thane Mann and driver Terry Gallant. This combination is one of the hottest teams on the grounds right now. For the complete list of entries, results, top picks or live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Canadian Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh celebrated his 4,000th training win on an electric Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack as his millionaire homebred pacer Thinking Out Loud slipped up the pylons to take the $30,000 Free For All Handicap Pace in the final strides. Driven by another Hall of Famer, John Campbell, even-money favourite Thinking Out Loud left from the outside post six and settled into a pocket spot behind All Star Legend (Yannick Gingras) through a :26.1 opening panel. All Star Legend led the way to the half in a rated :55.3 with Wake Up Peter (Mike Lachance) moving first over and up to pressure at the 1:23.1 third quarter mark. That left Thinking Out Loud boxed in and searching for room at the pylons down the lane. He eventually squeezed through in deep stretch and prevailed in a three-way photo finish over the quick-closing Ultimate Beachboy (Brett Miller) and All Star Legend. The five-year-old gelding is by the sire Ponder and Camluck mare Los Angeles, all of which McIntosh campaigned. Thinking Out Loud, who was a 1:47.2 winner in The Meadowlands' U.S. Pacing Championship last year, previously provided the Windsor, Ont. conditioner with another major career accomplishment in winning his first Pepsi North America Cup title in 2012. The pacer is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables along with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ont., and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. McIntosh's milestone win came in front of a large crowd estimated to be in excess of 14,000 in attendance as Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment played host to JerseyFest. This year the event included a competition between 17 food trucks competing for prizes and recognition, as well as vendors and artisans from all over the Garden State on-site sampling and selling their wares. The weather finally cooperated with a pleasant, dry evening. The festival began around 5 p.m. Saturday evening and the track apron and outfield park filled quickly. A portion of the crowd crept into the grandstand as the evening wore on with many drawn to the racing by the visual displayed on the high definition infield video screen. The design of the new grandstand nicely integrates the racing with events held outside with the track and horses in close proximity to the fans. An added attraction was the appearance by Victor Espinoza, the jockey set to ride California Chrome in his date with destiny next week in the Belmont Stakes as he tries to be the first winner of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing since 1978. Espinoza greeted fans and signed autographs, joined in a winner's circle ceremony that included WNBC sportscaster Bruce Beck and spoke with Sam McKee about the upcoming race. by Darin Zocalli, for the Meadowlands

There were three co-features on the 13-race Friday night card at Scioto Downs. The first feature on the evening was race three. A field of seven mares went to post for the $20,000 prize. Easy Strength, driven by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Gilbert Travis Jr paid double digits from post five. The 5-year old mare by Royal Strength out of Easy Lover left hard from post 5. Clearing to the top before the quarter and catching an easy half for this bunch in 57.4. Pantaleano and mare glided to victory in 1.55.3. Facial Expressions for trainer and driver Hugh Beatty were second and Final Justice grabbed the show spot. These three magnificent mares pulled off a $3,384.00 trifecta pay off. The Horses and Gelding trotters had their spotlight in race five. A field of nine formed to take their shot for the $20,000 purse. Run And Tell Pap prevailed after getting a perfect pocket trip to post time favorite, Final Breath. Run And Tell Pap is a 7-year old gelding by High Falls and trained by leading conditioner, Ron Burke. Chris Page had the assignment from post 9. He pressed hard for the front to an opening quarter in 27.3, before releasing Final Breath and taking the two hole trip. Page waited patiently for the super stretch and the gelding responded. Crossing the wire in a season's best,1.54.2. Completing the exotics were Final Breath and Boy Meets Girl K. The Open pacing mares were showcased in race 7. Camille, driven by Chris Page and trained by Ron Burke scored at 7-5. The 6-year old mare by Camluck set a seasons best and tied the track record for an aged pacing mare of 1.50.4. She worked hard for the lead, leaving from post 7, after a scratch. Camille and Page set hot fractions of 26.2, 54.3 and 1.22.3. She sealed the deal with a length and a quarter victory over She's Shocking and Y Mach Me. From Scioto Downs Publicity Office

So Long My Love paced across the wire ahead of her foes in the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday (May 29) in Northfield Park's second race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox of Streetsboro, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the bike for the winning drive. So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy-Camluck) started from post seven. She was fifth through the blistering :26.3 opening panel. Wrenn moved So Long My Love in the second turn and she remained first over for the remainder of the mile, through fractions of :55, 1:24 and 1:54.1. She was a neck in front of the competition at the finish. Completing the race were So Long My Love, Power Everywhere, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover and Common Creed. Riverdancer was scratched. Thursday's win was the seventh victory this year and 11th career score for So Long My Love. It boosted her lifetime earnings to $68,253. She returned $8.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Mythical Hall crossed the finish line as the winner in the $12,000 Open Trot on Tuesday (May 27) in the evening's ninth race. Monday's score is the third win in 12 starts this year. He is trained by Andy Rickert for West Seneca, New York owner, Mark Jakubic. North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, was aboard for the winning drive. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from post six. He left at the start and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26. He responded when Merriman called upon him in the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:55.2. The clocking is Mythical Hall's fastest in a trio of wins so far in 2014. Completing the race were Rose Run Logan, Life Long Hanover, Edit, Master's Sweetie, Wind Surfer, Mary's Darvin and Full Force. Schalyn was scratched. Mythical Hall now has 21 career successes and an impressive bankroll of $360,363. He paid $8.40 to win. In the evening's 10th race, Rockin Finish captured the $12,000 Open Pace. Virgin Morgan Jr. conditions the pacer for Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC, CA. Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please-Camluck) started from the second tier but moved as soon as his rivals were set, went straight to the lead and never looked back. He made every pole a winning one through times of :27.2, :56.1, 1.25 and 1:53.1. He was 1 ¾-lengths in front when he crossed the finish. JS Tango, Irish Elitist, Soap Suds, Cullens Blue Jean, Just Crowned, Lyons JosephJNR, Tommy Two Shoes and Dungeon Dragon followed Rockin Finish through the wire. Tuesday's triumph increased Rockin Finish's lifetime win tally to 16 and his earnings to $273,682. He was the race favorite and returned $4.20 to win. Northfield Park Adds $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 Pool to Wednesday’s Program  Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $5,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (May 28) program. Beginning in race three, the $5,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,095. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4 and the Pick-3s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Wednesday’s post time is 6 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty has tried the same front-running tactic in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway for two straight weeks.   So far, so good.   For the second consecutive week, Ugly Betty ($3.50) has gone wire-to-wire and recorded a 1-1/2 length victory over Seascape Hanover in 1:54.3 over the fast track Wednesday night (May 21). It was a seasonal mark for Ugly Betty and just one-fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares at Buffalo Raceway.   Driver Jack Flanigen alertly sent Ugly Betty to the lead at the start and dared the remaining seven to try and catch her. With fractions of 28,2, 57.0 and 1:26.0, Ugly Betty enjoyed a comfortable two length lead at the top of the stretch and breezed to the finish line with no serious challenges.   Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) rode the pocket the entire mile and finished in second while Majic Laughter (Jim McNeight) rallied for third.   The win was the fifth in 14 starts this season for Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage), who has now earned $33,933 this season and $145,895 lifetime. The 6-year-old mare is owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone and is trained by Dennis Dylo. Ugly Betty now has been in the money 10 out of 14 starts in 2014.   The racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set to begin at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Camille, the lone million dollar winner in the field, showed her back class to a field of local mares in posting an impressive 1:52.1 triumph to win the $50,000 Laverne Hill Memorial Pace at Scioto Downs Saturday. Driven by Chris Page, the duo waited early on as She’s Shocking (Kayne Kauffman) took the early lead with Radar Contact (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in the garden spot but right after the opening quarter mile in :27.2, Page sent Camille to the front. From that point on it was catch me if you can as Camille led the field past the half mile marker in :55.2 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4 as Native Dream (Josh Sutton) tried coming first-over in vain. As they came down the stretch, Page urged his mare on and she responded, winning by two easy lengths. Trained by Ron Burke, it was the first win in eight starts this year for Camille. The six-year-old mare by Camluck is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brucemi, M 1 Stable and J. Platt, III. She paid $4.00 to win as the even money favorite. “We told (Chris) Page to drive her anyway he wanted to,” said Mickey Burke after the race. “Just go with her. That’s what he did and she raced good.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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