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The harness racing driver-trainer combination of Randy Waples and Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh connected for victories in two of the seven $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night (August 15) at Mohawk Racetrack. Their first winner was Big Moment, a colt by Camluck who just got up near the wire after a second-over trip to take the fourth Grassroots split by a neck in 1:55.1. Pan Street USA (Steve Condren) had taken the lead in the lane after a two-hole trip but just fell short at the finish, and heavy favourite Seaforth (Mike Saftic), the leader at the top of the stretch, had to settle for third.  Big Moment Big Moment, also a winner in Grassroots competition on July 21 at Grand River Raceway, is now three-for-five in the win column overall with earnings of $26,160 for McIntosh, who also bred the colt with C S X Stables. McIntosh’s stable of Windsor, Ontario, and partner Max Newham of Merlin, Ontario, 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. Waples and McIntosh came right back to annex the fifth division with Thinkofagameplan. He moved to the lead before the :56.4 half, put away a first-over try from Supersonic Jet (Paul MacDonell) before the 1:25.2 three-quarters, and then paced a :28.4 final kicker to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54.1, which was the fastest of the seven Grassroots sections. Red Pine (Jody Jamieson) was up for second and Mac Raider (Mike Saftic) finished third. Thinkofagameplan Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his first win in four attempts and pushed his bankroll to $18,660, is a homebred for McIntosh and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. The excellent first season for sire Sportswriter also continued as he picked up two more victories. Sportsmanship was a 1:54.3 winner for driver Jody Jamieson in the third Grassroots flight, and Sports Lightning grabbed top honours in the six split, stopping the clock in 1:55.4 for driver Mike Saftic. Sportsmanship was sent out by trainer Dave Menary for the ownership group of Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland, Tom Kyron of Toronto, and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, Ontario. Parkinson Farms also bred Sportsmanship, who broke his maiden in his fourth trip behind the gate. Now an earner of $12,500, Sportsmanship is the second foal out of the D M Dilinger mare Lady D M ($634,732), a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final winner. Sportsmanship Sports Lightning posted his second victory from four starts for co-owner/trainer Alvin Bowman of Markdale, Ontario. He shares ownership with Robert Nobes of Stayner, Ontario, Veral Robert Bowman of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Donald Warden of Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Sports Lightning, who has now put away $19,600 for his connections, is the sixth foal out of the Camluck mare Cohenikova. Sports Lightning   Also winning in Grassroots action tonight were: Mybestolxfriendray (Cheyenne Rei-Baywatch-Keystone Raider), a 1:56.1 victor for driver Phil Hudon, trainer Kevin St. Charles, and owner Dr. Andrew Roberts of Lexington, Kentucky. The winner was bred by Bonley Farm Inc. Mybestolxfriendray Pair Of Deuces (Badlands Hanover-Pacific Dragonette-Dragon Again), who halted the clock in 1:55.3 for driver Rick Zeron, trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman, and owner/breeder Pinske Stables of Plato, Minnesota. Pair Of Deuces Twin B Scandal (Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue-McArdle), who tallied in 1:56.1 for co-owner/trainer/driver Joe Hudon of Acton and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. Twin B Scandal The next Grassroots test for the rookie pacing colts and geldings is on August 24 at Georgian Downs. For full results of Friday night’s events at Mohawk, please click here. Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON PA - The rain went away from this southwestern PA town close to The Meadows for Tuesday fair harness racing at the Washington County Fair and the famed Arden Downs oval, allowing for a full day of racing two-year-olds, as opposed to the previous day, when only two heats for sophomores got in. The attention Wednesday focused on two-year-old pacing colts, and especially three babies trained by "The King of the PA Fairs," Roger Hammer, even though Hammer drove only one of them. That one would be R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding who was won his last six starts at the fairs (plus throwing in a Stallion Series victory for good measure, in 1:55.4) for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Hammer. The circuit's top dashwinner, Chris Shaw, deputized for Hammer on the two other horses, including the day's (and meet's) fastest, Given Up Terror, an altered son of Western Terror who won here in 2:01.2 for trainer Hammer, with Mississippian Chad Parker on the paperwork as the owner. This precocious youngster has been twice second in the Stallion Series and won an overnight in 1:55.4. Those two races came among the four divisions of the PA Fair Sire Stake 2PC event; driver Brady Brown and trainer Mike Gillock clicked to take the other two, with Firm It Up (2:09.1- 30.2) and Moonshine Road (2:06.3). We talked about three Hammer 2PCs - the third is racing in the Quaker State Stakes, and Rustlercafe is now 7-6-1-0 in that series after a 2:02.2 score. Hammer is the owner/trainer/breeder of the altered son of Rustler Hanover, with Chris Shaw again in the bike. Other highlights included Ohioan Marty Wollam capturing three races on the day, from three different trainers, including two of the three Fair Sire Stakes 2TC winners: the Andover Hall colt Andover Express and the SJ's Caviar colt Itza Rube; and the recent local addition of Crist Hershberger, who had two sulky scores Wednesday and has already posted his best overall moneywinning season - and it's only mid-August. Mid-August means plenty of PA fair racing, and indeed the trotters and pacers will be back in action today and Thursday at Dayton PA, where first post is noon; a recap will be posted at the end of the meet. ................................................ Your correspondent had the privilege of filling in at the microphone for the peerless Roger Huston, returning from Ireland, during the first two days of the four-day meet at the State Fair of West Virginia (NOT the West Virginia State Fair, as you will be told), track #187 in his personal collection. On Tuesday, day two, it looked like a boxing slugfest out there: driver Chuck Perry won the first race, J D Wengerd the second, then Perry, then Wengerd, then Perry - so that the scorecard after the first two days reads 4-4, with three of Wengerd's winners coming from the barn of top trainer Shane Heasley. The SFOWV track crew again did an excellent job with the surface after more lashing with rain, and the meet's fastest pace, 2:02.1, was put up by the veteran campaigner Spudcam, a gelded son of Camluck trained and driven by Wengerd for J M F Racing. Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Win The Gold will try to do just that when she competes in one of three $70,0000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday at Georgian Downs. The Sportsmaster daughter comes into the contest fresh from her victory in the $138,000 Battle of the Belles final this past Monday at Grand River Raceway. James MacDonald, who guided the filly to that 1:55.2 effort, will be back in the bike behind the Tony O’Sullivan trained lass who has earned $85,000 in her young career. Owned by breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Ohio, the filly is the third foal from a half-sister to Ball And Chain, a very popular free for all pacer on the Ontario circuit for many years and a winner of more than $1.4 million during his career. Win The Gold will depart from post six in the third of three Gold tests for the fillies on Sunday, race eight. While the top five finishers in the Battle of the Belles have all been entered for Sunday, none drew in with the winner. However, she does face Code One Hanover, another daughter of Sportswriter, who captured her last Gold event on July 18 at Grand River. Sports Chic, who finished a neck behind Win The Gold in the Belles finale, drew into the second division, race five. The Sportswriter rookie, who has an impressive summary of 3-2-0 in five lifetime starts to date, will leave from the rail for Jody Jamieson. Trainer Blake MacIntosh co-owns the two time Gold winner with Hutt Racing Stable, Pa. Capela, who finished less than a length away from the winner in the Belles, will also start in that test. She has Randy Waples at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. The fourth and fifth place finishers in the Belles, Southwind Mischief and Betty And The Jets, will meet in the first division, race one. The Battle Of The Belles is the filly companion to the Battle of Waterloo for two-year-old pacing colts and that group will also be competing at Georgian on Sunday in three $70,000 Gold divisions. While the Battle winner, Go Daddy Go is sitting this one out, the remaining cheque earners in the $217,140 Battle final have been entered. Sporting The Look, the second place finisher, will leave from post two in the final colt test, race 10. Jody Jamieson will be at the controls for dad Carl who trains and co-owns with breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Tom Kyron of Toronto. The Sportswriter colt was a winner in the first Gold test for this group in early July at Mohawk. His competition Sunday includes Mikes Powerhouse, a son of Camluck who finished fourth in the Battle final as well as his elimination. A winner in an OSS Grassroots event in his first lifetime start, the colt is owned by breeder Jeffrey Synder of New York and is a full or half-brother to a bevy of champions including Michaels Power ($1.6 million), Michelles Power ($1.3 million), Michaels Marvel ($835,000), etc. That colt is from the Casie Coleman stable which will also send out the Bob Ben And John, who finished third in the Battle final, in race two and Southwind Indy, the final cheque earner in the Battle, in race three. Coleman has a total of seven starters among the two Gold divisions, all but one (Mikes Powerhouse) is sired by her former champion Sportswriter. Georgian’s card gets underway at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The filly pacers are featured in races one, five and eight while the colts will appear in races two, three and 10. The full program may be viewed through this link Georgian Entries - August 10. Ontario Sire Stakes

On Wednesday night the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2014 and welcomed its newest members both horses and individuals. Albatross, Dreamfair Eternal and Rocknroll Hanover are the Standardbreds that made up part of the 2014 class. Joining these Standardbreds in the Hall Of Fame are the late Robert Murphy (breeder/owner); Dr. Ted Clarke, in the builder category; trainer/driver Wally Hennessey, and communicator Bill Galvin. Apelia, Cool Mood and Wando are the Thoroughbreds that make up part of the 2014 class. Trainer Horatio Luro, jockey Robert Landry and breeders William ‘Bill’ Graham and Arthur Stollery are also 2014 inductees on the Thoroughbred side. The Induction Ceremony was held at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Ontario. Male Horse Category: Rocknroll Hanover – bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc, Hanover, Pennsylvania. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ontario; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC, Cream Ridge, New Jersey. RocknRoll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his racing career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ontario; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC, Cream Ridge, New Jersey. Career highlights included victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three-year-olds, the Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers and the North America Cup for three-year-olds He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. To date, the son of Western Ideal, out of Hall of Fame mare Rich N Elegant, has sired winners of $60.7-million, including eight million-dollar-plus winners. "My job was to bring the best out in my horses and he made it easy, said Sarah Lauren Scott, Rocknroll Hanover's caretaker. "He brought out the best in all of his connections. He was a once in a lifetime horse and his legacy will live on." Female Horse Category: Dreamfair Eternal – bred by Mary and John Lamers, and owned by John Lamers, Ingersoll, Ontario. Dreamfair Eternalretired from racing in 2012 after a seven-year career that included 56 victories, and every major stakes event on the older pacing mare schedule, earnings of over $2.5-million and Horse of the Year honours in Canada in 2010. During that year, she racked up wins in the final of the Masters Series, an elimination of the Roses are Red Stakes, elimination and final of the Milton Stakes, the elimination and final of the Forest City Pace and the Breeders Crown. The daughter of Camluck was bred by John and Mary Lamers and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario. Patrick Fletcher trained her for most of her career. "This is certainly a great honour for myself and my family. 'Eternal' is a large part of our family," said owner John Lamers. "‎I want to thank Pat and Karan Fletcher for the amazing job they've done with Dreamfair Eternal over her racing career. ‎ "‎She's an outstanding race mare and she's equally as good a mother," noting that Lamers has a filly sired by fellow Hall Of Famer Somebeachsomewhere on the ground that might have a "bit better conformation" than her Mom. Lamers hoped that the filly has just as good of a career.‎‎ Veteran Horse Category: Albatross – bred by John E Wilcutts, Aberdeen, North Carolina; Charles A Kenney, Lexington, Kentucky; Elizabeth B Peters, Wilmington Delaware; and Mark Lydon, Abington, Massachusetts. Owned by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc, Hanover, Pennsylvania; George Segal, Versailles, Kentucky; Castleton Farm, Lexington, Kentucky; Hal S Jones, Montgomery, New York. A champion on the track and in the breeding shed,  Albatross was a major influence on the Standardbred breed. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. Two of his major stakes wins in Canada included the Prix d’Ete and Canadian Pacing Derby. He retired as both the fastest and richest horse in the history of the breed. As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million, including Niatross, who is considered by many to be the greatest pacer of the 20th Century, and Fan Hanover, who is the only filly to ever win the Little Brown Jug. "This is a very distinct honour for me," said Hanover Shoe Farms' Murray Brown, who was around Albatross his entire life‎. Brown considers Albatross "probably the greatest two-year-old of any breed that's ever lived," recalling how he'd have to race against aged horses in his freshman year. "It's unheard of for a two-year-old to race against aged horses. He did it with regularity."‎ Noting that Albatross was the first sire of any breed to sire progeny with more than $100 million in earnings, Brown called Albatross "the perfect horse" and stated that "his name is a fixture in the breed and will continue to be. ‎" Wally Hennessey, 58, born in Prince Edward Island and now a resident of Coconut Grove, Florida, has more than 8,500 victories to his credit and has banked earnings in excess of $57 million. During the early stages of his career, Hennessey re-wrote the record books, setting new standards in both wins and earnings. In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown. Throughout his career, Hennessey has been remarkably consistent, winning at least 200 races in each of the last 25 years, and driving horses to earnings in excess of $1 million for 24 straight years. In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. "To be inducted takes hard work and dedication from many," said Hennessey. "I was blessed to grow up with four great brothers and sisters. They were very supportive and competitive and loving. We were all on each other's team. "Not to point out one person, but my brother Dan has been with me my whole career. Without Dan I definitely would not be standing here. I had a father I was so proud of. I never wanted to let him down. He was so talented. I learned my early lessons from my father. My greatest influence could not be here. My mom, I wish she was here, but she could not travel to be here. Without her love and what she taught me, I would not be here. To my wife Barb and daughter Christie -- you're my greatest supporters and Barb you hung in with me and that was hard to do. And my daughter is my inspiration." "It's been a journey one could only dream about and I'm so glad dreams do come true." Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Prior to Grand River’s opening, Dr. Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. He was honoured for his innovative thinking and leadership with the Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award in 1999 from the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association. "‎The fact of the matter is, with the industry being in the state it's in, it's important to remember the things that got us to where we are," said Clarke, imploring the industry to pull from the same end of the rope going forward.  The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, and was known by his popular ‘Red Star’ moniker. First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners. He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009. In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Murphy had a great impact on harness racing in BC with both his breeding and training centres, but that impact extended across the continent as his horses raced all over North America. William ‘Bill’ Galvin, a native of Arnprior, Ontario and now a resident of Mississauga, Ontario, made a tremendous impact on horse racing in the country as a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist and former Thoroughbred racing official. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring harness racing on ice to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the well-being of horse racing during his career. He was also the executive editor of Trot Magazine and a member of the Advisory board for the School of Equine Studies at Toronto's Humber College of Applied Arts. "What a special and memorable occasion this is tonight," said Galvin. "I congratulate you all and thank each and every one responsible for this tremendous honour. "This evening is especially memorable with the presence of Dr. John Findlay, who presented to me. I received my an introduction to horse racing in the standardbred sport as a very young lad in Arnprior, Ontario. Those early days at Madawaska Farms with Dr. John Findlay would define and shape my career.  "Tonight, my life comes full circle from those unforgettable country fairs in the Ottawa Valley, to the glory day of Canadian harness racing in the 1980s, to the pinnacle of my career tonight at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, with the man who introduced me to the sport‎ - Dr. John Findlay." By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com with files from the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

Driver Doug McNair captured two of the four $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old filly pacers Sunday afternoon at Clinton Raceway. One of his victories was for his father Gregg, the other for trainer Tony O’Sullivan. McNair started off the afternoon winning the first division. He sent Born To Dream directly to the top from post seven and she was never headed through fractions of :29.2, :59.4 and 1:28.2, where she fought off a challenge from Milliondollar Babe to win by three lengths in 1:56.4. Always Sunday took second while Milliondollar Babe held for third. The win was the second this year, both at Clinton, for Born To Dream, a daughter of Camluck trained by O’Sullivan for owner/breeders Lomangino Standardbreds of New Jersey. She is the first foal of $665,000 winner Happy Dreamer. McNair’s other OSS score was in the final division where he and Can Art cut the tempo of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.3 and managed to hold off a determined Murrayfield to win by a head in 1:56. Goldies Mach was third. Gregg McNair trains the winner, a daughter of Artistic Fella owned by breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, Ont. This was Can Art’s third win in 10 attempts this year. Another father/son, trainer/driver combo was successful on the afternoon as Tyler Moore guided his dad’s Shadows Wonder to a come-from-behind victory in 1:55.3, the fastest of the four splits. She wore down pacesetter Shes A Hotmama, who held for second, while Medoland Lindeylou was third. Dr. Ian Moore trains the winner he co-owns with R G McGroup Ltd. of New Brunswick and Serge Savard of Quebec, who also co-owned the filly’s sire Shadow Play. Shadows Wonder, who was victorious in her last start at Clinton in the Kin Pace on July 6, was recording her fourth win in 12 trips behind the gate this year. Divisional track record holder Her Own Land also deployed gate-to-wire tactics for James MacDonald. The Blissfull Hall lass breezed through splits of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:27.4 to win in 1:56.3 over Momara and Miss Brandi K. The win was the third in 10 tries for Her Own Land, who is trained by Dave Menary for Hutt Racing Stable of Pennsylvania. The next Grassroots test for this group comes on August 17 at Georgian Downs. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Fresh off his track record setting performance of 1: 53 in the Governor's Plate, D Gs Camme will return to the same spot it all happened on Sunday afternoon. Racing action gets underway at 1 p.m. at Red Shores' Summerside, but fans will have to wait until race 9 to see the new track record holder. D Gs Camme is entered into the first leg of the Premiers Pace Series. The four-year-old son of Blissful Hall is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. He will get regular pilot Gilles Barrieau in the bike, while Jackie Matheson handles the training. Astor was the runner-up in that track record setting performance, he has drawn Post 5 for the Foxyhall Racing stable. Jason Hughes handles the training and driving duties on the five-year-old gelded son of Camluck. Machinthesand has drawn Post 4 for owners Russell and Karen Noonan. The Governor's Plate finalist is coming off of a Preferred victory last week at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Mark Bradley will intrust in Brodie MacPhee to do the driving. Blissfull Bro (Post 1), Schooner (Post 2) and Modern Xhibit ( Post 6) round out the compact field. The second division of the first leg goes in Race 12. Last year's Premiers Pace winner Touch Of Lightning has drawn Post 2 for veteran trainer - driver Earl Smith. On Gold Cup night last year Touch Of Lightning worked out a second over journey before fanning out three-wide at the head of the stretch and swooping up to nail Big League and Balanchine on the line in 1:53 a new lifetime mark for the son of Articulator to claim the first ever Premiers Pace Series. Red Rock is the morning line favourite from post 5. The four-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has not missed the board since entering the Maritime free-for-all ranks three starts ago. Owned by Donald, Bryan and Steven Mac Rae and Melissa Trainor, he finished second in his last start at Truro Raceway in the Exhibition Cup. Trainer Jason Hughes will do the driving for the first time since winning his elimination of the Governor's Plate. Ultimate Luck hasn't seemed to have any luck at the draw over his last four attempts. Sunday will have to overcome the outside Post 6, a place he is mighty familiar with after having that post in two of his last three starts. Terry Gallant will pick up the catch driving call for the Ultimate Stable and trainer Sifroi Melanson. Regular driver Kenny Arsenault will drive his own trainee Cheyenne Ford from Post 3. Perfect Escape ( Barrieau ) and Judge Jon ( Ken Murphy ) complete the field. Windfall Blue Chip will reunite with Arsenault in the Race 7 Preferred 2. The seven-year-old son of Art Major was fourth in his last start for driver Brian MacPhee. Owned by Jamie MacKinley and Jody Sanderson. The Earl Watts trainee will make his third start of the 2014 campaign. Blue Meadow Willie will also reunite with a different driver, Walter Cheverie, the last time Cheverie drove Willie, he won in 1:55.3 a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old, He is also searching for lifetime win number 50. Ultimate Success, Mcmaverick, Carrera Angel, Pacific Oak, Eagle Jolt and SA Summers Luck will be the other contenders. Dirt Track Momma to defend Spud Island Title It's time for Dirt Track Momma to defend her Spud Island Classic Title. Presented by the P.E.I. Potato Board the first leg of the Old Home Week open mares series starts Saturday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 6 p.m. Last year Momma headed into the series on a three race win streak and continued her winning ways, sweeping both legs and then winning the final on Gold Cup night in a blistering 1:54.2. In race 7 on Saturday night, she'll look to get her season on track from Post 7 for owner - trainer Jonah Moase. From post 7 Marc Campbell will do the driving against six other rivals. J K Special has been dubbed the morning line favourite, for owner Joe Smallwood and regular driver Walter Cheverie. A familiar face over the past four year, the nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest will control her faith from Post 2. In the second division of the Spud Island, For All We Know comes into the first supporting the same summary as Dirt Track Momma did last year. Three straight victories. Owned by Bruce Wood, the seven-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will look to extend her streak to four from post 5. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John to drive for Jackie Matheson.  A newcomer to P.E.I., Russian Kisses will be right next door, Post 6, the four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover shows consistent miles of 1:54 and change over Grand River (half-mile) for owners Robert Shepherd, Joseph Travis and Forrest Bartlett. Robert has handed the driving duties over to brother Steven, while father Harold is the trainer. Bunny Mach, Winner Panic, Miracleonthehudson, Icandothat and Silky Britches round out the field. A pair of earlier driver - trainer combinations pair up and do battle in the third and final division. The gate chaser Andro Madi has been labeled the morning line choice for Campbell and Moase. The winner of 23 races life has drawn post 4. Two-time Spud Island Classic Champ, General LuckyPercy will be one spot closer to the rail, Post 3, for Barrieau and Matheson. Stayoutofmyaffair, last year's Atlantic Aged Mare Champion has drawn the outside post 7 for owner Robi Hughes, brother Jason handles the training and driving on the winner of 30 lifetime victories.  Red Magician will look to extend his win streak to three races in the race 12 feature, the chestnut gelding picked up his first win on red soil last week in 2:00 over a rain soaked oval. Owned by Dale and Ronnie Rennie, Ken Murphy will do the driving from post 7. Every Day will look to return trainer Rachel Andrew back to the winner circle for the second time of her career from Post 4. In his last start Every Day picked up Andrew's first lifetime training victory. Brian Andrew will do the driving. Tempo Seelster, Panacotta, Van Zant, Balanchine, Capitalism and Nobestbfor round out the power packed lineup Hurrah 4 Island Charities is back Saturday night in Race 10. With August now upon us, Hurrah's earning for this month will be donated to Special Olympics P.E.I. Mark Bradley will do the training and driving. For the month of July, Hurrah raised $1,000 for the 4H club of P.E.I., the cheque presentation will be made after the second race.  The evenings trot race goes in Race 3. Scarlet Patti and trainer - driver Darryl Maclean will have to overcome Post 7 if they are going to put together back - to - back victories for owner Gordon Maclean.  The battle for top driver at Red Shores' Charlottetown is heating up, Hughes currently sits on top  of the leader board with 45 victories, defending champion Campbell is only two wins behind with 43. The battle is sure to catch fire next week during the 16 cards of racing for Old Home Week.  by Bo Ford for Red Shores

The 2014 edition of Dream of Glory Day will not only include the $78,800 dollar final but also 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Among the Dream of Glory finalists is last weeks fastest elimination winner, Warrawee Promesse who won his division in 1:57.4.   Wayne Henry of Arthur trains, drives and shares ownership on the 3 year old with Fred Brayford of Alliston. The son of Windsong Espoir will start from post 5 in the final which goes off as Race number 10. The Dream of Glory card also includes 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.  The field includes some of Ontario’s top trainers and drivers including the likes of Doug and Gregg McNair formerly of Walkerton, Jody Jamieson, Jack Darling and Sylvain Filion to name a few.  Among the colts competing are 4 of the top 10 Grassroots points earners including Regal Babe owned by Robert Chapple of Chatham.   The Gregg McNair trainee has a win and 2 second place finishes in 3 starts on the OSS circuit and over 47,000 dollars earned this year.   Also competing on Sunday is Lucky King owned by Glenview Livestock of Wallenstein. Driven by James Macdonald, the 3 year old Camluck son has a win, second and third place finish in his 3 starts in the OSS program this season and over 31,000 dollars earned. Jack Darling owns and trains two notables taking part in the card.  Shadowbriand has over 73,000 dollars earned this season after starting out in the OSS Gold program, and , while All Star Seelster has earned over 54,000 dollars on the Woodbine and Mohawk circuit but has just one 3rd place finish in his 2 starts in the OSS program.  Mike Saftic will be on hand to steer both Darling pupils. Dream of Glory day highlights Doors open at 5:00pm. Special Post time of 6:30pm $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory Final 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers competing for $90,000 in purse money. Half Chicken dinner BBQ at 5:00pm Buffet dinner in the Coach House from 4-8:00pm Crippled Ducks band from 5:30-8:30pm Carriage Rides with the Gregg Clydesdales 5% rebates on HPI dream of glory bets Celebrity Horse in outdoor stall Taylor Fritz and Sonny parade marshall 15,000 dollar BEM fireworks display after the races Gord Dougan

Georgian Downs rolled out the red carpet on Saturday night for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series with five $18,000 dashes going behind the gate. When the dust had cleared, it was Shadios who shined brightest, turning in a career-best 1:50.3 clocking in the fourth Grassroots flight. With Billy Davis Jr. in the bike, Shadios sat in second while Warrawee Phoenix (Scott Coulter) rattled off fast fractions of :26.4, :53.4, and 1:22.2. Davis Jr. already had his charge out of the pocket at three-quarters and he took control entering the far turn. From there, Shadios set sail for the wire, which he reached five lengths to the good over runner-up Regal Babe (Mike Saftic). Twin B Spy (Robert Shepherd) finished in third. Tony Alagna trains Shadios, a Shadow Play gelding, for Great Britain-based owner Tom Hill. Shadios has won three times from six starts this year and he has four career victories. He has earned $26,860 in 2014 and $41,150 in his life. Davis Jr. also won the Grassroots opener with Some Major Beach, the Major In Art half-brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere. Making his first start for trainer Dave Menary, Some Major Beach worked out a second-over trip and then converted it into a 1:52.4 victory. He defeated Major Homer (Travis Henry) by two and three-quarters lengths with Allstar Seelster (Mike Saftic) back in third. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, Robert Watson of Ashfield, Australia and Martinez Equine of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania own Some Major Beach. This was his second career win from 17 tries and he has banked $154,226. The other three divisions were all won by driver Scott Coulter. He guided Andreios Kardia to a 1:53.1 decision in the second split; Regal Son to a 1:54.1 tally in the third division; and Lucky King to a 1:53.1 triumph in the Grassroots nightcap. Andreios Kardia, a gelding by Badlands Hanover, is trained by Jeff Madill for owner/breeder Ina Madill of Innisfil, Ont. Unraced as a freshman, Andreios Kardia is four-for-16 this year with $55,350 in the bank. Regal Son, a Stonebridge Regal colt, is trained by Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont, who also bred Regal Son with long-time partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. Gordon Wright of Charlotte, Michigan is also part of the ownership contingent. Regal Son is a four-time winner in his racing career and he has earned over $55,550. Andrew McCabe sent out Camluck colt Lucky King for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. This was the first Ontario Sires Stakes win this year for Lucky King, who won last year’s Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. He has six career victories and he has stashed away $91,053 for his connections. The next event for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series is slated for August 3 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Seascape Hanover (Camluck-Skateboard) claimed the $8,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night to extend her winning streak to three in the month of July.   This win, however, was a move up in company as she scored in an Open I pace and did it impressively, powering away from her competition in the lane to win by six lengths in 1:52. Seascape Hanover (Aaron Byron) took control before the field moved to the first turn and led the way through fractions of 27.2 for the quarter, 55.2 for the half, and 1:23.2 for three quarters.   Artic Byrd (Truman Gale) was second through the early stages before being passed by a first-over Oceans Motion (Brian Connor). However, Oceans Motion stalled in the stretch and Artic Byrd was able to get back into the second spot at the finish. The complete order of finish was: Seascape Hanover, Artic Byrd, Oceans Motion, Upfront Secret, and Always Flash-n.   Seascape Hanover is owned by Tessa Roland of Grinnell, Iowa and Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. The trainer is Mario Dessureault.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 10-race program. The 9th race is the $10,000 featured Open I Trot and the 3-1 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who is scheduled to be driven by Justin Huckabone. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs Publicity

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

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