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Charlottetown, PE - Due to the storm approaching PEI, the Saturday harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been canceled. The Sunday program at Red Shores Summerside has been rescheduled to 4pm with further updates to follow. For information regarding live racing go to By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2019 - A quintet of Grand Circuit stakes for rookie and sophomore trotters headlined Friday evening's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A trio of Simcoe Stakes divisions for three-year-olds and a pair of William Wellwood Memorial eliminations for two-year-olds all took place on a 10-race card.   Green Manalish S dug deep late to reach up for a thrilling victory in the lone $174,503 Simcoe division for three-year-old colts and geldings. The victory gave driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Marcus Melander each a stakes hat-trick on the card.   All Wrapped Up made a second-quarter move from third to first and led the field by the half in :57. Green Manalishi S and Tetrick got away fourth and sat there until the midway point of the mile, angling out to come first-up.   The third-quarter saw All Wrapped Up ramp up the tempo :28.1, while Green Manalishi S grinded up to the leader's wheel.   In the stretch, All Wrapped Up was all out and kept Green Manalishi S more than a length away with an eighth of a mile to go. The Melander trainee would not be denied a victory, finding more in deep stretch and powering by just in time for a 1:53 victory.   "I thought I was a little messed up there when I let them get over to the half too slow and I was a little far back," said Tetrick. "I had to come a little early there going to the half, but my horse sat out there and put his nose up when it was time.   "Top of the lane a little bit (worried)," admitted Tetrick. "Half way down the lane he started kicking in and right by the tote board he took off for me and I knew I was going to get him."   Union Forces finished third, while Smart As Hill was fourth.   A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi S was making his first start at Mohawk Park since capturing last year's Wellwood Memorial. The Melander trainee improved to four wins and $385,726 earned in eight starts this season.   Green Manalishi S will now head towards next Saturday's (September 14) Canadian Trotting Classic with nine wins and $945,883 in career earnings for owner Courant Inc.   A $2 win ticket on Green Manalishi S returned $2.80.   The entry box for the Canadian Trotting Classic closes Tuesday morning (September 10) at 10:30 a.m. The top-ten money earners to enter will compete in the rich final.   The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies saw a group of 13 separated into a pair of divisions.   Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry made her first start since August 3 and got things her own way to win the $85,029 first division   Now racing for trainer Carmen Auciello, When Dovescry and driver Simon Allard trotted out to the lead and got away with soft fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Special Honor followed the leader's every move from the two-hole, while 3/5 favourite Evident Beauty sat third.   The sprint for home saw Evident Beauty trotting up a storm and appearing to have a chance to defeat When Dovescry until she made a break entering the final sixteenth, handing the victory to When Dovescry in 1:54.4. Special Honor finished two-lengths back in second, while Evident Beauty finished third.   "I got lucky," said Allard about the break made by Evident Beauty. "She didn't race in a little while and we needed a race and we ended up winning, so that's great. She's been good all along and sometimes the good horses do everything right and it works out for them."   A daughter of Muscle Hill, When Dovescry picked up her third straight win to bring her sophomore record to three wins and $328,054 earned in six starts. She now sports career numbers of eight wins and $618,764 earned for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain.   A $2 win ticket on When Dovescry returned $4.50.   Sisters Promise went to the top and never looked back to win the $86,028 second Simcoe division in a career-best 1:53.4.   Driven by Tetrick, Sisters Promise trotted out to the lead and set fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:25.3. Race-favourite The Ice Dutchess sat fourth and angled out heading towards three-quarters.   Sisters Promise got away from her rivals after creating separation at three-quarters and trotted home in :28.1 to win by three-quarters of a length. The Ice Dutchess finished second, while Bright Eyes M was third.   "She's always had enough talent, just hasn't been able to put it together," said Tetrick. "I got off the car and got an easy first-eighth and kind of cruised to the half and then I stepped on the gas and she held off The Ice Dutchess late."   A daughter of Father Patrick, Sisters Promise was winless in 11 starts this season prior to her Simcoe score. The Linda Toscano trainee has now earned over $100,000 this season to bring her career totals to four wins and $192,109 earned for owners Brittany Farms.   Sisters Promise paid $20.20 to win.   The top finishers from Friday's Simcoe Stakes are all eligible to next Saturday's (September 14) Elegantimage Stakes. The top-ten money earners to enter by Tuesday morning will line up for the rich event.   A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into a pair of $30,000 eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial. The top-five finishers from each division booked their ticket to next Saturday's $370,000 final.   Back Of The Neck was a coast-to-coast winner in the first elimination for the Team Melander. The Ready Cash colt and driver Mattias Melander set fractions of :28, :58.3 and 1:26.4 before trotting home in :28.1 for a 1:55 victory.   "Every start he races he's been developing more," said Mattias Melander about Back Of The Neck. "I was on him a little bit, but I think he had some left."   Trained by Marcus Melander, Back Of The Neck didn't face pressure until Beyond Kronos pushed first-up going to three-quarters. The margin of victory was a length and a half with Beyond Kronos finishing second and Port Perry finishing third off a two-hole trip.   Nylander and Hetalkstoangels completed the top-five to advance to next week's final.   A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Back Of The Neck is now three for five with $56,845 earned for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stable and Judith Taylor. He paid $5.80 to win.   Marcus Melander completed the sweep of the Wellwood eliminations with Capricornus holding off a push from longshot Hp Royal Theo to win the second split in 1:55.1   Driven by Tetrick, Capricornus angled out from third on the far turn to make a first-up bid against leader and race-favourite Synergy. The public's choice couldn't deliver in the lane after a three-quarter clocking of 1:27. Capricornus overtook the lead and dug in to hold off Hp Royal Theo by a neck.   "I really liked what I saw and he really dug in all the way," said Melander of Capricornus. "He's got a really good attitude and that's really important and he's a really nice gaited-horse and a pleasure to drive."   Moon Bridge and Blue Cupertino completed the Superfecta. Synergy did make the final by finishing fifth.   A $110,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Capricornus is now three for six with $96,770 earned for owner JJ Stable. The Melander trainee shaved a fifth of a second off his previous career best with the victory.   Capricornus paid $4.10 to win.   The post position draw for next Saturday's (September 14) $370,000 final took place following the eliminations. The Melander stable had their choice of positions following the victories by Back Of The Neck and Capricornus.   1 - Blue Cupertino 2 - Hetalkstoangels 3 - Back Of The Neck 4 - Capricornus 5 - Hp Royal Theo 6 - Nylander 7 - Moon Bridge 8 - Port Perry 9 - Beyond Kronos 10 - Synergy AE - Your Still Up   Friday evening's card also featured a $30,000 Mares Preferred. Youaremycandygirl followed up her stunning victory from a week ago with a 1:48.3 victory over Seaswift Joy N and Kissin In The Sand.   Making her second start from trainer Richard Moreau, Youaremycandygirl brushed to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked back to win. The four-year-old mare and driver Louis Philippe Roy posted fractions of :54.4 and 1:21.4 before firing home in :26.4 for her third win of the season.   Owned by W Donovan, Youaremycandygirl sports career numbers of 21 wins and over $1.5 million earned. She paid $3.50 to win.   Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with more Grand Circuit action. Rookie pacers, colts and fillies, will compete in the Champlain, while three-year-old pacing fillies will duel in the Simcoe.   Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track will feature its richest race program of the 2019 season with its Super Sunday Championship card with more than $500,000C in purses. The Super Sunday program is highlighted by eight championship finals. There are four $65,000C divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $55,000C finals of the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. All four champions from last year at age 2 are back in the finals again at age 3. They are Only For Justice (race 4), Cooking The Speed (race 8), Claudi PV (race 11) and US Sunshine (race 12). Races 4, 5, 7 thru 12 are the championship finals on Super Sunday. Here is a brief look at the final fields. 4th race Three-year-old colt trot final - Only For Justice seeks a repeat championship starting from the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau. They are facing a tough task against track record holder Cesar Duharas from post six for driver Pascal Berube. Cesars Duharas is on a two-race winning streak. 5th race Two-year-old filly pace final - SOS Cupcake drew the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Gendron but still shows the speed to be the race favorite and is on a two-race winning streak. Lotus Sena (post 5) will cut the mile and could lead from start to finish. 7th race Two-year-old colt trot final - Babidibou (post 2) has been first or second in his five lifetime starts and has won last two starts from both on and off the pace. Kenogami Coco (post 4) may lead from the start and hold on and Major Bay (post 8) drew poorly but has gate speed to overcome and be a factor. 8th race Three-year-old filly pace final - Cooking The Speed (post 2) is seeking to repeat in the championship final but will have a tough task going against the entry from Yves Filion of Akita Bayama and Audi Bayama. Also, a major factor in the race will be HP Xanadu (post 6), who has been first or second in last five starts. 9th race Two-year-old filly trot final - Emotions Durables (post 5) must stay on stride to win. She broke last start but still rallied to be third and prior had won three straight races. HP Starlette (post 2) and SOS Thumper (post 1) could be a factor is Emotions Durables falters in any way. 10th race Two-year-old colt pace final - Whitecookie has been sensational this season for owner, trainer, driver Marie Claude Auger. The son of Windfall Blue Chip is undefeated in six starts and has beaten nearly everyone in the field. 11th race Three-year-old filly trot final - Claudi P V (post 6) has not raced as well this year as she did last year in winning the championship. Kinderunbelievable (post 5) and Cor Leo (post 3) loom as the two favorites in the race. 12th race Three-year-old colt pace final - Could be the best race of the day. YS Sunshine (post 3) tries for a second championship but face a very tough field that includes Ashleysbest (post 7) who two starts back tied the track record with a 1:52.4 triumph and he enters the race on a three-race winning streak. Other contenders include NP Napoleon (post 6) and GA Speed Gaby (post 8). Post time Sunday for the 14-race program is 1:00 pm. For a free race program and to watch the races from the Hippodrome 3R live, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON--Tony Alagna's primary focus has been training younger horses, with his colt-turned-stallion Captaintreacherous providing him with Grand Circuit harness racing success. Now this weekend, Alagna is sitting pretty with the morning-line favourite in all four of Saturday's Champlain Stakes divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reflect With Me starts Alagna's night in Race 3, the $94,299 first division of Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Captaintreacherous filly lost in both of her starts stateside but has since been undefeated in stakes company at Mohawk Park. Yet, even in defeat in her early starts, Reflect With Me separated herself from the competition with back-to-back :25.1 final quarters in divisions of the Kindergarten. "She always showed that [speed]," Alagna said. "Training down, she would always be the filly that would be training late, coming late in the training sets in Florida. She just always had an incredible amount of finish, even from early on. I wish I could take credit for it, but that's definitely something she was born with because she just loves to chase horses down and its fun for her." Regular-reinsman Andrew McCarthy will steer the filly from post 4 for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owner Brad Grant. Alagna's next starter, another Captaintreacherous colt, competes from post 3 in the $90,938 first division of Champlain Stakes for pacing freshmen. Captain Kirk, who will be driven by Bob McClure for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owners Marvin Katz and Captain Kirk Racing, shipped north following a 22-1 upset victory in a division of Kindergarten on July 19 at the Meadowlands. "We always knew the colt had ability," Alagna said. "He was a little overshadowed by the other colts we had in that division because they had qualified a little better than him. But he was always a horse that, if he got the right kind of trip and shook loose, he had a huge turn of speed late. That's what happened that night, he got a great trip, and when he shook loose he was loaded with pace." Captain Kirk has finished third in all four of his starts at Mohawk Park. Three starts ago he finished behind OSS-star Tall Dark Stranger and in his last two starts he's given chase to his stablemates Capt Midnight and Captain Nemo. "I don't think it's so much that he's struggling. I think he's just run into two excellent colts in the other two colts of mine," Alagna said. "If you took those other two colts out of those divisions, those are the only two colts that have been able to beat him up there, so..." Capt Midnight competes in the other Champlain division, carded as Race 10 with a purse of $89,938. The Captaintreacherous colt lost in his first two starts, racing from off the pace in divisions of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands. But the colt shifted tactics when shipping to Mohawk, winning all three of his starts either on or near the lead. "He won his first baby race in [1]:52 and change," Alagna said. "When he came back, he had some road trouble and got a little lost when he came first over in the one division of the Kindergarten, and in the other division of the Kindergarten he was too far back. Once he got to Canada it was his third start and he got his groove." McCarthy will also drive Capt Midnight, who starts from post 2, for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing. Alagna also sends another frosh filly, Lady Lou, from post 2 in the $95,298 second division of Champlain for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as Race 6. The daughter of Sweet Lou has one win on her record but has given chase to better fillies in recent starts, including stablemate Reflect With Me as well as OSS phenom Alicorn. "We had confidence in her when we sent her up there because you know I don't like to send them up if I don't think they can be a player in those stakes," Alagna said. "She's another one [who's] been overshadowed by Reflect With Me but this is a very nice filly in her own right. She's been stuck first over I think her last three starts. I think one of these days things are going to go her way and she's going to get her payday but like I said she's a very nice filly in her own right." Amid the freshmen in competition, Alagna will also send his sophomore pacing filly Tall Drink Hanover to the track in the $168,557 Simcoe Stakes, carded as Race 8. The Captaintreacherous filly, Alagna said, has had things "go her way--I don't think she was any worse than she is now; I don't think she's gotten any better. I think things have finally started to go her way as far as post-position draws and trips." She enters the Simcoe off four-consecutive victories in stakes, including wins in a division of the Adioo Volo and the $100,362 Shady Daisy final. Andrew McCarthy will sit in the sulky from post 4 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Saturday's stakes program at Mohawk Park is the second of four weekends of Grand Circuit racing at the Milton oval. The 12-race program kicks off with first-race post at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Entertainment

Due to the pending Hurricane Watch Inverness Raceway has moved their card of harness racing from Sunday September 8 ,2019 to Monday September 9, 2019. Post time 7pm. The 3 year old Colt Atlantic Sire Stakes scheduled for Saturday September 7, 2019 in Northside has been moved to Inverness Raceway on Monday September 9, 2019 post time 7pm. The Nova Scotia stake for 2 year old Fillies is included in the date change for Inverness Monday September 9, 2019. From Debbie Francis, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a late charging break in stride last week, Traces Of Purple will look to knock off the best harness racing mares in the region on a special Saturday morning program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Due to impending weather coming to the region, the Saturday card will have a special 11:30 A.M. first race post time and the top mares will face off in race 7 of the program in the $2,700 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Traces Of Purple will leave from post 1 in the contest with Walter Cheverie back in the bike for owner-trainer Robert Phillips of Belfast. The five-year-old daughter of Brandons Cowboy was making a late surge in the stretch drive last Saturday and rolled off stride before the finish to end up third. The winner from that race, Sodwana Bay, is not entered this week but runner-up Jordies Hope leaves from post 5 with David Dowling in the bike. The Brian Lander trained Jordies Hope has five seasonal scores including a 1:54.4 best over Red Shores Summerside. The model of consistency, West River Ambyr, has post 2 in the field of six with regular driver Steven Shepherd at the lines with the mare only missing one cheque in 16 outings this year. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with the rail sitter Traces Of Purple for the top spot. "Traces Of Purple has been a model of consistency all year sporting a top three record north of 80 per cent and that's against the best mares in the region," MacIsaac said. "Landing on the pylons will make her hard to deny." Also in the field is Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes), Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner) and Collective Wisdom (Dale Spence). The top purse of the night is in the race 11 Preferred 2 pace for a $2,850 pot. IC True Grit is the morning line choice with Mike McGuigan driving for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown. Other top entries include Red Magician (Merner) and JJ Powerball (Gordie Hennessey). For race programs, live video and more go to Big Battle In Invitational At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - An off-Island scorcher will take on a Gold Cup and Saucer finalist on the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash card is scheduled for a 1 P.M. start on Sunday afternoon with a $4,000 Invitational pace slated for race 11. Euchred demolished all comers last time out in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia with a 15 length romp in 1:53.3 for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. David Dowling gets the catch driving call on the Sunday card from post 3 but Euchred will have some tough customers to contend with. Lisburn finished third in the $60,000 The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final last month then followed it up with a preferred win last week. Kenny Arsenault will drive his trainee from post 4 as the morning line favourite. James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation runner-up Rose Run Quest has post 2 in the field after a third place finish in the preferred pace last week. Marc Campbell will drive the pacer from his own barn this week. Also in the compact field is Best To Hurst (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes). The $2,600 back-up pace hits the track in race 8 with Mando Fun controlling the rail with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. The six-year-old son of Badlands Hanover has been amassing another solid season and was a runner-up last time he drew the rail to the then hottest horse in Prince County, Dangle Ona Dime. Those pacers will again face off Sunday with Dangle Ona Dime drawing post 5 with Ken Murphy in the seat for trainer Duane MacEachern. Mantario had been racing the best horses in the region but drops a notch to be heralded as the morning line favourite with Arsenault driving from post 4. For more information on the Sunday afternoon race program and storm updates go to or follow Red Shores on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 5, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for the $405,000 Peaceful Way following a pair of eliminations on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 14 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $30,000 eliminations to determine the field for the rich final on September 14. The top-five finishers from each division advanced to the final. Donato Hanover filly Dip Me Hanover broke her maiden in the first elimination with a 1:55.1 victory. The Linda Toscano trainee and driver David Miller angled out of third going around the far turn to sit only a length away from leader P L Notsonice turning for home and powered by in the lane for a length victory. "She's been racing really well and she has gate speed, but just hasn't been using it," said Miller following the victory. "I thought tonight I'd try and get her into the race and she finished up really good." P L Notsonice cleared to the lead shortly after a :28.3 opener, proceeding to post fractions of :58.2 and 1:27 before surrendering the lead to Dip Me Hanover. She Rocks Kemp finished third, while the top-five was completed by Intense Justice and She Must Be Magic. Race-favourite Whose Blues was off her game and failed to make the final by finishing sixth. The Luc Blais trainee got away at the rear of the field and could only pass one rival in the lane. "(Bob McClure) didn't leave, so I didn't know how far back (Whose Blues) was," said Miller. "I got away in a really good spot. I thought she'd be strong enough to be able to take first over and she sure did." Dip Me Hanover is now one for seven with $34,516 earned for owners Camelot Stable Inc, Dreamville Stable and Randi Farms LLC. The Toscano trainee was a $52,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. A $2 win ticket on Dip Me Hanover returned $7.50 to win. Panem followed up her Champlain victory from a week ago with a 1:55.4 score in the second division. The Nancy Johnasson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn cleared to the lead just after the half and held off a late inside push from Hello Tomorrow to win by a head. "I was really proud of her tonight and the way she dug in," said Johansson. "Hello Tomorrow is obviously a very nice filly and she fought all the way to the finish line, so obviously that makes me happy that she's learning that you're supposed to be first." Hello Tomorrow made the top shortly after a :29 opener. Dunn started up Panem from third entering the backstretch and cleared just after a :58.2 half to then lead the field to three-quarters in 1:27. Panem drifted off the rail enough in the lane for Hello Tomorrow to make an inside bid, but the leader fought her off to win. Jula Shes Magic finished third, while Heat Wave Hanover and Sheer Energy also made the final. A daughter of Father Patrick, Panem is a homebred for owners Diamond Creek Racing. She now has back-to-back victories to improve her record to two wins and $77,206 earned in seven starts. Panem paid $8.30 to win. The $405,000 Peaceful Way final joins the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage and William Wellwood Memorial for a rich stakes-card on Saturday, September 14. The post positions for next week's final were drawn following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post for the final. 1 - Intense Justice 2 - She Must Be Magic 3 - Dip Me Hanover 4 - Panem 5 - She Rocks Kemp 6 - Jula Shes Magic 7 - Heat Wave Hanover 8 - PL Notsonice 9 - Hello Tomorrow 10 - Sheer Energy AE - Whose Blues by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Thursday evening belonged to the King of Island harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell made five visits to the winner's circle to continue his driving domination at the Capital oval including a mild upset with Incredible Hally in the $18,700 Blair Andrew Memorial stake. The rookie trotting stake saw Mykindofparty (Driven by Gary Chappell) cut the early splits while Incredible Hally sat in the two-hole then angled out in the final panel to win in a new two-year-old trotting filly track record of 2:02.1. Mykindofparty was second while third went to a late closing Mack Truck (Gilles Barrieau). Campbell trains the winning horse for owners Calvin Larkin of Mermaid, Erika Bradley of Charlottetown, Brian Fogarty of Stratford and Herbie MacDonald of Cardigan. Campbell's other wins came with Tobins Choice (2:00.4) for trainer Gary Chappell, Charlottes Western (1:59.4) from his own stable, Scoot Out Of Here (1:58.1) for Vaughan Doyle and After The Lovin (1:59.2) from the Earl Watts stable. It was a special family moment on the Thursday card as Brittany Watts celebrated her first lifetime win as a trainer on her first card of racing. Woodmere Chella supplied the winning performance in a lifetime best of 1:55.3 with Watts’ partner David Dowling in the bike for owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. Julep Hanover delivered back to back winning performances taking the evening's finale for owner, trainer and driver Wade Myers. For race replays and complete results go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

London, September 5, 2019 -- London's annual Western Fair - the third largest fair in Canada - gets ready to kick off this Friday which means the return of live harness racing is also close at hand. The Fall meet at The Raceway begins on Friday, October 4thfollowing a four-month summer hiatus and fans will notice some exciting changes when racing resumes. The Top Of The Fair dining room has undergone an extensive renovation during the off season. Brand new flooring, furniture and fixtures will create an enhanced experience for guests who can also take advantage of the 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the month of October." "We are looking forward to another great season of racing and entertainment at The Raceway," said new Director of Racing Rob Lumsden. "October has become a really busy month for us and we're pleased to offer this excellent promotion at the newly renovated Top Of The Fair. When you combine this deal with exciting live horse racing you have one of the most unique and affordable dining experiences in the city." The opening night festivities will include $1 programs and food specials along with prize giveaways throughout the night compliments of Ontario Racing. The 'Wanna Drive' team will also be on hand offering fans the chance to sit behind an actual race horse in a custom-made double seater jog cart. Race fans will also notice some major changes to the television broadcast. The entire production has been upgraded to High Definition with a fresh new look incorporated into the graphics package. These off-season changes are all in an effort to enhance the experience for customers both on and off track. "Upgrading our signal to High Definition keeps us current in the marketplace," said Raceway Manager Greg Gangle. "It helps keep our product at a high level and that translates into wagering and customer experience. This is something that we are very proud to share with our customer base beginning in October." Some of the other major events during the month of October at The Raceway include the 3rd edition of the Veteran's Classic on Friday, October 18th, celebrating and honouring our military, as well as the 14th annual Harness The Hope Night on Friday, October 25th, in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Pub Nights return every Monday night at the Top Of The Fair, featuring a unique Pub Style menu. The second Tuesday of each month is 'Top Of The Fair Tuesday' featuring a wonderful buffet-style dinner and gaming package for just $26.99. Reservations at the Top Of The Fair can be made by calling (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252) or by emailing For complete details, visit From the Western Fair District      

Charlottetown, PE - Due to the pending storm approaching the Maritimes, the Saturday race program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park scheduled for 6pm will be moved up earlier in the day to a first race Post Time of 11:30am. Red Shores officials will also monitor conditions and provide an update Saturday regarding the Sunday afternoon program scheduled at 1pm at Red Shores Summerside. For information regarding live racing go to or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram By Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 4, 2019 - Scorched Romance kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, cruising to a three and three-quarter length victory in the first of five $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. "She's been coming up to a good mile like that," said driver Paul MacDonell. "She's been knocking at the door pretty much every week, so I expected a good race out of her tonight." Starting from Post 4 MacDonell and Scorched Romance landed in third as Validation led the field of eight to a :29 quarter. Heading for the :59.4 half the reinsman moved Scorched Romance to the outside and the fan favourites started to advance on the leaders. Scorched Romance had taken command by the 1:30.2 three-quarters and from there she simply pulled away from her peers, reaching the wire in 2:01. Peppas Angel finished second and Validation was third. "I had lots left there, she was trotting really strong at the wire even though she went kind of a tough trip," noted Guelph, ON resident MacDonell. "There's not much to her really, she's pretty automatic. Makes my job easy, that's for sure." MacDonell piloted the Kadabra daughter to her first lifetime win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. Driver James MacDonald won the next two divisions, piloting both Th Present and Moana to victory from Post 4. Making his first appearance in Th Present's race bike, MacDonald eased the Royalty For Life daughter away from the starting gate and watched from fifth as Queen M and fan favourite Aphrodite Duke battled to a :29.14 opening quarter. Still fifth as Aphrodite Duke trotted by the :59.1 half, MacDonald tipped Th Present out three-wide around a stalled Expelliarmus heading by the 1:30.1 three-quarters and the filly kept on rolling, catching Aphrodite Duke and then holding off Chelseas Magic to claim a head victory in 2:00.4. Chelseas Magic was second and Aphrodite Duke finished two lengths back in third.   Cambridge, ON resident Marcel Barrieau trains Th Present for his partner Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longeuil, QC. The filly was also a narrow winner in the July 14 Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs. With Moana, MacDonald went straight to the front and stole fractions of :30.1, 1:02.3 and 1:32.1 before kicking home to a 2:01.3 victory. Zakarina was one and one-half lengths back in second and Jayport Echo was for more lengths behind in third. MacDonald drives the Muscle Mass daughter for trainer Shawn Steacy of Guelph and fractional ownership group Landmark 12 of Lansdowne, numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The win was Moana's first in four lifetime starts. "Th Present raced great. I just wanted to be careful with her leaving the gate, because I saw she had made some breaks, but she was all business tonight and when I showed her some racetrack, she knew what to do with it," said Guelph resident MacDonald. "Moana just crushed tonight. I was able to get her to the front easy, get easy fractions, and she was full of trot when I needed her." Zebs Flur also got her first lifetime win in the fourth $23,150 division. Starting from the advantageous Post 1, driver Stephen Byron went straight to the front and never looked back, cruising through fractions of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30 on the way to a 2:00.1 victory. Fan favourite Canadian Titan was two lengths back in second and Emily Antoinette was seven more lengths back in third. "I was pretty happy with her. I was hoping for those results actually. I thought she was due," said trainer John Bax. "She's game, she really wants to, I love her attitude." Bax trains the Muscle Mass daughter for his Bax Stable of Campbellville, Don Allensen of Wyoming and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough, ON. The last division went to Yen and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, who got away third from Post 3 and watched Muscles Aplenty ring up a :29.1 quarter before swinging to the outside heading for the 1:00 half and taking control. One and one-half lengths ahead of her peers by the 1:29.3 three-quarters, fan favourite Yen hit the wire two and one-half lengths the best in 2:00. Enjoyin My Life was second and Kads Kiss was third. "It's always been there, she just, she's figuring it out," said trainer Julie Walker. "She's always had the head for it. All the drivers say her big quality is how smart she is." Walker trains the E L Titan filly for owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge and the Carlisle, ON resident said there was never any pressure on Yen, who has not been worse than third in her four Grassroots appearances and was also victorious at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 30. "She is a late foal (early June) and we always had that in our head, that she didn't have to race at two, or we didn't have to race her early, but every time we trained her she did her job and just kept going," explained Walker. "That's kind of why we're still in the Grassroots." The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 19. From there the top 20 point earners will advance to the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 9 with the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Hello Tomorrow was one of the top-selling harness racing yearling trotters at this past fall's Standardbred Horse Sale and trainer Per Engblom is more than pleased to have the 2-year-old in his stable today. "I love that filly," Engblom said about the daughter of Muscle Hill out of Armbro Deja Vu, who was purchased for $380,000. "She's got a great way (of moving); she covers a lot of ground. She's got a very efficient way of going. Everything is pretty much good about her. She's got what a good filly needs. I think she's got very high potential." Hello Tomorrow is a half-sister to millionaire Dejarmbro. She is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Lynn Katz. The filly's results in four starts this season include winning a division of the Kindergarten Classic Series, finishing second by a nose in her elimination of the James Doherty Memorial, and finishing third in the Doherty final from post nine. On Thursday (Sept. 5), Hello Tomorrow competes in the second of two eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of seven, with David Miller driving for Engblom. The filly will be looking to rebound from her only misstep this year, having gone off stride in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 19. "Last start at Pocono, she just didn't get around the track good at all," Engblom said. "I don't really have a reason. We did a little work on her, it wasn't anything major, just small adjustments we had to make to get her right. They're young horses and go through those kinds of things." Hello Tomorrow's start at Pocono was her first on a five-eighths-mile oval, following her three races around The Meadowlands' one-mile surface. She returns to a bigger track Thursday at Mohawk. "She trained super in between here and I think the bigger track is definitely going to help her," Engblom said. "She's a bigger filly and she was great at The Meadowlands. I think she's going to be OK." Hello Tomorrow's Peaceful Way elimination includes two fillies coming off wins in divisions of the Champlain Stakes last week at Mohawk: Spoiled Princess, who is 2-1 on the morning line for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, and Panem, who is 5-2 for Dexter Dunn and Nancy Johansson. The first elimination is led by Whose Blues from the stable of trainer Luc Blais. The filly won her first four races, including the Pure Ivory Series final, before finishing second to Spoiled Princess in the Champlain. Whose Blues and driver Bob McClure are 8-5 on the morning line. Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at Mohawk. The Peaceful Way eliminations are races three and six. On Friday, the track hosts two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters. Engblom will send out once-beaten Synergy in the second elim. Synergy won his first two races, a division of the Kindergarten Classic Series and his elimination for the Peter Haughton Memorial, before finishing fifth in the Haughton final. He was found to be sick and was unraced for 27 days, returning last week with a nose victory in the Champlain Stakes. "I was happy to see him win the race," Engblom said. "I think with that race in him, he will be even a little sharper." Synergy is a son of Father Patrick out of Southwind Sauna. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Southwind Tesla, from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Federal Flex. Synergy was purchased under the name Southwind Saranac for $275,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and David Anderson. "He's a big very laid back colt," Engblom said. "We could tell he had a lot of ability, but he didn't show it. He always did what we asked, but never more than that. But never less than that, either. He was one of those colts that you had to put behind the gate and then you saw what you had." Racing begins at 7:50 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Mohawk. The Wellwood eliminations are races two and five. Friday's card also includes the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old female and male trotters. Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry is in the first of two divisions of the Simcoe for the fillies. There is only one Simcoe for the colts and geldings, which includes Hambletonian fifth-place finisher Green Manalishi S. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With his regular harness racing driver out of town, Tequila Tuesday will take a shot at the biggest purse of the season for rookie trotters Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the $18,700 Blair Andrew Memorial two-year-old trot stake lining up in race 4. Tequila Tuesday is the morning line choice from post 5 with Jason Hughes driving this week in the absence of regular driver Myles Heffernan Sr. The son of Armbro Barrister will look to add to his $18,856 in seasonal earnings for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Westview Star has rail control in the field of seven with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass. Mykindofparty found his first lifetime win in stakes action last week and draws post 2 this outing with Gary Chappell at the controls. Also in the class is Sailing Home (Driven by Adam Merner), Incredible Hally (Marc Campbell), Go With Her (Kuri White), and Mack Truck (Gilles Barrieau). The Open trot lines up behind the starting gate in race 8 for a $2,350 purse. Freddie was a winner at this level in his last start and will leave from post 7 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Majian Gilroy sports an impeccable record of five wins and two seconds from nine seasonal starts. Jim Ripley will drive Majian Gilroy from post 4. Star Photo has post 6 in the top trot with three straight top-three finishes for driver Hughes. The top pace of the evening is in the race 12 finale with seven pacing mares competing for a $2,300 purse. One Hot Camshaft is the morning line favourite for driver Ken Murphy, co-owner and trainer Frank Hansen and co-owner Curtis Hansen of Tyne Valley. The daughter of Camshaft Hanover drops out of the Fillies and Mares Open this week. Imagine Speed has rail control with Hughes at the lines while Julep Hanover gets post 6 for driver Wade Myers. For race programs, promotional information and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, SEPT. 3, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and there was not much movement in the point standings as all four $23,500 divisions went to harness racing colts sitting among the top 10 point earners. Lovedbythemasses kicked the evening off with a comfortable five and one-half length victory in spite of starting from Post 10. Driver Mike Saftic allowed the heavy favourite to ease away from the starting gate and Lovedbythemasses was sitting seventh in the outer lane when Mr Arch trotted by the quarter pole in :28.1. Saftic opted to trot on with Lovedbythemasses and the Muscle Mass son reached the half in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:29.4 before sprinting down the stretch to the 1:57.4 victory. Mr Arch finished second and Laval Titan rounded out the top three. "Really nice colt. He's got a nice big long gait to him and he's got a head on his shoulders," said Saftic. "It's really the first time we've left with him, because he drew that 10-hole, but I was happy with him, he was strong at the wire. He just kind of floated out of there and made front and kept rolling." Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his partners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the gelding's third in three Grassroots starts and puts him atop the division standings with 150 points. In the second division Magic Bob recorded his second Grassroots win with a front-end effort that saw him ring up fractions of :28.3, :59.4 and 1:30.3 before facing a tough challenge from Enduring Strength in the last quarter. Enduring Strength appeared to have taken command as the colts turned for home, but Magic Bob battled back for a one and one-half length win in 1:58.4. Enduring Strength settled for second and Mor Muscle Mass was seven lengths back in third. Magic Bob started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Gold Series, but found success with the move to the lower level, winning his Grassroots debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 6. With two victories, and 100 points, the Kadabra son currently sits fifth in the division standings with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 14 at Hanover Raceway. Trevor Henry drove the colt to the win for trainer Anthony Montini and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Aussie Lover also picked up his second win in the third division. Starting from Post 1 for driver Stephen Byron, Aussie Lover coasted away from the gate and landed in the middle of the pack as Gretzky Seelster set the tempo with a :28.3 quarter, :58.1 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn Byron swung Aussie Lover to the outside and shifted the Angus Hall gelding into overdrive. Aussie Lover reeled in the leaders for a two and three-quarter length score in a personal best 1:58.3. Gretzky Seelster held on for second and Youboozeyoulose was another length back in third. "We knew that he had trained better coming into this," said Byron, who drives the gelding for owner-trainer Gino Cicero of Melancthon, ON. "He got a little sick after the one Mohawk race (Aug. 6), but he (Cicero) thought he would be better coming into this race and he was very pleased with how he raced. It was nice to see him bounce back. "When he got sick he dropped a bit of weight on them and he's got it back on now," the Thornton, ON resident added. "He just needed two or three weeks of rehab, but he looks good." In addition to Tuesday's victory, Aussie Lover also won his Grassroots division in the July 7 season opener at Georgian Downs. With two wins, one third and one eighth-place result in Grassroots action the gelding sits third in the standings with 113 points. The last division saw Awesomedabra get his first Grassroots win with a pocket trip behind fan favourite Ripped And Ready. With Chris Christoforou in the race bike Awesomedabra left smartly from Post 7 and led the field to a :29.1 quarter. Ripped And Ready took command before the :58.3 half and carried on to a 1:28.3 three-quarters before Christoforou tipped Awesomedabra out of the pocket and took aim on the leader. The Kadabra colt powered down the stretch to a three and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:57.4. Remember Titans was second and Secrets Justice was third. "He was a bit more aggressive than I'd like in the second quarter, but I was able to let one go and follow until the stretch. When I moved him, he trotted by well in hand and raced great," said Campbellville resident Christoforou. "He's a nice colt; hopefully he can progress through the rest of the season." Gary Lance of Port Perry trains Awesomedabra for his partner Keith Mullins of Fenelon Falls, ON. In his three previous Grassroots appearances the gelding had recorded two seconds and one fifth. Tuesday's victory gives him 105 points and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 2, 2019 - Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night and Sugartown picked up his fourth win in the provincial program to finish atop the division standings. Starting from Post 3 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike, Sugartown got away sixth as Silver Beast sprinted out to a :26.4 opening quarter. Through the :54.3 half and 1:22 three-quarters clocked by HP Napoleon the heavy favourite was advancing up the outer lane behind Silas Seelster. Turning for home Sugartown was four lengths behind the leader, but a sharp finishing kick propelled him to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.4. HP Napoleon hung on for second and The Regulator came on to be third. "Sugartown is a beautiful horse. He probably could have been a Gold, but his life is easier in the Grassroots," said trainer Richard Moreau. "I really liked Louis's drive for that win." "I was expecting a lot of early speed in the race, so it helped us that he can race good off the pace on a helmet," added Guelph, ON resident Roy. "He's turning into a nice racehorse this year." Puslinch, ON resident Moreau trains Sugartown for W. J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. The Sportswriter gelding won four of his five Grassroots starts and finished second by a neck in the other one. Through 19 sophomore starts the pacer has netted seven wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $88,355. Moreau also trained the winner of the first $23,150 division. Late bloomer Legion Seelster made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut from Post 6 and got away smartly, taking a brief turn on the lead before settling in third behind favourite Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over. As the colts straightened up in the stretch Legion Seelster looked like he was pinned on the rail, but when both Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over drifted to the right, driver Sylvain Filion sent the gelding through the opening and Legion Seelster hit the wire one length the best in a personal best 1:51.3. Cliffhanger held on for second ahead of Prestige Seelster. The win was Legion Seelster's fifth in five lifetime starts. The Sunshine Beach gelding made his career debut at Grand River Raceway on July 31 and had been flawless in four overnight starts before taking his first crack at the Grassroots colts. "I figured that in his winning streak he deserved a try in the OSS Grassroots," said Moreau. "At the same time it makes him eligible to the class 'horses who participated in the Grassroots' for the rest of the year. To be honest I didn't expect to win in 1:51.3." Legion Seelster learned his early lessons under the tutelage of Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, QC, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ecurie CSL, also of Sorel-Tracy. Dreamfair Moxy scored his third Grassroots win with a 1:52 effort in the second division. The Bettors Delight son and driver Travis Cullen took control early and held off a surging Sportsline for the three-quarter length victory. Fan favourite Priceless Beach settled for third. Jodie Cullen of Dundas trains Dreamfair Moxy for John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. With three wins and one second in four Grassroots starts, Dreamfair Moxy will head into the Sept. 28 Semi-Finals ranked second with 175 points. The last Grassroots division of the sophomore pacing colts' season went to fan favourite Fast N First who took control early and made it look easy, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 1:52. Loud Splash closed well to be second and Carsons Shadow rounded out the top three. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou drove Fast N First to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON. The Bettors Delight colt started his season with a pair of starts at the Gold Series level before finding his footing in the last three Grassroots events. He heads into the post season ranked fourth with 125 points. "He's just borderline Gold and racing those three top guys up there is pretty tough so we dropped him down and he's gotten brave again and seems good," said MacIntosh. With almost four weeks between Monday's event and the Semi-Finals, Fast N First and his peers will be looking for prep races and MacIntosh said the colt might take a step back up the stakes ladder for his interim effort. "I just read an article where the top five Jug horses aren't going," explained the trainer, who won the 2018 Little Brown Jug with Courtly Choice. "He might go to the Jug, because he's eligible. We might take him there or we might just overnight him, we haven't decided yet. It's a big step up, but when you read the top five Jug horses aren't either eligible or aren't interested in going, you sort of think about that." The Little Brown Jug goes postward in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 19. Sugartown is also eligible to the historic event. No matter where they do their preparations, the top 20 point earners will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 28 for two $20,000 Semi-Finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will then advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 5. Complete results from Monday's program are available at From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - An overwhelming first-over brush sealed the deal for Bugsy Maguire in the Monday afternoon featured pace on a special Labour Day harness racing program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Jason Hughes hustled the Wade Sorrie trained Bugsy Maguire from post 7 in the $2,900 preferred pace and dropped in fourth at the start while Dangle Ona Dime (Driven By Corey MacPherson) cut out splits of 27.4 and 57.1. Bugsy Maguire then began his advance on the outside first-over and touched down past the three-quarters of 1:26.4 then kicked to clear to win by three-and-half lengths in 1:55.3. Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) drove into second with Heartland Eclipse (Darren Crowe) finishing third. Walter Simmons of Summerside owns Bugsy Maguire. Crowe scored a pair of wins on the card for the Truro, N.S., based Dawn Ellis Abbott stable. Doctor Royal scored in the finale for the duo as a popular winner in 1:57.4 while Nomatterwhen was a 1:59.4 victor. For race replays and complete results go to   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

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