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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 25, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon the good trotter Maximuscle will be saying "Au Revoir" to the racing fans at the Hippodrome 3R as his makes his final appearance in the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. No, the five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall from the Promising Catch mare, Iceberg Angus, is not retiring from racing, but this is Maximuscle's last Quebec-Bred Championship final that he will ever get to compete in. What makes this such a special race is that currently Maximuscle is the only horses ever in the history of the Quebec-Bred Series to never lose a championship final. He won it at age 2, 3 and 4 and is the race favorite in his finale Sunday. Owned and bred by Guy Corbeil's Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC, Maximuscle is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the third race $30,000 final for trotting horses Sunday. He will be driven by Mario Charron, who has driven the horse for most of its career. Lifetime Maximuscle has 44 starts, 24 wins, 4 second and 4 third place finishes plus over $210,000 in earnings. For the past two seasons he has been trained by Maxime Velaye of Mirabel. "He (Maximuscle) was trained at age 2 and 3 by Eric Valiquette," explained Velaye. "The other trainer was quitting the job and Guy Corbeil called me if I was interested to come back to Quebec and train his stable, which included Maximuscle. "It didn't take me long to think about it," Velaye joked. "My answer right away was yes. I had been in Ontario for seven years and it was time to come back home to Quebec." It was Maximuscle and the Provoquante Stable that helped Velaye win his first training title at the Hippodrome 3R last year. Maximuscle finished the 2015 season with nine wins, mostly at 3R. "He is really a sweetheart around the barn," Velaye said. "He does nothing wrong. The real love story is he and his driver Mario Charron. Mario has driven him most of his career, everytime, every race at 3R. Mario always tells me he is his favorite horse to drive and I can understand why after all those wins!" Velaye says he has no plans for the future for Maximuscle after his race on Sunday. "More than likely he will race some at Rideau Carlton and maybe if he is going good we will try him at Mohawk Raceway too or maybe come back again at 3R if the conditions are right. "It will be sad for me after the race on Sunday," Velaye said. "But perhaps more for Mario and Guy. This horse has been so super but trotters do get better with age so we hope he can race for years to come and do well." When Maximuscle gets behind the starting gate on Sunday he will face two formidable foes in Me The Boss and track record holder from last year and Quebec Series champion 3-year-old, Seeyou Men. Me The Boss has raced against Maximuscle since they both were age two in the Quebec Series. He beat Maximuscle in a preliminary division of the series by a neck, but Maximuscle turned the tables last week in the final preliminary rounds. Me The Boss starts from the rail for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard. Seeyou Men, trained by Isabelle Darveau and driven by Robert Shepherd, starts from post three in the final. He made a clean sweep of the Quebec Series last year at age 3, setting a track record with his 1:58.4 triumph in the final. He lost the first round of the series against Maximuscle by a head, then came back to win a division against Me The Boss. Who does Maxime Velaye see as Maximuscle's biggest threat in the race? "I'm gonna say Me The Boss is the horse I fear the most." Velaye said. "Because he beat us once and I know his trainer will have him ready to rock the house Sunday. I am good friends with his trainer Francis Richard." Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Velaye tells us we have not seen the last of the Maximuscle family at the Hippodrome 3R. "I have Maximuscle's full brother, Intouchable, and younger sisters, Éclair Chocolat (age 3) and Affirmee (age 2)." Velaye said. "Intouchable got all the tools to make a good horse but he needs to mind his manners. Éclair Chocolat is ready to compete in the Breeders Cup Series at 3R that gets underway July 5 and the little full sister, Affirmee, is only a two-year-old but training very well and she reminds me of Maximuscle a lot." So Maximuscle may be saying "Au Revoir" to the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R, but trainer Maxie Velaye has plenty of brothers and sisters to carry on the winning tradition in the coming months. From the Quebec Jockey Club

There were plenty of kids in hockey jerseys in the crowd, despite the 30c weather Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. That's because a tradition started close to 10 years ago when Hanover competed in the CBC Hockeyville contest to try and obtain funding for a new arena was kept alive in spirit. GM Gord Dougan says "The Hockeyville contest brought our town together like we hadn't seen in a long time." He adds, Hockeyville night at the races is a reminder that it takes all members of the community to come together to be successful. The Hanover Rotary Club and Hanover Canadian Tire sponsored the night with 6 brand new bicycles, and kids wearing a hockey jersey put their ballot into the box next to their favorite bike.  A total of 6 bikes were given away in total with a retail value over close to $1,000 dollars. The Rotary club also held a 50-50 draw during the night and are still looking for the winning ticket worth $585.00. On the track, 3 different drivers, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday and Clark Stacey all had driving doubles. Holliday won races 1 and 3 behind Passionate Pete in 1:58.1 and Majormotionpicture in 2:02. Richardson won 2 trotting races, race 6 with Summer Shower in 2:03.4 and race 9 with Pembroke Chip in 2:02.3. And Stacey won race 5 with After Market in 1:57 and Race 7 with Selmas Wish in 1:57.4. Hanover Raceway plays host to its 3rd annual Country 93 Survivor contest next Saturday. Fans will have the chance to fill in a ballot in their program and will select a horse in 4 different races. If all 4 horses finish in the money, they advance to the Survivor finale on August 6th for a chance to win a High Def TV courtesy of Country 93 and HDTV in Walkerton. Racing fans can enter every Saturday night in July and can qualify for the final night more than once. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

Elora, Ont. -- Harness racing driver James MacDonald had the early winning momentum while Trevor Henry finished strong to top the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship and advance to the National Driving Championship. Grand River Raceway hosted the nine-race Ontario regional event on Friday, June 24 and MacDonald was the point leader from start to finish. The 30-year-old resident of Guelph, Ont. opened the competition with a victory in the first race aboard Twin B Amour ($12.50) and also earned wins with Master Smile ($10) in the third leg and Little Whiskey Gal ($6.30) in the sixth leg. A pair of runner-up efforts in two other legs also padded his point total and he ended the competition with 78 points. "I'm pretty pumped," said MacDonald. "It's an honour just to be invited to race with these guys. They're a great bunch of drivers and any one of us could have won with the right card, the right horses, so I'm pretty happy to be the victor. "And I'm really happy Jody didn't win again," joked MacDonald, referring to five-time Canadian rep and two-time World Driving champion Jody Jamieson, who had moved into a two-way tie for second-place with Alfie Carroll before Henry began his late winning crusade. Henry ranked eighth for points before earning back-to-back victories in the final two legs with Topanga Canyon ($4.60) and Flexie ($7.10). Those victories propelled him to second-place in the standings to edge out Jamieson by one point (60-59). The 45-year-old reinsman from Arthur, Ont., who represented Canada at the 2013 World Driving Championship in France, said he was "ecstatic" to compete in the National Driving Championship again. The Atlantic Regional Driving Championship will be held next at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, June 25, followed by the Western Regional at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday, June 26. The Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional will be hosted by Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday, July 12. The top two point-earners from each of the four regional competitions will advance to the National Driving Championship on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. The winner of the National Driving Championship will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted in Canada. OFFICIAL POINT TOTALS 1. James MacDonald - 78 2. Trevor Henry - 60 3. Jody Jamieson - 59 4. Doug McNair - 57 5. Alfie Carroll - 55 6. Billy Davis Jr. - 49 7. Nick Steward - 47 8. Paul MacKenzie - 42 9. Bob McClure - 37 Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 24 - Lindys Nightmare and Collective Wisdom captured first round divisions of the harness racing Town Pro Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Town Pro Series has been used as a launching pad by lightly raced three-year-old pacing fillies over the years and after Friday's first leg it appears the 2016 edition will continue that tradition. Lindys Nightmare turned in a sizzling 1:50.4 performance to capture the first division. The Frank Antonacci trainee took over the lead in the second-quarter for driver Rick Zeron and reached the half in :56.1. Lindys Nightmare paced her third-quarter in :27.4 and still had plenty of energy left for the stretch drive. The 3/2 favourite rocketed home in :26.4 to draw away from her five rivals to score a 4¾ lengths victory in a career-best 1:50.4. Twenty Three Red came from fifth at the three-quarter pole to grab second, while Southwind Tango, who followed Lindys Nightmare into the stretch, finished third. A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare was making just her fourth career start Friday. The Antonacci trainee was unraced at two, made a break in her career debut on May 1st, but now has three consecutive victories. Owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Lindys Nightmare has now earned $22,000 for her connections. She paid $5.10 to win. Lindys Nightmare Collective Wisdom enjoyed a pocket trip and pounced in the lane to score a 1:52 victory in the second division. Rocknroll Vision, the 4/5 favourite, went to the front and led the field of the five by the opening-quarter in :27. The public's choice went unchallenged through fractions of :56 and 1:24. In the stretch, Collective Wisdom was angled off the back of Rocknroll Vision by driver Jonathan Drury and the 7/2 second choice powered by to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Queen Ideal finished third. A daughter of American Ideal, Collective Wisdom now has two wins in five starts this season after going winless in four outings at two. The Richard Moreau trainee has now banked $22,900 this season for her 1187422 Ontario Inc. ownership group. Collective Wisdom paid $9.60 to win. Collective Wisdom In order to be eligible to the Town Pro Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016. The second round of the Town Pro will take place next Friday (July 1). The first leg of the Summertime Series highlights live racing Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Morag and Jim Watt have been breeding and raising Standardbred racehorses on their Clinton area farm for three decades and are fixtures on Clinton Raceway's Sunday afternoon harness racing programs. This Sunday, however, their homebred filly Watt Machs Me Win will line up alongside some of Ontario's finest three-year-old pacing fillies in an elimination for the track's signature event, the Kin Pace. "It's really exciting to be able to have one to race in the Kin Pace, right here at home," said Morag Watt. "You work your whole racing career, you strive to have good horses, and to have one that's good enough to even enter is kind of a little thrill." Watt Machs Me Win heads into the $8,000 elimination with five starts under her belt this season, one over the half-mile oval at The Raceway at Western Fair District and four on the seven-eighths mile surface at Mohawk Racetrack. While she's yet to find the winner's circle, the filly has been showing steady progress. "She's just started back this year, she's only had a couple of starts, so she's still sort of racing into form," noted Watt. "We're looking forward to her three-year-old year. "We tend not to push our two-year-olds overly hard, we like to let them mature a little bit before we really ask them to exert themselves, so we sort of were conservative with her last year in her starts and in her training," Watt added. "Hopefully with a little bit of maturity she's ready to roll this year." Jim Watt taught Watt Machs Me Win her early lessons and handled training duties on the daughter of Mach Three and Feisty Form through her two-year-old campaign, but the couple opted to send her to trainer Richard Moreau in early May, after the first start of her sophomore season. "It's very unusual for us to send a horse away, but we felt that this filly showed enough potential that we wanted to give her every opportunity this summer to race in the stakes," explained Morag Watt. "It just seemed like a good strategy to send her away for the stakes season to see if she could reach her potential." The Watts hope the filly's knowledge of Clinton Raceway's half-mile surface will work to her advantage in Sunday's second race, where she faces a field that includes two fillies from the division's top tier. At the rail, Bad As Leader comes into the Kin Pace Elimination off a sixth-place result in the $438,000 Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 25 and, from Post 4, Cracklin Rosie rides in on a two-race win streak including a victory in the opening leg of the Gold Series at Mohawk on June 4. "That's all part of racing, you just have to accept it," said a pragmatic Watt about the deep field. "Sometimes it doesn't play out the way that you imagine it will before the race, so that's when you depend on the driver's expertise to use his best judgement when he's behind the gate. "That's what makes it exciting and gives everyone an opportunity, because anything can happen," she added. Travis Henry will steer Watt Machs Me Win from Post 6 in Sunday's test, with the top two fillies from each of the three eliminations, along with two third-place finishers selected by random draw, advancing into the $60,000 Kin Pace Final on July 3. Sunday's eliminations are the eighth edition of the Kin Pace, named in honour of the Clinton Kinsmen, who introduced pari-mutuel wagering to Clinton Raceway in 1970. The Final takes place on the last day of the Kinsmen and Kinettes annual PlucKIN' Fest, which features a jam-packed weekend of activities kicking off with a Chicken BBQ and Craft Beer Night in the Clinton Raceway grandstand on Thursday evening. For more information about the Kin Pace Eliminations please contact Clinton Raceway at 519- 482-5270 or visit Jessica Carnochan

Charlottetown, PE - Last year's Governors Plate Champion D Gs Camme is back and Saturday night he'll look for redemption against seven rivals in the 2016 addition of the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. The Bell-Aliant Race Day TV1 webcast will carry all the action beginning at 5:30pm at Dubbed the morning line favorite from post 7, the six-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to turn his runner-up finish in last year's Ladner final into redemption for owners Tom Clark, Ron Matheson, Quentin and Hal Bevan, Charlottetown, PE. D Gs Camme showed last week he is back to old form leaving the preferred pacers in the dust winning by three lengths in 1:55. Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson as they search for their first Ladner victory. The task at hand will not be easy when he faces off against Mach Wheel, stable-mate Clic K, Forever Paradise, Narragansett, Ok Galahad, Warrawee Phoenix and newcomer Doing Some Damage. The Atlantic Regional Driver Championship is also in play on the card. Eight drivers from across the region will square off in eight races with the top two finishers heading to the National Driver Championship to see who will represent Canada at the 2017 World Driving Championship. Islander Jason Hughes looks to be the favorite heading into the event with the best morning line odds of his seven rivals. Prince Edward Island will also send out Walter Cheverie, Corey MacPherson and Marc Campbell. John Gerard Kennedy, Paul Langille and Darren Crowe will represent Nova Scotia. While New Brunswick's lone representative is Ed Harvey. The Waveskills Sailing School Pace will feature six of the top Open Mares in the region, with Ramblinglily, fresh off a 1:54.4 track record tying performance at Red Shores Summerside, selected as the morning line favorite. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to Motorino favored Summerside top class Summerside, PE - The action shifts to Red Shores Summerside on Sunday when Motorino looks to pick up back-to-back victories in the afternoon feature. Post time is 1pm. The race seven, Post 3 starter was a winner for trainer driver and co-owner Terry Gallant last week when clearing to the lead past the half and driving away to win by two and a quarter lengths in 1:57.1. Eric Johnston shares ownership. From post 2 Casimir Luciano will look to return to his winning ways after seeing his four race win streak go up in smoke last week, Jason Hughes gets the catch driving call for owner, trainer Ralph Sweet. The small but select field of five is rounded out with Machinthesand, Rash B Havior and American Captain. Coasttocoastshark is the morning line favorite in race 6 to kick off the pick 5 promotion with a jackpot of $500 for on track players. Corey Macpherson will do the driving for owner Shirley Wallace and trainer Jeffery Wallace, Alberton, PE. The $100,000 Dash for Cash is also in play at Red Shores Summerside in Race 12, P C Shockwave is listed as the morning line favorite after shocking his rivals last trip out winning by 13 in 1:57.3 for owner Scott MacPhail and trainer, driver Wade Sorrie. The Backstretch Beat has pegged a long shot play in the afternoon finale, landing on J Rs Hurricane for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault. For entries, top picks with the backstretch beat and live video go to By Bo Ford  

TORONTO, ON, June 23; The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Gala will be extra special as the Hall celebrates its 40th Anniversary. The evening of August 3rd promises to be a memorable one as the ten new inductees of the class of 2016 join those inducted before them, and tribute is paid to the inaugural group of members from 1976. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst, along with Greg Blanchard, Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair and former racing television commentator. The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The gala will celebrate the induction of Standardbred inductees San Pail, Odies Fame, John Ferguson, Yves Filion and Bruce Johnston, as well as Thoroughbred inductees Wise Dan, Dahlia, Mark Casse, Dr. Michael Colterjohn and Daryl Wells, Sr. In addition there will be a special award of honour presented to Norm Picov for his service and contribution to Canada’s horse racing industry. We will look back at the stories of 2016 Legend honourees Exterminator and Woodlawn Drummond, acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of Victorian Era being named Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion older horse in 1966 and relive Precious Bunny’s exploits 25 years ago when, in 1991, he became the first horse to win the Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, The Meadowlands Pace and The Adios. The jam packed evening will include the always exciting live and silent auction, featuring an impressive collection of unique experience packages, sporting event tickets and many other surprises.  All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those who have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event:  Platinum Sponsor – Ontario Racing and OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Guest Photography Sponsor - Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of this year’s inductees. The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, and include a $50.00 charitable tax receipt.  $1,700 Table sponsorships include 8 tickets, a $300 donation to the CHRHF and a charitable tax receipt for $700. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or  Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program, become an event sponsors or to donate auction items are still available. Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 24, 2016 - Harness racing trainer/driver Carl Duguay is looking for a big racing day at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday as he has two horses competing in the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Each of the four finals for four and five-year-olds pacers and trotters race for a purse of $30,000 and Duguay and his family-owned Chaleurs Breeding Farm have the morning line race favorite in one division and the fourth choice in another division. "I like the posts that we drew for Sunday." Duguay said. "It is a good post for Viva Bayama (post 6). I am glad she drew that one. And post two for Chaleurs Fantasy is very good. That is perfect for her. "We have been in the harness racing business for many years." Duguay explained. "My father, Gaston, is 73 and has been in the business for most of his life. It is a family business as my brother Eric is also involved along with myself. "I have just 5 racehorses with me near Trois-Rivieres to race at the Hippodrome 3R." Duguay said. "I train them at We have another 20 horses at our farm in Port-Daniel, Quebec, mostly broodmares and younger horses that Dad and Eric care for. When they are ready to race they send them to me. "The breeding farm name of Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs comes from the region outside of Quebec called Chaleurs Bay." Duguay explained. "It is the arm of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence between Quebec and New Brunswick. It is where we are from in Port-Daniel. "We bred Chaleurs Fantasy and I raced her at age 2 and 3 until after the Quebec-Bred Series at 3R. Then I send her to the USA to Hedi Rohr at Saratoga Raceway and she did very well with her. After the final this Sunday I will send her back to Hedi. She (Chaleurs Fantasy) is the best horse we have ever bred and raced from Chaleurs Farm. A daughter of Omar Khayam, Chaleurs Fantasy has over $100,000 in earnings. Last year she won ten times with a record of 1:53.1. This year she has three wins in four starts. Her only loss was by a slim head in the Quebec-Bred Series to Miss Bro. Last week in the final preliminary round, Duguay and Charleurs Fantasy led from start to finish in 1:57.1 by two and one-half lengths. Duguay sends Viva Bayama out on Sunday as a mild 4-1 long shot from post six in the sixth race final for trotting mares. This daughter of Muscle Mass is also a $100,000 career winner, but not for Duguay, who bought the mare at the end of the season last year. "I claimed Viva Bayama last year after she was done racing in the series at 3R." Duguay explained. "They were racing her in claimers and I got her for $10,000. I was very happy to have her in my stable." Not only has Viva Bayama won the series finals the last two years, she also set the 3R track record at age 3 in 2014. But she has not been as good now at age 5, having just one win in eleven starts. Fortunately, that victory came in a division of the series to enable her to make it into Sunday's finale. "I think she will do very well on Sunday." Duguay said. "I am not driving her. I put Denis St Pierre on her because he knows the mare. He won the final with her last year." So what is this ability that Carl Duguay seems to have with the fillies and mares over the colts and horses?" "I like the mares," Duguay said. "I talk with them," Duguay joked. "They need lots of attention. I think my key to success with the mares is patients. You must have lot of patients with horses, especially mares. You have to really know and understand them." So what does the future hold for the Duguay Stable after this Sunday's Quebec-Bred Series Finals? "I think I have the best three-year-old trotting filly for the Breeders Cup Series that starts at 3R on July 3." Duguay proudly said. "Her name is Y S Suzanne and I predict that she will break the track record at 3R this season." Duguay added, "And not just the filly trot record of Viva Bayama she did last year in 1:59.2, but the colt record too! (Lukes Pierre 1:58.2 in 2003) as I think she is that good. After making only six starts at age 2, Duguay purchased the daughter of Angus Hall from owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin. Her lone victory was a big one last year, in the $41,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R in 2:03.3. "I see this filly has such ability." Duguay said. "I already schooled her at 3R in 2:00 and she gets better every start." And if just one of Carl Duguay's mares win on Sunday or if both can win. What will Carl Duguay do to celebrate? "Ha Ha Ha," Duguay laughed. "If we do well or not on Sunday we will go out to dinner after the races with family and friends and have a very good time!" TRACK NOTES: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm for the ten race program. The four $30,000 Quebec-Series Finals are races #3 (Horse Trot), race #6 (Mares Trot), Race #8 (Mares Pace) and Race #9 (Horse Pace). There is a free race program and free live video feed for Sunday's races available at From the Quebec Jockey Club

The ongoing battle between Fredericton Exhibition Limited (FREX) and Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB) is directly affecting more than the two warring sides — harness racing stable users are feeling helpless over the developing situation. “The horsemen have been somewhat caught in the middle,” said Sam Hodgin, President of the NB Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association. The battle really turned sour last month when FREX decided property taxes for the year must paid up front, rather than monthly in previous years. When HRNB didn’t pay, FREX took action, locking HRNB out of their offices. The move was quickly taken back due to not providing 30 days notice. “We were able to get them to get their taxes in line,” FREX Executive Director Mike Vokey said. “This is the first year that that’s happened since I’ve been here.” “The organization is three years behind in their financial so we can’t look at it and really understand what the costs are and where the revenues are going,” Vokey said. “We know there’s a cost to running races but we provide the facility … for only a dollar. The only obligations they have really come down to running a full season of racing, paying the property taxes and looking after the property.” On Tuesday one of the Exhibition’s eleven water meters was shut off temporarily, taking HRNB by surprise. The metres used for track maintenance and not consumption by the horses. FREX says they were shut off for a routine check, and that a a lack of communication is to blame for the confusion, as they needed to check the meters to ensure all water bills were being paid, but weren’t able to meet with HRNB’s President. “We could’ve sped up the process if we would’ve met in person,” Vokey said. While Vokey and HRNB work out their differences, horse owners say they’re caught in the crossfire. “They’re both working hard to try to run their own business,” Hodgin said. “But the horsemen are the ones right now that are kind of — we really don’t have any say in it, but we’re the ones being affected by losing our race dates.” The originally planned HRNB scheduled would have seen 10 races in Fredericton, the same amount as last year. Saint John would be bumped from a single race to 10, with three more taking place in Woodstock. However, according to the posted schedule, HRNB is now only hosting three races in Fredericton this year — a drop that isn’t welcome for those looking to race in the New Brunswick capital. “I’m just hoping that the two sides, Fredericton Exhibition and Horse Racing New Brunswick realize that the only way that we’re going to go forward is to work together,” Hodgin said. “Not try to take from one another.” HRNB didn’t respond to Global News’ request to comment on the situation. By Jeremy Keefe Reprinted with permission of the site

Charlottetown, PE - Jeb won the Thursday harness racing feature in a dramatic stretch drive that had to be determined by a photo finish Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driven by Jason Hughes, Jeb came flying on the outside through the lane to clip Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and Starcastic (Ron Matheson) on the line. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Hughes, who recorded a training and driving triple on the night, did the driving for owners Robi Hughes, Blair and Eric MacLaughlan. The trotters took the spotlight on four occasions over the 11 dash card with top honours going to Wheres the Partyat (Gary Chappell), Wedgewood (Chappell), Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson) and Thunderaway (Jason Hughes). Gary Chappell, Corey MacPherson and Marc Campbell posted driving doubles. Racing returns Saturday with the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship and the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational. Post time is 6pm. By Lee Drake

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 23, 2016 - The fields have been drawn and set for Sunday's $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series Finals on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with four $30,000 finals for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. The third race is the first final for trotting horses and despite only six entering the race, three of them could be neck and neck at the finish wire. Maximuscle (post 2) is the morning line favorite and rightly so. He is seeking to become the first horse ever to win all four series finals. He was victorious at age 2, 3 and 4 and this is his last race in the series. Trained by Maxime Velaye and driven through the series all four years by Mario Charron, Maximuscle won two of the three preliminary rounds of the series this season for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. In his last series win he showed a sharp :28.2 last quarter mile, winning in 1:58.2, the fastest winning time this year for the gelded son of Angus Hall. Next in the race is track record holder and series champion from last year, Seeyou Men. This son of Muscle Mass, now age 4, was all the rage last year, sweeping the series and setting the track record with his 1:58.4 triumph for driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. Owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel of Quebec, Seeyou Men won the second round of the series over Maximuscle by a head. Me The Boss starts from post one for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard and he was able to beat Maximuscle in the third leg of the series by a neck and thus is another major contender in the field. The trotting mares do battle in the 6th race with four of the eight finalists having won preliminary rounds, and any of them have the chance to wear the championship crown once the dust settles in their final. SOS Afterthestorm starts from post five for drvier/trainer Francine Morrissette and won the second round in a lifetime mark. Viva Bayama starts from post six for trainer Carl Duguay who is giving up the drive to two-time defending 3R driving champion, Denis St Pierre, who won the final with this mare last year. SOS Striking Monte goes from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. She was so impressive in her last start in the series, breaking stride at the start and then coming back from ninth place to win it all. SOS Revange in post eight for driver Gaetan Lamy had won two of the four preliminary rounds, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:59.2. The eighth race is for the pacing mares and Chaleurs Fantasy from post two is the big favorite for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. She has won three of the four preliminary rounds and was second in the other. She has the fastest win record in the series, 1:57.1 and will be tough once again. Her main rival will be Miss Bro from the rail for driver Pascal Berube. They beat Chaleurs Fantasy two starts back with a very impressive first-over grind it out triumph. Other contenders include last year's series champion, Voodoo Charm (post 7) and Hawaiian Drummond (post 8). The ninth race final division for pacing horses will be perhaps the fastest and most competitive. Track record holder Atomic Million AM looms as the toughest foe in the race from post one for driver Sylvain Lacaille. After finishing first and second in the opening rounds he went back to Rideau Carlton for trainer Alain Martin was was second by a head in back to back starts in 1:53.1. Last week Sugarsam showed he is has returned to winning form, grinding out a very impressive win in 1:55.3 and will start from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. Sugarsam still holds the track record at 3R at age two and was last year's series champion at age 3. Both Electric Western (post 2) and Mach On The Beach (post 8) won divisions of the series too while Half A Billion (post five), whose best outing in the series was only a third place finish, came back last week at 3R in an overnight event and cut loose for driver Louis-Philippe Roy with a six and one-half length romp in 1:53.2, the fastest mile this year at 3R. Other contenders also include D G's Justlikethat (post 7), C L Art Magic (post 6) and Killer Thriller (post 4), all have the ability to upset the field. With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures perhaps as high as 90f (32c), some of the series and track records at the Hippodrome 3R could well be in jeopardy. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

In the 2014 National Driving Championship Prince Edward Island's Marc Campbell finished a close second behind winner Jody Jamieson with the harness racing title coming down to the last race. The event, hosted at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, was also part of a tour stop for all of the provincial Premiers who were on hand for the thrilling competition with most taking part in winner's circle race presentations. With two races to go and Jamieson and Campbell in a dog fight, Campbell, the hometown favourite, picked up the win with Jamieson finishing second. Heading into the final race Jamieson was on top by 10 points with 81 to Campbell's 71. Both reinsmen had three wins to their credit. When the horses crossed the wire in the final heat, Jamieson was a going away winner aboard Perfect Escape in 1:55.4, to finish with 96 points and Campbell next in line with 81. Campbell had his first shot at a NDC title back in 2009 when he was only 24 years old with his wife Natasha in tow and expecting their second child. (Allie) He was the youngest competitor in the event which was hosted at Fraser Downs. Brad Forward emerged champion that year and went on to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship in Norway. Now, the 31 year- old Winsloe, PEI resident and father of four has another shot at the NDC title with the opportunity of representing Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship. First he needs to finish first or second in the Atlantic Regional scheduled for June 25 at Red Shores. "As usual, it is a competitive field," Campbell states, "we have a great bunch of drivers in Atlantic Canada so it should make things quite interesting. Really, when it all comes down to it, the draw and the horses you happen to be driving play a big part in the outcome of these types of events." For Campbell, who won the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship in 2012, advancing to the National is important, "I've always taken great pride in being an Islander so to represent our island at Nationals would be a very proud moment for me. " Now to win the National and represent Canada in the WDC would be "a dream come true" for Campbell who has driven 1535 winners and horses to $3.37 million in purse earnings during his career, "It's something I've been so close to achieving. If this were to ever happen, it would mean accomplishing a huge goal of mine. I think as an athlete, we dream of someday representing our country in a sport that not only identifies us but also consumes most of our day to day lives. To put it mildly, I'd be pretty excited." Campbell is a proponent of the format of the NDC. "The format that is used, in my opinion, is probably the most fair way to run a competition of this nature. It gives everyone a chance of racing from each post position and hopefully the horses are all classified where it is an equal opportunity for every driver involved. " Campbell, who also trains a stable of horses, is very satisfied with how his 2016 season is going. "Honestly, I could not have asked for a better start. My stable is shaping up nicely and at this point consists of seemingly talented horses for the upcoming stake season. From here on in, I'm just hoping for a successful stake season, driving year and most of all for my family, friends and stable to remain safe and healthy. As long as that happens, I don't think one can ask for much more. " The schedule for the Regional Championships are as follows: Ontario Regional -- Grand River Raceway; Friday, June 24 Atlantic Regional -- Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park; Saturday, June 25 Western Regional -- Century Downs; Sunday, June 26 Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional -- Hippodrome 3R; Tuesday, July 12 Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers from each regional competition will advance to the 2016 National Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in harness racing's 2017 World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada in concert with the World Trotting Conference in August. The 2017 WDC will kick off in the west at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary, AB. The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil. The action then moves to Quebec where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. Finally, drivers will head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship. Red Shores Racetrack and Casino  

Betting Line’s stakes-record equaling victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup highlighted a harness racing record-setting evening last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of $5,241,459 was wagered on Saturday’s 15 race card to set a new Pepsi North America card record and a new Mohawk Racetrack single-card handle record. Saturday’s wagering total is the highest single-card handle figure in the 53 year history of Mohawk Racetrack. The previous record was $5,006,896 wagered on the 2014 Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace card. For the second year in a row, the Pepsi North America Cup handle record was broken. The 2015 edition saw a total of $4.2 million wagered to break the previous record of $3.8 million in 2005. “It was a truly special, record shattering night for the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday evening at Mohawk,” said Jim Lawson, CEO for Woodbine Entertainment Group.  “The atmosphere was electric with fans young and young at heart, core and new customers, enjoying a night out.  Saturday night certainly proved that Standardbred racing is alive and well in the province.” The highlight of the wagering menu Saturday was the mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. With a carryover of $489,912 brought into Saturday’s mandatory payout, horseplayers wagered $1,210,071 of new money into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool. The previous Mohawk record handle also featured a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. A record crowd of 17,602 passed through the entrances to Mohawk Racetrack Saturday evening. Fans were treated to live music, food trucks, giveaways and the world’s finest harness racing. New records were also established on the racing surface. Always B Miki posted the fastest mile in the history of Canadian harness racing with a 1:47.1 mile in the Mohawk Gold Cup. Betting Line equaled the Track and Stakes Record with his 1:47.4 winning mile in the $1 Pepsi North America Cup. Hannelore Hanover trotted to a Track Record and equaled a World Record with her 1:51 performance in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares. Social Media was buzzing throughout the night Saturday, as fans chatted about the event on various platforms. The hashtag #NACup trended in Toronto, while Mohawk debuted an event specific filter for the Pepsi North America Cup on Snapchat. Live racing continues all summer long every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mohawk. Post time each night is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

A respected authority in large animal handling techniques brought her expertise to the Ontario Veterinary College's Large Animal Hospital in early June.   More than 50 staff, registered veterinary technicians, clinicians, interns and residents from the UofG's OVC joined a half-day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) course with Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, focusing on safe transfer and handling of large animals.   "She shared some great knowledge and experience with us that will help us provide more efficient and safer patient care - not only safer for the patient but also safer for our employees," says Amy Richardson, Supervisor, Patient Care and Service Delivery in OVC's Health Sciences Center.   Gimenez customized her TLAER course offering for the OVC session, providing hands-on opportunities with equine models using a variety of large animal techniques, tactics, and procedures to safely move and handle animals. Participants practiced assembling halters from ropes and straps, perfected using a sideways drag and roll to position a horse onto a glide, and worked as a team to set up an Anderson sling in the Large Animal Hospital. Anderson slings can be used in multiple scenarios to lift a large animal or to elevate an injured animal and relieve pressure on its limbs.   Participants also tackled emergency scenarios, rescuing an injured horse model from a trailer, first stabilizing the patient and then working together to safely move the animal out of the trailer using a glide.   Based in Georgia, Gimenez developed the TLAER training in the mid-1990s with Dr. Tomas Gimenez. She has travelled extensively training first responders, veterinarians and veterinary technicians in these techniques.   Key to every scenario is safety "for self, team and the animal," says Gimenez. Positioning is vital with horses to stay clear of the head and kick zone of the legs. She advocates assigning one individual as the incident commander during rescue operations or emergencies and another to focus solely on safety. She is also a strong advocate for helmets and gloves when working with horses.   Planning is also vital in an emergency situation. An 'aha' moment during the training for Carina Cooper, a large animal internal medicine resident, was the reminder that an emergency situation may have been happening for hours. "Take the time to come up with a good plan and equipment. A best laid plan is worth way more than rash decisions."   While the rescue training focuses on emergency situations, techniques are applicable to day-to-day work with animals.   "It's easier to do these things in a clinical situation where you have lots of people and all the equipment you need, but you're trying to prepare the veterinarian and the veterinary technician for a situation where there is only one or two of them and they need to be able to use mechanical advantages or tools that will make their job easier and safer," she adds.   "It was an excellent course and good refresher for what we do here," says Andrew McHitchison, who provides clinical support in the OVC HSC. "Rebecca is a fantastic speaker."   Many of the tips Gimenez suggested were straightforward, adds Richardson, how to position proper ropes or straps for forward assists, backward assists, and how to make rope halters.   "Sometimes you may have a horse that either doesn't have a halter or doesn't have one that fits properly so we can fabricate one quickly and simply from cotton rope which we have in stock," adds Richardson.   "Maneuvering in a trailer, how to use the sling in an efficient manner, using straps to move a horse into a sternal position, and even hospital or stall design recommendations to make your life easier when handling or moving animals were all helpful tips for in-hospital cases," adds Cooper.   First responders from Adjala-Tosorontio, Guelph/Eramosa, and Erin Fire Departments, with previous TLAER training through Equine Guelph also assisted with the workshop.   "We are so pleased to have this opportunity to facilitate bringing this training to the large animal clinic. There are so many professional groups that benefit from this level of expertise for safety and welfare of both animals and people involved. We are committed in our ongoing efforts for this program and look forward to future training offerings," says Dr. Susan Raymond, Communications and Programs Officer, Equine Guelph.   "Rebecca was quite pleased with our facilities and to see a lot of the equipment that we have in place to help us do a better job and to make things safer for all of us," adds Richardson. The training offered hospital personnel a chance to ask questions and "learn from one of the best in the world,"   The training was sponsored by Merial, the Ontario Equestrian Federation and Equine Guelph.   by: Karen Mantel      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A top notch field of eight pacers will contest a wide open Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 11-dash card with Starcastic headlining the race 10 feature event for a $2,200 purse. Ron Matheson will drive the four-year-old Allamerican Native chestnut for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie of Stratford. Starting from post 3 in this week's feature event, Starcastic was a runner-up in his first start of the 2016 East Coast season since coming home from Ontario in the winter. Eagle Jolt has post 5 with trainer-driver Marc Campbell warming up for the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship set to held Saturday evening in Charlottetown. The Big Bite is third in the morning line selections for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Thane Arsenault. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Starcastic in his second start back. "Charged home to earn the deuce last week in what was his first start since the winter," MacIsaac said of Starcastic. "You know he can only be tighter after that one so he gets a slight edge in this wide open affair." Other entries include Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald), I D K (Vincent Poulton), Daylyn Horizon (Gary Chappell), Jeb (Jason Hughes) and Fightmaster (Mike McGuigan). Freddie will ride a three-race win streak into the race 8 Open Trot with Campbell in the bike for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall. The Majestic Son gelding has captured his last three outings in the $1,950 event and will face off with former Open trot champions Frill Seeker (Arsenault) from post 6 and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) with post 5. Also in the field of six is Tyne Valley (Walter Cheverie), Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Thunderaway (Hughes). A field of half-a-dozen trotters will contest the evening back-up trot in race 6 for a $1,700 pot. Holy Molie Maggie drops out of the Open trot, fresh off a second place finish in that class, and draws the outside post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell. Her biggest threats come from Neal (Brian Andrew) and Phantom Beau (Mark Bradley). For entries, race programs and live broadcast go to By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing driver Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, scoring a hat trick, three winners on the race program. And he did it by the fourth race on the program. The biggest of his three triumphs came in the third race pace where he led from start to finish with Heroes Sena in 1:59.1. It was the maiden victory for the three-year-old filly by Western Terror who is trained and owned by Serge Nadeau of Scott, QC. She also went off at odds of 8-1 and paid a generous $18.20 to win. Heroes Sena is eligible to the upcoming $450,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers that gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, July 3. Another impressive winner Tuesday who is eligible for the Breeders Cup Series is Sports Authority for driver Mario Charron. This three-year-old pacing colt by Sportswriter is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC and paid just $2.40 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. Charron sent Sports Authority to the front over Chummy Park (Louis-Philippe Roy) and the duo never had to look back again. While Chummy Park and Roy tried to come after the leader at the top of the stretch, Charron just lifted the line on his colt and he scooted away to win by two open lengths in 2:00.3. His last quarter mile was an impressive :28.4. Sports Authority is now on a three-race winning streak and it will be interesting to see how fast the colt can go when Charron asks him for some real speed. TRACK NOTES: The post position draws takes place Wednesday afternoon for the $140,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers this Sunday at 3R. There are four divisions, each racing for a purse of $35,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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