London, May 12, 2015 -- Camluck left an indelible mark on the standardbred breed, but the impact the super harness racing sire had on Seelster Farms is immeasurable. "Camluck made Seelster Farms. Without a hesitation I say that. Without him we wouldn't be where we are today. He put us on the map," said Ann Straatman, the reproduction manager at the Lucan, Ont. farm where the 28-year-old stallion stood for 25 years before being retired from active duty in October of 2014. Friday night, Camluck will become the first horse and 35th inductee overall to the Wall of Fame at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, Ont. "Being the first horse ever is quite an honour. It caught me off guard, but he had a big impact on Western Fair," said trainer Bob McIntosh, the man who trained Camluck and was one of the owners of the pacer that spring-boarded from a million-dollar racing career to become the number one stallion in harness racing history in North America by total progeny earnings. Camluck's progeny have earned just shy of $220 million in total. The late, great Western Hanover is second on the list. His offspring have earned approximately $211 million combined. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. Straatman said Camluck not only was the most fertile stallion Seelster has ever stood, he also consistently passed on his "drive and intelligence" to his progeny. "He is, by far, the smartest horse we've ever had, and that's a lot of horses," Straatman said. "There isn't a smarter horse than he is. He's that smart. He puts that attitude into his foals. We notice it with his yearlings when we go to video them. They video terribly... They won't be chased. They're too smart to be chased. They'll turn around and look at you and wonder, 'What are you chasing me for?' It is absolutely an intelligence that comes right from (Camluck)." McIntosh said he trained a lot of horses sired by Camluck and a common trait was their ability to race tough. "I think most of them, even when they aren't 100 per cent, suck it up and give 110 per cent. That's rare amongst sires," McIntosh said. "Another thing, too, I noticed about them. When you breed to some sires, if you don't get a stakes horse, you don't even have a horse. Camluck sired horses of any class. You could get a good hard-hitting racehorse or you could get a stakes horse. You didn't have to worry about getting a filly or getting a colt, because they were both good." Camluck will join Seelster Farms' late owner Chris Van Bussel on The Raceway's Wall of Fame. Van Bussel was inducted in 2004. "I was glad that Chris Van Bussel had (Camluck)," McIntosh said. "I can remember having a meeting to send (Camluck to Seelster) and Chris was just a real gentleman. His handshake was as good as a contract. He was one of the nicest, most honourable men I've ever met." Friday's Wall of Fame Night card begins at 7:15 p.m. and will also feature the first race in this year's Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet the riders. The RUS series is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity. Visit rusontario.com for more details. There will also be a number of fan promotions throughout the night and a pair of mini races scheduled as part of the fun. Though, honouring Camluck will be the main event. "It is such an honour to be recognized," Straatman said, "especially at our home track." Straatman said Camluck's "nose is a little out of joint" that he doesn't get to breed anymore, but otherwise, the senior equine is "fantastic", "in good health" and is enjoying living out his days in his private paddock with special lawn as pristine as one might find on a golf course. "Whatever Camluck wants, Camluck gets," Straatman said. By Dave Briggs for The Raceway
Lucan, ON --- Seelster Farms, along with harness racing owners, New Destiny Stable and Al McIntosh Holdings Ltd., announce the retirement of Camluck from active stud duty. As a racehorse, Camluck himself earned more than a million dollars and took a time trial mark at the age of five of 1:48.4 at Lexington more than 22 years ago. Camluck was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003 and was also the first Canadian horse to be inducted in the United States Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in 2008. Camluck winning The Provincial Cup Today Camluck is the sire with total progeny earnings of more than $215 million - more than any other North American sire! The Cam Fella - Lucky Lady stallion is the sire of 28 millionaires including: BURNING POINT p, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.2 ($2,853,28), DREAMFAIR ETERNAL p, 3, 1:55.3h, 1:49f ($2,478,093), INVITRO p, 2, 1:53s, 4, 1:50s ($1,983,077), CHANCEY LADY p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3f, 1:48.4f ($2,072,092), MYSTICIAN p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:49.2s ($1,910,829), MICHAELS POWER p, 3, 1:48.1s ($1,623,721), just to name a few. Camluck has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of I LUV THE NITELIFE p, 2, 1:50.1s, 3, 1:48.4f ($1,944,667), AMERICAN JEWEL p, 2, 1:50.2s, 3, 1:48.2s($1,840,565), ARACACHE HANOVER p, 2, 1:53.1s, 3, 1:50.1f, 1:48.1f ($1,713,617), THINKING OUT LOUD p, 2, 1:52.4s, 3, 1:47.4s, 4, 1:47.2 ($1,581,644), DEUCE SEELSTER p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.4($1,141,102), KINDLY POET p, 3, 1:51s, 1:49.4s ($958,263), etc. "It has been an honor to work with Camluck and owners Bob and Al McIntosh and New Destiny Stable, for all of his stallion career." said Ann Straatman, reproduction manager at Seelster. "He has been a once-in-a-lifetime horse and it is a privilege to continue to care for Camluck into his retirement." Seelster Farms
Seelster Farms announced today that their 2014 yearling videos are now available online at www.seelsterfarms.com Click here for the full draft of yearlings. The farm’s entire 2014 yearling consignment will sell at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 12 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario. Yearlings will be available for viewing at the Agriplex on Saturday, October 11. This year’s consignment features the much-anticipated first crops of World Champion & Breeders Crown winner Big Jim p, 2, 1:49.1s ($1,544,580) and North America Cup winner Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49s; 1:48.3s’ 13 ($1,331,623). An impressive group of first foals are featured in this season’s consignment, including: Absolut Seelster, an Angus Hall filly from Amazing Adventure 3, 1:56.2 ($50,432), the half sister to Peach Martini 3, 1:55f ($587,319). Bourbon Seelster, a Camluck filly from the full sister to Mr Apples p, 1:49 ($668,808). Evangelin Seelster, a Camluck filly from Eagle Kelly p, 2, 1:56.4h ($118,765). Ganacus Seelster, a Big Jim colt from the half sister to Goddesss Justin p, 3, 1:49.4f ($450,438). Kokanee Seelster, a Camluck colt from Kiddie Cocktail p, 3, 1:54.2 ($47,598), the half sister to Bikini Bottom p, 3, 1:51.1 ($531,229). Las Vegas Seelster, a Kadabra filly from the full sister to Miss Wisconsin 3, 1:55 ($525,551). Mayhem Seelster, a Mach Three filly from Macapelo Rose p, 3, 1:53.3f ($50,806), the half sister to Machapelo p, 1:51.2 ($593,973), Resistance Futile p, 4, 1:49.1s’ 14 ($277,078) & 2014 OSS Gold winner Capela p, 2, 1:53.1s’ 14 ($91,690). Mayhem Seelster Standout siblings to leading 2014 performers include: Nila Seelster, the Mach Three half sister to Nitro Seelster p, 4, 1:49.4f’ 14 ($103,973) & Nirvana Seelster p, 3, 1:52.3s’ 14 ($58,296). Toureg Seelster, the Shadow Play half brother to Titus Seelster p, 3, 1:51s’ 14 ($82,912). Tala Seelster, the Muscle Mass half sister to Traverse Seelster 1:51.2f’ 13 ($594,761).
The Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters took centre stage Tuesday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Paymenowpaymelater extended his unbeaten win streak to five in the Race 6 division of two-year-old trotters. The two-year-old filly by Northern Bailey let the dust settle off of the gate before charging to the lead just past the quarter, going on to win by two and a half lengths in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Clare MacDonald drove for the first time for trainer Earl Watts. With the victory Paymenowpaymelater pushes her lifetime earnings well over $15,000 in five starts. Wait For Me was second and Suicide Shift finished third. J K Blaze picked up the victory in another division of two-year-old trotters. Favourite Tyne Valley did not receive a fair start and that opened up a wide open betting bored. Walter Cheverie sent the daughter of Northern Bailey to the lead and never looked back winning in 2:09.2 for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood. Windemere Ty was second and Windemere Tribe was third. Dusty Lane Jewel put in a gutsy effort for Charlottetown's new leading driving Marc Campbell. The daughter of Nureyev made a break heading into the first turn but managed to get away third in the compact field of five. The Campbell trainee grinded out a first over attack to nail trot setter B J Matador on the line. Skyanne finished third. Southfield Shadow took the fastest of the three Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on the afternoon card, she stopped the clock in 2:01.3 for the driver - trainer combo of Terry Gallant and Thane Mann. Owned by the Southfield Farms of Summerside, the filly tracked down the leader Villager past the three-quaters after he laid down fraction of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:31.1, to win by four lengths, B J Comanche finished second and Villager hung on for third. Phantom Beau was able to convert off of a perfect two-hole ride in Race 7 for driver Kenny Arsenault. Owned by Peter Breau and trained by John Pineau, the three-year-old son of Bo W moved out around the final turn and defeated Dusty Lane Galaxy who finished second while Arizone Ray finished third, time of the mile was 2:03.1. Young-gun driver Jack Panting made his work look pretty easy in the final trot division of the day. He fired Dunmore Chance off of the gate before letting favourite Saulsbrook Pippa clear to the lead going to the half, Panting made his move around the last turn and went on to win by five lengths in 2:04. Grandfather Ralph Annear owns and trains. Driver Brian Andrew picked up a driving double on the card. He got his winning started with War Cry Ranger in race 3 making every call a winning one in 2:00.1. His second win came with a four wide move up the back stretch aboard Honor Roll. Time of that mile was 2:00.2. The fastest mile of the afternoon went to Cabo Pan Lucas in the last race on the card. Driver Paul Mackenzie sent the seven-year-old chestnut gelding right down the road winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. Gary Poulton co-owns and trains along with co-owner Alan Walker. Cabo Pan Lucas laid down fractions of :28.3, :59, 1:28.3, 1:56.4. Bo Ford
Harness racing trainer Rene Allard has been waiting a long time for this, but after Monday nights trial 2 it looks like he has a very fair shot at winning his first ever Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Mickey Hanover in-line to last years winner Marc Campbell made every call a winning one stopping the clock in 1:50.4 tying the track record at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Allard has been coming to P.E.I. since 2009, trying to win the Gold Cup and Saucer and after Monday nights trial, it could be in his near future. "It's pretty special. Every year it seems like a lot of disappointment but it's not an easy race to win. We keep getting closer and closer," said Allard. "I knew the horse was feeling really good and he came to the Island real sharp so I liked his chances. He was awesome." 'King' Campbell did exactly what Allard asked of him, he sent Mickey Hanover out of the gate from post four laying down fractions of :26.2 :54.2 and 1:22.4 before closing in out in :28. "I asked Marc, plan A is put him on the point, plan B or C you figure it out," said Allard. Campbell said the objective was just to get him into the final. "I just got to the front, I tried to get him a little breather in there and Rene said he may try and get his own breather in going to the three-quarters. I just made sure I kept him alive and didn't get caught sleeping." Campbell took a clean sweep of the trials after winning trial 1 with Aracache Hanover. "The objective was just to get him into the final," Campbell said about trying the track record. " Both trips were pretty amazing. They're both good horses, they're both class act horses." Campbell said he felt like he may have had a little more left in the tank. "He's a big lazy, grinding horse. I just chased him down to the wire, but I'd imagine he'd have a little more if someone had came fighting him." As for Allard he said it doesn't matter the time going into Saturday night $ 75, 000 final "Time only counts in jail. Saturday we would like to win but time doesn't matter. We can only hope for the best." Campbell said it's a dream come true to win both trials. "Just to get into a trial is really exciting, to get to drive power like Rene Allard and Ron Burke's horses, for those guys to give you the call on their horses it means a lot. It picks your head up and gives you a little more confidence." Take It Back Terry finished two lengths back, Scott Rocks finished third and despite a break heading around the five-eights turn Wazzup Wazzup punched the final ticket into Saturday nights final. On the undercard, Say It Again Sam in line to trainer - driver extended his win streak to 10 converting off a perfect two-hole ride to provide a minor upset over favourite Im Drinkin Doubles in 1:57.3. Campbell had a driving double, winning with Yankee No More in 1:57.3 earlier on in the card. Teddys Place managed to string together a pair of Old Home Week victories winning the 11th race in 1:57.4 for Mike Stevenson. Racing returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown tomorrow afternoon featuring the Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters. Tune in Tuesday night for the live post position draw for the Gold Cup and Saucer at 8pm. Bo Ford
Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old trotters provided exciting harness racing action at Inverness Raceway on Wednesday evening, including setting a new track record for three-year-old trotters. Dusty Lane Galaxy took the new track record when he crossed the finish line in 2:03.4 with driver-trainer Gary Chappell in the bike. The bay trotting gelding is owned by Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and the Estate of George Boswall, Frenchfort, PE. The other three-year-old trot event on the evening card went to B J Comanche and driver Clare MacDonald in 2:04.2 for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague PE. The two-year-old trotters also had a chance to shine as Tyne Valley and driver Mike Stevenson captured first place honours in their event in 2:11.1 for owners William and Scott Roloson, Belfast, PE and Kristi Pickering, Charlottetown, PE. The second two year-old trotting event went to Paymenowpaymelater and driver Kenny Arsenault in 2:06.4 for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PE. The Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting events across the Maritimes are presented by Meridian Farms. Not to be out done by the trotters, the two-year-old pacing fillies also strutted their stuff at the Inverness oval. Woodmere Dancenart and driver-trainer Clare MacDonald won their 'A' division event in 2:01.2 for owners Morah Kerr, Greenfield, NS and Phonsie MacEachern, Port Hood, NS. The other 'A' division event on the race card went to Jann Down and driver Gilles Barrieau in 2:01.4 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. I Can Do Anything crossed the finish line first in the lone 'B' division event with owner-driver-trainer Keith Ford in the bike. Gordon Neill of Charlottetown, PE, shares the ownership papers on the two-year-old filly. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again this weekend as a full slate of events will take place during Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. For a complete schedule of events and to view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. Lynne MacLennan
The Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year old pacers and trotters will be showcased at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway next week, as part of the annual Summerside Lobster Festival harness racing action. A full stale of Atlantic Sires Stakes events will take place throughout the course of the week, beginning with the two-year-old pacing colts on Monday evening. Two 'A' divisions will each go for a substantial purse pool of $13,600 and two 'B' divisions will each go for $2500. First race post time on Monday is 7 pm. On Tuesday evening the two and three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms trot events will be hosted by Red Shores at Summerside. Meridian Farms, Atlantic Canada's largest Standardbred breeding operation is a major sponsor of the Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting divisions. The two-year-old trotters will go in two divisions, each for a purse pool of $8820, and the three-year-olds will also go in two divisions for $8620. First race post time on Tuesday is 7 pm. Atlantic Sires Stakes events will continue on Wednesday when the two-year-old pacing fillies meet for competition. The racing action on Thursday will include the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies and on Friday the three-year-old pacing colts will take to the Summerside oval. For a complete listing of Atlantic Sires Stakes events and to view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association
Summerside, PE – Micrometerjack, with Corey MacPherson in the bike, won the David Rose Memorial final in an impressive 1:57 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. It was a clean sweep of the Rose series, presented by Meridian Farms, for Micrometerjack as the gelding also won both eliminations for trainer Gerald Dunn and owner Brian Foley of Charlottetown. Lyndale Royal came flying late to grab second while Rebelforce completed the triactor. The Rose consolation went to Gwinning Gwen and Jason Hughes in 2:00.2. The Stephen Quinn trainee took over the lead on route to the quarter when Ruby Vance made a break going down the backstretch. Once on top, Gwinning Gwen laid down fractions of 29.2, 59.4 and 1:29.4. The five-year-old mare owned by Tim Driscoll and Ellen and Tyson MacDonald held off late challenges from Macintosh (Vaughn Doyle) and Rebelryan (Walter Cheverie) for her fourth win of the season. Saulsbrook Pippa recovered from an early break to come back and win the trot class on the program. The two-year-old filly was under the command of Corey MacPherson for trainer John Pineau and his co-owner Myron Ford of Harrington. Driver Jason Hughes recorded four winners on the program while Stephen Quinn had three training victories on the 12 dash card. Corey MacPherson notched a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. The final card of the season at Summerside goes Sunday November 10 at 1pm. by Lee Drake for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE – Narragansett won the Saturday afternoon feature event, the Charles MacDonald Memorial, in 1:55 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Jason Hughes engineered the winning trip placing the pacer in fourth position on route to the opening quarter (27.2) then drafted second over behind Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee) through the half way marker laid down by Big League (Marc Campbell) in 56 seconds. Narragansett battled on the outside through the 1:25.2 third station before sprinting home for a two length victory for owner Foxyhall Racing Stable of Summerside. Machinthesand was second with Big League fading to third. Rash B Havior, with Walter Cheverie in the bike, won the Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans series presented by Meridian Farms. The time of the mile was 1:59.1. Cheverie, along with owner-trainer Michael Peters of Emyvale, was greeted in the winner’s circle by McIsaac’s wife Bernice and Brian Andrew of Meridian Farms. Rash B Havior tracked down leader Charlotte’s Ace at the head of the lane and held off a fast closing Modern Girl for his second win of the season. Abundaspin and Harold Shepherd won the open trot in 2:00.2 while driver Willie Murphy guided Diamond Mine to a 2:04 score for Cindy MacDonald of Montague and Tanya MacKinnon of Souris in the other trot division. Marc Campbell had three trips to victory lane on the day. Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - The fall race schedule is officially underway at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as harness racing moves to Saturday afternoon. Post time is 1pm. Big League has been established as the morning line favorite in the afternoon featured 12th race from post six. Marc Campbell will drive the pacer for trainer-owner Jonah Moase of Cornwall. The victory would be sweet for Campbell with the race named in honor of his grandfather Charles MacDonald of Orwell. The gelding was roughed up early in his last start but has been posting some impressive miles in the 2013 campaign with 11 wins from 22 starts including a track record performance at Exhibition Park Raceway. The field is deep with talent with Touch of Lightning (Earl Smith) posed to strike from post seven while Narrgansett, a fast closer, draws inside for Jason Hughes. Nobestbfor steps up after his 1:56.3 score and lands on the pylons for owner-driver Walter Cheverie. Leading Camdidate, Machinthesand and Balanchine are all capable of taking top honors in the $2,400 event. The card will also showcase the Louis McIsaac memorial claiming series presented by Meridian Farms. The series highlighted a for the fans promotion that continues prior to the horses being called to the gate in race 11. Brand of My Own, a three-year-old colt by Brandons Cowboy gets top call from race secretary Gerard Smith and race analyst Les MacIsaac. The Thane Mann trainee was sent away as the post time favorites in each leg of the division. Terry Gallant will do the driving for owners Glenda Chappell and Albert Gamble of North Granville. The $5,900 final has Rash B Havior, Whosurwinner, Summerville Deb, Vengance, Charlottes Ace, Evalina, Showhall and Modern Girl. In other action, Zip the Lip will attempt his third win in a row when he competes in the open trot while Dirt Track Momma (Campbell) will try to extend their streak. Campbell has a number of live drives on the program. For race programs, results and live video go to www.redshores.ca Fields Set for David Rose Memorial Consolation and Final at Summerside Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside will host the David Rose Memorial consolation and final, presented by Meridian Farms, during a 12 dash race program Sunday. Post time 1pm. The action will be carried live at www.redshores.ca Micrometerjack and driver Corey MacPherson go into the Rose final as the top choice after posting back to back winning performances. Trained by Gerald Dunn, for owner Brian Foley of Charlottetown, Micrometerjack leaves from post four in the $6,400 event. Outside the Wire (Mike Stevenson) will have to maneuver from the back tier but this guy could be well spotted when the wings fold if Life Savior (Jason Hughes) or Casimr Luciano (Vaughn Doyle) decide to make a sprint to the top. The other finalists include Keystone Nobility, Rebelforce, McDaisy Cutter, Lyndale Royal and Flag of Honor. The $3,000 consolation is staged on race 8 with Huronexpress being established at 5-2 odds. Pierre Luc Roy will do the driving for trainer Mitch Tierney. This combination will be looking for a better result this week after an early mis-cue took him out of the race in his last start. Last Art on Deck, with catch-driver Ken Murphy and Gwinning Gwen (Jason Hughes) are also considered triactor candidates. Let's Trade Ladies has drawn the rail in the $1,000 trot division for trainer Garth Cole. I Aint No Lady, also trained by Cole, will be handled by Brian MacPhee. Saulsbrook Pippa, Berto Coquette, Hopedale Dora, Northern Zoom and Pure at Heart complete the roster. For entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores. Lee A. Drake
Charlottetown, PE – Saulsbrook Alana equaled her own track record with a 1:56 winning performance during Maritime Breeders elimination action Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell engineered the trip touching down on the front on route to the half that was reached in 57.2 after Elm Grove Inarush posted the opening panel in a stiff 28.1. The Kevin MacLean trainee raced past the three-quarter station in 1:27.2. The filly brushed home in 28.3 seconds to stop the timer in track record time. The daughter of Western Paradise-Atlanta Girl picked up her 8th win from 11 starts for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Elm Grove Inarush was second with Sail Through third. Gilles Barrieau swept two of the MBA colt eliminations when he drove Setttlement Request to a 1:59.3 score while his other stable star Tobins Fushion delivered as the post time favorite in 1:59 flat. Dumas Walker, with Myles Heffernan in the bike, won the other colt MBA division elimination in 1:59. The colt has won his last two starts and moves his season top three summary from eleven starts to 8-1-1. Stayoutofmyaffair, under the command of Jason Hughes, won the mares open in 1:56.1. The mare is trained by Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. Veronicavermillion was charging hard late to take second with rail-sitter JK Beauty completing the triactor. Flag of Honor (Gilles Barrieau), Outside the Wire (Brodie MacPhee), Tymal Headliner (Brodie MacPhee) and Micrometerjack (Corey MacPherson) won their respective legs of the David Rose Memorial For the Fans Series. The memorial, presented by Meridian Farms, tied a promotion to each race with fans being drawn to team up with a horse for a chance to win additional prizes. Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - The stakes stars continue to invade Island tracks with divisions of the Maritime Breeders being staged at Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday at 6pm and Red Shores Summerside at 1pm. The two-year-old colts lead the parade Saturday in race 5 with Rancousy listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Darren Crowe will do the driving after the colt posted a second place finish in breeder's crown finals last Sunday. Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) and Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) are also top contenders. Rebelseven, owned and trained by Kevin MacLean of Vernon Bridge, gets top billing in the next colt division. Marc Campbell will attempt to put the son of Force of Life in the winner's circle for the fifth time this season. Dumas Walker will headline the final $3,000 MBA elimination for driver Myles Heffernan. The colt is a breeder's crown champion after his 1:57.4 victory last weekend. Two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana is back after her record- setting track performance from a week ago. Marc Campbell piloted the Reg MacPherson owned pacer to a sparkling 1:56 score. The duo has drawn post 8 in race 10 on the card. In other action, Bunny Mach, who has won her last two in a row, will tackle a full field of contenders in the Mares Open. Gary Chappell will be in the bike. The program will also feature the David Rose Memorial leg 1 presented by Meridian Farms. A special fans promotion will be tied to the series. The action will be carried on the live race broadcast from www.redshores.ca Summerside Showcase Trotters in Maritime Breeders Eliminations Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside will play host to an action packed card of racing Sunday with two divisions of the Maritime Breeders Eliminations for two-year-old trotters, Lea Bell Memorial and leg 1 of another new series with the Louis McIsaac Memorial conditioned claiming series presented by Meridian Farms. First race post time is 1pm. The first MBA elimination is in race 3 and is named in honor of Lea Bell. The veteran horseman from Kensington and former president of the Prince County Horsemen's club campaigned many successful trotters in his career. Bell passed away at the age of 76 in December 2012. The race will star Dusty Lane Galaxy from post two. The two-year-old trotter will be handled by Gary Chappell for owner Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Race analyst Jared Stretch is on board with the Stacey Lund trainee. "The resume speaks for itself after six straight victories and one unfortunate start it's hard to find a better record out there." Stretch had also picked BJ Comanche(5) and Phantom Beau (6) as his other top choices. Bo Digger (Mark McKinnon) and Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) will square off in the next MBA split for $3,000. The field has the potential of an upset coming from Villager(Brian MacPhee), Lets Trade Ladies (Garth Cole), Scarlet MacDream (Marc Campbell) and Saulsbrook Pippa (Corey MacPherson). Meridian Farms is proud to present leg 1 of the Louis McIsaac Memorial. The series, staged on races 7 and 9 on the card, will also have a fan component to the event with customers filling out ballots for chance to win vouchers on the McIsaac races. The Andrew family has a shot in the memorial with Evalina trained by Ron Gass of Cornwall in race 7 while Charlottes Ace is listed as the morning line favorite in race 9. All the action will be carried at www.redshores.ca. by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE – The card showcased the two-year-old fillies in the Lady Slipper Stakes. The $20,200 gold division went to Saulsbrook Alana. The filly equalled the Charlottetown track record with a 1:56.1 score for her fifth win in a row. Marc Campbell did the driving for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. Elm Grove Inarush battled hard for second while Sea Anna Win grabbed the show spot. Shindeagan, with Danny Romo driving, came flying late to capture the opening leg of the Lady Slipper grassroots in a new lifetime best of 1:59 flat while Mandy M Mac made her winning debut for William Andrew, Calgary and trainer Blaine Mckenna. Walter Cheverie, who is teaming up with Noonan Petroleum in the Drive for Charity event to raise money for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, did the driving. Acton Royal Force put up a great performance for driver Bernard McCallum to win in 2:00.3. The two-year-old colts made their appearance in the Joe O’Brien Memorial stakes. Settlement Request and Gilles Barrieau took the first $10,000 gold in 2:00 flat. The colt turned away JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) for the victory. Island Gigolo secured the top spot in the second O’Brien gold split for Brodie MacPhee and owner James Pound of Hunter River. The time of the mile was 1:59.2 a personal best. Rebelseven was second with Dusty Lane Oliver completing the triactor. All Turain won his fifth race in a row with a dazzling 1:54.2 victory in the second leg of the Island Pacing Championship Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Trevor and Lee Hicken. It was MacPhee’s third trip to the winner’s circle on the card. Touch of Lightning finished second with Lucky Encounter rounding out the top three. Big League, owned and trained by Jonah Moase, Cornwall recorded his 11th win of the year when he captured the first division of the second leg of the Island Pacing Championship. The mile was clocked in 1:56 for driver Corey MacPherson. Wild Dragon held on for second while Cambest Kisser finished third. The Island Pacing Championship final, presented by Meridian Farms, is Sunday October 13 during the Atlantic Breeders Crown. In the other action with the O’Brien stakes, Heroes Never Die used good gate speed and a brave stretch drive to notch his second win in a row in 2:02.3 for Foxyhall Racing Stable, Summerside, PE and driver Jason Hughes. Elm Grove Intrepid recorded his third win of the season in his O’Brien division stopping the timer in 1:59.3 for MacPhee and trainer Jackie Matheson while Post Haste and Angelo Camilli also took home an O’Brien cooler. Another highlight on the program was the Mr. and Mrs. Bryson pace. The newlyweds were trackside to present the winning cooler to Isleofpalms and Jason Hughes. Stephen Quinn trains the four-year-old mare for Westley Patriquin, Debert and Paul Merlin of Wentworth, N.S. The groom even selected the horse to win in a pre-race interview. Hughes had a driving triple on the night. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - Sterling Seelster, under the command of Mark McKinnon, won the Thursday feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park over a rain soaked track. The time of the mile was 2:01.4 on a track rated sloppy with a six second variant. Sterling Seelster is owned by David, Aaron and John MacKenzie of Stratford and Natasha Campbell, Winsloe. Toad River (Ken Murphy) recovered from an early break to finish a close second with fraction setter Private Joke (Michael McGuigan). Saulsbrook Balance, with Willie Murphy in the bike, won the trot class in 2:06.4. Murphy did the driving for Cindy MacDonald, Montague and Tanya Mackinnon of Souris. Who Took That (Michael McGuigan) was second with Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) completing the triactor. Corey MacPherson, Mark Bradley and Kenny Arsenault recorded driving doubles on the night. Bob Weeks from TSN Score Golf channel and his TV crew joined the broadcast team for a special night at the track. The crew was on PEI shooting pieces for an upcoming show on TSN. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm with Red Shores Summerside Sunday at 1pm featuring the Island Pacing Championship Leg 1 presented by Meridian Farms. Lee A. Drake
Nominations are coming due September 23rd for the 2nd Edition of the Island Pacing Championship sponsored by Meridian Farms. This year's event has added a 2nd leg. The series kicks off September 29th in Summerside then back in Charlottetown October 5th for leg two. The estimated $12,000 final will take place on the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Sunday, October 13th. For more information please visit here. Brett Revington Racing Experience Manager Red Shores
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