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Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of seven dashes on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   In the featured event of the day, Stare Down from the Mike Downey stable has been listed as the favourite in the six-horse field.   Stare Down will leave the gate from post-five in the sixth race feature that will carry a purse of $ 1500. Mike Downey will drive the pacer for owners Ellen Stevenson, Susan Downey and Dr. Mitchell Downey.   Two horses will put race streaks on the line as both Man In Pink ( Mark Haig ) and ROF Samurai ( Sam Hodgin ) enter the race winning their last two races. Other starters are Sparky Bayama ( Lonny Stokes ), Rose Valley ( Mike Campbell ) and Dance Hanover ( Stephen Trites ).   Post time fort the first of seven races is slated at 2:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB        

Its been 8 years since the Whatthehecklavec set the last Aged Mare Track Record and it was in the Walker Invitational Trot. This year Trevor Henry owned and Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star beat the old mark by 1/5th of a second on a track rated good, due to a light steady rain. Angies Lucky Star got away second to the quarter behind Spartan Victory driven by Ryan Holliday in 27.3, but quickly took over control, and never looked back hitting the half in 56.2, the 3/4′s in 1:26.1 and the mile in 1:56.4. The Walker Trot is named for Allan and Viola Walker. Allan was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was not only a top driver, but a well respected trainer as well and his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are still involved in the sport. Hanover Raceway also host the staff from 92.3 The Dock radio, who gave away a $1500 dollar Smart TV, won by Randy Cook of Holland Centre, and 2 more people qualified for the Survivor handicapping contest. So far 17 fans have correctly picked 4 horses that finished in the money, and will return on August 9th for a shot at another High Definition TV package. Next Saturday is Dream of Glory elimination night. Over 90 horses are paid up to the series, and the top 8 will return on Sunday August 3rd for the 60,000 dollar final. Hanover Raceway will also host the 2nd Rider under Saddle race to feature wagering next Saturday. its being billed as Canada vs Norway, and the girl riders will be on hand after their race for a meet and greet and autograph session. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway     519-364-2860 x 2      

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 17 - Mister Herbie, a two-time harness racing O'Brien Award winner, will make his third appearance in the Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday night, at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned and trained by Jeff Gillis, the six-year-old millionaire son of Here Comes Herbie is overlooked on the morning line at odds of 15-1 with favoured Sebastian K, a decisive 2/5 mutuel favourite, capturing most of the attention. However, it was only two years ago that Mister Herbie, sent to post at 8-1, upset the heavily-favoured Chapter Seven to win the Maple Leaf Trot with a strong stretch run in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4. "I'd take a repeat of that," grinned Gillis. Stepping up against Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), on Saturday, Gillis knows that Mister Herbie will have to be at his best. In 2012, Chapter Seven was a well-backed favourite, but certainly not as touted as Sebastian K. "It's not to the same extent," agreed Gillis. "Sebastian K looks fairly invincible when you can leave as hard as he can, and then come some pretty wicked back halves. "It's pretty hard to figure out a strategy to beat that. But, that's why we run the race. Favourites go down. Horses are not machines and they can come up with a less than one hundred percent performance. Someone could take a run at him." Mister Herbie is lightly raced this campaign. He made his qualifying debut by trotting home a dominant 15-length winner in 1:55.3 on June 6, his first start since an even effort at Meadowlands Racetrack in late November. He's posted a trio of second-place runs since that qualifier including a runner-up effort to Market Share in last week's elimination, the very rival Mister Herbie chased home in the 2013 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot. Gillis was intent on giving his champion gelding some time off this winter following a year in which Mister Herbie won just once, yet still banked $492,607 in purse earnings thanks to six runner-up finishes in stakes competition. "He spent eight weeks in Kentucky. We deliberately brought him back a little bit slower, in part, because of how late the season ran last year," explained Gillis. "We took our time with him and hopefully we'll finish strong. He's done everything on schedule so far and gotten a little bit better each time. He's heading into the race in good form." Gillis knows his charge will need to drop considerable time off his 1:53.2 elimination clocking on Saturday to win a second Trot final. In fact, Mister Herbie will likely need to equal or better his own Trot final performance of 1:50.4. "If they get a good track on Saturday, I suspect they're going to flirt with the track record, and I'd be just as happy if we held it when it was over too," he grinned. Steve Condren, who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image, will be charged with engineering a winning trip and Gillis has every confidence in the veteran driver. "Steve is a tremendous driver and very accomplished. He has a lot of experience and I think he suits the horse," said Gillis. As for the conditioner's idea of the perfect trip? "Ideally, we'll get away mid pack and someone would soften up Sebastian K and we'd be second over and pounce on tired horses," he offered. "It takes a lot of luck for something like that to unfold, but I think it's going to be an interesting race. I'm not sure everyone will lay back and let him (Sebastian K) get an easy half." And while the Maple Leaf Trot is certainly first and foremost for Gillis and Mister Herbie heading into Saturday's lucrative $603,000 event, the conditioner does have one other key date circled on the calendar later in the season for Canada's reigning champion aged trotter. "The race I'd really like him to win is the Breeders Crown," said Gillis. In 2012, Chapter Seven turned the tables on 'Herbie' to win the Breeders Crown at Woodbine and last year, at Pocono Downs, 'Herbie' dueled with Market Share to a furious finish only to lose by a nose. "I feel he deserved a better fate the last two years and that would be one that would mean a lot to me. It was heartbreaking (losing the photo)," said Gillis. Until then, its eyes on the prize for Gillis and a horse he clearly has a lot of respect for. "He's the perfect horse in every sense of the word. He does everything right, full of personality and I'm extremely fond of him," said Gillis. "We haven't really won a big one in a couple years. Herbie's Maple Leaf Trot was probably our last big win, so I feel like we're due for another." Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

Unbeaten three-year-old filly R Es Confusion and harness racing trainer/ driver Mike Campbell will look to remain undefeated, going for her third straight win on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway.   Unraced at two, the daughter of Allamerican Native is owned by Dawn & Ted Bremner of Jemseg, New Brunswick.   Closest any rival has been to her so far is six and three-quarter lengths. She was a $6200 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic sale in 2012. She was actually bred in New York.   Top-class of the afternoon has attracted a solid group of seven. Going as race seven on the card, they will race for a purse of $1500. A Weekend and veteran driver Percy Jones has been listed as the slight favourite.   Other starters in the field are Grimsby, stable mates J Rs Hurricane and Sparky Bayama, Ramlinglily, Kass Hall, and Stare Down. Post time is 2:00 P.M for the first race.   Scott Waddell

It was a Super Moon night at Hanover Raceway.  However, the moon didn’t affect J Harris who had 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third on the 10 race card. The Dundas native started off his winning streak driving Excellence to victory in Race 3 for owner Susan Downey of St George Ontario in 1:57.1.  Harris also won Race 8 with Blazing Shot for Tom Gallant of Caledon East in 2:00.3, and finished his hattrick in Race 9 with Victoria for owner Dominic Dicicco of London in 1:57.4. Saturday night was also week 2 of the Country 93 survivor contest. Close to 70 contestants took part with 9 of them picking a horse that finished in the money in 4 races in a row. The qualifiers for the Survivor final on August 9th are Bill Johnston of Wingham Dan Border of Owen Sound Ann Wilson of Markdale Norma Breadner of Owen Sound Shelley Johnston of Flesherton Scott Davis of Owen Sound Joe Allison of Kincardine Kim Mahon of Owen Sound And Bruce Patchell of Hanover They join the 6 survivors from week 1.... however, everyone has 2 more opportunities to qualify over the next 2 Saturdays.  Saturday July 19th is 92.3 the Dock day.  Fans can enter to win a 1500 dollar TV package courtesy of 92.3 the Dock radio.   Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

Charlottetown, PE - Narragansett, with Jason Hughes in the bike, rallied late to win the Thursday night feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park in 1:58.1. Fraction setter Pinner finished second with Shock the Rock third. Foxyhall Racing stable own Narragansett. It was a big for Hughes as the Stratford native drove three winners on the program. Lyrical Lindy pulled off a shocker in the open trot for driver Jason Hughes and new trainer Tyler Desroches. The mare picked her second win of the season for owner Bill Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. The time of the mile was 2:00.3. Newcomer Song Dream, under the command of Vaughn Doyle, made his first trip around the legendary oval a winning one when scored in the back-up trot division in 2:02.2. The trotter is trained by Doyle for owner Mark Ramsey, Yellowknife, NT. Marc Campbell and Brodie MacPhee had driving doubles on the program. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the top drivers and trainer numbers so far for the 2014 harness racing season in the province.   Of all drivers in New Brunswick, Mark Haig leads the way going into this Saturday's program at E.P,R. Haig has reined a total of ten winners so far this season at tracks in Saint John and Fredericton.   Todd Trites is sitting with nine trips to the winners circle and two are tied for third place. Mike Campbell and Mike Downey both have five wins on the year in New Brunswick.   In the training category, there are three individuals who have five wins in 2014 as Mike Campbell, Sifroi Melanson and Bob MacNeil. Campbell had a big day on Canada Day as he registered three winners.   Racing will continue this coming Saturday, July 12th at 2:00 P.M.   By Scott Waddell    

It was a triumphant return for harness racing driver Trevor Henry at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. Racing in sires stakes events at Mohawk and elsewhere this summer, the multiple driver of the year at Hanover won 4 of the 6 OSS 3 year old Colt Trotting races Saturday. Henry started off winning both ends of the Daily Double taking race 1 with Passed Da Point for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco of Quebec, in 1:59.1, and won race 2 with Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, Que in 2:00.2. Henry said he expects to spend more time at Hanover once the Sires Stakes season slows down but he’s got several of his own horses competing at other tracks.   The third OSS leg was won by Steve Byron who drove Totally Ripped for owner Don Leisheid of Windsor in 1:59.4. The fourth OSS event was won by TothePointJames in 2:02 for driver, trainer and part owner Wayne Henry of Arthur along with Jeff Thomson of Chelsey, the estate of Daniel Mccann, and Arnold Feldman of Quebec. Leg 5 was won by Tyrone Haji in 2:01.1 for trainer Bob Mcintosh of Windsor and accounted for Trevor Henrys 3rd win on the night, and Henry capped off the evening with the fastest mile of the night when Aventure won the 9th race in 1:58 for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown.  Budd said afterwards that if his horse was able to clear the lead before the quarter pole, he thinks he may have had a chance to break the 3 year old track record held by first Dream of Glory winner Abbey Road C back in 2002.  Budd says Aventure who is Dream of Glory eligible will be back on July 26th for the eliminations, and he expects another great performance from the son of muscle mass.  The colt is owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois. Fans at Hanover enjoyed 300 cupcakes and 300 tshirts in a t-shirt toss to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sires Stakes program.  Hanover also held its first Survivor handicapping qualifier.  Despite over 150 entries none of the fans in attendance qualified for the August 9th final.  The good news is fans have 3 more chances to qualify for a chance to win a high definition television courtesy of Country 93 radio.  Hanover Raceway features 10 live race’s and another chance to qualify for the Survivor handicapping contest on July 12th.  Post time is 7:15pm Gord Dougan  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 4 - Major Dancer and driver Chris Christoforou cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the $49,200 final of the Town Pro Pacing Series for harness racing three-year-old fillies, Friday night at Mohawk. Trained by Casie Coleman, Major Dancer captured the first leg of the Town Pro, but came up half a length short in the second leg despite closing with :26.3 speed. In the final, after getting away fifth, Christoforou didn't wait until the final turn to make his bid for the lead, as he sent Major Dancer first up nearing the half, which went in :55, seizing the command at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Major Dancer and Christoforou opened up a good lead and sailed to a 3 ¼ length victory. Palm Beach Hanover followed Major Dancer around the final turn and finish second, while Happily Ever was third. "Tonight I was a little bit worried when I had to go first up again," said Adriano Sorella, co-owner of Major Dancer, following the race. "She was game tonight. She looked good." The series finale victory improved Major Dancer's record to four wins in eight starts this season. Major Dancer was a half length short in the second leg of completing a Town Pro Series sweep, but Sorella said he wasn't too disappointed with the defeat in round two. "You can't be disappointed with her coming home like that. She was a little bit further behind last week, she was throwing her head before the gate, so she kind of missed the gate last week, but she raced real good and I was happy with what we had tonight." A daughter of Art Major-Two Steppin Sally, Major Dancer boosted her career bankroll to over $93,000 with the sixth victory of her career for owners West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Sorella. Sorella noted after the race that Major Dancer will now head to New York to compete in Sires Stakes action. Major Dancer paid $3.90 to win as the public choice. Mark McKelvie  

Due to impending weather and potentially unsafe track conditions, the card of racing scheduled for Northside Downs on Saturday has been cancelled. The afternoon race card included several divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes 3 year-old pacing colts and fillies. The Atlantic Sires Stakes events at Northside Downs have been re-scheduled to Saturday, July 12. The entries for the cancelled card of racing will be discarded and trainers are advised to re-enter their horses for the July 12 events. The entry box for the Atlantic Sires Stakes events will close on Wednesday at 10 and a new card will subsequently be drawn. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association PO Box 65 Port Hood NS B0E 2W0 Phone: 902.787.2869 Fax: 902.787.2214 www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca

In accordance with Section 25 of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has conditionally cancelled Sudbury Downs' ORC licence effective June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. There are certain financial terms and conditions that Sudbury Downs must meet before the licence is cancelled. For more information, please review the Notice posted on the ORC website by clicking here. Ontario Racing Commission  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carnivore capped off a Marc Campbell harness racing driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night's Atlantic Regional Driving Championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington, P.E.I. Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. "I'm feeling really good," Campbell said after the victory. "I had a good line up and the horses raced good. It's always close these kind of things and that's what makes it really exciting." Pictonian Press finished second to put Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot for the National's with 65 points, while PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points, finishing third in the competition. "It started out good and I just had good horses I guess," Ellis said. "After looking at the card I thought I had a shot and the horses came through." Jason Hughes finished fourth in the competition with 50 points, while Gilles Barrieau was fifth with 49 points followed by Todd Trites (41), Brodie MacPhee (31), Ryan Campbell (31) and Kevin Dillon (27). Hughes opened up the competition in race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory aboard Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess (Todd Trites) and Diagram Hanover (Ellis). Lyndale Royal captured race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas (Marc Campbell) and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead. Ultimate Labamba captured race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot to Marc Campbell with second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist (Gilles Barrieau) third. Rash B Havior delivered as the post time favorite in race 5 to widen the lead for driver Marc Campbell with Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden (Brodie MacPhee) third. Dance Hanover captured race 6 to propel Trites into third place with second in that race going to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee) and Joachim (Ryan Campbell) third. Race 7 had Darren Crowe bring himself into contention with a 1:57 victory aboard Barrett Jackson ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis). Its Handsome Hank captured race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behind Marc Campbell with Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) second and River Paradise (Hughes) third. Marc Campbell sat out race 10 to see Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Darren Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ryan Ellis) third. Marc Campbell and Ellis will join Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis Jr., Brandon Campbell, Jim Marino, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille in the National Driving Championship. The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with Bunny Mach capturing the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second with Prynne Hanover (Mike McGuigan) third. The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second with Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) third. By Nicholas Oakes  

Fresh off his victory in the Cecil Ladner Memorial series, All Turain will look to win one of New Brunswick's most coveted races on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway.   In line to Brodie MacPhee, All Turain has drawn post three in the Walter Dale Memorial Pace that carries with it a $5,000 purse. Owned by Lee & Trevor Hicken of Prince Edward Island, the pacer had reeled of ten straight wins dating back to last year.   He tastes defeat only once this year to another Walter Dale starter, Art of Illusion who will bust the gate from post five for owner David MacDonald and driver Darren Crowe.   Stare Down will leave from post one for driver Mike Downey and owner Dr. Mitchell Downey. J Rs Hurricane and driver Lonny Stokes leaves from post two for owner Jean Belliveau and driver Lonny Stokes. Modern Xhibit will have young Dale Spence on board from post four for Jonah Moase.   Bo Sowers ships in with two starters. Along with Art Of Illusion, Terem Up Louie will have the outside post six and Bo is listed to drive the pacer. In all, twelve races will be carded that will also feature the latest leg of the handicapping challenge.   Post time for race one is 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Three-year-old pacing colts from across the Maritimes will meet for some serious racing competition at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Three 'A' divisions of the pacing colts will each go for a purse pool of over $7000 and two 'B' divisions going for $2500 will round out the afternoon race card. This is Inverness Raceway's first opportunity this season to host an Atlantic Sires Stakes event and the lineup of colts slated to go behind the starting gate is guaranteed to offer exciting racing action. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan  

Dresden, June 25, 2014 -- Lucille Laprise says there's no better way to herald a new era at Dresden Raceway than to open the 2014 season on July 1. "It's Canada Day, so how much better can you have it than that? We think that's a perfect fit for us," said Laprise, the president of the Dresden Agricultural Society that has taken over management of the track from Windsor Raceway's parent company, Winrac Development Inc. This year marks the first time the agricultural society has run the track since Winrac began operating it in 1997. "Winrac wanted out and we wanted in. So, it was a perfect fit for us at this time. We want to run the races ourselves. We're quite encouraged about doing that and we're enthusiastic," Laprise said. "This is what we want to do to try to keep racing alive and well. I feel we owe it to the generations in the past that worked so hard to put it on and make it as good as it was. We owe it to the future to bring back everything and make it good for them... It would be a real shame to let that industry die. We don't want to be part of it dying. We want to be part of it growing and flourishing." The Dresden Agricultural Society brought in Greg Blanchard to be the track's general manager for the 11-race meet. Blanchard is the Raceway Manager at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London. "With Greg's help and everyone else at Western (Fair) we're going to do everything we can to bring back the Little Saratoga to what it used to be," Laprise said. Harness racing has been conducted in Dresden for over 140 years. "This year our Dresden Exhibition is 139 years old," Laprise said. "They were racing a few years before then." In the late-1800s, the Dresden Driving Club organized trials of speed at the track. In the early 1900s, locals gathered in the winter to watch races over the icy Sydenham River. After the 10-race Tuesday, July 1 card, racing will be conducted at Dresden on Sunday afternoons through Labour Day, the exception being the two holiday weekends. Dresden will race on the Aug. 4 civic holiday Monday and on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 1. Post time for all 11 cards of racing will be 1 p.m. "We felt that for this year, being newbie's in the racing ring, that 11 cards would be a good fit for us," Laprise said. "Hopefully next year we can do bigger and better." Gary Patterson will be back calling the races, which will also be video streamed at www.dresdenraceway.ca. "We've got great community involvement and the directors, the board, everybody is on side," Laprise said. "We've got great community support from all the other organizations, the other racetracks. They all want to see us do well. We really appreciate their support and their help and their encouragement." Laprise said it's been a lot of work to get ready for Opening Day, but there have been a lot of people pitching in to help. "The horsemen have been really supportive in helping us spruce up the place. A coat of paint here, cut the grass there," Laprise said. "We're just trying to clean it up and do the best we can. I know it's going to take time, but time is on our side." Plans are in the works, Laprise said, to bring back the free corn promotion on Labour Day that was a hit 15 years ago when Tom Joy and Joe McGorisk from the Windsor crew ran the track. In the meantime, Laprise's message to the public is: "come celebrate Canada Day with us. We'll make it worth their while. Tell people to wear their red and white, too. We're going to have a great big huge eight-foot cake we're sharing with everybody. We've got face painting and giveaways. It's really kind of like a family fun, fan appreciation day." Those who arrive early will receive a commemorative giveaway item (while supplies last) and programs will be available for just $1. The 'Wanna Drive' team will be on hand giving rides in their double-seater jog carts and a special Mini Horse race has been planned as well. By Dave Briggs, for Dresden Raceway                                              

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will feature the Future Stars of Racing on Saturday June 28 at 11:00 am. The two-year-old horses will strut their stuff on the racetrack while customers of all ages can enjoy hot dogs and pop from the trackside patio during the event. Trainers can enter their horses by Noon on Thursday June 26 at the race office or by calling 1.902.629.6634 Come see the Future Stars of Racing Saturday June 28, 2014 at 11:00am. Fillies and Mares Open to Andro Madi Charlottetown, PE- Andro Madi won the Fillies and Mares open pace Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mare stopped the timer in a dazzling 1:56 flat. Driver Dale Spence sent the Jonah Moase trainee to the front carving fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.2. General Luckypercy finished second with Stayoutofmyaffair closing for third. This was Andro Madi's fourth win from 17 starts this season. In other action, Sandhill Angel converted a pocket trip to score in the evening's trot class for driver Kenny Arsenault. Arsenault, who participated in the annual Hall of Fame golf tournament earlier in the day, did the driving for owner Glen Claybourne of Charlottetown. Driver Ron Matheson is only five victories away from career win 1,000 after taking top honors with Artners in Crime in race 10. Bobbi Jo Gaudet is the owner while Jackie Matheson trains. Driver Marc Campbell had a driving triple on tonight's program. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

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