At its meeting of January 30, 2014, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved the 2014 Horse Improvement Program (HIP) as recommended by the industry stakeholders and Program staff. Developed by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Advisory Groups, the 2014 programs will offer significant incentives to breed and own horses in Ontario. For the most part, the upcoming season will mirror the 2013 programs, providing consistency along with some improvements. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Horse Improvement Program Approved Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support
The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program is on track to provide an exciting season of racing. Developed by the Standardbred Advisory Group and approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, the 2014 OSS program will offer over $16.6 million in purses and just over $2.1 million in Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Program Announced Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support
TORONTO, February 3 - Harness racing driver Steve Byron, who was sidelined from the racetrack since last May, captured his first victory since his layoff on Monday evening at Woodbine. The 51-year-old guided Andreios Kardia to an off-the-pace victory for trainer James Madill in the opening dash on the 12-race programme in 1:55.1. The three-year-old son of Badlands Hanover paid $4.10 to win as the even-money favourite. Byron, a Thornton resident, suffered a fractured left knee and ligament damage in a qualifying race at Kawartha Downs on May 20, 2013. by Greg Gangle for WEG
TORONTO, January 24 - A pair of $15,000 divisions of the second round of the Blizzard Series highlighted the Friday evening programme at Woodbine. Rock N Roll Xample and Murrayfield provided victories in their respective divisions. In the first split, Rock N Roll Xample and Randy Waples got under the wire first in 1:56.2. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover laid parked on the outside at the opening quarter in :28.1, before clearing to the front and allowing post time favourite Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou) to brush to command in the second quarter. Miss Poppycock would continue to lead past the half in :58 with Stonebridge Classy (Phil Hudon) parked on the outside. Rock N Roll Xample would continue to enjoy a pocket trip through three-quarters in 1:26.3, before making her move down the stretch. Miss Poppycock was still in command turning for home, but in deep stretch the talented mare began to drift off the rail allowing Rock N Roll Xample a clear passing lane. Rock N Roll Xample continued her ground-saving trip and edged by her rival to win by one and three quarter lengths. My Victorino (Roger Mayotte) came from off-the-pace to finish third. Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample enjoyed her third career victory and a new lifetime best. Her career earnings now sit at $16,340. She paid $10.10 to win. After finishing second by a neck in last week's first leg of the series, even-money favourite Murrayfield and Keith Oliver went gate-to wire in 1:55.1 to take the second division. The daughter of Jeremes Jet led through panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.2, before fending off a challenge from pocket sitter Lyonsaura (Randy Waples) to win by one and a quarter lengths. Lyonsaura finished second, with Winbak Ella (Sylvain Filion) third. Trained by Murray Brethour for owner/breeder Dr. Huw Llewellyn, Murrayfield enjoyed her fifth career victory as her bankroll climbed to $50,860. She paid $4.10 to win. The Blizzard Series is for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The $30,000 (added) final is scheduled for Friday, January 31. Videos of all races are attached. Greg Gangle - WEG Communications
TORONTO, January 18 - Prior to the races on Saturday evening at Woodbine, racing fans and customers had the opportunity to meet with some of the finest drivers on the WEG Circuit. O'Brien Award finalist Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis, Jr. along with Anthony and James MacDonald greeted fans and offered their thoughts on the race card and beyond in a unique Q & A format. Beginning at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Woodbine grandstand, the session ran well within minutes of the first race with numerous questions being offered from fans and customers. Fans who could not attend offered their questions through Woodbine's Facebook page along with Twitter using the hashtag #AskTheDriver. Questions were also received via email (AskTheDriver@woodbineentertainment.com). The session can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the following link: http://bcove.me/afufedd6 Greg Gangle for WEG
TORONTO, January 17 - The opening round of the Blizzard Series got underway on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Twenty-eight three- and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares were showcased in three $15,000 divisions. In the opening division, Sayitall BB and Jody Jamieson won in a nail-biter for trainer Ron Burke in 1:54. With the victory, the swift pacer remains undefeated in six career starts as she set a new lifetime best in the process. Jamieson and Sayitall BB were parked on the outside through the opening panel in :26.4, set by Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou). As soon as Sayitall BB cleared to the front, Miss Poppycock quickly regained command to lead past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:26. Turning for home, the pair of heavy favourites separated themselves from their rivals and began to duke it out down the stretch. In the end, Miss Poppycock gave way to Sayitall BB in the final strides to win by a nose. Ignite The Nite (Randy Waples) finished third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Sayitall BB increased her bankroll to $29,350. She paid $3.70 to win. Sent off as the post time favourite, An Angel Shes Not, in rein to Paul Macdonell, came from off-the-pace to win in 1:56.3 to take the second division. Zip Car (Doug McNair) was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3 and would continue to set the pace past the half in :56.2. Lookers Destiny (Larry Small) remained parked on the outside for the mile, which gave cover to An Angel Shes Not as Zip Car led past three-quarters in 1:26.3. Down the stretch, Zip Car began to tire on the front end as An Angel Shes Not continued to grind away on the tempo-setter in deep stretch before getting up in the final strides. Twin B Amour (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained, owned and bred by David Snowden, An Angel Shes Not earned herself a new career best as she celebrated her second lifetime victory. Her bankroll now sits at $19,724. She paid $5.70 to win. Lyonsaura and Randy Waples provided the 3-1 minor upset to take the final division in 1:54.1. The pacing miss led from start to finish through panels of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4, before fending off post time favourite Murrayfield (Keith Oliver) down the stretch to score. Rock N Roll Xample (Billy Davis, Jr.) was a distant third. Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonsaura celebrated her second career victory as she earned a lifetime best. The daughter of Camluck now has earnings of $15,000. She paid $8.90 to win. The Blizzard Series is for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The second leg of the series is scheduled for Friday, January 24 with the $30,000 (added) final on Friday, January 31. Videos of most races attached. Some still pending. Greg Gangle
TORONTO, January 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the date of the Pepsi North America Cup, its spotlight Standardbred race, along with the rest of the $12 million 2014 harness racing stakes schedule. The 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup will offer a guaranteed purse of $1 million on Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk. The continent's finest three year-old pacers will line up behind the gate, with eliminations scheduled the week prior on June 7. Captaintreacherous captured the race, first staged in 1984, last year. The lucrative June 14 card offers a showcase for the continent's best horses across several divisions, including the $400,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $325,000 Roses Are Red for older pacing mares, the $270,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, the $225,000 Goodtimes for sophomore trotting colts and the $100,000 Gold Cup for older pacing horses. "We are enthusiastic about the 2014 racing season and proud to announce one of the finest stakes programs in North America," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice President of Racing. "Woodbine Entertainment Group plans to make this the best Pepsi North America Cup ever." Mohawk will once again play host to some of the continent's most prestigious Grand Circuit events. On July 19, the $550,000 Maple Leaf Trot, for older trotters, will be offered for a 62nd time. Market Share won the 2013 renewal. The $685,000 Metro Pace for two year-old pacing colts is set for Saturday, August 30. Ontario-owned, trained & driven Boomboom Ballykeel was victorous in the 2013 edition of the race. Co-featured on the rich Labour Day weekend card are the $650,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the $450,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes for juvenile pacing fillies. The Canadian Trotting Classic (CTC), for racing's best three year-old colt trotters, will take their positions behind the starting gate on Saturday, September 13 for a purse of $685,000. Royalty For Life won the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands en route to a score in the CTC last year. The $375,000 Peaceful Way final for two year-old trotting fillies, the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts and the $365,000 Elegantimage, for three-year-old filly trotters, are also featured on the mid-September weekend. The Grand Circuit stakes return to Woodbine for its Fall meet in October. The $1.9 million Fall Four (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup), will be contested on Saturday, October 25. These events were last held at Woodbine in 2010. Also in 2014, all finishers in the stakes finals will earn purse money. The winner will continue to receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those sixth through last will get 1% each. Those finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10%, respectively, of the remaining purse. Plus, if 11 horses or fewer declare to start in a stakes series, there will be no eliminations and all declared horses will advance directly to the final. Byes will no longer be issued in stakes events. The stakes nominating process begins February 15. For the entire stakes schedule click here: by Greg Gangle for WEG
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – “Caring for Your Equine Athlete” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014, will feature presentations by several equine industry experts. A special discount is extended to anyone whose registration and payment are postmarked by January 26, 2014. Adults may register for only $50 for the full-day program which includes continental breakfast and lunch, while children, students, and seniors may register for $20. After the deadline, prices increase to $65 and $35 respectively. “With the World Equestrian Games being held in Normandy, France this year, we thought this would be the perfect time to focus on the equine athlete,” says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. “Our goal in presenting this workshop is to give participants a glimpse into the life of a WEG rider and valuable advice for any equine athlete, whether it’s an international champion or a trusted lesson horse.” Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. The morning will start with a panel of top competitors from WEG disciplines, including endurance rider Meg Sleeper, combined driving/dressage rider Sara Schmitt, reiner Matthew Palmer, and eventer Carol Kozlowski. They will discuss their beginnings, ways for interested riders to get started in their disciplines, trials and tribulations of competing at an elite level, and of course they will be open to questions from the audience. Other topics and speakers will include “Getting Riders and Horses Ready for WEG” by Jim Wolf, with Wolf Sports Group, consultant to USEF; “Saddle Fitting for All Disciplines” by Rick Wills and Charlie O’Brien from Rick’s Saddle Shop; “Conditioning for Your Equestrian Sport” by Dr. Meg Sleeper, cardiology veterinarian for the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and “Hoof Balance and Horse Performance” by Patrick Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters. Complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure are posted on the Equine Science Center website at esc.rutgers.edu. For more information, contact Laura Gladney at 848-932-3229, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Carey Williams at 848-932-5529, email@example.com. About Rutgers Equine Science Center The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is Better Horse Care through Research and Education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry. For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit esc.rutgers.edu.
Longtime owner, breeder and trainer Harold Merriam has passed away following a brief battle with cancer. The native of Nova Scotia was 80. Merriams wife Lexie passed in 1999 and he survived by daughters Cecilia and Sheila and son Essex, along with four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is the uncle of Pauline Johnson, wife of trainer Bob Johnson. It was all of the sudden, Sheila explained. He was very healthy and still training and riding. He became sick around Thanksgiving and went in for some tests and they found the lymphoma. Bob Johnson was spending a great deal of time with Harold of late, noting his spirits were still very high. Up until very recently he was still training and also riding his beloved Buckskin Prince on the trails. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. When interviewed last year by Leighton Worthey, Merriam was asked about his favorite memory in racing. That would be Almond King, he said. He won the Great Western Pace in 1983. It was Cal Expos most valuable race at the time and I remember Lloyd Arnold presenting the trophy. Almond King was a son of Lumber King who was owned, trained and bred by Merriam. He won 23 of his 77 starts, earned $193,000 and had a 1:55 4/5 lifetime mark. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness
TORONTO, January 13 â€“ Woodbine Racetrack played host to a trio of Snowshoe Series divisions as the opening round got underway for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Monday evening. Hopiesdragninthedo kicked off the 12-race programme with a 1:55 score in the first $15,000 division. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Dragon Again sat In The Pocket before the opening station in :26.4, set by Lucky Nadotremblay (James MacDonald), before taking over command. Hopiesdragninthedo continued to lead his seven rivals past the half in :56.2. Post time favourite, Brother John (Jody Jamieson), angled out from fourth to begin the first-over attack around the final turn and was stalking on the outside of Hopiesdragninthedo past three-quarters in 1:25.1. Down the stretch, the pair separated themselves from the field, but it was Hopiesdragninthedo getting the edge over Brother John in deep stretch to win by three quarters of a length. Greystone Moe (Sylvain Filion) came from off-the-pace to finish third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owners Carolyn Jarrell and Arlene MacIntyre, Hopiesdragninthedo earned his second career tally and increased his bankroll to $28,975. The gelding has started off his 2014 season in fine form with a 1-1-0 record from two starts. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Even-money favourite Ontario Success started off the Pick 4 in the second division with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Ontario Success was in no hurry at the start as Machin Money (Jonathan Drury) was quickest to the front past the opening station in :27.3. With the field well strung out, Machin Money continued to set the pace past the half in :57. Ontario Success found himself sitting well back in sixth, 13 and a half lengths off the pace, with second-choice KG Dragonator (Phil Hudon) on his helmet. Ontario Success began a first-over attack heading towards three-quarters, while Zark (Doug McNair) angled out of the two-hole attacking Machin Money before three-quarters in 1:26.1. Turning for home, Machin Money began to tire as the backfield was quickly closing in. Ontario Success was able to split between horses and fended off challenger KG Dragonator on the outside to win by one and three quarter lengths. Meetyouatmidnight (Billy Davis, Jr.) came on for third. Trained by Tony Oâ€™Sullivan for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm, Ontario Success earned his third career victory as his lifetime earnings now sits at $37,384. The four-year-old son of Lis Mara paid $4.10 to win. In the final division, heavily favoured Littlebitaclass and Jody Jamieson clicked in 1:54.4. Jamieson and the son of Santanna Blue Chip settled away in third as Tex (Roger Mayotte) quickly gained control before the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading towards the half, Littlebitaclass was pulled to the outside and marched to the front at the half in :56.4. From there, the six-time winner led his eight rivals past three-quarters in 1:25.3 and fended off a late challenge from Tex to win by half a length. Dreydl Hanover (Keith Oliver) finished third. Trained by David Menary for owner Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Howard Taylor, Littlebitaclass increased his bankroll to $25,925. He paid $4.40 to win. The Snowshoe series is for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The second $15,000 leg of the series will take place on Monday, January 20 with the $30,000 (added) final on Monday, January 27. Videos of all races are attached Greg Gangle WEG Communications
Charlottetown, PE - "Pinner and Campbell unstoppable at Charlottetown" boomed track announcer Vance Cameron as the pacer extended his winning streak to eight Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The time of the mile was 1:59 flat for Pinner. Judges rated the CDP oval as good with a one second variant due to rain when the feature race went behind the starting gate. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed a driving triple to take the lead in the driver standings in 2014, sent the Brian Ladner trainee to front yielding briefing to Cambest Kisser on route to the opening quarter in a stiff 28.3 before re-claiming command of the tempo through splits of 59.2 and 1:30.1. The one length charted victory was over Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) while Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) completed the triactor. The 3-4-6 combination returned $43.90. Pinner is owned by Brian, Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Mcmaverick beat Camcun by a nose to claim the back-up class in 1:58 for the fastest mile of the day. Ken Murphy engineered the trip for owner - trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Wonderous Hanover, in line to Mike McGuigan, delivered as the post time favorite in the trot class. The mare is owned by Mitchell Tierney, Cornwall and William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. Miramonttogo delighted long shot players when driver Irwin Neill was able to rally the pacer to score in race 6. The win ticket paid $88.70. For complete results and replays go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Signature 'Battle' races get a purse bump at Grand River Raceway ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2014 signature races will receive a bump in purse money over 2013 offerings, and the nomination process will return to a three-payment format. The 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and 6th annual Battle Of The Belles will be raced during the track's annual Industry Day Celebration, on Monday, August 4 at 1:30 p.m. The Battle Of Waterloo final (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) will be contested for an estimated $180,000. In 2013, the race went for $144,500 and was won by Three Of Clubs, for O'Brien Award nominees Gregg McNair and Doug McNair. The local father-son-trainer-driver duo also won the 2013 Battle Of The Belles (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies). Lady Shadow took the lion's share of the $75,400 purse. In 2014, the race will be contested for an estimated $120,000. Both races return to a three-payment eligibility system, beginning with nominations which must be postmarked no later than February 18. While both races (including the eliminations, consolations and finals) will be contested at Grand River Raceway, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will handle the stakes administration. As noted on the nomination forms, all payments must be made payable to, and sent to, WEG. To download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races click here.: For stakes administration inquiries, please contact at Kim Neelands at 416-675-7223 ext. 4306. Kelly Spencer
London, January 3, 2014 -- With the absence of a couple of major tracks on the Friday night schedule, The Raceway at Western Fair District took full advantage putting up a handle of $536,725 - the highest single night total in more than a decade. A pair of guaranteed pool pick-4 wagers and a large carryover into the late Super Hi-5 helped spur the large pari-mutuel pools. It was a big start to the 2014 season for the London oval and marks the fourth time in the last five programs that The Raceway has topped the $400,000 mark in handle. “That is just an amazing number for us to put up, especially on Friday which is traditionally our lightest night in terms of wagering,” said Racing and Gaming Manager Greg Blanchard. “With a couple of the major tracks like Woodbine and Northfield not racing, it presented an opportunity and it is encouraging to see our customers respond.” Live racing resumes this Monday afternoon at The Raceway with first post at 4:05 p.m. Free programs for Monday’s card are available atwww.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The king of Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park continued his winning ways Saturday afternoon. Marc Campbell had five driving wins on card, including getting Pinner his sixth win in a row in the afternoon top class. The heavily favored Pinner went to front in the $2,200 event and laid down fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4, and 1:30.2 before closing in 28.3 for a 1:59 victory over Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes) and McJestic (Corey MacPherson). Pinner is co-owner and trained by Brian Ladner with co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. Campbell's other wins came with April Dawns Star (2:01.3), Rebelryan (2:02.2), Seawind Rianna (2:04.3) and Teddys Place (2:02.1). The day's performance gives Campbell 123 wins at Charlottetown for the year, just seven short of his all-time win record of 130, but there is only one card left on the calendar year. Camcun captured the afternoon $1,750 back-up pace in 1:59.1 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault, who co-owns with Dan Belliveau of Halifax. Second went to Cambest Kisser (Hughes) with McMaverick (Ken Murphy) third. The race 9 Buck Barker retirement pace went to Capitalism and trainer-driver Hughes in 2:01.2 over Sterling Seelster (Campbell) and Painted Pony (Gary Chappell). The four-year-old son of Tell All is owned by Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. Dunmore Alpha scored in the $1,100 trot class in 2:06.3 over Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Incredible Her Bee (Campbell). The 10-year-old son of Black River is owned, trained and driven by Ted Smallwood of Stratford. Hughes had three wins as a trainer-driver, while Arsenault had a pair of driving wins from his own stable. Total bet for the 13-dash program was $26,059. Live racing continues Tuesday night at 7 pm for New Year's Eve celebrations. By Nicholas Oakes
TORONTO, December 28 - Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau retained their titles as Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) leading harness racing driver and trainer, respectively, after the 2013 Standardbred racing season came to a close Saturday night at Woodbine. Filion finished with 248 wins at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks, five in front of Scott Zeron, who had 243 victories, while Jody Jamieson was third with 213, including a pair on the final night. Moreau collected his third WEG training title after winning 126 races. Jeff Gillis had 81 wins, while Carmen Auciello wound up third with 76 victories. Filion, who lives in Milton, had to share his first WEG driver championship with Jody Jamieson in 2012, each with 284 wins. But this year he stands alone. "This past year has been a memorable one for me both on and off the track," said Filion. "I drove many terrific horses and am very thankful for the opportunity. Winning with Boomboom Ballykeel (in the $683,000 Metro Pace for trainer Richard Moreau) was certainly unexpected and that was a great thrill. Off the track, my wife and I adopted a baby and that's something very special." The 44-year-old Filion, who also led all drivers in purse earnings on the WEG circuit with over $5.3 million, is seeking a second consecutive O'Brien Award as Canada's Top Driver, an honour he earned for the first time for his accomplishments last year. The 49-year-old Moreau, who captured his first WEG title in 2010, also led all trainers in purse earnings with over $2.5 million. The Puslinch, Ontario resident is an O'Brien Award finalist for Canada's Trainer of the Year. Live racing returns to Woodbine on Monday, January 6 and continues on a three-day-a-week schedule (Monday, Friday and Saturday). First race post time is 7:25 p.m. Videos of all Saturday night races are attached.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The beat goes on for Pinner as he looks for six-in-a-row Thursday afternoon as Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park holds its Boxing Day card. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash affair. Pinner gets the services of maritime leading dash winner Marc Campbell, who will hold the lines for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three has post 4 in the race 12 $2,200 feature event. Other entries include Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Toad River (Ken Murphy), Blue Meadow Willie (Bob MacInnis), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Artist List (Mark Bradley). The afternoon back-up class has Sterling Seelster favored to win in race 9 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Mitchell Tierney and owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Capitalism (Hughes) will provide a strong challenge with rail control while Ebandtheboys (Muprhy) is picked for third from post 6. That race is named in honor of retiring pacer Buck Barker, who will retire after an iron tough racing career, with 50 wins from 295 starts and $114,820 in career earnings. The 12-year-old son of Keystone Raider was claimed for $6,500 on April 4, 2007 at Flamboro Downs, subsequently making 185 of his career starts on P.E.I. for his new connections. The ownership duo vowed to retire the horse once he got lifetime win number 50, which they did after his Nov. 10 victory in Summerside. Buck Barker will lead the race 9 post parade, then score down before visiting the winner's circle one last time for a cooler presentation. Incredible Her Bee will look to deliver in the race 4 trot class for a purse of $1,100 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Tim McKinnon and owner Len Kordy of Kingston, Ont. The four-year-old daughter of Here Comes Herbie has post 4 and will have to battle off a field including Mile Hill Belle (Brian MacPhee), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood), and Sandhill Angel (Kenny Arsenault). JK Queen was the morning line favorite, but is scratched from the afternoon event after making breaks in her last two starts, now having to qualify. Catch all the action live at www.redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores