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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a drop in class out of the Open mares harness racing ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in the Thursday evening top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in race 9 of the card with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Miss Sangria has post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver's seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaves from post 7 fresh off a second place finish in 1:57.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper for his top pick. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares," MacIsaac said. "Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off." Also in the field are Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). Race 7 is the Accreon PEI pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from post 8 fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning line favourite from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face off with five challengers in his Thursday evening assignment. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Swift early fractions poised Rock Diamonds N and 21-year-old New England native Mitchell Cushing to rip through the field and claim victory in the 60th renewal of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 as reports by Standardbred Canada. The inside three starters shot for the front with Bet On Brett brushing quickest to the top. Trial-winner Sir Pugsley sat second while Bettors Fire N, driven by Mitchell’s father Ron Cushing, ducking to third. Rock Diamonds N sat sixth past a :26.3 opening quarter and glided along the cones as Bettors Fire N pulled first over into a :54.1 half. Pacesetter Bet On Brett began to retreat up the backside. Sir Pugsley pulled pocket to take command while Bet On Brett got circled by defending champion Somewhere Fancy, with Lisburn stacked three wide and Midway Island, the other trial winner, four wide. Sir Pugsley passed three-quarters in 1:23.2 but clung to the lead as Somewhere Fancy and Lisburn loomed closer and eventually moved to the front turning for the finish. Rock Diamonds N remained at the pylons and shot through the open stretch to power past everyone and stop the clock in 1:51.4. Somewhere Fancy finished second while Lisburn took third. “I really thought my dad’s [horse] was going to step around Sir Pugsley, but we got a nice spot that opened up,” Cushing said after the race. “They all left out of there real hard, so I just took back and, after that, you just have to go with instinct—what you see with the other as they’re running out of gas and whatnot.” Winning his eighth race from 16 starts this season and his 24th from 62 overall, Rock Diamonds N races for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi and has earned $282,362. Mitchell Cushing, growing up driving at the fairs in Maine and now the leading driver at Plainridge Park in Massachusetts, won in his first start in the Gold Cup & Saucer. “I thought Fryeburg Fair was pretty cool,” Cushing said, “but this is completely different. This is like what you see at a professional sports game.” Father Ron had driven Rock Diamonds N in all his stateside starts previously, including when the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding finished second as the favourite to Sir Pugsley in his trial last week. Ron, siding with Bettors Fire N in the final, invited Mitchell to drive the eventual winner while Bettors Fire N finished off the board. “We’re the biggest competitors,” Cushing said of racing against his father. “If we’re in against each other, I can’t wait to beat him because it means my paycheck is more than his. I wanted to beat him more than anybody on the racetrack tonight.” Rock Diamonds N returned $12.80 to win. From Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The field is set for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final Saturday and Sir Pugsley will leave from the coveted rail in the finale of Old Home Week 2019 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. A winner in Trial 2 in 1:52.4, Sir Pugsley will leave from Post 1 after drawing the position during the official ceremony featuring the Gold Cup and Saucer ambassadors. Jason Hughes drove Sir Pugsley to his trial victory for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. Trial 1 winner Midway Island will leave from Post 7 in the 60th edition of the Gold Cup and Saucer for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Rachel Andrew. The Maine duo of Bettors Fire N and Rock Diamonds N will leave from Posts 2 and 6, respectively, in the $60,000 race set for midnight on Saturday evening. Post positions Post – Horse – Trainer 1 – Sir Pugsley – Patrick Shepherd 2 – Bettors Fire N – Heidi Gibbs 3 – Bet On Brett – Rene Allard 4 – Somewhere Fancy – Rene Allard 5 – Lisburn – Robert Cleary 6 – Rock Diamonds N – Heidi Gibbs 7 – Midway Island – Rachel Andrew 8 – National Debt – Jackie Matheson by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — Blasting off the gate from the start, Midway Island and driver Travis Cullen carved out a perfect trip to hit the winner’s circle Saturday night in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1. Leaving from Post 5 in the $12,500 race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, Midway Island left hard and struck the front before releasing race favourite – and defending champion – Somewhere Fancy (Marc Campbell) to the front at the first quarter of 28.1. Midway Island then rode the two-hole through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.2, before powering past in the stretch to win by one-and-a-half lengths in 1:52.1. Somewhere Fancy finished second with Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) third and National Debt (Gilles Barrieau) fourth to secure spots in Saturday’s big race. Levis Day (Robert Shepherd), Doctor Royal (David Dowling) and Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) finished fifth to seventh, respectively, while Make Some Luck (Jody Jamieson) made a break at the half-mile marker and was eighth. They will race in the James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation on Friday night. Trained by Miltonvale Park native Rachel Andrew, Midway Island is a new acquisition for the trainer, who co-owns the horse with boyfriend Travis Cullen of Dundas, Ont. Midway Island arrived at their Ontario farm a week before the race in Charlottetown, from his former Pennsylvania home of the Ron Burke stable. “Looking at the program, I figured I could leave out and Marc Campbell would keep coming, so that was the best trip to just make the final,” Cullen said after Saturday’s race. “We’ve only had the horse for a few days and Rachel has done a tremendous job with him. I’ve had nothing to do with him. He couldn’t get a better trip.” When the horse arrived in Ontario, Cullen trained the horse over his half-mile farm track and Midway Island made a break in the final turn. “I had a 62-inch hopple on because we always like letting their hopples out with a new horse but then he made a break,” the driver said. “So, I said, ‘We better not do that’. He raced tonight with a tight hopple on and was terrific, so we’re not worried about that.” A native of Manitoba, Cullen admits the Gold Cup and Saucer is not as big of a deal to him as it is to his partner. “It doesn’t mean as much to me as it does Rachel, but, at the same time, it does because of Brian,” Cullen said of Andrew’s late father and the master of Meridian Farms, who passed away in December. “Growing up, I always watched big races like this. I don’t have grand circuit horses so, for the horses I race, this is as top as it gets.” Fittingly enough, Cullen was at Meridian Farms Saturday before the race and realized he forgot a long sleeve shirt to wear under his suit. “Just wear this,” Rachel said while tossing him a sweater. Cullen put it on and said, “Yeah, it’s OK. Where did you get this?” “It was my dad’s,” Rachel responded. “He was always like a second dad to me,” Cullen said during the interview Saturday night. “He was always looking out for you.” Cullen is adamant if Midway Island finds the winner’s circle in the final it will be all because of Rachel and in memory of her father. “I just kinda let her do her own thing,” he said. “She puts so much time into them. You couldn’t ask for someone to do a better job.” by Nicholas Oakes, for the Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The ‘King’ of Island racing was top driver of the Thursday evening program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell recorded three wins on the Thursday card including the $2,250 Open trot. Freddie prevailed in that class in 2:00 in a neck decision over Hop Up (Driven by Corey MacPherson) while Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) finished third. Campbell trains Freddie for Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Campbell’s first win of the night came with another trotter from his Charlottetown stable as Incredible Hally took a maiden record of 2:05.1. The two-year-old daughter of Angus Hall delivered on her post time promise as the betting favourite. The night was closed out as Campbell teamed up with the Michel Allard trained Imagine Speed to win a division of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series in 1:58 and extend the driver’s lead on the dash win title to 59 on the season at the capital oval. The other Alpine split was won by Leaving A Legacy in 1:59.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Patrick Shepherd. The race 6 Grant Thornton Pace went to Bettorthanbobbie in 1:59.3 for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The open trot has been hotly contested all season at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Thursday evening looks like some relief for former champion Freddie. The 10-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. featuring the Open trot and the Alpine $5,000 claiming series. A compact field of five contest the race 7 Open trot for a $2,250 purse. Freddie leaves from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The seven-year-old Majestic Son trotter has recorded five wins and four seconds from 11 seasonal outings and will not have to contend with Majian Tango or Star Photo this week in the top trot. Hop Up will be the major threat to Freddie on Thursday evening as driver Corey MacPherson guides the Keith Campbell trained daughter of Tad The Stud from post 4 fresh off a second place finish race timed in 1:59.4. Also in the field is Suicide Shift (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Scary Good (Gilles Barrieau). Race 6 is the Grant Thornton pace with Bettorthanbobbi riding a two-race win streak into post 1 as the morning line favourite in the $1,800 event. Mark Bradley will drive the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. The Alpine $5,000 claiming series has a pair of divisions on the program both boasting $1,900 purses in races 8 and 10. Preferred Pacers Battle On Old Home Week Opener CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Old Home Week 2019 officially kicks off Friday evening with a 10-dash presentation at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The busiest week of the year in Atlantic Canadian racing has its official beginning on the Friday evening card with first race post time at 6:30 P.M. The top event of the evening is the race 9 preferred 2 pace styled the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial pace sponsored by the Charlottetown Vet Clinic. Red Magician comes into the $2,750 event fresh off a 1:55.2 victory at Red Shores Summerside off of a pocket ride and gets post 1 Friday for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Governor's Plate finalist Screen Test has post 3 for driver Corey MacPherson after cutting out his most recent mile but fading late to finish seventh. Top Inverness pacer Intended Royalty ships in from Cape Breton to leave from post 4 with Marc Campbell set to steer the pacer for trainer Randy Copley. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will expect Screen Test to bounce back to his former Invitational form and hit the wire first. "Screen Test burned a ton of money last week when he packed it in late but maybe it just wasn't his day," MacIsaac said. "Don't lose sight of the fact that he's been facing the bearcats all summer and holding his own. He'll be looking to redeem himself tonight." Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) and Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault). Woodmere Chella headlines the top mares pace on the card in the race 10 finale with a $2,200 purse on the line. Dowling drives the four-year-old daughter of Articulator for trainer Mike Dowling and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. The mare drops out of the Open mares ranks into Friday's contest and draws post 6. Other top entries include West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) and Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of red hot win streaks collide in the top harness racing pace of the Saturday evening card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday presentation kicks off at 6 P.M. and the $3,000 preferred pace lines up in race 12. Rose Run Quest comes into the race with four straight wins down on his program for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. A winner in the Governor's Plate final at Red Shores Summerside and the Lindsay Construction Cup at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, Rose Run Quest will have to face a new foe on Saturday in Sock It Away, who has yet to finish worse than second since coming home to the East Coast. Sock It Away sits on a pair of wins currently including a 1:53.2 lifetime best performance but the four-year-old son of Pang Shui has yet to meet Rose Run Quest in racing action this year. Corey MacPherson will drive Sock It Away for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is giving the edge to Rose Run Quest off his 1:52.1 Truro Raceway track record performance. "Rose Run Quest has dominated the free for all ranks throughout the Maritimes over the past month and if it's possible, he seems to be getting better with every start," MacIsaac said. "There doesn't seem to be anything to stand in his way." Also in the preferred field is Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Down On My Luck (Walter Cheverie), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes). Tobinator is the morning line favourite in the $1,900 race 6 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia pace. Corey MacPherson drives the Trevor Hicken trainee for owner Bill Hicken of Vernon Bridge. The five-year-old was a second place finisher in 1:55 in his latest outing. The TD Canada Trust pace hits the track in race 8 as Mach Of Ballykeel (Campbell) look to overcome post 8 as the morning line favourite in the $1,500 class. Races 4 and 7 will see the top pacing mares on the East Coast battle in a pair of $2,700 Open Mares classes. Jordies Hope is the favourite in race 4 with David Dowling back in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner from post 6. Sodwana Bay is picked for the top spot in race 7 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. For race programs, promotional plays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Czar Seelster Headlines Sunday Afternoon Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - The sophomore takes on the veteran on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will play host to 11-dashes on Sunday with the first race of the presentation going postward at 1 P.M. The race 10 preferred 2 pace is the top event of the day for a $2,800 purse with 2018 Governor's Plate winner Czar Seelster the top choice from post 5 with Mike McGuigan picking up the drive for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. The 10-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal shows 1:54-1:55 down his program page but will face a fresh challenge on Sunday afternoon in three-year-old pacer Manatario from post 2. Alex Sobey trains and drives Mantario for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. The sophomore son of Sportwriter has been superb lately including a 1:54.3 victory on Governor's Plate night with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. Adkins Hanover has post 3 in the contest with P.E.I.'s leading female driver, Ambyr Campbell, back in the race bike for trainer Trevor Hicken. The fast leaving son of Western Ideal saw his last victory on July 7 at Red Shores Summerside. Also in the field is Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up class of the program goes behind the gate in race 8 with a $2,400 purse at stake. Dangle Ona Dime gets rail control in the event with Corey MacPherson back in the bike after steering the son of Pang Shui to a 1:55.4 lifetime best in his latest start. Duane MacEachern trains Dangle Ona Dime for owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. Top contenders in the field include Red Magician (Adam Merner) and Noudidnt Blue Chip (Mike McGuigan). Driver Jason Hughes will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores TV network. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race programs, replays, promotional plays and more including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away was the star of the show on a special harness racing program featuring Harness The Hope Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday card was a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of P.E.I. in support of breast cancer. HP Rubis Joyce captured the first dash of the evening in a special field featuring five female horses with five females drivers as Ambyr Campbell steered the daughter of Perfect Union to a 1:58.4 win for trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Second went to Avid Yankee (Driven by Natasha Day) while Cougar Gal (Tammy MacKay) cut out the mile to finish third. Sock It Away starred in the $3,100 preferred pace presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, as the Reg MacPherson owned pacer won in 1:54 from off-the-pace. Marc Campbell was in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean as Sock It Away recorded win number 30 of his career. Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner) rallied for second with Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau) racing well for third place on a night his fundraising efforts heavily supported. The Harness The Hope night raised $43,068! Corey MacPherson had three wins on the special card as Er Quinn won in 1:58.1 for Jeff Holmes of Orwell, Rockstar Drums was a 1:57.4 winner for Vaughan Doyle of Charlottetown and Spack Jarrow scored a 26-1 upset in 1:59.4 from the Raymond White of Belfast. The wager on the card was $49,535 For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A cagey harness racing veteran will take on a pair of four-year-olds fresh off the biggest trips of their lives in the preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Harness The Hope night. The 14-dash action packed card has a 6 P.M. first race post time. Red Shores Charlottetown is the host location for the 1st annual Harness the Hope. The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of PEI in support of breast cancer. The evening will feature many special trackside presentations, auction items, merchandise, prize draws and even the Bouncy Pony stakes featuring harness racing drivers riding inflatable ponies after race 3. Customers can also buy keys to see if their key will open one of the pink boxes filled with grand prizes. A field of five female drivers, dressed in pink, will compete with five female horses to kick off Harness The Hope night in race 1. The top female driver in Eastern Canadian harness racing, Clare MacDonald, has the rail with Scoot Out Of Here, while Charlottetown's Ambyr Campbell leaves from post 2 with HP Rubis Joyce. Avid Yankee has post 3 with Ontario catch driver Natasha Day flying in for the night, and Nova Scotia's Tammy MacKay drives Cougar Gal from post 4. Completing the field is Marie Brooking of Ontario driving Bugtown Superstar from post 5. In other racing action, the race 13 preferred pace, presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, carries a $3,100 purse and Euchred is pegged the morning line favourite from post 3 with David Dowling back in the bike for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The seven-year-old son of Shadow Play has hit the board in his last four outings since his last win on June 15, but will be looking for the top spot in Saturday's contest. Half Cut has rail control as the four-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror was just a third place finisher Saturday evening in the Lindsay Construction Cup Invitational at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, pacing his own mile in 1:52.4 for driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. Sock It Away was superb his last start in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown but has post 7 to contend with for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Kevin MacLean. The four-year-old son of Pang Shui was never better than he was that night as he took a new record of 1:53.2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac agrees with the morning line analysis and will side with Euchred to land on top of the ticket. "Euchred hasn't been able to set up shop on the front end in recent starts and that's greatly contributed to four straight races without a win, an eternity for this guy," MacIsaac said. "He has a much better chance of getting there tonight from this favourable post and if so, it could be all over." Also in the field is Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner), Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Burn Out Hanover (Dale Spence) and Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau). The Rollwithitharry racing team will also present a cheque in honor of Harness The Hope after ownership shares were sold on the stallion to raise money for the fundraiser. Driver Gilles Barrieau will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Lee Drake. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For live programs, and further details go to www.Redshores.ca.   Stakes Bonanza Sunday At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top two year-old pacers and the top stakes trotters on the Eastern Seaboard will converge on Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for stakes action. The 13-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring stakes contests in every race. The Callbeck stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies start the day off in race 1 as Saulsbrook Ocean leaves from post 3 in the $7,100 event with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S. The daughter of Westwardho Hanover was a winner her latest start in 1:59.3 in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. The other $7,100 Callbeck filly divisions line up in races 5, 9 and 12. Woodmere Rollnpop was large in his Atlantic Sires Stakes division last week at Truro but has to overcome the outside post 7 in his $6,900 Callbeck two-year-old pacing colt division in race 13. Clare MacDonald will again handle her trainee in the field of seven after a 1:58.1 lifetime best on July 19. Other $6,900 Callbeck rookie pacing colt divisions go postward in races 3, 7 and 11 on the Sunday program. In trotting action, Mabou Ridge will try to remain perfect in his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in race 2 with MacDonald again at the controls. The son of Armbro Barrister has yet to taste defeat in his two career tries. Go With Her and trainer-driver Kuri White is favoured in the second two-year-old trot Callbeck split in race 6. Also on the card is the Tyndale Semple Memorial stake for three-year-old trotters with $5,700 divisions in races 4, 8 and 10. The fastest Maritime Bred trotter ever on the East Coast, Gettin Messi, has rail control in race 8 with Mike McGuigan handling the driving duties for trainer Len McGuigan. Driver Jason Hughes will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes and Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The harness racing Jim Ripley stable remained red hot on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Shipping in from Amherst, N.S., Ripley's trotters both prevailed on the card including a second straight win for Majian Tango in the $2,250 Open Trot. Time of the mile was 1:59.4 this week in the top trot for Majian Tango, who chased down pacesetter and eventual third place finisher Star Photo (Driven by Jason Hughes) in the stretch while Freddie (Walter Cheverie) came up the passing lane to finish second. Ripley's other win came with the four-year-old full-brother to Majian Tango as Majian Gilroy scored his third straight trip to the winner's circle while handling his foes in 2:00.4 in his $2,050 trot class. Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S, owns both horses. Rockin Indy won the $2,500 top pace on the card with a 1:58.1 victory with Ken Murphy in the bike for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Jeb (Hughes) was second while IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) finished third. Elm Grove Misty was sent to the lead and stayed there in the race 6 Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace. Dave Kelly supplied the steer behind his trainee for the 1:58.2 victory at 16-1 odds for owner Charlene Cypher of Springvale. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A rookie takes on the harness racing veterans in Thursday evening's top pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The race 10 top class sees a tight knit group of seven vying for the $2,500 pot. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash Thursday card. Rookie driver Zach Conway searches for his first lifetime win in the top event leaving from post 3 with Noudidnt Blue Chip for owner-trainer Neal Moase of Warren Grove. The six-year-old son of Roll With Joe last competed in the Governor's Plate consolation at Red Shores Summerside and will attempt to give Bonshaw driver Conway a start to his career after the pacer already has five wins this season on P.E.I. IC True Grit comes into the event off four straight top two finishes with Mike McGuigan driving the morning line favourite from post 6. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) rides a two-race win streak into post 5 while Jeb (Jason Hughes) has rail control while dropping out of the preferred 2 class. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to go a different route as he sides with post 2 starter Eagle Jolt who will have Walter Cheverie subbing in for regular driver Marc Campbell. "Eagle Jolt tends to lag at the start but he's a rallying threat so if he gets some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up," MacIsaac said. Also in the field are Rockin Indy (Ken Murphy) and Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault). Majian Tango will look to replicate his Open trot victory from last Thursday in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. Jim Ripley is back in the bike for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S., starting from post 4 with Majian Tango. Star Photo (Hughes) has post 3 this week while Freddie (Cheverie) starts from post 5. Race 6 is the Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace and Medici Hanover will look for redemption after making a break as the favourite Sunday afternoon at Summerside. Gilles Barrieau is back in the race bike for the Thursday card and will drive Medici Hanover from post 4 for trainer Don Milligan of Tyne Valley. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away turned in the biggest performance of the night and his driver dominated the rest of the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson made five trips to the winner's circle on the Saturday card including a devastating 1:53.2 victory in the $3,000 Preferred pace with Sock It Away. The Kevin Maclean trained son of Pang Shui was sent to the lead by MacPherson as the post time favourite and delivered splits of 28, 56.2 and 1:24.3 before stopping the clock in 1:53.2 for a new career best time. Euchred (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was second while Czar Seelster (Mike McGuigan) was third. The win was number 29 for Sock It Away, who boosted his career bankroll to over $127,000 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. MacPherson started the night off with an early double as Knockout Punch captured the opener in 1:59.1 for trainer Kevin Gillis of Charlottetown, then Painted Desert was a winner in 1:59.2 for trainer Kerry Taylor of Stratford. Hysteria delivered win number three for the Cornwall driver as he sizzled the historic oval in 1:54.2 from the Michael Gallant stable, then the Stephen Gass trained Screen Test captured the $2,700 Preferred 2 pace in line to MacPherson in 1:55.4. Tempo Seelster won the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Ken Murphy stopping the clock in 1:56.1 for trainer Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Trainer Gillis had two wins on the card as he won the opener and then the finale with JK Express (Cheverie) in 2:00.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being shouldered with the far outside in his Governor's Plate elimination and the final, Euchred will breath a slight sigh of relief looking at the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Michael Dowling trained pacer will leave from post 5 in a field of six entrants in the race 10 preferred pace with first race post time at 6 P.M. for the 11-dash card. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch drive on Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., as he squares off with five foes in the $3,000 event including two other Governor's Plate finalists. Czar Seelster leaves from post 3 in the preferred pace with Mike McGuigan subbing in for regular driver Kenny Arsenault after finishing sixth in Prince County's biggest race. Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire has post 6 with trainer Wade Sorrie electing to drive himself on Saturday evening after the horse was fifth in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final last Saturday. Sock It Away has rail control with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean, as the son of Pang Shui sports a win and a second in just two East Coast starts this season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look to the post draw of Euchred as he places him in the top spot. "Euchred has battled outside posts for the better part of the year against the best in the Maritimes but you'd never know it looking at his summary, 10 top three finishes from 11 tries," MacIsaac said. "With this being the closest he's been to the rail in a month we'll treat him as the one to beat." Also in the field is Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race 6 of the evening is the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Hes Marvalous the morning line favourite in the $2,500 class from post 3 with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The six-year-old son of Delmarvalous failed to get a cheque in Governor's Plate elimination and consolation action but had a solid summary of on-the-board finishes beforehand. Other top entries are Give Em Heck (Matheson) and JJ Powerball (Sorrie). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Alexis Gass will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee Saturday at 5:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Mantario Headlines Red Shores Summerside Feature Mantario turned in one of the biggest performances of Governor's Plate night and will try to replicate that magic Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. and Mantario is pegged for the top spot in the $2,600 race 12 finale. Alex Sobey will drive his own trainee from post 7 in the absence of regular driver Kenny Arsenault, who will be competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Owned by Walter Simmons of Summerside, Mantario was a winner in 1:54.3 in his latest but will have to overcome post 7 to find the winner's circle Sunday afternoon. Woodmere Ideal Art was second to him in that latest race and will retain the series of Norris Rogers from post 6 on Sunday. Post 1 belongs to Red Magician with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Melissa Rennie, with the horse fresh off a third place finish to Mantario on 'Plate' night. Also in the field is Twice As Bright (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mando Fun (Corey MacPherson), Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes) and City Of The Year (Dr. Mitchell Downey). Medici Hanover rides a two-race win streak into race 8 for a $1,800 purse and gets the good fortune of drawing post 1. The co-track record holder for three-year-old pacing fillies at the Summerside Raceway, Medici Hanover is trained by Don Milligan for owners Kent Williams of Ellerslie, Andrew Williams of Richmond and Lyndon Hardy of Coleman. The back-up pace hits the track in race 10 with $2,300 in purse money at stake. Morning line favourite Dangle Ona Dime has an impressive array of five straight top-two finishes coming into the event and draws post 2 for driver MacPherson and trainer Duane MacEachern. Other top entries include Union Man Hanover (Downey) and Brandons Glory (John Davidson). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince County Horsemen's Club is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Jansen Sweet will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman Sunday at 12:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – All the Open Trot attention has been on the harness racing rivalry between Star Photo and Freddie but Majian Tango had something to say about that Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Jim Ripley, Majian Tango got away last in the compact field of five contesting the $2,250 Open Trot but used a three-wide brush at the three-quarter pole to swoop his competitors and stop the clock in 1:58.3. Freddie (Driven by Marc Campbell) set the fractions and had to settle for second with Star Photo (Jason Hughes) third. Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S, owns Majian Tango. It was one of two wins on the card for the Ripley family as Majian Gilroy won the $2,050 back-up trot as the longest shot on the board in 2:00.4. Julep Hanover landed on the wire first in the top pace of the night in the evening finale. Driver Kenny Arsenault sent the Wade Myers owned and trained mare to the front from post 7 in the $2,000 class and controlled every fraction en route to a 1:57.2 mile. Charlottes Western (Campbell) was second while One Hot Camshaft (Ken Murphy) completed the $587 triactor. The combination of trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown and driver Mark Bradley had a pair of trips to the winner’s circle both with Ontario bred two-year-olds. Thinking Out Loud filly Smiling Dialing won the first dash of the evening in 2:00.1 for owner Doug MacPhee of New Haven, then the Betterthancheddar rookie lass Bettorthanbobbi disposed of her maiden status with a 2:00 score in the race 5 Stars For Life Foundation Pace for Bradley, Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and Red Shores today released details of a Welcome Package being offered to all starters in the Gold Cup and Saucer Trials. 2019 marks the 60th running of one of the Greatest Shows in Harness Racing, the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, with Trails held on Saturday, August 10th and Monday, August 12th, leading up to the Final Saturday, August 17th. Through the generous support of several Prince Edward Island businesses, all horses participating in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trails will be offered the following: - In recognition of the 60th running, the Nomination and Starting Fees ($800 total) have been waived - Complimentary Table of 4 in the acclaimed Top of The Park at Red Shores for either the Gold Cup and Saucer Final or James Roach MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer Consolation (whichever applicable). - A complimentary Confederation Bridge - $50 Gas Card - 4 Complimentary Old Home Week passes - Complimentary Golf Passes for 2 - Complimentary Charlottetown Harbour Tour and Lobster Roll for up to 3 Guests per starter, Thursday, August 15th - Gold Cup Seafood table D'Hote at Claddagh Oyster House In addition, all Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Final starters receive an invitation to the Gold Cup and Saucer Reception Friday August 16th, as well as a specialized Gold Cup and Saucer jacket for all Drivers in the Final. A Lasix program is in place for horses that require the program, and a reminder that the Standardbred Canada MVP Program has a link for discounted car rentals. For more information please visit www.redshores.ca or contact the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park Race Office at 902- 629-6636.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

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