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The Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission has learned that additional horses stabled at at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park have been exposed to strangles bacteria, as confirmed by enhanced testing. At a meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 23) that included the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission and Red Shores, it was agreed that immediate and strict protocol will be implemented on the grounds of the Red Shores Charlottetown property. Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 25), The Red Shores Charlottetown property, including all barns and the ship-in area, will implement a track-wide lockdown with no horses being allowed to ship on to the grounds until further notice. Horses may only leave the premises if they have a clearance letter from their veterinarian of a negative test taken within seven days prior to their departure. No horses will be allowed to ship in for training until further notice. Each trainer on site will be contacted to identify essential workers for their barn; only these people will be allowed on site. There must be strict limitation of any movement between barns, and mandatory bio-security protocol is being enforced. Under this protocol, foot baths, brushes and disinfectant have been supplied to each barn. These strict measures have been introduced for the best interests of the entire racing community. With proper biosecurity measures being strictly followed, the hope is to return to normal practices sooner than later. As always, horsepeople are reminded to monitor their horses' health daily by taking temperatures twice a day and logging the results. Horsepeople should consult their veterinarians if any concerns arise. Stangles case in Quebec The MAPAQ Equine Network has informed that a case of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1) nervous form was confirmed in the Outaouais region on Feb. 12. On Feb. 1, the horse started with a cough and hyperthermia, both mild. Within hours, he developed depression, partial anorexia, ataxia in all four limbs, and a stoppage of urination and defecation followed by lateral recumbency. Due to his very rapid degradation, he was euthanized on Feb. 3. Molecular analyzes of nasal secretions have identified the presence of EHV-1. The date of the last herpesvirus vaccine is not known. Six other horses in the same stable show fevers, but show no other clinical signs at this time. Prevention and control measures have been put in place by the practicing veterinarian and the owner of the stable to control the disease and prevent contamination of other horses in this stable and other stables.

On Wednesday (Feb. 17), the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission (APHRC) was informed of a new confirmed case of strangles in a Standardbred on Prince Edward Island. This case is in a different barn then the stable that has been under quarantine since early November. Testing of other horses in the newly impacted stable at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is underway, and the stable has been quarantined. No other horses in this barn had shown any clinical signs for Streptococcus equi except for the horse that came up positive on Wednesday. The originally impacted barn has been following testing and treatment protocols established by the Atlantic Veterinary College. This has resulted in the majority of the horses in the stable being cleared. The remaining horses are undergoing testing and treatment protocols set forth by the attending veterinarians. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Horsepeople are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures, and should consult their veterinarians for advice. For more information concerning strangles, please click this link. From the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Jennifer Doyle Stable was not to be denied as her trainees closed out the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mantario won the final dash of the meet at the capital oval as David Dowling steered the son of Sportswriter to a 1:57.4 victory over Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau). Doyle, who currently has a solid grip on the Red Shores Charlottetown training standings, owns her trainee with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Fellow Doyle trainee Chocolate Swirl went all the way in the $2,850 preferred pace with an identical 1:57.4 score for owners Doyle and Birt with Jason Hughes at the lines. Bugsy Maguire (Barrieau) rallied up to finish second while Pictonian Storm (Gordie Hennessey) completed the triactor ticket. Hughes was a frequent visitor to the historic winner's circle with four driving wins on the day. Hughes teamed up with trainer Darryl MacLean to win the race 7 Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,800 purse in 1:57.1. Hughes also won with Jetta Flys (2:00.2) for trainer Stephen Quinn and with Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2) from his own stable. Babbling won his fifth straight race to remain undefeated since coming to Eastern Canada. Barrieau supplied the steer of the Mike Dowling trainee as he was unheeded in 1:59.2. Kenny Arsenault saw a training and driving double with Play The Board (2:06.3) and Wunder Shadow (2:04.1). Live racing will return on May 1 for the start of the 2021 Summer Racing Season. For more information go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A week of unseasonably warm weather will extend the Winter harness racing meet by one day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The last card of the season was set for Saturday afternoon at 12:30 P.M. but will be moved to Sunday afternoon with a 2 P.M. start time in hopes of finding some firmer footing. The Sunday afternoon feature will line up in race 9 of the day for a $2,850 purse. Gilles Barrieau will drive race favourite Bugsy Maguire from post 5 in the dash after winning last week's feature in 1:57. Wade Sorrie trains the Governor's Plate champion for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Bugsy Maguire was unheeded for the duration of last week's contest and will have to dispose of four foes for a repeat. Chocolate Swirl was second in that event after winning the top class the two weeks previous. Jason Hughes will drive that pacer for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey) has rail control from the Sorrie stable while Winter Blast (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, also for trainer Doyle. Post 3 belongs to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) after hitting the board in his last six starts for conditioner Troy Murray. Peter MacPhee with The Post Time Picks expects some big things from Bugsy Maguire again this week. "Bugsy Maguire was put on the front last time and was a gate to wire winner closing in a snappy 28.2," MacPhee said. "He gets post five this week and if they control it again could close the winter meet with back to back wins." Woodmere Chella romped by open-lengths in last week's Fillies and Mares Open pace and will attempt more of the same in that class in race 7. MacPherson drives the Ron Gass trained daughter of Articulator for owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. Berazzled (Arsenault) rallied to finish second last week in her first start since October and has post 5 on Sunday. Painted Pony is the favourite in the race 6 Red Shores Charlottetown Pace with MacPherson at the controls for trainer Raymond White while Babbling, who will be featured in the pre-game show on the Race Day broadcast after reeling off four wins in a row, will be back in to start in race 4 for trainer Michael Dowling and owners Michael Arnold, Olds, Alberta and Amy Lakie, Montague, PE. For more information go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

Charlottetown, PE - The Saturday afternoon harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been postponed until Sunday. Post time is 2pm. Racing officials and the track crew made the decision due to the very mild weather forecast on Saturday and to ensure the best possible track conditions for the final card of the winter meet. The Top of the Park restaurant will open at 1:45pm with a revised menu. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

The 2021 Maritime Stakes schedule was released today, with several new features added. Firstly, Canada's oldest harness racing stakes program, the PEI Colt Stakes will have an additional profile, in recognition of its 87th year of competition. Each division of 2- and 3-year-old Pacing Colts and Fillies, and 2- and 3-Year-Old trotters (split by sex if necessary) will compete in two legs (PEI Colt Stakes Leg 1 and 2), with a Gold and Grassroots component based upon money earnings at time of the event. For 2021 and subsequent years there is no Final in any division, with the purse allotment usually paid out in the Finals added to the purses for each Leg. Secondly, the contribution of several legendary individuals to PEI Harness racing will be acknowledged in new ways, and in high profile events. The late Bob Dewar was an invaluable volunteer and leader at Summerside Raceway, and in recognition of his contribution to the SRW the Governors Plate Consolation for 2021 and on will be renamed the Bob Dewar Memorial. Summerside Chrysler Dodge returns as the 2021 Governors Plate Eliminations and Final sponsor. The Chappell family have been part of the success of Summerside Raceway since the early 1950's, and in recognition the Mares Series during Governors Plate week will be renamed the Chappell Memorial. "We felt it important to have the two highest profile events held each year at Summerside for our Aged horses recognize the Dewar and Chappell names, and in events which will always be associated with Summerside Raceway, " stated Blaine MacPherson, PEI Harness Racing Industry Association Chair. "We will also be acknowledging the contributions of inaugural PEI Colt Stakes President George Callbeck and Tyndall Semple with a special announcement that will be forthcoming shortly." Horse Racing New Brunswick have added a new Stake event for 2- and 3-year-old Pacers called the New Brunswick Breeders Stake and will also be holding a leg of the Standardbred Canada Mares Series, and a new Invitational level event in an Elimination and Final format for 2021. The Maritime Breeders will also see some changes to its stake in 2021. The Stake will move to all division formats for each age group. The trotters will be split by sex if the numbers permit. This year will see the stake have three different events held at three different tracks. The two-year-old pacing fillies and colts will contest their divisions on October 17th at Truro Raceway, the three-year-old pacing fillies and colts will compete on June 18th at Summerside Raceway, and the two- and three-year-old trotters will compete on September 9th at the CDP. MARITIME STAKE DATES 2021                 2yr old Pacing Filly     2yr Old Pacing Colt   Date Track Event   Date Track Event   7-Jul-21 SRW ASS   8-Jul-21 SRW ASS   13-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   16-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   25-Jul-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   25-Jul-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   31-Jul-21 EPR NB BREEDERS LEGS   31-Jul-21 EPR NB BREEDERS LEGS   6-Aug-21 TRURO NS STAKE   7-Aug-21 NORTHSIDE ASS   19-Aug-21 CDP ASS   18-Aug-21 CDP ASS   29-Aug-21 INVERNESS ASS   28-Aug-21 NORTHSIDE NS STAKE   5-Sep-21 SRW LADY SLIPPER   5-Sep-21 SRW O'BRIEN   11-Sep-21 EPR NB BREEDERS FINAL   11-Sep-21 EPR NB BREEDERS FINALS   18-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   18-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   25-Sep-21 NORTHSIDE ASS   26-Sep-21 INVERNESS ASS   2-Oct-21 CDP LADY SLIPPER   2-Oct-21 CDP O'BRIEN   9-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN CONS   9-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN CONS.   10-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN FINAL   10-Oct-21 CDP AT. BR. CROWN FINAL   17-Oct-21 TRURO MARITIME BREEDERS   17-Oct-21 TRURO MARITIME BREEDERS   23-Oct-21 EPR DOWNEY MEMORIAL   23-Oct-21 EPR DOWNEY MEMORIAL                   3yr Old Pacing Filly   3yr Old Pacing Colt   Date Track Event   Date Track Event   22-May-21 EPR BREMNER MEMORIAL   22-May-21 EPR BREMNER MEMORIAL   30-May-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   30-May-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   6-Jun-21 INVERNESS ASS   12-Jun-21 NORTHSIDE ASS   18-Jun-21 SRW MARITIME BREEDERS   18-Jun-21 SRW MARITIME BREEDERS   25-Jun-21 TRURO TURNER   25-Jun-21 TRURO TURNER   2-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   10-Jul-21 SRW ASS   9-Jul-21 SRW ASS   17-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   16-Jul-21 TRURO STANFIELD   23-Jul-21 TRURO NS STAKE   21-Jul-21 INVERNESS NS STAKE   31-Jul-21 EPR BARRIEAU MCISAAC   31-Jul-21 EPR BARRIEAU MCISAAC   8-Aug-21 INVERNESS ASS   14-Aug-21 CDP ASS   16-Aug-21 CDP ASS   20-Aug-21 CDP LADY SLIPPER   21-Aug-21 CDP O'BRIEN   28-Aug-21 NORTHSIDE ASS   5-Sep-21 SRW O'BRIEN   4-Sep-21 EPR MARITIMER   11-Sep-21 EPR NB BREEDERS ELIMS   11-Sep-21 EPR NB BREEDERS ELIMS   18-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   18-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   9-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN CONS   3-Oct-21 SRW LADY SLIPPER   10-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN FINAL   9-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN CONS   16-Oct-21 EPR NB BREEDERS FINAL   10-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN FINAL   24-Oct-21 TRURO MACKENZIE   16-Oct-21 EPR NB BREEDERS FINAL           24-Oct-21 TRURO MACKENZIE                           MARITIME STAKE DATES 2021                   2yr Old Trotter 3yr Old Trotter   Date Track Event   Date Track Event   6-Jul-21 SRW ASS   6-Jul-21 SRW ASS   13-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   13-Jul-21 TRURO ASS   25-Jul-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   25-Jul-21 SRW PEI COLT STAKES LEG 1   4-Aug-21 INVERNESS ASS   4-Aug-21 INVERNESS ASS   17-Aug-21 CDP ASS   17-Aug-21 CDP ASS   26-Aug-21 CDP BRIAN ANDREW   2-Sep-21 CDP LADY SLIPPER   2-Sep-21 CDP LADY SLIPPER   9-Sep-21 CDP MARITIME BREEDERS   9-Sep-21 CDP MARITIME BREEDERS   16-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   16-Sep-21 CDP PEI COLT STAKES LEG 2   25-Sep-21 NORTHSIDE NS STAKE   25-Sep-21 NORTHSIDE NS STAKE   3-Oct-21 SRW LADY SLIPPER   3-Oct-21 SRW LADY SLIPPER   10-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN FINAL   10-Oct-21 CDP ATL. BR. CROWN FINAL                           Invitational   Aged Pacing Mares   Date Track Event   Date Track Event   19-Jun-21 CDP LADNER   18-Jun-21 SRW ATL. AGED PACING MARES   21-Jun-21 EPR WALTER DALE   4-Jul-21 SRW CHAPPELL MEM MARES ELIMS   4-Jul-21 SRW GOV PLATE ELIMS   10-Jul-21 SRW CHAPPELL MEM MARES FINAL   10-Jul-21 SRW GOV PLATE FINAL   17-Jul-21 TRURO ATL. AGED PACING MARES   10-Jul-21 SRW BOB DEWAR GPLATE CONS   5-Aug-21 CDP OPEN MARES LEG 1   21-Jul-21 TRURO EXHIBITION CUP   14-Aug-21 CDP OPEN MARES LEG 2   25-Jul-21 SRW PREMIERS PACE LEG 1   21-Aug-21 CDP OPEN MARES FINAL   5-Aug-21 CDP PREMIERS PACE LEG 2   11-Sep-21 EPR SC AGED PACING MARES   14-Aug-21 CDP CGS TRIAL   18-Sep-21 CDP ATL. AGED PACING MARES   16-Aug-21 CDP GCS TRIAL   3-Oct-21 SRW ATL. AGED PACING MARES   20-Aug-21 CDP MACGREGOR MEMORIAL   10-Oct-21 CDP ABC INVITATIONAL   21-Aug-21 CDP PREMIERS PACE           21-Aug-21 CDP GCS FINAL           4-Sep-21 EPR INVITATIONAL ELIMS           11-Sep-21 EPR INVITATIONAL FINALS           18-Sep-21 CDP INVITATIONAL           3-Oct-21 SRW INVITATIONAL           10-Oct-21 CDP ABC INVITATIONAL           24-Oct-21 TRURO CONROY                             **Please Note the Island Breeders Series has been renamed the PEI Colt Stakes**               by Lee Drake, for the Maritime Sire Stakes        

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Bugsy Maguire, the defending Governor's Plate champion, toured the harness racing oval in fine form Saturday afternoon in the featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Bugsy Maguire disposed of his foes in the $2,900 preferred pace on the afternoon card, controlling the front end on his way to a 1:57 victory in line to Gilles Barrieau. Wade Sorrie trains the seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Chocolate Swirl (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second while third went to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Ron Gass stable was razor sharp on the afternoon program with three wins, all with MacPherson at the lines, including a 1:59 open-length score by Woodmere Chella in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Gass and MacPherson also clicked with Magical Cowgirl (2:02) and Rave Review (2:03.4). MacPherson also visited the winner's circle with Tell Me Why (1:59.3) for trainer Joe MacDonald for the driving quadruple. Hughes hit the wire first in the race bike in three dashes on the afternoon. He won with his own Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2), Jetta Flys (2:00.4) for trainer Stephen Quinn and Smart Official (1:58.2) from the Peter Lanigan barn. Babbling remained undefeated on the East Coast in race 9 as the Mike Dowling trainee won in 1:58.4 for his fourth straight win with brother David Dowling in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday (Feb. 6) for the final program of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fighting hard through every inch of the mile, Bugsy Maguire fell short of victory last week but will look for a trip to the winner's circle in Saturday afternoon's featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 11 for a $2,900 purse. Bugsy Maguire made his first start back in action last week after being on the shelf since his victory in the July Governor's Plate final. The Wade Sorrie trainee moved first-up and finished second to Chocolate Swirl in last week's contest and gets post 4 this Saturday with Gilles Barrieau picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Walter Simmons. Marc Campbell drove the horse in his return but the driver has elected to take the rest of the season off to fully recover from injuries he received in a Dec. 22 racing accident in Charlottetown. Chocolate Swirl is assigned the outside post 6 on Saturday after winning this class the past two weeks. Jason Hughes is back in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Fellow Doyle trainee Winter Blast leaves off the rail with Ken Murphy aboard while Bugsy Maguire stablemate, Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey), has post 2. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Bugsy Maguire to rebound from his second-place finish in his first start back. "Bugsy Maguire had to come first up last week and just missed to a hard closing Chocolate Swirl," MacPhee said. "It was a sharp effort considering he hadn't raced since last July and with Barrieau in the bike this time they could get it all." Also in the top class field are Hungers Pangs (Mark Bradley) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open class lines up in race 8 for a $2,800 pot. Woodmere Skyroller had been dominating the class before finishing fourth last week from the assigned outside post position. Barrieau is back in the seat this week as the morning line favourite from post 3 from the Kevin MacLean stable. Other top entries in that class are Roselily (Hughes) and Woodmere Chella (MacPherson). For live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a hard brush up the passing lane, Chocolate Swirl received the lion's share in the $2,850 preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes supplied the steer for leading trainer Jennifer Doyle to stop the clock in 1:56.4 over Bugsy Maguire (Driven by Marc Campbell) and stablemate Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Doyle co-owns Chocolate Swirl with partner Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Larjon Legacy prevailed in a hotly contested stretch drive battle in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open pace. The $2,800 event saw driver David Dowling take a two-hole ride with Larjon Legacy and fight past pacesetter Roselily (Hughes) to win in 1:56. Bo Ford trains the winning six-year-old daughter of Mister Big for owners Arnold Myers, Sterling Maclure and Luke Beck of Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau was the hot reinsman of the day as he took control of the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings with five winners on the program. Barrieau scored with Atufflittleguy (2:00.1) from the Kenny Arsenault barn, Bettim Jenny (2:00.1) for Jeff Lilley, Collective Wisdom (1:59) for trainer Ron Matheson, Here Comes Red (1:58.2) for conditioner Wade Sorrie and Southwind Ion (1:57.4) for a training double for Doyle. Sorrie had two wins from his stable as Pictonian Storm was victorious in the Super Hi-5 finale scoring in 1:57.2 with Campbell at the controls. Live racing continues Saturday (Jan. 30) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – It has been over half-a-year since Bugsy Maguire’s biggest harness racing career moment but he returns to the fray in the preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  The 13-dash Saturday presentation starts off at 12:30 P.M. with the preferred pace going to the gate in race 12 for a $2,850 pot.  Bugsy Maguire put together a story book moment in winning the 2020 Governor’s Plate Final in July at Red Shores Summerside with Brodie MacPhee in the bike but suffered an injury shortly after and was absent for the remainder of the season. The seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight has qualified the past two weeks with qualifying driver Jaycob Sweet in the bike for trainer Wade Sorrie. But for Saturday’s pari-mutuel event, Sorrie will call upon leading driver Marc Campbell to steer for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside.  Chocolate Swirl knocked off the top group last week and has post 4 on Saturday with Jason Hughes at the controls of the Jennifer Doyle trainee. Hunger Pangs controls the rail from the Jeff Holmes stable with Mark Bradley supplying the drive. The ultra-competitive field also includes Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson).  Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places his trust in post 5 starter Bugsy Maguire. “Bugsy Maguire had the most memorable victory on PEI in 2020 winning the Governor’s Plate back in July,” MacPhee said. “He hasn’t raced since then but does have a couple of qualifiers under his belt and adds Campbell so we think they get to the wire first.”  The Fillies and Mares Open pace lines up in race 9 for a $2,800 purse. Woodmere Skyroller is assigned post 6 in the field after winning this class the last two weeks for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The champion daughter of Rollwithitharry is undefeated so far in 2021 and will look for career win number 18 on Saturday.  The race 13 finale will again host the Super Hi-5 wager where the winning ticket must have the first five finishers in the correct order. Mantario is the morning line favourite from the Doyle barn. Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike of the post 4 starter.  Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.    By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Arc Light handed Marc Campbell an Atlantic record on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the youngest harness racing driver to ever hit 2,500 victories on the East Coast. The 36-year-old Winsloe reinsman found the milestone win in race 10 of the day with his own trainee, Arc Light, in a 1:59.3 mile for owner Crossroads Racing Stable of Stratford. Driver David Dowling was the hot flavour of the day with three wins on the 14-dash program. Dowling scored a pair of wins from the Earl Watts barn with Galterio Hanover (2:02.3) for a maiden breaking score and with Howmac Missy (2:01.3). Dowling's other win came via a parked out performance with Babbling (2:00.4) for trainer Mike Dowling for the horse's second straight win since coming to P.E.I. Gilles Barrieau teamed up with Woodmere Skyroller for a repeat performance in the $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open class in 1:58.2 for trainer Kevin MacLean. Roselily (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with Larjon Legacy (Dowling) third. Chocolate Swirl circled the field in the $2,650 pacing feature in race 13, stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jennifer Doyle. Hunger Pangs (Mark Bradley) was a hard fought second while Smart Official (Dowling) completed the triactor ticket. Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault) found the wire first in the race 14 Super Hi-5 race which saw a $669.60 winning payout. Live racing continues next Saturday (Jan. 23) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Perennial leading harness racing driver Marc Campbell returns to action Saturday afternoon and will look to be a big part of the first Super High-5 race at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon program kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with Eagle Jolt and Campbell the morning line favourite in the race 14 finale featuring the first ever Super High-5 wager at Red Shores. The Super Hi-5 will involve picking the first five finishers in race 14, with Red Shores guaranteeing a minimum $1000.00 pool. In the absence of a correct winning ticket on Saturday, the closest combination will pay out a percentage of the pool and the remaining money will roll over to next week with a mandatory payout on the entire pool on the season ending Feb. 6 program. Eagle Jolt is now in his retirement year, having turned 14 on the regulatory Jan. 1 birthday for all standardbreds. Owned by Marie MacDonald of Stratford and Natasha Campbell of Winsloe, Eagle Jolt finds himself dropping down in class on Saturday to hit post 2 in the $1,900 event. Three Truths pulled off a shocking victory in his latest outing and gets post 7 in the class with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Paul Doyle. Shadow Of A Daut is third choice in the program for the combination of driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Earl Watts from post 3. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Eagle Jolt on top of his Super High-5 wager. "Hard to believe when the calendar flipped to 2021 Eagle Jolt turned 14," MacPhee said. "He's been on the fringes in his last few but has a ton of back class and with Marc returning they could reach up and win today." Also in that event are Silverhilllightnin (To be driven by Lenny Myers), Theycallmedude (Ken Murphy), Desired Treasure (Gordie Hennessey), Selkirk Echo (Gilles Barrieau), and Zack The Men (David Dowling). Woodmere Skyroller will look to repeat in the race 9 Open Mares pace leaving from post 5 in the $2,900 event. Barrieau is in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Other top entries are Woodmere Chella (Corey MacPherson) and Filly Forty Seven (Campbell). Race 8 has Doc Darryl the top choice with a three-race win streak on the line for driver Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Morgan Sheppard of Brackley Beach. The four-year-old son of Sunshine Beach has been undefeated since coming to P.E.I. as a maiden in Decemeber but has to deal with post 7 on Saturday. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Taking a textbook two-hole ride, Woodmere Skyroller surged forward to capture the harness racing fillies and mares Open pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Champion pacing mare sat the two-hole in her $2,900 assignment while watching pacesetter Woodmere Chella (Driven by Corey MacPherson) go through splits of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30. Driver Gilles Barrieau then pointed Woodmere Skyroller out of her two-hole ride in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:59. Woodmere Chella was second while Filly Forty Seven (Jason Hughes) was third. The four-year-old daughter of Rollwithitharry is trained by Kevin MacLean for Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Screen Test prevailed in the race 13 pacing feature with a hard first-over brush to strike the lead in the final panel and will by half-a-length in 1:57 over Revenant (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). MacPherson drives the Ron Gass trained Screen Test for the Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Merner scored three wins on the program including Miss Sangria (1:59.3) and Gringo Star (2:00.4) from his own barn. Merner's other victory was with the Kevin Peters trained Outrageous Spirit in 2:02.1. David Dowling made three trips to the historic winner's circle with Paythelinebluechip (2:02.1) from the Jay Noye barn, Babbling (2:04.1) in his Island debut for brother Mike Dowling and Mantario (2:01) for trainer Jenn Doyle. In line to Barrieau, Pacific Delight was victorious in the race 5 Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace stopping the clock in 2:02.1 over the sloppy surface. Total wager was $114,020. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 16 at 12:30 P.M. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The preferred pace lines up again Saturday afternoon with a familiar face returning to the harness racing fray at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Saturday program has a 12:30 P.M. start time and Rose Run Quest is home to take on P.E.I.'s best in race 13 of the day. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, the former Governor's Plate champion will return to the Gilles Barrieau stable after a short stint in Ontario. The 49-time winner has post 2 in the $2,900 preferred pace at 6-1 morning line odds after going down to defeat in all three of his Ontario starts. Screen Test is the top choice from post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass, riding a two-race win streak at this level into this week's contest. Chocolate Swirl (To be driven by Jason Hughes) has post 3 after winning both of his East Coast tries from the red hot Jennifer Doyle barn. Revenant also has a two-race win streak and will start from post 5 for trainer-driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Screen Test on top of his tickets. "Screen Test blasted off the wings last week and made every call a winning one scoring in 1:56.4," MacPhee said. "He's assigned post six this week and we'll see what Corey does but if they fire home in 28.1 again he could triple up." Also in the preferred field are Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Burn Out Hanover (David Dowling). Woodmere Chella leads the way in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,900 pot for driver MacPherson and trainer Gass. Starting from post 1, the Valleygrove Farms owned mare was a runner-up in her return to Island racing to Dreamfair Zenfire, who is not entered this week. Roselily makes her East Coast debut from post 5 in that class for trainer-driver Merner and owner Robin Burke of Brackley. The seven-year-old daughter of Big Jim has been racing the claiming ranks ay Yonkers Raceway in New York and has won 17 times in her career for $211,109 in purse money. Race 5 is the Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace with Pacific Delight the morning line favourite from post 9 for driver Barrieau and trainer Ron Matheson fresh off a win in 2:00 in her return to Island racing after racing the Ontario circuit. Smith, Red Shores executive chef, was recently named the 2019 chef of the year by the PEI Association of Chefs and Cooks. Watch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2021 season kicked off in grand fashion with an action packed Tuesday evening harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Benefitting from an early tussle, Winter Blast circled up to win the $2,600 featured pace on the 11-dash program to close out a training triple for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. With No other tracks racing in the nation currently, the triple marks Doyle as the leading dash winning trainer in Canada. The Earnscliffe horsewoman and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win with Winter Blast in 1:58.4 after front-runner Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) took on race favourite Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) and parked him to a cut throat 56.3 half-mile station. Winter Blast circled from last to win the race by two-lengths over second-place Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) and Creepin holding on to third. Doyle also celebrated a win in the $2,350 Open trot with Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault) in a 2:00.2 score. Her other win was with Chocolate Swirl (Jason Hughes) who dead-heated for first with Revenant (Adam Merner) in 1:56.1 to remain undefeated since relocating East. Doyle owns all three trainees with partner Danny Birt. The dead heat score with Revenant was one of two wins for trainer-driver Merner as he also visited the historic winner's circle with Disneyman in a 1:57.4 score. The night saw an occurrence for the harness racing record books as Bettim Vicky was a winner in 2:00.2 in race 7 while her son U Bettim Watching was a victor earlier in the program in a 2:02.1 score. Both horses had Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jeff Lilley of Miltonvale Park, who also bred both horses. In the opening dash of the night Barrieau drove Pacific Delight to victory in 2:00 from the Ron Matheson barn for a triple in the race bike. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 9, with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. The day features the Chef of the Year - Andrew Smith Pace. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Another night of close finishes and world-class harness racing is on the menu Tuesday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Capital oval has 11-dashes lined up with a 6 P.M. opening post time. The top class of the night hits the track in race 10 for a $2,600 purse with Creepin controlling the rail for trainer-driver David Dowling and owners Alex Quinn of York, Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge and Carl Peterson of Hunter River. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three just put the finishing touches on his 2020 season with a third-place finish on New Year's Eve. Creepin won six races from 27 starts in that calendar year good for $13,079 in purse earnings. Rockin Indy holds down post 4 with Corey MacPherson at the controls of the 31-time winner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. The pacer was a game second to newcomer Chocolate Swirl in the 2020 finale last week. Sports Royalty leaves from post 5 in the field of six for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Wendy MacRae of Belfast. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks selects Sports Royalty for the win position. "Sports Royalty had a great a 2020 season with seven victories and a record of 1:55.3," MacPhee said. "He gets post five tonight and is always in the mix so we're confident Gilles maps out a trip and they reach up to get the gold." Also in the featured field are Legendary Ron (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.), Young Drunk Punk (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Y S Suzanne makes her East Coast debut in the race 5 Open Trot for driver Jason Hughes and owner-trainer Jennifer Doyle of Vernon Bridge. The $2,350 class has the eight-year-old Angus Hall mare leaving from the outside post 5 in the compact class after last racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario on Dec. 20, finishing second that day from the Terry Gallant stable. Other top Open trot entries are Labero (Barrieau) and Freddie (Merner). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

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