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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Guarding the rail from the start, Painted Desert and driver Corey MacPherson never looked back en route to a historic milestone for the harness racing reinsman Saturday Night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson celebrated win number 1,000 of his driving career aboard his own trainee as the 14-year-old son of Western Ideal was on top at every call in 1:57.3 for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec, to upset at 12-1 odds. The milestone victory was one of three for the 31-year-old Cornwall driver as he also hit the line first with the Melissa Rennie trained Ms Moyse in a lifetime best 1:57.2 score while also closing out the program with Tobinator for trainer Ambyr Campbell in 1:59.1 to bring his lifetime win total to 1,002. Marc Campbell had a pair of winners from his stable including the $2,700 featured pace with Jetster in a new lifetime best of 1:55.3 for owner Jamie Struthers of Nova Scotia. Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) rallied for second while Mystery Phil (Driven by Adam Merner) did all the early roadwork to finish third. Campbell's other win came with newcomer Power Of A Cruiser in 1:58.1 for owner Charles Symes of Nova Scotia. The capital oval now goes dark until Thursday July 16. Island racing action will shift to Red Shores Summerside this week for Governor's Plate week racing featuring evening cards Tuesday through Saturday night culminating in the 52nd running of the historic Governor's Plate. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Unhurried at the start, Glider Man trotted away with the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Thursday evening top trot carried a $2,500 purse with Glider Man and driver Kenny Arsenault settling away fourth at the start while Missionoftheheart (Driven by David Dowling) set the tempo. Missionoftheheart cut out splits of 29.2 and 1:00.2 on the rain soaked oval before Glider Man started his first over attack to grab the lead at the 1:31 three-quarters and cruised home in 29.4 to win by three-lengths in 2:00.4. Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) finished second with Star Photo (Jason Hughes) third. Jennifer Doyle co-owns and trains Glider Man for co-owner and fellow Earnescliffe resident Danny Birt. Jason Hughes hit a career milestone on the evening, winning two races to hit the 1,500 win plateau in the race bike. Hughes scored the career win in race 8 with the Stephen Quinn trained Watch Me Dance in 1:59.1. Ken Murphy had three winners on the card as Killean Finale won the top pace in 2:00.1 from his father Cliff Murphy's stable. Bayside Alexis was a 2:00.2 winner for trainer Scott Dunn of Montague while Sailor Blue supplied the other victory in 2:03.2 for Cindy MacDonald of Montague. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Maritime Champion faces off with a grizzled harness racing veteran in the Thursday evening top trot at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the $2,500 featured trot lining up in race 7. The fastest Maritime bred trotter ever on the East Coast, Daisy River, will leave from post 2 in the class with Walter Cheverie back in the bike for owner-trainer William Lanigan of Montague. The five-year-old daughter of Nikes Image set the record two starts back winning in 1:58.1, then followed it up with a third place dead-heat finish against the boys the next week. Star Photo has post 5 in the field for trainer-driver Jason Hughes after putting together a string of top three finishes the last three weeks but has so far been unable to knock off 'trotting King' Freddie, who is not entered to race this week. Glider Man gets the respect of morning line favourite from post 4 for driver Kenny Arsenault and conditioner Jennifer Doyle after a front-end mission in his latest to finish second in 1:58.3. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Star Photo for the win column in light of Freddie's absence. "Star Photo has gone three starts this year without a win which is an eternity for one as photogenic as he is," MacIsaac said. "We'll look for him to dispose of that goose egg tonight. "Other entries are Hop Up (To be driven by Corey MacPherson) and Missionoftheheart (David Dowling). The top pace of the evening lines up behind the gate in race 10 for a $2,200 pot with Southwind Ion dropping out of the Open Fillies and Mares class to earn the title of morning line favourite. Driven by Hughes for trainer Doyle, the six-year-old daughter of Sportswriter is owned by Danny Birt of Earnescliffe in partnership with Doyle. Much Adoo has garnered minor shares in all four of her East Coast starts, all at the Open level, and drops down a notch on Thursday for driver Brodie MacPhee and trainer Ron Matheson. Sophist leaves from post 4 in the class as rookie driver Taylor Doyle will look for his first lifetime win in Charlottetown. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and live video and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'Blue Knight' was rising on Saturday night as Jason Hughes was the leading harness racing driver of the evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Stratford horseman scored four wins on the 11-dash program including the $3,200 preferred pace with Simple Kinda Man in 1:54.3 in a narrow stretch drive victory. Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) finished second by a neck while race favourite Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault) was third. It was win number 11 of Simple Kinda Man's career as the five-year-old son of Sportswriter visited the winner's circle for trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of Middletown, N.Y., and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Hughes' other wins came with a triple from his own stable as Jeb was a 1:56.2 winner, Lord And Legend won in 1:58.3 and JK Express scored a nose decision in 1:56,3. Rockin Indy captured the back-up class in 1:56.3 in line to Adam Merner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Jetster (Campbell) finished second in the $2,700 event while Silverhill Buddy (David Dowling) was third. Campbell had three winners on the card to continue his stranglehold on the Charlottetown driver's standings. The Winsloe driver won with Here Comes Red in 1:58.1 for trainer Gerald MacDougall of Lorne Valley then scored a pair of wins from his own barn with Streakazana in 1:57.4 and Messier Seelster in 1:55.3. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The finest aged harness racing pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will converge on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Saturday night in what is sure to be a preview of the upcoming Governor's Plate Invitational. The 11-dash Saturday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the featured $3,200 preferred pace lining up in race 10. Lisburn has been installed as the morning line favourite after finishing second to Screen Test last week in his seasonal debut. Kenny Arsenault trains and drives Lisburn for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains and Rudge Racing of Dartmouth. The Gold Cup and Saucer finalist will leave from post 2 in Saturday's bout. Avatar J will get the catch driving services of Mark Bradley from post 3 for trainer Danny MacDonald after beating this class two weeks back. Last week's winner, Screen Test, will have to overcome post 6 in the power packed field for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ron Gass. Also competing in the field is last year's Governor's Plate champion, Rose Run Quest, from post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees this race going any number of ways but will back post 2 starter Lisburn for the win. "This one's wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some quick early fractions and with Lisburn's dangerous late kick that would be right up his alley. Beware." Also in the field are Simple Kinda Man (To be driven by Jason Hughes), Bugsy Maguire (Brodie MacPhee), Time To Dance (Adam Merner) and Soccer Hanover (David Dowling). The Campbell trained and driven Jetster is top choice in the race 7 preferred 2 pace for a $2,700 pot. The post 3 starter in the compact field of five was a winner two starts back at this level. Other top entries are Winter Blast (Hughes) and Silverhill Buddy (Dowling). Cowboy Logic makes his Island debut in race 9 for new trainer-driver Harold Shepherd of Stratford, who co-owns the pacer with Charlottetown residents Maurice McCabe, Gerard Ellsworth and Angus Birt. The three-year-old son of Western Ideal was racing the Ontario circuit for trainer Isabelle Darveau. For race programs, live video and more go to Redshores.ca and bet online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Warren Grove gang came to play Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Berazzled took the Fillies and Mares Open pace for trio of horsemen from that community. With the scratch of Miss Kabana, the featured harness racing field was down to just four entries at post time and Warren Grove driver David Dowling patiently bided his time with Berazzled in the $2,900 event, getting away last. Dreamfair Zenfire, a winner in this class last week, was hustled the front by driver Marc Camppbell and laid down unchallenged splits of 28.3 and 58.1. When the field moved past the five-eighths pole Berazzled made her move first-over and ate up ground on her way to engage the leader at the 1:27.4 three-quarter mile station. Berazzled kicked clear in the stretch drive to win by over three-lengths in 1:55.3 with Dreamfair Zenfire second and pocket-sitter Falls Creek (Driven by Adam Merner) third. Neal Moase of Warren Grove holds the ownership papers of the six-year-old Charley Barley mare while son Jonah Moase handles the training duties. Dowling had three wins on the program including a 1:57.1 romp with Medici Hanover for Brittany Watts of Warren Grove and with Woodmere Chella in 1:55.2 for Marvyn Webster of Kensington. The $2,500 Open Trot went to Freddie for his third straight victory in this class for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston, stopping the clock in 1:58.2. Driver Corey MacPherson opened up the card winning with JJ Gracie for Gordie Ford of Charlottetown in 1:59.1. The victory was win number 998 for the Cornwall driver as he approaches a career milestone. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Fillies and Mares Open class has been all Marc Campbell, all the time this season and the Winsloe harness racing horseman will look for that to continue Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with a compact field of five mares set to face-off in the race 10 feature. The Fillies and Mares Open pace carries a $2,900 purse as the Campbell trained and driven Dreamfair Zenfire will leave from post 3 for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The Sunfire Blue Chip four-year-old is batting 80 per cent on the season, with only one loss from five seasonal outings. Berazzled draws post 5 this week with David Dowling picking up the drive for trainer Jonah Moase and owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Berazzled has yet to miss the top three since coming to the East Coast. Race analyst Les MacIsaac expects a similar result to last week as he places Dreamfair Zenfire on top."Dreamfair Zenfire has won four of five this year with both of her local wins in 1:56," MacIsaac said. "With an inside post in a compact field the road to the winner's circle goes through her." Also in the field are Falls Creek (To be driven by Adam Merner), Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) and Much Adoo (Brodie MacPhee). The Open trot takes to the track in race 8 for a $2,500 purse as newly minted Maritime Champion Daisy River has drawn the rail position. Walter Cheverie will pick up the catch driver this week as regular driver Jason Hughes must drive his own trainee, Star Photo, from post 5. The William Lanigan owned and trained Daisy River recorded the fastest mile ever by a Maritime bred trotter in the Atlantic provinces last week while winning in 1:58.1. Freddie will loom the biggest danger assigned to the outside post 7 after winning the last two Open trot classes for trainer-driver Campbell. A number of high quality pacing fillies will spar in race 4 with $2,000 in play in what is sure to be a preview of the coming stakes season. An Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion last year at age two, Woodmere Skyroller makes her debut from post 6 with Dowling in the seat for trainer Kevin MacLean. The field also includes last year's talented stakes performers Watch Me Dance (Hughes), Ezra Express (Campbell) and Tobins Choice (Gary Chappell) among others. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test unleashed a dominating harness racing performance as he captured the Saturday night preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and moved his driver closer to a career milestone. Corey MacPherson was in the bike behind Screen Test as the Ron Gass trainee took command of the lead at the 28.3 first quarter and never looked back through splits of 58.2, 1:27.4 and a clock stopping trip of 1:54.4 in the $3,200 featured pace. The win was number 18 of Screen Test's career for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Lisburn (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) was second with Simple Kinda Man (Marc Campbell) completing the triactor. MacPherson had three wins on the card as the Cornwall driver now sits at 997 lifetime victories with a trip to the 1,000 win club in his sights. His other wins were with Soccer Hanover in 1:55.4 for Leith Waite of Kensington and with three-year-old pacing colt Tobins Rebel in a career best 1:55.3 trip for conditioner Gord Ford of Charlottetown. David Dowling had the hot hands on the program with four wins on the card. The Warren Grove driver had a pair of victories from the Earl Watts stable of Hampshire with Shadow Of A Daut in 1:57.1 and in a maiden breaking score with Notyourtypicalman in 2:00.2. Dowling was also in the bike as Tyne Valley trainer Kyle Williams scored his first lifetime training win on the card with Zack The Men in 1:58.1. Dowling's other victory was with Silverhill Buddy in 1:58.2 for David Myers of Charlottetown. Total handle for the program was $62,335. Live racing continues next week with programs Thursday and Saturday evenings at Red Shores Charlottetown and on Friday evening for the season opener at Red Shores Summerside. Go to Redshores.ca for the complete schedule and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - She may not have done it in the feature harness racing event but Friday evening cemented Daisy River's status as an Atlantic Canadian great at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Jason Hughes, the William Lanigan trained and owned Daisy River scored a 1:58.1 victory in her $2,150 trot assignment to make her the fastest Maritime bred ever on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada. The Nikes Image five-year-old took over the title from former Atlantic Record holder Est Non Ila Dulcis, who accomplished her 1:58.2 record feat in 2013. The victory was number 12 of Daisy River's career as she lowered her lifetime best winning performance a full three-seconds from 2:01.1. Time To Dance remains undefeated on red soil in the featured $2,850 pace after the Marc Campbell trained and driven pacer won in 1:55.4 for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Second went to Mantario (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) while Winter Blast (Hughes) was third. Campbell had three wins from his stable with Freddie winning the open trot in 1:58.1 and Fusspot taking a personal best of 1:58.4. The Melissa Rennie stable opened and closed the evening with victories both with Adam Merner in the bike as Magical Maddys Boy won in 1:57.4 for a maiden breaking score and Mr Kelly lowered his lifetime best to 1:56.4 in the finale. Brodie MacPhee celebrated a driving triple on the card winning with Woodmere Rollex in 1:57.2 for trainer Earl Smith of Hunter River, Now Look At Here for sister Ambyr Campbell in 2:02.4, and with Bobjohnski for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown in 1:59.3. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He had to earn it but Avatar J found the harness racing winner's circle last week in the Saturday evening top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but may have a larger task ahead of him this time. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with Avatar J the morning line choice in the race 9 $3,200 Preferred pace. Jason Hughes is again behind the post 5 starting Avatar J for trainer Danny MacDonald and owners Jody Sanderson of Cornwall and Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. The American Ideal six-year-old scored a 1:54.2 decision in his seasonal debut on red soil while fending off the advances of Screen Test. With Screen Test drawing inside of his main competition (post 4) he may prove an even bigger threat for the team of driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ron Gass. Simple Kinda Man makes his Island debut with rail control for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of New York and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The five-year-old son of Sportswriter has been racing between Pennsylvania and New York, showing miles in 1:53-1:54 over a half-mile track. Lisburn returns to the East Coast and will leave from post 2 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. A top performer in this class during the last half of 2019, Lisburn had been racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario in the Tony O'Sullivan stable. Bugsy Maguire makes a jump up in class to land in post 3 for Saturday's contest but the Brodie MacPhee driven pacer has shown he is more than up the task. Trained by Wade Sorrie, Bugsy Maguire was a winner in last year's Cecil Ladner Memorial final, and a finalist in the Governor's Plate. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will elect for Screen Test to return to his winning ways in his Saturday evening predictions. "Screen Test hit another gear in his first start and circled the field and had it not being for having to go three wide last week, he might have won again," MacIsaac said. "His excellent current form will make him hard to deny." Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com or at the drive-in wagering venue at Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. every race day. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'King' of Island harness racing has shown he has a pair of queens in the Fillies and Mares Open class as the Winsloe driver again won the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. After winning the class both Thursday's so far this season with Dreamfair Zenfire then Arc Light, the Marc Campbell lasses packed a one-two finish in this week's $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace at the capital oval. Campbell elected to drive Dreamfair Zenfire from his stable this Thursday and hustled the Sunfire Blue Chip four-year-old right to the engine and never relinquished control through splits of 28.2, 58.2, 1:27.3 and 1:56.1. Berazzled (Driven by Mike McGuigan) lauched a fire-over attack but had to settle for third while Arc Light (Adam Merner) followed that cover and got up for second in a tight finish. Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris hold the ownership papers of Dreamfair Zenfire. Campbell came back one race later to capture the evening finale back-up class with the Bo Ford trained Falls Creek for owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. Making her East Coast debut, Falls Creek led at every station to win by two-lengths in 1:57 over Killean Finale (Ken Murphy) and The Time To Win (Brodie MacPhee). Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown on Friday and Saturday evening with a 6 P.M. post time for both cards. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. Total wager was $50, 332 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - In what has been a common theme so far this season, the harness racing Marc Campbell stable will send out a powerful duo in the featured event Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Friday card starts off at 6 P.M. with the $2,850 Preferred 2 pace lining up in race 9. The Campbell pair of post 4 starter Jetster (To driven by Adam Merner) and post 6 newcomer Time To Dance (Campbell) has the respect of the top two picks on the morning line odds. Jetster was victorious in this class last Friday with Campbell at the lines while Time To Dance delivered a five-length romp in his first East Coast assignment down a notch on the class ladder for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to go a different direction as he sides with the red hot Brittany Watts stable and post 2 starter Creepinn (David Dowling). "Creepin lost his cover at the half last week which left him first up the rest of the way and that's back-to-back starts he's had to rough it," MacIsaac said. "He still got home in 28 and change though and with a smoother journey tonight he's a potential sleeper." Also in the preferred 2 field are Mantario (Kenny Arsenault), Beyondthesilence N (Chris Davies), Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.). The Open trot renews again on Thursday with a field of six top-flight trotters competing for the lion's share of the $2,500 purse. Freddie leaves on the far outside after delivering a mild upset in this class last week for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 61-time winning Majestic Son trotter will have to overcome Glider Man, who will be looking for redemption from post 5 after falling short as the heavy post time favourite last week for the duo of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Jennifer Doyle. Hop Up takes a two-race win streak into the event leaving from post 2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Keith Campbell. The field is rounded out by Supreme Monarch (Mike McGuigan), Windemeredontuworry (Norris Rogers) and Star Photo (Hughes). Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com or at the drive-in wagering venue at Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. every race day. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best mares racing on the Eastern Seaboard will again hook up Thursday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace headlines the 10-dash card that has a first race post time of 6 P.M. The Marc Campbell stable has won this class the first two weeks of the season and Arc Light will put her short undefeated streak to the test from post 6. Adam Merner will pick up the catch drive behind Arc Light for owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. The four-year-old daughter of Camystic has found the winner's circle both weeks of the new season. Campbell will elect to drive stablemate Dreamfair Zenfire from post 2 after beating this class with the newcomer on June 4. Berazzled has been knocking on the door with a pair of runner-up finishes since coming East and will again have Mike McGuigan at the lines from post 5 for trainer Jonah Moase. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with the preferable post position of Dreamfair Zenfire as he places her on top of his ticket. "Dreamfair Zenfire's modest winning streak was halted last week but she still turned in a solid effort," MacIsaac said. "Moves a couple of spots to her left for this one and is reunited with Marc who's red hot so we'll treat her as the one to beat." Also in the class are Miss Kabana (To be driven by Vincent Poulton), Much Adoo (Brodie MacPhee), Woodmere Chella (David Dowling) and Southwind Ion (Jason Hughes). The evening back-up class lines up in the race 10 finale for a $2,300 purse. The eight-horse field appears to be a wide open affair with Killean Finale picked as the morning line choice from post 6 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek. Falls Creek makes her East Coast debut from post 5 with Campbell in the bike for new trainer Bo Ford. The Badlands Hanover mare won her last outing in the $7,000 claiming class in February at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Saturday evening harness racing feature was a duel to the finish but Avatar J prevailed at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Jason Hughes pointed the Danny MacDonald trainee to the lead in the $3,200 preferred pace and was released to the first quarter in 27.4 by Beyondthesilence N (Driven by Chris Davies). Avatar J cruised through the next split in 57 then came under pressure fighting off Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) and Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) to the three-quarters of 1:26.1. Rose Run Quest had to settle back to third but Screen Test kept up the pressure down the stretch to narrowly finish second. Rose Run Quest was third. Avatar J is owned by Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. Bugsy Maguire walked away with the evening back-up class giving driver Brodie MacPhee his first win since returning to driving. MacPhee's last victory was on August 3, 2014. The 2019 Cecil Ladner Memorial champion, Bugsy Maguire toured the capital oval in 1:56.1 for trainer Wade Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Driver Adam Merner scored a driving triple on the night including a pair of victories for trainer Melissa Rennie. Likely To Win won race 2 of the card in 1:57.2 then Maritime Champion Windemere Ryan captured the finale in a new lifetime best of 1:56.2 to kick off his three-year-old season. Merner's other victory came with Legendary Ron in a front-end score of 1:57.1 for owner Douglas Matheson of Cornwall. Marc Campbell had a pair of training wins on the card as Time To Dance won his East Coast debut in 1:55.2 and veteran pacer Eagle Jolt won in 1:57.2. The track crew had the historic oval in top-notch shape as the slowest dash of the 10-race card was recorded in 1:57.4 in possibly the fastest program since the track opened in 1888. Wager was $55,334 For race replays and more go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of pacing harness racing heavyweights will face off Saturday evening in the featured preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the $3,200 preferred pace lining up in race 9. Red Shores will again offer driver-in wagering for Saturday's card on the patio of Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. Avatar J headlines the compact field of six preferred pacers as the Ontario ship-in leaves from post position 4. The talented six-year-old son of American Ideal moves into the Danny MacDonald stable for owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall with Jason Hughes picking up the catch driving assignment. The winner of $170,000 lifetime is fresh off a 1:56.1 qualifying victory at the capital oval. Screen Test was much the best in last week's preferred but will leave on the grandstand side of his foes on Saturday for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass. Governor's Plate champion Rose Run Quest has post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell as the pacer looks for redemption after falling short as last week's favourite. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with Avatar J for the top piece of his ticket. "Avatar J barely broke a sweat in the qualifier with opening and closing panels in 28 and change," MacIsaac said. "You would have to think he can only be better tonight and if that's the case there could be nothing to stand in his way." Other preferred pace entries are Mantario (To be driven by Kenny Arsenault), Soccer Hanover (Adam Merner) and Beyondthesilence N (Chris Davies). The evening finale will see the return of two of the top rookie pacing colts of the 2019 season as Tobins Rebel and Windemere Ryan make their first starts of their three-year-old campaigns. Tobins Rebel has rail control in the $2,200 class as MacPherson will hold the lines in place of trainer Gilles Barrieau for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Windemere Ryan will leave from post 3 with Adam Merner in the race bike for trainer Melissa Rennie and owner High Five Racing Stable of Stanhope. For race programs, live video and more go to Redshores.ca and go to HPIbet.com to wager live from home. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Live harness racing returned to P.E.I last week with two programs and steps up another notch this week with programs scheduled for Thursday, today and Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The capital oval added the extra program to deal with a healthy horse population as horse owners look for racing opportunities in condensed 10-dash cards due to space limitations on race night to comply with physical distancing requirements. The CDP is set for the same schedule next week, but Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway could also open up for the season on Friday, June 26, pending approval from the provincial health authority. There has been lots of talent on display on the season’s first cards with a number of top-notch three-year-olds returning to the fold as well as top-quality aged horses that have been purchased during the down season. The open pacing ranks have seen newcomers like Avatar J, Beyondthesilence N and Silver Beast while Glider Man will look to be a major factor in the trot classes this summer. The ranks of the open pacing mares have seen the biggest new investments with some very nice lasses to watch in Berazzled, Dreamfair Zenfire, Miss Kabana, Much Adoo and Southwind Ion. These fresh faces are sure to make for an action-packed summer of racing on the Island. Racing resumes in Nova Scotia this week with spectators allowed on site, provided they distance themselves. The Truro Raceway gets going tonight while Northside Down in North Sydney begins on Saturday. Alberta also announced it will begin the season this weekend. P.E.I. scene Driver Corey MacPherson will be looking to hit a career milestone very soon as the 31-year-old Cornwall driver was 10 wins shy of the 1,000-win plateau before the Thursday night program. Across the continent Royaltywestho paced into the record books Friday, June 5, at The Meadowlands in New Jersey as the Island-bred filly was a winner in 1:50.4 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Bred by Gary MacPherson of North Wiltshire, Royaltywestho is now the sixth fastest Maritime-bred mare ever with the group led by Elleofnxample (1:49.2). The score was win 21 of Royaltywestho’s career as her career earnings surpassed $175,000. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

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