Charlottetown Driving Park hosted a double-header of PEI Colt Stakes on Saturday with the two-year-olds featured during the afternoon card and three-year-olds front and center in the evening. Gilles Barrieau, Clare MacDonald and Mike Stevenson each won three of the stakes divisions, which ranged in purses of $5,400 to $6,300. Barrieau pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he catch-drove Landed Alien to a 1:57.4 triumph, converting from the pocket to defeat heavy favourite Lovineveryminute at odds of 11-1. Jackie Matheson trains the sophomore filly, who earned her first stakes victory and a new lifetime mark. Barrieau also drove two-year-old winners Dixeland Band (1:59) for trainer Kevin MacLean and filly Jann Down (1:59.3) for trainer Stephen Mason. To view the rest of the story click here. Emotional win at Kawartha Downs It was an emotional night at Kawartha Downs tonight for the Boyd family, who buried family patriarch Ross Boyd this afternoon. They then travelled to the track to watch grandson Nick record two victories on the card including one with a horse he owns and trains. Boyd went gate-to-wire with his own colt, two-year-old Rise Against, who won in 1:58.3. Boyd, of Guelph, Ont., also trains the youngster, who was notching his first lifetime win in just two starts. Boyd was also in the winner’s circle following the third race thanks to a 1:57.2 effort by Lucky Regal. “We buried my grandpa this afternoon and tonight down the lane it was like he was helping me across the wire,” Nick said following the win. To view the rest of this story click here. Accident mars Alberta stakes Mothers Melody and Shark Festival were victorious in the $10,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Filly Stakes for three-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs, but the final division was marred by an accident at the top the stretch. Charismatic Art (J.F. Gagne) was leading the fillies around the final turn in the second division when she broke stride causing interference to Rummys Command (Jim Marino) in behind and Blue Star Escape (Kelly Hoerdt), who fell in the backfield. The rest of the field was able to get around the breaker with Shark Festival (Keith Clark) closing off cover for the 1:56.3 victory. Favourite Rollin Deep (Travis Cullen) finished one and a quarter length behind in second with Great Desire (Philip Giesbrecht) back in third. Marino was up on his feet quickly after being dumped from the sulky. Hoerdt told Trot Insider he was doing okay after the race, but headed to hospital to have his left ankle x-rayed. Both drivers booked off their remaining assignments after the 10th race accident. To view the rest of this story click here. Hat Trick for Sparling at Leamington Hockey season may not have started yet, but Rob Sparling Jr. scored three wins on the Saturday afternoon card at Leamington Raceway. Starting in the third race with an impressive two-year-old Bettors Delight filly, Passion Delight ($3.70), "Spar" made it look easy, winning in 2:04.3 over the "good" track for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. The time of the mile was a track record for freshman fillies. His next win with DS Surprise ($4.10) wasn't so easy as he battled tooth and nail with St Lads Top Model and Alfie Carroll, ending up in a dead-heat for win in 2:00.3. DS Surprise is owned by Archie and Janice McEachern of Alvinston, Ont., with Janice handling the training chores. Sparling's third win was memorable as well, as he drove three-year-old filly Blissfullannmarie ($25.10) to a maiden win in 2:04 for trainer Catharine Gaudreau and owner Don Wilkins of Bothwell, Ont. With the 2014 election campaign just underway, Lakeshore mayor Tom Bain didn't need the winner's circle platform to announce his candidacy as no one in Lakeshore dare run against the popular mayor. Still, he was in the winner's circle with his trainee Wallet Sniffer, catch-driven by Alex Lilley for owner Don McMurren of South Woodslee, Ont. and parked the mile in 2:02.3. The handle for the Saturday afternoon card was $9,153. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway)
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top trotters in Eastern Canada will do battle Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the P.E.I. Colt Stakes highlight the card. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. The card has three divisions of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for two-year-old trotters in races 1, 3 and 5. The $4,000 division in race 1 has the undefeated Paymenowpaymelater from post 4 in the compact five-horse-field with Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Breadalbane. The Northern Bailey filly will have to defeat Wait For Me (Mark McKinnon) and Oceanview Roz (Mike Stevenson) to keep her six-race win streak intact. Race 3 has Windemere Ty favored off the rail for driver Jack Panting, who co-owns with his grandfather, trainer Ralph Annear of Montague. His main rivals are Bayriver (Paul Lanigan) and BJ Matador (Bert Honkoop). Race 5 has a pair of the top two-year-old trotters tangoing with Tyne Valley off the rail for driver Stevenson and owner-trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson, both of Belfast, and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift has post 4 for co-owner and driver Steven Shepherd, co-owner and trainer Harold Shepherd, both of Stratford, and co-owner Margo Fisher of New Brunswick. The three-year-old trotters will line up in races 4, 7 and 9. Dusty Lane Galaxy headlines the $4,300 division in race 4 for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire and the Estate of George Boswall. The P Js Nabby trotter is riding a no-worse-than-second record in 2014, including taking a new lifetime mark of 2:02.3 in his last outing. He will face challenges from Seanchai (Jason Hughes) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie). BJ Comanche headlines race 7 with Clare MacDonald driving for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague. The Bo W colt has also not finished worse than second this year and will face five rivals including Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) and Glencove Yoshi (Marc Campbell). Race 9 has Southfield Shadow favored for driver Terry Gallant, trainer Thane Mann and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. Other top entries include Villager (Brian MacPhee) and Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting). The Open trotters line up in race 8 for a $1,850 purse with Frill Seeker the favorite from 3, fresh off a 2:00.4 victory for trainer-driver Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The seven-horse-field also includes Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Zip The Lip (MacPhee). by Nicholas Oaks, for Red Shores
It was a close race right down to the wire but Dixieland Band came out the victor in his $10,100 Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The two-year-old bay pacing colt, with catch driver Mark MacKinnon in the bike, crossed the finish line 2:00.1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. Coming home a close second was Proven Desire and driver Marc Campbell and third was George and driver Clare MacDonald. The other $10,100 'A' division event on the afternoon race card went to J J Romeo and driver Mike Stevenson. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:00 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, PE. Second place went to R ES Aiden and driver Rodney Gillis and third was Everclear and Marc Campbell. Mike Stevenson recorded an Atlantic Sires Stakes driving double, taking the lone $2500 'B' division event with R ES Reece in 2:03. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards securing a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association
Summerside PE- The two and three-year-old trotters were in full flight on Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside as they compete in the Lady Slipper Stake to see who could take home a slipper of their own. The headlines were all over during the card and they got underway early, in the second division for two-year-old trotters. It is the year for trotting track record to fall and that is exactly what happened when Suicide Shift in line to Steven Shepherd went wire to wire in 2:04.1, shaving a fifth of a second off of the track record for two-year-old trotting colts. Shepherd fired the son of Pjs Nabby off the wings laying down fractions of :30.4, 1:02 and 1:33.3 defeating Wait For Me by three lengths, Tyne Valley rallied for third. Shepherd is a co-owner on the colt along with Margo Fisher and his father Harold, who does the training. In Race 7, it was the undefeated streak that stayed alive for Paymenowpaymelater, the two-year-old daughter of Northern Bailey extended her streak to six winning in 2:05.4 for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts. Tuesday nights runner up in the National Driving Championship at Red Shores' Charlottetown, Marc Campbell did the driving picking up his second victory on the card. He picked up a dead heat victory in the fourth race aboard R Es Nancy who dead-heated with Duchess Killean. The other $ 5, 800 division of two-year-old trotters went to Windemere Ty for owner - trainer Ralph Annear, his grandson Jack Panting handled the driving duties getting up in the final strides to nail trot setter J K Blaze on the line in 2:05.4. Buddy The Elf was third. In the second division of three-year-old trotters, Gary Chappell moved that much closer to his 2,500 career driving victory when he guided his own trainee Dusty Lane Galaxy to the winners enclosure. Owned by Peter Buchanan and the Estate of George Boswall, the son of Pjs Nabby made every call a winning one in 2:02.3 . Chappell didn't stop their he picked up his 2,496 in Race 10 aboard Paradise Rose, for a double on the night. The other 'Slipper' went to B J Comanche in 2:03.2 for the 'Queen' of the Maritimes Clare MacDonald. The son of Bo W fended off Southfield Shadow and J K Hustler. Bert Honkoop is the owner, trainer and breeder. Driver Walter Cheverie picked up right where he left off from Saturday nights card in Charlottetown, fresh off a five-bagger, he picked up two more victories including a victory with his own trainee Nobestbfor in the evenings top class. Cheverie hustled him off the wings and laid down all the fractions winning in 1:58.2. He also won win Sendmeasign in Race 8. Corey MacPherson also had a driving double winning with Life Savior in a nights best 1:57.2 and with Dusty Lane Dora in 1:57.4 Racing action returns on Saturday night in Charlottetown with a 6 p.m. post time. A special Labour Day card goes Monday at 1 p.m. in Summerside. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Summerside, PE - Not only is she unbeatable, she's been untouchable. Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated five-race win streak on the line Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside in the $5,800 Lady Slipper for two-year-old trotters. Post-time for the 13-dash card is 7 p.m. The daughter of Northern Bailey has drawn the outside Post 7 in the evenings seventh Race. The Earl Watts trainee has been untouchable this season winning by more than two lengths in all of her races to date. Her last start during Old Home Week was the fastest of her career, winning in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Her regular pilot Kenny Arsenault once again will not be in the sulky as he will have to drive his own trainee Balanced Bailey from Post 3. This leaves the lines in the hands of Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell. Her stiffest competition comes from the rail starter Bayriver. Owned by William Lanigan, the daughter of Nikes Image has four second place finishes this season from five starts, She was fourth to Paymenowpaymelater in her last start. Paul Lanigan does the training and driving. B J Matador, Balanced Bailey, Dusty Lane Jacob, Oceanview Roz and Windemere Tribe round out the field. Driver Walter Cheverie will look to keep his hands hot in the first division of the Lady Slipper for two-year-old trotters. Fresh off of a five-bagger in Charlottetown on Saturday night, Cheverie's first mount comes in Race 1 aboard the morning line favourite J K Blaze from Post 6. Owned and trained by Joe Smallwood the Chestnut son of Northern Bailey was a winner in his last start, and has three top three finishes from five starts this season. Campbell will look to get the ball rolling early as well. Fresh off an appearance in the National Driving Championship, Tuesday night in Charlottetown, Campbell will drive his own trainee, Dusty Lane Jewel in the first race. Another winner in her last start, 'Jewel' also comes in with three top three finishes in five starts, she has drawn the 2-spot. Suicide Shift is the morning line choice in the Race 3 division. The two-year-old son of Pjs Nabby is owned by Steven and Harold Shepherd along with Margo Fisher. Harold is the trainer and son Steven will do the driving. A third place finisher in his first life-time start, he will go up against Wait For Me, who finished second in the very same race last time out. David and Mitchell Tierney own the full sister to former Maritime Champion Waitin On A Woman. Mark McKinnon trains and drives. The first division of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old trotters goes in Race 5 with Southfield Shadow headlining the field of seven. A lifetime best winner in her previous outing, Southfield Shadow is owned by the Southfield Farms, Thane Mann does the training on the three-year-old daughter of Pjs Nabby, Terry Gallant will drive. B J Comanche a runner-up to Southfield Shadow in his last race, has finished in the top two in all of his races this year. Clare MacDonald will driver for owner - trainer Bert Honkoop. The trotting action wraps up in Race 9 with the second and final division of three-year-old trotters lining up for a purse of $ 8,200. A duo of outside starters will look to do battle for the lions share of the purse. Post 6 starter Incredibility will look to follow in her sister Paymenowpaymelater's footsteps and win for her new connections Wade Peconi and the Windemere Farms, Watts does the training and Kenny Arsenault will drive. Dusty Lane Galaxy is the Post 7 starter, with 13 top two finishes from 16 starts he is the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Gary Chappell who is only six wins away from career win 2,500. The evenings feature goes in Race 12, from the rail out is 1. Lucky Journal (Terry Gallant) 2. Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) 3. Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) 4. Godivabeachdiamond (Marc Campbell) 5. Ulla Bayama (Ken Murphy) 6. Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) 7. Bad Date (Jason Hughes) 8. Pictonian Press (Gary Chappell) For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Rancousy established a new track record of 1:56.1 for three-year-old male pacers at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with his dominant 22-1/4 length romp in the $9,960 Nova Scotia Stake for trainer/driver Darren Crowe. Owned and bred by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S., the Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt's winning time was two-fifths of a second faster than the former mark set by Clinton Debriefed in 2003. Leaving from post two, Rancousy escaped the commotion caused by breaker Touch Of Thunder (Earl Smith) to most of the field and extended his leading margin as he raced past panels of :29.2, :58.4 and 1:27.1 en route to the 1:56.1 triumph. West River Yannik (Paul Langille) raced in second and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) finished third. Touch Of Thunder finished fourth, but was set back to eighth for causing interference to the other starters. To view the rest of this story click here.
After 17 nights of darkness, Red Shores' Summerside is ready to turn the lights back on Wednesday for live harness racing action. A 14-dash card filled with the Joe O'Brien for two-year-old pacing colts and the Lady Slipper for two-year-old pacing fillies will get underway with a special 6:30 p.m. post time. A story line from Old Home Week will be carried over into the sixth race on Wednesday night. The battle of a pair of Woodmere fillies will not only commence again but this time there will be another Woodmere added to the mix in Race 6. Last Thursday, Woodmere Dancenart and Woodmere Articblue went head-to-head in Atlantic Sire Stakes action with Woodmere Dancenart getting the first call at the wire and Woodmere Articblue finishing second, Wednesday you can add Woodmere Costalot into that mix when the three daughters of Articulator will line up against three daughters of Ameripian Gigolo for a purse of $ 11,700 in the first 'Gold' division of the Lady Slipper stake. 'Dancenart' has been enrolled as the morning line choice from Post 4 as she looks to extend her win streak to four races. The Daughter of Articulator - Shadow Dancer took her lifetime best last Thursday winning in 1:58.3 for owners Morah Kerr and Phonsie Maceachern. Clare MacDonald handles the training and driving duties. A bridesmaid to her former field mate in her last two, 'Articblue' will look to get the monkey off of her back from the outside Post 6. The daughter of Articulator - Blue Violet has finished no-worst-than second in five starts this season, banking $ 14, 749 for owners Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine. Ken Collins does the training and Marc Campbell will be back in the bike this week. The third Woodmere bred filly is a daughter of Articulator - Costly Ball, owned by Peter and Greg Francis along with Malcom and Daphne Isnor all of Nova Scotia, 'Costalot' has yet to win this season but will look to change things Wednesday for trainer - driver Bernard McCallum. The three daughter of Articulator will look to make their dad proud when they face off against three daughters of Ameripan Gigolo. Dusty Lane Bria has drawn the rail for owners Kenny Wilkie and Larry Chappell. She will look to get back to her winning ways after seeing her three race unbeaten streak snapped after a costly break at the start last week. Lyndale Jenn and Party Rockin are the other two fillies who will contest for the lions share of the $11, 700 purse. The second 'Gold' division goes in Race 8 with Jann Down looking to extend her win streak to four. She hasn't missed a top two finish in her five lifetime starts. Owned by the Downey Stables and trained by Stephen Mason, she took a new lifetime best in her last start stopping the clock in 1:59.1 for Gilles Barrieau. He'll be back in the bike from Post 4 Wednesday. The daughter of Articulator will have to do battle against another Ameripan Gigolo filly, Three Pink Bows. Owned by Tanya Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia, she has yet to miss a top three finish from six starts this season. Clare MacDonald handles the training and driving. Elm Grove Joanette, Rocks Confession, Pictonian Stardust and Casa Miasa round out the field. Bngs Express will hook up and do battle with Camco Titan in Race 10, the first 'Gold' division of the Joe O'Brien stake. A second place finisher in his last three starts, owners Thomas Hawco JR and George Della Valle hope their colt can shake the streak and have his named called first at the wire on Wednesday. Danny Romo does the training and driving on the son of 'Gigolo' from Post 4. Camco Titan comes fresh off of a 1:59.2 score in his Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' division appearance last week. Owned by Windemere Farms, Harris Johnston, John Howatt and Roger Burns, he has two victories from four starts this year for trainer Earl Watts. Veteran reinsman Kenny Arsenault will handle the lines from Post 1. Lorne Valley Ricki, Proven Desire, R Es Aiden, George and Old Stu Da Baker complete the field. The second O'Brien 'Gold' division goes to post in Race 12 and is sure to display an impeccable amount of talent from post 5 starter Jack Reacher. The son of No Pan Intended made quick work of his foes in his first lifetime start winning by eight lengths in 1:58.4, owned by the Lenny and Squiggy Stable, he is trained by Clifford Murphy and Kenny Murphy does the driving. He will face off against six other rivals. Dixieland Band, I Am Able, Gotta Move, J J Romeo, Goodmorningmister and All Hail. Windemere Belle will look to get things started in the first Lady Slipper Grassroots division for the Windemere Farm and Brittany Watts. The post 1 starter is trained by Earl Watts and will have the driving services of Summerside's leading driving Marc Campbell. The $ 5, 800 purse will be contested in Race 3. Ubettowin is the morning line choice in the second Grassroots division. The Driven To Win filly is owned by the Downey Stables, trained by Stephen Mason and Barrieau will drive from Post 5 in Race 5. The third and final Lady Slipper Grassroot division goes in Race 9, Miss Oromocto, fresh off a Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' division victory has drawn into Post 5 for Sharon Burchill and co-owner trainer Melvin Land, Brian MacPhee will drive. Race 7 and 11 play host to the Grassroots divisions for the Joe O'Brien. Hog Aufray is the Race 7 favourite for owner Claude Poirier, Clare MacDonald will drive for trainer Earl Watts. He will score from Post 5. Silverhill Blaze is the 5-2 favourite in Race 11, the Post 7 starter is owned by Donald MacRae, Jason Hughes does the training and driving. Heading into the fall meet at Red Shores' Summerside, Campbell leads all drivers in wins with 35, there is a two-way tie for second between the 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes and 'The Maritime Magicman' Gilles Barrieau, they have 21 a piece. Gary Chappell who is only 8 wins away from 2500 is fourth with 16 and Kenny Arsenault and Terry Gallant are tied with 14 to round out the top five. On the training side of things, Thane Mann sits a top of the leader board with 15 victories from 54 starters this season, Earl Watts and Jackie Matheson are dead locked for second with 10 victories. Hughes is fourth with 9 and Phillip Desroches rounds out the top five with 8. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
A pair of two-year-old fillies by Articulator swept both 'A' divisions of the Atlantic Sire Stakes on Thursday afternoon at Red Shores in Charlottetown. In the first division Race 9, Jann Down extended her win-streak to three races defeating her foes in 1:59.1. Owned by the Downey Stables, the Stephen Mason trainee is now three for five in her young campaign. Gilles Barrieau hustled her to the front after the favourite Dusty Lane Bria made a break behind the gate, snapping her win streak at three. Jann Down laid down fractions of :29, :58.3 and 1:28.3. Three Pink Bows was second and Lyndale Jenn was third. The battle of the Woodmere's came right down to the wire, but in the final strides it was Woodmere Dancenart who was able to collar Woodmere Articblue in 1:58.3. After going to the lead off of the gate 'Dancenart' allowed 'Articblue' to the lead, and she laid down fractions of :29.1, :59.2, 1:29.4. Although the two raced up and down the fields of Woodmere Farms many times, it was Dancenart who earned the bragging right Thursday taking home the lions share of the $ 13, 900 purse for owners Morah Kerr and Phonsie Maceachern. Clare MacDonald did the driving. Party Rockin and Danny Romo drove in for the third. Another Articulator filly was victorious in one of three 'B' divisions on the afternoon. Windemere Belle in-line to Marc Campbell picked up the Race 7 victory for the Windemere Farm and Brittany Watts. The win was the second of two on the day for 'King Campbell' who has now taken a strangle hold on the lead as top driver moving ahead by nine wins, heading into the evening card. Other 'B' winners were Miss Oromocto and Miss Pamela May. Bo Ford
After an afternoon hiatus on Wednesday at Red Shores Charlottetown, the harness racing action heats right back up on Thursday afternoon featuring the Atlantic Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies. The 11-dash afternoon card gets under way at 1 p.m. featuring two 'A' divisions and three 'B' divisions of the Atlantic Sire Stakes. The 'A' fillies get under way in the afternoon's ninth race with a pair of fillies looking to extend their win streaks. morning line favourite Dusty Lane Bria will look to extend her streak to three races when she lines up against seven other foes from the outside Post 8. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo is undefeated in her career for owners Ken Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Wilkie trainee picked up a new lifetime mark in her last start, stopping the clock in 1:59. Kenny Arsenault will be back in the sulky on Thursday. Jann Down, a daughter of Articulator owned by the Downey Stables will look to pick up her third win in a row from Post 2. Trained by Stephen Mason, the filly has yet to finish out of the top two in four starts this year. Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. I Can Do Anything, Three Pink Bows, Lyndale Jenn, Woodmere Costalot, Pictonian Stardust and Jays Little Spark round out the full field. A pair of fillies bred by Woodmere Farms will do battle in the second 'A' division, although both daughters of Articulator have raced each other up and down the field many of times, Thursday afternoon will be a little different, $13,900 different. Woodmere Dancenart has been chosen as the morning line favourite from Post 2. Owned by Morah Kerr and Phonsie Maceachern, the filly has picked up back-to-back victories for trainer - driver Clare MacDonald. Woodmere Articblue has drawn post 3 and will look to shed the bridesmaid status from her previous two starts. She is owned by Tanya Tremblett and Stevi Jardine, Ken Collins does the training, Tuesday afternoon she will gain the services of Charlottetown's top driver Marc Campbell. Party Rockin, Elm Grove Joanette, Casa Miasa, Centurion Sue, Wynnfrith and Ubettowin complete the field. The Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' divisions go in races 3, 5 and 7 on the card. Navajo Moe is the 5-2 morning line choice for her owner Calvin Baglole and trainer Tammy MacKay, Barrieau will handle the driving. Dusty Lane Milly, is the early choice in race 5 for owners Frank Hansen, Shelley Gass and Alexis Gass, Hansen handles the training duties on the daughter of Allamerican Navajo and Walter Cheverie will drive. Another daughter of Navajo is favourited in the seventh race and final 'B' division of the day, Miss Johnstone from post 4 will look to pick up her first lifetime victory for the trainer - driver combination of Thane Mann and Terry Gallant along with owner Paul Johnstone. Bo Ford
The Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters took centre stage Tuesday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Paymenowpaymelater extended his unbeaten win streak to five in the Race 6 division of two-year-old trotters. The two-year-old filly by Northern Bailey let the dust settle off of the gate before charging to the lead just past the quarter, going on to win by two and a half lengths in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Clare MacDonald drove for the first time for trainer Earl Watts. With the victory Paymenowpaymelater pushes her lifetime earnings well over $15,000 in five starts. Wait For Me was second and Suicide Shift finished third. J K Blaze picked up the victory in another division of two-year-old trotters. Favourite Tyne Valley did not receive a fair start and that opened up a wide open betting bored. Walter Cheverie sent the daughter of Northern Bailey to the lead and never looked back winning in 2:09.2 for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood. Windemere Ty was second and Windemere Tribe was third. Dusty Lane Jewel put in a gutsy effort for Charlottetown's new leading driving Marc Campbell. The daughter of Nureyev made a break heading into the first turn but managed to get away third in the compact field of five. The Campbell trainee grinded out a first over attack to nail trot setter B J Matador on the line. Skyanne finished third. Southfield Shadow took the fastest of the three Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on the afternoon card, she stopped the clock in 2:01.3 for the driver - trainer combo of Terry Gallant and Thane Mann. Owned by the Southfield Farms of Summerside, the filly tracked down the leader Villager past the three-quaters after he laid down fraction of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:31.1, to win by four lengths, B J Comanche finished second and Villager hung on for third. Phantom Beau was able to convert off of a perfect two-hole ride in Race 7 for driver Kenny Arsenault. Owned by Peter Breau and trained by John Pineau, the three-year-old son of Bo W moved out around the final turn and defeated Dusty Lane Galaxy who finished second while Arizone Ray finished third, time of the mile was 2:03.1. Young-gun driver Jack Panting made his work look pretty easy in the final trot division of the day. He fired Dunmore Chance off of the gate before letting favourite Saulsbrook Pippa clear to the lead going to the half, Panting made his move around the last turn and went on to win by five lengths in 2:04. Grandfather Ralph Annear owns and trains. Driver Brian Andrew picked up a driving double on the card. He got his winning started with War Cry Ranger in race 3 making every call a winning one in 2:00.1. His second win came with a four wide move up the back stretch aboard Honor Roll. Time of that mile was 2:00.2. The fastest mile of the afternoon went to Cabo Pan Lucas in the last race on the card. Driver Paul Mackenzie sent the seven-year-old chestnut gelding right down the road winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. Gary Poulton co-owns and trains along with co-owner Alan Walker. Cabo Pan Lucas laid down fractions of :28.3, :59, 1:28.3, 1:56.4. Bo Ford
Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old trotters provided exciting harness racing action at Inverness Raceway on Wednesday evening, including setting a new track record for three-year-old trotters. Dusty Lane Galaxy took the new track record when he crossed the finish line in 2:03.4 with driver-trainer Gary Chappell in the bike. The bay trotting gelding is owned by Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and the Estate of George Boswall, Frenchfort, PE. The other three-year-old trot event on the evening card went to B J Comanche and driver Clare MacDonald in 2:04.2 for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague PE. The two-year-old trotters also had a chance to shine as Tyne Valley and driver Mike Stevenson captured first place honours in their event in 2:11.1 for owners William and Scott Roloson, Belfast, PE and Kristi Pickering, Charlottetown, PE. The second two year-old trotting event went to Paymenowpaymelater and driver Kenny Arsenault in 2:06.4 for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PE. The Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting events across the Maritimes are presented by Meridian Farms. Not to be out done by the trotters, the two-year-old pacing fillies also strutted their stuff at the Inverness oval. Woodmere Dancenart and driver-trainer Clare MacDonald won their 'A' division event in 2:01.2 for owners Morah Kerr, Greenfield, NS and Phonsie MacEachern, Port Hood, NS. The other 'A' division event on the race card went to Jann Down and driver Gilles Barrieau in 2:01.4 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. I Can Do Anything crossed the finish line first in the lone 'B' division event with owner-driver-trainer Keith Ford in the bike. Gordon Neill of Charlottetown, PE, shares the ownership papers on the two-year-old filly. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again this weekend as a full slate of events will take place during Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. For a complete schedule of events and to view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. Lynne MacLennan
If you like stake races, Red Shores' Summerside is the place to be Wednesday night. The 15-dash card gets under way with a special 6:30 p.m. post time. A total of 13 divisions of the two-year-old Callbeck stake as well as two divisions of the P.E.I Trotting Series are scheduled to line up behind the starting gate. There will be a number of undefeated streaks on the line in the Callbeck Stakes and there is one bound to fall in the first of five two-year-old filly divisions. In Race 2, the undefeated Dusty Lane Bria has drawn post 4 for owners Kenny Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Ameripan Gigolo - Briannas Attitude filly comes in off back-to-back 2:00 and change scores, all of which came off of the front end with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. He'll be handling the driving duties Wednesday. Woodmere Articblue is also undefeated in her young career. The Articulator - Blue Violet filly is owned by first time owners Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia. Kenny Collins handles the training duties and regular pilot Clare MacDonald will be back in the bike from post 2. Danny Romo picked up the catch-driving victory in 2:00.2 in her last outing at Truro Raceway. Bossy Brilla, Casa Miasa, Swift Taylor and Sweetwater Rayne round out the field. The first of five colt divisions start in Race 3. Putnams Legacy is the morning line favourite for Gordon McCabe and Blaise Duff. Another undefeated two-year-old in action, the Cookie Dough Boy colt was a winner in his last start in 2:00.3 for trainer - driver Bernard McCallum. The first leg of the P.E.I. trotting series for aged trotters goes in Race 4. Newcomer to red soil, Mopey Corey, is the early favourite. He comes in from the Invitational ranks in Kawartha his last start, Amanda Riley owns the eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding, Tommy Riley does the training. Mopey Corey will unite with his name sake Corey MacPherson for the first time. Frill Seeker has drawn post 3 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault, the last time he toured Red Shores' Summerside, he just missed the track record by one fifth of a second. Caliban Hanover, Lyrical Lindy, Saulsbrook Balance and Zip The Lip round out the field. Race 6 is the second division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-old trotters, Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated streak on the line from the rail. Owned by Wade Peconi and trained by Earl Watts, the daughter of Northern Bailey - Credibility hasn't faced a challenger yet winning both of her previous starts by five lengths. Arsenault will be in the bike. Dialamara shocked Summerside last Wednesday when he made his maiden voyage and impressive one, winning by 15 lengths in 1:59.3 closing it out with a :28.2 last quarter. The two-year-old Lis Mara colt will look to make it a repeat performance for Doug Mac Phee. Tom Weatherbie handles the training duties and Jason Hughes will drive from post 2. A pair of Proven Lover colts will look to play spoiler. J J Romeo has drawn the rail for owner Dan Ross of Belfast. Mike Stevenson recently notched his 1,500 driving victory and handles the training and driving duties on J J Romeo. Proven Desire was second in his last start out for owners Blair Hansen, John Thomas and Meghan MacDonald. Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell handles the training and the driving. He leaves from Post 6 For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Three-year-old pacing fillies Lovineveryminute, Elmgrove Inarush and Pictonian Sareta shared the spotlight Sunday at Truro Raceway, each winning their respective $19,175 divisions of the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial, as Atlantic Grand Circuit Week wrapped up. Current track record holder Lovineveryminute was a gate-to-wire winner in the first division for driver Todd Trites and trainer Earl Smith. The Western Paradise filly fought off third-place finisher I C Anastro (Marc Campbell) en route to the 1:57.2 triumph while Sail Through (Mike Stevenson) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a pocket trip. The winning filly is now five-for-seven in her sophomore season and just shy of the $30,000 earnings mark for breeder River Valley Management and co-owners Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. Driven by Mark Bradley, Elmgrove Inarush romped to a two and a half length victory in 1:57.1 over Mappos Moenhay (Clare MacDonald) with Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) coming on to show despite a late break in stride. The daughter of Coastocoast Yankee is owned by trainer Eddy Doucette and partners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Elm Grove Inarush now boasts four wins in seven starts this year with earnings of $26,852. To view the rest of this story click here.
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The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action. All Hail and driver Clare MacDonald captured the first $10,040 'A' division event crossing the finish line in a time of 2:01.2. The chestnut colt is owned by Riley Farms, Kensington, PE and Lloyd Hannah, Summerside PE. Coming home a close second was J J Romeo and driver Mike Stevenson and third was Gotta Move and Bernard McCallum. The second 'A' division event on the evening race card went to Putnams Legacy and Bernard McCallum in 2:00.3 for owners Gordon McCabe, Truro, NS and Blaise Duff, Big Pond, NS. Second place went to Proven Desire and driver Marc Campbell and Silverhill Lover and Terry Gallant took third place honours. The two $2500 'B' division events rounding out the race card went to Timely Finesse and driver Marc Campbell and Johnnybananas and Jason Hughes. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action continues Saturday evening when the three-year-old pacing colts meet at the Truro oval. First race post time on Saturday is 6:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association
Summerside PE - The two-year-old filly pacers were on display in full force Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside. A pair of fillies bred by Woodmere Farms who were in line to the 'queen' of the Maritimes Clare MacDonald stole the show, winning two of the three 'A' divisions. Woodmere Articblue owned by Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine converted off a perfect two-hole ride, winning by half-a-length over pace setter Pictonian Stardust (Mike Stevenson) in 2:05.3. The Articulator filly sprinted home in a blistering :28.2 last quarter over a rain soaked oval. MacDonald placed Woodmere Dancenart on the front in Race 10 and never looked back sailing on to win by a length in 2:03.3 over Jann Down and Party Rockin. The Articulator filly is owned by Morah Kerr and Phonsie MacEachern. Dusty Lane Bria owned by Kenny Wilike and Larry Chappell was the fastest winner of the three 'A' divisions. The American Gigolo filly made a rush to the lead at the half and would go on to win by two length in 2:00.1, taking the lions share on the $9, 660 purse. The win also gave Kenny Arsenault his second win of the card. Three Pink Bows (MacDonald) was second, Swift Taylor (Stevenson) was third. Arsenault's first win came in Race 2 aboard the Force Of Life filly Bossy Brilla in the first 'B' division, The Queens Jubilee another Force of Life filly and Gilles Barrieau picked up the victory in the second division. Windfall Bluechip made his return to the racetrack from the breeding shed a winning one, capturing the evenings feature race in 1:59.1, the win gave Arsenault his third victory of the night. Van Zant finished second and P C Shockwave was third. Marc Campbell also enjoyed a driving triple on the night with Union Dues in the first and a pair of Wayne Merner trainees Sweet Sweet Rosco and Pasta Vera later in the card. The tripe moved him into the lead for the Basil Whelan Memorial trophy, which is award to the top driver during Governor's Plate week. Campbell has seven wins on the week, Arsenault is just one back with six. Mike "In The Bike" Stevenson moved one step closer to a career milestone winning the fifth race trot with Osprey Impact for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee, The win puts Stevenson only two wins away from 1,500. Racing returns to Red Shores' Summerside Thursday evening at 7 pm with the three-year-old filly pacers taking centre stage in the Atlantic Sire Stakes. By Bo Ford