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Charlottetown, PE - Forever Paradise may not of had the same season he did in 2015 but that didn't matter in the New Years Eve harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. The six-year-old maritime bred by Western Paradise used a ground saving journey for 'The Tiger' Corey MacPherson to slay Drivingthedragon's win streak in 1:57.2. The New Zealand invader Drivingthedragon N was parked out to the quarter in :28.1 before clearing to the lead and laying down fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.3 putting away a first over attacker in Rash B Havior but didn't have enough to fend of the patented 1/8 of a mile spirt of Forever Paradise. Macpherson who enjoyed a careee year in 2016 closed it out with a driving triple. Reg MacPherson along with Aaron and David MacKenzie own the Kevin Maclean trainee who picked up his 48th lifetime victory, just hours shy from turning seven. Marc Campbell crushed his previous single season dash title at Red Shores in 2016 topping up with a driving hattrick on the night to set the new plateau at 144. The three victories gave him the most wins in a maritime season for 2016 with 213. Kenny Arsenault enjoyed a driving and training double with Howmacs Pride and American Captain.'' By Bo Ford  

Charlottetown, PE - Driver Corey MacPherson capitalized late with four consecutive on the board finishes to capture the annual Paul MacDonald Drivers Championship on Horsepersons Day at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The harness racing event is sponsored by the Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horseowners Association. Now known as 'The Tiger', MacPherson struck the Red Shores winner circle twice in the championship, first with Powerful Women, and then an outrageous Jetta Flys in 1:56.4. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes was the runner up in the event scoring a driving hat trick on the card, including two winners in the annual competition. The 'Maritime Magic Man' Gilles Barrieau made a late surge to try and knock of a pair of Island boys. He won the final two heats of the event but it wasn't enough to catch MacPherson and Hughes. It was a bounce back day for the unanimous Aged Pacer of the Year in the Maritimes, D Gs Camme. With is regular pilot, Barrieau back in the sulky, the son of Blissful Hall rolled straight the boiler from post 6 and was a going away winner in 1:56 taking the Chappell Construction Pace. The win gave Barrieau the hat trick on the day and training double for Red Shores' top trainer Jackie Matheson, who scored with newcomer Four Corners. The story lines were endless on the Saturday afternoon card, Veteran driver Gary Chappell enjoyed a marvelous day at the office cashing in on a grand slam including a winner from his own stable in Willi Ray. The 'Campbell Watch' was in full affect as well, heading into the card only five wins away from breaking his record for most wins in a single season at Red Shores, Marc Campbell cashed in with a hat trick moving him just two wins away from not only the record but 200 driving wins in the Maritimes on the 2016 season. A feat that has not been accomplished since 2008. The afternoon wage during PEISHOA Horsepersons Day was $48,105. For complete results go to By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - On a day full of long shot winners at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park Corey MacPherson managed to steal the show bagging five winners on the 13-dash harness racing card. MacPherson was rocking early in the card striking with the early daily double. He converted with J J Tanner to score the firs half and than managed to end the 0 for 19 streak of Diamond Mind in the second. The man they call 'Tiger' struck with a pair of heavily bet trotters, Holy Molie Maggie pocket popped at the five-eighths to crush her rival by five and than came back in the Open Trot with front-end tactics to score a two length victory with all-aged trotting track record holder Osprey Impact. It was the fourth win in a row for the daughter of Federal Flex owned and trained by Paul Larrabee. The winning ways continued in Race 7 as the Atlantic rep at this years National Driving Championship rocked Western Sexy, a first time starter for trainer Phil Sizer to point before giving way to Onehotvett. MacPherson once again popped pocket past the five eights and blew them away by nine. On a day filled with long shot winners which included a pair of over $40 winners, Best Risque strutted her stuff in the afternoon feature to defeat the boys and return $22.40 on the nose. The Brain Ladner trainee set up an Old Home Week like opening quarter hanging Forever Paradise out for most of the opening quarter in: 26.2. After clearing Mike McGuigan had no choice but continue to roll as post time favorite Clic K pressured the fraction setter to a half in: 55.2. 'The Blue Knight' Jason Hughes made the winning move up the back side moving out from the two-hole through a three-quarters of 1:25.4 and taking command of the field, the nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest stopped the clock in 1:56.3 from Ladner and family, Lillian and Kevin Ladner. The win gave Hughes a driving double on the card, which handled $37, 326 For complete results go to By: Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf captured the Saturday night harness racing top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was an incredible 1:53.4. Driven by Corey MacPherson, Big Surf blasted off the starting gate and posted heated fractions of 26.4 to the opening quarter with the half reached in 56 seconds while the three quarter frame flashing up at 1:24.3. The 2/5 favorite recorded his third win in a row and fifth on the season for owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke. Drivingthedragon N was second in the contest with All Turain third. The program also featured the Maritime Breeders eliminations for two and three-old trotters. Wicked Nick, under command of Gary Chappell, and Windemerepartyman, with Jack Panting driving, won their respective two-year-old assignments while Southfield Storm (Terry Gallant) and Oceanview Pancho (MacPherson) won their three-year-old eliminations. Kenny Arsenault recorded a driving double with back to back performances with The Big Bite, trained by Thane Arsenault, and Dees Boy, owned by David Kent, Hunter River, PE. Arsenault is only 43 victories away from career win 3,000. MacPherson, Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes, fresh off his third place finish at the National Driving Championship in London Ontario Friday night, also notched two winners each. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Jason Hughes of Stratford, PE and Corey MacPherson of Vernon Bridge, PE will be heading to London, Ontario, this week to compete in the National Driving Championship (NDC) for harness racing at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday, October 14. The winner of the NDC will be Canada's representative in the 2017 World Driving Championship hosted in Canada next August. Standardbred Canada co-ordinates four regional events across the country, and drivers had to earn their way into the NDC by finishing first or second at their Regional Driving Championship. Hughes earned his spot by winning the Atlantic Regional hosted at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP on June 25 and MacPherson took the runner up spot. The National Championship is an eight race event and drivers earn points based upon their finishing positions. Drivers will also have some input into the horses they drive as a hockey pool style "draft" will be done and drivers will choose their horses from horses entered. This is a first time NDC appearance for both Hughes and MacPherson who warmed up for the big event via this past weekend's Atlantic Breeders Crown at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP. "It's a tough field," says Hughes of his seven competitors. "There are a lot of great drivers and I'm just hoping to be close to the front in most of the races so the other guys have to go around me." Hughes has been driving and training horses since the early 90s, and his career has steadily been improving the past five seasons. Hughes has a 20 horse stable and also works full time as a Maintenance & Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Stratford, where he's been for 20 years. "I get to the barn very early in the morning and very late at night and I have a great help," says Hughes of juggling the two full time jobs. Hughes managed wins in an Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation and an Open Pace during this past weekend. Corey MacPherson is into his 8th season of driving and is coming into the event in fine form. MacPherson had a win, third and fourth in Atlantic Breeders Crown finals and the previous weekend he took two divisions of the Joe O'Brien Stakes and two wins in the Lady Slipper. There are also three other drivers with strong Island connections competing in the NDC. James MacDonald, son of Islanders Fred and Gail MacDonald (Fred is the editor of Atlantic Post Calls and Gail is the track photographer for Red Shores), and one of the Woodbine Entertainment Group Circuit's top drivers will be attempting to win the title. Brandon Campbell from Calgary, Alberta, and a top reinsman at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino is the son of former PEI horseman, Sanford Campbell. Brett MacDonald lived on the Island with his family for several years and drove in the matinee program. Here is the complete field of drivers for the National Driving Championship: Brandon Campbell, of Calgary, AB; Guy Gagnon, of Gatineau, QC; Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON; Jason Hughes, of Stratford, PE; Brett MacDonald of Embrun, ON; James MacDonald, of Guelph, ON; Corey MacPherson, of Vernon Bridge, PE; and Jim Marino, of Surrey, BC. BY THE NUMBERS Jason Hughes 2016 589 drives 98 wins / 93 seconds / 97 thirds / $216,407 in purse earnings Career 7307 drives 1120 wins/ 1060 seconds / 982 thirds / $1,938,895 in purse earnings Corey MacPherson 2016 583 drives 115 wins / 89 seconds / 88 thirds / $296,330 in purse earnings Career 4112 drives 646 wins / 607 seconds / 570 thirds / $1,163,967 in purse earnings Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park kicked off the PEI Colt Stakes Thursday featuring the trotters at the harness racing legendary oval. Majian Tango opened up the $4,500 two year division taking top place money for trainer-driver James Ripley while Just A Little Tad rallied to win her assignment for trainer Ron Gass and driver Corey MacPherson. Play Along scored his second win of the season for owner-trainer-driver Trevor Easter, Morell, PE. Howmac Gyspy earned the first piece of hardware in the three-year old trot division for driver Jack Panting and trainer Ralph Annear. The winning connections were joined in the winner's circle by Rebekah Nitschmann a member of the UPEI swim team who was on hand for Panther night at the track. Glencove Zani pulled off an upset in the second three-year-old $5,600 split for driver Michael McGuigan and trainer Edward Smallwood. In other action, Freddie notched his third win in a row in the open trot for driver Marc Campbell and Three Wisemen stable of Cornwall, PE in a dazzling 1:57.4. The trip is a new track record for aged trotting geldings. Narragansett captured the evening's top class presented by Intelisys Aviation Systems in 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and Foxyhall racing stable, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau, Corey MacPherson and Gary Chappell had driving doubles on the program. The PEI Colts Stakes, Canada's longest running stakes program with 82 years of history, continues Saturday with a double header. Post times at 1pm and 7pm. The wager was $24,190 For complete results go to Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Athletic Putnam won the Wednesday night feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:57.2. Driven by Dale Spence for trainer Paul Biggar, Tyne Valley and his co-owner Don Callbeck, Kensington, Athletic Putnam was all alone through the stretch to notch his third victory in a row. Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) rallied for second while rail sitter Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was third. Corey MacPherson made three trips to the winner's circle on the card. One of the scores came aboard Life Savior owned by Darla MacEachern and trained Duane MacEachern of Kensington. The 11 year-old pacer now has 60 lifetime wins. Racing returns Sunday to Red Shores Summerside with the Governor's Plate eliminations. First race post time is 1pm. For more information go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The leaderboard is tied at 38 wins each at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but drivers Marc Campbell and Corey MacPherson will try to break the gridlock Thursday evening. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 12-dash card with Campbell seeking redemption in the race 8 Open Horses and Geldings Trot for a $1,950. Campbell will guide Freddie from post 3 for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall, after the four-year-old had broken equipment at the start in his latest outing, snapping his three race win streak. Wedgewood and Gary Chappell have rail control for trainer Glenn Claybourne, while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) loom as real threats with the outside two post-positions. Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Neal (Brian Andrew) complete the field of half-a-dozen. The $2,100 evening pacing feature takes to the track in race 11 with Bazillion receiving the inside post for trainer Trevor Hicken, owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall and reinsman Brian MacPhee. The pacing gelding dominated last week in Charlottetown in 1:58.1 from post seven with Ed Harvey aboard in Atlantic Regional Driving Championship action. He faces another horse who was on top of his game for the championship, as Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) has post 2 fresh off a 1:57 victory. First Art Down is installed as the morning line favourite from post 6 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Clifford Murphy after dropping out of the preferred ranks for this race. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a different approach for the Thursday evening feature, as he backs Eagle Jolt and trainer-driver Campbell from post 3. "He was a little tardy off the gate last week but then he paced his own back half in better than 57 seconds and just got nipped at the finish," MacIsaac said of Eagle Jolt. "With him likely to get a better start from this improved post we'll treat him as the one to beat." Other entries include Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), Starcastic (Ron Matheson) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Another field of Open trotters line up in race 10 with the top trot mares on the East Coast. Charlottetown and Summerside track record holder Thunderaway has the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. The seven-year-old daughter of Thunder Road won her latest start in Open company in 2:01.4. Pleasure Girls returns from action at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario and draws post 5 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. The veteran mare captured her last start in 1:58.1 over the Ottawa five-eighths oval. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Harness racing driver Jason Hughes held off Corey MacPherson with the most points over eight races to win the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship on Saturday, June 25 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Both the winner and runner-up will advance to the National Driving Championship. Hughes kicked off the eight-race driving tournament with a victory aboard Sam ($4) in the first leg and later won the sixth leg with Cambest Kisser ($4.70). The 43-year-old Stratford, P.E.I. horseman maintained his lead in the point standings throughout, with top-three finishes in four other legs. The 27-year-old MacPherson, of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I., sat out the first leg, but also drove a pair of winners during the regional event, with his first coming aboard I Am Able ($7.20) in the fourth leg. MacPherson climbed to second-place in the point standings and scored an unexpected seventh leg victory with Whosurwinner ($18.50) to narrow the gap on Hughes, who had sat out that leg but managed to maintain a slight lead going into the final race of the competition (53-51). Hughes secured his position atop the Atlantic Regional standings with a second-place finish aboard Spirit Of America in the eighth and final leg behind Bazillion ($14.40) and Ed Harvey while MacPherson and Waterside Light finished fifth after challenging first over. Hughes ended with 62 points to clinch the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship title while MacPherson held second with 54 points. Marc Campbell, who had tied for the lead after his second leg win aboard P H Little Cam ($7.70), finished in a dead heat for third with Walter Cheverie, both with 41 points. Harvey (37) , fellow leg winners Darren Crowe (33) and Paul Langille (30), and Gerard Kennedy (14) rounded out the competition. "All of the horses raced good. We had lots of fun here tonight, all the guys," said Hughes. "It was very competitive." It was a big day for Hughes, whose stable won a total of five races on the Saturday program, including the $5,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational Pace with OK Galahad in 1:54.4. The five-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding is owned by Hughes' brother Robi and Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. Hughes and MacPherson will move on to the National Driving Championship, which will be held on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. The winner of the National Driving Championship will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted in Canada. They will face off with the top two point-earners from each of the four regional competitions. Ontario Regional Driving Championship winner James MacDonald, also a P.E.I. native, and runner-up Trevor Henry will join them from Friday's competition, which was held at Grand River Raceway. The Western Regional will take place next at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday, June 26 and the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional will be hosted by Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday, July 12. OFFICIAL POINT TOTALS 1. Jason Hughes - 62 2. Corey MacPherson - 54 3. Marc Campbell - 41 3. Walter Cheverie - 41 5. Edward Harvey - 37 6. Darren Crowe - 33 7. Paul Langille - 30 8. Gerard Kennedy - 14    

Idealic Life was back to his winning ways in last Thursday’s feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and he will reunite with Atlantic Canada’s leading driver to try for a repeat performance. The Trevor Hicken trainee has drawn post 3 in the race 11 $2,100 feature event Thursday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown with Corey MacPherson in the bike for owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 11-dash card with Idealic Life headlining a field of eight in the finale. His sharp 1:56.4 victory was all race analyst Les MacIsaac had to see. “He was a comfortable winner when he dropped to this level last week after racing the bearcats for his first three starts,” MacIsaac said. “Other than the likely short price in here, there is not much to dislike.” Ok Galahad gets another crack at Idealic Life in the feature event leaving from post 5 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes after a second place finish in his East Coast debut last week. Other entries include Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault), My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy), I D K (Vincent Poulton) and Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass). Race 6 has a field of seven Open trotters with no clear cut favourite in the $1,950 event. Wedgewood has rail control for driver Gary Chappell and owner-trainer Glenn Claybourne after winning this class two starts ago, while Frill Seeker was an impressive winner his last start for trainer-driver Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Ontario. Newcomer Freddie has post 4 with trainer Campbell in the bike, fresh off a third place finish trotting in 1:58.4 at Flamboro Downs. A field of trotters takes to the track in race 2 with Howmacs Pride taking on a group of five rivals for a $1,400 purse. Arsenault trains and drives the six-year-old daughter of Amigo Hall for owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The trot mare has yet to miss the board in the Open trot since the season began and gets a healthy dose of class relief in Thursday non-winners class. Her chief rivals are post 6 starter Tyne Valley (Walter Cheverie) and Parkhill Jugernaut (Brian MacPhee) with post 2. Ryan Desroche will make his pari-mutuel debut in race 7 on the program behind Onehotvett from post 2 for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook and trainer Austin Sorrie. The 18-year-old Desroche recently finished his qualifying drives to become eligible for pari-mutuel action. Onehotvett is listed at 8-1 odds in the $1,700 class. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

The first Thursday night feature of the 2016 harness racing meet at Red Shores Charlottetown was an all class victory for Idealic Life. The winner of over $525, 000 life used a class dropping first over effort to track down newcomer Ok Galahad, who laid down fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.1, Idealic Life is owned by Perry, Robin and Luke Burke along with Kent Livingston. Trevor Hicken is the trainer while Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Corey MacPherson handled the driving duties. Charlottetown native Kenny Arsenault enjoyed another banner night at his home town oval, with three driving victories, two of them from his own stable, including Frill Seeker winning the Open trot in 2:01.2. Arsenault also picked up wins aboard trainee Waterside Light and Elm Grove Kaboom for trainer Earl Smith, both horses are owned by Larry and Kathy Chappell. Driver Mark Bradley and Trainer Tom Weatherbie teamed up on the first Thursday card of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown for the early double with Pownal Bay Style and Glory Jean. Marc Campbell also enjoyed a driving double on the card aboard Windemere Stanley and J J Jodster. Racing returns to the capital oval on Saturday evening for a 13-dash card beginning at 6:00 pm. Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque, under the command of Corey MacPherson, notched her sixth win in a row after taking the afternoon harness racing feature in 2:00.1 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson, who had four winners on the program, rushed the Brian Ladner trainee from post 8 to the lead and cut fractions of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2 to win by a length and an half over Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey) while Ideal Space (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. The score was Best Risque's 50th lifetime victory for owners Brian, Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson's other winners came with Montana Ben from the Mike Ramsey stable, Im a Debutant for O'Brien award winner William Andrew and trainer Ron Gass and Painted Desert from the Trevor Hicken stable in the back-up class in 1:57.3. Bold Arrow and driver Dale Spence closed out the winter meet in Charlottetown with top honours in the finale for owner-trainer Greg MacInnis, Tyne Valley. Wade Sorrie and Marc Campbell enjoyed driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to Racing returns at Charlottetown in April while Red Shores Summerside returns to action in May. The PEI harness racing community presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Classy Lane Barn Fire fund. Customers bought tickets on a Gold Cup and Governor's Plate prize package while donations also came in from the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, Red Shores, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association, Prince County Horsemen's Club and the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission Stretch Drive Fund. Twila Mahar was the winner of the Gold Cup signature event. Patricia Keough claimed the 2016 Governor's Plate grand prize. Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - He is the man on the move. Corey MacPherson has been winning multiple races since his return to the track in November and takes over the top spot in the driver standings at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13 victories. The legendary harness racing oval has 13 races on Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. "I'm feeling really good right now and my confidence is up because I'm driving better horses too," said MacPherson. "It really comes down to the horses but I'm driving with a bit more patience and I try to put each horse in a position to win." One of those horses is Idealic Life. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is trained by Trevor Hicken and goes for his seventh straight score Saturday in race 12. MacPherson said he's a pleasure to drive. "You can hold him with two fingers in the post parade but once you turn him behind the gate he's like a race car. He likes the front but he can come off a helmet and once I move him he delivers such a burst of speed. He's a nice horse." Best Risque goes after her fifth in a row on the open mares handicapped for MacPherson and trainer Brian Ladner. "I got into a little trouble with her last week and had to go three high to the opening quarter but she proved how tough she is. That was a big win." The roster also includes A Fiesty X Ample off the rail for driver Stephen Quinn and conditioner Nickolas Oakes. Quinn is third in the standings with 4 winners in the first month of 2016 three behind Marc Campbell who sits in second with seven. Campbell only needs one more trip to victory lane to notch 1,500 in his career. A familiar name returns to Charlottetown. Smokin Bear, who appeared in the 2013 Gold Cup & Saucer, is entered to compete in race 10 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Kenneth Wilkie and owner Jamie Whelan. Customers still have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package in the Classy Lane fundraiser. Tickets are $10 dollars and are available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. The last chance to buy tickets will be January 30th. The harness racing fan choice awards ballot will be in the race program on Saturday. Fans will have an opportunity to select their favorites and be entered for a chance to win a Red Shores prize package. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Harness racing driver Corey MacPherson has picked up in 2016 where he left off at the end of 2015 winning multiple races. The Vernon River native notched five winners Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson had his first picture taken with Political Crisis from the Adam Merner stable and also rallied with Ron Gass trainees Im a Debutant and Hurricane Bill. The young pilot extended the winning streaks for Best Risque and Idealic Life to cap off a big afternoon at the office. Best Risque delivered as the post time favorite after making a three high move in the early going to take control of the race in the open mares handicap pace. The mare, trained by Brian Ladner, charted her fourth in a row winning by a length over Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey) in 2:00.3 for her 48th lifetime score. Idealic Life moved his winning streak up to six in a row after being sent to the front from outside post seven to drive away on his rivals in a snazzy 1:57 flat that included a closing panel of 28.2 seconds. The horse is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Perry Burke, Grosse-Ile, QC, Luke Burke, Pleasant Grove, Robin Burke, Ten Mile House and Kent Livingston, Cornwall, PE. January 23rd and January 30th are the final two cards of the winter meet. Post times will be slated for 12:30pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque, under the control of Corey MacPherson, notched her third win in a row and remains perfect in the 2016 campaign after capturing the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mare, trained by Brian Ladner for his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, held off a late closing Blazing By (Brian Andrew) and fraction setter Sam (Jason Hughes) for the 2:01.4 score. MacPherson had four winners on the program also parading Hurricane Hill, Goodmorningmister and Idealic Life to victory lane. Idealic Life extended his winning streak to five in row claiming the Mr Salming Pace in a sparkling 1:56.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and the ownership team of Kent Livingston, Perry, Robin and Luke Burke. Marc Campbell also recorded a grand-slam leaving him one shy of 1,500 in his career. Campbell started the afternoon with top honours aboard the Todd Walsh trained Wandasbettorchoice and clicked with Barrett Jackson, Ideal Lifestyle and Eagle Jolt in the Mr Domi pace. Pictonian Storm shocked his rivals in race 9. The longshot, under the command of Wade Sorrie, returned $353.70 to win posting back to back victories. Walter Simmons of Summerside owns the pacer. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Idealic Life has been established as the morning line favorite in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The race is in honour of Mr Salming, a former Maritime bred record holder on a half mile racetrack when he scorched Yonkers Raceway in 1:52 flat. Post time for the 14 dash card is 12:30pm. Idealic Life, who is riding a four win race streak, is trained by Trevor Hicken and will be driven by Corey MacPherson. This trainer-driver combination is one of the hottest on the Island. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is coming off a 1:56.3 score and leaves from post 6 in race 13. The other triactor candidates include DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) who has hit the board in his last six starts for owners Wendell and Robbie Shaw of Summerside and Derek Folland, Kensington while Putmans Power (Walter Cheverie) has shot in the top three from post 5. The talented field also includes The Big Bite (Shane Bernard), Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and Likely To Win (Ken Murphy). The program will also pay tribute to Mr Domi, the first Maritime bred sub 1:50 performer who stopped the clock in 1:49.4 over Woodbine Racetrack. Breeder Eldred Nicholson will be trackside with the cooler presentation as Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass) go after the top prize. The power packed line up has Rash B Havior (Walter Cheverie), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), Fightmaster (Michael McGuigan) and My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy). Driver Marc Campbell is only five victories away from career win 1,500. Campbell is booked on eight horses Saturday. The Island harness racing community is coming together to launch a fundraiser for the Classy Lane training center in Ontario after a tragic fire on Monday night. Customers will have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package. Tickets are $10 dollars and will be available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

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