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SUMMERSIDE, PE - Forever Paradise had complete control of the Friday night harness racing feature as soon as the wings folded at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Corey MacPherson sent the son of Western Paradise to the front through fractions of 30, 59.4 and 1:29.1 before unleashing a 28 second closing quarter for a mile time of 1:57.1 in the $2,200 preferred pace. Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) finished second with Ultimatelyhandsome (Kenny Arsenault) third. Kevin MacLean trains Forever Paradise for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Old Buck used a hard first over move to overpower the $1,900 back-up pace on the special Friday evening card. Sitting fifth approaching the backstretch on the final lap, driver Jason Hughes tipped the son of Ameripan Gigolo to the outside with nothing but fresh air in front of him. Old Buck responded to his uncovered advance to defeat pacesetter Darth Bader (Norris Rogers), who ended up third with Capitalism (Adam Merner) getting in the middle of the triactor. New owner Braedon McKenna had the first win of his career as a horse owner with newcomer Culpepper as part of a driving double for driver Hughes. Kristina McCourt of Kensington co-owns and trains the seven-year-old grey son of Camluck as he was a 1:57.2 victor in his East Coast debut. Driving doubles were also accomplished by drivers Merner, MacPherson and Mike McGuigan. Live racing continues at Red Shores with a Saturday evening card at 6 P.M. at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Sunday at 1 P.M. in Summerside. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The end of January is known for being cold on Prince Edward Island but on the Saturday afternoon the action promises to be red hot at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 13-dash card which will signal the end of the winter meet at the capital oval. Live action is scheduled to return to Charlottetown on April 22 Adkins Hanover leads the way in the race 13 Greenhawk Charlottetown featured event for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Ambyr Campbell and owner Perry Burke of Quebec. The pacer was scheduled to make his Island debut in last week's featured event but a no contest in that race pushed back his first true chance at victory since relocating from Ontario. Adkins Hanover leaves from post 7 in the $2,300 event and will face off with the red hot Forever Paradise from post 6 with "Magic" Mike McGuigan in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Adkins Hanover will have his first visit to the Red Shores winner's circle Saturday afternoon. "We only got an abbreviated look at him last week in that shortened race but for that brief time he looked pretty good," MacIsaac said of Adkins Hanover. "He moves inside a spot today and if he's able to set up shop on the front end again it could be all over." Other feature entries include Mcjestic (Jason Hughes), Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell), Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner), Pictonian Storm (Gary Chappell) and Dbs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Arsenault leads the way among drivers in this early point of the Charlottetown season with seven wins and is tied for first among trainers with Ron Gass at five victories each. Arsenault top trainee, Frill Seeker, has drawn post 6 in the race 4 Open trot but will hand the reins to American driver Brian Blanchard. The native of Maine is studying at the Atlantic Veterinary College and will handle Frill Seeker in the $1,700 event while Arsenault drives stablemate Howmacs Pride from post 5. Also in the field is Glencove Zani (Ken Murphy), I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Parkhill Juggernaut (Ambyr Campbell) and Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson). Race 11 has a newcomer to Charlottetown with Earlymorninarrival from post 7 for trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary and driver Marc Campbell. The 10-year-old son of The Panderosa had been racing at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario for trainer Gerard Demers. Get Your Fun On Track promotions include the Play 4, Super Pack, Pick 5 and Wild Horses ticket tag. Tag your ticket for a chance to win $50 jackpots on every race with the final race of the season at $100. Second Chance Draws will also give customers an opportunity to win some prizes from Red Shores and other entertainment properties. For race programs and top picks go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Harness racing streaks were continuing and being formed on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday afternoon.   Dusty Lane Zendaya continued her winning ways in the first race of the afternoon, stringing her undefeated career to four in a row. Corey MacPherson turned tactics this week brushing the three-year-old Aahm Canadian Now daughter to the lead and drawing off for a lifetime best win in 2:02.2. Shelly and Alexis Gass own the Ron Gass trainee, who had a training double on the day. Forever Paradise continued his winning ways in the afternoon feature picking up his third straight win on route to his 50th lifetime victory. MacPherson took early control off the wings before giving way to the return of Junebugs Baby who laid down numbers of :29.2, 1:00.1, 1:29.3 before the Kevin Maclean trainee tipped to the outside and drove away in 1:58.3 for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Marc Campbell has started the 2017 meet at Red Shores right where he left off in 2016 stinging his competition for a 4 bagger including a finale score with his own trainee Woodmere Articblue in 1:59.2. Frill Seeker has been a model of consistency over the past month for trainer, driver Kenny Arsenault picking up his third straight score in the afternoon Open Trot. Dale Spence teamed up with trainer Greg MacInnis for an afternoon double with Bold Arrow and Jays Little Spark. Jason Hughes wheeled back three winners a piece on the 16 dash card. Arsenault clicked for a Double. The wager on the afternoon card was $ 42,640.   For complete results and payouts go to   By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Two-hole ride winners seemed to be a trend on the first Saturday afternoon card at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in 2017 and that's just how Forever Paradise would deliver in the harness racing feature. The now seven-year old son of Western Paradise set up shop on the front end in the early going before being rebuffed by Doing Some Damage who laid down the fractions of :30.3, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2 before driver Corey MacPherson shot the Kevin Maclean trainee Forever Paradise up the passing lane for his 49th lifetime victory. It was his second victory in a row at the top class level for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. The time of the mile was 1:59.4. Macpherson was also able to keep the streak alive for Dusty Lane Zendaya, the three-year-old daughter of Aahm Canadian Now finished 2016 a perfect two for two and would give 'The Tiger' a double on the day capturing her third straight victory. Ideal Space will go down in history as the first winner of 2017 at Red Shores. Off a career year in 2016, Adam Merner used front end tactics to take the first race of the new year at the capital city oval. Joey Squires trains for owners John and Albert MacGillivary. The winning didn't end there for the connections. Merner set Simon Said up for a two hole ride in behind fraction setter Red Magician before dropping into the passing lane to share doubles all around. On the topic of doubles, Kenny Arsenault who was read hot to close out 2016, continued his winning ways scoring a pair of driving and training victories. With Frill Seeker and Highland Boreas. Marc Campbell, Red Shores' leading driver in 2016 picked up a driving double on the card with Scarlet Saphire and the fastest trip out the day with veteran pacer Eagle Jolt in 1:57.3. Three cheque presentations were made as part of the Trainer-Driver Challenge offered in 2016. Jason Hughes was the leading point getter with 1,414 points and took home $2500, Marc Campbell finished second with 843 taking home $1500, and Arsenault rounded out the top three with 786, good for $1000. This Challenge is a way to honor the dedication, time and talent of being a trainer-driver in the harness racing industry. The wager for the afternoon card was $45,704. By Bo Ford

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

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