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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

Charlottetown, PE - Corey MacPherson kicked off the 2016 harness racing season with four winners Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. His victories included the afternoon feature aboard Idealic Life in 1:56.3. It was the pacer's fourth win in a row as he turned back stable-mate Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) giving trainer Trevor Hicken the one-two finish in the top class. Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass) was third. Idealic Life is owned by Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston, PE. The grand-slam also included Thisgirlcanhunt for her second in a row from the Mike Ramsey stable, Best Risque for trainer Brian Ladner and Capitalism giving trainer Trevor Hicken the double. In other news, Holy Molie Maggie won the open trot for Gary Chappell in an impressive 2:00 flat for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes. Marc Campbell posted a driving triple on the 15 dash program while Chappell and Wade Sorrie enjoyed driving doubles to kick off the new season. The wager was $47, 481. Lee Drake

CHARLOTTTOWN, PE - Last Saturday was Corey MacPherson day in Charlottetown and All Turain is favoured to help the young harness racing reinsman cash in again this Saturday. First race post time is 12:30 PM for the 16-dash card with the All Turain competing from post 6 in the race 15 feature for a $2,400 pot. The red-hot MacPherson, who had six winners on last Saturday's program, is driving the morning line choice in six races on the afternoon. He will be in the bike with All Turain for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. Forever Paradise looms a major danger from post 5 in the compact feature field with Marc Campbell in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of All Turain to be a integral part of MacPherson's afternoon. "He'll be the favourite and rightly so since he's beaten these four times in the past month," MacIsaac said. "Number five looks like a good possibility despite another outside post." Other entries include Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass), Painted Desert (Mark Bradley), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The back-up pace lines up in race 6 with Likely To Win picked to do just that for MacPherson, trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. Bazillion looks to be a player in the event with Brian MacPhee in the bike from post 4 for trainer Hicken and owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall. Also in the tight knit field of five is Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault), Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton). The Open Mares pace lines up in race 9 named as the Joe Fogarty Memorial for a $2,350 purse. General Luckypercy is the morning line choice from post 3 with Ron Matheson in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Jodi Lynn Matheson of Charlottetown. The winner's of this even last week, Sendmeasign, has post 5 with Arsenault in the bike while Sam leaves from post 6 for trainer-driver Hughes. CL La Rouse (Poulton), Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey) and Whitesand Artist (Gary Chappell) round out the field. The afternoon trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,750 purse with Neal the morning line pick for trainer-driver Brian Andrew, who co-owns with William Andrew of Calgary. The seven-year-old Credit Winner stallion will have to contend with post 7 in the field of as many with his main competition coming in the form of post 5 starter I Aint No Lady (Arsenault) and post 6's Diamond Mine (MacPherson). By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - It was a career day for Corey MacPherson. The young harness racing driver posted six winners during a 16 dash program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson started the afternoon taking the first three races with Roscoes Child, Hurricane Bill and trotter Diamond Mine. His grand-slam came with Adam Merner's trainee Likely To Win. MacPherson teamed with the Trevor Hicken stable to cap off his super Saturday with victories aboard Idealic Life and the afternoon feature event with All Turain. All Turain was able to track down fraction setter Forever Paradise (Cheverie) in deep stretch to win the top class in 1:58.1. Mach Wheel (Darren Crowe) rallied late to complete the triactor. All Turain, owned by Lee Hicken, Charlottetown, PE, has four victories from his last five starts. Walter Cheverie had a driving triple with top honours going to Caliban Haniover in the open trot, Putnam's Snap and his own Bowyer Hanover. Mike McGuigan recorded a driving double while Jason Hughes made a trip to victory lane to remain one win behind leader Marc Campbell in the Charlottetown driver standings. Earl Watts posted a training double which included the fastest mile of the day of 1:57.2 with Sinners in Heaven for Gary Chappell and the ownership group of Windemere Farms, North Wiltshire, PE, Lana Murphy - River Valley Management, Quispamsis, NB. For complete results go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - All Turain, with Corey MacPherson in the bike, won the Sunday afternoon featured event in an impressive 1:56.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. All Turain is owned by Lee Hicken, Charlottetown and conditioned by Trevor Hicken. The victory capped off a four win performance for MacPherson. The young pilot moves up to fifth place in the Charlottetown driver standings with 67 first place finishes on the season. Click K (Ron Matheson) was second with Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) third. The 5-7-2 triactor paid $54.50 while the superfecta 5-7-2-3 returned $599.60 when First Art Down rallied to finish fourth for Kenny Murphy who recorded a driving double on the day. Holy Molie Maggie powered past the field to capture the open trot for driver Gary Chappell and owner-trainer Jeff Holmes. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - All Turain, under the command of Corey MacPherson, won the Sunday afternoon feature in 1:57.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson sent the Trevor Hicken trainee to the front from post 5 but he was roughed up to the opening quarter by Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) in a speed duel of 28 seconds flat before taking control of the pace on route to the half in 58.3. The duo marched by the three quarter pole in 1:27.4 and rolled to a two length victory over Clic K (Ron Matheson) and Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault). The score was the second win in a row at this level. All Turain is owned by Lee Hicken, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson recorded a driving triple while Hicken enjoyed a training hat-trick on the 13 dash program with stable stars Spectacular Future and Painted Desert also taking top honors. The Jason Hughes stable remains sharp with Blue Star Outlaw and Beckenbauer winning their respective assignments. The Hughes operation capped off the weekend with five winners. Mike McGuigan, Mark Bradley and Gary Chappell also posted driving doubles on the card. Racing returns Saturday November 28th with Horseperson's Day presented by the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association. The afternoon will also feature the annual driver's championship with the top driver from the competition being presented with the Paul MacDonald memorial trophy. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE – Driver Corey MacPherson celebrated career win 500 aboard Useful Hanover during the 14 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Sherry, Kensington, PE is the owner and was trackside to greet MacPherson who was making a return to the race bike this weekend after being sidelined for medical reasons. MacPherson kept the winning streak rolling coming right back with Unstoppable Speed in race 11 for the ownership group of David and Mitch Tierney, Kelsie and Sterling Buchanan. All Turain gave MacPherson the hat-trick with a dazzling 1:56.3 romp. The track was rated sloppy with a three second variant. Forever Paradise finished second with Clic K completing the triactor. Holy Molie Maggie won the trot class for driver Gary Chappell and owner Jeff Holmes, Orwell Cove, PE. Chappell also returned to the winner’s circle with Milla Road for Zack Conway, Bonshaw, PE. Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell recorded driving doubles. For complete results and payouts go to  By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

People in this harness racing industry never cease to amaze me. I asked everyone in the drivers room if they would donate their 5% on a race night to a young father and good friend who is in the midst of a run in with cancer. Not one person hesitated.  All were resounding YES in helping someone few of them have met or know. Most people know the horse Mopey Corey. Few knew who he was named after. It was almost a decade ago at campbellville training center and Corey Macpherson worked slowly putting horses away at my barn. Just a kid, he moved from PEI like so many of us do, dreaming of a chance to make it to Mohawk/Woodbine. I just stopped and watched him. Gingerly sweeping, dragging his feet like frankenstein down the shedrow, I roared to him, hey mopey, you couldn't pick it up a little could you? We all laughed and Corey went about his usual painfully slow routine. He may have been slow but he rarely stopped. He'd work all day and always have a smile on his face. You couldnt help but like the kid. It was tough to see him go, but heart breaking to hear that he had to have surgery and the doctors thought It was cancer. Just a typical guy in this industry. Works hard, has a kid and a lovely wife. Corey would be upset if he knew we were doing this, he never asked for anything he didn't earn. But no one wants to hear anyone has cancer, certainly not a 26 year old father and husband. None of us have much to give but I'm not as bashful as Corey. To the people who have pledged a donation, thank you very very much. To the people who read this, if you can donate to a great cause, a great kid and a loving father, I and the rest of our industry would be grateful. Stay strong mopey. Your friend, Anthony MacDonald This is the fundraising campaign for Corey Macpherson donations:

Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway held the 2015 edition of the Callbeck Stakes at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday for two-year-old fillies and colts. Time Warp set the stage in the opening dash when the trot filly, in line to Danny MacDonald, powered her way to the front and delivered a 2:04.3 performance to tie the Summerside track record for two year-old fillies. The daughter of Neal is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd, Daniel Ross, Belfast, breeder Bill Andrew, Calgary, Alberta and Brian Andrew, Milton Station, PE. Beaus Cowboy then took the spotlight in the very next race when the Alex MacPhee owned colt tripped the timer in a dazzling 1:58.1 for a five length score. Corey MacPherson was in the bike for trainer Ron Gass. KD Overdrive (Steve Mason) and trotter Da Master, owned by Eric Johnston, Summerside and driver Terry Gallant, recorded back to back romps in their respective Callbeck divisions while Howmacs Annie remained undefeated in her young career with a 1:59.2 clocking for driver Gordie Hennessey, trainer Tom Weatherbie and the ownership group of Kyle Gardiner, Michael Currie, Cardigan and Jerry MacKinnon, St. Peters Bay, PE. High Bid, Jackson K Down and Scarlet Safari are three for three in 2015 stakes action. For the complete results of the Callbeck stakes at Summerside go to Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Machinthesand made it three wins in a row after claiming the feature race Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Norris Rogers was in the bike for harness racing trainer Hughie Murphy and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell & Karen Noonan. The time of the mile for the son of Mach Three was 1:56.1. Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) was second with Outside The Wire (Jason Hughes) third. Corey MacPherson had a hat-trick on the 11 dash program winning with Goodmorningdiva for owner-trainer Frank Banks, Summerside, Useful Hanover for owner Jason Sherry, Kensington and Eastcoast Down in 1:57.4 for a new record on the pacer for Gordon Ross, Clifton Royal, NB. Gary Chappell had a driving double with scores aboard Acton O So Royal for conditioner Colleen Chappell and opened up the afternoon with a visit to victory lane with Lorne Valley Ricki for Barry Peter MacLeod, Cardigan, PE Racing returns Sunday July 12 at 1pm featuring the Governor's Plate Eliminations. For complete results go to By Lee Drake               ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately.   Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

Charlottetown, PE - D GS Camme, last year's Governor's Plate and Premier's Pace champion, won the Saturday night feature harness racing event in 1:54 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and the ownership group of Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. Barrieau sent the favorite to the point from post five and laid down stiff fractions of 27, 56.1, 1:25.3 before cruising home in 28.2 seconds to notch his first victory of 2015 in only his second start of the campaign. All Turain, who was on the move early in the mile, was second for Corey MacPherson while Cabo Pan Lucas (Vince Poulton) was third. MacPherson had a big night at the track with four winners on the card. The young pilot is off to an impressive start this year as he teams up with D&D Lawncare & Landscaping to raise money for PEI Human Society in the annual Drive for Charity promotion. MacPherson's victories came aboard Mob Rule for trainer Danny MacDonald, Pleasure Girls in the open trot for owner Shelley Gass, Cornwall followed by Torpedo Seelster to give Ron Gass a training double. The grand-slam came with Roscoes Child owned by the Selkirk Stable of Belfast, PE. Raymond White is the trainer. In other action, Osprey Impact won her trot assignment for driver Paul Larrabee while Ramblinglily recovered after an early mis-cue to record back to back winning performances for Walter Cheverie. The time of the mile was 1:56.2. Marc Campbell had a driving double on the 13 dash program. The wager was $47,433. Gold Cup Grandstand Seat Information Grandstand seats for the 2015 Gold Cup & Sauce at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will go on sale Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. (AST). The price is $55 per seat (tax included). Customers can purchase them in person at the Red Shores’ race office or by phone at 902-629-6636. The 56th edition of the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer will take place on Saturday August 22, 2015. By Lee Drake

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