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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a first over brush to the front Sophist took the Thursday evening harness racing feature pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. David Dowling supplied the winning steer aboard Sophist in the $2,200 top pace for trainer Chris MacKay and owner Jordan MacKay of French River stopping the clock in 1:57.2. Collective Wisdom (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second with Killean Finale (Ken Murphy) third. The Lloyd Hannah Stable of Summerside doubled up in trot action on the card as Windemeredontuworry provided a mild upset in the $2,500 Open trot in 2:00.3 over a rain soaked capital oval. Barrieau was in the bike behind the Atlantic stakes graduate for owner Eric Johnston of Summerside as he won over Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) and Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault). Hannah's other win was also for owner Johnston as Summit City Nate overcame post 8 to be placed first in his $2,000 trot assignment to give driver Dale Spence his first ever trotting victory in the race bike. Supreme Monarch (MacPherson) won the dash but was placed behind Summit City Nate after going inside two consecutive pylons in the final turn. Total wager was $40,175. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Slide Guitar will try to play a winning tune in the Wednesday afternoon harness racing feature for a special Canada Day program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 10-dash Wednesday card gets underway at 1 P.M. and the $2,300 featured pace lines up in race 9. Slide Guitar has rail control in the field of seven with David Dowling in the race bike fresh off a three win performance on opening day in Summerside to put him in a tie with Marc Campbell for leading driver. Dowling co-owns Slide Guitar with trainer Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. Best To Hurst has post 2 after knocking on the door at this level in recent weeks but has yet to see the winner's circle for trainer Jonah Moase this year. Jason Hughes will drive Best To Hurst on Wednesday. Hemingway has the far outside in the field fresh off a seasonal debut where he finished second to 1:55.3 winner Tobins Rebel at Charlottetown, pacing his own mile in 1:56. Adam Merner will drive Hemingway for trainer Melissa Rennie. Hemingway may be second choice in the morning line odds but gets the respect of the Backstretch Beat selections in the Red Shores Summerside race program. "Hemingway only has the one start this season but it was a fantastic one tracking along one of the nicest three-year-old colts in the region to finish second," Reads the beat. "Post 7 could complicate things but we think it can be overcome." Also in the featured field are Flash In The Pang (To be driven by Ken Murphy), Souverain (Corey MacPherson), Payback (Brodie MacPhee) and Zack The Men (Dale Spence). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 5 with a compact field of five vying for the $2,000 purse. JK Cowboy gets the respect of the morning line favourite from race secretary Gerard Smith. Leaving from post 1 the son of Brandons Cowboy was second in his latest outing for driver Spence and owner-trainer Greg MacInnis of Tyne Valley. Other top entries are Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie) and Dangle Ona Dime (MacPherson). The program will see the first two-year-olds of the season in pari-mutuel action on P.E.I., with Very Well Done in race 3 for trainer Clair Sweet and Mystifying in race 1 for trainer-driver Darryl MacLean. MacPherson is still searching for win number 1,000 of his career after getting number 999 last Friday in Summerside. The Cornwall driver has six drives on the card. For race programs, live video and more go to and wager online at By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Three-quarters of the entire Saturday afternoon program saw driver David Dowling finish first or second as he cruised to his first Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship harness racing title during Horseperson's Day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Warren Grove driver dominated the card with six wins and three second-place finishes including four wins in the eight race MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship, sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association. Dowling won the competition with 73 points. Gilles Barrieau finished second at 66 points and Earl Smith third on the day with 51 points. Fourth was Mike McGuigan with 48 points then Brian MacPhee and Corey MacPherson were tied for fifth place at 47 points. Jason Hughes was seventh in the challenge with 46 points and Mark Bradley rounded out the field at 44 points. Dowling started the action off in the first race of the competition winning with Sendmeasign in 2:01.4 for trainer Alex Sobey of Summerside. Noplay won the second leg of the contest in line to Dowling in 2:01 for Allan Gregory of Charlottetown, then Lincoln Seelster from the Jackie Matheson stable captured leg three to give Barrieau a spot in the win column with a 2:01.1. score while Dowling finished second with Sanchez Blue Chip to maintain his healthy points lead in the championship. The winning resumed for Dowling in the fourth leg of the championship as Casimir Obama romped in 2:00.3 from the Todd Walsh Stable. Veteran pacer gave MacPherson his first win of the competition in leg five as the 13-year-old scored by a quarter-of-a-length in 2:00.3 for trainer Kerry Taylor with Dowling finishing second with Confident Fella. The sixth race of the challenge saw Jens Credit double up Barrieau for trainer Ryan Perrot of Charlottetown stopping the clock in 2:01.1 with Dowling continuing his driving perfection with a second place finish with Back In The Game. Smith won the next leg aboard West River Ambyr for trainer Harold Shepherd in 1:58.4 while the race had Dowling's worst finish of the day with a fifth-place behind Cougar Gal. To top the day off, Outrageous Spirit was a winner in the last race of the eight-race championship for Dowling and trainer Kevin Peters in 2:01.1. Dowling other two wins came in regular overnight action with Best To Hurst in 1:58.2 for trainer Earl Watts and Knockout Punch in 2:02.4 for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. For race replays and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A perfect trip for Nogreatmischief paved the way to knock off the heavy harness racing favourite in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie sent Nogreatmischief off the gate and guarded the rail in the $2,900 featured event before releasing Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) to the front. The favoured Woodmere Ideal Art laid down splits of 28.2, 58.4 and 1:28.4 before Nogreatmischief tipped off his back to engage the leader in the stretch and get up to a neck decision in 1:58.1. Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) completed the $113.50 triactor. Cheverie co-owns and trains Nogreatmischief for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. David Dowling was the most popular driver of the day with four winners on the card starting off the winning with Silverhill Buddy in 1:57.3 for trainer David Myers of Charlottetown, followed by wins with Zack The Men in 1:58.2 from the Elton Millar stable of Tyne Valley and a 16-1 upset with Knockout Punch for Marvyn Webster of Kensington in 2:01.2. The final win for the Warren Grove driver was a dead-heat between Junebugs Baby and Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau) in 1:59.3. Cornwall reinsman Corey MacPherson had three trips to the winner's circle including a dead-heat in the race 2 Lester Chappell Memorial pace with Dangle Ona Dime for Darla MacEachern of Summerside, who landed on the line together with Complete Player (Mark Bradley) in 2:01.1. MacPherson also won with Screen Test in 1:58 for trainer Stephen Gass and Er Quinn in 2:00.2 for trainer Jeff Holmes. For race replays, prize payouts and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a three-bagger on the Friday evening harness racing program driver David Dowling continued his grip on the driver's standings at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and his lead in the Basil Whelan Memorial award for leading driver of Governor's Plate week. The Warren Grove driver started the action off winning a $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for three-year-old pacing fillies with After The Lovin for trainer Earl Watts in 2:00.4. The Devils Cut supplied Dowling's second win in 2:04 in another $2,500 B-split for trainer Chris MacKay of French River. Ramset used first-over tactics to win a $1,500 overnight event in 1:58.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley to give Dowling win number three. The Whelan Memorial standings will be settled during Saturday evening's 16-dash Governor's Plate program. In other Atlantic Sires Stakes action for sophomore fillies, Elm Grove Nellie was placed the winner in an eventful $12,700 A-division with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter and owners Jennifer Baxter of Falmouth and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Cheeky Cherry (Driven by Clare MacDonald) was the winner by two-lengths in 1:58.3 but was placed back to fifth for interference. When the dust settled on the judge's inquiries, Elm Grove Nellie was placed to the winning spot with a corrected mile time of 1:59. Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) was placed to second with Unapologetically (Marc Campbell) put to third to complete the triactor. Arc Light found the winner's circle in the second $12,700 A-division for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Woodmere Oleksiak (Dowling) saw her win streak snapped to finish second while Therealdeal (Walter Cheverie) finished third in the 1:57.3 mile. The other Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division saw Dustylanebukinfuty win in 2:00 with Corey MacPherson driving for trainer Stephen Gass of Cornwall. Mando Fun won the race 12 Medastar Memorial in 1:57.1 with Campbell driving for trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Goodmorning Ky scored a mild upset in the Bud Ramsay Memorial pace stopping the clock in 1:59.3 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Franks Banks of Summerside. Go to for race replays and more.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A perfect two-hole ride sealed the way to victory for Noundidnt Blue Chip in the feature event and capped off a six-win performance by his driver Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Warren Grove resident David Dowling was the star of Sunday's Red Shores Summerside program winning six races on the 10-dash card. In the $2,800 featured pace, Adkins Hanover (Driven By Ambyr Campbell) went to front and controlled the race with splits of 29.2, 1:00.4 and 1:29.3 while fending off a first-over advance from Woodmere Ideal Art (Norris Rogers). Dowling sat pretty in the two-hole with Noudidnt Blue Chip for the duration of the race until he powered up for a neck decision in 1:58.3. Adkins Hanover was at the wire for second while third went to Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.). Noudidnt Blue Chip is owned and trained by Neal Moase of Warren Grove. That feature win was one of six visit's to the winner's circle for Dowling. He started off the day capturing the first five dashes until his feature win in race 9. The action started as he steered The Devils Cut to a 2:02 victory for Chris MacKay of French River the won with Bugtown Superstar in 2:02.2 for Brian Walsh of Albany. Woodmere Oleksiak romped by nine lengths in race 3 in 1:58.3 for Dowling and trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley supplied Dowling with wins four and five of the day as Ramset overcame an early break to win in 2:01.3 then Twice As Bright cruised to victory in 1:58.4. Total wager was $17,405. Live racing continues at Red Shores with the Future Star of 2019 taking place Monday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. As well as live cards Thursday at 6:30 P.M and Saturday at 6 P.M. at the Capital oval while Red Shores Summerside returns to action Monday July 1 at 1 P.M.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Hitting the wire first as the longest shot on the board, Phil Dorleans captured the featured harness racing event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway as part of a four-win performance by driver David Dowling. Adkins Hanover (driven By Ambyr Campbell) set the early tempo with quick splits of 27.2 and 55.4 in the $2,600 featured pace while Phil Dorleans got away fifth and then moved first over. Dowling and his charge struck the front at the three-quarter mark of 1:26, then increased his margin in the final quarter before fending off a hard-closing Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.) and third-place Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). Donald Milligan trains Phil Dorleans for owners Kent Williams of Ellerslie, Andrew Williams of Richmond and Lyndon Hardy of Coleman. Time of the mile was 1:56.4. Dowling also hit the winner’s circle with Woodmere Chella in 1:58.1 and Emperor in 1:59.4. The Warren Grove reinsman scored his other win in a $3,920 division of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series, presented by Standardbred Canada, with Jordies Hope in 1:55.3. Brian Ladner trains Jordies Hope for owner Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. The other $3,920 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series split was won by Sodwana Bay, delivering as the favourite in 1:55.2 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. Barrieau and driver John Davidson recorded driving doubles on the program. The total wager was $25,831. Summary of Sunday’s harness racing card in Summerside: Race 1 J J Breanne (J. Davidson) 6.50 5.30 3.90; Tiki Hut (G. Barrieau) 2.40 2.10; Windemere Pay Day (D. Spence) 19.30. Times:  29.0, 1:00.1, 1:30.2, 2:00.4. Also ran: Spirit of August, W C Little Willie, Khitam Image, I M Incredible, W C Emmastarwalker. Winning horse owned by John Davidson, N.B. Exactor  6-1 $22.80. Triactor 6-1-2 $146.20. Superfecta 6-1-2-7 $267.19. Race 2 Dividend Day (K. Murphy) 8.20 4.00 6.00; Windemere Johny (C. MacPherson) 6.00 2.70; Dilans Mustang (G. Barrieau) 4.30. Times: 28.3, 58.4, 1:29.3, 2:00.2.  Also ran: Useful Hanover, Casimir Nunzio, Blacky Black, Bowyer Hanover, Loves A Challenge. Winning horse owned by Fred Paynter, Debbie and Neal Ramsay, P.E.I. Exactor 5-4 $24.50.  Triactor 5-4 $202.20. Daily Double 6-5 $ 37.60. Race 3 Pickpocketprincess (J. Davidson) 14.20 3.70 2.60; Medici Hanover (J. Hughes) 2.10 2.10; Flowersonthebeach (K. Murphy) 9.00. Times: 31.0, 1:02.2, 1:32.1, 2:01.1. Also ran: Howmac Magic, Don’t be A Hero, Elm Grove Nanci, Fern Hill Delight, Southfield Sandy. Winning horse owned by Wayne Hubbard, N.B. Exactor 8-1 $11.20. Triactor 8-1-3 $188.00. Superfecta 8-1-3-6 $28.50. Race 4 Saulsbrook Lassie (A. Merner) 6.70 4.70 3.50; Dangle Ona Dime (C. MacPherson) 5.40 3.70; Prom King (D. Spence) 10.60. Times: 28.3, 58.0, 1:27.3, 1:57.2. Also ran: Ramset, Hunger Pangs, Westward Whim, Ten Mile Beach, Rockyroad Slimjim. Winning horse owned by Jean R Belliveau-Norman Leger, N.B. Exactor 2-7 $22.10. Triactor 2-7-8 $545.10. Superfecta  2-7-8-6 $156.42. Race 5 Nutmegs Cider (D. Wallace) 17.90 11.60 3.90; Southfield Sue (K. Murphy) 4.30 2.50; Shes A Lover (R. Chappell) 2.40. Times: 28.3, 58, 1:29.0, 2:01.1. Also ran: Mia Lotta, Hurricane E J, The Gormanizor, Medoland Bobcat Winning horse owned by Leigh Gavin, P.E.I. Exactor 6-3 $109.30. Triactor 6-3-1 $280.80. Superfecta 6-3-1-4 $176.00. Race 6 Badlands Giovanna (J. Hughes) 6.50 3.40 3.00; Brief Interlude (C. MacPherson) 4.80 2.80; Shouldabeenaclown (K. Murphy) 2.30. Times: 28.2, 58.3, 1:29, 1:59. Also ran: W C Kenzie Cookie, Jays Little Spark, Shy Artie, Dancers Pass, Windermerimalright. Winning horse owned by Stephen Sweet, P.E.I. Exactor 2-4 $31.60. Triactor 2-4-1 $ 69.70. Superfecta 2-4-1-7 $117.32. Race 7 Sodwana Bay (G. Barrieau) 2.20 2.10 2.10; Ramblingily (K. Murphy) 2.40 2.40; West River Ambyr (S. Shepard) 3.30. Times: 28.3, 58.1. 1:27.1, 1:55.2. Also ran: Prettyndangerous, Dreas Good Powow; Innocent Kiss, Elektra Express, Bettim Vicky. Winning horse owned by Wayne MacRae, N.S., Howmac Farms, P.E.I. Exactor 1-4 $6.10. Triactor 1-4-6 $33.30. Superfecta 1-4-6-5 $21.90. Race 8 Emperor (D. Dowling) 48.10 33.70 11.40; Rising Fella (J. Hughes) 17.50 6.40; White Fish Flash (N. Rogers) 4.30. Times: 29.4, 1:00.1, 1:30.0, 1:59.4. Also ran: Rash B Havior, Shiftyn Georgie, Adventure Luck, Myambrose, J K Cowboy. Winning horse owned by Ralph Sweet, P.E.I. Exactor 8-2 $231.55. Triactor 8-2-1 $ 374.60. Race 9 Jordies Hope (D. Dowling) 10.90 3.60 4.20; Woodmere Finesse (D. Spence) 2.10 2.10; Drivingthedragon N (J. Hughes) 5.70. Times: 28.0,56.4,126.0,155.3. Also ran: Collective Wisdom, Traces of Purple, Brodys Leona, Killean Finale. Winning horse owned by Lillian Ladner, P.E.I. Exactor 8-2 $28.60. Triactor  8-2-3 $183.70. Superfecta 8-2-3-7 $60.30. Race 10 Noudidnt Blue Chip (G. Barrieau) 5.20 2.20 2.10; Twice as Bright (D. Dowling) 2.40 2.10; Confident Fella (C. MacPherson) 2.60. Times: 29, 58.4, 1:27.3, 1:56.3. Also ran: HP Bushido Dragjet, Coasttocoastshark, Ultimiate Flyingnun, Instant Shadow, Culpepper. Winning horse owned by Neal Moase, P.E.I. Exactor 3-5 $9.00. Triactor 3-5-2 $30.80. Superfecta 3-5-2-1 $8.24. Race 11 Phil Dorleans (D. Dowling) 18.60 5.90 3.40; Pictonian Storm (M. Heffernan) 25.80 5.90; Woodmere Ideal Art (J. Hughes) 2.90. Times: 27.2, 55.4, 1:26, 1:56.4. Also ran: Adkins Hanover, Santana Sass, Mando Fun. Winning horse owned by Kent Williams, Andrew Williams, Lyndon Hardy, P.E.I. Exactor 4-2 $37.50. Triactor 4-2-6 $208.80 Race 12 Woodmere Chella (D. Dowling) 3.60 2.40 2.10; Lincoln Blues (C. MacPherson) 3.00 2.30; Whim Roader (G. Barrieau) 9.30. Times: 28.4, 59.4, 1:29.3, 1:58.1. Also ran: Sendmeasign, Winter Blast, Goodmorning KY, Ultimatelyhandsome. Winning horse owned by Valleygrove Farms, P.E.I. Exactor 3-1  $11.70. Triactor 3-1-2 $34.30. Daily Double 4-3 $99.80. Total wager – 25,831. By Nicholas Oakes (  Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – David Dowling sent Rockin Indy from the start and never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle in the Thursday evening feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Owned and trained by Troy Murray of Clyde River, Rockin Indy left well from post 6 in the $2,400 featured pace and laid down splits of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:29 before closing out in 1:58.2 for a half-length victory. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) came up the inside to finish second while pocket-sitter Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was third. A newcomer to the trot ranks captured the $2,400 featured Open Trot as Star Photo prevailed in 2:03.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The 10-year-old son of Classic Photo is now owned by Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford along with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Mike McGuigan scored a driving triple as he had a maiden breaking score of 2:03.3 aboard Howmac Margarita, a win with Gettin Messi in 2:00.1 and a neck decision with What A Babe in 1:59.4. For race replays and more go to   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Applying off the pace tactics was the key to victory for Screen Test and harness racing driver Corey MacPherson in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Morning line favourite Er Quinn (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) set the early tempo in the $2,500 event with even splits of 29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 with Dream On Dream On (David Dowling) advancing first over. Screen Test took the cover second over and mowed down his rivals in the stretch drive for a half-length victory in 1:58.3. Er Quinn hung on for second with Dream On Dream On third. Stephen Gass trains Screen Test for owners William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Kickin Horse Stable of York. Marc Campbell had a driving quadruple and a training double on the 10-dash card as Ya Boy Bear opened up the card with a win in a $1,800 three-year-old Open trot event in 2:01.2. The Campbell trained sophomore son of Delcrest Julian is owned by Michael Bailey of Morell. Trainer-driver Campbell came back later in the card as Freddie won the top trot of the night for a $2,200 purse in 2:01.1 for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The third Campbell winner was a catch-drive as Paythelinebluechip won in 1:59.3 for trainer Jay Noye of Pleasant Valley. Scoot Out Of Here completed the Campbell grandslam as the Winsloe driver stopped the clock in 1:59.3 to continue his dash title dominance. Scoot Out Of Here is trained by Vaughan Doyle of Charlottetown. Getting Messi won the other $1,800 three-year-old Open trot in a 15-length romp with a final time of 2:01 for one of three driving wins for Mike McGuigan. Jamie Whalen of Avondale owns the Ambro Barrister colt, who is trained by Len McGuigan of Charlottetown. The father-son duo of trainer Len and driver Mike had two victories with Shadownthetwilight winning in 2:02.4 in a maiden breaking score. Mike also found the winner’s circle with Bad Silver in a 2:01.1 win for trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A deeply competitive field will face off Saturday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. Mick Dundee has rail control in the top class for owner-trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. The homebred son of Aahm Canadian Now has been knocking on the door the past few weeks in the preferred ranks but has yet to find the winner's circle. Last week's winner, Euchred, has post 6 and rides a two-race win streak into Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling. Revenant has yet to miss the top three this season as the son of If I Can Dream will look for his first preferred victory with Adam Merner supplying the drive. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a possibility for any one of the six entries to hit the wire first and will defer to Mick Dundee's post position advantage. "This one appears to be wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some early mayhem up front so if Mick Dundee can sit and stalk all the way and exploit that good late kick he could get it all." Also in the deep field are Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell). Sodwana Bay was dominant in 2018 in the Open Mares Pace and showed more of the same last week in her seasonal debut. She will contest the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open in race 7 of the program for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended has been assigned the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling). Trainer Jackie Matheson will be the special guest on Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast Check out for race programs and more.   May 26, 2019 Island Stakes Season Commences Sunday At Red Shores Summerside   SUMMERSIDE, PE - Magical Mistress was nothing short of superb last year and will look to remain perfect in the first Island stakes engagement of the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sunday's program kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring a trio of divisions of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies as well as three divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for sophomore pacing colts. Magical Mistress headlines her Chappell division in race 7 with Adam Merner back at the controls for trainer Stephen Gass and new owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing of Quebec. The daughter of Camystic has drawn post 3 in the $8,100 class as she looks to expand on her 12-race undefeated streak put together as a two-year-old in 2018. The program commences with a Chappell division in race 1 with Ma Rebelle selected as the one to beat from post 2. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has already recorded a 1:59.1 victory this season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Arc Light has similar prospects in the other $8,100 Chappell division in race 5 as she leaves from post 2 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell. The daughter of Camystic was a 1:59.2 victor in her latest start for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Bob Dewar Memorial action starts off in race 3 with a pair of champions colliding. Last season's Maritime Breeder's Futurity champion Red Dirt Boomer leaves from post 1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Notorious has post 5 in the same split with Campbell in the bike for owners Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S., and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. The second Dewar division is later on the card in race 9 with a $8,100 pot at stake. Carlisimo won the first Maritime stakes event of the season in the Dawn Bremner Memorial in New Brunswick. The son of Shadow Play must contend with the far outside at post 7 with Campbell at the helm for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The final Dewar split has A Grand Terror favoured to win the lion's share of the $8,100 purse for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of New Brunswick. The Camystic pacer will leave from post 1 in the field of eight entries. Driver David Dowling will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment will air at 12:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast For more information go to   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A two-hole ride was all it took for Soccer Hanover to find the winner's circle in the Victoria Day featured harness racing event on opening day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. David Dowling was top driver on the day as the Warren Grove reinsman won three races on the program including the $2,600 top class with Soccer Hanover. Dowling opted for a two-hole ride over a sloppy track with a three-second variant, with the Leith Waite trained Soccer Hanover and drafted behind pacesetter Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) through fractions of 29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1. The stretch drive told the tale in the feature as Soccer Hanover edged up for the win over Screen Test in 2:00 while third place went to Red Magician (Adam Merner). Dowling's other wins came with Windemerenightlife in 2:03 for trainer Clair Sweet of O'Leary and with Twice As Bright in a 2:03.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley. Millar was top trainer of the day with two victories including the final dash of the day with Heza Workof Art hitting the line first after a front end steer by driver Mike McGuigan in 2:02.3. For race replays and more go to   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a front end trip there was no stopping Euchred in the Saturday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,900 event saw Euchred and driver David Dowling stack their competition three-wide around the first turn and make Doctor Royal (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), riding a three-race win streak, duck into the three-hole. Euchred then ran the rest of the mile relatively uncontested through fractions of 28.1, 57.4 and 1:27.3 before closing out the mile in 1:57.1. Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) drafted along for the deuce at the longest odds on the board while Revenant (Adam Merner) was third. Euchred paid $20.00 on the nose to win for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Sodwana Bay started off her 2019 season with ease as she ran the gauntlet on top to win the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace on the program for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:57.2 over Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Nomatterwhen (Dale Spence). Marc Campbell had a training and driving double on the Saturday evening program to continue his lead in both categories at the capital oval. Glasgow Gracie was a 2:02.2 victor in race one for Campbell, while Eagle Jolt captured a $1,900 class in 1:59.2 later in the program from the Campbell stable. For race replays and more visit   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores        

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Under a front end steer from the ‘King’ of Island harness racing, Sock It Away snatched the New Year’s Eve feature and stamped himself as the winningest horse under the age of six in North American Harness Racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. As part of a five win evening for driver Marc Campbell, Sock It Away controlled the front end in the $2,500 preferred pace and powered away to a four-and-three-quarter length victory stopping the clock in 1:57.3. It was win number 20 of the season for Sock It Away, who only tasted defeat once all season for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. That win puts him at the top for wins amongst three-year-old regardless of gender or gait in North America and ties him for second place for wins by any Standardbred on the Continent. Finishing second in the preferred pace was Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) while Red Magician (Corey MacPherson) was third. Campbell also hit the winner’s circle with Navy Pilot Hanover, Jetster and Modern Best all from his own stable and closed the year out in the New Year’s Eve finale with Prince Adam for trainer Matt Hinkley of Margaree, N.S. Driver David Dowling celebrated win number 100 of the season while winning four races on the 2018 finale. Dowling hit the winner’s circle in an upset performace with Dustlanemissmolly in 2:00.3 in the $2,350 Open Mares class for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Drivingthedragon N (Hughes) hung on for second with Dusty Lane Zendaya (MacPherson) completing the healthy $599.30 triactor ticket. Dowling also hit the wire first with Silverhill Buddy in 2:00.4 for trainer Stacey Lund of Stratford, Rockin Indy in 2:00.3 for Troy Murray of Clyde River and Mach An Angel in 2:03.4 for Rocky Schurman of Summerside. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 5, 2019 with a 12:30 P.M. first race post time. For race replays and more go to   Nicholas Oakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Cartoon Daddy fought off all comers in the final strides to hit the winner’s circle in the Thursday evening featured event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. David Dowling supplied the winning steer, stopping the clock in 1:59.2 for owners William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Brian Andrew of Milton Station, P.E.I. The Thursday evening program saw the first snowfall of the season with blustery conditions putting the track at a two-second variant for the card. The $2,200 feature pace saw Weekend Atnannies (Driven by Mike McGuigan) set the tempo with opening splits of 27.3 and 57.4 before succumbing to the first over advance of Cartoon Daddy at the three-quarters of 1:28.4. Cartoon Daddy, who moved into the stable of Danny MacDonald for the first time, continued to advance the final quarter and prevailed over his rivals by a one-length score. Jeb (Jason Hughes) rallied for second with Likely To Win (Adam Merner) finishing third. Trainer Cindy MacDonald returned home to the Whim Road with a pair of winners from her Montague stable after the weekday card. Sailor Blue was a 2:04.1 victor in a $1,500 trot class with Corey MacPherson at the lines while MacDonald and MacPherson clicked in the $1,950 Open trot with a 2:01.4 open length score with Dusty Lane Jacob. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – It was déjà vu for driver David Dowling at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon as he captured the top pace of the day and won five races for a second straight week. Dowling used rail control with Mando Fun to carve out all the fractions in the $2,200 featured pace through fractions of 28.1, 58.1 and 1:27.3. The mile was closed out in 29.1 for a 1:56.4 mile time with Mando Fun prevailing over KD Overdrive (Driven by Corey MacPhersoN) and third place Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence). Mando Fun is co-owned and trained by Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley along with co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington, P.E.I. Dowling also visited the winner’s circle with Heart And Guts for owner Shirlene O’Brien of Burton, P.E.I., after a 1:58.3 mile and Windemereimalright for trainer Earl Watts of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., in a time of 2:00. Dowling’s other wins came with Young Man Matt in 1:57.3 for Terry Gallant of Summerside, P.E.I., and Cal Hanover for trainer Watts in 2:02.4. Heart And Soul captured the back-up class for a $1,900 with Walter Cheverie engineering the winning trip in 1:57.3 for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The race saw a deadheat for second place with Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Ken Murphy) hitting the wire together. For more information visit By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred capped off David Dowling’s dominate day in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sent to the lead from the start in the $3,500 Invitational pace, Euchred felt no serious challenges through splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 before putting the finishes touches on a 1:54 victory. Sent off by the wagering public as third choice, Euchred defeated Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) at the wire while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) was third. Euchred is trained by Terry Gallant for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Dowling had a total of five wins on the Sunday program including the $2,200 back-up class with Cartoon Daddy in 1:56.2 for train Rachel Andrew of Milton. Dowling also teamed up with trainer Gallant to win with Young Man Matt in 1:58.1, while his other wins came with Twice As Bright in 1:58.2 for Elton Millar of Tyne Valley and the still undefeated two-year-old After The Lovin with a 2:01 score for conditioner Earl Watts of Hampshire. Watts had two wins on the card as Better Than Tonys opened up the day with a maiden breaking score for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Live racing continues Thursday Andy Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. For race replays and more check out   Lee Drake

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