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Charlottetown, PE - Zip The Lip, one of the most dominant trotters on the East coast in 2014, is back to compete Saturday during the 12 dash harness racinng program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Zip The Lip had an impressive resume last year recording 13 victories from 26 starts and comes off the bench with a third place finish in his first start of the spring meet. Brian MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. They will have to overcome post 8 and also keep a close eye on the morning-line favorite Pleasure Girls for red hot driver Corey MacPherson. MacPherson, who will drive for owner Shelley Gass, Cornwall, is coming off five winning drives over the first two cards. The action packed line-up also includes 7-2 choice Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and the always dangerous Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) from post 2. The race will be called to the starter at 7:08PM AST. Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) will duke it out once again in the evening feature. These two have traded winner's circle photos over the last two starts but both will have outside posts for this showdown. The Poulton family will send out two other entries in the top class with IDK drawing the rail for catch-driver Mark Bradley and Cabo Pan Lucas getting the services of John Holmes. The $2,100 event also includes JRS Hurricane, DBS Rosco, Outside The Wire and My Lucky Killean. In other action, Miracle Matts is the favorite in the Valerie MacPhee birthday pace in race 9 for MacPherson and owner Blois MacPhail, Cornwall, while Rymar Sporty and driver Ken Murphy get the top call in the Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program Pace in race 7. Owners, along with their adopted greyhounds, will be in attendance. Red Shores is getting ready to officially launch a new Drive for Charity promotion along with details surrounding A Fiesty X Ample running for Island charities this season. The mare will be trained and driven by Mark Bradley while being leased from the Bill Andrew stable. This is the second year in a row that the Andrew family has helped spear head the fundraiser. Charities will be released soon. The Race Day network will add a new member this season. Bo Ford will join Lee Drake, Peter MacPhee and Jeremy MacDonald on the broadcast desk. The crew will join track announcer Vance Cameron for the 2015 meet at Summerside and Charlottetown locations. Customers have several options with new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-12 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Les's Picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca  Lee A. Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Southfield Shadow rallied in deep stretch to knock off race favorite Dusty Lane Galaxy to win the Buddy Campbell Memorial in the Maritime Breeders final for three-year-trotters in 2:02.3 Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Terry Gallant did the driving for Southfield Farms Inc Summerside as the filly notched her fourth victory of the campaign. Thane Mann is the trainer. Dusty Lane Galaxy held on for second while Saulsbrook Pippa took the show dough in the $6,800 purse. The other trot star on the night was Zip The Lip who moved his winning streak to six in a row. Brian MacPhee was able to work out the trip to keep the streak alive for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. The mile was 2:01.3 over a track rated good with a two second variant. Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) was second with Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) third. Astor found racing room at the head of the lane and blasted through the stretch to take the evening's feature event in 1:57.2. Jason Hughes did the driving for Foxyhall Racing stable of Summerside. The victory put Hughes into a tie in the top driver standings with Marc Campbell with each pilot at 100 victories at Charlottetown. All Turain finished second with Astor's stable-mate Narragansett (Mark Bradley) completing the triactor. Gary Chappell, Corey MacPherson and Hughes all enjoyed hat-tricks on the card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes

Charlottetown, PE - The fields are set for another weekend of racing at Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday at 6pm with Red Shores Summerside going post-ward at 1pm on Sunday. The Bring a Friend promotion, which has Standardbred Canada teaming up with tracks across the country, will also take place with fans being treated to behind the scenes tours, prize giveaways and winner's circle presentations. The Saturday program includes an impressive line-up from one of Atlantic Canada's newest stables. Foxyhall Racing, owned by Ron Hall of Summerside PE, has joined forces with trainer-driver Jason Hughes of Charlottetown. The partnership has been successful so far. Narragansett, a five-year-old brown gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, will attempt for his third win in a row in race 9. It won't be easy with red hot Camcun off the rail who is sporting a three race win streak for Kenny Arsenault. There are two new horses out of the Foxyhall stable that have been noticed by the rail-birds. Say It Again Sam has won both starts since arriving from Mohawk including a 1:58.2 posting and final quarter charted in a dazzling 27.4 seconds. He is favored to win his assignment in race 4. Astor moves to the Island from Yonkers Raceway in New York. The son of Camluck won his qualifier by a whopping 21 lengths in 1:57.2 and starts from post 8 in race 7 for Hughes. In other action, All Turain will try to extend his winning streak to nine when the pacer goes to the gate in the evening's featured event in race 11. Brodie MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer-owner Trevor Hicken and his co-owner Lee Hicken. The line-up has Cambest Kisser (pp1), Touch of Lightning (pp2), Perfect Escape (pp3), Judge Jon (pp4), R Sonoflife (pp5), All Turain (pp6). A familiar name returns to the racetrack for the 2014 campaign. Zip the Lip, owned by Orville Willis and Don Sweet of O'Leary, gets the rail for his regular pilot Brian MacPhee in the open trot. For the complete list of entries, top picks and live video go to www.redshores.ca Hail the Taxi Debuts in Summerside feature Summerside, PE - Hail the Taxi makes his Prince Edward Island debut Sunday in the top class at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the 12 dash card is 1pm. The Bring a Friend to the track promotion, presented by Standardbred Canada, will also highlight the card with race hostess Marie MacRae taking guests on behind the scenes tours, winner's circle presentations and prize draws. The action will be carried at www.redshores.ca Hail the Taxi joins the Darren Trainor stable after competing on the Ontario circuit at Mohawk, Flamboro, Woodbine and London. The four-year-old qualified over Mohawk in 1:55.2. Gilles Barrieau is listed to drive from post 4. Here is the field. Outside the Wire (pp1), Lucky Encounter (pp2), High Bar (pp3), Hail the Taxi (pp4), McMaverick (pp5), Ultimate Luck (pp6), SA Summers Luck (pp7). The afternoon back-class has Acton O So Royal listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for owner-trainer Wayne Pike. The pacer has a win and a third from three starts this season. Regular pilot Mark Bradley is on stakes assignment in Truro so Norris Rogers will pick up the catch-drive. Veterans Blu Meadow Willie and Life Savior are also triactor possibilities. The always popular barn 4 will send out some contenders on the program. Joachim, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw, Summerside and Derek Folland, steps on the track to compete in race 9 for catch-driver Michael McGuigan while owner-trainer and driver Rocky Schurman handles Carrera Angel in race 10. Schurman and Carrera Angel won the Summerside pace during the big O'Brien Awards race card in February. Silverhill Lucky hasn't missed the top three yet this season. The colt gets top billing once again when he competes in race 6 for owner Casey Gavin, Tignish, trainer Thane Mann and driver Terry Gallant. This combination is one of the hottest teams on the grounds right now. For the complete list of entries, results, top picks or live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - A power-packed field of harness racing pacers will headline the top class Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 13 dash card is slated for 1pm. The action will be carried live at www.redshores.ca. The race is named in honor of long time Red Shores' employee Irene MacInnis with the memorial cooler being presented by family, friends and co-workers to the winner. Pinner will attempt to get back in the win column after his amazing winning streak was halted at eight in a row. Marc Campbell is back in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown. The pacer goes up against last week's feature winner Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) who put an end to Pinner's streak. Miracle Matts is a serious threat off the rail for driver Corey MacPherson and PC Shockwave is also a major contender from post 4 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner Scott MacPhail of Montague. MacPhee also has a live drive on Zip the Lip in the open trot in race 4. The trotter co-owned by trainer Don Sweet and Orville Willis of O'Leary gets top billing from race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Three straight without a win is an eternity for him but a combination of things contributed to that," said MacIsaac. "If Brian is able to get him to the front it could be all over." It won't be easy. The field is full of talent including rail sitter Honeymoonisover, Sandhill Angel, Abundaspin, Buckling Banbury, Caliban Hanover and Wonderous Hanover. Every Day, owned by Bill and Rachel Andrew, moves up to tackle the back-up class in race 7. The pacer has back to back wins for driver Brian Andrew. The fans choice awards will also be presented after race 3 on the program. The final live race program of the season is Friday February 7th with a 6pm post time. The card celebrates the 25th edition of the O'Brien awards coming to Charlottetown on Saturday February 8th at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre. by Lee Drake for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The 2014 harness racing calendar gets underway Saturday with a 13 dash program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The horses, who all celebrated their birthday on January 1, will compete over the CDP oval beginning at 1pm. Horse Player Interactive players can play the action through the world broadcast at www.redshores.ca Pinner, owned by Kevin, Lillian and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown, will go for his seventh win in a row in the afternoon top class in race 12. Marc Campbell will put the son of Mach Three into post five against 3-1 shot Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) while trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River lists Brodie MacPhee to drive McJestic from the four hole. The five-year-old gelding, established at 7-2 odds on the morning line, has been racing sharp with four top three finishes in his last five outings. If Campbell decides to deploy front end tactics with Pinner it could be over early. The field is loaded with talent with McMaverick drawing the rail for Ken Murphy and Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) starting from post two. Stayoutofmyaffair, (Gary Chappell), PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) and Campbest Kisser (Jason Hughes) will maneuver from the outside while Panacotta (Blaine Baglole) leaves from the back tier post nine. In other action, Zip the Lip will attempt to re-establish his winning form in the open trot for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. The trotter was riding a winning streak when he made a break in his last start due to broken equipment ending the his victory run at four. Regular driver Brian MacPhee will handle the driving assignment. The race features some tough competitors with open trot specialist Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) gunning for their first score of the new campaign. This will be Abundaspin's last year of racing after turning 14 on January 1. The line-up also includes Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd), Buckling Banbury (Corey MacPherson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Who Took That (Michael McGuigan). The trot challenge competition, presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc, came to a close on New Year's Eve. Walter Cheverie was crowned the winner with 173 points. Ron Gass was second with 160. Willie Murphy was third with 156 while Brian MacPhee moved into fourth with 152 points after his successful run with Zip the Lip put him into contention. The drivers are rated on a 10-7-5 point system with a 1-2-3 finish with trotters at Charlottetown. Cheverie will be presented with the hardware at the upcoming awards banquet by the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association. For the complete list of entries, live video or race replays go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - McMaverick has rail control and the form to deliver a victory in the $1,750 Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 12-dash card. John Holmes gets the call on McMaverick in race 11 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley, and the horse shows two wins, a second and a third with some less than favorable posts his last four starts. It will not be easy for the six-year-old son of Western Maverick, as race analyst Les McIsaac sees Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) a real threat to land in the winner's circle. "He's a versatile type with good early speed, when he wants to exploit it, and a dangerous late kick," McIsaac says of the post 4 starter. "Don't let the fact that he hasn't won in this class in a while fool you, because he can. Beware." They both face real threats from Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and Pinner (Marc Campbell) from posts 6 and 7, respectively. Also in the field is Western Bandit (Ken Murphy), Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes). Capitalism is favored to win the $1,550 race 7 back-up pace for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. He faces eight tough opponents in Pictonian Zena (Shane Bernard), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Windemere Maggie (Holmes), First Art Down (Brodie MacPhee), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Freddy My Boy (Brian MacPhee), and Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie). Sunday battle royale at Charlottetown Narragansett and Machinthesand will finally face off again in Sunday's race 12 $2,200 preferred pace after the latter was scratched last week. The action gets underway at 1 pm for the 13-dash event. Hughes trains and drives the outside starting Narragansett in the field of six for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while Brodie MacPhee steers Machinthesand from post 5 for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings, and Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton. Machinthesand scored a four length victory in 1:55.1 over Narragansett in their last outing. Other entries in the competitive field are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Ultimate Luck (Arsenault) and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Zip The Lip will have to navigate his toughest obstacle to date since starting his winning ways, as the son of Ken Warkentin has been assigned post 8 in the $1,800 race 6 Open trot. Don Sweet co-owns and trains the trotter with co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary, while Brian MacPhee handles the driving chores. He has been victorious in five of his last six starts but has been able to secure the lead early on in the majority of those wins, and a top notch group of trotters will not make that easy this week. Who Took That (Mike McGuigan) has the rail and has shown some gate speed in her East Coast campaign, and former king of the open trotters Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) leaves from post 4, while Zip The Lip's arch-rival Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 7. Other entries include Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Diamond Mine (Brodie MacPhee), Wonderous Hanover (Corey MacPherson), Majian Dilion (Jim Ripley) and Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd). The race 9 back-up pace should be hotly contested as three of the top mares in Eastern Canada face off against some gritty male racehorses. General Luckypercy has post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. She will butt heads with Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series champion Stayoutofmyaffair (Arsenault) with post 5 and iron sided claimer Le Fugueur (Campbell) with the rail. Also in the field is Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Ebandtheboys (Murphy), Artist List (Bradley), and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The annual E.F. Acorn Memorial driver's championship headlines the Saturday afternoon card of racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash card. The event is sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association, and will feature nine drivers competing over eight exciting races for the top spot. The event features top dash winning drivers Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes, Brodie MacPhee, Kenny Arsenault and Gilles Barrieau along with top percentage drivers with over 75 drives Terry Gallant and Ron Matheson and top percentage drivers with 40-75 drives Harold Shepherd and Willie Murphy. Statistics to determine the participants are based on starts solely in Charlottetown. The competition takes place in races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Race 12 has the feature pace with nine entries going to the gate for a purse of $1,750. Roscoes Child is favored to win for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Raymond White and owner Selkirk Stable of Belfast. His main completion will come from post 3 entry Pinner (Campbell) and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) from the trailing post 9. Other entries include Van Zant (Matheson), Blue Star Outlaw (Hughes), Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee), Stayoutofmyaffair (Gary Chappell), Sterling Seelster (Corey MacPherson) and Camcun (Arsenault). The afternoon trot class lines up in race 4 with Diamond Mine the morning line favorite for driver Willie Murphy, co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Other top entries include Wonderous Hanover (Brian Andrew) and Who Took That (Mike McGuigan). Top class pacer and trotters headline Sunday afternoon card The top trotters on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will duke it out in race 4 Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown with a 1 pm first race post time for the 13-dash affair. Zip The Lip has crowned himself the top trotter in the East recently with victories in four of the last five Open trots held. Brian MacPhee drives the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will have to contend with post 6 in the seven horse race, as well as fight back challenges from the Shepherd family with Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) from post 3 and newcomer Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd) with post 5. Tender N Kind has been racing a $6,000 claimer at Bangor Raceway in Maine. The preferred pace lines up in race 12 and Machinthesand will look for a repeat of his 1:55.1 victory last week with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd and Karen Noonan of Middleton. The son of Mach Three has to battle three Jason Hughes trained horses in the seven entry field with Cambest Kisser (Hughes), Bunny Mach (Chappell) and Narragansett (Arsenault). Also in the field is Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) and Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

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