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Charlottetown, PE - Fightmaster, with catch-driver Gilles Barrieau in the bike, captured the Thursday night harness racing feature in 1:59.2 over a rain soaked track at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The surface was rated as good with a three second variant. Eagle Jolt was second with the Big Bite third. Fightmaster is trained by Mike McGuigan for his co-owner Jack Quinn, Charlottetown, PE. The 3-7-2 triactor paid $156.90, 3-7 exactor returned $46.00 with the superfecta 3-7-2-6 paying $110.80. Three trotters made trips to the winner's circle on the card including Freddie who won the open trot for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The newcomer notched his third win in a row for the ownership group known as Three Wiseman Stable. Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau) and Professor Gordon (Vince Poulton) also won their respective divisions. Marc Campbell recorded a driving triple while Gary Chappell, Vince Poulton and Barrieau recorded driving doubles. Trainer Earl Watts had two winners from his stable. Wager was $30,353. For complete results and pays go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE – The opening day of stakes season is now part of history as Red Shores Summerside played host to the Ruby Chappell Memorial stakes for three-year old fillies while the three-year colts performed in divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial. Glory Jean opened up the Chappell stakes with a 1:59.3 score for Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner-breeder Blair Hansen, Charlottetown. Howmacscanasta delivered as the post time favorite for Gilles Barrieau in 1:58.2 in her respective divison while Hart of Windemere was presented with the hardware after her top place finish for Marc Campbell. The filly is trained by Earl Watts for owner-breeder Windemere Farms, North Wiltshire and John Howatt, Charlottetown, PE. The fourth and final division of the Chappell memorial went to All About Madi and Walter Cheverie for owners-breeders Leith and Leslie Waite and their co-owner Spencer Waite, Summerside, PE. Dusty Lane Arby was a five length winner in the opening division of the Bob Dewar memorial for three-year-old colts. The Ron Gass trainee was handled by Corey MacPherson. The Brandons Cowboy colt, bred by Gass, was impressive stopping the timer in 1:57.3 which included a 28.3 closing quarter. Lukes Cowboy reached up in the final strides to win his $5,975 split for Kenny Arsenault. Philip Valley is the breeder and co-owns with Jeffery Ruch and Glenn Bechtel, Ontario. In other action, Burkes Bandit was placed the winner in his respective division of the Dewar after the judges ruled an interference call on winner Alberta Sky. The placing triggered a win ticket of $75.40 on the nose and a triactor pay off of $458.10. Macpherson did the driving for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke. The colt was bred by Owen and Donna MacLean. The final match-up in the Dewar memorial was won by Jackson K Down for Barrieau. Steve Mason conditions the colt for the Downey Stables who are also the breeder of the colt who won 12 of 13 starts in 2015. His debut was a solid 1:57.4. Casimir Luciano, being sent off a 2-1 odds, wired the finale for Campbell and owner-trainer Ralph Sweet, O’Leary, PE. The horse has seven wins from 10 starts this season.   For complete results go to  by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Pompano Beach, FL...November 14, 2015...Panocchio, fresh off of a 1:48.3 track record performance at Pompano Park last Sunday, looks to defend his title in the featured $10,000 Open Handicap Pace this Sunday.   The five year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., will, once again, have Dan Clements in the sulky as this lifetime winner of $280,267 seeks his 35th career victory and 11th of this current semester.   Trainer Mattison is in awe of his star performer reflecting, "He's just an amazing horse that keeps throwing pleasant surprises our way. He sure keeps a smile on our faces," the "our" referring to wife Vicki, who "is the one who keeps him happy!"   Panocchio's task will not be an easy one as Alexa's Jackpot, the mighty fine son of Million Dollar Cam from the Marty Fine Stable, is back in to go after setting up Panocchio's new mark by cutting fractions of :26.4; :54 and 1:21.3 before finishing a strong second to the winner last week. Joe Pavia, Jr. will be back in the bike back of Alexa's Jackpot.   Also in the field is Duc Dorleans, making his return to Pompano Park. This son of Shanghai Phil, now five, is trained by Jacques Dupont and have Donald Dupont in the bike for this encounter.   Duc Dorleans is the richest performer in the field with $547,602 to go along with a 1:48.4 mark at Mohawk. The "Duc" also owns a 1:49 mark here at Pompano.   Whogoesfirst, Lyons Johnny and Next Thing Smoke'n complete the talented million dollar field.   Also on the Sunday program is the highly anticipated appearance of the leading driver up in the Canadian Maritime Provinces, Gilles Barrieau.   Barrieau, a native of St. John, New Brunswick, has won well over 4,000 races during his start-studded career with 151 of those this year in only 440 starts, which translates into a UDRS "batting average" of .510.   Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey calls Barrieau the "Ty Cobb" of harness racing explaining, "you know, Ty Cobb was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and batted over .400 on several occasions.   "Barrieau bats over .400 just about every year, too. In fact, I don't think he's been under .400 for the past 10 years."   Hennessey is correct.   Since 2005, Gilles Barrieau has "batted" over the magic .400 mark every year with a full season high of .495 in 2006, based on his 217-114-94 scorecard in 629 starts.   Barrieau is down to drive three races on Sunday night--the 9th, 10th and 12th races.   In the ninth, Barrieau will handle the lines back of Electric Albert for Gary Mc Donald, listed at 8 to 1 in the morning line and coming off of a win at Rideau Carleton in his last start.   In the 10th, trainer Mc Donald has entrusted the line to Barrieau back of F Twenty Two, also making a debut at Pompano Park and also 8 to 1 in the morning line.   Ib Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, Barrieau will handle Scotty Mach N--again for trainer Mc Donald--coming off a win at Rideau Carleton, as well. Stepping up in class after that success, Scotty Mach N is listed as a 15 to 1 chance in Pompano Park's morning line for the 12th.   Sunday Post Time is 7:30 with a $10,000 Guarantee in place for the track's Pick-4, covering races six through nine.   by John Berry, for Pompano Park

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was all harness racing driver "Barrieau", all day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park for Atlantic Breeder's Crown championship Sunday. The New Brunswick reinsman won seven races on the 15-dash program including three Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals as the 2015 Atlantic Sires Stakes season came to a close. Hoawmacscanasta gave Barrieau his first Breeder's Crown victory of the day in the $22,000 two-year-old pacing filly final. The daughter of Articulator was a 1:59.2 winner over sloppy conditions for trainer Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of New Brunswick. West River Ambyr (Clare MacDonald) was second with Brookdale Liz (Bernard McCallum) third. The two-year-old pacing colt Jackson K Down won his $22,000 Breeder's Crown final in 1:58.2 for driver Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owners Downey stables of New Brunswick. Fellow Mason stable mate KD Overdrive (Marc Campbell) was second with Magical Cowboy (Ken Murphy) finishing third. Dixieland Band captured the $22,000 three-year-old pacing colt breeder's crown with a 1:57.2 victory with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Archrival Proven Desire (Campbell) was second with Ultimatelyhandsome (Darren Crowe) in third. Barrieau also captured the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Invitational in 1:56.1 with D Gs Camme for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Ron Matheson, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Bevan, all of Charlottetown. Clic K (MacDonald) came in second while All Turain (Todd Trites) was third. General Luckypercy was a winner in 1:57.3 as trainer Matheson and driver Barrieau teamed up again in the $3,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open Mares pace for owner Jodi Lynn Matheson. Barrieau's other two wins came in overnight events with Prince Adam in 1:58.3 and Astronomical Union in 2:01. In other Atlantic Breeder's Crown action, veteran reinsman Leonard McGuigan visited the winner's circle in the $9,000 two-year-old trot final with Glencove Zani in 2:06.2 over Howmac Gypsy (Jack Panting) and Da Master (Campbell). Glencove Zani is owned and trained by Ted Smallwood of Stratford. The $9,000 three-year-old trot final saw Paymenowpaymelater victorious in 2:02.3 for driver Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. JK Blaze (Mike Stevenson) was second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) third. Both Atlantic Breeder's Crown trot finals are sponsored by Meridian Farms. Campbell had another Breeder's Crown victory as his own trainee Dustylane Msvickie captured the three-year-old pacing filly final in 1:57.1 for owner Grayland Farm of Nova Scotia. Three Pink Bows (Danny Romo) was second with Elm Grove Joanette (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. Campbell had a total of four winners on the day. The Saturday afternoon program featured four $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown pacing consolations with Riverboat Dancer (Mike Stevenson) winning the two-year-old filly consolation in 2:02.3, Brandons Glory (Barrieau) winning the two-year-old colt consolation in 2:00.3, Invader M (MacDonald) victorious in the three-year-old filly consolation in 2:00.4 and George (Neldie MacDonald) winning the three-year-old colt consolation in 2:00.1. Campbell had four winner's on the Saturday program, while Barrieau visited the winner's circle a total of three times. Trainer Kevin MacLean had a training triple, with Harold Shepherd and Wade Sorrie both training two winners on the program. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Outside The Wire was put right on the point by harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau and the duo held off challengers to win the Thursday night feature in 1:57.1 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) was second with Perfect Escape (Marc Campbell) rallying for third. Barrieau enjoyed a grand-slam with four winners on the night. The NB driver is racking up the victories as he teams up with MacQuarrie's Meats in the annual Drive for Charity promotion to raise money for the local food bank. The campaign continues until the end of the month. Diamond Mine streaked to victory in the opening trot class for driver Willie Murphy, trainer Cindy MacDonald and her co- owner Tanya MacKinnon, Souris, PE. The other trot challenge went to Neal in a dazzling performance for driver Brian Andrew and co-owner William Andrew, Calgary, PE Painted Desert (6/1) matched the fastest trip of the night for pilot Mark Bradley. It was the second winner of the night for Bradley who was driving for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke Marc Campbell also recorded a driving double on the program. Frank Banks had a training double. For complete results go to Saturday and Sunday features the weekend of champions with the Atlantic Breeders Crown. Post time for both events at 1pm with the Bell-Aliant Race Day show covering all the action. By Lee Drake

It was Super Sunday at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside featuring a stakes filled day honoring the Joe O'Brien memorial, Lady Slipper and the Atlantic Aged Mares Final. The big showdown of the afternoon went to Dixieland Band and driver Gilles Barrieau after they teamed up to fend off a fast closing Proven Desire in their respective gold division of the O'Brien. Proven Desire, under the command of Marc Campbell, took his shot when Campbell angled him out on route to the three-quarter pole with the big colts going toe to toe through the stretch but it wasn't quite enough. Dixieland Band has 11 wins from 16 starts for owners David and Aaron MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson. The colt, who toured the Prince County oval in 1:56.1, is trained by Kevin MacLean. The victory was Barrieau's fourth trip to the winner's circle. Woodmere Fullalife (Paul Langille) completed the triactor. JJ Romeo, in line to Mike Stevenson, captured O'Brien gold for owner Daniel Ross, Belfast, PE. The runner up was Bngs Express (Danny Romo) The three-year-old fillies were in action with the Lady Slipper stakes with Campbell taking both gold splits aboard Three Pink Bows and Dustylane Msvickie. This year's Gold Cup & Saucer winning pilot recorded a driving triple which included a score with trotter Paymenowpaymelater for trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi, Stanchel, PE. The stage was also set for the nine finalists in the Atlantic Aged Mares Final for $16,517 presented by Standardbred Canada. Rail sitter For All We Know knocked off race favorite Ramblinglily in 1:57.1. Gary Chappell engineered the winning drive for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood, Marshfield, PE. Ramblinglily (Walter Cheverie) was second with Brodys Leona (Ken Murphy) third. For a complete list of the stakes winners go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE – Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park hosted the latest edition of the PEI Colt Stakes with a harness racing double-header on Saturday. It was a record breaking afternoon for Heart and Soul. Heart and Soul, owned by Earith and George Riley, Kensington, PE, toured the legendary oval in a dazzling 1:55.3 setting a new track record for two-year-old colts. Trainer-driver Clare MacDonald sent the son Western Paradise, bred by Riley Farms, to the point and crushed fractions of 29.1, 57.2 and 1:26.2 winning by an incredible 19 and half lengths. The mile erased the former record of 1:56 set by Astronomical and Dr. Ian Moore in 2004. K D Overdrive pushed his win to four for Downey Stable, NB. The colt was handled by Gilles Barrieau who enjoyed a driving triple on the afternoon with victories aboard stakes star Jackson K Downe and PL Faststrike. Driver Corey MacPherson recorded a hat-trick aboard two stakes winners on Dixie Lullaby and Dustylanemissmolly. MacPherson also guided Mach Vegas to top honours for trainer Adam Merner. The other divisional winners in the PEI Colt Stakes on the afternoon program were Howmac Fiesty (Danny Romo), Paradise Paradox (Bernard McCallum) and J K Cowboy (Ryan Perrot). Evening Edition “Welcome to Gilles Barrieau night,” boomed track announcer Vance Cameron when the NB driver crossed the finish line on top for an astonishing seventh time on the 14 dash program at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card featured the PEI Colt Stakes for three-year-olds and the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series. Barrieau was in the bike when Dixieland Band torched the city track in a red hot 1:54.4 in his respective division over Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Goodmorningmister third. The colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owners Reg MacPherson, David MacKenzie, Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie, Winsloe, PE. The “Maritime Magic Man” also had his picture taken with the same connections when stable stars Pictonian Edge and Forever Paradise scored under the lights. Barrieau, who has teamed up with MacQuarrie’s Meats to raise money for the Upper Room Foodbank in the Drive for Charity promotion, was almost unstoppable winning half of the scheduled races. His top assignments also included Ultimatelyhandsome, Braveheart De Vie in the MacPhee Memorial, General Luckypercy in a division of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series and Artners in Crime. PEI Colt Stakes hardware was also presented to Elm Grove Joanette (Kenny Arsenault), Tobins Lady (Jason Hughes), Camco Titan (Corey MacPherson) and Dustylane Msvickie (Marc Campbell). In other action, Rambinglily, under the command of Walter Cheverie, notched her seventh victory in a row in her leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series in 1:57.4 for trainer Allan Jones. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K, with Gilles Barrieau in the bike, notched his fourth win in a row with three straight coming on PEI soil after taking the Saturday night harness racing feature in a dazzling 1:54.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jackie Matheson does the training for the pacer's owners Plo stables of Donagh, PE. Barrieau, who also enjoyed a big day at Fredericton Raceway before heading to Red Shores, sent the seven-year-old to the point and laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:26.1 while sprinting to the finish to win by open lengths over First Art Down (Ken Murphy) and McJestic (Corey MacPherson). In other action, Pleasure Girls, handled by Corey MacPherson who had two victories on the card, was moved to top place in the trot class after the winner Thunderaway was placed second for being inside two consecutive pylons. Majian Chester completed the triactor. Driver Marc Campbell recorded a hat-trick scoring with Windemere Stanley for owner Kyle Gillis, Truro, N.S, Dusty Lane Msvickie owned by Grayland Farm, Pugwash, N.S. and Eagle Jolt for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell, PE. Barrieau, MacPherson, Gordie Hennessey and Jason Hughes had driving doubles. For complete results go to By Lee Drake  

Harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau was dominant in the two-year-old Williamson Stakes as he captured three of the four divisions contested at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon.   Barrieau guided K D Overdrive in the opener and equalled the track record for the fastest mile ever paced by a freshman pacer. It turned out to be the fastest mile ever for geldings at the half-mile oval.   Owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B the son of Camyistic thrilled on lookers with a 1:56.2 victory. That equalled Clinton Debriefed and his long standing record that has stood since 2002.   Jackson K Down is now six for seven lifetime after a 1:58.1 triumph for the Downey Stables in the second colt division. Gilles other win came with a horse from his own as stable as Howmacscanasta captured a filly division for her Saint John connections.   There was a track record set by Todd Trites and Dixieland Lullaby as she set a new track standard for pacing fillies of 1:58 for Nova Scotia's Johnny Heffernan.   Both Trites and Barrieau were the driving stars of the afternoon as they each scored four-wins on the program, capturing eight of the ten races. Racing continues on Saturday as Fredericton Raceway plays host to the Bill Quigg stake, the Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial and the Albert Goodine Memorial. Post time at 1:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell        

Harness racing was front and center on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick horses did extremely well in stakes action.   Two New Brunswick owned two-year-olds were victorious in the Gold divisions of the lucrative Lady Slipper Stakes.   Gilles Barrieau, fresh off recording his 4000th career win on Saturday night in P.E.I drove K D Overdrive to victory for the Downey Stables of Saint John. He stopped the clock in a quick 1:57.4 win to take the lions share of the $ 11,000 purse.   Steve Mason trains the pacer who has won four of six races so far this season. He has bankrolled close to $ 17,000 in his first year at the races.   Meanwhile, Scott Hubbard drove Amirightorwrong to victory for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. Wayne Hubbard trains the filly who paced a dazzling final quarter of :28 seconds flat to secure the victory. It was her first lifetime win and pushed her earnings at close to $ 14,000.   Also on Sunday, Cindy Gunn and Dale Spence owned Brandons Cowboy was a runner-up in his stakes test while Jackson K Down also finished second in his Gold division.   Dieppe, N.B native Gilles Barrieau collected a total of three-wins on the afternoon card.   Racing in New Brunswick is scheduled for this Friday at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway at 5:00 P.M as part of exhibition week in the port city.

Charlottetown, PE – Driver Gilles Barrieau is now an official member of the 4,000 win club. Barrieau reached the milestone with four victories on the day, one at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, NB and three more during the 12 dash program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The NB native won with Pictonian Edge for trainer Kevin MacLean and then swept the late daily double with the Ron Matheson stable aboard Clic K, who won the feature in a sparking 1:54.3, and Artners in Crime, owned by Bobbi Jo Gaudet, notching the career milestone. Barrieau was joined in the winner’s circle by family, friends and Red Shores race manager Adam Walsh presented him with a special sign to mark the occasion. Marc Campbell and Gordie Hennessey recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Harness driver Gilles Barrieau is only five wins away from notching career win 4000 and the talented reinsman could get this weekend with live race programs Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a 6pm post time while Red Shores Summerside hosts Sunday at 1pm with the Joe O'Brien and Lady Slipper stakes. Barrieau was down to drive three horses on tonight's program (Friday). Newcomer Clic K who made quite an impact with his first start on PEI taking the Premier's Pace on Gold Cup night is the going for his third victory in a row when he takes on the top class Saturday in race 11 scheduled for post at 8:53pm. Barrieau will do the driving for trainer Ron Matheson. The seven-year-old pacer will be leaving from post 7 while the runner up in that race, Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), has drawn the rail for the $2,400 showdown. All eyes will be on Silverhill Shadow who rocked to a 1:54.2 score for Paul MacKenzie in his last start. Terry Gallant will be in the bike for Silverhill, Tignish. The other starters include Iron Phil, Tempo Seelster, Cabo Pan Lucas and Si Semalu. The program also features the Dave & Ginny Younker Memorial in race 3. The Younker family had a close connection to trotters so it's fitting the memorial will have current track record holder Thunderaway competing for driver Jason Hughes and Foxyhall Racing of Summerside. Veteran Caliban Hanover will lead the post parade followed by Neal, Majian Chesterand Eat Pray Trot. Red Shores welcomes the Billings Driving Challenge to Charlottetown with competitions in races 4 and 6 and includes 24 year-old Hannah Miller and local driver Thane Arsenault. For complete list of entries, Les' Picks and live video go to Sunday at Red Shores Summerside Summerside, PE - The two-year-old colts will be featured in the Joe O'Brien stakes while the two-year-old fillies will campaign in the Lady Slipper stakes part of a 14 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The starter calls the horses at the historic Prince County oval at 1pm. Dees Boy, owned by David Kent, Hunter River, leads off the program for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault in the first division of the O'Brien stake for a purse of $4,300. Trainer Jamie Smith sends out Angie B in the first Lady Slipper event for $5,500. Jason Hughes will drive the 5-2 odds choice for owner Angela MacDonald, Charlottetown. There are two Lady Slipper gold splits each carrying a purse of $11,000. Scarlet Safari is the classifier's choice in her assignment for owner Gordon MacLean, trainer Darryl MacLean and driver Marc Campbell while Howmacscanasta gets top billing in her class for driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae, NS, Robert Tiley and Lester Mott, NB. Barriea also has a live drive aboard Jackson K Down off the rail in the O'Brien gold level for a purse of $10,200. The colt, owned by the Downey Stables, is five for five and a victory will push him over the $20,000 mark in earnings. The legendary stable could sweep the O'Brien gold events when K D Overdrive competes in race 8. In other action, Woodmere No Fool, fresh off the Mayor's Challenge on Wednesday, is the morning line favorite in the Peter Coughlin Memorial is race 5 for trainer Garth Cole, Kensington and driver Brian MacPhee. For entries, Jared's picks and live broadcast go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores     

Racing returns to Saint John on Saturday afternoon with a number of events including the prestigious Milton Downey Memorial which carries a $ 2500 purse.   Slated for race seven on the eight-dash program, the field includes Walter Dale Memorial winner, Skippy from post-one.   Facing five other rivals, Skippy has drawn the inside post-one for driver Mark Haig and owner Harold DeFazio.   Gilles Barrieau, at time of this writing was just five-wins shy of his 4000th career driving victory. He will sit in the bike on the number two entry American Terror, a winner of seven races this year from the powerful Ed Harvey stable.   Young Michael Folkins will send out the veteran pacer Rocknroll Band from post-three for catch-driver Todd Trites. Post-four belongs to the iron sided pacer J Rs Hurricane for Jean Charles Belliveau of Scouduc, New Brunswick.   He has been a tough competitor over the past couple of years on the New Brunswick circuit and has drawn the services of the capable Lonny Stokes. Ed Harvey's second entry in the field leaves from five as Ed will handle the driving chores of the steady pacer Darth Bader.   Rounding out the Downey Memorial is Coral Snake for co-owner Luke Armstrong. Luke captured his first-ever victory with the pacer during Old Home Week and makes his first top-class drive. He shares the ownership with his father Rick.   Saturday also will feature the Maritimer stake that will race in two divisions for three-year-old fillies and a final all raced in the same day. Over $ 21,000 in purse money is available for the ten entrants that are set to go.   Post time is Saturday at 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Two of New Brunswick's best known names in harness racing circles are both on the verge of milestones in their careers.   Mark Haig, last year's leading driver in Saint John is six-wins shy of his 500th career victory heading into Saturday's card at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Haig, winner of 494 races lifetime, added wins this past week in Prince Edward Island to inch closer to his personal milestone.   Meanwhile, Gilles Barrieau who will drive at both Summerside and Prince Edward Island on Wednesday and Thursday is six-wins shy of his 4000th career win.   Coming off a huge Old Home Week in P.E.I, the Dieppe, N.B native is also expected to drive Saturday in Saint John.   Scott Waddell

New Brunswick award winning harness racing trainer/driver Gilles Barrieau leads all of Canada in this week's statistics for driving percentage with a sparkling .473 average.   Barrieau who has won multiple Maritime awards and recognized nationally for his horsemanship, is just twenty-eight wins shy of hitting the milestone of four-thousand in his illustrious career.   In ten straight years the Moncton native has recorded a seasonal driving average of over .400. He also sports over $ 7.5 million in career earnings and is closing in on $ 200,000 in earnings this season.   Scott Waddell        

Thursday night promises to be a lively card of  harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program that will serve as the lead in to Old Home Week 2015. The feature of the night is the first leg of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series. Mortal Combat appears to be the heavyweight of the three $1,750 horse and gelding divisions as Marc Campbell drives the five-year-old son of Tell All from post 6 in race 6 of the evening. Rene Allard trains Mortal Combat as the pacer ships in from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. The first horse and gelding claiming series division is in race 2 with PL Faststrike the classifier's choice from post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary. The morning line choice in race 10 is Cam Cool in another horse and gelding split with Campbell in the bike for trainer Jim Copley and owner Ann Copley of Inverness, N.S. Two divisions of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series for fillies and mares is also slated on the card with the queen of the Charlottetown claiming mares leading the way in the first division in race 4. CL La Rousse has rail control in the $1,750 event with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer and co-owner Reg Ferguson and co-owner Paula MacPhee, both of Charlottetown. The other fillies and mares split is in race 8 with Cape Breton invader Dontcallmeprincess the morning line choice for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, both of Inverness, N.S. The post 6 starter has Barrieau listed to drive. A 12-dash program is scheduled for Friday evening with a 7 pm start time. That card will serve as the official opener of Old Home Week 2015. For up-to-date news on the action at the Capital oval during the next 10 days, check in with the newsrooms at and Lee Drake

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