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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Time To Dance was much the best in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final and will return to the scene of his biggest career harness racing win fresh off a two-week break on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. first-race post time with the Gold Cup and Saucer reunion happening in the race 11 preferred pace for a $3,100 purse. Time To Dance was razor sharp on August 22 winning the crown jewel of Atlantic Canadian harness racing for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Matt McDonald of Edwards, Ont., and Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and has not raced since that night. The win in that $60,000 event put the four-year-old pacer's lifetime earnings at over $105,000. Gold Cup and Saucer runner-up Lisburn has again drawn post 1 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault on Saturday while Simple Kinda Man will leave from post 3 with Jason Hughes aboard after beating the preferred class last week. Woodmere Ideal Art, the first Island bred to make the Gold Cup and Saucer final since 2008, has post 2 with Ken Murphy picking up the catch drive for trainer Sifroi Melanson of New Brunswick. The Post Time Picks in Saturday's race program give the edge to Lisburn off his favourable post position draw. "Lisburn makes his first start back since that terrific second place finish in the Gold Cup & Saucer. He may get another perfect pocket ride in here and if he does could reach up and get it all." Other entries in the preferred field are $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation winner Avatar J (To be driven by Brodie MacPhee) and Gold Cup and Saucer fifth place finisher Rose Run Quest, making his first start in the Gilles Barrieau barn. Jimmy Be Good makes his East Coast debut in race 4 of the program as the 26-time winner moves into the Jill Maclean barn for owner David Tierney of Cornwall. MacPherson will hold the lines of the eight-year-old Art Colony pacer as the horse looks to add to his $246,831 in prize earnings. Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) is the morning line favourite in the $2,300 event. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. Euchred, Cowboy Logic Face Off In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - Cowboy Logic has been impeccable on red soil but his winning ways could come to an end courtesy of Euchred on a special Labour Day program Monday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 13-dash Monday card has a 1 P.M. start time with the most anticipated match-up of the afternoon coming in the race 9 back-up class as Gold Cup and Saucer trial starter Euchred drops in class and draws post 1 in his $2,500 assignment. Owned by Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness, N.S., Euchred last raced on P.E.I. in the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation where he sat third and faded to sixth. The Shadow Play eight-year-old does his best work on the front end and is likely to be pointed there by driver Corey MacPherson. Walter Walker trains the 58-time winner as the horse looks for win number seven of the season. Cowboy Logic has been next to untouchable his last eight starts, with him landing on the line first all of those starts but being placed back on his July 25 victory, but will have to contend with the outside post 8 on Monday. Steven Shepherd will sit behind the three-year-old for trainer Harold Shepherd. The Backstretch Beat in Monday's card places the bullseye on Euchred as the one to beat. "The fractions are bound to be hot in here with Euchred on the boiler. He will need to find some serious separation to keep Cowboy Logic away from him but we know he has it in him. The road to the winner's circle goes through him." The $2,800 top pace of the day lines up in race 12 as JJ Powerball drops out of the preferred level to draw post 2 for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Wade Sorrie and owners Austin Sorrie of Freelton, Ont., and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. The Image Of Dawn pacer was a third place finisher in the preferred last week at Red Shores Charlottetown and finished fourth in the $20,000 MacGregor consolation the start previous. Other top entries are Heart And Soul (To be driven by Jason Hughes) and Pillage And Burn (Ken Murphy). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Standardbred Canada reports that harness racing driver Marc Campbell parked 3-5 favourite Casimir Richie P through quick fractions and bottomed-out the field in progress to a 1:51.4 victory with Time To Dance in the $60,000 Gold Cup & Saucer Final on Saturday (Aug. 22) at Charlottetown Driving Park. Launching from post 2, Time To Dance dashed to the front around pylon-starter Lisburn as Casimir Richie P attempted to roll to the lead moving up the backstretch. However Time To Dance and Lisburn sealed any potential holes for Casimir Richie P, keeping the favourite hung past a :26.2 quarter and into a :54.1 half. “It’s not how I thought the race would end up,” Campbell said after the race. “I figured if I made [the] front I’d let Dale [Spence & Casimir Richie P] go. I was going to stretch him out a little bit, but he never really got close to me. Then I said ‘Well, I got to try and get a breather in here and see what happens.” Casimir Richie P began to drop out of contention up the backstretch as the field moved for three-quarters. Lisburn continued to chase Time To Dance from the pocket moving to three-quarters in 1:23.3 while Screen Test had room to tip off the pegs and take his shot, but then soon began to lose ground into the final turn. Into the stretch Time To Dance had Lisburn to turn away as Woodmere Ideal Art dove into the passing lane to give pursuit from third. Lisburn dug into the leader’s margin through the stretch but Time To Dance held firm to give trainer-driver Marc Campbell his third victory in the Gold Cup & Saucer. Woodmere Ideal Art finished third with Simple Kinda Man fourth. “He’s pretty tough off the front; we’ve got him off the front a couple of times before,” Campbell said after the race. “And he’ll dig—he’ll fight right to the wire. He’s been getting better and better every week; he keeps getting stronger on us. He’s really maturing into a nice horse.” A four-year-old gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, Time To Dance won his sixth race from 18 starts this season and his 13th from 47 overall, earning $105,613. Brent Campbell and Matthew McDonald own the gelding who paid $6.90 to win. The Gold Cup & Saucer evening card featured a slew of top-class events, including a pair of $12,500 divisions of the Joe O'Brien Memorial Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Imalookertoo dashed from the pocket to win the first division of the O'Brien Memorial in 1:55.2. The Shadow Play colt, sent the 3-5 favourite, sat pocket as Windemere Frank took the field through a clip of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27.2. In the stretch driver Marc Campbell fed Imalookertoo racetrack and dashed by to a one-and-a-quarter length win with Little Manny third. Owned by Robert Sumarah, Imalookertoo won his second race from seven starts this season and his eighth from 17 overall, earning $17,191. Daniel Romo trains the $3.30 winner. Tobins Rebel took the other division of the O'Brien Memorial going wire to wire in 1:54.3. Trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau cleared control with the Camystic gelding from post 5 and led through splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.2 with The Big Chase sitting the pocket. Coming for the finish The Big Chase lunged for the lead late but finished a head shy in second, with Nothing To Prove closing up the inside for third. Winning his sixth race from eight starts this season and his 12th from 16 overall, Tobins Terror has earned $76,432 for owner Daniel Ross. He paid $3.10 to win. Dreamfair Zenfire pulled an 11-1 upset in the Confederation Mares Invitational Series Final, winning in 1:55.1. Driver Jason Hughes secured the pocket with the Marc Campbell trainee while her stablemate Arc Light sat fifth to a :29 first quarter set by Berazzled. Campbell, driver Arc Light, tipped first over moving to a :58.1 half and pressured the pacesetter to three-quarters in 1:26.3. At the top of the stretch Arc Light powered past Berazzled but failed to hold off her stablemate, as Dreamfair Zenfire shot to a two-and-a-quarter length victory. Berazzled faded to third. A four-year-old mare by Sunfire Blue Chip, Dreamfair Zenfire won her fifth race from 12 starts this season and her 11th from 55 overall, earning $88,613. Ryan and Everett MacLeod own the $25.30 winner. Misty Memory N went wire to wire in the $4,000 Confederation Mares Invitational Series Consolation. A seven-year-old mare by Real Desire, Misty Memory N carved fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.4 in progress to a 1:54.4 win by two-and-a-half lengths over pocket-sitter Ashestodiamonds. Yves Sarrazin, Donald Mac Rae and Allard Racing Inc. own the now nine-time winner with $28,903 banked. The Chris MacKay trainee returned $3.50 to win in rein to Jason Hughes. A $4,000 Open Trot and $4,000 Preferred 1 Pace also went on the stakes-laden program. Mile Hill Willie delivered as the favourite with a near-wire-to-wire 1:56.3 job in the Open Trot, collecting his third win from four starts this season and his 15th from 28 overall, growing his bankroll to $48,405 for owners John Breau and trainer Paul Morrison. Gilles Barrieau drove the $4.40 winner. In the Preferred 1 Pace, Rockin Indy capitalized off a pocket trip to score in 1:55.1 over Pillage And Burn, who rallied from first over but settled for second by a quarter length. The seven-year-old Rockin Image gelding competes for owner-trainer Troy Murray and won his fourth race from 17 starts this season and his 29th from 137 overall, earning $90,766. Corey MacPherson steered the $5.40 winner. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. From Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Avatar J put the finishing touches on a grand slam for harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau in winning the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau sat a perfect pocket ride with Avatar J in the top event of the night for his fourth win on the 12-dash card. Yankee Osborne (Driven by Neill MacInnis) guarded the rail in the $20,000 Gold Cup and Saucer consolation race and set up shop on the front end with splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 while the Danny MacDonald trained Avatar J sat comfortably in the two-hole. Avatar J tipped out in the stretch drive to power by for a 1:52.4 one-length victory over Yankee Osborne with Freddy Bear (Marc Campbell) rallying for third. Jody Sanderson of Cornwall co-owns the winning American Ideal pacer with Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. Red Dirt Star gave Barrieau his second biggest win of the evening in a $13,600 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:56.1 over Na Naa Said So (Redmond Doucet) and Watch Me Dance (Jason Hughes). Daniel Ross of Belfast holds the ownership papers on the Barrieau trainee. The rest of Barrieau's four-bagger was kicked off in the race 2 Donnie and Nan Simmonds Memorial pace as Howmac Dragonator won in 1:59.3 from the Ron Matheson stable, followed by a $7,300 Lady Slipper grassroots win in race 7 aboard JJ Gracie in 1:56.1 from his own stable. The other $7,300 Grassroots divisions were won by Woodmere Harriet (David Dowling) in 1:56.2 for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and Kiss Me Im Irish (Brodie MacPhee) in 1:59.2 from the Tom Weatherbie stable. Woodmere Skyroller (MacPhee) scored a narrow victory in a $13,600 Lady Slipper Gold division for sophomore pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:55 over a hard charging Dustylane Zambucca (Corey MacPherson) while Elm Grove Ocean (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. Kevin MacLean trains Woodmere Skyroller for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Rae Seelster (Adam Merner) had a lifetime best performance in the race 1 Larry Spencer Memorial pace with a 1:58.3 victory. Need To Know scored an upset in the George Wilkie Memorial in race 4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes at 7-1 odds. Total wager was $90,310. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Former harness racing driver Clarkie Smith remembers the day well at the end of an Old Home Week in the late 1960s. Smith and good friend Francis McIsaac were in a virtual tie for top driver of Old Home Week but McIsaac had yet to win a race that week for prominent owner George Murphy of Augustine Cove. McIsaac asked Smith to drive Chum that evening as he knew he had won with her in the past. “But Francis, you know we’re pretty close in the driver’s standings?” Smith recalls saying. “I don’t care about that,” McIsaac said. “I need to win a race for George and that mare hasn’t raced well for me all week.” Chum and Smith teamed up to win that race and Smith beat McIsaac by two points in the British Consul driving standings for leading driver that week, an award McIsaac would have received if he had of left himself down to drive. “He was the finest man you could find,” Smith said of McIsaac. “We were the best of friends, playing cards and telling stories. Francis always loved a good story or a good joke. There wouldn’t be two horsemen in the Maritimes that wouldn’t agree that award should be named after Francis.” McIsaac would go on to win the Old Home Week driving title 10 times, an even more impressive record considering the horseman never drove in a race until he was 26 and passed away 15 years later at the age of 41.   The top driver of Old Home Week receives the Francis McIsaac memorial award in honour of the late great Fairview driver. - Contributed   McIsaac, a native of Fairview, left working in construction to start building a public stable in the 1960s and quickly rose to prominence with top horses like Another Mecca, Mr Jollity and Columbo Seelster. McIsaac was tragically killed in a racing accident during Exhibition Week 1979 at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. Before his death McIsaac had a stable of horses at home in Fairview, at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP), at Exhibition Park Raceway and at Blue Bonnets raceway in Montreal, all at the same time. After his death, the award for top driver of Old Home Week race was renamed the Francis McIsaac memorial award, a tradition that continues to this day. Smith said he never saw McIsaac come off the track disappointed or mad over a race. “He always had a big smile on his face and was friends with everyone. Him and I got knocked down previous to his death and we both got up laughing.” Smith was in the race that took McIsaac’s life and will never forget watching it happen. “I can’t believe something so simple looking could have that kind of result,” Smith said. “I didn’t sleep right for a month after that. I just couldn’t believe he was gone.” McIsaac was only the third Island driver in the history of the sport to reach the 1,000 wins. He was leading driver in the Maritimes in 1978 with 171 wins and more than $95,000 in prize money, and he finished in the top 50 among leading North American dash-winning drivers that year. McIsaac was the leading dash winner at Exhibition Park Raceway in 1976, 1977 and 1978 and the CDP in 1977 and 1978. “For a guy starting late, he could really drive a horse,” said veteran driver Garry MacDonald, who won the Francis McIsaac memorial award a record 11 times. “He had a bunch of New Zealand-bred horses that pulled real bad, but no one would know they pulled until another fella jumped on them and couldn’t hold them. He kept them covered up and made sure they were never empty. Back then if you quarter-pole moved, people would think you have a broken rein or something.” MacDonald said McIsaac was impressive to watch in action. “He had a whole bunch of horses that only made the races because of sheer determination. If someone dropped off those kinds of horses to somebody now, you’d just be asked to walk right out the other door with them. But Francis made them into good horses.” MacDonald said McIsaac was just starting to break into the driving colony in Montreal at the time of his death. “No doubt, he would have been running it there before long if he hadn’t of died,” MacDonald said. “It was ironic he got killed in a race because he was the safest driver that was ever on a racetrack.” Driver Wally Hennessey, who has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, remembers racing against McIsaac in Saint John in the 1970s. McIsaac would list Hennessey to drive the horses he couldn’t on a given day, a move that gave Hennessey an amount of prominence. “It was like Michael Jordan handing you a basketball,” Hennessey said of McIsaac listing him to drive. “He was someone you idolized. You just wanted to be around him. If you got Picasso to paint perfection in Atlantic Canadian harness racing it would be Francis McIsaac. You were mystified by the guy. There never was, and there never will be, another Francis McIsaac.” Nicholas Oakes is covering harness racing at Gold Cup and Saucer Week for The Guardian. This is his 11th year covering the big week for the news outlet. Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - All the glory is up for grabs Saturday evening in the 61st running of the harness racing Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Starting at 7 P.M., the Saturday evening card is the second part of a doubleheader on the final day of Gold Cup and Saucer Week 2020. The $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final goes under the spotlight in the race 14 finale. Casimir Richie P is pegged as the one to beat from the Dr. Ian Moore stable of Ontario. A native of Summerside, Moore co-owns the pacer with Michael Goldberg of Toronto and places him in the capable hands of driver Dale Spence from post 6. The Astronomical pacer was a winner in 1:51.2 in Trial 2 Monday night while Trial 1 winner Time To Dance has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Brent Campbell of Charlottetown co-owns the 12-time winning Time To Dance with Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Rose Run Quest, the only horse in the field to have previously raced in the Gold Cup and Saucer final, has post 8 with Gilles Barrieau in the seat from the Campbell stable. Woodmere Ideal Art (To be driven by David Dowling) will leave from post 5 for trainer Sifroi Melanson. The Articulator gelding is the first Island-bred horse to race in the Gold Cup and Saucer final since Country Estate in 2008. The Post Time Picks are in agreement with classifier Gerard Smith in Casimir Richie P getting the top spot on the ticket. "That was an awesome performance in trial two where he got front and then fired home in 27.1 to win in 1:51.2. He may not get that trip tonight but his driver says he can do it any way so we'll see what Dale decides to do but we expect him to hit the wire first. " Other entries in the ultra-competitive field of eight are Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Father Ofthe Year (Mike Downey) and Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes). Woodmere Chella is the favourite off the rail in the race 13 Birthplace Of Confederation Final for a $8,000 pot sponsored by the City of Charlottetown in memory of Dr. Bob Webster. Spence drives the pacing mare for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. A pair of $12,500 Joe O'Brien Gold divisions line up in races 9 and 12. The card also features the Miriam Simmons Memorial, The Kiwanis George Kays Memorial, The Papermaker Pace, the David MacPhail Memorial, the Colonel Dan Trot, the Mayor's Pace, the Minister Of Finance Pace, and the Premier's Pace. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. Or click here for the program Southwind Ion Looks To Double Up In Linda Ford Memorial CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fresh off a front end score, Southwind Ion will look to take David Dowling all the way in the Linda Ford Memorial pace in the opening half of a Saturday doubleheader at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on the final day of Gold Cup and Saucer week 2020. The 10-dash Saturday afternoon card starts at 1P.M. with the Linda Ford Memorial pace in the race 10 finale. Southwind Ion has post 6 in the $1,900 class with Dowling in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle, who co-owns the Sportswriter mare with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. The mare was a 1:56.2 victor on the lead Tuesday evening for her 22nd lifetime win. Dueling Banjos brings a summary of six straight top-three finishes into the race with post 7 for driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Jay Noye while Dreas Good Powow was a winner her last start from the Joe MacDonald stable of Cornwall. The 40-time winner will have Corey MacPherson sitting behind her Saturday afternoon from post 1. The Post Time Picks in the Saturday afternoon program will place the post 6 starting Southwind Ion as the top choice. "Southwind Ion blasted off the wings and went right down the road for Dowling last time out. She gets the same class, same driver and maybe the same result." Also in the field are Medici Hanover (To be driven by Jason Hughes), Dorabella (Adam Merner), Good Luck Kathy (Brodie MacPhee), Paythelinebluechip (Marc Campbell) and The Time To Win (Gilles Barrieau). Race 5 is the Tom & Margaret Claybourne Memorial Trot for a $2,350 purse. Setting Day is the morning line favourite from post 4 for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Mike McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. Rest Assured is the favourite in the race 4 Fred & Rena Hughes Memorial with Barrieau at the lines for trainer Blaine McKenna and owners Marsha Knox and Kyla and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. A pair of $8,400 Joe O'Brien Grassroots division for three-year-old pacing colts line up in races 6 and 8. Watch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. For this program click on this link By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Saturday night at Red Shores, Charlottetown, two New Brunswick owned pacers will take part in the biggest race on a half-mile track in Canada, the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Eight pacers will answer the call to post on Saturday evening which normally sees post-time around midnight.   This year, with the affects of Covid-19 running rampant and affecting the sport of harness racing, the prestigious event saw only one horse ship-in from Ontario. On an average year, the Gold Cup would attract not only pacers from Ontario & Quebec, but entries from south of the border as well. Names like Ron Burke, a behemoth of a trainer in the U.S is not here this year, nor is Rene Allard who ran into some issues with an investigation stateside.   That opened the door to local entries, and those included in the Covid-19 " bubble " of all Atlantic Provinces. This past Saturday night, Father Ofthe Year made the final on the strength of his 4th place finish, pacing his own mile in 1:53.2 with the cagey veteran Mike Downey in the sulky. His son, Dr. Mitchell Downey owns the pacer and it's been a dream of his to win the Gold Cup & Saucer with one he owned and/ or bred. Just like his Dad did when Mitch was just ten-years-old. Thirty years ago this week, Mike Downey captured the elusive Gold Cup & Saucer victory with a tough overnight pacer, Tigerbird. Ashley Sloat of Fredericton owned the pacer and the time, there were a number of local entries racing that year, same situation that the event finds itself in this season due to restrictions of outside horses. Also advancing to Saturday night's final is four-year-old Moncton based pacer Woodmere Ideal Art, owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, and trained by owner Sifroi Melanson. He has had many top overnight horses through the years including Rakland Fine Line, Dance Hanover, Instant Shadow, to name a few. In line to catch-driver David Dowling on Saturday, the pacer surprised many after a third place effort and pacing his own mile in 1:52.1, by far his fastest charted time ever in the Maritimes. He was only beaten two and half-lengths behind the highly touted Dr. Ian Moore pacer, Casimir Richie P. He is seen as the clear one to beat going into Saturday's finale. I had a chance to get some thought's from Dr. Mitch Downey. " I remember almost every detail of Gold Cup night 1990. Earlier in the card dad drove a horse named "Talc" and got locked in the two hole. Never getting out to race, was this how the night was going to turn-out, I thought. When it came time to contest the Gold Cup & Saucer, Mitch says " I remember leaving everyone and going off to watch the race myself. Back then you could only pick up pieces of boomer ( Kevin Gallant ) race call. I remember hearing 56.4 as Earl Smith zoomed by the half and the crowd was elated as they approached the half-mile. Past the half I was cursing under my breath as dad was once again locked in the box." Remembering that Mitch was just 10-years-old at the time, made it even more difficult to understand that his Dad just didn't seem to be having any luck on this night. But, as " luck" would have it and a great patient steer by father Mike, it was time for some magic to happen that night in Prince Edward Island. Downey continues. " When Tiger's ( Tigerbird ) red shadow roll came streaking across the wire and I saw my Dad celebrate I started screaming and running to the track. " Mike, one of the best known horsemen in New Brunswick, not only pulled off the upset, but masterfully found his way off the hub rail that night to capture the Gold Cup & Saucer. " Two of my friends and I arrived at the winners circle first. Back then police security roped off the winners circle and being 10-years- old we just ducked it ", Downey recalls. As anyone who has had the fortune of seeing the Gold Cup Saucer live, it is an experience that keeps you coming back. " When Dad came back ( to the winners circle ) he hugged me so hard, he nearly broke my collar bone ", Downey mused. One of the many memories and one that he was hoping to keep for a lifetime was a memento from his Dad. " Back then the big thing was to get the drivers whips. An unknown kid at the time I asked his Dad for his whip and he says "I've already promised it to someone". He turned and handed it to me. It's stowed in my trophy room with such greats as John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell, and Doug Brown." Another post-race ritual for youngsters back then, and still holds true today is that kids love to play their heroes by grabbing a race bike, and a whip, and using that adrenaline to lug and pull the winning bike around the barns after the races. Downey quips " We must have lugged that wooden Brodeur bike down the homestretch for hours after the race." Since the race usually goes to post at midnight or after, the night was a late one, or should we say, the early morning. " We arrived at the hotel and I remember before I closed my eyes it was 4:06 A.M and we caught the early ferry off P.E.I. I rode home with Ashely and Joan Sloat, owners of Tigerbird". "The entire week was surreal. When Dad went to enter horses on a Tuesday at the race office the gold cup cooler arrive, " Kevin Boomer" Gallant said to the guy "you might as well just give it to Mike". For the final that year, it was Danielle Conroy who was the Gold Cup & Saucer Ambassador for Tigerbird. Mitch's friend had picked her out. Involved in the industry since as long as he can remember, Mitch usually heads to U.S every year to scratch that itch of what it's like to have a yearling and to watch him develop. When asked how he came to pick out Father Ofthe Year, he let technology lend a helping hand. " I picked out the colt based on his video. I had about $15,000 to spend on a colt and was bargain hunting. Into the video strode this handsome horse. Held himself with purpose. Tall. Strong. Athletic. I had to buy him. Being an embryo transfer foal likely deterred a few people and his sire Royal Mattjesty was one of most correct horses I've seen. He just lacked producing that great horse. But he makes race horses which is the type of horse I was looking for". " For $7500 we thought we had a steal. I wish I could say the rest has been history. But it's been a rollercoaster. Speed has never been the issue as evident by his 151 clocking in his second start in Ontario and pacing in fifty-three last year." When it comes to horses, it's ones hope that their horse remain healthy, and strong. Mitch points out it's been met with challenges when it comes to this horse. " Injuries and surgeries have plagued the horse and along with a serious bout of colic requiring surgery it's been nothing short of a journey; the highs and lows of harness racing. When it came time to evaluate the pacer for a possible Gold Cup entry, it was a solid training trip a week before the trial at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John that tipped the scaled in favour of a giving the horse a shot. That, and the fact that his Dad was on board. " Dad was adamant I should trial Father. But on the 30th anniversary of our family's win in the cup I felt it was important for my Dad to try and turn back time. He's still crafty and I wanted him to have this shot." Mitch and his Dad have a special relationship, and harness racing, like it does for so many, provides a time to spend valuable time with the ones you love. " I'm my Dads biggest fan. At sixty-nine he is a complete horsemen (shoes trains and drives). Together with my Aunt Ellen ( Father Ofthe Year's trainer) and my Mom it's a family operation. Seeing the video of my kids cheering on Dad is something I won't forget. Winning this race has been my goal since I've gotten into owning breeding and training and driving. It is so hard to win it. Post matters. Track condition matters. Horse health and soundness matter. To have my dad at sixty-nine years young win it would be unreal." Going into Saturday's final, Mike has drawn post-four in the $60,000 final. When asked how he see's the race playing out Saturday night, he had this to say. " " Vance Cameron says it's the greatest race on a half-mile track in Canada but I believe it's the greatest in North America. " Well said Dr. Downey, well said. Scott Waddell Freelance Writer, Saint John, New Brunswick Canada  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a pair of breaks in Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2, Yankee Osborne will look for a comeback in the $20,000 harness racing James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The consolation event lines up in race 12 on Friday's card, kicking off at 7 P.M. as part of Gold Cup and Saucer week 2020. Yankee Osborne will leave from post 1 in the event with Neil MacInnis in the bike for trainer Ross MacInnis and owners Sarah Jane Stable of Ontario, Frank MacInnis of Nova Scotia and Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown. A winner in the $7,500 Lindsay Construction Cup in a track record performance, Yankee Osborne is the morning line favourite in the MacGregor consolation. Avatar J also made a break in stride in Trial 1 and has drawn post 2 on Friday night with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Danny MacDonald. JJ Powerball just missed making the final with a fifth place finish in Trial 2 and retains the services of driver Brodie MacPhee. The Post Time Picks in Friday's program lists Avatar J as the top choice. "Avatar J gets a favourable post in here and might be able to draft behind Yankee Osborne the entire way. If he's sitting second at the top of the stretch he could zip down the passing lane and get it all." Also in the field is Freddy Bear (To be driven by Marc Campbell), Mach It Again (Dale Spence), Best To Hurst (David Dowling) and Euchred (Redmond Doucet). The evening card also features the Lady Slipper Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. Woodmere Skyroller has post 6 in race 11 on the card as she vies for the top prize in the $13,600 event from post 6 for driver MacPhee and trainer Kevin MacLean. The other $13,600 Gold division is earlier on the card with Watch Me Dance (Jason Hughes) the morning line choice fresh off a 1:55.4 romp by six-lengths from the Stephen Quinn stable. Race 1 is the Larry Spencer Memorial pace, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Parker Realty, with Rae Seelster (Adam Merner) the favourite. The Donnie and Nan Simmonds Memorial pace will see Winter Blast (David Dowling) try to overcome post 7 in race 2. Divine Deo (Barrieau) is the top pick in the race 4 George Wilkie Memorial. Watch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness Racing This Week: Zweig Memorials, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; North America Cup and Fan Hanover eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont., and Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Friday (Aug. 21) as Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $160,140 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Aug. 22), Woodbine Mohawk Park will host a pair of C$50,000 eliminations in the North America Cup for 3-year-old open pacers and a pair of C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. Complete entries for the Vernon races are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian races are available at this link. Last time: Last year's Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Odds On Osiris, left the Hoosier State for the first time to compete, and made it count by winning the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park on Saturday night (Aug. 15). Odds On Osiris won the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. JJ Zamaiko photo. Odds On Osiris left from post two to take the initial lead before relinquishing the top to Ocean Rock (Dan Noble). "My plan was to try and hold position around the one (Catch The Fire), but he didn't get out that strong," explained driver Peter Wrenn. "Then I had the lead and controlled the decision from there." Odds On Osiris was content receiving the garden trip through fractions of :26, :55 and 1:22.1. Wrenn pulled Odds On Osiris in the final turn and he battled Ocean Rock to the wire, eventually besting him by a quarter-length in 1:50.1. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for Odds On Osiris. Odds On Osiris (Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover) is owned by Odds On Racing. Saturday's victory was the ninth career score for Odds On Osiris. The win brings the Melanie Wrenn trainee's lifetime earnings to $500,395. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 327; 2. Tim Tetrick - 244; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 237; 4. Dexter Dunn - 229; 5. Brian Sears - 219. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 316; 2. Nancy Takter - 250; 3. Marcus Melander - 203; 4. Tony Alagna - 192; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 164. Owners: 1. S R F Stable - 82.5; 2. Brad Grant - 82.4; 3, Courant Inc. - 67; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 66.3; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 59.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the North America Cup final for 3-year-old open pacers, the Fan Hanover final for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Roses Are Red for open pacing mares and the Armbro Flight for older trotting mares leading a busy week of stakes action. Mohawk will host a total of 10 stakes over three days. bu Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Gold Cup and Saucer week 2020 will come to an end on midnight Saturday evening with the 61st edition of The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The official post position draw took place with the Gold Cup and Saucer ambassadors during the Tuesday card at the capital oval. Lisburn has drawn the coveted rail position in the $60,000 event for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and Nova Scotia owners Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains and Rudge Racing of Dartmouth. Complete Draw For Gold Cup and Saucer 61 Post - Horse - Trainer 1 - Lisburn - Kenny Arsenault 2 - Time To Dance - Marc Campbell 3 - Screen Test - Ron Gass 4 - Father Ofthe Year - Ellen Stevenson 5 - Woodmere Ideal Art - Sifroi Melanson 6 - Casimir Richie P - Dr. Ian Moore 7 - Simple Kinda Man - Chris MacKay 8 - Rose Run Quest - Marc Campbell MacDonald Stable Crushes In Sires Stakes CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of trotting brothers took the lion's share of the Atlantic Sire Stakes purses Tuesday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of Gold Cup and Saucer week racing. The Clare MacDonald trained and driven Mr Finlay Ridge won the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotters while his older brother, Mabou Ridge, found the wire first in the three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes trot division. MacDonald was unhurried in the $15,780 two-year-old division with Mr Finlay Ridge leaving from the second tier. She got away fourth with her charge as Dusty Lane Milo (Driven by Adam Merner) did all the roadwork with splits of 30.3, 1:01.1 and 1:31.4 before Mr Finlay Ridge began his advance. The son of Armbro Barrister gobbled up ground in the final panel to win in 2:02.2 with Dusty Lane Milo second and A Little Go Go (Marc Campbell) finishing third. MacDonald shares ownership of the winning trotter with Arnold Rankin of Antigonish and Ian Tate of St. Andrews, N.S. MacDonald elected for a different strategy in the $15,400 sophomore division, leaving sharply from post 7 with Mabou Ridge to control every fraction and hold one by a-quarter-length in 1:59.3 over the hard closing Tequila Tuesday (Campbell) and Go With Her (Brodie MacPhee). Rankin has sole ownership of the Armbro Barrister - R Rocket Rachel trotter. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was no stopping Casimir Richie P Monday evening as he won Trial 2 of The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer by open lengths at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of Gold Cup and Saucer week racing. Driver Dale Spence hustled Casimir Richie P to the lead in the $12,500 trial and carved out splits of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24.1 before unleashing a 27.1 closing quarter to open up by over two lengths in 1:51.2. Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) was second, while longshot Woodmere Ideal Art (David Dowling) earned a place in the $60,000 final along with fourth place finisher Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault). Trainer Dr. Ian Moore along with Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario, owns Casimir Richie P. It was one of four wins on the program for Spence who also claimed the $3,000 Birthplace Of Confederation series elimination for pacing mares with Woodmere Chella in 1:54.2 for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. The card featured the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Tobins Rebel (Gilles Barrieau) was on top in his $13,360 A-division winning in 1:55.2 while Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald) got up in the final strides to win the other split in 1:55.4. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The final four spots for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final will be determined Monday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Gold Cup and Saucer harness racing week continues. The 10-dash program is the lone card of the day at the capital oval, kicking off at 7 P.M. with the $12,500 Gold Cup and Saucer trial 2 lining up in the finale. Fresh off a third-place finish while pacing in 1:50 flat at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario, Casimir Richie P will leave from post 3 in Monday's trial as the prohibitive favourite. Trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and co-owner Michael Goldberg of Toronto have entrusted the driving duties to Dale Spence. Truro Raceway track record holder Yankee Osborne has rail control for driver Neil MacInnis while Rose Run Quest leaves from post 7 for driver Marc Campbell, after a 1:52.1 victory in his latest. Rose Run Quest defeated trial 1 winner Time To Dance in that preferred victory last week. The Post Time Picks in Monday's card places Casimir Richie P as the top choice. "Casimir Richie P shows some impressive miles at Woodbine Mohawk Park and he can really fire home. We'll see what Dale wants to do but we expect him to be on or near the lead and land on the wire first." Other entries are Woodmere Ideal Art (To be driven by David Dowling), Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Powerball (Brodie MacPhee) and Mach It Again (Jason Hughes). The card also featured the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts with a pair of $13,360 divisions in races 7 and 9. In race 7, Windemere Frank will look to add to his four seasonal victories from post 5 for driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts. The Malicious colt boasts $10,540 in earnings this year. The second $13,360 split in race 9 has Barrieau-McIsaac Memorial champion Tobins Rebel with lots of work to do early from post 8 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. The Camystic colt rides a three-race win streak into the event. Race 8 of the program is the second $3,000 elimination of the Birthplace of Confederation series, in memory of Dr. Bob Webster, presented by the City of Charlottetown. Sodwana Bay is the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Barrieau over Woodmere Chella (Spence) and Collective Wisdom (Kenny Arsenault). Race 6 is the Razzy's Roadhouse and Razzy's Beachhouse pace with Khitam Image (Spence) the top choice. Catch the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Standardbred Canada reports that the 8-5 favourite, Time To Dance delivered in the $12,500 first trial for the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer on Saturday (Aug. 15) at Charlottetown Driving Park. Trainer-driver Marc Campbell grabbed control of the race with Time To Dance past a :27.2 first quarter but yielded for the pocket into the stretch first time as Simple Kinda Man rushed for the lead before a :54.3 half. Screen Test, tracking that move, then raced uncovered up the backstretch and drew alongside Simple Kinda Man by three-quarters in 1:23.1. Into the stretch Simple Kinda Man clung to a slim lead while Screen Test continued to dig into the pacesetter to the outside. Time To Dance found room through the passing lane and dove inside, sliding by Screen Test and Simple Kinda Man to win by two lengths in 1:52.4. Father Of the Year also qualified for the final, finishing fourth. A four-year-old gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, Time To Dance won his sixth race from 18 starts this season and his 13th from 47 overall, earning $82,863. Brent Campbell and Matthew McDonald own the $5.40 winner. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. From Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer trial 1 goes to the gate Saturday evening with a deep group of East Coast harness racing talent at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card is the second part of a doubleheader on the day with the evening portion kicking off at 7 P.M. Time To Dance is the morning line favourite in the $12,500 elimination with the top four in the race advancing to next Saturday's $60,000 final. Marc Campbell will drive the post 2 starting Time To Dance for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matt McDonald of Edwards, Ont. The four-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance was a runner-up to stablemate Rose Run Quest in his latest, pacing the Charlottetown Driving Park in 1:52.2. Simple Kinda Man, who knocked off the Saturday night preferred two starts ago, has post 3 for driver Jason Hughes while Campbell trainee Freddy Bear is relegated to post 8 with Adam Merner aboard. Freddy Bear circled the field in his most recent start, pacing his own back half in 55.1. The Post Time Picks in Saturday evening's program places the target on Simple Kinda Man as the one to knock off. "Simple Kinda Man looks like he can get front in here and boss it the entire way. He's been excellent his last three starts all against the best in the Maritimes and with the way he can close we think he gets to the wire first." Other Trial 1 entrants are Father Of the Year (To be driven by Mike Downey), Best To Hurst (David Dowling), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Avatar J (Gilles Barrieau) and Euchred (Redmond Doucet). Race 8 of the evening is the first elimination of the Birthplace Of Confederation Series for aged pacing mares, in memory of Dr. Bob Webster, presented by the City of Charlottetown. Arc Light is the favourite off the rail in the $3,000 race for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shores, N.S. Other top entries are Misty Memory N (Hughes) and Falls Creek (Merner). Phenomenal Fillies Clash Saturday Afternoon  CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The finest sophomore pacing fillies on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will converge on Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday afternoon as part of a Gold Cup and Saucer week doubleheader. The 10-dash afternoon program has a 1 P.M. start time featuring A-divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies in races 6, 8 and 10. Race 6 looks to be the slugfest of the afternoon with Maritime champions Woodmere Skyroller (To be driven by Brodie MacPhee) and Na Naa Said So (Redmond Doucet) facing off. Woodmere Skyroller has rail control in the $9,500 class for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford and trainer Kevin MacLean as the filly boasts two wins and three seconds from five seasonal starts. Na Naa Said So tasted victory in her latest outing with a 1:56 score over Truro Raceway in her home province of Nova Scotia. Red Dirt Star has post 5 in the class with Gilles Barrieau at the controls after the filly finished third against the boys in the $40,000 Barrieau-McIsaac stake last week at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. The second $9,500 division in race 8 will see Watch Me Dance looking for her first stakes victory of 2020 after knocking on the door so far this season. Jason Hughes will sit behind the Stephen Quinn co-owned and trained daughter of Ameripan Gigolo for co-owners John Quinn of Charlottetown and Ozzie MacKay of New Brunswick. Bellafornow (Clare MacDonald) circled the field in her latest start at Truro to win in 1:56.3 and may have to do it again to hit the wire first from post 7. Streakazana is the morning line choice in the final split in the afternoon finale from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and her fractional ownership group. Other top entries in that class include Dustylane Zambucca (Corey MacPherson) and Saulsbrook Ocean (Dale Spence). The card also has a pair of $2,500 B-divisions for fillies in races 2 and 4. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Off a 14 day rest, Freddie is again poised to take on the top trotters Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Gold Cup and Saucer week racing begins. The 10-dash Thursday program is the beginning of the special 7 P.M. opening post times that we will see for all Gold Cup and Saucer Week evening cards in 2020. The $2,400 Open trot lines up in race 5 of the card with Freddie the morning line choice in the field of six for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 64-time winner has had a solid campaign so far this season with four wins and a second from six starts. His only trip out of triactor was his latest on July 30 where he got away last and had to settle for fourth by three-lengths to winner Windmeredontuworry. That rival has post 6 in the field this week with Gilles Barrieau back at the controls from the Glenn MacKay Jr., stable of Summerside. Hop Up was victorious in the Island Ocean Trot Classic series on Sunday in Summerside and will retains the services of Corey MacPherson in the bike while Glider Man is sure to be near the front of the action from post 1 with Kenny Arsenault in the race bike. Maritime Champion Daisy River (To be driven by Jason Hughes) has post 4 while Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) will look to bounce back from a break in stride in his latest from post 5. Post Time Picks, a new segment designed to give guests a look at top contenders, is going with Freddie for top spot. "Freddie had a tough trip last time out and missed the top three and that doesn't happen often. Freddie is back inside tonight we think he'll return to his winning ways." Lean On Who makes her Island debut in the race 10 finale for a $1,600 purse with MacPherson in the bike behind the six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal. The pacing mare last raced at Vernon Downs in New York with John MacDonald driving and now moves into the P.E.I. stable of his brother Joe MacDonald. For live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and Red Shores released details of a Welcome Package being offered to all starters in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trials. The NOMINATION Deadline is Monday August 10th . 2020 marks the 61st running of one of the Greatest Shows in Harness Racing, the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, with Trials held on Saturday, August 15th and Monday, August 17th leading up to the Final Saturday, August 22nd. Many restrictions and guidelines will be in place due to COVID 19 but the horses will be ready to compete. Through the generous support of several Prince Edward Island businesses, all horses participating in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trails will be offered the following to their ownership teams. - The Nomination and Starting Fees ($800 total) have been waived - Complimentary Table of 4 in the acclaimed Top of The Park at Red Shores for either the Gold Cup and Saucer Final or James Roach MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer Consolation (whichever applicable). - A complimentary Confederation Bridge Pass - $50 Gas Card - Complimentary Golf Passes for 2 - Complimentary Gift Card from Old Dublin Pub In addition, all Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Final starters receive an invitation to the Gold Cup and Saucer Reception Friday August 21st as well as a specialized Gold Cup and Saucer jacket for all Drivers in the Final and other gifts. For Gold Cup Week, owners who wish to watch their horses race live can register to attend in a designated owners area for that night under the guidelines and limited capacity rules. Owners who travel and work with their horses in the ship in area should ensure their names are submitted by their trainers on the applicable Race Day list. More details will be announced Tuesday at the Press Conference which will be broadcast live. A Lasix program is in place for horses that require the program, and a reminder that the Standardbred Canada MVP Program has a link for discounted offers For more information please visit www.redshores.ca or contact the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park Race Office at 902- 629-6636. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE- In what could serve as a precursor for next week's The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer trials, the best harness racing pacers on the Eastern Seaboard will battle in the preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the $3,100 preferred pace lining up in race 12. Avatar J was the boss in his latest start for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Danny MacDonald and owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. The American Ideal pacer took a pocket ride to victory in 1:52.4 last week and will leave from post 5 on Saturday. Governor's Plate runner-up Time To Dance has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell after having not raced since a fourth place finish in the Lindsay Construction Cup on July 18 in Truro, N.S. Screen Test is second choice from post 3 with Corey MacPherson in the driver's seat while Rose Run Quest will leave from post 4 with Brodie MacPhee picking up the catch drive from the Campbell stable. Rose Run Quest was out of action last week but will look to add to his seven top-three finishes in the field of six. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a hunch that Rose Run Quest could be the one to knock off. "Rose Run Quest has an uncharacteristically low winning percentage but at the same time, a perfect top three record," MacIsaac said. "Since the week off could be just what the doctor ordered he might be sitting on a big one." Also in the field are Soccer Hanover (To be driven by Adam Merner) and Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault). Race 8 has the preferred 2 pace carrying a $2,800 purse as the evening back-up class. Freddy Bear drops out of the preferred ranks and gets his trainer, Campbell, in the bike for the first time from the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries are Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) and Jeb (Jason Hughes). Woodmere Stealdeal Back In Town  SUMMERSIDE, PE - One of the most impressive two-year-old colts the East Coast has ever seen will return to Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon for an all-stakes card. Woodmere Stealdeal headlines his $7,500 Callbeck Memorial stake division for two-year-old pacing colts in race 10 with the card kicking off at 1 P.M. Marc Campbell will drive the Danny Romo trained Woodmere Stealdeal from post 6 for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. The Steelhead Hanover pacer turned the Inverness Raceway track record into dust in his latest start as he toured the Cape Breton oval in 1:55.4 to lower the previous 1:58.1 rookie pacing record. The other colt splits are in races 4, 8 and 12. The rookie fillies will also have a quartet of divisions with the first one in race 2 for a $7,000 purse. Southfield Skye has yet to taste stakes competition but handily disposed of her foes, and her maiden status, in her career debut with a 1:58 win over the Prince County oval. Adam Merner will be back in the driver's seat for trainer Glen MacKay and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. Divisional leader Aspoonfulofsugar will leave from post 6 in the field of seven with Dale Spence at the controls of the undefeated filly for trainer Joe Baxter. The fillies also line up in races 6, 9 and 11. Race 5 is the lone Callbeck two-year-old trot division carrying a $9,850 purse. Mr Finlay Ridge will be the favourite in the field of nine for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald, who co-owns the Armbro Barrister - R Rocket Rachel colt with fellow Nova Scotianers Ian Tate and Arnold Rankin. Race 7 is the Tyndal Semple Memorial for three-year-old trotters for a $10,300 pot with the older full-brother to Mr Finlay Ridge, Mabou Ridge, the favourite in that division leaving from the second tier for trainer-driver MacDonald and owner Rankin. The Island Oceans Trot Classic, presented by JD Marine and Diving Inc, for aged trot mares line up in races 1 and 3 with $4,000 divisions. Go to Redshores.ca to access the worldwide broadcast and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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