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After twenty programs of harness racing in New Brunswick, the winner has been announced in Horse Racing New Brunswick's handicapping challenge.   Adam Saunders walked away the overall winner with a total of $344.00 over the twenty cards of racing conducted at both Exhibition Park and Fredericton Raceway.   Sponsored by Horse Player Interactive, Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Ontario Sires Stakes ( Woodbine Entertainment), Saunders wins $ 1000.00 in cash plus an Ontario Sires Stakes super final jacket.   Saunders decided to take the cash prize in lieu of the trip that was the grand prize thanks to our sponsors.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank Klaus Ebner of Woodbine Entertainment and Lisa Hocking - Ontario Horse Racing for their contributions and support of this joint effort.   Below are the final tallies for competitors over the twenty-weeks of handicapping. H.R.N.B sends out a big thank-you to all of the competitors who took part.   Adam Saunders 344.00 Kayden Buchanan 319.00 Rose Doyle 306.70 Brad MacPherson 244.80 Jenn Ritchie 183.20 Bruce Smith 114.85 Dale Spence Sr 111.20 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Officials with Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB) are pleased to announce that the Atlantic Sires Stakes program will return to the province in 2015. This will end a one year hiatus from the program. "The board of directors realizes the tremendous need for the Atlantic Sires Stakes to be in New Brunswick," said Dr. Mitchell Downey, HRNB's President. "It was a difficult decision this year not to be involved, but we were simply limited financially. It was paramount that racing continue in some fashion until September 22." That was the date New Brunswickers went to the polls and selected a new Liberal Government under Brian Gallant. "Under the previous government our efforts to educate them on the value of Standardbred racing as whole proved fruitless, let alone the spinoffs of the Sires Stakes events," says Downey. "We plan on asking the incoming government for full contribution to the program as fulfilled by our partners in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The timing is very tight with the new government not being sworn in until October 7 so we likely won't get an answer in time for the Atlantic Classic Sale on October 10 in Crapaud. Nonetheless, whether it's a full slate of stakes events or half, the Atlantic Sires Stakes will return in 2015. We feel it's important for our members to know that there will be stakes events." Downey says HRNB has been working hard over the last few years to build as many bridges with all levels of government on the value of racing and breeding Standardbreds. "We engaged the incoming government quite some time ago when they were in opposition and the outgoing Premier's Office closed the door on us. They have been very receptive and we look forward to sitting down with them in the near future." From Horse Racing New Brunswick

After an overpowering win last week in the afternoon's top-class, five-year-old J Rs Hurricane will be looking to repeat in this week's top conditioned harness racing event.   Lonny Stokes, no stranger to driving the son of Mach Three will be holding the lines of the pacer from post-four in the five horse top-class.   Man In Pink will once again have the advantage of the rail position for driver Mark Haig. Dance Hanover will have post-two for catch-driver Mike Barrieau for the Ultimate Stables of Moncton.   American Captain will leave from post-four for veteran driver and trainer Mike Campbell. Wave That Banner from the Eric Wilson stable will have the outside post-five. Starters will face-off for a purse of $ 1500.   This Saturday will also feature the final leg of Horse Racing New Brunswick's handicapping contest. Week twenty ( 20 ) will be contested and an overall winner announced next week.   Post time for Saturday's matinee card is slated for 2:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Results are in from week nineteen ( 19 ) for Harness Racing New Brunswick's season long handicapping contest.   This week will feature the 20th and FINAL LEG of the contest and the top-three going into this Saturday's final leg at E.P.R all have a legitimate chance to take the top prize.   This weeks $ 50.00 prize winner who checked in with $ 53.40 on Saturday was second place competitor Kayden Buchanan. Please see complete standings below.   It appears that strategy could play a huge part in the final leg this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Totals After Week 19   Adam Saunders       325.70 Kayden Buchanan   307.40 Rose Doyle              298.20 Brad MacPherson    244.80 Jenn Ritchie             183.20 Bruce Smith           114.85 Dale Spence Sr        94.80 Wayne Hubbard       45.30 Roy Flowers             31.00   Scott Waddell

Mother nature provided a picture perfect autumn day on Saturday in Saint John as Horse Racing New Brunswick presented a seven dash program.   With the ideal conditions, one of New Brunswick's top overnight pacers toured the half-mile oval in a sizzling 1:58 mile for catch-driver Gilles Barriedau. J Rs Hurricane moved into double digit wins with his 10th of the season.   Barrieau set sail early on the lead for owner Jean Charles Belliveau, Scoudouc, N.B and carved out fractions of 29, 59.1, 1:28.3 with a final panel of :29.2 to score by an even ten-lengths.   It was the second win of the afternoon for Barrieau as he also drove veteran pacer Victory George to victory for owner Jeff Lewis.   Skippy and Rose Valley finished in a dead-heat for second. J Rs Hurricane is a handsome son of the great Mach Three. Another New Brunswick owned pacer also was sharp on Saturday as four-year-old Ramblinglily and Allan Jones connected for a 1:59.2 win.   Racing will return to the Port City of New Brunswick on Saturday, October 4th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick presents a live card of harness racing at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John on Saturday with post time at 2:00 P.M.   Seven races will be contested including the afternoon's featured event for a purse of $1500. Race seven will have a small field but a competive group of pacers.   Man In Pink will have the benefit of post-one for New Brunswick's leading driver in 2014, Mark Haig. He was a winner a few starts back in a seasons best mile of 1:56.3.   Rick Armstrong, a member of this year's Atlantic Breeders Crown family recognition from the province of New Brunswick will guide Coral Snake from post-two. He is co-owned with his son Luke.   ROF Peruvian High will score from three for Gilles Barrieau who sits second in driving average in the country. Ramblinglily who took a new mark of 1:56 at Red Shores recently will bust the gate from post four. Rounding out the field is American Captain who will have Mike Campbell steering from post five.   Post time goes at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick have provided an update on their year-long handicapping challenge after Saturday's card at Fredericton Raceway.   Adam Saunders has two reasons to celebrate as he is the weekly winner of a H.P.I prize and still leads the contest after eighteen weeks with $ 308.50. He leads second-place capper Kayden Buchanan while Rose Doyle rounds out the top-three.   Week nineteen will take place this coming Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. Congrats to Adam and best of luck in the next leg of the contest.   Totals After Week 18   Adam Saunders 308.50 Kayden Buchanan 254.00 Rose Doyle 251.00 Brad MacPherson 236.80 Jenn Ritchie 183.20 Bruce Smith 114.85 Dale Spence Sr 94.80 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Saturday afternoon at Fredericton Raceway is a day that harness racing driver young Kent Beattie will remember for a lifetime.   In his fifteenth career drive, the promising rookie captured his first career victory at his hometown track.   Provoke Me, owned by Gary Beattie of Fredericton, was making his final start of his career as the nine-year-old veteran did all the work on a front-end winning performance.   Time of the mile was 2:02.2 as the pacer drove on to a two and a half-length win to best Royal Putnam and OK Elegant.   Fastest mile of the day was turned in by Joseph Michael who despite less than ideal conditions on the blustery Saturday afternoon, scored in 1:56.3. Todd Trites drove the local owned pacer as one of his two wins on the program.   Racing wrapped up for 2014 racing season at the capital city track and Horse Racing New Brunswick extends thanks to all who made the year a success despite many challenges.   Next card of racing will be contested on Saturday, September 27th at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Scott Waddell

Week seventeen is in the books after this past Saturday's race program at Exhibition Park Raceway for the season long handicapping challenge.   Leading the way is Adam Saunders who continues to lead the contest and has now totalled $ 284.90. Kayden Buchanan maintains his spot in second place with $ 236.00.   Rounding out the top trio is Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $ 232.70. Week eighteen will be featured this coming Saturday as Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the season finale at Fredericton on September 20th at 2:00 P.M.   Complete standings are listed below:   Adam Saunders 284.90 Kayden Buchanan 236.00 Rose Doyle 232.70 Brad MacPherson 226.40 Jenn Ritchie 180.50 Bruce Smith 114.85 Dale Spence Sr 94.80 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Todd Trites made the most of his five driving opportunities at Exhibition Park Raceway on Saturday as he won three of his five drives on the afternoon card.   Just before departing to Red Shores for Saturday nights card, he didn't waste anytime as he scored in race one, then took the final two races on the afternoon card.   Included in his wins were the top-class and supporting class of the day. Joseph Michael won easily in the main event as he cruised to a 1:58.4 win for trainee Eric Wilson. Andrea D Dolan,Lower Cambridge and Valerie G Phelan, Geary, N.B share ownership in the seven-year-old pacer.   Wave That Banner and Trites took the supporting class for trainer Wilson in 2:00.3 to sweep the afternoon's top races. Valerie G Phelan and Eric C Wilson, Geary own the pacer. Todd's other win was with Grimsby in 2:02.2 in the first race.   Racing action will now switch to Fredericton Raceway as Horse Racing New Brunswick will host that track's final race card of the season.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB            

Veteran pacer Man In Pink, a son of Camluck will look to continue his impressive season in New Brunswick this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Mark Haig, one of the most consistent drivers in the province, will drive for owner Gordon White in the top-class offering a purse of $ 1500. Haig goes into Saturday's card with twenty-one wins and a .398 driving average.   Man In Pink comes off an eye popping win this past Saturday at Fredericton Raceway as he scored a 1:56.3 win and recorded his 29th career win. He will have post four in the five horse field.   Joseph Michael, a third place finisher in the prestigious Joe & Jennie Chippin Memorial on Saturday will have the challenge of the outside post-five for driver Todd Trites.   Other starters are Magical Alex, American Captain and J Rs Hurricane. Racing will start at E.P.R at 2:00 P.M presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick. There will be a total of seven races on the afternoon.   Week 16 standings in HRNB Handicapping tourny   Week sixteen proved to be another challenge for those partaking in the year-long handicapping challenge presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   Two players, Adam Saunders and Rose Doyle shared the top honours with just $ 10.40 earned in the three selected dashes. They will split a $ 25.00 prize from Horse Player Interactive.   Overall, Adam Saunders leads the way with $ 268.60 good enough for first place. Rose Doyle made a move and now sits in second place with $ 216.40 with Kayden Buchanan rounding out the top-three.   Week seventeen will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Below are the complete standings after the sixteenth week.   Adam Saunders 268.60 Rose Doyle 216.40 Kayden Buchanan 208.20 Brad MacPherson 207.10 Jenn Ritchie 164.90 Bruce Smith 105.50 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers  31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60   Overall winner will receive a trip for two to Toronto. Best of luck to those playing along this week.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB                        

Horse Racing New Brunswick will offer an outstanding fifteen race program this Saturday afternoon at Fredericton Raceway to close out exhibition week.   Post time is set to go at 2:00 P.M on Saturday and will feature three major events. First will be the Bill Quigg Memorial stakes for three-year-old pacers. There are four separate divisions, all carrying purses of $ 6850.   New Brunswick stabled horses will be front and center in the Quigg stakes. In the three-year-old colt divisions, Settlement Request, Clipper Skip, Elm Grove Icecream, Cruise Level, and Tobins Fusion will all see action.   On the filly side, Absolootly Hot will leave post one in her division of the Quigg stake and comes off a strong outing in the Maritimer in Saint John.   Two other features will also be included on Saturday. H.R.N.B will honor the memory of long time owner, and Fredericton businessman Albert Goodine. It will carry a purse of $ 2500 and will feature a field of eight. Kass Hall comes off his overpowering win in the Milton Downey Memorial on   In the invitational pace for $ 7500, there are five starters that will compete in the event named in honour of Jennie & Joe Chippin. D Gs Camme ships in from P.E.I and sports a 1:52.2 mile on his card at Red Shores this year. Gilles Barrieau will guide the pacer from post-two.   Modern Xhibit is back in Fredericton after a strong outing last time he raced there and leaves post-one. All Turain is also back for his first start in a number of weeks and will leave post-three. New Brunswick owned Joseph Michael has post-four while Schooner will start from the outside.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the standings of their year-long handicapping challenge after two-cards taking place this past weekend in Saint John and Fredericton.   There is now fifteen (15) weeks in the books and Adam Saunders has opened up a sizable lead on his rivals going into week sixteen ( 16 ) at Fredericton this Saturday.   Saunders leads with $ 258.20 and that is good enough for a $ 50.00 lead over second place handicapper Kayden Buchanan ( $ 208.20 ). Brad McPherson rounds out the top-three at $ 207.10.   In the past two-weeks, Horse Racing New Brunswick will award Adam Saunders with the top weekly prize in the last two legs. This adds up to a $ 50.00 H.P.I prize.   Those playing along are reminded that the next leg will be held this Saturday at Fredericton Raceway on September 6th. Below are the complete standings up to date.   Adam Saunders 258.20 Kayden Buchanan 208.20 Brad MacPherson 207.10 Rose Doyle 206.00 Jenn Ritchie 164.90 Bruce Smith 105.50 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick are pleased to host yet another holiday racing card this season with the annual Labour Day program at Fredericton Raceway on Monday, September 1st at 12:00 P.M.   Monday's premier event will showcase the top two-year-old pacers in Atlantic Canada in the Williamson Stakes. Four division of freshman pacers will carry purses of $6000 per dash.   New Brunswick pacers are led by filly pacer Jann Down. Bred by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, the filly has four-wins in six outings this season. She has reeled of four straight victories and her bankroll stands at over $ 22,000.   Gilles Barrieau will drive the daughter of Articulator in race eleven on the thirteen dash card on Monday from post position seven for trainer Steve Mason who is stabled in Saint John.   Monday's program also marks the beginning of FREX 2014 racing that will see another action packed card scheduled for Saturday, September 6th.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB      

Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John will be the site of the Atlantic Mares Pacing Series as part of it's ten-dash card presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick on Saturday at 2:00 P.M.   Two New Brunswick owned fillies, Rose Valley and Ramblinglily will take part in race number six on the matinee card. Aged mare track record holder at E.P.R, Dirt Track Momma will also start in the pace that has a purse of $ 5350.   Racing has been quiet the last ten days as horsemen and fans are coming off a busy Old Home Week in Prince Edward Island.   Saturday will also feature a $ 1500 top-class that includes the most dominant pacer in the province this season, J Rs Hurricane.   Next leg of the yearly handicapping challenge will also be hosted on Saturday which sees the unofficial start to the Exhibition Week of racing in Saint John.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

What a difference a week has made in the Horse Racing New Brunswick year long harness racing handicapping contest.   After week number twelve ( 12 ) there is a new leader who has leap-frogged into first place. Rose Doyle had an outstanding week, earning $ 30.70 for her wagers which puts her in first.   Her new total after week twelve is $ 186.50.   Adam Saunders has also made a bold move into the number two slot. He has now earned $ 178.00 while last week's leader, Brad MacPherson drops to third with a total of $ 174.90.   Also of note, Kayden Buchanan is just eighty-cents behind Saunders in fourth place. Next leg will be hosted on Saturday, August 23rd at Exhibition Park Raceway.   This week's co-winners of Horse Player Interactive prizes are Rose Doyle and Adam Saunders. Both had an identical week's total with $ 30.70 as they both selected the same horses.   Horse Racing New Brunswick reminds patrons, there is no racing this coming Saturday.   Rose Doyle              186.50 Adam Saunders      178.00 Brad MacPherson   174.90 Kayden Buchanan   174.10 Jenn Ritchie              126.70 Bruce Smith                93.50 Wayne Hubbard         45.30 Roy Flowers               31.00 Dale Spence Sr         18.60   Scott Waddell

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