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Ramblinglily, fresh off two qualifiers so far this season, makes her four-year-old debut Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will play host to an eight-dash program that will include a $ 1500 top-class.   Named Horse of the Year last season at E.P.R, Ramblinglily drew post-two in her seasonal debut. Allan Jones will guide the winner of over $ 76,000 in her last two seasons. In twenty-five lifetime starts, she has only missed the top three on three occasions and sports a record of 1:56.1.   Ramblinglily was bred in New Brunswick by Moncton's Allan Jones and Normand Leger.   She will meet the hottest horse in New Brunswick as J Rs Hurricane will seek his fourth consecutive victory. He was a winner last week in Fredericton and will have Lonny Stokes in the bike.   Other starters in the days feature are Couleur Magnifique, Skippy, and Stare Down. Racing will get underway at 2:00 P.M on Saturday and free programs will be available later on this week on the Horse Racing N.B website at http://hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

J R's Hurricane will headline Saturday afternoon's harness racing program at Fredericton Raceway as part of a nine-dash program.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the matinee card at 2:00 P.M and features a small, but competitive group in the $ 1,500 feature.   Owner Jean Charles Belliveau will send two starters to the gate with J Rs Hurricane and stable-mate Sparky Bayama. "Hurricane" has won his last two starts and remains unbeaten in New Brunswick.   Other starters in the top-class are Stare Down ( Mike Downey ), Skippy ( Mark Haig ) and Rose Valley and Mike Campbell.   Meanwhile, driver Todd Trites makes his first appearance at his home track since he recorded his 2,000th career win and will be recognized by Horse Racing New Brunswick on Saturday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB  

Horse Racing New Brunswick will be hosting a jam packed, action filled race card on Saturday afternoon in Saint John with a number of attractions.   First and foremost, it's "Bring a Friend" to the races card as part of a national initiative to attract new race fans to the sport of racing and the industry.   Everyone involved in racing is being asked to bring in new people for the first-time and there are a number of attractions.   Among the activities will be a free B.B.Q, face painting, bouncy pony races, a play castle for the children and more. There will also be betting vouchers for new fans who sign-up, draws for rides in the starters gate, and accompany a trainer on a double jog cart.   There will also be a tour of the barn area and the S.J.H.H.A invite fans to stay after the live card for a night of entertainment.   Plus, there will be handicapping tips for newcomers, a planned seminar, and a chance to see California Chrome try and become the first triple crown winner in thirty-five years.   Fans will also have the chance to meet drivers and trainers.   This, and seven thrilling races, the fourth leg of the yearly handicapping challenge, and as always admission and parking are free. Join in the national challenge and bring a friend to the races, Saturday, post-time at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

After the completion of week three, here are the standings in the year long handicapping challenge hosted by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   This week's winner of an H.P.I $ 25.00 prize is Adam Saunders who totalled $ 29.10 in winnings in the third leg.   Rose Doyle 55.80   Adam Saunders 46.90   Jenn Ritchie 40.60   Brad MacPherson 37.60   Roy Flowers 28.90 Wayne Hubbard 28.10   Kayden Buchanan 22.10   Week four will be held this Saturday, June 7th at E.P.R.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Although many eyes will be on Todd Trites on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Horse Racing New Brunswick present an eight-dash card that features a great top-class for $1,500.   There are a total of five horses that will meet in the feature event including one notable newcomer to New Brunswick.   J RS Hurricane will make his debut in N.B on Saturday in the afternoons top class for trainer Jean Belliveau. He has some impressive credentials and will have Mark Haig in the bike in race seven.   Todd Trites will team local favorite Joseph Michael in the group and is looking to redeem himself after a second place effort in Saint John last week. Dance Hanover, Magical Alex and Rose Valley round out the main event.   Saturday's card at Fredericton is at 2:00 P.M and can be viewed on-line and wagered on H.P.I. For more info contact http://hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the up to date standings on the yearly handicapping contest for live racing fans in Saint John and Fredericton.   After two-weeks in, here are the individual standings. Contest will continue this weekend in Fredericton during the live card of racing.   Thanks to all those who have played along and anyone new who wants to enter can do so for a chance to win a trip for two to the Ontario Sires Stakes super finals later this year.   This week's winner of an H.P.I $ 25.00 voucher is Rose Doyle.   Rose Doyle $ 45.50   Brad MacPherson $ 31.50   Jenn Ritchie $ 17.90   Roy Flowers $ 17.80   Adam Saunders $ 17.80   Kayden Buchanan $ 15.80   Wayne Hubbard $ 9.30   For all things racing in New Brunswick, please see our official website at http://hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Last year's Horse of the Year in Fredericton will make her seasons debut on Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway in the afternoons top class.   Four-year-old mare Rose Valley, a winner of over $ 40,000 in her three-year-old campaign will have trainer/ driver Mike Campbell in the drivers seat in the seventh race of the day.   Post time is slated for 2:00 P.M for Saturday's program. Rose Valley will have her work cut out for her as she will take on Joseph Michael, a winner this past Monday at Fredericton for Todd Trites.   Other starters in the top-class include Wave That Banner, Grimsby and Magical Alex. Purse of Saturday's top-class is $ 1500.00 and seven races are on the schedule.   Race six on the afternoon will feature three award winners clashing as Claimer of the Year in Saint John Dusty Lane Oscar will engage two top aged pacers in the region in the form of Dance Hanover and American Captain.   For the latest promotions, news, and partnership opportunities with Horse Racing New Brunswick, please visit www.hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Excitement is the word as Horse Racing New Brunswick has released details of a year-long handicapping challenge for live racing fans.   Starting this Monday, fans have the opportunity to play along all year in New Brunswick and have a chance to win a trip for two to the Ontario Sires Stake Super Finals in Toronto.   Here are the details on the contest and Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank it's partners H.P.I and Woodbine Entertainment Group. Here are the details released Saturday.   To enter, participants will be asked to buy a $ 2 Win-Place-Show on three separate races during all live cards at both Fredericton Raceway and Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. This will total a cost of $ 18.00. Now, HERE IS THE EXCITING PART. You have the chance to win a trip for two to the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals that will include air fare and accommodations plus more to be announced over the course of the contest. Play along all year in Saint John and Fredericton, and this trip and more could be yours! Plus, weekly prize of $ 25.00 H.P.I voucher. There will be updates available each week with the top-ten posted weekly on the Horse Racing New Brunswick website. There will be weekly prizes as well and it will culminate with the last live card before the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals where we will declare the winner of the GRAND PRIZE. Staff and immediate family of Horse Racing New Brunswick are not eligible for the contest. Let's have some fun and friendly competition in Horse Racing New Brunswick's Year Long Handicapping Challenge! Weekly prizes of an H.P.I $ 25.00 voucher will be awarded at both Saint John and Fredericton for live cards. Of course entering at both tracks all year long will give you a better chance so enjoy the thrill all year long of LIVE harness racing in New Brunswick. There is nothing better than being live, and up close to where the action is for a day of entertainment for the entire family. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB  

Harness racing will make its long awaited return in 2014 with a seven-dash program at Fredericton Raceway on Monday.   Post time is slated for 2:00 P.M on Monday, so please note the one hour difference in the usual start time.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will feature the Victoria Day Pace as race six on the day. It has attracted a field of five pacers for a purse of $ 1500.   Ed Harvey has drawn the coveted rail position with Mr Shankopotamus. He will be joined in order of post position by Couleur Magnifique, Magical Alex, Joseph Michael and Grimsby.   Programs will be made available on-line at http://www.hrnb.ca and you can also catch-up on the latest news, promotions on the new updated website.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB        

Exhibition Park Raceway will be the scene of a national promotion hosted by Horse Racing New Brunswick in partnership with Standardbred Canada.   Saturday, June 7th will feature the "Bring a Friend Challenge" which challenges local industry participants to bring a first time fan to the races for a day of fun, learning, and chance to showcase our wonderful industry.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will offer the following on the challenge day and the organization asks all participants to reach out to new people and expose them to the excitement and thrills of harness racing.   Free programs and $2 betting voucher BBQ Draws for rides in the starting gate car Paddock tours Driver meet and greets Beginner handicapping workshop Face painting   H.R.N.B will add more information prior to the event but we would like all industry participants to get to work early on inviting friends, groups, and grow the sport of racing in New Brunswick.   The challenge is on, who will you invite to the races on Saturday, June 7th in Saint John?   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to remind harness racing fans and horsemen that opening day for the 2014 is coming up on Monday, May 19th on Victoria Day.   Also, entries will be accepted up until 10:00 A.M on Thursday, May 15th. Entries can be made by contacting the Fredericton Raceway office by phone at 1-506-459-3204 or by fax at 1-506-206-2403.   Entries will also be accepted in Saint John by calling 506-636-6927 anytime after 9:00 A.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick has also raised the minimum purse on Monday to $ 800.00. Ship-ins are more than welcome and the organization is excited to get the 2014 racing season underway on Monday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick are pleased to announce to horsemen and harness racing fans that dates have been set to edge closer to live racing with qualifiers on the following dates.   After a harsh winter in New Brunswick, H.R.N.B will offer qualifiers this Saturday on May 10th at 12:00 P.M. They will then offer a date of May 13th in Saint John at 6:00 P.M.   In Fredericton, two dates also have been announced on Sunday, May 11th at 12:00 P.M and then on May 14th at 6:30 P.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick have been busy getting ready for the 2014 racing season, and horsemen can contact the two race offices, Saint John and Fredericton to enter.   For the latest information, check our new and improved website.

Officials of Horse Racing New Brunswick are proud to announce the nominees for the best of 2013 for the upcoming awards ceremony on May 10th in Saint John.   These awards will be handed out by the Saint John Harness Horsemen Association and will also include a full night of entertainment. Awards will take place this year at Howard Johnson's Top of the Town.   Cocktails will be available starting at 6:00 P.M on May 10th with dinner at 6:30 P.M.   That evening will also feature a silent auction and entertainment by Nick Gay and Ken Greer and track announcer Rick Gaudet will serve as the nights emcee.   Nominees are as follows:   Two-Year-Old Filly Absolootly Hot Hello Miss Kitty   Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding KD Just Hold On Settlement Request Shadversary   Three-Year-Old Filly Bikini Beach Rambling Lily Ultimate Cowgirl   Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding ROF Samurai Twilite Zone Untouchable One   Aged Mare Casimir Japa Hello America Ultimate Spirit   Aged Horse & Gelding Cecils Express Dance Hanover Magical Alex   Old Time Robbi Dusty Lane Oscar Lira Lira Magical Alex   Claimer of the Year Casimir Badmoonrisn Dusty Lane Oscar Valid Appeal   Most Improved Miss Paula D OK Elegant Sweet Cam of Mine   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to congratulate the nominees and best of luck at the awards ceremony on May 10th. For all the latest news, please visit the official website of H.R.N.B at http://www.hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Members of the Saint John Harness Horsemen are asked to attend a meeting on Saturday, April 26th at 12:00 P.M in the horsemen's canteen.   Horse Racing New Brunswick have also launched a new website with daily simulcast information, trainer and driver profiles, and much more.   You can view the new site by clicking on http://www.hrnb.ca   There will be more content added regularly to the new site.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Standardbred Canada are once again looking for regional qualifying rounds for the National Driving Championship in Canada and I will take a look at the local region here in New Brunswick. Who ultimately will get the chance to compete? Let's take a look. We have a number of talented and capable drivers in our province so to narrow it down is harder than one might think. I will give it a whirl and welcome comments. If there are eight challengers, here are the top-four I think will be quite easy in selecting. Gilles Barrieau, who will race out of P.E.I but is still a resident of New Brunswick is the first logical choice. Gilles has represented Canada at the worlds previously and is a automatic selection. Next, Todd Trites would be the second selection. He continues to post impressive numbers in Saint John and Fredericton, and is a popular catch-driver right through the Maritime driving circuit. My third choice is Mark Haig. Year after year the quiet and talented teamster who makes harness racing driving a weekend job, is always in the top five in standings at both tracks in N.B. For the fourth spot, I will say Stephen Trites, the elder brother of Todd and a more than capable driver. In fifth spot, I will put in Gordon Hennessey, the Moncton native and brother to Wally and Jody Hennessey and a very good option for catch-driving assignments in the province. For positions six through eight, its gets a little tougher. There are a number of capable drivers that could fill the last three spots and its a tough call. In no particular order, my picks for the final three regional competitors are Lonny Stokes, Dale Spence and Chris Davies. Like I said, a tough call and there are a few more who could easily make the grade but these are my picks for the eight representatives who will compete to represent N.B in the Atlantic Regional Final later this year in P.E.I. by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick. Contact Scott at swaddell12@gmail.com

As the opening of the 2014 racing is fast approaching, we again learned that the province will be losing it's premier driver. horseman, and ambassador of racing for the season. Like last year, perennial driving champion, O'Brien award winner Gilles Barrieau will call Prince Edward Island home this season starting in early April. Barrieau will first set-up shop at Red Shores Summerside in the ship-in stable. With race dates reduced to approx. 23 dates, commencing tentatively on the May holiday weekend at Fredericton. Once again the loss of Barrieau, a fan favourite and drawing card, will hurt the live racing product in New Brunswick. Some may question that statement but in my many years in racing, when Gilles is absent, there's a difference. I would make the analogy of taking your best player in a professional league and having him move to another location. What is a good thing is that fans have the opportunity to wager on the hometown driver through simulcasting from Red Shores. It is not known at this time if this move will be a permanent one, we certainly hope not and remain optimistic the industry will somehow find it's way back to sustainability in the province. Best of luck to Gilles, his owners, and hope that he returns to N.B after the season is over. By Scott Waddell, for New Brunswick Horse Racing. Contact Scott at swaddell12@gmail.com

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