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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

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the latest standings in the year-long handicapping challenge. Winner will receive a trip for two to Toronto.   After week eleven of the challenge, Brad MacPherson still leads the charge with a total of $170.10. Rose Doyle maintains here spot in second place, while Kayden Buchanan rounds out the top-three with $148.20.   This week's top handicapper was Jenn Ritchie with $16.10. She will receive a prize from H.P.I of $25.00. Week twelve will be held on August 9th at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Brad MacPherson 170.10 Rose Doyle 155.80 Kayden Buchanan 148.20 Adam Saunders 147.30 Jenn Ritchie 115.40 Bruce Smith 78.00 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr. 18.60   Scott Waddell    

Fredericton NB– Horse Racing New Brunswick announced today that it has launched a lawsuit against the Province of New Brunswick for breach of contract. Horse Racing NB Inc. was created in 2009 under the direction of The Provincial Government and industry stakeholders. In order to incorporate HRNB into the gaming strategy of NB, a contract was formed in partnership with the province to allocate 150 video lottery terminals from the 2000 put in play by NB Lotteries and Gaming. The 150 VLTS were designed to be placed at the existing racetracks in New Brunswick. HRNB, working through Atlantic Lotto, renovated Winners Lounge in Fredericton and placed 25 VLTs in that facility. “The major hurdle in deploying the balance of the allotment of VLT’s was infrastructure”, said Dr. Mitchell Downey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick, “but we were determined to make it work.”  In 2010, the incoming government of David Alward was engaged to look at options for a racino facility at Exhibition Park in Saint John. HRNB was told to "find a partner". In 2012 that partner was found in the Woodstock First Nations Economic Development Corporation. In September of 2012, HRNB and WFNEDC entered into a memorandum of understanding that would see the construction of a state of the art gaming facility in Saint John and revitalize the harness racing industry. The very next day industry stakeholders were told that NB Gaming and the Province of NB would not recognize the MOU that HRNB had entered into, and further, had cancelled the contract, henceforth denying HRNB access to its allotment of VLTs. “In short” says Dr. Downey, “they breached a contract because they did not like the partner HRNB had found.” Brian Murphy, attorney for HRNB says “this is a clear case of breach of contract. The Province will defend on the basis of policy, yet it broke the terms of the agreement they drafted, they broke their word.” Dr. Mitchell Downey President Horse Racing New Brunswick

Horse Racing New Brunswick will carry on a long standing tradition of harness racing in the province on Monday with a ten-dash card at Fredericton Raceway.   Holiday racing on New Brunswick day has been a staple of the provinces racing schedule and post time is set for 2:00 P.M.   Monday's top-class will feature the speedy pacing mare Ramblinglily whose best time of the season of 1:56.4 came at Fredericton. She has drawn the outside post-five in the $ 1500 feature for owners Norm Leger and Allan Jones.   She will face-off against J Rs Hurricane ( Scott Hubbard ), Man In Pink ( Mark Haig ), Magical Alex ( Todd Trites ) and Rose Valley and Mike Campbell.   Driver Mark Haig will be looking to add to his fourteen ( 14 ) wins in the province this season and sits atop the leader board.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B will be the site of live racing this Friday evening at 7:00 P.M presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   Ten races have been assembled for the race card including the $ 5000 Kelti Burnett Memorial Pace that has attracted a solid field of six.   Darth Bader has drawn the favourable post-one for catch-driver Gilles Barrieau for Ed Harvey and Kathy MacLean. Joseph Michael, a fan favourite in racing circles in the province, will score post-two for Todd Trites. He is owned by Andrea D Dolan, Lower Cambridge-Valerie G Phelan, Geary, N.B.   Young trainer Jonah Moase, a big supporter of Maritime racing, along with his Dad, Neal will have Lyndale Royal leaving from post number three for Dale Spence. Dance Hanover, another popular N.B owned pacer will leave four for Stephen Trites for the Ultimate Stable.   Two outside entries consist of the tough pacer Grimsby who will line up in the number five slot. Owned by Stefan Decourcey, Ronald D Fowlie, Quispamsis, N.B and Sara Mh Burns, Fredericton, NB.   Ed Harvey will pilot his second entry for the Harvey-MacLean combination as American Terror will see the outside post-six. Corey Ford again has been kind enough to sponsor the main event. All ten races have been sponsored and Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank them for their support.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will have not one, but two exciting cards coming up this long holiday weekend in the province of New Brunswick at Connell park in Woodstock, N.B and Fredericton Raceway in the provinces capital city.   On Friday, August 1st the tradition continues with racing at Woodstock, N.B at beautiful Connell Park. Officials have offered up some big purses on Friday with a minimum purse of $ 1100.   Horseman are asked to have entries into the Horse Racing New Brunswick offices by Tuesday, July 29th by 10:00 A.M. Outside entries are welcome and you can call or fax your entries to:   1-506-459-3204 FAX 1-506-206-2403 or 1-506-636-6927 PHONE   Friday's premier event is the yearly invitational pace that will carry with it a purse of $ 5000. Named in memory of Kelti Burnett, the race is sponsored by Corey Ford. Post time is slated for 7:00 P.M.   On Monday, Fredericton Raceway is the place to be with the yearly New Brunswick Day card of holiday racing on August 4th. Horsemen are asked to have their entries in by Wednesday, July 30th by 10:00 A.M at the same numbers as provided above. Post time for Monday's card is 2:00 P.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to send out an advanced appreciation to all their sponsors, and horsemen who will be supporting this weekend's double card of racing in the province.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick played host to week ten of the year-long handicapping challenge this past Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Handicapper Brad MacPherson has taken a big lead in the challenge and now sits with a total of $ 170.10. Rose Doyle continues to stay in the top three and sits in second spot with $ 148.00.   In third place, Saint John capper Kayden Buchanan rounds out the top-three with a total of $ 142.10. Overall winner at seasons end will receive a trip to Toronto to see the Ontario Sires Stakes finales.   This week's H.P.I winner of a $ 25.00 prize is Adam Saunders who enjoyed a big week with a total of $ 28.10. Here is a look at the total standings   Brad MacPherson 170.10 Rose Doyle 148.00 Kayden Buchanan 142.10 Adam Saunders 141.20 Jenn Ritchie 98.80 Bruce Smith 54.10 Wayne Hubbard 40.40 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Dance Hanover, the classy son of Astreos captured the top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway in 2:02 for the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B on Saturday at E.P.R.   Stephen Trites worked out a perfect pocket journey for the eleven-year-old pacer as he scored his fifth win in nine races this season.   Rose Valley finished in the runner-up spot with Man In Pink grabbing third. Stare Down had been the early leader in the race but faded late in the mile.   New Brunswick's leading driver, Mark Haig added two more winners to his seasons total. Haig now sits with fourteen winners on the year. Skippy ( 2:01.3 ) gave co-owner Harold DeFazio a great birthday present with the victory with co-owner Dale Spence.   Haig's other win came with J Rs Hurricane as he romped to a seven-length win in 2:01.2. Gordon Hennessey had a banner day as he scored with his pacers Armbro Comet and After Lunch Larry.   Next card will be raced at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B on Friday, August 1st at 7:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will also host a holiday card on Monday, August 3rd at Fredericton Raceway to celebrate New Brunswick day.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of seven dashes on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   In the featured event of the day, Stare Down from the Mike Downey stable has been listed as the favourite in the six-horse field.   Stare Down will leave the gate from post-five in the sixth race feature that will carry a purse of $ 1500. Mike Downey will drive the pacer for owners Ellen Stevenson, Susan Downey and Dr. Mitchell Downey.   Two horses will put race streaks on the line as both Man In Pink ( Mark Haig ) and ROF Samurai ( Sam Hodgin ) enter the race winning their last two races. Other starters are Sparky Bayama ( Lonny Stokes ), Rose Valley ( Mike Campbell ) and Dance Hanover ( Stephen Trites ).   Post time fort the first of seven races is slated at 2:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB        

There is a change atop the standings in the year-long H.R.N.B handicapping contest after week nine action.   Brad MacPherson had a strong week with $ 33.70 earned in the three selected races. He now leads the pack with a grand total of $137.60.   He now leads Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $134.30 while Kayden Buchanan leaps into the top three at $121.40.   This week's individual winner for the most winnings this past week is Kayden Buchanan who led all players with $49.40. He picks up a $ 25.00 H.P.I. prize.   Week 10 will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Here are the complete standings.   Brad MacPherson 137.60 Rose Doyle 134.30 Kayden Buchanan 121.40 Adam Saunders 113.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Bruce Smith 43.50 Roy Flowers 31.00 Wayne Hubbard 30.50   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Not only was it a scorching day in the beautiful city of Fredericton, the action on the racetrack was hot and fast. Horse Racing New Brunswick presented a solid card of eight races.   Ramblinglily in line to Allan Jones turned in a overpowering, sizzling win of 1:56.4. Norm Leger owns the papers on the four-year-old who sports a record of 1:56.1 taken as a three-year-old.   After the dust had settled, she had romped to over a nine-length victory as she turned aside Sparky Bayama and A Weekend.   Sam Hodgin turned in an impressive day on the track as he guided three winners to victory lane. They included half siblings ROF Peruvian High and ROF Samurai. Both are trained by Zoran Petrovich.   Hodgin's other win came with Spots Shadow in a maiden breaking performance. Racing will now switch to Saint John on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Week number eight is in the books for the 2014 Horse Racing New Brunswick handicapping challenge.   On the line is a trip for two to the Ontario Sire Stakes super finals later this season.   Things are starting to tighten up on the leader board with Rose Doyle still leading, but Brad MacPherson is making a move as week nine approaches this week in Fredericton.   Rose Doyle leads with $ 118.30 after eight-weeks in the challenge. MacPherson is second at $ 103.90 with Adam Saunders rounding out the top-three at $ 97.10   This week's top money earner was Rose Doyle with a total of $ 21.00 and wins a weekly prize from H.P.I.   As mentioned, week nine will take place at Fredericton this Saturday, July 19th with first post scheduled at 2:00 P.M.   Here are this week's stats:   Rose Doyle 118.30 Brad MacPherson 103.90 Adam Saunders 97.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Kayden Buchanan 72.00 Bruce Smith 34.40 Roy Flowers 28.90 Wayne Hubbard 28.10   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of eight races on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway with first post at 2:00 P.M.   Saturday's feature will be contested as race seven on the program and has attracted a solid field of six pacers.   American Captain, from the high producing Mike Campbell stable has drawn the favourable post-one. He is coming off a win on Canada Day in 1:58.2 for owner Ronald Roy of Fredericton.   Starting from post-two, Sparky Bayama has been listed by the odds maker as the longest shot in the race listed at 8-1 odds. Ramblinglily will be looking for her first win of the season as she leaves from post three for Allan Jones.   J Rs Hurricane will score from the four slot for owner Jean Belliveau of Moncton. Dance Hanover, just shy of the $ 100,000 mark in career earnings will leave post five for the Ultimate Stable.   Rounding out the field is Stare Down from the potent Mike Downey stable. He will have the outside post six to contend with but his early speed should help the pacer.   Latest leg of the year-long handicapping challenge will also be featured on Saturday.   Saturday's free programs will be available for fans and horsemen later this week on the official website of Horse Racing New Brunswick at http://hrnb.ca   by Scott Wadell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the top drivers and trainer numbers so far for the 2014 harness racing season in the province.   Of all drivers in New Brunswick, Mark Haig leads the way going into this Saturday's program at E.P,R. Haig has reined a total of ten winners so far this season at tracks in Saint John and Fredericton.   Todd Trites is sitting with nine trips to the winners circle and two are tied for third place. Mike Campbell and Mike Downey both have five wins on the year in New Brunswick.   In the training category, there are three individuals who have five wins in 2014 as Mike Campbell, Sifroi Melanson and Bob MacNeil. Campbell had a big day on Canada Day as he registered three winners.   Racing will continue this coming Saturday, July 12th at 2:00 P.M.   By Scott Waddell    

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