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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

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

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