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It was a close race right down to the wire but Dixieland Band came out the victor in his $10,100 Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The two-year-old bay pacing colt, with catch driver Mark MacKinnon in the bike, crossed the finish line 2:00.1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. Coming home a close second was Proven Desire and driver Marc Campbell and third was George and driver Clare MacDonald. The other $10,100 'A' division event on the afternoon race card went to J J Romeo and driver Mike Stevenson. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:00 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, PE. Second place went to R ES Aiden and driver Rodney Gillis and third was Everclear and Marc Campbell. Mike Stevenson recorded an Atlantic Sires Stakes driving double, taking the lone $2500 'B' division event with R ES Reece in 2:03. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards securing a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action heats up again this weekend, as the 2 year-old pacing colts head to Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Two 'A' divisions each going for over $10,000 will be highlights on the afternoon race card and one $2500 'B' division will round out the card. Sunday's events will be one of two remaining opportunities for the two-year-old pacing colts to earn points for entry into the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown championship. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Schooner took the $2,500 first leg of the Inverness Invitational on Sunday afternoon with a track record equalling performance at Inverness Raceway in rein to Alex MacQuarrie. Trained and owned by Anthony Beaton, the six-year-old son of American Ideal matched the 1:56 record for aged pacing stallions, which was originally set by Mitchs Ceilidh in 2002. (The all-age record of 1:54.1 still stands and is held by gelding Formal Affair.) Bonnys Mac fought off Salute through fractions of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:28 before Schooner kicked home to steal the spotlight. He won by four lengths with favourite Junebugs Baby rallying from the backfield for second. Bonnys Mac finished third ahead of Salute. Schooner has now earned back-to-back wins at Inverness and sports a seasonal record reading 7-7-2 in 21 starts. Oakmont is best at Turo Raceway After sharing the spotlight in a dead-heat win last weekend at Truro Raceway, Oakmont was determined to be the only one at the finish line in Sunday's top class. Oakmont pulled the pocket and confronted the popular pacesetter, Prosecco Brut, at the three-quarters quarter mark in the featured $1,275 Winners Over before drawing off down the lane for a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1. Prosecco Brut stayed for second while Likely To Win rounded out the top three finishers. Danny Romo trains and drives the seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding, who now has five wins in 14 starts this season, for Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. From www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Rancousy established a new track record of 1:56.1 for three-year-old male pacers at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with his dominant 22-1/4 length romp in the $9,960 Nova Scotia Stake for trainer/driver Darren Crowe. Owned and bred by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S., the Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt's winning time was two-fifths of a second faster than the former mark set by Clinton Debriefed in 2003. Leaving from post two, Rancousy escaped the commotion caused by breaker Touch Of Thunder (Earl Smith) to most of the field and extended his leading margin as he raced past panels of :29.2, :58.4 and 1:27.1 en route to the 1:56.1 triumph. West River Yannik (Paul Langille) raced in second and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) finished third. Touch Of Thunder finished fourth, but was set back to eighth for causing interference to the other starters. To view the rest of this story click here.

Charlottetown PE- Old Home Week is officially in full swing and Saturday afternoon marks the first double header of Old Home Week 2014. The 12-dash card will feature the first showing of the Atlantic Sire Stakes, with three 'A' and three 'B' stakes for three-year-old fillies scheduled for a 1 p.m. post time. The Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' action gets underway in Race 7 with the two top fillies in the Maritimes set to do battle. Elm Grove Inarush has drawn post 2. The three-year-old Coasttocoast Yankee - Seawind Alpha filly come into the $9,500 'A' division with three straight victories including a track record performance in her last start at Inverness Raceway, she stopped the clock in 1:55.3. The Seawind Amg bred filly is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Gordon Macleod, Grant Mann and trainer Eddy Doucette. Regular driver Mark Bradley will be in the bike as the filly closes in on $80,000 in career earnings. The Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute has drawn the outside post 6. Bred and co-owned by River Valley Management along with Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms, the Western Paradise - Deliver Me daughter is trained by Earl Watts, Todd Trites will handle the driving duties. A winner of five races this year, Lovineveryminute finished second to Elm Grove Inarush last start pacing her mile in 1:56.2. Woodmere Trulyblue, Sail Through, Libertys Gig and Gracious Minnie round out the field. Last year's two-year-old champion looks to be rounding back into form as a three-year-old, Saulsbrook Alana found her way back to the winner circle in Inverness last week winning in 1:56.4 by seven lengths for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, Kevin MacLean is the trainer on the winner of just under $75,000 lifetime. Marc Campbell will pilot 'Alana' from post 4 in Race 9. Last weeks second place finisher Fleurje has drawn into post 3 for the Buntainwood Farms and trainer Nick Oakes. The Ameripan Gigolo filly will reunite with regular driver Jason Hughes. Dusty Lane Dora, Outrageous Spirit, Sea Anna Win and Absolootly Hot complete the competition. Race 11 is the final division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' divisions, Post 3 starter Pictonian Sareta will try and get the Sire Stakes monkey off of her back. The Western Paradise - Southview Selena filly has four top three finishes from four Atlantic Sire Stakes starts and will look to get into the Sire Stakes winner circle this time around for owner Dan Ross and trainer - driver Mike Stevenson. Waterhook will make her 'A' division start after winning a 'B' stake during Lobsterfest week. The daughter of Articulator has drawn post 1 and has been installed as the morning line choice for owner Bruce Wood. The trainer - driver combination of Jackie Matheson and Gilles Barrieau handle the controls. Charlottes Style, Newsmaker, Bettim Jenny and Briannas Angel are the other starters. Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' action goes in races 5, 8 and 10. Tarahumara is listed as the favourite in race 5, Race 8 favourite Babies Gigolo has drawn post 2 and the 10th race favourite is J J Mistress. The Race 12 feature will host a field of eight starters and will also include Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Hurrah has drawn post 7 for trainer - driver Mark Bradley. All of Hurrah's earning for the month of August will be donated to the P.E.I. Special Olympics as part of the Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Two aged trots will go in races 1 and 3. Glencove Umay has drawn Post 6 in the first race for owner - trainer Carl Bagnall. Newcomer Rate Exchange will make his Island debut in race 3, the winner of over $400, 000 lifetime is trained by Jonah Moase and Campbell will do the driving. Bo Ford

Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old trotters provided exciting harness racing action at Inverness Raceway on Wednesday evening, including setting a new track record for three-year-old trotters. Dusty Lane Galaxy took the new track record when he crossed the finish line in 2:03.4 with driver-trainer Gary Chappell in the bike. The bay trotting gelding is owned by Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and the Estate of George Boswall, Frenchfort, PE. The other three-year-old trot event on the evening card went to B J Comanche and driver Clare MacDonald in 2:04.2 for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague PE. The two-year-old trotters also had a chance to shine as Tyne Valley and driver Mike Stevenson captured first place honours in their event in 2:11.1 for owners William and Scott Roloson, Belfast, PE and Kristi Pickering, Charlottetown, PE. The second two year-old trotting event went to Paymenowpaymelater and driver Kenny Arsenault in 2:06.4 for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PE. The Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting events across the Maritimes are presented by Meridian Farms. Not to be out done by the trotters, the two-year-old pacing fillies also strutted their stuff at the Inverness oval. Woodmere Dancenart and driver-trainer Clare MacDonald won their 'A' division event in 2:01.2 for owners Morah Kerr, Greenfield, NS and Phonsie MacEachern, Port Hood, NS. The other 'A' division event on the race card went to Jann Down and driver Gilles Barrieau in 2:01.4 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. I Can Do Anything crossed the finish line first in the lone 'B' division event with owner-driver-trainer Keith Ford in the bike. Gordon Neill of Charlottetown, PE, shares the ownership papers on the two-year-old filly. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again this weekend as a full slate of events will take place during Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. For a complete schedule of events and to view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. Lynne MacLennan  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Teddys Place will try to fend off seven rivals in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddy Place for owner-trainer Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown from post 4 in the race 12 finale for a $1,750 purse. The nine-year-old son of Blissfull Hall has hit the board in six of his last seven starts, including a 1:57.1 victory on June 29 in Charlottetown. He will face some gritty competition including KG Comet (Wayne Dunn) and CL Eighty (Kenny Arsenault). Race analyst Les MacIsaac is thinking outside the box in putting his faith in post 7 starter Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson). "Being stuck in the seven hole could complicate matters but he's been holding his own against some high caliber opposition and is the only one in here to show a recent win at this level," MacIsaac said of Shock The Rock. "He's a potential sleeper." Other entries include Talk Back (Brian MacPhee), Deuce Man (Brodie MacPhee), Mr Macleod (Jason Hughes) and Pictonian Walton (Walter Cheverie). The card also features the first leg of the Alpine $3,000 claiming series with separate splits for fillies and mares, and horses and geldings. The first of three fillies and mares divisions lines up in race 4 with Montreal Beauty (Dale Spence) installed as the morning line favorite from post 6 in the compact field. The second $1,500 division goes in race 6 with Whatabadgirl (Garry MacDonald) riding a two-race Ontario win streak from the outside post in the six-horse-field. The third fillies and mares split lines up in race 9 with Machintosh (Steven Shepherd) favored off the rail in the seven-horse-field. The two horses and geldings divisions go in races 8 and 11. Race 8 has 10-year-old veteran Cam Cool (Marc Campbell) as the one to beat off a two-race win streak at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Race 11 will have seven rivals try to knock off Albert Town (Campbell) from post 1. By Nicholas Oakes

A new track record for three-year-old fillies was set on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway with Elm Grove Inarush clocking the impressive 1:55.3 mile. The three-year-old pacing filly was under the command of driver Mark Bradley in the first of two Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division events. The ownership papers on the filly are held by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann of Kensington, PE. Saulsbrook Alana and driver Marc Campbell captured the second 'A' division event in 1:56.4 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, PE. Two 'B' division events were further highlights on the afternoon race card with the first dash going to Rhondas Example and driver Mike Stevenson. Meanwhile Happy To Scoot took first place honours in her division with Wade Sorrie in the bike. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action returns to Inverness Raceway on Wednesday. The Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms two and three-year-old trotting events will be featured during the evening card of racing. Joining the trotters at the Inverness oval will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will heat up again this weekend as the three-year-old pacing fillies head to Inverness Raceway. Two $9380 'A' division events will be highlights on the Sunday afternoon race card. There will also be two $2500 'B' division events. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pacing event and all trotting events go towards earning entry to the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. First race post time on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway is 1:30. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association    

Local trainer Joseph Poirier went on a three-race win streak mid-card on Wednesday evening at Inverness Raceway. Poirier drove six-year-old pacing mare Iona Katie to a 2:03.1 half-length victory in the fourth race to kick off his stable's streak. Shelby Miller then drove eight-year-old pacing gelding Four Brass Starz to a 2:02.4 triumph and nine-year-old pacing gelding Miramichi Gouch to a 2:03.4 score to complete the triple. Poirier's three wins during the eight-race card bumped his 2014 total to eight and moved him into second-place on the local leaderboard behind trainers Walter Walker, Stanley Harper Jr. and Don Beaton, who are all tied for first-place with nine wins each. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Inverness Raceway. From www.standarbredcanada.ca

Driver Redmond Doucet was victorious the first and last races at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with maiden-breaker Take The Chance and 32-time winner Salute. Doucet, who hit the board in all six of his Sunday drives, kicked off the 10-race card by winning the maiden class with three-year-old filly Take The Chance in 2:02.1. The homebred daughter of Articulator won her sixth start in front-stepping fashion for local horseman Erland Campbell. To view the rest of this story click here.

Junebugs Baby was a wire-to-wire winner in the Louis Beaton Memorial Pace at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The race, which carried a purse of $1,500, was named in honour of standardbred owner Louis Beaton, who passed away last year. During the featured finale, favourite Junebugs Baby turned back a challenge from eventual third-place finisher Salute and paced home to win in 1:59.2. Schooner, who is owned and trained by Beaton's son Anthony, finished one and a half lengths behind in second. To view the rest of this story click here.

Atlantic Sires Stakes colts put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon as five divisions of the three-year-old pacers took to the local oval. Touch of Thunder took first place honours in his 'A' division heat, crossing the finish line in 1:59.3 with Brodie MacPhee in the bike. The ownership papers for the colt are held by Peter Smith, Charlottetown, PE, Don Smith Pownal, PE, Gerald Morrissey Vernon Bridge, PE and Larry Chappell Marshfield, PE. The event also saw a three way dead heat for second place with Mr Vaive, Super S Yzerman and Just A Professor crossing the finish line in unison. The second 'A' division event of the afternoon race card went to Arties Magic and driver Todd Trites in a time of 1:57.3 for owners Windemere Farms, North Wilshire, PE and Clive Balderston, Moncton, NB. Rancousy and driver Darren Crowe captured the third 'A' division event in 1:57.3 for owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, NS. Meanwhile the first 'B' division event of the afternoon went to Post Haste and owner, driver, trainer Angelo Camilli of Sydney, NS. Locky and driver Redmond Doucet crossed the finish line first in their 'B' division event for owner Lennan MacIsaac of Inverness, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes action returns to Cape Breton Island on Saturday when the three-year-old pacing colts and fillies meet for racing action at Northside Downs in North Sydney. First race post time at Northside Downs on Saturday is 1 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Three-year-old pacing colts from across the Maritimes will meet for some serious racing competition at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Three 'A' divisions of the pacing colts will each go for a purse pool of over $7000 and two 'B' divisions going for $2500 will round out the afternoon race card. This is Inverness Raceway's first opportunity this season to host an Atlantic Sires Stakes event and the lineup of colts slated to go behind the starting gate is guaranteed to offer exciting racing action. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan  

Trainer Alex MacQuarrie put on a training clinic during Sunday’s 11-race card at Inverness Raceway thanks to a trio of trips to the winner’s circle. The Inverness, Nova Scotia resident pulled off a 35-1 stunner in Race 2 when he guided Willy B Cheery to a wire-to-wire score in 2:02.2. He then won in front-stepping fashion with Havana Dream in Race 5 in a time of 2:01.4. He completed the hat trick with Dontlooknow in Race 7. The gelding went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a one-length triumph in 2:01.4. To view the rest of this story click here.

Bonny.s Mac paced the fastest mile on Sunday's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway as he won the top class for Travis and Angus MacLean. The field was scratched down to just four starters in the $1,200 Winners Over Pace and they lined up in post position order when the wings of the gate closed. Schooner was the race leader until the stretch, where Bonny's Mac swept up from third and drew clear to post the 1:59 victory. Schooner settled for second with pocket-sitter J Bs Bolt following six lengths behind in third and Salute a distant fourth to round out the order of finish. To read the rest of the story click here.

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