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ALBERTA DOWNS National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history on Sunday afternoon in just his second start, defeating a field of more experienced rivals in 1:53.3. The Allamerican Native colt is now undefeated in two starts for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt and co-owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. National Debt sat gapped out in fifth for most of the mile in a $4,500 conditioned pace while favoured sophomore Bettor In The Bank carved out fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.4 in search of his fifth straight win. But National Debut unleashed :26.4 final quarter speed to propel him into the top spot. His winning margin was more than three lengths. Bettor In The Bank settled for second and the pocket-sitting three-year-old Cabo Real finished third. National Debt lowered the freshman track record by two-fifths of a second. The former mark was set by two-year-old pacing colt Wrangler Betonme in 2011. Alberta-sired two-year-olds took the stage later on the card in three Alberta Shooting Star divisions, ranging in purses from $18,767 to $19,067, and another record was set. Blue Eyed Cowboy ($6.40) established a new 1:54.4 track record for two-year-old pacing geldings as he overtook the pacesetting Pass The Port in deep stretch and held off Outlaw Last Chance by a head. The Brandons Cowboy gelding shaved four-fifths of a second off The Big Heist's former record. Bill Tainsh Jr. was the winning driver for trainer/owner Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. The win was Blue Eyed Cowboy's first in ABSS action and second from six pari-mutuel starts. The late sire Brandons Cowboy's legacy continues to live on as his offspring completed a sweep of the Shooting Star with other divisions going to J J J Stables' Comes Home First ($2.30), a 1:56.1 winner for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward, and the maiden-breaking Incognito Cowboy ($12.50), a 1:58.1 winner for trainer/driver Keith Clark, who also co-owns with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea and Laurence Swalm. Both posted win margins of more than six lengths. Comes Home First has now won all five of his pari-mutuel starts, including divisions in all three ABSS legs. The Alberta-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will wrap up their ABSS season in the Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park In other action, Revolver ($6.90) and driver Brandon Campbell took the $8,500 top class in 1:53.1, scoring by nearly five lengths over favourite Cowboy Caper and Hoerdt. Glenn Lutz trains the six-year-old pacer, who notched his 20th career victory for the Estate of Harvey Poffenroth of Calgary. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Alberta Downs. St. JOHN’S RACING Sophomore pacer Dustylane Wildbill took top honours winning the featured stakes event at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday's harness racing card, which was sponsored by Meridian Farms. Dustylane Wildbill romped to a five and a quarter length victory, stopping the clock in a career-best clocking of 2:03 in the $2,200 featured sixth race for two and three-year-old Newfoundland-owned pacers. Freshmen Salmonier Storm and Son Of Rocknroll rounded out the top three finishers. Shane Forward was in the sulky for trainer Scott Forward and local owner Joanne Forward. The Meridian Farms-bred colt is a son of Ss Sand Dollar, who has won half of his 12 career starts. This week's $1,190 Preferred class, sponsored by Rene Allard, was also won by the driver-trainer team of Shane and Scott Forward as Inspired Art drew off by nine lengths in the stretch. Carl Stafford's eight-year-old pacer hit the wire in 2:01.3 with Muzzysenglishbaby and Machthemoment finishing second and third, respectively. Team Forward also won the opener with five-year-old pacing mare K Ngs Hurricane edging out Brandishing by a head in 2:11.3. Another Ss Sand Dollar offspring, the winner is owned by Christine Hedges and Jacqueline Smith, and bred by Meridian Farms. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - St. John's Racing. SUNBURY DOWNS Trainer/driver Paul MacLean worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard sophomore filly Ideal Odds to win the $18,700 final of the Late Bloomer Pacing Series on Sunday at Sudbury Downs. Stablemate Vijay Scam set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:30 over the sloppy surface with the field stacking up into the stretch. But Ideal Odds came through to prevail in 2:02, scoring by three-quarters of a length over Hot N Shooting. Vijay Scam edged out Ok Eros and Fools Run Around for third one length behind. With a win in the opening leg of the series on Sept. 15 and a second-place finish by a nose in the Sept. 22 round, Ideal Odds was sent postward as the second choice on the odds board and returned $5.70 to win. After going winless in four starts as a freshman, she has only missed the board once in 14 starts this year. The Western Ideal filly has won six times while pushing his bankroll to $30,270 for owner B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. Maclean also drove Mellow Jenny ($13.90) to a 2:02 victory in the $4,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace by a quarter-length over Carly Hollywood for trainer Philippe Belanger. Another Belanger trainee, Stable Eyes ($3.80), won the $4,200 Not Listed Preferred in rein to Mike MacNeill. She prevailed in 2:01.3 by half a length over No Teasing Me and MacLean. Sophomore gelding Mr Why ($8.70) and Wayne MacLean won the $7,500 Late Bloomer Consolation in 2:02.2 by two and three-quarter lengths. The Late Bloomer Series was for non-winners of one race or $15,000 (fillies and mares $18,750) lifetime as of Sept. 2, 2013. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Sudbury Downs. TURO RACEWAY Three-year-old pacing colt The Rev led Sunday afternoon's Carl & Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes winners with a 1:56.3 triumph in the opening division at Truro Raceway. The MacKenzie Memorial was split into five $7,682 divisions for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Trained and driven by Danny Romo, The Rev ($3.10) fought off J B Bolt through early fractions of :27.4 and: 56.4 in the first colt division and then drew clear en route to three-quarters in 1:27. The popular son of Western Paradise cruised home in :29.3 for the one and a half length triumph over pocket-sitter Forever Paradise and the wide rallying Watersides Kipper. The consistent colt now boasts seven wins and four seconds in 12 sophomore starts for Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts, and the Glb Stable. Trainer/driver Kenny Arsenault took the other colt divisions with Untouchable One ($2.70) going wire-to-wire for his fifth win in a row in 1:57 and J J Nitro ($7.10) rallying three-wide off cover to prevail in 1:58. Arsenault was also in the sulky as Mike Campbell-conditioned Rose Valley ($5) went first over to win her filly division in 1:57.2. Icandothat ($4.30) front-stepped her way to victory lane in the other filly split in a matching time of 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Ryan Ellis. The Arsenault stable also collected a win in the $10,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers with the Hilliard Graves-owned and driven Waterside Light ($13) converting off a pocket trip to win by more than two lengths in 2:00.2. The win was the Lis Mara colt's fourth (consecutive) in seven starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway. INVERNESS RACEWAY Junebugs Baby closed out Inverness Raceway's Sunday afternoon card of harness racing with a bang as he circled a field of six top Nova Scotia pacers and drew off to an impressive open length victory in the featured $3,750 Inverness Invitational Greg Sparling drove the four-year-old son of Western Paradise to the six length triumph in 1:57.2 over early race leaders Art I Special and Redmond Doucet. Lils Destiny and John Hawco rounded out the top three finishers. Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnball trains and co-owns the homebred with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate now boasts a career record reading 18-10-2 in 36 starts with earnings totalling $67,639. Junebugs Baby paid $3.40 to win as the bettors' choice. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. SUMMERSIDE RACEWAY Big League and All Turain won their respective $3,500 first leg divisions of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Big League, owned by Johan Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I., gave Corey MacPherson his fourth winner of the day when he caught fraction-setter Wild Dragon at the head of lane and drove on to victory in 1:55.4. Leading Camdidate came flying late to grab second while Narragansett finished third. All Turain won his fourth in a row in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship for Brodie MacPhee in 1:55.1. MacPhee tipped the Trevor Hicken trainee off the back of Touch Of Lightning to capture his fifth win from 18 starts this season. Lee Hicken of Charlottetown co-owns the pacer with his trainer. Touch Of Lightning was right there for second while Lucky Encounter completed the triactor. War Cry Ranger won the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron Memorial in an impressive 1:57.2. Brian Andrew did the driving for his co-owners Bill and Blake Andrew. MacPherson’s other winners on the program came with No Pain Intended for Harold Hill, Lets Make Ideal owned by Mikeala Lustic, and Bizzy Izzy for trainer Jeff Wallace. MacPhee had a driving double on the program also winning with Selkirk Stable's Roscoes Child. The second leg of the Island Pacing Championship will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Charlottetown Driving Park with the final set for Sunday, October 13. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Summerside Raceway. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca

Atlantic Sires Stakes two year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway Sunday afternoon. Pictonian Storm captured the first of three $7,220 'A' division events under the command of Mike Stevenson.  The bay pacing colt crossed the finish line in 2:00.1 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, PE. The second event went to Super S Yzerman and owner-driver Clare MacDonald in 2:00.4.  Morah Kerr of Greenfield, NS, shares the ownership papers on the colt. The third and final 'A' division event went to Tobins Fusion and driver Gilles Barrieau in 2:02.3 for owners Boyd MacDonald, Crapaud, PE, Daniel Ross, Belfast, PE, and Charles Seymour, Fredericton, NB.  The lone $2,500 'B' division event went to Life To Remember and driver Gilles Barrieau for owners Ronald Seymour Jr. and William Seymour of Glace Bay, NS, and Kevin Dorey of Lower Sackville, NS. by Lynne MacLennan  

The Atlantic Sires Stakes trotters were a highlight on the Wednesday evening card of racing at Inverness Raceway. Dusty Lane Galaxy and driver Gary Chappell captured the first of two divisions for two-year-old trotters in a time of 2:08 for owners Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire, PE, and the Estate of George Boswall of Frenchfort, PE. The second two-year-old event went to B J Comanche and driver Clare MacDonald in a time of 2:06.4.  The trotting colt is owned by Bert Honkoop of Montague, PE. The three-year-old trotters also had their opportunity to shine with Topway and driver Walter Cheverie taking first place honours in their division in 2:04.2 for owner Sandra White of Belle River, PE. Meanwhile, driver-trainer Clare MacDonald won her second Atlantic Sires Stakes event of the evening with West River Xcel in 2:03.2.  The three-year-old trotter is owned by MacDonald's West River Stock Farm of Antigonish, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will heat up again at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon when the two-year-old pacing colts roll into town.  Three 'A' divisions will each go for a purse pool of $7220 and one 'B' division will go for $2500. First race post time at Inverness Raceway on Sunday is 1:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan  

Hippodrome 3R Two-year-old pacing filly Alevala Hanover celebrated her first career win in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R for her local connections as she prevailed in the $31,600 Lucien Bombardier Stakes, which is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned by driver Marc Belanger and trainer Stephane Beaudoin, both of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Alevala Hanover overcame early interference from post eight and made up her double-digit deficit by the half-mile mark. She then held off race favourite Champagne Shower (Dennis St. Pierre), who was a riding a three-race win streak in Quebecoise Series action, to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Third-place finisher C L Infinite (David Pilon) followed nearly 10 lengths behind. The Allamerican Native-Armbro Odessa filly now sports a career record reading 1-2-2 in six starts with earnings soaring to more than $20,000. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Hippodrome 3R. Inverness Raceway Junebugs Baby closed out Sunday afternoon's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway with a victory in the featured $1,500 Frank MacInnis Memorial Pace. Junebugs Baby watched as favourite J B Bolt and Macnamarra battled on top through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:29.4 in the ninth race before flying by in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Art I Special came on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind, while J B Bolt and Macnamarra settled for third and fourth respectively. The homebred son of Western Paradise was driven by Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnbull, who shares ownership with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate earned the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 16th lifetime. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. Holland Fair Outlaw I See Red wired a field of Open pacers in the $2,200 Murray Cumberland Memorial featured at Holland Fair on Sunday afternoon. Driver Ron Cullen steered Outlaw I See Red ($8.90) to the 2:02.3 two and three-quarter length victory with Playboy Killean (Dean Rey) and Outlaw Spider (Don Howlett) finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Cullen trains the five-year-old Brandons Cowboy gelding for owners Derek and Fred Gilbert of Brandon, MB. The race was named in honour of horseman Murray Cumberland, who passed away in July 2012. The winning connections swept the late Daily Double with eight-year-old pacing mare Judges Discretion ($6.80), driven by Greg Manning, taking the finale. The Cullen combination paid $12.60. The Manitoba Great Western Fair circuit wraps up next weekend back in Miami with Saturday and Sunday live harness racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Holland Fair. Fraser Downs Open pacing mare Prairie Illusion returned to racing action on Sunday after four months off and found herself right back where she left off...in the Fraser Downs winner's circle. The four-year-old Mach Three mare won the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open back on May 3 in a career-best 1:52.4 and matched that mark in Sunday's feature event with another dominating score. Jim Marino, who won four races on the card, sent the favourite to the lead from post five and never looked back through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the six and three-quarter length victory. The winning time was just two-fifths of a second off Furious Five's track record for aged pacing mares. Early trailers Phone Terror (Serge Masse) and Jans Rich Girl (Scott Knight) finished second and third. Prairie Illusion has now won all three of her starts since being claimed by trainer William Young in mid-April for $30,000. She is now six-for-12 this season and has yet to miss a paycheque throughout her four-year-old campaign. While Prairie Illusion missed the track record for her age and sex, the Fraser debuting Need You So Bad established one for two-year-old geldings with a 1:56.2 three length romp for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The son of American Ideal was two-fifths of a second faster than the former record-holder Nobody Can. The J J J Stables owns the Horizon Pace champion who is undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca  

Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies clocked some fast miles at Inverness Raceway on Wednesday evening ,with the track record for two-year-old fillies being equaled by Lovineveryminute. The bay pacing filly crossed the finish line in 1:58.4 with driver Gilles Barrieau holding the lines for owner River Valley Management of Quispamsis, NB. The second 'A' event on the evening race card went to Sail Through and driver Mike Stevenson in a time of 2:01.1. The filly is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd. of Crapaud, PE, and Daniel Ross of Belfast, PE. The lone $2500 'B' division event went to Shindeagan and driver Danny Romo for owners Tom Hawco and George Della Valle of Sydney, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again this weekend and will continue all next week, as a full slate of events is slated for Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. Lynne MacLennan www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca

Inverness Raceway has a new track record for three-year-old fillies thanks to a visit from Ramblinglily on Sunday afternoon. The bay pacing filly captured first place honours in Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action in a time of 1:57.3 under the command of driver Brodie MacPhee. Ramblinglily is the current point leader in her Atlantic Sires Stakes division and is owned by Allan Jones of Riverview, NB, and Normand Leger of Shediac, NB. The other $9780 Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event went to Scootin For Joy and driver Mike Stevenson in a time of 1:58.1. The ownership papers on this three-year-old pacing filly are held by Peggy Connors of Shediac Cape, NB. Two $2500 'B' divisions rounded out the Atlantic Sires Stakes action with Gotfaithincowboys and driver Angus Bates crossing the finish line first in their division and Beaus Cowgirl and Marc Campbell winning the second event. Inverness Raceway will play host to Atlantic Sires Stakes participants again on Wednesday evening when the two-year-old pacing fillies meet for competition. Two 'A' divisions will each go for $9480 and one 'B' division will go for $2500. First race post time on Wednesday at Inverness Raceway is 7:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan  

Inverness Raceway will play host to the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday afternoon. Ramblinglily, the current point leader, will take on the competition in one of two 'A' divisions on the afternoon race card. Each 'A' division will go for a substantial purse pool of $9,780 and two 'B' divisions will each go for $2500. Points earned in each 'A' division event go towards earning a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's event will be hosted by Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park October 12 and 13. First race post time on Sunday at Inverness Raceway is 1:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan  

Major Dundee went wire-to-wire to win the featured $2,500 Johnny & Margaret Allan Ian Pace on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway. Driver and co-owner Randy Getto fired Major Dundeeto the lead from post three in the final race of the day and rebuffed an early challenge from the parked out Art I Special (Redmond Doucet), last weekend's Inverness Gathering Pace champion, past the :28.3 opening panel. He proceeded to lead the field to the half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:28 with Junebugs Baby (Fraser Turnball) edging out of the two-hole. But once Major Dundee hit the top of the stretch, he opened up by two and a half lengths to secure the victory in 1:57 flat. Junebugs Baby stayed for second. Arabica (Aaron Byron) rallied three-wide around Art I Special to nab the show spot over 11 lengths behind. Dana Getto trains the five-year-old Art Major gelding while Wayne Hardy of Sydney, N.S. shares ownership. Major Dundee has earned top three finishes, including four wins, in all seven of his starts since moving to Nova Scotia for his new connections in June. (reprinted with permission by Standardbred Canada)  

The Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old harness racing pacing colts put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway on Sunday, as the track record for three-year-olds was equaled by The Rev.

Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old harness racing pacing colts from across the Maritimes will converge at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association (ASBA) and Inverness Raceway have announced the re-scheduled race date for the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts.

The Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association (ASBA), in consultation with the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission (MPHRC) and its Bio Security Committee, has postponed the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts event which was slated for Sunday, May 26th, at Inverness Raceway. This event will be re-scheduled at a later date.

The story of 2012 is without a doubt the three-year-old filly sensation, the 16 for 16 Malabrigo. The Marc Campbell trainee was perfect every time she stepped onto the race track, giving harness racing fans a reason to come to the track.

The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Scamp Finesse, with harness racing owner-driver Clare MacDonald in the bike, captured the first of three 'A' division events in a time of 1:59.2. The two-year-old colt is also owned Morah Kerr of Greenfield, NS, and Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood, NS.

The Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old trotters were featured at Inverness Raceway Friday afternoon and into the evening.

Due to impending weather and potentially unsafe track conditions, the card of harness racing scheduled for tonight (Wednesday 5th of September) at Inverness Raceway has been postponed until Friday afternoon.

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