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Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park kicked off the PEI Colt Stakes Thursday featuring the trotters at the harness racing legendary oval. Majian Tango opened up the $4,500 two year division taking top place money for trainer-driver James Ripley while Just A Little Tad rallied to win her assignment for trainer Ron Gass and driver Corey MacPherson. Play Along scored his second win of the season for owner-trainer-driver Trevor Easter, Morell, PE. Howmac Gyspy earned the first piece of hardware in the three-year old trot division for driver Jack Panting and trainer Ralph Annear. The winning connections were joined in the winner's circle by Rebekah Nitschmann a member of the UPEI swim team who was on hand for Panther night at the track. Glencove Zani pulled off an upset in the second three-year-old $5,600 split for driver Michael McGuigan and trainer Edward Smallwood. In other action, Freddie notched his third win in a row in the open trot for driver Marc Campbell and Three Wisemen stable of Cornwall, PE in a dazzling 1:57.4. The trip is a new track record for aged trotting geldings. Narragansett captured the evening's top class presented by Intelisys Aviation Systems in 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and Foxyhall racing stable, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau, Corey MacPherson and Gary Chappell had driving doubles on the program. The PEI Colts Stakes, Canada's longest running stakes program with 82 years of history, continues Saturday with a double header. Post times at 1pm and 7pm. The wager was $24,190 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

It is not often you can go to a harness racing meeting in New Zealand and see a free legged pacer but yesterday at Geraldine Justasip strutted her stuff without the aid of a pair of hopples. The daughter of Bettors Delight has been prominent in all her four starts this campaign without the hobbles with a neck second at Oamaru her best result before yesterday. Settling four back in the running line from her second line draw, Justasip peeled four wide at the top of the straight and finished over the top of them late to claim a narrow but impressive win. Driver James Geddes was not surprised with yesterdays effort.. "Since we took the hobbles off in early November she has really turned the corner." " Her three runs before today all had merit and I don't think that will be her last win," James said. After qualifying well at three, Justasip had been very disappointing in the seven starts she had last season. This time in she again went terribly at her first start back at the trials so James decided to change tack with her. "I was about to quit with her but dad kept reminding me of how well she had qualified and that we should try something different with her," "We decided to use her as a galloping pacemaker but all she would do was free leg the whole time." "I took her to the trials free legged and she ran third at the first one and then won the second so I knew we were on the right track, " James said. James always had it in the back of his mind that Justasip would break without the hopples on at some point  but to date it hasn't happened. " She hasn't looked like making a mistake to date and is pretty foolproof really." " I did toy with selling her when she won a trial without the hopples but I am glad I didn't now." "Really all the credit should go to dad who knew she was a lot better than what she was showing, "James said. Free legged pacers are a rarity on the New Zealand harness racing scene with most trainers having doubts about how solid they will be but as Justasip showed yesterday,sometimes it is just what the doctor ordered. Harnesslink Media  

Charlottetown, PE – Roscoes Child won the Thursday night feature in 1:56.2 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino. Brodie MacPhee rated the seven-year-old gelding for his eighth win of the season over the CDP oval through fractions of 28, 58.1 and 1:27.3. Raymond White trains the pacer for the Selkirk Stable of Belfast. Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) was second with Pinner (Walter Cheverie) third. The 5-4-2 triactor paid $76.70. Majian Dillion, with James Ripley in the bike, won the trot class on the program in 2:03. John Holmes had a driving double on the final Thursday night program of the season. Racing returns Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown at 1pm. Red Shores Summerside will host a Sunday program. Post time in 1pm. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE – Nobestbfor, with owner-driver Walter Cheverie in the bike, won the feature event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the 1:56.3. Cheverie sent the five-year-old pacer to the front through rated fractions of 28.1, 56.4 and 1:26.1 before putting away Machinthesand in deep stretch. Sterling Seelster was third. Nobestbfor paid $20.30 to win while the 3-6-4 triactor returned $525.50. It was Cheverie’s second winner. Pinner won the back-up class in 1:58.1 holding off a late charging Roscoes Child for the victory. Marc Campbell did the driving for trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Doll R General was also part of the winning triactor. It was Campbell’s second winner. The Island’s top driver ended the night with a driving triple. Majian Chester and driver James Ripley claimed the trot class in 2:03.3. The gelding notched his fourth win of the season for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. Tymal Tyme finished second with JK Queen third. Ron and Jackie Matheson recorded a driving and training double on the program. Kenny Arsenault also paraded two winners in the 12 dash card. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm with the Maritime Breeders Final for two year-old colts and fillies. Red Shores Summerside will feature the David Rose Memorial for the Fans leg 2 on Sunday. Post time is 1pm. by Lee Drake for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – It will seem like déjà vu for Machinthesand as he again leaves from post 6 and battles Greatheart Hanover 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. The $2,000 featured pace has Machinthesand favored for driver Brodie MacPhee, who just hit 100 Maritime wins on the season as he is in the midst of his best year to date. Russell and Karen Noonan and Noon Holdings own Machinthesand, who is trained by Mark Bradley. The four-year-old son of Mach Three battled from post 6 his last start and had to be taken wide in the first turn around a breaking Pownal Bay Mustang to finish second to Greatheart Hanover in 1:56.4. Greatheart Hanover (Jason Hughes) moves out a few spots from his last start to post 5 and will not be able to get away from Machinthesand so easily this week. Also in the field are Toad River (Ken Murphy), PC Shockwave (Gary Chappell), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Sterling Seelster (Campbell) and Forever Paradise (Mike Stevenson). A field of nine trotters will butt heads in the race 3 $1,300 trot class with Wonderous Hanover and Brian Andrew selected to win off the rail. The four-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is co-owned and trained by Mitchell Tierney of New Haven with co-owner William Andrew of Calgary. Her main competition is right next to her with Howmacs Pride (Campbell) from post 2 fresh off a runner-up finish in this class last start. Other entries include JK Queen (Cheverie), Duvar Road (Norman Myers), Irish Lullaby (Daniel MacDonald), BJ High Meadow (Brian MacPhee), I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole), BJ Eldorado (Kenny Arsenault) and Majian Dilion (James Ripley). The evening’s back-up pace lines up in race 7 with Tempo Seelster’s four race win streak in serious jeopardy. Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives the three-year-old Santanna Blue Chip colt and will leave from post 7 in the nine-horse field. Roscoes Child (Brodie MacPhee) is the morning line favorite from post 6 boasting a record of 13 top three finishes in his last 14 starts, including six wins. Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) is picked to round out the triactor. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE –  An accident in race five, involving two horses, sent one driver to hospital Thursday at Charlottetown Driving Park. E Ls Colton, in line to Brodie MacPhee, and Dr Wilbur D, with John Holmes in the bike, got tangled up going into the paddock turn past the half sending both drivers to the racetrack. MacPhee, who was alert and talking after the spill, was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth hospital to be checked out by the medical team. Holmes walked away from the incident but booked off for the rest of the night. E Ls Colton and Dr Wilbur D were not injured. Machinthesand, under the command of Jason Hughes, won the feature race Thursday. The four-year-old gelding toured the CDP oval in an impressive 1:55.4. Hughes decided to put Mach in the Sand on the point and cruised through fractions of 28, 57.2 and 1:26.4 to hold off Artners in Crime (Ron Matheson) for the victory. Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell) and Private Joke (Michael McGuigan) were third in the dead-heat. Machinthesand recorded his sixth win from 26 starts for Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan, Middelton, PE. Majian Dillon, with James Ripley in the bike, pulled off a big upset in the trot class. The longshot paid $240.30 to win. Dunmore Alpha was second with Wonderous Hanover third. The time of the mile was 2:02.4. Majian Dillon is owned by Marylea Ripley, Amherst, N.S. Driver Vaughn Doyle reached a career milestone aboard Mach Vegas in race 9. The Charlottetown native recorded his 1,000th win in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The pacer is owned by Nicholas Oakes, PE and Visigoth Racing Stable, Ontario. By Lee Drake for Red Shores  

FRASER DOWNS Sea Deuce fought off favourite Big N Bad to win the $50,000 Tom Burke Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Fraser Downs. With the inside post advantage in the field of eight, Sea Deuce and driver Serge Masse set up shop on the front end. The Gord Abbott trainee led the way past fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:25.4 with Big N Bad and Bill Davis pulling the pocket down the backstretch. The top two were head-to-head at the third quarter mark and continued to wage war down the stretch with Sea Deuce prevailing by a head in 1:55.4. Big N Bad settled for runner-up honours while the winner's entrymate, Ideal Art and John Abbott, followed two lengths behind in third. Sea Deuce paid $6.10 to win as part of the Abbott entry sent off as the 2-1 second choice. Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. owns both Sea Deuce and Ideal Art with B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. also sharing ownership of the winner. Sea Deuce is a homebred gelding sired by Armbro Deuce out of Cassidys Grin. Unraced as a freshman, Sea Deuce earned his first B.C. win from two provincial starts. He started his sophomore campaign in Ontario, where he earned his other victory at Woodbine Racetrack in February. Masse drove a total of four winners on the 12-race card. His other victories were with his own trainees, including the maiden-breaking freshman colt Great Quote ($12.80) in another close race in 1:59.1, the repeating Mares Open champion Phone Terror ($5.90) in 1:55.2, and open length winner Panic At The Disco ($3.20) in 1:57.3. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Fraser Downs. ALBERTA DOWNS Driver Philip Giesbrecht steered a pair of popular Alberta Stardust winners on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Nighttraintovegas came close to the two-year-old pacing filly track record. Giesbrecht worked out similar trips for Triple Action and Sweet Sugar in their respective $18,767 Alberta Sires Stakes divisions, sending both favoured fillies to the lead past the opening quarter mark. Triple Action (Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us) took the lead down the backstretch and cruised to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Joe Ratchford and owner Raggs To Riches of Aidrie, Alta. while Tim Brown trainee Sweet Sugar (Tajma Hall-Hide The Candy) was on the move at the quarter mark and romped to a three and three-quarter length score in a career-best equalling 1:58.3 for owners Sandra Brown of Langley, B.C. and Archie Melnyk of Sherwood Park, Alta. Triple Action completed a sweep of all three ABSS legs for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sweet Sugar is also undefeated in ABSS action although she has only competed in the last two events. With Brandon Campbell in the bike, Nighttraintovegas left from the outside post position in the fastest $18,467 division and drew off to a seven and three-quarter length victory in 1:55, just missing the track record for freshman fillies by one-fifth of a second. Richard Schneider trains Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic out of Midnight In Vegas who is five-for-six in her career. The near perfect filly boasts two wins in ABSS legs with her only blemish a second-place finish in the second round. She is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. The Alberta Stardust is the final leg of the Alberta Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top performers of the season will face off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park. Top training honours on the day when to Kelly Hoerdt, who won three consecutive races with four-year-old gelding My World ($9.50), ABSS sophomore filly Emotions Run Wild ($5.30) and the streaking five-year-old mare Just Saucy ($2.30). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs. NORTHSIDE DOWNS Barefoot Contessa survived an overland journey to pull off an 11-1 upset the $2,200 New Waterford Centennial Pace as the only mare in a field of eight on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Barefoot Contessa and driver Ryan Campbell wore down the 3-2 favourites, Grandtacular and trainer-driver Russell MacDonald, to win the featured finale by a head in 1:59 flat. Cloudy Bay followed the winner's cover to a third-place finish two and a half lengths behind for Adam Merner. New Waterford trainer Andrew Campbell claimed the seven-year-old Western Terror mare two starts ago on Sept. 14 at Northside for $2,400 following back-to-back winning efforts. Saturday's victory was her fifth of the season in 21 starts and 17th lifetime. She paid $24 to win. Ryan and Andrew Campbell also teamed up to win an earlier race with four-year-old pacing mare R Es Sobrina in 2:00.1. First-time starter Majian Magic took the non-wagering $3,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old trotters as her only rival in the race, the Danny Romo-trained and driven Dunmore Bravo, broke stride and finished a distant second. The time of the mile was 2:18.3 for the homebred Northern Bailey filly, who is owned, trained and driven by James Ripley of Amherst, N.S. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs. CHARLOTTETOWN DRIVING PARK Sent postward as the longest shot on the toteboard, Bunny Mach defied her odds with a four and a half length victory in the featured $2,200 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell worked out a second over trip aboard 14-1 longshot Bunny Mach and once her cover cleared she sprinted home in :28.3 for the 1:55.1 upset victory. Favourite Veronicavermillion and Brodie MacPhee finished second after advancing first over and pocket-sitter J K Special, with Walter Cheverie aboard, was third. Bunny Mach produced a win payout of $31.90. The victory was the 30th lifetime for the eight-year-old Mach Three mare, who is currently trained by Stephen Quinn for Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. owners Donald MacRae and Steven MacRae. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following links: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. (reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Greatheart Hanover is the morning line favorite in Thursday night's $1,850 feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. The Stephen Quinn trained Greatheart Hanover has his work cut out for him in race 11, as he is shouldered with the outside post 8 in the tough field of pacers. Jason Hughes will drive the five-year-old gelding for owner Foxyhall Racing stable of Nova Scotia. All of his miles are in the 1:55-1:57 range while tangling with the top pacers in the Maritimes. To get the victory he will have to get past some tough competition. Sterling Seelster (Mark McKinnon) has post 3 and is fresh off a 1:57 victory at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway, while trainer Jackie Matheson sends out classy overnight pacers Van Zant (Ron Matheson) and Artners In Crime (Brodie MacPhee) from post 6 and 7, respectively. Also in the field is Private Joke (Mike McGuigan), Toad River (Ken Murphy), Doll R General (Gary Chappell) and Panacotta (Mark Bradley). Race 4 has a field of eight Open trotters racing for a purse of $1,800. Abundaspin is assigned the outer post 8 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 13-year-old trotter is looking for his fourth win in a row, with his last start a speedy 1:59 victory at Charlottetown. He will face challenges from Who Took That (McGuigan) from post 3 and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) with post 5. Other entries include Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Majian Chester (James Ripley), My Daisy Duke (Corey MacPherson), and Dee Dee Pucker (Hughes). The back-up pace lines up in race 7 for a purse of $1,550. Every Day is the favorite from post 2 for trainer-driver Brian Andrew and owners Bill Andrew of Calgary and Rachel Andrew of Westmount. His top competition includes Artist List (Bradley), First Art Down (MacPhee) and Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie). Live racing continues Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Charlottetown and Sunday at 1 pm in Summerside with the first $3,500 leg of Island Pacing Championship for aged pacers. All the action can be watched live at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oaks for Red Shore  

Charlottetown, PE – Nobestbfor won the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The brown gelding toured the legendary CDP oval in 1:56.2. Owner-driver Walter Cheverie sent the pacer to the front and cruised through fractions of 28, 58.1 and 1:27.1 to seal the victory. Veronicavermillion was second for Brian MacPhee while Talk Back and Thane Arsenault completed the triactor. The 2-7-5 combination paid $238.70. Majian Chester, with James Ripley in the bike, delivered as the post time favorite in the trot class scoring by open lengths in 2:02.1. Duvar Road (Norman Myers) and Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood) rounded out the top three. Ron Matheson had a driving double on the night. The former Charlottetown driving champion teamed up with trainer Darren Smith and owner Ernest Smith of Rocky Point to win with Yankee No More in 2:00.3. Matheson came back with Keystone Dimitri, trained by his son Jackie for owner Shirley Weeks of Hunter River, in 1:58.2 in the 10th race. Driver Vaughn Doyle notched his 998th career win aboard Trump Play for Bill Kinney of Hunter River. Doyle only needs two victories to join the 1000 win club. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Majian Dillon with James Ripley in the bike won the lone two-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes event at Inverness Raceway on Wednesday evening taking home the winner's share of the $12,800 purse. The chestnut harness racing gelding is owned by Marylea Ripley of Amherst, NS.

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