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Foxyhall racing stable from Summerside, PE enjoyed a big night at the track with two of their stable stars, Si Semalu and Thunderaway, winning their respective assignments at the harness racing meeting on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Si Semalu, under the command of driver Jason Hughes, was sent right to the lead from the rail and never looked back on route to a 1:55.4 clocking in the evening's feature event. The five- year-old son of Modern Art rolled through splits of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.3. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) was second with Forever Paradise (Mike McGuigan) completing the triactor. Newcomer Thunderaway and Hughes were a two and half length winner in the first of two open trots carded on the program. The mare notched her 26th lifetime victory and her first on Island soil. Foxyhall racing also recorded a third place finish with Sam It Again Sam in The Class of 1958 St. Dunstan's University pace won by Perfect Escape in a dazzling 1:56 flat for Walter Cheverie. Cheverie, who had two winners on the program, did the driving for owners Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Another newcomer to the Island racing ranks, Strike A Light, won the second open trot in 1:59.4 for driver Norris Rogers and trainer Blaine McKenna. Mike Stevenson had a driving double on the 12 dash program scoring with The Big Bite for trainer Thane Arsenault and the ownership group of Jack Arsenault, Charlottetown, Donna McIver, York, Edward Blaisdell, Montague and Deborah Wilson, Elmsdale, NS. The second score came with Shellys Man for owner Michael Collings, Charlottetown and trainer Gerald MacDougall. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Fresh off the $22, 000 Governor's Plate final, Si Semalu will have rail control in the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS, and a winner of over $150, 000 lifetime, the five-year-old son of Modern Art will look to pick up his first victory on Red Soil since reporting to P.E.I in mid June. He will gain the services of his trainer at top driver at Red Shores Charlottetown Jason Hughes. Forever Paradise will look to price them up from Post 6, listed as the morning line favourite and entered for a claiming tag, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise has been no worst then second in his first six starts off the bench including a lifetime best 1:55.1 two starts ago. Owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, the Kevin MacLean trainee will be driven by Mike McGuigan. Also in the feature Jersey Joe will put his three race win streak on the line from post seven. Tempo Seelster, Smiley Bayama, Likely To Win, Cabo Pan Lucas and Waterside Light round out the power packed field. A pair of Open Trots are set to go post ward as well on Saturday night, the first in Race 2 has Pleasure Girls pegged as the morning line choice for owner Shelley Gass and trainer, driver Ronnie Gass. The field also features Frill Seeker for the Ebbsfleet Stables and newcomer to Foxyhall Racing Thunderaway. Race 4 features a pair of newcomers, Post 4 starter Kennel Buddy comes in from Ontario for trainer David Dowling, Walter Cheverie gets the call on the five-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding who was a winner last time out in 1:57.2 over Georgian Downs. The second newcomer comes from the powerful Patrick Shepherd stable, a winner of 105 races this year, Shepherd a native of Stratford, P.E.I. currently sits second among trainers in all of Canada, he will send out Weskey for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, NS. Harold Shepherd gets the call in the sulky on the winner of four races in a row, his last a lifetime best 1:56.4 over Georgian Downs. Racing action gets underway at 6 p.m. for the 12-dash card. By: Bo Ford

Cambest Kisser used rail control on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside to kiss his five opponents goodnight in the Race 11 feature. The eight-year-old Cambest gelding was blasted off the wings by trainer, driver Jason Hughes laying down all the numbers (28.2, 58.1, 1:28) and held on by a quarter of a length for a 1:57.1 score. Donald and Steven Mac Rae of Vernon Bridge share the ownership on the winner of 29 races lifetime. Machinthesand was a closing second while Oh To Be Me was third. The win gave 'The Blue Knight' a driving and training on the card, he kicked off the card with the two-year-old Mister Big colt Howmacsliberty. A very impressive two-year-old winner in race 5 was the son of Shadow Play, Instant Shadow, pacing to a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3. Owned by the Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, the Sifroi Melanson trainee gave leading driver Gilles Barrieau his first of two victories on the night. Kenny Murphy also enjoyed a driving double on the card, scoring with Jays Little Spark and Tammysmist. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday, Post time is 7 p.m. Bo Ford  

Charlottetown, PE - Waterside Light, owned by Hilliard Graves, Charlottetown and Larry Chappell, Marshfield, won the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Kenny Arsenault converted a perfect pocket ride to victory after tracking Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald), who finished second, through fractions of 28, 58 and 1:27.4 to stop the timer in 1:57. Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) was third. It was Arsenault's second winner of the program. JK Queen, with Walter Cheverie in the bike, and Villager, under the direction of Mark Cullen, won their respective trot divisions. Jason Hughes enjoyed a great night at the office. The Stratford native recorded a driving triple while Mark Bradley and Gary Chappell also notched driving doubles. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Roca Rei will be looking for redemption Thursday night as the top harness racing mares in Atlantic Canadian Racing are set to battle at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash affair. Newcomer Roca Rei was bet off the board in her East Coast debut last week in the $2,250 Fillies and Mares Open pace for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford but made a break at the start before grinding out a tough first over journey to fall a length short in 1:58. This week's edition of the Fillies and Mares open will line up in race 9 on the card with race analyst Les MacIsaac putting his stock in Roca Rei to have her game face on this week. "She raced big last week after the early miscue and was just a length in arrears at the finish," MacIsaac said. "If she can come that close after being first up most of the way imagine what she can do with a trip." There is some tough competition in the six-horse field as last week's winner, Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson), has post 2, while top mares General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) and Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell), have posts 4 and 6, respectively. Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) will make her four-year-old debut off the rail after a three-year-old season that saw her win eight of 16 starts, while Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) has post 5. A field of seven will go to war in race 11 as I D K is favoured from post 2 for the sibling trio of driver Vincent Poulton, trainer Gary Poulton and owner Gail MacDonald. The $2,000 event also has Beckenbauer (Hughes), Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald), American Captain (Walter Cheverie), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell) and Machinthesand (MacPherson). Perfect Escape is the morning line choice in the race 10 Blaine MacPherson 60th birthday pace. Ron Matheson will do the driving for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. The card also features two trot classes in races 1 and 3. Money Show (Brian Andrew) is favoured in the opener, while JK Queen (Cheverie) is the classifier's choice in race 3. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - Outside The Wire, withharness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, won the opening day harness racing feature in a sparking 1:55 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The Blue Knight used rail control to his advantage by sending the Grinfromeartoear six-year-old pacer to the point and rolled through fractions 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.1 to win by open lengths. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was second with J RS Hurricane (Gary Chappell) third. The victory was a driving hat-trick for Hughes who picks up where he left off last year at the top of the leader board. Whatabadgirl (Badlands Hanover) and driver Mike Stevenson opened the 2015 season with a 2:00.4 performance for trainer-owner Kristina McCourt of Summerside. In other action, the 10yo Life Sign gelding Life Savior notched his 52nd lifetime score to start the new campaign at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson did the driving for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern of Kensington. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Island harness racing is getting revved up with three race cards this week, including Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the 2015 season opener at Red Shores Summerside on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. The 11-dash Saturday evening card is headlined by six-horses in the race 10 $2,200 feature pace. Tempo Seelster is the classifiers choice from post 4 for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip was a winner two weeks ago in this class but fell short last week after leaving from post 7. Carnivore has post 6 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington fresh off his 1:56.4 victory in last Saturday's feature. Top Maritime free-for-aller All Turain has post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. All Turain's impressive 2014 season of 12 wins, $28,347 in purses and a mark of 1:54 is enough to inspire race analyst Les MacIsaac to select him to land in the winner's circle. "This guy was nothing less than dominant last year in some of his races and against some high caliber opposition to boot," MacIsaac said. "Yes, it's his first start off the bench but he wouldn't be out here if he wasn't ready to go. Beware." Other entries include Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault), Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) and My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the east coast line up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with last week's winner, Pleasure Girls, the morning line favorite from post 5 with MacPherson in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. Eat Pray Trot has the rail fresh off an impressive qualifier in Charlottetown trotting his own mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown. The field also includes I Aint No Lady (Mike Stevenson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley). By Nicholas Oakes Red Shores Summerside Sunday A 10-dash program will hit the track Sunday afternoon as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway opens up for the 2015 live racing season. A top notch top class will line up in race 9 with Outside The Wire the morning line favorite from post 1 with Summerside's leading dash winning trainer and driver, Jason Hughes, at the lines. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is trained by Craig Avery for owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Brodrick of Alberta. New Brunswick invader American Captain has post 4 in the event for Island native trainer-driver Mike Campbell. Campbell has come to the Summerside Raceway from Fredericton, N.B., for the 2015 season. Other entries are Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), J Rs Hurricane (Gary Chappell), Darth Bader (Gilles Barrieau), and American Terror (Steven Shepherd). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 10 with Motorino favored from post 7 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant, who co-owns with Eric Johnston of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Brian P was purchased by the connections in last January's mixed sale in New Jersey and has been impressive his first few starts on the Island including a 1:58 victory last week in Charlottetown. Other top entries in the eight horse field include Haunto (Barrieau) and D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-10 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Jared's Picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee A. Drake  

Harness racing drivers Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes tied in wins last year and have had the same number of starts so far this year   The page has been turned on 2014 but it is more of the same in the driving ranks at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes are tied atop the leaderboard at the capital oval with 13 wins each after finishing in a dead heat for top reinsman for the 2014 season.   Each driver has an identical 66 starts so far this season.   Gary Chappell sits in third with nine 2015 wins while Corey MacPherson is tied for fourth with Kenny Arsenault at seven wins apiece.   MacPherson has been hot since the season opened up May 2, but only had one win during the month of January so he has some catching up to do.   On the training side, Hughes leads the way with nine trips to the winner's circle, with Kenny Arsenault in second with five winners and a four-way tie for third spot between Gary Chappell, Mark Bradley, Wade Sorrie and Jonah Moase.   They all have four season victories as a conditioner.   This is the final week for single card racing, as next week starts up Thursday evenings in Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon cards at the Summerside Raceway, along with the regular 6 p.m. Saturday cards at the CDP.   P.E.I. Scene   Island racing was saddened with the recent passing of Kenny Murnaghan of Charlottetown.   The 64-year-old was a regular on the CDP backstretch either working with a horse of his own or helping out his good friend Leonard (Barney) McGuigan.   My condolences to the Murnaghan family.   Qualifiers will be held Sunday at noon and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Summerside Raceway as the Prince County Horseman prepare for the 2015 season.   Officials with the Maritime Province's Harness Racing Commission invite all Western horsemen to the paddock meeting being held directly after the Wednesday evening qualifiers.   The information session will be held on the upper floor of the grandstand in Red Shores Summerside.   My wishes for a speedy recovery go out to long-time horseman Jimmy MacMillan of Hunter River.   The lifelong participant is a talented horseman in every sense as a trainer, driver and farrier and has been battling some health troubles recently. Get better soon, Jimmy.   Blue Suede Shoes is a newcomer to the Island racing scene for owner Jamie Kennedy of Charlottetown.   The nine-year-old son of Ginfromeartoear has 15 lifetime wins, $169,460 in purse earnings and a mark of 1:51 taken at Woodbine Raceway in Ontario.   The stallion has not made a start since Dec. 29, 2012 at Woodbine for trainer Randy Van Meer but is now in the care of Kenny Arsenault and put in a sharp qualifier Saturday in Charlottetown finishing third with a 29.2 closing panel.   Across the continent   Saturday at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., Maplelea finished third in the $59,600 Princess series final for owner-trainer Andrew Moore, formerly of Charlottetown.   The three-year-old Sportswriter filly paced her own mile in 1:51.1, beaten two-and-a-half lengths with Rick Zeron in the bike.   The finish pushed her seasonal earning over the $100,000 mark to give her $106,798 in the bank in 2015.   Monday at Mohawk, maritime champion Dixieland Band was a third place finisher in a $18,000 class for driver Randy Waples and trainer Dr. Ian Moore, as well as Island owners Aaron and David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson.   The Ameripan Gigolo colt paced his own mile in 1:53.2.   Nicholas Oakes - Courtesy of the Guardian - Charlottetown

Charlottetown, PE - Narragansett, under the command of harness racing driver Jason Hughes, was placed the winner of the feature race Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park after an interference call on the race winner. Pictonian Storm won the Darlene Compton pace for Wade Sorrie but was set back to sixth for interference on Modern Xhibit (Walter Cheverie) as field came out of the first turn. Narragansett, owned by Foxyhall racing stable of Summerside, finished second but inherited the victory after the ruling. Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) was moved up to second with Oh To Be Me placed third to complete the triactor. The 6-3-1 triactor triggered a payout of $904.80. In other action, JK Queen, owned by Joe Smallwood, Stratford and Norman Clarey, Charlottetown, captured the trot class in 2:07 over a track rated as "good" with a two second variant. The victory was the first of a driving triple for Marc Campbell. Campbell also scored with Pinner from the Brian Ladner stable and Female Finese for owner William White of Murray River, PE. Racing officials later downgraded the surface to a four second variant prior to race 5 on the day. Oakrock Almighty and driver Gordie Hennessey closed out the winter meet with fast closing move to notch his 32nd lifetime win for the nine-year-old pacer. Hennessey did the driving for Shirley Weeks, Hunter River and trainer Jackie Matheson. Matheson was presented with a fan's choice award for trainer of year at Red Shores. Hughes, Terry Gallant and Mark Bradley recorded driving doubles on the final day of racing. The wager was $42,858. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Live racing returns April 25th in Charlottetown and May 24th in Summerside. Lee A. Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Veronicavermillion came from off the pace to win the afternoon harness racing feature race in an impressive 1:56.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Brian MacPhee and Veronicavermillion tracked mid-pack behind Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and pace-setter Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) through hot fractions of 28, 57.4 and 1:27.1 before the leader began to tire and the only girl the field handed the boys a defeat. Veronicavermillion is owned by Alex MacPhee, Cornwall and trained by Neil Bambrick. She paid $11.90 to win. Cambest Kisser was second with Narragansett rallying to finish third. The 3-1-5 triactor returned $395.20 while the superfecta 3-1-5-2 was $963.50. Modern Xhibit was a late scratch. Jason Hughes had another big day at the track with four winners on the program. The Stratford native got the grand-slam rolling with Sanchez Blue Chip then followed up with Machinthesand and Walbert where he was greeted in the winner's circle by Island Storm player Rashad Whack who teamed up with the horse and driver for a special promotion. Whack, a guard with the Storm, came right back in the second promotional race to get his picture taken with Talk Back and driver Wade Sorrie. Hughes closed the day with Blue Start Oultlaw for owner Donnie MacRae, Vernon Bridge. In other action, I Aint No Lady ended Frill Seeker's winning streak after claiming the open trot for MacPhee and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Wade Sorrie, Brian MacPhee and Ken Murphy recorded driving doubles on the day. The wager was $46, 488 By Lee Drake     *

  CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The season long battle for top driver came right down to the final race of the card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and ended in a tie. The night started with Marc Campbell holding a one-race lead over Jason Hughes in the driver’s standings with 124 wins to 123, respectively. Hughes opened up the action in race 2, winning in 2:04.2 aboard Rylan Express from his own barn for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. Campbell broke the tie and reasserted his lead in race 9 winning with Rash B Havior in 1:58.3 for owner-trainer Mike Peters of Emyvale. A pair of Hughes class droppers pushed ‘the Blue Knight’ to the front in races 11 and 12 as Cambest Kisser won in 2:01.4 for owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge while Narragansett posted an off the pace victory in 1:59.2 for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. But Campbell wasn’t done yet, as the reigning dash champion captured the race 13 feature in 1:58.3 to tie things up with his own trainee, Eagle Jolt, for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson) was second with Balanchine (Gordie Hennessey) third. The race 14 finale could have settled the score but a front stepping Stonebridge Wish (Corey MacPherson) was able to hold off Campbell and Leading Camdidate in a 1:58.2 score to end the 2014 racing season in Charlottetown. Both Hughes and Campbell ended up with 126 seasonal driving wins each, just four shy of Campbell’s overall record of 130 wins that he set in 2012. The program also saw JK Crusher and Abundaspin take one final look through the wings of the Charlottetown starting gate, as the 14-year-olds reached their mandatory retirement age. Total bet for the 14-dash program was $39,792. Live racing continues every Saturday until the end of January with a 12:30 pm first race post time. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

It all comes down to New Year’s Eve for two Island drivers vying for top driving honours at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell holds a one race advantage over Jason Hughes in the 2014 drivers’ race with 124 trips to the winner’s circle for Campbell, compared to 123 for Hughes. The first race of the special 14-dash program gets underway at 7 p.m. Hughes is in the midst of a career year in the sulky, as the 41-year-old Stratford resident has 177 season victories to go with $285,216 in driving earnings as well as 97 training wins and $159,394 made as a conditioner. The horseman already swept the training and driving race at P.E.I.’s other track, the Summerside Raceway, and will attempt to make history as it is believed no single person has won both training and driving crowns at the two tracks in the same year. Hughes has a healthy lead in the Charlottetown trainer’s standings with 72 victories compared to second place Jackie Matheson with 64. But to make history happen, Hughes has the overcome Campbell, the most dominant driver in Island racing the past five years who is also riding a career high single season win total of 193 races heading into Wednesday’s action. Campbell has 12 drives on the program while Hughes will see the starting gate 11 times. The program also features the final start for two 14-year-old veterans as Abundaspin and JK Crusher will make their final appearances on the racetrack. JK Crusher is owned by Stephen Sweet of Springfield West and trained by Jansen Sweet and will end his career in race 3 on the night with Mike McGuigan driving from post 4. The gelding, out of Maritime champion JK Beauty, boasts 33 career victories. Abundaspin will end his storied career in race 4 on the card with trainer-driver Harold Shepherd at the lines from post 6 for owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The classy trotter has 82 lifetime wins and $485,443 in earnings since his career started in 2002 in Pennsylvania. The trotter will have a special trackside retirement presentation after his race. Some new promotions are set to hit Red Shores including Casino Days starting Jan. 4 with different prizes and rewards every day, plus the Deep Freeze Bounty Poker Tournament set for Feb. 21 and 22. Check outRedshores.ca for more details. Live Racing continues Saturday afternoon at a new post time of 12:30 p.m. that will be in effect all of January. From Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – If the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park proved anything, it is that the race for top harness racing driver is going down to the final card. The second-last card of the year saw Jason Hughes score a driving triple, while leading driver Marc Campbell remained winless on the day. Hughes’ Boxing Day scores included a win aboard Astor in the $2,200 feature pace in 1:59.3 over Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson). Carnivore cut out the early road work with a scalding 28.3 opener from post 4, followed by a breather at the half-mile marker in 1:00 with Astor advancing first-over at him. Astor took control of the race at the 1:29.2 third station and never looked back en route to his two-and-three-quarter-length victory. Astor, a five-year-old son of Camluck, is owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. and trained by Hughes. It was Astor’s sixth win on the season and his third top class victory in his last five starts. Hughes also visited the winner’s circle with Never Give Up Hope in 2:00.4 for Darren and Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe and SOS Grappa in 2:00.3 for Robi Hughes of Stratford. Caliban Hanover captured the top trot of the day in 2:04.2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The nine-year-old son of Andover Hall defeated cagey veteran Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd) and JK Queen (Cheverie). Corey MacPherson also scored a driving hat trick on the day, while Gary Chappell had two visits to the winner’s circle in the race bike. Campbell had a four race lead going into the card with the Hughes victories bringing it down to a one race advantage heading into the final card of the calendar year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm. The 2014 finale is sure to be a lively event, and one you will want to be there for. The total bet for the 15-dash Boxing Day card was $48,048. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Astor will look to continue his dominance of the top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Friday afternoon during the special Boxing Day card of racing. First race post time is 1 pm for the 15-dash event. Astor has been handed post 7 in the race 9 feature for a $2,200 purse for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The five-year-old son of Camluck has great form including a 1:59.4 victory last week in this same class, while earlier on he had been competing with All Turain and Big Surf, who have both been put away for the 2014 season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Astor is the way to go in the Charlottetown feature. “He was a popular winner last week and tackles many of the same foes in here,” MacIsaac said. “He did it from the outside in that one and we don't see any reason he can't double up today.” The race also includes Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Carnivore (Walter Cheverie), Machinthesand (Gary Chappell) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault). The top trotters will compete in race 5 for a $1,500 purse with Abundaspin headlining the field of six from post 4 for driver Steven Shepherd, trainer Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 14-year-old son of Abundance is nearing his final career start unless the racing commission grants him the ability to race at age 15. Other entries include Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley), I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Diamond Mine (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Queen (Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 14 for a $1,800 with Perfect Escape favored off the rail for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. His main competition will come from stable mate Oakrock Almighty (Gordie Hennessey) as well as Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Tyron My Gigolo (MacPherson). The race for leading driver of the 2014 season is winding down with Campbell holding a four-race advantage over Hughes. The final card of 2014 will be held on Dec. 31 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday racing on January 3 for the remainder of that month. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The close battle atop the Charlottetown Driving Park leaderboard resumed on Saturday afternoon with drivers Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell finishing one-two in the feature race. Campbell ended the day with a four-win lead over Hughes for the driving title. Astor provided Hughes with his third win of the day in the $2,200 top class, named in honour of the late Charles MacDonald. Machinthesand and Campbell advanced first over from fifth through fractions of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 over a sloppy track with favourite Astor and trainer/driver Hughes looming in the pocket. Machinthesand eventually pushed past the pacesetting Cheyenne Ford and Kenny Arsenault down the stretch, but Astor had shot through up the passing lane to prevail in 1:59.4 by one and a half lengths. To view the rest of this story click here.

Charlottetown, PE - Race 11 was declared a no-contest after an accident involving Charlottetown's top drivers Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park The field was heading to the opening quarter when Sumbodys Fool, in line to Hughes, made a break and went down. Benny Rabbit, driven by Campbell, couldn't avoid the fallen horse and hooked wheels sending Campbell to the track. Both horses ran loose while the race continued but they were captured when the field pulled up. The judge's ruled a no contest. The horses were not hurt in the mishap. Hughes and Campbell resumed their driving duties. Big Surf made his Charlottetown debut a winning one taking the afternoon feature in a snappy 1:58.1. Campbell was in the bike for the win giving him a driving triple on the day. Big Surf is owned and trained by Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge. Forever Paradise finished second with Carnivore third. Campbell finished the day with four winners when Talk Back crossed the wire first. Hughes recorded a driving double. Zip the Lip captured the open trot for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. MacPhee, who had two winners on the card, guided the trotter to his third win in a row. Abundaspin won his trotting assignment for driver Steven Shepherd and owner Mikeala Lustic, Cornwall. The veteran will wrap up his career on New Year's Eve. The victory was Abundaspin's 82nd lifetime score. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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