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Charlottetown, PE - Drivinthedragon N's fire continues to burn bright as she notched her third straight harness racing victory in the Boxing Day pace Monday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:56.3. A force to be reckoned with since arriving to the Maritimes, The seven-year old daughter of Sutter Hanover notched her 11th win of the 2016 campaign for owner Donald Macrae. Trainer-Driver Jason Hughes utilized the 'Dragon's' great gate speed to blast off the wings and take early control through a first quarter of 29.1. The down under invader set up on the front end and didn't see a challenger until the head of the lane when Doing Some Damage angled to the outside but couldn't catch the Blue Knight and his Dragon. The trackside photo booth may have ran out of green and white ink on Monday afternoon. A pair of green and white wearing mainstays at the Charlottetown oval were red hot on the afternoon taking 11 of the 16 races. The 'Green Hornet', Marc Campbell was at his old ways on Boxing Day afternoon as he added to his single season dash record at Red Shores Charlottetown. Campbell struck gold for six winners notching his 141st victory of the meet, 210th seasonal win and 1700th lifetime trip to the winners enclosure. Kenny Arsenault who had a training triple on the card got the party started early, cashing with a pair of trot victories. A second over journey for Howmacs Pride and a front end victory for Frill Seeker (his 10th of the season) gave him the sweep of the trot races before tripling up with Dees Boy. Arsenault who is his well on his way to lifetime win number 3,000 also scored with Sendmeasign and Lucky Encounter for a whole handful of winners. Adam Merner scored a driving double aboard Likely To Win and Rash B Havior. The wager on the card was $54, 437. Harness racing returns on New Year's Eve with a special live presentation. Post time is 6:30pm. The card features fast paced action, prizes and cash draws where race customers can tag their tickets in the Wild Horses promotion with $100 jackpots on every race. Red Shores will also provide a shuttle service from Park street parking lot to the Red Shores main entrance every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30pm. For details on New Year's Eve at Charlottetown and Summerside go to By Bo Ford & Lee Drake

Drivingthedragon N made quick work of her harness racing feature race rivals on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Leaving from post 7, the Jason Hughes trainee blasted off the wings, engaging in an early dual with Motorino to the opening quarter before taking complete control and drawing off to win by six. Owned by Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, she laid down fractions of :28.1, :58.4, 1:28.2 before closing in out in 1:58.1 over a rain soaked capital city oval. The seven-year-old daughter of Sutter Hanover is making a late case for the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year award in the region. Since arriving on red soil the mare has seven wins from 13 starts, including the Atlantic Aged Mares final and knocking off invitational superstar D Gs Camme. The victory capped off another stellar day for 'The Blue Knight', in race eight he steered Dial The Bossman to his fourth consecutive victory, using first up tactics to win by three and a quarter lengths. The two-year-old son of Artistic Fella has been impressive in his young racing career for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Doug MacPhee. It was part of a driving hat-trick who also scored with trainee First Art Down. Fresh off winning the Paul MacDonald Drivers Championship last week, Corey MacPherson picked up right where he left off scoring three victories on the card. Macpherson, who is enjoying a career best season scored with Just A Professor from off the pace and followed up with front-end victories about Jetster and Jetta Flys. Marc Campbell will have to wait another day to break his record for most wins in a season at Red Shores Charlottetown. He headed into the card just two back from breaking the record but only managed to score with his own trainee Woodmere Articblue, who picked up her third straight victory. Veteran reinsman Kenny Arsenault was in fine form on Saturday afternoon with a pair of victories aboard Frill Seeker and Dbs Rosco from his own outfit. The afternoon wager for the 16-dash card was $43,086. By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Drivingthedragon N made a three wide move down the backstretch and nailed pace setter D GS Camme on the line to win the Sunday harness racing top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a photo finish. Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) was third. Jason Hughes, who enjoyed a big day at the city track with four winners, was in the bike for the victory for owner Donald MacRae, Vernon Bridge, PE. The Sutter Hanover mare notched her eighth win from 21 starts this season. Hughes also had top honours with Whosuwinner, JK Cowboy and Dial the Bossman for the grand-slam. Adam Merner recorded a driving double. The fastest mile of the day was turned by Forever Paradise and catch-driver Corey MacPherson. The duo toured the legendary oval in 1:56.2. The pacer is trained by Kevin MacLean for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie Campbell was kept off the score sheet Sunday so his magic number to set the all-time record for wins in a single season at Charlottetown is five. Racing returns Saturday at 12:30pm with the annual Horseperson's Day and the Paul MacDonald driving championship. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Jason Hughes of Stratford, PE and Corey MacPherson of Vernon Bridge, PE will be heading to London, Ontario, this week to compete in the National Driving Championship (NDC) for harness racing at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday, October 14. The winner of the NDC will be Canada's representative in the 2017 World Driving Championship hosted in Canada next August. Standardbred Canada co-ordinates four regional events across the country, and drivers had to earn their way into the NDC by finishing first or second at their Regional Driving Championship. Hughes earned his spot by winning the Atlantic Regional hosted at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP on June 25 and MacPherson took the runner up spot. The National Championship is an eight race event and drivers earn points based upon their finishing positions. Drivers will also have some input into the horses they drive as a hockey pool style "draft" will be done and drivers will choose their horses from horses entered. This is a first time NDC appearance for both Hughes and MacPherson who warmed up for the big event via this past weekend's Atlantic Breeders Crown at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP. "It's a tough field," says Hughes of his seven competitors. "There are a lot of great drivers and I'm just hoping to be close to the front in most of the races so the other guys have to go around me." Hughes has been driving and training horses since the early 90s, and his career has steadily been improving the past five seasons. Hughes has a 20 horse stable and also works full time as a Maintenance & Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Stratford, where he's been for 20 years. "I get to the barn very early in the morning and very late at night and I have a great help," says Hughes of juggling the two full time jobs. Hughes managed wins in an Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation and an Open Pace during this past weekend. Corey MacPherson is into his 8th season of driving and is coming into the event in fine form. MacPherson had a win, third and fourth in Atlantic Breeders Crown finals and the previous weekend he took two divisions of the Joe O'Brien Stakes and two wins in the Lady Slipper. There are also three other drivers with strong Island connections competing in the NDC. James MacDonald, son of Islanders Fred and Gail MacDonald (Fred is the editor of Atlantic Post Calls and Gail is the track photographer for Red Shores), and one of the Woodbine Entertainment Group Circuit's top drivers will be attempting to win the title. Brandon Campbell from Calgary, Alberta, and a top reinsman at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino is the son of former PEI horseman, Sanford Campbell. Brett MacDonald lived on the Island with his family for several years and drove in the matinee program. Here is the complete field of drivers for the National Driving Championship: Brandon Campbell, of Calgary, AB; Guy Gagnon, of Gatineau, QC; Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON; Jason Hughes, of Stratford, PE; Brett MacDonald of Embrun, ON; James MacDonald, of Guelph, ON; Corey MacPherson, of Vernon Bridge, PE; and Jim Marino, of Surrey, BC. BY THE NUMBERS Jason Hughes 2016 589 drives 98 wins / 93 seconds / 97 thirds / $216,407 in purse earnings Career 7307 drives 1120 wins/ 1060 seconds / 982 thirds / $1,938,895 in purse earnings Corey MacPherson 2016 583 drives 115 wins / 89 seconds / 88 thirds / $296,330 in purse earnings Career 4112 drives 646 wins / 607 seconds / 570 thirds / $1,163,967 in purse earnings Lee Drake

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Post position proved to be no obstacle in Sunday's Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares final sponsored by Standardbred Canada at Red Shores at The Summerside Raceway as the Prince County Oval hosts a full-card of harness racing stakes action. Drivingthedragon N left like a rocket from post 8 to secure the lead at the 27.2 quarter in the $15,716 event for trainer-driver Jason Hughes, who recorded a training-driving triple on the card. The seven-year-old daughter of Sutter Hanover then unleashed a 57 half-mile fraction, with three-quarters in 1:26.2 while fighting off the first-over Shadows Mystery (Gilles Barrieau). A final quarter of 28.2 sealed the deal for Drivingthedragon N for a three-length victory over Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy) with Shadows Mystery finishing third. Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge owns Drivingthedragon N. In Lady Slipper gold action on the program, Every Time won her $11,300 division with Corey MacPherson in the bike in 1:58.2, while Dustylandmissmolly captured the other division in 1:56.3 for driver Adam Merner. Merner had another gold victory on the program, winning one of three $7,600 Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes with Beau's Cowboy in 1:56, while Abner The Great (Marc Campbell) won another split, as well as Jackson K Down (Barrieau) in 1:56.3. The Lady Slipper stakes for two-and-three-year-old trotters also went postward on the program. Wicked Nick won his $8,000 Lady Slipper two-year-old stake in 2:03.3 with Gary Chappell in the bike, with the other two-year-old division going to Revenueofwindemere (Terry Gallant) in 2:05.1. Mr Bower was victorious in his $7,600 Lady Slipper three-year-old trotting assignment down the road in 2:02.3 for Kenny Arsenault. Oceanview Pancho rewrote the record books in the other three-year-old Lady Slipper split, winning in 2:00.2 as part of a driving double for MacPherson, who was at the lines for co-owner and trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River, and co-owner William Roloson of Belfast. The victory gave Oceanview Pancho the distinction of being the fastest three-year-old trotting stallion in Island history, while the gelding record is still held by Waiting On A Woman in 1:59.1, who was also driven by MacPherson that day five years ago. Chappell, Gallant recorded training-driving doubles on the card, while trainer Ron Gass also had two winners. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - McJestic, with Jason Hughes in the bike, powered up the passing lane to win the Thursday harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park in 1:56.4. Troy Murray, Cornwall, PE, owns and trains the pacer who notched his fifth win of the season. Eagle Jolt was second with fraction setter Forever Paradise third. The best trotters on the East coast lined up in the open trot and Freddie, owned by the Wiseman stable, Cornwall, PE, rolled to his fourth win in a row for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The time of the mile was 2:00.1 with a closing quarter in 28.3 seconds. Thunderaway (Jason Hughes) finished second, off the leader by a length, while Westwood (Gary Chappell) rallied for third. I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee) and Paymenowpaymelater (Gilles Barrieau) won their respective trot assignments. Barrieau recorded a driving grand-slam on the card while trainer Earl Watts notched a training double on the card. Driver -trainer Mike McGuigan and owner James Whelan teamed up to make two trips to the winner's circle with scores on R Es Miss Emily and Sugar Crisp. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Jeb, in line to driver Jason Hughes, needed every step of the race track to collar fraction setter Forever Paradise in the top class Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 'Blue Knight' used a first over attack before dropping into the two-hole up the back stretch during a 28.3 third quarter, moving out at the top of the stretch and nailing the victory at the wire in 1:55. The Hughes trainee picked up his third consecutive victory for owners Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and Blair MacLauchlan, Stratford, PE. Dubbed the 'Queen of the Open Mares' in the Maritime region, Ramblinglily used a perfect two hole trip for reinsmen Walter Cheverie to return to her winning form this week in 1:55.4. Owned by Alan Jones and Norm Leger the maritime bred daughter of Articulator looked prepped and ready for next week's Lobster Fest eliminations at Red Shores Summerside. Driver and trainer Kenny Arsenault picked up a pair of victories with a set of dandy looking three-year-old colts. Lukes Cowboy took a two-hole ride until the three quarter pole before making the move out of the two-hole to score in 1:56.2. Rosewood was sent right down the road clicking the teletimer in 1:57.2. Corey MacPherson extended his lead as the top driver at Red Shores Charlottetown with victories aboard his own trainees Brodys Leona and Swingirl. He also won with Idealic Life making it a natural hat trick. For complete results go to by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Harness racing driver Jason Hughes held off Corey MacPherson with the most points over eight races to win the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship on Saturday, June 25 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Both the winner and runner-up will advance to the National Driving Championship. Hughes kicked off the eight-race driving tournament with a victory aboard Sam ($4) in the first leg and later won the sixth leg with Cambest Kisser ($4.70). The 43-year-old Stratford, P.E.I. horseman maintained his lead in the point standings throughout, with top-three finishes in four other legs. The 27-year-old MacPherson, of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I., sat out the first leg, but also drove a pair of winners during the regional event, with his first coming aboard I Am Able ($7.20) in the fourth leg. MacPherson climbed to second-place in the point standings and scored an unexpected seventh leg victory with Whosurwinner ($18.50) to narrow the gap on Hughes, who had sat out that leg but managed to maintain a slight lead going into the final race of the competition (53-51). Hughes secured his position atop the Atlantic Regional standings with a second-place finish aboard Spirit Of America in the eighth and final leg behind Bazillion ($14.40) and Ed Harvey while MacPherson and Waterside Light finished fifth after challenging first over. Hughes ended with 62 points to clinch the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship title while MacPherson held second with 54 points. Marc Campbell, who had tied for the lead after his second leg win aboard P H Little Cam ($7.70), finished in a dead heat for third with Walter Cheverie, both with 41 points. Harvey (37) , fellow leg winners Darren Crowe (33) and Paul Langille (30), and Gerard Kennedy (14) rounded out the competition. "All of the horses raced good. We had lots of fun here tonight, all the guys," said Hughes. "It was very competitive." It was a big day for Hughes, whose stable won a total of five races on the Saturday program, including the $5,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational Pace with OK Galahad in 1:54.4. The five-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding is owned by Hughes' brother Robi and Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. Hughes and MacPherson will move on to the National Driving Championship, which will be held on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. The winner of the National Driving Championship will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted in Canada. They will face off with the top two point-earners from each of the four regional competitions. Ontario Regional Driving Championship winner James MacDonald, also a P.E.I. native, and runner-up Trevor Henry will join them from Friday's competition, which was held at Grand River Raceway. The Western Regional will take place next at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday, June 26 and the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional will be hosted by Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday, July 12. OFFICIAL POINT TOTALS 1. Jason Hughes - 62 2. Corey MacPherson - 54 3. Marc Campbell - 41 3. Walter Cheverie - 41 5. Edward Harvey - 37 6. Darren Crowe - 33 7. Paul Langille - 30 8. Gerard Kennedy - 14    

Charlottetown, PE - Jeb won the Thursday harness racing feature in a dramatic stretch drive that had to be determined by a photo finish Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driven by Jason Hughes, Jeb came flying on the outside through the lane to clip Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and Starcastic (Ron Matheson) on the line. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Hughes, who recorded a training and driving triple on the night, did the driving for owners Robi Hughes, Blair and Eric MacLaughlan. The trotters took the spotlight on four occasions over the 11 dash card with top honours going to Wheres the Partyat (Gary Chappell), Wedgewood (Chappell), Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson) and Thunderaway (Jason Hughes). Gary Chappell, Corey MacPherson and Marc Campbell posted driving doubles. Racing returns Saturday with the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship and the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational. Post time is 6pm. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - OK Galahad held off some late challengers to win the Thursday night harness racing feature in 1:56.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driven by Jason Hughes, OK Galahad went three high to the opening quarter to fight off rail sitter Eagle Jolt and Smiley Bayama to control the pace after the quarter flashed up in the 28 seconds flat. The duo raced by the half in 56.4 and posted a 1:26 third panel. Starcastic (Ron Matheson) rallied in the stretch for second with The Big Bite (Gilles Barrieau) third. The trotters also took center stage with Majian Dillon, Tyne Valley and Frill Seeker winning their assignments. One of the starters in the race 4 trot class didn't finish the mile. Professor Gordon fell into the centerfield after the rein broke on route to the opening half. The horse, and driver Vince Poulton, were not injured in the mishap. Walter Cheverie enjoyed a driving triple on the program. For complete results go to By Lee Drake  

Thursday night harness racing is back at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a new post time for the 2016 season. The first of 11 dashes will get underway at 6:30 PM at the capital oval with a newcomer gaining some respect in the race 8 featured event. A compact field of five will line up in the top event with Ok Galahad commanding rail control for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and new owners Robi Hughes of Stratford and Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The five-year-old son of Badlands Hanover had been racing at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Ohio, showing miles in 1:54-1:55 for his previous connections and commands a 1:53 record taken last year at the half-mile oval at Saratoga Raceway in New York. His Island debut will have him face off with a heavyweight in post 2 starter Idealic Life with Charlottetown's leading driver Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Perry, Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston. Idealic Life strung together seven victories at the end of the winter meet in Charlottetown but has yet to visit the winner's circle since racing commenced in April but his last three starts were on-the-board finishes in the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Idealic Life to hit the wire first but places Ok Galahad as a real threat in second place. "He's been kept out of the winners circle since the meet opened," MacIsaac said of Idealic Life, "But he gets some class relief tonight and an ideal post after being stuck on the outside for his past two. Beware." Other entries include Rash B Havior (Michael Peters), My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the East Coast line up in race 4 on the card for a $1,800 purse. Wedgewood will look to build on his victory last week in the Open Trot in his Charlottetown debut with Chappell at the lines from post 7 for owner-trainer Glenn Claybourne of Charlottetown. Holy Molie Maggie has post 5 and is the morning line favourite for MacPherson and owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell, after being a dominant force in this class in 2015. Other entries include Kims Pjs (Lenny Myers), Phantom Beau (Mark Bradley), Howmacs Pride (Gordie Hennessey), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Tyne Valley (Marc Campbell) and Neal (Brian Andrew). The evening back-up pace is in race 10 with Cabo Pan Lucas favoured off the rail for driver Vincent Poulton, co-owner and trainer Gary Poulton and co-owner Alan Walker, all of Charlottetown. His competition in the $1,700 event is pegged as post 6 starter Howmac Missy (Campbell), and Strident Hanover (Chappell) from post 5. For race programs, top picks or live race broadcast go to   By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes battled right to the end but they walked away tied in the top harness racing driver standings with 113 wins each after the 11 dash card came to a close on New Year's Eve at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The leading reinsman went into the event with 111 winners each and both managed to score two victories to share the title for the second year in a row. Campbell jumped to the lead with victories with Mr MacLeod for owner Mallory Lewis and trainer Kyle Wilkie in 2:02.1 and Winspun Rebel for trainer Vaughn Doyle and co-owners Darla Jay and Shelly Wilkie, Charlottetown, PE. This trainer-ownership group also had their picture taken with Ideal Lifetstyle to celebrate a big night at the track. Jason Hughes posted a driving double from his stable. Stayoutofmyaffair, owned by Simon Hughes, took the 7th race in 2:00 flat. The Stratford native was able to climb back to the top with Campbell in the standings winning the final race of 2015 with Silverhill Blaze in 1:59.1. Donald MacRae owns the pacer who notched his seventh win from 35 starts. DBS Rosco, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw, Summerside, PE and Derek Folland, Kensington, PE, captured the New Year's Eve feature for driver Kenny Arsenault in an impressive 1:57.2. Eagle Jolt was second while Sam completed the triactor. It was Arsenault's third winner of the night for the hat-trick. Corey MacPherson also recorded a driving double on the special race presentation. The wager was $46,684. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - It's too close to call. Drivers Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell are in a dead-heat going in to the special New Year's Eve harness racing presentation Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 7pm. The evening also features on-track promotions, prize draws and live entertainment by the Johnny Oliver Band. The live broadcast will go to air at 6:30pm at or HPI TV, Canada's Network for Horse Racing, a specialty digital channel devoted exclusively to horse racing coverage across North America and around the world. Hughes and Campbell battled for the top spot during NYE 2014 and ended up tied at 126 victories. This year they go into final card with 111 wins. Campbell is down to drive seven horses while Hughes is listed on nine. Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is the 5-2 choice in the New Year's Eve pace scheduled for post time at 9:51pm. The pacer, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, is coming off a 1:58.4 score on Boxing Day and leaves from post 2 next to rail sitter Sam (Hughes) from Foxyhall stable, Summerside, PE. The other triactor candidates include DBS Rosco with Kenny Arsenault, Prince Adam for Gary Chappell, Smiley Bayama with Ron Gass and Likely to Win with Corey MacPherson. MacPherson has been on fire parading an incredible 15 winners over the last three events. He moves into third with 84 wins on the season at Charlottetown. Bunny Mach will make her last start in race 8 named in her honour. The 10 year-old mare will retire from the racing ranks with an impressive resume of 257 lifetime starts, 43 victories, 35 seconds and 33 thirds. She took a record of 1:52.2 as a five-year-old at Mohawk Racetrack and banked $272,833 in her career. Jason Hughes will do the driving for owners Donald and Steven MacRae, Vernon Bridge, PE. The horses will be back live on Sunday January 3, 2016. Post time is 12:30pm. The 15 dash program features the open trotters with Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell) listed as the favorite for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes while Idealic Life puts his three-race win streak on the line in the afternoon feature. The brown gelding is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Perry, Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson will be in the bike. For the complete list of entries for the New Year's Eve program or the Sunday January 3rd program go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The driving title at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will be tight going into the final harness racing card of the calendar year on New Year's Eve. Jason Hughes went into Saturday afternoon's card with a one-race advantage over Marc Campbell and scored wins with Stayoutofmyaffair and Timely Finesse but then Campbell came back swinging in the next race. He scored a win with Casimir Luciano in race 8, then came back to the winner's circle in race 11 with Rash B Havior in a blistering 1:57.1 victory over the off track, before finishing off his driving triple with Eagle Jolt in 1:58.4. Hughes and Campbell tied for the dash title in 2014 and will go into Thursday evening's card tied at 111 wins each. Idealic Life remained perfect off the claim in the Saturday afternoon top class. The 11-year-old son of Western Ideal now has three victories since being claimed by owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson engineered the winning trip in 1:58.1 behind the Trevor Hicken trainee, with Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) finishing second and Likely To Win (Ron Matheson) third. MacPherson had a total of five wins on the 15-dash card including wins with Spectacular Future, Hurricane Hill, and Cloudy Bay. The 26-year-old driver captured his other victory in the $2,350 Open Mares Pace in 2:01 with Best Risque for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. Whitesand Artist (Gary Chappell) came up large to finish second while Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey) got the show prize. Chappell won the Open Trot class with Holy Molie Maggie in an eight-length romp in 2:02.1 over Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Caliban Hanover (Cheverie). Holy Molie Maggie is owned and trained by Jeff Holmes of Orwell. It was one of three wins on the program for Chappell. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Only four more to go. That's how many race dates remain to determine the top harness racing driver of 2015 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday afternoon program features 16 races with first race post time scheduled at 12:30pm. Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes continue to battle for the most wins on the season with Campbell leading by two wins over Hughes at 108 to 106, respectively. Hughes has a good chance to catch the leader with Campbell out of action for the next two weeks. This story played out last year when the two pilots battled right to the very last race on New Year's Eve to end the season tied. All Turain is listed as the 5-2 choice on the morning line in the afternoon's featured event in race 15. Corey MacPherson will be in the race bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken, Charlottetown, PE. The pacer was roughed up last week but race analyst Les MacIsaac has him as the one to beat from post 6. "His winning streak came to an end last week and the trip over the heavy track was a contributing factor," said MacIsaac. "There's no guarantee it will be any easier (Saturday) but he still deserves top billing the way he is racing." The other Hicken trainee, Painted Desert, will leave from post two for Mark Bradley while last week's winner Forever Paradise comes from the five hole for catch-driver Walter Cheverie. The line-up also includes Smiley Bayama, a back to back winner, for Ron Gass, First Art Down gets the rail for Kenny Murphy and Darren Crowe is in town to drive Truro's top gun Mach Wheel from post 4. Cheverie gets another live drive aboard Best Risque in the mares open in race 8 as the mare goes for her 11th win of the season and 45th lifetime score for trainer Brian Ladner. Cheverie could land a triple if he can beat top contenders Holy Molie Maggie (Gary Chappell) and Osprey Impact (Corey MacPherson) with Caliban Hanover in the open trot. Live racing continues Saturday December 19 and the Boxing Day card on December 26. Post time is 12:30pm. The New Year's Eve live racing presentation has a 7pm post time. For entries, race programs and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

  Charlottetown, PE – Bazillion, a new addition to the Trevor Hicken stable, made his second start on Island soil a winning one taking the Saturday afternoon feature in a dazzling performance at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Brian MacPhee, who celebrated his 1,800th career victory earlier on the card with Woodmere No Fool, put the newcomer on the point and rolled through fractions of 28.4, 59.3 and 1:29.3 stopping the timer on the line at 1:58.4. The track was rated sloppy with a three second variant. Bazzillion, who came in from Yonkers Raceway in New York, is owned by Kent Livingston, Cornwall, PE. Motorino (Terry Gallant) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) completed the triactor. Sam, owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE, pushed her winning streak to seven in a row claiming the open mares handicap in line to trainer-driver Jason Hughes. The mare remains perfect since relocating from Ontario. Hughes enjoyed a productive day in the bike with a driving-training triple on the card. His other victories included Lucksgottachange and St Lads Foxy. Both horses are owned by his brother Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE. Majian Chester (James Ripley) and I Aint No Lady (MacPherson) won their respective trot assignments on the program. MacPhee, Walter Cheverie and Corey MacPherson earned driving doubles. The total handle was $34,807. For complete results and payouts go to  By Lee Drake, for Red Shores      

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