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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Woodmere Finesse stamped herself as the fastest Maritime Bred free-legged two-year-old to ever grace the East Coast in harness racing stakes action last month in Charlottetown but failed to garner enough points throughout the season to make the elusive Atlantic Breeder's Crown final. The Maritime Champion will definitely be the one to beat in Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolation action Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The daughter of Articulator has post 1 in race 6 on the card, with race 1 action getting underway at 12:30 p.m.for the 13-dah program. Woodmere Finesse will have the services of Kenny Arsenault at the lines in the $5,000 two-year-old pacing filly consolation for trainer Jack Arsenault and owner Edward Maher of Nova Scotia. The two-year-old pacing colt consolation lines up in race 8 with Island Energetic favoured from post 7 for trainer-driver Danny Romo and The Estate Of Brian Burgess. Dustlanemissmolly has new connections and will be labelled the favorite in race 10 in three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolation racing. Marc Campbell drives the filly for new owner-trainer Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe. The final consolation of the day lines up in race 12 with three-year-old pacing colt divisional heavyweights JJ Jodster (Campbell) and KD Overdrive (Gilles Barrieau) going toe-to-toe. The Best In The East Face Off Sunday It has been a season long slugfest of racing in Atlantic Sires Stakes events across the East Coast but now it all comes down to the Breeder's Crown Sunday afternoon. Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park will play host to the six Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals with the 15-dash card starting at 12:30 p.m. The first final of the championship card is slated as race 5 with Wicked Nick the morning line choice in the $9,000 Meridian Farms - Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old trot final for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire and Cameron Trail of O'Leary. Mr Bower is selected in the $9,000 race 7 Meridian Farms - Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old trot final with trainer Kenny Arsenault in the driver's seat for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The two-year-old pacing fillies will battle in the race 9 $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final with Elektra Express searching to keep her near perfect record with Ryan Ellis picking up the catch drive on the mare on the mare owned by wife Danica Ellis of Nova Scotia. Marc Campbell trains Elektra Express and was her regular pilot before electing to drive Filly Forty Seven in Sunday's final. Race 11 has the two-year-old pacing colts with Tobinator looking to give trainer Trevor Hicken his first $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final win with Corey MacPherson driving for Island owners Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston along with Perry Burke of Quebec. Howmacfiesty is the classifier's choice in the race 13 three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for trainer-driver Danny Romo and owner Thomas Hawco of Nova Scotia. Beau's Cowboy rides a three-race win steak into the race 15 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing colt final with Adam Merner at the lines in the $22,000 event for trainer Ron Gass, who has three horses in the eight race final, and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River. A field of Invitational pacers will also line up in race 14 on the card with D Gs Camme shouldered with post 7 in the field of as many for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and Charlottetown owners Tom Clark, Ron Matheson and Quentin and Hal Bevan.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2016 season has seem quite possibly the best trotters in the history of Atlantic Canadian Harness Racing and those trotting stars take to the track again Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 12-dash program with Frill Seeker attempting to remain atop the roost of the Open Trot class in race 6. Frill Seeker has drawn post 4 in the $1,950 contest with trainer Kenny Arsenault handling the driving duties, against his five horses and geldings competitors, for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Ontario. The Angus Hall eight-year-old was a dominant winner in his latest race with a 1:58.3 mile, meaning his rivals need to step up their game to defeat him. Wedgewood was the runner-up in that contest with Gary Chappell again picking up the lines from post 2, while Professor Gordon, who was a force earlier in the season, makes his return to pari-mutuel racing with Vincent Poulton from post 1 after the trotter had equipment problems in his last start on June 16. Other entries include Neal (Brian Andrew), Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), and Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy). Race 8 will feature the Open Mares trot class for a $1,950 pot with Osprey Impact earning morning line respect fresh off a 1:59.4 victory in last week's Mares Open for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. The Federal Flex mare has drawn the rail position but has no slouches to her outside as Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside track record holder Thunderaway leaves from post 2 for Jason Hughes and Pleasue Girls has post 3 with Adam Merner in the bike as she makes her second start back on the East Coast after a productive winter at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario. Tyne Valley (Mark Bradley), Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson) and Paymenowpaymelater (Gilles Barrieau) round out the field of six. The evening featured pace is in race 11 with Starcastic looking for redemption from post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie of Stratford. In his latest, Starcastic made a break at the start but even with loads of work to do he responded with his last three quarters in 1:26 flat to only be beaten a little over a length by Bazillion - who draws post 2 in this week's Thursday night feature. For entries, results and live broadcast go to By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - DBS Rosco won the Victoria Day pace in an exciting stretch battle during opening day harness racing action Monday at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:58.2 Kenny Arsenault engineered the winning drive for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. Arsenault put the pacer on the point and rolled through fractions of 28.1, 57:4 and 1:28. The son of Santanna Blue Chip held off a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) down the lane to notch his third win of the year. Motorino was third. It was Arsenault's second winner of the day after guiding Montana Ben to top honours for owner-trainer Mike Ramsay, Summerside, PE. Shady Kowalski, under the command of Terry Gallant, opened up the 2016 campaign at Summerside. The five-year old mare is owned by Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau and Marc Campbell also recorded driving doubles up to press deadline. For complete results go to Tara Myers

Waterside Light, with Kenny Arsenault in the bike, marched to the front and held on to win the Thursday harness racing feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Waterside Light touched down on the lead on route to the opening panel in 28,3 with the half reached in 58.1. The pacer cruised by the three-quarters in 1:28.1 to notch his third win of the campaign in 1:57.3 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. It was Arsenault's third winner of the night for the hat-trick. The Charlottetown native drove Frill Seeker to top honours in the open trot in a dazzling 2:00.2 in gate to wire fashion. The bay gelding, owned by the Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, has back to back victories. Lukes Cowboy was also a winner from the Arsenault stable. Former stakes star Tyne Valley took her assignment in the trot class for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer William Roloson and his co-owners Scott Roloson and Kristi Pickering. It was a memorable night for Ryan Desroche. The 18 year-old won his first lifetime start as a driver aboard Onehotvett for owner Tammy Collings, Hazelbrook, PE and trainer Austin Sorrie. Mark Bradley recorded a driving double on the card. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will kick-off the 2016 harness racing season Monday. Post time is 1pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt and harness racing driver Marc Campbell won the Saturday night featured event in 1:57.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Eagle Jolt pressed to the front on route to the half in 58.2 after a battle ensued between Bazillion (Brian MacPhee) and Best Risque (Jason Hughes) that posted an opening quarter in a sizzling 27.3. The pacer rolled by the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Eagle Jolt is owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Idealic Life (Steven Shepherd) was second with First Art Down (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. It was the third winner of the night for Campbell after scores earlier with Abner The Great and Casimir Luciano. Kenny Arsenault had four winners on the program. Frill Seeker dominated the open trot in 202.1. Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, owns the trotter who marked his 25th lifetime victory. Arsenault also recorded top honours with DBS Roscoe for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. The pacer was impressive in 1:58. His hat-trick came with Cabo Pan Lucas owned by Gary Poulton and Alan Walker, Charlottetown. Arsenault notched the grand-slam aboard Waterside Light for Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. In other action, Swingirl remains perfect since arriving on PEI. The mare made a sweeping move down the backstretch to secure the win. Corey MacPherson did the driving for the new ownership team RedIslandhorseownersclub of Stratford, PE. For complete results and payouts go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Kenny Arsenault is the 2015 driving champion and the winner of the Paul MacDonald memorial trophy taking the harness racing competition with a victory aboard Idealic Life in the final leg of the contest during Horseperson's Day Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Arsenault opened the event, presented by PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association, with top honors with Zanzibar for trainer Paul Morrison and also rallied back into contention with a score with DBS Rosco, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland, to keep him near leaders Ron Matheson and Jason Hughes going into the final race. It was very close right until the end but the win with Idealic Life, owned by Blair Hansen, Charlottetown, PE, put it away with 63 points and a hat-trick for Arsenault. Matheson, who also had a big day with a driving triple, was the runner-up with 61 points. Veteran driver Gary Chappell finished third with 59 points with Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes tied fourth with 58. The other competing drivers were Vince Poulton (55), Marc Campbell (53), Jack Panting (48) and Terry Gallant (42). In other action, Ramblinglily, with Walter Cheverie in the bike, stopped Sam's winning streak at seven taking the mares open in 1:59.4 for trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. Kims PJS claimed the trot class in the Emmett and Albert Bernard memorial for catch driver Marc Campbell and trainer Lenny Myers and co-owner Paul Murphy, Charlottetown, PE. Bazillion recorded back to back victories in the afternoon's top class. Brian MacPhee supplied the drive for owner Kent Livingston, Cornwall, PE and trainer Trevor Hicken. Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) completed the triactor. The time of the mile was 1:58 flat. For complete results go to By Lee Drake  

Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside hosted two divisions of the Maple Leaf trot Wednesday night. Tyne Valley, under the command of Kenny Arsenault, held off a fast closing Paymenowpaymelater to claim the first event in 2:02. The filly is trained by Bill Roloson for his co-owners Scott Roloson and Krista Pickering. Sweetwater Rayne was third. Suicide Shift and driver Steven Shepherd won the colt division of the Maple Leaf trot in 2:02.4. The colt is owned by Margo Fisher, Fredericton, NB and trainer Harold Shepherd, Charlottetown, PE. BJ Matador was second with Windemere Ty third. The first ever Mayor's Challenge was also held on the program. Mayor Bill Martin of Summerside and driver Tyler Desroches won the race with Windemere Eric in 2:12 over a rain soaked track. Cool One was second with Mayor Clifford Lee of Charlottetown on board with driver Jody Hennessey while Woodmere No Fool finished third for Garth Cole and the deputy Mayor of Kensingston Rodney Mann. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Waterside Light and harness racing driver Kenny Arsenault made a three-high charge down the backstretch on route to the three-quarter pole and went on to claim the Thursday feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:56.1. The four-year-old Lis Mara gelding is owned by Larry Chappell, Marshfield and Hilliard Graves, Charlottetown, PE. Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) was second with Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) closing hard to complete the triactor. The 5-4-6 combination returned $113.20. C L La Rousse (Lincoln Parke), with Jason Hughes in the bike, earned his fourth victory in a row taking the seventh race for trainer Reg Ferguson and his co-owner Paula MacPhee, Charlottetown, PE. Majian Chester and Jim Ripley won the trot division in 2:01.3. Hughes had a driving triple while Mark Bradley connected for a driving double on the night. Racing returns Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm in Summerside. By Lee Drake

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 By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The game plan was go to the front. Harness racing driver Kenny Arsenault put Waterside Light in the three-high path around the first turn, marched to the lead on the route to the opening quarter and never looked back as they claimed the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 over a track rated as "good" with a two second variant. The four-year-old pacer, owned by Larry Chappell, Marshfield, PE and former NHL player Hilliard Graves, Charlottetown, PE, held off Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy) in a wild scramble to the finish line. The son of Lis Mara notched his first win of the 2015 campaign after coming off the Ontario circuit. It was Arsenault's second winner on the program. Mark Bradley had a big night at the office with a driving triple. Bradley, who is teaming up with KKP in the Drive for Charity to raise money for Easter Seals, began his campaign aboard Soul Sacrifice for the Ultimate Stable, NB and then pulled off an upset with Whim Roader for owner Brooks Clarey and trainer John Clarey of Montague. The Charlottetown pilot also hit the line first with A Fiesty X Ample for the Racing 4 Island Charities stable. Representatives with Festival of Small Halls were trackside to greet Bradley on the win. Jason Hughes also recorded a driving double on the 12 dash event. The wager for the $42,153. By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - The first harness racing stakes card of the season was held Sunday at Red Shores Summerside with the running of the Ruby Chappell stakes for three-year-old fillies and the Bob Dewar memorial stake events for three-year-old pacing colts. Three Pink Bows delivered as the post time favorite in the opening division of the Ruby Chappell for driver Danny Romo with Jann Down taking her Chappell assignment in 1:58.4 for Gilles Barrieau. The N.B. pilot had a driving triple on the program. The other winners in the Ruby Chappell included Elm Grove Joanette with Kenny Arsenault driving for the ownership group of Peter Smith, Charlottetown, Gerald Morrissey, Vernon River and Larry Chappell, Marshfield while Invader M closed out the Chappell Memorial splits with her third victory in a row for driver Corey MacPherson, owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed a driving hat-trick on the 14 dash program, teamed up with the partnership of MacPherson/MacLean aboard Dixieland Band to win a $6,300 division of the Bob Dewar Memorial in 1:56.1, the fastest mile of the day. Campbell also claimed stakes hardware with Proven Desire, owned by Blair Hansen, Charlottetown, Meghan MacDonald, Charlottetown and John Thomas, Darmouth, N.S. The other winners in the Dewar stakes included BNGS Express (Romo) and Ultimaetlyhandsome for Kenny Arsenault's second score. The colt is owned by the Ultimate Stable, Greater Lakeburn, NB. In other action, American Captain closed out the program with a 1:59.2 two length victory for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Mike Campbell and owner Ronald Joy, Fredericton, N.B. Campbell has moved his base to Summerside Raceway. Total wager on the program was $37,676. By Lee 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 draw is complete and the story lines emerge as the horses get ready to compete in a 15 dash race program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30pm with all the action being carried by Bell Aliant at Frill Seeker, a seven-year-old trotter owned by Sport PEI Hall of Fame member Don McDougall of the Ebbsfleet Stable, Stratford, Ontario, a stable name in honor of his summer home here on the Island, will try to extend his winning streak to three in a row when he goes behind the gate in race 5 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. The son of Angus Hall seems to be flashing some of that form from the hot days of summer when he shaved one-fifth of a second off the track record for older trotters in July at Red Shores Summerside. The forcast this weekend calls for sunny periods and minus 9. It won’t be an easy task for Frill Seeker to pull off the top spot with heavy weights Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie) also listed as triactor candidates. The field is deep with talent and includes from the rail out Money Show, I Ain’t No Lady, Pleasure Girls and JK Queen. The feature puts Mach It Big (Marc Campbell) up against Astor (Jason Hughes) as one of the most anticipated show-downs of the afternoon. The pair battled it out last week with Mach It Big, who sports back to back wins, coming out on top for owner Mickael Lustic, Cornwall and trainer Jonah Moase. Astor, owned by Foxyhall racing of Summerside, PE, faded late in the stretch in that match-up after demanding to lead the race. The line-up also includes Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Forever Paradise (Gary Chappell), Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Some of the other highlights on the card include Beckenbauer being established as the morning line favorite (5-2 odds) in the Earl Campbell 70th birthday pace in race 6, Woodmere No Fool and Stonebridge Wish go for their respective hat-tricks while veteran pacer Life Savior tries to notch his 50th lifetime victory for owner Darla MacEachern, Kensington, PE. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE – Carnivore came off the back of Forever Paradise and outsprinted the pace-setter to the wire to win the afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58.1. The victory marked back to back winning performances for the pacer. Kenny Arsenault mapped out the trip for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms, Kensington. Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) was second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) charging late to nail the triactor. The 1-3-8 combination returned $138.50. Stonebridge Wish recorded his fifth win in a row taking the 12th race for Corey MacPherson. MacPherson moved the Trevor Hicken trainee three-high down the backstretch to keep the streak intact. The veteran notched win number 13 from 33 starts this season for owners Robin Burke, Ten Mile House and Perry Burke Grosse-Ile QC. MacPherson also had victories aboard trotter Diamond Mine and Roscoes Child for the driving triple. Trainer Jackie Matheson had the one-two knockout punch in the open mares division when General Luckypercy beat stable-mate For All We Know for top honors.  Ron Matheson was in the bike for the win. Third place dough went to A Fiesty X Ample. Arsenault and Mark Bradley scored driving doubles on the final Sunday program of the year. For complete results go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best of Atlantic Canadian racing came to play Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals taking the spotlight. Tyne Valley scored the first blow in the $9,000 two-year-old trot final, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Driver Mike Stevenson sent the William Roloson trainee right down the road from post 5 laying down front-end fractions of 32, 1:04 and 1:35.1 before hitting the wire on top by three-quarters-of-a-length over Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and JK Blaze (Walter Cheverie). Tyne Valley is owned by Scott and William Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. Seanchai overpowered the three-year-old trot final for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. BJ Comanche (Clare MacDonald) was used hard from post 8, clearing to the front through the 30.1 first quarter before laying down a 1:01.3 half-mile and a 1:32.4 three-quarters with Seanchai advancing first over before kicking clear in the stretch for a 2:04 victory by four lengths over Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) and JK Hustler (Cheverie). The $22,000 two-year-old pacing fillies final saw Woodmere Dancenart convert a second-over trip into a Breeder's Crown victory in 2:00.1 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and Nova Scotia owners Morah Kerr of Greenfield and Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood. Dusty Lane Bria (Kenny Arsenault) did all the road work, laying down the pace in 29.1, 1:00 and 1:30.1 before giving way in a hard fought stretch drive. Woodmere Articblue (Marc Campbell) was second with Jann Down (Gilles Barrieau) third. Dixieland Band landed Barrieau in the winner's circle in the two-year-old pacing colt final along with trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Charlottetown. Dixieland Band used the rail to control the race, releasing Proven Desire (Campbell) to the lead in the 29 second opening quarter before retaking the front and not looking back with a 59 second half-mile, three-quarters in 1:29.1 and a quarter-length score in 1:58.3. Proven Desire finished second with George (MacDonald) third. Elm Grove Inarush made her final East Coast start a winning one in the $22,000 three-year-old pacing filly final for owners Eddy Doucette, Blaine Thibeau, Grant Mann and Gordon Macleod, all of Kensington. Doucette does the training while Mark Bradley was in the driver's seat to send the filly to the lead with leisurely fractions of 28.2, 59.1, 1:28.3 and a 1:58.1 mile time over Fleurje (Hughes) and Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell). The $22,000 three-year-old colt final saw Arties Magic victorious in 1:59 for driver Todd Trites, trainer Earl Watts and owners Clive Balderston of Moncton, N.B., and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. Heavy-post-time favorite Rancousy (Darren Crowe) set up the fractions, using rail control, of 27.3, 57.4 and 1:27.3 then gave way in the stretch with Arties Magic rallying from second-over to win, Hollywoodgigolo (Steveson) finishing second and Just A Professor (MacDonald) in third. D Gs Camme won the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown invitational by 11-lengths in a blistering 1:53 over Astor (Hughes) and Mach Wheel (Crowe). D Gs Camme is trained by Jackie Matheson for Charlottetown owners Ron Matheson, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Bevan. The win was the second part of a driving double for Barrieau. Campbell had four driving wins on the 14-dash card. The Saturday afternoon card saw the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown pacing consolations with Elm Grove Joanette (Arsenault) winning the two-year-old filly division in 2:00, Bngs Express (Dan Romo) in 2:00.4 in the two-year-old colt split, Outrageous Spirit (Barrieau) in 1:57.4 in the three-year-old filly consolation, and Woodmere Rondevous (Stevenson) taking the three-year-old colt race in 1:57.3. Live racing returns Thursday night at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 7 pm start time. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to By Nicholas Oakes

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