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Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside are gearing up for a busy season with exciting race series, signature events, the World Driving Championship and the sixth annual Drive for Charity, presented by Red Shores. The Drive for Charity event features 11 of Prince Edward Island's top harness drivers, based on 2016 statistics from Charlottetown and Summerside racetracks. The drivers will partner with Island businesses to raise money for local charities. Each win will earn $25 toward their charity. Here are the participating businesses, drivers and their charities. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino- Jason Hughes - PEI Hospice Foundation Daniel R Ross Ltd - Gary Chappell - Camp Gencheff Meridian Farms - Gilles Barrieau - Kidsport PEI A&M Snow Removal - Walter Cheverie - MS Society Hansen Electric - Adam Merner - Canadian Mental Health MacQuarrie's Meats - Ken Murphy - Upper Room Food Bank Metro Home Building Centre - Mike McGuigan - Dreams Take Flight Ocean 100 - Marc Campbell- Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Fund with the Holland College Foundation Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic - Terry Gallant - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in memory of Shelley Gass MacRae Backhoe and Trucking- Corey MacPherson - Santa's Angel's 'Syntrak Print and Graphic Design - Kenny Arsenault - Autism Society of PEI The promotion begins on Thursday June 1st, 2017 and wraps up on October 29th, 2017. The official draw was held Tuesday during a reception in the Top of the Park. Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Mr Irresistible over-powered pace setter Adkins Hanover to win the Saturday harness racing feature in a sparking 1:54.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) cut impressive fractions of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:24.4 before fading in the stretch to Mr. Irresistible driven by Jason Hughes for owner Danny Birt, Stratford, PE who was also celebrating his birthday. The five-year son of Mister Big, conditioned by Jennifer Trainor, picked up his fifth win of the season including back to back feature victories. Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) finished third to complete the triactor. Hughes also drove 2016 Governor's Plate finalist Jeb to victory for co-owners Robi Hughes, Eric and Blair MacLauchlan. Jeb, who was making his 2017 debut, stopped the timer in 1:57.4. Marc Campbell also posted a driving double on the card. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, claimed the Thursday night harness racing feature in 1:58.2 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Eagle Jolt held off late challenges from Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Simon Said (Corey MacPherson) to notch a grand-slam for driver Marc Campbell. Campbell's other scores came with New Boss In Town and Howmac Missy giving Earl Watts a training double while trotter Freddie earned his first win of the 2017 campaign. In other action, driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Jackie Matheson teamed up for two winners on the program when Shadows Mystery and Artners In Crime claimed top honors in their respective divisions. The fastest mile of the night went to Elm Grove Kaboom in 1:57.3 for driver Earl Smith and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm. Red Shores Summerside kicks off the 2017 season Monday afternoon at 1pm. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Adkins Hanover has done all the roadwork in every harness racing preferred event this season at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and this Saturday he has the chance to even the score with Mr Irresistible. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 11-dash Saturday evening card with the $2,400 featured event lining up in race 10. Adkins Hanover has drawn post 7 for driver Corey MacPherson fresh off a 1:56.2 romp over an off track to defeat Mr Irresistible by 13-lengths in his latest outing. Trevor Hicken trains the pacer for owner Perry Burke of Quebec. Mr Irresistible was victorious over Adkins Hanover the first two weeks of the Charlottetown season and draws post 6 this week for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Jennifer Trainor and owner Danny Birt of Stratford. Instant Shadow gets post 2 in the contest with 2016's top North American percentage driver Gilles Barrieau making his first appearance of the season to drive the Sifroi Melanson trainee. Race analyst Les MacIsaac selects Adkins Hanover to overcome post 7 and land in the winner's circle again this week. "Had last week's race been a fight it would have been stopped, that's how easily he won," MacIsaac said of Adkins Hanover. "With the time he put up over a track rated three seconds off we can't rule out a repeat." Other entries include Twin B Shadow (Ken Murphy), Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass), Pictonian Storm (Wade Sorrie) and Starcastic (Brian MacPhee). Tobinator, last year's two-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeders Crown winner, makes his 2017 debut in race 11 on the program for driver MacPherson, trainer Hicken and owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. The winner of eight races and over $45,000 in purses in his freshman season will face his toughest test to date as he squares off with tough race horses like Machinthesand (Norris Rogers), Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith), Beau Seelster (Marc Campbell) and Lexis Mandy (Barrieau), who is riding a three-race win streak into this week. Frill Seeker makes his return in the race 6 trot class for a $1,550 purse with Kenny Arsenault training and driving from post 8 for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Ontario. He faces seven rivals including last week's trot winner Holy Molie Maggie (Gary Chappell). For race programs, top picks, live broadcast go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The Big Bite, under the command of Kenny Arsenault, came flying through the stretch to win the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 2:00.1 It was the second victory in a row for the Thane Arsenault trainee to mark his 29th lifetime score for owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell and Deborah Wilson. Simon Said (Corey MacPherson) and Give Em Heck (Brian MacPhee) completed the triactor. The 5-6-4 combination returned $184.90. Kenny Arsenault, who was celebrating his birthday, is now only 14 away from career win 3000. Drivers Ken Murphy, Marc Campbell and Gary Chappell recorded driving doubles while trainer Earl Watts had two winners in victory lane. Racing returns Saturday. Post time is 6pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

2017 marks the eleventh consecutive year that Standardbred Canada and the Atlantic provinces have partnered to offer the Atlantic Provinces Bursary Program. This project could award up to five students in the Atlantic Provinces bursaries towards their post secondary education this year. If you are a student residing in the Atlantic Provinces and attending a post secondary institution (trade school, community college or university this fall), this is an opportunity that could help you pay for your tuition. The bursaries will be awarded based on participation in the industry, academics and financial need. Applicants will be required to submit a typewritten essay on one of the following topics: What unique ways can Standardbred Canada and the host tracks promote the WDC events to the general public in 2017? How can racetracks/associations celebrate the 250th anniversary of horse racing at their track or in their community in 2017? Applicants must be Canadian citizens and be a child or spouse of an active Standardbred Canada member or an SC member themselves. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post secondary institution as of September 1, 2017. Past recipients of the Atlantic Bursary are not eligible and students pursuing graduate degrees are not eligible. A maximum of five bursaries worth up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Applications are available now and must be received at Standardbred Canada by June 26, 2017. The successful applicants will be announced in early July. This program is supported and funded by various organizations from the Atlantic provinces and Standardbred Canada. Partners from the Atlantic Provinces include the Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, and the 'Stretch Drive Fund,' a fund created by the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission's Race Officials. Presentations to the successful applicants will be made during Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at Truro Raceway and Old Home Week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. For a bursary application, email Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Two horses with winning streaks and one driver chasing history makes up the action packed 16 dash harness racing card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm. Dial The Bossman, a two year-old son of Artistic Fella, rides a three race win streak into race 8. Known as "Bruce" around the barn, Dial The Bossman leaves from the rail as trainer Tom Weatherbie lists Jason Hughes to do the driving for owner Doug MacPhee, New Haven, PE. The colt has been impressive with front end tactic victories and that brisk 28.2 closer in his last start. Meanwhile, Political Crisis goes after his fourth in a row in the 11th race showdown for trainer-driver Adam Merner and his co-owner Max Sehl. The pacer has 21 wins, 16 seconds and 20 third place finishes out of 152 races lifetime. Drivingthedragon N (Hughes) has been established as the morning line favorite (5-2) in the afternoon top class in race 15. Post position 7 doesn't bother the odds maker. The mare, owned by Donald MacRae, Vernon Bridge, hasn't missed a top three finish since making her first appearance on the red soil August 27th. Motorino (Terry Gallant), Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) and Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) are also listed as top contenders in the field. Campbell is looking to make history once again on Saturday as he attempts to break his own single-season win record of 130, set in 2012 at Charlottetown. The O'Brien award winner needs two more victories to open a new chapter at the legendary CDP oval. The two-time Gold Cup winning pilot has an impressive resume since starting his driving career in 2004 with 8,580 starts, 1,690 victories, 1,292 seconds and 1,136 thirds. His first career win was July 24, 2004 aboard Crestwave Gaze. For race programs and top picks go to   By Lee Drake

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

Charlottetown, PE - Smiley Bayama won the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature race at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.2. Adam Merner engineered the winning drive tracking the action from fifth then moved to outside flow past the half mile mark to mount his charge the front. The eight-year-old son of Aces Up took command of race at head of stretch and held off a late closing First Art Down (Jason Hughes) for his 7th victory of the season. Motorino (Terry Gallant) finished third. Smiley Bayama is owned by Shelley and Alexis Gass, Cornwall, PE and trained by Ron Gass. The 5-6-9 triactor paid $694.85. Three trotters were in the spotlight after posting winning scores in their respective divsions. I Ain't No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Howmacs Pride (Kenny Arsenault) and Freddie (Marc Campbell) made trips to victory lane. Campbell recorded a driving triple with Arsenault cashing in on a driving double. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will host their final Saturday, Sunday combo of the season. Post time for the harness racing cards will be 12:30pm. The city oval will present 26 races over the weekend with one driver on track to beat the all-time wins record in a single season at Charlottetown. Marc Campbell, who set the record in 2012 at 130 wins, has a chance to break his own record before the season ends on December 31, 2016. The Winsloe native, booked on 16 horses this weekend, is only eight wins away from setting a new standard with 8 cards remaining. The two-time Gold Cup winner starts his assignments with live drives aboard trotters Tyne Valley, trained by William Roloson, and Freddie for the Three Wiseman stable, Cornwall, PE. The countdown is on and it's most likely he will re-write this chapter in the history books. The afternoon feature has track analysts split on their top choices. Race secretary Gerard Smith, who was inducted to the PEI Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1977 PEI Islander's senior baseball team, has labeled last week's top class winner Best Risque as the one to beat off the rail for driver MacPherson, trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson, fresh off his high-five last week, takes the mare from the garden spot after her sparkling winning performance of 1:56.3. On the other hand, the host of top picks in the race program, Les MacIsaac, is putting his money on post 5 starter Smiley Bayama and driver Adam Merner. Ron Gass trains the eight-year-old pacer for his daughter Shelley Gass and grand-daughter Alexis Gass, Cornwall, PE. There will be strong opposition from Clic K (Campbell), Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) and Motorino (Terry Gallant). The nine horse line-up also includes McJestic (Gary Chappell), First Art Down (Jason Hughes), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Three Truths (Vaughn Doyle). Red Shores Sunday D GS Camme takes his three-race winning streak into the Sunday feature. Co-owner- driver Ron Matheson will be in the bike as the invitational star goes after his 10th victory of the season from post 7. Instant Shadow, who has also won his last three starts, gets the rail for Mark Bradley while 3-1 choice, Eagle Jolt, fires from post 6. The all-star cast includes Painted Desert, Simon Said, All Turain, Someone Like You and Drivingthedragon N. For race programs, top picks and live broadcasts go to By Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - He just keeps on winning but Sunday's harness racing feature race at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park was a special one for D GS Camme. The invitational star shot to the lead and never looked back on route to a 1:56.1 score and his 30th lifetime win. Co-owner Ron Matheson was in the bike for the milestone. Ron's son, Jackie, is the trainer of D GS Camme who notched his third in a row and ninth of the season. The lifetime winner of $158,095 is also owned by Tom Clark, Quentin and Hal Bevan, Charlottetown, PE. The feature race triactor also involved Drivingthedragon (2) and Ramblinglily (3). Adam Merner enjoyed a driving triple on the afternoon scoring top honours aboard Political Crisis, Likely To Win and All Turain. Myles Heffernan and Mark Bradley had driving doubles while Jackie Matheson and Sifroi Melanson earned training doubles. Wager was $36,435. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The fifth annual Drive for Charity was made official on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Harness racing drivers and their business partners teamed up to raise money for local charities. Here are the official totals: Driver, Business, Charity and Money Raised Corey MacPherson - Red Shores - PEI Sports Hall of Fame - $1,825 Jason Hughes - KKP - Easter Seals - $1,000 Gary Chappell - Daniel R Ross Ltd - Camp Gencheff - $1,000 Mark Bradley - McQuarrie's Meats - Upper Room Food Bank - $1,000 Marc Campbell - MacRae Backhoe and Trucking - IWK - $1,000 Gilles Barrieau - Hansen Electric - Canadian Mental Health - $1,000 Brian MacPhee - Meridian Farms - Kid Sport - $1,000 Ken Murphy - Metro Home Building Centre - PEI Special Olympics - $1,000 Kenny Arsenault - Syntrak Print & Graphic Design - Chances - $1,000 Walter Cheverie - Ocean 100 - Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Award - $1,000 Total money raised: $10,825 By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K captured the Saturday afternoon featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:56.2. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed a driving double on the day, hustled the pacer, owned by Plo Stables, Donagh, PE, and trained by Jackie Matheson, to the early lead and laid down fractions of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:25.3 before cruising home in 30.4 seconds for his fifth victory of the year. Motorino (Terry Gallant) was second with Rash B Havior (Gary Chappell) rallying from seventh at the top of the stretch to complete the triactor. Trotters Tyne Valley, Professor Gordon and Wedgewood, trained by Glen Claybourne, Charlottetown, PE, won their respective divisions. Zanzibar was presented with the Joyriders Association pace after driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Paul Morrison and owner Kathy Furness, Vernon Bridge, PE. Jason Hughes and Gary Chappell also had driving doubles in the 12 dash program. Wager was $31, 847 For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The fall racing schedule hits full stride this weekend with harness racing cards Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm. Doing Some Damage has drawn the rail in the Saturday afternoon top class for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Kent Livingston, Cornwall. The seven-year-old is coming off a fourth place in the mud at Summerside last week and steps up to take on Clic K, owned by Plo stables, Donagh, PE, who is listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Marc Campbell will do the driving for trainer Jackie Matheson. Campbell is having another great season racking up 117 wins at Charlottetown going into the program. He broke the all-time win s title on December 10, 2011 with 119 victories and ended the 2012 campaign with a new season benchmark of 130 trips to victory lane. Campbell is potentially on a record setting pace to reach his 2012 milestone with 12 cards remaining on the 2016 calendar. The feature also has Motorino with trainer Terry Gallant in the bike for his co-owner Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. The black pacer, who has great gate speed, put in a big trip last week from post 8 and gets to rally from the 4 hole in this match-up. The field also includes heavy-hitters such as Forever Paradise (Michael McGuigan), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault), First Art Down (Ken Murphy), Rash B Havior (Gary Chappell) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). Mr MacLeod is favored to win the Joyriders Pace in race 7 for MacPherson, trainer Kyle Wilkie and owner Mallory Lewis, St Peters Bay, PE. The annual Drive for the Charity comes to a close on Saturday with trackside cheque presentations being made to local charities by the participating business sponsors and drivers. The ceremony will be held after race 2. Red Shores Sunday D GS Camme takes aim at his third win in a row in the Sunday afternoon feature in race 9. The Jackie Matheson trainee, owned by driver Ron Matheson, Tom Clark, Quentin and Hal Bevan, Charlottetown, PE, has 8 scores from 15 starts this season with close to $30,000 in the bank. The son of Blissfull Hall leaves from post 5 against Painted Desert (Adam Merner), Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes), Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy) and Eagle Jolt who also has back to back victories. Regular pilot Marc Campbell has booked off his drives Sunday to attend the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in Pennsylvania so young Ryan Desroche gets the driving assignment from the boss. Conditioner Jennifer Trainor of Vernon Bridge has two stable stars riding win streaks on the card. Santanna Sam goes for his fourth in a row in race 7 while Cheyenne Ford takes his three race win streak into race 13. Michael McGuigan gets the call to drive. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Painted Desert, under the command of Adam Merner, rallied in deep stretch to win the final harness racing feature of the season Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The long-shot paid $87.30 to win. Motorino (Terry Gallant) was second by a nose while Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) was third. Painted Desert is owned by Perry Burke, Grosse-Ile, Quecbec and trained by Phil Sizer. The time of the mile was 2:00.3. Marc Campbell earned the top spot in the driver's standings with 39 victories during the 2016 campaign. Campbell went into the last program with 35 scores and won with Instant Shadow in race 4 for trainer Sifroi Melanson and came back in the 8th race with PC Shockwave for owner-trainer Clair Sweet, O'Leary, PE. Campbell gave The Ultimate Stable and Melanson with an owner-trainer triple with a driving hat-trick aboard Ultimatelyhandsome. The Winsloe native hit a grand-slam with Jetster owned by Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE to capture the driver's title and the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron memorial. Jason Hughes, who finished second in the standings, rallied with OK Galahad, owned by Foxyhall Hall racing, Summerside, PE, Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE, to complete season with 35 wins while Ken Murphy was third with 33. Terry Gallant will named the top trainer at the Prince County oval with 18 winners from his stable in 2016. Driver Dale Spence recorded a driving double on the program For complete results go By Lee Drake           ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately.   Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt overcame post 8 and fired a closing panel of 27.4 seconds to win the Thursday night harness racing feature for the second week in a row at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.3. Marc Campbell, who notched his 113th win of the season at the city oval with a driving triple on the program to take a commanding lead in the driver standings, was in the bike for the victory for owners Wilbur & Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Forever Paradise was second with fraction setter Doing Some Damage third. The trotters were showcased on three occasions on the program. Phantom Beau and driver Mark Bradley won the first class while Frill Seeker, with Gordie Hennessey catch-driving, won his assignment and Osprey Impact captured the open trot for Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee, Bell River, PE. Driver Mike McGuigan recorded a driving double on the final Thursday night card. For complete results go to Racing returns Saturday with the Island Breeders Championship Finals at 6pm while Sunday is the final card of the 2016 season at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. By Lee Drake

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