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Summerside, PE - Minor Wisdom captured the Red Shores Summerside Sunday harness racing feature for the second week in a row. Driver Wade Sorrie used the same tactics as last week going to the front and holding off all challengers. The sprint to the finish was clocked in 2:00. Best Risgue was second with Machinthesand third. Minor Wisdom is owned and trained by Kristina McCourt, Summerside, PE. The stage is set for the final race card of the season next Sunday at 1pm. The driver standings will remain tight with Marc Campbell, who was on stakes assignment in Truro, holding on to the lead with 35 wins. Jason Hughes was able to close the gap when he recorded a driving triple on the day so he goes into the last race card now only one behind Campbell with 34 wins. Ken Murphy is within striking distance with 32 victories. Terry Gallant remains on the top of the trainer standings with 18 victories. Gallant, Ken Murphy and Gary Chappell recorded driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park played host to the Maritime Breeders finals over a sloppy track hit by heavy rain on the harness racing program. The track crew did a great job on the city oval. Wicked Nick, under the command of Gary Chappell, captured the two-year-old Maritime Breeders $9,000 final over Mary Leah (Danny MacDonald) for his second in a row and seventh score of the season for owners Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and Cameron Trail, O'Leary, PE. Chappell enjoyed a big night at the track making three more trips to the winner's circle with top place finishes aboard Pictonian Spartan, Sinners In Heaven and Abner The Great. The three-year-old Maritime Breeders final in honor of Buddy Campbell, sponsored by Meridian Farms, went to Oceanview Pancho and driver Corey MacPherson. The trotter, who now has six victories this season, is co-owned by Paul Larrabee, Belle River and William Roloson, Belfast, PE. When the feature went the gate the track was rated as sloppy with a four second variant. D GS Camme, with driver and co-owner Ron Matheson in the bike, over-powered pace setter Big Surf to win in 1:56.3. Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy) was third. Sent off at 6/5 odds, D GS Camme is trained by Jackie Matheson for owners Quentin and Hal Bevan and Tom Clark, Charlottetown, PE. Corey MacPherson, Marc Campbell notched driving doubles on the rainy night. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt upended pace setter Doing Some Damage to capture the Thursday top harness racing class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell, who notched a driving double, rallied the pacer in deep stretch for the 1:55.3 score. Sent off a 6/1 odds, Eagle Jolt, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, has 8 wins this season. Doing Some Damage faded to second with Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) third. Osprey Impact, Charlottetown's current trot record holder, delivered the in the open trot in 1:58.2 for Corey MacPherson. Freddie (Marc Campbell) was second with Thunderaway (Jason Hughes) third. The other trotting assignments were won by Caliban Hanover for his 55th lifetime victory for owner Wendell MacDonald, Cornwall and Suicide Shift for Steven Shepherd. MacPherson and Ken Murphy also recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Minor Wisdom went to the front and held off a wall of challengers in deep stretch to win the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:57.4. She was the longest shot on the board and paid $118.70 to win. Driven by Wade Sorrie, Minor Wisdom picked up her third win in a row by turning away Rash B Havior and OK Galahad. Kristina McCourt owns and trains the six-year-old mare. In other action, Baby Picka claimed the Cecil Stewart memorial race for Ken Murphy and trainer Fred Paynter, Stanley Bridge, PE. Paynter co-owns with Debbie and Neal Ramsey, Summerside, PE. The Leon Stewart memorial went to Jetster and Jason Hughes in a swift 1:57.2 for the fastest mile of the day. Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE owns and trains. Hughes, Ken Murphy, Gary Chappell and Norris Rogers had driving doubles on the program. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf captured the Saturday night harness racing top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was an incredible 1:53.4. Driven by Corey MacPherson, Big Surf blasted off the starting gate and posted heated fractions of 26.4 to the opening quarter with the half reached in 56 seconds while the three quarter frame flashing up at 1:24.3. The 2/5 favorite recorded his third win in a row and fifth on the season for owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke. Drivingthedragon N was second in the contest with All Turain third. The program also featured the Maritime Breeders eliminations for two and three-old trotters. Wicked Nick, under command of Gary Chappell, and Windemerepartyman, with Jack Panting driving, won their respective two-year-old assignments while Southfield Storm (Terry Gallant) and Oceanview Pancho (MacPherson) won their three-year-old eliminations. Kenny Arsenault recorded a driving double with back to back performances with The Big Bite, trained by Thane Arsenault, and Dees Boy, owned by David Kent, Hunter River, PE. Arsenault is only 43 victories away from career win 3,000. MacPherson, Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes, fresh off his third place finish at the National Driving Championship in London Ontario Friday night, also notched two winners each. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park plays host to the Maritime Breeders eliminations for harness racing two and three year-old trotters Saturday. Post time is 6pm. Wicked Nick hits the dance floor first drawing post 3 in race 4 for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and the ownership team of Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and Cameron Trail, O'Leary, PE. The favorite and son of Tad the Stud has $23,077 in his bank account this season. The next two-year-old elimination comes up in race 8 with Pappy Go Go installed as the morning line favorite at 5-2. Marc Campbell handles the training and driving duties for Grayland Farm, Pugwash, NS. Race analyst Les MacIsaac says the Breeders Crown champion is back on form. "Rebounded from a couple of sub-par performances to come within a tick of his career best mark last week. If he stays on the straight and narrow it looks like a race for place (second). The three-year-old eliminations go in race 6 and 10. Glencove Zani, who captured the Breeders Crown for driver Len McGuigan and trainer-owner Edward Smallwood, Stratford, PE, starts from post 6 as he appears in his 11th race this season. "Teddy can get them ready that's all I know," said McGuigan last week after the colt's winning performance and new record of 2:01.2. The second three-year-old elimination has Oceanview Pancho (Corey MacPherson), Oceanview Lefty (Michael McGuigan) trying to knock-off stakes star Mr Bower (Kenny Arsenault). The favorites will also see pressure from Mile Hill Bunnie (Paul Morrison), Time Warp (Danny MacDonald) and Howmac Gyspy (Jack Panting). The evening's top class has Big Surf going for his third win in a row in race 13. Corey MacPherson, who competed at the National Driving Championship along with Jason Hughes at Western Fair in London, Ontario, is back to drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere for trainer Trevor Hicken and his owners Robin, Perry and Luke Burke. The pacer has been rock solid with his last two trips in the 1:54 range. Hicken's other stable-star, All Turain, drew the rail for Len McGuigan while the only girl in the field, Drivingthedragon N, puts her five race win streak on the line. Starcastic (Gordie Hennessey) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner) complete the line-up. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to Motorino, Machinthesand and OK Galahad Ready for Showdown in Summerside Summerside, PE - The stage is set for Sunday's feature event at Red Shores Summerside. The 13 dash card will get underway at 1pm sharp with the top class being called to the gate at 4:08pm. Ok Galahad is listed as the favorite from post 7 for Jason Hughes and Foxyhall Racing, Summerside and Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE. The pacer goes into the contest coming off a fourth place 1:56 charted mile. Hughes will have work out a trip from the outside with horses like Motorino (Terry Gallant) leaving from post 3. Motorino has been hot at both tracks with back to back trips to victory lane. Machinthesand (pp6) gets reunited with Norris Rogers for the match-up and sports 14 top three finishes from 25 starts this season. Then there's Rash B Havior. The Michael Peters trainee also has the ability to overpower the contenders after posting a 1:56.2 second place performance on October 9. The other entries include J RS Hurricane (Dale Spence), Minor Wisdom (Wade Sorrie) and Painted Desert (Ryan Desroches). The Stewart family will host two memorial races on the program. The Cecil Stewart memorial is set for race 6 with Bugtown Superstar as the race favorite for trainer-driver Lloyd Hannah and owner Brian Walsh, Albany, PE. The filly has a win and a third in her last two outings. Leon Stewart memorial has Jetster as the top choice from the Ralph Sweet stable. Customers can purchase two pick 5 ballots on the 13 dash card. The first ballot is ear marked for races 1 thru 5 while the traditional Pick 5 remains on races 6-10. The Wild Horses tags will also feature jackpots of $50 per race with the final race of the night showcasing a $100 jackpot. The Wild Horses tag is a $2 triactor instant pick. If the Wild Horses tag matches the winning triactor, the winner gets the pay-out and the jackpot assigned to that race. For race programs, backstretch beat and live video go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Perfect Escape made his move at the head of lane and over-powered Eagle Jolt in the stretch to win the Thursday harness racing featured event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a sharp 1:54.4. Ron Matheson was in the bike for owners Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario and trainer Jackie Matheson. Eagle Jolt held on for second with McJestic completing the triactor. The 2-7-1 combination returned $39.10. Team Matheson came right back in the nightcap with Artners In Crime for the driving-training double. Driver Marc Campbell enjoyed another big night at the office. The Winsloe resident drove four winners on the program with scores aboard Tyne Valley, Howmac Missy and Freddie who notched his 14th win of the season. Campbell also rallied with Yankee No More for the grand-slam. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Motorino fired from post 3 to the front and never looked back on route to a 1:57.4 score in the Wednesday harness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside. Co-owner and trainer Terry Gallant was in the bike for the victory. Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE also shares ownership of the pacer who has won his last two starts. Machinthesand was second with J RS Hurricane third. Lexis Mandy captured the Life Savior retirement pace for driver Marc Campbell and trainer-owner Chris MacKay in 1:58.1. Campbell, Dale Spence, Gary Chappell and Norris Rogers recorded driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Harness racing action returns to Red Shores Summerside Wednesday under the lights. Post time is 7pm. Motorino (3-1) and Machinthesand (5-2) will go head to head in the top class scheduled for race 11 with a 9:51pm post time. Motorino, who is coming off a 1:56.2 score at Charlottetown, will leave from post 3 in the power-packed field for trainer-driver Terry Gallant and his co-owner Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. The black gelding has seven wins from 22 starts this season along with six seconds and three show prizes. Machinthesand also comes off the bench with seven wins this season for Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Middelton, PE. Ken Murphy will do the driving from post 3 for trainer Hughie Murphy. The field also includes Allstar Seelster off the rail for Norris Rogers, J RS Hurricane (Dale Spence) and DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). One of harness racing's veteran campaigners, Life Savior, will officially retire in race 10 named in his honor. The 11 year-old has earned $104,088 in his career which includes an incredible 60 wins. Owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern will send him out to lead the post parade followed by a trackside presentation to mark a remarkable racing journey. OH To Be Me has been established as the morning line favorite for driver Gary Chappell with Sporty B Skipalong (Norris Rogers) and Im Driven(Murphy) listed as triactor candidates. In other action, Onehotvett is only two victories away from 40 lifetime wins while Capitalism is two shy of 30 trips to victory lane while Toad River is three away from reaching that milestone. All three horses compete in race 12. Customers can purchase two pick 5 ballots on the 12 dash card. The first ballot is ear marked for races 1 thru 5 while the traditional Pick 5 remains on races 6-10. The Wild Horses tags will also feature jackpots of $50 per race with the final race of the night showcasing a $100 jackpot. The Wild Horses tag is a $2 triactor instant pick. If the Wild Horses tag matches the winning triactor, the winner gets the pay-out and the jackpot assigned to that race. For race programs, backstretch beat and live video 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

The Atlantic Classic Sale will kickoff off the weekend of champions, the fall feature event of Atlantic Canadian harness racing. The Maritimes leading yearling sale will start at 2.p.m. Friday at the Crapaud Exhibition grounds, and will offer numerous siblings to 2016 stakes stars. In addition, there are several Ontario sired entries which are expected to draw buyers attention. Saturday the Atlantic Breeders Crown Consolation races start at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores, with the sold out banquet event celebrating Fifty years of the Atlantic Sires program, that evening starting at 7 p.m. also at Red Shores in the Top of the Park. Sunday starts with a complimentary pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Fan Seminar with several of leading trainer drivers from across the region at 10:30 a.m. Both events are complimentary, and are held at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park grandstand. The 2016 Atlantic Breeders Crown Champions will be crowned Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores. Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The Host Committee of the 2016 Atlantic Breeders Crown today released more details on the action packed harness racing weekend activities. Saturday evening as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program, three individuals who have played an important role in it's establishment and success will serve on a panel. Titled 50 years of progress hosts Lee Drake and Vance Cameron will moderate a discussion featuring Lloyd Palmer, a former PEI Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Standardbred breeder, and the co-ordinator of the first ASBA Yearling sale; Phil Pinkney, one of the most respected and successful trainer drivers in the Atlantic region; and Bert McWade, former Atlantic Lottery Corporation Harness Racing executive, and the creator of the Atlantic Breeders Crown. The Saturday evening event will be held at Red Shores in the Top of the Park restaurant as part of the sold out Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet sponsored in part by PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association. Sunday morning following the complimentary pancake breakfast at Turf's Bar & Grill, six trainer- drivers will discuss some of their outstanding horses over the years, and answer fans questions. The participants will be Kenny Arsenault, Mike Campbell, Marc Campbell, Ronnie Matheson, Danny Romo and Earl Smith. The panel discussion, hosted by Jerry McCabe, will be held in the simulcast theatre on the main level of the grandstand at 1030 a.m. Admission is free, as it is to the Pancake breakfast sponsored by David Corrigan, Coldwell Banker Parker Realty and Dr. Kathleen MacMillan, Atlantic Veterinary College which starts at 9.30 am. For more information on the weekend of events for the Atlantic Breeders Crown go to Lee Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - It was harness racing stakes night at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Nova Scotia owners took home the early money winning the first three divisions of the Lady Slipper grassroots. Elm Grove Luck and Clare MacDonald opened the card with a 2:00.4 score for trainer Joseph Baxter and his co-owners Todd and Trish Hardy, Windsor, NS. Imahawkchick with Danny Romo in the bike won her assignment in 2:02. The two-year-old filly is owned by Thomas Hawco, Sydney, NS while Gold Record romped in the third division spotting the field by six lengths for Bernard McCallum and owner Gordon McCabe, Truro, NS. Heavy favorite Filly Forty Seven delivered Lady Slipper gold for Marc Campbell. The daughter of Proven Lover won by a length in 1:59.4 for the ownership team of Darryl MacLean, Winsloe, PE, Katelyn Smallwood, Stratford, Corey Carver, Montague and Tanya Tremblett, Sydney Mines, NS. The second Lady Slipper gold for $11,400 went to Woodmere Dreams and driver Gilles Barrieau. The filly stopped the timer in 1.59.3. Ken Wilkie trains for owners Doug and Jamie Hill, Charlottetown, PE. The two-year-colts were in the spotlight with the Joe O'Brien memorial and Mick Dundee, under the command of trainer-owner Donnie MacNeill, wired the class in 2:00 flat. Cowboys Don't Cry, driven by Corey MacPherson, took top honors in the second O'Brien grassroots split for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie and trainer Kevin MacLean. MacPherson also took home O'Brien gold aboard Nameisonthehalter in 1:58 for Lawrence Snow, Glace Bay, NS. Mighty Cowboy, sent off at 9/2 odds, put away a fast closing Tobinator to also win O'Brien gold. Darren Crowe was in the bike for owner David MacDonald, Halifax, NS. Big Surf won the Saturday nightfeature in 1:54.2 for MacPherson to notch his driving grand-slam. MacPherson send the 8/5 choice to the point and clocked fractions of 27, 57.1 and 1:26. Clic K (Marc Campbell) was second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) third. The final race was of the card was a dead-heat for the win. Waterside Light (Campbell) and Mozzartplace (Barrieau) hit the line together. That capped off a four win performance for Barrieau while Campbell earned his second winner of the night. Wager was $44,491 For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Perfect Escape won the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a dazzling 1:54.2. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the victory and put the Jackie Matheson trainee on the point lighting up fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:26. The winner is owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Likely To Win was second with Three Truths third. Majian Chester won his trotting division for trainer-driver James Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley, Amherst, NS. The open trotters squared off in race 6 with Summerside track record holder Thunderaway, in line to Jason Hughes, beating Charlottetown trot record holder Osprey Impact in gate to wire fashion in 1:59.4. Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE is the owner. Driver Brian Andrew recorded a driving double on the program with Neal delivering as the favorite in the opener while long-shot Honor Roll upset the field in race 7. The horses are co-owned by Brian and William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. Fly With Max, owned by Mark Ramsey, Greenwood, NS, posted an impressive mile of 1:55.4 for trainer Mark Bradley and driver Marc Campbell. It was Campbell's second winner of the night. Wager was 29,375 For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Ken Murphy recorded his 500th victory in the bike Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The harness racing milestone came as part of a four win performance on the day. Murphy was only three scores away when he opened the card with a trip to victory lane aboard The Tominator then came back with Sandhill Star for the diving double. He reached the hat-trick and his 500th career win with Myambrose trained by Carl MacDougall, Ellerslie, PE in race 4. Reincarnate gave the pilot a grand-slam. The afternoon feature went to Machinthesand in 1:58 flat for Norris Rogers and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Middleton, PE. Sent off at 2-1 odds, Machinthesand used his closing brush to catch fraction setter Doing Some Damage (Brian MacPhee) in deep stretch. Jeb (Jason Hughes) was third. The 5-1-4 triactor paid $59.80. It was the third winner of the program for Rogers who also clicked with Momara and Sporty B Skipalong. Terry Gallant had a driving double. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K, with Brian MacPhee catch-driving, won the Saturday harness racing feature in 1:54.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPhee hustled the Jackie Matheson trainee to the point and laid down fractions of 27, 55.3 and 1:24.4 before cruising home to win by length over Nogreatmishief (Gary Chappell) and Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy). It was Clic K's second victory in a row and fourth of the season for ownership team Plo Stable, Donaugh, PE. Jason Hughes and Adam Merner each made two trips to the winner's circle. Hughes had his picture taken with Spirit Of America for owner Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE and Silverhill Buddy for Joanne MacRae and David Myers, Charlottetown, PE. Merner teamed up with trainer for Ron Gass for both his scores. Plumbing Princess earned her third in a row for Shelley and Alexix Gass, Cornwall, PE while Beaus Cowboy made it back to back triumphs for Merner and owner Alex MacPhee, Cornwall, PE. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

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