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Summerside, PE - The live harness racing program scheduled for 4pm today at Red Shores Summerside has been cancelled.  by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Due to the storm approaching PEI, the Saturday harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been canceled. The Sunday program at Red Shores Summerside has been rescheduled to 4pm with further updates to follow. For information regarding live racing go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Due to the pending storm approaching the Maritimes, the Saturday race program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park scheduled for 6pm will be moved up earlier in the day to a first race Post Time of 11:30am. Red Shores officials will also monitor conditions and provide an update Saturday regarding the Sunday afternoon program scheduled at 1pm at Red Shores Summerside. For information regarding live racing go to www.redshores.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram By Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - An overwhelming first-over brush sealed the deal for Bugsy Maguire in the Monday afternoon featured pace on a special Labour Day harness racing program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Jason Hughes hustled the Wade Sorrie trained Bugsy Maguire from post 7 in the $2,900 preferred pace and dropped in fourth at the start while Dangle Ona Dime (Driven By Corey MacPherson) cut out splits of 27.4 and 57.1. Bugsy Maguire then began his advance on the outside first-over and touched down past the three-quarters of 1:26.4 then kicked to clear to win by three-and-half lengths in 1:55.3. Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) drove into second with Heartland Eclipse (Darren Crowe) finishing third. Walter Simmons of Summerside owns Bugsy Maguire. Crowe scored a pair of wins on the card for the Truro, N.S., based Dawn Ellis Abbott stable. Doctor Royal scored in the finale for the duo as a popular winner in 1:57.4 while Nomatterwhen was a 1:59.4 victor. For race replays and complete results go to redshores.ca   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a three-bagger on the Friday evening harness racing program driver David Dowling continued his grip on the driver's standings at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and his lead in the Basil Whelan Memorial award for leading driver of Governor's Plate week. The Warren Grove driver started the action off winning a $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for three-year-old pacing fillies with After The Lovin for trainer Earl Watts in 2:00.4. The Devils Cut supplied Dowling's second win in 2:04 in another $2,500 B-split for trainer Chris MacKay of French River. Ramset used first-over tactics to win a $1,500 overnight event in 1:58.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley to give Dowling win number three. The Whelan Memorial standings will be settled during Saturday evening's 16-dash Governor's Plate program. In other Atlantic Sires Stakes action for sophomore fillies, Elm Grove Nellie was placed the winner in an eventful $12,700 A-division with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter and owners Jennifer Baxter of Falmouth and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Cheeky Cherry (Driven by Clare MacDonald) was the winner by two-lengths in 1:58.3 but was placed back to fifth for interference. When the dust settled on the judge's inquiries, Elm Grove Nellie was placed to the winning spot with a corrected mile time of 1:59. Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) was placed to second with Unapologetically (Marc Campbell) put to third to complete the triactor. Arc Light found the winner's circle in the second $12,700 A-division for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Woodmere Oleksiak (Dowling) saw her win streak snapped to finish second while Therealdeal (Walter Cheverie) finished third in the 1:57.3 mile. The other Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division saw Dustylanebukinfuty win in 2:00 with Corey MacPherson driving for trainer Stephen Gass of Cornwall. Mando Fun won the race 12 Medastar Memorial in 1:57.1 with Campbell driving for trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Goodmorning Ky scored a mild upset in the Bud Ramsay Memorial pace stopping the clock in 1:59.3 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Franks Banks of Summerside. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Charlottetown, PE - The PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and Red Shores today released details of a Welcome Package being offered to all starters in the Gold Cup and Saucer Trials. 2019 marks the 60th running of one of the Greatest Shows in Harness Racing, the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, with Trails held on Saturday, August 10th and Monday, August 12th, leading up to the Final Saturday, August 17th. Through the generous support of several Prince Edward Island businesses, all horses participating in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trails will be offered the following: - In recognition of the 60th running, the Nomination and Starting Fees ($800 total) have been waived - Complimentary Table of 4 in the acclaimed Top of The Park at Red Shores for either the Gold Cup and Saucer Final or James Roach MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer Consolation (whichever applicable). - A complimentary Confederation Bridge - $50 Gas Card - 4 Complimentary Old Home Week passes - Complimentary Golf Passes for 2 - Complimentary Charlottetown Harbour Tour and Lobster Roll for up to 3 Guests per starter, Thursday, August 15th - Gold Cup Seafood table D'Hote at Claddagh Oyster House In addition, all Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Final starters receive an invitation to the Gold Cup and Saucer Reception Friday August 16th, as well as a specialized Gold Cup and Saucer jacket for all Drivers in the Final. A Lasix program is in place for horses that require the program, and a reminder that the Standardbred Canada MVP Program has a link for discounted car rentals. For more information please visit www.redshores.ca or contact the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park Race Office at 902- 629-6636.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Tobins Rebel teamed up with harness racing trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau to dispose of his maiden status in his lifetime debut in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. Barrieau and Tobins Rebel took control of the race past the quarter and led the rest of the way in his $9,080 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old pacing colts stopping the clock in 1:59.2. Now undefeated in this young point his career, the son of Camystic kicked home in 28.3 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Second went to Elm Grove Onthego (Driven by Ken Murphy) while Fern Hill Encore (Bernard McCallum) recovered from an early break in stride to finish third. Red Dirt Fulofhart was victorious in the second division with a 2:02.3 time with David Dowling commanding the reins for trainer and co-owner Lenny Myers of Stratford and co-owner Jack Quinn of Charlottetown. Mall Cop (Kenny Arsenault) secured the deuce with Krispy Krunch (Mike McGuigan) third. The final $9,080 A-division was won by Woodmere Rollhario in front end tactics while unleashing a final half in 58.1 to win the class in 2:02.1 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald) was half-a-length back in second and JJ Austin (Barrieau) completed the triactor ticket. Driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie dominated in Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division racing for the rookie colts winning both divisions. The Charlottetown duo sent Windemere Ryan postward in the first $2,500 class and won in 2:02.2, then Mr Kelly captured the second split with a 2:02.4 score. In overnight action, Sailor Blue hit the wire first in the race 4 trot in Memory of Boyd Leslie with a 2:01 mile. Cindy MacDonald co-owns and trains the four-year-old daughter of Armbro Barrister with Yossi Martonovich of Montague, and Tanya and Tessa MacKinnon of Souris. The race 7 Gentleman Jim's Restaurant Pace in Memory of Cam Cameron saw Elektra Express prevail in line to Jason Hughes in 2:00.2 for co-owner and conditioner Jennifer Doyle and co-owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Woodmere Skyroller was determined to land in the winner's circle and made the front end hold up in her Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing division Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. With Gilles Barrieau at the lines, Woodmere Skyroller guarded the rail in her $12,920 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old filly pacers and marched through fraction of 30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.3. While the filly tripped those splits her biggest rival, Watch Me Dance (Driven by Mark Bradley), sat in the pocket. Watch Me Dance took her charge down the stretch but Woodmere Skyroller held her off in a neck decision for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Third place went to Woodmere Nasha (Kenny Arsenault). Ezra Express found the wire first in the other $12,920 A-division with a 2:03.4 score for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S. Tobins Choice (Gary Chappell) was second with Howmacrivercruiser (Barrieau) finishing third. The $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division went to Saulsbrook Ocean and driver Dale Spence stopping the clock in 2:04.1 for trainer Joe Baxter and owner Al McNeil of Windsor, N.S., and Louis Willinger of Louisville, Kentucky. In overnight racing action, Medici Hanover scored a 20-length romp in race 2 as the three-year-old daughter of Sportswriter won in 1:55.1 to tie the track record for sophomore fillies held by Elm Grove Inarush. David Dowling supplied the driver for trainer Don Milligan and owner Kent Williams of Ellerslie, Andrew Williams of Richmond and Lyndon Hardy of Coleman. Top Of The Morning scored a mild upset in The Rocket Chief Harvey and Randy MacEachern Memorial pace in a 2:00.1 score for trainer-driver Kyle Gillis of Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside are gearing up for a busy harness racing season with exciting race series, signature events, and the 8th 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 2018 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. The Drive for Charity promotion has raised $71,450 since its launch in 2012. Here are the participating businesses, drivers and their charities.   Red Shores Racetrack & Casino- Corey MacPherson - Pat & the Elephant Daniel R Ross Ltd - Walter Cheverie - Camp Gencheff Andrew Stables - Adam Merner - Kidsport PEI A&M Snow Removal - Kenny Arsenault - MS Society Hansen Electric - David Dowling - Canadian Mental Health MacQuarrie's Meats - Ken Murphy - Upper Room Food Bank Metro Home Building Centre - Marc Campbell - Open Door Outreach Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic - Gilles Barrieau - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in memory of Shelley Gass MacRae Backhoe and Trucking- Dale Spence - Wolf Manor Equestrian Centre Syntrak Print and Graphic Design - Jason Hughes - Autism Society PEI Speedy Glass - Mike McGuigan - Prince County Hospital Foundation   Left to Right – Halbert Pratt representing Pat & The Elephant, Harness Driver Corey MacPherson, Adam Walsh, Red Shores race manager. Ronota Baglole photo The promotion begins on Saturday June 1, 2019 and wraps up on Sunday September 29th. The official draw was held Wednesday during a reception in the Top of the Park.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After putting away his only real challenge in the first quarter of the race last week, Doctor Royal is back on red soil Saturday night for the top harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the trace in race 12. Doctor Royal will leave from the far outside in the seven horse field with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for owner-trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Truro, N.S. Hes Marvalous (Driven by Myles Heffernan) stalked for the duration of the race last week to finish third and will leave from post 4 on Saturday. Mick Dundee has been installed as second choice in the morning line from post 3 for trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the Saturday night contest as Doctor Royal's race to lose. "After a jogburger at Truro, Doctor Royal made his Island debut last week and nothing changed," MacIsaac said. "He's looking for his third straight tonight and other than the likely short price there's not much to dislike." Also in the field is Red Magician (Adam Merner), Winter Blast (Corey MacPherson), Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) and Adkins Hanover (David Dowling). One of the top pacers on the East coast in 2018, Euchred returns to racing action in the race 13 finale now under the care of trainer-driver Dowling. Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., owns the seven-year-old son of Shadow Play who compiled an impressive season in 2018 including runner-up finishes in the $25,000 Governor's Plate Final and the $5,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial. Noplay made his East Coast debut a winning one last week and has drawn post 2 in race 10 of the program for a $1,700 pot. Ken Murphy is back in the seat behind the five-year-old son of Shadow Play for owner-trainer Allan Gregory of Charlottetown. Screen Test makes his debut in race 4 after shipping in from Western Canada for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York, and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Corey MacPherson will drive the Stephen Gass trainee at 8-1 odds in the $2,500 event. The Leonard MacPhail Memorial lines up in race 6 with Starcastic the top choice with Barrieau in the bike from post 5 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Matheson and Billy MacKenzie. Harness driver Adam Merner will be special guest on Inside Track with Lee Drake Saturday at 5:35pm. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Thursday April 25, 2019 Qualifiers planned for Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside will be holding qualifying sessions to prep for the harness racing season openers scheduled for Charlottetown on Saturday May 4th at 6pm while Summerside starts their campaign on Monday May 20. Post time is 1pm. Red Shores Charlottetown will hold a BBQ on the trackside patio for the qualifying session this Saturday beginning at 11:30am. Here is the qualifying schedule.   Charlottetown Qualifiers Saturday April 27th. Post time is 11:30am Tuesday April 30th. Post Time 12:30pm   Summerside Qualifiers Monday April 29th. Post Time 6pm   Contact the Red Shores race office for more information at 902.629.6634   Lee Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winter Blast has proven he can hit the tote board every single week but he will have some stiff competition to find his way to the winner's circle in the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash presentation gets underway at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 12. Winter Blast has drawn post 4 in the $2,400 event with Jason Hughes at the lines for conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. The seven-year-old son of Sand Shooter was the model of consistency in his six-year-old campaign with eight wins and over $17,000 in purse earnings on the year as he looks to put together another solid summary in 2019. He was a runner-up to Sock It Away in his latest start and with that horse absent the target will squarely be on his back against his five rivals. One of the top Invitational pacers in 2018, Euchred makes his second start back on red soil in the preferred, drawing post 5 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Eagle Jolt has rounded back into top form and gets post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the absence of Sock It Away as a signal to put Winter Blast on top of his tickets. "You can mark Winter Blast down for a top three finish pretty much every week so you know he's got to be sitting on a win," MacIsaac said. "If Jason can secure an uncontested lead and steal a fraction there could be nothing but open road ahead." Also in the event is Tempo Seelster (Driven by Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Corey MacPherson) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race 8 is the Denny King Pace with Dancers Pass installed as the morning line favourite in the $1,100 event with Hughes in the bike for trainer Blaine McKenna. The now eight-year-old daughter of Ashlees Big Guy put in a solid 2018 season with 21 top three finishes from 33 starts but only managed one win on the season for owner Michael Folkins of Saint John, N.B. For live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Summerside, PE - The harness racing program scheduled for Sunday at Red Shores Summerside at 1pm has been moved to Monday night with a post time of 6pm. Red Shores, along wit the Prince County Horsemen's Club, made the decision ahead of a weather forcast calling for heavy rain tonight and tomorrow. The final card of the season at Summerside will go Monday night. Post time is 6pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Crapaud, PE - The 2018 edition of the Atlantic Classic was held Friday (October 5) at the Crapaud Exhibition Grounds and the harness racing yearling sale was another record-setting day. The sale topper was a Credit Winner colt purchased by Donna Van Meer of Ontario for $ 26,000. This was an Atlantic record for a Trotter. This handsome colt was consigned by Meridian Farms of Milton PEI. The top selling Pacer was a Malicious colt purchased by Peter Smith of Stratford, PEI for $ 24, 500. This colt was consigned by Allan McNeil of Windsor , Nova Scotia. The top selling Pacing filly was also purchased by Peter Smith for $18,500 , and was consigned by Blair Campbell of North Wiltshire, PEI. "The trot prices reflected the tremendous support of the regional trot stakes program by Meridian Farms," stated Sale Manager Wayne Pike. "The top selling Trot filly was Dusty Lane Manney selling for $8,000 to AL McNeil of Nova Scotia . The consignor was Ronnie and Dianne Gass of Dusty Lane Farms of Cornwall PEI". For complete results go to www.peiharnessracing.com. From Lee Drake for the Atlantic Classic Sale    

Charlottetown, PE - The Atlantic Breeders Crown Host Committee is pleased to announce the four Atlantic Canadian harness racing families who will be honoured for their successes and longstanding contributions to the industry during the upcoming Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown on October 6-7th. From New Brunswick, the family of the late Cerdic Downey, including sons Mike, Ian and Dave and grandson Dr Mitchell Downey DVM, will be recognized for their many achievements. From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Hector Williams family will be recognized for their long association with harness horses. The Getto family of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, will be lauded for their 60 years of involvement. The Smith family from Pownal, PE, including brothers Don and Ian and Don's son Peter, have been among the most successful owners from Atlantic Canada with top horses over the years such as Saul's Pride, Rumpus Hanover and Pownal Bay Matt to locally bred stars including Maple Leaf Robbi, Touch of Lightning and RE's Mary. Presentations to each of the four families will take place at the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet sponsored by PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association at the Top of the Park on Saturday, October 6th. Memorabilia from each the four families will be on display in the "Memory Lane" area in the Trade Centre, adjacent to the Red Shores Charlottetown complex during the weekend. For banquet tickets contact the Top of the Park at 902.620.4264 For more information on weekend of events, hotel rates and post times go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred capped off David Dowling’s dominate day in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sent to the lead from the start in the $3,500 Invitational pace, Euchred felt no serious challenges through splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 before putting the finishes touches on a 1:54 victory. Sent off by the wagering public as third choice, Euchred defeated Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) at the wire while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) was third. Euchred is trained by Terry Gallant for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Dowling had a total of five wins on the Sunday program including the $2,200 back-up class with Cartoon Daddy in 1:56.2 for train Rachel Andrew of Milton. Dowling also teamed up with trainer Gallant to win with Young Man Matt in 1:58.1, while his other wins came with Twice As Bright in 1:58.2 for Elton Millar of Tyne Valley and the still undefeated two-year-old After The Lovin with a 2:01 score for conditioner Earl Watts of Hampshire. Watts had two wins on the card as Better Than Tonys opened up the day with a maiden breaking score for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Live racing continues Thursday Andy Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca.   Lee Drake

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