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Summerside, PE - Machinthesand, under the command of Ken Murphy, fired off the rail and went on to win the Sunday Feature at Red Shores Summerside stopping the timer in 1:57.2. The eight-year-old son of Mach Three used a 28.4 closer to turn back Eagle Jolt ( Ryan Desroche) and DBS Rosco (Walter Cheverie) for his first win of the 2017 campaign. Hugh Murphy trains the pacer for owners Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Summerside, PE. The 1-6-2 triactor returned $142.10 Jason Hughes enjoyed a big day at the Prince County oval scoring a driving triple. Hughes, who has teamed up with Red Shores in the Drive for Charity promotion raising money for PEI Hospice Foundation, had top honours aboard Rising Fella for trainer Jansen Sweet, Old Buck for conditioner Alan MacDonald and Good Friday Three for trainer Wade Sorrie. Murphy, Walter Cheverie and Norris Rogers recorded driving doubles while trainer Jansen Sweet had two training victories For complete results go to www.redshores.ca A special Canada Day program will take place Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Summerside and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will feature the Future Stars of Harness Racing on Friday June 23rd at Red Shores Summerside at 6pm while Charlottetown will play host to the young talent on Saturday June 24, 2016 at 11:00 am. The two-year-old horses will strut their stuff on the racetrack while customers of all ages can enjoy hot dogs and beverages on the trackside tarmac. Trainers can enter their horses until Thursday June 22 at 12pm at the race office or by calling 902.629.6634. Come see the Future Stars of Racing Friday June 23rd at Red Shores Summerside at 6pm and Saturday June 24th at 11:00am at Red Shores at the CDP. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2017 Drive For Charity continues into an action packed harness racing card Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 12-dash card with the evening feature lining up in race 11 with a solid field of seven pacers vying for top prize in the $2,100 race. Eagle Jolt is the morning line favourite with Charlottetown's absolutely dominate driver in the seat. Marc Campbell trains and drives the post 5 starter for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald fresh off a third place finish against Mr Irresistible and Adkins Hanover, who are both absent from action this week. Elm Grove Kaboom has yet to finish worse than second in his four-year-old campaign for trainer-driver Earl Smith and gets post 3 this week. A potential sleeper in the field is Rash B Havior, leaving from post 4 with Ken Murphy getting the catch driving call from trainer Michael Peters after competing his first two starts of the season in the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Eagle Jolt as the one to beat if the chips fall in the right place in the early going. "Eagle Jolt was a comfortable winner in his only start at this level when he was allowed to stroll through some pedestrian fractions," MacIsaac said. "That won't be the case tonight and he'll probably be coming from off the pace but we'll still treat him as the one to beat on the class drop." Other entries in the evening feature include Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The evening back-up class has a tight knit group of five pacers for a $1,800 purse in race 7. Mozartsplace was impressive in his three-year-old campaign with nine wins from 11 starts and now makes his four-year-old debuted reunited with driver Gilles Barrieau. The Jackie Matheson trainee draws post 4 for owner Brad Duplisea and Shawn MacAdam, both of Charlottetown. Other top entries include post 2 starter Simon Said, with early Drive For Charity promotion leader Corey MacPherson aboard, and Sporty B Skipalong (Norris Rogers) with rail control. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Good Friday Three Hits The Track At Red Shores Summerside By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores   SUMMERSIDE, PE - He may not be in the afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway but Sunday is the first time we get to see Good Friday Three live in action. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 11-dash program and Good Friday Three makes his Maritime debut in the final event. The $1,700 event has Wade Sorrie leaving from post 3 with Good Friday Three for new owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. The five-year-old son of Mach Three had been racing the Ontario circuit for trainer William Robinson, where he has all ready won in 1:55 this season over the half-mile oval at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. The eight-time winner has a lifetime best of 1:51.4 over Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., and will now attempt the road to Summerside's signature race, The Governor's Plate, in July. Other entries include Jrs Hurricane with rail control fresh off a 1:57.1 victory last Sunday in Summerside for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer J.C. Belliveau of New Brunswick, and Scotty Mach N from post 7 with Corey MacPherson at the lines in his East Coast debut for trainer Trevor Hicken. The afternoon feature hits the track in race 10 as Instant Shadow draws post 4 to team up with catch driver Gary Chappell for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owners Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, both of New Brunswick. Mando Fun laid down torrid fractions last week in Summerside before being collared late in the mile. He will be looking for redemption from post 2 with Dale Spence in the bike while last week's runner-up, Machinthesand, has post 6 with Ken Murphy aboard. Other entries include Relleno Hanover (Jason Hughes) riding a two-race win streak from post 1, post 3 starter D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault), and Pictonian Storm (Sorrie) from post 5. For race programs, backstretch beat of live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake  

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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca 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 www.redshores.ca   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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

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