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Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside wrapped up the 2017 Drive for Charity promotion on Saturday with $13,400 raised for local charities. Now in its sixth year, the harness racing campaign has earned just over $70,000. The Drive for Charity event featured 11 of Prince Edward Island's top harness drivers, based on 2016 statistics from Charlottetown and Summerside racetracks. The drivers were partnered with Island businesses who then donated money after each victory to their charity during the promotion. 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 began Thursday June 1st, 2017 and wrapped up on Sunday October 29th, 2017. Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Woggy Rocks, under the command of harness racing driver Adam Merner, put away Painted Desert in deep stretch to win the Wednesday night top class at Red Shores Summerside. The newcomer stopped the timer in 1:56.4. Neal Moase trains the six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover for owner Mikeala Wheaton, Cornwall, PE. Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson) held on for second with Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) third. The 5-2-7 combination returned $197.80. It was Merner's second winner of the night after clicking with J RS Hurricane earlier on the card. In other action, Rojans White Jet captured the Ivan & Isabelle Cameron memorial for driver Marc Campbell and owner-trainer Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE. The mare notched her second win in a row and fifth win of the 2017 campaign. Drivers Dale Spence and Norris Rogers also recorded driving doubles on the program. Spence scored with Dancers Pass for trainer Blaine McKenna and Jays Little Spark for conditioner Gregory MacInnis. Rogers rallied with Instant Shadow for trainer Sifroi Melanson and Darth Bader for owner Edward Harvey, Tyne Valley, PE. Racing returns to Summerside Sunday at 1pm. For compete results go towww.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Likely to Win has received top billing in the special Thanksgiving Day pace at Red Shores Summerside Monday. Post time is 1pm. The Melissa Rennie trainee has been putting up some solid numbers and comes in to the race with six wins from 26 starts and a third place finish in a dazzling 1:54.3 over Charlottetown on September 23rd. Driver Adam Merner will handle the son of Western Terror from post 4 for owners Blenise Young, Lester Campbell, NS, and Jeffery Campbell of Alberta. The competitive field also includes rail sitter Instant Shadow for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Sifroi Melanson along with heavy weights Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Allstar Seelster and Keep Coming are also part of the line-up. The Prince County Horsemen's Club have organized a family day component to the afternoon card which includes an opportunity for one family to go trackside and present the cooler in the Summerside Family Day Pace. Race analysts Bo Ford with the Backstretch Beat and classifier Gerard Smith have landed on different horses for their top choice. Ford favors All Access, owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE, while Smith leans on Windemere Johnny out of the two hole for Gary Chappell and conditioner Phil Sizer. The trotters will open up the holiday card at the Prince County oval with Zip The Lip getting the nod as the one to beat. The nine-year-old is fresh off a convincing win at Charlottetown. Brian MacPhee gets the assignment from trainer-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary, PEI. The family day activities get underway at 12Noon with children's entertainment, face painting and cake. Families can fill out a ballot for a chance to present the winning cooler in race 6. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The Atlantic Classic Sale will again kick off the Weekend of Champions, the fall feature event of Atlantic Canadian harness racing. The sale will start at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Crapaud Exhibition grounds, and will offer numerous siblings to 2017 stakes stars. In addition, there are several Ontario Sired entries that are expected to draw buyers' attention. On Saturday, the Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation races will start at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. There will also be a sold-out banquet presented by the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association starting at 7:00 p.m. that evening in the Top of the Park restaurant. The event will celebrate the achievements of several stars of the Atlantic Canadian breeding industry. Sunday will kick off with a complimentary pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at Turfs Bar & Grill followed by a fan seminar in the Red Shores grandstand. The 2017 Atlantic Breeders Crown champions will be crowned Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores. For more information on the Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend, race programs or live broadcasts go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

The Host Committee of the 2017 Atlantic Breeders Crown will again recognize Atlantic harness racing families for their long-term contribution to the industry. One family meeting the criteria will be selected from each of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Awards sponsored by the Province of Prince Edward Island will be presented as part of the Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Top Of The Park, Red Shores Charlottetown. The harness racing industry and general public are invited to submit nominations to the Evaluation Committees in each province for consideration for recognition. Nominations should be in written form, and detail how the nominated family meet the suggested criteria: 1. Fifty years of family involvement in Atlantic Harness Racing 2. At least one family member still active in the industry in some capacity 3. Achievements on an Atlantic /Canadian scale as a breeder, owner, trainer, driver or builder 4. Public recognition for outstanding contribution to Atlantic Harness Racing - i.e. National or Provincial Halls of Fame) 5. Success in major Atlantic Canadian races - i.e. track records, stakes or invitational wins, significant milestones,(i.e wins) etc. or prolific success of several family members 6. Longevity of success of family member(s) The Evaluation Committees reserve the right to submit nominations as well. Nominations are due by September 18th. The evaluation committees, which have been established in each province, will select one family per Atlantic province to be honoured. Since its initiation in 2001, the following families have been recognized: From New Brunswick The Alexander, Armstrong, Barrieau, Breau, Bishop, Doherty, Downey, Goguen, Goodine, Irving, Jones, MacDonald, Nicholson, Queen, Stevenson and Trites families From Nova Scotia The Daniels, Davis, Ferguson, Gillis, Haley, MacLeod, MacDonnell, MacKinnon, MacQuarrie, Pinkney, Rankin, Ratchford, Smith, Whebby and Wilson families From Prince Edward Island The Andrew, Annear, Arsenault, Bernard, Chappell, Hennessey, Kelly, MacGregor, MacPhee, O'Brien, Pineau, Poulton, Smallwood, Smith, Whelan and Willis families From Newfoundland Cliff Garland, Dennis Gallway, and the Deering, Dillon, Dooling, Downing, Forward, McDonald, Oliver, and Pack families. Please forward nominations to: Prince Edward Island Jerry McCabe, ABC Host Committee Phone: 902-892-7510 Email: jmccabe74@gmail.com Nova Scotia Robyn Crowe, Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association Phone: 902-865-1670 Fax: 902-483-9060 Email: robyncrowenshria@gmail.com New Brunswick New Brunswick Harness Racing Industry Association Phone: 506-459-3204 or 506-636-6927 Fax: 506-206-2403 or 506-636-6959 Email: kimallaby@hrnb.ca Newfoundland Aubrey Williams, NHHOA Email: williams2000ltd@yahoo.ca   Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Due to heavy rain and unsafe track conditions, the harness racing program scheduled for 1pm today at Red Shores Summerside has been cancelled. by Lee A. Drake,for Red Shores  

Summerside, PE - HP Bushido Dragjet, under the command of harness racing trainer Marc Campbell, captured the Wednesday night feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:56.1. The newcomer picked up his second victory of the season for owners Michael Folkins, John Davidson and Keith Camick, NB. Pictonian Storm (Gary Chappell) was second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. Campbell also posted winners aboard Bet R All and Rash Behavior for the hat-trick. Western Sexy won the Clifford Wedge memorial for driver Adam Merner, trainer Phil Sizer and owner Jason Sherry, Kensington, PE. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 Merner, Ken Murphy and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles on the program. The last card at Summerside before Old Home Week is Sunday August 6th. Post time is 1pm. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

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  

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