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The stage is set for five of the region's top harness racing guns in the evening feature Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 11 dash card is 6pm. First Art Down (Ken Murphy) has drawn the rail in the race 7 showdown which promises to be a triactor mystery with all the competitors capable of hitting the ticket. Big Surf (Marc Campbell) has been established as the morning line favorite (5-2) after that season winning debut last week over a sloppy track. Weather conditions will be perfect at the 7:43pm post time with many expecting to see the Trevor Hicken trainee bust the gate. He'll have company. Forever Paradise (Michael McGugian) can follow the car while Clic K is back in the mix from the Jackie Matheson stable. Gilles Barrieau has the driving assignment. Tempo Seelster(Vince Poulton) starts from post 3. Best Risque is sharp. The nine-year-old mare, trained by Brian Ladner, Charlottetown, has won seven of her last eight starts and is favored to win the open mares class. Regular pilot Corey MacPherson drives his trainee Brodys Leona (pp2) so Ladner was able to get the services of Campbell. Ramblinglily is back in town to compete in the $2,200 event. Walter Cheverie guides her from post 4. Sam (Jason Hughes) and Bettim Jenny (Jeff Lilley) make up the rest of the field. For entries, top picks and live video go to New season underway Monday at Red Shores Summerside; Silverhill Shadow gets top call in afternoon feature The 2016 harness racing season will be launched Monday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The legendary Prince County oval celebrates 130 years of racing. Post time is 1pm. Motorino lands on the pylons for trainer-driver Terry Gallant in the race 9 presentation with his stable-mate Silverhill Shadow leaving one slot to the right for catch-driver Gary Chappell. The son of Shadow Play was scratched from his last race but Gallant has him back in to go and shows an impressive 1:56.1 chart-line from May 7th. The roster also includes Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Carnivore (Walter Cheverie). Veteran campaigner Life Savior leads the post parade in the back-up class in race 12. A winner of $101,376 and closing in on his 60th lifetime victory, the 11 year-old makes his season debut for trainer Duane MacEachern, owner Darla MacEachern and driver Corey MacPherson. He's in tough with Ralph Sweet's Casimir Luciano, Oh To Be Me and Bowyer Hanover listed as triactor candidates. The official countdown to the Governor's Plate starts Monday at 1pm with fan prizes to the first 150 customers starting at Noon. A new Backstretch Beat reporter has been added to the race program this season. The top picks can also be found at Lee Drake

Waterside Light, with Kenny Arsenault in the bike, marched to the front and held on to win the Thursday harness racing feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Waterside Light touched down on the lead on route to the opening panel in 28,3 with the half reached in 58.1. The pacer cruised by the three-quarters in 1:28.1 to notch his third win of the campaign in 1:57.3 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. It was Arsenault's third winner of the night for the hat-trick. The Charlottetown native drove Frill Seeker to top honours in the open trot in a dazzling 2:00.2 in gate to wire fashion. The bay gelding, owned by the Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, has back to back victories. Lukes Cowboy was also a winner from the Arsenault stable. Former stakes star Tyne Valley took her assignment in the trot class for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer William Roloson and his co-owners Scott Roloson and Kristi Pickering. It was a memorable night for Ryan Desroche. The 18 year-old won his first lifetime start as a driver aboard Onehotvett for owner Tammy Collings, Hazelbrook, PE and trainer Austin Sorrie. Mark Bradley recorded a driving double on the card. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will kick-off the 2016 harness racing season Monday. Post time is 1pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Big Surf opened his 2016 season on a winning note taking the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell guided the son of the Somebeachsomewhere to victory taking command of the race from gate charger Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau) on route to the opening quarter and posted fractions of 29, 59.1, 1:28.4 to claim top honors in 1:59.3 by five and half lengths over Forever Paradise and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The track was rated sloppy with a four second variant. Big Surf is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Burkie By The Bay Stables, Ten Mile House, PE and Perry Burke, Grosse Ile, QC. Terry Gallant recorded a driving-training triple on the program with stable mates Southfield Sassy, owned by Southfield Farms Inc, Summerside, PE, Claire L Colquhoun, Toronto, Ontario, Silverhill Cupid for Silverhill Farms, Tignish, PE and Motorino for his co-owner Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. Brian Andrew recorded a training double with a driving score aboard Hurrah while his other trainee Blazing By took top honours for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault in race 13 which was marred by an accident. Leader PL Faststrike, driven by Gilles Barrieau, made a break and went down as the field raced around the final turn unseating his driver. Balanchine, under the command of Ron Matheson, clipped the race bike of the fallen horse throwing Matheson to the track. Matheson was transported to hospital after complaining of a sore hip. Barrieau walked away from the spill. Balanchine and PL Faststrike were attended by the track veterinarian for some minor injuries. For complete results go to Lee Drake

Big Surf gets the top call in the preferred pace Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The son of Somebeachsomewhere turned a lot of heads with his qualifying mile of 1:57.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and driver Marc Campbell. That assignment also included a closing panel of 27.1 seconds. Post time for the 13 dash harness racing program is 6pm. Big Surf, owned by Burkie By The Bay stables, PE and Perry Burke, QC has drawn post six against last week's feature winner Forever Paradise who gets the services of Gilles Barrieau after moving back to PEI from his winter base in Pompano, Florida. Silverhill Shadow and driver Terry Gallant leaves from post 2 which will most likely set-up an opening speed duel after laying down all the fractions in his last contest only to out gunned in the stretch. Carnivore will make his first start since May 23, 2015 for trainer Marvyn Webster and Valleygrove Farms, Kensington, PE. Walter Cheverie will handle the driving duties on the lifetime winner of $609,260. The line-up also includes First Art Down off the rail for Ken Murphy, Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton). Ramblinglily ships into Charlottetown from the Allan Jones stable to take on Best Risque (Corey MacPherson) in the open mares contest in race 10 scheduled for post at 8:34pm. Ramblinglily posted qualifiers at Exhibition Park in Saint John, NB and Truro Raceway in NS for the Jones-Norman Leger ownership team. The mare had 14 wins from 22 starts in 2015 and gets Cheverie back in the bike. The $2,350 class also has Bettim Jenny, Pictonian Zena, Sam and Ideal Space. Here's a name that may stay with you. John Wick is a three-year colt by Art Colony who makes his career debut in the evening's first race after an impressive qualifier. Clifford Murphy does the training for the Lenny and Squiggy stable, Stratford, PE. For top picks, race programs or live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

The first Thursday night feature of the 2016 harness racing meet at Red Shores Charlottetown was an all class victory for Idealic Life. The winner of over $525, 000 life used a class dropping first over effort to track down newcomer Ok Galahad, who laid down fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.1, Idealic Life is owned by Perry, Robin and Luke Burke along with Kent Livingston. Trevor Hicken is the trainer while Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Corey MacPherson handled the driving duties. Charlottetown native Kenny Arsenault enjoyed another banner night at his home town oval, with three driving victories, two of them from his own stable, including Frill Seeker winning the Open trot in 2:01.2. Arsenault also picked up wins aboard trainee Waterside Light and Elm Grove Kaboom for trainer Earl Smith, both horses are owned by Larry and Kathy Chappell. Driver Mark Bradley and Trainer Tom Weatherbie teamed up on the first Thursday card of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown for the early double with Pownal Bay Style and Glory Jean. Marc Campbell also enjoyed a driving double on the card aboard Windemere Stanley and J J Jodster. Racing returns to the capital oval on Saturday evening for a 13-dash card beginning at 6:00 pm. Lee Drake

Forever Paradise drafted behind race favorite Silverhill Shadow (Terry Gallant) and used the passing lane to overcome the pace setter in the stretch to win the preferred pace harness racing feature Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Silverhill Shadow held on for second and DBS Rosco third. Mike McGuigan engineered the winning trip for trainer Kevin MacLean and the ownership team of Reg MacPherson, David MacKenzie, Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie, Winsloe. Forever Paradise stopped the timer in 1:56 flat and returned $19.30 to win. The 2-3-1 triactor paid $203.90. Edgewood had his picture taken for the first time in the winner's circle after arriving on PEI. Gary Chappell piloted the newcomer to victory in the trot division. The Glenn Claybourne trainee won by half a length over Holy Molie Maggie and driver Corey MacPherson. Neal complete the top three for Brian Andrew. MacPherson recorded a driving triple on the 13 dash program with Jason Hughes, Gary Chappell and Marc Campbell scoring doubles. Trainer Ron Gass had two winners on the card from his Cornwall stable. The wager was $39,755. Thursday night racing opens this week with a new post time of 6:30pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Eagle Jolt, last week's feature race winner, has been established as the 5-2 choice on the morning line in the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Trained and driven by Marc Campbell, the pacer draws post 4 in a match up that showcases some heavy hitters like the Trevor Hicken stable-mates Bazillion (Brian MacPhee) and Idealic Life (Corey MacPherson) but both are saddled with outside starting points seven and eight respectively. The rail goes to DBS Rosco who moves up after his impressive 1:58.2 score for owners Robbie and Wendell Shaw and Derek Folland, Summerside, PE. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving. First Art Down (Ken Murphy) and Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) also have the speed to pull off upsets while Forever Paradise (Michael McGuigan) and Silverhill Shadow (Terry Gallant) are both making their first start of the season after strong qualifying performances. Holy Molie Maggie is back on the track for the 2016 campaign. The seven-year-old mare will compete in race 4 with MacPherson getting the catch-driving call from trainer-owner Jeff Holmes. Regular pilot Gary Chappell has been listed on newcomer Wedgewood. The trotter was racing at Rideau Carlton in Ottawa and is now part of the Glenn Claybourne stable of Charlottetown. Frill Seeker is also a strong contender for the triactor ticket. In other action, Casimir Luciano goes for three in a row for trainer Ralph Sweet, Ultimatelyhandsome gets the nod in the opening leg of the Pick 5 while social media star Mozartsplace makes his first lifetime start for owner Bradford Duplisea, trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Ron Matheson. Red Shores will carry the Kentucky Derby from the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby features 20 horses, a purse of $2 Million and is often called "the most exciting two minutes in sports." Customers can watch and wager on the famous race which always takes place on the first weekend in May and attracts approximately 155,000 people. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt and harness racing driver Marc Campbell won the Saturday night featured event in 1:57.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Eagle Jolt pressed to the front on route to the half in 58.2 after a battle ensued between Bazillion (Brian MacPhee) and Best Risque (Jason Hughes) that posted an opening quarter in a sizzling 27.3. The pacer rolled by the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Eagle Jolt is owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Idealic Life (Steven Shepherd) was second with First Art Down (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. It was the third winner of the night for Campbell after scores earlier with Abner The Great and Casimir Luciano. Kenny Arsenault had four winners on the program. Frill Seeker dominated the open trot in 202.1. Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, owns the trotter who marked his 25th lifetime victory. Arsenault also recorded top honours with DBS Roscoe for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. The pacer was impressive in 1:58. His hat-trick came with Cabo Pan Lucas owned by Gary Poulton and Alan Walker, Charlottetown. Arsenault notched the grand-slam aboard Waterside Light for Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. In other action, Swingirl remains perfect since arriving on PEI. The mare made a sweeping move down the backstretch to secure the win. Corey MacPherson did the driving for the new ownership team RedIslandhorseownersclub of Stratford, PE. For complete results and payouts go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Bazillion, under the command of Brian MacPhee, captured the featured event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPhee sent the Trevor Hicken trainee, owned by Kent Livingston, Cornwall, to the point and never looked back laying down fractions of 29.4, 1:00.2, 1:29.4 to close the mile in 2:00.1. Newcomer Euchred (Jason Hughes) was second while Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) finished third. Idealic Life was fourth. Bolero Trisco was a late scratch. Swingirl and Corey MacPherson opened up the spring-summer meet with top honours for the new ownership group Redislandhorseownersclub of Stratford, PE. The mare was making her first start on PEI. MacPherson also paraded Brodys Leona to victory Lane for owners Kerry and Emily Taylor and Lisa Richards. Driver-trainer Jason Hughes also opened the campaign with a driving double with victories aboard Blue Star Outlaw and Cambest Kisser for the Donald and Steven MacRae stable, Vernon Bridge, PE. Tempo Seelster claimed The PEI Poker Challenge pace for catch-driver Todd Walsh and owner-trainer Vince Poulton, Charlottetown, PE. Racing returns Saturday at 6pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The official countdown to the 2016 Gold Cup & Saucer gets underway Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The legendary CDP oval opens the curtain with 10 races and a 6pm post time. The evening's top class will feature the preferred pacers in race 5 with the starter calling the horses to the gate at 7:08pm. Race analysts Gerard Smith and Les MacIsaac are split in their top selections with Smith giving the classifier's choice to newcomer Euchred (5-2 odds) who makes his Island debut from post 3 for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, Inverness, NS. The four-year-old son of Shadow Play won his last start by three lengths over Flamboro Downs on March 24th. MacIsaac, a race handicapper for over 20 years in Charlottetown, has listed Idealic Life as the one to beat. "The only thing hotter than this horse at the end of the last meet was his driver Corey MacPherson. If they're as dangerous a combination as they were then, he'll be hard to deny." Trevor Hicken trains the pacer for Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston and goes into the event with a seven race winning streak. Hicken and Livingston will also send out Bazillion from post 5 with Brian MacPhee listed to drive. This horse loves to bust the gate so he should be the one laying down the early fractions. The other newcomer in the match-up is Bolero Trisco off the rail. Trainer Neil Bambrick qualified the Ontario invader for owner Jonah Moase but hands the lines to veteran Gary Chappell. Eagle Jolt will line up from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and the ownership duo of Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Campbell and Hughes, who shared top driver honors for second year in a row, were named as part of the line-up in the Regional Driving Championship coming to the city on June 25th. The information was released Thursday with Walter Cheverie and Corey MacPherson also representing the Island team. In other action, Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) gets the top call in the 8th annual PEI Poker Challenge pace in the 10th race finale. Race fans will be treated to a number of on-track promos with the first 150 customers who buy a race program after 5pm receiving a Red Shores gift, radio personalities Gerard Murphy of Ocean 100 and Laura Woodworth with Hot 105.5 will make an appearance on the broadcast and details will be released on the new $100,000 Dash for Cash coming in June. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores    

The field for the 2016 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Saturday, June 25 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown in PEI has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: Marc Campbell (PEI) Walter Cheverie (PEI) Darren Crowe (NS) Edward Harvey (NB) Jason Hughes (PEI) John Gerard Kennedy (NS) Paul Langille (NS) Corey MacPherson (PEI) Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2016 National Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, in London, Ontario. "Driving championships are always very popular events here at Red Shores. This is an extremely competitive group of drivers so this will be one race day that fans won't want to miss," commented Adam Walsh, Racing Experience Manager Invitations were extended to drivers based on several criteria including their 2015 win statistics. The drivers also had to confirm their availability for the National Driving Championship date and the World Driving Championship dates in order to take part in the Regional Driving Championship. The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in harness racing's 2017 World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada in concert with the World Trotting Conference in August. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside will be holding qualifying sessions to prep for the season openers scheduled for Charlottetown on April 23 while Summerside starts their campaign on May 23, 2016. Here is the qualifying schedule. Charlottetown - Sunday April 17 at 1pm Summerside - Monday April 18th at 6pm Charlottetown - Tuesday April 19th at 1pm Contact the Red Shores race office for more information at 902.629.6634 by Lee Drakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque, under the command of Corey MacPherson, notched her sixth win in a row after taking the afternoon harness racing feature in 2:00.1 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson, who had four winners on the program, rushed the Brian Ladner trainee from post 8 to the lead and cut fractions of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2 to win by a length and an half over Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey) while Ideal Space (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. The score was Best Risque's 50th lifetime victory for owners Brian, Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson's other winners came with Montana Ben from the Mike Ramsey stable, Im a Debutant for O'Brien award winner William Andrew and trainer Ron Gass and Painted Desert from the Trevor Hicken stable in the back-up class in 1:57.3. Bold Arrow and driver Dale Spence closed out the winter meet in Charlottetown with top honours in the finale for owner-trainer Greg MacInnis, Tyne Valley. Wade Sorrie and Marc Campbell enjoyed driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to Racing returns at Charlottetown in April while Red Shores Summerside returns to action in May. The PEI harness racing community presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Classy Lane Barn Fire fund. Customers bought tickets on a Gold Cup and Governor's Plate prize package while donations also came in from the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, Red Shores, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association, Prince County Horsemen's Club and the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission Stretch Drive Fund. Twila Mahar was the winner of the Gold Cup signature event. Patricia Keough claimed the 2016 Governor's Plate grand prize. Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Marc Campbell recorded his 1,500th driving victory Saturday during the 13 dash harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The two-time Gold Cup champion reached the magic number aboard Eagle Jolt owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove in race 7. Campbell, who was surrounded by family and friends, was also greeted in the winner's circle by Red Shores race manager Adam Walsh for a special trackside presentation marking the occasion. The time of the mile was 1:57.3. In other action, Best Risque and Idealic Life kept their winning streaks rolling taking their respective assignments for Corey MacPherson while driver Ken Murphy enjoyed a driving triple on the program. Murphy opened the card with top honours with Im Driven for trainer Clarkie Smith and rallied Toad River to victory lane for owner Boyd White, Charlottetown, PE. His hat-trick came in the closer with Likely To Win for conditioner Adam Merner in gate to wire fashion. The wager was $57,531. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - He is the man on the move. Corey MacPherson has been winning multiple races since his return to the track in November and takes over the top spot in the driver standings at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13 victories. The legendary harness racing oval has 13 races on Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. "I'm feeling really good right now and my confidence is up because I'm driving better horses too," said MacPherson. "It really comes down to the horses but I'm driving with a bit more patience and I try to put each horse in a position to win." One of those horses is Idealic Life. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is trained by Trevor Hicken and goes for his seventh straight score Saturday in race 12. MacPherson said he's a pleasure to drive. "You can hold him with two fingers in the post parade but once you turn him behind the gate he's like a race car. He likes the front but he can come off a helmet and once I move him he delivers such a burst of speed. He's a nice horse." Best Risque goes after her fifth in a row on the open mares handicapped for MacPherson and trainer Brian Ladner. "I got into a little trouble with her last week and had to go three high to the opening quarter but she proved how tough she is. That was a big win." The roster also includes A Fiesty X Ample off the rail for driver Stephen Quinn and conditioner Nickolas Oakes. Quinn is third in the standings with 4 winners in the first month of 2016 three behind Marc Campbell who sits in second with seven. Campbell only needs one more trip to victory lane to notch 1,500 in his career. A familiar name returns to Charlottetown. Smokin Bear, who appeared in the 2013 Gold Cup & Saucer, is entered to compete in race 10 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Kenneth Wilkie and owner Jamie Whelan. Customers still have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package in the Classy Lane fundraiser. Tickets are $10 dollars and are available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. The last chance to buy tickets will be January 30th. The harness racing fan choice awards ballot will be in the race program on Saturday. Fans will have an opportunity to select their favorites and be entered for a chance to win a Red Shores prize package. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Harness racing driver Corey MacPherson has picked up in 2016 where he left off at the end of 2015 winning multiple races. The Vernon River native notched five winners Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson had his first picture taken with Political Crisis from the Adam Merner stable and also rallied with Ron Gass trainees Im a Debutant and Hurricane Bill. The young pilot extended the winning streaks for Best Risque and Idealic Life to cap off a big afternoon at the office. Best Risque delivered as the post time favorite after making a three high move in the early going to take control of the race in the open mares handicap pace. The mare, trained by Brian Ladner, charted her fourth in a row winning by a length over Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey) in 2:00.3 for her 48th lifetime score. Idealic Life moved his winning streak up to six in a row after being sent to the front from outside post seven to drive away on his rivals in a snazzy 1:57 flat that included a closing panel of 28.2 seconds. The horse is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Perry Burke, Grosse-Ile, QC, Luke Burke, Pleasant Grove, Robin Burke, Ten Mile House and Kent Livingston, Cornwall, PE. January 23rd and January 30th are the final two cards of the winter meet. Post times will be slated for 12:30pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

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