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The follow story appeared today at www.theguardian.pe.ca  SUMMERSIDE, PE – There is one familiar face missing from the track at Governor’s Plate Week harness racing in Summerside, and it all appears to be caused by a case of gout. Marc Campbell, a regular driver in both Summerside and Charlottetown, is serving a suspension from July 8 to 22, after a horse he trains and drives –  Freddie – had a Class 4 positive test at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on June 14. Standardbred Canada’s website notes that Freddie has been suspended for 15 days, and must requalify within three seconds of the June 14th race. Trainers are held responsible when horses test positive, and Campbell was previously suspended for a Class 4 positive test in August 2013. Paul Hogan, director of racing for the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission, noted there are five classes of violations, and Freddie’s test was the second-least serious. “Class 1 is the most severe, Class 2 lesser, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5,” explained Hogan. “This is on the lower end of the scale in terms of the classifications.” Hogan explained the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) looks after post-race testing that is done at a lab in British Columbia. “They have a company called Racing Forensics Incorporated, and they are contracted by CPMA to collect the samples,” continued Hogan, who added, “Sometimes it’s a quick turnaround, and sometimes it could be getting close to three weeks before the test results are finally received.” The results of Freddie’s positive test were received the first week of July. Marc Campbell’s side Campbell, who represented P.E.I. in the Atlantic regional driving championship in Truro, N.S., on June 29, offered his side of the story. “(Freddie) races from our farm in Winsloe,” explained Campbell. “That particular night, we had no stalls available in our main barn, so I arranged for a stall next door. “It was empty for quite a time, we went in and the stall looked clean to us, there might have been a mouthful of hay there or whatever. It turns out the gentleman next door who does the stalls over there was on a medication for gout. The medication is called Probenecid. “Anyway, I got a call last week on Wednesday night (July 4) telling me I had a positive test for Probenecid. “I had no idea what Probenecid was, and I had to look it up. After a day or two of trying to think and figure out what happened, because obviously I didn’t give my horse medication for gout, we figured out that the gentleman next door was on this particular drug." To read th.e rest of the story click here

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A tight knit field of seven pacers will contest the Saturday evening top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash program at the capital oval kicks off at 6 P.M., with the featured pacers lining up in race 9 for a $2,200 purse. Elm Grove Kaboom and trainer-driver Marc Campbell are the morning line choice from post 3 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Perfect Escape comes into the race with a 1:55.3 victory in his latest charted line with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson leaving from post 6. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is going with Elm Grove Kaboom for top spot. "Elm Grove Kaboom might be risky at a short price given the fact that he's only delivered 40 per cent of the time as the chalk this year," MacIsaac said. "Having said that, he seems to be rounding into form and last years record should tell you what he's capable of when he's on his game. Top call." The field also includes Tempo Seelster (Driven by Vincent Poulton), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Stars Above (Steven Shepherd) and Red Magician (Corey MacPherson). The $100,000 Dash For Cash continues on the Saturday program with the promotion set for race 12 on the card. Two lucky patrons that spent $10 or more on one wager earlier on the card will have a chance to select the full order of finish in the eight horse field and win the $100,000 grand prize. Mick Dundee is the favourite in the $1,700 event for owner-trainer-driver Donnie MacNeil of New Haven. Big Surf makes his Island return in the event drawing post 8 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Trevor Hicken. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was formerly a top contender in the free-for-all ranks in Atlantic Canada before being sold to U.S. interests. His latest start was at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and was subsequently reacquired by former owner Perry Burke of Quebec. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. Governor's Plate Hopefuls Face Off Sunday SUMMERSIDE, PE - The finest aged pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will come together Sunday afternoon in Governor's Plate elimination action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash afternoon program has a 1 P.M. start time with a pair of $5,000 eliminations for the 50th edition of the Governor's Plate presented by Township Chevrolet Buck GMC. The first field of seven squares off in race 10 with Euchred favoured from post 4 for the combination of driver Adam Merner, trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Kabicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play had his streak of top two finishes snapped last week as he finished fourth in a blistering mile to In Spades. Mr Irresistible rides a two-race win streak into the first elimination after a profitable last week on the mainland. The Jennifer Doyle trainee was a winner in 1:54.2 in the preferred pace at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia for driver Jason Hughes, then came back three days later to win the $5,000 Walter Dale Invitational at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. Other entries in the first elimination include Zero Rate (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Keep Coming (Corey MacPherson), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie), Adkins Hanover (Ambyr Campbell) and Ashes To Ashes (Gilles Barrieau). The second $5,000 Governor's Plate elimination lines up in race 12 with defending champion Do Over Hanover leaving from post 1 with Hughes in the bike for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Saint Esprit, Que. The winner of $260,000 was a nosed out second in his latest outing in 1:55.1. In Spades will be the second elimination favourite fresh off a 1:53.1 win at Red Shores Charlottetown for trainer-driver Austin Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. The Bettor's Delight gelding leaves from post 4. Also in the field is Fast N Victorious (Merner), Czar Seelster (Arsenault), Give Em Heck (Barrieau), Tobinator (MacPherson) and Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence). Race 11 will feature another Governor's Plate Decade of Champions race honouring the winners from 1991 to 2000. Offshore Cowboy is the favourite in the $1,700 class with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Donnie Milligan. For more information including details on the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes. for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was a race decided in the final strides but Rose Run Quest found enough ground to overcome Euchred for a nose decision in the Cecil Lander Memorial Invitational at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell was in the driver's seat for the 11-1 upset victory in the $5,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational stopping the clock in 1:54.2 over Euchred (Driven by Adam Merner) and Czar Seelster (Todd Weatherbee). The early tempo was set by Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) with opening front end fractions of 27.2 and 55.4 while fighting off a first-over challenge from Cartoon Daddy (Corey MacPherson). Euchred then circled up to engage Mr Irresistible at the three-quarters of 1:25.1 while eventual race winner Rose Run Quest was riding the pylons advancing from seventh. Euchred claimed the deep stretch lead but Campbell used the passing lane to his advantage for the narrow score in 1:54.2. Campbell trains Rose Run Quest for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Campbell had three winners on the program also winning the $2,600 Jr. Invitational with Keep Coming in 1:55.1 for trainer Brian Andrew of Milton and Elm Grove Kaboom from his own stable in 1:56.1. Sodwana Bay remains undefeated on the East Coast after winning the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace on the Saturday program with a mile time of 1:56.2. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the pacing mare for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Ramblinglily (Gary Chappell) finished second with West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) completed the triactor. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of seven top trotters will line up Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and six of them will attempt to knock off the heavily favoured Freddie and his record setting driver. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash Thursday evening card with Freddie favoured in the race 6 $1,950 Open trot for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Campbell, who is fresh off win number 2,000 of his driving career, has one more record firmly in his sight. The 33-year-old Winsloe driver sits at 2,007 wins in his career and when he hits win number 2,013 it will be his 2,000th career victory in Atlantic Canada. With the countdown on at six more wins, Campbell will look to chip away at that barrier with five drives on the program. Freddie is installed at 5-2 morning line odds in the race 6 Open trot for the Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston with two wins and two seconds from four seasonal starts. The only horse still on the East Coast that has defeated him this season is post 4 starter Frill Seeker for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. Isabella Hanover makes her debut on red soil with post 1 in Thursday's top trot with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass and new owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall. The seven-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide has already recorded a win in 1:57.2 over Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario and will look to add to her $122,000 in lifetime earnings on Thursday evening. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees nothing in the way to Freddie road to the winner's circle. "Freddie has been assigned the seven hole but that's the price you pay when you're racing the way he is," MacIsaac said. "The outside posts haven't hindered him in the past and we don't see it being a big issue tonight." Other Open trot entries include Professor Gordon (Driven by Jason Hughes), Holy Molie Maggie (Walter Cheverie), Wedgewood (Gary Chappell), and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). The top pace of the evening hits the track in the race 10 finale with last year's aged pacing mare champion Brodys Leona headlining the field from post 4 for driver Corey MacPherson, co-owner and trainer Kerry Taylor and co-owner Emily Taylor and Lisa MacPherson. The $1,700 class includes hard hitting pacing mares Good Lucky Kathy (Earl Smith), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau). A newcomer to Island racing, Can Art, makes her Island debut from post 3 in the class for new owner Wayne Oakes of North Wiltshire. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away showed he did not need an inside post position or to see any pylons in the first lap to capture Saturday evening's Maritime Breeders final for three-year-old pacing colts. Marc Campbell was at the lines of Sock It Away as he left from post 8 in the $18,000 Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's final and elected to take the overland route to the front end. Race favourite Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley) laid down the early splits of 27.4 and 56.3 with Sock It Away in the outer flow before clearing to the lead past the half. Three-quarters were reached in 1:26.2 then Sock It Away cruised home to a 1:56.1 victory over Dowahs Boy (Adam Merner) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). The winning colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Royaltywestho landed in the winner's circle in the first three-year-old pacing filly stakes final of the 2018 season as Walter Cheverie guided her to victory in the $22,100 Ken Starratt Maritime Breeder's final. R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) set the tempo on the front end with splits of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.3 with Royaltywestho stalking in the pocket. Cheverie moved the daughter of Westwardho Hanover down the stretch and she responded with a 28.2 closing panel for a time of 1:57.1. R Es Shabla was second with Woodmere Ceilidh (Clare MacDonald) completing the triactor. The champion filly's ownership papers are held by Gregory Francis and Joseph Baxter of Windsor, N.S., with Baxter also handling the training. Euchred was the winner in the $2,650 Preferred pace for the fastest mile of the 2018 Atlantic Canadian racing season with a winning time of 1:54.4 for driver Merner, trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A hard closing Czar Seelster (Todd Weatherbee) finished second with the show prize going to Cartoon Daddy (Corey MacPherson). Campbell had two other wins on the card for the driving triple winning with Elm Grove Kaboom in 1:57.3 and Pure Friendship in 1:59.3, both from his own stable. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'King' of Island harness racing continued to rewrite the history books Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as he scored win number 2,000 of his career. Marc Campbell, 33, became the youngest driver based in Atlantic Canada to hit the 2,000 win plateau after hitting the wire first with Freddie in the $1,950 Open trot with a mile of 2:02.3. Freddie is owned by Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston and also trained by Campbell. Holy Molie Maggie (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was second with Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) third. The wins kept coming for Campbell as the Thursday program continued with two more winners from his own stable. Diduseethat was a 2:03.1 winner while Nikes Cowgirl closed out the program in 2:02.2. Driver John MacKenzie made some history of his own in the opening dash of the program as Saulsbrook Bailey had a maiden breaking score of 2:05.3 while giving MacKenzie his first lifetime victory in the race bike. MacKenzie was in the driver's seat for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Give Em Heck captured the $2,200 featured pace stopping the clock in a mile time of 2:01.3 with Gilles Barrieau at the lines for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Colin Sheppard of Spaniard Bay, N.L. Second went to Nogreatmischief (Cheverie) with Narragansett (Jason Hughes) completing the triactor. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top sophomore pacers in Atlantic Canada converged on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday for Maritime Breeder's elimination action. A pair of $3,000 eliminations was held for both the three-year-old pacing colts and the three-year-old pacing fillies with R Es Shabla capturing the fastest filly split in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Mike McGuigan. A three-year-old daughter of Pang Shui, R Es Shabla is owned by Lloyd Parsons of Carmanville, N.L. Chocolate Terror (Driven by Darren Crowe) rallied for second, followed by Woodmere Ceilidh (Clare MacDonald) third and Woodmere Chella (Barrieau) completing the superfecta to earn her spot in next week's Maritime Breeder's final. Royaltywestho capturing the other filly split in 1:57.2. Walter Cheverie was at the lines of the three-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover for co-owner and trainer Joseph Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis, both of Windsor, N.S. Second went to Saulsbrook Coral (David Dowling) with Woodmere Saphire (Barrieau) third and Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes) securing the final spot in the final. The three-year-old pacing colt elimination saw both elimination winners stay undefeated so far in 2018. Sock It Away won his $3,000 elimination in 1:56.1 with Marc Campbell at the lines for win number 1,998 of his driving career. The Pang Shui colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Colonel (Barrieau) sat the two-hole to finish second with Dustylanewesty (MacDonald) finishing third and Dowahs Boy (Adam Merner) advancing to next Saturday's final with a fourth place finish. Half Cut captured the other elimination to remain unbeaten this season for the team of driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peter's Bay. The Stonebridge Terror pacer stopped the clock in 1:56.2 over Woodmere Ideal Art (Hughes), Tobins Lightning (Kenny Arsenault) and Rocking Party (Danny Romo), who all advance to the final. Czar Seelster visited the winner's circle in the $2,500 preferred pace in a mile time of 1:55.1 with trainer Todd Weatherbee in the bike for owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) had his win streak snapped to finish second while Mr Irresistible (Hughes) was third. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The countdown is on as the 'King' of Island racing will look to close in on an historic milestone Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Red Shores leading driver Marc Campbell just seven wins away from 2,000 career victories, which will make the 33-year-old the youngest ever to reach the milestone in Atlantic Canadian harness racing history. Campbell has seven drives on the 12-dash weekday program as he looks to close the gap to his historic moment. Freddie will be gunning to repeat his Open Trot victory from last week in the race 8 $1,950 Open trot leaving from post 6 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The track record holder was a 1:58.1 winner in last week's edition but has to face off against the talented Osprey Impact again this week. The Paul Larrabee owned and trained Osprey Impact will have Walter Cheverie back in the bike on Thursday after a runner-up finish to Freddie in her latest. Frill Seeker has already knocked off Freddie this season and gets post 4 to work with Thursday for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks the Open trot will not be part of Campbell ascent to greatness, as he places his faith in Osprey Impact to bounce back to the winner's circle. "Osprey Impacy put in a pretty good effort last week for her first start in six months," MacIsaac said of the post 5 starter. "Since she'll likely be a little tighter for this one she's quite possibly the one to beat." Other Open trot entries include Rosberg (Driven by Jason Hughes), Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) and Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson). Campbell will also start from the outside in the race 12 $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with his own Malabrigo. The post 8 starting daughter of Western Paradise is installed as 10-1 morning line odds in a field of the best pacing mares the East Coast has to offer. Ramblinglily is the top choice from post 7 with Gary Chappell at the lines for co-owner and trainer Allan Jones of Riverview, N.B., and co-owner Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. The eight-year-old daughter of Articulator knocked off this group last week in a mile time of 1:56.3. Other top entries include Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) from post 2 and West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) with post 5, For live video, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside are gearing up for a busy season with exciting race series, signature events, and the 7th annual Drive for Charity presented by Red Shores. The Drive for Charity event features 10 of Prince Edward Island's top harness drivers, based on 2017 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 - Muscular Dystrophy Canada Daniel R Ross Ltd - Kenny Arsenault - Camp Gencheff Meridian Farms - Walter Cheverie - Kidsport PEI A&M Snow Removal - Marc Campbell - MS Society Hansen Electric - Ken Murphy - Canadian Mental Health MacQuarrie's Meats - Gilles Barrieau - Upper Room Food Bank Metro Home Building Centre - Corey MacPherson - PEI Cancer Society Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic - Adam Merner - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in memory of Shelley Gass MacRae Backhoe and Trucking- Gary Chappell - Wolf Manor Equestrian Centre 'Syntrak Print and Graphic Design - Mark Bradley - PEI Hospice Foundation The promotion begins on Saturday June 2, 2018 and wraps up on Sunday September 30th. The official draw was held Tuesday during a reception in the Top of the Park. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The ‘King’ of Island racing looked to regain his groove as he made four visits to the winner’s circle Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in the first stakes action of the season on red soil. Marc Campbell scored his grand slam during a card riddled with Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies and Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing colts. Sock It Away continued his undefeated season in his $5,400 Dewar division, winning in 1:57 for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Campbell also won a split of the $6,000 Ruby Chappell stake with Maybeitsmaybelline in a mile time of 1:58.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Blair Hansen of Charlottetown and Cheryl Geldart Greer of Norton, N.B. The leading reinsman made his other winning scores in overnight events with Confident Fella in 1:57 for trainer Ralph Sweet of O’Leary and Mando Fun in 1:56.4 for Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Tangled Mind recorded the fastest win of the day in Dewar Memorial action, stopping the clock in 1:55.3 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and New Brunswick owners Michael Clinton of Saint John and Alfred Barrieau of Dieppe. The winner in the other $5,400 Dewar divisions were Dustylanewesty (Driven by Clare MacDonald) in 1:57..4, Half Cut (Mark Bradley) in 1:56.1 and The Colonel (Barrieau) in 1:56.3. In Ruby Chappell action, R Es Shabla (Corey MacPherson) won her $6,000 split in 1:58.3, while Woodmere Ceilidh (MacDonald) was a winner in identical time. One Chappell division stayed in the family, as Tobins Terror was a 1:59.3 victor for trainer-driver Gary Chappell. The daughter of Stonebridge Terror is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd., of Crapaud and Daniel Ross of Belfast. Although Tobins Terror was the winner, the race also saw a career milestone as Ken Murphy finished second with Woodmere Wyldstyle and put the driver over $1 million career purse earnings. Live racing continues at Red Shores Summerside Sunday (June 3) with a 1 P.M. post time. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Euchred continues Red Shores Preferred dominance CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred bucked the preferred pace trend as hit the wire first after not securing the early lead Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner engineered the winning trip as Euchred won his third straight $2,650 preferred pace at the capital oval. Winter Blast and driver Jason Hughes were on front for the first lap of the race, setting fractions of 28.4 and 58.2 before being pressured from the first-over Euchred before the third panel of 1:27.3. Euchred then took control of the race and fought off the challenge posed by Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) in the stretch drive, while Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) got up for third. Terry Gallant trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., as the son of Shadow Play scored his seventh win from 14 seasonal starts. Driver Gilles Barrieau played a game of patience in the $2,200 back-up pace as he laid fourth on the rail with Ashes To Ashes for the majority of the race before winning in the stretch drive in 1:56.1. Mr Irresistible (Hughes) did all the early road work with splits of 28.1, 57.1 and 1:26.2 before succumbing to the four-year-old Ashes To Ashes at the end of the mile to finish second. Third went to Tobinator (Corey MacPherson). Live racing continues Thursday evening with a 6:30 P.M. post time at Red Shores Charlottetown with racing also scheduled for Saturday (June 2) at 6 P.M. For more information, including race replays, check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Brayden White thrust his arm in the air and repeated his motto in Charlottetown Wednesday as the 2018 Easter Seals ambassador kicked off the Tim Horton’s school tour. “Be brave; never give up,’’ Brayden roared to cheers from a gymnasium packed with students at Prince Street School, one of many stops the Grade 7 Georgetown student was making on day one of the tour. “I have Down Syndrome. I know that I learn slower than most people but I am smart and I learn the same as everyone,’’ Brayden said. “It just takes me longer. I am just like you. I am no different. My dad always says that someday I will be able to live on my own and have a job.’’   Related: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador The youngster talked about his school, his teachers and told students at Prince Street that while his favourite sport is hockey he also likes basketball and soccer, too. “I (also) love to go to the horse races and my favourite driver is Marc Campbell,’’ Brayden said, referring to the successful harness racing driver at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He also offered some advice to fellow students in terms of scoring some points with the parents at home. “I am very good at helping my dad (Melvin). I always put away my clothes and listen really well.’’ Brayden also enjoys going to camp at Camp Gencheff. Tour stops Thursday, April 19 – Englewood, Amherst Cove, Miscouche Consolidated, Ecole-sur-Mer, Greenfield, Elm Street, Athena, Parkside, Summerside Intermediate, Three Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Kensington Intermediate, Somerset Elementary, Kinkora Regional High Friday, April 20 – Tignish Elementary, Ecole Francaise de Prince-Ouest, ME Callaghan Junior High, St. Louis Elementary, Alberton Elementary, Westisle Composite, Bloomfield Elementary, Hernewood Junior High, O’Leary Elementary, Ellerslie Elementary, Ecole Evangeline Monday, April 23 – Glen Stewart Primary, Stratford Elementary, Birchwood Intermediate, Colonel Gray, Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown Rural, West Royalty Elementary, Grace Christian, Ecole Saint Augustin, Gulf Shore, Central Queens, Bluefield Tuesday, April 24 – Souris Regional High, Ecole La-Belle-Cloche, Morell Regional High, Morell Consolidated, Mount Stewart Consolidated, L.M. Montgomery, Ecole Francois Buote, Donagh Regional High Wednesday, April 25 – Vernon River Consolidated, Belfast Consolidated, Southern Kings Consolidated, Montague Regional, Montague Consolidated, Montague Intermediate, Cardigan Consolidated, Georgetown Consolidated Before departing Prince Street on Wednesday, one of the students presented Brayden with a cheque for $500 the students had raised for Easter Seals, one of many cheques the ambassador is certain to accept as the tour winds across the Island until Wednesday, April 25. “(The money) means that other kids like me can go to camp and that we can do special things,’’ Brayden said. Anna MacKenzie, principal at Prince Street School, said the students organized their own fundraiser. “The developed the three projects that we did all on their own,’’ MacKenzie said. “So we had a hat sale, a bake sale and a pajama day and the kids raised $500. It was an excellent response from the children. I was very proud of them.’’ Janice Blacquiere, events co-ordinator with D.P. Murphy Inc. which owns the Tim Horton’s restaurants, said the tour will encompass 10 to 13 schools per day over six days. “Each school makes a donation to Easter Seals and what that does is helps to help physically challenged children, whether it be (with) hearing devices; it might be with computers (or) schools may need doors widened so wheelchairs would have easy access,’’ Blacquiere said, citing a few examples of what the money could be used for. “We can’t thank the schools for their continuing support enough of Easter Seals. It’s wonderful.’’ Dave Stewart (dave.stewart@theguardian.pe.ca)  Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The fact that some of harness racing's greatest horseman have hailed from Prince Edward Island make Marc Campbell's continued provincial dominance even more impressive as it continued Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon card was the final program of the winter meet at the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap and the 'King' of Island racing making five returns to the winner's circle. Marc Campbell teamed up with Eagle Jolt out of his own stable to win the $2,300 top class in 1:57.2 for the 55th win of the pacer's career. Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford hold the ownership papers of the 11-year-old son of Village Jolt. The top event saw second place go to Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) with Keep Coming (Adam Merner) completing the $120 triactor ticket. Campbell had a pair of other winner's from his stable as Woodmere Articblue stopped the clock in 1:58.4 and Fern Hill Breeze won the final dash of the season in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Iswhatitis and Campbell clicked in 2:01.3. for the pacer's third win in a row for Neal Moase of Warren Grove, while the Kyle Wilkie trained Mach Of Ballykeel was a 2:00.1 victor with Campbell in tow. After setting a new dash win record for Red Shores Charlottetown in 2017, Campbell again leads the driver's standings with 14 wins after three cards in 2018. Newly minted Provincial Finance Minister Heath MacDonald was in attendance for the season ending card, reaffirming the winning partnership between the provincial government and the Island harness racing industry. Corey MacPherson recorded a driving double on the program. Live racing returns to P.E.I. in April. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After dominating the preferred pace so far this season harness racing driver Marc Campbell will have to find the winner's circle with a different member of his stable Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday afternoon program will be the final card of the 2018 winter meet at the capital oval with a 12:30 P.M. post time. Campbell and Eagle Jolt will team up in race 10 for a $2,300 purse as the morning line choice. The post 3 starter is fresh off a pair of second place finishes in the back-up pace but gets installed as the top choice by classifier Gerard Smith. Owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford, Eagle Jolt will have some deep competition in the seven horse field including a rival from two weeks ago. Salmonier Storm (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) knocked off the favoured Eagle Jolt on Jan. 14, then moved up a notch to finish second to the Campbell trained Rose Run Quest. With Rose Run Quest absent from competition this week, Eagle Jolt will fill the void for Campbell as he tries to fend off his preferred challengers. Nogreatmischief draws post 6 for owner-trainer-driver Walter Cheverie at 7-2 morning line odds, while the classy Forever Paradise has the outside with Ken Murphy at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his lukewarm faith in Eagle Jolt as he makes his final start before the winter break. "Eagle Jolt was a beaten favourite in his last two which doesn't instill a lot of confidence," MacIsaac said. "Having said that, don't lose sight of the fact that he was just beaten in both so he could be the one to knock off today." Other entries include Keep Coming (Adam Merner), Tempo Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Race 6 is the George Younker 80th Birthday Pace for a $1,000 purse. Dusty Lane Zendaya is the morning line choice fresh off an 11-length romp for driver Corey MacPherson. Other top entries include Jinglewriter (Merner) and Anzula (David Dowling). The afternoon broadcast will also feature highlights from the harness racing season including Governor's Plate and Gold Cup & Saucer. The live racing season will resume in April with race dates to be announced during the break. For more information, including race programs and replays, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of top harness racing drivers will converge on Miami Valley in Ohio this weekend and Red Shores will team up Prince Edward Island's best to face off with the Continent's talent. Marc Campbell will compete in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, amongst the group of thirty drivers. The competition starts Sunday night (Jan. 7) with each driver having four drives on the Sunday and Monday (Jan. 8) programs. The top 10 from those eliminations will then move on to the championship final on Tuesday (Jan. 9) with Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside simulcasting all the action. Campbell is fresh off a career year in the sulky as the 33-year-old Winsloe, P.E.I., resident recorded the most dash wins ever by a driver at Red Shores Charlottetown with 162 trips to the winner's circle in 2017. The number bested the former record, also held by Campbell, of 144 wins in 2016. Campbell also put together the top dash winning and earning training season in Atlantic Canadian racing history with 131 trainings wins and $376,223, as well as earning the most purse money ever by a driver in the Atlantic Provinces with $584,479 in seasonal earnings. Campbell also led Canada in driving and training averages in 2017 with a .450 UDRS and .526 UTRS, while sitting second in the nation for training wins and sixth for driving wins. "I was looking at the stats the other day and it is pretty crazy," Campbell said. "I didn't set out to break any records, I just wanted to have a good year. I thought with the stable of horses we had we could have a big year. Will it happen again? Probably not, but we're going to keep trying to make it happen again. I had good horses and support from great owners and support from my family. When you have that the sky is the limit." Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Marketing, Brands and Playwise, was excited by the opportunity to partner with Campbell and sponsor his journey to Ohio to race against some of harness racing's best. "Prince Edward Island has consistently shown it can produce horses and horse people that can compete at the highest levels of harness racing," Drake said. "Marc has been breaking record after record all season and now he gets to showcase the terrific talent and quality of the product we put on all year at our Red Shores properties. Adam (Adam Walsh, Red Shores Racing Manager) and I both felt it was a great opportunity to put the spotlight on P.E.I. and Atlantic Canadian harness racing. We will all be rooting for him." The Miami Valley competition features a deep field of talent including top Woodbine Entertainment Group Drivers Doug McNair, Trevor Henry and Louis Philippe-Roy, defending World Driving Champion and P.E.I. native James MacDonald, U.S. World Driving Championship representative Marcus Miller and reigning North American dash win champion Aaron Merriman. "If I get beat, I get beat," Campbell says of his opposition, while noting the horse talent each driver will be given is a deciding factor. "I've driven against some of them all ready so we'll give it a go. The year that we had I just figured why not go. I like meeting people and I figured it would be good exposure for Maritime racing and good for everyone. It's good experience. I'm at a point in my career that now I feel like I can so I figured I'd do it. I can see the race better than I did before. I see the way things are going to set up and I'm not as one minded as I might have been before. I'm still aggressive but more patiently aggressive." Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell is quick to credit the depth of his competition on a nightly basis while racing on P.E.I. "I think a lot of guys that drive here could go other places and fit in anywhere," Campbell said. "Am I going to win the championship? Probably not but I'm going to try. I just want to show everyone that we can go and drive anywhere." The Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programs from Miami Valley will start at 3:05 P.M. Atlantic Standard Time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing record after record in the 2017 harness racing season Marc Campbell chose not to rest on his laurels winning six races in front of a packed house on the New Year's Eve card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Winsloe driver started the action off in race 1 winning with Dads Filly in 2:04.3 for Neal Moase of Warren Grove, followed by a race 4 victory with Woodmere Articblue in 2:02.1 from his own stable and another win from his own barn in race 8 with Eagle Jolt in the $2,000 back-up pace in 2:01.1. Campbell teamed up with Scarlet Safari for a 2:05.2 win for trainer Brent Campbell of Charlottetown in race 9, then another win from his own outfit with Fern Hill Breeze in 2:00.4 in race 10 for the training triple. Driving win number six of the evening came in race 12 as Painted Pony prevailed in 2:01.4 for Raymond White of Murray River. It would nearly seven wins but a flat tire in Campbell's final drive of the season in the race 13 $2,400 preferred pace would see Rose Run Quest and the record setting driver settle for second best. Adkins Hanover won the event in 1:59.4 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Gross-Ile., Que. Woggy Rocks (Driven by Gary Chappell) finished third in the preferred pace. The plurality of victories puts Campbell at 162 wins on the year at Red Shores Charlottetown for the new winning standard at the capital oval. Drivingthedragon N won the $1,800 top pacing mare's event with a 2:00.4 score for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The iron tough Good Luck Kathy (Walter Cheverie) fell short of victory finishing a half-length behind in second in her 50th start of the season and 31sttop three finish. Pictonian Storm capped off the year with a victory in the final race of the season for driver Wade Sorrie, trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside in a time of 2:02.2. Live racing continues at Red Shores returning to regular Saturday action with a 12:30 P.M. post time. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca.h By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The dash win record was broken weeks ago but leading harness racing driver Marc Campbell was not afraid to continue padding his win total Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Rose Run Quest and trainer-driver Campbell teamed up to win the $2,550 preferred pace on the 16-race afternoon program in 1:57.2 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Second place in the top event went to Czar Seelster (Todd Weatherbee) with Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) third. It was one of three wins on the card for Campbell as he also won with Fern Hill Breeze in 1:59.2 from his own stable, and a maiden breaking score of 2:01.3 with Bettim Vicky for trainer Jeff Lilley. After breaking the previous best of 144 driving wins he set in the 2016 season earlier this month, Campbell now boasts 152 wins on the year at Red Shores Charlottetown. Drivingthedragon N had a front end score of 1:57.4 in the $2,250 Open Mare's pace as one of two wins for driver Jason Hughes, who also trains the mare for Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) finished second with Tell Me Why (MacPherson) completing the $193.70 triactor. MacPherson has a driving triple with Positive Art in 1:59.1 for trainer Bing Easter of O'Leary, Smiley Bayama in 1:58.4 for trainer Dianne Gass of Cornwall and Hop Up in 2:00.4 for Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Gary Chappell also had two driving wins on the card. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown with the next program scheduled for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) for another afternoon card. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information including race replays. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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