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Forever Paradise was placed right on the point by driver Gilles Barrieau and went on to win the Thursday night feature at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a solid 1:55.3. The Big Bite put in a strong effort and rallied late to finish second for Mike Stevenson with J RS Hurricane (Corey MacPherson) third. Barrieau did the driving for the ownership group of Reg MacPherson and David and Aaron MacKenzie. The pacer notched his 7th win of the campaign. Lyndale Royal made it three victories in a row when he nailed the line in a swift 1:56.3. It was also the third winner of the night for driver Marc Campbell. The six-year-old is trained by Brent Campbell for his co-owner Neal Moase. Other highlights on the card included Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting) and Majian Chester (James Ripley) won their respective assignments in the trot divisions. Yankee No More, owned by Ernest Smith, Rocky Point and trainer Darren Smith, Cornwall, stopped the timer in 1:57.4 to get the pick 5 contest rolling while Tammysmist flashed great speed with a 1:58 performance for driver Ken Murphy, owner Ken Waite, Summerside and trainer Elton Miller. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Racing returns Saturday post time is 6pm. Lee A. Drake

 D GS Camme looks ready for harness racing prime time. The harness racing pacer, who was making only his third start of 2015, wired the top class in a dazzling 1:54.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and ownership group of Tom Clark, Quentin, Hal Bevan and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. It was an impressive performance given he raced with broken equipment after the tire blew on the race bike. Big Surf (Marc Campbell) applied some pressure down the backstretch on route to the third panel but he settled for second while Si Semalu (Jason Hughes) was third. Expect to see this line up go head to head in Governor's Plate elimination action in Summerside next Sunday. In other action, Ramblinglily is three for three in 2015 when she won the open mares feature in 1:56.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. For All We Know (Gary Chappell) was second with Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) third. Osprey Impact (Paul Larrabee) recorded another victory in her trot assignment while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) took top honors in the open trot in 2:00.1. Barrieau had a driving double on the 12 dash card. The wager was $48,860. Lee Drake

Will it be the "Camme" before the storm or could it be "Surf's Up" at Red Shores on Saturday night. A harness racing rivalry in the making begins in the Saturday night Preferred 1 pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate side by side. The 2015 Cecil Ladner Memorial winner Big Surf has drawn post 2 for the Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I by storm winning three of his four starts this year, including two clockings in 1:53 and change. Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken. The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 on Saturday night fresh off a 1:54 victory just one week ago, the defending Governor's Plate Champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is trained by Charlottetown's best Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the "Maritime Magicman" Gilles Barrieau from post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five. Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 Open Mares. 'Lily' has drawn into post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, Jones does the training and Walter Cheverie will do the driving. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior. The Open Trot goes in Race 3 with the Queen of the Trot Pleasure Girls absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner this week. Three-entry Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil and after back-to-back second place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winners enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. Machinthesand searches for three-peat Five pacers will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate in the Race 10 feature on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The morning line choice will be Machinthesand as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he scores from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings LTD, Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers. The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire. Machinthesand winning on the 28th June The Race 11 'Go Home Pace' will see the veteran 10-year-old gelding Life Savior put his three race win streak on the line as he makes the jump from the $4000 claimer into the $5000 ranks. Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane the winner of 55 races lifetime has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1, he will get the services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driver Corey MacPherson. The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post. Don't miss a second of the action with the live racing broadcast at redshores.ca By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf won the Cecil Ladner Memorial final is a dazzling 1:53 flat Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell did the driving for Burkie By the Bay stable and Perry Burke, QC as the son of Somebeachsomewhere scorched the city oval for trainer Trevor Hicken turning back D GS Camme (Gilles Barrieau) while Hicken stable-mate All Turain completed the triactor. Si Semalu was fourth with Motorino fifth. Campbell enjoyed another exciting victory taking the $19,180 Maritime Breeders Final for three-year pacing colts in the Doug Harkness memorial with Proven Desire in 1:56. The colt, owned by Blair Hansen, Meghan MacDonald and John Thomas, notched his third win of 2015. The winning breeder was Silverhill, Tignish. Dixieland Band was second with JJ Romeo third. Jann Down and Barrieau were able to maneuver around Woodmere Dancenart, who made a break after the field went by the quarter, to go on to claim the rich $24,360 Maritime Breeders final for three-year-old fillies named in honor of Ken Starratt. The filly, who is owned and bred by Downey Stables, NB and trained by Steve Mason, took a new mark of 1:58.1. Elm Grove Joanette was the runner-up while Miss Oromocto closed for the show ticket. In other action, Pleasure Girls, with Corey MacPherson driving, won the open trot in 2:00.1 for owner Shelley Gass, Cornwall. The winning connections were presented with the Breedingtrotters.com cooler for the victory. Campbell had a grand-slam with four winners while Barrieau recorded a driving hat-trick on the 13 dash program. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Dirt Track Momma (E Dee's Cam) used her powerful finishing kick to capture the mares open feature harness racing event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Marc Campbell was in the bike for the exciting stretch drive victory which produced a dead-heat for second between Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) and Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson). Jonah Moase, Cornwall is the winning owner. Long-shot Machinthesand (Mach Three) surprised his competition after making a three-high move on route to the three-quarter pole and march to an impressive score of 1:56.1 in the back-up class for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Mark Bradley and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) and IDK (Vince Poulton), both trained by Gary Poulton, completed the triactor ticket. MacPherson, who had a driving double, equaled that clocking as the fastest mile of the night aboard JRs Hurricane for the Jean Charles Belliveau stable of Scoudouc, NB. In other action, Money Show (Cash Hall) , under the command of Brian Andrew, and Caliban Hanover (Andover Hall) , with Ron Gass in the bike, won their respective trot assignments while Brief Bliss and Stephen Quinn won the Canadian Housing Federation Pace. Perfect Escape (McArdle), owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario, were victorious in the Blaine MacPherson 60th Birthday Pace for trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Ron Matheson. MacPherson, along with family and friends, were trackside for the cooler presentation. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf, with harness racing driver Marc Campbell in the bike, stopped the timer in an incredible 1:53.2 performance to win the Saturday night top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Burkie By the Bay stables, Ten Mile House and Perry Burke, Grosse Ile, Quebec, made it look easy on the windy night after Campbell moved the pacer on route to the half (56 seconds) after the opening quarter was posted in 27.2 by co-favorite and stable-mate All Turain (Corey MacPherson). Big Surf flew past the three-quarter station in 1:25.1 before sprinting home in 28.1 seconds to notch his first victory of the 2015 campaign over All Turain. Both horses are trained by Trevor Hicken who enjoyed the one-two finish. American Terror was third. Frill Seeker, with Kenny Arsenault driving for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, took the open trot over Pleasure Girls and Presto Pegasus. Arsenault also won with Leading Camdidate for owner Jeff Holmes of Orwell, PE. Driver Mark McKinnon enjoyed a driving double with scores aboard Unstoppable Speed for the ownership group of David and Mitch Tierney along with Sterling and Kelsie Buchanan and Come Back for Tim McKinnon, Charlottetown. Team Matheson made two trips to victory lane when Seawind Hudson, a three-old colt by Sportswriter owned by Patrick Morris, Charlottetown, recorded his first lifetime win while Hornswoggle captured the seventh race contest for father Ron, son Jackie and owner daughter Jodi Lynn. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The stage is set for a busy weekend of harness racing with an 11 dash card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside plays host to the stars Sunday in the Ruby Chappell stakes for three-year-old fillies with the three-year-old colts being called to the starter in Bob Dewar stakes. Post time is 1pm. Big Surf will make his season debut off the rail in the $2,400 feature Saturday in the capital city. Marc Campbell will be in the bike to handle the Trevor Hicken trainee after a super impressive qualifier in 1:57.4 clocking and a 27.4 closer. The son of Somebeachsomewhere will go up against Outside The Wire who scorched Summerside oval in 1:55 on opening day for Jason Hughes and conditioner Craig Avery. Hicken will also send out his other stable star All Turain from post 6 for red hot Corey MacPherson. Darth Bader (Kenny Arsenault), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and American Terror (Ed Harvey) only adds to the appeal. This should be quite a speed show with All Turain as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. The program will also feature the open trotters in race 3 with Pleasure Girls getting the edge over Zip The Lip and Frill Seeker. Fly With Max is getting comfortable in the winner's circle with two wins and two seconds since relocating from Flamboro Downs in Ontario. Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Earl Watts and owners Wade Peconi, Stanchel, Nicholas Peconi Jr, Lakefield, Ontario. This team is going for their third victory in a row in race 5. Lee Drake  

Harness racing drivers Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes tied in wins last year and have had the same number of starts so far this year   The page has been turned on 2014 but it is more of the same in the driving ranks at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes are tied atop the leaderboard at the capital oval with 13 wins each after finishing in a dead heat for top reinsman for the 2014 season.   Each driver has an identical 66 starts so far this season.   Gary Chappell sits in third with nine 2015 wins while Corey MacPherson is tied for fourth with Kenny Arsenault at seven wins apiece.   MacPherson has been hot since the season opened up May 2, but only had one win during the month of January so he has some catching up to do.   On the training side, Hughes leads the way with nine trips to the winner's circle, with Kenny Arsenault in second with five winners and a four-way tie for third spot between Gary Chappell, Mark Bradley, Wade Sorrie and Jonah Moase.   They all have four season victories as a conditioner.   This is the final week for single card racing, as next week starts up Thursday evenings in Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon cards at the Summerside Raceway, along with the regular 6 p.m. Saturday cards at the CDP.   P.E.I. Scene   Island racing was saddened with the recent passing of Kenny Murnaghan of Charlottetown.   The 64-year-old was a regular on the CDP backstretch either working with a horse of his own or helping out his good friend Leonard (Barney) McGuigan.   My condolences to the Murnaghan family.   Qualifiers will be held Sunday at noon and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Summerside Raceway as the Prince County Horseman prepare for the 2015 season.   Officials with the Maritime Province's Harness Racing Commission invite all Western horsemen to the paddock meeting being held directly after the Wednesday evening qualifiers.   The information session will be held on the upper floor of the grandstand in Red Shores Summerside.   My wishes for a speedy recovery go out to long-time horseman Jimmy MacMillan of Hunter River.   The lifelong participant is a talented horseman in every sense as a trainer, driver and farrier and has been battling some health troubles recently. Get better soon, Jimmy.   Blue Suede Shoes is a newcomer to the Island racing scene for owner Jamie Kennedy of Charlottetown.   The nine-year-old son of Ginfromeartoear has 15 lifetime wins, $169,460 in purse earnings and a mark of 1:51 taken at Woodbine Raceway in Ontario.   The stallion has not made a start since Dec. 29, 2012 at Woodbine for trainer Randy Van Meer but is now in the care of Kenny Arsenault and put in a sharp qualifier Saturday in Charlottetown finishing third with a 29.2 closing panel.   Across the continent   Saturday at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., Maplelea finished third in the $59,600 Princess series final for owner-trainer Andrew Moore, formerly of Charlottetown.   The three-year-old Sportswriter filly paced her own mile in 1:51.1, beaten two-and-a-half lengths with Rick Zeron in the bike.   The finish pushed her seasonal earning over the $100,000 mark to give her $106,798 in the bank in 2015.   Monday at Mohawk, maritime champion Dixieland Band was a third place finisher in a $18,000 class for driver Randy Waples and trainer Dr. Ian Moore, as well as Island owners Aaron and David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson.   The Ameripan Gigolo colt paced his own mile in 1:53.2.   Nicholas Oakes - Courtesy of the Guardian - Charlottetown

Charlottetown, PE - Veronicavermillion came from off the pace to win the afternoon harness racing feature race in an impressive 1:56.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Brian MacPhee and Veronicavermillion tracked mid-pack behind Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and pace-setter Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) through hot fractions of 28, 57.4 and 1:27.1 before the leader began to tire and the only girl the field handed the boys a defeat. Veronicavermillion is owned by Alex MacPhee, Cornwall and trained by Neil Bambrick. She paid $11.90 to win. Cambest Kisser was second with Narragansett rallying to finish third. The 3-1-5 triactor returned $395.20 while the superfecta 3-1-5-2 was $963.50. Modern Xhibit was a late scratch. Jason Hughes had another big day at the track with four winners on the program. The Stratford native got the grand-slam rolling with Sanchez Blue Chip then followed up with Machinthesand and Walbert where he was greeted in the winner's circle by Island Storm player Rashad Whack who teamed up with the horse and driver for a special promotion. Whack, a guard with the Storm, came right back in the second promotional race to get his picture taken with Talk Back and driver Wade Sorrie. Hughes closed the day with Blue Start Oultlaw for owner Donnie MacRae, Vernon Bridge. In other action, I Aint No Lady ended Frill Seeker's winning streak after claiming the open trot for MacPhee and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Wade Sorrie, Brian MacPhee and Ken Murphy recorded driving doubles on the day. The wager was $46, 488 By Lee Drake     *

Charlottetown, PE – Life Savior, a veteran pacer owned by Darla MacEachern of Kensington, recorded his 50th lifetime win during the 15 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Darla’s father, Duane, trains the ten year-old Life Sign campaigner who went into the race with 242 career starts. Driver Corey MacPherson was in the bike for the occasion. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) delivered as the post time favorite taking the program’s top class in 2:01.1 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford and his trainer Kevin MacLean. Pictonian Storm put in an impressive mile to finish second for Wade Sorrie while the only girl in the field, Veronicavermillion, completed the triactor for driver Brian MacPhee. Cheyenne Ford, owned by James O’Halloran Montague, cut fractions of 29.4, 1:01.3 and 1:32 over a track rated a “good” with a two second variant. Frill Seeker moved his winning streak up to four in a row with a gate to wire score in the trot class. Kenny Arseanult trains and drives for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario. Arsenault, Campbell and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles. Wager was $40,087 Racing returns Saturday with post time at 12:30pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE – Mach It Big made his first start of  the 2015 campaign a winning one taking the afternoon feature event in 1:58.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell drove Mach it Big to victory tracking race favorite Astor (Jason Hughes) through splits of 29, 59 and 1:28.4 before over powering the pace setter in the stretch. The Jonah Moase trainee, owned by Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall, returned $5.50 to win. Astor was second with Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. It was Campbell’s third score of the day after getting his picture taken with Benny Rabbit then guiding Cheyenne Dunckley to top honors earlier in the program for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The MacPherson/ MacLean team also enjoyed success with Forever Paradise who claimed race 14 by six and a half lengths in 2:00.1 for catch-driver Corey MacPherson. In other action, Caliban Hanover, under the command of Ron Gass, won the trot division for owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. Veteran pacer Blu Meadow Willie picked up his 53rd lifetime win for owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside while pilots Jason Hughes, Gary Chappell and Brian MacPhee started the new season with driving doubles. The handle for the 15 dash program was $37,456. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

  CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The season long battle for top driver came right down to the final race of the card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and ended in a tie. The night started with Marc Campbell holding a one-race lead over Jason Hughes in the driver’s standings with 124 wins to 123, respectively. Hughes opened up the action in race 2, winning in 2:04.2 aboard Rylan Express from his own barn for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. Campbell broke the tie and reasserted his lead in race 9 winning with Rash B Havior in 1:58.3 for owner-trainer Mike Peters of Emyvale. A pair of Hughes class droppers pushed ‘the Blue Knight’ to the front in races 11 and 12 as Cambest Kisser won in 2:01.4 for owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge while Narragansett posted an off the pace victory in 1:59.2 for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. But Campbell wasn’t done yet, as the reigning dash champion captured the race 13 feature in 1:58.3 to tie things up with his own trainee, Eagle Jolt, for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson) was second with Balanchine (Gordie Hennessey) third. The race 14 finale could have settled the score but a front stepping Stonebridge Wish (Corey MacPherson) was able to hold off Campbell and Leading Camdidate in a 1:58.2 score to end the 2014 racing season in Charlottetown. Both Hughes and Campbell ended up with 126 seasonal driving wins each, just four shy of Campbell’s overall record of 130 wins that he set in 2012. The program also saw JK Crusher and Abundaspin take one final look through the wings of the Charlottetown starting gate, as the 14-year-olds reached their mandatory retirement age. Total bet for the 14-dash program was $39,792. Live racing continues every Saturday until the end of January with a 12:30 pm first race post time. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

It all comes down to New Year’s Eve for two Island drivers vying for top driving honours at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell holds a one race advantage over Jason Hughes in the 2014 drivers’ race with 124 trips to the winner’s circle for Campbell, compared to 123 for Hughes. The first race of the special 14-dash program gets underway at 7 p.m. Hughes is in the midst of a career year in the sulky, as the 41-year-old Stratford resident has 177 season victories to go with $285,216 in driving earnings as well as 97 training wins and $159,394 made as a conditioner. The horseman already swept the training and driving race at P.E.I.’s other track, the Summerside Raceway, and will attempt to make history as it is believed no single person has won both training and driving crowns at the two tracks in the same year. Hughes has a healthy lead in the Charlottetown trainer’s standings with 72 victories compared to second place Jackie Matheson with 64. But to make history happen, Hughes has the overcome Campbell, the most dominant driver in Island racing the past five years who is also riding a career high single season win total of 193 races heading into Wednesday’s action. Campbell has 12 drives on the program while Hughes will see the starting gate 11 times. The program also features the final start for two 14-year-old veterans as Abundaspin and JK Crusher will make their final appearances on the racetrack. JK Crusher is owned by Stephen Sweet of Springfield West and trained by Jansen Sweet and will end his career in race 3 on the night with Mike McGuigan driving from post 4. The gelding, out of Maritime champion JK Beauty, boasts 33 career victories. Abundaspin will end his storied career in race 4 on the card with trainer-driver Harold Shepherd at the lines from post 6 for owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The classy trotter has 82 lifetime wins and $485,443 in earnings since his career started in 2002 in Pennsylvania. The trotter will have a special trackside retirement presentation after his race. Some new promotions are set to hit Red Shores including Casino Days starting Jan. 4 with different prizes and rewards every day, plus the Deep Freeze Bounty Poker Tournament set for Feb. 21 and 22. Check outRedshores.ca for more details. Live Racing continues Saturday afternoon at a new post time of 12:30 p.m. that will be in effect all of January. From Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – If the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park proved anything, it is that the race for top harness racing driver is going down to the final card. The second-last card of the year saw Jason Hughes score a driving triple, while leading driver Marc Campbell remained winless on the day. Hughes’ Boxing Day scores included a win aboard Astor in the $2,200 feature pace in 1:59.3 over Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson). Carnivore cut out the early road work with a scalding 28.3 opener from post 4, followed by a breather at the half-mile marker in 1:00 with Astor advancing first-over at him. Astor took control of the race at the 1:29.2 third station and never looked back en route to his two-and-three-quarter-length victory. Astor, a five-year-old son of Camluck, is owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. and trained by Hughes. It was Astor’s sixth win on the season and his third top class victory in his last five starts. Hughes also visited the winner’s circle with Never Give Up Hope in 2:00.4 for Darren and Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe and SOS Grappa in 2:00.3 for Robi Hughes of Stratford. Caliban Hanover captured the top trot of the day in 2:04.2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The nine-year-old son of Andover Hall defeated cagey veteran Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd) and JK Queen (Cheverie). Corey MacPherson also scored a driving hat trick on the day, while Gary Chappell had two visits to the winner’s circle in the race bike. Campbell had a four race lead going into the card with the Hughes victories bringing it down to a one race advantage heading into the final card of the calendar year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm. The 2014 finale is sure to be a lively event, and one you will want to be there for. The total bet for the 15-dash Boxing Day card was $48,048. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores      

The close battle atop the Charlottetown Driving Park leaderboard resumed on Saturday afternoon with drivers Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell finishing one-two in the feature race. Campbell ended the day with a four-win lead over Hughes for the driving title. Astor provided Hughes with his third win of the day in the $2,200 top class, named in honour of the late Charles MacDonald. Machinthesand and Campbell advanced first over from fifth through fractions of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 over a sloppy track with favourite Astor and trainer/driver Hughes looming in the pocket. Machinthesand eventually pushed past the pacesetting Cheyenne Ford and Kenny Arsenault down the stretch, but Astor had shot through up the passing lane to prevail in 1:59.4 by one and a half lengths. To view the rest of this story click here.

Charlottetown, PE - The field is set and the morning line favorites have been established in the feature event Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 15 dash program is 1pm. The feature race is in honor of Charles MacDonald who was born and raised in Orwell, PEI and passed away October 8, 2011. MacDonald's grandson, Marc Campbell, has a shot of winning this race when he drives Machinthesand from post three for Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan, Middleton, PE. The son of Mach Three, listed as the second choice (3-1 odds) behind morning line favorite Carnivore (5-2 odds), won his last start in 1:59.3. It won't be an easy task against Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) who charted his last assignment in 1:58.4 for trainer Marvyn Webster with top guns Astor (Jason Hughes) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) also in the mix. Campbell will try to work out a trip against the other contenders which include rail sitter Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). The feature is carded as race 7 on the afternoon. Hurrah, with trainer-driver Mark Bradley in the bike, has drawn the rail in race 14. The colt, leased to ownership group Hurrah 4 Island Charities by Meridian Farms, has raised $10,562 for charities such as Autism Society, PEI 4H, PEI Special Olympics, Prince County Hospital Foundation, Ocean 100's Toys for Tots and CBC Turkey Drive throughout his 2014 season. The son of Shadow Play makes his 26th start of the season where this month his cheques will go to the Upper Room food bank. He's in tough as he takes on Jackie Matheson's stable stars Balanchine and Van Zant. Forever Paradise is entered and will need to rally from post 8. Pleasure Girls takes the spotlight in the trot class. The mare, owned by Shelly Gass, Cornwall, got roughed up a bit in her last outing but managed a well-earned third place finish for Ron Gass. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is on board with Pleasure Girls (2), I Ain't No Lady(7) and JK Hustler (4) as his triactor choices. Don't miss the Boxing Day card Friday December 26th at 1pm with the New Year's Eve presentation featuring a 7pm post time. The 2015 live race schedule is outlined at www.redshores.ca with Saturdays in January running post times at 12:30pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

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