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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 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 with Saturdays in January running post times at 12:30pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Race 11 was declared a no-contest after an accident involving Charlottetown's top drivers Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park The field was heading to the opening quarter when Sumbodys Fool, in line to Hughes, made a break and went down. Benny Rabbit, driven by Campbell, couldn't avoid the fallen horse and hooked wheels sending Campbell to the track. Both horses ran loose while the race continued but they were captured when the field pulled up. The judge's ruled a no contest. The horses were not hurt in the mishap. Hughes and Campbell resumed their driving duties. Big Surf made his Charlottetown debut a winning one taking the afternoon feature in a snappy 1:58.1. Campbell was in the bike for the win giving him a driving triple on the day. Big Surf is owned and trained by Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge. Forever Paradise finished second with Carnivore third. Campbell finished the day with four winners when Talk Back crossed the wire first. Hughes recorded a driving double. Zip the Lip captured the open trot for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. MacPhee, who had two winners on the card, guided the trotter to his third win in a row. Abundaspin won his trotting assignment for driver Steven Shepherd and owner Mikeala Lustic, Cornwall. The veteran will wrap up his career on New Year's Eve. The victory was Abundaspin's 82nd lifetime score. For complete results go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Make way for the Big Surf. The three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere will make his PEI harness racing debut in the feature race Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 15 dash program is 1pm. Big Surf was racing on the big track at Woodbine in Toronto where he finished second in his last assignment in 1:52. The pacer also performed well on a half-mile track winning in 1:55 over Flamboro back in October. Owners James Quinn and Vernon Bridge, put their new purchase in the Marc Campbell stable. Campbell and Big Surf leave from post 5 in race 14. Showing great gate speed, Big Surf can get off the starting gate so Campbell may have him right on the point to take charge of the nine horse field. And fans can wear your official Boom-Just Like That t-shirt for the event. If you don't have one, you can make your purchase in the gift shop. Since Campbell has to drive his own trainee in the race, Forever Paradise will get the services of Corey MacPherson off the rail. The all-star line-up also includes two entries from the Foxyhall stable with Narragansett (pp2) and Astor (pp7) along with Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), The Big Bite (Mike Stevenson), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) and Carnivore (Walter Cheverie). The morning line odds keys a triactor with Big Surf (5), The Big Bite (6) and Astor (7). Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes 5-1-6 in the match with his longshot play going to Narragansett. Zip the Lip is back to compete in the open trot class in race 3. The trotter has been on fire in 2014 posting 12 wins from 25 starts. Brian MacPhee will be in the bike for the appearance. MacPhee is on top of the standings in the Trot Challenge competition presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc with 248 points followed by Walter Cheverie with 204 and Corey MacPherson with 183. The top driver with trotters at Charlottetown is presented with a trophy and a cheque at the end of the campaign. The battle is still tight in the top driver standings at the city oval between Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell. Hughes goes into the meet with 115 victories three behind Campbell at 118. The "Blue Knight" has 11 assignments on the card while Campbell is down to drive 12 on the program. Customers are reminded of the Christmas food and toy hamper that will be set-up in the main lobby of Red Shores. The PEISHOA is asking patrons to drop off items and receive a ballot for a chance to win dinner for two in the Top of the Park. For entries, top picks, race programs and live broadcast go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It is a race fit to be a Maritime free-for-all. The Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park is loaded with firepower. First race post time is 1 pm for the 15-dash card with the $2,300 feature event slated as race 14. Carnivore is the morning line choice riding a two race win streak for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington with Marc Campbell picking up the drive from regular pilot Kenny Arsenaul who must drive his own trainee, Cheyenne Ford, in the event. Carnivore has post 6 in the nine-horse field with top pacers Astor (Jason Hughes) and All Turain (Mike Stevenson) leaving from posts 7 and 8, respectively. All three horses like to control the front end but have tough posts to contend with, making the opening quarter sure to be hotly contested. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes All Turain to get the job done from the dreaded eight hole. "With another eight hole he's going to have to tough it out again but we all know he's capable," MacIsaac said of All Turain. "We'll keep our fingers crossed for some live flow because if he gets it he'll be tough to beat." The race also includes The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Mcjestic (Mike McGuigan), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) and Rash B Havior (Walter Cheverie) from the trailing post 9. The afternoon trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,150 purse with Frill Seeker favored from post 2 for trainer-driver Arsenault and owners Ebbsfleet Stables of Ontario. The six-year-old Angus Hall trotter will face eight foes including Majian Chester (Jim Ripley) and Money Show (Brian Andrew). The back-up pace lines up in race 9 with Forever Paradise the morning line choice from post 6 for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The four-year-old son of Western Paradise, who just went over $100,000 in lifetime earnings his last start, boasts 24 top three finishes from 37 starts in 2014. The pacer was playing bridesmaid to Carnivore in his last two starts, but with that foe moving to the top class, the road may be open to Forever Paradise this week. His top opposition includes Beckenbauer (Hughes) from post 9 and Oakrock Almighty (Gordie Hennessey) from post 7. Race 11 has Stonebridge Wish riding a five-race win streak for trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Robin Burke of Ten Mile House, P.E.I., and Perry Burke of Quebec. Stevenson will drive the 11-year-old son of Camluck from post 4 in the $4,000 claiming event. Campbell leads the tight driver's race over Hughes with 115 wins in Charlottetown in 2014 compared to 113 for Hughes. by Nicholas Oaks, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE – Drivers Ron Matheson and Gilles Barrieau tied at the top of the standings and were crowned co-winners of the 2014 Driver’s Championship presented by PEISHOA Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau got the ball rolling with Woodmere No Fool for trainer-owner Garth Cole of Kensington in the opening leg and continued to stay near the top of the board throughout the eight race competition on the strength of three second place finishes and a third. Matheson was consistently picking up points on the day and started to climb up the leader board with back to back second place scores and then nailed the closing leg aboard Van Zant for his co-owner Tom Clark of Charlottetown. The victory gave Matheson 10 more points while Barrieau placed 7th giving him only 4 points in the closer leaving them tied at 62. The PEISHOA had a special ceremony when they retired the EF Acorn memorial trophy and dedicated a new trophy to the top drivers of the annual championship in honor of the late Paul MacDonald. MacDonald won the top driver award on several occasions throughout his career and held the record for most wins in a single season for 24 years. Members of the MacDonald family were trackside for the Barrieau and Matheson presentation. Marc Campbell put in a great effort posting four winners in the contest but was unable to capitalize after suffering a few disappointing finishes. The former driving champ tied in the runner up spot with Corey MacPherson with 55 points. MacPherson rallied with a couple of seconds and thirds to stay in the hunt. Campbell and MacPherson were presented with the hardware by the Hon. Ron MacKinley, minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development. The other participants included Jason Hughes (50), Mark Bradley (48), Terry Gallant (43), Vince Poulton (41). Bradley was placed into the championship after a miscalculation by the PEISHOA.  Bradley was content to sit on the sidelines but Gary Chappell, who was originally scheduled to race, insisted Bradley be able to compete. In other action, Howmacs Missy gave Campbell five on the program when they crossed the wire first in the afternoon finale. The filly is owned by Howmac Farms, North Wiltshire and Wade Peconi, Stanchel. Earl Watts is the trainer. Honeymoonisover (Bradley) and JK Queen (Walter Cheverie) won their trot assignments. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horse Owner’s Association presents their annual driver’s challenge Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The competition takes place in races 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12 on the 13-dash card with a 1 pm first race post time for the Horseperson’s Day card. The eight races will pit top dash winning drivers Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes, Gilles Barrieau and Corey MacPherson against top percentage drivers with over 75 starts Ron Matheson and Mark Bradley and top percentage drivers with 40 to 75 starts Terry Gallant and Vincent Poulton. Competitors are based on statistics from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 in Charlottetown and all competing drivers must be association members. Barrieau captured the E.F. Acorn trophy for having the most points and winning the 2013 edition. The top pace on the card is in race 12 for a $1,600 purse in the final race of the driving championship. Cambest Kisser is the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The class-dropper will face top competitors Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) and Blue Meadow Willie (Vincent Poulton). The top trot class on the card is in race 8 with the Emmett and Albert Bernard Memorial for a $1,350 purse. Osprey Strike will look for a repeat of last week’s victory in this class for owner-trainer-driver Paul Larabee of Belle River. The six-year-old son of Striking Sahbra will line up in post 6 against tough trotters Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Oceanview Kate (Hughes). Race 2 has the Alphonse Pineau Memorial for $1,150 with Dunmore Chance the favorite from post 3 for driver Jack Panting and owner-trainer Ralph Annear of Montague. The Black River three-year-old was a winner last start in this class but must face class dropping Open trotter Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) with post 1. Horse Person’s Day also features second chance draws with uncashed pari-mutuel tickets being converted to ballots for Red Shores vouchers, turkeys and merchandise. Top trotters go Sunday at Charlottetown The top trotters on the East Coast will do battle in race 4 on the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores Charlottetown. The first race gets underway at 1 pm on the 14-dash card. Open trot champion Zip The Lip is absent in this week’s $1,850 trot class leaving the door open for last week’s runn-up, Caliban Hanover, to pick up the pieces for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The six-horse-field also includes Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Warawee Nuke (Kuri White), Diamond Mine (MacPherson) and Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd). Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in Saulsbrook Balance to land in the CDP winner’s circle. “This classy veteran has a good chance at securing the lead and we all know how tough he can be when that's the case,” MacIsaac said of Saulsbrook Balance. “If Willie Murphy gets him there, and can steal a fraction, it could be all over.” Race 7 has the Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,250 pot with heavy favorite For All We Know assigned post 6 in the field of half a dozen. Chappell will drive the hulking mare for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The field also includes Bunny Mach (Hughes), A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Fleurje (Brian MacPhee) and JK Special (Walter Cheverie). A field of nine tough overnight pacers lines up in race 13 for a $2,100 purse and Carnivore installed as the early favorite from post 1 for driver Arsenault, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington. The eight-year-old son of Real Desire was a winner last week at the same level and faces top entries Narragansett (Hughes), The Big Bite (Thane Arsenault) and Rash B Havior (Cheverie) this time around. The field also includes Oh To Be Me (Chappell), Forever Paradise (Campbell), Shock The Rock (MacPherson), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) and Mcjestic (Mike McGuigan). Follow all the action online at by Nicholas Oaks, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE – The third annual Drive for Charity was made official on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Drivers and their business partners teamed up to raise money for local charities. Here are the official totals: Driver, Business, Charity and Money Raised Mike Stevenson – Clarke Nissan – Oak Acres Children’s Camp - $1,050 Corey MacPherson – D&D Lawn Care & Landscaping – PEI Humane Society - $1,000 Jason Hughes – Daniel R Ross Ltd – Camp Gencheff - $1,500 Mark Bradley – Long Run Exploration – Hillsborough Hospital - $1,000 Marc Campbell – Ocean 100 – Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Award - $1,000 Gilles Barrieau – Metro Building Supplies – PEI Special Olympics - $1,000 Gary Chappell – The Dunne Group – Habitat for Humanity - $1,000 Brodie MacPhee – MacRae’s Backhoe & Trucking – IWK - $1,000 Brian MacPhee – KKP – Easter Seals - $1,000 Ken Murphy – Rodd Hotels & Resorts – Hospice PEI - $800 Kenny Arsenault – Syntrak Print & Graphic Design – Hospice PEI - $1,175 Ron Matheson – MacQuarrie’s Meats – PEI Family Violence Prevention Services - $1,000 Walter Cheverie – Red Shores – Sadie’s Place - $1,625 Total money raised: $14,150 by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – This is going to be a race card we talk about for a long time. The 2014 racing season will wrap up Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and Marc Campbell will attempt to defend his title as Prince County’s leading driver but will have to make up some ground on Jason ‘Blue Knight’ Hughes. First race post time is 1 pm for the 15-dash card. Hughes is in the midst of a career year, as the Stratford trainer-driver is tied in the dash title at Red Shores Charlottetown with Campbell, as well as leads trainers at the Summerside Raceway by one win with a 19 – 18 advantage over Thane Mann. Hughes also holds a sizeable 11 race advantage in the Charlottetown trainer’s standings over Jackie Matheson, at 63 wins to 52, respectively. Campbell has 14 drives on the Sunday afternoon program in Summerside, while Hughes has 13 mounts on the card. The $2,300 afternoon feature lines up in race 14 with Astor favored for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The Camluck five-year-old has post 6 and was a runner-up to stablemate Narragansett in his latest outing. Narragansett has post 5 in the seven horse field with Gary Chappell in the bike, while another big threat comes from post 7 entry All Turain and driver Mike Stevenson. Also in the field is Carnivore (Kenny Arsenault), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Rash B Havior (Campbell) and Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson). The $1,100 trot class lines up in race 3 with Money Show favored from post 6 for driver Brian Andrew, trainer Ron Gass and owners Blake Andrew of Montreal and Bill Andrew of Calgary. Other top entries include My Daisy Duke (MacPherson) and Sandhill Angel (Arsenault). Island Breeder’s Finals at Charlottetown CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Atlantic Canadian stakes season will come to a close Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park as the Island Breeder’s Finals are on display. First race post time in 1 pm for the 15-dash event. Paymenowpaymelater headlines the race 4 $7,500 Island Breeder’s Final for two-year-old trotters for driver Arsenault, trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The two-year-old Northern Bailey filly will battle six rivals for the crown including JK Blaze (Campbell) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Race 6 has the three-year-old trotters for a $7,500 purse with Seanchai looking to overcome post 8 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The Atlantic Breeder’s Crown champion had some difficulties in his latest outing against aged company but will look to add to his stakes victories against Dusty Lane Galaxy (Chappell) and Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant). The two-year-old pacing colts will battle in race 8 with six entries vying for a $12,000 purse. Dixeland Band will attempt to capture the Atlantic harness racing triple crown for his division after winning the Atlantic Breeder’s Crown and the Maritime Breeder’s final with just the Island Breeder’s final left on his radar. Gilles Barrieau will drive the colt for trainer Kevin Maclean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The race will be kept interesting by BNGs Express (Bernard McCallum) off the rail and Ontario bred Silverhill Blaze (Hughes) from post 4. Race 10 has the two-year-old filly pacers in Island Breeder’s final action with Woodmere Dancenart the morning line choice from post 8 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owners Phonsie MacEachern and Morah Kerr of Nova Scotia. The Articulator filly will also attempt a sweep of the three top races for her division but will have to defeat a tough field including Jann Down (Barrieau) and Three Pink Bows (Stevenson) to do it. The three-year-old pacing fillies will line up for the final Maritime bred stake race of their careers in race 12 with Elm Grove Inarush the heavy favorite from post 1 for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Jennifer Trainor and new owners Martin Valentic and John Bednarski of Pennsylvania. The Coasttocoast Yankee filly is riding a four-race win streak and will have to beat seven rivals including Fleurje (Hughes) and Mappos Moenhay (MacDonald) to keep it alive. The final Island Breeder’s final of the day is in race 14 with three-year-old pacing colts completing their sophomore campaigns competing for the lion’s share of a $12,000 purse. Hollywood Gigolo is the morning line choice from post 3 for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Gerald MacDougall and owner Scott Dunn of Montague. The Ameripan Gigolo colt has seven competitors including Island Gigolo (Hughes) and Woodmere Rondevous (Stevenson). By Nicholas Oakes, Red Shores

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