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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  

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 www.redshores.ca 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 www.redshores.ca 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 Redshores.ca. 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

Summerside, PE - A battle for the ages is set for the final card of racing for the 2014 racing season at Red Shores Summerside on Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m. Summerside's defending dash winning driver from last year, Marc Campbell is set to go head-to-head with the current leader Jason Hughes. Hughes heads into Sunday's card one win up on Campbell as the two will duke it out in seven races against each other. Hughes is listed to drive ten horses while Campbell will have nine. It will be Campbell's first appearance in Summerside since October 5, after having prior stake drive commitments in Truro. The 'King' has only 189 starts in Summerside, due to a summer full of stake drives, he has returned 43 of his mounts back to the winners enclosure while securing $87,311 in prize money. Hughes on the other hand has made 218 trips behind the starting gate, nabbing himself 44 wins to date and $ 77,006 in earnings. It won't be the 'Blue Knight's' only battle of the day, he is currently the leading trainer too. He is one up on Thane Mann. Hughes will have the upper hand sending 5 entries out of his own stable onto the track while Mann will head into battle with three. The afternoon's top class will go post ward in Race 12, in what could be the last straw in the battle between Hughes and Campbell. Hughes will send out one of his five trainee's from Post 4, Sos Grappa is listed as the 5-2 morning line favourite, the newcomer to P.E.I. will look to pick up his first win on red soil. Right next door will be the five-entry Rash B Havior for Campbell and owner - trainer Michael Peters. The duo of Rash B Havior and Campbell have quite the history this year and they seem to shine bright on big days. They first hooked up in Summerside on Regional Driving Championship night when they won in 1:56.4, the next time they came together was World Driving Championship night in Charlottetown when they won in a lifetime best 1:54.2, they followed that up with back-to-back victories on October 5 and October 12. With Sunday being the final card of the 2014 season in Summerside, Red Shores is proud to announce there will be second chance draws as well as the Wild Horses promotion. Astor  All Turain set to do battle Charlottetown, PE - After falling just short to Astor last week, All Turain will look to get back to his winning ways this week as the two do battle in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post time is 1 p.m. After an eventful journey which seen him parked to the opening quarter in :27.3, dropped back into the three-hole and scooting up the passing lane to finish second, All Turain has drawn the outside post six for owners Lee Hicken and Perry Burke. Mike Stevenson will once again handle the lines for trainer Trevor Hicken as they look to add to a tremendous campaign in which he has nine victories in 15 starts and just under $ 25,000 in earnings. He will face off against a pair of Jason Hughes trainees including last week's Preferred winner Astor (post four) . Owned by Foxyhall Racing, Astor has nailed a top three finish in his last three starts. A regular on the Maritime Free-for-all scene all summer he has just under $20,000 earned, with three wins including one in 1:55.4. The second Hughes entry is also owned by Foxyhall Racing, and will gain the driving services of Mark Bradley. Leaving from Post 5 Narragansett will look to benefit from a powerful, but compact field of six, last week Bradley moved three-wide from seventh approaching the three-quarter pole, but had to far to come to catch stablemate Astor. Other entries include Cabo Pan Lucas, Eagle Jolt and Cheyenne Ford. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE – Machinthesand, under the command of Ken Murphy, was able to track down Rash B Havior in deep stretch to win the afternoon feature in 1:58.3 Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The victory halted Rash B Havior’s winning streak at three. The fractions of the mile were 28.3, 59 and 1:29.3. Machinthesand is owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd – Russell & Karen Noonan, Middleton, PE. Mark Bradley is the trainer. Rash B Havior was second with Carrera Angel (Rocky Schurman) third. Saulsbrook Balance and Willie Murphy won the Ralph & Edythe Cole memorial in 2:03.1. Murphy put the Cindy MacDonald trainee on the point for the wire to wire score to record the trotter’s 45th lifetime victory for co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Majian Chester was second with Seanchai third. Bunny Mach, with Jason Hughes in the bike, captured the Ivan & Isabelle Cameron Memorial in 1:59.4 for owners Donald & Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Windemere Eric (Gary Chappell) finished second while Casimir Luciano (Brian MacPhee) completing top three. Hughes had a driving triple on the program and takes over the top spot in dash leader category at Summerside with 44 wins with only one program remaining on the season scheduled for next Sunday. The Stratford native also moves into the lead in the trainer standings with 19 victories. Walter Cheverie had a great day at the office posting a hat-trick on the afternoon. Cheverie sits third in the driving standings at Summerside. Gary Chappell had a driving double on the 13 dash card. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE – The Big Bite, with Mike Stevenson in the bike, came flying late to nail pace-setter Forever Paradise in a photo finish for win in the feature race Thursday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Big Bite paid $10.20 to win. The newcomer, who arrives from the Ontario racing circuit, is trained by Thane Arsenault for co-owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell, PE, and Deborah Wilson, N.S. Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) laid down hot fractions of 27.3, 57.1 and 1:27 over a rain soaked track. Every Day (Brian Andrew) completed the triactor. Willow Warrior pulled off an upset in the mares open for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Brendan Curran and owner Alby Curran, Vernon Bridge winning in 1:57 flat. For All We Know was second with General Luckypercy third.   Duchess Ofnormanby claimed the evening’s trot class in 2:02.3. Ken Murphy mapped the winning trip for owner Boyde White, Charlottetown. Clifford Murphy is the trainer. Driver Jason Hughes recorded a driving triple on the program and continues to track down season leader Marc Campbell in the win column at Charlottetown. Hughes moves up to 97 wins while Campbell, who had two winners on the night, sits at 99. Red Shores released details on their final Thursday program on October 30. The program will be Throw Back Thursday with race programs for $1, hot dog and pop for $1.50, second chance draws and more! Post time is 7pm for Throw Back Thursday. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca  By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes

Charlottetown, PE – Forever Paradise wired the field to claim the top class Thursday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was an impressive 1:56.2 on the cool night. Marc Campbell, who leads all drivers in the Maritimes with wins on the season , sent the Kevin MacLean trainee to the top and cut fractions of 27.3, 57.2 and 1:27 before putting away a challenge from a hard closing Cabo Pan Lucas (Vince Poulton) to take the major share of the purse for owner Reg MacPherson, Stratford. Artners in Crime (Ron Matheson) was third. Diamond Mine, with Willie Murphy in the bike, won the first trot class in 2:03.1 for trainer-co-owner Cindy MacDonald, Montague and Tanya MacKinnon, Souris. The winning connections were greeted in the winner’s circle by UPEI hockey panther Spencer Metcalfe. The UPEI hockey night at the track continued in race 4 when Heart & Guts rallied from the back of the pack to score in 2:01 for catch-driver Ron Matheson, trainer Ambyr Campbell and co-owner Brian MacPhee. UPEI hockey panther captain Mason Wilgosh was trackside for the presentation. The next trot contest went to Majian Dillon for trainer-driver Jim Ripley in 2:01.2. The trotter held off a late challenge by Oceanview Kate to claim the win for owner Marylea Ripley, Amherst, NS. Driver Jason Hughes had a driving quadruple with Walter Cheverie and Brad Smith recording driving doubles on the 13 dash program. Racing returns Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown for the Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend of champions. Post time for both events is 1pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise is pegged as the one to beat in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park but it will be a hard fought battle to land in the historic winner's circle. First race post time for the 13-dash card is 7 pm. The Kevin MacLean trained Forever Paradise will have Charlottetown's leading driver, Marc Campbell, in the bike for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The four-year-old son of Western Paradise has post 4 in the $2,100 race 12 feature and will have to defeat some top rivals to cross the wire on top. Machinthesand (Gary Chappell) has drawn the rail which will be an advantage, as the pacers win two weeks ago from post 1 was his only top three finish in his last six starts where he drew poorly in the majority of those starts. Artners in Crime (Ron Matheson) is razor sharp right now and has post 2 with his last three starts all top threes with miles in 1:56-1:57. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Forever Paradise to get the job done. "He had that one hiccup on Sept 11 but other than that it's been nothing but firsts and seconds," MacIsaac said of Forever Paradise. "If he makes the front in here, and we don't see anything to prevent it, it could be all over." Other entries include Mcjestic (Walter Cheverie), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), Balanchine (Gordie Hennessey), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and Red Rock (Kenny Arsenault). The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $1,350 purse and veteran Abundaspin has rail control for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 14-year-old Abundance - Spinthrift Hanover gelding is approaching his Dec. 31 mandatory retirement date but is making the most of his final months on the race track as he has seven wins and $12,521 in 2014 earnings to add to his impressive 78 lifetime wins and $480,547 in career earnings. His top competition will come from Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson) and Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley) from posts 3 and 8, respectively. Thursday also features a special night at the track as UPEI men's hockey team will be at Red Shores Charlottetown to help promote their season opener Saturday at the Eastlink Centre. The Hockey Panthers night at the track will feature a meet & greet, interviews, prize giveaways and some of the players will be teaming up with a horse and driver in races 3 and 4. The players will be cheering from the stands but the winners get the bragging rights and a trackside presentation. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - Elm Grove Inarush marked a new chapter in the history books when the three-year-old filly established a new track record of 1:55.1 Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Competing in a division of the Lady Slipper gold, driver Mark Bradley wasted no time putting the stakes super-star on the point setting fractions of 29, 58.2, 1:26.4 before blasting home to secure the record setting performance in 28.2 seconds for a four and half length score. Pictonian Sareta was second with I C Anastro third. Elm Grove Inarush, dubbed the queen of Kensington, posted her third win in a row for 11victories from 16 starts this season. Trainer Eddy Doucette co-owns the track record holder with Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Fleurje pushed her winning streak to five in a row claiming the second Lady Slipper gold in a flashy 1:58 flat. Jason Hughes did the driving for trainer Nicholas Oakes and Buntainwood Farm, Brackley Beach. The breeder is William Roloson, Belfast. Driver Gilles Barrieau enjoyed a big day on the Island taking both Joe O'Brien gold divisions with Tobins Fusion for Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd, Crapaud, Daniel Ross, Belfast and Charles Seymour, Fredericton, NB while his other stable star Settlement Request mapped a fourth length victory for Alfred Barrieau, Dieppe and Michael Clinton, Saint John, NB. The Lady Slipper grassroots divisional winners went to Landed Alien for Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Darlene Compton, Bell River. Willow Warrior gave Bradley another stakes honor for owner Alby Curran, Vernon Bridge and trainer Brendon Curran while Howmac Missy was presented with the winning cooler for Howmac Farms Ltd, North Wilthire and Wade Peconi, Stanchel. The filly was trained by Earl Watts and driven by Marc Campbell. The Joe O'Brien grassroots winners were JK Hall with Walter Cheverie driving for owner-trainer Joe Smallwood, Stratford and Dusty Lane Diego with owner-trainer-driver Gary Chappell. The legendary Prince County Oval also played host to the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares final presented by Standardbred Canada. Ramblinglily wired the field to in the $16,520 championship for trainer Allan Jones, Riverview, NB and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. Campbell was in the bike for mole of 1:56.3 which included on the fastest closing quarters of year clocked at 27 seconds flat. Standardbred Canada chairman Kent Oakes was trackside for the presentation. The Garth Schurman memorial was won by Smart Barney and Kenny Arsenault in 2:00.2. Devon Wallace of Alberton owns and trains the pacer. Barrieau and Campbell had driving triples on the afternoon while Kenny Arsenault, Mark Bradley and Walter Cheverie each made two trips to the winner's circle. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The two-year colt and filly pacers in the Lady Slipper and Joe O'Brien stakes headlined a 13 dash race program Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Three Pink Bows pulled off an upset in a division of the Lady Slipper gold knocking off favorite Dusty Lane Bria (Kenny Arsenault) in deep stretch to win in 1:59.4 which was a new race record for the filly. Danny Romo did the driving for trainer-breeder Doug Rankin and owners Tanya Tremblett, Sydney Mines, NS and Stevi Jardine, George's River, NS. Woodmere Dancenart was third. Jann Down notched her 7th win of the season and third in a row in the second Lady Slipper gold split for driver Gilles Barrieau and the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. Other winners in the Lady Slipper grassroots went to Sweetwater Rayane for Jack Panting and owner-breeder Linda Austin, Mount Stewart and Navajo Moe with driver Mark Bradley for owners Calvin Baglole, Bedeque, Shawn Baglole, Victoria West and breeder James Pound, Hunter River. All Hail, under the command of Walter Cheverie, found racing room in the stretch to capture a division of Joe O'Brien gold for two-year-old colts. Cheverie did the driving for owners Riley Farms, Kensington and Lloyd Hannah, Summerside. The breeder is William and Brian Andrew. The second O'Brien gold went to Dixieland Band for Marc Campbell. The colt, bred by William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta, recorded his fourth consecutive victory for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Kevin MacLean is the trainer. The Joe O'Brien grassroots divisional winners were R ES Reese for driver Mike Stevenson, owners Daniel Crouse, Ontario and Amy Crouse, Lower Kingsclear, NB and breeder Robert Connelly. Elm Grove Jepson also took top honors for Campbell and the ownership group of Andrea Rennison, Ryder Mathew Renneson and Cathy Benedict, NS. The breeder is Robert Gordon, Elmsdale. In other action, DBS Rosco and Mike Stevenson captured the evening's feature in a dazzling 1:57 flat. The four-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip laid down fractions of 27.3, 57.3 and 1:27.3 to score his sixth victory of the season. The winner is co-owned by trainer Wendell Shaw, Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland, Summerside. Every Day, with Brian Andrew driving, won the Martin MacDougall memorial. Campbell posted a hat-trick on the card. Stevenson had a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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