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In the 2014 National Driving Championship Prince Edward Island's Marc Campbell finished a close second behind winner Jody Jamieson with the harness racing title coming down to the last race. The event, hosted at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, was also part of a tour stop for all of the provincial Premiers who were on hand for the thrilling competition with most taking part in winner's circle race presentations. With two races to go and Jamieson and Campbell in a dog fight, Campbell, the hometown favourite, picked up the win with Jamieson finishing second. Heading into the final race Jamieson was on top by 10 points with 81 to Campbell's 71. Both reinsmen had three wins to their credit. When the horses crossed the wire in the final heat, Jamieson was a going away winner aboard Perfect Escape in 1:55.4, to finish with 96 points and Campbell next in line with 81. Campbell had his first shot at a NDC title back in 2009 when he was only 24 years old with his wife Natasha in tow and expecting their second child. (Allie) He was the youngest competitor in the event which was hosted at Fraser Downs. Brad Forward emerged champion that year and went on to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship in Norway. Now, the 31 year- old Winsloe, PEI resident and father of four has another shot at the NDC title with the opportunity of representing Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship. First he needs to finish first or second in the Atlantic Regional scheduled for June 25 at Red Shores. "As usual, it is a competitive field," Campbell states, "we have a great bunch of drivers in Atlantic Canada so it should make things quite interesting. Really, when it all comes down to it, the draw and the horses you happen to be driving play a big part in the outcome of these types of events." For Campbell, who won the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship in 2012, advancing to the National is important, "I've always taken great pride in being an Islander so to represent our island at Nationals would be a very proud moment for me. " Now to win the National and represent Canada in the WDC would be "a dream come true" for Campbell who has driven 1535 winners and horses to $3.37 million in purse earnings during his career, "It's something I've been so close to achieving. If this were to ever happen, it would mean accomplishing a huge goal of mine. I think as an athlete, we dream of someday representing our country in a sport that not only identifies us but also consumes most of our day to day lives. To put it mildly, I'd be pretty excited." Campbell is a proponent of the format of the NDC. "The format that is used, in my opinion, is probably the most fair way to run a competition of this nature. It gives everyone a chance of racing from each post position and hopefully the horses are all classified where it is an equal opportunity for every driver involved. " Campbell, who also trains a stable of horses, is very satisfied with how his 2016 season is going. "Honestly, I could not have asked for a better start. My stable is shaping up nicely and at this point consists of seemingly talented horses for the upcoming stake season. From here on in, I'm just hoping for a successful stake season, driving year and most of all for my family, friends and stable to remain safe and healthy. As long as that happens, I don't think one can ask for much more. " The schedule for the Regional Championships are as follows: Ontario Regional -- Grand River Raceway; Friday, June 24 Atlantic Regional -- Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park; Saturday, June 25 Western Regional -- Century Downs; Sunday, June 26 Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional -- Hippodrome 3R; Tuesday, July 12 Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers from each regional competition will advance to the 2016 National Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in harness racing's 2017 World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada in concert with the World Trotting Conference in August. The 2017 WDC will kick off in the west at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary, AB. The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil. The action then moves to Quebec where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. Finally, drivers will head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship. Red Shores Racetrack and Casino  

Summerside, PE - Casimir Luciano rolled out of post five and paced to a harness racing victory Sunday in the feature race at Red Shores Summerside in 1:58.1. Driven by Marc Campbell, Casimir Luciano has been one of the hottest horses on the grounds winning nine of his last 12 starts for owner-trainer Ralph Sweet. Motorino (Terry Gallant) finished second after a pocket ride while Carnivore edged his way through traffic to complete the triactor for catch-driver Dale Spence. The winner returned $5.20. There were no tickets sold on the 5-6-7 combination so the triactor paid out on 5-6-all for $55.20. Rash B Behavior (Campbell) turned in the fastest performance of the afternoon tripping the timer in 1:57.4 for trainer-owner Michael Peters, Emyvale, PE. It was a Murphy driving triple with Ken parading Machinthesand and Sandhill Star to victory lane. His bother Steven scored with Rymar Rodeo in 2:00.3. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE -Harness racing driver Marc Campbell opened up the 2016 Drive for Charity with four winners including the feature race aboard Eagle Jolt Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of mile was 1:56.4. Eagle Jolt, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, used the passing lane to beat IDK (Vince Poulton) in the stretch. The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault) was third. The 4-5-3 triactor paid $147.90. Campbell's grand-slam also included scores with Vintage Winner, trotter Freddie and Howmac Missy. The two-time Gold Cup winning pilot is teaming up with MacRae Backhoe & Trucking in the Drive for Charity raising money for the IWK. In other action, driver Vince Poulton and trainer Deanna Clow nailed the opening daily-double on the card with Sanchez Blue Chip and newcomer Professor Gordon. Campbell and Earl Watts also posted training doubles. Former stakes star Paymenowpaymelater won the Advantage Communications trot for Gilles Barrieau and owner Wade Peconi, Stanchel, Pe. Wager on the 11 dash program was $34,592. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE – The opening day of stakes season is now part of history as Red Shores Summerside played host to the Ruby Chappell Memorial stakes for three-year old fillies while the three-year colts performed in divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial. Glory Jean opened up the Chappell stakes with a 1:59.3 score for Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner-breeder Blair Hansen, Charlottetown. Howmacscanasta delivered as the post time favorite for Gilles Barrieau in 1:58.2 in her respective divison while Hart of Windemere was presented with the hardware after her top place finish for Marc Campbell. The filly is trained by Earl Watts for owner-breeder Windemere Farms, North Wiltshire and John Howatt, Charlottetown, PE. The fourth and final division of the Chappell memorial went to All About Madi and Walter Cheverie for owners-breeders Leith and Leslie Waite and their co-owner Spencer Waite, Summerside, PE. Dusty Lane Arby was a five length winner in the opening division of the Bob Dewar memorial for three-year-old colts. The Ron Gass trainee was handled by Corey MacPherson. The Brandons Cowboy colt, bred by Gass, was impressive stopping the timer in 1:57.3 which included a 28.3 closing quarter. Lukes Cowboy reached up in the final strides to win his $5,975 split for Kenny Arsenault. Philip Valley is the breeder and co-owns with Jeffery Ruch and Glenn Bechtel, Ontario. In other action, Burkes Bandit was placed the winner in his respective division of the Dewar after the judges ruled an interference call on winner Alberta Sky. The placing triggered a win ticket of $75.40 on the nose and a triactor pay off of $458.10. Macpherson did the driving for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke. The colt was bred by Owen and Donna MacLean. The final match-up in the Dewar memorial was won by Jackson K Down for Barrieau. Steve Mason conditions the colt for the Downey Stables who are also the breeder of the colt who won 12 of 13 starts in 2015. His debut was a solid 1:57.4. Casimir Luciano, being sent off a 2-1 odds, wired the finale for Campbell and owner-trainer Ralph Sweet, O’Leary, PE. The horse has seven wins from 10 starts this season.   For complete results go to  by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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

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

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

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

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque will try to extend her winning streak to four in a row in the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm. The nine-year-old mare leaves from post 7 in race 9 with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Lilian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson came from off the pace in her last start but he could also deploy front end tactics as that plan also worked for back to back scores. Sam (Jason Hughes) and Blazing By (Brian Andrew), who made up the triactor ticket last week, will be gunning off the gate from the inside. The open mares event also includes A Fiesty X Ample (Stephen Quinn), Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey), Whitesand Artist (Gary Chappell) and Stayoutofmyaffair (Mark Bradley). Idealic Life goes after his sixth in a row in the back-up class in race 12. Trainer Trevor Hicken has also assigned MacPherson to get the job done. This team has been perfect after their relationship began in early December reeling off impressive performances that included two trips in 1:56.3. Likely To Win (Ken Murphy) and DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) are also morning line favorites but race analyst Les MacIsaac doesn't think they can spoil the party for Idealic Life and the ownership group of Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. "He'll be the favorite and rightly so since he's been nothing less than dominant since forming the partnership with Corey," said the host of Les' picks. "Looks like the only thing that's going to stop him is the end of the meet." Pictonian Storm, who triggered a $353.70 win ticket last week, is back in to go for trainer-driver Wade Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons, Summerside, PE. The son of Western Paradise is perfect in 2016. Marc Campbell is only one victory away from his 1,500th career win. The two-time Gold Cup champ is down to drive five horses with his first opportunity coming in the opener aboard Hog Aufray for trainer Earl Watts. Campbell's best shot comes with 5-2 choice Eagle Jolt in race 5. Campbell is also booked on Ideal Lifestyle, Bad Date and Barrett Jackson. The harness racing fan choice awards ballot will be in the race program on Saturday. Fans will have an opportunity to select their favorites and be entered for a chance to win a Red Shores prize package. For the complete list of entries, race programs and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque, under the control of Corey MacPherson, notched her third win in a row and remains perfect in the 2016 campaign after capturing the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mare, trained by Brian Ladner for his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, held off a late closing Blazing By (Brian Andrew) and fraction setter Sam (Jason Hughes) for the 2:01.4 score. MacPherson had four winners on the program also parading Hurricane Hill, Goodmorningmister and Idealic Life to victory lane. Idealic Life extended his winning streak to five in row claiming the Mr Salming Pace in a sparkling 1:56.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and the ownership team of Kent Livingston, Perry, Robin and Luke Burke. Marc Campbell also recorded a grand-slam leaving him one shy of 1,500 in his career. Campbell started the afternoon with top honours aboard the Todd Walsh trained Wandasbettorchoice and clicked with Barrett Jackson, Ideal Lifestyle and Eagle Jolt in the Mr Domi pace. Pictonian Storm shocked his rivals in race 9. The longshot, under the command of Wade Sorrie, returned $353.70 to win posting back to back victories. Walter Simmons of Summerside owns the pacer. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes battled right to the end but they walked away tied in the top harness racing driver standings with 113 wins each after the 11 dash card came to a close on New Year's Eve at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The leading reinsman went into the event with 111 winners each and both managed to score two victories to share the title for the second year in a row. Campbell jumped to the lead with victories with Mr MacLeod for owner Mallory Lewis and trainer Kyle Wilkie in 2:02.1 and Winspun Rebel for trainer Vaughn Doyle and co-owners Darla Jay and Shelly Wilkie, Charlottetown, PE. This trainer-ownership group also had their picture taken with Ideal Lifetstyle to celebrate a big night at the track. Jason Hughes posted a driving double from his stable. Stayoutofmyaffair, owned by Simon Hughes, took the 7th race in 2:00 flat. The Stratford native was able to climb back to the top with Campbell in the standings winning the final race of 2015 with Silverhill Blaze in 1:59.1. Donald MacRae owns the pacer who notched his seventh win from 35 starts. DBS Rosco, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw, Summerside, PE and Derek Folland, Kensington, PE, captured the New Year's Eve feature for driver Kenny Arsenault in an impressive 1:57.2. Eagle Jolt was second while Sam completed the triactor. It was Arsenault's third winner of the night for the hat-trick. Corey MacPherson also recorded a driving double on the special race presentation. The wager was $46,684. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - It's too close to call. Drivers Jason Hughes and Marc Campbell are in a dead-heat going in to the special New Year's Eve harness racing presentation Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 7pm. The evening also features on-track promotions, prize draws and live entertainment by the Johnny Oliver Band. The live broadcast will go to air at 6:30pm at or HPI TV, Canada's Network for Horse Racing, a specialty digital channel devoted exclusively to horse racing coverage across North America and around the world. Hughes and Campbell battled for the top spot during NYE 2014 and ended up tied at 126 victories. This year they go into final card with 111 wins. Campbell is down to drive seven horses while Hughes is listed on nine. Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is the 5-2 choice in the New Year's Eve pace scheduled for post time at 9:51pm. The pacer, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, is coming off a 1:58.4 score on Boxing Day and leaves from post 2 next to rail sitter Sam (Hughes) from Foxyhall stable, Summerside, PE. The other triactor candidates include DBS Rosco with Kenny Arsenault, Prince Adam for Gary Chappell, Smiley Bayama with Ron Gass and Likely to Win with Corey MacPherson. MacPherson has been on fire parading an incredible 15 winners over the last three events. He moves into third with 84 wins on the season at Charlottetown. Bunny Mach will make her last start in race 8 named in her honour. The 10 year-old mare will retire from the racing ranks with an impressive resume of 257 lifetime starts, 43 victories, 35 seconds and 33 thirds. She took a record of 1:52.2 as a five-year-old at Mohawk Racetrack and banked $272,833 in her career. Jason Hughes will do the driving for owners Donald and Steven MacRae, Vernon Bridge, PE. The horses will be back live on Sunday January 3, 2016. Post time is 12:30pm. The 15 dash program features the open trotters with Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell) listed as the favorite for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes while Idealic Life puts his three-race win streak on the line in the afternoon feature. The brown gelding is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Perry, Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson will be in the bike. For the complete list of entries for the New Year's Eve program or the Sunday January 3rd program go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The driving title at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will be tight going into the final harness racing card of the calendar year on New Year's Eve. Jason Hughes went into Saturday afternoon's card with a one-race advantage over Marc Campbell and scored wins with Stayoutofmyaffair and Timely Finesse but then Campbell came back swinging in the next race. He scored a win with Casimir Luciano in race 8, then came back to the winner's circle in race 11 with Rash B Havior in a blistering 1:57.1 victory over the off track, before finishing off his driving triple with Eagle Jolt in 1:58.4. Hughes and Campbell tied for the dash title in 2014 and will go into Thursday evening's card tied at 111 wins each. Idealic Life remained perfect off the claim in the Saturday afternoon top class. The 11-year-old son of Western Ideal now has three victories since being claimed by owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson engineered the winning trip in 1:58.1 behind the Trevor Hicken trainee, with Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) finishing second and Likely To Win (Ron Matheson) third. MacPherson had a total of five wins on the 15-dash card including wins with Spectacular Future, Hurricane Hill, and Cloudy Bay. The 26-year-old driver captured his other victory in the $2,350 Open Mares Pace in 2:01 with Best Risque for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. Whitesand Artist (Gary Chappell) came up large to finish second while Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey) got the show prize. Chappell won the Open Trot class with Holy Molie Maggie in an eight-length romp in 2:02.1 over Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Caliban Hanover (Cheverie). Holy Molie Maggie is owned and trained by Jeff Holmes of Orwell. It was one of three wins on the program for Chappell. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Only four more to go. That's how many race dates remain to determine the top harness racing driver of 2015 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday afternoon program features 16 races with first race post time scheduled at 12:30pm. Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes continue to battle for the most wins on the season with Campbell leading by two wins over Hughes at 108 to 106, respectively. Hughes has a good chance to catch the leader with Campbell out of action for the next two weeks. This story played out last year when the two pilots battled right to the very last race on New Year's Eve to end the season tied. All Turain is listed as the 5-2 choice on the morning line in the afternoon's featured event in race 15. Corey MacPherson will be in the race bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken, Charlottetown, PE. The pacer was roughed up last week but race analyst Les MacIsaac has him as the one to beat from post 6. "His winning streak came to an end last week and the trip over the heavy track was a contributing factor," said MacIsaac. "There's no guarantee it will be any easier (Saturday) but he still deserves top billing the way he is racing." The other Hicken trainee, Painted Desert, will leave from post two for Mark Bradley while last week's winner Forever Paradise comes from the five hole for catch-driver Walter Cheverie. The line-up also includes Smiley Bayama, a back to back winner, for Ron Gass, First Art Down gets the rail for Kenny Murphy and Darren Crowe is in town to drive Truro's top gun Mach Wheel from post 4. Cheverie gets another live drive aboard Best Risque in the mares open in race 8 as the mare goes for her 11th win of the season and 45th lifetime score for trainer Brian Ladner. Cheverie could land a triple if he can beat top contenders Holy Molie Maggie (Gary Chappell) and Osprey Impact (Corey MacPherson) with Caliban Hanover in the open trot. Live racing continues Saturday December 19 and the Boxing Day card on December 26. Post time is 12:30pm. The New Year's Eve live racing presentation has a 7pm post time. For entries, race programs and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Forever Paradise blasted off the gate to take the early lead and was able to hold off some late challengers to win the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature in 2:00 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Marc Campbell, who used rail control to his advantage, sent the Kevin MacLean trainee through some hot fractions of 27.4, 57.3, 1:27.4 over the sloppy track with three second variant. The son of Western Paradise, who had a five length margin at the head of stretch, was fading in the stretch but was able to beat a pair of Trevor Hicken stable stars longshot Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and race favorite All Turain (Corey MacPherson) to secure the triactor ticket. The 1-4-6 combination returned $422.80. Forever Paradise notched his 16th victory from 32 starts this season for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Caliban Hanover reached a special milestone on the afternoon's open trot class. The veteran trotter, under the command of Walter Cheverie, recorded his 50th lifetime win for owner Wendell MacDonald, Cornwall, PE and trainer Ron Gass. Campbell, Ken Murphy and Corey MacPherson posted driving doubles on the final Sunday card of the season. Racing returns Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE – Nogreatmischief, with Walter Cheverie in the bike, rallied from the back of the pack to win the Saturday feature in 2:02 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The track was rated sloppy with a three second variant. The pacer, who is co-owned by Cheverie and John Thompson, Charlottetown, PE, was sitting fifth at the head of the stretch before knocking off First Art Down, (Ken Murphy) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) in the lane to win by a length. The mares open went to Best Risque for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Brian Ladner. The eight-old mare notched her third win in a row and ninth in her 2015 campaign with the 2:01.1 score. Lilian and Kevin Ladner also share ownership on the pacer who made her 40th start of the season. Campbell also won with Nuck Phil for conditioner Jennifer Trainor. The newcomer is enjoying the move with three victories from five Island assignments. In other action, Brian Andrew recorded a driving double with a convincing five and half length romp with Neal in one of the two trot divisions slated on the card. Andrew then converted a pocket ride to victory lane with Blazing By. The other trot match-up was won by Phantom Beau for driver Gordie Hennessey, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Peter Breau and Ann MacAulay, Moncton, NB. Jason Hughes put in a two win performance on the afternoon. For complete results go to  by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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