Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will host their final Saturday, Sunday combo of the season. Post time for the harness racing cards will be 12:30pm. The city oval will present 26 races over the weekend with one driver on track to beat the all-time wins record in a single season at Charlottetown. Marc Campbell, who set the record in 2012 at 130 wins, has a chance to break his own record before the season ends on December 31, 2016. The Winsloe native, booked on 16 horses this weekend, is only eight wins away from setting a new standard with 8 cards remaining. The two-time Gold Cup winner starts his assignments with live drives aboard trotters Tyne Valley, trained by William Roloson, and Freddie for the Three Wiseman stable, Cornwall, PE. The countdown is on and it's most likely he will re-write this chapter in the history books. The afternoon feature has track analysts split on their top choices. Race secretary Gerard Smith, who was inducted to the PEI Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1977 PEI Islander's senior baseball team, has labeled last week's top class winner Best Risque as the one to beat off the rail for driver MacPherson, trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson, fresh off his high-five last week, takes the mare from the garden spot after her sparkling winning performance of 1:56.3. On the other hand, the host of top picks in the race program, Les MacIsaac, is putting his money on post 5 starter Smiley Bayama and driver Adam Merner. Ron Gass trains the eight-year-old pacer for his daughter Shelley Gass and grand-daughter Alexis Gass, Cornwall, PE. There will be strong opposition from Clic K (Campbell), Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) and Motorino (Terry Gallant). The nine horse line-up also includes McJestic (Gary Chappell), First Art Down (Jason Hughes), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Three Truths (Vaughn Doyle). Red Shores Sunday D GS Camme takes his three-race winning streak into the Sunday feature. Co-owner- driver Ron Matheson will be in the bike as the invitational star goes after his 10th victory of the season from post 7. Instant Shadow, who has also won his last three starts, gets the rail for Mark Bradley while 3-1 choice, Eagle Jolt, fires from post 6. The all-star cast includes Painted Desert, Simon Said, All Turain, Someone Like You and Drivingthedragon N. For race programs, top picks and live broadcasts go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
It was the Marc Campbell show on Sunday at Red Shores Charlottetown and it was capped off courtesy of a harness racing feature race win with Eagle Jolt. The Winsloe resident capped off a grand slam with the nine-year-old son of Village Jolt winning the $2,300 Preferred. Minor Wisdom rocked the gate and laid down cut throat :27.3, :57 fractions before the pocket sitting Simon Said took over the lead. Drivingthedragon pushed the pace and took over the lead in mid stretch before Eagle Jolt nosed her out in 1:56.2. It was the 10th win on the season for the veteran pacer who will be a candidate for Aged Pacer of the year with over $15, 000 in the bankroll in 2016 for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald. The 'Campbell Watch' was under full watch on Sunday as he closes in on his 2012 dash title for most wins in a single season at Red Shores. Campbell drove into Sundays card with 119 seasonal winners and with the grand slam he moved to 123, just seven wins away. The Campbell show started early with his own trainee Island Energetic scoring in race 1, he followed up with Elm Grove Kaboom for Larry and Kathy Chappell in Race 3. Woodmere Terror a first time Campbell trainee also scored a front-end victory to give Campbell a training triple and give him a new seasonal best for most wins in a single season as a trainer at 58. Veteran reinsmen Kenny Arsenault enjoyed a driving double on the card scoring with American Captain from his own stable and with Kayas Sweetheart for Ralph Sweet. The afternoon handle was $26,618 on the 14-dash card. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown next Saturday with a 12:30 start. By: Bo Ford
Summerside, PE - Painted Desert, under the command of Adam Merner, rallied in deep stretch to win the final harness racing feature of the season Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The long-shot paid $87.30 to win. Motorino (Terry Gallant) was second by a nose while Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) was third. Painted Desert is owned by Perry Burke, Grosse-Ile, Quecbec and trained by Phil Sizer. The time of the mile was 2:00.3. Marc Campbell earned the top spot in the driver's standings with 39 victories during the 2016 campaign. Campbell went into the last program with 35 scores and won with Instant Shadow in race 4 for trainer Sifroi Melanson and came back in the 8th race with PC Shockwave for owner-trainer Clair Sweet, O'Leary, PE. Campbell gave The Ultimate Stable and Melanson with an owner-trainer triple with a driving hat-trick aboard Ultimatelyhandsome. The Winsloe native hit a grand-slam with Jetster owned by Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE to capture the driver's title and the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron memorial. Jason Hughes, who finished second in the standings, rallied with OK Galahad, owned by Foxyhall Hall racing, Summerside, PE, Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE, to complete season with 35 wins while Ken Murphy was third with 33. Terry Gallant will named the top trainer at the Prince County oval with 18 winners from his stable in 2016. Driver Dale Spence recorded a driving double on the program For complete results go towww.redshores.ca By Lee Drake ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le prÃ©sent message Ã©lectronique (y compris les piÃ¨ces qui y sont annexÃ©es, le cas Ã©chÃ©ant) s'adresse au destinataire indiquÃ© et peut contenir des renseignements de caractÃ¨re privÃ© ou confidentiel. Si vous n'Ãªtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a Ã©tÃ© transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expÃ©diteur et le supprimer immÃ©diatement.
Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt overcame post 8 and fired a closing panel of 27.4 seconds to win the Thursday night harness racing feature for the second week in a row at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.3. Marc Campbell, who notched his 113th win of the season at the city oval with a driving triple on the program to take a commanding lead in the driver standings, was in the bike for the victory for owners Wilbur & Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Forever Paradise was second with fraction setter Doing Some Damage third. The trotters were showcased on three occasions on the program. Phantom Beau and driver Mark Bradley won the first class while Frill Seeker, with Gordie Hennessey catch-driving, won his assignment and Osprey Impact captured the open trot for Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee, Bell River, PE. Driver Mike McGuigan recorded a driving double on the final Thursday night card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Racing returns Saturday with the Island Breeders Championship Finals at 6pm while Sunday is the final card of the 2016 season at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. By Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt upended pace setter Doing Some Damage to capture the Thursday top harness racing class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell, who notched a driving double, rallied the pacer in deep stretch for the 1:55.3 score. Sent off a 6/1 odds, Eagle Jolt, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, has 8 wins this season. Doing Some Damage faded to second with Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) third. Osprey Impact, Charlottetown's current trot record holder, delivered the in the open trot in 1:58.2 for Corey MacPherson. Freddie (Marc Campbell) was second with Thunderaway (Jason Hughes) third. The other trotting assignments were won by Caliban Hanover for his 55th lifetime victory for owner Wendell MacDonald, Cornwall and Suicide Shift for Steven Shepherd. MacPherson and Ken Murphy also recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Summerside, PE - Rash B Havior tracked down pace setter Doing Some Damage (Brian MacPhee) to take the Tuesday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:56.3. Marc Campbell did the driving for owner Michael Peters, Emyvale, PE. It was Campbell's third winner of the night. Motorino (Terry Gallant) completed the triactor. Bowyer Hanover captured the Garth Schurman memorial in 1:58. Gary Chappell was in the bike for trainer Walter Cheverie and owner Ivan MacMillan, O'Leary, PE. Chappell, Dale Spence, Kenny Arsenault and Jason Hughes had driving doubles on the program. The historic Prince County oval played host the Prince Edward Island Matinee finals with matinee track announcer Chris MacRae of Pinette calling the action. The young announcer was even given a chance to call race 5 on the official program by Vance Cameron. Fast Flyer, in line to Zac Conway, won the C Class for owner-trainer Paul Conway, Bonshaw, PE while Freddy My Boy won the B Class for driver Austin Sorrie for owner Tammy Collings. The final heat, Class A, went to Badlands Giovanna driven by Brady Sweet for owner Steven Sweet. The time of the mile was an impressive 2:00.1. The PEI Matinee Finals Championship was sponsored by the Province of PEI with Kent Oakes making the trophy presentation. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
The Ferris wheel lights may not have been in the background at Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night but harness racing driver Marc Campbell had no problem lighting it up. Campbell, a two-time Gold Cup and Saucer winner went swinging for the fences, hitting a grand slam on the 12-dash card. He capped his four victories off in the Open Trot when his own trainee Freddie. Campbell has a perfect pocket ride behind the newly deemed track record holder Osprey Impact before she spoiled her chances with a break around the final turn. The four-year- old gelded son of Majestic Son returned to winning form scoring in 1:58.3 for his tenth victory of the season for the Three Wisemen Stable. The Winsloe native also scored with Vintage Winner, Yankee No More and Cardigan Jack who was part of a training double for trainer Paul Morrison. Zanzibar scored in a lifetime best 1:58 to complete the double. Doing Some Damage priced up the Thursday evening top class, entered as a $12,000 claimer driver Corey MacPherson blasted his charge off of the gate and set up for a pocket ride heading towards the half. The Trevor Hicken trainee slipped up the passing lane for his 40th lifetime victory in 1:55.2. Kent Livingston is the owner. The 6-2-1 triactor was the selection of track announcer Vance Cameron. Trainer Jackie Matheson picked up his 39th and 40th Red Shores Charlottetown victories on the card courtesy of Artners In Crime and Alittleeasternagic. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. By Bo Ford
Charlottetown, PE - Ys Lotus, under the command of Marc Campbell, won the Saturday night harness racing feature in a dazzling 1:52.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Campbell hustled the Governor's Plate champion to the front touching down past the opening quarter in 27.2 and continued to his torrid pace past the half in 56.1 with the third station clocked at 1:24.2. The Rene Allard trainee won by seven lengths over Forever Paradise (Michael McGuigan) while Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. Ys Lotus is owned by Yves Sarrazin, La Presentation, QC. Jackie Matheson had a big night at the track. The Charlottetown trainer sent out four winners on the program. Team Matheson, Jackie, Jody Lynn and Ron, began the win parade with Hornswoggle in 1:59.1 while Van Zant captured the Eleanor Roberts memorial in 1:59.2. Matheson teamed up with owner Bradford Duplisea with Santiago Style, co-owned by Chad Taylor, in an impressive 1:55.4 with Mozartsplace notching the quadruple for the stable for Duplisea and co-owner Shawn McAdam, Charlottetown, PE. Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) closed hard to catch Doing Some Damage in deep stretch to win the Drive for Charity pace. Businesses and their charities were in attendance at the historic judge's stand for the presentation to the winner. Campbell, Ron Matheson, Gilles Barrieau and Kenny Arsenault had driving doubles on the night. The wager was $46,383. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - Casimir Luciano blasted up the passing lane to claim the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time was 1:58 flat. Marc Campbell did the driving for trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary, PE. The seven-year-old gelding notched his third victory in a row and 12th of the season. Motorino (Terry Gallant) was second with Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) third. Majian Magic opened up the first of three trot events on the card for driver James Ripley of Amherst, NS. Holy Molie Maggie used front end tactics to score in the second division for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Jeff Holmes, Orwell, PE. The third heat went to Freddie for an impressive 1:58 victory for his second win a row. Marc Campbell did the driving for the Three Wiseman stable, Cornwall, PE. The fastest mile of the night was turned in by Jersey Joe in line to Vince Poulton in a sparking 1:55.4. Poulton and conditioner Deanna Clow recorded a driving-training double on the program. Gilles Barrieau, who celebrated his birthday, also had two winners on the card when he teamed up with trainer Jackie Matheson for the double. Campbell and Corey MacPherson also made two trips to the winner's circle. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Summerside, PE - Nogreatmischief won the West Prince Horsemen's Club pace Wednesday night at Red Shores Summerside in 1:57.2. Walter Cheverie was in the bike for the victory for his co-owner John Thompson, Charlottetown, PE. Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) was second with Superbo Hanover (Gordie Hennessey). The two-year-old fillies highlighted the Governor's Plate week program in Atlantic Sires Stakes contests. Marc Campbell and Kenny Arsenault had stakes driving triples on the card. Campbell had scores aboard Filly Forty Seven, Woodmere Sandylu and Elektra Express. Arsenault's stake winners were Woodmere Finesse, Im Not Lisa taking and Kinda Like Her. Campbell and Arsenault share the top spot with six wins in the Basil Whelan memorial top driver for Governor's Plate week going into Thursday's card. Post time is 7pm. Dale Spence is next with five victories. Wager was $29,617. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. For more Governor's Plate Week stories go to www.journalpioneer.com by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
Summerside, PE - All Chocolate is now in the history books after touring Red Shores Summerside in 1:54 flat to set a new track record for aged pacing mares on Monday night. Driven by Marc Campbell, All Chocolate, owned by Perry Burke and trained by Trevor Hicken, fought for the lead as the field touched down on a 28.1 second opening panel. That set the stage for the rest of fractions with the half reached in 55.4 while the three-quarters flashed up at 1:25. The timer had the duo on the line at 1:54 which erased the track record owned by Ramblinglily and Abby Best. The open mares contest went to Ramblinglily in 1:56.2 for driver Water Cheverie and trainer Allan Jones. Driver Jason Hughes had a driving double aboard trotters I Aint No Lady and Thunderaway. Kenny Arsenault also paraded two winners with O Christopher and American Captain getting their pictures taken in victory lane. Governor's Plate action continues Tuesday at 7:00 pm featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms two and three-year old trotters, Summerside Chamber night at the track and the official draw at 8pm for the 48th running of the Governor's Plate presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake, for Red Shores
SUMMERSIDE – Ys Lotus and Midnight Play won the harness racing Governor’s Plate eliminations on Sunday afternoon. Ys Lotus, a five-year-old brown gelding by If I Can Dream-Bolero Takara-Life Sign edged out two-time defending Governor’s Plate champion D Gs Camme in a photo finish in the first of two $5,000 eliminations at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway. Time of the mile by the Marc Campbell-driven Ys Lotus was 1:53.4, which was close to the 1:53 track record that is co-held by D Gs Camme and Big Surf. Also qualified The Kenny Arsenault-driven Jeb finished in the show position and Junebugs Baby, with Myles Heffernan in the bike, also qualified for Saturday night’s $22,000 Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge. The top four finishers in each elimination advanced. Second elimination Midnight Play, a four-year-old charcoal gelding by Shadow Play-Midnight Art-Artsplace, pulled off an upset in the second elimination. Corey MacPherson drove Midnight Play to a 1:56 mile. OK Galahad and driver Jason Hughes placed, Big Surf and Campbell were third and Mark Bradley and Warrawee Phoenix also qualified with a fourth-place showing. CLICK HERE FOR THE CARD'S RESULTS.
Charlottetown, PE - Rash B Havior made a big move down the backstretch and went on to win the Saturday harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell was in the bike for owner-trainer Michael Peters, Emyvale. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Tempo Seelster (Todd Walsh) was off the leader by two lengths for second while Idealic Life (Corey MacPherson) was third. The 7-3-4 triactor returned $583.00. The fastest mile of the night went to Santiago Style in an impressive 1:55.1 for Gilles Barrieau and trainer Jackie Matheson. The Shadow Play colt is owned by Bradford Duplisea and Chad Taylor, Charlottetown, PE. Their other stable star Mozartsplace, co-owned by Duplisea and Shawn McAdam, Charlottetown, gave Barrieau and Matheson a driving and training double on the card. Jason Hughes had a driving double on the program. The action shifts to Red Shores Summerside Sunday for Governor's Plate eliminations. Post time is 1pm. By Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt came flying up the passing lane to catch Bazillion (Brian MacPhee) in deep stretch to win the Thursday feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:59.1 over a rain soaked track listed as sloppy with a two second variant. Marc Campbell engineered the winning drive sitting in the pocket behind Bazillion through splits of 30.3, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2 before edging out the fraction setter for the victory. Eagle Jolt now has 40 lifetime wins for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Starcastic (Ron Matheson) was third. Trotters High Flying (Gordon Hennessey), Parkhill Jugernaut (Ambyr Campbell), Westwood (Gary Chappell) and Thunderway (Jason Hughes) won their respective assignments on the card. Campbell, Donnie MacNeill, Gary Chappell and Jason Hughes had driving doubles. The wager was $36,738 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
Casimir Luciano returned to his winning way on a harness racing Friday afternoon in the Canada Day Pace at Red Shores Summerside. Marc Campbell put the Ralph Sweet trainee on top for every call for his tenth win of the season, stopping the teletimer in 1:56.4. The win puts the seven-year old gelded son of Sir Luck over $10, 000 in earnings on the season. The first two-year-old winner of the 2016 season came in Race 5 on the afternoon courtney of Twomacsoneshadow. The two-year-old son of Shadow Play was put on top at every call by driver Gilles Barrieau winning in 1:59. Trained by Earl Watts the first win lifetime came for owners Wayne Mac Rae and the Howmac Farms LTD. The win was one of two victories for the Maritime Magic Man on the card. Drivers Terry Gallant, Jason Hughes and Ken Murphy all enjoyed driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. By Bo Ford
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The leaderboard is tied at 38 wins each at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but drivers Marc Campbell and Corey MacPherson will try to break the gridlock Thursday evening. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 12-dash card with Campbell seeking redemption in the race 8 Open Horses and Geldings Trot for a $1,950. Campbell will guide Freddie from post 3 for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall, after the four-year-old had broken equipment at the start in his latest outing, snapping his three race win streak. Wedgewood and Gary Chappell have rail control for trainer Glenn Claybourne, while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) loom as real threats with the outside two post-positions. Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Neal (Brian Andrew) complete the field of half-a-dozen. The $2,100 evening pacing feature takes to the track in race 11 with Bazillion receiving the inside post for trainer Trevor Hicken, owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall and reinsman Brian MacPhee. The pacing gelding dominated last week in Charlottetown in 1:58.1 from post seven with Ed Harvey aboard in Atlantic Regional Driving Championship action. He faces another horse who was on top of his game for the championship, as Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) has post 2 fresh off a 1:57 victory. First Art Down is installed as the morning line favourite from post 6 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Clifford Murphy after dropping out of the preferred ranks for this race. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a different approach for the Thursday evening feature, as he backs Eagle Jolt and trainer-driver Campbell from post 3. "He was a little tardy off the gate last week but then he paced his own back half in better than 57 seconds and just got nipped at the finish," MacIsaac said of Eagle Jolt. "With him likely to get a better start from this improved post we'll treat him as the one to beat." Other entries include Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), Starcastic (Ron Matheson) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Another field of Open trotters line up in race 10 with the top trot mares on the East Coast. Charlottetown and Summerside track record holder Thunderaway has the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. The seven-year-old daughter of Thunder Road won her latest start in Open company in 2:01.4. Pleasure Girls returns from action at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario and draws post 5 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. The veteran mare captured her last start in 1:58.1 over the Ottawa five-eighths oval. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores