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Brayden White thrust his arm in the air and repeated his motto in Charlottetown Wednesday as the 2018 Easter Seals ambassador kicked off the Tim Horton’s school tour. “Be brave; never give up,’’ Brayden roared to cheers from a gymnasium packed with students at Prince Street School, one of many stops the Grade 7 Georgetown student was making on day one of the tour. “I have Down Syndrome. I know that I learn slower than most people but I am smart and I learn the same as everyone,’’ Brayden said. “It just takes me longer. I am just like you. I am no different. My dad always says that someday I will be able to live on my own and have a job.’’   Related: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador The youngster talked about his school, his teachers and told students at Prince Street that while his favourite sport is hockey he also likes basketball and soccer, too. “I (also) love to go to the horse races and my favourite driver is Marc Campbell,’’ Brayden said, referring to the successful harness racing driver at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He also offered some advice to fellow students in terms of scoring some points with the parents at home. “I am very good at helping my dad (Melvin). I always put away my clothes and listen really well.’’ Brayden also enjoys going to camp at Camp Gencheff. Tour stops Thursday, April 19 – Englewood, Amherst Cove, Miscouche Consolidated, Ecole-sur-Mer, Greenfield, Elm Street, Athena, Parkside, Summerside Intermediate, Three Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Kensington Intermediate, Somerset Elementary, Kinkora Regional High Friday, April 20 – Tignish Elementary, Ecole Francaise de Prince-Ouest, ME Callaghan Junior High, St. Louis Elementary, Alberton Elementary, Westisle Composite, Bloomfield Elementary, Hernewood Junior High, O’Leary Elementary, Ellerslie Elementary, Ecole Evangeline Monday, April 23 – Glen Stewart Primary, Stratford Elementary, Birchwood Intermediate, Colonel Gray, Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown Rural, West Royalty Elementary, Grace Christian, Ecole Saint Augustin, Gulf Shore, Central Queens, Bluefield Tuesday, April 24 – Souris Regional High, Ecole La-Belle-Cloche, Morell Regional High, Morell Consolidated, Mount Stewart Consolidated, L.M. Montgomery, Ecole Francois Buote, Donagh Regional High Wednesday, April 25 – Vernon River Consolidated, Belfast Consolidated, Southern Kings Consolidated, Montague Regional, Montague Consolidated, Montague Intermediate, Cardigan Consolidated, Georgetown Consolidated Before departing Prince Street on Wednesday, one of the students presented Brayden with a cheque for $500 the students had raised for Easter Seals, one of many cheques the ambassador is certain to accept as the tour winds across the Island until Wednesday, April 25. “(The money) means that other kids like me can go to camp and that we can do special things,’’ Brayden said. Anna MacKenzie, principal at Prince Street School, said the students organized their own fundraiser. “The developed the three projects that we did all on their own,’’ MacKenzie said. “So we had a hat sale, a bake sale and a pajama day and the kids raised $500. It was an excellent response from the children. I was very proud of them.’’ Janice Blacquiere, events co-ordinator with D.P. Murphy Inc. which owns the Tim Horton’s restaurants, said the tour will encompass 10 to 13 schools per day over six days. “Each school makes a donation to Easter Seals and what that does is helps to help physically challenged children, whether it be (with) hearing devices; it might be with computers (or) schools may need doors widened so wheelchairs would have easy access,’’ Blacquiere said, citing a few examples of what the money could be used for. “We can’t thank the schools for their continuing support enough of Easter Seals. It’s wonderful.’’ Dave Stewart (dave.stewart@theguardian.pe.ca)  Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The fact that some of harness racing's greatest horseman have hailed from Prince Edward Island make Marc Campbell's continued provincial dominance even more impressive as it continued Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon card was the final program of the winter meet at the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap and the 'King' of Island racing making five returns to the winner's circle. Marc Campbell teamed up with Eagle Jolt out of his own stable to win the $2,300 top class in 1:57.2 for the 55th win of the pacer's career. Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford hold the ownership papers of the 11-year-old son of Village Jolt. The top event saw second place go to Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) with Keep Coming (Adam Merner) completing the $120 triactor ticket. Campbell had a pair of other winner's from his stable as Woodmere Articblue stopped the clock in 1:58.4 and Fern Hill Breeze won the final dash of the season in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Iswhatitis and Campbell clicked in 2:01.3. for the pacer's third win in a row for Neal Moase of Warren Grove, while the Kyle Wilkie trained Mach Of Ballykeel was a 2:00.1 victor with Campbell in tow. After setting a new dash win record for Red Shores Charlottetown in 2017, Campbell again leads the driver's standings with 14 wins after three cards in 2018. Newly minted Provincial Finance Minister Heath MacDonald was in attendance for the season ending card, reaffirming the winning partnership between the provincial government and the Island harness racing industry. Corey MacPherson recorded a driving double on the program. Live racing returns to P.E.I. in April. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After dominating the preferred pace so far this season harness racing driver Marc Campbell will have to find the winner's circle with a different member of his stable Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday afternoon program will be the final card of the 2018 winter meet at the capital oval with a 12:30 P.M. post time. Campbell and Eagle Jolt will team up in race 10 for a $2,300 purse as the morning line choice. The post 3 starter is fresh off a pair of second place finishes in the back-up pace but gets installed as the top choice by classifier Gerard Smith. Owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford, Eagle Jolt will have some deep competition in the seven horse field including a rival from two weeks ago. Salmonier Storm (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) knocked off the favoured Eagle Jolt on Jan. 14, then moved up a notch to finish second to the Campbell trained Rose Run Quest. With Rose Run Quest absent from competition this week, Eagle Jolt will fill the void for Campbell as he tries to fend off his preferred challengers. Nogreatmischief draws post 6 for owner-trainer-driver Walter Cheverie at 7-2 morning line odds, while the classy Forever Paradise has the outside with Ken Murphy at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his lukewarm faith in Eagle Jolt as he makes his final start before the winter break. "Eagle Jolt was a beaten favourite in his last two which doesn't instill a lot of confidence," MacIsaac said. "Having said that, don't lose sight of the fact that he was just beaten in both so he could be the one to knock off today." Other entries include Keep Coming (Adam Merner), Tempo Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Race 6 is the George Younker 80th Birthday Pace for a $1,000 purse. Dusty Lane Zendaya is the morning line choice fresh off an 11-length romp for driver Corey MacPherson. Other top entries include Jinglewriter (Merner) and Anzula (David Dowling). The afternoon broadcast will also feature highlights from the harness racing season including Governor's Plate and Gold Cup & Saucer. The live racing season will resume in April with race dates to be announced during the break. For more information, including race programs and replays, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of top harness racing drivers will converge on Miami Valley in Ohio this weekend and Red Shores will team up Prince Edward Island's best to face off with the Continent's talent. Marc Campbell will compete in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, amongst the group of thirty drivers. The competition starts Sunday night (Jan. 7) with each driver having four drives on the Sunday and Monday (Jan. 8) programs. The top 10 from those eliminations will then move on to the championship final on Tuesday (Jan. 9) with Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside simulcasting all the action. Campbell is fresh off a career year in the sulky as the 33-year-old Winsloe, P.E.I., resident recorded the most dash wins ever by a driver at Red Shores Charlottetown with 162 trips to the winner's circle in 2017. The number bested the former record, also held by Campbell, of 144 wins in 2016. Campbell also put together the top dash winning and earning training season in Atlantic Canadian racing history with 131 trainings wins and $376,223, as well as earning the most purse money ever by a driver in the Atlantic Provinces with $584,479 in seasonal earnings. Campbell also led Canada in driving and training averages in 2017 with a .450 UDRS and .526 UTRS, while sitting second in the nation for training wins and sixth for driving wins. "I was looking at the stats the other day and it is pretty crazy," Campbell said. "I didn't set out to break any records, I just wanted to have a good year. I thought with the stable of horses we had we could have a big year. Will it happen again? Probably not, but we're going to keep trying to make it happen again. I had good horses and support from great owners and support from my family. When you have that the sky is the limit." Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Marketing, Brands and Playwise, was excited by the opportunity to partner with Campbell and sponsor his journey to Ohio to race against some of harness racing's best. "Prince Edward Island has consistently shown it can produce horses and horse people that can compete at the highest levels of harness racing," Drake said. "Marc has been breaking record after record all season and now he gets to showcase the terrific talent and quality of the product we put on all year at our Red Shores properties. Adam (Adam Walsh, Red Shores Racing Manager) and I both felt it was a great opportunity to put the spotlight on P.E.I. and Atlantic Canadian harness racing. We will all be rooting for him." The Miami Valley competition features a deep field of talent including top Woodbine Entertainment Group Drivers Doug McNair, Trevor Henry and Louis Philippe-Roy, defending World Driving Champion and P.E.I. native James MacDonald, U.S. World Driving Championship representative Marcus Miller and reigning North American dash win champion Aaron Merriman. "If I get beat, I get beat," Campbell says of his opposition, while noting the horse talent each driver will be given is a deciding factor. "I've driven against some of them all ready so we'll give it a go. The year that we had I just figured why not go. I like meeting people and I figured it would be good exposure for Maritime racing and good for everyone. It's good experience. I'm at a point in my career that now I feel like I can so I figured I'd do it. I can see the race better than I did before. I see the way things are going to set up and I'm not as one minded as I might have been before. I'm still aggressive but more patiently aggressive." Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell is quick to credit the depth of his competition on a nightly basis while racing on P.E.I. "I think a lot of guys that drive here could go other places and fit in anywhere," Campbell said. "Am I going to win the championship? Probably not but I'm going to try. I just want to show everyone that we can go and drive anywhere." The Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programs from Miami Valley will start at 3:05 P.M. Atlantic Standard Time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing record after record in the 2017 harness racing season Marc Campbell chose not to rest on his laurels winning six races in front of a packed house on the New Year's Eve card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Winsloe driver started the action off in race 1 winning with Dads Filly in 2:04.3 for Neal Moase of Warren Grove, followed by a race 4 victory with Woodmere Articblue in 2:02.1 from his own stable and another win from his own barn in race 8 with Eagle Jolt in the $2,000 back-up pace in 2:01.1. Campbell teamed up with Scarlet Safari for a 2:05.2 win for trainer Brent Campbell of Charlottetown in race 9, then another win from his own outfit with Fern Hill Breeze in 2:00.4 in race 10 for the training triple. Driving win number six of the evening came in race 12 as Painted Pony prevailed in 2:01.4 for Raymond White of Murray River. It would nearly seven wins but a flat tire in Campbell's final drive of the season in the race 13 $2,400 preferred pace would see Rose Run Quest and the record setting driver settle for second best. Adkins Hanover won the event in 1:59.4 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Gross-Ile., Que. Woggy Rocks (Driven by Gary Chappell) finished third in the preferred pace. The plurality of victories puts Campbell at 162 wins on the year at Red Shores Charlottetown for the new winning standard at the capital oval. Drivingthedragon N won the $1,800 top pacing mare's event with a 2:00.4 score for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The iron tough Good Luck Kathy (Walter Cheverie) fell short of victory finishing a half-length behind in second in her 50th start of the season and 31sttop three finish. Pictonian Storm capped off the year with a victory in the final race of the season for driver Wade Sorrie, trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside in a time of 2:02.2. Live racing continues at Red Shores returning to regular Saturday action with a 12:30 P.M. post time. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca.h By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The dash win record was broken weeks ago but leading harness racing driver Marc Campbell was not afraid to continue padding his win total Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Rose Run Quest and trainer-driver Campbell teamed up to win the $2,550 preferred pace on the 16-race afternoon program in 1:57.2 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Second place in the top event went to Czar Seelster (Todd Weatherbee) with Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) third. It was one of three wins on the card for Campbell as he also won with Fern Hill Breeze in 1:59.2 from his own stable, and a maiden breaking score of 2:01.3 with Bettim Vicky for trainer Jeff Lilley. After breaking the previous best of 144 driving wins he set in the 2016 season earlier this month, Campbell now boasts 152 wins on the year at Red Shores Charlottetown. Drivingthedragon N had a front end score of 1:57.4 in the $2,250 Open Mare's pace as one of two wins for driver Jason Hughes, who also trains the mare for Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) finished second with Tell Me Why (MacPherson) completing the $193.70 triactor. MacPherson has a driving triple with Positive Art in 1:59.1 for trainer Bing Easter of O'Leary, Smiley Bayama in 1:58.4 for trainer Dianne Gass of Cornwall and Hop Up in 2:00.4 for Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Gary Chappell also had two driving wins on the card. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown with the next program scheduled for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) for another afternoon card. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information including race replays. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The action promises to remain red hot all weekend with a pair of race cards scheduled at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will play host to programs Saturday and Sunday afternoon with 12:30 P.M. start times and the 'King' of Island racing looking to make more history. Red Shores leading driver Marc Campbell has 137 wins so far this season at Red Shores Charlottetown and inches closer to his own all-time dash title at the capital oval after winning 144 races in the 2016 season. Counting action this weekend, there are 10 programs left for Campbell's pursuit of another record. Campbell will look to get one of those record breaking wins in the Saturday afternoon feature with Forever Paradise. The son of Western Paradise will search for a repeat performance in the $2,250 preferred 2 pace finale on the 12-race Saturday afternoon card. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a winner in 1:55.4 last Sunday on the final day of 2017 live racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and gets Campbell back in the bike. The 56-time winner is owned by Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Forever Paradise gets post 3 this week while Simon Said also gets a favourable starting post with number 2 on the gate. The Joey Squires trained Simon Said teamed up with Mark Bradley to upset the top pacers on the grounds last weekend in the preferred class and will look to build on that 1:56.1 victory. Painted Desert has been on a roll this Fall at Red Shores Summerside in the top event but has to contend with post 8 this week for driver Corey MacPherson. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 3 starter Forever Paradise to land in the winner's circle Saturday afternoon. "Forever Paradise got away from the bearcats last week and responded with a seasons' best performance," MacIsaac said. "Off an effort like that there's not much to dislike so don't rule out a repeat." Other entries include Perfect Escape (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault), Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). In other action, the ultra-competitive Open Mares pace lines up behind the gate in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. The class has had four different winners in the last five weeks and they all meet again Saturday including top entries Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy), Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes), Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) and Itsallaboutthebass (Arsenault). Even though he was defeated his last time out, Freddie headlines the race 3 $1,850 Open trot as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 36-time winner gets the outside post in the field of six after losing by a narrow margin to Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) last week. That mare will leave from post 3 in this week's contest. Adkins Hanover Headlines Red Shores Preferred. Live racing action continues Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13-dashes on tap for a 12:30 P.M. start. In a rare occurrence, a field of six preferred 1 pacers hit the track for a $2,550 purse in race 12 with not a single horse in the group showing a win in their last start. Adkins Hanover was narrowly upset last week at Red Shores Charlottetown in this class and gets post 4 on Sunday for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The eight-year-old son of Western Ideal has all readt won 12 races on the season with front end tactics yielding most of his results. Rose Run Quest has post 6 while he looks to defend his incredible record of 12 straight top three finishes since coming to P.E.I., while his trainer-driver will be looking to make more history with just seven more wins needed to equal his record. Czar Seelster has rail control in the preferred pace after last week finally missing the top two since relocating to P.E.I. Todd Weatherbee trains and drives the pacer. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look for Adkins Hanover to go to front and hang on from post 4. "Adkins Hanover's modest winning streak came to an end last week after doing all the road work but it was still a big effort," MacIsaac said. "Should have a fairly easy path to the front today and if Corey can steal a fraction it could be all over." Other entries in the deep field include Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan), Red Magician (Gilles Barrieau) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers). Race 3 has a newcomer to Island racing with DJ Supreme leaving from post 4 in the $1,600 event. Terry Gallant now trains and drives the nine-year-old son of Force Of Life for owner William McElvain of Maine. The 28-time-winner was racing at Bangor Raceway in Maine but was formerly campaigned on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit in Nova Scotia in 2010-2011. Catch the action live at the track or check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2017 harness racing season has been historic for Red Shores Summerside leading driver Marc Campbell and he closed out the year Sunday afternoon in Prince County with another feature pace victory. Campbell teamed up with Forever Paradise to capture the final $2,400 Preferred pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway of the 2017 racing season. The son of Western Paradise took a two-hole ride behind pacesetter Allstar Seelster (Driven by Norris Rogers) through opening quarters of 27.1 and 56. Campbell then opted to abandon the pocket to engage Allstar Seelster for a three-quarter rating of 1:25.3 before charging past to close out the mile in 1:55.4. Red Magician (Adam Merner) got up for second with Allstar Seelster third. Forever Paradise scored his 56th lifetime win in the event for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. MacLean had two training wins on the day while Campbell also made two visits to the winner's circle as a driver to put the finishing touches on his Red Shores Summerside leading 59 win total. Campbell was also leading trainer of the meet with 26 victories. Drivers Jason Hughes and Merner both scored driving doubles on the card. Red Shores racing now shifts solely to Charlottetown with action resuming Saturday (Nov. 18) and Sunday (Nov. 19) at the Capital oval. The Red Shores Charlottetown season goes until early February. Although live racing is complete at Red Shores Summerside, the location still offers gaming, dining and simulcast racing year round. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - If a record exists Marc Campbell seems determined to break it in the 2017 harness racing season, adding to his totals on the Weekend Of Champions at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Sires Stakes season culminated in the 2017 Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals Sunday afternoon at the capital oval with Campbell winning five races on the day and becoming the richest driver in Atlantic Canadian racing history. After the weekend of racing, Campbell now sits at $504,546 in seasonal purse earnings, eclipsing the previous record of $484,052 in earnings by a driver set by Kenny Arsenault during the 2009 season. The 'King' of Island racing, Campbell kicked off Championship Sunday winning the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old trot, sponsored by Meridian Farms, with Pappy Go Go in a huge parked out effort of 1:59.4. The gritty son of Tad The Stud is still undefeated on the season as he won his 10th straight race in 2017 for trainer Campbell and owner Grayland Farms of Pugwash, N.S. Filly Forty Seven repeated her 2016 Atlantic Breeder's Crown performance, winning the $20,000 three-year-old pacing filly crown in 1:55.3 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Nova Scotia owner Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines. Island Energetic posted a mild upset at 3-1 in 1:56.1 in the $20,000 three-year-old pacing colt final for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Bernadette Burgess of Dartmouth, N.S., and Grayland Farms. Campbell's other wins came in the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Invitational pace with a 1:54.1 victory aboard Elm Grove Kaboom for trainer Earl Smith of Hunter River and in a $1,600 conditioned pace with Painted Pony for Raymond White of Murray River. In other Championship action, Half Cut set a new two-year-old pacing colt track record, winning his $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final in a 1:55.2 romp by seven-lengths for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peter's Bay. Woodmere Ceilidh crowned herself champion in the two-year-old pacing filly division, winning her $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown in 1:57.1 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owner Chris Neville of Sydney, N.S. The $9,000 two-year-old trot final, sponsored by Meridian Farms, went to Windemeredontuworry with a 2:00.3 score for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer and co-owner Terry Gallant and co-owner Eric Johnston of Summerside. Kennel Buddy was victorious in the $2,500 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open trot in 1:59.4 for trainer, driver and owner David Dowling. Ramblinglily scored win number 55 of her career in the $3,500 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open Pacing Mares with a time of 1:55.4 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Allan Jones of New Brunswick. Trainer Tom Weatherbie had two winners on the program as Dial The Bossman (Driven by Jason Hughes) was a winner in 1:56.1. Corey MacPherson scored two driving wins on the 14-dash card. Consolation Action Sees Lifetime Bests The Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolations highlighted the Saturday afternoon program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with some new speed badges earned on the card. JJ Powerball has a new career best after a 1:57.1 win in the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolation for two-year-old pacing colts. Marc Campbell engineered the nine-length win for trainer Austin Sorrie and owners Walter Simmons of Summerside and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. The $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolation for two-year-old pacing fillies saw Tobins Terror deliver as the favorite as one of two wins on the card for trainer-driver Gary Chappell. Owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd., of Crapaud and Daniel Ross of Belfast, the time of the mile was a lifetime best of 1:59.1 for the daughter of Stonebridge Terror. Glenview Paisley got up for a neck decision in the $5,000 three-year-old pacing filly consolation in a time of 1:58.4. The daughter of Immachulate was driven by Ernie Laffin for trainer Dave Carey and owner Ronald Harris of Truro, N.S. Cowboys Dont Cry went gate-to-wire in a 1:55.3 career best performance with Corey MacPherson in the race bike in the $5,000 three-year-old pacing colt consolation. Kevin MacLean trains the pacer for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Gilles Barrieau and Campbell also scored driving doubles on the card. Check out www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There is no catching Marc Campbell in the 2017 harness racing driving standings at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Winsloe reinsman had four wins on the 12-dash card to further solidify his lead at the capital oval during the Thursday evening program at Red Shores Charlottetown which included a feature victory with Elm Grove Kaboom in 1:55.2. Trained by Earl Smith for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield, Elm Grove Kaboom controlled the race early in the mile with fractions of 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.4 before cruising to his two-and-three-quarter length victory. Mozartsplace (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second in the $1,900 event with Capitalism (Jason Hughes) third. The $1,850 Open trot was part of a Campbell sweep of the feature events as his own trainee, Freddie, visited the winner's circle after a 1:59.4 score over Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) and Dusty Lane Jacob (Adam Merner). Freddie is owned by the Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Campbell also scored with Nikes Cowgirl from his own stable for a 1:57.4 victory for owner James Struthers of Port Morien, N.S., while his other win was notched with Rojans White Jet in 1:59.1 for trainer Clair Sweet of O'Leary. Corey MacPherson scored a driving triple on the program winning with Do Well Hill in 2:00.1 for trainer Mike McGuigan of Charlottetown, Tell Me Why in 1:59.2 from the Ron Gass stable of Cornwall and Simon Said in 1:58.1 for trainer Joey Squires of Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau had a driving double on the card. Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown featuring the Lady Slipper and Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes. Check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Elm Grove Kaboom will try to deliver on his morning promise in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with Prince Edward Island's leading driver in the race bike. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash Thursday program with the $1,900 featured event lining up in race 11. Elm Grove Kaboom leaves from post 5 in the mid-week top class for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Smith and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. The son of Articulator finished out of the money in his last start against preferred company, where D Gs Camme was the winner, but still paced a snappy mile in 1:54.4 with Campbell at the lines. Red Magician has post 7 for driver Adam Merner fresh off a second place finish where he paced in 1:55.3 while Mozartsplace has rail control for driver Gilles Barrieau after finishing second in his latest outing in 1:56.1. Other Thursday feature entrants include Capitalism (Jason Hughes), Darth Bader (Norris Rogers), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). The 'King' of Island racing, Campbell continues his commanding lead in the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings with 107 wins compared to 66 wins for second place Hughes. Campbell will look to add to those totals in the Open trot for a $1,850 purse with Freddie but will have to overcome being handicapped to post 8. The Majestic Son five-year-old is riding a three-race win streak but has not raced since September 14 for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. In Freddie's absence, Kennel Buddy captured last week's edition for owner-trainer-driver David Dowling in 1:58.1 and gets post 6 on Thursday. The Thursday program will also see the return of Brian Blanchard to the race bike in race 8 behind post 6 starter Dees Boy for trainer Kenny Arsenault at 7-2 morning line odds. Blanchard, a native of Maine, is attending the Atlantic Veterinary College but was working for the Jimmy Takter racing stable in New Jersey during his summer vacation. Doc Semalu is a newcomer to the East Coast and will make his debut as the race 7 favorite for driver Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Trainor and new owner Danny Birt of Stratford. The three-year-old son of Mach Three has two wins and $21,597 to his credit so far in his career including a 1:54 lifetime best over Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. Check out www.redshores.ca for race replays, programs, promotional information and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2017 harness racing season has been nothing short of remarkable for P.E.I.'s leading driver and with rail control in the Saturday night feature, Marc Campbell will look to add to those totals at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 14-dash card with Rose Run Quest leaving from post 1 in the race 13 feature event for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Campbell is the leading driver and trainer at both Red Shores locations in Charlottetown and Summerside, and this is only where his accomplishments start as 2017 passes two-thirds completion. With 85 wins as a trainer, Campbell ranks third in Canada for victories and first in the nation for percentage with his .552 average. That average also puts him third in North America for trainers with under 300 starts. As a driver, Campbell has made 163 trips to victory lane in 2017, placing him seventh in Canada for wins among drivers and first for driving average at .466. Those numbers will look to be bolstered in race 13 Saturday as Rose Run Quest has just 4 starts on red soil but an impressive summary of two wins and two seconds. His competition in Saturday's $2,400 preferred pace will be fierce, as he faces off with Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie), Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau), Carracci Hanover (Jason Hughes) and Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan). Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Nogreatmischief as a major threat to repeat his preferred pace victory from last week. "Nogreatmischief's tardy starts always force him to come from the back but in a five horse field, the back isn't all that far away," MacIsaac said. "He just beat these last week and we don't see any reason he can't double up." In other action, JK Rocket rides a two-race win streak into race 8 with Earl Smith back in the bike for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford. The three-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo has post 5 this week as he faces off with Woodmere Soul (Barrieau) who is fresh off a career best clocking of 1:58 while winning an Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division at Northside Downs in Nova Scotia in his latest outing. Check out www.redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional information and more. Rash B Havior Seeks Red Shores Summerside Repeat He decimated his rivals in last week's feature event at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway but the outside post will complicate things for Rash B Havior on Sunday. The 12-dash Sunday afternoon kicks off at 1 P.M. with the Garth Schurman Memorial headlining the card in race 11 for a $2,100 purse. The afternoon top pace has Rash B Havior fresh off a 1:56.1 victory off the rail last Monday during Labour Day action in Summerside. The son of Lis Mara is again teaming up with leading driver Marc Campbell for owner and trainer Michael Peters of Emyvale from post 6 in the field of as many. Old Buck has been sharp all season and gets Walter Cheverie this week from post 1 while Narragansett can never be counted out and has post 5 this week for trainer-driver Jason Hughes. Race analyst Bo Ford sees post position not playing a negative factor in Rash B Havior's chances. "He toyed with his rivals last week," Ford said of Rash B Havior. "With three wins over his last five starts this horse is red hot, keeping Campbell only adds to his upside." Other entries include Capitalism (Adam Merner), Keep Coming (Gary Chappell) and D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Culpepper is in race 9 with the outside post in the 7 horse field as he looks to defend his unbeaten record on the East Coast. The grey son of Camluck was a 1:57.2 winner in his debut on red soil for driver Jason Hughes, co-owner and trainer Kristina McCourt and co-owner Braedon McKenna of Kensington. The seven-year-old pacers main challenge will come from post 5 starter Mando Fun, who was a top performer in the Summerside top class at the start of the season. Race 6 is the Peter Coughlin Memorial with Windemere Johnny favored in the $1,000 event with Chappell driving for trainer Phil Sizer. Catch all the action live at the track or tune in at www.redshores.ca for live video, race programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing driver Marc Campbell was on a roll again Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The "King" of Island racing, Campbell scored the fastest win of the 12-dash card with Nikes Cowgirl recording a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3. Campbell trains and drives for owner James Struthers of Port Morien, N.S. Campbell also recorded wins with Come On Eileen in 1:57.4 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague and Winrlosedrnkdaboze in a new record of 1:58.3 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Campbell leads all drivers with 68 wins so far this season in Charlottetown. Likely To Win captured the $2,000 featured pace in 1:56.1 with Adam Merner at the controls for trainer Melissa Rennie and Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Campbell of Judique along with Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary, Alta. Denver Dolly was second in the top class with Campbell in the bike while Narragansett completed the triactor with Jason Hughes driving. Race broadcast co-host and analyst Bo Ford pitched the winning triactor and even the superfecta on the feature race to viewers and on track players. Walter Cheverie recorded a driving double on the program including a $1,850 Open trot victory with Osprey Impact in 1:58.3 for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Second went to Freddie (Campbell) with Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) third. Gary Chappell had a pair of driving wins with Female Finesse in 1:58.3 for trainer William White of Murray River and with his own trainee, Now Whos The Queen, in 2:01.1. Live racing continues Saturday eveningat Red Shores Charlottetown a 6 P.M.post time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside, PE - HP Bushido Dragjet, under the command of harness racing trainer Marc Campbell, captured the Wednesday night feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:56.1. The newcomer picked up his second victory of the season for owners Michael Folkins, John Davidson and Keith Camick, NB. Pictonian Storm (Gary Chappell) was second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. Campbell also posted winners aboard Bet R All and Rash Behavior for the hat-trick. Western Sexy won the Clifford Wedge memorial for driver Adam Merner, trainer Phil Sizer and owner Jason Sherry, Kensington, PE. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 Merner, Ken Murphy and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles on the program. The last card at Summerside before Old Home Week is Sunday August 6th. Post time is 1pm. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was a down the highway victory as Marc Campbell captured his second straight Governor's Plate victory in the 49th edition of the Prince County Classic Saturday night at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway at the conclusion of Governor's Plate week of harness racing. The $22,000 Governor's Plate final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, saw Campbell cut over hard off the gate to secure the front through fractions of 26.2, 54.4 and 1:23.2 without seeing a serious challenge before an open length victory in 1:53.2. Crombie A (Driven by Gary Chappell) was second with Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan) third. Race favourite Hot Deuce (Walter Cheverie) was fourth with Invictus Hanover (Jason Hughes) getting the final cheque in fifth place. Do Over Hanover is owned by Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit, Que., Red Isle Racing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge and trained by Chris MacKay, who had a training triple on the card. Campbell won the 2016 Governor's Plate final with Rene Allard trainee Ys Lotus. Complete Player was in a world of his own on the undercard Saturday as the Tom Weatherbie trainee was on top at every call in his $12,940 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old colt pacers in a new sophomore track record of 1:53.4. Mark Bradley drove the colt for owner David Kennedy of Charlottetown with Lucbobski (Danny Romo) finishing second and Nameisonthehalter (Gilles Barrieau) third. Ultimate Yankee held the previous Summerside Raceway three-year-old track record of 1:54.3. The other Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divison was captured by Ashes To Ashes and Barrieau in 1:55.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington. Island Energetic (Campbell) was the runner-up with Southsidelightning (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. His Boy Elroy was victorious in the $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation for trainer-driver Bernard McCallum and owner Dan MacRae of Baddeck, N.S., in 1:55.2. Mr Irresistible (Hughes) was second and Nogreatmischief (Cheverie) got up for third. Ramblinglily won the $3,500 Governor's Plate Open Mares final in 1:55.4 with Cheverie in the bike over West River Ambyr (Clare MacDonald) and Woodmere Articblue (Campbell). Allan Jones of Riverview, N.B., co-owns and trains the mare with co-owner Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. Jeb captured the $2,200 Premier's Pace in 1:55.1 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Robi Hughes, and Blair and Eric MacLauchlan, all of Stratford. A trio of $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions were won by Colin N Down (Cheverie) in 1:59, Redwhiteandboots (Barrieau) in 1:59.3 and Ryans Allstar (Chappell) in 1:57.2. Hughes had four driving wins on the card but had to settle for second place behind Campbell in the Basil Whelan Memorial points standings for leading driver of Governor's Plate Week. Barrieau had a driving triple on the card while Cheverie, Campbell and Chappell all had two driving wins. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Marc Campbell continued his grip on the Red Shores Summerside driver's standings Friday evening as Governor's Plate Week harness racing continued. Campbell scored in a pair of $9,160 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies with his own trainees. Elektra Express was a 1:56.1 winner for Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S., with Goodmorning Ky (Driven by Norris Rogers) finishing second and Winrlosedrnkdaboze (Gilles Barrieau) third. Filly Forty Seven was another Campbell winner in her $9,160 A-division in 1:55.4 for owners Darrly MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines, N.S. Traces Of Purple (Barrieau) was a hard closing second while Brief Interlude (Adam Merner) completed the triactor. Woodmere Finesse captured the other A-division split in 1:57.1 for trainer-driver Bernard McCallum and owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S., over Tobins Secret (Earl Smith) and Bonzai Beach (Gary Chappell). The $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial trot saw a track record performance as Osprey Impact won in 1:57.2 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. The victory eclipsed Thunderaway's 1:58.1 overall track trotting record. Ultimateflyingnun continued her win streak with three straight victories now after a 1:56.2 lifetime best performance in the Bud Ramsay Memorial Pace for driver Todd Trites, trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. The $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies were won by Gulf Queen (Mark Haig) in 1:59.4, Dusty Lane Zendaya (Ron Gass) in 1:58.2 and Woodmere Dreams (Mark Bradley) in 1:57.3. Campbell had a driving triple on the program as he also won with JJ Antonio in 2:00.3 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Elm Grove Kaboom won the Medastar Memorial Pace in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Smith and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield while the Noonan Petroleum Pace was won by Salmonier Storm and owner-trainer-driver Ambyr Campbell in 1:58.2. Dusty Lane Jacob scored in a $1,400 trot class in memory of the late Boyd Leslie in 2:00.2 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer and co-owner Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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