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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The battle for top harness racing driver continues into Thursday's program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval has a 13-dash card slated for a 7 pm start Thursday evening. Jason Hughes continues to lead the driver's colony in Charlottetown with 76 victories while Marc Campbell sits in second place with 75 wins. That one win margin can disappear at any moment as Campbell has 10 drives on the program while Hughes is programmed to sit behind seven starters. Gilles Barrieau sits third in the Charlottetown driver's standins, as North America's leading percentage driver has 64 wins in 2015 from just shy of 200 starts at Red Shores Charlottetown, while Hughes has over 400 drives this year in Charlottetown. One of Barrieau's drives is in the Thursday night feature with post 4 starter Outside The Wire in the $2,100 event. Perfect Escape is the favourite with the outside post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Campbell in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. Other entries include Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), American Captain (Kenny Arsenault) and Superbo Hanover (Gordie Hennessey). The back-up pace of the evening has Likely To Win as the morning line choice in race 12. Likely To Win has post 7 in the $1,900 contest for driver Barrieau, trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. The five-year-old son of Western Terror was a winner in this class his last two starts back in 1:56.4 with Barrieau aboard. His main competition will come from Cambest Kisser from post 2 with Hughes in the bike and Van Zant with post 4 for driver Ron Matheson. Other entries are Oakrock Almighty (Hennessey), Painted Desert (Mark Bradley), Lucky Encounter (Arsenault), Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and The Big Bite (Mike Stevenson). The evening trot class lines up in race 4 with Neal favoured for trainer-driver Brian Andrew, who shares in the ownership with William Andrew of Calgary. The seven-year-old Credit Winner stallion is dropping out of the Open ranks and draws post 6. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top stakes trotters on the east coast will battle again this Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as P.E.I. colts stake action hits the capital oval. First race post time is 7 pm for the 13-dash card with the three-year-old trotters battling in two $5,150 divisions in races 3 and 7 while the two-year-old trotters line up in a pair of $5,200 contests in races 5 and 9. The three-year-old trot fillies in race 3 has a field of five vying for the top prize in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes division with Paymenowpaymelater the morning line choice from post 3 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The Northern Bailey filly captured her Lady Slipper division last week in a new career best of 2:01 and will face Sweetwater Rayne (Jack Panting) and Tyne Valley (Mike Stevenson) this week. Race 7 has a rematch from last week in the seven-horse three-year-old trotting colt division, as JK Blaze leaves from post 2 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford, while Phoenician leaves off the rail for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The two-year-old trot divisions of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes get underway in race 5 as Time Warp has rail control for trainer-driver Danny MacDonald and owners Boyd MacDonald Produce of Crapaud, Daniel Ross of Belfast, William Andrew of Calgary and Brian Andrew of Milton. The Neal filly will face off with Howmac Gypsy (Panting) and Unsinkable One (Corey MacPherson) for top honours in the field of seven. The final P.E.I. Colt Stakes division on the evening has the undefeated High Bid leaving from post 4 for driver Cheverie and owner-trainer Smallwood while his main threat comes from post 6 starter Da Master with Campbell in the bike for trainer Thane Mann and owner Eric Johnston of Summerside. The $5,200 division has a field of eight two-year-old trotting colts. The evening pacing feature lines up in race 13 for a $1,900 purse with The Big Bite pegged as the one to beat from the outside post 8 with Stevenson in the bike for trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell and Deborah Wilson. The evening also features the UPEI Panther's Night at The Track. Fans will have a chance to meet the players and get details on their exciting packages for the upcoming season. Some players will be teaming with horses and drivers on the first two races on the program. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

With co-favorite Sparky Mark (Simon Allard) off the gate at the start, driver Marc Campbell saw opportunity knocking on the door and sent Take It Back Terry to the front and they held on with ease in capturing the second elimination division of the Gold Cup & Saucer Monday at Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island. Now the Allard vs Burke rivalry continues in the Gold Cup & Saucer final next Saturday for the third straight year. Allard won it last year, Burke the year before. The 12th race feature Monday saw local favorite D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) shoot to the early lead from the rail with Big Surf (Jody Jamieson) sneaking into the pocket-seat and a seemingly hung-out-to-dry Take It Back Terry first-over from the start. Then by a brisk :26.4 opening quarter mile, driver Marc Campbell had power with Take It Back Terry as they muscled their way to the lead. But there was only room for a :28 quarter breather to the half in :54.4 before Simon Allard came first-over with Sparky Mark as Lucan Hanover (Jonathan Drury) grabbed the second-over spot. Down the backstretch they raced, Sparky Mark trying to collar pacesetter Take It Back Terry by the three-quarters in 1:23, but it was to no avail as Take It Back Terry was the strong horse, going on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:50.4 with Sparky Mark second best and D Gs Camme third. Finishing fourth and making the final was Lucan Hanover. “It wasn’t the plan at all (going to the front),” Marc Campbell said. “I kinda looked over and saw that Simon (Allard) was off the gate so I figured I would go for it. I saw that Gilles (Barrieau) was going to the front and I figured he would let me go and I wanted to control the pace. “Then Simon came first over up the backstretch and that is where I wanted him,” Campbell said. “It all worked out great.” It was the sixth win this year for Take It Back Terry. The eight-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phillip Collins. He paid $4.40 to win. Take It Back Terry By Steve Wolf, for

Thursday night promises to be a lively card of  harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program that will serve as the lead in to Old Home Week 2015. The feature of the night is the first leg of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series. Mortal Combat appears to be the heavyweight of the three $1,750 horse and gelding divisions as Marc Campbell drives the five-year-old son of Tell All from post 6 in race 6 of the evening. Rene Allard trains Mortal Combat as the pacer ships in from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. The first horse and gelding claiming series division is in race 2 with PL Faststrike the classifier's choice from post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary. The morning line choice in race 10 is Cam Cool in another horse and gelding split with Campbell in the bike for trainer Jim Copley and owner Ann Copley of Inverness, N.S. Two divisions of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series for fillies and mares is also slated on the card with the queen of the Charlottetown claiming mares leading the way in the first division in race 4. CL La Rousse has rail control in the $1,750 event with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer and co-owner Reg Ferguson and co-owner Paula MacPhee, both of Charlottetown. The other fillies and mares split is in race 8 with Cape Breton invader Dontcallmeprincess the morning line choice for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, both of Inverness, N.S. The post 6 starter has Barrieau listed to drive. A 12-dash program is scheduled for Friday evening with a 7 pm start time. That card will serve as the official opener of Old Home Week 2015. For up-to-date news on the action at the Capital oval during the next 10 days, check in with the newsrooms at and Lee Drake

Big Surf claimed the Saturday night invitational event in gate to wire fashion at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Marc Campbell employed front end tactics and rolled the Trevor Hicken trainee to the point laying down stiff fractions of 26.4, 55 and 1:23.2 before stopping the timer in an impressive 1:53 flat. Im Drinkin Doubles (Marc Whebby), who was fifth on the outside past three-quarter pole, finished second with Hicken's other stable star All Turain (Corey MacPherson) rallying for third. The Rev and R Caan completed the order of finish. D GS Camme and Mach It Big were scratched due to sickness. Big Surf notched his second win in a row for owners Burkie By the Bay stables, Perry Burke, QC. PEI Potato Farmers presented the Spud Island Classic for open mares on the program with Campbell delivering the goods aboard Dirt Track Momma in a dazzling 1:55.2 score for owner Jonah Moase and trainer Neal Moase of Cornwall. Ramblinglily and Walter Cheverie took their division in 1:57.4. Cheverie did the driving for trainer Allan Jones and co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. Jason Hughes made four trips to the winner's circle on the program. The Stratford native won the opener with Blue Star Outlaw and followed up with Johnnybananas for trainer Jamie Smith, Walbert from the Ashley Gamester stable and closed the night with Narragansett for Foxyhall racing, Summerside, PE. Tymal Tyme prevailed in the trot class for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Cindy MacDonald and owner Tessa MacKinnon, Souris, PE. Gilles Barrieau recorded a driving double. For complete results go to Lee Drake

A winning streak will come to an end in the race three trotting feature on Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Charlottetown Driving Park First race post time is 7 pm for the 13-dash card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $1,450 event might as well be called a preview for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown coming up in October as the best three-year-old trotters on the East Coast are set to do battle. JK Blaze has been perfect so far in 2015 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford while Paymenowpaymelater takes her two-for-two unbeaten 2015 season to the table for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Add Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Tyne Valley (William Roloson) from post 1 and Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) to the mix and it could be anyone's race in the eight horse field. A red hot pacer will look to start a new winning streak in the Thursday night pacing feature. The Big Bite has drawn post 4 in the race 12 Preferred 2 for a purse of $2,200 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver and Edward Blaisdell of P.E.I. and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. The six-year-old son of Shark Gesture has two straight wins in 1:58 before being nosed out in his latest start in a blistering 1:55.3 to Forever Paradise. The Big Bite has dodged that foe this week and gains the support of race analyst Les MacIsaac. "He seems to be peaking at the right time with Old Home Week approaching," MacIsaac said of The Big Bite. "He currently offers a not worse than second record from his last three starts and gets home consistently in 28 seconds. He could be sitting on a big one." Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) shows some sharp race lines from post 3 while brothers Vincent and Gary Poulton send out Tempo Seelster from post 1 and Cabo Pan Lucas from post 5. The ultra- consistent Cabo Pan Lucas has 11 top three finishes from just 13 starts so far in 2015 and has the services of Danny MacDonald in the bike. Newcomer Blue Chip Sunshine has post 7 in the feature with Gilles Barrieau for owners Milton Young of Newfoundland and trainer Mick Dunn. The American Ideal six-year-old has all ready taken a mark of 1:55.1 this year over the half-mile oval at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. The field also includes Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Jersey Joe (Gary Chappell) and J Rs Hurricane (Corey MacPherson). Lee A. Drake

Forever Paradise was placed right on the point by driver Gilles Barrieau and went on to win the Thursday night feature at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a solid 1:55.3. The Big Bite put in a strong effort and rallied late to finish second for Mike Stevenson with J RS Hurricane (Corey MacPherson) third. Barrieau did the driving for the ownership group of Reg MacPherson and David and Aaron MacKenzie. The pacer notched his 7th win of the campaign. Lyndale Royal made it three victories in a row when he nailed the line in a swift 1:56.3. It was also the third winner of the night for driver Marc Campbell. The six-year-old is trained by Brent Campbell for his co-owner Neal Moase. Other highlights on the card included Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting) and Majian Chester (James Ripley) won their respective assignments in the trot divisions. Yankee No More, owned by Ernest Smith, Rocky Point and trainer Darren Smith, Cornwall, stopped the timer in 1:57.4 to get the pick 5 contest rolling while Tammysmist flashed great speed with a 1:58 performance for driver Ken Murphy, owner Ken Waite, Summerside and trainer Elton Miller. For complete results go to Racing returns Saturday post time is 6pm. Lee A. Drake

 D GS Camme looks ready for harness racing prime time. The harness racing pacer, who was making only his third start of 2015, wired the top class in a dazzling 1:54.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and ownership group of Tom Clark, Quentin, Hal Bevan and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. It was an impressive performance given he raced with broken equipment after the tire blew on the race bike. Big Surf (Marc Campbell) applied some pressure down the backstretch on route to the third panel but he settled for second while Si Semalu (Jason Hughes) was third. Expect to see this line up go head to head in Governor's Plate elimination action in Summerside next Sunday. In other action, Ramblinglily is three for three in 2015 when she won the open mares feature in 1:56.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. For All We Know (Gary Chappell) was second with Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) third. Osprey Impact (Paul Larrabee) recorded another victory in her trot assignment while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) took top honors in the open trot in 2:00.1. Barrieau had a driving double on the 12 dash card. The wager was $48,860. Lee Drake

Will it be the "Camme" before the storm or could it be "Surf's Up" at Red Shores on Saturday night. A harness racing rivalry in the making begins in the Saturday night Preferred 1 pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate side by side. The 2015 Cecil Ladner Memorial winner Big Surf has drawn post 2 for the Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I by storm winning three of his four starts this year, including two clockings in 1:53 and change. Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken. The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 on Saturday night fresh off a 1:54 victory just one week ago, the defending Governor's Plate Champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is trained by Charlottetown's best Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the "Maritime Magicman" Gilles Barrieau from post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five. Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 Open Mares. 'Lily' has drawn into post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, Jones does the training and Walter Cheverie will do the driving. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior. The Open Trot goes in Race 3 with the Queen of the Trot Pleasure Girls absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner this week. Three-entry Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil and after back-to-back second place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winners enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. Machinthesand searches for three-peat Five pacers will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate in the Race 10 feature on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The morning line choice will be Machinthesand as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he scores from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings LTD, Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers. The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire. Machinthesand winning on the 28th June The Race 11 'Go Home Pace' will see the veteran 10-year-old gelding Life Savior put his three race win streak on the line as he makes the jump from the $4000 claimer into the $5000 ranks. Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane the winner of 55 races lifetime has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1, he will get the services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driver Corey MacPherson. The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post. Don't miss a second of the action with the live racing broadcast at By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf won the Cecil Ladner Memorial final is a dazzling 1:53 flat Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell did the driving for Burkie By the Bay stable and Perry Burke, QC as the son of Somebeachsomewhere scorched the city oval for trainer Trevor Hicken turning back D GS Camme (Gilles Barrieau) while Hicken stable-mate All Turain completed the triactor. Si Semalu was fourth with Motorino fifth. Campbell enjoyed another exciting victory taking the $19,180 Maritime Breeders Final for three-year pacing colts in the Doug Harkness memorial with Proven Desire in 1:56. The colt, owned by Blair Hansen, Meghan MacDonald and John Thomas, notched his third win of 2015. The winning breeder was Silverhill, Tignish. Dixieland Band was second with JJ Romeo third. Jann Down and Barrieau were able to maneuver around Woodmere Dancenart, who made a break after the field went by the quarter, to go on to claim the rich $24,360 Maritime Breeders final for three-year-old fillies named in honor of Ken Starratt. The filly, who is owned and bred by Downey Stables, NB and trained by Steve Mason, took a new mark of 1:58.1. Elm Grove Joanette was the runner-up while Miss Oromocto closed for the show ticket. In other action, Pleasure Girls, with Corey MacPherson driving, won the open trot in 2:00.1 for owner Shelley Gass, Cornwall. The winning connections were presented with the cooler for the victory. Campbell had a grand-slam with four winners while Barrieau recorded a driving hat-trick on the 13 dash program. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Dirt Track Momma (E Dee's Cam) used her powerful finishing kick to capture the mares open feature harness racing event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Marc Campbell was in the bike for the exciting stretch drive victory which produced a dead-heat for second between Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) and Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson). Jonah Moase, Cornwall is the winning owner. Long-shot Machinthesand (Mach Three) surprised his competition after making a three-high move on route to the three-quarter pole and march to an impressive score of 1:56.1 in the back-up class for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Mark Bradley and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) and IDK (Vince Poulton), both trained by Gary Poulton, completed the triactor ticket. MacPherson, who had a driving double, equaled that clocking as the fastest mile of the night aboard JRs Hurricane for the Jean Charles Belliveau stable of Scoudouc, NB. In other action, Money Show (Cash Hall) , under the command of Brian Andrew, and Caliban Hanover (Andover Hall) , with Ron Gass in the bike, won their respective trot assignments while Brief Bliss and Stephen Quinn won the Canadian Housing Federation Pace. Perfect Escape (McArdle), owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario, were victorious in the Blaine MacPherson 60th Birthday Pace for trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Ron Matheson. MacPherson, along with family and friends, were trackside for the cooler presentation. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf, with harness racing driver Marc Campbell in the bike, stopped the timer in an incredible 1:53.2 performance to win the Saturday night top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Burkie By the Bay stables, Ten Mile House and Perry Burke, Grosse Ile, Quebec, made it look easy on the windy night after Campbell moved the pacer on route to the half (56 seconds) after the opening quarter was posted in 27.2 by co-favorite and stable-mate All Turain (Corey MacPherson). Big Surf flew past the three-quarter station in 1:25.1 before sprinting home in 28.1 seconds to notch his first victory of the 2015 campaign over All Turain. Both horses are trained by Trevor Hicken who enjoyed the one-two finish. American Terror was third. Frill Seeker, with Kenny Arsenault driving for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, took the open trot over Pleasure Girls and Presto Pegasus. Arsenault also won with Leading Camdidate for owner Jeff Holmes of Orwell, PE. Driver Mark McKinnon enjoyed a driving double with scores aboard Unstoppable Speed for the ownership group of David and Mitch Tierney along with Sterling and Kelsie Buchanan and Come Back for Tim McKinnon, Charlottetown. Team Matheson made two trips to victory lane when Seawind Hudson, a three-old colt by Sportswriter owned by Patrick Morris, Charlottetown, recorded his first lifetime win while Hornswoggle captured the seventh race contest for father Ron, son Jackie and owner daughter Jodi Lynn. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The stage is set for a busy weekend of harness racing with an 11 dash card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside plays host to the stars Sunday in the Ruby Chappell stakes for three-year-old fillies with the three-year-old colts being called to the starter in Bob Dewar stakes. Post time is 1pm. Big Surf will make his season debut off the rail in the $2,400 feature Saturday in the capital city. Marc Campbell will be in the bike to handle the Trevor Hicken trainee after a super impressive qualifier in 1:57.4 clocking and a 27.4 closer. The son of Somebeachsomewhere will go up against Outside The Wire who scorched Summerside oval in 1:55 on opening day for Jason Hughes and conditioner Craig Avery. Hicken will also send out his other stable star All Turain from post 6 for red hot Corey MacPherson. Darth Bader (Kenny Arsenault), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and American Terror (Ed Harvey) only adds to the appeal. This should be quite a speed show with All Turain as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. The program will also feature the open trotters in race 3 with Pleasure Girls getting the edge over Zip The Lip and Frill Seeker. Fly With Max is getting comfortable in the winner's circle with two wins and two seconds since relocating from Flamboro Downs in Ontario. Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Earl Watts and owners Wade Peconi, Stanchel, Nicholas Peconi Jr, Lakefield, Ontario. This team is going for their third victory in a row in race 5. Lee Drake  

Harness racing drivers Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes tied in wins last year and have had the same number of starts so far this year   The page has been turned on 2014 but it is more of the same in the driving ranks at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes are tied atop the leaderboard at the capital oval with 13 wins each after finishing in a dead heat for top reinsman for the 2014 season.   Each driver has an identical 66 starts so far this season.   Gary Chappell sits in third with nine 2015 wins while Corey MacPherson is tied for fourth with Kenny Arsenault at seven wins apiece.   MacPherson has been hot since the season opened up May 2, but only had one win during the month of January so he has some catching up to do.   On the training side, Hughes leads the way with nine trips to the winner's circle, with Kenny Arsenault in second with five winners and a four-way tie for third spot between Gary Chappell, Mark Bradley, Wade Sorrie and Jonah Moase.   They all have four season victories as a conditioner.   This is the final week for single card racing, as next week starts up Thursday evenings in Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon cards at the Summerside Raceway, along with the regular 6 p.m. Saturday cards at the CDP.   P.E.I. Scene   Island racing was saddened with the recent passing of Kenny Murnaghan of Charlottetown.   The 64-year-old was a regular on the CDP backstretch either working with a horse of his own or helping out his good friend Leonard (Barney) McGuigan.   My condolences to the Murnaghan family.   Qualifiers will be held Sunday at noon and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Summerside Raceway as the Prince County Horseman prepare for the 2015 season.   Officials with the Maritime Province's Harness Racing Commission invite all Western horsemen to the paddock meeting being held directly after the Wednesday evening qualifiers.   The information session will be held on the upper floor of the grandstand in Red Shores Summerside.   My wishes for a speedy recovery go out to long-time horseman Jimmy MacMillan of Hunter River.   The lifelong participant is a talented horseman in every sense as a trainer, driver and farrier and has been battling some health troubles recently. Get better soon, Jimmy.   Blue Suede Shoes is a newcomer to the Island racing scene for owner Jamie Kennedy of Charlottetown.   The nine-year-old son of Ginfromeartoear has 15 lifetime wins, $169,460 in purse earnings and a mark of 1:51 taken at Woodbine Raceway in Ontario.   The stallion has not made a start since Dec. 29, 2012 at Woodbine for trainer Randy Van Meer but is now in the care of Kenny Arsenault and put in a sharp qualifier Saturday in Charlottetown finishing third with a 29.2 closing panel.   Across the continent   Saturday at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., Maplelea finished third in the $59,600 Princess series final for owner-trainer Andrew Moore, formerly of Charlottetown.   The three-year-old Sportswriter filly paced her own mile in 1:51.1, beaten two-and-a-half lengths with Rick Zeron in the bike.   The finish pushed her seasonal earning over the $100,000 mark to give her $106,798 in the bank in 2015.   Monday at Mohawk, maritime champion Dixieland Band was a third place finisher in a $18,000 class for driver Randy Waples and trainer Dr. Ian Moore, as well as Island owners Aaron and David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson.   The Ameripan Gigolo colt paced his own mile in 1:53.2.   Nicholas Oakes - Courtesy of the Guardian - Charlottetown

Charlottetown, PE - Veronicavermillion came from off the pace to win the afternoon harness racing feature race in an impressive 1:56.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Brian MacPhee and Veronicavermillion tracked mid-pack behind Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and pace-setter Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) through hot fractions of 28, 57.4 and 1:27.1 before the leader began to tire and the only girl the field handed the boys a defeat. Veronicavermillion is owned by Alex MacPhee, Cornwall and trained by Neil Bambrick. She paid $11.90 to win. Cambest Kisser was second with Narragansett rallying to finish third. The 3-1-5 triactor returned $395.20 while the superfecta 3-1-5-2 was $963.50. Modern Xhibit was a late scratch. Jason Hughes had another big day at the track with four winners on the program. The Stratford native got the grand-slam rolling with Sanchez Blue Chip then followed up with Machinthesand and Walbert where he was greeted in the winner's circle by Island Storm player Rashad Whack who teamed up with the horse and driver for a special promotion. Whack, a guard with the Storm, came right back in the second promotional race to get his picture taken with Talk Back and driver Wade Sorrie. Hughes closed the day with Blue Start Oultlaw for owner Donnie MacRae, Vernon Bridge. In other action, I Aint No Lady ended Frill Seeker's winning streak after claiming the open trot for MacPhee and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Wade Sorrie, Brian MacPhee and Ken Murphy recorded driving doubles on the day. The wager was $46, 488 By Lee Drake     *

Charlottetown, PE – Life Savior, a veteran pacer owned by Darla MacEachern of Kensington, recorded his 50th lifetime win during the 15 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Darla’s father, Duane, trains the ten year-old Life Sign campaigner who went into the race with 242 career starts. Driver Corey MacPherson was in the bike for the occasion. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) delivered as the post time favorite taking the program’s top class in 2:01.1 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford and his trainer Kevin MacLean. Pictonian Storm put in an impressive mile to finish second for Wade Sorrie while the only girl in the field, Veronicavermillion, completed the triactor for driver Brian MacPhee. Cheyenne Ford, owned by James O’Halloran Montague, cut fractions of 29.4, 1:01.3 and 1:32 over a track rated a “good” with a two second variant. Frill Seeker moved his winning streak up to four in a row with a gate to wire score in the trot class. Kenny Arseanult trains and drives for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario. Arsenault, Campbell and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles. Wager was $40,087 Racing returns Saturday with post time at 12:30pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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