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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlottetown, PE -Harness racing driver  Marc Campbell enjoyed a big day at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park recording four winners which included three Island Breeders championships. Campbell started the grand-slam with Timely Finesse for Windmere Farms and David Watts, North Wilshire. Then it was the parade of champions. Jackson K Down won the two-year-old colts division for Downey stables, NB who is also the breeder. Dusty Lane MsVickie notched her fifth in a row in the three-year old filly split for Grayland Farms, Pugwash, NS and breeder Meridian Farms. One of his biggest scores of the afternoon came with Proven Desire in the three-year-old colt showdown. Campbell put the son of Proven Lover on the point and celebrated an Island Breeders championship in a 1:57.3 dazzling performance. Silverhill Blaze rallied for second while Dixieland Band, a colt that he battled with all season, settled for third. Proven Desire is owned by Blair Hansen, Meghan MacDonald Charlottetown and John Thomas, Dartmouth, NS. Silverhill is the breeder. The McGuigan-Smallwood team picked up two Island Breeders championships with two year-old trotters. Michael McGuigan guided Oceanview Lefty in the opener for owner-trainer Edward Smallwood and breeder Bill Roloson, Belfast, PE. Michael's dad, Leonard, rallied Glencove Zani to his fifth win in a row for the Smallwood stable. The colt was bred by Carl Bagnall. The Roloson family also had their picture taken with their three-filly Tyne Valley for Kenny Arsenault. Scott and Bill Rolson share the ownership papers. William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta was the winning breeder. The three-colt trot split was a father and son celebration. Steven Shepherd was in the bike to win with Suicide Shift for his dad Harold who trains the champion for his co-owner Margo Fisher, Fredericton, NB. Dixieland Lullaby pushed her winning streak to six after Todd Trites engineered a winning trip in the two-year-filly final. Johnny Heffernan is the owner and trainer from Reserve Mines, NS. Bulletproof Enterprises is the breeder In other action, Mach Wheel, under the command of Darren Crowe, took the Halloween pace in an impressive 1:55.4 while Best Risque pulled off an upset in the Rollwithitharry open mares pace for driver Clare MacDonald, trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. Kenny Arsenault had a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt, under the command of harness racing driver Marc Campbell, made a big move down the backstretch to track down the pace setters and put away the field to win the Thursday feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58 flat. Van Zant (Ron Matheson) was second with fraction setter Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) third. Eagle Jolt is owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Campbell announced prior to the card that he was donating all his driving commissions to friend and fellow driver Corey MacPherson who has been sidelined after undergoing some medical treatment. Campbell drove Lyndale Royal to victory and the ownership group of Neal Moase and Brent Campbell also pledged their prize money to MacPherson. The leading driver at Charlottetown also paraded Fly With Max to victory lane. The fundraiser efforts were just over $1,000. A special presentation will be made Saturday. Mark Bradley had a driving triple on the program. Bradley scored with G Js Winning Fool, Lisfinny and Starlight Violet. Frill Seeker, with Kenny Arsenault in the bike, captured the trot class going gate to wire in 2:03.1 for EbbsFleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario. Arsenault also guided long-shot Woodmere No Fool to top honors paying $47.20 to win and Cheyenne Ford closed out the program. Racing returns Saturday at Charlottetown at 6pm and Sunday at 1pm in Summerside   By Lee Drake

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 Harnesslink.com

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 www.Theguardian.pe.ca and www.Standardbredcanada.ca. 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 www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

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