Saulsbrook Alana and driver Marc Campbell were victorious in the 20th edition of The Maritimer for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway. The stakes event is co-sponsored by the New Brunswick Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and Saint John Exhibition Association. The streaking Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) and Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) went wire-to-wire to win the $9,762 elimination heats earlier in the day in matching 2:00.3 miles while Saulsbrook Alana finished second to the latter filly. To view the rest of this story click here.
Charlottetown, PE - The four-year-old chestnut gelding, Red Magician will look to pick up his third victory on red soil when he takes on seven other foes in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 6 p.m. for the 12-dash card. Owned by Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale, Red Magician has only missed one top two finish since arriving to P.E.I. in July. Dale Rennie handles the training duties on the winner of over $ 30,000 this season. Mark Bradley picks up the catch driving call from Post 2. Say It Again Sam will look to get back to his winning ways after he seen his 10-race win streak snapped on Gold Cup and Saucer night. It was the three-year-old Well Said gelding's first defeat since relocating to P.E.I. under the ownership of Foxyhall Racing. The Jason Hughes trainee has drawn Post 7. The 'Blue Knight' Hughes will also do the driving. McMaverick, Blu Meadow Willie, Eagle Jolt, Cheyenne Ford, Tempo Seelster and Carrera Angel round out the Preferred 2 pacers in Race 11. Hurrah 4 Island Charities is back in full-force Saturday night, fresh off a victory in the Joe O'Brien 'Grassroot' division, Hurrah has drawn into Post 2 for trainer Mark Bradley and catch-driver Brian Andrew. Special Olympics P.E.I. was at Red Shores' last Saturday afternoon as Hurrah returned back to the winner circle. Hurrah's August earnings are being donated to Special Olympics P.E.I., he already has over $2,000 this month. Hurrah will go up against his stablemate My Kinda Crazy as he looks to win his third race in-a-row. The three-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo was also a winner in his 'Grassroot' division during Old Home Week. Bradley will drive from Post 6 for the Kickin Horse Stable. The Open Trot goes in Race 6, the wily veteran Abundaspin has been listed as the morning line favourite. The 14-year-old winner of 77 races lifetime has drawn into Post 5 for owner Mikaela Lustic. Harold Shepherd does the driving and training. Abundaspin finished third in the PEIHRIA trot final in his last start. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail for owners Orville Willis and co-owner, trainer Donald Sweet. Brian MacPhee will do the driving after finishing second in the PEIHRIA trot final for $ 10, 700. Howmacs Pride has back-t0-back victories and has finished in the top three in her last four. She is owned by Wade Peconi and the Howmac Farms LTD. Charlottetown's top driver, Marc Campbell does the training and driving as he prepares for the National Driving Championship on Tuesday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE - McJestic, under the command of Corey MacPherson, tracked down pace-setter Hail the Taxi to win the Thursday night feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57 flat. Troy Murray of Cornwall owns and trains the pacer. Hail The Taxi finished second with Tyber Champ and Rocky Schurman third after surging up the passing lane. The victory gave MacPherson a driving double after he drove BrookDale Heather to the fastest mile of the night in 1:56.4. Heather Neill of North Milton was the winning owner. Motor Shark made it four in a row with a 1:57.1 performance for driver Jason Hughes. The son of Cams Card Shark wired the field for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings of Mount Stewart. I Ain't No Lady captured the trot class in 2:02.2 for driver Garth Cole and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Glencove Umay and Hopedale Dora completed the triactor. The 2-1-6 combination paid $127.60. Juarez Cyclone, with co-owner Paul Morrison in the bike, notched their second win of the campaign scoring in the trot co-feature in 2:06.2. Paul Breau of Shediac Cape, NB co-owns the colt who turned back Lace (Brian Andrew) and Lets Trade Ladies (Garth Cole) in only his fifth start. Honor Role won the Iwave Information Systems Pace for driver Brian Andrew and his co-owners Blake and William Andrew. The mare charted her third win in a row in 1:59.1 The fastest mile of the night went to Brookdale Heather in 1:56.4 for owner heather Neill of North Milton. Mark Bradley and Jason Hughes also recorded driving doubles on the program. Racing returns Saturday at the CDP oval with a 6pm post time. The National Driving Championship moves into Red Shores Tuesday at 7pm. The top eight drivers in Canada will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the World Driving Championship in Australia. The event also features the Founder's Cup $25,000 Invitational along with the Builder's Cup pace in honor of Doug Hill, Charlottetown and Eric Johnston, Summerside,PE. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Hail The Taxi will seek to fend off seven foes in the feature pace Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell will drive the four-year-old son of Art Major from post 2 in the $1,900 race 11 feature for Ontario owners Brian Evans and Randy Van Meer as well as Lynda MacSwain of Morell. Darren Trainor conditions the pacer, who was a winner in 1:56.2 his last start out. Race analyst Les MacIsaac also places his faith in Hail The Taxi to land in the CDP winner's circle. "He's been steadily climbing back up the class ladder as he seems to be regaining his confidence," MacIsaac said, "and last time out earned a win in what happens to be the fastest on the page this year. Don't rule out a repeat." Also in the event is Sterling Seelster (Mark Bradley), Tyber Champ (Rocky Schurman), Mcjestic (Corey MacPherson), Sa Summers Luck (Gary Chappell), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy). The card has two trot classes slated to go in races 3 and 5. Race 3 has Juarez Cyclone picked to win for trainer-driver Paul Morrison of Cardigan, who co-owns with John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B. He will face off against seven rivals including Lace (Brian Andrew) and fellow Morrison trainees Mile Hill Belle (Corey MacPherson) and Oysterbed Margaret (Brian MacPhee). Race 5 has Glencove Uday trying to get the job done from post 1 for driver MacPherson and owner-trainer Carl Bagnall of Stratford. The seven-year-old daughter of Bo W has been winless so far this season but knocking on the door nearly every start. Her competition in the compact field of six comes from Sandhill Angel (Kenny Arsenault) and Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood). The back-up pace lines up in race 12 with Rash B Havior (Michael Peters) favored off the rail against Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) and Painted Pony (MacPhee). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
The $ 20,000 harness racing James Roach MacGregor Memorial will line up behind the gate in the race 12 finale on Friday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. The field of six, features four Gold Cup and Saucer trial starters that didn't qualify for the $75, 000 final and two others. The millionaire pacer Up The Credit has drawn into Post 2 for trainer - driver Carl Jamieson. The six-year-old Western Terror stallion finished fifth in his trial, pacing his mile in 1:53.1 for Ryan Ellis. The former winner of the $ 1.5 million North American Cup as a three-year-old is owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Mach Wheel has drawn the coveted rail as he takes his stab at the lions share of the $ 20,000 purse. He was also a fifth place finisher in his Gold Cup and Saucer trial, pacing his own mile in 1:53 for owner - trainer Shane Arsenault. He was a winner two starts back at Grand River Raceway in 1:54.2. Island native Paul Mackenzie will do the driving. The brother duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd will send out Duke Did It from post 4. He was a disappointing sixth in his trial which came one start after setting the track record at Truro Raceway in 1:53.2, his win streak was halted at four too. Owned by Ivan Petersheim, the nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight will look to regain form on Friday night. The only Maritime owned horse in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Astor, has drawn Post 5 in the compact field of six. He finished sixth in his Trial for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. Jason Hughes does the training and driving. One of the stars on the Maritime Free-for-all scene, Astor will look to show his Ontario invaders what P.E.I. is all about. Blissfull Bro (post 3) and Windfall Blue Chip (post 6), round out the field for the MacGregor memorial. The top three-year-old fillies the Maritimes have to offer will be on display Friday night in two Gold divisions of the Lady Slipper. Last year's top filly looks to be regaining her form heading into her $12, 700 Gold divisions, Saulsbrook Alana has drawn into post 6 in Race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise has back-to-back 1:56 and change victories for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The winner of just shy of $ 80,000 lifetime will get the services of Marc Campbell. Her bridesmaid last week, Absolootly Hot draws into post 3 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable and Scott Hubbard. She paced her mile in 1:56.4 beaten only a length-and-a-quarter by Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is trained by Earl Watts. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving for the second straight start. I C Anastro, Sea Anna Win, Pictonian Sareta, Babies Gigolo, Libertys Gig and Dusty Lane Dora round out the full-filed of eight. The 2014 Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute will look to dethrone the winner of four-in-a-row Elm Grove Inarush. Lovineveryminute draws into post 5 for the River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. She has just shy of $ 60,000 in lifetime earnings. Earl Watts does the training while Todd Trites will handle the driving. Elm Grove Inarush will look to extend her win streak to five from Post 3, her last two victories have come in a career best 1:55.3 for driver Mark Bradley. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, Doucette does the training. Mackenzie will handle the driving duties as he looks to take the late double with her and Mach Wheel. Brickyard Val, Fleurje, Briannas Angel, Bettim Jenny, Outrageous Spirit and Sail Through round out the field. The P.E.I Trotting Series Final sponsored by the PEIHRIA will line up behind the starting gate in Race 7 for a purse of $ 10, 700. Eight of the best trotters the Maritimes have to offer will contest for the largest purse they will race for this season. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail position for owner Orville Willis and Donald Sweet, fresh off of a victory in the second leg, the Sweet trainee will get the Brian MacPhee in the bike. The aged veteran of the field, the 14-year-old Abundaspin will leave from post 3, The richest starter in the field with over $477, 000 in lifetime earnings the Harold Shepherd trainee will get son Robert in the bike. Frill Seeker has drawn Post 4, after a break, a win, a break and a win since coming to P.E.I, his owners the Ebbslfeet Stables will hope the streak stays in-tacked for this week. Kenny Arsenault does the training at the driving. Beer Maggs, Pleasure Girls, Lyrical Lindy, Majian Dillon and Mopey Corey round out the field. Bo Ford
Old Home Week 2014 is starting to come down to the wire, but not until four more harness racing cards become complete. Friday afternoon Red Shores' Charlottetown will play host to four Grassroots divisions of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old fillies. The 12-dash card gets underway at 1 p.m. Racing for a purse of $5,000 the first division lines up in Race 5. Gracious Minnie has drawn the outside post 7 for owners Paul Murphy and Lenny Myers. The Ameripan Gigolo filly has the best time in her last start finishing fourth and pacing her mile in 1:58. She has faced the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A's in her last two starts, Myers does the training and driving. Charlottes Style is the richest starter in the Race 5 first division, falling just shy of the $ 10,000 cutoff for the Grassroots division. She is owned by the Turn For Home Stable. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee comes in showing her first clean line in over a month, she paced in 1:58.4 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault. She will leave from Post 2. R Es Confusion, Acton Royal Force, Union Dues, Mademoiselle Neeld and Rhondas Example round out the field. In Race 7, Willow Warrior will look to return to her winning ways after seeing her three race win streak snapped last week. The Brendan Curran trainee missed her first top two finish this season last time out. Mark Bradley will handle the driving duties on the daughter of Western Terror for owner Alby Curran. She is listed as the morning line favourite. Right next door is Woodmere Trulyblue, coming in off of an impressive qualifier in 1:59.2 she will pick up the driving services of Paul Mackenzie. The Articulator filly is owned by Susanne Mac Keigan and Gary Arsenault, Blaine Mckenna does the training. Coconut Ladida, Tobins Beauty, Howmac Missy, Waterhook and Sendmeasign are the other five entries. Landed Alien has been enrolled as the morning line favourite in the third Grassroots division. The Jackie Matheson trainee was a winner two back in 2:01.2, but was interfered with in her last race. Arsenault will be back aboard the Aahm Canadian Now filly for owner Darlene Compton. She leaves from post 5. Gilles Barrieau picks up the catch-driving call on Rosa Santanna from Post 3 for the Spud Island Stable and trainer Jamie Smith, the Santanna Blue Chip filly has $6, 372 to her back roll from 19 lifetime starts. Regular pilot Marc Campbell will drive his own trainee Eastern Eden from Post 1 for owner Perry Burke. Golden Claw, Southside Success, Larsheis and R Es Kate are the other starts. Tarahumara headlines the final division from the outside Post 7. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo was second in her Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' division last Saturday for owner - trainer - driver Donnie Mac Neill. The two-entry Mirages Magic has placed in the top three five times this season from seven tries. Irwin Cleaner is the owner-trainer and breeder on the daughter of Articulator, Darren Crowe will drive. The competition compiles of Caspiana, Sea Queen, Bendable Fashion, Shady Kowalski and Pownal Bay Tia. In the afternoon finale, Motor Shark will look to extend his win streak to three for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings, the three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark was a winner two back in a lifetime best 1:56.3 by ten lengths, he followed that up with a 1:57 score, both for trainer - driver Jason Hughes. He has drawn Post 5. Bo Ford
Charlottetown PE- Old Home Week is officially in full swing and Saturday afternoon marks the first double header of Old Home Week 2014. The 12-dash card will feature the first showing of the Atlantic Sire Stakes, with three 'A' and three 'B' stakes for three-year-old fillies scheduled for a 1 p.m. post time. The Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' action gets underway in Race 7 with the two top fillies in the Maritimes set to do battle. Elm Grove Inarush has drawn post 2. The three-year-old Coasttocoast Yankee - Seawind Alpha filly come into the $9,500 'A' division with three straight victories including a track record performance in her last start at Inverness Raceway, she stopped the clock in 1:55.3. The Seawind Amg bred filly is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Gordon Macleod, Grant Mann and trainer Eddy Doucette. Regular driver Mark Bradley will be in the bike as the filly closes in on $80,000 in career earnings. The Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute has drawn the outside post 6. Bred and co-owned by River Valley Management along with Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms, the Western Paradise - Deliver Me daughter is trained by Earl Watts, Todd Trites will handle the driving duties. A winner of five races this year, Lovineveryminute finished second to Elm Grove Inarush last start pacing her mile in 1:56.2. Woodmere Trulyblue, Sail Through, Libertys Gig and Gracious Minnie round out the field. Last year's two-year-old champion looks to be rounding back into form as a three-year-old, Saulsbrook Alana found her way back to the winner circle in Inverness last week winning in 1:56.4 by seven lengths for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, Kevin MacLean is the trainer on the winner of just under $75,000 lifetime. Marc Campbell will pilot 'Alana' from post 4 in Race 9. Last weeks second place finisher Fleurje has drawn into post 3 for the Buntainwood Farms and trainer Nick Oakes. The Ameripan Gigolo filly will reunite with regular driver Jason Hughes. Dusty Lane Dora, Outrageous Spirit, Sea Anna Win and Absolootly Hot complete the competition. Race 11 is the final division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' divisions, Post 3 starter Pictonian Sareta will try and get the Sire Stakes monkey off of her back. The Western Paradise - Southview Selena filly has four top three finishes from four Atlantic Sire Stakes starts and will look to get into the Sire Stakes winner circle this time around for owner Dan Ross and trainer - driver Mike Stevenson. Waterhook will make her 'A' division start after winning a 'B' stake during Lobsterfest week. The daughter of Articulator has drawn post 1 and has been installed as the morning line choice for owner Bruce Wood. The trainer - driver combination of Jackie Matheson and Gilles Barrieau handle the controls. Charlottes Style, Newsmaker, Bettim Jenny and Briannas Angel are the other starters. Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' action goes in races 5, 8 and 10. Tarahumara is listed as the favourite in race 5, Race 8 favourite Babies Gigolo has drawn post 2 and the 10th race favourite is J J Mistress. The Race 12 feature will host a field of eight starters and will also include Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Hurrah has drawn post 7 for trainer - driver Mark Bradley. All of Hurrah's earning for the month of August will be donated to the P.E.I. Special Olympics as part of the Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Two aged trots will go in races 1 and 3. Glencove Umay has drawn Post 6 in the first race for owner - trainer Carl Bagnall. Newcomer Rate Exchange will make his Island debut in race 3, the winner of over $400, 000 lifetime is trained by Jonah Moase and Campbell will do the driving. Bo Ford
The battle for harness racing top gun at Red Shores' Charlottetown is ready to heat up quickly. With Old Home Week just three days (two, Tuesday) away, the drivers and trainers are preparing for 16 race cards over 10 days. Jason Hughes sit in the spot he likes to sit in most races, right on the front. With 212 drives this season in Charlottetown, Hughes has returned 47 winners back to the winners enclosure. The Stratford native is atop the driving leader board for earnings with $ 55, 688 earned this season at Charlottetown. The 'Blue Knight' carries a UDRS of .356 at the capital city oval. Chomping at the bit from second is Marc Campbell. Campbell currently sits four back with 43 wins from 180 drives. He holds the record for most wins in a single season at Red Shores Charlottetown with 130. The three-time defending Francis McIsaac Memorial Champion (Most wins during Old Home Week) seems to bring his A-game to the track with him afternoon and night during Old Home Week, it could make for an interesting battle throughout the week. Heading into Old Home Week the former O'Brien Award winner bats .361. The race for show is a neck and neck drive heading into the big week. Walter Cheverie currently sits in third with 22 victories from 124 drivers. Cheverie is a four time winner of the Francis McIsaac, last winning it in 2008. The veteran driver has over $28,000 earned this year heading into Old Home Week and a UDRS of .323. A two way tie for fourth rounds out Charlottetown's top drivers. Premier catch-driver Kenny Arsenault and Ronnie Matheson who does most of his driving out of his son Jackie's stable both have 21 wins a piece. Arsenault has 164 trips around the track this year and is closing in on $ 30, 000 for this season, He is also a four time winner of the Francis McIsaac award, last winning it in back-to-back years of 2009 and 2010. Matheson has only 109 drives this season, but he did pick up his 1, 000 lifetime driving victory earlier this season, he carries a UDRS of .333 heading into Old Home Week. Corey MacPherson (20), Brodie MacPhee (18), Mark Bradley (15), Mike McGuigan (12) and Mike Stevenson (10) round out the top ten. On the trainers side of things, the race isn't as close. Hughes has a commanding lead with 33 victories this season. His power packed stable has been on fire this season with horses like Say It Again Sam, Stayoutofmyaffair, Astor and Red Rock. Hughes has 152 starts this season and has hit the top three in 72 of those starts. He has a .330 UTRS in Charlottetown. Jackie Matheson is all alone in second. Last years winningest trainer at Charlottetown has topped in 24 winners from 143 starts. He has $32, 101 in earnings this season and his stable has been the brides made 23 times this season. Youngster Jonah Moase is having a career year in his third season as a trainer. Moase is currently in third with 16 wins this season from only 63 starts. The 18-year-old has the highest UTRS out of any trainer with more then 55 starts. Another two-way tie rounds out the top five, and once again Arsenault finds himself in the fourth place tie. He and Mark Bradley each have 13 winners this season at Charlottetown. Arsenault has just over 100 start with 103 while Bradley has just over 50 starts with 55. Darren Trainor (10), Ronnie Gass (9), Earl Watts (9) round out the top eight with a three-way tie for ninth. Joe Smallwood, Len McGuigan and Harold Shepherd each have 8. By Bo Ford
A new track record for three-year-old fillies was set on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway with Elm Grove Inarush clocking the impressive 1:55.3 mile. The three-year-old pacing filly was under the command of driver Mark Bradley in the first of two Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division events. The ownership papers on the filly are held by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann of Kensington, PE. Saulsbrook Alana and driver Marc Campbell captured the second 'A' division event in 1:56.4 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, PE. Two 'B' division events were further highlights on the afternoon race card with the first dash going to Rhondas Example and driver Mike Stevenson. Meanwhile Happy To Scoot took first place honours in her division with Wade Sorrie in the bike. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action returns to Inverness Raceway on Wednesday. The Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms two and three-year-old trotting events will be featured during the evening card of racing. Joining the trotters at the Inverness oval will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association
Fresh off his track record setting performance of 1: 53 in the Governor's Plate, D Gs Camme will return to the same spot it all happened on Sunday afternoon. Racing action gets underway at 1 p.m. at Red Shores' Summerside, but fans will have to wait until race 9 to see the new track record holder. D Gs Camme is entered into the first leg of the Premiers Pace Series. The four-year-old son of Blissful Hall is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. He will get regular pilot Gilles Barrieau in the bike, while Jackie Matheson handles the training. Astor was the runner-up in that track record setting performance, he has drawn Post 5 for the Foxyhall Racing stable. Jason Hughes handles the training and driving duties on the five-year-old gelded son of Camluck. Machinthesand has drawn Post 4 for owners Russell and Karen Noonan. The Governor's Plate finalist is coming off of a Preferred victory last week at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Mark Bradley will intrust in Brodie MacPhee to do the driving. Blissfull Bro (Post 1), Schooner (Post 2) and Modern Xhibit ( Post 6) round out the compact field. The second division of the first leg goes in Race 12. Last year's Premiers Pace winner Touch Of Lightning has drawn Post 2 for veteran trainer - driver Earl Smith. On Gold Cup night last year Touch Of Lightning worked out a second over journey before fanning out three-wide at the head of the stretch and swooping up to nail Big League and Balanchine on the line in 1:53 a new lifetime mark for the son of Articulator to claim the first ever Premiers Pace Series. Red Rock is the morning line favourite from post 5. The four-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has not missed the board since entering the Maritime free-for-all ranks three starts ago. Owned by Donald, Bryan and Steven Mac Rae and Melissa Trainor, he finished second in his last start at Truro Raceway in the Exhibition Cup. Trainer Jason Hughes will do the driving for the first time since winning his elimination of the Governor's Plate. Ultimate Luck hasn't seemed to have any luck at the draw over his last four attempts. Sunday will have to overcome the outside Post 6, a place he is mighty familiar with after having that post in two of his last three starts. Terry Gallant will pick up the catch driving call for the Ultimate Stable and trainer Sifroi Melanson. Regular driver Kenny Arsenault will drive his own trainee Cheyenne Ford from Post 3. Perfect Escape ( Barrieau ) and Judge Jon ( Ken Murphy ) complete the field. Windfall Blue Chip will reunite with Arsenault in the Race 7 Preferred 2. The seven-year-old son of Art Major was fourth in his last start for driver Brian MacPhee. Owned by Jamie MacKinley and Jody Sanderson. The Earl Watts trainee will make his third start of the 2014 campaign. Blue Meadow Willie will also reunite with a different driver, Walter Cheverie, the last time Cheverie drove Willie, he won in 1:55.3 a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old, He is also searching for lifetime win number 50. Ultimate Success, Mcmaverick, Carrera Angel, Pacific Oak, Eagle Jolt and SA Summers Luck will be the other contenders. Dirt Track Momma to defend Spud Island Title It's time for Dirt Track Momma to defend her Spud Island Classic Title. Presented by the P.E.I. Potato Board the first leg of the Old Home Week open mares series starts Saturday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 6 p.m. Last year Momma headed into the series on a three race win streak and continued her winning ways, sweeping both legs and then winning the final on Gold Cup night in a blistering 1:54.2. In race 7 on Saturday night, she'll look to get her season on track from Post 7 for owner - trainer Jonah Moase. From post 7 Marc Campbell will do the driving against six other rivals. J K Special has been dubbed the morning line favourite, for owner Joe Smallwood and regular driver Walter Cheverie. A familiar face over the past four year, the nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest will control her faith from Post 2. In the second division of the Spud Island, For All We Know comes into the first supporting the same summary as Dirt Track Momma did last year. Three straight victories. Owned by Bruce Wood, the seven-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will look to extend her streak to four from post 5. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John to drive for Jackie Matheson. A newcomer to P.E.I., Russian Kisses will be right next door, Post 6, the four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover shows consistent miles of 1:54 and change over Grand River (half-mile) for owners Robert Shepherd, Joseph Travis and Forrest Bartlett. Robert has handed the driving duties over to brother Steven, while father Harold is the trainer. Bunny Mach, Winner Panic, Miracleonthehudson, Icandothat and Silky Britches round out the field. A pair of earlier driver - trainer combinations pair up and do battle in the third and final division. The gate chaser Andro Madi has been labeled the morning line choice for Campbell and Moase. The winner of 23 races life has drawn post 4. Two-time Spud Island Classic Champ, General LuckyPercy will be one spot closer to the rail, Post 3, for Barrieau and Matheson. Stayoutofmyaffair, last year's Atlantic Aged Mare Champion has drawn the outside post 7 for owner Robi Hughes, brother Jason handles the training and driving on the winner of 30 lifetime victories. Red Magician will look to extend his win streak to three races in the race 12 feature, the chestnut gelding picked up his first win on red soil last week in 2:00 over a rain soaked oval. Owned by Dale and Ronnie Rennie, Ken Murphy will do the driving from post 7. Every Day will look to return trainer Rachel Andrew back to the winner circle for the second time of her career from Post 4. In his last start Every Day picked up Andrew's first lifetime training victory. Brian Andrew will do the driving. Tempo Seelster, Panacotta, Van Zant, Balanchine, Capitalism and Nobestbfor round out the power packed lineup Hurrah 4 Island Charities is back Saturday night in Race 10. With August now upon us, Hurrah's earning for this month will be donated to Special Olympics P.E.I. Mark Bradley will do the training and driving. For the month of July, Hurrah raised $1,000 for the 4H club of P.E.I., the cheque presentation will be made after the second race. The evenings trot race goes in Race 3. Scarlet Patti and trainer - driver Darryl Maclean will have to overcome Post 7 if they are going to put together back - to - back victories for owner Gordon Maclean. The battle for top driver at Red Shores' Charlottetown is heating up, Hughes currently sits on top of the leader board with 45 victories, defending champion Campbell is only two wins behind with 43. The battle is sure to catch fire next week during the 16 cards of racing for Old Home Week. by Bo Ford for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard-hitting field of pacers will take to the track in the race 11 feature Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. The $1,800 event has Mcjestic as the classifier's choice from post 1 for owner-trainer Troy Murray and driver Walter Cheverie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac also places his faith in Mcjestic to land in the winner's circle. "He's been up and down the class ladder but all he does is land in the top three every week.," MacIsaac said of Mcjestic. "With him getting the rail it will take a big effort from one of his rivals to knock him off." Mcjestic will face stiff challenges from iron tough horses like IDK (Vincent Poulton), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson) and Beckenbauer (Jason Hughes). Also in the field is Oakrock Almighty (Ron Matheson), All Out (Mark Bradley), CL Eighty (Kenny Arsenault) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The evening trot class lines up in race 4 for a $1,100 purse. Southfield Shadow is favored from post 7 for driver Terry Gallant, trainer Thane Mann and owner Southfield Farms of Summerside. The event also features nice three-year-olds like Hope Chest (Cheverie) and Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting). Silverhill Lucky is riding a two-race win streak in race 12 for driver Gallant, trainer Mann and owner Casey Gavin of Tignish. The three-year-old Western Terror gelding has drawn post 5 in the eight-horse field. The Glenn Taylor memorial pace lines up in race 9 with Outrageous Spirit the morning line favorite from the dreaded post 8 for driver Cheverie, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Paul Holmes of Warren Grove. Taylor, a longtime horse-owner and trainer, passed away in 2013. He got involved in harness racing as an owner in the 1970s and went on to own and condition horses like Moosehead and Governor's Plate starter Rosetown Eagle. Taylor's family is deeply rooted in Island racing, notably with his grandson Corey MacPherson, who has become one of the top drivers at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Summerside Raceway. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
Three-year-old pacing fillies Lovineveryminute, Elmgrove Inarush and Pictonian Sareta shared the spotlight Sunday at Truro Raceway, each winning their respective $19,175 divisions of the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial, as Atlantic Grand Circuit Week wrapped up. Current track record holder Lovineveryminute was a gate-to-wire winner in the first division for driver Todd Trites and trainer Earl Smith. The Western Paradise filly fought off third-place finisher I C Anastro (Marc Campbell) en route to the 1:57.2 triumph while Sail Through (Mike Stevenson) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a pocket trip. The winning filly is now five-for-seven in her sophomore season and just shy of the $30,000 earnings mark for breeder River Valley Management and co-owners Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. Driven by Mark Bradley, Elmgrove Inarush romped to a two and a half length victory in 1:57.1 over Mappos Moenhay (Clare MacDonald) with Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) coming on to show despite a late break in stride. The daughter of Coastocoast Yankee is owned by trainer Eddy Doucette and partners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Elm Grove Inarush now boasts four wins in seven starts this year with earnings of $26,852. To view the rest of this story click here.
Machinthesand sure was enjoying playing on red soil Saturday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. The five-year-old gelding by Mach Three enjoyed some well deserved class relief as driver Brodie MacPhee blasted the Mark Bradley trainee off the wings in :28.2, MacPhee managed to get a second quarter breather for a half in :59.2. With first over attack from Eagle Jolt, Machinthesand and MacPhee stepped on the accelerator, checking in at the three-quarters in 1:28 before kicking home in :28.1 for a mile in 1:56.1. Eagle Jolt was a bang up second, Cheyenne Ford was third. Machinthesand is owned by Russell and Karen Noonan. In the evening finale, Willow Warrior was able to extend her win streak to three for trainer Brendan Curran. The three-year-old Western Terror filly enjoyed a three hole ride before tipping out around the last turn to challenge fraction setter J V S Ring. She was a going away winner in 1:57.1 for owner Alby Curran. Bradley handled the driving duties. Driver Marc Campbell made use of his 11 drives on the 12 dash program, picking up three victories. Canadian Rocket got the ball rolling in the third race, in the fourth it was his own trainee Howmacs Pride who took the evenings trot race for owners Wade Peconi and Howmac Farms. Campbell followed that up in race 10 with the fastest mile of the night, Leading Camdidate torched the capital city oval in 1:55.4. MacPhee picked up a double with Makes Me Stupid. Kenny Murphy picked up victories with Avid Yankee and First Art Down. It was a milestone night for Rachel Andrew, in Race 7 she picked up her first career training victory with Everyday in 1:57.2. Her father Brian Andrew was in the bike. Rachel Andrew co-owns with her Uncle Bill Andrew. Racing returns to Red Shores' Summerside Wednesday night with a special 6:30 p.m start time. A 15-dash card is scheduled including 13 divisions of the 2-year-old Callbeck Stakes. by Bo Ford
Charlottetown PE- A pair of Governor's Plate finalists will go head-to-head in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown. Racing action gets under way at 6 p.m. Narragansett has drawn the pole position in the Race 11 feature for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. He is one of two entries from last weeks Plate final taking part in the Preferred pace. Trainer Jason Hughes has handed the lines back to Corey MacPherson this week. Hughes, Charlottetown's leading driver, has prior driving commitments at Truro Raceway on Saturday night. The other Plate finalist Machinthesand has drawn post 4 for Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton, PE. Brodie MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley. An old face will return to Red Shores Charlottetown in the feature, former Gold Cup and Saucer starter Pacific Oak leaves from post 6 for Shirley and Kerry House of Ontario. Anthony Stymest is the new trainer and Ken Murphy will drive. Balanchine ( Post 2 ), Eagle Jolt ( Post 3 ), Windfall Blue Chip ( Post 5 ), Cheyenne Ford ( Post 7 ) complete the field. Three-year-old filly Willow Warrior will look to extend her win streak to three races for owner Alby Curran, trainer Brendan Curran and driver Mark Bradley. It won't be easy for the filly who hasn't missed a top two finish this season. She has drawn post 3 in the evenings finale. Sterling Seelster, Post 1, will look to get back to his winning ways. The grey gelding has been listed as the morning-line favourite who shows consistent miles on the 1:57 range, for owner Marie Cameron of Summerside. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch driving call from trainer Doug MacGregor. Charlottetown kingpin Marc Campbell took the drive on the two-entry J V S Ring over Sterling Seelster. Fresh off a three-length victory in 1:58.3, J V S Ring is one of Campbell's 11 drives on the 12-dash card. Three Cindy MacDonald trainees will line up behind the gate in the fourth race trot. Veteran trotter Saulsbrook Balance will lead the trio from the rail. A winner of 44 lifetime wins, He will be handled by Willie Murphy for Co-owners MacDonald and Tanya MacKinnon. Right next door is Diamond Mine from Post 2, young gun Jack Panting will do the driving for the same connections. The third member of the team has drawn the outside Post 6. Tymal Tyme, owned by Tessa Mackinnon will get Brian Macphee above the wheels. Duchess Ofnormanby ( K. Murphy ), J K Queen ( Walter Cheverie ) and Howmacs Pride ( Campbell ) round out the compact field. For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Charlottetown PE- A newcomer to the Island racing scene was quick to leave his mark at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Thursday night. Red Magician made his first start on red soil a winning one for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut gelding laid down fractions of :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:30.4 before closing it out in 2:00 over a track carrying a four seconds variant. Kenny Murphy handled the driving duties for trainer Clarkie Smith. Shock The Rock was second and Windemere Express finished third. The 4-H Club of P.E.I were at Red Shores in full force Thursday night, as they cheered Hurrah right into the winners circle. The three-year-old Shadow Play colt was a winner in 2:01.2 for trainer - driver Mark Bradley. Hurrah is part of a new promotion this season at Red Shores called Hurrah 4 Island Charities, in partnership with Meridian Farms. It sees the horses entire earnings each month donated to charities across P.E.I. This months charity is the 4-H club of P.E.I, members from the Montague 4-H club joined he connections in the winner circle. Caliban Hanover notched another victory into his belt in the Open trot for trainer - driver Ronnie Gass. The nine-year-old picked up his 40th lifetime victory for his owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall in 2:03. Twelve different drivers picked up victories on the 12-dash card. Racing action returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post time. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
Summerside, PE - The three-year-old colts had center stage Friday at Red Shores Summerside. Tobins Fusion, under command of Gilles Barrieau, took the first "A" division with a comfortable eight length score in 1:58.2. The colt is owned by Boyd MacDonald, Crapaud, Dan Ross, Belfast and Charles Seymour, NB. Wendell Willliams bred the colt who picked up his second win of the campaign. The next $9,420 split went to Dumas Walker for co-owner Myles Heffernan in 1:58 flat. Jackie Heffernan also shares ownership on the son of Western Success who streaked to his second stakes win in a row. Driver Earl Smith sent Touch of Thunder to the front and held off a late surge from Just a Professer (Mike Stevenson) to win his "A" division in 1:58.1 for owners Peter and Don Smith, Larry Chappell and Gerald Morrissey. The breeder is Gregory MacKenzie, N.S. The other top performances in stakes action went to Dusty Lane Diego for owner-trainer Gary Chappell in 2:01.2, My Kinda Crazy for Mark Bradley and the Kickin Horse Stable while Tobins Delight wired the field in his contest in 2:01 for Brian MacPhee. MacPhee, who had a driving double on the card, handled the colt for Michael Biggar of Coleman, PE. In other action, Blue Meadow Willie, owned by Bob and Brenda McInnis, Summerside, PE, recorded the fastest mile of the night in a sparkling 1:55 for driver Walter Cheverie. Newcomer Frill Seeker romped in the trot class with an impressive 1:59.2 score. Kenny Arsenault did the driving for Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford, Ontario. Bad Date won the Bud Ramsay Memorial for driver Jason Hughes in 1:58.2 for owner-trainer Harold Hill. Gary Chappell notched a driving double as he edges closer to 2.500 career victories in the bike. Chappell will drive Red Rock in the 46th running of the Governor's Plate Saturday. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores