It was 10 years ago in 2004 that harness racing driver Robert Shepherd was getting ready to drive The Bruster in the Nat Christie Memorial at Stampede Park in Alberta. This was Robert's third stakes race as a driver following his first in his native province of Prince Edward Island and the second in Alberta. During the race, Robert had The Bruster sitting almost 10 lengths behind the leader and on the final turn home, Robert swung almost five wide and drove The Bruster past the field for the thrilling win. The very same horse was purchased for $500 as a yearling and secured close to $85,000 in purse winnings at the time of the 2004 Nat Christie. At that time, Robert was the youngest driver to win the Nat Christie. An interesting note is that Robert broke his femur a year before the race and The Bruster ended up having a cracked knee shortly after the purchase. It's amazing how they both healed and joined to win such a prestigious race. It's a fairy tale story that perseverance pays off! "I always try to play it smart" is what Robert says about his style of driving. Patience is what Robert preaches and explains it's the best way to understand all that is happening around you. Robert explains, "If you get over aggressive too many times, a month or two down the road, that horse is going to get tired and not want to push himself. Then you're going to wonder what is wrong with the horse." Robert is 33 and gives credit to his learning's from training horses which allows him to better understand the horses when he's driving. "I can be aggressive or more laid back" says Robert. "It all depends on the horse, they're all different." From PEI, (Prince Edward Island), Robert moved to Ontario and worked for leading trainer Kevin McMaster. From there, Robert moved to Alberta to further his career in harness racing, working for Bill Landers and Keith Clarke. After some time of jogging, driving and training horses in Alberta and of course winning the Nat Christie, Robert relocated to Ontario where the purse money was then much higher. As soon as Robert's younger brother Patrick finished school, he came to join Robert in Ontario to form a formidable trainer-driver duo. Robert states that "...Patrick knew right from the start he was going to train horses." Currently, Robert does a lot of driving for his trainer/brother, Patrick Shepherd who is 21. There is a twelve year difference between the brothers which could lead to Robert and Patrick being more distant with one another, but that is quite the contrary. "We're just like any brothers, we have our spats but at the same time we are best friends. We might argue today and tomorrow it's forgotten about." Robert breaks down the synergy between them as Patrick is more aggressive, and Robert is more passive and this allows them to complement one another. As a young boy, Robert remembers his father taking care of horses in the mornings and during the evenings. In between, Robert's dad worked a full time job and every evening when his father came home, Robert would help his father with the horses. In 1999, Robert and a buddy Mark Bradley moved down to Florida for 8 months to work. "I had just gotten my license in PEI" Robert says. "We were grooms and assistant trainers.... We had about 15 horses and we worked with the babies. We jogged and trained them. We made a lot of good friends down there.... It was a great experience for us" For someone who has been on the horse racing business for over a dozen years, there is very little about Robert online, (the harness driver that is. The name Robert Shepherd does result in over a billion matches). Robert admits he is very low key and says "I just got on Facebook a month ago. I don't even have an email address. Well, I think I have one made up and my friend made it up for me, but I can't (remember) what it is." "Coming from PEI, it's different, I mean I like my cell phone now but I never had one until I was in Alberta. Even still, it's hard to get a hold of me by phone." Roberts says with a laugh. Someone Robert has a lot of respect for is trainer Susie Kerwood and acknowledges how much Susie has helped him. "She's been great, from the start she helped me out" says Robert. "She vouched for me and got me started when I first got here (to Ontario). She's a very good person." A few years back, Robert was unfortunately part of two racing accidents, one of which he was dragged off the track by a runaway horse and in the other, he ended up fighting for his life. This is the down side of any sport. Horses, like the drivers, are athletes and in any sport such as football, hockey, basketball and baseball, freak accidents and/or injuries occur. Whether human or horse, it's always sad. Luckily for Robert, he's been fortunate to bounce back each time and the accidents never hampered his spirits. "This is what I love" Roberts says. "If you love it, no matter what happens nothing changes." You can catch Robert driving at Flamboro Downs, where he has a lot of support from friends and family. Robert also drives at Grand River and Western Fair Raceway. Even though Robert races year round, his preference is the summer season where he can break out the short sleeve jacket while racing. As for what's his favorite style of track, he prefers the half mile tracks, but Robert will be happy with anything if it results in a win! Last year Robert finished 5th in the drivers' standing at Flamboro Downs, and currently he is in 1st place for the 2014 season at Flamboro Downs. Away from the track, Robert kicks back with a soda and friends to watch hockey. Being from the Maritimes, Robert grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan, but since residing in Ontario he's gotten caught with Toronto Maple Leafs' fever. I wonder what happens when Montreal comes to town. "My friends get so fired up, it's hard not to enjoy it" he says. Along the stairway leading to his man cave, Robert has framed pictures from his Nat Christie victory. In the man cave itself, Robert has a huge TV and a comfy recliner to rest from a tough but fun day at work. By: Roderick Balgobin of www.supernovasportsclub.com twitter:ScSupernova
Charlottetown, PE - Another showdown is ready to take place in the afternoon top class Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13 dash program is 1pm. Cambest Kisser, who ended Pinner's winning streak last week, will square off in the $2,000 feature, dubbed the wild horses promotion, in race 12. Jason Hughes will be back in the bike for Cambest Kisser while Pinner gets the services of Brodie MacPhee after Marc Campbell booked off all his drives. Panacotta, a major player in wearing down the leader in his last start, drew the rail for trainer Blaine Baglole with Mark Bradley getting the call to drive this week. Miracle Matts leaves from post two for Corey MacPherson while PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) complete the star-studded line-up. Wonderous Hanover is the morning line favorite in the afternoon trot class. Michael McGuigan will handle the five-year-old mare from post six. Delta Dental with Ron Gass and JK Queen driven by Walter Cheverie are also top three candidates. Cheverie is the 2013 Mr Trot Challenge champion presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc. Whatrugonnado takes her two win race streak into Saturday for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. Jason Hughes will do the driving. For entries, race programs and live video go to www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake
Charlottetown, PE - Pinner has been established as the favorite in the afternoon feature event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino but odds makers have labeled two horses with a shot of ending his winning streak. The track crew did an amazing job with the CDP oval getting it prepped for the 13 dash card. First race post time is set for 1pm. Marc Campbell has the driving assignment as Pinner, owned by Kevin, Lillian and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown, goes for his eighth consecutive victory. The son of Mach Three headlines the power-packed six horse field. Race analyst Les MacIsaac said it all in his column. "There's not much more you can say about a horse that's won seven in a row. Looks like the only thing that will stop him is the end of the meet." You can review all the picks at www.redshores.ca. McJestic (3-1) and Cambest Kisser (7-2) will try to spoil the party. Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) went after Pinner early in the last start in an attempt to rough up the favorite but that didn't work and he settled for second place. On the other hand, McJestic draws the rail and shows some fast closers so that may help to grab a piece of the triactor. Brodie MacPhee will drive McJestic for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Cornwall. Panacotta (Mark Bradley), Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson) and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) will also make this match interesting. In other action, Van Zant is the morning line favorite for team Matheson in the back-up class. McMaverick from the Keith Campbell stable of Tyne Valley and Stayoutofmyaffair are also top candidates. Pictonian Walton goes for his third win in a row in the afternoon finale for young driver Brandon Webster. Webster, who recorded his first lifetime win back on November 16, rallied for a win on New Year's Eve and then came back last week for another victory after being parked the entire mile. The 21 year-old Morell resident takes Pictonian Walton from post four for owner Roger MacRae of Belfast. Red Shores is proud to launch the harness racing fans choice awards. The ballot is located in the on-track race program. Fans can select their favorites in several categories. The winners will be announced in a few weeks. For a complete list of entries, live video and replays go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores "Contains confidential information, including proprietary AL or third party information, advice and/or recommendations, the disclosure of which may harm AL's or a third party's financial interests; Not intended for public distribution." ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le prÃ©sent message Ã©lectronique (y compris les piÃ¨ces qui y sont annexÃ©es, le cas Ã©chÃ©ant) s'adresse au destinataire indiquÃ© et peut contenir des renseignements de caractÃ¨re privÃ© ou confidentiel. Si vous n'Ãªtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a Ã©tÃ© transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expÃ©diteur et le supprimer immÃ©diatement.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Stayoutofmyaffair will be looking to deliver in the Tuesday evening top class as part of New Year's Eve celebrations at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program will get underway at 7 pm. Kenny Arsenault will drive the Jason Hughes trained seven-year-old daughter of Astreos in the race 11 $2,000 event for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. She was a bang-up second in the Saturday top class to Pinner, and with him absent from the Tuesday feature, the door is wide open. The post 3 starting Stayoutofmyaffair gets the nod from Race analyst Les MacIsaac. "She's been more than holding her own against the bearcats and gets to face a few today that are moving up and from an improved post over her last couple," MacIsaac said. "Top billing." She will face an evenly matched field with Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) from post 2, and classifier Gerard Smith's selection, Panacotta (Mark Bradley), with post 4. Also in the six horse field is Maine invader Mr Hallowell (Mike Stevenson) who is one of the fastest horses to ever race on P.E.I. with his 1:48.3 lifetime mark taken at The Meadowlands. The outside pair in the race are Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) and PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee). A field of seven trotters lines up in race 2 for a purse of $1,300 with MacIsaac favoring the Bo Sowers trained and driven Ja El Blaze, owned by Ledgehill Farms of Ontario. The post 4 starter was third in his Charlottetown debut, after hitting the top three in all four of his starts against pacers at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. His main competition comes from the outer posts in the seven horse field with post 5 starts Delta Dental (Ronnie Gass) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) with post 6. The race 12 back-up pace has Blue Start Outlaw picked off the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The seven-year-old son of Shady Character finished third his last start after being caught in the latter half of the mile. Other top entries are McMaverick (Ken Murphy) and Bunny Mach (Arsenault). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The beat goes on for Pinner as he looks for six-in-a-row Thursday afternoon as Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park holds its Boxing Day card. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash affair. Pinner gets the services of maritime leading dash winner Marc Campbell, who will hold the lines for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three has post 4 in the race 12 $2,200 feature event. Other entries include Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Toad River (Ken Murphy), Blue Meadow Willie (Bob MacInnis), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Artist List (Mark Bradley). The afternoon back-up class has Sterling Seelster favored to win in race 9 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Mitchell Tierney and owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Capitalism (Hughes) will provide a strong challenge with rail control while Ebandtheboys (Muprhy) is picked for third from post 6. That race is named in honor of retiring pacer Buck Barker, who will retire after an iron tough racing career, with 50 wins from 295 starts and $114,820 in career earnings. The 12-year-old son of Keystone Raider was claimed for $6,500 on April 4, 2007 at Flamboro Downs, subsequently making 185 of his career starts on P.E.I. for his new connections. The ownership duo vowed to retire the horse once he got lifetime win number 50, which they did after his Nov. 10 victory in Summerside. Buck Barker will lead the race 9 post parade, then score down before visiting the winner's circle one last time for a cooler presentation. Incredible Her Bee will look to deliver in the race 4 trot class for a purse of $1,100 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Tim McKinnon and owner Len Kordy of Kingston, Ont. The four-year-old daughter of Here Comes Herbie has post 4 and will have to battle off a field including Mile Hill Belle (Brian MacPhee), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood), and Sandhill Angel (Kenny Arsenault). JK Queen was the morning line favorite, but is scratched from the afternoon event after making breaks in her last two starts, now having to qualify. Catch all the action live at www.redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, with Marc Campbell in the bike, won the featured event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. It was Pinner's fifth straight victory, tenth of the season and 31st lifetime. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three, owned by trainer Brian Ladner, Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown, toured the CDP oval in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The track was rated good with a two second variant. The track crew did a great job prepping the surface for the 13 dash program. Nobestbfor was second, charted three-lengths off the leader, while Doll R General was third. The 4-2-5 triactor paid $111.40. Stayoutofmyaffair finished fourth and triggered a superfecta payout with 4-2-5-6 at $214.05. The afternoon showcased two trot divisions. Caliban Hanover and Ron Gass won the open class over Abundaspin and Zip the Lip, who both recovered after early breaks, to complete the top three. Zip the Lip's mis-cue was costly as it ended his winning streak at four. Caliban Hanover is owned by Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. Who Took That, driven by Michael McGuigan, converted a pocket trip to a winning score taking her trot class in 2:03.3. The Andrew family has a stake in the winner as Bill co-owns with Mitchell Tierney of Cornwall while Brian Andrew drove Honeymoonisover to a second place finish for his son Blake. Newcomer Ja El Blaze was third for Bo Sowers. In other action, General Luckypercy won the back-up class in 1:59.1 for driver Ron Matheson and son Jackie who handles the training duties. Team Matheson also won with Van Zant to record a driving and training double. Panacotta won his second in a row for Mark Bradley, owner Shane Baglole and trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Drivers Brian MacPhee and Corey MacPherson ended the pre-holiday card with two winners each on the program. Wade Sorrie notched a driving and training victory on the day. The live handle was $28,061 Racing returns on Boxing Day with a full card and the Buck Barker retirement pace. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing standout Pinner will try to make it five-in-a-row in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash card is 1 pm. Pinner has post 4 in the race 12 $2,200 feature with Marc Campbell in the bike for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Pinner will face off with McJestic, who has post 3 for driver Corey MacPherson. McJestic has an identical winning time to Pinner in his latest outing, and used off the pace tactics to land in the winner's circle. Another threat in the eight horse field is New Brunswick ship-in Malek Hanover (Mike Stevenson), who earned over $20,000 this season racing the tough Maine circuit. The nine-year-old son of Western Hanover is trained by New Brunswick's Bo Sowers, who has five horses entered on the afternoon card. Other entries in the race 12 feature are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Artist List (Mark Bradley). A compact group of five will contest the race 6 $1,500 Open trot as Zip The Lip has a four race win streak on the line from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 4 and will try to find a way to defeat Zip The Lip after being unable to since Nov. 2. Also in the race is Wonderous Hanover (Michael McGuigan), Buckling Banbury (Corey MacPherson) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Race 9 has the back-up pace for a purse of $1,550. The race has Oakrock Almighty favored off the rail for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson, and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. Other top competitors include Capitalism (Jason Hughes) from post 9 and Sterling Seelster (Marc Campbell) with post 3. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, under the command of Marc Campbell, notched his fourth win in a row in the afternoon feature on a cold Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The track was rated fast, with a two second variant, when Pinner fired off the gate but Campbell changed the front end tactics game plan when rail sitter Bunny Mach insisted on the early lead. The son of Mach Three-Dexter Doll tracked the leader through a 28.2 quarter and half mile in a minute before taking charge at the three-quarter marker of 1:29.2 on route to a 1:59.2 two-length score for trainer and co-owner Brian Ladner along with co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Artist List (Mark Bradley) was second with Blu Meadow Willie (Brodie MacPhee) third. The 4-2 exactor paid $11.00 with the 4-2-5 triactor returning $44.80. The fastest mile of the day went to Mcmaverick in 1:58.4. John Holmes did the driving for owner Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Tymal Tyme gave driver Brian MacPhee back to back winners in the Boyd Leslie Memorial trot class. The owner-trainer group of Tessa MacKinnon, Cindy MacDonald and Tanya MacKinnon, who purchased the cooler in memory of Leslie, made the presentation to runner-up Sandhill Angel and owner Glen Claybourne of Charlottetown. A classy move from the team of Eastern PEI. Campbell, Mark Bradley, Walter Cheverie and Corey MacPherson also recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Pinner will be searching for win number four in-a-row Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the action packed 15-dash card. Marc Campbell will steer the seven-year-old Pinner from post 4 in the $2,000 feature for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. The son of Mach Three is riding a three race win streak and is favored to land in the winner's circle again this week by the classifier, as well as race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Looks like the favourite and rightly so since he's been practically unbeatable for the past few weeks," MacIsaac said. "Until one steps up and seriously challenges him we'll stay on his bandwagon." His main competition comes from Bunny Mach (Jason Hughes) off the rail and Artist List (Mark Bradley) from post 2. Also in the field is Stayoutofmyaffair (Kenny Arsenault), Blu Meadow Willie (Brodie MacPhee), Dance Hanover (Brian MacPhee), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Doll R General (Mark McKinnon). The open trotters are on hiatus for the week, leaving a field of nine trotters racing for $1,100 as the top trot event of the day. JK Queen is the favorite for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer and co-owner Joe Smallwood of Stratford and co-owner Norman Clarey of Charlottetown. Cheverie will have to map out a perfect trip to win as he is shouldered with the dreaded post 8. Other top entries include Sandhill Angel (Arsenault) off the rail and Incredible Her Bee (Campbell) with post 6. The $1,750 back-up pace lines up in the race 15 finale with McJestic the favorite for driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Troy Murray of Cornwall. The four-year-old son of McArdle will face off with Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Lucky Encounter (Cheverie), Talk Back (Arsenault), Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), Every Day (Brian Andrew), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), and Toad River (Ken Murphy). Catch all the action live at www.redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
After the recent and successful Drive for Charity event at Red Shores where over $13,000 was raised, the 12 Island drivers stepped up to make a donation to the Toys for Tots Children's campaign at Ocean 100. They filled a sleigh and much more with toys for kids this Christmas. Red Shores organized their visit this morning at Ocean 100. The radio visit also included an on air interview and these two pictures. One from the Toys for Tots campaign sleigh and from the control room. by Lee Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Charlottetown driver will be trying to win one for an old friend Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 1 pm. Michael McGuigan will steer Someone Like You from post 5 in the race 6 Drew Power Memorial. Power passed away last December at the age of 31, but was a longtime friend of McGuigan from their time playing on the Charlottetown Junior A Abbies. Someone Like You is co-owned and trained by Mitchell Tierney of New Haven for co-owner Bill Andrew of Calgary. The five-year-old daughter of I Am Fool will be challenged to land in the winner's circle for McGuigan in the $950 event, as Yankee No More (Mark Bradley) has post 3 and Milliondollarfeeln (Gilles Barrieau) will leave from post 7. The race 11 feature has Pinner favored from post 3 for driver Marc Campbell, co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner. The Mach Three seven-year-old is riding a two race win streak but jumps up in class to compete against preferred level horses. The two pacers on the Island, Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes), are shouldered with post position seven and eight, respectively. Also in the $2,200 race is Blu Meadow Willie (Barrieau), Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Painted Desert (Brian MacPhee), and Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie). The race 7 back-up pace General Luckypercy favoured from post 2 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson, and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. The mare has been hitting the board in all her starts but has been winless since Aug. 24. Her top competitors include Stayoutofmyaffair (Hughes), Bowyer Hanover (Cheverie), and Sterling Seelster (Campbell). A field of nine trotters face off in the race 3 $1,100 conditioned event with Majian Chester picked to win. The trotter will have to overcome post 8 to land in the winner's circle for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst. The Nikes Image gelding drops out of the Open trot and lands in a field that includes Mile Hill Belle (Brian MacPhee), Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau), Incredible Her Bee (Campbell), Berto Coquette (Corey MacPherson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), JK Queen (Cheverie), I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole) and Sandhill Angel (Arsenault). Sunday Camcun looks to be the one to beat in the $1,750 feature event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 1 pm post time for the 11-dash card. Race Analyst Les MacIsaac likes Camcun's chances in the eight horse field. "Finished second to a red hot horse (Pinner) last week and has been charted in 1:56 and change in two of his last three, a time that would likely win this," MacIsaac said of Camcun. "Top billing." Camcun is co-owned, trained and driven by Arsenault with co-owner Dan Belliveau of Halifax. Capitalism (Gary Chappell) will have some say in the race off the rail while Mcjestic (Brodie MacPhee) is fresh off a win in 1:57.2 from post 6. Also in the field is Le Fugueur (Campbell), Honor Roll (Andrew), Libertys Art (Hughes), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Pouton) and McMaverick (Ken Murphy). Zip The Lip will look to continue his dominance of the Open trot in this week's $1,800 edition in race 4. Brian MacPhee drives the five-year-old son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. The trotter will have to contend with the outside post 8 but if he continues to tower over his competition it should not make much of a difference. Other top entries include Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Follow all the action live at Redshores.ca.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - McMaverick has rail control and the form to deliver a victory in the $1,750 Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 12-dash card. John Holmes gets the call on McMaverick in race 11 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley, and the horse shows two wins, a second and a third with some less than favorable posts his last four starts. It will not be easy for the six-year-old son of Western Maverick, as race analyst Les McIsaac sees Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) a real threat to land in the winner's circle. "He's a versatile type with good early speed, when he wants to exploit it, and a dangerous late kick," McIsaac says of the post 4 starter. "Don't let the fact that he hasn't won in this class in a while fool you, because he can. Beware." They both face real threats from Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and Pinner (Marc Campbell) from posts 6 and 7, respectively. Also in the field is Western Bandit (Ken Murphy), Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes). Capitalism is favored to win the $1,550 race 7 back-up pace for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. He faces eight tough opponents in Pictonian Zena (Shane Bernard), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Windemere Maggie (Holmes), First Art Down (Brodie MacPhee), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Freddy My Boy (Brian MacPhee), and Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie). Sunday battle royale at Charlottetown Narragansett and Machinthesand will finally face off again in Sunday's race 12 $2,200 preferred pace after the latter was scratched last week. The action gets underway at 1 pm for the 13-dash event. Hughes trains and drives the outside starting Narragansett in the field of six for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while Brodie MacPhee steers Machinthesand from post 5 for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings, and Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton. Machinthesand scored a four length victory in 1:55.1 over Narragansett in their last outing. Other entries in the competitive field are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Ultimate Luck (Arsenault) and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Zip The Lip will have to navigate his toughest obstacle to date since starting his winning ways, as the son of Ken Warkentin has been assigned post 8 in the $1,800 race 6 Open trot. Don Sweet co-owns and trains the trotter with co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary, while Brian MacPhee handles the driving chores. He has been victorious in five of his last six starts but has been able to secure the lead early on in the majority of those wins, and a top notch group of trotters will not make that easy this week. Who Took That (Mike McGuigan) has the rail and has shown some gate speed in her East Coast campaign, and former king of the open trotters Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) leaves from post 4, while Zip The Lip's arch-rival Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 7. Other entries include Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Diamond Mine (Brodie MacPhee), Wonderous Hanover (Corey MacPherson), Majian Dilion (Jim Ripley) and Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd). The race 9 back-up pace should be hotly contested as three of the top mares in Eastern Canada face off against some gritty male racehorses. General Luckypercy has post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. She will butt heads with Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series champion Stayoutofmyaffair (Arsenault) with post 5 and iron sided claimer Le Fugueur (Campbell) with the rail. Also in the field is Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Ebandtheboys (Murphy), Artist List (Bradley), and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE – Narragansett and catch-driver Kenny Arsenault took top honors Sunday winning the afternoon feature event in 1:58.3 at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park. Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) closed hard off the pace for second with Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) completing the top three. The 7-4-2 triactor paid $40.80. The victory was Narragansett’s fifth from 23 starts this season for Foxyhall Racing of Summerside, PE and trainer Jason Hughes. Zip The Lip won his third in a row with a gate to wire score in the open trot division. Brian MacPhee put the trotter on the point and cruised through fractions of 30.1. 102.1 and 1:32.4 before stopping the timer in 2:02.2. Donald Sweet trains for his co-owner Orville Willis of O’Leary. Caliban Hanover was the runner-up and Lyrical Lindy was third. MacPhee came right back in the next race to record a driving double with the Paul Morrison trained Zanzibar for Kathy Furness of Vernon Bridge. In other action, Saulsbrook Balance and Willie Murphy won the second trot feature, Walter Cheverie notched his 2,300 career win while Mark Bradley also bagged two winners on the card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The annual E.F. Acorn Memorial driver's championship headlines the Saturday afternoon card of racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash card. The event is sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association, and will feature nine drivers competing over eight exciting races for the top spot. The event features top dash winning drivers Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes, Brodie MacPhee, Kenny Arsenault and Gilles Barrieau along with top percentage drivers with over 75 drives Terry Gallant and Ron Matheson and top percentage drivers with 40-75 drives Harold Shepherd and Willie Murphy. Statistics to determine the participants are based on starts solely in Charlottetown. The competition takes place in races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Race 12 has the feature pace with nine entries going to the gate for a purse of $1,750. Roscoes Child is favored to win for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Raymond White and owner Selkirk Stable of Belfast. His main completion will come from post 3 entry Pinner (Campbell) and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) from the trailing post 9. Other entries include Van Zant (Matheson), Blue Star Outlaw (Hughes), Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee), Stayoutofmyaffair (Gary Chappell), Sterling Seelster (Corey MacPherson) and Camcun (Arsenault). The afternoon trot class lines up in race 4 with Diamond Mine the morning line favorite for driver Willie Murphy, co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Other top entries include Wonderous Hanover (Brian Andrew) and Who Took That (Mike McGuigan). Top class pacer and trotters headline Sunday afternoon card The top trotters on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will duke it out in race 4 Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown with a 1 pm first race post time for the 13-dash affair. Zip The Lip has crowned himself the top trotter in the East recently with victories in four of the last five Open trots held. Brian MacPhee drives the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will have to contend with post 6 in the seven horse race, as well as fight back challenges from the Shepherd family with Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) from post 3 and newcomer Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd) with post 5. Tender N Kind has been racing a $6,000 claimer at Bangor Raceway in Maine. The preferred pace lines up in race 12 and Machinthesand will look for a repeat of his 1:55.1 victory last week with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd and Karen Noonan of Middleton. The son of Mach Three has to battle three Jason Hughes trained horses in the seven entry field with Cambest Kisser (Hughes), Bunny Mach (Chappell) and Narragansett (Arsenault). Also in the field is Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) and Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Elm Grove Inarush played the role of giant slayer Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mark Bradley drove the filly to the 1:57 upset victory in the $12,500 two-year-old pacing filly Island Breeders final over Saulsbrook Alana, who saw her win streak snapped at eight. Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) was second with Sail Through (Gilles Barrieau) third. Elm Grove Inarush did all the road work with fractions of 28, 57.1 and 1:26.2 with Saulsbrook Alana advancing first over but unable to get closer than three-quarters of a length to the lead. Elm Grove Inaruch is co-owned and trained by Eddy Doucette with co-owner Grant Mann, Gordon MacLeod and Blaine Thibeau, all of Kensington. The three-year-old pacing finals were both captured by Charlottetown’s leading driver, Marc Campbell. Campbell guided Forever Paradise to victory in the $12,500 three-year-old colt pacing Island Breeders final 1:56.1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Island owners Reg MacPherson, and David and Aaron MacKenzie. The Rev (Danny Romo) was second with Jacobs Jackpot (Barrieau) third. Western Judy won the three-year-old pacing filly final in a hard fought off-the-pace stretch drive in 1:58.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Second went to Dianna Santanna (John Holmes) and Top Brand (Romo). The two-year-old pacing colt final saw Settlement Request (Barrieau) victorious in 1:59.2 over Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and JJ Laser (Campbell). Settlement Request is owned by Alfred Barrieau and Michael Clinton of New Brunswick. The $7,500 three-year-old Island Breeders trot final was won by Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson) in 2:04.1 over Rash Statement (Brodie MacPhee) and Ashotinthedark (Corey MacPherson). Oceanview Kate is owned and trained by William Roloson of Belfast. Saulsbrook Pippa (MacPherson) won the two-year-old trot final in 2:08.1 with Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson) second and Ice Pop (Brian Andrew) third. Saulsbrook Pippa is co-owned and trained by John Pineau of Hunter River and Myron Ford of Harrington. Campbell had three wins on the card, while Barrieau and Holmes each had driving doubles. Total bet on the 14-dash card was $35,792. Blu Meadow Willie wins final SRW feature SUMMERSIDE, PE – Blue Meadow Willie was the final part of a Brodie MacPhee driving hat-trick winning the final card of the 2013 season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at The Summerside Raceway. Blue Meadow Willie captured the $2,000 feature event in 1:58.4 with MacPhee in the bike for trainer and co-owner Robert MacInnis and co-owner Brenda MacInnis of Summerside. Blue Star Outlaw (Kenny Arsenault) laid down the early fractions of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:29.2 before being collared by stable mate Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes) past three-quarters. Blue Meadow Willie then rallied from mid-pack to collar the leader by three-quarters of a length. Scootin For Joy (Stevenson) was second with Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) third. The $1,800 Open trot saw Zip The Lip victorious for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis of O’Leary. Zip The Lip did all the road work to stop the clock in 2:00.1, with Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) second and Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) third. The $1,550 back-up pace was won by Le Fugueur (Marc Campbell) in 1:58.1 for trainer Darren Trainor and owner Jennifer Trainor of Vernon River. The win cemented Campbell as the top driver of the 2013 Summerside meet with 42 victories, and Trainor as the top trainer with 15 wins on the season. Campbell, Arsenault and Brian MacPhee all scored driving doubles on the card. Total bet for the 14-dash card was $19,969. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE – The second annual Drive for Charity was made official on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Drivers and their business partners teamed up to raise money for local charities. Here are the official totals: Driver, Business, Charity and Money Raised Marc Campbell – Syntrak Print & Graphic Design – IWK - $1,000 Jason Hughes – Daniel R. Ross Ltd – Camp Gencheff - $1,000 Kenny Arsenault – Kwik Kopy – Easter Seals - $1,000 Brodie MacPhee – Long Run Exploration – Kids Sport Fund - $2,100 Mike Stevenson – Metro Building Supplies – Big Brothers/Big Sisters - $1,000 Corey MacPherson – Image Works – Rory Beck UPEI Outstanding Athletic Leadership - $1,000 Walter Cheverie – Noonan Petroleum – Prince County Hospital Foundation - $1,000 Mark Bradley – Rodd Hotels & Resorts – ALS - $1,000 Gary Chappell – Clarke Nissan – Oak Acres Children’s Camp - $1,000 Brian MacPhee – MacQuarrie’s Meats – PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc - $1,000 Terry Gallant – D&D Lawncare & Landscaping – PEI Humane Society - $1,000 Ron Matheson – MacRae Backhoe Trucking Inc – Muscular Dystrophy - $1,000 Total money raised: $13, 100 Following the cheque presentation, driver Mike Stevenson, spokesperson for the drivers participating in the Drive for Charity promotion, joined Red Shores’ Lee Drake in the winner’s circle to announce a $1,200 donation on behalf of the drivers to the Toys for Tots Christmas campaign. “It’s for the kids at Christmas,” said Stevenson. “We’re happy to make this donation and encourage others to help this campaign too.” by Lee Drake for Red Shores