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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Joe O'Brien Memorial harness racing stakes was all girl power all night as trainer Melissa Rennie won three divisions of the event Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Cornwall based Rennie stable captured both $11,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial Gold divisions for two-year-old pacing colts as well as a grassroots division. Windemere Ryan (Driven by Adam Merner) delivered in his $11,000 O'Brien gold split in a 1:59.1 score owner Hugh Five Racing of Stanhope then the second division saw a one-two finish for Rennie as The Big Chase (Corey MacPherson) upset his favoured stablemate Mr Kelly (Merner) in 1:57.2. The Big Chase is owned by JTL Risk Stable of Port Morien, N.S. Howmac Napoleon was the third Rennie winner in 2:00.2 in a $8,000 O'Brien grassroots division in line to Merner for owner JTL Risk Stable. Egamer captured the other two-year-old grassroots division for trainer Garth Cole and driver Kenny Arsenault stopping the clock in 2:00.3. The program also featured the Lady Slipper stake for two-year-old pacing fillies and Na Naa Said So controlled every step of her $13,000 Gold division en route to a 1:58.2 score for driver Redmond Doucet, trainer Robert MacLeod and owners Hugh and Ali MacEachern of Nova Scotia. Woodmere Skyroller used identical tactics to win the other $13,000 filly Gold race with an open-length victory for driver MacPherson, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The $9,000 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were claimed by Red Dirt Star (Gilles Barrieau) in 1:58.3 and Naxos (Arsenault) in 2:00.1. Driver David Dowling made four trips to the winner's circle on the 13-dash card including a double for trainer Brittany Watts. Watts and Dowling delivered as the favourites in overnight action with Creepin in 1:56.2 and Woodmere Chella in 1:57.1 to give Watts five wins from just 12 career starts as a conditioner. Dowling also won with Silverhill Buddy in a new lifetime best of 1:56.2 for the horse's second straight win for trainer David Myers, and with Rockin Indy for trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River in 1:56.2. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – In an identical performance to his Sunday afternoon harness racing victory, Red Magician rode the pocket and won the Dr Blair Kelly Memorial presented by the Charlottetown Vet Clinic in the top class on opening night of Old Home Week 2019 Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner was in the bike for the perfect journey in the $2,750 Preferred 2 pace as Red Magician sat second behind pacesetter Intended Royalty (Driven by Redmond Doucet) through fractions of 28.1, 57.1 and 1:26.3. Red Magician then got up for a head decision in 1:55.1 over race favourite Intended Royalty while third went to Rockin Indy (David Dowling). Melissa Rennie trains Red Magician for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Driver Marc Campbell established a lead in the Francis McIsaac Memorial standings for top driver of Old Home Week with three wins on the Friday card. Campbell teamed up with Anzula to win in 1:59.3 in race 2 from the Ken Wilkie stable, then Larjon Lachlan was a 1:59.1 winner for trainer George Rennison and Five Run Homer had a maiden score of 2:02.4 for Campbell and trainer Jamie Smith. Rennison had a training double on the card as the Truro, N.S., horseman ships his stable to Red Shores Charlottetown for Old Home Week again this year. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for Rennison’s other win as Bettim Vicky was victorious in 1:58.4. For race replays, live programs, access to the worldwide broadcast and more go towww.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Melissa Rennie stable was red hot Saturday afternoon capturing the top two spots in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,400 featured event saw Red Magician go off as the longest shot on the board at 13-1 odds but hit the wire first overcoming his heavily favoured stablemate, Euchred (Driven by Adam Merner). Corey MacPherson sent Red Magician to the lead off the gate tripping the quarter-mile marker in 29 seconds before fellow Rennie trainee Euchred came calling and was released to the lead. The half was hit in 58.2 before three-quarters in 1:28.2 while Red Magician sat patiently in the two-hole. MacPherson made his move in the stretch drive getting up to win by three-quarters-of-a-length over Euchred while Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) was third to complete the healthy $740.60 triactor ticket. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale, P.E.I., hold the ownership papers of Red Magician. The victory was one of two on the program for Rennie, who also won the Denny King Pace with Miss Sangria in 2:02.1 with Merner in the bike for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I. Dusty Lane Zendaya posted a mild upset in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace also with MacPherosn supplying the longshot drive. The Stephen Gass trainee was a winner in 1:58.1 for owners Alexis Gass and The Estate Of Shelley Gass of Cornwall, P.E.I. Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill) was second while Malabrigo (Campbell) grabbed third place. Live racing continues Saturday, Jan. 12 at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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