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SUMMERSIDE, PE - There was no stopping Gettin Messi's advance to the winner's circle in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week of harness racing. Leaving from post 4 in his $6,180 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trot contest, Gettin Messi settled into third place but then driver Mike McGuigan launched the champion trotter first-over to secure the lead past the half-mile marker. Trained by Len McGuigan for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale, the son of Armbro Barrister stopped the clock in 2:00 over a closing Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee). Third went to Dreamboat Annie (Barrieau). Ya Boy Bear (Delcrest Julian) won the second three-year-old sires stakes division in 2:00 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Michael Bailey of Morell. Richnsnotherndream (Kenny Arsenault) was second with race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Barrieau) recovering from an early break in stride to finish third. Little Miss Winnie won the final three-year-old split but the Arsenault driven trotter was placed back to seventh for being inside three consecutive pylons in the first quarter of the race. That placing put second-place finisher Ableway (Steven Shepherd) into the winner's circle while Hard Case (Mark Bradley) was placed up to second and Dusty Lane Titan (Campbell) was placed into third. Ableway is owned and trained by Carl Bagnall of Stratford. Mabou Ridge captured the lone Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division with a 2:06.1 maiden breaking score for the lion's share of the $15,720 pot. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star (Campbell) rode the pocket to finish second while Go With Her (Kuri White) used first-over tactics to complete the triactor ticket. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Off the pace tactics were the key to victory in the Sunday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Czar Seelster stalked from the back in the five-horse preferred pace on the Sunday program but found his way to the wire first in 1:55.3 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford, P.E.I. The $2,650 event saw Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) guard the rail and retain the lead for the first half-mile with fractions of 27.4 and 56.4. Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault) was sitting in the two-hole for those splits but abandoned his post going to three-quarters and cleared past that 1:26.2 station. Czar Seelster was advancing on the outside and was able to overcome the tussling front-end pacers in the stretch drive as he won by one-and-three-quarter lengths over Winter Blast with Three Truths ending up third. The final race of the 14-dash card saw a deadheat as Jetta Flys (Corey MacPherson) and Inspector Murdoch (David Dowling) landed on the wire together in 2:00. The deadheat win was one of four on the program for Dowling as the Warren Grove driver won with All Turain in 1:59.4 for Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Dustlanemissmolly in 1:59.4 for Jackie Heffernan of Summerville, P.E.I. The $2,350 back-up class also went to Dowling as he steered Rockin Indy to a 1:57.4 victory for Troy Murray of Clyde River, P.E.I. Marc Campbell scored a driving triple on the card to retain his lead in the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings. The Winsloe reinsman won with Rash B Havior in a 2:00.2 score for Mike Peters of Emyvale, Confident Fella in 1:57.4 for trainer Ralph Sweet of O’Leary and Eagle Jolt in 1:59.1 from his own Charlottetown stable. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top sophomore pacers in Atlantic Canada converged on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday for Maritime Breeder's elimination action. A pair of $3,000 eliminations was held for both the three-year-old pacing colts and the three-year-old pacing fillies with R Es Shabla capturing the fastest filly split in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Mike McGuigan. A three-year-old daughter of Pang Shui, R Es Shabla is owned by Lloyd Parsons of Carmanville, N.L. Chocolate Terror (Driven by Darren Crowe) rallied for second, followed by Woodmere Ceilidh (Clare MacDonald) third and Woodmere Chella (Barrieau) completing the superfecta to earn her spot in next week's Maritime Breeder's final. Royaltywestho capturing the other filly split in 1:57.2. Walter Cheverie was at the lines of the three-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover for co-owner and trainer Joseph Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis, both of Windsor, N.S. Second went to Saulsbrook Coral (David Dowling) with Woodmere Saphire (Barrieau) third and Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes) securing the final spot in the final. The three-year-old pacing colt elimination saw both elimination winners stay undefeated so far in 2018. Sock It Away won his $3,000 elimination in 1:56.1 with Marc Campbell at the lines for win number 1,998 of his driving career. The Pang Shui colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Colonel (Barrieau) sat the two-hole to finish second with Dustylanewesty (MacDonald) finishing third and Dowahs Boy (Adam Merner) advancing to next Saturday's final with a fourth place finish. Half Cut captured the other elimination to remain unbeaten this season for the team of driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peter's Bay. The Stonebridge Terror pacer stopped the clock in 1:56.2 over Woodmere Ideal Art (Hughes), Tobins Lightning (Kenny Arsenault) and Rocking Party (Danny Romo), who all advance to the final. Czar Seelster visited the winner's circle in the $2,500 preferred pace in a mile time of 1:55.1 with trainer Todd Weatherbee in the bike for owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) had his win streak snapped to finish second while Mr Irresistible (Hughes) was third. For race replays and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Do Over Hanover was in a league of his own in the Saturday evening harness racing preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was in the bike for the fastest win of his career as Do Over Hanover controlled the front end at every call through fractions of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:24.1 en route to a 1:53.1 victory by six open lengths in the $2,400 preferred pace. Adkins Hanover (Kenny Arsenault) released Do Over Hanover to the lead past the quarter to sit second and finish second with Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) completing the healthy $218.20 triactor with race favorite Crombie A finishing seventh. It was the sixth win in a row for Do Over Hanover with Chris MacKay training the four-year-old son of Western Ideal for owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Saint-Esprit, Que. Dixie Lullaby found redemption on her native red soil in the $2,250 Open Mares pace with a 1:57.4 victory with Walter Cheverie in the bike for co-owner and trainer Kyle Fellows of Rockwood, Ont., and co-owner Carl Stafford of Conception Bay South, N.L. Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes) was second with Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) third. Ken Murphy and Adam Merner both had driving triples on the card with Gilles Barrieau and Kenny Arsenault winning two races in the bike and trainer Ron Gass scoring a pair of victories. For complete results go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Forever Paradise, under the command of harness racing driver Mike McGuigan, held off a fast closing DGS Camme (Gilles Barrieau) to win the Saturday night feature in a sparkling 1:56.3. McGuigan hustled Forever Paradise, owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, off the gate from post 6 and cruised through fractions of 28, 58.3 and 1:27.2. Warrawee Phoenix (Mark Bradley) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy) finished third in the dead-heat. The evening showcased the Maritime Breeders eliminations and it was the Barrieau, Mason and Downey team of New Brunswick that took two divisions of the three-year colts. Jackson K Down went gate to wire in 1:56.3 while stable-star KD Overdrive had to make a sweeping move down the backstretch to earn a berth in the final. The time of the mile was 1:57.1. Heart and Soul won his colt stakes assignment for Clare MacDonald in 1:57.3. The filly eliminations went to Glory Jean for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Blair Hansen, Charlottetown. The time of the mile was 1:58.1 while Howmacscanasta rallied from a slow start to take top honours to give Barrieau a driving triple on the program. In other action, Ramblinglily (Walter Cheverie) captured the open mares class in 1:56 flat but the biggest mile of the night went to OK Galahad in a dazzling 1:54.4. Jason Hughes, who posted a driving double, was in the bike for Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE and Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE. Trevor Hicken recorded a training double with Bazillion and Burkes Bandit. For complete results go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Fightmaster, with catch-driver Gilles Barrieau in the bike, captured the Thursday night harness racing feature in 1:59.2 over a rain soaked track at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The surface was rated as good with a three second variant. Eagle Jolt was second with the Big Bite third. Fightmaster is trained by Mike McGuigan for his co-owner Jack Quinn, Charlottetown, PE. The 3-7-2 triactor paid $156.90, 3-7 exactor returned $46.00 with the superfecta 3-7-2-6 paying $110.80. Three trotters made trips to the winner's circle on the card including Freddie who won the open trot for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The newcomer notched his third win in a row for the ownership group known as Three Wiseman Stable. Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau) and Professor Gordon (Vince Poulton) also won their respective divisions. Marc Campbell recorded a driving triple while Gary Chappell, Vince Poulton and Barrieau recorded driving doubles. Trainer Earl Watts had two winners from his stable. Wager was $30,353. For complete results and pays go to By Lee Drake

Forever Paradise used the passing lane to beat Bazillion and Clic K in the stretch to win the Saturday harness racing feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.2. Mike McGuigan was in the bike for the victory leaving from the seven hole and tracking race leader Clic K throughout the mile before making his move down the lane. Forever Paradise and McGuigan have been a hot combination with three wins from four starts this season. Kevin MacLean trains for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Miss Oromocto came in from Truro and claimed the open mares pace in 1:57.3 for driver Mark Haig. Best Risque was second while Brodys Leona was third. Corey MacPherson recorded a driving triple. Marc Campbell notched a driving double on the 12 dash program. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Forever Paradise and harness racing driver Mike McGuigan will look to pick up their third victory of the 2016 campaign in the Saturday feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6pm. The duo will team up with trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg Macpherson, David and Aaron Mackenzie to face off against seven other foes in Race 12. The winner of last weeks preferred pace in 1:55.1 has drawn post 7. The race will feature the second start off the bench for the former Premier's Pace winner Clic K (post 8), The iron tough All Turain makes his first start of the 2016 season from Post 5 as well as back-to-back winner Waterside Light. The Open Mares will settle the score in Race 7 when morning line favorite Best Risque squares off with the new comer Alittleeastermagic and a pair of top stakes fillies last season, Miss Oromocto and Dustylane Msvickie. Stakes stars invade Summerside Sunday It's a sure sign that summer is just around the corner when the stakes season kicks off at Red Shores Summerside. The historic Prince County oval is celebrating 130 years of racing. The Sunday program gets underway at 1pm. The 14-dash card features four divisions of three-year-old colts in the $5, 975 Bob Dewar Memorial and four divisions of the three-year-old fillies in the $5, 650 Ruby Chappell Memorial. The stakes action gets under way in race 3 with Glory Jean looking to continue her winning ways for owner Blair Hansen, trainer Tom Weatherbie and driver Mark Bradley, she'll be forced to do battle with mainlanders Howmacfiesty and morning line favorite Shalara. The first division of the Bob Dewar will go to post in Race 5, as Dusty Lane Arby returns back to home soil for owner trainer Ronnie Gass and driver Corey MacPherson, he will face off against K D Overdrive. The reining Maritime Breeders and Atlantic Breeders Crown winners from last season in their respective divisions are both in action on the card. Howmacscanasta has drawn into post 2 in the afternoon's 7th Race, while Jackson K Down will look to start his season off on a winning note from post 7 in Race 13. Gilles Barrieau will be in the driver seat for both. By Bo Ford

Forever Paradise drafted behind race favorite Silverhill Shadow (Terry Gallant) and used the passing lane to overcome the pace setter in the stretch to win the preferred pace harness racing feature Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Silverhill Shadow held on for second and DBS Rosco third. Mike McGuigan engineered the winning trip for trainer Kevin MacLean and the ownership team of Reg MacPherson, David MacKenzie, Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie, Winsloe. Forever Paradise stopped the timer in 1:56 flat and returned $19.30 to win. The 2-3-1 triactor paid $203.90. Edgewood had his picture taken for the first time in the winner's circle after arriving on PEI. Gary Chappell piloted the newcomer to victory in the trot division. The Glenn Claybourne trainee won by half a length over Holy Molie Maggie and driver Corey MacPherson. Neal complete the top three for Brian Andrew. MacPherson recorded a driving triple on the 13 dash program with Jason Hughes, Gary Chappell and Marc Campbell scoring doubles. Trainer Ron Gass had two winners on the card from his Cornwall stable. The wager was $39,755. Thursday night racing opens this week with a new post time of 6:30pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

Fresh off the $22, 000 Governor's Plate final, Si Semalu will have rail control in the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS, and a winner of over $150, 000 lifetime, the five-year-old son of Modern Art will look to pick up his first victory on Red Soil since reporting to P.E.I in mid June. He will gain the services of his trainer at top driver at Red Shores Charlottetown Jason Hughes. Forever Paradise will look to price them up from Post 6, listed as the morning line favourite and entered for a claiming tag, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise has been no worst then second in his first six starts off the bench including a lifetime best 1:55.1 two starts ago. Owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, the Kevin MacLean trainee will be driven by Mike McGuigan. Also in the feature Jersey Joe will put his three race win streak on the line from post seven. Tempo Seelster, Smiley Bayama, Likely To Win, Cabo Pan Lucas and Waterside Light round out the power packed field. A pair of Open Trots are set to go post ward as well on Saturday night, the first in Race 2 has Pleasure Girls pegged as the morning line choice for owner Shelley Gass and trainer, driver Ronnie Gass. The field also features Frill Seeker for the Ebbsfleet Stables and newcomer to Foxyhall Racing Thunderaway. Race 4 features a pair of newcomers, Post 4 starter Kennel Buddy comes in from Ontario for trainer David Dowling, Walter Cheverie gets the call on the five-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding who was a winner last time out in 1:57.2 over Georgian Downs. The second newcomer comes from the powerful Patrick Shepherd stable, a winner of 105 races this year, Shepherd a native of Stratford, P.E.I. currently sits second among trainers in all of Canada, he will send out Weskey for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, NS. Harold Shepherd gets the call in the sulky on the winner of four races in a row, his last a lifetime best 1:56.4 over Georgian Downs. Racing action gets underway at 6 p.m. for the 12-dash card. By: Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Tempo Seelster and harness racing driver Vince Poulton won the evening feature over a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was charted in 1:57.3 for Tempo Seelster who left from post three and cut fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:28.4. The son of Santanna Blue Chip flashed a closing panel of 28.4. It was Poulton's second winner on the program after another wire to wire score with IDK owned by his sister Gail MacDonald and trained by his brother Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Corey MacPherson enjoyed a big night at the office with a driving triple. MacPherson won with Alliegetty for owner Kent Livingston, Brodys Leona, who nosed out Motorino in a photo finish to go right to her personal best of 1:58.3 for owners Kerry and Emily Taylor, Stratford and Lisa Richards, Cornwall and veteran Life Savior for trainer Duane MacEachern and owner Darla MacEachern of Kensington. Fightmaster put in an impressive performance winning in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.4 for driver Mike McGuigan and his co-owner Jack Quinn, Charlottetown. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Red Magician will look to work his magic off the rail in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Ken Murphy will drive Red Magician from post 1 in the race 11 $1,800 feature pace for trainer Clarkie Smith and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut son of Badlands Hanover had been racing in Ontario for trainer Paul Mackenzie and was a winner his last start out in 1:55.2 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Red Magician in his East Coast debut. "We don't know anything about this guy but his recent form at Grand River should tell you all you need," MacIsaac said. "He has a pair of wins in the 1:54-1:55 range in the past month, and a spot on the pylons for his local debut. Top call." The race has some entries that can pace right with Red Magician, as Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) has post 6. He made breaks in his last two races while free-legged but trainer Jackie Matheson qualified the horse in 1:58.1 last week with hopples on and could return to the 1:55 form he showed in his first few P.E.I. starts. Beckenbauer (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, fresh off a 1:55.4 romp Governor's Plate night at the Summerside Raceway. Other entries include IDK (Vincent Poulton), Windemere Express (Mike McGuigan), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson) and Rymar Sporty (Gary Chappell). Frill Seeker is the one to beat in the seven-horse Open Trot class, which lines up in race 5 for a $1,850 purse. Trainer Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike behind Frill Seeker from post 2 for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding was an impressive winner in his Island debut with a 10-length victory in 1:59.2 last Friday in Summerside. He will battle with the veterans of the top trot, Abundaspin and Zip The Lip, who have virtually dominated the class the past two years. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 5 while Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) will leave from post 6. The field also includes Song Dream (Vaughan Doyle), Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Lyrical Lindy (Walter Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 8 for a $1,400 purse with Rymar Romeo favoured for trainer-driver and co-owner Steven Murphy and fellow Island co-owner Ambrose Gillis and Nova Scotian Shawn MacLennan. Other top entries in that race include Astronomical Union (Arsenault), Umiztagoodthing (Todd Walsh) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Ron Matheson became the newest member of the 1,000 win club when he guided D Gs Camme to victory in the ninth race during the Sunday afternoon race program at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park. Matheson cleared to the lead past the three-quarter pole station and was alone in the stretch for the memorable photo and a sparkling mile of 1:55.1. The Charlottetown pilot was greeted in the winner's circle by family and friends for the special presentation. D Gs Camme is co-owned by Matheson, Quentin and Hal Bevan and Tom Clark of Charlottetown. The heat-wave produced some big miles on the afternoon with Cheyenne Ford also tripping the timer in 1:55.1 taking the top class for driver Kenny Arsenault and owner James O'Halloran of Montague. Ultimate Luck (Ken Murphy) cut the fractions and held on for second with Temp Seelster (Vince Poulton) third. Tymal Tyme and Brian MacPhee won the trot class beating stable-mate Saulsbrook Balance by head in 2:02 for Tessa MacKinnon of Souris. MacPhee, Arsenault, Marc Campbell and Mike McGuigan each posted driving doubles on the day. Canada Day card set for Red Shores Summerside.  Summerside, PE - Narrangansett is the morning line favorite in top class of the Canada Day program at Red Shores Summerside on Tuesday. Post time is 1pm. Jason Hughes will drive Narrangansett for Foxhall Racing of Summerside from post 2. Race analyst Jared Stretch likes this combination. "Hughes has been on fire this season and it's no wonder taking the reins on horses like this. Narrangansett has some of the best closing numbers on the board so he's surely the one to beat." PC shockwave has a shot of knocking off the favorite after posting three miles in the 1:56 range. Brian MacPhee will do the driving for trainer Wade Sorrie. Lisfinny will put a three race winning streak on the line for Norris Rogers. The power-packed field includes Acton O So Royal, Carrera Angel, Every Day, Lucky Encounter and Blissful Bro. The trotters will take center stage in race 4 with Stretch landing on Honeymoonisover as his top choice. Brian Andrew will drive from outside post 6. The field includes Pure at Heart(pp1), Let's Trade Ladies (pp2), Southview Shadow (pp3), Scarlet Patti (pp4) and I Ain't No Lady (pp5) Ultimate Lambama, trained by Philip Desroches of Coleman, will try to extend her winning streak to four. Marc Campbell will do the driving. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carnivore capped off a Marc Campbell harness racing driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night's Atlantic Regional Driving Championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington, P.E.I. Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. "I'm feeling really good," Campbell said after the victory. "I had a good line up and the horses raced good. It's always close these kind of things and that's what makes it really exciting." Pictonian Press finished second to put Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot for the National's with 65 points, while PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points, finishing third in the competition. "It started out good and I just had good horses I guess," Ellis said. "After looking at the card I thought I had a shot and the horses came through." Jason Hughes finished fourth in the competition with 50 points, while Gilles Barrieau was fifth with 49 points followed by Todd Trites (41), Brodie MacPhee (31), Ryan Campbell (31) and Kevin Dillon (27). Hughes opened up the competition in race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory aboard Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess (Todd Trites) and Diagram Hanover (Ellis). Lyndale Royal captured race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas (Marc Campbell) and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead. Ultimate Labamba captured race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot to Marc Campbell with second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist (Gilles Barrieau) third. Rash B Havior delivered as the post time favorite in race 5 to widen the lead for driver Marc Campbell with Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden (Brodie MacPhee) third. Dance Hanover captured race 6 to propel Trites into third place with second in that race going to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee) and Joachim (Ryan Campbell) third. Race 7 had Darren Crowe bring himself into contention with a 1:57 victory aboard Barrett Jackson ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis). Its Handsome Hank captured race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behind Marc Campbell with Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) second and River Paradise (Hughes) third. Marc Campbell sat out race 10 to see Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Darren Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ryan Ellis) third. Marc Campbell and Ellis will join Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis Jr., Brandon Campbell, Jim Marino, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille in the National Driving Championship. The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with Bunny Mach capturing the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second with Prynne Hanover (Mike McGuigan) third. The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second with Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) third. By Nicholas Oakes  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - An action packed card of Thursday night racing sees some of the top pacers and trotters in Maritime racing hit the track at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Caliban Hanover is favored in the race 6 $1,850 Open trot from post 2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. There has been a different winner in this class every time for the past five weeks and the same field of horses will battle again Thursday. Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley) has post 1, while Pleasure Girls (Walter Cheverie) has post 5, and regular Open trot kingpins Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) have posts 6 and 7, respectively. Other entries include Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Caliban Hanover. "He's a versatile type with good early speed and a dangerous finishing kick," MacIsaac said. "The two hole should provide a good trip and in this ultra-competitive class that could make all the difference in the world so we'll treat him as the one to beat." Race 11 has the $2,000 feature pace with Touch Of Lightning off the rail for trainer-driver Earl Smith and Island owners Gerald Morrissey, Larry Chappell, and Peter and Don Smith. The Articulator five-year-old will face a tough field of seven pacers including Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes), who come out of the Cecil Ladner series held last week. Other entries include Balanchine (Mike McGuigan), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Panacotta (Blaine Baglole), Every Day (Andrew) and Windemere Express (Marc Campbell). Race 9 has Machintosh riding a two-race win streak for owner-trainer-driver Dave Kelly of Cornwall. She will face off with Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) and Mach Vegas (Hughes) in that $1,400 contest. Live racing continues Saturday with a special card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway featuring the Atlantic Regional Driving Competition kicking off at 6:30 pm, while Red Shores Charlottetown will race at 1 pm Sunday afternoon. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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