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Plainville, MA --- Nows The Moment hasn't won a top-class harness racing trot at Plainridge Park since May 31. But after almost a month layoff and a sharp return victory last week in Maine, the Massachusetts drought ended Friday (Oct. 4) after he scored a convincing four-length victory in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Ridge. Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) and Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left from post eight and seven respectively and settled in the front of the pack by the quarter. Shorething Fashion, who came in with a four-race winning streak, cut the quarters in :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 with Nows The Moment on his back just waiting to pounce. It was by that last station that Stevenson pulled his gelding and Nows The Moment engaged the leader in the last turn. The two trotted side by side through the apex until Nows The Moment pulled away from a tiring Shorething Fashion at the head of the stretch. From there he just trotted away effortlessly to win in 1:55.4. It was the sixth win of 2019 for Nows The Moment ($4.20) who is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and trained by Allison Mac Donald. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Ethoca (Drew Monti) bounced back from a perilous parked-out journey last week to go gate to wire in handy fashion to score his fifth win in his last seven starts, timed in 1:58.4. Ethoca ($6.40) is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, David Anderson and John Fielding. Domenico Cecere is the trainer. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 6) at 2 p.m. and will feature the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- She got away worst but got home first. After a furious stretch drive, Hilaria won the $12,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 22). Western Stepp (Drew Campbell), Twist Of Fate (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Bye Bye Felicia (Jim Hardy) battled hard off the gate for the lead and went three-deep around the first turn until Bye Bye Felicia took command past the quarter in a swift :26.3. As the race went by the stands to the half, an early four-horse outer flow began led by Neon Sky N (Nick Graffam) and trailed by Hilaria (Mike Stevenson). Now with three in and four out, the race motored up the backstretch with Neon Sky N fading before three-quarters causing the trailing horses to bunch, and allowing Bye Bye Felicia to open up a three-length lead. Halfway through the final bend Hilaria, who was still sitting last and about six-lengths away from the leader, was tipped four-wide by Stevenson and began to pass the competition. By the time they hit the top of the stretch Hilaria was second, however Bye Bye Felicia still had a five-length lead and appeared to be wrapped-up. Stevenson continued to urge his mare and she continued to make up ground. Hardy heard hooves approaching and started to push Bye Bye Felicia mid-stretch but it was too little, too late. Hilaria flew by her at the wire to win by a neck in 1:51.4, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the fourth win in a row and tenth of the season for Hilaria ($8.00) who is also the winningest horse at the 2019 Plainridge Park meet. The 6-year-old Massachusetts-bred daughter of Cheyenne Hollywood-Poster Hanover is owned and trained by Ralph Anderson, who also bred her with Steve Farrell. Several horsemen had productive days at the track on Thursday. Drew Campbell led all drivers with three wins on the card while Nick Graffam, Kevin Switzer Jr. and Joe Di Stefano all doubled up. Trainers Mike Graffam, Chris Lefebvre and John Di Stefano each had two conditioning wins. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 23) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Plainville, MA --- The driver/trainer harness racing combination of Mike Stevenson and Ralph Andersen were on top of their game on Thursday (Aug. 8) as they won both $8,500 condition races at Plainridge Park. In the $8,500 mid-level condition for pacing fillies and mares, Hilaria took control of the race past the :27 quarter and led the group through the next two panels in :55.2 and 1:23.2. Then she turned for home and rebuffed a challenge from Life Isa Shortwalk (Drew Campbell) in the stretch to win by 1/2 length in 1:52.2. It was the third win in a row and ninth of the season for Hilaria ($4.00) who is owned by her trainer Andersen. Then in the $8,500 conditioned trot, Wind And A Prayer rallied from off the pace fourth at the half to overtake the leading Sortie Hanover (Mitchell Cushing) past the three-quarters. Once he cleared the 11-year-old trotted home smartly and won by a length in 1:56.4. Wind And A Prayer ($13.80) scored his fourth win of 2019 for owner Keith Franklin. Mitchell Cushing led all drivers on Thursday winning three races on the card. The wins pushed him over the century mark for the meet, now with 101 at the Ridge. That total has him in first place for the dash title ahead of Shawn Gray who sits in second with 91. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta was finally hit in the ninth race when one lucky person cashed a 20-cent ticket on the combination of 9-6-1-8-2 and walked away with a jackpot payout of $23,852. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 9) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Three starts, three wins and Massachusetts native son Wings Of Royalty remains peerless at Plainridge Park this year. His latest harness racing conquest came on Friday afternoon (May 10) when he won the $16,000 Open Handicap trot in handy fashion. Driver Shawn Gray floated Wings Of Royalty off the gate and settled in third briefly as Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) cut the quarter in :27.3. But Gray pulled out there and rolled to the front as the race passed in front of the stands. He cruised to the half unassaulted in :56.4 but then saw Only Passing Thru (Nick Graffam) to his flank as they hit the three-quarter pole. The race rounded the last bend and at the head of the stretch Wings Of Royalty was trotting between Only Passing Thru and Nows The Moment and both of them were drawing closer. But the race got to the wire before they got to him and Wings Of Royalty maintained his dominance, winning in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the fourth win in nine starts this year for Wings Of Royalty ($3.20) who was bred in Massachusetts by his owner Ray Campbell Jr. John Di Stefano does the training. Wings Of Royalty is eligible to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28). 24 outstanding aged-trotters have been nominated to this Grand Circuit event that makes its return to New England's premier harness racing venue this summer. In the $12,000 conditioned trotting co-feature, Make It A Double (Matt Athearn) lived up to his name by winning his second consecutive race despite being parked out the whole mile to do it. After Lindy The Great (Patricio Ancora) took the lead, Make It a Double rolled up alongside and pushed the issue at every station. The two tripped the timers in :28, :56.4 and 1:25.2 before hitting the lane and dueling for another eighth of a mile. With both drivers vigorously urging their horses it wasn't until deep stretch when "Matty Ice" got Make It a Double to the front and won by one-half length in 1:54.4, which was also a new seasonal mark. Make It A Double                                    --Tom Melanson photo Make It A Double ($5.80) is owned by William Phipps and is trained by Gretchen Athearn. Drew Campbell led all drivers for wins on Friday, making three trips to the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 13) with post time set at 4 p.m.     Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- It was like a sight-seeing tour for Osprey Impact on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 16) as he went gate to wire untested in the $16,000 Winner's-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park. When the heavy post time favorite Muscles Jared (Greg Merton) made a break before the gate released the field, it made Osprey Impact's (Mike Stevenson) life a lot easier. Stevenson put him right on the point and dictated the rest of this story. After a moderate :28.2 quarter, Osprey Impact backed the half off to :58 and that allowed a now flat Muscles Jared to motor on the outside and draw near the leader going up the backside. But Osprey Impact was trotting well in hand and stepped off a :28.4 third panel just to keep everyone honest and that was enough to tire Muscles Jared who was now backing up in the turn. And Jericho (Jim Hardy), who had watched everything transpire from the two-hole the entire way, had nothing to offer when the opportunity came clear. As a result, Osprey Impact found himself trotting away from the field, eventually winning wrapped-up by four in 1:55.3. The pride of owner Paul Larrabee, Osprey Impact ($13.20) chalked up his 30th win in only 79 lifetime starts, the bulk of which were orchestrated by trainer Robert Marston. In the $11,000 conditioned event for the 6-year-old and under diagonal set, Nows The Moment (Shane Taggart) tracked a front-end speed duel from fifth to the half before pulling second-over behind live cover, tipping three-deep off the last turn to take the lead at the head of the stretch and trot home clear by four lengths in 1:55.1, which tied his lifetime mark. Nows The Moment ($6.20) is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and is trained by Allison Mac Donald. Drivers Jim Hardy and Mike Stevenson ended the day with two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 20) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---There is nothing more gratifying in sport than going from worst to first. And that is exactly what Watts Was I Drinkn did in the $16,000 Winners-Over for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7). Trainer Eric Beach had two starters in the feature and they got away at different ends of the spectrum. Show Runner (Steve Nason) got out of the gate and went right to the front while stablemate Watts Was I Drinkn (Mike Stevenson) got away last and was watching the action from there. Before they hit the quarter in :26.4, Western Stepp (Nick Graffam) pulled from second and overtook the front, giving Show Runner the trip for a while. As the race approached the half, an outer flow formed with Acefortyfour Alex (Jim Hardy), Angel Or Terror (Greg Merton) and Watts Was I Drinkn, who was still last at this point. Western Stepp carried a two-length advantage to the three-quarters and all around the final turn where Acefortyfour Alex seemed to stall outside. That forced Angel Or Terror to tip three-deep and Watts Was I Drinkn had to go four-high around her. Heading down the lane the horses were now six across the track with Western Stepp fading at the pylons and Watts Was I Drinkn flying widest of all. As they hit the wire, Watts Was I Drinkn got up late and was best of all to win by a length in 1:53.2. It was the sixth win in nine 2018 starts and third win in a row for Watts Was I Drinkn ($7.40) and her connections Little Bapa LLC. In the $10,000 conditioned event for female pacers, Life Isa Shortwalk (Chris Long) took a stroll in the park, going gate to wire by a gapped advantage and winning by four in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old. Life Isa Shortwalk ($4.20) is owned and trained by Edward Blash. Drivers Chris Long, Greg Merton, Scott Renz and Mike Stevenson all had driving doubles on the card. There were some huge payouts at Plainridge on Tuesday. In the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta, a carryover pool in excess of $4,800 stoked a $7,732.62 payoff for a 20-cent wager on the winning combination of 3-1-8-5-4 and the Superfecta combination of 3-8-9-4 in the eighth race returned a whopping $14,326.80 for a $2 ticket. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9) with post time at 4p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Osprey Impact left early and came late to capture the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 3). Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) flew from post six and took the lead before the group hit the turn. But Jericho (Eddie Davis Jr.) who was floated out fourth, came with a rush at the quarter and claimed the top past that station. From there positions remained unchanged to the half. Heading into the second half of the race, Just Make Believe (Jim Hardy) came first up and brought Pirate (Ivan Davies) with him as well. The top four were two in and two out for the next three-eighths until Pirate tipped three-deep around a fading Just Make Believe, which also provided room for the pocket-sitting Osprey Impact to get out. By the top of the lane Pirate had gotten the lead, but Osprey Impact was gaining momentum after splitting horses mid-stretch and he powered to the front for good and won in 1:55.4. Osprey Impact ($8.60) registered his fourth win of the year for owner Paul Larrabee and trainer Robert Marston. The fastest trot of the day occurred in the $10,000 6-year-old and under non-winners event where Kinda Lucky Lindy (Patrizio Ancora) looked past being a gapped-third at the half and pulled first-over up the backside to eventually clear in the lane and win by three lengths in 1:55.2. Kinda Lucky Lindy ($2.80) racked up his third win of 2018 for the Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trainer Domenico Cecere. Driver Mike Stevenson and trainer Robert Marston teamed up to send three horses to the winner's enclosure on Friday and in the process, led all their respective peers for wins on the afternoon. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA---Spending more time parked out than drafting, Watts Was I Drinkin came up big winning the $14,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 31). Empty Gesture (Chris Long) got away strong and did the heavy lifting on the front end for the bulk of the mile. Watts Was I Drinkin (Mike Stevenson) tucked in third from post five off the gate but didn't stay there long. After getting to the quarter in :27 flat, Stevenson pulled Watts Was I Drinkin in front of the stands and came first-up into the second turn. She continued to advance incrementally until she drew near even with Empty Gesture at the three-quarters. Now locked up in a tussle, Watts Was I Drinkin and Empty Gesture went stride for stride around the last turn and into the stretch with neither mare getting a clear advantage. But Stevenson kept working and although parked five-eighths of the mile, Watts Was I Drinkin had enough left to finish the job and won by a neck in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Watts Was I Drinkin ($6.80) has now won three of her four starts at Plainridge Park since shipping in from Bluegrass Downs in Kentucky for owner Little Bapa and trainer Eric Beach. The $10,000 conditioned event for pacing distaff 6-year-olds and under saw Our Royal Majesty ($23.60) upset the apple cart when she pulled from third going to the half and never looked back en route to a three-length win in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.2. Driver Wally Watson and trainer Lisa Watson co-own the winner. From the "here's something you don't see too often" department; the heavily favored Pancakes ($2.80) won the fourth race as expected. But with 65-1 shot Final Champion finishing second and 50-1 shot Mia's First Time finishing third with the second and third betting choices running out, the 1-8-4 trifecta paid $2,043.80 and the superfecta combination of 1-8-4-3 returned an instant jackpot of $12,529, both for a $2 wager. Three drivers each had two wins on Tuesday. Mike Stevenson, Wally Watson and Mitchell Cushing all doubled up. With four months of the meet down and four left to race, Drew Campbell has a commanding lead in the dash driver derby with 103 wins thus far. Shawn Gray and Greg Merton are locked up in a tight battle for second with 77 and 74 wins respectively and behind them are Mike Stevenson with 42 wins, Nick Graffam with 38 and Mitchell Cushing with 34. On the training side the race is much closer at the top. Eric Beach leads with 24 wins, Elisha Lafreniere is second with 23 and Mike Eaton is third with 21. Right behind them is James Dunn with 19 wins and Jeff Lieberman with 18. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Osprey Impact took full advantage of early position en route to his first win of 2018 at Plainridge Park in the fastest division of the $10,000 Paul Revere trot for horses with a Trackmaster rating of 88 or lower on Thursday afternoon (June 28). Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) went right to the front and Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) would shadow him to the top of the lane. Trotting in line; one-two for seven-eighths of the mile, Nathaniel and Osprey Impact went :27.3, :56.4 and 1:24.1 by a gapped margin as the rest of the field tried to keep up. At the head of the lane, Stevenson pulled Osprey Impact and they went right past Nathaniel without any resistance. Osprey Impact was a wrapped up winner when he hit the wire in 1:54.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Osprey Impact ($9.20) is owned by Paul Larrabee and is trained by Robert Marston. In the first $10,000 division, Ugly Stik (Ron Cushing) overcame a slow start that had him last at the three quarter pole before tipping four-deep at the head of the stretch to close with a rush and win by a neck in 1:55.4, which was a new seasonal mark. Ugly Stik ($10.00) scored his fifth victory of the year for owner Lucia Les and trainer Heidi Gibbs. Drew Campbell topped all drivers with four wins on the day while Ron Cushing ended up winning three races himself. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 29) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---Now's The Moment stole the show during Thursday's (May 31) all-trot card when he captured the $20,000 Highland Light Late Closer trot final at Plainridge Park and set a new track standard in the process. Mike Stevenson left with Now's The Moment and led every step of the way. With the best view, they toured the facility in fractions of :27.2, :58.2 and 1:26 before turning for home. With no challengers in sight, Now's The Moment stretched out to a four-length advantage and won in 1:55.1. The winning time was not only a lifetime mark for Now's The Moment; it was also a new Plainridge Park track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. It was the second consecutive win for Now's The Moment ($2.60) who is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and trained by Mr. Allison Mac Donald. The $20,000 final of the Ralph Waldo Emerson trot final was won by the Massachusetts-bred Pirate, who scored in a sharp off-the-pace finish. Manssive (Ron Cushing) out-left The Lindy Treaty (Shawn Gray) and trotted strong on the lead for three-quarters of a mile until Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) pushed the issue at that station. Pirate (Drew Campbell) who was seventh at the time, tipped three-deep around a stagnant outer flow and was gaining momentum around the far turn. By the head of the stretch Pirate was four-wide and under a full head of steam, eventually engaging and then passing Jericho to win by a length in 1:55.3. It was the third win of the year for Pirate ($27.20) who is owned by Kathy Beaman and Earl Beaman and trained by Ivan Davies. In the $14,000 Winners-Over trot, Buff (Greg Merton) got to the lead past the quarter and was never headed from there. After putting away a challenge from Platoon Seelster (Ron Cushing) by the head of the lane, Buff responded to mild urging from Merton and held off a late rally from Golden Tate (Nick Graffam) to win by one-half length in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. Buff ($4.00) now has four wins this year for owners Bill Reepmeyer LLC, Jackie Rousse Stables LLC, Frank Witz and Jill Witz and trainer Jackie Greene. Greg Merton and Drew Campbell each had three winners on Thursday's card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA---Thursday afternoon in the Commonwealth means an all-trot card at Plainridge Park and today (May 24) was no exception. Highlighted by two late-closer series, favorable weather and a lightning fast track, seven lifetime marks along with two seasonal best efforts were registered during the 10-race program. Two second division legs of the $10,000 Ralph Waldo Emerson late closer series for non-winners of $35,000 in 2017 went in race one and nine and strong performances were turned in by both winners. Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) sat third for a half-mile before pulling out at three-quarters to overpower Dominus Hanover (Greg Merton) and My Little Susie (Drew Campbell) at the wire to win by a length in 1:54 flat, which was a new lifetime mark and the fastest mile of the day. Jericho ($4.40) is owned by Linda Kenney, Robert Kenney and the Di Stefano and Son Stable. John Di Stefano is the trainer. In the second set, Massachusetts-bred and Sire Stake eligible Pirate (Drew Campbell) showed he will be a contender in that series this year after he was parked for a half-mile and still out-battled The Lindy Treaty (Shawn Gray) all the way to the wire to win by a length in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Pirate ($13.60) is owned by Kathy and Earl Beaman; the latter also trains the winner. There were also two, second division legs of the $12,500 Highland Light late closer series for 3 and 4-year-olds who are non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime. Those events went in races two and four. Quicksilver Kemp (James Tomaso) rode the pylons fourth avoiding a breaker and two horses parked-out most of the mile to find racing room late and close strong in deep stretch to catch the favored Haulin Banc (Shawn Gray) and win by two in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Overlooked by the betting public and sent off at 17-1, Quicksilver Kemp ($37.80) pulled the upset for owner/trainer Joel Wheeler. The second leg went to Now's The Moment (Mike Stevenson) who took the lead at the quarter and ran off like a loose horse, winning by a wrapped-up five lengths in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Now's The Moment ($2.60) is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and is trained by Allison Mac Donald. In the $12,000 overnight feature trot, Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) turned his back on the competition, going gate to wire by a gapped advantage, eventually winning by a length in 1:54.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Nathaniel ($5.80) is owned by Linwood Higgins and is trained by James Dunn. Drew Campbell visited the track photographer four times on Thursday as he registered the grand slam for the day. Besides winning with the aforementioned Pirate and Nathaniel, Campbell also rang the bell with Angel Assault (1:56.3, $16.40) and Bruizn (1:55.2, $3.80). With his four wins on Thursday, Drew Campbell has vaulted both Greg Merton and Shawn Gray (who were both shut-out Thursday) in the standings to take the dash driving lead at Plainridge Park for the meet. Campbell now has 35 wins while Merton and Gray are tied for second with 33 wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (May 25) with post time at 4 p.m. There is a $4,529 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta wager in race six on Friday. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts        

Plainville, MA---After dropping out of the Mares Open at Plainridge Park last week, Caviart Caterina took advantage of a bit softer spot and won the $14,000 distaff conditioned pacing feature at The Ridge on Friday (July 21) despite being sorely overlooked by the harness racing betting public. Caviart Caterina (Michael Stevenson) left and wanted the lead but her effort was vigorously rebuffed by Golden Idol (Eddie Davis Jr.) who forced her to seat before the quarter in :26.1. Although she didn't get her way there, it all worked out in the end as she followed Golden Idol while she executed a dynamic itinerary of leading the girls to the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. As the field stacked up two-deep behind her, Golden Idol continued to motor around the last turn but Caviart Caterina had a clear path to pull half-way through it and Stevenson made his move right then. Caviart Caterina drew alongside Golden Idol and the two matched strides all the way down the lane with their respective drivers rocking and knocking. When the pair hit the wire, Caviart Caterina got up in the nick of time to win by a nose in 1:52.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the ninth win in 21 starts this year for Caviart Caterina ($25.80) and it raised her earnings to $70,465 for owner Joe Pisarski. The 5-year-old daughter of Tell All is trained by Robert Marston. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned pacing event, it took Lindy Beach (Greg Merton) over a quarter of a mile to get the lead but when he did the party was over. Lindy Beach backed down the second panel to :29.1 before sprinting home in :27.1 while opening up a five-length margin of victory at the wire in 1:52.3. It was the first start and win of the year for Lindy Beach ($2.40) who is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare. The winner is trained by Frank Antonacci. Steve Nason and Greg Merton each had two winners on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 24) at 4 p.m. That card kicks of a huge week of racing at Plainridge capped off with the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Friday (July 28) that will feature the best aged trotters in North America.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Charlottetown, PE - The Big Bite was sent to the front by driver Mike Stevenson and held off all challengers to win the Thursday harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58.1. The track was rated as good with a two second variant. Nogreatmishchief (Walter Cheverie) was second with Balanchine (Gilles Barrieau) third. The 2-7-3 triactor returned $178.40. The Big Bite, who picked up his sixth win of the season, is trained by Thane Arsenault for owners Jack Arsenault, Charlottetown, PE, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisedell, PE and Deborah Wilson, NS. Morning line favorite Silverhill Shadow was scratched. Driver Wade Sorrie started the night by taking the early daily double with A Littlegirlsdream in the opener for owner-trainer Robert Phillips of South Pinette, PE and followed up with Gascoigne Dickie in the second race for Murray Graham MacDonald, Montague, PE. Vince Poulton scored a driving double with victories aboard Tempo Seelster and Cabo Pan Lucas for trainer Gary Poulton and his co-owner Alan Walker, Charlottetown, PE. Phantom Beau, with Gordie Hennessey in the bike, captured the trot division over Howmacs Pride in 2:04.1. The trotter is owned by Paul Breau and Catherine MacAulay, Moncton, NB and trained by Tom Weatherbie. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Maritimes' fastest mare will look to continue her perfect streak Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash harness racing event. The top mares on the East Coast will battle in the Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 7 on the card with Maritime Champion Ramblinglily leaving from post 3 in the six-horse event for a $2,200 purse. Walter Cheverie will drive Ramblinglily as she rides a four-race win streak that is part of her eight win season from just 10 starts. The five-year-old daughter of Articulator is co-owned and trained by Alan Jones of Riverview and co-owned by Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. Her main rivals will be to the inside with For All We Know (Gilles Barrieau) with the rail and Fleurje (Mark Bradley) leaving from post 2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod for Ramblinglily to continue her unbeaten streak. "Other than that start at Truro with broken equipment and that narrow loss at Summerside, it's been nothing but wins," MacIsaac said of Ramblinglily. "Be prepared for another one." Other entries include Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson), Bunny Mach (Gary Chappell) and Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes). A hard-hitting field of seven lines up in race 11 on the card for a $2,200 purse with The Big Bite favoured from post 5 for driver Mike Stevenson, trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault of Charlottetown, Donna McIver of York, Edward Blaisdell of Montague and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. The six-year-old son of Shark Gesture does not have an easy road ahead of him as he faces off with post 6 starter Forever Paradise (Barrieau) and Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault) with rail control. Other entries include Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Perfect Escape (Brian MacPhee), McJestic (Marc Campbell) and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). A group of eight trotters will battle in race 3 on the card with Diamond Mine the morning line favourite from post 5 with Willie Murphy in the bike for co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. The group also contains Kims Pjs (Lenny Myers) and Howmacs Pride (Arsenault). For a list of entries, Les' Picks or live video go to By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

Foxyhall racing stable from Summerside, PE enjoyed a big night at the track with two of their stable stars, Si Semalu and Thunderaway, winning their respective assignments at the harness racing meeting on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Si Semalu, under the command of driver Jason Hughes, was sent right to the lead from the rail and never looked back on route to a 1:55.4 clocking in the evening's feature event. The five- year-old son of Modern Art rolled through splits of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.3. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) was second with Forever Paradise (Mike McGuigan) completing the triactor. Newcomer Thunderaway and Hughes were a two and half length winner in the first of two open trots carded on the program. The mare notched her 26th lifetime victory and her first on Island soil. Foxyhall racing also recorded a third place finish with Sam It Again Sam in The Class of 1958 St. Dunstan's University pace won by Perfect Escape in a dazzling 1:56 flat for Walter Cheverie. Cheverie, who had two winners on the program, did the driving for owners Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Another newcomer to the Island racing ranks, Strike A Light, won the second open trot in 1:59.4 for driver Norris Rogers and trainer Blaine McKenna. Mike Stevenson had a driving double on the 12 dash program scoring with The Big Bite for trainer Thane Arsenault and the ownership group of Jack Arsenault, Charlottetown, Donna McIver, York, Edward Blaisdell, Montague and Deborah Wilson, Elmsdale, NS. The second score came with Shellys Man for owner Michael Collings, Charlottetown and trainer Gerald MacDougall. For complete results go to Lee Drake

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, April 26, 2015) – Eric Davis became the latest member of the famed Delmarva harness racing family to etch his name in the winner’s ranks at an extended meet, as the 18-year-old steered  Big Heart from off to pace to grab top honors on Sunday (4/26) at Scarborough Downs. The red and white Davis family colors, so familiar to fans up and down the eastern seaboard, get their latest redesign this season as Eric follows in the footsteps of his father Eddie Davis, Jr. and grandfather Eddie Davis Sr. On his maternal side, mother and noted trainer Janet Stevenson Davis and harness driving uncle Mike Stevenson were surely beaming with pride. The win was actually the second in Davis’ career but his first since being elevated to provisional driver status following his 18th birthday, and his first at Scarborough Downs. Live harness racing resumes at Scarborough Downs on next Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, with a special 2:00 p.m. (EDT) post time. The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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