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On behalf of the Saint John Harness Horsemen Association, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks and gratitude for supporting our fundraising efforts on May 8th in Saint John.   We would like to recognize and thank all the sponsors, volunteers, and those who came out to support our group initiative to raise funds to upgrade and maintain the racing surface at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Response and support leading up to, and including the May 8th fundraiser was overwhelming to say the least. We doubled our goal of financial support and once again the harness racing industry came together from New Brunswick and other jurisdiction's.   We are excited to return to racing this summer on July 1st ( tentatively ) at Fredericton Raceway and we invite you to take in all the harness racing action this year and appreciate as always support from fans and industry participants in New Brunswick.   Sincerely,   Debbie Mahar,   Saint John Harness Horsemen Association                  

On the strength of two wins at Exhibition Park Raceway, Mark Haig won his first-ever harness racing driving crown at his home track for 2014 on Saturday afternoon.   He had gone into the afternoon card with a lead of three wins on former driving champion Todd Trites.   After the six dash card, Haig ended up with two wins on the afternoon to Trites one and claimed the driving title.   Haig's wins came with Contact Jones and Ton Of Luck. Saturday's race card saw the end of the 2014 racing season and Horse Racing New Brunswick looks forward to a prosperous 2015 with the return of the Atlantic Sires Stakes to the region.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to extend gratitude to all who supported the industry in 2014. There is an optimistic attitude in the province for 2015 and look forward to returning to host racing spring.   Scott Waddell  

After an overpowering win last week in the afternoon's top-class, five-year-old J Rs Hurricane will be looking to repeat in this week's top conditioned harness racing event.   Lonny Stokes, no stranger to driving the son of Mach Three will be holding the lines of the pacer from post-four in the five horse top-class.   Man In Pink will once again have the advantage of the rail position for driver Mark Haig. Dance Hanover will have post-two for catch-driver Mike Barrieau for the Ultimate Stables of Moncton.   American Captain will leave from post-four for veteran driver and trainer Mike Campbell. Wave That Banner from the Eric Wilson stable will have the outside post-five. Starters will face-off for a purse of $ 1500.   This Saturday will also feature the final leg of Horse Racing New Brunswick's handicapping contest. Week twenty ( 20 ) will be contested and an overall winner announced next week.   Post time for Saturday's matinee card is slated for 2:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Results are in from week nineteen ( 19 ) for Harness Racing New Brunswick's season long handicapping contest.   This week will feature the 20th and FINAL LEG of the contest and the top-three going into this Saturday's final leg at E.P.R all have a legitimate chance to take the top prize.   This weeks $ 50.00 prize winner who checked in with $ 53.40 on Saturday was second place competitor Kayden Buchanan. Please see complete standings below.   It appears that strategy could play a huge part in the final leg this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Totals After Week 19   Adam Saunders       325.70 Kayden Buchanan   307.40 Rose Doyle              298.20 Brad MacPherson    244.80 Jenn Ritchie             183.20 Bruce Smith           114.85 Dale Spence Sr        94.80 Wayne Hubbard       45.30 Roy Flowers             31.00   Scott Waddell

Saturday afternoon at Fredericton Raceway is a day that harness racing driver young Kent Beattie will remember for a lifetime.   In his fifteenth career drive, the promising rookie captured his first career victory at his hometown track.   Provoke Me, owned by Gary Beattie of Fredericton, was making his final start of his career as the nine-year-old veteran did all the work on a front-end winning performance.   Time of the mile was 2:02.2 as the pacer drove on to a two and a half-length win to best Royal Putnam and OK Elegant.   Fastest mile of the day was turned in by Joseph Michael who despite less than ideal conditions on the blustery Saturday afternoon, scored in 1:56.3. Todd Trites drove the local owned pacer as one of his two wins on the program.   Racing wrapped up for 2014 racing season at the capital city track and Horse Racing New Brunswick extends thanks to all who made the year a success despite many challenges.   Next card of racing will be contested on Saturday, September 27th at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Scott Waddell

The Atlantic Sires Stakes freshmen fillies put on an impressive show at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon. Jann Down and driver Gilles Barrieau captured their $9740 'A' division event in 1:59 flat. The two-year-old pacing filly is owned by Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. Dusty Lane Bria and Kenny Arsenault were edged out by a nose to take second place, with Three Pink Bows and Mike Stevenson capturing third. The other 'A' division event on the afternoon card went to Swift Taylor and Mike Stevenson with the duo crossing the finish line in 2:00.4 for owners Boyd MacDonald Produce, Crapaud, PE, and Daniel Ross, Belfast, PE. Second place honours went to Casa Miasa and Bernard McCallum and third went to Ubettowin and Gilles Barrieau. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action returns to the North Sydney oval next Saturday when the two-year-old pacing colts meet for competition. Lynne MacLennan

A trio of the best free-for-all pacers the Maritimes have to offer will do battle on Saturday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time for the 13-dash harness racing card is 6 p.m. A winner of the Governor's Plate in a track record 1:53, The Premiers Pace in 1:52.2 and a runner up to Wazzup Wazzup in the Founders Cup, D Gs Camme returns to his hometown oval from Post 5 on Saturday. After not recieving an invite to the invitational race at Northside Downs on Saturday, trainer Jackie Matheson elected to find a start in the Perferred ranks in his own back yard. A dominat force on this year's invitational circuit he will pick up the driving services of Ron Matheson for the first time since early July when the dup teamed up for Matheson's 1, 000 lifetime victory. He co-owns with Hal and Quentin Bevan along with Tom Clark. D Gs Camme will have to do battle with a pair of Jason Hughes trainees. One of the leading trainers among wins in Canada, Hughes will send out the duo of Astor, from Post 6 for Foxyhall Racing and Red Rock from Post 8 for Donald, Bryan, Steven and Melissa MacRae. Hughes has elected to drive Astor, while Gary Chappell gets the call on Red Rock in the Race 12 feature. The Open Trot is also on tap Saturday night with the early headlines going to Zip The Lip and driver Brian MacPhee. A front end winner in the Open last week for owners Orville Willis and Donald Sweet in 2:01, the six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin will have to do battle from Post 3 against rail horse Frill Seeker amd the outside charge Pleaure Girls. The older pacing mares will line up in the Open in Race 7 with top-end mares For All We Know, Stayoutofmyaffiar and General Luckypercy set to do battle. Race 13 features the Hurrah 4 Island Charities, Hurrah has drawn Post 4 and is listed as the morning line choice as he tries to raise as much funds for this month's recipent, the Toys For Tots campaign. Colt looks to continue winning ways A mainland invader will look to invade Red Shores Summerside on Sunday to keep his winning streak alive. Post-time is 1 p.m. American Island has been perfect since making his way back to the maritimes and he will look to extend his streak to three when he scores from Post 2 in the Race 11 feature. New Brunswick based trainer, driver Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John to try and keep his streak alive for owners Wayne MacRae and Ian Smith. Fresh off an impressive 1:56.3 score in his last outting, American Island will have his hands full on Sunday. He will go up against former Maritime stakes champion Forever Paradise, who looks to get back to his winning ways. Taken out of the race by the stopped leader last start, Forever Paradise seen his back-to-back victories erased. He gets Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell in the bike from Post 3. The event also includes the ultra conaistant, iron tough, Blu Meadow Willie from Post 5 for driver Walter Cheverie. The card at Red Shores Summerside will also feature the P.E.I Matinee Finals. Four classes will duke it out for top honours in their respective divisions. The Matinee finals will be contested after Races 2, 4 and 6. Bo Ford

What a difference a week has made in the Horse Racing New Brunswick year long harness racing handicapping contest.   After week number twelve ( 12 ) there is a new leader who has leap-frogged into first place. Rose Doyle had an outstanding week, earning $ 30.70 for her wagers which puts her in first.   Her new total after week twelve is $ 186.50.   Adam Saunders has also made a bold move into the number two slot. He has now earned $ 178.00 while last week's leader, Brad MacPherson drops to third with a total of $ 174.90.   Also of note, Kayden Buchanan is just eighty-cents behind Saunders in fourth place. Next leg will be hosted on Saturday, August 23rd at Exhibition Park Raceway.   This week's co-winners of Horse Player Interactive prizes are Rose Doyle and Adam Saunders. Both had an identical week's total with $ 30.70 as they both selected the same horses.   Horse Racing New Brunswick reminds patrons, there is no racing this coming Saturday.   Rose Doyle              186.50 Adam Saunders      178.00 Brad MacPherson   174.90 Kayden Buchanan   174.10 Jenn Ritchie              126.70 Bruce Smith                93.50 Wayne Hubbard         45.30 Roy Flowers               31.00 Dale Spence Sr         18.60   Scott Waddell

Young harness racing trainee Luke Armstrong will be looking for his second lifetime training win after nabbing his first this past Monday at Fredericton Raceway.   Armstrong will again harness-up five-year-old pacer Coral Snake, a son of Bettors Delight comes off an impressive win of 2:01.3 on New Brunswick day.   Luke's father Rick Armstrong will drive the pacer who was recently acquired from David MacDonald.   There will be a total of seven dashes on Saturday afternoon with first post scheduled at 2:00 P.M. Top-class of the day will feature five starters that include Casimir Japa, Man In Pink, ROF Samurai, J Rs Hurricane, and Dance Hanover.   Also on the card, young gun Kent Beattie will seek his first lifetime driving win in race-four with Provoke Me from post-two and has been listed as one of the favorites on the morning line.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the latest standings in the year-long handicapping challenge. Winner will receive a trip for two to Toronto.   After week eleven of the challenge, Brad MacPherson still leads the charge with a total of $170.10. Rose Doyle maintains here spot in second place, while Kayden Buchanan rounds out the top-three with $148.20.   This week's top handicapper was Jenn Ritchie with $16.10. She will receive a prize from H.P.I of $25.00. Week twelve will be held on August 9th at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Brad MacPherson 170.10 Rose Doyle 155.80 Kayden Buchanan 148.20 Adam Saunders 147.30 Jenn Ritchie 115.40 Bruce Smith 78.00 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr. 18.60   Scott Waddell    

Fredericton NB– Horse Racing New Brunswick announced today that it has launched a lawsuit against the Province of New Brunswick for breach of contract. Horse Racing NB Inc. was created in 2009 under the direction of The Provincial Government and industry stakeholders. In order to incorporate HRNB into the gaming strategy of NB, a contract was formed in partnership with the province to allocate 150 video lottery terminals from the 2000 put in play by NB Lotteries and Gaming. The 150 VLTS were designed to be placed at the existing racetracks in New Brunswick. HRNB, working through Atlantic Lotto, renovated Winners Lounge in Fredericton and placed 25 VLTs in that facility. “The major hurdle in deploying the balance of the allotment of VLT’s was infrastructure”, said Dr. Mitchell Downey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick, “but we were determined to make it work.”  In 2010, the incoming government of David Alward was engaged to look at options for a racino facility at Exhibition Park in Saint John. HRNB was told to "find a partner". In 2012 that partner was found in the Woodstock First Nations Economic Development Corporation. In September of 2012, HRNB and WFNEDC entered into a memorandum of understanding that would see the construction of a state of the art gaming facility in Saint John and revitalize the harness racing industry. The very next day industry stakeholders were told that NB Gaming and the Province of NB would not recognize the MOU that HRNB had entered into, and further, had cancelled the contract, henceforth denying HRNB access to its allotment of VLTs. “In short” says Dr. Downey, “they breached a contract because they did not like the partner HRNB had found.” Brian Murphy, attorney for HRNB says “this is a clear case of breach of contract. The Province will defend on the basis of policy, yet it broke the terms of the agreement they drafted, they broke their word.” Dr. Mitchell Downey President Horse Racing New Brunswick

Unbeaten three-year-old filly R Es Confusion and harness racing trainer/ driver Mike Campbell will look to remain undefeated, going for her third straight win on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway.   Unraced at two, the daughter of Allamerican Native is owned by Dawn & Ted Bremner of Jemseg, New Brunswick.   Closest any rival has been to her so far is six and three-quarter lengths. She was a $6200 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic sale in 2012. She was actually bred in New York.   Top-class of the afternoon has attracted a solid group of seven. Going as race seven on the card, they will race for a purse of $1500. A Weekend and veteran driver Percy Jones has been listed as the slight favourite.   Other starters in the field are Grimsby, stable mates J Rs Hurricane and Sparky Bayama, Ramlinglily, Kass Hall, and Stare Down. Post time is 2:00 P.M for the first race.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick have released the top drivers and trainer numbers so far for the 2014 harness racing season in the province.   Of all drivers in New Brunswick, Mark Haig leads the way going into this Saturday's program at E.P,R. Haig has reined a total of ten winners so far this season at tracks in Saint John and Fredericton.   Todd Trites is sitting with nine trips to the winners circle and two are tied for third place. Mike Campbell and Mike Downey both have five wins on the year in New Brunswick.   In the training category, there are three individuals who have five wins in 2014 as Mike Campbell, Sifroi Melanson and Bob MacNeil. Campbell had a big day on Canada Day as he registered three winners.   Racing will continue this coming Saturday, July 12th at 2:00 P.M.   By Scott Waddell    

Due to impending weather and potentially unsafe track conditions, the card of racing scheduled for Northside Downs on Saturday has been cancelled. The afternoon race card included several divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes 3 year-old pacing colts and fillies. The Atlantic Sires Stakes events at Northside Downs have been re-scheduled to Saturday, July 12. The entries for the cancelled card of racing will be discarded and trainers are advised to re-enter their horses for the July 12 events. The entry box for the Atlantic Sires Stakes events will close on Wednesday at 10 and a new card will subsequently be drawn. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association PO Box 65 Port Hood NS B0E 2W0 Phone: 902.787.2869 Fax: 902.787.2214 www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca

Popular New Brunswick catch-driver Mark Haig held the hot hands at Fredericton Raceway on Saturday as he registered a driving triple.   Haig played spoiler in the top-class as Todd Trites looked to be on his way to his 2000th career win with Joseph Michael but Haig got up to win with newcomer J Rs Hurricane.   Jean Belliveau owns the five-year-old son of Mach Three and he stopped the clock in 1:57.2 to record the fastest mile of the afternoon.   Haig's other wins came with Skippy in 1:58 and Nucoz Typhoon in 2:02.   Other winners on the eight-dash card included Ultimate Spirit for Stephen Trites ( 2:01 ), American Terror and Ed Harvey ( 2:00.3 ), trotter Justplainshea for John Stewart ( 2:02.2 ), Couleur Magnifique with Lonny Stokes ( 2:01.3 ) and D Gs Crosby for Phil Reid ( 2:02.2 ).   Todd Trites still needs that elusive single win to record his milestone of 2000-wins and will attempt the feat at Truro Raceway on Sunday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Monday afternoon saw the return of live racing in the province of New Brunswick and Todd Trites notched three wins on opening day at Fredericton Raceway.   With the wins, the popular driver stands just four-wins shy of 2000 career victories. Included in his wins was the Victoria Day pace with the Eric Wilson trainee Joseph Michael in 2:01.   He paced his final half in a sizzling :58.3 for owners Andrea Dolan and Valerie Phelan. Trites other winners came with Wave That Banner and Dusty Lane Oscar.   Other winners on the card were American Terror ( Ed Harvey ) in 2:04 for owner Kathy McLean and co-owner Harvey. A son of American Ideal, the four-year-old was very impressive in his first start on N.B soil.   Rounding out the opening day winners were Victory George ( Jeff Lewis ), Pinch Of Paradise ( Phil Reid ) and Lucky In Love ( Mike Downey ). Next live card goes this Saturday on May 24th, post time scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

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