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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Jennifer Doyle Stable was not to be denied as her trainees closed out the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mantario won the final dash of the meet at the capital oval as David Dowling steered the son of Sportswriter to a 1:57.4 victory over Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau). Doyle, who currently has a solid grip on the Red Shores Charlottetown training standings, owns her trainee with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Fellow Doyle trainee Chocolate Swirl went all the way in the $2,850 preferred pace with an identical 1:57.4 score for owners Doyle and Birt with Jason Hughes at the lines. Bugsy Maguire (Barrieau) rallied up to finish second while Pictonian Storm (Gordie Hennessey) completed the triactor ticket. Hughes was a frequent visitor to the historic winner's circle with four driving wins on the day. Hughes teamed up with trainer Darryl MacLean to win the race 7 Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,800 purse in 1:57.1. Hughes also won with Jetta Flys (2:00.2) for trainer Stephen Quinn and with Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2) from his own stable. Babbling won his fifth straight race to remain undefeated since coming to Eastern Canada. Barrieau supplied the steer of the Mike Dowling trainee as he was unheeded in 1:59.2. Kenny Arsenault saw a training and driving double with Play The Board (2:06.3) and Wunder Shadow (2:04.1). Live racing will return on May 1 for the start of the 2021 Summer Racing Season. For more information go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A week of unseasonably warm weather will extend the Winter harness racing meet by one day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The last card of the season was set for Saturday afternoon at 12:30 P.M. but will be moved to Sunday afternoon with a 2 P.M. start time in hopes of finding some firmer footing. The Sunday afternoon feature will line up in race 9 of the day for a $2,850 purse. Gilles Barrieau will drive race favourite Bugsy Maguire from post 5 in the dash after winning last week's feature in 1:57. Wade Sorrie trains the Governor's Plate champion for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Bugsy Maguire was unheeded for the duration of last week's contest and will have to dispose of four foes for a repeat. Chocolate Swirl was second in that event after winning the top class the two weeks previous. Jason Hughes will drive that pacer for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey) has rail control from the Sorrie stable while Winter Blast (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, also for trainer Doyle. Post 3 belongs to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) after hitting the board in his last six starts for conditioner Troy Murray. Peter MacPhee with The Post Time Picks expects some big things from Bugsy Maguire again this week. "Bugsy Maguire was put on the front last time and was a gate to wire winner closing in a snappy 28.2," MacPhee said. "He gets post five this week and if they control it again could close the winter meet with back to back wins." Woodmere Chella romped by open-lengths in last week's Fillies and Mares Open pace and will attempt more of the same in that class in race 7. MacPherson drives the Ron Gass trained daughter of Articulator for owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. Berazzled (Arsenault) rallied to finish second last week in her first start since October and has post 5 on Sunday. Painted Pony is the favourite in the race 6 Red Shores Charlottetown Pace with MacPherson at the controls for trainer Raymond White while Babbling, who will be featured in the pre-game show on the Race Day broadcast after reeling off four wins in a row, will be back in to start in race 4 for trainer Michael Dowling and owners Michael Arnold, Olds, Alberta and Amy Lakie, Montague, PE. For more information go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Bugsy Maguire, the defending Governor's Plate champion, toured the harness racing oval in fine form Saturday afternoon in the featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Bugsy Maguire disposed of his foes in the $2,900 preferred pace on the afternoon card, controlling the front end on his way to a 1:57 victory in line to Gilles Barrieau. Wade Sorrie trains the seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Chocolate Swirl (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second while third went to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Ron Gass stable was razor sharp on the afternoon program with three wins, all with MacPherson at the lines, including a 1:59 open-length score by Woodmere Chella in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Gass and MacPherson also clicked with Magical Cowgirl (2:02) and Rave Review (2:03.4). MacPherson also visited the winner's circle with Tell Me Why (1:59.3) for trainer Joe MacDonald for the driving quadruple. Hughes hit the wire first in the race bike in three dashes on the afternoon. He won with his own Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2), Jetta Flys (2:00.4) for trainer Stephen Quinn and Smart Official (1:58.2) from the Peter Lanigan barn. Babbling remained undefeated on the East Coast in race 9 as the Mike Dowling trainee won in 1:58.4 for his fourth straight win with brother David Dowling in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday (Feb. 6) for the final program of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fighting hard through every inch of the mile, Bugsy Maguire fell short of victory last week but will look for a trip to the winner's circle in Saturday afternoon's featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 11 for a $2,900 purse. Bugsy Maguire made his first start back in action last week after being on the shelf since his victory in the July Governor's Plate final. The Wade Sorrie trainee moved first-up and finished second to Chocolate Swirl in last week's contest and gets post 4 this Saturday with Gilles Barrieau picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Walter Simmons. Marc Campbell drove the horse in his return but the driver has elected to take the rest of the season off to fully recover from injuries he received in a Dec. 22 racing accident in Charlottetown. Chocolate Swirl is assigned the outside post 6 on Saturday after winning this class the past two weeks. Jason Hughes is back in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Fellow Doyle trainee Winter Blast leaves off the rail with Ken Murphy aboard while Bugsy Maguire stablemate, Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey), has post 2. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Bugsy Maguire to rebound from his second-place finish in his first start back. "Bugsy Maguire had to come first up last week and just missed to a hard closing Chocolate Swirl," MacPhee said. "It was a sharp effort considering he hadn't raced since last July and with Barrieau in the bike this time they could get it all." Also in the top class field are Hungers Pangs (Mark Bradley) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open class lines up in race 8 for a $2,800 pot. Woodmere Skyroller had been dominating the class before finishing fourth last week from the assigned outside post position. Barrieau is back in the seat this week as the morning line favourite from post 3 from the Kevin MacLean stable. Other top entries in that class are Roselily (Hughes) and Woodmere Chella (MacPherson). For live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a hard brush up the passing lane, Chocolate Swirl received the lion's share in the $2,850 preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes supplied the steer for leading trainer Jennifer Doyle to stop the clock in 1:56.4 over Bugsy Maguire (Driven by Marc Campbell) and stablemate Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Doyle co-owns Chocolate Swirl with partner Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Larjon Legacy prevailed in a hotly contested stretch drive battle in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open pace. The $2,800 event saw driver David Dowling take a two-hole ride with Larjon Legacy and fight past pacesetter Roselily (Hughes) to win in 1:56. Bo Ford trains the winning six-year-old daughter of Mister Big for owners Arnold Myers, Sterling Maclure and Luke Beck of Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau was the hot reinsman of the day as he took control of the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings with five winners on the program. Barrieau scored with Atufflittleguy (2:00.1) from the Kenny Arsenault barn, Bettim Jenny (2:00.1) for Jeff Lilley, Collective Wisdom (1:59) for trainer Ron Matheson, Here Comes Red (1:58.2) for conditioner Wade Sorrie and Southwind Ion (1:57.4) for a training double for Doyle. Sorrie had two wins from his stable as Pictonian Storm was victorious in the Super Hi-5 finale scoring in 1:57.2 with Campbell at the controls. Live racing continues Saturday (Jan. 30) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – It has been over half-a-year since Bugsy Maguire’s biggest harness racing career moment but he returns to the fray in the preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  The 13-dash Saturday presentation starts off at 12:30 P.M. with the preferred pace going to the gate in race 12 for a $2,850 pot.  Bugsy Maguire put together a story book moment in winning the 2020 Governor’s Plate Final in July at Red Shores Summerside with Brodie MacPhee in the bike but suffered an injury shortly after and was absent for the remainder of the season. The seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight has qualified the past two weeks with qualifying driver Jaycob Sweet in the bike for trainer Wade Sorrie. But for Saturday’s pari-mutuel event, Sorrie will call upon leading driver Marc Campbell to steer for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside.  Chocolate Swirl knocked off the top group last week and has post 4 on Saturday with Jason Hughes at the controls of the Jennifer Doyle trainee. Hunger Pangs controls the rail from the Jeff Holmes stable with Mark Bradley supplying the drive. The ultra-competitive field also includes Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson).  Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places his trust in post 5 starter Bugsy Maguire. “Bugsy Maguire had the most memorable victory on PEI in 2020 winning the Governor’s Plate back in July,” MacPhee said. “He hasn’t raced since then but does have a couple of qualifiers under his belt and adds Campbell so we think they get to the wire first.”  The Fillies and Mares Open pace lines up in race 9 for a $2,800 purse. Woodmere Skyroller is assigned post 6 in the field after winning this class the last two weeks for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The champion daughter of Rollwithitharry is undefeated so far in 2021 and will look for career win number 18 on Saturday.  The race 13 finale will again host the Super Hi-5 wager where the winning ticket must have the first five finishers in the correct order. Mantario is the morning line favourite from the Doyle barn. Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike of the post 4 starter.  Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.    By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Arc Light handed Marc Campbell an Atlantic record on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the youngest harness racing driver to ever hit 2,500 victories on the East Coast. The 36-year-old Winsloe reinsman found the milestone win in race 10 of the day with his own trainee, Arc Light, in a 1:59.3 mile for owner Crossroads Racing Stable of Stratford. Driver David Dowling was the hot flavour of the day with three wins on the 14-dash program. Dowling scored a pair of wins from the Earl Watts barn with Galterio Hanover (2:02.3) for a maiden breaking score and with Howmac Missy (2:01.3). Dowling's other win came via a parked out performance with Babbling (2:00.4) for trainer Mike Dowling for the horse's second straight win since coming to P.E.I. Gilles Barrieau teamed up with Woodmere Skyroller for a repeat performance in the $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open class in 1:58.2 for trainer Kevin MacLean. Roselily (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with Larjon Legacy (Dowling) third. Chocolate Swirl circled the field in the $2,650 pacing feature in race 13, stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jennifer Doyle. Hunger Pangs (Mark Bradley) was a hard fought second while Smart Official (Dowling) completed the triactor ticket. Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault) found the wire first in the race 14 Super Hi-5 race which saw a $669.60 winning payout. Live racing continues next Saturday (Jan. 23) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Perennial leading harness racing driver Marc Campbell returns to action Saturday afternoon and will look to be a big part of the first Super High-5 race at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon program kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with Eagle Jolt and Campbell the morning line favourite in the race 14 finale featuring the first ever Super High-5 wager at Red Shores. The Super Hi-5 will involve picking the first five finishers in race 14, with Red Shores guaranteeing a minimum $1000.00 pool. In the absence of a correct winning ticket on Saturday, the closest combination will pay out a percentage of the pool and the remaining money will roll over to next week with a mandatory payout on the entire pool on the season ending Feb. 6 program. Eagle Jolt is now in his retirement year, having turned 14 on the regulatory Jan. 1 birthday for all standardbreds. Owned by Marie MacDonald of Stratford and Natasha Campbell of Winsloe, Eagle Jolt finds himself dropping down in class on Saturday to hit post 2 in the $1,900 event. Three Truths pulled off a shocking victory in his latest outing and gets post 7 in the class with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Paul Doyle. Shadow Of A Daut is third choice in the program for the combination of driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Earl Watts from post 3. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Eagle Jolt on top of his Super High-5 wager. "Hard to believe when the calendar flipped to 2021 Eagle Jolt turned 14," MacPhee said. "He's been on the fringes in his last few but has a ton of back class and with Marc returning they could reach up and win today." Also in that event are Silverhilllightnin (To be driven by Lenny Myers), Theycallmedude (Ken Murphy), Desired Treasure (Gordie Hennessey), Selkirk Echo (Gilles Barrieau), and Zack The Men (David Dowling). Woodmere Skyroller will look to repeat in the race 9 Open Mares pace leaving from post 5 in the $2,900 event. Barrieau is in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Other top entries are Woodmere Chella (Corey MacPherson) and Filly Forty Seven (Campbell). Race 8 has Doc Darryl the top choice with a three-race win streak on the line for driver Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Morgan Sheppard of Brackley Beach. The four-year-old son of Sunshine Beach has been undefeated since coming to P.E.I. as a maiden in Decemeber but has to deal with post 7 on Saturday. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The preferred pace lines up again Saturday afternoon with a familiar face returning to the harness racing fray at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Saturday program has a 12:30 P.M. start time and Rose Run Quest is home to take on P.E.I.'s best in race 13 of the day. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, the former Governor's Plate champion will return to the Gilles Barrieau stable after a short stint in Ontario. The 49-time winner has post 2 in the $2,900 preferred pace at 6-1 morning line odds after going down to defeat in all three of his Ontario starts. Screen Test is the top choice from post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass, riding a two-race win streak at this level into this week's contest. Chocolate Swirl (To be driven by Jason Hughes) has post 3 after winning both of his East Coast tries from the red hot Jennifer Doyle barn. Revenant also has a two-race win streak and will start from post 5 for trainer-driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Screen Test on top of his tickets. "Screen Test blasted off the wings last week and made every call a winning one scoring in 1:56.4," MacPhee said. "He's assigned post six this week and we'll see what Corey does but if they fire home in 28.1 again he could triple up." Also in the preferred field are Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Burn Out Hanover (David Dowling). Woodmere Chella leads the way in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,900 pot for driver MacPherson and trainer Gass. Starting from post 1, the Valleygrove Farms owned mare was a runner-up in her return to Island racing to Dreamfair Zenfire, who is not entered this week. Roselily makes her East Coast debut from post 5 in that class for trainer-driver Merner and owner Robin Burke of Brackley. The seven-year-old daughter of Big Jim has been racing the claiming ranks ay Yonkers Raceway in New York and has won 17 times in her career for $211,109 in purse money. Race 5 is the Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace with Pacific Delight the morning line favourite from post 9 for driver Barrieau and trainer Ron Matheson fresh off a win in 2:00 in her return to Island racing after racing the Ontario circuit. Smith, Red Shores executive chef, was recently named the 2019 chef of the year by the PEI Association of Chefs and Cooks. Watch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2021 season kicked off in grand fashion with an action packed Tuesday evening harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Benefitting from an early tussle, Winter Blast circled up to win the $2,600 featured pace on the 11-dash program to close out a training triple for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. With No other tracks racing in the nation currently, the triple marks Doyle as the leading dash winning trainer in Canada. The Earnscliffe horsewoman and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win with Winter Blast in 1:58.4 after front-runner Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) took on race favourite Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) and parked him to a cut throat 56.3 half-mile station. Winter Blast circled from last to win the race by two-lengths over second-place Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) and Creepin holding on to third. Doyle also celebrated a win in the $2,350 Open trot with Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault) in a 2:00.2 score. Her other win was with Chocolate Swirl (Jason Hughes) who dead-heated for first with Revenant (Adam Merner) in 1:56.1 to remain undefeated since relocating East. Doyle owns all three trainees with partner Danny Birt. The dead heat score with Revenant was one of two wins for trainer-driver Merner as he also visited the historic winner's circle with Disneyman in a 1:57.4 score. The night saw an occurrence for the harness racing record books as Bettim Vicky was a winner in 2:00.2 in race 7 while her son U Bettim Watching was a victor earlier in the program in a 2:02.1 score. Both horses had Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jeff Lilley of Miltonvale Park, who also bred both horses. In the opening dash of the night Barrieau drove Pacific Delight to victory in 2:00 from the Ron Matheson barn for a triple in the race bike. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 9, with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. The day features the Chef of the Year - Andrew Smith Pace. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Another night of close finishes and world-class harness racing is on the menu Tuesday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Capital oval has 11-dashes lined up with a 6 P.M. opening post time. The top class of the night hits the track in race 10 for a $2,600 purse with Creepin controlling the rail for trainer-driver David Dowling and owners Alex Quinn of York, Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge and Carl Peterson of Hunter River. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three just put the finishing touches on his 2020 season with a third-place finish on New Year's Eve. Creepin won six races from 27 starts in that calendar year good for $13,079 in purse earnings. Rockin Indy holds down post 4 with Corey MacPherson at the controls of the 31-time winner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. The pacer was a game second to newcomer Chocolate Swirl in the 2020 finale last week. Sports Royalty leaves from post 5 in the field of six for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Wendy MacRae of Belfast. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks selects Sports Royalty for the win position. "Sports Royalty had a great a 2020 season with seven victories and a record of 1:55.3," MacPhee said. "He gets post five tonight and is always in the mix so we're confident Gilles maps out a trip and they reach up to get the gold." Also in the featured field are Legendary Ron (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.), Young Drunk Punk (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Y S Suzanne makes her East Coast debut in the race 5 Open Trot for driver Jason Hughes and owner-trainer Jennifer Doyle of Vernon Bridge. The $2,350 class has the eight-year-old Angus Hall mare leaving from the outside post 5 in the compact class after last racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario on Dec. 20, finishing second that day from the Terry Gallant stable. Other top Open trot entries are Labero (Barrieau) and Freddie (Merner). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test came swinging for the front right off the bat and was unheeded at every call in the New Year's Eve harness racing feature Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson was at the lines of the Ron Gass trainee as the pacer struck the lead at the opening quarter of 29.1 in the $2,900 featured pace. Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) sat in the two-hole and watched the heavily favoured Screen Test strike three-quarters in 1:28.3 before closing out the mile in 1:56.4. Burn Out Hanover held second while Hunger Pangs (David Dowling) was third. The Kickin Horse Stable of York holds the ownership papers of Screen Test along with William Andrew of Calgary. Gass had a pair of training wins on the card with the other coming courtesy of a Adam Merner driving quadruple. Gass and Merner scored in race 11 of the evening with a 1:57.2 win for owner Kyla MacDonald of Stanhope. Merner also won with Whims Drop Off (2:00.1) for trainer Kyle Wilkie and Bad Silver (2:01) from the Taylor Doyle stable. The $2,850 Fillies and Mares Open pace gave Merner his other victory as Dreamfair Zenfire took control of the lead in the stretch drive to win in 1:58.3 for trainer Bo Ford. Paythelinebluechip was upset bound in the race 7 Julep Hanover Memorial Pace getting up for a 23-1 victory with Dowling in the bike for trainer Jay Noye stopping the clock in 1:59.2. Screen Test Driver Kenny Arsenault celebrated a driving triple winning with Lock Her Up (2:00.1) from his own stable, Traces Of Purple (1:58.3) at 10-1 odds from the Robert Phillips barn and in the 2020 finale with newcomer Chocolate Swirl (1:57.1) for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Total wager was $163,659. Live racing continues Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a 6 P.M. start time. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The last time Screen Test saw the starting gate he made quick work of his harness racing foes and will try to mark up more of the same in Thursday’s preferred quiz on a special New Year’s Eve presentation at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  The 14-dash card has a 6:30 P.M. opening post time at the capital oval with the $2,900 preferred pace lining up in race 13 of the night. Screen Test has the outside starting spot in the competitive field of six with Corey MacPherson at the lines of the Ron Gass trainee for owners William Andrew of Calgary and Kickin Horse Stable of York. A finalist in both the Governor’s Plate and Gold Cup and Saucer, Screen Test was a going away winner his last start but will have to contend with the return of a pair of talented pacers from the Ontario circuit. Burn Out Hanover (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) has post 4 with Jeff Holmes of Orwell resuming the training duties of the 20-time victor. Holmes also conditions fresh Ontario returnee Hunger Pangs (David Dowling) from post 5. Both pacers won their last outings on the Ontario circuit. Smart Official (Jason Hughes) has proven himself stubborn off the front end and with rail control will be looking for that spot again Thursday. Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) has post 2 while Sports Royalty (Kenny Arsenault) leaves from post 3 on New Year’s Eve.  The Fillies and Mares Open pace hits the track in race 9 of the night with Larjon Legacy making her East Coast debut for the new ownership group of Arnold Myers, Sterling Maclure and Luke Beck of Charlottetown. Bo Ford handles the training duties of the post 2 starter in the $2,850 event with Brodie MacPhee returning to action to handle the 19-time winner. Other top entries are Atlantic Champion Woodmere Skyroller (Dowling) from post 1 and Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven (Hughes) from post 4.  Agood Time To Rock has an ideal starting post to keep his recent perfection intact in race 6 of the evening from the red hot Joe MacDonald stable. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover pacer has won his last three outings in the claiming ranks and has post 1 with Murphy aboard on Thursday. The four-horse MacDonald stable has been rock solid the past two months, boasting a .486 training average from 27 starts since the beginning of November. Top Of Her Trade is the morning line favorite in the Julep Hanover Retirement pace in race 7. Brodie MacPhee will handle the three-year-old filly for the Crazy 8 Stable of Charlottetown, PE and trainer Taylor Doyle. Julep Hanover will make her final career start in race 12 for owner, trainer and driver Wade Myers. The mare goes into her last performance with 296 lifetime starts, 43 victories, 42 seconds, 40 thirds and $85,826 in earnings. On track customers will be treated to a tag your ticket promotion called the Wild Horses. Players can tag their tickets for a chance to win $50 jackpots on every race along with a special on-track Pick 5 for a chance to win $500. The Horse Player Interactive (HPI) PEI players promotion also continues on New Year’s Eve. Island players qualify to win a $500 PEI Gift card and cash back until the end of the winter meet. Complete details when you play through HPIBET.COM. The Race Day broadcast team will feature favorite moments of 2020 along with some special trackside presentations. For race programs and live broadcast go to redshores.ca  By Nicholas Oakes and Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Off the pace was the recipe for success for Smart Official in the featured harness racing Boxing Day pace on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) cut out the early fractions in the $2,500 feature over a sloppy track with splits of 29.1 and 1:00.3. That leader then came under siege by Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) first on the outside with race favourite Smart Official and driver Jason Hughes following the flow second-over. The three-quarters were reached in 1:31.4 with the field tightening up in the final stanza as Smart Official found his way through to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Sports Royalty was second with Creepin third and only two-lengths separating the first seven finishers. Driver Corey MacPherson made a trio of visits to the historic winner's circle including a pair of win from the Joe MacDonald barn. Agood Time To Rock was a 2:01.4 victor for MacPherson and MacDonald as well as Dreas Good Powow in a five-length victory in 2:02.3. MacPherson also found the wire first in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace with the Marc Campbell trained Filly Forty Seven in 2:01.2. Barrieau guided Labero to victory in the $2,350 Open trot with an open length score of 2:03.4 for trainer Randy Van Meer and owner Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont. Young Drunk Punk captured the Painted Desert retirement pace in race 12 of the afternoon stopping the clock in 2:01.4 for driver Dowling and trainer Ron Gass. Reaching the mandatory retirement age of 15 next week, Painted Desert finishes his career with 33 lifetime wins and $65,226 in purse earnings with a lifetime best of 1:55.3 taken over the CDP at age six. Kenny Arsenault celebrated a training and driving double as he steered trainees Lock Her Up (2:03.1) and JK Express (2:02.4) to win. Total wager was $131,324 on the 14-dash program. Live racing continues New Year's Eve for the final program of the calendar year kicking off at 6:30 P.M.For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Last week Smart Official laid down the fractions of one of the fastest Winter miles in the history of Eastern Canada harness racing but will look to go all the way Saturday afternoon on the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Boxing Day card has a 12:30 P.M., opening post time with the $2,500 featured pace lining up in race 13. Smart Official was on top for the majority of his latest start but fell victim to Screen Test in the final panel in a spectacular 1:55.3 mile. With that preferred foe out of the picture, Smart Official will look to take advantage of post 4 on Saturday afternoon with Jason Hughes at the controls for trainer and co-owner Peter Lanigan and co-owner Sandra Stead of Montague. Creepin defeated the top class on Tuesday evening and gets post 3 to work from on Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling while Gordie Hennessey will sit up on Silverhill Buddy from post 1 from the David Myers barn. Also in the field are Sports Royalty (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau), Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy), Revenant (Adam Merner), Legendary Ron (Myles Heffernan Sr.) and Shadow Of A Daut (Marc Campbell). The $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace takes to the track in race 10 of the day with Dreamfair Zenfire looking to repeat on last week's victory for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Other top entries are Woodmere Skyroller (Dowling) and Temagami Seelster (Kenny Arsenault). Race 4 is a welcome sight for racing fans as driver Mike McGuigan returns to the race bike for the first time since July, when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. McGuigan will drive Whim Road Gem from his own barn in that dash, which is carded as the $2,350 Open Trot. Freddie is the top choice in the Open class from the outside post 5 from the Campbell stable. For race programs, live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The 2020 O’Brien Awards finalists have been announced and aged pacing mare finalist So Much More has etched herself into the harness racing history books as the first Island-foaled horse to be nominated for the prestigious national honour. The O’Brien Awards were formed in 1989 to honour the late Joe O’Brien, a native of Alberton, but no horse born in the province has ever made the cut as a final nominee. So Much More’s home turf is New Haven, where Doug MacPhee raised the four-year-old Big Jim filly out of his own Ladysai. MacPhee kept ownership of the filly when her training began and entrusted her to trainer Tom Weatherbie in Charlottetown to race at age two then sold her to Don Beatson of Ontario during her three-year-old campaign. Ontario has been kind to the Island filly with more than $200,000 earned in 2019 at age three then an even more spectacular season in 2020 with 12 wins and $300,037 earned while racing the best mares in North America. She will be up against Lit De Rose in the category during the Jan. 31 virtual gala that will be broadcast on Standardbredcanada.ca in lieu of the normal banquet that is cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The future star award is sure to have an Island winner with Montague native Austin Sorrie and Miltonvale Park native Rachel Andrew the finalists based on their 2020 Ontario campaigns. Sorrie has molded himself into a busy catch-driver in Central Canada with 146 wins this year and $900,000 in purses, while Andrew races a string of horses as a trainer with 51 victories and $438,000 in prize money in 2020. An Islander has never won the future star award, with Sorrie and Stratford native Patrick Shepherd both being runner-up in past years. Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore could have a bountiful evening with three of his trainees from his Ontario stable nominated for awards. Century Farroh is nominated in the aged pacing horse category after winning the North American Breeders Crown in Indiana. North America Cup runner-up Tattoo Artist is another Moore nominee in the three-year-old pacing colt category. Moore’s other nominee is two-year-old pacing colt Lawless Shadow, a top horse in the Ontario Sires Stakes with more than $307,000 earned in his rookie campaign. New Brunswick native Gilles Barrieau, now a permanent resident of P.E.I., is nominated for the O’Brien Award for horsemanship after a season with more than 170 driving wins and 44 training wins while boasting some of the best averages in the nation. Barrieau previously won the award in 2005 and 2019 and is nominated against Kelly Hoerdt of Alberta this year. P.E.I. Scene Live racing continues Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the only racing in the nation, except for Fraser Downs in B.C., for the foreseeable future. Harness racing in Alberta and Ontario is on hiatus due to provincewide lockdowns. Reprinted with permission of The Cape Breton Post Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. RELATED: DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Remembering Islanders involved in the harness racing industry DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Remembering MacKenzie Smallman DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Everyone chasing Campbell DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Consistency leads Dowling to title DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Unique competition goes Saturday in Charlottetown

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