CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park switches to a Saturday-Sunday afternoon schedule for the rest of November with 1 pm post times each day. Freddy My Boy is the classifier’s choice off the rail in the race 12 feature Saturday afternoon with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for co-owner and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague and co-owner Diane Crossman of Saint John, N.B. The six-year-old son of Western Success has won his last three starts since moving to trainer Hicken, including his last two in 1:56 and change. His competition comes from second choice Blue Meadow Willie (Cheverie) and third selection Doll R General (Mark McKinnon). Also in the field is Panacotta (Blaine Baglole), Scootin For Joy (Mike Stevenson), Blue Star Outlaw (Hughes) and PC Shockwave (Chappell). Race 4 has the $1,100 trot class with Dunmore Alpha favoured from post 6 with owner-trainer-driver Ted Smallwood. Other top entries include Incredible Her Bee (McKinnon), and Bert Honkoop trainees BJ Eldorado (Arsenault) and BJ Carmalyta (Cheverie). The $1,550 back-up pace has Le Fugueur selected with post 9 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Darren Trainor and owner Jennifer Trainor of Earnscliffe. He will have to fight off a challenge from newcomer Mcjestic with MacPherson in the bike for owner-trainer Troy Murray. The four-year-old son of McArdle was racing the claiming ranks in Ontario for trainer Ben Baillergeon. Also in the field is Isleofpalms (Quinn), EF Fantasia (Brian MacPhee), Leading Camdidate (Hughes), Camcun (Arsenault), Bowyer Hanover (Cheverie), Teddy Place (Brodie MacPhee), and McMaverick (Ken Murphy). Sunday afternoon has 13 dashes set to go and Narragansett will look to repeat in the race 12 $2,200 preferred pace after winning in 1:55 his last start for new trainer-driver Jason Hughes. Narragansett has the outside post 6 in the field of half a dozen for owner Foxyhall Racing Stable of Wallace, N.S. The runner-up in that last performance, Machinthesand, has post 5 for driver Brodie MacPhee, while Big League (Corey MacPherson) is a top selection from post 4. Even though they have outside posts, Narragansett and Machinthesand tend to use off the pace tactics, and will likely have to battle past front end specialist Big League. The Jonah Moase trained Big League will be looking for redemption after have that pair wear him down his last start, where he finished third in that Narragansett victory. Other entries include Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Bunny Mach (Gary Chappell). A field of eight open trotters puts their noses on the gate in race 4 with arch-rivals set to go at it again. Abundaspin has post 2 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove, with Zip The Lip drawing post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O’Leary. Abundaspin was dominant in the Open ranks earlier in the season, but Zip The Lip has defeated him in three of their last four meetings. Other entries in the field are Sandhill Angel (Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy), Majian Chester (Jim Ripley), Lyrical Lindy (MacPherson), Wonderous Hanover (Brian Andrew), and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Race 9 has the $1,750 back-up pace with Roscoes Child favoured off the rail for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Raymond White and owner Selkirk Stable of Belfast. His main competition in the deep field will be Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) from post 9, Pinner (Cheverie) with post 6 and the Stephen Quinn trained duo of Libertys Art (Hughes) and Stayoutofmyaffair (Arsenault) with post 2 and 3, respectively. Other entries include EF Fantasia (Brian MacPhee), Every Day (Andrew), Brodys Leona (MacPherson) and Painted Desert (Terry Gallant). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca or follow along on twitter at @Red_Shores. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shore
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The final stakes events of the 2013 Maritime racing season takes center stage Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Island Breeders finals will line up in races 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 on the 14-dash card with a 1 pm first race post time. Race 2 has the two-year-old trotters competing for a purse of $7,500 and Phantom Beau is stamped as the one to beat off the rail for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer John Pineau and owner Peter Breau of Moncton. The son of Bo W has won his last three stakes engagements and will face threats from Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) and stable mate Saulsbrook Pippa (Corey MacPherson). Race 4 will see the three-year-old trotters race for $7,500 with Taliesin looking for redemption after the unthinkable happened, twice, in an otherwise perfect season. Marc Campbell trains and drives the colt for owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. Taliesin made breaks in his last two starts to end his seven race undefeated streak and will have to be on his game to turn back challenges from Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson) and Maritime Breeders winner Rash Statement (driver to be announced). Race 6 features the two-year-old pacing fillies with a $13,000 purse. Only six horses declared into the final, with the dominant Saulsbrook Alana drawing post 4 with her eight-race-win-streak on the line. Campbell will drive the filly for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reginald MacPherson of Stratford. Her main competition comes from Sail Through (Gilles Barrieau) and Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley). Race 8 has a purse of $13,000 and eight two-year-old colt pacers competing for it. Dumas Walker is shouldered with post 7 while riding his three-race-win-streak for trainer-driver-co-owner Myles Heffernan and co-owner Joseph Poirier, both of Nova Scotia. Ontario sired Waterside Light (Hilliard Graves) has the opportunity to play spoiler, showing a pair of miles in 1:57 and change, but is stuck with post 8. The three-year-old pacing fillies butt heads in race 10 and with top pacing filly Ramblinglily absent it could be anybody's race. Favorites include Top Brand (Danny Romo), Windemere Maggie (Brodie MacPhee), Western Judy (Campbell) and Dianna Santanna (John Holmes). The last $13,000 Island Breeders final lines up in race 12 with the three-year-old colt pacers. The Rev is the favorite from post 5 for trainer-driver Romo and owners Robert and Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts and Glb Stable of Nova Scotia. The finalists for the Island Breeders series are the top eight money earners in the two preliminary legs held in Summerside and Charlottetown during the summer. The program will also feature the official cheque presentations in the second annual Drive for Charity promotion. Island harness drivers teamed up local businesses to raise money for charities across PEI. Feature events close out Red Shores Summerside season SUMMERSIDE, PE - The final card of the 2013 season at Red Shores Summerside goes to post at 1 pm on Sunday with 14-dashes. The $2,000 Remembrance Day pace lines up in race 13 and Leading Camdidate is the morning line choice for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Stephen Quinn and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Quinn will try to find two wins on the card to boost his 12 race win total and catch Summerside Raceway's leading conditioner Darren Trainor, with 14 victories. Marc Campbell has the 2013 Summerside driving title wrapped up with 40 wins this season, well ahead of Hughes and Barrieau, each with 29. Race analyst Jared Stretch also places his faith in Leading Camdidate to win the feature pace. "The program says it all," Stretch says of Leading Camdidate. "He hasn't been slower than 1:56 in his last 6 trips. That's a major talent. It's going to take a mighty trip to take him down." Also in the field is Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Every Day (Brian Andrew), Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee), Scootin For Joy (Stevenson), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Blue Star Outlaw (Arsenault). Race 5 has the $1,800 Open trot with a field of nine horses. Abundaspin is favored from the trailing post 9 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) made a break his last start but will look for redemption after defeating Abundaspin in his two prior tries. Other entries are Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Who Took That (Mike McGuigan), Sandhill Angel (Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Brodie MacPhee), Lyrical Lindy (MacPherson) and Majian Dilion (Jim Ripley). The card will also have a pair of memorial races. Race 7 has Duchess Killean (Mike McGuigan) favored in the Garth Schurman memorial pace for the late Summerside horseman. A memorial horseshoe and moment of silence will be held for Schurman after the completion of race 6 on the card. The starter will also call the horses for the Henry Doucette memorial is race 9 and the Smart Barney retirement pace in the 11th. For the complete list of entries and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes
Summerside, PE – Red Shores Summerside hosted two divisions of the Maritime Breeders Finals for trotters Sunday. Phantom Beau, driven by Kenny Arsenault, delivered as the post time favorite in the two-year-old contest in 2:08.2 over a sloppy track with a three second variant due to rain. The colt, trained by John Pineau, took the lion’s share of the $8,600 purse with Dusty Lane Galaxy and Glencove Yoshi rounding out the top three pay-outs. Peter Breau of Moncton, N.B. is the winning owner. Rash Statement upset the field to win the three-year-old $7,100 MBA final. Walter Cheverie put the trotter on the front and turned away all challengers for the gate to wire victory. The race was named in honor of John “Buddy” Campbell. The son of Northern Bailey is owned and trained by Joe Smallwood of Stratford. Meridian Farms bred the champion. I Aint No Lady (Garth Coles) was second while West River Xcel(Clare MacDonald) was third. Cheverie had a driving triple on the day. Meridian Farms also presented three divisions of the David Rose Memorial series. Driver Corey MacPherson swept all three of the Rose series with Keystone Nobility, Micrometerjack and Life Savior in their respective splits. The top class went to Le Fugueur for Marc Campbell in 2:01.4. The horse is conditioned by Darren Trainor for his wife Jennifer. Dumas Walker and Saulsbrook Alana Claim Maritime Breeders Titles Charlottetown, PE – The Maritime Breeders Finals for two-year colts and fillies were center stage Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Dumas Walker, with co-owner and trainer Myles Heffernan in the bike, won the $33,000 MBA final in 1:57.4. The colt earned his biggest paycheck of the season while notching his ninth win of the campaign including his third in a row. Heffernan, a resident of Glace Bay, N.S., shares the ownership papers with Joseph Poirier of Nova Scotia. Settlement Request (Marc Campbell) closed hard for second with Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) holding on for third. Saulsbrook Alana captured the $29,200 Maritime Breeders Final for two-year-old fillies in 1:57 flat. The Kevin MacLean trainee earned her eighth consecutive victory. The daughter of Western Paradise has $58,223 in the bank for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed another big night at the office with four winners on the card, engineered the trip putting the filly on the lead on route to the half. The pacing star never looked back. Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) was second with Absolootly Hot (Brodie MacPhee) third. The fastest mile of the night went to All Turain in 1:55.1. “He’s in a league all of his own” boomed track announcer Vance Cameron as the four-year-old gelding powered through the stretch for his seventh win in a row. Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. MacPhee changed tatics sending All Turain off the gate to take command of the field through fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.3. Touch of Lightning stalked the leader and settled for second for Earl Smith while Narragansett, with Norris Rogers in the bike, completed the triactor. In other action, Zip the Lip scored back to back winning performances in the open trot for Brian MacPhee. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Orville Willis and Donald Sweet of O’Leary own the trotter. Brand of my Own, (John Holmes) and Modern Girl (Mike Stevenson) won their respective divisions of the Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans series presented by Meridian Farms. by Lee Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Brodie MacPhee knows that Ramblinglily is going to need a little luck to find the winner’s circle Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park but he’s confident in her chances. First race post time for the 14-dash championship card is 1 pm. “She’s a good filly and she really impressed me last week in Fredericton,” MacPhee said of Ramblinglily 1:57.3 win Saturday in New Brunswick. “She was really strong.” The three-year-old Articulator filly, owned by Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B., and trained by Jean Belliveau, has post 3 in the race 11 $22,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown. Her main competition this season, Rose Valley, finished ninth in the Atlantic Sires Stakes points race and doesn’t make the rich final. “It’s good for my team,” MacPhee said. “(Rose Valley) was always there at the finish every week.” The 27-year-old Clyde River native’s main concern now lays in post 5 with Scootin For Joy (Mike Stevenson) but MacPhee isn’t going to make any concrete plans on how to defeat her. “I always try to go into those races with an open mind,” He said. “My filly is quick. If I decide to leave I’ll be going hard enough there will be a hole somewhere.” MacPhee has never won a Breeder’s Crown before. “It’d be nice to win it. It’s a big money event and she deserves it. She travelled all over the Maritimes this summer. She was at every race.” Other entries in that race are Missassy Attitude (Kenny Arsenault), Western Judy (Marc Campbell), Windemere Maggie (Walter Cheverie), Skip The Exam (Darren Crowe), Putnams Kream (Bernard McCallum), and Whistys Paradise (Ernie Laffin). MacPhee also has a live chance in the race 14 $10,700 Island Pacing Series Championship with All Turain off the rail for trainer and co-owner Trevor Hicken of Montague and co-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. The four-year-old pacer is riding a five race win streak with victories in Invitational races in Truro, North Sydney and Fredericton, along with wins in the two preliminary legs of this series. “He raced awesome last week,” MacPhee said. “He wore down Earl Smith’s horse. My horse is on top of his game right now. He’s sharp and (trainer Trevor Hicken) has him really good right now. I think he has a big shot.” The horse who won the other two preliminary legs is Big League (Corey MacPherson), who has post 5. “Big League is a front end horse,” MacPhee said. “My horse is not a big leaver. I’m going to have him fired up to get out of there and he’ll get away third or fourth at best. He’s a plugger and he’ll have to go the long mile I am sure.” Also in that race is Narragansett (Norris Rogers), Wild Dragon (Gilles Barrieau), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Balanchine (Ron Matheson), Leading Camdidate (Arsenault), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Also on the Breeder’s Crown championship card, Race 3 features the $7,000 two-year-old colt trot invitational with Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) looking for his seventh win in a row for trainer Stacey Lund and owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top entries are Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson) and Phantom Beau (Arsenault). Race 5 will see Taliesin search for win number eight on his undefeated season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach in the $7,000 three-year-old trot invitational. His competition includes Oceanview Kate (Stevenson) and West River Xcel (Clare MacDonald). Race 7 on the card is the $22,000 two-year-old filly pacing final with Canadian and Maritime champion Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) riding a five-race win streak from post 3. Also in that race is Briannas Angel (Arsenault), Sail Through (John Holmes), Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley), Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson), Lovineveryminute (Barrieau), Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith), and Absolootly Hot (Scott Hubbard). The $22,000 two-year-old colt pacing final lines up in race 9 with a tight knit group of eight horses. They are: Super S Yzerman (MacDonald), Rancousy (Crowe), Touch Of Thunder (Smith), Settlement Request (Romo), JJ Laser (Campbell), Dumas Walker (Heffernan), Tobins Fusion (Barrieau) and Mr Comraderie (Stevenson). Race 13 has the $22,000 three-year-old pacing colt final with Untouchable One (Arsenault) favored off the rail for owner Dooley Boys Racing stable of Halifax. Other entries are Jacobs Jackpot (Barrieau), Watersides Kipper (Hilliard Graves), Beach Paradise (Stevenson), Libertys Art (Hughes), The Rev (Romo), JB Bolt (Redmond Doucet), and Scarlet Chaser (MacDonald). Also on the card, race 8 has the $1,800 Open trot while race 12 sees a field of seven Open pacing mares for a purse of $2,200. SATURDAY Saturday afternoon features a 14-dash card at Red Shores Charlottetown featuring four $5,000 Breeder’s Crown consolation races. The two-year-old pacing fillies line up in race 6, the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old pacing fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old pacing colts in race 12. By Nicholas Oakes
Charlottetown, PE - The fall race season is heating up with the region's top guns arriving on Prince Edward Island. Leg two of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, the Lady Slipper for two-year-old fillies and Joe O'Brien stakes for two-year-old colts will be showcased Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The first post time for the 14 dash program over the legendary CDP oval is 6pm. Governor's Plate winner Wild Dragon, with Gilles Barrieau in town to drive, has drawn the rail in the first division of the Island Pacing Championship. The pacer finished fifth last week in leg one at Summerside after battling through hot fractions which included a 27.3 opening panel. Big League, who won that showdown, will leave from post 3 for trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. Corey MacPherson, who had a career day Sunday with four winners, is listed to drive the 5-2 morning line favorite. The field also includes Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Windemere Express (Marc Campbell), Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Oakrock Almighty (Ron Matheson). All Turain, a name that has appeared on every sports page in the Maritimes, gets post two in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship in race 12. The son of Tell All is going after his fifth win in a row for owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and his co-owner-trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. Brodie MacPhee, who was involved in a nasty spill Thursday night, is programmed to drive the star pacer. The power-packed line-up also includes Balanchine (pp1), Leading Camdidate (pp3), Touch of Lightning (pp4), Lucky Encounter (pp5) and Creighton Hanover (pp6). The stakes stars touch down in three divisions of the Lady Slipper Grassroots and the $20,200 Lady Slipper Gold featuring the sensational two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Western Paradise, trained by Kevin MacLean (.430) and owned by Reg MacPherson, has five wins from 8 starts. The latest victory came at Northside Downs with a dazzling 1:57.1 performance. Marc Campbell gets the driving assignment. There have been many special moments and events at the city track over the years. Red Shores will host a wedding party in the historic centerfield on Saturday. Katherine Banks and Matthew Bryson, along with all their guests, will entertain and celebrate their occasion complete with the Mr. & Mrs. Bryson Pace on race 9. The bride and groom will be trackside for the picture presentation. For entries, results or live video go to www.redshores.ca Red Shores Summerside Host Lady Slipper Stakes Summerside, PE - The three-year-old fillies take center stage in a 14 dash harness racing program Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The action will be carried live at www.redshores.ca with opening post time at 1pm. Woodmere Glamorous, owned by Lawson and Ken MacEachern, PE, is the top choice in the first grassroots competition in race 4. Brodie MacPhee will drive for trainer Jackie Matheson who sends the filly out for her 16th start. It won't be an easy assignment with Lyndale Delite going for her fourth win of the campaign for Kenny Arsenault, trainer Terry Affleck and owner David MacDonald of Belfast. Pictonian Zena is the favorite in the other grassroots split for owner-driver Shane Bernard of Cornwall. This fillies' card has some impressive lines and boasts seven top three finishes from 16 attempts. Alice Cooper will try to spoil the party off the rail for Corey MacPherson and the Kickin Horse stable of Stratford. The afternoon program also features two gold divisions sporting an $11,500 purse for each class. Rose Valley, trained by Michael Campbell, N.B., will square off against Dianna Santanna in race 9. John Holmes, who was also involved in a spill Thursday at Charlottetown, is listed to drive for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Doug MacPhee of Cornwall. The field has Windemere Maggie, Ask Dont Tell, Howmacs Angel and Kaitlins Kowgirl. Misssassy Attitude, with Kenny Arsenault in the bike, is the classifier's choice in the other Lady Slipper gold event. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy has banked $11,561 for Larry Chappell, Marshfield and trainer Ken Wilkie of Stratford. She lands with Western Judy (Marc Campbell) and triactor candidate Howmacs Princess off the rail for trainer Earl Watts. Largomotion, Lady Antebella, Top Brand and Charlottes Scarlet will also line up behind the gate in race 12. For entries, top picks by Jared Stretch and live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE - The second annual Red Cup Classic, presented by the new Lotto 6/49, returns to Red Shores Racetrack & Casino in Charlottetown Saturday at 6pm while all the action shifts to Red Shores Summerside Sunday. Post time is 1pm. The Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast will have all the coverage of the events at www.redshores.ca The Red Cup Classis is a festival style event with racing, live entertainment, prize giveaways, trackside presentations and promotions over two days at Island racetracks. Panacotta has drawn the rail in the Red Cup Classic feature Saturday for driver Blaine Baglole and owner Shane Baglole of Cornwall. The morning line favorite is Veronicavermillion from post four for Brian MacPhee. The Neil Bambrick trainee has been very sharp with performances in the 1:55 range. This will be a tough assignment. Wild Dragon (Kenny Arsenault) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson) are in the race but will have to start from outside posts. The field also includes Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes) and Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers). Lyrical Lindy, owned by Bill Andrew, Calgary, Alberta, is the morning line favorite at 5-2 in the evening's trot class. Corey MacPherson will be in the driver's seat for trainer Blaine Mckenna. The Mr. Trot Challenge standings have been posted with Marc Campbell still leading the way at 114 points. Walter Cheverie is second with 109, Ron Gass is third with 100 while Willie Murphy is fourth with 96. The challenge, presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc, awards points on a 10-7-5 basis for a 1-2-3 finish with trotters at Charlottetown. Atlantic Aged Mares Final and O'Brien Stakes Sunday at Summerside Summerside, PE - The Red Cup Classic, presented by the new Lotto 6/49, is getting some high profile help Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the afternoon program is 1pm with the $14, 520 Atlantic Aged Mares Final slated for race 11. Trainer Stephen Quinn has three entered in the big race which includes Stayoutofmyaffair off the rail for catch-driver Mark Bradley (3-1), Lucky Boot Cam, a 10-1 shot for Jason Hughes and Bunny Mach with Gary Chappell driving being listed as 6-1 on the morning line. They will be trying to knock off favorite Dirt Track Momma from the Jonah Moase stable. This mare has been nothing but dominant this season with 16 wins from 32 starts and $39,525 in her bank account going into the event. Kenny Arsenault gets the driving assignment from post 4. The power-packed roster also includes JK Special, General Luckypercy, Doober Hoozzitz and Skylark Hanover. The program also has the Joe O'Brien memorial stakes with two divisions of grassroots going for $6,600 each and two gold splits at $10,000 apiece. So Much to Say, owned by Colleen Dickie and trained by Tom Weatherbie, and Windemere Ron (Gilles Barrieau) are leading candidates in the grassroots while Forever Paradise, from the red hot Kevin MacLean stable, and Scarlet Chaser with John Holmes picking up the catch-drive are favorites in their respective gold divisions. The Bell-Aliant Race Day show will be on location for the big day of racing packed with live entertainment, promotions, trackside presentations and prize draws. For race programs, top picks from Jared Stretch and live video go to www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake
SUMMERSIDE, PE – Wild Dragon turned a second-over trip into a visit to the winner’s circle in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie engineered the winning drive, getting away fifth in the early going of the race 12 feature over a rain soaked track with a three second variant. The early speed came from the front running Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes), who laid down a 29.3 first quarter, then a half-mile of 59.3. That is when Creighton Hanover (Gary Chappell) came calling first over, engaging Leading Camdidate for the lead at the 1:29.3 three-quarter station, with Wild Dragon on Creighton Hanover’s back. The back field came calling in the stretch, with Wild Dragon winning in 1:59.1 over late rallies from Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson), who finished second and third, respectively. Wild Dragon is co-owned and trained by Darren Trainor with co-owner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe. The Billings Driving Challenge was in Summerside with Smart Barney (Mitchell Walker) and Casimir Luciano (Jason Sgrignuoli) dead heating for the win in 2:05.4 in the first division. Smart Barney is owned and trained by Devon Wallace of Alberton, while Casimir Luciano is owned and trained by Ralph Sweet of O’Leary. The other Billings division saw Ok Chivas (Sherwin Edwards) victorious in 2:02.2 for owner-trainer John McGuirk of Kensington. The $1,550 back-up pace was won by Paphos (Rogers) in 2:00.3 for owner-trainer Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley. The 10-year-old son of Astreos survived a tough first-over grind to win over Bowyer Hanover (Cheverie) and Every Day (Brian Andrew. It was one of two winner’s on the day for Rogers who notched the first part of his driving double a race earlier with Athenas Pride in 2:04.2. There was a short delay after race 6 to determine if the track was safe to continue racing, but after discussions with drivers the race card continued. Total wager for the 13-dash card was $13,864. by Nicholas Oaks
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of seven pacers will face off in the race 11 $2,000 feature pace Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. J V S Ring will look to deliver as the morning line favorite from post 6 with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant of Charlottetown and Mike Pollard of Stratford. The Cammibest six-year-old shows his last three miles in 1:55 and change but will have to fend off Roscoes Child, and driver John Holmes, who drew the desirable rail position, and Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes) from post 7. Other entries are Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), and Oakrock Almighty (Brian MacPhee). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a purse of $1,400 with Delta Dental drawing the rail for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. The Dream Vacation 10-year-old missed the board her last start after a second place finish in the $12,700 Erwin Andrew Memorial trot final Gold Cup and Saucer night but will look for redemption Thursday as her main competition drew the outer posts. Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) has drawn post 6 while Scarlet Patti (Darryl MacLean) has the outside post 7. Also in the field is Sandhill Angel (Kenny Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Jack Panting), Libby Hall (Norris Rogers), and JK Queen (Walter Cheverie). The race 12 back-up pace has a purse of $1,550 and favored Remember Will has the rail for driver Brian MacPhee, trainer Ambyr Campbell and owner Ryan Williams of Tyne Valley. The three-year-old colt has been undefeated in his three starts in the Campbell stable and will look to fend off challenges from Le Fugueur (Hughes) and Camcun (Arsenault) to keep it that way. Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 pm in Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon with a 1 pm post time for Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. All the action will be streamed live from Redshores.ca. by Ncholas Oaks
Charlottetown, PE - Balanchine will headline the Preferred Pace Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 13 dash event is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will host an action packed Labour Day program on Monday with 13 races. Post time is 1pm. Balanchine, owned by Mike Pollard, Stratford and Joey Gallant, Charlottetown, drew post 7 in the evening's top class for driver Brodie MacPhee and the grounds leading trainer Jackie Matheson. The nine-year-old gelding, who is coming off a third place 1:53.2 performance, makes his 15 start this season and a trip to victory lane will mark his 50th lifetime win. Wild Dragon and Terry Gallant are listed at 3-1 on the morning line while Foxyhall Racing will send out two stable stars with Lucky Encounter, with Walter Cheverie driving, and Greatheart Hanover for Jason Hughes. The line-up also includes Forever Paradise, Windemere Express, Machinthesand and Pownal Bay Mustang. Dirt Track Momma takes her winning streak into the Fillies and Mares open in race 10. Trainer Jonah Moase has listed Kenny Arsenault to do the driving from post 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac has number four on top and is leaning on JK Special for the runner-up spot. "She's still about as steady as any mare in the region and the only thing that her halted her top three run last time was the seven hole," said MacIsaac. "She moves four spots to her left (post 3) so that should her right back in the thick of it." To check out Les's top picks go to www.redshores.ca Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside is ready to go with a 13 dash program Monday. Post time is 1pm with all the action be carried with the live broadcast at www.redshores.ca The traditional holiday program from the Prince County oval has King of Rock leading the charge in the top class for owners Barry, Trevor and Kevin Doyle of Earnscliffe. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is 10 for 25 in top three finishes this season and hasn't been worse than second in his last six starts. Brodie MacPhee gets the driving assignment from conditioner Darren Trainer. Every Day has drawn the rail for driver Brian Andrew and his owners William and Rachel Andrew while Bet the House leaves from post 2 for Walter Cheverie. Additional chart lines will be announced on Bet the House, who finished seventh after a break at the start on Thursday, and Creighton Hanover rallied for fourth on the same program. Mark Bradley gets the call to drive in this contest. Narragansett and Norris Rogers go into the event riding a two-race winning streak for Foxyhall Racing of Summerside and their trainer Dale Sobey. Ultimate Faith, who competed in the Spud Island Classic, and Cambest Kisser, owned by Donald and Stephan MacRae, Vernon Bridge, could also knock off the favorite for driver Jason Hughes. Rogers picks up another live drive in the afternoon back-up class when he handles Paphos for Donnie Milligan of Tyne Valley. The pacing veteran won by five lengths in his last start in 1:56.1. The Open trotters move to the historic oval on Monday with Zip the Lip landing on the cones for Brian MacPhee. MacPhee reached career win 1,700 Thursday in Charlottetown. Abundaspin, 5-2 odds, is listed as the one to beat as Harold Shepherd handles the teenager for owner Mikaela Lustic, Warren Grove. Caliban Hanover, owned by Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall, will try to spoil the party from post 7 for driver Ron Gass. For race programs, top picks from Jared Stretch or live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake
SUMMERSIDE, PE - Saulsbrook Alana scorched Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon posting the fastest mile of the year for a two-year-old filly on a half-mile track in Canada. The Kevin MacLean trained pacing filly got away last in the five-horse field in her $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold division for driver Marc Campbell. The early fraction were set by a parked out Lovineveryminute (Gilles Barrieau) who cleared at the 27.1 quarter before laying down a 56.3 half. Saulsbrook Alana, owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford, then advanced first over and cleared at the 1:25.1 three-quarters, then kicked clear to win by 10-and-three-quarters in 1:55.1. Lovineveryminute hung on for second while Pictonian Sareta (Gary Chappell) was third. The mile erased the two-year-old filly pacing record at the Summerside Raceway, the maritime record for two-year-olds of any sex, and the seasonal record for a two-year-old filly on a Canadian half-mile track set by Lady Shadow in 1:55.4 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. The other $11,300 Lady Slipper Gold division was won by Briannas Angel in 1:59.1 for driver Kenny Arsenault, co-owner and trainer Travis Wilkie and co-owner Robyn Veinot. Babies Gigolo (Barrieau) was second with Dusty Lane Dora (Corey MacPherson) was third. The $5,000 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions were won by Kellys Cross (Campbell) in 1:59, Libertys Gig (Brodie MacPhee) in 2:00.4, JJ Mistress (Barrieau) in 2:01 and Ignite The Night (Barrieau) in 2:01.3. The first $9,600 Joe O’Brien gold division for two-year-old colt pacer was won by the front stepping Dumas Walker in 1:58 for owner-trainer-driver Myles Heffernan of Glace Bay and Joseph Poirier of Reserve Mines, N.S. Second went to Cobra Rising (Brad Smith) with JJ Laser (Campbell) taking third. The other gold division was won by Rebelseven in 1:59.1 for driver Campbell and owner-trainer Kevin MacLean of Vernon Bridge. Dusty Lane Oliver (Earl Smith) was second and KD Just Hold On (Stephen Mason) was third. The $4,200 Joe O’Brien grassroots divisions were won by Wine To Go (Arsenault) in 2:00.4, J Ps Warrior (Campbell) in 2:02, Hurrah (Mark Bradley) in 2:04.2 and Island Gigolo (MacPhee) in 1:59.3. Driver Campbell had four wins on the card, while Barrieau had three wins and Arsenault and MacPhee each had two winners. CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Big League controlled the front end en route to victory in the $2,400 preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Kenny Arsenault sent the son of Four Starzzz Shark to the front and laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.4, and 1:26 before turning back a late challenge from the pocket sitting Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith) to win in 1:54.3. Touch Of Lightning was second with All Turain (Marc Campbell) third. Big League is owned and trained by Jonah Moase of Cornwall. The $2,200 Fillies and Mares Open pace was won by a late closing General Luckypercy in 1:57.1 with Ron Matheson in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilyn Matheson and Jack Brown. Bunny Mach (Arsenault) was second with Private Joke (Campbell) third. The $1,800 Open Trot was won by Abundaspin in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) was second and Emerald Éclair (Walter Cheverie) was third. The $1,850 back-up pace was won by Narragansett in 1:57.1 for driver Norris Rogers, trainer Dale Sobey, and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. Second went to Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) with Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton) third. Drivers Gary Chappell, John Holmes, and Cheverie each recorded driving doubles on the 12-dash card. by Nicholas Oakes
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Balanchine will search for his second win in a row in the race 11 preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 6 pm. Balanchine, named after famous dance choreographer George Balanchine, has drawn post 5 in the $2,200 event after winning his last start in 1:56.4. Ron Matheson was in the bike for that start but trainer Jack Matheson has listed Brodie MacPhee to drive the pacer. Balanchine is owned by Mike Pollard of Stratford and Joey Gallant of Charlottetown. A tough challenge looks to come from the outside, with Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) from post 7 for trainer Dale Sobey and owner Foxyhall Racing Stable of Wallace, N.S. Another threat will be Blue Star Outlaw from post 2 with Mark Bradley in the bike for trainer Jason Hughes, who will be competing in Truro, N.S., that night. Other entries are Inspired Art (Corey MacPherson), IDK (Vincent Poulton), Come Back (Lenny Myers), and Carnivore (Gary Chappell). Race analyst Les MacIsaac selects Balanchine to win the event. “He was sharp in his first start of the season then seemed to tail off for a while,” MacIsaac says. “With a pair of wins and an equal number of seconds in his last five starts it's safe to say the slump is over. Top call.” The co-feature is the race 9 fillies and mares open for a purse of $2,200. Trainer Hughes has drawn the inside posts with Lucky Boot Cam (MacPhee) leaving from the rail and Bunny Mach (Bradley) with post 2. Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge own both mares, with Lucky Boot Cam winning her Atlantic Aged Pacing mares series leg Sunday in Truro in 1:58.2, while Bunny Mach is winless since moving east in the spring. Also in that field is Highland Dancer (Ron Matheson), Ovation Killean (Vaughan Doyle), April Dawns Star (John Holmes), Private Joke (Chappell), JK Special (Cheverie) and Putyourwhipaway (Brad Smith). The $1,750 back-up class lines up in race 7 with top entries including Roscoes Child (Ken Murphy), Pownal Bay Mustang (Bradley) and Pinner (Chappell). Erwin Andrew memorial highlights Red Shores Summerside card SUMMERSIDE, PE – The first leg of Erwin Andrew memorial aged trotting mares series headlines a 13-dash card Sunday at Red Shores at The Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm first race post time. The first division lines up in race 6 for $3,000. Anita Blossom has the rail for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell. The Amigo Hall mare has been inconsistent in 2013 but when she puts it together she is a force to be reckoned with. Her top competition will come from JK Queen (Cheverie) from post 2, and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) from post 6. Other entries are Delta Dental (Ron Gass), Lyrical Lindy (MacPherson), Sandhill Angel (Holmes), Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau), and Dee Dee Pucker (Harold Shepherd). The other division lines up in race 8 with Real Housewife (Brian MacPhee) drawing the rail for trainer Danny Romo and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash. The four-year-old Ken Warkentin mare had been racing at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto, and shows trotting consistent miles in 1:55-1:56. Buckling Banbury (MacPherson) will be a real threat from post 2, as the mare, owned by Bill, Blake and Brian Andrew, has proven to be a consistent 2:00 trotter over the Island’s half-mile tracks. Another contender is post 5 entry My Daisy Duke (Chappell) who trotted the fastest trotting half mile of 56.4 in Maritime history Saturday in a Charlottetown qualifier. Other entries are Centrifical Force (Bradley), Incredible Her Bee (Lenny Myers), Berto Coquette (Terry Gallant), Mile Hill Belle (Paul Morrison), and Who Took That (Mike McGuigan). The $1,850 pacing feature goes in race 12 with Paphos (Cheverie) favored from post 4 for owner-trainer Don Milligan of Tyne Valley. Other top entries are Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Outlawpositivcharg (Gallant). All the action will be streamed live from Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes
Proven Lover used an exciting stretch drive to win the feature harness racing event in 2:00.1 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Lisfinny gets the top call in the New Year's Eve Pace Monday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 7pm for the CDP oval as it stages its final harness racing card of 2012.
Narragansett used a powerful finishing kick to knock off Brief Bliss in an exciting stretch drive battle to win the Sunday feature race in 1:59 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Lisfinny, with Norris Rogers in the bike, won the Wednesday nightharness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:56.2.
The stage is set for Prince Edward Island's newest celebration as the LOTTO 649 Red Cup Classic, showcasing some of the brightest harness racing stars in the Atlantic region, touch down Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm.