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Vernon, N.Y. -- J A T O, the 4-year-old harness racing gelding who climbed rapidly from lower-level non-winners races to the Open ranks at Vernon Downs last fall, suffered his first defeat at the Miracle Mile in Friday (October 14) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot.   Despite a strong early push to the fore through a :27.3 initial quarter mile and a pressure-free :58.3 middle half, J A T O (Chris Lems) would ultimately be upended by pocket rival Waiting On a Woman ($3.10), who made his move off the pegs in mid-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length at the end of a 1:54.3 mile over fast going. J A T O held the runner-up spot, while Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales) sustained gradual uncovered gains to take third.   Waiting On a Woman was availed a clear trip throughout by local leading driver John MacDonald, lacking for racing room at no point in the mile. The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding captured his 56th career win for owner Michael Polansky and trainer Kyle Spagnola.   In the evening's sub-featured $7,900 distaff trot, Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig's Sweet Thing ($4.30) made every yard a winning one, holding sway of My Lucky Word for a 1:55 score. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 4-year-old Chocolatier mare for one of his three wins on the evening's 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 15) with an 11-race card; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Michael Polansky's Waiting On a Woman ($7.80) waited on no one in Friday (October 7) evening's featured $9,100 top-level trotting event at Vernon Downs, evading his five rivals and giving harness racing driver Chris Lems one of five wins on the 10-race program.   The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding, who had most recently been racing in upper-level events at the Meadowlands, Pocono, and Plainridge, worked to secure the pocket from his inside post before switching off the pegs and clearing 8-5 favorite Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) just after a :28 first quarter. Waiting On a Woman would maintain complete control of the terms from that point, rating a :58.1 middle half before accelerating away at head-stretch. The Kyle Spagnola trainee ultimately edged clear of Lucid Thoughts by 2-1/4 lengths for his 55th career win, while Kahoku (Truman Gale) held third off a ground-saving stalking trip.   Waiting On a Woman's 1:54.1 mile earned him the fourth win of his 8-year-old campaign.   In addition to his victory in the feature, Lems teamed up with 13-year-old Grecale As ($9.60, 1:56.4), Engagedatlexington ($6.60, 1:57.1), Airman Batten ($3.10, 1:54.1), and and Hollywood Jess ($4.60, 1:57.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 8) evening; the first of 11 races is due off at 6:45 p.m.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Waiting On A Woman ($13.40) waited until past a fast half to make his move in the $18,000 featured trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rushed to the lead down the backstretch and went on to a 1:53 harness racing victory.   Driver Andrew McCarthy was midpack with the altered son of Northern Bailey early while favored Luminosity finally got to the lead, but paid the price of a 55.4 clocking to make to the top. McCarthy revved his charge up, and the pair trotted their own third quarter in 27.1 to make the lead that they would never surrender, holding off the fast-closing Rock Of Cashel by a length, with another closer, the misnamed (at least for tonight) Upfront Billy, was third; Luminosity faded to off-the-board status after her early hard usage.   Kyle Spagnola, with five local wins and a Pocono UTR hovering around .350, conditions the winner of 54 races and $419,859 lifetime for owner Michael Polansky.   PHHA / Pocono

Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) scored a victory in the Sunday afternoon feature for the second straight week at Saratoga. Owner Mike Polansky purchased the trotter a few weeks ago and the six year old has paid immediate dividends for his new connections going two-for-two in the $17,000 Open Trot. This week, Waiting On A Woman sat the pocket to the race's favorite Traverse Seelster (Billy Dobson) but overpowered him in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:55, the fastest for any trotter this season at the Spa. Frank Coppola Jr.piloted the new local trotting star to the Sunday score. Traverse Seelster was the runner up while Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Coppola piloted three winners on the Sunday card. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes

Paymenowpaymelater added another Lady Slipper to her list of stake victories this season winning her eighth straight in going away fashion for driver Marc Campbell in 2:07. The undefeated two-year-old daughter of Northern Bailey was hustled out from the seven gate and dropped into the two-hole with an opening quarter in :31.4, Campbell was not content with a pocket ride and pulled out past a half in 1:03.2 before clearing to the lead and opening up by 7 lengths laying down the three-quaters in 1:34.2  and then picking up her largest victory to date winning by 14 lengths for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts. It was one of two victories on the card for Campbell who also won with his own trainee Benny Rabbit. Driver Jason Hughes enjoyed a driving hat-trick on the night. He got the ball rolling in Race 4, a division of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old trotters. Aboard favourite Seanchai He used the same tactics as Campbell rushing his charge to the lead past the half, winning by three-lengths in 2:02 for the Buntainwood Farm. 'The Blue Knight' also picked up victories aboard Coconut Ladida and his own trainee Cambest Kisser. In the second division of two-year-old trotters, Windemere Ty and driver Jack Panting started to put together a little streak of their own. The son of Nureyev picked up his Third Straight victory in 2:04.3 holding off a hard closing Suicide Shift. Southfield Shadow made it back-to-back victories winning her division of the three-year-old Lady Slipper for driver Terry Gallant, she stopped the clock in 2:02.1. I D K inline to co-owner Vince Poulton took the evenings feature race converting off a perfect two-hole ride to win in 1:58.1 for co-owners Gary Poulton and Gail Macdonald. Judge Jon railed with a :28.3 kicker from sixth to nail the place prize while fraction setter Capitalism held on for third. Fresh off career win no. 2, 500 Gary Chappell was back in the winner circle again, he had two winners on the 13-dash card. He picked up his first with his own trainee Pownal Bay Tia in 2:04.1 and followed it up in race 10 aboard Lexis Mandy for trainer Chris MacKay in 1:58.1 Racing action returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post-time, the card features some of the best free-for-allers the Maritimes has to offer, as well the top Open Mares on P.E.I. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Summerside PE- The two and three-year-old trotters were in full flight on Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside as they compete in the Lady Slipper Stake to see who could take home a slipper of their own. The headlines were all over during the card and they got underway early, in the second division for two-year-old trotters. It is the year for trotting track record to fall and that is exactly what happened when Suicide Shift in line to Steven Shepherd went wire to wire in 2:04.1, shaving a fifth of a second off of the track record for two-year-old trotting colts. Shepherd fired the son of Pjs Nabby off the wings laying down fractions of :30.4, 1:02 and 1:33.3 defeating Wait For Me by three lengths, Tyne Valley rallied for third. Shepherd is a co-owner on the colt along with Margo Fisher and his father Harold, who does the training. In Race 7, it was the undefeated streak that stayed alive for Paymenowpaymelater, the two-year-old daughter of Northern Bailey extended her streak to six winning in 2:05.4 for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts. Tuesday nights runner up in the National Driving Championship at Red Shores' Charlottetown, Marc Campbell did the driving picking up his second victory on the card. He picked up a dead heat victory in the fourth race aboard R Es Nancy who dead-heated with Duchess Killean. The other $ 5, 800 division of two-year-old trotters went to Windemere Ty for owner - trainer Ralph Annear, his grandson Jack Panting handled the driving duties getting up in the final strides to nail trot setter J K Blaze on the line in 2:05.4. Buddy The Elf was third. In the second division of three-year-old trotters, Gary Chappell moved that much closer to his 2,500 career driving victory when he guided his own trainee Dusty Lane Galaxy to the winners enclosure. Owned by Peter Buchanan and the Estate of George Boswall, the son of Pjs Nabby made every call a winning one in 2:02.3 . Chappell didn't stop their he picked up his 2,496 in Race 10 aboard Paradise Rose, for a double on the night. The other 'Slipper' went to B J Comanche in 2:03.2 for the 'Queen' of the Maritimes Clare MacDonald. The son of Bo W fended off Southfield Shadow and J K Hustler. Bert Honkoop is the owner, trainer and breeder. Driver Walter Cheverie picked up right where he left off from Saturday nights card in Charlottetown, fresh off a five-bagger, he picked up two more victories including a victory with his own trainee Nobestbfor in the evenings top class. Cheverie hustled him off the wings and laid down all the fractions winning in 1:58.2. He also won win Sendmeasign in Race 8. Corey MacPherson also had a driving double winning with Life Savior in a nights best 1:57.2 and with Dusty Lane Dora in 1:57.4 Racing action returns on Saturday night in Charlottetown with a 6 p.m. post time. A special Labour Day card goes Monday at 1 p.m. in Summerside.  by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - Not only is she unbeatable, she's been untouchable. Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated five-race win streak on the line Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside in the $5,800 Lady Slipper for two-year-old trotters. Post-time for the 13-dash card is 7 p.m. The daughter of Northern Bailey has drawn the outside Post 7 in the evenings seventh Race. The Earl Watts trainee has been untouchable this season winning by more than two lengths in all of her races to date. Her last start during Old Home Week was the fastest of her career, winning in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Her regular pilot Kenny Arsenault once again will not be in the sulky as he will have to drive his own trainee Balanced Bailey from Post 3. This leaves the lines in the hands of Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell. Her stiffest competition comes from the rail starter Bayriver. Owned by William Lanigan, the daughter of Nikes Image has four second place finishes this season from five starts, She was fourth to Paymenowpaymelater in her last start. Paul Lanigan does the training and driving. B J Matador, Balanced Bailey, Dusty Lane Jacob, Oceanview Roz and Windemere Tribe round out the field. Driver Walter Cheverie will look to keep his hands hot in the first division of the Lady Slipper for two-year-old trotters. Fresh off of a five-bagger in Charlottetown on Saturday night, Cheverie's first mount comes in Race 1 aboard the morning line favourite J K Blaze from Post 6. Owned and trained by Joe Smallwood the Chestnut son of Northern Bailey was a winner in his last start, and has three top three finishes from five starts this season. Campbell will look to get the ball rolling early as well. Fresh off an appearance in the National Driving Championship, Tuesday night in Charlottetown, Campbell will drive his own trainee, Dusty Lane Jewel in the first race. Another winner in her last start, 'Jewel' also comes in with three top three finishes in five starts, she has drawn the 2-spot. Suicide Shift is the morning line choice in the Race 3 division. The two-year-old son of Pjs Nabby is owned by Steven and Harold Shepherd along with Margo Fisher. Harold is the trainer and son Steven will do the driving. A third place finisher in his first life-time start, he will go up against Wait For Me, who finished second in the very same race last time out. David and Mitchell Tierney own the full sister to former Maritime Champion Waitin On A Woman. Mark McKinnon trains and drives. The first division of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old trotters goes in Race 5 with Southfield Shadow headlining the field of seven. A lifetime best winner in her previous outing, Southfield Shadow is owned by the Southfield Farms, Thane Mann does the training on the three-year-old daughter of Pjs Nabby, Terry Gallant will drive. B J Comanche a runner-up to Southfield Shadow in his last race, has finished in the top two in all of his races this year. Clare MacDonald will driver for owner - trainer Bert Honkoop. The trotting action wraps up in Race 9 with the second and final division of three-year-old trotters lining up for a purse of $ 8,200. A duo of outside starters will look to do battle for the lions share of the purse. Post 6 starter Incredibility will look to follow in her sister Paymenowpaymelater's footsteps and win for her new connections Wade Peconi and the Windemere Farms, Watts does the training and Kenny Arsenault will drive. Dusty Lane Galaxy is the Post 7 starter, with 13 top two finishes from 16 starts he is the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Gary Chappell who is only six wins away from career win 2,500. The evenings feature goes in Race 12, from the rail out is 1. Lucky Journal (Terry Gallant) 2. Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) 3. Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) 4. Godivabeachdiamond (Marc Campbell) 5. Ulla Bayama (Ken Murphy) 6. Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) 7. Bad Date (Jason Hughes) 8. Pictonian Press (Gary Chappell) For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

The Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters took centre stage Tuesday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Paymenowpaymelater extended his unbeaten win streak to five in the Race 6 division of two-year-old trotters. The two-year-old filly by Northern Bailey let the dust settle off of the gate before charging to the lead just past the quarter, going on to win by two and a half lengths in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Clare MacDonald drove for the first time for trainer Earl Watts. With the victory Paymenowpaymelater pushes her lifetime earnings well over $15,000 in five starts. Wait For Me was second and Suicide Shift finished third. J K Blaze picked up the victory in another division of two-year-old trotters. Favourite Tyne Valley did not receive a fair start and that opened up a wide open betting bored. Walter Cheverie sent the daughter of Northern Bailey to the lead and never looked back winning in 2:09.2 for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood. Windemere Ty was second and Windemere Tribe was third. Dusty Lane Jewel put in a gutsy effort for Charlottetown's new leading driving Marc Campbell. The daughter of Nureyev made a break heading into the first turn but managed to get away third in the compact field of five. The Campbell trainee grinded out a first over attack to nail trot setter B J Matador on the line. Skyanne finished third. Southfield Shadow took the fastest of the three Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on the afternoon card, she stopped the clock in 2:01.3 for the driver - trainer combo of Terry Gallant and Thane Mann. Owned by the Southfield Farms of Summerside, the filly tracked down the leader Villager past the three-quaters after he laid down fraction of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:31.1, to win by four lengths, B J Comanche finished second and Villager hung on for third. Phantom Beau was able to convert off of a perfect two-hole ride in Race 7 for driver Kenny Arsenault. Owned by Peter Breau and trained by John Pineau, the three-year-old son of Bo W moved out around the final turn and defeated Dusty Lane Galaxy who finished second while Arizone Ray finished third, time of the mile was 2:03.1. Young-gun driver Jack Panting made his work look pretty easy in the final trot division of the day. He fired Dunmore Chance off of the gate before letting favourite Saulsbrook Pippa clear to the lead going to the half, Panting made his move around the last turn and went on to win by five lengths in 2:04. Grandfather Ralph Annear owns and trains. Driver Brian Andrew picked up a driving double on the card. He got his winning started with War Cry Ranger in race 3 making every call a winning one in 2:00.1. His second win came with a four wide move up the back stretch aboard Honor Roll. Time of that mile was 2:00.2. The fastest mile of the afternoon went to Cabo Pan Lucas in the last race on the card. Driver Paul Mackenzie sent the seven-year-old chestnut gelding right down the road winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. Gary Poulton co-owns and trains along with co-owner Alan Walker. Cabo Pan Lucas laid down fractions of :28.3, :59, 1:28.3, 1:56.4. Bo Ford

If you like stake races, Red Shores' Summerside is the place to be Wednesday night. The 15-dash card gets under way with a special 6:30 p.m. post time. A total of 13 divisions of the two-year-old Callbeck stake as well as two divisions of the P.E.I Trotting Series are scheduled to line up behind the starting gate. There will be a number of undefeated streaks on the line in the Callbeck Stakes and there is one bound to fall in the first of five two-year-old filly divisions. In Race 2, the undefeated Dusty Lane Bria has drawn post 4 for owners Kenny Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Ameripan Gigolo - Briannas Attitude filly comes in off back-to-back 2:00 and change scores, all of which came off of the front end with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. He'll be handling the driving duties Wednesday. Woodmere Articblue is also undefeated in her young career. The Articulator - Blue Violet filly is owned by first time owners Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia. Kenny Collins handles the training duties and regular pilot Clare MacDonald will be back in the bike from post 2. Danny Romo picked up the catch-driving victory in 2:00.2 in her last outing at Truro Raceway. Bossy Brilla, Casa Miasa, Swift Taylor and Sweetwater Rayne round out the field. The first of five colt divisions start in Race 3. Putnams Legacy is the morning line favourite for Gordon McCabe and Blaise Duff. Another undefeated two-year-old in action, the Cookie Dough Boy colt was a winner in his last start in 2:00.3 for trainer - driver Bernard McCallum. The first leg of the P.E.I. trotting series for aged trotters goes in Race 4. Newcomer to red soil, Mopey Corey, is the early favourite. He comes in from the Invitational ranks in Kawartha his last start, Amanda Riley owns the eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding, Tommy Riley does the training. Mopey Corey will unite with his name sake Corey MacPherson for the first time. Frill Seeker has drawn post 3 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault, the last time he toured Red Shores' Summerside, he just missed the track record by one fifth of a second. Caliban Hanover, Lyrical Lindy, Saulsbrook Balance and Zip The Lip round out the field. Race 6 is the second division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-old trotters, Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated streak on the line from the rail. Owned by Wade Peconi and trained by Earl Watts, the daughter of Northern Bailey - Credibility hasn't faced a challenger yet winning both of her previous starts by five lengths. Arsenault will be in the bike. Dialamara shocked Summerside last Wednesday when he made his maiden voyage and impressive one, winning by 15 lengths in 1:59.3 closing it out with a :28.2 last quarter. The two-year-old Lis Mara colt will look to make it a repeat performance for Doug Mac Phee. Tom Weatherbie handles the training duties and Jason Hughes will drive from post 2. A pair of Proven Lover colts will look to play spoiler. J J Romeo has drawn the rail for owner Dan Ross of Belfast. Mike Stevenson recently notched his 1,500 driving victory and handles the training and driving duties on J J Romeo. Proven Desire was second in his last start out for owners Blair Hansen, John Thomas and Meghan MacDonald. Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell handles the training and the driving. He leaves from Post 6 For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - It's trot night at Red Shores Summerside Tuesday, with the Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms two-year-old and three-year-old trot taking center stage. Post time is 7 pm. Stakes action gets under way in the third race with seven two-year-olds making their career debuts for a purse of $8, 820. Paymenowpaymelater leaving from post 2 is the morning line favourite for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Earl Watts trains the two-year-old Northern Bailey - Credibility filly and will hand the lines to veteran driver Kenny Arsenault. Paymenowpaymelater is coming off an impressive qualifier where she was a going away winner in 2:09 with Arsenault in the sulky. She will do battle with Dusty Lane Jacob from the rail (Clare MacDonald), B J Matador gets post 3 fresh off a 2:13.3 qualifying victory for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop, Brian MacPhee will do the driving. The field also includes Bayriver (3-1), Oceanview Roz (6-1), Rustico Lighthouse (7-2) and Phoenician (10-1). Race 5 features the first division of the three-year-old trotters, Saulsbrook Pippa has been saddled with post 6 after a 2:03.1 victory in the Maple Leaf Trot with Corey MacPherson in the bike. The winner of $11,681 in lifetime earnings is owned by John Pineau of Hunter River and Myron Ford of Harrington, Pineau also handles the training duties, MacPherson will drive. Wait For Me will have post one in the second division of the two-year-old trotters, Wait For Me is a full sister to former Maritime Champion and Red Shores Summerside's current track record holder Waiting On A Woman. The daughter of Northern Bailey - Southwind Faith is owned and bred by Mitchell and David Tierney, Mark McKinnon does the training and driving. Last season's Maritime Breeders and Breeders Crown champion Phantom Beau will compete in the final division of the three-year-old trotters. He was victorious in his last start for owner Peter Breau of Moncton. Phantom Beau will leave from post 7 at 4-1 odds, Pineau does the training and Arsenault will handle the driving duties against seven other rivals. Oceanview Rose is one of those rivals, she picked up a 205.4 victory in her division of the Maple Leaf Trot last Wednesday for owner-trainer Bill Roloson, Mike Stevenson who is closing in on win number 1,500, will drive. Outside The Wire is the morning-line choice in the Race 11 feature, last time out he was a winner in 157.1 for owners Andrew Avery and John Brodrick, Craig Avery is the trainer and Brodie MacPhee will do the driving from post 4. Putnam Mackenzie leaving from the 3 spot ships in from Ontario where she was a winner in her last start in 1:56 over the powerful Woodbine circuit, Kent Livingston of Cornwall and Dan Livingston of Stratford are now the owners with Alan Taylor taking over the training duties from former Gold Cup and Saucer winner Dean Nixon, Gary Chappell is scheduled to do the driving. The rest of the field includes Tyber Champ (Edward Strongman), Capitalism (Jason Hughes), All Out (Kenny Murphy) and R Sonoflife (Marc Campbell). For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

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  

Maritime Breeders Finals Set for Charlottetown and Summerside tracks; All Turain Favored in Preferred Pace Charlottetown, PE - It's the richest stake races of the season as Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside play host to the Maritime Breeder's stakes with $33,000 on the line for the two-year-old colts and $29,200 for the two-year-old fillies. These showdowns will happen Saturday at 6pm in Charlottetown. Red Shores Summerside will feature the two-year-old trotters in the MBA final for $8,600 while the three-year olds race for $7,100. Post time is 1pm Sunday. Dumas Walker, who won his elimination in 1:59 and the Breeders Crown in 1:57.2, has drawn post two for driver Myles Heffernan from Glace Bay, NS. The son of Western Success has been established at 5-2 odds on the morning line. Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) will have to overcome post 8 in the final but sports a 10 for 12 in top three finishes while the Gilles Barrieau trainees, Tobins Fusion and Settlement Request, are considered top contenders. Barrieau has opted to drive Tobins Fusion with Marc Campbell getting the driving assignment on his other stable star. The field also includes T M Brave Heart (Jason Hughes), Elm Grove Intrepid (Brodie MacPhee), Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) and Rancousy (Darren Crowe). Two-year-old filly sensation Saulsbrook Alana goes into her final riding a six race winning streak. Trainer Kevin MacLean has done a remarkable job with her for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Her resume speaks for itself. 11 races with eight wins, one second, two thirds and $43,623 in the bank. Marc Campbell will put her on the gate from post six. The best description of the headliner came from race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Looks like the only thing that's going to stop this filly is the conclusion of the racing calendar." Finalists Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) and rail-sitter Sail Through (Barrieau) have also put up some big numbers this season but it's going to be tough to knock-off the favorite. The rest of the roster for the filly final will be Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith), Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson), Absolootly Hot (Brodie MacPhee), Outrageous Spirit (John Holmes) and Acton Royal Force (Bernard McCallum). In other action, All Turain has post 6 in the Preferred Pace in race 13 for trainer Trevor Hicken and his-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. This guy has been headlining top classes around the region and comes off that big 1:52.2 performance on Breeders Crown Sunday for Brodie MacPhee. The Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans leg 2 presented by Meridian Farms will be staged on races 6 and 8 with the open mares on race 11. Trotters Compete in Maritime Breeders Finals at Summerside; David Rose Memorial also on the Card. Summerside, PE - The spotlight is on the trotters in the Maritime Breeders Finals Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm with all the action being carried at www.redshores.ca. Fans can also watch and wager from Red Shores Charlottetown. Trainer-driver Garth Cole certainly had some luck with both his horses, Lets Trade Ladies and I Aint No Lady, drawing the rail in their respective divisions. The two-year-old trotters will go to the gate in race 4 with last week's winners Phantom Beau and Saulsbrook Pippa, both trained by John Pineau, leaving from outside posts. That could complicate matters especially with young trotters but the story gets better when Dusty Lane Galaxy drew post 2. This trotter has been dominating the competition but hasn't won since September 12 at the PEI Colt Stakes. Gary Chappell will do the driving for trainer Stacey Lund. The other starters include Scarlet MacDream (Marc Campbell), Hope Chest (Walter Cheverie), Glencove Yoshi (Mike Stevenson) and Villager (Brian MacPhee). I expect to see an upset. Taliesin leads the charge against the three-year-old $7,100 final from post 8 for Campbell. The son of Northern Bailey-Southview Leah was leading by three lengths in the Breeders Crown but rolled off-stride to finish fourth. The outside post isn't ideal but expect to see the Buntainwood Farm star on the front end when the wings fold. The other finalists are Rash Statement (Walter Cheverie), Irish Lullaby (Daniel MacDonald), West River Xcel (Clare MacDonald), Ashotinthedark (Corey MacPherson), Northern Trapper (Brian MacPhee) and Windemere Norma (Kenny Arsenault). The afternoon program features the David Rose Memorial leg 2 for the fans series in races 8, 10 and 12. The claiming event, presented by Meridian Farms, gives customers an opportunity to fill out ballots for a chance to team up with one of the horses in the race to win some prizes. Ultimate Luck will attempt back to back wins when the Sifroi Melanson trainee takes on a power-packed field in race 11. The pacer, owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, NB, toured the Prince County Oval in 1:57.4 sprinting home in 28.4 seconds to win by fourth lengths for Kenny Arsenault in his last start. For the complete list of entries or live race broadcast go to www.redshores.ca   by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

FRASER DOWNS Sea Deuce fought off favourite Big N Bad to win the $50,000 Tom Burke Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Fraser Downs. With the inside post advantage in the field of eight, Sea Deuce and driver Serge Masse set up shop on the front end. The Gord Abbott trainee led the way past fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:25.4 with Big N Bad and Bill Davis pulling the pocket down the backstretch. The top two were head-to-head at the third quarter mark and continued to wage war down the stretch with Sea Deuce prevailing by a head in 1:55.4. Big N Bad settled for runner-up honours while the winner's entrymate, Ideal Art and John Abbott, followed two lengths behind in third. Sea Deuce paid $6.10 to win as part of the Abbott entry sent off as the 2-1 second choice. Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. owns both Sea Deuce and Ideal Art with B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. also sharing ownership of the winner. Sea Deuce is a homebred gelding sired by Armbro Deuce out of Cassidys Grin. Unraced as a freshman, Sea Deuce earned his first B.C. win from two provincial starts. He started his sophomore campaign in Ontario, where he earned his other victory at Woodbine Racetrack in February. Masse drove a total of four winners on the 12-race card. His other victories were with his own trainees, including the maiden-breaking freshman colt Great Quote ($12.80) in another close race in 1:59.1, the repeating Mares Open champion Phone Terror ($5.90) in 1:55.2, and open length winner Panic At The Disco ($3.20) in 1:57.3. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Fraser Downs. ALBERTA DOWNS Driver Philip Giesbrecht steered a pair of popular Alberta Stardust winners on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Nighttraintovegas came close to the two-year-old pacing filly track record. Giesbrecht worked out similar trips for Triple Action and Sweet Sugar in their respective $18,767 Alberta Sires Stakes divisions, sending both favoured fillies to the lead past the opening quarter mark. Triple Action (Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us) took the lead down the backstretch and cruised to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Joe Ratchford and owner Raggs To Riches of Aidrie, Alta. while Tim Brown trainee Sweet Sugar (Tajma Hall-Hide The Candy) was on the move at the quarter mark and romped to a three and three-quarter length score in a career-best equalling 1:58.3 for owners Sandra Brown of Langley, B.C. and Archie Melnyk of Sherwood Park, Alta. Triple Action completed a sweep of all three ABSS legs for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sweet Sugar is also undefeated in ABSS action although she has only competed in the last two events. With Brandon Campbell in the bike, Nighttraintovegas left from the outside post position in the fastest $18,467 division and drew off to a seven and three-quarter length victory in 1:55, just missing the track record for freshman fillies by one-fifth of a second. Richard Schneider trains Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic out of Midnight In Vegas who is five-for-six in her career. The near perfect filly boasts two wins in ABSS legs with her only blemish a second-place finish in the second round. She is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. The Alberta Stardust is the final leg of the Alberta Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top performers of the season will face off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park. Top training honours on the day when to Kelly Hoerdt, who won three consecutive races with four-year-old gelding My World ($9.50), ABSS sophomore filly Emotions Run Wild ($5.30) and the streaking five-year-old mare Just Saucy ($2.30). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs. NORTHSIDE DOWNS Barefoot Contessa survived an overland journey to pull off an 11-1 upset the $2,200 New Waterford Centennial Pace as the only mare in a field of eight on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Barefoot Contessa and driver Ryan Campbell wore down the 3-2 favourites, Grandtacular and trainer-driver Russell MacDonald, to win the featured finale by a head in 1:59 flat. Cloudy Bay followed the winner's cover to a third-place finish two and a half lengths behind for Adam Merner. New Waterford trainer Andrew Campbell claimed the seven-year-old Western Terror mare two starts ago on Sept. 14 at Northside for $2,400 following back-to-back winning efforts. Saturday's victory was her fifth of the season in 21 starts and 17th lifetime. She paid $24 to win. Ryan and Andrew Campbell also teamed up to win an earlier race with four-year-old pacing mare R Es Sobrina in 2:00.1. First-time starter Majian Magic took the non-wagering $3,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old trotters as her only rival in the race, the Danny Romo-trained and driven Dunmore Bravo, broke stride and finished a distant second. The time of the mile was 2:18.3 for the homebred Northern Bailey filly, who is owned, trained and driven by James Ripley of Amherst, N.S. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs. CHARLOTTETOWN DRIVING PARK Sent postward as the longest shot on the toteboard, Bunny Mach defied her odds with a four and a half length victory in the featured $2,200 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell worked out a second over trip aboard 14-1 longshot Bunny Mach and once her cover cleared she sprinted home in :28.3 for the 1:55.1 upset victory. Favourite Veronicavermillion and Brodie MacPhee finished second after advancing first over and pocket-sitter J K Special, with Walter Cheverie aboard, was third. Bunny Mach produced a win payout of $31.90. The victory was the 30th lifetime for the eight-year-old Mach Three mare, who is currently trained by Stephen Quinn for Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. owners Donald MacRae and Steven MacRae. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following links: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. (reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

Charlottetown, PE – The Lady Slipper Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters took center stage Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The CDP oval showcased five divisions. Taliesin headlined the show as the three-year-old trotter remained un-defeated in 2013 when he scored his 7th win in a row. Driver Mark McKinnon used rail control to his advantage and sent the son of the Northern Bailey through fractions 30.4, 1:03 and 1:34.1 to stop the timer in 2:04. The colt, who is closing in on $20,000 banked this season, is owned by Buntainwood Farm, Brackley Beach, PE. Southview Kate, under the command of Mike Stevenson, put in a great performance to notch her fifth win from 8 starts this season in her division of the Lady Slipper in 2:03.2 for owner-trainer Bill Roloson of Belfast. The other three-year-old division of the Lady Slipper went to Howmacs Pride for Brodie MacPhee. The Earl Watts trainee was a comfortable winner in 2:03. Two-year-old trotter BJ Commache, owned and trained by Bert Honkoop of Montague, claimed the Lady Slipper for driver Clare MacDonald. Race favorite Dusty Lane Galaxy, who was attempting to go for his 7th win in a row, was scratched from the race. I C Caviar, with Corey MacPherson in the bike, captured the other division for owner Charles MacDonald of Kensington and trainer John Pineau. The top class went to Leading Camdidate and driver Jason Hughes in 1:56.4. Hughes did the driving for owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Stephen Quinn was the winning trainer. Brodie MacPhee and Corey MacPherson recorded driving doubles on the program. By Lee Drake  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Dusty Lane Galaxy and Taliesin will search for their seventh wins in a row in Lady Slipper action Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 pm and features three divisions of the Lady Slipper stake for three-year-old trotters and two divisions for two-year-old trotters. The three-year-old divisions line up in races 2, 4 and 8. Race 8 has Taliesin looking to remain perfect in his 2013 season for trainer-driver Mark McKinnon and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The Northern Bailey three-year-old has drawn the rail in his $5,600 split and will face off with Dusty Lane Nick (Walter Cheverie) and Dusty Lane Shayn (Ron Gass). Race 2 has Rash Statement (Cheverie) favoured from post 4 fresh off a 2:02.4 victory for owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford. Other top entries include Oceanview Kate (Mike Stevenson) and Topway (Gary Chappell). Race 4 has Mile Hill Philly the morning line choice for driver John Holmes, trainer Paul Morrison and owner John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B. The PJs Nabby filly was a winner in P.E.I. Colts Stakes action last week in 2:03.2. Other favorites are Ashotinthedark (Joey Pineau) and Northern Dust (Corey MacPherson). The first $7,700 Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division is in race 6 with the red hot Dusty Lane Galaxy leaving from post 5 with Chappell in the bike for trainer Stacey Lund and co-owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top selections include Bo Digger (McKinnon) and Scarlet Macdream (Darryl MacLean). The other divisions lines up in race 10 with top entries including Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson), IC Caviar (MacPherson) and Hope Chest (Cheverie). The card also features a $1,350 trot class in race 3 and the $3,000 claiming mares going head-to-head in race 9. The $1,800 featured pace goes to the gate in race 12 with Leading Camdidate (Jason Hughes) drawing the rail for owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and trainer Stephen Quinn. He will have to turn back challenges from Talk Back (Thane Arsenault), Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) and Pinner (Cheverie) in the eight horse field. Island racing continues Saturday in Charlottetown with a 6 pm start time and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. The weekend cards will feature the Red Cup Classic presented by Lotto 6/49. The event has fan giveaways to the first 649 people, prize draws and special trackside presentations for every race. Red Shores Summerside will also stage the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing series final and the Joe O'Brien stake for three-year-old colt pacers. By Nicholas Oakes  

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