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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Miracle Matts and Cambest Kisser will knock heads in the Friday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 pm for the 12-dash affair that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the O'Brien Awards being held in Charlottetown. The $2,000 preferred pace lines up in race 9 with Miracle Matts drawing post 3 fresh off a 2:01 victory on a sloppy track in last week's feature event. Corey MacPherson drives the pacer for owner-trainer Blois MacPhail of Cornwall. Race analyst Les McIsaac has selected Cambest Kisser to take the top spot from the outside post 6 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. "He gets the outside post every week but it hasn't prevented him from finishing in the top three each and every start since the beginning of winter, and then some previous to that," McIsaac said of Cambest Kisser. "Top billing." Each race on the card is named in honour of a community with deep connections to Island harness racing, with the feature named the Town Of Montague Pace. Montague Owned and trained PC Shockwave has drawn the rail for owner Scott MacPhail, trainer Wade Sorrie and driver Brian MacPhee. Other entries include Le Fugueur (Marc Campbell), Blue Star Outlaw (Brodie MacPhee), and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie). Race 4 will see the $1,600 Open Trot raced in honor of the community of Tyne Valley. Zip The Lip has post 2 in the compact field of five for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. The six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin has not seen the winner's circle since Dec. 8, with a string of seconds and thirds since then but will look to change his luck with his best post in three months. His main competition will come from the Harold Shepherd trained and driven Abundaspin, who won the event the last week and will look for a repeat. Shepherd will be rooting for son Patrick to win the first ever Future Star award Saturday night at the O'Brien Awards at the Delta Prince Edward and P.E.I. Convention Centre. Other entries in the Open trot include Wonderous Hanover (Mike McGuigan), Buckling Banbury (MacPherson), and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Other races on the card will honour the communities of Tignish, Alberton, O'Leary, Summerside, Kensington, Cornwall/North River, Charlottetown, Pinette, and Souris. The final dash of the winter meet will honour the historic rural tracks of Kinkora, St. Peter's and New Annan. After Friday, racing returns to Charlottetown on Saturday, April 26. Besides the Friday card of racing and the Saturday night awards gala, the O'Brien Awards weekend will feature the sold out Island Kitchen Party Friday night at 9 pm, and a fan forum with some of the best in Canadian racing Saturday morning at 10 am at Red Shores Charlottetown. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

How would you like to watch the 2013 O’Brien winners receive their awards live from the comfort of your own home? For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a live video stream for the O’Brien Award presentations. This will be made available courtesy of Bell Aliant and is sponsored by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Charlottetown and Summerside Locations. You’ll be able to watch all of the presentations exclusively on standardbredcanada.ca as SC will distribute the live video stream from the O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala live this Saturday, February 8. The video stream will go online live at approximately 8:15 p.m. (EST); 9:15 p.m. (AST) and 6:15 p.m. (PST) on Saturday night. The awards presentations are expected to last for 60 to 90 minutes. Winners will be honoured in 18 categories including 12 horse divisions, Future Star, Horsemanship, Breeder, Driver, Trainer and Horse of the Year. The winners of the Standardbred Canada Media Awards of Excellence will also be recognized. The awards will be hosted by Ken Middleton and Lee Drake. Haley MacDonald will sing the American National anthem and O Canada. Prior to dinner, guests will be entertained by a special SC video feature. The 2013 edition of the O’Brien Awards is the 25th anniversary of this National Awards event. The Black Tie Gala event features a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and the awards presentations. Vintage 4.0, one of Atlantic Canada’s top party bands, will entertain guests to round out the evening’s celebration. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

The video interview is from Red Shores on Prince Edward Island, which is hosting the O'Brien Awards this Sunday evening where the top horsemen and women and horses that competed in the 2013 harness racing season will be crowded per their respective divisions. by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores                    

Charlottetown, PE - Miracle Matts, with Corey MacPherson in the bike, won the afternoon feature in the Irene MacInnis memorial Saturday at Red Shores. The time of the mile was 2:01 over a sloppy CDP oval with a three second variant. MacPherson rallied Miracle Matts from fourth at the head of the lane for an exciting stretch drive victory over Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) with fraction setter Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) hanging on for third. Blois MacPhail of Cornwall was the winning owner. Abundaspin, owned by Mikaela Lustic, Cornwall, was a two length winner for driver Harold Shepherd in the open trot division. Zip the Lip was second while Caliban Hanover completed the triactor. Marc Campbell continues his reign at the top of the driver standings posting a hat-trick. The Winlsoe native clicked with Rebelryan, Silky Britches and Whatrugonnado. Ron Matheson, Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles with Hughes, Jackie Matheson and Jonah Moase each scoring two training victories on the card. The final card of the season is Friday February 7th during the O'Brien Awards weekend. Post time is 6pm. by Lee Drake for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - A power-packed field of harness racing pacers will headline the top class Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 13 dash card is slated for 1pm. The action will be carried live at www.redshores.ca. The race is named in honor of long time Red Shores' employee Irene MacInnis with the memorial cooler being presented by family, friends and co-workers to the winner. Pinner will attempt to get back in the win column after his amazing winning streak was halted at eight in a row. Marc Campbell is back in the bike for trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown. The pacer goes up against last week's feature winner Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie) and Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) who put an end to Pinner's streak. Miracle Matts is a serious threat off the rail for driver Corey MacPherson and PC Shockwave is also a major contender from post 4 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner Scott MacPhail of Montague. MacPhee also has a live drive on Zip the Lip in the open trot in race 4. The trotter co-owned by trainer Don Sweet and Orville Willis of O'Leary gets top billing from race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Three straight without a win is an eternity for him but a combination of things contributed to that," said MacIsaac. "If Brian is able to get him to the front it could be all over." It won't be easy. The field is full of talent including rail sitter Honeymoonisover, Sandhill Angel, Abundaspin, Buckling Banbury, Caliban Hanover and Wonderous Hanover. Every Day, owned by Bill and Rachel Andrew, moves up to tackle the back-up class in race 7. The pacer has back to back wins for driver Brian Andrew. The fans choice awards will also be presented after race 3 on the program. The final live race program of the season is Friday February 7th with a 6pm post time. The card celebrates the 25th edition of the O'Brien awards coming to Charlottetown on Saturday February 8th at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre. by Lee Drake for Red Shores

With the 25th anniversary edition of the O’Brien Awards fast approaching, organizers are putting the finishing touches on many of the items associated with the awards and the entire weekend. A reminder to book your tickets if you plan on attending and haven’t done so, as ticket sales will close onMonday, January 27. You can purchase tickets by contacting SC’s Industry Marketing Department at 905-858-3060. You must have a credit card to purchase tickets. Here is a look at the event line up for the O’Brien weekend: Friday, February 7 The Horses Live Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at CDP Post Time 6 p.m. Kitchen Party (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.) EastLink Centre The Island Kitchen Party will feature food stations showcasing some of the Island’s best products from P.E.I., live entertainment, O’Brien Memorabilia and more! This exciting event takes place in the EastLink Centre. Tickets are only $15. To purchase tickets, visit the Rewards Club at Red Shores Summerside or Charlottetown or call 902-620-4222 and press '5' or if you are purchasing O’Brien tickets, you can also order your Kitchen Party tickets from SC’s Industry Marketing Department. Saturday, February 8 Harness Racing Industry Forum (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP - Grandstand Join PEIHRIA's harness racing panel for an information session on today’s harness racing industry. Guests will include breeders, owners, trainers, drivers and racing executives. Pre registration required; no cost. Email Kathy Wade Vlaar to register. Tour of PEI (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Guests arriving for the O’Brien Awards weekend are invited to book a tour of historic Charlottetown and surrounding areas. Our motor coach, hosted by an Island tour guide, will begin with pick up at 9:30 a.m. at the Delta Prince Edward hotel followed by a second pick-up location at the main entrance of Red Shores Charlottetown at 9:45 a.m. Departure from Red Shores is 10 a.m. The Island tour includes stops at the famous Cows Cream Factory and Gift Shop, factory outlets Reebok, Paderno and Rockport Shoes. At approximately 11:15 a.m., guests will travel to the new PEI Brewing Co for a tour of this state of the art facility. Space is limited for the Island tour. Please note. This tour will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. For reservations for the Island Tour, email Heather Dixon. O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) The 25th Anniversary edition of the O’Brien Awards takes place at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre. Cocktail Reception – 6:00 p.m. –- 7:00 p.m. in the Harbourview Room Dinner & Awards Presentation – 7:00 p.m. –- 10:30 p.m. in the Palmer Pope Ballroom Dance – 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. in the Palmer Pope Ballroom Accommodation Information Click here for phone numbers and rates for area hotels. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Major awards time for the recently completed 2013 season continues. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards program (Friday Jan. 10) with Allan Davis winner of its prestigious James Case "Horizon" award for his upward accent in wins and money won by horses he had driven during the season. Coming up on Feb. 9, Canada hands out its top seasonal awards at The O'Brien Awards, 'Black Tie," awards-dinner. --------------------------------- The prestigious "Dan Patch Awards," featuring the top horse and human awards for the just completed 2013 season will be presented at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, for the third time in less than two decades, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The gala night headlines the naming of the 2013 Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and all award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season. A pair of locals are among the award winners, Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan, winner of the "Rising Star" award and for USHWA president and current treasurer, Judy Davis-Wilson, is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website. ----------------------------------- At age 72, driver Walter Layfield Jr. is on a renaissance. For more than five decades, Layfield has driven horses. He has been virtually inactive for several years, but recently, he has hooked up with trainer Richard Lewis and its been a successful combination. Layfield has driven more than a dozen Lewis trained horses and has posted four winners, several in sparkling wire-to-wire performances. ------------------------------------ While Layfield has shown what a 'senior citizen' can do at 72, Youthful Tyler Davis is winning races at age 21. His dad is Allan Davis, second in the current driver standings, and his grandfather is Eddie Davis, the all-time leading race winning driver in the Middle Atlantic region. The third generation driver, Davis, won his third race of the season last Wednesday (1/8) piloting a 32-1 longshot Color Me Royal in a $9,000 trot, --------------------------------------- Again this season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start winning races in 2014. Callahan finished fourth in the sport last year is currently the leader of all drivers in the sport.. Callahan who led the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 118 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 62 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 59 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 53 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 46 winners. ------------------------------------ There is a dead-heat at the top of the leading trainer standings. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis both have haltered 31 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 26 while Joe Hundertpfund and Les Givens have 22 winners each to tie for fourth place. ---------------------------------- On the national scene, Dave Palone, was named winner of the HTA Driver of the Year award. It's the seventh time Palone has won or shared the honor based on wins, money won and UDR (similar to a battling average) percentage, On the point tabulation, Palone had a rating of 85.5, Yannick Gingras is runner-up at 83.5; Tim Tetrick is third - 83.5. Brian Sears, fourth, - 80.5 and George Napolitano, fifth - 64 points. Other local favorites include Corey Callahan, seventh - 42, Ron Pierce 10th-38.5 and Chris Page #25 in the standings with 14 points. ----------------------------------- by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Ken Middleton and Lee Drake will co-host the 2013 O'Brien Awards. Middleton is Woodbine Entertainment Group's standardbred race announcer and has been a regular anchor at the O'Brien Awards. This will mark the eleventh consecutive year that he will co-host the event. "Co-hosting the O'Brien Awards for the last decade has been an incredible honour, and it's truly something I take great pride in. It's so cool to think back and recall all of the great horses and horse people that have been honoured on the stage over the years, and to be a part of those nights is amazing," Middleton told Trot Insider. This will mark Middleton's first trip to the Island. "I think it's a perfect fit to have this year's event in the home province of the awards' namesake, Joe O'Brien. I know Maritimers are extremely proud and passionate about harness racing, and I'm sure it will mean a lot to them to have the opportunity to host this year's edition - especially since there are a number of finalists with ties to PEI," commented Middleton, "This will be my first visit to PEI and I'm really looking forward to it." Lee Drake, manager of Marketing and Sales for Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Charlottetown and Summerside locations, is also looking forward to hosting the event in his native province. "It's an honour. I've attended the awards for many years now and I'm excited about the opportunity to play a role in such a prestigious event." Drake co-hosted the 2004 awards but explains that this year is "very special." "This year has very special meaning to me. It's being a part of history. I've been fortunate to be involved in some special moments over the years, but to co-host the 25th anniversary edition of the O'Briens from the home province of Joe O'Brien is certainly a career highlight." The 2013 O'Brien Awards will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. For more info you can go to Standardbred Canada Website: http://standardbredcanada.ca/news/1-10-14/o-brien-hosts-announced.html by Rebecca Duffy for Red Shores    

It is major awards time for the recently completed 2013 harness racing season. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards programs on Friday, Jan. 10. On Feb. 9, the top seasonal awards will be handed out in Canada. The 'Black Tie," O'Brien Awards banquet will honor the top horses, drivers and trainers racing "North of the Border." --------------------------------- Harness Racing's top 2013 winners will be honored at the prestigious "Dan Patch Awards" at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, along with all divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will receive awards. Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan is winner of the "Rising Star" award, Judy Davis-Wilson is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website. ----------------------------------- At age 72, driver Walter Layfield Jr. is on a renaissance. For more than five decades, Layfield has driven horses. He has been virtually inactive for several years, but recently, he has hooked up with trainer Richard Lewis and its been a successful combination. Layfield has driven more than a dozen Lewis trained horses and has posted four winners, several in sparkling wire-to-wire performances. ------------------------------------ While Layfield has shown what a 'senior citizen' can do at 72, Youthful Tyler Davis is winning races at age 21. His dad is Allan Davis, second in the current driver standings, and his grandfather is Eddie Davis, the all-time leading race winning driver in the Middle Atlantic region. The third generation driver, Davis, won his third race of the season last Wednesday (1/8) piloting a 32-1 longshot Color Me Royal in a $9,000 trot, --------------------------------------- Just as last season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start for the 2014 season. Callahan, who led the 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 104 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 60 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 52 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 51 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 42 wins. ------------------------------------ Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 29 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 27 wins. Trish Foulk is third with 23. Joe Hundertpfund takes fourth with 22 wins. Les Givens has 20 winners, good for fifth place in the standings. ----------------------------------- Marv Bachrad  

Texican N beat the snowfall and the clock setting a lifetime record of 1:50.3 to win the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap feature on Thursday. It is the fastest time of the early 2014 season in the sport. --------------------------------------- Mike Rossi, a one-time leading driver at Dover Downs, has returned from retirement, and is winning races, at longshot prices. On New Year's Day, Rossi won two races, one at 53-1 and the other at 27-1. ----------------------------------- This is the time of the year for major awards-dinners. One of the first is the The annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association ( DSOA) Awards-Dinner. Each year, the night is the biggest social event of the year for Delaware men and women horsemen. This year, it will be held at Modern Maturity, on Route 8, in Dover on Friday, Jan. 10. Heather Vitale is MC of the event which honors horsemen and horse of the 2013 season. Tickets are now available. Contact Sal DiMario, DSOA executive director. --------------------------------------- O'Brien Awards, a black tie event, will honor Canada's top horses, drivers and trainers on Feb.9. In the states, the top winners in the sport will be honored at the prestigious Dan Patch Awards at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association event this year at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year,Trotter of the Year, all divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the 2013 season will receive their awards. Two localites, driver Corey Callahan will win the Rising Star Award, while Ms. Wilson is the President's Award winner. For ticket information on tickets and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website. ----------------------------------- Corey Callahan is off to another big start for the 2014 portion of the season. Callahan led the 2013-14 standings with a meet-leading total to 94 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 51. Vic Kirby has moved into third place with 44 wins. Ross Wolfenden is fourth in the standings with 42 wins. Tony Morgan completes the top five with 35 wins. ------------------------------------ Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 28 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 22 wins. Trish Foulk is third with 20. Les Givens has 18 and Joe Hundertpfund with 17 winners is fifth in the trainer standings. ----------------------------------- Tim Tetrick is currently recovering from his second hip operation in December. After Tetrick's biggest win season at Dover Downs in 2007 when he finished the season with 1,189 winning drives, Tetrick, who suffered with degeneration of his hips since his youth, had his right hip replace in mid December and remarkably, was back racing a month later, His brother, Tim Tetrick, who is quickly winning fans at Dover Downs, says Tim is aiming for early February, after the Super Bowl, for his return to the track. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Organizers are gearing up for an exciting 25th anniversary celebration of the O’Brien Awards and action packed O’Brien Award weekend in Charlottetown, PEI, from Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9, 2014. The 2013 O’Brien Awards Gala is being hosted with the support of the PEI 2014 Fund as part of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference that led to the creation of our Nation. The O’Brien Awards Gala is the highlight of the weekend which also features a special card of harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP, an Island Kitchen Party, a Harness Racing Forum and Tour of the Island. Tickets for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at the Delta Prince Edward and PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI will go on sale this Friday, November 22. Tickets to the Black Tie Gala are $125 per person (inclusive of HST) and are funded in part by the PEI Tourism 2014 Fund. Here is a look at the event line up for the O’Brien weekend: Friday, February 7 The Horses Live Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at CDP Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at CDP is proud to host a special live harness racing presentation with first race post time at 6:00 p.m. Kitchen Party (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.) Charlottetown Civic Centre The Island Kitchen Party will feature food stations showcasing some of the Island’s best products from PEI, live entertainment, O’Brien Memorabilia and more! This exciting event takes place in the Trade Centre (use Red Shores main entrance) Tickets are only $15. To purchase tickets, contact the Race Office at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP at 902-629-6636, or if you are purchasing O’Brien tickets, you can also order your Kitchen Party tickets from SC’s Industry Marketing Department Saturday, February 8 Harness Racing Industry Forum (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP - Grandstand Join our harness racing panel for an information session on today’s harness racing industry. Guests will include breeders, owners, trainers, drivers and racing executives. Pre registration required; no cost. Email kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca to register Tour of PEI (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Welcome tour of Prince Edward Island including stops at the famous Cow’s Creamery, and the new PEI Brewing Company. To reserve a spot, email kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca O’Brien Awards Gala (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) Cocktail Reception – 6:00 p.m. –- 7:00 p.m. Harbourview Room Dinner & Awards Presentation – 7:00 p.m. –- 10:30 p.m. Palmer Pope Ballroom Dance – 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. -- Palmer Pope Ballroom The 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards at the Delta Prince Edward & Prince Edward Island Convention Centre. You can purchase tickets by contacting SC’s Industry Marketing Department at (905) 858-3060. You must have a credit card to purchase tickets. The inaugural edition of the O'Brien Awards was presented in 1989. The Awards were named after the late Joe O'Brien as a permanent testimony to the unmatched skills of this legendary horseman. "Little Joe" was born in Alberton, P.E.I., on June 25, 1917, and was regarded as one of the premier all-round horsemen in the sport. Click here for more information on tickets and accommodation. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Last year's O'Brien Award winner, Wheeling N Dealin is set to begin his sophomore campaign this Saturday at Mohawk. The son of Cantab Hall went undefeated as a rookie from nine starts last season along with $683,544 in earnings.

Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 25th anniversary of the O'Brien Awards, the National recognition for harness racing excellence, will be hosted in Charlottetown, PEI on February 8, 2014.

After stealing the show at the recent O'Brien harness racing awards in Mississauga on January 28 Canadian trainer Casie Coleman thinks she can do even better in 2013. 'We don't have the same numbers but we certainly have a bit more quality,' the 32-year-old told Harnesslink.

Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2012 O'Brien Awards, which honour Canada's best in harness racing over the past season, earlier tonight. The annual Black Tie Gala was held at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario.

He won 26 races and just over $1 million in 69 starts more than two decades ago, and now at the spritely age of 26 Camluck has firmly etched himself in the harness racing history books. The brilliant son of Cam Fella and Lady Luck (Striking Image) is now the world's all-time leading money winning sire.

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