The top local harness racing horseman was Paul Mackenzie on Canada's 148th birthday Wednesday at Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie won two races Wednesday night. His first winner was Windsong Lassie out of the Larocque barn (trainer), his second was with three year old filly, Beach Sunset. Paul Mackenzie is a native of Puslinch, ON. He has been able to steer over 8000 winners around the oval during his long career which puts him among the top drivers in Canadian history. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway
ELORA, ON — Local media celebs swapped headlines for driving lines on Friday night in Grand River Raceway’s second annual harness racing Media Race. Each media personality was paired with a professional driver in a custom two-person jog cart for the half-mile exhibition race. Barry Finn, the editor at The Rider newspaper was the victor with Spago Hall, swooping out four-wide in the stretch to overcome the leader along the rail, Jaime Myslik and Killean Sweep. Assisted by pro driver Robert Shepherd, Finn finished just a head over the field in a thrilling finish. “Being that close to the horses … it’s an amazing experience. It was just a wild ride,” said Finn from the winners circle. Jaime Myslik, a reporter for the Wellington Advertiser was accompanied by Arthur, ON driver Bruce Richardson. The pair drove the veteran of the field, 15-year-old Killean Sweep who finished second. Gayle O’Brien, Morning Buzz personality on 107.5 Dave FM, was aboard seven-year-old Hollywood Ham. She was accompanied by Paul MacKenzie, who celebrated his 8,000th career driving win on June 3 at Grand River Raceway. The duo finished third. Rounding out the field was defending champion Kelly Waterhouse. She took home the hardware in last year’s inaugural edition with pro driver Bob McClure and the seven-year-old mare, Echos Black Dress. The News Director for The Grand 92.9 FM, Waterhouse was reunited with her horse and driver for the 2015 edition. 2015 Media Race • Photos from the event: Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer
In a nail-biter, Paul MacKenzie secured his 8,000th career driving win in the final race this evening at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway. The milestone makes MacKenzie the 28th winningest driver in the history of the sport. Dubbed "King Of The Passing Lane", MacKenzie cruised up the inside with 7-1 shot Jeremeyes Jewel to finish a quarter-length ahead of Badlyinclined and Travis Henry in 1:55. It was the horse's first win of the season for trainer Lori Jennex who co-owns the five-year-old mare with Earla Geisel and Joseph Kelly. The PEI native relocated to Ontario in 1986 and has amassed more than 55,000 starts and $46 million in purse earnings during his 38-year career. Ranked one of Canada's top dash winning drivers year-after-year, the Puslinch, Ont. resident is a winner of 92 races in 2015. In addition to his catch-driving duties, the 54-year-old reinsman also maintains a stable of his own. His career training stats reflect his rigorous schedule, with more than 900 training wins and nearly $5 million. Post-race interview: https://youtu.be/6FUl79EMFSM Kelly Spencer
Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0920mohsn.dat. OSS News
It's not very often that entrants in the Gold Cup and Saucer stick around P.E.I. after the race is over, but when the Founders Cup carrying a purse of $25,000 is only 10 days later, why not stick around. That was the mindset of the connections for the runner-up in the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup was only beat a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the final and he will be back Tuesday night looking to get the red soil monkey off of his back. The first ever Founders Cup will go in Race 11 Tuesday night as part of a special National Driving Championship card at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver and NDC participant, Marc Campbell. A win would put 'Wazzup' over the $ 100, 000 mark for earnings in the 2014 season. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson, who is in town for the NDC will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. Mach Wheel was a runner up to Up The Credit in the MacGregor memorial for driver Paul Mackenzie, he has since been purchased by Roy Springett, Robert Sitemen, William Shearer and Donald Smith all of Nova Scotia. Darren Crowe now handles the driving and training duties on the son of Mach Three. He has over $ 243,000 made lifetime and a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He has drawn the outside Post 7 A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. The coveted rail position goes to All Turain as he returns to the free-for-all ranks of a 1:54.2 qualifier at Red Shores' Summerside. Mike Stevenson will handle the driving duties for trainer Wade Sorrie. A winner in 1:52.2 last year at Charlottetown the five-year-old Tell All gelding is owned by Lee Hicken and Perry Burke. Ultimate Luck has drawn post two for the Ultimate Stable, Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Sifroi Melanson. Astor, the third entrant in the field who raced in the MacGregor Memorial has drawn Post 5 for trainer - driver Jason Hughes, he is owned by the powerful Foxyhall Racing group of Wallace, NS. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
The $ 20,000 harness racing James Roach MacGregor Memorial will line up behind the gate in the race 12 finale on Friday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. The field of six, features four Gold Cup and Saucer trial starters that didn't qualify for the $75, 000 final and two others. The millionaire pacer Up The Credit has drawn into Post 2 for trainer - driver Carl Jamieson. The six-year-old Western Terror stallion finished fifth in his trial, pacing his mile in 1:53.1 for Ryan Ellis. The former winner of the $ 1.5 million North American Cup as a three-year-old is owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Mach Wheel has drawn the coveted rail as he takes his stab at the lions share of the $ 20,000 purse. He was also a fifth place finisher in his Gold Cup and Saucer trial, pacing his own mile in 1:53 for owner - trainer Shane Arsenault. He was a winner two starts back at Grand River Raceway in 1:54.2. Island native Paul Mackenzie will do the driving. The brother duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd will send out Duke Did It from post 4. He was a disappointing sixth in his trial which came one start after setting the track record at Truro Raceway in 1:53.2, his win streak was halted at four too. Owned by Ivan Petersheim, the nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight will look to regain form on Friday night. The only Maritime owned horse in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Astor, has drawn Post 5 in the compact field of six. He finished sixth in his Trial for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. Jason Hughes does the training and driving. One of the stars on the Maritime Free-for-all scene, Astor will look to show his Ontario invaders what P.E.I. is all about. Blissfull Bro (post 3) and Windfall Blue Chip (post 6), round out the field for the MacGregor memorial. The top three-year-old fillies the Maritimes have to offer will be on display Friday night in two Gold divisions of the Lady Slipper. Last year's top filly looks to be regaining her form heading into her $12, 700 Gold divisions, Saulsbrook Alana has drawn into post 6 in Race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise has back-to-back 1:56 and change victories for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The winner of just shy of $ 80,000 lifetime will get the services of Marc Campbell. Her bridesmaid last week, Absolootly Hot draws into post 3 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable and Scott Hubbard. She paced her mile in 1:56.4 beaten only a length-and-a-quarter by Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is trained by Earl Watts. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving for the second straight start. I C Anastro, Sea Anna Win, Pictonian Sareta, Babies Gigolo, Libertys Gig and Dusty Lane Dora round out the full-filed of eight. The 2014 Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute will look to dethrone the winner of four-in-a-row Elm Grove Inarush. Lovineveryminute draws into post 5 for the River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. She has just shy of $ 60,000 in lifetime earnings. Earl Watts does the training while Todd Trites will handle the driving. Elm Grove Inarush will look to extend her win streak to five from Post 3, her last two victories have come in a career best 1:55.3 for driver Mark Bradley. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, Doucette does the training. Mackenzie will handle the driving duties as he looks to take the late double with her and Mach Wheel. Brickyard Val, Fleurje, Briannas Angel, Bettim Jenny, Outrageous Spirit and Sail Through round out the field. The P.E.I Trotting Series Final sponsored by the PEIHRIA will line up behind the starting gate in Race 7 for a purse of $ 10, 700. Eight of the best trotters the Maritimes have to offer will contest for the largest purse they will race for this season. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail position for owner Orville Willis and Donald Sweet, fresh off of a victory in the second leg, the Sweet trainee will get the Brian MacPhee in the bike. The aged veteran of the field, the 14-year-old Abundaspin will leave from post 3, The richest starter in the field with over $477, 000 in lifetime earnings the Harold Shepherd trainee will get son Robert in the bike. Frill Seeker has drawn Post 4, after a break, a win, a break and a win since coming to P.E.I, his owners the Ebbslfeet Stables will hope the streak stays in-tacked for this week. Kenny Arsenault does the training at the driving. Beer Maggs, Pleasure Girls, Lyrical Lindy, Majian Dillon and Mopey Corey round out the field. Bo Ford
Old Home Week 2014 is starting to come down to the wire, but not until four more harness racing cards become complete. Friday afternoon Red Shores' Charlottetown will play host to four Grassroots divisions of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old fillies. The 12-dash card gets underway at 1 p.m. Racing for a purse of $5,000 the first division lines up in Race 5. Gracious Minnie has drawn the outside post 7 for owners Paul Murphy and Lenny Myers. The Ameripan Gigolo filly has the best time in her last start finishing fourth and pacing her mile in 1:58. She has faced the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A's in her last two starts, Myers does the training and driving. Charlottes Style is the richest starter in the Race 5 first division, falling just shy of the $ 10,000 cutoff for the Grassroots division. She is owned by the Turn For Home Stable. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee comes in showing her first clean line in over a month, she paced in 1:58.4 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault. She will leave from Post 2. R Es Confusion, Acton Royal Force, Union Dues, Mademoiselle Neeld and Rhondas Example round out the field. In Race 7, Willow Warrior will look to return to her winning ways after seeing her three race win streak snapped last week. The Brendan Curran trainee missed her first top two finish this season last time out. Mark Bradley will handle the driving duties on the daughter of Western Terror for owner Alby Curran. She is listed as the morning line favourite. Right next door is Woodmere Trulyblue, coming in off of an impressive qualifier in 1:59.2 she will pick up the driving services of Paul Mackenzie. The Articulator filly is owned by Susanne Mac Keigan and Gary Arsenault, Blaine Mckenna does the training. Coconut Ladida, Tobins Beauty, Howmac Missy, Waterhook and Sendmeasign are the other five entries. Landed Alien has been enrolled as the morning line favourite in the third Grassroots division. The Jackie Matheson trainee was a winner two back in 2:01.2, but was interfered with in her last race. Arsenault will be back aboard the Aahm Canadian Now filly for owner Darlene Compton. She leaves from post 5. Gilles Barrieau picks up the catch-driving call on Rosa Santanna from Post 3 for the Spud Island Stable and trainer Jamie Smith, the Santanna Blue Chip filly has $6, 372 to her back roll from 19 lifetime starts. Regular pilot Marc Campbell will drive his own trainee Eastern Eden from Post 1 for owner Perry Burke. Golden Claw, Southside Success, Larsheis and R Es Kate are the other starts. Tarahumara headlines the final division from the outside Post 7. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo was second in her Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' division last Saturday for owner - trainer - driver Donnie Mac Neill. The two-entry Mirages Magic has placed in the top three five times this season from seven tries. Irwin Cleaner is the owner-trainer and breeder on the daughter of Articulator, Darren Crowe will drive. The competition compiles of Caspiana, Sea Queen, Bendable Fashion, Shady Kowalski and Pownal Bay Tia. In the afternoon finale, Motor Shark will look to extend his win streak to three for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings, the three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark was a winner two back in a lifetime best 1:56.3 by ten lengths, he followed that up with a 1:57 score, both for trainer - driver Jason Hughes. He has drawn Post 5. Bo Ford
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
Charlottetown, PE - Only four tickets remain to the big dance at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night. Those tickets will be punched Monday night when Trial 2 for the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer lines up behind the gate in the race 12 finale. Harness racing post time is 7 pm. Trainer Ron Burke will look to sweep both trials with Take It Back Terry from the rail. Aracache Hanover picked up the victory in Trial 1 for Burke and driver Marc Campbell in 1:51.4. The Burke Brigade will turn to Gilles Barrieau to do the driving on Monday night. Take It Back Terry was a winner two starts back at Yonkers (half-mile) in 1:51.2. Trainer Corey Johnson makes his first start on Red Soil in Trial 2 with the 5-2 morning line favourite Wazzup Wazzup. Already a fan favourite on P.E.I. for his name, he has drawn into post 5. Islander James MacDonald will return home from Ontario to try and punch his ticket into the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup picked up a new lifetime mark in his last start winning at Mohawk (seven-eights) in 1:49. Rene Allard will lock down a third spot in the Gold Cup. He finished second and fourth in Trial 1 with Bigtown Hero and Island Jet, while Mickey Hanover will take his shot from Post 4 in Trial 2. Allard will turn the lines over to Saturday nights winning driver 'King Campbell', Anthony Macdonald was scheduled to drive but has commitments in Ontario. Mickey Hanover finished sixth in his last start but had a three race win streak prior to that outing, with a 1:49.2 score just two starts back. Scott Rocks will look to rock the field from the outside Post 6. Another trainer looking to land a second horse in the $75,000 final, Chris Oakes will turn to Ontario based driver Jonathan Drury. Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey of Pennsylvania, 'Scott' was seventh in his last start off of a scratch but prior too those two he knocked off four straight with a lifetime best 1:48.3 score. A pair of brothers will look to make dreams come true when they team up from Post 2 with Duke Did It. Trainer Patrick and driver Robert Shepherd are hoping to punch their ticket with the Ivan Petersheim freshly purchased winner of four-in-a-row. Duke Did It torched the Truro Raceway in his last start winning in 1:53.2 and tying the track record. He hash't missed a top two finish in his last eight and during that streak he has won six times. Island native Paul Mackenzie is the only driver other than Campbell to win the Gold Cup and Saucer he will turn to the 3-entry Mach Wheel to land him in the prestigious race one more time. The Shane Arsenault trainee was a winner in his last start at Grand River (half-mile) in 1:54.2for National Driving Championship finalist Jody Jamieson in the bike. The top four finishers will join Aracache Hanover, Bigtown Hero, Shock It To Em and Island Jet on Tuesday night for the live post position draw. The undercard is highlighted by the 9 top class. Say It Again Sam will look to extend his win streak to double digits on Maritime soil from Post 4. The three-year-old son of Well Said has yet to be collared since relocating to the Maritimes for Foxyhall Racing. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes handles the training and driving. Im Drinkin Doubles is listed as the 5-2 morning line favourite. Coming in off of a 1:55.3 victory at Truro in his last Owners R G Mcgoup LTD and trainer Wayne Whebby will look to snap the streak at nine. Marc Whebby will drive the three-year-old Shadow Play gelding. Bonnys Mac, Salute and Junebugs Baby round out the compact field of six. By Bo Ford
Driver Phil Hudon completed a sweep of the final three races on Sunday night's card at Georgian Downs aboard 10-1 shot Viper Select in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace. Viper Select fought off Clic K (Anthony Haughan) through opening fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 before opening up three lengths en route to the third quarter station in 1:22.1. The Dauntless Bunny gelding then sauntered home to win by more than four lengths in 1:51.1. Mach Of Ballykeel (Jonathan Drury) rallied wide around the fading Clic K and came on for second, darting towards the pylons down the stretch to avoid the breaking pocket-sitter, Czar Seelster (Tyler Moore). Pouvoir Duharas (Paul MacKenzie) also had to change paths and inherited third-place as Czar Seelster was set back for causing interference while off-stride. To view the rest of this story click here.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Red Magician will look to work his magic off the rail in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Ken Murphy will drive Red Magician from post 1 in the race 11 $1,800 feature pace for trainer Clarkie Smith and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut son of Badlands Hanover had been racing in Ontario for trainer Paul Mackenzie and was a winner his last start out in 1:55.2 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Red Magician in his East Coast debut. "We don't know anything about this guy but his recent form at Grand River should tell you all you need," MacIsaac said. "He has a pair of wins in the 1:54-1:55 range in the past month, and a spot on the pylons for his local debut. Top call." The race has some entries that can pace right with Red Magician, as Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) has post 6. He made breaks in his last two races while free-legged but trainer Jackie Matheson qualified the horse in 1:58.1 last week with hopples on and could return to the 1:55 form he showed in his first few P.E.I. starts. Beckenbauer (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, fresh off a 1:55.4 romp Governor's Plate night at the Summerside Raceway. Other entries include IDK (Vincent Poulton), Windemere Express (Mike McGuigan), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson) and Rymar Sporty (Gary Chappell). Frill Seeker is the one to beat in the seven-horse Open Trot class, which lines up in race 5 for a $1,850 purse. Trainer Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike behind Frill Seeker from post 2 for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding was an impressive winner in his Island debut with a 10-length victory in 1:59.2 last Friday in Summerside. He will battle with the veterans of the top trot, Abundaspin and Zip The Lip, who have virtually dominated the class the past two years. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 5 while Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) will leave from post 6. The field also includes Song Dream (Vaughan Doyle), Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Lyrical Lindy (Walter Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 8 for a $1,400 purse with Rymar Romeo favoured for trainer-driver and co-owner Steven Murphy and fellow Island co-owner Ambrose Gillis and Nova Scotian Shawn MacLennan. Other top entries in that race include Astronomical Union (Arsenault), Umiztagoodthing (Todd Walsh) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
ELORA, ON Â- Kelly Waterhouse triumphed in Grand River Raceway's first annual Media Race, staged on June 6 - the track's first Fun & Frivolity Friday Night of the 2014 live racing season. Waterhouse and three fellow local media personalities were paired with professional drivers and took to the track for the half-mile exhibition race in custom-made two-person jog carts. "It was amazing - just incredible!" Waterhouse buzzed in the winner's circle. "Everyone should have the chance to do this!" The News Director at 92.9FM The Grand in Elora, Waterhouse said she's long dreamed of driving a racehorse. Her win came aboard Echos Black Dress, with the assistance of driver Bobby McClure. Wellington Advertiser reporter Meagan Leonard finished second with Callie Magoo and driver Robert Shepherd. Randy Steinman, Sports Director at CTV Kitchener, picked up third with Killean Sweep and reinsman Bruce Richardson. Simon McGhee from 107.5 DAVE FM rounded out the field of media celebs with Hollywood Ham and Paul Mackenzie. Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer
Jody Jamieson won a wide-open Ontario Regional Driving Championship in a heated battle right down to the finish line on Friday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Jamieson and Ontario Regional runner-up Billy Davis Jr. will advance to the 2014 National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Jamieson secured the victory in the final leg of the eight-race Ontario Regional, earning his third challenge win to give him a total of 67 points. Davis Jr. held on for second, finishing with 60 points. Rounding out the leaderboard were Doug McNair (56 points), Trevor Henry (47), Scott Coulter (43), J.R. Plante (36), James MacDonald (32), and Paul MacKenzie (29). To read the rest of the story click here.
London, May 6, 2014 -- Horse people are advised that the draw for Friday's program at The Raceway at Western Fair District is being held over until tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. The Raceway will be hosting the Ontario Regional Driving Championship on Friday night, with first post at 7:05 p.m. "We need a few more horses to round out the fields." said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "It's important for the fairness of the competition that we have full, competitive fields and we want to put out the best betting product we can on a night where there is going to be so much on the line." Eight of the provinces best drivers will be competing for two spots in the National Driving Championship later this summer in Charlottetown. Local reinsman Alfie Carroll was forced to pull out of the competition due to a concussion suffered in a racing accident at Flamboro Downs on Saturday. Paul Mackenzie accepted the offer to take his spot in the competition. The eight drivers will be on hand in the track lobby to meet fans and sign autographs Friday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Fans can take part in The Raceway's Facebook contest, which is now underway and there will be a contest Friday night for on-track patrons with the winner receiving a $100 gift card from Rona. by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway
Nothingbutmach toted a two-race winning streak into Monday’s featured $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and the former claimer dug in late to extend the winning streak to three in a row for trainer Corey Johnson. With Paul MacKenzie at the controls, Nothingbutmach got away in the two-hole after starting from the second tier and he maintained the pocket spot through first-half fractions of :28.3 and :58.2. He engaged pacesetter Smokin Bear in battle at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3 before using a :28.4 closing panel to win by a head over the hard-driving Stompin Tom Creek in 1:56.3. Lawmen Reign completed the Triactor ticket in the eight-horse affair. Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ontario, who claimed the horse for $8,000 on January 10, has watched the eight-year-old son of Mach Three-Nothing Special assemble a 4-1-0 record from his first six starts since the acquisition. The 12-time winner has stashed away close to $125,000. The card also included a trio of $7,000 Preferred 2 events, with two for pacers and one for trotters. To read the rest of the story click here.
On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL Trotters Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY People Awards O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON