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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - This year has been full of unexpected twists and turns but Island harness racing has been twisting out more of the same as Marc Campbell, the dominant driver of the previous decade, just keeps on winning as he did Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Winsloe reinsman scooped up half the races on Thursday's 10-dash card including delivering as the favourite in the featured Fillies and Mares Open pace aboard Arc Light from his own stable. The stakes graduating daughter of Camystic sat last in the $2,900 event while Much Adoo (Driven by Brodie MacPhee) set the tempo of 28.2 and 59.1. Berazzled (Mike McGuigan) then committed first-over with Arc Light taking the cover through the three-quarters of 1:28.1 before surging past in the stretch drive to complete the mile in 1:56.2. Berazzled was second with Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) third. Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S., holds the ownership papers of Arc Light. Campbell opened the card up with Ezra Express from his own stable in 1:59.1 then took a trio of catch driving scores with What A Babe in 2:00.2 for trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown, Scoot Out Of Here for trainer Vaughan Doyle in 2:00.1 and with Dueling Banjos in 2:01.4 for Jay Noye of Cornwall. Theskysthelimit broke her maiden on the program in 2:00.3 from the Eddy Doucette stable and brought driver Corey MacPherson closer to a career milestone with win 991 of the 31-year-old Cornwall resident's career. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. Wager tonight was $48,767 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The post draw was not in his favour but Friday night Silver Beast will take to the track in his east coast harness racing debut at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 10-dash Friday program with wagering available on the special drive-in trackside patio venue from 12-4 P.M. for live and simulcast racing. The monster in the $2,000 evening finale is Silver Beast, who ships into the Brittany Watts Stable for new owner Island Silver Stables of Kelvin Grove. David Dowling will drive the talented four-year-old son of Betterthancheddar who had been racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ont., pacing miles in 1:53-1:54 for former trainer Corey Giles. He must overcome a post 7 assignment in his Island debut as he looks to add to his five lifetime victories. Messier Seelster (to be driven by Marc Campbell) and Howmac Magic (Corey MacPherson) will figure to be his toughest rivals in the field of eight. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the Friday finale as Silver Beast's race to lose. "Silver Beast didn't get any favours at the draw for his local debut but judging by his lines, it might not matter," MacIsaac said. "He is clearly the one to beat." Race 9 is the feature event of the program with Creepin installed as the morning line choice in the $2,850 Preferred 2 pace also from the Brittany Watts stable. Dowling will also steer Creepin for Watts and owners James and Alex Quinn and Carl Peterson. The Mach Three six-year-old is fresh off a third place finish in the top preferred class in his seasonal debut. Other top entries are Rockin Indy (Brodie MacPhee) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes). The top trotters on the Eastern Seaboard will also tussle in three classes on the Friday card. Race 2 has a field of trotting mares vying for a $2,400 purse with Open class stalwart Hop Up (MacPherson) as the classifier's choice from post 3. The horses and geldings trot in race 4 also carries a $2,400 purse with the race setting up to be a battle between the outside trio of Star Photo (Hughes), Freddie (Campbell) and newcomer Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIbet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Marc Campbell harness racing stable will pack a one-two punch in the Thursday evening featured event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the Thursday card with the $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open the top class of the night in race 9. Starting with the Thursday card race fans will be able to place their wagers in the new drive-in betting venue at Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. on the trackside patio. That venue will also be offered from the same times on Friday and Saturday with patrons able to purchase tickets on live or simulcast racing at that time. In the Fillies and Mares Open, Dreamfair Zenfire was the boss in her East Coast debut last week for trainer-driver Marc Campbell but the Winsloe reinsman will elect to drive stablemate Arc Light from post 6 on Thursday after her impressive six-length victory in last week's back-up class. Open class winner Dreamfair Zenfire will have the driving talents of Walter Cheverie in the bike with post 4 for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The Sunfire Blue Chip pacer pocket rode behind pacesetter Berazzled last week and won in the stretch drive. Berazzled will have Mike McGuigan back in the bike from the Jonah Moase stable from post 5. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look for a similar result from Dreamfair Zenfire on Thursday as he pegs her on top."Dreamfair Zenfire had an impressive local debut and kept her perfect record for the 2020 season intact at 3 for 3," MacIsaac said. "She loses Marc but there's nothing wrong with Walter as a replacement and until she goes down to defeat, she's the one to knock off." Other entries in the top event are Private Di (To be driven by Kenny Arsenault), Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) and Much Adoo (Brodie MacPhee). The evening finale features the back-up class of pacing mares vying for a $2,400 purse. Woodmere Chella (Dowling) finished a close third to Dreamfair Zenfire and Berazzled last week and drops down in class this week for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate will look for the first win of her five-year-old campaign. Top contenders in the class include Killean Finale (Ken Murphy) and Rocknrols Image (Jason Hughes). Catch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIbet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Despite being interfered with and moving three-wide at the halfway point of the mile Screen Test was more than the Saturday night harness racing feature field could handle at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In the $3,000 preferred pace on the Saturday card, Screen Test and driver Corey MacPherson settled away seventh at the commencement of the mile while heavily favoured Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) left from post 8 and cleared the lead past the quarter pole. Screen Test began his advance past the opening split of 29.2, and then was interfered with as he moved three-wide before the comfortable 59.2 half. Screen Test used that three high outside lane to his advantage as he circled the field at the 1:28.2 three-quarters then opened up on his foes to win by over six-lengths in 1:56.2. Rose Run Quest settled for second while Creepin (David Dowling) finished third. Ron Gass trains Screen Test for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Mick Dundee and owner-trainer-driver Don MacNeill used first-over tactics to win the $2,500 back-up pace as the gelding wore down pacesetter Best To Hurst (Dowling) before surging forward in the lane to win in 1:57.2. Newcomer Kingofbrokenhearts (MacPherson) finished second while Jetster (Campbell) was third. Live racing continues next week at the historic capital oval with programs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday night harness racing returns to P.E.I. and last year's Governor's Plate champion will try to overcome the outside post in the top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the $3,000 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9 of the program. Top flight free-for-all pacer Rose Run Quest will have one of the toughest assignments of the night but will be the favoured entry in the feature. Marc Campbell is back behind his trainee from post 8 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown and the Governor's Plate champion pacer will look to add to his 44 lifetime wins. Screen Test, a contender in last year's Invitational ranks, is second choice from post 5 with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Ron Gass. Third choice goes to Creepin (To be driven by David Dowling) from post 7. Race analyst Les MacIsaac leans heavily towards Rose Run Quest as his top choice. "You would think the outside draw would hurt his chances significantly but he was out here most of last fall and it didn't prevent him from putting up some big numbers," MacIsaac said. "Will tonight be any different? We don't think so." Also in the preferred field are Silverhill Buddy (Adam Merner), Rockin Indy (Brodie MacPhee), Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Mittcent Van Gogh (Dale Spence). The back-up pace lines up in race 8 with $2,500 at stake. Best To Hurst is top choice from the favourable post 2 after an impressive 1:57.4 qualifying performance. The Jonah Moase trainee will have Dowling in the bike Saturday as qualifying pilot Campbell must drive post 8 entry Jetster from his own stable. Top entries in that joust include Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill). The Red Shores broadcast team will be back with Race Day airing at 5:30 P.M. AST with customers able to watch and wager on the product through a free membership Horse Player Interactive at Hpibet.com. Red Shores feature races will also be available on Proline all summer long. For race programs, HPIBET.Com and Race Day broadcast go to redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - While the 'King' of Island harness racing swept the final three dashes of the card, a record June wager was set on the Thursday evening season opener at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval was the first track in Canada to hold harness racing since March and the historic oval handled $102,308 on the 10-dash card in online betting as no spectators were allowed on site. Trainer-driver Marc Campbell gave Dreamfair Zenfire a perfect two-hole trip in her Island debut in the featured $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. Time of the mile was 1:56. Race favourite Berazzled (Driven by Mike McGuigan) set the early tempo with splits of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.3 with Dreamfair Zenfire sitting on her back. The eventual winner angled out for the stretch drive to win by half-a-length over Berazzled with Woodmere Chella (David Dowling) rounding out the triactor. Howmac Blaze was an earlier winner for Campbell in 1:59.4 in a front-end score for trainer Michelle Myers of Cardigan. The final part of the Campbell hat-trick was from his own stable in the $2,400 back-up pace as Arc Light got away in the back of the pack and made a power move to the front heading to the half-mile marker. The Maritime stakes graduate unleashed a final half in 57 seconds to win by six-lengths in 1:58.2 over Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) and Killean Finale (Ken Murphy). Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 10-dash program. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Live racing returns to Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday evening as the Island track will be the first oval in the nation to host live harness racing since March. The Red Shores broadcast team will be back with Race Day airing at 5:30pm AST. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the $2,900 featured fillies and mares open pace lining up in race 9 for a much-anticipated match-up between newcomers. A field of top class mares will tussle in that featured event including Berazzled (To be driven by Mike McGuigan) who moves into the Jonah Moase stable of Warren Grove after a private purchase by his father Neal Moase over the winter months. The mare had been racing at Yonkers Raceway in New York and will leave from post 2 as the morning line favourite Thursday night fresh off an 11-length romp in 1:56.1 in her qualifier. Dreamfair Zenfire also turned in an impressive qualifier in her first charted line on the East Coast as trainer Marc Campbell steered her to a 1:57.3 going away victory Saturday at Red Shores over a muddy track with a two-second variant. Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris owns the four-year-old daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip who comes into the race riding a two-race win streak from the Ontario racing circuit. She will leave from post 6 on Thursday. Much Adoo has the respect of third choice on the morning line but will be saddled with post 7 for trainer Ron Matheson and owner Rollwithitharry Racing of Marshfield. Brodie MacPhee will be in the bike behind the Dover Downs ship-in. The Thursday card will mark the return to the driving ranks for the 34-year-old MacPhee, a former top driver on P.E.I., who has not driven in a pari-mutuel race since August of 2014. Other entries in the race 9 fillies and mares open are Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson), newcomer Southwind Ion (Jason Hughes), Woodmere Chella (David Dowling) and Private Di (Kenny Arsenault). The fillies and mares back-up class is in the race Race 10 finale carrying a $2,400 purse with Miss Kabana making her Island debut from post 3 with Vincent Poulton in the bike for co-owner and trainer Gary Poulton and fellow Charlottetown owners Gail MacDonald and Trevor Warren. The Marc Three miss has been racing the claiming ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. Other top entries are Arc Light (Campbell) from post 6 and Tell Me Why (Corey MacPherson) from post 5. The lone trot of the evening hits the track in race 5 with Osprey Delta favoured with rail control in the $1,750 class for owner-trainer-driver Paul Larrabee of Belle River. The Tad The Stud five-year-old last raced at Plainridge Park in Massachusetts for trainer Mike Stevenson. Customers on PEI will be able to watch and wager on the product through Horse Player Interactive (HPI). It is free to join at hpibet.com. Other customers and fans around the globe will have access through betting platforms on the season opener. Red Shores feature races will be available on Proline all summer long. For race programs, HPIBET.Com and Race Day broadcast go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Harness racing is getting back underway in more jurisdictions every week after a complete shutdown two months ago at tracks across North America due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic. New Brunswick has announced its first card of the season will be June 6 at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, while Nova Scotia indicated this week that racing will return to its three tracks in June with final details being ironed out. In the U.S., Illinois received the green light to go, and New Jersey will hold qualifiers this week while awaiting confirmation on when live racing may resume. While live racing is back, there is not a single jurisdiction allowing fans back at the track for at least the time being. The first qualifiers of the season were held Saturday afternoon at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with more than 60 horses entered in nine dashes in front of an empty grandstand. Race fans caught the action live at Redshores.ca from the comfort of their own homes. More qualifiers were scheduled for Thursday evening at the capital oval followed by afternoon cards Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. leading up to the first card of live racing on Thursday, June 4. Mixed into the qualifying crowd are some new names to East Coast racing. Vegas Rich (24 wins, $121,499 earned, mark of 1:53.1 at Kawartha Downs) qualified Saturday for trainer Jansen Sweet and owner Frank Sweet of Knutsford. The Million Dollar Cam nine-year-old had been racing the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. Much Adoo (26 wins, $401,347, 1:49.4 at Mohawk) is now part of the Ron Matheson stable and is owned by Bruce Wood’s Rollwithitharry Racing of Marshfield. The Classic Card Shark eight-year-old pacing mare was claimed for $7,500 from Dover Downs in Delaware. Miss Kabana (nine wins, $59,181, 1:54 at Mohawk) is now owned by Gary Poulton, Gail MacDonald and Trevor Warren of Charlottetown. A five-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Miss Kabana has been racing the $15,000 claimer at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario, pacing in 1:55.4 in her latest start in March. There have also been some additions to the top pacing ranks on the East Coast with more sure to come. Lisburn, a finalist in 2019 in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, is back on the East Coast in the Kenny Arsenault stable for owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The five-year-old pacer was a force in the preferred ranks in the fall before moving back to Ontario for the winter meet at Mohawk. Avatar J, a third-place finisher in last year’s James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation, has been placed in the Danny MacDonald stable of Charlottetown by owners Jody Sanderson of Cornwall and Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. The six-year-old American Ideal pacer was racing the Ontario circuit for trainer Ron MacDonald and was a winner in 1:52.2 in March at Mohawk. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer  

Summerside, PE - The City of Summerside has announced the Summerside Lobster Carnival has been cancelled. While this announcement unfortunately affects the carnival, this does not impact the harness racing events scheduled from July 5th to July 11th including the Governor's Plate at Red Shores Summerside. Red Shores, along with harness racing industry officials, continue to meet on the status of the 2020 harness racing calendar and will provide further updates.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park, in cooperation with the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, has jointly scheduled the closure of the racetrack to allow for the required grading and preparation for the upcoming race season in Charlottetown. The racetrack will be reconditioned to the original specifications and requirements. This will necessitate the closure of the racetrack beginning on Tuesday May 12th at 7am until Friday May 15th at 5pm. Dependent upon the status of the project as the track is being reconditioned, there may be limited availability of the track and/or the infield prior to 7am daily and after 5pm daily for use by on track tenants only. Red Shores will update all horse people daily on the status of this availability. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The horses will be off and harness racing on Thursday, June 4, at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The capital oval could be the only harness racing track in North America operating at that point due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At least at the outset, there will be no fans in the grandstand or around the track while racing participants will have to adhere to a number of health protocols while racing. Those details are currently being worked out. Island owners and trainers have collected some new stock for the coming meet, including a possible challenger for top dog on the East Coast. Silver Beast has moved into the Loyalist Road stable of trainer Brittany Watts, and the four-year-old son of Betterthancheddar shows some serious speed to take on P.E.I.’s best. A 10-person conglomerate of Island owners purchased Silver Beast, a winner of five races from just 22 lifetime starts. The pacer has a lifetime best of 1:52.4 over Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario and has shown he can leave the gate hard, including a 26.2-opening quarter from the far outside Post 10 at Woodbine. His lone start on a half-mile track was a front-end mission in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Grand River Raceway where he was narrowly beaten in 1:53.4. Brandon Hanover (12 wins, $110,892 earned, lifetime mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine) is a new addition for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. The Big Jim five-year-old has paced in 1:54.4 over Flamboro Downs’ half-mile oval already this year. The maiden three-year-old World Wonder is a new addition for trainer Michael Gallant of Charlottetown. The Betterthancheddar three-year-old shows pacing in 1:55 over Woodbine last season. Beyondthesilence N (20 wins, $221,139, 1:53.2 at Yonkers Raceway) has been acquired by Chris Davies of York and Kent Livingston of Cornwall. The 11-year-old veteran son of Courage Under Fire was racing the $10,000-claiming ranks in New York. Time To Dance (nine wins, $58,563, 1:53.2 at Woodbine) was claimed during the winter by Brent Campbell of Charlottetown. The A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old has paced in 1:55.2 over Flamboro this year. The open pacing mares ranks look to be getting deeper this year, too. Berazzled (17 wins, $466,246, 1:50.2 at Philadelphia) has been picked up by Neal Moase of Warren Grove. The six-year-old Charley Barley mare was a winner in 1:57.3 over an off-track at Saratoga Raceway’s half-mile oval in New York this year. Dreamfire Zenfire (eight wins, $79,981, 1:53 at Woodbine) was been purchased by Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris and placed in the Marc Campbell stable. A winner in her last two outings, the Sunfire Blue Chip mare has only missed the top-two once in her last seven starts. Falls Creek (22 wins, $115,316, 1:54.1 at Georgian Downs) is now under the care of Bo Ford in Charlottetown. The Badlands Hanover five-year-old was a winner in 1:58.4 in the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa in her latest. Southwind Ion (20 wins, $199,444, 1:51.3 Woodbine) is now owned by Jennifer Doyle and Danny Birt of Earnescliffe. The duo purchased the Sportswriter five-year-old from the Carmen Auciello Stable of Ontario, where she was racing the conditioned ranks at Woodbine. On the trot side, Glider Man (13 wins, $94,530, 1:56.4 at Woodbine) was also purchased by Doyle and Birt with his latest start a winning one in 1:58.2 at Flamboro for trainer Randy Van Meer. Supreme Monarch (eight wins, $120,477, 1:58.4 at Flamboro) is now owned by Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The nine-year-old trotting daughter of Federal Flex was timed in 1:59.3 in her latest start at Flamboro. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.I.) - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has released upcoming qualifying sessions. The dates include Saturday May 23rd Post Time 12:30pm, Thursday May 28th Post Time 6:00pm, Saturday May 30th Post Time 12:30pm, Sunday May 31st Post Time 12:30pm. For more information contact the race office at 902.629.6634. No fans or spectators will be allowed on the Red Shores property however the qualifiers will be carried live at redshores.ca Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing, will be made available soon. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.I.) - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will resume hosting live harness racing, but without on track customers, on Thursday June 4. The safety and well-being of Islanders is our top priority. In consultation with the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, public health officials and other stakeholders, Red Shores has developed a detailed plan to support the return of live standardbred horse racing on Prince Edward Island. This plan incorporates government and public health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No fans or spectators will be allowed on the Red Shores property during live racing events until further notice. Fans from across North America will be able to watch and wager from the safety of their homes through the Red Shores Race Day broadcast and online betting platforms such as HPIBet.com. Post time on June 4 will be 6 p.m. Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing, will be made available at redshores.ca Qualifying dates will be released soon. For further information contact: David MacKenzie Blaine MacPherson General Manager Chairman Red Shores PEI Harness Racing Industry Association  

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Following the direction of the chief public health officer, the live harness racing season has been tentatively pushed back to June 4 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The racing season was scheduled to begin on May 2 but concerns due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) have led racing officials to cancel all May dates at both Island tracks. A further announcement will be made on May 1 for live racing at the CDP and Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway when hopefully the picture will be clearer as to whether a June start is realistic. The Ruby Chappell and Bob Dewar stake events scheduled for Summerside on May 31 will be rescheduled to a date later this season. The change in the schedule cuts out 11 live race programs on the Island, with three of those scheduled for Summerside. The situation is fluid with more adjustments to the schedule a real possibility. If the June 4 start date stands, with no additional dates, it will leave 27 race cards for the 2020 season in Summerside and 64 cards at the CDP in the calendar year. They would be spread over 59 dates, with five of those to be doubleheader programs. Those 64 cards in Charlottetown includes up to Dec. 31 with January 2021 dates to be added on top of those totals. There is currently no harness racing across the continent, but a small number of thoroughbred tracks continue to operate. Training continues at both Island tracks with the stabling area in Charlottetown undergoing a number of security measures to allow only essential personnel, namely trainers and grooms, to care for the horses during certain time slots. This has allowed the more than 250 horses at the city track to continue being cared for while limiting the number of individuals in the barn area at any given time. There is no question the leadership from the team at Red Shores has been tremendous during these unprecedented times. Stay tuned for updates, but fingers are crossed for a return to some level of normalcy with a June start. U.S. scene Rene Allard, a three-time Gold Cup and Saucer-winning trainer, has recently been indicted as part of an investigation into horse doping in the United States that has seen charges laid against 29 individuals in the thoroughbred and standardbred industry. Allard, who also owns a home on P.E.I. after becoming an Old Home Week regular the past decade, was reportedly arrested while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was charged with mislabelling medication by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

Larry Resnitzky and Nicole MacLeod MacPherson of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, have established the website worldharnessracing.com to help draw attention to the many positives of the great harness racing industry worldwide. We’ve now completed a test run of 52 podcasts and are ready to embark on a new phase, with more participation worldwide. On April 7, 2020 we will release a special radio talk show with the legendary Joe O’Brien on worldharnessracing.com. The show aired in 1983, one year before Joe’s passing. It will be available with an interactive component that will see one person chosen at random on May 4 to receive a new copy of the now out-of-print book  THE HORSEMAN FROM ALBERTON The Story of Harness Racing Driver Joe O’Brien by Marie Hill. Contact:  larry@retromedia.ca

Hopefully, by early June the harness racing scene will be back in action. Red Shores has allotted time slots for trainers to get their work done while adhering to social distancing and other strict health measures.  The breeding season is now upon us and broodmare owners are carefully selecting stallions for their mares.  I talked to Ian Moore when he was here a few weeks ago and he told me he has two Arthur Blue Chips in training and they are impressive. One is a colt and the other a filly. Arthur Blue Chip is standing his first season at Bruce Wood’s Woodmere Farms and the Shadow Play stallion is a gorgeous looking individual.  Woodmere also stands Rollwithitharry, whose first crop in 2019 produced the Atlantic Breeders crown two-year-old winner, and another great looker in Stonebridge Terror, a high-percentage sire who has to his credit the top two-year-old Half Cut. The Bettors Delight horse Malicious led Canada and North America three-year-olds in four categories, including percentage of three-year-olds to the races and percentage of three-year-olds with sub 2:00 records. He’s standing at Windemere Farms along with Articulator, sire of such standouts as Atlantic sire champions Ramblinglily and Woodmere Oleksiak. Jamie MacKinley’s J J Farms in Cornwall has a couple of interesting studs in Hilarious Halo p, 1:48:3 ($475,000), the fastest stallion in the region and whose first crop will race this summer, plus Tobago Cays (Rocknroll Hanover, $800,000) who had two stakes winners from a small test crop of three last summer in Delaware. Tobago is out of the great Bunny Lake, which is interesting indeed. Next week, I’ll look at HowMac Farms star Source of Pride, Robin Burke’s highly regarded Shanghai Phil and the Ron Gass Farm in Cornwall plus other stallions. In closing, here’s a funny story. I asked taximan George Larter how his three-year-old The Fox was training under the care of Brendon Curran. “The colt looks good, but they’re trying to convert me into a Tory,” laughed George.  Good luck with that one!  By Fred MacDonald Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer  

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