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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Dale Spence will search for his first championship victory and Im A Miracle could deliver it in the Maritime Breeder's harness racing final Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday program kicks off at 6 P.M. with the Ken Starratt Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing fillies hitting the track in race 8 for a $22,375 purse. Im A Miracle delivered a neck decision in 1:59.2 in her elimination and now draws post 3 with Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter and owner Gary Cave of Halifax, N.S. Baxter has three entries in the eight-horse field as Therealdeal has drawn the rail with Walter Cheverie in the bike and other elimination winner Elm Grove Nellie has post 6 with Ryan Ellis in the sulky. Notorious rides a two-race win streak into the race 10 Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing colts. The Marc Campbell trained and driven son of Malicious captured his elimination last Saturday in 1:58.2 for owners Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S., and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. A Grand Terror drew post 3 after winning his elimination and Corey MacPherson will pick up the catch drive after trainer Gilles Barrieau elected to drive stablemate Red Dirt Boomer from post 8. Bugsy Maguire makes his Island debut in the race 11 Preferred pace carrying a $3,100 purse. Now owned by Walter Simmons of Summerside and trained by Wade Sorrie, Bugsy Maguire was racing the $40,000 claiming ranks at Yonkers Raceway for trainer Matias Ruiz. Barrieau will drive the 19 time winner from post 3. Race 4 will see At The Helm in his East Coast unveiling as the Melissa Rennie trainee has drawn post 3 with Adam Merner in the bike for owners Wade and Kyla MacDonald, Brad MacPherson and Kent Livingston. Race 9 will be the weekly Drive For Home Series race presented by Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Zero Rate is listed as the morning line choice from post 5 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Michael Gallant. Clare MacDonald, Canada's most successful female driver, will be special guest on the Inside Track Saturday with host Kurt Hughes. The segment airs at 5:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Top Mares Invade Summerside The rail and an impeccable record is what Sodwana Bay will bring to the table Sunday afternoon in the first leg of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The six-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended will go off as the one to beat from post 1 in race 7 on the Sunday afternoon program for a $3,920 purse. The afternoon card kicks off at 1 P.M. with 12-dashes on tap. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives Sodwana Bay for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. The mare has had two wins and two seconds from four starts this season and will have seven contenders as the looks to add to those totals. Ramblinglily is second choice from post 4 with Ken Murphy above the wheels and Prettyndangerous is pegged for third with David Dowling at the lines. Woodmere Finesse made her return to P.E.I. a winning one last week and will have the respect of the morning line odds from post 2 in the other $3,920 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares leg. Dale Spence is in the bike for trainer Jeff Lilley and owner Ed Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S., fresh off a 1:56.3 victory. Other top entries include Collective Wisdom (Driven by Barrieau) and Jordies Hope (Dowling). Rookie driver Kyle Mason will make his pari-mutuel debut on the Sunday program driving for the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Mason will steer Ultimate Flyingnun from post 4 in race 10 and Ultimatelyhandsome from post 7 in the race 12-finale. Ramset is a new addition to Island racing and will leave from post 6 in race 4 for a $1,900 purse. Jason Hughes is listed to drive the 1:57.1 winner for trainer Elton Millar and new owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. Medici Hanover will make her Island debut in race 3 with rail control for trainer Donald Milligan and owners Kent and Andrew Williams and Lyndon Hardy. Hughes will drive the three-year-old daughter of Sportswriter who has been racing the Woodbine circuit in Ontario. Ken Murphy will be special guest on the Inside Track Sunday with host Rocky Schurman. The segment airs at 12:35 pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The competition will be brisk but ER Quinn will look to return to his Thursday night throne in the feature harness racing event this week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Thursday evening program has 11-dashes on tap with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. ER Quinn will be saddled with post 6 in the race 10-featured event carrying a $2,400 purse. Gilles Barrieau is back in the race bike for trainer Jeff Holmes and owners Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell after failing to earn a cheque in his latest, the first time that has happened since the pacer relocated East. Hes Marvalous was sharp in his latest outing with a third place finish after a three-week absence from racing for driver Myles Heffernan Sr. He gets post 5 on Thursday evening while rail control belongs to Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) fresh off a second place finish in last Thursday's feature. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks ER Quinn can turn his luck around this week. "ER Quinn got as close as third last week before packing it in and you know the eight hole was a contributing factor," MacIsaac said. "Since the improved post could provide a much better beginning tonight we could see a return to his Thursday night dominance." Also in the field is Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault), Harbourlite Jerry (Steven Shepherd) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). Star Photo will attempt to remain perfect on red soil in the race 6 Open Trot for a $2,400 purse. Jason Hughes will drive the Kevin Gilles trainee from post 7 after winning his first East Coast appearance in 2:03.1 over an off track last week for new owners Robi Hughes, Eric and Blair MacLauchlan and James Perrot. Buckaroo returns to Island racing and will leave from post 1 with Marc Campbell in the bike while fellow Campbell stablemate Freddie leaves from post 7 with Walter Cheverie picking up the catch drive. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control early and never relinquished it on his way to victory in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. David Dowling sent his trainee to the front in the $2,900 preferred pace and laid down splits of 28.1, 57.1 and 1:25.4 with being heeded by a challenger. The time of the mile was closed out in 1:54.2 with Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) was second and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) completed the triactor. Euchred is owned by Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Driver Gilles Barrieau scored four wins on the evening card including a win with A Grand Terror in one of two Maritime Breeder's eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts. The son of Camystic stopped the clock in 1:58.2 in his $3,000 elimination for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of Saint John, N.B. Whipple Effect was second in that elimination while Dusty Lane Cortez and Lets Get Pickled also made next Saturday's finals. Barrieau's other wins were with Brads Buddy in 1:57.2, Santanna Sass in 1:56.3 and with Sodwana Bay in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open with a clocking of 1:56.4. Notorious won the other $3,000 Maritime Breeder's three-year-old pacing colt elimination in 1:58.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Nova Scotia owner Shirley Symes of Springhill. Mrs Browns Boy got up for second with R Es Daz third and Red Dirt Boomer fourth to make the final. Trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S., swept the three-year-old pacing filly Maritime Breeder's eliminations as Im A Miracle prevailed by a neck in 1:59.2 for driver Dale Spence and owner Gary Cave of Halifax, N.S. Arc Light was a hard closing second with Therealdeal third and Woodmere Tango fourth. Elm Grove Nellie completed the Baxter double in the other $3,000 elimination with Walter Cheverie supplying the winning drive in 1:59.2 for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Cheeky Cherry hung on for second with the final spots going to Howmac Sabrina and Woodmere Oleksiak. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a power move up the backside in his seasonal debut, Rose Run Quest is pegged for top status in the Saturday evening's harness racing preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Saturday evening has 11-dashes on tap with a 6 P.M. start time. Last year's Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Rose Run Quest will leave from post 5 in the race 10 featured pace with a $2,900 purse at stake. After capturing last week's preferred event in his first start of 2019, Rose Run Quest will have five able rivals in his bid to return to the winner's circle. Euchred sports two wins and second from just three starts this season but is shouldered with post 6 for trainer-driver David Dowling. Doctor Royal was the one to beat in this class the first two weeks of the season but took a week off after finishing fifth on May 18. Gilles Barrieau will drive Doctor Royal for Truro, N.S., trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott. Back-class is what race analyst Les MacIsaac will pin his selection on as he takes Rose Run Quest to win. "Rose Run Quest hit another gear up the backstretch last week and never looked back in winning his seasonal debut," MacIsaac said. "You got to think he would only get better which is scary for his rivals. He's the one to knock off." Rounding out the field is Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), Revenant (Adam Merner) and IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan). The freshly minted rivalry resumes Saturday evening in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 8 which will be part of the Drive For Home Series presented by Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Sodwana Bay was dominant in 2018 in the Open Mare's ranks but Innocent Kiss unloaded a devastating final quarter last week to find the top prize. Innocent Kiss (Merner) will have rail control for trainer Melissa Rennie while Sodwana Bay has post 4 for trainer-driver Barrieau. Also in the field is former Open Mare champion Ramblinglily who ships in from New Brunswick after winning his seasonal debut in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Marc Campbell picks up the catch drive behind the Allan Jones trained winner of $190,000 lifetime. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Fastest Sophomore Takes On Red Shores Summerside Top Class SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carlisimo cemented his status as the quickest three-year-old pacer on the Eastern Seaboard last week and now faces off with the top pacers in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 10-dash program kicks off at 1 P.M. with Carlisimo teaming up with Marc Campbell in the race 9 top event carrying a $2,700 purse. The Kevin MacLean trained Carlisimo rides a two-race win streak into the event and draws post 3 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The son of Shadow Play captured his Bob Dewar memorial division in 1:56.2 last Sunday with Campbell aboard but now advances to some iron tough aged company. Free-For-All pacer Adkins Hanover is part of that company as he will leave from post 4 with Ambyr Campbell at the helm for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. With three on the board finishes in his last three tries, Adkins Hanover shows the quickest time on his program with a 1:55.3 mile in his latest. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will give the nod to Carlisimo to knock off his aged competitors. "Carlisimo has won three of four since the change of address and has already faced aged horses so exiting the stakes scene shouldn't pose a problem," MacIsaac said. "Looks like the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the compact field of five is Heza Workof Art (Driven by Mike McGuigan), Mando Fun (Dale Spence) and Soccer Hanover (Corey MacPherson). The back-up class goes to the gate in the race 10 finale with eight entrants vying for a $2,200 purse. Veteran pacer Eagle Jolt will have to overcome post 8 to find the winner's circle for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford. Twice As Bright has been undefeated so far this season with three straight 2019 wins and gets a better spot in post 3 with David Dowling aboard for trainer Elton Millar. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - ER Quinn is being pegged as the one to beat in the featured event as Thursday night harness racing begins at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,600 top event goes behind the gate in race 9 with the first dash going to post at 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash program. E R Quinn will leave from post 3 in the group with Gilles Barrieau back at the helm for trainer Jeff Holmes and Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The seven-year-old son of Total Truth will be making just his third start on red soil after relocating from the Ontario circuit. His first outing was a front-end romp, but was unsuccessful while trying the same tactics in his latest start, finishing fourth. Forever Paradise has been out of commission for over 16 months but will make his first start back with rail control in the event for driver John MacKenzie and trainer Kevin MacLean. Dream On Dream On makes his East Coast debut in race 4 for trainer-driver David Dowling and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A winner of 17 races and $108,000 in purses, Dream On Dream On was racing the claiming ranks in Ontario before being claimed for $8,500 by Walker. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is banking on E R Quinn makes a return to his winning ways. "E R Quinn dominated from start to finish in his local debut but he wasn't quite as impressive last week when he faded late," MacIsaac said. "He'll likely be on the lead again and with some rated fractions he's eligible to rebound." Also in the top class field is Tempo Seelster (Driven by Ken Murphy), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Winter Blast (Corey MacPherson), and IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan). The first trot race of the season hits the track in race 5 on Thursday evening seeing the return of Freddie. The $2,200 Handicapped trot has Freddie leaving from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Also in the field is newcomer Scary Good (David Dowling) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'Doctor' was on call Saturday evening in the harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Doctor Royal was sent off as the heavy post time favourite in the race 12 top event for a $2,900 purse as the Mainland invader was on top at every call to win in 1:56.1. Gilles Barrieau left off the gate with the Dawn Ellis Abbott owned and trained pacer fresh off a 1:55 win in the top event at the horse's home oval of Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Hes Marvalous (Driven by Myless Heffernan) applied some early pressure to Doctor Royal in the Saturday evening preferred as he stretched him to the quarter in 27.4. Doctor Royal then made front and cruised at every station to win by six lengths in 1:56.1 over Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) and Hes Marvalous. Barrieau was in town for the opening program of the Summer racing season and won three dashes on the card in total including a pair for trainer Ellis Abbott. The pair also teamed up to win with Nomatterwhen in 2:00 in a $2,100 fillies and mares pace, while Barrieau's other victory was with newcomer Er Quinn in 1:57.2 for trainer Jeff Holmes and new owners Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. Soccer Hanover tied for the fastest trip of the night as he closed out the 13-dash program with a 1:56.1 victory for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Leith Waite of Summerside. Live racing continues next Saturday (May 11) with a 6 P.M. post time. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2019 Summer harness racing season is about to swing into full gear with opening day Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card kicks off at 6 P.M. featuring special promotions for Kentucky Derby Day. The first leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown has a 7:50 AST estimated post time with Red Shores Charlottetown holding a Derby hat contest with an official photo booth set up for Ladies and Gentlemen who arrive in the front entrance. Patrons will also receive a ticket on the live product, the Kentucky Derby and a ballot for a chance to win prizes. All photos will be uploaded to the Red Shores web site for a fan-voting contest later. Doctor Royal marches into town as the heavy favourite in the race 12 featured event carrying a $2,900 purse. The mainland pacer ships in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia for trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott after annihilating his foes by 15 open lengths in 1:55 in his East Coast debut at the Bible Hill half-miler. Gilles Barrieau will be back on the Island to drive Doctor Royal from post 6 in the field of eight horses. Hes Marvalous makes his Island debut from post 2 in the event with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The six-year-old son of Delmarvalous was racing in the $10,000 claiming class at Plainridge Raceway in Massachusetts. Midnight Matt is another newcomer in the Saturday evening preferred class with Adam Merner in the bike from post 7 for trainer Jennifer Doyle of Earnescliffe. A four-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty, Midnight Matt was claimed from the Ontario circuit in February for $18,750. With most of the field fresh off of qualifier in the 2:00 range, Doctor Royal's chart line of 1:55 is more than enough for race analyst Les MacIsaac to plug him into the top spot of his selections. "Doctor Royal made his Maritime debut at Truro last week and had it been a fight, it would have been stopped early," MacIsaac said. "That's quite a trip for this time of year and it sure makes this one look like a race for place." Also in the field is Confident Fella (Driven by Marc Campbell), Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill), Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault), Tobinator (Corey MacPherson) and Adkins Hanover (David Dowling). Red Shores is launching a new show called Inside Track on Saturdays. Race Day broadcast hosts will interview members of the harness racing community prior to first race post parade. Vance Cameron, who received an honor for Canada's best race call recently, will join Lee Drake on the segment scheduled to air at 5:35pm AST. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — The harness racing community has spoken and there is no doubt where the voice of P.E.I. harness racing ranks. Vance Cameron, who brings fans to the edge of their seats at both Red Shores Summerside and Charlottetown, was recently announced as the winner of Standardbred Canada’s Best Race Call. “Standardbred Canada had put 48 races together in a format styled after the March Madness basketball tournament,” explained Cameron, a Summerside native. Cameron had four calls entered in the competition and the final came down to two of his calls – the 2008 Gold Cup and Saucer in Charlottetown against the 2003 Gold Cup and Saucer. The 2008 race, won by Pownal Bay Matt and driver Earl Smith, was the winner and votes were casted from around the world. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” said Cameron. “Earl Smith, a very accomplished horseman, had never won the Gold Cup and Saucer and he was like 19 or 20 to 1 on the board.” Cameron has fond memories of the race. “What I do is when they are going to the gate in Charlottetown for the Cup and Saucer is I’ll say, ‘It’s time to get it onnnn!,’” said Cameron. “That gets the crowd up. “I got the ‘Boom, just like that’ call and on the final turn I said, ‘It’s the greatest Gold Cup and Saucer of all time.’ “That was because there were three tiers of three deep horses and all nine of them were only separated by three or four lengths with an eighth of a mile to go.” However, Cameron actually liked his call of Serious Damage’s win in the 2011 Governor’s Plate in Summerside better than the two finalists. “Obviously, the people thought the ’03 and ’08 were the ones,” added Cameron. “With the 2011 call, when Kenny Arsenault won with Serious Damage, I was able to get the ‘Brouhaha’ into that one, the ‘Boom, just like that’ and I have another call when a horse is way outside I go, ‘Way, way, way outside,’ and that was in it, too. “It was Kenny Arsenault winning the Plate for the first time. Both Earl Smith and Kenny Arsenault are accomplished horse people and great guys.” Click here for story on Prince County Horsemen's Club awards dinner: Surprise Cameron was caught off guard when a special presentation was made to him during the recent Prince County Horsemen’s Club awards dinner in Summerside. Cameron was the master of ceremonies for the well-attended event at Credit Union Place. “Vance, you are the best,” Summerside Mayor and harness racing supporter Basil Stewart commented. “I have a nephew who is from Charlottetown but lives in Halifax, and he comes over to Summerside for harness racing just to hear Vance call the races.” 42nd season Cameron is in his 42nd season of calling races. He called his very first race in Summerside on Oct. 28, 1977. “I have some old tapes from when I first went to Ontario in ’82, and there is a big difference,” said Cameron, who noted his style has changed over the years. Cameron, who has called races in every Canadian province except British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, has a number of signature calls, including one he picked up from Stompin’ Tom Connors. “I’ve been able to throw in that old Stompin’ Tom tune, ‘To it and at it and at it and to it’ and the people have really liked that one,” said Cameron. “I said to myself, ‘You know what, when a couple of horses are battling it out they are to it and at it and at it and to it.’” One more milestone The 59-year-old Cameron admits there is still one more milestone he would like to achieve. We still haven’t done that 1:49.4 thing,” he said. “Time is running out for me. “It’s not the end of the world, but it’s probably the only thing I haven’t done since I’ve gotten into a booth.” By Jason Simmonds Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

A veteran harness racing track announcer from Summerside, P.E.I., is the winner of Canada's Best Race Call. Vance Cameron's call of the 2008 Gold Cup and Saucer race beat out a total of 48 calls from across the country. Standardbred Canada posted different races online last month and fans voted daily. Pownal Bay Matt, a 19-1 long shot, won the 2008 race. Fans were on the edge of their seats from the moment the race began with a "It's shhhowtime" from Cameron. During the call, as three horses raced neck-and-neck down the backstretch, Cameron declared it the "the greatest Gold Cup and Saucer of all time!" ; In the finals, Cameron's call was competing with one of his other calls — the 2003 Gold Cup and Saucer. Cameron said it was humbling to receive the recognition. Why 20,000 people gather to watch the Gold Cup & Saucer race at midnight "There were some fantastic calls from other announcers throughout Canada," he said. "It is pretty overwhelming for the little guy from P.E.I. on the west end of Summerside." Back in action May 4 Cameron has been calling races for 42 years will be back in the booth for the start of the harness racing season on May 4 in Charlottetown. This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Gold Cup and Saucer, which will be held at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Aug. 17.   Pownal Bay Matt, driven by Earl Smith, won the 2008 Gold Cup and Saucer race in a time of 1:53.4. (CBC) Cameron said he tries to bring his best to every race that he calls. "I just love to go to work each night. I love harness racing. I love the people in it. I love the horses in it. The fans that come to watch it and it just gets me up each and every night that we have a race card." Reprinted with permission of CBC News

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2019 Winter harness racing season came to a close Saturday afternoon as Rollwithitharry won the final dash until racing resumes in May at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Drew Neill completed his rookie campaign in fine style teaming up with conditioner Jackie Matheson to win three dashes on the program including the final event with Rollwithitharry. Leaving from post 3 in the $1,800 dash, Rollwithitharry found the front and extended his lead to win in 1:59 over Pictonian Storm (Driven By Corey MacPherson) and Jds Double Dose (Dale Spence). The 11-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion is owned by Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, P.E.I. Neill's other victories came with Collective Wisdom in 2:00.2 and Howmacs Dragonator in 2:00.3. Driver David Dowling scored four trips to the winner's circle including the $2,400 featured event with Adkins Hanover, who circled the field to win in 1:57.1. Second went to Intended Royalty (Redmond Doucet) while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was third. Adkins Hanover is trained by Trevor Hicken for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec. Windemere Nancy overcame an early break to give Dowling's first win of the day in 2:01.1 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire, followed by a 2:03.2 score with Vintage Winner for trainer Wade Myers. Windemereimalright gave Dowling and Watts another win on the day with a 2:02.1 mile. Live racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday May 4, 2019. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores          

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Intended Royalty will be looking to even the score with one of Cape Breton's top drivers in the feature harness racing event Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash program kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with Intended Royalty drawing post 5 in the race 9 feature with Redmond Doucet in the bike for co-owner and trainer Randy Copley and co-owner Ed Copley of Inverness, N.S. Doucet is the regular pilot of Intended Royalty when he races in Nova Scotia and will make the trip to drive the horse during the final card of the winter racing season at the capital oval. The horse he will be looking to even-up with is post 6 starter Adkins Hanover, who will retain the services of David Dowling for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec. Dustlanemissmolly drops out of the top mare's class and will be forced to face the boys from post 2 for driver Myles Heffernan Sr. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will give the edge to Intended Royalty to find the wire first. "The first over trip proved to be his downfall last week and the eventual winner simply got away on him," MacIsaac said of Intended Royalty. "There's a possibility of some early mayhem up front today which might make it tougher on the front runners. If this guy gets rolling and can pick up some live cover, beware." Also in the field are Tempo Seelster (Driven by Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Kyle Gillis). Rollwithitharry will search for his second straight win the afternoon back-up class that will close out the season in race 10. Drew Neill has acquitted himself well in the sulky in his first season and will again pick up the mount for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, P.E.I. Eagle Jolt will leave from post 8 as a top entry for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Pictonian Storm has post 5 with Corey MacPherson at the lines. The Saturday program will be the final live presentation at the capital oval until May. Catch the action live at the track or check out the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness racing driver in Warren Grove strutted his stuff Saturday afternoon as he captured the top class as well as the top distaff at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adkins Hanover returned to the East Coast and cruised to victory in the $2,400 featured event on a frosty day at the capital oval. Time of the mile was 1:59.1 with Dowling in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The 10-year-old Western Ideal pacer was on a front end mission as he stole every fraction and handily won by four-and-half lengths over Intended Royalty (Driven by Mike McGuigan) while Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) was third. Dowling and trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., teamed up to win the $1,800 mare’s pace with Dustlanemissmolly in 1:59.1. Heffernan’s father, Myles Heffernan Sr., was scheduled to drive but was called to work in the United States working on power lines, leaving Dowling to pick up the drive during last minute program changes. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy also was on top for every split as she was part of a rarity with her sister, Dustylane Zendaya, finished second in the compact field of five. Jackie Heffernan of Summerville, P.E.I., holds the ownership papers of Dustlanemissmolly. Heffernan had two training wins on the program with Pictonian Sareta winning earlier on the card as part of a four win day for leading driver Marc Campbell. Campbell scored victories with Navy Pilot Hanover from his own barn, Charlottes Western for trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton and Noudidnt Blue Chip for trainer Neal Moase of Warren Grove. The next card of Saturday Jan. 26 will be the final program on the season before the winter break. For race replays and more click here.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Cape Breton's finest pacer came out on top in last week's feature event but has a new foe for his Saturday afternoon harness racing contest at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Intended Royalty was a winner in the featured event last Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and will be the morning line favourite this week. The 13-dash Saturday afternoon presentation kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,400 preferred pace hitting the track in race 12. Intended Royalty is the choice of classifier Gerard Smith from post 5 with Mike McGuigan back in the race bike for co-owner and trainer Randy Copley of Inverness, N.S., and co-owner Ed Copley. The eight-year-old son of No Pan Intended has been a winner in eight of 11 races since the beginning of 2018 but did not make a start since July until his win last Saturday in Charlottetown. Adkins Hanover returns to red soil for the Saturday contest and draws post 4 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. David Dowling will drive the 10-year-old Western Ideal pacer who had been performing well on the Ontario circuit in recent months including three wins from his last four starts. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the edge to Intended Royalty in the compact field of five. "Intended Royalty was out for most of the mile last week including three wide at the half and still won his local debut," MacIsaac said. "After that performance, other than the likely short price there's not much to dislike." Also in the field is Tempo Seelster (Driven by Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Adam Merner) and Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). The top mares pace of the afternoon hits the track in race 9 for a $1,800 purse with Dusty Lane Zendaya guarding the rail for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Stephen Gass and owners Alexis Gass and the Estate of Shelley Gass of Cornwall, P.E.I. Dusty Lane Zendaya's sister, Dustlanemissmolly, was the winner last week for trainer-driver Myles Heffernan and gets post 4 to work from on Saturday. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Intended Royalty had to do it the hard way but came out on top in the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was in the sulky for the $2,200 event leaving from post 7 with Intended Royalty at 5-1 odds. Euchred (Driven by Adam Merner) set the early tempo as the post time favourite with splits of 29.3 and 59.2. Intended Royalty began his forward advance at the half-mile marker while being forced three-wide for a short period before the five-eighths. Euchred would open up daylight on his competition before the three-quarters of 1:29.4 with Intended Royalty gobbling up ground in that split to sit in the two-hole heading into the completion of the race. Intended Royalty overcame Euchred in a stretch drive slugfest to win in 1:59.4 with Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. Randy Copley of Inverness, N.S., co-owns and trains Intended Royalty with co-owner Ed Copley. The victory put the veteran pacer over $100,000 in career purse earnings. The King of Island racing is already establishing another lead in the Red Shores Charlottetown Driving standings as Marc Campbell had four wins on the afternoon card. Campbell was a front-end winner with Pictonian Sareta in race 2 with a mile time of 2:04.3 for his first win of the day. The next three came in quick succession as he captured races 5, 6 and 7. Cougar Gal was a 2:04.1 winner from the Neil Bambrick stable, then Malabrigo captured race 6 in 2:02.3 from Campbell's own barn followed by a 2:03.2 victory with Windsun Rebel for trainer Vaughan Doyle. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - One of the top pacers in Cape Breton will attempt to go over the $100,000 mark in earnings Saturday afternoon but will have an uphill battle in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will play host to 13-dashes on the afternoon with a 12:30 P.M. first race post time. Intended Royalty was hot during an abbreviated campaign in Inverness, N.S., that saw him win seven out of 10 starts in 2018. Owners Randy and Edward Copley of Inverness, will have their charge driven by Mike McGuigan in the $2,200 top event in race 12 from post seven in the field of as many fresh off a 2:00 qualifier with a 28.4 closing quarter last week. Red Magician defeated the preferred group in his latest start and will leave from post 6 with Corey MacPherson back in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale, P.E.I. Eagle Jolt has rail control in the competitive group for trainer-driver Marc Campbell, while the other Rennie trainee, Euchred, has post 3 for driver Adam Merner. Also in the field is Rollwithitharry (Driven by Drew Neill), Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes). Top Desire joins the East Coast racing wars in race 4 of the program for new owner-trainer Ed Harvey of Tyne Valley, P.E.I. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was racing the Ontario circuit most recently for trainer Richard Moreau. Norris Rogers will hand the driving duties Saturday from post 3 at 8-1 morning line odds. Malabrigo has been established as the morning line favorite for Campbell in the Shawn Driscoll pace on race 6. Zingers Laugh returns to Island racing on the program drawing the rail in race 10 of the program. The now nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight is owned by Neal Moase of Warren Grove, P.E.I., and placed in the hands of trainer-driver Drew Neill. With over $125,000 in lifetime earnings and 17 career wins, Zingers Laugh was formerly campaigned by Walter Cheverie on P.E.I. in the 2014-2015 seasons and by Mike McGuigan and Moase in 2017, with stints to Ontario and Quebec in between. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Melissa Rennie stable was red hot Saturday afternoon capturing the top two spots in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,400 featured event saw Red Magician go off as the longest shot on the board at 13-1 odds but hit the wire first overcoming his heavily favoured stablemate, Euchred (Driven by Adam Merner). Corey MacPherson sent Red Magician to the lead off the gate tripping the quarter-mile marker in 29 seconds before fellow Rennie trainee Euchred came calling and was released to the lead. The half was hit in 58.2 before three-quarters in 1:28.2 while Red Magician sat patiently in the two-hole. MacPherson made his move in the stretch drive getting up to win by three-quarters-of-a-length over Euchred while Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) was third to complete the healthy $740.60 triactor ticket. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale, P.E.I., hold the ownership papers of Red Magician. The victory was one of two on the program for Rennie, who also won the Denny King Pace with Miss Sangria in 2:02.1 with Merner in the bike for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I. Dusty Lane Zendaya posted a mild upset in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace also with MacPherosn supplying the longshot drive. The Stephen Gass trainee was a winner in 1:58.1 for owners Alexis Gass and The Estate Of Shelley Gass of Cornwall, P.E.I. Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill) was second while Malabrigo (Campbell) grabbed third place. Live racing continues Saturday, Jan. 12 at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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