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On Wednesday (Feb. 17), the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission (APHRC) was informed of a new confirmed case of strangles in a Standardbred on Prince Edward Island. This case is in a different barn then the stable that has been under quarantine since early November. Testing of other horses in the newly impacted stable at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is underway, and the stable has been quarantined. No other horses in this barn had shown any clinical signs for Streptococcus equi except for the horse that came up positive on Wednesday. The originally impacted barn has been following testing and treatment protocols established by the Atlantic Veterinary College. This has resulted in the majority of the horses in the stable being cleared. The remaining horses are undergoing testing and treatment protocols set forth by the attending veterinarians. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Horsepeople are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures, and should consult their veterinarians for advice. For more information concerning strangles, please click this link. From the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Bugsy Maguire, the defending Governor's Plate champion, toured the harness racing oval in fine form Saturday afternoon in the featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Bugsy Maguire disposed of his foes in the $2,900 preferred pace on the afternoon card, controlling the front end on his way to a 1:57 victory in line to Gilles Barrieau. Wade Sorrie trains the seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Chocolate Swirl (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second while third went to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Ron Gass stable was razor sharp on the afternoon program with three wins, all with MacPherson at the lines, including a 1:59 open-length score by Woodmere Chella in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Gass and MacPherson also clicked with Magical Cowgirl (2:02) and Rave Review (2:03.4). MacPherson also visited the winner's circle with Tell Me Why (1:59.3) for trainer Joe MacDonald for the driving quadruple. Hughes hit the wire first in the race bike in three dashes on the afternoon. He won with his own Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2), Jetta Flys (2:00.4) for trainer Stephen Quinn and Smart Official (1:58.2) from the Peter Lanigan barn. Babbling remained undefeated on the East Coast in race 9 as the Mike Dowling trainee won in 1:58.4 for his fourth straight win with brother David Dowling in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday (Feb. 6) for the final program of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fighting hard through every inch of the mile, Bugsy Maguire fell short of victory last week but will look for a trip to the winner's circle in Saturday afternoon's featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 11 for a $2,900 purse. Bugsy Maguire made his first start back in action last week after being on the shelf since his victory in the July Governor's Plate final. The Wade Sorrie trainee moved first-up and finished second to Chocolate Swirl in last week's contest and gets post 4 this Saturday with Gilles Barrieau picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Walter Simmons. Marc Campbell drove the horse in his return but the driver has elected to take the rest of the season off to fully recover from injuries he received in a Dec. 22 racing accident in Charlottetown. Chocolate Swirl is assigned the outside post 6 on Saturday after winning this class the past two weeks. Jason Hughes is back in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Fellow Doyle trainee Winter Blast leaves off the rail with Ken Murphy aboard while Bugsy Maguire stablemate, Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey), has post 2. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Bugsy Maguire to rebound from his second-place finish in his first start back. "Bugsy Maguire had to come first up last week and just missed to a hard closing Chocolate Swirl," MacPhee said. "It was a sharp effort considering he hadn't raced since last July and with Barrieau in the bike this time they could get it all." Also in the top class field are Hungers Pangs (Mark Bradley) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open class lines up in race 8 for a $2,800 pot. Woodmere Skyroller had been dominating the class before finishing fourth last week from the assigned outside post position. Barrieau is back in the seat this week as the morning line favourite from post 3 from the Kevin MacLean stable. Other top entries in that class are Roselily (Hughes) and Woodmere Chella (MacPherson). For live video and more go to and wager online at By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a hard brush up the passing lane, Chocolate Swirl received the lion's share in the $2,850 preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes supplied the steer for leading trainer Jennifer Doyle to stop the clock in 1:56.4 over Bugsy Maguire (Driven by Marc Campbell) and stablemate Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Doyle co-owns Chocolate Swirl with partner Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Larjon Legacy prevailed in a hotly contested stretch drive battle in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open pace. The $2,800 event saw driver David Dowling take a two-hole ride with Larjon Legacy and fight past pacesetter Roselily (Hughes) to win in 1:56. Bo Ford trains the winning six-year-old daughter of Mister Big for owners Arnold Myers, Sterling Maclure and Luke Beck of Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau was the hot reinsman of the day as he took control of the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings with five winners on the program. Barrieau scored with Atufflittleguy (2:00.1) from the Kenny Arsenault barn, Bettim Jenny (2:00.1) for Jeff Lilley, Collective Wisdom (1:59) for trainer Ron Matheson, Here Comes Red (1:58.2) for conditioner Wade Sorrie and Southwind Ion (1:57.4) for a training double for Doyle. Sorrie had two wins from his stable as Pictonian Storm was victorious in the Super Hi-5 finale scoring in 1:57.2 with Campbell at the controls. Live racing continues Saturday (Jan. 30) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Arc Light handed Marc Campbell an Atlantic record on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the youngest harness racing driver to ever hit 2,500 victories on the East Coast. The 36-year-old Winsloe reinsman found the milestone win in race 10 of the day with his own trainee, Arc Light, in a 1:59.3 mile for owner Crossroads Racing Stable of Stratford. Driver David Dowling was the hot flavour of the day with three wins on the 14-dash program. Dowling scored a pair of wins from the Earl Watts barn with Galterio Hanover (2:02.3) for a maiden breaking score and with Howmac Missy (2:01.3). Dowling's other win came via a parked out performance with Babbling (2:00.4) for trainer Mike Dowling for the horse's second straight win since coming to P.E.I. Gilles Barrieau teamed up with Woodmere Skyroller for a repeat performance in the $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open class in 1:58.2 for trainer Kevin MacLean. Roselily (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with Larjon Legacy (Dowling) third. Chocolate Swirl circled the field in the $2,650 pacing feature in race 13, stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jennifer Doyle. Hunger Pangs (Mark Bradley) was a hard fought second while Smart Official (Dowling) completed the triactor ticket. Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault) found the wire first in the race 14 Super Hi-5 race which saw a $669.60 winning payout. Live racing continues next Saturday (Jan. 23) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Taking a textbook two-hole ride, Woodmere Skyroller surged forward to capture the harness racing fillies and mares Open pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Champion pacing mare sat the two-hole in her $2,900 assignment while watching pacesetter Woodmere Chella (Driven by Corey MacPherson) go through splits of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30. Driver Gilles Barrieau then pointed Woodmere Skyroller out of her two-hole ride in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:59. Woodmere Chella was second while Filly Forty Seven (Jason Hughes) was third. The four-year-old daughter of Rollwithitharry is trained by Kevin MacLean for Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Screen Test prevailed in the race 13 pacing feature with a hard first-over brush to strike the lead in the final panel and will by half-a-length in 1:57 over Revenant (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). MacPherson drives the Ron Gass trained Screen Test for the Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Merner scored three wins on the program including Miss Sangria (1:59.3) and Gringo Star (2:00.4) from his own barn. Merner's other victory was with the Kevin Peters trained Outrageous Spirit in 2:02.1. David Dowling made three trips to the historic winner's circle with Paythelinebluechip (2:02.1) from the Jay Noye barn, Babbling (2:04.1) in his Island debut for brother Mike Dowling and Mantario (2:01) for trainer Jenn Doyle. In line to Barrieau, Pacific Delight was victorious in the race 5 Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace stopping the clock in 2:02.1 over the sloppy surface. Total wager was $114,020. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 16 at 12:30 P.M. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2021 season kicked off in grand fashion with an action packed Tuesday evening harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Benefitting from an early tussle, Winter Blast circled up to win the $2,600 featured pace on the 11-dash program to close out a training triple for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. With No other tracks racing in the nation currently, the triple marks Doyle as the leading dash winning trainer in Canada. The Earnscliffe horsewoman and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win with Winter Blast in 1:58.4 after front-runner Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) took on race favourite Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) and parked him to a cut throat 56.3 half-mile station. Winter Blast circled from last to win the race by two-lengths over second-place Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) and Creepin holding on to third. Doyle also celebrated a win in the $2,350 Open trot with Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault) in a 2:00.2 score. Her other win was with Chocolate Swirl (Jason Hughes) who dead-heated for first with Revenant (Adam Merner) in 1:56.1 to remain undefeated since relocating East. Doyle owns all three trainees with partner Danny Birt. The dead heat score with Revenant was one of two wins for trainer-driver Merner as he also visited the historic winner's circle with Disneyman in a 1:57.4 score. The night saw an occurrence for the harness racing record books as Bettim Vicky was a winner in 2:00.2 in race 7 while her son U Bettim Watching was a victor earlier in the program in a 2:02.1 score. Both horses had Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jeff Lilley of Miltonvale Park, who also bred both horses. In the opening dash of the night Barrieau drove Pacific Delight to victory in 2:00 from the Ron Matheson barn for a triple in the race bike. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 9, with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. The day features the Chef of the Year - Andrew Smith Pace. Go to for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Another night of close finishes and world-class harness racing is on the menu Tuesday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Capital oval has 11-dashes lined up with a 6 P.M. opening post time. The top class of the night hits the track in race 10 for a $2,600 purse with Creepin controlling the rail for trainer-driver David Dowling and owners Alex Quinn of York, Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge and Carl Peterson of Hunter River. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three just put the finishing touches on his 2020 season with a third-place finish on New Year's Eve. Creepin won six races from 27 starts in that calendar year good for $13,079 in purse earnings. Rockin Indy holds down post 4 with Corey MacPherson at the controls of the 31-time winner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. The pacer was a game second to newcomer Chocolate Swirl in the 2020 finale last week. Sports Royalty leaves from post 5 in the field of six for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Wendy MacRae of Belfast. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks selects Sports Royalty for the win position. "Sports Royalty had a great a 2020 season with seven victories and a record of 1:55.3," MacPhee said. "He gets post five tonight and is always in the mix so we're confident Gilles maps out a trip and they reach up to get the gold." Also in the featured field are Legendary Ron (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.), Young Drunk Punk (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Y S Suzanne makes her East Coast debut in the race 5 Open Trot for driver Jason Hughes and owner-trainer Jennifer Doyle of Vernon Bridge. The $2,350 class has the eight-year-old Angus Hall mare leaving from the outside post 5 in the compact class after last racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario on Dec. 20, finishing second that day from the Terry Gallant stable. Other top Open trot entries are Labero (Barrieau) and Freddie (Merner). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at and wager online at By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

New Year's Eve 2021 saw a close battle to the end of the 14-race harness racing card at Red Shores Charlottetown, and not just among horses and drivers. US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Youth members of legal wagering age in their state/province were invited to handicap the only live races in Canada December 31, for non-cash prizes and bragging rights. It was a fun, skill-based competition, with zero pressure or expectation of betting. Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale (USHWA Canada chapter) opened the competition by being the lone handicapper to pick #9 Elm Grove Misty (Dave Kelly), a 2/1 winner in race 1. (The contest was judged based on hypothetical $2 win-place-show bet totals, as opposed to total number of winners.) Edison Hatter (Delaware Valley chapter) and Tony Elliott (Canada chapter) tied for the lead in race 2, when Barnsdale's selection #2 Lofty Shadow did not finish due to broken equipment; their co-selection #1 Montysgonemarble was the place finisher. By race 4, Hatter had established himself as the leader: his top choice, #3 Desired Treasure, was second. Barnsdale moved up to second in the contest standings, as his pick, #1 Harbourlite Jerry, finished third. Despite three handicappers correctly giving out even-money winner #5 Whims Drop Off (Adam Merner) for race 5 (Nathan Bain, Barnsdale, and Jessica Hallett), Hatter's strategic choice of 13/1 place finisher #4 Jetta Flys extended his advantage over the competition. There was total consensus on race 6 winner #1 Agood Time To Rock (Ken Murphy), adding to everyone's totals. By race 8, Leamington Handicapping Challenge winner Nathan Bain (Canada chapter) had moved up to a shared second behind Hatter, who retained his lead courtesy of his 5/1 place finisher #5 You Aint Dolly. Bain was briefly tied with Florida USHWA member Jessica Hallett, who had also successfully predicted 3/5 winner #3 Lock Her Up (Ken Arsenault) that race. In race 9, only Bain and Barnsdale, Leamington handicapping rivals from summer 2020, hit the board: #1 Woodmere Skyroller hung on for show in the Filly and Mare Open Pace won by upset-minded #7 Dreamfair Zenfire (Adam Merner). Hatter maintained command as he, Bain, Hallett, and Barnsdale all went with eventual place finisher #4 Disneyman in race 10. The contest leader gained even more of an advantage in race 11, when his selection #2 Spack Jarrow finished third; no other handicapper's top choice finished in the top three, although Elliott's #1 J K Express was a close fourth.   With three more races to go until the end of the final card of 2020, favoured #1 Arc Light made an untimely break at the start of race 12, putting herself and supporters Bain, Barnsdale, and Hatter out of the top three. Hallett and Elliott's #9 Dreas Good Powow also missed the board, so results were unchanged going into race 13. Screen Test (#6, Corey MacPherson) next wired the Preferred-2 pacers, providing Hatter, Hallett, and Barnsdale with a 1/5 winner. Closer #4 Burn Out Hanover couldn't quite catch him, finishing second at 6/1 in a heartbreaker for Elliott's hypothetical bankroll.   In race 14, Hatter's choice #2 Tempo Seelster was sent off at 9/1, while Barnsdale and Elliott selected #1 Chocolate Swirl, the even-money post time favourite. Bain and Hallett went with #3 Creepin, after #8 Pillage and Burn (Bain's top pick) was scratched. Chocolate Swirl and Ken Arsenault coasted to a front-end victory, with a price that would determine the overall handicapping contest winner. Hatter automatically won the competition when Chocolate Swirl returned $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. (Tempo Seelster finished sixth.) The racecalling apprentice to Pete Medhurst at Rosecroft Raceway and soon-to-be back-up to Ken Warkentin at Freehold Raceway closed out the night with $65.10 in hypothetical winnings, $1.50 ahead of Barnsdale ($63.60). Hallett was third in the contest ($54.60), with Bain fourth ($52.20), and Elliott ($35.60) also just one overlay away from the top three. Runner-up Barnsdale recorded the most winners (five) on the card, one ahead of Hallett (four). Thank you to grand prize donor Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Racing, Brands, and Broadcast, who kindly provided a Gold Cup and Saucer gift pack. Additional prizes will be sent to all contest participants, as well as to two USHWA Youth members who were not of legal gambling age, a requirement to participate. Thank you to USHWA Youth Membership Committee members Janet Terhune, Director of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame; Ellen Taylor, Executive Director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; and harness/horse racing game developer Ryan Clements (Off and Pacing, Catch Driver, Top Jockey, Turf Dynasty) for their generous support. Melissa Keith, USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair social media: @USHWACanada on Twitter e-mail:

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test came swinging for the front right off the bat and was unheeded at every call in the New Year's Eve harness racing feature Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson was at the lines of the Ron Gass trainee as the pacer struck the lead at the opening quarter of 29.1 in the $2,900 featured pace. Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) sat in the two-hole and watched the heavily favoured Screen Test strike three-quarters in 1:28.3 before closing out the mile in 1:56.4. Burn Out Hanover held second while Hunger Pangs (David Dowling) was third. The Kickin Horse Stable of York holds the ownership papers of Screen Test along with William Andrew of Calgary. Gass had a pair of training wins on the card with the other coming courtesy of a Adam Merner driving quadruple. Gass and Merner scored in race 11 of the evening with a 1:57.2 win for owner Kyla MacDonald of Stanhope. Merner also won with Whims Drop Off (2:00.1) for trainer Kyle Wilkie and Bad Silver (2:01) from the Taylor Doyle stable. The $2,850 Fillies and Mares Open pace gave Merner his other victory as Dreamfair Zenfire took control of the lead in the stretch drive to win in 1:58.3 for trainer Bo Ford. Paythelinebluechip was upset bound in the race 7 Julep Hanover Memorial Pace getting up for a 23-1 victory with Dowling in the bike for trainer Jay Noye stopping the clock in 1:59.2. Screen Test Driver Kenny Arsenault celebrated a driving triple winning with Lock Her Up (2:00.1) from his own stable, Traces Of Purple (1:58.3) at 10-1 odds from the Robert Phillips barn and in the 2020 finale with newcomer Chocolate Swirl (1:57.1) for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Total wager was $163,659. Live racing continues Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a 6 P.M. start time. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will add a live race harness racing presentation on Tuesday January 5th. Post time is 6pm. The draw will be conducted on Thursday December 31st. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Off the pace was the recipe for success for Smart Official in the featured harness racing Boxing Day pace on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) cut out the early fractions in the $2,500 feature over a sloppy track with splits of 29.1 and 1:00.3. That leader then came under siege by Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) first on the outside with race favourite Smart Official and driver Jason Hughes following the flow second-over. The three-quarters were reached in 1:31.4 with the field tightening up in the final stanza as Smart Official found his way through to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Sports Royalty was second with Creepin third and only two-lengths separating the first seven finishers. Driver Corey MacPherson made a trio of visits to the historic winner's circle including a pair of win from the Joe MacDonald barn. Agood Time To Rock was a 2:01.4 victor for MacPherson and MacDonald as well as Dreas Good Powow in a five-length victory in 2:02.3. MacPherson also found the wire first in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace with the Marc Campbell trained Filly Forty Seven in 2:01.2. Barrieau guided Labero to victory in the $2,350 Open trot with an open length score of 2:03.4 for trainer Randy Van Meer and owner Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont. Young Drunk Punk captured the Painted Desert retirement pace in race 12 of the afternoon stopping the clock in 2:01.4 for driver Dowling and trainer Ron Gass. Reaching the mandatory retirement age of 15 next week, Painted Desert finishes his career with 33 lifetime wins and $65,226 in purse earnings with a lifetime best of 1:55.3 taken over the CDP at age six. Kenny Arsenault celebrated a training and driving double as he steered trainees Lock Her Up (2:03.1) and JK Express (2:02.4) to win. Total wager was $131,324 on the 14-dash program. Live racing continues New Year's Eve for the final program of the calendar year kicking off at 6:30 P.M.For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Last week Smart Official laid down the fractions of one of the fastest Winter miles in the history of Eastern Canada harness racing but will look to go all the way Saturday afternoon on the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Boxing Day card has a 12:30 P.M., opening post time with the $2,500 featured pace lining up in race 13. Smart Official was on top for the majority of his latest start but fell victim to Screen Test in the final panel in a spectacular 1:55.3 mile. With that preferred foe out of the picture, Smart Official will look to take advantage of post 4 on Saturday afternoon with Jason Hughes at the controls for trainer and co-owner Peter Lanigan and co-owner Sandra Stead of Montague. Creepin defeated the top class on Tuesday evening and gets post 3 to work from on Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling while Gordie Hennessey will sit up on Silverhill Buddy from post 1 from the David Myers barn. Also in the field are Sports Royalty (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau), Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy), Revenant (Adam Merner), Legendary Ron (Myles Heffernan Sr.) and Shadow Of A Daut (Marc Campbell). The $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace takes to the track in race 10 of the day with Dreamfair Zenfire looking to repeat on last week's victory for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Other top entries are Woodmere Skyroller (Dowling) and Temagami Seelster (Kenny Arsenault). Race 4 is a welcome sight for racing fans as driver Mike McGuigan returns to the race bike for the first time since July, when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. McGuigan will drive Whim Road Gem from his own barn in that dash, which is carded as the $2,350 Open Trot. Freddie is the top choice in the Open class from the outside post 5 from the Campbell stable. For race programs, live video and more go to and wager online at By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The 2020 O’Brien Awards finalists have been announced and aged pacing mare finalist So Much More has etched herself into the harness racing history books as the first Island-foaled horse to be nominated for the prestigious national honour. The O’Brien Awards were formed in 1989 to honour the late Joe O’Brien, a native of Alberton, but no horse born in the province has ever made the cut as a final nominee. So Much More’s home turf is New Haven, where Doug MacPhee raised the four-year-old Big Jim filly out of his own Ladysai. MacPhee kept ownership of the filly when her training began and entrusted her to trainer Tom Weatherbie in Charlottetown to race at age two then sold her to Don Beatson of Ontario during her three-year-old campaign. Ontario has been kind to the Island filly with more than $200,000 earned in 2019 at age three then an even more spectacular season in 2020 with 12 wins and $300,037 earned while racing the best mares in North America. She will be up against Lit De Rose in the category during the Jan. 31 virtual gala that will be broadcast on in lieu of the normal banquet that is cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The future star award is sure to have an Island winner with Montague native Austin Sorrie and Miltonvale Park native Rachel Andrew the finalists based on their 2020 Ontario campaigns. Sorrie has molded himself into a busy catch-driver in Central Canada with 146 wins this year and $900,000 in purses, while Andrew races a string of horses as a trainer with 51 victories and $438,000 in prize money in 2020. An Islander has never won the future star award, with Sorrie and Stratford native Patrick Shepherd both being runner-up in past years. Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore could have a bountiful evening with three of his trainees from his Ontario stable nominated for awards. Century Farroh is nominated in the aged pacing horse category after winning the North American Breeders Crown in Indiana. North America Cup runner-up Tattoo Artist is another Moore nominee in the three-year-old pacing colt category. Moore’s other nominee is two-year-old pacing colt Lawless Shadow, a top horse in the Ontario Sires Stakes with more than $307,000 earned in his rookie campaign. New Brunswick native Gilles Barrieau, now a permanent resident of P.E.I., is nominated for the O’Brien Award for horsemanship after a season with more than 170 driving wins and 44 training wins while boasting some of the best averages in the nation. Barrieau previously won the award in 2005 and 2019 and is nominated against Kelly Hoerdt of Alberta this year. P.E.I. Scene Live racing continues Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the only racing in the nation, except for Fraser Downs in B.C., for the foreseeable future. Harness racing in Alberta and Ontario is on hiatus due to provincewide lockdowns. Reprinted with permission of The Cape Breton Post Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at RELATED: DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Remembering Islanders involved in the harness racing industry DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Remembering MacKenzie Smallman DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Everyone chasing Campbell DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Consistency leads Dowling to title DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: Unique competition goes Saturday in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test made short work of his Saturday afternoon preferred harness racing foes with a dazzling 1:55.3 mile at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson idled his charge from post 8 in the $2,700 top event and settled away fifth while post 1 starter Smart Official (Driven by Jason Hughes) was sent to the lead through splits of 28.2 and 58. Screen Test then began his move first-over and gobbled up ground on his way to a five-length victory in 1:55.3. Smart Official hung on for second with Revenant (Adam Merner) finished third. Ron Gass trains Screen Test for owner Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Marc Campbell was the hot commodity of the day, winning four races on the 10-dash card including the pacing mare and trotting features. Freddie came back to action on a winning note, stopping the clock in 2:00.4 in the $2,400 Open Trot for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace was more of the same as Dreamfair Zenfire got up for a head decision in 1:57.4 from the Campbell stable for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The leading reinsman the last 11 seasons at the capital oval, Campbell also won with Zack The Men (1:59.1) for trainer Michael MacDonald and with Here Comes Red (1:59.1) from the Wade Sorrie barn. Live racing continues Tuesday evening for a special 6 P.M. program. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being bested in his last three starts by the now absent The Rev, the draw was not kind to Screen Test as he takes on the Saturday afternoon harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday presentation starts up at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,700 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. The city track received permission from the Chief Public Health office to host the program with a 50 person maximum cohort in the grandstand. Reservations will be required for the Top of the Park and Turf's Bar & Grill in order to follow capacity restrictions. Corey MacPherson will steer Screen Test in the top event for trainer Ron Gass and owner Kickin Horse Stable of York from the grandstand side of the starting gate. The five-year-old son of Vertical Horizon was second in this class three-weeks straight as he could not get the best of Atlantic champion The Rev. With that top foe out of the picture, the onus is on Screen Test to stick his nose out at the finish but he will have to overcome post 8 to get there. Legendary Ron is second choice on the morning line from post 5 sporting a two-race win streak for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and owner Doug Matheson of Cornwall. Third choice is Revenant with post 7 for the duo of trainer Gass and driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks puts Screen Test on top. "Screen Test has put together an excellent season and gets to avoid the bearcats today," MacPhee said. "This is a good group and he'll have to be on his game but we predict Corey works out a trip and they land on the line first." Race 7 is the Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,900 pot. Woodmere Skyroller defeated this group last time out but now is shouldered with post 8 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. David Dowling remains in the driver's seat of the filly, who boasts the most money ever earned in a season strictly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada with $87,076 in earnings. Dreamfair Zenfire is top choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Back In The Game returning from competition in Ontario to land in the Clifford Murphy stable with Ken Murphy in the seat from post 5. Race 6 has the Open trot with Freddie coming back to action from post 6 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries in the $2,400 event are Windmeredontuworry (Heffernan) and Glider Man (Dowling). Sign up to wager online through HPIBET.Com. The Race Day broadcast, race programs, entries and results can be found at By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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