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SUMMERSIDE, PE - Drivers Mark Bradley and Gilles Barrieau had profitable afternoons Sunday during a full harness racing stakes program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval played host to 13-dashes with every race a division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-olds or the Tyndal Semple Memorial for three-year-old trotters. Mile Hill Willie and Barrieau captured the quickest $5,700 Semple Memorial split winning in 1:59.1 for owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The other divisions went to Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee) in 2:00.2 and Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) in 2:01.4. Howmacrivercruiser was an easy winner in her $7,100 Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:02.2 open length victory in line to Barrieau. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of Articulator for owner Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The other three divisions of the Callbeck for rookie fillies were all won by driver Mark Bradley for his driving triple. Bettorthanbobbi hit the wire first in the opening division in 1:58.2 then fellow Tom Weatherbie trained filly Smiling Dialing was an eight length victor in 1:59.1 in race 5. Bradley teamed up with trainer Stephen Quinn for his third win as Watch Me Dance had a maiden breaking score of 2:01 in her $7,100 Callbeck division. In rookie colt action, Tobins Rebel won his Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacers wiring the $6,900 division for trainer-driver Barrieau in 1:59.2 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Mr Kelly was placed to first in his split with a corrected time of 1:59.2 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Woodmere colts won the final two divisions with Woodmere Rollhario (Campbell) scoring in 2:01 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Woodmere Rollnpop delivering as a popular winner in 1:59 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. MacDonald trainee Mabou Ridge remains undefeated through three career starts after winning his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in 2:06.2 for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star took his first lifetime mark in the other $6,100 division with a neck decision in 2:05.2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Stephen Gass. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away was the star of the show on a special harness racing program featuring Harness The Hope Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday card was a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of P.E.I. in support of breast cancer. HP Rubis Joyce captured the first dash of the evening in a special field featuring five female horses with five females drivers as Ambyr Campbell steered the daughter of Perfect Union to a 1:58.4 win for trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Second went to Avid Yankee (Driven by Natasha Day) while Cougar Gal (Tammy MacKay) cut out the mile to finish third. Sock It Away starred in the $3,100 preferred pace presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, as the Reg MacPherson owned pacer won in 1:54 from off-the-pace. Marc Campbell was in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean as Sock It Away recorded win number 30 of his career. Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner) rallied for second with Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau) racing well for third place on a night his fundraising efforts heavily supported. The Harness The Hope night raised $43,068! Corey MacPherson had three wins on the special card as Er Quinn won in 1:58.1 for Jeff Holmes of Orwell, Rockstar Drums was a 1:57.4 winner for Vaughan Doyle of Charlottetown and Spack Jarrow scored a 26-1 upset in 1:59.4 from the Raymond White of Belfast. The wager on the card was $49,535 For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing trainers Jimmy and Jamie Struthers weren’t in the market for a new horse when Nikes Cowgirl became part of their lives. The father and son duo already had a number of horses, at the time the late Stewart MacRae of Middle River approached them about taking control of the then two-year-old horse. After some consideration, the Struthers decided to welcome Nikes Cowgirl to their family in 2015 with the intention of racing her. “Stewart was after my dad so much that we decided to take her because he wanted a good home for her if nothing else,” said Jamie Struthers. “In hindsight, she’s turned out pretty nice, so we’re glad that we took her.” JAMIE STRUTHERS Hometown: Port Morien Resides: Glace Bay Age: 55 Driver: Nikes Cowgirl and Diduseethat Racing since: 1995 (24 years) Since 2015, Struthers, a Port Morien native, has seen the now six-year-old mare progress and believes as the horse matures she will continue to impress. “She always showed that she could go, but she had her issues starting off,” said the 55-year-old Struthers. “She would be what they consider to be an aged horse now, but she’s still running good.” Nikes Cowgirl, owned by Jimmy Struthers, but driven by Jamie Struthers, has spent the past two summers stabled in Prince Edward Island. During her time on the Island, she raced at Red Shores Racetrack in Charlottetown. This year, the Struthers family decided to keep her home, choosing to race the horse at Northside Downs in North Sydney. “We wanted to have her home and since we have another mare (Diduseethat) we decided we wanted to have them with us.” The Struthers family has been involved in the harness racing community since 1995. Struthers, who has another horse stabled in P.E.I. this summer, will participate in the J.A. Ferguson Memorial Series Final with Nikes Cowgirl at Northside Downs on Saturday. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at the North Sydney venue. The J.A. Ferguson Memorial race, worth a purse of $2,500, will feature eight horses including Nikes Cowgirl, Makes Me Stupid, Eastview Dexter, Wildcat Jet, Brother John, Elm Grove Ladyluck, Accelerator and Dreamfair Van Dam. “The race has been going on for a long time and it used to bring the best horses from around the Maritimes,” said Struthers. “They decided this year to go with the local horses and there are some strong horses around here.” Struthers believes any of the eight horses could potentially win Saturday’s featured race. “With the right kind of race or the right kind of break in the race, who knows who could win,” said Struthers. “I don’t see any of them as a dead favourite, it’s a competitive class.” The late J.A. Ferguson was the owner of the former Cape Breton Sports Centre, which later became Tartan Downs in Sydney. He was responsible for modernizing the facility in the early 1970s, making it one of the top race venues in Eastern Canada. Over the years, the race has featured many top-notch drivers including Henry Smallwood, Joey Smallwood, Doug Walsh, Danny Romo, Albert Bernard, Dr. Ian Moore, Donnie Rankin, Dave Ratchford and Doug Rankin to name a few. As for Struthers, he will be leaving from post three on Saturday and encourages harness racing fans to attend. “The race has always been a big draw and I’m sure that will be the case on Saturday as well,” said Struthers. “It’s always nice to have a crowd supporting the racers.” By Jeremy Fraser (jeremy.fraser@cbpost.com) Reprinted with permission of the Cape Breton Post

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A cagey harness racing veteran will take on a pair of four-year-olds fresh off the biggest trips of their lives in the preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Harness The Hope night. The 14-dash action packed card has a 6 P.M. first race post time. Red Shores Charlottetown is the host location for the 1st annual Harness the Hope. The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of PEI in support of breast cancer. The evening will feature many special trackside presentations, auction items, merchandise, prize draws and even the Bouncy Pony stakes featuring harness racing drivers riding inflatable ponies after race 3. Customers can also buy keys to see if their key will open one of the pink boxes filled with grand prizes. A field of five female drivers, dressed in pink, will compete with five female horses to kick off Harness The Hope night in race 1. The top female driver in Eastern Canadian harness racing, Clare MacDonald, has the rail with Scoot Out Of Here, while Charlottetown's Ambyr Campbell leaves from post 2 with HP Rubis Joyce. Avid Yankee has post 3 with Ontario catch driver Natasha Day flying in for the night, and Nova Scotia's Tammy MacKay drives Cougar Gal from post 4. Completing the field is Marie Brooking of Ontario driving Bugtown Superstar from post 5. In other racing action, the race 13 preferred pace, presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, carries a $3,100 purse and Euchred is pegged the morning line favourite from post 3 with David Dowling back in the bike for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The seven-year-old son of Shadow Play has hit the board in his last four outings since his last win on June 15, but will be looking for the top spot in Saturday's contest. Half Cut has rail control as the four-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror was just a third place finisher Saturday evening in the Lindsay Construction Cup Invitational at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, pacing his own mile in 1:52.4 for driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. Sock It Away was superb his last start in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown but has post 7 to contend with for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Kevin MacLean. The four-year-old son of Pang Shui was never better than he was that night as he took a new record of 1:53.2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac agrees with the morning line analysis and will side with Euchred to land on top of the ticket. "Euchred hasn't been able to set up shop on the front end in recent starts and that's greatly contributed to four straight races without a win, an eternity for this guy," MacIsaac said. "He has a much better chance of getting there tonight from this favourable post and if so, it could be all over." Also in the field is Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner), Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Burn Out Hanover (Dale Spence) and Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau). The Rollwithitharry racing team will also present a cheque in honor of Harness The Hope after ownership shares were sold on the stallion to raise money for the fundraiser. Driver Gilles Barrieau will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Lee Drake. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For live programs, and further details go to www.Redshores.ca.   Stakes Bonanza Sunday At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top two year-old pacers and the top stakes trotters on the Eastern Seaboard will converge on Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for stakes action. The 13-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring stakes contests in every race. The Callbeck stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies start the day off in race 1 as Saulsbrook Ocean leaves from post 3 in the $7,100 event with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S. The daughter of Westwardho Hanover was a winner her latest start in 1:59.3 in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. The other $7,100 Callbeck filly divisions line up in races 5, 9 and 12. Woodmere Rollnpop was large in his Atlantic Sires Stakes division last week at Truro but has to overcome the outside post 7 in his $6,900 Callbeck two-year-old pacing colt division in race 13. Clare MacDonald will again handle her trainee in the field of seven after a 1:58.1 lifetime best on July 19. Other $6,900 Callbeck rookie pacing colt divisions go postward in races 3, 7 and 11 on the Sunday program. In trotting action, Mabou Ridge will try to remain perfect in his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in race 2 with MacDonald again at the controls. The son of Armbro Barrister has yet to taste defeat in his two career tries. Go With Her and trainer-driver Kuri White is favoured in the second two-year-old trot Callbeck split in race 6. Also on the card is the Tyndale Semple Memorial stake for three-year-old trotters with $5,700 divisions in races 4, 8 and 10. The fastest Maritime Bred trotter ever on the East Coast, Gettin Messi, has rail control in race 8 with Mike McGuigan handling the driving duties for trainer Len McGuigan. Driver Jason Hughes will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes and Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The harness racing Jim Ripley stable remained red hot on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Shipping in from Amherst, N.S., Ripley's trotters both prevailed on the card including a second straight win for Majian Tango in the $2,250 Open Trot. Time of the mile was 1:59.4 this week in the top trot for Majian Tango, who chased down pacesetter and eventual third place finisher Star Photo (Driven by Jason Hughes) in the stretch while Freddie (Walter Cheverie) came up the passing lane to finish second. Ripley's other win came with the four-year-old full-brother to Majian Tango as Majian Gilroy scored his third straight trip to the winner's circle while handling his foes in 2:00.4 in his $2,050 trot class. Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S, owns both horses. Rockin Indy won the $2,500 top pace on the card with a 1:58.1 victory with Ken Murphy in the bike for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Jeb (Hughes) was second while IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) finished third. Elm Grove Misty was sent to the lead and stayed there in the race 6 Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace. Dave Kelly supplied the steer behind his trainee for the 1:58.2 victory at 16-1 odds for owner Charlene Cypher of Springvale. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A rookie takes on the harness racing veterans in Thursday evening's top pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The race 10 top class sees a tight knit group of seven vying for the $2,500 pot. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash Thursday card. Rookie driver Zach Conway searches for his first lifetime win in the top event leaving from post 3 with Noudidnt Blue Chip for owner-trainer Neal Moase of Warren Grove. The six-year-old son of Roll With Joe last competed in the Governor's Plate consolation at Red Shores Summerside and will attempt to give Bonshaw driver Conway a start to his career after the pacer already has five wins this season on P.E.I. IC True Grit comes into the event off four straight top two finishes with Mike McGuigan driving the morning line favourite from post 6. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) rides a two-race win streak into post 5 while Jeb (Jason Hughes) has rail control while dropping out of the preferred 2 class. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to go a different route as he sides with post 2 starter Eagle Jolt who will have Walter Cheverie subbing in for regular driver Marc Campbell. "Eagle Jolt tends to lag at the start but he's a rallying threat so if he gets some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up," MacIsaac said. Also in the field are Rockin Indy (Ken Murphy) and Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault). Majian Tango will look to replicate his Open trot victory from last Thursday in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. Jim Ripley is back in the bike for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S., starting from post 4 with Majian Tango. Star Photo (Hughes) has post 3 this week while Freddie (Cheverie) starts from post 5. Race 6 is the Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace and Medici Hanover will look for redemption after making a break as the favourite Sunday afternoon at Summerside. Gilles Barrieau is back in the race bike for the Thursday card and will drive Medici Hanover from post 4 for trainer Don Milligan of Tyne Valley. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away turned in the biggest performance of the night and his driver dominated the rest of the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson made five trips to the winner's circle on the Saturday card including a devastating 1:53.2 victory in the $3,000 Preferred pace with Sock It Away. The Kevin Maclean trained son of Pang Shui was sent to the lead by MacPherson as the post time favourite and delivered splits of 28, 56.2 and 1:24.3 before stopping the clock in 1:53.2 for a new career best time. Euchred (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was second while Czar Seelster (Mike McGuigan) was third. The win was number 29 for Sock It Away, who boosted his career bankroll to over $127,000 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. MacPherson started the night off with an early double as Knockout Punch captured the opener in 1:59.1 for trainer Kevin Gillis of Charlottetown, then Painted Desert was a winner in 1:59.2 for trainer Kerry Taylor of Stratford. Hysteria delivered win number three for the Cornwall driver as he sizzled the historic oval in 1:54.2 from the Michael Gallant stable, then the Stephen Gass trained Screen Test captured the $2,700 Preferred 2 pace in line to MacPherson in 1:55.4. Tempo Seelster won the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Ken Murphy stopping the clock in 1:56.1 for trainer Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Trainer Gillis had two wins on the card as he won the opener and then the finale with JK Express (Cheverie) in 2:00.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being shouldered with the far outside in his Governor's Plate elimination and the final, Euchred will breath a slight sigh of relief looking at the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Michael Dowling trained pacer will leave from post 5 in a field of six entrants in the race 10 preferred pace with first race post time at 6 P.M. for the 11-dash card. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch drive on Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., as he squares off with five foes in the $3,000 event including two other Governor's Plate finalists. Czar Seelster leaves from post 3 in the preferred pace with Mike McGuigan subbing in for regular driver Kenny Arsenault after finishing sixth in Prince County's biggest race. Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire has post 6 with trainer Wade Sorrie electing to drive himself on Saturday evening after the horse was fifth in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final last Saturday. Sock It Away has rail control with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean, as the son of Pang Shui sports a win and a second in just two East Coast starts this season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look to the post draw of Euchred as he places him in the top spot. "Euchred has battled outside posts for the better part of the year against the best in the Maritimes but you'd never know it looking at his summary, 10 top three finishes from 11 tries," MacIsaac said. "With this being the closest he's been to the rail in a month we'll treat him as the one to beat." Also in the field is Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race 6 of the evening is the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Hes Marvalous the morning line favourite in the $2,500 class from post 3 with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The six-year-old son of Delmarvalous failed to get a cheque in Governor's Plate elimination and consolation action but had a solid summary of on-the-board finishes beforehand. Other top entries are Give Em Heck (Matheson) and JJ Powerball (Sorrie). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Alexis Gass will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee Saturday at 5:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Mantario Headlines Red Shores Summerside Feature Mantario turned in one of the biggest performances of Governor's Plate night and will try to replicate that magic Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. and Mantario is pegged for the top spot in the $2,600 race 12 finale. Alex Sobey will drive his own trainee from post 7 in the absence of regular driver Kenny Arsenault, who will be competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Owned by Walter Simmons of Summerside, Mantario was a winner in 1:54.3 in his latest but will have to overcome post 7 to find the winner's circle Sunday afternoon. Woodmere Ideal Art was second to him in that latest race and will retain the series of Norris Rogers from post 6 on Sunday. Post 1 belongs to Red Magician with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Melissa Rennie, with the horse fresh off a third place finish to Mantario on 'Plate' night. Also in the field is Twice As Bright (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mando Fun (Corey MacPherson), Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes) and City Of The Year (Dr. Mitchell Downey). Medici Hanover rides a two-race win streak into race 8 for a $1,800 purse and gets the good fortune of drawing post 1. The co-track record holder for three-year-old pacing fillies at the Summerside Raceway, Medici Hanover is trained by Don Milligan for owners Kent Williams of Ellerslie, Andrew Williams of Richmond and Lyndon Hardy of Coleman. The back-up pace hits the track in race 10 with $2,300 in purse money at stake. Morning line favourite Dangle Ona Dime has an impressive array of five straight top-two finishes coming into the event and draws post 2 for driver MacPherson and trainer Duane MacEachern. Other top entries include Union Man Hanover (Downey) and Brandons Glory (John Davidson). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince County Horsemen's Club is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Jansen Sweet will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman Sunday at 12:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside police have confirmed they are investigating at least three complaints relating to strange incidents at the Red Shores Summerside Raceway. Police said Monday they are looking into reports of a theft on May 29, damage being done to tires on a cart on June 9 and a horse sustaining unexplained injuries on June 12. No further information was available yet, but the investigations remain ongoing. Users of the raceway’s stables are concerned about the safety of their horses and property as unexplained vandalism like this has been a recent problem. Some have said they intend to install security cameras for peace of mind. “Without the security cameras, we can’t be 100 per cent sure. Horses can get into trouble themselves, but they don’t need some stranger coming here and unlocking them and then getting hurt as a result,” said Vance Cameron, the track announcer. RELATED: Horses hurt, tires slashed at Red Shores Racetrack in Summerside Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A three-wide move up the backstretch etched Rose Run Quest’s name in the harness racing history books in the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum Saturday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to trainer-driver Marc Campbell in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final, Rose Run Quest (If I Can Dream) sat back and watched an early tussle between post 1 starter Down On Luck (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and 2017 champion Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) through a first quarter in 27 seconds. Do Over Hanover found himself in control at that station then Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan Sr.) pulled first-over with Rose Run Quest following that cover through a half in 56.1. Before the three-quarters in 1:25, Rose Run Quest made his three-wide move and cleared to the lead to win by open lengths in 1:53. Do Over Hanover was second, while Down On My Luck rounded out the triactor and Euchred (David Dowling) finished fourth. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of Rose Run Quest. Prior to that start of the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate, post 3 starter Burn Out Hanover was involved in an altercation that unseated driver Gilles Barrieau and saw the horse loose and scratched from the race. Both horse and driver left the track under their own power. Dowling claimed his first Basil Whelan Memorial trophy for leading driver of Governor’s Plate week on the Saturday program. Dowling was also the top percentage driver of the week with a sparkling .444 average presented by Xtreme Coatings Ltd and the Prince County Horsemen’s Club. Earlier on the card, Sodwana Bay won the $8,500 Governor’s Plate Filles and Mares Open final in a mile time of 1:55 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. Half Cut scored a 1:54.4 win in the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation with Mark Bradley driving for trainer Tom Weatherbie. The two $12,700 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for three-year-old pacing colts were won by Purple Poet (Kenny Arsenault) in 1:56.4 and Red Dirt Rocknroll (Dowling) in 1:58.4. Star Photo scored a new track record for aged trotting males in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial trot with a 1:58.2 time for driver Hughes, trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Live racing continues Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday (July 21) at Red Shores Summerside. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The road to the harness racing winner's circle in the 51st running of the Governor's Plate became a little more complicated for the two elimination winners after drawing outside post positions for the final race of Governor's Plate week 2019 at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the premier program with the final of 16-dashes seeing eight entrants line up in the $25,000 Township Chevrolet/Noonan Petroleum Governor's Plate final. Rose Run Quest dominated his elimination last Sunday afternoon with a front end score leaving from post 2 in 1:54.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Tuesday's post draw was not as kind as the If I Can Dream gelding was given post 6 for the final. Defending champion Czar Seelster came to life in his $5,000 Governor's Plate elimination, winning the other division in 1:54.3 with the winning combination of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Todd Weatherbee for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. The veteran 10-year-old Stonebridge Regal pacer will have to make things work out from post 7 to defend his title Saturday. With a kinder post draw, Down On My Luck will have rail control in 'Plate' 51 with Walter Cheverie picking up the steer for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The five-year-old was a second place finisher to Czar Seelster Sunday with Jason Hughes at the lines, but Hughes elected to drive post 4 starter Do Over Hanover in Saturday's final. Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire will attempt to fulfill a lifelong goal for hometown owner Walter Simmons of Summerside, who looks for his first ever Governor's Plate title. Myles Heffernan Sr., will steer the U.S. import from post 2 for trainer Wade Sorrie. Burn Out Hanover has post 3 after rallying from last place to make the final with a fourth place finish in elimination one. The winningest driver in the history of the Governor's Plate, Gilles Barrieau, will drive for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The winner of the 2017 edition of the race, Do Over Hanover, leaves from post 4 with Hughes driving for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit, Que., and Don MacNeill of Fort McMurray, Alta. Screen Test made the final in his first East Coast season after racing as a top three-year-old in Western Canada in 2018. Corey MacPherson handles the driving duties for trainer Stephen Gass and owners Kicking Horse Stable of York, and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. The far outside belongs to post 8 starter Euchred for driver David Dowling, trainer Mike Dowling and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A runner-up in the 2018 edition, Euchred was third in his elimination Sunday after also leaving from post 8. Also on the top notch card will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, the $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot and the $8,500 Governor's Plate Fillies and Mares Open final among other top events. Check out www.Redshores.ca for race programs, live video, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a win streak at stake, Woodmere Oleksiak will try to continue her winning ways in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The Friday program has an even dozen dashes in store with the first race of the night hitting the track at 6:30 P.M. Woodmere Oleksiak is the favourite in her Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing filles carrying a $12,700 purse in race 11. David Dowling will drive the daughter of Articulator from post 2 for trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson of Cornwall, Windemere Farms of Hampshire, and Nova Scotia owners Ric McNutt of Onslow Mountain and Debbie Denney of Brooklyn. The filly was winless in 17 tries until two starts ago where she broke her maiden in a 1:58.3 romp, then followed it up with a front end score in Atlantic Sires Stakes action June 30 at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Her top contenders in Friday's contest are Arc Light (Driven by Marc Campbell) from post 4 and Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) with post 5. Cheeky Cherry receives top billing as the morning line choice in the other $12,700 sophomore filly A-division in race 9 with MacDonald training and driving for owner Earith Riley of Summerside. Other top entrants are Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) and Elm Grove Nellie (Spence). The program will also see a trio of three-year-old pacing filly B-divisions in races 2, 4 and 7 carrying $2,500 purses in each. The Bud Ramsay Memorial pace lines up in race 3 and early favourite Miss Sangria goes into the event fresh off a pair of second place finishes and draws post 6 for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River. Race 12 is billed as the Medastar Memorial pace and Nogreatmischief will be the morning line favourite with post 2 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race programs, live video and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Over 30 rookie pacing colts will begin their quest towards the Atlantic Breeder's Crown in harness racing stakes action Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The 10-dash Thursday evening card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts in a trio of A-divisions and two B-divisions. The first $9,080 A-split lines up in race 3 and Tasteslikeanother is favoured from the rail with Mark Bradley in the seat for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Island owners Kyle and Joseph Gardiner, Mike Currie and Jerry MacKinnon. The two-year-old son of Articulator has recorded one lifetime start so far in his young career with a fourth place finish pacing in 2:01 at Red Shores Charlottetown. Other top entrants in the field of five are Tobins Rebel (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) from post 4 after a 15-length romp in his qualifier and post 5 starter Scarlet Archer (Marc Campbell). Race 6 has another $9,080 A-division as the favourites continue to leave from post 1 with Krispy Crunch drawing the rail fresh off a third place finish in 2:00 in his debut for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jeff MacLennan of Charlottetown. Red Dirt Fulofhart (David Dowling) and Woodmere Rollex (Earl Smith) are also pegged as top contenders. Woodmere Rollhario headlines the final A-division in race 9 for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The only two-year-old in the program with two pari-mutuel starts, Woodmere Rollhario has yet to finish worse than second in his career. Other top entrants are JJ Austin (Barrieau) and Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald). The $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions are carded for races 5 and 8. A field of trotters hits the track in race 4 in Memory of Boyd Leslie for a $1,750 purse with Wedgewood favoured for driver Gary Chappell and owner-trainer Glenn Claybourne of Charlottetown. Race 7 is the Gentleman Jim's Restaurant Pace in Memory of Cam Cameron and Minor Wisdom draws into the race with a 1:58.3 victory in her last outing. Ambyr Campbell will command the daughter of American Ideal from post 2 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec. For more information on Thursday's program along with promotional information go to www.Redshores. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - There was no stopping Gettin Messi's advance to the winner's circle in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week of harness racing. Leaving from post 4 in his $6,180 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trot contest, Gettin Messi settled into third place but then driver Mike McGuigan launched the champion trotter first-over to secure the lead past the half-mile marker. Trained by Len McGuigan for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale, the son of Armbro Barrister stopped the clock in 2:00 over a closing Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee). Third went to Dreamboat Annie (Barrieau). Ya Boy Bear (Delcrest Julian) won the second three-year-old sires stakes division in 2:00 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Michael Bailey of Morell. Richnsnotherndream (Kenny Arsenault) was second with race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Barrieau) recovering from an early break in stride to finish third. Little Miss Winnie won the final three-year-old split but the Arsenault driven trotter was placed back to seventh for being inside three consecutive pylons in the first quarter of the race. That placing put second-place finisher Ableway (Steven Shepherd) into the winner's circle while Hard Case (Mark Bradley) was placed up to second and Dusty Lane Titan (Campbell) was placed into third. Ableway is owned and trained by Carl Bagnall of Stratford. Mabou Ridge captured the lone Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division with a 2:06.1 maiden breaking score for the lion's share of the $15,720 pot. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star (Campbell) rode the pocket to finish second while Go With Her (Kuri White) used first-over tactics to complete the triactor ticket. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Woodmere Skyroller and Watch Me Dance were both on top of their games so far in their short careers and will go head-to-head in harness racing stakes action Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The Wednesday program has 10-dashes scheduled with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies are the feature on the program as the rookie fillies make their career debuts in stakes action. Woodmere Skyroller is favoured in race 8 of the program in an Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division with a $12,920 purse on the line with rail control for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The daughter of Rollwithitharry was second to an Ontario bred in her first overnight outing pacing in 2:00.1 but will have a rematch with the filly that beat in her in qualifying action. Watch Me Dance prevailed in that qualifier over Woodmere Skyroller with a 27.4 closing panel as the daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has post 5 in the field of six with Mark Bradley at the lines for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owner John Quinn of Charlottetown. Woodmere Nasha is selected for third with Kenny Arsenault driving from post 2. The other $12,920 A-division lines up in race 6 with Howmacrivercruiser receiving top billing from post 4 with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. Other top entries include Tobins Choice (Driven by Gary Chappell) and Ezra Express (Marc Campbell). Race 4 has the lone $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for two-year-old pacing fillies with a field of five. The Rocket Chief Harvey and Randy MacEachern Memorial pace lines up in race 7 and Blacky Black is the top contender from post 6 for owner Ralph Harvey of Durham Bridge, N.B., trainer Ed Harvey and driver Norris Rogers. Go to www.Redshores.ca for promotional plays, live video, programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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