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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of finalists in the biggest race of the season in Atlantic Canada will meet up again Saturday evening in the harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the preferred pacers clashing in race 11 of the program for a $3,000 purse. Simple Kinda Man rallied from last to finish fourth in last week's $60,000 The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final and will retain the services of driver Jason Hughes from post 5 for trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of New York and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The only time the Sportswriter pacer missed the board this year was a seventh place finish in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final earlier in the season at Red Shores Summerside. Screen Test failed to garner a cheque in the Gold Cup and Saucer final and will have to contend with post 7 on Saturday evening from the Ron Gass stable. Adam Merner will substitute in the driver's seat with regular pilot Corey MacPherson competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia Saturday. Freddy Bear finished a bang-up third in the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and will have post 4 for this week's preferred. Post 6 belongs to JJ Powerball with Gilles Barrieau subbing in for the absent Brodie MacPhee, who is also in Nova Scotia, after finishing fourth in last week's consolation. The Post Time Picks in Saturday's program place the target on Simple Kinda Man as the one to beat."Simple Kinda Man finished fourth in the Gold Cup & Saucer and closed in a snappy 27.3. We think Jason may be aggressive off the gate and if he does set up shop on the front end he'll be hard to track down." Other preferred entries include Pillage And Burn (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) and Nogreatmischief (Gordie Hennessey). Cowboy Logic will put his winning streak to the test in race 10 of the program in a major test of his four-race undefeated streak. The Western Ideal three-year-old has hit the wire first in his last seven starts but was placed back for interference in his July 25 outing to chop his streak in half. Steven Shepherd will again drive Cowboy Logic from post 6 for his father Harold Shepherd, who co-owns and trains the pacers with Maurice McCabe, Angus Birt and Gerard Ellsworth. Catch the action live on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. Can Perfection Reign For Woodmere Stealdeal? SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off the fastest male rookie mile ever paced on the Eastern seaboard of Canada, Woodmere Stealdeal will put his sights on gold in the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday card has a 1 P.M. start time with Woodmere Stealdeal and his undefeated record taking centre stage in race 9 of the day. The $11,700 O'Brien Memorial Gold division for two-year-old pacing colts has Marc Campbell driving the six-time winning son of Steelhead Hanover from post 5 for trainer Danny Romo and owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S. Other top entries are Dustylanegoliath (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Woodmere Alvin (Corey MacPherson). Woodmere Stealdeal's 1:55.1 victory in his last start tied filly Saulsbrook Alana's 2013 Red Shores Summerside win for fastest ever two-year-old victory in Atlantic Canada. The Backstretch Beat in Sunday's card is unequivocal about Woodmere Stealdeal's dominance. "Woodmere Stealdeal had every excuse in the world to be beat in his last start but instead threw down the fastest rookie mile in the history of Atlantic Canadian harness racing. He is without peers." The other $11,700 O'Brien Gold division is in race 3 with Salwater Savage the morning line choice with post 4 in the compact field of five. Mark Bradley is at the reins for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Island owners Kyle Gardiner, Mike Currie and Jerry MacKinnon. The State Treasurer rookie had three straight wins before finishing third against aged company in his last start. The next choices on the morning line are Justcallmedoc (Jason Hughes) and Steel Reefer (Barrieau). A trio of $6,400 O'Brien grassroots divisions for rookie colts line up in races 1, 4 and 10. Also on the card is the Lady Slipper Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies and the first $13,000 Gold division sees Southfield Skye (Adam Merner) facing the biggest challenge of her young career from rail sitter Plain Jane (Marc Campbell) who returns from a brief stint racing in Ontario. Southfield Skye has yet to taste defeat racing in Atlantic stakes competition for trainer Glen MacKay Sr., and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. Tobins Brownie is the top choice in the other $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division with a two-race win streak on the line from the Jonah Moase stable for owners Alex Quinn of York, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Amy Lakie of Montague. The Stonebridge Terror filly will look to add to her $12,488 in seasonal earnings. The Real McCoy (Campbell) controls post 1 while Woodmere Stella (Barrieau) is second choice from the outside post 6. The Lady Slipper Grassroots divisions carry $9,000 purses in races 5 and 8. For more information go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Cruising off a two-hole ride, Go With Her delivered an open length victory in harness racing track record fashion in the Lady Slipper Stake Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The lone division for Lady Slipper three-year-old trotters carried a healthy $16,200 purse and Go With Her was the main benefactor with a five-length romp in 1:59.4 to establish a new track record for sophomore trotting fillies. Tequila Tuesday (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) made a quick break in stride at the beginning but set up shop on the front end with a torrid 28.3 opening quarter followed by a half in 58.1. Three-quarters were reached in 1:28.2 but driver Brodie MacPhee and Go With Her bided their time until the stretch drive where she moved up past Tequila Tuesday to be first to the wire. Kuri White trains the winning daughter of Armbro Barrister - Southwind Faith for owners East Coast Captains of Cornwall. Gottogitmesum (Ambyr Campbell) was third. Fireball Friday won the first $9,300 Lady Slipper split for two-year-old trotters for driver Heffernan Sr. and trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., recording a 2:09.1 victory over Striking Pride (Gilles Barrieau) and Rainbow Valley (Paul Larrabee). The second Lady Slipper division was claimed by Dusty Lane Milo as part of an Adam Merner driving triple. Owned by Marsha Knox of Stanhope and trained by Ron Gass, Dusty Lane Milo was on top at every call for a 2:04.1 triumph with A Little Go Go (Marc Campbell) second and the triactor being completed by Treasureonthewater (Brodie MacPhee). Merner's other victories came with Ms Moyse (1:58.2) for trainer Gass and with The Fox (1:59.4) from the Brendan Curran stable of Charlottetown. Mile Hill Willie extended his winning streak to four in the $2,500 Open Trot stopping the clock in 1:58.1 for driver Barrieau, co-owner and trainer Paul Morrison and co-owner John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B. Miss Kabana won the top pace of the evening for driver MacPhee in a 1:54.4 victory from the Gary Poulton stable of Charlottetown. Total wager was $35,745. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

One of the most successful and dedicated harness racing horsemen on PEI is a man by the name of Boyd MacDonald. Boyd has raced horses here on PEI, especially right here in Summerside going back as far as 1970. Before Boyd got his license to drive horses in 1973, other people did the driving. Junior Chappell would be the driver of his first horses, Post Road Sport and Happy One, and then Reg MacLure became the regular pilot of Boyd’s horses. Boyd bought so many horses and brought them here to PEI, not only for his enjoyment and fun, but to make our harness racing product better and something to be proud of. He raced his horses in both Summerside and Charlottetown but he seemed to have a lot of love for Summerside, as when I was a little boy, I can remember Boyd racing here every week. Some of the horses that Boyd campaigned over the years, (and I also should include his trainer Everett Lowther, who worked for Boyd for many many years and is quite a likeable character.) include Post Road Sport, Rhythm Girl, Happy One, Martown, Hawaii N, Rosie Joe, Seaport N, Nikey Irene, Knalman, SH Shrimp, Double Command, Scheme A, Shaleen Globe (a very good New Zealand bred mare and just one of many New Zealand breds that Boyd brought to PEI), Lucky Leita, as well as Fairly Lucky, Lindsay N, Island Gem and Brilliant Hanover N (all four of these co-owned by Doctor Erwin Howatt, another great fella), Laura Vee Haines, Millippa (another top class mare), Ad Painter and the list goes on and on. Reprinted with permission of PeiCanada

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off a dominating performance on Saturday afternoon during Gold Cup and Saucer week, Soccer Hanover will lead the way in the featured pace on a special Wednesday evening harness racing card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County Oval has 13-dash slated for a 6 P.M. Wednesday start and Soccer Hanover will race in event number 12 of the evening from post 5 in the 100th start of his career. The compact field of pacers will battle for the lion's share of the $2,450 purse with Corey MacPherson back in the bike behind Soccer Hanover after a five-length victory in his last start in a dazzling 1:53.4 for co-owner and trainer Leith Waite and co-owners Les and Spencer Waite. The six-year-old son of Dragon Again has made four trips to the winner's circle in 2020 and has 16 lifetime wins from 99 starts. Maritime Champion Heart And Soul has been on top of his game this season and will get Jason Hughes in the race bike from post 4 in the top event for trainer George Riley. Paris Beau scored a narrow upset in the Wal and Joe Hennessey Memorial in Charlottetown last week and will see Gilles Barrieau pick up the catch drive for trainer Doug Beckwith of New Brunswick. Brandon's Glory (To be driven by Dale Spence) has rail control and Mantario will reunite with Brodie MacPhee from post 2. The Backstretch Beat in Wednesday's race card has Soccer Hanover as the top choice. "Soccer Hanover draws the outside but the short field should make that a non-issue. After that 1:53 and change performance in his latest there is no doubt the road to the winner's circle goes through him." The back-up pace of the evening lines up in race 10 with $2,200 at stake. Howmac Magic has rail control for driver Barrieau, trainer and co-owner Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. The Articulator pacer will look for win number seven of his career. Also in the back-up class, Flowersonthebeach (Ken Murphy) has post 2 and in a harness racing oddity will race against his sire Varadero Hanover (David Dowling) who has post 4. Brothers Jeff and Devon Wallace train the pacers, respectively. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Avatar J put the finishing touches on a grand slam for harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau in winning the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau sat a perfect pocket ride with Avatar J in the top event of the night for his fourth win on the 12-dash card. Yankee Osborne (Driven by Neill MacInnis) guarded the rail in the $20,000 Gold Cup and Saucer consolation race and set up shop on the front end with splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 while the Danny MacDonald trained Avatar J sat comfortably in the two-hole. Avatar J tipped out in the stretch drive to power by for a 1:52.4 one-length victory over Yankee Osborne with Freddy Bear (Marc Campbell) rallying for third. Jody Sanderson of Cornwall co-owns the winning American Ideal pacer with Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. Red Dirt Star gave Barrieau his second biggest win of the evening in a $13,600 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:56.1 over Na Naa Said So (Redmond Doucet) and Watch Me Dance (Jason Hughes). Daniel Ross of Belfast holds the ownership papers on the Barrieau trainee. The rest of Barrieau's four-bagger was kicked off in the race 2 Donnie and Nan Simmonds Memorial pace as Howmac Dragonator won in 1:59.3 from the Ron Matheson stable, followed by a $7,300 Lady Slipper grassroots win in race 7 aboard JJ Gracie in 1:56.1 from his own stable. The other $7,300 Grassroots divisions were won by Woodmere Harriet (David Dowling) in 1:56.2 for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and Kiss Me Im Irish (Brodie MacPhee) in 1:59.2 from the Tom Weatherbie stable. Woodmere Skyroller (MacPhee) scored a narrow victory in a $13,600 Lady Slipper Gold division for sophomore pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:55 over a hard charging Dustylane Zambucca (Corey MacPherson) while Elm Grove Ocean (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. Kevin MacLean trains Woodmere Skyroller for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Rae Seelster (Adam Merner) had a lifetime best performance in the race 1 Larry Spencer Memorial pace with a 1:58.3 victory. Need To Know scored an upset in the George Wilkie Memorial in race 4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes at 7-1 odds. Total wager was $90,310. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - All the glory is up for grabs Saturday evening in the 61st running of the harness racing Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Starting at 7 P.M., the Saturday evening card is the second part of a doubleheader on the final day of Gold Cup and Saucer Week 2020. The $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final goes under the spotlight in the race 14 finale. Casimir Richie P is pegged as the one to beat from the Dr. Ian Moore stable of Ontario. A native of Summerside, Moore co-owns the pacer with Michael Goldberg of Toronto and places him in the capable hands of driver Dale Spence from post 6. The Astronomical pacer was a winner in 1:51.2 in Trial 2 Monday night while Trial 1 winner Time To Dance has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Brent Campbell of Charlottetown co-owns the 12-time winning Time To Dance with Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Rose Run Quest, the only horse in the field to have previously raced in the Gold Cup and Saucer final, has post 8 with Gilles Barrieau in the seat from the Campbell stable. Woodmere Ideal Art (To be driven by David Dowling) will leave from post 5 for trainer Sifroi Melanson. The Articulator gelding is the first Island-bred horse to race in the Gold Cup and Saucer final since Country Estate in 2008. The Post Time Picks are in agreement with classifier Gerard Smith in Casimir Richie P getting the top spot on the ticket. "That was an awesome performance in trial two where he got front and then fired home in 27.1 to win in 1:51.2. He may not get that trip tonight but his driver says he can do it any way so we'll see what Dale decides to do but we expect him to hit the wire first. " Other entries in the ultra-competitive field of eight are Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Father Ofthe Year (Mike Downey) and Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes). Woodmere Chella is the favourite off the rail in the race 13 Birthplace Of Confederation Final for a $8,000 pot sponsored by the City of Charlottetown in memory of Dr. Bob Webster. Spence drives the pacing mare for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. A pair of $12,500 Joe O'Brien Gold divisions line up in races 9 and 12. The card also features the Miriam Simmons Memorial, The Kiwanis George Kays Memorial, The Papermaker Pace, the David MacPhail Memorial, the Colonel Dan Trot, the Mayor's Pace, the Minister Of Finance Pace, and the Premier's Pace. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. Or click here for the program Southwind Ion Looks To Double Up In Linda Ford Memorial CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fresh off a front end score, Southwind Ion will look to take David Dowling all the way in the Linda Ford Memorial pace in the opening half of a Saturday doubleheader at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on the final day of Gold Cup and Saucer week 2020. The 10-dash Saturday afternoon card starts at 1P.M. with the Linda Ford Memorial pace in the race 10 finale. Southwind Ion has post 6 in the $1,900 class with Dowling in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle, who co-owns the Sportswriter mare with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. The mare was a 1:56.2 victor on the lead Tuesday evening for her 22nd lifetime win. Dueling Banjos brings a summary of six straight top-three finishes into the race with post 7 for driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Jay Noye while Dreas Good Powow was a winner her last start from the Joe MacDonald stable of Cornwall. The 40-time winner will have Corey MacPherson sitting behind her Saturday afternoon from post 1. The Post Time Picks in the Saturday afternoon program will place the post 6 starting Southwind Ion as the top choice. "Southwind Ion blasted off the wings and went right down the road for Dowling last time out. She gets the same class, same driver and maybe the same result." Also in the field are Medici Hanover (To be driven by Jason Hughes), Dorabella (Adam Merner), Good Luck Kathy (Brodie MacPhee), Paythelinebluechip (Marc Campbell) and The Time To Win (Gilles Barrieau). Race 5 is the Tom & Margaret Claybourne Memorial Trot for a $2,350 purse. Setting Day is the morning line favourite from post 4 for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Mike McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. Rest Assured is the favourite in the race 4 Fred & Rena Hughes Memorial with Barrieau at the lines for trainer Blaine McKenna and owners Marsha Knox and Kyla and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. A pair of $8,400 Joe O'Brien Grassroots division for three-year-old pacing colts line up in races 6 and 8. Watch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. For this program click on this link By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a pair of breaks in Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2, Yankee Osborne will look for a comeback in the $20,000 harness racing James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The consolation event lines up in race 12 on Friday's card, kicking off at 7 P.M. as part of Gold Cup and Saucer week 2020. Yankee Osborne will leave from post 1 in the event with Neil MacInnis in the bike for trainer Ross MacInnis and owners Sarah Jane Stable of Ontario, Frank MacInnis of Nova Scotia and Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown. A winner in the $7,500 Lindsay Construction Cup in a track record performance, Yankee Osborne is the morning line favourite in the MacGregor consolation. Avatar J also made a break in stride in Trial 1 and has drawn post 2 on Friday night with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Danny MacDonald. JJ Powerball just missed making the final with a fifth place finish in Trial 2 and retains the services of driver Brodie MacPhee. The Post Time Picks in Friday's program lists Avatar J as the top choice. "Avatar J gets a favourable post in here and might be able to draft behind Yankee Osborne the entire way. If he's sitting second at the top of the stretch he could zip down the passing lane and get it all." Also in the field is Freddy Bear (To be driven by Marc Campbell), Mach It Again (Dale Spence), Best To Hurst (David Dowling) and Euchred (Redmond Doucet). The evening card also features the Lady Slipper Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. Woodmere Skyroller has post 6 in race 11 on the card as she vies for the top prize in the $13,600 event from post 6 for driver MacPhee and trainer Kevin MacLean. The other $13,600 Gold division is earlier on the card with Watch Me Dance (Jason Hughes) the morning line choice fresh off a 1:55.4 romp by six-lengths from the Stephen Quinn stable. Race 1 is the Larry Spencer Memorial pace, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Parker Realty, with Rae Seelster (Adam Merner) the favourite. The Donnie and Nan Simmonds Memorial pace will see Winter Blast (David Dowling) try to overcome post 7 in race 2. Divine Deo (Barrieau) is the top pick in the race 4 George Wilkie Memorial. Watch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was no stopping Casimir Richie P Monday evening as he won Trial 2 of The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer by open lengths at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of Gold Cup and Saucer week racing. Driver Dale Spence hustled Casimir Richie P to the lead in the $12,500 trial and carved out splits of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24.1 before unleashing a 27.1 closing quarter to open up by over two lengths in 1:51.2. Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) was second, while longshot Woodmere Ideal Art (David Dowling) earned a place in the $60,000 final along with fourth place finisher Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault). Trainer Dr. Ian Moore along with Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario, owns Casimir Richie P. It was one of four wins on the program for Spence who also claimed the $3,000 Birthplace Of Confederation series elimination for pacing mares with Woodmere Chella in 1:54.2 for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. The card featured the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Tobins Rebel (Gilles Barrieau) was on top in his $13,360 A-division winning in 1:55.2 while Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald) got up in the final strides to win the other split in 1:55.4. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'Blue Knight' was rising on Saturday night as Jason Hughes was the leading harness racing driver of the evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Stratford horseman scored four wins on the 11-dash program including the $3,200 preferred pace with Simple Kinda Man in 1:54.3 in a narrow stretch drive victory. Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) finished second by a neck while race favourite Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault) was third. It was win number 11 of Simple Kinda Man's career as the five-year-old son of Sportswriter visited the winner's circle for trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of Middletown, N.Y., and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Hughes' other wins came with a triple from his own stable as Jeb was a 1:56.2 winner, Lord And Legend won in 1:58.3 and JK Express scored a nose decision in 1:56,3. Rockin Indy captured the back-up class in 1:56.3 in line to Adam Merner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Jetster (Campbell) finished second in the $2,700 event while Silverhill Buddy (David Dowling) was third. Campbell had three winners on the card to continue his stranglehold on the Charlottetown driver's standings. The Winsloe driver won with Here Comes Red in 1:58.1 for trainer Gerald MacDougall of Lorne Valley then scored a pair of wins from his own barn with Streakazana in 1:57.4 and Messier Seelster in 1:55.3. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - On top at every call, Hes Marvalous cruised to victory in the Friday evening featured event on the harness racing opening card of the season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Myles Heffernan Sr., was in the bike for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville for the win in the $2,500 Friday evening feature. The seven-year-old son of Delmarvalous left sharply from post 4 to seize the front end and went through splits of 29.3, 59.4, 1:28.3 and 1:57.3 to win by two-lengths. Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) rallied for second while Adventure Luck (Corey MacPherson) was third. It was one of two wins on the card for trainer Heffernan Jr., as Lorne Valley Barb was a 1:58.4 victor with Corey MacPherson at the lines in race 8, for win number 999 of the Cornwall driver's career. Drivers Marc Campbell and Dowling started off the season in a tie for leading driver as both reinsmen won three races. Campbell won the season opener with Scoot Out Of Here in 1:58.2 for trainer Vaughan Doyle of Charlottetown then later won with the O'Leary pair of Vegas Rich for Jansen Sweet in 2:00.4 and Shiftyn Georgie in 1:59.2 for trainer Jaycob Sweet. Dowling wins came aboard Noudidnt Blue Chip in 1:59 for trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove, Windemere Albert in 2:01.3 for Earl Watts of Hampshire and Ramset in 2:01 for trainer Kyle Williams of Tyne Valley. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. Wager was $41,334 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores www.redshores.ca 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The finest aged harness racing pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will converge on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Saturday night in what is sure to be a preview of the upcoming Governor's Plate Invitational. The 11-dash Saturday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the featured $3,200 preferred pace lining up in race 10. Lisburn has been installed as the morning line favourite after finishing second to Screen Test last week in his seasonal debut. Kenny Arsenault trains and drives Lisburn for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains and Rudge Racing of Dartmouth. The Gold Cup and Saucer finalist will leave from post 2 in Saturday's bout. Avatar J will get the catch driving services of Mark Bradley from post 3 for trainer Danny MacDonald after beating this class two weeks back. Last week's winner, Screen Test, will have to overcome post 6 in the power packed field for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ron Gass. Also competing in the field is last year's Governor's Plate champion, Rose Run Quest, from post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees this race going any number of ways but will back post 2 starter Lisburn for the win. "This one's wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some quick early fractions and with Lisburn's dangerous late kick that would be right up his alley. Beware." Also in the field are Simple Kinda Man (To be driven by Jason Hughes), Bugsy Maguire (Brodie MacPhee), Time To Dance (Adam Merner) and Soccer Hanover (David Dowling). The Campbell trained and driven Jetster is top choice in the race 7 preferred 2 pace for a $2,700 pot. The post 3 starter in the compact field of five was a winner two starts back at this level. Other top entries are Winter Blast (Hughes) and Silverhill Buddy (Dowling). Cowboy Logic makes his Island debut in race 9 for new trainer-driver Harold Shepherd of Stratford, who co-owns the pacer with Charlottetown residents Maurice McCabe, Gerard Ellsworth and Angus Birt. The three-year-old son of Western Ideal was racing the Ontario circuit for trainer Isabelle Darveau. For race programs, live video and more go to Redshores.ca and bet online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2020 harness racing season opens up Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and Creepin will take on the best of Western P.E.I., in the feature. The 11-dash Friday card has a 6 P.M. first race post time with the $2,500 featured pace lining up in race 10. Creepin drops out of preferred company into post 5 in the evening top event. David Dowling will again drive the six-year-old son of Mach Three for trainer Brittany Watts and owners Alex Quinn of York, Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge and Carl Peterson of Hunter River. Creepin has yet to miss the board so far this month. Mantario leaves from the outside post 6 fresh off a second place finish in the preferred 2 class last time out. Kenny Arsenault will retain the drive for trainer Alex Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Hes Marvalous is the classifier's choice for second leaving from post 4 for driver Myles Heffernan Sr. and trainer Myles Heffernan Jr. Known for his early gate speed he could help make the opening quarter interesting in a field that includes former front end champion Big Surf (To be driven by Adam Merner). The Backstretch Beat in Friday's program lists Creepin as the number one choice to win the top class."Creepin hardly ever looks out of place in with the bearcats in the preferred class," reads the beat. "With this group a notch easier he should be the one to knock off." Also in the field are Zack The Men (Dale Spence) and Adventure Luck (Corey MacPherson). The back-up pace will finish off the program in race 11 for a $2,100 purse as veteran pacer Eagle Jolt headlines the field from post 3 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Marie and the late Wilbur MacDonald. The teenage son of Village Jolt has been an iron tough campaigner with 65 wins in his career, now in his second last year of racing eligibility. Other top entries on the morning line are Flash In The Pang (Ken Murphy) and Best To Hurst (Dowling). For race programs, reservations at West End Bar & Grill (lower level of Red Shores Summerside) and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Fillies and Mares Open class has been all Marc Campbell, all the time this season and the Winsloe harness racing horseman will look for that to continue Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with a compact field of five mares set to face-off in the race 10 feature. The Fillies and Mares Open pace carries a $2,900 purse as the Campbell trained and driven Dreamfair Zenfire will leave from post 3 for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The Sunfire Blue Chip four-year-old is batting 80 per cent on the season, with only one loss from five seasonal outings. Berazzled draws post 5 this week with David Dowling picking up the drive for trainer Jonah Moase and owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Berazzled has yet to miss the top three since coming to the East Coast. Race analyst Les MacIsaac expects a similar result to last week as he places Dreamfair Zenfire on top."Dreamfair Zenfire has won four of five this year with both of her local wins in 1:56," MacIsaac said. "With an inside post in a compact field the road to the winner's circle goes through her." Also in the field are Falls Creek (To be driven by Adam Merner), Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) and Much Adoo (Brodie MacPhee). The Open trot takes to the track in race 8 for a $2,500 purse as newly minted Maritime Champion Daisy River has drawn the rail position. Walter Cheverie will pick up the catch driver this week as regular driver Jason Hughes must drive his own trainee, Star Photo, from post 5. The William Lanigan owned and trained Daisy River recorded the fastest mile ever by a Maritime bred trotter in the Atlantic provinces last week while winning in 1:58.1. Freddie will loom the biggest danger assigned to the outside post 7 after winning the last two Open trot classes for trainer-driver Campbell. A number of high quality pacing fillies will spar in race 4 with $2,000 in play in what is sure to be a preview of the coming stakes season. An Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion last year at age two, Woodmere Skyroller makes her debut from post 6 with Dowling in the seat for trainer Kevin MacLean. The field also includes last year's talented stakes performers Watch Me Dance (Hughes), Ezra Express (Campbell) and Tobins Choice (Gary Chappell) among others. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test unleashed a dominating harness racing performance as he captured the Saturday night preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and moved his driver closer to a career milestone. Corey MacPherson was in the bike behind Screen Test as the Ron Gass trainee took command of the lead at the 28.3 first quarter and never looked back through splits of 58.2, 1:27.4 and a clock stopping trip of 1:54.4 in the $3,200 featured pace. The win was number 18 of Screen Test's career for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Lisburn (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) was second with Simple Kinda Man (Marc Campbell) completing the triactor. MacPherson had three wins on the card as the Cornwall driver now sits at 997 lifetime victories with a trip to the 1,000 win club in his sights. His other wins were with Soccer Hanover in 1:55.4 for Leith Waite of Kensington and with three-year-old pacing colt Tobins Rebel in a career best 1:55.3 trip for conditioner Gord Ford of Charlottetown. David Dowling had the hot hands on the program with four wins on the card. The Warren Grove driver had a pair of victories from the Earl Watts stable of Hampshire with Shadow Of A Daut in 1:57.1 and in a maiden breaking score with Notyourtypicalman in 2:00.2. Dowling was also in the bike as Tyne Valley trainer Kyle Williams scored his first lifetime training win on the card with Zack The Men in 1:58.1. Dowling's other victory was with Silverhill Buddy in 1:58.2 for David Myers of Charlottetown. Total handle for the program was $62,335. Live racing continues next week with programs Thursday and Saturday evenings at Red Shores Charlottetown and on Friday evening for the season opener at Red Shores Summerside. Go to Redshores.ca for the complete schedule and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - She may not have done it in the feature harness racing event but Friday evening cemented Daisy River's status as an Atlantic Canadian great at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Jason Hughes, the William Lanigan trained and owned Daisy River scored a 1:58.1 victory in her $2,150 trot assignment to make her the fastest Maritime bred ever on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada. The Nikes Image five-year-old took over the title from former Atlantic Record holder Est Non Ila Dulcis, who accomplished her 1:58.2 record feat in 2013. The victory was number 12 of Daisy River's career as she lowered her lifetime best winning performance a full three-seconds from 2:01.1. Time To Dance remains undefeated on red soil in the featured $2,850 pace after the Marc Campbell trained and driven pacer won in 1:55.4 for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Second went to Mantario (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) while Winter Blast (Hughes) was third. Campbell had three wins from his stable with Freddie winning the open trot in 1:58.1 and Fusspot taking a personal best of 1:58.4. The Melissa Rennie stable opened and closed the evening with victories both with Adam Merner in the bike as Magical Maddys Boy won in 1:57.4 for a maiden breaking score and Mr Kelly lowered his lifetime best to 1:56.4 in the finale. Brodie MacPhee celebrated a driving triple on the card winning with Woodmere Rollex in 1:57.2 for trainer Earl Smith of Hunter River, Now Look At Here for sister Ambyr Campbell in 2:02.4, and with Bobjohnski for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown in 1:59.3. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He had to earn it but Avatar J found the harness racing winner's circle last week in the Saturday evening top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but may have a larger task ahead of him this time. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with Avatar J the morning line choice in the race 9 $3,200 Preferred pace. Jason Hughes is again behind the post 5 starting Avatar J for trainer Danny MacDonald and owners Jody Sanderson of Cornwall and Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. The American Ideal six-year-old scored a 1:54.2 decision in his seasonal debut on red soil while fending off the advances of Screen Test. With Screen Test drawing inside of his main competition (post 4) he may prove an even bigger threat for the team of driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ron Gass. Simple Kinda Man makes his Island debut with rail control for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of New York and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The five-year-old son of Sportswriter has been racing between Pennsylvania and New York, showing miles in 1:53-1:54 over a half-mile track. Lisburn returns to the East Coast and will leave from post 2 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. A top performer in this class during the last half of 2019, Lisburn had been racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario in the Tony O'Sullivan stable. Bugsy Maguire makes a jump up in class to land in post 3 for Saturday's contest but the Brodie MacPhee driven pacer has shown he is more than up the task. Trained by Wade Sorrie, Bugsy Maguire was a winner in last year's Cecil Ladner Memorial final, and a finalist in the Governor's Plate. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will elect for Screen Test to return to his winning ways in his Saturday evening predictions. "Screen Test hit another gear in his first start and circled the field and had it not being for having to go three wide last week, he might have won again," MacIsaac said. "His excellent current form will make him hard to deny." Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com or at the drive-in wagering venue at Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. every race day. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

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