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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  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'King' of Island harness racing has shown he has a pair of queens in the Fillies and Mares Open class as the Winsloe driver again won the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. After winning the class both Thursday's so far this season with Dreamfair Zenfire then Arc Light, the Marc Campbell lasses packed a one-two finish in this week's $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace at the capital oval. Campbell elected to drive Dreamfair Zenfire from his stable this Thursday and hustled the Sunfire Blue Chip four-year-old right to the engine and never relinquished control through splits of 28.2, 58.2, 1:27.3 and 1:56.1. Berazzled (Driven by Mike McGuigan) lauched a fire-over attack but had to settle for third while Arc Light (Adam Merner) followed that cover and got up for second in a tight finish. Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris hold the ownership papers of Dreamfair Zenfire. Campbell came back one race later to capture the evening finale back-up class with the Bo Ford trained Falls Creek for owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. Making her East Coast debut, Falls Creek led at every station to win by two-lengths in 1:57 over Killean Finale (Ken Murphy) and The Time To Win (Brodie MacPhee). Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown on Friday and Saturday evening with a 6 P.M. post time for both cards. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. Total wager was $50, 332 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - In what has been a common theme so far this season, the harness racing Marc Campbell stable will send out a powerful duo in the featured event Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Friday card starts off at 6 P.M. with the $2,850 Preferred 2 pace lining up in race 9. The Campbell pair of post 4 starter Jetster (To driven by Adam Merner) and post 6 newcomer Time To Dance (Campbell) has the respect of the top two picks on the morning line odds. Jetster was victorious in this class last Friday with Campbell at the lines while Time To Dance delivered a five-length romp in his first East Coast assignment down a notch on the class ladder for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matthew McDonald of Edwards, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to go a different direction as he sides with the red hot Brittany Watts stable and post 2 starter Creepinn (David Dowling). "Creepin lost his cover at the half last week which left him first up the rest of the way and that's back-to-back starts he's had to rough it," MacIsaac said. "He still got home in 28 and change though and with a smoother journey tonight he's a potential sleeper." Also in the preferred 2 field are Mantario (Kenny Arsenault), Beyondthesilence N (Chris Davies), Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.). The Open trot renews again on Thursday with a field of six top-flight trotters competing for the lion's share of the $2,500 purse. Freddie leaves on the far outside after delivering a mild upset in this class last week for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 61-time winning Majestic Son trotter will have to overcome Glider Man, who will be looking for redemption from post 5 after falling short as the heavy post time favourite last week for the duo of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Jennifer Doyle. Hop Up takes a two-race win streak into the event leaving from post 2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Keith Campbell. The field is rounded out by Supreme Monarch (Mike McGuigan), Windemeredontuworry (Norris Rogers) and Star Photo (Hughes). 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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best mares racing on the Eastern Seaboard will again hook up Thursday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace headlines the 10-dash card that has a first race post time of 6 P.M. The Marc Campbell stable has won this class the first two weeks of the season and Arc Light will put her short undefeated streak to the test from post 6. Adam Merner will pick up the catch drive behind Arc Light for owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. The four-year-old daughter of Camystic has found the winner's circle both weeks of the new season. Campbell will elect to drive stablemate Dreamfair Zenfire from post 2 after beating this class with the newcomer on June 4. Berazzled has been knocking on the door with a pair of runner-up finishes since coming East and will again have Mike McGuigan at the lines from post 5 for trainer Jonah Moase. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with the preferable post position of Dreamfair Zenfire as he places her on top of his ticket. "Dreamfair Zenfire's modest winning streak was halted last week but she still turned in a solid effort," MacIsaac said. "Moves a couple of spots to her left for this one and is reunited with Marc who's red hot so we'll treat her as the one to beat." Also in the class are Miss Kabana (To be driven by Vincent Poulton), Much Adoo (Brodie MacPhee), Woodmere Chella (David Dowling) and Southwind Ion (Jason Hughes). The evening back-up class lines up in the race 10 finale for a $2,300 purse. The eight-horse field appears to be a wide open affair with Killean Finale picked as the morning line choice from post 6 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek. Falls Creek makes her East Coast debut from post 5 with Campbell in the bike for new trainer Bo Ford. The Badlands Hanover mare won her last outing in the $7,000 claiming class in February at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Saturday evening harness racing feature was a duel to the finish but Avatar J prevailed at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Jason Hughes pointed the Danny MacDonald trainee to the lead in the $3,200 preferred pace and was released to the first quarter in 27.4 by Beyondthesilence N (Driven by Chris Davies). Avatar J cruised through the next split in 57 then came under pressure fighting off Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) and Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) to the three-quarters of 1:26.1. Rose Run Quest had to settle back to third but Screen Test kept up the pressure down the stretch to narrowly finish second. Rose Run Quest was third. Avatar J is owned by Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. Bugsy Maguire walked away with the evening back-up class giving driver Brodie MacPhee his first win since returning to driving. MacPhee's last victory was on August 3, 2014. The 2019 Cecil Ladner Memorial champion, Bugsy Maguire toured the capital oval in 1:56.1 for trainer Wade Sorrie and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Driver Adam Merner scored a driving triple on the night including a pair of victories for trainer Melissa Rennie. Likely To Win won race 2 of the card in 1:57.2 then Maritime Champion Windemere Ryan captured the finale in a new lifetime best of 1:56.2 to kick off his three-year-old season. Merner's other victory came with Legendary Ron in a front-end score of 1:57.1 for owner Douglas Matheson of Cornwall. Marc Campbell had a pair of training wins on the card as Time To Dance won his East Coast debut in 1:55.2 and veteran pacer Eagle Jolt won in 1:57.2. The track crew had the historic oval in top-notch shape as the slowest dash of the 10-race card was recorded in 1:57.4 in possibly the fastest program since the track opened in 1888. Wager was $55,334 For race replays and more go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'Beast' was unleashed Friday evening as newcomer Silver Beast easily toured the harness racing oval in the finale at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown. Silver Beast went off at the heavy post time favourite and found no challengers in his $2,000 assignment for driver David Dowling, trainer Brittany Watts and owner Island Silver Stables of Kelvin Grove. It was the first start on red soil for the four-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes graduate who was recently acquired by his new connections. The Betterthancheddar pacer cruised through splits of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:29.4 before closing out the mile in 1:57.4 over Bold N Bad (Driven by Jason Hughes) and Messier Seelster (Marc Campbell). Jetster topped off a driving hat trick for trainer-driver Campbell in the $2,850 featured Preferred 2 pace, just one night after the driver scored five wins in the bike. Jetster used a first-over assault heading to the half-mile marker to overtake Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan) and open up by four lengths to win in a lifetime best equalling performance of 1:56.1. Jamie Struthers of Glace Bay, N.S., owns the Jeremes Jet eight-year-old, who celebrated his 30th lifetime victory. Creepin (Dowling) finished second in the top event while Hes Marvalous was third. Campbell's other wins were with Freddie in the $2,400 Horses and Geldings trot in 2:00.1 from his own stable and in a maiden breaking score with the Michael Gallant trained World Wonder in 1:57.4. The Fillies and Mares trot class was won by Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) in 2:00.2 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Victoria West. Live racing continues Saturday evening at the capital oval with a 6 P.M. post time for the 10-dash program. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of pacing harness racing heavyweights will face off Saturday evening in the featured preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the $3,200 preferred pace lining up in race 9. Red Shores will again offer driver-in wagering for Saturday's card on the patio of Red Shores Charlottetown from 12-4 P.M. Avatar J headlines the compact field of six preferred pacers as the Ontario ship-in leaves from post position 4. The talented six-year-old son of American Ideal moves into the Danny MacDonald stable for owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall with Jason Hughes picking up the catch driving assignment. The winner of $170,000 lifetime is fresh off a 1:56.1 qualifying victory at the capital oval. Screen Test was much the best in last week's preferred but will leave on the grandstand side of his foes on Saturday for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass. Governor's Plate champion Rose Run Quest has post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell as the pacer looks for redemption after falling short as last week's favourite. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with Avatar J for the top piece of his ticket. "Avatar J barely broke a sweat in the qualifier with opening and closing panels in 28 and change," MacIsaac said. "You would have to think he can only be better tonight and if that's the case there could be nothing to stand in his way." Other preferred pace entries are Mantario (To be driven by Kenny Arsenault), Soccer Hanover (Adam Merner) and Beyondthesilence N (Chris Davies). The evening finale will see the return of two of the top rookie pacing colts of the 2019 season as Tobins Rebel and Windemere Ryan make their first starts of their three-year-old campaigns. Tobins Rebel has rail control in the $2,200 class as MacPherson will hold the lines in place of trainer Gilles Barrieau for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Windemere Ryan will leave from post 3 with Adam Merner in the race bike for trainer Melissa Rennie and owner High Five Racing Stable of Stanhope. For race programs, live video and more go to Redshores.ca and go to HPIbet.com to wager live from home. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Live harness racing returned to P.E.I last week with two programs and steps up another notch this week with programs scheduled for Thursday, today and Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The capital oval added the extra program to deal with a healthy horse population as horse owners look for racing opportunities in condensed 10-dash cards due to space limitations on race night to comply with physical distancing requirements. The CDP is set for the same schedule next week, but Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway could also open up for the season on Friday, June 26, pending approval from the provincial health authority. There has been lots of talent on display on the season’s first cards with a number of top-notch three-year-olds returning to the fold as well as top-quality aged horses that have been purchased during the down season. The open pacing ranks have seen newcomers like Avatar J, Beyondthesilence N and Silver Beast while Glider Man will look to be a major factor in the trot classes this summer. The ranks of the open pacing mares have seen the biggest new investments with some very nice lasses to watch in Berazzled, Dreamfair Zenfire, Miss Kabana, Much Adoo and Southwind Ion. These fresh faces are sure to make for an action-packed summer of racing on the Island. Racing resumes in Nova Scotia this week with spectators allowed on site, provided they distance themselves. The Truro Raceway gets going tonight while Northside Down in North Sydney begins on Saturday. Alberta also announced it will begin the season this weekend. P.E.I. scene Driver Corey MacPherson will be looking to hit a career milestone very soon as the 31-year-old Cornwall driver was 10 wins shy of the 1,000-win plateau before the Thursday night program. Across the continent Royaltywestho paced into the record books Friday, June 5, at The Meadowlands in New Jersey as the Island-bred filly was a winner in 1:50.4 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Bred by Gary MacPherson of North Wiltshire, Royaltywestho is now the sixth fastest Maritime-bred mare ever with the group led by Elleofnxample (1:49.2). The score was win 21 of Royaltywestho’s career as her career earnings surpassed $175,000. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

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

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

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

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

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

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