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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - While the 'King' of Island harness racing swept the final three dashes of the card, a record June wager was set on the Thursday evening season opener at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval was the first track in Canada to hold harness racing since March and the historic oval handled $102,308 on the 10-dash card in online betting as no spectators were allowed on site. Trainer-driver Marc Campbell gave Dreamfair Zenfire a perfect two-hole trip in her Island debut in the featured $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. Time of the mile was 1:56. Race favourite Berazzled (Driven by Mike McGuigan) set the early tempo with splits of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.3 with Dreamfair Zenfire sitting on her back. The eventual winner angled out for the stretch drive to win by half-a-length over Berazzled with Woodmere Chella (David Dowling) rounding out the triactor. Howmac Blaze was an earlier winner for Campbell in 1:59.4 in a front-end score for trainer Michelle Myers of Cardigan. The final part of the Campbell hat-trick was from his own stable in the $2,400 back-up pace as Arc Light got away in the back of the pack and made a power move to the front heading to the half-mile marker. The Maritime stakes graduate unleashed a final half in 57 seconds to win by six-lengths in 1:58.2 over Miss Kabana (Vincent Poulton) and Killean Finale (Ken Murphy). Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 10-dash program. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside, PE - The City of Summerside has announced the Summerside Lobster Carnival has been cancelled. While this announcement unfortunately affects the carnival, this does not impact the harness racing events scheduled from July 5th to July 11th including the Governor's Plate at Red Shores Summerside. Red Shores, along with harness racing industry officials, continue to meet on the status of the 2020 harness racing calendar and will provide further updates.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.I.) - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has released upcoming qualifying sessions. The dates include Saturday May 23rd Post Time 12:30pm, Thursday May 28th Post Time 6:00pm, Saturday May 30th Post Time 12:30pm, Sunday May 31st Post Time 12:30pm. For more information contact the race office at 902.629.6634. No fans or spectators will be allowed on the Red Shores property however the qualifiers will be carried live at redshores.ca Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing, will be made available soon. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.I.) - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will resume hosting live harness racing, but without on track customers, on Thursday June 4. The safety and well-being of Islanders is our top priority. In consultation with the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, public health officials and other stakeholders, Red Shores has developed a detailed plan to support the return of live standardbred horse racing on Prince Edward Island. This plan incorporates government and public health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No fans or spectators will be allowed on the Red Shores property during live racing events until further notice. Fans from across North America will be able to watch and wager from the safety of their homes through the Red Shores Race Day broadcast and online betting platforms such as HPIBet.com. Post time on June 4 will be 6 p.m. Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing, will be made available at redshores.ca Qualifying dates will be released soon. For further information contact: David MacKenzie Blaine MacPherson General Manager Chairman Red Shores PEI Harness Racing Industry Association  

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Following the direction of the chief public health officer, the live harness racing season has been tentatively pushed back to June 4 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The racing season was scheduled to begin on May 2 but concerns due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) have led racing officials to cancel all May dates at both Island tracks. A further announcement will be made on May 1 for live racing at the CDP and Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway when hopefully the picture will be clearer as to whether a June start is realistic. The Ruby Chappell and Bob Dewar stake events scheduled for Summerside on May 31 will be rescheduled to a date later this season. The change in the schedule cuts out 11 live race programs on the Island, with three of those scheduled for Summerside. The situation is fluid with more adjustments to the schedule a real possibility. If the June 4 start date stands, with no additional dates, it will leave 27 race cards for the 2020 season in Summerside and 64 cards at the CDP in the calendar year. They would be spread over 59 dates, with five of those to be doubleheader programs. Those 64 cards in Charlottetown includes up to Dec. 31 with January 2021 dates to be added on top of those totals. There is currently no harness racing across the continent, but a small number of thoroughbred tracks continue to operate. Training continues at both Island tracks with the stabling area in Charlottetown undergoing a number of security measures to allow only essential personnel, namely trainers and grooms, to care for the horses during certain time slots. This has allowed the more than 250 horses at the city track to continue being cared for while limiting the number of individuals in the barn area at any given time. There is no question the leadership from the team at Red Shores has been tremendous during these unprecedented times. Stay tuned for updates, but fingers are crossed for a return to some level of normalcy with a June start. U.S. scene Rene Allard, a three-time Gold Cup and Saucer-winning trainer, has recently been indicted as part of an investigation into horse doping in the United States that has seen charges laid against 29 individuals in the thoroughbred and standardbred industry. Allard, who also owns a home on P.E.I. after becoming an Old Home Week regular the past decade, was reportedly arrested while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was charged with mislabelling medication by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

Hopefully, by early June the harness racing scene will be back in action. Red Shores has allotted time slots for trainers to get their work done while adhering to social distancing and other strict health measures.  The breeding season is now upon us and broodmare owners are carefully selecting stallions for their mares.  I talked to Ian Moore when he was here a few weeks ago and he told me he has two Arthur Blue Chips in training and they are impressive. One is a colt and the other a filly. Arthur Blue Chip is standing his first season at Bruce Wood’s Woodmere Farms and the Shadow Play stallion is a gorgeous looking individual.  Woodmere also stands Rollwithitharry, whose first crop in 2019 produced the Atlantic Breeders crown two-year-old winner, and another great looker in Stonebridge Terror, a high-percentage sire who has to his credit the top two-year-old Half Cut. The Bettors Delight horse Malicious led Canada and North America three-year-olds in four categories, including percentage of three-year-olds to the races and percentage of three-year-olds with sub 2:00 records. He’s standing at Windemere Farms along with Articulator, sire of such standouts as Atlantic sire champions Ramblinglily and Woodmere Oleksiak. Jamie MacKinley’s J J Farms in Cornwall has a couple of interesting studs in Hilarious Halo p, 1:48:3 ($475,000), the fastest stallion in the region and whose first crop will race this summer, plus Tobago Cays (Rocknroll Hanover, $800,000) who had two stakes winners from a small test crop of three last summer in Delaware. Tobago is out of the great Bunny Lake, which is interesting indeed. Next week, I’ll look at HowMac Farms star Source of Pride, Robin Burke’s highly regarded Shanghai Phil and the Ron Gass Farm in Cornwall plus other stallions. In closing, here’s a funny story. I asked taximan George Larter how his three-year-old The Fox was training under the care of Brendon Curran. “The colt looks good, but they’re trying to convert me into a Tory,” laughed George.  Good luck with that one!  By Fred MacDonald Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer  

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park is pleased to launch a new live harness racing racetrack cam to allow owners and horse lovers to enjoy the daily training routines of the equine athletes from the comfort of their home during the COVID - 19 Health crisis. The cameras will stream daily from 7am - 5pm from the Red Shores web site. Guests can go to redshores.ca and click on the live racing page. The live track cam will allow you to view the virtual training center. Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Well known Veterinarian and harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore will be a featured speaker at the 2020 PEI Horse Breeders Conference which will be held this weekend, March 6 and 7th at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dr. Moore will speak Friday Evening on Yearling Preparation and What Buyers Want, and at Noon Saturday on Industry Trends in Breeding Yearlings. The conference starts Friday evening at 7 p.m. and in addition to Dr. Moore's presentation will feature a Trainers Panel with Earl Smith, Kenny Arsenault , and Kevin MacLean. A social hour will conclude the evening at Turf's Bar & Grill at Red Shores. Saturday will start at 10:30 a.m. and is themed "The Mare and Foal, From Conceiving to Weaning". The days' activities will kick off with a Breeders Panel of Donnie MacNeil, Bobby Gordon, and Doug MacPhee. In addition to Dr. Moore's noon time presentation fellow veterinarians Dr. Ben Stoughton , Dr. Mary McNevin, and Dr. Martha Mellish will do presentations on topics ranging from DeWorming Principles, Nutrition on Your Breeding Farm, Getting Your Mare Pregnant , Preparing For Foaling, and the First Twenty Four Hours of your Foals Life. Through the generous support of event sponsors Registration is Free, but Pre Registration is encouraged to ensure adequate resources for all attendees. Please contact the Red Shores Race Office at 902-629-6636 to Pre Register. All those interested in the Horse Industry are invited to attend. . by Lee A. Drake, for Red Shores  

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing. The 2020 National Driving Championship will take place at Century Mile in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, September 11. “As the newest racetrack in Canada, it is not only a privilege but also very exciting to host the National Driving Championship at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino,” commented Paul Ryneveld, Managing Director, Racing, at Century Mile. “In the inaugural meet, drivers and horsemen alike found the one-mile track to their liking and we believe the wide turns and long homestretch will make for a fun event from both a spectator and a betting angle. This will also be a fantastic event to showcase Century Mile to racing fans across Canada and North America, and to the drivers competing to represent Canada in the next World Driving Championship.” This marks the first time that the National Driving Championship has been hosted in Alberta. Drivers must earn their way into the National Driving Championship by finishing first or second in their respective Regional Driving Championship. In addition, Hippodrome 3R is a first-time host for a Regional event as they will host the Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship. The Ontario Regional will be hosted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Century Downs will host the Western Regional and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park will be the site of the Atlantic Regional. “We are very pleased to see the interest that tracks across the country have in hosting the Regional and National Driving Championships, and we're happy to have two first-time host venues this year in Century Mile and Hippodrome 3R,” said Dan Gall, President & CEO of Standardbred Canada. “We are looking forward to working with Paul Ryneveld and the team at Century Mile, Canada’s newest horse racing venue, to showcase the National Driving Championship. The one-mile oval promises an exciting competition and this state of the art facility will provide an exceptional experience for both the drivers and the fans.” Here are the locations and dates for the four regional events (in chronological order): REGIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Tuesday, May 12 Ontario Regional Driving Championship - The Raceway at Western Fair District; London, Ont. Saturday, May 30 Western Regional Driving Championship - Century Downs; Calgary, Alta. Sunday, June 7 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship - Hippodrome 3R; Trois Rivieres, Que. Saturday, June 13 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park; Charlottetown, P.E.I. NATIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, September 11 - Century Mile; Edmonton, Alta. Regional events will feature either eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance to the National. Past winners of the NDC title include Doug McNair (2018), Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 & 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007). The winner of the 2020 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the 2021 World Driving Championship. From Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The P.E.I. Standardbred Breeder's Association asks all members of the Atlantic Canadian trotting sector to come to a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 8 at 1 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. The meeting will involve a discussion of the current state of the trotting industry on the East Coast and the association would like input from all members of the trot side of the business on how to plan for the future. This includes breeders of trotters, buyers of trotters at the yearling sales, owners of trotters of all ages as well as trainers and drivers of trotting horses. The meeting will take place in the grandstand seating on the second-level of Red Shores Charlottetown with participation strongly encouraged. (By Nicholas Oakes, Secretary, P.E.I. Standardbred Breeder's Association)

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With some Heffernan stickhandling in the final quarter, Hes Marvalous snuck through to knock off the Saturday afternoon harness racing preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,950 featured pace saw Winter Blast (Driven by Adam Merner) set the tempo through splits of 29, 59.1 and 1:29.4 over an off-track while eventual winner Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was locked in third on the rail. Heffernan found himself with a fresh horse in the final panel of the race and guided his charge to the outside off the final turn then elected to duck back down the inside in the stretch drive to win in 2:00.1. Winter Blast finished second while Pictonian Storm (Corey MacPherson) was third. Jackie Heffernan of Summerville owns the seven-year-old son of Delmarvalous while Myles Heffernan Jr., handles the training duties. Private Di supplied a colossal upset in the afternoon closer as Kenny Arsenault rallied his trainee from the back of the field to win by half-a-length in 2:01.4 while ending Killean Finale's (Ken Murphy) undefeated streak. Paying $54.40 to win while on top of an $862.80 triactor, Private Di is owned by Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The Jackie Matheson stable had a training triple on the 12-dash card as Daut Not had a maiden breaking score in 2:03.3 with Marc Campbell picking up the last-minute catch drive in the opener. Campbell and Matheson teamed up again in race 5 to deliver with The Time To Win in 2:04.3 then Woodmere Soul was a 2:04.1 victor in race 6 from the Matheson stable with Merner in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday, Feb. 1, with the final card of the winter meet. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Good things don't last forever but 2020 has been very good to Killean Finale and she will look to continue that trend Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the harness racing Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M., with the top pacing mares around facing off in the $2,500 final race. Killean Finale has yet to be defeated so far in 2020 with three-straight wins since the calendar turned for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek. The seven-year-old daughter of Sportswriter will have her work cut out for her from post 6, after drawing inside every start this year. Collective Wisdom has been razor sharp as well with a string of top three-finishes but is saddled with post 8 this week. Charlottetown native Drew Neill is visiting this weekend from his Ontario base and will pick up the catch drive for trainer Jackie Matheson. To watch a replay of Killean Finale as a yearling in 2014 click on this link. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is looking at another entrant as the spoiler with post 5 starter Tell Me Why and the combo and driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. "Longshot players may want to have a look at Tell Me Why," MacIsaac said. "This mare has a great finishing kick and if Corey can work her into the right position she's a potential sleeper." Also in the field are Outrageous Spirit (Driven by Gordie Hennessey), Charlottes Western (David Dowling), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault), Paythelinebluechip (Marc Campbell) and Indywheelbarrow (Adam Merner). The $2,950 preferred pace hits the track in race 11 with Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Creepin (Dowling) set to spar again this week after the latter was scratched from action last Saturday. Winter Blast has rail control in the six-horse field while Creepin leaves from the far outside. Pictonian Storm nearly lit up the tote board at this level last week and retains the services of MacPherson from post 3. The final card of the winter meet is Saturday February 1st. For race programs, live broadcast and 2020 race dates go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing at Red Shores in Summerside and Charlottetown saw significant gains across the board in 2019. The live wager saw a 10 per cent increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with $392,236 in new wagering dollars for a total $4.28 million in all sources wager. The 2019 increases were thanks to bumps in on-track wager as well as a 15 per cent increase from 2018 in the off-track wager. When the wager increases, the percentage to the purse pool also increases. Racing experience manager Adam Walsh pointed to the hard-working individuals in the racing community for making 2019 a banner year with 100 race dates. Lee Drake, manager of marketing and brands, said guest experience is the No. 1 focus at Red Shores and a key reason the business continues to grow in every facet. “We work hard on getting new people to our properties through strong partnerships and relationships in tourism, meetings and conventions and the corporate community,” Drake said.  “We have beautiful clean properties with a professional staff and it’s all about the experience whether it’s racing, dining or the casino,” he added. “We have really stepped up our social media presence which also drives new business as well.” The starting gate approaches the start during a recent harness racing card at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway Red Shores’ two signature events also saw gains in 2019 with the Gold Cup and Saucer program pulling in $307,134 from all wagering sources, putting that handle second all-time in Island racing to the Gold Cup and Saucer card in 1994. The 2019 Governor’s Plate card was the second-highest grossing program in the history of the Summerside Raceway with $96,651 wagered on the card, narrowly putting it behind the $99,994 record handle of 1996.  Walsh said the difference in outside competition from those record wagers in the 1990s to today’s climate should not be overlooked.  “There is quite a difference in the landscape today compared to 10 or 25 years ago, but we are focused on growing those numbers,” he said. The Red Shores race day broadcast network had 2.6 million viewers, including 1.9 million in Atlantic Canada. The 2020 winter racing season is coming to a close at Red Shores in the coming weeks, but the action will be back at the Charlottetown track on Saturday, May 2, for the summer racing meet with the Kentucky Derby theme. Governor’s Plate week is July 5-11 while Old Home Week is Aug. 13-22 featuring The Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Red Shores is owned by Atlantic Lottery. Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores. 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The preferred class monster is gone this week leaving Saturday afternoon's top harness racing event a truly wide-open affair at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will play host to 14-dashes starting at 12:30 P.M. as the lone program of the week. The preferred pace headlines the card in the finale with Rose Run Quest not entered in the class, leaving a contentious group vying for the $2,900 purse. Eagle Jolt has rail control in the preferred, fresh off a win one class down for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford. The 12-year-old son of Village Jolt has made six trips to the winner's circle this season with over $12,000 in the bank. Hes Marvalous scored an open-length victory in his latest and the front-end pacer has post two this week with Myles Heffernan Sr., at the lines. Burn Out Hanover will leave from post 4 from the Jeff Holmes stable of Orwell and Kenny Arsenault will pick up the catch drive as regular driver Gilles Barrieau has returned to his home base of Saint John, N.B. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes Burn Out Hanover chances."Burn Out Hanover's current form is excellent with five top-three finishes from his last six tries and while he loses Gilles, we'll take Kenny as a replacement any day of the week," MacIsaac said. "Top call." Also in the class are Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson), Creepin (David Dowling), Rockin Indy (Mike McGuigan), Bank Of Dad (Adam Merner) and Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes). Race 13 has the top mare's pace of the day with Sophist coming into the class off a two-race win streak for driver David Dowling, trainer Chris MacKay and owner Jordan MacKay of French River. The three-year-old Up Front Charlie filly was a recent purchase by MacKay out of the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in Pennsylvania and used a 28.4 closing rush to capture her latest race after being a six-length winner the start previous. The Time To Win is the morning line choice in the class with Ron Matheson in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson. The Western Ideal lass scored an eight-length romp last time out for driver Barrieau. Other top entries are Arc Light (Campbell) and West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd). For live video and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores and Harness Racing officials have cancelled the race program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park due to the snow and wind conditions forcast for Prince Edward Island. A make-up card will be scheduled for Sunday December 8th. Post time is 12:00 P.M. Campbell Looks To Reignite 'Quest' CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Rose Run Quest finds himself in the photo every week but will try to get his nose first on the line again Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program will be the final regularly scheduled Sunday card of the season as racing switches to a Saturday only schedule starting next week. The first race of the day goes postward at 12:00 P.M. with the $3,000 featured preferred pace lining up in race 11 of the program. Trainer Marc Campbell will be in the bike behind Rose Run Quest from post 5 in the class as the morning line favourite. The pacer bought himself a ticket to the $200,000 club in his latest but failed to make the winner's circle as he finished second to Woodmere Ideal Art while garnering enough earnings to meet the milestone. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown owns the seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream. Post 3 belongs to Burn Out Hanover with Gilles Barrieau driving for trainer Jeff Holmes, while Creepin will guard the rail from the Jim Quinn stable for driver David Dowling. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the absence of the two horses that beat Rose Run Quest in his last two starts to be a sign of clear sailing this week. "Rose Run Quest has had back to back weeks without a win, which is an eternity for this guy," MacIsaac said. "Since the ones that managed to get the better of him in those starts are absent today, we can't imagine the streak making it to three." Other entries are Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy), Bank Of Dad (Adam Merner) and Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes). The afternoon back-up pace lines up in race 8 with Mick Dundee pegged as the one to beat from post 2 fresh off of a trio of cheques earned at the preferred level. Din MacNeil of Cornwall owns, trains and drives his homebred pacer who will look to add to his five seasonal victories. Phil Dorleans (Barrieau) and Eagle Jolt (Campbell) are listed as top contenders. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control of the lead from the start and beat back his preferred harness racing foes Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was the hot driver of the day and Euchred did not let him down as the son of Shadow Play left well off the gate to make the lead in the $2,900 preferred pace and proceed through splits of 28.3, 57.2 and 1:26.2. Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) took a run at Euchred in the final quarter but had to settle for second while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) had too much ground to make up and finished third in the 1:55.2 mile. Walter Walker trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Barrieau made four trips to the winner's circle on the 13-dash card. The New Brunswick pilot started the action off winning with Selkirk Echo in 2:00.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown, and that duo teamed up later on the card to win with Clare Hall Hanover in an open-length 1:59.3 score. Barrieau's other win was in a $1,750 trot class as Daisy River overcame an early break in stride to win in 2:04.1 for trainer William Lanigan of Montague. For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

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