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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Under the command of Ken Murphy, Machinthesand vanquished his feature foes Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The veteran Mach Three pacer was on top at every call in the $2,350 Preferred 2 pace as he laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:26.3 before closing out the mile in 1:54.2. Three Truths (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) rallied to finish second in the speedy trip while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was third. Machinthesand is trained by Barry Folland for owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. It was one of two wins on the program for Folland, as Toad River was a 1:58.1 victor with Marc Campbell at the lines in race 8. Dusty Lane Jacob shocked the $1,950 Open trot with a 34-1 upset for driver Merner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, P.E.I. MacDonald co-owns the six-year-old son of Nureyev with Tanya MacKinnon of Souris, P.E.I. Frill Seeker (Arsenault) was second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) being placed to third to complete the $386.60 triactor. Gilles Barrieau scored four wins on the weekday program with victories aboard his own Finnish Your Way in 2:01.2, Sports Highlights in 2:00.4 for trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown, Cougar Gal in 1:59.1 for Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown and Woodmere Soul in the finale for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. Live racing continues Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Off a pocket ride behind hot fractions there was no stopping Czar Seelster in Saturday night's Invitational Pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Kenny Arsenault was at the lines for the winning drive in the $3,500 Invitational pace against top notch harness racing company. Rose Run Quest won the early tussle to control the lead and was sent to fractions of 27.4, 55.4 and 1:25.3 by driver Gary Chappell. Czar Seelster sat in the two-hole and tipped out in the late stages of the mile to power past Rose Run Quest for a two-length win in 1:54.2. Third went to Machinthesand (Driven by Ken Murphy). Todd Weatherbee trains Czar Seelster for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Brodys Leona captured the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace as part of a four-win evening for driver Corey MacPherson. Kerry Taylor trains the Modern Art mare who stopped the clock in 1:56.4. MacPherson's other wins came with JKs Boy in 2:04.1 for Les Waite of Charlottetown, Zambuca Gass in 1:59.4 for trainer Gillian Reeves of Summerside and Stars Above in 1:56.1 as part of a training double for Weatherbee. Trainer Jackie Matheson had a solid night at the track including a harness racing oddity as two of his trainees dead-heated for the win in the same race. In race 8 of the program, Matheson trainees Howmacs Dragonator (Ron Matheson) and Artners In Crime (Drew Neill) hit the wire together in 2:00.3 to give the trainer two winners in the same race. Matheson's other victories came with IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) in 1:56.2 and Lincoln Seelster (Ron Matheson) in 2:00.4. Two finals for the P.E.I. Matinee Series were held as non-betting races on the program with those races announced by up and comer Christopher MacRae. The class C final was won by Raging Leru and Jaycob Sweet in a mile time of 2:03.3 over Johns Fast Road (Ed Strongman) and Intrepidus (Heather Gamester). Dreamspinner prevailed in the class D final with Kyle Desroche in the bike in 2:14.1 over Be Cam Sandy (Clair Sweet) and Maple Grove Seph (Cy Poirier). Pictonian Storm shocks ar Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The Sunday afternoon featured pace had a surprising ending at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with Pictonian Storm hitting the wire first as the longest shot on the board. Austin Sorrie drove the horse to a 1:57.2 victory at 28-1 odds for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook, P.E.I., for win number 27 of the pacer's career. Weekend Atnannies did all the roadwork to finish second for driver Mike McGuigan while Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) was third. Nogreatmischief hit the winner's circle in the $1,900 back-up class on top at every call for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek, who co-owns the pacer with Brian Thompson of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Slide Guitar (David Dowling) finished second in the 1:56.3 mile while White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers) was third. Driver Dowling continued his lead of the Summerside driving standings with three winners on the card, including a pair for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Howmac Sabrina was a winner in 2:00.4 for Watts and Dowling while Cal Hanover recorded a 1:59.4 victory. Dowling also won with the streaking pacer, Young Man Matt, in a 1:56.3 score for Terry Gallant of Summerside. The Matinee Challenge Racing Series came to a close for the 2018 season of Sunday afternoon with a pair of non-betting finals. The Class B final was won by Ultimate Faith and Jenae Wallace with a 2:02.3 mile over Liborio (Ryder Rennison) and The Gormanizor (Clair Sweet). Badlands Giovanna was a speedy winner in her Class A final with a mile time of 1:59.1 for driver Brady Sweet. Second in that final was Rising Fella (Jaycob Sweet) with Sharon The Moment and driver MacKenzie Arsenault was third. For more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred will have some foes trying to settle the score Saturday evening as the top aged harness racing pacers in Atlantic Canada face off at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The action kicks off at 6 P.M., with 12-dashes scheduled at the capital oval. The $3,500 Invitational Pace is carded as race 12 of the program with a compact field of five and Euchred being saddled with the outside. Jason Hughes picks up the steer on Euchred for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play rides a two-race win streak into the event. Those victories came defeating the same top pacers in 1:53.2 for driver Gilles Barrieau and 1:54 for driver David Dowling. Czar Seelster has post 3 with Kenny Arsenault back in the bike for trainer Todd Weatherbee and fellow top end pacer Rose Run Quest gets Gary Chappell in the bike in the absence of trainer Marc Campbell. Keep Coming (Driven by Corey MacPherson) also won his last two races including a 1:55.1 win in the $4,000 Johnny Conroy Memorial at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Completing the field is Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) with rail control. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Euchred's burst off the gate will be enough to overcome his outside starting post. "Euchred is right back to where he was earlier in the season, dominating every race from start to finish," MacIsaac said. "He'll look to exploit that gate speed and set up shop on the front end again and once there he can be very tough to catch." Also on the program, a field of six will contest the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 7. Ramblinglily draws post 6 in the race as the morning line favorite and trainer Alan Jones in the race bike. Other top entries include Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) and Prettyndangerous (Hughes). For live video, race programs and promotional information go to www.Redshores.ca. Mando Fun Favoured In Sunday Red Shores Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - After prevailing as the popular favourite in his latest outing, Mando Fun will try to replicate that result Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 13-dash program gets underway at 1 P.M., at the half-mile Prince County oval with the $2,200 feature hitting the track in race 12. Mando Fun will retain the services of driver David Dowling on Sunday as he leaves from post 5 as the morning line favourite for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley, and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington, P.E.I. The five-year-old son of Badlands Hanover has put together a solid season with six wins from 18 tries and has shown some of his best work from the front end. His inside foes may have something to say about him making the front easily Sunday afternoon. Weekend Atnannies drops out of stakes competition to leave from post 2 in the event for the father-son team of trainer Leonard McGuigan and driver Mike McGuigan. The Western Paradise sophomore has banked over $22,000 this season and was a 1:56.1 winner in his last non-stakes race. Heart And Soul was also a winner in his last start with a 1:57.3 victory for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Also in the field is Pictonian Storm (Driven by Austin Sorrie), Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Revenant (Adam Merner). Nogreatmischief gets top billing in the $1,900 back-up class in race 10 with trainer-driver Cheverie from post 4. Slide Guitar (Dowling) has rail control in the event while Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) is third choice in the morning line from post 6. Catch the action live at the track or go to www.Redshores.ca for live video and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred capped off David Dowling’s dominate day in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sent to the lead from the start in the $3,500 Invitational pace, Euchred felt no serious challenges through splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 before putting the finishes touches on a 1:54 victory. Sent off by the wagering public as third choice, Euchred defeated Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) at the wire while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) was third. Euchred is trained by Terry Gallant for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Dowling had a total of five wins on the Sunday program including the $2,200 back-up class with Cartoon Daddy in 1:56.2 for train Rachel Andrew of Milton. Dowling also teamed up with trainer Gallant to win with Young Man Matt in 1:58.1, while his other wins came with Twice As Bright in 1:58.2 for Elton Millar of Tyne Valley and the still undefeated two-year-old After The Lovin with a 2:01 score for conditioner Earl Watts of Hampshire. Watts had two wins on the card as Better Than Tonys opened up the day with a maiden breaking score for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Live racing continues Thursday Andy Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca.   Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Machinthesand has been red hot in recent weeks but Likely To Win will control the rail in Saturday's matchup at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M., with the $2,350 feature hitting the track in race 11. Likely To Win gets the respect of classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line favourite from post 1 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Owned by Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia, along with Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta, Likely To Win has had five trips to the winner's circle from 19 starts and will have rail control this week for the first time since May. Machinthesand has drawn post 4 in the Saturday Preferred class while sporting five wins in his last six starts. Ken Murphy gets the catch driving call for trainer Barry Folland and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. Keep Coming is selected for third from post 3 for driver David Dowling and trainer Brian Andrew. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is giving the edge to Machinthesand to continue his winning season. "Machinthesand was just going through the motions early in the season but he's really taken it up a notch the past few weeks winning five of his last six," MacIsaac said. "With form like that you got to think the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the field is Zero Rate (Driven by Marc Campbell), Nabber Again (Ambyr Campbell) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open pace goes behind the gate in race 7 for a $2,350 purse with Shadows Mystery riding a two-race win streak into post 3. The Gordie Ford owned and trained daughter of Shadow Play was a winner in this class in her latest start and retains the services of driver Merner. Ramblinglily also has a pair of wins in her latest starts including the $5,000 Jim Doherty Memorial Invitational at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B., last week. Murphy is at the lines for trainer Allan Jones, while Sodwana Bay is also pegged as a top threat from post 4 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. The Saturday program is the final day of the $100,000 Dash For Cash Promotion at the Capital oval. For promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Rose Run Quest, Czar Seelster Continue Battle For Dominance SUMMERSIDE, PE - Rose Run Quest and Czar Seelster have proven to be the top pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada but Euchred could have something to say about that in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. There will be 13-dashes on tap Sunday afternoon at the Prince County half-miler including a $3,500 Invitational pace in race 12 with the best pacers in Atlantic Canada. Rose Run Quest was a narrow winner over Czar Seelster in his latest start for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, P.E.I. The six-year-old son of If I Can Dream finished third in the $60,000 Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final the start prior during Old Home Week racing at Red Shores Charlottetown. Old Home Week was also kind to Czar Seelster, who captured the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation then just fell short of Rose Run Quest last week. While those two pacers as heralded as the top picks, race analyst Bo Ford is headed in a different direction as the dominate pacer of the first part of the season, Euchred, has drawn post 2 with David Dowling in the bike for the first time behind the Terry Gallant trainee. "We're playing a hunch on this horse," Ford said. "Euchred will prove to be mighty tough off the front Sunday and with the inside post and Dave Dowling at the helm, the rest of them may want to make sure they have their holders in place." Other entrants in the Invitational pace are Do Over Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes), Red Magician (Adam Merner), Winter Blast (Kyle Gillis) and Tobinator (Corey MacPherson). After The Lovin puts her undefeated career on the line is race 5 for a $1,350 purse with Dowling at the lines for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire, P.E.I., and River Valley Management of New Brunswick. The two-year-old daughter of Carnivore is a sister to Maritime Champion Lovineveryminute, and is looking to make a name for herself with no blemishes at this early point of her two-race career. For live video, race programs, and information on the $100,000 Dash For Cash, which ends Sunday in Summerside, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fresh out of the Gold Cup and Saucer final, Rose Run Quest hit the wire first as the favourite Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell was in the bike behind Rose Run Quest as he delivered on his post time promise as the betting favourite but it was a hard-fought contest. Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) laid down the early splits in the $2,650 event with fractions of 28.1 and 57.1 while battling with the first-over Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) who was second choice by the betting public. Three-quarters were reached in 1:27.1 with Winter Blast fading on the lead and Rose Run Quest tipped three-wide on Czar Seelster into contention. Rose Run Quest would prevail by a neck in the stretch drive over Czar Seelster in 1:55.1 while Euchred (Gilles Barrieau) was third. Rose Run Quest is owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Shadow's Mystery upset in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with a 1:55.3 victory for driver Adam Merner and owner-trainer Gordie Ford. Second went to Sodwana Bay (Barrieau) while West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) was third. Adkins Hanover had the fastest win of the evening with a 1:54.2 score in the $2,350 Preferred 2 pace with David Dowling at the lines for trainer Trevor Hicken. Machinthesand Captures Labour Day Pace at Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - Machinthesand, owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd, Summerside, wired the field to win the Labour Day pace at Red Shores Summerside Monday afternoon. Driven by Ken Murphy, Machinthesand cut fractions of 29.1, 58.1, 1:27.4 before sprinting home in 28.3 to stop the timer in 1:56.2. Barry Folland trains the pacer who notched his fifth win of the season. Red Magician (Adam Merner) finished two lengths back for second while Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence) was third. The 2-5-1 triactor paid $32.00. Rockin Indy also scored in gate to fire fashion in the afternoon back-up class at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson engineered the winning trip leaving from post 3 with Rockin Indy to see fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:27 before scoring a three-quarter-length victory in 1:56.3. Slide Guitar (Driven by David Dowling) was second in the $2,000 class with Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie) completing the $114.30 triactor. Rockin Indy is owned and trained by Troy Murray of Clyde River, P.E.I. Dowling had three wins on the Summerside program to put himself in a tie for third place amongst drivers in Prince County. The Warren Grove driver won with Rojans White Jet from his own stable in 2:00.4, Howmac Blaze in 2:01 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire and Twice As Bright in 1:58.4 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The horse than completed the harness racing triactor in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer will face off with the Roach MacGregor champion Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The rivalry between Rose Run Quest and Czar Seelster will headline the 13-dash card with a 6 P.M. first race post time. The $2,650 Preferred pace hits the track in race 12 with Rose Run Quest leaving from post 6 as the morning line favourite. Marc Campbell trains the drives the son of If I Can Dream for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The pacer jumped up for a third place finish in the $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final in Charlottetown, pacing a mile in 1:51.2. With the inside post advantage is the $20,000 James "Roach" MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation winner, Czar Seelster. Kenny Arsenault is back in the bike behind the Stonebridge Regal pacer for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. The Governor's Plate champion gets the respect of race analyst Les MacIsaac, who thinks the can overpower his top classes foes. "Czar Seelster has been in almost every invitational the Maritimes has had to offer this year and missed the top three twice from seventeen tries," MacIsaac said. "It is a remarkable accomplishment given the calibre of his opposition and many less than ideal posts. The great spot he gets to work from this time around makes him the one to knock off." Also in the top notch field is Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes), Keep Coming (David Dowling), Fast N Victorious (Adam Merner), Tobinator (Corey MacPherson), Nabber Again (Mike McGuigan) and Euchred (Gilles Barrieau). Nine straight top two finishes is no small feat but that's the record Sodwana Bay brings to the race 10 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Leaving from post 6, the Barrieau trained and driven pacing mare has only tasted defeat twice on the East Coast, both by less than a length. Sodwana Bay is owned by Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, P.E.I. Nikes Cowgirl was a runner-up in this class last week and gets post 5 for trainer-driver Campbell while Shadows Mystery is also billed as a top entrant with rail control for driver Merner. The $100,000 Dash For Cash is up for grabs again Saturday evening where any patron spending $10 or more on a single wager receiving a chance to win the jackpot. For complete contest details go to www.Redshores.ca. Slide Guitar Top Pick Labour Day In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - A full field of eight will contest the featured event on a special Labour Day Holiday card Monday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 13-dash card gets underway at 1 P.M. with Slide Guitar getting top billing in the race 12 featured pace for a $2,000 purse. David Dowling trains and drives the four-year-old son of Brandons Cowboy for co-owner Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. A four-time winner this season, Slide Guitar shows three straight trips in 1:56 and change including a new lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in Summerside. Revenant was a sharp winner in 1:56.1 in his latest outing but must overcome post 7 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. From post 3 is Rockin Indy who has rounded into form his last two starts for trainer Troy Murray with Corey MacPherson back in the race bike. Also in the field is Pictonian Storm (Driven by Austin Sorrie), Dividend Day (Ken Murphy), White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers), Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie) and Jeb (Jason Hughes). A power packed field of five will contest the preferred 2 pace carded as race 9 on the program. Red Magician has been hot the past two months with trips in 1:54-1:55 straight down his program for the combination of driver Merner and trainer Rennie, with Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale holding the ownership papers. The chestnut son of Badlands Hanover is saddled with post 5 this week as he collides with another hot horse, Machinthesand (Murphy), leaving from post 2. The field is rounded out by Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence), Old Buck (Hughes) and Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell). The $100,000 Dash For Cash is up for grabs again Monday afternoon where any patron spending $10 or more on a single wager receiving a chance to win the jackpot. For complete contest details go to www.Redshores.ca. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday was Adam Merner’s night to shine at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Merner had four wins on the evening program including the $2,650 preferred pace with Euchred for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Euchred controlled the pace in the Saturday top class on his way to a 1:54.2 score by five lengths over Tobinator (Driven by Corey MacPherson) and Nabber Again (Ambyr Campbell). Merner’s other wins came with Shadows Mystery in 1:57.1 for trainer Gordie Ford and with Hemingway in 1:57.1 and Revenant in 1:56.1, both from the stable of Melissa Rennie. Ken Murphy had three driving wins on the card including the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with Ramblinglily in a mile time of 1:57.1 for trainer Allan Jones of New Brunswick. Murphy also clicked with Textually Active in 1:58.4 for Alan Gregory and Thegreatmaelstrom for trainer Clifford Murphy stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Magical Mistress, Woodmere Bolt Remain Perfect SUMMERSIDE, PE - The impressive seasons of Magical Mistress and Woodmere Bolt continued Sunday afternoon in stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Woodmere Bolt remains unbeaten in six career outings after a 1:58.4 score in the lone Joe O’Brien Gold division for two-year-old pacing colt for a $16,000 purse. Earl Smih trains and drives the son of Malicious for owners Peter Smith of Stratford, PE Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River, PE and Arnold Hagen of Bible Hill, N.S. In pacing filly action, Magical Mistress scorches the half-mile Prince County in a $19,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for two-year-olds. Adam Merner drives the undefeated filly for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The daughter of Camystic is out of former Maritime Champion Meridian Magic, who had a 26 race undefeated streak of her own. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Harness racing driver Adam Merner and Euchred have proven to be a force to be reckoned with on the Invitational scene this season and that duo reunited for another top end victory on Monday night during the rescheduled program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Terry Gallant trained Euchred laid third on the pylons for the first portion of the $4,000 Invitational Pace as race favourite Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) carved out fractions of 28.2 and 57.2. Euchred then made his first over bid through the three-quarters in 1:27 then capitalized on a late break in stride by the front end oriented Czar Seelster during the stretch drive. The margin of victory for Euchred would be settled at two-lengths with a clocking of 1:55.1. Czar Seelster was second followed by Mr Irresistible (Corey MacPherson) in third. Driver David Dowling scored four wins on the Monday program including win number 1,000 of his career. The Warren Grove reinsman scored win number 999 of his lifetime with Windemere Nick for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire with a 2:00.1 score. The milestone was hit in his second win of the night in race 7 as Flash In The Pang demolished his opposition in 1:57 by 13-lengths for trainer Pat Murphy. Dowling would go on to also visit the winner’s circle with his own Slide Guitar in a 1:56.2 score and Heart And Guts in 1:57.1 for Shirlene O’Brien of Burton, PE. Racing at Red Shores Summerside will take a hiatus until Wednesday, August 22, as the focus shifts to Red Shores Charlottetown for Old Home Week racing culminating in the 59th running of The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer on August 18. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With an inside post position to work from this week, Jackson K Down easily disposed of seven foes on his way to the winner's circle Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson engineered the winning trip, while taking a two-hole ride until past the five-eighths pole where he power moved to the front to cruise home in 1:58.2 by a seven-length margin. The five-year-old son of Camystic is trained by Stephen Mason for owner Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, N.B. Race favourite Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was second in the $2,200 featured pace while third went to Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton). Hop Up claimed the $1,950 Open trot with a 2:01.4 victory also with MacPherson at the lines. The Cornwall driver was in the seat for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Second went to Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) while Professor Gordon (Jason Hughes) completed the $450.90 triactor. MacPherson had a driving triple on the program as he also won with Dusty Lane Artiste in 2:02.1 for trainer Stephen Gass of Cornwall. Meadowbranch Patsy was victorious in her East Coast debut winning a $1,350 trot class in 2:01.4 for driver Cheverie and trainer William Roloson, who co-owns the three-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter with Scott Roloson of Belfast and Princeton Farms Inc., of Ontario. Heavyweights Hit Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Call it a rematch of the Governor’s Plate or whatever you want but the fact remains that the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will likely be the toughest $2,500 race of the Canadian harness racing season. The 14-dash Saturday program gets underway at 6 P.M. at the capital oval with the $2,500 preferred pace hitting the track in race 13 with some real firepower. Governor’s Plate champion Czar Seelster has drawn post 7 with Kenny Arsenault at the lines for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. The nine-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal was a dazzling 1:53.2 winner in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final at Red Shores Summerside on July 14, but went down to defeat last week in the $7,500 Exhibition Cup at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. The winner of that race is also in the Saturday preferred field with Rose Run Quest leaving from post 6 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Bo Ford and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Mr Irresistible completed the triactor in the Governor’s Plate and gets post 4 this week with Adam Merner in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle, who conditions two horses in the race including post 8 starter Winter Blast (Driven by Walter Cheverie). Adkins Hanover has rail control for Ambyr Campbell while Governor’s Plate finalists Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence) and Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) are also in the field. To highlight how competitive the race is, Perfect Escape shows mile in 1:55 and change in three of his last four starts and is listed as the longest shot in the morning line odds. In other action on the Saturday program, race 5 is the Clan MacPhail 2018 Reunion Pace with Dilans Mustang the favourite in the $1,100 class for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Robert Phillips and owner Marc Gallant of Summerside. Stakes Action Fires Up Red Shores Summerside Card SUMMERSIDE, PE – The top rookies of all gaits and sexes as well as the sophomore trotters populate a complete Stakes card Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash programs kicks off at 1 P.M. with the two-year-old colt and filly pacers and two-year-old trotters competing in the Callbeck Memorial stakes and the three-year-old trotters facing off in the newly minted Tyndal Semple Memorial Stake. The Semple Memorial stake replaces the former Maple Leaf Trot series as part of the Island Breeder’s series. All races Sunday afternoon will be the first leg of the Island Breeder’s series, which combined with the 85th running of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes set for September at Red Shores Charlottetown, will determine the finalist for the end of year Island Breeder’s championship finals. Two-year-old pacing filly divisional leader Therealdeal headlines the rookie split in race 4 with Walter Cheverie driving the undefeated daughter of  Westwardho Hanover from post 4 in the event for trainer Joe Baxter of Nova Scotia. The other $5,800 two-year-old filly divisions are in races 2, 6 and 11. The rookie pacing colts lines up in races 8, 10 and 12 in George Callbeck Memorial divisions for $6,750 in each race. The undefeated Woodmere Bolt has rail control in race 8 for trainer-driver Earl Smith and owners Peter Smith of Stratford, Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River and Nova Scotia owner Arnold Hagen of Bible Hill. The Callbeck stake for rookie trotters lines up for $5,600 purses in races 1 and 5. Mile Hill Willie (Kenny Arsenault) is favoured in race 1 for trainer Paul Morrison while Ya Boy Bear (Campbell) is the favourite in race 5 with rail control. Stake namesake George Callbeck bought his first horse in 1916 and his involvement, not only in the founding of the PEI Harness Racing Club, but also as a race horse owner, trainer, driver, race official and stallion owner, earned him an induction into the PEI Sports Hall Of Fame in 1965 and into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 1978. He won his first colt stakes race in 1935, winning all three heats with Guy Ann, a home-bred, who went on to become a Maritime Champion. The Semple Memorial trots are scheduled in races 3, 7 and 9 for $4,600 purses. Buckaroo leads the way in race 3 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Mile Hill AJ (Arsenault) is the morning line choice in race 7 while Oceanview Eunomia is selected in race 9 also with Arsenault at the lines. Tyndall Semple, the stakes namesake starting in 2018, was born in Travellers Rest, near Summerside, and had a long and successful 72-year-long career in the race bike including seven Island Futurity wins. For more information on Sunday’s program go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – In nothing short of a perfect trip, Czar Seelster was steered to victory by veteran driver Kenny Arsenault in the Governor’s Plate final that capped off Governor’s Plate week racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Kenny Arsenault captured his second Governor’s Plate final Saturday night in the $25,000 event for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Post time favourite Euchred and driver Adam Merner set the early tempo with fractions of 27.1, 55.4 and 1:24.1 while being unchallenged on the front end with Czar Seelster sitting the pocket. Czar Seelster vacated the two-hole for the stretch drive to power past Euchred and capture the 50th edition of the Prince County Classic in 1:53.2. Euchred was second with Mr Irresistible (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) finishing third and defending champion Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) fourth. Driver Corey MacPherson had a night to remember on Saturday, winning five races on the 16-dash program. MacPherson won the fastest $12,800 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing colts with Sock It Away in 1:54.2 to remain undefeated on the season for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. MacPherson also had major wins in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial Invitational trot in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation with Tobinator in 1:58.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. The Cornwall driver’s other trips to the winner’s circle came with Big Surf in a $1,900 event in 1:55.4 for trainer Hicken and in a $2,500 B-Division for three-year-old pacing colts with Dustylanekazaam in 1:59.4 for Paul MacDonald of Cornwall. The other $12,800 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing colts was won by Weekend Atnannies in 1:56.3 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Glen Dunn of Summerville. The $3,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace was won by Sodwana Bay to continue her undefeated streak in Atlantic Canada with a 1:55.2 win for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Live racing on Prince Edward Island returns to a regular schedule in the coming week with cards Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown with Red Shores Summerside holding its next card on Sunday (July 22). For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Royaltywestho has cruised through the first part of the 2018 season dominating the three-year-old pacing filly division but the former leading money winning three-year-old in North America returned to form Friday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor’s Plate week racing. Bettim Jackie had a solid winter season racing in Ontario but has remained winless since coming back East for the start of the Atlantic Stakes season, but that all changed Friday night. The daughter of Andreoli Hanover was sent first over in her $13,040 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-Division by driver Gilles Barrieau and powered past the undefeated Royaltywestho (Driven by Walter Cheverie) going to three-quarters. Bettim Jackie lengthened her advantage to a six-and-a-half length winning margin in 1:55.3, just two-fifth shy of Elm Grove Inarush's 2014 track record for sophomore pacing fillies. Royaltywestho had to settle for second while Woodmere Wyldstyle (Corey MacPherson) was third. Bettim Jackie is co-owned and trained by Jeff Lilley of Milton for co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. The other $13,040 A-division was won by Chocolate Terror and trainer-driver Darren Crowe in a race that was full of action from the start. Heavily favoured R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) made at the start to be a non-factor while Elm Grove Maddy (Dale Spence) tussled with Elm Grove Mistress (Earl Smith) to the quarter in 28.1. Elm Grove Mistress was forced to take a seat in second while Elm Grove Maddy hit the half in 57.3 then was overtaken by Chocolate Terror to the outside before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with the final time of 1:56.3. Tobins Terror (Gary Chappell) was second with the 93-1 shot Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes) in third. Chocolate Terror is owned by David Livingstone of Halifax, N.S. The trio of $2,500 B-Divisions were claimed by Izzies Angel in 1:58.4 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant of Summerside, Shy Artie in 2:00.1 with Dale Spence driving for trainer Tommy Gunn of New Brunswick and Howmac Impeccable in 2:00.4 for driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The top Invitational race in Atlantic Canadian harness racing goes to the gate in the Saturday evening finale at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in the culmination of Governor’s Plate week racing at the Prince County oval. The 50th edition of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Township Chevrolet Buick GMC, carries a $25,000 purse in race 16 of the Saturday evening card at Red Shores Summerside. The program kicks off with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time featuring another chance at the $100,000 Dash For Cash in the Governor’s Plate final for two lucky patrons. Euchred has been installed as the morning line favourite in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final with rail control gained at the Tuesday evening’s official post position draw. Adam Merner drives the son of Shadow Play for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Euchred won Governor’s Plate elimination one Sunday afternoon in 1:54 by five lengths. Gallant has won the Governor’s Plate twice before with Outlawpositivcharg in 2008 and 2009 Defending champion Do Over Hanover is selected as second choice by race secretary Gerard Smith from post 6. Jason Hughes drives the 2017 Governor’s Plate winner for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Quebec. Selected for third is post 2 starter, and Governor’s Plate elimination winner, Czar Seelster with Kenny Arsenault at the controls for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Arsenault won the race previously in 2011 with Serious Damage. Race analyst Bo Ford puts his faith in Euchred to capitalize on his inside post position and land in the winner’s circle in the historic race. “Euchred was dominant throughout the early part of the season and he hasn’t been too shabby lately either, offering a not worse than second in five of his last six starts,” Ford said. “With so many hard hitting contenders in here the rail could be the deciding factor.” Another piece of history could occur as post 7 starter In Spades is driven by 18-year-old driver Austin Sorrie, who will drive in the classic event in just his 74 scheduled lifetime drive. Sorrie trains the son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. In Spades shows the fastest miles so far this season with a blistering 1:53.1 victory over Red Shores Charlottetown on June 30. The ownership group of William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Brian Andrew of Milton, P.E.I., have two entries in the race with Keep Coming leaving from post 4 with Corey MacPherson in the bike and Cartoon Daddy leaving from post 8 for driver Dale Spence. Gilles Barrieau has won a record five Governor’s Plate finals and gets another chance Saturday evening from post 3 with Mr Irresistible for conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge. To complete the field, Nogreatmischief has post 5 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight will be making his first Governor’s Plate appearance while his driver has previously won the race with Barney Baren in 2000. The Saturday program also features the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation in race 5, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot in race 8 and a $3,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 15. Also on the docket is the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts featuring a pair of $12,800 A-divisions in races 9 and 14. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – For decades Earl Smith has been a force to be reckoned with on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit and that trend continued Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of the Governor’s Plate harness racing week. Woodmere Bolt captured the fastest Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old pacing colts on the Thursday program in Summerside winning in 2:01. The two-year-old gelded son of Malicious laid down the tempo at every station in the $12,680 event, cutting fractions of 29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:31.4 for trainer-driver Earl Smith before winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 2:01. Race favourite Red Dirt Boomer (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), another son of Malicious, was second while third went to Fern Hill Dynamic (Mark Bradley). Woodmere Bolt is owned by Peter Smith of Charlottetown, Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River and Arnold Hagen of Bible, N.S. The other $12,680 A-division for rookie pacers was won by Notorious with Walter Cheverie at the controls in 2:03.1. Darryl MacLean of Winsloe co-owns and trains the two-year-old son of Malicious for co-owners Gordon MacLean, also of Winsloe, and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S. The Malicious trend continued in this division as another son of the first crop sire, Mrs Browns Boy, was second with Clare MacDonald at the lines while Red Dirt Rocknroll, by Articulator, was third for driver Lenny Myers. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing colts were won by Flowersonthebeack in 2:01.1 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Jeff Wallace and JJ Superman in 2:05.2 for trainer-driver Austin Sorrie. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The follow story appeared today at www.theguardian.pe.ca  SUMMERSIDE, PE – There is one familiar face missing from the track at Governor’s Plate Week harness racing in Summerside, and it all appears to be caused by a case of gout. Marc Campbell, a regular driver in both Summerside and Charlottetown, is serving a suspension from July 8 to 22, after a horse he trains and drives –  Freddie – had a Class 4 positive test at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on June 14. Standardbred Canada’s website notes that Freddie has been suspended for 15 days, and must requalify within three seconds of the June 14th race. Trainers are held responsible when horses test positive, and Campbell was previously suspended for a Class 4 positive test in August 2013. Paul Hogan, director of racing for the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission, noted there are five classes of violations, and Freddie’s test was the second-least serious. “Class 1 is the most severe, Class 2 lesser, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5,” explained Hogan. “This is on the lower end of the scale in terms of the classifications.” Hogan explained the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) looks after post-race testing that is done at a lab in British Columbia. “They have a company called Racing Forensics Incorporated, and they are contracted by CPMA to collect the samples,” continued Hogan, who added, “Sometimes it’s a quick turnaround, and sometimes it could be getting close to three weeks before the test results are finally received.” The results of Freddie’s positive test were received the first week of July. Marc Campbell’s side Campbell, who represented P.E.I. in the Atlantic regional driving championship in Truro, N.S., on June 29, offered his side of the story. “(Freddie) races from our farm in Winsloe,” explained Campbell. “That particular night, we had no stalls available in our main barn, so I arranged for a stall next door. “It was empty for quite a time, we went in and the stall looked clean to us, there might have been a mouthful of hay there or whatever. It turns out the gentleman next door who does the stalls over there was on a medication for gout. The medication is called Probenecid. “Anyway, I got a call last week on Wednesday night (July 4) telling me I had a positive test for Probenecid. “I had no idea what Probenecid was, and I had to look it up. After a day or two of trying to think and figure out what happened, because obviously I didn’t give my horse medication for gout, we figured out that the gentleman next door was on this particular drug." To read th.e rest of the story click here

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Overcoming an early break in stride, Therealdeal lived up to her harness racing name in the first Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division of the season for two-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie was in the race bike for the 1:59 victory behind the two-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover in her $9,020 A-division for rookie pacing fillies. Therealdeal is trained by Joseph Baxter for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Second went to Woodmere Rio (Driven by Earl Smith) with Lady N Paradise (Dave Carey) finishing third. Howmac Sabrina had an identical mile time winning the second $9,020 A-division for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:59 with David Dowling at the lines for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. Im A Miracle (Dale Spence) finished second while the $191.20 triactor ticket was completed by Elm Grove Nellie (Gilles Barrieau). The final A-split was claimed by Magical Mistress and driver Adam Merner, winning the $9,020 division in 2:02.3 with a 28.1 closing panel for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. Pacesetter Foxy Gigolo (Mike McGuigan) hung on for second with the first-over challenging Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) finishing third. Merner had four wins on the program also clicking with Whosurwinner in 1:59 for trainer Deanna Clow of New Haven, Tell Me Why in 1:59.1 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane and Shadows Mystery in 1:56.3 for trainer Gordie Ford. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were won by Tobins Hope in 2:03.3 with Jack Panting in the bike and Something Reel in 2:03.3 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe. Dana Sweet of Bloomfield Station celebrated his first victory as a pari-mutuel driver winning Hurricane EJ in the first dash of the Wednesday program in 2:02.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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