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SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2017 harness racing season has been historic for Red Shores Summerside leading driver Marc Campbell and he closed out the year Sunday afternoon in Prince County with another feature pace victory. Campbell teamed up with Forever Paradise to capture the final $2,400 Preferred pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway of the 2017 racing season. The son of Western Paradise took a two-hole ride behind pacesetter Allstar Seelster (Driven by Norris Rogers) through opening quarters of 27.1 and 56. Campbell then opted to abandon the pocket to engage Allstar Seelster for a three-quarter rating of 1:25.3 before charging past to close out the mile in 1:55.4. Red Magician (Adam Merner) got up for second with Allstar Seelster third. Forever Paradise scored his 56th lifetime win in the event for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. MacLean had two training wins on the day while Campbell also made two visits to the winner's circle as a driver to put the finishing touches on his Red Shores Summerside leading 59 win total. Campbell was also leading trainer of the meet with 26 victories. Drivers Jason Hughes and Merner both scored driving doubles on the card. Red Shores racing now shifts solely to Charlottetown with action resuming Saturday (Nov. 18) and Sunday (Nov. 19) at the Capital oval. The Red Shores Charlottetown season goes until early February. Although live racing is complete at Red Shores Summerside, the location still offers gaming, dining and simulcast racing year round. Go to for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Summerside, PE - Woggy Rocks, under the command of harness racing driver Adam Merner, put away Painted Desert in deep stretch to win the Wednesday night top class at Red Shores Summerside. The newcomer stopped the timer in 1:56.4. Neal Moase trains the six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover for owner Mikeala Wheaton, Cornwall, PE. Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson) held on for second with Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) third. The 5-2-7 combination returned $197.80. It was Merner's second winner of the night after clicking with J RS Hurricane earlier on the card. In other action, Rojans White Jet captured the Ivan & Isabelle Cameron memorial for driver Marc Campbell and owner-trainer Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE. The mare notched her second win in a row and fifth win of the 2017 campaign. Drivers Dale Spence and Norris Rogers also recorded driving doubles on the program. Spence scored with Dancers Pass for trainer Blaine McKenna and Jays Little Spark for conditioner Gregory MacInnis. Rogers rallied with Instant Shadow for trainer Sifroi Melanson and Darth Bader for owner Edward Harvey, Tyne Valley, PE. Racing returns to Summerside Sunday at 1pm. For compete results go By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - Likely to Win has received top billing in the special Thanksgiving Day pace at Red Shores Summerside Monday. Post time is 1pm. The Melissa Rennie trainee has been putting up some solid numbers and comes in to the race with six wins from 26 starts and a third place finish in a dazzling 1:54.3 over Charlottetown on September 23rd. Driver Adam Merner will handle the son of Western Terror from post 4 for owners Blenise Young, Lester Campbell, NS, and Jeffery Campbell of Alberta. The competitive field also includes rail sitter Instant Shadow for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Sifroi Melanson along with heavy weights Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Allstar Seelster and Keep Coming are also part of the line-up. The Prince County Horsemen's Club have organized a family day component to the afternoon card which includes an opportunity for one family to go trackside and present the cooler in the Summerside Family Day Pace. Race analysts Bo Ford with the Backstretch Beat and classifier Gerard Smith have landed on different horses for their top choice. Ford favors All Access, owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE, while Smith leans on Windemere Johnny out of the two hole for Gary Chappell and conditioner Phil Sizer. The trotters will open up the holiday card at the Prince County oval with Zip The Lip getting the nod as the one to beat. The nine-year-old is fresh off a convincing win at Charlottetown. Brian MacPhee gets the assignment from trainer-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary, PEI. The family day activities get underway at 12Noon with children's entertainment, face painting and cake. Families can fill out a ballot for a chance to present the winning cooler in race 6. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - HP Bushido Dragjet, under the command of harness racing trainer Marc Campbell, captured the Wednesday night feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:56.1. The newcomer picked up his second victory of the season for owners Michael Folkins, John Davidson and Keith Camick, NB. Pictonian Storm (Gary Chappell) was second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. Campbell also posted winners aboard Bet R All and Rash Behavior for the hat-trick. Western Sexy won the Clifford Wedge memorial for driver Adam Merner, trainer Phil Sizer and owner Jason Sherry, Kensington, PE. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 Merner, Ken Murphy and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles on the program. The last card at Summerside before Old Home Week is Sunday August 6th. Post time is 1pm. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise and driver Mike McGuigan reignited their chemistry in last Saturday's feature pace but face a tougher task this Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 14-dash card with Forever Paradise drawing post 5 in the race 13 $2,400 feature with McGuigan back in the sulky for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The driver-horse combination had their share of success last season in the preferred pace but run into a red-hot Elm Grove Kaboom and a reemerging two-time Governor's Plate champion in D Gs Camme. Earl Smith drives Elm Grove Kaboom from post 3 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield as the pacer rides an impressive summary of 11 top three finishes from 13 seasonal starts. D Gs Camme is fresh off qualifying action with his 1:58.4 qualifier victory falling short of the times shown by his Saturday opposition but has back class to burn. Gilles Barrieau drives from post 6 D Gs Camme for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Quentin and Hal Bevan, Ron Matheson and Tom Clark, all of Charlottetown. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Elm Grove Kaboom's current form as enough to land him in the winner's circle against his eight opponents. "Elm Grove Kaboom likes the front but there's one to his inside (Adkins Hanover) that can really get off the gate so he might not get there," MacIsaac said. "Having said that, he can race from off the pace as well so as long as he doesn't have to come first up he could get it all." Other entries include Adkins Hanover (Adam Merner), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Painted Desert (Ryan Desroche), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and Instant Shadow (Kenny Arsenault). The Open pacing mares go to war again in race 9 with Ramblinglily the heavy favourite but handicapped with post 8 in the nine-horse field. Walter Cheverie drives the mare as she rides a seven-race win streak into the event for trainer Allan Jones, who co-owns with Norman Leger of Shediac, N.B. Other top open mares entries include Woodmere Articblue (Campbell), Shadows Mystery (Arsenault) and Dixie Lullaby (Mark Bradley), who will look for redemption after her sixth pace finish in her 2017 East Coast debut. Race 4 is the Drive For Charity Pace presented by Red Shores with Jdcyril the morning line choice from post 7 in the $1,250 event. Campbell is in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean. Stakes Filled Sunday At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The first leg of the Island Breeder's Series dominates the Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with stakes events in every race of the 15-dash card. The action gets underway at 1 P.M. with Ticked flaunted his undefeated record in the race 1 Callbeck Stakes division for two-year-old trotters. Myles Heffernan drives and co-owns the son of Armbro Barrister with Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The Gerald MacDougall trainee has won both his 2017 starts and faces off with five rivals in the $4,700 division. The other $4,700 Callbeck two-year-old trot divisions line up in races 5 and 9 with the entries looking for points for the end of season Island Breeder's Finals. The Callbeck Memorial stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies hit the track in races 2, 6, 10, and 13 with a $6,000 purse at play in each division. Some of the top fillies so far this season face off in race 10 with Scarlet Desire drawing post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. The two-year-old daughter of Western Paradise was a winner in 2:00 in her latest race in stakes action in Truro. The second place finisher that day has rail control this week with a new trainer and a new co-owner. Maybeitsmaybelline has post 1 with Mark Bradley in the bike for new trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Cheryl Geldart Greer of Norton, N.B., and new co-owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The daughter of Westwardho Hanover has yet to miss the top three in four season starts. The two-year-old pacing colts line up behind the gate in races 4, 8, 12, 14 and 15 in Callbeck Memorial Stakes action for a $5,400 purse. A pair of undefeated streaks collide in the afternoon finale with Campbell electing off Summerside track record holder Sock It Away in favour of post 2 starter Oceanview Magnum, who have both won a pair of seasonal starts. Oceanview Magnum was a 1:58.3 winner in his latest for trainer Earl Watts and Island owners Harris Johnston, Roger Burns, John Howatt and Quebec resident Claude Poirier. Gilles Barrieau picks up the mount on 1:56 Summerside two-year-old pacing track record holder Sock It Away from post 6 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Maple Leaf Trot for three-year-old trotters hit the track in races 3, 7 and 11 with a $4,600 purse in each. The newly minted co-owner of the Truro Raceway three-year-old trotting track record is in race 3 with the outside in the field of 6. Pappy Go Go was a 1:59.4 winner in his latest with Campbell training and driving for owner-Grayland Farm of Pugwash. The son of Tad The Stud has been nothing short of phenomenal this season as he is undefeated in three races and gets last year's Maritime Breeder's champion Wicked Nick as he chief opponent from post 1 with Gary Chappell at the lines. Check out for live vide, race programs and promotional information including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise landed on the scene late but that is all it took to land in the harness racing winner's circle in Saturday evening's $2,400 preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was reunited with the seven-year-old son of Western Paradise for the 1:57.3 victory for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Adkins Hanover and driver Ambyr Campbell set the tempo with fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:28.1 before Forever Paradise emerged from mid-pack with the fastest closing quarter of the race to secure the victory as part of a McGuigan driving double. Adkins Hanover was second with Jeb (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. Forever Paradise rewarded his backers with a $19.60 win ticket while the 4-3-7 triactor paid a healthy $629.40. Julep Hanover has knocked on the door all season without a win but she decided to change her narrative in style Saturday night in the $2,250 Open Mares Pace. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was a 1:57.3 winner in the Open event as the longest shot on the board at 10-1. Wade Myers of Charlottetown trains, drives and owns the pacing mare as she converted a pocket ride behind Best Risque (Ken Murphy) into a narrow victory. Best Risque was second with Brodys Leona (McGuigan) completing the $558.90 triactor. Kenny Arsenault hit a career milestone on the program winning his 3,000th career race with Private Di in 2:01.3. Arsenault, of Charlottetown, trains the two-year-old daughter of Mach Three for Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Arsenault scored later in the program with Pownal Bay Saul in 1:59.4 for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Oh To Be Me rang in another birthday for trainer-driver-owner Gary Chappell of Charlottetown on the program. The now 57-year-old driver scored a 10-length victory in race 10 for a $1,400 purse in 1:57.1. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday evening with a 6:30 P.M. post time and Saturday at 6 P.M. Ryan Desroche Day Sunday In Summerside Sunday afternoonwas a good day to have Ryan Desroche in the sulky as he tripled up at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 19-year-old reinsman had four drives on the 12-dash afternoon program with him scoring three wins. Desroche had been winless so far this season as a driver but showed with the right horsepower he can deliver. The party started for the driver in race 5 as Onehotvett scored a first over victory in 2:01 for trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Painted Desert was the second part of the Desroche driving triple and the first half a training double for Kristina McCourt of Kensington, who trains Painted Desert for Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. The time of the mile was 1:57.4 in the $1,600 dash. Desroche and McCourt reunited in the afternoon finale as Capitalism was on top at every call to win the $1,400 race in 1:59.1. The only Desroche mount not to hit the circle was Ultimate Faith, who still mustered a second place finish for trainer Philip Desroche, the driver's father. Pictonian Storm captured the afternoon featured event for driver Gary Chappell and trainer Austin Sorrie, for his second training win on the day. The 1:56.4 victory saw Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) finish second with Minor Wisdom (Wade Sorrie) finishing third. Chappell had two wins on the program as he also won with Mia Lotta in 2:02.3. Live racing continues at Red Shores Summerside next Sunday afternoonfeaturing the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacers and trotters and the Maple Leaf trot for three-year-old trotters. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The Blue Knight rises in the harness racing driver's standings. Jason Hughes was the star of the show Saturday afternoon for Canada Day racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as he won five races on the 13-dsah card to push himself to second place amongst reinsman at the Prince County Oval. Nicknamed 'The Blue Knight," Hughes' victories included a mild upset in the $2,200 Canada Day Pace feature with Narragansett in 1:56.1. The Hughes trained and driven pacer scored a one-length victory over race favourite Eagle Jolt (Driven by Marc Campbell) with Windemere Rene (Gary Chappell) third. Narragansett is owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. Hughes captured the top trot on the day winning the $1,600 race with I Aint No Lady in 2:00.1 for trainer Garth Cole and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Hughes also scored a 1:56 victory with Governor's Plate hopeful Good Friday Three for trainer Wade Sorrie, a 1:58.4 winner's circle visit with Rising Fella for trainer Jansen Sweet and a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3 for Alan MacDonald trainee Old Buck. Driver Marc Campbell had a pair of wins on the program as he continues his driver's standings lead, which now sits at 17 wins to second place Hughes' 10 victories. Campbell's Saturday afternoonwins saw a pair of new lifetime marks for both Maritime Bred pacers as Doncallme Dude won in 1:57.3 for trainer Michael MacDonald of Orwell and Johnny Moe was a 1:56.3 victor from Campbell own barn. The Canada Day card also featured each race named in appreciation for over 20 individuals that have shown continuous dedication to Island harness racing. Live racing continues at Red Shores Summerside next Sunday (July 9) as Governor's Plate Week racing gets underway with the Governor's Plate Invitational eliminations and the Lobster Carnival Mares eliminations. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Canada has a special guest in its 150th Birthday celebration as Canadian Harness Racing rings in its 250th year of competition as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway holds a special Saturday afternoon card. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the Saturday afternoon program with 13-dashes on tap for Canada Day racing. The Canada Day Pace lines up in race 12 while other dashes will race in honour of some of the foundation individuals in Island harness racing as the sport celebrates 250 years since the first recorded races at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec. The Saturday afternoon Canada Day pace has a hard hitting field of seven including Eagle Jolt looking for revenge after falling short in his latest start to Machinthesand. Eagle Jolt gets post 7 in the event with trainer Marc Campbell also doing the driving for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove, while Machinthesand has post 6 with Ken Murphy aboard. Rash B Havior has been knocking at the door in recent weeks as he rounds into form and gets the services of Walter Cheverie in the $2,200 race. Other entries include Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Windemere Rene (Gary Chappell), D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Mach It Big (Brian Andrew). A field of trotters compete in race 11 in honour of longtime Island harness racing participants Jim Macmillan and Alyre Pineau, who both showed a knack for the trotting breed. Professor Gordon is the morning line choice from post 7 for driver Terry Gallant and owner-trainer Deanna Clow of New Haven. Other top entries include Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) and Zip The Lip (Adam Merner). The other events will be races in appreciation of the commitment shown to Island racing by Ensor Perry, Arnold Blacquiere, Leith Clark, John L. Bernard, Ron MacArthur, Gordie Grady, Wendell Shaw, Bernie Gallant, Lester Chappell, Thane Mann, George Riley, Eric Johnston, Harry Robblee, Paul McKinnon, Willis Silliker, Walter Simmons, Orville Willis, Johnny Doyle, Boyd MacDonald and Erwin Howatt. Catch all the action live or check out for race programs, live video, and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash being offered again this weekend. For the program click here By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside, PE - Machinthesand, under the command of Ken Murphy, fired off the rail and went on to win the Sunday Feature at Red Shores Summerside stopping the timer in 1:57.2. The eight-year-old son of Mach Three used a 28.4 closer to turn back Eagle Jolt ( Ryan Desroche) and DBS Rosco (Walter Cheverie) for his first win of the 2017 campaign. Hugh Murphy trains the pacer for owners Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Summerside, PE. The 1-6-2 triactor returned $142.10 Jason Hughes enjoyed a big day at the Prince County oval scoring a driving triple. Hughes, who has teamed up with Red Shores in the Drive for Charity promotion raising money for PEI Hospice Foundation, had top honours aboard Rising Fella for trainer Jansen Sweet, Old Buck for conditioner Alan MacDonald and Good Friday Three for trainer Wade Sorrie. Murphy, Walter Cheverie and Norris Rogers recorded driving doubles while trainer Jansen Sweet had two training victories For complete results go to A special Canada Day program will take place Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It is starting to sound like a foregone conclusion but harness racing driver Marc Campbell cleaned up again Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Winsloe resident had six wins Saturday night at Red Shores Charlottetown then followed suit Sunday capturing four dashes on the 13-race card including the afternoon feature and a leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series. The 'King' of Island racing sent Woodmere Articblue to the front from post 7 in her $3,870 Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series leg presented by Standardbred Canada with fractions of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:26.4 before kicking clear for a 13-length victory in 1:55.4. Campbell also trains the five-year-old daughter of Articulator for owners Tanya Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia. Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) finished second with Sos Bambie (Gary Chappell) third. The other mares division went to Ramblinglily and driver Walter Cheverie in a well rated 1:57.2 score through front end fractions of 28.1, 58.3 and 1:27.4. Allan Jones of New Brunswick trains and co-owns the seven-year-old daughter of Articulator with fellow New Brunswick resident Norman Leger. Shadows Myster (Kenny Arsenault) got up for the show prize while third place went to Best Risque (Jason Hughes). The $2,400 afternoon feature was full of familiar tactics for Campbell and Eagle Jolt as the 10-year-old son of Village Jolt moved first over to wear down pacesetter Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan) and win by a half-length in 1:56.2. Junebugs Baby was second with Narragansett (Hughes) third. Eagle Jolt is owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. Campbell, who leads the Summerside driving colony with 15 wins this season, had his two other visits to the winner's circle with Ryans Allstar, his own trainee, in 1:58.1 and with Winrlosedrnkdaboze for trainer Earl Watts in 2:00.2. Watts also had a training double with Woodmere Luckypercy (Chappell) in 2:00.2. It was a day Devon Wallace of Alberton will never forget as he captured his first lifetime driving win aboard Im On Schedule off a pocket score of 2:01.1 at 22-1 odds for owner David Lewis of Alberton. Corey MacPherson had a driving triple on the card winning with Scotty Mach N in 1:56.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague, Souverain in 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington and Brief Interlude in 2:01.1 for owner-trainer Paul Conway of Bonshaw. Live racing continues Thursday night at 6:30 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A late rally turned into a huge harness racing upset in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Narragansett was the longest shot on the board but delivered late in the mile to win in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Summerside, PE. The eight-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover sat the pylons as Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) laid down front end fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:27.1, while fighting off the first over advance of heavy post time favorite Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell). Hughes got up in the final strides with the 22-1 Narragansett while Elm Grove Kaboom was second and Likely To Win (Adam Merner) was third. Narragansett rewarded his backers with $46.80 on a $2 ticket wh Ashes To Ashes scored the fastest mile of the night as the three-year-old son of Driven To Win won in a blistering 1:55.2 with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington. Campbell had another large night in the race bike winning three races on the program including visit's to the winner's circle with Zero Rate in 1:59.3 for Michael Gallant of Charlottetown, Sandinista in 1:59.1 for Clair Sweet of O'Leary and Howmacs Dragonator in 1:59.1 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Hughes had a training and driving double on the program while Matheson also had two wins as a trainer. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday night at 6:30 P.M. and Saturday evening at 6 P.M. with the eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's Stakes for three-year-old pacers. Spence Steals The Show Sunday In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was a good day to be from Tyne Valley and have Dale Spence in the bike Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Spence, who is also a resident of Tyne Valley, had three winners on the program including capturing the featured pace with Mando Fun in 1:59 for Tyne Valley horseman Paul Biggar. The four-year-old son of Badlands Hanover laid down all the fractions of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:29.2 while fending the challenge from favoured Instant Shadow (Gary Chappell). Mando Fun was a three-length winner over D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Biggar co-owns the pacer with Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Mando Fun paid $6.80 to win with the 2-3-6 triactor paying $220.80. Spence had two winners earlier on the card with Kiss My Sass winning in 2:02.3 for owner-trainer Mackenzie MacInnis of Tyne Valley and a 1:59.4 score aboard Bold Arrow for owner-trainer Greg MacInnis of Tyne Valley. Gary Chappell also had a driving triple winning with Howmac Missy in 2:00.3 and Windemeredancenart in 2:03, both for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire, and a 2:01.1 score with Formidable for owner-trainer Chris MacKay of French River. Driver Corey MacPherson had two trips to the winner's circle including a 2:02.2 maiden breaking trip with Brief Interlude for owner-trainer Paul Conway of Bonshaw and a 2:01.4 victory with Western Sexy for trainer Phil Sizer and owner Jason Sherry of Kensington. Live racing continues next Sunday at Red Shores Summerside with a 1 P.M. first race post time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2017 Drive For Charity continues into an action packed harness racing card Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 12-dash card with the evening feature lining up in race 11 with a solid field of seven pacers vying for top prize in the $2,100 race. Eagle Jolt is the morning line favourite with Charlottetown's absolutely dominate driver in the seat. Marc Campbell trains and drives the post 5 starter for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald fresh off a third place finish against Mr Irresistible and Adkins Hanover, who are both absent from action this week. Elm Grove Kaboom has yet to finish worse than second in his four-year-old campaign for trainer-driver Earl Smith and gets post 3 this week. A potential sleeper in the field is Rash B Havior, leaving from post 4 with Ken Murphy getting the catch driving call from trainer Michael Peters after competing his first two starts of the season in the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Eagle Jolt as the one to beat if the chips fall in the right place in the early going. "Eagle Jolt was a comfortable winner in his only start at this level when he was allowed to stroll through some pedestrian fractions," MacIsaac said. "That won't be the case tonight and he'll probably be coming from off the pace but we'll still treat him as the one to beat on the class drop." Other entries in the evening feature include Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The evening back-up class has a tight knit group of five pacers for a $1,800 purse in race 7. Mozartsplace was impressive in his three-year-old campaign with nine wins from 11 starts and now makes his four-year-old debuted reunited with driver Gilles Barrieau. The Jackie Matheson trainee draws post 4 for owner Brad Duplisea and Shawn MacAdam, both of Charlottetown. Other top entries include post 2 starter Simon Said, with early Drive For Charity promotion leader Corey MacPherson aboard, and Sporty B Skipalong (Norris Rogers) with rail control. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to Good Friday Three Hits The Track At Red Shores Summerside By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores   SUMMERSIDE, PE - He may not be in the afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway but Sunday is the first time we get to see Good Friday Three live in action. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 11-dash program and Good Friday Three makes his Maritime debut in the final event. The $1,700 event has Wade Sorrie leaving from post 3 with Good Friday Three for new owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. The five-year-old son of Mach Three had been racing the Ontario circuit for trainer William Robinson, where he has all ready won in 1:55 this season over the half-mile oval at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. The eight-time winner has a lifetime best of 1:51.4 over Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., and will now attempt the road to Summerside's signature race, The Governor's Plate, in July. Other entries include Jrs Hurricane with rail control fresh off a 1:57.1 victory last Sunday in Summerside for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer J.C. Belliveau of New Brunswick, and Scotty Mach N from post 7 with Corey MacPherson at the lines in his East Coast debut for trainer Trevor Hicken. The afternoon feature hits the track in race 10 as Instant Shadow draws post 4 to team up with catch driver Gary Chappell for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owners Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, both of New Brunswick. Mando Fun laid down torrid fractions last week in Summerside before being collared late in the mile. He will be looking for redemption from post 2 with Dale Spence in the bike while last week's runner-up, Machinthesand, has post 6 with Ken Murphy aboard. Other entries include Relleno Hanover (Jason Hughes) riding a two-race win streak from post 1, post 3 starter D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault), and Pictonian Storm (Sorrie) from post 5. For race programs, backstretch beat of live broadcast go to Lee Drake  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The best three-year-old pacers in The Maritimes invaded Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon and the 'King' of Island harness racing continued his red hot streak and stole the show. Marc Campbell has been on a roll in Island racing action in recent weeks and continued the trend Sunday afternoon as he won five stakes races on the program from his own stable. The card featured three-year-old pacing fillies competing in four divisions of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes and three-year-old pacing colts facing off in the Bob Dewar Memorial Stake. Campbell trainees captured three Chappell divisions with Elektra Express winning the fastest split in 1:56.3 for the trainer-driver and owner Danica Ellis of Nova Scotia. Campbell's other Ruby Chappell victories came aboard Elm Grove Ladyluck in 1:57.1 and Filly Forty Seven in 1:57.4. The other $6,550 filly division was claimed by Kinda Like Her in 1:58.1 as part of a driving triple for Kenny Arsenault. In Bob Dewar action, Campbell went down the highway with Island Energetic in 1:56.3 to extend the colt's win streak to five-in-a-row and keep him undefeated on the season. The three-year-old son of Articulator is owned by Paul Gray and Bernadette Burgess of Nova Scotia. Ryans Allstar also won his $6,550 Dewar division in 1:57.3 for Campbell, while the other divisions were won by Tobinator in 1:58.3 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Trevor Hicken, and Complete Player in 1:56.3 as he remains unbeaten in stakes action so far in the 2017 season. Complete Player is driven by Mark Bradley for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner David Kennedy of Charlottetown. The $2,400 Preferred pace was won by Heart And Soul in 1:56.1 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald of Nova Scotia and local owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. For complete results go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The battle of the harness racing titans resumes in the Saturday night preferred pace 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 Adkins Hanover and Mr Irresistible having the rivalry squared up at two wins each. The six-horse field will line up in race 9 with Adkins Hanover riding a two race win streak leaving from post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Quebec. Mr Irresistible has post 5 for driver Jason Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Trainor and owner Danny Birt of Stratford. Adkins Hanover was a more narrow winner over Mr Irresistible last week but still gets the nod from race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Adkins Hanover wasn't quite as dominant last week as he was in his previous start but at the end of the day, it was the same result," MacIsaac said. "We all know he'll be setting up shop on the front end again and once there, there could be nothing but open road ahead." Other entries include Instant Shadow (Gilles Barrieau), Rash B Havior (Mike Peters), Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan) and Starcastic (Brian MacPhee). The back-up pace hits the track in the race 10 finale with Narragansett favoured for victory over Beau Seelster. Narragansett has rail control for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia, but Beau Seelster rides a pair of second place finishes into the showdown and draws post 2 for driver MacPherson, co-owner and trainer Kyle Wilkie of Stratford and co-owner Mallory Lewis of St. Peters Bay. Other top contenders include Mick Dundee (Donald MacNeill) fresh off an impressive 2:00 qualifier with post 3 and Jinglewriter from post 6 for driver Adam Merner after winning her latest outing in 1:59.3. Red Shores Charlottetown is proud to support the Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program. Customers can purchase tickets for their fundraiser at the track. Prizes include a PEI's Best BBQ Basket and a dog prize package donated by Blue Ribbon Pet Supply. Countdown to the Governor's Plate Starts Monday in Summerside By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores ................................................................... SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2017 season is off and racing on Victoria Day Monday as live racing returns to Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 10-dash holiday card with the afternoon feature a wide open affair. The $2,000 feature event lines up in race 9 with newcomer Mando Fun handicapped with the outside in the five horse field. Mando Fun was claimed for $6,500 on Jan. 21 at Flamboro Downs in Ontario by new co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. He was impressive in his qualifier winning in 1:58.1 at the Summerside Raceway. The winner of 11 lifetime races has a career best of 1:53.3 taken over Scioto Downs in Ohio and gets the services of Dale Spence in his East Coast debut. Other entries in the Victoria Day feature include Pictonian Storm from post 4 dropping from the preferred ranks at Red Shores Charlottetown and getting the catch driving talents of Gary Chappell for trainer Wade Sorrie, and post 3 starter D Bs Rosco with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. Sporty B Skipalong (Norris Rogers) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) round out the field. The back-up pace lines up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with Tipsy Mcstaggers making her Island debut from post 2 for driver Rogers, co-owner and trainer Jay Noye and co-owners Mary Jean Noye of Pleasant Valley and Bill and Denise Andrew of Alberta. The five-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover was racing between Western Fair Raceway in Ontario and Northville Downs in Michigan before making the move East. Her new rivals will include Howmac Missy (Marc Campbell) riding a two-race win streak and Lexis Mandy (Chappell). The program will also see the pari-mutuel return of driver Walter Cheverie, who last drove in a race on Aug. 28 in Summerside before taking a hiatus from the sulky due to health reasons. Cheverie has five drives on the card including the morning line favorite in three of those events. For race programs, top picks or live broadcasts go to Red Shores Racetrack and Casino

Guests of honor included Kent Oakes of Standardbred Canada, Egmont MP Robert Morrissey, and Land and Environment minister Robert Mitchell, PCHC president Kingsley Walsh, and 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee, Doug Brown. Brown traveled from Ontario to share his successes and harness racing stories to the enthusiastic crowd at the year-end awards. His career saw him win more than 8,400 races while seated as a sought after catch driver in central Canada, including winner of $89 million for driving horses. “It’s a great honor to be here,” said Brown, the top O’Brien Award winning driver of all time and perennial leading reinsman on the Ontario Jockey Club Circuit. “The Island has just been such a great supporter of harness racing for many years, and it’s a pleasure to be a guest speaker tonight.” The thrill of harness racing has been an Island tradition that dates to the 1880’s. “We have a wonderful horse racing following, especially here in Prince County,” said Vance Cameron, MC for the event. “Our numbers for attendance would be greater than what you can find in downtown Toronto with the Jockey Club… I mean, the people support us here incredibly.” Attendees were from all parts of the Island and every aspect of the standardbred industry. Dr. Colleen Dickie, president of the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association, came from Charlottetown to offer her support and present the Fan Favorite award. “Harness Racing is a very important industry to the Island,” she said. “If we want to see the industry survive, then we should be willing to put our time and effort into doing that by volunteering. This is why you see so many people tonight because they want the industry to do well, and they are willing to volunteer their time and effort.” Event sponsors included Noonan Petroleum, ALC Red Shores, and Meridian Farms. 2016 Award Winners Top Driver (50+ Starts): Marc Campbell Top Trainer (50+ Starts): Terry Gallant Top Percentage Driver (25-49 Starts): Keith Campbell Top Dash Winning Driver (25-49 Starts): Adam Merner Top Percentage Trainer (25-49 Starts) Ralph Sweet Top Dash Winning Trainer (25-49): Ralph Sweet and Sirfroi Melanson Groom of the Year: Madonna Morrison 2 Year Old Pacing Filly: Good Morning Ky 2 Year Old Pacing Colt: Mick Dundee 2 Year Old Trotting Filly: Revenue of Windemere 2 Year Old Trotting Colt: Howmacs Survivor 3 Year Old Pacing Filly: Every Time and Southfield Sassy 3 Year Old Pacing Colt: Heart and Soul 3 Year Old Trotting Filly: Rustico Duchess 3 Year Old Pacing Colt: Mr Bower Fan Favorite: Minor Wisdom Claimer of the Year: Casimir Luciano Aged Trotter of the Year: I Aint No Lady Aged Pacing Mare of the Year: Minor Wisdom Aged Pacing Horse of the Year: Motorino Horse of the Year: Casimir Luciano Breeder of the Year: Wendell Williams Frank Daniels Memorial: Sandra Cole Standardbred Canada Owner of the Year: Shelly Gass Philip and Henry Doucette Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award: Lloyd Hannah Garth Schurman Memorial: Jason Hughes Horsewoman of the Year: Deanna Clow Horseman of the Year: Ralph Sweet By Desiree Anstey Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

Summerside, PE - Painted Desert, under the command of Adam Merner, rallied in deep stretch to win the final harness racing feature of the season Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The long-shot paid $87.30 to win. Motorino (Terry Gallant) was second by a nose while Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) was third. Painted Desert is owned by Perry Burke, Grosse-Ile, Quecbec and trained by Phil Sizer. The time of the mile was 2:00.3. Marc Campbell earned the top spot in the driver's standings with 39 victories during the 2016 campaign. Campbell went into the last program with 35 scores and won with Instant Shadow in race 4 for trainer Sifroi Melanson and came back in the 8th race with PC Shockwave for owner-trainer Clair Sweet, O'Leary, PE. Campbell gave The Ultimate Stable and Melanson with an owner-trainer triple with a driving hat-trick aboard Ultimatelyhandsome. The Winsloe native hit a grand-slam with Jetster owned by Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE to capture the driver's title and the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron memorial. Jason Hughes, who finished second in the standings, rallied with OK Galahad, owned by Foxyhall Hall racing, Summerside, PE, Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE, to complete season with 35 wins while Ken Murphy was third with 33. Terry Gallant will named the top trainer at the Prince County oval with 18 winners from his stable in 2016. Driver Dale Spence recorded a driving double on the program For complete results go By Lee Drake           ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately.   Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

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