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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  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness rcing mares on the East Coast will again meet for the Saturday afternoon feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,400 top class lining up in race 11. Collective Wisdom is pegged as the morning line favourite from post 4 with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The daughter of American Ideal has made six trips to the winner's circle this season for $11,408 in earnings. Maritime champion Arc Light will leave from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while last week's top class winner, Imagine Speed, will leave from post 8. Adam Merner will drive Imagine Speed this week as regular driver Dale Spence has made the move to Florida for the winter months and will not be back in regular competition on P.E.I. until the spring. MacIsaac also places Collective Wisdom on top of his selections. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles and it looks like the front could be hers for the taking," MacIsaac said. "There could be nothing to stand in her way." Also in the field are West River Ambyr (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Paythelinebluechip (Ken Murphy), Mrs Dragonfire (Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). An early break in stride sealed the fate of Star Photo in last week's Open Trot but he gets another crack at those top trotters in Saturday's Race 6 Open Trot for a $2,250 purse. Jason Hughes is back in the bike behind the post 4 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Classic Photo will again face off with Freddie (Campbell) from post 5 and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) with post 3. Woodmere Ideal Art set take on Red Shores' Best CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing his foes his last time on P.E.I., Woodmere Ideal Art will look for more of the same in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Jason Hughes at the lines of Woodmere Ideal Art from post 4 in the race 13 top-class for a $2,900 purse. The preferred pace has the son of Articulator as the morning line favourite for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. His last start was a three-length victory in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown on Oct. 26. Well Did draws post 5 in the field for trainer-driver Paul Langille with the horse coming into Sunday's contest with a pair of victories in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie after having not seen the pylons behind the starting gate since Aug. 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Woodmere Ideal Art as his top pick. "Woodmere Ideal Art has been a top three finisher in 75 per cent of his starts the past two years, 2018 on the tough stakes circuit and this year against the best free for allers on the east coast," MacIsaac said. "It will take a big effort from one of his rivals to knock him off." Also in the preferred field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy), Rockin Indy (David Dowling), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and JJ Powerball (Adam Merner). The Lester Chappell Memorial pace is carded as race 2 of the program for a $1,700 purse. Heart And Soul is the top selection from post 2 for trainer-driver Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The champion son of Western Paradise has visited the winner's circle only once this season with a 1:59.2 win over Red Shores Summerside. Other top selections in the race are Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Complete Player (Mark Bradley). For more information visit www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top  harness racing pacing mares in Eastern Canada will again square off this Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the top mares pace of the day lining up in race 11 for a $2,550 purse. The Time To Win comes into the race sporting a win and second in her last two starts with Corey MacPherson subbing in as the driver for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal is a three-time winner this season racing primarily at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. She won her Open Mares assignment on Oct. 19, and then was second to pacing horse Eagle Jolt in a mixed class in her last start. Maritime Champion Arc Light moves into aged competition in this race but the three-year-old filly has rail control for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. Dancers Pass (Driven by David Dowling) was a winner in her last two starts but takes on her toughest test to date in this race leaving from post 3. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with The Time To Win for the top spot. "The Time To Win was a bang up second last week despite being first up before the half so if she's able to pick up some cover today instead of providing it she'll be hard to deny," MacIsaac said. Also in the field is Mrs Dragonfire (Adam Merner), Imagine Speed (Dale Spence), West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd), Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) and Jordies Hope (Jason Hughes). Freddie and Star Photo are set to tangle in the race 11 Open Trot for a $2,300 pot. Star Photo cruised to victory in his latest with a 28.4 final panel for the team of driver Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The veteran has post 3 to start from this week while Freddie (Campbell) leaves from post 2. Labero has quietly put together a solid season with five wins, fives second and three thirds and has rail control in the class with Walter Cheverie in the seat. Rose Run Quest Looks To Continue Dominance Sunday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There has been nothing standing in the way of the winner's circle for Rose Run Quest in the preferred ranks in recent week and he will look for more of the same in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will host racing Saturday and Sunday for the next four weeks with post time at 12:30 P.M. Sunday's 13-dash program has the preferred pace hitting the track in race 12 for a $2,900 purse. Rose Run Quest has the outside in the field of seven by virtue of his three straight victories at this level. Marc Campbell trains and drives the son of If I Can Dream for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Nogreatmischief leaves from post 5 in the Sunday contest after a victory in the top class on closing day at Red Shores Summerside for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Screen Test has post 6 with Corey MacPherson at the lines after a third place finish at this level last time out. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the race as Rose Run Quest's to lose. "Rose Run Quest has been so dominant in his last three starts that you got to believe the road to the winners circle goes through him again, post seven or not," MacIsaac said. Other entries include Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy), Best To Hurst (Jason Hughes), IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up pace will line up in race 11 as Souverain looks to extend his four-race win streak with rail control for driver MacPherson and owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington. Other top entrants in the $2,400 class are Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and Bank Of Dad (Adam Merner). For more information or to tune into the worldwide broadcast go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The Atlantic Lottery is pleased to announce that David MacKenzie has now assumed his new role as General Manager, Red Shores. "With his exceptional resume and deep roots in harness racing, we expect David will feel right at home at Red Shores, says Michael MacKinnon, Managing Director of Destination Gaming for Atlantic Lottery. "The teams he leads in Charlottetown and Summerside are enthusiastic about harness racing and create exceptional guest experiences - and they immediately recognized the level of his commitment to an industry that is an important part of the Island's cultural fabric." Raised in Eastern Prince Edward Island, David MacKenzie has an impressive and diverse professional background. He was Regional President for PEI with SaltWire Network and President of Mackenzie Zver Consulting. He has held senior roles across Prince Edward Island's public sector including as Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture; CEO of Confederation Centre of the Arts; and Executive Director of Capital Commission of Prince Edward Island. "Red Shores is important to harness racing, not only on the Island - but beyond", said David MacKenzie. "I am eager to be part of a team that works closely with our industry partners to ensure that tradition remains strong. I will be spending a lot of time over the next few weeks getting to know the people behind its success and listening to their ideas for the future." Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park is getting ready to launch the Atlantic Breeders Crown on Thanksgiving weekend while the Charlottetown based operation will also play host to the Atlantic Canada Poker Championship on October 25th- 27th. "On behalf of the Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, I would like to welcome David to his new position," said PEIHRIA Chairman Blaine MacPherson. "We look forward to working with him and the Red Shores team to continue to build on the successes we have enjoyed. Having someone in the leadership role at Red Shores who has a strong background of involvement in harness racing will be a real asset." From Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He may be relegated to the outside harness racing post position but Freddie will try to make the most of it in the Thursday evening Open Trot at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday evening card has a 6:30 P.M. first race post time with the Open Trot lining up in race 8 of the program for a $2,300 purse. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch drive on Freddie in the six-horse field as trainer Marc Campbell has elected to drive post 2 starter and stablemate Buckaroo at 6-1 morning line odds. Cheverie will search for three straight with the post 6 starting Freddie as he scored convincing open length victories in his last two starts for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Star Photo has post 3 in the class and has yet to see the winner's circle since Old Home Week but has had five straight top-three finishes in the weeks since then for driver Jason Hughes. Former Open Trot champion Majian Tango has post 5 for trainer-driver Jim Ripley. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Freddie for the winning position this week. "Freddie gets the outside post again but when you've been as dominant as he has, that's the price you pay," MacIsaac said. "They'll beat him again eventually but there's no real case to be made that it will happen tonight." Also in the field is Scary Good (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Hop Up (Corey MacPherson). The CPKN Stanhope Workshop 2019 pace hits the track in race 7 of the program for a $1,400 purse. Bayside Alexis is favoured in the field of eight fillies and mares with Kenny Arsenault in the driver's seat from post 1 for owner-trainer Scott Dunn of Montague. Other top entries include Good Luck Kathy (Earl Smith) and Better Be In Love (Campbell). Customers can enjoy several on track promotions when they play the horses. The Pick 5 on races 6 - 10 offers a $500 prize while any customer who tags their ticket for an additional $2 has a chance to win a $25 jackpot on that race with the Wild Horses ticket. The annual Drive for Charity has wrapped up for the season. The official cheque presentations from the businesses and drivers to the charities will take place on October 12th during the Atlantic Breeder Crown weekend presented by the City of Charlottetown. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of win streaks will collide as the top harness racing pacers in Eastern Canada meet Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M. at the Capital oval with the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association Invitational lining up in race 12 for a $4,000 purse. Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Lisburn has rail control in the field of seven as he sits on two straight wins in preferred action for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Heaven has yet to miss the board in Atlantic Canada this season including an open length win in 1:53.3 his last time out. Euchred scorched the Truro Raceway in identical time last week in the Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational but will have to overcome post 7 this week to find the winner's circle and extend his win streak to four straight. Trainer Walter Walker of Inverness, N.S., will entrust the driving duties to Mike McGuigan on Saturday evening. Woodmere Ideal Art was a runner-up to Euchred last week and has post 5 in Saturday's class with David Dowling in the race bike for Sifroi Melanson of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Top Island pacer Rose Run Quest is also in the field for trainer-driver Marc Campbell as the son of If I Can Dream boasts four straight top-three finishes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees rail control as sealing the deal for Lisburn to find the winner's circle. "Lisburn dominated his last two races from start to finish and with him landing on the pylons tonight we'll likely be looking at the same scenario," MacIsaac said. "Other than the short price there's not much to dislike." Also in the field is Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson), Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Sodwana Bay will look continue her Fillies and Mares Open pace domination in race 9 of the program for a $2,750 purse. Dale Spence picks up the catch driving assignment from trainer Gilles Barrieau, who is competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. With four straight wins on her card, Sodwana Bay's six rivals will have their hands full Saturday evening. Some top entries in that class include Jordies Hope (Arsenault) and Traces Of Purple (Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. JJ Powerball Takes On Sunday's Best SUMMERSIDE, PE - A field of hard hitting pacers will convene Sunday afternoon and a horse fresh out of Invitational action is pegged as the one to beat Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday afternoon presentation kicks off at 1 P.M. with the $2,600 top class assembling in the finale. JJ Powerball last competed in the Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., finishing fourth while pacing in 1:54.3 for trainer Wade Sorrie. That mile puts the target squarely on his back as the top pick but he has his work cut out for him from post 7. Dale Spence will do the driving on Sunday as the son of Image Of Dawn looks for his 12th lifetime win for owners Austin Sorrie of Ontario and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Mando Fun has rail control in the top event with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Best To Hurst has post 2 with Walter Cheverie driving for trainer Earl Watts while former top class winner Phil Dorleans (Jason Hughes) leaves from post 3. Dangle Ona Dime (Corey MacPherson) has post 4 with Soccer Hanover (John Davidson) lining up from post 5. Heartland Eclipse cut out all the action last week and had to settle for a minor share. He gets leading driver David Dowling in the bike on Sunday from post 6. The far outside post 8 belongs to Red Magician with Adam Merner in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie. The afternoon back-up pace hits the track in race 9 with Ramset the top pick in the $2,300 class for combination of driver Dowling and Red Shores Summerside leading trainer Elton Millar. The Rambaran pacer was a second place finisher his last time out for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. Other top entries include Heart And Soul (Cheverie) and Mantario (Norris Rogers). For live video and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was just another night at the office for the "King" of Island racing as harness racing driver Marc Campbell captured both top events Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Campbell trained and driven Freddie found the wire first in the $2,350 Open Trot as he benefited from some brisk early fractions supplied by Hop Up (Driven by Corey MacPherson). Hop Up struck the front and laid down splits of 28.4 and 58.2 before relinquishing the front to Star Photo (Jason Hughes) at the half-mile marker. Freddie then took a first-over assault from fourth on that leader and powered by in the stretch to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 1:58.3 with Star Photo second and Hop Up third. Freddie is owned by Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The top pace of the evening was more of the same for the Winsloe driver as he teamed up with Bettim Vicky to win the $2,300 class in 1:57.4. Jeff Lilley of Milton Station co-owns and trains the daughter of Aahm Canadian Now for co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S., and Greg Goldberg of Victoria, B.C. Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner) got the deuce with Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau) completing the $459.00 triactor. Campbell's other win came with Paythelinebluechip in 1:59.1 for trainer Jay Noye. For complete results go to redshores.ca by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Freddie has the lead in the harness racing win department but recent weeks have shown the Open Trot is anyone's race to win at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. A 12-dash Thursday evening presentation at the capital oval will kick off at 6:30 P.M. while the $2,350 Open Trot hits the track in race 8. Freddie has compiled eight wins on the season to dwarf his competition but recent racing action has seen its share of different winners in this class. Post 7 will not make the road easy for Freddie, with trainer-driver Marc Campbell at the lines for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Hop Up (Driven by Corey MacPherson) has a one-two record her last two starts from post 4 while Star Photo (Jason Hughes) has been in the triactor his last five races. Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) has been rock solid all season and will look to rebound off a fourth place finish his last start to those three foes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will cast aside the post-position disadvantage and go with Freddie for the top spot. "Freddie hit the front by the quarter last week and never looked back in scoring his 55th career win," MacIsaac said. "We can't imagine it being that easy tonight but regardless, it's hard to rule out a repeat." Also in the field is Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Daisy River (Walter Cheverie). The top pace of the evening lines up in the finale as a quartet of talented pacing mares drops out of the Fillies and Mares Open class. Rocknrols Image will leave from post 2 Thursday evening in race 12 as she looks for the lion's share of the $2,300 purse. Hughes is in the bike behind the Kevin Gillis trained pacer for owner David MacDonald of Belfast. A third place finisher pacing in 1:56.1 her last start, Rocknrols Image has earned the respect of morning line favourite. Also making the drop from the top mare's class is Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner), Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau) and Bettim Vicky (Marc Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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