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

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

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. 

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Brief Interlude was sent to the lead and paced away from all challengers as her harness racing driver Zach Conway scored a career milestone with his first lifetime win Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 19-year-old Bonshaw driver's first lifetime win had been eluding him for the Summer but Brief Interlude came to play Sunday in the fourth race of afternoon. Conway and Brief Interlude left well from post 2 to position the mare on the lead and lay down splits of 29.1, 59.3, and 1:29.4 before scoring by two-length in 2:00.3. The five-year-old Brandons Cowboy mare is owned and trained by Zach's father, Paul Conway of Bonshaw. The Wade Sorrie stable was razor sharp as they swept the top two classes on the day. JJ Powerball won the $2,600 top class by a length in line to Jason Hughes in 1:57 while defeating race favourite and pacesetter Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie). Third place went to Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy). A four-year-old son of Image Of Dawn, JJ Powerball is owned by Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook along with Austin Sorrie of Ontario. Pictonian Storm won the back-up class for owner Collings and trainer Sorrie as Murphy subbed in as driver in the $2,200 event rallying from last to score in 1:58.2 over Twice As Bright (David Dowling) and Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson). Trainer Jaycob Sweet had a double on the program as Badlands Giovanna circled the field in a tight finish in race 2 in 2:01.2 for driver Hughes and Shiftyn Georgie upset later in the program for driver Dale Spence in 1:57.4. Dowling made three trips to the winner's circle to continue his reign as leading driver in Prince County. The Warren Grove driver found the wire first with Oh No (2:00.3) for trainer Colleen Chappell of Breadalbane, Phil Dorleans in 1:58.3 for Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley and Cal Hanover (2:01.2) from the Earl Watts stable of Hampshire. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Being the longest shot on the board meant nothing to Varadero Hanover as he upset the Sunday afternoon featured harness racing pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Taking a perfect two-hole ride in the $2,600 top class, Ken Murphy drove by in the stretch to win with Varadero Hanover at 13-1 odds in 1:56.2. Jeff Wallace trains the nine-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Bobby Gordon of Elmsdale. Mando Fun (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) circled up to finish third. Dusty Lane Cortez delivered as the favourite in the race 4 Isabelle and Ivan Cameron Memorial pace with a 1:58.1 mile for driver David Dowling and trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton. The Leon Stewart Memorial saw O Christopher win in 2:01.2 with Norris Rogers in the bike for trainer Lester Stewart of Albany. The race 6 Cecil Stewart Memorial had Myambrose supply a mild upset in 1:59.4 for driver Murphy and trainer Carl MacDougall of Ellerslie while the Lester Chappell Memorial had Badlands Giovanna prevail from post 8 in line to Jason Hughes for owner Stephen Sweet of Springfield West. JJ Powerball was an open-length winner in the Bob MacInnis Memorial pace for the combination of driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and trainer Wade Sorrie. Time of the mile was 1:56.3. Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple on the program winning the opener with Still Owing (2:02.1) for trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown, Souverain in 1:56.2 for trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington and with Disneyman in 1:59.4 from his own stable. For race replays and more 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 - A stakes laden Saturday harness racing doubleheader is in the cards Saturday for Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval plays host to the 85th anniversary of Canada's oldest stakes race. The P.E.I Colt Stakes for pacers dots the landscape of the busy Saturday at the capital oval with the action kicking off at 12:30 P.M. featuring the two-year-old pacers on the afternoon card. The first race of the day gets the stakes racing underway with a $7,300 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old filly division. Ezra Express is the morning line favourite in the class for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo will look to add to her $14,951 in seasonal earnings fresh off a 2:00.2 lifetime best performance at Northside Downs in Nova Scotia. Bettorthanbobbi has rail control as the favourite in the second rookie filly split in race 4 as Mark Bradley will steer the four-time winner for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Watch Me Dance will look to expand on her $19,933 in purses in race 7 with Bradley driving the post 3 starter for co-owner and trainer Stephen Quinn and co-owners John Quinn and Ozzie MacKay. The final $7,300 two-year-old filly division has Saulsbrook Ocean taking her not worse than second record to the test with post 4 for the duo of driver Dale Spence and trainer Joe Baxter. The Nova Scotia ownership group of Saulsbrook Stables Inc., Jennifer Baxter and Michael MacKenzie own the daughter of Westwardho Hanover. The P.E.I Colt Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts has its first $7,000 division in race 2 as Harry G earns the respect of the morning line with post 4 for trainer-driver Paul Langille and owners Arleen, Chantel Gillis of Nova Scotia and Christina Gillis of Ontario. The He's Watching colt U Bettim Watching will attempt to knock off his competition in the second split in race 5 with Kenny Arsenault back in the bike for co-owner and trainer Jeff Lilley and co-owners Shirlene O'Brien and Blair MacLauchlan. Tobins Rebel had his first taste of defeat in his latest start but will look to rebound to his previously undefeated ways in race 8 for a $7,000 pot. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Camystic for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Rollnpop has his work cut out for him from post 8 in the final P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old pacing colt division in race 8 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and Nova Scotia owners Phonsie MacEachern and Morah Kerr. The leader in his division, Woodmere Rollnpop has five wins and two seconds from just seven starts for over $28,000 in prize money in his rookie campaign. Stakes races continue Saturday evening P.E.I. Colt Stakes action continues on the busy Saturday of racing at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 15-dash program scheduled for 6:30 P.M. with the three-year-old pacers as well as the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series presented by Standardbred Canada. Yet again, the stakes action starts right off the hop with a field of three-year-old pacing colt competing in a $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes division in race 1. Purple Poet is the early favourite as trainer-driver Arsenault will look for the horse's seventh lifetime win for owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. Champion sophomore Notorious headlines the second colt split in race 4 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Nova Scotian Shirley Symes. The son of Malicious has been building on his healthy $78,000 bankroll every week this season. The one-two punch of former pasture mates Red Dirt Rocknroll (Driven by David Dowling) and Red Dirt Boomer (Barrieau) headlines race 8's P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing colt division. Both bred by Lowell Balderston of North Wiltshire, the pacing colts will again square off with Red Dirt Boomer putting his three-race win streak on the line from post 5 for owner Daniel Ross. P.E.I Colt Stakes pacing colt action comes to a close in race 12 as the ultra-consistent Saulsbrook Lassie will leave from post 2 as the top choice for driver Adam Merner, co-owner and trainer Jean Belliveau and co-owner Norman Leger. The first $7,800 P.E.I. Colt stakes three-year-old filly division is slated for race 2 with Glasgow Gracie pegged as the one to beat for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Blair and Carl Hansen and Isaac Schurman of P.E.I. Elm Grove Nellie has rail control in the second of three filly bouts for driver Spence and trainer Baxter. Owned by Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis, both of Nova Scotia, the daughter of Stonebridge Terror will look for her fourth win of the season. The red-hot Woodmere Oleksiak has proven untouchable in recent weeks with five straight divisional victories and will have rail control as she looks to continue that trend in the final $7,800 filly division in race 10. Dowling drives the Earl Watts trainee for owners Windemere Farms, Hollis Newson, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, has a pair of divisions on the program with $3,620 up for grabs in each division. The top-pacing mares will compete in races 5 and 7 on the program. The race 15 finale has a hard hitting group of preferred pacers vying for a $2,900 purse with Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Lisburn (Arsenault) the top pick from post 5. Driver-trainer Brian MacPhee will be special guest on Inside Track. The interview segment, hosted by Peter MacPhee, will air at 5:30pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the Worldwide Broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Mainland Pacer Controls Rail Sunday At Red Shores SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off the fastest win any horse shows on the program, Heartland Eclipse will cross the Confederation Bridge and try to protect the rail in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will play host to 11-dashes Sunday with a 1 P.M. first race post time. The $2,700 Preferred 2 pace has Heartland Eclipse leaving from post 1 after smoking his foes in 1:55.2 last time out at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S. Owned by Lee Raymond of Truro, Hearland Eclipse's trainer Don Ellis has elected to place Mike McGuigan in the drivers seat of the six-year-old son of Armbro Baylor as he searches for win number 18 of his pacing career. Mantario has post 6 in the field of seven with Norris Rogers picking up the catch drive for trainer Alex Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. A finalist in the Birthplace Of Confederation Series, Mantario will look to rebound off a sixth place finish in his latest start. Dangle Ona Dime was red hot the first part of the season at Red Shores Summerside but has hit a temporary rough patch. Starting from post 7 on Sunday afternoon, the four-year-old son of Pang Shui has the services of Corey MacPherson in the driver's seat. Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) and Soccer Hanover (John Davidson). The back-up pace lines up in race 7 with $2,400 at play. McGuigan will drive the Elton Millar trained pacer from post 3 in the field of eight for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. A recent third place finisher in the $3,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial at Fredericton Raceway in New Brunswick, Ramset has five wins from 17 starts so far in 2019. Other top entries include Coasttocoastshark (Ken Murphy) and White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers). Trainer Earl Watts will be special guest on Inside Track. The interview segment, hosted by Rocky Schurman, will air at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The 2 year old Maritime Bred harness racing fillies hit the track Tuesday July 10 during Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside Raceway. Two A Division Fillies will each be going for a purse of $12,920, while one B Division will be racing for $2,500. This begins the fillies quest for points to earn their way into the Atlantic Breeders Crown. The top 8 point earners will race in The Atlantic Breeders Crown Final, October 13,2019 at Red Shores Charlottetown. Atlantic Sire Stakes Action continues Thursday July 11 when the 2 year old Colts head to Summerside for their first Atlantic Sire Stake debut.   Debbie Francis Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

The best two and three-year-old from across the Maritimes will be featured this week at Red Shores Summerside Raceway, as part of harness racing action during Governor's Plate Week. A full slate of Atlantic Sires Stakes events will take place throughout the week, beginning with the two and three-year-old trotters on Tuesday evening. Three divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms and PEIHRA three-year-old trot will each go for a purse pool of $6180. One division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms and PEIRAHA two-year-old trot will go for $15,720. Meridian Farms, Atlantic Canada's largest Standardbred breeding operation, is a continued sponsor along with the PEIHRA of the trotting events this season. First race post time on Tuesday is 6:30 pm. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will continue on Wednesday evening when the two-year-old pacing fillies line up behind the gate to make their debut in ATSS action and the two year-old pacing colts will make their debut on Thursday. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will wind up at Red Shores Summerside Raceway on Friday and Saturday with the three-year-old pacing fillies and colts hitting the track. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting event and 'A' division pacing event go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships.   Debbie Francis Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A perfect two-hole ride sealed the way to victory for Noundidnt Blue Chip in the feature event and capped off a six-win performance by his driver Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Warren Grove resident David Dowling was the star of Sunday's Red Shores Summerside program winning six races on the 10-dash card. In the $2,800 featured pace, Adkins Hanover (Driven By Ambyr Campbell) went to front and controlled the race with splits of 29.2, 1:00.4 and 1:29.3 while fending off a first-over advance from Woodmere Ideal Art (Norris Rogers). Dowling sat pretty in the two-hole with Noudidnt Blue Chip for the duration of the race until he powered up for a neck decision in 1:58.3. Adkins Hanover was at the wire for second while third went to Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.). Noudidnt Blue Chip is owned and trained by Neal Moase of Warren Grove. That feature win was one of six visit's to the winner's circle for Dowling. He started off the day capturing the first five dashes until his feature win in race 9. The action started as he steered The Devils Cut to a 2:02 victory for Chris MacKay of French River the won with Bugtown Superstar in 2:02.2 for Brian Walsh of Albany. Woodmere Oleksiak romped by nine lengths in race 3 in 1:58.3 for Dowling and trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley supplied Dowling with wins four and five of the day as Ramset overcame an early break to win in 2:01.3 then Twice As Bright cruised to victory in 1:58.4. Total wager was $17,405. Live racing continues at Red Shores with the Future Star of 2019 taking place Monday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. As well as live cards Thursday at 6:30 P.M and Saturday at 6 P.M. at the Capital oval while Red Shores Summerside returns to action Monday July 1 at 1 P.M.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – David Dowling sent Rockin Indy from the start and never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle in the Thursday evening feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Owned and trained by Troy Murray of Clyde River, Rockin Indy left well from post 6 in the $2,400 featured pace and laid down splits of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:29 before closing out in 1:58.2 for a half-length victory. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) came up the inside to finish second while pocket-sitter Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was third. A newcomer to the trot ranks captured the $2,400 featured Open Trot as Star Photo prevailed in 2:03.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The 10-year-old son of Classic Photo is now owned by Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford along with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Mike McGuigan scored a driving triple as he had a maiden breaking score of 2:03.3 aboard Howmac Margarita, a win with Gettin Messi in 2:00.1 and a neck decision with What A Babe in 1:59.4. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The first two Thursday night's have been all about E R Quinn and the veteran harness racing pacer will look for more of the same this week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday evening card will see a 6:30 P.M. first race post time while the featured pacers will go to the starting gate in race 9. E R Quinn has drawn post 5 in the $2,500 featured pace with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The seven-year-old son of Total Truth has recorded five wins this season with three of them coming since relocating East four starts back. Screen Test has been acquitting himself well since making the jump to Eastern Canada after residing in Alberta since his birth. The four-year-old Vertical Horizon pacer will have Corey MacPherson in the race bike for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Tempo Seelster is selected for third in the morning line and will leave from post 4 with Ken Murphy at the lines. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees no reason to not keep E R Quinn as his top selection. "E R Quinn has dominated the Thursday night feature the past two weeks and there hasn't been anything to indicate that it's about to change anytime soon," MacIsaac said. "He has a big shot at a three peat." Also in the field is Dream On Dream On (Driven by David Dowling), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes). A compact field of five will contest the race 5 top trot for a $2,200 purse. Freddie will leave from the outside for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include Hop Up (MacPherson) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). Races 1 and 3 of the evening will have three-year-old Open trot classes with $1,800 purses on the line. Richsnortherndream (Kenny Arsenault) is the morning line favourite in race 1 while Getting Messi (Mike McGuigan) gets the top nod in race 3. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A deeply competitive field will face off Saturday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. Mick Dundee has rail control in the top class for owner-trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. The homebred son of Aahm Canadian Now has been knocking on the door the past few weeks in the preferred ranks but has yet to find the winner's circle. Last week's winner, Euchred, has post 6 and rides a two-race win streak into Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling. Revenant has yet to miss the top three this season as the son of If I Can Dream will look for his first preferred victory with Adam Merner supplying the drive. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a possibility for any one of the six entries to hit the wire first and will defer to Mick Dundee's post position advantage. "This one appears to be wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some early mayhem up front so if Mick Dundee can sit and stalk all the way and exploit that good late kick he could get it all." Also in the deep field are Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell). Sodwana Bay was dominant in 2018 in the Open Mares Pace and showed more of the same last week in her seasonal debut. She will contest the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open in race 7 of the program for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended has been assigned the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling). Trainer Jackie Matheson will be the special guest on Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast Check out www.Redshores.ca for race programs and more.   May 26, 2019 Island Stakes Season Commences Sunday At Red Shores Summerside   SUMMERSIDE, PE - Magical Mistress was nothing short of superb last year and will look to remain perfect in the first Island stakes engagement of the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sunday's program kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring a trio of divisions of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies as well as three divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for sophomore pacing colts. Magical Mistress headlines her Chappell division in race 7 with Adam Merner back at the controls for trainer Stephen Gass and new owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing of Quebec. The daughter of Camystic has drawn post 3 in the $8,100 class as she looks to expand on her 12-race undefeated streak put together as a two-year-old in 2018. The program commences with a Chappell division in race 1 with Ma Rebelle selected as the one to beat from post 2. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has already recorded a 1:59.1 victory this season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Arc Light has similar prospects in the other $8,100 Chappell division in race 5 as she leaves from post 2 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell. The daughter of Camystic was a 1:59.2 victor in her latest start for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Bob Dewar Memorial action starts off in race 3 with a pair of champions colliding. Last season's Maritime Breeder's Futurity champion Red Dirt Boomer leaves from post 1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Notorious has post 5 in the same split with Campbell in the bike for owners Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S., and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. The second Dewar division is later on the card in race 9 with a $8,100 pot at stake. Carlisimo won the first Maritime stakes event of the season in the Dawn Bremner Memorial in New Brunswick. The son of Shadow Play must contend with the far outside at post 7 with Campbell at the helm for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The final Dewar split has A Grand Terror favoured to win the lion's share of the $8,100 purse for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of New Brunswick. The Camystic pacer will leave from post 1 in the field of eight entries. Driver David Dowling will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment will air at 12:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast For more information go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He will have to overcome the outside post position but adversity does not seem to be a problem for E R Quinn lately as he faces the featured harness racing event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The eight-dash Thursday evening program gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with the featured event lining up in race 7. E R Quinn leaves from post 6 in the field of as many with $2,400 in purse money on the line for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The Total Truth pacer was a winner in his latest outing after recovering from an early break in stride. Corey MacPherson gets the catch driving assignment Thursday evening. Jetster is fresh off a win and gets rail control as he takes a hike in class for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while WInter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) gets a second crack at opposition below the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the way to the winner's circle running through E R Quinn. "E R Quinn made an early break last week then was the victim of interference and still won," MacIsaac said. "How do you go against him after a performance like that? You don't." Also in the field is Harbourlite Jerry (Steven Shepherd), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) and Confident Fella (Dale Spence). A group of seven three-year-old trotters meet in race 2 of the program for a $1,650 purse. Getti Messi is favoured in the class fresh off an impressive qualifier for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. Other top entries include Dustylane Thunder (Adam Merner) and Hard Case (Mark Bradley). For live video, race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A two-hole ride was all it took for Soccer Hanover to find the winner's circle in the Victoria Day featured harness racing event on opening day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. David Dowling was top driver on the day as the Warren Grove reinsman won three races on the program including the $2,600 top class with Soccer Hanover. Dowling opted for a two-hole ride over a sloppy track with a three-second variant, with the Leith Waite trained Soccer Hanover and drafted behind pacesetter Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) through fractions of 29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1. The stretch drive told the tale in the feature as Soccer Hanover edged up for the win over Screen Test in 2:00 while third place went to Red Magician (Adam Merner). Dowling's other wins came with Windemerenightlife in 2:03 for trainer Clair Sweet of O'Leary and with Twice As Bright in a 2:03.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley. Millar was top trainer of the day with two victories including the final dash of the day with Heza Workof Art hitting the line first after a front end steer by driver Mike McGuigan in 2:02.3. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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