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SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred scored a career moment while vanquishing his harness racing rivals in the Sunday afternoon featured at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Corey MacPherson was at the lines of the Walter Walker trainee as the eight-year-old son of Shadow Play completed his 60th career win in the $2,700 featured pace. Sent off as the betting favourite, Euchred grabbed the lead in the afternoon feature and waltzed through splits of 27.3, 56 and 1:25.1 before kicking home for a 1:54.4 victory. Heart And Soul (Driven by Jason Hughes) finished second while Hunger Pangs (Dale Spence) completed the triactor. Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness, N.S., holds the ownership papers of the winning pacer. Spence had a driving quadruple on the afternoon winning with Brandons Glory in 1:57.1 and Mando Fun in 1:57.2, both for conditioner MacKenzie MacInnis, as well as with Brydown Arrow in 1:59.3 off the front for owner Shannon Sellick of O'Leary. JK Cowboy dead heated for the win in race 4 for driver Spence and trainer Greg MacInnis, hitting the wire in 1:58.1 at the same time as Flash In The Pang (Ken Murphy). Adam Merner recorded a driving double on the program. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – It may have been Woodmere Stealdeal’s narrowest winning margin but the fact remains that the two-year-old colt’s harness racing record is still unblemished after stakes action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.  Marc Campbell was at the lines of the Danny Romo trainee again this week as the son of Stealhead Hanover hustled off the gate in his $11,700 Joe O’Brien Memorial stake division for two-year-old pacing colts to take control of the fractions en route to a 1:56.4 victory for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. Dustylanegoliath (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) closed hard to finish at Woodmere Stealdeal’s saddle pad in second while Woodmere Alvin (Corey MacPherson) and Moneyorroses (Steven Shepherd) finished in a deadheat for third.  It was win number of seven of Woodmere Stealdeal’s career from as many starts as he increased his bankroll to $32,463.  Saltwater Savage prevailed in the other $11,700 O’Brien Gold division with a front-end score of 1:58 for the first part of Tom Weatherbie training double. Mark Bradley was in the driver’s seat for owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peters Bay. Steel Reefer (Barrieau) was bested one-and-a-quarter lengths to finish second while Justcallmedoc (Jason Hughes) laid in the three-hole to finish third.  Weatherbie’s other win was in a $9,000 Lady Slipper grassroots division for two-year-old pacing fillies as Western Wish won in 2:00.1 with Brodie MacPhee at the lines.  The front end held up in the other Lady Slipper grassroots split with Red Dirt Magic delivering as the post time favourite in 2:01.1 for the combination of driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts.  JJ Talisa drove up for an upset in her $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for filly pacers, kicking clear by three lengths in 1:58.2 with Dale Spence supplying the steer for owners Robert and Maria MacLeod of South West Margaree, N.S. Plain Jane (Campbell) cut out the fractions to finish second while Little Miss Ava (Myles Heffernan Sr.) completed the $305.90 triactor.  Need To Know was first to the line in the second $13,000 Lady Slipper gold event for the first part of a Hughes training and driving double. The Warrawee Needy filly stopped the clock in 1:59.4 for owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Post time favourite Tobins Brownie (Dowling) finished second with Elm Grove Penney (Spence) third. Hughes’ other win came in an O’Brien grassroots division for a $6,400 pot as Whistler surged for a 2:00.2 score.  Betterthanbutter (Adam Merner) won his $6,400 Joe O’Brien grassroots division for rookie colts in 2:00.1 from the Ron Gass stable of Cornwall while Class Hero found the line first in his grassroots split in 1:59 for driver Barrieau and trainer Greg Weatherbee of Mount Stewart.  In other action, Adventure Luck captured the Peter Coughlin memorial for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Robert Williams, Ellerslie, PE. Total wager was $43,261. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.     By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

One of the most successful and dedicated harness racing horsemen on PEI is a man by the name of Boyd MacDonald. Boyd has raced horses here on PEI, especially right here in Summerside going back as far as 1970. Before Boyd got his license to drive horses in 1973, other people did the driving. Junior Chappell would be the driver of his first horses, Post Road Sport and Happy One, and then Reg MacLure became the regular pilot of Boyd’s horses. Boyd bought so many horses and brought them here to PEI, not only for his enjoyment and fun, but to make our harness racing product better and something to be proud of. He raced his horses in both Summerside and Charlottetown but he seemed to have a lot of love for Summerside, as when I was a little boy, I can remember Boyd racing here every week. Some of the horses that Boyd campaigned over the years, (and I also should include his trainer Everett Lowther, who worked for Boyd for many many years and is quite a likeable character.) include Post Road Sport, Rhythm Girl, Happy One, Martown, Hawaii N, Rosie Joe, Seaport N, Nikey Irene, Knalman, SH Shrimp, Double Command, Scheme A, Shaleen Globe (a very good New Zealand bred mare and just one of many New Zealand breds that Boyd brought to PEI), Lucky Leita, as well as Fairly Lucky, Lindsay N, Island Gem and Brilliant Hanover N (all four of these co-owned by Doctor Erwin Howatt, another great fella), Laura Vee Haines, Millippa (another top class mare), Ad Painter and the list goes on and on. Reprinted with permission of PeiCanada

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The harness racing record books continued to take a beating as Woodmere Stealdeal stopped by Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon as part of his Maritime stakes campaign. Woodmere Stealdeal took the fastest dash of the all-stakes card at the Prince County oval while setting a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts of 1:55.2 and tying the fastest mile ever by a rookie pacer on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada. The historic mile was a recorded in a $7,500 split of the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacing colts. Sock It Away held the former track record of 1:56 for two-year-old males. Marc Campbell was in the bike behind the Danny Romo trained Woodmere Stealdeal for Nova Scotia owners Robert Sumarah and Kevin Dorey. The Myles Heffernan Jr. stable was razor sharp on the afternoon card with Tequila Tuesday rewriting the history books in the lone $10,300 Tyndal Semple Memorial three-year-old stake division with a 1:58.3 track record performance for sophomore trotters with Campbell at the lines for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The trip lowered the previous 1:59.1 track record set by Maritime Champion Waiting On A Woman in 2011 then tied by Mile Hill Willie in 2019. Heffernan's other win was in a front-end score for Little Miss Ava in 1:58.2 in a $7,000 Callbeck filly race for catch driver Gilles Barrieau. Trainer Tom Weatherbie had a double on the day from his Charlottetown stable as Saltwater Savage (Mark Bradley) won his $7,500 Callbeck division for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:56.2 and Western Wish (Brodie MacPhee) won a $7,000 filly division in 1:57.4. The other $7,500 Callbeck colt divisions were won by Steel Reefer (Gilles Barrieau) as the heavy favourite in 1:58.1 and Mr Rielly (Corey MacPherson) in 1:58.2. Southfield Skye won the fastest $7,000 Callbeck two-year-old filly division with a 1:56.3 open-length victory for trainer Glen MacKay and driver Adam Merner. Tobins Brownie (David Dowling) was a winner in her $7,000 filly split in 2:00.4. Mr Finlay Ridge extended his win streak to three in the $9,850 Callbeck two-year-old trot division for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. The $4,000 Island Oceans Trot Classic legs, presented by JD Marine & Diving Inc, were won by Whim Road Gem (Jack Panting) in 1:58.4 and Hop Up (MacPherson) in 1:58.3. Wager was $48,034   For replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - When it comes to aged harness racing pacing mares on the East Coast, Sodwana Bay has been the boss the past few years and will look for another victory against a deep group Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card has a 6 P.M. start time featuring the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 11. Sodwana Bay has post 4 in the field of six talented mares with trainer Gilles Barrieau back in the race bike for owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire. The seven-year-old No Pan Intended mare was a 13-time winner from 25 seasonal starts in 2019 and currently has a pair of victories from six starts this calendar year. Berazzled will guard the rail with David Dowling picking up the catch drive for trainer Jonah Moase after cutting out a 55.4 half in her latest to fade at the end of the mile. Woodmere Chella is the morning line favourite from post 2 with Dale Spence being called on to drive for conditioner Marvyn Webster. The Articulator lass was a runner-up in her latest race, pacing her own mile in 1:54.3 in Charlottetown while being bested by Arc Light. Adam Merner will drive Arc Light from the Marc Campbell stable with post 3 while stable mate Dreamfair Zenfire has the outside post 6 with Campbell at the lines. Post 5 belongs to Lyons Jennielee and driver Myles Heffernan Sr., who just dead-heated for second in the top class at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia her last start. Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes a hunch that Sodwana Bay will land back on top in Thursday's pacing feature. "As great as she is, the first over trip last week was simply too much to overcome," MacIsaac said of Sodwana Bay. "She's had enough starts since coming off the bench that she should be just about where she wants to be from a conditioning standpoint and a smoother journey could put her back in the winner's circle." Race 8 will see the return of Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven to the Campbell stable. The now six-year-old daughter of Proven Lover will have rail control as she makes the move back East after competing in Ontario all season. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Sunday afternoon was Adam Merner day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as the reinsman celebrated four harness racing victories including a win in the afternoon feature. Mystery Phil and Merner swept up in the final panel to land in the winner’s circle in the $2,700 featured pace stopping the clock in 1:55.1. Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with pacesetter Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin) third. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale hold the ownership papers of Mystery Phil. Merner started off his grandslam winning race 1 in a maiden breaking score aboard two-year-old filly Southfield Skye in 1:58 For trainer Glen MacKay of Summerside. La Vie En Rose supplied another win in race 2 in 1:59.2 from the Stacey Lund stable while Khitam Image was the other piece of the puzzle winning in 1:59.2 for Merner and trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. Brodie MacPhee and Jason Hughes had driving doubles on the card. Total wager was $36,700. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A power move to the front in the opening panel sealed the deal for Flash In The Pang as he walked away with the Canada Day Pace on a special Wednesday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Leaving from post 3 for driver Kenny Murphy in the $2,300 Canada Day feature at the Prince County oval, Flash In The Pang brushed to the lead before the opening quarter and waltzed through splits of 30.1, 59.1 and 1:28.1 before opening up by four-lengths to win in 1:57. Slide Guitar (Driven by David Dowling) was second while Hemingway (Adam Merner) finished third. Molly Murphy trains Flash In The Pang for owner Hughie Murphy of Augustine Cove. Dowling took control of the leader's board for drivers at the Prince County oval with two wins on the card but it was the 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes who scored a driving grand slam to bring himself to 1,498 lifetime victories in the bike. Hughes opened the card winning with his own Roxy Lund in 2:01.3, followed by Phil Dorleans in 1:59.1 for Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley, Southfield Sandy in 1:57.4 for Glen MacKay of Summerside and closed the card out with Noudidnt Blue Chip in 1:57.1 for trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. Total wager was $31,615. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside (P.E.I.) – Red Shores, The Prince County Horsemen’s Club, along with the City of Summerside, is pleased to announce the return of harness racing with limited spectators to Red Shores Summerside on Friday June 26th. Post time is 6pm. Reservations will be required at  West End Bar & Grill in the lower level of Red Shores. Fans will be limited. Complete details at redshores.ca.  Customers that wish to join us at Red Shores Summerside for June 26th are required to make a restaurant reservation and can call 902-620-4264. For reservations for future dates customers can call 902-888-5666 and select option 1. Reservations will be required at  The Oval in the upper level of Red Shores. Customers can call 902-436-5551.       The safety and well-being of Islanders is our top priority. In consultation with the PCHC,  PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, public health officials and other stakeholders, Red Shores has developed a detailed plan to support the return of live standardbred horse racing on Prince Edward Island. This plan incorporates government and public health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Fans from across North America will be able to watch and wager from the safety of their homes through the Red Shores Race Day broadcast and online betting platforms such as HPIBet.com. Post time on June 26th is 6pm. Qualifiers will be held Monday June 22nd at 6pm. Please contact the race office 902.629.6634. Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing are posted at redshores.ca The historic Prince County oval was also hold the annual Canada Day card of harness racing on Wednesday July 1st Post time is 1pm.     Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Summerside, PE - The Prince County Horsemen's Club, in cooperation with the Red Shores Summerside, has agreed to a scheduled racetrack closure to allow for maintenance preparation for the upcoming harness racing season in Summerside. The racetrack needs repair to recondition to original specifications and requirements. The racetrack will be closed beginning on Tuesday June 15th at 7am until Friday June 19th at 5pm. . The PCHC has options availability prior to 7am daily and after 5pm daily for light exercise for on track trainers only. By Lee Drake

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  

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