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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 5, 2015 - Harness racing trainer Isabelle Darveau is looking forward to having a big Sunday of racing at the Hippodrome 3R as her two young trotters are the favorites in their respective finals in the $500,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Darveau, who is a third generation horsewoman from Quebec, has Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men in the finals and both are in peak form as the morning line favorites. "Both my horses are in very good shape," Darveau said. "But there are others in the race that are good too. Maybe with a little racing luck we could have a big day and they both can win." Harness racing has been in Darveau's blood since birth. Her father, Maurice and grandfather Francois, both trained races horses so she grew up in the business and loves it. "I currently have nine horses in my stable," Darveau said. "And by this winter I will have 14 horses. I just love working with them and racing them. It has always been my passion." Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are full brothers from the sire Muscle Mass and the dam (mother), Seeyouinthecircle. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel and are co-owned with Catheline Pelletier. "My owners are great," Darveau said. "Catheline use to train horses at 3R when I was young and met her then. They know how it works with horses and it makes my job much better having owners who know from hands-on experience." Darveau said that her best season was in 2011, but if both her colts can win tomorrow, then 2015 could be the best." Unraced at age two due to growth and injury, Seeyou Men did not race. He is the older of the two brothers, but is making up for lost racing this season. He has won three of his seven starts with two second place finishes. Seeyou Men starts from post five in the first race Sunday for a purse of $65,000. His name came about because Pelletier's boyfriend, Patrick, would bring his father to see the horses train and then when his father became ill, Patrick would always tell him, "See you men" when he left him. When Patrick's father passed away, the following month the foal was born and Pelletier named the foal after Patrick's statement in memory of his father. Last week Seeyou Men raced against older trotters at 3R and soundly defeated them in 2:00.3. Earlier in July he set the track record at 3R for three-year-old geldings with a lifetime mark of 1:59.3. "Even though they are full brothers," Darveau said, "They are completely different horses. Seeyou Men is an angel in the barn, quiet and gentle to work. He is a little bigger than Wildwild Men, but he is also a year old. When he is on the racetrack he can be a little stupid and can be a problem but once the race starts he is all business." Wildwild Men is having a super first season of racing. He has won four of his seven starts with one second place finish and has already earned $30,000 this season. In his last start at 3R he tied his lifetime record with a 2:00.3 victory in the series, winning by six and one-half lengths, which set the track record for two-year-old geldings. Wildwild Men starts from post two in the fourth race on Sunday for a purse of $55,000. "This colt is named because he was so crazy as a baby," Darveau said. "Since he was little he was always hard to work with and always very wild. We could not catch him in the field. He still bites, strikes and kicks and won't stand still to work on. He is always trouble. They had him gelded two months before I got him to start training. That's how bad he was. "But when he gets on the racetrack," Darveau was quick to add, "He is very good. The two brothers could not be more different." All of Darveau's horses are driven by Robert Shepard, who is having a great season of racing at the Hippodrome 3R in 2015. "Robert is my boyfriend," Darveau laughed as she explained. "But he is also a super driver and does very well with my horses." In preparing for Sunday's finals, Darveau kept both horses in Quebec the past ten days. Her stable is in Toronto, Ontario but Darveau did not want the colts to have to travel nine to ten hours the day before they race. "Both horses are feeling pretty good," Darveau said. "They are in the paddock this morning and I will jog them today. They will be ready to go tomorrow. You never know how these babies will race but I am excited that they both will do well." From the Quebec Jockey Club  

The following is a summary of local winning horses and/or horse people during the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway Aug 31 /15 The top local horseman for Monday night at Grand River Raceway was driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge. Shepherd, 35, won three of the 10 races on tonight's race card. In race four he won with the chestnut trotter Excel P V at odds of 35-1 (returning $64.50 on a $2 WIN bet). It was the five-year-old horse's first career win. Races seven and eight were back-to-back winners for Shepherd. Mappos Moenhay was a 2-1 favourite. It was her 10th career win and bumped her lifetime earnings to $75,000. Shepherd was back in the winner's circle with Just Plain Luck in race eight. The 11-year-old pacer is conditioned by Canada's leading trainer, Richard Moreau of Puslinch. Shepherd is a career winner of 2542 races and has driven horses to purse earnings of more than $18 million. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Scott McNair

AUGUST 29, 2015 - Georgian Downs wrapped up their 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday evening with four impressive Grassroots performances from the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies. Stonebridge Quest paced the quickest mile of the four $18,000 divisions, rocketing around the Georgian Downs oval to a one and one-half length victory in 1:51.4. The Camluck daughter and driver Trevor Henry powered away from Post 7 as the heavy favourites and controlled the pace from start to finish, ringing up fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.3 on their way to the win. Warrawee Qually and Brown Brinny finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Henry engineered Stonebridge Quest's third Grassroots win of the season for trainer Andrew McCabe and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph, ON and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Grassroots Championship winner at two, Stonebridge Quest currently sits second in the division standings with 150 points, assuring her of a berth in the Semi-finals. The top 20 point earners following the last regular season event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7, will compete in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals, also at Mohawk, and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. In addition to the win with Stonebridge Quest, Henry also piloted Evas Girl to victory in the last Grassroots division. Evas Girl also lined up behind the number seven on the Georgian Downs starting gate, but Henry opted for a different strategy with the Rambaran daughter, easing away from the start and landing on the rail in fifth. From that vantage point Henry watched Nationalize lead the field to a :26.4 quarter and a :55.3 half and then decided to send Evas Girl into the outer lane. When the fillies leading the charge up the outer lane failed to make any gains on the leader, Henry sent Evas Girl out three-wide and the filly had a short lead by the 1:24.2 three-quarters which she had increased to five lengths by the finish. The 1:53.2 clocking was a personal best for Evas Girl. I Wonder Why and Windsun Chanel completed the top three. Isaac Waxman of Dundas, ON trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, ON, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. In three Grassroots starts the filly now has two wins and one third for a total of 112 points and a share of fourth spot in the standings. Division leader Dublin Rose captured her third Grassroots trophy in the third division at Georgian Downs on Saturday. The Major In Art daughter delivered an impressive effort that saw her pressing pacesetter Machmeter for most of the mile before pulling away to a one-half length victory in the stretch. Much Adoo and Twin B Honour finished second and third in the 1:53 mile. Purchased by Finksburg, MD resident Jerry Clark from breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI following her Aug. 14 Grassroots start, Saturday's outing was Dublin Rose's first from trainer Dave Menary's Rockton, ON barn. Driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON steered the fan favourite to the win. With three wins and one second in the first four Grassroots events, Dublin Rose has accumulated 175 points. The other Grassroots division saw Lovely Erin earn the first Grassroots trophy of her career with a hard fought effort that saw her pressed through every step of the mile. The Sportswriter daughter hit the wire a neck in front of Got Some Spark and War Filly in 1:54.1 to secure the win. London, ON resident Nick Steward piloted Lovely Erin to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle, ON and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Third in her Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 14, Lovely Erin has 62 points and will be looking to pad that total in the last regular season event. In addition to the four Grassroots divisions, Georgian Downs fans were also treated to the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot, which was captured by Rockin With Dewey in 1:53.2. Bob McClure of Orangeville, ON crafted the win for trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON and his partner Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant, ON. Ontario Horse Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Two-year-old trotter Wildwild Men rewrote a 22-year-old harness racing track record at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday in capturing the first of two elimination divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Driven by Robert Shepherd, Wildwild Men traded control of the early lead with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and they sped to a quick opening quarter mile in :28.2. Once settled on the lead and in control, Shepherd and Wildwild Men backed down the pace as they led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00. Then in the backstretch, Sass and driver Clarke Steacy came first-over to try and mount a challenge, but Wildwild Men would have nothing to do with that and he kicked in another gear after the three-quarters in 1:31.2. By the top of the stretch, Wildwild Men was leading by four and one-half lengths and then poured it on with a :29.1 last quarter mile to win in a romp by six and one-half open lengths in 2:00.3. The prior track record for two-year-old trotters was 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest (Claude St-Jacques) in 1993. Trained by Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel, it was the third straight win for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass now has four wins in seven starts this year. He paid just $2.30 to win. In the fourth race, second division, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon were able to stay on stride and wire the field, scoring an upset over the 1/5 race favorite, Tuscans Memory (Pascal Berube). KFB Amigo Cool went right out to the early lead, stuffing a determined SOS Chico (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. KFB Amigo Cool then led to the half mile in 1:01.2 when Berube came first-over with Tuscans Memory. Past the three-quarters in 1:32.3, KFB Amigo Cool would not give ground to Tuscans Memory around the final turn as they battled head and head for the lead. Tuscans Memory then went wide as they started down the stretch and could not catch KFB Amigo Cool, who won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. Defi Normand (Pierre Bovay) was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, KFB Amigo Cool paid $14.00 to win. It was his maiden victory after four lifetime starts for the ridgling son of Amigo Hall, who is trained by Dany Fontane for owner/breeder Investissement K F B of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This was the third and final preliminary round of the series. Now the top eight point earners from the filly and colt divisions, return on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. On Sunday the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies compete in their third round of the series. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 25, 2015 - In what could be a preview to the $65,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotting colts September 6 at the Hippodrome 3R, three outstanding freshman will battle this Wednesday. The third and final preliminary of the $200,000 series takes place Wednesday at 3R and after that the top eight point earners get to race in the final. The first race, first division on Wednesday pits three top contenders, all coming off victories in their last start. Leading the field is Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. In his last start in the series, the gelded son of Muscle Mass set the track record for two-year-old geldings with a 2:02.4 score. It was his third in just six lifetime starts for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owners Catheline Pelleto and Chantal Gravel, who bred the horse. A winner of three of his last four starts, Wildwild Men does his best racing on the front end, but now faces two formidable foes in Panamas Boy and Sass. Last week Panamas Boy was able to avenge his opening round loss to Tuscans Memory with a 2:02.4 record triumph and starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sass broke his maiden last week in the series for driver Clarke Steacy, coming from off the pace to win with ease in 2:03.1, the last quarter mile in :29.4. Sass starts from post seven. The fourth race second division features Tuscans Memory from post six for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Kadabra made his presences know in Quebec with an opening round victory and then a tough loss last week to Panamas Boy. He will not have it easy on Wednesday taking on Defi Normand (post 8), and KFB Amigo Cool in post three. Track Notes: Record handle and attendance were set Sunday on Prix D'Ete Day. Attendance was near 5,000 people, more than ten percent of the population of Trois-Rivieres came out for the superb race card. The track handle showed a 20% increase over last year's revival of the Prix D'Ete. Of the 12 races, nine of them were won by horses on the lead. Seven of the 12 races were won by betting favourites. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - While there is still a fourth preliminary division of the $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series to be raced next week and then the $65,000 final on September 6, this Sunday's match-up of Wanda Bayama Vs Voodoo Charm at the Hippodrome 3R will still be a race that fans will not want to miss. The donnybrook takes place in the second race, the first of two three-year-old pacing filly divisions. Wanda Bayama starts from post one for trainer/driver Yves Filion and Voodoo Charm goes from post five for driver Mario Charron. Both fillies do their best racing on the front-end. Last week Wanda Bayama wired the field in 1:58, the fastest win by any filly in the series so far. Last week Voodoo Charm also led from the start for her third straight victory. So who do you ask for an expert opinion of this race? We went to the Hippodrome 3R's leading driver, Denis St Pierre, to hear how he thinks the race will go. "First off," Denis St Pierre said, "You have two great drivers in Yves Filion (Wanda Bayama) and Mario Charron (Voodoo Charm). I give that edge to Yves Filion as he is a sly fox when it comes to driving. "Both these fillies are hot headed and need to be on the lead," St Pierre explained. "So I can see either a battle for control of the lead early that I think Voodoo Charm can win, but you have to also watch out for Kinnder Elegance (post 4), who can also leave well and may do that just to try and get good position. That could then force either Wanda Bayama or Voodoo Charm to overextend themselves early to get to the lead, which could cost them the race when they come down the stretch. "If there is this battle early for the lead," St Pierre explained, "you have to watch out for the closers in the race who can benefit from live cover and outkick the leaders to the wire. "Thus I feel that Wanda Bayama," St Pierre added, "starting from post one, is in perfect position to get live cover and then come on late in the race, even if Filion has to come first-over with her. There is so much strategy involved in this race and split second decisions needed by the drivers. It will be the best race on the program Wednesday. I will be watching it for sure but I would rather have a drive in it." The third race second filly division has only one horse in the race that is not a maiden. Big Bertha is the only winner in the field. She starts from post five for driver Mario Charron and back on June 28 won at 3R in 2:00. She is the big favorite in the race for owner/breeder/trainer Maire Clauder Aird. Due to multiple owner/trainer entries, the colt division will be a non-wagering event to be held between the 5th and 6th races on the program. Featured will be prior series division winner SOS Justified taking on top performers Western Bayama, Antar Phil and Mach On The Beach. Last Monday it was failed to be reported that Seeyou Men set a track record for three-year-old gelded trotters when he won his Quebec-Bred Series division in 1:59.3 for driver Robert Shepherd. His time surpassed the previous mark of 1:59.4 set by Decret Justiciale back in 2012. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Muscle Mass, who is trained by Isabelle D'Darveau for co-owners Catheline Pelletier and Chantal Gravel. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The unbeaten win streak this year by Intouchable is no more as the three-year-old trotter went off-stride after the start of the first race at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. Touted as perhaps "untouchable" after his easy victories in the first two rounds of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series, Intouchable and driver Mario Charron went on the gallop after the start and could not get back on-stride and was distanced in the race. Intouchable's first loss in 2015 was a big gain for Seeyou Men, who started from post three for driver Robert Shepherd, went right to the lead, held the field at bay through fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.4 before opening up on the field, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) was second with Champagne Panic (Denis Filion) third. It was the second win in just three lifetime starts and a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle D'Darveau for owner Catheline Pelletier of Chantal Gravel, QC and paid $9.70 to win. In the seventh race filly division, a bulky field of ten starters went behind the starting gate and it was National Trace and driver Stephane Brosseau who was the first on the lead as race favorite Double Chance (Sylvain LaCaille) went off-stride. National Trace led to the opening quarter mile in :29.2, then giving way to stubborn Meganou (Jocelyn Gendron), who took the field to the half mile marker in :59.3 and looked to be in total control of the race. Then right at the three-quarters in 1:30.2, Meganou went off-stride, giving the easy lead back to National Trace. But stalking the field in third place most of the mile was D'Espoir and driver Pascal Berube and at the top of the stretch they came after stablemate National Trace, collared them in mid-stretch and came on to win a half-length in 2:03.3. Chamane (Simon Delisle) was third. Both D'Espoir and National Trace are trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. Montreal. D'Espoir is also co-owned by the Berto Stables of QC. It was just the first win in two starts this year for the daughter of Windsong Espoir. She paid $8.50 to win. Coming up this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R will be the $250,000 third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

ELORA, ON - harness racing driver Robert Shepherd made his 2500th trip to the winners circle on June 8 at Grand River Raceway. The 35-year-old Cambridge, ON resident entered the card with seven drives and two wins shy of the milestone. Shepherd's first win of the night came early in Race two with Donald Lindsey's three-year-old pacer Upland. However, the trip he was looking for came when Shepherd teamed up with Craig Yates' trotter Order By Commander in Race 5 to make his milestone trip to the winner's circle. Order By Commander got away sixth and took cover behind Dragin The Wagon at the half to advance through the field. Shepherd went three-wide at the three-quarter pole and pulled away to secure a commanding four- length victory. It was a pleasant surprise when Shepherd was presented with the milestone sign. "I knew I was close, but I thought I still had a few to go," Shepherd laughed in a post-race interview. The win was the trotter's second consecutive score, stopping the clock at 1:58. Shepherd's first career win came in 1999 at the age of 19 at Charlottetown Driving Park in his native PEI with Whattheblazes, a chestnut pacer trained by his father Harold. Ten years later in 2009, he hit his 1000th win with Secret Lives at Georgian Down. He notched 2,000 wins at Grand River Raceway in September 2013. "I'd say my most memorable win was with The Bruster in the 2004 Nat Christie," he recalled. Then 24, the $120,000 race at Stampede Park was Shepherd's first major stake win, and came just two years after relocating to the west. He relocated to Ontario a few years later and quickly established himself as one of the province's top reinsmen. Shepherd is closing in on $18 million in career purse earnings. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON ­— Local media celebs swapped headlines for driving lines on Friday night in Grand River Raceway’s second annual harness racing Media Race.   Each media personality was paired with a professional driver in a custom two-person jog cart for the half-mile exhibition race. Barry Finn, the editor at The Rider newspaper was the victor with Spago Hall, swooping out four-wide in the stretch to overcome the leader along the rail, Jaime Myslik and Killean Sweep. Assisted by pro driver Robert Shepherd, Finn finished just a head over the field in a thrilling finish. “Being that close to the horses … it’s an amazing experience. It was just a wild ride,” said Finn from the winners circle. Jaime Myslik, a reporter for the Wellington Advertiser was accompanied by Arthur, ON driver Bruce Richardson. The pair drove the veteran of the field, 15-year-old Killean Sweep who finished second. Gayle O’Brien, Morning Buzz personality on 107.5 Dave FM, was aboard seven-year-old Hollywood Ham. She was accompanied by Paul MacKenzie, who celebrated his 8,000th career driving win on June 3 at Grand River Raceway. The duo finished third. Rounding out the field was defending champion Kelly Waterhouse. She took home the hardware in last year’s inaugural edition with pro driver Bob McClure and the seven-year-old mare, Echos Black Dress. The News Director for The Grand 92.9 FM, Waterhouse was reunited with her horse and driver for the 2015 edition. 2015 Media Race • Photos from the event:  Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Grand River Raceway kicked off its 2015  harness racing season on June 1 and the night was highlighted by Astute in the sixth annual Local Biz Night Race. The popular event saw more than 120 people from 22 local businesses matched with a horse in race eight. The Fergus Legion and Canada BrokerLink were the winners paired with Astute and received a trophy to display in their workplace, plus and an equal share of a staff party for 20 at Grand River Raceway. The three-length victory in 1:55 is a new season's best for the eight-year-old Astreos son owned by trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON. Robert Shepherd piloted Astute - it was the pacer's second win of the season and 24th lifetime score. Local Biz Night is a joint-effort between Grand River Raceway, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway, and the Centre Wellington Chamber Of Commerce. Racing continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer -  Grand River Raceway

 Camaes Fellow was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack, going wire-to-wire in the Saturday night feature once again. Driver Jonathan Drury sent the odds-on favourite to the lead from post six and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25 en route to the three-length victory in 1:53 flat. Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry) used his patented late-closing tactics to rally home from third over for the runner-up honours. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte) was flushed first up from third approaching the final turn and finished third. Camaes Fellow has now won three races in a row and a total of 28 lifetime with earnings climbing to more than $920,000. Trainer Carmen Auciello shares ownership of the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding with Stephen Klunowski of North York, Ont. after claiming him last October for $50,000. He's since earned over $95,000 for his current connections. To view the rest of this story click here. Six for Robert Shepherd at Flamboro Flamboro Downs' defending driving champion Robert Shepherd gave his early season win count a boost, earning victories in half a dozen races during the Saturday night harness racing card. Shepherd began by winning the first four races with maiden-breaker Waiting On No One ($3.60) for trainer Mitch Tierney, the streaking pacer-turned-trotter Pureform Olympia ($3) for Gord Remmen, a 15-3/4 length winner Tomei Seelster ($2.40) for James Stewart and Michael Ellis' 11-year-old mare Premier Elecktrah ($13.50). To view the rest of this story click here. Mach It Big remains perfect in Maritimes Mach It Big has been perfect since his return to racing this winter and on Saturday afternoon he extended his win streak off a pocket trip in the $2,200 Preferred Pace at Charlottetown Driving Park. After working his way into the pocket spot from post six and tracking Forever Paradise through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.3, favourite Mach It Big ($2.90) overtook the pacesetter in the stretch and opened up three lengths before hitting the wire in 1:58 flat over the track listed as "good" with a two second allowance. Machinthesand came from last to show. Mach It Big earned his third straight victory since returning from a layoff in late December and fifth in a row in the Maritimes going back to last May. Marc Campbell drove the seven-year-old son of Mach Three, who is now a 29-time winner, for owner Mikaela Lustic while Jonah Moase handles the training duties.   To view the rest of this story click here.

After watching his horses compete from the sidelines for three long months with an ankle injury sustained in a racing accident, driver Kelly Hoerdt returned to the sulky this weekend and was back in the winner's circle on Saturday night at Northlands Park. Hoerdt, who had four drives on Friday night and another five on Saturday, made his return appearance to the winner's circle with Burstin Bubbles, a four-year-old pacing mare he claimed for $9,000 in her last start on Nov. 21 with Blair Corbeil. The Beaumont, Alberta horseman rallied home off cover with the daughter of Badlands Hanover to win the sixth race for claiming mares in 1:58.1. Hoerdt last drove on September 13 at Alberta Downs when he was injured during an accident in the ASHA Filly Stakes with Blue Star Escape, who recovered from her scrapes within the first two weeks of the incident. To view the rest of this story click here. Shepherd scores five wins at Flamboro Flamboro Downs' leading driver Robert Shepherd dominated Saturday night's 11-race card with five winners, including one streaking three-year-old pacing filly and a double-gaited mare. T R Lexus Cam ($5.30) ran her win streak up to eight with a career-best 1:58.2 effort in the sixth race for $6,000 claiming fillies and mares. Owned by Gregory Mason of Mulmur, Ont., the sophomore daughter of Cams Memory has been perfect since joining the stable of James Stewart. She prevailed by a neck over pacesetter Twin B Amour. Shepherd also drove the five-year-old streaking mare, Pureform Olympia ($2.40), to a 2:00 triumph in the ninth race conditioned trot for owner Shelley Nyuli of Abbotsford, B.C. The daughter of Valet Victory is four-for-four for trainer Gord Remmen since switching to the trot and racing at Flamboro. To view the rest of this story click here. $1,000 donation to NB Equine Rescue Fund The New Brunswick Equine Rescue Fund, administered by the New Brunswick SPCA, received a special donation from the province's Standardbred racing community on Saturday. Brent Briggs presented a cheque for $1,000 this morning to Steve Turner, President of NB SPCA, and Hilary Howes, Executive Director of NB SPCA. The funds will be used as needed for any horses that may find themselves in distress in the province. The cheque was donated in memory of legendary New Brunswick horseman Earl Avery and was the combined effort of the standardbred community, including Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Horsemen's Associations in Fredericton, Woodstock, Saint John and Moncton.

Stoney Durkin ($10.90) established a new track record at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, pacing the mile in 1:57.2. Mark Williams sent the five-year-old Whosurboy gelding to the front and made every post a winning one, hitting the half in :58.2 and pacing home in :59 seconds flat. Breeder Larry Fitzsimmons trains and shares ownership of Stoney Durkin with William Durkin of Sparta, Ont. The track record was overshadowed by the performance of Donnie Rankin, who won six of the 10 races on the afternoon card. Rankin started the day with three in a row, including his own Jet Black ($3.40) in 2:00.3, Danny William ($13.30) in 1:59.4 for owner Kevin Gillis of Windsor, Ont., and back with his own Hoo Rah ($2.90) in 2:04.2. He also won back-to-back races with Brother John ($2.80) in 2:00.1 and Keaton ($2.80) in 1:58.2 for Windsor's George Robinson and took the finale with his own pacer Memory In Motion ($3.90) in 1:59.4. Next week, Rankin puts his announcing skills to the test, as he attempts to show how easy it is to call a harness race. Leamington would like to extend a special thank you to the Ontario Harness Horse Association for their "jog a horse" program, where kids and adults alike get to experience what it is like to perform on the track. Racing continues for the next five weekends at Leamington with post times Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway) Blue Eyed Cowboy ropes in win at Alberta Heavy favourite Blue Eyed Cowboy came flying by in the stretch to win the $20,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Colt Stakes in a career-best 1:52 performance on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Bill Tainsh Jr. drove the stakes winner for owner/trainer Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was the first to get a call, leaving from post five and sprinting the opening quarter in :26.4. As he headed down the backstretch, Sonic Spark (Travis Cullen) swept to command whileBlue Eyed Cowboy -- away sixth from post three in the full field of 10 -- flushed out Ghost Pine (Brandon Campbell). Ghost Pine quickly surged to command, clearing just past the :56.1 half-mile mark while Blue Eyed Cowboy was left uncovered and stalled three and a half lengths off the lead. To read the rest of this story click here.  Allstar Seelster handles hike in class Three-year-old pacer Allstar Seelster stepped up to win the $11,000 Preferred 2 for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Fresh off a victory last week at the Preferred 3 level, Jack Darling's Allstar Seelster turned back first over challenger Adkins Hanover and held off the pocket-pulling Brocks Fortune for the neck victory in 1:54. Mike Saftic drove the son of Artistic Fella to his fourth win of the season in 12 starts. Tendtowin finished two lengths behind in third. Russian Kisses earned her first win back in Ontario after sweeping the Spud Island Classic in Charlottetown, P.E.I. with a 1:55 score in the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:55 for owner/driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. She now has 11 victories in 27 starts this year. To read the rest of the story click here.  Web Cam notches fourth straight at Rideau Web Cam continued his Rideau Carleton Raceway reign and is now a perfect four-for-four racing against the Ottawa oval's top pacers. Assigned post six in this week's $6,500 Winners Over Handicapped Pace, 3-5 favourite Web Cam ($3.30) hustled to the front of the seven-horse field off the gate and led all the way through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.1 en route to the 1:54.1 triumph. He held off the pocket-pulling Beach Runner A M by a head while Chasin Racin edged out Onyx V A three and a half lengths behind for third-place. Web Cam is a seven-year-old Astreos-Rudy Cam gelding -- a half-brother to Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend. To read the rest of the story click here. Mach Wheel wins first out for new connections Mach Wheel was victorious in his Truro Raceway debut on Sunday afternoon, taking the top class for his new connections and ending Oakmont's win streak. Leaving from outside his five rivals in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace, Mach Wheel took over command at the half and cruised home to a three length triumph in 1:55.3 over the "good" track with a two second variant. Oakmont, who was riding a three-race win streak, was forced to settle for second-place honours and Sf Razamatazz finished third. The six-year-old Mach Three gelding was a recent addition to the Darren Crowe stable and is owned by Nova Scotia connections Roy Springett of Windsor, Robert Siteman of Valley, William Shearer of Brookfield and Donald Charles Smith of Brookside. To view the rest of the story click here. Breaker rebounds to win at St. John's Three-year-old pacing colt Son Of Rocknroll recovered from an early break in stride to win the NLSBA Stake Invitational on Sunday at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre. Trained and driven by local horseman Daniel Williams, Son Of Rocknroll made up his 12 length deficit to defeat pacesetter Salmonier Storm by half a length in 2:05.2 in the $1,200 non-wagering race. The Rocknroll Hanover-Village Blush colt has now won six of his 11 starts in his sophomore year. Two-year-old fillies Force Of Grey and Silverhill Legacy were a distant third and fourth to complete the field. To view the rest of this story click here. Salute is best at Inverness Raceway Salute became the third different winner in Inverness Raceway's Invitational series on Sunday afternoon. Salute fought off favourite Junebugs Baby to win the $2,500 third leg of the series by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter Bonnys Mac rounded out the top three finishers over two lengths behind. Redmond Doucet trains and drives the nine-year-old gelding for the Ruth Shannon Stable of Port Hawkesbury, N.S. The victory was Salute's fourth and fastest this year from 15 starts and followed up a fourth and fifth-place finish in the previous divisions. To view the rest of the story click here.

Turning for home, it was a two horse breakaway in the 55th running of the $75,000 Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer with Bigtown Hero and driver Brad Forward battling past Wazzup Wazzup in a track and Canadian record equalling performance to close out Old Home Week at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday night. Scott Rocks (Jonathan Drury) fired to the lead, but trial winner and even-money favourite Aracache Hanover (Marc Campbell) was on the move early, sweeping around that foe during a :26.4 opening quarter. Take It Back Terry (Gilles Barrieau) began to advance from mid-pack with Forward rolling Bigtown Hero out three-wide as they passed the midway mark in :55.2. Meanwhile, Wazzup Wazzup (James MacDonald) swept up from third to take over the lead from Aracache Hanover. Wazzup Wazzup raced past three-quarters in 1:23.3 with the wide rallying Bigtown Hero advancing into second and those two took off turning for home. Bigtown Hero kept on rolling and edged by Wazzup Wazzup in deep stretch for the 1:50.4 victory. The winner's stablemate, Island Jet (Robert Shepherd), came on from the back of the pack to finish third, over seven lengths behind. To read the rest of the story click here.

The $ 20,000 harness racing James Roach MacGregor Memorial will line up behind the gate in the race 12 finale on Friday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. The field of six, features four Gold Cup and Saucer trial starters that didn't qualify for the $75, 000 final and two others. The millionaire pacer Up The Credit has drawn into Post 2 for trainer - driver Carl Jamieson. The six-year-old Western Terror stallion finished fifth in his trial, pacing his mile in 1:53.1 for Ryan Ellis. The former winner of the $ 1.5 million North American Cup as a three-year-old is owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Mach Wheel has drawn the coveted rail as he takes his stab at the lions share of the $ 20,000 purse. He was also a fifth place finisher in his Gold Cup and Saucer trial, pacing his own mile in 1:53 for owner - trainer Shane Arsenault. He was a winner two starts back at Grand River Raceway in 1:54.2. Island native Paul Mackenzie will do the driving. The brother duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd will send out Duke Did It from post 4. He was a disappointing sixth in his trial which came one start after setting the track record at Truro Raceway in 1:53.2, his win streak was halted at four too. Owned by Ivan Petersheim, the nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight will look to regain form on Friday night. The only Maritime owned horse in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Astor, has drawn Post 5 in the compact field of six. He finished sixth in his Trial for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. Jason Hughes does the training and driving. One of the stars on the Maritime Free-for-all scene, Astor will look to show his Ontario invaders what P.E.I. is all about. Blissfull Bro (post 3) and Windfall Blue Chip (post 6), round out the field for the MacGregor memorial. The top three-year-old fillies the Maritimes have to offer will be on display Friday night in two Gold divisions of the Lady Slipper. Last year's top filly looks to be regaining her form heading into her $12, 700 Gold divisions, Saulsbrook Alana has drawn into post 6 in Race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise has back-to-back 1:56 and change victories for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The winner of just shy of $ 80,000 lifetime will get the services of Marc Campbell. Her bridesmaid last week, Absolootly Hot draws into post 3 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable and Scott Hubbard. She paced her mile in 1:56.4 beaten only a length-and-a-quarter by Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is trained by Earl Watts. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving for the second straight start. I C Anastro, Sea Anna Win, Pictonian Sareta, Babies Gigolo, Libertys Gig and Dusty Lane Dora round out the full-filed of eight. The 2014 Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute will look to dethrone the winner of four-in-a-row Elm Grove Inarush. Lovineveryminute draws into post 5 for the River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. She has just shy of $ 60,000 in lifetime earnings. Earl Watts does the training while Todd Trites will handle the driving. Elm Grove Inarush will look to extend her win streak to five from Post 3, her last two victories have come in a career best 1:55.3 for driver Mark Bradley. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, Doucette does the training. Mackenzie will handle the driving duties as he looks to take the late double with her and Mach Wheel. Brickyard Val, Fleurje, Briannas Angel, Bettim Jenny, Outrageous Spirit and Sail Through round out the field. The P.E.I Trotting Series Final sponsored by the PEIHRIA will line up behind the starting gate in Race 7 for a purse of $ 10, 700. Eight of the best trotters the Maritimes have to offer will contest for the largest purse they will race for this season. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail position for owner Orville Willis and Donald Sweet, fresh off of a victory in the second leg, the Sweet trainee will get the Brian MacPhee in the bike. The aged veteran of the field, the 14-year-old Abundaspin will leave from post 3, The richest starter in the field with over $477, 000 in lifetime earnings the Harold Shepherd trainee will get son Robert in the bike. Frill Seeker has drawn Post 4, after a break, a win, a break and a win since coming to P.E.I, his owners the Ebbslfeet Stables will hope the streak stays in-tacked for this week. Kenny Arsenault does the training at the driving. Beer Maggs, Pleasure Girls, Lyrical Lindy, Majian Dillon and Mopey Corey round out the field. Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Only four tickets remain to the big dance at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night. Those tickets will be punched Monday night when Trial 2 for the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer lines up behind the gate in the race 12 finale. Harness racing post time is 7 pm. Trainer Ron Burke will look to sweep both trials with Take It Back Terry from the rail. Aracache Hanover picked up the victory in Trial 1 for Burke and driver Marc Campbell in 1:51.4. The Burke Brigade will turn to Gilles Barrieau to do the driving on Monday night. Take It Back Terry was a winner two starts back at Yonkers (half-mile) in 1:51.2. Trainer Corey Johnson makes his first start on Red Soil in Trial 2 with the 5-2 morning line favourite Wazzup Wazzup. Already a fan favourite on P.E.I. for his name, he has drawn into post 5. Islander James MacDonald will return home from Ontario to try and punch his ticket into the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup picked up a new lifetime mark in his last start winning at Mohawk (seven-eights) in 1:49. Rene Allard will lock down a third spot in the Gold Cup. He finished second and fourth in Trial 1 with Bigtown Hero and Island Jet, while Mickey Hanover will take his shot from Post 4 in Trial 2. Allard will turn the lines over to Saturday nights winning driver 'King Campbell', Anthony Macdonald was scheduled to drive but has commitments in Ontario. Mickey Hanover finished sixth in his last start but had a three race win streak prior to that outing, with a 1:49.2 score just two starts back. Scott Rocks will look to rock the field from the outside Post 6. Another trainer looking to land a second horse in the $75,000 final, Chris Oakes will turn to Ontario based driver Jonathan Drury. Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey of Pennsylvania, 'Scott' was seventh in his last start off of a scratch but prior too those two he knocked off four straight with a lifetime best 1:48.3 score. A pair of brothers will look to make dreams come true when they team up from Post 2 with Duke Did It. Trainer Patrick and driver Robert Shepherd are hoping to punch their ticket with the Ivan Petersheim freshly purchased winner of four-in-a-row. Duke Did It torched the Truro Raceway in his last start winning in 1:53.2 and tying the track record. He hash't missed a top two finish in his last eight and during that streak he has won six times. Island native Paul Mackenzie is the only driver other than Campbell to win the Gold Cup and Saucer he will turn to the 3-entry Mach Wheel to land him in the prestigious race one more time. The Shane Arsenault trainee was a winner in his last start at Grand River (half-mile) in 1:54.2for National Driving Championship finalist Jody Jamieson in the bike. The top four finishers will join Aracache Hanover, Bigtown Hero, Shock It To Em and Island Jet on Tuesday night for the live post position draw. The undercard is highlighted by the 9 top class. Say It Again Sam will look to extend his win streak to double digits on Maritime soil from Post 4. The three-year-old son of Well Said has yet to be collared since relocating to the Maritimes for Foxyhall Racing. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes handles the training and driving. Im Drinkin Doubles is listed as the 5-2 morning line favourite. Coming in off of a 1:55.3 victory at Truro in his last Owners R G Mcgoup LTD and trainer Wayne Whebby will look to snap the streak at nine. Marc Whebby will drive the three-year-old Shadow Play gelding. Bonnys Mac, Salute and Junebugs Baby round out the compact field of six. By Bo Ford

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