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Charlottetown, PE - Harness racing streaks were continuing and being formed on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday afternoon.   Dusty Lane Zendaya continued her winning ways in the first race of the afternoon, stringing her undefeated career to four in a row. Corey MacPherson turned tactics this week brushing the three-year-old Aahm Canadian Now daughter to the lead and drawing off for a lifetime best win in 2:02.2. Shelly and Alexis Gass own the Ron Gass trainee, who had a training double on the day. Forever Paradise continued his winning ways in the afternoon feature picking up his third straight win on route to his 50th lifetime victory. MacPherson took early control off the wings before giving way to the return of Junebugs Baby who laid down numbers of :29.2, 1:00.1, 1:29.3 before the Kevin Maclean trainee tipped to the outside and drove away in 1:58.3 for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Marc Campbell has started the 2017 meet at Red Shores right where he left off in 2016 stinging his competition for a 4 bagger including a finale score with his own trainee Woodmere Articblue in 1:59.2. Frill Seeker has been a model of consistency over the past month for trainer, driver Kenny Arsenault picking up his third straight score in the afternoon Open Trot. Dale Spence teamed up with trainer Greg MacInnis for an afternoon double with Bold Arrow and Jays Little Spark. Jason Hughes wheeled back three winners a piece on the 16 dash card. Arsenault clicked for a Double. The wager on the afternoon card was $ 42,640.   For complete results and payouts go to www.redshores.ca.   By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Smiley Bayama won the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature race at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.2. Adam Merner engineered the winning drive tracking the action from fifth then moved to outside flow past the half mile mark to mount his charge the front. The eight-year-old son of Aces Up took command of race at head of stretch and held off a late closing First Art Down (Jason Hughes) for his 7th victory of the season. Motorino (Terry Gallant) finished third. Smiley Bayama is owned by Shelley and Alexis Gass, Cornwall, PE and trained by Ron Gass. The 5-6-9 triactor paid $694.85. Three trotters were in the spotlight after posting winning scores in their respective divsions. I Ain't No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Howmacs Pride (Kenny Arsenault) and Freddie (Marc Campbell) made trips to victory lane. Campbell recorded a driving triple with Arsenault cashing in on a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park kicked off the PEI Colt Stakes Thursday featuring the trotters at the harness racing legendary oval. Majian Tango opened up the $4,500 two year division taking top place money for trainer-driver James Ripley while Just A Little Tad rallied to win her assignment for trainer Ron Gass and driver Corey MacPherson. Play Along scored his second win of the season for owner-trainer-driver Trevor Easter, Morell, PE. Howmac Gyspy earned the first piece of hardware in the three-year old trot division for driver Jack Panting and trainer Ralph Annear. The winning connections were joined in the winner's circle by Rebekah Nitschmann a member of the UPEI swim team who was on hand for Panther night at the track. Glencove Zani pulled off an upset in the second three-year-old $5,600 split for driver Michael McGuigan and trainer Edward Smallwood. In other action, Freddie notched his third win in a row in the open trot for driver Marc Campbell and Three Wisemen stable of Cornwall, PE in a dazzling 1:57.4. The trip is a new track record for aged trotting geldings. Narragansett captured the evening's top class presented by Intelisys Aviation Systems in 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and Foxyhall racing stable, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau, Corey MacPherson and Gary Chappell had driving doubles on the program. The PEI Colts Stakes, Canada's longest running stakes program with 82 years of history, continues Saturday with a double header. Post times at 1pm and 7pm. The wager was $24,190 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Beaus Cowboy stole the harness racing headlines after winning the $11,000 Joe O'Brien memorial gold division Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He was the longest shot on the board, paid $54.60 to win and had to do it from post 8. Walter Cheverie mapped out the winning trip for trainer Ron Gass and owner Alex MacPhee, Clyde River, PE by tracking sixth in the early going as the boys played hard ball up front when KD Overdrive (Gilles Barrieau) and Howmacsblackjack (Earl Smith) fired off the gate to beat favorite Heart and Soul (Clare MacDonald) through opening splits of 27.3, 58.2 with the three quarters reached in 1:29. Beaus Cowboy was fifth at the head of the stretch and picked off the leaders to win in dramatic fashion in 1:59 flat over Heart and Soul and KD Overdrive. The 8-1-5 triactor paid $790.70. Jackson K Down wired the field to take top spot in the next O'Brien gold for the Downey Stable of NB and driver Gilles Barrieau. The colt, trained by Stephen Mason, notched his eighth win from nine starts. The Lady Slipper gold splits were won by Howmacfiesty (Danny Romo) and Dixie Lullaby (Todd Trites). In other action, Mileysgotthepower (Gary Chappell), Pictonian Rachel (Mike Stevenson) won their assignments on the grassroots of the Lady Slipper Stakes. The O'Brien grassroots were captured by Dees Boy (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Jodster (Marc Campbell) and JK Cowboy (Ryan Perrot). Forever Paradise doubled up Barrieau with a victory in the Preferred Pace while Shellys Man was involved in Marc Campbell's two scores in the Martin MacDougall memorial. Majian Chester won the open trot for driver Ken Murphy, trainer James Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley, Amherst, NS. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway held the 2015 edition of the Callbeck Stakes at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday for two-year-old fillies and colts. Time Warp set the stage in the opening dash when the trot filly, in line to Danny MacDonald, powered her way to the front and delivered a 2:04.3 performance to tie the Summerside track record for two year-old fillies. The daughter of Neal is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd, Daniel Ross, Belfast, breeder Bill Andrew, Calgary, Alberta and Brian Andrew, Milton Station, PE. Beaus Cowboy then took the spotlight in the very next race when the Alex MacPhee owned colt tripped the timer in a dazzling 1:58.1 for a five length score. Corey MacPherson was in the bike for trainer Ron Gass. KD Overdrive (Steve Mason) and trotter Da Master, owned by Eric Johnston, Summerside and driver Terry Gallant, recorded back to back romps in their respective Callbeck divisions while Howmacs Annie remained undefeated in her young career with a 1:59.2 clocking for driver Gordie Hennessey, trainer Tom Weatherbie and the ownership group of Kyle Gardiner, Michael Currie, Cardigan and Jerry MacKinnon, St. Peters Bay, PE. High Bid, Jackson K Down and Scarlet Safari are three for three in 2015 stakes action. For the complete results of the Callbeck stakes at Summerside go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Carnivore, under the command of harness racing driver Walter Cheverie, won the feature race during opening night of the spring meet Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Carnivore, owned by Valleygrove Farms, Kensington and trained by Marvyn Webster, turned back Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) for the victory in 1:57.3. Outside the Wire (Jason Hughes) was third. The 4-3-1 triactor returned $51.70. Torpedo Seelster and driver Corey MacPherson captured the opener with a 2:00 performance for trainer Ron Gass and owners Jim MacPhail and George Rogers, Alberta, Darcy Murphy, NB. MacPherson also scored with newcomer Useful Hanover from the Jason Sherry stable of Kensington. Driver Brian Andrew recorded a driving double on the program. Andrew was joined in the winner's circle by Ocean 100's Megan MacKinnon when he guided Every Day to victory in the 4th race. It was MacKinnon's top pick when she joined the broadcast team for a pre-race interview. Andreoli Hanover gave Andrew is second winner with a top effort in race 6. Mark Bradley was the winning trainer. Gary Chappell also climbed the driver standings scoring twice aboard Time To Get Jiggy for owner Paul Conway and My Lucky Killean from the Dr. Mary Mcniven stable of Nine Mile Creek. Wager for the 10 race program was $30,162. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise will aim to topple seven foes in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Marc Campbell will sit behind Forever Paradise from post 3 in the race 11 $2,000 feature pace for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The four-year-old son of Western Paradise was a top stakes performer on the east coast the past two years but had spent much of 2014 racing in the United States. He has registered a 1:55.1 victory since returning to P.E.I., and race analyst Les MacIsaac will place his faith in the pacer. "He Has not been worse than second since returning to familiar surroundings and last time out earned an impressive new speed badge," MacIsaac said of Forever Paradise. "Don't rule out a repeat." He will face two tough rivals in Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) and IDK (Vincent Poulton), who both show miles in 1:55 and change. Other entries include Mcjestic (Corey MacPherson), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), First Art Down (Ken Murphy), Teddys Place (Thane Arsenault) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald). The $1,850 Open trot lines up in race 5 with Zip The Lip favoured from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee and trainer Donald Sweet. Sweet co-owns with fellow O'Leary resident Orville Willis. The six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin leaves from post 5 and brings in impressive form with a 2:01.2 victory in his last outing and a bang-up second the start before in the $10,700 P.E.I. Trotting Series final, won by Mopey Corey. His competition in the Thursday night Open trot includes Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Lyrical Lindy (Hughes), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Howmacs Pride (Campbell). Atlantic Canada's top pacing mares will go full throttle in race 9 for a $2,250 pot. Race Analyst MacIsaac selects post 1 starter Stayoutofmyaffair to land in the winner's circle for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. "Having been first or second in four of her last five starts should tell you all you need to know about her current form," MacIsaac said. "The rail just adds to her appeal." She will have to fight off a field of seven including the Jackie Matheson trained duo of For All We Know (Gary Chappell) and General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - The Callbeck Stakes and the PEI Trotting series highlighted a 15 dash program Wednesday at Red Shores Summerside. Tyne Valley launched her second win in a row when she claimed the opening division of the Callbeck for driver Mike Stevenson and owner Bill Roloson of Belfast. Bill Andrew is the breeder. Dusty Lane Bria also remains perfect in stakes action notching her third score for owners Larry Chappell, Marshfield. Ken Wilkie of Stratford and breeder Travis Wilkie. Kenny Arsenault did the driving for the winning connections. The Charlottetown native paraded three other winners for the grand-slam which included Frill Seeker in 1:59 in PEI Trotting Series for Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford, Ontario, Paymenowpaymelater for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts and Elm Grove Joanette for Peter Smith, Larry Chappell and Gerald Morrissey. The Watts stable also had top honors when Marc Campbell drove two-year-old colt Timely Finnesse to victory. Pleasure Girls, with Ron Gass in the bike, upset the field to win the second PEI Trotting Series assignment. In other action in the Callbeck Stakes, Jann Down notched her first victory for Gilles Barrieau and the Downey Stable, NB. That combination also took top money with Ubettowin in her respective division. Johnny Bannas recorded his second victory in a row for Jason Hughes and owner-breeder Jamie Smith, Charlottetown. Hughes also engineered a winning trip aboard Dialamara for owner Doug MacPhee, New Haven. Undeniable gave Campbell a driving double for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Driver Claire MacDonald and owners Phonsie MacEachern, Port Hood, NS and Morah Kerr of Greenfield, NS celebrated with two Callbeck stakes victories with Woodmere Dancenart and Gritty Player. The Callbeck stakes wrapped up with Harry Wilder going to wire to wire in 2:01 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Gordon Crozier, Warren Grove. The colt was bred by Leith Waite, Summerside. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Red Magician will look to work his magic off the rail in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Ken Murphy will drive Red Magician from post 1 in the race 11 $1,800 feature pace for trainer Clarkie Smith and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. The four-year-old chestnut son of Badlands Hanover had been racing in Ontario for trainer Paul Mackenzie and was a winner his last start out in 1:55.2 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Red Magician in his East Coast debut. "We don't know anything about this guy but his recent form at Grand River should tell you all you need," MacIsaac said. "He has a pair of wins in the 1:54-1:55 range in the past month, and a spot on the pylons for his local debut. Top call." The race has some entries that can pace right with Red Magician, as Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) has post 6. He made breaks in his last two races while free-legged but trainer Jackie Matheson qualified the horse in 1:58.1 last week with hopples on and could return to the 1:55 form he showed in his first few P.E.I. starts. Beckenbauer (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2, fresh off a 1:55.4 romp Governor's Plate night at the Summerside Raceway. Other entries include IDK (Vincent Poulton), Windemere Express (Mike McGuigan), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson) and Rymar Sporty (Gary Chappell). Frill Seeker is the one to beat in the seven-horse Open Trot class, which lines up in race 5 for a $1,850 purse. Trainer Kenny Arsenault will be in the bike behind Frill Seeker from post 2 for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding was an impressive winner in his Island debut with a 10-length victory in 1:59.2 last Friday in Summerside. He will battle with the veterans of the top trot, Abundaspin and Zip The Lip, who have virtually dominated the class the past two years. Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 5 while Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) will leave from post 6. The field also includes Song Dream (Vaughan Doyle), Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Lyrical Lindy (Walter Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 8 for a $1,400 purse with Rymar Romeo favoured for trainer-driver and co-owner Steven Murphy and fellow Island co-owner Ambrose Gillis and Nova Scotian Shawn MacLennan. Other top entries in that race include Astronomical Union (Arsenault), Umiztagoodthing (Todd Walsh) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Seven rivals will try to knock off Narragansett in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes will drive Narragansett, who he also trains, for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The $2,000 race 11 contest has Narragansett from post 4 fresh off a 1:56 victory July 1 in Summerside, which was enough for race analyst Les MacIsaac to give the pacer the nod for top spot. "(Narragansett) came first up at the half in Summerside and still left seven rivals in the dust in what just happens to be the fastest win time on the page this year," He said. "Off a performance like that it will take a big effort from one of his rivals to prevent a repeat." Narragansett's main challenges will come from post 5 starter Van Zant (Ron Matheson) and post 6 starter Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie). Other entries include Pinner (Marc Campbell), Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson), Panacotta (Blaine Baglole), First Art Down (Ken Murphy) and Windemere Express (Brodie MacPhee). The Island's top trotters butt heads in the race 6 Open Trot with a field of seven chasing a $1,850 purse. Abundaspin is favored to win after his 2:00.1 victory last Thursday in Charlottetown for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall. The 14-year-old trotter has post 4 as he continues his retirement year with six wins to date. He will battle with previous Open Trot winners Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) as well as other entries Lyrical Lindy (Hughes), Tymal Tyme (Brodie MacPhee), and Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - The trotters will be in the spotlight on a Wednesday night race card at Red Shores Summerside. Post time for the 13 dash program is 7pm with three divisions of the Maple Leaf Trot, each sporting a purse of $4,300, on the program. Saulsbrook Pippa, co-owned by trainer John Pineau, Hunter River and Myron Ford, Harrington, headlines the first split in race 2 for driver Corey MacPherson. The three-year daughter of PJs Nabby leaves from post five in the six horse field and is coming off a clean qualifying line where she won by two lengths in 2:02.2. She can expect pressure from Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) and Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant). The roster includes Lace (Brian Andrew), Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting), Glencove Yoshi (Mike Stevenson). The second match-up has stakes star Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) competing against Bo Digger (Mark McKinnon) and A C Image (Paul Morrison) for top honors. The field also includes Windmere Harrison (Marc Campbell), Ice Pop (Ronnie Gass) and Hope Chest (Walter Cheverie). Phantom Beau starts the 2014 campaign after compiling 10 top three finishes from 12 starts last year and $20,448 in the bank for trainer John Pineau and owner Peter Breau, Moncton, NB. The final Maple Leaf Trot has Lets Trade Ladies off the rail for owner-driver Garth Cole of Kensington. The trotter has four starts under her belt this season but is still searching for her first victory. She could get the win if she can outsprint morning line favorite Villager (Brian MacPhee) from post 6. The other morning line favorite is Oceanview Rose from the Bill Roloson stable of Belfast. The line-up also includes Arizona Ray (Ron Gass), PlayDale (Danny MacDonald), BJ Commanche (Kenny Arsenault) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie). The evening's top event has Lucky Encounter, owned by Jeff Ferrish, Summerside, established as the 5-2 morning line favorite for driver Walter Cheverie and trainer Dale Sobey. The fast class has Outside the Wire, Keystone Nobility, Pictonian Press, Windemere Eric, Lisfinny, Shipps Xcalibur and Carrera Angel. For entries, results, Jared's top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The toughest pacing mares East of Toronto will battle for top honours Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program. The race 11 Fillies and Mares Open has Bunny Mach and General Luckpercy fresh off victories in the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series Saturday in Summerside with a U.S. invader added into the mix. Bunny Mach is riding a two-race win streak from post 7 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. She will face off with Andro Madi (Dale Spence) with post 3 and General Luckypercy (Brian MacPhee) with post 4. For All We Know is a newcomer to Charlottetown with post 1 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The seven-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare boasts $154,703 in lifetime earnings and a mark of 1:53.1 at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and was racing a $12,500 claimer at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Also in the field of mares is JK Special (Walter Cheverie), Stayoutofmyaffair (Kenny Arsenault), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) and Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee). A compact field of six Open trotters will compete in race 4 for a $1,850 purse. Four of the entrants have been winners in this class in the past few weeks, and classifier Gerard Smith has selected Zip The Lip as the morning line favorite from post 2. Brian MacPhee will drive the Ken Warkentin trotter for co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will get all he can handle from his competition, which includes Pleasure Girls (Cheverie), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Lyrical Lindy (Jason Hughes), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) and Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd). The back-up pace has a very tough field of six competing for a $2,000 purse. Carnivore (Marc Campbell) is favored, fresh off a 1:55.1 victory Saturday night in Summerside, while his main challenges will come from Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - An action packed card of Thursday night racing sees some of the top pacers and trotters in Maritime racing hit the track at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Caliban Hanover is favored in the race 6 $1,850 Open trot from post 2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. There has been a different winner in this class every time for the past five weeks and the same field of horses will battle again Thursday. Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley) has post 1, while Pleasure Girls (Walter Cheverie) has post 5, and regular Open trot kingpins Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) have posts 6 and 7, respectively. Other entries include Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his faith in Caliban Hanover. "He's a versatile type with good early speed and a dangerous finishing kick," MacIsaac said. "The two hole should provide a good trip and in this ultra-competitive class that could make all the difference in the world so we'll treat him as the one to beat." Race 11 has the $2,000 feature pace with Touch Of Lightning off the rail for trainer-driver Earl Smith and Island owners Gerald Morrissey, Larry Chappell, and Peter and Don Smith. The Articulator five-year-old will face a tough field of seven pacers including Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes), who come out of the Cecil Ladner series held last week. Other entries include Balanchine (Mike McGuigan), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Panacotta (Blaine Baglole), Every Day (Andrew) and Windemere Express (Marc Campbell). Race 9 has Machintosh riding a two-race win streak for owner-trainer-driver Dave Kelly of Cornwall. She will face off with Rymar Sporty (Ken Murphy) and Mach Vegas (Hughes) in that $1,400 contest. Live racing continues Saturday with a special card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway featuring the Atlantic Regional Driving Competition kicking off at 6:30 pm, while Red Shores Charlottetown will race at 1 pm Sunday afternoon. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top horses in Maritime harness racing will face off in eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's and Cecil Ladner memorial pacing series Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash program is 6 pm. The card features two $3,000 eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's for three-year-old pacing fillies in races 6 and 9. Race 6 will be a showdown between freshly minted Truro track record holder Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and divisional leader Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley). Race 9 has Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) leaving off the rail in a division that includes Charlottes Style (Kenny Arsenault) and Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson). The top four from each elimination advance to next week's rich final. The three-year-old colt pacers go post ward in races 8 and 11 with the top four in each division making it to next week's Maritime Breeder's colts and gelding finals. The top two colts of the 2014 season will square off in race 8 with Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald). Both colts were victories in divisions of the Bob Dewar two weeks ago at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Race 11 will see 2013 Island Breeders champion Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) fend off a field of seven rivals including Wishes In The Rain (Darren Crowe) and Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum). The Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series elimination put their noses on the gate in race 10 and 12. The first $2,400 elimination in race 10 has Maine invader Coral Snake (Crowe) from post 2 for owner Island native David MacDonald of Halifax fresh off a 1:55.2 victory over Scarborough Downs. Other entries include PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee), R Sonoflife (Todd Trites), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Ryan Ellis), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Schooner (Barrieau) and Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee). Race 12 has another Maine entry owned by MacDonald in Art Of Illusion from post 8. The pacer has minted his status as one of the top pacers in the State of Maine after a 1:53.2 victory last week in the free-for-all at Scarborough Downs but will have to fend off All Turain from post 7, who is undefeated since teaming up with Brodie MacPhee 10 starts ago, and Astor for trainer-driver Hughes, fresh off a 1:56.4 victory in his P.E.I. debut. Other entries include Blissful Bro (Campbell), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), Perfect Escape (Barrieau), Hail The Taxi (Trites) and Judge Jon (Stevenson). The top foru from each elimination advance to next week's $8,200 final, while the next four will race off in the $3,000 consolation. Summerside Sunday SUMMERSIDE, PE - A $1,900 feature pace highlights the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dashes. The race 12 feature has Ultimate Luck installed as the post time favorite for driver Arsenault, trainer Sifroi Melason and owner Ultimate Stables of New Brunswick. The six-year-old Camluck stallion has a tough field of opponents including Onehotvett (Barrieau), Outside The Wire (Brodie MacPhee), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Campbell), Upfront Ticket (Hughes), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Shipps Xcalibur (Gary Chappell). The card also features the $1,850 Open trot has newcomer Presto Pegasus picked to win off a two-race win streak in Charlottetown. The nine-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding is driven by Mark Bradley for trainer Brian Andrew and owners Rachel Andrew of Milton and William Andrew of Calgary. His main competition will come from Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The field also includes Lyrical Lindy (Hughes) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Jarred Stretch is leaning on post 1 starter Abundaspin to get the job done in this week of his 14-year-old season. "After going on a lengthy win streak he hasn't been to the circle in three straight, but he's been good enough and he'll be thirsty to get back," Stretch said while pegging Caliban Hanover for second and Presto Pegasus for third. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Veronicavermillion will aim for a repeat of last week's victory in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Brodie MacPhee will drive Veronicavermillion for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River and trainer Neil Bambrick. The mare has drawn post 4 in the $2,250 fillies and mares open pace, carded as race 11 on the program, against a field of six rivals. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is placing his faith in Veronicavermillion this week. "Made a big three wide move to win last week and that was in her first start of the season," MacIsaac says of Veronicavermillion. "You would have to think she can only be better off that so we won't rule out a repeat." She faces a tough group of aged mares, including the Jonah Moase duo of Silky Britches (Marc Campbell) and post 7 starter Andro Madi (Dale Spence), who finished second and third in last week's edition of the fillies and mares open. Also in the field is JK Special (Walter Cheverie), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Cool One (Mike Stevenson). The back-up pace lines up in race 9 for a $1,600 purse with IDK favored for driver Vincent Poulton, who also co-owns with trainer Gary Poulton and Gail MacDonald, all of Charlottetown. The six-year-old son of Stand Forever has an improved post from the seven-hole last week, but has to face two rivals that defeated him in that 1:56.3 mile in Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and Panacotta (Mark Bradley). There are two trot classes on the card, with Buckling Banbury favored in the $1,350 race 5 class over Howmacs Pride (Campbell) and Lyrical Lindy (Hughes). Corey MacPherson will drive Buckling Banbury for trainer Ron Gass and owners William Andrew of Calgary, Blake Andrew of Montreal and Brian Andrew of Milton. The race 3 trot class has Glencove Umay picked off the rail for driver Kenny Arsenault and owner-trainer Carl Bagnall. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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