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Horse Racing New Brunswick will host a superb Saturday afternoon harness racing card at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B as the coveted Milton Downey stakes for two-year-olds take center stage.   Named in honour of Saint John businessman and racing pioneer, Milton Downey, the race will see a total of three divisions, two colt and one filly for a combined purse of close to $20,000.   First division in race three will see a colt part-owned by Saint John interests Gary Mott, and Robert Tilley. Steel Reefer, a two-time winner this season for Saint John Hall of Fame trainer/ driver Gilles Barrieau has drawn post one.   In six lifetime starts, the son of Steelhead Hanover has two-wins, three seconds and close to $ 17,000 in the bank. He has a record this season of 1:57.2 taken at Summerside Raceway. Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia also owns a share of the colt.   He will be tested by the five entry Woodmere Alvin and the talented driver Redmond Doucet in the bike. He has shown consistency with five on the board finishes from seven starts, including a 1:59.1 victory.   Division two of the colts looks to be a battle of two more Steelhead Hanover colts and a colt by State Treasurer. Jason Hughes will pilot Justcallmedoc who has a charted line of 1:55.4 two starts back. Barrieau has post two with Dustylanegoliath who was second to sensational Woodmere Stealdeal in his last mile, charted in 1:56.4.   Rounding out the big three in division two is Saltwater Savage who has been a force to be reckoned with all season. He has four-wins from five starts, including a record of 1:56.4. Mark Bradley will pilot the top contender.   In the lone filly division, Need To Know from outside five and a red-hot Jason Hughes brings a solid resume to Saint John with three wins and three seconds in six starts. The daughter of Warawee Needy has a lifetime speed badge of 1:59.   Tobins Brownie is another one to watch for from the Jonah Moase stable who has a victory to her credit this year in 1:58.4. Woodmere Stella, from post one has the second highest earnings this season in the race and the Earl Smith pupil will have Gilles Barrieau in the sulky.   Saturday's big card also will see the Roddy Goguen Memorial Pace that is slated as the finale of the afternoon. Gold Cup and Saucer finalist and local entry Father Ofthe Year is the morning line favourite and has paced both of his last two miles in the 1:53 change.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to extend their gratitude to all of the horsemen and women who are shipping in for the afternoon of racing and welcome fans back to the track after a brief hiatus to allow local entries to take part in other cards in the Maritimes.   Post time is 1:00 P.M at the Saint John oval with wagering available in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton and through HPIBet on-line.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Saturday night at Red Shores, Charlottetown, two New Brunswick owned pacers will take part in the biggest race on a half-mile track in Canada, the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Eight pacers will answer the call to post on Saturday evening which normally sees post-time around midnight.   This year, with the affects of Covid-19 running rampant and affecting the sport of harness racing, the prestigious event saw only one horse ship-in from Ontario. On an average year, the Gold Cup would attract not only pacers from Ontario & Quebec, but entries from south of the border as well. Names like Ron Burke, a behemoth of a trainer in the U.S is not here this year, nor is Rene Allard who ran into some issues with an investigation stateside.   That opened the door to local entries, and those included in the Covid-19 " bubble " of all Atlantic Provinces. This past Saturday night, Father Ofthe Year made the final on the strength of his 4th place finish, pacing his own mile in 1:53.2 with the cagey veteran Mike Downey in the sulky. His son, Dr. Mitchell Downey owns the pacer and it's been a dream of his to win the Gold Cup & Saucer with one he owned and/ or bred. Just like his Dad did when Mitch was just ten-years-old. Thirty years ago this week, Mike Downey captured the elusive Gold Cup & Saucer victory with a tough overnight pacer, Tigerbird. Ashley Sloat of Fredericton owned the pacer and the time, there were a number of local entries racing that year, same situation that the event finds itself in this season due to restrictions of outside horses. Also advancing to Saturday night's final is four-year-old Moncton based pacer Woodmere Ideal Art, owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, and trained by owner Sifroi Melanson. He has had many top overnight horses through the years including Rakland Fine Line, Dance Hanover, Instant Shadow, to name a few. In line to catch-driver David Dowling on Saturday, the pacer surprised many after a third place effort and pacing his own mile in 1:52.1, by far his fastest charted time ever in the Maritimes. He was only beaten two and half-lengths behind the highly touted Dr. Ian Moore pacer, Casimir Richie P. He is seen as the clear one to beat going into Saturday's finale. I had a chance to get some thought's from Dr. Mitch Downey. " I remember almost every detail of Gold Cup night 1990. Earlier in the card dad drove a horse named "Talc" and got locked in the two hole. Never getting out to race, was this how the night was going to turn-out, I thought. When it came time to contest the Gold Cup & Saucer, Mitch says " I remember leaving everyone and going off to watch the race myself. Back then you could only pick up pieces of boomer ( Kevin Gallant ) race call. I remember hearing 56.4 as Earl Smith zoomed by the half and the crowd was elated as they approached the half-mile. Past the half I was cursing under my breath as dad was once again locked in the box." Remembering that Mitch was just 10-years-old at the time, made it even more difficult to understand that his Dad just didn't seem to be having any luck on this night. But, as " luck" would have it and a great patient steer by father Mike, it was time for some magic to happen that night in Prince Edward Island. Downey continues. " When Tiger's ( Tigerbird ) red shadow roll came streaking across the wire and I saw my Dad celebrate I started screaming and running to the track. " Mike, one of the best known horsemen in New Brunswick, not only pulled off the upset, but masterfully found his way off the hub rail that night to capture the Gold Cup & Saucer. " Two of my friends and I arrived at the winners circle first. Back then police security roped off the winners circle and being 10-years- old we just ducked it ", Downey recalls. As anyone who has had the fortune of seeing the Gold Cup Saucer live, it is an experience that keeps you coming back. " When Dad came back ( to the winners circle ) he hugged me so hard, he nearly broke my collar bone ", Downey mused. One of the many memories and one that he was hoping to keep for a lifetime was a memento from his Dad. " Back then the big thing was to get the drivers whips. An unknown kid at the time I asked his Dad for his whip and he says "I've already promised it to someone". He turned and handed it to me. It's stowed in my trophy room with such greats as John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell, and Doug Brown." Another post-race ritual for youngsters back then, and still holds true today is that kids love to play their heroes by grabbing a race bike, and a whip, and using that adrenaline to lug and pull the winning bike around the barns after the races. Downey quips " We must have lugged that wooden Brodeur bike down the homestretch for hours after the race." Since the race usually goes to post at midnight or after, the night was a late one, or should we say, the early morning. " We arrived at the hotel and I remember before I closed my eyes it was 4:06 A.M and we caught the early ferry off P.E.I. I rode home with Ashely and Joan Sloat, owners of Tigerbird". "The entire week was surreal. When Dad went to enter horses on a Tuesday at the race office the gold cup cooler arrive, " Kevin Boomer" Gallant said to the guy "you might as well just give it to Mike". For the final that year, it was Danielle Conroy who was the Gold Cup & Saucer Ambassador for Tigerbird. Mitch's friend had picked her out. Involved in the industry since as long as he can remember, Mitch usually heads to U.S every year to scratch that itch of what it's like to have a yearling and to watch him develop. When asked how he came to pick out Father Ofthe Year, he let technology lend a helping hand. " I picked out the colt based on his video. I had about $15,000 to spend on a colt and was bargain hunting. Into the video strode this handsome horse. Held himself with purpose. Tall. Strong. Athletic. I had to buy him. Being an embryo transfer foal likely deterred a few people and his sire Royal Mattjesty was one of most correct horses I've seen. He just lacked producing that great horse. But he makes race horses which is the type of horse I was looking for". " For $7500 we thought we had a steal. I wish I could say the rest has been history. But it's been a rollercoaster. Speed has never been the issue as evident by his 151 clocking in his second start in Ontario and pacing in fifty-three last year." When it comes to horses, it's ones hope that their horse remain healthy, and strong. Mitch points out it's been met with challenges when it comes to this horse. " Injuries and surgeries have plagued the horse and along with a serious bout of colic requiring surgery it's been nothing short of a journey; the highs and lows of harness racing. When it came time to evaluate the pacer for a possible Gold Cup entry, it was a solid training trip a week before the trial at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John that tipped the scaled in favour of a giving the horse a shot. That, and the fact that his Dad was on board. " Dad was adamant I should trial Father. But on the 30th anniversary of our family's win in the cup I felt it was important for my Dad to try and turn back time. He's still crafty and I wanted him to have this shot." Mitch and his Dad have a special relationship, and harness racing, like it does for so many, provides a time to spend valuable time with the ones you love. " I'm my Dads biggest fan. At sixty-nine he is a complete horsemen (shoes trains and drives). Together with my Aunt Ellen ( Father Ofthe Year's trainer) and my Mom it's a family operation. Seeing the video of my kids cheering on Dad is something I won't forget. Winning this race has been my goal since I've gotten into owning breeding and training and driving. It is so hard to win it. Post matters. Track condition matters. Horse health and soundness matter. To have my dad at sixty-nine years young win it would be unreal." Going into Saturday's final, Mike has drawn post-four in the $60,000 final. When asked how he see's the race playing out Saturday night, he had this to say. " " Vance Cameron says it's the greatest race on a half-mile track in Canada but I believe it's the greatest in North America. " Well said Dr. Downey, well said. Scott Waddell Freelance Writer, Saint John, New Brunswick Canada  

This Saturday, Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the Maritimes largest harness racing purse event in stake races this season as the Barrieau/McIsaac stake goes for $40,000 and has drawn a full field of starters.   Named in honor of Rufin Barrieau & Francis McIsaac, the race will go as race six on the seven dash program which gets underway at 1:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Tobins Rebel has been listed as the morning line favourite and will be driven by Moncton native Gilles Barrieau, the nephew of Rufin Barrieau fow owner Dan Ross of Price Edward Island.   There are three New Brunswick pacers entered in the rich stake which include Little Manny, J J Austin and Bouttagetlucky. It's the largest purse of the season for stake horses and second only to the prestigious Gold Cup & Saucer in Prince Edward Island later this month.   by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick    

After a thrilling stretch drive victory last Saturday, four-year-old Pickpocketprincess looks to dominate her male rivals again this Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Last Saturday she was hampered with the outside post position and battled Fatheroftheyear in a thrilling stretch duel to score the victory. She will have a better post this week, as the daughter of Varadero Hanover will score from post position two.   So far this season, the mare has three wins from six starts for owner-trainer-breeder Wayne Hubbard of Saint John. She already has established a new record this season, after a 1:57.3 triumph. John Davidson picks up the live catch-drive this Saturday in the finale. She is the lone distaff in the field.   Other starters in order of post position are Bugger Max ( Mark Haig ), Double D Deluxe ( Don Dickinson ), Fatheroftheyear ( Dr. Mitchell Downey ) and Paris Beau with Stephen Trites.   Post time for race one on Saturday, presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick gets underway at 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for  Exhibition Park Raceway

Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway will see a celebration of retirement for aged pacing horse Skippy as Horse Racing New Brunswick and along with Greenhawk, Shur Gain and Debbie Mahar have stepped up to salute the classy harness racing son of Camluck who this year, reached the age of fourteen years old.   Harold Defazio owns the ironsided pacer who has accumulated over $82,000 in career earnings and a lifetime best of 1:56.3 taken at Bangor Raceway. One of his biggest wins on the Maritime racing circuit was back in 2015 as he captured the prestigious Walter Dale Memorial for his regular pilot Mark Haig.   Defazio, who purchased the son of Camluck in Ontario back in 2012, and since then the horse has become so much more than just a racehorse, he is a member of the Defazio family.   Many races, road trips to other tracks including South of the border, the colourful Defazio has decided it's time to give the horse a well earned retirement. He had hoped 2020 would see him be his final year of racing, after prepping him for the season and ready to qualify, something was just " off " with the horse. Defazio decided then it was time to call it a career. He closes his career with twenty-nine wins, just one shy of thirty.     Skippy will be trackside after race number four on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway. Local sponsors Cindy at Greenhawk and Sarah at Shur Gain have co-sponsored gifts of celebration including some much deserved treats, grooming bag, and a plaque and cooler donated by Debbie Mahar.   Congratulations to Harold & Sandra Defazio who have always treated the horse as part of their family with lots of TLC, treats, and pampering during his time since arriving on the scene in 2012. Post time is at 1:00 P.M with a six-dash card at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Scott Waddell  

With a decade between wins, driver John Davidson, a fan favorite in New Brunswick and Maine racing, made his triumphant return to the bike last Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Davidson last scored a win way back in 2009, a year that saw him win thirteen races in sixty starts, and a respectable driving average of .351. In his career, he has piloted close to 2200-wins, and $ 2.3-million in purse money. With two victories in last Saturday's first card of the season, the Saint John native is looking to continue that momentum going into Saturday's live card.. He will see action in all five races on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway, presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick. Post-time is at 1:00 P.M that includes a $ 1500 winners over pace which takes place in the finale. Davidson will pilot HP Bushido Dragjet from post-two for owner Keith B Camick, Willow Grove, NB. Other starters include Itsgottabemyway ( Mark Haig ), Team Edward ( Todd Trites ), City Of The Year ( Dr. Mitch Downey ) and Father Ofthe Year ( Mike Downey ).. Wagering is available at the Sulky Room Lounge in Saint John, K.V Billiards in Quispamsis, Winners Lounge in Fredericton, and in Dieppe at Pub 1755. For more information, please visit the official website of Horse Racing New Brunswick at http://www.horseracingnb.com Scott Waddell

After a long off-season, harness racing in Saint John, N.B gets back into full swing on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway at 1:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of six races on the season opener including a $ 1500 winners over event. Bugger Max, one of the most consistent pacers in Saint John last season, will have post-one for owner's Gordon White and Dale Orr. Mark Haig will be in the drivers seat on the nine-year-old gelding. Newcomer to New Brunswick, Team Edward will see his first action in Saint John on Saturday. Owned by Mallory Davies of Geary, N.B the veteran son of Bettors Delight will be under the guidance of Todd Trites. Rounding out the top-class are the Ellen Stevenson trained Father Ofthe Year for Mike Downey and City Of The Year for driver Dr. Mitch Downey. Also available on Saturday, is off-track wagering on the 2019 Kentucky Derby from Lexington. Horse Racing New Brunswick will offer wagering on the prestigious race at all it's simulcast venues, including in Saint John at the Sulky Room Lounge. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends a big thank-you to all of the horse people involved in Saturday's race card, and best wishes to all on a successful 2019 in racing to everyone. For more information, please visit the official site of H.R.N.B at http://www.horseracingnb.com Scott Waddell

Union Man Hanover, in line to veteran teamster Mike Downey goes into Saturday's top-class of the afternoon as the morning line favorite at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B.   Leaving from post-three the pacer was a winner in his last appearance at E.P.R and will tangle with three formidable foes in the $ 1350 featured sixth race. Nova Scotia pacer Good Friday Three will have the advantage of post-one for last year's driver of the year award winner Todd Trites.   City Of The Year with youthful Luke Armstrong will also compete in the winners over pace along with Instant Shadow and catch-driver Stephen Trites in the bike.   Racing fans and horsemen can now find a copy of Saturday's live program, Kurtis Johnston's race analysis, and can watch live racing on YouTube on Horse Racing New Brunswick's official channel with first post at 1:00 P.M.   All can be found on H.R.N.B's new website by visiting:   http://www.horseracingnb.com   by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick    

This past Saturday, at a jam packed venue in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association doled out their best of 2017.   Here is a list of 2017 winners:   2 yr old colt Tobins Optimism   2 yr old filly Maybeitsmaybelline   3 yr old colt Colin N Down   3 yr old filly Kinda Like Her   Claimer of the Year Best Escape Route   Aged Horse Fall Bliss   Aged Mare Best Old Time Robbie Award K D Overdrive   Top Driver of the Year Todd Trites   Top Trainer of the Year Harold Defazio   Horse of the Year Kinda Like Her   Owner of the Year Harold Defazio   There was a packed house at the Royal Canadian Legion # 58 in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Also on the evening, Sandra Defazio took home a grand prize of $ 1000 which was split with track announcer and racing director at Horse Racing New Brunswick.   by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick

Horse Racing New Brunswick are very pleased to announce that effective today, they have launched a new website which replaces the old page.   Also included on the new page are race day picks provided by analyst Kurtis Johnston, a link to the updated URL that takes users to stream live racing cards, and up to date contact information.   Horse Racing New Brunswick apologizes for any inconvenience stemming from the technical difficulties on the old site, but they welcome everyone to check the new look at:   http://www.horseracingnb.com   Officials from Horse Racing New Brunswick will be adding additional information in the coming days and week's and welcome any feedback on the new page.   by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick            

Horse Racing New Brunswick will feature a live dash of harness racing at Exhibition Park Raceway starting Saturday at 1:00 P.M.   Saturday will see a top-class staged as race five of the afternoon program that carries with it a purse of $ 1350. Last year's top pacer in the province, Fall Bliss and Dr. Mitchell Downey has drawn the coveted rail position in the fifth race of six being staged.   He will face his stablemate City Of The Year for trainer/ driver Mike Downey from post three. Other starters in the main event are Jackson K Down ( Steve Mason ) and Real Bigg ( Mark Haig ) from post four.   Free admission, free parking, and the very best in live horse racing on Saturday, June 2nd at Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank both local horsemen, fans, and out of town ship-ins for supporting this weekend's program.   by Scott Waddell, for Exhibition Park

Monday in Saint John, N.B Horse Racing New Brunswick springs back into action for the 2018 harness racing season with a six dash harness racing program on Victoria Day at E.P.R.   Featured on the holiday Monday card will be the inaugural running of the Dawn Bremner Memorial stake for three-year old filly and colt pacers. Four overnight races will also be contested at the half-mile oval.   New Brunswick owned Tangled Mind, driven by Gilles Barrieau and P.E.I based Sock It Away with Marc Campbell will lock heads in the first division of the stake in race two.   Bremner, a pioneer of harness racing who took part in many facets of the horse racing industry, including ownership, breeding, as well as serving on many racing governing bodies in the province of New Brunswick as a tireless volunteer and ambassador.   Monday's card gets underway at 1:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway. Exciting racing at it's very best with over $ 22,000 in purse money for the lucrative stake being contested in two divisions.   Monday also spotlights a $ 1350 winners over event which features Real Bigg ( Mark Haig ), K D Overdrive ( Steve Mason ), Fall Bliss ( Dr. Mitch Downey ) and City Of The Year ( Mike Downey ). Wagering available in Saint John, Horse Player Interactive, and provincial off-track sites in Moncton at Pub 1755, Winners inFredericton and Quispamsis, N.B at K.V Billiards.   Scott Waddell

After an off-week at Exhibition Park Raceway, Horse Racing New Brunswick will host a six-dash harness racing program on Saturday at 1:00 P.M.   In race five of the afternoon, Ideal Ticket, owned, trained and driven by local horseman Scott Hubbard will drive the pacer who has reeled off four straight victories. He has the advantage of post-one in the fifth.   His last victory marked his 30th career win as the son of Full Of Fun has been in the top three in eight of his nine starts in 2017.   Saturday's top-class of the afternoon will feature a field of four to contest the main event which is slated to go as race four.   K D Overdrive, owned by Stephen Downey will have rail control for trainer/ driver Steve Mason. In just three years at the races, he is just shy of $ 70,000 in lifetime earnings. Real Bigg ( Mark Haig ) leaves from post two, while the father-don duo of Mike & Mitch Downey draw three and four.   Mike will handle City Of The Year who sports a lifetime best of 1:57.4 at Bangor Raceway and son Dr. Mitchell Downey pilots Fall Bliss from the outside. His best winning effort of the season comes at Exhibition Park in 1:58.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank those horseman who will make the trip from out of town Saturday to take part in the program.   Scott Waddell  

Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John will be the home of the absolute best card of harness racing in 2017 in the picturesque province of New Brunswick on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 P.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick, in partnership with it's generous sponsors along with the New Brunswick Standardbred Breeders Owners Association showcase a total of thirteen ( 13 ) exciting dashes.   Not only will it be the biggest sanctioned race card of the season, it brings with it the Maritimes most unique and challenging races, the lucrative Maritimer Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Saturday's mammoth card of racing will also feature the $4,500 Milton Downey Memorial and the timeless classic stake, the Williamson Stake for Atlantic Canada's best two-year-old pacers.   Race one will catapult the action underway starting at 1:00 P.M. Besides the talent of horses amassed for Saturday's card, some of Atlantic Canada's top drivers and trainers will showcase their horses.   Todd Trites, the leading driver in New Brunswick this season will drive in ten of the thirteen dashes including the coveted Williamson stakes with each division carrying purses of $ 5500. Todd will also pilot one of trainer Earl Watt's pupils in the prestigious Maritimer.   Gilles Barrieau, one of the most talented driver's to ever come out of New Brunswick will be in Saint John on Saturday and will suit up in eight of the thirteen races. Barrieau, who has been recognized nationally for his driving skills and horsemanship, goes into the card with over $ 230,000 in seasonal earnings and a stellar .375 driving average.   Saturday's free-for-all pacers will lock heads for a purse of $ 4500 in the Milton Downey Memorial co-sponsored by the Downey family. In honour of the Saint John businessman and horseman, he is the patriarch of the Downey family who are fixtures in the New Brunswick racing industry.   Leading the way will be Junebugs Baby, winner of the classic free-for-all race the Walter Dale Memorial in 1:58.4 for trainer/ driver Myles Heffernan earlier this season at E.P.R.. He will bust the gate from post-four and is well-known for his eye-popping gate speed.   Dr. Mitch Downey will pilot Fall Bliss from the rail spot and has been ultra impressive the last two-years in New Brunswick including six wins at his home base in Saint John. Other starters include Good Friday Three ( Gary Chappell ), Elm Grove Kaboom ( Earl Smith ) and His Boy Elroy ( Bernard MacCallum ).   It is interesting to note that all three provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will be represented by owners, trainers, drivers, grooms and fans. This card displays the far reaching audience it has attracted for the action packed program.   There will be four divisions of the Williamson Stake with over $ 20,000 in purse money and two eliminations of the Maritimer along with the final on the same card carrying a total purse of over $22,000 in prize money. This makes it by far the richest day of racing in the province this season. It also marks the final day of a very successful Saint John Exhibition.   Scott Waddell

Multiple award winning harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau will see action this Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the provinces last race card of the harness racing season after this past Monday's card was cancelled due to poor weather and track conditions.   Saturday's top-class on Saturday afternoon will include the provinces top overnight horse of 2016 in New Brunswick, Fall Bliss. Dr. Mitchell Downey will pilot the pacer from post-five in race five.   Meanwhile, three-year-old stakes winner K D Overdrive will have Gilles Barrieau in the bike from post-two in the afternoon's $ 1350 main event on the five-dash program.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all horsemen, volunteers, staff and everyone who made racing in New Brunswick possible for the 2016 racing season.   Post time for race one at Exhibition Park Raceway is scheduled for a 1:00 P.M start.   Scott Waddell

An usual suspect at Exhibition Park Raceway will look to win his third straight event as racing continues this Saturday at the port city oval in harness racing action. Six races will be presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick with race one scheduled for 1:00 P.M. There was a large contingent of fans and supporters in last Saturday's winning circle presentation for Upstairswithron as he paced to a gate to wire effort en route to a 2:02.3 victory. Bob MacNeil owns the five-year-old son of Quick Comeback who is making himself a solid pick for most improved horse in 2016 in New Brunswick. Last year, the big strapping pacer went without a win all season. He owned a modest 2:06.2 pacing record taken back in 2014. So far this year, he sports a new record of 2:01.2 taken over Fredericton Raceway. Popular catch-driver Chris Davies gets the call this Saturday in the afternoon's final race. Saturday's top-class will feature a battle of Mike Downey entries as Fall Bliss, last week's top-class winner will take on City Of The Year in the day's premier event for a purse of $ 1350. Scott Waddell  

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