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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  

Horse Racing New Brunswick will feature a five dash harness racing program on Saturday which includes a $ 1350 feature as part of the program.   Fall Bliss and Dr. Mitchell Downey will look to get back to his winning ways in the featured race from post-five. He was a fourth place finisher in his last outing in the Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial at Fredericton pacing his mile in 1:55.4.   He will lock heads with four other rivals including his stable mate Father Of The Year who sports five victories in just eight starts this year including a 1:56 win south of the border at Bangor Raceway.   Other starters in Saturday's top-class include Wave That Banner ( Scott Hubbard ), Skippy ( Mark Haig ) and HP Bashido Dragjet ( Todd Trites ). Post time is slated for 1:00 P.M on Saturday with free admission and parking.   Meanwhile going into Saturday's live racing card, Todd Trites leads all drivers at the Saint John track with seven-wins this season. That's two ahead of both Scott Hubbard and Dr. Mitchell Downey.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick will host by far it's best program of the 2016 harness racing season Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Saturday's jam packed, action filled program features two of the most prestigious events in the province, In total, eleven races will be held at the capital city racetrack with post-time for race one slated to go at 1:00 P.M. Three divisions of the classic Bill Quigg Memorial stake will take place with one filly division and two races for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. All three events will feature lucrative purses of $ 10,100 each. Race eight will feature three-year old New Brunswick home bred pacer Jackson K Down. Steve Mason will send out the son of Articulator for catch-driver Gilles Barrieau, He was born locally in Quispamsis, N.B by the well known Downey family carrying on Milton Downey's legacy of breeding and raising horses in the province. Jackson K Down has never been worse than second in twenty-three lifetime starts which includes sixteen trips to victory lane. He has earned over $ 85,000 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. Also featured on Saturday's mammoth program is the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial invitational. Prince Edward Island owned D Gs Camme will take on four other rivals in the $ 7000 event. Gilles Barrieau will guide the pacer post-two for the Jackie Matheson stable. He sports a seasons best performance at Truro Raceway winning in 1:53.2. He also appeared in the final of this year's Gold Cup and Saucer in P.E.I. This is just the second time his career that he has raced in the province of New Brunswick. Post one belongs to O K Galahad who is fresh off a win in Saint John's Milton Downey invitational pace. He also has won twice in P.E.I this year of 1:54.4. Other starters include Big Surf, Smiley Bayama and Fall Bliss, Another race to watch is the Albert Goodine Memorial pace for $ 3500 that honors the memory of the long time local businessman and horse owner. City Of The Year will look for his third straight win for Mike Downey. Once again, Horse Racing New Brunswick extends monumental thanks to the sponsors, horsemen, the many volunteers and of course, the fans for supporting yet another great week of exhibition week racing at Fredericton Raceway. Scott Waddell 

There is a long standing tradition in New Brunswick harness racing season and that's Labour Day racing at Canada's oldest half-mile track, Fredericton Raceway on the holiday Monday in the capital city. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors have assembled a solid eight-dash card with the two-year-old pacers in the spotlight with three divisions of the Williamson stake. Monday's card will go to post at 1:00 P.M. Three separate divisions of the classic stakes event carry a purse of $ 6800 per division have attracted a number of the regions top horses and horsemen. Fresh off a successful week of racing in Saint John for Exhibition Week, the capital city will host both a card on Monday, with another slated for Saturday, September 10th. Division one is for pacing fillies and Tobins Secret goes into the race as the one to beat for trainer/ driver Earl Smith. She has bankrolled over $ 13,000 this season and only once has missed the top three. Second division features the second filly stake with Woodmere Finesse looking to have the slight edge with veteran Kenny Arsenault in the sulky. She has a 2:00.3 victory on her resume going into the race. Final division, this time spotlighting the freshman colts, appears to be a battle between Tobinator and Carters Caper. Tobinator and driver Corey MacPherson comes off an eye-popping 1:56.3 in his lat outing and comes in to the race in fine form. Preferred pace of the day has attracted a competitive field including City Of The Year who is fresh off a win at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends many thanks to horsemen, fans, volunteers, and corporate sponsors taking part in Monday's program. Scott Waddell

It is harness racing at it's very best Friday afternoon at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors present a ten dash action packed race card.   Post time is slated for 4:30 P.M and features the lucrative Maritimer stake for three-year-old fillies, plus the Milton Downey and the Jim Doherty Memorial.   Friday's Maritimer stake has attracted ten of the best fillies in Atlantic Canada. They will race in two elimination heats with the top eight coming back for a winner take all final. Co-sponsored by the New Brunswick Standardbred Owner's Association, the event has a total purse of over $ 22,000.   Locally owned filly Howmacscanasta has been listed as one of the favorites in her elimination.   Two memorial races will recognize two great New Brunswick horsemen on the program. Milton Downey and Jim Doherty will be honored in two separate races on Friday afternoon.   Both men were ambassadors and pioneers in the industry here in New Brunswick and their families and supporters will be on hand to remember the two gentleman.   In the Milton Downey Memorial, co-sponsored by Steve Downey and family, five pacers will square off for a purse of $4000. Starcastic whop ships in from P.E.I for the event, has been listed as the 3-1 favorite. New Brunswick's Gilles Barrieau will drive the pacer from post-five.   Meanwhile, the Jim Doherty Memorial will go with a solid field of five pacers for a purse of $ 2100 and showcases one of Atlantic Canada's best three-year-old's, Jackson K Down.   Kathy-MacLean Harvey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all the horsemen who will be here on Friday, the fans, and the generous sponsors who supported the highly anticipated racing card.   Sponsors include the Saint John Exhibition Association, N.B.S.B.O.A, Steve Downey, Fredericton Horsemen Association, Rick Armstrong, Dairytown Veterinary Hospital, Peter and Paul Doherty.   Special thanks to the Saint John Exhibition Association for not only sponsoring one of Friday's races but contributing $4000 to enhance the afternoon's purse offerings.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick, in partnership with the Woodstock Driving Club and it's sponsors present a seven-dash harness racing program at Connell Park in Woodstock, New Brunswick on Friday evening starting at 7:00 P.M.   Racing is a long standing tradition at the half-mile oval and part of Old Home week celebrations at the New Brunswick track. Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Woodstock organizers are expecting a large and enthusiast fan base on Friday night.   Friday night's featured event will be the Kelti Burnett Memorial pace which carries with it an attractive purse of $ 6000 thanks to the sponsors of the prestigious race. Corey Ford, one of New Brunswick's leading dealerships, along with the McCain family are sponsoring the nights events.   Now to the field of pacers assembled for the premier event of the night. Representing the Downey Stables are two pacers who have been a sold combination the last few weeks in New Brunswick.   Fall Bliss, driven by Dr. Mitchell Downey leads the charge from the coveted rail position. He is the provinces top pacer this season and will face a fierce challenge not only from his stable mate City Of The Year for Mike Downey but invitees from Prince Edward Island.   Downey's charge Fall Bliss is coming off four consecutive wins. He will have his hands full with P.E.I pacers Forever Paradise and Jeb who ship in for the event chasing the lucrative purse along with Machinthesand with catch-driver Todd Trites,   Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's President Kathy McLean Harvey and organizers would like to thank everyone who made this week's racing at Connell Park in Woodstock a success, and helped to carry on another tradition in the provinces racing history.   Scott Waddell

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