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New Brunswick driver Mark Haig scored one of his biggest wins of his harness racing career on Sunday at Truro Raceway as part of their Grand Circuit week.   Winning a division of the prestigious Stanfield three-year-old filly stake was pacer Miss Oromocto.   She is owned by Mel Land of Hopewell Cape and Sharon Burchill of Oromocto, New Brunswick.   Haig, Saint John's top driver for last season is off to another great start this season and is just ten wins shy of five-hundred in his career.   He also has over $ 530,000 in lifetime earnings.   Time of the mile was a new lifetime best for the filly who earned over $ 11,000 in the victory.   She has now accumulated close to $ 31,000 in lifetime earnings.   Meanwhile, another New Brunswick owned filly was second in another division.   Jann Down, owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis was a runner-up in her race for driver Gilles Barrieau and earned $ 5900 for her effort.   In just two years of racing the local filly has close to $ 80,000 in earnings.   Scott Waddell    

The top local horseman for on Friday night at Grand River Raceway was Lyle MacArthur. Lyle completed the double win by being the winning driver and trainer of Sir Machalot (pronounced mock-a lot) in the 7th race. It was Sir Machalot's 2nd win of the season and 7th lifetime. Lyle has over 600 career training wins and over 2100 driving wins. Lyle is a resident of St. George and has been a regular on the Ontario harness racing circuit for almost 40 years. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at . Scott McNair

Make it four in a row for Fall Bliss as he quick stepped to a 1:58.3 win for owner/ trainer and driver Dr. Mitchell Downey on a beautiful Thursday night at New Brunswick's capital city at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway.   Downey was aggressive with the son of Blissful Hall early as he was fired off the gate and led at every marker to preserve the win.    He flashed a final half-mile of :58.3 as he toiled with his rivals en route to a six-length triumph.   Also on the seven-dash program American Terror came from off the pace to win for driver Ed Harvey in an equal effort of 1:58.3.   This may set up a clash of the titans of sorts this coming Thursday should the duo meet up in the top-class.   Harvey's pacer has won three straight in the weekly top-class.   Racing will continue on Thursday evening as Horse Racing New Brunswick hosts live racing on July 30th at 6:30 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Racing returns to picturesque Fredericton Raceway on Thursday as Horse Racing New Brunswick presents a seven-dash program that kicks off at 6:30 P.M.   One of the highlights of the night will be Fall Bliss and owner/ trainer/ driver Dr. Mitch Downey as they seek their fourth consecutive victory at the capital city half-mile track.   Downey will pilot the seven-year-old son of Blissful Hall in race four on the program. He sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.3f taken over a five-eights mile track. Since arriving in New Brunswick, the pacer is a perfect three-for three.   American Terror leads the way in the $ 1000 main event as Ed Harvey will be looking for his third straight consecutive win with the pacer. He is closing in on $ 30,000 in seasonal earnings.   Post time is slated for 6:30 P.M and as always there is free admission, free parking, contests and a 50/50 draw being held that evening.   Horse racing at it's very best this Thursday night at Fredericton Raceway!   Scott Waddell

Fresh off a win in last Thursday's top-class at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway, American Terror and red-hot trainer/ driver Ed Harvey will look to duplicate those results this Thursday night at the capital city oval.   American Terror is closing in on $ 30,000 in seasonal earnings and seeks his fifth triumph of the 2015 racing season.   Listed as the morning line favorite, the pacer will leave from post-three in the five horse main event for a purse of $ 1000.   Woodmere Sandman will leave from post-one for Stephen Trites.   He will be looking to knock off the favorite who was second to American Terror in last week's race, five and a half lengths back.   Contact Jones, Hyperion Blue Chip and Cecils Express round out the featured race.   In all, seven races will be contested and slated to start at 7:00 P.M.   Also on the program, new driver Dr. Mitchell Downey will look to continue his winning ways with pacer Fall Bliss, winner of his first two starts at Fredericton Raceway.   Scott Waddell

Fresh off a fourth place effort on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway, American Terror gets a big break in competition Thursday night at the Capital City harness racing oval.   Leaving from post-three in the $ 1000 main event, Ed Harvey owns and drives the five-year-old son of American Ideal. He is enjoying a tremendous season and has accumulated over $ 27,000 in seasonal earnings.   He will square off with five rivals in the sixth race of the night that commences at 7:00 P.M. Contact Jones has drawn the coveted rail position with Mark Haig at the controls.   Other starters include Woodmere Sandman ( Stephen Trites ), Ace On The River ( Todd Trites ), ROF Samurai ( Sam Hodgin ) and Cecils Express ( Scott Hubbard ).   Thursday nights card also is the home of the yearly national promotion " Bring a Friend " to the track event in partnership with Standardbred Canada. There will be lots of activities for all ages and a chance to win some great prizes just for bringing a friend and signing them up.   Once again, post-time is slated for 7:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell    

Harness racing returned with a flurry on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway as the prestigious Walter Dale Memorial was held as the main attraction.   Carded as the final race of the afternoon, it was a New Brunswick owned, trained and driven pacer who came out on top.   Skippy, a nine-year-old fan favorite horse in the province made a thrilling late move in the final quarter of the mile to win the coveted pace for owner Harold DeFazio of Saint John and driver Mark Haig.   Gilles Barrieau had Prince Edward Island invader Forever Paradise on top for most of the mile before being overtaken in the lane by Skippy who is known for his late brush in the later stages of the race.   Time of the mile was 1:58.1 in a race that say all six horses within three lengths of each other at the top of the stretch.   Racing will return this Thursday night as Fredericton Raceway will play host to traditional night racing at 7:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

There will be a couple of new drivers on the scene in New Brunswick this season as harness racing is set to resume at Fredericton Raceway on July 1st.   One is a first-timer in 2015 with a couple of qualifying tilts under his belt. Luke Armstrong, youngest son of trainer/ driver Rick Armstrong will be looking to get his rookie start in New Brunswick.   Another driver, Doug Folkins Jr is revitalizing his career after some time away from the sport. He started driving back in the year 2000 and has over 600 career drives and fifty ( 50 ) lifetime wins.   He too has a qualifier under his belt but with the situation in New Brunswick with horse population in Saint John, he has found it tough to get drives to accumulate his points.   Talking with Doug today he says that he is willing to travel to pick up qualifying drives to attain his goal of having his license renewed for the start of the racing season. " I am willing to travel and will also be in Ontario soon for a visit". He continues, " I would love the opportunity to get some qualifying action so I can drive this season. It's just so tough in New Brunswick right now."   Both young drivers are looking for opportunities and we need more people involved in the sport in New Brunswick and the Maritimes. Anyone who could lend a helping hand in giving these find gentlemen a hand in getting their licenses, it would be great.   Doug Folkins can be reached by cell phone at 506-721-2133. He will be in Ontario from June 17th- 25th.   Scott Waddell

New Brunswick's harness driver Gilles Barrieau, who leads the nation in driving percentage once again this week with a .408 driving average, takes part in a driver's competition this Saturday at Red Shores in Charlottetown, P.E.I.   Barrieau will be among the leading drivers from this season in the driving challenge. He will also be seeking his 100th driving win of the season as he goes into Saturday afternoon with ninety-seven wins.   He has over 3,900 career winners, $ 7.2-million in career earnings, and has won awards at a national level including the prestigious O'Brien award of horsemanship.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Sam Hodgin finds himself in a familiar spot after a recent election of the Saint John Harness Horsemen. Hodgin, a local ferrier and trainer/ driver returns as President for 2015. He has held the post previously. He takes over for Dr. Mitch Downey who now will serve as a director. Mike Downey was voted in as Vice President while Traci Friars will assume the role of secretary. Young Luke Armstrong will serve for the first time in the association as treasurer. His father Rick also was elected as a director as was Wanda Foster. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

On the strength of two wins at Exhibition Park Raceway, Mark Haig won his first-ever harness racing driving crown at his home track for 2014 on Saturday afternoon.   He had gone into the afternoon card with a lead of three wins on former driving champion Todd Trites.   After the six dash card, Haig ended up with two wins on the afternoon to Trites one and claimed the driving title.   Haig's wins came with Contact Jones and Ton Of Luck. Saturday's race card saw the end of the 2014 racing season and Horse Racing New Brunswick looks forward to a prosperous 2015 with the return of the Atlantic Sires Stakes to the region.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to extend gratitude to all who supported the industry in 2014. There is an optimistic attitude in the province for 2015 and look forward to returning to host racing spring.   Scott Waddell  

It seems unfair that when a horse reaches mandatory retirement age of fourteen, some still have some racing left in them.   This Saturday afternoon, the owners of Rakland Fine Line will officially retire the pacer from racing competition after a solid racing career in the Maritimes with just a few starts in Ontario.   By Gothic Dream out of the Cam Fella mare Cams Fine Line, he was purchased as a yearling by the Ultimate Stables for just $ 7000. In his career, he has earnings of over $ 104,000 and has recorded seventy-three wins going into his last race.   Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway will be his 374th career start. He has averaged over $ 280.00 per start in his career, mostly in the Maritimes. He took his lifetime mark of 1:56.1 at age six at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Although he remains winless in 2014, he has four seconds into his final race this Saturday. He will enjoy a well deserved retirement after this at Ultimate Acres farm just outside Moncton.   We know it will be a sad day for Dawn Hubbard and Sifroi Melanson but we would like to thank them for this his retirement cooler and celebration of this little horses final race in the place he took his record.   Another interesting note from this Saturday's program at Exhibition Park Raceway is that two horses on the card share a unique story going into the program.   Only two horses in New Brunswick have entered and raced in all cards that have been held in the province in 2014.   One other commonality is that both horses have a huge fan following and loved by their owners.   Those two horses are Skippy and Magical Alex. Both pacers have raced in every race card in the province including starts in Saint John, Fredericton and Woodstock.   Skippy, owned by Harold DeFazio, a dedicated owner with his wife Sandra will make their 24th start in New Brunswick with the handsome son of Camluck. In those starts, he has only missed one cheque all season long.   He has averaged almost $ 225.00 per start this season and his fastest win came at Fredericton Raceway in 1:58 for Mark Haig in 2014. Special mention to caretaker Luke Armstrong who has done a great job looking after the pacer.   Magical Alex has also raced at every opportunity this season for owner Bob MacNeil of Saint John. He is in the same barn as Skippy and also has a huge fan following. MacNeil's children Kate & Alex can be heard every race day cheering the horse on the backstretch.   Purchased in 2008 for a bargain price of $ 1100, the pacer has gone on to win forty-one races going into Saturday's card and lifetime earnings of over $ 44,000. He sports a lifetime speed badge of 1:56.2 taken this past summer during Old Home Week in P.E.I.   Both horses are again entered to go at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John and kudos to the connections of both pacers for their support of racing in New Brunswick and best of luck on Saturday!   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

After Saturday afternoon's race program at Exhibition Park Raceway, the lead for the top driver in wins has fallen to three.   Going into the seven-dash card, Mark Haig held a four-win advantage over second place driver Todd Trites. That margin is now down to three with one race card to go.   On Saturday, Todd Trites scored two winners as he captured the first and last race on the program. Twin B Macho, owned by John Breau of Moncton took the days first event for Trites in 2:05.3.   He then finished off the day with Contact Jones in the finale as he scored a come from behind victory for owner Tina Dunphy in 2:03.   Haig scored one winner on Saturday as he guided the veteran pacer Dance Hanover to victory in 2:00.4 for trainer and owner Sifroi Melanson. With one card remaining, Mark Haig has eighteen wins on the year with Trites next at fifteen.   If Haig can hold on to his lead, he will capture his first-ever driving crown at his home track of E.P.R. Last card of the year goes on Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Fresh off her win on Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend in P.E.I, four-year-old pacing mare Ramblinglily will take on four male rivals in Saturday's top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Winning her last three, wins including a 1:57 win at Red Shores, the mare will have to overcome the outside post-five in Saturday's $ 1500 top-class. She will be looking to surpass $ 20,000 on the year.   Allan Jones will pilot the mare for co-owner Norm Leger. American Island will leave from post-one for Gilles Barrieau with Magical Alex lining up in the number three position.   Rounding out the feature are Wave That Banner and J Rs Hurricane. Post time is set for 2:00 P.M on Saturday with a total of seven races presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Going into the final two cards of the New Brunswick racing season, Mark Haig continues to lead Exhibition Park Raceway in dash wins.   Haig, who leads the track in drives with sixty-four, has seventeen trips back to the winners circle. That is good enough for a four win lead over second place driver, Todd Trites.   Heading into this Saturday's program, he also has a lofty driving average of .431 and over $ 14,000 in purse earnings. Trites leads the money category with his starters earning over $ 17,000 this year   Drivers with over thirty drives this season shows Todd Trites with the leading percentage among drivers at .502. Haig is second at .431 and Stephen Trites at .330.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Joseph Michael dominated Monday afternoon's top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway with an easy 1:59.2 triumph and snapped J Rs Hurricane's win streak at three.   Leaving from post-four, Trites sent the seven-year-old Jennas Beach Boy to the lead making every post a winning one. American Captain was second with J Rs Hurricane third.   Monday's win put the pacers lifetime win total over $ 130,000 for owners Andrea D Dolan, Lower Cambridge and Valerie G Phelan, Geary,N.B and trainer Eric Wilson.   Magical Alex took the back-up class on Monday, giving Todd Trites a pair of winners on the holiday program.   Next card is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

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