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With the 2014 season in the books at Fredericton Raceway, Todd Trites walked away with another dash winning crown at the capital city oval.   Trites had an outstanding season with 13-wins on the circuit. That was three better than second place driver Mark Haig. He finished the campaign with 10-wins on the year.   Rounding out the top-three was veteran driver Mike Downey who won seven times on the 2014 racing season.   Top percentage driver at Fredericton with at least thirty drives was Todd Trites at .401. He also led the way in purse winnings with over $ 20,000 earned at his home base.   In the training category, there was a three-way tie in the standings. Mike Downey, Ed Harvey and Mike Campbell all finished up with six-wins each. Downey led all trainers at Fredericton in money will close to $ 6700 earned.   Mike Campbell led the way in training average with a superb .562 average for the season.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Mother nature provided a picture perfect autumn day on Saturday in Saint John as Horse Racing New Brunswick presented a seven dash program.   With the ideal conditions, one of New Brunswick's top overnight pacers toured the half-mile oval in a sizzling 1:58 mile for catch-driver Gilles Barriedau. J Rs Hurricane moved into double digit wins with his 10th of the season.   Barrieau set sail early on the lead for owner Jean Charles Belliveau, Scoudouc, N.B and carved out fractions of 29, 59.1, 1:28.3 with a final panel of :29.2 to score by an even ten-lengths.   It was the second win of the afternoon for Barrieau as he also drove veteran pacer Victory George to victory for owner Jeff Lewis.   Skippy and Rose Valley finished in a dead-heat for second. J Rs Hurricane is a handsome son of the great Mach Three. Another New Brunswick owned pacer also was sharp on Saturday as four-year-old Ramblinglily and Allan Jones connected for a 1:59.2 win.   Racing will return to the Port City of New Brunswick on Saturday, October 4th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick presents a live card of harness racing at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John on Saturday with post time at 2:00 P.M.   Seven races will be contested including the afternoon's featured event for a purse of $1500. Race seven will have a small field but a competive group of pacers.   Man In Pink will have the benefit of post-one for New Brunswick's leading driver in 2014, Mark Haig. He was a winner a few starts back in a seasons best mile of 1:56.3.   Rick Armstrong, a member of this year's Atlantic Breeders Crown family recognition from the province of New Brunswick will guide Coral Snake from post-two. He is co-owned with his son Luke.   ROF Peruvian High will score from three for Gilles Barrieau who sits second in driving average in the country. Ramblinglily who took a new mark of 1:56 at Red Shores recently will bust the gate from post four. Rounding out the field is American Captain who will have Mike Campbell steering from post five.   Post time goes at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Week seventeen is in the books after this past Saturday's race program at Exhibition Park Raceway for the season long handicapping challenge.   Leading the way is Adam Saunders who continues to lead the contest and has now totalled $ 284.90. Kayden Buchanan maintains his spot in second place with $ 236.00.   Rounding out the top trio is Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $ 232.70. Week eighteen will be featured this coming Saturday as Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the season finale at Fredericton on September 20th at 2:00 P.M.   Complete standings are listed below:   Adam Saunders 284.90 Kayden Buchanan 236.00 Rose Doyle 232.70 Brad MacPherson 226.40 Jenn Ritchie 180.50 Bruce Smith 114.85 Dale Spence Sr 94.80 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

New Brunswick owned two-year-old harness racing filly Miss Oromocto won a division of the lucrative Williamson Stake at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon.   Owned by Mel Land in partnership with Sharon Burchill, Mark Haig drove the pacer to victory in 2:01.4 in the $ 6000 stake.   In other action Monday, veteran Mike Downey enjoyed a banner day as he scored a trio of winners. City Of The Year, owned by Dr. Mitchell Downey was impressive as the two-year-old sailed to a 2:01 new record.   Downey's other wins came with Override and Night Talker. Dance Hanover took the top class of the afternoon in 1:58.2 while Skippy turned in an impressive 1:58.3 win for Mike Stevenson and owner Harold DeFazio.   Fredericton's afternoon card also saw the best wager of the season in New Brunswick as nearly $ 20,000 was registered. Next card at Fredericton Raceway is Saturday afternoon.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick are pleased to host yet another holiday racing card this season with the annual Labour Day program at Fredericton Raceway on Monday, September 1st at 12:00 P.M.   Monday's premier event will showcase the top two-year-old pacers in Atlantic Canada in the Williamson Stakes. Four division of freshman pacers will carry purses of $6000 per dash.   New Brunswick pacers are led by filly pacer Jann Down. Bred by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, the filly has four-wins in six outings this season. She has reeled of four straight victories and her bankroll stands at over $ 22,000.   Gilles Barrieau will drive the daughter of Articulator in race eleven on the thirteen dash card on Monday from post position seven for trainer Steve Mason who is stabled in Saint John.   Monday's program also marks the beginning of FREX 2014 racing that will see another action packed card scheduled for Saturday, September 6th.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB      

Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John will be the site of the Atlantic Mares Pacing Series as part of it's ten-dash card presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick on Saturday at 2:00 P.M.   Two New Brunswick owned fillies, Rose Valley and Ramblinglily will take part in race number six on the matinee card. Aged mare track record holder at E.P.R, Dirt Track Momma will also start in the pace that has a purse of $ 5350.   Racing has been quiet the last ten days as horsemen and fans are coming off a busy Old Home Week in Prince Edward Island.   Saturday will also feature a $ 1500 top-class that includes the most dominant pacer in the province this season, J Rs Hurricane.   Next leg of the yearly handicapping challenge will also be hosted on Saturday which sees the unofficial start to the Exhibition Week of racing in Saint John.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Ramblinglily, the four-year-old N.B owned pacer stole the show on New Brunswick Day at Fredericton Raceway on Monday.   Co-owner Allan Jones sent the daughter of Articulator to the lead and was never headed after that in the 1:58 triumph. Norm Leger also shares ownership in the mare who scorched a final half in :56.1 in the win.   It was her second straight win on New Brunswick soil, sweeping her two starts. She was victorious at Connell Park on Friday night in 1:56.4 and right back to win on Monday. She turned away J Rs Hurricane and Rose Valley.   Quickest trip on Monday afternoon was turned in by 10-year-old Kass Hall who stopped the clock in 1:57.3. Scott Hubbard was the driver for owner Shawn Dickison. Sam Hodgin scored two-wins on the afternoon, giving the teamster five-wins in the last two race days at the capital city track.   Racing will resume on Saturday, August 9th at 2:00 P.M at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

One of the top young trainer/ driver combinations in the Maritimes drove away on Friday night with Lyndale Royal taking the coveted Kelti Burnett Memorial pace in 1:56.4 at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B.   Driver Dale Spence Jr., and trainer Jonah Moase who have teamed up for track records like Big League in Saint John were back in form on Friday night. Lyndale Royal was winning his Third Straight win for trainer Moase.   Gilles Barrieau and Darth Vader were the early leaders in the race after a sizzling opening quarter of :27.1. Spence came calling early before the half and wore down the leader and scored a half-length win.   Joseph Michael ran out of race track late in the mile and got up to be second for Todd Trites. Veteran Dance Hanover was third ahead of a fading Darth Vader who wound up in fourth spot.   Racing continues on Monday, New Brunswick Day at Fredericton, post-time at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will carry on a long standing tradition of harness racing in the province on Monday with a ten-dash card at Fredericton Raceway.   Holiday racing on New Brunswick day has been a staple of the provinces racing schedule and post time is set for 2:00 P.M.   Monday's top-class will feature the speedy pacing mare Ramblinglily whose best time of the season of 1:56.4 came at Fredericton. She has drawn the outside post-five in the $ 1500 feature for owners Norm Leger and Allan Jones.   She will face-off against J Rs Hurricane ( Scott Hubbard ), Man In Pink ( Mark Haig ), Magical Alex ( Todd Trites ) and Rose Valley and Mike Campbell.   Driver Mark Haig will be looking to add to his fourteen ( 14 ) wins in the province this season and sits atop the leader board.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick played host to week ten of the year-long handicapping challenge this past Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Handicapper Brad MacPherson has taken a big lead in the challenge and now sits with a total of $ 170.10. Rose Doyle continues to stay in the top three and sits in second spot with $ 148.00.   In third place, Saint John capper Kayden Buchanan rounds out the top-three with a total of $ 142.10. Overall winner at seasons end will receive a trip to Toronto to see the Ontario Sires Stakes finales.   This week's H.P.I winner of a $ 25.00 prize is Adam Saunders who enjoyed a big week with a total of $ 28.10. Here is a look at the total standings   Brad MacPherson 170.10 Rose Doyle 148.00 Kayden Buchanan 142.10 Adam Saunders 141.20 Jenn Ritchie 98.80 Bruce Smith 54.10 Wayne Hubbard 40.40 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Dance Hanover, the classy son of Astreos captured the top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway in 2:02 for the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B on Saturday at E.P.R.   Stephen Trites worked out a perfect pocket journey for the eleven-year-old pacer as he scored his fifth win in nine races this season.   Rose Valley finished in the runner-up spot with Man In Pink grabbing third. Stare Down had been the early leader in the race but faded late in the mile.   New Brunswick's leading driver, Mark Haig added two more winners to his seasons total. Haig now sits with fourteen winners on the year. Skippy ( 2:01.3 ) gave co-owner Harold DeFazio a great birthday present with the victory with co-owner Dale Spence.   Haig's other win came with J Rs Hurricane as he romped to a seven-length win in 2:01.2. Gordon Hennessey had a banner day as he scored with his pacers Armbro Comet and After Lunch Larry.   Next card will be raced at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B on Friday, August 1st at 7:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will also host a holiday card on Monday, August 3rd at Fredericton Raceway to celebrate New Brunswick day.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

There is a change atop the standings in the year-long H.R.N.B handicapping contest after week nine action.   Brad MacPherson had a strong week with $ 33.70 earned in the three selected races. He now leads the pack with a grand total of $137.60.   He now leads Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $134.30 while Kayden Buchanan leaps into the top three at $121.40.   This week's individual winner for the most winnings this past week is Kayden Buchanan who led all players with $49.40. He picks up a $ 25.00 H.P.I. prize.   Week 10 will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Here are the complete standings.   Brad MacPherson 137.60 Rose Doyle 134.30 Kayden Buchanan 121.40 Adam Saunders 113.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Bruce Smith 43.50 Roy Flowers 31.00 Wayne Hubbard 30.50   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Not only was it a scorching day in the beautiful city of Fredericton, the action on the racetrack was hot and fast. Horse Racing New Brunswick presented a solid card of eight races.   Ramblinglily in line to Allan Jones turned in a overpowering, sizzling win of 1:56.4. Norm Leger owns the papers on the four-year-old who sports a record of 1:56.1 taken as a three-year-old.   After the dust had settled, she had romped to over a nine-length victory as she turned aside Sparky Bayama and A Weekend.   Sam Hodgin turned in an impressive day on the track as he guided three winners to victory lane. They included half siblings ROF Peruvian High and ROF Samurai. Both are trained by Zoran Petrovich.   Hodgin's other win came with Spots Shadow in a maiden breaking performance. Racing will now switch to Saint John on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Unbeaten three-year-old filly R Es Confusion and harness racing trainer/ driver Mike Campbell will look to remain undefeated, going for her third straight win on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway.   Unraced at two, the daughter of Allamerican Native is owned by Dawn & Ted Bremner of Jemseg, New Brunswick.   Closest any rival has been to her so far is six and three-quarter lengths. She was a $6200 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic sale in 2012. She was actually bred in New York.   Top-class of the afternoon has attracted a solid group of seven. Going as race seven on the card, they will race for a purse of $1500. A Weekend and veteran driver Percy Jones has been listed as the slight favourite.   Other starters in the field are Grimsby, stable mates J Rs Hurricane and Sparky Bayama, Ramlinglily, Kass Hall, and Stare Down. Post time is 2:00 P.M for the first race.   Scott Waddell

Week number eight is in the books for the 2014 Horse Racing New Brunswick handicapping challenge.   On the line is a trip for two to the Ontario Sire Stakes super finals later this season.   Things are starting to tighten up on the leader board with Rose Doyle still leading, but Brad MacPherson is making a move as week nine approaches this week in Fredericton.   Rose Doyle leads with $ 118.30 after eight-weeks in the challenge. MacPherson is second at $ 103.90 with Adam Saunders rounding out the top-three at $ 97.10   This week's top money earner was Rose Doyle with a total of $ 21.00 and wins a weekly prize from H.P.I.   As mentioned, week nine will take place at Fredericton this Saturday, July 19th with first post scheduled at 2:00 P.M.   Here are this week's stats:   Rose Doyle 118.30 Brad MacPherson 103.90 Adam Saunders 97.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Kayden Buchanan 72.00 Bruce Smith 34.40 Roy Flowers 28.90 Wayne Hubbard 28.10   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

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