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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

Early on the New Brunswick harness racing season, it appears that Marshall and Barbara Goodwin made a wise choice in their acquisition of veteran pacer Nucoz Typhoon.   Bred in the province by Chester Eatmon, the Goodwin's purchased the horse and so far he is two for two after another win on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park.   On May 31st, Barb Goodwin celebrated her first lifetime win in the company of a group of supporters and the cheers were rampant in the barn area. She was back in the winners circle this past weekend in Saint John.   Mark Haig, who is on fire this season in New Brunswick, has been at the helm of both the pacers wins in 2:02 and 2:03.2 respectively.   By Cams Magic, the eight-year-old has certainly found a great partner in Mark Haig. They have scored five wins as a tandem in the last two-years which is the number of victories the horse has had during that time.   He sports a lifetime mark of 1:59.3 taken over his half-mile home track of Fredericton.   Barb Goodwin is a first-time trainer and with this early success, it's one of those early feel good stories of 2014 in New Brunswick.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Horse Racing New Brunswick will be hosting a jam packed, action filled race card on Saturday afternoon in Saint John with a number of attractions.   First and foremost, it's "Bring a Friend" to the races card as part of a national initiative to attract new race fans to the sport of racing and the industry.   Everyone involved in racing is being asked to bring in new people for the first-time and there are a number of attractions.   Among the activities will be a free B.B.Q, face painting, bouncy pony races, a play castle for the children and more. There will also be betting vouchers for new fans who sign-up, draws for rides in the starters gate, and accompany a trainer on a double jog cart.   There will also be a tour of the barn area and the S.J.H.H.A invite fans to stay after the live card for a night of entertainment.   Plus, there will be handicapping tips for newcomers, a planned seminar, and a chance to see California Chrome try and become the first triple crown winner in thirty-five years.   Fans will also have the chance to meet drivers and trainers.   This, and seven thrilling races, the fourth leg of the yearly handicapping challenge, and as always admission and parking are free. Join in the national challenge and bring a friend to the races, Saturday, post-time at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

With horse racing on the horizon in New Brunswick this year, one thing stands out on the race calendar. To date, there are no Atlantic Sires Stakes events scheduled for any of the three racetracks including Fredericton, Saint John and Woodstock. I have passed on an idea of getting a sponsor for 2014 for at least a stake race that would be held in the province at some point this season. My thoughts would be to have a sponsor back the stake with money for the purse, and it be made into a paid in event for owners. There would be many options that could include either two or three-year-olds and that the sponsors name of course to be included in all media releases, race day promotions, etc. With the lack of funding this season, it makes sense to think outside the box and seek such sponsorships for such an event and keep the stake races alive. Horse Racing New Brunswick is unable to commit this year due to lack of funding and to take money from the overnight horses. I am hoping that someone will reach out to the industry in New Brunswick to keep stake races viable not only this year, but a short-term support investment that would benefit both the sponsor and the industry in New Brunswick. I welcome your thoughts which I can assure can be passed on to the operators of Horse Racing New Brunswick. Please note this is not a plea for support on their part, but to hopefully, just maybe, get someone on board to help the ailing industry and stakes program in New Brunswick. By Scott Waddell, for New Brunswick Horse Racing. Contact Scott at swaddell12@gmail.com

Standardbred Canada are once again looking for regional qualifying rounds for the National Driving Championship in Canada and I will take a look at the local region here in New Brunswick. Who ultimately will get the chance to compete? Let's take a look. We have a number of talented and capable drivers in our province so to narrow it down is harder than one might think. I will give it a whirl and welcome comments. If there are eight challengers, here are the top-four I think will be quite easy in selecting. Gilles Barrieau, who will race out of P.E.I but is still a resident of New Brunswick is the first logical choice. Gilles has represented Canada at the worlds previously and is a automatic selection. Next, Todd Trites would be the second selection. He continues to post impressive numbers in Saint John and Fredericton, and is a popular catch-driver right through the Maritime driving circuit. My third choice is Mark Haig. Year after year the quiet and talented teamster who makes harness racing driving a weekend job, is always in the top five in standings at both tracks in N.B. For the fourth spot, I will say Stephen Trites, the elder brother of Todd and a more than capable driver. In fifth spot, I will put in Gordon Hennessey, the Moncton native and brother to Wally and Jody Hennessey and a very good option for catch-driving assignments in the province. For positions six through eight, its gets a little tougher. There are a number of capable drivers that could fill the last three spots and its a tough call. In no particular order, my picks for the final three regional competitors are Lonny Stokes, Dale Spence and Chris Davies. Like I said, a tough call and there are a few more who could easily make the grade but these are my picks for the eight representatives who will compete to represent N.B in the Atlantic Regional Final later this year in P.E.I. by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick. Contact Scott at swaddell12@gmail.com

As the opening of the 2014 racing is fast approaching, we again learned that the province will be losing it's premier driver. horseman, and ambassador of racing for the season. Like last year, perennial driving champion, O'Brien award winner Gilles Barrieau will call Prince Edward Island home this season starting in early April. Barrieau will first set-up shop at Red Shores Summerside in the ship-in stable. With race dates reduced to approx. 23 dates, commencing tentatively on the May holiday weekend at Fredericton. Once again the loss of Barrieau, a fan favourite and drawing card, will hurt the live racing product in New Brunswick. Some may question that statement but in my many years in racing, when Gilles is absent, there's a difference. I would make the analogy of taking your best player in a professional league and having him move to another location. What is a good thing is that fans have the opportunity to wager on the hometown driver through simulcasting from Red Shores. It is not known at this time if this move will be a permanent one, we certainly hope not and remain optimistic the industry will somehow find it's way back to sustainability in the province. Best of luck to Gilles, his owners, and hope that he returns to N.B after the season is over. By Scott Waddell, for New Brunswick Horse Racing. Contact Scott at swaddell12@gmail.com

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