Although morale took a nose dive recently with the announcement that an A.L.C study ruled out the viability of a racing facility in Saint John, 2013 was one for the ages. What a memorable year for young driver Dale Spence Jr. who now owns the two major track records at Exhibition Park Raceway. It was a combination of youth and speed that saw owner Jonah Moases' Big League and Dirt Track Momma set new speed standards and had the Maritime racing fraternity in a frenzy. Big League set an all-new pacing standard by winning in 1:53.4 during exhibition week. That bested Sandy Hanover and Woodmere Topcats previous best of 1:54.3. Many thought that the pacing standard for aged horses at E.P.R was one of the safest track records in the region. As they say, "you couldn't write a better script". Here you had one of the up and rising stars in Spence, and owner Moase who is well-known for investing in the sport. On a Saturday afternoon in October, the tandem once again teamed up for a track record, this time with pacing mare Dirt Track Momma in an eye-popping, jaw dropping 1:55.3 to set the new mark. It was destiny for the team of Spence/ Moase in 2013 at Exhibition Park Raceway and it was simply meant to be. Media latched on to the story of Big League and what it meant for New Brunswick. They say every record is meant to be broken but its going to take another storybook to take these well deserved records away from these young stars of Maritime racing. With 2013 in the book for another year, one can only hope that 2014 is just as exciting as 2013 but that's going to be tough. by Scott Waddell for HRNB
New Brunswick harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau is on his way once again to winning the title of Canada's percentage driver for 2013. Statistics released this week show Barrieau with a very comfortable lead with only the month of December to go. He has a seasonal driving average of .416 on the year and that gives him a large lead on other drivers in Canada. Barrieau in a national award winner as he captured the prestigious O'Brien award of horsemanship in 2005. He also has won the Maritime driving title on more than ten occasions. by Scott Waddell for HRNB
Mark Haig, one of the top-catch drivers in the Maritimers was on fire at E.P.R this afternoon guiding three winners to the winners circle. The "Haigler" started out the day with two wins in the first two races of the day and completed a great day with Joseph Michael in 1:57.2. Mark has been a top catch-driver at E.P.R for years and enjoyed a banner day, topping it off with the top-class win. You can view the latest at hrnb.ca by Scott Waddell for HRNB
Week four proved to be another tough week of selecting winners in the November handicapping challenge presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick. With one week left to go this Saturday, some of the leaders are starting to struggle and we have some late bloomers. Wednesday, H.R.N.B will provide a total of all competitors with our weekly preview but for now, here are the leaders of this past Saturday's card. Ray Coholan, an avid and loyal fan in Saint John topped all handicappers in week four as he registered 36-points. Geraldine Hubbard, after an off week last week bounced back to finish second with 34-points. We had three individuals tie for third place with 32-points each and they are Roy Flowers, Joe Moore, and Kevin Warner. Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all on-track participants and those who have entered each week on-line. It's going to be an exciting finish this Saturday, and be sure to watch for Wednesday's Saturday race preview that will also include a list of the overall leaders. by Scott Waddell for HRNB
Here are the standings after week one in the November H.R.N.B Handicapping Contest. Geraldine Hubbard is the leader after one week. Overall, Geraldine leads the group going into this Monday's card with 46 of a possible 50 points gathered from this past Saturday's card. In second place are the on-line entry of Ray and Lila MacDonald at 42-points. There is a four-way-way tie for third at 36-points as Dale Spence Sr., Kayden Buchanan, Brent Briggs and Joe Moore all are deadlocked in third place. This week H.R.N.B will stage the second leg of the contest with fans picking the winners of races three to seven. More info available at http://www.hrnb.ca by Scott Waddell for HRNB
Horse Racing New Brunswick is pleased to announce an upcoming handicapping contest for the month of November! This exciting handicapping challenge will run over the entire full live racing schedule in November with cards scheduled for: November 2nd November 9th November 16th November 23rd November 30th Five races per day will be selected in the official race program, and points will be awarded as follows: 1st- 10 Points 2nd- 6 Points 3rd- 4 Points There will be updates available each week with the top-ten posted weekly on the Horse Racing New Brunswick website. At the end of the contest, there will be three top prizes awarded and presented on the first card of December, 2013. Staff and immediate family of Horse Racing New Brunswick are not eligible for the contest. In the event that your selection is scratched, you will be represented by the post-time favorite. If he is the one scratched, you will get points based on the second favorite, and so on. Let’s have some fun and friendly competition in Horse Racing New Brunswick’s November Handicapping Challenge! Weekly prizes will be doled out to weekly winners with the top-three in the championship being awarded prizes. We will also offer on-line entrants, due by post-time of each race card to the following e-mail address. For those playing on-line, we invite you to enter under the e-mail and you will be included in the weekly and overall draw. firstname.lastname@example.org by Scott Waddell for HRNB
With temperatures and track conditions ideal at E.P.R on Saturday, young Dale Spence Jr. set yet another track record. On Saturday, Dirt Track Momma set a new pacing standard at the track for mares with a sizzling 1:55.3 trip for owner Jonah Moase. That gives the Spence/ Moase dynamic duo both aged pacing records at the Saint John track. Big League made headlines in late summer after an eye-popping 1:53.4 mile. Meanwhile, Saint John based Gilles Barrieau won two Maritime Breeders eliminations on Saturday in P.E.I with Tobins Fusion and Settlement Request. by Scott Waddell for Exhibition Park Raceway
Holiday racing at E.P.R, presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick saw Cecils Express record the fastest trip of the afternoon for driver Gilles Barrieau. It was just another day at the office for the track's leading driver as he scored four-wins on the nine-dash program,. Barrieau's other wins came with P H D ( 2:03.3 ), R O F Samurai ( 2:00.3 ) and Ultimate Spirit ( 2:02 ). Cecils Express led at every mark in the top-class victory and tossed in a last half in :59 flat in 1:59.3. He is owned by Nova Scotia's Wayne MacRae. Ideal Ticket got up for the deuce while Putnams Glory rounded out the top-three. by Scott Waddell for Exhibition Park Raceway
Ten-year-old Dance Hanover, owned by the Ultimate Stable will seek his fourth straight victory at E.P.R on Saturday highlighting a solid ten-dash card of racing. Stephen Trites, who comes off a four-win performance this past Saturday in Fredericton, will again handle the driving chores. He will certainly have his work cut out for him as he leaves from the outside post eight. Cecils Express, with the tracks leading driver Gilles Barrieau has drawn the rail position. Other starters in order of post position are Magical Alex, Putnams Glory, Manraysonjo, American Captain, Hello America and Ideal Ticket. As previously announced, the new track record sign sporting Big Leagues epic mile of 1:53.4 will be unveiled Saturday by Horse Racing New Brunswick. Post time for the excellent card of racing is 1:00 P.M. by Scott Waddell for EPR
Racing will continue this Saturday in Fredericton and in one race, two-year-old stakes winners J Ps Warrior, Absolootly Hot and Elm Grove Icecream will meet head to head. J Ps Warrior, fresh off a second place finish in the Island Breeders stake has been listed as the 5-2 choice in race two of the afternoon. Scott Hubbard, who co-owns Absolootly Hot will be looking for her fourth win in nine starts. On the inside post will be Steve Mason in race two with Elm Grove Icecream, who has a "B" stakes win to his credit as a freshman pacer for the Downey Stables. All three pacers are stabled at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John and will make the trek to Fredericton for matinee card on Saturday which kicks off at 1:00 P.M. There are a total of ten dashes for race fans. Wagering is available at all N.B teletheatre locations, and locally in the Sulky Room Lounge in Saint John. For racing info in N.B, please visit http://www.hrnb.ca by Scott Waddell
There's a tie among the top drivers at Fredericton Raceway but not for long. Gilles Barrieau who is plying his trade on P.E.I this summer, is tied with Todd Trites. Both teamsters have twelve wins each.
Fredericton Raceway played host to a twelve dash card of racing on Saturday afternoon and had the perfect weather for the exciting race card presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.
Due to the uncertainty of the harness racing industry and the fact that government partnership is needed to help stabilize the sport, our best known harness racing star has departed his home province of New Brunswick for Prince Edward Island.
He is the hottest horse in New Brunswick after winning six of eight starts for harness racing owner-trainer-driver Chris Davies.
After Saturday's July 6th harness racing program at Exhibition Park Raceway, the 2013 leaders in the training and driving categories have been released.
Newcomer American Captain made his presence known to the top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway as veteran harness racing driver Mike Campbell scored in 1:58 on the hot, humid Saturday afternoon.