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Racing returns to Saint John on Saturday afternoon with a number of events including the prestigious Milton Downey Memorial which carries a $ 2500 purse.   Slated for race seven on the eight-dash program, the field includes Walter Dale Memorial winner, Skippy from post-one.   Facing five other rivals, Skippy has drawn the inside post-one for driver Mark Haig and owner Harold DeFazio.   Gilles Barrieau, at time of this writing was just five-wins shy of his 4000th career driving victory. He will sit in the bike on the number two entry American Terror, a winner of seven races this year from the powerful Ed Harvey stable.   Young Michael Folkins will send out the veteran pacer Rocknroll Band from post-three for catch-driver Todd Trites. Post-four belongs to the iron sided pacer J Rs Hurricane for Jean Charles Belliveau of Scouduc, New Brunswick.   He has been a tough competitor over the past couple of years on the New Brunswick circuit and has drawn the services of the capable Lonny Stokes. Ed Harvey's second entry in the field leaves from five as Ed will handle the driving chores of the steady pacer Darth Bader.   Rounding out the Downey Memorial is Coral Snake for co-owner Luke Armstrong. Luke captured his first-ever victory with the pacer during Old Home Week and makes his first top-class drive. He shares the ownership with his father Rick.   Saturday also will feature the Maritimer stake that will race in two divisions for three-year-old fillies and a final all raced in the same day. Over $ 21,000 in purse money is available for the ten entrants that are set to go.   Post time is Saturday at 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Two of New Brunswick's best known names in harness racing circles are both on the verge of milestones in their careers.   Mark Haig, last year's leading driver in Saint John is six-wins shy of his 500th career victory heading into Saturday's card at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Haig, winner of 494 races lifetime, added wins this past week in Prince Edward Island to inch closer to his personal milestone.   Meanwhile, Gilles Barrieau who will drive at both Summerside and Prince Edward Island on Wednesday and Thursday is six-wins shy of his 4000th career win.   Coming off a huge Old Home Week in P.E.I, the Dieppe, N.B native is also expected to drive Saturday in Saint John.   Scott Waddell

Lost but not forgotten in all the storylines from Old Week on Prince Edward Island is that rookie harness racing driver Luke Armstrong of New Brunswick scored his first-ever career victory.   Armstrong, a fifth generation horseman scored his milestone win with veteran pacer Coral Snake after leading the entire mile.   His race actually ended in a dead-heat but Luke still gets full credit for the win.   After completing his necessary qualifying drives, he made his debut on Gold Cup and Saucer night.   Leaving from post-one, the confident youngster took the veteran pacer Coral Snake to the front to cut out his own destiny.   Coral Snake crossed the wire in 1:57.2 with Blue Star Outlaw in a dead-heat effort. It was the pacers eighteenth win in his career and third of the season.   Luke won for co-owner along with Rick Armstrong.   They have deep roots in the harness racing industry in N.B.   Racing in New Brunswick returns in a big way this Saturday ( August 29th ) at Exhibition Park Raceway featuring the lucrative Maritimer stake for three-year-old fillies and the Aged Mares series as part of the program.   Scott Waddell        

New Brunswick award winning harness racing trainer/driver Gilles Barrieau leads all of Canada in this week's statistics for driving percentage with a sparkling .473 average.   Barrieau who has won multiple Maritime awards and recognized nationally for his horsemanship, is just twenty-eight wins shy of hitting the milestone of four-thousand in his illustrious career.   In ten straight years the Moncton native has recorded a seasonal driving average of over .400. He also sports over $ 7.5 million in career earnings and is closing in on $ 200,000 in earnings this season.   Scott Waddell        

New Brunswick owned and driven horses were front and center in Atlantic Sires Stakes action on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia.   Jackson K Down, home bred by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B, remains undefeated as a two-year-old in 2015. His latest impressive win was a track record setting performance of 1:59.   Gilles Barrieau has been handed the driving chores this season on the freshman and he has close to $ 12,000 in seasonal winnings. He's a son of Camystic out of Village Jericho.   Also on the card Brandons Glory, co-owned by Cindy Gunn of Saint John was a solid winner in 2:01.4 for trainer Tommy Gunn and driver Dale Spence Jr.   On the filly side Amirightorwrong and driver Scott Hubbard was third in her stakes test for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. She has been in the top three in each of her four starts and has accumulated over $ 6500 to date.   Racing in New Brunswick is now on a break as many of the industry participants will be in P.E.I for Old Home Week festivities starting this weekend in Prince Edward Island.   Scott Waddell

Fair harness racing at it's very best takes place this Friday night at 7:00 P.M at picturesque Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B.   Seven dashes will be on center stage during the Old Home Week festivities at the half-mile oval.   Woodstock Driving Club will play host to a live card of racing on Friday with partnership of Horse Racing New Brunswick presenting a solid field in the prestigious Kelti Burnett Memorial Pace   Connell Park is one of the most exciting race tracks to visit with the support of local horsemen, fans and businesses.   It is grassroots harness racing at its finest.   This year the Kelti Burnett Memorial Pace has attracted a sold field of seven pacers that will compete in the final seventh race on the live card.   This years premier event at the N.B track will carry a purse of $ 3000. Sponsored this season by Corey Ford and McCain Foods.   American Terror and trainer/ driver Ed Harvey will put his win streak on the line on Friday as he has drawn post five in the premier event.   Winner of four in a row, the pacer will have his hands full with his competition.   He comes off an impressive 1:57.2 this past Monday's New Brunswick day program.   Walter Dale Memorial winner Skippy will be looking to get back on track for his owner Harold DeFazio of Saint John.   Mark Haig, eight wins shy of five-hundred in his career, will drive the handsome son of Camluck.   It's an impressive group for the invitational pace. D J Power has drawn the coveted rail position from Quebec and comes in with some solid credentials.   He has been victorious over the half mile track in Quebec in 1:57.   Iron Phil is another solid campaigner from Quebec who sports a 1:57 win on his lines and will look for Louis Roy to make some waves on the Maritime racing circuit.   P.E.I invader Lyndale Royal has won three straight and includes a 1:56.3 clocking at Red Shores.    Meter Leader and Rocknroll Band look to be longshots in the race but both have been on fire as of late with a role of being the spoiler.   Scott Waddell

Trainer/ driver Ed Harvey was at it again on Monday's New Brunswick day program at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway as he scored in the $ 1000 top-class with American Terror in 1:57.2, fastest performance of the day.   For Harvey, it was his second driving win of the afternoon.   He came first up with American Terror and engaged in a feisty battle with Kass Hall before driving clear in the homestretch.   After the dust had settled, it was American Terror and Harvey prevailing with a margin of victory over five lengths.   Kass Hall held on for second with Meter Leader rounding out the top trio.   It was the pacers fourth straight win as he closes in on seasonal earnings of $ 30,000.   Harvey's other win came with Darth Bader in an impressive mile of 1:58.   Other impressive winners on the day included Kdmakeaway as he was a winner in his first-ever start in 2:02.2 for the red hot Stephen Mason and the Downey Stables.   He's a son of Largo who was purchased in 2013 as a yearling for $ 6500.   Trotter Jusplainshea was on his game on Monday with a 2:03.1 win for owner/ trainer John Stewart.   He survived a first over early drive and held on for a length and a quarter victory.   Racing in the province of New Brunswick returns on Friday evening at 7:00 P.M at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will present a card that will feature the prestigious Kelti Burnett Memorial pace.   Scott Waddell

Harness racing trainer/ driver Ed Harvey continued his winning ways at Fredericton Raceway on Thursday as he piloted three winners to victory.   Harvey notched three straight wins on the program and started in race three with the pacing mare Couleur Magnifique in a gate to wire win for owner Eric Lakes in 2:02.1   He was back in victory lane in race four as Star Collector earned a hard fought victory in 2:02.2. Harvey co-owns the horse with Kevin Legge of Onslow, Nova Scotia.   Darth Bader went the trip of the night as he survived a break in stride to come back to win in deep stretch for Harvey in the fifth race of the night. Time of the mile was 2:03.3. Even more impressive, the horse was last at the half-mile after a pedestrian like half by Grimsby.   Top class of the evening went to Todd Trites and Meter Leader as the pacer led at every point of the mile in the 1:59 victory. That win snapped Fall Bliss' win streak at four races.   Racing resumes in Fredericton on the traditional holiday Monday card on New Brunswick day with a post time of 1:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

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

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