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Multiple award winning harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau will see action this Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the provinces last race card of the harness racing season after this past Monday's card was cancelled due to poor weather and track conditions.   Saturday's top-class on Saturday afternoon will include the provinces top overnight horse of 2016 in New Brunswick, Fall Bliss. Dr. Mitchell Downey will pilot the pacer from post-five in race five.   Meanwhile, three-year-old stakes winner K D Overdrive will have Gilles Barrieau in the bike from post-two in the afternoon's $ 1350 main event on the five-dash program.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all horsemen, volunteers, staff and everyone who made racing in New Brunswick possible for the 2016 racing season.   Post time for race one at Exhibition Park Raceway is scheduled for a 1:00 P.M start.   Scott Waddell

An usual suspect at Exhibition Park Raceway will look to win his third straight event as racing continues this Saturday at the port city oval in harness racing action. Six races will be presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick with race one scheduled for 1:00 P.M. There was a large contingent of fans and supporters in last Saturday's winning circle presentation for Upstairswithron as he paced to a gate to wire effort en route to a 2:02.3 victory. Bob MacNeil owns the five-year-old son of Quick Comeback who is making himself a solid pick for most improved horse in 2016 in New Brunswick. Last year, the big strapping pacer went without a win all season. He owned a modest 2:06.2 pacing record taken back in 2014. So far this year, he sports a new record of 2:01.2 taken over Fredericton Raceway. Popular catch-driver Chris Davies gets the call this Saturday in the afternoon's final race. Saturday's top-class will feature a battle of Mike Downey entries as Fall Bliss, last week's top-class winner will take on City Of The Year in the day's premier event for a purse of $ 1350. Scott Waddell  

Horse Racing New Brunswick will feature a five dash harness racing program on Saturday which includes a $ 1350 feature as part of the program.   Fall Bliss and Dr. Mitchell Downey will look to get back to his winning ways in the featured race from post-five. He was a fourth place finisher in his last outing in the Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial at Fredericton pacing his mile in 1:55.4.   He will lock heads with four other rivals including his stable mate Father Of The Year who sports five victories in just eight starts this year including a 1:56 win south of the border at Bangor Raceway.   Other starters in Saturday's top-class include Wave That Banner ( Scott Hubbard ), Skippy ( Mark Haig ) and HP Bashido Dragjet ( Todd Trites ). Post time is slated for 1:00 P.M on Saturday with free admission and parking.   Meanwhile going into Saturday's live racing card, Todd Trites leads all drivers at the Saint John track with seven-wins this season. That's two ahead of both Scott Hubbard and Dr. Mitchell Downey.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick will host by far it's best program of the 2016 harness racing season Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Saturday's jam packed, action filled program features two of the most prestigious events in the province, In total, eleven races will be held at the capital city racetrack with post-time for race one slated to go at 1:00 P.M. Three divisions of the classic Bill Quigg Memorial stake will take place with one filly division and two races for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. All three events will feature lucrative purses of $ 10,100 each. Race eight will feature three-year old New Brunswick home bred pacer Jackson K Down. Steve Mason will send out the son of Articulator for catch-driver Gilles Barrieau, He was born locally in Quispamsis, N.B by the well known Downey family carrying on Milton Downey's legacy of breeding and raising horses in the province. Jackson K Down has never been worse than second in twenty-three lifetime starts which includes sixteen trips to victory lane. He has earned over $ 85,000 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. Also featured on Saturday's mammoth program is the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial invitational. Prince Edward Island owned D Gs Camme will take on four other rivals in the $ 7000 event. Gilles Barrieau will guide the pacer post-two for the Jackie Matheson stable. He sports a seasons best performance at Truro Raceway winning in 1:53.2. He also appeared in the final of this year's Gold Cup and Saucer in P.E.I. This is just the second time his career that he has raced in the province of New Brunswick. Post one belongs to O K Galahad who is fresh off a win in Saint John's Milton Downey invitational pace. He also has won twice in P.E.I this year of 1:54.4. Other starters include Big Surf, Smiley Bayama and Fall Bliss, Another race to watch is the Albert Goodine Memorial pace for $ 3500 that honors the memory of the long time local businessman and horse owner. City Of The Year will look for his third straight win for Mike Downey. Once again, Horse Racing New Brunswick extends monumental thanks to the sponsors, horsemen, the many volunteers and of course, the fans for supporting yet another great week of exhibition week racing at Fredericton Raceway. Scott Waddell 

There is a long standing tradition in New Brunswick harness racing season and that's Labour Day racing at Canada's oldest half-mile track, Fredericton Raceway on the holiday Monday in the capital city. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors have assembled a solid eight-dash card with the two-year-old pacers in the spotlight with three divisions of the Williamson stake. Monday's card will go to post at 1:00 P.M. Three separate divisions of the classic stakes event carry a purse of $ 6800 per division have attracted a number of the regions top horses and horsemen. Fresh off a successful week of racing in Saint John for Exhibition Week, the capital city will host both a card on Monday, with another slated for Saturday, September 10th. Division one is for pacing fillies and Tobins Secret goes into the race as the one to beat for trainer/ driver Earl Smith. She has bankrolled over $ 13,000 this season and only once has missed the top three. Second division features the second filly stake with Woodmere Finesse looking to have the slight edge with veteran Kenny Arsenault in the sulky. She has a 2:00.3 victory on her resume going into the race. Final division, this time spotlighting the freshman colts, appears to be a battle between Tobinator and Carters Caper. Tobinator and driver Corey MacPherson comes off an eye-popping 1:56.3 in his lat outing and comes in to the race in fine form. Preferred pace of the day has attracted a competitive field including City Of The Year who is fresh off a win at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends many thanks to horsemen, fans, volunteers, and corporate sponsors taking part in Monday's program. Scott Waddell

It is harness racing at it's very best Friday afternoon at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors present a ten dash action packed race card.   Post time is slated for 4:30 P.M and features the lucrative Maritimer stake for three-year-old fillies, plus the Milton Downey and the Jim Doherty Memorial.   Friday's Maritimer stake has attracted ten of the best fillies in Atlantic Canada. They will race in two elimination heats with the top eight coming back for a winner take all final. Co-sponsored by the New Brunswick Standardbred Owner's Association, the event has a total purse of over $ 22,000.   Locally owned filly Howmacscanasta has been listed as one of the favorites in her elimination.   Two memorial races will recognize two great New Brunswick horsemen on the program. Milton Downey and Jim Doherty will be honored in two separate races on Friday afternoon.   Both men were ambassadors and pioneers in the industry here in New Brunswick and their families and supporters will be on hand to remember the two gentleman.   In the Milton Downey Memorial, co-sponsored by Steve Downey and family, five pacers will square off for a purse of $4000. Starcastic whop ships in from P.E.I for the event, has been listed as the 3-1 favorite. New Brunswick's Gilles Barrieau will drive the pacer from post-five.   Meanwhile, the Jim Doherty Memorial will go with a solid field of five pacers for a purse of $ 2100 and showcases one of Atlantic Canada's best three-year-old's, Jackson K Down.   Kathy-MacLean Harvey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all the horsemen who will be here on Friday, the fans, and the generous sponsors who supported the highly anticipated racing card.   Sponsors include the Saint John Exhibition Association, N.B.S.B.O.A, Steve Downey, Fredericton Horsemen Association, Rick Armstrong, Dairytown Veterinary Hospital, Peter and Paul Doherty.   Special thanks to the Saint John Exhibition Association for not only sponsoring one of Friday's races but contributing $4000 to enhance the afternoon's purse offerings.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick, in partnership with the Woodstock Driving Club and it's sponsors present a seven-dash harness racing program at Connell Park in Woodstock, New Brunswick on Friday evening starting at 7:00 P.M.   Racing is a long standing tradition at the half-mile oval and part of Old Home week celebrations at the New Brunswick track. Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Woodstock organizers are expecting a large and enthusiast fan base on Friday night.   Friday night's featured event will be the Kelti Burnett Memorial pace which carries with it an attractive purse of $ 6000 thanks to the sponsors of the prestigious race. Corey Ford, one of New Brunswick's leading dealerships, along with the McCain family are sponsoring the nights events.   Now to the field of pacers assembled for the premier event of the night. Representing the Downey Stables are two pacers who have been a sold combination the last few weeks in New Brunswick.   Fall Bliss, driven by Dr. Mitchell Downey leads the charge from the coveted rail position. He is the provinces top pacer this season and will face a fierce challenge not only from his stable mate City Of The Year for Mike Downey but invitees from Prince Edward Island.   Downey's charge Fall Bliss is coming off four consecutive wins. He will have his hands full with P.E.I pacers Forever Paradise and Jeb who ship in for the event chasing the lucrative purse along with Machinthesand with catch-driver Todd Trites,   Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's President Kathy McLean Harvey and organizers would like to thank everyone who made this week's racing at Connell Park in Woodstock a success, and helped to carry on another tradition in the provinces racing history.   Scott Waddell

Ramblinglily, one of Atlantic Canada's premier pacing mares came to Woodstock, New Brunswick on Monday afternoon and returned a harness racing winner for co-owner Allan Jones in the sulky.   Horse Racing New Brunswick in partnership with the Woodstock Jockey Club hosted a six-dash program on the civic holiday.   Leaving from post-five, the mare was on top early and never looked back as she turned away the first-up challenger, City Of The Year ( Dr. Mitchell Downey ) to score her 43rd career victory.   Norman Leger shares ownership in the mare who stopped the tele-timer in 1:59.2 for the victory. Momara rallied nicely for third in the $ 1350 top-class.   Racing will continue on Friday night with the Kelti Burnett Memorial invitational for $ 5000 and the Eagles Nest Jr. Invitational for $ 2000.   Scott Waddell    

It was an emotional day at Exhibition Park Raceway on Saturday as a three-horse spill in the fourth event of the afternoon sent two harness racing drivers to hospital.   Going into the first turn, driver Ed Harvey and his pacer Allstar Seelster had obtained a lead from post two and suddenly fell causing Dr. Mitchell Downey to become unseated from his horse Stare Down and also falling hard to track.   Unable to clear the mishap, driver Stephen Trites and Ideal Ticket became involved and Trites was dragged in the sulky until the horse came to a stop at the fence.   Driver Ed Harvey is reported to have a possible broken hand and ribs in the accident and Stephen Trites, a hyper-extended knee injury. Dr. Mitchell Downey walked away from the ordeal and came back to win the final race on the program will Fall Bliss.   Also on the card, pacer Upstairswithron won his first race in over two-years for driver Scott Hubbard and owner/ trainer Bob MacNeil. Horse Racing New Brunswick will provide updates this weekend as the drivers are evaluated further.   All three horses involved walked away from the accident with cuts and bruises and H.R.N.B will report on their condition as soon as news becomes available.   Best wishes from Horse Racing New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Standardbred Owners Association on a speedy recovery to those involved.     Scott Waddell

There were smiles and tears of joy for the connections of the harness racing three-year-old pacing filly Sassyandiknowit as the aptly named filly broke her maiden on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   With Todd Trites at the helm, the spunky daughter of Force Of Life, owned by Debbie Mahar of Saint John led from start to finish en route to a 2:04.2 victory. Like many small stable operations, the filly is a family affair as Deb's husband Wayne trains the filly.   She has some experienced some issues so far in her career as we see with so many horsemen, her connections brought her a long and invested both the time and passion to accomplish the feat this afternoon.   In other action, Fall Bliss continued to roll for owner Mike Downey and trainer/ driver Dr. Mitchell Downey. After winning the Walter Dale Memorial last week the pacer was the easiest of winners in 2:00.2. He is now six of nine in the 2016 campaign.   Racing will resume on Saturday, July 16th at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Scott Waddell

After a successful Canada Day last Friday at Fredericton Raceway, the harness racing spotlight this weekend will focus on Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John with a six-dash program that gets underway at 1:00 P.M.   Fall Bliss, in line to Dr. Mitchell Downey heads the top-class of the afternoon as he is fresh off his triumphant win in this year's Walter Dale Memorial. He will be faced with the outside post five this week in race five, the $ 1350 feature.   Coral Snake and driver Luke Armstrong will be seeking his second straight win from the number three post. He was an impressive winner at Fredericton Raceway on Canada Day and will be looking to continue his winning ways Saturday.   Other starters in the five horse main event include Haunto with the user friendly post-one for Mark Haig and trainer, Gordon White. Ed Harvey will send out Momara from post two and veteran pacer Jann Down will round out the field for trainer and driver Steve Mason.   This Saturday will mark card number four on the New Brunswick racing season which still includes a number of scheduled events over the next few weeks. As always, a big thank you to all horsemen and fans for supporting racing in N.B.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

On Canada Day, the nation's oldest racetrack will stage one of the most storied races in Canada, the Walter Dale Memorial.   Fredericton Raceway will host a small, but mighty card on Friday with post time scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   Going as race five on the program, the Walter Dale has attracted five competitive starters in the $ 2500 event.   Mike Downey, and son Dr. Mitchell Downey will represent two of the starters. Fall Bliss, in line to Dr. Downey has the coveted rail position. He comes off a top class victory in Saint John last Saturday.   Skippy, a fan favorite and a model of consistency will have young gun Luke Armstrong in the bike from post two. Harold Defazio owns the son of Camluck.   Miss Oromocto, who has been competing against the Maritimes best pacing mares will square off with the boys on this day for Mark Haig.   Owned by Sharon and Richard Burchill and the Lands of Hopewell Cape, the former stakes star will line up from post three.   Threes A Crowd with Todd Trites will score from post four for his Nova Scotia based trainer, Dr. Trevin Shive. Mike Downey and four year old City Of The Year round out the solid field with the outside post.   Free admission, free parking, lots of chances to win some great prizes at Fredericton Raceway on Friday afternoon. Post time for race one is 1:00 P.M as the tradition continues at the historic oval.   by Scott Wadell, for HRNB  

Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John will be the place to be this Saturday afternoon as the track will host it's second harness racing card of the season in New Brunswick.   After qualifying sessions this past weekend, four freshman pacers will square off in the first of five races that are set to begin at 1:00 P.M.   Kinda Like Her, a daughter of Ameripan Gigolo will score post-one in the first race for catch-driver Sam Hodgin. Sean Dooley, no stranger to success with the young pacers is the trainer of the filly.   Putthecherryontop will make her debut for trainer Tommy Gunn from post-two. She's a daughter of Brandons Glory out of the solid race mare Wylde Cherry. Mark Haig will steer the filly for the Gunn Stable.   Truro based P H Bossman ships in for Dr. Trevin Shive and driver Todd Trites from post number three. He's a son of Carnivore for the popular Shive connections from Novas Scotia.   Rounding out the group of two-year-olds in race one are the handsome son of Articulator, Teddy Barcus for team Armstrong. Luke is the trainer of note on the pacer with his father Rick in the bike.   Rounding out the first dash are Fredericton based pacers Windemere Jimmy and Take Off Eh. Saturday's featured event goes as race four for a purse of $ 1350.   In the main event, Magical Alex will look to win his second straight for team MacNeil of Saint John and regular pilot Todd Trites. In all, thirty-one horses are entered in Saturday's overnight card.   Scott Waddell

Harness racing in the province of New Brunswick will officially kick off on Saturday, June 18th at 12:30 P.M at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   Five races will kick-off the 2016 racing season at the port city half-mile oval that will include a $ 1350 featured race as the fifth of the afternoon.   Veteran pacer Magical Alex has drawn the coveted rail position for catch-driver Todd Trites and owner Bob MacNeil of Saint John.   Known for his quick gate speed, Magical Alex will look to put away four other rivals in the finale on Saturday. Last year's Rookie of the at Fredericton Raceway, driver Dr. Mitch Downey will pilot Stare Down for post-two.   Skippy, a son of the great sire Camluck will leave post-three for driver Mark Haig and his connections. Rounding out the top-class is Only The Lonely with Rick Armstrong and Haunto with trainer/ driver Ed Harvey the king of last year's race meet at Fredericton Raceway.   Post time Saturday is slated for 12:30 P.M and many horsemen, including Steve Mason will be headed to Prince Edward Island after the racing with stake stars Jackson K Down and K D Overdrive competing in the Maritime Breeders final at Red Shores.   Also on the grounds of Exhibition Park on Saturday will be the popular Rib Fest with some of the best B.B.Q specialists in all of North America taking part. There will also be live music and other activities available throughout the day.   Scott Waddell    

Saint John harness racing driver Mark Haig reached a milestone on Friday night in his racing career at Truro Raceway winning his 500th win of his career.   Haig, who started his driving career following in his Dad Tony's footsteps in the year 2000, scored with four-year-old pacing mare Miss Oromocto to register his career victory number five-hundred.   Sharon and Rick Burchill own the pacing mare with co-owner and trainer Mel Land of Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick.   In 2014, he captured his first-ever driving title at his home track at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   Haig has become one of the most popular catch-drivers in New Brunswick, and has won over $ 560,000 in career winnings, and sports a very respectable lifetime driving average of .270.   Scott Waddell    

There's been a buzz recently around the racetracks in New Brunswick as another harness racing season is just around the corner in the picturesque province. Horsemen have been very fortunate this season with the co-operation by mother nature as we experienced a much less bolder winter than we had last season. With still no support from the provincial government, the horsemen remain focused and optimistic for the upcoming season. This means that not as many days were missed by both returning race horses as well as stake hopefuls prepping for the 2016 lucrative stakes season. Speaking to Debbie Mahar, she reports that Saint John has been a bee-hive of activity and also states that the track in Saint John is having maintenance done on it this weekend to improve the track for the coming spring training season and for racing preparations. Tentatively, the 2016 racing season in New Brunswick is set to begin on Monday, May 23rd with an annual holiday card at Canada's oldest racetrack, Fredericton Raceway. Qualifying dates are expected to be announced shortly by Horse Racing New Brunswick. by Scott Waddell, for the HRNB  

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