Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, under the command of Marc Campbell, continued his winning ways with his seventh consecutive victory Saturday in the afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:59.2 over a track rated "good" with a two second variant. Campbell hustled the favorite off the gate from post 5 to the lead but Cambest Kisser, with Jason Hughes in the bike, decided to take him on early touching down on the front through a brisk opening panel of 29 seconds flat. Campbell returned to his game plan moving Pinner back to the point through a 59.2 half with a rated third panel reached in 1:29.2. The Brian Ladner trainee breezed home for his 33rd lifetime score for co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Cambest Kisser (Hughes) was second while Mcmaverick (Ken Murphy) rallied for third. The spotlight was on conditioner Darren Trainor as he opened the new campaign with four training victories from his Vernon River stable. The parade began in race 5 with Diagram Hanover (2:03.4) followed by King of Rock (2:03.1) with newcomer General Simba and Le Fugueur, owned by his wife Jennifer, completing a career day at the city oval. In other action, Abundaspin, who began his final year of racing at age 14, won the open trot for trainer-driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall. It was the trotter's 72nd lifetime win. Pictonian Zena and Shane Bernard opened the 2014 history books taking top honors in the afternoon opener. Campbell and Hughes recorded driving triples. Corey MacPherson had a driving double. For complete results and race replays go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Charlottetown, PE - The 2014 harness racing calendar gets underway Saturday with a 13 dash program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The horses, who all celebrated their birthday on January 1, will compete over the CDP oval beginning at 1pm. Horse Player Interactive players can play the action through the world broadcast at www.redshores.ca Pinner, owned by Kevin, Lillian and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown, will go for his seventh win in a row in the afternoon top class in race 12. Marc Campbell will put the son of Mach Three into post five against 3-1 shot Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) while trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River lists Brodie MacPhee to drive McJestic from the four hole. The five-year-old gelding, established at 7-2 odds on the morning line, has been racing sharp with four top three finishes in his last five outings. If Campbell decides to deploy front end tactics with Pinner it could be over early. The field is loaded with talent with McMaverick drawing the rail for Ken Murphy and Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) starting from post two. Stayoutofmyaffair, (Gary Chappell), PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) and Campbest Kisser (Jason Hughes) will maneuver from the outside while Panacotta (Blaine Baglole) leaves from the back tier post nine. In other action, Zip the Lip will attempt to re-establish his winning form in the open trot for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary. The trotter was riding a winning streak when he made a break in his last start due to broken equipment ending the his victory run at four. Regular driver Brian MacPhee will handle the driving assignment. The race features some tough competitors with open trot specialist Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) gunning for their first score of the new campaign. This will be Abundaspin's last year of racing after turning 14 on January 1. The line-up also includes Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd), Buckling Banbury (Corey MacPherson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew) and Who Took That (Michael McGuigan). The trot challenge competition, presented by Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc, came to a close on New Year's Eve. Walter Cheverie was crowned the winner with 173 points. Ron Gass was second with 160. Willie Murphy was third with 156 while Brian MacPhee moved into fourth with 152 points after his successful run with Zip the Lip put him into contention. The drivers are rated on a 10-7-5 point system with a 1-2-3 finish with trotters at Charlottetown. Cheverie will be presented with the hardware at the upcoming awards banquet by the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association. For the complete list of entries, live video or race replays go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - McMaverick has rail control and the form to deliver a victory in the $1,750 Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 12-dash card. John Holmes gets the call on McMaverick in race 11 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley, and the horse shows two wins, a second and a third with some less than favorable posts his last four starts. It will not be easy for the six-year-old son of Western Maverick, as race analyst Les McIsaac sees Camcun (Kenny Arsenault) a real threat to land in the winner's circle. "He's a versatile type with good early speed, when he wants to exploit it, and a dangerous late kick," McIsaac says of the post 4 starter. "Don't let the fact that he hasn't won in this class in a while fool you, because he can. Beware." They both face real threats from Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and Pinner (Marc Campbell) from posts 6 and 7, respectively. Also in the field is Western Bandit (Ken Murphy), Libertys Art (Gary Chappell), Honor Roll (Danny MacDonald), and Blue Star Outlaw (Jason Hughes). Capitalism is favored to win the $1,550 race 7 back-up pace for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. He faces eight tough opponents in Pictonian Zena (Shane Bernard), McJestic (Corey MacPherson), Windemere Maggie (Holmes), First Art Down (Brodie MacPhee), Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Freddy My Boy (Brian MacPhee), and Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie). Sunday battle royale at Charlottetown Narragansett and Machinthesand will finally face off again in Sunday's race 12 $2,200 preferred pace after the latter was scratched last week. The action gets underway at 1 pm for the 13-dash event. Hughes trains and drives the outside starting Narragansett in the field of six for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while Brodie MacPhee steers Machinthesand from post 5 for trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings, and Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton. Machinthesand scored a four length victory in 1:55.1 over Narragansett in their last outing. Other entries in the competitive field are Blu Meadow Willie (Robert MacInnis), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Ultimate Luck (Arsenault) and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Zip The Lip will have to navigate his toughest obstacle to date since starting his winning ways, as the son of Ken Warkentin has been assigned post 8 in the $1,800 race 6 Open trot. Don Sweet co-owns and trains the trotter with co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary, while Brian MacPhee handles the driving chores. He has been victorious in five of his last six starts but has been able to secure the lead early on in the majority of those wins, and a top notch group of trotters will not make that easy this week. Who Took That (Mike McGuigan) has the rail and has shown some gate speed in her East Coast campaign, and former king of the open trotters Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) leaves from post 4, while Zip The Lip's arch-rival Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) has post 7. Other entries include Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Diamond Mine (Brodie MacPhee), Wonderous Hanover (Corey MacPherson), Majian Dilion (Jim Ripley) and Tender N Kind (Steven Shepherd). The race 9 back-up pace should be hotly contested as three of the top mares in Eastern Canada face off against some gritty male racehorses. General Luckypercy has post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. She will butt heads with Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series champion Stayoutofmyaffair (Arsenault) with post 5 and iron sided claimer Le Fugueur (Campbell) with the rail. Also in the field is Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee), Ebandtheboys (Murphy), Artist List (Bradley), and Cambest Kisser (Hughes). by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
Summerside, PE – Red Shores Summerside played host to the three-year-old fillies in the Lady Slipper Stakes Sunday. Rose Valley, under the command of Kenny Arsenault, delivered as the post time favorite winning by two lengths in her division of the Lady Slipper gold. Arsenault moved the daughter of Brandons Cowboy into the outside flow on route to the half to track down fraction setter Dianna Santanna (John Holmes) to win by two lengths in 1:57.3. Mike Campbell trains for owners Dawn and Theodore Bremner, Jemseg, NB. Dianna Santanna remained in the hunt for second while Windemere Maggie (Walter Cheverie) was third. Top Brand capture the second Lady Slipper $11,500 gold split for Danny Romo. The filly took over the lead from Missassy Attitude at the three-quarter pole on route to a 1:58.3 score. Romo co-owns Top Brand with Thomas Hawco Jr of Sydney, N.S. Largomotion rallied late to get second while Missassy Attitude faded to third. The Lady Slipper grassroot titles went to Gascoigne Dickie, driven by John Holmes for Murray MacDonald, Belfast and Gerald MacDougall, Cardigan, and Pictonian Zena with owner-driver Shane Bernard in the bike. Greatheart Hanover recorded the fastest mile of the day with a 1:56.1 time for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Stephen Quinn. Roscoes Child was three and half lengths back in second with Cecils Express completing the triactor. The 6-8-2 combination paid $83.30. The victory wrapped up a successful weekend for Foxyhall Racing Stable of Summerside. Hughes had a driving double on the afternoon to cap off a five win weekend performance. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE - The fall race season is heating up with the region's top guns arriving on Prince Edward Island. Leg two of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, the Lady Slipper for two-year-old fillies and Joe O'Brien stakes for two-year-old colts will be showcased Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The first post time for the 14 dash program over the legendary CDP oval is 6pm. Governor's Plate winner Wild Dragon, with Gilles Barrieau in town to drive, has drawn the rail in the first division of the Island Pacing Championship. The pacer finished fifth last week in leg one at Summerside after battling through hot fractions which included a 27.3 opening panel. Big League, who won that showdown, will leave from post 3 for trainer Jonah Moase of Cornwall. Corey MacPherson, who had a career day Sunday with four winners, is listed to drive the 5-2 morning line favorite. The field also includes Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Windemere Express (Marc Campbell), Narragansett (Norris Rogers) and Oakrock Almighty (Ron Matheson). All Turain, a name that has appeared on every sports page in the Maritimes, gets post two in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship in race 12. The son of Tell All is going after his fifth win in a row for owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and his co-owner-trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. Brodie MacPhee, who was involved in a nasty spill Thursday night, is programmed to drive the star pacer. The power-packed line-up also includes Balanchine (pp1), Leading Camdidate (pp3), Touch of Lightning (pp4), Lucky Encounter (pp5) and Creighton Hanover (pp6). The stakes stars touch down in three divisions of the Lady Slipper Grassroots and the $20,200 Lady Slipper Gold featuring the sensational two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Western Paradise, trained by Kevin MacLean (.430) and owned by Reg MacPherson, has five wins from 8 starts. The latest victory came at Northside Downs with a dazzling 1:57.1 performance. Marc Campbell gets the driving assignment. There have been many special moments and events at the city track over the years. Red Shores will host a wedding party in the historic centerfield on Saturday. Katherine Banks and Matthew Bryson, along with all their guests, will entertain and celebrate their occasion complete with the Mr. & Mrs. Bryson Pace on race 9. The bride and groom will be trackside for the picture presentation. For entries, results or live video go to www.redshores.ca Red Shores Summerside Host Lady Slipper Stakes Summerside, PE - The three-year-old fillies take center stage in a 14 dash harness racing program Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The action will be carried live at www.redshores.ca with opening post time at 1pm. Woodmere Glamorous, owned by Lawson and Ken MacEachern, PE, is the top choice in the first grassroots competition in race 4. Brodie MacPhee will drive for trainer Jackie Matheson who sends the filly out for her 16th start. It won't be an easy assignment with Lyndale Delite going for her fourth win of the campaign for Kenny Arsenault, trainer Terry Affleck and owner David MacDonald of Belfast. Pictonian Zena is the favorite in the other grassroots split for owner-driver Shane Bernard of Cornwall. This fillies' card has some impressive lines and boasts seven top three finishes from 16 attempts. Alice Cooper will try to spoil the party off the rail for Corey MacPherson and the Kickin Horse stable of Stratford. The afternoon program also features two gold divisions sporting an $11,500 purse for each class. Rose Valley, trained by Michael Campbell, N.B., will square off against Dianna Santanna in race 9. John Holmes, who was also involved in a spill Thursday at Charlottetown, is listed to drive for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Doug MacPhee of Cornwall. The field has Windemere Maggie, Ask Dont Tell, Howmacs Angel and Kaitlins Kowgirl. Misssassy Attitude, with Kenny Arsenault in the bike, is the classifier's choice in the other Lady Slipper gold event. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy has banked $11,561 for Larry Chappell, Marshfield and trainer Ken Wilkie of Stratford. She lands with Western Judy (Marc Campbell) and triactor candidate Howmacs Princess off the rail for trainer Earl Watts. Largomotion, Lady Antebella, Top Brand and Charlottes Scarlet will also line up behind the gate in race 12. For entries, top picks by Jared Stretch and live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores
The Atlantic Sires Stakes 2-year-old pacing colts met for the second time this harness racing season on Thursday evening (July 26), putting on an impressive show at Truro Raceway.
Harness racing driver Shane Bernard was crowned the winner of the annual driver's championship and the E.F. Acorn Memorial trophy Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
An accident on the final race of the afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino sent one harness racing driver to hospital. Acton Normal, with driver Shane Bernard in the bike, caught her shoe leaving the gate and went down quickly throwing Bernard to the racetrack.
Manraysonjo, with harness racing trainer Mark Bradley in the bike, captured the Monday night (July 25) feature event in 1:56.2 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Bradley mapped out fractions of 28, 57.1 and 1:27.1 over the legendary CDP oval. Mighty and Strong was second with Thistricksforyou completed the triactor.
Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies posted some impressive times in harness racing action at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Pictonians Souwest, with driver Mike Stevenson in the bike, was the wire to wire winner in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon.