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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing at Red Shores in Summerside and Charlottetown saw significant gains across the board in 2019. The live wager saw an over 10 per cent increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with $392,236 in new wagering dollars to give a $4,281,446 total all sources wager. Those 2019 increases are thanks to upward bumps in on-track wager as well as a 15 per cent increase in the off-track wager over the 2018 campaign. Racing experience manager Adam Walsh points to the hardworking individuals in the racing community for making 2019 such a banner year with 100 total race dates held across the province. "Red Shores offers an excellent and exciting racing program that our customers on Prince Edward Island and throughout North America have come to enjoy," Walsh said. "It is the love and passion of the hardworking horsemen and horsewomen of PEI of these equine athletes that is the strength of the racing industry in PEI." Lee Drake, Manager of Marketing & Brands, says guest experience is the number one focus at Red Shores and a key reason the business continues to grow in every facet. "We work hard on getting new people to our properties through strong partnerships and relationships in tourism, meetings & conventions and the corporate community," Drake said. The world-class presentation at Red Shores is another major factor in their success. "We have beautiful clean properties with a professional staff and it's all about the experience whether it's racing, dining or the casino," he said. "We have really stepped up our social media presence which also drives new business as well." The Red Shores Race Day broadcast network is also sporting some great numbers with 2.6 Million viewers (2,640,878) from all locations with Atlantic Canada viewership at 1.9 Million (1,961,380). Red Shores' two signature events also had exceptional showings in 2019 with the Gold Cup and Saucer program pulling in $307,134 from all wagering sources putting that handle second all-time in Island racing to the Gold Cup and Saucer card in 1994. The 2019 Governor's Plate card was the second highest grossing program in the history of the Summerside Raceway with $96,651 wagered on the card, narrowly putting it behind the $99,994 record handle of 1996. Walsh says the difference in outside competition from those record wagers in the 1990s to today's climate should not be overlooked. "There is quite a difference in the landscape today compared to 10 or 25 years ago but we are focused on growing those numbers," said Walsh. The 2020 winter racing season is coming to a close at Red Shores in the coming weeks but the red-hot action will be back at the city track on Saturday May 2nd for the summer racing meet with the Kentucky Derby theme. Post time for that May program will be 6 P.M. Governor's Plate week is July 5th to the 11th while Old Home Week is August 13th to the 22nd featuring the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on Red Shores' new line of promotions and events for 2020. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - This harness racing season has seen non-stop action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and it is not going to let up anytime soon as Horse Persons Day takes the stage Saturday afternoon. The annual event presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association will feature a number of second chances draws for race patrons, prizes for winning owners, trainers and grooms as well as the Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 12-dash program. The Driving Championship will be featured in eight races on the program starting in race 2 with a field of eight talented reinsmen from three different categories competing. The annual challenge takes the top four dash-winning drivers from combined Charlottetown and Red Shores Summerside statistics which are Gilles Barrieau, David Dowling, Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes. The top percentage drivers with over 75 drives in the challenge are Mark Bradley and Mike McGuigan, while the final two spots go to the top percentage drivers with between 40 and 75 drives which will see veteran drivers Earl Smith and Brian MacPhee in the competition. The driver with the most points at the end of the day will receive the MacDonald Memorial Trophy. All drivers must hold current memberships with the PEISHOA to be eligible. For the second chance draws for the fans, patrons can simply fill out their name and phone number on the back of any un-cashed wagering tickets and enter for a chances to win a variety of prizes. Also on the Saturday afternoon card, the top mares on the Eastern Seaboard will again butt heads in the $2,600 feature in race 12. Collective Wisdom earns top billing in the event from post 6 with Barrieau in the bike for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield and trainer Jackie Matheson. The American Ideal lass was a two-length winner in her latest. Dancers Pass has been the model of consistency lately and gets post 2 this week for driver Dowling and trainer Philip Kelly, while fellow Matheson trained The Time To Win (Driven by Ron Matheson) leaves from post 7. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will take the advantage of post position as he puts Dancers Pass on top. "Dancers Pass has got the versatility to handle any racing style and from this favourable post the trip of her choosing could be in the cards," MacIsaac said. "She's a potential sleeper." Also in the field are Mrs Dragonfire (MacPherson), Rocknrols Image (Hughes), Arc Light (Marc Campbell), Imagine Speed (Bradley) and Julep Hanover (Wade Myers). For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. Euchred Returns To Red Shores CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The last time they met Rose Run Quest easily prevailed but Euchred will come off a nearly month long break as he takes another crack at his top foe in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in the finale. Rose Run Quest has a four-race win streak on the line but has been assigned post 7 in the field for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream has 12 victories this season from 22 starts and has only missed the top-three four times in 2019. Euchred has not seen action since Oct. 19 and moves back into the Walter Walker stable for owner Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness. Gilles Barrieau gets the catch driving call behind the 51-time winner. Nogreatmischief won the top class last week but will have to work out a trip from post 6 on Sunday for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits going against Rose Run Quest for the winning position is far from a safe play but he likes a rejuvenated Euchred on top of his tickets. "With Euchred's gate speed he should be able to secure an uncontested lead and with the dominant horse in this class assigned the outside post, this guy is a suitable option if you're trying to get the heavy favourite beat," MacIsaac said. Rounding out the field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), JJ Powerball (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). After an unsuccessful run at the top class last week at Red Shores, Well Did will move into the back-up class on Sunday afternoon and the top Truro Raceway pacer gets rail control in the $2,500 event. Paul Langille of Lower Onslow, N.S., owns, trains and drives the Well Said pacer, who knocked off the top class at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., two starts in-a-row before competing at Red Shores last week in the preferred. Creepin (David Dowling) is the morning line favourite in the class from post 2 while veteran pacer Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is another top entrant from post 5. For race programs, live video and more go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Rallying from the rear of the pack, JK Cowboy reached up to deliver an 11-1 upset Sunday afternoon in the final race of the harness racing season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of driving triple by Dale Spence. Spence delivered the quarter-length decision with JK Cowboy ($24.10) in 1:58 in the final race of the 2019 racing season in Prince County for owner-trainer Greg MacInnis of Tyne Valley. Spence also hit the line first with Shiftyn Georgie in 1:59.4 to put the finishing touches on trainer Jaycob Sweet's season as top trainer at Red Shores Summerside for the O'Leary horseman's 14th win at the track to best second place Elton Millar with 12 wins. Confident Fella was the other part of the Spence triple with a 1:58.3 decision for trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary. Driver David Dowling defended his heavy lead for top driver as he had a pair of winner's on the card to give him 51 victories at Red Shores Summerside in 2019. Gilles Barrieau finished second in the driving race with 35 wins. Nogreatmischief won the $2,600 featured pace stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for trainer, driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Pictonian Storm (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) was second while Mando Fun (Barrieau) cut out the mile to finish third. Souverain won the $2,200 Wendell Wallace Memorial pace in 1:57.1 for his fourth straight win for owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington with Barrieau supplying the winning steer. Live racing continues on P.E.I. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a Saturday-Sunday schedule at the capital oval for the month of November with 12:30 P.M. post times for both days. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A place etched forever in the harness racing record books is on the line Saturday afternoon in the Maritime Breeder's finals at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Maritime Breeder's finals for two and three-year-old trotters headlines the 12-dash Saturday afternoon card that gets underway at 12:30 P.M. Mabou Ridge and Tequila Tuesday will again face off in the race 4 Maritime Breeder's final for two-year-old trotters carrying a $12,100 purse. Mabou Ridge holds the advantage this season as he has bested his rival in six out of nine meetings but Tequila Tuesday has been making them count lately as he had a three-race win streak currently on the line including wins in the Island Breeder's final and Atlantic Breeder's Crown as he looks for the Maritime Triple Crown in his division. Clare MacDonald will drive Mabou Ridge from post 3 for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S., while Myles Heffernan Sr., drives Tequila Tuesday from post 5 for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Also in the championship field is Mykindofparty (Driven by Gary Chappell), Westview Star (Corey MacPherson) and Go With Her (Steven Shepherd). The sophomore trotters go to the gate in the race 6 Maritime Breeder's final with $10,700 at stake and the heavyweight in the division, Gettin Messi, is absent leaving the race wide open. Thelastonestanding gets the respect of morning line favourite from post 4 with Brian MacPhee at the controls for trainer Ambyr Campbell and owners Donald Beaton of Port Hood and Donald MacEachern of Upper Margaree, N.S. The son of Northern Bailey comes into Saturday's race with three straight second places finishes, including his last two against Gettin Messi. Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) has rail control with 11-straight on-the-board finishes while Richsnortherndream (Kenny Arsenault) is installed at 3-1 morning line odds from post 5. Other entries include BJ Santana (Ambyr Campbell), Setting Day (Mike McGuigan), Little Miss Winnie (Clare MacDonald) and Whim Road Gem (Jack Panting). Screen Test is favoured in the race 11 Preferred pace with Corey MacPherson in the seat in the $2,800 class for trainer Stephen Gass and owners William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Kickin Horse Stable of York. Other top entrants are JJ Powerball (Adam Merner) and Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau). Nogreatmischief Looks For Redemption   SUMMERSIDE, PE - The final card of the 2019 season at Red Shores Summerside will have Nogreatmischief looking to end his Prince County campaign on a winning note Sunday afternoon. The western oval will play host to 12 dashes kicking off at 1 P.M. with Nogreatmischief the morning line favourite in race 11 of the day with a $2,600 purse at stake. Walter Cheverie trains, drives and co-owns the 28 time winning son of Bettors Delight with co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. After an open length romp on Oct. 14, Nogreatmischief was sent to the lead in his latest and nailed at the finish to settle for second as the race favourite. He will have another tough field of company as Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy) leaves from post 5 from the Jeff Wallace stable of Alberton and Mando Fun will look to be forwardly placed from post 2 with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Also in the field is Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Twice As Bright (David Dowling), and Best To Hurst (Jason Hughes). The hottest horse racing at Red Shores Summerside gets top call as the morning line favourite in the race 9 Wendell Wallace Memorial pace for a $2,200 purse. Souverain has won five of his last six starts with his only loss coming when he made a break in stride at the start. Barrieau is back in the driver's seat from post 2 for owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington. Dusty Lane Cortez was on top of his game is his latest with a 1:57.1 victory by open lengths at Red Shores Charlottetown after the three-year-old son of Westwardho Hanover made a break in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown final. Brandons Glory ships in from New Brunswick to leave from post 5 with Dale Spence picking up the catch driving assignment for trainer Tommy Gunn as the pacer looks to expand on his $19,486 in seasonal earnings. Completing the field is Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson), Instant Shadow (Kyle Mason), Creepin (Dowling), Coasttocoastshark (Murphy) and Phil Dorleans (Hughes). Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of the top harness racing horses in the Maritimes will butt heads in the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,800 preferred pace will line up in race 11 on the program with a 12:30 P.M. first race post time for the 12-dash card. Rose Run Quest has two-straight wins at this level and will leave from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream is a 10-time winner so far this season. Euchred ships in from Nova Scotia to trainer Nicholas Oakes and will have the services of Adam Merner in the drivers seat for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The Shadow Play seven-year-old was third against Rose Run Quest in his latest with a first-over effort after having won in 1:53.3 over Truro Raceway in the Johnny Conroy Invitational earlier this season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to side with Rose Run Quest for top spot. "Rose Run Quest lost his crown for a few weeks but after back to back wins, he's top dog again," MacIsaac said. "It will take a big effort by one of his rivals to prevent a threepeat." Also in the preferred field are Hes Marvalous (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau), Rockin Indy (David Dowling) and Screen Test (Corey MacPherson). Race 9 on the card is the Best Risque Memorial Open Mares Pace for a $2,700 purse. Jordies Hope knocked off this group in her latest and will leave from post 5 this week for trainer and co-owner Brian Ladner and co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Jason Hughes picks up the catch driving assignment. Other top entries include Imagine Speed (Dale Spence) and Traces Of Purple (Campbell). The Saturday program was going to field eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's stakes for two and three-year-old trotters but they were not required with also horses entering advancing straight to next week's finals. The race office received seven entries in the three-year-old trot and five entries for the two-year-old trot. Harness driver Dave Kelly will join broadcast host Peter MacPhee on the Inside Track. The interview segment will go to air at 12:05pm. For live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Cheverie Troops Favoured In Sunday Top Events SUMMERSIDE, PE - After being shown open air, Nogreatmischief dispatched his featured foes last week and will look for more of the same this Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 11-dash program has a 1 P.M. first race post time with the top class hitting the track in race 10 for a $2,600 purse. The Walter Cheverie trained, driven and co-owned Nogreatmischief has post 6 in the field of as many fresh off a six-length victory his last start for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Mando Fun sliced out the fractions in that start and has post 2 on Sunday with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat. JJ Powerball (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) has rail control in the top pace and will look for redemption after having a flat tire in his last outing. The Backstretch Beat in Sunday's card pegs Nogreatmischief as the top entrant after his open-length score last week. "Nogreatmischief toyed with his competition last week and as long as he doesn't leave himself with too much ground to make up you should expect a similar result," reads the beat. Also in the field is Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mantario (Norris Rogers) and Best To Hurst (David Dowling). The back-up class lines up in race 11 with Heart And Soul the morning line favourite riding a streak of 10 straight on-the-board finishes for trainer-driver Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The Maritime Champion son of Western Paradise would go over $100,000 in career earnings with a win in his Sunday assignment. Other top entries include JK Cowboy (Dale Spene) and Flash In The Pang (Barrieau). Badlands Giovanna rides a two-race win streak into race 2 on the card leaving on the outside in the compact field of five with Jason Hughes driving for trainer Jaycob Sweet, who scored a training double during the last card at the Prince County oval. Owner, trainer and former race caller Alan MacDonald will join broadcast host Rocky Schurman on the Inside Track. The interview segment will air at 12:35pm. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Nogreatmischief was not content to sit last in a very compact featured harness racing field and made his first-over attack a winning one on a special Monday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie got away last in a scratched down field of four in the $2,500 featured pace Monday afternoon and watched as Mantario (Driven by Norris Rogers) tripped the first fraction in 29.2 before releasing Mando Fun (Gilles Barrieau) to the lead. The next two splits were in 59 and 1:28.1 while Nogreatmischief made his way first-over and took control for the final quarter to romp by six-lengths in 1:57. Mantario was second while Mando Fun finished third. Cheverie co-owns and trains the eight-year-old son of Bettors Delight for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Barrieau scored a quadruple on the holiday card winning with Souverain in 1:58.1 for Phil Sizer of Kensington, Best To Hurst in 1:58.2 for Earl Watts of Hampshire, Zingers Laugh in 1:59.2 for trainer Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown and with Dilans Mustang in 2:01.4 from the Robert Phillips Stable of Summerside. The duo of driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jansen Sweet teamed up for a pair of victories on the program as newcomer Precision Blue Chip had a front-end score in 2:00.2 and Badlands Giovanna won her second straight in 2:00.4. Live racing continues at the Prince County Oval on Sunday Oct. 20. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fresh off a championship win last weekend, After The Lovin will search for a consolation crown on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. and newly minted Island Breeder's Final winner After The Lovin has post 3 in the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing filly consolation. Jason Hughes is back at the controls in the race 3 contest for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms and River Valley Management. Other top entries include Back In The Game (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Pickpocketprincess (Adam Merner). Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with After The Lovin for the top spot. "After The Lovin earned a new speed badge two back then followed it up with another one in her latest," MacIsaac said. "With her current form as good as it is a threepeat is certainly possible." Howmac Napoleon is the favourite in the race 7 $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt consolation with Merner in the seat for trainer Chris Davies and owner JTL Risk Stable of Port Morien, N.S. The Articulator rookie has won his last two starts heading into Saturday. Streakazana is the morning line favourite in the race 9 two-year-old pacing filly consolation for a $5,000 purse. Marc Campbell trains and drives the post 4 starter for owner Mcr Streakazana Group of Charlottetown. The final consolation of the day is the race 12 three-year-old pacing colt race with Don't Be A Hero the top choice with rail control in the $5,000 class for driver Hughes, trainer Watts and owners Windemere Farms, Harris Johnston and John Howatt. Honorable Darlene Compton, minister responsible for harness racing, will join Lee Drake on the Inside Track at 12:05pm. The interview segment will air on the Race Day broadcast network at redshores.ca Champions To Be Crowned On Red Shores Sunday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Divisional dominance has been the name of the game for Red Dirt Boomer and he will look for the cherry on top on Atlantic Breeder's Crown championship Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Red Dirt Boomer putting his seven-race winning streak to the test in race 12 of the program in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts. Trainer Gilles Barrieau handles the driving duties of Red Dirt Boomer from post 4 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Oleksiak will look for redemption in the race 10 Atlantic Breeder's Crown for three-year-old pacing fillies as the daughter of Articulator has post 1 in the $20,000 event after seeing her win streak snapped in her latest. David Dowling is back in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms, Hollis Newsom, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. With his breaking issues in the past, Woodmere Rollnpop was a convincing winner last week and will try for more of the same in the race 8 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old colt pace for a $20,000 purse. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Rollwithitharry for owners Morah Kerr and Phonsie MacEachern of Nova Scotia. Na Naa Said So is the favourite in the race 6 $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing filly final from post 5 for the team of driver Redmond Doucet, trainer Robert MacLeod and Nova Scotia owners Hugh and Ali MacEachern. The rivalry resumes between Mabou Ridge (MacDonald) and Tequila Tuesday (Myles Heffernan Sr.) in the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old trot final Erwin Andrew Memorial in race 2 sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association. Tequila Tuesday got the better of Mabou Ridge last week in the Island Breeder's final and the former has post 4 to work from this week. With six straight wins, Gettin Messi is the favourite in the $9,000 three-year-old trot final Louis McIsaac Memorial in race 4 with Mike McGuigan driving from post 3 for trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The son of Amrbro Barrister has won his last six starts heading into Sunday championship. The memorial final is also presented by Meridian Farms and PEI Harness Racing Industry Association. Also on the program is a $3,000 Open Trot Class in race 7, a $4,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in race 9 and a $6,000 Invitational Pace in race 13. The Race Day TV network, presented by City of Charlottetown and Xplornet, will carry all the action live from the Charlottetown based location. Lee Drake, Peter MacPhee, Vance Cameron and Ken Warkentin will host Championship Sunday. Varadero Hanover Looks For Upset Repeat SUMMERSIDE, PE - After shocking the tote board and betting public in last week's top event, Varadero Hanover has his work cut out for him to repeat that magic on a special Monday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 11-dash Monday card has a 1 P.M. post time with Varadero Hanover leaving from post 5 in the race 10 top event for a $2,500 purse. Ken Murphy supplied the upset last week and will be in the race bike again Monday for trainer Jeff Wallace and owner Bobby Gordon of Elmsdale. Riding a perfect two-hole trip, Varadero Hanover was at 13-1 odds when he hit the wire first in last week's top class. Also in the Monday afternoon feature is post 1 starter Pictonian Storm with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for trainer Wade Sorrie with a win and a second in his last two. Nogreatmischief rallied late for a third place finish in last week's top event and has post 4 this week for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie while Mando Fun cut out all the action in that race to finish second. Mando Fun leaves from post 3 on Monday with Gilles Barrieau back in the driver's seat. Rounding out the field if post 2 starter Mantario for the combo of driver Norris Rogers and trainer Alex Sobey. The backstretch beat in Monday program pegs Nogreatmischief for top spot on the podium. "What a performance from Nogreatmischief weaving through traffic to hit the ticket in his latest," reads the beat. "If he doesn't have so much to try and do late in the mile this week he could mop up the whole field. Top call." The $2,100 back-up pace lines up in race 8 with Best To Hurst the morning line favourite with rail control for driver Barrieau, trainer Earl Watts and owners Neal Moase of Warren Grove, Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Roger Burns of North Rustico. The class dropping son of Cambest has recorded five wins so far this season including a 1:54.3 victory over Red Shores Charlottetown. Other top entrants are Coasttocoastshark (Driven by Murphy) and Heart And Soul (Cheverie). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Being the longest shot on the board meant nothing to Varadero Hanover as he upset the Sunday afternoon featured harness racing pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Taking a perfect two-hole ride in the $2,600 top class, Ken Murphy drove by in the stretch to win with Varadero Hanover at 13-1 odds in 1:56.2. Jeff Wallace trains the nine-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Bobby Gordon of Elmsdale. Mando Fun (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) circled up to finish third. Dusty Lane Cortez delivered as the favourite in the race 4 Isabelle and Ivan Cameron Memorial pace with a 1:58.1 mile for driver David Dowling and trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton. The Leon Stewart Memorial saw O Christopher win in 2:01.2 with Norris Rogers in the bike for trainer Lester Stewart of Albany. The race 6 Cecil Stewart Memorial had Myambrose supply a mild upset in 1:59.4 for driver Murphy and trainer Carl MacDougall of Ellerslie while the Lester Chappell Memorial had Badlands Giovanna prevail from post 8 in line to Jason Hughes for owner Stephen Sweet of Springfield West. JJ Powerball was an open-length winner in the Bob MacInnis Memorial pace for the combination of driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and trainer Wade Sorrie. Time of the mile was 1:56.3. Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple on the program winning the opener with Still Owing (2:02.1) for trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown, Souverain in 1:56.2 for trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington and with Disneyman in 1:59.4 from his own stable. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Island Breeders Championship are up for grabs Saturday afternoon with a number of winning streaks at stake at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday afternoon card will see the first regular 12:30 P.M. post time of the fall racing season. Six Island Breeder's finals are set for the program including Woodmere Oleksiak who has dominated his last eight races hitting the wire first every time. David Dowling retains the drive from post 2 for trainer Earl Watts in the race 10 Island Breeder's Final named the Ron McInnis Memorial for a $12,000 purse. The Articulator lass is owned by Hollis Newson of Cornwall, Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Nova Scotia owners Debbie Denney of Brooklyn and Ric McNutt of Onslow Mountain. Red Dirt Boomer has won his last six starts and has rail control in the race 12 Harry O'Brien Memorial Island Breeder's three-year-old pacing colt final for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast and trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. The son of Malicious put together a personal best performance two starts back winning in 1:55.4 over Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Gettin Messi earned the title of fastest three-year-old trotter in Maritime Harness Racing history earlier in the season and has followed that up with wins in his last five starts. Mike McGuigan will drive the champion trotter from post 3 in the $8,500 Island Breeder's three-year-old trot final Albert Bernard Memorial in race 4. Len McGuigan trains the Armbro Barrister colt for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. A homebred of Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S., Mabou Ridge rides a three-race win streak in race 2 of the program in the $8,500 Island Breeder's two-year-old trot final named in Memory of Mrs. James 'Ma' Poulton. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Armbro Barrister from post 5. Watch Me Dance is the morning line favourite in race 6's Island Breeder's Final for two-year-old pacing fillies named the Brian Andrew Memorial for a $12,000 pot. Co-owned and bred by John and Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown, Ozzie MacKay of Moncton, N.B., shares in the ownership of the Ameripan Gigolo filly. Watch Me Dance has post 3 on Saturday afternoon with Jason Hughes in the race bike. The Big Chase was ultra-impressive in his latest stakes engagement and earns the honour of morning line favourite in the race 8 Island Breeder's two-year-old colt final Pat McHugh Memorial for a $12,000 purse. Corey MacPherson is back at the controls of the Western Paradise colt for owner JTL Risk Stable of Port Morien, N.S., and trainer Melissa Rennie. Also on the program is the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 7 and the $3,000 preferred pace in race 11. Leading Driver, Trainer Gun For Top Class SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a win streak on the line Twice As Bright will face his toughest task to date in the Sunday afternoon featured pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County half-miler will play host to 12-dashes Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. first race post time and the featured $2,600 top class hits the track in race 11. Twice As Bright has the hottest two individuals at the track next to his name as the post 2 starter is driven by Red Shores Summerside leading driver David Dowling and trained by leading conditioner Elton Millar. A winner in his last three starts including a 1:55.3 score in his latest,  Twice As Bright is owned by Kyle Williams and Charles and Catlin Blaisdell. His road to the winner's circle won't be easy as Best To Hurst (Driven by Jason Hughes) has post 3 and talented Sportswriter colt Mantario (Norris Rogers) leaves from post 5. Also in the field are Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy), Mando Fun (Gilles Barrieau) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Race 4 on the card is the $1,900 Isabelle and Ivan Cameron Memorial pace with Dusty Lane Cortez the favourite dropping out of stakes competition into post 2 for driver Dowling, trainer Devon Wallace and owners David and Jordan Lewis of Alberton. The Leon Stewart Memorial lines up in race 5 for a $1,300 pot and Windemere Nick is the morning line choice in the field of eight with Hughes driving for trainer Earl Watts and owners Kelly Watts, Lynn Clark and Frank Balcom. Windemere Johny is the favourite in the race 6 Cecil Stewart Memorial with post 4. The $1,400 event will see Dowling in the bike behind the morning line choice for co-owner and trainer Jack McGuirk and co-owner Donald Thompson of Kensington. Badlands Giovanna will have to overcome post 8 in the race 7 Lester Chappell Memorial for a $1,500 purse with Hughes driving for owner Stephen Sweet of Springfield West and trainer Jaycob Sweet. Jaycob showcased his bright future in the race bike P.E.I. Matinee finals recently as the youngster won both classes held at Red Shores Charlottetown driving Cinder Angelina and Sharon The Moment for owner MacKenzie Arsenault. The final Sunday afternoon Memorial pace is the race 8 Bob MacInnis Memorial with JJ Powerball tagged as the one to beat in the $2,300 class for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., trainer Wade Sorrie and owners Austin Sorrie and Tammy Collings. For race programs, promotional plays and live video check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - In control from the start, Sodwana Bay remains the harness racing Queen of the Open Mares ranks as she hit the wire first in the $15,217 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series Final presented by Standardbred Canada at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to trainer Gilles Barrieau, Sodwana Bay left well from post 6 and found the lead before the opening quarter of 28.4. The half was reached in 58.2 with Sodwana Bay seeing no challengers with the third quarter much the same in 1:27. Traces Of Purple (Driven by Marc Campbell) was parked out the duration of the race, not seeing the pylons before the three-quarter pole. Sodwana Bay then fought back a late charge from Traces Of Purple in the stretch drive to win in 1:56.1 while West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) rallied to finish third. A six-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended, Sodwana Bay is owned by Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Barrieau scored a grand slam on the all stakes program including a trio from his own barn. Barrieau's colts won both $11,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial Gold divisions for three-year-old colt pacers. Red Dirt Boomer won one split for his sixth straight win in 1:57.2 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, while A Grand Terror scored in the other split in 1:59.2 for owners MacRae and Saint John, N.B., owners Robert Tilley and Gart Mott. Woodmere Oleksiak continued her divisional dominance winning her $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:58.1 for driver David Dowling, trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson, Windemere Farms, Ric McNutt and Debbie Denney. The victory is the eighth in a row for the daughter of Articulator. Dowling and Watts upset in the other $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold split in 1:58.4 with After The Lovin for owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and River Valley Management of Saint John, N.B. Dowling made three trips to the winner's circle to continue his lead in the Prince County driving title as Flowersonthebeach won an $8,000 O'Brien grassroots division in 2:00.3 for trainer Jeff Wallace of Alberton. The lone Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division saw Tequila Tuesday leave well from post 8 to clear the lead and widen his advantage to win by three lengths in 2:04.2 for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The three-year-old Lady Slipper trot divisions carried a $9,500 purse with Mile Hill Willie rewarding his backers in 2:00.3 in the first split for driver Barrieau and owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. Gettin Messi had an 11-length romp in the other $9,500 division as the Maritime Champion won his fifth straight stakes event for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness racing filly in Eastern Canada will have a fresh challenger from the center of the nation on a stakes Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash presentation has a 6 P.M. first race post time featuring the Lady Slipper stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and the Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. The card features a pair of $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold divisions for rookie fillies in races 10 and 12. Watch Me Dance headlines the final division in race 12 as the top money earning rookie filly will have Jason Hughes pinch hitting in place of regular pilot Mark Bradley, who has elected to drive post 6 starter Bettorthanbobbi. Hughes and Watch Me Dance leave from post 3 in the field fresh off a win in 1:58 her last start for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owners John Quinn of Charlottetown and Ozzie MacKay of Moncton, N.B. A winner of $23,218 so far this season, the filly has six top-two finishes from seven seasonal outings in her debut campaign. Mittaroniandcheese has rail control in the field of seven with Adam Merner driving the daughter of Betterthancheddar for owner Shaun MacIsaac of Charlottetown and trainer Jamie Smith. Fresh off a maiden breaking score, Mittaroniandcheese was racing the tough Ontario Sires Stakes circuit and draws into her first stakes engagement in Atlantic Canada. The other Lady Slipper Gold division in race 10 will have Streakazana mounting a top challenge from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and fractional ownership group MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown. In O'Brien Gold action for two-year-old pacing colts, Windemere Ryan and Woodmere Rollnpop will square off in an $11,000 division in race 6. Windemere Ryan will guard the rail for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owner High Five Racing Stable of Stanhope, while divisional leader Woodmere Rollnpop has post 5 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. Merner and Rennie are favoured in the other split in race 8 as Mr Kelly has post 1 as the morning line favourite in the $11,000 class. The son of Rollwithitharry will take his never worse than third record into the event for owners Marsha Knoz and Kyla and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. The card also has a number of Lady Slipper and O'Brien grassroots divisions as well as the Dave Holland 50 Years In Radio pace in race 4. Holland will join Lee Drake and Peter MacPhee on the Red Shores broadcast including a special edition of the Inside Track at 5:35pm. Stakes Mania Sunday In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off a lifetime best performance, Woodmere Oleksiak will put her undefeated streak to the ultimate test Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on a mega-stakes program. The 11-dash Sunday card gets underway at 1 P.M. with Woodmere Oleksiak shouldered with the far outside in race 7 of the program in a $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies. David Dowling will drive the daughter of Articulator from the Earl Watts stable for owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire, Hollis Newson of Cornwall, and Nova Scotia owners Ric McNutt and Debbie Denney as she looks to add to her $44,888 in seasonal earnings. After a pair of runner-up finishes, Woodmere Tango has post 4 in the other $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for sophomore fillies. Clare MacDonald will drive her trainee as she looks to add to her $38,203 in seasonal earnings for owner Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S. Red Dirt Boomer also has a streak on the line with five straight wins from post 5 with trainer Gilles Barrieau in the bike for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast in the first $11,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial gold division in race 4. The son of Malicious was a winner in a career best 1:55.4 his last start at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Red Dirt Rocknroll is the top choice in race 8 for an $11,000 purse with Dowling at the controls for trainer Lenny Myers who co-owns with Jack Quinn of Charlottetown. Race 5 is the lone Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division for a $15,000 purse as Red Shores Charlottetown track record holder Incredible Hally draws post 1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Calvin Larkin, Erika Bradley, Brian Fogarty and Herbie MacDonald. Mile Hill Willie is the top pick in race 3's Lady Slipper three-year-old trot division for a $9,500 purse for driver Gilles Barrieau and owner-trainer Paul Morrison. The champion son of Armbro Barrister won his last two starts with his latest in 1:59.2. The other $9,500 three-year-old trot division has Maritime Champion Gettin Messi the heavy morning line favourite from post 4 with Mike McGuigan in the seat for trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series final, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, caps off the stakes program in the race 11 finale with $15,217 at stake. Sodwana Bay will look to rebound from a narrow loss in her latest from post 6 with Barrieau back at the lines for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. A winner of 11 of 16 races this season, the daughter of No Pan Intended has never been worse than second all season. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Mando Fun took early control of the harness racing featured event and never relinquished it as part of a driving triple by Gilles Barrieau Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Barrieau and Mando Fun guarded the rail in the $2,600 top event and rolled through fractions of 28, 57.4, 1:27.3 and 1:57.1 to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths. Second went to Best To Hurst (Driven By Walter Cheverie) with Dangle Ona Dime (Corey MacPherson) third. Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley co-owns and trains Mando Fun for co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Barrieau also found the winner's circle with Red Dirt Star in a maiden score of 1:59.3 from his own stable and with Give Em Heck in 1:58.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown. Mantario won the $2,300 back-up pace in 1:57.3 in line to Norris Rogers for trainer Alex Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Varadero Hanover (Barrieau) earned the silver with Heart And Soul (Cheverie) completing the triactor. Trainer Melissa Rennie and driver Adam Merner teamed up for a triple as Howmac Napoleon won in 2:00.3, Chief Exec Officer was a 1:57.3 winner to remain undefeated in the Rennie stable and Always Reese hit the wire first in 2:01. For complete results and race replays go to www.redshores.ca.  By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Using a three-wide brush to his full advantage, Nogreatmischief got up in the stretch drive to win the featured Sunday afternoon harness racing finale at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to Walter Cheverie in the $2,700 featured event, Nogreatmischief got away fifth and watched as Heartland Eclipse (Driven by Mike McGuigan) laid down brisk opening splits of 28.1 and 57.1. Cheverie then elected to leave the rail up the backstretch and moved three high to position himself one-and-a-half lengths back at the head of the stretch before driving on for the neck win in 1:57.2. Jeb (Jason Hughes) finished second with Mantario (Norris Rogers) third. Cheverie co-owns and trains Nogreatmischief for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. The Elton Millar stable of Tyne Valley remained hot on the program as his trainees finished first and second in the $2,400 back-up pace. Twice As Bright (David Dowling) had a front end score in the event while stablemate Ramset (McGuigan) was second. Driver Gilles Barrieau scored a driving triple on the card to give the Saint John, N.B., reinsman 10 wins on the weekend. Barrieau’s Sunday scores included Varadero Hanover (1:57.3) for trainer Jeff Wallace of Alberton, Southfield Sue (2:02.2) for Vance Cameron of Summerside and Rockyroad Slimjim (1:58.1) from the Robert Phillips stable of Summerside. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside, PE - The live harness racing program scheduled for 4pm today at Red Shores Summerside has been cancelled.  by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Due to the storm approaching PEI, the Saturday harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been canceled. The Sunday program at Red Shores Summerside has been rescheduled to 4pm with further updates to follow. For information regarding live racing go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a late charging break in stride last week, Traces Of Purple will look to knock off the best harness racing mares in the region on a special Saturday morning program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Due to impending weather coming to the region, the Saturday card will have a special 11:30 A.M. first race post time and the top mares will face off in race 7 of the program in the $2,700 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Traces Of Purple will leave from post 1 in the contest with Walter Cheverie back in the bike for owner-trainer Robert Phillips of Belfast. The five-year-old daughter of Brandons Cowboy was making a late surge in the stretch drive last Saturday and rolled off stride before the finish to end up third. The winner from that race, Sodwana Bay, is not entered this week but runner-up Jordies Hope leaves from post 5 with David Dowling in the bike. The Brian Lander trained Jordies Hope has five seasonal scores including a 1:54.4 best over Red Shores Summerside. The model of consistency, West River Ambyr, has post 2 in the field of six with regular driver Steven Shepherd at the lines with the mare only missing one cheque in 16 outings this year. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with the rail sitter Traces Of Purple for the top spot. "Traces Of Purple has been a model of consistency all year sporting a top three record north of 80 per cent and that's against the best mares in the region," MacIsaac said. "Landing on the pylons will make her hard to deny." Also in the field is Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes), Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner) and Collective Wisdom (Dale Spence). The top purse of the night is in the race 11 Preferred 2 pace for a $2,850 pot. IC True Grit is the morning line choice with Mike McGuigan driving for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown. Other top entries include Red Magician (Merner) and JJ Powerball (Gordie Hennessey). For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Big Battle In Invitational At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - An off-Island scorcher will take on a Gold Cup and Saucer finalist on the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash card is scheduled for a 1 P.M. start on Sunday afternoon with a $4,000 Invitational pace slated for race 11. Euchred demolished all comers last time out in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia with a 15 length romp in 1:53.3 for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. David Dowling gets the catch driving call on the Sunday card from post 3 but Euchred will have some tough customers to contend with. Lisburn finished third in the $60,000 The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final last month then followed it up with a preferred win last week. Kenny Arsenault will drive his trainee from post 4 as the morning line favourite. James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation runner-up Rose Run Quest has post 2 in the field after a third place finish in the preferred pace last week. Marc Campbell will drive the pacer from his own barn this week. Also in the compact field is Best To Hurst (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes). The $2,600 back-up pace hits the track in race 8 with Mando Fun controlling the rail with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. The six-year-old son of Badlands Hanover has been amassing another solid season and was a runner-up last time he drew the rail to the then hottest horse in Prince County, Dangle Ona Dime. Those pacers will again face off Sunday with Dangle Ona Dime drawing post 5 with Ken Murphy in the seat for trainer Duane MacEachern. Mantario had been racing the best horses in the region but drops a notch to be heralded as the morning line favourite with Arsenault driving from post 4. For more information on the Sunday afternoon race program and storm updates go to www.Redshores.ca. or follow Red Shores on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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