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SUMMERSIDE, PE - Forever Paradise had complete control of the Friday night harness racing feature as soon as the wings folded at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Corey MacPherson sent the son of Western Paradise to the front through fractions of 30, 59.4 and 1:29.1 before unleashing a 28 second closing quarter for a mile time of 1:57.1 in the $2,200 preferred pace. Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) finished second with Ultimatelyhandsome (Kenny Arsenault) third. Kevin MacLean trains Forever Paradise for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Old Buck used a hard first over move to overpower the $1,900 back-up pace on the special Friday evening card. Sitting fifth approaching the backstretch on the final lap, driver Jason Hughes tipped the son of Ameripan Gigolo to the outside with nothing but fresh air in front of him. Old Buck responded to his uncovered advance to defeat pacesetter Darth Bader (Norris Rogers), who ended up third with Capitalism (Adam Merner) getting in the middle of the triactor. New owner Braedon McKenna had the first win of his career as a horse owner with newcomer Culpepper as part of a driving double for driver Hughes. Kristina McCourt of Kensington co-owns and trains the seven-year-old grey son of Camluck as he was a 1:57.2 victor in his East Coast debut. Driving doubles were also accomplished by drivers Merner, MacPherson and Mike McGuigan. Live racing continues at Red Shores with a Saturday evening card at 6 P.M. at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Sunday at 1 P.M. in Summerside. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Summerside, PE - Pictonian Storm, with catch-driver Gary Chappell in the bike, pulled off an upset in the opening day feature harness racing event at Red Shores Summerside in 1:57.1. The six-year-old son of Western Paradise, trained by Wade Sorrie for owner Walter Simmons, Summerside, PE, held off Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) while race favorite Mando Fun (Dale Spence) completed the triactor. In other action, Im on Schedule opened up the season at Summerside with a 2:01 score for Murphy, trainer Devon Wallace and owner David Lewis, Alberton, PE. Drivers Marc Campbell and Dale Spence recorded driving doubles while trainer MacKenzie MacInnis had two winners on the program as 131 years of racing returned the Prince County oval. Racing returns to Summerside on Sunday featuring the Ruby Chappell and Bob Dewar Stakes. Post time at 1pm For compete results go to www.redshores.ca    

Charlottetown, PE - Two-hole ride winners seemed to be a trend on the first Saturday afternoon card at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in 2017 and that's just how Forever Paradise would deliver in the harness racing feature. The now seven-year old son of Western Paradise set up shop on the front end in the early going before being rebuffed by Doing Some Damage who laid down the fractions of :30.3, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2 before driver Corey MacPherson shot the Kevin Maclean trainee Forever Paradise up the passing lane for his 49th lifetime victory. It was his second victory in a row at the top class level for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. The time of the mile was 1:59.4. Macpherson was also able to keep the streak alive for Dusty Lane Zendaya, the three-year-old daughter of Aahm Canadian Now finished 2016 a perfect two for two and would give 'The Tiger' a double on the day capturing her third straight victory. Ideal Space will go down in history as the first winner of 2017 at Red Shores. Off a career year in 2016, Adam Merner used front end tactics to take the first race of the new year at the capital city oval. Joey Squires trains for owners John and Albert MacGillivary. The winning didn't end there for the connections. Merner set Simon Said up for a two hole ride in behind fraction setter Red Magician before dropping into the passing lane to share doubles all around. On the topic of doubles, Kenny Arsenault who was read hot to close out 2016, continued his winning ways scoring a pair of driving and training victories. With Frill Seeker and Highland Boreas. Marc Campbell, Red Shores' leading driver in 2016 picked up a driving double on the card with Scarlet Saphire and the fastest trip out the day with veteran pacer Eagle Jolt in 1:57.3. Three cheque presentations were made as part of the Trainer-Driver Challenge offered in 2016. Jason Hughes was the leading point getter with 1,414 points and took home $2500, Marc Campbell finished second with 843 taking home $1500, and Arsenault rounded out the top three with 786, good for $1000. This Challenge is a way to honor the dedication, time and talent of being a trainer-driver in the harness racing industry. The wager for the afternoon card was $45,704. By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Forever Paradise may not of had the same season he did in 2015 but that didn't matter in the New Years Eve harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. The six-year-old maritime bred by Western Paradise used a ground saving journey for 'The Tiger' Corey MacPherson to slay Drivingthedragon's win streak in 1:57.2. The New Zealand invader Drivingthedragon N was parked out to the quarter in :28.1 before clearing to the lead and laying down fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.3 putting away a first over attacker in Rash B Havior but didn't have enough to fend of the patented 1/8 of a mile spirt of Forever Paradise. Macpherson who enjoyed a careee year in 2016 closed it out with a driving triple. Reg MacPherson along with Aaron and David MacKenzie own the Kevin Maclean trainee who picked up his 48th lifetime victory, just hours shy from turning seven. Marc Campbell crushed his previous single season dash title at Red Shores in 2016 topping up with a driving hattrick on the night to set the new plateau at 144. The three victories gave him the most wins in a maritime season for 2016 with 213. Kenny Arsenault enjoyed a driving and training double with Howmacs Pride and American Captain.'' By Bo Ford  

Charlottetown, PE - The Maritime Breeders finals for harness racing three-year fillies and colts is now in the history books. The rich finals were held Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Glory Jean, owned by Blair Hansen, Charlottetown, PE and trained by Tom Weatherbie, won the Ken Starratt memorial for three-year old fillies in line to Mark Bradley in 1:57.2. Bradley put the daughter of Brandons Cowboy on the point and rolled through fractions of 28.1, 58.2, 1:27.4 to claim the $25,420 final. Maudail Mac (Ken MacDonald) was second with Southfield Sassy (Terry Gallant) third. Race favorite Howmacscanasta made a break and finished eighth. Heart and Soul, with Clare MacDonald in the bike, captured the Doug Harkness memorial $21,430 colts final in 1:55.1. The son of Western Paradise, owned by Earith and George Riley, Kensington, held off Jackson K Down (Gilles Barrieau) for the victory with Lukes Cowboy (Kenny Arsenault) closing for third. In other action, trainer Jackie Matheson enjoyed at big night at the office sending four horses to winner's circle including top class performer DGS Camme (Barrieau) in 1:55 flat. The two-time winner of the Governor's plate, owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, turned away Forever Paradise (Mike McGuigan) for the score. Narragansett (Jason Hughes) was third. The other Matheson stable winners were Perfect Escape, Mozartsplace and Santiago Style. Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple. The wager was $41,959. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Forever Paradise blasted off the gate to take the early lead and was able to hold off some late challengers to win the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature in 2:00 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Marc Campbell, who used rail control to his advantage, sent the Kevin MacLean trainee through some hot fractions of 27.4, 57.3, 1:27.4 over the sloppy track with three second variant. The son of Western Paradise, who had a five length margin at the head of stretch, was fading in the stretch but was able to beat a pair of Trevor Hicken stable stars longshot Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and race favorite All Turain (Corey MacPherson) to secure the triactor ticket. The 1-4-6 combination returned $422.80. Forever Paradise notched his 16th victory from 32 starts this season for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. Caliban Hanover reached a special milestone on the afternoon's open trot class. The veteran trotter, under the command of Walter Cheverie, recorded his 50th lifetime win for owner Wendell MacDonald, Cornwall, PE and trainer Ron Gass. Campbell, Ken Murphy and Corey MacPherson posted driving doubles on the final Sunday card of the season. Racing returns Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside will play host to some of the biggest stakes stars in the region Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm and Sunday afternoon in Summerside with a 1pm post time. The Saturday program features two-year-old colt sensation Heart and Soul in a division of the Joe O'Brien memorial gold for a purse of $11,000. The Clare MacDonald trainee has won five straight which includes a track record breaking performance of 1:55.3 over the city oval on September 19th in the PEI Colt stakes. MacDonald will be in the bike in race 11 leaving off the rail for owners George and Earith Riley of Kensington, PE. The son of Western Paradise-Mighty Sassy goes into the event with $25,206 earned with six wins, a second and third from eight starts. KD Overdrive puts his four race win streak on the line from post 5 for Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and the Downey Stables of New Brunswick. Keen Edge (Danny Romo), Rosewood (Kenny Arsenault) JK Cowboy (Ryan Perrot) and Jackson K Down (Barrieau) listed as morning line favorites in their respective O'Brien memorial assignments. The two-year-old fillies strut their stuff in four divisions of the Lady Slipper stakes. The charm of Reserve Mines, NS, Dixie Lullaby, is the one to beat in the Lady Slipper gold. Trainer-owner Johnny Heffernan has listed Todd Trites to drive the filly who has only missed the winner's circle twice in her career. Riverboat Dancer (Mike Stevenson) and Camtizzy (Barrieau) are also listed as triactor candidates. Race analysts Gerard Smith and Les MacIsaac are split in the other gold between Shalara and Amirightorwrong. Future Edgebank and Pictonian Rachel get the top call in the Lady Slipper grassroots which carries a purse of $7,100. In other action, the Martin MacDougall memorial gets the action underway in race 1 with Celebrate Your Bet listed as race favorite for driver Jason Hughes. Hughes, who is closing in on career win 1,000, will be in the bike for trainer Nicholas Oakes and owner Douglas Matheson, Mt Albion, PE. For the complete list of entries, Les' Picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Fresh off the $22, 000 Governor's Plate final, Si Semalu will have rail control in the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS, and a winner of over $150, 000 lifetime, the five-year-old son of Modern Art will look to pick up his first victory on Red Soil since reporting to P.E.I in mid June. He will gain the services of his trainer at top driver at Red Shores Charlottetown Jason Hughes. Forever Paradise will look to price them up from Post 6, listed as the morning line favourite and entered for a claiming tag, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise has been no worst then second in his first six starts off the bench including a lifetime best 1:55.1 two starts ago. Owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, the Kevin MacLean trainee will be driven by Mike McGuigan. Also in the feature Jersey Joe will put his three race win streak on the line from post seven. Tempo Seelster, Smiley Bayama, Likely To Win, Cabo Pan Lucas and Waterside Light round out the power packed field. A pair of Open Trots are set to go post ward as well on Saturday night, the first in Race 2 has Pleasure Girls pegged as the morning line choice for owner Shelley Gass and trainer, driver Ronnie Gass. The field also features Frill Seeker for the Ebbsfleet Stables and newcomer to Foxyhall Racing Thunderaway. Race 4 features a pair of newcomers, Post 4 starter Kennel Buddy comes in from Ontario for trainer David Dowling, Walter Cheverie gets the call on the five-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding who was a winner last time out in 1:57.2 over Georgian Downs. The second newcomer comes from the powerful Patrick Shepherd stable, a winner of 105 races this year, Shepherd a native of Stratford, P.E.I. currently sits second among trainers in all of Canada, he will send out Weskey for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, NS. Harold Shepherd gets the call in the sulky on the winner of four races in a row, his last a lifetime best 1:56.4 over Georgian Downs. Racing action gets underway at 6 p.m. for the 12-dash card. By: Bo Ford

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He has been undefeated on Prince Edward Island in 2015 and Thursday night he is going to try and keep it that way at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card with Forever Paradise looking for redemption in the race 11 feature. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a second place finisher in last week's $3,500 Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton, N.B., but was a winner in both his Charlottetown starts so far this season. Gilles Barrieau will be in the bike in Thursday's $2,250 feature, drawing post 1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Race analyst Les MacIsaac pegs Forever Paradise in the win column. "He offers a not-worse-than-second record since coming off the bench four starts ago and gets the rail which will allow Gilles to work out the trip of his choice," MacIsaac said. "Top billing." Though he is heralded as the one to beat, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise will not race uncontested as Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2 and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) has post 5. Other entries include Dusty Lane Oliver (Ron Gass), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell), Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes), and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton). Sinners In Heaven rides his two-race win streak into the race 9 $1,700 back-up pace with Terry Gallant in the bike for trainer Earls Watts and owners Lana Murphy and River Valley Management of New Brunswick and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. His main morning line opponents are PC Shockwave (Wade Sorrie) and Whosurwinner (Hughes). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,350 purse. Former Maritime Champion Phanton Beau is the initial favorite from post 2 for driver Arsenault, trainer John Pineau and owners Peter Breau and Ann MacAulay of Moncton. Phantom Beau will have lots of company in the eight-horse field, as he will face off with a trio of rivals owned by the Andrew family. Post 3 has Presto Pegasus (MacDonald) for owners Bill and Rachel Andrew of Calgary, while post 6 has Money Show (Brian Andrew) owned by Brian Andrew of Milton, Blake Andrew of Montreal and Bill Andrew. Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley) completes the uncoupled entry from post 7 for the ownership group of Blake and Brian Andrew. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Bruce Aldrich Jr. was the star of the Thursday harness racing program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Aldrich scored six wins on the twilight race card highlighted by the third consecutive victory for pacer Romeo Lover (Western Paradise). Trainer Don Sherman acquired the four year old three weeks ago and has now gone three-for-three with him. Romeo Lover, the race's 1-9 favorite on Thursday, wound up getting parked the mile but withstood the wide journey to prevail in 1:57.2. Aldrich completed his grand slam early in the card by scoring wins in three consecutive races before going on to win from post eight with claiming trotter Princess Crown (Elegant Man) and with pacer Whata Bizness (Sportsmaster) in the finale. Aldrich vaulted into second in the driver standings after beginning the day four back of Billy Dobson as they chase leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Its Payday Friday completely justified the public's confidence of sending the five year-old off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting by scoring a resounding 4 1/4 length victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 harness racing Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The altered son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements, took command just a stride or two prior to the :27.2 opener and then wired panels of :57 and 1:26 before sprinting home in :28 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:54.   Dukester and Rick Plano teamed up for plane honors while Buddy Hally, with Stephen Byron handling the lines, finished third, five lengths away.   The very early leader, Adenium, finished fourth while Highland Yankee finished fifth in the quintet.   In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements gave a lot of credit to the track crew saying, "This racetrack was absolutely perfect tonight--not too hard...not too deep...just perfect. Kudos to them! As far as the trip went, well, as you can see here in the winner's circle, the earplugs are still in so I don't know how much more he would have gone had I pulled them. He was really awesome tonight!"   Its Payday Friday is on quite a roll having six wins and five seconds in 11 starts since arriving at Pompano Park in late October.   This victory pushed his lifetime bounty just shy of $200,000--$198,888 to be exact.   The companion $11,000 Open Trot went to M C Felix, a recent claim by owner Neal Oksenberg. Trained and driven by Aaron Byron, M C Felix took command at the quarter and wired his foes the rest of the way, stopping the timer in 1:55 for his 36th lifetime success. This nine year-old son of A J's Tycoon now has $348,229 on his card.   The second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward in two divisions--Sea Eagle the winner of the very first race contest at Pompano Park on February 4, 1964--with Deep Finesse and First Impression staking a claim to the final scheduled for January 28.   Deep Finesse, a nine year-old son of Western Paradise, came from well off the pace negotiating his final three-quarters in 1:24.2 to score the victory measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Jason Dillander. Terrorizer, with Ed Hensley in the bike, was second while Four Starz Kyle finished third for Rick Plano. Elkhorn Damian and Tumblin' Dice, the early pacesetter, also picked up minor awards, fourth and fifth, respectively.   Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Deep Finesse won for the 33rd time in his career--the hard hitting claimer now at $231,835 in career bounty.   As second choice on the board at 9 to 5, Deep Finesse paid $5.60 to win.   First Impression, driven by Aaron Byron, made his 200th lifetime start a memorable one with a sharp 1:53.1 win in the second division of the Sea Eagle Late Closer, taking the lead right at the opening marker of :27.3 and carding fractions of :56 and 1:25 before a sprint home in :28.1 sealed the deal measuring a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths over Tivolii Hanover, handled by Jason Dillander. Who Dey finished third for Mickey McNichol while Unrecognized Saint finished fourth. Memory In Motion picked up the final award in the field of six--three 10 year-olds and three 11 year-olds!   Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, First Impression won for the 39th time in his career, sending his lifetime bankroll to $352,288.   As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, First Impression paid $5.40 to his faithful.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Wednesday night setting up a record carryover exceeding $60,000 for Saturday night's program.   Finally, The Florida Amateur Driving Club boosted their charitable donations past the $135,000 mark with a contribution to the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. The CHHA, with more than 1,000 members world-wide, was represented by Chaplain Lee Alphen. A large group of horsemen and women, including Dan Clements, Bruce Ranger, Diane Hellen and young Tom Wine, Mike Hardy, Pete Pellegrino, Jason Dillander and Allen Saul, were in the winner's circle to make the presentation.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best in Atlantic Canadian harness racing are coming to play this weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals and consolations. The action will be carried live on the Bell-Aliant Race Day show at www.redshores.ca Saturday afternoon features the four pacing consolations with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dash card. The first $5,000 consolation lines up in race 6 with the two-year-old filly pacers, followed by the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old colts in race 12. The Open trot lines up in race 5 with race favorite Zip The Lip leaving from post 5 in the compact five-horse field for driver Brian MacPhee, and co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will face top competitors Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The Sunday afternoon championship program kicks off at 1 pm with six Breeder's Crown finals on a 14-dash card. Race 2 has the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for two-year-old trotters, sponsored by Meridian Farms. Tyne Valley is the favorite in the eight-horse-field over top entries Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Windemere Ty (Jack Panting). Tyne Valley will have the services of Mike Stevenson for co-owner and trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson of Belfast and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. The three-year-old trotters will do battle in their Breeder's Crown final sponsored by Meridian Farms in race 5 on the program as race favorite Seanchai is shouldered with post 7 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey will put a two-race-win-streak on the line against Southfield Shadow (Terry Gallant) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The two-year-old filly pacers line up in race 7 in a $22,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final and it promises to be a hard fought battle as the division has been trading blows all season. Jann Down is the morning line favorite from post 3 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Stephen Mason and owner Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. She will face other divisional leaders Three Pink Bows (Walter Cheverie), Dusty Lane Bria (Arsenault) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). Race 9 has the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final and Barrieau has the favorite again, this time off the rail. The New Brunswick reinsman will guide Dixieland Band from post 1 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, and Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie, both of Stratford. His top competition will come from Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Camco Titan (Arsenault). The most interesting division has unquestionably been the three-year-old filly pacers and they will put $22,000 on the line in race 11 as Elm Grove Inarush will attempt to accomplish what just slipped out of her grasp in her two-year-old season: being crowned Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Saulsbrook Alana defeated her that October day in 2013 but the tables have turned, as Elm Grove Inarush has post 4 and is riding a three-race win streak for driver Mark Bradley and Kensington connections of trainer and co-owner Eddy Doucette, Grant Mann, Blaine Thibeau and Gordon MacLeod. She will face some tough company with Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) from post 7, Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson) from post 8 and Fleurje (Hughes), riding a five-race win streak, from post 6. The final Breeder's Crown final of the day has three-year-old pacing colts vying for top honours and a $22,000 purse in race 13. The draw was kind to Rancousy as he has rail control and a four-race win streak on the line for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S. The three-year-old son of Western Paradise will battle seven rivals including Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum) and Just A Professor (MacDonald). The top pacing mares go head-to-head in race 12 in the Open Mares Invitational while the best free-for-allers on the East Coast, including D Gs Camme and All Turain, compete for $5,000 in the race 14 finale. For the complete list of entries, top picks or the weekend events with Atlantic Breeders Crown go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes

Charlottetown PE - The former Maritime stakes winner Forever Paradise is once again enjoying the fresh Island air. The four-year-old gelded son of Western Paradise picked up his second straight feature victory at Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night, stopping the clock in 1:56.1.   Driver Marc Campbell hustled Forever Paradise to the lead before a give-and-go with pocket sitter I D K, Cutting out all the numbers of :27.4, :57.3, :127, Forever Paradise opened up and won by three lengths for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. I D K held for second and Mcjestic was third. The win was part of a driving double for Campbell who won earlier in the card with Kyle Wilkie trainee Mademoiselle Neeld.   Honor Roll has been on quite a roll of her own, the five-year-old daughter of Mach Three picked up her fifth straight victory in 1:59.2 for co-owner and driver Brian Andrew. As her previous four victories, Honor Roll came from out of the clouds to pick up the victory in race 10. She is also owned by Bill Andrew and Blake Andrew. Ronnie Gass is the trainer. Brian also had a double on the card winning with Lace in Race 2.   A light upset in the Open Trot seen Frill Seeker defeat his seven rivals in 2:00.4 for the Ebbsfleet Stables. Driver - trainer Kenny Arsenault gained the fourth position off of the wings before rushing to the front just past the half, winning by a third-of-a-length over the bettors choice Zip The Lip. Pleasure Girls was third.   Jason Hughes picked up a driving and training double on the card winning with Rocks Confession in 2:01.. He also took the evenings Open Mares race with Stayoutofmyaffair in 1:57.   It is with sadness that Red Shores confirms the death of Northern Zoom during tonight's race program. Our condolences are with the horse's owner, trainer and driver. Northern Zoom was transported to the Atlantic Vet College where and autopsy will be performed.   Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post time. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise will aim to topple seven foes in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Marc Campbell will sit behind Forever Paradise from post 3 in the race 11 $2,000 feature pace for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The four-year-old son of Western Paradise was a top stakes performer on the east coast the past two years but had spent much of 2014 racing in the United States. He has registered a 1:55.1 victory since returning to P.E.I., and race analyst Les MacIsaac will place his faith in the pacer. "He Has not been worse than second since returning to familiar surroundings and last time out earned an impressive new speed badge," MacIsaac said of Forever Paradise. "Don't rule out a repeat." He will face two tough rivals in Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) and IDK (Vincent Poulton), who both show miles in 1:55 and change. Other entries include Mcjestic (Corey MacPherson), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), First Art Down (Ken Murphy), Teddys Place (Thane Arsenault) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald). The $1,850 Open trot lines up in race 5 with Zip The Lip favoured from post 5 for driver Brian MacPhee and trainer Donald Sweet. Sweet co-owns with fellow O'Leary resident Orville Willis. The six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin leaves from post 5 and brings in impressive form with a 2:01.2 victory in his last outing and a bang-up second the start before in the $10,700 P.E.I. Trotting Series final, won by Mopey Corey. His competition in the Thursday night Open trot includes Pleasure Girls (MacPherson), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Lyrical Lindy (Hughes), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Howmacs Pride (Campbell). Atlantic Canada's top pacing mares will go full throttle in race 9 for a $2,250 pot. Race Analyst MacIsaac selects post 1 starter Stayoutofmyaffair to land in the winner's circle for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. "Having been first or second in four of her last five starts should tell you all you need to know about her current form," MacIsaac said. "The rail just adds to her appeal." She will have to fight off a field of seven including the Jackie Matheson trained duo of For All We Know (Gary Chappell) and General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Rancousy established a new track record of 1:56.1 for three-year-old male pacers at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon with his dominant 22-1/4 length romp in the $9,960 Nova Scotia Stake for trainer/driver Darren Crowe. Owned and bred by Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S., the Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt's winning time was two-fifths of a second faster than the former mark set by Clinton Debriefed in 2003. Leaving from post two, Rancousy escaped the commotion caused by breaker Touch Of Thunder (Earl Smith) to most of the field and extended his leading margin as he raced past panels of :29.2, :58.4 and 1:27.1 en route to the 1:56.1 triumph. West River Yannik (Paul Langille) raced in second and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald) finished third. Touch Of Thunder finished fourth, but was set back to eighth for causing interference to the other starters. To view the rest of this story click here.

The $ 20,000 harness racing James Roach MacGregor Memorial will line up behind the gate in the race 12 finale on Friday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. The field of six, features four Gold Cup and Saucer trial starters that didn't qualify for the $75, 000 final and two others. The millionaire pacer Up The Credit has drawn into Post 2 for trainer - driver Carl Jamieson. The six-year-old Western Terror stallion finished fifth in his trial, pacing his mile in 1:53.1 for Ryan Ellis. The former winner of the $ 1.5 million North American Cup as a three-year-old is owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Mach Wheel has drawn the coveted rail as he takes his stab at the lions share of the $ 20,000 purse. He was also a fifth place finisher in his Gold Cup and Saucer trial, pacing his own mile in 1:53 for owner - trainer Shane Arsenault. He was a winner two starts back at Grand River Raceway in 1:54.2. Island native Paul Mackenzie will do the driving. The brother duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd will send out Duke Did It from post 4. He was a disappointing sixth in his trial which came one start after setting the track record at Truro Raceway in 1:53.2, his win streak was halted at four too. Owned by Ivan Petersheim, the nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight will look to regain form on Friday night. The only Maritime owned horse in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Astor, has drawn Post 5 in the compact field of six. He finished sixth in his Trial for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. Jason Hughes does the training and driving. One of the stars on the Maritime Free-for-all scene, Astor will look to show his Ontario invaders what P.E.I. is all about. Blissfull Bro (post 3) and Windfall Blue Chip (post 6), round out the field for the MacGregor memorial. The top three-year-old fillies the Maritimes have to offer will be on display Friday night in two Gold divisions of the Lady Slipper. Last year's top filly looks to be regaining her form heading into her $12, 700 Gold divisions, Saulsbrook Alana has drawn into post 6 in Race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise has back-to-back 1:56 and change victories for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The winner of just shy of $ 80,000 lifetime will get the services of Marc Campbell. Her bridesmaid last week, Absolootly Hot draws into post 3 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable and Scott Hubbard. She paced her mile in 1:56.4 beaten only a length-and-a-quarter by Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is trained by Earl Watts. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving for the second straight start. I C Anastro, Sea Anna Win, Pictonian Sareta, Babies Gigolo, Libertys Gig and Dusty Lane Dora round out the full-filed of eight. The 2014 Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute will look to dethrone the winner of four-in-a-row Elm Grove Inarush. Lovineveryminute draws into post 5 for the River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. She has just shy of $ 60,000 in lifetime earnings. Earl Watts does the training while Todd Trites will handle the driving. Elm Grove Inarush will look to extend her win streak to five from Post 3, her last two victories have come in a career best 1:55.3 for driver Mark Bradley. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, Doucette does the training. Mackenzie will handle the driving duties as he looks to take the late double with her and Mach Wheel. Brickyard Val, Fleurje, Briannas Angel, Bettim Jenny, Outrageous Spirit and Sail Through round out the field. The P.E.I Trotting Series Final sponsored by the PEIHRIA will line up behind the starting gate in Race 7 for a purse of $ 10, 700. Eight of the best trotters the Maritimes have to offer will contest for the largest purse they will race for this season. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail position for owner Orville Willis and Donald Sweet, fresh off of a victory in the second leg, the Sweet trainee will get the Brian MacPhee in the bike. The aged veteran of the field, the 14-year-old Abundaspin will leave from post 3, The richest starter in the field with over $477, 000 in lifetime earnings the Harold Shepherd trainee will get son Robert in the bike. Frill Seeker has drawn Post 4, after a break, a win, a break and a win since coming to P.E.I, his owners the Ebbslfeet Stables will hope the streak stays in-tacked for this week. Kenny Arsenault does the training at the driving. Beer Maggs, Pleasure Girls, Lyrical Lindy, Majian Dillon and Mopey Corey round out the field. Bo Ford

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