YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 19, 2013--He was the victim of bad luck Monday (shuffled out of the last race) and bad weather Tuesday (Mother Nature snowed on his parade), but harness racing driver Jason Bartlett completed his appointed rounds Thursday night. Bartlett, a Yonkers Raceway mainstay since migrating from Maine a few seasons ago, drove his 5,000th career winner. He hit the number with solid, two-move effort from Box Car Johnnie ($8) in the $12,000, sixth-race pace. The 8-year-old Western Paradise gelding defeated odds-on favorite Pembroke Alec Bush (George Brennan) by a length-and-a-half in 1:53. The 32-year-old Bartlett, a native of Augusta, ME, entered the evening needing one scant victory to round up the odometer. Bartlett has three consecutive (2008-10) local driving titles on his resume, which also includes a pair of Yonkers' stakes wins...the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (Foiled Again, 2010) and Messenger Stakes (2013, Ronny Bugatti). He also represented the U. S. twice in the World Driving Championship. Bartlett, who drove his first winner for his grandfather, Richard, at the Windsor (ME.) Fair in 1998, is closing on $54 million in career purses. The Bartletts--Jason, wife Kristen, and sons Kobe and Karter---were presented with a congratulatory sign after his latest accomplishment. "As I said before, I've never been much of a numbers guy, but 5,000 is a lot," Bartlett said. "I always appreciate the owners and trainers giving me the opportunities, and really, you just go out and do your best every night. "It was special doing it for (trainer) Alicia Gray, since she and her husband, Shawn, are also from Maine and I've had a lot of success driving for them." The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues through Saturday's season-ender, with first post Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
Summerside, PE – Red Shores Summerside hosted two divisions of the Maritime Breeders Finals for trotters Sunday. Phantom Beau, driven by Kenny Arsenault, delivered as the post time favorite in the two-year-old contest in 2:08.2 over a sloppy track with a three second variant due to rain. The colt, trained by John Pineau, took the lion’s share of the $8,600 purse with Dusty Lane Galaxy and Glencove Yoshi rounding out the top three pay-outs. Peter Breau of Moncton, N.B. is the winning owner. Rash Statement upset the field to win the three-year-old $7,100 MBA final. Walter Cheverie put the trotter on the front and turned away all challengers for the gate to wire victory. The race was named in honor of John “Buddy” Campbell. The son of Northern Bailey is owned and trained by Joe Smallwood of Stratford. Meridian Farms bred the champion. I Aint No Lady (Garth Coles) was second while West River Xcel(Clare MacDonald) was third. Cheverie had a driving triple on the day. Meridian Farms also presented three divisions of the David Rose Memorial series. Driver Corey MacPherson swept all three of the Rose series with Keystone Nobility, Micrometerjack and Life Savior in their respective splits. The top class went to Le Fugueur for Marc Campbell in 2:01.4. The horse is conditioned by Darren Trainor for his wife Jennifer. Dumas Walker and Saulsbrook Alana Claim Maritime Breeders Titles Charlottetown, PE – The Maritime Breeders Finals for two-year colts and fillies were center stage Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Dumas Walker, with co-owner and trainer Myles Heffernan in the bike, won the $33,000 MBA final in 1:57.4. The colt earned his biggest paycheck of the season while notching his ninth win of the campaign including his third in a row. Heffernan, a resident of Glace Bay, N.S., shares the ownership papers with Joseph Poirier of Nova Scotia. Settlement Request (Marc Campbell) closed hard for second with Mr Comraderie (Mike Stevenson) holding on for third. Saulsbrook Alana captured the $29,200 Maritime Breeders Final for two-year-old fillies in 1:57 flat. The Kevin MacLean trainee earned her eighth consecutive victory. The daughter of Western Paradise has $58,223 in the bank for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Marc Campbell, who enjoyed another big night at the office with four winners on the card, engineered the trip putting the filly on the lead on route to the half. The pacing star never looked back. Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) was second with Absolootly Hot (Brodie MacPhee) third. The fastest mile of the night went to All Turain in 1:55.1. “He’s in a league all of his own” boomed track announcer Vance Cameron as the four-year-old gelding powered through the stretch for his seventh win in a row. Brodie MacPhee did the driving for owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. MacPhee changed tatics sending All Turain off the gate to take command of the field through fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.3. Touch of Lightning stalked the leader and settled for second for Earl Smith while Narragansett, with Norris Rogers in the bike, completed the triactor. In other action, Zip the Lip scored back to back winning performances in the open trot for Brian MacPhee. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Orville Willis and Donald Sweet of O’Leary own the trotter. Brand of my Own, (John Holmes) and Modern Girl (Mike Stevenson) won their respective divisions of the Louis McIsaac Memorial for the fans series presented by Meridian Farms. by Lee Drake for Red Shores
Charlottetown, PE – Saulsbrook Alana equaled her own track record with a 1:56 winning performance during Maritime Breeders elimination action Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell engineered the trip touching down on the front on route to the half that was reached in 57.2 after Elm Grove Inarush posted the opening panel in a stiff 28.1. The Kevin MacLean trainee raced past the three-quarter station in 1:27.2. The filly brushed home in 28.3 seconds to stop the timer in track record time. The daughter of Western Paradise-Atlanta Girl picked up her 8th win from 11 starts for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Elm Grove Inarush was second with Sail Through third. Gilles Barrieau swept two of the MBA colt eliminations when he drove Setttlement Request to a 1:59.3 score while his other stable star Tobins Fushion delivered as the post time favorite in 1:59 flat. Dumas Walker, with Myles Heffernan in the bike, won the other colt MBA division elimination in 1:59. The colt has won his last two starts and moves his season top three summary from eleven starts to 8-1-1. Stayoutofmyaffair, under the command of Jason Hughes, won the mares open in 1:56.1. The mare is trained by Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. Veronicavermillion was charging hard late to take second with rail-sitter JK Beauty completing the triactor. Flag of Honor (Gilles Barrieau), Outside the Wire (Brodie MacPhee), Tymal Headliner (Brodie MacPhee) and Micrometerjack (Corey MacPherson) won their respective legs of the David Rose Memorial For the Fans Series. The memorial, presented by Meridian Farms, tied a promotion to each race with fans being drawn to team up with a horse for a chance to win additional prizes. Lee Drake
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
ALBERTA DOWNS National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history on Sunday afternoon in just his second start, defeating a field of more experienced rivals in 1:53.3. The Allamerican Native colt is now undefeated in two starts for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt and co-owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. National Debt sat gapped out in fifth for most of the mile in a $4,500 conditioned pace while favoured sophomore Bettor In The Bank carved out fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.4 in search of his fifth straight win. But National Debut unleashed :26.4 final quarter speed to propel him into the top spot. His winning margin was more than three lengths. Bettor In The Bank settled for second and the pocket-sitting three-year-old Cabo Real finished third. National Debt lowered the freshman track record by two-fifths of a second. The former mark was set by two-year-old pacing colt Wrangler Betonme in 2011. Alberta-sired two-year-olds took the stage later on the card in three Alberta Shooting Star divisions, ranging in purses from $18,767 to $19,067, and another record was set. Blue Eyed Cowboy ($6.40) established a new 1:54.4 track record for two-year-old pacing geldings as he overtook the pacesetting Pass The Port in deep stretch and held off Outlaw Last Chance by a head. The Brandons Cowboy gelding shaved four-fifths of a second off The Big Heist's former record. Bill Tainsh Jr. was the winning driver for trainer/owner Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. The win was Blue Eyed Cowboy's first in ABSS action and second from six pari-mutuel starts. The late sire Brandons Cowboy's legacy continues to live on as his offspring completed a sweep of the Shooting Star with other divisions going to J J J Stables' Comes Home First ($2.30), a 1:56.1 winner for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward, and the maiden-breaking Incognito Cowboy ($12.50), a 1:58.1 winner for trainer/driver Keith Clark, who also co-owns with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea and Laurence Swalm. Both posted win margins of more than six lengths. Comes Home First has now won all five of his pari-mutuel starts, including divisions in all three ABSS legs. The Alberta-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will wrap up their ABSS season in the Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park In other action, Revolver ($6.90) and driver Brandon Campbell took the $8,500 top class in 1:53.1, scoring by nearly five lengths over favourite Cowboy Caper and Hoerdt. Glenn Lutz trains the six-year-old pacer, who notched his 20th career victory for the Estate of Harvey Poffenroth of Calgary. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Alberta Downs. St. JOHN’S RACING Sophomore pacer Dustylane Wildbill took top honours winning the featured stakes event at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday's harness racing card, which was sponsored by Meridian Farms. Dustylane Wildbill romped to a five and a quarter length victory, stopping the clock in a career-best clocking of 2:03 in the $2,200 featured sixth race for two and three-year-old Newfoundland-owned pacers. Freshmen Salmonier Storm and Son Of Rocknroll rounded out the top three finishers. Shane Forward was in the sulky for trainer Scott Forward and local owner Joanne Forward. The Meridian Farms-bred colt is a son of Ss Sand Dollar, who has won half of his 12 career starts. This week's $1,190 Preferred class, sponsored by Rene Allard, was also won by the driver-trainer team of Shane and Scott Forward as Inspired Art drew off by nine lengths in the stretch. Carl Stafford's eight-year-old pacer hit the wire in 2:01.3 with Muzzysenglishbaby and Machthemoment finishing second and third, respectively. Team Forward also won the opener with five-year-old pacing mare K Ngs Hurricane edging out Brandishing by a head in 2:11.3. Another Ss Sand Dollar offspring, the winner is owned by Christine Hedges and Jacqueline Smith, and bred by Meridian Farms. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - St. John's Racing. SUNBURY DOWNS Trainer/driver Paul MacLean worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard sophomore filly Ideal Odds to win the $18,700 final of the Late Bloomer Pacing Series on Sunday at Sudbury Downs. Stablemate Vijay Scam set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:30 over the sloppy surface with the field stacking up into the stretch. But Ideal Odds came through to prevail in 2:02, scoring by three-quarters of a length over Hot N Shooting. Vijay Scam edged out Ok Eros and Fools Run Around for third one length behind. With a win in the opening leg of the series on Sept. 15 and a second-place finish by a nose in the Sept. 22 round, Ideal Odds was sent postward as the second choice on the odds board and returned $5.70 to win. After going winless in four starts as a freshman, she has only missed the board once in 14 starts this year. The Western Ideal filly has won six times while pushing his bankroll to $30,270 for owner B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. Maclean also drove Mellow Jenny ($13.90) to a 2:02 victory in the $4,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace by a quarter-length over Carly Hollywood for trainer Philippe Belanger. Another Belanger trainee, Stable Eyes ($3.80), won the $4,200 Not Listed Preferred in rein to Mike MacNeill. She prevailed in 2:01.3 by half a length over No Teasing Me and MacLean. Sophomore gelding Mr Why ($8.70) and Wayne MacLean won the $7,500 Late Bloomer Consolation in 2:02.2 by two and three-quarter lengths. The Late Bloomer Series was for non-winners of one race or $15,000 (fillies and mares $18,750) lifetime as of Sept. 2, 2013. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Sudbury Downs. TURO RACEWAY Three-year-old pacing colt The Rev led Sunday afternoon's Carl & Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes winners with a 1:56.3 triumph in the opening division at Truro Raceway. The MacKenzie Memorial was split into five $7,682 divisions for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Trained and driven by Danny Romo, The Rev ($3.10) fought off J B Bolt through early fractions of :27.4 and: 56.4 in the first colt division and then drew clear en route to three-quarters in 1:27. The popular son of Western Paradise cruised home in :29.3 for the one and a half length triumph over pocket-sitter Forever Paradise and the wide rallying Watersides Kipper. The consistent colt now boasts seven wins and four seconds in 12 sophomore starts for Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts, and the Glb Stable. Trainer/driver Kenny Arsenault took the other colt divisions with Untouchable One ($2.70) going wire-to-wire for his fifth win in a row in 1:57 and J J Nitro ($7.10) rallying three-wide off cover to prevail in 1:58. Arsenault was also in the sulky as Mike Campbell-conditioned Rose Valley ($5) went first over to win her filly division in 1:57.2. Icandothat ($4.30) front-stepped her way to victory lane in the other filly split in a matching time of 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Ryan Ellis. The Arsenault stable also collected a win in the $10,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers with the Hilliard Graves-owned and driven Waterside Light ($13) converting off a pocket trip to win by more than two lengths in 2:00.2. The win was the Lis Mara colt's fourth (consecutive) in seven starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway. INVERNESS RACEWAY Junebugs Baby closed out Inverness Raceway's Sunday afternoon card of harness racing with a bang as he circled a field of six top Nova Scotia pacers and drew off to an impressive open length victory in the featured $3,750 Inverness Invitational Greg Sparling drove the four-year-old son of Western Paradise to the six length triumph in 1:57.2 over early race leaders Art I Special and Redmond Doucet. Lils Destiny and John Hawco rounded out the top three finishers. Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnball trains and co-owns the homebred with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate now boasts a career record reading 18-10-2 in 36 starts with earnings totalling $67,639. Junebugs Baby paid $3.40 to win as the bettors' choice. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. SUMMERSIDE RACEWAY Big League and All Turain won their respective $3,500 first leg divisions of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Big League, owned by Johan Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I., gave Corey MacPherson his fourth winner of the day when he caught fraction-setter Wild Dragon at the head of lane and drove on to victory in 1:55.4. Leading Camdidate came flying late to grab second while Narragansett finished third. All Turain won his fourth in a row in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship for Brodie MacPhee in 1:55.1. MacPhee tipped the Trevor Hicken trainee off the back of Touch Of Lightning to capture his fifth win from 18 starts this season. Lee Hicken of Charlottetown co-owns the pacer with his trainer. Touch Of Lightning was right there for second while Lucky Encounter completed the triactor. War Cry Ranger won the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron Memorial in an impressive 1:57.2. Brian Andrew did the driving for his co-owners Bill and Blake Andrew. MacPherson’s other winners on the program came with No Pain Intended for Harold Hill, Lets Make Ideal owned by Mikeala Lustic, and Bizzy Izzy for trainer Jeff Wallace. MacPhee had a driving double on the program also winning with Selkirk Stable's Roscoes Child. The second leg of the Island Pacing Championship will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Charlottetown Driving Park with the final set for Sunday, October 13. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Summerside Raceway. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Hippodrome 3R Two-year-old pacing filly Alevala Hanover celebrated her first career win in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R for her local connections as she prevailed in the $31,600 Lucien Bombardier Stakes, which is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned by driver Marc Belanger and trainer Stephane Beaudoin, both of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Alevala Hanover overcame early interference from post eight and made up her double-digit deficit by the half-mile mark. She then held off race favourite Champagne Shower (Dennis St. Pierre), who was a riding a three-race win streak in Quebecoise Series action, to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Third-place finisher C L Infinite (David Pilon) followed nearly 10 lengths behind. The Allamerican Native-Armbro Odessa filly now sports a career record reading 1-2-2 in six starts with earnings soaring to more than $20,000. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Hippodrome 3R. Inverness Raceway Junebugs Baby closed out Sunday afternoon's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway with a victory in the featured $1,500 Frank MacInnis Memorial Pace. Junebugs Baby watched as favourite J B Bolt and Macnamarra battled on top through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:29.4 in the ninth race before flying by in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Art I Special came on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind, while J B Bolt and Macnamarra settled for third and fourth respectively. The homebred son of Western Paradise was driven by Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnbull, who shares ownership with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate earned the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 16th lifetime. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. Holland Fair Outlaw I See Red wired a field of Open pacers in the $2,200 Murray Cumberland Memorial featured at Holland Fair on Sunday afternoon. Driver Ron Cullen steered Outlaw I See Red ($8.90) to the 2:02.3 two and three-quarter length victory with Playboy Killean (Dean Rey) and Outlaw Spider (Don Howlett) finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Cullen trains the five-year-old Brandons Cowboy gelding for owners Derek and Fred Gilbert of Brandon, MB. The race was named in honour of horseman Murray Cumberland, who passed away in July 2012. The winning connections swept the late Daily Double with eight-year-old pacing mare Judges Discretion ($6.80), driven by Greg Manning, taking the finale. The Cullen combination paid $12.60. The Manitoba Great Western Fair circuit wraps up next weekend back in Miami with Saturday and Sunday live harness racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Holland Fair. Fraser Downs Open pacing mare Prairie Illusion returned to racing action on Sunday after four months off and found herself right back where she left off...in the Fraser Downs winner's circle. The four-year-old Mach Three mare won the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open back on May 3 in a career-best 1:52.4 and matched that mark in Sunday's feature event with another dominating score. Jim Marino, who won four races on the card, sent the favourite to the lead from post five and never looked back through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the six and three-quarter length victory. The winning time was just two-fifths of a second off Furious Five's track record for aged pacing mares. Early trailers Phone Terror (Serge Masse) and Jans Rich Girl (Scott Knight) finished second and third. Prairie Illusion has now won all three of her starts since being claimed by trainer William Young in mid-April for $30,000. She is now six-for-12 this season and has yet to miss a paycheque throughout her four-year-old campaign. While Prairie Illusion missed the track record for her age and sex, the Fraser debuting Need You So Bad established one for two-year-old geldings with a 1:56.2 three length romp for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The son of American Ideal was two-fifths of a second faster than the former record-holder Nobody Can. The J J J Stables owns the Horizon Pace champion who is undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Charlottetown, PE - Gold Cup finalist Proven Lover will take on a power-packed field in the $2,400 feature Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time to kick off the action is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will host a 13 dash program on Sunday with stakes stars invading the Prince County oval at 1pm. Proven Lover, owned by Casey Gavin, Tignish, PE, will leave from post 6 in race 12 with Terry Gallant listed to drive for trainer Thane Mann. The nine-year-old pacing star was roughed up in the Gold Cup trial to finish third and then placed fifth in the final where he was charted in 1:52.4. Touch of Lightning, who became the fasted Island bred horse when he stopped the timer in an incredible 1:53 flat in the Premier's pace has drawn post 4 for driver Earl Smith and his connections of Don and Peter Smith, Larry Chappell and Gerald Morrissey while Governor's Plate winner Wild Dragon starts from post 5 for catch-driver Walter Cheverie. Here is the complete field from the rail out J V S Ring (pp1), All Turain (pp2), Big League (pp3), Touch of Lightning (pp4), Wild Dragon (pp5), Proven Lover (pp6), Cambest Kisser (pp7) and Greatheart Hanover (pp8). The open trotter will share in the stage in race 3 with top guns Zip the Lip (Brian MacPhee), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) hooking up in the $1,800 contest. For live video, Horse Player Interactive information or race programs go to www.redshores.ca Summerside, PE - The two-year-old stars of harness racing will strut their stuff Sunday at Red Shores Summerside with six divisions of the Joe O'Brien Memorial for colts while the fillies compete in six splits of the Lady Slipper. The action will be carried live from www.redshores.ca with HPI players getting in on the program. In the first O'Brien gold, Dumas Walker, named after the Kentucky Headhunters hit in the 1990's, puts his winning streak on the line in race 6. Myles Heffernan will drive the colt who has been perfect since the mis-cue at Summerside in the Callbeck stake. Settlement Request and JJ Laser will try to knock off the favorite. Tobins Fusion headlines the other O'Brien Gold division for Gilles Barrieau. The Western Paradise colt has banked $11,523 this season for Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd, Daniel Ross and Charlie Seymour. The undefeated filly Lovineveryminute steps on the racetrack in the Lady Slipper gold event in race 8 for trainer Earl Watts. The filly is five for five with $18,792 to her credit since July 1. Owner Reg MacPherson and his trainer Kevin MacLean send out Saulsbrook Alana from post 5. The MacPherson-MacLean combination has been red hot lately. Dusty Lane Dora, trained by Elton Miller, is 5-2 on the morning line for the next Lady Slipper Gold in race 12. Corey MacPherson gets the driving assignment for owner Ron Gass, Cornwall. For race programs, Jared's Picks and up to the minute results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake
Exhibition Park Raceway fans had a chance to see the first two-year-old winner of the 2013 harness racing season in New Brunswick on Saturday afternoon.
There will be a pair of two-year-olds make their first lifetime starts this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.
Malabrigo did it again. The three-year-old filly won her harness racing division of the Island Breeders Championship on Saturday afternoon (November 3) at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. It was her 16th win in a row.
The PEI Colt Stakes week continues with a double-header Saturday afternoon at 1pm with the evening harness racing program beginning at 7pm. The afternoon card features five divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies. The morning line favorites include Largomotion, Windemere Maggie, Howmacs Angel and the un-defeated Top Brand.
Touch of Lightning (Articulator) clocked an impressive time at Truro Raceway on Saturday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action.
The three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing fillies were the highlight of the holiday harness racing card at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon (May 21).
In May 2011, the USTA announced a partnership with the American Endurance Ride Conference to award the Standardbred that recorded the most miles ridden during the ride season. It is only fitting that the 2011 award winner was also a winner on the racetrack, East Meets West.
Not only is Wally Hennessey about to become the 21st harness racing driver in history to reach 8,000 wins, he also still has a very sharp eye for acquiring a promising horse.
In late September, 2008 24 year old harness racing driver Billy Dobson ventured from Michigan to Monticello Raceway and even though he came without any horses it didn't take much time for the youngster's talent to be recognized by the local training colony.