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
Three new lifetime marks stole the harness racing show in the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' divisions on Monday afternoon at Red Shores' Charlottetown. The fastest of the four divisions came in Race 7 when Rancousy picked up his second straight victory and fourth in his last five starts. The Darren Crowe trainee wired the field from Post 4 laying down fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.4 before stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:55.4. The Western Paradise - Too Spicy For You colt is owned by Don Smith of Brookside, NS. With the victory, Rancousy pushes his three-year-old earnings to over $ 20,000. Just A Professor finished second and Woodmere Artisan was third. Hollywoodgigolo knocked the Atlantic Sire Stakes monkey off of his back picking up a pocket sitting victory by a neck for owner Scott Dunn. Mike Stevenson bladed the Ameripan Gigolo gelding off the wings and dropped him into the two-hole behind fraction setter Settlement Request, before nailing him on the line in a lifetime best 1:57.4 Settlement Request hung on for second after cutting clockings of :29.3, :58.1 and 1:27.3. J Ps Warrior finished third. Driver Gilles Barrieau worked out a masterful drive aboard his own trainee Tobins Fusion in the 11th race. Leaving from Post 5 Barrieau fired his charge off of the wings, before taking back into the four spot watching a battle ensue for the lead as Touch Of Lightning and Earl Smith insisted on the lead. Barrieau moved out past the five-eights and made a late charge nailing Touch Of Thunder on the line in 1:58.1 a lifetime best. Race 9, The only 'A' division that didn't end in a lifetime mark was won by the Maritime Breeders Champion Arties Magic and driver Todd Trites. The Earl Watts trainee left off the gate from the rail and watched an early battle between Rebelseven and Dumas Walker unfold, Myles Heffernan dropped Dumas Walker back into the three spot before moving back out and attacking first over, Island Gigolo moved out late for catch-driver Barrierau but Arties Magic used the passing lane to win by a nose in 1:58.2 for owners Windemere Farms and Clive Balderston. Four divisions of 'B' colts lined up with Tyron My Gigolo, Pictonian Storm, Come On Gigolo and N Expense picked up victories. It was a big day for stallion Ameripan Gigolo winning four of the 11 races on the card. Driver Marc Campbell took a trip down memory lane in the second, winning with the 11-year-old Rebelryan in 2:00.1 picking up his 55th lifetime victory for owner - trainer Kevin MacLean. Over half of those victories have come with Campbell in the drivers seat. Bo Ford
Charlottetown PE- Old Home Week is officially in full swing and Saturday afternoon marks the first double header of Old Home Week 2014. The 12-dash card will feature the first showing of the Atlantic Sire Stakes, with three 'A' and three 'B' stakes for three-year-old fillies scheduled for a 1 p.m. post time. The Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' action gets underway in Race 7 with the two top fillies in the Maritimes set to do battle. Elm Grove Inarush has drawn post 2. The three-year-old Coasttocoast Yankee - Seawind Alpha filly come into the $9,500 'A' division with three straight victories including a track record performance in her last start at Inverness Raceway, she stopped the clock in 1:55.3. The Seawind Amg bred filly is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Gordon Macleod, Grant Mann and trainer Eddy Doucette. Regular driver Mark Bradley will be in the bike as the filly closes in on $80,000 in career earnings. The Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute has drawn the outside post 6. Bred and co-owned by River Valley Management along with Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms, the Western Paradise - Deliver Me daughter is trained by Earl Watts, Todd Trites will handle the driving duties. A winner of five races this year, Lovineveryminute finished second to Elm Grove Inarush last start pacing her mile in 1:56.2. Woodmere Trulyblue, Sail Through, Libertys Gig and Gracious Minnie round out the field. Last year's two-year-old champion looks to be rounding back into form as a three-year-old, Saulsbrook Alana found her way back to the winner circle in Inverness last week winning in 1:56.4 by seven lengths for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, Kevin MacLean is the trainer on the winner of just under $75,000 lifetime. Marc Campbell will pilot 'Alana' from post 4 in Race 9. Last weeks second place finisher Fleurje has drawn into post 3 for the Buntainwood Farms and trainer Nick Oakes. The Ameripan Gigolo filly will reunite with regular driver Jason Hughes. Dusty Lane Dora, Outrageous Spirit, Sea Anna Win and Absolootly Hot complete the competition. Race 11 is the final division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' divisions, Post 3 starter Pictonian Sareta will try and get the Sire Stakes monkey off of her back. The Western Paradise - Southview Selena filly has four top three finishes from four Atlantic Sire Stakes starts and will look to get into the Sire Stakes winner circle this time around for owner Dan Ross and trainer - driver Mike Stevenson. Waterhook will make her 'A' division start after winning a 'B' stake during Lobsterfest week. The daughter of Articulator has drawn post 1 and has been installed as the morning line choice for owner Bruce Wood. The trainer - driver combination of Jackie Matheson and Gilles Barrieau handle the controls. Charlottes Style, Newsmaker, Bettim Jenny and Briannas Angel are the other starters. Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' action goes in races 5, 8 and 10. Tarahumara is listed as the favourite in race 5, Race 8 favourite Babies Gigolo has drawn post 2 and the 10th race favourite is J J Mistress. The Race 12 feature will host a field of eight starters and will also include Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Hurrah has drawn post 7 for trainer - driver Mark Bradley. All of Hurrah's earning for the month of August will be donated to the P.E.I. Special Olympics as part of the Hurrah 4 Island Charities. Two aged trots will go in races 1 and 3. Glencove Umay has drawn Post 6 in the first race for owner - trainer Carl Bagnall. Newcomer Rate Exchange will make his Island debut in race 3, the winner of over $400, 000 lifetime is trained by Jonah Moase and Campbell will do the driving. Bo Ford
Three-year-old pacing fillies Lovineveryminute, Elmgrove Inarush and Pictonian Sareta shared the spotlight Sunday at Truro Raceway, each winning their respective $19,175 divisions of the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial, as Atlantic Grand Circuit Week wrapped up. Current track record holder Lovineveryminute was a gate-to-wire winner in the first division for driver Todd Trites and trainer Earl Smith. The Western Paradise filly fought off third-place finisher I C Anastro (Marc Campbell) en route to the 1:57.2 triumph while Sail Through (Mike Stevenson) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a pocket trip. The winning filly is now five-for-seven in her sophomore season and just shy of the $30,000 earnings mark for breeder River Valley Management and co-owners Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. Driven by Mark Bradley, Elmgrove Inarush romped to a two and a half length victory in 1:57.1 over Mappos Moenhay (Clare MacDonald) with Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) coming on to show despite a late break in stride. The daughter of Coastocoast Yankee is owned by trainer Eddy Doucette and partners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Elm Grove Inarush now boasts four wins in seven starts this year with earnings of $26,852. To view the rest of this story click here.
Summerside, PE - Governor's Plate week is in full force at Red Shores Summerside and Wednesday night it will play host to three Atlantic Sire Stake A divisions for two-year-old filly pacers. A total of 18 fillies will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate with three divisions going for a purse of $9, 660, post time is 7 pm. The first A division will go in Race 6 with mainland invader Three Pink Bows as the morning-line choice. The filly ships in from Antigonish for owners Tanya Tremblett and Stevi Jardine, she comes in having won her first pari-mutual race over Northside Downs in an impressive 2:01, Clare MacDonald is now the trainer and driver. Dustly Lane Bria draws the rail for Kenny Arsenault, the ownership duo of Boyd Macdonald and Dan Ross own Swift Taylor who leaves from post 3 for Mike Stevenson. Miss Pamela May ( Marc Campbell ), Woodmere Costalot ( Bernard McCallum ) and Centurion Sue ( Keith Ford ) complete the field. Mike Stevenson will look to come one step closer to 1,500 career driving victories in the second A division, when he sits behind 5-2 favourite Pictonian Stardust. The Western Paradise - Pictonian Sapphire filly is owned by Ross of Belfast, Stevenson also does the training. I Can Do Anything gets the rail for Ford, the daughter of fan-favourite mare Crossridge Income comes in with a supporting qualifying effort, finishing second in 204.1. Ford trains and co-owns the filly with Gordon Neil of Charlottetown. Elm Grove Joanette (3-1) , Woodmere Articblue (6-1), Ubettowin (4-1 ) and Casa Miasa (8-1) complete the field. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek to Summerside for four drives on Wednesday night, including Jann Down in the final Division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Jann Down comes in off a second place finish pacing her own mile in 2:03.1 in a qualifier over Exhibition Park Raceway. She is owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis and trained by Stephen Mason, she will leave from post 5. To her outside is the morning line choice Wynnfrith, she is owned by the Buntainwood Farms of Brackley Beach and trained by Nick Oakes. Jason Hughes will pick up the driving duties on the Americpan Gigolo - Dress to Thrill filly. Party Rockin ( Danny Romo) has drawn the rail, Woodmere Danceart ( MacDonald ) are two, with Skip To Win ( Campbell ) and Lyndale Jenn ( Brodie MacPhee ) closing out the field. Two B divisions will also be held on the card, in races two and four. Windfall Blue Chip will make his return to the track on Wednesday night in the 11th race feature. After spending the spring in the stud ranks on Prince Edward Island, the seven-year-old winner of $533, 794 in career earnings draws post 5 for owners Jamie MacKinley and Jody Sanderson. Earl Watts has been off to a stellar start this season, he does the training, while Arsenault will pick up the catch driving call. The stealer lineup includes Mcmaverick ( Ken Murphy ), P C Shockwave ( Brian MacPhee ), Lisfinny ( Norris Rogers ), Van Zant ( Ronnie Matheson ) and Eagle Jolt ( Campbell ). The evenings trot race goes in the fifth when Osprey Impact looks to continue her winning ways on the island. The three-year-old daughter of Ferderal Flex - Summerhill Hallie was a winner in her first start on P.E.I. in 2:02.1 for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee, this week he calls on Stevenson to handle the driving duties. Howmacs Pride will reunite with Campbell from post two after finishing second her last start out in 2:02. For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
The 2014 Atlantic Sires Stakes season kicked off on Sunday, June 8 at Truro Raceway with Lovineveryminute matching a track record that has stood for 24 years. Lovineveryminute powered to a 1:56.2 triumph in the first of two $9,720 'A' divisions, equalling J K Beauty's three-year-old pacing filly track record that was originally set on July 29, 1990. The speedy Western Paradise-Deliver Me filly is owned by breeder River Valley Management of Quispamsis, N.B. along with partners Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, P.E.I. and Lana Murphy of Quispamsis, N.B. She was catch-driven by Todd Trites for trainer Earl Watts. To read the rest of the story click here.
Charlottetown, PE - All Turain takes center stage in an all-star feature event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The horses will be called to the gate on the CDP oval at 6pm. All the action will be carried live at w "He's back" boomed track announcer Vance Cameron referring to All Turain when he toured the city track last week in an impressive 1:57 flat in his first start off 2014. Brodie MacPhee did the driving. It wasn't an easy journey as the pacer got roughed up early through a 28 second opener before MacPhee could rate the super-star and get him home by holding off a fast closing Perfect Escape, a new purchase from longtime owners Jack Keenan, Stratford and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. These two will meet again but the set is different with Perfect Escape drawing the inside post 3 while All Turain, owned by Lee and Trevor Hicken, will have to draft a plan from outside post 8. Here is the field for the race 12 feature for a purse of $2,400. Sterling Seelster (pp1), Tempo Seelster(pp2), Perfect Escape(pp3), Machinthesand(pp4), Judge Jon(pp5), Touch of Lightning(pp6), R Sonoflife(pp7), All Turain(pp8). The best trotters on the East coast will perform in race 5 with last week's winner Caliban Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) hooking up in the $1,550 class. They were separated by a nose last week in a photo finish for win at Summerside so watch for another close battle. Two horses on the card will try to extend their two race winning streaks. Camcun leaves from post 4 in a seven horse field in race 7 for Kenny Arsenault while Onehotvett, who claimed Sunday's feature at Summerside, comes in to try to knock off morning line favorites Dianna Santanna and Cambest Kisser in race 9. Stakes Stars Arrive at Summerside Summerside, PE - The stars are out in full force as the three-year-old fillies and colts compete in divisions of the Ruby Chappell and Bob Dewar memorial stakes Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm for the 12 dash card. The award winning Saulsbrook Alana makes her 2014 debut in Ruby Chappell memorial in race 11 with a purse of $6,200. Marc Campbell qualified the daughter of Western Paradise over Charlottetown in 1:57.2 for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. Campbell is required to drive his own trainee Kellys Cross in the race so Gilles Barrieau gets the call to handle the filly who earned $61,473 from 13 starts in 2013. That included 9 wins and a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 taken at Summerside. The morning line favorites have been established in the other Chappell stakes and they include Sea Anna Win, owned by Tim Banks, Charlottetown, Dusty Lane Dora from the Elton Millar stable and Elm Grove Inarush trained by Eddy Doucette. The three-year-old colts, dubbed the glamour boys, will appear in four divisions of the Bob Dewar memorial beginning in race 4 when trainer Tom Weatherbie sends out Island Gigolo for owner James Pound of Hunter River. The colt put in a solid campaign last year with three wins from 10 starts. He can expect pressure from rail-sitter Waterside Light and Just a Professor. Watch for top guns Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) who goes behind the gate from post 3 in race 6 of the Dewar stake with Tobins Fushion, a winner of $28,235 in his two-year-old campaign, in race 8 and Arties Magic and Super S Yzerman get ready to settle the score in the final split in race 10. It's the most anticipated card of the season and it all takes place Sunday at 1pm at Red Shores Summerside. For complete entries, Jared's top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake, for Red Shores
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) notched a repeat victory in the $17,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 4-year-old Western Paradise mare sat behind 7-to-5 second choice Jeremes Sweetheart throughout, who set fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:25. Meanwhile, the 4-to-5 Scootin For Joy sat loaded with pace and waited her turn down the passing lane for a one-length win. Jeremes Sweetheart held second, while Paradise Lost closed ground late for third. Driver Jim Morand continued his pursuit of 9,000 wins with four wins on the program. Morand has 8,984 career victories. All four of his driving wins were aboard trainer Les Givens' horses. Allan Davis had three victories. Montrell Teague, Ross Wolfenden and Bret Brittingham each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($4, Ross Wolfenden) notched her fifth win of the year Tuesday in 1:55.1 over a sloppy racetrack in the $17,000 featured Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Western Paradise mare utilized her rail post draw to dictate the fractions and cruised to a four-length score over last week's winner Paradise Lost and My Ideal Hanover. Trained by Peter Tritton, it was the fifth win in seven starts for the winner. Bret Brittingham had five driving wins and is closing in on 2,000 in his career. Jim Morand, who is closing in on 9,000 lifetime wins, had four winners. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
DOVER, Del.---- There was a mild surprise in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace final, Fashion Guru went right to the front for Tim Tetrick and never looked back fashioning a 1:54.3 triumph in the first of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week. On the regular card, Spend It All won the $24,000 Mares Open pace on a drizzling Monday, April 7 at Dover Downs. Driver Ron Pierce won four races. Second in both her $20,000 preliminaries, this time the Ben Stafford trained filly for Winbak Farm, took control early with a :26.3 opening panel and continued on for her fourth win with four seconds in nine lifetime starts. The Rustler Hanover-Natural Luck homebred now has boosted her career earnings to $75,925. Jonigold (Corey Callahan), who left from the outside but relinquished the lead to Fashion Guru, was second. Megginspin (Ron Pierce) closed for third money. Fashion Guru went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.00 to win. The public-choice, Seboomook Fool Yah (Allan Davis), had won both her prelims impressively, but after making an unsuccessful bid on the backstretch flattened out finished off the board for the first time in her 13 race career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Corey Callahan took Treasure Valley to the front and then had to ward off a challenge from Juliana's Director on the backstretch before pulling away to a 1:57.2 victory. The Roddy's Bags Again-Fox Valley Hooker filly is trained by Del Cote for owners Henry Faragalli III, Trevor Johnson and Joe Thomson. Hen's Playmate (Eddie Davis Jr.) came on to finish second in front of Crushed Again (Vic Kirby). Reversing racing positions from the previous two weeks, Jeremes Sweetheart and Ron Pierce cut out the fractions with Spend It All getting a 2-hole trip in the $24,000 Mares Open pace. This week, it was Spend It All, and driver Jim Morand, that took the passing lane route and came away with a 1:54 victory. Les Givens conditions the Tell All-Dream Card four-year-old to her first win of the year and 17th of a two-year career. Spend It All, owned by Brooke Givens and Steve Head, has earned $163,290 lifetime. Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) was first over again and had to settle for third. Scootin For Joy came out of third half way down the stretch then won the foot race to the finish line in 1:53.1 to win the $17,500 Mares Winners-Over pace. Ron Pierce picked up his third win of the day guiding the four-year-old Western Paradise-Scooting Annie daughter to her fourth win of the year for trainer Pete Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch. Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague) sat second from the start and finished second with front-pacing Pacific Wine (Corey Callahan) having to finish third. Pierce led all drivers with four trips to the winner's circle; meet leader Callahan had a triple. 100,000 DSBF 3YO Filly Trot final Tuesday Eight start in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final, the Tuesday, April 8 feature race during Dover Downs final week of racing this meet. Last week - trainer, driver and co-owner Art Stafford Jr. with Wyatt Starkey - guided Overnight Hit to a mild upset overtaking favorite JJ&M Stable, Richard Lombardo and breeder Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando and Vic Kirby, for the 1:58 victory. Meanwhile, Stop The Jade Farm’s Bella’s Spunkin, driven by Allan Davis, scored his second straight prelim victory. The other $20,000 DSBF prelim was won by 30-1 longshot Onery Inc.’s Even Brighter piloted by Bret Brittingham. The rest of the contenders are; Lowe Walker and ONB’s Gogh Gogh teamed with Tony Morgan; Ed and Karen Wells’ Oso Grateful and George Dennis, Way Over Paid, owned, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt burdened by outside post 8 and Limborghini with Eddie Davis Jr. bred and trained by Andy Markano and co-owners E.L. Goans and V.P. Schoeffel. The final week of Dover Downs’ 45th season presents a $100,000 DSBF Final for sophomore male trotters on Wednesday. The $100,000 colt and gelding final is the closing day headliner on Thursday. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
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