Day At The Track
Gilles Barrieau, harness racing

Gilles Barrieau scores driving quadruple

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control of the lead from the start and beat back his preferred harness racing foes Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was the hot driver of the day and Euchred did not let him down as the son of Shadow Play left well off the gate to make the lead in the $2,900 preferred pace and proceed through splits of 28.3, 57.2 and 1:26.2. Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) took a run at Euchred in the final quarter but had to settle for second while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) had too much ground to make up and finished third in the 1:55.2 mile. Walter Walker trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Barrieau made four trips to the winner's circle on the 13-dash card. The New Brunswick pilot started the action off winning with Selkirk Echo in 2:00.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown, and that duo teamed up later on the card to win with Clare Hall Hanover in an open-length 1:59.3 score. Barrieau's other win was in a $1,750 trot class as Daisy River overcame an early break in stride to win in 2:04.1 for trainer William Lanigan of Montague. For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Easy Lover Hanover, harness racing

Big scores in Harvest Series Finals

MILTON, ON - November 16, 2019 - Series finals, a milestone and Jackpot score headlined an eventful harness racing Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. An 11-race card featured a trio of main events with a pair of Harvest Series finals for Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings and a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Easy Lover Hanover became harness racing's newest millionaire with 1:51.4 victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. The Ben Wallace trainee scored his eighth win of the season and 42nd in 106 career starts to cross the $1 million mark. Sitting second-over at three-quarters, Easy Lover Hanover displayed the determination that fans have become accustomed to seeing by charging down the centre of the track and overtaking the lead in the final-eighth to win for driver Bob McClure. A six-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover has competed in several of the sport's top pacing events during his career with his biggest victory coming in the Progress Pace as a three-year-old. Brad Grant is the owner of racing's new millionaire. 'Easy Lover' was made the 4/5 favourite in Saturday's Preferred, returning $3.70 for a $2 win ticket. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Angers Bayama took off on rivals racing to three-quarters to secure a 4 ½ length victory in the $49,600 Harvest Series final for pacing colts and geldings. Sylvain Filion guided the gelded son of Big Jim to the career-best 1:50.4 victory for the series sweep. The First Step, who had victories in each of the preliminary legs, finished second. Prestige Seelster and Bettor B Going completed the Superfecta. Angers Bayama is now on a six-race winning streak to bring his career record to six for 14 with $78,655 earned for owner Bayama Farms Inc. The six wins have all come since joining the barn of O'Sullivan. A $2 win ticket on Angers Bayama returned $3. Lifetime Royalty claimed the top at the opening-quarter and never looked back for a 10-1 upset victory in the $47,800 final for trotting colts and geldings. Jody Jamieson was the driver behind the gelded son of Royalty For Life for trainer Scott McEneny. Okeanos trotted a :27.3 final-quarter to challenge Lifetime Royalty, coming up just a neck short for a runner-up finish to the 1:54.4 winner. Arcanum and A Royal Line rounded out the top-four. Lifetime Royalty's experience in the Harvest Series was an up and down ride, as the McEneny trainee captured a first leg division, finished seventh in the second leg and then rebounded for the victory Saturday. The sophomore gelded is now two for 16 this season and three for 25 overall after his career-best victory to bring his career earnings to $99,231 for owners Brad Grant, McEneny and Martwest Racing Stable. Lifetime Royalty paid $22.90 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of September 30, 2019. Saturday's final race saw the Jackpot Hi-5 taken down, as a horseplayer from Chicago had the only winning ticket for a score of $92,381.06 (USD). The 6/5 favourite Mc Pat captured the final-race, but the top-five also included the two-longest shots in the race. The top-five finishers are listed below: 1st: #5 Mc Pat (6/5) 2nd: #10 Cliffhanger (5/1) 3rd: #9 St Lads Thriller (46/1) 4th: #1 Mighty Mach (110/1) 5th: #3 Cortez The Killer (12/1) The $0.20 winning ticket cost $134.40 and was built 5,10/5,10/ALL/ALL/ALL. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

Harness racing

Dowling dazzles in MacDonald Driving Championship

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Three-quarters of the entire Saturday afternoon program saw driver David Dowling finish first or second as he cruised to his first Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship harness racing title during Horseperson's Day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Warren Grove driver dominated the card with six wins and three second-place finishes including four wins in the eight race MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship, sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association. Dowling won the competition with 73 points. Gilles Barrieau finished second at 66 points and Earl Smith third on the day with 51 points. Fourth was Mike McGuigan with 48 points then Brian MacPhee and Corey MacPherson were tied for fifth place at 47 points. Jason Hughes was seventh in the challenge with 46 points and Mark Bradley rounded out the field at 44 points. Dowling started the action off in the first race of the competition winning with Sendmeasign in 2:01.4 for trainer Alex Sobey of Summerside. Noplay won the second leg of the contest in line to Dowling in 2:01 for Allan Gregory of Charlottetown, then Lincoln Seelster from the Jackie Matheson stable captured leg three to give Barrieau a spot in the win column with a 2:01.1. score while Dowling finished second with Sanchez Blue Chip to maintain his healthy points lead in the championship. The winning resumed for Dowling in the fourth leg of the championship as Casimir Obama romped in 2:00.3 from the Todd Walsh Stable. Veteran pacer gave MacPherson his first win of the competition in leg five as the 13-year-old scored by a quarter-of-a-length in 2:00.3 for trainer Kerry Taylor with Dowling finishing second with Confident Fella. The sixth race of the challenge saw Jens Credit double up Barrieau for trainer Ryan Perrot of Charlottetown stopping the clock in 2:01.1 with Dowling continuing his driving perfection with a second place finish with Back In The Game. Smith won the next leg aboard West River Ambyr for trainer Harold Shepherd in 1:58.4 while the race had Dowling's worst finish of the day with a fifth-place behind Cougar Gal. To top the day off, Outrageous Spirit was a winner in the last race of the eight-race championship for Dowling and trainer Kevin Peters in 2:01.1. Dowling other two wins came in regular overnight action with Best To Hurst in 1:58.2 for trainer Earl Watts and Knockout Punch in 2:02.4 for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Harness racing

Driving Championship takes center stage

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

MILTON, ON - November 14, 2019 - Thru The Wickets and Lady Driver took home the gold in Thursday evening's Harvest Series harness racing finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $47,500 final for trotting fillies and $50,200 final for pacing fillies wrapped up the three-week event for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. Thru The Wickets tipped three-wide from fifth shortly before three-quarters and powered down the centre of the track to win the trotting final by a length and three-quarters in 1:57.1. Trevor Henry guided the daughter of Kadabra to victory for trainer Shane Weber. Warrawee Ultra shot from the rail and led by open-lengths to three-quarters in 1:26.1. The leader was all done at the head of the lane, allowing rivals from well-back to pick up the pieces. Thru The Wickets took the top spot over runner-up Northern Royale, who rallied from eighth, while Club Belvedere crossed the line third after racing a few lengths behind Warrawee Ultra throughout the opening three-quarters. The Harvest Series victory is the second win in 12 starts for Thru The Wickets, who was unraced at age two and had last collected a victory on August 1. She now has $38,152 earned for owners Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Thru The Wickets paid $16.90 to win. To see the race replay, click here. Lady Driver converted off a two-hole trip behind Esprit Dequipe to best that rival by a pair of lengths and win the pacing final in 1:54.2. Jonathan Drury steered the Sportswriter filly to victory for trainer Carmen Auciello. The top-two at the finish were the same two leading at every call in the $50,200 event. Lady Driver left from post-seven and cleared Esprit Dequipe at the opening-quarter at :27.3. The fillies flipped positions racing to the half with Esprit Dequipe posting fractions of :57 and 1:25.1. The stretch drive saw little drama, as Lady Driver angled out and powered by for the score. Jessicas Legacy was third, while race-favourite Free Exchange was never in the mix and finished fourth. Lady Driver improves her three-year-old record to six wins and $74,055 earned in 22 starts. Her career numbers escalate to eight wins and $110,360 banked for owners Michael Hall, Ctc Stable and Our Three Sons Stable LLC. A $2 win ticket on Lady Driver returned $6.70. To watch the race replay, click here. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-old fillies, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of September 30, 2019. Live racing resumes Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:50 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Mark MacDonald is still more than a month away from returning to the racetrack as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but the veteran harness rcing driver is feeling good and looking forward to a successful 2020. MacDonald was injured in July when he was unseated from the sulky prior to a race at Saratoga. He suffered a fractured left shoulder joint and is now rehabbing following surgery and three months in a sling. He hopes to return to action sometime in January. "I'm doing really good," said MacDonald, who is working out at the gym daily and getting physical therapy four days a week. "I'm taking it day to day. It was a massive surgery and it takes time. It's just time to stabilize the muscles around it. But I'm feeling good. I feel like I could drive tomorrow. I don't know if I'd want to hit the ground tomorrow, and that's what they're worried about. The surgeon wants me clear for contact. "Strength-wise, it's no problem. But I don't want to mess it up if something were to happen. It's frustrating because it feels really good and they're saying just take it easy. That's easier said than done sometimes but I'm working through it and listening to what they tell me. "They X-rayed it the other day and said it's perfect. They were really happy with the way it looked." In addition to repairing MacDonald's shoulder, the surgeon was able to correct tendon issues MacDonald suffered in a previous accident. "I always had pain in that shoulder for a long time," MacDonald said. "Not horrible, but it always bothered me a little bit. Where he fixed it up, it feels really good. They did a great job and I have a feeling that when I do start driving again it's going to be a lot better than it's been in a long time. "It's hopefully short-term pain for long-term gain." MacDonald has suffered his share of injuries over the years but said this one was the most difficult. "I seem to get myself into these predicaments," MacDonald said with a laugh. "For a while, I was bummed because I couldn't do anything. Shoulder surgery is really tough, the toughest one I've had. "You're just sitting around doing nothing. I had a hard time getting out of bed for a long time, physically; I needed a hand up. I couldn't move my arm for months. It's hard to sleep, hard to get comfortable. I couldn't even put my socks on, it was terrible." A native of Prince Edward Island who now lives in Goshen, N.Y., the 40-year-old MacDonald has won 6,220 races lifetime and $91.6 million in purses. He was Canada's Driver of the Year in 2005 and 2006. "Hopefully I'll get back at it in January," MacDonald said. "Maybe I'll change it up a little this year and go to The Meadowlands a little bit more. We'll see what happens. Hopefully I'll have a real good year. I'm just staying positive now. I have something to look forward to." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Guelph, ON Nov 14, 2019 - On November 17, the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium will be hosted by the University of Guelph.   Join attendees from different areas of the horse industry to discuss the theme of "change" and what the word means for the equine community.   "With a consistently growing industry, keeping pace with change is crucial for everyone," says Katrina Merkies, event organizer. "As part of an inclusive community we can all work toward improving the welfare of the horse."   The Symposium will be held in Rozanski Hall, Room 101 on the University of Guelph campus. The event will run from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m.   Registeration is open for this free event, and is available online.   The symposium agenda features three international speakers: Dr. Sandra Olsen from the University of Kansas will discuss the evolution of our relationship with horses. As a renowned scientist and zooarcheologist, Dr. Olsen has extensively researched horse domestication and the development of horse-human relationships. Lisa Ashton, a clinician from the United Kingdom, will present an evidence-based approach to riding and training. Ashton advocates to "be the change your horse needs".  Ashton runs two educational equestrian businesses, EquiSci and Equicoach.life, which are both dedicated to helping horses by helping people. Debbie Busby is a BHS certified Stage 4 coach and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist in high demand by a variety of people from riders to PhD students to veterinarians. Busby is often called on to provide expert witness opinion in legal disputes involving horse welfare and specializes in human behaviour change for animals.   The symposium will also hold a panel discussion featuring industry entrepreneurs Anthony MacDonald (Thestable.ca), Warren Byrne (The Horse Agency), Linda Hauck (Tapestry Equine Products), and Pam Coburn (Ontario Equestrian) presenting how they have embraced change in the industry.   "Experiences and approaches shared by the panel members are intended to spark open conversation with attendees," says Katrina Merkies. "Their innovative and forward-thinking approaches will showcase how we can expand and improve our equine industry."   Akaash Maharaj, former CEO of Equine Canada, is returning for a fourth time as the symposium facilitator.   This event is organized by students in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management -Equine Management program. Updates leading up to the symposium will be shared on Facebook: "Equine Industry Symposium 2019".   Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/equine-industry-symposium-2019-tickets-72742947113   From Equine Guelph  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The curtain closed on the 2019 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The leading driver of the meet was Stephane Gendron, who led from early on in the season and was never really challenged. Gendron scored one win Sunday to end the season with 63 wins and a batting average, UDR of .355. "I am very proud of being the leading driver," Gendron said. "It's always an honor to win this title, and I work very hard for that." Will Gendron be driving anywhere this winter? "No," Gendron said. "I will not drive anywhere this winter. I'm taking time for myself, and will be coming back next year for the H3R race meet." Second to Stephane Gendron in the driver standings was Pascal Berube with 54 wins. The leading trainer, for the third straight season, is none other than Francis Richard. He held a strong lead halfway through the race season and ended the race meet with 32 wins. His closest competition was trainers Yves Tessier with 24 and Maxime Velaye with 23 wins. After the sixth race trot there was a very moving ceremony for the 14-year-old Chinnys Wings as this was his last pari-mutuel race. All Standardbred racehorses must retire from racing when they turn age 15 on January 1. Although Chinnys Wings finished 8th in his last race, he was brought to the winner's circle where the race bike and harness were removed and a beautiful winter monogramed blanket was placed on the son of Armbro Ricochet. For the record, Chinnys Wings started 235 times with 45 wins and earnings of $382,333. His record was 1:56.2. He was trained and driven by Jean Lord and owned by his wife, Nancy, of Trois-Rivieres. The Lord's have said that Chinnys Wings will have a good home and maybe even race in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit next year. In the third race Preferred Trot, Preciecuse CC, one of only two mares in the field, took full advantage of starting from the trail for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil and wired the field. Despite a first-over effort by Seeyou Men (Francis Picard), Preciecuse CC was not to be caught, winning by one length in 2:00.3 over Seeyou Men with the other mare in the field, Missionoftheheart (Jocelyn Gendron) third. It was the second straight win and eighth victory of the season for Preciecuse CC, a four-year-old mare by Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Courney of Chicoutimi. She paid $10.10 to win. The fastest mile on closing day was in the ninth race Preferred Pace where Maracasso and trainer/driver Carol Voyer would not let anyone pass them by. They wired the field in 1:56, barely holding off a late charging Appleby Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) to win by a diminishing neck. Hooter Shooter (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the eleventh win on the year for Maracasso. The seven-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara is owned by The Alpha Stable of Metobetchouan and paid just $3.10 to win. The biggest highlight of the 2019 season was in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete Pace when driver Daniel Dube led from start to finish with This Is The Plan, who stopped the teletimer in 1:49.1. The mile was the fastest ever in Canada on a half mile track and shattered the prior track record of 1:50.3. This Is The Plan is trained and co-owned by Ron Burke and it was Burke's third triumph in the Prix d'Ete. Track Notes: Pierre Luc Roy scored a driving triple on closing day. The Hippodrome 3R and its Off-Track-Betting sites throughout Quebec, will be open seven days a week all winter long for simulcasting. The 2020 live harness racing season at H3R will begin next April. For more information, past race results, news stories and more, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A perfect trip for Nogreatmischief paved the way to knock off the heavy harness racing favourite in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie sent Nogreatmischief off the gate and guarded the rail in the $2,900 featured event before releasing Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) to the front. The favoured Woodmere Ideal Art laid down splits of 28.2, 58.4 and 1:28.4 before Nogreatmischief tipped off his back to engage the leader in the stretch and get up to a neck decision in 1:58.1. Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) completed the $113.50 triactor. Cheverie co-owns and trains Nogreatmischief for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. David Dowling was the most popular driver of the day with four winners on the card starting off the winning with Silverhill Buddy in 1:57.3 for trainer David Myers of Charlottetown, followed by wins with Zack The Men in 1:58.2 from the Elton Millar stable of Tyne Valley and a 16-1 upset with Knockout Punch for Marvyn Webster of Kensington in 2:01.2. The final win for the Warren Grove driver was a dead-heat between Junebugs Baby and Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau) in 1:59.3. Cornwall reinsman Corey MacPherson had three trips to the winner's circle including a dead-heat in the race 2 Lester Chappell Memorial pace with Dangle Ona Dime for Darla MacEachern of Summerside, who landed on the line together with Complete Player (Mark Bradley) in 2:01.1. MacPherson also won with Screen Test in 1:58 for trainer Stephen Gass and Er Quinn in 2:00.2 for trainer Jeff Holmes. For race replays, prize payouts and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forwardly placed from the start, Collective Wisdom took the top harness racing event Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of a four win performance by driver Gilles Barrieau. Collective Wisdom left smartly from post 4 in the $2,400 featured fillies and mares pacer to strike the lead and put down a 29.3 opener over a sloppy track. Arc Light (Driven by Marc Campbell) came first over and cleared to the lead at the half of 59.1, leaving Collective Wisdom sitting second. Arc Light then battled with Dancers Pass (David Dowling) through the three-quarters of 1:30.2 with Collective Wisdom taking the passing lane in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Jackie Matheson trains the winning mare for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. Second went to Dancers Pass with Mrs Dragonfire (Jason Hughes) completing the healthy $703.20 triactor ticket. Barrieau also won with Hp Rubis Joyce in 2:03.1 for Blaine Baglole of Cornwall, Labero in 2:06.4 for trainer Randy Van Meer of Mount Herbert and What A Babe from the Todd Walsh stable of Charlottetown. Freddie captured the $2,250 Open Trot in 2:06.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston over Star Photo (Hughes) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). Trainer Kevin Gilles had a pair of winners from his Charlottetown barn, both with Hughes in the bike, as Rockrols Image won in 2:04.2 and March Magic scored a 2:08.3 victory for owners Kurt Hughes and Peter MacPhee. For complete results and prize payouts go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday (Nov. 10) is closing day for the 2019 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. Honored during the 11-race program will be the race meets leading driver, Stephane Gendron and leading trainer Francis Richard. Both Gendron and Richard have enough of a lead in their respective categories that no one can catch them on closing day. For Gendron, 50, from Quebec City, it Is his first driving title at H3R. He kept his lead up from early in the season and goes into Sunday's program with 62 wins, nine more than rival Pascal Berube (53). Gendron also has a great Universal Driving Rating (Baseball average) of .355. He is scheduled to compete in seven of the eleven races on the program. Mathematically, Breube has a very minimal chance to tie Gendron for the driving title on closing day. As for trainer Francis Richard, he will be winning his third straight training title at H3R and the resident of Cambridge, Ontario is just 29 years old. Richard holds a nine-win lead (32 wins) over his nearest rivals, Yves Tessier and Maxime Velaye, each at 23 wins. "I might have seemed quiet this season," Richard explained. "but we were just out of luck on the day of the rich finals. We won multiples legs of the different Quebec sires stakes in the summer but when the draw came out for the finals, we drew a horrible bunch of 8 posts, and still got 6/7 cheques, it's racing. "You need luck and it just wasn't there for us that day," Richard added. "We did win the Quebec Final with Lucky Promesses for the older trotting mares." Richard also added about the people he works with. "I'm really proud of our team winning the training title," Richard said. "Three times in a row is something special, and we work hard and it's paying off in the end! I can't thank my crew enough; they are dedicated to their work and we are all having fun doing it!" This season there were two horses that Richard had from his stable that kept a smile on his face all season long. "My two best horses this season has to be Major Bay," Richard said. "He had not been worse than 2nd in all of his starts before drawing post 8 in the final and unfortunately hit a wheel, but he went on to Toronto to continue his season where he did very good. "My friend Ben Baillargeon and his team took the training duties for my partners and I," Richard explained. "And he made over $80,000 his season. I am very proud of him. "My second favorite horse would be HP Napoleon," Richard said. "If you remember this spring in an interview, I said he could be a nice horse if he puts it all together, which he did. So far, he has bankrolled over $85,000. Francis Richard says he is somewhat set for this winter. "We plan on having around 5 babies this fall to break," Richard said. "And we got some homebreds and got a few from sales. We will be very busy all winter." The third race co-feature Preferred Trot features the return battle between Seeyou Men (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 4). Seeyou Men won the battle last week. He will again be driven by Francis Picard. Capteur De Reve will be handled by Stephane Gendron. These two top contenders have been facing each other all season long in some great trotting matchups. Also entered are Missionoftheheart (post 3), Sir Chopin (post 2) and Precieuse CC (post 1). Then after the sixth race trot, win, lose or draw, the 14-year-old Chinnys Wings will receive a retirement blanket in the winner's circle. He will bow out for owner Nancy Lord and her husband, trainer/driver Jean Lord of Trois-Rivieres. All horses must retire from pari-mutuel racing at age 15. But don't count Chinnys Wings out as he will still be able to compete next season in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. The final feature race of the season takes place in the ninth with the Preferred Pace. The field features the mainstay of the top pacers who raced at H3R all season long. Surf Report (post 1), Mister Big Top (post 2), Appleby Hanover (post 3), Maracasso (post 4) and Hooter Shooter (post 5). Maracaso leads the way for trainer/driver Carol Voyer with ten wins this year. Both Hooter Shooter and Appleby Hanover have nine wins each. It will again be a classic matchup as it has been all season long. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness rcing mares on the East Coast will again meet for the Saturday afternoon feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,400 top class lining up in race 11. Collective Wisdom is pegged as the morning line favourite from post 4 with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The daughter of American Ideal has made six trips to the winner's circle this season for $11,408 in earnings. Maritime champion Arc Light will leave from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while last week's top class winner, Imagine Speed, will leave from post 8. Adam Merner will drive Imagine Speed this week as regular driver Dale Spence has made the move to Florida for the winter months and will not be back in regular competition on P.E.I. until the spring. MacIsaac also places Collective Wisdom on top of his selections. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles and it looks like the front could be hers for the taking," MacIsaac said. "There could be nothing to stand in her way." Also in the field are West River Ambyr (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Paythelinebluechip (Ken Murphy), Mrs Dragonfire (Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). An early break in stride sealed the fate of Star Photo in last week's Open Trot but he gets another crack at those top trotters in Saturday's Race 6 Open Trot for a $2,250 purse. Jason Hughes is back in the bike behind the post 4 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Classic Photo will again face off with Freddie (Campbell) from post 5 and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) with post 3. Woodmere Ideal Art set take on Red Shores' Best CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing his foes his last time on P.E.I., Woodmere Ideal Art will look for more of the same in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Jason Hughes at the lines of Woodmere Ideal Art from post 4 in the race 13 top-class for a $2,900 purse. The preferred pace has the son of Articulator as the morning line favourite for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. His last start was a three-length victory in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown on Oct. 26. Well Did draws post 5 in the field for trainer-driver Paul Langille with the horse coming into Sunday's contest with a pair of victories in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie after having not seen the pylons behind the starting gate since Aug. 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Woodmere Ideal Art as his top pick. "Woodmere Ideal Art has been a top three finisher in 75 per cent of his starts the past two years, 2018 on the tough stakes circuit and this year against the best free for allers on the east coast," MacIsaac said. "It will take a big effort from one of his rivals to knock him off." Also in the preferred field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy), Rockin Indy (David Dowling), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and JJ Powerball (Adam Merner). The Lester Chappell Memorial pace is carded as race 2 of the program for a $1,700 purse. Heart And Soul is the top selection from post 2 for trainer-driver Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The champion son of Western Paradise has visited the winner's circle only once this season with a 1:59.2 win over Red Shores Summerside. Other top selections in the race are Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Complete Player (Mark Bradley). For more information visit www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - All harness racing horses must "retire" from pari-mutuel racing when they turn age 15 on January 1. The lone 14-year-old currently racing at the Hippodrome 3R, Chinnys Wings, will get a fond send-off from the Quebec Jockey Club after he competes in his final race (6th race) on Sunday. But Chinnys Wings will not get to sit in a rocking chair in a field and enjoy his senior years. His owners have plenty of plans for him. A gelded son of Armbro Ricochet, Chinny Wings has had but three owners and three trainers during his career. He did not make his racing debut until he was age four. He has $382,333 in career earnings. Nancy Lord from Trois-Rivieres became Chinnys Wings final owner when she bought him from Francois Morin in May 2017. From there, he delighted the family of Nancy and his spouse Richard Bedard, but especially their daughter, Sabrina Lord-Bedard. They say that Chinnys Wings is a perfect horse for children, soft and easily handled. Moreover, the family intends to keep him and maybe continue racing him in 2020 in the events of the Regional Quebec Fair Circuit that allows horses to race after their 15th birthday. For the record, Chinnys Wings had 45 career wins in 234 starts (not counting this Sunday), but 18 of those wins came in his first 25 career starts. He took his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 at Flamboro Downs ten years ago in 2009. In the last six years he has won only twice at pari-mutuel tracks, on December 1, 2016 at Flamboro and on November 12, 2017 at H3R. His only other win since 2013 was at the Bedford regional track on September 14 this year -- in 2:00.2, mighty good for a 14-year-old. It will be a fitting tribute at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, knowing that Chinnys Wings, thanks to the Bedard-Lord family, has a great future ahead of him. Post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the race live on the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, ON - November 7, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has unveiled its 2019-20 Winter Series Late Closer lineup, consisting of six harness racing events over the months of December, January and February. This year's Winter Series includes the returning Niagara, Valedictory, Blizzard and Snowshoe, plus the additions of the new Wine & Roses and Pepsi Series. The Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers will take place over the month of December, concluding on the annual Boxing Day matinee program. The other four series will be held in the New Year, offering racing opportunities for three and four-year-old pacers and trotters. Each series will consist of two $17,000 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $30,000 added money final. Nominations close on Monday, December 2, 2019. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($165 USD). Niagara 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Valedictory 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Blizzard 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Snowshoe 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Wine & Roses 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Pepsi 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts, Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of $60,0000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. To view the nomination form, click here. Online payments can be made by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 2, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  November 5, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for live racing and a new date for qualifiers. Starting this week, the draw for Saturday cards will now take place on Wednesdays with the entry box closing at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers have now been moved to Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. The entry box for qualifiers also closes every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Below is the new draw schedule for live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday Enter Wednesday for Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday Horsepeople are also reminded that anyone coming to train this week at Woodbine Mohawk Park is to use Barn 5. The paddock will not be open during the mornings this week. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control of the lead from the start and beat back his preferred harness racing foes Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was the hot driver of the day and Euchred did not let him down as the son of Shadow Play left well off the gate to make the lead in the $2,900 preferred pace and proceed through splits of 28.3, 57.2 and 1:26.2. Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) took a run at Euchred in the final quarter but had to settle for second while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) had too much ground to make up and finished third in the 1:55.2 mile. Walter Walker trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Barrieau made four trips to the winner's circle on the 13-dash card. The New Brunswick pilot started the action off winning with Selkirk Echo in 2:00.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown, and that duo teamed up later on the card to win with Clare Hall Hanover in an open-length 1:59.3 score. Barrieau's other win was in a $1,750 trot class as Daisy River overcame an early break in stride to win in 2:04.1 for trainer William Lanigan of Montague. For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  
MILTON, ON - November 16, 2019 - Series finals, a milestone and Jackpot score headlined an eventful harness racing Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. An 11-race card featured a trio of main events with a pair of Harvest Series finals for Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings and a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Easy Lover Hanover became harness racing's newest millionaire with 1:51.4 victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. The Ben Wallace trainee scored his eighth win of the season and 42nd in 106 career starts to cross the $1 million mark. Sitting second-over at three-quarters, Easy Lover Hanover displayed the determination that fans have become accustomed to seeing by charging down the centre of the track and overtaking the lead in the final-eighth to win for driver Bob McClure. A six-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover has competed in several of the sport's top pacing events during his career with his biggest victory coming in the Progress Pace as a three-year-old. Brad Grant is the owner of racing's new millionaire. 'Easy Lover' was made the 4/5 favourite in Saturday's Preferred, returning $3.70 for a $2 win ticket. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Angers Bayama took off on rivals racing to three-quarters to secure a 4 ½ length victory in the $49,600 Harvest Series final for pacing colts and geldings. Sylvain Filion guided the gelded son of Big Jim to the career-best 1:50.4 victory for the series sweep. The First Step, who had victories in each of the preliminary legs, finished second. Prestige Seelster and Bettor B Going completed the Superfecta. Angers Bayama is now on a six-race winning streak to bring his career record to six for 14 with $78,655 earned for owner Bayama Farms Inc. The six wins have all come since joining the barn of O'Sullivan. A $2 win ticket on Angers Bayama returned $3. Lifetime Royalty claimed the top at the opening-quarter and never looked back for a 10-1 upset victory in the $47,800 final for trotting colts and geldings. Jody Jamieson was the driver behind the gelded son of Royalty For Life for trainer Scott McEneny. Okeanos trotted a :27.3 final-quarter to challenge Lifetime Royalty, coming up just a neck short for a runner-up finish to the 1:54.4 winner. Arcanum and A Royal Line rounded out the top-four. Lifetime Royalty's experience in the Harvest Series was an up and down ride, as the McEneny trainee captured a first leg division, finished seventh in the second leg and then rebounded for the victory Saturday. The sophomore gelded is now two for 16 this season and three for 25 overall after his career-best victory to bring his career earnings to $99,231 for owners Brad Grant, McEneny and Martwest Racing Stable. Lifetime Royalty paid $22.90 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of September 30, 2019. Saturday's final race saw the Jackpot Hi-5 taken down, as a horseplayer from Chicago had the only winning ticket for a score of $92,381.06 (USD). The 6/5 favourite Mc Pat captured the final-race, but the top-five also included the two-longest shots in the race. The top-five finishers are listed below: 1st: #5 Mc Pat (6/5) 2nd: #10 Cliffhanger (5/1) 3rd: #9 St Lads Thriller (46/1) 4th: #1 Mighty Mach (110/1) 5th: #3 Cortez The Killer (12/1) The $0.20 winning ticket cost $134.40 and was built 5,10/5,10/ALL/ALL/ALL. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Three-quarters of the entire Saturday afternoon program saw driver David Dowling finish first or second as he cruised to his first Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship harness racing title during Horseperson's Day at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Warren Grove driver dominated the card with six wins and three second-place finishes including four wins in the eight race MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship, sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association. Dowling won the competition with 73 points. Gilles Barrieau finished second at 66 points and Earl Smith third on the day with 51 points. Fourth was Mike McGuigan with 48 points then Brian MacPhee and Corey MacPherson were tied for fifth place at 47 points. Jason Hughes was seventh in the challenge with 46 points and Mark Bradley rounded out the field at 44 points. Dowling started the action off in the first race of the competition winning with Sendmeasign in 2:01.4 for trainer Alex Sobey of Summerside. Noplay won the second leg of the contest in line to Dowling in 2:01 for Allan Gregory of Charlottetown, then Lincoln Seelster from the Jackie Matheson stable captured leg three to give Barrieau a spot in the win column with a 2:01.1. score while Dowling finished second with Sanchez Blue Chip to maintain his healthy points lead in the championship. The winning resumed for Dowling in the fourth leg of the championship as Casimir Obama romped in 2:00.3 from the Todd Walsh Stable. Veteran pacer gave MacPherson his first win of the competition in leg five as the 13-year-old scored by a quarter-of-a-length in 2:00.3 for trainer Kerry Taylor with Dowling finishing second with Confident Fella. The sixth race of the challenge saw Jens Credit double up Barrieau for trainer Ryan Perrot of Charlottetown stopping the clock in 2:01.1 with Dowling continuing his driving perfection with a second place finish with Back In The Game. Smith won the next leg aboard West River Ambyr for trainer Harold Shepherd in 1:58.4 while the race had Dowling's worst finish of the day with a fifth-place behind Cougar Gal. To top the day off, Outrageous Spirit was a winner in the last race of the eight-race championship for Dowling and trainer Kevin Peters in 2:01.1. Dowling other two wins came in regular overnight action with Best To Hurst in 1:58.2 for trainer Earl Watts and Knockout Punch in 2:02.4 for trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - This harness racing season has seen non-stop action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and it is not going to let up anytime soon as Horse Persons Day takes the stage Saturday afternoon. The annual event presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association will feature a number of second chances draws for race patrons, prizes for winning owners, trainers and grooms as well as the Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 12-dash program. The Driving Championship will be featured in eight races on the program starting in race 2 with a field of eight talented reinsmen from three different categories competing. The annual challenge takes the top four dash-winning drivers from combined Charlottetown and Red Shores Summerside statistics which are Gilles Barrieau, David Dowling, Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes. The top percentage drivers with over 75 drives in the challenge are Mark Bradley and Mike McGuigan, while the final two spots go to the top percentage drivers with between 40 and 75 drives which will see veteran drivers Earl Smith and Brian MacPhee in the competition. The driver with the most points at the end of the day will receive the MacDonald Memorial Trophy. All drivers must hold current memberships with the PEISHOA to be eligible. For the second chance draws for the fans, patrons can simply fill out their name and phone number on the back of any un-cashed wagering tickets and enter for a chances to win a variety of prizes. Also on the Saturday afternoon card, the top mares on the Eastern Seaboard will again butt heads in the $2,600 feature in race 12. Collective Wisdom earns top billing in the event from post 6 with Barrieau in the bike for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield and trainer Jackie Matheson. The American Ideal lass was a two-length winner in her latest. Dancers Pass has been the model of consistency lately and gets post 2 this week for driver Dowling and trainer Philip Kelly, while fellow Matheson trained The Time To Win (Driven by Ron Matheson) leaves from post 7. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will take the advantage of post position as he puts Dancers Pass on top. "Dancers Pass has got the versatility to handle any racing style and from this favourable post the trip of her choosing could be in the cards," MacIsaac said. "She's a potential sleeper." Also in the field are Mrs Dragonfire (MacPherson), Rocknrols Image (Hughes), Arc Light (Marc Campbell), Imagine Speed (Bradley) and Julep Hanover (Wade Myers). For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. Euchred Returns To Red Shores CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The last time they met Rose Run Quest easily prevailed but Euchred will come off a nearly month long break as he takes another crack at his top foe in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in the finale. Rose Run Quest has a four-race win streak on the line but has been assigned post 7 in the field for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream has 12 victories this season from 22 starts and has only missed the top-three four times in 2019. Euchred has not seen action since Oct. 19 and moves back into the Walter Walker stable for owner Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness. Gilles Barrieau gets the catch driving call behind the 51-time winner. Nogreatmischief won the top class last week but will have to work out a trip from post 6 on Sunday for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits going against Rose Run Quest for the winning position is far from a safe play but he likes a rejuvenated Euchred on top of his tickets. "With Euchred's gate speed he should be able to secure an uncontested lead and with the dominant horse in this class assigned the outside post, this guy is a suitable option if you're trying to get the heavy favourite beat," MacIsaac said. Rounding out the field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), JJ Powerball (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). After an unsuccessful run at the top class last week at Red Shores, Well Did will move into the back-up class on Sunday afternoon and the top Truro Raceway pacer gets rail control in the $2,500 event. Paul Langille of Lower Onslow, N.S., owns, trains and drives the Well Said pacer, who knocked off the top class at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., two starts in-a-row before competing at Red Shores last week in the preferred. Creepin (David Dowling) is the morning line favourite in the class from post 2 while veteran pacer Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is another top entrant from post 5. For race programs, live video and more go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  
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