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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Woodmere Stealdeal posted notice that he is without peers Wednesday evening after an Atlantic Canadian record performance at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Steelhead Hanover two-year-old was unhurried at the beginning, leaving from post 6 and getting away fourth in his $12,980 Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colt division. Marc Campbell began his advance second-over past the quarter pole, tripped in 28.4 by Rotten Ronnie (Driven by Redmond Doucet). The half was reached in 58.4 then Woodmere Stealdeal made a three-wide move up the backstretch at the three-quarters of 1:27.2. Campbell and his charge acquired the lead in the stretch drive and pulled clear by one-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:55.1 to set a new track record and Atlantic Canadian record for two-year-old pacing colts. Bettim Again (Kenny Arsenault) was second in the record performance followed by Justcallmedoc (Jason Hughes). Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S., share ownership of the colt while he hangs his harness bag in the Danny Romo stable of Truro. The victory gives the undefeated rookie four track records from six lifetime starts. Dustylanegoliath won the other $12,980 A-division in 1:56.4 with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Alvin (Campbell) was second while Dusty Lane Morgan (Clare MacDonald) completed the $166.50 triactor ticket. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old colts were won by Class Hero (Corey MacPherson) in 1:58.1, My Boy Cade (Campbell) in 1:59.3 and Whistler (Jason Hughes) in 1:58.2. Trainer Earl Smith had a double on the program while teaming up with driver Brodie MacPhee. Yummy Spice broke her maiden in race 1 in 1:59 then Good Luck Kathy was a 1:58 victor later in the card for the combination. For race replays and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A group of the Island's best overnight pacers will contend with a mainland invader in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the weekday feature lining up in race 10 for a $2,100 purse. Eagle Jolt is the morning line choice fresh off a third place finish to Adkins Hanover and Mr Irresistible in the preferred ranks in his last start. Marc Campbell trains and drives the 10-year-old son of Village Jolt for owners Marie and Wilbur MacDonald of Orwell Cove. Heart And Soul draws the outside in the field of eight with trainer-driver Clare MacDonald of Nova Scotia for owners Riley Farms of Summerside. The former Prince County Horsemen's Club Horse of the Year has a pair of third place finishes at Truro Raceway so far in his four-year-old campaign after being crowned a Maritime Champion during his three-year-old season. The field also includes The Big Bite from post 5 riding a two race win streak after winning last week's Thursday feature for trainer Jack Arsenault but loses his regular driver with Brian MacPhee getting the catch driving call. Last Thursday's runner-up Simon Said (Corey MacPherson) has the rail, with Oh To Be Me taking a hike in class after winning his latest for trainer-driver-owner Gary Chappell from post 3 and Twin B Shadow (Ken Murphy) dropping from the preferred ranks to draw post 7. Other entries include Dees Boy (Kenny Arsenault) and Four Corners (Gordie Hennessey) both making their first starts of the season. Hemingway makes his first East Coast start in race 9 on the card for owner-trainer Shane Doyle of Charlottetown and driver Vincent Poulton. He draws post 5 in the $1,500 event after racing the claiming ranks at Woodbine and Mohawk Raceways in Ontario in recent weeks. A hard hitting group of six mares line up in race 7 with Woodmere Articblue favoured from the outside post 6 for trainer-driver Campbell. Other top entries include tough open mare Shadows Mystery (Arsenault) and Truro invader West River Ambyr (MacDonld) who has been undefeated so far in her four-year-old campaign. For race programs, top picks and live video go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

The Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive show at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon, with one filly taking new lifetime mark. West River Ambyr crossed the finish line in 1:58.2, earning a new lifetime mark for owner-driver-trainer Clare MacDonald of Antigonish, NS and co-owner Haley MacDonald. Pownal Bay Style and driver Mark Bradley took second place honours and Howmacfiesty and Danny Romo came home third. Meanwhile All About Madi and driver Walter Cheverie won their 'A' division event in 1:59.3. The ownership papers on the filly are held by Leith Waite, Summerside, PE and Leslie and Spencer Waite of Charlottetown, PE. Southfield Sassy and Terry Gallant placed second and Maudail Mac and driver Clare MacDonald were third. Glory Jean, under the command of Mark Bradley, won the third Atlantic Sires Stakes event on the afternoon race card in 1:59.4 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, PE. Howmacscanasta and Gilles Barrieau crossed the finish line second and Proven To Be Bad and Redmond Doucet were third. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. Current point totals can be viewed at Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

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

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

Clare MacDonald had a driving double in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon, securing first place in divisional standings for two of her trainees. MacDonald and Heart and Soul crossed the finish line in 1:58.3 for owners Earith and George Riley of Kensington, PE. This was the fifth straight win for the two-year-old pacing gelding, moving him into first place in his Atlantic Sires Stakes division. MacDonald also took first place honours with the two-year-old pacing filly West River Ambyr, taking home the winner's share of the $17,900 purse. MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, co-owns the home-bred filly with daughter Haley MacDonald. This win also moves the filly into first place in her divisional standings. Dilans Mustang captured the only other Atlantic Sires Stakes event on the afternoon race card. The two-year-old pacing colt was under the command of Mike McGuigan, winning their $9760 event in 2:00.4 for owner Marc Gallant of Summerside, PE. Saturday's events wrapped up the Atlantic Sires Stakes regular season. The point leaders in each division will now move on to the Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. The Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on October 10 and 11. Lynne MacLennan

Summerside, PE - Heart and Soul, owned by George & Earith Riley, Kensington, PE, established a new track record for two-year-old colts stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for driver-trainer Clare MacDonald Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The record breaking mile took place in a gold division of the Joe O'Brien memorial in race 12. The colt picked up his fourth victory from six starts. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Forever Paradise set on August 22, 2012. The other gold O'Brien stake went to KD Overdrive and Gilles Barrieau in 1:57.4. The top performers in the O'Brien grassroots were Howmacsblackjack (Earl Smith), Rosewood (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Jodster (Marc Campbell) and Windemere Rene (Campbell) The Lady Slipper gold stakes for $11,000 each went to Amirightorwrong (Scott Hubbard) in 2:02 while Dixie Lullaby (Todd Trites) won her assignment in 1:58.2. Also taking top honors in the Lady Slipper grassroots were Every Time (Mark Bradley), R Es Miss Amy, (Barrieau), Riverboat Dancer (Mike Stevenson). Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple putting his lifetime total after weekend at 4003. Campbell had a driving double while trainer Earl Watts recorded two victories from his stable. For complete results and payouts go to by Lee Drake, for Summerside Raceway

A new track record for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was set on Sunday afternoon when Jackson K Down clocked an impressive 1:59 in Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action at the harness racing meeting at Inverness Raceway. The current Atlantic Sires Stakes point leader was under the command of Gilles Barrieau as he captured the winner's share of the $7440 purse for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. Brandon's Glory and driver Dale Spence won their 'A' division event for pacing colts and geldings, crossing the finish line in 2:01.4. Cindy Gunn of Saint John, NB, co-shares ownership of the two-year-old bay pacing colt with Dale Spence. Heart and Soul took first place honours in his event 'A' division event with driver-trainer Clare MacDonald in the bike. The brown pacing gelding went wire to wire in 1:59.4 for owners Earith and George Riley of Kensington, PE. MacDonald had a driving double on the afternoon race card, winning a $9760 'A' division event for two-year-old pacing fillies with her home bred West River Ambyr. MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, shares ownership with daughter Haley MacDonald. The other 'A' division event for two-year-old fillies went to Brookdale Liz and driver Bernard McCallum. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:03.4 for owners Doug R. Polley and Doug E. Polley of Amherst, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action now takes a brief reprieve but will come back full force with a full slate of events slated for Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Sires Stakes events begin on August 15 with the 3 year-old pacing fillies and events will continue throughout the week of harness racing action. Lynne MacLennan

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 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 By Nicholas Oakes

Charlottetown, PE - Organizers are urging those interested in attending this Saturday evenings Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet to purchase their tickets as soon as possible as sales to date have been very brisk. The banquet will be held Saturday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Dutch Inn, Cornwall. Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased at the Rewards desk at both Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside Raceway, and at the Charlottetown Vet Clinic. During the evening, presentations will be made to all competitors in the Atlantic Breeders Crown Finals, as well as to four Atlantic Canadian families in recognition of their long term involvement in harness racing. The 2014 families are the Andrew family from Prince Edward Island, the McDonald family of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Armstrong family from New Brunswick and the MacDonell family from Nova Scotia. Four successful regional owners will also participate in a panel discussion on their careers. Panellists will be Clare MacDonald, Canada's leading female driver and multiple stakes winner, along with Joe Kennedy (co-owner of Firms Phantom, who had the longest consecutive win streak in recent Maritime history); Eddie Doucette (co-owner of track record holder Elm Grove Inarush the leading money winning horse in Maritimes); and Derek Buntain, (owner of Malabrigo who went undefeated in her 3 year old filly campaign with 16 consecutive wins). The weekend kicks off with the Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale Friday, October 10th at 2 p.m. at the Crapaud Agri-Plex. Complete weekend agendas are available at or by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The fall series is here with the Joe O'Brien Memorial Stakes and the Lady Slipper Stakes on center stage at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park Saturday at 6pm and Red Shores Summerside Sunday at 1pm. The action will be carried live at The Saturday card features the two-year colt and filly pacers with one of the emerging headlines coming in the Lady Slipper gold division in race 6 when Dusty Lane Bria, owned by Kenny Wilkie, Stratford and Larry Chappell, Marshfield, takes on Three Pink Bows (Danny Romo) and Woodmere Dancenart (Clare MacDonald). The filly, who has been established as the morning line favorite in $11,700 showdown, just missed her fourth win in a row at Northside Downs. Kenny Arsenault will handle the daughter of Ameripan Gigolo-Briannas Attitude from post 2. Miss Oromocto, Ubettown and The Good Wife complete the field. Jann Down, owned by the Downey Stables, NB, is favored to win the second Lady Slipper gold in race 8 for Gilles Barrieau. Swift Taylor (Mike Stevenson) and Party Rockin (Romo) are also triactor candidates. Bossy Brilla, owned by Wade Peconi, Stanchel, and Lyndale Jenn trained by veteran Terry Affleck, will attempt top honors in their respective grassroots divisions. The two year-old colts compete in two gold divisions for $10,800 each in the Joe O'Brien memorial. Dixieland Band takes a three race winning streak into race 12 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie. The colt took a new lifetime mark of 1:58.1 with the margin of victory charted in a comfortable four lengths in his last start. The other gold O'Brien split has Camco Titan as the bettor's choice for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms- Harris Johnston, John Howatt and Roger Burns. This colt has won half of his starts this season and banked $22,549 in earnings. Mayhem Man, who is coming off a convincing victory at Summerside last week for the Jay Noye stable, and R Es Reese (Mike Stevenson) are the morning line favorites in their respective O'Brien grassroots divisions. For the entries in this stakes filled card go to Lady Slipper Stake at Summerside Summerside, PE - Elm Grove Inarush has a big cheering section and they will be out in full force Sunday when the three-year-old filly attempts gold in the Lady Slipper stake at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee has 10 victories from 15 starts for trainer Eddy Doucette and driver Mark Bradley. The filly rallied from outside post 7 at Truro to win in 1:57.1 over Saulsbrook Alana. They will meet again Sunday along with Lovingeveryminute. This is one of the most anticipated showdowns in stakes action this season. The starter will call to the field in $12,300 contest in race 8. Doucette will be a member of a special guest panel during the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet on Saturday, October 11 at the Howard Johnston Dutch Inn. The glamour boys hit the track in two Joe O'Brien gold splits in races 6 and 10. Woodmere Rondevous has been basically unstoppable as he rides a four race win streak into his division for driver Mike Stevenson and trainer Anthony Stymest. Arties Magic (Todd Trites) will try to knock the favorite from post 2. The colt, co-owned by Windemere Farms and Clive Balderston, has been putting up some solid numbers with seven scores from 12 starts this season. The other $11,000 split has Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) up against Settlement Request, J PS Warrior, Just a Professor, JJ Laser and Hurrah. In other action, Stayoutofmyaffair is listed as the one to catch in the $16,520 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares final. Jason Hughes will do the driving for his brother Robi from post 2. The mare takes on two Jackie Matheson trainees General Luckypercy (Gilles Barrieau) and For All We Know (Gary Chappell) in the rich final. Hughes, who had a career day with five winners last week at Summerside, also sends out Bunny Mach (Kenny Arsenault) from post 8. Here is the field in post- position order. Veronicavermillion (pp1), Stayoutofmyaffair(pp2), Mircleonthehudson (pp3), Ramblinglily (pp4), General Luckpercy (pp5), Brodys Leona (pp6), For All We Know (pp7), Bunny Mach (pp8), Prynne Hanover (pp9). The card will also feature the Garth Schurman memorial in race 3 with Strident Hanover trained by Kuri White for owner Emily MacPhee listed as the one to beat. For complete listing of entries, Jared's picks or live video go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Paymenowpaymelater has yet to let a horse go past her in seven career starts and that streak will continue Thursday if she has any say in it. The two-year-old trotting daughter of Northern Bailey has post 7 in the race 2 $8,000 Lady Slipper trot Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park with a 7 pm first race post time. Marc Campbell will drive the filly in the two-year-old trot division for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel and trainer Earl Watts. Her main competition will come in the form of post 1 starter BJ Matador (Bert Honkoop) and Balanced Bailey (Kenny Arsenault) from post 5. The other Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division in race 6 has last week's runner-up to Paymenowpaymelater starting from post 4. Wait For Me has trainer Mark McKinnon in the bike for New Haven owners Mitchell and David Tierney fresh off a half-length second place finish in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes to the undefeated filly. Wait For Me has yet to see the winner's circle in her early career but that could all change Thursday night. Looking to get in her way is Summerside Raceway two-year-old trotting track record holder Suicide Shift, who is saddled with post 8 for trainer-driver Steven Shepherd, while Windemere Ty is riding a two-race win streak from post 2 for driver Jack Panting. The target is locked firmly on Seanchai as the one to beat in his $8,200 Lady Slipper three-year-old trot division in race 4 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey devastated the field in his last outing with a 2:02 mile, with his closest rival 11-lengths in arrears in one of the fastest three-year-old trot miles of the 2014 Maritime racing season. Seanchai will leave from post 5 in an eight-horse-field with real threats from Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell), Phantom Beau (Arsenault) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The other three-year-old trot division lines up in race 8 with Southfield Shadow leaving from post 3 for trainer Thane Mann, driver Terry Gallant and owner Southfield Farm Inc. of Summerside. The P Js Nabby filly is fresh off a win last week in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes and will face off with seven rivals including BJ Comanche (Clare MacDonald) and Playdale (Daniel MacDonald). The 13-dash card also includes a $2,000 feature pace in race 12 with I D K favored from the rail for driver Vincent Poulton over Capitalism (Hughes) and Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown Driving Park hosted a double-header of PEI Colt Stakes on Saturday with the two-year-olds featured during the afternoon card and three-year-olds front and center in the evening. Gilles Barrieau, Clare MacDonald and Mike Stevenson each won three of the stakes divisions, which ranged in purses of $5,400 to $6,300. Barrieau pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he catch-drove Landed Alien to a 1:57.4 triumph, converting from the pocket to defeat heavy favourite Lovineveryminute at odds of 11-1. Jackie Matheson trains the sophomore filly, who earned her first stakes victory and a new lifetime mark. Barrieau also drove two-year-old winners Dixeland Band (1:59) for trainer Kevin MacLean and filly Jann Down (1:59.3) for trainer Stephen Mason. To view the rest of the story click here. Emotional win at Kawartha Downs It was an emotional night at Kawartha Downs tonight for the Boyd family, who buried family patriarch Ross Boyd this afternoon. They then travelled to the track to watch grandson Nick record two victories on the card including one with a horse he owns and trains. Boyd went gate-to-wire with his own colt, two-year-old Rise Against, who won in 1:58.3. Boyd, of Guelph, Ont., also trains the youngster, who was notching his first lifetime win in just two starts. Boyd was also in the winner’s circle following the third race thanks to a 1:57.2 effort by Lucky Regal. “We buried my grandpa this afternoon and tonight down the lane it was like he was helping me across the wire,” Nick said following the win. To view the rest of this story click here.  Accident mars Alberta stakes Mothers Melody and Shark Festival were victorious in the $10,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Filly Stakes for three-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs, but the final division was marred by an accident at the top the stretch. Charismatic Art (J.F. Gagne) was leading the fillies around the final turn in the second division when she broke stride causing interference to Rummys Command (Jim Marino) in behind and Blue Star Escape (Kelly Hoerdt), who fell in the backfield. The rest of the field was able to get around the breaker with Shark Festival (Keith Clark) closing off cover for the 1:56.3 victory. Favourite Rollin Deep (Travis Cullen) finished one and a quarter length behind in second with Great Desire (Philip Giesbrecht) back in third. Marino was up on his feet quickly after being dumped from the sulky. Hoerdt told Trot Insider he was doing okay after the race, but headed to hospital to have his left ankle x-rayed. Both drivers booked off their remaining assignments after the 10th race accident. To view the rest of this story click here. Hat Trick for Sparling at Leamington Hockey season may not have started yet, but Rob Sparling Jr. scored three wins on the Saturday afternoon card at Leamington Raceway. Starting in the third race with an impressive two-year-old Bettors Delight filly, Passion Delight ($3.70), "Spar" made it look easy, winning in 2:04.3 over the "good" track for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. The time of the mile was a track record for freshman fillies. His next win with DS Surprise ($4.10) wasn't so easy as he battled tooth and nail with St Lads Top Model and Alfie Carroll, ending up in a dead-heat for win in 2:00.3. DS Surprise is owned by Archie and Janice McEachern of Alvinston, Ont., with Janice handling the training chores. Sparling's third win was memorable as well, as he drove three-year-old filly Blissfullannmarie ($25.10) to a maiden win in 2:04 for trainer Catharine Gaudreau and owner Don Wilkins of Bothwell, Ont. With the 2014 election campaign just underway, Lakeshore mayor Tom Bain didn't need the winner's circle platform to announce his candidacy as no one in Lakeshore dare run against the popular mayor. Still, he was in the winner's circle with his trainee Wallet Sniffer, catch-driven by Alex Lilley for owner Don McMurren of South Woodslee, Ont. and parked the mile in 2:02.3. The handle for the Saturday afternoon card was $9,153. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway)

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top trotters in Eastern Canada will do battle Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the P.E.I. Colt Stakes highlight the card. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. The card has three divisions of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for two-year-old trotters in races 1, 3 and 5. The $4,000 division in race 1 has the undefeated Paymenowpaymelater from post 4 in the compact five-horse-field with Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Breadalbane. The Northern Bailey filly will have to defeat Wait For Me (Mark McKinnon) and Oceanview Roz (Mike Stevenson) to keep her six-race win streak intact. Race 3 has Windemere Ty favored off the rail for driver Jack Panting, who co-owns with his grandfather, trainer Ralph Annear of Montague. His main rivals are Bayriver (Paul Lanigan) and BJ Matador (Bert Honkoop). Race 5 has a pair of the top two-year-old trotters tangoing with Tyne Valley off the rail for driver Stevenson and owner-trainer William Roloson and co-owners Scott Roloson, both of Belfast, and Kristi Pickering of Charlottetown. Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift has post 4 for co-owner and driver Steven Shepherd, co-owner and trainer Harold Shepherd, both of Stratford, and co-owner Margo Fisher of New Brunswick. The three-year-old trotters will line up in races 4, 7 and 9. Dusty Lane Galaxy headlines the $4,300 division in race 4 for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire and the Estate of George Boswall. The P Js Nabby trotter is riding a no-worse-than-second record in 2014, including taking a new lifetime mark of 2:02.3 in his last outing. He will face challenges from Seanchai (Jason Hughes) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie). BJ Comanche headlines race 7 with Clare MacDonald driving for owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague. The Bo W colt has also not finished worse than second this year and will face five rivals including Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) and Glencove Yoshi (Marc Campbell). Race 9 has Southfield Shadow favored for driver Terry Gallant, trainer Thane Mann and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. Other top entries include Villager (Brian MacPhee) and Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting). The Open trotters line up in race 8 for a $1,850 purse with Frill Seeker the favorite from 3, fresh off a 2:00.4 victory for trainer-driver Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. The seven-horse-field also includes Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Zip The Lip (MacPhee). by Nicholas Oaks, for Red Shores

It was a close race right down to the wire but Dixieland Band came out the victor in his $10,100 Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The two-year-old bay pacing colt, with catch driver Mark MacKinnon in the bike, crossed the finish line 2:00.1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. Coming home a close second was Proven Desire and driver Marc Campbell and third was George and driver Clare MacDonald. The other $10,100 'A' division event on the afternoon race card went to J J Romeo and driver Mike Stevenson. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:00 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, PE. Second place went to R ES Aiden and driver Rodney Gillis and third was Everclear and Marc Campbell. Mike Stevenson recorded an Atlantic Sires Stakes driving double, taking the lone $2500 'B' division event with R ES Reece in 2:03. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards securing a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Summerside PE- The two and three-year-old trotters were in full flight on Wednesday night at Red Shores' Summerside as they compete in the Lady Slipper Stake to see who could take home a slipper of their own. The headlines were all over during the card and they got underway early, in the second division for two-year-old trotters. It is the year for trotting track record to fall and that is exactly what happened when Suicide Shift in line to Steven Shepherd went wire to wire in 2:04.1, shaving a fifth of a second off of the track record for two-year-old trotting colts. Shepherd fired the son of Pjs Nabby off the wings laying down fractions of :30.4, 1:02 and 1:33.3 defeating Wait For Me by three lengths, Tyne Valley rallied for third. Shepherd is a co-owner on the colt along with Margo Fisher and his father Harold, who does the training. In Race 7, it was the undefeated streak that stayed alive for Paymenowpaymelater, the two-year-old daughter of Northern Bailey extended her streak to six winning in 2:05.4 for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts. Tuesday nights runner up in the National Driving Championship at Red Shores' Charlottetown, Marc Campbell did the driving picking up his second victory on the card. He picked up a dead heat victory in the fourth race aboard R Es Nancy who dead-heated with Duchess Killean. The other $ 5, 800 division of two-year-old trotters went to Windemere Ty for owner - trainer Ralph Annear, his grandson Jack Panting handled the driving duties getting up in the final strides to nail trot setter J K Blaze on the line in 2:05.4. Buddy The Elf was third. In the second division of three-year-old trotters, Gary Chappell moved that much closer to his 2,500 career driving victory when he guided his own trainee Dusty Lane Galaxy to the winners enclosure. Owned by Peter Buchanan and the Estate of George Boswall, the son of Pjs Nabby made every call a winning one in 2:02.3 . Chappell didn't stop their he picked up his 2,496 in Race 10 aboard Paradise Rose, for a double on the night. The other 'Slipper' went to B J Comanche in 2:03.2 for the 'Queen' of the Maritimes Clare MacDonald. The son of Bo W fended off Southfield Shadow and J K Hustler. Bert Honkoop is the owner, trainer and breeder. Driver Walter Cheverie picked up right where he left off from Saturday nights card in Charlottetown, fresh off a five-bagger, he picked up two more victories including a victory with his own trainee Nobestbfor in the evenings top class. Cheverie hustled him off the wings and laid down all the fractions winning in 1:58.2. He also won win Sendmeasign in Race 8. Corey MacPherson also had a driving double winning with Life Savior in a nights best 1:57.2 and with Dusty Lane Dora in 1:57.4 Racing action returns on Saturday night in Charlottetown with a 6 p.m. post time. A special Labour Day card goes Monday at 1 p.m. in Summerside.  by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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