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Ramblinglily, the four-year-old N.B owned pacer stole the show on New Brunswick Day at Fredericton Raceway on Monday.   Co-owner Allan Jones sent the daughter of Articulator to the lead and was never headed after that in the 1:58 triumph. Norm Leger also shares ownership in the mare who scorched a final half in :56.1 in the win.   It was her second straight win on New Brunswick soil, sweeping her two starts. She was victorious at Connell Park on Friday night in 1:56.4 and right back to win on Monday. She turned away J Rs Hurricane and Rose Valley.   Quickest trip on Monday afternoon was turned in by 10-year-old Kass Hall who stopped the clock in 1:57.3. Scott Hubbard was the driver for owner Shawn Dickison. Sam Hodgin scored two-wins on the afternoon, giving the teamster five-wins in the last two race days at the capital city track.   Racing will resume on Saturday, August 9th at 2:00 P.M at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will carry on a long standing tradition of harness racing in the province on Monday with a ten-dash card at Fredericton Raceway.   Holiday racing on New Brunswick day has been a staple of the provinces racing schedule and post time is set for 2:00 P.M.   Monday's top-class will feature the speedy pacing mare Ramblinglily whose best time of the season of 1:56.4 came at Fredericton. She has drawn the outside post-five in the $ 1500 feature for owners Norm Leger and Allan Jones.   She will face-off against J Rs Hurricane ( Scott Hubbard ), Man In Pink ( Mark Haig ), Magical Alex ( Todd Trites ) and Rose Valley and Mike Campbell.   Driver Mark Haig will be looking to add to his fourteen ( 14 ) wins in the province this season and sits atop the leader board.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Horse Racing New Brunswick will have not one, but two exciting cards coming up this long holiday weekend in the province of New Brunswick at Connell park in Woodstock, N.B and Fredericton Raceway in the provinces capital city.   On Friday, August 1st the tradition continues with racing at Woodstock, N.B at beautiful Connell Park. Officials have offered up some big purses on Friday with a minimum purse of $ 1100.   Horseman are asked to have entries into the Horse Racing New Brunswick offices by Tuesday, July 29th by 10:00 A.M. Outside entries are welcome and you can call or fax your entries to:   1-506-459-3204 FAX 1-506-206-2403 or 1-506-636-6927 PHONE   Friday's premier event is the yearly invitational pace that will carry with it a purse of $ 5000. Named in memory of Kelti Burnett, the race is sponsored by Corey Ford. Post time is slated for 7:00 P.M.   On Monday, Fredericton Raceway is the place to be with the yearly New Brunswick Day card of holiday racing on August 4th. Horsemen are asked to have their entries in by Wednesday, July 30th by 10:00 A.M at the same numbers as provided above. Post time for Monday's card is 2:00 P.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to send out an advanced appreciation to all their sponsors, and horsemen who will be supporting this weekend's double card of racing in the province.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Dance Hanover, the classy son of Astreos captured the top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway in 2:02 for the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B on Saturday at E.P.R.   Stephen Trites worked out a perfect pocket journey for the eleven-year-old pacer as he scored his fifth win in nine races this season.   Rose Valley finished in the runner-up spot with Man In Pink grabbing third. Stare Down had been the early leader in the race but faded late in the mile.   New Brunswick's leading driver, Mark Haig added two more winners to his seasons total. Haig now sits with fourteen winners on the year. Skippy ( 2:01.3 ) gave co-owner Harold DeFazio a great birthday present with the victory with co-owner Dale Spence.   Haig's other win came with J Rs Hurricane as he romped to a seven-length win in 2:01.2. Gordon Hennessey had a banner day as he scored with his pacers Armbro Comet and After Lunch Larry.   Next card will be raced at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B on Friday, August 1st at 7:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will also host a holiday card on Monday, August 3rd at Fredericton Raceway to celebrate New Brunswick day.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Unbeaten three-year-old filly R Es Confusion and harness racing trainer/ driver Mike Campbell will look to remain undefeated, going for her third straight win on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway.   Unraced at two, the daughter of Allamerican Native is owned by Dawn & Ted Bremner of Jemseg, New Brunswick.   Closest any rival has been to her so far is six and three-quarter lengths. She was a $6200 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic sale in 2012. She was actually bred in New York.   Top-class of the afternoon has attracted a solid group of seven. Going as race seven on the card, they will race for a purse of $1500. A Weekend and veteran driver Percy Jones has been listed as the slight favourite.   Other starters in the field are Grimsby, stable mates J Rs Hurricane and Sparky Bayama, Ramlinglily, Kass Hall, and Stare Down. Post time is 2:00 P.M for the first race.   Scott Waddell

One of the top aged pacers in the province of New Brunswick went off as the longest shot on the board at 18-1 but delivered an upset in the H.R.N.B feature on Saturday afternoon.   Dance Hanover, a classy looking eleven-year-old son of Astreos, made the lead as the gates unfolded and paced the mile in 2:02. Owned by the Ultimate Stable, he registered his fifty-third ( 53 ) lifetime win.   Ramblinglily made it a close call as she was just a nose behind the winner. Dance Hanover also elevated his career earnings over $ 100,000 in the victory. Stare Down was two and a quarter-lengths back in third.   Youngster Kent Beattie made his first lifetime appearance in the sulky and was a solid third with the cagey veteran Provoke Me in the third race of the afternoon.   Racing will return on Saturday, July 19th with action switching to Fredericton Raceway at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

He's been a fan favourite horse for the last couple of years at Exhibition Park Raceway and Fredericton Raceway and he will race for the last time in his career on Tuesday afternoon.   Dusty Lane Oscar, winner of fifty-three races lifetime, over $50,000 in career earnings and a mark of 1:57 taken over Fredericton Raceway makes one last start for owner/driver Chris Davies.   Known for his antics in the winners circle literally bowing at fans as he is being cheered on, Oscar will race in the eighth race of the afternoon and has drawn post position two.   He has hit the board on three occasions this season in just six outings. Owner Chris Davies says that Oscar holds a special place in his heart. "This is the last horse that Dad and I owned together".   John Davies still comes out to watch the horse race and always has good advice for his son.   After acquiring the pacer from Moncton's Rob Tait, Davies quickly found out that he is a creature of habit. "He has a couple habits on the track. Turning before he goes to the gate you have to turn him inside out or he will stand up straight on his hind legs and in the winners circle he loves to stand up and bow to the fans".   Davies also says he knew it was time to give the horse a well deserved retirement and he will come full circle going to Rob Tait once again to enjoy the rest after a storied racing career.   Chris also say that Oscar helped him make a name for himself when he decided to give the Maine circuit a try. "Oscar traveled all through Maine with me and helped me make a name down there. Hes a real pleasure to drive and gives his heart everytime he swings."   To say that Oscar has a few fans is really an understatement. Chris along with his sister Joanne and their Dad make up Team Davies but many friends and family have joined in as they follow one of their favourite horses. Davies and company wear the colour orange and Oscar will be decked out in his colours on Tuesday afternoon.   When horses retire it can be a sad day for his owners and fans but over the years Oscar has given people many thrills and one thing is for sure, every time he gets behind the wings he knows its time to go to work and gives his all.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Fresh off his victory in the Cecil Ladner Memorial series, All Turain will look to win one of New Brunswick's most coveted races on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway.   In line to Brodie MacPhee, All Turain has drawn post three in the Walter Dale Memorial Pace that carries with it a $5,000 purse. Owned by Lee & Trevor Hicken of Prince Edward Island, the pacer had reeled of ten straight wins dating back to last year.   He tastes defeat only once this year to another Walter Dale starter, Art of Illusion who will bust the gate from post five for owner David MacDonald and driver Darren Crowe.   Stare Down will leave from post one for driver Mike Downey and owner Dr. Mitchell Downey. J Rs Hurricane and driver Lonny Stokes leaves from post two for owner Jean Belliveau and driver Lonny Stokes. Modern Xhibit will have young Dale Spence on board from post four for Jonah Moase.   Bo Sowers ships in with two starters. Along with Art Of Illusion, Terem Up Louie will have the outside post six and Bo is listed to drive the pacer. In all, twelve races will be carded that will also feature the latest leg of the handicapping challenge.   Post time for race one is 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

After six-weeks into Horse Racing New Brunswick's year-long handicapping challenge, Rose Doyle has emerged with a sizable lead in the competition.   Up for grabs is a trip for two to Ontario for the O.S.S Super Finals and Doyle has a lead of $ 24.70. Adam Saunders checks in at second spot this week with Jenn Ritchie rounding out the top-three.   Seventh leg will take place on Tuesday, July 1st at Fredericton Raceway that will also feature the running of the Walter Dale Memorial Pace.   This week's winner of a prize from Horse Player Interactive for most points in week six is Kayden Buchanan. He tallied $ 19.70 in the three race competition.   Following are the complete standings.   Rose Doyle 88.70 Adam Saunders 64.00 Jenn Ritchie 63.40 Brad MacPherson 62.90 Kayden Buchanan 48.70 Roy Flowers 28.90 Wayne Hubbard 28.10 by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Mark Haig continued to hold the hot hands in New Brunswick as he scored a pair of wins at Exhibition Park Raceway on Saturday afternoon.   Haig scored gate-to-wire efforts in back to back races for trainer Mel Land with Joeys Sidekix ( 2:04.2 ) and Lanny ( 2:05.2 ). He now has ten wins in just twenty-seven drives this year and a Fabulous .559 driving average.   In the days main event, Ramblinglily was making her 2014 debut and was involved in a placing after the judges ruled that her driver Allan Jones had caused interference to both J Rs Hurricane and Skippy.   It was originally ruled a dead-heat with Mike Downey's Stare Down but the four-year-old mare was placed back to forth for the interference. For Stare Down it was his first win on New Brunswick soil for the father-son duo of Dr. Mitchell and Mike Downey.   Next live card of racing in New Brunswick will be held on July 1st at Fredericton Raceway as Horse Racing New Brunswick hosts the traditional holiday program.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

J R's Hurricane will headline Saturday afternoon's harness racing program at Fredericton Raceway as part of a nine-dash program.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the matinee card at 2:00 P.M and features a small, but competitive group in the $ 1,500 feature.   Owner Jean Charles Belliveau will send two starters to the gate with J Rs Hurricane and stable-mate Sparky Bayama. "Hurricane" has won his last two starts and remains unbeaten in New Brunswick.   Other starters in the top-class are Stare Down ( Mike Downey ), Skippy ( Mark Haig ) and Rose Valley and Mike Campbell.   Meanwhile, driver Todd Trites makes his first appearance at his home track since he recorded his 2,000th career win and will be recognized by Horse Racing New Brunswick on Saturday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB  

Popular New Brunswick catch-driver Mark Haig held the hot hands at Fredericton Raceway on Saturday as he registered a driving triple.   Haig played spoiler in the top-class as Todd Trites looked to be on his way to his 2000th career win with Joseph Michael but Haig got up to win with newcomer J Rs Hurricane.   Jean Belliveau owns the five-year-old son of Mach Three and he stopped the clock in 1:57.2 to record the fastest mile of the afternoon.   Haig's other wins came with Skippy in 1:58 and Nucoz Typhoon in 2:02.   Other winners on the eight-dash card included Ultimate Spirit for Stephen Trites ( 2:01 ), American Terror and Ed Harvey ( 2:00.3 ), trotter Justplainshea for John Stewart ( 2:02.2 ), Couleur Magnifique with Lonny Stokes ( 2:01.3 ) and D Gs Crosby for Phil Reid ( 2:02.2 ).   Todd Trites still needs that elusive single win to record his milestone of 2000-wins and will attempt the feat at Truro Raceway on Sunday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Although many eyes will be on Todd Trites on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Horse Racing New Brunswick present an eight-dash card that features a great top-class for $1,500.   There are a total of five horses that will meet in the feature event including one notable newcomer to New Brunswick.   J RS Hurricane will make his debut in N.B on Saturday in the afternoons top class for trainer Jean Belliveau. He has some impressive credentials and will have Mark Haig in the bike in race seven.   Todd Trites will team local favorite Joseph Michael in the group and is looking to redeem himself after a second place effort in Saint John last week. Dance Hanover, Magical Alex and Rose Valley round out the main event.   Saturday's card at Fredericton is at 2:00 P.M and can be viewed on-line and wagered on H.P.I. For more info contact http://hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

In harness racing, milestones come and go in a drivers career and all are special in their own way.   This Saturday, popular harness racing driver Todd Trites is one win shy of winning his 2,000th career win and has a chance to accomplish the feat on his home turf in Fredericton.   Trites started his driving career back in 1991 which he scored his first win that season with pacer Angels Class. Since that season, he has amassed 1999-wins, over $ 3-million in purse earnings, and a superb driving average of .329 in his career.   When asked about who his role model has been in racing, he points out that rather than a specific one person, he cites some very well know names.   "I would have to say my brother Stephen has been the biggest influence. I learned a lot from fellow drivers Gilles Barrieau and Steve Mahar early on in my career".   His career year was back in 2008 where he ended the season with 206-wins and over $ 340,000 in purse money. He drove over eight-hundred times that season but has slightly decreased his busy schedule.   Working full-time at N.B Power, he works hard to find the right balance between family life and driving. " I drive depending on the quantity and quality that is available to me. My kids are getting older and I treasure the time I spend with them and Paula. I have a great support system in place."   Living in close proximity to Fredericton and calling the track his home base, he is quick to point out the meaning of getting this milestone on his home turf.   " In this era of racing 2000 (wins ) is big at any track but doing it at home would be something really special for me and my family and fans".   He has driven so many quality horses over the years it must be hard to pick a favorite but Todd was quick to point to one in particular." P H Breakaway gave me a lot of thrilling wins and was a great horse with super connections."   He also has a fondness with Woodmere Topcat, a former track record holder at Exhibition Park Raceway. His resume in racing has been bolstered by his friendship and connection with Jim and Trevin Shive who are well known developers of young horses.   One of the horses that they developed was P H Super Dave who Todd says when he drove him, " I just sat there and was just along for the drive".   Being one of the most recognized names in the sport, Trites is quick to point out it is important that everyone does their part to promote the industry. " If there is going to be a sustained future in New Brunswick, we need everyone involved and to look at the big picture. There is no "I" in team and everyone needs to pull together."   Off the racetrack Trites is busy cheering on his Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs and also is a huge New England Patriot supporter with his wife Paula. He also says he is a big supporter of local and Canadian golf and curling and World Junior hockey is a big part of his holiday season every year.   He will also be front and center for the final leg of the Triple Crown where California Chrome has a chance at making history at Belmont next weekend. " He faces a tough field with several contenders sitting out the last race and are lying in wait. But, he is the best until they beat him".   With a full slate of drives on Saturday in Fredericton, Todd Trites will be looking to write his name in the history books as well with that one win needed to reach his 2,000th win and add another line to his already impressive resume.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Wave That Banner and driver Mark Haig lit up the pays on Saturday at E.P.R in the afternoon's feature event upsetting heavily favoured Joseph Michael in the process. The harness racing pacer went off at oddsof 18-1 and paid $38.70 to win.   It was a "banner" race for trainer Eric Wilson as he trains both horses who put on a dazzling stretch drive resulting in a photo finish with Wave That Banner winning by a slim nose.   Time of the mile was 1:59.3 which was the fastest winning effort of the day. Valerie Phelan co-owns both pacers. Wave That Banner is also owned by Eric Wilson while Phelan shares ownership on Joseph Michael with Andrea Dolan.   Todd Trites added some excitement on the day as he went into the final race with 1999-wins and many thought he would snare his 2000th career victory with Joseph Michael. He will have to put off the celebration for now, but has three drives on Sunday afternoon at Truro Raceway.   Trites did score a driving triple winning with The Viking Prince, J Ps Warrior ( dead-hit victory ) and Couleur Magnifique..   Mark Haig and Stephen Trites both ended up with two-wins each. Racing returns on Saturday, May 31st at Fredericton Raceway with a 2:00 P.M start time.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Monday afternoon saw the return of live racing in the province of New Brunswick and Todd Trites notched three wins on opening day at Fredericton Raceway.   With the wins, the popular driver stands just four-wins shy of 2000 career victories. Included in his wins was the Victoria Day pace with the Eric Wilson trainee Joseph Michael in 2:01.   He paced his final half in a sizzling :58.3 for owners Andrea Dolan and Valerie Phelan. Trites other winners came with Wave That Banner and Dusty Lane Oscar.   Other winners on the card were American Terror ( Ed Harvey ) in 2:04 for owner Kathy McLean and co-owner Harvey. A son of American Ideal, the four-year-old was very impressive in his first start on N.B soil.   Rounding out the opening day winners were Victory George ( Jeff Lewis ), Pinch Of Paradise ( Phil Reid ) and Lucky In Love ( Mike Downey ). Next live card goes this Saturday on May 24th, post time scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

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