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Excitement is the word as Horse Racing New Brunswick has released details of a year-long handicapping challenge for live racing fans.   Starting this Monday, fans have the opportunity to play along all year in New Brunswick and have a chance to win a trip for two to the Ontario Sires Stake Super Finals in Toronto.   Here are the details on the contest and Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank it's partners H.P.I and Woodbine Entertainment Group. Here are the details released Saturday.   To enter, participants will be asked to buy a $ 2 Win-Place-Show on three separate races during all live cards at both Fredericton Raceway and Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. This will total a cost of $ 18.00. Now, HERE IS THE EXCITING PART. You have the chance to win a trip for two to the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals that will include air fare and accommodations plus more to be announced over the course of the contest. Play along all year in Saint John and Fredericton, and this trip and more could be yours! Plus, weekly prize of $ 25.00 H.P.I voucher. There will be updates available each week with the top-ten posted weekly on the Horse Racing New Brunswick website. There will be weekly prizes as well and it will culminate with the last live card before the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals where we will declare the winner of the GRAND PRIZE. Staff and immediate family of Horse Racing New Brunswick are not eligible for the contest. Let's have some fun and friendly competition in Horse Racing New Brunswick's Year Long Handicapping Challenge! Weekly prizes of an H.P.I $ 25.00 voucher will be awarded at both Saint John and Fredericton for live cards. Of course entering at both tracks all year long will give you a better chance so enjoy the thrill all year long of LIVE harness racing in New Brunswick. There is nothing better than being live, and up close to where the action is for a day of entertainment for the entire family. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB  

Harness racing will make its long awaited return in 2014 with a seven-dash program at Fredericton Raceway on Monday.   Post time is slated for 2:00 P.M on Monday, so please note the one hour difference in the usual start time.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will feature the Victoria Day Pace as race six on the day. It has attracted a field of five pacers for a purse of $ 1500.   Ed Harvey has drawn the coveted rail position with Mr Shankopotamus. He will be joined in order of post position by Couleur Magnifique, Magical Alex, Joseph Michael and Grimsby.   Programs will be made available on-line at http://www.hrnb.ca and you can also catch-up on the latest news, promotions on the new updated website.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB        

Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to remind harness racing fans and horsemen that opening day for the 2014 is coming up on Monday, May 19th on Victoria Day.   Also, entries will be accepted up until 10:00 A.M on Thursday, May 15th. Entries can be made by contacting the Fredericton Raceway office by phone at 1-506-459-3204 or by fax at 1-506-206-2403.   Entries will also be accepted in Saint John by calling 506-636-6927 anytime after 9:00 A.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick has also raised the minimum purse on Monday to $ 800.00. Ship-ins are more than welcome and the organization is excited to get the 2014 racing season underway on Monday.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Nominees for harness racing top horsemen awards have been announced by the Saint John Harness Horsemen for the upcoming awards gala.   Horse person of the Year will be a three way race between Mike Downey, Wayne Hubbard, and Bob MacNeil. Downey was inducted this year into the Fredericton Raceway Wall of Fame and will be looking to build on that momentum.   Owner of the year has also attracted three very deserving finalists. This award will be sponsored by Standardbred Canada and will be presented by Darren Crowe at the May 10th ceremonies.   Ultimate Stable, Dr. Mitchell Downey, and the Downey Stables will compete for the coveted award. This should be a tough category and the S.J.H.H.A would like to congratulate the nominees.   Scott Waddell    

Rose Valley, last year’s three-year-old pacing filly sensation trained by Mike Campbell, was named the 2013 Fredericton Raceway Horse of the Year in ceremonies held Saturday evening at the Fredericton Horsemen’s Association annual awards banquet. Rose Valley, who is owned by Dawn and Ted Bremner of Jemseg, N.B., was also given the award for top sophomore filly after completing one of the best seasons ever by a Fredericton-based mare. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy was a multiple stakes winner last year, winning seven races and earning over $40,000 on the circuit, the highlight being a record-setting 1:56 mile in Charlottetown during their Old Home Week. Rose Valley won both of her starts in Fredericton, including a division of the Bill Quigg Memorial Stake during FREX 2013. Rose Valley, being named Horse of the Year, capped off a phenomenal evening for Campbell, who also took home training honours for American Captain, who was recognized as the top four-year-old. Campbell was also inducted into the Fredericton Raceway Wall of Fame, celebrating a 45-year horse racing career that began at the downtown oval in 1969. He joined Mike Downey, Fredericton Raceway’s all-time dash winning and money earning driver, owner Ashley Sloat and distinguished equines Knightly Glib and Northern Raucous, on the Wall. Other award winners during the evening included Queens Or Better (Aged Mare), Flying Cowboy (Three-Year-Old Colt), Lanny (Most Improved), Manraysonjo (Aged Horse) and Seven Signs (Unsung Hero). Chantall Basson was named Groom of the Year and veteran horseman Chester Eatmon Jr. was given the Pioneer Award for his many years in horse racing at Fredericton. Brian Embleton was the top trainer and Gilles Barrieau was the top driver. From the Federicton Horsemen's Association

Horse Racing New Brunswick is pleased to announce the top trainer, driver, and owners during the 2013 racing meet at Fredericton Raceway.   Gilles Barrieau pulled out a close victory as the top driver at the New Brunswick track with 19-wins on the season. That topped Todd Trites who was second with 17-wins, while Gord Hennessey rounding out the top trio.   Barrieau also led in money with over $ 23,000 earned by his starters with Trites and Hennessey again second and third.   In the percentage category, Barrieau wrapped up the meet with a sparkling .440 average with Mike Downey at .398 second best and Gord Hennessey coming in at .316.   Top trainer for 2013 in wins was Brian Embleton who enjoyed a superb meet with 14-wins but just one more than Mike Downey who checks in at 13-wins. Mike Campbell & Bob MacNeil had 6-wins from their stables to tie for third.   Top owner of the 2013 season at Fredericton was Dr. Mitchell Downey who owned the papers on 10-winners this year. Congrats to all the divisional leaders at Fredericton from Horse Racing New Brunswick. by Scott Waddell for HRNB  

Can New Brunswick harness racing history be made two straight weeks? We will find out that burning question as Fredericton Raceway, hosted by Horse Racing New Brunswick, presents a double-header.   Action will kick off at high noon with another card to follow at 4:00 P.M. Major attractions of the day are the Bill Quigg stakes, Atlantic Mares Pacing Series, Goodine Memorial and culminating in the prestigious Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial invitational.   This past Friday, Neal Moase's Big League and twenty-year-old teamster Dale Spence Jr. shocked the Maritime racing fraternity with a jaw-dropping 1:53.4 new track record at E.P.R. He shaved four-fifths of a second off the old mark, and now eyes history on Saturday afternoon.   He will be one of five entrants looking to win this years edition of the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial pace for $ 6500.   Big League took his first lifetime steps as a yearling in nearby Norton, N.B. In 2011, under the watchful eye of Sean Dooley, he went undefeated as a two-year-old and was sold after a brief stop in Ontario.   David MacDonald, a Halifax businessman, then brought back Big League to the Maritimes where he was in turn sold to Neal Moase. It has turned into one of the best buys for Moase along with his son Jonah who handles the training chores.   Saturday, Big League will bust the gate from post-five and you can be sure young Spence will be looking to get an early seat on top. He will have his work cut out for him with four other rivals. All Turain, who was second in last weeks historic race, will have post one for Brodie MacPhee.   Terry Gallant and Proven Lover also ships in from P.E.I and get post-two. He is known for his early speed and should make things interesting. Lucky Encounter gets posts three for Alex Sobey and sports a win this year in 1:54.4 over P.E.I.   Rounding out the field is Greatheart Hanover, a five-year-old pacer who is winless this year in the Maritimes but sports some good credentials on his race lines. Jason Hughes will get the drive on the pacer from the number four spot.   Horse Racing New Brunswick thanks all horsemen and fans for their support of FREX 2013 and Saturday afternoon could be another day for the record books.   by Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick has announced that on Saturday, September 7th, there will be added races to what had previously been scheduled at Fredericton Raceway.   Due to the fact that there are a number of special events going on that day, the operators have decided to provide horsemen with additional overnight events to aid in getting local horses raced on that day.   Jeff Malloy has announced that there will now be two cards with planned post-times at 12:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M with a break in between the action.   September 7th in Fredericton will feature the Bill Quigg Memorial for three-year-old pacers, the Goodine Memorial Pace, Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial and the Atlantic Mares pace.   Please stay tuned for further updates from Horse Racing New Brunswick. We are excited to add even more excitement that is sure to be a great day of racing in New Brunswick.   by Scott Waddell

Wet was the operative word the last couple of days in New Brunswick with flooding in some areas due to torrential rain on Friday. Saturday though, Horse Racing New Brunswick had things ready to go for the twelve-dash program in the capital city at Fredericton Raceway. By post-time the track was not rated off and maintenance did a great job getting the racing surface in top-top shape. Mark Haig, one of the top catch-drivers in the province grabbed the first of the day with Nucoz Typhoon for owner Chester Eatmon in 2:02.1 coming from second last horse in the stretch. Despite an early miscue, driver Ed Harvey got Top Mach back on pace and led at every marker for owner Eric Lakes. Time of the mile was 2:04.1 for the four-year-old son of Mach Three. It was a superb effort by Victory George and veteran driver Lonny Stokes as he survived being parked out the entire mile and still earning the victory. Jeff Lewis owns the pacer who stopped the watch in 2:02.1. ROF Samurai continues to impress as the three-year-old Force Of Life stepped to a new record of 1:59.2 Zoran Petrovich owns and was handled by the talented Gord Hennessey. Cocagne River Boy scored a mark of 2:01 for owner Leo Gallant and driver Ulysse Gallant. It was a great win for a family in New Brunswick who have been involved in the industry for years. Mike Downey is having another strong year on the racing circuit and scored with Night Talker in 2:01.3 for son Dr. Mitch Downey. Choco Du Ruisseau won again this week for Tina Dunphy and driver Mark Haig. He made every post a winning one in 1:59.3. Hello America also went a gate-to-wire effort with Mike Downey on board to win easily in 1:59. It was another winning partnership for Mike and son Mitch on the afternoon. Sam Hodgin connected with ROF Peruvian High, giving owner Zoran Petrovich two wins on the day. Time of the mile was 2:00. Ace On The River had his game on Saturday for driver Todd Trites and owner Heather Hatheway. Time of the mile was 2:00, including a back-half of fifty-nine flat. In the-top class, it was a slight upset as Manraysonjo got back on the winning track in a big way as he romped to a decisive 1:57 mile for Lonny Stokes. Dusty Lane Oscar was second while American Captain wasn't a threat in fifth. Finale of the day went to three-year-old filly Putnams Glory for Gord Hennessey, giving him to wins on the day. Time of the mile was 1:59.2. Originally Ideal Ticket was the unofficial winner but placed second for interference. For the official site of racing in N.B, please visit http://www.hrnb.ca by Scott Waddell  

Two red-hot horses will lock horns on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway in the afternoons top-class.   American Captain, a winner of his last three will square off with the horse that keeps getting better with age, Dusty Lane Oscar. He has been the talk of the season in New Brunswick for Team Davies of Saint John.   Race eleven has been selected as the feature, one of twelve that will go to post at 1:00 P.M on Saturday.   American Captain will have the slight edge in post-position from post-five but will have to contend with Dusty Lane Oscar from post-six. They will tangle for a purse of $ 1500.   Other starters in the race from post one to four are Magical Alex, Manraysonjo, After Lunch Larry and veteran Dance Hanover.   Should Dusty Lane Oscar prevail in the tilt, it will be his 50th lifetime win.   For more information, see http://www.hrnb.ca   by Scott Waddell

There's a tie among the top drivers at Fredericton Raceway but not for long. Gilles Barrieau who is plying his trade on P.E.I this summer, is tied with Todd Trites. Both teamsters have twelve wins each.

Fredericton Raceway played host to a twelve dash card of racing on Saturday afternoon and had the perfect weather for the exciting race card presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.

He is the hottest horse in New Brunswick after winning six of eight starts for harness racing owner-trainer-driver Chris Davies.

With the departure of perennial harness racing driving champion Gilles Barrieau to Prince Edward Island for the summer and fall, it leaves a huge gap, but offers catch-driving opportunities for others in the province of New Brunswick.

Every year when the Walter Dale Memorial starts to loom closer, I always instantly think one thing- wonder who Bo Sowers is bringing?

Canada Day harness racing is a tradition in the capital city of New Brunswick, and the 58th running of the Walter Dale Memorial Invitational is set to go on Monday at Fredericton Raceway.

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