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Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores will be offering some new betting features that will begin with the start of the meet at both Charlottetown and Summerside tracks. Firstly, Red Shores will now be offering a Jackpot Hi-5 wager during the 2021 racing season. The pool will have an industry low takeout of 15% and will have a single winner format. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires the selection of the first five finishers of the race in correct order. If there is a single winner, they will receive not only the payout from the day's current pool but also the full jackpot that has built up from previous events. "We tested the Pentafecta at the end of our last meet and there was some interest there", said Lee Drake, Manager of Racing and Broadcast. "The single winner Jackpot format is something that will provide the potential for some big prices for the pool." The Jackpot Hi-5 pool will be offered at both Charlottetown and Summerside. The carryover will follow the two tracks to maximize the opportunities to build the carryover and create some big payouts. In addition to this, Red Shores has also reduced the minimum bet amounts required for several pools. The Superfecta, Pick 4 and Jackpot Hi5 now all have a $0.20 minimum bet option. The Jackpot Hi5 and the lower bet minimums will begin with the opening day program at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday May 8 with a first post of 6pm pm ADT / 5pm EDT. Red Shores Summerside kicks off with the season opener on Monday May 24th at 1pm ADT/12pm EDT. For race dates, post times and live broadcast go to redshores.ca From Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores is looking to build on recent momentum for wagering on their live harness racing product at both Charlottetown Driving Park and Summerside Raceway in 2021. "We were quite pleased with the wagering on our live racing last year, particularly with most of the season operating with limited on track capacity", commented Lee Drake, Manager of Racing and Broadcast. "We have had some great engagement from fans especially through our digital platforms and we are really looking forward to the start of the meet." The wagering during the 2020/2021 meet posted an increase of 15 percent of 97 race dates In an effort to explore further growth opportunities in 2021, Red Shores has contracted the assistance of Bluslate Inc. Bluslate is run by Sean Pinsonneault, a highly experienced racing executive who has been working with tracks and innovators for the betterment of the sport. Sean was previously Chief Operating Officer of Woodbine, Chairman of Racetracks of Canada and has participated on several international committees and industry boards. "We think there is a real opportunity here", continued Drake. "We did some work together during the winter meet in 2020 and we feel Bluslate will provide the necessary resources and skills to make an impact on the positioning of our racing." "We are thrilled to be working with the Red Shores team", said Sean Pinsonneault, president of Bluslate Inc. "The team is eager to make a difference and open to new ideas which is a great place to start. So much of Canada's harness racing has links to the 'Kentucky of Canada' - Prince Edward Island. There is a great opportunity to leverage that heritage and build something really special." The initiative will involve working together with horsemen and other racing stakeholders throughout the process as alignment and support will be an important part of the success. The 2021 racing meet begins at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on May 8th at 6pm while Red Shores Summerside opens on Monday May 24th at 1pm. For the complete race schedule, post times and live broadcasts go to redshores.ca                          

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association is pleased to offer a special breakfast for the standardbred industry on Saturday April 24th in the Top of the Park restaurant from 9am-11am. The price is $10 plus tax per person. The morning will offer an opportunity to view the future stars of racing as they go in training sets to condition for the upcoming season. The Race Day broadcast team of Lee Drake, Peter MacPhee and Kurt Hughes will cover the action and provide background. The 2-hour presentation will also feature some recorded segments and guests will also have a chance to win some exciting prize packages. Trainers are invited to call the race office to register their horses at 902.629.6636. The deadline is Wednesday April 21st at 12pm. Owners and their guests must book the Top of the Park restaurant at 902.620.4264. Seating is limited. By Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park is pleased to announce the opening date for the Spring meet is Saturday, May 8th 2021, one week later than initially planned. Post time is 6:00pm. The decision was made after consulting with horse people and harness racing industry groups. This will officially launch the countdown to the 62nd running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Red Shores will be announcing an exciting line-up of promotions and events in the coming weeks. Saturday May 1st, and Thursday, May 13th race dates will be moved to later in the season. All originally planned 79 race dates will be held at Charlottetown . The May racing schedule at Charlottetown will now be Saturdays May 8th and May 15th, Thursday May 20th, Saturday May 22nd, Thursday May 27th and Saturday May 29th. Red Shores Summerside will open for the season on Monday May 24th at 1pm. The Prince County oval will also hold a card on Sunday May 30th at 1pm kicking off stakes season with the PEI Colt Stakes featuring the three-year old pacing fillies and colts. Summerside will race the planned 27 race dates during the 2021 season. The 53rd running of the Governor's Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, is Saturday July 10th. Qualifiers will be held on Saturday May 1st at 12:30pm and Tuesday May 4th 6:30pm at Charlottetown, and Sunday May 2nd at Summerside beginning at 12pm. For entries contact the race office at 902.629.6636. The complete 2021 racing schedule will be available at redshores.ca Red Shores and the Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association are pleased to update the Industry on the Return To Racing Plan for the 2021 harness racing season. Through adherence to the Bio Security protocols outlined for everyone stabled at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, together we have been able to address the threat of strangles onsite. At press time, only one horse is waiting for their second negative test which is expected back early next week out 0f 199 horses tested on site. Owners and guests are welcome onsite by signing in with the Security officer at the stable area entrance. Numerous horses have returned to their assigned stalls at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, with two negative culture tests. Horses are coming in to train and jog currently, once they have received a negative culture test and have a second test scheduled. Trainers must provide the race office with their trainer equine heath verification before receiving ship-in allotted times. Horses off site are being culture tested, through the support of the Provincial Government. Horse Health Requirements for 2021: To ensure the continued good health of our racing population, two negative culture tests are required for all horses stabled off track on Prince Edward Island before you will be allowed to enter to race. There will be no time limit on your negative cultures, i.e. if your horse has received two negative culture tests in order to come train at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, you will not need another negative test to enter in May, pending a Trainer's Equine Health Verification Form on your horses health. The protocol for off Island horse people shipping to race on Prince Edward Island for 2021 is being finalized, and will be released next week. For the 2021 racing season, trainers will have to sign a Trainer's Equine Health Verification form which will detail that they have closely monitored their horse health and confirm that all horses entering the grounds and entering to race are healthy. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

The Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission has learned that additional horses stabled at at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park have been exposed to strangles bacteria, as confirmed by enhanced testing. At a meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 23) that included the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission and Red Shores, it was agreed that immediate and strict protocol will be implemented on the grounds of the Red Shores Charlottetown property. Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 25), The Red Shores Charlottetown property, including all barns and the ship-in area, will implement a track-wide lockdown with no horses being allowed to ship on to the grounds until further notice. Horses may only leave the premises if they have a clearance letter from their veterinarian of a negative test taken within seven days prior to their departure. No horses will be allowed to ship in for training until further notice. Each trainer on site will be contacted to identify essential workers for their barn; only these people will be allowed on site. There must be strict limitation of any movement between barns, and mandatory bio-security protocol is being enforced. Under this protocol, foot baths, brushes and disinfectant have been supplied to each barn. These strict measures have been introduced for the best interests of the entire racing community. With proper biosecurity measures being strictly followed, the hope is to return to normal practices sooner than later. As always, horsepeople are reminded to monitor their horses' health daily by taking temperatures twice a day and logging the results. Horsepeople should consult their veterinarians if any concerns arise. Stangles case in Quebec The MAPAQ Equine Network has informed that a case of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1) nervous form was confirmed in the Outaouais region on Feb. 12. On Feb. 1, the horse started with a cough and hyperthermia, both mild. Within hours, he developed depression, partial anorexia, ataxia in all four limbs, and a stoppage of urination and defecation followed by lateral recumbency. Due to his very rapid degradation, he was euthanized on Feb. 3. Molecular analyzes of nasal secretions have identified the presence of EHV-1. The date of the last herpesvirus vaccine is not known. Six other horses in the same stable show fevers, but show no other clinical signs at this time. Prevention and control measures have been put in place by the practicing veterinarian and the owner of the stable to control the disease and prevent contamination of other horses in this stable and other stables.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed a Standardbred race horse that had travelled from Red Shores Racetrack in PEI on Sunday February 14, 2021 with four other horses has tested positive for strangles. The race horse is in isolation at another property as of Tuesday February 16, 2021. Four non-racing saddle horses were unloaded at private farms. The AGCO has spoken to all trainers with horses in the affected barn at the Shamrock Training Centre. They are required to have their veterinarians create a testing plan and submit it to the AGCO before the horses will be allowed to train or entered to race. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. It is a best practice to ensure that only healthy horses enter a racetrack paddock. It is advisable that all horses have normal temperatures prior to entering the paddock. This can be accomplished through simple but robust biosecurity practices by trainers and Associations. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Bugsy Maguire, the defending Governor's Plate champion, toured the harness racing oval in fine form Saturday afternoon in the featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Bugsy Maguire disposed of his foes in the $2,900 preferred pace on the afternoon card, controlling the front end on his way to a 1:57 victory in line to Gilles Barrieau. Wade Sorrie trains the seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Chocolate Swirl (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second while third went to Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Ron Gass stable was razor sharp on the afternoon program with three wins, all with MacPherson at the lines, including a 1:59 open-length score by Woodmere Chella in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Gass and MacPherson also clicked with Magical Cowgirl (2:02) and Rave Review (2:03.4). MacPherson also visited the winner's circle with Tell Me Why (1:59.3) for trainer Joe MacDonald for the driving quadruple. Hughes hit the wire first in the race bike in three dashes on the afternoon. He won with his own Warrawee Ulla (1:59.2), Jetta Flys (2:00.4) for trainer Stephen Quinn and Smart Official (1:58.2) from the Peter Lanigan barn. Babbling remained undefeated on the East Coast in race 9 as the Mike Dowling trainee won in 1:58.4 for his fourth straight win with brother David Dowling in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday (Feb. 6) for the final program of the season at Red Shores Charlottetown. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fighting hard through every inch of the mile, Bugsy Maguire fell short of victory last week but will look for a trip to the winner's circle in Saturday afternoon's featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the preferred pace hitting the track in race 11 for a $2,900 purse. Bugsy Maguire made his first start back in action last week after being on the shelf since his victory in the July Governor's Plate final. The Wade Sorrie trainee moved first-up and finished second to Chocolate Swirl in last week's contest and gets post 4 this Saturday with Gilles Barrieau picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Walter Simmons. Marc Campbell drove the horse in his return but the driver has elected to take the rest of the season off to fully recover from injuries he received in a Dec. 22 racing accident in Charlottetown. Chocolate Swirl is assigned the outside post 6 on Saturday after winning this class the past two weeks. Jason Hughes is back in the bike for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Fellow Doyle trainee Winter Blast leaves off the rail with Ken Murphy aboard while Bugsy Maguire stablemate, Pictonian Storm (To be driven by Gordie Hennessey), has post 2. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Bugsy Maguire to rebound from his second-place finish in his first start back. "Bugsy Maguire had to come first up last week and just missed to a hard closing Chocolate Swirl," MacPhee said. "It was a sharp effort considering he hadn't raced since last July and with Barrieau in the bike this time they could get it all." Also in the top class field are Hungers Pangs (Mark Bradley) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open class lines up in race 8 for a $2,800 pot. Woodmere Skyroller had been dominating the class before finishing fourth last week from the assigned outside post position. Barrieau is back in the seat this week as the morning line favourite from post 3 from the Kevin MacLean stable. Other top entries in that class are Roselily (Hughes) and Woodmere Chella (MacPherson). For live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a hard brush up the passing lane, Chocolate Swirl received the lion's share in the $2,850 preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes supplied the steer for leading trainer Jennifer Doyle to stop the clock in 1:56.4 over Bugsy Maguire (Driven by Marc Campbell) and stablemate Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Doyle co-owns Chocolate Swirl with partner Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Larjon Legacy prevailed in a hotly contested stretch drive battle in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open pace. The $2,800 event saw driver David Dowling take a two-hole ride with Larjon Legacy and fight past pacesetter Roselily (Hughes) to win in 1:56. Bo Ford trains the winning six-year-old daughter of Mister Big for owners Arnold Myers, Sterling Maclure and Luke Beck of Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau was the hot reinsman of the day as he took control of the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings with five winners on the program. Barrieau scored with Atufflittleguy (2:00.1) from the Kenny Arsenault barn, Bettim Jenny (2:00.1) for Jeff Lilley, Collective Wisdom (1:59) for trainer Ron Matheson, Here Comes Red (1:58.2) for conditioner Wade Sorrie and Southwind Ion (1:57.4) for a training double for Doyle. Sorrie had two wins from his stable as Pictonian Storm was victorious in the Super Hi-5 finale scoring in 1:57.2 with Campbell at the controls. Live racing continues Saturday (Jan. 30) at 12:30 P.M. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Taking a textbook two-hole ride, Woodmere Skyroller surged forward to capture the harness racing fillies and mares Open pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Champion pacing mare sat the two-hole in her $2,900 assignment while watching pacesetter Woodmere Chella (Driven by Corey MacPherson) go through splits of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30. Driver Gilles Barrieau then pointed Woodmere Skyroller out of her two-hole ride in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:59. Woodmere Chella was second while Filly Forty Seven (Jason Hughes) was third. The four-year-old daughter of Rollwithitharry is trained by Kevin MacLean for Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Screen Test prevailed in the race 13 pacing feature with a hard first-over brush to strike the lead in the final panel and will by half-a-length in 1:57 over Revenant (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). MacPherson drives the Ron Gass trained Screen Test for the Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Merner scored three wins on the program including Miss Sangria (1:59.3) and Gringo Star (2:00.4) from his own barn. Merner's other victory was with the Kevin Peters trained Outrageous Spirit in 2:02.1. David Dowling made three trips to the historic winner's circle with Paythelinebluechip (2:02.1) from the Jay Noye barn, Babbling (2:04.1) in his Island debut for brother Mike Dowling and Mantario (2:01) for trainer Jenn Doyle. In line to Barrieau, Pacific Delight was victorious in the race 5 Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace stopping the clock in 2:02.1 over the sloppy surface. Total wager was $114,020. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 16 at 12:30 P.M. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The preferred pace lines up again Saturday afternoon with a familiar face returning to the harness racing fray at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Saturday program has a 12:30 P.M. start time and Rose Run Quest is home to take on P.E.I.'s best in race 13 of the day. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, the former Governor's Plate champion will return to the Gilles Barrieau stable after a short stint in Ontario. The 49-time winner has post 2 in the $2,900 preferred pace at 6-1 morning line odds after going down to defeat in all three of his Ontario starts. Screen Test is the top choice from post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass, riding a two-race win streak at this level into this week's contest. Chocolate Swirl (To be driven by Jason Hughes) has post 3 after winning both of his East Coast tries from the red hot Jennifer Doyle barn. Revenant also has a two-race win streak and will start from post 5 for trainer-driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Screen Test on top of his tickets. "Screen Test blasted off the wings last week and made every call a winning one scoring in 1:56.4," MacPhee said. "He's assigned post six this week and we'll see what Corey does but if they fire home in 28.1 again he could triple up." Also in the preferred field are Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Burn Out Hanover (David Dowling). Woodmere Chella leads the way in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,900 pot for driver MacPherson and trainer Gass. Starting from post 1, the Valleygrove Farms owned mare was a runner-up in her return to Island racing to Dreamfair Zenfire, who is not entered this week. Roselily makes her East Coast debut from post 5 in that class for trainer-driver Merner and owner Robin Burke of Brackley. The seven-year-old daughter of Big Jim has been racing the claiming ranks ay Yonkers Raceway in New York and has won 17 times in her career for $211,109 in purse money. Race 5 is the Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace with Pacific Delight the morning line favourite from post 9 for driver Barrieau and trainer Ron Matheson fresh off a win in 2:00 in her return to Island racing after racing the Ontario circuit. Smith, Red Shores executive chef, was recently named the 2019 chef of the year by the PEI Association of Chefs and Cooks. Watch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2021 season kicked off in grand fashion with an action packed Tuesday evening harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Benefitting from an early tussle, Winter Blast circled up to win the $2,600 featured pace on the 11-dash program to close out a training triple for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. With No other tracks racing in the nation currently, the triple marks Doyle as the leading dash winning trainer in Canada. The Earnscliffe horsewoman and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win with Winter Blast in 1:58.4 after front-runner Creepin (Driven by David Dowling) took on race favourite Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson) and parked him to a cut throat 56.3 half-mile station. Winter Blast circled from last to win the race by two-lengths over second-place Sports Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) and Creepin holding on to third. Doyle also celebrated a win in the $2,350 Open trot with Glider Man (Kenny Arsenault) in a 2:00.2 score. Her other win was with Chocolate Swirl (Jason Hughes) who dead-heated for first with Revenant (Adam Merner) in 1:56.1 to remain undefeated since relocating East. Doyle owns all three trainees with partner Danny Birt. The dead heat score with Revenant was one of two wins for trainer-driver Merner as he also visited the historic winner's circle with Disneyman in a 1:57.4 score. The night saw an occurrence for the harness racing record books as Bettim Vicky was a winner in 2:00.2 in race 7 while her son U Bettim Watching was a victor earlier in the program in a 2:02.1 score. Both horses had Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jeff Lilley of Miltonvale Park, who also bred both horses. In the opening dash of the night Barrieau drove Pacific Delight to victory in 2:00 from the Ron Matheson barn for a triple in the race bike. Live racing continues Saturday Jan. 9, with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. The day features the Chef of the Year - Andrew Smith Pace. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Another night of close finishes and world-class harness racing is on the menu Tuesday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Capital oval has 11-dashes lined up with a 6 P.M. opening post time. The top class of the night hits the track in race 10 for a $2,600 purse with Creepin controlling the rail for trainer-driver David Dowling and owners Alex Quinn of York, Jim Quinn of Vernon Bridge and Carl Peterson of Hunter River. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three just put the finishing touches on his 2020 season with a third-place finish on New Year's Eve. Creepin won six races from 27 starts in that calendar year good for $13,079 in purse earnings. Rockin Indy holds down post 4 with Corey MacPherson at the controls of the 31-time winner for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. The pacer was a game second to newcomer Chocolate Swirl in the 2020 finale last week. Sports Royalty leaves from post 5 in the field of six for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Wendy MacRae of Belfast. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks selects Sports Royalty for the win position. "Sports Royalty had a great a 2020 season with seven victories and a record of 1:55.3," MacPhee said. "He gets post five tonight and is always in the mix so we're confident Gilles maps out a trip and they reach up to get the gold." Also in the featured field are Legendary Ron (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.), Young Drunk Punk (Adam Merner) and Winter Blast (Ken Murphy). Y S Suzanne makes her East Coast debut in the race 5 Open Trot for driver Jason Hughes and owner-trainer Jennifer Doyle of Vernon Bridge. The $2,350 class has the eight-year-old Angus Hall mare leaving from the outside post 5 in the compact class after last racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario on Dec. 20, finishing second that day from the Terry Gallant stable. Other top Open trot entries are Labero (Barrieau) and Freddie (Merner). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

New Year's Eve 2021 saw a close battle to the end of the 14-race harness racing card at Red Shores Charlottetown, and not just among horses and drivers. US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Youth members of legal wagering age in their state/province were invited to handicap the only live races in Canada December 31, for non-cash prizes and bragging rights. It was a fun, skill-based competition, with zero pressure or expectation of betting. Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale (USHWA Canada chapter) opened the competition by being the lone handicapper to pick #9 Elm Grove Misty (Dave Kelly), a 2/1 winner in race 1. (The contest was judged based on hypothetical $2 win-place-show bet totals, as opposed to total number of winners.) Edison Hatter (Delaware Valley chapter) and Tony Elliott (Canada chapter) tied for the lead in race 2, when Barnsdale's selection #2 Lofty Shadow did not finish due to broken equipment; their co-selection #1 Montysgonemarble was the place finisher. By race 4, Hatter had established himself as the leader: his top choice, #3 Desired Treasure, was second. Barnsdale moved up to second in the contest standings, as his pick, #1 Harbourlite Jerry, finished third. Despite three handicappers correctly giving out even-money winner #5 Whims Drop Off (Adam Merner) for race 5 (Nathan Bain, Barnsdale, and Jessica Hallett), Hatter's strategic choice of 13/1 place finisher #4 Jetta Flys extended his advantage over the competition. There was total consensus on race 6 winner #1 Agood Time To Rock (Ken Murphy), adding to everyone's totals. By race 8, Leamington Handicapping Challenge winner Nathan Bain (Canada chapter) had moved up to a shared second behind Hatter, who retained his lead courtesy of his 5/1 place finisher #5 You Aint Dolly. Bain was briefly tied with Florida USHWA member Jessica Hallett, who had also successfully predicted 3/5 winner #3 Lock Her Up (Ken Arsenault) that race. In race 9, only Bain and Barnsdale, Leamington handicapping rivals from summer 2020, hit the board: #1 Woodmere Skyroller hung on for show in the Filly and Mare Open Pace won by upset-minded #7 Dreamfair Zenfire (Adam Merner). Hatter maintained command as he, Bain, Hallett, and Barnsdale all went with eventual place finisher #4 Disneyman in race 10. The contest leader gained even more of an advantage in race 11, when his selection #2 Spack Jarrow finished third; no other handicapper's top choice finished in the top three, although Elliott's #1 J K Express was a close fourth.   With three more races to go until the end of the final card of 2020, favoured #1 Arc Light made an untimely break at the start of race 12, putting herself and supporters Bain, Barnsdale, and Hatter out of the top three. Hallett and Elliott's #9 Dreas Good Powow also missed the board, so results were unchanged going into race 13. Screen Test (#6, Corey MacPherson) next wired the Preferred-2 pacers, providing Hatter, Hallett, and Barnsdale with a 1/5 winner. Closer #4 Burn Out Hanover couldn't quite catch him, finishing second at 6/1 in a heartbreaker for Elliott's hypothetical bankroll.   In race 14, Hatter's choice #2 Tempo Seelster was sent off at 9/1, while Barnsdale and Elliott selected #1 Chocolate Swirl, the even-money post time favourite. Bain and Hallett went with #3 Creepin, after #8 Pillage and Burn (Bain's top pick) was scratched. Chocolate Swirl and Ken Arsenault coasted to a front-end victory, with a price that would determine the overall handicapping contest winner. Hatter automatically won the competition when Chocolate Swirl returned $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. (Tempo Seelster finished sixth.) The racecalling apprentice to Pete Medhurst at Rosecroft Raceway and soon-to-be back-up to Ken Warkentin at Freehold Raceway closed out the night with $65.10 in hypothetical winnings, $1.50 ahead of Barnsdale ($63.60). Hallett was third in the contest ($54.60), with Bain fourth ($52.20), and Elliott ($35.60) also just one overlay away from the top three. Runner-up Barnsdale recorded the most winners (five) on the card, one ahead of Hallett (four). Thank you to grand prize donor Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Racing, Brands, and Broadcast, who kindly provided a Gold Cup and Saucer gift pack. Additional prizes will be sent to all contest participants, as well as to two USHWA Youth members who were not of legal gambling age, a requirement to participate. Thank you to USHWA Youth Membership Committee members Janet Terhune, Director of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame; Ellen Taylor, Executive Director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; and harness/horse racing game developer Ryan Clements (Off and Pacing, Catch Driver, Top Jockey, Turf Dynasty) for their generous support. Melissa Keith, USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair social media: @USHWACanada on Twitter e-mail: mkeith71@gmail.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test came swinging for the front right off the bat and was unheeded at every call in the New Year's Eve harness racing feature Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson was at the lines of the Ron Gass trainee as the pacer struck the lead at the opening quarter of 29.1 in the $2,900 featured pace. Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) sat in the two-hole and watched the heavily favoured Screen Test strike three-quarters in 1:28.3 before closing out the mile in 1:56.4. Burn Out Hanover held second while Hunger Pangs (David Dowling) was third. The Kickin Horse Stable of York holds the ownership papers of Screen Test along with William Andrew of Calgary. Gass had a pair of training wins on the card with the other coming courtesy of a Adam Merner driving quadruple. Gass and Merner scored in race 11 of the evening with a 1:57.2 win for owner Kyla MacDonald of Stanhope. Merner also won with Whims Drop Off (2:00.1) for trainer Kyle Wilkie and Bad Silver (2:01) from the Taylor Doyle stable. The $2,850 Fillies and Mares Open pace gave Merner his other victory as Dreamfair Zenfire took control of the lead in the stretch drive to win in 1:58.3 for trainer Bo Ford. Paythelinebluechip was upset bound in the race 7 Julep Hanover Memorial Pace getting up for a 23-1 victory with Dowling in the bike for trainer Jay Noye stopping the clock in 1:59.2. Screen Test Driver Kenny Arsenault celebrated a driving triple winning with Lock Her Up (2:00.1) from his own stable, Traces Of Purple (1:58.3) at 10-1 odds from the Robert Phillips barn and in the 2020 finale with newcomer Chocolate Swirl (1:57.1) for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Total wager was $163,659. Live racing continues Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a 6 P.M. start time. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will add a live race harness racing presentation on Tuesday January 5th. Post time is 6pm. The draw will be conducted on Thursday December 31st. By Lee Drake

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