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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 is pleased to announce the opening date for the Spring harness racing meet is Saturday, May 8th. Post time is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will launch for the season on Monday May 24th at 1pm. Trainers entering horses with the Red Shores race office must have a Trainer's Equine Health Verification form and two negative culture tests on file at time of declaration. A trainer's declaration also verifies a clean health status of their horse. Failure to report any change in the health status of the horses entered to race may result in the loss of racing privileges. Qualifying races will be held Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Contact the race office for details. For the complete schedule of live race dates go to redshores.ca. 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  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred scored a career moment while vanquishing his harness racing rivals in the Sunday afternoon featured at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Corey MacPherson was at the lines of the Walter Walker trainee as the eight-year-old son of Shadow Play completed his 60th career win in the $2,700 featured pace. Sent off as the betting favourite, Euchred grabbed the lead in the afternoon feature and waltzed through splits of 27.3, 56 and 1:25.1 before kicking home for a 1:54.4 victory. Heart And Soul (Driven by Jason Hughes) finished second while Hunger Pangs (Dale Spence) completed the triactor. Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness, N.S., holds the ownership papers of the winning pacer. Spence had a driving quadruple on the afternoon winning with Brandons Glory in 1:57.1 and Mando Fun in 1:57.2, both for conditioner MacKenzie MacInnis, as well as with Brydown Arrow in 1:59.3 off the front for owner Shannon Sellick of O'Leary. JK Cowboy dead heated for the win in race 4 for driver Spence and trainer Greg MacInnis, hitting the wire in 1:58.1 at the same time as Flash In The Pang (Ken Murphy). Adam Merner recorded a driving double on the program. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – It may have been Woodmere Stealdeal’s narrowest winning margin but the fact remains that the two-year-old colt’s harness racing record is still unblemished after stakes action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.  Marc Campbell was at the lines of the Danny Romo trainee again this week as the son of Stealhead Hanover hustled off the gate in his $11,700 Joe O’Brien Memorial stake division for two-year-old pacing colts to take control of the fractions en route to a 1:56.4 victory for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. Dustylanegoliath (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) closed hard to finish at Woodmere Stealdeal’s saddle pad in second while Woodmere Alvin (Corey MacPherson) and Moneyorroses (Steven Shepherd) finished in a deadheat for third.  It was win number of seven of Woodmere Stealdeal’s career from as many starts as he increased his bankroll to $32,463.  Saltwater Savage prevailed in the other $11,700 O’Brien Gold division with a front-end score of 1:58 for the first part of Tom Weatherbie training double. Mark Bradley was in the driver’s seat for owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peters Bay. Steel Reefer (Barrieau) was bested one-and-a-quarter lengths to finish second while Justcallmedoc (Jason Hughes) laid in the three-hole to finish third.  Weatherbie’s other win was in a $9,000 Lady Slipper grassroots division for two-year-old pacing fillies as Western Wish won in 2:00.1 with Brodie MacPhee at the lines.  The front end held up in the other Lady Slipper grassroots split with Red Dirt Magic delivering as the post time favourite in 2:01.1 for the combination of driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts.  JJ Talisa drove up for an upset in her $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for filly pacers, kicking clear by three lengths in 1:58.2 with Dale Spence supplying the steer for owners Robert and Maria MacLeod of South West Margaree, N.S. Plain Jane (Campbell) cut out the fractions to finish second while Little Miss Ava (Myles Heffernan Sr.) completed the $305.90 triactor.  Need To Know was first to the line in the second $13,000 Lady Slipper gold event for the first part of a Hughes training and driving double. The Warrawee Needy filly stopped the clock in 1:59.4 for owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Post time favourite Tobins Brownie (Dowling) finished second with Elm Grove Penney (Spence) third. Hughes’ other win came in an O’Brien grassroots division for a $6,400 pot as Whistler surged for a 2:00.2 score.  Betterthanbutter (Adam Merner) won his $6,400 Joe O’Brien grassroots division for rookie colts in 2:00.1 from the Ron Gass stable of Cornwall while Class Hero found the line first in his grassroots split in 1:59 for driver Barrieau and trainer Greg Weatherbee of Mount Stewart.  In other action, Adventure Luck captured the Peter Coughlin memorial for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Robert Williams, Ellerslie, PE. Total wager was $43,261. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.     By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

One of the most successful and dedicated harness racing horsemen on PEI is a man by the name of Boyd MacDonald. Boyd has raced horses here on PEI, especially right here in Summerside going back as far as 1970. Before Boyd got his license to drive horses in 1973, other people did the driving. Junior Chappell would be the driver of his first horses, Post Road Sport and Happy One, and then Reg MacLure became the regular pilot of Boyd’s horses. Boyd bought so many horses and brought them here to PEI, not only for his enjoyment and fun, but to make our harness racing product better and something to be proud of. He raced his horses in both Summerside and Charlottetown but he seemed to have a lot of love for Summerside, as when I was a little boy, I can remember Boyd racing here every week. Some of the horses that Boyd campaigned over the years, (and I also should include his trainer Everett Lowther, who worked for Boyd for many many years and is quite a likeable character.) include Post Road Sport, Rhythm Girl, Happy One, Martown, Hawaii N, Rosie Joe, Seaport N, Nikey Irene, Knalman, SH Shrimp, Double Command, Scheme A, Shaleen Globe (a very good New Zealand bred mare and just one of many New Zealand breds that Boyd brought to PEI), Lucky Leita, as well as Fairly Lucky, Lindsay N, Island Gem and Brilliant Hanover N (all four of these co-owned by Doctor Erwin Howatt, another great fella), Laura Vee Haines, Millippa (another top class mare), Ad Painter and the list goes on and on. Reprinted with permission of PeiCanada

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The harness racing record books continued to take a beating as Woodmere Stealdeal stopped by Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon as part of his Maritime stakes campaign. Woodmere Stealdeal took the fastest dash of the all-stakes card at the Prince County oval while setting a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts of 1:55.2 and tying the fastest mile ever by a rookie pacer on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada. The historic mile was a recorded in a $7,500 split of the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacing colts. Sock It Away held the former track record of 1:56 for two-year-old males. Marc Campbell was in the bike behind the Danny Romo trained Woodmere Stealdeal for Nova Scotia owners Robert Sumarah and Kevin Dorey. The Myles Heffernan Jr. stable was razor sharp on the afternoon card with Tequila Tuesday rewriting the history books in the lone $10,300 Tyndal Semple Memorial three-year-old stake division with a 1:58.3 track record performance for sophomore trotters with Campbell at the lines for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The trip lowered the previous 1:59.1 track record set by Maritime Champion Waiting On A Woman in 2011 then tied by Mile Hill Willie in 2019. Heffernan's other win was in a front-end score for Little Miss Ava in 1:58.2 in a $7,000 Callbeck filly race for catch driver Gilles Barrieau. Trainer Tom Weatherbie had a double on the day from his Charlottetown stable as Saltwater Savage (Mark Bradley) won his $7,500 Callbeck division for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:56.2 and Western Wish (Brodie MacPhee) won a $7,000 filly division in 1:57.4. The other $7,500 Callbeck colt divisions were won by Steel Reefer (Gilles Barrieau) as the heavy favourite in 1:58.1 and Mr Rielly (Corey MacPherson) in 1:58.2. Southfield Skye won the fastest $7,000 Callbeck two-year-old filly division with a 1:56.3 open-length victory for trainer Glen MacKay and driver Adam Merner. Tobins Brownie (David Dowling) was a winner in her $7,000 filly split in 2:00.4. Mr Finlay Ridge extended his win streak to three in the $9,850 Callbeck two-year-old trot division for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. The $4,000 Island Oceans Trot Classic legs, presented by JD Marine & Diving Inc, were won by Whim Road Gem (Jack Panting) in 1:58.4 and Hop Up (MacPherson) in 1:58.3. Wager was $48,034   For replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - When it comes to aged harness racing pacing mares on the East Coast, Sodwana Bay has been the boss the past few years and will look for another victory against a deep group Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card has a 6 P.M. start time featuring the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 11. Sodwana Bay has post 4 in the field of six talented mares with trainer Gilles Barrieau back in the race bike for owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire. The seven-year-old No Pan Intended mare was a 13-time winner from 25 seasonal starts in 2019 and currently has a pair of victories from six starts this calendar year. Berazzled will guard the rail with David Dowling picking up the catch drive for trainer Jonah Moase after cutting out a 55.4 half in her latest to fade at the end of the mile. Woodmere Chella is the morning line favourite from post 2 with Dale Spence being called on to drive for conditioner Marvyn Webster. The Articulator lass was a runner-up in her latest race, pacing her own mile in 1:54.3 in Charlottetown while being bested by Arc Light. Adam Merner will drive Arc Light from the Marc Campbell stable with post 3 while stable mate Dreamfair Zenfire has the outside post 6 with Campbell at the lines. Post 5 belongs to Lyons Jennielee and driver Myles Heffernan Sr., who just dead-heated for second in the top class at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia her last start. Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes a hunch that Sodwana Bay will land back on top in Thursday's pacing feature. "As great as she is, the first over trip last week was simply too much to overcome," MacIsaac said of Sodwana Bay. "She's had enough starts since coming off the bench that she should be just about where she wants to be from a conditioning standpoint and a smoother journey could put her back in the winner's circle." Race 8 will see the return of Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven to the Campbell stable. The now six-year-old daughter of Proven Lover will have rail control as she makes the move back East after competing in Ontario all season. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Sunday afternoon was Adam Merner day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as the reinsman celebrated four harness racing victories including a win in the afternoon feature. Mystery Phil and Merner swept up in the final panel to land in the winner’s circle in the $2,700 featured pace stopping the clock in 1:55.1. Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with pacesetter Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin) third. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale hold the ownership papers of Mystery Phil. Merner started off his grandslam winning race 1 in a maiden breaking score aboard two-year-old filly Southfield Skye in 1:58 For trainer Glen MacKay of Summerside. La Vie En Rose supplied another win in race 2 in 1:59.2 from the Stacey Lund stable while Khitam Image was the other piece of the puzzle winning in 1:59.2 for Merner and trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. Brodie MacPhee and Jason Hughes had driving doubles on the card. Total wager was $36,700. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A power move to the front in the opening panel sealed the deal for Flash In The Pang as he walked away with the Canada Day Pace on a special Wednesday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Leaving from post 3 for driver Kenny Murphy in the $2,300 Canada Day feature at the Prince County oval, Flash In The Pang brushed to the lead before the opening quarter and waltzed through splits of 30.1, 59.1 and 1:28.1 before opening up by four-lengths to win in 1:57. Slide Guitar (Driven by David Dowling) was second while Hemingway (Adam Merner) finished third. Molly Murphy trains Flash In The Pang for owner Hughie Murphy of Augustine Cove. Dowling took control of the leader's board for drivers at the Prince County oval with two wins on the card but it was the 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes who scored a driving grand slam to bring himself to 1,498 lifetime victories in the bike. Hughes opened the card winning with his own Roxy Lund in 2:01.3, followed by Phil Dorleans in 1:59.1 for Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley, Southfield Sandy in 1:57.4 for Glen MacKay of Summerside and closed the card out with Noudidnt Blue Chip in 1:57.1 for trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. Total wager was $31,615. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside (P.E.I.) – Red Shores, The Prince County Horsemen’s Club, along with the City of Summerside, is pleased to announce the return of harness racing with limited spectators to Red Shores Summerside on Friday June 26th. Post time is 6pm. Reservations will be required at  West End Bar & Grill in the lower level of Red Shores. Fans will be limited. Complete details at redshores.ca.  Customers that wish to join us at Red Shores Summerside for June 26th are required to make a restaurant reservation and can call 902-620-4264. For reservations for future dates customers can call 902-888-5666 and select option 1. Reservations will be required at  The Oval in the upper level of Red Shores. Customers can call 902-436-5551.       The safety and well-being of Islanders is our top priority. In consultation with the PCHC,  PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, public health officials and other stakeholders, Red Shores has developed a detailed plan to support the return of live standardbred horse racing on Prince Edward Island. This plan incorporates government and public health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Fans from across North America will be able to watch and wager from the safety of their homes through the Red Shores Race Day broadcast and online betting platforms such as HPIBet.com. Post time on June 26th is 6pm. Qualifiers will be held Monday June 22nd at 6pm. Please contact the race office 902.629.6634. Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing are posted at redshores.ca The historic Prince County oval was also hold the annual Canada Day card of harness racing on Wednesday July 1st Post time is 1pm.     Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Summerside, PE - The Prince County Horsemen's Club, in cooperation with the Red Shores Summerside, has agreed to a scheduled racetrack closure to allow for maintenance preparation for the upcoming harness racing season in Summerside. The racetrack needs repair to recondition to original specifications and requirements. The racetrack will be closed beginning on Tuesday June 15th at 7am until Friday June 19th at 5pm. . The PCHC has options availability prior to 7am daily and after 5pm daily for light exercise for on track trainers only. By Lee Drake

Summerside, PE - The City of Summerside has announced the Summerside Lobster Carnival has been cancelled. While this announcement unfortunately affects the carnival, this does not impact the harness racing events scheduled from July 5th to July 11th including the Governor's Plate at Red Shores Summerside. Red Shores, along with harness racing industry officials, continue to meet on the status of the 2020 harness racing calendar and will provide further updates.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Hopefully, by early June the harness racing scene will be back in action. Red Shores has allotted time slots for trainers to get their work done while adhering to social distancing and other strict health measures.  The breeding season is now upon us and broodmare owners are carefully selecting stallions for their mares.  I talked to Ian Moore when he was here a few weeks ago and he told me he has two Arthur Blue Chips in training and they are impressive. One is a colt and the other a filly. Arthur Blue Chip is standing his first season at Bruce Wood’s Woodmere Farms and the Shadow Play stallion is a gorgeous looking individual.  Woodmere also stands Rollwithitharry, whose first crop in 2019 produced the Atlantic Breeders crown two-year-old winner, and another great looker in Stonebridge Terror, a high-percentage sire who has to his credit the top two-year-old Half Cut. The Bettors Delight horse Malicious led Canada and North America three-year-olds in four categories, including percentage of three-year-olds to the races and percentage of three-year-olds with sub 2:00 records. He’s standing at Windemere Farms along with Articulator, sire of such standouts as Atlantic sire champions Ramblinglily and Woodmere Oleksiak. Jamie MacKinley’s J J Farms in Cornwall has a couple of interesting studs in Hilarious Halo p, 1:48:3 ($475,000), the fastest stallion in the region and whose first crop will race this summer, plus Tobago Cays (Rocknroll Hanover, $800,000) who had two stakes winners from a small test crop of three last summer in Delaware. Tobago is out of the great Bunny Lake, which is interesting indeed. Next week, I’ll look at HowMac Farms star Source of Pride, Robin Burke’s highly regarded Shanghai Phil and the Ron Gass Farm in Cornwall plus other stallions. In closing, here’s a funny story. I asked taximan George Larter how his three-year-old The Fox was training under the care of Brendon Curran. “The colt looks good, but they’re trying to convert me into a Tory,” laughed George.  Good luck with that one!  By Fred MacDonald Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer  

Harness racing at Red Shores in Summerside and Charlottetown saw significant gains across the board in 2019. The live wager saw a 10 per cent increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with $392,236 in new wagering dollars for a total $4.28 million in all sources wager. The 2019 increases were thanks to bumps in on-track wager as well as a 15 per cent increase from 2018 in the off-track wager. When the wager increases, the percentage to the purse pool also increases. Racing experience manager Adam Walsh pointed to the hard-working individuals in the racing community for making 2019 a banner year with 100 race dates. Lee Drake, manager of marketing and brands, said guest experience is the No. 1 focus at Red Shores and a key reason the business continues to grow in every facet. “We work hard on getting new people to our properties through strong partnerships and relationships in tourism, meetings and conventions and the corporate community,” Drake said.  “We have beautiful clean properties with a professional staff and it’s all about the experience whether it’s racing, dining or the casino,” he added. “We have really stepped up our social media presence which also drives new business as well.” The starting gate approaches the start during a recent harness racing card at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway Red Shores’ two signature events also saw gains in 2019 with the Gold Cup and Saucer program pulling in $307,134 from all wagering sources, putting that handle second all-time in Island racing to the Gold Cup and Saucer card in 1994. The 2019 Governor’s Plate card was the second-highest grossing program in the history of the Summerside Raceway with $96,651 wagered on the card, narrowly putting it behind the $99,994 record handle of 1996.  Walsh said the difference in outside competition from those record wagers in the 1990s to today’s climate should not be overlooked.  “There is quite a difference in the landscape today compared to 10 or 25 years ago, but we are focused on growing those numbers,” he said. The Red Shores race day broadcast network had 2.6 million viewers, including 1.9 million in Atlantic Canada. The 2020 winter racing season is coming to a close at Red Shores in the coming weeks, but the action will be back at the Charlottetown track on Saturday, May 2, for the summer racing meet with the Kentucky Derby theme. Governor’s Plate week is July 5-11 while Old Home Week is Aug. 13-22 featuring The Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Red Shores is owned by Atlantic Lottery. Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores. 

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