Day At The Track

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

GUELPH, ON — There’s a fierce rivalry brewing between the 110 harness racing horses and their 362 owners at The Stable in Guelph. But it’s not about which horses can trot or pace the quickest race. It’s about which horses will feed the most people. During The Stable’s annual Christmas Open House on November 26, each horse will be represented by an empty 25 kg feed bag — all displayed with bows and the horses’ nametags, adorning the front lawn at Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON). The goal is to fill all 110 bags (three tons — the weight equivalent of three racehorses) with much-needed items for the Guelph Food Bank, which services between 85 – 110 people every day. The Open House is free to attend and all ages are welcome. An RSVP is requested. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be available. The Stable urges guests to bring items listed on the Guelph Food Bank’s most wanted list. For those unable to attend the Open House, but wishing to participate in the effort, a GoFundMe page has been established. Funds will be used for the purchase of food items and any remaining monies will be donated directly to the Guelph Food Bank. The event runs 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features 57 of The Stable’s horses training in 12 sets on the racetrack. The races will be captured by drone camera and streamed on The Stable’s website. The broadcast will include interviews, feature stories about the horses, and commentary from show hosts and drivers on the racetrack. Throughout the day, guests can meet the horses, plus clients and staff of The Stable. Shares are available for 12 of the horses, and purchases can be made on-site. Clients can purchase as little as one share, which currently run as low as $95 (plus tax). A fixed monthly fee of $23.85 (plus tax) covers the horse’s daily care and training. There are currently 110 horses and 362 active racehorse owners from 10 countries in The Stable. Trainers Anthony and Amy MacDonald launched the venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable — a model which welcomes newcomers to Standardbred racehorse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on November 24, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. EVENT SNAPSHOT • The Stable’s Annual Christmas Open House • Sunday, November 26, 2017 • Drop-in any time between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Tomiko Training Centre 210 Campbellville Rd, Campbellville • Free admission but RSVP appreciated. Children welcome. • Bring at least one of these items for the Guelph Food Bank • Supervised access to the horses available all day • Complimentary hot drinks and snacks • Questions? Anthony anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263 • Website www.thestable.ca • Facebook www.facebook.com/thestablecanada  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The action promises to remain red hot all weekend with a pair of race cards scheduled at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will play host to programs Saturday and Sunday afternoon with 12:30 P.M. start times and the 'King' of Island racing looking to make more history. Red Shores leading driver Marc Campbell has 137 wins so far this season at Red Shores Charlottetown and inches closer to his own all-time dash title at the capital oval after winning 144 races in the 2016 season. Counting action this weekend, there are 10 programs left for Campbell's pursuit of another record. Campbell will look to get one of those record breaking wins in the Saturday afternoon feature with Forever Paradise. The son of Western Paradise will search for a repeat performance in the $2,250 preferred 2 pace finale on the 12-race Saturday afternoon card. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a winner in 1:55.4 last Sunday on the final day of 2017 live racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and gets Campbell back in the bike. The 56-time winner is owned by Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Forever Paradise gets post 3 this week while Simon Said also gets a favourable starting post with number 2 on the gate. The Joey Squires trained Simon Said teamed up with Mark Bradley to upset the top pacers on the grounds last weekend in the preferred class and will look to build on that 1:56.1 victory. Painted Desert has been on a roll this Fall at Red Shores Summerside in the top event but has to contend with post 8 this week for driver Corey MacPherson. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 3 starter Forever Paradise to land in the winner's circle Saturday afternoon. "Forever Paradise got away from the bearcats last week and responded with a seasons' best performance," MacIsaac said. "Off an effort like that there's not much to dislike so don't rule out a repeat." Other entries include Perfect Escape (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault), Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). In other action, the ultra-competitive Open Mares pace lines up behind the gate in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. The class has had four different winners in the last five weeks and they all meet again Saturday including top entries Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy), Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes), Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) and Itsallaboutthebass (Arsenault). Even though he was defeated his last time out, Freddie headlines the race 3 $1,850 Open trot as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 36-time winner gets the outside post in the field of six after losing by a narrow margin to Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) last week. That mare will leave from post 3 in this week's contest. Adkins Hanover Headlines Red Shores Preferred. Live racing action continues Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13-dashes on tap for a 12:30 P.M. start. In a rare occurrence, a field of six preferred 1 pacers hit the track for a $2,550 purse in race 12 with not a single horse in the group showing a win in their last start. Adkins Hanover was narrowly upset last week at Red Shores Charlottetown in this class and gets post 4 on Sunday for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The eight-year-old son of Western Ideal has all readt won 12 races on the season with front end tactics yielding most of his results. Rose Run Quest has post 6 while he looks to defend his incredible record of 12 straight top three finishes since coming to P.E.I., while his trainer-driver will be looking to make more history with just seven more wins needed to equal his record. Czar Seelster has rail control in the preferred pace after last week finally missing the top two since relocating to P.E.I. Todd Weatherbee trains and drives the pacer. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look for Adkins Hanover to go to front and hang on from post 4. "Adkins Hanover's modest winning streak came to an end last week after doing all the road work but it was still a big effort," MacIsaac said. "Should have a fairly easy path to the front today and if Corey can steal a fraction it could be all over." Other entries in the deep field include Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan), Red Magician (Gilles Barrieau) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers). Race 3 has a newcomer to Island racing with DJ Supreme leaving from post 4 in the $1,600 event. Terry Gallant now trains and drives the nine-year-old son of Force Of Life for owner William McElvain of Maine. The 28-time-winner was racing at Bangor Raceway in Maine but was formerly campaigned on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit in Nova Scotia in 2010-2011. Catch the action live at the track or check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The Black Book Yearling and Mixed sale was held last week in Harrisburg, Pa., with more than 1,600 standardbreds going through the ring and Island buyers in the middle of the harness racing action. Windemere Farms of Hampshire purchased the Sportswriter yearling colt Cal Hanover for $27,000 at the U.S. sale. Blaine MacPherson, master of Howmac Farms in North Wiltshire, bought Clare Hall Hanover for $17,000. The daughter of Well Said is also a yearling. Allan MacDonald of Souris, of State Treasurer fame, bought the yearling filly Jolie Pearl, by Bettor’s Delight, for $15,000. Jolie Pearl is out of a sister to 2013 Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer winner Escape The News. In other yearling sale action, Natasha Campbell of Winsloe signed for Navy Pilot Hanover with a $13,000 price tag. The yearling colt is a son of Western Ideal out of a half-sister to 2017 Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Sapphire City. Robert Phillips of Caledonia shelled out $7,000 for the Big Jim gelded yearling Rockyroad Slimjim. Jim Gorman of South Melville also purchased Rave Review, paying $22,000 for the yearling daughter of Bettors Delight. Rave Review is out of a sister to $2.9 million earner All Bets Off. In the mixed portion of the Harrisburg sale, Ryan Neill of Winsloe bought the broodmare Brown Velvet for $4,000. The 12-year-old daughter of Andover Hall is in foal to Pennsylvania stallion Muscle Massive. Jamie Whalen of Avondale purchased the 13-year-old broodmare Goddess’s Angel, in foal to Pennsylvania stud Ponder, for $2,000. Ian Smith of Stratford signed for 13-year-old broodmare Lady Sometimes for a $28,000 price tag. The daughter of Armbro Mackintosh has all ready produced $500,000 winner Sometimes Said and is in foal to world champion Somebeachsomewhere. Danny Birt of Stratford has had an impressive first year as a harness racing owner and chose to invest once again with the purchase of five-year-old racehorse Winter Blast. The son of Sand Shooter sold for $20,000 at the Pennsylvania sale with Birt signing the papers for the $100,000 winner who all ready won in 1:53.3 this year over the half-mile oval at Flamboro Downs. Buntainwood Farms of Brackley Beach sold five horses at the Black Book Sale, including Maritime champion Malabrigo. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Paradise sold as a broodmare not in foal for $2,500 with her former trainer Marc Campbell teaming up with fellow Winsloe resident Darryl MacLean to buy the pacing mare. Malabrigo went to Kentucky at the completion of her undefeated 2012 season, and all four of her offspring were also sold by Buntainwood Farms at the sale. Mirasol, a yearling filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Malabrigo, was purchased by Delaware interests for $17,000, while a weanling gelding out of Malabrigo by Bettor’s Delight was bought by a New York owner for $10,000. Malnificent, a two-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Malabrigo, was bought by an Ontario owner for $11,000, with the three-year-old filly out of Malabrigo, Millamia by Bettors Delight, was bought by a Michigan owner for $4,000. P.E.I. Scene Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway held their final card of the season Sunday afternoon. Action now shifts to Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with programs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this week, both with 12:30 p.m. post times. The capital oval currently has three weekends with Saturday-Sunday racing scheduled up until Dec. 3 before the track goes to once a week racing until early February. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Nick’s Picks Saturday at 12:30 P.M. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park: Race 1 – Regal Party Girl Race 2 – Brief Interlude Race 3 – Freddie Race 4 – West River Ambyr Race 5 – Hop Up Race 6 – Zarkana Race 7 – Nikes Cowgirl Race 8 – Sir Native Race 9 – Ramblinglily Race 10 – Windsun Kenda Race 11 – Avid Yankee Race 12 – Forever Paradise Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

Peterborough County council will review a request to lobby the province for more harness racing dates for Kawartha Downs in Fraserville, Ont. Cavan Monaghan Township Mayor Scott McFadden is asking for support to make harness racing in his municipality viable. Recently, the Ontario Racing Association denied Kawartha Downs’ request to hold 40 races next season instead of 18. The facility will be losing its slot machines when the new Shorelines Casino opens in Peterborough late next year. Kawartha Downs wanted extra horse race dates to make up for the projected 85 per cent drop in revenue. “With 85 per cent of their revenues currently coming through the slots for the Kawartha downs facility, leaving them at 18 race dates is essentially going to cause great hardship when it comes to ensuring long-term sustainability of harness racing at Kawartha Downs,” said McFadden. County council will consider McFadden’s request to write to the ORA and Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal to reconsider the decision. County Warden Joe Taylor said the issue will be further discussed at the Dec. 6 meeting. Council is also getting ready for budget deliberations and on Wednesday heard from several organizations seeking support including Fairhaven Longterm Care Centre in Peterborough which is seeking an additional $25,000, even though measures were taken this year to save tens of thousands of dollars. The County and City of Peterborough provide funding for the facility. “The ministry has very bluntly said they do not fund inflation. Period,” said Fairhaven’s executive director Lionel Towns. “We’ve combined two senior management positions; we deleted a senior management position. We’ve decreased consultants to next to nil.” Another plea to open the purse strings came from the Peterborough Family Health Team. It has acquired six new physicians and needs almost $15,000 more for its recruitment budget. “Unlike specialists who may work in a hospital environment and are paid a salary, our physicians are not paid a salary,” said executive director Lori Richey. And public works says it needs close to $825,000 more to keep up its 2018 infrastructure program fixing roads and bridges. By Greg Davis Reprinted with permission of Global News

TORONTO, November 14 - A Toronto area couple enjoying a Friday night movie at home got a surprise ending that seemingly only Hollywood writers could manufacture. However, the harness racing shocker didn't come on the small screen they were expecting. A female HPIbet customer, who asked not to be identified, and her husband took down the entire Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 last Friday for a $146,937.92 pay day. While many horseplayers were left scratching their heads when the payouts on Friday's tenth-race at Woodbine appeared, the Toronto couple was locked in a flick and had no idea of their luck. "We were watching a movie, we didn't see it," said the Toronto HPIbet customer, whose husband placed the wager on their account. "He just ran upstairs did it, noticed it was zero minutes, put it in, ran back downstairs and we finished watching our movie." It wasn't unusual for her husband to make a wager on the Jackpot Hi-5, as he was aware that the carryover was up over the $100,000 mark. The ticket that her husband wagered cost just a mere $1.20 and was the only ticket in the $27,048 pool to correctly select the top-five finishers in order. Long shots filled the top-five, while the public's top choices failed to make an appearance. The average horseplayer couldn't have predicted the results of the bizarre Jackpot Hi-5 race, but the winning couple wasn't playing by the program page, but rather by numbers that had a special meaning. "Part of the numbers were my husband's dad's room numbers from when he was in the hospital - six, five, two, nine - and then he just took 'all' after that and it came in." The winner's husband's father passed away three years ago. The special numbers ended up leading to the Toronto couple winning the $146,937.92 jackpot. The couple didn't get a chance to react in the moment, instead finding out as they went to bed. "He went back upstairs just before bed and he hit refresh and that number came up," recalls the Toronto woman. "I was still watching TV and he yelled at me to go upstairs and I thought something was wrong because he had a heart attack a couple of years ago...and then I went upstairs and I didn't believe it until I actually got the cheque in hand." The Toronto couple visited Woodbine the following afternoon to receive their winnings and proceeded to have lunch while enjoying some Thoroughbred racing. "It was the most relaxing lunch we've had." Ironically enough, the couple first signed up for their HPIbet account when having dinner at the track just a few years ago. "One time we went to Woodbine and we had dinner there at the buffet and sat at the front and watched the horses, so we just signed up." Winning $146,937.92 doesn't happen every day and the couple has a few ideas for what they plan to do with their winnings. "We are going to put some money aside for the kids for school and we could do a nice trip and pay our bills." With the weather now on the chilly side, it wasn't lost on the couple the timing of their luck. "It's making things a little more comfortable and helpful especially with Christmas right around the corner." Mark McKelvie

The Homestretch was packed at Fraser Downs racetrack on Saturday, Nov. 11, for the annual Breeders Classic Day. The excitement was high – the event is what Standardbred Canada calls the “richest day of harness racing in British Columbia,” with four $100,000 finals races in one action-packed afternoon. “It was really exciting,” said BC Harness Racing executive director Carla Robin. “It’s the showcase of the year for our young horses, two to three years old, and the Homestretch was absolutely packed.” Robin said it was a great day of racing, despite the less than favourable weather conditions. At one point, track operators had to halt the races and do track maintenance for 45 minutes, in order to ensure safe and fair racing. But the pause didn’t detract from the excitement, said Robin, and the last race of the night was just as nail-biting as the first three. Rick Mowles’ J J J Stables won three of the four $100,000 finals, starting with the $100,000 Robert Millbank Memorial Breeders Take for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Jim Marino steered Ron Bakardi to victory with a two-length score of 1:57 in the first final of the day. Canadian Pharaoh was close behind in second, with Machitoutofthepark for third. Scardy Cat took off during the $100,000 Betty Millbank Memorial Breeders Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies, coming in with 1:58.4 after two favoured horses made breaks early on in the race. FOR MORE: Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs still racing strong RELATED: Fraser Downs harness racing industry back on track The third race of the day featured Yoga Pants – the young one to watch. “Our champions were just amazing young horses,” said Robin. “Yoga Pants was probably the best, she’s won 11 of her 12 season starts.” Yoga Pants’ near-perfect lifetime record of 15 for 17 has already brought her a $327,409 bankroll. Her race on Saturday afternoon, the $100,000 Mary Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, was, as Robin recounts, “right down to the wire,” and hard fought. Yoga Pants, and driver Jim Marino, made the lead before the turn and kept ahead. Keys Please, who had been tucked into Yoga Pants’ pocket, made an attempt at the final turn, managing to pull close. Meanwhile, Tahuya Gameday, who had been pacing in third place, pulled forward and found room on Yoga Pants’ inside. When the timer tripped, Yoga Pants came first, Tahuya Gameday in second, with Keys Please third. The last race of the day, the $100,000 Robert Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings, was delayed by the weather, but well worth the wait. Driver Serge Masse and Millbanks Bart had a three-length lead going into the final turn, but it was cut down when Ima Dude took his shot, surging forward from the pocket to close in on the pace-setting horse. But Millbanks Bart kept forward and finished a length before Ima Dude, with Bakardi Gold coming third. The final race finished off a day of fine competition, said Robin. “The horsemen — I have to commend them— they were excited not only for their own successes, but for the success of their fellow horsemen as well.” By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Peace Arch News

An industry older than Confederation, one that looms especially large in Southwestern Ontario, is shut out of behind-doors deal-making that could spell its demise. Harness racing in North America dates back to 1788 and was thought as recently as five years ago to support up to 60,000 jobs in Ontario. But five years after Ontario slashed funding from slots revenue to the industry by more than half, those who depend on horse racing in the London region — breeders, trainers, drivers and many who supply the business — fear the death knell may be approaching. “You got to feel kind of helpless,” said Mark Horner, who owns a stable in St. Marys and is a director of Standardbred Canada and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. Big change is coming to the Western Fair District after the province’s gambling arm, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., (OLG), licensed away gaming in much of Southwestern Ontario in private bidding won by Vancouver-based Gateway Casinos & Entertainment. That winning bid has led to a complex set of negotiations, with Gateway demanding more favourable terms than what OLG paid to use the slots building at the fairgrounds in London, home to the region’s largest racing operation. Gateway is in the business of casinos, not horse racing, so when its spokesperson threatened to moved the casino from the fairgrounds if the company can’t secure a good deal, that sent shock waves through the local horse racing industry that’s been on shaky grounds since 2013. “It put a knot in your stomach,” Horner told The Free Press. In horse racing, it’s the greyhound-like thoroughbreds that draw the biggest spotlight, from the rolling hills of Kentucky to the racetrack at Woodbine. But while thoroughbreds are a high-stakes game and the domain of the wealthy, sturdier standardbreds — the horses used in harness racing, where they pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky — are the lifeblood of Ontario racing because they can race four times as often and deliver more predictable returns, Horner said. Western Fair offers the second-biggest racing purses in Ontario, he said, and if that’s lost or even diminished, the entire industry in the province may be trotting towards extinction. Hugh Mitchell, the chief executive at the Western Fair District, knows the stakes. “Without the lease payments we can not support live racing,” Mitchell said. “We’re working with the government and Gateway to find a solution.” Negotiations are tough because they involve agreements between four different entities: Gateway, OLG, Western Fair and the city of London, which co-owns most of the fairgrounds. “I’ve never seen something so complex — not in my lifetime, and I’m 63. . . There’s a lot of heaving lifting left,” Mitchell said. “It really has (created) apprehension . . . This is thousands of jobs . . . The horse people are anxious. Most have spent their lives in this business (and) they’re not at the (negotiating) table.” Horner is confident Mitchell does want to save horse racing – but he doesn’t know if the Western Fair has the leverage to get what it wants and Horner doesn’t see an ally in OLG, calling talks with the government agency an “uphill battle.” As for Gateway, it has no interest in subsidizing horse racing. And while it hopes an expanded casino can partner with the racetrack, it’s the former that is the company’s focus. “They are two separate entities,” Gateway spokesperson Rob Mitchell said. “We bid on a casino. (It) has nothing to do with horse racing.” Gateway wants a larger casino that would also host table games and its signature restaurants, and possible a hotel as well — plans that require a far bigger piece of real estate than what’s now home to the building housing slot machines at Western Fair District. Gateway has asked the city and Western Fair to sell it land they jointly own or to reduce the $6 million a year OLG pays to lease the casino building, a deal that expires in 2020. The company’s bargaining pitch is simple: If you want 700 new jobs and more than $140 million in investment, sell us the land or give us a better deal. So while Fairgrounds CEO Hugh Mitchell never imagined a hotel at the fairgrounds, he concedes that’s what Gateway wants, and if a deal is to be made to save horse racing, there may need to be new streams of revenue. “We’re looking for complimentary uses that benefit all four parties,” Hugh Mitchell said. “Horse racing is in our DNA.” Whether a hotel fits in city plans remains to be seen, however. Possible opponents include those who represent existing hotels. “I know none of the hoteliers are happy about it, the early rumblings,” said Luca Monti, sales manager at Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites London and a board member of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association’s London branch. “We welcome the tourists coming to the city, for sure, but if that’s going to be a one-stop destination, and have everything covered in that complex there, it’s worrisome to all of us.” “We don’t think it will put us out of business, by any means. But it’ll hurt numbers.” His concerns resonate with Coun. Phil Squire, who’s skeptical a new hotel and expanded casino will breathe more life into the Old East Village. “I don’t think people should get too excited about the economic development in the area around it, because normally a casino creates a little area around it where you don’t get as much development, because everything is self-contained. “The gambling, the restaurant, the accommodation is all in the casino structure,” Squire said. The ward councillor, Jesse Helmer, shares that view. “Casinos are not like other kinds of business. Generally speaking, they face inward. The goal is to keep people in there as long as possible, and provide everything they need in the facility, so it can tend to be a bit of an island,” he said. Even residents in the Old East Village have mixed views of an expanded casino, said Helmer, citing “a mix of cautiously optimistic and just cautious.” Helmer himself sees potential pitfalls and benefits to an expanded casino. “The social impacts that come with gambling, especially problem gambling, are really significant,” and it’s easy to “underrate” the negatives, he said. “(But) if (Gateway) relocates the casino out of the community, there might be an impact of millions of dollars on the city budget, and we’d have to make changes in the budget to accommodate that. We’d have to raise taxes or cut some services or push things off in the future. People need to understand those trade-offs,” Helmer said. “The licence is for a big geographic area. Conceivably, Gateway could operate in a different location. That’s something else we have to keep in mind.” Gateway has said it prefers the Western Fair site but will look elsewhere in London if a favourable deal can’t be struck. Once Gateway completes a deal with London, it will turning to gaming operations and horse racing elsewhere in the region, including Clinton and Dresden, said Ian Fleming, manager of the Clinton Raceway. “People are obviously nervous, Fleming said. “There have been a lot of changes the past four or five years.” By Jonathan Sher, Megan Stacey, The London Free Press Reprinted with permission of The London Free Press   PLAYERS AT THE TABLE City of London Now getting about $4.5 million a year from OLG, based on a percentage of slot revenue. Received $597,500 in rent in 2017 from Western Fair District. An expanded casino and hotel would bring construction jobs and long-term employment but also create competition for existing hotels and other entertainment venues.   Western Fair District Getting $6 million a year from OLG for use of the slots building, according to Gateway. With its agricultural roots, wants to keep horse racing viable. Most of its lands are co-owned by the city.   Gateway Entertainment and Casinos Won licensing bids to run government gambling enterprises in southwestern and northern Ontario. Wants a much bigger London casino that includes table games, signature restaurants and possibly a hotel.   Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. Wants to modernize — squeeze more cash — out of gambling operations in Ontario by handing the keys to private operators that win bids. Giving about $160 million a year in benefits to the horse racing industry through the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program and tax relief for horse-race wagering.   NOT AT THE TABLE (BUT WITH STAKES IN THE OUTCOME) Horse racing industry Saw its share of slot money slashed in 2013 from $345 million a year to about $90 million plus tax reductions Before the change in funding, about 60,000 jobs were directly or indirectly related to horse racing; about half those jobs were lost   London hotel industry Doesn’t want to lose customers to a hotel built on city-owned land   Old East Village Redevelopment there might get an assist from an expanded casino and hotel.   THE EXISTING DEALS: OLG and Western Fair District: Facility lease through 2020 that pays the fair $6 million a year, according to Gateway OLG and city of London: City gets about $4.5 million a year from a deal signed in 2013 that lasts until there are no longer games there or the licensing permit is no longer available. City and Western Fair District: Lease payments that resulted in $597,500 in 2017; the fair is exempt from property taxes, since most of its land is co-owned by the city. Any new or expanded building need the written approval of the city as well as the required permits. City also co-owns the existing grandstand slots building and half of the parking lots in front of the grandstand where the casino might be extended. OLG and Gateway: Gateway won bid for southwestern gaming services that include a casino in Point Edward and slots in London, Woodstock, Clinton, Dresden and Hanover, the last three of which have raceways.   HORSE RACING HISTORY 1788: An English thoroughbred stallion named Messenger is shipped to America through whom all Standardbreds, a more durable but less speedy breed, trace their ancestry.   1849: A great grandson of Messenger and the first standardbred, Hambletonian 10, is born in a rural hamlet about an hour north of New York City. He would go on to produce more than 1,300 foals by 1875 and make rich an illiterate stable hand named Rysdyk. 1879: The National Association of Trotting Horse Breeders agreed upon standards that require a stallion to trot a mile in two minutes and thirty seconds or better, or 2:35 if hitched to a wagon. The new name of the breed is called a standardbred and is best known for harness racing. * Source: Standardbred Canada

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2017 harness racing season has been historic for Red Shores Summerside leading driver Marc Campbell and he closed out the year Sunday afternoon in Prince County with another feature pace victory. Campbell teamed up with Forever Paradise to capture the final $2,400 Preferred pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway of the 2017 racing season. The son of Western Paradise took a two-hole ride behind pacesetter Allstar Seelster (Driven by Norris Rogers) through opening quarters of 27.1 and 56. Campbell then opted to abandon the pocket to engage Allstar Seelster for a three-quarter rating of 1:25.3 before charging past to close out the mile in 1:55.4. Red Magician (Adam Merner) got up for second with Allstar Seelster third. Forever Paradise scored his 56th lifetime win in the event for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners David MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. MacLean had two training wins on the day while Campbell also made two visits to the winner's circle as a driver to put the finishing touches on his Red Shores Summerside leading 59 win total. Campbell was also leading trainer of the meet with 26 victories. Drivers Jason Hughes and Merner both scored driving doubles on the card. Red Shores racing now shifts solely to Charlottetown with action resuming Saturday (Nov. 18) and Sunday (Nov. 19) at the Capital oval. The Red Shores Charlottetown season goes until early February. Although live racing is complete at Red Shores Summerside, the location still offers gaming, dining and simulcast racing year round. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A perfect ride was all it took for Simon Said to defeat Prince Edward Island's top harness racing pacers Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at he Charlottetown Driving Park. The Joey Squires trained pacer rewarded his backers with $28.80 for a $2 win ticket as he overpowered pacesetter Adkins Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson) in deep stretch. Mark Bradley engineered the two - hole ride and converted in into a trip to the historic Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle in the $2,400 preferred pace in a mile time of 1:56.1. Race favorite Adkins Hanover was second with The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie) completing the $147.30 triactor ticket. Simon Said is co-owned by Squires with partners Jack MacGillivray of Charlottetown and Albert MacGillivray of Middle Sackville, N.S. Prettyndangerous prevailed in the $2,250 Open Mares Pace for driver Adam Merner and trainer Bo Ford, who co-owns with Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The daughter of Armbro Deuce defeated Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes) with Hurricane Hill (Cheverie) third. The $1,850 Open trot was a mild upset for Holy Molie Maggie and driver MacPherson in a 2:01.4 mile. The Jeff Holmes trainee powered past race favorite Freddie (Marc Campbell) with Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) third. Red Shores leading driver Campbell had three wins on the 14-dash program including Woodmere Articblue in 1:59.1 and Charlottes Western in 2:00.1 from his own stable along with the Jack Arsenault trained American Captain in 2:00.1. Ken Murphy also had a driving triple with Elm Grove Kaptain in 2:02.1 for trainer Molly Murphy, Fly With Max in 2:00.3 for trainer Bradley, and My Lucky Killean in 1:59.4 from the Clifford Murphy stable. Hughes and Gilles Barrieau both had driving doubles. Check out www.Redshores.ca for replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, November 10 - The Woodbine harness racing Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 had just a single winning ticket Friday evening for a $146,937.92 payout. Long shots filled the top-five finishers in the Jackpot Hi-5 event (Race 10). Three-year-old pacing filly Kloof Street (#6) pulled off a 16-1 upset, while being followed in the top-three by a pair of fillies at double-digit odds. The two favourites finished outside the top-five, which opened the door for a potential huge payout. The only ticket to correctly select the top-five finishers in order was purchased by a Woodbine HPI customer and cost $1.20. The winning ticket combination was 6/5/2/9/1,3,4,7,8,10. Here are the top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #6 Kloof Street - 16/1 2nd: #5 Osprey Blue Chip - 21/1 3rd: #2 Village Jamie - 15/1 4th: #9 American Cheer - 5/1 5th: #8 Diamondtoothgertie - 9/1 The Jackpot Hi-5 pool Friday was $27,048, which joined the carryover of $123,946.84 to make up the payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Saturday evening's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the 40th and final live harness racing program of the 2017 season at the Hippodrome 3R and it looks very positive for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard to respectively win their first leading driver and trainer honors. Brosseau, from L'Assomption, had led the driver colony throughout most of the season, holds a 51 to 46 win lead over rival Stephane Gendron, and as many of us know all too well, you never know what can happened on closing day. Gendron needs five wins to tie Brosseau, but in the tale of the tape, Brosseau has a very big edge. He has drives in nine of the ten races on program. Gendron has only seven drives. Brosseau is listed on four race favorites, Gendron just one. This title could well be decided before midway through the race card. As for Francis Richard, it has become a breakthrough season for the 27-year-old from Cambridge who has held a trainer's license only since 2009. He holds a seven win lead over Yves Tessier, 26 to 19. Tessier has four entered on Sunday, Richard has two entered and thus no way can Tessier catch Richard. When he was just age 18, Francis Richard left Quebec to go Ontario to learn to become a trainer and learn he did working for David Menary, a dominant force on the WEG circuit. He stayed for five years and learned his trade well. "I must credit the trust of the owners who have supported me," Richard said. "Especially in the beginning as it was Brian Paquet who helped set the tone for my future. I owe Brian a lot, he really gave me my first chance, and still today, he supports me by sending me his young horses, it's a spinning wheel. "I think because of my success with Brian Paquet," Richard added. "It helped also attracted others owners and during the last year there have been many including ICR Racing, brothers Desrochers, MM Letarte and Allaire, John Bradbury, Steve Perreault, SOS farm, Carole Lévesque, all these people, each in their own way supported and have given me a chance. " "Every victory this season has its special meaning," Richard said. "All of them are important, from a victory at the Breeders' Cup Final to a 'maiden', these are all beautiful moments. I have a hard time separating all of this, and in this business, it's the win that counts the most and the progress of a particular horse." On the racetrack Sunday, Lucky Promesses, the winningest horse this season at H3R, will try for her 11th victory of the year with eight wins coming at her home track for owner, breeder, driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool starts from post two in the sixth race co-feature trot for trainer Andreane Lapierre and faces a tough task going against another top mare, Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) in post seven, who ships in off a 1:58 triumph at Rideau Carleton, along with Ice O Late (Sylvain Lacaille), a 1:59 winner last out. In the co-featured eighth race pace there are two strong return winners who are conditioned by the top trainers this year. Mister Big Top ships home from Rideau for trainer Yves Tessier after scoring a 1:56 triumph, his eighth victory of the year. He starts from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard sends out Matts Phil from post three with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky. Last week at H3R Matts Phil posted his seventh win of the year, wiring the field in 1:58.4. Other contenders in the field include D Gs Machbeach (post one), return winner After Market (post two) and Arazi (post five). In honor of the closing day of the race season the first 500 fans to come to the track will get a free race program. There will also be free drawings to win t-shirts and hockey tickets plus free coffee and hot chocolate and two for one hot dog specials. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Millstone Township, NJ - Nov. 10, 2017 - This is unprecedented; so many harness racing Standardbreds this week are about to ship to the Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses on Sunday, November 12th at 6pm. They on the brink of a frightful trip to a heinous act and they need the help of everyone. Several are in good shape, some very poor, a few injured, and blind.  SRF is reaching out to seek a soft place for these horses to land, a home, and donations. With its present financial situation, now 20% over budget with 272 Standardbreds presently under its full expense, SRF has limited if any ability to help; they do not have the facilities for quarantine or care, the manpower to facilitate or the funds. Many past owners and breeders have been stepping up to help the horses they once owned or bred, (regardless of the number of years that have past), it is human, and it is what people of character do. SRF hopes this reaches many and they will step up to keep them from slaughter; To offer a home, or take back a horse, please call SRF directly.  Call Tammy at 732-446-4422 for assistance. For horses with a home offer, donations are needed to help with the cost of payments to release the horse from being slaughter bound, ship, quarantine, rehabilitate, etc. and every donation will be transparent. Some homes may be in very rural areas where land is in abundance but funds somewhat limited. All donations paid through the linked invoice will be available to view. There are 4 horses in this large group SRF feels would be exposed to more horrific conditions than usual by shipping to slaughter, they would not withstand it, regardless of the laws, the oversight and enforcement is lacking. They are injured, ill, or elderly, and are outlined in red below. SRF is able to help these, but only with donations to cover all costs.   Because we can only bail horses with home offers, if at the time of bailing there is funds applied to a horse without a home offer, those funds will be reapplied to a horse(s) with a home offer, putting the other at great risk.   "We do all we can to say "yes", but we have reached that point where we cannot in this situation. In the past 10 months SRF helped 412 trotters and pacers along with the volunteers at S.O.S.S.", said Cathy Jones, SRF's Equine Manager. SRF has a record-breaking number of adoptions this year, more than double from last year, another reason for a stretched budget.    In the midst of record-breaking horse sales in harness racing, and considering that we are nearing the end of 2017, SRF ask that owners, trainers, and breeders be most generous to prevent this heinous act to save the horses that fill their lives. To offer a safe home please contact Tammy at SRF 732-446-4422. The link to donate to help a horse, CLICK HERE The link to donate to help SRF help the 4 in need, CLICK HERE If you have any questions at all please contact Tammy at SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com or call 732-446-4422. To view the horses go to Face Book S.O.S.S. - FACEBOOK/SOSS SRF asks you to forward this email to others as well to encourage help. SRF is different than any other organization: -Helps Standardbreds exclusively; -Does not limit help to only adoptable horses; - Follows up for life on a semi-annual basis so no horse is ever at risk again; -Never relinquishes ownership, requiring any adopted horse in need of another home to be returned to SRF.   DO YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE HORSES?   MO TROT CUNNING DESIGN WILD WASABI KID CONWAY GG'S SHUTTLBUG LOOKS LIKE A VIKING MARCH ON BEN'S CHIP HUDSON HUDLEY TANTRUM MR. BALANCE TONY THE BUM RENO CASH HO LOTTA SPEED SMOKE GALORE CAEL RUTHY RUTHLESS  PARTYATTOMSPLACE SIGN OF ABILITY BRILLIANT SUCCESS ZORGWIJK GENERAL MESSAGE BOY TSM GOLDENRIDGE FUNNY TRICKS ARTS BIG GIRL CASH MOVING GKAR USEYOURTOPSTORY FIRST STEP EDUM-UP DONNY SAM EAGER FOR CASH DYNA RAIL PACE OF MY HEART LIGHTING BUTCH FIND HER EYES         HIP NUMBER NAME SEX/AGE TATTOO EARNINGS   DEALER PRICE/STATE  BRED FUNDS RAISED 1084 MO TROT G,16 X8351 $28,748 $800 $400 1101 CUNNING DESIGN G, 15 Z5280 $180,227 $750 $750   1103 WILD WASABI G, 13 2BL83 $12,427 $700 CANADIAN   1106 KID CONWAY G, 14 8A061 $224,187 $675 $1,100 1107 GG'S SHUTTLEBUG   G, 13 0B400 $2,407 $685  NY BRED   1109 LOOKS LIKE A VIKING G, 15 Z4033 $11,051 $650 OHIO BRED Injured 1110 MARCH ON G, 11 7DD57 $74,948 $575 PA/KY BRED   1111 BEN'S CHIP G, 16 XG022 UNRACED $625 IN BRED   1115 HUDSON HUDLEY G, 13 1BE46 $229 $700 NY BRED Blind in one eye 1116 TANTRUM G, 13 G, 13 $3,.404 $775 NY BRED   1117 MR. BALANCE G. 11 8DE50 $3,102 $700 IA BRED   1118 TONY THE BUM G, 20 SC260 $44,376 $710 MI BRED   1119 RENO CASH G, 16 XH406 UNRACED $700 OHIO BRED   1121 HO LOTTA SPEED M, 14 0A612 $102,178 $710 IN BRED   1122 CASH MOVING G, 12 4CD38 UNRACED $725 ME BRED   1123 GKAR G, 16 XN827 UNRACED $760 CANADIAN   1124 USEYOURTOP STORY G, 17 W8865 $36,892 $800 NJ BRED   1125 FIRST STEP M, 17 W4810 $18,531 $600 MI BRED   1127 EDUM-UP G, 19 TC595 $17,822 $700 OH BRED   1128 SMOKE GALORE G, 16 XE873 UNRACED $675 IL BRED   1164 CAEL G, 11 3D125 $19, 819 $785 MI BRED   305 RUTHY RUTHLESS N M, 17 WH501 $198,282 $650 NEW ZELAND $200 147 PARTYATTOMS PLACE G, 17 W9666 $12,606 $900 OH BRED   152 SIGN OF ABILITY G,. 13 1BA98 UNRACED $850 CANADIAN   69 BRILLIANT SUCCESS G, 17 WF821 $56,648 $750 MD BRED   75 ZORGWIJK GENERAL G, 14 7AP21 UNRACED $850 CANADIAN   73 AGED STANDARDBRED G, ?? LIP TATTOO? NEEDS ID $650 ?   106 MESSAGE BOY G, 17 WE264 $13,962 NO PRICE YET OH BRED   111 TSM GOLDENRIDGE G, 12 8C155 $213,103 NO PRICE YET PA BRED   NO TAG FUNNY TRICKS G, 13 1BD64 UNRACED $650 IN BRED $345 1 ARTS BIG GIRL M, 16 XF174 $1,092 $650 NJ BRED mother of 5, looks horrific 2 DONNY SAM G, 10 7ES99 $25,827 $650 CANADIAN   3 EAGER FOR CASH G, 13 2BR79 UNRACED $675 CANADIAN   332 DYNA RAIL G, 14 5AJ19 $136,983 $475 OH BRED $475 Needs home 562 PACE OF MY HEART G, 19 T66351 UNRACED $650 OH BRED $650  Needs home 479 NAME UNKNOWN M, 14 BRAND ALTERED UNKNOWN $525   400 LIGHTING BUTCH G, 16 XD125 $9,981 $600 MI BRED Very thin 402 FIND HER EYES M, 24 N8403 UNRACED $450 OH BRED Elderly   Standardbred Retirement Foundation | AdoptaHorse.org | Judith Bokman  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The front end is where Adkins Hanover does he best work and will look to replicate that harness racing tactic Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash card has a special 2 P.M. post time this Saturday in respect for Remembrance Day services being held across the province earlier in the day. Adkins Hanover headlines the 14-dash card in the afternoon finale from post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The $2,400 event has Adkins Hanover as the morning line choice fresh off a pair of victories in this class in his latest outings. Czar Seelster has been hot since relocating to red soil with three wins and a second from four East Coast starts but has to contend with post 7 this week for trainer-driver Todd Weatherbee. The class also sees Woggy Rocks make his Red Shores Charlottetown debut for trainer Neal Moase after winning the top event on Nov. 1 at Red Shores Summerside. Leading driver Marc Campbell is listed to drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 5 starter Adkins Hanover. "Adkins Hanover dominated his last two races from start to finish," MacIsaac said. "If he can secure an uncontested lead again like he did in those, a threepeat is a good possibility." Other entries in the Saturday afternoon preferred include Simon Said (Driven by Mark Bradley), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Smiley Bayama (Gary Chappell), Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence), Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) and The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie). Prettyndangerous will seek redemption in the race 9 Mares Open pace for a $2,250 purse. The Bo Ford trainee dominated the class for a portion of the season but has hit a rut in recent weeks after drawing outside posts. Adam Merner will steer the mare from post 2 in this week's seven-horse field with Itsallabouthebass favored from the outside post 7 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike while riding a two-race win streak in this class. The $1,850 Open trot hits the track in race 3 with Freddie returning to competition against trotters but handicapped with post 8 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The five-year-old Majestic Son trotter has had 11 wins from 21 starts this season prompting the race secretary to put him in with a class of pacers in his last start, where he finished seventh in 2:01.1. He gets seven same-gaited foes Saturday including Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) and Wedgewood (Chappell). Catch the action live at the track or check out www.Redshores.ca. Instant Shadow Will Attempt To Close Curtain On 2017 Red Shores Summerside Season The action winds down on racing in Western P.E.I. on Sunday afternoon with one final action packed card for the 2017 season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Customers will be treated to second chance draws and on-track promotions such as the Pick5 and Wild Horses rags will carry additional prizes. The 12-dash program kicks off at 1 P.M. with the featured pacing lining up in race 11 for a $2,400 purse. Painted Desert has been no worse than second in his last three tries in this class including two victories but has to overcome post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The veteran son of Western Ideal has been on top of his game this season with five wins including a lifetime mark tying score of 1:55.3. Forever Paradise will loom a real danger in their Sunday afternoon showdown from post 2 with trainer Kevin MacLean electing to put Red Shores Summerside leading driver Marc Campbell at the lines. Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell has complete control over the driving and training standings at Red Shores Summerside with 57 driving wins and 26 training wins at the half-mile oval by healthy margins over his competition. He will attempt to add to his driving total with Forever Paradise and race analyst Bo Ford thinks he can do it. "Forever Paradise has been going toe to toe with the best the region has to offer right down his card," Ford said. "Expect with his gate speed and inside position that (driver) Campbell can make front, control it and use his eighth-of-a-mile sprint to win it in the lane." Other entries in the top event include Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Red Magician (Adam Merner), Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) and Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan). The final race of the 2017 Prince County racing season is sponsored by Red Shores Summerside, as is race 1, with Instant Shadow the morning line favorite in the $1,400 finale event for driver MacPherson, trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stables of Greater Lakeburn and Robert Kyle of Calhoun. The afternoon back-up pace has another New Brunswick horse favored with J Rs Hurricane drawing that distinction for owner-trainer Jean Charles Belliveau of Scoudoc. Merner drives the mainland pacer from post 6 in race 7 with other top entries in that class including George (Walter Cheverie) and Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday, November 12th, will mark the end of the "live" harness races at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2017 season. A season that started on April 23rd, but does not really end this Sunday as there is still the wonderful year-end gala Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 18. The awards dinner will honor the top horsemen, women and horses that competed throughout the season at the Hippodrome 3R. The dinner begins at 5:00 pm and runs throughout the night. The Emcee for the affair is non-other that track announcer, Guy Lafontaine. Tickets are only C$35 per person. According to the chairman of the dinner, H3R's Francois Carignan, there are only a few tickets left to the affair and people interested in attending must contact him at the racetrack ASAP. The gala dinner will be held on the second floor of the casino, adjoined to the racetrack. This kind of event is essential to all segments of harness racing in Quebec. It allows horse people to fraternize after a long season, it highlights the merits of each other, it allows leaders, often to make some important announcements for the coming season. It is fashionable to honor first the winners of the finals of the three-major series presented at the racetrack during the season, namely in order, the Quebec-Bred Series with their four finals for horses of 4-5 years, the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for the two-year-old's. This will be the first time since the introduction of the gala that we will honor the winners of the Quebec Spring Series Finals. An important addition. This part of the gala, held before the big dinner, will end with the recognition of the only track record established this year. It will then be trophies awarded to the most deserving: some are known, because of their statistics for 2017, others are not. The selection committee was composed of H3R leading administrators, Murielle Thomassin, Francois Carignan, Guy Lafontaine, Johanne Letourneau and Daniel Delisle. The awards include the groom of the year, the owner of the year (new category), the 4th star, an Excellence Media awards (new), the trotter of the year (the most victories at H3R in out of the series), the pacer of the year (same conditions), the trainer of the year, (statistics on November 12th), the driver of the year (same conditions), and the personality of the year. Anyone wishing to get some of the last tickets to the gala dinner Saturday, November 18, must contact Francois Carignan at H3R at +1 819-374-6734. From the Quebec Jockey Club