Day At The Track

MILTON, ON - October 29, 2018 - The inaugural Championship Meet at Woodbine Mohawk Park concluded with a 10-race card on Monday evening. All eyes were locked to the standings for top driver and top trainer entering the final card of the meet, which began on April 12. Louis Philippe Roy entered the evening with a one-win lead over Sylvain Filion for top driver, while Bob McClure and Trevor Henry trailed by just two and three wins, respectively. The race for the training title saw Carmen Auciello enter the evening up three wins on Richard Moreau with both trainers sending out several starters. Roy and Moreau teamed up to win the evening's first-race with three-year-old pacing filly Miss Rockadali ($5.70) in a first-leg division of the Harvest Series. The victory created separation in one category and tightened up the other. The opening-race win from Roy and lack of production by those near him in the standings kept the drama low for most of the card. McClure guided claiming pacer Brickman ($20.80) to an upset score in the sixth-race to join Filion in second-place, two wins back of Roy. The driving title battled ended in the ninth and penultimate race on the card, as Trevor Henry steered eight-year-old millionaire pacer Nickle Bag ($5.10) to his 40th career victory and in turn locked up top driver for Roy. Filion and McClure each needed to sweep the 'Late Double' to tie Roy for top spot. Over on the training side, the quick start for Moreau wouldn't go far, as Auciello's barn got the three-win lead back in the fourth-race with four-year-old pacer Luckslist Bluegrass ($19.10). The battle for the training title officially came to an end in the seventh-race when five-year-old trotter Free Willy Hanover ($12.70) snapped a seven-race winless streak to secure the title for Auciello. Louis Philippe Roy finished the Championship Meet with 128 victories to claim the driving title. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native drove the winners of over $3.5 million. Carmen Auciello concluded the Championship Meet with 81 victories to capture the training title. His barn racked up $1.3 million in earnings. Also on Monday, the Harvest Series for three-year-olds kicked off with four $17,000 divisions, three for pacing fillies and a single for trotting fillies. As mentioned above, Moreau trainee Miss Rockadali took the first split for the pacing fillies with a 1:56 triumph. The daughter of Dali was shipping in from Rideau and debuting for Moreau. Miss Rockadali now has eight wins and $36,251 earned in 19 starts this season for owner Andre St Laurent. Shadow Play filly D Gs Shadowsbell ($56.90) pulled off a 27-1 upset in the second division for pacers. The Chantal Mitchell trainee and driver James MacDonald converted off a two-hole trip to defeat the favourite Shadow World by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. D Gs Shadowsbell was also making her Woodbine debut and now has two wins and $23,704 earned in 17 starts this season for owner Daniel Surprenant. Joe Hudon trainee I Shadow U capitalized off a two-hole trip to shoot through for a 1:55.2 victory in the third pacing division. The daughter of Shadow Play picked up her fourth win of the season. Owned by Ross Warriner with trainer/driver Hudon, I Shadow U increased her seasonal earnings to $42,627 with the victory. She paid $7 to win. On the trotting side, Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally turned in a career-best 1:58.4 performance to win by three-lengths for driver Paul MacKenzie. The Todd Clements trainee entered the Harvest Series off a victory and pair of runner-up finishes away from Mohawk Park. Shotgun Sally improved her sophomore numbers to three wins and $30,166 earned in 25 starts this season for owner Trisha Barsby. She paid $23.70 to win. Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the first-card of the Fall-Winter meet. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Day at the Hippodrome 3R as the harness racing driver won five races on the program including the final of the Quebec Plus Series. Despite pouring rain that listed the track as sloppy with a three second allowance, Picard could do no wrong on the racetrack. In the ninth race final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, it was a battle from start to finish. Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) started off the show taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile when stablemate/entry Ernie Panic and Francis Picard came shooting to the lead before the half mile marker. It was then that Pierre Luc Roy had the race favorite, Lune Bleu, on the move first-over and they raced that way through the backstretch and the three-quarters, going head and head for the lead. As they started down the stretch, Picard and Ernie Panic dug in once again, putting away Lune Bleu and then holding off the late charge by Hercule J M (Pascal Berube) to win by a half-length in 2:02.2. Encore Panic was third with Lune Bleu fourth. It was the fifth win this season for Ernie Panic. The four-year-old stallion by Mach Three is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. He paid $7.90 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace a real dogfight took place between Allstar Seelster and Wild River Swan, Tyler Jones vs Jocelyn Gendron. It was Allstar Seelster that took the early lead but Jones had Wild River Swan on the bit and they took command after a :28.3 opening quarter mile. Then it was Jones and Allstar Seelster coming back by the half mile in :58 and retaking the lead away from Wild River Swan and from there the race was history. Jones had momentum with Allstar Seelster and they pulled away from the field, leading by five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28 with Wild River Swan beginning to fade. Then in the stretch, Allstar Seelster won with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4 over the muddy track. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) was second with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the sixth win this year for Allstar Seelster. The seven-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and owned by Aurel Harvey Et Fils, Inc. of Riviere-Malbaie. He paid $15.80 to win. Track Notes: H3R leading trainer Francis Richard also had a big day, sending out three winners on the afternoon. He now holds a 24 to 17 lead over Maxime Velaye. Leading driver Stephane Brosseau had one win and now leads the driver standing with 46 wins to Pascal Berube's 38. Live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The finishing touches were put on a pair of perfect seasons as the 2018 stakes season came to a close Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval played host to six Island Breeders finals on the afternoon program including the two-year-old filly final for a $9,600 purse that saw Magical Mistress remain unbeaten in her career. The daughter of Camystic hit the wire first on top by 10-lengths in 1:57 to give her 12 wins from as many starts. Adam Merner was in the bike for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The $11,000 Island Breeders final for three-year-old pacing colts had a similar result but by a much narrower margin as Sock It Away survived a stretch drive slugfest with Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) to win by a nose in 1:55.1. The victory kept Sock It Away unbeaten in stakes action with 16 straight wins in his perfect 2018 campaign. Marc Campbell was in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Red Dirt Boomer prevailed from post 8 in the $10,200 Island Breeders final for two-year-old pacing colts with a mile time of 1:58.1. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Malicious for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I. West River Cindy captured the three-year-old trot final for a $7,500 purse in 2:00.1, tying the track record for three-year-old pacing fillies set by Maple Leaf Spirit in 2011. Clare MacDonald trains and drives West River Cindy for owner Haley Shepherd of Stratford, P.E.I. Mile Hill Willie continued his streak with number seven-in-a-row in the Island Breeders final for two-year-old trotters. The $7,000 contest saw Mile Hill Willie power past his foes in the final quarter, stopping the clock in 2:02.2 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owner Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I. Bettim Jackie took a pocket ride straight to the winner’s circle in the $10,300 Island Breeders three-year-old pacing filly final with a time of 1:58.4. Barrieau was in the bike for part of his driving quadruple for trainer Jeff Lilley, who co-owns with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Summerside, PE - The harness racing program scheduled for Sunday at Red Shores Summerside at 1pm has been moved to Monday night with a post time of 6pm. Red Shores, along wit the Prince County Horsemen's Club, made the decision ahead of a weather forcast calling for heavy rain tonight and tomorrow. The final card of the season at Summerside will go Monday night. Post time is 6pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R all eyes will be on the three-year-old harness racing pacing filly, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will seek to make a clean sweep in the $10,000 final of the Quebec-Plus Series. The daughter of Big Jim starts from post two for trainer Maxime Velayee and she is seeking to win her third straight race for driver Pierre Luc Roy. A six-time winner this year, Lune Blue raced just four times at age 2 and never won a race. "She was very sick just before her first qualifying race," Maxime Velaye explained. "It was right before her first qualifier and she never fully recovered after that. She had shown me some speed and some grit when training down." Now at age 3 Lune Bleu is making up for lost time for owner/breeder Guy Gorbeil of Mirbel. Two starts back she took her lifetime mark at H3R with a 1:58.3 triumph. "She has been raced timed in 1:57.1," Velaye added. "And I think if she is pressed on she can go that fast in Sunday's Final." Her main rivals in the race will be the entry from the Francis Richard Stable of Encore Panic and Ernie Panic, both of whom were bred and are owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic drew post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and won an opening round of the series in a lifetime best 2:00.1. The four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella also has good early gate speed. Ernie Panic goes from post seven for driver Francis Picard and also has early gate speed. Sired by Mach Three, the four-year-old has a record of 2:00.2 taken three starts back and has four wins this season. "We will definitely need some luck this Sunday," said Francis Richard. "The two fillies get to draw for the inside posts. My two horses don't mind racing in the mud and they both have got early gate speed. "I think Encore is the best right now," Richard added. "Just because he has a better post position. He didn't race that much this summer and now with three starts in a row he should be in better racing shape. "I can not count out Ernie too," Richard explained. "He has Francis Picard driving him and he has done a great job with him. He knows the horse very well and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they get the job done." Then there is Hercule J M in post six for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the five-year-old gelded son of Goliath Bayama upset the field at 7-1, closing from sixth place in the backstretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Rounding out the field is the other filly in the race, Somebeachbythesea (post one); Indigo Seelster (post four), Determinant (post six) and Art Of The Master (post eight). The two top pacing mares at H3R this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan will do battle again this Sunday in the fourth race. Rainbow Palace goes from post five for driver Francis Picard. She was the top mare at H3R last year and is seeking to retain her title although last week she suffered defeat to Wild River Swan. Wild River Swan has eight wins on the year for H3R's leading trainer Francis Richard and goes from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. She has yet to finish worse than second in her last nine starts. Of the male rivals in the field, Solid Performance (post two) and Allstar Seelster (post one) could be factors in the race. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2018 Atlantic stakes season comes to a close Saturday afternoon with the Island Breeders Finals and a pair of pacers will look to put the finishing touches on their unscathed seasons at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Saturday program gets underway at 12:30 P.M., with Magical Mistress upping the tempo early as she puts her undefeated season to the test in race 2 of the card. Adam Merner returns to the driver's seat behind the undefeated daughter of Camystic who will look for win number 12 in-a-row in the $9,600 Island Breeders Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Stephen Gass trains the filly for owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The three-year-old pacing fillies have their $10,300 Island Breeders final in race 4 of the card with Bettim Jackie riding high into the final from post 6 with a string of three wins. Gilles Barrieau drives the daughter of Andreoli Hanover for co-owner and trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton, and co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. Mile Hill Willie had been perfect since finding his way to the Barrieau and stable and enters the race 6 Island Breeders final for $7,000 for two-year-old trotters as the favourite from post 4. With a six-race win streak intact, Mile Hill Willie is owned by Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I. The ultra-competitive three-year-old trot division comes to a close with their Island Breeders final in race 8 for a $7,500 pot. West River Cindy has never been worse than second in her career and gets post 2 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald, while Buckaroo (Campbell) is favoured off the rail and Atlantic Breeders Crown winner Buddy White (Merner) leaves from post 8. Woodmere Bolt controls the pylons in the race 10 Island Breeders final for two-year-old pacing colts carrying a $10,200 purse. The Earl Smith trained and driven pacer has never been out of the top three in 12 career starts for owners Peter Smith of Stratford and Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River, P.E.I., along with Arnold Hagen of Bible Hill, N.S. The Island Breeders finale is in race 12 with the three-year-old pacing colts final as Sock It Away looks to close out his undefeated season of the East Coast with 15 wins from as many starts in his sophomore campaign. Marc Campbell drives the son of Pang Shui for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Each final of the Island Breeders have been named in honour of long time members of the harness racing community including Bert Honkoop, Joe Smallwood, Charlie Willis, Wilma MacLure, Ron Kennedy and Lee Taylor. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. Sorrie, Watts Tussle For Training Title at Summerside Closer SUMMERSIDE, PE - Austin Sorrie and Earl Watts will be in a slugfest all day long as the conditioners look to settle the score for top trainer in the final program of the season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash card kicks off at 1 P.M., with David Dowling leading all drivers as he is set to take away his first driving title on the East Coast and Watts leading all trainers for victories by one over Sorrie. Dowling, a former leading driver at Sudbury Downs in Ontario, goes into the Sunday card with 39 wins on the season for an insurmountable 10-race advantage over Corey MacPherson, who is not competing on the program. Watts, a resident of Hampshire, P.E.I., has 14 wins as a trainer in 2018 at Red Shores Summerside and will send three starters postward Sunday afternoon. Sorrie sits in second place with 13 wins at the Prince County Oval and will sit behind all six of his Sunday afternoon starters. The rookie driver will also have a starter in the race 11 top class for a $2,200 purse as Pictonian Storm will look to add to the Montague horsemen's stats. Leaving from post 3, Pictonian Storm is installed at 4-1 morning line odds in the compact field of five but defeated this group two starts back in Summerside. Fast N Victorious has been acquitting himself well lately and gets rail control for driver Adam Merner and trainer Stephen Gass. Mando Fun delivered off the front end in this class last week and garners the respect of morning line favourite from post 2. Dale Spence drives the pacer for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington, P.E.I. Race analyst Bo Ford thinks Pictonian Storm could add to Sorrie's 2018 win totals. "This is another one of those top classes that are wide open,," Ford said. "Pictonian Storm won it two starts back and the rookie is looking for the training title. Expect his best today." Also in the feature field is Machinthesand (Driven by Ken Murphy) and Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell). The final program of the year also features the Gerard Smith PEI Sports Hall of Fame pace, Bob MacInnis memorial and Blu Meadow Willie retirement pace, Isabelle and Ivan Cameron memorial, Wendell Wallace memorial, Arnold Rogers memorial and Zambuca Gass retirement pace. Loves A Challenge makes his East Coast debut in race 10 of the program vying for a $1,700 purse. A winner of 19 races and $136,000 in purses, the nine-year-old son of Tulane is now owned and trained by Trevor Hicken of Montague, P.E.I., with Ambyr Campbell getting the catch driving call. Loves A Challenge last raced in a conditioned event at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. For live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The second annual horsepeople's reunion that last year attracted over 300 participants from all segments of the Canadian Harness racing world, is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st at the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre in Campbellville, Ontario.   There will be stories galore of present and bygone days about horses, races, horsepeople, rare experiences, and race tracks, many no longer in existence.   There will be plenty of racing history in the room. The venerable triumvirate of Hall of Famers, Keith Waples, John 'Doc' Findley and Roly Armitage, all living on the sunny side of 90 years, are expected to again hold court at the popular Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) - sponsored event.   A silent auction of racing memorabilia will be auctioned for the benefit of Allan 'Al' Aikin who is experiencing health problems. Al operated the track kitchens for many years at Barrie Raceway and Georgian Downs. Pat Crowe has donated a framed portrait of Cam Fella, and signed photos of hockey greats Darryl Sittler and Marcel Dionne are among other items up for grabs. Horsepeople are encouraged to bring donations of racing memorabilia for the silent auction.   Video presentations of Harness racing action, including Trotting on the Rideau Canal, remembered as iconic days in the long and storied history of the trotting sport in Canada, the Little Brown Jug, the Meadowlands Pace, and more, will be shown on a big screen.   Roly Armitage, the newly minted bard of the Ottawa Valley, who has authored three books in the past five years, will sign copies of his hot-off- the-press, 'Straight from the Horse's Mouth', with a portion of the sales going to the Al Aikin fund. Doors open at 6:00pm, light refreshments will be served and there is an open bar.   For additional information: Sheri Minler Grabatin 1-905-854-6442 by Bill Galven, for the Horsepeople's Reunion  

MILTON, ON -  October 26, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for a quartet of Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Niagara Series and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December and conclude on Boxing Day (December 26). The Blizzard Series and Snowshoe Series begin in mid-January and will wrap up on February 1. Each series consists of two $17,000 preliminary legs and a $30,000 added final. The nomination fee for each series is $200 ($160 USD). Nominations close on Monday, December 3. The conditions and dates for each series are listed below: Niagara Series (December 13, 20, 26) Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2018, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Valedictory Series (December 10, 17, 26) Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2018, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Blizzard Series (January 17, 24, February 1) Three & Four-Year-Old Pacing Fillies & Mares in 2019, Non-Winners of Two Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Snowshoe Series (January 18, 25, February 1) Three & Four-Year-Old Pacing Colts, Horses & Geldings in 2019, Non-Winners of Two Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. To view the nomination form for the Winter Series, click here. To submit nomination fees online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 3, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie,, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - October 25, 2018 - Ontario sired rookies were on display Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the finals of the Harvest Series. A quartet of series finals put on a bow on the three-week event and featured a few upsets. Angus Hall filly Dance Hall Babe muscled by race-favourite P L Molly in the final eighth of a mile to win the $43,300 two-year-old trotting filly final. Driven by Anthony MacDonald, Dance Hall Babe led the field of six to the opening-quarter before handing over top spot to P L Molly, who led by just over two lengths at three-quarters in 1:30. Dance Hall Babe regained the lead late in the mile and crossed the wire first in 2:01.1. P L Molly finished second, beat a length. Briarwood Belle and Order Mattie completed the Superfecta. Trained by Jason McGinnis, Dance Hall Babe entered the Harvest Final off sixth and fifth-place finishes in the preliminary legs and with just one win in eight prior starts. The series final victory pushes her earnings to $39,942 for owners MacDonald, Philip Newfeld, Felix Marion and Georgia Dalziel. Dance Hall Babe, who was a $9,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, paid $14.80 to win. Kadabra gelding Cool Clifford split rivals late to win the $45,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. Race-favourite All Wrapped Up was looking for the series sweep and grabbed the lead in the second-quarter. The public's choice led the field into the lane after reaching three-quarters in 1:28.1. All Wrapped Up couldn't seal the deal and was surrounded by several rivals in deep stretch. Cool Clifford and driver Jody Jamieson got away sixth and sat third-over turning for home. The Scott McEneny trainee trotted a :28.3 final-quarter to split rivals and reach up for the 1:57.3 victory. Scarlett Raider almost scored a 14-1 upset, but came up just a neck short in finishing second. Esa finished third, while Sinful was fourth. All Wrapped Up finished fifth, beat a length and a half. Cool Clifford entered the Harvest final off a second-leg victory of nearly 10 lengths. The rookie gelding improved his career numbers to two wins and $66,969 earned in 11 starts with his series final victory. A $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Cool Clifford is owned by Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. He paid $4.40 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible followed up a convincing second-leg score with another impressive performance to take the $46,300 final for pacing fillies. Driven by Trevor Henry, Thats Incredible left well from the centre of the gate and got situated second behind Salutation, who got to the top from the ten-hole. Salutation led the field by the half in :56.4. Thats Incredible moved to the top on the far turn and it was game over from there. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to a 1:54.2 victory for her third win in 11 starts. Salutation dug in and turned in a strong effort to finish second, beat 3 ¼ lengths. Twin B Tipster was third, while Fresh Eyes was fourth. Charmbo Brie, who was going for a series sweep, finished fifth. Thats Incredible increased her earnings to $48,488 with the victory for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. She paid $3.50 to win. Shadow Play gelding Shadow Of A Daut delivered his second consecutive upset victory to take the $48,100 final for pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Mike Saftic, Shadow Of A Daut got away seventh in the field of 10, while Shadow Tail posted a :27.2 opener. Crusher Q overtook the lead entering the backstretch, but quickly surrendered it to race-favourite Carlisimo, who left from post 10 and had been parked until claiming the lead. Carlisimo led to three-quarters in 1:25.3 and brought the field into the stretch. Shadow Of A Daut was placed third-over by Saftic and was four-lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Shadow Of A Daut charged by rivals and reached the wire first for a 1:54.3 victory. Better Than Some followed the eventual winner fourth-over and finished second, beat three-quarters of a length. Carlisimo was third, while Joe Mcdude was fourth. Trained by Michel Rivest, Shadow Of A Daut is now two for 10 with $40,105 earned for owner Claude Poirier. The Shadow Play gelding was a $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase. Shadow Of A Daut paid $24.60 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winner of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing continues Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Front end tactics was all it took for IC True Grit to find the winner's circle in the Thursday evening featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the driver's seat for the winning score in the $2,100 top event of the Thursday program. IC True Grit went to front as he took over from early pacesetter Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling) past the opening quarter of 28.1. Barrieau and his charge tripped the second fraction in 58 then proceeded to three-quarters in 1:28.1 before closing out the mile in a clock stopping 1:57.4 over a track rated with a one second variant. Rockin Indy was a closing second while third went to Likely To Win (Adam Merner). IC True Grit is trained by Jackie Matheson for owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Frill Seeker used similar tactics to capture the $1,950 Open trot in a front end score of 2:03.3 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. Professor Gordon (Jason Hughes) was second while Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) completed the triactor. CL La Rousse put together a colossal shocker in race 5 of the program as she was placed to first and paid $245.20 for a $2 win ticket. Dowling was in the bike for the 2:02 mile for trainer Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Sports Highlights (Barrieau) hit the wire first but was set back to third for interference on Miss Sangria (Merner) in the stretch drive. Sailor Blue won her third straight race in trotting action on the program. Barrieau was in the bike for the 14-length romp in 2:03.2 for co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald and co-owner Yoss Martonovich of Montague, P.E.I. Hughes scored a pair of wins from his own stable as Sir Native stopped the clock in 2:02.1 in the finale and Perfect Raider was a 2:00.3 winner in race 6. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON- October 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to notify horsepeople at Alliance Racetracks of a change to the cheque issuing process due to the Canada Post rotating strike. Due to the rotating strike, cheques have been sent to the various Alliance Racetracks and horsepeople can pick up their cheques at the track in which they raced. Cheques are available for pickup today (October 24) at The Raceway at Western Fair and Flamboro Downs. Cheques for Rideau Carleton will be couriered on Thursday to the Ottawa area racetrack. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - IC True Grit was within inches of making the winner's circle in his latest pair of starts but will look to put it all together Thursday evening in the feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown. The Thursday program will be the last mid-week card at the capital oval as action shifts to strictly weekend racing starting next week. The 10-dash Thursday card has a 6:30 P.M. post time with the top class lining up in race 9 for a $2,100 purse. IC True Grit is installed as the morning line favourite from post 2 in the featured pace with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown, P.E.I. The son of No Pan Intended was second in his last two starts beaten less than a head in each start. One of the pacers that beat him will square off with him again this week as Jeb has post 5 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes riding a quartet of top two finishes into the event. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie as the former Governor's Plate finalist looks for his first trip to the Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle since May. Race analyst Les MacIsaac goes with IC True Grit to get the job done and hit the wire first. "IC True Grit has had a couple of bang up second place finishes at this level, his most recent out of the six hole," MacIsaac said. "With an improved post this time around he could be the one to knock off." Also in the field is Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner), Rockin Indy (David Dowling) and Stars Above (Mike McGuigan). Race 8 of the program has Killean Finale making her first East Coast start from post 6 in the field of as many. Ken Murphy drives the winner of $175,000 for trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. The five-year-old daughter of Sportswriter last raced at Harrington Raceway in Delaware, U.S., in a conditioned class. Majian Tango headlines the race 7 Open trot for a $1,950 purse for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. The son of Tad The Stud has had three wins so far in his four-year-old campaign including a win in last start on Oct. 11, and was subsequently scratched last week due to travel restriction on the Confederation Bridge. Other top entries include Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

MILTON, ON - October 23, 2018 - The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has announced a change to the draw schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective immediately, the draw for Saturday cards will now take place on Wednesdays. The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. The current Woodbine Mohawk Park draw schedule is listed below: Enter by 10:30 a.m. Monday for Thursday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for Friday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for Saturday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Thursday for Monday The draw for Thursday afternoon qualifiers will also take place on Wednesdays. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

London, ON - October 23, 2018 -- The Raceway at the Western Fair District, in partnership with KYIS Embroidery, will host the 13th Annual Harness the Hope Fundraiser this Friday, October 26th with proceeds going to benefit the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Harness the Hope has become a staple at The Raceway and one of the major events that kicks off each racing season in London. It is the brainchild of Doreen Dustin a survivor herself and wife of local horseman Greg Dustin, along with their daughters Kristine and Brandi. With two diagnoses in the family now, most recently being her youngest daughter Kristine at the age of 33, this year only stresses the importance of why these events and efforts are necessary. "The reason we've continued this each year is because of the tremendous support we've received from the industry. And, every year we have women in our community who are diagnosed and it keeps reminding us of the importance of this cause." Doreen explains. The Raceway will be decked out in pink once again with festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. Some of the events include the popular "Winning Key Contest" with 5 Grand Prizes this year instead of 3, in which keys can be purchased for $20 each and after Race 6 everyone will be able to try their keys in the locked boxes to unlock a grand prize. Grand prizes total over $5,000 combined value and include; an Apple iPad 128GB with Apple Pencil, a Yamaha Complete Surround Sound Audio System, a Samsung 58" 4K Ultra Smart TV, a Broil King Baron 320S Grill and a luxury brand name Handbag and accessories for the ladies! Additional fundraising efforts include a 50/50 draw, silent auction and penny auctions in both the grandstand and paddock. Horsemen and women racing that night are encouraged to participate in the "Best Dressed Horse" Contest. The horse that shows up with the most "PINK" in support of the cause will win a prize! Fans who wear pink to the track can fill out a ballot for mystery prize giveaway during the night. All patrons, sponsors, donors & volunteers are invited to join in trackside after Race 3 for a commemorative event photo of the "Harness the Hope" winning blanket presentation. Post time is 6:55 p.m. and customers are advised that the Top Of The Fair restaurant is completely sold out for Friday night's event. For more information, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. From Harness The Hope:

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy, had his best day of the season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, not only winning four races, but two of them were the co-feature second leg of the Quebec Plus Series. Roy started out the day winning the third race, the first division of the Quebec Plus Series with Lune Bleu ($2.90). Roy and Lune Bleu took the early lead away from Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) by the opening quarter mile and was home free from there, winning by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Ernie Panic was second with Y C Easy (Carl Duguay) third. It was the second straight win for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Later in the program, the ninth race, Roy would score his fourth winner of the day, capturing the other Quebec Plus Series leg with Hercule J M ($16.20). Race favorite, Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) led from the start, then in the backstretch Art Of The Master (Stephane Gendron) came first-over with Roy and Hercule J M following second-over, then three-wide going to the three-quarters with Indigo Seelster (Daniel LaFlame) four-wide on the final turn. As they straightened out for the stretch drive, it became a two-hole race as Roy and Hercule J M was able to hold off Indigo Seelster to win by a neck in 1:59.4. Encore Panic was third. A five-year-old gelding by Goliath Bayama, Hercule J M posted his third win this year. He is trained, owned and was bred by Jacques Mercier of Ste-Helene-De-Kamouraska. Newcomer Talbotcreek Suzie ($4.70), the lone mare in the field, crushed her six male opponents in the 7th race Preferred Trot. R Kadabra and Francis Picard went to the early lead as always with Talbotcreek Suzie in the two-hole. Then by the half mile marker, driver Stephane Gendron sent Talbotcreek Suzie to the lead and they never looked back, winning in a romp by seven lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. It was the 8th win this year for the six-year-old mare by Angus Hall. She is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. Wild River Swan ($13.90) turned the tables on Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), keeping her rival in the two-hole in the 6th race pace for driver Jocelyn Gendron as he wired the field with Wild River Swan, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.4 over Rainbow Palace. The battle between these two top mares at H3R is tied now 1-1. Track Notes: Next week, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $10,000 final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

SUMMERSIDE, PE – From the moment the wings folded on the starting gate it was all open road for Mando Fun as he guarded the rail and was on top the entire mile in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Dale Spence was in the bike for the crowning moment of his three win afternoon at the Prince County Oval. Leaving from post 1 in the $2,200 top class, Mando Fun was sent to the lead and laid down brisk fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:27 while keeping race favourite Machinthesand (Driven by Ken Murphy) completely out of the picture. Mando Fun closed the mile out in 1:57 while winning by fourth open lengths over Machinthesand while Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie) finished third. Mando Fun is co-owned and trained by Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley along with co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington, P.E.I. Spence had his other visits to the winner’s circle with Jds Double Dose in 1:59.2 from his own Tyne Valley stable and with Goodmorning Ky in 2:00.1 for trainer Frank Banks of Summerside, P.E.I. JJ Powerball took the overland route as he captured the $1,800 back-up class for rookie trainer-driver Austin Sorrie of Montague who co-owns the colt with Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook, P.E.I. The three-year-old son of Image Of Dawn stopped the clock in 1:58.4 as he put himself over $30,000 in career earnings with the victory. Second went to Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes) while Coasttocoastshark (Spence) was third. Live racing continues on P.E.I. this coming week with Red Shores Charlottetown racing Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon while Red Shores Summerside has its final program of the season next Sunday (Oct. 28) in the afternoon. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores