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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Arc Light unleashed a devastating finishing burst to get up for the harness racing win in the Saturday afternoon featured finale at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,700 top event saw Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaving smartly off the wings to gain the lead and lay down splits of 30, 1:01.1 and 1:30.3 over a track rated three seconds off due to wind and wet conditions. Dancers Pass (David Dowling) duelled with that leader first over while eventual winner Arc Light and trainer-driver Marc Campbell were third over up until the final quarter. Arc Light was then launched three-wide approaching the three-quarters and circled up on her competition to nail Drivingthedragon N at the wire in 2:01.1 while Dancers Pass completed the triactor ticket. Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S., holds the ownership papers of the three-year-old Maritime Champion daughter of Camystic, who was winning her second straight race at this level. Star Photo (Hughes) cut out all the fractions and won handily in the $2,450 Open Trot in 2:02.4 over Sailor Blue (Ken Murphy) and Freddie (Campbell). Star Photo is owned by Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. The Chris Davies stable of Cornwall scored a pair of winners, both with Adam Merner in the bike, as Always Reese stopped the clock in 2:04.4 and Miss Sangria won in 2:05. For race replays and more check out Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - KD Overdrive continues his cross-border journey as he returns to Canada for the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. at the capital oval with KD Overdrive drawing post 1 in the race 10 featured event. The $2,200 class has Barrieau in the bike behind KD Overdrive for trainer Stephen Mason and owner Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, N.B. The five-year-old son of Camystic last raced in the United States at Bangor Raceway in Maine, where he has frequented for much of the season between racing in Atlantic Canada. Rockin Indy leaves from post 3 in the class with Corey MacPherson at the lines for Troy Murray of Clyde River, P.E.I., as the morning line favourite while Weekend Atnannies drops out of stakes competition to compete from post 4 this week for driver Mike McGuigan. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in post 1 starter KD Overdrive to hit the wire first in his Canadian return. "KD Overdrive gets slightly easier opposition than he had in his last start here, rail control and is reunited with Gilles," MacIsaac said. "That combination makes him a potential sleeper." Also in the full field of eight is Harbourlite Jerry (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and Cartoon Daddy (David Dowling). The $1,950 Open trot lines up in race 6 of the evening with Majian Tango favoured from the outside in the compact field of five. Jim Ripley trains and drives the son of Tad The Stud for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. The trotter is fresh off a win in 2:02.1 over a sloppy rain soaked track at Red Shores in his latest outing and was second to Freddie in the open class the start before. Other top entries include Dusty Lane Jacob (MacPherson) and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2018 Atlantic racing season has yet to produce a two-year-old filly that can touch Magical Mistress, as she remained undefeated Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner was in the bike for the victory, number nine of her career from as many starts, for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. The two-year-old daughter of Camystic was on top at every call in her $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division on her way to a 1:57.1 victory by over four lengths. Second went to Therealdeal (Driven by Walter Cheverie) while Howmac Sabrina (David Dowling) was third. Woodmere Tango claimed the other two-year-old pacing filly $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division in 1:59.1 over Elm Grove Nellie (Dale Spence) and Miss Dynamite D (Kenny Arsenault). Clare MacDonald trains and drives Woodmere Tango for owner Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S. A pair of $7,000 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were also contested. You Aint Dolly (Mark Bradley) won her split in 2:00.4, while Clare Hall Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) won her division in 2:00.2. The Saturday program also featured the two-year-old pacing colts in Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes action. The first $9,000 O'Brien gold division went to Purple Poet in 1:59.1 for trainer Robert Phillips and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S., with Barrieau handles the driving duties. The two-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror utilized a pocket ride on his way to a 1:59.1 win over Dusty Lane Cortez (Dowling) and Southfield Sandy (Corey MacPherson). Thisishowwedoit won the second $9,000 O'Brien Gold split in 1:59.1 for trainer-driver Danny Romo and owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S. Race favourite Red Dirt Boomer (Barrieau) finished second while Woodmere Bolt (Earl Smith) had to settle for third. In O'Brien grassroots action, A Grand Terror had a maiden breaking score in his $6,000 division for two-year-old pacing colts for trainer-driver Barrieau in 1:59.2. The other $6,000 split saw Mall Peen Hammer visit the winner's circle after stopping the clock in 1:59.2 for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Sean Dooley. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Elm Grove Kaboom has been nothing short of exceptional so far in his four-year-old season but will face his biggest test in the Thursday evening featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash card with Elm Grove Kaboom favoured in the $2,000 featured pace in race 9 on the program. Earl Smith trains and drives the four-year-old son of Camystic for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. So far in 2017, Elm Grove Kaboom has won all three of his trips behind the gate with the fastest time coming in his latest visit to the winner's circle with a 1:57.3 score. Oh To Be Me was the runner-up in this class last week and draws post 5 for trainer-driver-owner Gary Chappell of Charlottetown, while perennial Thursday night top contender has the outside post in the seven horse field with Kenny Arsenault at the lines. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 4 entry Elm Grove Kaboom to extend his winning streak. "He meets his toughest opposition to date but he's handled the transition year from three year old to four with ease winning all of his starts and dropping his time in every event," MacIsaac said. "He is clearly the one to beat." Other entries include Simon Said (Corey MacPherson), Four Corners (Gordie Hennessey), My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy) and Give Em Heck (Brian MacPhee). A field of Open mares will compete in race 7 on the program for a $2,250 pot with Shadows Mystery the morning line choice for driver Arsenault, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Gordie Ford. The Shadow Play six-year-old draws post 4 in a field that includes Woodmere Articblue (Marc Campbell), newcomer Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) and West River Ambyr, who now finds herself in the stable of Stratford's Harold Shepherd. The first Open trot of the season lines up in race 3 with Freddie favoured to extend his three-race win streak for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. I Aint No Lady (MacPherson) and Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell) are also top choices in the event. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

New Brunswick owned and driven horses were front and center in Atlantic Sires Stakes action on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia.   Jackson K Down, home bred by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B, remains undefeated as a two-year-old in 2015. His latest impressive win was a track record setting performance of 1:59.   Gilles Barrieau has been handed the driving chores this season on the freshman and he has close to $ 12,000 in seasonal winnings. He's a son of Camystic out of Village Jericho.   Also on the card Brandons Glory, co-owned by Cindy Gunn of Saint John was a solid winner in 2:01.4 for trainer Tommy Gunn and driver Dale Spence Jr.   On the filly side Amirightorwrong and driver Scott Hubbard was third in her stakes test for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. She has been in the top three in each of her four starts and has accumulated over $ 6500 to date.   Racing in New Brunswick is now on a break as many of the industry participants will be in P.E.I for Old Home Week festivities starting this weekend in Prince Edward Island.   Scott Waddell

The draw took place on Wednesday for the $90,000 Brad Gunn (colts & geldings) and $70,000 Ralph Klein (fillies) Final at Century Downs. Headlining the glamour boys Brad Gunn Final, of course, would be First Class Horse - from post 6 - installed as the 3/5 morning line favourite for Hall of Fame co-owner/trainer/driver Keith Clark. After not racing, for two months, the colt son of Western Terror came back to finish a solid third against a pair of very good older horses in Sotally Tober and Ghost Pine. That showing saw him pace his own back half in one of the fastest - if not THE fastest - final halves in the history of Century Downs - an eye-popping 54.1 bullet! The rail post goes to my second choice in Have Not Read It for Kelly Hoerdt. This son of Dragon Again is expected to use the inside post to his advantage so count on Hoerdt to have this colt rocking and rolling early - to be a big factor late. He's a must play in the Exactor here. Urcutoff, for conditioner Darryl Cutting, bounced back in his latest race to get the job done, after coming up flat in stakes action two back. Brandon Campbell, from the center of the gate post 4, will be looking for a trip up close again so expect this son of Brandons Cowboy to 'cowboy-up' early. He gets top 3 consideration. Outlaw Deacon Jim from post 3 is the second-choice on the morning line, at 4/1, but I see him as a minor player only here. There's a few more that could round out the top four as well - if the right trip is there. Horses like #2 Chillinlieavillian, #5 Pablos First, #7 Johnny Gun, #8 My Sharona Bluechip and #9 Withflyingcolours are all worthy of being included in the Superfecta. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Brad Gunn Final 6 First Class Horse is the one to beat 1 Have Not Read It  - the Exactor factor 4 Urcutoff -  expect his best effort here 3 Ootlaw Deacon Jim - in need of a trip "Sugar" Bets - Brad Gunn Final $20 EX BOX 1-6 A close look at the Ralph Klein Final for fillies and I can't look anywhere else - it's Wrapped To Go for me. She'll make her third start for trainer/driver Jim Marino and she - like many coming into this race - has never been better. A picture perfect steer from 'The Moneyman', in her Elim, would have her picking up the pieces late after the front end collapsed from an early speed battle. Second-time Marino - this filly was impressive... Third-time Marino - this filly will be great. She offers great value on the morning line, but the only thing that makes me nervous here is post 5. She may have to navigate through some traffic - she may even have to rough it on the outside... I love her form coming in though and that's why I'm putting her on top. Fire Watch - the morning line fave - gets the inside post 2 this time for young gun Travis Cullen. This Camystic miss went the trip of her life last time - parking first-up all the way and staying on to finish a gutsy second-best. One is left wondering though... How does any young horse come back off a tough trip like that? If she responds well and hits the ticket here - then 'she is one heck of a filly'... If she comes up empty in the Final - then she has the excuse of 'last week's trip took it's toll on her'. I'll use with caution and try her for second-best again. Kelly Hoerdt has another serious player Saturday in Thats Extra from post 3. This filly has explosive speed - as seen in her Elim win, last week, when others just could not keep up with her through her third quarter march. If the trip is there and if she gets a helmet to follow, until the late stages, this Allamerican Native daughter could get up to get it all. Again - this is one of those fillies that is peaking at just the right time. She's a serious top 3 threat for me. Blue Star Texas is in a hole early, here, after drawing the outside post. She tried to go all the way last time and with her 'high-tailing it', turning for home, she just couldn't fight off a determined Fire Watch - nor the eventual winner Wrapped To Go. Keith Clark has been in all the big races - there's no pressure for him here - he'll know what to do when the wings fold at the start - but can his prized filly bounce back in this one? It's going to be very tough from the outside looking in. Minor players include #1 Remember Terror, #4 Beauty Of Nature, #6 Cam Finish and #7 My Villas On Fire. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Ralph Klein Final 5 Wrapped To Go - she has never been better 2 Fire Watch - using with caution for second 3 Thats Extra - peaking at just the right time 8 Blue Star Texas an outside chance here "Sugar's Bet"- Ralph Klein Final $20 WIN & PLACE on 5   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLgWQ5JVRbI   Shannon Doyle  

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