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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The post positions for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer were decided Tuesday evening during the official draw at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Rockin In Heaven was handed rail control for the prestigious $60,000 Saturday night finale to Old Home Week during the draw. The Teesha Symes trained pacer was a hard closing second in trial 1 to Somewhere Fancy, who drew post 6 during the draw. Trial 2 winner Bet On Brett drew post 4 during the draw while locally owned and trained Rose Run Quest will leave from post 2. Complete Draw Post - Horse 1 - Rockin In Heaven 2 - Rose Run Quest 3 - Asap Hanover 4 - Bet On Brett 5 - Always N The Money 6 - Somewhere Fancy 7 - Fool Me Once 8 - Lincolnjames by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Freddie delivered on his post time promise in the Open trot Friday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell supplied the winning steer as the heavy favourite on the rescheduled Friday afternoon program that was originally set for Thursday evening at the capital harness racing oval. Newcomer Stan The Man (Driven by Jason Hughes) laid down the fractions in the $1,950 event cutting splits of 28.2 and 57.2 before making a break in stride at the 1:28.3 three-quarters and being overtaken by Freddie. The Bo Ford trainee went on to win by seven-and-a-half lengths in 1:58.4 for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Stan The Man rallied for second with Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. The afternoon card also played host to the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series with Young Man Matt winning the first division for driver Hughes and trainer Patrick Shepherd. Time of the mile was 1:57.1 for Young Man Matt, who is owned by Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ont. Shanghai B G won the second $1,750 division in 1:57.4 with Campbell in the bike for co-owner and trainer Jim Copley and fellow Inverness, N.S., co-owners Ann Copley and Evan Gillis. Likely To Win Captures Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Capitalizing on a garden journey, Likely To Win teamed up with Adam Merner to land in the winner’s circle in the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial pace Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill) did all the roadwork, carving splits of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:29.2 while Likely To Win sat patiently in the two-hole then powered forward in the stretch drive to win by a neck in 1:57.4. The $2,100 Kelly Memorial pace was sponsored by the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic with Mick Dundee finishing second and Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie) finishing third. Likely To Win is owned by Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Campbell of Judique, along with Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary, Alta. Caughtfoolinaround overwhelmed the pari-mutuel system when he scored his 1:59.3 win in race 7 for a $1,300 purse. Owned by Maggie McCarthy of Murray River and trained by Roy Reynolds, Caughtfoolinaround was paying $101.60 to win when driver Mark Bradley hit the wire on top. Heavy favourite Political Crisis (Merner) settled for second while Electric Syl (Dale Spence) completed the $1,047 triactor combination. Live racing continues Saturday with doubleheader action at 1 P.M. and 7 P.M. Go to for race replays, programs, live video and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of hardened Island pacers line up in the Friday evening featured event with a Nova Scotia invader controlling the rail at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Old Home Week officially kicks off during the Friday evening program while the action hits its highest point during race 9 on the program. A total of 10-dashes are programmed starting at 7 P.M., with the top class in race 9 seeing Truro ship-in Montreal Phil take on the local contingent from post 1 Darren Crowe trains and drives Montreal Phil for owners Dawn Ellis Abbot of Lower Onslow, N.S., and Jeff Ellis of Bible Hill, N.S. The son of Blissfull Hall has won over $700,000 in purses in his career with 77 lifetime wins. This will be the final Old Home Week for Montreal Phil as the classy pacer is currently 14-years-old and will have to retire at the end of December. Heart And Soul is the favourite in that race with post 4 for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie fresh off a mile timed in 1:55.2 over Red Shores Charlottetown. Mick Dundee is labelled as a top contender from post 3 for owner-trainer-driver Donald MacNeill of New Haven, after winning in 1:57.3 in his latest outing. Other entries include Southwind Ricardo (Driven by Marc Campbell), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). Old Home Week racing kicks into high gear Saturday with a double-header program featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies during the 1 P.M. program and The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer trial 1 presented by Bounty Print will headline the 7 P.M. evening card. For more information go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The Thursday evening harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been cancelled due to severe thunder storms and unsafe track conditions. The program will be rescheduled for Friday. Post time is 1:00 pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Old Home Week racing does not officially start until Friday evening but the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series will unofficially start off the biggest week of the Canada harness racing calendar Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash program has a 7 P.M. start time featuring the first leg of the Alpine claiming series for $5,000 claimers in races 8 and 10. Macnamarra has shown over the years that he loves Old Home Week and will be the favourite in the first division in race 8 from post 2. Kenny Arsenault picks up the catch drive for trainer Donald MacLennan and owner Megan Hinkley of Margaree, N.S. The now 13-year-old Cape Breton pacer had the biggest moment of his career six years ago during Old Home Week 2012 when he took his lifetime mark of 1:53.2. Young Man Matt (Driven by Jason Hughes) is second choice shipping in with the Patrick Shepherd stable of Ontario while Miss Sangria (Dale Spence) is picked for third for trainer George Rennison of Truro, N.S. The second division in race 10 has another member of Shepherd stable as the top pick as Just Blitzed leaves from post 3 with Steven Shepherd in the bike for owner Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario. The five-year-old mare had been racing the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside of the nation’s capital. Beau Seelster (Adam Merner) makes a return to P.E.I. with post 2 for owner Myah Wilkie of New Waterford, N.S., with another Cape Breton pacer, Shanghai B G (Marc Campbell), also selected in the top three for trainer Jim Copley of Inverness. The Thursday program also features the $1,950 Open Trot with Freddie the probable top selection from post 4 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries are Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) and Ontario ship-in Stan The Man (Hughes). For more information go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park unveiled new events, promotions and of course the horses competing in the 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Here are the horses and positions for the trials: Trial 1 - Saturday August 11th 1 - Paparazzi Hanover 2 - Fool Me Once 3 - Somewhere Fancy 4 - Rockin In Heaven 5 - Father of the Year 6 - Rose Run Quest 7 - Jackson K Down Trial 2 - Monday August 13th 1 - Always N the Money 2 - Bet On Brett 3 - LincolnJames 4 - ASAP Hanover 5 - Newbie 6 - In Spades 7 - Czar Seelster The action gets underway on Thursday August 9th with 9 days of racing and 13 race programs leading up to the greatest show in harness racing on August 18th. The 2018 edition of Old Home Week will feature several new events to celebrate the past and highlight the future in regional harness racing. Sobeys will sponsor two new special Old Home Week races, kicking off on Saturday August 11th with the Sobeys Invitational, and culminating on August 18th with the Atlantic Canada Invitational presented by Sobeys. Anthony and Amy MacDonald - co founders of The Stable, a fractional ownership company, will be doing a special promotion with their Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer starter Lincoln James. The will offer 15 shares on this Gold Cup starter. Investors can go to and click on the Lincoln James promotion banner to be entered to win their chance to purchase a share. Each share can be purchased for $901 dollars (CDN). The 15 investors will be drawn by Tuesday and must purchase their share prior to the official draw of the race Tuesday August 14th. Go to for details. On Wednesday, August 15th Red Shores will celebrate the race and breeding career of the sensational Somebeachsomewhere. At that evenings race card trophies, photos and other Beach memorabilia will be on display for all race fans to enjoy courtesy of co-owner Reg Pettipas and his wife Louise. In addition, select race videos from Somebeachsomewhere's record breaking performances will be broadcast. Post time is 7 p.m. In 2018 PEI Harness Racing will recognize the history and horse people associated with Moncton, New Brunswick. On Thursday, August 16th, from 4 to 6 pm a Moncton reunion will be held in the EastLink trade center just off the Red Shores main lobby, followed that evening by a very special event "The Monctonian Pace" sponsored by the horse owners of the Moncton area, City of Moncton, David Lund and family, Dr. M.L. Patriquin and Moncton Standardbred Racing Association. Throughout its nearly six decades of activity, and name changes from Moncton Raceway to Brunswick Downs and then Champlain Raceway, the Moncton track was known for record setting performances and the highest special event purses in the region. All those associated with the Moncton track over the years are invited to attend the reunion, bring along any materials they may wish to share, and celebrate memories. In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the Gold Cup and Saucer by the late Mike MacDonald, for 2018 the winning driver in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer will be presented with the first Micheal MacDonald Memorial Trophy. A five time winner of the Gold Cup, Mike MacDonald was an annual competitor and major ambassador in the event. In addition to these presentations and events, this year drivers will be competing for the Francis McIsaac Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the leading driver throughout the Old Home Week programs. 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Charlottetown, PE - Winter Blast, under the command of driver Jason Hughes, picked off the race favorites to win the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The grey six year-old son of Sand Shooter stopped the timer in 1:56.1. Trained by Jennifer Doyle for owner Danny Birt, Vernon Bridge, PE, Winter Blast returned $31.90 on the nose for his fifth victory from 14 starts this season. Elm Grove Kaboom (Walter Cheverie) was second while Cartoon Daddy (Kenny Arsenault) completed the triactor. The 8-1-3 combination paid $347.40. In other action, Sodwana Bay remains perfect since arriving on the East Coast on June 17th capturing the open mares for her seventh win in a row for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. Sodwana Bay is owned by Wayne MacRae, NS and Howmac Farms Ltd, PE. Barrieau, Myles Heffernan and Corey MacPherson recorded driving doubles on the night. Wager was $49,069. Racing returns to Charlottetown with the start of Old Home Week 2018 on Thursday August 9th. Post time is 7pm. The 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer takes place on Saturday August 18th. For complete details go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the quickest win time on the program, Elm Grove Kaboom will look to capitalize on his rail control in the Saturday evening featured event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday program kicks off at 6 P.M. with the race 12 feature fielding eight entries and will also play host to the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion. Two lucky patrons who spend $10 or more on a single wager will have their names drawn and get a chance to correctly select the complete order of finish in the Saturday evening finale. If all right horses are picked in the correct order, the patron will win the $100,000 jackpot prize. Elm Grove Kaboom vies to be on top of that ballot fresh off a 1:54.4 victory for trainer Bo Ford and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Walter Cheverie gets the catch driving call on the majority of the Ford stable for the Saturday card including Elm Grove Kaboom. Cartoon Daddy draws away from the tougher company he has been keeping this week and gets post 3 with Kenny Arsenault at the line for trainer Rachel Andrew. The six-year-old stallion son of Art Major was a finalist in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final at Red Shores Summerside last month. Weekend At Nannies will be the rookie in the field as the three-year-old son of Western Paradise finds a break from stakes competition but draws post 6 for driver Mike McGuigan. Other entries include Perfect Escape (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), Old Buck (David Dowling), Diggin In (Gordie Hennessey), Tobinator (Corey MacPherson) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes). Sodwana Bay will put her undefeated streak to the test again Saturday in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace carded as race 9 on the program. Trained and driven by Gilles Barrieau, Sodwana Bay has won six straight races since relocating to Prince Edward Island for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Other top entries include Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) and Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy). For more information including complete $100,000 Dash For Cash contest details go to Bearcats Clash Sunday At Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top aged pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will converge on Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for Invitaional pacing action. The Prince County oval will play host to 13-dashes Sunday with a 1 P.M. start time including a $4,000 Invitational pace with a field of eight talented pacers in the finale. Governor's Plate champion Czar Seelster will leave from the coveted post 1 with Kenny Arsenault at the line for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. The nine-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal was a 1:53.2 winner over this track last month but was defeated in his last two outings by Rose Run Quest, who leaves from post 2 in this Sunday afternoon field. Gilles Barrieau gets the call on Rose Run Quest for trainer Bo Ford after winning the $7,500 Exhibition Cup Invitational at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia on July 21. Regular pilot Marc Campbell then returned to the lines of Rose Run Quest for a 1:54.4 victory last Saturday in Charlottetown but Campbell will be off-Island for stakes commitments for Sunday's program. Post 3 has in the Invitational pace has Mr Irresistible with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Jennifer Doyle. The son of Mister Big will look to add to the over $12,000 bankroll he has accumulated this season. Adkins Hanover gets post 4 this week with Ambyr Campbell at the controls for trainer Trevor Hicken with his last race ending with a fourth place finish in Rose Run Quest's 1:54.4 mile. Euchred will be looking for revenge on his top end foes from post 5 on Sunday afternoon after making being out for duration of the mile in the Exhibition Cup and finishing a well beaten seventh. The Shadow Play pacer has been a dominant force on the East Coast scene all season and will get trainer Terry Gallant at the lines this week. Keep Coming leaves from post 6 for driver Dale Spence and trainer Brian Andrew while Do Over Hanover has post 7 with Jason Hughes in the seat for trainer Chris MacKay. In Spades has shown his best racing comes from the front end but is burdened with post 8 in his Sunday contest. Austin Sorrie trains and drives the talented pacer who also has not raced since the Exhibition Cup on July 2 after finishing second in that event. For more information on the Sunday afternoon program go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The bench was deep for the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but it was Rose Run Quest that came out on top. Marc Campbell was in the bike behind the Bo Ford trainee in the $2,500 preferred pace as he used a first-over brush to gain control of the race at the half-mile marker and continue to a five-length victory in 1:54.4. Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) rallied for second with Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence) completing the triactor. With three straight wins to his credit, Rose Run Quest is owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Campbell and Ford clicked for a total of three visits to the winner’s circle on the 14-dash card as they scored with Elm Grove Kaboom in 1:54.4 and Pure Friendship in 1:59.4. Campbell also won with Mach Of Ballykeel in 1:58.1 to give him four winners on the program as a driver. The combination of driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie teamed up for two wins on the program as Revenant delivered as the post time favourite in 1:56.2 and All Out romped by 13-lengths to win in 1:56.1. Merner also hit the wire first with Fly With Max stopping the clock in 1:58.3 for trainer Mark Bradley to complete his driving hat trick. Veteran reinsman Kenny Arsenault had three winners on the Saturday card as he opened the program winning with Fiftyshadesofgraci in 1:59.4 for trainer Garth Cole of Kensington and closed the program with Three Truths in 1:56.4 for Paul Doyle of Charlottetown. Arsenault’s other victory was with Private Di in 1:58.1 from his own stable. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Governor's Plate finalist will put his nose on the starting gate against seven seasoned foes Thursday evening during an action packed harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash programs kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the featured pace hitting the track in race 11. Nogreatmischief is the morning line choice in that $2,200 event leaving from post 6 for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek, who owns the hard closing son of Bettor's Delight along with Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Nogreatmischief last raced on July 14 in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final finishing seventh and now drops in class to meet his present company. Likely To Win was a winner in his latest in 1:55.4 for driver Adam Merner while Oh To Be Me (Driven by Gary Chappell) draws post 7 fresh off a victory in 1:55.2 Saturday night in Charlottetown. Jackson K Downs also draws respect as a top choice after drawing farthest out in his last two starts and now getting post 2 this week with Corey MacPherson at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Nogreatmischief to deliver as the favourite. "Nogreatmischief has become a bit camera shy this year but in his defense just look at the company he's been keeping," MacIsaac said. "Since he should find these more to his liking he might be just a good trip away from a win." Other Thursday top class entries include Rocking Indy (Jason Hughes), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Southwind Ricardo (Marc Campbell) and Give Em Heck (Gilles Barrieau). The top pacing mare race of the night is in race7 for a $1,800 purse with Prettyndangerous (Barrieau) favoured over Good Luck Kathy (Earl Smith) and Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey). Isabella Hanover will look to repeat in the Open trot in race 6 for a $1,950 after the Yankee Glide mare won last week in 1:59.1 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Stephen Gass. Holy Molie Maggie is another top pick from post 4 for driver Cheverie as well as post 6 starter Majian Tango (Jim Ripley). Another hard hitting group of mares lines up in the race 12 evening finale with Drivingthedragon N favoured off the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Other top entries in the $1,500 class are Shadows Mystery (Merner) and Bettim Vicky (Jeff Lilley). For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Oh To Be Me has proven to be the gifted that keeps on giving for owner-trainer-driver Gary Chappell as the pacer captured the $2,350 feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The son of Fit For Life was sent away at 8-1 odds, stalking in the three-hole as Perfect Escape (Driven by Ron Matheson) set the fractions and heavily favoured Red Magician (Adam Merner) sat in the pocket. The splits were tripped in 29.1, 57.3 and 1:26.1 before a stretch drive slugfest with Oh To Be Me coming out on top in 1:55.2, just one-fifth off his lifetime best. Perfect Escape was second while Red Magician finished third. Driver Ken Murphy opened up the program by winning the first three races. The Harrington reinsman won the opener with Force Seelster in 1:59.1 for father and trainer Clifford Murphy, followed by wins with Sharks Play in 1:59.3 for trainer Kristina McCourt of Kensington and Howmacs Dragonator in 1:58.1 for Raymond White of Wood Islands. Trainer Melissa Rennie scored two wins on the program winning the $2,100 back-up pace with Likely To Win in 1:55.4 and a $1,500 class with newcomer Revenant in 1:57.2. Merner was in the driver’s seat for both visits to the historic Red Shores Charlottetown winner’s circle. For  race replays and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Rail control could prove to be the path to the winner's circle in the Saturday evening preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Saturday program kicks off at 6 P.M. at the capital oval with Red Magician leaving from post 1 for driver Adam Merner. Melissa Rennie trains the son of Badlands Hanover for owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Red Magician is fresh off a third place finish in this class while pacing in 1:55.3 and both the pacers that defeated him that day are not in this Saturday class. The $2,350 race is the Aleisha DeRoche Celebration Pace and Zero Rate is also in the group while dropping out of the Governor's Plate series in Summerside and gets Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Michael Gallant. Rockin Indy is a newcomer to East Coast racing and gets post 5 in his debut for driver Walter Cheverie and new owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Race analyst Les MacIsaac "Red Magician is racing as well as he ever has just four starts into the season and should be just about where he wants to be from a conditioning standpoint," MacIsaac said. "Rail control will provide him with the opportunity to cut it or sit and stalk and either of those scenarios could see him get it all." Other preferred pace entries are Perfect Escape (Driven by Ron Matheson), Give Em Heck (Drew Neill) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). Race 7 is in memory of Gary "Prunes" Campbell with a $2,100 purse and stake and Big Surf riding an undefeated streak into the event. David Dowling picks up the catch driving call behind Big Surf as the Warren Grove driver is seven wins shy of the 1,000 win plateau. He will look to add to those totals with Big Surf from post 3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Other top entries include Heart And Soul (Cheverie) and Likely To Win (Merner). The Saturday program will be part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day with grooms for each horse announced during the post parade and entered for prize draws along with special certificates of recognition. For race replays and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash go to Mando Fun Favoured In Summerside Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - An evenly matched field of six will contest the Sunday afternoon top class at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. A total of 12 races will be contested on the afternoon program starting at 1 P.M. including the race 11 $2,200 featured event with six entries. The tight knit group has race secretary Gerard Smith giving the advantage to post 6 entry Mando Fun as the 5-2 morning line favourite. Norris Rogers is in the bike this week for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Old Buck was awarded the win in his latest start after finishing second and being placed forward to give him four wins from his last five starts. The son of Ameripan Gigolo will leave from post 4 this week for trainer Alan MacDonald with David Dowling picking up the catch driving call in the absence of regular pilot Jason Hughes, who is competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Race analyst Bo Ford puts his faith in Mando Fun in spite of his post position disadvantage. "Mando Fun has had a string of bad luck over his last three or four races, and even today he draws the outside, but on paper he is still the one to beat," Ford said. Other Sunday afternoon featured entries include Offshore Cowboy (Driven by Dale Spence), One Tough Nerd (Ken Murphy), Artist List (Adam Merner) and KD Overdrive (Stephen Mason). The back-up pace has a field of six pacers putting their noses on the gate in race 9 for a $1,800 purse. Instant Shadow is the morning line choice from post 4 for trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakerburn and Robert Kyle of Calhoun. Ryan Desroche picks up the drive this week behind Instant Shadow. Other top entries include Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie). The Sunday afternoon card is part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day with grooms for each horse announced during the post parade and entered for prize draws along with special certificates of recognition. For race replays and promotional information including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being plagued by breaks in stride in recent races, Prettyndangerous was firing on all cylinders Thursday night crushing her opposition in the featured pace in 1:55.4. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the journey as he stalked pacesetter Minor Wisdom (Driven by David Dowling) through fractions of 27.3 and 56.4 before moving to the lead before three-quarters in 1:26.4. The Bo Ford trainee powered forward to win by 10 lengths in the $1,500 class over Good Luck Kathy (Earl Smith) and Hurricane Hill (Mike McGuigan). Ford along with Arnold Myers of Charlottetown own the winning mare. Isabella Hanover found herself in the winner’s circle as she captured her first $1,950 Open trot on the East Coast. Adam Merner engineered the 1:59.1 winning trip for trainer Stephen Gass and owners Kent Livingston of Cornwall and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. Dowling scored a driving triple on the program to give himself 993 career wins, just seven shy of the 1,000 win plateau. The Warren Grove driver clicked with CL La Rousse in 1:59.4 for trainer Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown, Brodys Leona in 1:58.1 for trainer Kerry Taylor of Stratford and House Of Style in a 2:01.2 maiden breaking win for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Taylor had two training wins on the program as he also teamed up with McGuigan to win with Swingirl in 1:58.4. Mark Bradley also had two training scores with Atlantic Drive in 2:02.1 with the trainer in the bike and with Selfie in 2:01.3 for driver Ken Murphy. Racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday evening at 6 P.M. and Red Shores Summerside on Sunday afternoon at 1 P.M. For more information go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Racing action on Prince Edward Island returns to Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday evening with a group of talented pacing mares doing battle in the race 9 featured pace. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash program with Shadows Mystery controlling the rail in the $1,500 Race 9 top pacing event. The Gordie Ford trained and owned Shadows Mystery is fresh off a win in 1:56.3 for driver Adam Merner with that reinsman back in the bike this week. Prettyndangerous leaves from post 2 with a string of 1:57 miles down her chartlines but has been battle breaks in stride for trainer Bo Ford. Gilles Barrieau is in the bike this week with the eight-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce installed at 7-2 morning line odds while dropping out of the Open Mares ranks. Good Luck Kathy starts from post 5 at 3-1 odds with Earl Smith in the bike for owner Janet Compton of Stratford. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his wagers on Shadows Mystery with rail control. "Judging by Shadow's Mystery's last two starts her earlier problems could be a thing of the past," MacIsaac said. "She was the easiest of winners in a well rated mile last week and a similar trip could be in the cards tonight. Looks like the one to knock off." Other entries include Diduseethat (Driven by Jason Hughes), Hurricane Hill (Mike McGuigan) and Minor Wisdom (David Dowling). The $1,950 Open trot hits the track in raced 8 with Hop Up riding a three-race win streak but having to start from post 8 for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley. Ken Murphy picks up the catch driving call as regular pilot Corey MacPherson is racing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. The four-year-old daughter of Tad The Stud was never better than last week at Red Shores Summerside, winning in 1:59.2 on top at every call. Other top Open trot entries include Isabella Hanover (Merner) and Holy Molie Maggie (Barrieau). For race programs, promotional information and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Charlottetown, PE - Grandstand seats for the 2018 Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer harness race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will go on sale Tuesday July 3rd at 9 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time. The price is $55 per seat (tax included) and also includes a BBQ voucher. Customers can purchase them in person at the Red Shores' race office in Charlottetown or by phone at 902-629-6636. The 59th edition of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer will take place on Saturday August 18th, 2018. By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

The Prince Edward Island sports community is mourning the death of North American harness racing legend Mike MacDonald, a native of Parkdale, who died overnight Tuesday according to the Journal Pioneer. He was age 70. MacDonald won a record-setting five Gold Cup and Saucer races over his storied 45-year harness career, which was largely based at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal. But MacDonald never forgot his Island roots and always came back every Old Home Week with top horses to support the Charlottetown Driving Park. His brother Paul was also a well-known harness driver. MacDonald, 70,  entered the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. RELATED: Mike MacDonald, Harness Racing, Inducted: September 25, 2009 His statistics are impressive: 2294 lifetime wins, over $13 million s in purse money, his unmatched five Gold Cup and Saucer victories, the fact that he’s won every single major Maritime race or that he has held track records throughout North America for every age and class of horse. He broke the CDP track record twice in 48 hours during Old Home Week 1991. Some of the famed horses he drove or trained included Ventall Rainbow, Gimble, Vizzi Hanover, Hubris, Rumpus Hanover, Bomb Rickles, Kin O’Classic, Yankee Predator, Winner’s Accolade, JoJo Maruri, Pearl’s Falcon, Southview Matt, Chewy Gross, Ambivalent, Moldau, Sandy Hanover, Blush of Spring, Whosurboy, Ebbalutionary, Harmony P, Bellas Bliss, Harmony P and Sand Oils Dexter. His daughter Laura said it best when she read his induction citation into the hall of fame: “He isn’t just Mr. Gold Cup and Saucer because of how many times he has crossed the finish line first, he is Mr. Gold Cup and Saucer because of how many incredible owners, trainers, drivers and horses he has brought and enticed to the Island. We all know that the Gold Cup is a better race, a more exciting and prestigious event, because of the work Michael has done to build its reputation and image across Canada and the United States.” Reprinted with permission by

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