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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being shouldered with the far outside in his Governor's Plate elimination and the final, Euchred will breath a slight sigh of relief looking at the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Michael Dowling trained pacer will leave from post 5 in a field of six entrants in the race 10 preferred pace with first race post time at 6 P.M. for the 11-dash card. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch drive on Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., as he squares off with five foes in the $3,000 event including two other Governor's Plate finalists. Czar Seelster leaves from post 3 in the preferred pace with Mike McGuigan subbing in for regular driver Kenny Arsenault after finishing sixth in Prince County's biggest race. Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire has post 6 with trainer Wade Sorrie electing to drive himself on Saturday evening after the horse was fifth in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final last Saturday. Sock It Away has rail control with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean, as the son of Pang Shui sports a win and a second in just two East Coast starts this season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look to the post draw of Euchred as he places him in the top spot. "Euchred has battled outside posts for the better part of the year against the best in the Maritimes but you'd never know it looking at his summary, 10 top three finishes from 11 tries," MacIsaac said. "With this being the closest he's been to the rail in a month we'll treat him as the one to beat." Also in the field is Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson). Race 6 of the evening is the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Hes Marvalous the morning line favourite in the $2,500 class from post 3 with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The six-year-old son of Delmarvalous failed to get a cheque in Governor's Plate elimination and consolation action but had a solid summary of on-the-board finishes beforehand. Other top entries are Give Em Heck (Matheson) and JJ Powerball (Sorrie). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Alexis Gass will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee Saturday at 5:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Catch all the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. Mantario Headlines Red Shores Summerside Feature Mantario turned in one of the biggest performances of Governor's Plate night and will try to replicate that magic Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. and Mantario is pegged for the top spot in the $2,600 race 12 finale. Alex Sobey will drive his own trainee from post 7 in the absence of regular driver Kenny Arsenault, who will be competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Owned by Walter Simmons of Summerside, Mantario was a winner in 1:54.3 in his latest but will have to overcome post 7 to find the winner's circle Sunday afternoon. Woodmere Ideal Art was second to him in that latest race and will retain the series of Norris Rogers from post 6 on Sunday. Post 1 belongs to Red Magician with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Melissa Rennie, with the horse fresh off a third place finish to Mantario on 'Plate' night. Also in the field is Twice As Bright (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mando Fun (Corey MacPherson), Pictonian Storm (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes) and City Of The Year (Dr. Mitchell Downey). Medici Hanover rides a two-race win streak into race 8 for a $1,800 purse and gets the good fortune of drawing post 1. The co-track record holder for three-year-old pacing fillies at the Summerside Raceway, Medici Hanover is trained by Don Milligan for owners Kent Williams of Ellerslie, Andrew Williams of Richmond and Lyndon Hardy of Coleman. The back-up pace hits the track in race 10 with $2,300 in purse money at stake. Morning line favourite Dangle Ona Dime has an impressive array of five straight top-two finishes coming into the event and draws post 2 for driver MacPherson and trainer Duane MacEachern. Other top entries include Union Man Hanover (Downey) and Brandons Glory (John Davidson). Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince County Horsemen's Club is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Jansen Sweet will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman Sunday at 12:35pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. Go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – All the Open Trot attention has been on the harness racing rivalry between Star Photo and Freddie but Majian Tango had something to say about that Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Jim Ripley, Majian Tango got away last in the compact field of five contesting the $2,250 Open Trot but used a three-wide brush at the three-quarter pole to swoop his competitors and stop the clock in 1:58.3. Freddie (Driven by Marc Campbell) set the fractions and had to settle for second with Star Photo (Jason Hughes) third. Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S, owns Majian Tango. It was one of two wins on the card for the Ripley family as Majian Gilroy won the $2,050 back-up trot as the longest shot on the board in 2:00.4. Julep Hanover landed on the wire first in the top pace of the night in the evening finale. Driver Kenny Arsenault sent the Wade Myers owned and trained mare to the front from post 7 in the $2,000 class and controlled every fraction en route to a 1:57.2 mile. Charlottes Western (Campbell) was second while One Hot Camshaft (Ken Murphy) completed the $587 triactor. The combination of trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown and driver Mark Bradley had a pair of trips to the winner’s circle both with Ontario bred two-year-olds. Thinking Out Loud filly Smiling Dialing won the first dash of the evening in 2:00.1 for owner Doug MacPhee of New Haven, then the Betterthancheddar rookie lass Bettorthanbobbi disposed of her maiden status with a 2:00 score in the race 5 Stars For Life Foundation Pace for Bradley, Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A three-wide move up the backstretch etched Rose Run Quest’s name in the harness racing history books in the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum Saturday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to trainer-driver Marc Campbell in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final, Rose Run Quest (If I Can Dream) sat back and watched an early tussle between post 1 starter Down On Luck (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and 2017 champion Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) through a first quarter in 27 seconds. Do Over Hanover found himself in control at that station then Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan Sr.) pulled first-over with Rose Run Quest following that cover through a half in 56.1. Before the three-quarters in 1:25, Rose Run Quest made his three-wide move and cleared to the lead to win by open lengths in 1:53. Do Over Hanover was second, while Down On My Luck rounded out the triactor and Euchred (David Dowling) finished fourth. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of Rose Run Quest. Prior to that start of the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate, post 3 starter Burn Out Hanover was involved in an altercation that unseated driver Gilles Barrieau and saw the horse loose and scratched from the race. Both horse and driver left the track under their own power. Dowling claimed his first Basil Whelan Memorial trophy for leading driver of Governor’s Plate week on the Saturday program. Dowling was also the top percentage driver of the week with a sparkling .444 average presented by Xtreme Coatings Ltd and the Prince County Horsemen’s Club. Earlier on the card, Sodwana Bay won the $8,500 Governor’s Plate Filles and Mares Open final in a mile time of 1:55 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. Half Cut scored a 1:54.4 win in the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation with Mark Bradley driving for trainer Tom Weatherbie. The two $12,700 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for three-year-old pacing colts were won by Purple Poet (Kenny Arsenault) in 1:56.4 and Red Dirt Rocknroll (Dowling) in 1:58.4. Star Photo scored a new track record for aged trotting males in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial trot with a 1:58.2 time for driver Hughes, trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Live racing continues Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday (July 21) at Red Shores Summerside. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The road to the harness racing winner's circle in the 51st running of the Governor's Plate became a little more complicated for the two elimination winners after drawing outside post positions for the final race of Governor's Plate week 2019 at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the premier program with the final of 16-dashes seeing eight entrants line up in the $25,000 Township Chevrolet/Noonan Petroleum Governor's Plate final. Rose Run Quest dominated his elimination last Sunday afternoon with a front end score leaving from post 2 in 1:54.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Tuesday's post draw was not as kind as the If I Can Dream gelding was given post 6 for the final. Defending champion Czar Seelster came to life in his $5,000 Governor's Plate elimination, winning the other division in 1:54.3 with the winning combination of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Todd Weatherbee for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. The veteran 10-year-old Stonebridge Regal pacer will have to make things work out from post 7 to defend his title Saturday. With a kinder post draw, Down On My Luck will have rail control in 'Plate' 51 with Walter Cheverie picking up the steer for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The five-year-old was a second place finisher to Czar Seelster Sunday with Jason Hughes at the lines, but Hughes elected to drive post 4 starter Do Over Hanover in Saturday's final. Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire will attempt to fulfill a lifelong goal for hometown owner Walter Simmons of Summerside, who looks for his first ever Governor's Plate title. Myles Heffernan Sr., will steer the U.S. import from post 2 for trainer Wade Sorrie. Burn Out Hanover has post 3 after rallying from last place to make the final with a fourth place finish in elimination one. The winningest driver in the history of the Governor's Plate, Gilles Barrieau, will drive for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The winner of the 2017 edition of the race, Do Over Hanover, leaves from post 4 with Hughes driving for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit, Que., and Don MacNeill of Fort McMurray, Alta. Screen Test made the final in his first East Coast season after racing as a top three-year-old in Western Canada in 2018. Corey MacPherson handles the driving duties for trainer Stephen Gass and owners Kicking Horse Stable of York, and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. The far outside belongs to post 8 starter Euchred for driver David Dowling, trainer Mike Dowling and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A runner-up in the 2018 edition, Euchred was third in his elimination Sunday after also leaving from post 8. Also on the top notch card will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, the $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot and the $8,500 Governor's Plate Fillies and Mares Open final among other top events. Check out www.Redshores.ca for race programs, live video, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a win streak at stake, Woodmere Oleksiak will try to continue her winning ways in Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The Friday program has an even dozen dashes in store with the first race of the night hitting the track at 6:30 P.M. Woodmere Oleksiak is the favourite in her Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing filles carrying a $12,700 purse in race 11. David Dowling will drive the daughter of Articulator from post 2 for trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson of Cornwall, Windemere Farms of Hampshire, and Nova Scotia owners Ric McNutt of Onslow Mountain and Debbie Denney of Brooklyn. The filly was winless in 17 tries until two starts ago where she broke her maiden in a 1:58.3 romp, then followed it up with a front end score in Atlantic Sires Stakes action June 30 at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Her top contenders in Friday's contest are Arc Light (Driven by Marc Campbell) from post 4 and Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) with post 5. Cheeky Cherry receives top billing as the morning line choice in the other $12,700 sophomore filly A-division in race 9 with MacDonald training and driving for owner Earith Riley of Summerside. Other top entrants are Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) and Elm Grove Nellie (Spence). The program will also see a trio of three-year-old pacing filly B-divisions in races 2, 4 and 7 carrying $2,500 purses in each. The Bud Ramsay Memorial pace lines up in race 3 and early favourite Miss Sangria goes into the event fresh off a pair of second place finishes and draws post 6 for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River. Race 12 is billed as the Medastar Memorial pace and Nogreatmischief will be the morning line favourite with post 2 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race programs, live video and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Over 30 rookie pacing colts will begin their quest towards the Atlantic Breeder's Crown in harness racing stakes action Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The 10-dash Thursday evening card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts in a trio of A-divisions and two B-divisions. The first $9,080 A-split lines up in race 3 and Tasteslikeanother is favoured from the rail with Mark Bradley in the seat for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Island owners Kyle and Joseph Gardiner, Mike Currie and Jerry MacKinnon. The two-year-old son of Articulator has recorded one lifetime start so far in his young career with a fourth place finish pacing in 2:01 at Red Shores Charlottetown. Other top entrants in the field of five are Tobins Rebel (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) from post 4 after a 15-length romp in his qualifier and post 5 starter Scarlet Archer (Marc Campbell). Race 6 has another $9,080 A-division as the favourites continue to leave from post 1 with Krispy Crunch drawing the rail fresh off a third place finish in 2:00 in his debut for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jeff MacLennan of Charlottetown. Red Dirt Fulofhart (David Dowling) and Woodmere Rollex (Earl Smith) are also pegged as top contenders. Woodmere Rollhario headlines the final A-division in race 9 for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The only two-year-old in the program with two pari-mutuel starts, Woodmere Rollhario has yet to finish worse than second in his career. Other top entrants are JJ Austin (Barrieau) and Woodmere Rollnpop (Clare MacDonald). The $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions are carded for races 5 and 8. A field of trotters hits the track in race 4 in Memory of Boyd Leslie for a $1,750 purse with Wedgewood favoured for driver Gary Chappell and owner-trainer Glenn Claybourne of Charlottetown. Race 7 is the Gentleman Jim's Restaurant Pace in Memory of Cam Cameron and Minor Wisdom draws into the race with a 1:58.3 victory in her last outing. Ambyr Campbell will command the daughter of American Ideal from post 2 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec. For more information on Thursday's program along with promotional information go to www.Redshores. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - There was no stopping Gettin Messi's advance to the winner's circle in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week of harness racing. Leaving from post 4 in his $6,180 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trot contest, Gettin Messi settled into third place but then driver Mike McGuigan launched the champion trotter first-over to secure the lead past the half-mile marker. Trained by Len McGuigan for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale, the son of Armbro Barrister stopped the clock in 2:00 over a closing Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee). Third went to Dreamboat Annie (Barrieau). Ya Boy Bear (Delcrest Julian) won the second three-year-old sires stakes division in 2:00 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Michael Bailey of Morell. Richnsnotherndream (Kenny Arsenault) was second with race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Barrieau) recovering from an early break in stride to finish third. Little Miss Winnie won the final three-year-old split but the Arsenault driven trotter was placed back to seventh for being inside three consecutive pylons in the first quarter of the race. That placing put second-place finisher Ableway (Steven Shepherd) into the winner's circle while Hard Case (Mark Bradley) was placed up to second and Dusty Lane Titan (Campbell) was placed into third. Ableway is owned and trained by Carl Bagnall of Stratford. Mabou Ridge captured the lone Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division with a 2:06.1 maiden breaking score for the lion's share of the $15,720 pot. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star (Campbell) rode the pocket to finish second while Go With Her (Kuri White) used first-over tactics to complete the triactor ticket. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Woodmere Skyroller and Watch Me Dance were both on top of their games so far in their short careers and will go head-to-head in harness racing stakes action Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The Wednesday program has 10-dashes scheduled with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies are the feature on the program as the rookie fillies make their career debuts in stakes action. Woodmere Skyroller is favoured in race 8 of the program in an Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division with a $12,920 purse on the line with rail control for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The daughter of Rollwithitharry was second to an Ontario bred in her first overnight outing pacing in 2:00.1 but will have a rematch with the filly that beat in her in qualifying action. Watch Me Dance prevailed in that qualifier over Woodmere Skyroller with a 27.4 closing panel as the daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has post 5 in the field of six with Mark Bradley at the lines for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owner John Quinn of Charlottetown. Woodmere Nasha is selected for third with Kenny Arsenault driving from post 2. The other $12,920 A-division lines up in race 6 with Howmacrivercruiser receiving top billing from post 4 with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. Other top entries include Tobins Choice (Driven by Gary Chappell) and Ezra Express (Marc Campbell). Race 4 has the lone $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for two-year-old pacing fillies with a field of five. The Rocket Chief Harvey and Randy MacEachern Memorial pace lines up in race 7 and Blacky Black is the top contender from post 6 for owner Ralph Harvey of Durham Bridge, N.B., trainer Ed Harvey and driver Norris Rogers. Go to www.Redshores.ca for promotional plays, live video, programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Governor's Plate Week of harness racing becomes red hot on Tuesday evening with first of five straight night programs and the Atlantic Sires Stakes trotters taking centre stage at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Tuesday card has 10-dashes scheduled with a 6:30 P.M. post time featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association. The rookie trotters make their career debuts in race 6 of the program with the lone Sires Stakes division carrying a hefty $15,720 purse. Mykindofparty was impressive in his qualifier but must overcome post 7 in his debut with Adam Merner picking up the catch driving assignment for owner Jonathan MacDonald of North Wiltshire and trainer Stephen Gass. Other top entrants include Windemere Ally (Driven by David Dowling) and Mabou Ridge (Clare MacDonald). Maritime Champion Getting Messi will headline race 2 of the card in the first Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting contest with a $6,180 purse at stake. Mike McGuigan is back at the lines of the Len McGuigan trainee for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The three-year-old son of Armbro Barrister overwhelmed his opponents in his last start winning in 1:58.3 to set a new track and Atlantic record for sophomore trotters at Red Shores Charlottetown. Last year's Atlantic Triple Crown winner, Mile Hill Willie, has post 2 in race 4 of the evening with regular driver Gilles Barrieau at the controls for owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. A winner of seven out of 11 races as a rookie, Mile Hill Willie was a winner his last start over an off-track in 2:02.2. The third and final Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old division has Westview Sue installed as the morning line choice in the $6,180 event with MacPherson driving for trainer Gass and owner Jim Gorman of South Melville. The Delcrest Julian filly made a break in her last start but had a trio of top three finishes in her previous starts. Check out www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more on the countdown to the Governor's Plate presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Rose Run Quest had to unload a quick final quarter to best his foes but he sealed his spot in Saturday's $25,000 Governor's Plate final presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum in elimination harness racing action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Marc Campbell sent his charge to the lead and controlled every fraction on his way to the fastest of two $5,000 eliminations on the afternoon program. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, Rose Run Quest put down quarters of 27.4, 57.4 and 1:26.2 before fighting off a pair of hard closers with a 27.4 final panel to stop the clock in 1:54.1. Do Over Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes) came up the passing lane to finish second with Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan Sr.) using a three-wide brush to finish third. The final spot in the fastest elimination went to Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) as he finished fourth and will advance to the final. The other elimination saw the defending Governor's Plate champion Czar Seelster and driver Kenny Arsenault prevail after circling up to nail pacesetter Down On My Luck (Hughes) at the wire in 1:54.3. Todd Weatherbee trains the son of Stonebridge Regal for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Third went to Euchred (David Dowling) while Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) also gets a spot in the big dance. Ramblinglily won her $3,000 Governor's Plate Open Fillies and Mares elimination in a huge 21-1 upset in a mile time of 1:56.1 with Todd Trites in the bike for trainer and co-owner Allan Jones and co-owner Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. Sodwana Bay (Barrieau) went down to defeat by half-a-length in second with Drivingthedragon N (Hughes) third and Bettim Vicky (Campbell) fourth. Collective Wisdom and Barrieau teamed up to win the other $3,000 elimination as the American Ideal mare won in 1:56.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. Rocknrols Image (Hughes) took a two-hole ride to finish second while West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) closed for third and Woodmere Chella (Dowling) makes Saturday's $8,500 final with a fourth place finish. Dowling had four wins on the program winning with Khitam Image (2:00.1), Shouldabeenaclown (2:00.2), The Devils Cut (1:59.1) and Varadero Hanover (1:58). Governor's Plate Week racing continues Tuesday evening with night card starting at 6:30 P.M. continuing on to Saturday evening culminating in the Governor's Plate final. For race replays, programs and more information go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After putting together one of the greatest sophomore seasons in the history of Atlantic Canadian harness racing, Sock It Away will make his first Canadian four-year-old start on Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program kicks off at 6 P.M. with the $2,800 featured preferred pace hitting the track in race 11 where Sock It Away will start a fresh season. Corey MacPherson will handle the Kevin MacLean trained and Reg MacPherson of Stratford owned champion pacer. A winner of 20 of 21 races as a three-year-old in 2018 in Atlantic Canada, Sock It Away was then sent to the U.S. with trainer Andrew Harris recording just one second from seven starts with his final American outing on April 9. The son of Pang Shui was then taken back to P.E.I. and given a rest with him just resurfacing last week in a qualifier. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the race as Sock It Away's to lose with the ideal post in a tight knit field of six. "The incredible three year old season he had last year didn't mean much when he headed south of the border and after a few starts down there he was looking for his mother," MacIsaac said. "He's now back to more familiar surroundings and coming off a nice qualifier. The rail just adds to his appeal." Other entries are Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes), Santanna Sass (Kenny Arsenault), Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up class will line up behind the Metro Home Hardware starting gate in race 8 with another MacLean trained pacer, Forever Paradise, the favourite leaving from post 4 in the $2,500 event. Campbell is in the bike for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The top contenders to Forever Paradise include Noplay (Ken Murphy) and Midnight Matt (Hughes). Trainer Deanna Clow will be special guest on Inside Track with broadcaster Peter MacPhee. The segment airs at 5:35pm on the Red Shores network.   July 7, 2019 SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 16 finest pacers that call the Eastern Seaboard of Canada home will go hoof-to-hoof Sunday afternoon in eliminations for the prestigious Governor's Plate at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. With 12 dashes on tap for the Sunday program kicking off at 1 P.M., the two $5,000 Township Chev/Noonan Petroleum Governor's Plate eliminations will populate the final two dashes of the program. Race 11 will see eight potential Governor's Plate finalist face-off for the first four spots in next Saturday's final that will mark the completion of Governor's Plate Week racing. Down On My Luck controls the rail in that contest with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The pacer has scored three wins so far this season but has yet to hit the winner's circle in three tries in P.E.I. Defending Governor's plate champion Czar Seelster will leave from post 5 in the first elimination for the championship combo of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Todd Weatherbee. Maritime season's record holder All Artist (Driven by Mike McGuigan) has post 3 while hard-hitting Invitational pacer Euchred (David Dowling) is saddled with post 8. Also in the field is Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.), JJ Powerball (Adam Merner), Soccer Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau). Rose Run Quest and Bugsy Maguire will have another show down in the second Governor's Plate elimination in race 12. The pair has raced against each other twice with one win each. Rose Run Quest has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Owner Walter Simmons has searched for a win in his hometown race for years and the Summerside resident will have Bugsy Maguire look for a spot in the final from post 4. Heffernan is in the bike behind the Cecil Ladner Memorial champion for trainer Wade Sorrie. Screen Test will guard the rail for Corey MacPherson while Noudidnt Blue Chip (Dowling) rides a three-race win streak into post 3. Other entrants vying for the last four spots in the final are Half Cut (Mark Bradley), Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes), Doctor Royal (Todd Trites) and Revenant (Merner). The program will also see a pair of Governor's Plate Open Mares Eliminations in race 6 and 9 carrying a $3,000 purse in each. Trainer Earl Watts will be special guest on Inside Track with host Lee Drake. The segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores network. For live video, programs and promotional information go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

PE – Thursday evening was Star Photo’s night to shine as the veteran harness racing campaigner captured the featured Open trot at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Jason Hughes, the Kevin Gillis trained Star Photo led at every call and won by over two-lengths in the $2,300 Open trot class.  The 10-year-old son of Classic Photo was sent to the lead by Hughes and laid down splits of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:31.1 with post time favourite Freddie (Driven by Marc Campbell) stalking in the two-hole. The favoured Freddie then suffered broken equipment and made a break at the seven-eighths marker and Star Photo surged forward to win in 1:59.4 over Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford along with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown own star Photo. The featured victory was the second of the night for trainer Gillis with Camco In A Hurry scoring earlier on the program for a maiden breaking score of 2:04.1 with Hughes in the bike. Driver Gilles Barrieau scored a trio of wins on the weekday card including two from his own stable making their first lifetime starts. Rose Run Vantage opened up the program as the two-year-old Ontario bred daughter of Big Jim romped by six lengths in 1:59 in a maiden breaking score. Later on in the card in race 5, another Ontario bred broke his maiden as two-year-old Sportswriter colt Disneyman stopped the clock in 1:59.2 from the Barrieau stable. An upset score in race 11 completed the triple for the Saint John, N.B., driver with Hp Rubis Joyce winning in 2:00 from the barn of trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Minor Wisdom hit the wire first in the race 6 Campbell Cousin pace with Ambyr Campbell at the controls for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Time of the mile was 1:58.3. Check out www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores CHARLOTTETOW

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He will have to overcome the outside post on Thursday evening but it will not be the first time Freddie hit the harness racing winner's circle from the outside of the starting gate at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Thursday program at the capital oval has a slate of 12-dashes with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. Freddie is the morning line choice in the race 9 Open trot carrying a $2,300 purse as he is handicapped to the outside in the field of six after winning his last two starts at this level. Marc Campbell trains and drives the Majestic Son trotter for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The last four Open trot events have seen just two different winners as Freddie won the last two and Star Photo (Driven by Jason Hughes) won the two before that. Star Photo has post 5 this week while last week's runner-up, Majian Tango, has post 2 for driver Jim Ripley. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Freddie as the one to knock off as he searches for his third straight victory. "Freddie has shown in his last two starts, both wins, that he has the versatility to handle any racing style," MacIsaac said. "He'll probably have to come from off the pace again but if he can pick up some good cover like he did last week a three peat is a good possibility." Also in the Open trot field are Scary Good (Gilles Barrieau), Professor Gordon (Gordie Hennessey) and Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd). The top pace of the evening hits the track in the race 12 finale as Julep Hanover is the morning line choice from post 2 with Kenny Arsenault picking up the catch drive for owner-trainer Wade Myers of Charlottetown. The 10-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was a winner two starts back in 2:00.1 before being parked out in her latest outing. The Campbell Cousin Pace lines up in race 6 for a $1,400 purse. The Dave Kelly trained and driven Elm Grove Misty is the favourite from post 1 for owner Charlene Cypher of Springvale. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – On top at every call in the preferred pace Noudidnt Blue Chip wired the field on a rescheduled Tuesday evening harness racing card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Dowling sent the Neal Moase owned and trained Noudidnt Blue Chip to the front in the $2,750 preferred and laid out fractions of 28.3, 59.4 and 1:28.4 before scoring by a length in 1:57.4. Adkins Hanover (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) was second with Jeb (Jason Hughes) third. Dowling had three wins on the card as he continued his driving dominance at the Prince County Oval winning with Twice As Bright in 1:58.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley and Bugtown Superstar in 2:01.4 for Brian Walsh of Albany. Rising Fella hit the wire first in the $1,700 Canada Day Pace with a 1:58.3 mile for driver Hughes, co-owner and trainer Jansen Sweet and co-owners Allison Sweet of O’Leary, Susan Thomson of Roseville and Alberta owner Brody Ellis. Ultimate Flyingnun gave rookie driver Kyle Mason the thrill of a lifetime as the mare rallied from off the pace to upset in race 10 to give the New Brunswick native his first career victory. The $2,000 event had Mason and the Sifroi Melanson trained Ultimate Flyingnun get up in the finals strides to win in 1:58.3 for owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a convincing front end performance Rose Run Quest put the finishing touches on a driving grand slam for the King of Island harness racing Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Leaving hard from post 5 in the $2,900 preferred pace, Rose Run Quest set down on the front end and trainer Marc Campbell steered him to splits of 29, 59.3 and 1:28.4 without seeing any challengers. The son of If I Can Dream then closed out the mile in 1:57.3, over a track rated two seconds off, with the first-over Bugsy Maguire (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) finishing second with Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) completing the triactor. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of Rose Run Quest. Campbell started the night out with another win from his own stable as Howmac Magic toured the oval in 1:59.4, then Hysteria from the Michael Gallant stable have the Winsloe reinsman his second win in 1:57.4. Win number three was courtesy of Rash B Havior in 2:00.2 for Mike Peters of Emyvale in the International Night Pace. Sodwana Bay scored her third straight victory as Jordies Hope had her streak snapped at two wins to finish second in the $2,750 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Sodwana Bay stopped the clock in 2:00 for trainer-driver Barrieau while Jordies Hope (Corey MacPherson) was second and Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) finished third. Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, owns the winning horse. Give Em Heck, trained by Jackie Matheson, captured the Drive for Home Series final leg presented by Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Barrieau was in the bike for owner Colin Sheppard, Spaniards, Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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