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A pair of hot horses climbing the harness racing ranks will face off with the 2018 preferred pace champion on Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 10-dash program with the top pacers squaring off in the race 9 $2,500 preferred pace. Winter Blast and Cartoon Daddy come into the event undefeated since their qualifiers this season but will face their biggest test to date against Euchred who has not been worse than second in the preferred pace so far in the 2018 Summer Meet. Euchred is the morning line choice from the outside post in the compact field of 5 with Adam Merner getting the catch driving call for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Front end control has proven to be crucial in this class so far this season and Cartoon Daddy has the post position advantage to make that happen. Corey MacPherson will drive the Art Major stallion for undefeated trainer Rachel Andrew, while Winter Blast has been razor sharp in both his 2018 starts and gets post 3 with Jason Hughes at the controls for trainer Jennifer Doyle. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a third preferred victory of the season in Euchred's future. "Euchred has beaten the bearcats in two of three tries this year and every one of the rivals he's facing tonight is moving up in class," MacIsaac said. "It looks like the road to the winner's circle goes through him." The field is rounded out by Zero Rate (Kenny Arsenault) and Ashes To Ashes (Gilles Barrieau). The $2,100 back-up pace in race 7 will see Mr Irresistible as the morning line favorite from post 4 for the combination of driver Hughes and trainer Doyle for owner Danny Birt of Stratford. Other top entries include Keep Coming (Merner) and Adkins Hanover (MacPherson). May 21, 2018 Wide Open Matchup In Victoria Day Feature At Red Shores Summerside Race fans will be treated to a feature event that literally anybody could win as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway opens up its season for Victoria Day racing on Monday afternoon. The 12-dash program starts the action off at 1 P.M. Customers have a chance to win prizes when they receive a Mystery Voucher when they purchase their race programs on site. You can also tag your ticket for a chance to win $50 jackpots on every race while the Pick 5 for $500 is also back for another season. The $2,100 featured pace is slated as race 11 on the program with a field of six and no heavy favorites. Confident Fella is the classifier's choice from post 2 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Ralph Sweet and owners John and David Sweet of O'Leary. The six-year-old son of Artistic Fella came in from the Ontario circuit at the start of the 2018 Summer meet on Prince Edward Island, remaining winless so far on the East Coast while showing miles in 1:57 and change. Heart And Soul gets rail control in the featured pace while shifting into the stable of Walter Cheverie for this start for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Race analyst Bo Ford opts to head in another direction and places his bets on post 6 starter Machinthesand with Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Hughie Murphy. "I really like this horse coming in off a layoff," Ford said. "Machinthesand looked fresh in his qualifier and no doubt there will be no chance to get fractions backed down with this guy pressuring the whole mile." Other top class entrants include Mando Fun (Dale Spence), Old Buck (Jason Hughes) and J Rs Hurricane (Adam Merner). The back-up pace fields seven entrants in race 9 of the program for a $1,900 purse. Allstar Seelster is the early favorite leaving from post 1 for the combination of driver Norris Rogers and owner-trainer Ed Harvey of Tyne Valley. Offshore Cowboy makes his return to racing from post 7 in the event after a profitable three-year-old season was cut short in 2016 for trainer Donald Milligan due to injury. With 20 months since his last start, Offshore Cowboy will reunite with driver Hughes for the start of his five-year-old campaign. Other top entries include Cyrax (Spence) and Pictonian Storm (Austin Sorrie). For more information, including race programs and live video, go www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Likely To Win teamed up with Adam Merner to deliver an upset performance in the Thursday evening feature event closing out the harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Melissa Rennie trainee stopped the clock in 1:56.1 in the $1,800 featured pace paying $13.80 to win over Nogreatmischief (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Heart And Soul (Clare MacDonald). The 4-2-1 triactor combination paid out at $225.20. 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. Malabrigo made her return to the winner's circle on the Thursday program in her third start back after a nearly six-year hiatus from racing. Marc Campbell engineered the winning trip in 1:57.3 for owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean and Natasha Campbell, all of Winsloe, along with Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown. West River Ambyr (MacDonald) was second in the $2,000 class with third place going to Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey). Campbell had three wins on the card as he continues to lead the Red Shores Charlottetown driver's standings. His other wins came with Izzies Angel in 2:00.1 for trainer Terry Gallant of Summerside and Keepcalmndanceon from his own stable in a mile time of 1:58.2. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 6 P.M. first race post time. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Heart And Soul will have the inside advantage in the feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval gears up for another action packed Thursday evening harness racing program. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. with the $1,800 featured finale lining up in race 10 with Heart And Soul shipping in for Nova Scotia to draw post 1 and get the nod as morning line favourite from classifier Gerard Smith. The five-year-old son of Western Paradise had been racing the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and has yet to miss a cheque but drops in class to face his Thursday foes. Clare MacDonald trains and drives Heart And Soul for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Nogreatmischief leaves from post 2 in the event for his second start of the season for owner-trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Confident Fella has been settling in since relocating to P.E.I., with third place finishes in his last two outings for trainer Ralph Sweet and driver Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 2 starter Nogreatmischief for the mild upset. "Nogreatmischief was just charted in 1:57 and change which is pretty good considering he hasn't raced since January," MacIsaac said. "He tends to lag at the start but if there's some early pace to make his late rally work he could get it all." Other entries include Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). Neill Makes Driving Debut Behind All Turain The program will also see the debut of rookie driver Drew Neill, who has two mounts on the mid-week card. The 18-year-old will kick off his career in race 5 aboard post 5 starter All Turain for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Tell All has not raced since September but will look for his 40th lifetime victory in the $1,000 class as he tries to get young Neill his maiden breaking score in the bike. Neill will also drive Ideal Space in race 7 at 8-1 odds for trainer Joey Squires. The top mares will tangle again this week in race 8 with Julep Hanover the morning line choice for trainer-driver Wade Myers from post 5 in the $2,000 class. Other top entries include Malabrigo (Campbell) and West River Ambyr (MacDonald). For more information including race programs and live video go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The front end prophecy held true again in the preferred pace Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with the top driver of the harness racing program at the lines. Euchred teamed up with Gilles Barrieau to capture the front end in the Saturday night $2,500 feature, letting Adkins Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson) go to the lead briefly heading to the first quarter then retake the lead. Euchred laid out fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:26.3 while being unchallenged before stopping the clock in 1:55.2. Terry Gallant trains the son of Shadow Play for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) was second with Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. The preferred victory was one of four trips to the winner's circle for driver Barrieau on the 10-dash Saturday evening program. Barrieau and Gallant also clicked with Silverhill Spike for his maiden victory in 2:00.4, while Barrieau's other two wins came from his own stable with Woodmere Chella in 2:00.4 and Tangled Mind in 1:58.3. Cartoon Daddy won the back-up pace in line to Corey MacPherson in 1:56.2 for trainer Rachel Andrew of Milton and owners William Andrew of Calgary and Brian Andrew of Milton. The $2,000 event had Zero Rate (Arsenault) finish second and Maritime Breeder's champion Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) finish third in his four-year-old debut. Live racing continues Thursday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 6:30 P.M. start time. To view race replays and find other information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The front end is sure to be hotly contested in the Saturday night featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the $2,500 preferred pace lining up in race 9. The front end has been the key to victory in the first pair of preferred races of the summer racing season and Euchred gets rail control this week for the combination of driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Terry Gallant. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play is owned by Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., with him putting together a win and second in this class so far in 2018. Keep Coming is known for front end tactics and gets post 2 for driver Adam Merner, while the fast leaving Adkins Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson) has post 5 and Czar Seelster is saddled with the outside post 6 after controlling the front last week en route to a 1:55.3 victory. Race analyst Les MacIsaac places his fortune on post 5 starter Adkins Hanover, who is racing with hopples this week after making a pair of breaks in his first start of the season. "Adkins Hanover has great gate speed and he'll be looking to atone for that miscue on opening night," MacIsaac said. "If he can set up shop on the front end without being used too hard there could be nothing but open road ahead." Other entries are Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) and Elm Grove Kaboom (Marc Campbell). The back-up pace lines up in race 6 for a $2,000 purse with Cartoon Daddy putting his two-race win streak on the line from post 2. Corey MacPherson picks up the catch drive behind the Rachel Andrew trainee for owners William Andrew of Calgary and Brian Andrew of Milton. Adam Merner drove the Art Major stallion to his first two victories of the season but elects to drive Likely To Win off the rail for trainer Melissa Rennie. Maritime Breeder's champion Ashes To Ashes starts off his four-year-old season from post 5 in the class for driver Barrieau and trainer Jackie Matheson with Zero Rate (Arsenault) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) rounding out the field. For more information including race programs, live video and promotional plays go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winter Blast acquired the lead early and never let it go in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jason Hughes supplied the winning steer from post 1 in the $2,100 featured event stopping the clock in 1:56.1. Winter Blast is trained by Jennifer Doyle for owner Danny Birt of Stratford. The grey son of Sand Shooter left from the rail and cut the mile with fractions of 29.1, 58.3 and 1:27.1 before cruising to a three-and-three-quarter length win over Tobinator (Driven by Corey MacPherson) and Confident Fella (Marc Campbell). It was a career moment for 18-year-old driver Austin Sorrie as he captured his first lifetime victory aboard Thebestofme from his own stable in 2:02.1. Thebestofme is owned by Megan Lewis of St. Peter's Bay and Mallory Lewis of Sherwood. Campbell had a trio of trips to the winner's circle extending his lead over the Red Shores Charlottetown driving standings at 18 wins so far in 2018. Campbell won with Keepcalmdanceon in 2:00.1 from his own stable, Maybeitsmaybelline in 1:59.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown and Izzies Angel in 2:00.2 for Terry Gallant of Summerside. Julep Hanover posted an upset in the top mare's pace of the evening, winning the $2,000 class at 11-1 odds. Wade Myers of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives the nine-year-old daughter of Western Ideal. Time of the mile was 1:59.2 with second going to One Hot Camshaft (Ken Murphy) with Brodys Leona (MacPherson) third. For more information including race replays go to www.Redshores.ca. Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of champion pacing mares will square off Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in the first mid-week harness racing program of the season. The Thursday evening card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with 10 dashes on tap including a $2,000 class in the finale featuring seven hard hitting pacing mares. Former Maritime Champion Malabrigo is saddled with the outside post 7 in the event for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and co-owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean and Natasha Campbell of Winsloe and co-owner Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Western Paradise was second on the opening card of the season after a nearly six-year hiatus from racing. She will have more handy competition Thursday evening including 2017 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series champion Brodys Leona with Corey MacPherson at the controls from post 6 for trainer Kerry Taylor. One Hot Camshaft has also stepped up her game considerably so far in her five-year-old season snapping together a two-race win streak to be undefeated in 2018. Ken Murphy has steered the daughter of Camshaft Hanover to a pair of 1:57.4 romps this season at Charlottetown for Tyne Valley horseman Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac views the red hot Hansen trained One Hot Camshaft as the one to beat in the deep field. "One Hot Camshaft earned a new speed badge two starts back, tied it last week and barely broke a sweat either time," MacIsaac said. "This is her toughest opposition to date but her form might just be good enough to overcome it." Other entries include Julep Hanover (Driven by Wade Myers), Good Luck Kathy (Earl Smith), Hurricane Hill (Adam Merner) and Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey). A field of six top pacers battle in race 9 on the card with Tobinator the morning line choice in the $2,100 event from post 5 for driver MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner William Hicken of Montague. Other top entries include Confident Fella (Campbell) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes). Pictonian Storm has post 3 in the race with rookie driver Austin Sorrie behind his own trainee as the 18-year-old searches for his first career victory in the race bike. Sorrie has three drives on the program. For free race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The front end is proving to be a valuable asset in the harness racing preferred ranks so far this season at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as was the case again Saturday evening. The $2,500 preferred pace saw Czar Seelster and driver Kenny Arsenault use a hard brush off the starting gate to secure the early lead and remain unchallenged the rest of the mile to a snappy 1:55.3 victory. Todd Weatherbee trains Czar Seelster for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Euchred (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) had to circle from the back-of-the-pack to finish second with Keep Coming (Adam Merner) third. Winter Blast employed first over tactics to capture the $2,100 back-up pace in 1:58.4 for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Stratford. Second went to Junebugs Baby (Ken Murphy) with Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) third. Tobins With You scored the biggest upset of the night winning the $1,250 opener at $29.00 on the nose for a win ticket. Earl Smith engineered the winning trip for owner Paul Hagen of Hunter River. Live racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday evening with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time as the capital oval switches to racing twice a week for the summer with Thursday and Saturday programs. For complete results, race replays and more go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After decimating his foes on opening day, Euchred will team up with one of the region's top harness racing drivers as he searches for another preferred victory Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 12-dash program with Euchred being saddled with the outside post 6 in the race 11 $2,500 preferred pace for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play was impressive in his 2018 East Coast debut with a 1:56.2 victory, but race analyst Les MacIsaac looks elsewhere this week to post 3 starter Czar Seelster with Kenny Arsenault at the controls. "Czar Seelster didn't have the best of trips last week behind stalling, then breaking, cover which forced a three wide move," MacIsaac said. "We really like the way he kicked home though, and with some better racing luck there could be nothing to stand in his way." Other entries include Keep Coming (Driven by Adam Merner), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Tobinator (Corey MacPherson) and Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes). A pair of top rookie pacers from last season will tangle in their 2018 three-year-old debuts in race 4. Maritime Breeder's runner-up Tangled Mind will start off his sophomore year from post 6 in that $1,100 event for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and will look to add to his $23,000 two-year-old bankroll. Red Dirt Rebel will start as the morning line favourite from post 5 for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Earl Watts with over $15,000 on his papers from his 2017 campaign. Bugger Max makes his P.E.I. debut in race 12 for the combination of driver Barrieau and trainer Gallant. The winner of over $100,000 last raced in September at Grand River Raceway in Ontario. Bugger Max has drawn post 5 in the $1,500 finale that has Cabo Pan Lucas as the morning line favourite with rail control for driver Danny MacDonald. For more information, including race programs and live video, go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - An early break by betting favourite Adkins Hanover sealed the deal for Euchred to secure the lead and hit the winner's circle in the harness racing featured event on the opening day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Euchred left from post 2 and was sent to the front from the start in the $2,500 preferred pace by trainer-driver Terry Gallant en route to a 1:56.2 victory for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The newly free-legged Adkins Hanover (Driven by Adam Merner) made a break in stride behind the gate as the even-money favourite. Second went to Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) with Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) third. Bad Silver, with Todd Walsh at the controls, claimed the first dash of the season in 2:01.3 for owner Ellen Carragher of Stratford. Brodys Leona was a winner in the top mare's pace of the season opening event, claiming the $1,800 race in 1:58.4 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer-co-owner Kerry Taylor of Stratford, along with co-owners Emily Taylor of Stratford and Lisa Richards of Cornwall. Malabrigo (Marc Campbell) saw her return to racing after a nearly six-year hiatus yield a second place finish in that race, ending her previous win streak at 16-races. Merner recorded a driving triple on the program winning with Cartoon Daddy in 1:57.3 for trainer Rachel Andrew of Milton, and Likely To Win (1:59.1) and Political Crisis (1:59.3) from his own stable. Live racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday May 5th. Post time is 6pm For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. –  Preparations for the summer harness racing season are about to kick into high gear on Prince Edward Island and across the region. Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will host its first set of qualifiers on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start time in preparation for the April 28 season opener at the capital oval. Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will hold qualifiers on Sunday at 1 p.m. while a second set of Charlottetown qualifiers are set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. This season will see some new faces amongst the horse ranks with Island owners making new acquisitions throughout the winter months. Stars Above is a newcomer for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford with 19 wins, $163,166 in career earnings and a mark of 1:50.2 over Harrah’s Philadelphia to his credit. The eight-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark last raced in a $8,500 claiming event at Flamboro Downs. IC True Grit is actively racing in Ontario but could see red soil this year as he is now owned by Peter Lanigan of Montague. The No Pan Intended six-year-old was foaled on P.E.I. but raced the majority of his career in Ontario with 11 wins and a mark of 1:54.2 over Rideau Carleton Raceway. He was last entered in a $15,000 claiming event Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario for trainer Patrick Shepherd. Fortunecookieslie is now owned by Jack MacGillivray and Joey Squires of Charlottetown along with Albert MacGillivray of Nova Scotia. The five-year-old son of Mach Three has five lifetime wins and a record of 1:56 over the half-mile oval at Monticello Raceway in New York. Can Art is a new addition for owner Wayne Oakes of North Wiltshire with 16 wins, $125,582 earned and a record of 1:53.3 over Woodbine Raceway in Ontario. The seven-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella last raced in a $7,000 claiming event at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. Hughgetthecredit is a newcomer for Milton trainer Brian Andrew with three lifetime victories, $61,956 in the bank and a record of 1:52 at Woodbine Raceway. The Up The Credit gelding last raced a $7,000 claimer at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. While not exactly a newcomer, Malabrigo has been absent from Island racing for nearly six years after her undefeated three-year-old season in 2012. The now nine-year-old daughter of Western Paradise was purchased by trainer Marc Campbell last fall in Harrisburg, Pa., after having a quartet of foals. Malabrigo has been training back for her 2018 campaign and is a possible entry for opening day for new owners Natasha Campbell and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown. P.E.I. Scene The P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association annual awards banquet was held Saturday night in Charlottetown with the King of Island racing stealing the show yet again. With more than 30 awards given out on the evening, Marc Campbell, along with horses he trained, received 15 of them with his own Filly Forty Seven being named horse of the year. Ron and Dianne Gass of Cornwall received the inaugural Arnold Weeks Memorial award, which was established to honour those who display great kindness and generosity to fellow horsemen. Officials with the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission are inviting horse people to the annual paddock meeting Saturday at 3 p.m. at Red Shores Charlottetown after the qualifiers, which will also include the drivers meeting this season. Across The Continent Saturday at Yonkers Raceway in New York, Western Fame has drawn rail control in the $532,000 George Morton Levy Final for free-for-all pacers with Kingston native Mark MacDonald at the lines. The rich final goes as Race 10 on the Yonkers program with a 10:50 p.m. AST post time. Western Fame is installed at 7-1 odds for trainer Jimmy Takter after winning a pair of preliminary legs in the series. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The fact that some of harness racing's greatest horseman have hailed from Prince Edward Island make Marc Campbell's continued provincial dominance even more impressive as it continued Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon card was the final program of the winter meet at the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap and the 'King' of Island racing making five returns to the winner's circle. Marc Campbell teamed up with Eagle Jolt out of his own stable to win the $2,300 top class in 1:57.2 for the 55th win of the pacer's career. Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford hold the ownership papers of the 11-year-old son of Village Jolt. The top event saw second place go to Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) with Keep Coming (Adam Merner) completing the $120 triactor ticket. Campbell had a pair of other winner's from his stable as Woodmere Articblue stopped the clock in 1:58.4 and Fern Hill Breeze won the final dash of the season in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Iswhatitis and Campbell clicked in 2:01.3. for the pacer's third win in a row for Neal Moase of Warren Grove, while the Kyle Wilkie trained Mach Of Ballykeel was a 2:00.1 victor with Campbell in tow. After setting a new dash win record for Red Shores Charlottetown in 2017, Campbell again leads the driver's standings with 14 wins after three cards in 2018. Newly minted Provincial Finance Minister Heath MacDonald was in attendance for the season ending card, reaffirming the winning partnership between the provincial government and the Island harness racing industry. Corey MacPherson recorded a driving double on the program. Live racing returns to P.E.I. in April. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After dominating the preferred pace so far this season harness racing driver Marc Campbell will have to find the winner's circle with a different member of his stable Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday afternoon program will be the final card of the 2018 winter meet at the capital oval with a 12:30 P.M. post time. Campbell and Eagle Jolt will team up in race 10 for a $2,300 purse as the morning line choice. The post 3 starter is fresh off a pair of second place finishes in the back-up pace but gets installed as the top choice by classifier Gerard Smith. Owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford, Eagle Jolt will have some deep competition in the seven horse field including a rival from two weeks ago. Salmonier Storm (Driven by Ambyr Campbell) knocked off the favoured Eagle Jolt on Jan. 14, then moved up a notch to finish second to the Campbell trained Rose Run Quest. With Rose Run Quest absent from competition this week, Eagle Jolt will fill the void for Campbell as he tries to fend off his preferred challengers. Nogreatmischief draws post 6 for owner-trainer-driver Walter Cheverie at 7-2 morning line odds, while the classy Forever Paradise has the outside with Ken Murphy at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his lukewarm faith in Eagle Jolt as he makes his final start before the winter break. "Eagle Jolt was a beaten favourite in his last two which doesn't instill a lot of confidence," MacIsaac said. "Having said that, don't lose sight of the fact that he was just beaten in both so he could be the one to knock off today." Other entries include Keep Coming (Adam Merner), Tempo Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Race 6 is the George Younker 80th Birthday Pace for a $1,000 purse. Dusty Lane Zendaya is the morning line choice fresh off an 11-length romp for driver Corey MacPherson. Other top entries include Jinglewriter (Merner) and Anzula (David Dowling). The afternoon broadcast will also feature highlights from the harness racing season including Governor's Plate and Gold Cup & Saucer. The live racing season will resume in April with race dates to be announced during the break. For more information, including race programs and replays, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The winner's circle camera saw no shortage of Marc Campbell on the Saturday afternoon harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card had the 'King' of Island of racing record six victories as he continues his 2017 dominance. Campbell captured the top event of the day in the $2,400 preferred pace as Rose Run Quest was a 1:57.3 winner from his own stable for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Salmonier Storm (driven by Ambyr Campbell) finished nine-and-a-half lengths back in second with Forever Paradise (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. Four of Campbell's wins came from his own stable including Fern Hill Breeze in 1:59.2, Charlottes Western in 2:00.4, and Woodmere Articblue in a 10-length romp 1:58.1. Campbell and trainer Jeff Lilley teamed up to win with Bettim Vicky in 2:02.3, while Iswhatitis remains undefeated in the Neal Moase stable after a 1:59.3 Campbell-driven score. Euchred was a winner in the $2,000 back-up pace with a 1:58.3 off-the-pace win for trainer-driver Terry Gallant at 10-1 odds. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play is owned by Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Jason Hughes had a driving double on the program. Live racing continues on Saturday afternoon. For more information including race replays go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Drivingthedragon N had to take on the top boys in Island harness racing all by herself last week but gets some extra female companionship this Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 13-dash program with a tight knit field of five contesting the race 9 preferred pace for a $2,400 purse. While post 1 starter Drivingthedragon N is still the only mare in the race, the female ranks swell this week as post 2 starter Salmonier Storm has female pilot Ambyr Campbell at the controls. Salmonier Storm has been gradually climbing the class ladder, knocking off the back-up class last week at the capital oval and gets installed at 4-1 odds this week. His competition toughens on Saturday with Rose Run Quest leaving from post 5 after proving broken equipment is the only thing that can stop him since early December. Marc Campbell trains and drives Rose Run Quest for Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Campbell had a tight hold on the driver's standings in 2017 but has to share the top spot so far in 2018 after driver Ken Murphy also had three wins on the first card of the new year. Murphy will drive Forever Paradise in the Saturday afternoon top event from post 3, while Corey MacPherson gets the catch driving call on Nogreatmischief from post 4 for owner-trainer Walter Cheverie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac predicts Rose Run Quest will be returning to the preferred pace winner's circle. "The only thing that's been able to stop Rose Run Quest in the past month and a half was a flat tire and in that one he was still a bang up second," MacIsaac said. "Other than the likely short price there's not much to dislike." The back-up pace on the afternoon hits the track in race 12 for a $2,000 pot with Eagle Jolt as the one to beat after being defeated as the post time favourite last week by Salmonier Storm. Campbell trains and drives Eagle Jolt from post 1 for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell. Euchred ships in from competition in Nova Scotia for new trainer-driver Terry Gallant from post 5 for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Other top entries include Silverinyourpocket (Hughes), Harbourlite Jerry (Steven Shepherd) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). Race 3 has a familiar face returning to Island racing, with Pictonian Sareta coming back home to Eastern P.E.I., to the stable of Austin Sorrie of Montague. A former top stakes competitor in 2013-2014 for Mike Stevenson, the daughter of Western Paradise had been racing the Ontario circuit. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The weather is projected to be balmy and Rose Run Quest will be trying to heat up the new year for his Maritime Champion harness racing trainer-driver in the preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 13-dash program with Rose Run Quest reuniting with Campbell in the bike in race 9 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The six-year-old son of If I Can Dream has drawn the outside in the compact field of five after having his win streak snapped by Adkins Hanover with the Campbell trainee suffering from a flat tire during that event. Adkins Hanover is absent from competition this week leaving the door wide open for Rose Run Quest to continue his winning streak. Czar Seelster comes into the race off a pair of second place finishes in preferred action to Rose Run Quest and gets post 4 with Todd Weatherbee in the bike while top open mare Drivingthedragon N will face off with the boys from post 1 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Rose Run Quest will restart the winning streak flame in the $2,400 event. "Rose Run Quest's winning streak came to an end last time but the flat tire would have been a contributing factor, don't you think?" MacIsaac said. "After that bit of bad luck he'll be looking for redemption today." The preferred pace is rounded out by Smiley Bayama (Driven by Adam Merner) and Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell). Race 6 on the program will see a pair of iron tough pacing mares taking their last rounds of the historic capital oval. Onehottvett will end her career from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike for trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. A former winner of the Governor's Plate week Open Mare's series, Onehotvett will have 43 wins and $235,320 on her dance card before her 322 and final start. The fastest pacing mare in the history of East Coast harness racing will also make her final appearance behind the gate in that event as Whitesand Artist leaves from post 3 with Gary Chappell driving for owner-trainer Neil Bambrick. A 33-time winner, Whitesand Artist made history as she set the pacing mare track record on August 26, 2014 during the National Driving Championship with Billy Davis Jr. in the bike. Her 1:53.4 victory that night erased Little Black Book's track and regional record for aged pacing mares that stood for owner 21 years. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

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