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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 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 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A late break in stride by Czar Seelster sealed the deal for Rose Run Quest in the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program was originally scheduled for the regular Saturday afternoon slot but impending weather moved the program to Sunday this week. Czar Seelster powered to the front in the $2,400 preferred pace being released by pacesetter Drivingthedragon N at the 28.1 opening quarter. Driver Todd Weatherbee and Czar Seelster then continued the brisk tempo with fractions of 58.3 and 1:28.4 with race favourite Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) moving up from last place in the compact field of five. Rose Run Quest challenged Czar Seelster neck-and-neck in the final quarter then a break in stride just before the wire by Czar Seelster handed the victory to Campbell and Rose Run Quest in 1:58.4. Czar Seelster landed back down pacing to finish second with Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell) finishing third. Rose Run Quest is trained by Campbell for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. It was one of three wins by the 'King' of Island racing as a trainer and as a driver. Campbell also visited the winner's circle with Diduseethat in 2:01.3 from his own barn and teamed up with the Jeff Lilley trained Bettim Vicky to win race 5 in 2:04.4. The other Campbell trained victory was when Adam Merner and Jetster stopped the clock in 2:00.2 in race 11. Driver Ken Murphy had three winners on the opening program of 2018 including My Lucky Killean in 2:00.1 for trainer and father Clifford Murphy of Brackley, Cougar Gal in 2:03.3 for trainer Drew Neill of Winsloe and Alberta Sky in 2:00.2 for trainer Eric Doucette of South Rustico. Merner also had a driving double on the program. The results from the 2017 trainer-driver challenge were announced on the live presentation with Campbell garnering the top prize of $2,000. Jason Hughes was second in the annual challenge for a $1,500 pay day, while $1,000 went to Kenny Arsenault in third place and Gary Chappell received $500 for finishing fourth. The trainer-driver challenge was formed to honour the dedication, time and talent of trainer-drivers in the Island harness racing industry. Live racing continues Saturday afternoon (Jan. 20) at 12:30 P.M at Red Shores Charlottetown. For more information including race replays check out 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 By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Czar Seelster gets the superior post position in a wide-open harness racing Preferred Pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 16-dash card with a field of nine preferred pacers battling in the afternoon finale for a $2,550 purse. Nogreatmischief rides a two-race win streak into the event as the morning line favorite with post 7 for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie, who co-owns the son of Bettor's Delight with the Estate Of John Thompson of Charlottetown. Another member of the Cheverie stable, Heart And Soul, leaves from post 4 in the same event with Gary Chappell picking up the catch-drive. Nogreatmischief was a winner in preferred pacing action his last two starts but sat out last week, where Rose Run Quest hailed victorious. Rose Run Quest gets post 8 on Saturday for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Adkins Hanover has been a major obstacle to any horse trying to win the preferred in recent months and has post 6 this week for driver Corey MacPherson. Even with the previously mentioned power, race analyst Les MacIsaac will give his support to post 1 starter Czar Seelster and trainer-driver Todd Weatherbee fresh off a 1:56.3 victory. "Czar Seelster has got a good late kick and rail control which can be a dangerous combination," MacIsaac said. "He's been more than holding his own against the big boys and with a major post advantage over the top contenders he's worthy of a long look." Other starters include Mr Irresistible (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Forever Paradise (Ken Murphy) and Cartoon Daddy (Dale Spence). The Open Mares meet for another $2,250 contest in race 7 with the competitive group field nine entries. Drivingthedragon N gets the nod from race secretary Gerard Smith as the morning line favorite for trainer-driver Hughes from post 4. Prettyndangerous knocked off the top group of mares last week but is saddled with post 7 on Saturday for driver Adam Merner and trainer Bo Ford. The afternoon's top trot lines up in race 6 with Mile Hill Mac riding a two-race win streak into post 6 for driver Campbell and trainer Paul Morrison. Holy Molie Maggie is the morning line choice with post 7 for driver Cheverie and Hop Up rounds out the top entries with rail control and MacPherson in the driver's seat. For more information check out   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTTETOWN, PE - A full field of top tier harness racing pacers are set to collide in the Saturday afternoon preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 16-dash program as the capital oval shifts to racing once a week for the winter meet. Heart And Soul rides a two-race win streak into the race 16 preferred finale for a $2,550 purse for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. The son of Western Paradise will leave from post 4 in the afternoon feature for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside, while race favorite Adkins Hanover is saddled with post 7 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Trevor Hicken. Jeb was a winner in last two outings and gets rail control for trainer-driver Jason Hughes in the top class and the ultra-consistent Winter Blast has post 2 for conditioner Jennifer Trainor with Adam Merner picking up the catch driving call. Other entries include Cartoon Daddy (Vaughan Doyle), Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell), Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell), and Forever Paradise (Ken Murphy). The top mares on the Island will meet in race 12 for a $2,000 purse with Drivingthedragon N the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Formerly the top mare on the Eastern Seaboard, Drivingthedragon N was racing in the U.S. when she suffered an injury earlier in the year. She made her first start back in pari-mutuel action last week in Charlottetown finishing second to Best Risque and driver Gilles Barrieau. This week, Barrieau returned to his hometown of Saint John, N.B., for the winter with Ken Murphy picking up the driving duties on Best Risque from post 9 on Saturday. Old Buck has been quietly amassing a solid season of racing on P.E.I. in 2017 and rides a two-race win streak into post 5 in race 15 with Hughes in the bike for owner-trainer Alan MacDonald of Summerisde. The four-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo has had seven wins from 26 starts this year, racing primarily at Red Shores Summerside and is installed at 3-1 morning line odds Saturday afternoon. The $1,800 event has Painted Desert as the early favorite from post 6 for driver MacPherson. Bad Silver is a newcomer to Island racing, making her debut in race 6 for trainer-driver Todd Walsh of Charlottetown. The four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover had been racing at Dover Downs in Delaware. Bad Silver gets post 5 in the $900 class at 8-1 odds. For more information including promotions, race programs and live video go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - In a mild harness racing upset, Heart And Soul showed he can beat all comers even when saddled with the worst post position in the race Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Walter Cheverie trained and driven pacer left from post 6 in the $2,250 Preferred 2 pace Saturday afternoon and power straight to the front in a 28.3 first quarter. Race favourite Silverinyourpocket (Driven by Jason Hughes) then secured the lead with middle splits of 58.3 and 1:28.3 before Heart And Soul abandoned the pocket spot to win by one-length in 1:58.3. Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence) got up for second with fellow Nova Scotia invader Weather Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) finishing third for the $792.85 triactor payout. Silverinyourpocket finished fourth with a flat tire. Heart And Soul is owned by Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Dusty Lane Jacob and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win the $1,700 Open trot in 2:02.1 for trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, who co-owns the son of Nureyev with Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Corey MacPherson had three driving wins on the program including Southfield Sassy in 2:00.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown, Hop Up in 2:03.1 for trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and Hurricane Hill in 1:59.4 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. Kenny Arsenault had two driving wins on the card. Nogreatmischief Upsets Sunday Preferred Pace If it is preferred pacing action you are watching you want to have a win ticket on driver Walter Cheverie as he captured both top events on the weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. After winning the Saturday afternoon top class with Heart And Should from his own stable, Cheverie came back Sunday afternoon to win the $2,550 preferred pace with another member from his Nine Mile Creek outfit. Nogreatmischief won the top event at 5-1 odds in 1:56.4 rallying from off-the-pace. Cheverie owns the son of Bettor's Delight with the Estate of John Thompson of Charlottetown. Adkins Hanover finished second for driver Corey MacPherson, while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) completed the $1,55.30 triactor. Gilles Barrieau made three trips to the historic Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle winning with Perfect Escape in 1:58.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, Best Risque in 1:59.4 for Brian Ladner of Charlottetown and Dilans Mustang in 2:00.4 for trainer Robert Phillips of Pinette. Ken Murphy, Kenny Arsenault and Dale Spence scored driving doubles on the 12-dash card.. Live racing goes down to once a week on Prince Edward Island for the rest of the season, with the action resuming Saturday afternoon with a 12:30 P.M. post time. For more information, including race replays, go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship came right down to the last race Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The championship pitting eight of the track's top drivers was sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association as part of annual horse person's day celebrations. Corey MacPherson went into the final leg in control of the point standings by a narrow one point lead over Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes and Gilles Barrieau all tied in second place. As fate would have it, MacPherson finished fourth in the final leg with those three drivers finishing in the triactor ticket. Campbell won with Fly With Max in 1:57.2 to put him just one win away from his overall Red Shores Charlottetown wins record, after winning a race earlier in the competition. The victory secured the MacDonald Memorial trophy for Campbell with 61 points, over Jason Hughes who finished second with 60 points and MacPherson and Barrieau in a tie for third with 59 points each. Kenny Arsenault came in fifth with 53 points in the eight race championship, followed by Adam Merner in sixth with 50 points, Earl Smith in seventh at 40 points and Don MacNeill eighth with 34 points. Nogreatmischief captured the Saturday afternoon feature in 1:57.1 for co-owner, trainer and driver Walter Cheverie and co-owner the Estate of John Thompson of Charlottetown, who passed away recently. The $2,250 event saw newcomer Silverinyourpocket (Driven by Hughes) finish second and Weather Hanover (Dale Spence) in third. Merner, Hughes and Barrieau also had driving doubles on the program, while Hughes' wins both came from his own stable for the training double. Adkins Hanover dominated the preferred pace again Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but all eyes were on Marc Campbell as the Winsloe reinsman continued his historic season of East Coast racing. The 'King' of Island racing, Campbell had two winners on the program as he slid past his all-time driving win record at Red Shores Charlottetown winning with Female Finesse in 2:02.2 to tie his 144 single season win record at the capital oval. Later in the card, Campbell teamed up with Best Risque for win 145 of the season as he continues his march towards a new win standard. Adkins Hanover had the fastest win of the day, capturing the $2,550 preferred pace in 1:55.4 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Czar Seelster (Steven Shepherd) finished second but was placed back to sixth for interference while on a break during the stretch drive. Rose Run Quest (Campbell) was third and placed second, while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was placed up to third. Kyle Gillis of Charlottetown had a moment he will never forget as he scored his first lifetime driving win. The 20-year-old Truro, Nova Scotia native steered veteran pacer Top Of The Morning to a 1:59.4 victory off a two-hole ride. Gillis trains and leases the now 29-time winner. Jason Hughes had three wins on the 12-dash card winning with Mr Irresistible in 1:58.3 for conditioner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe, Ultimatelyhandsome for trainer Sifroi Melanson of New Brunswick and Old Buck in 1:58.4 for Alan MacDonald of Summerside. Norris Rogers and MacPherson both had driving doubles on the program. For more information and race replays go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A perfect ride was all it took for Simon Said to defeat Prince Edward Island's top harness racing pacers Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at he Charlottetown Driving Park. The Joey Squires trained pacer rewarded his backers with $28.80 for a $2 win ticket as he overpowered pacesetter Adkins Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson) in deep stretch. Mark Bradley engineered the two - hole ride and converted in into a trip to the historic Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle in the $2,400 preferred pace in a mile time of 1:56.1. Race favorite Adkins Hanover was second with The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie) completing the $147.30 triactor ticket. Simon Said is co-owned by Squires with partners Jack MacGillivray of Charlottetown and Albert MacGillivray of Middle Sackville, N.S. Prettyndangerous prevailed in the $2,250 Open Mares Pace for driver Adam Merner and trainer Bo Ford, who co-owns with Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The daughter of Armbro Deuce defeated Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes) with Hurricane Hill (Cheverie) third. The $1,850 Open trot was a mild upset for Holy Molie Maggie and driver MacPherson in a 2:01.4 mile. The Jeff Holmes trainee powered past race favorite Freddie (Marc Campbell) with Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) third. Red Shores leading driver Campbell had three wins on the 14-dash program including Woodmere Articblue in 1:59.1 and Charlottes Western in 2:00.1 from his own stable along with the Jack Arsenault trained American Captain in 2:00.1. Ken Murphy also had a driving triple with Elm Grove Kaptain in 2:02.1 for trainer Molly Murphy, Fly With Max in 2:00.3 for trainer Bradley, and My Lucky Killean in 1:59.4 from the Clifford Murphy stable. Hughes and Gilles Barrieau both had driving doubles. Check out for replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It is official: Pappy Go Go has survived the entire Maritime stakes season without a single defeat, wrapping up his harness racing stakes run Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park during the Island Breeder's Championship program. Marc Campbell trains and drives the son of Tad The Stud for Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S., as he recorded win number 13 of the season in as many starts in the Jack Annear Memorial Island Breeder's three-year-old trot final for a $7,500 purse. The mile time was 1:59.1 for the undefeated trotter, who becomes the first Maritime Bred to go unbeaten all season since Malabrigo accomplished the feat in 2012. Corey MacPherson came to play on the championship card, winning five races including two Island Breeder's finals. JJ Powerball scored a huge upset at 39-1 odds in the $11,000 Doug Hill Memorial Island Breeder's final for two-year-old pacing colts as the MacPherson driven pacer snapped Maritime champion Half Cut's win streak at four and denied him the Atlantic Triple Crown in his division. JJ Powerball delivered the 1:57.1 mile for trainer Austin Sorrie, in the first major stakes victory of his young training career, along with owners Walter Simmons of Summerside and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Tobinator and MacPherson teamed up to win the $11,000 Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial Island Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing colts in a 1:56.2 score for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Billy Hicken of Vernon Bridge. MacPherson's other three wins on the 14-dash card came with Jetta Flys in 1:57.4 for trainer Stephen Quinn, Cowboys Dont Cry in 1:56.2 for Kevin MacLean and with the Hicken trained Adkins Hanover in a 1:55.4 victory in the $2,400 preferred pace. Campbell had two winners on the card as he also won the $11,000 Norah Longworth Memorial Island Breeder's final for three-year-old pacing fillies and secure her place as a Atlantic Triple Crown winner in her division, a title denied to her last year with a fourth place finish in this stake in 2016. The 1:56.4 winner is owned by Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Nova Scotia owner Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines. Silverhill Misty scored a mild upset in the $11,000 Wallace Wood Memorial Island Breeder's final for two-year-old pacing fillies as trainer Jason Hughes was in the bike for a 1:58.1 victory at 5-1odds. The daughter of Proven Lover is owned by Kurt Hughes of Stratford. Windemeredontuworry put the finishing touches on the Atlantic Triple Crown for two-year-old trotters as he won the $7,500 Shelley Gass Memorial Island Breeder's final as the post time favorite in 2:01.1. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for trainer Terry Gallant, who co-owns the son of Armbro Barrister with Eric Johnston of Summerside. The $2,250 Open Mares Pace was part of driving double by reinsman Kenny Arsenault, who engineered a 1:56.2 victory aboard Itsallabouthebass for trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell. For more information including race replays go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Live harness racing returns to Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Monday. Post time is 6:30 p.m., and there will be a 12-race presentation, with Painted Desert trying to make it three wins in a row in the top class. The fastest trotting horse of all time will make a rare Summerside start as Freddie, and his 1:56.3 clocking earlier this year in Charlottetown, will take on a field of pacers. It should be an entertaining evening of harness racing. Thanks Horse owner Kirk Bulger would like to thank everyone for their generosity at his benefit on Wednesday night. Friends and family of the very likeable Bulger raised over $40,000 to aid in Kirk’s expenses as he battles lung cancer. There’s one thing about Kirk Bulger – he’s a fighter. World Series The only Los Angeles Dodgers’ fan that I know of is the author of Robbie’s Ramblings, Robbie Shaw. The Shed Row 4 writer will be glued to the television, and I wish you all the best old buddy. I may not be a Dodgers’ fan, but am certainly a huge fan of Vin Scully – the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time, and possibly the best one-man sportscaster of all time. Island Breeders The 20th edition of the Island Breeders championship finals will be contested at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Sunday. This will be the last stakes’ event of the 2017 calendar. Post time is 1 p.m. Flashback Happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary is an old Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble cartoon from my childhood. It’s 40 years today – Oct. 28, 1977 – when I called my first professional horse race. The harness racing game has given me the opportunity to call races at 43 separate racetracks from P.E.I. to Alberta. Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia are the only two provinces I haven’t had the opportunity to call a race in. It looks like Newfoundland is out with no more racing on The Rock. However, British Columbia remains on my radar. I’ve been able to meet some incredible friends and acquaintances in five separate decades. There’s been loads of track records come and go over the years. There’s been great horses like Power Baron, Kitley Township (my first Governor’s Plate winner), John the Third, Sauls Pride, Comedy Hour, Native Born and Ys Lotus to name just a few of the former invitational stars. I was in the booth for Alan Sherran and Lornes Fastway racing against an automobile, to Ben Johnson taking on two racehorses and a stock car. I remember Elmer Clow and a group of drivers racing in the Hi-Rise sulkies, and Ronnie Gass and his single-shaft sulky, where the horse could completely turn around and look the driver in the eye. I also remember starting gates crashing through fences at both Island tracks. I used the PA system in one of the old gates in Summerside to call some races when the in-house system went down. I wouldn’t trade all my Governor’s Plates, Gold Cup and Saucers, Labatt’s Pace in London, Ont., or my Shelly Goudreau Memorial in Dresden, Ont., and countless $1,000 claimers for anything. I have as much fun now as I did as a 17-year-old kid from the west end in the beginning. Thanks harness racing! Picks A look at Monday’s picks: Best bets – Dividend Day in Race 6, and Rojens White Jet in Race 7. Long shot possibilities – One Hot Vet in Race 2, and Cyrax in Race 10. Standings Driver/trainer standings in Summerside: Winningest drivers (100 or more starts) Marc Campbell 54 Jason Hughes 35 Gary Chappell 27 Kenny Murphy 24 Walter Cheverie 24 Top percentage drivers (100 or more starts) Marc Campbell .465 Corey MacPherson .331 Walter Cheverie .322 Jason Hughes .318 Dale Spence .312 Top money-winning drivers (100 or more starts) Marc Campbell $144,068 Jason Hughes $56,974 Gary Chappell $56,819 Kenny Murphy 450,688 Walter Cheverie $48,783 Winningest trainers (50 or more starts) Marc Campbell 26 Earl Watts 16 Phil Sizer 9 Jansen Sweet 9 Frank Banks 8 Top percentage drivers (50 or more starts) Marc Campbell .628 Earl Watts .335 Frank Banks .292 Phil Sizer .229 Jason Hughes .227 Top money-winning trainers (50 or more stars) Marc Campbell $79,193 Earl Watts ($51, 414 Jason Hughes $17,588 Frank Banks $15,312 Blaine McKenna $10,139 Vance Cameron is the track announcer in Summerside and Charlottetown. Comments and suggestions can be sent to Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After facing the best that the East Coast has to offer, Likely To Win drops back to Thursday night competition this week at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash Thursday evening card at the capital oval. Likely To Win is shouldered with post 6 in his latest test with Adam Merner in the bike in the $2,100 featured event in the race 12 evening finale. The son of Western Terror was racing the top flight preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown, faring well with a second and fourth place finish but now goes back to midweek competition where he was a dominate force all season. Likely To Win is trained by Melissa Rennie for Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell along with Alberta owner Jeffrey Campbell. Good Luck Kathy has rail control in the finale for driver Walter Cheverie after knocking off the Open pacing mares last Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown, while the ultra-consistent Oh To Be Me has post 4 with Gary Chappell at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in Likely To Win off the class drop. "While this is an excellent group, they might be a step below what Likely To Win faces on a weekly basis," MacIsaac said. "It is a Tough post but he's got the versatility to handle any style so he gets top billing." Other entries include Simon Said (Corey MacPherson), Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau), Jeb (Jason Hugfhes) and Zingers Laugh (Ken Murphy). The back-up pace hits the track in race 8 for a $1,800 pot with Narragansett the morning line choice from post 2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Ashley Gamester of Hunter River. The 31-time winner has hit the board in his four latest outings but runs into a gritty field including Give Em Heck from post 4 with Barrieau at the lines and Jetster with rail control for catch driver Corey MacPherson. Catch all the action live at the track or check out for live video, race programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - After a bump in the road in last week's harness racing feature event, Rash B Havior regained his stride while claiming the Holiday Monday feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Leading driver Marc Campbell continued his record breaking season with three wins on the program, propelling him to at least a temporary tie for fourth place in wins among Canadian drivers with Trevor Henry at 206 wins in 2017. Rash B Havior was the last of Campbell's wins on the 12-dash Summerside card as the Michael Peters trained and owned pacer scored a mild upset in the $2,200 feature event at 5-1 odds after being a beaten favorite last start. Time of the mile was 1:55.2 with second place going to Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completing the $126.80 triactor. Campbell's other scores came with Bet Er All in a 1:57.2 score for trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary and with Souverain in a time of 1:59.4 for Phil Sizer of Kensington. Gary Chappell had a strong opener to the program, as the Summerside Raceway's all-time leading dash winner won the first three races on the card. Neal was a 2:00.2 winner for driver Chappell and trainer Brian Andrew of Milton, Glenview Pippa won in 2:01.1 for trainer Donald Milligan of Tyne Valley and Now Whos The Queen won in 2:01for trainer Stacey Lund of Stratford. Woodmere Ideal Art was an impressive winner as the two-year-old son of Articulator took a new lifetime best of 1:57.3 against aged company in a $1,400 conditioned class. Jason Hughes was in the bike for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Go to for race replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Summerside, PE - Likely to Win has received top billing in the special Thanksgiving Day pace at Red Shores Summerside Monday. Post time is 1pm. The Melissa Rennie trainee has been putting up some solid numbers and comes in to the race with six wins from 26 starts and a third place finish in a dazzling 1:54.3 over Charlottetown on September 23rd. Driver Adam Merner will handle the son of Western Terror from post 4 for owners Blenise Young, Lester Campbell, NS, and Jeffery Campbell of Alberta. The competitive field also includes rail sitter Instant Shadow for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Sifroi Melanson along with heavy weights Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Allstar Seelster and Keep Coming are also part of the line-up. The Prince County Horsemen's Club have organized a family day component to the afternoon card which includes an opportunity for one family to go trackside and present the cooler in the Summerside Family Day Pace. Race analysts Bo Ford with the Backstretch Beat and classifier Gerard Smith have landed on different horses for their top choice. Ford favors All Access, owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE, while Smith leans on Windemere Johnny out of the two hole for Gary Chappell and conditioner Phil Sizer. The trotters will open up the holiday card at the Prince County oval with Zip The Lip getting the nod as the one to beat. The nine-year-old is fresh off a convincing win at Charlottetown. Brian MacPhee gets the assignment from trainer-owner Orville Willis of O'Leary, PEI. The family day activities get underway at 12Noon with children's entertainment, face painting and cake. Families can fill out a ballot for a chance to present the winning cooler in race 6. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2017 Weekend Of Champions kicks off Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park featuring 11-dashes including the Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolations for two and three-year-old pacers. The card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolations in races 4, 6, 8 and 10 featuring the top performers of the Atlantic Sires Stakes season who did not make the top eight spots for Sunday's championship finals. Mick Dundee has shown on numerous occasions he can tussle with the top colts and that earns him the status as morning line favorite in the race 10 three-year-old pacing colt consolation. Don MacNeill of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives the son of Aahm Canadian Now with him leaving from post 5 in Saturday's contest. Shesaroyal Cowgirl is top choice in the race 8 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing filly consolation for trainer-driver Mark Bradley and owner William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. The post 4 starter will battle seven foes. The first crop of Image Of Dawn has been well represented by JJ Powerball who is the early favorite in the race 6 two-year-old pacing colt consolation for trainer Austin Sorrie and owners Walter Simmons of Summerside and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Leading driver Marc Campbell picks up the drive on the three-time winner as regular driver Gordie Hennessey has elected to drive fellow Sorrie trainee Dustylanesam off the rail. Woodmere Saphire closes out her two-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes season with post 4 in the race 4 two-year-old filly consolation. Gilles Barrieau drives the daughter of Articulator for trainer Jackie Matheson and New Brunswick owners Thomas McGuffog and Bruce MacDonald of Fredericton and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas. Saturday will also see a sold-out banquet presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association starting at 7 p.m. in the Top of the Park restaurant at Red Shores. The event will celebrate the achievements of several stars of the Atlantic Canadian breeding industry and four Atlantic Canadian racing families will be honoured. From New Brunswick, the family of Steve Mahar has been involved with standardbreds for over 50 years. Steve is the winningest driver from New Brunswick with over 5,000 victories in the sulky. From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Sheppard family will be recognized for their long involvement with standardbred racing. The Polley family of Amherst, Nova Scotia, who have experienced success locally and across North America, will be lauded. The MacDonald family from Charlottetown, PEI lived a block from the Charlottetown Driving Park and from the late 1960s, and brothers Mike and Paul would provide many memorable moments on the nearby racetrack and beyond. Check out for live video, race program and more information on the Weekend Of Champions.   Championship Finals Set For Action CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The saying in harness racing goes 'It All Comes Down To The Breeder's Crown.' The Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will be the main event on the Weekend Of Championships with the culmination of the 2017 Atlantic Sires Stakes season in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 14-dash program. The $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals for trotters line up in races 3 and 5 sponsored by Meridian Farms. Pappy Go Go has been on another world all season as he rides a nine-race win streak into the race 5 $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old trot final from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Another Campbell trainee, Buckaroo, gets morning line status in the race 3 two-year-old trot Breeder's Crown from post 7 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. The $9,000 event will see Buckaroo battle with arch rival Ticked (Driven by Myles Heffernan) from post 3. Buckaroo has the two-year-old trotting record to his credit but has yet to defeat Ticked in a race where both horses have stayed on stride. The draws in the two-year-old pacing Atlantic Breeder's Crowns were not kind to the presumptive favorites as both horses drew post 8. Royaltywestho has yet to finish worse than second in her rookie campaign but has to start on the far outside of her seven rivals in the race 7 two-year-old pacing filly final for a $20,000 purse. Walter Cheverie drives the daughter of Westwardho Hanover for co-owner and trainer Joseph Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Sock It Away can claim both Island two-year-old pacing colt track records to his credit but has to contend with post 8 in his $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final. The son of Pang Shui will have to circle his seven contenders at some point in the mile whether it is off the gate or coming for home. Campbell will drive the colt for trainer Kevin Maclean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The draw was kinder to the top choices in the three-year-old championship finals. Filly Forty Seven is selected as top choice in the race 11 $20,000 three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Breeder's Crown for trainer-driver Campbell but the division has been extremely competitive all season long. Fellow Campbell trainee Elektra Express leaves from post 5 in that race with Ryan Ellis handling the reins while Traces Of Purple has defeated both fillies on separate occasions and gets the services of Gilles Barrieau from post 3. The $20,000 three-year-old pacing colts championship final hits the track in race 13 with Mighty Cowboy the morning line choice with rail control for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax, N.S., in a race where an argument can be made for any of the eight entries to land in the winner's circle. In other action, the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open trot hits the track in 8 for a $2,500 purse, a $3,500 Open Pacing mares class lines up for a $3,500 pot in race 12 while a $5,000 Invitational pace closes out the card in race 14. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Allstar Seelster played a game of "catch-me-if-you-can" in the Wednesday night harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and was successful as he shocked his rivals. The Ed Harvey trainee was sent to the front by driver Norris Rogers and never looked back in a huge upset in the $2,100 featured event. Allstar Seelster led through fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:26.1 before closing the mile out in 1:57.2 with Old Buck (Driven by Jason Hughes) finishing second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) finishing third. The winning pacer is owned by Harvey of Tyne Valley and paid a whopping $71.70 for a $2 win ticket while the triactor paid out at 4-3-ALL for $121.50. It was the second win of the night for the combination of trainer Harvey and driver Rogers. The top driver in Island racing only had one win on the Wednesday program but that is all it took to land him a career milestone. Marc Campbell teamed up to win with Rising Fella in 1:59.1 for trainer Jansen Sweet of O'Leary as the Winsloe reinsman scored win number 1,900 of his career. Hughes had a solid night at the office as he had three winners on the program including the $1,800 back-up pace with a front-end score of 1:58.1 aboard Ultimatelyhandsome. The son of Western Paradise is owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B., and trained by Sifroi Melanson. Hughes' other winners were Delightful Nights in 2:04.1 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside and Sir Native from his own stable in 2:01.4. Goliath Reigns had the fastest mile of the night winning the evening finale in 1:56 for driver Dale Spence and trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Lower Onslow, N.S. Ken Murphy had two driving wins on the program. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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