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Saturday March 28, 2020 - Charlottetown, PE - Members and stakeholders of the Prince Edward Island harness racing community combined forces and talents to launch a new program during the COVID - 19 pandemic. The Virtual Tack Room, created by former Standardbred Canada director Kent Oakes, features race videos, a photo parade and special guests sharing memories and stories on the Universum Media Facebook page. The concept was to continue to bring the harness racing community together through technology while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Co-creators and Red Shores hosts Lee Drake and Peter MacPhee along with race historian Jerry McCabe assist in anchoring the broadcast. Scott MacLean, owner of UMI Sports, handles the production duties. This weeks edition with the 1993 Dairy Queen final with guest Garry MacDonald while Mike Campbell speaks about the Clipper Seelster miracle mile at Fredericton Raceway. The segment also has Winner's Accolade smashing the 2:00 barrier at Summerside Raceway in 1984. The final set highlights pacer of the decade Sock It Away. Lee Drake  

Members and stakeholders of the Prince Edward Island harness racing community combined forces and talents to launch a new program during the COVID - 19 pandemic.  The Virtual Tack Room, created by former Standardbred Canada director Kent Oakes, features race videos, a photo parade and special guests sharing memories and stories on the Universum Media Facebook page. The concept was to continue to bring the harness racing community together through technology while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Co-creators and Red Shores hosts Lee Drake and Peter MacPhee along with race historian Jerry McCabe assist in anchoring the broadcast. Scott MacLean, owner of UMI Sports, handles the production duties. The next edition airs Saturday March 28th at 9pm AST with the 1993 Dairy Queen final with guest Garry MacDonald while Mike Campbell speaks about the Clipper Seelster miracle mile at Fredericton Raceway. The segment also has Winner's Accolade smashing the 2:00 barrier at Summerside Raceway in 1984. The final set highlights pacer of the decade Sock It Away. The Virtual Tact Room Show 1 By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The P.E.I. Standardbred Breeder's Association asks all members of the Atlantic Canadian trotting sector to come to a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 8 at 1 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. The meeting will involve a discussion of the current state of the trotting industry on the East Coast and the association would like input from all members of the trot side of the business on how to plan for the future. This includes breeders of trotters, buyers of trotters at the yearling sales, owners of trotters of all ages as well as trainers and drivers of trotting horses. The meeting will take place in the grandstand seating on the second-level of Red Shores Charlottetown with participation strongly encouraged. (By Nicholas Oakes, Secretary, P.E.I. Standardbred Breeder's Association)

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With some Heffernan stickhandling in the final quarter, Hes Marvalous snuck through to knock off the Saturday afternoon harness racing preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,950 featured pace saw Winter Blast (Driven by Adam Merner) set the tempo through splits of 29, 59.1 and 1:29.4 over an off-track while eventual winner Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was locked in third on the rail. Heffernan found himself with a fresh horse in the final panel of the race and guided his charge to the outside off the final turn then elected to duck back down the inside in the stretch drive to win in 2:00.1. Winter Blast finished second while Pictonian Storm (Corey MacPherson) was third. Jackie Heffernan of Summerville owns the seven-year-old son of Delmarvalous while Myles Heffernan Jr., handles the training duties. Private Di supplied a colossal upset in the afternoon closer as Kenny Arsenault rallied his trainee from the back of the field to win by half-a-length in 2:01.4 while ending Killean Finale's (Ken Murphy) undefeated streak. Paying $54.40 to win while on top of an $862.80 triactor, Private Di is owned by Wade Peconi of Stanchel. The Jackie Matheson stable had a training triple on the 12-dash card as Daut Not had a maiden breaking score in 2:03.3 with Marc Campbell picking up the last-minute catch drive in the opener. Campbell and Matheson teamed up again in race 5 to deliver with The Time To Win in 2:04.3 then Woodmere Soul was a 2:04.1 victor in race 6 from the Matheson stable with Merner in the bike. Live racing continues next Saturday, Feb. 1, with the final card of the winter meet. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Good things don't last forever but 2020 has been very good to Killean Finale and she will look to continue that trend Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the harness racing Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M., with the top pacing mares around facing off in the $2,500 final race. Killean Finale has yet to be defeated so far in 2020 with three-straight wins since the calendar turned for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek. The seven-year-old daughter of Sportswriter will have her work cut out for her from post 6, after drawing inside every start this year. Collective Wisdom has been razor sharp as well with a string of top three-finishes but is saddled with post 8 this week. Charlottetown native Drew Neill is visiting this weekend from his Ontario base and will pick up the catch drive for trainer Jackie Matheson. To watch a replay of Killean Finale as a yearling in 2014 click on this link. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is looking at another entrant as the spoiler with post 5 starter Tell Me Why and the combo and driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. "Longshot players may want to have a look at Tell Me Why," MacIsaac said. "This mare has a great finishing kick and if Corey can work her into the right position she's a potential sleeper." Also in the field are Outrageous Spirit (Driven by Gordie Hennessey), Charlottes Western (David Dowling), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault), Paythelinebluechip (Marc Campbell) and Indywheelbarrow (Adam Merner). The $2,950 preferred pace hits the track in race 11 with Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) and Creepin (Dowling) set to spar again this week after the latter was scratched from action last Saturday. Winter Blast has rail control in the six-horse field while Creepin leaves from the far outside. Pictonian Storm nearly lit up the tote board at this level last week and retains the services of MacPherson from post 3. The final card of the winter meet is Saturday February 1st. For race programs, live broadcast and 2020 race dates go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing at Red Shores in Summerside and Charlottetown saw significant gains across the board in 2019. The live wager saw a 10 per cent increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with $392,236 in new wagering dollars for a total $4.28 million in all sources wager. The 2019 increases were thanks to bumps in on-track wager as well as a 15 per cent increase from 2018 in the off-track wager. When the wager increases, the percentage to the purse pool also increases. Racing experience manager Adam Walsh pointed to the hard-working individuals in the racing community for making 2019 a banner year with 100 race dates. Lee Drake, manager of marketing and brands, said guest experience is the No. 1 focus at Red Shores and a key reason the business continues to grow in every facet. “We work hard on getting new people to our properties through strong partnerships and relationships in tourism, meetings and conventions and the corporate community,” Drake said.  “We have beautiful clean properties with a professional staff and it’s all about the experience whether it’s racing, dining or the casino,” he added. “We have really stepped up our social media presence which also drives new business as well.” The starting gate approaches the start during a recent harness racing card at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway Red Shores’ two signature events also saw gains in 2019 with the Gold Cup and Saucer program pulling in $307,134 from all wagering sources, putting that handle second all-time in Island racing to the Gold Cup and Saucer card in 1994. The 2019 Governor’s Plate card was the second-highest grossing program in the history of the Summerside Raceway with $96,651 wagered on the card, narrowly putting it behind the $99,994 record handle of 1996.  Walsh said the difference in outside competition from those record wagers in the 1990s to today’s climate should not be overlooked.  “There is quite a difference in the landscape today compared to 10 or 25 years ago, but we are focused on growing those numbers,” he said. The Red Shores race day broadcast network had 2.6 million viewers, including 1.9 million in Atlantic Canada. The 2020 winter racing season is coming to a close at Red Shores in the coming weeks, but the action will be back at the Charlottetown track on Saturday, May 2, for the summer racing meet with the Kentucky Derby theme. Governor’s Plate week is July 5-11 while Old Home Week is Aug. 13-22 featuring The Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Red Shores is owned by Atlantic Lottery. Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores. 

Charlottetown, PE - Due to unsafe track conditions, the Sunday harness racing program at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has been cancelled.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The winner's circle was an all too familiar sight for harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau on the second half of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes doubleheader program Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau trained and driven Red Dirt Boomer delivered in his $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing colt assignment with a 1:57 victory for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Fellow Barrieau trained Sodwana Bay gave another victory to the Saint John, N.B., reinsman in her $3,620 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series division presented by Standardbred Canada stopping the clock in 1:57.1. His other driving wins were catch assignments in overnight action with Ashes To Ashes winning in 1:57.4 from the Jackie Matheson stable, Forever Paradise scoring in 1:56.4 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Bank Of Dad winning in 1:56.4 for trainer Ambyr Campbell. Campbell has two wins from her stable on the program as Tobinator won in 1:57.3 with Ken Murphy aboard. In stakes action, Purple Poet (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) opened the card up in his $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes colt split with a 1:57 victory. Notorious was a popular winner in another split in 1:58.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Saulsbrook Lassie won the final colt division in 1:57.2 for driver Adam Merner. Woodmere Oleksiak found her sixth win in-a-row in a $7,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing filly for the combination of driver David Dowling, trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson, Windemere Farms, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. The other filly bouts went to Elm Grove Nellie (Dale Spence) and Cheeky Cherry (Clare MacDonald), both in identical 1:58.1 miles. Jordies Hope won her $3,620 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series leg with a 1:55.3 win for driver Dowling and trainer Brian Ladner. The $2,900 preferred pace saw Kenny Arsenault cap off a driving triple with Lisburn in a smoldering 1:53.3 trip from his own stable. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Melissa Rennie stable was red hot on Saturday afternoon for the first part of a P.E.I. Colt Stakes doubleheader at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval played host to 12-dashes with eight divisions of Canada's oldest Standardbred Stake, the P.E.I. Colt Stakes. Windemere Ryan started the action off in his $7,000 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old pacing colt division with a 1:58.1 victory for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. High Five Racing of Stanhope holds the ownership papers of the son of Malicious. The Big Chase gave Rennie and Merner their other P.E.I. Colt Stakes score in 1:57.2 in another rookie colt split for owner JTL Risk Stable of Glace Bay, N.S. Rennie and Merner also found the winner's circle with Chief Exec Officer after being placed first in overnight action for the triple. Tobins Rebel (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) won the fastest colt division in 1:57.1 while Imalookertoo (Marc Campbell) delivered as the favourite in their $7,000 split. In two-year-old pacing filly action, Watch Me Dance has the quickest feet as she toured the city track in 1:58 in a $7,300 P.E.I. Colt stakes division. Mark Bradley was in the bike for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owned John Quinn of Charlottetown and Ozzie MacKay of Moncton, N.B. The other $7,300 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old pacing filly divisions were won by Saulsbrook Ocean (Dale Spence) in 1:59.1, Bettorthanbobbi (Bradley) in 1:58.4 and Elm Grove Ocean (Walter Cheverie) in 2:00.1.   By Nicholas Oakes  For Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Drivers Mark Bradley and Gilles Barrieau had profitable afternoons Sunday during a full harness racing stakes program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval played host to 13-dashes with every race a division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-olds or the Tyndal Semple Memorial for three-year-old trotters. Mile Hill Willie and Barrieau captured the quickest $5,700 Semple Memorial split winning in 1:59.1 for owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The other divisions went to Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee) in 2:00.2 and Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) in 2:01.4. Howmacrivercruiser was an easy winner in her $7,100 Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:02.2 open length victory in line to Barrieau. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of Articulator for owner Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The other three divisions of the Callbeck for rookie fillies were all won by driver Mark Bradley for his driving triple. Bettorthanbobbi hit the wire first in the opening division in 1:58.2 then fellow Tom Weatherbie trained filly Smiling Dialing was an eight length victor in 1:59.1 in race 5. Bradley teamed up with trainer Stephen Quinn for his third win as Watch Me Dance had a maiden breaking score of 2:01 in her $7,100 Callbeck division. In rookie colt action, Tobins Rebel won his Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacers wiring the $6,900 division for trainer-driver Barrieau in 1:59.2 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Mr Kelly was placed to first in his split with a corrected time of 1:59.2 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Woodmere colts won the final two divisions with Woodmere Rollhario (Campbell) scoring in 2:01 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Woodmere Rollnpop delivering as a popular winner in 1:59 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. MacDonald trainee Mabou Ridge remains undefeated through three career starts after winning his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in 2:06.2 for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star took his first lifetime mark in the other $6,100 division with a neck decision in 2:05.2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Stephen Gass. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away was the star of the show on a special harness racing program featuring Harness The Hope Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saturday card was a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of P.E.I. in support of breast cancer. HP Rubis Joyce captured the first dash of the evening in a special field featuring five female horses with five females drivers as Ambyr Campbell steered the daughter of Perfect Union to a 1:58.4 win for trainer Blaine Baglole of Cornwall. Second went to Avid Yankee (Driven by Natasha Day) while Cougar Gal (Tammy MacKay) cut out the mile to finish third. Sock It Away starred in the $3,100 preferred pace presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, as the Reg MacPherson owned pacer won in 1:54 from off-the-pace. Marc Campbell was in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean as Sock It Away recorded win number 30 of his career. Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner) rallied for second with Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau) racing well for third place on a night his fundraising efforts heavily supported. The Harness The Hope night raised $43,068! Corey MacPherson had three wins on the special card as Er Quinn won in 1:58.1 for Jeff Holmes of Orwell, Rockstar Drums was a 1:57.4 winner for Vaughan Doyle of Charlottetown and Spack Jarrow scored a 26-1 upset in 1:59.4 from the Raymond White of Belfast. The wager on the card was $49,535 For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing trainers Jimmy and Jamie Struthers weren’t in the market for a new horse when Nikes Cowgirl became part of their lives. The father and son duo already had a number of horses, at the time the late Stewart MacRae of Middle River approached them about taking control of the then two-year-old horse. After some consideration, the Struthers decided to welcome Nikes Cowgirl to their family in 2015 with the intention of racing her. “Stewart was after my dad so much that we decided to take her because he wanted a good home for her if nothing else,” said Jamie Struthers. “In hindsight, she’s turned out pretty nice, so we’re glad that we took her.” JAMIE STRUTHERS Hometown: Port Morien Resides: Glace Bay Age: 55 Driver: Nikes Cowgirl and Diduseethat Racing since: 1995 (24 years) Since 2015, Struthers, a Port Morien native, has seen the now six-year-old mare progress and believes as the horse matures she will continue to impress. “She always showed that she could go, but she had her issues starting off,” said the 55-year-old Struthers. “She would be what they consider to be an aged horse now, but she’s still running good.” Nikes Cowgirl, owned by Jimmy Struthers, but driven by Jamie Struthers, has spent the past two summers stabled in Prince Edward Island. During her time on the Island, she raced at Red Shores Racetrack in Charlottetown. This year, the Struthers family decided to keep her home, choosing to race the horse at Northside Downs in North Sydney. “We wanted to have her home and since we have another mare (Diduseethat) we decided we wanted to have them with us.” The Struthers family has been involved in the harness racing community since 1995. Struthers, who has another horse stabled in P.E.I. this summer, will participate in the J.A. Ferguson Memorial Series Final with Nikes Cowgirl at Northside Downs on Saturday. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at the North Sydney venue. The J.A. Ferguson Memorial race, worth a purse of $2,500, will feature eight horses including Nikes Cowgirl, Makes Me Stupid, Eastview Dexter, Wildcat Jet, Brother John, Elm Grove Ladyluck, Accelerator and Dreamfair Van Dam. “The race has been going on for a long time and it used to bring the best horses from around the Maritimes,” said Struthers. “They decided this year to go with the local horses and there are some strong horses around here.” Struthers believes any of the eight horses could potentially win Saturday’s featured race. “With the right kind of race or the right kind of break in the race, who knows who could win,” said Struthers. “I don’t see any of them as a dead favourite, it’s a competitive class.” The late J.A. Ferguson was the owner of the former Cape Breton Sports Centre, which later became Tartan Downs in Sydney. He was responsible for modernizing the facility in the early 1970s, making it one of the top race venues in Eastern Canada. Over the years, the race has featured many top-notch drivers including Henry Smallwood, Joey Smallwood, Doug Walsh, Danny Romo, Albert Bernard, Dr. Ian Moore, Donnie Rankin, Dave Ratchford and Doug Rankin to name a few. As for Struthers, he will be leaving from post three on Saturday and encourages harness racing fans to attend. “The race has always been a big draw and I’m sure that will be the case on Saturday as well,” said Struthers. “It’s always nice to have a crowd supporting the racers.” By Jeremy Fraser (jeremy.fraser@cbpost.com) Reprinted with permission of the Cape Breton Post

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A cagey harness racing veteran will take on a pair of four-year-olds fresh off the biggest trips of their lives in the preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Harness The Hope night. The 14-dash action packed card has a 6 P.M. first race post time. Red Shores Charlottetown is the host location for the 1st annual Harness the Hope. The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer society of PEI in support of breast cancer. The evening will feature many special trackside presentations, auction items, merchandise, prize draws and even the Bouncy Pony stakes featuring harness racing drivers riding inflatable ponies after race 3. Customers can also buy keys to see if their key will open one of the pink boxes filled with grand prizes. A field of five female drivers, dressed in pink, will compete with five female horses to kick off Harness The Hope night in race 1. The top female driver in Eastern Canadian harness racing, Clare MacDonald, has the rail with Scoot Out Of Here, while Charlottetown's Ambyr Campbell leaves from post 2 with HP Rubis Joyce. Avid Yankee has post 3 with Ontario catch driver Natasha Day flying in for the night, and Nova Scotia's Tammy MacKay drives Cougar Gal from post 4. Completing the field is Marie Brooking of Ontario driving Bugtown Superstar from post 5. In other racing action, the race 13 preferred pace, presented by McWade Racing and Bayfield Street Alumni, carries a $3,100 purse and Euchred is pegged the morning line favourite from post 3 with David Dowling back in the bike for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. The seven-year-old son of Shadow Play has hit the board in his last four outings since his last win on June 15, but will be looking for the top spot in Saturday's contest. Half Cut has rail control as the four-year-old son of Stonebridge Terror was just a third place finisher Saturday evening in the Lindsay Construction Cup Invitational at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, pacing his own mile in 1:52.4 for driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. Sock It Away was superb his last start in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown but has post 7 to contend with for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Kevin MacLean. The four-year-old son of Pang Shui was never better than he was that night as he took a new record of 1:53.2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac agrees with the morning line analysis and will side with Euchred to land on top of the ticket. "Euchred hasn't been able to set up shop on the front end in recent starts and that's greatly contributed to four straight races without a win, an eternity for this guy," MacIsaac said. "He has a much better chance of getting there tonight from this favourable post and if so, it could be all over." Also in the field is Screen Test (Corey MacPherson), Bugsy Maguire (Adam Merner), Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) and Burn Out Hanover (Dale Spence) and Rollwithitharry (Gilles Barrieau). The Rollwithitharry racing team will also present a cheque in honor of Harness The Hope after ownership shares were sold on the stallion to raise money for the fundraiser. Driver Gilles Barrieau will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Lee Drake. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For live programs, and further details go to www.Redshores.ca.   Stakes Bonanza Sunday At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top two year-old pacers and the top stakes trotters on the Eastern Seaboard will converge on Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for stakes action. The 13-dash Sunday card kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring stakes contests in every race. The Callbeck stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies start the day off in race 1 as Saulsbrook Ocean leaves from post 3 in the $7,100 event with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S. The daughter of Westwardho Hanover was a winner her latest start in 1:59.3 in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. The other $7,100 Callbeck filly divisions line up in races 5, 9 and 12. Woodmere Rollnpop was large in his Atlantic Sires Stakes division last week at Truro but has to overcome the outside post 7 in his $6,900 Callbeck two-year-old pacing colt division in race 13. Clare MacDonald will again handle her trainee in the field of seven after a 1:58.1 lifetime best on July 19. Other $6,900 Callbeck rookie pacing colt divisions go postward in races 3, 7 and 11 on the Sunday program. In trotting action, Mabou Ridge will try to remain perfect in his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in race 2 with MacDonald again at the controls. The son of Armbro Barrister has yet to taste defeat in his two career tries. Go With Her and trainer-driver Kuri White is favoured in the second two-year-old trot Callbeck split in race 6. Also on the card is the Tyndale Semple Memorial stake for three-year-old trotters with $5,700 divisions in races 4, 8 and 10. The fastest Maritime Bred trotter ever on the East Coast, Gettin Messi, has rail control in race 8 with Mike McGuigan handling the driving duties for trainer Len McGuigan. Driver Jason Hughes will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes and Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The harness racing Jim Ripley stable remained red hot on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Shipping in from Amherst, N.S., Ripley's trotters both prevailed on the card including a second straight win for Majian Tango in the $2,250 Open Trot. Time of the mile was 1:59.4 this week in the top trot for Majian Tango, who chased down pacesetter and eventual third place finisher Star Photo (Driven by Jason Hughes) in the stretch while Freddie (Walter Cheverie) came up the passing lane to finish second. Ripley's other win came with the four-year-old full-brother to Majian Tango as Majian Gilroy scored his third straight trip to the winner's circle while handling his foes in 2:00.4 in his $2,050 trot class. Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S, owns both horses. Rockin Indy won the $2,500 top pace on the card with a 1:58.1 victory with Ken Murphy in the bike for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Jeb (Hughes) was second while IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) finished third. Elm Grove Misty was sent to the lead and stayed there in the race 6 Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace. Dave Kelly supplied the steer behind his trainee for the 1:58.2 victory at 16-1 odds for owner Charlene Cypher of Springvale. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A rookie takes on the harness racing veterans in Thursday evening's top pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The race 10 top class sees a tight knit group of seven vying for the $2,500 pot. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash Thursday card. Rookie driver Zach Conway searches for his first lifetime win in the top event leaving from post 3 with Noudidnt Blue Chip for owner-trainer Neal Moase of Warren Grove. The six-year-old son of Roll With Joe last competed in the Governor's Plate consolation at Red Shores Summerside and will attempt to give Bonshaw driver Conway a start to his career after the pacer already has five wins this season on P.E.I. IC True Grit comes into the event off four straight top two finishes with Mike McGuigan driving the morning line favourite from post 6. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) rides a two-race win streak into post 5 while Jeb (Jason Hughes) has rail control while dropping out of the preferred 2 class. Race analyst Les MacIsaac elects to go a different route as he sides with post 2 starter Eagle Jolt who will have Walter Cheverie subbing in for regular driver Marc Campbell. "Eagle Jolt tends to lag at the start but he's a rallying threat so if he gets some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up," MacIsaac said. Also in the field are Rockin Indy (Ken Murphy) and Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault). Majian Tango will look to replicate his Open trot victory from last Thursday in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. Jim Ripley is back in the bike for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S., starting from post 4 with Majian Tango. Star Photo (Hughes) has post 3 this week while Freddie (Cheverie) starts from post 5. Race 6 is the Charlottetown Pony Club 50th Anniversary pace and Medici Hanover will look for redemption after making a break as the favourite Sunday afternoon at Summerside. Gilles Barrieau is back in the race bike for the Thursday card and will drive Medici Hanover from post 4 for trainer Don Milligan of Tyne Valley. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away turned in the biggest performance of the night and his driver dominated the rest of the harness racing program Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson made five trips to the winner's circle on the Saturday card including a devastating 1:53.2 victory in the $3,000 Preferred pace with Sock It Away. The Kevin Maclean trained son of Pang Shui was sent to the lead by MacPherson as the post time favourite and delivered splits of 28, 56.2 and 1:24.3 before stopping the clock in 1:53.2 for a new career best time. Euchred (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was second while Czar Seelster (Mike McGuigan) was third. The win was number 29 for Sock It Away, who boosted his career bankroll to over $127,000 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. MacPherson started the night off with an early double as Knockout Punch captured the opener in 1:59.1 for trainer Kevin Gillis of Charlottetown, then Painted Desert was a winner in 1:59.2 for trainer Kerry Taylor of Stratford. Hysteria delivered win number three for the Cornwall driver as he sizzled the historic oval in 1:54.2 from the Michael Gallant stable, then the Stephen Gass trained Screen Test captured the $2,700 Preferred 2 pace in line to MacPherson in 1:55.4. Tempo Seelster won the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2019 pace with Ken Murphy stopping the clock in 1:56.1 for trainer Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Trainer Gillis had two wins on the card as he won the opener and then the finale with JK Express (Cheverie) in 2:00.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

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