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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred had to work to make the lead but the front end yet again proved to be the place to be in the harness racing Preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Adam Merner, Euchred had to press hard off the gate in the $2,500 preferred pace at the capital oval from the outside post 5. The Shadow Play gelding eventually cleared the lead past the 27.3 opening quarter then continued his dominance through fractions of 57.1 and 1:26.1 before opening up by four-and-one-quarter lengths to win in 1:55.1. Cartoon Daddy (Driven by Corey MacPherson) had to settle for second best and had his win streak end at three victories, while third went to Ashes To Ashes (Gilles Barrieau). The mile was the fastest clocking to date in the young season, giving Euchred his third win in the preferred class from four outings since the summer racing meet opened on April 28. Terry Gallant trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Mr Irresistible toyed with his opposition in the evening back-up pace for a $2,100 purse with Jason Hughes at the lines of the Jennifer Doyle trainee for a 1:55.4 clocking. Second went to Junebugs Baby (Ken Murphy) with Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) finishing third. The winning horse is owned by Danny Birt of Stratford. Live racing on Prince Edward Island continues Monday afternoon at 1 P.M. for the opening card of the 2018 season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores             Lee A. Drake   Manager Marketing, Brands & PlayWise   Red Shores Racetrack and Casino   Charlottetown & Summerside Locations   58 Kensington Road l Charlottetown, PEI l C1A 9S8   p: 902-620-4222 Ext 4263 l c: 902-629.0836 l f: 902-620-4324 Twitter @leedrake01                       "Contains confidential information, including proprietary AL or third party information, advice and/or recommendations, the disclosure of which may harm AL's or a third party's financial interests; Not intended for public distribution."         This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Brayden White thrust his arm in the air and repeated his motto in Charlottetown Wednesday as the 2018 Easter Seals ambassador kicked off the Tim Horton’s school tour. “Be brave; never give up,’’ Brayden roared to cheers from a gymnasium packed with students at Prince Street School, one of many stops the Grade 7 Georgetown student was making on day one of the tour. “I have Down Syndrome. I know that I learn slower than most people but I am smart and I learn the same as everyone,’’ Brayden said. “It just takes me longer. I am just like you. I am no different. My dad always says that someday I will be able to live on my own and have a job.’’   Related: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador The youngster talked about his school, his teachers and told students at Prince Street that while his favourite sport is hockey he also likes basketball and soccer, too. “I (also) love to go to the horse races and my favourite driver is Marc Campbell,’’ Brayden said, referring to the successful harness racing driver at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He also offered some advice to fellow students in terms of scoring some points with the parents at home. “I am very good at helping my dad (Melvin). I always put away my clothes and listen really well.’’ Brayden also enjoys going to camp at Camp Gencheff. Tour stops Thursday, April 19 – Englewood, Amherst Cove, Miscouche Consolidated, Ecole-sur-Mer, Greenfield, Elm Street, Athena, Parkside, Summerside Intermediate, Three Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Kensington Intermediate, Somerset Elementary, Kinkora Regional High Friday, April 20 – Tignish Elementary, Ecole Francaise de Prince-Ouest, ME Callaghan Junior High, St. Louis Elementary, Alberton Elementary, Westisle Composite, Bloomfield Elementary, Hernewood Junior High, O’Leary Elementary, Ellerslie Elementary, Ecole Evangeline Monday, April 23 – Glen Stewart Primary, Stratford Elementary, Birchwood Intermediate, Colonel Gray, Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown Rural, West Royalty Elementary, Grace Christian, Ecole Saint Augustin, Gulf Shore, Central Queens, Bluefield Tuesday, April 24 – Souris Regional High, Ecole La-Belle-Cloche, Morell Regional High, Morell Consolidated, Mount Stewart Consolidated, L.M. Montgomery, Ecole Francois Buote, Donagh Regional High Wednesday, April 25 – Vernon River Consolidated, Belfast Consolidated, Southern Kings Consolidated, Montague Regional, Montague Consolidated, Montague Intermediate, Cardigan Consolidated, Georgetown Consolidated Before departing Prince Street on Wednesday, one of the students presented Brayden with a cheque for $500 the students had raised for Easter Seals, one of many cheques the ambassador is certain to accept as the tour winds across the Island until Wednesday, April 25. “(The money) means that other kids like me can go to camp and that we can do special things,’’ Brayden said. Anna MacKenzie, principal at Prince Street School, said the students organized their own fundraiser. “The developed the three projects that we did all on their own,’’ MacKenzie said. “So we had a hat sale, a bake sale and a pajama day and the kids raised $500. It was an excellent response from the children. I was very proud of them.’’ Janice Blacquiere, events co-ordinator with D.P. Murphy Inc. which owns the Tim Horton’s restaurants, said the tour will encompass 10 to 13 schools per day over six days. “Each school makes a donation to Easter Seals and what that does is helps to help physically challenged children, whether it be (with) hearing devices; it might be with computers (or) schools may need doors widened so wheelchairs would have easy access,’’ Blacquiere said, citing a few examples of what the money could be used for. “We can’t thank the schools for their continuing support enough of Easter Seals. It’s wonderful.’’ Dave Stewart (  Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside will be holding qualifying sessions to prep for the harness racing season openers scheduled for Charlottetown on Saturday April 28th at 6pm while Summerside starts their campaign on Monday May 21, 2018. Post time is 1pm. Here is the qualifying schedule. Charlottetown Qualifiers Saturday April 21st Post Time 1:00pm Tuesday April 24th Post Time 1:00pm Summerside Qualifiers Sunday April 22nd Post Time 1:00pm Contact the Red Shores race office for more information at 902.629.6634 Lee Drake

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - More than 300 people flocked to the Credit Union Place on Saturday evening to recognize the talents needed to make harness racing successful on the Island. Trainers, drivers, standardbreds and owners were honoured at the annual Prince County Horsemen’s Club awards banquet, which included a special guest appearance by John Campbell, a Hall of Fame harness racing driver. “Attending my first gold Cup and Saucer last August was quite the experience and left a pretty big impression on me. I had always heard what a great event it was, Wally Hennessey and Scott Bell had been telling me for many years that you just have to come. “But hearing about it and experiencing it are two different things. It’s one of the best events in harness racing. The passion for harness racing and horses that the majority of people on the Island have is something that I really took notice of…It certainly makes the Island a special and unique place,” said Campbell while addressing the audience at the sold-out event. He continued, “P.E.I. has produced many world-class trainers and drivers, as well as owners that have raced horses at the highest level…We’re putting on a show for the public, and it must be presented in the best possible fashion.” Those in attendance at the event have dipped their toes into every aspect of the standardbred industry, and they came from across the province to show their dedication and support for the racing tradition that dates back to the 1880s on the Island. Marc Campbell, nicknamed the “King” of Island harness racing, scooped up three awards that included Top Driver, Top Trainer, and Horseman of the Year. “I’ve been involved in harness racing my whole life and I was proud to get the awards last night with my family in attendance. My whole family is involved in harness racing, it’s a family affair, and being recognized for all the hard work at the event makes me want to push even more for next year,” he said. Campbell acknowledged that he was surprised when he was presented with the Horseman of the Year award. “I wasn’t expecting that award and it was the final one of the night, so it was a great feeling.” Harness racing is gearing up for the new season. “We have a bunch of young horses getting ready, around 23-24, and I have a feeling that it will be a great season,” Campbell concluded. Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

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

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