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Charlottetown, PEI -- Canadian harness racing driver James MacDonald of Guelph, Ont. clinched the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC), and its $25,000 top prize Friday evening (August 18) at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, Prince Edward Island. In a night to remember, a capacity crowd witnessed the hometown triumph of MacDonald, the first-ever Canadian to claim the international title on home turf. MacDonald entered the fifth and final day of competition with a 26-point lead over Finland's Mika Forss. Without a win in the first three races to clinch the overall points lead, MacDonald sealed his claim to the WDC title in the night's final of four races by earning four points for an eighth-place finish with Instant Shadow. The Canadian reinsman amassed a total of 211 WDC tournament points, ultimately besting overall runner-up Forss, who completed his drives with an accumulated 193 points for second. Marcus Miller, from the United States, tallied 181.5 points to round out the top three WDC drivers.      The 31-year-old Prince Edward Island native returned to his home province as the only one of the 11 WDC contestants to have won at least one race at each track leading up to the final leg of the tournament. MacDonald won two of five heats at Century Downs in Alberta on Saturday (August 12), teaming up with Lucky Lucka and Barossa Blue Genes, before prevailing with Mystery Bet on Monday (August 14) at his current home base of Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He went on to double up again at Georgian Downs on Tuesday (August 15), reaching the winner's enclosure with Shemars Lulu and Walk The Plank, before earning his sixth WDC win at Québec's Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday (August 16) aboard Federal Strike.   Hosted by Standardbred Canada, the World Driving Championship is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference. The 2017 editions of the events coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.  MacDonald is now the fourth Canadian driver to win the World Driving Championship, the first to do so on Canadian soil. Hervé Filion won the inaugural edition in 1970; his nephew Sylvain Filion won in 1999; and Jody Jamieson won the 2001 and 2011 editions of the WDC. 2017 World Driving Championship Leaderboard (final) Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. James MacDonald (Canada) - 211 2. Mika Forss (Finland) - 193 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 181.5 4. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 166 5. Björn Goop (Sweden) - 152 6. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 148 7. Eirik Høitomt (Norway) - 136 8. Shane Graham (Australia) - 135 8. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 135 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 124.5 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 107   A more detailed release will follow.   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was no looking back for Adkins Hanover as he dominated the feature event Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Old Home Week harness racing officially kicked off. Kenny Arsenault was serious from the word go, laying down fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:25.1 before finishing the mile in 1:54.1 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Intended Royalty (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second with Likely To Win (Adam Merner) completing the triactor. Stephane Brosseau enjoyed his short stay for Old Home Week 2017 as he was victorious in the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial, presented by the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic. The Quebec driver visited the winner's circle with Brussebeach in 1:56.1 for trainer and co-owner Harold Duguay and fellow Quebec resident Dr. John Bradbury. Brosseau returns to Quebec five wins shy of 3,000 lifetime. Brandon Webster recorded the fastest win of his young driving career with a 1:56.4 score in race 7 with Shock The Rock for trainer Blair MacLeod and owner Bethany MacLeod of New Dominion. Twomacsoneshadow captured the James Aylward Leadership pace in 1:58.1 with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmacs Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. It was one of two wins on the card for Barrieau while driver Marc Campbell extended his Charlottetown driving lead with two more wins for 74 wins so far this season. Live racing continues at Red Shores with a Saturday doubleheader with cards at 1 P.M. and 7 P.M. as Old Home Week racing continues   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Retromedia Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of World Harness Racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Special head table guests include Hall of Famers Wally Hennessey and John Campbell, as well as Hon. Robert Mitchell who will give their thoughts on the book, which gives prominence to the harness racing histories and legends of 17 cooperating countries and the histories of several industry leaders. Publisher Larry Resnitzky says he published World Harness Racing to tie in with the 2017 World Trotting Conference and the fifth leg of the World Driving Championship – both being held in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Every International Trotting Association delegate and official observer to the conference will receive a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the sponsors, as a keepsake for their time on the Island. Jerry McCabe, managing editor and co-author of World Harness Racing, says the mini-chapters, with over 100 photos are as fascinating as they are familiar and he’s sure there will be stories read that move the industry forward. The selection of driving legends chosen by the sport-governing bodies for each of the cooperating countries for the book will spark reaction. “Any time you have to narrow a list of all-time greats, there’s going to be discussion,” he said. “There’s going to be some that will surprise in a pleasant way, and some that will surprise by omission.” “John Campbell will be at the launch in his new capacity as the president and CEO of The Hambletonian Society, which is one of the 16 sponsors of the book,” he added. Many from around the world will be familiar with the front cover which features Wally Hennessey and Moni Maker; Varenne; and the flags of the contributing countries: Canada, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The 176-page paperback book will be available for sale and signing by John Campbell, Wally Hennessey and a few of the co-authors at the main-floor event. It will also be available at select bookstores and online at retromedia.ca. ......................................................................................................... AT A GLANCE Special head table guests at the book launch will include Wally Hennessey and John Campbell – two of the greatest harness drivers in history and two of the most humble, professional and accessible people in the industry, along with the Hon. Robert Mitchell, who gave his unfettered support from the outset for this commemorative harness racing book. Under the government letterhead, a letter bearing Robert Mitchell’s signature was sent out to the harness racing governing bodies of 20 countries from five continents. In it, a request was made for a short review of harness racing history, as well as their selection for three of their country’s driving legends, related biographies and accompanying photos. An amazing 17 countries responded to the minister’s request. Support from sponsors, beginning with Red Shores Racetrack and Casino/Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the Government of PEI, and also from some of the best-known breeders, racetracks and organizations in the harness racing world, made the project possible. Wally Hennessey is a third generation of Hennessey horsemen and the Prince Edward Island native is most famous for his driving career with the trotter Moni Maker, once the richest Standardbred in history. Hennessey continues to be one of the most consistent top drivers in the sport today. He has been inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame, The Florida Sports Hall of Fame and the PEI Sports Hall of Fame. John Campbell, a native of Ontario, is a third generation Campbell horsemen. He is the leading money winning driver in the world with close to $300 million won. Campbell is also the youngest person ever to be inducted into the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He’s also an inductee in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Some of the great horses he’s driven include Mack Lobell and Tagliabue. Campbell recently retired from driving and is now the president and CEO of the The Hambletonian Society, one of the sponsors with a mini-chapter on its history in this book. This unique World Harness Racing book is a labour of true love provided to the reader for their enjoyment, thanks to the people from each of the 17 cooperating countries, Retromedia Publishing’s team and the sponsors. Sponsors include some of the best-known breeders, racetracks and organizations in the sport: Century Downs/Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Government of Prince Edward Island, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino/Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Schooner Stables/Hanover Shoe Farms, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, Meridian Farms, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Hippodrome 3R, Standardbred Canada, Tara Hills Stud, WinBak Farm, Preferred Equine, Woodbine Entertainment Group, Woodlands Stud and The Raceway at Western Fair District.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winning two straight Open trots has been a tough feat this harness racing season but Osprey Impact accomplished the goal Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie engineered the winning trip in the $1,850 Open trot with a 1:58.2 score for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Newcomer Murmur Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes) laid down the fractions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:29.1 before making a break late in the mile to finish third while Freddie (Marc Campbell) got up for second. Cheverie worked some magic earlier in the night in the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series as he found the winner's circle with In Cahoots at 35-1 odds. The 1:58.3 victory was scored in the $1,750 first leg of the claiming series for trainer Kenneth Wilkie, who had two wins on the night, and owner Jamie Whalen of Vernon Bridge. There was a placing in the second $1,750 Alpine division as Beechwood Tiger (Myles Heffernan) won the event but was placed third for interference while Beau Seelster was awarded the win in 1:58.1 as part of a Campbell driving quadruple for trainer Keith Barrington of Nova Scotia. The $1,200 Macpherson Roche Smith Chartered Professional Accountants and Management Advisors pace was captured by Best Risque in 1:56.2 with Hughes at the lines. Live racing continues Friday evening at 7 P.M. with the official opening of Old Home Week 2017. Go to www.Redshores.ca for full race results and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Old Home Week officially kicks off on the Friday evening harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the featured pace is packed with firepower. First race post time is 7 P.M. for the 11-dash card and the WG Barbour Pace takes centre stage in race 11 for a $2,250 purse. The top notch field of pacers is headlined by Adkins Hanover from post 4 fresh off a second place finish to Gold Cup and Saucer trial entry Do Over Hanover. The Trevor Hicken trained Adkins Hanover paced in 1:54.3 that night and gets the services of Kenny Arsenault again this week for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Likely To Win rides a two-race win streak into the Friday feature with Adam Merner at the controls while Forever Paradise and driver Mike McGuigan reignite their chemistry from post 5. The race also has a number of off-island entries with Intended Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) getting rail control with his last 11 starts seeing him finish no worse than second at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Veroi Bayama has 6 shipping in from the fair circuit in Quebec and gets accomplished French-Canadian driver Stephane Brosseau bring his talents to Old Home Week racing this year. It is quite possible Brosseau will make some history of his own during the next nine days as he is just seven wins short of 3,000 career victories. KD Overdrive (Stephen Mason) gets post 2 fresh off racing at Bangor in Maine, while Distinctiv Rusty (Jason Hughes) brings his impressive streak of 1:57 miles over him home base of Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia into post 8. Eagle Jolt has post 7 with Charlottetown's leading driver, Marc Campbell, at the lines as the driver looks to add to his 68 victories so far this season, not counting action Thursday evening. The James Aylward Leadership Pace hits the track in race 3 with Twomacsoneshadow favoured from post 5 with Barrieau in the bike for owners Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. Narragansett is the morning line choice from post 6 in the race 9 Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial, presented by the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic. Hughes drives the eight-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. Check out www.redshores.ca for live video, race programs, race replays and promotional information during all the Old Home Week action. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Do Over Hanover was in a league of his own in the Saturday evening harness racing preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was in the bike for the fastest win of his career as Do Over Hanover controlled the front end at every call through fractions of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:24.1 en route to a 1:53.1 victory by six open lengths in the $2,400 preferred pace. Adkins Hanover (Kenny Arsenault) released Do Over Hanover to the lead past the quarter to sit second and finish second with Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) completing the healthy $218.20 triactor with race favorite Crombie A finishing seventh. It was the sixth win in a row for Do Over Hanover with Chris MacKay training the four-year-old son of Western Ideal for owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Saint-Esprit, Que. Dixie Lullaby found redemption on her native red soil in the $2,250 Open Mares pace with a 1:57.4 victory with Walter Cheverie in the bike for co-owner and trainer Kyle Fellows of Rockwood, Ont., and co-owner Carl Stafford of Conception Bay South, N.L. Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes) was second with Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) third. Ken Murphy and Adam Merner both had driving triples on the card with Gilles Barrieau and Kenny Arsenault winning two races in the bike and trainer Ron Gass scoring a pair of victories. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top two finishers from this year's Governor's Plate final are back in action Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Crombie A is looking forward to the harness racing rematch. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 14-dash program with 2017 Governor's Plate champion Do Over Hanover leaving from post 6 in the $2,400 race 13 preferred pace with Mike McGuigan at the lines for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Allard Racing Inc., of Saint-Esprit, Que., Red Isle Racing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The four-year-old son of Western Ideal rides a five-race win streak into the event but has not made a start since winning the Governor's Plate final in 1:53.2 on July 15. Crombie A was second that night but has since raced on July 22, winning the $7,500 Exhibition Cup final at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia in a track record performance of 1:52.4. Adam Merner gets the driving call from post 7 this week for trainer Earl Watts and owners Kapildeo Singh of Yortown Heights, N.Y., and Allard Racing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Do Over Hanover from post 6. "Do Over Hanover arrived on the Island in the midst of a three race win streak and he's since extended that to five," MacIsaac said. "With tons of early speed to his inside he'll have to come from off the pace but he's shown he's got the versatility to handle any style. Top billing." Other entries in Saturday's top event include Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith), Adkins Hanover (Kenny Arsenault), Forever Paradise (Walter Cheverie), Good Friday Three (Gordie Hennessey) and D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau). Race 10 has the $2,250 Open pacing mares with a field of eight top mares assembled with Shadows Mystery getting the nod as the morning line favourite in the absence this week of perennial Open winner Ramblinglily. Barrieau drives Shadows Mystery for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Gordie Ford. Other top entries this week include Dixie Lullaby (Cheverie) and Prettyndangerous (Merner). Catch all the action live at the track with the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion being offered again this weekend or check out www.redshores.ca for live video and more information. Nogreatmischief Looks For Third Straight Feature Victory at Summerside The front end will not be up for grabs Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Minor Wisdom has rail control in the preferred pace. The first of 11-dashes kicks off at 1 P.M. with the race 10 feature seeing Minor Wisdom off the pylons with Jason Hughes back in the bike for owner-trainer Kristina McCourt of Kensington. The seven-year-old daughter of American Ideal consistently employs front end tactics and will look to knock off four rivals in her Sunday contest. Nogreatmischief is the favourite in the $2,200 event with Walter Cheverie training and driving the six-year-old son of Bettors Delight that he co-owns with John Thompson of Charlottetown. Eagle Jolt leaves from post 2 and will team up with Ryan Desroche in the sulky as trainer Marc Campbell races in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Race analyst Bo Ford sees the two-race win streak and consistent 1:55-1:56 speed of Nogreatmischief as too much to pass up on. "After a couple of starts in 2017 Nogreatmischief has started to show he knows what it is all about," Ford said. "His recent form is exceptional and he'll get a great post to work with. Top call." KD Overdrive (Stephen Mason) and Pictonian Storm (Wade Sorrie) round out the featured field. Race 8 has a tight knit field of six pacers going for a $1,800 pot. Machinthesand drops out of preferred competition to draw post 3 with Norris Rogers in the bike for trainer Hughie Murphy with other top contenders including Keep Coming (Myles Heffernan) and Old Buck (Hughes). Double Decker makes his East Coast debut in race 5 with Norman Myers co-owning and driving for trainer Michelle MacDonald and co-owner Roger MacDonald of Cardigan. The five-year-old son of Mister Big has three lifetime wins to his credit with a mark of 1:56.4 taken over the five-eighths oval at Kawartha Downs in Peterborough, Ont. He gets post 1 in the $1,300 class with Myambrose (Hughes) the morning line choice form post 2. Check out www.redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information including the ongoing $100,000 Dash For Cash. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing driver Marc Campbell was on a roll again Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The "King" of Island racing, Campbell scored the fastest win of the 12-dash card with Nikes Cowgirl recording a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3. Campbell trains and drives for owner James Struthers of Port Morien, N.S. Campbell also recorded wins with Come On Eileen in 1:57.4 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague and Winrlosedrnkdaboze in a new record of 1:58.3 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Campbell leads all drivers with 68 wins so far this season in Charlottetown. Likely To Win captured the $2,000 featured pace in 1:56.1 with Adam Merner at the controls for trainer Melissa Rennie and Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Campbell of Judique along with Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary, Alta. Denver Dolly was second in the top class with Campbell in the bike while Narragansett completed the triactor with Jason Hughes driving. Race broadcast co-host and analyst Bo Ford pitched the winning triactor and even the superfecta on the feature race to viewers and on track players. Walter Cheverie recorded a driving double on the program including a $1,850 Open trot victory with Osprey Impact in 1:58.3 for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Second went to Freddie (Campbell) with Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) third. Gary Chappell had a pair of driving wins with Female Finesse in 1:58.3 for trainer William White of Murray River and with his own trainee, Now Whos The Queen, in 2:01.1. Live racing continues Saturday eveningat Red Shores Charlottetown a 6 P.M.post time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Picking a name out of a hat may be as accurate as trying to predict the winner in Thursday evening's tightly knit featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash program with Likely To Win the morning line choice from post 5 in the $2,000 race. Adam Merner trains and drives the 34-time-winner for owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. The seven-year-old son of Western Terror was victorious in his latest outing winning in 1:57.1. Narragansett has been part of the action in virtually every one of his 2017 starts but gets post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Jason Hughes in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac doesn't see the post as a major detriment to Narragansett's chances of landing on top. "Narragansett is always a threat with that dangerous late burst, especially in a compact field with not as much traffic," MacIsaac said. "If he can get some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up." Other entries in the race include Give Em Heck (Colin Sheppard), The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault), Instant Shadow (Gilles Barrieau) and Denver Dolly (Marc Campbell). Campbell continues to lead the dash race at the capital oval by a healthy margin with 65 wins so far this season compared to Hughes in second place with 32 wins. The former O'Brien award winning driver has a chance to add to his total in Thursday's race 3 Open trot event as he drives Freddie for the Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston fresh off a 1:58.3 victory in his latest. His arch-rival, Osprey Impact, leaves from post 6 with Walter Cheverie in the bike while he has post 7 in the $1,850 event. At least one win streak will end in race 9 on the card with Nikes Cowgirl (Campbell) riding a three-race win streak into post 2 while Julep Hanover and owner-trainer-driver Wade Myers has post 3 fresh off a pair of victories in 1:57 and change. For live video, race programs and promotions go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association has announced a change to the Old Home Week race schedule. There will be no live harness racing program on Thursday afternoon August 17, 2017. The Atlantic Sires Stakes for two year-old pacing fillies will move to the Thursday evening program. Post time is 7pm. For a complete list of race dates and post times for Old Home Week leading up the World Driving Championship and the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer go to www.redshores.ca Red Shores Racetrack and Casino

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Adkins Hanover did the early roadwork but Elm Grove Kaboom was there to pick up the pieces in the Saturday evening harness racing Preferred Pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adkins Hanover and driver Adam Merner controlled the front end in the $2,400 event through fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.3 before a hard closing Elm Grove Kabooma and trainer-driver Earl Smith got up to score a quarter-length win in 1:55.2. Adkins Hanover was second with Forever Paradise (Mike McGuigan) finishing third. Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield own Elm Grove Kaboom as the pacer scored his 10th lifetime win and took a new career best win time. The photo finish was put to good use in the $2,250 Mares Open Pace as Ramblinglily scored a tight win in 1:56.4 over Shadows Mystery (Kenny Arsenault) and Woodmere Articblue (Marc Campbell). Walter Cheverie drove Ramblinglily for trainer and co-owner Allan Jones of Riverview, N.B., and co-owner Norman Leger of Shediac, N.B., for the mare's 54th lifetime win. Merner served up a grand slam on the card winning four dashes. Likely To Win was a 1:57.1 winner in a $1,900 class for trainer Melissa Rennie and Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Campbell of Judique as well as Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary Alberta. Merner's other wins came aboard All Turain in 1:58.2 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague, Zero Rate in 1:58.4 for trainer Michael Gallant of Charlottetown and Artist List in 1:58 for trainer Ron Gass of Cornwall. Kenny Arsenault had a driving double on the program winning with Three Truths in 1:58.1 for Paul Doyle of Charlottetown and with Miramichi David in a maiden breaking 2:00.1 for trainer Mike Campbell. Marc Campbell also scored two winners as he continues to lead the driving standings at the capital oval. Campbell's wins came with a 1:58.1 victory on Jdcyril for trainer Kevin MacLean of Kinross and with Twin B Shadow in 1:58.4 for owners Douglas Matheson of Mount Albion and Stewart MacDonald of Charlottetown. The Gormanizor was a 2:00.2 winner for trainer-driver Jason Hughes with "The Blue Knight" scoring another driving win with Ultimatelyhandsome in 1:57 for trainer Sifroi Melanson to cap off the program. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Thursday night was deja  vu for Nogreatmischief as he visited the winner's circle for the second week straight in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie was in the bike behind the six-year-old son of Bettors Delight as he scored a 1:56.1 victory in the $2,100 Thursday evening featured pace over Starcastic (Gilles Barrieau) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes). Cheverie co-owns Nogreatmischief with John Thompson of Charlottetown. In Open trot action, Freddie was victorious in his ongoing rivalry with Osprey Impact. Freddie captured this week's $1,850 edition of the Open trot with Marc Campbell in the bike for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Osprey Impact (Cheverie) was second with Holy Molie Maggie (Barrieau) completing the triactor. Scoot Out Of Here won the Joy and Don Spence 55th Wedding Anniversary pace in 1:58.2 as the second part of a Campbell driving double. Vaughan Doyle trains the mare for owner Darla Jay of Charlottetown. The combination of driver Merner and trainer Kenneth Wilkie doubled up on the program as Regal Party Girl (2:02) and Anzula (2:01.2) both visited the winner's circle. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 6 P.M. first race post time. Wager was $38,385 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Nogreatmischief will be looking for more of the same in the Thursday night harness racing feature after scorching the track in his latest effort at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash card with Nogreatmischief the morning line choice in the race 12 $2,100 feature event. Walter Cheverie trains and drives the son of Bettor's Delight that he also co-owns with John Thompson of Charlottetown. The pacer was a winner in 1:55.2 in his latest and gets post 5 to work with this week. Narragansett was third in last Thursday's feature to Nogreatmischief but is saddled with post 8 this week with Jason Hughes in the bike while Starcastic gets rail control with Gilles Barrieau in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks a repeat is a real possibility for Nogreatmischief. "As good as Nogreatmischief has been the past couple of years he was never better than he was last time," MacIsaac said. "When you couple that performance with the positive trend of dropping his time in every start they'll have their hands full keeping him from doubling up." The field is rounded out by Tempo Seelster (Driven by Vincent Poulton), The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault), Darth Bader (Ed Harvey), Zingers Laugh (Mike McGuigan) and Alberta Sky (Ken Murphy). The race 3 $1,850 Open trot will see the Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside track record holders square off. Charlottetown track record holder Freddie has post 6 in the field of seven with trainer Marc Campbell at the lines for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Osprey Impact has post 7 fresh off a Summerside track record performance of 1:57.2 in her latest. Cheverie does the driving for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Other Open trot entries include I Aint No Lady (Hughes), Holy Molie Maggie (Barrieau), Dusty Lane Jacob (Adam Merner), Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee). Race 9 on the program is in honour of Don and Joy Spence's 55th wedding anniversary with Brief Interlude the morning line favourite from post 2 in the $1,200 event. Merner will drive Brief Interlude for trainer Paul Conway of Bonshaw. Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and ongoing promotional information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Kenny Arsenault registered his 3,000th career driving victory in standardbred racing during a 12-dash harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. “I never thought I was going to get there,” joked Arsenault, who has recorded every single one of his wins in the Maritimes. “The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . “It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling.” Arsenault registered No. 3,000 with Private Di, a two-year-old filly he trains for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Time of the mile was 2:01.3. “I was so happy it was one of my own horses,” said Arsenault in an interview with the Journal Pioneer during Sunday afternoon’s harness racing program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway. “If it would have been a horse of Robbie or Wendell Shaw, Jackie Arsenault or people I have been driving for the past 30 years, I would have been tickled to death too,” said the 57-year-old Arsenault, who has been driving for 33 years. I never thought I was going to get there. The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling. Kenny Arsenault First race Arsenault, who drives regularly at both P.E.I. tracks, recalled his very first career win was for his uncle Joey Arsenault. “I had four drives the first day I drove, I won on my last drive,” he recalled. “It wasn’t pretty.” Arsenault, who admitted he has seen lots of changes in his career, especially in safety equipment, said that while the competition is intense on the track, there is a great camaraderie amongst drivers. “They are great guys to drive against,” said Arsenault. “Walter Cheverie and Gary Chappell have been driving as long as I have been. Gordie Hennessey and Earl Smith are other longtime drivers, and now you have these young drivers who are good, safe drivers. It’s a lot of fun to be out there.” When asked what it means to reach the milestone, Arsenault commented: “When I started driving I wanted to get to a 1,000 (wins). When I got to 1,000, I wanted to go to 2,000. When I got to 2,000, I wanted to get to 3,000. “I was kind of thinking about it the last year, especially when I got to 2,900. The last six weeks I never thought I was going to get there!” Going forward, Arsenault said his next goal is to remain healthy and continue driving and training horses. “I really like what I do,” emphasized Arsenault. “To me it’s not work. I have a passion for it, it’s a seven-day a week job and it’s something I look forward to doing when I get up every morning.” By Jason Simmonds Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise landed on the scene late but that is all it took to land in the harness racing winner's circle in Saturday evening's $2,400 preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was reunited with the seven-year-old son of Western Paradise for the 1:57.3 victory for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Adkins Hanover and driver Ambyr Campbell set the tempo with fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:28.1 before Forever Paradise emerged from mid-pack with the fastest closing quarter of the race to secure the victory as part of a McGuigan driving double. Adkins Hanover was second with Jeb (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. Forever Paradise rewarded his backers with a $19.60 win ticket while the 4-3-7 triactor paid a healthy $629.40. Julep Hanover has knocked on the door all season without a win but she decided to change her narrative in style Saturday night in the $2,250 Open Mares Pace. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was a 1:57.3 winner in the Open event as the longest shot on the board at 10-1. Wade Myers of Charlottetown trains, drives and owns the pacing mare as she converted a pocket ride behind Best Risque (Ken Murphy) into a narrow victory. Best Risque was second with Brodys Leona (McGuigan) completing the $558.90 triactor. Kenny Arsenault hit a career milestone on the program winning his 3,000th career race with Private Di in 2:01.3. Arsenault, of Charlottetown, trains the two-year-old daughter of Mach Three for Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Arsenault scored later in the program with Pownal Bay Saul in 1:59.4 for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Oh To Be Me rang in another birthday for trainer-driver-owner Gary Chappell of Charlottetown on the program. The now 57-year-old driver scored a 10-length victory in race 10 for a $1,400 purse in 1:57.1. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday evening with a 6:30 P.M. post time and Saturday at 6 P.M. Ryan Desroche Day Sunday In Summerside Sunday afternoonwas a good day to have Ryan Desroche in the sulky as he tripled up at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 19-year-old reinsman had four drives on the 12-dash afternoon program with him scoring three wins. Desroche had been winless so far this season as a driver but showed with the right horsepower he can deliver. The party started for the driver in race 5 as Onehotvett scored a first over victory in 2:01 for trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Painted Desert was the second part of the Desroche driving triple and the first half a training double for Kristina McCourt of Kensington, who trains Painted Desert for Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. The time of the mile was 1:57.4 in the $1,600 dash. Desroche and McCourt reunited in the afternoon finale as Capitalism was on top at every call to win the $1,400 race in 1:59.1. The only Desroche mount not to hit the circle was Ultimate Faith, who still mustered a second place finish for trainer Philip Desroche, the driver's father. Pictonian Storm captured the afternoon featured event for driver Gary Chappell and trainer Austin Sorrie, for his second training win on the day. The 1:56.4 victory saw Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) finish second with Minor Wisdom (Wade Sorrie) finishing third. Chappell had two wins on the program as he also won with Mia Lotta in 2:02.3. Live racing continues at Red Shores Summerside next Sunday afternoonfeaturing the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacers and trotters and the Maple Leaf trot for three-year-old trotters. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Saturday evening feature promises to be a lively one at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as it is jam packed with top pacers who just met in Governor's Plate elimination action two weeks ago in Summerside. The Saturday evening 12-dash Charlottetown card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the featured pace capping off the card in the finale sponsored by McWade Racing. Invictus Hanover gets respect as the morning line favourite from post 6 with Jason Hughes training and driving for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was a fifth place finisher in the recent $22,000 Governor's Plate final pacing in 1:55.3, a time that puts him in full contention with his Saturday rivals. Fellow Hughes trainee Jeb is fresh off a 1:55.1 victory and gets the services of Kenny Arsenault in the bike this week while Smiley Bayama has post 2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass. Not a single horse can be discounted in the field as Give Em Heck has previously defeated this group and gets the services of Brian MacPhee from post 1. MacPhee's daughter, Ambyr Campbell, gets the catch driving call on Trevor Hicken trainee Adkins Hanover with post 3, Forever Paradise is reunited with Mike McGuigan from post 4 while Perfect Escape has post 5 for Gordie Hennessey. Eagle Jolt has been ultra consistent this year with Ryan Desroche picking up the drive as trainer Marc Campbell in racing in stakes action in Truro, N.S. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Invictus Hanover to defeat Saturday's talented group. "While this is a nice group they're not quite up to the level of his usual opposition," MacIsaac said of Invictus Hanover. "The post might curb your enthusiasm and while we'd prefer to see him on front, he's got the versatility to handle any style so he gets top billing." The race 11 $2,250 Open Mares pace will see the return of Dixie Lullaby who has been racing in Ontario the past two season after being one of the most talented two-year-old fillies the Maritimes has seen in recent years. The now four-year-old daughter of If I Can Dream was raised by Meridian Farms in Milton and was a recent winner in 1:53.4 over the half-mile oval at Grand River Raceway in Ontario, putting her into potential Charlottetown track record territory. Gary Chappell will drive Dixie Lullaby from post 8 for trainer Kyle Fellows of Ontario, who co-owns with Carl Stafford of Newfoundland And Labrador. Good Lucky Kathy has been installed as the favourite in the race with post 6 for driver Hughes and conditioner Jennifer Trainor. The program also features the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2017 Pace in race 6. Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion being offered again this weekend. Tight Knit Group Contests Summerside Top Class A compact group of five will contest the Sunday afternoonfeatured pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and the opening quarter is sure to be lively. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 12-dash card and Machinthesand has rail control and the nod from classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line choice in the $2,250 race 11 top class. Ken Murphy drives the pacer for trainer Hughie Murphy and Summerside owners Noon Holdings Ltd and Russell and Karen Noonan. The eight-year-old son of Mach Three was victorious in this class the last time he had rail control by setting up shop on the front end but this week he has to contend with the front-running Minor Wisdom from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike for Kristina McCourt of Kensingto. The seven-year-old American Ideal mare was a winner in her latest outing in the $2,250 Mares Open. Instant Shadow (Jason Hughes) gets post 5 shipping in from New Brunswick and riding a two-race win streak over Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John for trainer Sifroi Melanson, while Pictonian Storm was a sharp 1:55.2 winner in his latest and gets Gary Chappell this week from post 4. Mando Fun leaves from post 3 with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Paul Biggar. Ultimateflyingnun will put her undefeated season to the test from post 1 in race 10 on the card for trainer Melanson and driver Spence. The five-year-old daughter of Driven To Win has three wins from as many starts so far in 2017. Old Buck is the favourite in that $1,800 event for driver Hughes and owner-trainer Alan MacDonald of Summerside. Race 8 has a newcomer to Island racing with Come On Eileen leaving from post 5 in the $1,600 dash with Ambyr Campbell in the bike for new trainer Trevor Hicken. The four-year-old daughter of Sportswriter has seven lifetime wins, $28,724 in earnings and a mark of 1:57 over the five-eighths Rideau Carleton oval outside Ottawa, Ont. The mare will have stiff company in her Island debut including Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), Rash B Havior (Murphy) and Ultimatelyhandsome (Dale Spence). Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion being offered again this weekend. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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