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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 www.redshores.ca 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   www.redshores.ca 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.  

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

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

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

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

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

Summerside, PE - The Prince County Horsemen's Club has a new title sponsor for the Governor's Plate at Red Shores Summerside. Township Chevrolet Buick GMC has agreed to sponsor Summerside's signature event with the Governor's Plate celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday July 14, 2018. "On behalf of our horsemen's club and the harness racing community we want to thank Township Chevrolet Buick GMC for their support," said PCHC President Kingsley Walsh. Organizers are working on many new events on and off the track which includes the Summerside Lobster Carnival. "We have a solid relationship with harness racing and the Lobster Carnival," said Red Shores Race Manager Adam Walsh. "This season features stakes events, exciting promotions and even special anniversary segments as we honor the 50th running of the Governor's Plate." The 2018 race season gets underway on Monday May 21st at 1pm, with Governor's Plate week starting on Sunday July 8th. . The Summerside Lobster Carnival returns from Thursday July 12 to Saturday July 14th. For more information on race dates, upcoming events and promotions go to www.redshores.ca Editor note: Kingsley and Adam have the same last name. By Lee Drake

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

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

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

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

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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It has been the best part of six years since she saw action in a pari-mutuel event but the fact remains that Malabrigo will be looking for her 17th straight win in her comeback from retirement as the harness racing season kicks off Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 P.M. for the 12-dash program as live racing returns to the capital of Prince Edward Island for its 130th season. Malabrigo last raced in late 2012 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell, where she won her 16th consecutive race in her undefeated three-year-old season. The daughter of Western Paradise was then sent to Kentucky where she had four foals before being picked up by Campbell at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in Pennsylvania last fall. She was trained back for new owners Natasha Campbell and Darryl and Gordon MacLean, all of Winsloe and Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown and was a sharp qualifying winner in 2:00.1 over Red Shores Charlottetown. Malabrigo has been installed at 3-1 odds in race 10 on the Saturday evening program after drawing post 4 in the $1,800 event. The preferred pace lines up in race 11 with Czar Seelster and driver Kenny Arsenault the morning line favourites in the $2,500 event from post 6. Owned by Tammy Johnston of Stratford, the Todd Weatherbee trainee was a 2:00 qualifier winner last Saturday in Charlottetown. Newcomer Confident Fella has post 4 in the field of six with Campbell in the sulky for trainer Ralph Sweet and new owners David and John Sweet of O'Leary. Other entries include Mr Irresistible (Driven by Jason Hughes), Euchred (Terry Gallant), Adkins Hanover (Adam Merner) and Tobinator (Corey MacPherson). Austin Sorrie, 18, makes his pari-mutuel driving debut on the weekend card with a pair of mounts on the program including Thebestofme in race 3 and Pictonian Storm in race 12. Customers can expect some new features when they arrive back at the track for the Red Shores season opener including the Mystery Voucher, where you purchase your race program on track and receive a wagering voucher. Customer prizes for the mystery voucher range up to $130 in celebration of 130 years of racing in Charlottetown. The season will yet again see the Race Day Broadcasts anchored by Lee Drake, Peter MacPhee, Kurt Hughes and Bo Ford along with track announcer Vance Cameron. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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 www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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