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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — Blasting off the gate from the start, Midway Island and driver Travis Cullen carved out a perfect trip to hit the winner’s circle Saturday night in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1. Leaving from Post 5 in the $12,500 race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, Midway Island left hard and struck the front before releasing race favourite – and defending champion – Somewhere Fancy (Marc Campbell) to the front at the first quarter of 28.1. Midway Island then rode the two-hole through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.2, before powering past in the stretch to win by one-and-a-half lengths in 1:52.1. Somewhere Fancy finished second with Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) third and National Debt (Gilles Barrieau) fourth to secure spots in Saturday’s big race. Levis Day (Robert Shepherd), Doctor Royal (David Dowling) and Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) finished fifth to seventh, respectively, while Make Some Luck (Jody Jamieson) made a break at the half-mile marker and was eighth. They will race in the James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation on Friday night. Trained by Miltonvale Park native Rachel Andrew, Midway Island is a new acquisition for the trainer, who co-owns the horse with boyfriend Travis Cullen of Dundas, Ont. Midway Island arrived at their Ontario farm a week before the race in Charlottetown, from his former Pennsylvania home of the Ron Burke stable. “Looking at the program, I figured I could leave out and Marc Campbell would keep coming, so that was the best trip to just make the final,” Cullen said after Saturday’s race. “We’ve only had the horse for a few days and Rachel has done a tremendous job with him. I’ve had nothing to do with him. He couldn’t get a better trip.” When the horse arrived in Ontario, Cullen trained the horse over his half-mile farm track and Midway Island made a break in the final turn. “I had a 62-inch hopple on because we always like letting their hopples out with a new horse but then he made a break,” the driver said. “So, I said, ‘We better not do that’. He raced tonight with a tight hopple on and was terrific, so we’re not worried about that.” A native of Manitoba, Cullen admits the Gold Cup and Saucer is not as big of a deal to him as it is to his partner. “It doesn’t mean as much to me as it does Rachel, but, at the same time, it does because of Brian,” Cullen said of Andrew’s late father and the master of Meridian Farms, who passed away in December. “Growing up, I always watched big races like this. I don’t have grand circuit horses so, for the horses I race, this is as top as it gets.” Fittingly enough, Cullen was at Meridian Farms Saturday before the race and realized he forgot a long sleeve shirt to wear under his suit. “Just wear this,” Rachel said while tossing him a sweater. Cullen put it on and said, “Yeah, it’s OK. Where did you get this?” “It was my dad’s,” Rachel responded. “He was always like a second dad to me,” Cullen said during the interview Saturday night. “He was always looking out for you.” Cullen is adamant if Midway Island finds the winner’s circle in the final it will be all because of Rachel and in memory of her father. “I just kinda let her do her own thing,” he said. “She puts so much time into them. You couldn’t ask for someone to do a better job.” by Nicholas Oakes, for the Journal Pioneer

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 5 - Travis Cullen has been making a big impact since relocating to Ontario last fall and Monday night the young reinsman reached a harness racing driving milestone at Mohawk Racetrack. The 24-year-old driver/trainer picked up his 1,000th career driving victory in the evening's fourth-race behind Eric Adams trained three-year-old pacing filly Stellenbosch. Cullen entered Monday's card just a single win shy of the career milestone. A resident of Rockton, Ontario, Cullen is a throwback in the catch-driver era, as he trains a sizable stable and drives all of his own horses. The young reinsman had been dominating the Alberta racing scene over the last few years before deciding to relocate to Ontario last fall. Cullen's decision to shift his operation to Ontario has been a wise-one through less than a year. This season, he has already matched his career-best seasonal earnings of $1.3 million as a driver, while on the training side his barn has earned over $850,000 and is well on its way to surpassing their career-best total of $1.2 million in 2015. As if training and driving all of his own horses wasn't a big enough workload, Cullen has also done plenty of catch-driving this season. Since the start of the Mohawk meet in April, Cullen has picked up ten victories as a catch-driver. Overall this season, Cullen has racked up 82 driving victories and 69 training victories. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Travis Cullen on his milestone. Mark McKelvie

EDMONTON, AB - The 2014/2015 Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino harness racing season came to close this afternoon with a 10-race card at the Edmonton oval. "Northlands Park is alive with action 363 days a year and the harness racing season captures some of the most exciting three months in the racing calendar," said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. "The 2014 and 2015 harness racing season was no exception, as some of the best Standardbreds, trainers and drivers in the nation came to the track to give our guests a great experience." The season's two biggest races at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino were the Western Canada Pacing Derby on December 6, 2014 and the Northlands Filly Pace on December 13, 2014. Rummys Command trained and driven by Keith Clark won the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace while Outlaw Gunpowder, driven by Philip Giesbrecht and trained by Kelly Hoerdt, took the $95,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby. The 2014/2015 harness season showcased the continued dominance of the 2013 O'Brien Award winner for Rising Star, Travis Cullen. He was the runaway winner in both the trainer and driver categories, never being challenged from the outset. A few career milestones were also set at the meet. Driver Brandon Campbell recorded his 1,000th victory in the sulky, and trainer Doug Shaw recorded his 1,000th win conditioning horses. Driver and trainer Jamie Gray recorded his 1,500th training victory while closing in on his 2,300th driving win. To round out the 2014/2015 harness racing season, Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino is proud to celebrate Alberta's champions for 2014 at the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Awards Night on Sunday, February 1 in the Paddock Theatre. Harness racing in Alberta will resume after a short break on March 28 at the all new Century Downs racing facility near Calgary. Horse racing returns to Northlands Park when the 77-day thoroughbred meet kicks off on Friday, May 1 with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Chris Roberts

The Albert Standardbred Horse Association Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at the Northlands Paddock Theatre in Edmonton, and earlier today the trio of finalists for each category was announced. “We are very excited to have Shannon Doyle and Margaret Graham return as emcees for our very special evening,” said ASHA’s Project Coordinator, Orianna Scheck. Cocktails will kick off the night at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The popular band ‘Five On The Side’ will also be returning. The event will honour Alberta’s outstanding equine athletes and their owners along with some of the province’s finest horsemen. Tickets are $50.00 each and are available from Shelly Gray at the Northlands Race Office and at the ASHA office in Calgary. Please contact Orianna Scheck at the ASHA office at (403) 263-7765 for further information. Here are the nominees for each of the categories: CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD AB STAKES FILLY FIRE WATCH MY VILLAS ON FIRE CAM FINISH CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY MY VILLAS ON FIRE FIRE WATCH TRUE ROCK CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD AB STAKES COLT/GELDING COOL COWBOY JOHNNY GUN URCUTOFF CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING COOL COWBOY URCUTOFF COOL COWBOY CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD AB STAKES FILLY NIGHTTRAINTOVEGAS BARONA MERCEDES MOTHERS MELODY CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY NIGHTTRAINTOVEGAS SHARK FESTIVAL RUMMYS COMMAND CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD AB STAKES COLT/GELDING SOTALLY TOBER BLUE EYED COWBOY COMES HOME FIRST CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING  BLUE EYED COWBOY OUTLAW GUNPOWDER COMES HOME FIRST CHAMPION AGED MARE SING LIKE AN ANGEL FEELIN FLUSH BLUE STAR BEAUTY CHAMPION AGED HORSE WHO DOESNT CLAIMER 10,000 AND OVER COLTS/GELDINGS PLAYBOOK RAGING FINGERS GREEK RULER CLAIMER UNDER $10,000 FILLIES/MARES FANCY CAMELOT OVERNIGHT SUCCESS QUEENS HERITAJ CLAIMER UNDER $10,000 COLTS/GELDING  BR MONEY MATTERS YANKEE LUKE HILLDROP SHADY GROOM OF THE YEAR AMY HENRY CHRISTINE CUTTING SEAN MOORE TRAINER UNDER 200 STARTS MARJORIE DUMONT RYAN GRUNDY LANCE WARD TRAINER OF THE YEAR JAMIE GRAY KELLY HOERDT TRAVIS CULLEN DRIVER OF THE YEAR  TRAVIS CULLEN PHIL GIESBRECHT BRANDON CAMPBELL HORSEPERSON OF THE YEAR TRAVIS CULLEN KELLY HOERDT JAMIE GRAY OWNER OF THE YEAR KELLY HOERDT-BLAIR CORBEIL RODNEY STARKEWSKI JAMIE GRAY BREEDER OF THE YEAR KURT & KATHY SCHMIDT MERIDIAN FARMS-BILL ANDREW OUTLAW STABLE FASTEST GIRL  EMMASPHERE FEELIN FLUSH FASTEST BOY WHO DOESNT BREEDERS RECOGNITION AWARD ALLAN NEURAUTER RON MCLEOD AWARD COLLEEN HAINING HORSE OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED From the Alberta Standarbred Horse Association 

Friday’s nine-race card at Northlands Park turned out to be another profitable harness racing evening for Travis Cullen thanks to a training hat trick which included an impressive come-from-behind score in the feature race with Sing Like An Angel. Cullen, who took home the inaugural Future Star Award at last year’s O’Brien Awards, got the ball rolling when he guided Burnt On Top to a 1:57.1 tally in Race 4. The five-year-old son of Blue Burner drew clear to win by 11-1/2 lengths in the $4,200 affair. He also clicked with stablemate Summons just three races later in a $4,300 claiming tilt. The four-year-old son of Ponder was a front-stepping winner in a sharp clocking of 1:55. Sing Like An Angel gave Cullen his third winner of the night, but she was handled by Phil Giesbrecht. He picked up the ‘live’ catch-drive behind the four-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight, and he made the most of the opportunity. To view the rest of this story click here. Gracie Montana has found winning ways After starting the year a dismal 0-for-26, pacing mare Gracie Montana has really found her winning ways late in the season at Fraser Downs for owners Jeff and Debbie Elchuk of Surrey, British Columbia. The seven-year-old daughter of Camluck-Sportstalk recently moved back into the barn of trainer/driver Bill Davis, and it’s been a profitable homecoming for the 37-time winner. Gracie Montana got away sixth in Friday’s $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open – a class that she’s won in three of her last four outings – before making a bold move in the late stages of the mile en route to the impressive victory. When Davis cut her loose in the lane she responded by driving away to the 1:55.4 score over Skade and Just One More. To view the rest of this story click here. Flamboro Preferred To Lexis D J Lexis D J disappointed as the favourite in last week’s $11,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Flamboro Downs, but he redeemed himself with a come-from-behind tally in Friday’s feature at Canada’s fastest half-mile oval. With Bob McClure barking out orders from the racebike, Lexis D J got away sixth in the early going while Hesgotlegs fired to the front and laid down panels of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.4. The leader’s legs got soft late, however, and opened the door for a host of challengers from the backfield. The 'livest' of those threats was Lexis D J, who made a bold move at the three-quarter pole en route to winning by a head in 1:59.2. Dragin The Wagon was a determined runner-up, with third prize earned by race favourite Can I Say. Shane Arsenault of Freelton, Ontario trains and owns the seven-year-old son of Amigo Hall-Lexus Lulu. It was the fifth win of the year – and the 31st to date – for the career winner of $379,612. To view the rest of this story click here.

Travis Cullen wrapped up his second consecutive harness racing training and driving title at Alberta Downs with three wins on the meet-closing card Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old horseman added to his leading win totals on Sunday with victories aboard his trainees Frisco ($5.30), Captain Hazardous ($2.70) and Da Terror ($4.50). Canada's 2013 Rising Star Award winner dominated at the Alberta Downs meet with a total of 118 driving wins and 98 training wins. Brandon Campbell finished second in the driving standings with 68 victories while Kelly Hoerdt was the runner-up in the training category with 55 wins. From Standardbred Canada Flamboro Preferred Pace to McKinney Quebec Series champion McKinney made a wide backstretch brush to make the lead and cruised home to win the $11,000 Preferred 2/3 Handicap Pace for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. The four-year-old Santanna Blue Chip gelding, trained by Corey Johnson, returned to his winning ways in his second week back in racing action since capturing the Quebec Final back on June 8 at Hippodrome 3R. McKinney tipped second over from fourth after a contested opening quarter and rallied wide down the backstretch to take over command by the three-quarters en route to his fourth win of the year. James MacDonald drove the even-money favourite to the 1:54.3 victory over Champagne Phil and Allstar Seelster for leasee G. Arthur Slack of Rockwood, Ont. To view the rest of this story click here. Undercover Bro last to first at Rideau Undercover Bro trailed the six-horse field early on in Sunday's $6,500 Winners Over Handicap trotting feature at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but emerged down the stretch to complete his stealthy off-the-pace operation. The six-year-old Classic Photo gelding earned his fifth victory of the season for the driver and trainer team of Stephane and Richard Lareau, who also co-owns with Stephane Legrand of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. Leaving from the outside, Out Of The Hat crossed over to command just past the eighth of a mile mark and clocked the first quarter in :28-seconds before being overtaken by the parked and pressing favourite, Decret Justiciale, into the clubhouse turn. The new leader hit the half in :55.4. To view the rest of this story click here. Turner Memorial to Earl Watts at Truro Trainer Earl Watts swept the Donnie & George Turner Memorial Stakes for three-year-olds on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Truro Raceway as Arties Magic and Lovineveryminute each won their respective $12,932 divisions. Arties Magic ($6.60) and Lovineveryminute ($3.10), both co-owned by Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., used different tactics to achieve the same result over the track rated "good" with a two second variant. With Todd Trites at the lines, Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Arties Magic circled the field in the first division to prevail over race leader Absolootly Hot by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. The favoured first over challenger, Super S Yzerman, rounded out the top three finishers two lengths behind. To view the rest of this story click here.  Fraser Downs Open to Rock Allstar Favourite Rock Allstar was first off the gate and first across the wire in a dominant Open Pace victory on Sunday afternoon at Fraser Downs. A 1:54 winner in his last Open start on a sloppy track Oct. 17 with a matching qualifying mile last week, Rock Allstar was sent postward as the 3-2 favourite and lived up to expectations in Sunday's $10,500 feature race. He paid $5.10 to win. Driver Brandon Campbell put the seven-year-old gelding on the lead and he never looked back, pacing through panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:26.2 en route to the victory in 1:54.4. Rock Allstar has now won four of his six Open starts at the current Fraser Downs meet. To view the rest of this story click here.

Dapper Dude left well for early position and prevailed off a ground-saving trip in the $34,000 Preferred Pace featured on Saturday night's harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Randy Waples hustled Dapper Dude off the gate from post six to establish the early lead over the popular inside starter Dovuto Hanover (Sylvain Filion), but Apprentice Hanover (Chris Christoforou) was parked out and drove on to claim the leading role past the :26.4 first quarter mark. Down the backstretch, 3-5 favourite Dovuto Hanover made his move and edged by Apprentice Hanover at the midway mark in :54.2. He cleared to command and raced to three-quarters in 1:22.1 while Duc Dorleans (Phil Hudon) tipped out from fourth and fanned wide as Apprentice Hanover popped back out of the pocket spot. To view the rest of this story click here. Travis Cullen trainees 1-2 at Alberta Travis Cullen's trainees Feelin Flush and Sing Like An Angel dominated this week's $8,400 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Alberta Downs, finishing first and second in the Saturday feature for the 22-year-old horseman. G Ts Selene and driver Bill Tainsh Jr. tried to go wire-to-wire, leading the six-horse field through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27, but had to settle for third after the Cullen mares swept by down the stretch. Feelin Flush, the overwhelming 1-5 favourite, kicked home in :27.1 off a three-hole trip to prevail by more than three lengths. Sing Like An Angel and Philip Giesbrecht circled up from last, briefly catching cover from her stablemate, on her way to securing the runner-up honours. To view the rest of this story click here.

Stoney Durkin ($10.90) established a new track record at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, pacing the mile in 1:57.2. Mark Williams sent the five-year-old Whosurboy gelding to the front and made every post a winning one, hitting the half in :58.2 and pacing home in :59 seconds flat. Breeder Larry Fitzsimmons trains and shares ownership of Stoney Durkin with William Durkin of Sparta, Ont. The track record was overshadowed by the performance of Donnie Rankin, who won six of the 10 races on the afternoon card. Rankin started the day with three in a row, including his own Jet Black ($3.40) in 2:00.3, Danny William ($13.30) in 1:59.4 for owner Kevin Gillis of Windsor, Ont., and back with his own Hoo Rah ($2.90) in 2:04.2. He also won back-to-back races with Brother John ($2.80) in 2:00.1 and Keaton ($2.80) in 1:58.2 for Windsor's George Robinson and took the finale with his own pacer Memory In Motion ($3.90) in 1:59.4. Next week, Rankin puts his announcing skills to the test, as he attempts to show how easy it is to call a harness race. Leamington would like to extend a special thank you to the Ontario Harness Horse Association for their "jog a horse" program, where kids and adults alike get to experience what it is like to perform on the track. Racing continues for the next five weekends at Leamington with post times Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway) Blue Eyed Cowboy ropes in win at Alberta Heavy favourite Blue Eyed Cowboy came flying by in the stretch to win the $20,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Colt Stakes in a career-best 1:52 performance on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Bill Tainsh Jr. drove the stakes winner for owner/trainer Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was the first to get a call, leaving from post five and sprinting the opening quarter in :26.4. As he headed down the backstretch, Sonic Spark (Travis Cullen) swept to command whileBlue Eyed Cowboy -- away sixth from post three in the full field of 10 -- flushed out Ghost Pine (Brandon Campbell). Ghost Pine quickly surged to command, clearing just past the :56.1 half-mile mark while Blue Eyed Cowboy was left uncovered and stalled three and a half lengths off the lead. To read the rest of this story click here.  Allstar Seelster handles hike in class Three-year-old pacer Allstar Seelster stepped up to win the $11,000 Preferred 2 for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Fresh off a victory last week at the Preferred 3 level, Jack Darling's Allstar Seelster turned back first over challenger Adkins Hanover and held off the pocket-pulling Brocks Fortune for the neck victory in 1:54. Mike Saftic drove the son of Artistic Fella to his fourth win of the season in 12 starts. Tendtowin finished two lengths behind in third. Russian Kisses earned her first win back in Ontario after sweeping the Spud Island Classic in Charlottetown, P.E.I. with a 1:55 score in the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:55 for owner/driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. She now has 11 victories in 27 starts this year. To read the rest of the story click here.  Web Cam notches fourth straight at Rideau Web Cam continued his Rideau Carleton Raceway reign and is now a perfect four-for-four racing against the Ottawa oval's top pacers. Assigned post six in this week's $6,500 Winners Over Handicapped Pace, 3-5 favourite Web Cam ($3.30) hustled to the front of the seven-horse field off the gate and led all the way through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.1 en route to the 1:54.1 triumph. He held off the pocket-pulling Beach Runner A M by a head while Chasin Racin edged out Onyx V A three and a half lengths behind for third-place. Web Cam is a seven-year-old Astreos-Rudy Cam gelding -- a half-brother to Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend. To read the rest of the story click here. Mach Wheel wins first out for new connections Mach Wheel was victorious in his Truro Raceway debut on Sunday afternoon, taking the top class for his new connections and ending Oakmont's win streak. Leaving from outside his five rivals in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace, Mach Wheel took over command at the half and cruised home to a three length triumph in 1:55.3 over the "good" track with a two second variant. Oakmont, who was riding a three-race win streak, was forced to settle for second-place honours and Sf Razamatazz finished third. The six-year-old Mach Three gelding was a recent addition to the Darren Crowe stable and is owned by Nova Scotia connections Roy Springett of Windsor, Robert Siteman of Valley, William Shearer of Brookfield and Donald Charles Smith of Brookside. To view the rest of the story click here. Breaker rebounds to win at St. John's Three-year-old pacing colt Son Of Rocknroll recovered from an early break in stride to win the NLSBA Stake Invitational on Sunday at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre. Trained and driven by local horseman Daniel Williams, Son Of Rocknroll made up his 12 length deficit to defeat pacesetter Salmonier Storm by half a length in 2:05.2 in the $1,200 non-wagering race. The Rocknroll Hanover-Village Blush colt has now won six of his 11 starts in his sophomore year. Two-year-old fillies Force Of Grey and Silverhill Legacy were a distant third and fourth to complete the field. To view the rest of this story click here. Salute is best at Inverness Raceway Salute became the third different winner in Inverness Raceway's Invitational series on Sunday afternoon. Salute fought off favourite Junebugs Baby to win the $2,500 third leg of the series by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter Bonnys Mac rounded out the top three finishers over two lengths behind. Redmond Doucet trains and drives the nine-year-old gelding for the Ruth Shannon Stable of Port Hawkesbury, N.S. The victory was Salute's fourth and fastest this year from 15 starts and followed up a fourth and fifth-place finish in the previous divisions. To view the rest of the story click here.

Charlottetown Driving Park hosted a double-header of PEI Colt Stakes on Saturday with the two-year-olds featured during the afternoon card and three-year-olds front and center in the evening. Gilles Barrieau, Clare MacDonald and Mike Stevenson each won three of the stakes divisions, which ranged in purses of $5,400 to $6,300. Barrieau pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he catch-drove Landed Alien to a 1:57.4 triumph, converting from the pocket to defeat heavy favourite Lovineveryminute at odds of 11-1. Jackie Matheson trains the sophomore filly, who earned her first stakes victory and a new lifetime mark. Barrieau also drove two-year-old winners Dixeland Band (1:59) for trainer Kevin MacLean and filly Jann Down (1:59.3) for trainer Stephen Mason. To view the rest of the story click here. Emotional win at Kawartha Downs It was an emotional night at Kawartha Downs tonight for the Boyd family, who buried family patriarch Ross Boyd this afternoon. They then travelled to the track to watch grandson Nick record two victories on the card including one with a horse he owns and trains. Boyd went gate-to-wire with his own colt, two-year-old Rise Against, who won in 1:58.3. Boyd, of Guelph, Ont., also trains the youngster, who was notching his first lifetime win in just two starts. Boyd was also in the winner’s circle following the third race thanks to a 1:57.2 effort by Lucky Regal. “We buried my grandpa this afternoon and tonight down the lane it was like he was helping me across the wire,” Nick said following the win. To view the rest of this story click here.  Accident mars Alberta stakes Mothers Melody and Shark Festival were victorious in the $10,000 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Filly Stakes for three-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs, but the final division was marred by an accident at the top the stretch. Charismatic Art (J.F. Gagne) was leading the fillies around the final turn in the second division when she broke stride causing interference to Rummys Command (Jim Marino) in behind and Blue Star Escape (Kelly Hoerdt), who fell in the backfield. The rest of the field was able to get around the breaker with Shark Festival (Keith Clark) closing off cover for the 1:56.3 victory. Favourite Rollin Deep (Travis Cullen) finished one and a quarter length behind in second with Great Desire (Philip Giesbrecht) back in third. Marino was up on his feet quickly after being dumped from the sulky. Hoerdt told Trot Insider he was doing okay after the race, but headed to hospital to have his left ankle x-rayed. Both drivers booked off their remaining assignments after the 10th race accident. To view the rest of this story click here. Hat Trick for Sparling at Leamington Hockey season may not have started yet, but Rob Sparling Jr. scored three wins on the Saturday afternoon card at Leamington Raceway. Starting in the third race with an impressive two-year-old Bettors Delight filly, Passion Delight ($3.70), "Spar" made it look easy, winning in 2:04.3 over the "good" track for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. The time of the mile was a track record for freshman fillies. His next win with DS Surprise ($4.10) wasn't so easy as he battled tooth and nail with St Lads Top Model and Alfie Carroll, ending up in a dead-heat for win in 2:00.3. DS Surprise is owned by Archie and Janice McEachern of Alvinston, Ont., with Janice handling the training chores. Sparling's third win was memorable as well, as he drove three-year-old filly Blissfullannmarie ($25.10) to a maiden win in 2:04 for trainer Catharine Gaudreau and owner Don Wilkins of Bothwell, Ont. With the 2014 election campaign just underway, Lakeshore mayor Tom Bain didn't need the winner's circle platform to announce his candidacy as no one in Lakeshore dare run against the popular mayor. Still, he was in the winner's circle with his trainee Wallet Sniffer, catch-driven by Alex Lilley for owner Don McMurren of South Woodslee, Ont. and parked the mile in 2:02.3. The handle for the Saturday afternoon card was $9,153. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Leamington Raceway. (With files from Leamington Raceway)

Bestinthebusiness proved to be the best on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, winning the $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace for horses and geldings. Leaving from post seven, Bestinthebusiness ($14.80) out-sprinted outside assignee Adkins Hanover to the lead during a :26.4 opening panel. He continued on to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25 and then cruised home for the 1:54.3 triumph. Adkins Hanover followed one length behind while the hard-charging Tendtowin rallied wide from the backfield to show. Ryan Holliday was the winning driver behind the six-year-old Another Mile gelding, who is trained by Stephen Davis and owned and bred by the Mighican-based Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Eat Me Up ($14.50) left from outside her five rivals and went wire-to-wire to win the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:56.3 with Insincerity following two and a half lengths behind from the pocket and Shellace rounding out the top three finishers. Bob McClure steered the five-year-old Mach Three mare down the road for trainer Richard Moreau and owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, N.S. To view the rest of this story click here. Wire to wire victory for Oakmont at Truro Oakmont went wire-to-wire to win the top class at Truro Raceway for the third consecutive week during Sunday afternoon's harness racing card. Oakmont held a commanding lead in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace through fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26 and cruised home for the season's best 1:55.4 triumph with pocket-sitter Sf Razamatazz following one and three-quarter lengths behind under the wire and Electric Syl closing from the back of the five-horse field for third. Danny Romo trains and drove Oakmont for his last two wins -- one of which was a dead-heat -- while Robert Laffin took the lines for Sunday's score. Oakmont now has six wins in 15 starts this year in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. after a winless seven-race 2013 campaign in Ontario. The seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding is owned by Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. To view the rest of the story click here. Johnny Gun shoots his way to Alberta win Two-year-old pacing colt Johnny Gun won the fastest of the three Alberta Sires Stakes Lonestar divisions on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Darryl Cutting trainees Pablos First and undefeated Urcutoff were victorious in the other races. The Sires Stakes divisions carried purses ranging from $16,800 to $17,100. Favourite Johnny Gun ($3.40) was first up and first home to equal his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in Sunday's middle split. Johnny Gun and driver Travis Cullen settled off the pace in sixth place from post five and began to chip away at their 14-length deficit after the :27.1 opening panel. They advanced into second by the half in :59.4 and took over command from Chillinlikeavillin (Kelly Hoerdt) approaching the final turn. Johnny Gun then began to open up on top by the 1:28 third quarter station and extended that lead to fourth lengths as he kicked home in :28.2 to secure the victory. Withflyingcolours (Keith Clark) finished second off a pocket trip while early trailer Senga Shaganappi (Ryan Grundy) followed the winner's cover and finished third. To view the rest of the story click here. Make it two straight for Carrera Angel at Summerside Carrera Angel made it back-to-back victories taking the Sunday feature race for the second week in a row at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:59 flat. Owner/driver Rocky Schurman hustled the nine-year-son of Camluck off the gate to the lead into the turn and then released Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes) en route to the opening quarter in :28-seconds flat. Carrera Angel tracked the pacesetter through splits of :58.3 and 1:28.4 before unleashing a powerful finishing kick to notch his fifth score from 18 starts this season. Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) found racing room in the stretch to finish second with Van Zant (Ron Matheson) rallying late to complete the triactor. Action O So Royal edged out Paphos to claim the Peter Coughlin Memorial in 1:59. Brian MacPhee did the driving for owner/trainer Wayne Pike of Winsloe, P.E.I. MacPhee came right back in the next race with Jarretts Jet to record a driving double. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Bakardi Arti posted the fastest mile of the afternoon going right to his lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for Walter Cheverie, trainer Jonah Moase and owners Neal Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. and Heather Neill of North Milton, P.E.I. Driver Todd Walsh enjoyed a great weekend competing in the Billings Driving Challenge. The Charlottetown resident won another division of the Billings with In Cahoots for owner Leon Stewart of Summerside, P.E.I. Jason Hughes, Walter Cheverie and Kenny Arsenault also recorded driving doubles on the program. From Red Shores  

Who Doesnt continued to dominate Alberta Downs's Open pacers as he romped to his eighth straight victory in the $8,400 feature on Sunday afternoon. Alberta Downs's leading trainer and driver Travis Cullen shares ownership of the five-year-old Mach Three gelding with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen, all of Glenboro, M.B. Leaving from his assigned outside post, Alberta's hottest pacer Who Doesnt crossed over in front of his five rivals into a :28.1 opening quarter before taking a second quarter breather to the half in :58.3. He began to pick up the pace and open up on the lead as he raced to three-quarters in 1:26.1 and took off down the stretch to win by six and a quarter lengths in 1:54 flat. To view the rest of this story click here.

Three-year-old male pacers Comes Home First and Blue Eyes Cowboy, both sired by Brandons Cowboy, dominated Sunday afternoon's $10,000 eliminations for the Alberta Sires Stakes Marksman leg at Alberta Downs. Comes Home First, the second favourite in the first field, followed Sonic Spark (Travis Cullen) through fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24 before overtaking that foe in the stretch and drawing off by three and a half lengths for the 1:53.2 victory. Sonic Spark stayed for second while longshot Incognito Cowboy (Keith Clark) kicked home from the backfield to secure third place honours six lengths behind. Jim Marino drove the Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Cam colt to his fourth win from 10 starts this year for trainer Lance Ward and the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Comes Home First now has over $50,000 banked in purses this season thanks in large part to his Brad Gunn Stakes victory and runner-up finish in the Alberta Plainsman Final earlier this year. To view the rest of the story click here.

Even-money favourite Feelin Flush pulled off the victory in the $8,400 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs as she edged out pacesetter Blue Star Beauty in the final strides. Firing from the outside post seven, Blue Star Beauty and driver Keith Clark were out to a quick two length lead before the first turn over insiders Crackers Hot Shot and Bill Tainsh Jr. They carved out panels of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.1, but Feelin Flush came charging home off a three-hole trip to prevail in 1:54.1. Crackers Hot Shot finished over six lengths behind in third. "I just snuck up the rail there and I tipped her three-quarters of the way down the lane and that's the kind of trip she likes," said winning trainer and driver Travis Cullen, who also co-owns the six-year-old As Promised mare with Ken Hanson of Strathclair, MB. "I've been getting caught first up week after week and she's raced really hard for me. I've had her now almost two years and she's raced her guts out start after start." To view the rest of this story click here. 

Travis Cullen trainees Feelin Flush and Sing Like An Angel continued to dominate the Open pacing mares at Alberta Downs on Saturday, sweeping the top two spots in the afternoon's $8,400 feature race. Feelin Flush (Cullen) and Sing Like An Angel (Phil Giesbrecht) were the early trailers in the six-horse field, but began to advance after the opening quarter. Feelin Flush appeared to stall on the outside as they approached the final turn, but was resurgent in the stretch and brushed by the pacesetting Blue Star Beauty (Keith Clark) with Sing Like An Angel following into second. The top two mares both sprinted their final quarters in :28.1 with one length separating them at the wire. Feelin Flush stepped out of the shadow of her streaking stablemate to win in 1:54.1. She had been the runner-up in their three previous races. American Passion (Gerry Hudon) and Crackers Hot Shot (Bill Tainsh Jr.) came on for third and fourth while Blue Star Beauty, who set fractions of :28.3, :57.1 and 1:25.2, faded to fifth. Cullen and Ken Hanson share ownership of the winning mare. The six-year-old As Promised mare now has six victories in 14 starts this year with over $35,000 banked in purses. Lifetime, she now boasts 27 wins with her earnings climbing past the $200,000 mark. To read the rest of this story click here.

The Travis Cullen Stable was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs, winning multiple times on the harness racing program and sweeping the top two spots in a big 1:51.1 mile in the $8,400 Open Pace. Cullen's crew was led by Who Doesnt, who romped to the two length victory in the Open Pace with stablemate Playbook and Philip Giesbrecht coming from last to place. The 1:51.1 mile was a new lifetime mark for the winner and just one-fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacers. A winner in his last Open start two weeks ago, favourite Who Doesnt and Cullen fired off the gate from post four and carved out fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:23.3 before kicking home in :27.3. Runner-up Playbook sprinted his final quarter in :26.3, with his own mile timed in 1:51.3. The closest non-Cullen competitor was Blue Star Admiral, who finished eight and a half lengths behind in third. To read the rest of the story click here.

Travis Cullen, Canada's 2013 Future Star Award winner, was the Sunday star at Alberta Downs as he won five of the afternoon's 11 races, including the featured $8,400 Open Pace with Who Doesnt. Firing off the gate from post five in the top class, 6-5 favourite Who Doesnt was the first to get a call, but a parked out Blue Star Admiral drove on to take over the lead just before hitting the first quarter mark in :28.1. Blue Star Admiral continued to front the field past the half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.1 while Cullen pulled Who Doesnt from the pocket around the final turn. To read the rest of the story click here.

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