Pictonian Storm Scores in Summerside Feature

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Patience proved key in the feature event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Pictonian Storm stalked from fourth and nailed all rivals at the wire.

Austin Sorrie trains and drives Pictonian Storm for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook, P.E.I. Fast N Victorious was sent to the early lead in the $2,200 featured event by driver Corey MacPherson and proceeded to carve out fractions of 27.2 and 56.2 while Pictonian Storm laid fourth on the rail. The three-quarters were reached in 1:27 with Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Stephen Trites) sent first-over to engage Fast N Victorious. Pictonian Storm emerged from the crowd in the stretch drive to defeat his rivals in 1:58.3. Second went to Mando Fun(Ken Murphy) while Fast N Victorious hung on for third.

Driver David Dowling continued his grip on the Red Shores Summerside driving standings with three wins on the program. The Warren Grove driver started the program off with a narrow score with Inspector Murdoch in 2:01 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside, then followed it up with a 1:57.4 romp aboard Flash In The Pang for Pat Murphy of Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. WC Kenzie Cookie supplied Dowling with another trip to the winner’s circle in the Cecil Stewart Memorial after a 2:00.3 win for trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton, P.E.I.

Dale Spence also had three wins on the card including a 2:01.1 score with Blu Meadow Willie for Brenda and Morgan MacInnis of Summerside, a 2:02 win with Kant Katch Kaiden from his own stable and 1:59.1 win with Coasttocoastshark for Jeff Wallace of Alberton, P.E.I.

Salmonier Storm and trainer-driver Ambyr Campbell hit the winner’s circle in the $1,800 Leon Stewart Memorial pace in a 1:59.4 score for owner Brian MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I.

By Nicholas Oakes

 

Three Truths on Top of His Game

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – There is no denying Three Truths is hot and he showed it as he defeated the $2,650 preferred class Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Kenny Arsenault was in the bike for the winning score of 1:56.3 off a two-hole ride for his eighth straight top three finish. Second went to pacesetter Keep Coming (Driven by David Dowling) while Euchred (Adam Merner) was third. Paul Doyle trains Three Truths for owners Jason Rice of Kensington and Darren Doyle of Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Maritime Champion Bettim Jackie captured the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Jeff Lilley stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Barrieau hit the winner’s circle earlier on the program winning a $3,000 elimination of the Maritime Breeder’s stake for two-year-old trotters with Mile Hill Willie from his own stable. Time of the mile was 2:03.3 as Oceanview Hal (Henry Smallwood) was second, Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) recovered from a break to finish third and Jareds Courage (Mark Bradley) was fourth to advance to the final.

Getti Messi won the other $3,000 split for rookie trotters in a mile time of 2:04.4 for driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer  Blayne White of Belle River, P.E.I. Race favourite Little Miss Winnie (Arsenault) cut the fractions to finish second with Windemerebarrister (Walter Cheverie) finishing third and Dusty Lane Mavis finishing fourth to make the Maritime Breeder’s final.

Driver Jason Hughes had three wins on the program winning with Beach Cloud in 2:03.1 and Jeb in a 31-1 upset in 1:57.1, both from his own stable as well as a front end score with Winter Blast in 1:57.1 for trainer Jennifer Doyle of Earnescliffe, P.E.I.

By Nicholas Oakes

 

 

Woodmere Finesse Wins Red Shores Top Class

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – There was nothing standing in the way of Woodmere Finesse over a sloppy track in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the winning trip in the $1,700 featured pace as she took control at the half-mile marker and widened her advantage at every station en route to a 1:57.1 romp by 10-lengths. One Hot Camshaft (Driven by Ken Murphy) was second followed by Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Jeff Lilley trains Woodmere Finesse for owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S.

Sports Highlights scored her third win in-a-row with a 2:04.3 victory on the off-track for driver Barrieau and trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown.

The program featured a pair of $2,500 classes for two-year-old pacers. Westward Whim captured the $2,500 event for O’Brien eligible two-year-old pacing colts for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer John Clarey and owner Michael Clarey of Montague, P.E.I.

The Devils Cut and driver David Dowling overpowered the field of $2,500 Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:04.1 win. The daughter of Malicious is owned and trained by Chris MacKay of French River, P.E.I.

By Nicholas Oakes

Atlantic Breeders Crown Weekend of Champions

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – A pair of undefeated streak will at least last through the 2018 Atlantic Sires Stakes season as Sock It Away and Magical Mistress continued their perfection in Atlantic Breeder’s Crown action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Magical Mistress has yet to be best in her career and she extended that streak to 10-races in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final for two-year-old pacing fillies in a time of 1:56.1 for driver Adam Merner, trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S.

Merner and Gass also teamed up to win the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown – Meridian Farms three-year-old trot final in a huge upset at 33-1 odds with Buddy White in 2:00.3. Blayne White of Belle River, P.E.I., owns Buddy White.

The other $9,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown – Meridian Farms trot final was won by two-year-old colt Mile Hill Willie in 2:03.4 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I.

Barrieau had three wins on the day including a victory in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown three-year-old pacing filly final with Bettim Jackie, stopping the clock in 1:56.2 for co-owner and trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton, and co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S.

Notorious scored a 11-1 upset in the $20,000 two-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final as part of a five win day for driver Marc Campbell in a mile time of 2:00.1. Notorious is co-owned and trained by Darryl MacLean with co-owners Gordon MacLean of Winsloe, P.E.I., and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S.

One of Campbell’s other wins came as an extension of Sock It Away’s perfect year that he has extended to 15-straight in the three-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final. The son of Pang Shui scored a front end victory in 1:54.4 for trainer Kevin Maclean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I.

By Nicholas Oakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Atlantic Breeder’s Crown consolation races took centre stage Saturday afternoon and Dustylanekazaam scored a convincing upset in his class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Corey MacPherson engineered the winning steer in the $5,000 three-year-old pacing colt consolation of the Atlantic Sires Stakes season in 1:57.1 at 11-1 odds. Paul MacDonald trains Dustylanekazaam for owner Jonathan MacDonald of North Wiltshire, P.E.I. Easy Flyer (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second while Thegreatmaelstrom (Ken Murphy) completed the $896.30 triactor.

Driver Barrieau had three wins on the Saturday program including the $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeder’s Crown consolation with Purple Poet in 1:58.3 over Fern Hill Dynamic (Mark Bradley) and J Ks Boy (Marc Campbell). Robert Phillips trains Purple Poet for Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S.

Barrieau also scored with A Grand Terror from his own stable in 1:58.2 and Prince Adam in 1:57.1 for trainer Lewis MacDonell of Port Hood, N.S.

Miss Dynamite D captured the two-year-old pacing filly consolation in 2:00.1 with Redmond Doucet in the bike for owners Colin William and Maria MacLeod of Southwest Margaree, N.S. Second went to Cheeky Cherry (Clare MacDonald) while Woodmere Oleksiak (David Dowling) was third.

The $5,000 three-year-old pacing filly consolation was won by Silverhill Misty and trainer-driver Jason Hughes off a pocket ride in 1:57.4 over Cherry Pop (Darren Crowe) and Windemereimalright (Adam Merner). Kurt Hughes of Stratford, P.E.I., holds the ownership papers of Silverhill Misty.

By Nicholas Oakes

Championship Sunday – Atlantic Breeders Crown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Magical Mistress has been perfect her whole career, now Sunday afternoon will prove if her streak can last through a championship final at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The championship program gets underway at 12:30 P.M. with 13-races scheduled including the Atlantic Breeders Crown finals for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters.

Magical Mistress has her streak at bay in race 6 for a $20,000 purse in the Atlantic Breeders Crown final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Adam Merner handles the Stephen Gass trainee from post 7 as she continues her undefeated season of nine races. Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S., owns the daughter of Camystic, who must contend with Therealdeal (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) on the afternoon.

Woodmere Bolt and Red Dirt Boomer will tangle for supremacy in the two-year-old pacing colt division carded as race 8 for a $20,000 purse. The Atlantic Breeders Crown final has Woodmere Bolt leaving from post 4 for trainer-driver Earl Smith while the Gilles Barrieau trained and driven Red Dirt Boomer has post 5. Woodmere Bolt was dominate the first part of the season with seven straight wins but Red Dirt Boomer has defeated him the past two starts.

The ultra-competitive three-year-old pacing filly division has its $20,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown final in race 10. Bettim Jackie has been installed as the morning line favourite with post 6 with Barrieau at the lines for co-owner and trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton and co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. The daughter of Andreoli Hanover has six-straight on-the-board finishes as she looks to go over $100,000 in career earnings. Other top contenders are R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) with post 1 and Royaltywestho (Cheverie) from post 4.

The other championship final with a undefeated season in play is race 12 with the $20,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown three-year-old pacing colt race. Sock It Away has been perfect in 14 outings this year and gets the extra help of post 1 Sunday afternoon for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Also in the field is Tobins Lightning (Kenny Arsenault) and defending champion Half Cut (Mark Bradley).

Dusty Lane Titan is the favourite in the race 2 in the Atlantic Breeders Crown – Meridian Farms Erwin Andrew memorial two-year-old trot final. Campbell trains and drives the son of Tad The Stud from post 7 for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S.

Race 4 is the Atlantic Breeders Crown – Meridian Farms – Louis McIsaac memorial three-year-old trot final with West River Cindy looking to continue her four-race win streak from post 2. Ken MacDonald drives the winner of seven-out-of-nine seasonal starts for trainer Clare MacDonald and owner Haley Shepherd of Stratford, P.E.I.

The program will also feature the $5,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown Invitational pace in race 11, as well as an Open trot and a Fillies and Mares Open pace.

By Nicholas Oakes

Atlantic Breeders Crown – Consolation Day Saturday

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Weekend of Champions kicks off Saturday afternoon with Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 12-dash card has a 12:30 P.M. start time featuring four consolation races in the Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing divisions.

The first $5,000 consolation hits the track in race 5 with the two-year-old pacing filly in play. Cheeky Cherry gets the respect of race secretary Gerard Smith as the morning line favourite with rail control for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owner Earith Riley of Summerside, P.E.I. The rookie daughter of Westwardho Hanover has yet to make the winner’s circle in her career despite five top three finishes from eight lifetime starts. Other top entries include Arc Light (Driven by Marc Campbell) and Woodmere Oleksiak (David Dowling).

Purple Poet gets top billing in the $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt Atlantic Breeder’s Crown consolation but must contend with post 8. Gilles Barrieau does the driving in his race 5 contest for trainer Robert Phillips and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. J Ks Boy is second choice from post 2 for driver Campbell while Knockout Punch (Jason Hughes) rides a streak of second place finishes into the race with post 6.

Race 9 has the three-year-old pacing filly consolation with Cherry Pop the early favourite with rail control for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owners David Livingstone, Charles Piper Jr., Randall MacIntosh and Robert Siteman, all of Nova Scotia. The Ameripan Gigolo lass sports four wins in 2018 and over $10,000 in earnings. Silverhill Misty (Hughes) is posted as top competition from post 2 while Elm Grove Maddy has been solid all season and gets post 7 this week for driver Dale Spence.

Race 11 has sophomore pacing colts in $5,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown consolation action. Dustylanewesty is the morning line choice with post 5 for trainer-driver MacDonald and owners Ian Tate of St. Andrew’s, N.S., and Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. The colt recently took a lifetime best of 1:57.3 in stakes action in Nova Scotia but will contend with Blackriver Ripper (Redmond Doucet) and Thegreatmaelstrom (Ken Murphy) on Saturday afternoon.

By Nicholas Oakes

Open Mares Tangle in Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Final

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The very best aged pacing mares on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will lock bridles in the $15,517 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series Final, presented by Standardbred Canada, Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.

Sodwana Bay gets top billing in the championship final that will cap off a mega-stakes card of 13-dashes Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. start time. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives Sodwana Bay for owners Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. The five-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended has been exceptional all season in Atlantic Canada and comes into the race off a season’s best 1:54.4 victory at Red Shores Charlottetown.

Collective Wisdom gets billed as second choice from post 3 with Walter Cheverie getting the catch driving call for trainer Jackie Matheson off a quadruple of top two finishes. Third choice goes to post 7 starter Prettyndangerous who finished second in this race last year and gets the services of Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with Sodwana Bay to cap off her memorable first season in Atlantic Canada with a championship win.

“Sodwana Bay has been the dominant mare in the region since arriving here in early summer and still hasn’t been worse than second in all those starts,” MacIsaac said. “Other than the short price there is not much to dislike.”

In other Sunday afternoon action, the top trotters on the East coast will face off in Lady Slipper Memorial stakes action. The rookies trotters are in races 2 and 5 for $7,500 purses in each split while the sophomore trotters vie for $8,000 purses in races 7 and 9.

Three-year-old pacers also take the scene on the program with a pair of $10,000 Joe O’Brien Memorial divisions for pacing colts in races 8 and 11. Sock It Away will look to continue his undefeated season in race 8 with rail control for driver Campbell, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. The son of Pang Shui has been perfect in all 13 starts so far in 2018.

The Lady Slipper stakes also has a pair of $12,000 gold divisions hitting the track in races 10 and 12.

The Garth Schurman memorial will be presented in race 3 with rail sitter Kahula Morning listed as the morning line favorite for driver Jason Hughes and ownership team of Robi Hughes, Blair and Eric MacLauchlan.

Magical Mistress Puts Streak On the Line in Lady Slipper Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The beat goes on for Magical Mistress as she looks to extend her undefeated career to nine races Saturday evening in Lady Slipper stakes action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The Saturday program has 14 races scheduled with a 6 P.M. first race post time. Magical Mistress has lucking continuing on her side as she has drawn post 1 in her $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division, carded as race 12 on the evening. Adam Merner drives the undefeated two-year-old filly for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S., against a field of five rivals. Also in the field is the formerly undefeated Therealdeal with Walter Cheverie in the bike as well as speedy Ontario bred filly So Much More (Driven by Mark Bradley).

The other $11,000 Lady Slipper gold division lines up in race 10 as Arc Light is installed as the morning line favourite from post 3 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. The rookie daughter of Camystic has four top two finishes from just six lifetime starts.

The Joe O’Brien Memorial stake is also featured on the program for two-year-old pacing colts with a pair of $9,000 gold divisions in races 5 and 8. Race 5 has Purple Poet installed as the morning line choice with rail control for the combination of driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Robert Phillips and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The rookie son of Stonebridge Terror has some stiff competition including Dusty Lane Cortez (David Dowling), who rides a two-race win streak while he preps for next week’s Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final.

Red Dirt Boomer gets top billing in the other $9,000 O’Brien gold split with Barrieau at the lines for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I. The son of Malicious was placed the winner in his latest outing after divisional leader Woodmere Bolt went inside pylons last Saturday in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Northside Downs in Nova Scotia. Woodmere Bolt gets post 4 this week for trainer-driver Earl Smith as he looks for revenge.

Harness Racing Families Announced for Atlantic Breeders Crown

Charlottetown, PE – The Atlantic Breeders Crown Host Committee is pleased to announce the four Atlantic Canadian harness racing families who will be honoured for their successes and longstanding contributions to the industry during the upcoming Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown on October 6-7th.

From New Brunswick, the family of the late Cerdic Downey, including sons Mike, Ian and Dave and grandson Dr Mitchell Downey DVM, will be recognized for their many achievements.

From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Hector Williams family will be recognized for their long association with harness horses.

The Getto family of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, will be lauded for their 60 years of involvement.

The Smith family from Pownal, PE, including brothers Don and Ian and Don’s son Peter, have been among the most successful owners from Atlantic Canada with top horses over the years such as Saul’s Pride, Rumpus Hanover and Pownal Bay Matt to locally bred stars including Maple Leaf Robbi, Touch of Lightning and RE’s Mary.  

Presentations to each of the four families will take place at the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet sponsored by PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association at the Top of the Park on Saturday, October 6th.  Memorabilia from each the four families will be on display in the “Memory Lane” area in the Trade Centre, adjacent to the Red Shores Charlottetown complex during the weekend.

For banquet tickets contact the Top of the Park at 902.620.4264

 

Pictonian Storm Upsets in Summerside Feature; Dowling Tops Leaderboard

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The Sunday afternoon featured pace had a surprising ending at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with Pictonian Storm hitting the wire first as the longest shot on the board.

Austin Sorrie drove the horse to a 1:57.2 victory at 28-1 odds for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook, P.E.I., for win number 27 of the pacer’s career. Weekend Atnannies did all the roadwork to finish second for driver Mike McGuigan while Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) was third.

Nogreatmischief hit the winner’s circle in the $1,900 back-up class on top at every call for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek, who co-owns the pacer with Brian Thompson of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Slide Guitar (David Dowling) finished second in the 1:56.3 mile while White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers) was third.

Driver Dowling continued his lead of the Summerside driving standings with three winners on the card, including a pair for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Howmac Sabrina was a winner in 2:00.4 for Watts and Dowling while Cal Hanover recorded a 1:59.4 victory. Dowling also won with the streaking pacer, Young Man Matt, in a 1:56.3 score for Terry Gallant of Summerside.

The Matinee Challenge Racing Series came to a close for the 2018 season of Sunday afternoon with a pair of non-betting finals. The Class B final was won by Ultimate Faith and Jenae Wallace with a 2:02.3 mile over Liborio (Ryder Rennison) and The Gormanizor (Clair Sweet). Badlands Giovanna was a speedy winner in her Class A final with a mile time of 1:59.1 for driver Brady Sweet. Second in that final was Rising Fella (Jaycob Sweet) with Sharon The Moment and driver MacKenzie Arsenault was third.