Racing Raises $13,400 For Charities

Published: November 4, 2017 06:34 pm EDT

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside wrapped up the 2017 Drive for Charity promotion on Saturday with $13,400 raised for local charities. Now in its sixth year, the campaign has earned just over $70,000.

Left to Right – Red Shores Race Manager Adam Walsh, Lorna Jenkins and Nancy Marie Arsenault, PEI Hospice Foundation, Driver Jason Hughes and Michael MacKinnon, Managing Director for Red Shores present a cheque for $2,600 to the PEI Hospice Foundation.

The Drive for Charity event featured 11 of Prince Edward Island’s top harness drivers, based on 2016 statistics from Charlottetown and Summerside racetracks. The drivers were partnered with Island businesses who then donated money after each victory to their charity during the promotion.

Here are the participating businesses, drivers and their charities.

  • Red Shores Racetrack & Casino– Jason Hughes – PEI Hospice Foundation

  • Daniel R Ross Ltd – Gary Chappell – Camp Gencheff

  • Meridian Farms – Gilles Barrieau – Kidsport PEI

  • A&M Snow Removal – Walter Cheverie – MS Society

  • Hansen Electric – Adam Merner – Canadian Mental Health

  • MacQuarrie’s Meats – Ken Murphy – Upper Room Food Bank

  • Metro Home Building Centre – Mike McGuigan – Dreams Take Flight

  • Ocean 100 – Marc Campbell – Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Fund with the Holland College Foundation

  • Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic – Terry Gallant – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in memory of Shelley Gass

  • MacRae Backhoe and Trucking – Corey MacPherson – Santa’s Angels

  • Syntrak Print and Graphic Design – Kenny Arsenault – Autism Society of PEI

The promotion began Thursday, June 1, 2017 and wrapped up on Sunday October 29, 2017.

On the track, trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Ken Arsenault teamed up to capture the two Open events on the card. Holy Molie Maggie was a gate-to-wire 2:01.1 winner in the $1,700 Open Trot for Arsenault & Holmes. Those same tactics proved successful for that driver-trainer tandem later in the card as Itsallabouthebass downed her rivals in the $2,250 Fillies & Mares Open Pace with a wire-to-wire 1:57 effort.

Also repeating in his class was Adkins Hanover, an on-the-engine winner in the $2,400 Preferred Pace. He stepped off his mile in 1:56 for trainer Trevor Hicken and driver Corey MacPherson.

To view the results from Saturday's card, click the following link: Saturday Results - Red Shores Charlottetown

(with files from Red Shores)

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