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Red Shores’ Weekend All Set

Published: June 29, 2017 4:20 pm ET

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Live harness racing will be in full swing this holiday weekend at Red Shores, as a pair of programs are sure to thrill racegoers.

Canada Day Celebrations Hit Red Shores Summerside Saturday

Canada has a special guest in its 150th Birthday celebration, as Canadian Harness Racing will ring in its 250th year of competition as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway holds a special Saturday afternoon card.

First race post time is 1 p.m. for the Saturday afternoon program and 13 dashes will be on tap for the Canada Day racing.

The Canada Day Pace will line up for Race 12, while other dashes will race in honour of some of the foundation individuals in Island harness racing as the sport celebrates 250 years since the first recorded races at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec.

The Saturday afternoon Canada Day Pace has a hard hitting field of seven, including Eagle Jolt, who will be looking for revenge after having fallen short in his latest start to Machinthesand. Eagle Jolt will start in Post 7 with trainer Marc Campbell also doing the driving for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. Machinthesand will start from Post 6 and will have Ken Murphy aboard. Rash B Havior has been knocking at the door in recent weeks as he rounds into form, and will get the services of Walter Cheverie in the $2,200 race. Other entries include Narragansett (to be driven by Jason Hughes), Windemere Rene (Gary Chappell), D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Mach It Big (Brian Andrew).

A field of trotters will compete in Race 11 in honour of longtime Island harness racing participants Jim Macmillan and Alyre Pineau, who both showed a knack for the trotting breed. Professor Gordon is the morning line choice from Post 7 for driver Terry Gallant and owner-trainer Deanna Clow of New Haven. Other top entries include Phantom Beau (Kenny Arsenault) and Zip The Lip (Adam Merner).

The other events will be races in appreciation of the commitment shown to Island racing by Ensor Perry, Arnold Blacquiere, Leith Clark, John L. Bernard, Ron MacArthur, Gordie Grady, Wendell Shaw, Bernie Gallant, Lester Chappell, Thane Mann, George Riley, Eric Johnston, Harry Robblee, Paul McKinnon, Willis Silliker, Walter Simmons, Orville Willis, Johnny Doyle, Boyd MacDonald and Erwin Howatt.

Catch all the action live or check out for race programs, live video, and promotional information, including the $100,000 Dash For Cash being offered again this weekend.

To view the harness racing entries for Saturday at Summerside, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Summerside Raceway.

Invictus Hanover Favoured In Special Sunday Afternoon Feature In Charlottetown

It is time to wish a very happy birthday to Canadian harness racing, as the sport turns 250 years old and Red Shores’ Charlottetown Driving Park has a special Sunday afternoon program in its honour.

First race post time is 12:30 p.m. as Red Shores Charlottetown swaps days with the Summerside Raceway on this Canada Day weekend.

The 12-dash card has some of the east coast’s finest pacers butting heads in the $2,400 Race 11 preferred pace. Invictus Hanover is shouldered with the outside in the tight knit field of five for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser will make his third start on ‘red soil’ fresh off a fourth-place finish in the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational. Forever Paradise will start from the rail with Adam Merner, while Nogreatmischief will make his second seasonal start from Post 4 for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. The field also includes a stable entry from trainer Jackie Matheson with Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau) and Give Em Heck (Brian MacPhee) from Posts 2 and 3, respectively.

The Open Mares prepare for battle on Sunday afternoon with a couple of new faces to spice up the ranks, while race favourite Ramblinglily has drawn Post 6 with Cheverie at the lines. Scirocco Miley Kay will start from Post 1 in the $2,250 event with Barrieau training and driving for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS, and Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire. The six-year-old daughter of American Ideal was a 1:52.3 winner in April at Pompano Park in Florida and just qualified in 2:00 in Charlottetown.

Good Luck Kathy will start from Post 2 as a new addition for owner Danny Birt of Stratford and conditioner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe. The seven-year-old daughter of Believeinbruiser was racing the $9,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa and will get the services of Hughes in her Island debut.

The afternoon program will feature races in honour of the commitment shown to Island racing by a number of individuals in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Canadian Harness Racing’s birth at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec. The card has races in respect to Alex MacPhee, Allie Carr, Aubrey Webster, Bert Honkoop, Bill Lanigan, Blair Campbell, Blois MacPhail, Bob and Nina Webster, Bob Connolly, Clarkie Smith, Don Ling, Don Smith, Doug Roloson, Everett Stewart, Fred Hughes, Ian Smith, Jack Bernard, Jack Hynes, Jack Pound, Joe Smallwood, John Thompson, Keir Jones, Len Walsh, Lowell Stead, Neill MacKinnon, Ralph Sheppard, Roddie MacLeod, Sheldon Campbell, Wally McInnis and Wendell MacDonald.

Catch all the action live or check out for race programs, live video, and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash being offered again this weekend.

To view the harness racing entries for Sunday at the CDP, click the following link: Sunday Entries – Charlottetown Driving Park.

(Red Shores)

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