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“Sock It Away or Magical Mistress? Both the colt and the filly were perfect on year... Any other contenders? Can you make a case for Rose Run Quest and/or Freddie? How do you decide?" - was the gist of a recent post in a Horse of the Year topic on the website harnessdriver.com...

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“The Third Place”: This is a concept, introduced by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in the late 1980s-early 1990s, which describes a community location where people gather to relax and take part in leisure activities. These sites are called “third” because they are neither the first (home) or seco…

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October is here & wow how time flies. The colder temperatures have arrived and we are now back to Sunday racing at Truro Raceway with a 1:00 pm post time. Last Sunday, the Maritime Breeders’ Eliminations for 2 year old pacing colts took place. Notorious (Marc Campbell) and Purple Poet (M…

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Over the past three years I’ve witnessed a remodel in fractional ownership and the booming effect it has had on racetrack attendance and new excitement for the sport.

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Recently the Charlottetown track hosted the wrap up of the Drive For Charity Campaign, where supporting businesses and drivers teamed up to raise money for their favorite charities. Those that supported the Drive for Charity campaign this year included:

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Pictonian Storm and driver Austin Sorrie rallied from off the pace to take last Sunday’s $2200 (October 14th) feature at Red Shores Summerside , aka SRW in a swift 1:57:2 under less than ideal conditions on a windy and cool Fall afternoon. In this one, driver Corey MacPherson hustled Fast n …

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Last issue’s question: Name the first female race secretary to serve in the Maritime Provinces?

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Hello again folks! September is now upon us and the warm temperatures are still here, so that makes the days a little better. September also means that the stakes’ season is slowing coming to an end with some of the bigger purses and finals up for grabs this fall. We have witnessed some nice…

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We need to have a discussion about harness racing and the yearly support provided by the horsemen and race fans from Inverness and North Sydney to Charlottetown’s Old Home Week.

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Three year old colts and fillies came to town on September 8th with a pair of divisions of the Atlantic Sire Stakes for three year old colts and one division of the Nova Scotia Stake for three year old fillies. The first colt division would see Rockin Party go off as the longshot on the tote…

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As the fall air rolls in and the leaves begin to change, for Standardbred horse people it means two things - Breeders Crown and yearling sale time! Let’s take a look at a few major breeders and one breeder with only a few entries who has experienced great success in 2018.

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The 2018 Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer race was a thriller as advertised with Somewhere Fancy coming from off the pace to post a sizzling 1:50.4 victory for trainer Rene Allard and driver Simon Allard in last Sunday’s Gold Cup and Saucer, one of the great races in North America Harness Racing…

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Despite a historic cancellation of all races on Gold Cup Saturday, the 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer delivered an exciting race with driver Simon Allard winning his first Gold Cup and Saucer with Somewhere Fancy in 1:50.4 on Sunday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. After …

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The day after the first-ever Sunday night Gold Cup and Saucer, many storylines have emerged. While not as unusual as a Cup final being postponed by weather (as happened in 2008, 2015, and now 2018), the race result being coupled with comments on winners’ circle and finish line etiquette is a…

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We enjoyed an incredible week of racing during Old Home Week, catching up with old friends and the odd beverage but now with the big week in our rear view mirror it is time to look ahead to Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend.

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Badlands Giovanna was nothing special when she went through the Forest City Yearling Sale in London, Ontario - back in 2013 - for the low price of $3,000... And I can hardly recall her maiden victory in London, during the Spring of 2015, where she'd return $90.40 on the nose with Paul MacKen…

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Last issue’s question: Name the driver who lowered or equaled the CDP track record three times in a one week period, with two different horses?

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The 2018 Gold Cup and Saucer Ambassadors pose along the railing of the CDP Judges Stand at Red Shores Charlottetown. From left to right are Haley Thompson, Erin McCardle, Kristen Lidstone, Tess Lyons, Eryn MacPhee, Jillian Doucette, Megan Perrot and Lauren Dalziel. The ladies will draw their…

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There’s so much to love about Prince Edward Island in mid-August that one hardly knows where to begin. If you are a harness racing fan, you know in this bastion of harness racing that this is Old Home Week and Gold Cup and Saucer time. If you are here for the first time, you will soon get th…

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In my last article I wrote about our owners and breeders and how important they are to our industry. So for this article, I thought I would put the spotlight on a person who falls into both categories.

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The highlight of the biggest week of racing in the Maritime racing season, the Gold Cup and Saucer Race, has evolved from humble beginnings to become a race rich in pageantry and prestige and eventually the richest race in the Maritime racing calendar. Every Maritime horseman wants to be in …

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With the stake season now in full swing, I’d like to take a moment to show appreciation to the owners and breeders.

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Bruce Rainnie is a busy man. The former host of CBC PEI’s Compass, perhaps best known for his broadcasting work on four Olympic Games and Hockey Night in Canada, is now president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. One Monday in late July, he was working with staff to put the fini…

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Blair Hansen’s Rose Run Quest established himself as a legitimate Gold Cup and Saucer contender with an impressive victory in last Saturday night’s $7500 Lindsay Construction sponsored Exhibition Pace, one of the major races during Truro Raceway’s Grand circuit week of harness racing. Gilles…

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Last issue’s question: Name the only horse to win the Governor’s Plate on two occasions in the decade of the 1980’s?

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The Atlantic Post Calls initiated in 2016 a new award called the Harkness Award named to honour the memory of the colorful co-founder and editor of the Atlantic Post Calls, the late Doug Harkness. The Award can go to a horse, a trainer-driver or an owner that deserves recognition beyond what…

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Hello again! Welcome April… the sun has been slowly appearing and disappearing. Spring is around the corner. The young colts and fillies have been training well in Truro and some are going good miles. I would say that the majority are around the 2:25-2:30 area. Stake payments have been made …

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In an industry filled with uncertainty, Harness Racing Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Federation of Agriculture have attempted to cement the future of harness racing in industrial Cape Breton for the next decade through signing a ten year agreement within the past month. 

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Prominent USA harness racing trainer Erv Miller and his talented daughter Hannah attracted a sold out crowd of 300 plus to Murphy's Rec Centre in Charlottetown last Saturday night, April 14th and the duo impressed everyone with matter of fact stories about the Erv Miller Stable's beginning a…

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“When I first came up here I thought I just wanted to make a living," says Nova Scotia native Kevin McMaster. "If I could work for somebody and have three horses on the side that was my goal and it’s great for me it turned out this way."

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In last month’s issue, I gave you my top five picks in the three-year-old colt division. In this issue, I’m going to give you my top five three-year-old fillies for 2018. Like the colts, I look at their breeding and their two-year-old speed. Veteran sires, Articulator and Western Paradise, c…

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The 2017 harness racing season here in Atlantic Canada was one of the most memorable ever, as we gained world wide attention and accolades as hosts of the World Driving Championships in addition to the Gold Cup and Saucer, certainly one of the great events in the harness racing world. The Go…

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The Sam McKee Memorial, one of the major races in 2018 for pacers four years of age and up will be contested on August 4th at the Meadowlands, New Jersey. McKee who was featured in the 2017 Atlantic Post Calls annual harness racing special and who passed away shortly after the publication wa…

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Meridian Farms trot stallion Tad the Stud has established himself as a dominant sire in Atlantic Canada that can “step up a yearling” especially with his crop of 2017 stakes winners led by sophomore trotter Pappy Go Go who won all 13 starts and banked $30,753 during the campaign. Trained and…

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A visit to the Kenny Arsenault barn at the Charlottetown Driving Park, aka Red Shores Charlottetown any Saturday morning these days and you likely find any number of locals embroiled in a heated discussion about problems in the world, horse racing, and, as expected in this region of Canada, …

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The Raceway in London was the scene last week of the Canadian racing debut of barn fire survivor Bad Bad Diva. Now owned by Nova Scotia native Katie Miller and Ontario's Louie Sorella, the four-year-old 'pint-sized' daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is one of two survivors from a tragic barn fi…