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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…

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“Long before Canada was a nation and the first game of hockey was played, trotting on ice had to be Canada’s national sport, and Ottawa was the ice racing capital of North America.” These words appear on a plaque framed in solid ice, alongside an ice sculpture commemorating the sport in the …

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Last issue’s question: Name the filly who drew in from the also eligible list to win the 1992 AtSS championship for three-year-old fillies? (HINT: She upset that year’s Atlantic Canada Horse of the Year)

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Marc Campbell, who established a new single season wins record at Red Shores Charlottetown at 152 and who topped all drivers in Atlantic Canada with 255 victories, heads a cast of Maritime connected horse persons who will be honoured at the O'Brien Awards, February 3, 2018 in Toronto.

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The passing of the great Somebeachsomewhere last week was a terrible blow for the harness racing world as the leading sire of two and three year old pacers in North America just turned 13 and, although undergoing cancer treatments, appeared to have many years left in the breeding shed.

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Trainer Patrick Shepherd is off to a very impressive start, early in the new year, in Ontario. As we near the end of January - Patrick leads all trainers in Canada - for wins - with 15 (at the time of this writing on Jan. 20). That's 1 more than his closest rival in Richard Moreau.

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I have to start this entry on a bit of a sad note. So, it’s without hesitation that I give my sincere condolences to the six owners of Somebeachsomewhere. I genuinely hope the days get easier for all of you – you indeed lost a great friend who provided so many magnificent memories for harnes…

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Marc Campbell once again is front and center in the news around the Charlottetown Driving Park lately. He recently broke his own record for driving wins at the Driving Park in a single season and continues to add to the final record which now stands at 149 wins for the 2017 season. He recent…

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The 2017 season is drawing to a close, but it hasn't stopped driver Marc Campbell from racking up wins and accolades nor has it dampened the spirits of the youngsters in the race game who turned out for the Matinee Tracks “graduation” held since out last edition of the Atlantic Post Calls. L…

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December wildfires in California have attracted the sympathy, volunteer efforts and fundraising of the racing world. The outpouring of care for the San Luis Rey Downs training center Thoroughbreds and racing community affected by the Lilac Fire is heartening.

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Did you write your letter to the big guy yet? If not, post time to Christmas is getting close and you don’t want to get shutout at the windows. The horses are starting to grow their winter hair and rest for the upcoming race season. They are hoping for apples, carrots, and peppermints in the…

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In English, the statement “Status Quo” means the existing order of affairs and that my friends is not the answer to the problems haunting the harness racing game in not just Atlantic Canada but throughout the harness racing world. Summerside pulled the curtains down on the 2017 harness racin…

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(Note to readers: After a good run as the regular Inverness Raceway columnist for Atlantic Post Calls, Ann Copley has decided to hand the lines to new writer Damian MacLellan. Damian is a horse owner, groom and regular at the track, and will keep readers up to date on happenings with Inverne…

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The “declining popularity of harness racing” is one of those phrases repeated so often, with so little demand to even provide evidence, that it elicits little opposition when repeated in mainstream news/sports outlets. It’s unwise to let the evidence-free “declining popularity of harness rac…

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Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at Charlottetown proved to be a huge success beyond our wildest dreams as the performances on and off the race track proved that the standardbred breeding industry here in Atlantic Canada can grow and prosper. The yearling sale at Crapaud held on Friday, October 6…

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When searching for ghost racetracks, sometimes the traces are more ghostly than others. Tatamagouche, NS and its surrounding area were once home to two harness tracks, in addition to ice racing on the Waugh River. But seeking any physical proof of either racing site is a challenge, because b…

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This issue’s question: Name the first Maritime-bred two-year-old filly to break the 2:05 barrier? (She was the only filly to capture Maritime Horse of the Year honors in the 1980s.)

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Salmonier Storm in the winner’s circle with driver-owner Amber Campbell after winning the Hughie Graham Memorial Pace, sponsored by Minister of Finance Allen Roach during Breeders Crown weekend.

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Mike McGuigan was well on his way to a career best year in training harness horses - until a snag... "I was out viewing yearlings with the family when I received a call from the racing commission. It was the second call that I received this season, from the MPHRC, stating that I had a positi…

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The September wagering menu at the Halifax Casino "Poker and Ponies" room contains a subtle, but very positive, indicator of change at Truro Raceway. Among the other Thursday track offerings is the Delaware Fairgrounds' Little Brown Jug card, brought back after not appearing several years. F…

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The Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale is set for Friday, October 6th at Crapaud, Prince Edward Island and it certainly is generating a great deal of interest. Harness Racing in this region is on a roll right now with the resounding impact that the World Trotting Conference and Old Home Week rac…

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Hello again folks! The fall season is now upon us and the stakes’ season is slowly winding down. The yearling sale in Crapaud is around the corner and many of us will be looking for that new stakes’ baby; on the other hand, it may actually be a pricey yearling sale because of fewer entries t…

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The two year old trotters and pacers were flying as the PEI Colt Stakes were contested last week at Charlottetown. On the Thursday night card, Buckaroo (Tad the Stud-Buckling Banbury-Keystone Nordic) lowered the track record for two year old trotting colts with a gate to wire 2:00:2 score fo…

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Harness racing is a sport truly international in scope, and nowhere was this more evident than last week (August 14-20) in Charlottetown. A regular Old Home Week attracts thousands to PEI; the World Driving Championship finals at Red Shores CDP (August 18) and the World Trotting Conference (…