Day At The Track
The Raceway at Western Fair District, Harness Racing

The Raceway set to kick off busy race season

London, September 22, 2017 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will usher in another exciting season of live harness racing beginning on Monday, October 2nd. The weekly Fall schedule features racing every Monday and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 7:05 p.m. The final leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for two-year-old colt pacers will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd and that will just be the start of a busy month at the London oval. Grand opening festivities will happen on Friday, October 6th and will be held in conjunction with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada. Some of the special events planned include $1 programs, an 8-foot commemorative cake, 'Wanna Drive' team on hand, seminar for potential new horse owners, a Bouncy Pony media celebrity race and prize giveaways including an opportunity to win a $250 cash prize. "We are looking forward to the return of live racing and have a busy month of October planned to kick it off," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are some changes and some new events that we are excited about and that we hope will enhance our racing product and on-track experience throughout the season." A brand new event this year is the Veteran's Classic on Friday, October 20th. The event will celebrate military veterans, young and old, in a unique setting as part of the live racing program. The night will kick off with a performance from the 1st Hussars Cavalry Troop and there will also be a showcase of military vehicles throughout the facility, veterans' tributes between races and the Veteran's Classic Pace as the on-track feature. The Raceway will use the occasion to officially unveil its new winner's circle which will also honour military veterans both past and present. Other major events during the month of October include the Forest City Preview on Friday, October 13, in conjunction with the new London Selected Yearling Sale that same weekend, and the 12thannual Harness The Hope night on Friday, October 27. Track management had considered implementation of a passing lane this season and received tremendous response to an online poll asking customers their opinion on the initiative. The overall response was slightly in favour of the move, however management has opted not to make a change for this season and will revisit it for 2018. Customers will notice a change to the Monday Pub Night menu with the addition of some new menu options to go along with the regular favourites - details to come. Customers are invited to come out to the Top Of The Fair every Monday to enjoy great food, live racing, watch their favourite game and have an opportunity at prize giveaways. Reservations are not required. The betting menu will also get a tweak as the early pick-3 each day will now be guaranteed at $2,500. The early Pick-3 has grown into one of the more popular wagers on the daily menu which also includes a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers - all are 15% takeout wagers. The Super Hi-5 races were contested at 1-1/16 miles during the final month of last season as a trial and The Raceway team was encouraged by the results. "I think the experiment hit the mark in all the areas we were hoping it would," explained Blanchard. "The longer run to the first turn gave outside horses a better chance to get early position and gave drivers more time to get their horses set for the first turn which is a positive. The longer distance gave each starter an increased chance to overcome a slow start and betting was higher than anticipated on those races. It is something we feel worked very well and that we plan to continue for this season." The added distance races feature nine-horse fields with 10 per cent added to the purse and money paid out to the top six finishers rather than the standard top five. For more details on the upcoming meet visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. To make reservations for Grand Opening night at the Top Of The Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519-438-7203 (ext. 252). From WFD Media

Adkins Hanover, Harness Racing

All eyes on Adkins Hanover in feature

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - When the dust settled last Sunday in Truro, N.S., Adkins Hanover was the only one left standing against harness racing Invitational company and now the top Island pacers get a crack at him Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card kicks off at 6 P.M. with 13-dashes scheduled including the race 12 top event for a purse of $2,400 with Adkins Hanover being forced to overcome the outside post 7 fresh off his 1:54.2 victory in the $7,500 Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational at the Truro Raceway. Corey MacPherson will drive the Trevor Hicken trained pacer for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. His Saturday night Red Shores competition includes Caracci Hanover, who has acquitted himself well since relocating East, with Jason Hughes at the lines for conditioner Jennifer Trainor. Likely To Win is at 7-2 odds as third choice on the morning line after putting together a solid season for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie, getting post 4 to work from this week. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the 1:54.2 mile laid down by Adkins Hanover in his most recent as far too much to ignore. "Adkins Hanover has got the gate speed to overcome the outside post so if he can secure an uncontested lead there could be nothing but open road ahead," MacIsaac said. Also in the field of seven is Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith), Mick Dundee (Donnie MacNeill), D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). A hard hitting group of Open Pacing Mares is set to duke it out in race 9 for a $2,250 purse with Prettyndangerous living up to her name in recent week as she rides a two-race Open Mares streak into post 3 for driver Merner, trainer and co-owner Bo Ford, and co-owner Arnold Myers, all of Charlottetown. Both of those winning trips were in identical 1:56.2 miles for Prettyndangerous but classifier Gerard Smith will install Good Luck Kathy (Hughes) as the morning line choice from post 2 while Shadows Mystery (Kenny Arsenault) is another top choice with rail control. Ramblinglily was the dominate force in the mare's rank at the start of the season but incredibly has not seen the winner's circle in pari-mutuel action since July 29. Trainer Alan Jones has elected to make a change in the driver's seat this week as Ken Murphy will drive the daughter of Articulator. Check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. Old Buck Headlines Sunday Red Shores Card The 2017 racing season has been kind to trainer Alan MacDonald as his charge has been tremendous all season and gets the nod as top choice in the Sunday afternoonfeature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 13-dash card with a competitive eight horse field assembled for the $2,200 race 12 featured pace. Old Buck has been rock solid all season for trainer MacDonald of Summerside, who also owned the four-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo. With 17 starts on the season, the pacing horse has five wins, three seconds and three thirds to give MacDonald a sparking .450 training average. Jason Hughes regularly handles the driving duties of Old Buck and will return to the lines again this week from post 2 as the morning line choice. Ultimatelyhandsome has been knocking on the door recently with top three finishes in his last three starts for trainer Sifroi Melanson. Dale Spence gets the catch driving call on Ultimatelyhandsome from post 6 this week while the fast pacing Rash B Havior has post 4 for trainer Mike Peters of Emyvale with Gary Chappell in the seat on Sunday afternoon. Other feature entrants include Dbs Rosco (Walter Cheverie), Minor Wisdom (Ryan Desroche), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Good Friday Three (Wade Sorrie) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 13 with Culpepper installed at 12-1 odds as the longest shot on the board but that was before his 1:56.2 romp on Thursday in Charlottetown. Ryan Desroche picks up the catch drive from post 5 behind the Kristina McCourt trainee as the pacers looks to defend his four consecutive top two finishes since relocating East. Pictonian Storm gets top call on the morning line from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike while Heart And Guts rides a two-race win streak into post 7 and again gets the services of Spence. For race programs, live video, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Kamikaze Lindy, Harness Racing

Kamikaze Lindy going for third consecutive win

FRASERVILLE - Kawartha Downs will host its only Racing Under Saddle race this year on Saturday night when Kamikaze Lindy attempts to record his third consecutive harness racing victory. What makes this attempt unique is the fact he has scored his most recent wins in a different fashion. The first, at Mohawk on Sept. 4, was in the traditional style of harness racing with a driver and sulky behind him. The second occurred two weeks ago at Hiawartha Horse Park when he won the RUS race there while being ridden. The five-year-old trotter will attempt his second straight RUS win in Saturday's third race at Kawartha where he'll square off against four other rivals including stablemate Lets Leavem. Both horses are trained by Shane Arsenault who also owns Kamikaze Lindy who will be ridden by Heather Reese. Lets Leavem will be ridden by his owner Sarah Town. The five RUS riders, Sarah, Heather, Marielle Enberg, Maggie Jones and Natalie Elliott will be available to meet and greet with fans in the grandstand following race five. This is the second last race card at Kawartha Downs for 2017. Post time is 7 p.m. KAWARTHA DOWNS GRADED ENTRIES Saturday, Sept. 23 post time 7 p.m. FIRST - PACE, $4,500 (DD, EX, TR) 1. Supersport (N Boyd) 6. Nothing But Bad (J Gillespie) 5. Master Negotiator (R Gassien) 4. Tugs Escape (B Macdonald) 3. Mini Putt (M Wade) 7. Thatsjusthowiroll (D Gassien) 9. Scintillator (S Johnson) 2. Magnify Bliss (J Woodward) 8. Inkerman Rocket (A Kerwood) SECOND - PACE, $5,000 (EX, TR) 6. Four For Orr (R Gassien) 4. Lo Lo Lo Logan (R Webb) 1. St Lads Captain (D Gassien) 8. Iamsam Samiam (J Thomson) 3. Joys Blazingsevens (N Boyd) 7. Imtoobadtobecute (M Wade) 5. Santanna Tony (J Woodward) 9. Pop N Liam (J Turcotte) 2. Rocket Gal (A Kerwood) ae. Diamonds Dance (N Boyd) THIRD - TROT, $4,500 (EX, TR) 1. Lets Leavem (S Town) 2. Kamikaze Lindy (H Reese) 5. Majestic Mystic (N Elliott) 4. Pukka (M Jones) 3. Precious Phoebe (T Enberg) FOURTH - PACE, $4,500 (EX, TR) 6. Liplock (N Boyd) 4. Cold Creek Lacey (J Gillespie) 2. Jo Big (K Benn) 1. True Companion (B Macdonald) 7. Emily Beach (R Doyle) 9. Dolly Dali (J Woodward) 3. Tea Bag (S Gassien) 5. Show Some Machsie (R Gassien) 8. Britches Say What (J Thomson) FIFTH - TROT, $4,100 (EX, TR) 2. Ill Stay Here (B Macdonald) 6. Warken On Air (R Webb) 9. Illusionsndreams (R Gassien) 4. L H Sonofthetimes (J Thomson) 1. Legionsofangels (N Boyd) 5. Quiet Moment (D Graham) 7. Autodynamic (W Hie) 3. Howmac Gypsy (J Woodward) 8. Peeling Out (R Doyle) SIXTH - PACE, $4,000 (EX, TR) 2. Bittersweet Dreams (B Macdonald) 3. Sophie Blu (R Webb) 6. D G Nickabocker (A Kerwood) 4. Rockin Sockem (D Gassien) 9. Hiclass Hanover (R Doyle) 7. Art Of The Deal (J Gillespie) 1. Hazuseenmybucket (N Boyd) 8. Lilys Penelope (J Turcotte) 5. Ima Holy Terror (J Thomson) SEVENTH - PACE, $4,400 (EX, TR) 2. Uf Bettors Hanover (B Macdonald) 3. Kiss Me Or Not (N Boyd) 1. Oakrock Eldorado (R Gassien) 4. Hey Grin (A Kerwood) 5. May To For (R Webb) 6. Harttattack (D Gassien) 7. Galagher Seelster (J Thomson) 8. Dana Salaam (B Collins) 9. Duneside Sport (G Ketros) EIGHTH - PACE, $4,800 (EX, TR) 2. Lock N Reload (R Webb) 3. Emma Ivy (B Macdonald) 5. Jetset Charmer (S Johnson) 9. Real Wicked (R Doyle) 7. Regally Magnified (J Turcotte) 4. Windsun Falls (J Gillespie) 1. Wildcat Jet (J Thomson) 6. Windsong Leopold (N Boyd) 8. Let There Be Rock (A Kerwood) ae. Bet Till Dawn (R Gassien) NINTH - PACE, $4,000 (EX, LD, TR) 7. Big Moment (R Doyle) 6. Putnams New Year (B Macdonald) 1. Who Dey (N Boyd) 8. A Boy Named Suuzz (W Hie) 2. Thundering Bay (D Clancy) 5. Better Art (J Gillespie) 3. Casimir Oppee (R Webb) 4. Stir And Serve (G Ketros) TENTH - TROT, $5,000 (EX, SF, TR) 5. Millers Song (N Boyd) 4. Shestherealthing (R Webb) 1. Rare Ruby (M Harvey) 3. Anutherdynamic (K Jones) 6. Zebs Abbey (J Gillespie) 2. Peace Keeper (P Henriksen) 7. Muscle Museum (B Macdonald) 9. Magic Moss (R Gassien) 8. Muscle Lane (W Hie) Reprinted with permission of The Peterborough Examiner

Kennel Buddy, Harness Racing

Culpepper, Kennel Buddy deliver

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Culpepper did not secure the lead until the second half of the mile but he still demolished his feature harness racing rivals at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. With Jason Hughes in the bike, Culpepper was on the move through the first half of the mile in the $1,700 featured event advancing first up through fractions of 28.2 and 57.2 laid down by Four Corners (Driven by Gilles Barrieau). When the Kristina McCourt trained Culpepper found front he never looked back with three-quarters in 1:26.3 before a two-and-three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. The seven-year-old son of Camluck is owned by McCourt along with Braedon McKenna of Kensington. Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) was second in the featured event while another member of the McCourt stable, Capitalism (Adam Merner), was third. Kennel Buddy used a first over attack to defeat his Open trot rivals as the heavy favorite for owner-trainer-driver David Dowling in 1:59.1. Despite the chalk favorite landing in the winner's circle, the $1,850 class saw some upsets in the next two spots as Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) was second at 14-1 odds while Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) completed the triactor at 13-1 leading to a $321.30 triactor payout for a $2 ticket. Corey MacPherson and Walter Cheverie both had driving doubles on the 10-dash program. MacPherson's wins came with Hop Up in 2:02.3 for Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and with Hurricane Hill in 1:57.1 for trainer Ron Gass of Cornwall. Cheverie's victories were with Rojans White Jet in a 1:59.1 mile from the stable of Clair Sweet of O'Leary and with with Scarlet Safari in 1:58.3 for Brent Campbell of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information including race replays and programs for the upcoming Red Shores cards. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

The Atlantic Sires Stakes race season is quickly drawing to a close, with the final harness racing events of the regular season taking place this weekend at Northside Downs. The two year-old pacing colts and fillies will roll into the North Sydney oval on Saturday afternoon for the final opportunity to earn points this season. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division pacing event and all trot events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. Two 'A' divisions of the pacing colts will each go for a purse pool of $9860 and one division of the 'A' pacing fillies will go for an impressive $17,800. This year's championship weekend will take place at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on October 7 and 8. First race post time on Saturday at Northside Downs is 1 pm. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Don’t let an emergency situation catch you off guard. Having basic training and the right tools at hand can allow you to handle an emergency with the clarity and logic required. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death for both the large animal in peril and the human intent on saving it. Equine Guelph is pleased to offer a two and a half day Animal Rescue Operational Level Courseheld at the Meaford Fire Department Training Centre in Meaford, ON, November 17 -19, 2017. This Large Animal Rescue course will appeal to a wide audience as it will be offered to hands-on participants for $295 + hst and auditors at $175 + hst. Topics covered will be useful for first responders, pre-service, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet. technicians, emergency animal response teams, horse owners, livestock producers and associations. All registrants must be 18 years of age. The course will be subject to registration numbers and the hands-on participants will be limited to 30 students. Topics include: fire and emergency preparedness, trailer safety, containment methods of large animals, introduction to mud and trench rescue, working within the incident command system, medical concerns during emerging situation, and livestock behaviour in stressful situations. What past students are saying: “A successful emergency rescue is about 90 percent preparation and 10% action,” says Ontario SPCA officer Bonnie Bishop. “Pre-incident planning is crucial for any farm owner,” says Deborah Chute, owner and operator of Laurenwood Stables and a volunteer firefighter with the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department, “Farms by their very nature contain many hazards to humans, animals and the environment, and careful planning before the event of an emergency can save lives and property. Coverage of a past training course: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/fire-crews-train-to-rescue-large-animals-during-emergencies-1.3391825 Lead instructor Victor MacPherson looks forward to the training opportunities that will be afforded by running the course in late November, “we will be training in realistic conditions with real life scenarios − both daytime and nighttime operations.” MacPherson has been involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue since 2013 and has completed several training courses in both awareness and operational levels. He has assisted in training and facilitating courses with both Equine Guelph and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez (TLAER Inc.). Victor has been involved in operational rescues. MacPherson has been with the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department for the past 24 years and District Fire Chief for past 19. This municipality covers 400 kilometers; and runs approximately 250 calls a year, from Community Service to house fires, and car accidents. Victor is also an employee with City of Vaughan Fire as a Master Emergency Vehicle Technician for past 17 years. Victor is Ex-military as a retired Master Corporal, attached to armoured units and acquired his military mechanics license for armoured vehicles. He has serviced with NATO in Europe. If you have questions related to the course please contact Dr. Susan Raymond slraymon@uoguelph.ca or 519-824-4120 ext 54230. To register for this course or get the Course flyer. This course qualifies for continuing education credits Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit TheHorsePortal.ca.

Longtime harness racing official Diane Twasnick passed away this morning (September 20) at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59. Diane's career as a Race Secretary and Charter spanned more than three decades at Elmira Raceway, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Diane had a deep affinity for harness racing, and its horses and people. Beyond her astute skills and knowledge, she had a glowing smile, bright personality and fabulous sense of humour. Her family will hold a private ceremony. Details of a Celebration Of Life are forthcoming. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Kensington duo of Culpepper and Capitalism will face off as top harness racing contenders in Thursday evening's featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. with the Kristina McCourt trained pair of Culpepper and Capitalism leaving from posts 1 and 6, respectively, in the race 9 $1,700 featured event in Charlottetown. Culpepper has been razor sharp since arriving on the East coast with two wins and a huge second place finish while recovering from a break for driver Jason Hughes and owners McCourt along with 11-year-old Braedon McKenna of Kensington. The grey son of Camluck is installed at 3-1 odds off the rail with Hughes back in the bike. Capitalism drops down in class this week for driver Adam Merner but has not missed the board in his last five outings for owner-trainer McCourt. Post 7 has hardy campaigner Smiley Bayama with Ron Gass training and driving from his Cornwall stable. The nine-year-old son of Aces Up is dropping out of the preferred ranks and was a winner his last start at this level. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is looking for a mild upset victory from Capitalism in Thursday's main event. "Capitalism got a late start to his season so he should be just about where he wants to be now from a conditioning standpoint," MacIsaac said. "Not sure he can get a trip from out here but he's a potential sleeper if he does." Other entries include Hemingway (Vaughan Doyle), Shock The Rock (Brandon Webster), Four Corners (Gilles Barrieau) and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton). A tight field of six Open trotters line up in race 7 for a $1,850 purse with Freddie noticeably absent on the card along with his trainer-driver Marc Campbell, who is vacationing in Ohio for the Little Brown Jug. With that dominating combination out of the picture, the door is wide open for the favorably positioned Kennel Buddy from post 1 for owner-trainer-driver David Dowling. Dusty Lane Jacob has been acquitting himself well in Open trot competition and gets Merner in the bike again from post 3 this week while the ultra-consistent Holy Molie Maggie leaves from post 2. The Animal Nutrition Association Of Canada pace hits the track in race 8 for a $1,200 pot with SOS Bambie the morning line choice with Mark Bradley subbing in on the driver's for trainer Gary Chappell and owner Ryan MacDonald of Halifax. The Bank Of Montreal Business Banking Group pace is in race 6 and Derreen is top choice for driver Dowling and trainer Kenneth Wilkie of Stratford. Race 1 is sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of Prince Edward Island and the event will see WC Nellie J attempt to break her maiden for trainer-driver Hughes. For more information go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Guelph, Ontario - On October 2-22, 2017, Equine Guelph will bring together horse enthusiasts from across Canada and beyond with its new Horse Safety & Behaviour course.     The three-week online short course has already caused a stir in the equine industry with adults who have benefitted from this invaluable information for anyone involved with horses.   When hearing this offering was also going out to youth between age 14 and 17, safety crusader Jacqueline Brooks was quick to lend her support promoting education on rider safety.     Canadian Jacqueline Brooks was one of the first Grand Prix dressage riders to routinely wear a helmet in international competition.     Learn more about staying safe around horses in Equine Guelph's Behaviour and Safety 3 week online course. Offerings for Adults and Youth (14 - 17).   Course Topics:    The Horse in the Wild - A Herd and Flight Animal  The Modern Day Horse  How Horses See and Hear  Herd Behaviour - How Horses Interact with Each Other  Horse Handling/Approaching a Horse  Rider/Helmet Safety  Trailer Loading Safety Basics  Safety around the Barn and Paddocks  Fire Safety  Returning from an Injury   The course will be delivered on The Horse Portal - Equine Guelph's new e-training platform designed to provide a practical, common sense community approach to learning for horse enthusiasts of all ages.   "We are proud that our first online course for youth will deliver safety training to this grassroots segment of our industry," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "The Horse Portal will bring together our young people in a safe, online community where they will learn how to 'speak horse' - and, ultimately, stay safe around horses and on the farm!"   Made possible by a grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society, Equine Guelph has developed the course for youth aged 14-17 and will also offer an adult version scheduled to run at the same time, Oct 2 - 22, 2017.   Equine Guelph has partnered with all English-speaking equestrian federations across Canada and a special 10% course discount is available for both adult and junior members. In addition, 50 free courses are on offer to 4-H Horse Club Members and 50 for Ontario Equestrian Federation Junior Members on a first-come-first served basis.   For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Rookie pacers will be in the harness racing spotlight for the $816,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady this Saturday (September 23) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, features a field of 10 colts and geldings led by elimination winners Stay Hungry (1:50.2), Twin B Tuffenuff (1:51.1) and Pedro Hanover (1:51.2). The Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies did not require eliminations last week and will see a field of eight competing for half a million dollars. A 12-race card has been put together for Saturday and total purses for the evening exceed $1.5 million. The Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9, while the Shes A Great Lady goes as Race 6. The Metro Pace, which was first raced in 1988, is annually the biggest race for two-year-old pacers and has an impressive list of past champions, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Trainer Tony Alagna, who won the Metro in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, sends out a pair of starters, including the undefeated Stay Hungry. A son of 2007 winner Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry won arguably the toughest of last Saturday's three eliminations by edging out Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover by a neck in 1:50.2, which established a new season's mark for a two-year-old pacer. Stay Hungry is three for three to start his career for owners Brad Grant, who is Mohawk's leading owner, and Irwin Samelman. His two other victories came in a $14,000 conditioned race and a $97,880 division of the Champlain. The bay colt was a $150,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Doug McNair will be seeking his first Metro title and will guide Stay Hungry from post position two. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," McNair said following Stay Hungry's elimination victory. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Alagna will also send out Odds On Lauderdale (PP8, Sylvain Filion) in Saturday's rich final. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Pedro Hanover is arguably the hottest horse coming into the Metro Pace. The Andrew Harris trainee is on a four-race win streak with all four victories coming in stakes events. Also a son of Somebeachsomewhere, Pedro Hanover paced a final-quarter of :26.2 to secure a 1:51.2 victory in his elimination. Driver Andrew McCarthy first sat behind the bay colt in winning a $112,525 division of the Nassagaweya on August 26 and has since guided the rookie to two more victories. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said after Pedro Hanover's elimination score. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover was an $80,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and is owned by locals Brad Gray of Dundas, Ontario and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, Ontario. Pedro Hanover is five for seven with $260,656 earned. He'll start from post-four. Twin B Tuffenuff was the surprise winner of last Saturday's three eliminations. The Steve Elliott trainee and driver Brett Miller came through with a 7-1 upset to break his maiden in 1:51.1. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Twin B Tuffenuff hadn't been finding the wire first prior to Saturday, but was showing tremendous speed on the end of his miles. "This is a very nice colt," Miller said after the elimination score. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat." Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff was a $75,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is one for eight with $35,830 earned. The Elliott trainee will leave from post-three with Miller. The Metro Pace final is completed by St Lads Neptune (PP1, Jody Jamieson), Lost In Time (PP5, Scott Zeron), Nutcracker Sweet (PP6, Tim Tetrick), Taste Of History (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy), Springsteen (PP9, Chris Ryder), Hayden Hanover (PP10, Andy Miller). The $500,000 Shes A Great Lady promises to be an exciting showdown, as eight pacing fillies will square off. Come See The Show will be looking to make her momma proud starting from post-four with driver Tim Tetrick. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is the second foal out of 2009 Shes A Great Lady winner Put On A Show. Trained by Linda Toscano, Come See The Show has two wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts for earnings of $72,498. The bay filly was purchased for $550,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by co-breeders Joanne Young and Richard Young. The talent runs deep in the Shes A Great Lady, as local standouts Kendall Seelster and Percy Bluechip are set to lock horns once again. Trained by Paul Reid, Kendall Seelster is riding a two-race win streak into Saturday, which includes a 1:51.1 score in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on September 2. The daughter of Shadow Play has posted three wins and four runner-up finishes in eight starts. Randy Waples, who won the Shes A Great Lady in 2015 with L A Delight, will guide Kendall Seelster from the rail. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip generated a ton of buzz with her debut performance and is coming into Saturday's race with four wins in five starts. Her only loss was a runner-up finish to Kendall Seelster in the Champlain. Also a daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Bluechip has banked $283,111 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. She was a $110,000 Forest City Yearling Sale purchase. The field of pacing fillies also includes New York Sires Stakes standout Youaremycandygirl for trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of American Ideal is three for five with $81,545 banked. She will start from post-eight with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. The Shes A Great Lady field is completed by Kissin In The Sand (PP2, Yannick Gingras), Twin B Peaches (PP3, Andrew McCarthy), Pueblo Blue Chip (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Sidewalk Dancer (PP6, Brett Miller). Early program pages for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady card can be viewed by clicking here. Fans are reminded that Mohawk will be hosting a "New Owner Seminar" prior to Saturday's races. The seminar will offer fans the opportunity to learn about affordable and easy options for becoming involved in racehorse ownership. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the Director's Lounge. Signage will be posted at the Grandstand entrance to guide those wishing to attend. Post time for Saturday's 12-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

September 19, 2017 - Horsepeople from all segments of Ontario harness racing will converge on the Campbellville, Ontario area on October 12th, 2017 for a reunion to renew acquaintances and celebrate the 250th year of horse racing In Canada. Drivers, trainers, veterinarians, owners, blacksmiths, track officials, race announcers, grooms, breeders and harness writers , who were the backbone of the sport during the golden age of Ontario harness racing ,and beyond, will gather at Campbellville's Mohawk Inn on the evening of Thursday, October 12th. The festivities commence at 7 pm. The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) sponsored event is receiving highly positive comments from horsepeople. "I'm really looking forward to it. I have made my reservations and look forward to seeing old friends", said 83-year old retired blacksmith and now full time wood carver , Ron Hill. Hill, who spent 40 years shoeing horses on the Ontario and Florida circuits, is a transplanted Brit now living in Somerville, New Brunswick. "I have a lot of fond memories from those times. They were the happiest days of my life, and we saw the best of the sport. But now?" he added. Retired Barrie, Ontario horseman, Kent Baker, who trained a successful stable on the Ontario circuit for a half century, and a current OHHA director says "It is a great idea. It will bring us all together" possibly referring to the closing of the Mohawk stable area. "Count me in, I'll be there," said Hall of Famer Ron Waples, a man who has a clever way with words. Mississauga horseman, John Burns, echoed Waples' remarks. Ottawa Valley owner-trainer-driver breeder and veterinarian, Dr. John Findley, is looking forward to the event. Dr. John, who has 80 some years of industry knowledge in his noggin, makes his home in Carlisle, Ontario. "I think that it is a great opportunity, especially given that this is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada to get together and reminisce about the history of our sport" said OHHA , general manager, Brian Tropea.   " We have already heard from a number of individuals who plan on attending and all are invited to attend". Updates will be posted periodically during the weeks leading up to the event. For additional information horsepeople should contact Sheri Minler Grabatin at the OHHA offices at 905-854-6442, or 1-866-774-6442.   Bill Galvin                                          

Equine Guelph has changed the lives of thousands of horse owners and horses, providing evidence-based, online educational pathways to learning. Equine Guelph thanks the organizations and families providing support to educate future industry professionals to be champions for the health and welfare of horses.   Award: Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award The Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award has been established in loving memory of Roger L’Heureux by David L’Heureux and Crystal Fountains Inc. Roger was a Standardbred driver, trainer and groom, racing primarily at Flamboro Downs. Roger was the son of Ephraim L'Heureux, a Standardbred driver, who won the first Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine in 1950. The successful recipient of the Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award will receive two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate). Applicants for this award can be individuals employed in the Standardbred sector as either a Groom or Trainer in Ontario or Canada or University of Guelph student. Preference will be given to industry professionals. Selection will be based on a demonstrated love of horses, commitment to horse welfare and the Standardbred racing sector, and a desire to learn more about horses and shows. Apply by email to eginfo@uoguelph.ca in the form of a 250-word letter explaining why you are deserving of the award, and provide reference to your work and/or passion for the Standardbred racing sector. Deadline for entries is November 27. The Equine Guelph Selection Committee will announce a winner December 6. Award: The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award Racing Industry Scholarship for Two Equine Guelph Courses The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award has been created by the Stocks family in memory of their beloved brother, son and uncle, Mr. Stuart Stocks. Stuart Stocks was born in Sheffield England in 1957. He struggled throughout his life with a multitude of medical issues, but had a dry sense of humour and zest for life. His love of horses started at an early age. Although Stuart never rode a horse, or laid a bet, he followed the world's top horses and loved to watch the races on television. Stuart could tell you anything about racehorses. It wasn't until after his death that detailed hand written notes he had made throughout his life were found – a testament to his love of horses and horse racing. The successful candidate of the Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award will receive two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate). To be eligible to apply, you currently must be a Groom in the racing industry with a valid Groom licence for horse racing in Ontario. The Groom who best demonstrates his/her love of horses, commitment to the horse racing industry, sincere desire to learn more about horses and shows commitment to horse welfare will be selected. Apply by email to eginfo@uoguelph.ca with a 250 - 500 word explanation by November 15, 2017 of why you are deserving of the award along with a reference letter from one of the following: Current Racing Employer, Past Racing Employer or Racing Industry Professional. Award: Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary   Virginia L. Gray dedicated 38 years of her life to the University community until her retirement in 2007 as Director, Office of Open Learning. Virginia's innovative approach to education positioned the University of Guelph to become an international leader in continuing and distance education. Virginia was committed to eliminating barriers to education and to supporting students who had a desire to advance their academic and career goals through education. Family, friends and colleagues of Virginia Gray have established and contributed to the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary as a tribute to her exemplary work. Established by faculty, staff and friends of Open Learning. These funds are intended to provide support for non-degree students that are enrolled in an Open Learning Program (courses, certificates, and diplomas) in need of financial assistance. Students interested in enrolling in an Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education or Open Learning program course are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent residents. Applications will be reviewed on January 30th and July 30th for upcoming course offerings. Applications must include a letter outlining financial need and academic goals, and must include supporting documentation. Students may receive the bursary only once. More information can be found at: opened.uoguelph.ca/en/students/financial-assistance.asp Qualification(s): Canadian citizens or permanent residents with the greatest financial need. Submission Address Please send bursary applications to: Bursary Award Committee Open Learning and Educational Support University of Guelph Johnston Hall, Room 160 Guelph, ON N1G 2W1  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 18 - Alarm Detector set a Canadian record, while Manchego set a harness racing stakes record in Monday's rich trotting finals at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial, while a field of 10 two-year-old trotting fillies squared off in the $375,000 Peaceful Way. Ben Baillargeon trainee Alarm Detector put on quite the display to capture the Wellwood Memorial by 5¼ lengths. The son of Chapter Seven was hustled off the wings of the gate by driver Trevor Henry and would find the front at the opening-quarter in :27.3. Leading by a pair of lengths over pocket-sitter Lawmaker, Alarm Detector trotted by the half in a snappy :55.4. There was no slowing down on the far turn, as the 3/5 favourite stormed the third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:23.4. With a lead of more than three-lengths turning for home, Alarm Detector waved goodbye to his rivals and drew off to win with authority in a Stakes, Track and Canadian record time of 1:52.4. You Know You Do finished second, while Maxus was third and Lawmaker was fourth. Alarm Detector, who won his elimination in 1:54.4, is now six for seven with $276,870 earned for owners Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. The son of Chapter Seven was a $110,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and his performance Monday left his connections thrilled. "It's unbelievable and to think it's in the William Wellwood," said co-owner Tom Rankin. "I know Bill Wellwood was one of the giants of the industry and it's such an honour to win in his memory and it wouldn't have happened without Ben (Baillargeon), one of the greatest trotting trainers in the world." Despite winning in a record time and by more than five-lengths, Baillargeon believes Alarm Detector wasn't even perfect in Monday's race. "I was a little nervous with half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23, he hasn't been that speed and he was a little game in front," said Baillargeon. "We're going to have to work a few things around him right now but his next start is in one month, the Breeders Crown, so he needs to relax a little more." Monday's Wellwood victory is the first for both Henry and Baillargeon. A $2 win ticket on Alarm Detector returned $3.40, while the $2 Exacta with You Know You Do ($2.30, $2.10) paid $6.70. The $1 Trifecta including Maxus paid $8.70 and the $1 Superfecta with Lawmaker on the bottom returned $25.10. Alarm Detector Jimmy Takter trained trotting filly Manchego kept her perfect record alive with a 1:52.4 stakes record performance in the Peaceful Way. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Manchego got away comfortably in third, but didn't sit for long. Driver Yannick Gingras quickly sent the Takter trainee to the lead after an opening-quarter of :27.1, clearing at three-eighths. Manchego trotted by the half in :57, while the other elimination winner from last week, Phaetosive, got underway from fourth for driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer. The two favourites were one-two at three-quarters in 1:25, with Manchego holding a two-length advantage. In the stretch, Smedshammer stayed in behind the heavy-favourite and waited until late in the lane to take his shot. However, Manchego was not going to give in, as she trotted a final-quarter of :27.4 to secure the victory by three-quarters of a length. "She was really really good," said Gingras post-race, who pointed out Manchego was better this week than last when she won in 1:54.1. "I could've taken her off the gate, I could've (done) whatever I want and that's the way she's been all year except last week she got a little excited, but they got it fixed for this week." Locally trained fillies Jordan Blue Chip and Courtney Hanover finished third and fourth, respectively. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Manchego is now eight for eight with $538,398 earned for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. She was a $120,000 purchase at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Manchego's victory Monday gives Gingras and Takter back-to-back Peaceful Way championships. The duo teamed up to win last year's event with Ariana G. A $2 win ticket on Manchego returned $2.60. The $2 Exacta with Phaetosive ($2.30, $2.10) paid $3, while the $1 Trifecta including Jordan Blue Chip returned $8.75. The $1 Superfecta with Courtney Hanover on the bottom paid $61.20 Manchego Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing track records are not made to last forever but the two-year-old pacing standard will just have a new name attached after Sock It Away's performance Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell pointed the son of Pang Shui to the lead from the start in his $6,200 two-year-old pacing colts P.E.I. Colt Stakes division on Saturday afternoon's special doubleheader card at the capital oval. Owned by Reg MacPherson of Stratford and trained by Kevin MacLean, Sock It Away laid down fractions of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:27.1 before unleashing a 28.2 closing quarter for a mile in 1:55.3 that tied the overall two-year-old pacing track record set by Heart And Soul this same afternoon in 2015. Sock It Away all ready holds the two-year-old pacing colt record at Red Shores Summerside with a 1:56 victory earlier this year. In other two-year-old pacing colt action, Half Cut won his division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes in 1:56.1 for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peters Bay. JJ Powerball scored an 8-1 upset in his division with a 1:57.4 lifetime best for trainer Austin Sorrie and owners Walter Simmons of Summerside and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook with Gordie Hennessey supplying the winning steer. Doublejackandaces won the other division in 1:59.1 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The afternoon program also featured a trio of $7,400 P.E.I. Colt Stakes division for two-year-old pacing fillies with Royaltywestho provided an impressive 1:58.3 victory from post 8 in her division for driver Walter Cheverie, co-owner and trainer Joe Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Silverhill Misty doubled up trainer-driver Hughes with a 1:59.2 victory at 19-1odds for owner Kurt Hughes of Stratford while Chocolate Terror won the other split in 1:59.1 for the Nova Scotia group of driver Paul Langille, trainer Cyril MacDonald and owner David Livingstone of Halifax.   Filly Forty Seven Gets Revenge In P.E.I. Colt Stakes Evening Card Traces Of Purple had a three-race win streak on the line going into the second half of the special P.E.I. Colt Stakes doubleheader card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Filly Forty Seven evened the scored. During Old Home Week action in August in Charlottetown Traces Of Purple knocked off the top pacing pair of Marc Campbell trainees Filly Forty Seven and Elektra Express but it was revenge time Saturday during a $7,600 division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Traces Of Purple (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) set up all the fractions but Filly Forty Seven converted a two-hole ride into a victory in 1:57.3 by three-quarters of a length during the stretch drive. Campbell trains and drives Filly Forty Seven for owners Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Kately Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines, N.S. The victory put the daughter of Proven Lover over $100,000 in lifetime earnings as he earned her 14th lifetime win. Her stablemate, Elektra Express, visited the winner's circle earlier on the card with a 1:56.3 win for Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S. The other $7,600 division saw Kinda Like Her extend her streak to three victories for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Sean Dooley and owners Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax. In three-year-old pacing colt action, Mighty Cowboy won the fastest $6,300 split in 1:55.3 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax. Nameisonthehalter (Campbell) was a winner in 1:57.1 in another division for owner-trainer Lawrence Snow of Glace Bay, N.S., while Dial The Bossman was on top at every call to win in 1:57.1 for the combination of driver Jason Hughes and trainer Tom Weatherbie for owner Doug MacPhee of New Haven. Ashes To Ashes delivered as the favourite in the other $6,300 division in 1:56.2 for driver Barrieau, to give the son of Driven To Win win number eight on the season for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside, and Lynne Livingstone of Kensington. The evening card also featured a leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with the $3,620 divisions being won by Shadows Mystery (Arsenault) in 1:55.4 and Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) in 1:56.2.   Eagle Jolt Wins Summerside Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - The beat goes on for the King of Island racing as Marc Campbell had four driving wins on Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Campbell’s quartet of victories helped extend his lead in the Red Shores Summerside driver's standings, and he also visited the winner’s circle in the feature pace. Eagle Jolt captured the $2,400 preferred pace in 1:56 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove over Ultimatelyhandsome (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) and third place finisher Old Buck (Jason Hughes). Campbell's other wins came with Cabaret in 2:01 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside, and Keepcalmndanceon in 1:59 from his own stable. The fourth win was in a dead heat as the Campbell driven Bet Er All and D Bs Rosco (Arsenault) hit the wire together in 1:57.2. Bet Er All is owned and trained by Ralph Sweet of O’Leary. Cyrax made his East Coast debut a winning one as he scored a 2:01 victory in race 1 for driver Dale Spence, who had two wins on the card, and owner-trainer Barry Biggar of Summerside. That first race also included an accident racing to the quarter pole as Quick Mad (Adam Merner) hooked wheels with CJ Bluefin (Neil Bambrick) with that incident interfering with Mach Vegas and unseating driver Mike McGuigan. Quick Mad finished fourth and was disqualified while CJ Bluefin and Mach Vegas failed to complete the race. All horses and drivers walked away from the incident unscathed. Visitwww.Redshores.ca for race replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Glass Shadow, who has been winless in his last 14 starts, pulled off a stunning upset at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, wiring the field in the Invitational Pace for driver Gaetan Lamy at odds of 23-1, paying $49.70 to win. Leaving from post five, veteran driver Gaetan Lamy sent Glass Shadow right to the lead with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole spot and the 8/5 favorite, Ufdragons Rocket and driver Stephane Gendron, parked out first-over from the start. Gendron tried to urge Ufdragons Rocket to the front, but Lamy and Glass Shadow said no as they sped to the opening quarter in :57.1. Gendron tried again with Ufdragons Rocket as they went to the half, but again Glass Shadow said no. They went to the half mile in :55.3. They raced the same, only now Crombie A and driver Stephane Brosseau had joined the hunt in second over position, UFdragons Rocket was still game being parked out from the start as they sped to the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Lamy opened up a little daylight with Glass Shadow as they started down the stretch, but started to bear out as Ufdragons Rocket began to fade as Rainbow Palace came up the passing lane and Crombie A found room to mount a challenge. But Lamy and Glass Shadow were the best today, holding off Crombie A to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Rainbow Palace was third. The last time Glass Shadow had won a race, was back on April 30 at H3R. Trained and owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, it was the fifth win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play. Track Notes: With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, H3R's half mile oval was razor sharp as five horses (half of the race card) registered lifetime marks. The fastest mile on the program came in the seventh race pace, as Solid Performance and driver Pascal Berube pulled away from the field in the backstretch, winning by eleven and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.2, making it a trainer/owner double for Marc Andre Cormier Live racing will resume at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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London, September 22, 2017 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will usher in another exciting season of live harness racing beginning on Monday, October 2nd. The weekly Fall schedule features racing every Monday and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 7:05 p.m. The final leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for two-year-old colt pacers will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd and that will just be the start of a busy month at the London oval. Grand opening festivities will happen on Friday, October 6th and will be held in conjunction with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada. Some of the special events planned include $1 programs, an 8-foot commemorative cake, 'Wanna Drive' team on hand, seminar for potential new horse owners, a Bouncy Pony media celebrity race and prize giveaways including an opportunity to win a $250 cash prize. "We are looking forward to the return of live racing and have a busy month of October planned to kick it off," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are some changes and some new events that we are excited about and that we hope will enhance our racing product and on-track experience throughout the season." A brand new event this year is the Veteran's Classic on Friday, October 20th. The event will celebrate military veterans, young and old, in a unique setting as part of the live racing program. The night will kick off with a performance from the 1st Hussars Cavalry Troop and there will also be a showcase of military vehicles throughout the facility, veterans' tributes between races and the Veteran's Classic Pace as the on-track feature. The Raceway will use the occasion to officially unveil its new winner's circle which will also honour military veterans both past and present. Other major events during the month of October include the Forest City Preview on Friday, October 13, in conjunction with the new London Selected Yearling Sale that same weekend, and the 12thannual Harness The Hope night on Friday, October 27. Track management had considered implementation of a passing lane this season and received tremendous response to an online poll asking customers their opinion on the initiative. The overall response was slightly in favour of the move, however management has opted not to make a change for this season and will revisit it for 2018. Customers will notice a change to the Monday Pub Night menu with the addition of some new menu options to go along with the regular favourites - details to come. Customers are invited to come out to the Top Of The Fair every Monday to enjoy great food, live racing, watch their favourite game and have an opportunity at prize giveaways. Reservations are not required. The betting menu will also get a tweak as the early pick-3 each day will now be guaranteed at $2,500. The early Pick-3 has grown into one of the more popular wagers on the daily menu which also includes a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers - all are 15% takeout wagers. The Super Hi-5 races were contested at 1-1/16 miles during the final month of last season as a trial and The Raceway team was encouraged by the results. "I think the experiment hit the mark in all the areas we were hoping it would," explained Blanchard. "The longer run to the first turn gave outside horses a better chance to get early position and gave drivers more time to get their horses set for the first turn which is a positive. The longer distance gave each starter an increased chance to overcome a slow start and betting was higher than anticipated on those races. It is something we feel worked very well and that we plan to continue for this season." The added distance races feature nine-horse fields with 10 per cent added to the purse and money paid out to the top six finishers rather than the standard top five. For more details on the upcoming meet visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. To make reservations for Grand Opening night at the Top Of The Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519-438-7203 (ext. 252). From WFD Media
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - When the dust settled last Sunday in Truro, N.S., Adkins Hanover was the only one left standing against harness racing Invitational company and now the top Island pacers get a crack at him Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card kicks off at 6 P.M. with 13-dashes scheduled including the race 12 top event for a purse of $2,400 with Adkins Hanover being forced to overcome the outside post 7 fresh off his 1:54.2 victory in the $7,500 Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational at the Truro Raceway. Corey MacPherson will drive the Trevor Hicken trained pacer for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. His Saturday night Red Shores competition includes Caracci Hanover, who has acquitted himself well since relocating East, with Jason Hughes at the lines for conditioner Jennifer Trainor. Likely To Win is at 7-2 odds as third choice on the morning line after putting together a solid season for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie, getting post 4 to work from this week. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the 1:54.2 mile laid down by Adkins Hanover in his most recent as far too much to ignore. "Adkins Hanover has got the gate speed to overcome the outside post so if he can secure an uncontested lead there could be nothing but open road ahead," MacIsaac said. Also in the field of seven is Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith), Mick Dundee (Donnie MacNeill), D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). A hard hitting group of Open Pacing Mares is set to duke it out in race 9 for a $2,250 purse with Prettyndangerous living up to her name in recent week as she rides a two-race Open Mares streak into post 3 for driver Merner, trainer and co-owner Bo Ford, and co-owner Arnold Myers, all of Charlottetown. Both of those winning trips were in identical 1:56.2 miles for Prettyndangerous but classifier Gerard Smith will install Good Luck Kathy (Hughes) as the morning line choice from post 2 while Shadows Mystery (Kenny Arsenault) is another top choice with rail control. Ramblinglily was the dominate force in the mare's rank at the start of the season but incredibly has not seen the winner's circle in pari-mutuel action since July 29. Trainer Alan Jones has elected to make a change in the driver's seat this week as Ken Murphy will drive the daughter of Articulator. Check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. Old Buck Headlines Sunday Red Shores Card The 2017 racing season has been kind to trainer Alan MacDonald as his charge has been tremendous all season and gets the nod as top choice in the Sunday afternoonfeature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 13-dash card with a competitive eight horse field assembled for the $2,200 race 12 featured pace. Old Buck has been rock solid all season for trainer MacDonald of Summerside, who also owned the four-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo. With 17 starts on the season, the pacing horse has five wins, three seconds and three thirds to give MacDonald a sparking .450 training average. Jason Hughes regularly handles the driving duties of Old Buck and will return to the lines again this week from post 2 as the morning line choice. Ultimatelyhandsome has been knocking on the door recently with top three finishes in his last three starts for trainer Sifroi Melanson. Dale Spence gets the catch driving call on Ultimatelyhandsome from post 6 this week while the fast pacing Rash B Havior has post 4 for trainer Mike Peters of Emyvale with Gary Chappell in the seat on Sunday afternoon. Other feature entrants include Dbs Rosco (Walter Cheverie), Minor Wisdom (Ryan Desroche), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), Good Friday Three (Wade Sorrie) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 13 with Culpepper installed at 12-1 odds as the longest shot on the board but that was before his 1:56.2 romp on Thursday in Charlottetown. Ryan Desroche picks up the catch drive from post 5 behind the Kristina McCourt trainee as the pacers looks to defend his four consecutive top two finishes since relocating East. Pictonian Storm gets top call on the morning line from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike while Heart And Guts rides a two-race win streak into post 7 and again gets the services of Spence. For race programs, live video, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
FRASERVILLE - Kawartha Downs will host its only Racing Under Saddle race this year on Saturday night when Kamikaze Lindy attempts to record his third consecutive harness racing victory. What makes this attempt unique is the fact he has scored his most recent wins in a different fashion. The first, at Mohawk on Sept. 4, was in the traditional style of harness racing with a driver and sulky behind him. The second occurred two weeks ago at Hiawartha Horse Park when he won the RUS race there while being ridden. The five-year-old trotter will attempt his second straight RUS win in Saturday's third race at Kawartha where he'll square off against four other rivals including stablemate Lets Leavem. Both horses are trained by Shane Arsenault who also owns Kamikaze Lindy who will be ridden by Heather Reese. Lets Leavem will be ridden by his owner Sarah Town. The five RUS riders, Sarah, Heather, Marielle Enberg, Maggie Jones and Natalie Elliott will be available to meet and greet with fans in the grandstand following race five. This is the second last race card at Kawartha Downs for 2017. Post time is 7 p.m. KAWARTHA DOWNS GRADED ENTRIES Saturday, Sept. 23 post time 7 p.m. FIRST - PACE, $4,500 (DD, EX, TR) 1. Supersport (N Boyd) 6. Nothing But Bad (J Gillespie) 5. Master Negotiator (R Gassien) 4. Tugs Escape (B Macdonald) 3. Mini Putt (M Wade) 7. Thatsjusthowiroll (D Gassien) 9. Scintillator (S Johnson) 2. Magnify Bliss (J Woodward) 8. Inkerman Rocket (A Kerwood) SECOND - PACE, $5,000 (EX, TR) 6. Four For Orr (R Gassien) 4. Lo Lo Lo Logan (R Webb) 1. St Lads Captain (D Gassien) 8. Iamsam Samiam (J Thomson) 3. Joys Blazingsevens (N Boyd) 7. Imtoobadtobecute (M Wade) 5. Santanna Tony (J Woodward) 9. Pop N Liam (J Turcotte) 2. Rocket Gal (A Kerwood) ae. Diamonds Dance (N Boyd) THIRD - TROT, $4,500 (EX, TR) 1. Lets Leavem (S Town) 2. Kamikaze Lindy (H Reese) 5. Majestic Mystic (N Elliott) 4. Pukka (M Jones) 3. Precious Phoebe (T Enberg) FOURTH - PACE, $4,500 (EX, TR) 6. Liplock (N Boyd) 4. Cold Creek Lacey (J Gillespie) 2. Jo Big (K Benn) 1. True Companion (B Macdonald) 7. Emily Beach (R Doyle) 9. Dolly Dali (J Woodward) 3. Tea Bag (S Gassien) 5. Show Some Machsie (R Gassien) 8. Britches Say What (J Thomson) FIFTH - TROT, $4,100 (EX, TR) 2. Ill Stay Here (B Macdonald) 6. Warken On Air (R Webb) 9. Illusionsndreams (R Gassien) 4. L H Sonofthetimes (J Thomson) 1. Legionsofangels (N Boyd) 5. Quiet Moment (D Graham) 7. Autodynamic (W Hie) 3. Howmac Gypsy (J Woodward) 8. Peeling Out (R Doyle) SIXTH - PACE, $4,000 (EX, TR) 2. Bittersweet Dreams (B Macdonald) 3. Sophie Blu (R Webb) 6. D G Nickabocker (A Kerwood) 4. Rockin Sockem (D Gassien) 9. Hiclass Hanover (R Doyle) 7. Art Of The Deal (J Gillespie) 1. Hazuseenmybucket (N Boyd) 8. Lilys Penelope (J Turcotte) 5. Ima Holy Terror (J Thomson) SEVENTH - PACE, $4,400 (EX, TR) 2. Uf Bettors Hanover (B Macdonald) 3. Kiss Me Or Not (N Boyd) 1. Oakrock Eldorado (R Gassien) 4. Hey Grin (A Kerwood) 5. May To For (R Webb) 6. Harttattack (D Gassien) 7. Galagher Seelster (J Thomson) 8. Dana Salaam (B Collins) 9. Duneside Sport (G Ketros) EIGHTH - PACE, $4,800 (EX, TR) 2. Lock N Reload (R Webb) 3. Emma Ivy (B Macdonald) 5. Jetset Charmer (S Johnson) 9. Real Wicked (R Doyle) 7. Regally Magnified (J Turcotte) 4. Windsun Falls (J Gillespie) 1. Wildcat Jet (J Thomson) 6. Windsong Leopold (N Boyd) 8. Let There Be Rock (A Kerwood) ae. Bet Till Dawn (R Gassien) NINTH - PACE, $4,000 (EX, LD, TR) 7. Big Moment (R Doyle) 6. Putnams New Year (B Macdonald) 1. Who Dey (N Boyd) 8. A Boy Named Suuzz (W Hie) 2. Thundering Bay (D Clancy) 5. Better Art (J Gillespie) 3. Casimir Oppee (R Webb) 4. Stir And Serve (G Ketros) TENTH - TROT, $5,000 (EX, SF, TR) 5. Millers Song (N Boyd) 4. Shestherealthing (R Webb) 1. Rare Ruby (M Harvey) 3. Anutherdynamic (K Jones) 6. Zebs Abbey (J Gillespie) 2. Peace Keeper (P Henriksen) 7. Muscle Museum (B Macdonald) 9. Magic Moss (R Gassien) 8. Muscle Lane (W Hie) Reprinted with permission of The Peterborough Examiner
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Culpepper did not secure the lead until the second half of the mile but he still demolished his feature harness racing rivals at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. With Jason Hughes in the bike, Culpepper was on the move through the first half of the mile in the $1,700 featured event advancing first up through fractions of 28.2 and 57.2 laid down by Four Corners (Driven by Gilles Barrieau). When the Kristina McCourt trained Culpepper found front he never looked back with three-quarters in 1:26.3 before a two-and-three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. The seven-year-old son of Camluck is owned by McCourt along with Braedon McKenna of Kensington. Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) was second in the featured event while another member of the McCourt stable, Capitalism (Adam Merner), was third. Kennel Buddy used a first over attack to defeat his Open trot rivals as the heavy favorite for owner-trainer-driver David Dowling in 1:59.1. Despite the chalk favorite landing in the winner's circle, the $1,850 class saw some upsets in the next two spots as Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) was second at 14-1 odds while Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) completed the triactor at 13-1 leading to a $321.30 triactor payout for a $2 ticket. Corey MacPherson and Walter Cheverie both had driving doubles on the 10-dash program. MacPherson's wins came with Hop Up in 2:02.3 for Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and with Hurricane Hill in 1:57.1 for trainer Ron Gass of Cornwall. Cheverie's victories were with Rojans White Jet in a 1:59.1 mile from the stable of Clair Sweet of O'Leary and with with Scarlet Safari in 1:58.3 for Brent Campbell of Charlottetown. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information including race replays and programs for the upcoming Red Shores cards. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  
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