Day At The Track


02:01 AM 12 Apr 2005 NZST
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Rick MacLeish, fourth-leading scorer in Philadelphia Flyers history and member of two Stanley Cup championship teams, has returned to a sport he’d put aside for many years.

No, he’s not lacing up skates, but he’s once again the owner of winning pacers, this time a 3-Year-Old pacing filly racing at Dover Downs.

Ain’t Goin Back is owned by MacLeish and trainer Ben Stafford Junior, with a two-for-two record this year so far and a 1.55.3 mark as a 2-Year-Old.

MacLeish and Stafford bought the filly as a yearling for a price Stafford says was "well under $10,000."

The filly was staked only to Kentucky Sires Stakes and Stafford plans to race her, "in overnights and she has a few series coming up. The Kentucky Sires Stakes don’t start until the fall so I’ll try to give her a break between now and then."

MacLeish now lives in Ocean City, NJ and works for Financial Options Insurance Company, has owned or bred 25 Standardbreds in the past and competed as an amateur driver, last racing in 1983.

MacLeish suffered a heart attack during a Flyers alumni game several years ago, followed by cardiac bypass surgery, and does not plan a return to driving.

"When I was 19 I was drafted by the Boston Bruins and I used some of my money to buy a racehorse for $5000, he recently recalled on the Flyers website.

"I got out for a while and then when we won the Stanley Cup in 1974-75, I met the Stafford family in Voorhees, NJ and I have been involved ever since."

Courtesy Of Harness Racing Communications, A Division of the United State Trotting Association

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