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London, April 17, 2018 -- The first ever Camluck Classic is now just over a month away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and there will be some new twists to the London oval's signature harness racing event. In addition to the new race name and new date of Saturday, May 26, the event will feature a new Infield VIP Experience as part of the fun where fans will enjoy a unique view of the action from inside a 4,000 square foot tent located in the track's infield. "The infield experience is something we are very excited to offer for the first time," said The Raceway's Marketing Co-ordinator Amy O'Toole. "Customers will be able to enjoy all the amenities of those on the front side while experiencing the event in a unique and exciting way. " A limited number of tickets will be sold at a cost of $50 (tax included) and will include preferred parking (in the infield), free program, $2 betting voucher, BBQ chicken dinner, dedicated video board, cash bar, exclusive draws, D.J. and photo booth. Tickets will go on sale online this Friday, April 20th. In addition, a Facebook 'beat the box office' contest will open today at 2:30 p.m. where you will have a chance to win a set of two tickets to the Infield Experience on Camluck Classic night. The Facebook platform will also be used this year for another first time endeavour. The Raceway will team up with the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Standardbred Canada to broadcast the Camluck Classic on Facebook Live with coverage beginning at 10:30 p.m. (ET) WEG's award winning broadcast team will be on hand to produce the one hour show which will be distributed on the Facebook pages of both WEG and The Raceway. Standardbred Canada brings their massive online reach to the partnership and will offer enhanced distribution of the telecast as well. WEG teamed up with the Breeders Cup for a Facebook Live broadcast of a 'Win and You're In' race last season which was very successful. They have a number of events scheduled throughout this racing season. More details surrounding the Camluck Classic will be announced in the coming days. To stay connected, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, May 6, 2018 -- Bridge Street - regarded as one of the most popular and durable pacers in the history of The Raceway at Western Fair District - will be inducted into the track's prestigious Wall Of Fame on Friday, May 11th. The hard-hitting pacer compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. And, despite never winning a stake race, the son of Armbro Emerson who was a $10,000 yearling purchase, would amass more than $676,000 for his connections that included Tom Brodhurst, George and Shirley Griffin and Scott and Kim McNiven who also trained and managed the pacer. Brodhurst estimates that he has owned more than 150 horses over the years but there is absolutely no doubt which one tops the list. "He (Bridge Street) is why I've stayed in the game as long as I have," says Brodhurst. "He just never threw in a bad race and made all of his money the hard way while never winning a stake race. He means so much to our entire ownership group. I laugh when I think back to the circumstances of when we purchased him and I am glad it all worked out the way it did." In fact it was the late George Griffin who urged the group to consider buying the yearling even though Brodhurst wasn't looking for another horse at the time. When the bidding reached $10,000 Brodhurst had no intentions of raising his hand again. Fortunately, he didn't have to and rest as they say is history. "It was George who first got me into the game in 1964 when we worked in the insurance business together," recalls Brodhurst. "His wife Shirley has remained partners and we've always had our horses with Scott and Kim McNiven. We've been fortunate to have a lot of nice race horses and being inducted into the Wall Of Fame is truly and unexpected and special honour for all of us." Bridge Street will be honoured during a special trackside ceremony and is expected to be on hand himself in the winner's circle and lead a post parade during the program. "Bridge Street was the epitome of that iron-tough raceway horse," said The Raceway's Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "His consistency for such a long period of time at such a high level is amazing. He just showed up week in and week out and loved his job. He was definitely the type of horse that both casual fans and horseplayers alike really appreciated and we are very pleased to induct him to our Wall Of Fame." Wall Of Fame night will be part of a very busy month of May at The Raceway which also includes a special Mother's Day program on May 13th, the Ontario Regional Driver's Championship on May 16th and the first ever Camluck Classic on closing day, Saturday, May 26th. For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Blanchard

London, March 5, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has released the official logo for the newly minted harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational Pace which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26th at the London, Ontario venue. The $150,000 race, presented by title sponsor Seelster Farms, will feature the best older pacers in North America and has become on of the 'go to' events of early summer in London. Western Fair District's graphic designer Jake MacDonald created the new logo which features a clean, contemporary look utilizing a red, white and black colour scheme which are traditional Canadian colours and also most closely associated with Camluck and his regular driver Mike Lachance on the racetrack. "We wanted something unique and fresh that captures the essence of what we want the Camluck Classic racing event to be and are pleased with the end result," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are many subtle references in the new logo and we are excited about the opportunity to re-brand and grow what has become a very significant night on the Canadian racing calendar." Fans are reminded that the Camluck Classic will be raced this year on a Saturday night rather than the traditional Friday night time slot. The power-packed program will feature a quartet of City of London Series Finals as well as the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for three-year-old filly pacers to go along with the main event. There will be special giveaways to commemorate the Camluck Classic with a brand new Infield Party also in the works. Full event details will be announced soon and available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, February 22, 2018 - The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise harness racing people that Friday morning's qualifying session has been postponed and will instead be held next Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. The switch has been made to allow the track crew to perform maintenance on the racing surface ahead of Friday night's live race program which is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. The track will also be closed for training on Friday morning.            

London, February 21, 2018 -- Two days of steady rains and warm temperatures have forced The Raceway at Western Fair District to cancel its Wednesday night harness racing card of racing due to unfavourable track conditions. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Friday evening with a first race post time of 6:55 p.m.  

February 19, 2018 - The Raceway at Western Fair District was forced to cancel its Monday night harness racing program after six races due to deteriorating track conditions caused by steady rains and warming temperatures throughout the evening. The track has canceled its Tuesday night program as temperatures are forecasted to climb overnight along with heavy rainfall. The weather prognosis looks slightly better for Wednesday evening's card and management will update the status of that program on Wednesday morning.  

Friday night’s action at The Raceway at Western Fair District saw the Ontario harness racing debut of barn fire survivor Bad Bad Diva. Now owned by Lou Sorella and Katie Miller, the four-year-old ‘pint-sized’ daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is one of two survivors from a tragic barn fire that left five horses dead last August. Trainer Brittany Bounds, of Seaford, Delaware, lost five horses (My Little Tater Tot, Gangster Granny, In Front Charlie, Ezekiel Kandu and Standtuecemewin) to the blaze, but Mi Six and Bad Bad Diva were able to escape. “Being a survivor – she’s just meant to be with us,” mentions Sorella. “My wife Maria is a breast cancer survivor and this little mare is a great fit for our ‘Team’.” Lou Sorella, aka #LouKnows – a guest handicapping regular at The Raceway, is the director of Team To The Moon – a campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The ‘Team’ consists of horses, trainers and drivers coming together in support of this most worthy cause through harness racing. Team members donate one percent of their earnings with all proceeds going towards Breast Cancer Awareness.     Bad Bad Diva, leaving from the trailing spot over The Raceway’s half-mile oval, got away in fourth position early – before making the first up move prior to the half. Driver J Harris would ask the mare for more with a quarter of a mile left to go and she would respond in a big way. “J said she was huge,” says Sorella. “When he kicked the ear-plugs out - she was gone!” And gone she was… A going-away winner under wraps - by four open lengths at the finish line - in 2:07 at the added distance of 1-1/16M. “That was a big trip,” stated Sorella. “She was out well before the half mile and what a show of speed when my driver asked for it… Away from the races for well over a month – that was some return – we’re so happy to have her!” Conditioned by young ‘up-and-coming’ trainer Kyle Fellows, Bad Bad Diva had the betting public behind her as she returned $4.20 on a win ticket, but she would still top a massive Super Hi 5 payout worth $5741.47 on a $.20 cent ticket. Racing resumes at The Raceway Monday at 6:15 ET.   By Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle Track Announcer at The Raceway

London, February 12, 2018 - Horseplayers will have some added incentive to tune into the Tuesday night harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the addition of a $20,000 Instant guaranteed pool in the early Super Hi-5 in race 6. The late Super Hi-5 riddle on Monday night's program - won by 9-2 shot Twilite Zone - went unsolved triggering a carryover of almost $5,800 into the Tuesday program. Post time for Tuesday night's card is 6:15 p.m. Free programs, analysis and live streaming video are all available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle will break down the Super Hi-5 and the entire Tuesday program on the pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Greg Blanchard

After a successful 25-year run as the The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature race, the Molson Pace, will have a new name in 2018. Introducing The Camluck Classic, a $150,000 Invitational Pace, featuring the best older harness racing horses in North America. It will make its debut on a new date this year - Saturday, May 26 at the London half-mile oval. The new race name is a tribute to the late world champion pacer who went on to become the most prolific stallion in Canadian harness racing history. The Raceway is very excited to announce our new title sponsor for the biggest night of racing in London - Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario. "We thank Molson for what has been a wonderful partnership for a quarter century," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "But change is inevitable and this marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for this race and for racing in this part of the province. Camluck helped put this area on the harness racing map and we think it's fitting that the race be renamed in his honour." Camluck hit the race track in the early 1990's under the tutelage of trainer Bob McIntosh and compiled an excellent record at ages two and three for McIntosh, who was part of the New Destiny Stable that co-owned the pacer along with Al McIntosh. At age four, he competed as one third of the powerful McIntosh-trained trio that also included triple millionaire Artsplace and the $1.4 million winner Odds Against. Camluck concluded his career on the race track with 26 wins from 69 starts and just over $1 million in purse winnings. However, it was in the breeding shed where the handsome son of Cam Fella would truly make his mark and, in the process, he raised the bar for the Standardbred breeding industry in Canada. Camluck sired close to 2,400 foals with more than 2,000 of those making it to the races. "When he first went to stud I was cautiously optimistic," recalls McIntosh. "He was a tough race horse and had great conformation but sons of Cam Fella hadn't really hit as sires to that point. I took a shot and bred about 18 mares that first year and it all turned out pretty well. I'd have to say he's one of the greatest pacing stallions ever." His offspring combined for earnings in excess of $235 million and included 635 $100,000 winners and 28 winners of $1 million or more. "To have this race named after him is very special to myself and the entire group associated with the horse. As a kid, London was the track I came to most with my dad and I have a lot of fond memories over the years. I've watched this race grow and was even fortunate enough to win it so this is definitely a big deal, said McIntosh." Ann Straatman of Seelster Farms in Lucan, home of Camluck for more than 20 years, shares the sentiment of the entire group. "We are delighted to have him immortalized in the prestigious Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which is our home track and thrilled to be be the Presenting Sponsor," she said. "Camluck's legacy will live on for generations through his sons and daughters and having this race named in his honour will now add to that legacy." The Raceway's signature night of racing got its start in 1972 and was sponsored by Labatt until 1992 when Molson took over sponsorship. "This race is almost 50 years old now and it's amazing to look back to watch its evolution,' said Blanchard. "It has become more than a race, it is also a terrific event we look forward to enhancing in the future. We are very proud to host a race of this stature and are fortunate to have attracted some of very best in the sport who have produced some of the most memorable and exciting races in recent years" Additional Event details will be available in the coming weeks at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, January 29, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced its five harness racing finalists for 2017 Caretaker of the Year. They will be recognized at the annual awards night on Saturday, February 17. Horse people were asked to submit nominations throughout the month of January and the five finalists chosen will now be voted on by horse people this week at The Raceway to determine this year's recipient. A ballot box will be set up in the paddock and voting will take place during the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday programs. The five deserving finalists are Marta Dicicco, Brad Doyle, Cassidy Schneider, Tammy Durbridge and Taylor Fritz. All five will be honoured at the awards celebration and the winner will take home the Caretaker of the Year trophy. Tickets for the awards night are still available at the race office or by contacting Amy O'Toole at aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. Tickets are $40 per person or $45 at the door and the evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and DJ and dance to follow. The Raceway at Western Fair District      

London, January 2, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise customers and harness racing people that it has made a slight adjustment to its first race post on Friday night programs to 6:55 p.m. "It is a small change of 10 minutes, but as other tracks have recently changed their post times, this better positions us in the simulcast marketplace and gets customers and horse people home a bit earlier on Friday nights," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. The new post time will come into effect this Friday, January 5th. The Raceway is now operating on its four-day-a-week racing schedule as follows: Monday - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday - 6:15 p.m. Wednesday - 6:15 p.m. Friday - 6:55 p.m. The Raceway at Western Fair District

London, January 1, 2018 -- Goldstar Badlands and Jagersro, with 11 wins each, headline the list of 2017 harness racing award winners at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Officials with The Raceway have announced the majority of the track's 2017 award winners to be honoured during the Western Fair's annual awards night, which will take place this year on Saturday, February 17. The Raceway's top performers for 2017 will be honoured in a variety of categories. Awards for the three-year-olds and older horses are based on the top money earners who made at least six starts at The Raceway during 2017. The top claimer awards are based on total number of claiming wins at The Raceway in the same calendar year. Trainer Vic Puddy will take home his second consecutive Trainer Of The Year award while Bob McClure, who is enjoying a career-best season in the race bike, captured his first ever London driver's title. The Owner of the Year award, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, goes to the owner who finished in the top 10 for money winnings and had the highest number of starters during the season. The popular Caretaker of the Year award will be handed out once again. To qualify, caretakers must be nominated by Friday, January 26. To nominate someone, send an email with your reason why to one of the following: gblanchard@westernfairdistrict.com, sdoyle@westernfairdistrict.com, ggangle@westernfairdistrict.com or aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. The Raceway will announce its Horse of the Year the night of the event. Also that night, Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Ontario will present its Outstanding Service Award and recognize its top performers of 2017. The evening will include dinner and dancing and tickets go on sale beginning Friday, January 12. They will be available in both the race office and marketing department. For more information, call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 299). A list of the 2017 Raceway Award winners appears below. Older Pacing Horse • Goldstar Badlands Older Pacing Mare • Solid Queen Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt • Mach One Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly • Casino Classic Older Trotting Horse • Liam Needsome Older Trotting Mare • Jagersro Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt • Pingaling Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly • Ionia Claiming Pacer • Remus Blue Chip Claiming Trotter  • Riddle Me Miss Driver • Bob McClure Trainer • Vic Puddy Owner  • Jeff Williamson Dave Wall Outstanding Service Award • TBA Caretaker • TBA Horse Of The Year • TBA Ruth Herbert Horse Woman Of The Year • TBA RUS Outstanding Service Award    TBA Greg Blanchard

December 28, 2017 -- The race for top harness racing trainer at The Raceway at Western Fair District for 2017 looks as though it could come right down to the wire on New Year's Eve. With just two programs remaining, conditioner Gord McDonnell holds a one-win lead in the standings over defending champion Vic Puddy (35-34) while Craig Gilmour sits two back at 33. McDonnell, who is in search of his first Raceway training title, will send out just one starter over the final two programs - veteran Katherine B who is the 9-5 morning line choice in Friday night's fifth race. Gilmour sends out two starters on Friday night in Zahfire and Big Lis but does not have any horses entered for New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, Puddy has strength in numbers, sending out three starters on Friday and three more on the final card this Sunday. The Auld Lang Syne Trot and Pace will highlight the New Year's Eve program and it will mark the final career start for a pair of 14-year-old London fan favourites. Weskey, a 59-time career winner with more than $326,000 earned will leave from post 5 in the trot in race 8 while Pacific Oak, a 56-time career winner of more than $453,000 will occupy post 3 in the pacing event in race 9. Those on track Sunday night will have a chance to win a set of tickets to next summer's Trackside Music Festival at The Raceway, featuring Dierks Bentley, and a Coors Light Snow Board. Live racing will be followed by a New Year's Eve 'After Party' at the Top Of The Fair. The 2018 live racing season will kick off on Monday night (New Year's Day) with a 6:15 p.m. start time. The Raceway adds Wednesday's to the weekly schedule which is as follows: Monday - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday - 6:15 p.m. Wednesday - 6:15 p.m. Friday - 7:05 p.m. Live racing continues through the end of May and will be capped off by Molson Pace Night which has been moved this year to Saturday, May 26th. Greg Blanchard

London, December 22, 2017 - For harness racing fans looking to get their racing fix over the holidays, The Raceway at Western Fair District kicks off a busy stretch of 8 race programs in 13 days with an excellent 10-race program tonight at 7:05 p.m. The London oval will also host a special Saturday matinee program tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. along with the traditional Boxing Day afternoon card next Tuesday, also starting at 1:15 p.m. A pair of Alliance Series Finals - both contested at 1-1/16 miles - will highlight the Boxing Day program. The $13,700 Final for $7,000 horse and gelding claiming pacers goes in race 6 and is led by 2-1 morning line choice Veroi Bayama who was a solid winner in leg two of the series, a race he was claimed out of by trainer Lindsey Kerr. The 8-time winner this season starts from post 4 with Garret Rooney listed to drive. Remus Blue Chip enters the final fresh off a pair of wins in London, including a 2:05.3 win at the distance two starts back. He will have to overcome the trailing post 9 on Tuesday with Nick Steward in the bike. A wide open field will square off the in the $14,400 Alliance Final for $15,000 claiming pacers in race 11. Phone In, Godro Hanover, Lyons William and Now What Hanover were all impressive winners in the series with Godro Hanover given morning-line favourite status from 4 with Colin Kelly listed to drive for trainer Joe Pereira. A number of local drivers, along with Santa, will be on hand to greet fans as they arrive on Boxing Day with a commemorative giveaway item. Three lucky fans will have a chance to pick a prize from the Gift Tree and there will be second chance draws throughout the afternoon. There is limited seating available for the Boxing Day Brunch at Top Of The Fair. To make a reservation, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252). Live racing is also scheduled for next Friday, December 29th and again on Sunday, December 31st (New Year's Eve). Fan favourites Weskey and Pacific Oak will make their final career appearances in the Old Lang Syne Trot and Pace as part of the New Year's Eve card. The night also features a pair of fantastic prize giveaways including a pair of tickets for next summer's Trackside Country Music Festival at The Raceway and a Coors Light Snowboard. The wagering menu will be bolstered by a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the late Pick-4 that night and there will be a New Year's Eve after party following live racing at the Top Of The Fair. Fans are reminded that there is live racing on New Year's Day, Monday, January 1st, which kicks off the track's 4-day-a-week schedule throughout the end of May. The Raceway will feature live racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday at 7:05 p.m. For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, December 14, 2017 -- The race for the 2017 "Trainer Of The Year" at The Raceway at Western Fair District is coming right down to the wire with just nine programs remaining in the harness racing season. Heading into Friday night's card at the London oval, Craig Gilmour holds a slim two-win lead (33 to 31) over fellow conditioner Gord McDonnell. Defending champion Vic Puddy isn't far behind with 30 wins to his credit so far. Gilmour is in search of his first London training title and is in the midst of a career-best season with 79 wins overall and close to $500,000 in seasonal earnings. McDonnell, has been one of the top conditioners at The Raceway in recent years and may be the hottest of the trio right now having sent out four winners from his last six starters. Puddy, who won last year's training title in London, has surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings for the fourth time in the last five seasons and recently went over 2,000 wins lifetime. He sends out two starters Friday night and will have a chance to close the gap on his two rivals who both have no horses entered on the program. The Raceway will be a busy place over the next three weeks and here is a look at the complete holiday race schedule: Friday, December 15 - 7:05 pm Monday, December 18 - 6:15 pm Tuesday, December 19 - 6:15 pm Friday, December 22 - 7:05 pm Saturday, December 23 - 1:15 pm Tuesday, December 26 - 1:15 pm Friday, December 29 - 7:05 pm Sunday, December 31 - 7:05 pm Monday, January 1 - 6:15 pm Greg Blanchard

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 21, 2017 - The Standardbred Alliance today released details regarding a group of harness racing claiming series to take place during the month of December at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will have six events with three held at Flamboro and three at Western Fair. Each series will have two preliminary legs and an added-money final. The conditions for each series are as follows: Event A: Trot, Claiming $8,500. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event B: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $7,000. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event C: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event D: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $7,000. Plus Allowances. Event E: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event F: Trot, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 (Fillies & Mares $37,500) lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. (Note: Events A, B, C will be raced at Western Fair and Events D, E, F will be raced at Flamboro) The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, December 1. The nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Alliance Holiday Claiming Series payments can also be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Media Communications

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