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While The Raceway is dark, we’ll be looking for some shining lights as we step on into 2021’s harness racing season.  To stay busy, within racing, we’ve been posting picks for my favourite ’south of the border’ half-mile oval Northfield Park - based in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find those picks + many more cappers’ selections for North American horse racing tracks at www.atbforum.com. Speaking of favourite ‘south of the border’ ovals - you may want to check out the current Cal Expo harness racing meet - racing Saturday and Sunday evenings at 4:55 PST (7:55 EST)… Catching the eyes of many, in recent weeks, has been Canadian young gun Jacob Cutting. Cutting, at only 19, was aboard 6 winners this past Sunday, January 3 at the Sacramento, California track. His most impressive driving wins - from watching with these eyes - would have to be in Race 7 with race fave River Lassena and in Race 8’s top class event with Allmyx’sliventexas. “River Lassena is a really green horse,” says Cutting. “She’s got a lot of learning to do yet.” The filly would sit mid-field throughout and then be shuffled near the back as they turned for home. Angled widest of all, for the stretch-drive, River Lassena would kick in with one final push near the wire to win the six-across finish in exciting fashion. “She definitely wants to do it,” continued Cutting. “I think she’ll eventually mature into a nice race horse.”  And how about that top class victory? “Allmyx’sliventexas was quite the ride!” exclaims Cutting. “He’s just pure class honestly and a real pleasure to drive. It’s nice getting the opportunity to drive a class horse like him. Bobby (Johnson) and his crew do a great job keeping him at his best. That win is - for sure - a highlight for me… It’ll be a win I’ll definitely remember!” Allmyx’sliventexas was winning his fourth in a row at Cal Expo. Assigned the outside post position 10 - Cutting would just float the big horse out and then secure an inside lane after the quarter mile to sit third-to-last through hot early fractions… Fourth-over in the flow at the half-mile now and Cutting noticeably has his mount braver than most - he patiently waits until turning for home and then with a five-wide launch - “He blows away the field!” roars track announcer Gary Seibel.     Those race replays are well worth the viewing… If you’d like to catch this young Canadian driving talent doing his thing go to www.calxharness.com/live-racing-video-replays/ for January 3, 2021 - Race’s 7 and 8… You won’t be disappointed.   Jacob Cutting Bullets - Began driving in 2019 - From 681 career starts - 101 - 87 - 85 - $465,428 earned - .260 UDRS - From 24 starts in 2021 - 8 - 3 - 3 - $21,943 earned - .444 UDRS  Catch you all again soon! Sugar Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District While The Raceway Is Dark... | The Raceway | Western Fair District  

There will be one more chance to wager on local harness racing this year. The Raceway at Western Fair District will hold its final card Wednesday before closing its doors to live racing and training on Boxing Day as part of the provincewide lockdown due to COVID-19. Harness racing will also be suspended at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Rideau Carleton Raceway after previously being shut down at Flamboro Downs. Western Fair was near the finish line of its fall season, which started Oct. 7 and was due to run three days a week until the end of the year. Post time Wednesday is at 6:15 p.m. Ryan Pyette Reprinted with permission of The London Free Press

LONDON…The 1st Annual Drivers’ Holiday Challenge, in support of Toys For Tots, hosted this evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District was an overwhelming success. The point-based challenge was contested over an 11-race card and featured top harness racing drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Raceway. The group of drivers on today’s card featured Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading reinsmen Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local teamster’s Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. The battle went right down to the wire, with both Marc St Louis and Bob McClure sharing the victory with 87 points. Colin Kelly finished third with 84 points.   The real winners of the day were the children that are assisted by the Toys For Tots Charity. The drivers donated their fees for the day and The Raceway matched the drivers’ donation. More than $5,700 was raised to support children in need during the holiday season. The harness racing community was also out in full force with plenty of donations coming in supporting Toys For Tots. A special thanks to Shannon and Trevor Henry for organizing a toy drive to support this great initiative.   The Henry’s offered a $100 Keg Gift Card draw to participants who donated a new toy and selected a driver to win the competition. Well over 300 toys were donated which truly shows the kindness and generosity of the harness racing community. The winner was Katie Currie from Guelph, Ontario. The Raceway was also proud to have COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, providing live coverage of the event. The broadcast was available on the Standardbred Canada website as well as other social media platforms. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizens whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need. Toys For Tots works to address and prevent specific problems faced by families and their supporting charity organizations by providing toys to children who would otherwise go without during a major religious holiday and provide toys throughout the calendar year to local emergency and social agencies to distribute to children during catastrophic circumstances.     Greg Gangle

LONDON... Officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track will be altering its post time for Friday, December 11 and 18th. The Raceway will shift the track's new post time to 4:45 p.m.     Greg Gangle  

LONDON... The Raceway at Western Fair District is proud to announce an increase in the harness racing track's nightly Pick 5 wager beginning Monday (December 7). The Early and Late Pick 5 pool will now be guaranteed at $7,500 on Monday and Wednesdays. On Fridays, the guarantee will be $5,000. Live racing continues at The Raceway every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening with a first race post time of 6:15 p.m. Monday & Wednesday Wagering Menu Race 1 - $7,500 Guaranteed Early Pick 5 Race 4 - $7,500 Guaranteed Early Pick 4 Race 5 - Early Super Hi 5 Race 6 - $7,500 Guaranteed Late Pick 5 Race 8 - $7,500 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Race 9 - Pick 3 Race 11 - Late Super Hi 5 Friday Wagering Menu Race 1 - $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick 5 Race 4 - $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick 4 Race 5 - Early Super Hi 5 Race 6 - $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 5 Race 8 - $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Race 9 - Pick 3 Race 11 - Late Super Hi 5 The Raceway is pleased to offer these seven wagers at a low 15% takeout. Greg Gangle

LONDON, ON - November 18, 2020 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is teaming up with some of the province’s best harness racing drivers to spread added Christmas cheer this holiday season. The London oval will play host to the first ever Drivers’ Holiday Challenge in support of Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 20th . Post time for the special program will be 4:45 p.m. (ET). Four top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park will take on four of the leading drivers from The Raceway with all driving commissions being generously donated to the charity which will be used to purchase Christmas Toys for children in need. The Raceway will also be matching the driver’s donations. “Toys for Tots is extremely happy to partner with The Raceway at Western Fair District this year. This will be a great opportunity for both our organizations to make a significant impact in our local community,” said Toys For Tots President Robert Krizanec. “It is because of organizations such as The Raceway that will allow children to have a gift under the tree this holiday season.” The inaugural edition of the Drivers’ Holiday Challenge features Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading drivers Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local reinsmen Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. “Given the current climate we wanted to host an event that was both safe to conduct and would support families during these troubling times,” said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. “We are pleased to team up with Toys for Tots and support their initiative around the holiday season. Also, without the commitment of the drivers this event would not be possible. We applaud their support.” COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, will provide live coverage of the Drivers’ Charity Challenge program. The broadcast will be available on the COSA TV’s social media platforms, the Facebook pages of both CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU), as well as the Standardbred Canada website. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizenry whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need. Toys For Tots works to address and prevent specific problems faced by families and their supporting charity organizations by providing toys to children who would otherwise go without during a major religious holiday and provide toys throughout the calendar year to local emergency and social agencies to distribute to children during catastrophic circumstances. From The Raceway

LONDON, ON...Due to the current strangles outbreak at Red Shores Charlottetown, The Raceway at Western Fair District will prohibit entries from horses based in the Maritimes effective immediately that do not show their most recent race in Ontario. Until further notice, each horse will be required to submit two negative strangles tests one week apart to be eligible to race. The Raceway will update the industry when the restriction is lifted. Management at The Raceway apologize for the inconvenience. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Due to the immediate success of the Pick 5 wager, officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District are pleased to introduce a second Pick 5 wager. The wager will begin on Monday, October 26. The Raceway will also shift its Early Super Hi 5 from Race 6 to now begin in Race 5. This will allow the final leg of the Early Pick 5 to offer a nine-horse field. This will also allow the Late Pick 5 to stand alone in Race 6 as a key wager. The wagering menu while offering 12 races will look like the following: Race 1 Early Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 4 Early Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 5 Early Super Hi5 Race 6 Late Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 8 Late Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 10 Late Pick 3 Race 12 Late Super Hi 5 The Raceway is pleased to offer seven wagers nightly with a low 15 per cent takeout. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, OCT. 9, 2020 – Sent off as the heavy favourite in Friday’s $155,600 three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series division, Tattoo Artist rewarded The Raceway at Western Fair District fans with a two length harness racing victory in 1:53.2. Driver Bob McClure hustled Tattoo Artist away from Post 1, but Sylvain Filion had a heavier foot on the accelerator from Post 4 and Rhythm In Motion won the battle for early control, taking the field to a :26.1 opening quarter. After firing away from Post 7 and advancing up the outside, Beaumond Hanover dropped in behind Rhythm In Motion as the colts advanced around the second turn, so heading for the :54.4 half McClure sent Tattoo Artist after the leader. Filion kept the pedal to the metal on Rhythm In Motion however, so McClure dropped Tattoo Artist into the pocket before the 1:23 three-quarters and waited until the colts were coming off the final turn to re-move. Tattoo Artist reeled in Rhythm In Motion, as did Beaumond Hanover, who got up for second. The pacesetter stayed game for third. “I said to many people before the race, one of the last spots I would have wanted was the rail or the eight-hole,” said McClure. “You don’t want the rail when you’re the favourite. You want to be the last one to the lead and at London, it’s such a tight track, you can get caught very flat footed leaving the gate from the rail, which all the drivers know, so I knew there would be a couple blasting from the outside. “I could have left Jody out there to be parked but then I’d have been in a hole the rest of the race and I didn’t want that, so I figured the only way to give my horse a fair shot was to drop Jody and take my chances first up and luckily it worked out,” the Rockwood, ON resident continued. “I got to tuck into the two-hole for a little while and braven up and take another run and my horse showed a lot of grit and class. He raced an awesome trip today and I was very proud of him.” The win gives Tattoo Artist a perfect five-for-five record in sophomore Gold Series action. The last time the reigning division champion was bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action was over The Raceway at Western Fair District oval in a Gold event last October. Eight days later he won the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final. “He struggled here last year, but I was pretty confident (tonight),” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who also started seventh-place finisher Denali Seelster. “I did snug his hopples up a hole, and I did the other horse too, which I don’t think it hurt him any and probably steadied him a little bit. Anyway, we’re pleased with the result, and hopefully he’ll be a little better for next week now too.” Moore and caretaker Giselle Loder will now shift their focus to having Tattoo Artist in peak form for the Oct. 17 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $250,000 postseason showdown. “I’ll jog him, probably Thursday will be a training mile, and it won’t be too heavy for him,” said Cambridge, ON resident Moore. “We’re looking forward to next week; we’ve got five in the Finals, him, Denali, the two fillies (Andra Day and Alumni Seelster) and Lawless Shadow.” In addition to his Gold Series success, Tattoo Artist has also had a successful season in open stake competition for owners Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. The Hes Watching colt captured his Simcoe Stakes division and finished second in the $1 million North America Cup. Through 11 sophomore starts Tattoo Artist has tallied eight wins and one second for earnings of $610,073. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at The Raceway at Western Fair District Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

LONDON, ON -  After a sharp training mile with Beaumond Hanover over The Raceway at Western Fair District last week, owner/trainer Jack Darling was looking forward to the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series finale at the London harness racing oval on Friday, Oct. 9. Unfortunately Darling's confidence took a hit when the post position draw was published on Tuesday. Beaumond Hanover landed the outside Post 7 while rival Tattoo Artist got the inside Post 1 in the sole $155,600 Gold division. "When you draw the seven like that, with the way things set up, you're pretty well toast," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "It will be up to Jody (Jamieson) to see what happens behind the gate, but it's not good." In the first four Gold Series legs Beaumond Hanover scored three wins and one second, getting bested for the first time by Tattoo Artist at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 18. The son of Sportswriter has only missed the top three once in 11 starts, finishing sixth, less two lengths behind the winner, in his Aug. 22 North America Cup elimination. In addition to Tattoo Artist, both colts that were victorious over the London half-mile in two-year-old Gold Series action will also start to the left of Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson. Beach Blanket Book gets Post 2 and track record holder Denali Seelster will start from Post 5. "He'll be very tough on the half, because I think he can go just as fast on the half as he can on the big track, pretty close anyways," said Blake MacIntosh, who trains Beach Blanket Book for Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and Mac And Heim Stables of St. George, ON. "We had thought about taking him to the (Little Brown) Jug and just decided against it because he'd gone four or five weeks in a row between all the stake races. So we just gave him a couple weeks off, gave him a couple easy weeks, and he needed a little tightener for the Gold and so we qualified him at Flamboro." Beach Blanket Book romped along all by himself in the Oct. 3 qualifier at Flamboro Downs, reaching the wire 27 lengths ahead of the field in 1:54.2. The Sportswriter son sits third in the sophomore pacing colt standings, behind Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover, with 66 points from two seconds and two fourths. Last October Beach Blanket Book scored a 1:57.3 victory in his Gold Series division at The Raceway at Western Fair District, dealing Tattoo Artist the only loss he has ever suffered in Ontario Sires Stakes action. "Last year Denali (Seelster) broke the 10 year old track record for two-year-olds and Tattoo (Artist) actually struggled last year, he was third," said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains both colts. "Hopefully we have some good weather (Friday) and away we go, see what happens." Like his rivals, division point leader and reigning champion Tattoo Artist took a spin around a half-mile track last week to sharpen his skills for Friday's regular season finale. The colt will be looking to wrap up his sophomore season with a perfect record of five wins in five Gold Series starts. "I'd taken him to Flamboro and trained him on Thursday (Oct. 1), he trained superb, just to make sure he's okay with the half still, and I just went one trip with him today (Oct. 6) and he just seems as fresh as a daisy still," said Cambridge resident Moore. "Sometimes it's hard when you drag them on to three week breaks, I find that difficult sometimes, especially late in the year, but he seems to be taking it in stride no problem." Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL share ownership of the Hes Watching son Tattoo Artist and Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS own the Sunshine Beach colt Denali Seelster. The colts face off in the last regular season Gold event of their careers in Race 7 on Friday's program, which gets underway at 6:15 pm. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on The Raceway at Western Fair District website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District gets set to kick off its exciting fall harness racing meet on Wednesday, October 7 and will do so with a number of changes that include a new schedule, enhanced safety protocols and a change to the wagering menu. The new Fall schedule will feature live racing taking each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency across the schedule. The first card of the meet will feature 12 races with full fields. Following consultation with the Public Health Unit, the decision was made to open the Top Of The Fair only to patrons during live racing. Dining will be available all three race days, featuring a Pub Style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. All other areas of the grandstand will remain closed and The Raceway will remain closed for simulcasting. Reservations for Top of the Fair will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Customers will be pre-screened before entering the facility. Reservations will be granted on a first come first serve basis. To make a reservations please visit https://www.opentable.ca/r/top-of-the-fair-western-fair-district-london Reservations can be made only online at this time. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. Superstars Tattoo Artist and Beamond Hanover are expected to compete on the half mile oval. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a choice of swag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Autumn Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The Raceway will continue to offer its traditional Pick 4 wagers with a guaranteed pool of $7,500 on Mondays and Wednesdays and a $5,000 pool on Fridays. The ever-popular Super Hi 5 races will also take place. For more information, stay tuned to The Raceway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or stop by the website at www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced an important change to the weekly training/qualifying schedule for the upcoming Fall harness racing meet. Training and qualifying will be held each Thursday until further notice. Training will commence from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by qualifiers and schoolers. Qualifiers will begin at 11 a.m. At this time access to the The Raceway's paddock is limited to essential staff, AGCO licensed drivers, trainers, and grooms. No owners or patrons without an AGCO license shall enter. All horses must be removed from the paddock one hour following the last schooling session. Anyone permitted to be onsite is subject to the Covid protocols without exception. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The 2020 Fall harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:15 p.m. and fans will notice some changes to both the schedule and wagering menu when racing resumes. In addition, details around COVID-19 protocols and capacity limits for on-track participants and guests are also available. The Fall schedule will look slightly different with live harness racing taking place each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. This change from the traditional Monday-Tuesday-Friday Fall schedule will allow track officials more time to fully clean and disinfect the paddock building between race programs. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency in the schedule and better position The Raceway product on the busy Friday night simulcast market. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a swag bag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. The Raceway generally hosts its Survivor contest on Tuesday, however due to the new racing schedule, Survivor will now be contested on Wednesdays. Same rules will be applied this year and customers can fill out their entries at WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a number of measures have been put into place in order to accommodate participants and patrons in a safe environment. Here's what customers can expect: The Raceway will allow 50 guests in its Simulcast location and Grandstand as well as 50 guests in its East Annex and outdoor patio. Face masks are mandatory in both locations. Customers will be able to make a reservation online for their desired area. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The Top of the Fair restaurant will also be open all three racing days. The restaurant will offer a Pub style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. Reservations will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. To make reservations for Top Of The Fair please call 519-438-7203 x 252 or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. Here's what horse people can expect: When horse people enter the race paddock, they will be subject to a full screening process. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire. Trainers are encouraged to allow themselves extra time when commuting to the track. Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2metres/6 feet must be maintained. The Raceway will offer a new paddock layout to ensure safety of all participants. Management has repositioned each race accordingly to offer the best experience with social distancing at the half-mile oval. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - Dave Jackson, 50, remains hospitalized in critical condition following an on-track accident on June 28th at Clinton Raceway. Jackson was transported to Clinton Hospital before being transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. Jackson has been diagnosed with severe head trauma along with a neck injury. He has been moved out of ICU and is now on the regular trauma floor at LHSC. The London native has a long road to recovery. Jackson is a familiar face in the harness racing industry. He can be found warming up horses for many trainers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Clinton Raceway, just to name a few. The Raceway at Western Fair District along with COSA (Central Ontario Standardbred Association) has kicked-off the campaign with a $1,500 donation each. - Added line To donate, please click the following link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/dave-jackson-fundraiser All proceeds will be sent to Dave Jackson. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the harness racing Assistant to the General Manager role. “It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.” Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race meet. Known for his social media skills and pregame show appearances - he’ll look to continue on with much of the same and more at Hanover this season. “It’s been great getting to know the racing team in London,” he says. “I enjoyed helping out on the pregame shows and Greg Gangle was a great mentor as well… I like what London does with racing - it’s a great model for other tracks to follow.” A new time slot for Hanover, this season, will see them switch to a Saturday afternoon 2 PM post time. “We wanted to have a more ‘family friendly’ post time… And this way we’re not going up against Georgian Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park in the evening.” Elliott will also host a pregame show and look after some in-between-race commentary during the race day broadcasts. “I got in some practice this past weekend during our qualifiers,” he says. “A little bit of test run, all around, as we get set for our opening day card this Saturday… Is was great to see that the mood on the backstretch was really good… Horse people were following all the new rules and it was clear to see that they were just happy to be back racing.” Along with a new online Survivor Challenge for each race program - race fans will enjoy the new High Definition (HD) live stream on the YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. “We’re really excited about the new HD experience,” says Elliott. “It’s a super upgrade for our racing product and it will be most welcomed by our viewers I’m sure.” I was able to watch a few qualifiers from Hanover on the weekend and a horse to watch for, in the weeks ahead, will be Presto Score. Owned by Darryl and Gerald Holmes, of Meaford, this lightly-raced 5YO son of Sportswriter just jogged in his prep race - pacing a back half in 59-flat, for a 2:02.1 score, with a motionless Tom Smith aboard. Mohawk regular Mach Code was out for an easy qualifying win, as well, for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson. “He was the standout,” notes Elliot. “Scott Young was here to drive him and he just toyed with his foes - winning by open lengths in 1:58.4. We may not see him back this Saturday, but most of the others, that qualified, will likely be with us.” For all the latest happenings at Hanover Raceway visit www.hanoverraceway.com and be sure to follow Tony Elliott on Twitter @elliottracing99 - he’ll keep you up to speed on all things racing this summer. Camluck Classic Highlights COSA TV Though the Camluck Classic would have been contested this weekend, the signature race was nonetheless front and centre on the Sunday (May 31) edition of COSA TV Live. Host Greg Blanchard, joined by colleagues from The Raceway Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle - as well as Michael Carter from the USTA, revisited and discussed many memorable moments from the history of the Camluck Classic, formally known as the Molson Pace until 2018 and prior to that - known as the Labatt Pace. Catch the highlights & the full TV show here https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/5-31-20/camluck-classic-tribute-show-… Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with Off And Pacing, continues their harness racing series of simulated stakes races on Friday (May 29) with the Camluck Classic from virtual The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Camluck Classic, originally scheduled to take place on Friday (May 29), was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shannon “Sugar” Doyle, the announcer at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will provide the call for the virtual race. The simulated race can be viewed via the USTA Facebook page at this link, with the live stream starting at 10 a.m. 2020 Camluck Classic Simulated Race PP-Horse-Driver 1. The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair 2. Sintra-Jody Jamieson 3. This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras 4. Bettor’s Wish-Dexter Dunn 5. American History-Andrew McCarthy 6. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley 7. Century Farroh-Sylvain Filion 8. Easy Lover Hanover-Louis Philippe-Roy from the USTA Communications Department

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