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Ten sophomore trotting fillies made the trip to The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening to compete in a pair of $94,000 Gold Series divisions, and both races featured upsets as the favourites failed to live up to fan expectations. Apprentice M scored her first win of the season in the first division, inheriting the lead around the final turn when pacesetter Zorgwijk Sophia and fan favourite Illusioneesta made breaks as they battled for control. Unfazed by the chaos, the steady Apprentice M and driver Paul MacDonell simply carried on down the stretch to a 2:01 victory. Miller Time also delivered a flawless effort to finish three-quarters of a length back in second and Illusioneesta recovered quickly enough to claim third. "That's why they race horses," said the philosophical MacDonell. "She's pretty solid gaited, which helps on the half-mile track, and then as you saw, things worked out." MacDonell steers Apprentice M for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, Ontario and owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, Kentucky. In her four previous Gold Series starts the Kadabra daughter had recorded one second, one third and two fifths. Tuesday's victory pushed her point total to 97 and puts her in fourth spot in the standings heading into the Oct. 13 Super Final. "She just hasn't really kicked in like she probably should have, but again I think she's got $100,000 made, so it's hard to knock her," said Guelph, Ontario resident MacDonell. "It's late in the season and a few of the fillies are getting tired and stuff, so you can take advantage of that sometimes." Tuesday's victory pushed Apprentice M's 2018 earnings to $109,253 and put her less than $10,000 shy of $200,000 lifetime. MacDonell finished second with Bax trainee Magical Lady in the other division, following Collateral Beauty and driver Louis Philippe Roy as they went gate-to-wire in 1:59.2. Pocket-sitter Town Hall Justice settled for third, well ahead of favourite Smoke And Mirrors, who took herself out of contention with an early break. The win was Collateral Beauty's second in the Gold program. The Kadabra daughter was also victorious at Georgian Downs on July 21 for trainer Herb Holland and owner Carolyn MacIsaac of Milton, Ontario. "She's a little bit of a lazy filly, but looking at her lines, it seems like she takes her job a little more seriously when there's big money on the line," said Roy, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "Herb told me she's better when you put her into play right off the gate, so that was the plan today and it worked good." With two wins, one second and one seventh in four Gold Series starts, Collateral Beauty heads into the $225,000 Super Final tied for second with 127 points. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's sophomore earnings to $123,800. The top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will now head to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Oct. 13 Super Final. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

LONDON, ON - Sept 27 -- One of the most recognizable names on Ontario's B track circuit this season is Colin Kelly. The 25-year-old native has enjoyed a career year with over $1.2 million in earnings and 183 wins. The young reinsman began his driving career in his home province of Nova Scotia at age 19 before making his way onto the Ontario Circuit just a few years ago. As a matter of fact, it's just Kelly's second full year in the province and he was recently named Grand River Raceway's leading driver for the recently-concluded meet. "I've had a great season and very fortunate with the quality of horses I've been able to drive," Kelly said. "Obviously my success comes from the trainers and owners putting me on good horses and giving me the confidence. It's translated quite well." Kelly admits that he didn't predict his early success. "It's actually taken off faster than I originally thought. I've had to adapt to the Ontario circuit and make the necessary adjustments," he said. "It comes with experience and just trying to put horses in the right spots and take advantage of certain situations." The Guelph resident has his sights on bigger goals going forward. "I think any driver wants to advance himself onto the WEG Circuit and hopefully that time comes eventually," he said. "Obviously I'd love to go there right now for a drive or two, but for now, I'm more than happy with the work that I'm getting. It's been a great ride." Kelly hopes his success continues on Monday when The Raceway at Western Fair District begins its season. "London has been good to me this year. I always enjoy going there," he said. "I was able to pick up a lot of work earlier in the year while racing there and that translated into more work at Flamboro, Grand River and Georgian Downs. I'm looking forward to heading back to London for the fall." The Raceway will begin in another exciting season of live racing beginning on Monday (Oct. 1). The weekly Fall schedule features racing every Monday and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 6:55 p.m. The popular wagering menu will once again feature a trio of guarantee wagers. The Pick-3 will consist of a $2,500 guarantee, while a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers will be offered; all are 15 percent takeout wagers. The Super Hi-5 races will be contested at 1-1/16 miles. Customers can also enjoy a fantastic promotion at the Top Of The Fair restaurant. Every Friday in October two can dine for the price of one -- just $39.99. Grand Opening festivities are slated for next Friday, October 5th featuring the Dachshund Dash wiener dog races, draws and giveaways (including a 40' Flat Screen TV) and food specials throughout the night. For more details on the upcoming meet visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. To make reservations at the Top Of The Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519.438.7203 (ext. 252). From Western Fair Media Department

London, ON - September 25, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District advises horse people that the Raceway's main paddock entrance, located off Eggerton Street, will be closed due to City construction when live racing returns on October 1st. Construction is expected to continue into November so horse people are urged to keep that in mind when planning their route to the track. Horse people can access the paddock off Florence Street - the roadway situated between the Western Fair District Sports Complex and Agriplex - and are asked to view the accompanying map for more detail. The map will also be posted on The Raceway's web page at www.westernfairdistrict.com and The Raceway's social media platforms. Raceway management apologizes for any inconvenience. The draw for the first program of the season takes place this Thursday. The live racing season kicks off next Monday, October 1st at 6:15 p.m. From Greg Blanchard at The Raceway  

The 2018 Fall race season at The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off with the first harness racing program slated for Monday, October 1st at 6:15 p.m. Live racing will take place each Monday and Tuesday (6:15 p.m.) and Friday (6:55 p.m.) through December 31st. The month of October will be a busy one at the London oval and the celebration will continue all month long with a fantastic promotion at the Top Of The Fair restaurant. Every Friday in October two can dine for the price of one - just $39.99 - while enjoying the Fall Harvest menu created by executive chef Neil Mackay. Grand Opening festivities will take place on Friday, October 5th, highlighted by the Dachshund Dash weiner dog races, sponsored by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. Three heats, featuring 10 weiner dogs in each, will be contested at 6:30 p.m. prior to that evening's race card and then the top three finishers from each heat will come back for the finale after race two. There will also be special draws and giveaways throughout the night, food specials at the Homestretch Grill and the Hands On Horses program giving fans a chance to ride behind a horse between races that night. The caretakers - the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out - will also be recognized as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. "We are looking forward to another great season of racing and entertainment at The Raceway," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "October has become a really busy month for us and we're pleased to offer this excellent promotion at the Top Of The Fair. When you combine this deal with exciting live horse racing you have one of the most unique and affordable dining experiences in the city." The month of October also features the second annual Veteran's Classic on Friday, October 19 - a night that honours our military veterans past and present in a fun and celebratory way. The 13th edition of Harness The Hope, in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, will take place on Friday, October 26. The second annual London Selected Yearling Sale will once again take place at the Western Fair District Agriplex the weekend of October 12-14. Following last year's successful merger of the former Forest City and Standardbred Canada yearling sales, organizers are planning even bigger and better things for this year. Ontario Racing's newly-announced Autumn Series will kick off the opening-night program at The Raceway. The track will host events for two and three-year-old colt trotters and filly pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15th. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event of the season for three-year-old filly trotters is slated for Tuesday, October 2nd. Condition sheets for the first week of the season are now posted on Standardbred Canada. To find out more, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blanchard, for The Western Fair

LONDON, ON....May 26 - The Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron with Louis-Philippe Roy in the sulky, captured the first edition of the $150,000 Camluck Classic in a track record time of 1:50.1. The son of Real Desire was first off the car leading through an opening panel in :27.1 Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) settled in the pocket with rail starter Sunfire Blue Chip (Trevor Henry) third. Rockin Ron remained on top in comfortable fashion past the half in :55.1 with Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) advancing first-over with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) tracking him. Louis Roy began to separate himself from his rivals past three-quarters in 1:23.1 before winning by eight lengths in commanding fashion. Evenin Of Pleasure finished second, while Easy Lover Hanover. "He was as strong at the half as he was at the wire," Roy said following the race. "I wanted to leave hard and make sure I could get everyone behind me. The horse was just terrific tonight and I'm thankful for the drive." The now 34-time winner boasts his career earnings to $1,383,483. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stable and J And T Stable. Percy Bluechip won the first of two the two OSS splits going wire to wire in 1:54.3. The filly by Shadow Play took hold of the pace while tracked by Kendall Seelster through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4. Rounding the final turn, Write Me A Song applied first-over pressure and chased the 1-9 favourite through the lane, while Kendall Seelster, lacking room, kept pace behind in third. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, Percy Bluechip, owned by Shadow Two Stable and James and Wilma MacKenzie, returned $2.10 to win. Wiring the field despite a loose saddlecloth, Big Thong strolled to a 1:55.2 victory in the latter OSS division over pocket-sitter Quite A Sight. Sent the 3-5 favourite, driver James MacDonald positioned the Scott McEneny-trained daughter of Big Jim on the lead, pacing uncontested through a :27.4 opening quarter, :59.1 half and 1:27.3 third quarter. Quite A Sight pulled pocket into the stretch, chasing in second while Cabowabocuttie shot through the inside for third. The $3.40 winner races for owners Michelle McEneny, Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. Ezee Tiguan, fronting a field of breakers, took command past a :30.2 opening quarter and trotted unchallenged to a 2:02 win in the $24,200 City of London Filly and Mare Trot. She took the top from Miller Time, who sat pocket through splits of 1:00.3 and 1:31 while Candid Hally made a short pursuit first over into the final turn before fading. Owned by Linda Wellwood and Tammy Aspden, the Lyle MacArthur trained-and-driven Angus Hall filly paid $2.70 to win, while Windsong Ophelia rallied through horses to finish second and Miller Time held third. Following a front battle between tempo-setter Just Jewel and Sicario venturing first over after a slow start, Edstone jimmied his way in between horses around the final turn and found room to angle to the center of the track and reel in leader Daylon Phantom to win at 9-1 in the $25,200 City of London Trot. The three-year-old gelding by Glidemaster sat in the pocket while Just Jewel and Sicario carved times of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on the lead. Trevor Henry tipped the Shannon Henry trainee off the rail rounding the final turn while Daylon Phantom circled to the lead from second over into the lane. Once shown racetrack, Edstone rallied through the center of the course and nabbed Daylon Phantom at the wire in 2:01.1. Owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc., Shaun Baines, Dave Hudson and James Dennie, Edstone paid $17.90 to win. Luc Blais trainee and 3-2 second choice Sweet Toujours, owned by Determination Inc., swept back to the top in the stretch, taking the $28,200 City of London Filly and Mare Pace in 1:56. Following a :28.2 opening quarter, James MacDonald circled the three-year-old Mach Three filly to the lead and soon resigned to the pocket as Shadowofhersmile ambushed the pacesetter for the front and cleared after a :57.2 half. She held control through three quarters in 1:25.4 and only faced Sweet Toujours as her closest threat into the stretch, with Sweet Toujours pacing by with ease to return $5.10 to win, while Macharita, blindswitched around the final turn, emerged for third. Treasure Writer pushed first over to win the $26,200 City of London Pace in 1:55.4 over pacesetter and 4-5 favourite Blue Moose. Driver James MacDonald tipped the Mike Smith-trained Sportswriter gelding uncovered following a :27.4 opening quarter to press the pace and remained at Blue Moose's side through a :58 half and three quarters in 1:26.2 before powering past the favourite in the stretch to win, with Delorean Seelster finishing third off a pocket trip. Trainer Mike Smith co-owns the $9.70 winner with Brooke Smith. Second-betting choice Champagne Phil scored going wire to wire in the $15,000 Preferred 2 Pace in 1:54.1 over pocket-rider Mohawk Warrior. The eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Dean Nixon set the pace unfettered on the lead, going fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:26 with Mohawk Warrior on his back. He held control through the lane while The Loan Ranger sneaked through the inside to finish third. Trevor Henry piloted the $4.90 winner for owner Icr Racing. Sitting off a swift pace by odds-on favourite Drunkonaplane, Adore Him, driven by Trevor Henry for trainer Curt Blake and owner Robert Blake, catapulted off the rail to the center of the course and powered through a stampede to claim victory in the $11,000 Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:02. Drunkonaplane brushed to the front over Bestofthebunch, clicking the first quarter in :27 and maintaining that speed through a half in :54.3. The backfield assembled in chase of Drunkonaplane into the backstretch, with Audreys Dream leading the charge from first over moving to three quarters, timed in 1:24. Audreys Dream overtook the favourite into the lane, but Adore Him fanned to the center of the course and shot through a seam to edge past Audreys Dream in the final strides to score, with Another Great Pick finishing third. The six-year-old Shadow Play gelding returned $6.10 to win. Fading Shadow flew from the grandstand side to take the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:03.3. Driver Scott Coulter positioned the Michael Carther-trained daughter of Shadow Play sixth while Teachers Vet blazed by the quarter in :27. She slowed the pace by the half in :56.2 as Pinky Tuscadero initiated the two-wide flow moving to lap two with the rest of the field bundling into contention passing three quarters in 1:26.3. Sodwana Bay circled off cover to take a narrow lead to the inside of Dazzling Rockette while Fading Shadow began her bid widest of all at the head of the stretch. Fading Shadow, the $16.80 winner owned by Malcom MacPhail, launched by Sodwana Bay in the final strides to score, while Dazzling Rockette finished third in a dead heat with Teachers Vet. Party In Rome wired her competition in the $13,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 2 Handicap in 1:57. Driver Trevor Henry led with the Gerald Lilley-trained daughter of Big Jim through a :27.3 opening quarter while Southwind Ion sat second. Bourbon Seelster, third at the quarter, pulled first over circling the far turn and pressed Party In Rome on the lead through a :57.1 half and through three quarters in 1:26.1 before retreating in the stretch. Party In Rome, owned by Bill Manes, William Cripps and Steven Papillon, bested pocket-sitter Southwind Ion shaking loose late for second, while Request For Parole rallied off cover for third. She paid $6.20 to win. From Standardbred Canada and The Raceway  

London, ON... May 26 - When Easy Lover Hanover lines up behind the gate in the inaugural Camluck Classic, trainer Ben Wallace admits he's quite humbled to be involved in the Grand Circuit.   Following the devastating barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center in January of 2016, which claimed the lives of more than 40 horses, including 15 of Wallace's, the veteran conditioner is thankful to be in the sport.   "In one day I was out of business," Wallace said. "Just like that, but I'm certainly thankful to where we're at today and just being able to see my name on the program."   Wallace lost his standout pacer Apprentice Hanover ($1 million) in the tragic fire, but he soon found another superstar in the making.   His name is Easy Lover Hanover.   "That was the very first horse we bought following the fire," Wallace said. "He certainly was a turning point for me and helped with some bad memories of the past."   Purchased for $70,000 by long-time owner Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover made an immediate impact in the Wallace barn.   The son of Somebeachsomwhere captured his first six races early in his three-year-old year with a sign of bigger and better things to come.   The 28-time winner capped off his sophomore season with a victory in the $314,000 Progress Pace before continuing his success as an aged horse.   "He's always showed high speed and I think giving him the proper time off has paid off well. We had to give him a break at some point during his three-year-old year because he started racing very early otherwise it's such a long season for him. "   Last season, the Wallace trainee earned $215,000 and ended his campaign with six consecutive wins at the Preferred level on the WEG Circuit.   The now five-year-old picked up right where he left off winning his first three starts of the season, before tasting defeat for the first time last week.   "I was disappointed with his effort," said Wallace. "I wish I had some sort of reason for the effort, but I don't. He simply got beat."   When mapping out the schedule for Easy Lover Hanover, Wallace had the inaugural Camluck Classic on the radar as the horses first major stakes event.   "It's definitely something that Brad and I had talked about for this season. He's bigger and stronger this year and he's become a man. I think he can do some pretty nice things this season and we're hopeful."   Easy Lover Hanover will line up from post five in the Camluck Classic and will be reunited with regular pilot Doug McNair.   "I think you're always worried about coming to the half, because it all depends on the draw and trip. I think any trainer will tell you that. We're excited to be a part of the night and we're hoping for the best."   The field for the Camluck Classic (which includes post positions, horses, drivers, trainers and morning line odds) appears below.   CAMLUCK CLASSIC (Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line Odds) 1 - Sunfire Blue Chip - T. Henry - J. Takter - 9-2 2 - Isitfridayyet - A. Carroll - R. Moreau - 8-1 3 - Killer Martini - S. Coulter - R. Bucci - 10-1 4 - Rockin Ron - L. Roy - R. Burke - 5-2 5 - Easy Lover Hanover - D. McNair - B. Wallace - 7-2 6 - Evenin Of Pleasure - J. Bongiorno - J. Bongiorno - 4-1 7 - Dr J Hanover - Ja. MacDonald - T. Alagna - 8-1 8 - Bit Of A Legend N - J. Stratton - P. Tritton - 2-1   by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway    

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to kick off their 2018 live remote season with coverage of the Camluck Classic on Saturday night. Mike and Mike will bring extensive coverage of the Camluck Classic beginning at 8:00 PM via their Facebook page and website with a one-hour Camluck Classic pre-game show hosted by Michael Carter, Michael Bozich, Garnet Barnsdale, and Jessica Otten. The team will continue coverage for three more hours beginning at 9:00 PM, on their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. During each of the broadcasts, the team will present live interviews from the paddock, handicapping analysis, and winners' circle reaction as the night goes on. Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will be an intricate part of the broadcast as they were in 2017. For those in attendance on track, there will be a chance to win an Randy Waples whip that was donated to the show by Randy. Those on track who tweet a picture of themselves at Western Fair with #CamluckClassic will automatically be entered to win the whip. You must be on track to win the prize. Tweeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the winner will be selected at 10 p.m.   In addition to the live broadcast, Jessica Otten and Michael Carter will also be joining track announcer Shannon "Sugar" Doyle for the pre-game show on the Western Fair broadcast. Expert handicapping selections from Mike and Mike contributors will be provided on their website beginning Friday. The Raceway at Western Fair District will have a ton of promotions going on throughout the entire evening. There will be 100's of giveaways, drawing for Trackside Music Festival Tickets, a Camluck Cheerleader Contest, and Scratch &Win programs. Tickets are still available for the VIP Infield Experience, new to The Raceway in 2018 and can be purchased online at www.camluckclassic.ca. The National Anthem will be performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up at the entrance between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking about racehorse aftercare presented by New Vocations. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.  Music Festival Tickets, a Camluck Cheerleader Contest, and Scratch &Win programs. Tickets are still available for the VIP Infield Experience, new to The Raceway in 2018 and can be purchased online at www.camluckclassic.ca. The National Anthem will be performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up at the entrance between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking about racehorse aftercare presented by New Vocations. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show

LONDON, ON - May 24 - When the inaugural $150,000C Camluck Classic takes place on Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, it would only be fitting to have a son of the late sire included in the stellar field of eight. Killer Martini, a six-year-old son of the Hall of Famer Camluck, will line up from post three in the inaugural event for owner/trainer Ricki Bucci. Killer Martini is no stranger to The Raceway having begun his career at the London oval. "We're definitely excited to come and be a part of the night," Bucci said. "I see we have a good post, so hopefully we have some luck. It should be an exciting night." The black gelding has banked $126,000 already this season from 16 starts. He captured a division of the George Morton Levy earlier this season with an impressive time of 1:52.4. The 16-time winner has earned $343,232 during his career and has been a mainstay at Yonkers Raceway at the Open level. "I'm told Camluck's get better with age and that's exactly what has happened with him," Bucci said. "I took him out of a $15K claimer a few years ago and he's blossomed for me. I'm lucky to have him in my barn and he's been very good to me." Bucci, who trains 16 horses in upstate New York, admits he's having a difficult time handicapping the rich classic. "I honestly have no idea how it's going to unfold," Bucci said. "Usually when I try and predict the trip, it goes the opposite way. Anything is possible with a great group like this on a half and do think we will see a lot of action. It should be fun to watch." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. Below are the event details for this year's Camluck Classic program: Promotions VIP Infield Experience (tickets available online at camluckclassic.ca) Draws for Trackside Music Festival Tickets and 40-inch tv Draws for Beer and Barbecue Show tickets Molson Party on the Patio Camluck Classic Cheerleader Contest ($350 in cash to be won) Special Guest Mini Horse greeting patrons at the entrance Hat and T-shirt tosses throughout the night in the Grandstand and on the Patio National Anthem performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty Scratch & Win programs (Hundreds of prize items to be redeemed) One-hour broadcast on Facebook Live from 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment and Standardbred Canada Wagering Menu (15% takeout wagers) $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-3 $10,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-4 $15,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4 Three Super Hi-5 Wagers (races 7, 10 and 12) 3% Cash back on wagers through HPI by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (May 24) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Shannon "Sugar" Doyle, from The Raceway Western Fair District; Pete Medhurst, from Rosecroft Raceway; Caroline Vazquez, from Diamond Creek Farms; Wendy Ross, Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator at the USTA; and Rob Pennington from Harrah's Philadelphia. Doyle, announcer at The Raceway at Western Fair District, joins to discuss the 2018 Camluck Classic which has drawn a very competitive field. The draw made the race very interesting and wide open and Doyle will talk about his strategy of handicapping the race. The pair will also discuss the promotions going on at the storied racetrack on Saturday night. Medhurst, announcer at Rosecroft Raceway, will come on the show this week to discuss the happenings going on at the Maryland racetrack. Medhurst, who also is the voice of Navy sports, will provide his insight and thoughts about the meet going into their final week of live racing action. Vazquez, from Diamond Creek Farms, will join to discuss the farms Open House coming up on Saturday, June 2. Diamond Creek will allow fans to come out and meet some of their world famous stallions and some of the foals while also teaching them about the sport of harness racing and what life is like on the farm. Vazquez will discuss the happenings of the event and what the day will entail for visitors. Ross, the newest edition to the USTA, will join the program as she was hired as the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator. Ross, a third-generation horsewoman, has been in the sport of harness racing working varying roles since the age of 15. Ross will discuss her new career and what some of her ideas are. Pennington, the assistant race secretary at Harrah's Philadelphia, will join to talk about the huge weekend they have coming up this weekend. The famed racetrack will play host to the Maxie Lee Memorial Trot, the Betsy Ross, and the Commodore Barry Stakes. Also on the card will be world champion Hannelore Hanover who will race in a division of the Great Northeast Open Trot Series. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show

This Week: Camluck Classic, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Art Rooney and Lismore, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Maxie Lee Memorial, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at three locations this weekend. Action begins on Saturday (May 26) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$150,000 Camluck Classic for free for all pacers. Also on Saturday, Yonkers Raceway will host the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and the $111,444 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies). Harrah's Philadelphia will host three Invitational events on Sunday (May 27), each with a purse of $150,000, in the Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters, the Commodore Barry for older pacing males and the Betsy Ross for older mare pacers. Complete entries for the Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia races can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's foggy Saturday night (May 19) featured eliminations for both the Art Rooney and Lismore Paces. With 10 3-year-old boys entering the Rooney and nine sophomore girls in the Lismore, it was three games of 'musical chairs' to determine next week's finalists. Odds-on favorite Decoy (David Miller, $2.20) made short work of his four foes in the first $40,000 elimination for the Rooney. Unhurried from post position three, he rolled to the lead past the half, then rolled away. The final margin over a 'good' surface was 8-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Minnie Vinnie (Brett Miller) closed for second as the 32-1 rank outsider, with Major Authority (Brian Sears) third and early leader Jimtastic (Jason Bartlett) fourth. Matinee Fashion (George Brennan) eliminated himself with a break down the backside the second time. For Decoy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Brixton Medical Inc., R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. Saturday's other 40-large elim for the Rooney saw Trump Nation (Bartlett, $9) hold off both 4-5 choice Springsteen (Sears) and Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) by a head and a neck, respectively. Pole-sitting Trump Nation took over from early leader -- and subsequent breaker -- Handsoffmychips (Brennan), then finished it off in 1:53.3, his fastest purse mile of the season. Kwik Talkin (Jordan Stratton) wound up fourth. Third choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by trainer Andrew Harris and Evan Katz, is now two-for-three this season. The evening's lone $20,000 elimination for the Lismore was won by Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, $5.20, part of entry) in a life-best 1:55.1. Pocketed from post four, Jewels Forreal was able to get out when entrymate Python Blue Chip (Brennan) made a bad, first-over break in the final turn. Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett) cut the mile but could not last, beaten a head. Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald) was third, with Solitary (Brent Holland), Alexa's Power (Stratton), Believe In Me (Sears), Reign On Me (Brett Miller) and a recovering Python Blue Chip also qualifying for the final. Krushed Apple (David Miller) was outrun. For second choice (part of three-headed entry) Jewels Forreal, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her first win in seven 2018 tries. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 179; 2. Yannick Gingras - 149; 3. Jordan Stratton - 134; 4. Jason Bartlett - 109; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 138; 2. Peter Tritton - 102; 3. Jim King Jr. - 99; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 87; 2. Richard Poillucci - 44; 3. Jo Ann Looney-King - 40; 4t. Burke Racing Stable - 35.3; 4t. Weaver Bruscemi - 35.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Northfield Park and Mohawk next weekend. Northfield will host the Battle of Lake Erie for open pacers and Mohawk will feature the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old colt pacers and the second leg of the Graduate for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand CIrcuit  

LONDON...May 22 - When the field of eight line up for the inaugural Camluck Classic this Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, trainer Peter Tritton is hoping a new tradition kicks off right where it ended. His star studded pacer Bit Of A Legend captured the final edition of the Molson Pace last season before the signature event being renamed the Camluck Classic. Tritton, who resides in Pine Bush NY, will once again make the trip north of the border with the classy nine-year-old. "He's coming into the race really well. We'll keep the same routine as we did last year, because it worked out so well. Canada has been good to use and we're happy to return. The plan is to stay for the week then head to Northfield for the Battle Of Lake Erie." The son of Bettors Delight is no stranger to half-mile track racing. In fact, from 65 starts on North American soil, the nine-year-old has raced six times outside a half-mile oval. The winner of over $2.1 million has been a regular fixture at Yonkers Raceway over the past few seasons. Last year alone, Bit Of A Legend captured signature half-mile track events such as the Molson Pace, Gerrity and Bobby Quillen with $547,070 in seasonal earnings. "I would say pound-for-pound he's the best half-mile track horse in North America. I think we have the best horse in the race and Jordan (Stratton) thinks he's better right now than last year, which is quite amazing, really." Tritton admits post position plays a major role in the outcome of the race on the half and is satisfied with beginning from the trailing tier. "I'm happy with the draw. Obviously you don't want the outside on a half and I'm content starting from the second tier. I could be an interesting start into the first turn with a lot of speed so I'm happy to be inside. "He's a special horse, that's for sure," Tritton continued. "He paces the turns so well and doesn't lose any ground. Jordan (Stratton) has done a great job looking after him and we've been rewarded." Driver Jordan Stratton will once again make the trip to Canada. The young reinsman has driven the superstar pacer in all but one pari-mutual start on North American soil. "Jordan is his regular pilot and drives all of my horses," Tritton said. "We have a great relationship and he looks after my horses very well. You have to pick your spots at the top level especially at Yonkers and he's done a great job of doing that. We're very fortunate." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. For more information visit CamluckClassic.com by Greg Gangle, for Western Fair  

London, May 11, 2018 -- Bridge Street, a longtime fan favourite at The Raceway at Western Fair District, was inducted into the harness racing track's prestigious Wall of Fame during an emotional ceremony on Friday night. The now 21-year-old led the post parade for the Wall of Fame race on Friday with co-owner and longtime trainer Scott McNiven in the bike. Scott's wife Kim, the regular caretaker for Bridge Street, was in tears as she led the gelding back into the winner's circle for the induction ceremony. Also on hand were fellow co-owners Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin along with several friends and family. A large crowd lined the fence to get a look at Bridge Street who amazed them with his impressive physical appearance and charismatic personality. Bridge Street was a fierce competitor on the race track who possessed an innate will to win. In total, the son of Armbro Emerson captured 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The former $10,000 yearling purchase amassed more than $676,000 along the way. Fans are reminded that there is a special matinee program scheduled for Mother's Day, this Sunday afternoon, with first post at 1:15 p.m. The $150,000 Camluck Classic is now just two weeks away. The field of eight will be finalized this week. The Raceway has a huge night planned and full details are available at www.camluckclassic.ca. Greg Blanchard

London... May 8 - This year's field for the inaugural Camluck Classic (formerly Molson Pace) is beginning to round into form and there are a few old and new faces expected for this year's harness racing $150,000 Invitational Pace slated on a new date Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. Bit Of A Legend N, who captured the signature event last season, will be returning to the half-mile oval for trainer Peter Tritton. The downunder-bred son of Bettors Delight needs no introduction with over $2 million in career earnings along with 43 trips to the winners circle. The half-mile specialist is fresh off a second place finish in the George Morton Levy final and has yet to miss the board in six appearances this season. Rockin Ron, who has banked more than $1.2 million in his young career, will return to London for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Real Desire captured a pair of legs in the George Morton Levy Series and is fresh off a 1:50.2 Invitational win at Pocono. The current track record holder (1:50.3), Evenin Of Pleasure, will once again showcase his talents at The Raceway as his connections accepted an invitation. The son of Dragon Again, who is quickly approaching $1 million in career earnings, is conditioned by Jennifer Bongiorno. A new face this year is the local horse Easy Lover Hanover for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Brad Grant. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has remained undefeated in nine starts including a Preferred score at Woodbine at Mohawk Park in 1:48.1. The connections of the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history have also accepted an invitation. Dr J Hanover brought fans to their feet with a thrilling 1:46.4 performance last season in his division of the Graduate at Mohawk. The Tony Alagna trainee captured a trio of legs of the George Morton Levy Series earlier this year and is coming into the race in top form. He has over $637,836 to his credit along with 16 wins. Horses confirmed in alphabetical order include: Bit Of A Legend Dr J Hanover Easy Lover Hanover Evenin Of Pleasure Rockin Ron More horses will be announced on Thursday morning during a special edition with PostTimeWithMikeAndMike.Com. The powerful Camluck Classic undercard will feature the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London finals. Total purses for the night will be in excess of $500,000. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night, including a new VIP Infield Experience, Party On The Patio, Scratch and Win program prizes as well as contest giveaways and swag tosses, the OSS 'Be A Winner Contest,' food specials and more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. Post time is 6:55 p.m. For more information, visit CamluckClassic.com. Greg Gangle

London, May 7, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is heading into the homestretch of its harness racing season which will also be its busiest period, featuring 12 programs of live racing in a 19-day span. Horse people are reminded that there is a special afternoon program on Sunday, May 13th starting at 1:15 p.m. and that the Ontario Regional Driver's Championship (ORDC) takes place on Wednesday, May 16th. The ORDC card will offer enhanced purses for the 10-race card and horse people are reminded to check the condition sheet for details. There will be plenty of racing opportunities in the next three weeks at the London oval and horse people are urged to support the entry box as the London oval looks to end the season on a high note. This Friday, The Raceway will honour long time fan favourite Bridge Street as its 2018 Wall of Fame inductee. The 58-time career winner of $676,000 will be on hand Friday night to lead a post parade and be in the winner's circle for the live induction ceremony. The countdown is also on to the Raceway's premier event, the first ever Camluck Classic Invitational Pace, on Saturday, May 26th. The field for the $150,000 event is taking shape and details on some of the expected starters will be released later this week. For more details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.  

London, May 1, 2018 -- After many years of dedicated service, where he evolved into one of the most respected track men in the business, harness racing track superintendent Roy Chamberlain will be leaving The Raceway at Western Fair District this month. The 49-year-old has been with Western Fair since 1997, beginning initially in the role of Beef Cattle Supervisor in 1997 before making his way to The Raceway team in 2007. He annually assisted Greg Coon's team during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware County Fair. "I've really enjoyed my time at Western Fair and working with a great bunch of horse people and fellow horse people," said Chamberlain. "I'm proud of the work we have done here. While I'm excited about beginning a new chapter I will certainly miss the job and the people." Chamberlain, his wife Cheron (longtime Agriculture Manager at the Western Fair District) and daughter Layton, will be relocating to Alberta to pursue new opportunities. Doug Lilley, who has worked under Chamberlain for the past 8 years as Assistant Track Superintendent, will be taking on a new role as The Raceway's new Track Superintendent effective May 7. "I have been fortunate to work with Roy over the years and I think we've grown a lot together as a team. We will definitely miss his knowledge and dedication but I'm looking forward to this opportunity and enjoy being part of a team that is very committed to racing." Lilley's first month in the new role couldn't come at a busier time as The Raceway is gearing up for what is going to be a very full schedule during final month of racing at the London oval. A total of 16 race programs are slated in May, including a special matinee program on Sunday, May 7 (Mother's Day) with first post at 1:15 p.m. One of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season will be the inaugural edition of the Camluck Classic (previously Molson Pace) slated on closing night, Saturday, May 26, with first post at 6:55 p.m. The undercard will be strong, once again featuring the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for three-year-old filly pacers along with a quartet of City of London Series finals. There will be scratch n win prizes, giveaways, Molson 'Party On The Patio', the new VIP Infield Experience and much more happening that night on track. The wagering menu will also be bolstered with the addition of a third Super Hi-5 wager that night. There will be a trio of guaranteed pool wagers offered up as well including the early Pick-3 ($5,000), early Pick-4 ($10,000) and late Pick-4 ($15,000). All of these wagers come with a low 15 per cent takeout rate. On Friday, May 11, Western Fair will also host its annual Wall of Fame Night. This year's inductee is fan favourite Bridge Street. The son of Armbro Emerson compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The $10,000 yearling purchase amassed 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. This coming Saturday, The Raceway will offer full-card simulcast of this years edition of the Kentucky Derby. Plenty of giveaways along with food and beverage offerings will be available. For more information on everything happening at The Raceway during the month of May, visit westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

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

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