Trois-Riveres, Quebec - With constant rains ending and a hopeful prediction of sunny skies and warming temperatures, track management at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) are ready for opening day on Sunday, April 23. With a new post time of 12:50 pm, H3R kicks off the 2017 race season with a nine-race live program featuring both an Open Pace and Trot. "It is very good that we have nine strong races for Sunday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that run the Hippodrome 3R. "We have full fields," Levesque said. "The tracks seem to be OK and ready for racing and I am excited that the wagering will be strong too. We have over 100 reservations already for the dining room and we are crossing our fingers for a great start on opening day." And the drivers and trainers at H3R are ready for action. Driver Stephane Gendron, who was second to Roy last season, is looking forward to this season as he is just 13 wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. "Yes, I am ready for the new season," said Gendron for this Sunday. "It will be very exciting and I look forward to winning my 4,000th. That will be very special to me." "The racetrack its really ok." Said Pascal Berube, the third leading driver at 3R last season, who has been competing in the recent qualifying races. "I am very surprise because one week before it was just ok and the weather was very bad. For this season, I am take each race program one by one and need some luck and to drive the best horses possible. It is so great to have live racing back again at H3R." Last year's leading trainer, Yves Tessier, is ready for action opening day with three horses entered and all three are the race favorites in their respective events. Tessier's Torches Angel heads the fifth race Open Trot from post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall is taking on all male rivals but recently at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Torches Angel sports two wins, the fastest in 1:57.2. Also in the field is Owner/breeder Michael Gagnon's $100,000 career winner, Caroluzzo, from post four for driver Stephane Gendron. Caroluzzo, the 2016 Trotter of the Year at H3R, has not raced since December and has two semi-decent qualifying races at H3R. Other contenders include Coco Dino (post 2), Rocky Boy (post 5) and Ghiradelli Lindy (post 3). In the eighth race Open Pace, Tessier's Bazinga Brad, is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite starting from post eight. He recently won at Rideau Carlton in 1:54.4 and will have the driving services of Stephane Gendron. He will face seven-time winner last year, Matts Phil (post four) for driver Francis Picard. Last week Matts Phil looked very sharp, winning a qualifying race at H3R in 1:58 over the half mile oval. Also in contention will be the Marc Andre Cormier entry of Glass Shadow (post one) and Solid Performance (post six), who is coming in from Rideau Carlton off two strong second place finishes. He may be winless in nine starts this year, but has seven second place finishes. Race fans attending H3R will find improvements to the dining room with new special menus, a day care center for children, and on the wagering side, there will be Superfecta wagering in every race plus the late Daily Double has been moved to the middle of the race program in the 6th and 7th races. Later this season will start the $1.2 million Quebec-bred series for two, three, four and five-year-old trotters and pacers, the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament (June 4 and drivers to be named soon), a special Wednesday night program on August 16 featuring the World Driving Championship and then on Sunday, August 20 the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Tuesday night racing will remain with post time at 7:00 pm and gets underway on June 6. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has launched a new Community Mini-Grant program. The organization is accepting applications until May 1, 2017. All projects must be related to agriculture and/or the environment. To be considered for funding, applicants must clearly illustrate how their project will benefit the local community (Elora, Fergus and surrounding areas). Donations may be granted to a local community group or an individual. • Complete information and application form. For inquiries about the program, please contact Dorothy Key at (519) 846-8879 or firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly Spencer
The Union Européenne du Trot (UET) has advised Standardbred Canada that Germany’s representative to the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, Michael Nimczyk, is now unable to take part in this year’s event. Unfortunately some of Germany’s major races take place at the same time as the WDC. Noel Baldacchino from Malta was next in the UET standings and has accepted an invitation from the organizers to compete. Baldacchino has been driving for over 26 years and has competed in 5,865 races with 925 wins to his credit. He has been Malta’s Champion Driver ten times during his career and has won this title for eight of the past ten years. Here is a look at the complete field: Australia - Shane Graham Austria - Gerhard Mayr Belgium - Rik Depuydt Canada - Brandon Campbell Finland - Mika Forss Malta – Noel Baldacchino New Zealand - Dexter Dunn (defending champion) New Zealand - Mark Purdon Norway - Eirik Høitomt Sweden - Björn Goop United States - Marcus Miller The 22-race competition takes place at five different racetracks in four different provinces. Drivers earn points based on their finishing position and the top point earner at the end of the 22 races will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The first leg kicks off at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta on Saturday, August 12. Following the first leg in Alberta, the drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg on Monday, August 14, and that will be followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Quebec on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg of the WDC before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. This event, along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, hosted in Charlottetown, PEI, are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager of Industry Marketing
Starting Thursday, April 27, the track at Grand River Raceway will be open for training each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon for the duration of the harness racing season. (All horses must be vacated by 1:00 p.m. on training days.) Qualifiers will be conducted on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. from May 24 through September 20. Complete information is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/notice-board/. The 2017 live harness racing season kicks off the first of 47 race nights on Friday, June 2 at 6:35 p.m. Kelly Spencer
2017 marks the eleventh consecutive year that Standardbred Canada and the Atlantic provinces have partnered to offer the Atlantic Provinces Bursary Program. This project could award up to five students in the Atlantic Provinces bursaries towards their post secondary education this year. If you are a student residing in the Atlantic Provinces and attending a post secondary institution (trade school, community college or university this fall), this is an opportunity that could help you pay for your tuition. The bursaries will be awarded based on participation in the industry, academics and financial need. Applicants will be required to submit a typewritten essay on one of the following topics: What unique ways can Standardbred Canada and the host tracks promote the WDC events to the general public in 2017? How can racetracks/associations celebrate the 250th anniversary of horse racing at their track or in their community in 2017? Applicants must be Canadian citizens and be a child or spouse of an active Standardbred Canada member or an SC member themselves. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post secondary institution as of September 1, 2017. Past recipients of the Atlantic Bursary are not eligible and students pursuing graduate degrees are not eligible. A maximum of five bursaries worth up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Applications are available now and must be received at Standardbred Canada by June 26, 2017. The successful applicants will be announced in early July. This program is supported and funded by various organizations from the Atlantic provinces and Standardbred Canada. Partners from the Atlantic Provinces include the Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, and the 'Stretch Drive Fund,' a fund created by the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission's Race Officials. Presentations to the successful applicants will be made during Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at Truro Raceway and Old Home Week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. For a bursary application, email email@example.com Lee Drake
Tina Sugarman, author of one of the top equine novels of 2016-2017, Horse Flesh, has agreed to share excerpts of her book with Harnesslink. Horse Flesh is a thriller mystery fiction novel based around a Standardbred racetrack in Ontario, Canada. It is the first novel ever penned by horsewoman, Tina Sugarman. Each week, Harnesslink will feature an excerpt from Horse Flesh. If you wish to purchase the book either in paperback or ereader formats, click here. Here is this week’s 7th excerpt from Horse Flesh! Horse Flesh by Tina Sugarman The instant rumours began to circulate about the introduction of a TCO2 test for soda, trainers began to take evasive action. Keith Lazer got on the internet and ordered a supply of Human Growth Hormone. It claimed to cure almost every common ailment suffered by the Standardbred racehorse, including tying up. Lazer decided to give it a try. There was currently no test for HGH. Tom “Cowboy” Larson had never needed baking soda. His secret weapon was stashed away in the cattle barn. Baking soda had never been Jim Mercer’s crutch either. He was contemptuous of trainers who depended on it. Training a horse a double-header a day was a simple, effective way of dealing with the problem. If the animal couldn’t stand up to that, Jim reasoned, it wouldn’t have been much of a success anyhow. He didn’t believe in mollycoddling racehorses. Trainer Andy Price immediately had a council of war with Doc Meecham. To his relief, the doc came up with a long list of legal remedies for tying up. They didn’t come cheap, but they were effective. Andy told jealous trainers that his success was all down to his No. 1 groom, Crawfish Brown. No one believed him but what did Andy care? Keith Lazer was still top trainer, but Andy Price was hard on his heels. In the end, the horsemen approved TCO2 testing by a small margin. The politicians came up into the money, as Phil had promised. To Al’s great joy, a month after the meeting, TCO2 testing began at Iroquois Downs Raceway. CAUGHT Alastair McTavish was in the winner’s circle. Flanked by his wife and daughter, he was struggling to hold aloft a heavy gold cup. The roar of the crowd was deafening. He awoke to the roar of the vacuum cleaner and realized that sadly, it had been a dream. His wife Sofia was cleaning again. Sunlight was streaming in through the bedroom window of 210, Laurel Drive. It was 8 o’clock on a still August morning in Erinsville, Ontario. Al’s first thought was the phone call he’d received from an exuberant Judge Jewells earlier in the week. “Looks like we’ve caught our first fish,” the judge had reported. “Trainer named Scotty McCoy.” The hearing was at 11 a.m. today. Half an hour later, after grabbing a quick cup of coffee, Al was on his way out of the house. Walter, a three-month-old Maine Coon kitten, was waiting in the hall. When Al opened the door, Walter dashed through it and scampered over to the tall maple tree in the front yard. He ran up the trunk then turned around and stared down at Al with his large green eyes. July’s humidity had given way to the clear skies of August. It was Al’s favourite time of year. The Mercedes was waiting for him in the garage, like an athlete begging for exercise. Al drove with the top down, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the scent of newly mown grass wafting over him. The car had been a present to himself when he’d handed over control of his construction company to his daughter. He was not used to such luxuries. He sometimes wondered if he’d lost his mind spending so much money on a car. But he guessed he’d probably never have another excuse to blow fifty thousand dollars on mere transportation. Neither of his two sons had shown any interest in the business. In the breach, Billie had proved to be far more capable than he could ever have imagined. His one fear was that she would get bored and want to take McTavish Construction nationwide. Al had always been content to be a big fish in a small pond. Swimming with the sharks did not appeal to him. But he knew that Billie’s restless mind could not be contained in Erinsville forever. The radio was blasting out ear splitting beat music. Al hit the CD button. As the soaring notes of Italian opera rang out, he settled back and prepared to enjoy the ride to Iroquois Downs Raceway. He took the scenic route down Appleby Lane, which cut through horse farms and meadows. The road was lined with wildflowers. The big open sky was a brilliant blue. Soon, too soon, he was entering the vast treeless expanse of grey asphalt that fronted Iroquois Downs Raceway. He went up to his office and waited for news. Scotty McCoy was shaking as he took to his seat on the so-called prisoner’s chair in the judge’s office. The hearing was about to begin. It had been a truly terrible week for Scotty. On Monday, he’d lost his three best horses to a rival trainer. On Wednesday, his wife had packed her bags and taken off with the groom to God knew where. And today, he was up in front of the serial killer: Judge Jewells. The hearing was short and to the point. “Raider’s Moon and Annabel’s Fancy,” the judge stated. “Can you confirm that you were the trainer of these two horses as of August seventh, Mr. McCoy?” Scotty nodded. “Speak up, man!” Judge Jewells exclaimed. “Yes sir,” Scotty answered gruffly. “Each horse was over the limit on TCO2, by a significant margin,” Jewells said sternly, frowning so deeply that his eyebrows were virtually meeting. “Can you explain that, McCoy?” “No sir!” Scotty exclaimed, “I just added the odd spoonful of baking soda to their feed. I can’t understand it myself.” “So, you admit administering baking soda to the horses in question?” Jewells said exultantly, evidently feeling he’d scored a point. “Not enough to show up in any test!” Scotty protested, feeling flustered. He thought he’d been so careful. The timing of the black box testing had come as a complete surprise to him and everyone else he knew. The Race Barn had erupted in panic after Mr. Roberts had made the announcement. When the vets moved in to draw blood from the horses that were in the first race, trainers began leaving the Race Barn in droves, taking their horses with them. There were six scratches in the second race alone. Scotty had been slow to react. By the time he realized what was happening, it was too late. He had no choice but to sit tight and hope for the best, taking comfort from the fact that Dave had put far less soda in the drenches than normal. “Step outside while we confer,” the judge said. Ten minutes later, Scotty was invited back into the room. “Here’s our ruling,” the judge declared, looking at Scotty like a turkey vulture spotting a piece of road kill. “Automatic suspension of your trainer’s license for twelve months. A fine of two thousand five hundred dollars, for each horse.” Scotty’s heart sank down to his boots. It didn’t have far to go. Scotty wasn’t very tall. Five grand, he thought, panic rising in his chest. Where am I going to find that kind of money? “Can I appeal?” he asked. “You have the right to appeal, yes,” Jewells informed him. “But you’d have to challenge the accuracy of the test used.” Scotty had no spare cash and no lawyer. Who was he fooling? He’d never be able to appeal. It wasn’t fair. He knew of people who used all kinds of illegal stuff on their horses and got away with it, trainers like Keith Lazer. The guy was a fuckin’ chemist! “Do I get time off for good behavior?” he asked. “This isn’t a jail sentence, Mr. McCoy,” the judge said drily. “But your license won’t be renewed until you’ve paid off your fines in full, after the twelve months have passed of course. Until then, you are banned from all racetracks in Ontario. There’s a reciprocal agreement with the rest of Canada and the US by the way, in case you were thinking of going somewhere else.” Was he imagining it or did the judge look disappointed? Probably sorry it wasn’t a hanging matter, Scotty decided. Better not say anything. It’d only make things worse. He trudged down the stairs to the ground floor. A year’s ban! There’d be no sense in going to the yearling sale now. Not that he’d ever bought a yearling, but he’d miss the buzz and the chance to swap stories and sample the food that breeders served up to lure customers. As he walked across the parking lot to his old Ford truck, he couldn’t quite take in the whopping fine they’d stuck him with. He’d have to try to cobble the cash together somehow. Maybe get his old job back at Erinsville General. They were always short of cleaners at the hospital and the nurses liked him. Or he and his wife could move in with his sister to save on rent. Then he remembered he didn’t have a wife anymore. There’d be no winter racing for him this year. No hot suppers in the track kitchen. No horse’s breath hanging like smoke in the freezing air. He’d miss the spring stakes season, too. And the two year olds. He’d miss their first races, when he and his friend Dave Bodinski exchanged bets on which one of them was going to win the Diamond Stakes Championship. “I’ll be back!” Scotty swore to himself as he drove off. “Those sons of bitches ain’t gonna keep me down forever!” Two weeks went by. Al McTavish waited in vain for the next positive TCO2 test. Meanwhile, the trainers known as ‘the big four,’ Lazer, Price, Mercer and Larson, continued to win most of the races, their performances apparently unaffected by the baking soda ban. It was puzzling, but Al was hoping for the best. Stay tuned in to Harnesslink every week for another excerpt from Horse Flesh! Each week, Harnesslink will feature an excerpt from Horse Flesh. If you wish to purchase the book either in paperback or ereader formats, click here.
Guests of honor included Kent Oakes of Standardbred Canada, Egmont MP Robert Morrissey, and Land and Environment minister Robert Mitchell, PCHC president Kingsley Walsh, and 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee, Doug Brown. Brown traveled from Ontario to share his successes and harness racing stories to the enthusiastic crowd at the year-end awards. His career saw him win more than 8,400 races while seated as a sought after catch driver in central Canada, including winner of $89 million for driving horses. “It’s a great honor to be here,” said Brown, the top O’Brien Award winning driver of all time and perennial leading reinsman on the Ontario Jockey Club Circuit. “The Island has just been such a great supporter of harness racing for many years, and it’s a pleasure to be a guest speaker tonight.” The thrill of harness racing has been an Island tradition that dates to the 1880’s. “We have a wonderful horse racing following, especially here in Prince County,” said Vance Cameron, MC for the event. “Our numbers for attendance would be greater than what you can find in downtown Toronto with the Jockey Club… I mean, the people support us here incredibly.” Attendees were from all parts of the Island and every aspect of the standardbred industry. Dr. Colleen Dickie, president of the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association, came from Charlottetown to offer her support and present the Fan Favorite award. “Harness Racing is a very important industry to the Island,” she said. “If we want to see the industry survive, then we should be willing to put our time and effort into doing that by volunteering. This is why you see so many people tonight because they want the industry to do well, and they are willing to volunteer their time and effort.” Event sponsors included Noonan Petroleum, ALC Red Shores, and Meridian Farms. 2016 Award Winners Top Driver (50+ Starts): Marc Campbell Top Trainer (50+ Starts): Terry Gallant Top Percentage Driver (25-49 Starts): Keith Campbell Top Dash Winning Driver (25-49 Starts): Adam Merner Top Percentage Trainer (25-49 Starts) Ralph Sweet Top Dash Winning Trainer (25-49): Ralph Sweet and Sirfroi Melanson Groom of the Year: Madonna Morrison 2 Year Old Pacing Filly: Good Morning Ky 2 Year Old Pacing Colt: Mick Dundee 2 Year Old Trotting Filly: Revenue of Windemere 2 Year Old Trotting Colt: Howmacs Survivor 3 Year Old Pacing Filly: Every Time and Southfield Sassy 3 Year Old Pacing Colt: Heart and Soul 3 Year Old Trotting Filly: Rustico Duchess 3 Year Old Pacing Colt: Mr Bower Fan Favorite: Minor Wisdom Claimer of the Year: Casimir Luciano Aged Trotter of the Year: I Aint No Lady Aged Pacing Mare of the Year: Minor Wisdom Aged Pacing Horse of the Year: Motorino Horse of the Year: Casimir Luciano Breeder of the Year: Wendell Williams Frank Daniels Memorial: Sandra Cole Standardbred Canada Owner of the Year: Shelly Gass Philip and Henry Doucette Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award: Lloyd Hannah Garth Schurman Memorial: Jason Hughes Horsewoman of the Year: Deanna Clow Horseman of the Year: Ralph Sweet By Desiree Anstey Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer
CAMPBELLVILLE, April 15 - Driver Doug McNair and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for their outstanding performances during the 2016-17 Woodbine harness racing winter meet. The Woodbine winter meet, which concluded on Monday, was contested from November 10 to April 10. Doug McNair, 27, led all drivers in victories and earnings. The Guelph, Ontario resident won 126 races during the five-month meet and drove the winners of over $1.7 million. The Woodbine driving title is McNair's first driving title on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. While McNair took home his first title, Richard Moreau, 52, added another Woodbine training title to his long list of accomplishments. Moreau, who is the four-time reigning Trainer of the Year in Canada, led all conditioners with 62 wins and earnings of over $1.2 million. Moreau's barn has been led this year by older pacer American Virgin, who's won the Preferred at WEG seven-times and banked $140,080 this season. McNair has been the driver behind the Preferred star all-season. McNair and Moreau also teamed up on Friday night to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred with Sandbetweenurtoes. The 2017 Mohawk meet is now in full swing and McNair and Moreau are both off to solid starts. Live racing is held at the Campbellville oval every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
CAMPBELLVILLE, April 14 - The Alliance would like to remind harness racing horsepeple that nominations to the 2017 City of London Series, to be contested at The Raceway at Western Fair District, are due Saturday (April 15). Ontario sired four-year-olds and younger, who were non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of midnight February 28, 2017, are eligible for nomination to the City of London. The dates for each of the four City of London Series are as follows. 1. Pace - Horses & Geldings (Eliminations: Tuesday, May 16 - Final: Friday, May 26) 2. Pace - Fillies & Mares (Eliminations: Tuesday, May 16 - Final: Friday, May 26) 3. Trot - Horses & Geldings (Eliminations: Friday, May 19 - Final: Friday, May 26) 4. Trot - Fillies & Mares (Eliminations: Friday, May 19 - Final: Friday, May 26) Each elimination will be contested for a purse of $7,000, while each City of London final will have $20,000 in added money to the purse. The nomination fee for the City of London Series is $100 CAD or $75 USD. Administration duties for the City of London Series are handled by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG). The nomination form for the City of London Series can be viewed by clicking here. Nomination fees can be paid online by clicking here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie - Ontario Alliance
CAMPBELLVILLE, April 13 - The next round of harness racing sustaining payments for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance stakes events are due this Saturday (April 15). The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup attracted 60 nominees in February and 56 of the nominated three-year-old pacers were kept eligible by their connections following the March sustaining payment. The Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. The full list of WEG stakes requiring a April 15th sustaining payment is available below. Pepsi North America Cup (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Canadian Trotting Classic (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Fan Hanover (Pace: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Elegantimage (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Casual Breeze (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Goodtimes (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Somebeachsomewhere (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Metro Pace (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Shes A Great Lady (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) William Wellwood Memorial (Trot: 2-Year-Olds) Peaceful Way (Trot: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Nassagaweya (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Eternal Camnation (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Roses Are Red (Pace: Mares) Milton (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares) The following Alliance stakes require an April 15th sustaining payment. Battle of Waterloo (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Battle of the Belles (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Confederation Cup (Pace: 4-Year-Olds) A sustaining payments is also due Saturday for the 2017 WEG/SBOA Filly Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-olds. To view full information regarding each stakes event and payments, click here. To make sustaining payments online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding stakes payments can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie
The live tweeting of harness racing Race Officials' calls began Monday, April 10, as part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)'s 'Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario' project. Currently a pilot project, the intent of the live tweeting is to provide transparency with regard to calls made by Race Officials during a race. For example, if an inquiry is posted, that information will be communicated in a tweet, followed by the outcome of the inquiry and any resulting placing changes. This ground-breaking pilot will be running for the remainder of the Standardbred race season at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Post time for all cards is 6:15 p.m.. As part of the pilot, the Race Official's Race Report detailing the events of the evening's card will be posted online by both The Raceway and Standardbred Canada. These may be viewed here and here. Following the pilot, the project will be reviewed and a decision made during the summer as to whether to continue or expand this initiative to additional tracks. Once a decision has been made, it will be communicated to the industry. We invite you to follow the Twitter accounts at @AGCO_Racing and @CAJO_Courses. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.