London, December 10, 2013 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for a pair of special race programs this holiday season. The annual Boxing Day card, on December 26th, is always a popular one at the London oval and there is lots happening this year including a Mystery Prize Bag contest (one will contain a $250 betting voucher) and prize draws after each race throughout the day. When you purchase your program that day you could also receive a mystery betting voucher in your program and kids in attendance will receive a harness racing activity book. There are plenty of dining options available as well, including the Annex, Top of the Fair and Carousel Room. First post for the Boxing Day program is 1:15 p.m. Live racing will also take place on New Yearâ€™s Eve at The Raceway with first post at 8:05 p.m. The Old Lang Syne Trot and Pace will be back again this year. The races will be for $5,000 claimers and the eight oldest horses to enter in each class will be accepted. They will be carded as the final two races of 2013 at The Raceway and, following the last race, fans will be invited to stay and ring in the New Year. Fans can also fill out a ballot for prize draws after each race, a special edition of Deal or No Deal and a Harness Racing Trivia contest. On the wagering side, the early Pick-4 pool will be guaranteed at $5,000 while the guarantee on the late Pick-4 that night will be bumped up to $7,500. Seating at the Top of the Fair dining room is going fast for both Boxing Day and New Yearâ€™s Eve. To make your reservations, email email@example.com or call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252). Fans are reminded that The Raceway has also changed the post time for the Monday, December 23rd and 30th programs, with first post both days now at 4:35 p.m. The complete holiday draw schedule is posted below. The Raceway Holiday Draw Schedule: Race Day Draw Day Post Time Driver Changes Thurs. Dec. 26 Fri. Dec. 20 1:15 p.m. Fri. Dec. 27 Mon. Dec. 23 7:05 p.m. due Dec. 23 – 1:00 p.m. Mon. Dec. 30 Fri. Dec. 27 4:35 p.m. Tues. Dec. 31 Sat. Dec. 28 8:05 p.m. due Dec. 28 – 1:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 3 Mon. Dec. 30 7:05 p.m. Mon. Jan. 6 Thurs. Jan. 2 4:05 p.m. Tues. Jan. 7 Fri. Jan. 3 4:05 p.m. due Jan. 3 – 1:00 p.m. For further information please contact: Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager The Raceway at Western Fair District (519) 438-7203 EX 239 or Heather Blackwell Director of Corporate Affairs Western Fair District (519) 438-7203 EX 261 Media Relations
After the recent and successful Drive for Charity event at Red Shores where over $13,000 was raised, the 12 Island drivers stepped up to make a donation to the Toys for Tots Children's campaign at Ocean 100. They filled a sleigh and much more with toys for kids this Christmas. Red Shores organized their visit this morning at Ocean 100. The radio visit also included an on air interview and these two pictures. One from the Toys for Tots campaign sleigh and from the control room. by Lee Drake for Red Shores
TORONTO, December 9, 2013 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the appointment of Michelle E. DiEmanuele to its Board of Directors. Ms. DiEmanuele was also appointed a member of WEG's Pension, Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Ms. DiEmanuele is the President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners. Ms. DiEmanuele has spent her career in the public and private sectors leading large-scale change and cultural transformation. Previously, she was Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government. During this time, she led the renewal of public services through "Service Ontario" and reform of human resources, information technology and business services for the Ontario Government. She also served as Interim CEO at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation during a time of significant change. Ms. DiEmanuele has also held the positions of Vice President (Branch and Small Business Banking, Retail Markets/Human Resources), CIBC and Vice President (Human Resources and Organizational Development), Brookfield Properties Ltd. Ms. DiEmanuele is in the Hall of Fame of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40. She serves on numerous Boards, including the Conference Board of Canada and the University of Waterloo. Ms. DiEmanuele is a dynamic leader well-regarded for her ability to lead large, complex organizations through periods of significant change and cultural transformation. She has worked across many sectors and has expertise in human resources management, information technology, business process reengineering, stakeholder management, strategy development, government relations and operations. "Ms. DiEmanuele's experience and expertise in both the public and private sectors will make her a wonderful addition to Woodbine Entertainment Group's Board of Directors," said Jim Lawson, WEG's Chairman of the Board. "Specifically, she brings a significant understanding of the gaming regulatory environment in the province and how WEG, and racing, can work effectively with governments to achieve favourable outcomes as the integration of racing and gaming in Ontario continues." Woodbine Entertainment Group is an Ontario Corporation without share capital. WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG operates off-track wagering operations through its "Champions" teletheatre network, which include WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in downtown Toronto and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. WEG also operates HorsePlayer Interactive and HPItv. John Siscos
Todd Trites was dominating on Sunday at Exhibition Park Raceway as the Penniac, N.B harness racing driver scored four-wins on the seven-dash card. With the four wins, Trites now stands at 69 wins on the year in the Maritimes. He connected with Boo Bro Bashfull in 2:03.2, Wave That Banner in 2:01.2 and Magical Alex in 1:59.1. After winning the first three on the day he also scored in the days premier event with the Bo Sowers trainee Malek Hanover in 1:57.4 to record the fastest time of the day. Other winners on Sunday were Goldin Opportunity ( 2:00.3 ) for Phil Reid, Lira Lira ( 2:02.4 ) with Sam Hodgin and Rockstar Bayama ( 2:00.1 ) for Mark Haig. Racing is scheduled to wrap-up for 2013 this Saturday at 1:00 P.M. Scott Waddell
Charlottetown, PE – Capitalism wired the field to win the Sunday feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Jason Hughes used rail control to his advantage as he sent the four-old son of Tell All to the front carving fractions of 28.3, 59.4 and 1:29.2 before cruising home in 29.3 seconds to stop the timer in 1:59 flat over the legendary CDP oval. McJestic (Brodie MacPhee) rallied for second with Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) completing the triactor. The 1-6-7 combination paid $81.00. Hughes did the driving for owner Jason Collings of Mount Stewart. It was the fourth winner of the day from the Hughes stable. The Stratford native also nailed a driving triple with stable stars Isleofpalms (2:01.3), Blue Star Outlaw (1:59.1) and Bunny Mach (1:59.1). Zip the Lip moved his winning streak up to four after beating his rivals in the open trot. Regular pilot Brian MacPhee left hard off the gate and took command of the race past the opening quarter. The trotter delivered as the post time favorite over Abundaspin and Majian Dillon for his 9th win from 26 seasonal starts. The time of the mile was 2:02.2 Marc Campbell recorded a driving double to reach five winners over the weekend. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake for Red Shores
December 8, 2013 – With one race remaining in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, handicapper Richard Scott, who has led a majority of the way in the contest, remains in front with a seemingly comfortable lead of $736.45 with a net loss of $134.40. With only the Cleveland Classic remaining on the docket, it will take some Hail Mary handicapping for anyone to wrest the top spot from Scott. With donations being made to the designated horse rescue charities of the top three, the real race is for the place and show spots which are currently held by Earl Paulson and Rusty Nash. Hoping to crack into the top three are handicappers Anne Stepien and Dennis O’Hara with Garnet Barnsdale having a slight chance to make the top three. In this week’s action, with the Reynolds 3yo filly pace being cancelled, the Reynolds 3yo colt pace was the sole contest. Rusty Nash was top dog for the week with a profit of $6.80. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 8, 2013 with one week to go. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($7.00) ($134.40) 1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($870.85) ($736.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash $6.80 ($929.07) ($794.67) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($25.40) ($1,062.35) ($927.95) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara $2.10 ($1,226.35) ($1,091.95) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,457.74) ($1,323.34) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,070.60) ($1,936.20) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,379.79) ($2,245.39) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,700.50) ($2,566.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,210.43) ($3,076.03) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. This Week’s Contest Schedule Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open by Allan Schott for HANA
Super sire Somebeachsomewhere quinelled the richest race on the card at Woodbine raceway tonight Saturday the 7th of December. The $24,000 second race was won by the three-year-old colt Apprentice Hanover with Jody Jamieson in the bike for harness racing trainer Ben Wallace. Another three-year-old colt Cougar Hall was second for trainer Jeff Gillis. Videos of all races are attached.
Charlottetown, PE - Pinner, with Marc Campbell in the bike, claimed the afternoon top class in a sparking 1:57.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. It was Pinner's third win in a row for trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Kevin and Lillian Ladner of Charlottetown. Campbell, who enjoyed a driving triple on the day, fired Pinner off the gate from post three to post fractions of 28.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4 for his 8th victory of 2013. Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) was second with Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault) third. In other action, Majian Chester won the trot class for Jim Ripley in 2:04.1 while Ton of Luck and driver Brian MacPhee won the Drew Power Memorial in 2:00.4. MacPhee, who recorded a driving double on the program, engineered the winning trip for the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, NB. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Charlottetown driver will be trying to win one for an old friend Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 1 pm. Michael McGuigan will steer Someone Like You from post 5 in the race 6 Drew Power Memorial. Power passed away last December at the age of 31, but was a longtime friend of McGuigan from their time playing on the Charlottetown Junior A Abbies. Someone Like You is co-owned and trained by Mitchell Tierney of New Haven for co-owner Bill Andrew of Calgary. The five-year-old daughter of I Am Fool will be challenged to land in the winner's circle for McGuigan in the $950 event, as Yankee No More (Mark Bradley) has post 3 and Milliondollarfeeln (Gilles Barrieau) will leave from post 7. The race 11 feature has Pinner favored from post 3 for driver Marc Campbell, co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner. The Mach Three seven-year-old is riding a two race win streak but jumps up in class to compete against preferred level horses. The two pacers on the Island, Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes), are shouldered with post position seven and eight, respectively. Also in the $2,200 race is Blu Meadow Willie (Barrieau), Ultimate Luck (Kenny Arsenault), Doll R General (Mark McKinnon), Painted Desert (Brian MacPhee), and Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie). The race 7 back-up pace General Luckypercy favoured from post 2 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson, and owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Cambridge, Ont., and Jack Brown of Stratford. The mare has been hitting the board in all her starts but has been winless since Aug. 24. Her top competitors include Stayoutofmyaffair (Hughes), Bowyer Hanover (Cheverie), and Sterling Seelster (Campbell). A field of nine trotters face off in the race 3 $1,100 conditioned event with Majian Chester picked to win. The trotter will have to overcome post 8 to land in the winner's circle for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst. The Nikes Image gelding drops out of the Open trot and lands in a field that includes Mile Hill Belle (Brian MacPhee), Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau), Incredible Her Bee (Campbell), Berto Coquette (Corey MacPherson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), JK Queen (Cheverie), I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole) and Sandhill Angel (Arsenault). Sunday Camcun looks to be the one to beat in the $1,750 feature event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 1 pm post time for the 11-dash card. Race Analyst Les MacIsaac likes Camcun's chances in the eight horse field. "Finished second to a red hot horse (Pinner) last week and has been charted in 1:56 and change in two of his last three, a time that would likely win this," MacIsaac said of Camcun. "Top billing." Camcun is co-owned, trained and driven by Arsenault with co-owner Dan Belliveau of Halifax. Capitalism (Gary Chappell) will have some say in the race off the rail while Mcjestic (Brodie MacPhee) is fresh off a win in 1:57.2 from post 6. Also in the field is Le Fugueur (Campbell), Honor Roll (Andrew), Libertys Art (Hughes), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Pouton) and McMaverick (Ken Murphy). Zip The Lip will look to continue his dominance of the Open trot in this week's $1,800 edition in race 4. Brian MacPhee drives the five-year-old son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. The trotter will have to contend with the outside post 8 but if he continues to tower over his competition it should not make much of a difference. Other top entries include Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Follow all the action live at Redshores.ca.
In case any of you were wondering why Trevor Henry is the leading dash-winning reinsman Canada this season, he doled out a friendly reminder Thursday evening at Flamboro Downs with a six-win performance. The Arthur, Ontario-based Henry swept the Daily Double thanks to wins with Jimmys Secret (1:56.3) and Eat Pray Trot (2:01.2) before going back-to-back in Race 4 and Race 5 with Heres The Magic (1:59.2) and Fortune Fella (1:57.3). Henry capped off his dominant night by taking Race 9 with Panedictine (1:59.4) and Race 10 with General Simba (1:58). After putting up career-best numbers for wins (533) and earnings ($3,433,101) in 2012, Henry has managed to nab a nation-leading 472 wins and purse earnings in excess of $2.3 million this season. One of the few races Henry didn’t win was the Preferred 2 for trotters. The $10,000 tilt went to P L Daley and driver Nick ‘Gilbert Gottfried’ Steward in 1:58.4. Steward hustled the six-year-old son of Kadabra-Broadway Gal to the lead from Post 1, and the gelding successfully chopped out panels of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28 before using a :30.4 closing quarter to seal the deal by a length over Spartan Victory. Taking home the show dough was Long Ago. Anthony Montini trains P L Daley for Albina Montini of Acton and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario. It was the sixth win of the season – and the 14th to date – for the career winner of $201,945. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
London, December 5, 2013 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will be a busy spot with plenty of live racing scheduled over the Holiday Season. Fans are reminded that there will be special post times for both the Boxing Day and New Year's Eve programs. The Boxing Day card on December 26th will start at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern) while the New Year's Eve program on December 31st will feature a later start time of 8:05 p.m. (Eastern). The Raceway has also changed the post times for a pair of Monday afternoon programs (December 23 and 30) to 4:35 p.m. (Eastern). The Raceway marketing team is busy lining up all kinds of fun promotions for Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. For full event details and to make reservations, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager