Seven three-year-old pacing fillies will contest a division of the Nova Scotia Stake Series tomorrow afternoon at Truro Raceway.
This Stake was developed by the Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association to promote and foster the breeding of standardbreds in our province.
In addition to the province’s tracks and horsemen’s associations, sponsors include the province of Nova Scotia and Pictonian Farms.
Post-time for the 12-dash card is 1:30 p.m. with qualifiers scheduled for noon.
The first ‘So You Think You Can Drive Team Challenge” is on the card with four of Truro’s young guns teaming up with four of Truro’s top drivers in a three-race contest.
Based on a point system for designated races, Ben Hollingsworth, Paul Langille, Mark Whidden and Dale Spence will each be paired with up one of Truro’s top winning drivers – Robert Laffin, Ernie Laffin, Danny Romo and Bernard ‘Pooker’ McCallum.
Truro’s leading driver, Ryan Ellis, is still unavailable for catch drives due to back issues while popular teamster Darren Crowe is also missing from the challenge as he was booked to compete in Stake Races in Prince Edward Island this weekend.
The return of the popular Pick 5 and the introduction of Harness Racing Bingo created a buzz last Sunday with fans. Since neither pot was on, they will be carried over to this week. The Pick 5 pot is $1, 377.24 and Bingo $132.
Several hot horse/driver combinations are currently on a roll at the track.
Ernie Laffin and Kenny Greene’s St. Lads Dagwood have two consecutive wins along with Dave Carey and Fluid Motion and Dale Spence and equine partner Michelle’s Romance.
Grassroots Truro horseman Blair Laffin, who not only trains a string of horses at Truro Raceway but also works as Grounds Supervisor, has been sidelined by a health issue this past week and unable to work.
Therefore, tomorrow’s 50/50 proceeds are being earmarked for Blair.
Sport Pugwash will be hosting their annual Fall Matinee of harness racing this afternoon with a 2 p.m. post time.
Several local horsemen including Scott Daniels, Nick White, Terry Oulton and Steve Morton will be supporting and participating in the event co-ordinated by Clayton Stevens and Elaine Shortliffe.
Truro race-goers will recognize several horses including Michelles Romance, Lakers Vett, Scotian Lass, Pasta Vera, Kendal Courageous, Phighten Philly and Nukamotion.
A rain date is lined up for Sept. 28.
Thirty-four yearlings consigned to the 10th edition of the NSPE Select Yearling Sale has brought together the support and involvement of Atlantic Canada’s most prominent breeders including William McNeil, consignor of last year’s high-priced filly Saulsbrook Alana.
Breeder Donald Porter has also consigned two colts for next month’s sale. Porter is currently campaigning two-year-old pacer Deep River Cruise out of the Bernard McCallum Stable, which is showing three wins out of its last four starts, a lifetime best of 1:58.2 and career earnings of $12,840.
Racing action today at Truro Raceway kicks off with simulcast programming from Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. at 1 p.m.
The entertainment continues throughout the day and into the evening with live televising of both harness and thoroughbred racing from some of the finest tracks in North America including Freehold, Belmont, Woodbine, Churchill, Charlottetown Red Shores, Pocono, Mohawk and more.
by Diane Daniels for Turo Raceway