Day At The Track

Coulter ready for Western Fair opening

03:22 AM 26 Sep 2019 NZST
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Scott Coulter, harness racing
Scott Coulter
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London, ON - September 25, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is now less than two weeks away from kicking off its 2019/20 live harness racing season and one of those anxiously awaiting its return is defending driving champion Scott Coulter.

The Brantford resident has long been one of the most recognizable figures on Ontario's ''Signature' Track circuit and has amassed impressive career totals that include 5,000-plus wins and more than $34 million in purse earnings.

In 2018, Coulter captured his first driving title at The Raceway and he is anxious to get back at it when racing resumes at the London oval on Friday, October 4th.

"I've had a great summer and looking forward to the fall," Coulter said. "I wasn't as hard on myself or the roads as I didn't take many trips to Georgian Downs. I took a different approach with less work and more family time. That being said I'm fresh for the fall and ready to go."

Coulter attributes much of the success he has had in London in recent years to the terrific support he received from owners and trainers.

"I've had a lot of luck racing at London over the years," said the veteran driver. "I have a lot of great clients and horsepower always helps. I'm looking forward to having more success."

Coulter says he quickly noticed the High Definition upgrade which was collectively implemented at racetracks across Ontario this season - upgrades that were made possible through the OR/OLG capital funding platform.

"I can't think of any sport that warrants HD more than harness racing," Coulter said. "I've seen the positive effects thus far at Grand River, Flamboro and Georgian Downs. It's a great initiative and I think all the horse people thoroughly enjoy the new technology."

The Raceway will kick off live racing beginning on Friday (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 guaranteed wagers. The Pick-3 will feature a $2,500 guarantee with a new $.60 cent minimum, while a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers will be offered - all 15 percent takeout wagers.

The Super Hi-5 races will be contested at the distance of one and one-sixteenth miles.

Customers can also experience the newly renovated Top Of The Fair restaurant. To celebrate, The Raceway is offering a 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the entire month of October."

To make reservations at the Top Of The Fair, email or call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 252). For complete details, visit

by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway


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