Day At The Track

Mainstream play for 'Race Day' documentary

04:45 PM 23 May 2012 NZST
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After an initial TV run last week, the producers of 'Race Day' are pleased to announce the short documentary about harness racing will continue to air on select Rogers TV stations in Ontario on the following days, for the next few weeks:

Fridays at 2:30 p.m. on Rogers TV in Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford and Brantford.

Saturdays at 4 p.m. on Rogers TV in Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford and Brantford.

The 23-minute film also enjoyed a two-week run in select Cogeco TV markets in February, and will be featured this summer on Trackside Television in New Zealand.

Producer/director Kelly Spencer (of Iron Horse Photo Inc.) and associate producer Darryl MacArthur will be screening the film at Canada's Outdoor Equine Expo on June 10. The 1 p.m. showing will be followed by a discussion about how the harness racing industry in Ontario benefits other equine disciplines.

Race Day was produced by Iron Horse Photo Inc. and was created with user-generated content. All of the footage used in the film was shot on Saturday, August 6, 2011, by the people who love, live and breathe harness racing. It's an intriguing personal account of a typical day in harness racing -- where no day is typical.

Race participants featured in the film include Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Anthony MacDonald, Phil Hudon, Randy Waples, Rick Zeron, Bruce Gilkinson and Stephanie Horner.

The 23-minute film premiered in January 2012 at the 2011 O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala in Mississauga, Ontario. It returned to the big screen in February when the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club co-hosted a screening at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton, Ontario.

"We focused on crafting a film which showcases the personality of the sport through its characters," explained Spencer. "We invited the characters to film themselves and each other with the intention of getting a true glimpse inside their days, and their love and respect for harness racing.

"A good film is really just a good story told by great characters, and this film has plenty. Audiences can be captivated by a good story regardless of their familiarity with the subject matter. My hope for Race Day is exactly that -- to raise awareness of the sport and broaden its appeal by facilitating a connection to its characters."

The film will be available online at later this year. For more information, visit

from Iron Horse Photo Inc.

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom

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