Day At The Track

Record crowd for Open House

11:24 AM 17 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Santa arrives with Giddy Up Max
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Open House broadcast commentators (l to r) Bill O’Donnell, Roger Huston, Fred MacDonald
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Contest winner Erin Massender with pacing yearling Captains Maid, of which she won a one percent share
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GUELPH, ON -- A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by, horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada.

Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country's best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON.

Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDonald (President of, Fred MacDonald and Bill O'Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries.

Huston also met fans and signed copies of his recently released book.

Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the Open House contest which promised a one percent share of the winner's favourite yearling in with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylvania-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous.

During each Christmas Open House, raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank.

Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer Giddy Up Max. extends its gratitude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, commentators and crew, and staff of

The Spring Open House is the next major gathering on's event schedule.

by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable

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