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New Zealand import Smoke N Reactor N retained her victory in The Raceway at Western Fair's co-featured harness racing Preferred 3 Pace after deep-stretch stickhandling drew the interest of the stewards.   Driver Jean Rene Plante sent the mare out sharply from post five, but Powerful Chris (Colin Kelly) forced her into the pocket entering the first turn. The latter led to the quarter in :28.1, half in :58.3, and three-quarters in 1:28.   Saulsbrook Jessie (Brett Macdonald) attacked from first-up going into the final turn, and a compact outside flow left Smoke N Reactor N trapped on the rail. She found room when second-over Sirius Star (Michael Horner) shifted into the three-path, and Plante lunged his charge to the rail as Powerful Chris faded, causing the latter to toss her head and bear in.   Smoke N Reactor N then shot up the pylons, going by both of the top two to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58. Sirius Star got up for place, and Saulsbrook Jessie was third. The judges investigated Plante's stretch drive but ruled that there were no sufficient grounds for disqualification.   SMOKE N REACTOR N REPLAY     Smoke N Reactor N has now won eight of her 62 lifetime appearances and earned more than $65,000. She's now three-for-four for Plante since he took over ownership and training duties on Mar. 4. Plante guided the Auckland Reactor mare to her first win since moving to Canada.   Letstaketothesky scored in the second co-feature, sliding out of the pocket late and sneaking by to capture the extended distance conditioned trot.   Driver Anthony Haughan contested the early lead with her but ultimately settled for the two-hole and followed Twin B Hugs through the quarter in :29.1 and half in 1:00. Letstaketothesky was bottled up in the pocket going to three-quarters in 1:30.4. First-up Twin B Hugs (Paul Mackenzie) drifted out just enough to allow Haughan enough room to squeeze his charge through traffic and get up for the win.   Letstaketothesky got up to win by a neck in 2:09.2 over a mile and a sixteenth. Twin B Hugs was second, and Black Seven (George Ketros) was third best.   LETSTAKETOTHESKY REPLAY     Letstaketothesky is now three-for-26 lifetime with just shy of $50,000 in earnings for owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest. They bred the four-year-old by Wheeling N Dealin; David trains.   Also on the card, the four-year-old Muscle Mass gelding Rubbleonthedouble broke his maiden in race two in 2:04.3 with Haughan in the bike. The Holliday Duo also own, train, and bred him.   The Raceway at Western Fair will likely not return for at least four weeks as the province of Ontario will move into lockdown on Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

KITCHENER, ON - Harness racing driver Anthony Haughan triumphed as the tournament champion during the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia on May 29. Since its launch on May 8, more than 650 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in free, live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). Haughan won the first three legs of Barncat Trivia and entered the final week with 13,239 points. He finished second to Jason McGinnis in the final week, but maintained enough points to take the tournament crown. The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. Haughan joined the Barncat Trivia halftime show to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Overall Tournament Top 3: 1st place - Anthony Haughan (17,782 points) 2nd place - Justin Fisher (16,474 points) 3rd place - Jim Gillespie (16,426 points) Week 4 Top 3: 1st place - Jason McGinnis (4571) points) 2nd place - Anthony Haughan (4543 points) 3rd place - Dan Fisher (4367 points) Top standings for all four weeks are available at This week's top scorer Jason McGinnis wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. As the top overall scorer of the tournament, Haughan won a $100 gift card. Barncat Trivia was made possible with the generous support of these sponsors: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: Explainer Video: Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.  

KITCHENER, ON - This Friday (May 29) marks the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia, and Anthony Haughan is hunting for a clean sweep of the harness racing tournament. Since its launch on May 8, more than 500 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in these live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). The contest is free to play. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and special guests. Haughan joins this week's half-time show after trivia game one (approx. 7:20 p.m. EST). The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver has won all three legs of Barncat Trivia and comes into the finale with 13,239 points. (Runners-up Justin Fisher and Nick Salvi have 12,275 points and 12,247 points respectively.) Haughan and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. He joins the show after trivia game #1 to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Friday's game and live show begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and can be accessed at This week's trivia categories are: Epic Rivalries, Winning Colours, Breeders Crown, Big Time Owners, Yowzas Yearlings, and Odds & Ends. Although the current tournament concludes on Friday, new players can still join this week's game. This week's top scorer wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. The top overall scorer of the tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including:   • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: Explainer Video: Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.  Cell: 519-465-7908 >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.

The following is a summary of local winning horses and/or harness racing  people during the races on the date below September 4/15 The top local horseman for the final Fun and Frivolity Friday night at Grand River Raceway was Anthony Haughan. Anthony, a native of Cambridge, was the winning driver of the 8th race aboard longshot Life Is A Lady. Life Is A Lady returned $27.20 on a $2 win ticket for just her 2nd win of the season. The win brought Anthony's total to 40 for the season. He is also a co-owner of the 5 year old mare. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday and Wednesday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at . Scott McNair  

It was a perfect night for harness racing and a large crowd enjoyed the 41st annual Walker Memorial Trot. Five year old Draggin the Wagon was coming off a win in his last start at Hanover and went off as one of the favorites in the Walker Memorial. Anthony Haughan and Draggin The Wagon grabbed the early lead past the opening quarter in 29.2 and got a bit of a breather past the half in 1:00.3. Despite attempts to put pressure on the leader, Draggin the Wagon led past the 3/4s in 1:29.3 and held off a late attempt by Brandon CS to win by just under a length in 1:59. The Walker Memorial is dedicated to Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound who were tremendous horsemen especially with trotters. Allan was inducted in the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996. Draggin the Wagon has won 5 of his 20 starts this season for owners James, David and Micheal Cantelon of the Toronto area, and trainer Jeff Byron. In other action, Jay Harris had the hot hand winning 3 of the other 9 races on the card including the opener with Turn a Buck for owners Bill Rankin of Dundas, Lawrence Baker of Alberton and Ralph Jardine of Arthur in 2:03.2. Harris also won Race 8 with Aldrin Hanover in 2:00.4 for owner Karl McNaughton of Clinton and Race 9 with Distinctiv Cam in 1:58.2 for owner Terry Rutledge of Auburn. On the grandstand side, Sharon Taylor of Owen Sound won the Country 93 Survivor contest. Over 50 fans qualified for the final by correctly picking 4 horses to finish in the money during qualifying rounds in July. Taylor won a 58 inch Samsung Smart TV courtesy of Country 93 Radio and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Next Saturday, Hanover Raceway plays host to the Balanced Image trot eliminations. 183 horses are eligible to compete in the eliminations. The top 8 finishers will return on Saturday August 29th for the 2nd biggest purse of the Hanover season. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway

Friday night's top harness racing horseman was local driver, Anthony Haughan. Anthony was a winner in back to back races. He was able to steer the filly, Back To Black, to her first career win and was aboard Rainbow View for her second win of the season. In 15 years of driving, Anthony has won over 1000 races. He resides in Cambridge and can be regularly seen driving at Grand River Raceway. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at . Kelly Spencer

Impatient to join harness racing’s 1,000-wins club, Anthony Haughan sealed the deal on a very special milestone in his first drive of the night at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening. Positioning himself well right off the gate, Lil Royas Kd and Haughan scored a pocket trip. At the head of the stretch, Haughan drove on to claim victory by two and a quarter lengths in 2:01.4. The five-year-old Lis Mara mare is trained by Rick Deacon of Kitchener, who co-owns with Andrew Rogers of Mississauga. The milestone win was Haughan’s 34th of the year and the first of two on the Sunday card. The resident of Cambridge, Ontario rounded out the program with a second victory in the tenth with Lucky Regal, scoring a wire to wire win in 1:58.1. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Haughan decided to try his hand in harness racing in Canada in the late 1990’s. Canada found its way into his heart, becoming the place to be for the horseman. Returning in 2000, his stay of a few months turned into a permanent affair. To view the rest of this story click here.  

Anthony Haughan, an Ireland native, has a sure fire trifecta in his life; family, harness racing and Liverpool soccer. Whatever you do, never mention that you're a fan of Manchester United to Anthony! If you do, get ready for some good natured ribbing! In the late 90's, Anthony decided to leave Ireland before the winter season to try his hand in harness racing in Canada. "In Ireland, there is no racing during the winter time so I had to come to Canada to get my racing fix" admits Anthony. Shortly thereafter, Anthony went back home to Ireland however Canada must have had a special place in Anthony's heart as he returned to Canada in 2000. What was supposed to be a stay of only a few months turned out to be Anthony staying for good. Good turned to become great as Anthony met Meg (who trains as well), his partner. Anthony and Meg have a young son named Cian, (pronounced: Cane), who enjoys going to the race track to watch his dad in action. "Cian likes going to the barn and watching the horses. He likes coming to the races, though a little too often" says Anthony. "During the summer, Cian plays soccer so I do what I can to make sure I can watch him play." Anthony says. "Meg and I, we both go and watch him." Looking back over the years since coming to Canada, Anthony feels blessed to have made this transition for his career. "Making a living here doing what I love has been great." Anthony continues, "Not many people get to do a job they love, I'm very fortunate." "To come here, coming from Dublin and to have as many wins that I have, it's special." Anthony says, "I am grateful to everyone who has given me an opportunity." Aside from racing, training and family, Anthony is a director for the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). "Guys come to me for help with Judge's infractions" says Anthony. "I will go and talk to the judges on their behalf or go in with them when they speak to the judge to support them. I like being involved." "I'm a horseman, so I don't look out for just myself. I look out for all the horsemen". Anthony states. Anthony is very honest about how he's handled his role with OHHA. "The older I've gotten, the better I am with handling situations. I think in the past I may have gone about it in the wrong way" Anthony continues, "As you get older and do a little more, you realize there's better ways to go about it." How did Anthony get involved with OHHA? "I was approached and asked if I would be interested in becoming a director, which I was. I was voted in by the directors" Anthony says. "You have to be available as much as you can" says Anthony. The biggest take away is Anthony does his best to help fellow horsemen; he takes pride in being there for others, offering advice or helping in any way possible. At any workplace whether it be an office, factory or paddock, the essential part of enjoying what you do is having a light atmosphere with good personalities. So when it comes to having a laugh on race night, Anthony is game. "Sometimes we try to have fun with a guy if he is having a rough night. You spend so much time with drivers; it's like being on a football or hockey team." Anthony adds, "A lot of times you travel together and are in the locker room together yet we compete against one another. There's a fine line but I am friendly with everyone." Knowing if a problem arises and you need help, it's good to know you're not alone. People like Anthony help reassure fellow horsemen that this is a team sport. A family. by Roderick Balgobin, for 

There were four divisions of 2 year old trotters for the Balanced Image Trot eliminations hit the track as part of an 11 race card on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. In the first elimination, a trio of breakers and some fancy stickhandling by driver Ryan Holliday got Platoon Seelster to the lead by the quarter mile marker in 30.2.  The 2 year old son of Federal Flex led from start to finish in times of 1:01.1, 1:32.1 and the mile in 2:01.1.  Race favorite Mandeville who has 3 OSS grassroots wins on larger tracks broke early and managed to fight his way back to second by the 3 quarter mile marker but when Keith Oliver tried to overtake Platoon Seelster around the final turn he went off stride again and lost his chances at a spot in the final.  Irish Scotch owned by Paul Lindsey of Fergus inherited second place after the miscue.  Platoon Seelster is owned by Ryan Holidays wife Caroline, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.  Hannath says the 2 year was 1 of 2 yearlings they bought at the London sale, however, the other one had to be put down, after it was injured following a tornado near Tottenham. Hannath says he’s extremely happy with the geldings performance, and as for the final, Hannath says he doesn’t care where he finishes,  he’s just happy to make it to the final. The second division was won by Allies Gift in times of 30.0, 1:00.1, 1:30.1 and 2:00.4 for a Quebec Ownership group, and driver Anthony Haughan.  Leg 3 was won by Gee Okeefe for owners Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 horses for the final.   Boughton said the 2 year old filly who leads her OSS class this year was really easy to drive and had plenty of gas left in the tank.  Gee Okeefe led from start to finish in times of 29.3, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and the mile in 2:01.1. The final leg was won by another Chris Beaver trained gelding.  Caulfield is owned by Synerco Ventures of Toronto and also led from start to finish by driver Boughton in times of 30.0, 1:02.1, 1:33.2 and the mile in 2:02.4. The post position draw was completed in front of the grandstand after race 10 and ended up as follows. Balanced Image Final  Saturday August 30th $70,600 Purse  Gee Okeefe  Caulfield  Allies Gift  Desis Dream  Cheque the Magic  Platoon Seelster  Pilgrims Joy  Irish Scotch Hanover also played host to the Grey Bruce Spinal Cord Injury group.  Spokesperson Merv Breadner of Owen Sound says thanks to Hanover Raceway they have been able to raise over 10,000 dollars for people with spinal cord injuries in Grey and Bruce Counties over the past 8 years.  Breadner says the money is used to help people with spinal cord injuries get adjusted and purchase much needed equipment. Racing resumes Saturday August 30th with the Balanced Image final headlining the card.  Posttime is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Driver Phil Hudon completed a sweep of the final three races on Sunday night's card at Georgian Downs aboard 10-1 shot Viper Select in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace. Viper Select fought off Clic K (Anthony Haughan) through opening fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 before opening up three lengths en route to the third quarter station in 1:22.1. The Dauntless Bunny gelding then sauntered home to win by more than four lengths in 1:51.1. Mach Of Ballykeel (Jonathan Drury) rallied wide around the fading Clic K and came on for second, darting towards the pylons down the stretch to avoid the breaking pocket-sitter, Czar Seelster (Tyler Moore). Pouvoir Duharas (Paul MacKenzie) also had to change paths and inherited third-place as Czar Seelster was set back for causing interference while off-stride. To view the rest of this story click here.

TORONTO, May 21 - WEG standardbred racing is set to return to Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville for the 51st season of live racing. The 102-day meet will kick off on Thursday, May 22 and live racing will be held five nights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays (except May 27 and October 7) , Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each race night will have a 7:25 p.m. first race post time. "It's an exciting time of the year," noted driver Jonathan Drury. "Everyone looks forward to the return of Mohawk because that means it's summer time and a full schedule of great stakes events. Other drivers along with fans and customers are going to have a lot of fun this summer." The most anticipated event on the stakes calendar is the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, featuring the finest three-year-old pacers, set for Saturday, June 14. The evening will offer a special post time of 6:45 p.m. Stakes action begins immediately at Mohawk, with the SBOA Stakes eliminations for three-year-old filly pacer and trotters featured on the initial Saturday card, and continues almost non-stop until fall. Major stakes engagements include the Maple Leaf Trot (Saturday, July 19), the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady Stakes (Saturday, August 30) and the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage Stakes, Peaceful Way Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial (Saturday, September 13). Ribs will be prominent throughout Pepsi North America Cup weekend as Crabby's BBQ Shack and Silver Bullet BBQ will play host to fans.The popular 'Your First Bet Is On Us' promotion returns. Every customer can register on site for a free $2 bet. Fans can also visit Labatt's Beerville to play great games and win cool prizes. Mohawk Racetrack will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town of Campbellville. Mohawk will host fireworks on Friday, June 13 with a special post time of 7:05 p.m. Mohawk fans can also follow the action each night on Twitter. Hosts Mike Hamilton, along with track announcer Ken Middleton and Greg Gangle will offer 'tweets' during each live program aimed at giving customers more race related information. You can follow them on Twitter at the following: Hamilton_WOMoh, Middleton_WOMoh, GGangle_WOMoh. Fans should also be sure to check out Mohawks Trackside Bar for its nightly specials throughout the meet. The specials are listed below: Monday - 1/2 Price Wings Tuesday - Bud & Burger Thursday - Steak N Stella Friday - Thank Cod It's Friday Patrons are also encouraged to engage with Mohawk Racetrack through its Facebook page found by clicking the following link: Also fans can go to to sign on to Twitter and then search for the following harness racing stars. Drivers: Aaron Byron - @ByronAaron Chris Christoforou - @CCAstreos Dan Clements - @DanielWClements Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Billy Davis Jr. - @BillyDavisRacin Phil Hudon – @Whodon99 Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Anthony Haughan - @AHaughan Jody Jamieson - @JodyJamRacing James MacDonald - @JamesOMac26 Anthony MacDonald – @HorseRacingAMac Doug McNair – @DMcNair12 Scott Young – @YoungieAnswers Scott Zeron - @ScottZeron Trainers: Carmen Auciello - @CarmenAuciello Nick Boyd - @Ralphie9 Blair Burgess - @Desibesi Casie Coleman - @FastLane111 Danny Girard - @DannyGirard1 Mark Horner - MarkHorner44 Corey Johnson – @SeaJay09 Blake MacIntosh - @BlakeMacRacing Robert McIntosh - @BobMcIntosh52 Jason McGinnis - @JasonMcGinnis21 Anthony Montini - @MontiniRacing Mike Sinclair - @Sinny51 Shawn Steacy - @S_Steacy‎ by Greg Gangle, for WEG


Chris Christoforou is one of the premier names in harness racing, and if a fan does not recognize his name it's most likely they are new to the sport. Chris has quite the extensive resume from winning the Little Brown Jug in 2000 with Astreos, to winning the Breeders Crown in 1993 aboard Earl. Chris won the Breeders Crown two more times, in 1999 and 2002. Chris has won pretty much every major stake race between Woodbine Racetrack, (Toronto, ON) and Mohawk Racetrack, (Campbellvile, ON). This includes the Canadian Breeders (twice), the Don Mills (twice), the Oakville Stakes (twice), the Burlington, the Fan Hanover and both the Champlain Pace and Trot which combining both Champlain series wins gives him a lucky seven victories (4 times in the Pace and 3 times in the Trot). Acknowledging these major wins is the tip of the iceberg and there's at least two dozen more stake wins. That's a pretty big iceberg that could take down the Titanic once again. What is left for Chris to win? Pretty much every race where he's driving and despite the success, Chris maintains a strong and focused drive to continuously reach the Winner's Circle. "The Hambletonian..." says Chris, " one I would love to win given the opportunity." With the future uncertainty that looms for harness racing in Ontario, (with the Ontario Government cancelling the slot revenue agreement), Chris remains passionate about wanting to stay close to home. "It depends on the future here in Ontario," Chris says, "but I have no plans to leave. I'd really like to stay here, it's my home, it's my family... and hopefully I can. "I enjoy my life, I enjoy my career and we make a living." Chris explained, "It's tough at times but I would never discourage anyone from wanting to get into the (racing) business." Chris is fine with the thought of his children following in his footsteps as well as his father's. Chris won his first race in 1990 at Flamboro Downs driving Delias Star to the Winner's Circle. In all this time, Chris continually keeps it fresh by maintaining a positive attitude and keeping things light whenever possible. "I find if you are enjoying what you are doing, people catch that vibe from you and it rubs off on them." Chris explains, "The guys I drive with, we all get along and it's a good group of guys here (at Woodbine Racetrack). It's not easy when you are competing with guys night in and night out, but I thing we do a really good job of (having fun)." Asking Chris if he had a memory of a special time where the drivers meshed cohesively and were quite successful, he says "It was strong in the WEG circuit (Woodbine Entertainment Group), in the 80's and up til now it's been very strong." "The top 5 or 6 guys here can drive with anyone in the world as far as I'm concerned. From Campbell to Sears to Lachance, just because we drive here (at Woodbine/Mohawk), it doesn't mean we are any less skilled. Put up Jody Jamieson, Randy Waples or Paul MacDonnell and they can drive with anyone and they have proven that in the past." Talking with Chris is quite fulfilling, and not in terms of generic terms or metaphors, but the open honesty of how good his fellow drivers are, no matter where they race. A perfect example is Chris paying respect to Dave Palone who drives predominantly at the Meadows (located in Washington, PA). Yes, it is a different size track than others, it's a 5/8th mile oval but according to Chris regardless of the type of track, Dave Palone can drive with the best no matter where. Chris is quick to point the good and talent in others. With Chris you get the sense that there is always a silver lining. "Take the top 50 drivers in North America and it's a very slim margin as to who is better." Chris looks to the horses that make up the difference, "Give the 50th guy the best horse and the top guy the fifth best horse and I am pretty sure, 90% of the time the guy with the best horse wins. To that point, it's all horse power." When driving any horse, Chris looks at past performance to see how to best deal with the horse during the race. However "...tactics can switch in a split second. If the horse is moving from a low percentage barn to a higher percentage barn, you are more likely to be more aggressive." "An extreme chess match" Chris says, "very very fast chess game." Horse racing has its strains like any other career, and Chris is grateful to his wife, Camilla, for being so supportive. "It's tough when the kids are off for two months in the summer and I'm busy racing." Chris says. How does Chris balance the intensity of work with family, "every now and then in the summer if I'm in a slump, we'll jump in the car for two days and go to Niagara Falls, ON, change things up and get a refresher." It's all about quality time. In any job, business and career one thing that's constant is communication. Flat out, it's a requirement. During a race when fans are standing at the fence, the sound of the horses charging to the wire is intoxicating. Along with the ground vibrating you can hear faint sounds coming from drivers, but not all the discernable. At the start of the race, Chris explains very little, if any is being said. "You hear drivers hollering down the stretch for sure but the only thing a driver hears, and I don't think drivers even realize it, you can hear if a horse is getting rough, or if his gait is changing." Chris explains, "The sound pattern the horses make when their gait is changing, short stepping. A lot does get blocked out, you're in the zone." "At Woodbine, if a driver's horse is getting rough, he starts screaming and it's usually a sound of panic so everybody knows what's coming and tries to avoid that guy. We all know what each other's voice sounds like, so even if you can't see him and he's three or four horses ahead of you, you know who it is." When it comes to pacers or trotters, Chris would have taken the pacer over the trotter in his early days. Now with his experience, Chris will opt for racing a trotter, not only for the strategy but for the technique involved. When it comes to any game outside of horse racing, Chris' favorite sport is soccer and he loves the English Premier League. His team is Manchester United aka the Red Devils. "We're having a tough year, with a new manager and the team wasn't left in the best shape. There's some older players that need to retire, it's been a slow process." Chris thinks Manchester United will give team manager David Moyes a couple of years to figure things out. "Ferguson (Sir Alex Ferguson was the previous manager) has his back and picked him as his replacement. So they will give Moyes time to work things out." If you're planning to come over to his place to watch the Derby where rivals Manchester United and Manchester City square off, you better be wearing the right colors. No City fans allowed. Ok well, Chris being the nice guy he is may let you in but I think that's just the Canadian politeness poking through. Let's just say United fans only. With a laugh Chris says there's a driver/trainer at Flamboro Downs, Anthony Haughan, who gives Chris a hard time as Anthony is a supporter of another Manchester United rival, Liverpool. "He sent me about 5 messages yesterday about how bad my team is. We have a lot of fun with it." Chris says. Being the soccer fan he is Chris is cheering for England in the 2014 World Cup taking place in Brazil. "My mother is English... so I got to cheer for them. I think Germany has the best team this year and are probably the favorites and Brazil to." What's the one sporting event Chris has on his bucket list that he definitely wants to cross off? It's the World Cup. It's tough for him to go, because June is part of the peak season for horse racing, but when he retires, that's one of his first trips. So long as it's taking place somewhere warm! By Roderick Balgobin, Twitter: ScSupernova  

Driver "Irish" Joe Hanney captured the St. Paddy's Day Pace today at Freehold Raceway with 60-1 long shot Real Mystical from post eight and paid $122.00 to win. The race featured eight drivers of Irish descent and was sponsored by Peter and Mary Grandich of Freehold, NJ. Real Mystical, owned and trained by John Urbanski, overcame a 12½ length deficit at the quarter mile mark to score a ½ length victory at the wire over Tulfra, driven by John Sheehan. "Irish Joe" was reunited with two of his former countrymen, Anthony Haughan and Jonathan Dunne, along with Corey Callahan, George Brennan, John McDermott, John Sheehan, and Jack Baggitt. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday with first race post time at 12:30pm. Freehold Raceway is the nation's oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track. Freehold Raceway Publicity office

FREEHOLD, NJ - - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Freehold Raceway will be the scene of a special race featuring drivers of Irish heritage on Saturday, March 15. The winner of the race, which will be sponsored by Mary and Peter Grandich, of Freehold New Jersey, will receive a blanket and a trophy. The presentation will be made by Irish-American boxing great, Gerry Cooney.   “As a harness owner and racing fan, I’m honored to be sponsoring the St. Paddy Pace,” said Grandich. “My wife, Mary, was born and raised in Ireland and we were married there, so I have a deep connection to the Irish people and culture. I’m looking forward to this 'green' day at the races.”   The drivers scheduled to participate in the race are Jack Baggitt, Jr., George Brennan, Corey Callahan, John Sheehan, John McDermott, plus a trio of native Irish drivers, “Irish” Joe Hanney, Anthony Haughan, and Jonathan Dunne.      Callahan, recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award, currently leads all North American drivers in both wins and money earnings. George Brennan is a winner of more than 8,000 races lifetime and one of the sports leading drivers for many years. Baggitt, Sheehan and McDermott are all longtime Freehold mainstays. The trio of “Irish” Joe Hanney, Jonathan Dunne and Anthony Haughan is a reunion celebrating many years of driving and training together throughout Ireland, England, Canada, and the United States.    Dunne, who currently resides in Ireland, holds the driving title in his country as well as in the UK. Haughan is a top driver in Canada closing in on his 1000 wins.  This will be the first time for Haughan and Dunne participating over the Freehold oval.     Freehold Raceway is the nation's oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track.   Submitted by Freehold Raceway Publicity Department  

With Bill Toffan, Morning Show Host at KX 94.7, a late scratch sick from the Announcer Idol line-up, his co-host Melissa Forsyth drew in off the Also Eligible list to call the evening's third race as part of Flamboro Downs' Announcer Idol competition on Sunday night. Random Scandal ($11.20) was last at the half, but driver Trevor Henry maneuvered the four-year-old mare through rivals down the backstretch and fanned wide around the final turn en route to her first career win in 2:04.3 over the 'good' track, which was rated three seconds off. "Random Scandal took that from behind!" called a surprised Forsyth at the finish. "Holy smokes! Where did Random Scandal come from? That was scandalous." The winner is trained by Andrew McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. Badlands Princess and Tyler Moore finished half a length behind in second while Three Handbags and Anthony Haughan were third.   Strong Cam ($20) also scored a maiden-breaking victory on Sunday's the age of 12 years old. Driven by Bob McClure for trainer Terry McCormick and owner/breeder Thomas Hughes, the Strong Clan gelding held on by a head to win the ninth race in 2:01. Strong Cam began his career at the Port Perry fair last September before racing at Grand River Raceway and Flamboro Downs. He earned cheques in all 10 of his 2013 races with his first win coming three starts into the new year. Henry dominated the 12-race card winning five times. In addition to driving Random Scandal, he won with Panedictine ($4.80), Cashem In ($4.90), In Dinos Pocket ($6.20) and Preferred 3 pacer Thats The Life ($4.70). Announcer Idol continues every Sunday through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality stepping into the announcer's booth to call the third race on the card. At the end of March, fans and patrons will have their say by visiting the Flamboro Downs website to vote for their favourite race call. The winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Ted Michaels, Afternoon News Anchor at CHML 900AM, will take over the announcer's booth for race three next Sunday, January 26. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by 

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