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ELORA, ON - The stage is set for the July 28th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the sixth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track's 24th annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 4 (post time 1:30). Legendary Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell will make his Grand River Raceway debut, as listed by trainer Robert McIntosh, who has one hopeful in each of the Battle elims. Campbell is harness racing's all-time leading money-winning driver with over $290 million in career earnings and 10,600 wins. The Ailsa Craig, ON native resides in New Jersey and is widely considered to be the best reinsman in the history of the sport. Grand River Raceway will interview Campbell at the start of the broadcast (6:15 p.m.) on Monday. Fans can pose questions for Campbell by posting on the contest thread on Grand River Raceway's Facebook page before Monday at noon. Vying for a berth in the $217,140 Battle Of Waterloo are 17 colts in two divisions (races five and nine). Casie Coleman, a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year, has four Battle Of Waterloo elimination starters - two in each division. In race five, the Cambridge, ON trainer will send out Southwind Indy (with driver Chris Christoforou) from post five and Mikes Powerhouse from post one. Both colts won their last starts over the Elora, ON oval in Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action. Grand River Raceway's top driver, Trevor Henry, will pilot Mikes Powerhouse, a full brother to millionaire pacer Michaels Power. The 2012 Horse Of The Year was also campaigned by Coleman for breeder/owner Jeffrey Snyder of NY. In race seven, Sportskeeper and early favourite Bob Ben And John round our Coleman's hopefuls. Again, both colts won their most recent starts at Grand River Raceway in Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. Both colts are sired by Sportswriter - another former millionaire pupil of Coleman's. At just 33, Coleman has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing a victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has also eluded Hall Of Fame trainer Robert McIntosh. His chestnut homebred hopeful Go Daddy Go was second to Bob Ben And John at Grand River Raceway on July 16. He'll leave from post five in race five with John Campbell. Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the race, including the inaugural edition in 1998. He trains the morningline favourite in race five, Sporting The Look. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was an impressive winner in 1:53.2 in his second career outing at Mohawk Racetrack. He led the field but made a costly break in stride during an OSS Gold event at Grand River on July 16 and finished out of the money. Jody Jamieson will steer him in race five from post eight. Eliminations for the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 27 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 4 and 7). Local trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON won the race last year with Lady Shadow. In the 2014 edition, he has two fillies vying for a starting position in the final. In the first division, Solar Sister is a regally-bred lass looking for her maiden win. Doug McNair will pilot the Mach Three miss from post seven for David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The duo also owned Solar Sister's dam, Cabrini Hanover - a $350,000 yearling which went on to win $1.4 million and 13 races. She was named Canada's top freshman filly in 2004. Betty And The Jets is McNair's second shot at the final. Jody Jamieson will steer her from the trailing starting position (post nine) in race four. In addition to their Battle Of Waterloo starters, Casie Coleman and Robert McIntosh are also stocked with Battle Of The Belles hopefuls. Coleman has one Sportswriter filly in each of three divisions, while McIntosh has a lone homebred, Brilliant Idea, in race two. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 8 on July 28. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 4.) Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 10 on July 28. (Top four finishers from each of the two elimination divisions, plus one of the fifth-place finishers - as drawn by lot - advance to the final on August 4.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 28 is 6:30 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Kelly Spencer

The Ontario Sires Stakes hit Hanover for the first time this season and fans are in for a celebration. OSS Spokesperson Jackie Warner says she will be bringing 300 T Shirts to give away, as well as some OSS hats for people who enter the Survivor Handicapping Contest at the track. Warner also says in celebration of the OSS 40th birthday, she will also be bringing some baked treats for fans who stick around until the later races. Six divisions of 3 year old Colt Trotters will hit the track as part of the 10 race card, including over 20 horses who are eligible for the Dream of Glory Eliminations which start on July 26th. GM Gord Dougan says its a great chance for local fans to come see some of the best Grassroots trotters Ontario has to offer, and racing fans will get a good idea on some of the Dream of Glory eligibles who will be making their first start on the Hanover track. The Hanover program includes a Survivor Ballot where fans are asked to pick 4 horses in races 5-8 who they think will finish in the money. If fans are correct they will earn an entry into the Survivor final on August 9th. Dougan says the last survivor on the final night will win a Giant High Definition televison courtsey of Country 93 radio. its also Ladies night at the track tonight as ladies can enter to win one of several prizes courtesy of The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses in Hanover, My Scissors and I, and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15pm tonight. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway  

While eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk are scheduled for Friday, July 11, The Meadowlands will offer a leg of the TVG Open trot for Saturday, July12. The reason is to provide a race for the trotters that week if the Maple Leaf does not require eliminations. The draw for both races will be on Tuesday, July 8 with The Meadowlands box closing at 9:00am and Mohawk taking entries until 10:30am. If you desire to race in the TVG Open if there are no Maple Leaf elims, you must enter your horse for both races with each Racing Office by the deadline. If the Maple Leaf does have elimination races, the TVG Open trot will be cancelled as the conditions state. No points toward the TVG Final will be awarded if the race is cancelled. The Meadowlands condition sheet may be found here and the Mohawk sheet here. Nick Salvi                   Standardbred Racing Information | Standardbred Canada View on www.standardbredcanada.ca Preview by Yahoo      

In accordance with Section 25 of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has conditionally cancelled Sudbury Downs' ORC licence effective June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. There are certain financial terms and conditions that Sudbury Downs must meet before the licence is cancelled. For more information, please review the Notice posted on the ORC website by clicking here. Ontario Racing Commission  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 will be a night of celebration and you are invited! Order your tickets today to be part of the excitement at the 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala.  The evening begins at 5:30 pm at the Mississauga Convention Centre with a reception and silent auction filled with racing memorabilia, sports tickets, and racing related art.  It will be followed at 6:45pm with a delicious four-course gourmet dinner and induction ceremonies as 14 new inductees are honoured for their achievements in Canadian horse racing. Returning for the second year as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening is TSN Radio personality Matt Cauz, co-host of the “Macko and Cauz”.  Among the items he will auction to benefit the CHRHF will be a halter worn by two-time horse of the year Wise Dan. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the excitement.  Individual tickets can be purchased for $175.00 each including tax, or tables of eight are also available for $1,700, including a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available. To order tickets, place an ad, donate to items to the live or silent auction, or for more info on sponsorship, contact Linda Rainey - 416-417-9404 or by email at linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com Linda Rainey  

Charlottetown, PE - It's the first day of summer on Saturday at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park and the city track will feature one of the biggest cards of harness racing this season with the Cecil Ladner memorial final and consolation along with two divisions of the Maritime Breeders finals for three-year-old fillies and colts. Post time is 6pm. The Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast will carry all the action beginning with the pre-show at 5:30pm AST. Art of Illusion has been selected as the favorite in the eight horse Ladner final for driver Darren Crowe. The newcomer, owned by Halifax businessman David MacDonald, was awesome in his Island debut busting off the gate from post 8 to level the competition in a crushing 1:54.1 performance. That victory ended All Turain's winning streak at ten. The Trevor Hicken trainee will take him on again from post 7. Brodie MacPhee will do the driving. Astor was also impressive in his Ladner elimination finishing a strong second in line to Jason Hughes. The son of Camluck posted a 28.4 closer and a 1:54.2 mile in only his second start after being purchased by the Foxyhall racing stable of Summerside. Hughes and Foxyhall racing will also send out Narragansett from the rail for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault. The final also has elimination winner Machinthesand leaving from post 2. Established at 7-2 on the morning line, the pacer overcame his outside post to pull off a one length victory for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell & Karen Noonan of Middleton. MacPhee is committed to All Turain so Marc Campbell gets the call to drive. The line-up also includes Schooner (Brian MacPhee), Coral Snake (Ryan Ellis) and Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau). Sterling Seelster has been selected as the top choice in the Ladner Consolation by race analyst Les MacIsaac. "He was a non- factor in the first leg but the outside post had a lot to do with it," said MacIsaac. "He's already shown that he's quite capable of going with this type and this improved post should give him a chance to prove it." Sterling Seelster is owned by Marie Cameron of Summerside and trained by Doug MacGregor. The rich maritime breeders finals will also highlight the program. The three-year-old fillies will race in the Ken Starratt memorial for $22,100. Lovineveryminute goes into the event with an impressive resume that includes back to back stakes victories and a track record performance over Truro. The team is back together with Todd Trites driving for the Earl Watts stable and owners River Valley Management, NB, Windemere Farms, PE and Lana Murphy, NB. Elm Grove Inarush will try to settle the score for driver Mark Bradley. Eddy Doucette trains the filly who made $46,701 in 2013 for his co-owners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Pictonian Sareta has to start from post 8 for driver Mike Stevenson and owner Daniel Ross, Belfast. The roster also has Briannas Angel (pp3), Outrageous Spirit (pp4), Sail Through (pp5), Fleurje (pp6), JJ Mistress (pp7). The colt's final, named in honor of Atlantic Post Calls founder Doug Harkness, will go to the gate in race 11. Dumas Walker gets the nod for Myles Heffernan after his two length score in 1:57.3 in the elimination. The Atlantic Breeders Crown champion takes on Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) and Rancousy (Darren Crowe) who are also listed as triactor candidates. The other starters in the $18,900 final are J Ps Warrior (Brodie MacPhee), Arties Magic (Todd Trites), Wine to Go (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Tobins Fusion (Mike Stevenson). For complete list of entries, top picks and the Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drakes, for Red Shores

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 27 - Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced David Bolland, currently a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the 2014 edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. On Tuesday, June 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, Bolland, 28, will be on hand to assist with the noon media event to draw post positions. The Pepsi NA Cup will take place Saturday, June 14 at the Campbellville track. Bolland was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. With the Blackhawks, he won Stanley Cups in 2010 and 2013. He returned home, having been born and raised in Toronto, when the Maple Leafs traded for him for three Toronto draft picks. Bolland is an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. He is active on social media through his via Twitter account at @davebolland. The Pepsi North America Cup is the richest race for pacers in North America. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Grand River Raceway hosted its sixth annual backstretch Open House on May 25/14. Attendance was higher than ever. Nearly 300 people of all ages attended for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. Donations at the door topped $200 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth with track announcer Gary Guy; the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; and the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the horsepeople who graciously volunteered their time, and horses, to help with this event: staff of the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma, Natalie Elliott, Ken Ellis), Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, Chris Munroe, Murray Small, Marit Valstad, Anna Glide, Kristen Cobb, Paula McGuire, Ken Middleton, John Braid, John Newell, Gary Guy, Jim Ellis, Justin Herod, Chris Polifroni, Ron Waples, Julie Walker, Jane Belore, Ron O'Neill, Debi O'Brien Moran and Hannah Beckett from Trot 4 Kids. To view photos from the Grand River Raceway Open House: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.712109232183792.1073741840.127947220599999&type=1&l=d6ea5c8a6d To view the CTV coverage of the event: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/eight-race-tracks-form-alliance-to-streamline-horse-racing-and-fill-seats-1.1837705 Grand River Raceway's 2014 live racing season kicks off on June 2 at 6:30. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

It couldn't have been a better day for the races this past Sunday at Clinton Raceway. The 2014 live season has gotten off to a great start with great weather, and great racing at the Huron County oval. The camera crew was busy with a slew of photo finishes, making for an exciting afternoon on the betting front. Big payoffs in the triactor pool were great for the handicapping contest that was run during the weekly Super Sunday Show. Race one had a triactor of local horses with a first place finish for owner/trainer Kevin Campbell of Goderich with Nics Regal Lass, a second place for Carlynda Hanover, owned by Jim Watt of Clinton, and trained by Jamie Wilson. Rounding out the tri was In La La Love, owned by Lois and Verdun Vanstone and trained by Verdun of Goderich. The first dead heat of the season was contested in race two of the day, Cat Four and Jackstan were inseparable at the wire. Ella Mint had a gate to wire finish of 1:59 in race 4 with a new lifetime best for owner/trainer Colonel Schneider Jr from Arthur On, driven to victory by Bruce Richardson. It was a challenge at the half, but Live For Today managed to sneak in at the wire for the win in race five. Owned by Catherine and Darcy McClure, trained by Darcy, and driven by Bruce Richardson. Standardbred Canada and I love Canadian Harness Racing members were treated to a great pork bbq lunch trackside and three lucky winner's walked away with great prizes! Alex Strathdee is off to the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk with three friends, Scott Bell is headed to the Molson Pace at the Raceway in the Western Fair District and Jerry Porter will be returning to Clinton for the 34th Annual Charity Driver's Challenge on August 31. Live harness racing returns to Clinton Raceway Sunday June 8, with a 50 plus day at the races! Guests can register in advance for this great afternoon of racing by calling Jessica Carnochan 519.955.6820 or email jessicacarnochan@gmail.com post time is 1:30pm all summer long! by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway

London, Ontario, May 21, 2014 --- Jack McNiven calls the people enshrined in the harness racing Wall of Fame, at The Raceway at The Western Fair District, his buddies. So he says he's thrilled his farm, Killean Acres, will be officially joining them in perpetuity at the London track he calls home. Friday night at a ceremony during The Raceway's live card, McNiven's respected breeding operation based in Ingersoll, ON will become the first farm and 34th overall inductee into the Wall of Fame. McNiven, who has been coming to Western Fair regularly since it became the first track in Ontario to usher in night racing 53 years ago, has known all of the prior inductees personally. "It's quite an honour. We're thrilled to be there because any time I go up to the Top of the Fair, one of the things I always have to do is I have to go along the wall and look at all my buddies that are on there," McNiven said. Friday's card begins at 7:05 p.m. Apart from the Wall of Fame ceremony and a Wall of Fame pace, The Raceway will feature three $70,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, a pair of races for mini horses, a Horse Player Interactive (HPI) contest in which patrons wagering $50 or more on The Raceway card through their HPI accounts will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $500 deposit and draws for tickets to the 2nd annual London Beer and BBQ Show June 20-22 at The Western Fair District. McNiven, 79, will be there as well, of course, representing Killean Acres, the farm founded by his father, Robert, 59 years ago. Jack and his brother, Don, who died Jan. 18 at the age of 81, devoted their lives to building Killean into one of the nicest little standardbred farms in Ontario. For over 50 years, Don McNiven also wrote a weekly harness racing column in the Ingersoll Times newspaper called Horse Chatter. "I'm just so sorry Don is not here. I'm sad about that because Western Fair was Don's pet topic for his horse articles because of our proximity and it being our home track. Anything special that went on at Western Fair, Don always made that his topic of that week's article. I'm sorry he isn't going to be there to enjoy it, but he'll be beaming down at us I'm sure." Killean Acres has produced numerous standout performers in its nearly six decades and stood three of the province's most popular stallions - Frisco Byrd, Dallas Almahurt and Run The Table. Jack vividly remembers sponsoring a race in Frisco Byrd's name at The Raceway at The Western Fair District during the 1950s. "We were so excited with Western Fair being there, we wanted to do something to put some spice into it," Jack said of the track located just 30 minutes from his farm. "When they first started night racing in London, we were there every night," Jack said. "Back in those days we weren't as busy with the stallions and mares. So, we'd do our chores and then rush up to Western Fair. From the very beginning we thought, 'Can you imagine we would have in our backyard the first night racing in all of Ontario?' It was so exciting." Jack quickly developed a reputation for being one of the nicest, most talented and hardest working breeders in the game; a man with a particular knack for preparing yearlings for sales. Jack was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 just a year after Run The Table was enshrined and became the first horse to be led through the banquet hall and up to the stage to accept his honour. Run The Table died in 2012 at the age of 28, but not before he became a game-changing stallion for the Ontario breed. Killean Acres no longer breeds any mares, but you can always find Jack McNiven puttering around the farm that became a little slice of heaven in the midst of the subdivision that grew up around it. "We're still here and I'd love to see this place stay on because we have so many people come down here from town. It's so special for them and I've had people come back to the farm with their grandchildren and say, 'This is where I used to come when I was a kid,'" Jack said. As for which of the members of The Wall of Fame McNiven is most excited to be joining, the breeder wouldn't bite. "I'm not going to mention names because they're all special. They're there for a reason," he said. "What an honour it is to be with the people that we started out with together." by Dave Briggs, for the Raceway

TORONTO, May 17 - On Saturday evening's 12-race programme, Woodbine Entertainment Group offered a mandatory payout on its newest wager, the Jackpot Hi 5. Over the past few months, the wager grew in popularity and resulted in an enormous pool size of which $656,386 was carried over into Saturday evening's programme. Always scheduled as the last dash of the evening, the Jackpot Hi 5 received an additional $1,345,640 wagered into the pool, giving the pool a total of $2,002,026. The result was a payout of $43,795.75 on a $1 wager ($8,759.15 on a $.20 cent wager) after Drain Daddy found the wire first in 1:51 at odds of 4-1. The top five finishers are as follows: 1. Drain Daddy 2. Rock Me Amastreos 3. Junior K 4. Speed Again 5. Real Rocker The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low. Woodbine's final winter/spring card is Monday, May 19, before racing shifts to Mohawk Racetrack, beginning on Thursday, May 22. Greg Gangle

Nominees for harness racing top horsemen awards have been announced by the Saint John Harness Horsemen for the upcoming awards gala.   Horse person of the Year will be a three way race between Mike Downey, Wayne Hubbard, and Bob MacNeil. Downey was inducted this year into the Fredericton Raceway Wall of Fame and will be looking to build on that momentum.   Owner of the year has also attracted three very deserving finalists. This award will be sponsored by Standardbred Canada and will be presented by Darren Crowe at the May 10th ceremonies.   Ultimate Stable, Dr. Mitchell Downey, and the Downey Stables will compete for the coveted award. This should be a tough category and the S.J.H.H.A would like to congratulate the nominees.   Scott Waddell    

Darren Crowe is a 23 year veteran who feels blessed to have been able to be in harness racing for this long. Darren has been one of the leading drivers at Truro Raceway for many years and has made quite an impact on horsemen throughout his career, including last year's top driver, Ryan Ellis. "The last four years we've been going at it" says Darren about the competition between him and Ryan Ellis for top driver at Truro Raceway. It's definitely about bragging rights and as Darren says "we give it to each other pretty good." One thing all horsemen enjoy is joking and having fun with one another. "I enjoy my job and I love getting out of bed each morning and coming to work and a lot of people can't say that" says Darren about his passion for working with horses. Darren in past years raced in Alberta and in Ontario at Western Fair Raceway and Flamboro Downs. One key race Darren drove in was the Nat Christie in Alberta. "It was pretty cool; I just got there a couple days before I went to work for Meridian Farms. Bill Andrews, he had a couple of horses in it and one of them made the finals, so it was pretty cool to be in it. I think Hawaiian Cowboy won it that year." Darren says. Hawaiian Cowboy won the Nat Christie in 2001 by 4 ½ lengths driven by Luc Ouellette. Darren is currently the Active Director for Standardbred Canada in the Atlantic region and his goal is to voice the opinions and concerns of his fellow horsemen constructively. Darren is a family man with a two-year-old son Brennan and his wife of three years is Robyn. "We weren't going to have any children, but we decided to have one.... I love spending the afternoons with him. We have this little fella and we are happy with him so we are going to quit at one." Darren says with a chuckle. To the point, when it comes to horse racing, Darren's most proud of being able to do what he loves for this length of time. He definitely doesn't take his work for granted. "Once you have a kid your perspective on life changes a bit. Things that used to bother me, like getting parked in a race or a horse going lame... things happen and you move on. I can go home and see my little fella and hangout with him." "For example I grew up on a dairy farm" explains Darren. "My best friend growing up has a dairy farm and in the afternoon if my little fella wants to go do something we'll go hangout there and do some field work or milk some cows, he enjoys it. That's how I unwind." With Darren growing up on a dairy farm, he got into horses through his best friend's dad and grandfather, who both had horses. "I kind of took a liking to them and came up through that way, cleaning stalls and jog their horses."Darren explains. "They were friends with Phil Pinkney who was an O'Brien award winner for Horsemanship and he's in the barn next to me and I grew up around Phil, watching what he did with young horses and shoeing. I shoe horses for Phil now, probably 18-20 years and I learned so much from him in regards to shoeing and looking for soundness." "I've had great owners over the years" says Darren. "Good owners, that's the key. You have to have owners that are going to stand behind you." Through the years, Darren has had quite a few horses pass through his care that have gone on to be quite successful, but the biggest name of all would be Somebeachsomewhere! "I got to shoe Somebeachsomewhere when he was here in the Maritimes." Darren says. "That was cool, going on to be the horse he was. I got to say I got to shoe him as a yearling til his 3-year-old year when he left." "As it turned out now, nobody knew he was going to be the horse he was as a yearling. He is just a nice horse, a little rough to shoe cause he would throw you around a little bit." Darren admits. "Now that he's the sire he turned out to be its pretty cool thinking I got to shoe that horse when he was here." Darren does have a pair of Somebeachsomewhere's shoes left as a keepsake which is pretty awesome, what a piece of horse racing memorabilia to have! Darren plans on getting the shoes chromed and then displayed on a plaque. Darren likes to keep shoeing simple and not make it complicated as others try to make it. It's about having proper angles and keep the levels right. "Horses are horses and you got to keep it simple" says Darren. "A lot of people get hung up on shoeing in regards to different shoes and fancy shoes... messing with their angles. A lot of it has to do with confirmation of the horse. If the horse has good confirmation, chances are you're not going to mess with the shoeing very often. Just keep it simple and he'll be what he's going to be. God made them that way, that's how they're going to be." Darren doesn't get hung up on what races he has won or hasn't with the exception of one given that he's a Truro native. "The Exhibition Cup, that's the free for all race of the year. During the Grand Circuit week and it wasn't for a lot of money, maybe $7,500 but I had the longest shot on the board at 99-1 and the horse ended up winning that race." Darren says. One major aspect to horse racing Darren feels the sport needs is better marketing and more attention. "I always thought the show they had on Monday nights on the Score was a pretty good show. Then they changed it a little to Bet Night Live, I think people like the interaction and interviews with the drivers and trainers talking about their horses. It's not on anymore, probably due to funding." During the discussion with Darren, they idea of company sponsorship came up such as putting company names on numbers or even if Nike got into the business and designed helmets for drivers. Having the Nike logo on the back or side of helmets would be awesome and the ad revenue can go towards purses or even to drivers. With drivers including Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos and sporting shirts in ads and being paid to do so. What if Scott Zeron had his race jacket designed by Reebok and in billboard ads you see him sporting the jacket with the Reebok logo and the next big upcoming race featured right beside the logo and which track the race would be taken place? Even t-shirts with the Under Armour logo and the name of top horses like Foiled Again or Vegas Vacation beside it. That could be a fashion trend that could draw potentially millions of dollars for the horse racing industry. Drivers, trainers, owners and race tracks could all draw in funds in sponsorship revenue. All other sports do it, why not horse racing? Start with the biggest races and have it trickle down to the point where all tracks and all races can attract news fans through new trends. Kids might want to sport a pair of Nike Shoes that are nicknamed 'The Captain' and have Captaintreacherous' profile on the shoe, or major stake names that he's won designed in the trainer's or driver's colors. Why not? It's different and new, if it hasn't been done up to now, who says it can't work? "Look at NASCAR and what they do with their sponsorship" says Darren. "It's boring up until the last ten laps but look how much they do." In the TV show Duck Dynasty, the characters are sporting Under Armour camouflage shirts... if hunting can get that type of sponsorship, why not horse racing. "It's a great show" says Darren. "Why not? It would have to be the right sponsor and they'd have to get some kind of bang for their buck right." "There's a lot that can be done promotion wise, but I think TV would be the best route." Darren explains. "If Jody Jamieson won a race on national television and he had Nike on his suit, that's a pretty good plug for Nike." Or after certain races, the winning driver is filmed drinking Powerade or Gatorade or Chocolate Milk. Drinking Milk would help promote another farming industry as well. "Jeff Gural at the Meadowlands, he runs it his way but it seems to be working" according to Darren. "He wants people to bet and he's pretty well on the right track I think." Definitely check out the interview by Standardbred Canada's website featuring Trot Radio host Norm Borg and Meadowlands' owner Jeff Gural, (Episodes 319 and 320). It's a beautiful discussion about open communication and drawing positive attention to the sport. By, Roderick Balgobin www.supernovasportsclub.com  Twitter: ScSupernova

With the Championship Meet at The Meadowlands nearly upon us, The Road to The Meadowlands Pace has begun. The 2014 Road to the Pace is quite different than the 2013 edition. One year ago, just 30 horses were nominated with 29 still eligible after the first sustaining payment. A large factor in this was the presence of Captaintreacherous. With no standout performer and improvements made to the payment schedule of The Meadowlands Pace in 2014, 59 three year olds were nominated to The Meadowlands signature event and 56 of those 59 made the March sustaining payment. Each week leading up to the event, Director of Racing Operations and Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali will publish an installment of "The Road to The Meadowlands Pace," with the first installment available today. The publication features a top 10 of Meadowlands Pace contenders, each of which is assigned a spring-book morning line for the event and includes updated information regarding earnings, lifetime mark, trainer, driver and also includes some of Zoccali's thoughts on each horse. He's Watching will begin as the #1 horse in Zoccali's rankings, set at 4-1. "He was voted as the Two Year Old Pacing Champion last year. He deserves to be on top of the rankings until he gives me a reason that he shouldn't be. It's a wide open year and I expect a lot more movement through the rankings this year as opposed to last year when it seemed to be Captaintreacherous and nine others each week." One horse not in the rankings is Arthur Blue Chip as it was announced via Standardbred Canada that the Ian Moore trained colt suffered a stall injury and would miss a "significant part of the year." Zoccali initially had Arthur Blue Chip listed at #2 in the rankings prior to the injury. Conspicuous by his absence in the top 10 is National Debt, the undefeated winner of The Buddy Gilmour Series earlier this year at The Meadowlands. "I am sure some in the industry would have him in the top 10," said Zoccali. "But as of now, the only Meadowlands Pace eligible that he has defeated is Capital Account and while his upside and potential is immense, I want to see what he does against these quality horses before moving him up on the list. But make no mistake, he is on the doorstep." The complete Road To The Meadowlands Pace is available at http://www.meadowlandspace.com/pdf/Road_To_The_Pace-Week1.pdf and will be updated each week. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

At its meeting of January 30, 2014, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved the 2014 Horse Improvement Program (HIP) as recommended by the industry stakeholders and Program staff. Developed by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Advisory Groups, the 2014 programs will offer significant incentives to breed and own horses in Ontario. For the most part, the upcoming season will mirror the 2013 programs, providing consistency along with some improvements. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Horse Improvement Program Approved Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support    

The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program is on track to provide an exciting season of racing. Developed by the Standardbred Advisory Group and approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, the 2014 OSS program will offer over $16.6 million in purses and just over $2.1 million in Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Program Announced Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support      

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