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LONDON & HAMILTON, April 5, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs - both member tracks of Ontario Racing (OR) - have jointly announced a 10% purse increase for the balance of their Spring meets. The additional purse money, as well as added races that had been carded in recent weeks, will offset the cancelled programs suffered at both venues this past winter season due to unfavourable weather throughout Southern Ontario. Enhanced purses will also be offered on the tracks' signature nights - the Confederation Cup program at Flamboro on Sunday, May 19th and the Camluck Classic program at The Raceway on Friday, May 31st. Flamboro features live racing every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:35 p.m. while The Raceway goes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 6:55 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Guelph, ON March, 28, 2019 - Milton Fire Chief Dave Pratt recalls the fire at First line Training Centre in Milton, ON , Dec 21.    The call came in the middle of the night, around 1:30 am. The scene upon arrival was that of a front-end loader tractor beside a barn engulfed in flames. The tractor block heater plugged into the barn appeared to be the cause of the fire and the side of barn next to the tractor was fully involved. Crews of fire fighters from both Milton and Halton responded. Milton put hot spots out, Halton worked on suppression (knocking down the fire with water) and then all hands were on deck evacuating horses from barn.     Rescue fire fighters were on air (SCBA Self-contained breathing apparatus equipment) to rescue horses in the barn. They worked quickly to get 35 of the 37 horses out.   Horse owners and staff had halters and lead ropes at the ready as horses were handed off to be put in secure areas. “We were really lucky to have so many horse handlers at the scene,” said Chief Pratt “It was a team effort not only from fire department staff, but from everyone who led horses away from danger and into safe containment areas.”     Horse owners and first responders on site worked quickly to arrange transport. Many horses were received by Woodbine Mohawk Park, who supplied temporary stabling, after initial assessments and first aid was delivered by the team of vets and vet techs who came together including - Drs. Liz Shiland, Abigail Stovman and Marisa Markey. EMS and police on the scene all worked diligently with community effort. Huge acknowledgements must be given to all who sprung from their beds in the dead of the night to support the rescue.   In a very well attended presentation to horse owners at System Equine Mar 19, Riley McGilloway from Halton Hills Fire Department outlined some of the reasons they were able to save the majority of horses at the First Line fire. He also gave a clear run down of what a barn owner can do in emergencies, starting with that first deep breath to give clear information to the dispatcher.     Calmly relaying the problem and location of an incident at the first sign of a problem is key and always remembering to give your name and phone number. McGilloway explains that information from dispatch reaches the team already in transit. Important details help them prepare a plan, such as how many are involved? If a human becomes a casualty by rushing into a burning barn, they know their priority has shifted from saving livestock to saving human life.   McGilloway elaborated, educated/experienced horse people including Joe Stutzman, on the scene at the first line fire, did not pull open the doors until fire and rescue arrived so the fire did not receive additional oxygen further fueling it.   A brilliant diagram aided review of the owner’s role after the call to dispatch: Send someone to the road to meet the firetruck and give directions on exactly where to go.   Help with the scene survey giving first responders the layout of the barn and letting them know what is connected that could be further ignition sources.  Move anything that may be in the way so the firetrucks can get to where they need to be.     A rescue team effort becomes faster and more effective when those arriving on the scene are informed what they can and cannot do to help. The many owners who arrived at the First Line fire quickly became an asset to the rescue, helping with containment of the horses pulled from the burning barn and then holding and assisting as the veterinary team sprang into action. The System Equine Barn Fire Prevention and action plan evening was also broadcast via webinar and the recording is available at:   Wendy McIsaac-Swackhamer, recently appointed, manager of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Prevention at Woodbine Entertainment, was also on the scene on the night of Dec 21. Amazed from the moment she arrived by the sight of fire fighters and police officers with horses in their hands, she quickly became part of the massive team phoning and arranging relocation of horses. “Everyone came together, knew they had a job to do and got it done,” said Swackhamer of the well-coordinated effort.   Swackhamer, has been involved with the fire service, horses and technical large animal rescue for a number of years now. She was quick to join in organizing a hands-on Barn Fire Safety Seminar at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, ON, Wednesday April 10 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.     “We were tremendously proud of everyone involved in the rescue and the quick decisions that were made,” says Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. “The importance of barn fire knowledge cannot be underestimated and we are pleased to help facilitate barn safety training for horse people.”   Milton fire department will attend on April 10th and play a role in the mock set up of hazards in the barn to help participants identify them. Participants will also practice using fire extinguishers and come away with a greater understanding of barn fire prevention, evacuation procedures and animal safety. Register by April 5 for the Barn Fire Safety Seminar at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Equine Guelph will also be launching a Fire & Emergency Preparedness online short courseon– Apr 8 – Apr 15     Jackie Bellamy-Zions Communications Equine Guelph  

Separating the Truro Raceway operations from the management of Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission (NSPEC) would not be a recommended move from the perspective of a longtime harness racing proponent. “How do you divide it up when there’s events going on, on either side,” said Bruce Kennedy, who has had “my finger on the pulse over there for the last 50 years almost.” “That should be under one management to get the full benefit out of it,” he said, of the various activities that are held at both the raceway and the NSPE complex. Kennedy’s comments came in response to a recent article published in the Truro Daily News regarding what is believed to be a planned restructuring by the provincial government the will see the operations of the Truro Raceway separated from the NSPEC. Agriculture minister Keith Colwell met with a number of local officials in a closed meeting in mid December during which he said an announcement regarding the NSPEC will be forthcoming. News of that meeting prompted a response from Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, who said the minister had informed her last fall of his intentions to separate the two entities. Although Zann said Colwell did not indicate his reasons for wanting to separate the two operations, she said she was left with the impression the decision is being made for financial reasons. In early 2014 Colwell called in the NSPEC’s $422,000 debt to the Nova Scotia Farm Loan board, relieved the board members at that time of their responsibilities and ultimately established a new operating board. At that point, the NSPEC carried a total outstanding debt load of $1 million. Colwell’s department is currently refusing to release any financial information pertaining to the NSPEC and the only statement it will offer on the issue is to say “the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition is an important organization for the agriculture sector and for the economy in the region and province. We are working with the exhibition.” “So I would say this latest decision is both a ‘calling in of the markers’ (by writing off the Farm Loan debt) but it is also political - a way for this Liberal minister to take control of the NSPE … while cutting the raceway loose and letting them fend for themselves - sink or swim,” Zann said. Kennedy who has been involved in the harness racing industry, including as an owner for the past 50 years, including as both a member and chairman of the former commission board and president of the Harness Racing Association, among other roles, said he believes separating the two organization is not the best way to make the raceway financially viable. “The thing, I guess, that might concern me is the harness racing side of it,” he said. Kennedy said he doesn’t know what Colwell plans to do with the facility but separating the two operations and expecting the raceway to survive on its on simply will not work. “There’s just too much cost and overhead to it,” he said. Currently, the provincial government allocates $1 million a year to the Harness Racing Industry Council, which is split between the Truro Raceway and the tracks in North Sydney and Inverness. The money, the bulk of which goes to the Truro Raceway, is used both to supplement race purses and for infrastructure at the tracks. But Kennedy said the amount is too little to split among three tracks. Additionally there are just not enough racehorses in Atlantic Canada anymore to justify having three tracks in Nova Scotia, Kennedy said. “In my book we don’t have enough for two racetracks,” he said. “They’re racing for such a small amount of money, that the guys go out there and they’re really subsidizing themselves. There’s not enough money to race for to pay your bills.” Kennedy said he and other harness racers are travelling to the United States where they can still enjoy the sport while earning enough from larger purses there to make it financially worthwhile.  “But we can’t do it at home,” he said. “Pretty sad.” By Harry Sullivan Reprinted with permission of The Truro Daily News

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - A record number of 28 nominees for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R are now final for the revival of the showcase race on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Restricted to four-year-old pacers, the 4th renewal of the Prix D'Ete final will feature the top eight money-winners in 2017 that enter the race. New this year for the race is that every horse that enters will receive purse money as the new conditions of the race call for horses finishing 6th through 8th place to each receive $1,000. While the Prix D'Ete final is nearly three months away, the action in the four-year-old division has been fast and furious so far, this season. This past Sunday, Western Flame proved to be the current standout as he was able to quarter move and then wire the field in capturing the $176,000 Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs in 1:51.4 over a "good" track. Trained by Jimmy Takter, who won the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip, Western Fame could be his second Prix D'Ete triumph. Second in the race was the top horse Check Six from the Ron Burke Stable. Burke has sent out the last two Prix D'Ete winners, All Bets Off (2015) and Rockin Ron (2016) as the stable goes for a record three straight Prix D'Ete triumphs. Finishing third was Sinatra and, in fact, all nine starters in the Confederation Cup Final are also eligible to the Prix D'Ete Final. Quebec owned nominees include Quebec-bred champions HP Patriote and Sports Authority, Endeavor and Stonebridge Beach. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Brett Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers won the Prix D'Ete. "This is super to have a record number nominated for the final," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "We could well see the track record broken come August 20 in the final." In 2014, the Quebec Jockey Club revived the Prix D'Ete, making it the tracks premier race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races in North America only for four-year-old pacers. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club 2017 Prix D'Ete Final Nominees AMERICAN PASSPORT by American Ideal ANOTHER DAILY COPY by Somebeachsomewhere ARSENIC by Bettor's Delight ARTMAGIC by Art Major AWESOMENESS by Mach Three BIG TOP HANOVER by Western Ideal CHECK SIX by Somebeachsomewhere DAY TRADE HANOVER by Big Jim DR J HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere ENDEAVOR by American Ideal GERRIES SPORT by Mach Three HP PATRIOTE by Vintage Master LYONS SNYDER  by Well Said MAGNUM J by Big Jim MISSILE J by American Ideal MR WIGGLE PANTS by Mr Wiggles NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP by Bettor's Delight PRETTY BOY HILL by Somebeachsomewhere ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD by Roll With Joe ROLL AWAY JOE by Roll With Joe SECRECY by Mach Three SEELEY MAN by Western Maverick SINTRA by Mach Three SPIDER MAN HANOVER by Western Ideal SPORTS AUTHORITY by Sportswriter STONEBRIDGE BEACH by Mach Three VORACITY by Sportswriter WESTERN FAME by Western Ideal    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track management at the Hippodrome 3R today released the names of the eight harness racing drivers who will be competing in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament set for Sunday, June 4. Invited to participate in the tournament will be Stephane Bouchard, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamieson, David Miller, Louis-Philippe Roy and Scott Zeron. The tournament features a prize purse of $10,000 (US) as the eight drivers will compete in eight races with each driver starting once in posts 1-8. There will also be a special Meet & Greet before the start of the races where fans will be to get autographs, photos and chat will all eight of the drivers. Live interviews with all eight drivers will take place in the winner's circle throughout the afternoon. Last year's inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament winner, Jody Jamieson, was able to pull away with the victory in the last race of the tournament and defeat John Campbell and Sylvain Filion. This year, a special newcomer to the tournament is Hall of Famer David Miller, who was last at H3R in 2014, driving Lucan Hanover in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Also, new to the tournament and representing H3R, is last year's leading driver at both H3R and Rideau Carlton, Louis-Phillip Roy, Montreal native Stephane Bouchard, a career winner of 8,555 races and another Quebec native, Scott Zeron, who last year won the Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, round out the rookies in the tournament. Of course, Quebec native drivers Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion need no introduction to race fans at H3R or anywhere in harness racing. "This is a superb group of drivers we have coming to H3R on June 4." Said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "I know the harness racing fans not just in Quebec but throughout North America will want to see these great drivers compete in our tournament. It has become one of our biggest events at H3R." More details about the All-Star Drivers Tournament will be announced shortly and you can also visit, From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Despite having a commitment that harness racing will continue for at least two more years in Leamington, the local horse racing association is raising a red flag. Lakeshore Horse Racing Association president Mark Williams made a plea to county councillors Wednesday to show their commitment to local harness racing by writing a letter of support for the group. Williams said the association has a contract for the next two years to race at Leamington Raceway but recent events have raised concern with the association, so he was making a “pre-emptive move” with county council. “We want to make sure (provincial government representatives) know that we have the support here and there will be some backlash if they intend to move ahead and just unilaterally cut us out,” Williams said. Williams said the threat is coming from a new government entity called the Ontario Racing Association. “It’s populated for the most part by racetracks and associations that are beholden to the Woodbine Entertainment Group, and that in itself is troubling,” he said. Williams said the local association has put forth a name for a regional representative to the new organization “but we know it will be almost a mute voice because they can out-vote us at any point on anything. “You would hold out some hope that things would be fair, but we also know that a little less than a year ago in London (a group there) wanted to disband the regional racetracks — Sarnia, Dresden and, of course, Leamington Raceway — take all the funding from us and in essence put us all out of business.” That London group, made up of four London horse trainers, sought to close those three grassroots tracks as part of a broader reform, allowing the province to redistribute funding into larger purses for the remaining venues. Williams said they were able “to show this past year the third highest on-track wagering in all of Ontario.” That success translates into jobs and “huge investments. “It’s what we do,” he said. “We’re horse people, it’s just what we do.” Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said councillors understand fully the importance of jobs that are dependent on the industry. “It’s critically important that rural Ontario stays sustainable,” McNamara said. “(We must) maintain and support the jobs that are available.” Warden Tom Bain, who is also a member of the local horse racing association, excused himself from council’s deliberation. After the meeting, Bain said it’s now a “Toronto fight that we’re fighting” with the new Ontario association. He said despite the fact the Lakeshore association has dates for the next two years, “this is the long term, the long haul for harness racing in the area” that they’re fighting for. “We’ve shown our importance to the area and we’ve got a huge fan base behind us,” Bain said. The Lakeshore Horse Racing Association had 13 race dates in 2017 with the season opening in August. By Julie Kotsis, Windsor Star Reprinted with permission of The Windsor Star

More than 200 people packed today's inaugural Open House & Horse Sale hosted by The Stable at Tomiko harness racing training centre near Puslinch, ON. Thousands more tuned into a three-hour broadcast of the event via Facebook Live, complete with commentators and interviews. Forty-three of The Stable's yearlings were showcased in seven sets, driven by some of North America's top harness racing reinsmen.   Those in attendance -- including several novice Standardbred racehorse owners -- were able to meet the horses, chat with industry professionals, and purchase shares.   The Stable is a racehorse ownership venture launched in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald.   The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent racehorse driver and a well-known harness racing industry advocate.   The MacDonalds built this 'fractional ownership' stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations.   There are currently 61 horses and 171 active racehorse owners in The   "The turnout for today's Open House was incredible," said Anthony MacDonald. "Amy and I had the opportunity to speak with most of our guests, and the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd throughout the day was a real confirmation of the value of this fractional ownership model.   "This is a really effective way to engage people in harness racing and promote ownership of Standardbred racehorses. That was abundantly clear, based on the people we had the privilege to meet with today," said MacDonald.   "Among our guests were three twenty-something guys from the GTA -- exactly the demographic harness racing is hungry for. They heard my interview this week on The Fan 590, emailed me, came to look at the horses this afternoon, and bought a share of a horse. None of them have ever owned a horse before, and have only been to the races a handful of times. But when they heard the interview, they instantly understood the fun to be had if they all owned a share of a racehorse together. That's a perfect illustration of the power of this model."   A catalogue of today's horses is available on The website which details all horses for which shares are available for purchase.   Video of today's live broadcast will be available tomorrow on The Stable's Facebook Page.   Images from today's event are available here.   Guests at today's free event were asked to bring a non-perishable food item, resulting in more than 200 pounds of food for the Guelph Food Bank.   The Stable would like to thank the many people who supported today's event including: Mike Jobb and Tea Habjan of Tomiko Training Centre for their gracious provision of complimentary breakfast for Open House guests; TV commentators Bill O'Donnell and Fred MacDonald, and interviewer Mark McKelvie; the crew at Cujo Productions; all of the drivers who steered our 43 yearlings; Shawn MacDonald for grooming the track between sets; and the entire staff at The Stable for their daily commitment and hard work.   For more information about The Stable, contact Anthony at or (519) 400-4263.   Other media about The   Prime Time Sports The Fan 590 interview, December 2016 The Sun: Feb. 20/16 article and video Prime Time Sports The Fan 590 interview, March 2016   Kelly Spencer  

CLOVERDALE — Roy Johnson’s next birthday will be his 80th. He doesn’t look it, and he doesn’t sound it. Maybe that’s what a life surrounded by horses and harness racing does for you. On Monday (Oct. 3), as rain pounded on the roof above, Johnson worked busily on a horse in one of the six large red barns that have for so long identified the facility now known as Fraser Downs Racetrack at Elements Casino. Johnson was here when it was simply “Fraser Downs,” and before that when it was called Cloverdale Raceway. Indeed, Johnson has been part of the track’s fabric since the very first day, on Jan. 1, 1976. “It was just a field before that I think,” he recalled, “but yes, I was here from the beginning, when racing first started.” It all began very early for one of the track’s most iconic figures. “I’ve been doing this since I was five years old,” he said. “My parents had horses...they had standardbred and thoroughbreds, in Saskatchewan. We lived on a farm there. I’ve been involved with them ever since. “I’ve raced in Regina, Saskatoon, Sandown Park (on Vancouver Island), Sportsman’s Park (in Illinois), Hollywood Park (in California). In the States, I worked for a big stable, and we toured the country. “I’m like Hank Snow – I’ve been everywhere,” he said, laughing. Johnson, who’s called Surrey home since 1965, remembers well the many years he spent as a trainer and a driver, but is quite content now to leave the driving to others. “I was in an accident. A racing accident, here at this track, I would say five or six years ago. And my daughter said, ‘That’s it. We’re not going through this again.’ “I can go out and train my own horses now, but I don’t care to go out and race anymore. I have two horses here, but I get someone else to drive them. For me, rather than sitting at home watching television, I’m moving around every day. You can’t beat it.” On Thursday (Oct. 6), Johnson and his compatriots will begin a new season of harness racing at Fraser Downs. But not just any old season. This is the 40th anniversary of the storied Cloverdale track. And Johnson isn’t the only one who’s psyched. Carla Robin, the executive director of Harness Racing BC, is looking forward to the party. On opening night, she promises giveaways to the first 100 people through the gate, a memorial celebration for longtime star driver Bill Davis and an appearance by Ray Gemmill, the first driver to ever win a race at the facility. On Monday, Robin took me on a behind-the scenes tour. She showed me her office, directly across the hall from that of the BC Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch. She explained that Harness Racing BC provides the horses for harness racing throughout the province, which these days is limited to just a single track: Fraser Downs. The GPEB, literally within arm’s reach, makes sure everything is kosher. She took me to the barns, a beehive of activity where upwards of 200 people were scooting this way and that, training the horses and readying them for the season at hand. She told me the Fraser Down barns can house up to 500 horses, and explained that once the season gets underway, the entire area is “closed off and restricted.” And that’s what happens in a wagering atmosphere. According to Robin, “on some nights we have more than $300,000 being bet on the horses.” Here, everyone I see is down-home friendly. Over there is Mark Abbott, son of another Fraser Downs veteran, trainer Gord Abbott. At 27 years of age, Mark is one of the younger folks I met during my visit. But he’s no rookie. “I’ve been shoeing for 10 years,” he said as he worked on a “new horse we just got from Alberta.” The horse will compete in a “stakes race” Thursday, where the winner trots away with $10,000. And Mark’s removing its shoes, inspecting them for wear, making reparations to both shoe and hoof, and re-shoeing. Mark’s also a driver, and his enthusiasm for the sport is obvious. The guy’s a natural. No wonder. His dad’s been a Fraser Downs fixture for three and a half decades, and is also a member of the board of directors. “I was raised in the business in Ontario,” the elder Abbott said. “I came out here in 1981. I’ve been training the entire time.” They just returned from Alberta, where they “race all summer,” and that they’re “racing eight horses (at Fraser Downs) now.” “The horses jog every day. Some days we work them out harder than others. We keep them fit and keep them sound and we look after whatever ailments they have. They’re athletes.” Standing trackside, I noticed some horses travelled clockwise, while others moved counter-clockwise, like they do during a race. Some are confined to the smaller inner circuit, and one trainer handled two horses simultaneously. At least the horses and the drivers know what they’re doing, even if I don’t. Robin suggests arriving a bit early for Thursday's season kickoff. Racing begins at 6 p.m., but arriving just after 5 should get you a good seat and first crack at the buffet. For more info, call 604-576-9141 or visit by  Gord Goble - Surrey Now Reprinted with permission of site    

An usual suspect at Exhibition Park Raceway will look to win his third straight event as racing continues this Saturday at the port city oval in harness racing action. Six races will be presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick with race one scheduled for 1:00 P.M. There was a large contingent of fans and supporters in last Saturday's winning circle presentation for Upstairswithron as he paced to a gate to wire effort en route to a 2:02.3 victory. Bob MacNeil owns the five-year-old son of Quick Comeback who is making himself a solid pick for most improved horse in 2016 in New Brunswick. Last year, the big strapping pacer went without a win all season. He owned a modest 2:06.2 pacing record taken back in 2014. So far this year, he sports a new record of 2:01.2 taken over Fredericton Raceway. Popular catch-driver Chris Davies gets the call this Saturday in the afternoon's final race. Saturday's top-class will feature a battle of Mike Downey entries as Fall Bliss, last week's top-class winner will take on City Of The Year in the day's premier event for a purse of $ 1350. Scott Waddell  

The day long rain didn’t help the attendance but fortunately Mother Nature co-operated and made it safe for harness racing at Hanover Raceway. The Rain subsided around post time, and then the sun started peaking through the clouds as Hanover hosted 10 races on Chapmans Ice Cream night. 44 staff enjoyed the all you can eat buffet and brought along prizes for racing fans including gift certificates for Ice cream for a year. On the track in the feature race, The Chapmans pace, Spaniard trained and driven by Mark Etsell used his rail advantage to grab the early lead past a quarter in 28.4 in the mud, and continued to lead past the half in 59.1 and the ¾’s in 1:30.2, but then he hit a wall and was passed by most of the field in the stretch with Wawanosh Wave and driver Tom Smith coming out on top in 2:00.1 for owner Lema Chapple of Wingham. The staff from Chapman’s came out for the winner’s circle picture. In other racing highlights, first year driver Natasha Day of Australia, picked up 2 wins a 2nd and a 3rd place driving finish, giving her 11 wins on the season, 1 shy of Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest. Driving Leader Brad Forward failed to get a win on the night, but still leads the overall standings with 27, 15 more than Holliday. Hanover Raceway plays host to CKNX Night next Saturday as the staff from Blackburn Radio will come out for the night and will give one lucky race fan a 50 inch High Definition TV courtesy of HDTV in Walkerton. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm.  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing driver Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, scoring a hat trick, three winners on the race program. And he did it by the fourth race on the program. The biggest of his three triumphs came in the third race pace where he led from start to finish with Heroes Sena in 1:59.1. It was the maiden victory for the three-year-old filly by Western Terror who is trained and owned by Serge Nadeau of Scott, QC. She also went off at odds of 8-1 and paid a generous $18.20 to win. Heroes Sena is eligible to the upcoming $450,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers that gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, July 3. Another impressive winner Tuesday who is eligible for the Breeders Cup Series is Sports Authority for driver Mario Charron. This three-year-old pacing colt by Sportswriter is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC and paid just $2.40 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. Charron sent Sports Authority to the front over Chummy Park (Louis-Philippe Roy) and the duo never had to look back again. While Chummy Park and Roy tried to come after the leader at the top of the stretch, Charron just lifted the line on his colt and he scooted away to win by two open lengths in 2:00.3. His last quarter mile was an impressive :28.4. Sports Authority is now on a three-race winning streak and it will be interesting to see how fast the colt can go when Charron asks him for some real speed. TRACK NOTES: The post position draws takes place Wednesday afternoon for the $140,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers this Sunday at 3R. There are four divisions, each racing for a purse of $35,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Charlottetown, PE - Kenny Arsenault is the 2015 driving champion and the winner of the Paul MacDonald memorial trophy taking the harness racing competition with a victory aboard Idealic Life in the final leg of the contest during Horseperson's Day Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Arsenault opened the event, presented by PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association, with top honors with Zanzibar for trainer Paul Morrison and also rallied back into contention with a score with DBS Rosco, owned by Wendell and Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland, to keep him near leaders Ron Matheson and Jason Hughes going into the final race. It was very close right until the end but the win with Idealic Life, owned by Blair Hansen, Charlottetown, PE, put it away with 63 points and a hat-trick for Arsenault. Matheson, who also had a big day with a driving triple, was the runner-up with 61 points. Veteran driver Gary Chappell finished third with 59 points with Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes tied fourth with 58. The other competing drivers were Vince Poulton (55), Marc Campbell (53), Jack Panting (48) and Terry Gallant (42). In other action, Ramblinglily, with Walter Cheverie in the bike, stopped Sam's winning streak at seven taking the mares open in 1:59.4 for trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. Kims PJS claimed the trot class in the Emmett and Albert Bernard memorial for catch driver Marc Campbell and trainer Lenny Myers and co-owner Paul Murphy, Charlottetown, PE. Bazillion recorded back to back victories in the afternoon's top class. Brian MacPhee supplied the drive for owner Kent Livingston, Cornwall, PE and trainer Trevor Hicken. Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) completed the triactor. The time of the mile was 1:58 flat. For complete results go to By Lee Drake  

Oct. 13, Cranbury, NJ...Entries for the US$5.8 million Breeders Crown events saw 151 trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the 12-race October 24th harness racing finals at Woodbine Racetrack. There were 60 2-year-olds entered, forcing US$20,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 16. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields will be available this afternoon. All 2-year-old finals will go for US$600,000. The following races will go straight to finals (all purses are US): $500,000 3-year-old Colt Trot with 11 entered; $500,000 3-year-old Filly Trot with seven; $250,000 Mare Pace with 10 entered; $250,000 Mare Trot with 11 entered and the $531,250 Crown Trot with a compact field of six, including the supplemental entry of Creatine, recent third-place finisher in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. All other divisions have eliminations or bye situations. Two-year-old eliminations will be held Friday, Oct. 16 and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 17. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn Saturday, Oct. 17 after the elimination races. Post time is 7:25 p.m. for both nights. Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. The US$500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt Trot and US$531,250 3-year-old Colt Pace will be drawn at a press conference hosted by honorary drawmaster CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge at Woodbine on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The sophomore colt pace division contains the supplemental entry of Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete.  

The field for the 11th annual Balanced Image final includes new track record holder Smoke Monkey who won his elimination last week in 1:59.2.   However, the 2 year old colt has seven other contenders that will be looking to take the crown including a horse with local connections.  Major Muscle is owned by Mark Etsell formerly of Walkerton as well as Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. This 2 year old Filly won her elimination in 2:00.2 which was the second fastest winner on the program and will start from post position 8 in the final.  The Balanced Image final will go as Race 10 in the program for a record purse of $77,800. Saturday night also includes some special guests. Hanover Raceway welcomes Susies Garage and the staff from 92.3 The Dock. Susies Garage is a local band from Port Elgin who will play some rock and country classics for us in between the races.  The staff from the Dock have a great prize for someone as they will give away a $1,000 dollar Travel Voucher from Hanover Travel. We’ll pick a name from the Ballot bin so make sure you enter your name on one of our ballots for a shot at that great prize. Next week, we host our second and final OSS night as 3 year old Filly Trotters hit the track.   Hopefully we’ll have some of our local Dream of Glory horses back, and the Ontario Sires Stakes have left with us 100 free T-shirts and a number of OSS hats that we will give away with the purchase of a program at our information Kiosk starting at 6:00pm. The shirts and or hats will be FREE with the purchase of a program. It’s also CKNX Night at the races, which means another great prize for one of our lucky fans from our ballot box.   Post time is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway    

FREDERICTON, NB, June 26, 2015 - Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB) is pleased to announce the start of the live harness racing season in New Brunswick. Kicking things off on Canada Day in Fredericton is the first race card of the season that includes the popular, historical Walter Dale Memorial sponsored this year by Moosehead Breweries.   The history of Walter Dale goes back to 1937 when the legendary horse set a record that many tried to beat for over forty-two years. Every year horses and drivers attempt to break the current track record, most recently set in 2012 by McApulco at 1:54.2 and matched in 2014 by Modern Xhibit. This year the Walter Dale Memorial is set as an invitational that will focus primarily on a very competitive field of New Brunswick horses.   The day's program will of course include other races of various classes. There will be a Raffle, Food Vendors on site, Winner's patio will be open, 50/50 Draw, and more. Most important is the excitement in the air as the twenty-one day race season gets underway. Admission to Fredericton Raceway is free so bring the family for some fun and entertainment. Enjoy a walk by the barns to see the horses up close, cheer on the horses and Drivers as they race for the finish, celebrate part of your national holiday amid the excitement of a sport that has been part of our national fabric since the 1800s.   This year Fredericton Raceway will host ten race days, the Saint John track at Exhibition Park is scheduled for ten race days, and Woodstock will have a race day during Old Home Week. "We are focused on the harness racing sport thriving and growing in New Brunswick. To achieve that growth, providing more jobs and thrilling race days, the best road forward is a grass-roots approach", stated new Executive Director, Roberta Nixon. HRNB and the New Brunswick Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association have established twenty-one days of racing this year will make it possible to expand that next year.   Roberta Nixon   Horse Racing New Brunswick

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 - The best harness racing pacers eligible to the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4- and 5-year-olds meet for their second preliminary round Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with two $6500 fields of mares facing the starter in races 1 and 3 and a single $6500 dash for horses and geldings slated for race 6. In the first of the three preliminary rounds leading up to each division's $35,000 Championship, there were also two events for mares, with both events taken by the heavy favorite in a runaway. Each winner is back Sunday, but each faces a challenge if they are to keep up their series record unblemished. The Santanna Blue Chip mare Champagne Shower won by 11 lengths last week in 1:56.4, and she is justly the favorite for round two as she starts from post two in the field of six for driver Denis St. Pierre, 3R's defending driver champion; trainer Yves Tessier; and owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos. Among those in the wake of Champagne Shower last week was Chauleurs Fantasy, who also has the difficulty in starting from the outside post Sunday. But the daughter of Omar Khayyam, conditioned by Carl Duguay and to be driven by Stephane Gendron for Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs, should be better in this, her second start of 2015 - and in her last start of 2014, she won her $65,000 three-year-old Championship, with among the conquered that day being none other than Champagne Shower! In the other mares division, Victoria Semalu led at every call in scoring by over six lengths in 1:56.1, and again will draw her share of the fans' attention. The American Dream mare begins from post four for trainer Dany Fontaine, owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, and driver Stephane Brosseau, who has "come out of the gate" in hot form this season to be the leading driver at 3R to date. Starting two posts inside Victoria Semalu will be the Western Ideal mare My Tallia Ideal, who will be guided by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Michael Allard and the ownership duo of Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin. My Tallia Ideal comes to 3R after having been facing very good mares at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, where she won in 1:51.2 last month, and obviously her best mile makes her a major factor here. The divisional track record of 1:54.3, set by Sans Frontiere in 2013, could be in jeopardy in either division, given ideal conditions. In the lone event for horses and geldings, the field of seven will not miss Atomic Million AM, who takes this week off from the series after winning last week in 1:55.2, pacing his last half in 55.4. Certainly Bali (post seven, driver Marie Claude Auger) and My Lucky Bluejeans (post five, driver Stephane Gendron) will be comforted by the absence of Atomic Million AM after finishing second and third, respectively, to him last week. However, an invader from Ontario, Champagne Phil, should definitely attract a good share of the backing, coming off a 1:49.4 victory at Mohawk last Saturday. The Shanghai Phil gelding, set to be driven by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Francis Richard and owners ICR Racing, has post two on Sunday, and is comfortable winning on or off the pace. The first of ten races will start at 1:30 p.m. at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Quebec Jockey Club          

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