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JULY 6, 2014 (DRESDEN) – Chris Johnston was the man to beat at Dresden Raceway today as he scored three winners. The Sombra, Ontario horseman notched his first winner in the fifth race while driving WALLET SNIFFER. Johnston guided WALLET SNIFFER from off the pace for a win in 2:01.2.The five-year-old CAMOTION horse is owned by Don McMurran of Woodslee and trained by Tom Bain. Johnston’s second trip to the winner’s circle was in the eighth race behind PRETTYSHEISSHEIS. The seven-year-old MILIONDOLLAR CAM mare is owned by Lisa Spenser of London while Johnston is the conditioner. PRETTYSHEISSHEIS went wire to wire in 1:59.4.Johnston wrapped up the card of racing with his third win of the day at the controls of BRANDON CS. The five-year-old CHOCLATIER gelding is owned and trained by Janice Annett of Wyoming and co-owned by Marjorie Simmons of Chatham. BRANDON CS paced the mile in 2:02.1. Alfie Carroll had two winners on the day with BILLY WHITE SELL and CAT FOUR. About 800 people were at the track today and the total handle was $17,760. TRACK TIDBITS...STREAKING...EE BAY has won two in a row at Dresden Raceway for driver Nick Steward...SPEED DEMON...STIMULUS SPENDING turned in the fastest mile of day pacing the mile in 1:58 flat in the opening race...MONEY MONEY MONEY...The fourth race triactor was the biggest payout of the day as the 6-7-3 combination paid $1,219.50...BIG BUCKS...Five of the 10 races on the card had winners that paid over $10...UP TO DATE...DRESDEN RACEWAY is over 140 years old but are modernizing as streaming is available to hear the races live every Sunday as well as Dresden Raceway is on FACEBOOK and TWITTER! By Gary Petterson

JULY 1, 2014 (DRESDEN) – Dresden Raceway kicked off its 2014 season with a bang today! Almost 2,000 people swarmed to the local oval for a great family day of harness racing and celebration. Just a few short months ago the death bell seemed to be ringing for the small half mile track in Southwestern Ontario but it was alive and vibrant today. “I was really happy with opening day, I wasn’t sure what to expect coming here, ”  said Greg Blanchard, who is in his first year as General Manager of Dresden Raceway, “ I knew the history here at Dresden, I knew there was a rich tradition of harness racing and a big fan base.” Blanchard added, “It was validating and I think it bodes well for the summer.” Patrons flocked to the windows and bet a total handle of $30,360 which is ranks among one of the best opening days in the past few years at Dresden Raceway, The 10 race card in the community that has had harness racing for 140 years highlighted a great Canada Day celebration including giveaways, rides in the r curious patrons and a 6’x 4’ Canadian Flag cake. Alfie Carroll, Robert Sparling Jr and Scott Wray all cashed in driving doubles on the day. Carroll opened the card by driving COFFEE BLACK to the winner’s circle and then struck again in the ninth race with TWIN B SHASTA. Sparling scored his first victory in the second race aboard ELECTRICINTENTSIONS and won again in the 10th with UNIQUE SHUFFLE. Wray went wire to wire with SACHERTORTE in the fourth race for his first win of the day then capped the double in the sixth race with KESONS REIGN. Dresden Raceway has always been owned by the Dresden Agricultural Society but has been operated by Windsor Raceway for the last 20 years until this year when the Ag Society took control back. Blanchard said “We’ve got some promotions planned for the track this year and we hope to set a benchmark that will keep people coming back with quality racing and family friendly giveaways all season long.” Dresden Raceway will race every Sunday until Labour Day except the Civic Holiday and Lanour Day weekends in which case they race Monday. Post Time all summer long at Dresden Raceway is 1PM. by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

Dresden, June 25, 2014 -- Lucille Laprise says there's no better way to herald a new era at Dresden Raceway than to open the 2014 season on July 1. "It's Canada Day, so how much better can you have it than that? We think that's a perfect fit for us," said Laprise, the president of the Dresden Agricultural Society that has taken over management of the track from Windsor Raceway's parent company, Winrac Development Inc. This year marks the first time the agricultural society has run the track since Winrac began operating it in 1997. "Winrac wanted out and we wanted in. So, it was a perfect fit for us at this time. We want to run the races ourselves. We're quite encouraged about doing that and we're enthusiastic," Laprise said. "This is what we want to do to try to keep racing alive and well. I feel we owe it to the generations in the past that worked so hard to put it on and make it as good as it was. We owe it to the future to bring back everything and make it good for them... It would be a real shame to let that industry die. We don't want to be part of it dying. We want to be part of it growing and flourishing." The Dresden Agricultural Society brought in Greg Blanchard to be the track's general manager for the 11-race meet. Blanchard is the Raceway Manager at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London. "With Greg's help and everyone else at Western (Fair) we're going to do everything we can to bring back the Little Saratoga to what it used to be," Laprise said. Harness racing has been conducted in Dresden for over 140 years. "This year our Dresden Exhibition is 139 years old," Laprise said. "They were racing a few years before then." In the late-1800s, the Dresden Driving Club organized trials of speed at the track. In the early 1900s, locals gathered in the winter to watch races over the icy Sydenham River. After the 10-race Tuesday, July 1 card, racing will be conducted at Dresden on Sunday afternoons through Labour Day, the exception being the two holiday weekends. Dresden will race on the Aug. 4 civic holiday Monday and on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 1. Post time for all 11 cards of racing will be 1 p.m. "We felt that for this year, being newbie's in the racing ring, that 11 cards would be a good fit for us," Laprise said. "Hopefully next year we can do bigger and better." Gary Patterson will be back calling the races, which will also be video streamed at www.dresdenraceway.ca. "We've got great community involvement and the directors, the board, everybody is on side," Laprise said. "We've got great community support from all the other organizations, the other racetracks. They all want to see us do well. We really appreciate their support and their help and their encouragement." Laprise said it's been a lot of work to get ready for Opening Day, but there have been a lot of people pitching in to help. "The horsemen have been really supportive in helping us spruce up the place. A coat of paint here, cut the grass there," Laprise said. "We're just trying to clean it up and do the best we can. I know it's going to take time, but time is on our side." Plans are in the works, Laprise said, to bring back the free corn promotion on Labour Day that was a hit 15 years ago when Tom Joy and Joe McGorisk from the Windsor crew ran the track. In the meantime, Laprise's message to the public is: "come celebrate Canada Day with us. We'll make it worth their while. Tell people to wear their red and white, too. We're going to have a great big huge eight-foot cake we're sharing with everybody. We've got face painting and giveaways. It's really kind of like a family fun, fan appreciation day." Those who arrive early will receive a commemorative giveaway item (while supplies last) and programs will be available for just $1. The 'Wanna Drive' team will be on hand giving rides in their double-seater jog carts and a special Mini Horse race has been planned as well. By Dave Briggs, for Dresden Raceway                                              

The Ontario Racing Commission has released a Notice to the Industry announcing the decision to approve the schedule of 2014 race dates for Kawartha Downs and Dresden Raceway. This announcement brings the total of 2014 approved race dates to 939 across Quarter-Horse, Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeds. In addition the Director approved September 1 as a make-up date for Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR). During the 2013-2014 period, RCR cancelled two race dates: January 14 and March 20, where no races were run due to unsafe track conditions. The Transfer Payment Agreement with government allows for one cancellation during the period of the contract, leaving one cancelled race date that RCR had to make-up. To read the rest of this story and view the race calendars click here.

If you attended the SBOA banquet February 15, 2014 you might have missed the quiet young couple sitting at the back of the room.  They were unique in this crowd of veteran breeders. Dave and Helen Friesen were there to bid on a stud’s service fee for their first horse, a Standardbred broodmare, named Roxanna Hanover. While others these days are selling their stock and leaving the business, this young pair are jumping in with a passion. Dave and Helen live in South Woodslee, a little town east of Windsor, Ontario. Dave works in a manufacturing plant near their home, while Helen stays home and looks after their four children (all under the age of six). Their next door neighbours, Tom and Liz Knight, were the ones that peaked their interest in the sport of horse racing. After joining the Knights on a trip to Dresden and getting their pictures taken in the winner’s circle, they wanted to learn more about the sport. Dave and Helen loaded their four children and their parents in the SUV and headed off to Leamington for the race days in September and October 2013. Caleb, their youngest son had just been born, so they would park close to the track’s outside fence and leave Mom and son in the car to watch. The other three kids, with Dave and grandparents in tow, visited the pony rides, got their faces painted, petted the animals in the mini zoo and clapped at the fence as they watched the horses race by. It was the family atmosphere at the track that convinced the Friesens that this was something their whole family could enjoy. Tom and Liz Knight helped them pick out, Roxanna Hanover, a daughter of Real Artist out of a Matt Scooter mare with a mark of 1.53.2 and earnings of over $160,000 Jack McIntosh,  father of the famous horse trainers  Robert and Doug McIntosh, often said” When everyone walks you run, and when everyone runs, you walk.” This young couple may be walking when everyone else is running. Who knows maybe they will be the owners of future champions in this great sport of harness racing. Good luck Dave and Helen, we will look for you in the winner’s circle. By Ruleen Lilley, for SBOA (Ontario)

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the decision on a number of additional applications seeking variances to the assigned dates for 2014. In addition to previous applications from Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Standardbred, Western Fair Association and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) for Flamboro, dealt with by the Director in previous notices, applications to vary race dates were received from Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Ltd. and GCGC for Georgian Downs. The Director confirms and approves the schedule of race dates for the 1st quarter of 2014 as follows:   Number of Race Dates approved for 1st Quarter   Woodbine Racetrack 37 Premier Cards Western Fair 38 Signature Cards  Flamboro Downs 52 Signature Cards Georgian Downs 0 Signature Cards (Approved to cancel 4 race date in early January) Rideau Carleton 14 Signature Cards (Approved for Sundays, January 12 through March 30, adding Thursdays starting March 20)   Kawartha Downs Limited has advised the ORC that it will not be applying for a 2014 Licence to Operate a Racetrack. Therefore all race dates approved for Kawartha Downs have been cancelled. Additionally, as a result, the 2014 Home Market Areas for Telephone Account Betting formerly approved for Kawartha have been conditionally approved for Woodbine Racetrack, with all net revenues to be held in trust.   Winrac Development Inc. did not submit a complete application for licence and therefore, all race dates approved for Dresden Raceway have been cancelled. Additionally, as a result, the 2014 Home Market Areas for Telephone Account Betting formerly approved for Dresden Raceway have been conditionally approved for Woodbine Racetrack, with all net revenues to be held in trust. Any teletheatres licences currently approved under Dresden Raceway’s 2013 Licence to Operate a Racetrack have not been issued for 2014.   In accordance with Policy Directive 3-2007, all other race date calendars are approved based on previous approvals, but are subject to change where a racetrack operator or other interested party makes an application to vary the approved dates, which will be considered based on the strengths of the business plans submitted and the industry funding available.   The Director is moving forward to implement the components of the 5 year Horse Racing Partnership (HRP) Plan, as recommended by the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel in its final report of October 2013. As part of that implementation, the Director is currently considering options related to a single operator of teletheatres and telephone account betting in the province, as recommended in the HRP. Decisions regarding implementation will be communicated in the coming weeks to ensure that such changes will come into effect April 1, 2014.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Thursday’s Ontario Sires Stakes event at Mohawk Racetrack will mark the end of the trail for many of the province’s two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old pacing fillies, but trainer Dave Menary is hoping King Royalty and Macharoundtheclock are not among those hanging up their equipment bags Friday morning. Only the top 10 point earners from the freshman pacing colt Grassroots division and the sophomore pacing filly Gold Series division will advance to their respective Grassroots Championship and Super Final later this month. Heading into Thursday’s contest King Royalty is 10 points short of a berth in the post season and Macharoundtheclock is 14. King Royalty comes into the regular season finale off a 1:58.4 victory at Dresden Raceway in the Sept. 2 Grassroots event, giving him a record of one win, two thirds, one sixth and one seventh through the first five legs for a total of 79 points. The Classic Card Shark son makes his bid for a second victory from Post 4 in the ninth race, facing just one colt ranked ahead of him in the standings, Major Homer at Post 1. Cheltenham resident Menary shares ownership of King Royalty with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Macharoundtheclock will benefit from Post 2 in the tenth race, but the filly faces a stiff test in her quest for a top two finish. Among the contenders in the second Gold Series division are second ranked Jan It Jackson at Post 1, sixth-ranked Seaside Rory at Post 7, seventh-ranked Leaveumlady at Post 5 and last year’s Super Final champion Love Canal at Post 6. The Mach Three daughter comes into the final Gold Series test off a 1:54.2 qualifier over the Mohawk oval that was required when she made a break and was pulled up by driver Jody Jamieson in the Aug. 26 Gold event at Grand River Raceway. Prior to that outing Macharoundtheclock had finished second in the Mid-Summer Challenge and second in the July 1 Gold leg, both at Mohawk, but points were not awarded in the Mid-Summer Challenge leaving the filly with just 25 on her resume. The Menarys share ownership of Macharoundtheclock with Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Denis Breton of Welland. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Thursday evening program is 7:25 pm and the two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Grassroots regular season in Races 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11, while the three-year-old pacing fillies bring their Gold Series season to a close in Races 6 and 10. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon. Driver Paul Mackenzie kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, guiding King Royalty to a 1:58.4 score over Electric Western. Local favourite Regal Babe, owned by Rob Chapple of Chatham, finished third. All three colts were affected by an accident that saw driver Brad Forward thrown from Opening Line’s race bike heading into the final turn. Fortunately Forward was not seriously injured and was able to drive in the Monday evening program at Elora’s Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie crafted King Royalty’s first lifetime win for trainer David Menary of Cheltenham. The trainer shares ownership of the son of Classic Card Shark with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Two races later Puslinch resident Mackenzie was back in the Dresden winner’s circle with Concert Artist, who rang up the quickest clocking of the five Grassroots divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1. Tony O’Sullivan conditions the Artistic Fella gelding for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The colt’s second Grassroots win vaulted him into contention for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Division point leader Cheeky Fool scored his fourth Grassroots victory in the final division, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.3 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Clifford Hill. Joshua Wade Jamieson owns the son of Western Maverick, who boasts a five race point tally of 196. The other divisions were captured by On The Big Swing, who bested Hoorei For Flash and Rather Swell, owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, with his 1:57.3 effort and V I P Bayama, who posted a 1:57.2 clocking. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12. by Sandra Snyder  

 DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars into Dresden Raceway on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. Leading the charge is top point earner Cheeky Fool, featured in the last $18,000 division, who will benefit from Post 1 in his quest for a fourth Grassroots victory. The Western Maverick son races out of the Clifford Hill barn for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville. A pair of local colts, Regal Babe and Rather Swell, will be on the hunt for their second Grassroots victories on Monday. Regal Babe scored a 1:55.2 win in the Aug. 24 stop at Kawartha Downs after finishing out of the money in his other two Grassroots starts. Regal Babe will tackle the third race field from Post 3, with Doug McNair in the race bike for trainer Gregg McNair. Bred and owned by Chatham’s Rob Chapple, Monday’s start will be a homecoming for the son of Stonebridge Regal and Nascar Babe. Unlike Regal Babe, Rather Swell has been the model of consistency through his first three Grassroots starts. The son of Western Maverick and Breathtacular finished second in his June 27 debut at Mohawk Racetrack, won his July 6 start at Georgian Downs with a 1:54.4 mile, and finished second to Regal Babe in the Aug. 24 test. In between the gelding posted two thirds in his elimination and the consolation of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Rather Swell, bred the colt in partnership with Ohio-based C S X Stables and shares ownership of him with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. Currently ranked fifth in the point standings, Rather Swell will start from Post 4 in Race 7. Dresden Raceway’s Labour Day Monday program gets under way at 1 pm and features five prize draws for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel in addition to the five Grassroots divisions, slated for Races 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0902dresn.dat by Sandra Snyder        

David Menary has been training standardbreds since 1999 but his rise to the top of the Canadian harness racing ranks has really taken a surge in the last three years. The 33-year-old hadn't won a million dollars in stake earnings in a season until 2010. Since then he's won $2.37m, $2.24m and $2.09m.

A steamy September afternoon led to a rewrite of Dresden Raceway's harness racing record books when two-year-old pacing colt Panongahela sprinted around the half-mile oval to a 1:56 victory in the second of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions.

Ontario's exciting two-year-old pacing colts sweep into Dresden Raceway on Monday (September 3) for the second last Grassroots contest of their regular harness racing season.

After two battles against the top two-year-old trotting fillies in the province, Bop Too The Top moved into the Grassroots Series on Sunday afternoon (July 29) and circled the Dresden Raceway harness racing oval faster than any of her peers.

Dresden Raceway kicks off its 2012 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday (july 29) with six Grassroots harness racing divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.

A plan that was submitted by Windsor Raceway for the redirection of harness racing purse money from Woodstock and Dresden Raceways has been approved by the Director, following a recommendation from the Ontario Racing Program's Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group.

James MacDonald never wanted to follow his horse-mad family into harness racing. In fact he was pursuing a marketing and advertising career at College before his older brother Anthony became inundated with work and sent out the SOS call for help.

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