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Grady Hachey is one of the youngest racecallers in the game, having started at age 11 and making Canadian news when he called a harness racing non-wagering card in 2017 at age 12. He also assists trainer Charlie Miles at their hometown racetrack when his school schedule allows. This year, with COVID-19 shutting down both schools and harness racing in recent months, Grady has been spending more time helping out around the barn, and was recently named a 2020/21 US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Youth member. He originally wanted to review the well-known track where he had his first-ever experience of live harness racing, but instead chose to use this platform to promote a track closer to home, where he gained early experience as both racecaller and horseman. While he is not from a family steeped in harness racing history, Grady Hachey is part of the newest generation in a community where the sport has been contested at three different venues since 1820.  Canada’s oldest, through the eyes of its youngest. Sometimes a racetrack is more than just a place where horses run. Sometimes it’s history. For some people, it’s a second home. (I am one of those people). It can even be something people live for. Fredericton Raceway is one of those tracks. USTA records show that Fredericton Raceway opened in 1870, making it arguably Canada’s oldest racetrack. The track surface itself is loaded with history. A great deal of amazing races have taken place at the track, such as one race where the track record was broken: the 2012 Walter Dale Memorial Pace. It was won by Mcapolco (p, 6, 1:51.2s; $345,150) and driver Brodie MacPhee for trainer Jackie Matheson, in the time of 1:54.2! Fredericton Raceway is a place for people young and old to come watch races. With two big open grandstands, little kids can have a great view of the racetrack to watch the horses race, or they can go down to the fence and have the horses go by them, just feet away. I will tell you, there is something special about the racetrack. It is a gathering place at the barn area for older gentlemen who reminisce about “the good old days” and tease each other about who knows what. So many tremendous horses have come out of Fredericton Raceway, such as Flying Cowboy (p, 4, 1:50.3f; $201,937), who was developed by Charlie Miles before being sold to American owners, for whom he went on to take his record south of the border. There was also 2009 Walter Dale Memorial Pace champion All Star Dragon (p, 6, 1:50.3f; $252,835), who was developed by Stacey Gay and Everett Hansen. He went on to race in the United States and took his record there.  Despite the track not racing this year, there are still horses training down to race at fellow New Brunswick racetrack, Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. (Note: An exhibition card was raced at Fredericton Raceway September 8, 2019, the last date the track has hosted live competition.) No matter what happens to the Fredericton racetrack, the provincial capital will always be known as “Canada’s oldest” harness racing site.  Know a young harness racing fan and/or participant who would like to share their story about the youth-friendly elements of their favourite track? The USHWA Youth Membership Committee welcomes submissions from young people (aged 21 or younger) who would like to let others know about what makes their favourite track a great place to enjoy live racing, whether now or before Coronavirus restrictions (in provinces/states where attendance is currently restricted). Please contact USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair Melissa Keith (mkeith71@gmail.com) if interested in taking part in this project.  Fredericton Raceway, by Melissa Keith

In April of 2017, a group of former Executive Directors for Fredericton harness racing, along with some local businessmen, got together and started on the road to creating the dream of hosting a "Matinee" card of racing to celebrate the 130th anniversary.   They then requested the assistance of the Fredericton Horseman's Association, and plans began to come together for this "Matinee" day of racing to be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  This date happened to fall on the Saturday of NBEX week and would be named "Fredericton Raceway 130".  It has been a tradition over the years that there were 2 or 3 race dates scheduled during exhibition week, which usually brought in the largest crowds.  The exhibition always begins on the Labour Day weekend and our first card of the week was always the Labour Day Monday.   This year 2017, has been a difficult year for the horsemen and women who own, train and stable our horses in the barns located on the track backstretch area.  The racetrack grounds, along with other lands located immediately adjacent to the track, are owned and operated by the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition (NBEX) and, up until December 31st, 2016, was leased by Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB), the current governing body in New Brunswick.    Unfortunately, without success, NBEX and HRNB worked throughout 2016 to try and reach a fair and equitable new lease agreement for 2017.    Subsequently, HRNB closed its business operations, including a lounge where VLT's, off-track betting, etc., were located.  Those operations were relocated to Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, New Brunswick and, since they have left Fredericton, they have basically and completely turned their back to those of use here still in Fredericton.    This is the first racing season in our history that the track has been dark and no cards were scheduled.  We have supported them this entire season by sending our horses to Saint John to race, without receiving the reciprocal support of HRNB or Saint John horsemen.    However, regardless of our standing with HRNB, we moved forward with plans and to go it alone with turning the dream of a celebration of this 130th anniversary, into reality.    Some 27 sponsors, including major sponsors such as Meridian Farms and Home Hardware were obtained and $20,000.00 raised through the tremendous support received from these great sponsors.     This dream was realized this past Saturday and was much more of a success than we could ever have imagined when we started out.  Indeed, there were times when, personally, I thought that it would come to fruition at all.  Horsemen brought their horses to race at this Matinee, from all over New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec as well as from the State of Maine, the magnitude of this support was overwhelming.    There were some 70 horses racing in a non-betting, 11 race card.  We also, had tremendous support from horsemen in Ontario, one of which provided us with beautiful coolers for each of the 11 races.    One of the races was an open trot which hadn't been seen at Fredericton Raceway for more than 20 years.    There were several memorial races including the feature race, the annual Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial Pace.    The air was electric and everything was extremely positive. The day went better than we could ever have anticipated.    Despite the fact that there was no parimutuel betting, there was a tremendous crowd of fans who came to support us, and the comments from both fans and horsemen alike were nothing positive and exciting.   Whether a horse ended up in first or seventh place, everyone received a cheque which helped with their travel costs. I could go on and on. However, should you decide that this might be worth printing a story on your site, I would direct you to one of the Co-Chairs of this project, Mr. Brent Briggs, who can be reached through the Fredericton Raceway 130 Facebook page. You can also view additional information from the Fredericton Horsemens Association Facebook page.     Mark W. Taylor Fredericton Horseman's Association c/o 366 Aberdeen Street, Suite 3M Fredericton,  NB   E3B 0C9

This weekend will mark the end of a shortened season of harness racing at Fredericton Raceway. The big question that remains is whether it is the final card of racing ever in the long and storied history of Canada's Oldest Racetrack. On September 28, 1887 harness racing began in Fredericton at its current location, on site at the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds. In 2009 Horse Racing New Brunswick took over operations after Fredericton Exhibition Limited indicated that due to their dire financial situation they could not continue racing. HRNB was formed as the provincial governing body for the industry. President Kathy McLean hopes this isn't the end. "Hope is a word we use a lot of in harness racing in New Brunswick these days, although its becoming tough to keep that hope up" she says when asked about whether a long term lease arrangement will be completed between HRNB and the Fredericton Exhibition Ltd group or FEL. "We have asked and offered to meet to discuss a long term arrangement to provide stability to one of the cornerstones of New Brunswick racing however FEL has refused citing pending litigation". McLean is referring to a lawsuit HRNB has initiated against FEL for locking HRNB out of its VLT, simulcast and bar businesses at Winners Lounge located adjacent to Fredericton Raceway. On Monday, May 16, 2016 HRNB attempted to pay FEL for the property taxes to utilize the building housing Winners Lounge and the entire racetrack area. The lease arrangement stated the taxes were due Sunday, May 15, 2016 however HRNB had 30 days to be compliant. Property tax payment was refused by FEL's Mike Vokey and at approximately 3am on May 17, 2016 the locks were changed to Winners Lounge by FEL. A few days later, Justice Paulette Garnett granted an injunction allowing HRNB and its employees to return to work at Winners Lounge. McLean added that the amount of damages, revenues lost and legal fees is "north of $85,000". Something she says "is tough to lose given the state of the industry". "We really want our harness members and our stakeholders to know just how hard HRNB has been working to solve this difficult situation. FEL has cited the lawsuit as grounds not to meet to discuss a long term lease, however HRNB's lawyer contends that these lawsuits shouldn't stop the process. We actually proposed dropping both our lawsuit and their countersuit at the signing of a new long term lease." Under the current lease arrangements that are set to expire December 31, 2016, HRNB must meet certain financial criteria. First was payment of the property taxes for 2016, a total of $33,209.61 which have been paid in full. Second were monthly payments to a "capital fund" of $3,272.73. This fund now totals approximately $26,178.36. The designation for this fund was capital improvements to the buildings at Fredericton Raceway but the decisions are ultimately left up to the discretion of FEL. "The most worrisome part of this mess is our horse people. Come December 31, 2016 will they be evicted? Will they be allowed back to train in the spring? Its a stressful time for HRNB and for members of the NBSBOA," says McLean. "The next troubling part is the pending loss of our VLT business. If there isn't a long term lease signed very soon, ALC has indicated they will reassign the VLT's from Winners to more stable locations in the Fredericton area. This means the damages portion of our lawsuit skyrockets and lots of jobs lost". Although she wouldn't speculate on how high the lawsuit number could go if ALC pulls the VLT's from Winners Lounge and HRNB, McLean says she's "hopeful but not optimistic. Yeah, that would sum up how HRNB is feeling at this point. So, when the wings close on the Trius Truck Centre Starting Gate and track announcer Brock McEachern says "away they GO" in the Chippin Memorial, which is the feature and final race on Saturday's card, the horses really could be going away from Fredericton Raceway. For good. Mitchell Downey      

Horse Racing New Brunswick will host by far it's best program of the 2016 harness racing season Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Saturday's jam packed, action filled program features two of the most prestigious events in the province, In total, eleven races will be held at the capital city racetrack with post-time for race one slated to go at 1:00 P.M. Three divisions of the classic Bill Quigg Memorial stake will take place with one filly division and two races for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. All three events will feature lucrative purses of $ 10,100 each. Race eight will feature three-year old New Brunswick home bred pacer Jackson K Down. Steve Mason will send out the son of Articulator for catch-driver Gilles Barrieau, He was born locally in Quispamsis, N.B by the well known Downey family carrying on Milton Downey's legacy of breeding and raising horses in the province. Jackson K Down has never been worse than second in twenty-three lifetime starts which includes sixteen trips to victory lane. He has earned over $ 85,000 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. Also featured on Saturday's mammoth program is the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial invitational. Prince Edward Island owned D Gs Camme will take on four other rivals in the $ 7000 event. Gilles Barrieau will guide the pacer post-two for the Jackie Matheson stable. He sports a seasons best performance at Truro Raceway winning in 1:53.2. He also appeared in the final of this year's Gold Cup and Saucer in P.E.I. This is just the second time his career that he has raced in the province of New Brunswick. Post one belongs to O K Galahad who is fresh off a win in Saint John's Milton Downey invitational pace. He also has won twice in P.E.I this year of 1:54.4. Other starters include Big Surf, Smiley Bayama and Fall Bliss, Another race to watch is the Albert Goodine Memorial pace for $ 3500 that honors the memory of the long time local businessman and horse owner. City Of The Year will look for his third straight win for Mike Downey. Once again, Horse Racing New Brunswick extends monumental thanks to the sponsors, horsemen, the many volunteers and of course, the fans for supporting yet another great week of exhibition week racing at Fredericton Raceway. Scott Waddell 

There is a long standing tradition in New Brunswick harness racing season and that's Labour Day racing at Canada's oldest half-mile track, Fredericton Raceway on the holiday Monday in the capital city. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors have assembled a solid eight-dash card with the two-year-old pacers in the spotlight with three divisions of the Williamson stake. Monday's card will go to post at 1:00 P.M. Three separate divisions of the classic stakes event carry a purse of $ 6800 per division have attracted a number of the regions top horses and horsemen. Fresh off a successful week of racing in Saint John for Exhibition Week, the capital city will host both a card on Monday, with another slated for Saturday, September 10th. Division one is for pacing fillies and Tobins Secret goes into the race as the one to beat for trainer/ driver Earl Smith. She has bankrolled over $ 13,000 this season and only once has missed the top three. Second division features the second filly stake with Woodmere Finesse looking to have the slight edge with veteran Kenny Arsenault in the sulky. She has a 2:00.3 victory on her resume going into the race. Final division, this time spotlighting the freshman colts, appears to be a battle between Tobinator and Carters Caper. Tobinator and driver Corey MacPherson comes off an eye-popping 1:56.3 in his lat outing and comes in to the race in fine form. Preferred pace of the day has attracted a competitive field including City Of The Year who is fresh off a win at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends many thanks to horsemen, fans, volunteers, and corporate sponsors taking part in Monday's program. Scott Waddell

The ongoing battle between Fredericton Exhibition Limited (FREX) and Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB) is directly affecting more than the two warring sides — harness racing stable users are feeling helpless over the developing situation. “The horsemen have been somewhat caught in the middle,” said Sam Hodgin, President of the NB Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association. The battle really turned sour last month when FREX decided property taxes for the year must paid up front, rather than monthly in previous years. When HRNB didn’t pay, FREX took action, locking HRNB out of their offices. The move was quickly taken back due to not providing 30 days notice. “We were able to get them to get their taxes in line,” FREX Executive Director Mike Vokey said. “This is the first year that that’s happened since I’ve been here.” “The organization is three years behind in their financial so we can’t look at it and really understand what the costs are and where the revenues are going,” Vokey said. “We know there’s a cost to running races but we provide the facility … for only a dollar. The only obligations they have really come down to running a full season of racing, paying the property taxes and looking after the property.” On Tuesday one of the Exhibition’s eleven water meters was shut off temporarily, taking HRNB by surprise. The metres used for track maintenance and not consumption by the horses. FREX says they were shut off for a routine check, and that a a lack of communication is to blame for the confusion, as they needed to check the meters to ensure all water bills were being paid, but weren’t able to meet with HRNB’s President. “We could’ve sped up the process if we would’ve met in person,” Vokey said. While Vokey and HRNB work out their differences, horse owners say they’re caught in the crossfire. “They’re both working hard to try to run their own business,” Hodgin said. “But the horsemen are the ones right now that are kind of — we really don’t have any say in it, but we’re the ones being affected by losing our race dates.” The originally planned HRNB scheduled would have seen 10 races in Fredericton, the same amount as last year. Saint John would be bumped from a single race to 10, with three more taking place in Woodstock. However, according to the posted schedule, HRNB is now only hosting three races in Fredericton this year — a drop that isn’t welcome for those looking to race in the New Brunswick capital. “I’m just hoping that the two sides, Fredericton Exhibition and Horse Racing New Brunswick realize that the only way that we’re going to go forward is to work together,” Hodgin said. “Not try to take from one another.” HRNB didn’t respond to Global News’ request to comment on the situation. By Jeremy Keefe Reprinted with permission of the Globalnews.ca site

The locks on Winners Lounge and the offices of Horse Racing New Brunswick were changed overnight by Fredericton Exhibition Ltd. Roberta Nixon said after Winners closed around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the bar's manager was contacted by its alarm company and told alarms were sounding. The bar manager returned to Winners to find Fredericton police, security, Mike Vokey, the Fredericton Exhibition's executive director, and a locksmith. "They've locked us out," said Nixon. who is the executive director of Horse Racing New Brunswick. "We cannot access our bar, our simulcast, our Coasters, or our head office and all of our business operations." Lease breaches Vokey said the exhibition's board of directors voted to take the action after numerous lease breaches by Horse Racing New Brunswick. Nixon said as of Sunday, her organization "didn't owe them a penny." Nixon said property taxes of about $36,000 were due on Sunday and when a cheque for that amount was delivered to Vokey on Monday, he refused to accept it without opening it. Vokey said the attempted late payment of property taxes is one of the lease breaches involved. "It was due on the 15th and they were told to have it in on the Friday to make sure it was in by the 15th and that didn't take place," Vokey said. Vokey said by the time the attempted cheque delivery was made on Monday afternoon, the exhibition's board of directors had already decided to take the action that unfolded early Tuesday morning. VLTs shut down Winners is a popular Coasters lounge with 25 video lottery terminals owned by the Atlantic Lottery Corp. In a good two-week period, Nixon said, the VLTs provide Horse Racing New Brunswick with about $15,000 as its share of the revenue from the machines. It is not clear when Winners Lounge will reopen. Vokey said the plan will "kind of develop on its own" in the near future. "I think the Exhibition's hope would be it continues and the VLTs remain there and the property continues under some new management," he said. "It is possible HRNB could come to the table and negotiate a new lease for it, but it would be a lease that is different and more substantial and protected the interests of the Exhibition." Fredericton Exhibition Ltd. "is prepared to" take over operating Winners Lounge, said Vokey. "It was certainly not a goal that we've ever talked about," he said. Atlantic Lottery spokeswoman Christine Manore said the corporation is aware of the situation. "This is between the retailer and the landlord," said Manore. "At this time, Atlantic Lottery is evaluating the situation." Only 3 race dates Vokey said the lease agreement also states there is to be a "full schedule" of harness racing at Fredericton Raceway, but this year only three race dates are scheduled for Fredericton. "That's an important term because we provide that space for harness racing," said Vokey. "It's provided for $1 a year. "In exchange for getting it for a dollar, they have certain conditions they are expected to meet." Nixon said "because of money" the number of harness racing dates in the province this year was reduced to 16 from 21, with Fredericton getting three of those dates.  Nixon said Horse Racing New Brunswick has about $150,000 in operational costs on the Fredericton Exhibition grounds, including the $36,000 in property taxes. "We pay all of the power, the water, sewer, all of the maintenance and repair, all the groundskeeping, all the snowplowing." By Alan White, CBC News Reprinted with permission of the cbc.ca/news site

Canada's oldest racetrack- Fredericton Raceway- will wrap-up it's final live card of the 2015 racing season with a matinee program that kicks off at 1:00 P.M on Saturday afternoon.   Going into the final card of the meet, Todd Trites and Ed Harvey are deadlocked for the top driving honours with twelve wins each. Trites will have the advantage on Saturday as he suits up for five drives to Harvey's three.   Also, Mark Haig remains just one win shy of his 500th career victory and will have five chances to get one victory and reach the career milestone.   Included in the six-dash program will be the $ 1000 featured event of the day with Darth Bader looking for his second consecutive victory.   Ed Harvey, the track's leading conditioner with fourteen wins on the season, will drive the pacer from post-two. Newcomer C L Royal Star will leave post-one for the father/ son duo of Rick and Luke Armstrong.   Magical Alex ( Todd Trites ) and Skippy ( Mark Haig ) round out the four starters that will do battle in the top-class which is scheduled as race five. Live racing is scheduled to commence in Saint John at Exhibition Park on October 3rd.     Scott Waddell

Fredericton Raceway's top trainer, Ed Harvey took Saturday afternoon's top-class at the capital city oval with a 1:58.3 triumph.   Leaving from post-two, Harvey pointed the big strapping pacer to the lead and led at every marker. Saturday's top event was reduced to three starters and the pacer went unchallenged for the entire mile.   Mark Haig scored one driving win on the afternoon and stands one shy of winning his 500th career race. Fredericton Raceway will wrap up its 2015 harness racing season on Saturday, September 26th with post time scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   In other New Brunswick related news, Downey Stables and their two outstanding two-year-old colts both won on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores in Charlottetown. Both pacers will driven to victory by Gilles Barrieau in divisions of the P.E.I colt stakes.   Scott Waddell    

Fredericton Raceway will be the host of traditional Monday Labour Day harness racing card on Monday presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   Post-time is set for 1:00 P.M and the afternoons feature is the prestigious Williamson stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies.   Among the starters will be K D Overdrive and Jackson K Down from the powerful Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B.   K D Overdrive is coming off a win at Red Shores in the Joe O'Brien stakes while Jackson K Down tasted his first lifetime defeat in another division and will be looking for redemption.   Both pacers will be under the guidance of Gilles Barrieau.   Monday also features a $ 1000 top-class that will include the Milton Downey Memorial winner, American Terror.   As always, wagering is available on-line through Horse Player Interactive and streamed live on Horse Racing New Brunswick's official website.   Scott Waddell        

Trainer/ driver Ed Harvey was at it again on Monday's New Brunswick day program at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway as he scored in the $ 1000 top-class with American Terror in 1:57.2, fastest performance of the day.   For Harvey, it was his second driving win of the afternoon.   He came first up with American Terror and engaged in a feisty battle with Kass Hall before driving clear in the homestretch.   After the dust had settled, it was American Terror and Harvey prevailing with a margin of victory over five lengths.   Kass Hall held on for second with Meter Leader rounding out the top trio.   It was the pacers fourth straight win as he closes in on seasonal earnings of $ 30,000.   Harvey's other win came with Darth Bader in an impressive mile of 1:58.   Other impressive winners on the day included Kdmakeaway as he was a winner in his first-ever start in 2:02.2 for the red hot Stephen Mason and the Downey Stables.   He's a son of Largo who was purchased in 2013 as a yearling for $ 6500.   Trotter Jusplainshea was on his game on Monday with a 2:03.1 win for owner/ trainer John Stewart.   He survived a first over early drive and held on for a length and a quarter victory.   Racing in the province of New Brunswick returns on Friday evening at 7:00 P.M at Connell Park in Woodstock, N.B.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will present a card that will feature the prestigious Kelti Burnett Memorial pace.   Scott Waddell

Harness racing trainer/ driver Ed Harvey continued his winning ways at Fredericton Raceway on Thursday as he piloted three winners to victory.   Harvey notched three straight wins on the program and started in race three with the pacing mare Couleur Magnifique in a gate to wire win for owner Eric Lakes in 2:02.1   He was back in victory lane in race four as Star Collector earned a hard fought victory in 2:02.2. Harvey co-owns the horse with Kevin Legge of Onslow, Nova Scotia.   Darth Bader went the trip of the night as he survived a break in stride to come back to win in deep stretch for Harvey in the fifth race of the night. Time of the mile was 2:03.3. Even more impressive, the horse was last at the half-mile after a pedestrian like half by Grimsby.   Top class of the evening went to Todd Trites and Meter Leader as the pacer led at every point of the mile in the 1:59 victory. That win snapped Fall Bliss' win streak at four races.   Racing resumes in Fredericton on the traditional holiday Monday card on New Brunswick day with a post time of 1:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Make it four in a row for Fall Bliss as he quick stepped to a 1:58.3 win for owner/ trainer and driver Dr. Mitchell Downey on a beautiful Thursday night at New Brunswick's capital city at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway.   Downey was aggressive with the son of Blissful Hall early as he was fired off the gate and led at every marker to preserve the win.    He flashed a final half-mile of :58.3 as he toiled with his rivals en route to a six-length triumph.   Also on the seven-dash program American Terror came from off the pace to win for driver Ed Harvey in an equal effort of 1:58.3.   This may set up a clash of the titans of sorts this coming Thursday should the duo meet up in the top-class.   Harvey's pacer has won three straight in the weekly top-class.   Racing will continue on Thursday evening as Horse Racing New Brunswick hosts live racing on July 30th at 6:30 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Racing returns to picturesque Fredericton Raceway on Thursday as Horse Racing New Brunswick presents a seven-dash program that kicks off at 6:30 P.M.   One of the highlights of the night will be Fall Bliss and owner/ trainer/ driver Dr. Mitch Downey as they seek their fourth consecutive victory at the capital city half-mile track.   Downey will pilot the seven-year-old son of Blissful Hall in race four on the program. He sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.3f taken over a five-eights mile track. Since arriving in New Brunswick, the pacer is a perfect three-for three.   American Terror leads the way in the $ 1000 main event as Ed Harvey will be looking for his third straight consecutive win with the pacer. He is closing in on $ 30,000 in seasonal earnings.   Post time is slated for 6:30 P.M and as always there is free admission, free parking, contests and a 50/50 draw being held that evening.   Horse racing at it's very best this Thursday night at Fredericton Raceway!   Scott Waddell

Fresh off a win in last Thursday's top-class at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway, American Terror and red-hot trainer/ driver Ed Harvey will look to duplicate those results this Thursday night at the capital city oval.   American Terror is closing in on $ 30,000 in seasonal earnings and seeks his fifth triumph of the 2015 racing season.   Listed as the morning line favorite, the pacer will leave from post-three in the five horse main event for a purse of $ 1000.   Woodmere Sandman will leave from post-one for Stephen Trites.   He will be looking to knock off the favorite who was second to American Terror in last week's race, five and a half lengths back.   Contact Jones, Hyperion Blue Chip and Cecils Express round out the featured race.   In all, seven races will be contested and slated to start at 7:00 P.M.   Also on the program, new driver Dr. Mitchell Downey will look to continue his winning ways with pacer Fall Bliss, winner of his first two starts at Fredericton Raceway.   Scott Waddell

Fresh off a fourth place effort on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway, American Terror gets a big break in competition Thursday night at the Capital City harness racing oval.   Leaving from post-three in the $ 1000 main event, Ed Harvey owns and drives the five-year-old son of American Ideal. He is enjoying a tremendous season and has accumulated over $ 27,000 in seasonal earnings.   He will square off with five rivals in the sixth race of the night that commences at 7:00 P.M. Contact Jones has drawn the coveted rail position with Mark Haig at the controls.   Other starters include Woodmere Sandman ( Stephen Trites ), Ace On The River ( Todd Trites ), ROF Samurai ( Sam Hodgin ) and Cecils Express ( Scott Hubbard ).   Thursday nights card also is the home of the yearly national promotion " Bring a Friend " to the track event in partnership with Standardbred Canada. There will be lots of activities for all ages and a chance to win some great prizes just for bringing a friend and signing them up.   Once again, post-time is slated for 7:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell    

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