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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute harness racing telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network, which has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, also will air the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial Trot, featuring Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2016 Hambletonian and Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. "We are proud to continue the 40-year tradition of televising the Hambletonian," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "Daytime harness racing is an exciting and colorful sport and I believe every year harness racing fans of all levels anticipate and expect to watch the Hambletonian on the first Saturday of August. "Along with our broadcast partners the New Meadowlands and the United States Trotting Association, we remain committed to giving fans an entertaining and exciting TV option." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's most respected handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, hosts the nightly broadcast of "Racing from the Meadowlands" as well as the SportsNet NY Meadowlands live television programs. Brower is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. New to the Hambletonian coverage this year is Canada's Greg Blanchard. Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair for the past eight seasons, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 26 years. The award winning team will be lead by producer Peter Lasser and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 93rd Hambletonian show will re-air Saturday night, Aug. 4 at 8:30 p.m. [EDT]. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Arena Football League. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

London, May 11, 2018 -- Bridge Street, a longtime fan favourite at The Raceway at Western Fair District, was inducted into the harness racing track's prestigious Wall of Fame during an emotional ceremony on Friday night. The now 21-year-old led the post parade for the Wall of Fame race on Friday with co-owner and longtime trainer Scott McNiven in the bike. Scott's wife Kim, the regular caretaker for Bridge Street, was in tears as she led the gelding back into the winner's circle for the induction ceremony. Also on hand were fellow co-owners Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin along with several friends and family. A large crowd lined the fence to get a look at Bridge Street who amazed them with his impressive physical appearance and charismatic personality. Bridge Street was a fierce competitor on the race track who possessed an innate will to win. In total, the son of Armbro Emerson captured 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The former $10,000 yearling purchase amassed more than $676,000 along the way. Fans are reminded that there is a special matinee program scheduled for Mother's Day, this Sunday afternoon, with first post at 1:15 p.m. The $150,000 Camluck Classic is now just two weeks away. The field of eight will be finalized this week. The Raceway has a huge night planned and full details are available at www.camluckclassic.ca. Greg Blanchard

London, May 1, 2018 -- After many years of dedicated service, where he evolved into one of the most respected track men in the business, harness racing track superintendent Roy Chamberlain will be leaving The Raceway at Western Fair District this month. The 49-year-old has been with Western Fair since 1997, beginning initially in the role of Beef Cattle Supervisor in 1997 before making his way to The Raceway team in 2007. He annually assisted Greg Coon's team during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware County Fair. "I've really enjoyed my time at Western Fair and working with a great bunch of horse people and fellow horse people," said Chamberlain. "I'm proud of the work we have done here. While I'm excited about beginning a new chapter I will certainly miss the job and the people." Chamberlain, his wife Cheron (longtime Agriculture Manager at the Western Fair District) and daughter Layton, will be relocating to Alberta to pursue new opportunities. Doug Lilley, who has worked under Chamberlain for the past 8 years as Assistant Track Superintendent, will be taking on a new role as The Raceway's new Track Superintendent effective May 7. "I have been fortunate to work with Roy over the years and I think we've grown a lot together as a team. We will definitely miss his knowledge and dedication but I'm looking forward to this opportunity and enjoy being part of a team that is very committed to racing." Lilley's first month in the new role couldn't come at a busier time as The Raceway is gearing up for what is going to be a very full schedule during final month of racing at the London oval. A total of 16 race programs are slated in May, including a special matinee program on Sunday, May 7 (Mother's Day) with first post at 1:15 p.m. One of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season will be the inaugural edition of the Camluck Classic (previously Molson Pace) slated on closing night, Saturday, May 26, with first post at 6:55 p.m. The undercard will be strong, once again featuring the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for three-year-old filly pacers along with a quartet of City of London Series finals. There will be scratch n win prizes, giveaways, Molson 'Party On The Patio', the new VIP Infield Experience and much more happening that night on track. The wagering menu will also be bolstered with the addition of a third Super Hi-5 wager that night. There will be a trio of guaranteed pool wagers offered up as well including the early Pick-3 ($5,000), early Pick-4 ($10,000) and late Pick-4 ($15,000). All of these wagers come with a low 15 per cent takeout rate. On Friday, May 11, Western Fair will also host its annual Wall of Fame Night. This year's inductee is fan favourite Bridge Street. The son of Armbro Emerson compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The $10,000 yearling purchase amassed more than $676,000 for his connections that included Tom Brodhurst, George and Shirley Griffin, and Scott and Kim McNiven - who also trained and managed the pacer. This coming Saturday, The Raceway will offer full-card simulcast of this years edition of the Kentucky Derby. Plenty of giveaways along with food and beverage offerings will be available. For more information on everything happening at The Raceway during the month of May, visit westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, April 17, 2018 -- The first ever Camluck Classic is now just over a month away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and there will be some new twists to the London oval's signature harness racing event. In addition to the new race name and new date of Saturday, May 26, the event will feature a new Infield VIP Experience as part of the fun where fans will enjoy a unique view of the action from inside a 4,000 square foot tent located in the track's infield. "The infield experience is something we are very excited to offer for the first time," said The Raceway's Marketing Co-ordinator Amy O'Toole. "Customers will be able to enjoy all the amenities of those on the front side while experiencing the event in a unique and exciting way. " A limited number of tickets will be sold at a cost of $50 (tax included) and will include preferred parking (in the infield), free program, $2 betting voucher, BBQ chicken dinner, dedicated video board, cash bar, exclusive draws, D.J. and photo booth. Tickets will go on sale online this Friday, April 20th. In addition, a Facebook 'beat the box office' contest will open today at 2:30 p.m. where you will have a chance to win a set of two tickets to the Infield Experience on Camluck Classic night. The Facebook platform will also be used this year for another first time endeavour. The Raceway will team up with the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Standardbred Canada to broadcast the Camluck Classic on Facebook Live with coverage beginning at 10:30 p.m. (ET) WEG's award winning broadcast team will be on hand to produce the one hour show which will be distributed on the Facebook pages of both WEG and The Raceway. Standardbred Canada brings their massive online reach to the partnership and will offer enhanced distribution of the telecast as well. WEG teamed up with the Breeders Cup for a Facebook Live broadcast of a 'Win and You're In' race last season which was very successful. They have a number of events scheduled throughout this racing season. More details surrounding the Camluck Classic will be announced in the coming days. To stay connected, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, March 5, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has released the official logo for the newly minted harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational Pace which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26th at the London, Ontario venue. The $150,000 race, presented by title sponsor Seelster Farms, will feature the best older pacers in North America and has become on of the 'go to' events of early summer in London. Western Fair District's graphic designer Jake MacDonald created the new logo which features a clean, contemporary look utilizing a red, white and black colour scheme which are traditional Canadian colours and also most closely associated with Camluck and his regular driver Mike Lachance on the racetrack. "We wanted something unique and fresh that captures the essence of what we want the Camluck Classic racing event to be and are pleased with the end result," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are many subtle references in the new logo and we are excited about the opportunity to re-brand and grow what has become a very significant night on the Canadian racing calendar." Fans are reminded that the Camluck Classic will be raced this year on a Saturday night rather than the traditional Friday night time slot. The power-packed program will feature a quartet of City of London Series Finals as well as the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for three-year-old filly pacers to go along with the main event. There will be special giveaways to commemorate the Camluck Classic with a brand new Infield Party also in the works. Full event details will be announced soon and available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, February 12, 2018 - Horseplayers will have some added incentive to tune into the Tuesday night harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the addition of a $20,000 Instant guaranteed pool in the early Super Hi-5 in race 6. The late Super Hi-5 riddle on Monday night's program - won by 9-2 shot Twilite Zone - went unsolved triggering a carryover of almost $5,800 into the Tuesday program. Post time for Tuesday night's card is 6:15 p.m. Free programs, analysis and live streaming video are all available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle will break down the Super Hi-5 and the entire Tuesday program on the pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Greg Blanchard

After a successful 25-year run as the The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature race, the Molson Pace, will have a new name in 2018. Introducing The Camluck Classic, a $150,000 Invitational Pace, featuring the best older harness racing horses in North America. It will make its debut on a new date this year - Saturday, May 26 at the London half-mile oval. The new race name is a tribute to the late world champion pacer who went on to become the most prolific stallion in Canadian harness racing history. The Raceway is very excited to announce our new title sponsor for the biggest night of racing in London - Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario. "We thank Molson for what has been a wonderful partnership for a quarter century," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "But change is inevitable and this marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for this race and for racing in this part of the province. Camluck helped put this area on the harness racing map and we think it's fitting that the race be renamed in his honour." Camluck hit the race track in the early 1990's under the tutelage of trainer Bob McIntosh and compiled an excellent record at ages two and three for McIntosh, who was part of the New Destiny Stable that co-owned the pacer along with Al McIntosh. At age four, he competed as one third of the powerful McIntosh-trained trio that also included triple millionaire Artsplace and the $1.4 million winner Odds Against. Camluck concluded his career on the race track with 26 wins from 69 starts and just over $1 million in purse winnings. However, it was in the breeding shed where the handsome son of Cam Fella would truly make his mark and, in the process, he raised the bar for the Standardbred breeding industry in Canada. Camluck sired close to 2,400 foals with more than 2,000 of those making it to the races. "When he first went to stud I was cautiously optimistic," recalls McIntosh. "He was a tough race horse and had great conformation but sons of Cam Fella hadn't really hit as sires to that point. I took a shot and bred about 18 mares that first year and it all turned out pretty well. I'd have to say he's one of the greatest pacing stallions ever." His offspring combined for earnings in excess of $235 million and included 635 $100,000 winners and 28 winners of $1 million or more. "To have this race named after him is very special to myself and the entire group associated with the horse. As a kid, London was the track I came to most with my dad and I have a lot of fond memories over the years. I've watched this race grow and was even fortunate enough to win it so this is definitely a big deal, said McIntosh." Ann Straatman of Seelster Farms in Lucan, home of Camluck for more than 20 years, shares the sentiment of the entire group. "We are delighted to have him immortalized in the prestigious Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which is our home track and thrilled to be be the Presenting Sponsor," she said. "Camluck's legacy will live on for generations through his sons and daughters and having this race named in his honour will now add to that legacy." The Raceway's signature night of racing got its start in 1972 and was sponsored by Labatt until 1992 when Molson took over sponsorship. "This race is almost 50 years old now and it's amazing to look back to watch its evolution,' said Blanchard. "It has become more than a race, it is also a terrific event we look forward to enhancing in the future. We are very proud to host a race of this stature and are fortunate to have attracted some of very best in the sport who have produced some of the most memorable and exciting races in recent years" Additional Event details will be available in the coming weeks at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

December 28, 2017 -- The race for top harness racing trainer at The Raceway at Western Fair District for 2017 looks as though it could come right down to the wire on New Year's Eve. With just two programs remaining, conditioner Gord McDonnell holds a one-win lead in the standings over defending champion Vic Puddy (35-34) while Craig Gilmour sits two back at 33. McDonnell, who is in search of his first Raceway training title, will send out just one starter over the final two programs - veteran Katherine B who is the 9-5 morning line choice in Friday night's fifth race. Gilmour sends out two starters on Friday night in Zahfire and Big Lis but does not have any horses entered for New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, Puddy has strength in numbers, sending out three starters on Friday and three more on the final card this Sunday. The Auld Lang Syne Trot and Pace will highlight the New Year's Eve program and it will mark the final career start for a pair of 14-year-old London fan favourites. Weskey, a 59-time career winner with more than $326,000 earned will leave from post 5 in the trot in race 8 while Pacific Oak, a 56-time career winner of more than $453,000 will occupy post 3 in the pacing event in race 9. Those on track Sunday night will have a chance to win a set of tickets to next summer's Trackside Music Festival at The Raceway, featuring Dierks Bentley, and a Coors Light Snow Board. Live racing will be followed by a New Year's Eve 'After Party' at the Top Of The Fair. The 2018 live racing season will kick off on Monday night (New Year's Day) with a 6:15 p.m. start time. The Raceway adds Wednesday's to the weekly schedule which is as follows: Monday - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday - 6:15 p.m. Wednesday - 6:15 p.m. Friday - 7:05 p.m. Live racing continues through the end of May and will be capped off by Molson Pace Night which has been moved this year to Saturday, May 26th. Greg Blanchard

London, December 22, 2017 - For harness racing fans looking to get their racing fix over the holidays, The Raceway at Western Fair District kicks off a busy stretch of 8 race programs in 13 days with an excellent 10-race program tonight at 7:05 p.m. The London oval will also host a special Saturday matinee program tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. along with the traditional Boxing Day afternoon card next Tuesday, also starting at 1:15 p.m. A pair of Alliance Series Finals - both contested at 1-1/16 miles - will highlight the Boxing Day program. The $13,700 Final for $7,000 horse and gelding claiming pacers goes in race 6 and is led by 2-1 morning line choice Veroi Bayama who was a solid winner in leg two of the series, a race he was claimed out of by trainer Lindsey Kerr. The 8-time winner this season starts from post 4 with Garret Rooney listed to drive. Remus Blue Chip enters the final fresh off a pair of wins in London, including a 2:05.3 win at the distance two starts back. He will have to overcome the trailing post 9 on Tuesday with Nick Steward in the bike. A wide open field will square off the in the $14,400 Alliance Final for $15,000 claiming pacers in race 11. Phone In, Godro Hanover, Lyons William and Now What Hanover were all impressive winners in the series with Godro Hanover given morning-line favourite status from 4 with Colin Kelly listed to drive for trainer Joe Pereira. A number of local drivers, along with Santa, will be on hand to greet fans as they arrive on Boxing Day with a commemorative giveaway item. Three lucky fans will have a chance to pick a prize from the Gift Tree and there will be second chance draws throughout the afternoon. There is limited seating available for the Boxing Day Brunch at Top Of The Fair. To make a reservation, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252). Live racing is also scheduled for next Friday, December 29th and again on Sunday, December 31st (New Year's Eve). Fan favourites Weskey and Pacific Oak will make their final career appearances in the Old Lang Syne Trot and Pace as part of the New Year's Eve card. The night also features a pair of fantastic prize giveaways including a pair of tickets for next summer's Trackside Country Music Festival at The Raceway and a Coors Light Snowboard. The wagering menu will be bolstered by a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the late Pick-4 that night and there will be a New Year's Eve after party following live racing at the Top Of The Fair. Fans are reminded that there is live racing on New Year's Day, Monday, January 1st, which kicks off the track's 4-day-a-week schedule throughout the end of May. The Raceway will feature live racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday at 7:05 p.m. For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, December 14, 2017 -- The race for the 2017 "Trainer Of The Year" at The Raceway at Western Fair District is coming right down to the wire with just nine programs remaining in the harness racing season. Heading into Friday night's card at the London oval, Craig Gilmour holds a slim two-win lead (33 to 31) over fellow conditioner Gord McDonnell. Defending champion Vic Puddy isn't far behind with 30 wins to his credit so far. Gilmour is in search of his first London training title and is in the midst of a career-best season with 79 wins overall and close to $500,000 in seasonal earnings. McDonnell, has been one of the top conditioners at The Raceway in recent years and may be the hottest of the trio right now having sent out four winners from his last six starters. Puddy, who won last year's training title in London, has surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings for the fourth time in the last five seasons and recently went over 2,000 wins lifetime. He sends out two starters Friday night and will have a chance to close the gap on his two rivals who both have no horses entered on the program. The Raceway will be a busy place over the next three weeks and here is a look at the complete holiday race schedule: Friday, December 15 - 7:05 pm Monday, December 18 - 6:15 pm Tuesday, December 19 - 6:15 pm Friday, December 22 - 7:05 pm Saturday, December 23 - 1:15 pm Tuesday, December 26 - 1:15 pm Friday, December 29 - 7:05 pm Sunday, December 31 - 7:05 pm Monday, January 1 - 6:15 pm Greg Blanchard

London, November 30, 2017 -- Do you think your Standardbred has what it takes to be a cover boy or cover girl? The Raceway at Western Fair District hopes to find out this holiday season. In conjunction with an already busy month of live racing over the holidays in December, The Raceway is launching its first ever online Christmas Photo contest with the winning submission to be featured on the 2018 Boxing Day program cover. Horse people are invited to get into the Christmas spirit by submitting their best ‘horse themed’ Christmas photo on or before December 26th. A panel of judges will then select the Grand Prize winner to be announced during The Raceway’s New Year’s Eve program on Sunday, December 31st. Fans will also have a chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ on the The Raceway’s Facebook contest page with the winner to receive a Raceway prize package.  The photos will be judged on creativity, originality, humour and the seasonal theme. The contest will open this Friday, December 8th and there are a variety of ways to submit your photo including: a)       Submit your photo to our contest page on Facebook to be considered for the People’s choice slot. Raceway fans will be able to vote on their favourite photos and you will be able to share your photo to your Facebook friends to encourage voting! b)      Post your photo on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #Racewaycover c)    Submit your photo (or scan of your photo) via email to aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com d)      Mail your photo to: a.    Attention: Raceway Marketing b.    316 Rectory St. c.     N5W 3V9 d.    London, Ontario The Raceway will also team up with long time industry partner Wilson Tack to present Christmas In The Paddock on Saturday, December 23rd, which is the final program prior to Christmas, featuring a special 1:15 p.m. post time. All horse people racing that week (December 18, 19, 22 and 23) will have a chance to fill out a ballot for one of the many prizes to be drawn on the December 23rd program. Fans are reminded that in addition to that program, The Raceway also features live racing on December 26 (Boxing Day) at 1:15 p.m., December 29 at 7:05 p.m., December 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 7:05 p.m. and January 1 (New Year’s Day) at 6:15 p.m. Seats at the Top Of The Fair are going quickly for both the Boxing Day Brunch and New Year’s Eve Buffet. To make reservations, call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 239) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. The dining room will also be open on January 1st featuring the regular Pub Night menu. For full details on what’s happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, October 20, 2017 -- Saulsbrook Peach captured harness racing's inaugural Veterans Classic Pace - part of the first ever Veterans' Classic night held on Friday at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The London oval was playing host to the first-time event which honoured Military Veterans, past and present, in a unique way during the night's 10-race harness racing program. The evening began prior to the race program with opening ceremonies performed by 1st Hussars Military Troop, followed by the official unveiling of the Raceway's new 'Veterans Inspired' winner's circle. Fans also had a chance to meet several veterans and check out the various military vehicles and displays that were on hand throughout the facility. Video tributes were shown between races as well. The inaugural Veterans Classic Pace went in race 7 and it was the Isabelle Darveau trainee Saulsbrook Peach who went wire-to-wire in 1:56. The eight-year-old notched his 23rd career win for driver Robert Shepherd and owner Catheline Pelletier. Live racing resumes at The Raceway this Monday night with a first post of 6:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard      

London, October 10, 2017 - There was some confusion surrounding the harness racing payout of Tuesday night's 6th race Super Hi-5 wager at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Super Hi-5 finish order was 2-3-8-4-6 but was made official with the fifth place finisher inadvertently left off the running order and the payout was posted on combination of 2-3-8-4-All. However, when the winning Super Hi-5 combination at The Raceway is not sold it should result in a 100 per cent carryover of the net pool, thus causing confusion among patrons. Tote officials were able to reprice the race and the corrected payout on the winning combination - which was 2-3-8-4-6 - was $456.66 for a .20 cent ticket. Most of the winning tickets were sold online through HPIbet.com and officials were able to make the correction to those accounts. There was in fact a carryover on the night's late Super Hi-5 of just over $6,800 which will go into the early Super Hi-5 pool this Friday night. Greg Blanchard

London, May 25, 2017 -- John Kokinos is the first to admit that coming up with that 'special' horse isn't easy and that's why he feels blessed to have a horse like Molson Pace starter Clear Vision in his harness racing stable. The son of Western Hanover has banked more than $2.7 million and at age 11 shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he's earned more than $130,000 this season with a 4-3-3 record from 13 starts. "He's a horse that I would have never imagined ending up in our barn," said Kokinos, who trains the veteran pacer with wife, Jennifer Lappe. "He's a horse that will have a home for a lifetime. He's easily the best horse I've ever been around." Clear Vision spent the majority of his career in the Ron Burke barn, before ending up with Kokinos and Lappe. "We put a deal together to purchase Bettors Edge through agent Marc Reynolds and I kept asking him if Clear Vision was for sale. To be honest, I thought it would never happen, but I got a call a month later from Marc starting that Clear Vision was available. We quickly jumped at the chance and were overwhelmed to get a horse of his calibre." The speedy pacer made 201 starts prior to moving into the Kokinos barn with the majority of those races at the highest level. "There have been times that I have gone back and watched some of his replays and I still have a hard time believing he's in our barn," he said with a chuckle. "When you see the big trips he's gone and the horses he's raced against - it's unbelievable. He's raced in pretty much every stake race that has been offered in North America." Kokinos and Lappe own the 37-time winner with first-time owner Bob Santagata. "I'm a large animal veterinarian by trade and Bob and his wife own and operate a horse ranch and are a client of mine," the 53-year-old said. "Bob has always sounded interested in standardbred racing and decided to come on board with Bettors Edge and Clear Vision." It didn't take long for Santagata to enjoy the thrill of winning. "It was their first trip to The Meadowlands and they were in the dining room and Bettors Edge won in 1:49.4. They were hooked after that. It's great to see new owners enjoying our sport." said Kokinos. As for Clear Vision, Kokinos says the 11-year-old couldn't be coming into the Molson Pace much better. "He had a really good week, but he doesn't do much in between starts," he said. "He's pretty easy on himself and we're easy on him. He won't impress you when he's jogging, but when you put the hopples on him he shows you a completely different side of him. He's all business." Kokinos has also studied the program for Friday night and likes what he sees on paper. "It's hard to say how the race is going to unfold because the eight horse trails and that could change the complexion a little," he said. "I like that we drew inside (post three) and we'll likely race from off-the-pace. Brett Miller has told me that he's the type of horse that likes to be first-over and that doesn't bother me. I wouldn't be surprised if that happened. I do feel Bit Of A Legend is the horse to beat." The field for the Molson Pace will line up as follows: The field for this years Molson Pace will line up as follows: 1. Bit Of A Legend N ($1,525,011) - Jordan Stratton 2. Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) - Trevor Henry 3. Clear Vision ($2,703,859) - Brett Miller 4. Fool Me Once ($963,778) - Doug McNair 5. Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) - Sylvain Filion 6. Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) - Mark MacDonald 7. Rockin Ron ($665,988) - Matt Kakaley 8. Night Pro ($738,432) - Bob McClure First race post is 7:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

London, May 25, 2017 -- This Friday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, harness racing fans will be treated to another terrific Molson Pace card featuring 12 races and some of the sports brightest starts. With the post positions announced this past Monday, horseplayers have been sharpening their pencils to take advantage of the strong wagering menu. The Molson Pace, slated for Race 12, features eight of the sport's top free-for-all pacers for a purse of $150,000. Offering up their thoughts on the big night are Hall of Fame handicapper, statistician, broadcaster and historian Bob Heyden and HRU columnist Dean Towers along with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle. Bob Heyden 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? There seem to be two possibilities in the race, in my opinion. Jordan Stratton dictates the race with Bit Of A Legend or pure mayhem. 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? Triactor - That's why I put in the #1 (Bit Of A Legend) and backed it up with 7 (Rockin Ron) & 8 (Night Pro). 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 235/468/56/178 Cost: $54 4. Anything else to watch for? Bit Of A Legend N not only swept the Levy last year, he posted the single biggest season ever for a down Under horse with over $700,000. Any breather at all and this race is over for the rest of them. But, in the event everyone half loses their mind, it is going to be a mad dash home and I want prices-the boxcar types. Dean Towers 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? At first glance when I saw probable race favorite Bit of a Legend draw the rail I thought we might be looking at a walk over. But after I dug into the race I was thrilled at this year's edition. Almost every horse has gate speed and most are half mile track specialists. I watched Clear Vision win last week at the Meadowlands and he's sharp; and Fool Me Once has looked excellent of late. From the second tier Night Pro has a nice chance to trip out. It's just a wonderful race. 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? I'm a big fan of the super high five on half mile tracks. The takeout is great and it gives your mind a handicapping test - who may land where, what can we take a stab at for a price? If this race goes some crazy fractions - which on paper it may - this bet can pay boxcars. 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 23457/135/7/1348 Cost: $60 4. Anything else to watch for? Maybe the most talked about card on a half mile track every year in Canada is the Gold Cup and Saucer. However, from top to bottom, with great horses, good drivers and a nice betting menu with good pool size to bet into, Molson Pace night is my favorite half mile track evening of the entire calendar. Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? It's the deepest field of Invite pacers I've even seen on a half mile track in Canada! They've all been there & done that... What a super nice group of horses! 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? It's all about the Super Hi 5 wager for me. I'd likely play the 1 (Bit Of A Legend N) & 3 (Clear Vision) in the top spots for Triactor, Superfecta & HI5 plays - they drew well in here, so it's all based on post position for me. Using 4 (Fool Me Once), 6 (Sunfire Blue Chip) & 8 (Night Pro) for 2nd, 3rd & 4th... Then hit the ALL button to complete the HI5. 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 456/134589/45/13 Cost: $72 4. Anything else to watch for? With the addition of drivers like Doug McNair, Mark MacDonald & Brett Miller - among others - look for lots of early speed & great flow throughout the program. It will be 'On' this Friday night in London! The wagering menu on Friday will include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers First race post is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Greg Blanchard

London, May 23, 2017 -- The 2017 edition of the Molson Pace, slated for this Friday May 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will feature some of the harness racing sport's top free-for-all pacers. One of the new faces joining this year's field is Bit Of A Legend N, who will make his first trek to Canada for trainer Peter Tritton. The New Zealand-born son of Bettor's Delight will line up from the coveted rail with regular pilot Jordan Stratton in the bike. "The draw couldn't have worked out any better," Tritton said from his home base in Pine Bush, New York. "I think most trainers would want the rail and now it's up to the horse to deliver." Tritton, a native of Australia, has spent more than 15 years in the US and will also be making his first trip to Canada. "It's something I'm definitely looking forward to it," he said. "There have been a few times in the past I've meant to come, but it never worked out. My family and I are looking forward to the trip." The veteran conditioner, who races primarily at Yonkers, has found a strong niche for recruiting horses from Down Under (Australia & New Zealand) that fits his program in New York. Standout horses that have found their way in the Tritton barn include Moss Dale Connor N, Mackenzie N, Texican N and Sell A Bit N, just to name a few. "I've been very fortunate to have a great relationship with agent Peter Larkin for the past 35 years," Tritton said. "He recruits the horses and I'll go ahead and look them up with owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He knows the horses have to fit my program at Yonkers and we've had quite a bit of success over the years." Bit Of A Legend N is one horse that Tritton has become very fond of since arriving on North American soil a few seasons ago. The 35-time winner has more than $1.5 million earned lifetime and captured the 2016 final of the Levy against the best free-for-all pacers in North America on a half-mile track. He capped off last season with more than $723,000 earned. "I shouldn't say he was a pleasant surprise how good he turned out, because I knew he was very talented," he said. "I just didn't think he'd be this good. "He's so professional and very easy to drive," Tritton continued. "He's has just a pleasant horse and his manners are perfect. I can't fault him in any way." Tritton will once again be handing the driving assignment to young driver Jordan Stratton. The young reinsman will also be making his debut in the Molson Pace. "Jordan use to drive for me a little a few years ago and we had some luck," said Tritton. "I wanted a driver that would commit to driving all my horses, because I didn't like using different drivers every week. Jordan agreed and I think it has worked out well for everyone." Tritton admits it won't be an easy task on Friday. "I think it's an excellent looking field," he said. "I wouldn't say there is a standout and that should mean a great finish. We're looking forward to the experience in Canada." The field for this years Molson Pace will line up as follows: 1. Bit Of A Legend N ($1,525,011) - Jordan Stratton 2. Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) - Trevor Henry 3. Clear Vision ($2,703,859) - Brett Miller 4. Fool Me Once ($963,778) - Doug McNair 5. Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) - Sylvain Filion 6. Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) - Mark MacDonald 7. Rockin Ron ($665,988) - Matt Kakaley 8. Night Pro ($738,432) - Bob McClure Greg Blanchard

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