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Racing participants from both Woodbine, Mohawk Park along with The Raceway at Western Fair District are stepping up in support of Kristy Dustin. Kristy, the daughter of long-time horsemen Greg and his wife Doreen Dustin, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past summer and is currently undergoing treatment. The 33-year-old and husband Matt, share two young daughters, Abbigael, 9, and Kamryn, 3. Kristy along with her mother began The Raceway's Harness The Hope in support of Breast Cancer 13 years ago after Doreen was diagnosed. Doreen is cancer free, while Kristy begins her own fight. Kristy has already began treatment which will continue for the next six to eight months followed by another surgery. Driver Natasha Day along with trainer Shannon Henry spearheaded the idea of horse people stepping up in support. "Our industry is one of a kind and we always seem to support people in need," said Shannon Henry. "Natasha and I spoke about this idea and thought it would be a great idea to have a night that trainers/driver/owners could donate a portion of their winnings to a great cause." Day echoed Henry's thoughts. "I mentioned the idea to a few of our drivers at Western Fair and there wasn't any hesitation. People want to help," she said. "That snowballed into the Mohawk drivers room and the whole idea quickly came to fruition. It's really great to see the industry coming together." Monday, November 19 both Woodbine, Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair District will host an evening to support Kristy Dustin. Drivers/trainers and owners on that evening that are willing to donate a portion of their earnings are encouraged to contact Natasha Day and/or Shannon Henry. "Everyone is encouraged to participate in their own way as well," Henry said. "We've started a conversation on social media and it's gone viral. We have people participating as far as south Florida. What a wonderful gesture as we begin the holiday season." Day will be a special guest with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle on Tuesday evening at The Raceway. The pregame show is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. For more information please contact Shannon Henry (519-831-6921) or Natasha Day (519-498-3203). From The Raceway at Western Fair District      

ELORA, ON — Erin Hall and Valencia Sol took full advantage of the opportunity presented to them at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. With the top five fillies in the point standings on the sidelines for the fifth Grassroots event, both Erin Hall and Valencia Sol scored convincing victories that moved them up the rankings and into contention for a berth in the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Championship. Valencia Sol and trainer-driver Greg Dustin employed come-from-behind tactics in the second Grassroots division, sprinting around the final turn to a one and one-half length victory in 2:02.2. The win was the Amigo Hall daughter’s second straight in Grassroots action and moved her into ninth spot in the point standings with 103. Jackie Drysdale of Orangeville shares ownership of Valencia Sol with Darlene Hayes of Carlisle. In the fourth $18,000 division Erin Hall and driver Jody Jamieson opted to go straight to the front from Post 5, and the duo cruised home unchallenged to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:03.1. Moffat resident Jamieson engineered the win for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, his daughter, Hailey Jamieson of Cambridge, and their young partner, Mackenzie O’Sullivan of Cambridge. Erin Hall now has two wins, one third and one sixth to her credit through four Grassroots starts, putting the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter in sixth spot in the division standings with 115 points. The other Grassroots divisions were captured by Supreme Monarch in 2:02, Tosca in 2:02.1 and Charstruck in 2:04.4. For complete results  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

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