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London, ON - October 22, 2019 -- The Raceway at the Western Fair District is proud to host the 14th annual Harness the Hope Fundraiser this Friday night, October 25. The event is held as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Pink Pearl Foundation, a lesser known charitable organization making a big impact by offering social and emotional support to young women in southern Ontario over the course of their cancer journey. Recently featured in the TROT Magazine October 2019 issue (a national Standardbred racing publication) as a feature story, Harness the Hope has become a staple at The Raceway and one of the major events that kicks off each racing season in London. It is the brainchild of Doreen Dustin a survivor herself and wife of local horseman Greg Dustin, along with their daughters Kristine and Brandi. With two diagnoses in the family now, most recently being her youngest daughter Kristine last year at the age of 33, they are driven with an even greater sense of purpose to help others and make a difference. "The reason we've continued this each year is because of the tremendous support we've received from the industry. And, every year we have women in our community who are diagnosed and it keeps reminding us of the importance of this cause." Doreen explains. The Raceway will be decked out in pink once again with festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. Some of the events include the popular "Winning Key Contest" with 6 Grand Prizes this year totaling over $7,800 combined value and include; an ultimate Cottage Weekend Getaway on Lake Huron for 6, a MacBook Air Laptop, a LG 49" 4K Ultra Smart TV, a 11-drawer Mastercraft Tool Chest Set, a Rose Gold Diamond Necklace and a luxury Michael Kors Handbag Set for the ladies! Horsemen and women racing that night are encouraged to participate in the "Best Dressed Horse" Contest. The horse that shows up with the most "PINK" in support of the cause will win a prize! Fans who wear pink to the track can fill out a ballot for mystery prize giveaway during the night. All patrons, sponsors, donors & volunteers are invited to join in trackside after Race 3 for a commemorative photo opportunity of the "Harness the Hope" winning blanket presentation. The special 12-race program will begin at 6:55 p.m. Top of the Fair restaurant has been sold out since August, however there is plenty of additional seating in the Raceway Annex with live entertainment by Truelove Ways and a pulled pork special will be offered for the night! by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District is pleased to welcome Hall of Famer Roger Huston to the London oval on Friday evening. The famous harness racing announcer has called races over 60+ years, including 180,000 races at 145 different racetracks. He's also been the voice of the Little Brown Jug for the past 52 years. Roger will call the first three races on the card before making his way into the lobby to meet and greet customers. He will be promoting his new book titled 'The Voice: The Unparalleled Life of Roger Huston'. The book-signing session will begin following Race 4. Autographs and pictures with Roger are also encouraged. Following his journey to the half-mile oval, Huston will then make his way to Leamington Raceway on Sunday. The Raceway will also host the third annual Veterans' Classic Night this Friday - a special night of horse racing and celebration which honours the Canadian military. The event, which has continued to grow, will this year feature over 30 military displays as well as a barbecue from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free 'Lest We Forget' bracelets will be given out to the first 200 people to visit the military displays which will be set up in the east annex of the grandstand. The evening will also include a military opening ceremony, the 1st Hussars Calvary skill at arms demo, and a Red Knight flyover. These events will be followed by the closing ceremonies and the start of live racing where the track will be honouring the military between races. Pipe bands will be on hand throughout the evening to entertain everyone. For more information, please visit www.WesternFairDistrict.com by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The curtain opened on The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday evening as the harness racing track began it's 2019/2010 fall meet. The half-mile oval unveiled its newly renovated Top Of The Fair restaurant along with its High Definition broadcast. The Raceway was also pleased to host a pair of $104,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Denali Seelster, driven by Sylvain Filion, set a new track record of 1:54.4 in the first split. The son of Sunshine Beach went gate-to-wire for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Ratchford Stables. The youngster increased his season earnings to north of $90,000. In the other division, Beach Blanket Book came from last-to-first in 1:57.3 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Blake MacIntosh. The son of Sportswriter increased his bankroll to over $115,000. The former $17,000 yearling purchase is owned by Hutt Racing Stable along with Mac And Heim Stable. The Raceway was also pleased with its overall wagering on the evening. A total of $349,350 was wagered on the night, which marks a 59% increase from opening night last season. Live Racing resumes on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. For full results and entries click here. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off its 2019/20 live harness racing season this evening at 6:55 p.m with an 11-race program. The opening night festivities will include $1 programs and food specials along with prize giveaways throughout the night compliments of Ontario Racing. The 'Wanna Drive' team will also be on hand and will offer fans the chance to sit behind an actual racehorse in a custom made double-seater jog cart. Race fans will also notice some major changes to the television broadcast. The entire production has been upgraded to High Definition and will feature a fresh new look incorporated into the graphics package. HD Live streaming is also available to customers at WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway. The popular wagering menu will once again feature a trio of guaranteed wagers. The Pick-3 will feature a $2,500 guarantee with a new 60-cent minimum, while a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers will be offered - all of the aforementioned wagers will feature a 15 per cent takeout. The Super Hi-5 races will be contested at the distance of one and one-sixteenth miles. Customers can also experience the newly renovated Top of the Fair restaurant. To celebrate, The Raceway is offering a 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the entire month of October. To make reservations at the Top of the Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 252). For complete details, visit westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON...The field for the second harness racing edition of the $157,000 Camluck has been drawn and it was Ideal Jimmy drawing the coveted rail position while Rockin Ron, winner of last year's signature race, will leave right in behind from the trailing post eight. Sintra, the lone local horse, has drawn post five for the husband-wife team of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Stephanie Jamieson. The son of Mach Three will enter the Camluck Classic with a 6-1-0 record in his last seven starts. Done Well, who captured the Confederation Cup in 1:50.2 in his last start, will be one of two starters for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Well Said has earnings approaching $600,000 and boasts a 2-1-0 record from three starts this season. He will line up from post two. Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Ideal Jimmy 2 Done Well 3 The Wall 4 Southwind Amazon 5 Sintra 6 Rockin Speed 7 Trump Nation 8 Rockin Ron More than $400,000 in purses will be offered up on the program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. The complete draw for Friday night's program will be held on Tuesday morning and will feature a powerful undercard which includes the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. A quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night with more than $100,000 up for grabs for three-year-old colts and fillies on both the trot and pace. For more information, visit WesternFairDistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

LONDON... Harness racing veteran pilot Scott Coulter enjoyed a special milestone when he notched his 5,000th career win on Wednesday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Brantford, Ontario resident has been a mainstay in the Ontario circuit for more than 25 years and was crowned the leading dash winning driver during the 2018 season at The Raceway. It was a fitting ending to the road to 5,000 for Coulter as he guided 2018 Horse of The Year Spicey Victor to victory in Race 9. Coulter has been primary driver behind the aged gelding for trainer Len Lalonde and his wife Kristina. Scott Coulter and Spicey Victor Greg Gangle

LONDON...Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District reports a significant increase in the number of nominations for this year's City of London Series. Total number of nominations was 172 this year compared to 121 last season. The harness racing pacing divisions show the largest increase over last year with 59 nominations for both Colts and Geldings along with Fillies and Mares. Trotting colts and geldings showed an increase as well with 33 nominations in total. Listed below are the number of nominations per division: Pace    2018    2019 C&G         31        59 F&M         42        59 Trot      2018    2019 C&G         27        33 F&M         21        21 The series is for Ontario-sired horses that are non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of February 28. Eliminations are set to begin on Wednesday, May 22. Four divisions will take place with each final scheduled as part of the rich Camluck Classic night. Horse people and fans alike are reminded that the Camluck Classic moves back to its traditional Friday time slot this year and is scheduled for Friday, May 31. For the complete list of nominations, please click below:   https://woodbine.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/Standardbred/Stakes_Eligibles/Ontario%20Alliance%20eligibles%202019.pdf   For more information visit WesternFairDistrict.com   Greg Gangle      

LONDON - Following a challenging winter season of unpredictable weather, The Raceway is entering the homestretch of its 2018/19 meet and looking forward to a busy and exciting final two months of racing. As a way of kicking off Spring, all participants racing next week at the London oval will have the chance to take part in the 'Spring Into Summer' giveaway which begins this Monday night. All licenced participants racing next week can fill out a ballot for one of dozens of prizes to be won. The draws will take place during the Friday, April 5th live card of racing. The Raceway would like to thank all horsemen for their participation throughout the 2018/2019 race meet. Horse people and fans alike are reminded that the Camluck Classic moves back to its traditional Friday time slot this year and is scheduled for Friday, May 31st. Stay tuned to The Raceway's website and social media channels for full details in the lead up to this year's event.   Greg Gangle      

London, ON  - The Raceway at the Western Fair District honoured its top performers from 2018 during the annual awards night on Saturday, February 23 at the Carousel Room at the London, Ont. raceway. A capacity crown was on-hand for the event which included a reception, dinner, dancing and the awards presentation. Spicey Victor was the star of the show as the claiming trotter took home three awards, including Horse of the Year for regular trainer Len Lalonde. He was also crowned Older Trotter of the Year and Claiming Trotter of the Year. The veteran gelding scored 20 victories in 2018 with 12 of them coming at The Raceway. Driver Scott Coulter captured his first driving title at Western Fair thanks to an outstanding season in 2018. Patrick Shepherd also notched his first training title with a one-victory score over Vic Puddy. The annual Walltyme Stable Lifetime Achievement Award went to the husband and wife team of John and Linda Yake. Jennifer Pinkerton was named Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year. Finally, Dillyn Jackson was crowned Caretaker of the Year. Here is a look at the complete list of the 2012 Western Fair award winners: A list of the 2018 Raceway Award winners appears below. Horse Of The Year: Spicey Victor Older Pacing Horse: Artistic Pick Older Pacing Mare: Casino Classic Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Maximus Power Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Together We Run Older Trotting Horse: Spicey Victor Older Trotting Mare: Espoir Go Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Cold Beer Here Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Miller Time Claiming Pacer: So Long Sugar Claiming Trotter: Spicey Victor Driver: Scott Coulter Trainer: Patrick Shepherd Owner: Rebecca Williamson by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its harness racing live card that was scheduled for Wednesday (February 13). The cancellation has come due to unexpected heavy snow and snow squalls in the region along with treacherous travelling conditions for racing participants. The next card of live racing at Western Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 15. First-race post time for the card has been slated for 6:55 p.m. By Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

The Raceway Announces Dates Changes For 2019 London, January 1, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District kicks off its 2019 season tonight and officials at the London half-mile oval have announced some of the details of the track's upcoming Spring season. The Raceway will once again host 125 race dates in 2019 and one of the important date changes will be that of the second edition of the $150,000 Camluck Classic Invitational on closing night. The track's signature event will move back to the traditional Friday night time slot - Friday, May 31 - after being raced on a Saturday night this past season. "We tried a change to Saturday night this past year for a variety of reasons and were not satisfied with the results, so have opted to go back to our traditional spot this year," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "We race in the Friday slot all season and customers have become accustomed to that. I know we are excited to make the change back to Friday and I think the fans will be too. It gives us more overall visibility than we would get on a Saturday night." The Raceway will also host a special Mother's Day matinee card on Sunday, May 12. First race post time will be 12:55 p.m. In lieu of the holiday card, The Raceway will be dark on Monday, May 13. The Raceway will be also be dark on Wednesday, May 29 in preparation for the Camluck Classic card that Friday. Fans are reminded that beginning tonight, live racing shifts to a four-day-a-week schedule through May 31. Live racing goes each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Fridays at 6:55 p.m. The Raceway will be announcing its 2018 award winners in the coming days along with the date for the annual award's dinner and presentations. For more information, please visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

LONDON...With just three cards of harness racing remaining in the calendar year, The Raceway's trainers title could come down to the wire. Heading into the Boxing Day card at the London oval, Patrick Shepherd holds a slim one-win lead over fellow conditioner Vic Puddy. Shepherd is in search of his first London training title and is in the midst of a career-best season with over 200 wins along with surpassing $1 million in season earnings. Puddy has been one of the top conditioners at The Raceway in recent years and will look to defend his title after being crowned The Raceway's top trainer in 2017. O'Brien Award finalist Richard Moreau has been a dominant conditioner at The Raceway for many years is currently sitting third, just two wins back of Shepherd. Another O'Brien Award finalist, Kyle Bossence, is stalking in fourth with 31 wins this season. The Arthur, Ont resident has been named a finalist for the Rising Star Award. Name - Wins Patrick Shepherd - 35 Vic Puddy - 34 Richard Moreau - 33 Kyle Bossence - 31 Three final cards are remaining in the calendar year, which will be hosted on Boxing Day (1:15 p.m.), December 28 (6:55 p.m.) and New Year's Eve (6:55 p.m.). Greg Gangle

London, December 19, 2018 -- The Foiled Again farewell tour will make one final stop at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday, November 21. The 14-year-old, 108-time career winner is the richest Standardbred of all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The Standardbed icon will lead a post parade and enjoy a meet-and-greet with fans. Customers and horse people are also encouraged to participate in a winner's circle photo with Foiled Again which will take place during a special ceremony during the race card. A giant 'Happy Retirement' greeting card will also be available for horse people to sign in the paddock and will be presented to the connections that night. The Raceway will also offer an exclusive giveaway featuring commemorative Foiled Again hockey pucks. A limited edition of 150 of the pucks will be given away trackside that night. Foiled Again has been travelling North America in recent months making stops at various tracks giving fans one final glimpse of the champion. The son of Dragon Again is set to retire at the end of this season following stops at Woodbine, Mohawk Park on December 22 along with The Meadows on New Year's Eve. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable, Foiled Again raced in London's Molson Pace six times, winning the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.   Greg Gangle

London...The Raceway in London, Ontario, will once again be one of the busiest tracks in North America during this upcoming holiday season featuring seven harness racing programs over a 13-day period. For the second consecutive year, The Raceway will team up with long time industry partner Wilson Tack to present Christmas In The Paddock on Saturday, December 22nd. This will be the final program prior to the Christmas break with a special start time of 1:15 p.m. All horse people racing that week (December 17,18, 21 and 22) will have a chance to fill out a ballot for one of dozens of prizes to be drawn during the Saturday afternoon 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 28 at 6:55 p.m.,December 31 (New Year's Eve) at 6:55 p.m. and January 1 (New Year's Day) at 6:15 p.m. The first Wednesday program of the new year is slated for January 2nd at 6:15 p.m. The great Foiled Again will make his final appearance in London on the evening of Friday, December 21st. The richest pacer of all-time and two-time Molson Pace champion will be on hand to meet fans during the night and there will be a special retirement presentation during the night were 150 fans will have a chance to take home a commemorative Foiled Again hockey puck. 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. For full details on what's happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. The Raceway Holiday Draw Schedule The Raceway at The Western Fair District would like to remind horse people of the holiday draw schedule and a pair of special post times over this holiday season. There will be live racing on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern) as well as a special New Year's Eve program with first post at 6:55 p.m. The holiday draw schedule is as follows: Race Date - Draw Date Friday, Dec. 21 - Monday, Dec. 18 Saturday, Dec. 22 - Tuesday, Dec. 18 Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Wednesday, Dec. 20 Friday, Dec. 28 - Friday, Dec. 21 Monday, Dec. 31 - Thursday, Dec. 27 Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Friday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Dec. 28 Friday, Jan. 4 - Saturday, Dec. 29 All boxes close at 9 a.m Greg Gangle

London, November 29, 2018 -- The Foiled Again farewell tour will make a special stop at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday, November 21. The 14-year-old, 106-time harness racing career winner is the richest Standardbred of all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The Standardbed icon will lead a post parade and enjoy a meet-and-greet with fans. Customers and horse people are also encouraged to participate in a winner's circle photo with Foiled Again which will take place during a special ceremony during the race card. A giant 'Happy Retirement' greeting card will also be available for horse people to sign in the paddock leading up to the event and will be presented to the connections that night. "Foiled Again has truly become the people's horse and we really appreciate the fact that the connections have agreed to bring him here one last time during this farewell tour," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "He obviously has a special place here as a two-time winner of the track's long time signature race The Molson Pace." The Raceway will also offer an exclusive giveaway featuring commemorative Foiled Again hockey pucks. A limited edition of 150 of the pucks will be given away trackside that night. Foiled Again has been travelling North America in recent months making stops at various Fair and Pari-mutuel tracks and giving fans one final glimpse of the champion. "He really is that once in a lifetime horse," said Blanchard. "To achieve what he has over such a long illustrious career sets him apart from the other great champions. And, we are thrilled that our local fans will have a final opportunity to come out and see him in person and pay tribute to this superstar." The son of Dragon Again is set to retire at the end of this season following stops at Woodbine, Mohawk Park on November 22 along with The Meadows on New Year's Eve. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable, Foiled Again raced in London's Molson Pace six times, winning the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Greg Gangle  

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