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LONDON, ON- The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District continues with the announcement of an increase to both its guaranteed Early and Late Pick 4 wagers, beginning on Monday, January 13. Monday through Wednesday the Pick 4 guaranteed pools will be increased to $7,500. Friday's Early and Late Pick 4's will remain at $5,000. The Pick 4 wager features a $.20 minimum along with a 15% takeout. "We're having a fantastic meet and this is another incentive for our customers," said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. "Our Pick 4 wager is certainly a 'go to' and the demand is there for the increase." The track's schedule for this meet is now four days per week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 6:15 p.m. first-race post time and Fridays will begin at 6:55 p.m. From The Raceway    

LONDON, ON - Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its card of live harness racing that was scheduled for Friday (Jan 10). The cancellation has come due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures and overnight rain. The Raceway will be back in action on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. Management at The Raceway apologize for any inconvenience. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

LONDON, ON - The 2019 harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District concluded with the highest all-sources handle for a single card in the history of The Raceway. Patrons pushed $794,720 through the windows on New Year's Eve over the ten-race card with an average just shy of $80,000 wagered per race, also a record. The previous record handle was $765,685 over 16 races. "New Years Eve's record handle was a fantastic end to 2019, and a great way to cap off our Fall meet" said Rob Lumsden, Director of Racing. "The Raceway would like to thank our horseplayers, horsepeople and dedicated Raceway team for all of their support. We look forward to continuing the momentum with all of your support in 2020 and beyond". The records didn't stop there. The month of December produced the highest wagering month ever at The Raceway. The 13 cards produced an "all-sources" betting total of $5,841,958.02, a 67 percent increase over 2018's gross total of $3,496,890. Ten of the 13 cards reached more than $400,000 in wagering. The Raceway is also pleased to announce that wagering numbers were up significantly since the fall meet began. The 2019 fall meet, which began on Friday, October 4, featured 38 race cards and an "all-sources" betting total of $12,659,149.09, a 22.1 per cent increase over 2018. The average per race handle of $31,334.53 showed a 23.3 per cent increase over the 2018 average of $25,403.79. The track's schedule for this meet is now four days per week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 6:15 p.m. first-race post time and Fridays beginning at 6:55 p.m. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District will hold its annual harness racing awards night on Saturday, February 22 at the Carousel Room at The Raceway. The Raceway's top performers for 2019 will be honoured in a variety of categories. Awards for the three-year-olds and older horses are based on the top money earners who made a minimum of six starts at The Raceway in 2019. The claiming awards are based on the most number of claiming wins at The Raceway in 2019. The Owner of the Year award, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, goes to the top money-winning owner who was within the top five highest number of starts during the season. Driver Marc St Louis captured his first driving title at Western Fair thanks to an outstanding season in 2019, which included 143 wins. The Michigan native was also crowned Canada's leading dash winner with 340 wins. St Louis' wife, Danielle, was also crowned her first trainers title at The Raceway. The young conditioner finished off 2019 with 61 wins, 23 more than her nearest rivals Ron MacDonald and Patrick Shepherd. The Raceway will also once again honour its Caretaker of the Year award. To qualify, caretakers must be nominated by Friday, January 31. To nominate someone, participants with a valid AGCO licence can send an email with your nomination to aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. The Raceway will also honour its overall Horse of the Year the night of the event. The fun-filled night, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards and dancing, will commence at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased through Marketing/Promotions Amy O'Toole at 519-438-7203 (ext. 380) or in the Race Office. Tickets will go on sale beginning on January 13 until Wednesday February 19. Anyone interested in attending should note that tickets for this year's event will not be sold at the door so are urged to purchase before the deadline. The 2019 award winners are as follows: Older Pacing Horse - Blue Moose Older Pacing Mare - Woodmere Wyldstyle Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt - Arnoldthepaperboy Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly - Sporty Tori Older Trotting Horse - Nebraska Jack Older Trotting Mare - Impressively Done Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt - Raising Royalty Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly - Victoriahasasecret Claiming Pacer - Hopetobefirst Claiming Trotter - Spicey Victor Owner of the Year - Jack Wray Trainer of the Year - Danielle St Louis Driver of the Year - Marc St Louis Wall Tyme Outstanding Service Award - To Be Announced Caretaker of the Year - To Be Announced Horse of the Year - To Be Announced Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the year Award - To Be Announced Racing Under Saddle Outstanding Achievement - To Be Announced by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Fans of the Super Hi-5 harness racing wager at The Raceway at the Western Fair District will have another massive pool to go after on Friday night's program. Fuelled by a carryover of nearly $10,000 from the late Super Hi-5 on Wednesday's card, Western Fair will offer an instant guarantee of $25,000 on the gross pool for tonight's early Super Hi-5, which will get underway in Race 6. The wager will offer a $.20 cent minimum and low 15% takeout. First race post time is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. For free programs, HD live stream, selections and much more please visit WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

LONDON, ON - Tuesday night's New Years Eve harness racing card held at The Raceway at Western Fair District produced an all-time overall and per race record handle. The 10-race card produced an overall handle of $795,590 and $79,559 per race on the evening. The previous record handle was $765,685 through 16 races on December 23, 2016. "A big thank you to the horseplayers who support our product all season, and to our horsemen for their continued support. This is truly an incredible milestone for The Raceway," said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. "Our track crew had the oval in fantastic shape and we couldn't have asked for a better way to wrap up 2019." The program was bolstered by a pair of increased $10,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers, which bolstered the handle with nearly $30,000 in both pools. The Raceway will be back in action tomorrow (Jan 1) with another action packed 11 race program as we begin 2020. From The Raceway    

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District will exit 2019 the same way it entered...by racing. The half mile oval will offer 10 dashes tomorrow evening with a special post time of 6:55 p.m. The card will feature a special pair of $10,000 Guaranteed Early and Late Pick 4's. The Early Pick 4 will begin in Race 3 with the Late Pick 4 in Race 7. Both will offer a $.20 cent minimum and 15% takeout. "We're pleased with the results of the guarantee and our fans have supported it," said Raceway Manager Greg Gangle. "We know the increased guarantee on this occasion is going to attract even more interest. We're excited for tomorrow evening." Here's a look at the 10-race feature wagering format: Daily Doubles - Races 1 and 9 Pick-3s - Races 1 and 8 - Early guaranteed at $2,500 Pick-4s - Races 3 and 7 - Both guaranteed at $10,000 Super Hi-5s - Races 6 and 10 The program will host its traditional Auld Lang Syne Trot and Auld Lang Syne Pace as it honours its aged trotters and pacers in their respective divisions. Monster In Law, age 14, is expected to make his final appearance of his long career for trainer Don Beatson. The son of Northern Luck has amassed 54 career wins and over $500,000 in earnings. The veteran pacer is owned by Beatson along with Sandra and Ralph Pitt and Ken Beatson. Regardless of where Monster In Law finishes on New Years Eve, the OSS graduate will make his way back to the winners circle one final time for a special winner circle presentation. Howdy Partner will also make his last career start for trainer Mike Rogers. The son of Hawaiian Cowboy has amassed nearly $150,000 in career earnings with a lifetime best of 1:54.4. The 39-time winner has spent the better part of four years under the care of Rogers for owner Craig Mallot. On the trotting side, Winzel will make a special appearance at The Raceway on New Years Eve. Although the 14-year-old wont line up behind the gate, the Brittany Kennedy trainee will lead a post parade before enjoying a special winners circle ceremony to commemorate his career. The gelded son of Royal Strength banked more than $325,000 in career earnings along with 51 trips to the winners circle. The bay is owned by Kennedy along with Nancy and Jack Holmes. Participants racing tomorrow evening can also enjoy free cake in the paddock as we thank our horsemen for another great season. The Raceway will also offer a Grand Prize to on-track patrons for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Miranda Lambert at Budweiser Gardens. For full details on what's happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. From the Raceway

LONDON....Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its card of live harness racing that was scheduled for Friday (Dec. 27). The cancellation has come due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures. The Raceway will be back in action on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. Management at The Raceway apologize for any inconvenience. Greg Gangle      

LONDON, ON -  The Raceway at Western Fair District will once again be one of the busiest harness racing tracks in North America during this upcoming holiday season, as it will feature six programs of live racing over a 12-day period. For the third consecutive year, 'The Raceway' will team up with longtime industry partner Wilson Tack to present Christmas In The Paddock on Monday, December 23, which will be The Raceway's final program prior to the Christmas break. All horsepeople racing this week will have a chance to fill out a ballot for one of dozens of prizes to be drawn during the Monday evenings program. Also, on Monday, December 23, The Raceway will be teaming up with COSA (Central Ontario Standardbred Association) to offer a Turkey Dinner for all racing participants in the paddock for a cost of only $5.00 including tax. Menu Includes: Turkey Mashed potatoes Stuffing Vegetables Gravy Cranberry Buns Boxing Day remains one of the biggest on-track days of the year at The Raceway. Patrons can enjoy several giveaways including: -First 100 to purchase a program receive a Camluck Classic T-Shirt -First 300 get a Heart of Harness Racing Calendar -Gift Tree - Chances to win tickets to Yuk Yuks, Wine and Food Show, Beer and BBQ Show & Betting Vouchers -Grand prize draw - Dinner for 2 at the Sold out New Year's Eve Top of the Fair event. A few seats remain at the Top of the Fair for Boxing Day Brunch. To make a reservation please call 519-438-7203 ext. 252 or topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com Fans can also take in the action in The Raceway's Carousel Room where Beef On A Bun will be offered along with bar service. Customers are reminded that in addition to the Boxing Day matinee program, The Raceway will also host programs of live racing on December 27 at 6:55 p.m., December 30 at 6:15 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 Raceway will begin picking up Wednesday cards of racing, beginning on New Years Day until the end of May. The New Years Eve card at The Raceway will feature a special post time of 6:55 p.m. The card will feature its traditional Auld Lang Syne Pace and Auld Lang Syne Trot. Fans can enjoy Monster In Law, age 14, is expected to make his final appearance of his long career for trainer Don Beatson. The son of Northern Luck has amassed 54 career wins and over $500,000 in earnings. The veteran pacer is owned by Beatson along with Sandra and Ralph Pitt and Ken Beatson. Regardless of where Monster In Law finishes on New Years Eve, the OSS graduate will make his way back to the winners circle one final time for a special winner circle presentation. On the trotting side, Winzel will make a special appearance at The Raceway on New Years Eve. Although the 14-year-old wont line up behind the gate, the Brittany Kennedy trainee will lead a post parade before enjoying a special winners circle ceremony to commemorate his career. The gelded son of Royal Strength banked more than $325,000 in career earnings along with 51 trips to the winners circle. The bay is owned by Kennedy along with Nancy and Jack Holmes. The Raceway will also offer a Grand Prize to on-track patrons for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Miranda Lambert at Budweiser Gardens. For full details on what's happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON -  Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs, in consultation with the AGCO and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), wishes to advise horse people of a new harness racing rule that will be implemented as part of their respective Track Rules effective Saturday, December 14, 2019. This rule will be known as the "Outside Post Rule." The new rule specifies that, "Any horse that is scratched from the outside post position at either The Raceway at Western Fair District or Flamboro Downs will be assigned the outside post position in its next start within 15 days of the scratched date." For Clarity; If a horse is entered at The Raceway at Western Fair and is drawn into post position 7 and scratches, that horse will be assigned post position 7 for its next start within 15 days at The Raceway at Western Fair. Should that scratched horse enter at Flamboro Downs within the 15-day period, that horse will be assigned post position 8. The opposite would apply should the original scratch take place at Flamboro Downs. A) The Rule Applies to: I. All Scratches - Example: Lame, Sick, Transportation, Weather B) The Rule Does NOT Apply if: II. The horse participates in an added money event or racing handicap from the Racing Secretary. III. The horse is scratched from the Outside Post and changes ownership. IV. The horse is present at the racetrack as is a late scratch (sick/lame). V. The racing card or a race(s) are cancelled. C) Please Note: Race Office will monitor all scratches from the Outside Post. If there are two (2) horses deemed to be assigned the Outside Post in the same race, the Race Office will draw by lot for both horses to receive the Outside Post Positions in the entered race. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

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

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