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LONDON... Officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track will be altering its post time for Friday, December 11 and 18th. The Raceway will shift the track's new post time to 4:45 p.m.     Greg Gangle  

LONDON... The Raceway at Western Fair District is proud to announce an increase in the harness racing track's nightly Pick 5 wager beginning Monday (December 7). The Early and Late Pick 5 pool will now be guaranteed at $7,500 on Monday and Wednesdays. On Fridays, the guarantee will be $5,000. Live racing continues at The Raceway every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening with a first race post time of 6:15 p.m. Monday & Wednesday Wagering Menu Race 1 - $7,500 Guaranteed Early Pick 5 Race 4 - $7,500 Guaranteed Early Pick 4 Race 5 - Early Super Hi 5 Race 6 - $7,500 Guaranteed Late Pick 5 Race 8 - $7,500 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Race 9 - Pick 3 Race 11 - Late Super Hi 5 Friday Wagering Menu Race 1 - $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick 5 Race 4 - $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick 4 Race 5 - Early Super Hi 5 Race 6 - $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 5 Race 8 - $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Race 9 - Pick 3 Race 11 - Late Super Hi 5 The Raceway is pleased to offer these seven wagers at a low 15% takeout. Greg Gangle

LONDON, ON - November 18, 2020 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is teaming up with some of the province’s best harness racing drivers to spread added Christmas cheer this holiday season. The London oval will play host to the first ever Drivers’ Holiday Challenge in support of Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 20th . Post time for the special program will be 4:45 p.m. (ET). Four top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park will take on four of the leading drivers from The Raceway with all driving commissions being generously donated to the charity which will be used to purchase Christmas Toys for children in need. The Raceway will also be matching the driver’s donations. “Toys for Tots is extremely happy to partner with The Raceway at Western Fair District this year. This will be a great opportunity for both our organizations to make a significant impact in our local community,” said Toys For Tots President Robert Krizanec. “It is because of organizations such as The Raceway that will allow children to have a gift under the tree this holiday season.” The inaugural edition of the Drivers’ Holiday Challenge features Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading drivers Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local reinsmen Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. “Given the current climate we wanted to host an event that was both safe to conduct and would support families during these troubling times,” said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. “We are pleased to team up with Toys for Tots and support their initiative around the holiday season. Also, without the commitment of the drivers this event would not be possible. We applaud their support.” COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, will provide live coverage of the Drivers’ Charity Challenge program. The broadcast will be available on the COSA TV’s social media platforms, the Facebook pages of both CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU), as well as the Standardbred Canada website. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizenry whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need. Toys For Tots works to address and prevent specific problems faced by families and their supporting charity organizations by providing toys to children who would otherwise go without during a major religious holiday and provide toys throughout the calendar year to local emergency and social agencies to distribute to children during catastrophic circumstances. From The Raceway

LONDON, ON...Due to the current strangles outbreak at Red Shores Charlottetown, The Raceway at Western Fair District will prohibit entries from horses based in the Maritimes effective immediately that do not show their most recent race in Ontario. Until further notice, each horse will be required to submit two negative strangles tests one week apart to be eligible to race. The Raceway will update the industry when the restriction is lifted. Management at The Raceway apologize for the inconvenience. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Due to the immediate success of the Pick 5 wager, officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District are pleased to introduce a second Pick 5 wager. The wager will begin on Monday, October 26. The Raceway will also shift its Early Super Hi 5 from Race 6 to now begin in Race 5. This will allow the final leg of the Early Pick 5 to offer a nine-horse field. This will also allow the Late Pick 5 to stand alone in Race 6 as a key wager. The wagering menu while offering 12 races will look like the following: Race 1 Early Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 4 Early Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 5 Early Super Hi5 Race 6 Late Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 8 Late Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 10 Late Pick 3 Race 12 Late Super Hi 5 The Raceway is pleased to offer seven wagers nightly with a low 15 per cent takeout. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District gets set to kick off its exciting fall harness racing meet on Wednesday, October 7 and will do so with a number of changes that include a new schedule, enhanced safety protocols and a change to the wagering menu. The new Fall schedule will feature live racing taking each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency across the schedule. The first card of the meet will feature 12 races with full fields. Following consultation with the Public Health Unit, the decision was made to open the Top Of The Fair only to patrons during live racing. Dining will be available all three race days, featuring a Pub Style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. All other areas of the grandstand will remain closed and The Raceway will remain closed for simulcasting. Reservations for Top of the Fair will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Customers will be pre-screened before entering the facility. Reservations will be granted on a first come first serve basis. To make a reservations please visit https://www.opentable.ca/r/top-of-the-fair-western-fair-district-london Reservations can be made only online at this time. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. Superstars Tattoo Artist and Beamond Hanover are expected to compete on the half mile oval. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a choice of swag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Autumn Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The Raceway will continue to offer its traditional Pick 4 wagers with a guaranteed pool of $7,500 on Mondays and Wednesdays and a $5,000 pool on Fridays. The ever-popular Super Hi 5 races will also take place. For more information, stay tuned to The Raceway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or stop by the website at www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced an important change to the weekly training/qualifying schedule for the upcoming Fall harness racing meet. Training and qualifying will be held each Thursday until further notice. Training will commence from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by qualifiers and schoolers. Qualifiers will begin at 11 a.m. At this time access to the The Raceway's paddock is limited to essential staff, AGCO licensed drivers, trainers, and grooms. No owners or patrons without an AGCO license shall enter. All horses must be removed from the paddock one hour following the last schooling session. Anyone permitted to be onsite is subject to the Covid protocols without exception. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The 2020 Fall harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:15 p.m. and fans will notice some changes to both the schedule and wagering menu when racing resumes. In addition, details around COVID-19 protocols and capacity limits for on-track participants and guests are also available. The Fall schedule will look slightly different with live harness racing taking place each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. This change from the traditional Monday-Tuesday-Friday Fall schedule will allow track officials more time to fully clean and disinfect the paddock building between race programs. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency in the schedule and better position The Raceway product on the busy Friday night simulcast market. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a swag bag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. The Raceway generally hosts its Survivor contest on Tuesday, however due to the new racing schedule, Survivor will now be contested on Wednesdays. Same rules will be applied this year and customers can fill out their entries at WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a number of measures have been put into place in order to accommodate participants and patrons in a safe environment. Here's what customers can expect: The Raceway will allow 50 guests in its Simulcast location and Grandstand as well as 50 guests in its East Annex and outdoor patio. Face masks are mandatory in both locations. Customers will be able to make a reservation online for their desired area. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The Top of the Fair restaurant will also be open all three racing days. The restaurant will offer a Pub style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. Reservations will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. To make reservations for Top Of The Fair please call 519-438-7203 x 252 or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. Here's what horse people can expect: When horse people enter the race paddock, they will be subject to a full screening process. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire. Trainers are encouraged to allow themselves extra time when commuting to the track. Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2metres/6 feet must be maintained. The Raceway will offer a new paddock layout to ensure safety of all participants. Management has repositioned each race accordingly to offer the best experience with social distancing at the half-mile oval. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - A further update has been provided regarding the status of Ontario harness racing horseman Dave Jackson, who sustained serious injuries during an on-track accident at Clinton Raceway on June 28. Jackson, 50, has been relocated from London Health Sciences Center to Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario for rehabilitation. His road to recovery will be a slow process according to his life partner Camille Mailloux. Jackson is a familiar face in the harness racing industry. He can be found warming up horses for many trainers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Clinton Raceway, just to name a few. A GoFundMe Fundraiser has been established and the campaign will end this Sunday evening. Anyone wishing to donate is encouraged to do so this week. All proceeds from the GoFundMe fundraiser will be sent to Dave Jackson. https://www.gofundme.com/f/dave-jackson-fundraiser by Greg Gangle

LONDON, ON - Long-time Ontario harness racing trainer Victor Puddy is stepping up in the need of horsemen Dave Jackson, who was recently injured during an on-track accident on June 28th at Clinton Raceway. Jackson, 50, remains hospitalized in critical condition. After the accident, Jackson was transported to Clinton Hospital, and was later transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. Jackson has been diagnosed with severe head trauma along with a neck injury. He has been moved out of ICU and is now on the regular trauma floor at LHSC. The London native has a long road to recovery. Puddy, winner of more than 2,000 races, will be donating his 5% training commission from each of his four starters this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. His horses will line up as follows: Race 2 - Century Gala Race 5 - That's Mia Bad Race 6 - Levis Day Race 8 - Shadow Margeaux A Go Fund Me Fundraiser began yesterday and has already accumulated more than $9,000 which truly shows the generosity of the harness racing community. To donate, please click the link below: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dave-jackson-fundraiser by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Dave Jackson, 50, remains hospitalized in critical condition following an on-track accident on June 28th at Clinton Raceway. Jackson was transported to Clinton Hospital before being transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. Jackson has been diagnosed with severe head trauma along with a neck injury. He has been moved out of ICU and is now on the regular trauma floor at LHSC. The London native has a long road to recovery. Jackson is a familiar face in the harness racing industry. He can be found warming up horses for many trainers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Clinton Raceway, just to name a few. The Raceway at Western Fair District along with COSA (Central Ontario Standardbred Association) has kicked-off the campaign with a $1,500 donation each. - Added line To donate, please click the following link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/dave-jackson-fundraiser All proceeds will be sent to Dave Jackson. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, OH - The 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 Monday (March. 2). The cancellation has come due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures and overnight rain. The Raceway will be back in action on Tuesday 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 43nd annual awards banquet at The Raceway at the Western Fair District was a huge success on Saturday evening in The Raceway's Carousal Room. The large crowd in attendance enjoyed a reception, fabulous buffet dinner, the awards presentation and then dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Jack Wray was the star of the show as the veteran horseman captured the Wall Tyme Lifetime Achievement Award along with Owner of the Year. Wray also took home additional hardware with Arnoldthepaperboy capturing the Three-year-old Pacer of the Year, while his Impressively Done picked up the Older Trotting Mare of the Year Award. Blue Moose, a son of Badlands Hanover, was crowned aged Pacer of the Year and Overall Horse of the Year for owner/driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. The five-year-old was an 11-time winner from 19 starts at The Raceway, in 2020, en route to earnings well north of $50,000 during his campaign. 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, also won 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. Brenda Campbell was named the Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year. Finally, Stacey Currie was crowned Caretaker of the Year. A special thanks goes out to all the sponsors. 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 - Jack Wray Caretaker of the Year - Stacey Currie Horse of the Year - Blue Moose Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the year Award - Brenda Campbell Racing Under Saddle Outstanding Achievement - Maggie Jones by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

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  

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