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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 28th annual Industry Day event on August 6 is a celebration of the people and horses of the harness racing industry. Many of these people tend to acquire a lot of horse things. Loads of art, clothing, clocks, books, mugs, trophies, vases, blankets, figurines, and a whole range of collectibles - all adorned in horses - are at this very moment creating domestic friction in households across the province. For those looking to (or being prompted to) thin out their collections, the Industry Day Garage Sale will connect donors with buyers on one of the best afternoons in Canadian harness racing. All sales will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Grand River Raceway will manage the collection of items. Volunteers from the four organizations will staff the event, equally sharing 100% of all sales. The Industry Day Garage Sale will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Paddock Annex. Also included in the sale is a silent auction featuring three stunning prints on canvas, signed by photographer Dave Landry. The award-winning shooter will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame on August 8 and will be part of a lineup of guest commentators on the Industry Day broadcast. Items will be accepted until August 5. To donate items, call (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or email kspencer@grandriverraceway.com. Industry Day features 11 races including the $220,000 (est) Battle Of Waterloo, $140,000 (est) Battle Of The Belles and an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for three-year-old pacing fillies. A $5 all-access pass for the Kids' Zone includes pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy castles and facepainting. Prize draws include a $500 credit for fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and a Beautiful Summer prize pack of beauty products valued at $1,500. Former Battle Of Waterloo champ Button Up will greet fans from 12:00 - 2:00 and lead the post parade for this year's edition of the race. The halftime show will include the annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes, where James MacDonald will defend his title as "the best Bouncy Pony Stakes driver of all time." Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m. Complete event details: https://grandriverraceway.com/events/industry-day/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted two finals of the Sharpe's Summer Series on July 16. The series, sponsored by Sharpe Farm Supplies Ltd., has been showcased at five tracks throughout the province. Since being transferred to the Patrick Shepherd stable, Lady London and regular driver Robert Shepherd have been leaders in the mare's condition claiming ranks of the B-Track circuit. Posting a 4-1-0 average in 5 starts for the Shepherd tandem, Lady London now adds the $14,400 Sharpe's Feed Series Final to her resume. With front runner Broadway Pebbles breaking stride in addition to having the rail advantage, Lady London was able to find the front with ease and cut the mile out to fractions of 27.3, 56.3, 1:25.4 with a mile time of 1:55.2, a new lifetime mark for the 5 year old Big Jim - Maddam Luck mare. Owned by Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario, Lady London has banked in $31,685 lifetime earnings with a 51-5-2-3 record. In the second $13,800 Final, front end speed prevailed again with Carolina Magic hanging on by a head for the win against condition claiming horses and geldings, fending off a fast-closing Puddin Pie. The three-year-old gelding, driven by Scott Young, went off at odds of 3-2 and posted fractions of 28, 58.1, 1:26.3 to a mile time of 1:56.3 which is a new lifetime mark for the Art Major - Put On A Display colt. Trained by veteran Ben Wallace for owners Birnam Wood Farms and Wallace Standardbreds Inc, Carolina Magic now has $38,317 and a 21-3-6-1 record. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - In his bio, 15 pound Dashpig was described as "brave as a wolf dog". The mighty Dachshund churned that courage into victory, holding on to win the fourth annual Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway on July 6. The four-year-old nosed out defending champion Mustard and a quick charging Jerry in the field of nine. Dashpig is owned by Katie Sudds and Brian Hardy of Tavistock, ON. They won a custom designed trophy (of a golden wiener dog), $100 in gift cards from Ren's Pets, and a gift basket valued at $200 compliments of Elements Casino Grand River. The finalists earned their spots in the championship by finishing in the top three of three elimination races. In all, 30 wiener dogs delighted an enthusiastic crowd which packed the Elora, ON track. While Finnegan didn't make the cut for the race final, he did clean up in the Costume Contest. "Maui Wowie" was the theme of his tropical getup, landing owner Robbin Pinkney an inflatable trophy, $100 in gift cards from Ren's Pets, and a gift basket valued at $200 compliments of Elements Casino Grand River. Bella (dressed as an angel) and Lola (dressed as a bride) rounded out the top three, winning gift baskets compliments of Legendary Canine. Live horse racing continues most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at Grand River Raceway through September. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Mustard won't share the racetrack with any racehorses on Friday night at Grand River Raceway, but he will share the spotlight. The 2017 champion of last year's Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races will defend his title against 29 Dachshunds during the fourth edition of the fan-favourite event on July 6. In all, the night offers 10 horse races and four wiener dog races. Post time for the first horse race is 6:30 p.m. Mustard will start from post six in the second of three heats to be contested after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Tank, the 2016 champion, finished second to Mustard in last year's final. Tank is owned by harness racing driver James MacDonald and his wife Jenna, and will race against Mustard in the same heat from post position #9. The top three finishers from each 10-dog dash will advance to the championship after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length. The event is supported by title sponsor Ren's Pets, Elements Casino Grand River, Big Country Raw and Legendary Canine. Prizes for the top dogs total more than $500. The dog action kicks off with an all-breeds Costume Contest after horse race #3 (approximately 7:15 p.m.). The event attracts one of the largest crowds of the racing season at Grand River Raceway. Organizers have ramped up dining options, adding three food trucks and a licensed BBQ patio to its existing three restaurants and Tarmac BBQ area. A new 10' x 18' video screen in the infield will also enhance the racing experience for guests. Regular Friday race night activities include The NEIGHbourhood which runs free for kids under the Tarmac Tent from 6:30 - 8:30 and includes horse-related crafts, a photo with the winning horse of a race, and a barn tour. 107.5 DAVE ROCKS will broadcast live from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always free for the races at Grand River Raceway. Wiener Dog lovers who can't make it to the track can catch the live streaming video of the broadcast beginning at 6:00 p.m. See the Grand River Raceway website for complete event details, including photos and bios of each dog competing in the races. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is situated in Centre Wellington, widely considered one of the most beautiful and serene municipalities in the nation. The township is comprised of addresses beginning with one of two postal codes: N0B and N1M. This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby Nights. The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code. The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize. Each event also features BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop), 30 opportunities for people of all ages to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program, and free kids' activities and a barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood. There will be 10 races starting at 6:30 p.m., including Racing Under Saddle. Admission and parking are always free. Centre Wellington residents must be 18+ to participate in the draw, and present proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on event days. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by an addressed letter showing postal code. Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society. Questions? info@grandriverraceway.com or (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has announced the recipients of this year's Community Mini Grant program supporting projects related to agriculture and the environment. Eleven grants totaling $5,000 were awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. The grants were awarded on June 12 at Grand River Raceway. The recipients and projects are summarized below: 1. Fergus Medieval Faire: $500 towards the costs of birds of prey/falconer show at the free community Medieval Faire. 2. Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph: $1,000 towards development of a community garden for the CityView Village build. 3. Youth Outdoors Day: $1,000 towards the purchase of new event tents. 4. Western Ontario 4-H Beef Invitational: $500 to supply the exhibitor breakfast and division prizes. 5. The Elora Swan Program: $1,000 for repairs and upgrades to the swan compound, and to stain the main building and hut. 6. Brisbane Public School, Erin: $1,000 to assist with labour and equipment expenses for the installation of natural elements in the primary play area. 7. The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games: $1,000 towards program costs of the Highland Cattle & Sheep and Sheep Shearing educational heritage programs at the Scottish Festival. 8. Township of Centre Wellington (in collaboration with Fergus Scottish Festival, Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora, and Fergus Fall Fair): $1,000 to purchase a graphically designed tent to house the water cart for increased visibility and protection from the elements. 9. G2G Rail Trail Inc.: $1,000 for the purchase and installation of agricultural interpretive signage along the trail. 10. Waterloo 4-H Beef Club: $1,000 to purchase show equipment. 11. St. Joseph Catholic School, Fergus: $1,000 to purchase a rain barrel, mature plants, seeds, and child sized gardening tools for their Allison Brunt Memorial Butterfly Garden. The GRAS operates Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - A large crowd under clear skies kicked off the 15th race season at Grand River Raceway on Friday (June 1). Scott Wray piloted the inaugural winner, Celestial Lady, in a one-length score over Miller Time and Cape Coral. Celestial Lady is trained by Darell Vleeming for owner John Landuyt of Chatham, ON. The Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night lineup included guest announcer Mike Farwell, host of The Mike Farwell Show and the voice of the Kitchener Rangers on 570 NEWS. Farwell runs an annual fundraising campaign called Farwell4 Hire, during which he does odd jobs in exchange for a donation to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Farwell4Hire has raised over $183,000 in the past four years and is shooting for $100,000 in this year's campaign which wraps up on June 2. As part of his paid duties, Farwell jogged eventual race six winner Master Saver alongside driver Anthony MacDonald, then joined track announcer Gary Guy to call race seven. Grand River Raceway donated $500 to his campaign and track guests donated another $350. Alfie Carroll closed the Opening Night card with a three-length win aboard Drake in the Preferred Trot in 1:56.3. It was the six-year-old gelding's fifth win of the season for trainer/co-owner Justin Robson. Live harness racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 1 through September 26. Other special racing events include Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 6), the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 6) and the National Driving Championship (September 26). by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 15th race season kicks off Friday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. In addition to several facility renovations, the on-track experience will be further enhanced by a new 10' x 18' video screen installed beside the remodeled tote board in the infield. The Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night lineup includes guest announcer Mike Farwell, host of The Mike Farwell Show and the voice of the Kitchener Rangers on 570 NEWS. Farwell runs an annual fundraising campaign called Farwell4 Hire, during which he does odd jobs in exchange for a donation to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Farwell4Hire has raised over $183,000 in the past four years and is shooting for $100,000 in the campaign which ends June 2. After jogging a horse prior to race three, Farwell will join track announcer Gary Guy's to call race seven. In addition to the track's $500 payment, the campaign will also receive all $5 donations for kids' colour-then-wash-then-colour t-shirts available in The NEIGHbourhood. The free kids' program runs each Friday race night from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and includes horse crafts, a photo with the winning horse of race four and a guided barn tour. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights also include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, and an extended Tarmac Show between the races. While the $19.99 Race Night Buffet in the Captain's Quarters (overlooking the racetrack) is sold-out for June 1, the facility offers additional dining options in The Lighthouse Restaurant and The Getaway Restaurant. Reservations are not required for either of these eateries. The Tarmac BBQ is also open on live race nights. To place future reservations for the $19.99 Race Night Buffet, call (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or email bookings@grandriverraceway.com Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 1 through September 26. Other special racing events include Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 6), the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 6) and the National Driving Championship (September 26). Grand River Raceway's 10-race program for June 1 is available here and streaming video will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted more than 400 guests at its 10th annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 27. Guests were treated to a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. The full tour of the Open House's seven stations included the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Admission was free, but participants made donations totaling $300 at the door to support local organizations which aid in the retraining and placement of retired racehorses into new riding and driving careers. Other interactive stations included a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth, a mare and foal, horse themed crafts and face painting, and photos in the starting car. Members of Racing Under Saddle Ontario were onsite to demonstrate the versatility of the Standardbred racehorse in different disciplines. Representatives from the Youth Literary Derby chatted with kids and parents about their horse-themed writing contest designed to engage Ontario-resident youngsters in Grades 5 through 8. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Grand River Raceway extends it appreciation to all of the associations and volunteers who assisted with this event. More than 3,500 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House events over the past ten years. Grand River Raceway's live racing season opens this Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2018 live harness racing season launches on Friday, June 1 with a special guest announcer putting the finishing touches on his ambitious fundraising campaign. Mike Farwell, host of The Mike Farwell Show and the voice of the Kitchener Rangers on 570 NEWS, runs an annual fundraising campaign called Farwell 4 Hire, during which he does odd jobs in exchange for a donation to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). During the track's opening night, Farwell will perform two tasks: he will drive one of the racehorses in a warm-up mile (accompanied by a professional driver) and later call a race in track announcer Gary Guy's booth high atop the grandstand. In addition to the track's $500 donation, Farwell 4 Hire will also receive all tickets sales from an Opening Night Penny Auction offering great prizes to guests. "I'm so grateful to Grand River Raceway for their generous donation and this opportunity to promote our campaign," said Farwell. "With your help, we are improving the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis and getting closer and closer to a cure." Farwell4Hire has raised over $183,000 in the past four years and is shooting for $100,000 this year. The season-opener will include 10 horse races which begin at 6:30 p.m. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, the free NEIGHbourhood program for kids, barn tour and extended Tarmac Show between the races. Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 1 through September 26. Other special racing events include Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 6), the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 6) and the National Driving Championship (September 26). Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary/scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $126,500 to 82 students. The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 16, 2018. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2018. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Kelly Spencer

ELORA - Grand River Raceway will host its 10th annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 27. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of harness racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House's six main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $10 donation (per family) at the door to support local organizations which aid in the retraining and placement of retired racehorses into new riding and driving careers. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 2:00. Other interactive stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand with track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn about the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses. Guests can also view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the racetrack surface. The starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opportunities. Members of Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario will be onsite to demonstrate the versatility of the Standardbred racehorse in different disciplines. Representatives from the Youth Literary Derby will also join the Open House to chat with youngsters and parents about their horse-themed writing contest designed to engage Ontario-resident youngsters in Grades 5 through 8. No registration is required for the Open House. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House will run rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Helmets and safety vests will be provided. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. More than 3,000 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House events over the past nine years. For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- More than 400 people celebrated Mother's Day at TheStable.ca's annual Spring Open House on Sunday, May 13 at harness racing Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON).   A surprise complimentary lunch kept guests fueled through nine sets of The Stable's two-year-old horses (54 in all) featured in training races on the racetrack. The races will be captured by drone camera and streamed on The Stable's website.   The broadcast included interviews, feature stories about the horses, driver interviews and commentary from show hosts Fred MacDonald and Hall Of Famer Bill O'Donnell.   An impressive roster of prizes were drawn live on the broadcast near the end of the day.   Two one-percent shares of three-year-old pacing filly Book The Bet were reserved as exclusive prizes for current members of The Stable. They were awarded to Adriano Sorella and Maria Elana Suti.   Guests of the Open House vied for the remaining prizes.   Sherry King, Mike Barbas and Frank Petronski each won a one-percent share in two-year-old trotting colt Curious Winner.   Sean Smyth won a photo shoot with award-winning equine photographer Dave Landry, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in August. Landry is also a member of The Stable. He will capture an image of the winner with their horse and The Stable will have the portrait reproduced as a 16x20 print on canvas.   Fellow member of The Stable, Diane Bryant graciously assembled and donated Mother's Day Gift Baskets which were won by Deanna Van Tol and Del Bianco.   The Open House also included a fundraising component which raised $500 to be shared by the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. The Stable partnered with TFB & Associates Importers Ltd. in Mississauga, ON to offer premium Fever-Tree drinks at the event for a $1 donation per bottle which was matched by The Stable.   There are currently 103 horses and 426 active racehorse owners from 10 countries in The Stable. Trainers Anthony and Amy MacDonald launched the award-winning venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable -- a model which welcomes newcomers to horse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations.   Clients of The Stable can purchase as little as one share (one percent) of a horse, which currently run as low as $95 (plus tax). A fixed monthly fee of $23.85 (plus tax) per share covers the horse's daily care and training.   For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. Kelly Spencer   TheStable.ca      

ELORA, ON - If you're a trivia buff, you're a Person Of Interest for Grand River Raceway's second annual Grand Trivia Night with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) on Saturday, February 17. Last year's sold-out event raised $1,375 for CSGW and awarded $250 to a team of four named McClary Automatics #2. The top scoring trivia team wins $200, plus a $50 bonus if they beat the score of the Pro Team, made up of the highest ranking officers in Wellington County OPP. Tickets are $35 per person and participants can register with their accomplices in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 trivia questions in three rounds (a mix of general knowledge and crime trivia), Mashed Potato Bar, $10 slots voucher (19+), and HST. An online ticket fee of $2.79 is extra. The event also features a cash bar and silent auction. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all silent auction sales. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- More than 300 people packed into harness racing's Tomiko Training Centre near Puslinch, ON on November 26 to attend The Stable's second annual Christmas Open House.   They came from all across Ontario and the U.S. and brought with them enough non-perishable food donations to fill 110 feed bags -- one for each horse in The Stable and representing a total of 2750 kg in donated items. Many who could not attend donated $2,060 to the #OurHorsesFeedPeople campaign organized by The Stable to support the Guelph Food Bank.   The free Open House welcomed current clients of The Stable and newcomers to meet each other, The Stable staff and horses. A live broadcast of the four-hour event was viewed online by nearly 5,000 people as 56 yearlings were showcased in ten sets on the racetrack. A food truck graciously provided by The Stable client Adriano Sorella kept guests fueled throughout the five-hour event. The Open House welcomed 13 new clients, including 10 first-time racehorse owners.   The Stable congratulates the winners of its Open House contest awarding five one-percent shares of Mr Caper(Guccio - Caper Caillie): two shares were awarded to new and current email list members Paul Williamson of Illinois and Mark Ramsay of Nova Scotia; three shares were awarded to Open House attendees Shirley House, Don Scott and Corey Fraser (all of Ontario)   The Stable now boasts 108 horses and 378 active racehorse owners from 10 countries. Anthony and Amy MacDonald, of Guelph, launched the venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable -- a model which welcomes newcomers to horse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations.   The Stable would like to thank everyone who supported the Open House and #OurHorsesFeedPeoplecampaign, including its loyal clients and staff.   • Photos from the event. • Replay of the broadcast.   For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or(519) 400-4263.     Kelly Spencer TheStable.ca  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway wrapped up its 14th live harness racing season on September 27. On A Sunny Day trotted to a new track record of 1:56 in the final race of the card, an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series event. The sophomore filly overtook Delcrest Magicstar in the stretch to record her fifth win of the season. The clocking replaces the record set by Sugar Wheeler in 2012 and matched by Angies Lucky Star in 2013. On A Sunny Day was driven by Sylvain Filion for trainer/breeder Luc Blais. She is owned by Determination of Montreal, QC and has earned $250,286 in 10 starts this season. Earlier in the night, the track honoured top performers Bob McClure and Richard Moreau. This is McClure's third consecutive driving title at the Elora, ON track. His 2017 season includes titles at Grand River, Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs and Western fair. The 27-year-old Elora, ON resident finished the Grand River Raceway season with 63 wins, including his first-ever Battle Of The Belles victory with Play The Bell on August 7 for trainer Casie Coleman. He currently sits atop the national standings at 381 season wins and $2.1 million in purse earnings. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON has won the Grand River training title three of the past four years. He is the current top money-winning and top dash trainer in the nation, and has won the O'Brien Award for Canada's Top Trainer for the past four consecutive years. Eighteen of his 75 starters at Grand River Raceway reached the winner's circle in 2017 for earnings of $117,958. Moreau is a career winner of 5,233 races and $48 million in purses. Race 7 was dedicated to the track's General Manager, Dr. Ted Clarke, who retires at the end of this week. In an interview following the dash, Clarke thanked the fans of horse racing for their support of the industry. Kelly Spencer

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