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London, May 27, 2019 -- A victory behind pacer Jake Parrish is always special for harness racing driver Nick Steward but was particularly so on Monday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District as it marked the 2000th career trip to the winner's circle for the London reinsman. Jake Parrish is a family favourite who is conditioned by recent Wall Of Fame inductee Larry Fitzsimmons who is also the grandfather of Steward. In Monday's first race, Steward sent his charge straight to command from post one and was able to wire the field in a sharp clocking of 1:56.1 for the milestone win. It was the third win this season and 27th lifetime for the seven-year-old gelded son of Whosurboy who sits with close to $160,000 in career earnings. Fans are reminded that the final card of the season at The Raceway goes this Friday night, featuring the $157,000 Camluck Classic Invitational Pace. The card gets underway at 6:55 p.m. and full details are available at www.camluckclassic.com.   Greg Blanchard

London, May 17, 2019 -- Veteran harness racing horseman Larry Fitzsimmons was inducted into The Raceway at Western Fair District's Wall of Fame on Friday night. With dozens of friends and family on hand, the career winner of more than 1,100 races and $7 million was honoured during a trackside ceremony which was followed by the unveiling of the photo that will go up on The Raceway's prestigious wall. Fitzsimmons is a native of Hanover, Ontario but has called London home since the 1970's and has won numerous training titles at the London oval over his career. Some of his more notable performers include Stonebridge Celest, Angels Uprising and Laurstar. Friday night's $12,700 Wall of Fame Pace went to National Debt in line to Rob Shepherd in 1:54.2. It was the sixth win in just 10 trips postward this season for the Colin Johnson trainee who is quickly approaching the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The Raceway is entering its final two weeks of the 2019 Spring meet which will wrap up with the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31st. For details on the entire evening, visit www.camluckclassic.com.   WFD Media

London, ON - February 18, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced that long time horseman Larry Fitzsimmons will be inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame during the annual ceremony which will take place this year on Friday, May 17th. The native of Hanover, Ontario first fell in love with the horses as a youngster when he would attend the Fall Fairs with his father. In 1965, he turned that passion into a career when he opened his own stable. Since that time, Fitzsimmons has not missed a race meet at Western Fair and during his 54-year career has won many Trainer of the Year titles at the London oval. He has bred and developed many top performers and some of the horses he is best known for include quarter-million dollar winners Stonebridge Celest ($440,000) Angels Uprising ($309,000) and Laurstar ($251,000). One of his favourites is Chicopee Star who was his first OSS winner and became his first broodmare. She is the grandmother of current Fitzsimmons' barn favourite Jake Parrish. Fitzsimmons will be inducted into The Raceway's Wall of Fame during a ceremony at the track that night which will also include the Wall of Fame feature race. From the Raceway Media Department    

London, February 22, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District in London honoured its top harness racing performers for 2014 during their annual awards night on Saturday. Among the highlights was driver Alfie Carroll taking home his first trophy as Driver of the Year, Kendal Gustav being selected as overall Horse of the Year and Natasha House being voted Caretaker of the Year. Two other awards were announced the night of the ceremony and they include Lisa Thompson who was selected as Horsewoman of the Year and the Dave Wall Outstanding Service Award which went to longtime London horseman Larry Fitzsimmons. Here is a complete look at this year's Raceway award winners: Older Pacing Horse - Kendal Gustav Older Pacing Mare - Twilight Seelster Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt - Good Side Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly - Delta Grace Tone Older Trotting Horse - Moonbeam Hall Older Trotting Mare - Thundering Ovation Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt - M C Wood Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly - Sonny With A Chance Claiming Pacer - Cat Four Claiming Trotter (Tied) - Strike A Light and Weskey Driver - Alfie Carroll Owner - Keith Cassell Dave Wall Outstanding Service Award - Larry Fitzsimmons Caretaker - Natasha House Horse of the Year - Kendal Gustav Horsewoman of the Year - Lisa Thompson Greg Blanchard  

Hanover Raceway played host to a special exhibition race of harness racing trotters under saddle Saturday night. The race was won by Sixth Man and was that horse's third in a row after winning in the race bike in his last two starts in Hanover. Sharleen MacDonald of Paisley, Ontario was the winning rider, competing for the first time with Sixth Man under saddle.

Longtime harness racing trainer Larry Fitzsimmons achieved a significant milestone at his home track, The Raceway at Western Fair District, on Saturday night.

Today marks the first Monday afternoon program of the Fall Meet at The Raceway at Western Fair District and could prove a significant one for long time London, Ontario harness racing trainer Larry Fitzsimmons who comes into today's card just one victory away from 1,000 in his career.

With 125 points earned through her first four Grassroots harness racing starts, Angel On The Wing has already assured herself of a berth in the post season, but trainer Larry Fitzsimmons would love to see the three-year-old pacing filly wrap up the regular season on a high note this Thursday at Hiawatha Horse Park.

In just two and a bit seasons of professional driving Nick Steward has achieved more in harness racing than many reinsman will ever accomplish in a lifetime. But the Steward 'driving machine' is only just starting to kick into gear and with age and a strong will to win on his side this 20-year-old could be anything.

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