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Grady Hachey is one of the youngest racecallers in the game, having started at age 11 and making Canadian news when he called a harness racing non-wagering card in 2017 at age 12. He also assists trainer Charlie Miles at their hometown racetrack when his school schedule allows. This year, with COVID-19 shutting down both schools and harness racing in recent months, Grady has been spending more time helping out around the barn, and was recently named a 2020/21 US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Youth member. He originally wanted to review the well-known track where he had his first-ever experience of live harness racing, but instead chose to use this platform to promote a track closer to home, where he gained early experience as both racecaller and horseman. While he is not from a family steeped in harness racing history, Grady Hachey is part of the newest generation in a community where the sport has been contested at three different venues since 1820.  Canada’s oldest, through the eyes of its youngest. Sometimes a racetrack is more than just a place where horses run. Sometimes it’s history. For some people, it’s a second home. (I am one of those people). It can even be something people live for. Fredericton Raceway is one of those tracks. USTA records show that Fredericton Raceway opened in 1870, making it arguably Canada’s oldest racetrack. The track surface itself is loaded with history. A great deal of amazing races have taken place at the track, such as one race where the track record was broken: the 2012 Walter Dale Memorial Pace. It was won by Mcapolco (p, 6, 1:51.2s; $345,150) and driver Brodie MacPhee for trainer Jackie Matheson, in the time of 1:54.2! Fredericton Raceway is a place for people young and old to come watch races. With two big open grandstands, little kids can have a great view of the racetrack to watch the horses race, or they can go down to the fence and have the horses go by them, just feet away. I will tell you, there is something special about the racetrack. It is a gathering place at the barn area for older gentlemen who reminisce about “the good old days” and tease each other about who knows what. So many tremendous horses have come out of Fredericton Raceway, such as Flying Cowboy (p, 4, 1:50.3f; $201,937), who was developed by Charlie Miles before being sold to American owners, for whom he went on to take his record south of the border. There was also 2009 Walter Dale Memorial Pace champion All Star Dragon (p, 6, 1:50.3f; $252,835), who was developed by Stacey Gay and Everett Hansen. He went on to race in the United States and took his record there.  Despite the track not racing this year, there are still horses training down to race at fellow New Brunswick racetrack, Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. (Note: An exhibition card was raced at Fredericton Raceway September 8, 2019, the last date the track has hosted live competition.) No matter what happens to the Fredericton racetrack, the provincial capital will always be known as “Canada’s oldest” harness racing site.  Know a young harness racing fan and/or participant who would like to share their story about the youth-friendly elements of their favourite track? The USHWA Youth Membership Committee welcomes submissions from young people (aged 21 or younger) who would like to let others know about what makes their favourite track a great place to enjoy live racing, whether now or before Coronavirus restrictions (in provinces/states where attendance is currently restricted). Please contact USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair Melissa Keith ( if interested in taking part in this project.  Fredericton Raceway, by Melissa Keith

Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway will see a celebration of retirement for aged pacing horse Skippy as Horse Racing New Brunswick and along with Greenhawk, Shur Gain and Debbie Mahar have stepped up to salute the classy harness racing son of Camluck who this year, reached the age of fourteen years old.   Harold Defazio owns the ironsided pacer who has accumulated over $82,000 in career earnings and a lifetime best of 1:56.3 taken at Bangor Raceway. One of his biggest wins on the Maritime racing circuit was back in 2015 as he captured the prestigious Walter Dale Memorial for his regular pilot Mark Haig.   Defazio, who purchased the son of Camluck in Ontario back in 2012, and since then the horse has become so much more than just a racehorse, he is a member of the Defazio family.   Many races, road trips to other tracks including South of the border, the colourful Defazio has decided it's time to give the horse a well earned retirement. He had hoped 2020 would see him be his final year of racing, after prepping him for the season and ready to qualify, something was just " off " with the horse. Defazio decided then it was time to call it a career. He closes his career with twenty-nine wins, just one shy of thirty.     Skippy will be trackside after race number four on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway. Local sponsors Cindy at Greenhawk and Sarah at Shur Gain have co-sponsored gifts of celebration including some much deserved treats, grooming bag, and a plaque and cooler donated by Debbie Mahar.   Congratulations to Harold & Sandra Defazio who have always treated the horse as part of their family with lots of TLC, treats, and pampering during his time since arriving on the scene in 2012. Post time is at 1:00 P.M with a six-dash card at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Scott Waddell  

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Harness racing is getting back underway in more jurisdictions every week after a complete shutdown two months ago at tracks across North America due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic. New Brunswick has announced its first card of the season will be June 6 at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, while Nova Scotia indicated this week that racing will return to its three tracks in June with final details being ironed out. In the U.S., Illinois received the green light to go, and New Jersey will hold qualifiers this week while awaiting confirmation on when live racing may resume. While live racing is back, there is not a single jurisdiction allowing fans back at the track for at least the time being. The first qualifiers of the season were held Saturday afternoon at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with more than 60 horses entered in nine dashes in front of an empty grandstand. Race fans caught the action live at from the comfort of their own homes. More qualifiers were scheduled for Thursday evening at the capital oval followed by afternoon cards Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. leading up to the first card of live racing on Thursday, June 4. Mixed into the qualifying crowd are some new names to East Coast racing. Vegas Rich (24 wins, $121,499 earned, mark of 1:53.1 at Kawartha Downs) qualified Saturday for trainer Jansen Sweet and owner Frank Sweet of Knutsford. The Million Dollar Cam nine-year-old had been racing the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. Much Adoo (26 wins, $401,347, 1:49.4 at Mohawk) is now part of the Ron Matheson stable and is owned by Bruce Wood’s Rollwithitharry Racing of Marshfield. The Classic Card Shark eight-year-old pacing mare was claimed for $7,500 from Dover Downs in Delaware. Miss Kabana (nine wins, $59,181, 1:54 at Mohawk) is now owned by Gary Poulton, Gail MacDonald and Trevor Warren of Charlottetown. A five-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Miss Kabana has been racing the $15,000 claimer at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario, pacing in 1:55.4 in her latest start in March. There have also been some additions to the top pacing ranks on the East Coast with more sure to come. Lisburn, a finalist in 2019 in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, is back on the East Coast in the Kenny Arsenault stable for owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The five-year-old pacer was a force in the preferred ranks in the fall before moving back to Ontario for the winter meet at Mohawk. Avatar J, a third-place finisher in last year’s James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation, has been placed in the Danny MacDonald stable of Charlottetown by owners Jody Sanderson of Cornwall and Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont. The six-year-old American Ideal pacer was racing the Ontario circuit for trainer Ron MacDonald and was a winner in 1:52.2 in March at Mohawk. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer  

Drivers John Willie Beaton and Mark Pezzarello each recorded a pair of driving wins on an eight-dash card of harness racing Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Beaton drove Brother John to a wire-to-wire win in 2:00.1 in the afternoon feature race, finishing a length ahead of Dreamfair Van Dam and Accelerator. Cowboy Gilles rallied from last to win in 2:02.4 for Beaton to give him the double. Pezzarello led all the way with Florida Bound, who opened the afternoon by winning in 2:05 for owner Doug MacDonald, before guiding Classic Smiley to her third straight win, this time in 2:01, a half-length ahead of Zero Stress Nora. Fans wagered $9,445 on the program. The next live card of racing goes to post next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Reprinted with permission of the Cape Breton Post

After a long off-season, harness racing in Saint John, N.B gets back into full swing on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway at 1:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of six races on the season opener including a $ 1500 winners over event. Bugger Max, one of the most consistent pacers in Saint John last season, will have post-one for owner's Gordon White and Dale Orr. Mark Haig will be in the drivers seat on the nine-year-old gelding. Newcomer to New Brunswick, Team Edward will see his first action in Saint John on Saturday. Owned by Mallory Davies of Geary, N.B the veteran son of Bettors Delight will be under the guidance of Todd Trites. Rounding out the top-class are the Ellen Stevenson trained Father Ofthe Year for Mike Downey and City Of The Year for driver Dr. Mitch Downey. Also available on Saturday, is off-track wagering on the 2019 Kentucky Derby from Lexington. Horse Racing New Brunswick will offer wagering on the prestigious race at all it's simulcast venues, including in Saint John at the Sulky Room Lounge. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends a big thank-you to all of the horse people involved in Saturday's race card, and best wishes to all on a successful 2019 in racing to everyone. For more information, please visit the official site of H.R.N.B at Scott Waddell

In April of 2017, a group of former Executive Directors for Fredericton harness racing, along with some local businessmen, got together and started on the road to creating the dream of hosting a "Matinee" card of racing to celebrate the 130th anniversary.   They then requested the assistance of the Fredericton Horseman's Association, and plans began to come together for this "Matinee" day of racing to be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  This date happened to fall on the Saturday of NBEX week and would be named "Fredericton Raceway 130".  It has been a tradition over the years that there were 2 or 3 race dates scheduled during exhibition week, which usually brought in the largest crowds.  The exhibition always begins on the Labour Day weekend and our first card of the week was always the Labour Day Monday.   This year 2017, has been a difficult year for the horsemen and women who own, train and stable our horses in the barns located on the track backstretch area.  The racetrack grounds, along with other lands located immediately adjacent to the track, are owned and operated by the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition (NBEX) and, up until December 31st, 2016, was leased by Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB), the current governing body in New Brunswick.    Unfortunately, without success, NBEX and HRNB worked throughout 2016 to try and reach a fair and equitable new lease agreement for 2017.    Subsequently, HRNB closed its business operations, including a lounge where VLT's, off-track betting, etc., were located.  Those operations were relocated to Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, New Brunswick and, since they have left Fredericton, they have basically and completely turned their back to those of use here still in Fredericton.    This is the first racing season in our history that the track has been dark and no cards were scheduled.  We have supported them this entire season by sending our horses to Saint John to race, without receiving the reciprocal support of HRNB or Saint John horsemen.    However, regardless of our standing with HRNB, we moved forward with plans and to go it alone with turning the dream of a celebration of this 130th anniversary, into reality.    Some 27 sponsors, including major sponsors such as Meridian Farms and Home Hardware were obtained and $20,000.00 raised through the tremendous support received from these great sponsors.     This dream was realized this past Saturday and was much more of a success than we could ever have imagined when we started out.  Indeed, there were times when, personally, I thought that it would come to fruition at all.  Horsemen brought their horses to race at this Matinee, from all over New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec as well as from the State of Maine, the magnitude of this support was overwhelming.    There were some 70 horses racing in a non-betting, 11 race card.  We also, had tremendous support from horsemen in Ontario, one of which provided us with beautiful coolers for each of the 11 races.    One of the races was an open trot which hadn't been seen at Fredericton Raceway for more than 20 years.    There were several memorial races including the feature race, the annual Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial Pace.    The air was electric and everything was extremely positive. The day went better than we could ever have anticipated.    Despite the fact that there was no parimutuel betting, there was a tremendous crowd of fans who came to support us, and the comments from both fans and horsemen alike were nothing positive and exciting.   Whether a horse ended up in first or seventh place, everyone received a cheque which helped with their travel costs. I could go on and on. However, should you decide that this might be worth printing a story on your site, I would direct you to one of the Co-Chairs of this project, Mr. Brent Briggs, who can be reached through the Fredericton Raceway 130 Facebook page. You can also view additional information from the Fredericton Horsemens Association Facebook page.     Mark W. Taylor Fredericton Horseman's Association c/o 366 Aberdeen Street, Suite 3M Fredericton,  NB   E3B 0C9

Atlantic Sires Stakes harness racing action dominated race cards in Cape Breton this weekend with both Northside Downs and Inverness Raceway hosting events. The Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms trotters took to the North Sydney oval on Saturday afternoon. Ticked went a track-record mile for two-year-old trotters in 2:03.4 for owner-trainer-driver Miles Heffernan and co-owner Jackie Heffernan of Glace Bay, NS. The other freshman event went to Windemeredontuworry and trainer-driver-owner Terry Gallant and co-owner Eric Johnson of Summerside, PEI. Majian Tango and trainer-driver James Ripley crossed the finish line first in their three-year-old trot event for owner Mary Lea Ripley of Amherst, NS. The other three-year-old event went to Pappy Go Go and trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The brown trotting gelding is owned by Grayland Farm of Pugwash, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action moved on to Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon as the track played host to the two-year-old pacing fillies. Roaltywestho won her $10,460 division with Marc Campbell in the bike. The bay pacing filly is owned by Joseph Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, NS. Marc Campbell had an Atlantic Sires Stakes driving double, taking Scarlet Desire across the finish line first in her division for owner Gordon MacLean of Winsloe, PEI. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again next weekend, as Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park will host a full slate of events during Old Home Week. Lynne MacLennan

Several people were injured after a group of horses collided during harness racing in North Sydney, Canada on Saturday. Three horses and their drivers bumped into each other at Northside Downs. The drivers were all taken to hospital and the horses were able to leave the track on their own. “It's very scary what can happen out there,” said horseman Donnie Ellis. “Sometimes you can't avoid it. There was a case (Saturday), the guys behind it couldn't avoid it.” Sunday is race day at the Truro track. There's relief that no one was seriously injured in the accident, but many say it's a risk they face as part of their sport. “It's all part of the racing,” said horseman Darren Crowe. “I mean, guys that drive horses every day are used to kind of dealing with those situations and it does happen.” “We're in a sport where you've got 1,200 pound animals inches apart on the race track and everybody's flying, trying to get the win,” said driver Dale Spence. “You know, sometimes when mistakes happen and it was not necessarily anybody's fault, just those things happen sometimes.”   One of the horsemen suffered a concussion, while another broke his hip and shoulder and a third with undetermined injuries. In harness racing, drivers must wear a Kevlar vest and a helmet for protection. Safety is always on their minds, but that doesn't mean injuries can't happen. “You try not to think about it but you got to be on your toes at all times watching for everything,” said Ellis. “You just dread that it don't happen.” Most drivers that have been hurt can't wait to get back on the track, such as Bernard McCallum, who was off eight months with a broken kneecap. “It's just in my blood,” said McCallum. “It's just something, you love the sport. And you just keep going. That's all.” Racing at Northside Downs has ended for the year. They'll be back at Truro Raceway next week. With files from CTV Atlantic’s Dan MacIntosh.

Multiple award winning harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau will see action this Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the provinces last race card of the harness racing season after this past Monday's card was cancelled due to poor weather and track conditions.   Saturday's top-class on Saturday afternoon will include the provinces top overnight horse of 2016 in New Brunswick, Fall Bliss. Dr. Mitchell Downey will pilot the pacer from post-five in race five.   Meanwhile, three-year-old stakes winner K D Overdrive will have Gilles Barrieau in the bike from post-two in the afternoon's $ 1350 main event on the five-dash program.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all horsemen, volunteers, staff and everyone who made racing in New Brunswick possible for the 2016 racing season.   Post time for race one at Exhibition Park Raceway is scheduled for a 1:00 P.M start.   Scott Waddell

Horse Racing New Brunswick will close out the provinces harness racing schedule for 2016 on Monday, October 10th at 1:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Six races are scheduled with the track's driving title on the line. Todd Trites has one more win than Dr. Mitch Downey going into the afternoon's action.   Trites, a former Maritime driving champion has been hot of late coming off a three win performance last week. He will have the advantage as he is driving in all six races.   Downey meanwhile will drive two on the day including the top overnight pacer of 2016 in the province. Fall Bliss. He will see action in the final of the season in the top-class of the afternoon.   Horse Racing New Brunswick extends thanks and best wishes on this Thanksgiving weekend to fans, horsemen, volunteers, and everyone who made 2016 racing possible in New Brunswick.

An usual suspect at Exhibition Park Raceway will look to win his third straight event as racing continues this Saturday at the port city oval in harness racing action. Six races will be presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick with race one scheduled for 1:00 P.M. There was a large contingent of fans and supporters in last Saturday's winning circle presentation for Upstairswithron as he paced to a gate to wire effort en route to a 2:02.3 victory. Bob MacNeil owns the five-year-old son of Quick Comeback who is making himself a solid pick for most improved horse in 2016 in New Brunswick. Last year, the big strapping pacer went without a win all season. He owned a modest 2:06.2 pacing record taken back in 2014. So far this year, he sports a new record of 2:01.2 taken over Fredericton Raceway. Popular catch-driver Chris Davies gets the call this Saturday in the afternoon's final race. Saturday's top-class will feature a battle of Mike Downey entries as Fall Bliss, last week's top-class winner will take on City Of The Year in the day's premier event for a purse of $ 1350. Scott Waddell  

This weekend will mark the end of a shortened season of harness racing at Fredericton Raceway. The big question that remains is whether it is the final card of racing ever in the long and storied history of Canada's Oldest Racetrack. On September 28, 1887 harness racing began in Fredericton at its current location, on site at the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds. In 2009 Horse Racing New Brunswick took over operations after Fredericton Exhibition Limited indicated that due to their dire financial situation they could not continue racing. HRNB was formed as the provincial governing body for the industry. President Kathy McLean hopes this isn't the end. "Hope is a word we use a lot of in harness racing in New Brunswick these days, although its becoming tough to keep that hope up" she says when asked about whether a long term lease arrangement will be completed between HRNB and the Fredericton Exhibition Ltd group or FEL. "We have asked and offered to meet to discuss a long term arrangement to provide stability to one of the cornerstones of New Brunswick racing however FEL has refused citing pending litigation". McLean is referring to a lawsuit HRNB has initiated against FEL for locking HRNB out of its VLT, simulcast and bar businesses at Winners Lounge located adjacent to Fredericton Raceway. On Monday, May 16, 2016 HRNB attempted to pay FEL for the property taxes to utilize the building housing Winners Lounge and the entire racetrack area. The lease arrangement stated the taxes were due Sunday, May 15, 2016 however HRNB had 30 days to be compliant. Property tax payment was refused by FEL's Mike Vokey and at approximately 3am on May 17, 2016 the locks were changed to Winners Lounge by FEL. A few days later, Justice Paulette Garnett granted an injunction allowing HRNB and its employees to return to work at Winners Lounge. McLean added that the amount of damages, revenues lost and legal fees is "north of $85,000". Something she says "is tough to lose given the state of the industry". "We really want our harness members and our stakeholders to know just how hard HRNB has been working to solve this difficult situation. FEL has cited the lawsuit as grounds not to meet to discuss a long term lease, however HRNB's lawyer contends that these lawsuits shouldn't stop the process. We actually proposed dropping both our lawsuit and their countersuit at the signing of a new long term lease." Under the current lease arrangements that are set to expire December 31, 2016, HRNB must meet certain financial criteria. First was payment of the property taxes for 2016, a total of $33,209.61 which have been paid in full. Second were monthly payments to a "capital fund" of $3,272.73. This fund now totals approximately $26,178.36. The designation for this fund was capital improvements to the buildings at Fredericton Raceway but the decisions are ultimately left up to the discretion of FEL. "The most worrisome part of this mess is our horse people. Come December 31, 2016 will they be evicted? Will they be allowed back to train in the spring? Its a stressful time for HRNB and for members of the NBSBOA," says McLean. "The next troubling part is the pending loss of our VLT business. If there isn't a long term lease signed very soon, ALC has indicated they will reassign the VLT's from Winners to more stable locations in the Fredericton area. This means the damages portion of our lawsuit skyrockets and lots of jobs lost". Although she wouldn't speculate on how high the lawsuit number could go if ALC pulls the VLT's from Winners Lounge and HRNB, McLean says she's "hopeful but not optimistic. Yeah, that would sum up how HRNB is feeling at this point. So, when the wings close on the Trius Truck Centre Starting Gate and track announcer Brock McEachern says "away they GO" in the Chippin Memorial, which is the feature and final race on Saturday's card, the horses really could be going away from Fredericton Raceway. For good. Mitchell Downey      

Horse Racing New Brunswick will host by far it's best program of the 2016 harness racing season Saturday at Fredericton Raceway, Saturday's jam packed, action filled program features two of the most prestigious events in the province, In total, eleven races will be held at the capital city racetrack with post-time for race one slated to go at 1:00 P.M. Three divisions of the classic Bill Quigg Memorial stake will take place with one filly division and two races for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. All three events will feature lucrative purses of $ 10,100 each. Race eight will feature three-year old New Brunswick home bred pacer Jackson K Down. Steve Mason will send out the son of Articulator for catch-driver Gilles Barrieau, He was born locally in Quispamsis, N.B by the well known Downey family carrying on Milton Downey's legacy of breeding and raising horses in the province. Jackson K Down has never been worse than second in twenty-three lifetime starts which includes sixteen trips to victory lane. He has earned over $ 85,000 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B. Also featured on Saturday's mammoth program is the Jennie & Joe Chippin Memorial invitational. Prince Edward Island owned D Gs Camme will take on four other rivals in the $ 7000 event. Gilles Barrieau will guide the pacer post-two for the Jackie Matheson stable. He sports a seasons best performance at Truro Raceway winning in 1:53.2. He also appeared in the final of this year's Gold Cup and Saucer in P.E.I. This is just the second time his career that he has raced in the province of New Brunswick. Post one belongs to O K Galahad who is fresh off a win in Saint John's Milton Downey invitational pace. He also has won twice in P.E.I this year of 1:54.4. Other starters include Big Surf, Smiley Bayama and Fall Bliss, Another race to watch is the Albert Goodine Memorial pace for $ 3500 that honors the memory of the long time local businessman and horse owner. City Of The Year will look for his third straight win for Mike Downey. Once again, Horse Racing New Brunswick extends monumental thanks to the sponsors, horsemen, the many volunteers and of course, the fans for supporting yet another great week of exhibition week racing at Fredericton Raceway. Scott Waddell 

The Host Committee of the 2016 Atlantic Breeders Crown will again recognize Atlantic harness racing families for their long-term contribution to the industry. One family meeting the criteria will be selected from each of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Awards sponsored by the Province of Prince Edward Island will be presented as part of the Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Top Of The Park, Red Shores Charlottetown. The harness racing industry and general public are invited to submit nominations to the Evaluation Committees in each province for consideration for recognition. Nominations should be in written form, and detail how the nominated family meet the suggested criteria: 1. Fifty years of family involvement in Atlantic Harness Racing 2. At least one family member still active in the industry in some capacity 3. Achievements on an Atlantic /Canadian scale as a breeder, owner, trainer, driver or builder 4. Public recognition for outstanding contribution to Atlantic Harness Racing - i.e. National or Provincial Halls of Fame) 5. Success in major Atlantic Canadian races - i.e. track records, stakes or invitational wins, significant milestones,(i.e wins) etc. or prolific success of several family members 6. Longevity of success of family member(s) The Evaluation Committees reserve the right to submit nominations as well. Nominations are due by September 15. The evaluation committees, which have been established in each province, will select one family per Atlantic province to be honoured. Since its initiation in 2001, the following families have been recognized: From New Brunswick The Alexander, Armstrong, Barrieau, Breau, Bishop, Doherty, Downey, Goguen, Goodine, Irving, Jones, Nicholson, Queen, Stevenson and Trites families From Nova Scotia The Daniels, Davis, Gillis, Haley, MacLeod, MacDonnell, MacKinnon, MacQuarrie, Pinkney, Rankin, Ratchford, Smith, Whebby and Wilson families From Prince Edward Island The Andrew, Annear, Arsenault, Bernard, Chappell, Hennessey, Kelly, MacGregor, MacPhee, O'Brien, Poulton, Smallwood, Smith, Whelan and Willis families From Newfoundland Cliff Garland, Dennis Gallway, and the Deering, Dillon, Downing, Forward, McDonald, Oliver, and Pack families. Please forward nominations to: Prince Edward Island Jerry McCabe, ABC Host Committee Phone: 902-892-7510 Email: Nova Scotia Robyn Crowe, Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association Phone: 902-865-1670 Fax: 902-483-9060 Email: New Brunswick New Brunswick Harness Racing Industry Association Phone: 506-459-3204 or 506-636-6927 Fax: 506-206-2403 or 506-636-6959 Email: Newfoundland Brett Whelan, St Johns Racetrack and Entertainment Centre Phone: 709-699-3298 Email:   Lee Drake

There is a long standing tradition in New Brunswick harness racing season and that's Labour Day racing at Canada's oldest half-mile track, Fredericton Raceway on the holiday Monday in the capital city. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors have assembled a solid eight-dash card with the two-year-old pacers in the spotlight with three divisions of the Williamson stake. Monday's card will go to post at 1:00 P.M. Three separate divisions of the classic stakes event carry a purse of $ 6800 per division have attracted a number of the regions top horses and horsemen. Fresh off a successful week of racing in Saint John for Exhibition Week, the capital city will host both a card on Monday, with another slated for Saturday, September 10th. Division one is for pacing fillies and Tobins Secret goes into the race as the one to beat for trainer/ driver Earl Smith. She has bankrolled over $ 13,000 this season and only once has missed the top three. Second division features the second filly stake with Woodmere Finesse looking to have the slight edge with veteran Kenny Arsenault in the sulky. She has a 2:00.3 victory on her resume going into the race. Final division, this time spotlighting the freshman colts, appears to be a battle between Tobinator and Carters Caper. Tobinator and driver Corey MacPherson comes off an eye-popping 1:56.3 in his lat outing and comes in to the race in fine form. Preferred pace of the day has attracted a competitive field including City Of The Year who is fresh off a win at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends many thanks to horsemen, fans, volunteers, and corporate sponsors taking part in Monday's program. Scott Waddell

It is harness racing at it's very best Friday afternoon at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway. Horse Racing New Brunswick, it's partners and sponsors present a ten dash action packed race card.   Post time is slated for 4:30 P.M and features the lucrative Maritimer stake for three-year-old fillies, plus the Milton Downey and the Jim Doherty Memorial.   Friday's Maritimer stake has attracted ten of the best fillies in Atlantic Canada. They will race in two elimination heats with the top eight coming back for a winner take all final. Co-sponsored by the New Brunswick Standardbred Owner's Association, the event has a total purse of over $ 22,000.   Locally owned filly Howmacscanasta has been listed as one of the favorites in her elimination.   Two memorial races will recognize two great New Brunswick horsemen on the program. Milton Downey and Jim Doherty will be honored in two separate races on Friday afternoon.   Both men were ambassadors and pioneers in the industry here in New Brunswick and their families and supporters will be on hand to remember the two gentleman.   In the Milton Downey Memorial, co-sponsored by Steve Downey and family, five pacers will square off for a purse of $4000. Starcastic whop ships in from P.E.I for the event, has been listed as the 3-1 favorite. New Brunswick's Gilles Barrieau will drive the pacer from post-five.   Meanwhile, the Jim Doherty Memorial will go with a solid field of five pacers for a purse of $ 2100 and showcases one of Atlantic Canada's best three-year-old's, Jackson K Down.   Kathy-MacLean Harvey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all the horsemen who will be here on Friday, the fans, and the generous sponsors who supported the highly anticipated racing card.   Sponsors include the Saint John Exhibition Association, N.B.S.B.O.A, Steve Downey, Fredericton Horsemen Association, Rick Armstrong, Dairytown Veterinary Hospital, Peter and Paul Doherty.   Special thanks to the Saint John Exhibition Association for not only sponsoring one of Friday's races but contributing $4000 to enhance the afternoon's purse offerings.   Scott Waddell

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