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LONDON & HAMILTON, April 5, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs - both member tracks of Ontario Racing (OR) - have jointly announced a 10% purse increase for the balance of their Spring meets. The additional purse money, as well as added races that had been carded in recent weeks, will offset the cancelled programs suffered at both venues this past winter season due to unfavourable weather throughout Southern Ontario. Enhanced purses will also be offered on the tracks' signature nights - the Confederation Cup program at Flamboro on Sunday, May 19th and the Camluck Classic program at The Raceway on Friday, May 31st. Flamboro features live racing every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:35 p.m. while The Raceway goes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 6:55 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

LONDON...Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District reports a significant increase in the number of nominations for this year's City of London Series. Total number of nominations was 172 this year compared to 121 last season. The harness racing pacing divisions show the largest increase over last year with 59 nominations for both Colts and Geldings along with Fillies and Mares. Trotting colts and geldings showed an increase as well with 33 nominations in total. Listed below are the number of nominations per division: Pace    2018    2019 C&G         31        59 F&M         42        59 Trot      2018    2019 C&G         27        33 F&M         21        21 The series is for Ontario-sired horses that are non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of February 28. Eliminations are set to begin on Wednesday, May 22. Four divisions will take place with each final scheduled as part of the rich Camluck Classic night. Horse people and fans alike are reminded that the Camluck Classic moves back to its traditional Friday time slot this year and is scheduled for Friday, May 31. For the complete list of nominations, please click below:   https://woodbine.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/Standardbred/Stakes_Eligibles/Ontario%20Alliance%20eligibles%202019.pdf   For more information visit WesternFairDistrict.com   Greg Gangle      

LONDON - Following a challenging winter season of unpredictable weather, The Raceway is entering the homestretch of its 2018/19 meet and looking forward to a busy and exciting final two months of racing. As a way of kicking off Spring, all participants racing next week at the London oval will have the chance to take part in the 'Spring Into Summer' giveaway which begins this Monday night. All licenced participants racing next week can fill out a ballot for one of dozens of prizes to be won. The draws will take place during the Friday, April 5th live card of racing. The Raceway would like to thank all horsemen for their participation throughout the 2018/2019 race meet. Horse people and fans alike are reminded that the Camluck Classic moves back to its traditional Friday time slot this year and is scheduled for Friday, May 31st. Stay tuned to The Raceway's website and social media channels for full details in the lead up to this year's event.   Greg Gangle      

London, March 13 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has cancelled harness racing qualifiers for this Friday, March 15 due to warm temperatures and heavy rains which are forecasted for London Thursday and into Friday morning. The track will also be closed that morning for training. The next qualifying session will take place on Friday, March 22 and horse people are reminded that the start time for qualifying races has been changed to 10:00 a.m. The Raceway at Western Fair District  

MILTON, March 1, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District is pleased to announce the return of the City of London Series. The City of London Series consists of four events, each for Ontario sired four-year-olds and younger that were non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of midnight February 28, 2019. The eliminations will be contested on May 22 and May 24. All four finals will take place on the Camluck Classic undercard on Friday, May 31. Event 1 - Pace: Horses & Geldings Eliminations raced on Wednesday, May 22 ($7,000 ea) Final raced on Friday, May 31 ($20,000 A)   Event 2 - Pace: Fillies & Mares Eliminations raced on Wednesday, May 22 ($7,000 ea) Final raced on Friday, May 31 ($20,000 A)   Event 3 - Trot: Horses & Geldings Eliminations raced on Friday, May 24 ($7,000 ea) Final raced on Friday, May 31 ($20,000 A)   Event 4 - Trot: Fillies & Mares Eliminations raced on Friday, May 24 ($7,000 ea) Final raced on Friday, May 31 ($20,000 A)   To view the nomination form for the City of London Series, click here. Nominations are due March 15 and the fee is $200 ($165 USD). Woodbine Entertainment handles administration of the City of London Series. Payments can be made online by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

London, February 27, 2019 -- The Camluck Classic is now less than three months away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and officials at the London oval have released some of the details for the track's Signature harness racing event. The Camluck Classic is a $150,000 Invitational Pace which headlines the Closing Night program. The event will move back to its traditional Friday night time slot on May 31st - after switching to a Saturday night last year. The powerful undercard will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers, a quartet of City Of London Series finals as well as several Preferred races. Rockin Ron captured the inaugural Camluck Classic in 2018 in a track-record time of 1:50.1 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Ron Burke. The $1.6 million winner is expected back to defend his title while local stars such as Jimmy Freight and Sintra are also on management's radar. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event will go on sale April 1st. The Party on the Patio will be back this year bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. Fans enjoying the Infield Party at the 2018 Camluck Classic There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, ON  - The Raceway at the Western Fair District honoured its top performers from 2018 during the annual awards night on Saturday, February 23 at the Carousel Room at the London, Ont. raceway. A capacity crown was on-hand for the event which included a reception, dinner, dancing and the awards presentation. Spicey Victor was the star of the show as the claiming trotter took home three awards, including Horse of the Year for regular trainer Len Lalonde. He was also crowned Older Trotter of the Year and Claiming Trotter of the Year. The veteran gelding scored 20 victories in 2018 with 12 of them coming at The Raceway. Driver Scott Coulter captured his first driving title at Western Fair thanks to an outstanding season in 2018. Patrick Shepherd also notched his first training title with a one-victory score over Vic Puddy. The annual Walltyme Stable Lifetime Achievement Award went to the husband and wife team of John and Linda Yake. Jennifer Pinkerton was named Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year. Finally, Dillyn Jackson was crowned Caretaker of the Year. Here is a look at the complete list of the 2012 Western Fair award winners: A list of the 2018 Raceway Award winners appears below. Horse Of The Year: Spicey Victor Older Pacing Horse: Artistic Pick Older Pacing Mare: Casino Classic Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Maximus Power Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Together We Run Older Trotting Horse: Spicey Victor Older Trotting Mare: Espoir Go Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Cold Beer Here Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Miller Time Claiming Pacer: So Long Sugar Claiming Trotter: Spicey Victor Driver: Scott Coulter Trainer: Patrick Shepherd Owner: Rebecca Williamson by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

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    

Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its harness racing live card that was scheduled for Wednesday (February 13). The cancellation has come due to unexpected heavy snow and snow squalls in the region along with treacherous travelling conditions for racing participants. The next card of live racing at Western Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 15. First-race post time for the card has been slated for 6:55 p.m. By Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

Please find below a Statement from The Raceway in regards to the CPMA's investigation into an unusually low exactor payout which occurred on January 16th at The Raceway at Western Fair District. STATEMENT An unusually low exactor payout in 7th race on January 16th, 2019, at The Raceway at Western Fair District, prompted management to contact AGCO officials along with the local CPMA (The national regulator responsible for oversight of Pari-Mutuel wagering) rep in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. Our tote provider immediately provided us with wagering information which showed that the bulk of the winning tickets were sold at a tote hub in Kentucky. The CPMA investigation into the race in question has concluded that the bets were placed in accordance with the regulations. The investigation found no evidence of any wrongdoing and found that all protocols were properly adhered to. In response to this occurrence, The Raceway has instituted a new 'stop betting' protocol whereby wagering will be closed earlier to reduce the chances of a similar situation happening in the future. From Greg Blanchard, for the Raceway  

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that tonight’s card (February 4) of live Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park has been cancelled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures. Live ​harness racing is scheduled to resume Thursday evening (February 7) at 7:10 p.m. The Raceway at Western Fair District has been forced to cancel its live harness racing program which was scheduled for this evening due to deteriorating track conditions caused by unseasonably warm temperatures. The thawing conditions are a result sunshine and temperature of plus-10 degrees Celsius while coming on the heels of a deep freeze which gripped Ontario last week. The track will be closed for training on Tuesday morning and live racing is scheduled again for Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. Track officials will monitor the track overnight and into Tuesday and will update the status of the program at that time.      

Due to the extreme cold and concern for the health and welfare of the drivers and the horses, live racing on Wednesday January 30 at both Monticello Raceway in New York and The Raceway at Western Fair in Ontario, has been canceled.    .      

January 29, 2019 - A group of Ontario's signature race tracks - Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and The Raceway at Western Fair District - have jointly announced a new ownership integrity stakes condition which will take effect on February 15, 2019 and will apply to some of the province's most high profile races. Those races include the Confederation Cup, Earl Rowe Memorial, Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Belles and Camluck Classic, all administered by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) which implemented a similar stakes condition on January 1st of this year. The new stakes condition, which has received the approval of both the AGCO and COSA, is listed below in its entirety: The Tracks Any owner who participates in an added money or invitational event with a purse greater than $50,000 and administered by Woodbine Entertainment Group on behalf of Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and/or Grand River Raceway with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate as an owner in any of the below added money or invitational events for 12 months following the trainer's conviction, if such trainer is later found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test. (The above condition is only applicable to a positive test occurring on or after February 15, 2019.) The Races Confederation Cup conducted at Flamboro Downs Earl Rowe conducted at Georgian Downs Camluck Classic conducted at the Raceway at Western Fair District Battle of Waterloo conducted at Grand River Raceway Battle of the Belles conducted at Grand River Raceway by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

An unusually low exactor payout in Wednesday's (January 16) 7th race at The Raceway at Western Fair District prompted us to contact Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) officials along with our Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) rep in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. Our tote provider provided us the pertinent wagering information which showed that the bulk of the winning tickets were sold at a tote hub in Kentucky. This type of wagering anomaly has occurred before during the past couple of seasons and in each of those instances the bulk of the winning tickets have been traced back to the same Kentucky Hub. A prior investigation included officials from that location and found no evidence of collusion or anyone driving in a questionable manner in that race. We are continuing to look into this instance and we support the regulators in investigating this situation to the fullest extent required. Greg Blanchard The Raceway at Western Fair District    

London, January 3, 2019 -- Veteran trotter Spicey Victor and pacing mare Casino Classic will headline the winners of the Raceway at Western Fair District's 2018 harness racing awards. Spicey Victor captured both Aged Male Trotter and Claiming Trotter of the Year while Casino Classic picks up her second Raceway Award - she will be honoured as top Older Pacing Mare after capturing Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year last year. Officials with The Raceway have announced the majority of the track's 2018 award winners to be honoured during the Western Fair's annual awards night, which will take place this year on Saturday, February 23. The Raceway's top performers for 2018 will be honoured in a variety of categories. Awards for the three-year-olds and older horses are based on the top money earners who made at least six starts at The Raceway during 2018. The top claimer awards are based on total number of claiming wins at The Raceway in the same calendar year. Trainer Patrick Shepherd will take home his first Raceway Trainer of the Year award while Scott Coulter will be honoured with his first Top Driver award. The Owner of the Year award, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, goes to the owner who finished in the top 10 for money winnings and had the highest number of starters during the season. The popular Caretaker of the Year award will be handed out once again. To qualify, caretakers must be nominated by Friday, February 1st. To nominate someone, send an email outlining their contributions to one of the following: gblanchard@westernfairdistrict.com, sdoyle@westernfairdistrict.com, ggangle@westernfairdistrict.com, or aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. The Raceway will announce its Horse of the Year the night of the event. The Dave Wall Outstanding Service Award, Caretaker of the Year and Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year awards will also be announced at the event. The evening will include dinner and dancing. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, January 11th with the deadline to purchase on Wednesday, February 20th. Anyone interested in attending should note that tickets for this year's event will not be sold at the door so are urged to purchase before the deadline. They will be available in both the race office and marketing department. For more information, call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 299). A list of the 2018 Raceway Award winners appears below. Older Pacing Horse • Artistic Pick Older Pacing Mare • Casino Classic Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt • Maximus Power Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly • Together We Run Older Trotting Horse • Spicey Victor Older Trotting Mare • Espoir Go Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt • P C Glideline Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly • Miller Time Claiming Pacer • So Long Sugar Claiming Trotter • Spicey Victor Driver • Scott Coulter Trainer • Patrick Shepherd Owner • Rebecca Williamson Greg Blanchard  

The Raceway Announces Dates Changes For 2019 London, January 1, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District kicks off its 2019 season tonight and officials at the London half-mile oval have announced some of the details of the track's upcoming Spring season. The Raceway will once again host 125 race dates in 2019 and one of the important date changes will be that of the second edition of the $150,000 Camluck Classic Invitational on closing night. The track's signature event will move back to the traditional Friday night time slot - Friday, May 31 - after being raced on a Saturday night this past season. "We tried a change to Saturday night this past year for a variety of reasons and were not satisfied with the results, so have opted to go back to our traditional spot this year," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "We race in the Friday slot all season and customers have become accustomed to that. I know we are excited to make the change back to Friday and I think the fans will be too. It gives us more overall visibility than we would get on a Saturday night." The Raceway will also host a special Mother's Day matinee card on Sunday, May 12. First race post time will be 12:55 p.m. In lieu of the holiday card, The Raceway will be dark on Monday, May 13. The Raceway will be also be dark on Wednesday, May 29 in preparation for the Camluck Classic card that Friday. Fans are reminded that beginning tonight, live racing shifts to a four-day-a-week schedule through May 31. Live racing goes each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Fridays at 6:55 p.m. The Raceway will be announcing its 2018 award winners in the coming days along with the date for the annual award's dinner and presentations. For more information, please visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

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