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This Week: Camluck Classic, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Currier & Ives Filly Trot, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action opens on Friday night (May 31) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$157,000 Camluck Classic for older male pacers. Racing will take place on Saturday (June 1) at two venues. The Meadows will host the $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature two C$80,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts and single C$99,000 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the Meadows race can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair and Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: As a yearling, Bettor's Wish sold for all of $20,000. "But he's not a $20,000 horse anymore." So said co-owner and trainer Chris Ryder Saturday night (May 25) after his charge - and driver Dexter Dunn - made short work of Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, turned into a romp for the odds-on ($3.70) choice. One of two elimination winners, Bettor's Wish drew post position No. 6 in the finale. He found himself three-wide early, outside of Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald) and Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) and inside of Blood Money (Scott Zeron). Blood Money made the lead before a :27 opening quarter-mile, then a :55.4 intermission. Going up the backside the second time, Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno) was advancing out of fifth before he broke stride. That allowed Buddy Hill a path out of third, and as he was about to leave the cones, Bettor's Wish extricated himself from the pocket. That one disposed of Blood Money soon after a 1:24.1 three-quarters, preparing to bust the race wide open. Bettor's Wish slapped three lengths on his rivals in and out of the final turn, then ran it up. The final margin was a half-dozen lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4. Second went to Branquinho (Tyler Buter), while Air Force Hanover (David Miller) was third. Buddy Hill and Blood Money picked off the remainder. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt co-owned by Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Kenneth Solomon, has won all three of his seasonal starts and earned $180,000. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards.   Here are the leaders following this past weekend:   Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 193; 2. Jason Bartlett - 144; 3. George Brennan - 110; 4. Jordan Stratton - 107; 5. Daniel Dube - 104. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 149; 2. Ron Burke - 85; 3. Rene Allard - 77; 4. Richard Banca - 61; 5. Andrew Harris - 54. Owners: 1. Jo Ann Looney-King - 55.2; 2. Tim Tetrick LLC - 51.7; 3. Richard Poillucci - 41.7; 4. Brad Grant - 41; 5. D R Van Witzenburg - 40.   Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Northfield Park, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Northfield will host the Battle of Lake Erie for invitational pacers, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters.   Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager U.S. Trotting Association

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...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. 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 are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and 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. 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 Gangle

London, May 20, 2019 -- Less than 24 hours after capturing the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, trainer Ron Burke has confirmed that Done Well will participate in this year's Camluck Classic on closing night, May 31st at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The son of Well Said has now posted back-to-back harness racing wins following a 1:50.2 lifetime best over Flamboro and is sure to be a major threat in this year's $157,000 contest. The gelding has more than $583,000 earned in his career and has started off his four-year-old campaign with a record of 2-1-0 from a trio of starts. The Raceway is also proud to announce that the connections of Trump Nation and The Wall have accepted invitations to the Camluck Classic. Trump Nation, who captured the 2018 edition of the Art Rooney, is fresh off a sizzling 1:49.3 winning effort at The Meadowlands. He will line up in the Camluck Classic for trainer Andrew Harris, himself a native of Ontario who now operates a large stable in New Jersey. The pacer's sire, Betterthancheddar, competed in what was then the Molson Pace at Western Fair in 2013 finishing a strong second behind State Treasurer. Trump Nation has a 10-3-3 record from 22 starts in his career with $322,000 in the bank. The Wall, trained by Nick Surick, is also confirmed for this year's Camluck Classic. The son of Somebeachsomewhere captured two legs of this year's George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway and has nearly $340,000 banked in his young career. The five-year-old boasts a record of 1:51.2 taken earlier this year at Yonkers Raceway and will be handled by his regular pilot Joe Bongiorno on May 31st. The other big news is that harness racing's winningest driver Dave Palone will make the trip to Ontario to drive Southwind Amazon in the Camluck Classic. Palone has put up amazing numbers during his career including more than 18,800 trips to the winner's circle. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is 29 consecutive seasons of at least 400 wins or more. Below are the six confirmed starters at this point in alphabetical order. The other two starters will be confirmed this week. Done Well Ideal Jimmy Sintra Southwind Amazon The Wall Trump Nation   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. 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 are currently on sale with limited tickets available. 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. 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.   Western Fair District

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, May 16, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced a trio of the confirmed starters for this year's Camluck Classic which takes place on Friday, May 31st. All three horses will be making their debut in the race on what promises to be one of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season. Sintra, who captured the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby and remains undefeated in seven starts this season, will make his first Camluck Classic appearance for the husband-wife team of Stephanie and Jody Jamieson. "He's a special horse and one that we've had our eye on for quite some time," said Greg Gangle, Assistant Racing Manager. "We were unable secure him in the past few years due to scheduling so this year is extra exciting. He's certainly a headliner and needs no introduction to our racing fans. He remains undefeated this season and holds the track record for three-year-olds at The Raceway. " The 25-time winner has career earnings over $1.1 million and currently holds the track record at The Raceway for three-year-old gelding pacers of 1:52.4. Ideal Jimmy has enjoyed a resurgence this season for his connections after just making just one trip postward as a five-year-old in 2018. He has amassed an impressive 7-4-1 summary from 16 starts this year and is one of the highest money winners in North America with $223,000 earned for trainer Erv Miller and owner Don Van Witzenburg of Illinois. Ideal Jimmy                             --Mike Lizzi photo The son of Western Ideal is a career winner of more than $750,000 and is fresh off a gate-to-wire score at the Open level at Yonkers in 1:51.1. Ohio-invader Southwind Amazon will be returning to his home soil as he lines up in the $150,000 dash for trainer Paul Holzman. The son of Camluck began his career in Ontario before racking up 77 career wins and earnings well over $800,000. The iron-tough veteran is fresh off a second-place finish at Northfield Park, timed in 1:49.4. "This guy is an absolute beast on a half-mile track and his record over the past couple of seasons speaks for itself," said Gangle. "It's quite likely that he will be the last son of the late, great Camluck to compete in this race so that is just one of the exciting storylines in this year's event." The nine-year-old boasts an 8-4-1 record from 13 starts this season and is one of the few Standardbreds with multiple sub-1:50 half-mile clockings to his credit. The Camluck Classic will move back to its traditional Friday night time slot on May 31 after switching to a Saturday night last year. The powerful undercard will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. 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 $55 (taxes and fees included). Tickets to the Infield Event are going fast. 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. 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, April 29, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for a busy final month of the 2018/19 season and has some important schedule reminders for horse people and fans. Once again this year, The Raceway will feature live racing on Mother’s Day, which lands on Sunday, May 12. First post for the afternoon program is 12:55 p.m. and seating is going fast for the Mother’s Day brunch. To make reservations, contact 519-438-7203 (ext. 252) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. There will be no live racing the following day on Monday, May 13. The Raceway will also be dark on Wednesday, May 29 in preparation for the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31. The Raceway’s Annual Wall of Fame Night will take place on Friday, May 17. This year’s inductee is long-time trainer Larry Fitzsimmons. The London, Ontario resident has been a mainstay at The Raceway for more than four decades. Fitzsimmons will be honoured during a trackside ceremony on a night that also features the Wall of Fame Pace. As always, the season will end on a high note when the track hosts its signature event, The Camluck Classic, on Friday, May 31. Many of North America’s best older pacers will square off in the $150,000 contest and the powerful undercard will feature the Ontario Sires Stakes along with a quartet of City of London Series Finals. The Raceway will also be hosting ‘Horsin’ Around The Market’ on Sunday, May 26 at Western Fair’s Farmers Market. Mini horse rides will be offered in conjunction with the Market along with other special kids’ activities. Customers can also enter a draw for a pair of tickets to the Camluck Classic Infield Experience. The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May Schedule Reminders: May 13 and 29 – NO LIVE RACING May 12 – Mothers Day Racing May 17 – Wall of Fame Night May 26 – Horsing Around At The Market May 31 – Camluck Classic   WFD Media Greg Blanchard

LONDON... Harness racing veteran pilot Scott Coulter enjoyed a special milestone when he notched his 5,000th career win on Wednesday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Brantford, Ontario resident has been a mainstay in the Ontario circuit for more than 25 years and was crowned the leading dash winning driver during the 2018 season at The Raceway. It was a fitting ending to the road to 5,000 for Coulter as he guided 2018 Horse of The Year Spicey Victor to victory in Race 9. Coulter has been primary driver behind the aged gelding for trainer Len Lalonde and his wife Kristina. Scott Coulter and Spicey Victor Greg Gangle

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    

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