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LONDON...May 22 - When the field of eight line up for the inaugural Camluck Classic this Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, trainer Peter Tritton is hoping a new tradition kicks off right where it ended. His star studded pacer Bit Of A Legend captured the final edition of the Molson Pace last season before the signature event being renamed the Camluck Classic. Tritton, who resides in Pine Bush NY, will once again make the trip north of the border with the classy nine-year-old. "He's coming into the race really well. We'll keep the same routine as we did last year, because it worked out so well. Canada has been good to use and we're happy to return. The plan is to stay for the week then head to Northfield for the Battle Of Lake Erie." The son of Bettors Delight is no stranger to half-mile track racing. In fact, from 65 starts on North American soil, the nine-year-old has raced six times outside a half-mile oval. The winner of over $2.1 million has been a regular fixture at Yonkers Raceway over the past few seasons. Last year alone, Bit Of A Legend captured signature half-mile track events such as the Molson Pace, Gerrity and Bobby Quillen with $547,070 in seasonal earnings. "I would say pound-for-pound he's the best half-mile track horse in North America. I think we have the best horse in the race and Jordan (Stratton) thinks he's better right now than last year, which is quite amazing, really." Tritton admits post position plays a major role in the outcome of the race on the half and is satisfied with beginning from the trailing tier. "I'm happy with the draw. Obviously you don't want the outside on a half and I'm content starting from the second tier. I could be an interesting start into the first turn with a lot of speed so I'm happy to be inside. "He's a special horse, that's for sure," Tritton continued. "He paces the turns so well and doesn't lose any ground. Jordan (Stratton) has done a great job looking after him and we've been rewarded." Driver Jordan Stratton will once again make the trip to Canada. The young reinsman has driven the superstar pacer in all but one pari-mutual start on North American soil. "Jordan is his regular pilot and drives all of my horses," Tritton said. "We have a great relationship and he looks after my horses very well. You have to pick your spots at the top level especially at Yonkers and he's done a great job of doing that. We're very fortunate." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. For more information visit CamluckClassic.com by Greg Gangle, for Western Fair  

London, May 11, 2018 -- Bridge Street, a longtime fan favourite at The Raceway at Western Fair District, was inducted into the harness racing track's prestigious Wall of Fame during an emotional ceremony on Friday night. The now 21-year-old led the post parade for the Wall of Fame race on Friday with co-owner and longtime trainer Scott McNiven in the bike. Scott's wife Kim, the regular caretaker for Bridge Street, was in tears as she led the gelding back into the winner's circle for the induction ceremony. Also on hand were fellow co-owners Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin along with several friends and family. A large crowd lined the fence to get a look at Bridge Street who amazed them with his impressive physical appearance and charismatic personality. Bridge Street was a fierce competitor on the race track who possessed an innate will to win. In total, the son of Armbro Emerson captured 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The former $10,000 yearling purchase amassed more than $676,000 along the way. Fans are reminded that there is a special matinee program scheduled for Mother's Day, this Sunday afternoon, with first post at 1:15 p.m. The $150,000 Camluck Classic is now just two weeks away. The field of eight will be finalized this week. The Raceway has a huge night planned and full details are available at www.camluckclassic.ca. Greg Blanchard

London... May 8 - This year's field for the inaugural Camluck Classic (formerly Molson Pace) is beginning to round into form and there are a few old and new faces expected for this year's harness racing $150,000 Invitational Pace slated on a new date Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. Bit Of A Legend N, who captured the signature event last season, will be returning to the half-mile oval for trainer Peter Tritton. The downunder-bred son of Bettors Delight needs no introduction with over $2 million in career earnings along with 43 trips to the winners circle. The half-mile specialist is fresh off a second place finish in the George Morton Levy final and has yet to miss the board in six appearances this season. Rockin Ron, who has banked more than $1.2 million in his young career, will return to London for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Real Desire captured a pair of legs in the George Morton Levy Series and is fresh off a 1:50.2 Invitational win at Pocono. The current track record holder (1:50.3), Evenin Of Pleasure, will once again showcase his talents at The Raceway as his connections accepted an invitation. The son of Dragon Again, who is quickly approaching $1 million in career earnings, is conditioned by Jennifer Bongiorno. A new face this year is the local horse Easy Lover Hanover for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Brad Grant. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has remained undefeated in nine starts including a Preferred score at Woodbine at Mohawk Park in 1:48.1. The connections of the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history have also accepted an invitation. Dr J Hanover brought fans to their feet with a thrilling 1:46.4 performance last season in his division of the Graduate at Mohawk. The Tony Alagna trainee captured a trio of legs of the George Morton Levy Series earlier this year and is coming into the race in top form. He has over $637,836 to his credit along with 16 wins. Horses confirmed in alphabetical order include: Bit Of A Legend Dr J Hanover Easy Lover Hanover Evenin Of Pleasure Rockin Ron More horses will be announced on Thursday morning during a special edition with PostTimeWithMikeAndMike.Com. The powerful Camluck Classic undercard will feature the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London finals. Total purses for the night will be in excess of $500,000. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night, including a new VIP Infield Experience, Party On The Patio, Scratch and Win program prizes as well as contest giveaways and swag tosses, the OSS 'Be A Winner Contest,' food specials and more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. Post time is 6:55 p.m. For more information, visit CamluckClassic.com. Greg Gangle

London, May 7, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is heading into the homestretch of its harness racing season which will also be its busiest period, featuring 12 programs of live racing in a 19-day span. Horse people are reminded that there is a special afternoon program on Sunday, May 13th starting at 1:15 p.m. and that the Ontario Regional Driver's Championship (ORDC) takes place on Wednesday, May 16th. The ORDC card will offer enhanced purses for the 10-race card and horse people are reminded to check the condition sheet for details. There will be plenty of racing opportunities in the next three weeks at the London oval and horse people are urged to support the entry box as the London oval looks to end the season on a high note. This Friday, The Raceway will honour long time fan favourite Bridge Street as its 2018 Wall of Fame inductee. The 58-time career winner of $676,000 will be on hand Friday night to lead a post parade and be in the winner's circle for the live induction ceremony. The countdown is also on to the Raceway's premier event, the first ever Camluck Classic Invitational Pace, on Saturday, May 26th. The field for the $150,000 event is taking shape and details on some of the expected starters will be released later this week. For more details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.  

London, May 1, 2018 -- After many years of dedicated service, where he evolved into one of the most respected track men in the business, harness racing track superintendent Roy Chamberlain will be leaving The Raceway at Western Fair District this month. The 49-year-old has been with Western Fair since 1997, beginning initially in the role of Beef Cattle Supervisor in 1997 before making his way to The Raceway team in 2007. He annually assisted Greg Coon's team during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware County Fair. "I've really enjoyed my time at Western Fair and working with a great bunch of horse people and fellow horse people," said Chamberlain. "I'm proud of the work we have done here. While I'm excited about beginning a new chapter I will certainly miss the job and the people." Chamberlain, his wife Cheron (longtime Agriculture Manager at the Western Fair District) and daughter Layton, will be relocating to Alberta to pursue new opportunities. Doug Lilley, who has worked under Chamberlain for the past 8 years as Assistant Track Superintendent, will be taking on a new role as The Raceway's new Track Superintendent effective May 7. "I have been fortunate to work with Roy over the years and I think we've grown a lot together as a team. We will definitely miss his knowledge and dedication but I'm looking forward to this opportunity and enjoy being part of a team that is very committed to racing." Lilley's first month in the new role couldn't come at a busier time as The Raceway is gearing up for what is going to be a very full schedule during final month of racing at the London oval. A total of 16 race programs are slated in May, including a special matinee program on Sunday, May 7 (Mother's Day) with first post at 1:15 p.m. One of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season will be the inaugural edition of the Camluck Classic (previously Molson Pace) slated on closing night, Saturday, May 26, with first post at 6:55 p.m. The undercard will be strong, once again featuring the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for three-year-old filly pacers along with a quartet of City of London Series finals. There will be scratch n win prizes, giveaways, Molson 'Party On The Patio', the new VIP Infield Experience and much more happening that night on track. The wagering menu will also be bolstered with the addition of a third Super Hi-5 wager that night. There will be a trio of guaranteed pool wagers offered up as well including the early Pick-3 ($5,000), early Pick-4 ($10,000) and late Pick-4 ($15,000). All of these wagers come with a low 15 per cent takeout rate. On Friday, May 11, Western Fair will also host its annual Wall of Fame Night. This year's inductee is fan favourite Bridge Street. The son of Armbro Emerson compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. The $10,000 yearling purchase amassed more than $676,000 for his connections that included Tom Brodhurst, George and Shirley Griffin, and Scott and Kim McNiven - who also trained and managed the pacer. This coming Saturday, The Raceway will offer full-card simulcast of this years edition of the Kentucky Derby. Plenty of giveaways along with food and beverage offerings will be available. For more information on everything happening at The Raceway during the month of May, visit westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, April 17, 2018 -- The first ever Camluck Classic is now just over a month away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and there will be some new twists to the London oval's signature harness racing event. In addition to the new race name and new date of Saturday, May 26, the event will feature a new Infield VIP Experience as part of the fun where fans will enjoy a unique view of the action from inside a 4,000 square foot tent located in the track's infield. "The infield experience is something we are very excited to offer for the first time," said The Raceway's Marketing Co-ordinator Amy O'Toole. "Customers will be able to enjoy all the amenities of those on the front side while experiencing the event in a unique and exciting way. " A limited number of tickets will be sold at a cost of $50 (tax included) and will include preferred parking (in the infield), free program, $2 betting voucher, BBQ chicken dinner, dedicated video board, cash bar, exclusive draws, D.J. and photo booth. Tickets will go on sale online this Friday, April 20th. In addition, a Facebook 'beat the box office' contest will open today at 2:30 p.m. where you will have a chance to win a set of two tickets to the Infield Experience on Camluck Classic night. The Facebook platform will also be used this year for another first time endeavour. The Raceway will team up with the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Standardbred Canada to broadcast the Camluck Classic on Facebook Live with coverage beginning at 10:30 p.m. (ET) WEG's award winning broadcast team will be on hand to produce the one hour show which will be distributed on the Facebook pages of both WEG and The Raceway. Standardbred Canada brings their massive online reach to the partnership and will offer enhanced distribution of the telecast as well. WEG teamed up with the Breeders Cup for a Facebook Live broadcast of a 'Win and You're In' race last season which was very successful. They have a number of events scheduled throughout this racing season. More details surrounding the Camluck Classic will be announced in the coming days. To stay connected, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, May 6, 2018 -- Bridge Street - regarded as one of the most popular and durable pacers in the history of The Raceway at Western Fair District - will be inducted into the track's prestigious Wall Of Fame on Friday, May 11th. The hard-hitting pacer compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. And, despite never winning a stake race, the son of Armbro Emerson who was a $10,000 yearling purchase, would amass more than $676,000 for his connections that included Tom Brodhurst, George and Shirley Griffin and Scott and Kim McNiven who also trained and managed the pacer. Brodhurst estimates that he has owned more than 150 horses over the years but there is absolutely no doubt which one tops the list. "He (Bridge Street) is why I've stayed in the game as long as I have," says Brodhurst. "He just never threw in a bad race and made all of his money the hard way while never winning a stake race. He means so much to our entire ownership group. I laugh when I think back to the circumstances of when we purchased him and I am glad it all worked out the way it did." In fact it was the late George Griffin who urged the group to consider buying the yearling even though Brodhurst wasn't looking for another horse at the time. When the bidding reached $10,000 Brodhurst had no intentions of raising his hand again. Fortunately, he didn't have to and rest as they say is history. "It was George who first got me into the game in 1964 when we worked in the insurance business together," recalls Brodhurst. "His wife Shirley has remained partners and we've always had our horses with Scott and Kim McNiven. We've been fortunate to have a lot of nice race horses and being inducted into the Wall Of Fame is truly and unexpected and special honour for all of us." Bridge Street will be honoured during a special trackside ceremony and is expected to be on hand himself in the winner's circle and lead a post parade during the program. "Bridge Street was the epitome of that iron-tough raceway horse," said The Raceway's Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "His consistency for such a long period of time at such a high level is amazing. He just showed up week in and week out and loved his job. He was definitely the type of horse that both casual fans and horseplayers alike really appreciated and we are very pleased to induct him to our Wall Of Fame." Wall Of Fame night will be part of a very busy month of May at The Raceway which also includes a special Mother's Day program on May 13th, the Ontario Regional Driver's Championship on May 16th and the first ever Camluck Classic on closing day, Saturday, May 26th. For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Blanchard

London, March 5, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has released the official logo for the newly minted harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational Pace which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26th at the London, Ontario venue. The $150,000 race, presented by title sponsor Seelster Farms, will feature the best older pacers in North America and has become on of the 'go to' events of early summer in London. Western Fair District's graphic designer Jake MacDonald created the new logo which features a clean, contemporary look utilizing a red, white and black colour scheme which are traditional Canadian colours and also most closely associated with Camluck and his regular driver Mike Lachance on the racetrack. "We wanted something unique and fresh that captures the essence of what we want the Camluck Classic racing event to be and are pleased with the end result," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are many subtle references in the new logo and we are excited about the opportunity to re-brand and grow what has become a very significant night on the Canadian racing calendar." Fans are reminded that the Camluck Classic will be raced this year on a Saturday night rather than the traditional Friday night time slot. The power-packed program will feature a quartet of City of London Series Finals as well as the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for three-year-old filly pacers to go along with the main event. There will be special giveaways to commemorate the Camluck Classic with a brand new Infield Party also in the works. Full event details will be announced soon and available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, February 22, 2018 - The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise harness racing people that Friday morning's qualifying session has been postponed and will instead be held next Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. The switch has been made to allow the track crew to perform maintenance on the racing surface ahead of Friday night's live race program which is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. The track will also be closed for training on Friday morning.            

London, February 21, 2018 -- Two days of steady rains and warm temperatures have forced The Raceway at Western Fair District to cancel its Wednesday night harness racing card of racing due to unfavourable track conditions. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Friday evening with a first race post time of 6:55 p.m.  

February 19, 2018 - The Raceway at Western Fair District was forced to cancel its Monday night harness racing program after six races due to deteriorating track conditions caused by steady rains and warming temperatures throughout the evening. The track has canceled its Tuesday night program as temperatures are forecasted to climb overnight along with heavy rainfall. The weather prognosis looks slightly better for Wednesday evening's card and management will update the status of that program on Wednesday morning.  

Friday night’s action at The Raceway at Western Fair District saw the Ontario harness racing debut of barn fire survivor Bad Bad Diva. Now owned by Lou Sorella and Katie Miller, the four-year-old ‘pint-sized’ daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is one of two survivors from a tragic barn fire that left five horses dead last August. Trainer Brittany Bounds, of Seaford, Delaware, lost five horses (My Little Tater Tot, Gangster Granny, In Front Charlie, Ezekiel Kandu and Standtuecemewin) to the blaze, but Mi Six and Bad Bad Diva were able to escape. “Being a survivor – she’s just meant to be with us,” mentions Sorella. “My wife Maria is a breast cancer survivor and this little mare is a great fit for our ‘Team’.” Lou Sorella, aka #LouKnows – a guest handicapping regular at The Raceway, is the director of Team To The Moon – a campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The ‘Team’ consists of horses, trainers and drivers coming together in support of this most worthy cause through harness racing. Team members donate one percent of their earnings with all proceeds going towards Breast Cancer Awareness.     Bad Bad Diva, leaving from the trailing spot over The Raceway’s half-mile oval, got away in fourth position early – before making the first up move prior to the half. Driver J Harris would ask the mare for more with a quarter of a mile left to go and she would respond in a big way. “J said she was huge,” says Sorella. “When he kicked the ear-plugs out - she was gone!” And gone she was… A going-away winner under wraps - by four open lengths at the finish line - in 2:07 at the added distance of 1-1/16M. “That was a big trip,” stated Sorella. “She was out well before the half mile and what a show of speed when my driver asked for it… Away from the races for well over a month – that was some return – we’re so happy to have her!” Conditioned by young ‘up-and-coming’ trainer Kyle Fellows, Bad Bad Diva had the betting public behind her as she returned $4.20 on a win ticket, but she would still top a massive Super Hi 5 payout worth $5741.47 on a $.20 cent ticket. Racing resumes at The Raceway Monday at 6:15 ET.   By Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle Track Announcer at The Raceway

London, February 12, 2018 - Horseplayers will have some added incentive to tune into the Tuesday night harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the addition of a $20,000 Instant guaranteed pool in the early Super Hi-5 in race 6. The late Super Hi-5 riddle on Monday night's program - won by 9-2 shot Twilite Zone - went unsolved triggering a carryover of almost $5,800 into the Tuesday program. Post time for Tuesday night's card is 6:15 p.m. Free programs, analysis and live streaming video are all available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle will break down the Super Hi-5 and the entire Tuesday program on the pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Greg Blanchard

After a successful 25-year run as the The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature race, the Molson Pace, will have a new name in 2018. Introducing The Camluck Classic, a $150,000 Invitational Pace, featuring the best older harness racing horses in North America. It will make its debut on a new date this year - Saturday, May 26 at the London half-mile oval. The new race name is a tribute to the late world champion pacer who went on to become the most prolific stallion in Canadian harness racing history. The Raceway is very excited to announce our new title sponsor for the biggest night of racing in London - Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario. "We thank Molson for what has been a wonderful partnership for a quarter century," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "But change is inevitable and this marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for this race and for racing in this part of the province. Camluck helped put this area on the harness racing map and we think it's fitting that the race be renamed in his honour." Camluck hit the race track in the early 1990's under the tutelage of trainer Bob McIntosh and compiled an excellent record at ages two and three for McIntosh, who was part of the New Destiny Stable that co-owned the pacer along with Al McIntosh. At age four, he competed as one third of the powerful McIntosh-trained trio that also included triple millionaire Artsplace and the $1.4 million winner Odds Against. Camluck concluded his career on the race track with 26 wins from 69 starts and just over $1 million in purse winnings. However, it was in the breeding shed where the handsome son of Cam Fella would truly make his mark and, in the process, he raised the bar for the Standardbred breeding industry in Canada. Camluck sired close to 2,400 foals with more than 2,000 of those making it to the races. "When he first went to stud I was cautiously optimistic," recalls McIntosh. "He was a tough race horse and had great conformation but sons of Cam Fella hadn't really hit as sires to that point. I took a shot and bred about 18 mares that first year and it all turned out pretty well. I'd have to say he's one of the greatest pacing stallions ever." His offspring combined for earnings in excess of $235 million and included 635 $100,000 winners and 28 winners of $1 million or more. "To have this race named after him is very special to myself and the entire group associated with the horse. As a kid, London was the track I came to most with my dad and I have a lot of fond memories over the years. I've watched this race grow and was even fortunate enough to win it so this is definitely a big deal, said McIntosh." Ann Straatman of Seelster Farms in Lucan, home of Camluck for more than 20 years, shares the sentiment of the entire group. "We are delighted to have him immortalized in the prestigious Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which is our home track and thrilled to be be the Presenting Sponsor," she said. "Camluck's legacy will live on for generations through his sons and daughters and having this race named in his honour will now add to that legacy." The Raceway's signature night of racing got its start in 1972 and was sponsored by Labatt until 1992 when Molson took over sponsorship. "This race is almost 50 years old now and it's amazing to look back to watch its evolution,' said Blanchard. "It has become more than a race, it is also a terrific event we look forward to enhancing in the future. We are very proud to host a race of this stature and are fortunate to have attracted some of very best in the sport who have produced some of the most memorable and exciting races in recent years" Additional Event details will be available in the coming weeks at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

London, January 29, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced its five harness racing finalists for 2017 Caretaker of the Year. They will be recognized at the annual awards night on Saturday, February 17. Horse people were asked to submit nominations throughout the month of January and the five finalists chosen will now be voted on by horse people this week at The Raceway to determine this year's recipient. A ballot box will be set up in the paddock and voting will take place during the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday programs. The five deserving finalists are Marta Dicicco, Brad Doyle, Cassidy Schneider, Tammy Durbridge and Taylor Fritz. All five will be honoured at the awards celebration and the winner will take home the Caretaker of the Year trophy. Tickets for the awards night are still available at the race office or by contacting Amy O'Toole at aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. Tickets are $40 per person or $45 at the door and the evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and DJ and dance to follow. The Raceway at Western Fair District      

London, January 2, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise customers and harness racing people that it has made a slight adjustment to its first race post on Friday night programs to 6:55 p.m. "It is a small change of 10 minutes, but as other tracks have recently changed their post times, this better positions us in the simulcast marketplace and gets customers and horse people home a bit earlier on Friday nights," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. The new post time will come into effect this Friday, January 5th. The Raceway is now operating on its four-day-a-week racing schedule as follows: Monday - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday - 6:15 p.m. Wednesday - 6:15 p.m. Friday - 6:55 p.m. The Raceway at Western Fair District

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