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London, May 19, 2015 -- Defending champion State Treasurer will be back in the Forest City next Friday night, May 29, in search of an unprecedented third straight Molson Pace title as the harness racing field for this year’s $150,000 Invitational takes shape. The six-year-old son of Real Desire scored his first win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk in authoritative fashion in 1:49.4 and will be given this week off in preparation. State Treasurer would surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings with a top-two finish in this year’s Molson. Joining him in this year’s event will be All Bets Off who is fresh off a sizzling 1:51.3 victory in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and fellow Cup elimination winner, Lets Drink On It, who suffered a tough, parked out trip in the final and finished out of the money. American invader and millionaire, P H Super Cam, will be making his second appearance in the Molson Pace and will be joined by a pair of new faces in Polak A from the Tony Osullivan stable and $500,000 winner Night Pro, who has won five of eight this year in Indiana including a 1:49.2 tally in mid April at Hoosier Park. “The race office has put together another stellar group,” said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. “I like the mix that we have...some big names, some four-year-olds who have acclimated and some new faces that have very impressive credentials. We’ll keep a close eye on this weekend’s action before filling out the final couple of spots.” The post draw for the Molson Pace will be held this Monday evening on the pre-game show just prior to live racing at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Raceway has a big night planned on track and fans will be able to watch the action outside on the large video board that is being brought in for the evening. For complete details on what is planned and to stay up to date on this year’s event, visit This Friday night, The Raceway will host more City of London Series eliminations with the trotters taking center stage. It is also HPIBET night at The Raceway where fans will have a chance to win a VIP package to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and all sorts of HPIBET prizes that will be given away throughout the night. First post for this Friday, and Molson Pace night, will be 7:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard

Natasha House was presented with the 2014 Caretaker of the Year Award at this year's harness racing "Raceway Awards Banquet" by Hugh Mitchell and Don McCallum of Western Fair District. Natasha House went shopping for a racehorse last week at The Raceway at Western Fair District... She ended up with Sandburg Hanover after multiple claims were entered on the horse at the $5,000 claiming level.  “He was an early Birthday present for myself,” House said – who will celebrate her Birthday this coming Sunday, May 24th. “And now he’s given me an even better early Birthday gift – my first training win!” Sandburg Hanover would face tougher foes on Monday evening, at The Raceway, but he was given 8/5 respect by the betting public and his competition would never seriously challenge him, from start to finish, as driver Lorne House would guide him to a 1:55.2 score. “He’s meant to be a good one. He’s the nicest stud to be around – just like a puppy dog... Lorne has always liked him too and when the opportunity was there to claim him – I didn’t hesitate,” stated Natasha. Sandburg Hanover now has a nine-race win streak dating back to August 30th of last year. Conditioned then by Kevin McMaster – the wins started at Sarnia and continued at Hanover and Kawartha before his season ended on October 11th. Miroslaw Czupa purchased the horse from McMaster during the off-seaon and then had the horse return for his season debut on May 6that The Raceway. An eye-popping 1:55.3 win at the $5,000 claiming level would spark multiple claims when Sandburg Hanover was entered back for the same price the following week. Five claims were entered on the great looking stallion son of American Ideal on May 11th at The Raceway. “We had talked to the former owner/trainer (Czupa) about purchasing the horse and he was very excited to see him go to us. We’re going to make sure he has a great home going forward,” she continued. Natasha’s first career training win comes seven years after she first obtained a training licence. “I had a licence in the Spring of 2008 and decided to get back to training again this year,” she explains. “I’ve been around racing my whole life, so this first training win is pretty exciting for me!” Natasha and husband Lorne look after a stable of nine horses. Eight trotters and one single pacer now in Sandburg Hanover. “I do enjoy the trotters,” Natasha stated. “But we’re hoping to keep this pacer around for a long time. He won’t be in a claimer next time out – that I can tell you,” she added. If not in a claimer then where does this red hot horse, with the long running win streak, go?  “He’ll likely be entered at the Preferred level now,” she said. “Maybe there’ll be a race we can enter him in for Molson Pace night (May 29th)... That would be exciting!” she continued. “For now we’ll just see how he comes out of this race and give him a few days off in the paddock. He has his issues and he’s the kind of horse we’ll have to manage well, but we’re good with that – he’s worth it!” Shannon Doyle Email: Web: The Raceway @ Western Fair District

London, May 12, 2015 -- Camluck left an indelible mark on the standardbred breed, but the impact the super harness racing sire had on Seelster Farms is immeasurable. "Camluck made Seelster Farms. Without a hesitation I say that. Without him we wouldn't be where we are today. He put us on the map," said Ann Straatman, the reproduction manager at the Lucan, Ont. farm where the 28-year-old stallion stood for 25 years before being retired from active duty in October of 2014. Friday night, Camluck will become the first horse and 35th inductee overall to the Wall of Fame at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, Ont. "Being the first horse ever is quite an honour. It caught me off guard, but he had a big impact on Western Fair," said trainer Bob McIntosh, the man who trained Camluck and was one of the owners of the pacer that spring-boarded from a million-dollar racing career to become the number one stallion in harness racing history in North America by total progeny earnings. Camluck's progeny have earned just shy of $220 million in total. The late, great Western Hanover is second on the list. His offspring have earned approximately $211 million combined. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. Straatman said Camluck not only was the most fertile stallion Seelster has ever stood, he also consistently passed on his "drive and intelligence" to his progeny. "He is, by far, the smartest horse we've ever had, and that's a lot of horses," Straatman said. "There isn't a smarter horse than he is. He's that smart. He puts that attitude into his foals. We notice it with his yearlings when we go to video them. They video terribly... They won't be chased. They're too smart to be chased. They'll turn around and look at you and wonder, 'What are you chasing me for?' It is absolutely an intelligence that comes right from (Camluck)." McIntosh said he trained a lot of horses sired by Camluck and a common trait was their ability to race tough. "I think most of them, even when they aren't 100 per cent, suck it up and give 110 per cent. That's rare amongst sires," McIntosh said. "Another thing, too, I noticed about them. When you breed to some sires, if you don't get a stakes horse, you don't even have a horse. Camluck sired horses of any class. You could get a good hard-hitting racehorse or you could get a stakes horse. You didn't have to worry about getting a filly or getting a colt, because they were both good." Camluck will join Seelster Farms' late owner Chris Van Bussel on The Raceway's Wall of Fame. Van Bussel was inducted in 2004. "I was glad that Chris Van Bussel had (Camluck)," McIntosh said. "I can remember having a meeting to send (Camluck to Seelster) and Chris was just a real gentleman. His handshake was as good as a contract. He was one of the nicest, most honourable men I've ever met." Friday's Wall of Fame Night card begins at 7:15 p.m. and will also feature the first race in this year's Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet the riders. The RUS series is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity. Visit for more details. There will also be a number of fan promotions throughout the night and a pair of mini races scheduled as part of the fun. Though, honouring Camluck will be the main event. "It is such an honour to be recognized," Straatman said, "especially at our home track." Straatman said Camluck's "nose is a little out of joint" that he doesn't get to breed anymore, but otherwise, the senior equine is "fantastic", "in good health" and is enjoying living out his days in his private paddock with special lawn as pristine as one might find on a golf course. "Whatever Camluck wants, Camluck gets," Straatman said. By Dave Briggs for The Raceway  

London, April 28, 2015 -- Canada’s first major harness racing event of the season for older pacers, The $150,000 Molson Pace, is just over a month away and the folks at The Raceway in London are finalizing plans for the big night on Friday, May 29th. The Molson Pace was changed back to an Invitational format in 2013 and the past two seasons has produced some of the strongest fields ever for the event.  And, in both years, it’s been the Ian Moore-trained State Treasurer who has emerged victorious. The six-year-old son of Real Desire, who recovered from a miscue at the start to win last year’s event, qualified recently in Florida in 1:51 and is expected back in London in search of the three-peat. Modern Legend, who started his career in the 2011 Middlesex Series in London, is also expected to receive in an invite along with the winner of the Confederation Cup which will be held two weeks prior to the Molson, on Sunday, May 17th at Flamboro Downs. Other potential starters for this year’s contest include local horses Apprentice Hanover and Nickle Bag along with several horses who competed in this year’s recently-concluded Levy Series at Yonkers.  The sport’s richest pacer and ageless wonder Foiled Again could also be on hand for a record seventh appearance. The Raceway will also host the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series for three-year-old colt pacers that night along with a quartet of City of London Series Finals for trotters and pacers. It is the richest single night of the season at the Forest City oval with approximately $500,000 in purses up for grabs. Aside from the great racing, fans can expect a fun-filled night according to the track’s Marketing Co-ordinator Sarah Imrie. “We have so much planned this year. More prizes giveaways than ever before thanks to Molsons, the OLG and the Raceway,” promises Imrie. “The list is being finalized now, and I am sure fans will be overwhelmed with what we have planned.   "The great part about coming to Southwestern Ontario's premier sporting event, is that a family can come and have a great night out for little or no cost, plus have a chance of going home with some great prizes and memories of a truly outstanding evening.  It is a tradition that continues to grow and grow". On the wagering side, highlights include $7,500 Guaranteed Pools on both the early Pick-4 and early Super Hi-5 and $10,000 Guaranteed Pools on both the late Pick-4 and late Super Hi-5. Both wagers, along with the Pick-3 are offered at a low 15% takeout rate. Fans are urged to stay tuned to for more details as the date for this year’s Molson Pace draws closer. Greg Blanchard Racing Manager

Harness racing owner /trainer Ross Battin appealed recently against the 90 day suspension of Youths Awesome after it tested positive to the Class 2 Ractopamine.   The decision of the commission in respect of that appeal is listed below.      IN THE MATTER OF THE RACING COMMISSION ACT, 2000, S.O. 2000, C.20 AND IN THE MATTER OF THE REQUEST FOR HEARING OF ROSS BATTIN ______________________________________________________________________     AGREED STATEMENT OF FACTS     The licensee Ross Battin and the Counsel for the Administration of the Ontario Racing Commission agree to the following facts:     1.  Ross Battin (“Battin”), (licence number B44657) is licensed by the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) as a, Owner/Driver/Trainer.   2.  On February 9, 2015, the horse Youths Awesome (tattoo number 1HL24) trained and co-owned by Battin, participated in the 8th race at Western Fair Raceway and finished first. A urine specimen was then collected for screening.   3.  On February 18, 2015, a Certificate of Positive Analysis was released by Maxxam Laboratories indicating that the urine specimen obtained from the horse Youths Awesome tested positive for the Class 2 drug Ractopamine.   4.  Following the receipt of the Certificate, on February 20, 2015, the judges at Western Fair Raceway issued the Ruling SB 46419 pursuant to Standardbred Rules 11.10.01(2) and 20.01.01(i)(2), suspending the horse Youths Awesome for 90 clear days until May 20, 2015.   5.  On the same date, by Ruling SB 46418, Battin was suspended for an indefinite period pending the outcome of the investigation relating to the cause of the Ractopamine positive testing of his horse, pursuant to Standardbred Rule 9.08.01(b)(ii).   6.  On February 23, 2015, Battin filed a request for stay and appealed the Rulings SB 46418 and 46419 of February 20, 2015.   7.  On February 25, 2015, by Ruling SB 10/2015 and Ruling SB 11/2015, the Executive Director of the ORC denied the stay of the 90 days suspension of the horse, and of the indefinite suspension of Battin, respectively.   8.  Following the investigation, the judges at Western Fair Raceway rendered Ruling SB 46421 on March 4, 2015, reinstated Battin’s licence, setting a probation period of two years with conditions upon reinstatement.   9.  Battin is now seeking to appeal the Director’s Ruling 10/2015 denying the stay of the 90 days suspension of the horse Youths Awesome.   Joint Recommendation With Respect to Penalty   10.       The ORC Administration and Battin jointly submit for the Panel’s consideration that the following disposition is appropriate in these circumstances:   i.      The 90 days suspension of his horse Youths Awesome be stayed pursuant to Rule 24.01 of Standardbred Racing without prejudice, with the following conditions:   a.   During the stayed suspension period of 90 days,  the horse Youths Awesome shall not test positive for Ractopamine or other prohibited drug;    b.   During the stay of the 90 days suspension, Battin delivers proof that the horse Youths Awesome provided a clear/negative sample, prior to race.   ii.      Any breach of the conditions will result in an immediate reinstatement of the 90 days suspension of the horse and any such further sanctions at the discretion of the Deputy Director.   The effects of Ractopamine   Dated at Toronto, Ontario, this 25th day of March, 2015    

London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  

London, March 12, 2015 -- Officials at The Raceway in London have announced that Friday morning's qualifying session has been cancelled to give the track crew time to prepare for Friday nights live harness racing program which is scheduled for 7:15 pm. The track was forced to cancel programs this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to the warmer temperatures which caused extreme thawing in the racing surface. Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager

London, March 10, 2015 -- Based on a dramatic improvement in the track and a favourable weather forecast this afternoon and evening in London, officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that tonight's live harness racing program is a go. The 12-race card gets underway at 6:15 p.m. A pair of $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-4 pools will be offered up. Free programs and live streaming video available at Greg Blanchard

London, March 3 -- Due to forecasted treacherous weather for this afternoon and into this evening in the London area, The Raceway at Western Fair District has canceled live racing for tonight. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday evening at 6:15 PM. Greg Blanchard 

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

London, February 2, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise harness racing people and customers that live racing is on as scheduled this evening. The 11-race program will get underway at 6:15 p.m. and it is also Pub Night at the Top Of The Fair dining room. The Raceway features a pair of $5,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers on the card, both with a low 15% takeout rate. The average pick-4 pool for the month of January was more than $10,000 with the average .20 cent payout returning more than $630. Free programs and live streaming video for tonight's card are available at Greg Blanchard

London, January 26, 2015 --The Monday harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District produced another large carryover in the late Super Hi-5 of more than $6,700 which means the London oval will be offering an instant guarantee of $15,000 on the early Super Hi-5 on Tuesday night's program. It was the longest shot on the board, Give Em Heck (31-1) and driver Ryan Holliday, who scored the upset in Monday's finale at The Raceway, triggering the large carryover into the Tuesday card. The Raceway offered a $15,000 guarantee on Monday's early Super Hi-5 pool and it was Lee Ave, at odds of 9-5, who topped the winning combination which returned a whopping $20,603.35 for a $1 ticket. The early Super Hi-5 is slated for race 7 on Tuesday's program which gets underway at 6:15 p.m. The Raceway will also feature a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools as well and both the Pick-4 and Super Hi-5 are offered at a low 15% takeout rate. Free programs and free live streaming video are available at Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager  

London, January 25, 2015 -- Harness racing fans of the Super Hi-5 wager at The Raceway will have another massive pool to go after on Monday night's program. The late Super Hi-5 on Friday night did not produce a winning ticket, triggering a big carryover of more than $7,200. The Raceway will offer an instant guarantee on the gross pool for Monday night's early Super Hi-5 of $15,000. The early Super Hi-5 is offered on race 7 and asks fans to select the first five finishers in order. If no one correctly selects all five, then the pool gets carried over to the next Super Hi-5 race. The popular wager has produced some huge payouts of late, including a record return of $15,182.00 on a single .20 cent winning ticket in Friday's early Super Hi-5. Free programs and Free live streaming video are available at Greg Blanchard                                                                          

Pulling off a 20-1 upset, Winzel prevailed by a nose over Thundering Ovation in the $11,000 Preferred 2 Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening's harness racing card at The Raceway at the Western Fair District. Driven by Nick Steward, the 10-year-old Royal Strength gelding earned his 40th career win in 2:01.3 while the pacesetting mare had to settle for second-place honours after winning her last two starts at the Preferred 3 level. Thundering Ovation led the field of eight through fractions of :29.2, 1:01 and 1:30.4 over an off track beforeWinzel rallied off the cover of Tornado Tim and got up in the final stride to steal the glory. House Of Cash finished nearly four lengths behind in third. To view the rest of this story click here. Woodbine Super Jackpot at $104,000  With frigid temperatures now the norm, it’s only fitting that Woodbine Racetrack’s Jackpot Hi 5 carryover has ‘snowballed’ to a six-digit figure going into Thursday evening’s card of racing. The precise carryover number is $104,179.14 after multiple winning combinations shared in a portion of the pool during Monday’s 10-race program. Monday’s final race went to the odds-on favourite, #6 Evasive Card Shark, with #2 Shippen Out (50-1), #3 OK Gladiator (8-1), #5 Whos In The Mist (7-1) and #8 Mister Accumulator (12-1) rounding out the top-five finishers. That combination kicked back a return of $4,236.70 for a $1-based wager. For a free, printable program page for Thursday's card of racing, courtesy of TrackIT, click here.

London, January 12, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will hold its annual awards night on Saturday, February 21 at the Carousel Room at The Raceway. The Raceway's top performers for 2014 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 a minimum of six starts at The Raceway in 2014. The claiming awards are based on the most number of claiming wins at The Raceway in 2014. 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 starts during the season. The Caretaker of the Year award will be handed out for the second consecutive year. To qualify, caretakers must be nominated by Tuesday, January 13th. To nominate someone, send an email with your reason why to one of the following:, or The Raceway will also honour its Overall Horse of the Year the night of the event. Tickets will go on sale next week and will be available in both the race office and the promotions department. For more information, contact 519-438-7203 (ext. 380). The 2014 award winners are as follows: Older Pacing Horse - Kendal Gustav Older Pacing Mare - Twilight Seelster Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt - Good Side Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly - Delta Grace Tone Older Trotting Horse - Moonbeam Hall Older Trotting Mare - Thundering Ovation Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt - M C Wood Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly - Sonny With A Chance Claiming Pacer - Cat Four Claiming Trotter (Tied) - Strike A Light and Weskey Driver - Alfie Carroll Trainer - Vic Puddy Owner - Keith Cassell Dave Wall Outstanding Service Award - TBA Caretaker - TBA Horse of the Year - TBA From the Western Fair Media Department

London, January 9, 2015 -- Horse people are advised that this morning's qualifying session at the raceway in London has been canceled. Today's qualifying session will be carried over to Monday morning at 11 a.m. Live racing is scheduled tonight with a 7:15 pm first post. From The Raceway Media Department

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