London, March 5, 2014 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise people that the start time for qualifying races has been switched from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the balance of the Spring Meet. The Raceway hosts qualifiers on Friday mornings and the new start time will go into effect this week. The current three-day-a-week live racing schedule will continue through March. Wednesdays will be added to the schedule in April and May with a first post at 4:05 p.m. Additional details surrounding the balance of the Meet, along with details on this year's Molson Pace, will be coming soon. For more information, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blanchard, for the Raceway
One week after driver James MacDonald swept Tuesday's Preferred events at The Raceway at Western Fair District, he turned the trick yet again with another Preferred double. Ostinato was returning to the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace after winning last week's edition, but was given second billing by the betting public in favour of Woodbine shipper Perfectly Royal (Doug McNair). Perfectly Royal was sent to the front by McNair but pestered for the lead by 2013's WFD Horse of the Year Rachel Olivia (Alfie Carroll). With those two slugging it out on the front, the chances to pounce from off the pace were good and that's exactly what MacDonald did. Setting up three wide around the final turn but only two lengths from the lead, MacDonald tipped Ostinato off cover in the lane and the mare responded with a swift brush to power past the leaders and hit the wire three parts of a length the best in 1:57.2. To read the rest of the story click here.
Preferred pacers and trotters highlighted the Monday afternoon card of harness racing at the Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. Trotting mare Thundering Ovation could only muster four wins in all of 2013, and just over two months into 2014 she's almost matched that total. Thundering Ovation was picked as the public choice in Monday's $8,000 Preferred 3 Handicap Trot and didn't disappoint. With driver J.R. Plante at the lines, the five-year-old Thunder Road mare made every call a winning one en route to the five-length 2:00.2 score. Gerald Sloan trains Thundering Ovation for Joanne & Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ont. It was Thundering Ovation's third win of the year in eight starts. To read the rest of this story click here.
It was certainly worth the trek down the 401 highway Tuesday afternoon for driver James MacDonald considering he swept both of the Preferred events at The Raceway at Western Fair District. MacDonald rolled Keystone Orion to the front in the $11,000 Preferred 2 for trotters, and the five-year-old son of Angus Hall-Ozone Hanover didn’t look back en route to posting a 1:58.1 score. The OSS grad led the field through fractions of :28.2, :59.2 and 1:28.2 before sealing the deal with a :29.4 closing quarter. He won by 4-1/2 lengths over Aisling, with Heres The Magic rounding out the top three in the eight-horse affair. To read the rest of the story click here.
London, February 18, 2014 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise horse people that the track will be closed for training Wednesday morning in anticipating of the milder temperatures and rain that is forecasted to move into the London area this week. In addition, the qualifying session for this Friday morning has also been cancelled to allow the track crew to prepare the track for Friday night's live program. Live racing is set for this afternoon at 4:05 p.m. and this Friday night at 7:05 p.m. by Greg Blanchard, for the Raceway
A class-dropping CIS Buckeye came up big in Monday’s $7.350 Preferred 3 for trotters, and in doing so he provided driver Alfie Carroll with one of his four trips to victory lane on the 12-race card. Carroll got away fourth from Post 8 with CIS Buckeye, who watched Sombrero Hall throw down first-half fractions of :28.3 and :59.2. CIS Buckeye was first-over and driving as the field moved to the half, and he eventually muscled his way to the lead and led the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:30.1 before using a :30-second final frame to win by a pair of lengths over longshot Sonny Vale in 2:00.1. Third prize went to Rainbow Gold. Keith Cullen trains the six-year-old son of Ilooklikemymom-LRs Peanut for James Morency of Windsor, Ontario. The victory was the first of the season in five attempts for the career winner of $139,056. Doing Some Damage did just that to the competition he faced in Monday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for pacers. The former claimer went the front and didn’t look back for driver J.R. Plante who successfully sliced out splits of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27 before cruising home in a :30-second clip en route to the 1:57 victory. It was 1-1/2 lengths in arrears to runner-up Judge Jon, with the show dough going to Calgary Seelster. Sent off as the even-money favourite, Doing Some Damage won for the fifth time in six starts this season. George Robinson of Windsor, Ontario owns and trains the 19-time winner who pushed his lifetime earnings to $60,899 with the score. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The betting public leaned heavily on Lady Latte in Tuesday’s $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 class at the Raceway, and the veteran distaffer didn’t disappoint her legion of pari-mutuel supporters. In rein to Jonathan Drury, Lady Latte shot to immediate command from Post 1 and cruised through panels of :29.2, :59.1 and 1:27.4 before using a :29.3 kicker to win by 2-3/4 lengths over pocket-riding Andro Madi in 1:57.2. Ostinato, who pulled off a 23-1 shocker one week earlier, rallied off cover to finish third. Gord McDonnell trains the eight-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended-Miss Jeki for Craig Turner and Mhairi Kersel of Ingersoll, Ontario. It was the mare’s second win of the season from four trips to the track, and it increased her lifetime win total to 33. The OSS graduate has now banked $428,085. Drury also mapped out the winning trip for Black Magic Eyes in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3. Just as he did one race earlier with Lady Latte, Drury rolled Black Magic Eyes to the top and she didn’t look back through splits of :29, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Her :30.2 closing quarter was good enough to earn her the 1:59.3 decision by 1-1/2 lengths over St Lads Zena, while 4-5 favourite Mamasaidso was third. Richard Moreau, who sent out a pair of winners on the 12-race card, trains the six-year-old daughter of Village Jolt-Western Concert for Gaston Bibeau, Eric Bibeau and Sylvain Descheneaux of Quebec. It was the mare’s first win of the season and the lion’s share of the purse boosted her overall bankroll to $116,000. To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Fresh off a front-stepping score in the Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Leafs And Wings used his come-from-behind skills to notch an impressive tally in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 & 3 at the London half-miler. Sent off at odds of 6-1 in the eight-horse affair, Leafs And Wings got away seventh for driver Scott Wray while Smokin Bear shot to the front and supplied the field with fractions of :28, :57 and 1:27.1. Leafs And Wings was third-over and covered up through the middle stages of the mile, but his :30.1 closing panel propelled him to the top and he drew clear to win by 1-1/4 lengths over race favourite Smokin Bear in 1:58.1. Thats The Life finished third. Mike Rogers trains the seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road for owner/breeder Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan. It was the second win of the season and the 25th lifetime tally for the career winner of $283,766. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 events, with My Man Charley and Winzel taking home weekly bragging rights in their respective assignments. Alfie Carroll manufactured the winning trip My Man Charley in his tilt, and in doing so the pacer cracked the goose egg that had been residing in his 2014 win column. After going 0-for-3 to start the year, the six-year-old son of Mach Three-Break Of Day survived a first-over trip to win today’s effort by 2-1/2 lengths over Stoney Durkin in 1:57.4. Judge Jon took home the show dough. The 19-time winner, who hangs his harness bag in the barn of trainer Victor Puddy, is owned by Susan Strongman, Jerome Voldock and Limco Inc. His share of the loot lifted his lifetime earnings to $274,040. Winzel demolished the trotting foes he faced in his $7,000 test. Nick Steward sat third with the Todd Kennedy trainee for the first half of the mile before brushing to the lead in the third quarter. The gelding eventually drew clear to win by 7-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:00.3. Sonny Vale was next best, with Elmo Rockbottom taking home third prize. It was the first win of the year for the nine-year-old son of Royal Strength-Worthy Outlaw, who is now a 34-time winner to date. Janet Fairall, Britt Kennedy and Nancy & Jack Holmes share ownership on the career winner of $217,007. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Standardbred Canada has announced the winners of the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event, the annual Black Tie Gala was held in Charlottetown, PEI, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and PEI Convention Centre. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. O’Brien was born in Alberton, PEI. Bee A Magician who was perfect in her 2013 season, was the unanimous choice in the Three-Year -Old Trotting Filly division and was also voted Canada’s Horse of The Year. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her races last season and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore campaign. The daughter of Hall of Fame sire Kadabra took a mark of 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The invincible filly’s stakes victories included the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Sylvain Filion successfully defended his Driver of The Year title. In 2013 he led all reinsmen in the nation in terms of purse earnings, as his mounts banked $6,111,736. Filion finished as the leading money-winning driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack. The resident of Milton, Ont. earned the Lampman Cup for the second straight year, as he topped the Ontario Sires Stakes standings for drivers. Filion celebrated his richest win of the season while steering Boomboom Ballykeel to a 10-1 upset victory in the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Richard Moreau was voted Trainer of The Year following an impressive season that saw his stable win 279 races and earn $3,623,805 in purses. The resident of Puslinch, Ont. earned training titles across Ontario at Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau topped the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The 2013 season marked the 14th consecutive year that his stable has surpassed the $1-million mark in purse earnings. Alberta’s Kelly Hoerdt won the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship. Hoerdt is a successful driver/trainer who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. The 2013 season was another productive year for Hoerdt, as he trained 82 winners and horses to $623,000, and drove 66 winners and horses that earned over $490,000. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in terms of earnings at Alberta Downs. His stable was led by sophomore pacing colt Premium Attaction, a multiple stakes winner that rattled off six wins in 11 races and over $111,000 Precocious Beauty was honoured as Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, $462,912 in purses and took a mark of 1:50.1 which tied a world record for a one-mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. The two-year-old pacing colt title went to Arthur Blue Chip, who scored six wins in 11 starts and bankrolled $400,120 for his connections. The son of Shadow Play took a mark of 1:51.2 in his Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk before being scratched ‘sick’ from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore in 2013 and added another O’Brien (Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year) to her trophy case. The talented filly boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner up finish in the American National. Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation took the hardware home as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of The Year. Vegas Vacation gave his connections the ride of a lifetime in 2013. Conditioned by Casie Coleman, the son of Bettors Delight put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 from 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses. He wheeled off victories in his first four races which included the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and an elimination of the Pepsi North America Cup. On September 19 he captured the Little Brown Jug in straight heats – both timed in 1:50. ‘Vegas’ finished his sophomore season with a win in the Matron Stakes to put his bankroll at just over $976,000. Anndrovette continued to dominate the pacing mare ranks in 2013, and, for the third consecutive year, was crowned Canada’s Older Pacing Mare of The Year. The daughter of Riverboat King was on the board in all but three of her 21 races. Some of her major wins included three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway along with the Roses Are Red and Breeders Crown eliminations. On July 20 at Mohawk Racetrack she captured the Roses Are Red final in a career best 1:48. The talented mare now has 35 lifetime wins and a career bankroll of almost $2.6 million. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again was voted Canada’s Older Pacing Horse of The Year. Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season, as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final, as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final for his third straight million-dollar campaign. He entered the year within reach of the all-time earnings record for pacers, and he managed to obliterate that mark by adding $1.4 million to his bank account while visiting 11 different racetracks along the way. He closed the season by sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at the Meadowlands. Riveting Rosie was the winner in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Riveting Rosie closed out her rookie campaign with six wins in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Her major victories included the Peaceful Way Final, her Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain Stakes. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, it was Father Patrick who took the O’Brien trophy. He topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Series. Flanagan Memory was voted Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year after a productive season which saw him win seven of 11 races and $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Maven was voted Canada’s Older Trotting Mare of The Year. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She added wins in the Miss Versatility Trotting Series, an elimination and final of the Armbro Flight, and the Allerage. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her bankroll. For the second consecutive year, Mister Herbie captured the title as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of The Year. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in stakes competition, including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067 in purses. Seelster Farms, of Lucan, Ont. was honoured as the Armstrong Breeder of The Year. In 2013, Seelster-bred horses scored 248 wins and $2.1 million in earnings. In the Future Star category, the winner of this first-time award was trainer/driver Travis Cullen. The 21-year-old Alberta-based horseman closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the final card of the meet while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. The complete list of winners follows. 2013 O’BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer - Precocious Beauty owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Arthur Blue Chip owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer - I Luv The Nitelife owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Vegas Vacation owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON Older Pacing Mare - Anndrovette owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Older Pacing Horse - Foiled Again owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL TROTTERS Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Riveting Rosie owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Father Patrick owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Bee A Magician owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Flanagan Memory owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Older Trotting Mare - Maven owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL Older Trotting Horse - Mister Herbie owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY PEOPLE AWARDS O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Armstrong Breeder of The Year Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON Driver of The Year Sylvain Filion, Milton, ON Trainer of The Year Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB STANDARDBRED CANADA MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Media Excellence Awards program, established by Standardbred Canada in 2008, is aimed at honouring exceptional work that covers Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Outstanding Written Work Paul Delean ’Reaching Improbable Heights’ 'Reaching Improbable Heights', written by Paul Delean, was published in the December, 2012 issue of Trot Magazine. It tells the story of trotter Intimidate’s incredible journey from obscurity to harness racing’s biggest stage and the ride of a lifetime that two smalltime owners from Quebec are still pinching themselves over. Outstanding Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group North America Cup HD Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group’s North America Cup broadcast aired across Canada on The Score television network on Saturday, June 26, 2013. The one-hour special of the $1-million North America Cup was the first live high definition broadcast of a standardbred race in Canada. The show featured live race coverage of the main event, a feature on Marvin Katz (co-owner of eventual winner Captaintreacherous) and a profile of a very special racing fan – Sydney Weaver. The broadcast was a production of WEG’s broadcast department, produced by Rob Platts and directed by Kris Platts. Outstanding Photography Clive Cohen Clive Cohen captured the sunset behind trainer Rene Dion warming up Ocean Mist Beauty on September 19, 2013 at Mohawk Racetrack. The image was published on WEG’s Facebook page later that night. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The trip was tough, but Euro Classic was tougher en route to winning Tuesday’s featured $11,600 Preferred 2 Trot at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The six-year-old son of Chocolatier-Donven Fury spent the entire mile parked out – including a short stint in the three-wide path – but it didn’t keep him from digging down deep and posting a two-length score in 2:01 for the tandem of trainer Ann Karin Larsen and driver Per Henriksen. Larsen, who co-owns Euro Classic with Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ontario and Odd Larsen of Joakobsli, Norway, won for the 20th time in his career and pushed his lifetime earnings to $143,134. Ostinato was treated to a sweet, second-over trip by James MacDonald in the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap, and the Jim Wellwood trainee kicked back a sweet return of $48.10 to her backers thanks to her 1:58.4 score. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Rojens Patriot tracked race favourite Jenna Casimir in the final half of the contest before kicking off that foe’s back and using a :30-second closing quarter to win by a half-length margin over Andro Madi. Lady Latte, who chopped out panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1, tired late and settled for third. Jim and Jeff Wellwood share ownership on the distaffer who improved this year’s record to 3-0-2 from five trips to the track. The 28-time winner has stashed away career earnings of $266,191. Rubber Belly clicked in the $7,350 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 for the team of driver Rob Sparling, Jr. and trainer Randy Parish. Sparling marched the five-year-old daughter of L H Stryker-Rubber Head first-over, and she simply drew away from the eight rivals she squared off with in a time of 1:59.4. Sent off at odds of 10-1, Rubber Belly defeated Release The Magic and race favourite Ideal Odds. Randy, James and Brent Parish own the career winner of purses in excess of $62,000. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
After surviving late pressure from a first-over foe, Thats The Life then had to survive a Judges’ inquiry and a driver’s objection to take home top prize in Monday’s featured $11,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Thats The Life, who was sent off as the 9-5 favourite, got away third in the eight-horse affair while Clic K powered the field through first-half panels of :28.4 and :59. Thats The Life and Alfie Carroll moved to the outside halfway around the second turn and managed to drop into the two-hole nearing the mid-way point. Kendal Gustav was left first-over, and shortly past the half-mile marker he and Thats The Life raced in tight quarters and made contact with one another when Thats The Life manoeuvred out of the pocket position. Thats The Life brushed to the front in the backstretch and led at the three-quarter pole in 1:29. He then used a :30.2 closing quarter to stave off a determined Kendal Gustav by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Smokin Bear was third. Lorne House, the driver of Kendal Gustav, filed an objection against Alfie Carroll, the driver of Thats The Life, claiming interference was caused by that foe shortly past the half. The ORC Judges disallowed the objection and let the original numbers stand. Victor Puddy trains Thats The Life for owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The six-year-old son of Life Sign-All That now owns a 2-3-0 record from five trips to the track this season. The 19-time winner has banked more than $225,000 to date. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 affairs – one for pacers and one for trotters. Leafs And Wings was a front-stepping winner in the pacing affair for the tandem of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Michael Rogers. The seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road parked past the quarter pole in :28.2 before clearing to the lead and tossing out middle splits of :59.4 and 1:29.2. The public’s top choice then used a :30.2 final frame to win by one-quarter of a length over Twin B Brat in 1:59.4. Judge Jon survived a tough, first-over trip to finish third. Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan bred and owns the 24-time winner who broke into the win column for the first time this season. The lion’s share of the purse increased his career cash stash to $278,266. The $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters went to Joyful Road, who erupted for a 38-1 upset in her assignment for driver Lorne House. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road-Hasty Image rallied into the slowing tempo and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winkys Pride, with the show dough going to House Of Cash. Peter Core of Sarnia, Ontario shares ownership on the mare with partners Raymond Core, Daniel Diebold and Don Allensen. The homebred improved this year’s record to 2-1-0 from five starters while her overall bank account climbed upwards of $77,000. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Things didn’t go so well for Thundering Ovation in last week’s Preferred 2 for trotters at The Raceway at Western Fair District, but the Gerry Sloan trainee was solid gold in Tuesday’s follow-up performance over the London half-miler. Thundering Ovation, in rein to J.R. Plante, played give-and-go with Cimeronken in the early stages of Monday's main event before chopping out fractions of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:30.4 over a track listed as “Good” with a two-second allowance. Thundering Ovation used a :30-second closing quarter to stave off Cimeronken by one-quarter of a length in 2:00.4. Savthelstdancforme rallied to finish third. Sent off as the 4-5 favourite in the eight-horse affair, the homebred won for the second time this season for owners Joanne and Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ontario. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road-Shesintuff, who is now a 13-time winner, bumped her career earnings to $176,415 with the victory. Lady Latte showed no mercy to the foes she sparred with in the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 later on card. The eight-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended-Miss Jeki got away third for Trevor Henry while Insincerity rolled to the front and threw down first-half fractions of :28.3 and :58.4. Lady Latte was on the move first-over approaching the half, and she took over command on the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:28. She roared home in :29.2 to win by a decisive, seven-length margin over race favourite Insincerity in 1:57.2. Rachel Olivia nabbed the show dough. Gord McDonnell trains the 32-time winner for owners Craig Turner and Mhairi Kersel of Ingersoll, Ontario. The classy campaigner pushed her lifetime earnings to $421,885 with the win. The 12-race program also saw pacer All Chrome extend his winning streak to five-in-a-row thanks to his 1:58.2 triumph for the tandem of driver Phil Hudon and trainer Corey Johnson. The five-year-old son of Tell All-Ever Western came first-over and drew clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths in a time of 1:58.2 in the $5,800 event. Brian Paquet of Quebec owns the nine-time winner who has earned just shy of $43,000 to date. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Trevor Henry wasted no time in grabbing the lead with Rays San in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and once the pacer grabbed the top spot it was game over for the rest of the field. Rays San secured the lead from the rail and rolled the field through intervals of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 en route to the one-length decision over Thats The Life in 1:58.2. Draconian tagged along to nab a small share. Sent off as the 4-5 choice in the six-horse affair, Rays San grabbed his first win of the season and the 14th time of his career. His share of the loot lifted his lifetime cash stash to $156,964. Fans were also treated to a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 tilts on the Monday card, with Windsun Fireball and Calgary Seelster winning their respective assignments. Windsun Fireball survived a first-over to take home top prize in the tilt for trotters. Trevor Henry teamed up with the Nelson White trainee who cleared to the lead shortly beyond the three-quarter pole and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winzel in 2:01.4. Bringing Sexy Back too home the show dough. Sharon Pendleton of East Garafraxa, Ontario owns the five-year-old son of Thunder Road-Windsun Borgata who won for the first time this season. The 11-time winner has managed to assemble a 1-2-0 record in his first three starts of the year. The 11-time winner has banked $75,131 to dates, The $7,000 Preferred 3 for pacers went to Calgary Seelster, who went to the front and didn’t look back for driver Lorne House. The Murray Preszcator pupil hammered out fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.3 before kicking out a final quarter in :30 to win by 2-34 lengths over Stoney Durkin in 1:58.3. Leafs And Wings swept from last to finish a bang up third. Preszcator of London, Ontario owns the six-year-old son of Modern Art-Cmon Mama Cass who is now 2-for-4 this season. The 17-time winner pushed his lifetime earnings in excess of $200,000 with the win. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Tuesday’s card at The Raceway at Western Fair District turned out to be a memorable one for driver Thomas Litt, who nabbed his first-ever victory thanks to a score with pacing gelding B Not T. Litt hustled the nine-year-old son of Rambaran off the gate and found himself parked past the quarter-pole in :29.4 before touching down on the lead. Once they cleared, Litt and B Not T led the group through middle panels of :59.4 and 1:30 before sealing the deal with a :31-second closing panel. The margin of victory for Litt and B Not T was three-quarters of a length over Not So Forgiving in 2:01. The 19-year-old sulky sitter, who is a third generation horseman from Strathroy, Ontario, was making just his fourth start in the racebike. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The trip was sweet and the end result was even sweeter for Kendal Gustav who erupted for a 22-1 upset in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Lorne House carved out a second over trip for Kendal Gustav in the featured event, and the gelding did the rest en route to an easy score in the eight-horse affair. Kendal Gustav got away fifth before slipping to the outside and grabbing cover for the back-half of the contest. Clic K steamrolled through solid panels of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:26 before coming to a walk by the time the field turned for home. Smokin Bear was first-over and driving at that leader in the final half of the mile, and hot on hisheels was the eventual winner. Kendal Gustav kicked home in :30 en route to winning by 2-1/2 lengths over Rays San in 1:56.2. Smokin Bear managed to hold on for third prize. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin, and collectively they’ve watched the gelding racked up 19 lifetime wins while stashing away close to $130,000 in career earnings. Just two races earlier it was Slots Of Fun turning in a front-stepping score in the $7,350 Preferred 3 for horse and gelding pacers. Driver/co-owner Alfie Carroll hustled the six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear-High Pressure through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:29.2 before sprinting home in :29.3 to win by a half-length margin over Leafs And Wings in 1:59. Stoney Durkin, who was eighth at the head of the lane, came on strong to finish third. Richard Carroll trains the 18-time winner, who is now 2-for-3 this season. He boosted his overall cash stash to $115,223 with the win. Savthelstdancforme captured the $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters for the second week in-a-row, and he did so with authority for catch-driver Tyler Borth. The eight-year-old son of Striking Sahbra-Iam Worthy Too chopped out fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 before coasting home in :30.3 to win by three lengths over Windsun Fireball in 2:00.3. Sonny Vale came first-over and finished a distant third. Ashley Duford trains the 14-time winner for Dennis Duford of Dresden, Ontario. The trotter has managed to bank $122,887 to date. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Western Fair Raceway's Friday night card of harness racing was marred by a pair of accidents, both occurring in the stretch. As an eight-horse field of pacers turned for home in the fourth race over a fast track with a one second variant amidst snow flurries, a rough-gaited Daylyn Horizon stumbled and fell dumping driver Scott Wray. Light Shine In was unable to avoid that horse and went over top, catapulting his driver Ryan Holliday to the track. Officials from the London, Ont. oval confirmed Friday night that both horses and drivers left the track under their own power. Wray completed his remaining drives on the card while Holliday booked off his and was taken to hospital for observation and released early Saturday morning with multiple broken bones. "He has two broken bones in his wrist and one in his elbow," Holliday's wife, Caroline, told Trot Insider. "They were worried about his head as well, but all seems fine there." Just two races later, another mishap took place in the home stretch when Strokin rolled off stride and stumbled over a wheel at the back of the seven-horse field. The pacer was back up on his feet shortly after and both he and trainer/driver Dean Wall appeared to be fine. Trot Insider will update this story when further details are made available. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Western Fair Raceway. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca