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Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing. The 2020 National Driving Championship will take place at Century Mile in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, September 11. “As the newest racetrack in Canada, it is not only a privilege but also very exciting to host the National Driving Championship at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino,” commented Paul Ryneveld, Managing Director, Racing, at Century Mile. “In the inaugural meet, drivers and horsemen alike found the one-mile track to their liking and we believe the wide turns and long homestretch will make for a fun event from both a spectator and a betting angle. This will also be a fantastic event to showcase Century Mile to racing fans across Canada and North America, and to the drivers competing to represent Canada in the next World Driving Championship.” This marks the first time that the National Driving Championship has been hosted in Alberta. Drivers must earn their way into the National Driving Championship by finishing first or second in their respective Regional Driving Championship. In addition, Hippodrome 3R is a first-time host for a Regional event as they will host the Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship. The Ontario Regional will be hosted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Century Downs will host the Western Regional and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park will be the site of the Atlantic Regional. “We are very pleased to see the interest that tracks across the country have in hosting the Regional and National Driving Championships, and we're happy to have two first-time host venues this year in Century Mile and Hippodrome 3R,” said Dan Gall, President & CEO of Standardbred Canada. “We are looking forward to working with Paul Ryneveld and the team at Century Mile, Canada’s newest horse racing venue, to showcase the National Driving Championship. The one-mile oval promises an exciting competition and this state of the art facility will provide an exceptional experience for both the drivers and the fans.” Here are the locations and dates for the four regional events (in chronological order): REGIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Tuesday, May 12 Ontario Regional Driving Championship - The Raceway at Western Fair District; London, Ont. Saturday, May 30 Western Regional Driving Championship - Century Downs; Calgary, Alta. Sunday, June 7 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship - Hippodrome 3R; Trois Rivieres, Que. Saturday, June 13 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park; Charlottetown, P.E.I. NATIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, September 11 - Century Mile; Edmonton, Alta. Regional events will feature either eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance to the National. Past winners of the NDC title include Doug McNair (2018), Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 & 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007). The winner of the 2020 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the 2021 World Driving Championship. From Standardbred Canada

LONDON, ON- The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District continues with the announcement of an increase to both its guaranteed Early and Late Pick 4 wagers, beginning on Monday, January 13. Monday through Wednesday the Pick 4 guaranteed pools will be increased to $7,500. Friday's Early and Late Pick 4's will remain at $5,000. The Pick 4 wager features a $.20 minimum along with a 15% takeout. "We're having a fantastic meet and this is another incentive for our customers," said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. "Our Pick 4 wager is certainly a 'go to' and the demand is there for the increase." The track's schedule for this meet is now four days per week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 6:15 p.m. first-race post time and Fridays will begin at 6:55 p.m. From The Raceway    

LONDON, ON - Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its card of live harness racing that was scheduled for Friday (Jan 10). The cancellation has come due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures and overnight rain. The Raceway will be back in action on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. Management at The Raceway apologize for any inconvenience. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

LONDON, ON - The 2019 harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District concluded with the highest all-sources handle for a single card in the history of The Raceway. Patrons pushed $794,720 through the windows on New Year's Eve over the ten-race card with an average just shy of $80,000 wagered per race, also a record. The previous record handle was $765,685 over 16 races. "New Years Eve's record handle was a fantastic end to 2019, and a great way to cap off our Fall meet" said Rob Lumsden, Director of Racing. "The Raceway would like to thank our horseplayers, horsepeople and dedicated Raceway team for all of their support. We look forward to continuing the momentum with all of your support in 2020 and beyond". The records didn't stop there. The month of December produced the highest wagering month ever at The Raceway. The 13 cards produced an "all-sources" betting total of $5,841,958.02, a 67 percent increase over 2018's gross total of $3,496,890. Ten of the 13 cards reached more than $400,000 in wagering. The Raceway is also pleased to announce that wagering numbers were up significantly since the fall meet began. The 2019 fall meet, which began on Friday, October 4, featured 38 race cards and an "all-sources" betting total of $12,659,149.09, a 22.1 per cent increase over 2018. The average per race handle of $31,334.53 showed a 23.3 per cent increase over the 2018 average of $25,403.79. The track's schedule for this meet is now four days per week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 6:15 p.m. first-race post time and Fridays beginning at 6:55 p.m. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District will hold its annual harness racing awards night on Saturday, February 22 at the Carousel Room at The Raceway. The Raceway's top performers for 2019 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 2019. The claiming awards are based on the most number of claiming wins at The Raceway in 2019. The Owner of the Year award, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, goes to the top money-winning owner who was within the top five highest number of starts during the season. Driver Marc St Louis captured his first driving title at Western Fair thanks to an outstanding season in 2019, which included 143 wins. The Michigan native was also crowned Canada's leading dash winner with 340 wins. St Louis' wife, Danielle, was also crowned her first trainers title at The Raceway. The young conditioner finished off 2019 with 61 wins, 23 more than her nearest rivals Ron MacDonald and Patrick Shepherd. The Raceway will also once again honour its Caretaker of the Year award. To qualify, caretakers must be nominated by Friday, January 31. To nominate someone, participants with a valid AGCO licence can send an email with your nomination to aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com. The Raceway will also honour its overall Horse of the Year the night of the event. The fun-filled night, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards and dancing, will commence at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased through Marketing/Promotions Amy O'Toole at 519-438-7203 (ext. 380) or in the Race Office. Tickets will go on sale beginning on January 13 until Wednesday February 19. Anyone interested in attending should note that tickets for this year's event will not be sold at the door so are urged to purchase before the deadline. The 2019 award winners are as follows: Older Pacing Horse - Blue Moose Older Pacing Mare - Woodmere Wyldstyle Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt - Arnoldthepaperboy Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly - Sporty Tori Older Trotting Horse - Nebraska Jack Older Trotting Mare - Impressively Done Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt - Raising Royalty Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly - Victoriahasasecret Claiming Pacer - Hopetobefirst Claiming Trotter - Spicey Victor Owner of the Year - Jack Wray Trainer of the Year - Danielle St Louis Driver of the Year - Marc St Louis Wall Tyme Outstanding Service Award - To Be Announced Caretaker of the Year - To Be Announced Horse of the Year - To Be Announced Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the year Award - To Be Announced Racing Under Saddle Outstanding Achievement - To Be Announced by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON - Fans of the Super Hi-5 harness racing wager at The Raceway at the Western Fair District will have another massive pool to go after on Friday night's program. Fuelled by a carryover of nearly $10,000 from the late Super Hi-5 on Wednesday's card, Western Fair will offer an instant guarantee of $25,000 on the gross pool for tonight's early Super Hi-5, which will get underway in Race 6. The wager will offer a $.20 cent minimum and low 15% takeout. First race post time is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. For free programs, HD live stream, selections and much more please visit WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

LONDON, ON - Tuesday night's New Years Eve harness racing card held at The Raceway at Western Fair District produced an all-time overall and per race record handle. The 10-race card produced an overall handle of $795,590 and $79,559 per race on the evening. The previous record handle was $765,685 through 16 races on December 23, 2016. "A big thank you to the horseplayers who support our product all season, and to our horsemen for their continued support. This is truly an incredible milestone for The Raceway," said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. "Our track crew had the oval in fantastic shape and we couldn't have asked for a better way to wrap up 2019." The program was bolstered by a pair of increased $10,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers, which bolstered the handle with nearly $30,000 in both pools. The Raceway will be back in action tomorrow (Jan 1) with another action packed 11 race program as we begin 2020. From The Raceway    

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District will exit 2019 the same way it entered...by racing. The half mile oval will offer 10 dashes tomorrow evening with a special post time of 6:55 p.m. The card will feature a special pair of $10,000 Guaranteed Early and Late Pick 4's. The Early Pick 4 will begin in Race 3 with the Late Pick 4 in Race 7. Both will offer a $.20 cent minimum and 15% takeout. "We're pleased with the results of the guarantee and our fans have supported it," said Raceway Manager Greg Gangle. "We know the increased guarantee on this occasion is going to attract even more interest. We're excited for tomorrow evening." Here's a look at the 10-race feature wagering format: Daily Doubles - Races 1 and 9 Pick-3s - Races 1 and 8 - Early guaranteed at $2,500 Pick-4s - Races 3 and 7 - Both guaranteed at $10,000 Super Hi-5s - Races 6 and 10 The program will host its traditional Auld Lang Syne Trot and Auld Lang Syne Pace as it honours its aged trotters and pacers in their respective divisions. Monster In Law, age 14, is expected to make his final appearance of his long career for trainer Don Beatson. The son of Northern Luck has amassed 54 career wins and over $500,000 in earnings. The veteran pacer is owned by Beatson along with Sandra and Ralph Pitt and Ken Beatson. Regardless of where Monster In Law finishes on New Years Eve, the OSS graduate will make his way back to the winners circle one final time for a special winner circle presentation. Howdy Partner will also make his last career start for trainer Mike Rogers. The son of Hawaiian Cowboy has amassed nearly $150,000 in career earnings with a lifetime best of 1:54.4. The 39-time winner has spent the better part of four years under the care of Rogers for owner Craig Mallot. On the trotting side, Winzel will make a special appearance at The Raceway on New Years Eve. Although the 14-year-old wont line up behind the gate, the Brittany Kennedy trainee will lead a post parade before enjoying a special winners circle ceremony to commemorate his career. The gelded son of Royal Strength banked more than $325,000 in career earnings along with 51 trips to the winners circle. The bay is owned by Kennedy along with Nancy and Jack Holmes. Participants racing tomorrow evening can also enjoy free cake in the paddock as we thank our horsemen for another great season. The Raceway will also offer a Grand Prize to on-track patrons for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Miranda Lambert at Budweiser Gardens. For full details on what's happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. From the Raceway

LONDON....Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its card of live harness racing that was scheduled for Friday (Dec. 27). The cancellation has come due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures. The Raceway will be back in action on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. Management at The Raceway apologize for any inconvenience. Greg Gangle      

LONDON, ON -  The Raceway at Western Fair District will once again be one of the busiest harness racing tracks in North America during this upcoming holiday season, as it will feature six programs of live racing over a 12-day period. For the third consecutive year, 'The Raceway' will team up with longtime industry partner Wilson Tack to present Christmas In The Paddock on Monday, December 23, which will be The Raceway's final program prior to the Christmas break. All horsepeople racing this week will have a chance to fill out a ballot for one of dozens of prizes to be drawn during the Monday evenings program. Also, on Monday, December 23, The Raceway will be teaming up with COSA (Central Ontario Standardbred Association) to offer a Turkey Dinner for all racing participants in the paddock for a cost of only $5.00 including tax. Menu Includes: Turkey Mashed potatoes Stuffing Vegetables Gravy Cranberry Buns Boxing Day remains one of the biggest on-track days of the year at The Raceway. Patrons can enjoy several giveaways including: -First 100 to purchase a program receive a Camluck Classic T-Shirt -First 300 get a Heart of Harness Racing Calendar -Gift Tree - Chances to win tickets to Yuk Yuks, Wine and Food Show, Beer and BBQ Show & Betting Vouchers -Grand prize draw - Dinner for 2 at the Sold out New Year's Eve Top of the Fair event. A few seats remain at the Top of the Fair for Boxing Day Brunch. To make a reservation please call 519-438-7203 ext. 252 or topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com Fans can also take in the action in The Raceway's Carousel Room where Beef On A Bun will be offered along with bar service. Customers are reminded that in addition to the Boxing Day matinee program, The Raceway will also host programs of live racing on December 27 at 6:55 p.m., December 30 at 6:15 p.m., December 31 (New Year's Eve) at 6:55 p.m. and January 1 (New Year's Day) at 6:15 p.m. The Raceway will begin picking up Wednesday cards of racing, beginning on New Years Day until the end of May. The New Years Eve card at The Raceway will feature a special post time of 6:55 p.m. The card will feature its traditional Auld Lang Syne Pace and Auld Lang Syne Trot. Fans can enjoy Monster In Law, age 14, is expected to make his final appearance of his long career for trainer Don Beatson. The son of Northern Luck has amassed 54 career wins and over $500,000 in earnings. The veteran pacer is owned by Beatson along with Sandra and Ralph Pitt and Ken Beatson. Regardless of where Monster In Law finishes on New Years Eve, the OSS graduate will make his way back to the winners circle one final time for a special winner circle presentation. On the trotting side, Winzel will make a special appearance at The Raceway on New Years Eve. Although the 14-year-old wont line up behind the gate, the Brittany Kennedy trainee will lead a post parade before enjoying a special winners circle ceremony to commemorate his career. The gelded son of Royal Strength banked more than $325,000 in career earnings along with 51 trips to the winners circle. The bay is owned by Kennedy along with Nancy and Jack Holmes. The Raceway will also offer a Grand Prize to on-track patrons for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Miranda Lambert at Budweiser Gardens. For full details on what's happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LONDON, ON -  Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs, in consultation with the AGCO and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), wishes to advise horse people of a new harness racing rule that will be implemented as part of their respective Track Rules effective Saturday, December 14, 2019. This rule will be known as the "Outside Post Rule." The new rule specifies that, "Any horse that is scratched from the outside post position at either The Raceway at Western Fair District or Flamboro Downs will be assigned the outside post position in its next start within 15 days of the scratched date." For Clarity; If a horse is entered at The Raceway at Western Fair and is drawn into post position 7 and scratches, that horse will be assigned post position 7 for its next start within 15 days at The Raceway at Western Fair. Should that scratched horse enter at Flamboro Downs within the 15-day period, that horse will be assigned post position 8. The opposite would apply should the original scratch take place at Flamboro Downs. A) The Rule Applies to: I. All Scratches - Example: Lame, Sick, Transportation, Weather B) The Rule Does NOT Apply if: II. The horse participates in an added money event or racing handicap from the Racing Secretary. III. The horse is scratched from the Outside Post and changes ownership. IV. The horse is present at the racetrack as is a late scratch (sick/lame). V. The racing card or a race(s) are cancelled. C) Please Note: Race Office will monitor all scratches from the Outside Post. If there are two (2) horses deemed to be assigned the Outside Post in the same race, the Race Office will draw by lot for both horses to receive the Outside Post Positions in the entered race. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

London, ON - October 22, 2019 -- The Raceway at the Western Fair District is proud to host the 14th annual Harness the Hope Fundraiser this Friday night, October 25. The event is held as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Pink Pearl Foundation, a lesser known charitable organization making a big impact by offering social and emotional support to young women in southern Ontario over the course of their cancer journey. Recently featured in the TROT Magazine October 2019 issue (a national Standardbred racing publication) as a feature story, Harness the Hope has become a staple at The Raceway and one of the major events that kicks off each racing season in London. It is the brainchild of Doreen Dustin a survivor herself and wife of local horseman Greg Dustin, along with their daughters Kristine and Brandi. With two diagnoses in the family now, most recently being her youngest daughter Kristine last year at the age of 33, they are driven with an even greater sense of purpose to help others and make a difference. "The reason we've continued this each year is because of the tremendous support we've received from the industry. And, every year we have women in our community who are diagnosed and it keeps reminding us of the importance of this cause." Doreen explains. The Raceway will be decked out in pink once again with festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. Some of the events include the popular "Winning Key Contest" with 6 Grand Prizes this year totaling over $7,800 combined value and include; an ultimate Cottage Weekend Getaway on Lake Huron for 6, a MacBook Air Laptop, a LG 49" 4K Ultra Smart TV, a 11-drawer Mastercraft Tool Chest Set, a Rose Gold Diamond Necklace and a luxury Michael Kors Handbag Set for the ladies! Horsemen and women racing that night are encouraged to participate in the "Best Dressed Horse" Contest. The horse that shows up with the most "PINK" in support of the cause will win a prize! Fans who wear pink to the track can fill out a ballot for mystery prize giveaway during the night. All patrons, sponsors, donors & volunteers are invited to join in trackside after Race 3 for a commemorative photo opportunity of the "Harness the Hope" winning blanket presentation. The special 12-race program will begin at 6:55 p.m. Top of the Fair restaurant has been sold out since August, however there is plenty of additional seating in the Raceway Annex with live entertainment by Truelove Ways and a pulled pork special will be offered for the night! by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District is pleased to welcome Hall of Famer Roger Huston to the London oval on Friday evening. The famous harness racing announcer has called races over 60+ years, including 180,000 races at 145 different racetracks. He's also been the voice of the Little Brown Jug for the past 52 years. Roger will call the first three races on the card before making his way into the lobby to meet and greet customers. He will be promoting his new book titled 'The Voice: The Unparalleled Life of Roger Huston'. The book-signing session will begin following Race 4. Autographs and pictures with Roger are also encouraged. Following his journey to the half-mile oval, Huston will then make his way to Leamington Raceway on Sunday. The Raceway will also host the third annual Veterans' Classic Night this Friday - a special night of horse racing and celebration which honours the Canadian military. The event, which has continued to grow, will this year feature over 30 military displays as well as a barbecue from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free 'Lest We Forget' bracelets will be given out to the first 200 people to visit the military displays which will be set up in the east annex of the grandstand. The evening will also include a military opening ceremony, the 1st Hussars Calvary skill at arms demo, and a Red Knight flyover. These events will be followed by the closing ceremonies and the start of live racing where the track will be honouring the military between races. Pipe bands will be on hand throughout the evening to entertain everyone. For more information, please visit www.WesternFairDistrict.com by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

London, Ontario: The Raceway at Western Fair District is proud to be hosting its third annual ‘Veterans’ Classic’ night this Friday - a special night of horse racing and celebration at the Western Fair District which honours our military. The event has continued to grow and this year will feature over 30 military displays as well as a barbecue from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free “Lest We Forget” bracelets will be given out to the first 200 people to visit the military displays which will be set up in the East Annex of the grandstand. The evening will also include a military opening ceremony, the 1st Hussars Cavalry skill at arms demo along with a Red Knight flyover. These events will be followed by the closing ceremonies and the start of live racing where the Raceway will be honouring the military between races. Pipe bands will be on hand through-out the evening to entertain everyone. The event will support the Poppy Fund and Parkwood Veterans through fundraising efforts. Those attending are encouraged to wear red to honour our military. Doors will open on Friday night at 4:30 p.m. The opening ceremonies will follow at 5:00 p.m. with live racing beginning at 6:55 p.m. For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway    

LONDON, OCT. 4, 2019 - Only 10 horses advance to the Super Final and when they lined up behind the harness racing starting gate at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday night neither Denali Seelster nor Beach Blanket Book was among the 10. Denali Seelster was sitting in twelfth spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 29 points and Beach Blanket Book was seventeenth with 18 points. Both colts needed a win to guarantee themselves a post season berth and neither one was the morning line favourite to get the job done in their respective divisions. Fortunately for their connections, both colts ignored the odds-makers and came up with victories that will extend their season through the Oct. 12 Super Final. "Denali raced real good tonight. With the rail there, I got away third, and I really didn't want to come first up and I'm pretty sure Doc (Moore) didn't want me to sit in the three-hole, so I made the move early, cleared to the front and controlled the pace from there and he raced really good," said driver Sylvain Filion. "He was pacing good. Usually he gets a little bumpy in the turns, but tonight he was perfect." Denali Seelster rang up fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3 and then dug in down the stretch to secure the one-half length victory in 1:54.4, a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts. The record replaced the mark of 1:55.4 set by Keystone Raptor in a November 2009 Gold Series event. Fan favourite YS Mathis finished second and Examiner Hanover claimed the third-place finisher's share of the $104,800 purse. Filion engineered Denali Seelster's first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and owners Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. The son of Sunshine Beach and Demi Seelster was born and raised at Seelster Farms' Lucan, ON nursery. With one win, one second, one sixth and one eighth in his four Gold Series starts Denali Seelster wraps up the regular season with 79 points, good enough for sixth spot in the standings. The colt scored his first lifetime victory in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20 and heads into the Super Final on a two-race win streak. In the second $104,800 division Filion tried a similar strategy from Post 1 with Denali Seelster's stablemate Tattoo Artist. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.1 quarter, hit the halfway marker in a sharp :55.4 and the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou and Beach Blanket Book watched the early speed from the back of the six-horse field and advanced along the rail as their rivals shifted into the outer lane. After tipping out behind Aneto in the final turn, Beach Blanket Book shifted into high gear as soon as he got a clear look at the wire and reeled in the field for a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.3. Aneto finished second and Tattoo Artist stayed game for third. "We've been happy with him, and the battle up front helped too tonight, so it worked out," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and he deserved to win tonight, because he's had a tough year, so it was good, a good night." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh trains Beach Blanket Book for Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and Mac And Heim Stables of Cambridge, ON. The win was the second lifetime and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for the Sportswriter colt, who got his first win in the Battle Of Waterloo eliminations at Grand River Raceway and was one of the favourites for the Aug. 5 final before hooking wheels with Bettorbuckleup and being forced to pull up before the finish line. "He's been a tough luck horse. He hooked wheels in the Battle Of Waterloo there or he would have won that I thought, or been right there," said MacIntosh. "He raced great in the (Sept. 21) Metro, he paced a third quarter in :25.1, he was just a little overmatched in there, that's all." In his five Gold Series starts Beach Blanket Book delivered one win, two fourths, one seventh and one ninth-place result for a total of 68 points and ninth spot in the standings. Friday's event marked the end of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series regular season. The top Gold Series competitors from all eight divisions will meet in the $1.8 million Super Final Night at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. Complete results from Friday's program are available at The Raceway at the Western Fair District Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

LONDON, ON - The curtain opened on The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday evening as the harness racing track began it's 2019/2010 fall meet. The half-mile oval unveiled its newly renovated Top Of The Fair restaurant along with its High Definition broadcast. The Raceway was also pleased to host a pair of $104,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Denali Seelster, driven by Sylvain Filion, set a new track record of 1:54.4 in the first split. The son of Sunshine Beach went gate-to-wire for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Ratchford Stables. The youngster increased his season earnings to north of $90,000. In the other division, Beach Blanket Book came from last-to-first in 1:57.3 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Blake MacIntosh. The son of Sportswriter increased his bankroll to over $115,000. The former $17,000 yearling purchase is owned by Hutt Racing Stable along with Mac And Heim Stable. The Raceway was also pleased with its overall wagering on the evening. A total of $349,350 was wagered on the night, which marks a 59% increase from opening night last season. Live Racing resumes on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. For full results and entries click here. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

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